This Month's Vinyl Picks: October 2020
A new album from Bruce Spingsteen, an Oasis anniversary and a new addition to our 1921 series from Nothing But Thieves are amongst this month's best new vinyl releases....
Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You
Recorded in just five days at his New Jersey home studio with members of the E Street Band, the latest album from 'The Boss' is set to arrive this month and contains 12 tracks in all – nine of them new, and three of them very old indeed. 'Janey Needs a Shooter', 'If I Was the Priest' and 'Song for Orphans' were originally written in the 1970s - prior, even, to the release of his debut album. Although they were recorded at the time, they were never released, but on Letter To You, they are brought back to life with three newly-recorded versions which are, like the rest of the album, recorded completely live, with no overdubs.
His 12th studio album in all, Letter To You arrives in stores on October 23rd and offers two different vinyl options – a standard 2LP set on black vinyl, and a limited edition version pressed onto silver vinyl.
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?: 25th Anniversary
Big Brother Recordings Ltd.
1995 was arguably the year of 'peak Britpop' and if you found yourself in a pub in any of Britain's provincial towns of a Friday or Saturday night at that time, you were pretty much guaranteed to hear at least one of the songs from Oasis second album blaring out over the speakers – if not the entire thing from start to finish. Regarded by many fans as the band's finest hour, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was a juggernaut of a record and one that celebrates its 25th birthday this year.
To mark the occasion, a special 25th-anniversary release is headed into stores this month in the form of a limited edition double LP pressed onto silver vinyl. Featuring the original vinyl tracklist that also includes bonus track 'Bonehead's Bank Holiday', the new version is due to make its arrival in stores on October 2nd.
Gorillaz - Song Machine: Season 1: Strange Timez
Technically speaking, the upcoming album from 'virtual' band Gorillaz, one of Damon Albarn's many musical ventures, will be their seventh full-length offering, although Song Machine is conceptually very different from the others. Conceived as a series of 'episodes' in the form of singles or music videos, each featuring previously unannounced guests, the series has been released in stages throughout the year online, but finally arrives in full, and in physical form, on October 23rd.
Titled Song Machine: Season 1: Strange Timez, the new album features appearances from Schoolboy Q, Elton John, Kano, Slaves, St. Vincent and Beck, to name just a few. In addition to both standard and deluxe versions on CD, there are also three vinyl options to choose from: a standard black LP, a deluxe 2LP set, and a limited edition version pressed onto yellow vinyl, the latter of which is exclusively available from hmv.
Nothing But Thieves – Moral Panic (1921 Series)
The third album from Southend quintet Nothing But Thieves is due to make its arrival this month and as well as the CD and standard vinyl formats on offer, Moral Panic is also set to become the latest addition to our exclusive 1921 Series.
Due to land in stores along with the other formats on October 23rd, the 1921 edition comes as a 2LP set pressed onto black vinyl and limited to 1000 copies, with the second 'bonus' disc featuring a selection of the band's greatest hits to date.
Foals – Collected Reworks
October sees the arrival of a new 3LP set from indie stalwarts Foals, but instead of a new album, their new vinyl release is instead a compilation of the many weird and wonderful remixes of their sings over the last 12 years. Featuring three discs pressed onto red, yellow and green vinyl, Collected Reworks features 28 tracks in all, with remixes from a list of artists that includes Hot Chip, Alex Metric,, Jagwar Ma, Tom Vek, Lindstrom and Haxan Cloak, among many, many others, and is set to arrive in stores on October 10th.
Lana Del Ray – Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass
If you're a fan of Lana Del Ray then you'll no doubt be aware that her upcoming seventh album Chemtrails Over the Country Club should have been here by now. Twice. Originally due to arrive in May this year, the album is one of many slated to arrive this year which has been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and was rescheduled to appear in September. However, it has since been delayed again and, as yet, there is still no confirmed release date for her latest full-length effort.
In the meantime, though, the singer has released her first book, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, a collection of poems and photographs, and October will see the arrival of an audiobook version featuring readings of the 13 poems it includes, read by Del Ray herself. Due to arrive on October 2nd, it's available as a CD, a 12” on black vinyl and another, limited edition version pressed onto olive green vinyl. Not he album fans were waiting for, perhaps, but still well worth adding to your collection.
New Order – Blue Monday
The story behind the cover artwork for New Order's 1983 single 'Blue Monday' has become the stuff of legend, perhaps most famously immortalised in the film 24 Hour Party People. Designed by Peter Saville, who conceived a die-cut sleeve that resembled a 'floppy disc' (millennials may have to Google that one), the sleeve was so expensive to make that, according to the version of the story told in the film, Factory Records were set to lose 1p on every copy sold – a concern dismissed by Factory boss Tony Wilson with the words: “Doesn't matter, it'll sell f*** all anyway.” Unfortunately for Tony, 'Blue Monday' went on to become the biggest-selling 12” single of all time.
The 12” forms part of a series of New Order reissues arriving this month and the repress is due to land on the shelves – albeit without the holes – on October 2nd.
Kraftwerk: The Studio Albums
Aa a band that is perhaps second only to The Beatles in terms of their influence on popular music, Kraftwerk need no introduction from us, so we'll simply say that the electronic pioneers are due to embark on a colourful series of vinyl reissues with every one of their studio albums – as well as their live album Minimum/Maximum – due to be re-released in October.
Each of them can be purchased individually, but if you're a Kraftwerk fan looking to add the whole lot to your collection then you might want to consider this stunning eight album bundle, which features their entire album discography. You'll need deep pockets for this one, but it's a beautiful vinyl set and a great way to add all of Kraftwerk's excellent albums to your collection in one fell swoop.