December 5th, 2019
ROLLING STONES LET IT BLEED HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY 4-6PM:
Heading downstairs for this week's edition of the Used Vinyl Alert, we've got things really fired up this time around (800+ used LPs & 45s), with a deep selection of classic hip-hop, disco, rock, and new wave, plus a whole lot of fascinating miscellany.
USED CD ALERT:If the seasonal affective disorder doesn’t get you, the clarion call of Christmas consumption likely will. Nevertheless, there is incoming used CDs to stave off the demons. Let’s lead off with the anguished howls of youth with guitars: look out for albums from Thursday, Brand New, Thrice and Refused. There’s glacial heaviness from the likes of Slowdive, Low, At the Drive-In and My Bloody Valentine, along with writerly efforts from The Mountain Goats, Cat Power, Bon Iver, Death Cab and Joanna Newsom. Throw in reliable faves like NIN, Daft Punk, QOTSA and Tool, and that’s a good week right there. But theeere’s more. The rock section is bolstered by deep selections from both Chuck Prophet and Wilco. Chuck is a store fave from back in the days when we were a kerosene-fueled operation and when he fronted Green on Red. We have some of those early glimmers along with his most recent outstanding work. Keep your eyes peeled for a crispy Gram Parsons 2-cd retrospective, along with top choices from Love, Talking Heads and Budgie. Lastly, there’s a pair from crowd-pleasing saxman Cannonball Adderley and the icy Wu-Tang classic “Liquid Swords” from one-time Bill Murray foil GZA.
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Prince - “1999 - Super Deluxe Edition” This box set is quite an embarrassment of riches for even the most casual of Prince fans. Not only do you get the original album in a hot new remaster, you get a disc of b-sides and promo mixes along with two discs of live shows from late 1982. But the main event is two discs of selections from the Vault. Some of the tracks were rehabilitated on later discs, but the vast majority of the twenty-four songs have not seen the light of day until now. The quality of these songs is remarkable. You could make an alternative album of songs from the Vault that could match the quality of the released album. Yep, most of them are that good. And the two live shows, with one being a DVD, show the excitement that Prince generated back then, And last but not least, there is very informative fifty page booklet annotating the music and the era and Prince’s place in the 1982 music world.. “1999” was the album that brought Prince to the attention of the world. And it is fitting that this box set celebrates such a great and important album with all this bonus material, Plus, this album isn’t as expensive as one would think it would be, given the amount of discs that it contains. - Ted
The Flaming Lips - “Music and Songs from The Soft Bulletin - Recorded Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Featuring the Colorado Symphony” As “1999” did with Prince, “The Soft Bulletin,” released in 1999, broke the Flaming Lips to the wider world. It is one of the band’s most beloved albums and this album adds a symphony orchestra and a chorus to augment playing the entire album live. Sometimes, a rock band meeting an orchestra is a recipe for boredom if not downright disaster. This collaboration, however, shows how to make such albums work. The Flaming Lips allow the orchestra the freedom it needs, while the orchestra returns the same favor to the band. Neither gets in each other's way. And many of the songs really expand with the attention that the orchestra and chorus provides After listening to this album, music fans may wonder when the Flaming Lips will come to their town and play with their local symphony orchestra and relive the magic. - Ted
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ben, Will, Ed, Isaac, Larry, Andy, Mark, Jack, Eric, Mike & Abe