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Oasis Reissues 5 Albums, Including 'Be Here Now'

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2016 11:52am | Post a Comment

Oasis Reissues

This summer a wave of new Oasis reissues arrived to surprise and delight fans of parkas, brotherly rivalries, and all things Britpop. Don't Believe the Truth and Standing on the Shoulder of Giants appeared in July, with The Masterplan and Heathen Chemistry following a month later. This October, the band's own Big Brother Recordings has something even more special up its rumpled sleeve, however -- a killer new version of Be Here Now jam-packed with all kinds of impressive extras.

Here's what makes each CD and vinyl reissue special. 

Be Here Now

Be Here Now (1997)
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Vinyl Reissues from Crowded House Out This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2016 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Crowded House Vinyl Reissues

From the mid-'80s to '90s, Melbourne rockers Crowded House achieved commercial success and critical acclaim for their unique fusion of pop rock songwriting and jangle pop/indie influences. Criminally overlooked in the US for many years, the band is receiving some long overdue attention thanks to a series of vinyl reissues by Capitol, out September 16, 2016. This is great news for fans who haven't had new vinyl versions of these old favorites since their initial release. Here's what you need to know about the new and improved LPs available now for pre-order.

Crowded House

Crowded House (1986)

Coming nearly thirty years after its initial release, Crowded House's debut has lost none of its power. The band's self-titled LP features some of their most well-known tracks, including "Don't Dream It's Over," "Something So Strong," "Mean to Me," and "World Where You Live." The album peaked at #1 in Australia, #3 in New Zealand, and #12 in the US.

Temple of Low Men

Temple of Low Men (1988)

Black Sabbath Limited Color Vinyl Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2016 11:40am | Post a Comment

Black Sabbath limited edition color vinyl reissues

Ever since they first burst onto the scene nearly fifty years ago, Black Sabbath's influence on music and culture has been prodigious. For a band with such a towering reputation, no ordinary reissue campaign will do; that's why we're super excited about the new limited edition 180 gram color vinyl reissues Rhino is releasing today. In addition to coming out on glorious rainbow-hued vinyl, the first eight studio albums from Ozzy and friends will feature the 2012 remastered audio, which had previously only been available in digital format. CD reissues featuring the 2012 remasters are also now available. Here's what to look out for:


Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath (1970)

It's hard to believe, but when Sabbath released their self-titled debut in 1970, critics panned it. Of course, the album has since gone on to rank highly in pretty much every roundup of Best Metal Albums and Greatest Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone charted Black Sabbath at #44 on their list of 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time, saying the title track "would define the sound of a thousand bands."

Essential Records: Suicide’s Self-Titled Debut

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2016 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Suicide

Originally released in 1977, NYC duo Suicide’s self-titled LP is more punk rock than the Sex Pistols, TelevisionRamones, or any other band typically identified with the era. Eschewing raucous guitar riffs for primitive drum machines beats and distorted synths, Alan Vega and Martin Rev had been making music together since 1970, long before the concept of punk was even a remunerative gleam in Malcolm McLaren’s eye. Lots of punks hated them, in fact, with an audience member at a 1978 gig supporting The Clash in Glasgow going so far as to throw an axe at Vega’s head. Rolling Stone called the album “absolutely puerile.” (The magazine later recanted and listed the LP at number 441 on their list of the best 500 albums of all time.)

The first time I heard album opener “Ghost Rider,” I was on my way home after a night out with a friend--a moment that wouldn't have been at all remarkable, except for its soundtrack. “What is this?” I asked, with a barely restrained urgency. Asking this question was no small feat; I was twenty-one, the youngest person working at my hometown’s best record store, and one of the few girls on staff. As a matter of pride, I did NOT want to admit that I didn’t know something about music — especially when everyone else seemed to already know about it. But this was more important than pride. It was inventive, bold, paranoid, intelligent, and very, very dark. It was, as my friend told me, Suicide’s first album.

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R.E.M. Reissues Classic LPs on Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:45pm | Post a Comment

REM Vinyl Reissues

This summer the mighty R.E.M. are reissuing three of their landmark releases for I.R.S. Records, as well as their major label debut, Green. These albums showcase an interesting point in the band's history, when Michael Stipe and co.'s reputation among indie and college radio circles was translating into more commercial success. Coming courtesy of Capitol Records/Universal Music, the vinyl reissues of Life's Rich Pageant, Dead Letter Office, Eponymous (all out 7/29) and Green (out 8/26) will keep their original artwork.

Lifes Rich Pageant

Life's Rich Pageant

Peaking at #21 on the Billboard charts, R.E.M.'s fourth studio album was their highest chart-topper in the US. The album was recorded at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana and recorded by his longtime producer Don Gehman. It features "Fall on Me," a personal favorite of Stipe's plus the classic "Superman."

Dead Letter Office

Dead Letter Office

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