It’s Wire New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven! Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Alice Merton – No Roots (Extended Play, Digital Download Card)
The Afghan Whigs – 1965 (180 Gram Vinyl, 2PC)
Acid Dad – Acid Dad
Anna Burch – Quit the Curse (180 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill (30th Anniversary Edition)
Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2PC)
Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with Lucinda Williams – Vanished Gardens (180 Gram Vinyl, 2PC)
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex (Digital Download Card)
Czarface – Czarface Meets Metal Face
Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love”
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (Colored Vinyl, Blue, Indie Exclusive)
Dr. Dre – Chronic
Don Muro – Off We Go: More Synth Pop From 1970-1979 (Blue Vinyl)
Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (2PC)
E 40 – Federal
Five Finger Death Punch – And Justice For None (Gatefold LP Jacket, 2PC)
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Gang of Four – Brief History Of The Twentieth Century (Back To The 80’s Exclusive) (Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, 2PC)
The Germs – Gi (rsc 2018 Exclusive) (Indie Exclusive)
The Handsome Family – Through The Trees: 20th Anniversary Edition (With CD)
Howard Shore – Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers – Complete Recordings (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Blue)
Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
The Internet – Hive Mind (140 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Download Insert, 2PC)
John Prine – Tree Of Forgiveness
Kamasi Washington – Heaven & Earth (5 PC)
Kansas – Kansas
Kanye West – Ye
Kendrick Lamar – Damn. (2PC)
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Lightnin’ Hopkins
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Remastered)
Luluc – Sculptor
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Murder by Death – Like The Exorcist But More Breakdancing (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Murder by Death – Who Will Survive & What Will Be Left Of Them? (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Murder by Death – Red Of Tooth And Claw (200 Gram Vinyl, With Bonus 7″, Gatefold LP Jacket, Digital Download Card, 2PC)
Marilyn Manson – Pale Emperor (2PC)
Michael Jackson – Bad (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Prince – 4ever (4PC)
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Blue, Bonus Track)
Suffers – Everything Here
The Strokes – Is This It
The Time – Ice Cream Castle (back To The 80’s Exclusive) (Indie Exclusive)
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface (Digital Download Card, 2PC)
Tyler Childers – Live On Red Barn Radio I & Ii
U2 – The Joshua Tree (2PC)
U2 – Achtung Baby (180 Gram Vinyl, 2PC)
Achtung Baby by U2
After a very successful tour supporting “The Joshua Tree” album and releasing a documentary film entitled “Rattle And Hum”, the band U2 found themselves at a creative crossroads, unsure of how to progress beyond their interpretations of Americana and the music they grew up on.
Enter “The Fly”, an engineer named “Flood”, and the band that was once in flux demands your attention with the 1991 release of “Achtung Baby”. The opening notes of “Zoo Station” are a heavily distorted guitar accompanied by an equally distorted drum pattern – a complete 180 ° turn from what fans were used to hearing from U2. So complete, in fact, a lot of consumers were trying to return/exchange their initial CD copies believing their copy was faulty or skipping! “Hey baby, hey baby, it’s alright, it’s alright…you can turn it up!”, assures Bono.
Even the lyrics took a turn from preachy rants to introspective explorations of relationships, love, betrayal and sexuality. And while the lyrics turned inward, the instruments – microphones included – were mostly in-your-face loud, often distorted, and borderline industrial sounding. Introducing dance-beats and the group’s use of technology in the studio infused a very different sounding U2 offering and a much needed invigorating overhaul.
This record contains 12 tracks and practically plays like a “Greatest Hits” album. “Even Better Than The Real Thing”, “One”, “The Fly”, “Mysterious Ways”, and “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” were all singles that charted.Singles aside, the album as a whole is a cohesive embodiment of fresh ideas and a pivotal break from what they had done before, resulting in over 18 million copies sold worldwide.
I believe this 2018 2LP reissue will increase that number, and I am glad the label decided to span this album over 2 discs instead of just one. Reason: there is so much bass on this album it requires 2 discs to properly allow the bandwidth needed to translate the thunderous rhythm section of Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr, it would have been criminal to reduce these tracks to a compressed single vinyl copy. That fact alone makes this a highly anticipated reissue from U2’s discography . . . . .
it has my attention!
U2 – The Best Of 1980-1990 (180 Gram Vinyl, 2PC)
Ume – Other Nature (Colored Vinyl, Green)
Various Artists – New Wave Hits (back To The 80’s Exclusive) (Indie Exclusive)
Various Artists – Punk Nuggets (back To The 80’s Exclusive) (White, Indie Exclusive, 2PC)
Wire – Pink Flag
Wire – 154
Wire – Chairs Missing
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