New Releases for November 19, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Adele – 30 CD/2xLP (Columbia/Sony)
30 is the first new music from Adele since the release of her third studio album 25 in November 2015. Adele on the album: “I’m ready to finally put this album out. It was my ride or die throughout the most turbulent period of my life…I’d become so consumed by my own grief. I’ve painstakingly rebuilt my house and my heart since then and this album narrates it.” The highly anticipated collection comes introduced by the sublime lead single “Easy On Me”.
Colin Blunstone – One Year: 50th Anniversary Edition CD/2xLP (Sundazed Music)
Blunstone celebrates the 50th anniversary of his post Oracle opus One Year (1971) with an expanded edition. The bonus material, titled That Same Year, gives you a deeper introspective look into that time in his life. The album largely features Colin singing accompanied solely by his acoustic guitar. Four songs have Colin joined by the late English singer-songwriter Duncan Browne on classical guitar.
James Blunt – The Stars Beneath My Feet 2xCD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Amongst the string of hit singles, James Blunt’s greatest hits album The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021) includes four new songs (“Love Under Pressure”, “Unstoppable”, “Adrenaline” and “I Came For Love”), as well as four exclusive live performances from around the world, including the Glastonbury Festival. It also features stunning tracks from his latest Gold-selling album Once Upon A Mind, including “Cold”, and the heartbreaking ballad for his father, “Monster”.
Converge – Bloodmoon: I CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Converge release their new album with Chelsea Wolfe, her frequent collaborator and bandmate Ben Chisholm, and Cave In’s Stephen Brodsky. It’s called Bloodmoon: I and was produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, and the musicians began collaborating for the prospective project in 2016. “The project stretched my vocals in new ways,” Wolfe said in a statement. “It’s so different than what I normally sing over that I was able to open up and be vulnerable with my vocals.” [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is due June 24.]
The Darkness – Motorheart CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Multi-platinum UK glam rock giants The Darkness release Motorheart, a record of immeasurable rock and roll extravagance and yet another masterpiece from England’s favorite rock icons
Deap Valley – Marriage CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Being in a band is like being in a marriage: sometimes it’s magical, sometimes it’s unbearably challenging. To reinvigorate that marriage, Deap Valley has made their third album a genre-bending experiment with new collaborators and instrumentation that push the limits of what has previously defined the duo – Marriage is their musical Rumspringa, if you will. The album sees Julie and Lindsey break free of the rigid creative constraints within which they previously existed (two members, two instruments, two voices) and invite in collaborators such as KT Tunstall, Peaches, Jennie Vee and jennylee, as well as a range of producers.
Genesis – The Last Domino? 2xCD/4xLP (Atlantic)
Celebrating the return of Genesis and their 2021/2022 arena tour, The Last Domino? collection gathers the band’s legendary hits with choice album cuts from their stunning career.
Kiss – Destroyer: 45th Anniversary 2xCD/4xCD+Blu-ray/2xLP (UMe)
This Deluxe 45th Anniversary edition of Kiss’s fourth album – originally released in 1976. The set features the newly remastered album from Abbey Road Mastering Studios plus 16 bonus tracks – 14 unreleased – including the new “Beth” (Acoustic Mix). The double-LP edition has been half-speed mastered and features 12 bonus tracks – 10 unreleased. Each contain a 20-page booklet showcases unreleased and rare photos along with “The Story Of Destroyer” liner notes.
Lady Gaga – Dawn Of Chromatica CD (Interscope)
A reinvention of Lady Gaga’s sixth consecutive #1 studio album Chromatica, Dawn Of Chromatica is executive produced by BloodPop® and features new collaborations and remixes of the original album from Ashnikko, Bree Runway, Charli XCX, Chester Lockhart, Clarence Clarity, COUCOU CHLOE, Doss, Jimmy Edgar, Lil Texas, LSDXOXO, Mood Killer, Mura Masa, Planningtorock, and Shygirl. Many of the collaborative artists were sourced by publicly asking fans who they would like to see on this project. [Clear vinyl pressing due February 4.]
Willie Nelson – The Willie Nelson Family CD (Sony Legacy)
The Willie Nelson Family finds Willie joined in his Pedernales Studios by a host of his family members and extended family of long-time band members, performing songs that they have performed for much of their lives. Sister Bobbie, sons Lukas and Micah, and daughters Amy and Paula all contribute plus band members Mickey Raphael, Kevin Smith and Billy and Paul English. The album draws on deep Americana (including A.P. Carter’s “Keep It On The Sunnyside” and the traditional hymn “In The Garden”) while celebrating classic songwriting from Hank Williams (“I Saw The Light”) and Kris Kristofferson (“Why Me”) to George Harrison (“All Things Must Pass”) and Willie Nelson (who penned half of the album’s compositions). Willie’s son Lukas (who fronts his own band, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real) sings lead vocals on two of the album’s tracks.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raise The Roof CD/2xLP (Rounder)
Raise The Roof finds Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Robert Plant and 27x Grammy-winner Alison Krauss reunited after some fourteen years, following the historic success of their first collaboration Raising Sand (2007), which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, generated platinum sales, and earned six Grammy Awards including Album and Record of the Year. Like its predecessor, Raise The Roof was produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked with Plant and Krauss to expand their collaboration in thrilling new directions, accompanied by drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell, and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, along with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl among others. [An indie store exclusive vinyl pressing featuring an alternate cover is also available.]
R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi: 25th Anniversary Edition 2xCD+Blu-ray (Craft Recordings)
This double-CD edition features 13 B-sides and rarities plus a Blu-ray featuring hi-res and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, plus restored music videos including “Electrolite” and “E-Bow the Letter” packaged in a hardcover book. First released in September 1996, New Adventures In Hi-Fi endures as one of R.E.M.’s most acclaimed albums and stands as a favorite among band members and fans alike.
Andy Shauf – Wilds CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Canadian musician Andy Shauf pens songs that explore universal truths through picaresque vignettes, from the colorful people-watching observations of 2016’s The Party to the tale of a failed relationship explained over one night at a local watering hole on last year’s The Neon Skyline.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/2xLP (Legacy)
The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were recorded at the September 1979 MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. They represent the highest quality and best recorded Bruce performances from an explosive and ascendant era of the E Street Band. Among the highlights are then-unreleased versions of “The River” and “Sherry Darling”, live staples “Badlands”, “Born To Run” and “Thunder Road”, plus covers of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and a version of Maurice Williams’ “Stay” featuring special guests Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler. [The double-CD edition includes your choice of DVD or Blu-ray of the 13-song concert performance film, newly edited from original film footage, restored and remixed in HD.]
Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat [Reissue/1971] CD/LP/2xCD/4xCD+Blu-ray+2xLP+7” (A&M)
50th Anniversary remastered edition of Yusuf/Cat Stevens landmark 1971 album – available as a single-disc CD and vinyl pressing, and in a couple of collectable configurations: The double-CD version features rare and previously released B-sides, demos, live performances, and TV/radio sessions and a 32-page booklet with lyrics, illustrations, and track annotations.
Sting – The Bridge CD/LP/Cassette (A&M)
New release from the veteran singer/songwriter. Sting recorded the album over the last year with a coterie of trusted musicians beaming into his studio remotely. That easy sense of musical camaraderie, connection and kinship is on full display in the lead single “If It’s Love”, an unabashed pop song lent wings by a whistled refrain, joyful handclaps, and uplifting brass and strings.
Trippie Redd – Trip At Knight CD (TenThousand Projects/Virgin)
Multi-platinum selling recording artist, Trippie Redd, releases his fourth studio album, Trip At Knight. It features Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, Polo G, Lil Durk, Ski Mask The Slump God, amongst others. Includes the single “Miss The Rage”, featuring Playboi Carti.
Various Artists – The French Dispatch Original Soundtrack CD (Abkco)
The Franco-centric original soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s latest film The French Dispatch features an original score by Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat and music by Georges Delerue, Grace Jones, Charles Aznavour, and more. The original soundtrack also includes a new version of the French pop hit “Aline”, originally performed by Christophe, recorded by Jarvis Cocker. [Vinyl edition due January 7.]
Lucinda Williams – Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 5: Have Yourself A Rockin’ Little Christmas With Lucinda CD/LP (Highway 20)
While the first four installments of Lu’s Jukebox found Williams tackling Tom Petty, southern soul, Bob Dylan, and ‘60s country classics, Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 5 sees the Grammy-winner spreading a little Christmas cheer with takes on “Run Run Rudolph”, “Merry Christmas, Baby”, “Please Come Home For Christmas”, and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” among others.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat [Reissue/1960] LP (Blue Note)
The timeless 1960 hard bop classic The Big Beat was the album that first introduced one of the greatest line-ups of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers to the jazz public with the legendary drummer and bandleader joined by trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Bobby Timmons, and bassist Jymie Merritt. Shorter was the band’s newest member, and it was immediately clear that his presence would steer the group’s sound in a new more modern direction.
Brand New – The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Procrastinate Music)
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is the third studio album by Brand New. It was recorded from 2005 to 2006 in studios in Long Island and Massachusetts with producer Mike Sapone, and released on November 21, 2006 through Interscope Records, making it their major label debut.
Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces [Reissue/1975] LP (Blue Note)
Donald Byrd’s 1975 fusion classic Places And Spaces was the culmination of the legendary trumpeter’s vibrant latter Blue Note years. Byrd had begun recording for Blue Note in 1958, and over two decades evolved from a top-notch hard bop trumpeter into a pioneer of R&B/funk fusion, leading the label’s own creative direction along a similar path. Byrd had begun to introduce elements of fusion to his music with his 1969 album Fancy Free and shadowed Miles Davis early-1970s moves with experimental sessions like Electric Byrd and Ethiopian Knights.
Carcass – Surgical Steel [Reissue/2013] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Blue swirl with red splatter color vinyl reissue of the British death metal band’s sixth album.
Cold War Kids – New Age Norms 3 LP (Cwktwo Corp.)
Neon green color vinyl. This third and final installment in Cold War Kids’ New Age Norms series is the next chapter with the approach of taking apart the idea of what the band is and just trying to take the doors off a bit to see where it can go.
Grateful Dead – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 5xLP (Grateful Dead)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Complete, previously unreleased performance. One of the shortest-lived iterations of The Grateful Dead was the band that existed December 1971 through March 1972. Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill, Pigpen, and Keith formed a formidable version of the Dead that only played a few shows together before Donna Jean joined as vocalist, and before Pigpen would depart the stage for good in June 1972. What this sextet lacked in quantity of shows it made up for with creativeness, power, and inspiration. When Pigpen rejoined the Dead on December 1, 1971, after a few months off during which Keith had joined as piano player, the band was now an unstoppably powerful live juggernaut it hadn’t been since the height of the Primal Dead era in late 1968-1969. Widely considered one of the best shows from the Pigpen-Keith era of The Grateful Dead, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 has it all.
Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady [Reissue/1963] LP (Verve)
The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady is without question Charles Mingus’s magnum opus. Originally released on Impulse! in 1963, the album broke new ground in both genre-defying composition and innovative recording techniques. A six-part suite with dramatic shifts in mood and tempo, The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady features the three-way brass dialogue of trumpets, trombone and tuba, swooping reeds and awe-inspiring rhythm section.
Muleskinner – Live LP (Liberation Hall)
For bluegrass aficionados, Muleskinner Live is something of a watershed event. Originally broadcast on PBS in the late ’70s, the documentary captured the bluegrass supergroup at the peak of its powers. Muleskinner’s lineup boasted the talents of Clarence White, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, and Richard Green, so it should come as little surprise that this live record is a powerhouse.
Horace Silver Quintet – 6 Pieces Of Silver [Reissue/1956] LP (Blue Note)
With his 1956 album 6 Pieces of Silver, Silver struck gold with a sterling set of hard bop that introduced one of his greatest compositions, “Señor Blues”. The indelible theme is one of five excellent Silver originals (plus the standard “For Heaven’s Sake”) performed by an ace quintet featuring Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone, Doug Watkins on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums.
Soundtrack – Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings LP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Original motion picture soundtrack from the 2021 motion picture. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, a part of Phase Four from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ringo Starr – Change The World 10” (UMe)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home LP (Loma Vista)
Grey color vinyl pressing of the fifth studio album by the St. Vincent, produced by pop producer and long-term collaborator Jack Antonoff and featuring the single “Pay Your Way In Pain”.
Sylvan Esso – What Now [Reissue/2017] LP (Loma Vista)
Limited blue smoke color vinyl pressing. Sylvan Esso’s sophomore album, What Now, is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut. Everything has evolved – the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are more infectious, and the songs shine that much brighter.
Twenty One Pilots – Scaled And Icy LP (Fueled By Ramen)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Written and largely produced by Tyler Joseph in isolation over the course of the past year at his home studio, with Josh Dun engineering the album’s drums from across the country, Scaled And Icy is the product of long-distance virtual sessions and finds the duo processing their upended routines along with the prevailing emotions of 2020 – anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and doubt. [An indie store exclusive clear vinyl pressing is also available.]
Various Artists – Soul Jazz Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4xLP+MP3 (Soul Jazz)
Deutsche Elektronische Musik is the rarest of Soul Jazz’s Deutsche Elektronische Musik series, out-of print since its initial release in 2013. Originally split across two volumes, the compilation features two and a half hours of music. This very limited-edition Super Deluxe heavyweight box collectors’ edition includes four LPs, an insert, two art prints, extensive sleeve notes by David Stubbs (writer for Wire/Guardian and author of the definitive Krautrock book) and lots of exclusive photos.