CDs + Vinyl:
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage [Deluxe Edition] 2xCD (Capitol)
In addition to the album’s original eleven songs, this Deluxe Edition includes the new original song “Dose,” six cover songs and four unreleased live tracks (“The Stage,” “Paradigm,” “Sunny Disposition,” and “God Damn”) recorded at The O2 in London. [Vinyl edition due January 12.]
Kenny Burrell – A Generation Ago Today [Reissue/1967] CD (Verve)
This 1967 album by guitarist Kenny Burrell, featuring standards associated with the Benny Goodman Sextet & Charlie Christian, is back in-print on CD.
Deathcult – Cult Of The Goat CD (Soulseller)
Formed in the pits of Bergen, Norway, Deathcult consists of Skagg (Gaahlskag, Gorgoroth), Hoest (Taake) and Thurzur (Gaahlskagg, Taake). Ten years after the release of their debut album the band returns with Cult Of The Goat which features a guest appearance by Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Tormentor). [Vinyl edition due January 19.]
Gorgoroth – Under The Sign Of Hell [Reissue/1997] CD (Soulseller)
Driven by masterful riffing and raw and cold drums and vocals, the third and ever so unique masterpiece from Norwegian legends Gorgoroth has been a breed apart ever since its late-‘90s unleashing. [Vinyl edition due January 19.]
Hallatar – No Stars Upon The Bridge CD/LP (Svart)
Although a brand-new name, Hallatar features among its ranks Swallow The Sun and Trees Of Eternity guitarist Juha Raivio, Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen, and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see Hallatar as an extension of Trees Of Eternity, whose massively acclaimed debut for Hour Of The Nightingale, served as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge (d. April 2016).
Herbie Mann – It’s A Funky Thing: The Very Best Of Herbie Mann CD (Varese Sarabande)
Herbie Mann revolutionized the use of the flute in jazz. His legacy is revered for pushing the boundaries (like Miles Davis did) blending jazz, rock, funk, soul, and pop. This is the first collection to feature rare single edits of Herbie’s hits including “Philly Dog,” “A Man and A Woman,” and “Memphis Underground.” The CD also includes the hits “Hijack” and “Superman.” Featured vocalists include Tamiko Jones, Carmen McRae, Cissy Houston and Little Milton. Nine tracks are making their CD debut.
Marduk – Dark Endless [Reissue/1992] CD/2xLP (Century Media)
Reissue of the debut album from the Swedish black metal band. [Limited silver colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Marillion – Misplaced Childhood [Reissue/1985] CD (Rhino)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1985 album from the veteran British band, frontrunners of the U.K.’s progressive rock revival.
Nimrod B.C. – God Of War And Chaos CD/LP (Metalopolis)
Debut album from the German thrash metal band.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – The Punishment Of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material CD (White Noise)
This year, synth-pop pioners OMD returned with their 13th studio album The Punishment Of Luxury – a daring collection of stylish synth pop and masterful songwriting. This CD compiles non-album B-sides including extended mixes and remixes.
Riddlemaster – Bring The Magic Down CD (Metalopolis)
Riddlemaster is the brainchild of Mark “The Shark” Shelton and Rick Fisher. Rick Fisher was the drummer on the first Manilla Road records from 1979 to 1984. Mark Shelton is founder, guitarist, vocalist and primary composer for Manilla Road since it’s beginning in 1977 and is still going strong with the band. Bring The Magic Down is full of classic rock and metal styles that are indeed reminiscent of their roots. [Vinyl edition due January 12.]
The Marshall Tucker Band – Dedicated [Reissue/1981] CD (Ramblin)
Digitally remastered edition of the eleventh studio album by the Marshall Tucker Band, recorded in the aftermath of the death of founding member Tommy Caldwell, just one month after the release of Tenth.
Tom Waits – Real Gone [Reissue/2004] CD/2xLP (ANTI-)
Digitally remastered and remixed edition. Real Gone features 15 tracks of funk, Jamaican rocksteady, blues both urban and rural, rhythms and melodies both Latin and African and, for the first time, no piano. The crash and collide of rhythms and genres within a song creates a hybrid unlike any music he has made before or since.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Tangerine Dream – Live At Coventry Cathedral 1975 – The Definitive Edition DVD (Tony Palmer Films)
Director Tony Palmer had always been deeply unsatisfied with his film of legendary Krautrock band Tangerine Dream. This restored version features corrected audio and a reproduction of the 1975 tour program.
The Tragically Hip – A National Celebration 20/8/16 DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
When it was announced in May of 2016 that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band decided that they would do one final run of 15 dates across Canada. A National Celebration was the final show of the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour recorded on August 20th, 2016 at the K-Rock Centre in their home town of Kingston Ontario. Containing all 30 songs from the night’s set-list, the recording captures an unparalleled, nation-linking occasion. Originally aired live by CBC across all platforms, the concert was experienced by an estimated one-third of Canadians, among the biggest events in the country’s broadcast history.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Arcade Fire – Funeral [Reissue/2004] LP (Sony Legacy)
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Limited vinyl reissues of Arcade Fire’s first three LPs – each in gatefold sleeves. Neon Bible features an etched D-side.
Bring Me The Horizon – 2004-2013 LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The best songs from their early releases on Epitaph Records. Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.
The Con X: Covers – The Con X: Covers LP (WB)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Tegan and Sara’s classic 2007 album, The Con, 14 of Tegan and Sara’s favorite artists each interpret a song from the original album. Tegan says, “As the 10th anniversary of The Con approached, Sara and I started to brainstorm meaningful ways to celebrate what was easily one of our most important records… we wanted a companion piece that would live on past the anniversary, hence The Con X: Covers album was born. We also wanted the proceeds to go to our recently launched Tegan and Sara Foundation, which raises money for self-identified women and girls in the LGBTQ community. With that intention set, we asked 14 artists who were either outspoken allies of the LGTBQ community or LGBTQ themselves to each cover a song from The Con, in any fashion they saw fit. All the artists agreed to donate their time and energy to the project and their labels all agreed to waive their fees as well. We are beyond grateful for the contributions of each artist, and we hope fans of The Con will be moved by their interpretations.”
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 2 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. This installment continues to wander through the ‘80s world of Stranger Things, floating between the sweeter moments which temporarily blossom amidst the danger and decay as the season comes to an end. The music is instantly reminiscent of works by John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, whilst also delving into the ambience of Aphex Twin and more modern composers such as Cliff Martinez. Limited blue colored pressing.
Evergrey – The Dark Discovery  LP (AFM)
Evergrey – Solitude + Dominance + Tragedy  LP (AFM)
Limited assorted colored vinyl pressings of the Swedish dark melodic metal band’s first two albums.
Goldie & Skepta – Upstart 12” (Metalheadz)
Limited 12” vinyl-only pressing. A cross-genre collaboration between the don of drum ‘n’ bass and one of the godfathers of grime.
Robert Gordon/Link Wray – Cleveland ’78 LP (Rockabilly)
Live archive release.Two giants of classic rockabilly/early rock ‘n’ roll captured live on stage in one phenomenal concert performance from 1978. Limited orange colored vinyl LP pressing.
Slim Harpo – The Original King Bee 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
The best of Slim Harpo on 200gm audiophile vinyl. Better known by his stage name than his given, James Isaac Moore, Slim epitomized the swamp blues style, and at the time of his passing he was at the brink of enjoying the kind of fame he’d deserved
Iron Savior – Reforged: Riding On Fire 2xLP (AFM)
A selection of 19 re-recorded tracks from the Hamburg power metal band. Two colored pressings: Limited clear blue and limited red.
Morrissey – Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up On The Stage 12” (BMG Rights Management)
Vinyl pressing of the blustery third single from Morrissey’s new album Low In High School.
Randy Newman – Harps And Angels  LP (Nonesuch)
First-time vinyl pressing of Newman’s 11th studio album. Harps And Angles often has an easy
going Crescent City feel, with Newman on piano fronting a small combo and revealing as Rolling Stone put it after the Carnegie Hall show “his serious love and study of the New Orleans piano tradition.”
Chris Quelle – Being You Is Great! I Wish I Could Be You More Often LP (Mello Music)
”If you’re a fan of MF DOOM, Open Mike Eagle, or early Danny Brown, there’s a lot for you to like on this album.” — –Anthony Fantano
Russ – There’s Really A Wolf 2xLP (Sony)
Released last May on CD – now available on vinyl. The debut studio album by rapper Russ AKA Russell Vitale- a singer-songwriter and record producer. He is part of the Diemon Crew, a rap group. There’s Really a Wolf may be his first album but he’s been releasing singles and mixtapes for nearly four years.
Sheila E. – Iconic Message 4 America LP (Stiletto Flats)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. New album featuring collaborations with Ringo Starr, Freddy Stone, George Clinton and many others.
Squeeze – East Side Story [Reissue/1981] 2xLP (Mercury/A&M)
Vinyl reissue of the fourth studio album by the British pop/new wave band.
Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049 [OST] CD (Epic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Original soundtrack to the 2017 motion picture composed by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch.