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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: August 15, 2012

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    How fitting is this: the Beach Boys’ new album sees its vinyl release the same week that Sundazed reissues classic titles from three Phil Spector-produced groups. Talk about a Wall of Sound! This week we also get to enjoy Another Side of Bob Dylan on audiophile vinyl, the best of the Lovin’ Spoonful, and incredible live albums from Neil Diamond, the Specials, Marvin Gaye, and Deep Purple.

    The Beach BoysThat’s Why God Made the Radio (Capitol)
    The wait is over – the new Beach Boys album is now available on vinyl! The California pop legends’ first new studio material in over two decades, That’s Why God Made the Radio features surviving members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks.
    Bob DylanAnother Side of Bob Dylan (Mobile Fidelity)
    Dylan’s fourth album comes alive on the wide grooves of this 180-gram 45rpm double vinyl reissue. Recorded in just one day, this 1964 album is the loosest of Dylan’s ‘60s records, capturing his more whimsical side. Includes the classic tracks “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Chimes of Freedom,” and “All I Really Want to Do.”

    The RonettesPresenting the Fabulous Ronettes (Sundazed Music, Inc.)
    The Ronettes were the ultimate Phil Spector girl group and this 1964 album collects all of the trio’s early hits including “Be My Baby,” “Baby (I Love You),” “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You?” and the Ronettes’ original version of “Chapel of Love” (which predates the Dixie Cups’ hit version).

    The CrystalsTwist Uptown, He’s a Rebel (Sundazed Music, Inc.)
    Vinyl reissues of the Crystals’ debut 1962 LP, Twist Uptown – the first full album produced by Phil Spector and the first to receive his Wall of Sound studio treatment – and its 1963 follow-up, He’s a Rebel.

    Bob B. Soxx and the Blue JeansZip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Sundazed Music, Inc.)
    Vinyl reissue of the sole release from the Phil Spector-produced trio featuring the great Darlene Love. Originally released in 1963, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah features the hit title track as well as the singles “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts?” and “Not Too Young to Get Married.”’

    Neil Diamond Hot August Night (Geffen)
    The 40th anniversary double vinyl reissue of this glorious 1972 live album. Recorded at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, Hot August Night is the ultimate Neil Diamond experience and includes classics “Sweet Caroline,” “I Am … I Said,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “Solitary Man,” “Cherry, Cherry,” and “Cracklin’ Rosie.”

    Deep PurpleLast Concert in Japan (Friday Music)
    Limited-edition 180-gram vinyl reissue of this rare live LP from the hard-rock legends – never released in the US until now. Recorded in 1976, it features the Mark IV lineup performing the powerful tracks “Burn,” “Smoke on the Water,” and “Highway Star,” along with many more fan favorites.

    The Byrds Ballad of Easy Rider (Friday Music)
    For the first time on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, the Byrds’ 1969 album Ballad of Easy Rider. One of the best albums of their later period, it features the hit title track (penned by Roger McGuinn and Bob Dylan and used as the theme in the classic film Easy Rider), as well as “Oil in My Lamp” and “Jesus Is Just Alright.”

    The Lovin’ SpoonfulThe Best of the Lovin’ Spoonful (Friday Music)
    This chart-topping 1967 Summer of Love LP from the Byrds’ East Coast counterparts is now available on 180-gram vinyl! Features the hit singles “Do You Believe in Magic?” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” and “Summer in the City.”

    Marvin Gaye Live (Cleopatra)
    A beautiful 12-inch picture disc collection of live performances by Marvin Gaye. Includes must-hear renditions of “Let’s Get It On,” “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing,” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

    MC5 Kick Out the Jams 1966-1970 (Cleopatra)
    A 12-inch vinyl picture disc compilation spanning the critical early years of this influential proto-punk band from the Motor City.

    The Specials More … or Less, The Specials Live (EMI Import)
    Double vinyl pressing of this 2012 live collection from the legendary late-‘70s British ska revivalists. Recorded during their 2011 reunion tour, it includes all their classics.

    Bush Razorblade Suitcase (1-2-3-4 GO)
    Bush’s 1996 album, Razorblade Suitcase, reissued on color vinyl! The follow-up to the British grunge band’s breakout debut, Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase was produced by Steve Albini (Nirvana, the Pixies) and features the hits “Swallowed” and “Greedy Fly.”

    Donnie Darko Soundtrack (Everloving)
    Composer Michael Andrews’ evocative score from the 2001 cult film features 16 original instrumental tracks, full of vintage Moogs and electric vibraphones, and his haunting minimalist cover of Tears for Fears’ 1982 hit “Mad World.”

    The Rose Soundtrack (Mobile Fidelity)
    The soundtrack for the 1979 film, which stars Bette Midler in her first leading role, embodying the persona of Janis Joplin. Includes her definitive reading of “When a Man Loves a Woman” and signature title track.

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