New Releases for October 15, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
The Beatles – Let It Be [Reissue/1970] CD/2xCD/5xCD+Blu-ray Audio+Book/LP/4xLP+12”+Book (Capitol)
The Let It Be album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell. All the new Let It Be releases feature the new stereo mix of the album as guided by the original reproduced for disc version by Phil Spector and sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance eight-track tapes. The Special Edition double-CD edition includes bonus CD of outtakes and 40-page booklet. The Super Deluxe Special Edition CD and vinyl box set editions each add a wealth of previously unreleased outtakes, studio jams, rehearsals as well as a 105-page hardbound book.
Zac Brown Band – Comeback CD (Warner Nashville)
The seventh album from chart-topping country group Zac Brown Band features guest appearances by guitarist Marcus King and jazz vocalist Gregory Porter.
John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies – Halloween Kills (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
The scream team is back with Halloween Kills, and John Carpenter has returned to the studio with son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies to further expand on the iconic score that forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music.
Coldplay – Music Of The Spheres CD/LP (Atlantic)
Coldplay’s ninth studio album, Music Of The Spheres, was produced by hitmaker Max Martin and features twelve tracks, five of which are represented by emojis. The British pop-rock giants follow-up to 2019’s Everyday Life is introduced by the cosmic lead single “Higher Power” and experimental 10-minute closer “Coloratura”, an exhilarating, space-bound epic that includes namechecks for Galileo, Oumuamua and Betelgeuse. The band hints at further sci-fi themes with the note, “Everyone is an alien somewhere.” [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]
David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name [Reissue/1971] 2xCD/LP (Atlantic)
50th Anniversary reissue. If I Could Only Remember My Name is the debut solo record from David Crosby. Recorded in 1970 after the passing of his girlfriend Christine and released in February of 1971, the album explores themes including loss and disorientation. The album features a who’s who of contributors from the San Francisco Bay area including Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and Santana, and his cohort from Los Angeles including Graham Nash, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell. The album has attained a cult status over the last 50 years, hailed for its spooky, psychedelic, and truly unique sounds. [The expanded two CD edition features a full CD of session versions of the songs as well as demos, outtakes, and alternate versions.]
Dean & Britta – Quarantine Tapes CD/LP (Double Feature)
Dean & Britta’s Quarantine Tapes album was recorded in home studio during the pandemic and released to streaming services in fall 2020, is now presented on CD and vinyl with the added track “The Carnival Is Over”. The record contains other covers of songs by the Bee Gees, the Clash, Kraftwerk, Luna, The Cars, the Seekers.
Finneas – Optimist CD/LP/Cassette (Oyoy, Inc)
Eight-time Grammy-winning artist Finneas delivers his debut solo album Optimist which features 12 new, never before heard tracks, plus the previously released, “What They’ll Say About Us”, a heartbreaking ballad written in lockdown as a moving dedication to human strength and connection when faced with life’s tribulations.
Norah Jones – I Dream Of Christmas CD/LP (Blue Note)
Norah Jones has been a steady voice of warmth and reassurance for nearly 20 years since her cozy 2002 debut album Come Away With Me became a familiar musical companion for millions of people around the world. Now the nine-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist has made her first-ever holiday album with I Dream Of Christmas, a delightful and comforting collection of timeless seasonal favorites and affecting new originals.
Toby Keith – Peso In My Pocket CD (Show Dog, LLC)
Singer/songwriter Toby Keith releases his first all-new in more than five years. Peso In My Pocket was co-produced with Kenny Greenberg and features the highest Billboard Country Airplay chart debut of his career with the lead single “Old School”.
Pokey LaFarge – In The Blossom Of Their Shade CD/LP (New West)
Pokey LaFarge’s seventh studio solo album, In The Blossom Of Their Shade, showcases the positivity of coming out of the darkness and into the light. When the 2020 global pandemic hit, LaFarge’s rigorous work ethic powered him through the potentially challenging creative period. As days became a couple months, songs blossomed from embryonic ideas into full-formed ones and he was ready to move on, which typified his mindset as a working artist. With this record LaFarge captures the thematic notion of being the perfect summer afternoon soundtrack…the type of music you want to listen to while having a cocktail with your significant other. It makes sense musically as well – LaFarge intentionally crafted songs that created space and have melodies that can glide throughout a composition that’s a far cry from the swing and blues-infused songs of his earlier work. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]
Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Fire CD (Mom + Pop Music)
Following the 2018 release of his most ambitious album yet, The Atlas Underground, legendary musician and two-time Grammy winner Tom Morello returns with his latest project – a follow-up album entitled The Atlas Underground Fire. Morello’s remarkable guitar playing is on full display on the record fusing rock, alternative and electronic music together with collaborations from a mix of music icons and cutting-edge artists. The acclaimed list of collaborators includes Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Chris Stapleton, Mike Posner, Damian Marley and others. [Vinyl edition due April 1.]
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Architecture & Morality – The Singles CD/3×12” (Republic)
40th anniversary set of singles from 1981’s Architecture And Morality by electronic pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Includes three international hits, “Souvenir”, “Joan Of Arc” and “Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc)” as well as unreleased demos, studio sessions and live performances of tracks from the album. [A color vinyl pressing is available.]
Xenia Rubinos – Una Rosa CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Music maker Xenia Rubinos uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch. Her sound grows from a wide palette of influences ranging from Caribbean rhythms and beat music to minimalism and indie rock all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Una Rosa, Xenia’s first full-length album in five years, was visually structured before all the music was done – it’s a cinematic obra – an imagined nighttime-space where you’re transported through the lives of various characters, all of whom are sonically painted in each track.
Santana – Blessings And Miracles CD (BMG)
Multi-Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana returns with the star-studded, masterful new album, Blessings And Miracles. The record’s dazzling first single, “Move”, sees the music legend and guitar icon reteamed with Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas. Blessings And Miracles is one of the most ambitious, inspired and magical albums of Santana’s storied career, on which the legendary guitarist aims higher than ever. In addition to Thomas, Blessings And Miracles sees Santana collaborating with a diverse host of brilliant artists, writers and producers including Chris Stapleton, G-Eazy, Diane Warren, Steve Winwood, Chick Corea, Rick Rubin, Corey Glover, Kirk Hammett, Ally Brooke, American Authors and Narada Michael Walden, among others, on genre-bending, hook-filled knockout musical celebrations.
Seether – Vicennial – 2 Decades Of Seether CD (Craft Recordings)
A career-spanning compilation of the RIAA Platinum-selling group’s greatest hits, including 16 #1 original singles, as well as the fan-favorite cover of “Careless Whisper”. [Vinyl edition due January 7.]
Various Artists – Pokémon 25: The Album CD (Capitol)
Pokemon 25: The Album features new tracks by J Balvin, Lil Yachty, Vince Staples, Jax Jones with Sinead Harnett, Mabel, Tierra Whack, Katy Perry, Post Malone and Louane.
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack 2xCD (Polydor)
This double-CD soundtrack is curated by the documentary’s director, Todd Haynes, and music supervisor Randall Poster. It includes well-known and rare tracks from the band as well as songs and performances that influenced The Velvet Underground, including the doo-wop of The Diablos, the groundbreaking rock ‘n’ roll of Bo Diddley, and the avant-garde compositions of La Monte Young.
Dean Wareham – I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A. CD/LP (Double Feature)
Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) returns with his first new songs in seven years, a politically minded collection of indie guitar beauty. Produced by Jason Quever (Beach House, Cass McCombs), I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A. features eight songs by Wareham, plus covers of “Duchess” by Scott Walker and “Under Skys” by obscure Massachusetts late-‘60s band Lazy Smoke.
Lucinda Williams – Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 3: Bob’s Back Pages: A Night Of Bob Dylan Songs CD/2xLP (Highway 20)
While the first two installments found Williams tackling Tom Petty and southern soul, Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 3 features eleven nuanced numbers from the great Bob Dylan catalog including “It Takes A Lot To Laugh”, “Not Dark Yet”, “Blind Willie McTell”, “Idiot Wind”, “Make You Feel My Love” and more.
Lucinda Williams – Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 4: Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night Of 60’s Country Classics CD/LP (Highway 20)
Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 4 includes a selection of 60’s country classics like “Apartment #9,” “Together Again,” “Make The World Go Away,” “Long Black Limousine,” “Fist City,” “Gentle On My Mind” and “Funny How Time Slips Away” among others.
Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky [Reissue/2016] LP (Mascot)
Color vinyl reissue. Named after the band’s home state, Black Stone Cherry’s fifth album is very much a ‘back to their roots’ affair, with the four-piece working with the same engineer in the same ‘local’ studio, Barrick Recording, where they crafted their eponymous debut, eight years prior.
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes [Reissue/2011] 2xLP (Atlantic)
This expanded vinyl reissue features Wounded Rhymes in full (with seminal singles “I Follow Rivers”, “Get Some”, and “Youth Knows No Pain”), three officially unreleased Lost Sessions demos, and two remixes from The Magician & Tyler, The Creator.
Nick Lowe – Labour Of Lust [Reissue/1979] LP (Yep Roc)
Limited pink color vinyl pressing. Labour Of Lust was recorded and released at the same time as Dave Edmunds’ Repeat When Necessary and features the same Rockpile personnel. It led off with “Cruel To Be Kind”, Lowe’s only major US hit.
Mac Miller – Faces [Reissue/2014] 3xLP (WB)
Yellow color vinyl pressing.
North Americans – Going Steady LP (Third Man)
Originally released in 2018 in extremely limited numbers, Going Steady features North Americans main man Patrick McDermott playing acoustic guitar and Moog alongside contributions from Meg Duffy, Juliana Barwick, Hayden Pedigo, Dylan Baldi, and Joel Williams – creating a gorgeous dusky instrumental album of cosmic pastoral sounds. Each song on Going Steady glimmers and shines and taken in its entirety is like a beautiful sunset transforming into a star-filled evening. It is the American Songbook read, ingested and transformed into something completely new for our post-everything world. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive pressing is available.]