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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Exclusive Sneak Preview: The Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main St Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

Exile on Main Street [Vinyl]

Next Tuesday, May 18, 2010, The Rolling Stones will finally release the highly anticipated Deluxe Edition of Exile on Main St. This reissue will be released in four formats:  Exile on Main St, Exile on Main St (Dlx), Exile on Main St [Vinyl], and the Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set.  Longtime fans and collectors have been left wondering whether it will be worth it to spring for the Super Deluxe set, when much of it will be available separately?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Peter Wolf: Midnight Souvenirs 2 LP Vinyl

Peter Wolf is back, with Midnight Souvenirs, his first album since his fantastic, yet criminally underappreciated  2002 effort, Sleepless. Eight years is a long time between albums, and new fans and old should be happy to know that this record was worth waiting for. Recalling a time when artists dared to defy categorization within a single genre, Wolf calls upon rock, country, blues, and  R&B influences in the wide range of songs performed on the record.

The Album
Wolf builds upon the strength of Sleepless, with no less than three duets on this latest effort. On Tragedy, Wolf recalls Nothing But the Wheel, his duet with Mick Jagger--and arguably the finest moment on Sleepless. This time, Shelby Lynne acts as Wolf's perfect foil--and as they trade verses, you never once consider that Wolf is nearly 25 years her senior. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Exclusive Sneak Preview: John Coltrane -- A Love Supreme -- 45 RPM Analogue Productions 180 Gram Vinyl

Nearly two years ago, when Analogue Productions first announced their upcoming 45 RPM Impulse Jazz Series, there were a myriad of questions about it: Who would do the mastering? Where would the vinyl be pressed? Which tapes would be used? Would there be gatefold covers?  Now, after the first six titles have been released and most of those questions answered, Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions is about to release the most highly anticipated title of the series.