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Ari Lennox – Age/ Sex/ Location (Blue Colored Vinyl)
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Arctic Monkeys – Am (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Blood Incantation – Interdimensional Extinction – EP (Re-Issue 2021)(Black LP & Poster)
Blood Incantation – STARSPAWN (Gimme Metal Exclusive)
Blood Incantation – Timewave Zero (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Booker Ervin – That’s It! (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Black Sabbath – Paranoid (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Black)
Billy Strings – Me/and/Dad (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Black, Smoke & Yellow Versions)
Bob Marley – Best of Bob Marley
Def Leppard – Pyromania
Duran Duran – Astronaut; Red Carpet Massacre; All You Need Is Now (Indie Exclusive, Pink Colored
Duranies rejoice! Three of Duran Duran’s 21st century albums are back on vinyl for the first time since
their original release.
Astronaut dropped in 2004 – a long way from the band’s days of mega-stardom in the mid-‘80s. For the
first time in many years, there was legitimate hype and buzz behind a Duran Duran release. The return
of the unrelated Taylors – Andy, John and Roger – reunited the original lineup behind all those huge ‘80s
hits. Astronaut wasn’t the second coming of Rio, or even Seven and the Ragged Tiger, but is a success on
its own terms, blending the classic Duran Duran sound with a contemporary setting.
Three years later, Andy Taylor was gone, but the rest of the classic lineup remained on Red Carpet
Massacre. With production from Timbaland and Danja, and two tracks with Justin Timberlake, the album
was clearly borrowing heavily from the current success of Timberlake and Timbaland’s Future Sex/Love
Sounds collaboration. While Duran Duran have always had a presence in the clubs, here the band feels
like guests on their own album. For the most part, the organic Duran contributions fail to click with the
programmed beats and production. For example, “She’s Too Much” would be a fine track on its own,
stripped of Danja’s rigid drum track. There are moments when everything clicks into place – such as the
slap bass part in the second half of “The Valley” – but for the most part Red Carpet Massacre feels like a
By the time All You Need Is Now dropped in 2011, the core four in Duran Duran had been operating
together for a decade. They again turned to a hot producer, but wisely let Mark Ronson produce the
entire album, instead of parceling out tracks like they did on Red Carpet Massacre. The resulting album
feels much more cohesive. Instead of being weighted down by their past, the band are having fun,
celebrating their successes. All You Need is Now is easily the best album from the reunited lineup
(although 2021’s Future Past isn’t far behind) and belongs in even a casual fan’s collection. -Joel Francis
David Bowie – Blackstar (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Download Insert)
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (Deluxe Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Danger Mouse & Black Thought – Cheat Codes (Colored Vinyl, Red, Indie Exclusive)
Donald Byrd – Live: Cookin’ with Blue Note at Montreux July 5, 1973
In the summer of 1973, Blue Note Records set up a showcase of its artists at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
All of the performances were recorded and many were released shortly thereafter. Nearly half a century
later, trumpeter Donald Byrd’s five-song set is finally available.
At the time, Byrd was enjoying success from the fusion album Black Byrd, his first collaboration with the
Mizell brothers. Larry and Fonce Mizell found success with many jazz artists in the 1970s, including
Bobbi Humphrey and Gary Bartz. While their glossy, synth-heavy productions were popular with the
general public, jazz purists and critics blanched
While both Mizell brothers were part of Byrd’s 10-piece band at Montreux, the performance is
considerably more raw and in-your-face than their recent studio output. This quickly becomes evident
on the opening number, “Black Byrd.” The studio sheen disappears onstage, leaving a hot slab of funk-
jazz. Byrd and his band stay in this soulful vein for the next number, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You’ve
Got It Bad Girl.”
After the funkified workout of “The East,” a Byrd composition that never found its way into the studio,
the R&B grooves slink to the background for the final two numbers. “Kwame” builds off Larry Mizell’s
synthesizers into a dense wall of sound. “Poco-Mania” rides a Latin rhythm into heavy stack of horns.
Why this strong 45-minute set was locked away for so long is anyone’s guess. Fans of funky jazz and
jazzy funk will be glad Cookin’ with Blue Note at Montreux is finally available.-Joel Francis
Earth Wind & Fire – Their Ultimate Collection (180 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Yellow)
Frank Zapp – Grand Wazoo LP
Frank Zappa – Waka/ Jawaka
Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher (Colored Vinyl, Gray)
Ghost Funk Orchestra – Night Walker / Death Waltz (Opaque Red) (Indie Exclusive, Colored Vinyl, Red)
Grachan Moncur III – Evolution
Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires
Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Jack Harlow – Come Home The Kids Miss You (Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
John Prine – Sweet Revenge
J.J. Johnson – The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 1 (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
John Coltrane – Giant Steps (180 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Blue, Bonus Track)
Johnnie Taylor – Who’s Making Love
Khalid – American Teen [Explicit Content] (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Khalid – Free Spirit (140 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster, Download Insert)
Kraftwerk – Autobahn (Limited Edition, Remastered)
Kraftwerk – Man Machine (Limited Edition, Remastered)
Kraftwerk – Computer World
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Deluxe Edition)
Lauryn Hill- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Michael Jackson – Bad (Picture Disc Vinyl)
Nirvana – Nirvana
Norah Jones – I Dream Of Christmas
Pharoah Sanders – Karma (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series)
Prince – 1999 (150 Gram Vinyl)
The Police – Greatest Hits (Remastered, Anniversary Edition, Half-Speed Mastering, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Robert Gordon – Hellafied (Blue, Purple Colored Vinyl)
Rockabilly and rave-up revivalist Robert Gordon passed a couple months ago, but he’s still gifting fans
with new music.
The bulk of Hellafied was recorded in 1998 for an album that never came out. Gordon worked
extensively on getting the tracks ready for release before his death in October. Like most of Gordon’s
catalog, Hellafied is heavily indebted to Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Elvis Presley.
While Gordon was unashamed to borrow from the early sounds and styles of rock and roll, he also made
a significant impact on the scene. Album opener and Gordon original, “One Day Left” sounds like
something Chris Issac would do. Later, the tough “I Saw a Smile” could have been lifted from a Stray Cats
Elsewhere, the hard-rocking “Middle of the Night” sounds like a demo from a 1980s Whitesnake album,
while “Girl Like You” could have been a Cars outtake. On “Don’t Let Go,” Gordon and his band – which
includes guitarist Chris Spedding and former Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard – make the
most of the Bo Diddley beat.
Spedding and Gordon were frequent collaborators over the years and the axeman lives up to the co-
billing he receives on the album cover. Nimbly shifting between styles and textures, Spedding’s playing
here is a master class in how to bring out the best in a vocalist.
Hellafied is billed as Gordon’s final album. It remains to be seen if Gordon’s vault holds any other gems,
but Hellafied is a great parting gift to longtime fans.-Joel Francis
Syd Barrett – Introduction To Syd Barrett
Sturgill Simpson – Sailor’s Guide to Earth (180 Gram Vinyl)
Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing
Sinead O’Connor – Lion & the Cobra
The Sword – Apocryphon (10th Anniversary Edition) (Indie Exclusive, Yellow Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Soccer Mommy – Color Theory (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Yellow Colored Vinyl)
Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
Slipknot – The End, So Far (Yellow Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Summer Walker – Still Over It
Sade – The Best Of Sade (180 Gram Vinyl)
S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling
S.G. Goodman – Teeth Marks
The Stooges- The Stooges
Chances are you’ve at least heard of the band The Stooges.
And you’ve probably heard the stories about lead singer, Iggy Pop, rolling around in broken glass to some kind of loud obnoxious guitar driven racket.
You might have even heard how this little band from Ann Arbor, Michigan influenced a whole mess of other artists who were ready to close the door on what they saw as the idealized, out of touch, hippy attitudes of peace and love that seemed to propagate and influence popular rock and roll of the early/ mid 60’s.
But what a lot of people may not have know is that the improvisational free jazz influences of artists like Pharaoh Sanders may have had just as much influence on The Stooges as 60’s psychedelic rockers like Jimi Hendrix and The Byrds.
When the band originally auditioned for their first record deal with Elektra they only had seven songs. As their Wikipedia entry claims: “A typical Stooges song of the period would involve either two minutes of composed song followed by several minutes of improvisation or avant-garde, free-form workouts.”
Pop’s account t of the audition go as follows: “We auditioned [the seven-song version of the album] live in the studio and they refused it. Jac Holzman, head of Elektra Records, is quoted having said, ‘There aren’t enough legitimate songs that contain structured lead vocals!’ So we lied and said, ‘That’s OK, we’ve got lots more proper songs.’ Upon hearing this Holzman then indicated to the band that they had one week to record and prepare the album.”
Needless to say The Stooges made their deadline composing and compiling four new songs including the ten minute plus durge: “We Will Fall” in a week.
When the original self titled album was released in August of 1969 the response was tepid at best. Edmund O. Ward of Rolling Stone called it “loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish”, while conceding that he “kind of liked it.”
Through the years the album as evolved to become an undeniable classic, some claiming it to be the first Punk record ever recorded.
In 2003, the album was placed at number 185 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” yielding two legendary tracks 1969 and “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”
If you don’t have this one now is a great time to snag one for your collection in Whiskey colored vinyl. – Major Matt
Thelonious Monk – Genius Of Modern Music (Blue Note Classic Series)
Taylor Swift – Midnights (Mahogany Edition)
Tyler The Creator – Igor (150 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface (Silver Vinyl FBR Anniversary)
T. Rex- Electric Warrior
Velvet Underground & Nico- The Velvet Underground & Nico
Various Artists – A Tribute to Pink Floyd: Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Red, Black, Blue, Colored Vinyl, Bonus Track)
Ween – Paintin’ The Town Brown: Ween Live 1990-1998 (Brown Colored Vinyl)
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter Wu-Tang
White Stripes – The White Stripes Greatest Hits (150 Gram Vinyl)
Wet Leg – Wet Leg
Zach Bryan – American Heartbreak
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