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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!

 

Two More Newly Remastered Elton John Classics Coming To Vinyl LP

As a service to Elton John fans who are vinyl LP collectors, this next piece of news is absolutely essential.

On June 30, there will be brand NEW 2017 remasters of classic album hits, Tumbleweed Connection (1970), and – my favorite – Honky Château (1972), both to be reissued on 180g-weight vinyl. These add to the previously reissued vinyl editions (on April 28, 2017) of 2016 remasters for: Too Low For Zero (1983), Songs From the West Coast (2001), Madman Across The Water (1971), Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975), Elton John (1970), and 17.11.70 (1971).

If you are a current collector of vinyl, those two Elton John classics are great pick-ups.

Vinyl LP Sets From Allman Brothers Band, Diana Krall, Little Richard, Nina Simone

Mercury Records will be reissuing several classic  Allman Brothers Band titles on vinyl LP on July 22.

Those titles will include Enlightened Rogues (1979), Eat A Peach – 2LP (1972), The Allman Brothers Band – 2LP (1969), Live At Ludlow Garage 1970 -3LP (1990), Win, Lose Or Draw (1975), At Fillmore East – 2LP (1971), Idlewild South (1970), and Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas – 2LP (1976).

ABB At Fillmore East

Impulse! Records and Verve Records will be reissuing a wide range of Diana Krall titles on vinyl LP on July 15.

These reissued LP titles include All For You: A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio – 2LP (1996), When I Look In Your Eyes – 2LP (1999), The Look Of Love – 2LP (2001), From This Moment On – 2LP (2006), Live In Paris – 2LP (2002), Quiet Nights – 2LP (2009), The Girl In The Other Room – 2LP (2004), and Love Scenes – 2LP (1997).

Diana Krall Love Scenes

Fantasy Records will release a 5LP Box featuring Little Richard called Mono Box: The Complete Specialty And Vee-Jay Albums. It is on the calendar for July 15.

The LPs in that box will be his three Specialty Records releases that include Here’s Little Richard (1957), Little Richard (1958), The Fabulous Little Richard (1959), and his two with Vee-Jay Records, Little Richard Is Back (And There’s A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!) (1964), and Little Richard’s Greatest Hits (1965).

We can expect Nina Simone: The Philips Years from Verve Records on July 15. It will provide seven vinyl LPs in a Box set. The titles include Nina Simone In Concert (1964), Broadway-Blues-Ballads (1964), I Put A Spell On You (1965), Sincerely Nina (1965), and Pastel Blues (1965).

Nina Simone The Philips Years

 

Cocteau Twins Classics, Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven Or Las Vegas, To Be Reissued On Remastered 180g Vinyl

Cocteau Twins, a Scottish band from the tail end of the 70s, with their highly original form of music that included the elusive soprano-voice of Elizabeth Fraser, was, in essence, a short-lived phenomena. It doesn’t matter whether you were a fan of the band or not, the fact remains that over their 18-year period, they only produced nine studio albums, one of them a collaboration with Harold Budd. More surprising is the sudden disappearance.

Cocteau Twins

They released their final album, the extraordinary Milk and Kisses in 1996. By then, the relationship between Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser had strained, which led to the aborted recording of  their “ninth” (not counting the Budd effort) album, and the complete break-up of Cocteau Twins. And while there were hints of reformation, we may never hear them again, nor their likes.

Cocteau Twins left behind a grand trail of excellent albums beginning with Garlands in 1982. As far as I’m concerned, there were no bad Cocteau Twins albums. One of the albums that was favored by the band was Blue Bell Knoll released in 1988 via the legendary UK label, 4AD (Capitol in the US). Another classic would be Heaven Or Las Vegas, issued in 1999.

CocteauTwins BlueBellKnoll

On July 14, 4AD will repress Blue Bell Knoll, and Heaven Or Las Vegas, both on 180g BLACK vinyl, and are being cut from NEW 96/24 HD masters. What’s NOT to love here.

CocteauTwins Heaven Or Las Vegas

What’s best is that the label is not charging an arm and a leg for them (a nasty trait usually perpetuated on the US vinyl buying public by domestic labels). Each album will sell for slightly over $20, making them excellent bargains.

Thank you, 4AD!

I hate frustrating some of you who may be fans but are NOT vinyl collectors with this post, but this is too good not to mention.