This Month's Vinyl Picks: November 2021
With yet another batch of additions to our excluisve 1921 Centenary Editions range heading to stores this month we've already covered some of the best vinyl releases coming in November, but there's plenty more vinyl goodness on the way this month as two titans of pop return to action and a game-changing rock album celebrates it's 30th birthday...
ABBA - Voyage
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Undoubtedly one of the year’s most eagerly-anticipated releases, Swedish pop legends ABBA reunite for the first new album in 40 years this month with Voyage, which sees Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad return with 10 new tracks ahead of their upcoming holographic shows at a new, spcieally-built arena in London next year.
Along with the other formats and a standard black vinyl edition of the new album there’s also a hmv exclusive limited edition with alternative artwork, pressed onto yellow vinyl – all of which land in stores on November 5.
Adele - 30
If there’s any artist whose return has been as keenly-anticipated as ABBA's then it could only be the human hit machine that is Adele, who returns this month with her new album 30 which, even amongst her heartbreak-saturated discography, looks to be one of her most personal and poignant to date.
Arriving in stores on November 19, her new album 30 features production from Greg Kurstin, Max Martin and Inflo, with guest appearances form Erroll Garner and Chris Stapleton. As for the vinyl line-up there’s a standard black 2LP edition and also a limited edition 2LP version pressed onto clear vinyl.
IDLES - Crawler
After scoring their first No.1 album in the UK at the third attempt with 2020’s Ultra Mono, Bristol rockers IDLES return once again this month with their fourth full-length effort Crawler, which sees the band hook up with producer Kenny Beats and makes its arrival in stores on November 12.
Complimenting the album’s themes of a world trying to heal, the album is available as both a standard black vinyl and a limited edition version pressed onto ‘eco-mix’ vinyl, utilising waste from the production process (colours / finish may vary as a result, just so you know…)
Radiohead- Kid A Mnesia
Radiohead deliver a double whammy of a reissue this month with a new box set which not only compiles their albums Kid A and Amnesiac in one bundle, the new reissue also includes a third disc titled Kid Amnesiae, containing previously unreleased material culled from the recording sessions of both albums.
Due to arrive in stores on November 5 and pressed on black vinyl, the bonus disc alone makes this a very useful addition to your collection if you’re a hardcore Radiohead fan.
Nina Simone – The Montreux Years
Originally due to be released as part of National Album Day’s celebration of women in music this year, Nine Simone’s live compilation The Montreux Years makes its delayed arrival in stores this month and features a selection of live tracks culled from the jazz legend’s performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival between 1968 and 1990 – with the second disc dedicated entirely to her outstanding 1968 festival debut.
Due to land in stores on November 26, the new live album coms as a stunning 2LP set with one disc pressed on turquoise and white splatter vinyl, the other on yellow splatter vinyl.
Nirvana – Nevermind: 30th Anniversary
30 years ago this year a previously unheralded trio from Seattle caught the world’s attention when they cut short Michael Jackson’s return to the top of the charts and changed the face of rock music forever when their second album, Nevermind, dislodged Jackson’s comeback LP Dangerous from the summit of the Billboard Chart and transformed Nirvana from scruffy alt-rock outsiders to the godfathers of a whole new genre that rendered a generation of bands irrelevant almost overnight.
Newly-remastered in celebration of its 30th birthday, Nirvana’s era-defining masterpiece returns to stores in a variety of formats on November 12, including a new vinyl edition which also features a bonus 7” featuring three additional tracks ‘ Endless, Nameless’, ‘Even In His Youth’ and ‘Aneurysm’.