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    Vinyl Roundup: February 2013

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    The new year is in full swing with vinyl releases that will make you swoon, from Sony Legacy’s “Threads and Grooves” extravaganza to audiophile reissues from both the King and the King of Pop.

    Led ZeppelinCelebration Day (Atlantic)
    At long last, this triple 180-gram vinyl package has arrived. A must for any Zeppelin fan, Celebration Day features the legendary two-hour concert performed by the band’s founding members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones on December 10, 2007 at London’s O2 Arena. The son of the late John Bonham sat in on drums for the 17-song set, which includes the classics “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

    Elvis PresleyA Date with Elvis (Friday Music)
    This memorable 1959 album from the King is brought back to life on 180-gram vinyl. Features a Southern rockabilly Elvis performing his smash hits “Baby, Let’s Play House” and “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.”

    Michael JacksonBad 25th Anniversary Edition (Sony Legacy)
    In celebration of Bad‘s 25th anniversary, this monumental 1987 album has been digitally remastered and expanded to a triple 180-gram LP featuring previously unreleased recordings and remixes.

    Sony Legacy has also launched a “Threads + Grooves” collection, packaging the following 45rpm 7-inch singles with official artist T-shirts together in a custom box:

    Elvis Presley – “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog”

    Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze” / “Foxy Lady”

    Bob Dylan – “Like a Rolling Stone” / “Gates of Eden”

    Iggy and the Stooges – “Raw Power” / “Search and Destroy”

    Johnny Cash – “Folsom Prison Blues” / “San Quentin”

    Roy Orbison – “Pretty Woman” / “Crying”

    Miles Davis – “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” / “In a Silent Way”

    Willie Nelson – “Always on My Mind” / “The Party’s Over”

    Paul Simon – “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” / “Still Crazy After All These Years”

    Heart – “Barracuda” / “Fanatic”

    Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams” / “Gotta Lotta Nerve”

    Quiet Riot – “Come on Feel the Noise” / “Run for Cover”

    Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’” / “Natural Thing”

    Peter Tosh – “Legalize It” / “Equal Rights”

    Incubus – “Stellar” / “Stellar (Acoustic)” (Sony Legacy)

    Kings of Leon – “Molly’s Chambers” / “Red Morning Light (Live)”

    Ben Folds Five – “Draw a Crowd” / “Sky High”

    The Strokes – “Under Cover of Darkness” / “You’re So Right”

    311 – “Come Original” / “Rub A Dub”

    KORN – “Freak on a Leash” / “Freak on a Leash (Lethal Freak Mix)”

    Traffic When the Eagle Flies (Friday Music)
    For the first time on 180-gram vinyl is this 1974 classic from the English rock band featuring the hit track “Walking in the Wind.”

    Atoms for PeaceAmok (XL Recordings)
    Deluxe edition double 180-gram LP pressing of the highly anticipated debut album from Atoms for Peace, the supergroup featuring Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker, and Flea. The packaging is pretty super too: a triple gatefold sleeve, foiled and embossed, with insert and printed inners.

    The Bryan Ferry OrchestraThe Jazz Age (BMG)
    The former Roxy Music frontman, Bryan Ferry, and his group of esteemed jazz musicians re-record his hits such as “Don’t Stop the Dance” and “Slave to Love” in a 1920s jazz style.

    Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Dots and Loops (1-2-3-4-GO!)
    Double vinyl pressing of Stereolab’s commercially successful 1996 album Emperor Tomato Ketchup and its 1997 followup Dots and Loops, featuring a totally different, more complex rhythmic approach.

    Nick DrakePink Moon (Fontana Island)
    Heavyweight 180-gram virgin vinyl repressing of Nick Drake’s third and final album. Originally released in 1972, the stark Pink Moon was a radical departure from the lush orchestrations of Drake’s previous albums and is widely considered Drake’s finest moment.

    Johnny MarrThe Messenger (Sire)
    The influential Smiths guitarist releases his first true solo album with The Messenger.

    FleaHelen Burns EP (ORG Music)
    Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has also released his solo debut, available now on 180-gram vinyl. The EP is predominantly instrumental and features an appearance by Patti Smith on the title track.

    Iron MaidenSomewhere in Time, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Ume)
    Iron Maiden’s picture disc vinyl reissue series comes to a close this month with 1986’s Somewhere in Time and 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The British metal legends began reissuing their first eight albums on limited-edition vinyl last fall.

    NOFX 30-Year Anniversary Box Set (Epitaph)
    To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the legendary California punk band NOFX presents a deluxe LP collection of every studio album it has released, from 1988’s Liberal Animation through 2012’s Self Entitled. Also included is a double LP compilation of all the tracks from the 7-inch of the Month Club.

    The Jesus and Mary ChainBarbed Wire Kisses, The Sound of Speed (1972 Records)
    Two acclaimed Jesus and Mary Chain compilations have been reissued on vinyl! Both 1988’s Barbed Wire Kisses and 1993’s The Sound of Speed feature singles, B-sides, and rarities from the Scottish shoegazers.

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)
    After 2008’s Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are back with a new album, presented here on 180-gram vinyl with a bonus 7-inch single. Fun Fact: the album was recorded in a 19th century mansion in France, and the walls of the main studio were lined with classical vinyl records.


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