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Music Releases 01-20-23

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Indie Exclusive * First time on colored vinyl * Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy is generally regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records and has, for over twenty years, been one of the most sought after late 60s American rock artifacts. Bad bootlegs and scrappy reissues have spread his music, but left Damon’s story untouched, leaving Song of a Gypsy high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable. Finally, Damon’s story can be told. Under the supervision of Now-Again's Egon and Damon himself, and over a five year period, Song Of A Gypsy has been researched and documented, and has now been pitch-corrected and remastered.
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Indie Exclusive * First time on colored vinyl * Based in Indianapolis in the early 1970s, the group released only two obscure 45s in their recording career. Birthed from the same scene as the Ebony Rhythm Band, Amnesty had a political edge similar to LA Carnival and the hardest brass section since The Kashmere Stage Band. In 1973 Amnesty recorded five hard, vocal funk numbers alongside some ballads and a handful of demos based around nothing more than guitar accompaniment. Only two songs were ever released; Amnesty's biting, difficult-to-categorize prog/rock/soul/funk stretched far beyond Indianapolis's bounds and the band didn't have a label to take them to the next level. Five decades after they were recorded, these songs are funk arranged with dangerous complexity and performed with precision - arguably the most unique funk to originate from Naptown, and some of the best music of it's kind.
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The Predator Nominate EP is a celebration of what was to come before the tragic exit of ringleader/singer Tim Taylor. Listen to these realized demos and imagine what only could have been the confident seed of what the group might be capable of in this future century. The world will never truly know.
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Guided By Voices

La La Land

Vinyl: $27.42 UNAVAILABLE
La La Land doubles down on the intricate proggy-pop displayed on Guided by Voices's last album Tremblers And Goggles By Rank. On a hot streak of critical acclaim, Robert Pollard continues expanding his songwriting towards extremes of prettiness, heaviness and poeticism. As always, unforgettable hooks are everywhere. But with thsi latest, it seems Pollard is playing with the extremes of his abilities as a songwriter, emboldened by the power of this lineup now on their fourteenth album together since 2017. The prettiest stuff is prettier than ever ("Queen Of Spaces") and odder, more complex songs like "Slowly On The Wheel" combine minimalism, whimsy, and cinematic inclinations. There are the exquisite power pop bangers that fans come to expect like "Ballroom Etiquette" and "Pockets." Tracks like "Instinct Dwelling" and "Caution Song" effortlessly display a cranked-up weight and complexity most bands could never muster. Celebrating forty years in 2023 with their thirty-eighth album, GBV has lately been garnering rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Uncut, MOJO, Shindig, Paste, Popmatters, The Quietus and many more.
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ON LIMITED BROWN / BONE MERGE W/ EVERGREEN & OLIVE GREEN SPLATTER VINYL!!! Worm's second album, the early 2020 release Gloomlord, was a precursor to the massive impact that would make the world tremble on 2021's Foreverglade. Itself a large stylistic leap forward from Worm's debut album, Gloomlord brought the band to wider attention and the Floridian funeral doom contained within has since amassed a cult-like following of it's own.Until now Gloomlord has been a somewhat difficult score in the States and often unavailable. As such, with the band now firmly at home on 20 Buck Spin and looking to make it's first live appearances in 2023 it was time to sate the increasing demand and make Gloomlord easily available to the masses. As an added bonus the album has been completely re-mastered by Greg Chandler of the funereal legends Esoteric at Priory Recording Studios in the UK. And like the Foreverglade and Bluenothing vinyl releases, the reissued Gloomlord now comes with a huge poster insert. With those added aspects lead progenitor Phantom Slaughter considers this the definitive version of Gloomlord."Gloomlord is one of those magnificent albums that is likely to hook the right kind of listener immediately on the sheer strength of it's holistic sound and vision, but it will continue to reveal careful detail the more and closer one listens." -Last Rites
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Strut continue their work from the archives of Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids with a first ever vinyl release of Ackamoor's debut avant-garde / Afro-jazz recordings from 1971 with The Collective, based out of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
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Celebrating 50 Years of Their Debut Studio Album. Featuring: Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Papa John Creach, Sammy Piazza. Includes: “WATER SONG” & “HIGHWAY SONG” Featuring David Crosby. LIMITED EDITION ON TRANSPARENT ORANGE VINYL.

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40th Anniversary Edition of the acclaimed third B-52's album in Green/Black splatter vinyl. Includes "Legal Tender" and "Whammy Kiss."

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Wilco

Cruel Country [2LP]

Vinyl: $46.14 UNAVAILABLE

MP3 Album: $14.99 Download

Cruel Country–Wilco’s universally-acclaimed 12th studio album will be available for the first time on vinyl and in a standard retail CD format via dBpm Records on January 20th. The double-disc packages are comprised of 21 Country Music inspired tracks, recorded at the band’s Chicago studio–The Loft.

Originally released in May 2022 (digital only) and in a limited “pre-release” CD edition for the June RSD drop, lead tracks “Falling Apart (Right Now)” and “Tired Of Taking It Out On You” have already become staples on non-commercial, public and AAA radio. Cruel Country songs and graphics have been featured throughout the band’s June European tour and August/September/October North American tour.

A new music video for “A Lifetime To Find” will be released in conjunction with the pre-order announcement.

Bandleader Jeff Tweedy has commented a length on the concept and recording process of Cruel Country in numerous podcasts, online interviews and print articles:

“There have been elements of Country Music in everything we’ve ever done. We’ve never been particularly comfortable with accepting that definition, the idea that I was making Country Music. But now, having been around the block a few times, we’re finding it exhilarating to free ourselves within the form, and embrace the simple limitation of calling the music we’re making Country.”

Jon Pareles in The New York Times wrote: “Wilco makes an understated magnum opus. Its tone is naturalistic and understated; the album was recorded largely with Wilco playing live in the studio as a six-man band, quietly savoring the chance to make music together after pandemic isolation.”

Jon Dolan in Rolling Stone wrote: “Their latest is a beautifully rootsy album with a broken sense of patriotic concern.” ****

Tagged in multiple publications’ mid-summer Best of Albums of 2022 (so far) Lists including
Variety, Rolling Stone, Spin, Uproxx and Paste.

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Motorhead

Overnight Sensation

CD: $18.40 Buy

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

Motörhead - Overnight Sensation - Overnight Sensation is the thirteenth studio album by British rock band Motörhead. It was Originally released on 15 October 1996 via Steamhammer, their second on the label.
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Motorhead

Sacrifice

CD: $18.40 UNAVAILABLE

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

Sacrifice is Motörhead's 12th studio album and was originally released on 27th March 1995. It is the second, and last album to feature the four man line-up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Würzel and Mikkey Dee. Lemmy, proud of the album is quoted as saying "This is a very good album. Put it in your system and your girlfriend's clothes fall off." The title track was still a live favorite up until the band came to an end. The album will be available as CD digipak.
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Motorhead

Sacrifice

Vinyl: $34.50 UNAVAILABLE

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

Sacrifice is Motörhead's 12th studio album and was originally released on 27th March 1995. It is the second, and last album to feature the four man line-up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Würzel and Mikkey Dee. Lemmy, proud of the album is quoted as saying "This is a very good album. Put it in your system and your girlfriend's clothes fall off." The title track was still a live favourite up until the band came to an end, and will be available as orange vinyl.
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During the early 1960's, the sound of ska exploded upon Jamaica's musical landscape, with the driving dynamic sound championed by arguably the greatest ensemble of musicians ever to have performed and recorded on the island. Fronted by legendary saxophonist Tommy McCook, The Skatalites also comprised a veritable who's who of Kingston-based performers, their number including trombonist Don Drummond, tenor saxman Roland Alphonso, drumming supremo Lloyd Knibb and keyboard prodigy Jackie Mittoo. Following their creation in the summer of '64, this powerhouse instrumental combo dominated the island's music industry for 18 glorious months, the very best of their work produced by famed Treasure Isle Records boss, Arthur 'Duke' Reid.
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Led by the dynamic Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, The Maytals are rightly regarded as one of the greatest singing trios in the history of Jamaican music. During an incredible recording career that spanned six decades, the group scored hit after hit on the island's music charts, with their inimitable, unique blend of fervent gospel and down-home country seemingly impervious to changes in styles and fashion. The best of their work, however, is widely regarded to be their rock steady and early reggae recordings for Leslie Kong's revered Beverley's Records during the late Sixties and early Seventies; a period that spawned groundbreaking work such as '54-46', 'Monkey Man' and 'Do the Reggay', to name but a few. The Essential Artist Collection brings together the very best of their output from this period, including the above tracks, along with numerous other classics, such as 'Sweet And Dandy', 'Pressure Drop' and 'Night And Day'.
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers' Hard Drive is a classic album from the hard bop era. The seven track collection was recorded in New York City in October of 1957 and released on the Bethlehem label in December of that same year. It finds drummer/leader Blakey flanked by the likes of Bill Hardman (trumpet), Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone), Junior Mance/Sam Dockery (piano) and Spanky DeBrest (bass). Remastered 96 kHz/24 bit audio pressed on 180 gram vinyl LP at Precision Record Pressing in Canada.
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Duke Ellington's big band classic was recorded in Chicago in February 1956 & originally released on the Bethlehem label. This 180 gram black vinyl repressing was remastered 96 kHz/24 bit audio.
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Having started her professional career outside of her home of Zambia, Sampa The Great returned at the beginning of the pandemic to Africa. As Above, So Below is the result of this return to her roots, embracing the sounds and themes of her origins. Sampa has reconnected with a different side of herself, one closer to the younger artistry that was nourished growing up. Now, in an age of authenticity, meet a 360 Sampa, a higher version of herself. No mask on, or role to play.

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Describing their first three albums as a trilogy that is now complete, Meath and Sanborn see No Rules Sandy as the beginning of a new period, with songs that are “wilder and stranger and more cathartic than the band used to be,” as Nick Sanborn puts it. “It feels like who we actually are,” Amelia Meath adds. “It just feels like us. We’re not trying to fit into the mold, just happily being our freak selves.”

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Ella Fitzgerald's Live At Montreux 1969 features the First Lady of Song backed by the Tommy Flanagan Trio performing a set combining contemporary tracks, such as "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "Hey Jude" alongside classics like "I Won't Dance," "That Old Black Magic," and a host of others. Available on LP for the first time.
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Grant Green's musical style evolved to embrace jazz-funk as the decade turned to 1970. The guitarist's vibrant album Green Is Beautiful is a highlight of the era. With his distinctive tone, he shines on a set that includes covers of James Brown ("Ain't It Funky Now"), The Beatles ("A Day In The Life") and Burt Bacharach ("I'll Never Fall In Love Again"). Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray.
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The musical partnership between vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and tenor saxophonist Harold Land fully blossomed on the 1970 album San Francisco, which found the musicians moving into fusion territory with relentlessly grooving tunes like "Goin' Down South" and "Ummh" counterbalanced by exploratory pieces like the mesmerizing "Prints Tie." Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Optimal.
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JID's debut album The Never Story was originally released in 2017 and features the singles "Underwear" and "Never." Standard black vinyl.
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Two decades into delivering social commentary via their blistering brand of punk rock, Rise Against's most recent album Nowhere Generation may in fact be their most poignant, as it sums up the struggles, injustices, and collective action of a whole generation.  Their most recent single Last Man Standing is smooth in its most sensitive moments and roaring like a tempest at its peak.   Brimming with punk rock spirit, it begs that we answer who and what is left if we continue on the current path.

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A remastered classic from the quintessential American girl group of the 1960s. Features the original European cover artwork.

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Praised as one of the greatest records of all time, this newly remastered, 180-gram edition includes bonus material and a gatefold jacket.

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This limited edition 7", features four alternate versions of some of Elliott Smith's greatest songs. With distinct production, instrumentation, and vocals, the recordings found on Alternate Versions offer a new perspective on one of Smith's most highly acclaimed albums, and separate them from the original cuts found on Either/Or. Limited Edition White Vinyl Edition!
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Butch Walker

Butch Walker As... Glenn [LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 UNAVAILABLE

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

Overall, it's yet another mostly remarkable album from Walker but there are admittedly a couple of weaker tracks here - specifically the duet "Stateline Fireworks," which seems a little out of place here and the plodding "Slow Leak," which kills a little of the momentum here. The set, complete with a "tip your waitstaff" intro is meant to sound like the live soundtrack to a piano player club act, includes a 45 second bar fight to split up the album (aptly titled "Bar Fight"). All momentum is quickly brough back up to speed on the rambunctious "Tell Me I'm Pretty (Bethamphetamine Pt. 2)" one of the few guitar-heavy tracks here. And as fun as raucous moments like that are, it's a song like "Holy Water Hangover," the first single and easily one of the most addictively catchy songs Walker has ever written, that makes this album a need to own.
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What does John Cale have that the rest of us don’t—some gene that engenders infinite restlessness, a rapacious mind that is never satisfied? For nearly 60 years, or at least since he was a young Welshman who moved to New York and joined The Velvet Underground, Cale has been reinventing his music with dazzling and inspiring regularity. Once again, here is Cale, reimagining how his music is made, sounds, and even works. His engrossing 12-track MERCY—his first full album of new tunes in a decade—moves through true dark-night-of-the-soul electronic blues toward vulnerable love songs and hopeful considerations for the future with the help of some of music’s most curious young minds.

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The Youth Are Getting Restless is a live album from Bad Brains, recorded at the Paradiso Theater in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1987 by the VPRO. The show was part of the band's I Against I tour. This reissue marks the sixth release in the remaster campaign, re-launching the Bad Brains Records label imprint. In coordination with the band, Org Music has overseen the restoration and remastering of the iconic Bad Brains' recordings. The audio was mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing.
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Mac DeMarco

Five Easy Hot Dogs

CD: $14.56 UNAVAILABLE

“The plan was to start driving north and not go home to Los Angeles until I was done with a record,” Five Easy Hot Dogs is a collection of instrumental recordings from Mac’s time on the road. “Kind of like being on tour, except there weren’t any shows and I’d just be burning money.” All of the songs on Five Easy Hot Dogs were recorded and mixed in the corresponding city from each song title and the tracklisting reflects the chronological order in which the songs were produced.

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Shortly after Jay Dee’s younger brother Illa J’s solo debut, Yancey Boys, was issued on Delicious Vinyl, the label and the artist knew the next step in honoring Jay Dee’s legacy was to issue the complete instrumentals from Yancey Boys as a stand-alone release.

This mother lode of (at the time) previously untouched beats dates as far back as Jay Dee’s time working on the Pharcyde’s sophomore album “Labcabincalifornia” (1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner Michael Ross explains, “From ‘95 through ‘98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he’d done, only they never got used.” Once these beats were used for Illa J’s Yancey Boys they were presented to the public on Yancey Boys Instrumentals.

For RSD Black Friday Delicious Vinyl presents this key material from Jay Dee’s output in a never-before-issued and not-to-be-repeated colored vinyl pressing.


A Side
1. Timeless (Instrumental)
2. We Here (Instrumental)
3. R U Listenin'? (Instrumental)

B Side
1. Alien Family (Instrumental)
2. Strugglin (Instrumental)
3. Showtime (Instrumental)
4. Swagger (Instrumental)

C Side
1. DFTF (Instrumental)
2. All Good (Instrumental)
3. Sounds Like Love (Instrumental)

D Side
1. Everytime (Instrumental)
2. Illasoul (Instrumental)
3. Air Signs (Instrumental)

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Kid 'N Play

2 Hype [RSD Black Friday 2022]

Vinyl: $27.98 UNAVAILABLE

For a certain generation of hip-hop fans, just the mention of Kid ‘n’ Play brings on a wave of nostalgia. The group released three full length albums between 1988 and 1991 with a focus on positive lyrics and pop-friendly production. The success of the group’s music led to countless House Party films (well, some have counted), a Saturday morning cartoon show and even a series of comic books for Marvel (so yes, technically speaking, Kid ‘n’ Play are part of the Marvel Universe).

It all started here on 1988’s 2 Hype which features “Do The Kid 'n Play Kick Step” (the musical accompaniment to their trademark dance), “Rollin With Kid ‘n Play” which hit #11 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and of course Kid's now classic hi-top fade haircut, which measured up to over six inches high at its peak. Producer Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor, instrumental in the success of Salt-N-Pepa, was certainly a factor and the full length went on to Billboard Top 200 and RIAA certified gold status.

Unavailable on vinyl for decades, Select Records presents 2 Hype in a colored vinyl pressing exclusive to RSD Black Friday.


DISC 1 A Side
1. Rollin' With Kid 'N Play
2. Brother Man Get Hip
3. Gittin' Funky
4. Soul Man
5. Damn That DJ (The Wizard M.E.)
6. Last Night

DISC 1 B Side
1. 2 Hype
2. Can You Dig That
3. Undercover (Feat. The Real Roxanne)
4. Do The Kid 'N Play Kick Step
5. Do This My Way

DISC 2 A Side
1. Rollin' With Kid 'N Play
2. Brother Man Get Hip
3. Gittin' Funky
4. Soul Man
5. Damn That DJ (The Wizard M.E.)
6. Last Night

DISC 2 B Side
1. 2 Hype
2. Can You Dig That
3. Undercover (Feat. The Real Roxanne)
4. Do The Kid 'N Play Kick Step
5. Do This My Way

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