It’s Buffalo Nichols New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session
AC/DC- 74 Jailbreak
Buffalo Nichols – Buffalo Nichols
Beyoncé – Homecoming: The Live Album (140 Gram Vinyl, With Booklet)
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Colored Vinyl)
Billie Eilish – Dont Smile At Me (Colored Vinyl)
Bob Marley- Best of Bob Marley
Brigitte Fontaine – Comme a la Radio
Caetano Veloso – Caetano Veloso
Childish Gambino- Awaken My Love
Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So
David Bowie- Hunky Dory
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So
The Doors- Waiting For The Sun
Fleetwood Mac- Rumours
Guster – Keep It Together
Harry Styles – Fine Line (Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Hot Mulligan – I Won’t Reach Out to You (Pink Colored Vinyl, Extended Play)
Houndmouth – Good For You
Jah Wobble – Metal Box – Rebuilt In Dub (Blue Colored Vinyl, Bonus Tracks)
Janet Jackson- Rhythm Nation
Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix [150 gram Vinyl]
Jason Isbell- Live from Alabama
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (180 Gram Vinyl, Deluxe Edition, Digital Download Card)
John Prine – Fair & Square (Green Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
The Jesus Lizard – Goat (Bonus Tracks, Deluxe Edition, Remastered, Reissue, Digital Download Card)
Kacey Musgraves – Star-Crossed (Colored Vinyl)
Kevin Ayers – Joy of a Toy
Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Leon Bridges- Gold-Diggers Sound
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Lost Dog Street Band – Homeward Bound (Gatefold LP Jacket, Remastered)
My Morning Jacket – My Morning Jacket (Orange Colored Vinyl, Yellow, Gatefold LP Jacket, Indie Exclusive)
Miles Davis- Bitches Brew
Mastodon- Hushed And Grim
Morphine – Cure for Pain (Gatefold LP Jacket, 180 Gram Vinyl, Deluxe Edition, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Morphine – Good (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Michael Jackson – Dangerous (180 Gram Vinyl)
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton
Neil Young – Homegrown
Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard Of Ozz
Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
Pet Shop Boys – Yes (2017 Remastered Version)
Pink Floyd- The Dark Side Of The Moon
Prince – Purple Rain (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
Queen – Greatest Hits I
Roscoe Mitchell – Dots / Pieces For Percussion And Woodwinds
Rush – 2112
Rush’s backs were to the wall when it came time to record their fourth album. Just two years earlier, the
Canadian trio had debuted with an album heavily indebted to Led Zeppelin and Cream. Subsequent
albums found the band’s sound expand, but still failed to connect with an audience.
After turning in two lengthy progressive numbers on their third album, Rush pushed all their chips to the
middle of the table on 2112, pinning their future on a 20-minute dystopian epic based on the writings of
Ayn Rand. And it worked.
“2112,” the song, gallops out of the gate with a lengthy overture before Geddy Lee’s helium vocals
introduce the priests at the temple of Syrnix. Feel free to get lost in the plot, but the music is focused
and compelling enough to keep the listener’s attention on its own merits.
After fulfilling Rand’s objectivist dream on side one, the flip side is a comparatively lean run of five songs
that all come in at under four minutes. Opening cut “A Passage to Bangkok” is the soundtrack of a train
voyage around the globe to sample local strains of cannabis. The jaunty narrative “The Twilight Zone” is
an homage to Rod Serling’s television show. “Tears” is a rare ballad in the Rush cannon. Album closer
“Something for Nothing” brings Rand’s philosophy back around with the chorus “you can’t get
something for nothing/you don’t get freedom for free.”
Rush had hinted at these heights on earlier albums, but achieve greatness on 2112, setting the stage for
more prog-rock masterpieces to follow. No 1970s hard or progressive rock library is complete without
this. -Joel Francis
Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
Sam Cooke – The Best Of (140 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Sturgill Simpson- Sound & Fury
Tom Petty – Wildflowers & All The Rest (Remastered)
Taylor Swift – Evermore (Green Colored Vinyl, Deluxe Edition, Bonus Tracks)
Tesla – Mechanical Resonance (Blue Colored Vinyl)
Long before it was an electric car, Tesla was a hard rock band from Sacramento, Calif. The quintet
landed in the already crowded mid-‘80s hair metal scene with a debut album that proved they could
write radio hits, but also had something of their own to say.
Mechanical Resonance is split, with the radio-ready songs on the first side and the more interesting,
expansive material on side two. “Comin’ Atcha Live” apes Van Halen before turning into Motley Crue,
while “EZ Come EZ Go” and “Rock Me to the Top” are just as cliched as their titles.
It’s not until the six songs on side two that Mechanical Resonance starts generating enough electricity to
justify its cover. “Modern Day Cowboy” is a continuation (and improvement) on Bon Jovi’s steel cowboy
motif. The ballad “Changes” stands out from its almost classical piano introduction. An acoustic cover of
Ph.D.’s “Little Suzi” foreshadows the band’s success with acoustic hits “Love Song” and “Signs.”
Tesla’s debut album is half of a good record. Side one will rarely be touched, but ‘80s rock fans will wear
the grooves out of side two. -Joel Francis
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Various Artists – A Tribute to Pink Floyd: Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Red, Black, Blue ,Colored Vinyl, Bonus Track)
Various Artists- Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1 (Original Soundtrack)
Yola- Stand For Myself
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