This Month's Vinyl Picks: October 2019
A new abum from Foals, a reworked reissue from Gary Numan and an original score from PJ Harvey are among the best new vinyl releases coming your way in October...
Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2
Having delivered the first instalment of their two-parter in March this year, Foals return this month with Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part II. Like the first instalment, the second part is co-produced by Brett Shaw along with the band themselves and includes their recent singles 'Black Bull' and 'The Runner'.
The album is due to land in stores on all formats October 18th and in addition to the standard black vinyl edition, there's also a special limited edition version pressed onto orange vinyl.
The Darkness – Easter is Cancelled
Lowestoft's finest return this month with their sixth full-length effort Easter is Cancelled, which has caused a few ripples thanks to a gleefully blasphemous front cover featuring frontman Justin Hawkins being crucified by his bandmates. The title track has already been released as a single and the album from which it takes its name is set to arrive in stores on October 4th.
There are two vinyl options available: a standard version pressed onto black vinyl or, for those more amused than offended by the album's artwork, a limited edition picture disc which is exclusively available at hmv.
Gary Numan – Replicas / Pleasure Principal First Recordings
From his pioneering use of synthesizers to his unique and eerie stage presence, Gary Numan was always one to do things differently, so it should come as no surprise that a new re-release of his first two albums takes a slightly different approach to the standard reissue.
New versions of Replicas and The Pleasure Principle, both originally released in 1979, are set to be reissued in a different form than fans may be used to this month under the banner 'First Recordings', which feature different, earlier versions of the songs featured on both albums and are sequenced differently, in the order they were originally recorded the idea being to show the evolution of both albums as they were being created.
Limited editions of both are set to be released on vinyl on October 11th, with Replicas (pictured) pressed onto sage-coloured vinyl and The Pleasure Principle on orange vinyl, which you can find here. If you buy them both together, you can save £10.99 on the price too! (offer available only while stocks last).
Stereophonics – Kind
Welsh rockers Stereophonics have pretty much been an ever-present since the release of their 1997 debut album Word Gets Around and this month the band are set to release their 11th studio album Kind, which makes its arrival in stores on all formats on October 25th.
Co-produced by frontman Kelly Jones and George Drakoulias, the album includes recent singles 'Bust This Town' and 'Fly Like an Eagle' and is available as a standard back vinyl LP and a limited edition picture disc available exclusively at hmv.
Van Morrison - Three Chords & the Truth
Even at the ripe old age of 74, Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison has remained extraordinarily prolific in recent years, churning out two albums in 2017 and another two in 2018, if you count last year's collaboration with Joey DeFrancesco You're Driving Me Crazy. Lesser mortals might have considered that ample justification for taking a year off, but not Van the Man. This month he unleashes his fifth album in three years, taking his career total to a staggering 41 studio albums.
Three Chords & the Truth arrives in stores on all formats on October 25th and features 14 new tracks, including his recent single 'Dark Night of the Soul' and a duet with the album's only guest, Bill Medley, better known to most as one half of The Righteous Brothers. The vinyl edition arrives the same day and is a single LP pressed onto silver vinyl.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Souvenir
Virgin EMI Records
Liverpool electro-pop outfit Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark rode to success on the wave of 'New Pop' that swept bands such as The Human League and Heaven 17 into the charts at the beginning of the 1980s, scoring hits with songs like 'Electricity and anti-war anthem 'Enola Gay'. The band has gone on to record 13 studio album since then and this month they're set to release a new greatest hits compilation, Souvenir.
The first OMD greatest hits compilation available on vinyl since The Best of OMD in 1988, Souvenir is available on CD and as part of a CD/DVD box set, but there's also a 3LP vinyl box set of the album packed with 40 of the band's finest tunes. All formats of the album are heading into stores on October 4th.
Tyler, the Creator - Igor
Odd Future founder Tyler, the Creator unleashed his sixth album Igor in May this year but, as is often the trend with hip-hop albums, a vinyl release has taken its time to arrive. That all changes this month however as Igor comes to vinyl for the first time.
Tyler's latest LP is due in stores on October 4th and is a pretty standard black wax job, but still one worth adding to your collection if you've enjoyed the rest of his weird and wonderful albums.
Alter Bridge - Walk the Sky
Florida rock outfit Alter Bridge were an instant hit at home in America with their debut album, 2004's One Day Remains, rocketing into the Billboard chart's top 5 on its release, but while repeating that feat globally has taken longer to achieve, their most recent album The Last Hero climbed into the Top 10 of more than half a dozen countries when it was released in 2016, reaching No. 3 in the UK.
This month the band led by Myles Kennedy return with its follow-up, Walk the Sky. Their sixth studio album retains the services of producer Michael Baskette, who has worked on all of the band's albums barring their debut, and comes as both a standard black vinyl LP and a limited edition coloured vinyl version, both of which arrive in stores on October 18th.
PJ Harvey - All About Eve
After quite literally inviting the public to watch her write and record her most recent album, 2016's The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey's next project saw her taking on another new challenge, hooking up with theatre director Ivo van Hove to create an original score for his stage adaptation of 1950 Oscar-winner All About Eve, starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James.
Harvey has written 10 instrumental pieces and two new songs, performed by Anderson and James, all of which were released on CD back in April this year, but there has been no vinyl release up until now. That changes on October 18th, when a vinyl edition of Harvey's score - pressed onto black wax - makes its way into stores courtesy of the folks at Invada records.