To hell with this Black Thursday shopping bullshit. Go on Friday to do your (most important) shopping at the record store.
Here. We. Go. Download this cheat sheet to your smartphone, tablet, laptop, whatever. Print it off, fold it in squares, and tuck it in your pocket, bra, whatever. We don’t care. Just support indie shops!
We’ve done a couple other spotlights with WaxPoetics (Soul Fire 8×7″ box set and American Songwriter (Bob Dylan, Uncle Tupelo, Jack Johnson, and The Civil Wars). So be sure to check those out as well. We’re going to highlight some different titles here.
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue (Columbia)
Miles Davis: Jazz Track (Columbia)
Miles Davis/Thelonious Monk: Miles And Monk At Newport (Columbia)
File Under: Jazz, Reissue, Vinyl
The mono titles series continues. This will be vinyl releases #7, 8, and 9 in the series. By the way, if you want them on CD, Legacy has boxed them all up.
Yes, Kind Of Blue is incredible. There’s a reason it’s the #1 selling jazz album of all time. “So What”… love it. But have you heard it in mono? Unless you’ve tracked down an original pressing, probably not. The mono version has been recreated. An excellent article on that is over at Analog Planet.
However, don’t discount Jazz Track. It was a soundtrack that Miles Davis Quintet performed for “L’Ascenseuer Pour l’Echaufaud” (on side 1) while the second side has some 1958 recordings. The soundtrack is one of the underappreciated gems of his entire career.
As for the Newport title, well you know that if Miles is performing live, it’s going to be incredible. And that Thelonious Monk guy? We’ve heard he can play a little, too.
Of note, these are RSD-first titles. They’ll be available at other outlets in January 2014.
Sly And The Family Stone: Sexy Situation/Mother Is A Hippy 45 (Columbia)
File Under: Pop, Funk, Dance, Vinyl
A companion piece to the recently-released Higher! box set, this 45 contains 2 tracks that weren’t on the 4-CD box set (or even the 5-CD Amazon Exclusive set, which is now sold out). They are early versions of tracks that were (obviously) later reworked.
Elvis Costello And The Roots: Wise Up: Thought Remixes And Reworks (Blue Note)
File Under: Pop, Rock
A CD-only title (at least for now. The vinyl version is slated for mid-December.). This one is going to lean more towards the hip hop spectrum. Of the 7 tracks, 5 are being done by beatsmith Karriem Riggins while Menahan Street Band and Antibalas add their talents for 2 other remixes, which we are quite excited about.
Note: This is a pretty short EP as 3 of the 7 tracks are merely interludes.
John Denver And The Muppets: A Christmas Together (Windstar)
File Under: Children’s, Pop, Christmas, Vinyl
Yes, this wasn’t reissued all that long ago on vinyl. However, the difference is that this one is a picture disc. So when you’re feeling a bit woozy on the egg nog, we don’t recommend that you watch Fozzie & Friends spinning ’round and ’round and ’round. Just enjoy the music.
Metallica: Through The Never Soundtrack (Special Edition) (Blackened Recordings)
File Under: Rock, Metal, Vinyl
Limited to 4,000 pieces, this 4LP set is cut at 45 rpm and features the music from the recent IMAX concert film of the legendary rockers.
Peter King: Omo Lewa (Secret Stash)
File Under: Global Grooves, Vinyl
No, not the fantastic NFL writer. This is the legendary Nigerian jazz, soul, global groove talent. Secret Stash will be releasing this on standard black vinyl and CD on January 21, 2014, but you can get an early copy (colored vinyl, no less) ONLY through the label’s website starting on Friday. But be warned, only 350 copies are available!
Now, go enjoy some family time! (Maybe you’ll get a reprieve and be able to spend Friday at the record shop and then at home listening to your treasures.)