Vinyl LP Weekly Picks: Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Paul McCartney & Wings, Abba, Richard Swift, Grateful Dead, Marvel's Spider-Man OST

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2018 09:00am | Post a Comment
Aloe Blacc Christmas Funk LP  (avail on CD) (Aloe Blacc Recordings, Inc.)

As 2018 comes to a close it does so continuing the trend witnessed throughout the year of an ever increasing steady flow of new vinyl releases dropping each week. These include lots of brand new album titles been pressed up on vinyl as well as CD and digital versions. Examples this week include the brand new 88rising two-vinyl set Head In The Clouds 2LP (also avail on CD) and the posthumous album The Hex pictured left (also avail on CD) from under appreciated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift who tragically died earlier this year at age 41, reportedly the result of "alcohol addiction" as stated by his family upon his July 2018 passing.

Meanwhile, in keeping with the current vinyl renaissance trend, this week also witnessed lots of older and out-of-print LPs getting reissue treatments. These encompass identical repressings of the original LP release as well as new vinyl reissues done in some new altered variant. These altered new vinyl versions can be an album reissue with additional bonus tracks like the new Paul McCartney & Wings reissue of Red Rose Speedway 2LP that's among those LPs featured in the new vinyl picks of the week below. Additionally there are newly curated and packaged vinyl box sets including the excellent new John Coltrane 1963: New Directions [5LP Box Set] that was fully profiled here on the Amoeblog a couple of days ago. 

Then there are LP reissues out this week that have been repressed in new colored vinyl and/or with new cover art. Examples of these include this week's batch of  Marvel variant covers on the reissued albums from GZA/Genius, 50 Cent and LL Cool J as featured in the Top Ten Hip-Hop Vinyl LPs Amoeblog this week. Marvel comic fans should take note of the new double-vinyl pressing (profiled below) of  Marvel's Spider-Man: Original Video Game Soundtrack OST 2LP.

It being the holiday season, this week's new vinyl arrivals also feature Christmas albums. These vinyl new arrivals include John Legend's A Legendary Christmas LP via Columbia/Legacy (pictured right) and Aloe Blacc's Christmas Funk LP  (also avail on CD). Pictured above, this latest Christmas release from soul singer Aloe Blacc, who three years ago released the four song EP Christmas, is a ten song collection of songs including "Tell Your Mama" and "I Got Your Christmas Right Here" that Blacc promises is the type of holiday music that can be listened to and enjoyed anytime of the year! Scroll down to overview the vinyl picks of the week and for a full look at all the new arrival LP/vinyl releases of this current week visit the Amoeba online store here

 John Paesano  Marvel's Spider-Man: Original Video Game Soundtrack OST 2LP (Mondo)

Composed, performed and produced by John Paesano is Marvel's Spider-Man: Original Video Game Soundtrack OST 2LP that, as its title implies, is the official original soundtrack to the new video game Marvel's Spider-Man made for the Playstation 4.  With original artwork (seen above) by Craig Drake the 2LP set is pressed in 180-gram black vinyl and comes in a gatefold jacket. 27 tracks in all, spread over the four vinyl sides it totals one hour and twenty minutes of sounds already familiar to many gamers.

Paul McCartney & Wings Red Rose Speedway 2LP (also avail as 2CD + 3disc DVD/CD) (Capitol)

Hella nice guy and friend of Amoeba Macca aka Paul McCartney's 1973 post-Beatles album with the ensemble Paul McCartney & Wings has been reissued by Capitol in a sweet expanded vinyl version. Red Rose Speedway 2LP (also avail as 2CD + 3disc DVD/CD) is accurately reviewed by Amoeba as;  "With its classic No. 1 hit “My Love,” makes its entry into Paul McCartney's Archive Collection with a splash: a two-disc 180-gram audiophile vinyl edition. Features newly remastered audio from Abbey Road Studios, plus unreleased tracks, singles, and b-sides." These additional tracks include "Live & Let Die [Group Only, Take 10]" and "The Mess [Live At The Hague, 1972]" as well as the 1972 Double-A-Sided single "C Moon" and "Hi Hi Hi" that was previously included on an earlier 1993 reissue of this album.

ABBA Oro: Grandes Éxitos 2LP  (Universal Music Latino)

Oro: Grandes Éxitos 2LP is one fun album truly worthy of reissue.
The double album set is ABBA’s iconic Gold: Greatest Hits 2LP compilation with a twist; all of the megahits by the Swedish pop quartet are sung in Spanish. Released originally in 1980 in Spanish speaking markets as Gracias Por La Música and then a dozen years later in 1992 in the USA by Polydor, this recommended new two vinyl set pressing comes care of Universal Music Latino. 

Angélique Kidjo Remain In Light LP (Kravenworks)

First released back in the summer, Angélique Kidjo’s recommended reinterpretation of Talking Heads’ groundbreaking polyrhythm / funk driven Brian Eno produced landmark 1980 album Remain In Light is now available on vinyl from Amoeba. Drawn to the David Byrne and ensemble’s album by its Afrobeat stylings, Beninese singer Kidjo reimagines the album track by track; sometimes sticking close to the original song structure and other times taking the songs into new directions with some help from others. For example the new version of “The Great Curve” finds Kidjo joined by Alicia Keys, Questlove and Blood Orange.

Grateful Dead Dick's Picks Vol. 34: 10/5/77 Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY 6LP
(Real Gone Music)

Another holiday gift ready, box set recommendation is this six album live set from the Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks Vol. 34: 10/5/77 Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY 6LP (Real Gone Music).   Originally released over a decade ago on CD this is a 6LP set of 180 gram vinyl. The six sides add up to three and a half hours of music from 1977 which, as most Deadheads widely agree, was a great year for Jerry Garcia and his beloved band. This album captures the Dead’s high energy and positive vibe from four decades ago; one that clearly feeds off the audience in their extended jam versions of songs from that concert on November 5th, 1977. As noted by many Grateful Dead collectors not all of the tracks on here are actually from the Rochester show. Several are from a few nights earlier at a show over the border in Toronto, Canada but the vibe and sound is in the same distinct style and feel.

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