It’s Angel Olsen New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Angel Olsen – Big Time (Opaque Pink Colored Vinyl)
Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat (180 Gram Vinyl)
Adia Victoria – A Southern Gothic
Arcade Fire – WE (White Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)
AC/DC – Back in Black (Remastered)
Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (180 Gram Vinyl)
Aretha Franklin started singing at her father’s church as a child, but it wasn’t until this 1967 release, on
the cusp of Franklin’s 25th birthday, that she became the Queen of Soul.
During Franklin’s six-year contract with Columbia Records, she was placed in front of large orchestras
and big bands. When she hopped over to Atlantic, starting with I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,
producer Jerry Wexler knew how to play to Franklin’s strengths.
For the title song and lead single, Wexler brought Franklin down to Muscle Shoals, Ala. to work with the
local crew of musicians known as the Swampers. When the sessions in the Deep South ended on a sour
note, Wexler flew the Swampers up to New York City to continue recording with Franklin.
From the familiar first notes of “Respect,” the album opener and No. 1 hit single, to the fading notes of
“A Change Is Gonna Come,” Franklin’s voice and the Swamper’s down-home, gospel-laden playing
refuse to let the music fade into the background. As the songs slip from soul to blues to gospel, from
dance numbers to ballads, Franklin’s powerful voice demonstrates why more than half a century after
it’s release, I Never Loved a Man remains a captivating and essential release. -Joel Francis
Bad Brains – Quickness
Bill Evans – You Must Believe In Spring
Bill Evans – Portrait In Jazz (180 Gram Vinyl)
The B-52’s – Wild Planet
Black Keys – Dropout Boogie
The Beatles – Rubber Soul (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Reissue)
Bob Marley – Best of Bob Marley
Clutch – Robot Hive / Exodus (Clutch Collector’s Series, Limited Edition, With Bonus 7″, Bonus Tracks, 180 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl)
Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love (Black, 140 Gram Vinyl)
Cage the Elephant- Melophobia
Cibo Matto – Viva La Woman (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Red Colored Vinyl)
Charley Crockett – Lil G.l. Presents: Jukebox Charley
Doja Cat – Planet Her (Deluxe Edition, 140 Gram Vinyl)
Death Grips- The Money Store (RSD Essential)
Def Leppard – Diamond Star Halos (Limited Edition, Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
On their first album in seven years, British pop metal heroes Def Leppard play to their strengths. Swiping
the album title from a T-Rex song, Diamond Star Halos bangs out of the gate with a trio of catchy
numbers that recall the band’s arena-rock heydays of the 1980s.
“Take What You Want,” “Kick” and “Fire It Up” check all the boxes: bombastic guitar solos, catchy riffs
and sugary (sorry) choruses perfect for singing along. It’s a lot of fun, but the good times get to be a little
much by the time “U Rok Mi” comes around halfway through the album.
The Lepp mix things up by sprinkling several ballads throughout. “This Guitar” features Alison Krauss
pops up twice to offer duet vocals on “This Guitar” and “Lifeless.” The band has tried for country
crossover hits before, but have never been too convincing. “Angels (Can’t Help You Now)” and
“Goodbye for Good This Times” feature David Bowie’s pianist Mike Garson and are slices of adult
contemporary in the vein of “Two Steps Behind.”
Longtime Def Leppard fans will find a lot to love on Diamond Star Halos. At, 15 songs and one hour, it
would be a much better listening experience by trimming three or four songs. Fortunately, this can be
easily achieved by skipping one side of an LP when playing the album. -Joel Francis
The Damned – Phantasmagoria (150 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Drive-By Truckers – Welcome 2 Club XIII
East Coast – East Coast (Gatefold LP Jacket, Orange, Black Colored Vinyl)
Faith No More – Album of the Year (180 Gram Vinyl)
Faith No More – King for a Day Fool for a Lifetime (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Fantastic Negrito – White Jesus Black Problems (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Frank Sinatra – Watertown
Freddie Hubbard – Breaking Point
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop
Gerald Wilson Big Band – Moment Of Truth
The Grateful Dead – Three from the Vault (Gatefold LP Jacket, Remastered, Indie Exclusive)
The Get Up Kids – Live at the Granada Theater (Limited Edition) + On a Wire (Limited Edition)
A pair of recent reissues showcase the Kansas City, Mo.-based emo pioneers the Get Up Kids
experimenting with their sound and summarizing their best numbers.
The dawn of the new millennium found the Kids at the top of their game. They shared the stage with
Green Day and Weezer and laid the foundation for up-and-coming emo bands such as Fall Out Boy and
Dashboard Confessional. Over the winter of 2001 and 2002, the Kids recorded their third album with
R.E.M. producer Scott Litt.
On a Wire was slower and more measured than the high-octane songs with big pop hooks displayed on
previous material. Fortunately, the songwriting was still there, making On a Wire the album to play to
come down at the end of a long day (or night).
Several songs from On a Wire earned a permanent spot at Get Up Kids shows, including the singalong
“Campfire Kansas” and the catchy “Stay Gone.” These songs both earned a place on the band’s only live
album to date, recorded in Lawrence a few days before the group broke up.
Live at the Granada is a great celebration of the band’s catalog up to that point. (They broke up shortly
after the show documented here, got back together in 2008 and have released two albums since then).
The energy in these 18 songs is so infectious it’s impossible to listen to this album without jumping
around the room. The audience becomes a sixth band member, adding enthusiastic vocals. It’s a fitting
celebration for a band worth celebrating. -Joel Francis
The Head and The Heart – The Head and the Heart (Booklet, 140 Gram Vinyl)
Jack McDuff – Moon Rappin’
Joe Jackson -State Theater New Jersey 2005 (Green Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings the Hits!
Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales (150 Gram Vinyl)
Kevin Morby – This Is A Photograph
King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (Blue and Gold Colored Vinyl, 2 Discs)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Live At Levitation ’14 & ’16 (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
The Kills – No Wow (Digital Download Card)
Kiss – Ace Frehley (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
Kiss – Paul Stanley (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
Kiss – Peter Criss (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
Kiss – Monster (180 Gram Vinyl)
Kiss – Kissworld: The Best Of Kiss (140 Gram Vinyl)
Kiss – Rock & Roll Over
Leon Bridges – Good Thing (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
The Locust – New Erections (Translucent Smoke olored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Metallica – 5.98 Ep – Garage – Garage Days Re-revisited
Marty Robbins – Sings Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs(Black Clear Vinyl)
Magnolia Park – Halloween Mixtape
Mary Gauthier – Dark Enough To See The Stars
Max Roach – Members Don’t Git Weary
Neil Young – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971
Neil Young – Royce Hall 1971
Nick Cave – Let Love In
Norah Jones – Come Away With Me (Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition)
Orville Peck- Show Pony
Orang-Utan – Orang-Utan
Orgone – Lost Knights (Red & Yellow Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Los Angeles-based funk band Orgone started as an instrumental ensemble backing rappers in the late
‘90s, but soon blossomed into their own thing. In the past, the band has delivered instrumental versions
of Isaac Hayes and K.C. and the Sunshine Band songs and opened for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
On the quintet’s latest album, R&B and soul have been repurposed into ‘70s acid rock along the lines of
Buddy Miles or Rare Earth. Guest vocalists feature on five of the album’s nine tracks and enhance the
hard rock vibe. On “Burn,” Phil Diamond warns “the cities are on fire” and filled with “the prostitutes of
wealth” as guitars divebomb and drums thunder. One song later, singer Jesse Wagner from the
Aggrolites calls for a party until the dawn on “Lay Your Life Down.”
Lost Knights is swaps out horns and funky grooves for wah-wah guitar and rhythms that call for more
cowbell. At around four minutes a track, Orgone don’t get caught up in the extended improvisations
that characterize “Inna Godda Da Vida” and “Get Ready,” but if someone threw this on at a party, you’d
swear it was the latest underground offering unearthed by the Numero Group and came with a lava
lamp. -Joel Francis
Prince – Prince and the Revolution Live (Booklet, 150 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Photos, Download Insert)
Pink Floyd – The Wall (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Night Gnomes (Red Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding (Pink Colored Vinyl)
Pixies – Doolittle (180 gram Vinyl)
Portishead – Dummy
Ronnie Foster – Two Headed Freap
RuPaul Charles – Supermodel of the World (Picture Disc)
S.G. Goodman – Teeth Marks
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going
Sarah Mary Chadwick – Me And Ennui Are Friends Baby
Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury
Sunflower Bean – Headful Of Sugar (Orange Colored Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Souls of Inspyration – Souls Of Inspyration (Orange Colored Vinyl, Reissue)
The Specials – The Specials
Toto – IV [RSD Essential Bloodshot Red LP]
Tesla – Mechanical Resonance (Blue Colored Vinyl)
Toro y Moi – Mahal
Three 6 Mafia – Live By Yo Rep
Various – Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Five (Pink Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)
Wendell Harrison – Dreams Of A Love Supreme
Wendy Carlos – Tron (Original Soundtrack)
Whitesnake – Slide It In
Xxxtentacion – 17 (Black & White Vinyl Digital Download Card)
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