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TAPSheet: Vinyl LP Release Notes – 03/29/2016

There are a flurry of upcoming vinyl editions of not only new works but also old classics. With this edition of TAPSheet, I’ll run through a few of the upcoming vinyl editions that are being planned for the upcoming months. While not a complete list, it should help to surprise you on a few that you might have been unaware of that are being prepped for vinyl re-release.

Nonesuch Records plan the 2LP release of The Bright Mississippi, the 2009 release by Allen Toussaint. The vinyl is planned to be reissued on 140g-weight black vinyl. It’s scheduled for June 10. (Note: Rhino Records will be releasing a 2CD set featuring the works of Allen Toussaint called The Complete Warner Recordings. It’s on the calendar for May 13.)

Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi

As previously noted, the 6LP (180g-weight color vinyl) Box of The Elektra Years 1978-1987 featuring the classic albums of The Cars , is planned for June 7.

CARS The Elektra Years 1978-1987

The 2005 Regina Spektor set, Soviet Kitsch, is slated for vinyl reissue on May 6. It will contain thirteen tracks.

Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch

Warner Brothers Music will reissue three Linkin Park titles on vinyl LP scheduling them for May 6. The titles include Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (2008) on a 2LP set; Reanimation (2002), a remix that will fill 2LPs; and a single LP version of Living Things (2013).

The brand new Beth Orton album, Kidsticks, will be released not only on the expected CD and DD formats, but also vinyl LP scheduled for May 27.

Beth Orton Kidsticks

Warner Brothers will release vinyl LPs for Prince. The first is For You (1978), which is planned for April 26, with the second being Prince (1979), planned for May 24.

Prince For You

Eric Clapton‘s upcoming new album, I Still Do will be released on 2LP in 180g-weight vinyl, cut at 45RPM speed. The LP will offer DD rights via a download card with exclusive passcode. I Still Do is planned for May 20.

Eric Clapton I Still Do

JEMP Records will reissue Hoist, the 1994 classic Phish album, on 180g-weight black vinyl 2LP. It is being scheduled for May 20.

Phish Hoist

Elektra Records will re-release the 2013 remastered vinyl edition 2LP of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) by The Cure that was exclusive to Record Store Day 2013. This version will differ in that it will be pressed on 180g-weight black vinyl and available without the long line hassles. It’s scheduled for May 13.

Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

Warner Brothers will revisit the 1988 Enya classic, Watermark, along with Shepherd Moons from 1991, and her 1995 set, The Memory Of Trees, with vinyl LP reissues of the best-selling titles.

Enya Watermark

Atlantic Records will release the new album by Adia Victoria on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The album is called Beyond The Bloodhounds.  The LP edition will include DD rights. It’s planned for May 13. Yes, she’s pretty good.

Adia Victoria Beyond The Bloodhounds

Real Gone Music will offer a remastered translucent green vinyl Limited Edition of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Return Of The Living Dead from 1985. This film was a hilarious send-up of zombies that continued on for multiple sequels. “Send More Cops”. But a word of warning to delayers: There will only be 750 available copies. It’s on the market on May 6.

Return Of The Living Dead OMPS

Also from Real Gone Music, a Limited Edition 180g-weight black vinyl press of Cactus, the 1970 debut from Cactus. It’s destined for May 6. There will only be 700 copies made.

Cactus Cactus

Justin Time Records will offer a repress of the 1993 classic debut from Diana Krall of Stepping Out. It’s planned as a 180g-weight 2LP Essentials Collection and will come with a DD download card. It’s planned for May 6.


And finally: For May 3, Elektra will reissue two 10,000 Maniacs titles on vinyl LPs. Those will be Our Time In Eden (1992), and In My Tribe (1987).

10000 Maniacs Our Time In Eden

Titles From Lightfoot, Toussaint, and Metheny For May

Warner is planning to reintroduce several previously released collections from their vaults that will include Allen Toussaint, Gordon Lightfoot, and issue new sets with The Unity Sessions by Pat Metheny.

On May 13, Rhino Records will re-release the 2CD collection of Allen Toussaint gems called The Complete Warner Recordings from 2004.Allen Toussaint left a lasting mark in several areas of modern music that includes Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Rock. With a catalog of over 15 original sets, not including the many collections and live sets, Toussaint has cemented his library with timeless classic music.

Allen Toussaint The Complete Warner Recordings

On May 6, Rhino will revisit Pat Metheny with the new issue of The Unity Sessions. The Unity Sessions is a thirteen track 2CD set that culls from the DVD issue of the same name. (Also by Nonesuch and Pat Metheny will be the newly released album called Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. It too is planned for May 6.)

Pat Metheny Unity Sessions

Also on May 6, Rhino will re-release the 4CD Gordon Lightfoot collection, Songbook. Originally released in 1999, Songbook provides 88 tracks.

Gordon Lightfoot Songbook


In Memoriam: Allen Toussaint

Allen ToussaintAs it’s been said before, the value of a man is as he is remembered. That applies in so many ways that it would be impossible to list them all here. In the world of music, the value is the body of work an individual (or band) has left behind. When I say left behind, I’m talking when the ability to create music no longer is any kind of option. On Tuesday, November 10 (2015), the world lost a monumental talent to a heart attack. But while the ailments that lie in wait and thieve are not worth talking about, the people that death takes are immeasurably worth talking about. In the world of music, that particularly applies to Allen Toussaint.

Allen Toussaint led a remarkable music life. Not only was the New Orleans-based Jazz pianist respected in his field, he was also revered in the grounds that he covered outside of Jazz. Notably, he wrote “Working In The Coal Mine”, originally recorded by Lee Dorsey. But so many artists recorded his music in covers too beautiful to imagine. Some of these include “I Like It Like That” (Dave Clark 5), “Southern Nights” (Glen Campbell), “Get Out Of My Life, Woman” (Iron Butterfly, Jerry Garcia, The Doors, Paul Butterfield, Gerry Rafferty, to name a few), “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)” (3 Dog Night, Maria Muldaur, Frankie Miller, BJ Thomas), and many more. Some other artists that recorded Allen Toussaint songs also include Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Robert Palmer, Ringo Starr, Paul Weller, the list goes on and on.

The list of bands that Allen Toussaint has collaborated with is even longer than the people who covered his works. Some of those include The Rolling Stones, The Band, Elvis Costello, John Mayall, Dr John, Paul McCartney & Wings, etc.

The shock that Allen Toussaint’s death was met with is commensurate with the depth that he permeates the world of music. It’s not everyone that can do that. We will miss the presence of Allen Toussaint’s wonderfully musical soul. I take comfort in the line from Laura Nyro’s “And When I Die”, “…there’ll be one child born in the world to carry on…”. Even so, the departure of Allen Toussaint requires big shoes to fill! BIG shoes!

Allen Toussaint RIP

Allen Toussaint