New Releases for December 3, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
The Black Keys – El Camino (10th Anniversary Edition) 4xCD (Nonesuch)
This four-CD Super Deluxe set contains original remastered album, previously unreleased full live concert and BBC Session Recorded in 2012, a 2011 Electro-Vox Session, and a photo book. El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s then-new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011.
Johnathan Blake – Homeward Bound CD (Blue Note)
Drummer, composer, and bandleader Johnathan Blake’s Blue Note debut is a narrative celebration of life and legacy featuring his quintet, Pentad, with Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, David Virelles, and Dezron Douglas. A frequent presence on Blue Note records over the past several years, Blake has contributed his strong, limber pulse and airy precision to multiple leader releases from Blue Note artists including Dr. Lonnie Smith and Kenny Barron.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers – The Light Saw Me CD (Proud Souls)
The Light Saw Me is as incisive and thought-provoking as any of Jason Boland’s previous albums and shows he truly belongs alongside the great songwriters of his time. Drawing from influences as wide as Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger and Tougher Than Leather to Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime, Boland succeeded by creating a concept album that’s as ambitious as it is accessible. On the surface, The Light Saw Me traces a cowboy living in Texas in the 1890s who is abducted by aliens and ends up in Texas in the 1990s, but there’s way more to it.
Carla Bruni – Carla Bruni / French Touch 2xCD (Verve)
Carla Bruni returns with an exciting collection of some of rock music’s most classic hits performed in her signature softer, coffee house style. Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence”, The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, and ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” appear on this new release, sure to enthuse both fans of Carla’s as well as fans of rock staples from the last 50 years.
Can – Live In Brighton 1975 2xCD/3xLP+MP3 (Mute)
Can’s lineup for this legendary 1975 performance features all four original members – Irmin Schmidt on keys, Jaki Leibezeit on drums, Michel Karoli on guitar, and Holger Czukay on bass. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance – from Portishead, James Murphy, Sonic Youth, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Madlib and Radiohead – as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.
Dream Theater – Lost Not Forgotten Archives: When Dream And Day Reunite (Live) CD (Inside Out U.S.)
Lost Not Forgotten Archives: When Dream And Day Reunite (Live) is the 5th release in Dream Theater’s archival series. Recorded in Los Angeles, Dream Theater’s original 2004 release features a full live performance of the band’s debut studio album, and a reunion with former members Derek Sherinian and Charlie Dominici. [Vinyl edition due December 17.]
Kenny G – New Standards CD (Concord)
Since releasing his self-titled debut in 1982, Kenny G has become the top instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all time. His first new album in six years, New Standards, features 11 original compositions inspired by the jazz ballads of the ’50s and ’60s
Garbage – Beautifulgarbage [Reissue/2001] 3xCD/2xLP (Geffen)
Beautiful Garbage is the third studio album from Garbage, initially released on October 1, 2001. The album expanded on the band’s musical variety, with stronger melodies, more direct lyrics, and sounds mixing rock with electronica, new wave, hip-hop, and girl groups. This brand-new Deluxe triple CD edition features newly remastered audio by Billy Bush & Butch Vig, B-sides and alternate versions with six previously unreleased selections, and a disc of remixes. [Also available as a stand-alone 180gm double LP pressing.]
Kenny Lattimore – Here To Stay CD (Sono Recording Group)
Hailed by the New York Times as a “modern soul man”, Kenny Lattimore, the singer behind the hits “Never Too Busy”, “For You”, and the Michael Jordan hype song “Day’s Like This” is back with a new album for the first time in four years.
Vince Staples – Vince Staples CD (Motown)
Esteemed hip-hop artist Vince Staples has released his self-titled album, produced by Kenny Beats. His first full-length release since 2018’s critically acclaimed FM!, the 10-track album delves not only into Staples’ upbringing in Long Beach but his psyche as he learns to cope with his yesterdays and strides toward new tomorrows, picking others up along the way. Includes a 12-page booklet. [Vinyl edition due April 15.]
Travis – The Invisible Band [Deluxe Edition] 2xCD/2xLP+2xCD (Craft Recordings)
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the multi-platinum 2001 album The Invisible Band, the original album has been remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Emily Lazar and features the hit singles, “Sing”, “Flowers In The Window” and “Side” along with B-sides, unreleased demos, live sessions and alternate takes.
Volbeat – Servant Of The Mind CD/2xCD/2xLP (Republic)
Volbeat’s 8th studio album, Servant Of The Mind, dial their signature heavy metal, psychobilly, and punk n’ roll sound up a notch while showcasing their keen songwriting and storytelling. [The deluxe double-CD edition includes four bonus tracks.]
Doc Watson – Life’s Work: A Retrospective 4xCD (Craft Recordings)
Life’s Work: A Retrospective is the brand-new career-spanning compilation album from Grammy Award winning American songwriter Doc Watson. Album includes multiple recordings with his son Merle Watson, as well as features from Allison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs and more. Includes Watson’s collaborations with Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, and others. Includes 101 songs, all new extensive liner notes by author and producer Ted Olson, and a nearly 100-page book insert featuring rare photos.
Black Label Society – Stronger Than Death [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (eOne)
Black Label Society – 1919 Eternal [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (eOne)
Black Label Society – The Blessed Hellride [Reissue/2003] LP (eOne)
Black Label Society – Mafia [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (eOne)
Limited color vinyl reissues of the second, third, fourth and fifth albums by the Los Angeles heavy metal band formed by Zakk Wylde in 1998.
Johnny Cash – Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968 2xLP (BMG)
An historic and never-heard live concert recorded in San Francisco by innovative sound wizard Owsley Stanley. Captured in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, just days before the release of Cash’s iconic At Folsom Prison album (and over six months before the arrival of the equally revered At San Quentin), At The Carousel Ballroom serves as a third essential – and wholly unique – live document from the era, a moment of cultural collision, with Cash leaning into songs about society’s outcasts, while playing a venue operated by The Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead.
Chicano Batman – Invisible People [Reissue/2020] LP (ATO)
Limited pink color vinyl LP pressing of the fourth studio album by Chicano Batman. The 12-song set accentuates the group’s high-spirited synthesis of tropicália, west coast psychedelia and late-’60s/early-’70s soul.
Descendents – 9th & Walnut LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Named for their Long Beach practice space back in the day, 9th & Walnut features the Descendents’ earliest material written from 1977 through 1980. Begun in 2002 and finished in the pandemic, the 18-track collection also includes the band’s debut tracks “Ride The Wild” and “It’s a Hectic World” (heard here for the first time with vocals by Milo Aukerman), and the Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over” with the full Descendents treatment.
Jerry Garcia Band – Jerry Garcia Band (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 5xLP (Rounder Records)
Selling over 360,000 CDs since its release, the beloved self-titled album, Jerry Garcia Band, was the band’s first live release recorded in the spring and summer of 1990 at The Warfield in San Francisco. The iconic lineup features John Kahn, Melvin Seals, David Kemper, Gloria Jones, and Jacklyn LaBranch. In celebration of the album’s 30th anniversary, this five-LP set out is pressed on 180gm vinyl in a cloth wrapped, foil-stamped box and available in a limited edition of 10,000 copies.
Eddie Hazel – Game, Dames And Guitar Thangs [Reissue/1977] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited blue color vinyl LP pressing. Knowledge of this relatively obscure album is something of a secret handshake among axe men, because the guitar work on it is flat-out incredible. But then, you had to be a bad mutha to be in a band with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and the rest of the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership, and that’s where a 17-year-old Eddie Hazel found himself in 1967, as the new guitar player in the Parliaments. Over the next ten years, Hazel would become an instrumental mainstay in PFunk.
Natalie Hemby – Pins And Needles LP (Fantasy)
Recently released on CD – now available on indie store exclusive clear smoke color vinyl. Two-time Grammy Award-winner Natalie Hemby is revered as one of the music industry’s most notable songwriters creating hit after hit behind the scenes.
Ice Nine Kills – The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood 2xLP (Fearless)
Recently released on CD – now available on indie store exclusive clear vinyl
They Might Be Giants – Book LP (Idlewild)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Book is a new phase They Might Be Giants album. Featuring “I Broke My Own Rule”, “I Lost Thursday”, and “I Can’t Remember The Dream”, Book is billed as a beacon of light amid a pretty unanimously rough period of time with the band’s John Linnell describing its songs as “humorously germane to the catastrophe going on around us.”
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All The Good Times LP (Acony)
Released earlier this year on CD – due in next week on vinyl. The first Gillian Welch & David Rawlings collaboration to feature both of their names, All The Good Times, a collection of ten acoustic covers recorded at home, received a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.
Paul Weller – Illumination [Reissue/2002/] LP (Craft Recordings)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Includes 16-page booklet. Weller’s sixth solo studio album Illumination includes the hit singles “It’s Written in The Stars” and “Leafy Mysteries” and features guest performances from Carleen Anderson, Jocelyn Brown, Kelly Jones and Noel Gallagher.