New Releases for January 29
Please Take Note … The Recorded Music Industry is facing some interesting challenges at the moment. Demand for physical formats of recorded music has increased significantly during 2020 and production capabilities have been affected somewhat adversely due to COVID-19 spread prevention and concerns.
Consequently, release schedules are being affected here and there and some titles are being pushed back by a week or two. Therefore, it is possible that not everything on our list will be available on the day projected and we may not know that for sure until the day of the scheduled release unfortunately.
In addition, items that are coming from outside of the country may be facing additional issues leading to delays. Import items are typically showing up one to two weeks late. This has been the case for the better part of the past year in fact.
So … hang in there and try to understand and be patient. Things SHALL improve.
Thank you for your support of the physical format of music. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support of independent stores throughout the planet.
You are loved and most appreciated.
P.s. Not everything coming out and that we are bringing in has been put up on our website. We try to keep some things for a nice and pleasant surprise.
Wilson’s 6th studio album, THE FUTURE BITES, on January 29, 2021. Co-produced in London by Wilson with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything), THE FUTURE BITES marks his most inventive & far-reaching musical construction to date, spanning soaring acoustics, lush electronica, relentless bass-driven grooves, murky funk, & much more, all linked through powerfully focused songcraft & this one-of-a-kind artist’s unique creative vision. Red LP Indie Exclusive. Gatefold Jacket w/ O-card.
Import … Limited 180gm Music On Vinyl solid green colored vinyl LP housed in gatefold sleeve. At 87 and with an impressive career spanning more than seven decades, Willie Nelson really needs no introduction. ‘Heroes’ is a testament to his status as a rebel of country music: a beautiful collection of popular pop-country songs, covers of classic songs from the 30’s & 40’s and new songs. It features guest appearances from Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow and others. But he also gives us his interpretation of more modern classics, such as Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ and Pearl Jam’s ‘Just Breathe’.
2020 pressing. The Gilded Palace of Sin is the first album by the country rock group The Flying Burrito Brothers, released in 1969. It continued Gram Parsons’ and Chris Hillman’s work in modern country music formulated with The Byrds in the recording of the groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, fusing traditional sources like folk and country with other forms of popular music like gospel, soul, and psychedelic rock.
With Along For The Ride British blues icon John Mayall presented an equal counterpart to John Lee Hooker’s The Healer. In 2001, on the occasion of his 40th stage anniversary, the “Father of British Blues” recorded traditional variations of his favorite music with supreme serenity and with an impressive all-star line-up of blues and rock luminaries such as Gary Moore, Mick Fleetwood, Billy F Gibbons, Otis Rush, Chris Rea and Peter Green (to only name a few). The class reunion of former Bluesbreakers and musical contemporaries is a must-have for every blues fan!
Limited 180gm orange colored vinyl LP pressing. Upon release in 1971, Africa’s Blood was the first record Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry released under his own name, although his band The Upsetters do appear on most of the tracks. If any album serves as a good peak into what was happening in Jamaican music in the early 70s, ‘Africa’s Blood’ is the way to go. There is an undeniable influence from American contemporary R&B, but still Perry’s signature dub and reggae fusion shines through. A limited edition on orange coloured vinyl, which makes the record look as vibrant as it sounds.
Never before released on vinyl, this full length concert captures the classic line-up of Yes performing in the midst of their 35th Anniversary Tour Live at Glastonbury Festival 2003. Includes brilliant takes on classics like “And You And I,” “Roundabout,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” and “Long Distance Runaround” among many more. Featuring the talents of Jon Anderson (lead vocals, MIDI guitar, harp, and acoustic guitar), Chris Squire (bass, vocals), Steve Howe (acoustic & electric guitars, pedal steel, mandolin, vocals), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Alan White (drums, percussion).
Live in Tokyo is a live performance from November 14th, 2012 at Zepp Tokyo for supergroup PSMS, which features drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, the Winery Dogs, Transatlantic), bassist Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), guitarist Tony MacAlpine and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, Dream Theater, Billy Idol). This concert showcases a wide range of instrumental performances from each of the members careers and collaborations. Included in the set are ‘Shy Boy’ from Sheehan’s band Talas, MacAlpine’s ‘The Stranger,’ Sherinian’s ‘Apocalypse 1470 B.C.’ and Dream Theater’s ‘A Change of Seasons: The Crimson Sunrise.’
Import … Music On Vinyl Limited 180gm translucent red vinyl LP pressing. Includes insert. Stain (1993) is the third album by Living Colour, released after previous albums Vivid and Time’s Up. The album features a much heavier and aggressive Living Colour, containing elements of thrash metal and industrial music. Produced by Ron ‘Bad Brains’ St. Germain, Living Colour’s ‘Stain’ showcases the band’s darker side even more, as samples were now added to the sonic mix. Living Colour’s pessimistic viewpoint can be found in tracks such as ‘Go Away’,’ ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, and ‘Never Satisfied’, while ‘Postman’ pulls no punches in it’s depiction of a deranged killer. The explosive ‘Ausländer’ is one of the album’s best tracks, as is the melodic rocker ‘Leave It Alone’ and the superb ballad ‘Nothingness’.
The following albums are certainly very worthy of description … however, as you may note, there’s a lot of releases scheduled for the 29th … Therefore, I’m limiting commentary to keep a lid on the fingers and time … and, I’m falling back on the notion that a picture is worth a thousand words … and perhaps a few questions as well … the answers of which will be supplied by a visit to the Record Store!!!
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. The Third Chimpanzee is the brand new EP from Martin Gore, one of the founding members and primary songwriter of Depeche Mode. Over five brand new tracks Gore explores euphoric modular sounds and develops his career long relationship with electronic music. The EP follows his eponymous album MG in 2015 and SSSS, his collaboration with Erasure’s Vince Clarke for their VCMG project. The artwork was created by Pockets Warhol, a capuchin monkey based in Canada who paints for charity. Martin Gore was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode in 2020.
Limited opaque blue colored pressing. This deluxe package includes an OBI strip, single album jacket with one pocket, printed inner sleeve, and original record labels. Midnight Madness is the second studio album by rock band Night Ranger. The album produced three charting singles and contains the band’s best known hit, “Sister Christian.” It remains their highest selling album at over a million copies sold in the US.
Vinyl LP pressing. Wewantsounds is delighted to announce the reissue of Omar Khorshid’s cult instrumental album from 1978 originally released in Lebanon. The album features Khorshid’s trademark twangy electric guitar sound over arabic melodies enhanced by fascinating fuzzed-up arrangements and early synthesizer sounds. With Love released by the Beirut-based Voice of Lebanon label in 1978 is a testament to Omar Khorshid’s greatness and encapsulate the unique sound of his guitar playing over modern arrangements establishing him as one of Arabic music’s true innovator.
Double vinyl LP pressing. This 2021 remastered, expanded edition of the soul-stirring 2005 benefit album Our New Orleans includes five previously unreleased tracks as well as the original performances by Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irma Thomas, Wild Magnolias, Buckwheat Zydeco, Randy Newman, and others. The album has thus far raised $1.5 million Habitat for Humanity’s post-Katrina rebuilding effort. “Rife with stirring performances,” says the Washington Post, “Our New Orleans has the soul of the city
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Peggy Lee’s 1956 album smash for Decca, Black Coffee, presents her in an intimate setting with a top-notch jazz quartet in place of her usual studio orchestra. The smaller combination, including two of her favorites: Pete Candoli (trumpet) and Jimmy Rowles (piano), works to perfection on sultry takes of It Ain’t Necessarily So, Gee, Baby Ain’t I Good To You & the title track. Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features analog tape transfers, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Import … Psycho is the second in a series of five double vinyl releases that bring together some of Ennio Morricone’s greatest soundtrack music. Each collection centres on a different movie genre, together they allow the listener to rediscover the unmatched genius of the greatest movie composer of all time. The Maestro. This collection is dedicated to Morricone’s work with Italian directors spanning the late 1960s up to the 1980s. These scores accompany some darkly dramatic films, some veering into the realms of horror. The music highlights the psychological tension within the films and contrasts with his work in the USA during the same era. This is Morricone where he feels truly at home, working with the nuances and drama of the Italian psyche as laid bare by Italian filmmakers. Morricone has always been a huge influence for the likes of Hans Zimmer, Danger Mouse, Muse, Metallica and many more musicians. He’s one of the most successful composers of all-time, selling over 70 million records and winning dozens of awards. Psycho on black vinyl includes a 4-page insert with liner notes written by Claudio Fuiano. The gatefold sleeve contains a red-spot varnish on the outside and images of iconic movie posters on the inside.
In and Out Records (Import) … Audiophile Edition 180g Vinyl 2LP
Cominando • Joshua • Little Waltz • Seguaro • Cominando, Reprise • Nearly •
You And The Night And The Music • My Funny Valentine • Mr. Bow Tie
Ron Carter – bass
Renee Rosnes – piano
Jimmy Greene – tenor sax
Payton Crossley – drums
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Collection of early recordings by the country/pop superstar. These were recorded a few years before her commercial breakthrough.
Double vinyl LP pressing. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his TOURIST album, Ludovic Navarre aka ‘St Germain’ has invited UK, South Africa, USA, Reunion Island and Franceproducers, DJs and remixers with various musical inspirations, from Deep House to Afro House and Chicago House.
STRFKR’s sound has morphed over the years through variations of hyper catchy, danceable pop, but on Ambient 1 – the band’s first fully instrumental album – the band has achieved something very different. For a little shy of an hour, Ambient 1 drifts through softly glowing electronic instrumentals that extract the synth core from the group’s well established synth pop sound. It’s patient, playful, and calming music that travels through passageways of chaos and anxiety on a journey towards healing.Upon completing work on the lo-fi dreaminess of Future Past Life, STRFKR’s principal songwriter Josh Hodges found himself returning repeatedly to albums by his favorite ambient artists and minimal composers. This growing obsession with synthesis and the culture around it also concurred with the daily darkness of the pandemic and some personal disruptions. Without spending too much time thinking about what it meant, Hodges began recording ambient experiments almost daily as a way of processing these difficult emotions. Echoes of masters like Harold Budd and Brian Eno can be heard in the angelic floating of “Work Smoothly Lifetime Peace” while tracks like “Nexus” are stormy and frenetic. In some ways, Ambient 1 is unlike anything STRFKR has created before, but when completely absorbed, it makes sense why it’s included under the STRFKR banner. Even at his most drony and experimental, Hodges can’t escape his distinctive melodic approach. Ambient 1 strips away the familiar and the expected, exposing Hodges’ signature sonic personality at a granular level.
Double red and white marbled vinyl LP pressing. 2021 release. Germany’s heavy-metal kings return with their 16th studio album and fifth featuring vocalist Mark Tornillo. Recorded in Nashville and produced/mixed by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Judas Priest), Too Mean to Die balances the heavy with the catchy and relentless rockers with beguiling ballads: “Zombie Apocalypse,” “Overnight Sensation,” “The Undertaker,” “The Best Is Yet to Come,” the title track and more.
Compact Disc Releases
REVOLUTIONARY LOVE – Ani DiFranco – RIGHTEOUS BABE – The transcendent new album from Ani Di Franco, Revolutionary Love marks the latest proof of one of her most powerful gifts as an artist: a rare ability to give voice to our deepest frustrations and tensions, on both a personal and political level. “My songs have always reflected an acute connection between my personal life and the life of my society,” says the trailblazing musician and activist. “As I started to come out of years of dealing with marriage problems, I saw my entire country in the same situation; the complete breakdown of communication and loss of empathy and connection. But after what seems like unforgivable damage, then where do you go? You can’t kick each other off the planet, you can’t change the past, so what then?”
Building on the themes of their critically acclaimed album Among The Ghosts, “family” is at the center of Lucero’s new album When You Found Me. The album reimagines family stories as modern fables, with young heroines and storybook lyrics inspired by the fairy tales lead singer Ben Nichols’ reads with his four year old daughter at bedtime. Throughout When You Found Me, true stories are turned into fantasy and folktales are reimagined into pummeling rock songs.
The first of Grammy Award-winning blues and rock icon Johnny Winter’s celebrated Alligator releases, with over 100,000 sold in the U.S. alone. This reissue has one song from the original release removed (Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye), and a previously unreleased track featuring guest James Cotton, “Nothin’ But The Devil,” added.
Import … CD reissue. The underrated trumpeter Freddie Hubbard plays some very tasty Bebop Jazz here. The band assembled for ‘Straight Life’ pretty much explains why; Joe Henderson on sax, George Benson on guitar, Herbie Hancock on piano/keyboards, Ron Carter on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. To say that these masters are at the top of their game here is an understatement. They make ageless music with passion, freedom, and well-earned wisdom. Freddie unloads here right from the start and Joe Henderson catches the fire too as he blazes like never before. George Benson also is a standout with his creative solo and occasional flurries of notes. ‘Straight Life’ may very well pave the way for pop and rock fans to get themselves into jazz.
Bluray Version … Stereo Mix in High Resolution 96/24 5.1 Surround Sound Mix Dolby Atmos Mix … THE FUTURE BITES was co-produced by Wilson with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything). THE FUTURE BITES sees Wilson exploring contemporary addiction and the lasting effect of technology on our daily lives. The album marks his most inventive and far-reaching musical construction to date, spanning soaring acoustics, lush electronica, relentless bass-driven grooves, murky funk, and so much more, all linked through powerfully focused songcraft.