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NEW RELEASE (Reissue) Rhino 2018 “Rockt…


Rhino 2018 “Rocktober” Series

Love ‎– Revisited
Elektra ‎– RCV1 74058
Vinyl LP, Compilation, Gatefold, Red
Released:1969 (2018 Reissue)

This is beautiful. They gave this comp the Stoughton tip-on experience.  From a tactile point of view, it makes the entire experience of opening the gatefold and reading the liner nores more pleasurable.  A well rounded primer into the Love catalog.  Fans of 60’s flower/psych/garage sounds have likely already dug deeper into their catalog, but “Revisited” is a good spot for the curious to start the rabbit hole.  "Forever Changes" tho…  That’s the one.

LISTEN:  Love – My Little Red Book [1966]



Ace Frehley ‎– Spaceman
eOne ‎– EOM-LP-46059
Vinyl LP, Ltd Orange (1970 copies)
Released: 19 Oct 2018

My favorite KISS related album in forever.  100% safe bet for fans of Ace; it’s a return to his best form.  If you are here for the solos, Ace will deliver. His voice isn’t quite as high as the early days, but that gives him a bit of a Tom Petty thing. He sings well within his new (limited) range.

LISTEN: Ace Frehley – Spaceman (2018) [Full Album]


Opeth ‎– Garden Of The Titans (Opeth Live At…


Opeth ‎– Garden Of The Titans (Opeth Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
Nuclear Blast Entertainment ‎– NE 4501, Moderbolaget Records ‎– NE 4501
2 × LP, Red & Green Swirl (Ltd. 500 copies)
02 Nov 2018

New cartridge mounted, Nagaoka MP300.  I’m blown away by how nuanced this sounds, for a live outdoors recording.  There’s that slight echo that washes over a crowd as the sound travels.  You hear it, everything is mic’ed perfectly for an amphitheater like Red Rocks. The crowd is authentic, no extra excitement is piped in.  I’m digging this.  The atmosphere is quite electric, the connection is felt.

Gilberto With Turrentine ‎– Gilberto With Tu…

Gilberto With Turrentine ‎– Gilberto With Turrentine
CTI Records ‎– 3.42-404-001
Released: 1971

One by one, I am crossing my CTI grails off that evolving want list we all have. Astrud Gilberto and Stanley Turrentine are joined by the CTI all star team and a band of Brazilian percussionists. Deodato conducting.  It is every bit the can’t miss album I expected and I am overjoyed to have found a Brazilian pressing. 


Astrud Gilberto ‎– Gilberto With Turrentine 1971 (full album)


Queens Of The Stone Age ‎– VillainsMatador ‎…

Queens Of The Stone Age ‎– Villains
Matador ‎– OLE-1125-1
2 x LP,  Etched on side 4
Released: 25 Aug 2017

Side C is one of my favorite third sides in recent memory.  I always listen all the way through, like the 3 songs are all acts in the same play.  

LISTEN: Queens of the Stone Age – Hideaway (Audio) 

Neil Young ‎– American Stars ‘N’…

Neil Young ‎– American Stars ‘N’ Bars
Reprise Records ‎– KMS 2261
Released: 1977

It started with a panic attack, daily dose.  “Like A Hurricane” came to mind, which meant a choice needed to be made. Listening in album format provides another perspective.  Not “Decade” nor the live records, but within the context and chronology of which it was originally conceived.  One’s perspective of art changes over time, thru the time-worn lens of their personal history with it.
Neil is forever.  
I am dedicated.


Like a Hurricane

Parquet Courts ‎– Wide Awake!Rough Trade ‎– …

Parquet Courts ‎– Wide Awake!
Rough Trade ‎– RT0001LP
Released: 18 May 2018

A bit Beck, a bit Strokes, a bit Elvis and Talking Heads. All delivered with an implied humor.  Freebird 2?  It’s on here, and it sounds nothing like Freebird 1. There’s a joke in here, somewhere.  Whatevs, it’s a good record.

LISTEN: Parquet Courts – Freebird II (Official Video)

Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile ‎– Lotta Sea …

Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile ‎– Lotta Sea Lice
Matador ‎– OLE-1148-1, Milk! Records ‎– OLE-1148-1, Marathon Artists ‎– OLE-1148-1, Mom + Pop ‎– OLE-1148-1
Released:13 Oct 2017

It sounds more Kurt than Courtney, very laid back and countrified.  I dig. Anyone get the new Kurt yet?  I imagine it’s amazing…


Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything (Official Video)

NEW RELEASEVinyl Me, Please. Classics – C017…

Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C017

Donald Byrd ‎– Fancy Free
Blue Note ‎– B0028724-01, Universal Music Special Markets ‎– B0028724-01
Released: 1969 (Oct 2018 Reissue)

Hip hop Byrd starts here.  Earlier albums were also sampled but “Fancy Free” is where he started working with young pro-black students, taking his sound out of strictly jazz settings delving into those burdgeoning fusion jazz-funk sounds the critics hated so much.  
Music critics don’t matter, they never did.
Ask an artist, they’ll tell you.
You. Your ears. They matter. That’s why music gets made.


Donald Byrd – Fancy Free

Not A Review: Prince – Piano & A Microphone – …

Not A Review: Prince – Piano & A Microphone – Vinyl Junkies:

Second one. It might suck.
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