It’s Chet Baker New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
311 – 311 (180 Gram Vinyl)
311 – Evolver (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Aaliyah – Ultimate Aaliyah
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Katalyst – Katalyst JID013
Ahmad Jamal – Emerald City Nights: Live At The Penthouse (1965-1966) (RSD Exclusive)
Alice in Chains – Dirt (150 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits
Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Blue Mitchell – Bring It Home To Me (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
Booker Ervin – The Book Cooks
The Beach Boys – Sail On Sailor [2LP+7in EP] (Extended Play, With Bonus 7″)
The Beatles – Abbey Road Anniversary (1LP)
Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
Billy Strings – Me/and/Dad (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Black, Smoke & Yellow Versions)
The Cure – Pornography (180 Gram Vinyl)
The Cure – The Greatest Hits
Cage the Elephant – Melophobia (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Captain Beefheart – Clear Spot (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, RSD Exclusive, Clear Vinyl)
Chet Baker & Art Pepper – Picture of Heath LP (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex (White Clear Vinyl)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle
David Bowie – Blackstar (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Download Insert)
David Bowie – The Next Day Extra EP (RSD Exclusive, 140 Gram Vinyl, Extended Play)
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (Picture Disc Vinyl, Remastered)
Dead Kennedys – Bedtime for Democracy
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (Deluxe Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Demi Lovato – HOLY FVCK
Descendents – 9th & Walnut
Descendents – Everything Sucks
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Digital Download Card)
The Doors – Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine
Deftones – Gore
Deftones – Deftones
Earthgang – GHETTO GODS (Black, Gold Colored Vinyl)
The Eagles – Their Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2
The Flaming Lips – Oh My Gawd ….. The Flaming Lips
Florence + the Machine – Lungs (Digital Download Card)
Foo Fighters – The Essential Foo Fighters (140 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Frank Black & the Catholics – One More Road For The Hit (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, RSD Exclusive)
Gladys Knight & Pips – Gladys Knight & The Pips (RSD Exclusive, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One (Deluxe Edition)
Guns N Roses – Use Your Illusion I
Guns N Roses – Use Your Illusion II
Ghost Funk Orchestra- A New Kind Of Love
“A New Kind Of Love” is Brooklyn based neo-soul/ jazz band, Ghost Funk Orchestra’s fourth album in just three years.
After expanding his bedroom recording experiment into a 10-piece live band, guitarist/ producer/bandleader Seth Applebaum appears to have scaled back a hair on one. Not to worry, there’s still plenty of big retro psych soul sounds to shake your swizzle stick at.
It’s been scientifically proven that listening to Ghost Funk Orchestra in your car transports you into an episode of the 70’s television police drama “The Streets Of San Francisco.” This time, instead of a car chase scene, New Kind Of Love feels like entering a beatnik filled nightclub with go-go dancers and suspicious characters of questionable intentions.
About halfway through the first track, “Your Man’s No Good,” a sultry three part harmony rattles off a laundry list of traits no person wants their man to have. The Song features plenty of horn section with smirking attitude to back it up.
On track three, “Scatter,” Romi Hanoch’s soulful scat vocals set the tone for an up tempo scorcher while “Prism” is a more angular start/ stop groove complete with haunting atmospheric “Oh’s & Ah’s” intersecting a truly infectious bass line and fluttering jazz flute.
The title track “A New Kind Of Love (pt.1)” feels like an exploratory sonic blue print for most of the tunes on the album. A laid back groove intermingles with spring reverb drenched guitars and cavernous horn stabs. Slowly brooding vintage keyboards sounds slip in and out of a sonic ether thick with chilled out jazzy vibes for miles.
“A Song For Pearl” is a vibey, sax laden, bossanova instrumental that melds into the standard cool jazz tone of Bluebell.
The second to last track, “Rooted,” is a another stand out, up tempo, mission complete with space-echoed Rhodes piano and a guitar solo that sounds like it was broadcast from Mars.
There’s really nowhere you can to wrong with Ghost Funk Orchestra IMHO. But if your looking for the perfect balance of energy and chill to fully lubricate your next dinner/ cocktail gathering, I think you’ve found your record. – Major Matt
The Head and the Heart – Every Shade Of Blue (Indie Exclusive,Orange Clear Vinyl)
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Twist & Shout 11.16.07 (Limited Edition)
Jerry Garcia – Garcia (50th Anniversary Edition, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix (150 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Joe Lovano – Other Worlds (RSD Exclusive, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Digital Download Card)
John Coltrane – Blue Train
Lebanon Hanover – Sci Fi Sky
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Indie Exclusive, Pink Colored Vinyl)
Michael Jackson – Thriller
MF DOOM – Operation: Doomsday
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – World Record (Indie Exclusive, Color Vinyl)
In a recent interview, rock legend Neil Young said many of the melodies on World Record came to him
while taking walks in the woods. It’s easy to hear these rustic roots on unadorned numbers, such as
“Love Earth” and “This Old Planet (Changing Days).”
These song titles and others – “I Walk with You (Earth Ringtone),” “The World (Is in Trouble Now)” – give
away the central theme of World Record. Young has sung about the ecology for at least half a century
now , but has returned to the topic with growing frequency over the past few years.
For that reason, the humble acoustic numbers that populate the first half of World Record seem don’t
distinguish themselves against the other similar songs Young has written on the same topic. It’s only
when Crazy Horse plug in that the album crackles to life.
Aided by longtime rhythm section Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot and the return of Nils Lofgren, Young
has been playing with this version of Crazy Horse going back to 2019’s Colorado album. Buried six songs
in, the lumbering blues of “Break the Chain” is the first time Crazy Horse shake off their shackles. It’s a
fine number made better by the songs around it, but only a tease for World Record’s best performance.
Clocking in at more than 15 minutes, “Chevrolet” comprises one-third of World Record’s runtime. Just
when you’re about to write off the album as diminished returns on familiar themes, “Chevrolet”
punches through the speakers and demolishes everything that’s come before it. Crazy Horse swagger on
“Chevrolet” with a force unseen since the Psychedelic Pill album 10 years ago. “Chevrolet” may or may
not fit with World Record’s concept, but it doesn’t matter because the performance is so good.
World Record is a middling record with a ferocious ending that nearly salvages the album. You may not
play the first couple sides, but the last one will get a lot of wear. -Joel Francis
Neil Young – Harvest (50th Anniversary Edition, With DVD, With Bonus 7″, Boxed Set)
Prince – The Hits 1 (150 Gram Vinyl)
Prince – The Hits 2 (150 Gram Vinyl)
Prince – Purple Rain (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
The Plains – I Walked with You a Ways (Indie Exclusive, Pink, Clear Vinyl)
Jess Williams and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield first bonded over their mutual love of the other’s
music. Their collaboration resulted in a timeless album that eclipses some of their best solo work.
The creative spark that drives these two artists is evident from the opening notes of “Summer Sun,” the
first track. Williams and Crutchfield’s voices dance and weave together like Emmylou Harris’ albums with
Linda Ronstadt (and Dolly Parton) or the (Dixie) Chicks.
Backed by the rhythm section of Phil Cook and Spencer Tweedy (son of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy), the
album’s 10 tracks go past like a warm summer breeze, bringing irrepressible smiles and dancing. Each
artist brought a handful of songs to the project to finish off with the other. The empathy and soul-
searching that informed Crutchfield’s excellent 2020 album Saint Cloud shines brightly here.
Williamson’s ability to craft her songs as short stories also carries forward.
Just as the name Plains evokes expansive emptiness, the open road acts as a common touchstone in
many songs. Williamson sings about putting her native “Texas in the rearview” on “Abilene.” On
“Problem with It,” Crutchfield “drive(s) fast on high alert.”
Strong independent women are another theme. On “Bellafatima,” the album’s lone cover, the pair sing
about a hard Southern woman who “swore like a dry country welder,” but is “so hungry for someone to
sing.” On “Last 2 On Earth,” Crutchfield sings “when I lose my good grip, (I) get down on my knees and
These joyous anthems of women unafraid of walking away if their vulnerable needs aren’t met manage
to sound both retro and current at the same time, making I Walked with You a Ways one of the best
country/roots albums of the year. -Joel Francis
Queen – Flash Gordon
Santigold – Spirituals (Picture Disc Vinyl)
Slipknot – Slipknot (Colored Vinyl)
Solomon Burke – Don’t Give Up On Me
Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury
Tyler Childers – Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven
Todd Rundgren – Something / Anything (50th Anniversary Edition, RSD Exclusive, Colored Vinyl, Boxed Set)
Tom Skinne – Voices Of Bishara
Tom Petty & Heartbreakers – Live at the Fillmore, 1997 (3LP)
Tom Petty & Heartbreakers – Live at the Fillmore, 1997 (6LP Deluxe Boxed Set)
Across 20 nights in January and February, 1997, Petty and the Heartbreakers appropriated the Fillmore
Auditorium in San Francisco. Untethered from expectations, setlists were packed with favorite songs
from the past. Occasionally, old friends even dropped by to share the stage for a few songs.
A new collection – available in either three- or six-LP editions – celebrates this period. The performances
captured on Live at the Fillmore, 1997, are joyous and relaxed. On the deluxe edition, 35 of the 58 songs
are covers, ranging from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead. Petty’s
playful mood is best encapsulated in how he uses a sing-along version of “You Are My Sunshine” to set
up a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
When Petty and company do get around to performing the hits, they are often in different form.
Performances of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “Good to Be King” stretch more than 10 minutes. “Even
the Losers” and “American Girl” are stripped down to acoustic guitars and piano.
Nearly everyone in the band gets to take the spotlight. Even better are the moments when Roger
McGuinn and John Lee Hooker take over the mic, pressing the Heartbreakers into service as stand-by
Byrds or Canned Heat, respectively.
Live at the Fillmore, 1997, is a celebration and reminder of the Heartbreakers’ stellar musicianship and
communion. On the hype sticker, Petty says “this might be the high point of our time together as a
group.” There are plenty of great moments in the Heartbreakers’ canon, but arguing with Petty on this
point would be foolish. -Joel Francis
Twenty One Pilots – Trench (Gatefold LP Jacket, Digital Download Card)
Tyler, The Creator – Goblin
Various Artists – A Tribute to Pink Floyd: Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Colored Vinyl, Red, Black, Blue, Bonus Track)
Weyes Blood – And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow
White Zombie – Astro-Creep: 2000
Widespread Panic – Ain’t Life Grand (Limited Edition, Purple, Yellow Colored Vinyl)
Widespread Panic – Live From Austin Tx (Blue Colored Vinyl)
Widespread Panic – Space Wrangler (Limited Edition, Blue, Green Colored Vinyl)
Young Dolph – Dum & Dummer 2
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