Harold Vick New Vinyl Thursday

It’s Harold Vick New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:

49 Winchester – Fortune Favors The Bold (Orange Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Arctic Monkeys – The Car (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)

Brent Windler – New Morning Howl

BABY KEEM – Melodic Blue (150 Gram Vinyl)

Bobby Hutcherson – Stick-Up!(Blue Note Tone Poet Series)

The Beatles – Revolver Special Edition (4 LP Boxed Set / With Bonus 7″, 180 Gram Vinyl, With Book)

Weekly Review:

I have no doubt that a greater part of the music listening population, including the people reading this right now, are more qualified to write about The Beatles than me. I mean, of course I’m a fan and I wouldn’t deny they’re in the running for the best pop band of all time.
That being said I have a bit of a thorn in my side for how obsessed Beatles fans pine and quibble over every little fart the Fab Four ever committed to tape like it’s some kind of sonic scripture.
And I suppose this is why I actually love these Super Deluxe remixes and how they are being handled. Giles Martin brings the the perfect balance of respect and forward thanking when it comes to treating the holy cannon that is The Beatles recorded studio material.
A lot of the info I got from the process of making these new mixes comes from a great NPR interview I listened to on their podcast All Songs Considered that I recommend for any even a little bit curious about these new mixes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-songs-considered/id79687345?i=1000584475411
It just so happens Revolver was the first Beatles album I ever purchased and I’m a little embarrassed to say that it was actually a CD.
Aside from the brilliant songwriting and arranging of songs like Elenor Rigby, Yellow Submarine, and Tomorrow Never Knows, the fact that it was all recorded for mono, on just four analogue tape tracks makes Revolver nothing short of a revolutionary feat of audio engineering.
That being said, I remember listening to the album in my car and noticing how the entire drum kit was smashed all the way over to one speaker.  It was kind of annoying. This mainly has to do with the fact that in 1966 radio and most all recordings were produced to be played in mono. The way we’re used to listening to music now, in stereo, was a new and novel idea at the time.
All of the late Beatles stereo recordings that we are used to hearing, up until Abbey Road, were all produced by simply panning the four completed master tape tracks either left or right to create a wider sound field. Even though this might have done the job early on, if you listened with headphones or in a small space like a car, it creates a strange distracting separation.
Thanks to some recent sound technology developed through filmmaker Peter Jackson’s team on the recent Beatles Documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, Martin was able to work some true audio magic to create isolation between some of the instruments, which enabled him and engineer Sam Okell to create a more natural sounding stereo field.
The end result is music more akin to a more natural, being in the room with band, stereo experience. Martin consulted with surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about the process and both signed off on the process.
Some may say that the limitations were part of  what made the Beatles such a great band. Others might say this record is a great opportunity to hear this iconic album closer to how the band would have intended it to sound if the technology had been more aligned with their vision.
I think this reissue does a great job of finding a sweet spot between both of those camps.  -Major Matt

Weekly Review#2 :

The Fab Four’s seventh album hits the sweet spot, perfectly balancing the pop-fueled innocence and
enthusiasm that marked their earlier work with the mature songwriting and experimentation that
typified their later output.
Released in 1966, Revolver contains no bad songs, but includes especially beloved numbers including
George Harrison’s libertarian “Taxman,” Ringo Starr’s vocal turn on “Yellow Submarine” and Paul
McCartney’s sing-along “Good Day Sunshine” and groundbreaking “Eleanor Rigby.” On an album loaded
with innovation, John Lennon’s songs were the most experimental, from the backwards guitar on “I’m
Only Sleeping” to album closer “Tomorrow Never Knows,” which almost singlehandedly launched the
genres of psychedelic, electronic and industrial music.
All of these gems are available on stand-alone reissue in a new mix conducted by Giles Martin, son of
the late George Martin, who originally produced the album. The Super Deluxe version includes the new
stereo remix, plus the original mono mix of Revolver, a hardcover book, 12-inch single and two albums
of outtakes.
The outtakes are the most interesting component of the expanded set. Devoted Beatles fans may
recognize a few of these in-progress recordings from the second installment of the Beatles Anthology
series, released 25 years ago. These 31 tracks are sequenced roughly in reverse order, starting with
“Tomorrow Never Knows.” Performances are clustered by song, so you can hear, say, “Yellow
Submarine” evolve from Lennon’s solo demo to Starr’s work-in-progress with narration and additional
sound effects. Hearing the band adopt and discard various ideas – such as playing with the
countermelody on “Got to Get You Into My Life” via backing vocals, clavinet and, finally, horns –
demonstrates their skills as arrangers are just as keen as their celebrated songwriting ability.
Lavish anniversary editions of Beatles albums have become more-or-less annual traditions going back to
2017. It’s easy to be cynical about these projects, but its even easier to have the family chip in on the
perfect holiday gift for that special Beatles fan that will be enjoyed again and again over the years. -Joel Francis

Bob Marley – Best of Bob Marley

Black Creatures – Wild Echoes

Bjork – Vespertine

Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago

Daft Punk – Alive 2007

Dead Cross – II (Colored Vinyl, Gold)

Devin Townsend – Lightwork (Yellow Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Booklet)

Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond – Purple & Green (Purple, Green Colored Vinyl)

Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork (Gatefold LP Jacket, Booklet)

Emily Nenni – On The Ranch (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Autographed / Star Signed)

Eminem – Curtain Call 2

First Aid Kit – Palomino (White Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac ‎– Tusk

Ghost – Meliora

Ghost Funk Orchestra – A New Kind of Love

Weekly Review:

A few months after reissuing their earliest recordings on LP, retro-soul scenesters Ghost Funk Orchestra
are back with a new album, A New Kind of Love.
The Orchestra’s third album finds them comfortably inhabiting the same crossroads of R&B, jazz and
funk, creating a vibe that recalls Stax, Motown and the ongoing Jazz is Dead series. Songwriter and
bandleader Seth Applebaum is the guiding hand here, but singer Romi Hanoch takes the spotlight durnig
her turns behind the mic on lead single “Your Man’s No Good,” “Why?” and “Scatter.” The Orchestra
plays off her vocals like a soundtrack to an imaginary Blaxplotation film. It’s not hard to envision
“Scatter” over an opening credits sequence or “Blockhead” during a mid-film montage.
Applebaum and company keep the album tight – only two of the album’s dozen songs reach more than
four minutes. The performances fly past light soundtracks for as-yet-unmade films. The result is a
sequence of crisp tracks that beg to be queued back up as the final notes slowly fade. -Joel Francis

Green Day – American Idiot (With Poster, 180 Gram Vinyl, Poster)

Harold Vick – Steppin’ Out (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)

Iggy Azalea – The End of an Era (Deluxe)(Poster, Red, Blue Colored Vinyl)

Janis Joplin – Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits (150 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)

Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble – Drum Dance To The Motherland

Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered.

Lauryn Hill- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lone Bellow – Love Songs for Losers (Gatefold LP Jacket)

Lonnie Liston-Smith – Astral Traveling (Gatefold LP Jacket)

Madonna – Erotica (Picture Disc Vinyl)

Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Monophonics – Sage Motel (Transparent Orange w/ Black Swirl Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Muse – The 2nd Law (180 Gram Vinyl)

MF Doom – Operation Doomsday (Original Cover, Poster)

Nirvana – Nirvana

N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton

Opeth – Roundhouse Tapes

Otis Redding – Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul (180 Gram Vinyl)

Pink Fairies – Finland Freakout 1971 (Clear Vinyl)

The Plains – I Walked With You A Ways (Pink, Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

The Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God (180 Gram Vinyl)

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Prince – The Hits 1 (150 Gram Vinyl)

Prince – The Hits 2 (150 Gram Vinyl)

Prince – Purple Rain (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)

Prince – Prince and the Revolution Live (Booklet, 150 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Photos / Photo Cards, Download Insert)

Regina Spektor – Home, Before And After (Colored Vinyl, Ruby, Red, Indie Exclusive)

Rayland Baxter – If I Were A Butterfly(Orange Clear Vinyl)

Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill (180 Gram Vinyl)

Steve Forbert – Moving Through America (Blue Colored Vinyl)

Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights

Still Corners – Dead Blue

Say She She – Prism – Pink Rose

S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling

The Strokes – The New Abnormal

Taylor Swift – Midnights

Weekly Review:

Pop sensation Taylor Swift’s male exploits have been tabloid fodder for years, but one man Swift can’t
seem to get enough of is producer Jack Antonoff. After taking a diminished role in Swift’s twin 2020
Americana albums, Folklore and Evermore, Antonoff is back behind the boards for every song on Swift’s
10 th album, Midnights.
The problem is that during the eight years Antonoff and Swift have worked together, Antonoff has
become producer du jour for Lana Del Rey, Lorde and a host of other female pop stars. His production
style has also become so identifiable that the voices fronting these albums seem interchangeable.
All of this is a long way of saying that when the fourth song on Midnights rolls around, its hard to tell if it
is a Swift track featuring Del Rey or the other way around. It takes several listens for Swift’s songwriting
to establish itself and shine through Antonoff’s production and arrangements.
Once Swift finally takes center stage on her own album, she offers dark night of the soul introspection
that ultimately boil down to the contrast between how Swift views herself and everyone else sees her.
Swift talks smack on “Karma” and “Vigilante Shit” and confesses “I’m the problem, it’s me” on “Anti-
Romantic relationships go under the microscope for many of Midnight’s best songs. It’s hard not to get
pulled in when Swift asks “Did you ever have someone kiss you in a crowded room/And every single one
of your friends was/Making fun of you/But 15 seconds latеr they were clapping too?” on the chorus of
“Question …?” The haunting “Maroon” examines the aftermath of a drunken encounter with romance.
The most confident and optimistic of these songs is album closer “Mastermind,” the story of carefully
engineered meet-cute.
After two albums of playing in the woods, Swift is back to the confessional, diaristic pop she on which
she built her reputation. While more distinct production would help Swfit’s songs shine brighter, these
13 track are an effective soundtrack for late-night soul searching. -Joel Francis

Tame Impala – Currents

Vacant Lots – Closure (180 Gram Vinyl, White Colored Vinyl)

Various – Psychobilly Christmas (Red Colored Vinyl)

Various Artists – Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen (180 Gram Vinyl)

Will Hoge – Wings On My Shoes (Yellow Colored Vinyl)

William Shatner – Shatner Claus

Zombies – Odessey & Oracle (Mono)


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