New Releases — December 7, 2018

New Releases for December 7, 2018

Van Morrison – The Prophet Speaks CD/2xLP (Caroline)
The Prophet Speaks follows a recent run of hugely acclaimed records by Van Morrison (Roll With The Punches, Versatile and You’re Driving Me Crazy), each of which has delved deep into the musical styles that have continued to inspire Van Morrison throughout his life – vocal jazz and R&B. Here, Van takes on a series of unarguable classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke (among others) and makes them unmistakably his own. Alongside these reinterpretations are six new Morrison compositions. The Prophet Speaks again finds Van working with the incredible multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco (the artist co-credited on You’re Driving Me Crazy) and his band (including Dan Wilson on guitar, Michael Ode on drums and Troy Roberts on tenor saxophone). “It was important for me to get back to recording new music as well as doing some of the blues material that has inspired me from the beginning,” Van notes. “Writing songs and making music is what I do, and working with great musicians makes it all the more enjoyable.”

The Ataris – Silver Turns To Rust CD/LP (Kung Fu)
The first official release of the independently distributed album from the enormously successful and still loved Indiana pop punk band, The Ataris. Originally sold at live shows in 2017, this official release includes four bonus tracks including a raw demo version of the band’s smash hit cover of Don Henley’s “Boys Of Summer”. Available on both CD and special limited edition silver and rust splatter vinyl.

Jason Becker – Triumphant Hearts CD/2xLP (Music Theories)
A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the legendary rock guitar duo Cacophony. A victim of ALS, Jason lost the ability to play guitar, walk, talk, and breathe on his own. Triumphant Hearts showcases his gift for melody and his deep knowledge of classical composition and orchestral arrangement. Many of the guitar parts are performed by a who’s-who of six-string gods including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and many others.

Cold War Kids – This Will All Blow Over In Time 2xCD (Downtown)
Cold War Kids’ first-ever compilation album covers the band’s first 10 years with Downtown Records. 23 tracks including the band’s radio singles as well as deep cuts and rarities never before released, such as the track “Expensive Tastes”. [Vinyl edition due February 8.]

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams: Live In São Paulo/ Live In Buenos Aires 2xCD/2xCD+2xDVD/3xLP+2xDVD (Atlantic)
The Live In Buenos Aires album was recorded on November 15, 2017 – the final night of the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. The 24-track audio set marks the first time that a Coldplay concert has been released in its entirety. The accompanying two-hour concert film Live In São Paulo was filmed a week earlier on November 8, 2017. The combined live album/live concert film release – also known as “The Butterfly Package” – is completed by the new A Head Full Of Dreams documentary film, which charts Coldplay’s colorful 20 year history. [Limited gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Craft – Terror Propaganda [Reissue/2002] CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Originally released in 2002, Craft’s Terror Propaganda saw the cult Swedish black metal band sharpen their knives and deliver one of their most focused albums. Long out of print, the uncompromising Terror Propaganda boasts some of the grimmest and hideous European black metal. On it Craft take influence from the old guard (genre cornerstones such as Bathory and Celtic Frost) and combine these with their own stamp of sonic violence.

Generationals – State Dogs: Singles 2017-18 CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Frustrated by the conventional approach of making albums, where new songs might not be released for six months or more after being recorded, Generationals – the duo of Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner – took a more immediate approach by releasing a slew of standalone tracks throughout 2017 and 2018. And now, for the first time, the nine singles the band unveiled digitally (along with an exclusive, previously unreleased tenth song) will receive a physical release as State Dogs: Singles 2017-18. Though the songs on this collection were conceived at various times over the past couple of years, they stand together as a testament to Generationals’ songwriting prowess and ability to craft infectious melodies at any given moment. [Colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Ice Cube – Everythangs Corrupt CD (Interscope)
10th solo album from the West Coast rapper/actor.

LP – Heart To Mouth CD (Vagrant)
LP’s most personal offering to date, Heart To Mouth lives up to its name with the kind of unbridled, unfiltered, and undeniable songcraft that cemented her as a fan favorite. Of the record, she said, “When I get on the mic and start doing melodies, I can feel that direct line from my heart to my mouth. In the past, there was a city full of streets that needed my attention. Now, I feel like I have a major highway to communicate emotion from. Whether they’re sadder songs or big anthems, they all come from the same place.” [Vinyl edition due January 18.]

Paul McCartney & Wings – Wild Life [Reissue/1971] 2xCD/3xCD+DVD (Capitol)
Paul McCartney & Wings – Red Rose Speedway [Reissue/1973] 2xCD/3xCD+2xDVD+Blu-ray (Capitol)
Paul McCartney & Wings – Red Rose Speedway (Reconstructed) 2xLP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney presents the eleventh (Wild Life) and twelfth (Red Rose Speedway) classic works from his revered catalogue to be remastered, reissued and expanded across multi-format installments of his Grammy-winning Archive Collection. [The deluxe edition of Wild Life includes 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material plus a DVD featuring rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. The deluxe edition of Red Rose Speedway is packed with more rare and previously unseen video footage, including the James Paul McCartney TV Special, interviews and music videos, as well as the never before seen film The Bruce. Red Rose Speedway Reconstructed features two vinyl records including a reconstruction of the originally conceived double album version of Red Rose Speedway, remastered at Abbey Road.]

John Mellencamp – Other People’s Stuff CD (Republic)
John Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 40 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of his generation. The self-proclaimed rebel continues his journey as the walking embodiment of passionate and plain-spoken heartland rock with the stirring 10-track collection, Other People’s Stuff featuring covers of singer-songwriter classics. [Vinyl edition due December 21.]

Metal Church – Damned If You Do CD/LP (Rat Pak)
12th studio album from the veteran metal band. [Limited blue & black splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Richard Swift – The Hex CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
Richard Swift believed in and sought real beauty. And so, even at its most caustic and sardonic, his masterpiece swan song The Hex is beautiful. Conceived in pieces over the last several years and completed just the month before his passing, The Hex is the grand statement Swift acolytes have been a-wishin-and-a-hopin’ for all these years. After a career of sticking some of his finest songs on EPs and 45s, here are all his powers coalescing into a single, long-player statement. [The Novelist / Walking Without Effort double-vinyl reissue is also available this week.]

Brett Young – Ticket To L.A. CD/LP (BMX)
Brett Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. Ticket To L.A. follows-up his breakout 2017 self-titled debut and its four No. 1 hits “Sleep Without You”, “In Case You Didn’t Know”, “Like I Loved You” and “Mercy”.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

50 Cent ‎– Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ [Reissue/2003] LP (Aftermath)
Urban Legends and Marvel Comics have collaborated to bring together the mighty, epic worlds of comics and hip-hop with an ongoing exclusive album series that will feature variant covers for select collector’s editions of some of the record label’s most legendary hip-hop releases. [Limited red colored vinyl edition also available.]

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy 2xLP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Comprised of a contagious mix of street rap, Latin music and R&B buoyed by a stack of famous guest artists like Migos, Chance The Rapper, YG and SZA, the self-made 25-year old Bronx native not only asserts herself as a force to be reckoned with here but proves she’s a perfectly timed modern pop star with staying power in the process.

Eminem – Kamikaze LP (Aftermath)
Limited olive green colored vinyl LP pressing of Eminem’s tenth album.

Aretha Franklin – Atlantic Records 1960s Collection 6xLP (Atlantic)
Studio albums plus one LP of rare studio tracks: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (1967), Aretha Arrives (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Aretha Now (1968), and Soul ’69 (1968). Special order only.

Genius / GZA ‎– Liquid Swords [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Geffen)
Urban Legends and Marvel Comics have collaborated to bring together the mighty, epic worlds of comics and hip-hop with an ongoing exclusive album series that will feature variant covers for select collector’s editions of some of the record label’s most legendary hip-hop releases. [Limited red colored vinyl edition also available.]

The Hold Steady ‎– Stay Positive [Reissue/2880] 3xLP (Vagrant)
10th anniversary reissue on 3xLP triple gatefold with die cut jacket. Cut at 45rpm for audiophiles. Includes original album, rarities, plus three never before released tracks.

Angélique Kidjo – Remain In Light LP (Kravenworks)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Global pop star and three-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo has partnered with 2015 Grammy producer of the year Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé) for a full circle re-imagining of Talking Heads’ 1980 landmark album Remain In Light. The album features appearances by Alicia Keys, Questlove, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Blood Orange, Tony Allen, Angelique’s longtime guitarist Dominic James, and Magatte Sow (percussionist for the Black Panther film score). (Due in stock next week).

Pere Ubu – Final Solution b/w Cloud 149 [Reissue/1976] 7” (Fire)
This phenomenal single from 1976 kick-started Ohio’s reaction to punk rock. A bleak and morbid worldview that ensured the new wave and the cold war would collide in post punk acrimony.

The Struts – Young & Dangerous LP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the British rockers. The Struts’ influences include Queen, The Darkness, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, The Killers, The Smiths, Oasis, The Libertines, The Strokes, and My Chemical Romance. The band has been described as unabashedly over the top retro-fetishist classic rock, glamorous and dangerous.