Quincy Jones New Vinyl Thursday

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

Aimee Mann – Queens Of The Summer Hotel

Aretha Franklin – Sparkle (Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Weekly Review:
The 1976  film Sparkle, staring Irene Cara in just her second film roll, is loosely inspired by the history of the Supremes.
Even though the film was generally panned by critics, folklore tells a tale of the soundtrack’s creator Curtis Mayfield being dissatisfied with the actor’s performances.
Concurrently, Aretha Franklin’s career was experiencing a bit of a dip. 1974’s “With Everything I Feel in Me” and 1975’s “You”, had both failed to chart.
Ahmet Ertegun, then President of Atlantic (Franklin’s label at the time), made the suggestion that she work with Mayfield, who had recently successfully scored 1972’s Superfly and 1974’s Claudine, on the soundtrack.
Carolyn Franklin told David Ritz for his 2014 Aretha Franklin biography, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,
 “[Mayfield] thought two of the actresses, Irene Cara and Lonette McKee, were excellent singers for the movie but wanted a more experienced R&B vocalist to cut the album,” so he kept the instrumental stems from the film  and replaced all of the vocals with Franklin.
More than likely the studio was working  a new marketing strategy in connection with recent blaxploitation films such as Superfly and Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song. Soundtracks were released a week before the films and copies of the album were often available for purchase in theater lobbies wheee the film screened.
Motivations and awkwardness aside it turned out to be a good idea. The album scored a major pop hit with “Something He Can Feel,” landing at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992, En Vogue turned their cover into an even bigger hit, peaking at number 3.
Whether you wanna call it the last true R&B record or a transitional cornerstone before Franklin’s full embrace of the disco era, Sparkle offers us an opportunity to witness the collaboration of two legendary forces responsible for shaping the sound of classic American soul and r&b music.  -Major Matt

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (Deluxe Edition, Pink, Black, Magenta Colored Vinyl)

Bad Company – Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company (Indie Exclusive)

BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory (Gatefold LP Jacket)

Beths – Auckland, New Zealand 2020

Bill Charlap – Street Of Dreams

Billy Preston – Encouraging Words

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Boogaloo Joe Ivan Jones – Sweetback

Brandee Younger – Somewhere Different

Bria – Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 (Opaque Light Blue Vinyl, Limited Edition)

Billie Eilish- Happier Than Ever Happier Than Ever (Brown Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

The Bug – Fire (Red, Yellow Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Gatefold LP Jacket)

Bob Marley- Legend

Bad Brains – Bad Brains

Cat Power – Covers

Weekly Review:

Across an inventive and impressive career – now almost 30 years old – Cat Power has become one of the
great songwriters of her era. Power’s third collection of cover songs, titled simply Covers, reminds that
she is an imaginative interpreter of other people’s songs as well.
Covers encompasses an adventurous range of material, ranging from Frank Ocean and the
Replacements to Lana Del Rey and Kitty Wells. Despite these diverse sources, Covers hangs together
well as a singular statement.
A good deal of why Covers works so well as an album lies in Power’s ability to deconstruct and cast even
the most well-known songs in a new light. Her reading of Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind,” the Ocean
number “Bad Religion” and Iggy Pop’s “Endless Sea” are nearly unrecognizable from the original
On other interpretations, Power amplifies the original spirit. She somehow makes the Replacements’
“Here Comes a Regular” even more mournful and turns the Billie Holiday song “I’ll Be Seeing You” into
an even more sad and graceful goodbye.
One of Covers best songs comes from a surprising source. “Pa Pa Power” comes from a project featuring
actor Ryan Gosling and Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea. While the original version is driven by
low-key New Wave synths and sports vocals from a children’s choir vocals, Power tears everything
down, leaving only the weary lyrics. As on the rest of Covers, the performance is an evocative look into
Power’s mindset. The dozen songs here are trips worth taking. -Joel Francis

Charles Tolliver – Connect (Indie Exclusive)

Common – A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 (Limited Edition,Yellow Colored Vinyl)

David Bowie – Low (Orange Colored Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive, Remastered)

David Bowie – Hunky Dory (180 Gram Vinyl)

David Byrne & Brian Eno – My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)

Dinosaur Jr – Hand It Over (Deluxe Edition, Gatefold LP Jacket,Purple Colored Vinyl, Expanded Version)

Don Cherry – Where Is Brooklyn?

Dropkick Murphys – Sing Loud Sing Proud

Doors – L.A. Woman

Drake – Take Care

Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer

Fritz Hutchison – Wide Wild Acres

Funkadelic – Free Your Mind (180gm Blue Vinyl)

Funkadelic – Funkadelic: 50th Anniversary Edition (180gm Orange Vinyl)

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Flying Lotus – Yasuke
Gang Of Four – Entertainment

Weekly Review:

Perhaps no other band defines the genre of post-punk better than the Leeds, UK group Gang Of Four.
Matador Records has just released a new remastered reissue of the bands debut album, “Entertainment.”

Incorporating the unlikely genres of punk rock with funk, dance music, reggae and dub, coupled with left leaning inspired politics, GOF has become a staple listen for countless rebelling, middle class, art school student types looking to push back against the confines of a capitalist society or at the very least their over bearing conservative parents.

By embracing more intellectual ideals like Situationism and Feminism along with funky dance rhythms not totally dissimilar to disco inspired pop music of the time, the genre even managed to piss off some punk rockers.

“We were trying to invent a new kind of music, a new kind of language,” Gill said of Entertainment! “We were using the building blocks of ‘rock music’, ‘funk music’ and ‘pop music’, dismantling them to see what was there and using what we felt like using.”

From the very first elephant stepping bass sounds of  Ether, the first track on Entertainment, one gets the sense of the deliberateness. Regardless of its dissonance and energy this is music clearly constructed (or reconstructed) from the broken pieces of western utopian idealism.

“Everything was thought out in advance,” said guitarist Andy Gill. “No jamming.”
In his 2014 piece about the album, Kevin J. H. Dettmar likens the album to James Joyce’s Ulysses, saying; “both are concerned with the importance of narrative, of storytelling, as a mode of experiencing the world… that the stories we tell ourselves about “the way things are”—a body of stories that in another context we might call ideology—profoundly shape our experiences of the world.

Track two “Naturals Not It” is perfect example of this cut-up narrative concept:

“Dream of the perfect life
Economic circumstances
The body is good business
Sell out, maintain the interest

Remember Lot’s wife
Renounce all sin and vice
Dream of the perfect life
This heaven gives me migraine”

The criticism of modern day society that Gang Of Four were addressing over forty years ago are all too relative today. The pandemic has caused many of us to take pause in this age of information and constant limitless stimulation. Perhaps there is a better way? With Gang of Four it appears to be an open ended question. I’m just glad someone is still asking!

In 2020 Rolling Stone voted Entertainment number 273 out of the 500 best albums of all time.
Their influence on New Wave and No Wave music of the 80’s and 90’s is uncontested. Even to this date post- punk bands emerge proudly displaying the angular bass driven style Gang of Four helped to create.  – Major Matt

Weekly Review #2:

On their 1979 debut, UK punk band Gang of Four combine the nervous energy of early Talking Heads
with the razor-sharp satire of capitalism and society practiced by early Tubes and Devo.
Entertainment!’s lead single, “Damaged Goods,” uses the end of a romantic relationship as a metaphor
for capitalism. “Damaged goods/Send ‘em back,” Andy Gill sings on the song’s bridge before pleading
“Give me the change you said would do me good.” Fun stuff!
Fortunately, the music keeps Entertainment! from being a purely cerebral exercise. The quartet
combines reggae, rock and funk into a post-punk mélange driven by a fidgety, restless intensity. At
times, the songs veer into something approaching pop territory, but consistently stop short. It’s almost
as if the band is intentionally holding the music back from the dance floor.
In the 43 years since its release, Entertainment! has earned lofty status, with songs appearing in both
independent and mainstream films. The album’s clout is only matched by diversity of the people who
praise it, spanning Kurt Cobain and Flea to Michael Hutchence of INXS. It deserves a place in any punk
library. -Joel Francis

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Anthology: Messages

Gil Scott-Heron – Nothing New

Greta Van Fleet- The Battle At Garden’s Gate (White Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Great White – Great Zeppelin – Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Halford – Resurrection (Red Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Harmonia – Deluxe

Jackie McLean – Destination Out

Jarvis Cocker – CHANSONS d’ENNUI Tip-top

Johnny Hammond – Gears

Weekly Review:

In the 1970s, brothers Alphonso and Larry Mizell not only produced jazz-funk-fusion albums for Donald
Byrd and Garry Bartz, but also worked with Motown stars the Miracles, the Jackson Five and even the
king of pop, Michael Jackson.
On 1975’s Gears, the Mizell brothers applied their golden touch to veteran jazz organist Johnny
Hammond. The man born John Smith recorded his first album in 1958 and became so prolific and well-
known on the Hammond B-3 organ that he took the instrument’s name as his own.
Hammond was no stranger to the Mizell brothers. The three worked together the year before on 1974’s
Gambler’s Life. Gears continues the exploration and sounds on Gambler’s Life, with plenty of hi-hat, wah
wah guitar and electric bass.
The six numbers on Gears blur the lines between jazz, soul, funk and even disco, but are loaded with
surprises. On “Tell Me What to Do,” a four-on-the-floor cymbal rhythm rides over an elegant jazz
keyboard solo. “Los Conquistadores Chocolates” rides a complex flute riff over some impressive cymbal
work until the rest of the band kicks in and the main motif arrives. Elsewhere, sophisticated chops are
tucked behind pop vocals.
Jazz purists scoffed at Mizell brothers productions at the time, but many of their efforts hold up
surprisingly well today. The influence of Gears can be heard in the sound of conscious hip hop and neo
soul of the early ‘90s. The album’s laid-back vibe and sophistication makes it both an accessible and
cheerful experience. -Joel Francis

José González – In Our Nature

The Jackson 5 – ABC [180-Gram Black Vinyl]

Janet Jackson- Rhythm Nation

John Coltrane – Lush Life; “Live” at the Village Vanguard; Crescent

Weekly Review:

A trio of reissues spotlight radically different moments on legendary saxophone player John Coltrane’s
incredible artistic arc.
Lush Life draws from sessions recorded in 1957 and ’58, but wasn’t released until 1961. The first side of
the album finds Coltrane backed only by bass and drums, giving the horn player lots of space to stretch
out. These performances of standards “Like Someone in Love” and “I Love You” offer rare opportunities
to hear Trane play without a pianist.
Pianist Red Garland and longtime Coltrane bass player Paul Chambers join the master on the second
side. The 14-minute performance of “Lush Life” is one of the most sublime moments in the early
Coltrane catalog. Trane’s playing is powerful, yet elegant and guest trumpeter Donald Byrd adds
different textures and moods.
Recorded at that hallowed hall of jazz in New York City in November, 1961, Live at the Village Vanguard,
feels like two albums in one. On the first side, Coltrane bids farewell to bass player Reggie Workman and
welcomes guest Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet for “Spiritual.” The playing on this side is more relaxed and
straightforward in arrangement. The performance of “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise” could almost fit
on Lush Life.
The second side of the Village Vanguard platter feels like a completely different album. With pianist
McCoy Tyner on the sidelines, Coltrane works again in the trio format and takes advantage of every
opportunity it presents. The side-long “Chasin’ the Trane” is a tour de force of exploration and

improvisation. Marking the debut of bass player Jimmy Garrison, who would work with Coltrane for the
rest of his life.
Coltrane was back with Garrison, Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones – the same musicians who played with
him on the Village Vanguard album – for 1964’s Crescent. Although the sessions for this album pre-date
A Love Supreme by more than six months, the playing on Crescent points the way to Trane’s career-
defining masterpiece.
For his solos on the opening, title track, Coltrane is restrained and focused. He still delivers a barrage of
notes, but it is obvious each one is carefully placed and considered. “Wise One” is a beautiful
meditation, with Tyner’s piano accompaniment almost functioning as a song within a song.
Crescent’s second side is given to the rhythm section. Garrison gets a lengthy solo on “Lonnie’s Lament,”
while Jones takes the lead on album-closer “Drum Thing.”
This trio of albums are fascinating, because Coltrane’s artistic growth is readily heard across the records,
but he never lets go of what made him special initially. They are albums that can be enjoyed and studied
for a lifetime. -Joel Francis

Korn – Korn

Kendrick Lamar- Damn.

Khruangbin- Mordechai

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Skynyrd’s Innyrd

LIL BABY / LIL DURK – The Voice Of The Heroes

Leo Nocentelli – Another Day
Weekly Reviews:
Like flowers growing from cracks in the sidewalk, sometimes the gospel of good music finds its way into the world regardless of circumstances.
The story of how, over fifty years after its creation, Leo Nocentelli’s album “Another Side” came to see the light of day is a good example.
Whether you recognize the name or not. Chances are you’ve heard his work. Nocentelli was the guitar player and founding member of legendary New Orleans funk band The Meters.
Throughout the 60’s and 70’s he was a regular studio guitarist for famed producer Allen Toussaint and has appeared in tracks for heavy hitters such as Paul McCartney, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder. Nocentelli’s music has been covered by Etta James and the Neville Brothers and sampled by hundreds of hip-hop artists.
He recorded these nine original tracks plus a fresh take on Elton John’s “This One’s For You” in 1971 at Cosimo Matassa’s New Orleans based Jazz City Studio. Two members of the Meters, George Porter Jr. and Ziggy Modeliste, cover most bass and drum duties, while Toussaint sits in on the piano. Soon after the album was completed The Meters scored a record deal with Warner Brothers due to their smash hit “Cissy Strut.”
The master tapes for the session were stored at Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Studios. And there they sat, virtually untouched,  until 2005  when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the legendary Clematis Street haven and three-quarters of the tapes housed there.
Flash forward to 2018, crate digger and audiophiles, Mike Nishita, purchases a large compilation of tapes at famous  open air market in L.A.’s South Bay neighborhood near Redondo Beach called the Roadium. The Roadium is a typical endpoint for the city’s abandoned storage units, so a lot of film and music industry items end up among its seller’s booths. Wiring that pile of tapes was the original master for Another Side.
Through, a good friend and record producer Mario Caldato Jr, Mike got in contact with Matt Sullivan, the founder and owner of Light in the Attic, a label that specializes in vinyl reissues of rare albums. And the rest is history!
 It is still a mystery exactly  how, over the course of thirteen years, the tapes traveled from  from a flooded studio in New Orleans to a swap meet on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California.
The Music itself is a rich tapestry of groove inspired folk tunes that express the beauty in common themes about work and unrequited love. The mixture of  Nocentelli’s deep love for soul music and the work of James Taylor converts something both unique and familiar.
For fans of James Taylor, Eugene McDaniels and The Meters.  – Major Matt

Lana Del Rey – Blue Banisters

The Lumineers – Brightside (Oceania Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Leon Bridges- Gold-Diggers Sound

Leon Bridges – Good Thing (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)

Lonnie Smith – Breathe

Madvillain (MF DOOM And Madlib) – Madvillainy
Marlena Shaw – The Spice Of Life
Mitski -Be The Cowboy

Nathaniel Rateliff- The Future (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Orville Peck – Pony

Oasis – Knebworth 1996

Quincy Jones – $ (Music From The Original Motion Picture Sound Track) )(Green Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

The Ramones – Rocket To Russia (Indie Exclusive)

Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

System of a Down – Mezmerize (140 Gram Vinyl)

Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury

Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions) (Blue, White, Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Tom Waits – One from the Heart (180 Gram Vinyl)

Trees Speak – Vertigo of Flaws: Emancipation of the Dissonance and Temperaments in Irrational Waveforms (Gatefold LP Jacket, With Booklet, With Bonus 7″, Digital Download Card)

Taylor Swift – Folklore (Beige Colored Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)

Twenty One Pilots – Vessel (FBR 25th Anniversary Edition, Silver Colored Vinyl)

Twisted Sister – Greatest Hits -Tear It Loose (Atlantic Years) (Red Clear Vinyl, Limited Edition)

Thelonious Monk – Misterioso

U2 – Achtung Baby (30th Anniversary) (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, With Booklet & Poster)

Urban Cowboy – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Blue Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Van Morrison – His Band & The Street Choir (Turquoise Colored Vinyl)

Van Morrison – Moondance

The Waterboys – Room To Roam (Half Speed Master) (180 Gram Vinyl)

The Whitmore Sisters – Ghost Stories (White & Purple Swirl, 140 Gram Vinyl)

Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil

Zach Bryan – Deann

Zero 7 – Garden


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