New Releases: 20th November 2020
Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, shoegaze, grunge, ska, Americana, punk, hip-hop, alt-rock, electronic, dance, reggae, soul, psychedelic, pop, and folk. To order, you can find the items on the links below as we will send items as normal for delivery during lockdown. Here's Ben's roundup of his Top 12 Picks of the week:
Autechre drop another new album in 2020 called PLUS - the companion piece to SIGN.
Shadow of Fearis Cabaret Voltaire’s first studio album in 26 years. Richard H. Kirk is the sole remaining member; he’s released many acclaimed solo albums, having invented bleep techno via his groundbreaking work in Sweet Exorcist. Kirk has formed this new album from a series of pulverising live shows. The tone and personality of CV is ingrained in its core as it dances across techno, dub, house, 1970s Germany and general esoteric explorations coupled with mangled vocal samples.
A sombre, intimate and mesmerising live recording of Nick Cave's intimate solo piano show, recorded at Alexandra Palace's West Hall during lockdown and featuring 21 career-spanning tracks. Cave's solo live stream could be the most the beautiful and sombre performance he's ever given
The Cribs are back and on blistering form, brandishing their brand new eighth album, Night Network. The self-produced 12-track album was recorded at the Foo Fighters Studio 606 in Los Angeles in the spring / summer of 2019. Night Network is as fresh, cathartic and vital as anything they’ve ever put out. There’s no weariness, no bitterness, just a clear desire to get back to doing what they do best – that unique blend of bittersweet melody, brutal lyrical honesty and riffs for days.
It’s wall-to-wall Cribs bangers, the fruit of that special, symbiotic relationship between the songwriting, singing brothers, drawing on the boiled-down influences they felt had always been there: The Motown stomp of Never Thought I'd Feel Again and Under The Bus Station Clock, red and blue album-era Beatles (Running Into You and In The Neon Night, respectively), melodic 70's style pop on Deep Infatuation, and even early work by their own band.
The Cribs are romantics and they’re realists, and the balance, for a hot minute, nearly tipped in the favour of the latter. But now they return empowered, beholden to no one, on the greatest form and still screaming in suburbia.
Next in the compiler hotseat for seminal mix series Back to Mine is the legendary DJ and producer Fatboy Slim. Having sold over 10 million records and embarked on a number of sold out arena tours, the esteemed record collector and all round great selector delves deep into his weighty collection at his home to create a heady journey of funk and soul. The collection opens with Dave Barker and Ansell Collins Monkey Spanner – a reggae single released in 1971 from the Kingston based duo working for the infamous producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.
There are a few rare finds, Donal Leace Today Won’t Come Again, Wind Grooving With Mr Bloe and George Rene Smokey Joe’s La La. And the most recognisable for many no doubt is Betty Chung’s 1968 classic Bang Bang thanks to the vocals of the Nancy Sinatra cover being sampled in the Audio Bullys rework in 2005.
The 1975 classic Take Yo Praise from Camille Yarborough which Fatboy Slim used to sample the iconic Praise You in 1998 is found in the first half of the mix, and not forgetting his group Beats International, which Norman sampled lyrics from the featured track Jam Hot by Johnny Dynell for Dub Be Good To Me. A track that became the best-selling single in the UK in 1990.
And last but not least, two new and exclusive tracks Fatboy Slim and Roland Clark Sunset 303 (If You Believe) and The Voice Of Experience under his Yum Yum Head Food alias, known for producing his more ambient tunes including Bird Of Prey.
Fatboy Slim delivers an amazing selection of tracks which give us all a little sneak peek into the vibes generated from years of meaningful memories for this Back To Mine series. From his house to yours, listening pleasure is guaranteed.
Parlophone Records are pleased to announce the release of Iron Maiden’s new double live album Nights Of The Dead - Legacy Of The Beast, Live in Mexico City. Containing over 100 minutes of classic Maiden music and available in multiple formats, Nights Of The Dead - Legacy Of The Beast, Live in Mexico City was recorded during the band’s three sold out arena shows there in September 2019 and is a celebration of their Legacy Of The Beast World Tour which began in 2018 and will finish next Summer in Europe.
Just under a month after delivering their award-winning 2016 album Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard took the stage at San Francisco’s The Independent for a set both wildly frenetic and meticulously executed. In one of their final club gigs before bursting onto the international scene—soon selling out amphitheaters and headlining festivals—the Melbourne septet laid down a breakneck performance that, in the words of SF Weekly, “made every organ ache just right.” Newly unearthed by ATO Records, Live in San Francisco ’16 captures an extraordinary moment in the band’s increasingly storied history, a 13-song spectacular likely to leave every listener awestruck and adrenalized.
Multi-tracked and impeccably mixed, Live in San Francisco ’16 simultaneously channels the massive energy of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s set while echoing the sweaty intimacy of the 500-capacity venue.
With nearly half the setlist made up of Nonagon Infinity tracks, Live in San Francisco ’16 unfolds with the same exquisitely controlled chaos King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard brought to that arguable masterpiece—a nine-song body of work crafted as the world’s first infinitely looping LP (i.e., each track flowing seamlessly into the next, with the album-closing Road Train linking straight back into the opener).
Delicate Sound Of Thunder encapsulates a band at their best. In 1987, Pink Floyd made a triumphant resurgence. The legendary British band, formed in 1967, had suffered the loss of two co-founders: keyboardist / vocalist Richard Wright, who left after sessions for The Wall in 1979, and bass player and lyricist Roger Waters, who had left to go solo in 1985, soon after the 1983 album The Final Cut. The gauntlet was thus laid down for guitarist/singer David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, who proceeded to create the multi-platinum A Momentary Lapse Of Reason album, a global chart smash, which also saw the return of Richard Wright to the fold.
Originally released in September 1987, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was quickly embraced by fans worldwide, who flocked to attend the live tour dates, which started within days of the album’s release. The tour played to more than 4.25 million fans over more than two years, and, as a celebration of the enduring talent and global appeal of David, Nick and Richard was unsurpassed at the time.
Filmed at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in August 1988 and directed by Wayne Isham, the 2020 release of the Grammy Award nominated Delicate Sound Of Thunder is sourced directly from over 100 cans of original 35mm negatives, painstakingly restored and transferred to 4K, and completely re-edited by Benny Trickett from the restored and upgraded footage, under the creative direction of Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis. Similarly, the sound was completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes by longtime Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins.
The setlist carefully balances the then-new material from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and Pink Floyd classics, including songs from The Dark Side Of The Moon (Time, On The Run, The Great Gig In The Sky and Us And Them), the anthemic title track of Wish You Were Here, The Wall's Comfortably Numb and a cathartic Run Like Hell. Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder still stands as a record of the creative power of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright at their incendiary best.
Alongside the classic live album and full concert film (restored and re-edited from the original 35mm film and enhanced with 5.1 surround sound), included in The Later Years box set, all stand-alone editions feature 24-page photo booklets, with the 4-disc box edition including a 40-page photo booklet, tour poster and postcards. The 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set includes 9 songs not included on the 1988 release of the album, while the 2-CD includes 8 tracks more than its original release.
Mork n Mindy is the first track from Sleaford’s forthcoming new studio album, following their Top 10 hits and rarities collection, All That Glue and phenomenal global live stream from London’s 100 Club. It features acclaimed British singer Billy Nomates. Full of incendiary vim, vigour, attitude and observation, it sees Sleaford’s expanding their sonic palette, adding poppy touches courtesy of Nomates vocals and additional textures to their searing electronics. The B-side features an instrumental by Andrew Fearn.
Mork n Mindy is the sound of the central heating and the dying smells of Sunday dinner in a house on an estate in 1982. Concrete, dinted garages, nicotine. Where beauty mainly exists in small cracks on the shell of your imagination. Captured perfectly in Ben Wheatley’s video for the song.
Third man release a compilation of Michigan shoegaze, dream rock pop and space rock. Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered around Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy and Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn - Windy and Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa - never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day. If you missed their evanescent output the first time around, this compilation will get you up to speed over its 19 mind-altering tracks.
Culled from over 40 hard drives of recorded live shows spread out across years of touring behind multiple critically acclaimed records, Live Drugs is unlike anything previously available in The War on Drugs’ catalog.
The first volume to capture the band’s live interpretations, Live Drugs is a document showcasing the evolution of the band’s live show over the years. Additionally, Live Drugs is a portrait of the enduring relationship between Adam Granduciel and Dominic East. A longtime friend, guitar tech and stage manager, East is Live Drugs’s co-producer and the presence Granduciel credits as holding everything together.
Sequenced to reflect how a typical 70-minute set would flow, Live Drugs thrives on live set staples immortalized on record for the first time. This includes Buenos Aires Beach from the band’s 2008 full-length debut, Wagonwheel Blues, and the longtime musical interlude flowing between Under the Pressure and In Reverse - which bookend 2014’sLost In The Dream. There’s also the band’s essential cover of Warren Zevon’s Accidentally like a Martyr – a song “so true, you should ever be lucky to write a song that simple,” Granduciel says.
A 7” singles box set comprising all of Amy’s singles from the Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures albums. Tracks include Stronger Than Me, Rehab and Love Is A Losing Game, all of which won the Ivor Novello Award for Amy in 2004, 2007 and 2008. The set also includes the Grammy Award winning Body and Soul, a duet with Tony Bennett. The singles are housed in individual picture sleeves and pressed on black vinyl. The box also features a 20-page lyrics booklet and a set of art cards.
Here are the best reissues coming out this week at The Vinyl Whistle:
Celebrating 20 years since it’s original release, Parlophone are issuing a limited edition, coloured (translucent yellow), heavyweight vinyl pressing of their number one debut album.
21 track best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac is a compilation album originally released in November 2002 and focuses on the Peter Green years.
The genesis of the film lay with actress Winona Ryder, who wished to make amends with director Francis Ford Coppola after her late withdrawal from The Godfather Part III. She brought him a script written by James V. Hart, which provided an adaptation of the famous 1897 novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker. Coppola decided that he wanted a composer with classical eastern European sensibilities. After listening to a few pieces from fellow Pole Wojciech Kilar, Coppola was convinced that he had found his man. He called him and offered the assignment, which Kilar gladly accepted as he was very impressed with Coppola’s cinematic success. For his soundscape, Kilar chose to utilize traditional leitmotifs. Besides it features Love Song For A Vampire by Annie Lennox (Eurythmics).
Bob Marley has 12 of his classic albums reissued on premium half-speed mastered vinyl. See below for the available releases:
New Model Army – one of the most influential bands in late 20th Century British rock music – have never been bound by musical genres. Formed in 1980, the band from Bradford were initially influenced by punk rock and northern soul, but over time drew from folk, metal, R&B, hip-hop and classical music to make something totally unique and unclassifiable. Carnival was first released in September 2005, 25 years into New Model Army’s career.
The band found all the original recordings and gave them to Lee Smith, co-producer and mixer of their recent albums, including last year’s From Here (their highest charting album ever, in both Germany and the UK) and Carnival has been reborn with a sound that is far sharper and more powerful and cohesive than the original. It also includes four bonus tracks (B-Sides and unreleased cuts).
Following the incredible, double-barreled comeback of 1968’s comeback special and 1969’s landmark From Elvis In Memphis (plus the chart-topping Suspicious Minds), Elvis Presley prepared to make 1970 another year to remember. From Elvis In Nashville offers 40 classic songs from his sessions at RCA’s Studio B in June and September 1970—presented without their original overdubs, to bring the listener into Studio B as it happened—alongside rare and unreleased alternate takes, all newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell). From Elvis in Nashville is the definitive chronicle of Elvis’ June / September 1970 sessions at RCA Studio B, including Funny How Times Slips Away, Bridge Over Troubled Water, I’ve Lost You and more.
This 40th Anniversary Edition of More Specials has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes. For this edition, the album has been split across 2x 12” vinyl running at 45rpm for optimum audio quality. Also include is a bonus 7” single, also cut at half-speed, which originally came with the initial run of the album in 1980.
Never before on vinyl Spice Girls – Forever. Originally released November 2000 the Platinum selling album was to be their final studio album. To celebrate the 20 year anniversary – Forever will be released on 180g heavy weight vinyl. Featuring UK No’1s, Goodbye’ and the double A-Sided single ‘Holler’/‘Let Love Lead the Way’. Spice Girls Forever will feature a gatefold sleeve, four collectable art-prints and artwork specially recreated for this celebratory vinyl release.
Bush Doctor is the third studio album by Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers (1963–1974). Tosh also established himself as a successful solo artist. In 1978 he was contracted by Rolling Stones Records and the album Bush Doctor was released in the same year, introducing Tosh to a larger audience. The single from the album, a cover version of The Temptations song Don’t Look Back, performed as a duet with Mick Jagger, made Tosh one of the best-known reggae artists. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also featured on the album, playing guitar on Bush Doctor and Stand Firm.
For Tricky’s fifth album Juxtapose he teamed with DJ Muggs (the architect of Cypress Hill’s sound, a clear precedent for Tricky’s) and DMX’s producer, Grease. This album is quite obviously a Tricky album: a highly eccentric artist, an unusual mix of collaborators, an entirely new expression and message. Tricky continues to evolve at his own irascible pace, a riddle always about to reveal itself. His journey remains equally fascinating and frustrating. Two tracks with DJ Muggs find their way to the only single For Real (Pop Muzik, a cover of the song by M) and the Japanese release (Who).
The second studio album by the hip-hop group Whodini was a critical and commercial success upon release, being the first hip-hop album to chart within the U.S. top 40. Five Minutes of Funk and Freaks Come Out at Night became their first legitimate hits in their home country. Recorded at Battery Studios in England, Escape has a countless amount of memorable lines and productions. This album is smooth funk and pretty much the point of funk’s origin in hip-hop music, which later made a long lasting relationship between hip-hop and funk. The beats here are simply excellent and in the rapping department the group is really great.
Reissue of this classic hits compilation of songs from the soul legend who passed away recently. A single black vinyl LP featuring 10 tracks. Includes Lovely Day, Just The Two Of Us, Aint No Sunshine and more
Here are the best of the rest of the new releases arriving at The Vinyl Whistle this week:
Hello, It’s You is Canadian pop punk outfit Bearings’ second studio album, produced by Courtney Ballard (Good Charlotte, Waterparks). This follows their debut album, Blue In The Dark. The quintet is vocalist Doug Cousins, guitarists Ryan Culligan and Ryan Fitz, bassist Collin Hanes and drummer Mike McKerracher.
Dirty Projectors collect 2020's 5 EP's on one CD and a double LP. Each EP features a different band member on lead vocals — Maia, Felicia, Kristin and Dave — with everyone trading verses on the fifth and final installment.
Invada Records and Lakeshore Records release Dark: Cycle 3 (Original Music from the Netflix Series) by Australian composer Ben Frost.·Frost’s strikingly menacing soundscapes have provided a foreboding backdrop to the surreal German thriller for three seasons.In this third and final cycle, Frost’s score evolves beyond the sharp string orchestrations of the first cycle and the percussive distortion of the second, towards a sea of disintegrated brass and woodwind arrangements and Eno-inspired ambience.·
In the third and final season, Dark reaches its mind-bending conclusion, moving beyond the concept of space and time. Upon arrival in a new world, Jonas tries to make sense of what this rendition of Winden means for his own fate, while the ones left behind in the other world are left on a quest to break the loop that now not only bends time but also space. Two worlds. Light and dark. And in the center a tragic love story of epic proportions.
Following the release of concert album How Live Is, Heaven 17 recorded a brand new studio album in 2005. Before After was the last album to feature founding member Ian Craig Marsh, and featured the singles I’m Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me and Hands Up To Heaven, as well as a cover version of Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear The Reaper.
In 1988, after their fifth album for the Virgin label, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Glenn Gregory decided to rest Heaven 17. In 1996, after various British Electric Foundation and individual projects, the ensemble re-grouped to record Bigger Than America.In 1998, Heaven 17 decided to play live for the first time, and a concert was recorded and released in 1999 as How Live Is. Aside from a blistering version of Temptation, the album also features H17 faves (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang, Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry and Human League’s Being Boiled.
Following the release of Before After, Heaven 17 returned to the studio in 2008. Naked As Advertised – Versions 08 featured new interpretations of Human League and Heaven 17 classics like Empire State Human, Penthouse And Pavement, and We Live So Fast, alongside a cover version of The Associates’ Party Fears Two.
Crossing Muddy Waterswas originally released in 2000 on Vanguard Records. After being out of print for many years, New West and John Hiatt have made it available again. Crossing Muddy Waters features 11 Hiatt compositions, half of which feel instantly familiar. the rambunctious Lift up Every Stone sounds a little like some of Tom Waits's more accessible recent efforts, while Take it Down is a love-lost lament that's as heavy as a foggy evening. Crossing Muddy Waters was cut in three days and features only two accompanists - the uncommonly sympathetic Davey Faragher and David Immergluck.
John recorded Master Of Disasterwith the North Mississippi All Stars as his backing band. With the title track, he addresses the artist's midlife crisis and finds creative renewal in the process, a theme revisited in the country balladry of Old School. There's a ragtime spirit to Wintertime Blues and Back on the Corner, the insistence of a tom-tom's thump on Love's Not Where We Thought We Left It and Find You At Last, a slide guitar that slices and dices through Ain't Ever Goin' Back.
After 10 year’s of this fantastic album, Island release a special anniversary edition of A Christmas Cornucopia with new packaging and a new track.
Quatermass Seven, the meeting of minds between guitarist Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Malcolm Catto represents a re-birth of sorts for Little Barrie, with these their first recordings since 2017’s Death Express and the untimely passing of their gifted drummer and friend Virgil Howe.
With most tracks recorded live with minimal overdubs, and produced by Malcolm at his Quatermass studios, The Heliocentrics’ main man brings new flavour to the band’s rhythm section by blending his power behind the drum kit and his expansive skills behind the mixing desk to take Little Barrie’s music forward into new territories. Recorded on Catto’s treasure trove of analogue gear, and mastered onto 1⁄4” tape, the overall effect is guitar, bass and drums finding a sweet spot where genres collide, delivering a record that takes the influences of the past and pushes them towards somewhere more contemporary.
Quatermass Seven delivers a dark, deep and expansive set of grooves, layered with frazzled and flawless guitar and flowing melodies, as well as pointing toward a future of exciting new musical opportunities. “Still here, so fine, just a little darker state of mind” sings Cadogan on Steel Drum, words which sum up hope in times of uncertainty, whilst unintentionally offering a perfect description of Quartermass Seven.
The Leader of the Love returns with a barnstorming punk LP on Cherry Cola Red vinyl, cut with all the regular bubblegum, discoteque and glitter pop hits you'd expect - but this time with added POWER ON! Arguably their best record yet, expect to see the Ramones-championed Swansea punk outfit top of the pop charts all summer long!
For fans of Frankie Cosmos, Daniel Johnston, Randy Newman. The third album from Omaha, NE-based songwriter, Anna McClellan. Moving, geographically, from the heart of New York City to a bucolic retreat upstate, and finally back to her midwestern hometown of Omaha, NE, Anna also traversed emotional states -from the restless frenzy of urban life, to the enforced, depressive rumination of the country.
The album was recorded over two weeks with a multitude of local cohorts, and it documents Anna’s journey from the Midwest to the east coast and back again, probing both the roots of her creative impetus and her ongoing commitment to social issues. The process of composing and recording I saw first light has both reformed and renewed her dedication to exploration, be it inward or external, and to her own boundless creative energy.
Pink Friday is the debut studio album by Nicki Minaj. It was originally released on 22nd November, 2010 by Young Money, Cash Money and Universal Motown. After signing a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009, Minaj began planning the album that same year and work continued into 2010. Minaj enlisted a variety of producers whose efforts resulted in a primarily hip hop record, which sees additional influences from R&B and pop music. The album features guest vocals from Eminem, Rihanna, Drake, will.i.am, Kanye Westand Natasha Bedingfield.
Gettin' by On Gettin' Down is the follow up to Sam Morrow's career-defining third record Concrete and Mud, a staple of Americana radio on both sides of the Atlantic, with outlets like Rolling Stone and NPR singing the album's praises. Gettin' By on Gettin' Down is a modern album that revisits — and reshapes — the primordial sounds of hip-shaking rock and roll. These nine songs are rooted in grease, grit, and groove, from the swampy soul of Round 'N Round to the funky syncopation of Rosarita to the hook-laden rock of Money Ain't a Thing. There is hardly an acoustic guitar in sight; instead, amplifiers and guitar pedals rule the roost, with everything driven forward by percussive rhythms that as much to R&B as country music. Written and recorded in the wake of Concrete and Mud's acclaimed tour, Gettin' By on Gettin Down doubles down on the electrified fire and fury of Sam Morrow's live shows, with a road-ready band joining him on every song Co-Produced with Grammy nominated producer Eric Corne. Musicians include alumni from bands like Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Jacob Dylan and John Mayer. The album was recorded at The Doors' Robby Krieger's studio.
The Delta Tour EP is a collection of recordings from the past 3 years of being on the road.
Over summer 2016, guitar icon Ritchie Blackmore made his return to rock ‘n’ roll, reactivating Rainbow with a brand new lineup. The band performed just three festival shows — two in Germany and one in England — giving fans a rare chance to witness the legend in his most revered form. For those who were unable to attend, the magic can be experienced with the forthcoming Memories in Rock — Live in Germany concert release. Featuring 14 tracks lined with Rainbow and Deep Purple classics like “Stargazer” and “Highway Star,” the set was culled from both Monsters of Rock festival performances on July 17 and 18.
Surprise album from the Queen Of Country Pop. Taylor Swift emerges from lockdown with a 17 track album of intimate indie folktronica, produced by Aaron Dessner from the National. Written by Taylor with Dessner, Justin vernon, Jack Antonoff and the mysterious William Bowery, it's an understated masterpiece of stripped back acoustic electronica, reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens in places; the Autumn to the Summery tie-dye pop of Lover. It also features a duet with Bon Iver.