New Releases — December 1, 2017

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 CD (Atlantic)
Bronsolino is getting back to basics with the style of Queens rap that brought him to the forefront of hip-hop five years ago. Guests include Rick Ross, Meyhem Lauren, Jah Tiger, and Big Body Bes.

Grayson Capps – Scarlett Roses CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Scarlett Roses is the acclaimed Alabama songwriter’s sixth studio album and his first solo release in six years. Throughout the collection, Capps showcases the kind of understated brilliance that can blossom when creativity is detached from expectation, when songs are truly given the space and time to find their writer.

Andy Grammer – The Good Parts CD (S-Curve)
Third album from the country pop singer/songwriter.

Miguel – War & Leisure CD (RCA)
Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic styles into his music, and has been compared to vocalists Babyface and Prince. His new album includes the singles “Told You So” and “Sky Walker” featuring Travis Scott.

Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained CD/LP+MP3/6×7”+CD (Silver Lining Music)
The forefathers of death metal music return with their ninth studio album. Wrapped in a thick wall of death metal sound, Kingdoms Disdained was recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL and produced by Morbid Angel with Erik Rutan (produced albums by Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Belphegor and many more).

Van Morrison – Versatile CD/2xLP+MP3 (Legacy)
Following the success of his 37th studio album Roll With The Punches, Van Morrison returns in the same calendar year with his 38th. While Roll With The Punches saw Van revisit many of the definitive rhythm and blues records that have stayed with him all his life, the Belfast Cowboy’s latest album sees him delve further back into recorded music’s archives to interpret some of the 20th century’s greatest vocal jazz standards. Across Versatile’s 16 tracks, Van interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style. As well as songs originally made famous by the likes of Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, The Righteous Brothers, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole, Versatile features six new Van compositions, including “Broken Record” – a timeless piece of late-night swing.

Operation Mindcrime – A New Reality CD (Frontiers)
The third and final chapter in the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. [Vinyl edition due December 15.]

The Rolling Stones – On Air CD2xCD/2xLP (UMe)
On Air is a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from the Stones formative years. The songs including eight tracks the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on UK shows such as Saturday Club, and Top Gear between 1963 and 1965. The tapes have gone through the “audio source separation” process. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Regular includes 17 tracks while the Deluxe includes 32 tracks. Vinyl edition features 32.]

Rush – A Farewell To Kings [Reissue/1977] 3xCD/3xCD+Blu-ray Audio+4xLP/4xLP (Mercury)
This 40th Anniversary edition features the 2015 remaster of the classic album, expanded with the complete Hammersmith Odeon February 1978 show, and additional bonus tracks includes four cover songs from Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews & Alain Johannes along with a studio outtake of the spacey sound effects from “Cygnus X-1” called “Cygnus X-2 Eh.” [Super Deluxe box set adds a Blu-ray audio disc and the four-LP pressing.]

Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2 CD/LP (Mercury Nashville)
Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 (the follow-up to From A Room: Volume 1 which was released earlier this year) takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in From A Room) where it was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. In addition to seven songs co-written by Stapleton, the album features versions of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” and the Homer Banks/Lester Snell-penned song made famous by Pops Staples, “Friendship.”

Twiztid – Twizted Presents: Year Of The Sword 2xCD (Majik Ninja)
Features tracks from L.A.R.S., Gorilla Voltage, G-Mo Skee, Boondox, Lex The Hex Master, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and more. This double-CD package contains a bonus disc that includes a brand-new song from each artist.

U2 – Songs Of Experience CD (Interscope)
Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence – the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems Songs Of Innocence And Experience by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. While Songs Of Innocence charted U2’s earliest influences and experiences in the late- ‘70s and early- ‘80s, Songs Of Experience is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to Bono’s heart. [The CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks and expanded packaging. Also available: A Deluxe colored vinyl edition featuring three bonus tracks as well as a Super Deluxe box set featuring blue colored 180gm vinyl, a copy of the Deluxe CD, a fold-out poster, and a 12-page newspaper housed in a laminated cyan blue rigid box.]

Wilco – A.M. [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP (A&M)
Wilco – Being There [Reissue/1995] 5xCD/4xLP (A&M)
Digitally remastered reissues of Wilco’s first two albums. A.M. has been expanded with eight unreleased bonus tracks that feature an early version of “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” and “When You Find Trouble,” which is the last studio recording made by Uncle Tupelo. The Deluxe reissue of Being There includes 15 bonus tracks released for the first time, including alternate versions of tracks “I Got You” and “Say You Miss Me.” It also features Wilco’s 20-song performance at the Troubadour from November 12, 1996, combining songs from A.M. and a few Uncle Tupelo tracks. Also included are four songs the band played on radio station KCRW on November 13, 1996.

Cindy Wilson – Change CD/LP (Kill Rock Stars)
After 40 years as one-third of the creative core of the B-52s, Cindy Wilson steps out with her own solo album.

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – The Visitor CD/LP (Reprise)
When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he’d seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. . By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he’d made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn’t blink then, and he is not blinking now.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Cursive – Such Blinding Stars [Reissue/1997] LP (15 Passenger)
Cursive – The Storms Of Early Summer: Semantics Of Song [Reissue/1998] LP (15 Passenger)
Cursive’s debut album has been repressed on limited edition blue vinyl. Their second album, The Storms Of Early Summer: Semantics Of Song, has been remastered and is now available on vinyl for the first time in the US. Limited clear with smoke colored vinyl pressing.

Roger Eno – This Floating World LP (Recital)
This Floating World is the newest solo work by Roger Eno since 2008. It holds rustic and melancholic piano works, as grey and mossy as a country cottage.

Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads [Reissue/1964] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads, originally released as a full LP in 1964. This is the first record that “The Oklahoma Cowboy” made in NYC for Alan Lomax, after his arrival in 1940, as part of his work for the Library of Congress, taped on April 26th and May 3rd.

Judas Priest – British Steel [Reissue/1980] LP (Sony Legacy)
Judas Priest – Point Of Entry [Reissue/1981] LP (Sony Legacy)
Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance [Reissue/1982] LP (Sony Legacy)
180gm vinyl reissues now available.

Robert Earl Keen – No. 2 Live Dinner [1996] LP (Dualtone)
First-time vinyl edition. Having signed his first major-label contract with Arista Texas, Robert Earl Keen Jr. said good-bye to Sugar Hill Records with 1996’s No. 2 Live Dinner, a concert recording that sums up his eight years and five earlier albums with the company. Keen has a gift for concocting musical stories that bring Texas to life in all its violent, sad, expansive, absurdist glory. His voice is still a ramshackle wreck, but he has learned how to minimize his melodic weaknesses while maximizing his storytelling strengths.

Talib Kweli – Radio Silence 2xLP (Javotti Media)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Brooklyn hip-hop artist’s new album features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Waka Flocka, Jay Electronica, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Yummy Bingham, Amber Coffman and Myka 9; stellar production courtesy of The Alchemist, Oh No, Kaytranada, J. Rhodes and Robert Glasper.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Wembley Or Bust 3xLP+MP3 (Columbia)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Wembley Stadium in London, England.