New Releases — July 28, 2017

Arthur Alexander – Arthur Alexander [Reissue/1972] CD (Omnivore)
When The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Dusty Springfield, George Jones & Johnny Paycheck, Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and countless others cover your songs, you must be on to something. Arthur Alexander was a songwriter and song stylist, whose career took off in the early 1960s—writing and recording hits like “Anna (Go To Him)” and “You Better Move On”—some of the earliest hits recorded at Rick Hall’s Fame Studios and featuring the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. After a short break at the end of the decade, he released a self-titled ‘comeback’ album in 1972. This reissue of that album is expanded with six bonus tracks—two previously unissued. Arthur Alexander was produced by Muscle Shoals bassist Tommy Gogbill, and include a version of “Burning Love”—covered by Elvis Presley shortly after the album’s release.

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II [Reissue/1994] 2xCD (Warp)
Aphex Twin – I Care Because You Do [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy [Reissue/1997] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker [Reissue/1999] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
Classic Aphex Twin back in print on CD and vinyl formats.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now CD/LP/Cassette (Columbia)
“The torrent of content we absorb on a daily basis is a topic ripe for art that has been largely been under-explored in music thus far, but Arcade Fire don’t do it in somber and morbid fashion, Everything Now being their most upbeat, joyful album to date. It’s like they’ve chopped up a bunch of Abba tracks with this album, tenderized them, sprinkled them with glitter and reassembled them into something a little more subtle and insouciant. Arcade Fire’s fifth studio album doesn’t have the sprawling nature of The Suburbs or Reflektor nor the cacophonic intensity of Funeral, but the sequin-festooned, disco-ish Everything Now is every bit as good as these albums in its own right. Departures in sound are often unwelcome when we’re already so happy with where a beloved band are, but, in this case, their experiments are a complete success.” – The Independent. [Two covers are available: ‘Day Version’ and an exclusive indie-store-only ‘Night Version.’ Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Cage The Elephant – Unpeeled CD (RCA)
Cage The Elephant’s new live album, Unpeeled, was recorded over a series of intimate shows in cities including Los Angeles, Washington DC, Knoxville, and Nashville where the band performed in a stripped down arrangement with a string quartet and additional percussion. Unpeeled features 21-tracks: 18 curated songs from their past four albums plus three re-imagined versions of existing songs. Said frontman Matt Shultz about the inspiration behind the double live release: “Many times you’re adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don’t realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.” [Vinyl edition due August 25.]

The Cars – Candy-O [Reissue/1979] CD/2xLP (Elektra)
The Cars – Panorama [Reissue/1980] CD/2xLP (Elektra)
Digitally remastered and expanded editions of two classic album from the new wave/rock quintet.

Alice Cooper – Paranormal 2xCD/2xLP (earMUSIC)
Alice Cooper’s new studio album, his first in 6 years, Paranormal was recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin. The 10-track album also features a bonus CD mini-album consisting of two brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings. Paranormal also features special guest appearances by U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover. [Limited edition red color vinyl pressing also available.]

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – GarciaLive Volume Nine: August 11th, 1974 Keystone Berkeley 2xCD (ATO)
GarciaLive Volume Nine presents Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders’ adventurous rock-jazz-R&B fusion performance from August 11th, 1974 at Keystone in Berkeley, CA with John Kahn on bass, Martin Fierro on saxophone & flute and the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann on drums. While the evening’s setlist focuses mainly on standards, the approach is anything but regular or straight. It showcases their ability to reimagine standards through inventive arrangements and fiery virtuosity permeated with soul.

The Isley Brothers/Santana – Power Of Peace CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Led by the legendary Ronald Isley on lead vocals and the album’s main producer/arranger Carlos Santana on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and background vocals, Power Of Peace covers songs first made familiar by the Chambers Brothers, Swamp Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Eddie Kendricks, Curtis Mayfield, Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon, Dionne Warwick/Jackie DeShannon, Marvin Gaye, Leon Thomas and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson.

Jackyl – 25 CD (Mighty Loud)
Jackyl celebrates 25 years of rock ‘n’ roll swagger with this 18 song career-spanning retrospective.

Jillette Johnson – All I Ever See In You Is Me CD/LP (Rounder)
Jillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson’s sophomore album All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever-changing vocal texture, an instrument that’s irresistibly powerful whether she’s belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody.

Manchester Orchestra – Black Mile To The Surface CD/2xLP+MP3 (Loma Vista)
Describing a rock record as “cinematic” usually implies a double-length, sprawling album with a full orchestra on every song; Manchester Orchestra’s A Black Mile To The Surface is cinematic in that it conjures worlds. There’s magical surrealism at work, with songs about a boy with no ears (“The Alien”) and the father/sleeping child callback of “The Sunshine.” There’s a story to parse here – three brothers, an abandoned wife and child, a mysterious journey through the depths of a miles-deep mine, a narrative of twists and turns, recurring characters, alternating timelines – but the songs and melodies stand on their own. [Deluxe color vinyl pressing with an etching on Side D also available.]

James Vincent McMorrow – True Care CD/2xLP+MP3 (James Mahogany Books)
The beloved Irish singer-songwriter is now four albums deep into his career, with We Move and True Care both arriving in the last year alone. His soulful voice stretches to breathtaking heights here as he man’s guitar, keyboards and more. He’s known for folk anthems, but his experiments with R&B are a testament to his ability and drive to evolve.

Ikue Mori – Obelisk CD (Tzadik)
Universally acclaimed as a pioneer in live laptop electronics, Ikue’s signature style is still uniquely her own and has influenced two generations of laptop performers. Her new band project Obelisk is a super-band featuring three of the most acclaimed and original players in the Downtown scene—Okkyung Lee, Jim Black and Sylvie Courvoisier. Ikue’s startling compositions blend gorgeous melodies with hypnotic rhythms and evocative soundscapes. Strange and beautiful music from a legendary master of laptop improvisation.

Joe Nichols – Never Gets Old CD (Red Bow)
New album from one of country music’s most praised traditional country artists.

John Pizzarelli featuring Daniel Jobim – Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 CD (Concord)
Two of John Pizzarelli’s greatest influences, Frank Sinatra and the bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, joined forces in 1967 to present a softer, sultrier side of Sinatra. Half a century later, John Pizzarelli celebrates that unique gathering.

Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings 3xCD (Sony Legacy)
Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters LP (Sony Legacy)
The definitive collection of Elvis’ Sun-era recordings in one comprehensive package. A Boy From Tupelo contains every surviving Elvis Presley Sun master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid with his own money to record, as well as all known radio- and concert performances from the period. Many of these recordings are rare demos, session takes, and live performances including a newly discovered and previously unreleased recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.

Prong – Zero Days CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
Another monster of an album from Prong. Musically, Zero Days hits home from the first bars of mighty opener “However It May End” to the last bars of closer “Wasting Of The Dawn.” Every cut is its own emotional roller-coaster ride, chock-full of massive riffage, ironclad grooves and topped off by Tommy Victor’s ever-improving vocal delivery. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

The Doors – Light My Fire b/w The Crystal Ship [Reissue/1967] 7″ (Elektra)
50 years ago, “Light My Fire” debuted on the Billboard Charts on June 3, 1967. It hit #1 on 29 July 1967 and stayed there for 3 weeks. This is a reissue of the original Japanese 7”.

Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief [Reissue/1969] LP (A&M)
180gm vinyl repressing of this classic 1969 album by the British folk legends.

Jerry Garcia – (Compliments Of) [Reissue/1974] LP (ATO)
Jerry Garcia – Reflections [Reissue/1976] LP (ATO)
Originally released in 1974, (Compliments Of) is Jerry’s second full-length solo studio album and boasts classics from artists like Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson, and Peter Rowan. Originally released in 1976, Reflections is a mix of roots-oriented styles featuring Garcia’s two main vehicles of musical expression the Grateful Dead and Jerry GarciaBand.

Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player [Reissue/1973] LP (Mercury)
Elton John – Caribou [Reissue/1974] LP (Mercury)
180gm vinyl reissues celebrating Elton’s 50 years in music.

OOIOO – Gold & Green [2000] 2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
OOIOOs seminal album Gold & Green is finally widely released on vinyl for the first time. “OOIOO traffic in a crafty kind of post-punk primitivism…the synths, power chords, polyrhythmic drumming and wordless chants building into an irresistible, throbbing whole.” — The Wire

Rise Against – Wolves LP (Virgin)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Throughout its career, Rise Against has kept its moral compass steady, using its international punk platform to speak out for social justice. With The Black Market (2014) follow-up Wolves, the band challenges fans to join them in creating a bold new identity together. The album is about recognizing the power within; it’s a primal call for the prey to become the hunters.

Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus [Reissue/1956] LP (Prestige/Fantasy)
The sixth album Sonny Rollins recorded as the leader of his own band, Saxophone Colossus features Sonny on saxophone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Max Roach on drums. It was recorded in a single day, the tight knit of the musicians enabling them to record most of the songs in one take, then something of a rarity. 180gm pressing in a Stoughton jacket.

Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest [2011] LP (Acony)
The long-awaited first pressing of Gillian Welch’s The Harrow & The Harvest was mastered direct from the original tapes through custom Ortofon amplifiers to a Neumann VMS-80 cutting system and plated and pressed on standard-weight audiophile-quality vinyl.