Category Archives: Vinyl LP

Kreator To Get Four ’90s-Era Albums In Remastered Deluxe CD, LP Sets

The early ’80s was a stage for heavy metal in its various forms. It’s when many Metal bands rose to prominence despite having been around for some years previous. Metal began to splinter into many styles, Thrash Metal being one of them. Within the ranks are Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Pantera, Testament, Anthrax, and Kreator, to name a few. With a style that began with Thrash, then merged Black Metal with Thrash, and back to Thrash again, Kreator has carved out a solid fan base with a strong menu of songs.

On March 2 and March 9, a total of four classic Kreator albums will be reissued complete with a collection of bonus tracks, brand new 2018 remastering, and special deluxe packaging for both CD and vinyl LP reissues.

March 2

Coma Of Souls (1990) – Kreator (Deluxe 2CD Mediabook, 3LP Triple Gatefold – Transparent Red Vinyl)

Bonus Tracks (Live In Fürth, Germany – 06/12/1990):
01 – When The Sun Burns Red
02 – Betrayer
03 – Terrible Certainty
04 – Extreme Aggression
05 – Coma Of Souls
06 – People Of The Lie
07 – Choir Of The Damned
08 – The Pestilence
09 – Toxic Trace
10 – Drum Solo
11 – Terror Zone
12 – Pleasure To Kill
13 – Flag Of Hate
14 – Agents Of Brutality
15 – Riot of Violence
16 – Tormentor

Renewal (1992) – Kreator (Deluxe CD Mediabook, 2LP Gatefold – Tranparent Green Vinyl)

Bonus Tracks
01 – Winter Martyrium (Rare Version)
02 – Trauma
03 – Europe After The Rain (Remix)

March 9

Cause For Conflict (1995) – Kreator (Deluxe CD Mediabook, 2LP Gatefold – Blue Vinyl)

Bonus Tracks
01 – Suicide In Swamps
02 – Limits Of Liberty
03 – State Oppression

Outcast (1997) – Kreator (Deluxe 2CD Mediabook, 2LP Gatefold – Transparent Orange Vinyl)

Bonus Tracks (Live a Dynamo Open Air 1998)
01 – Intro : Dr. Wagner, Part 3
02 – Terror Zone
03 – Lost
04 – Leave This World Behind
05 – Phobia
06 – Black Sunrise
07 – Choir Of The Damned
08 – Pleasure To Kill
09 – Whatever If May Take
10 – Extreme Aggression
11 – Renewal

 

Two Keane Albums, Under The Iron Sea, Perfect Symmetry, To Be Reissued On Vinyl LP

Keane has been in the public eye for some time beginning in 2004 with the release of their debut set, Hopes and Fears. The debut broke with “Everybody’s Changing” in the UK. For the US market, it was “Somewhere Only We Know” that gave them their US exposure.  And as with every sophomore release, the fear is immediate with potential detachment after a promising first album.

For Keane, the proof was in the pudding, as they say.  Under The Iron Sea  gave the band a few more singles with “Is It Any Wonder?”, “Crystal Ball”, and “Nothing In My Way”. They again followed that album up with Perfect Symmetry (2008). Both albums, like the debut, and like their final studio set, Strangeland (2012), reached number one in the UK and other parts of the world, and performed well in the US marketplace.

On March 16, Island Records, assisted by PledgeMusic, will reissue Under The Iron Sea, as well as Perfect Symmetry as remastered vinyl LP packages. The two LPs will be cut on 180g-weight black vinyl.

Both titles on vinyl LP follow the Hopes And Fears LP reissue back on August 4, 2017. We’ll await Strangeland!

 

The Cars Classics, Shake It Up, and Heartbeat City, Get Expanded CD and 2LP Editions

As The Cars prepare to accept their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Elektra Records will prepare to introduce two classic Cars albums on CD (and vinyl 2LP) reissues with expanded music bonuses and relying on 2016 remasters for the audio. Previously, Elektra (and Rhino) reissued Candy-O, and Panorama (both on July 28, 2017).

On March 30, the label will reissue Shake It Up (1981), and Heartbeat City (1984) on expanded sets with previously unreleased tunes (early working tracks, demos, remixes, outtakes), and new booklets with new notes, photos, and essay by David Fricke.

Shake It Up gave the band three hit singles (“Since You’re Gone”, “Think It Over” (UK), and their TOP10 charting “Shake It Up”).  For this reissue, you will find eight bonus inclusions that will provide the following:

Shake It UpThe Cars
01 Since You’re Gone
02 Shake It Up
03 I’m Not The One
04 Victim Of Love
05 Cruiser
06 A Dream Away
07 This Could Be Love
08 Think It Over
09 Maybe Baby
10 Since You’re Gone (Early Version)
11 Shake It Up (Demo)
12 I’m Not The One (Remix)
13 Cruiser (Early Version)
14 Take It On The Run (Early Version of “A Dream Away”)
15 Coming Up You Again (1981 Version of “Coming Up You”)
16 Little Black Egg (Remastered)
17 Midnight Dancer

Shake It Up will be also be reissued as DD, and on vinyl 2LP.

Heartbeat City was a genuine classic with a wealth of singles including the haunting Benjamin Orr-sung “Drive”, a song he also penned. The other singles from Heartbeat City include “You Might Think”, “Magic”, “Hello Again”, and to lesser extents, “Why Can’t I Have You”, and “Heartbeat City” (UK). For this reissue, there are seven bonus track inclusions with:

Heartbeat CityThe Cars
01 Hello Again
02 Looking For Love
03 Magic
04 Drive
05 Stranger Eyes
06 You Might Think
07 It’s Not The Night
08 Why Can’t I Have You
09 I Refuse
10 Heartbeat City
11 Hello Again (Remix Version)
12 Drive (Demo)
13 One More Time (Early Version of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
14 Baby I Refuse (Early Version of “I Refuse”)
15 Jacki (Early Version of “Heartbeat City”)
16 Breakaway (B-Side of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
17 Tonight She Comes (Remastered)

Heartbeat City will also be reissued on DD, and vinyl 2LP.

 

Elektra To Release 4CD/DVD/LP 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Love Classic, Forever Changes

In the late ’60s, a wealth of sounds and thoughts were swirling in the growing world of Rock and Roll and its listeners. The preoccupation with the Vietnam War, the need to expand consciousness beyond the scope of our boring three-dimensional interaction with reality, and the questions that new immersions in philosophy and concept would create (and never answer), as well as the need to shape our world through politics, were paramount to the times. Many band emerged in the US to ask those questions and to seek impossible answers. One of those were Arthur Lee’s Love.

Love was great in that they were willing to incorporate styles to make a great hybrid of music. One of their great classics is Forever Changes from 1967. In 2015, the album was newly remastered and presented to appreciative audiences. However, with the arrival of he album’s 50th Anniversary, Elektra Records has done the album extreme justice with a celebrating 4CD/DVD/LP 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.

On April 6, you will be able to acquire the definitive set of this classic for your Love library, if you consider yourself one of the fans of the band willing to shell out the sum required.

For this set, the first CD will present the original album, with CD2 providing an alternate MONO mix of the original album, CD3 offering a collection of previously released alternate mixes, and CD4 providing a selected set of singles, demos, and outtakes, most previously heard from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Forever Changes.

The DVD contains 96kHz/24-bit hi resolution mixes of the original album plus a video of “Your Mind And We Belong Together”. Finally, the vinyl LP offers the original album with the 2015 remaster.

A 12″ by 12″ hardbound book separates this massive reissue endeavor with a bunch of great photos, notes, essays, credits, and other insights.

This classic 1967 album beautifully captures the state of music back in the incredible period of the late ’60s.  It’s just an awesome album that deserves better attention than it (or the band) gets!

 

New Tor Lundvall Vocal Album, A Dark Place

From the first time I heard Tor Lundvall, I was hooked. His use of atmospheric electronics in an ethereal soundscape had created a sense of uniqueness. It was his 2006 Yule release, based on the holiday season, that made me a lifelong fan. (You can read my 2013 introduction to the ambient artist here. Since Yule, Tor Lundvall has released two additional instrumental sets. In 2009, Lundvall released a previously recorded vocal album, Sleeping And Hiding, a vinyl-only issue currently out of print. It’s been almost ten years since that vocal album, but it appears that a new one is on the horizon!

On February 23, Dais Records will deliver a limited edition vinyl LP run of the next Tor Lundvall release. It will be called A Dark Place. The vinyl run will consist of 400 black vinyl sets, and 100 transparent purple vinyl sets.  It will also be available digitally via Bandcamp (here).

A Dark Place will contain eight complete compositions including the currently available track, “Quiet Room”, which can be streamed and/or digitally purchased now (here).

You can pre-order A Dark Place on vinyl a this Dais Records link (here).

Two Cocteau Twins Titles – Head Over Heels, Treasure – Remastered For Vinyl LP

When Cocteau Twins arrived in the Post-Punk New Wave trend back in the waning days of the ’70s, it was with an original form that, while attempted, even today, could never be fully and satisfyingly replicated. This is fine for hard-core Cocteau Twins fans who pine for the thrillingly ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser, and the otherworldy guitars of Robin Guthrie, all rounded by, first Will Heggie (for Garland – 1982), then more fully by Simon Raymonde for the rest of the Cocteau Twins catalog. There are no disappointing Cocteau Twins releases. Not in my estimation, at least.

On March 16, the unique and expressive 4AD label will reissue two extraordinary CT titles on vinyl LP, both wih brand new remasters for better sonic purity. And for Cocteau Twins, that can only be appreciated and embraced.

The two CT albums being reissued on vinyl are Treasure (1984), and Head Over Heels (1983).  Both albums will be repressed on 180g-weigh black vinyl. Both will supply download DD codes. As a bonus, both titles will be made available as HD Audio DD for separate purchase.

You’re welcome CT fans.

 

New Wye Oak Album Planned For April

It’s been some years since Wye Oak, a duo (Andy Stack, Jenn Wasner) from Baltimore, MD, released their last album. Even then, Shriek (2014) is an engaging departure from their previous three album releases (If Children – 2007, The Knot – 2009, Civilian – 2011). Wye Oak did release an outtakes collection, Tween, in 2016, bringing together unused – and repurposed –  songs from their Civilian, and Shriek periods. But we want to completely focus on fresh album releases from the band. Therefore:

On April 6, Merge Records will release the next set from Wye Oak, called The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. This new album will feature twelve new tracks. Judging from the pre-release single available for streaming and YouTube presentation, Wye Oak doesn’t stray far from their adopted Shriek sound, although there is evident change in the sound. Personally, I preferred the pre-Shriek Wye Oak, even though I appreciated their progression on Shriek. The new itle track (hear below) makes me profoundly interested for the rest of the new album!

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs will be released on CD, DD, and for vinyl, on several editions that include standard issue black vinyl, and a limited edition split opague beige/transparent blue (sand and sky) color vinyl. 12″ x 12″ lyric sheet and download card are included with LP purchases.  There are included tee bundles as well as an all-inclusive set (CD, LP, Tee).

Wye Oak is supporting their new album with a 34-date world tour.

The Sword To Release New Album, Used Future

The Metal band, The Sword, first engaged audiences with a raucous style of Rock that called to mind Black Sabbath with their debut release, Age of Winters in 2006. Since that firstfruit album, the band has released four more sets with High Country (2015) their last album.


On March 23, Razor & Tie will release the band’s sixth album with Used Future. This new album will provide fans with thirteen new songs with an album run-time of just under 45 minutes. The album will be released on CD, DD, and limited edition (1000 run) “copper cloud” color vinyl, which will include a unique 12″ single of outtake “Serpent Weather” (the B-side of the 12″ single is etched with an exclusive design by tattoo artist, Thomas Hooper).

The Sword has released their first single from the album, “Deadly Nightshade” (hear below).

 

The $5.98 EP Garage Days Revisited by Metallica Remastered and Re-Revisited

Metallica has an ongoing campaign to refresh their potent catalog with new remasters and expanded reissues. Their previous such work was Master of Puppets (1986), released back in November of 2017.

On April 13, Metallica will add The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Revisited to the expanding list. It will be called The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited. The reissue will provide the original track-list with no adds, just a remaster of a long out of print classic in surprising ways.

This EP will be reissued on CD, as well as a CD edition in a lenticular longbox (remember those?), three vinyl editions (180g-weight standard black, a limited edition red-orange 180g-weight vinyl, and an exclusive picture disc LP, with the latter two offered only via metallica.com), a cassette version with the EP content on both sides, just like the original issue, and DD.

 

The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited – Metallica

01 – Helpless
Originally released by Diamond Head
02 – The Small Hours
Originally released by Holocaust
03 – The Wait
Originally released by Killing Joke
04 – Crash Course in Brain Surgery
Originally released by Budgie
05 – Last Caress / Green Hell
Originally released by The Misfits

Metallica hints at an upcoming remaster and expansion of another catalog title for 2018 on their website.

Erasure To Release World Beyond As Companion Set To World Be Gone

Erasure fans who have bought their last release, World Be Gone, back in May of 2017 might be pleased to discover that Vince Clarke and Andy Bell will release a companion set this year.

On March 9, Mute Records will provide World Beyond, a new set that will take the familiar tunes of World Be Gone, and re-record them in a newly interpretive fashion with a classical music ensemble, The Echo Collective (Brussels). This experiment should be rewarding  much as the similar recent Midge Ure re-record of various classic pieces.

World Beyond is scheduled to be issued on CD, colored vinyl LP, and in DD format.

World BeyondErasure

01. Oh What A World
02. Be Careful What You Wish For
03. World Be Gone
04. A Bitter Parting
05. Still It’s Not Over
06. Take Me Out Of Myself
07. Sweet Summer Loving
08. Love You To The Sky
09. Lousy Sum Of Nothing
10. Just A Little Love