This Month's Vinyl Picks: December 2019
A new album from The Who, a reissue from Queens of the Stone Age and a new adventure for Doctor Who are among the best new vinyl releases coming in December...
The Who - WHO
13 years on from their last album together, The Who are set to release their 12th and final studio album this month and their new album, titled simply Who, is also set to become the first addition to our brand new limited edition vinyl series.
The 1921 Series, named after the year the first hmv store opened its doors, is a new vinyl range available exclusively at hmv that will offer limited collector's editions of the biggest and best vinyl releases, with some extra goodies included too. Each 1921 Series vinyl release will be limited and numbered, and in the case of The Who's new album you get some extra tracks thrown in for good measure.
The 1921 Series version of Who is limited to 5,000 copies and includes a bonus disc featuring 8 of The Who's finest hits, pressed onto 10” cream-coloured vinyl, with an On Vinyl tracklist from cover artist Peter Blake. The 1921 Series edition arrives in stores along with all the other formats on December 6th.
Liam Payne - LP1
One of two former One Directioners unveiling new albums in December, Liam Payne's solo debut makes its arrival in stores on December 6th and features 17 tracks, with severel guest appearances from the likes of Rita Ora, Cheat Codes, Zedd and Migos rapper Quavo, to name a few. The list of production and songwriting talent on the album is even longer and includes contributions from Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Steve Mac and Stargate.
In addition to standard and deluxe version of the album on CD there are also two limited edition vinyl versions available, including one pressed onto white vinyl that's available exclusively at hmv.
Harry Styles - Fine Line
The other One Direction alumnus with a solo album coming this month is Harry Styles, who releases the follow-up to his eponymous 2017 debut album on December 13th. Fine Line features 12 new tracks from the singer including the recent singles 'Watermelon Sugar', 'Lights Up' and 'Adore You', and compared with his erstwhile bandmate the production roster looks positively austere with just the four producers in Mitch Rowland, Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker.
There are two vinyl versions available: a standard black edition and a stunning limited edition version pressed onto black and white splatter vinyl.
If you're the kind of person who is already on your third viewing of Disney's newest animated adventure and still can't get enough, then we've got good news for you – especially if you're a vinyl lover too. The soundtrack to Frozen II makes its arrival in stores this month on vinyl, and if you want a version that's extra special then you'd better get down to your local hmv.
That's because we're the only place you can get yourself a limited edition version of the LP, pressed onto coloured vinyl and available exclusively at hmv.
Various Performers: Doctor Who - The Web Planet
If you've been collecting the recent series of Doctor Who audio adventures released on vinyl then you might want to keep an eye out this month for this superb spoken-word box set. A little different from the other recent releases, which have been mostly original stories narrated by former stars of the long-running sci-fi series, The Web Planet is an audio version of a vintage Doctor Who storyline that was first broadcast in 1965.
The original Doctor himself, William Hartnell, leads this full-cast narration of one of the Doctor's weirdest adventures, presented as a 3LP set pressed onto heavyweight pink vinyl. Doctor Who: The Web Planet makes its arrival in stores on December 13th.
Various Artists: B Boy Hip Hop
Back when Hip-Hop was still just an emerging cultural phenomenon in New York City there were a handful of startup record labels helping the music reach a wider audience, and while Def Jam is undoubtedly the best-known, few were as crucial to the genre's development as B Boy Records. Based in the South Bronx neighbourhood of NYC where Hip-Hop originated, B Boy were responsible for putting out some of Hip-Hop's defining early classics, especially the output of KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock under the name Boogie Down Productions.
Some of their early hits, plus a load more from the likes of D-Nice, JVC Force and Sparky D, feature on a new compilation celebrating the label's role in the birth of Hip-Hop, which is set to arrive in stores on December 13th.
Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze
Following on from last month's deluxe reissues of Rated R and Songs for the Deaf, Queens of the Stone Age are serving up some more reissued classics in December with new vinyl reissues of 2005's Lullabies to Paralyze and its 2007 follow-up Era Vulgaris both arriving in stores this month. Both are due to arrive in stores on December 20th, the former as a 2LP gatefold edition and the latter as a single 12”, all pressed onto heavyweight black vinyl.
Lullabies to Paralyze also features three bonus tracks originally included on the deluxe edition of the album, namely ‘Infinity,’ ‘Like A Drug’ and ‘Precious And Grace', while there are also guest appearances on the album from Jack Black, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Garbage singer Shirley Manson and Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Mad Professor – Super Ape Inna Jungle
For any fan of reggae music, Lee Perry is a man who needs no introduction. The maverick producer was behind a string of vital albums by the likes of The Wailers, Max Romeo and Junior Murvin, to name just a few, and in 1995 he joined forces with dub producer Mad Professor for one of the genre's most memorable albums of the 1990s.
Super Ape Inna Jungle is set to be reissued this month, with a newly remastered edition of the dub-reggae classic making its way into stores on December 13th on both CD and vinyl. The latter is a standard black wax job, but one well worth adding to your collection if you're a reggae fan who missed it the first time around.
The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - Music from Star Trek
Need some gift ideas for the vinyl-loving Trekkie in your family this Christmas? Reader, your prayers have been answered. The talented musicians of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra have recorded their own versions of not only the classic Star Trek theme but also a range of other music that was first featured in the original 1960s series, as well as a few from later series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Music from Star Trek makes its arrival in stores on December 6th in the form of this 2LP edition pressed onto black vinyl. Not to add it to your collection would be, in the words of Dr. Spock, highly illogical.