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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: May 24, 2012

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    The good news is that Sony Legacy is giving fans a second chance to pick up some of their awesome Record Story Day vinyl exclusives including Uncle Tupelo’s first three albums and classics from Ozzy, Janis, and Iggy. The bad news is… wait, there is no bad news! Just exciting new music from Garbage, the Cult, Spiritualized, and former Eagle Joe Walsh, not to mention the first new classical vinyl release in 25 years!!

    Paul and Linda McCartney – RAM (HEAR Music)
    The latest addition to the Paul McCartney archive collection is this revered 1971 album from the former Beatle and his wife. Available as a limited edition 180-gram mono LP as well as a double 180-gram stereo LP with bonus audio.

    Garbage Not Your Kind of People (Stunvolume)
    The first album from ‘90s electro/alternative-rock band Garbage in seven years is now available on vinyl! 180-gram double LP with digital download.

    Madonna – “Girl Gone Wild” 12-inch (Universal Import)
    Twelve-inch picture disc of the second single from Madonna’s latest album, MDNA. Features the album version of “Girl Gone Wild” as well as an extended remix.

    Tedeschi Trucks BandEverybody’s Talkin’ (Sony Legacy)
    Triple live album from the blues-rock ensemble led by the great slide guitarist Derek Trucks and his singer-guitarist wife, Susan Tedeschi. Includes songs from their Grammy-winning album Revelator along with reinvented rock, R&B, and gospel classics including Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight,” Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin,’” Joe Cocker’s “Darlin’ Be Home Soon,” and Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin.'”

    The Gaslight Anthem – “45”/“You Got Lucky” 7-inch single (Island/Mercury)
    New 7-inch single from the New Jersey rockers featuring “45” off their upcoming album, Handwritten, plus the non-album track “You Got Lucky.”

    Joe WalshAnalog Man (Fantasy Records)
    The first solo album in two decades from the former Eagle and rock legend was produced by the guitarist and ELO’s Jeff Lynne and features Ringo Starr on drums. Walsh lives up to his word as a self-proclaimed “analog man” by releasing the album on vinyl two weeks before it is due out in other formats.

    Uncle TupeloNo Depression, Still Feel Gone, March 16-20, 1992 (Sony Legacy)
    An early vinyl retrospective of the band that defined alt-country music. These three long out-of-print titles are now available on 180-gram vinyl.

    Counting CrowsUnderwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) (Collective Records)
    For their first independent release, Counting Crows recorded the covers album they’d always wanted to. Underwater Sunshine features songs the band loves and wants its fans to discover and rediscover by artists such as Big Star, Gram Parsons, Tender Mercies, Teenage Fanclub, Bob Dylan, Pure Prairie League, Fairport Convention, and the Faces that stretch from the early ‘60s to last year.

    311 – Music (Volcano/Legacy)
    For the first time on vinyl is 311’s 1993 debut album, noted for its raw energy and unique mix of funk, metal, and hip-hop. 180-gram pressing.

    Joey Ramone“…Ya Know?” (BMG Rights Management)
    The second posthumous solo album from the former Ramones frontman takes its name from his favorite phrase and features demos and previously unreleased songs that he left behind. These were assembled by his brother Mickey Leigh and Ramones producer Ed Stasium, and they feature guest spots by Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos, and many more.

    The Cult Choice of Weapon (Cooking Vinyl)
    Brand new double LP from the influential UK rock band sounds like classic, late-‘80s Cult. Features production by Bob Rock (who produced the band’s landmark hard-rock album Sonic Temple) and Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age).

    Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Live (Sony Legacy)
    180-gram pressing of Ozzy Live, the double live LP from 2011’s Blizzard of Ozz/Diary of a Madman 30th anniversary box set. Recorded during the 1981 Blizzard of Ozz tour with Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Live features classic Blizzard of Ozz tracks like “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley” as well as classic Sabbath tracks like “Paranoid” and “Children of the Grave.”

    Iggy & the StoogesRaw Power (Sony Legacy)
    Double vinyl reissue of this 1973 proto-punk classic featuring legendary songs like “Search and Destroy.” The first LP contains a re-mastered version of the original David Bowie mix, and the second contains a re-mastered version of Iggy Pop’s 1997 mix.

    Lou ReedTransformer, Rock n Roll Animal (Sony Legacy)
    120-gram vinyl reissue of the Velvet Underground co-founder’s 1972 cabaret-laced sophomore album, Transformer, produced by David Bowie and guitarist Mick Ronson and featuring the hit “Walk on the Wild Side.” Also back on vinyl is Reed’s 1974 live album, Rock n Roll Animal, featuring glam-rock takes on classic VU songs like “Sweet Jane” and “Heroin.”

    Calexico ‘98-‘99 Road Map (1999), Travelall (2000), Aerocalexico (2001), Scraping (2002), The Book and the Canal (2005), Toolbox (2007), Ancienne Belgique: Live in Brussels 2008 (2009), Circo (2010) (Quarterstick)
    Previously available as tour-only CDs or bundled together in last fall’s limited vinyl box set Road Atlas, these eight titles are now available individually on vinyl!

    Janis Joplin Pearl (Sony Legacy)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of Janis Joplin’s hit-filled 1971 classic featuring the tracks “Move Over,” “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Mercedes Benz.”

    Patti SmithHorses (Sony Legacy)
    Last but not least in the Legacy batch is Patti Smith’s hugely influential 1975 debut, Horses – another game-changing classic that belongs in every record collection.

    Amadou & MariamFolila (Because Music)
    From the Malian duo comes a brilliant fusion of what was originally two albums: a crossover record made in New York City with Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, and Santigold helping out, and a rootsy album recorded in Mali with African percussion and local guests.

    Gustavo DudamelMendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (Deutsche Grammophon)
    From the esteemed German classical label comes the first new classical release on vinyl in a quarter of a century! A charity project, the album marks the young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s debut concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he performs Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, also known as the Scottish Symphony.

    Willie NelsonHeroes (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram vinyl import of Willie Nelson’s latest album. Features guest appearances from Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, and Snoop Dogg, as well as covers of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe.”

    Fela KutiFela Kuti Live in Detroit 1986 (Knitting Factory)
    The first album of new music from the King of Afrobeat in 20 years is the official release of his previously bootlegged 1986 concert at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. It was recorded during his North American tour with Egypt 80, just one year after his bogus imprisonment in his home country of Nigeria.

    Orbital Wonky (UK Import)
    Vinyl import of the British electronic duo’s first album in eight years! This triumphant return features guests Zola Jesus and Lady Leshurr.

    Robert Calvert Captain Lockheed & the Starfighters of Tomorrow (EMI)
    Limited double 180-gram grey vinyl pressing of this legendary 1974 concept album from the former Hawkwind frontman. Known for its satirical interludes featuring Jim Capaldi and Viv Stanshall, the album also stands out for its musical guests which include Arthur Brown, Lemmy, Brian Eno, and Hawkwind’s Dave Brock and Nik Turner.

    Robin Guthrie and Harold BuddAfter the Night Falls/Before the Day Breaks (2007), Bordeaux  (2011) (Darla Records)
    Limited vinyl pressings of these notable collaborations between two masters of sonic beauty, the former Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie and ambient musician Harold Budd.

    Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum Records)
    Double white vinyl pressing of the gorgeous new album from Jason Pierce and Spiritualized. The follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Songs in A&E, which was released after Pierce’s near-death bout with pneumonia, Sweet Heart Sweet Light was made while Pierce was undergoing experimental chemo treatment for a degenerative liver disease. Interestingly enough, it is poppier and more vibrant than any of his previous work and already being heralded as one of his best, right up there with Spiritualized’s 1997 masterpiece, Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.

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