It’s David Bowie New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
A-ha – Hunting High And Low (Indie Exclusive)
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (Deluxe Edition, Pink, Black, Magenta Colored Vinyl)
Archie Shepp – Left Alone Revisited
Aretha Franklin – Sparkle (Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Arlo Parks- Collapsed In Sunbeams
Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session
Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was best known for his work on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance
album and his just-released debut album when he stepped into a Canadian television studio to record a
session with the legendary Albert King.
Although King was a little more than twice as old as the 29-year-old Vaughan at the time of this session,
the pair’s playing is one of mutual respect. Neither axeman is trying to impress the other; at the same
time, their playing is never staid or cordial. No, this is a conversation, in which each player pushes off the
other’s vocabulary and explores new territory.
Understandably, most of the performances here are lengthy. King’s “Blues at Sunrise” runs 15 minutes,
while the shortest song, a cover of B.B. King’s “Ask Me No Questions” is 5 minutes. The two chat
between songs. Thankfully the conversations are more succinct than the soloing.
In Session is Albert King’s show – Vaughan only performs one song, “Pride and Joy.” It ultimately doesn’t
matter because the collaboration is so balanced, with each man playing so fluidly off the other. For blues
fans and guitar aficionados, In Session releases joy with each spin. -Joel Francis
The Bug – Fire (Red, Yellow Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Bill Evans – Green Dolphin Street (180 Gram Vinyl, Green Colored Vinyl)
Bill Evans – Green Dolphin Street (180 Gram Vinyl, Green Colored Vinyl)
Billy Bang – Billy Bang Lucky Man
Bad Brains- Bad Brains
Bob Marley- Best of Bob Marley
Billie Eilish – Don’t Smile At Me (Colored Vinyl)
Cecil McBee Sextet – Music From The Source
Clara Rockmore – Theremin
Clara Rockmore – The Lost Theremin Album
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle
Childish Gambino- Awaken My Love
David Bowie – Toy (Box Set)
David Bowie – Who Can I Be Now? (1974 To 1976) (180 Gram Vinyl, Boxed Set)
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
Released in 1971, Hunky Dory is David Bowie’s fourth album, but first masterpiece.
Bowie’s self-titled debut was unfocused and the self-titled follow-up overcorrected into folk. The Man
Who Sold the World was a transitional album, strongly hinting at Bowie’s potential, but never
completely arriving. With Hunky Dory, however, Bowie finally arrived.
Invigorated by his time leading a band named Arnold Corns (essentially a dry run for the Spiders from
Mars), Bowie penned three songs about his heroes – “Andy Warhol,” “Song for Bob Dylan” and “Queen
Bitch” (for Lou Reed). He gave “Oh! You Pretty Things” to former Herman’s Hermit’s frontman Peter
Noone, who took it to No. 12 on the United Kingdom charts and reintroduced the public to Bowie. “Life
on Mars?” grew out of a parody of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” The album’s biggest number – and
opening track – “Changes,” started as another parody until Bowie and his band reworked it.
Bowie’s biggest musical foil in this period was guitarist Mick Ronson, but the unsung hero of Hunky Dory
is future Yes pianist Rick Wakeman. His fluid runs power “Life on Mars?,” give buoyancy to “Oh! You
Pretty Things” and adds a sense of drama to “Changes.”
Hunky Dory’s album tracks aren’t bad, either. “Quicksand” was in the setlists of Bowie’s final tour. The
haunting “The Belway Brothers” is about Bowie’s relationship with his half-brother. Tucked among the
hits on side one, “Eight Line Poem” is a country-ish ballad just as described: eight lines about a cat in a
room with a cactus. Don’t worry, it’s better than described.
The album didn’t make much noise upon release, but was quickly swept up in the Ziggy Stardust
zeitgeist and has since become one of Bowie’s most-celebrated albums. It belongs in any classic rock or
art-rock collection. -Joel Francis
David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (2017 Remastered Version)
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (180 Gram Vinyl)
Doris Duke – Woman
Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
Durand Jones & The Indications- American Love Call
Gorillaz – D-Sides (180 Gram Vinyl)
Great White – Great Zeppelin – Tribute To Led Zeppelin (Black White & Gold Splatter Colored Vinyl)
The Grateful Dead – Ready Or Not
Hanson – Against The World (Copper Colored Vinyl , Indie Exclusive)
Joy Division – Still
Jungle – Loving In Stereo (Blue, Black Colored Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Indie Exclusive)
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814
When Janet Jackson announced she was again working with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on
her fourth album, her label hoped for a sequel to Jackson’s chart-topping, breakthrough album Control.
Instead, Jackson, Jam and Lewis delivered something even better: a powerful statement on race,
addiction, poverty and love that mixed hard rock, dance, R&B, industrial and new jack swing.
Rhythm Nation 1814 is the sound of Jackson securing her place in her family’s musical legacy while
operating – and succeeding – completely independently. In order to appreciate the album’s scope and
reach, consider Rhythm Nation’s four No. 1 hits, which reached the top in consecutive years, from 1989
The first, “Miss You Much” is a love song that owes a strong debt to Jam and Lewis’ former employer,
Prince. “Escapade,” Jackson’s second No. 1 hit of 1989, continues in this vein, but 1990’s chart-topper
“Black Cat” is built on a screaming guitar riff and rocks harder than anything the hair metal bands of the
time were producing. By the time “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” peaked at No. 1 in 1991, Jackson
and Rhythm Nation had been riding the charts for so long that the singer was debuted a new look for
the video, abandoning the militaristic uniforms for something more casual and revealing.
Far from being bloated by so many hits, Rhythm Nation’s lesser singles and album cuts actually enhance
the record. “State of the World” and “Living in a World” address Jackson’s social themes while “Alright”
and “Come Back to Me” make sure the Nation stays sonically interesting and varied.
Rhythm Nation 1814 isn’t just Janet Jackson’s best album – one could make a strong case for it being the
best album released by any member of the Jackson family. -Joel Francis
Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix- Smash Hits
Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon III: The Chosen
Leon Bridges – Good Thing (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Lady Wray – Queen Alone
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Picture Disc)
Miles Davis- Bitches Brew
Misfits – Twilight of the Dead
N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
NOFX – West Coast Vs. Wessex
Nina Simone – Hits (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Remastered, Special Edition)
Nirvana – In Utero
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (140 Gram Vinyl)
Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard Of Ozz
Os Mutantes – Os Mutantes
Panic! At the Disco – Death Of A Bachelor (Limited Silver Colored Vinyl) (Silver Colored Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Paul Thorn – Never Too Late To Call
Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife (2017 Remastered Version)
Plus – Plus (Clear Colored Vinyl)
Robert Plant- Raise The Roof (Gatefold LP Jacket, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Roky Erickson – The Evil One (Purple Haze Vinyl)
Saint Etienne – I’ve Been Trying To Tell You
Saint Etienne – Tales From Turnpike House
Thelonious Monk – Misterioso
Thelonious Monk – Monks Dream
Queen – Greatest Hits
Roscoe Holcomb – The Old Church
Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964
Originally released in 2003, Portrait of a Legend is one of the greatest single-volume career
retrospectives ever assembled. The 30 songs collected here not only encompass all of Sam Cooke’s
greatest singles, but, as the title indicates, paint an aural biography of the soul legend.
The set opens with several gospel tracks from Cooke’s time with the Soul Stirrers, before moving into his
secular, solo sides: “You Send Me,” “Only Sixteen,” “Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha.” These songs
dominated the airwaves and R&B charts in their day, but most of them never appeared on any of
Interpretations of classics such as “Summertime” and “Tennessee Waltz” and the blues number “Little
Red Rooster” show Cooke was just as masterful a performer of others’ songs as he was at penning his
Portrait culminates with “A Change is Gonna Come,” Cooke’s finest side, before looping back around to
the begging and closing with “Nearer to Thee,” another gospel song with the Soul Stirrers. By ending the
journey here, the listener not only gets the full scope of Cooke’s artistry, but sees that he never strayed
far from his roots in the church.
Think of a well-known Cooke song and it’s on Portrait of a Legend. Quibbles can be made about what
supporting performances were excluded, but by that point we’re beyond a stand-alone release and into
box set territory. Illuminating liner notes from Cooke biographer Peter Guralnick further cement the
set’s definitive nature. If you only have one Cooke album in your collection (and every music fan should),
make it Portrait of a Legend. -Joel Francis
Various Artists – Blade Runner Black Lotus (Original Television Soundtrack) (Yellow Colored Vinyl)
Various Artists – Juno (Various Artists) (Green Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Various Artists – Lost In Translation (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Vic Chesnutt – Ghetto Bells (Limited Edition, Black, Brown Colored Vinyl)
Yusef Lateef – Other Sounds
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