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Led Zeppelin Bow 'Whole Lotta Love' Rough Mix Ahead of Reissues

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 02:26pm | Post a Comment

Next week, rock greats Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, the unimpeachable run of Led Zeppelin I, II and III. Ahead of those June 3 releases, the Zep have unveiled a rough mix of the classic "Whole Lotta Love," which will appear on the reissue of Led Zeppelin II. Give it a stream below:

Here's what the band had to say about the mix, via RollingStone:

"This version of 'Whole Lotta Love' is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn't have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they'll think, 'Oh yeah, that's the original' and all of a sudden they'll go 'No, it's not,'" Robert Plant said in a statement.

"You can see how songs grow," Jimmy Page said. "There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting and you can hear with this particular version that we haven't quite reached the point yet, and that it's very, very close."

Each of the three albums have been remastered, and their deluxe versions include bonus tracks. Led Zeppelin I will have a bonus concert recorded live in Paris in October 1969. II's bonus disc has this version of "Whole Lotta Love," plus a never-released song, "La La," and the backing tracks for "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)." III has the instrumental that would become "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," called "Jennings Farm Blues," plus and instrumental version of "Out on the Titles" (called "Bathroom Sound") and a blues medley of "Key to the Highway" and "Trouble in Mind."

You can preorder all three albums in various versions below:

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New Reissues Out Today: Nirvana & Pink Floyd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 27, 2011 03:26pm | Post a Comment
It's a big day for reissues, folks! Look what you can get on Amoeba.com today...and with free shipping to the U.S.!

Nirvana:Nirvana Nevermind Reissue
Nevermind [Deluxe Edition] (CD)
2-CD Deluxe Edition 20th Anniversary reissue.

There’s a lot to devour on this deluxe edition of Nevermind. The clues to Nevermind's development are riveting to sift through, from early sessions with producer Butch Vig to the “Boombox Rehearsals” in which drummer Dave Grohl was brought onboard to give the songs that extra sonic uppercut that landed these songs all over the pop atmosphere. The sound quality of those recordings vary, but the way in which it shows the band developing through such a crucial phase makes it a must-listen for any fan of the band, while BBC session recordings see some of the songs fully formed and recorded well in a live setting. With songs that have been repeated so endlessly on radio, TV and throughout pop culture, it’s wonderful to have a remastered version of Nevermind and these new versions of its songs, which allow listeners to relisten to the landmark album in a new context and hear what was going on leading up to and after its release.

*Gift with purchase: a 4-postcard set of 12" art replicas (Smells Like Teen Spirit, In Bloom, Lithium, Come As You Are). While supplies last.

Books and Records Prove Resilient to Trends of the Digital Age As Witnessed By the Growth of the Vinyl and Book Sections at Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2011 01:45pm | Post a Comment
We all know that vinyl was supposed to be long dead by now. But it ain't; far from it in fact. Neither CDs nor MP3s managed to kill off records like we were told that they would. Rather demand for, and sales of, vinyl has grown increasingly in recent years. The Nielsen Company reports that in 2010 US vinyl sales reached 2.8 million units while in 2006 they were only at 900,000 units - a significant increase that is continually growing. 

Just recently Nielsen reported that vinyl sales for 2011 are already up nearly 40% over the same time period for last year. Not surprising then Amoeba Music has been expanding its vinyl sections accordingly to accommodate this increasing demand for records. Recently the vinyl section at the Hollywood Amoeba store grew by about 20% to make room for both used collectible albums (a hot commodity) and the influx of new LP pressings and re-issues of older music.

Similarly to the misguided pronouncement of vinyl's demise, the more recent premature talk of how physical books are fast becoming an obsolete medium - replaced by Kindles and iPads and other digital devices to read E-Books on - is also proving to be an incorrect prediction. Yes it's true that, like with music before it, digital downloads of books are the preferred format for the masses. But, as with music in a physical format vs a digital one, the rapid growth of E-Books is actually helping create a new demand for books and a new smaller, specialized niche market for them; especially certain types of books like reference books, art books, music history books etc. - the sort of book that one likes to pore over its pages. Again Amoeba Music is responding to this new growing niche by slowly but steadily increasing its book sections. At the Hollywood Amoeba the book section (new and used) is gradually expanding and deepening its genres (art, culture, politics as well as music related books) and Amoeba is encouraging more of its customers to bring their cool music and art and film books to sell or trade for this growing new wave of book appreciators.

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Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti Vinyl Back in Print!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 11, 2011 10:38am | Post a Comment
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Ohhh yeah! Get your paws on these vinyl reissues of two Ariel Pink albums, The Doldrums and House Arrest, via Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, out on March 8! It's been a long while since I've seen a used copy of The Doldrums on wax floating around on the salesfloor and I've been disappointed that I didn't snag it ever since I had the chance. You know, that old story. Well, no friggin' worries, mate! And I'll be picking up a copy of House Arrest too!

"Every Night I Die at Miyagi's" from House Arrest:


"Good Kids Make Bad Grown Ups" from The Doldrums:


On a personal note: The Doldrums, with that signature home recording sound (consisting of a keyboard, guitar and 8-track as well as all those unbelievable vocally-generated drum sounds) is the shit, real talk. That side A packed with non-stop hits, including "For Kate I Wait," has long been a beloved summer jam and I can't wait to plop it on the platter of ye old hi-fi and kick back some cold ones, open all the windows and picture myself rollin' down this road come August:
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Route 12 is my highway to heaven, in syndication.

Best Of The New Releases & Reissues Of 2008

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 11, 2009 11:59pm | Post a Comment

New Releases:
ZZK Sound-
Cumbia Digital
Nortec Collective Present: Bostish & Fussible-
Tijuana Sound Machine
Bronx River Parkway-
San Sebastian 152
El Guincho-
Alegranza!
James Pants-
Welcome
Calle 13-
Los De Atras Vienen Conmingo
Chancha Via Circuito-
Rodante
Ocote Soul Sound-
The Alchemist Manifesto
Un Dia-
Juana Molina
Terakaft-Ahk Issudar
Al Green-Lay It Down

Saul Williams- The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

Nomo-Ghost Rock
Toumast-Ishumar
Q-Tip-The Renaissance
Sidestepper- The Buena Vibra Sound System
Jesus Pagan Y Su Orquesta- Salsa De La Mata - From The Roots
Beatconductor-Brand New Second Hand
Afronaut Y Amigos -Presentan Hecho En Casa Part 1

Reissues:

V/A-Dancehall:The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture
V/A- Nig
erian Special, Nigeria Disco Funk Special &
Nigerian Rock Special
Orchestre Poly Ritmo-Vol. 1 Vodoun Effect
V/A-Salsa Dura Show
V/A-African Scream Contest
Juaneco Y Su Combo-Masters Of Chicha Vol.1
Senor Coconut-El Baile Aleman

Calypsoul 70: Caribbean Soul & Calypso Crossover 1969-1979
Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story 1980-1986
Tabaco Y Sus Metales-Grandes Exitos
V/A-Latin Funk "El B
arrio" ( Nu Yorican Funk 1968-76)
V/A-Melenudos
Tito Puente- The Complete 78s Volume 1&2 1949-55
MAG All Stars: The Best Peruvian Orchestras Of The 50's & 60's
Candido Y Su Movimiento-Palos De Fuego