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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: June 6, 2012

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    This is the week of anniversary editions, and I am all for celebrating Ziggy Stardust turning 40 and Graceland turning 25 – especially when it means 180-gram reissues. There is even more reason to celebrate thanks to Jimmy Page and Bob Marley picture discs, new music from Slash, and, yes, the long-awaited reissue of Vivian Stanshall’s 1974 solo debut!

    David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Capitol Catalog)
    The Thin White Duke’s influential 1972 glam-rock concept album has been re-mastered and is being reissued in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Presented as a limited edition 180-gram vinyl LP, plus an audio DVD featuring previously unreleased mixes of some of the album’s tracks.

    Paul Simon Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition (Sony Legacy)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of Paul Simon’s pivotal 1986 album, Graceland, which not only helped popularize world music, but helped revive his career. Includes digital download card of the original album plus three bonus tracks.

    Slash Apocalyptic Love (Dik Hayd Records)
    Double LP pressing of the guitar icon’s second solo album – a straight-up ROCKER featuring singer Myles Kennedy, bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fritz, and plenty of Slash’s fancy fretwork.

    Jim CroceYou Don’t Mess Around with Jim (Friday Music)
    180-gram audiophile reissue of the singer-songwriter’s 1972 album. You Don’t Mess Around with Jim was Croce’s commercial breakthrough and features some of his most identifiable songs including the title track, “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels),” and the number-one hit “Time in a Bottle.”

    Bob MarleyReggae Classics (Cleopatra)
    12-inch vinyl picture disc featuring Bob Marley’s most influential and revolutionary work, newly remixed and re-mastered from the original 1970 Lee Scratch Perry masters. Includes “Sun Is Shining,” “Don’t Rock My Boat,” “African Herbsman,” “Mr. Brown,” “Soul Rebel,” and more!

    Jimmy PageBurn Up (Cleopatra)
    12-inch vinyl picture disc featuring rare, early recordings by the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist and a host of friends including bassist John Paul Jones.

    The Damned Pure Punk 1977-1982 (Cleopatra)
    Limited edition 12-inch picture disc featuring rare demos, singles, and  live recordings from the punk legends circa 1977-1982.

    Counting Crows August and Everything After: Live at Town Hall (Rock Classics Import)
    180-gram white vinyl import of this unique live album from Counting Crows. Live at Town Hall captures their 2007 live concert at the famed NYC venue during which they performed their brilliant 1993 debut, August and Everything After, in its entirety and original running order.

    Slash Made in Stoke 24/7/11 (Rock Classics Import)
    Triple LP import of this 2011 live album capturing Slash’s homecoming gig at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire during a world tour in support of his eponymous debut solo album. Features lead vocals by Myles Kennedy and presents a mix of Slash’s solo work, Velvet Revolver songs, and Guns N’ Roses classics that Slash co-wrote like “Sweet Child O’Mine” and “Paradise City.”

    Lindsey BuckinghamThe Seeds We Sow (Rock Classics Import)
    Limited edition double LP import of the Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist’s high-charting 2011 solo album.

    Dio Master of the Moon (Niji Entertainment Group)
    Dio’s final studio album is now available on picture disc for the first time in the U.S. A must-have for Dio collectors, it features the artwork of horror/sci-fi artist Marc Sasso and perfectly closes the solo career of the late, great hard rock/metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

    Deep PurpleStormbringer (Friday Music)
    For the first time on 180-gram vinyl in North America is Deep Purple’s classic 1974 album, Stormbringer, featuring the killer Mark III line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice.

    Johnny Winter Live Bootleg Series Vol. 8 (Friday Music)
    The latest installment in the Johnny Winter Live Bootleg Series (featuring quintessential live cuts selected by Johnny himself) finds the great blues guitarist shredding through extended workouts of concert classics as well as putting his unmistakable stamp on some of his favorite tunes by Elmore James, Freddie King, and Chuck Berry. Limited edition 180-gram audiophile white vinyl pressing.

    Paul Revere and the RaidersGreatest Hits 45th Anniversary Edition (Friday Music)
    In 1967, with three gold albums to their name and the honor of being Columbia’s top-selling rock group, Paul Revere and the Raiders released this phenomenal greatest hits compilation. Friday Music’s 45th Anniversary Edition presents all 11 garage rock and psychedelic rock classics for the first time on 180-gram vinyl.

    The Byrds Greatest Hits 45th Anniversary  Edition (Friday Music)
    Friday Music also celebrates the 45th anniversary of this definitive Byrds album with a newly mastered 180-gram vinyl reissue. Featuring the folk/psych-rock pioneers’ hit singles from 1965-1967, it provides a snapshot of the group during the Gene Clark and David Crosby days and includes the band’s enduring covers of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).”

    Kim FowleyOutrageous (Vinilissimo)
    Vinyl reissue of this 1968 solo album from the colorful jack-of-all-trades Kim Fowley who created the Hollywood Argyles and the Rivingtons, played with the Mothers of Invention, wrote for the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Soft Machine, and Cat Stevens, and was the Svengali who manufactured the ‘70s rock and roll girl group the Runaways. In the words of Julian Cope, “a shamanic rock ‘n’ roll album made by the ultimate chancer/huckster/gleeman.”

    L.A. Guns Hollywood Forever (Cleopatra)
    Named after the famous Hollywood cemetery (where you can catch a Mazzy Star concert or a showing of the classic cult film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure), this new album finds the Hollywood legends paying tribute to the City of Angels with a heavy slab of Sunset Strip metal. Produced by one of rock’s most celebrated producers, Andy Johns (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin).

    Jimmy BryantThe Fastest Guitar in the Country (Sundazed Music, Inc.)
    Never before reissued, this ultra-rare 1967 solo album from the fretboard genius is now available on 180-gram vinyl! Get ready for some dizzyingly fast jazz-fueled country picking.

    Vivian StanshallMen Opening Umbrellas Ahead (Poppydisc)
    After years of pleas and an online petition, this 1974 solo debut from the crackpot British artist/comedian and former Bonzo Dog Band frontman is back on vinyl – sanctioned by the Stanshall family and re-mastered with new liner notes from Stanshall’s widow and daughter. Why the delay? After Warner Bros. only pressed 5000 copies of the album upon its release, Stanshall destroyed one of the label’s boardrooms and released maggots behind the label president’s radiator. Features former members of the Bonzo Dog Band and Traffic.

    Fear FactoryThe Industrialist (Lumberjack)
    On its new album, the L.A. band that reinvented death metal and industrial rock in the ‘90s revisits the sweeping melodies, sonic mastery, and storytelling depth of its pivotal 1995 sophomore album, Demanufacture.

    Rhett Miller The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine)
    This new self-produced solo album from Rhett Miller is an intimate, rootsy record that bridges the gap between his Americana and country-steeped work with the Old ‘97s and his more rock and pop-oriented solo catalog. The Dreamer features guest singers Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata as well as percussionist Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel).

    The WalkmenHeaven (Fat Possum/Ryko)
    Vinyl pressing of the new album from the East Coast indie rockers. Produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Built to Spill), the album comes 10 years into the band’s career and really shows in its growth.

    The Hives Lex Hives (Disques Hives)
    Brand new album from the sharply dressed Swedish garage-rock revivalists channels ELO and is now available on vinyl. Says the band, “This is not music. This is compressed carbon hidden in the earth’s crust for millions of years and unearthed, to be placed in your eardrums.”

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