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A Tsunami Of Vinyl (Pink Floyd, Prince, Madonna, John Denver, Radiohead, ELO, David Bowie, And More)

There’s a literal vinyl flood coming. Some titles are near essentials. Of the top arriving LPs on the calendar, my first choice are the staggered releases of the Pink Floyd catalog. For others, it might be the Prince titles (of which are also being visited by another old media friend, cassette). But tbose aren’t the only titles being re-manufactured for fans.

The Pink Floyd titles will be reissued in remastered state. They will be pressed upon 180g-weight vinyl. Otherwise, according to the band’s PR, they will appear exactly as they were originally issued. The first sets arrive on June 3, and will include Pink Floyd’s first four albums (The Piper At the Gates Of Dawn – 1967, A Saucerful Of Secrets – 1968, More – 1969, Ummagumma (2LP) – 1969).

Pink Floyd - Ummagumma

Throughout the year, the others will find release dates (that we’ll keep you up on). The remaining titles include Atom Heart Mother (1970), Meddle (1971), Obscured By Clouds (1972), The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979), The Final Cut (1983), A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987), and The Division Bell (1994).

All Pink Floyd albums will be released by Pink Floyd Records via the distribution of Sony in the US, and Warner Bros in the UK. Sony will handle the remaining markets.

The Prince sets will include many of his catalog titles. The first was For You (1978), which was released on April 26, and Prince (1979) released on May 3. Coming up will be Around the World In A Day (1985), planned for July 5, Parade (Under A Cherry Moon) (1986) on July 19, Sign ‘O The Times (1987) on August 23, The Black Album (1994) planned for September 20, Batman (1989), and Lovesexy (1988), are scheduled for October 18, Diamonds and Pearls (1991), and Music From Graffiti Bridge (1990) will street on November 22, with Come (1994), and Love Symbol (1992), both set for December 13.

Prince Sign O The Times   Prince Batman   Prince The Black Album

In addition, cassette versions of albums will be hitting the marketplace as well. Of those, you can plan on Controversy (1981), Dirty Mind (1980),  Prince (1979), and Purple Rain (1984), all on June 24.

Prince Controversy   Prince Dirty Mind

As if those weren’t enough vinyl LPs for you, there are more on the way of other artists. Those include two Madonna re-releases from Rhino Records of Madonna (1983), and Like A Virgin (1984). Both are pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. These are planned for June 21.

Madonna Madonna   Madonna Like A Virgin

Coming quickly are vinyl LP reissues of the Radiohead catalog in advance of the physical release of their latest album. On May 20, XL Recordings will release The Bends (1995), Pablo Honey (1993), Kid A (2000), In Rainbows (2007), Hail To The Thief (2003), OK Computer (1997), Amnesiac (2001), The King Of Limbs (2011), and I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings (2001). Kid A, and Amnesiac will be issued on 10″ vinyl to replicate their special edition releases. All titles will be pressed on 180g-weight vinyl.

Radiohead Kid A

On June 24, watch for three collectible 180g-weight color vinyl editions of John Denver titles, which will include Rocky Mountain High (1972) pressed on clear BLUE splatter vinyl, Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971) pressed on RCA ORANGE vinyl, and Back Home Again (1974) pressed on GOLD vinyl. All sets are limited edition releases. These editions are all remastered and will be delivered via Night Fever Music.

John Denver Rocky Mountain High   John Denver Poems Prayers and Promises   John Denver Back Home Again

On June 24, Rhino will reissue Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, the 1974 Little Feat classic, on 180g-weight black vinyl.

Little Feat Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Atlantic Records will reissue the classic 1971 final MC5 album, High Time, on 180g-weight vinyl LP with a scheduled date of July 11.

MC5 High Time

Interscope will now make the successful 1996 multi-platinum The Wallflowers set, Bringing Down The Horse, available for the first time on vinyl LP. This 2LP set enters the market on May 13.

The Wallflowers Bring Down The Horse

Parlophone and Rhino Records will reissue Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, the 2LP OMP Soundtrack, on 180g-weight black vinyl. It will be joined by Live Santa Monica ’72, a 2LP vinyl set. It is a break out reissue from the David Bowie Five Years (1969-1973) Box. It is scheduled for June 17.

David Bowie Live Santa Monica 72   Ziggy Stardust OMPS

And finally, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings will reissue a large slate of Electric Light Orchestra titles on vinyl over several dates. Those will include A New World Record (1976), Eldorado (1974), Out Of The Blue (1977), all scheduled for May 27. There are two more planned for June 24 that include Face The Music (1975), and Time (1981). All of these titles are pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. Time, and Face The Music will be pressed on clear vinyl. All titles are limited edition re-releases.

ELO Eldorado   ELO Face The Music   ELO Out Of The Blue

[Note: The Angelo Badalamenti-composed soundtrack to Twin Peaks is planned to finally get it’s rumored released on vinyl during August of 2016.]


Talia’s Notes: Observations On The Passing Of Prince

Prince and I were both nearly the same age. He was three years my senior. He and I both both shared one thing in common. We both loved Soul Music of the ’60s and the ’70s. At the time that Prince decided to get a professional contract, I had pretty much dropped out of full-time scanning of the radio airwaves for new Soul that I could fall in love with. During the late ’70’s period, it was pretty much set in concrete within my mind that the Soul and Funk that I had listened to up the pre-Van McCoy-“The Hustle” period was gone. I was resigned to a fate of only hearing a Soul song here and there that gave me some temporary enjoyment and hope. I regret that things had changed enough in music that I came to this feeling. It laid the foundation for me to miss Prince begin the process of putting Soul, Funk & Rock elements together and to do it respectfully while changing the entire musical landscape of the times that he lived in.

My doses of Prince were very small. I read and heard about the 1999 album back in 1982. In particular, I read about the attention being paid to “Little Red Corvette”. As the ’80s progressed and musicians were taking in what this guy was doing, none other than Bruce Springsteen cited “Little Red Corvette” as being a favorite of his. He would even go on to perform it at least one time (that I know of).

During Bruce’s Born In The USA Era, Price came roaring back with the Purple Rain OST and prevented Bruce from reaching Number 1 when Bruce released “Dancing In The Dark” as a single and had to compete with “When Doves Cry”. This was where I was most exposed to Prince. You could not get away from the Purple Rain soundtrack. I admired what he was doing from a distance. My personal tastes prevented me from taking a complete plunge, but I appreciated that I was hearing in his music a kind of seriousness and respect for his peers which was emanating from the craft of melding together genres to create his own blend.

So, why am I writing a tribute column to Prince this evening when I wasn’t much into his music? It’s very simple. I didn’t have to like the music completely in order to really respect him for bringing up some very important issues as an artist and to also, knowingly or unknowingly, throw a mirror in front of the radio and record industry in order to reveal to them what they really were and are to this very day.

Prince and I split into two different directions during that fateful time in the late ’70s when I saw that AM radio was tightening their playlists. Prince decided to attempt to reunify it in brave fashion while carrying the music further. It is here where I feel that Prince’s existence as an artist was most important. He revealed the hypocrisy of the radio and music industry by proving that radio only wanted hits and that both radio and the industry in general only wanted a repeat formula of anything successful. He got foot in the door airplay with 1999. And then he got massive airplay with the overwhelming success of Purple Rain back in 1984. He got cursory airplay from FM Rock radio programmers for Around The World In A Day in the hopes that the iron was still hot. Sadly, the programmers weren’t bothering to play much Soul music from both the past or the present in order to make sense for audiences of what his success meant. By the time the Parade album rolled around, Rock radio had swept him under the rug. I certainly didn’t get to more fully appreciate why the guy was creating these great heights of achievement.

Like I said, whether knowingly or not, he exposed the radio industry for what they really were. As a result, we were all made the poorer in the process. There has been a consistent and overbearing willingness on the part of the radio industry over the years since the mid-70s to shut out Black artists, both past and present, out of relevance in the eyes of a sadly musically uneducated public. And if the radio industry and the music industry is ever going to regain any modicum of respect in the eyes of the guys like me who know better, it is about to time to tell programmers that the days of boring and repetitive playlists are over and to fully integrate Rock radio to include Soul Music, R&B, Country, Jazz and even Classical elements into fully functional playlists. It’s up to the programmers to decide whether they want to concentrate on only certain time periods or if they want to include music that is being made today into the equation. But it’s time for the terrestrial radio industry (and even satellite radio) to wake the hell up and show people why people like myself pine away for the days when we lived through those days when radio really was integrated. The kids today deserve integration of music. Instead, they are being fed institutionalized racism.

The other big issue I’ve always respected Prince for was his staunch support for the rights of artists. His fight with Warner Brothers over the rights to own his masters are legendary. He reminded aspiring musicians, for what seemed like the billionth time as a result of so many musician business-end casualties, to make damn sure that you came into the industry loaded with spectacular talent and one hell of a good entertainment lawyer in tow.

It is my great hope that the vast amount of unreleased music that Prince created will be curated with loving care and presented in careful context and not haphazardly released in packages that have no organization or unity. I would hope his family, his friends, his fellow musicians, technical workers, the lawyers and record industry will do right by this man and knock heads because he absolutely stood for integrity of the highest order. Hell, I didn’t know much about his music, but the message of his integrity came through loud and clear to me over the years. The word is that the officially released music that the public got to hear in his lifetime as an artist was only a sliver compared to what he has stored away in his vault. So, be forewarned music industry people! Do it once and do it right when you begin the mining! Otherwise, the mirror will be held up to you once again.

–Steve Talia



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