It’s The Velvet Underground New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Angel Olsen – Big Time
ABBA – Gold: Greatest Hits
Al Green – Greatest Hits (180 Gram Vinyl)
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Amyl and The Sniffers- Amyl and the Sniffers
Alice Coltrane – Ptah, The El Daoud
If you know anything about Jazz it’s more than likely when you hear the name Coltrane, the surname John comes to mind.
More than any other Jazz musician, John Coltrane was responsible for delivering Jazz from the hard bop of the 1950’s through a more model style and eventually splitting the game wide open to becoming the comprehensive and diverse musical genre that it is today.
The scope of what jazz encompasses makes it almost impossible to define. One of it’s most powerful trends is it’s connection to the presence of improvisation with a higher spiritual power.
In Dec. of 1964 John Coltrane famously fused spirituality and jazz through his album: A Love Supreme. What many may not know is that his wife Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, a jazz pianist and harpist in her own right, was a important influence on that work.
After her husbands death in 1967 Alice would pick up the mantle of what would come to be known as “spiritual jazz” and fused it with her own passion for Eastern mindfulness practices and Egyptian mythology.
“Ptah, The El Daoud” is Alice Coltrane’s third full length studio album. It was recorded in the basement of her house in Dix Hills on Long Island, New York in 1970. All the compositions were written by her.
Coltrane composed “Ptah, The El Daoud,” and its predecessors, A Monastic Trio(1968) and Huntington Ashram Monastery(1969), partially out of grief for the death of her husband, John, who died of liver cancer in 1967.
The title track is named for an Egyptian god, Ptah, “the El Daoud” meaning “the beloved”. The second track on “Ptah…” is titled “Turin’s & Ramakrishna.” “Turiya”, according to the liner notes, “was defined by Coltrane as “a state of consciousness — the high state of Nirvana, the goal of human life”, while “Ramakrishna” was a 19th-century Bengali religious figure and also denotes a movement founded by his disciples.
Coltrane famously utilized two of her favorite Sax players: Joe Henderson, considered a more technical player and the more experimental, Pharaoh Sanders
Throughout the album Sanders is recorded on the right channel while Henderson is on the left. Coltrane noted: “Joe Henderson is more on the intellectual side, while Pharoah is more abstract, more transcendental.”
This album poses a nice balance of the flowing and the concrete… shadow and light, weight and lift.
I hear a lot of Alice Coltrane’s influence in some of today’s more popular contemporary Jazz artists like Shabaka Hutchings and Nubia Garcia.
For those wanting to explore the work of this important figure in the late modern Jazz period I can’t think of a better jumping off point. – Major Matt
Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels…
BTS – LOVE YOURSELF: Her (Sticker, Poster, Photos / Photo Cards)
Billy Cobham – Spectrum (140 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
The Beatles – Abbey Road Anniversary
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Orange Colored Vinyl)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
The Cure – Pornography (180 Gram Vinyl)
The Cure – The Greatest Hits
Charley Crockett – The Man From Waco
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Collective Soul – Vibrating (Blue Vinyl)
It’s been more than a quarter-century since Collective Soul placed the hits “Shine” and “December” in
regular rotation on the radio. The Atlanta-based quintet built around brothers Ed and Dean Rolland and
bass player Will Turpin have kept busy since then, releasing a single with Elton John at the turn of the
century and gaining prominent placement on American Idol and in the Twilight film. Last summer, the
band released its 11th studio album, Vibrating.
Lead singer and songwriter Ed Rolland shows he still has the ability to write a sticky chorus on songs
“Reason” and “A Conversation With.” Many of the ten tracks are built around hard guitar riffs that could
inspire a mosh pit in concert, but have been carefully buffed and polished in the studio. Placed together,
these harder-edged verses with pop-sweet choruses make for a disjointed listen. Singer Ed Rolland
doesn’t have great range, but his voice is oddly comforting and mostly manages to bridge the diverse
styles within a song.
Collective Soul aren’t reinventing the wheel. As they enter their fourth decade in the music business, the
band clearly know what works for them. They wisely play to their strengths on Vibrating. The results will
please their loyal fanbase and provide the parents who grew up listening to Collective Soul a safe
listening experience with their kids, passing the band on to another generation. -Joel Francis
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (Green Colored Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive, Remastered)
Domi & JD Beck – Not Tight
Dolly Parton – Jolene (140 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Daft Punk – Alive 2007
Death Grips – No Love Deep Web (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Death Grips – The Money Store (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (Picture Disc Vinyl, Remastered)
David Bowie – Hunky Dory (180 Gram Vinyl)
Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
Fela Kuti – Afrodisiac (Green, Red Colored Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
Foo Fighters – Colour and The Shape
The Fugees – Score
Genesis – Selling England By The Pound (140 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Gerry Rafferty – City To City (Orange Colored Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive, 2022 Remastered)
Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires
Incubus – Make Yourself
Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (180 Gram Vinyl)
John Prine – John Prine
John Coltrane – Ole Coltrane (140 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Johnny Thunders – So Alone (140 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive, 45th Anniversary Edition)
Kiss – Destroyer: 45th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)
Khruangbin – Mordechai
Kraftwerk – Man Machine (Limited Edition, Remastered)
Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
Korn – Korn
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Lauryn Hill- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Milton Wright – Spaced (White Vinyl)
M83 – Junk (180 Gram Vinyl)
Madlib – Medicine Show No. 5 – History Of The Loop Digga: 1990-2000 (Indie Exclusive,Blue Colored Vinyl)
Neighbourhood – I Love You. (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue)
Nick Cave – Let Love in (Remastered)
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Nirvana – Unplugged In N.Y.
Otis Redding – Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (140 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Blue, Brick & Mortar Exclusive, Mono Sound)
OutKast – Aquemini
OutKast – Speakerboxxx: The Love Below
Prince – Purple Rain (Picture Disc)
Prince – Purple Rain (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Prince – The Hits 2 (150 Gram Vinyl)
Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble (Limited Edition, Gold Colored
Vinyl, Gold Foil O-Ring / Jacket)
Primus sideways sense of humor and flair for both the theatrical and experimental made a track-by-
track revision of the classic Charley and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack seem like the perfect project.
That 2014 album is finally – and belatedly – arriving on vinyl.
Bandleader Les Claypool’s unusually style of bass playing is equally rooted in both Bootsy Collins and
Frank Zappa and has no problem referencing all points in between. Claypool clearly delights in his role as
Willy Wonka, bringing out the darker, sinister elements in the material. Where “Pure Imagination” was a
delightful daydream in its original version, here it is something closer to, if not a nightmare, definitely an
Backing Claypool are Primus’ original drummer Herb Alexander, in his first appearance on a Primus
album in nearly 20 years and longtime guitarist Larry LaLonde. The Fungi Ensemble, comprised of Kansas
City-based vibraphonist Mike Dillon and cello player Sam Bass, add even more unusual textures to the
Because Claypool and company are working off other people’s songs, Primus and the Chocolate Factory
isn’t quite as unhinged as a standard Primus composition can get. That said, it is plenty weird and should
please both fans of the band, the movie and underground culture. -Joel Francis
Pearl Jam – Live On Two Legs (RSD Exclusive, Clear Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Queen – Greatest Hits
The Ramones – Subterranean Jungle (Colored Vinyl, Violet, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Scolohofo – Oh! (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
Sierra Ferrell – Long Time Coming (Indie Exclusive, Gold Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Solange – A Seat At The Table (Download Insert)
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Live Alive
Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life [2 LP+7″] (180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue)
The Strokes – The New Abnormal (180 Gram Vinyl, Poster, Download Insert)
Slipknot – Slipknot (Colored Vinyl)
Sade – The Best Of Sade (180 Gram Vinyl)
Savoy Brown – Shake Down
The Sword – Apocryphon (10th Anniversary Edition) (Indie Exclusive, Yellow Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Tool – Fear Inoculum (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)
Tyler Childers – Live On Red Barn Radio I & II
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface (Colored Vinyl, Silver)
Tyler The Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost (Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)
Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy (Gatefold LP Jacket, 150 Gram Vinyl)
Thick – Happy Now
The second album from Brooklyn indie rock trio Thick is an infectious and empowering burst of joy
buoyed by scuzzy guitars, lo-fi production and jubilant singing.
Many current female-fronted bands – from Beach Bunny and the Beths to Wet Leg and Illuminati Hotties
– effectively utilize the distorted din of guitars that mark many of Thick’s tracks. Tag-team/harmony
vocals from guitarist Nikki Sisti, bass player Kate Black and drummer Shari Page make Happy Now stand
out in the buzz bin.
Thematically, Happy Now has almost as much self-empowerment and positivity as a Lizzo album. The 11
songs touch on the difficulty of finding validation (“Happiness”), the importance of finding value in
yourself (“Loser”), wishing you could reassure your younger self (“Tell Me”). On standout track
“Montreal,” a giddy-in-love Sisti sings “I want to know you with gray hair.”
While moments of doubt and self-loathing dot the album, Happy Now lives up to its title. It’s a lot of fun
on the turntable and should be even more fun in concert. -Joel Francis
Various Artists – A Tribute to Pink Floyd: Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Red, Black, Blue, Colored Vinyl, Bonus Track)
The Velvet Underground – Loaded (140 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Velvet Underground & Nico- The Velvet Underground & Nico
White Stripes – The White Stripes Greatest Hits (150 Gram Vinyl)
Warren Zevon – Quiet Normal Life: The Best Of Warren Zevon (140 Gram Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter Wu-Tang
ZZ Top – Eliminator (140 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive, 40th Anniversary Edition)
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