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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: April 25, 2012

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    There are quite a few noteworthy vinyl releases and box sets out this week, but the one that everybody seems to be talking about is the new solo album from Jack White – his first release since the White Stripes split.

    Jack WhiteBlunderbuss (Third Man Records)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of the solo debut from the former White Stripes frontman. Following the recent dissolution of his six-year marriage and the break-up of his band of 14 years, Blunderbuss is already drawing comparisons to Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. Musically, it pairs dusty country-blues and early-‘70s rock with White’s restless preoccupations. Includes digital download code.

    Jimi Hendrix – “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?”/”Burning of the Midnight Lamp” 7-inch single (Sundazed)
    The first release in a 7-inch singles series of hard-to-find Hendrix performances draws from two different 1967 sessions. Side A features the guitar legend’s reading of Bob Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” from BBC Radio’s Rhythm and Blues show, and Side B features a newly discovered take of the Hendrix original performed on the BBC’s Top of the Pops. Packaged in a color picture sleeve incorporating rare vintage Hendrix photos.

    Various Artists – Mercury Living Presence: The Collector’s Edition (Decca)
    This limited edition 6xLP box set celebrates the 60th anniversary of one of the most sonically spectacular labels in the history of classical recording. Featuring such celebrated artists as Antal Dorati, Rafael Kubelik, Gina Bachauer, Byron Janis, Janos Starker, and Henryk Szeryng performing works by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Brahms, Rachmaninov, and more, each LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will put you right in the midst of the orchestra.

    NOFX 126 Inches of NOFX (Fat Wreck Chords)
    Holy cow, that’s a lot of NOFX! This singles collection contains 18 classic NOFX 7-inchs, totaling up to 126 inches and 82 songs. Includes extremely limited and formerly out-of-print titles, one previously unreleased title (exclusive to the set), and a bunch of other classic NOFX tracks, all direct metal mastered and pressed on gold vinyl!

    The 13th Floor ElevatorsMusic of the Spheres (Snapper Music)
    This definitive 13th Floor Elevators vinyl box set includes five LPs and one 10-inch EP from the pioneering Texas psych-rockers. These are: Headstone, Live in California – The Avalon Recordings (both for the first time on vinyl), their lost third album, A Love That’s Sound, now featuring a recently discovered and previously unreleased track, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, Bull of the Woods, Easter Everywhere, and The Sumet Sounds Masters EP featuring rare Bob Sullivan mixes from The Psychedelic Sounds of…

    Ike TurnerReal Gone Rocket: Session Man Extraordinaire, Selected Singles 1951-1959; Down & Out: Ike Turner Recordings 1951-1959 (Jerome Records)
    Real Gone Rocket is a 45s compilation that collects 14 of Turner’s obscure singles from the ‘50s, highlighting his work behind the scenes as an R&B songwriter, session player, and producer. The vinyl-only Down & Out further emphasizes Turner’s important role in the development of R&B by gathering the best of his solo output and work as the leader of the Kings of Rhythm. These include his first 45, “I’m Lonesome Baby,” and “Box Top,” the recording debut of a young Tina Turner.

    James TaylorThat’s Why I’m Here (Friday Music)
    First-time 180-gram audiophile release of James Taylor’s 1985 album featuring his good friends Joni Mitchell, Don Henley, and Graham Nash, as well as the Top-10 hits “Only One,” “That’s Why I’m Here,” and the Buddy Holly cover “Everyday.”

    Marty StuartNashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (Sugar Hill)
    According to Grammy winner Marty Stuart, “The most outlaw thing you can do in Nashville, Tennessee today is play country music.” And on his third album for Sugar Hill Records, that’s just what Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives do. This collection of traditional country music features contributions from Nashville veterans Buck Trent, Kenny Lovelace, and Robbie Turner as well as the harmony vocals of the Carter Family descendent Lorrie Carter Bennett, and it closes with a Hank Williams cover featuring a duet with Hank Williams III.

    Colin HayGathering Mercury (Compass Records)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of the former Men at Work frontman’s acclaimed 2011 solo album.

    Townes Van ZandtFor the Sake of the Song (Fat Possum)
    Vinyl reissue of the country singer-songwriter’s 1968 debut.

    The Dandy WarholsThis Machine (The End Records)
    The Northwest rockers’ new album has been described as both their “gothiest” and their “grungiest.” Features contributions from David J of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets as well as mixing by Tchad Blake, known for his recent work with the Black Keys.

    The RaveonettesInto the Night EP (The Raveonettes LTD)
    The Danish fuzz-rock duo is back with a new EP that singer Sune Rose Wagner describes as “a delightfully damaged ode to the letdowns of lost love.” A precursor to the Raveonettes’ upcoming full-length album, this EP celebrates 10 years of their signature Jesus and Mary Chain meets the Everly Brothers sound.

    The TrypesMusic for Neighbors (Acute)
    2012 retrospective release from the quieter, more psychedelic Feelies offshoot includes the five tracks the band released back in the ‘80s plus 13 archival tracks, split between an LP and digital download coupon.

    TelevisionTelevision (4 Men with Beards)
    4 Men with Beards reissue this classic 1992 reunion album from the legendary New York proto-punk band on 180-gram vinyl.

    Stan GetzStan Getz Plays (Wax Time Import)
    Direct metal mastered 180-gram vinyl pressing of the tenor saxophonist’s first full-length LP.

    The Red Garland Quintet with John ColtraneDig It! (Wax Time Import)
    In 1957 and 1958, Red Garland, a pianist in the Miles Davis Quintet, recorded a number of sessions as leader of his own group. This album features fellow Davis alum John Coltrane on saxophone and has been direct metal mastered and reissued on 180-gram vinyl.

    Dave Brubeck Quartet Trio and DuoSouthern Scene (Wax Time Import)
    Dave Brubeck’s1959 tribute to the South, direct metal mastered and pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.

    Duke Ellington Piano in the Background (Wax Time Import)
    180-gram direct metal mastered vinyl reissue of Duke Ellington’s classic 1960 release, showcasing the pianist leading his orchestra.

    Roxette Travelling (EMI Import)
    Double vinyl pressing of the new album from the Swedish duo (not due for release in the U.S. until June 5!). Recorded in the midst of traveling the world – in hotel rooms, studios, at soundchecks, and in concert – Travelling combines new material with revisited classics and unreleased tracks.

    The Moody Blues To Our Children’s Children’s Children (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of this lushly orchestrated 1969 concept album about the moon landing, the last of the British rockers’ big studio productions.

    The Byrds Fifth Dimension (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of the Byrds’ third album, originally released in 1966. Featuring the hit “Eight Miles High,” Fifth Dimension was an influential album in the development of psychedelic rock.

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