Friday, June 14, 2019

New Craft Recordings Vinyl Reissues From R.E.M., Much The Same and James Taylor

Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers, R.E.M. called it quits almost a decade ago, but it feels like their music is as timeless as ever. Back in 2003, Warner Bros. Records released the platinum selling greatest hits set "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003." It featured 18-tracks (two previously unreleased) that established the band as one of the biggest musical acts in the world.

Now, for the first time since its initial release, this greatest hits set will be released on vinyl on June 14th through Craft Recordings. It includes the exact same line-up as the original release and will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl in audiophile quality. A special translucent blue vinyl edition will be available exclusively through Barnes & Noble.

The music sounds stellar on this new pressing of the album, as songs like the all-out rock assault of "What The Frequency Kenneth?" and "Orange Crush" will make your speakers shake when the volume is cranked. Plus, you can also appreciate the delicately of "Daysleeper" and "Nightswimming," as the instruments sound so pure. To find out more about the new double-vinyl release of "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003," please visit store.remhq.com

Chicago punk-rock band, Much The Same climbed their way up the alternative rock ladder, beginning as an opening act on the Vans Warped Tour, but constant line-up changes would eventually derail the band. They would release of their biggest album to date, "Survive"  in 2006, before disbanding for eight years. Then, in 2015, Much The Same regrouped and is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with a new studio release this summer and for the first time ever, a vinyl reissue of their album "Survive." 

The band's sound on this album was as strong as ever and still feels relevant almost fifteen years later. Much The Same deliver pure energy on the tracks "The Greatest Betrayal" and "What I Know," while also showing that they are more that just speed and energy on the well crafted hymns "Gut Shot" and "For Those Left Behind." To find out more about this new vinyl release of Much Of Same's album "Survive," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/muchthesame.

Iconic singer/songwriter James Taylor has had an illustrious career that has lasted over 50 years. He may be best known for the songs "Carolina In My Mind," "You've Got A Friend" and "Fire And Rain," just to name a few. He only released a handful of live albums throughout his career, with "One Man Band" being his most intimate. The show was recorded at the historic Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA in 2007, and was released later that year on CD/DVD under the title "One Man Band."

Now for the first time, on June 7th, the show will be released on vinyl, as a double-LP set. It features Taylor with an acoustic guitar and only accompanied by Larry Goldings on piano and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus on occasion. The setlist touched upon Taylor's entire career up to that point, opening with "Something In The Way She Moves" from his 1968 self-titled debut album. The stark, acoustic nature of the performances allows you to focus on Taylor's timeless vocals and meaningful lyrics. He gets jazzy with "Mean Old Man,"  bluesy with "Slap Leather," and then brings in a gospel sound with the backing choir of "My Traveling Star." He uses the rhythm from the audience for "Chili Dog," before quieting down for the lullaby ballad "Sweet Baby James." He closes his show with the timeless sounds of "Fire And Rain" and "Copperline." To find out more about the new vinyl release of James Taylor's "One Man Band," please visit craftrecordings.com.

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