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July’s Vinyl Reissues

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with vinyl reissues from Talk Talk, Jethro Tull, George Michael and more, July is shaping up to be a great month for record collectors. here’s our picks for July.

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The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever – Limited Edition Purple Vinyl

release date: 29th July 2022

 

The Cribs’ first three classic albums are returning to stores on limited edition coloured vinyl, cassette and definitive 2CD editions which feature never-before heard songs, demos, covers and remixes. The reissue collection includes the band’s legendary 2007 album ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’, which features hit singles like ‘Men’s Needs’ & ‘I’m a Realist’, back on vinyl for the first time in five years, this time on limited edition Purple vinyl. Produced by Alex Kapranos, the album is full of enduring anthems and is still considered by many as one of the defining indie rock albums of the noughties. In the USA, Rolling Stone made it one of their records of the year, calling it a “tour de force”.

Roxy Music – Avalon (Half Speed Master)

release date: 1st July 2022

 

‘Avalon’, the final studio offering from Roxy Music, would draw upon a smoother, more adult-orientated sound giving us the now iconic single ‘More Than This’. ‘Avalon’ would be yet another UK No. 1 album, staying there for more than three weeks and in the Albums Chart for over a year. The album is reissued here with a fresh Half-Speed cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London, with the artwork revised with a gloss-laminated finish.

 

 

 

 


Talk Talk – The Party’s Over: 40th Anniversary Edition White Vinyl

release date: 15th July 2022

 

Talk Talk’s debut album, THE PARTY’S OVER was released in 1982 and produced by Colin Thurston, who was a former engineer for David Bowie but was better known for producing Duran Duran’s first two albums. Charting in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and USA, THE PARTY’S OVER is classic synth-pop teamed with lyrical depth that went on to be synonymous with lead singer, Mark Hollis.

 

 

 


Grateful Dead – Europe ’72: 50th Anniversary 3LP

release date: 29th July 2022

 

The Grateful Dead’s first tour outside of North America was immortalized on ‘Europe ’72’, a triple live album that distilled peak moments from the 22 shows the band played in six countries for thousands of Europeans. It took place on April 7, 1972, at Wembley Empire Pool in London. This 3LP 50th anniversary remastered edition was mastered by Grammy award winning engineer David Glasser with restored audio by Plangent Processes.

 

 

 

 

 


Basement Jaxx – Rooty – Limited Edition Pink & Blue Vinyl

release date: 29th July 2022

 

Named after their infamous Brixton club night, Basement Jaxx’s second album ‘Rooty’ saw Basement Jaxx continue to push the boundaries of pop and club music. The album mixes classic house with generous lashings of punk, funk, R&B, jazz, hip hop, two-step and pop song-craft in a mad genre crash that works like a charm. It features the massive tracks ‘Where’s Your Head At’, ‘Romeo’ and ‘Do Your Thing’.

 

 

 


The Who – Tommy (Half Speed Master) 2LP

release date: 8th July 2022

 

Regarded as one of the most important albums of all time, ‘Tommy’ is a rock opera about a Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy, released in 1969, and peaking at #2 in the UK Albums Chart and #7 in the US. The album contains songs such as ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘The Acid Queen’ and ‘I’m Free’, and has been mastered by long-time Who engineer Jon Astley from the original tapes and packaged in original sleeve with obi and certificate of authenticity. This black vinyl version is engineered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using a half-speed mastering technique which produces a superior vinyl cut.

 

 


George Michael – Older 2LP

release date: 8th July 2022

 

Originally released in 1996, Older spent three weeks at Number 1 in the UK and spawned 6 singles including Fastlove and Jesus To A Child. The album was a huge global success, going 6x platinum in the UK, as well as being verified platinum in another 22 countries. Written, arranged and produced by George, it sees him exploring new genres as he reflected on life, loss, love and healing. This iconic album is now available as a 2LP gatefold on 180 gram vinyl beautifully remastered from the original tapes.

 


Jethro Tull – Thick As a Brick: 50th Anniversary Edition

release date: 29th July 2022

 

In 1972, Jethro Tull released the instant classic, ‘Thick As A Brick’. 50 years on and the album is still revered as one of rock’s and progressive rock’s most definitive and pioneering albums. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, ‘Thick As A Brick’ has been reproduced in its original format, the legendary 12-page newspaper. The vinyl is a half-speed master of Steven Wilson’s 2012 remix. Unlike any other records on the market, the album is set inside a broadsheet newspaper, ‘The St. Cleve Chronicle & Linwell Advertiser’. The newspaper includes many news articles packed full of continuing jokes, a crossword, connect-the-dots and much more.

 

 


Elton John –  The One 2LP

release date: 8th July 2022

 

‘The One’ was Elton John’s first studio album of the ’90s, and saw him capitalising on the enormous success of his first major CD retrospective, ‘The Very Best Of’, and his first solo UK No 1, ‘Sacrifice’ in 1990. It was also his first album free from the addictions that had sometimes made his music seem secondary in the later ’80s. As a result, it became his best-selling studio album since ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’ in 1975. With guest appearances from Kiki Dee, Eric Clapton and David Gilmour, the album reached No 2 in the UK charts and remained in the listings for 18 weeks, thanks in part to the Top 10 single ‘The One’.

 


The Associates –  Sulk 40th Anniversary Edition

release date: 15th July 2022

 

Formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1979, The Associates were comprised of vocalist Billy Mackenzie and multi-instrumentalist Alan Rankine. Their second studio album Sulk, released in 1982, was the group’s definitive statement, a fascinating blend of lush, New Romantic popcraft and dark, surreal cabaret stylings. Upon its release, the album was voted the album of the year by Melody Maker. This 40th Anniversary 1LP edition celebrates Sulk with the original album remastered on 140g Blue Vinyl for the first time. Sulk, Billy Mackenzie recalled before his death in 1997, “was a real liberation. It had the essence of what I’m about. I realized I could create my own sunshine.”

 


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