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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: July 5, 2012

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    When was the last time you got to buy a brand new Beach Boys 7-inch? It’s been 20 years since the iconic California band’s last album of new material, and the reunited crew is back with a 50th anniversary album. This week marks the release of its first single on vinyl!

    The Beach Boys – “That’s Why God Made the Radio” 7-inch (Capitol)
    You’ll have to wait until August 14 to get the full album on vinyl, but in the meantime you can enjoy this 7-inch of the album’s title track. The single is quintessential Beach Boys and features the soaring harmonies of all the surviving members – Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks – in an ode to their radio heroes. Said Brian Wilson: “Radio was my whole education. Chuck Berry, Rosemary Clooney, the Four Freshmen, Phil Spector, Little Richard…” Side B features the instrumental version of the single.

    Animal Collective – “Honeycomb”/”Gotham” 7-inch (Domino)
    Animal Collective, an experimental psych-pop group that’s often compared to the Beach Boys, has also released a new 7-inch single. Produced with Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter), it features two brand new songs that showcase the two sides of Animal Collective’s sound.

    Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart” 12-inch (Cleopatra)
    12-inch vinyl picture disc featuring a newly re-mastered “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on Side A, and the track “Leaders of Men” plus a remix of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on Side B.

    New York DollsTrashed in Paris ’73 (Cleopatra)
    And as if one gorgeous picture disc wasn’t enough, Cleopatra has also released a New York Dolls 12-inch picture disc on vinyl. Trashed in Paris ’73 features a 1973 concert performance by the glam-punk legends in Paris, and it includes killer live takes of classics like “Looking for a Kiss,” “Personality Crisis,” “Stranded in the Jungle,” “Pills,” “Trash,” and “Jet Boy.”

    JellyfishLive at Bogart’s 1991 (Omnivore Recordings)
    Following the limited-edition reissues of Jellyfish’s two studio albums, Bellybutton and Spilt Milk, Omnivore has reissued the influential San Francisco power-pop band’s first live album on vinyl. The album takes you back to Jellyfish’s 1991 concert at Bogart’s in Long Beach, California, and is presented here as a double LP on translucent blue vinyl with five previously unissued performances and a laser etching on the fourth side.

    Lita Ford Living Like a Runaway (Steamhammer/SPV)
    Vinyl pressing of the new studio album from the former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford, which finds her, as she put it, “going back to what punk, metal, and the Runaways was for me.”

    The 5 AmericansI See the Light (Sundazed Music, Inc.)
    180-gram vinyl-only reissue of the jangle/garage-rock quintet’s 1966 debut album, whose title track features one heck of a held organ note. Sourced from the original mono master tapes, this marks the first time the album has been re-released in “bone-crunching” mono.

    Jan & DeanSave for a Rainy Day (Sundazed Music, Inc.)
    The ultimate rarity in the Jan & Dean catalog, Save for a Rainy Day is a concept album featuring all rain-themed songs. It was recorded by Dean Torrence (with some help from Phil Spector’s infamous Wrecking Crew) while the hit surf-rock duo’s lead vocalist, Jan Berry, was rehabilitating from a near-fatal car accident. The album was released in very limited quantities on Torrence’s own J&D label, but it is now available on 180-gram vinyl, re-mastered from the original mono reels!

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