It’s Colemine Records New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted And Black (Orange Colored Vinyl, Rhino Black History Month Reissue)
Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (Pink & Blue Colored Vinyl)
Al Green – Gets Next to You
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Arrested Development – Don’t Fight Your Demons (Yellow & Brown Vinyl)
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Songs Of Freedom: The Island Years (Boxed Set)
Bon Jovi – 2020 (Colored Vinyl, Gold, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Brainbox – Brainbox (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Purple Colored Vinyl)
Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall [180 gram Vinyl]
Beastie Boys – Beastie Boys Music
Boston – Boston (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
The Beatles – Revolver
Black Pumas – Black Pumas
Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports [180 gram Vinyl]
Cleveland Eaton – Plenty Good Eaton
Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else / Joe Henderson – Page One
Miles Davis’ 1959 album Kind of Blues is widely – and correctly – regarded as the greatest jazz album of
all time. Cannonball Adderley’s release Somethin’ Else is like the b-side of Kind of Blue. Not only is Davis
present and prominent in his rare appearance as a sideman, but Somethin’ Else was recorded on a single
date between Kind of Blue’s sessions.
The modal technique Davis introduced on Blue is present on Somethin’ Else as well. You can hear in the
conversation between horns on the title track (a Davis original) and “Allison’s Uncle.” Elsewhere,
Adderley delivers a devastating interpretation of “Dancing in the Dark” and the band deconstructs
“Autumn Leaves” and “Love for Sale.” Anyone who has played Kind of Blue and wished it was twice as
long, which is to say everyone who has heard Kind of Blue, your wish is granted with Somethin’ Else.
Joe Henderson isn’t as heralded a saxophone player as Cannonball Adderley, but he deserves to be in
the conversation. 1963’s Page One marked the beginning of a four-decade career. Album opener “Blue
Bossa” predated the bossa nova trend in jazz by a year and has become a standard in its own regard.
Side two’s first cut, “Recorda Me,” became another of Henderson’s signature tunes. While those songs,
and much of the album, are laid back, “Home Stretch” shows the band can light a fire when it needs to.
Backed by Kenny Dorham on trumpet (who contributes two songs) and John Coltrane’s pianist McCoy
Tyner, Page One is not only a strong introduction, but one of the best moments in Henderson’s bountiful
catalog. -Joel Francis
Childish Gambino – Camp
Carole King – Tapestry
It is hard to believe that Carole King’s second album and masterpiece Tapestry is 50 years old. It’s even
harder to believe that her career as a recording artist is only the second act of a legacy that started 14
years prior as half of one of the hottest songwriting teams in the world.
King could have plucked a dozen of the hits she penned for others and delivered an outstanding album.
Instead, she chose only two old numbers and paired them with 10 new originals. Tapestry’s closer “(You
Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman” was first one of Aretha Franklin’s signature tunes. King knows
better than to try and best Franklin, so King strips her performance back, making it sound like the most
soulful demo of all time. The Shirelle’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” becomes even more aching and
intimate in King’s hands.
The rest of the album has become so familiar it’s hard to believe they debuted on Tapestry. James
Taylor, Barbara Streisand had contemporary hits with their covers. Years later, the Gilmore Girls and Rod
Stewart ushered the music to a new generation.
From Tori Amos and Fiona Apple to Adele and Alicia Keys, it’s hard to imagine a female
singer/songwriter who doesn’t owe a significant portion of her career to this album. Upon its release,
Tapestry sat at the top of the charts, refusing to budge as it racked up Grammys and other awards.
Today it is more than deserving of a place on your turntable. -Joel Francis
Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um Redux (Gatefold LP Jacket, 2 Pack)
CKY – Too Precious To Kill
Common – A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1
The 13th solo album from Common is the Chicago rapper’s second album timed to reflect and comment
upon a presidential election. Released in 2016, Black America Again filters the racial issues plaguing
through songs of love, anger and grief. Common never mentioned the conservative candidate who
wound up winning that election, but he didn’t have to.
A Beautiful Revolution, Part One, finds Common revisiting many of those same themes with several of
the same musicians, but with more hope and pride. Working with drummer and producer Karriem
Riggins and pianist Robert Glasper, Common’s bandmates in the trio August Green, the album has a live
feel that combines jazz, funk, Afro-beat and hip hop.
Lenny Kravitz and Chuck D drop by to provide vocals for “A Riot in My Mind” while Black Thought from
the Roots helps out on “Say Peace.” Singer PJ provides the hook on several songs. After name-checking
Stevie Wonder on the hymn “Courageous,” the man himself blows some harmonica.
By adding part one to the end of A Beautiful Revolution’s title, Common implies that there is more to
come in this series. But despite being just nine songs and 34 minutes, the album feels complete on its
own. -Joel Francis
Curtis Mayfield – Roots (Orange Vinyl, Rhino Black History Month)
Dio – Holy Diver Live, Evil or Divine: Live In New York City
Released in 1983, Holy Diver is Ronnie James Dio’s solo debut and one of the great metal albums of all
time. Holy Diver Live doesn’t live up to its studio counterpart, but the second disc of highlights from
Dio’s time in Rainbow and Black Sabbath almost make up for any deficiencies.
Recorded 22 years after Holy Diver’s initial release, Holy Diver Live finds Dio as the remaining musician
from the studio album but still in fine form. The high points onstage are the same as those in the studio,
but a nearly 17-minute performance of “Shame on the Night” and second disc of hits make Holy Diver
Live a worthy companion piece.
Evil or Divine: Live in New York City was released just a year before Holy Diver Live and draws from a
2003 tour. The band lineup is nearly identical and more than half of the songs are also found on the
superior Holy Diver Live, making Evil or Divine less essential. That said, the band’s performance across
the one-hour, 15-song set are strong and will more than satisfy your elfin metal cravings. -Joel Francis
Doug Carn – Spirit of the New Land
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So
Dolly Parton – The Very Best Of Dolly Parton
Drake – Take Care
Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Hunter And The Dog Star
Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl (Red Clear Colored Vinyl)
Greg Graffin – American Lesion
In the early ‘80s, Bad Religion separated themselves from the very cluttered, very influential So-Cal
hardcore scene with a stripped-down sophomore album that drew more from the 1970s singer-
songwriter movement than anything on the punk scene.
A decade and a half later, Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin repeated the trick on American Lesion, his
solo debut. Graffin processed his divorce by writing a batch of songs that were more intimate and
delicate than his band’s usual explosive material, so he decided to record them alone. Built around
acoustic guitars, piano and touches of drums (all played by Graffin), American Lesion that is more
Tapestry than Against the Grain.
“One day, my life will be a chocolate shake and late-night TV,” Graffin muses wistfully against a guitar
and piano line that recalls Neil Young on the song “When I Fail.” “But right now, I’m afraid of everything
that is going down.”
Inevitably, American Lesion invites comparisons to Bad Religion, but the distinct projects only overlap a
couple times. The song “Cease” first appeared in very different form a year earlier on Bad Religion’s The
Gray Race. Similarly, it’s not hard to imagine “In the Mirror” as an unamplified Bad Religion song.
Graffin has released two solo albums since American Lesion. Hopefully this new reissue of his debut will
find an audience beyond his band’s following. -Joel Francis
Heldon – 6: Interface
Heldon – Stand By
Heldon – Agneta Nilsson (Heldon IV)
Horace Tapscott – Live At Lacma 1998 (180 Gram Vinyl)
The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy
Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – Roundagain
John Prine – Bruised Orange (Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Judas Priest – Rocka Rolla (Translucent Grape with Opaque White, Black Splatter, Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds – Swing From The Sean DeLear
The Kinks – Something Else By The Kinks
Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced ‘Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd’
Mogwai – As The Love Continues (Transparent Yellow Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
The Milk Carton Kids – Live from Lincoln Theater
California folk duo the Milk Carton Kids have given serious thought to early every element on this
gorgeous album. Their practiced vocal harmonies intertwine like Simon and Garfunkel and jokes punch
with the impeccable timing of the Smothers Brothers. Twin fingerpicked acoustic guitars dance in a
balanced minuet reminiscent of bluegrass. The pair joke about their choice to use an ampersand instead
of the word and in their then-recent album title Ashes & Clay. They also point out the comma separating
the words “Honey, Honey” in a song title.
With all of this careful thought and specificity, it is jarring the two chose to open this 2013 concert
album with a piece of dialogue that starts mid-conversation and rambles for nearly two minutes about
Halloween before giving way to the music. But this is the only stain on an otherwise exquisite evening.
Kenneth Pattengale’s tender lullaby “Charlie” is an affecting, heartfelt moment – until Joey Ryan points
out that the infant inspiration for the song does not yet have a due date … or a mother. “We’ve been
doing this song for a couple years now,” Ryan quips.
Such is the flow across this 70-minute performance. Achingly tender music tempered with comedic jabs.
It feels both like the music of another era – vaudeville, the Dust Bowl, hootenannies – but also the
present. -Joel Francis
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On [180 gram Vinyl]
Marvin Gaye – Every Great Motown Hit Of Marvin Gaye: 15 Spectacular Performances
Misfits – Die Die My Darling
Miles Davis – Miles in Tokyo
It took Miles Davis a little time to build another quintet after John Coltrane departed in 1960. By 1963
he had most of the pieces that would comprise his second great quintet, but was searching for that
perfect tenor saxophone voice. During the 18 months it took between recruiting Herbie Hancock, Tony
Williams and Ron Carter until finally getting Wayne Shorter in the fold, the group tried out several tenor
Free jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers didn’t last long with the Davis combo – in fact Miles in Tokyo is his only
release with the band. Originally a Japanese exclusive LP, the five-track album now has wider release. All
of the songs will be familiar to Davis fans – “My Funny Valentine,” “All of You,” “Walkin’,” “So What” –
but it is interesting to hear Rivers’ interaction with the band on them.
Ultimately, Miles in Tokyo isn’t as classic as the My Funny Valentine and Four More albums compiled
from a concert with George Coleman on saxophone that same year. The Tokyo set also lacks the synergy
obvious on Miles in Berlin recorded a few months later, which marks Shorter’s debut. This makes Miles
in Tokyo a footnote or transitional release, but an interesting one nonetheless. -Joel Francis
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Picture Disc)
Night Beats – Myth Of Man (Red Colored Vinyl)
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Neil Young – The Times
Otis Redding – Lonely and Blue: The Deepest Soul Of Otis Redding
Otis Redding – Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul (180 Gram Vinyl)
Oliver Nelson – Blues & The Abstract Truth: Stereo & Mono Versions (180 Gram Vinyl, Bonus Tracks)
Oliver Nelson – Screamin the Blues
Pop Smoke – Shooting for the Stars Aim For The Moon
Paul Chambers – Bass on Top
Paul Rodgers – Muddy Water Blues (A Tribute To Muddy Waters) (Yellow, Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Rihanna – Loud
Radiohead – Pablo Honey
Radiohead – In Rainbows
The Roots – Undun
The Roots – Illadelph Halflife
Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
Shooter Jennings – Put the O Back in Country
Sheila E – The Glamorous Life (Teal Colored Vinyl, Rhino Black History Month Reissue)
Suede – See You In The Next Life [180 gram Vinyl]
Scott H. Biram – Fever Dreams
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
SZA – CTRL (Gatefold LP Jacket, 150 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Green, Download Insert)
The Stone Roses – Second Coming
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
Tash Sultana – Terra Firma (Gatefold LP Jacket, Yellow, Clear Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Toots & Maytals – Pressure Drop – The Golden Tracks (Tri-Colored Green, Red, Yellow Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Tennis – Swimmer
The Twilight Sad – Killed My Parents And Hit The Road
The Twilight Sad – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time
Tame Impala – Currents
Tom Petty – Greatest Hits
Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20 1992
Uncle Tupelo – Still Feel Gone
Uncle Tupelo – No Depression
Various – Colemine Records Presents: Brighter Days Ahead (Colored Vinyl)
Various Artists – Rock N Roll High School Music From Original Motion Picture
Van Halen – Van Halen
Van Halen – Fair Warning (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
World Party – Private Revolution
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