This Month's Vinyl Picks: September 2020
Run the Jewels, Prince and Marilyn Manson are amongst the best new wax coming in September...
Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 4
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In the seven years since rapper Killer Mike and producer El-P unleashed their first full-length collaboration as Run The Jewels, the duo have steadily become one of the most vital and universally acclaimed acts the hip-hop scene has to offer. Their fourth album, recorded at Rick Rubin's famed Shangri-La studio, features appearances from a list of guests that includes Zack de la Rocha, DJ Premier, Josh Homme, Greg Nice, Mavis Staples and Pharrell Williams.
Run The Jewels 4 arrived digitally in June and was the duo's first to reach the Top 10 in the Billboard Chart, but finally makes its arrival in physical form this month, with a couple of eye-catching vinyl options to choose from. As well as a 2LP pressed onto 'neon magenta' vinyl, there's also a deluxe 4LP box set which sees the album's tracklist spread across 4 discs, two pressed on neon magenta and the other pair pressed onto gold vinyl. Both versions arrive along with all other physical formats on September 18.
Marilyn Manson – We Are Chaos
The dark prince of the MTV generation returns with his band this month for their 11th full-length offering and their first studio album since 2017's Heaven Upside Down. We Are Chaos lands in stores on September, following the release of its lead single and title track back in July. The new album features 10 new tracks in all and in addition to the the standard black vinyl edition there's also a version pressed onto red vinyl, which is available exclusively at hmv.
Suede – Live at the Roundhouse (1921 series)
One of the new additions to our steadily expanding our exclusive 1921 Series this month, this live album from Suede was first captured during their 90s heyday at a concert held at London's Roundhouse in December 1996, shortly after the release of their third album Coming Up - the first to feature guitarist Richard Oakes after the departure of Bernard Butler.
Released as a limited edition available only at hmv, the album is pressed onto stunning gold vinyl and features eight tracks in all, including some belting live renditions of 'The Beautiful Ones' and 'Trash'. Live at the Roundhouse is due to land in stores on September 18th.
Idles – Ultra Mono
Building on the success of their excellent second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance and a barnstorming performance at last year's Glastonbury Festival, Bristol-based quintet Idles make an explosive return with their third studio album this month.
Ultra Mono was first announced in June and is set to land on the shelves in our stores on September 25th, with several vinyl options on offer including a standard black vinyl version and a stunning limited edition pressed onto 'vortex' vinyl, while there's also a deluxe vinyl option which adds a gatefold sleeve.
T. Rex – Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow (1921 series)
Another addition to our exclusive 1921 Series this month, the exotically-named Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow first arrived in 1974 as the ninth album in total from Marc Bolan's band and their fifth under their abbreviated T.Rex moniker. Much maligned by critics on its initial release, save for the hit single 'Teenage Dream', the album has undergone something of a reappraisal in recent years and certainly ranks as one of their more adventurous records.
Making its arrival in stores on September 18th, the 1921 Series features a remastered version of the album overseen by original producer Tony Visconti and Ted Jensen and comes as a 2LP set pressed onto 140g 'zinc alloy' coloured vinyl, with a stunning recreation of the album's rear artwork etched into Side D.
Charlie XCX – How I'm Feeling Now
Originally arriving in digital form back in May, less than a year on from the release of her third album Charli, How I'm Feeling Now was the result of a brief but intensive period of DIY creativity and collaboration with fans which produced an album by inspired by – and recorded during – the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.
The album's physical release has lagged behind its digital counterpart somewhat but finally makes its arrival on both CD and vinyl this month, the latter option coming in the form of a single disc pressed onto bright orange vinyl. Both physical formats are due to land in stores on September 18th.
Prince – Sign 'O' the Times
Of many fine albums recorded by the late, great Prince, his 1987 LP Sign 'O' the Times is arguably still one of his finest moments and is the latest album in The Purple One's extensive back catalogue to receive the reissue treatment.
A new version of the album arrives in stores on September 25th and there are several formats on offer, including an extremely lavish Super Deluxe edition that features a whopping 62 previously unreleased tracks, but if you're just after a really great vinyl edition of the original album then the best option might be the limited edition 2LP gatefold set pressed onto beautiful peach-coloured vinyl.
Amy Winehouse – Frank
Back to Black may have been the album that cemented Amy Winehouse's reputation as one of the UK's most singular musical talents, but all the elements that made Winehouse an irresistible force were already present and correct on her excellent – if much more jazz-influenced – debut album Frank.
Her debut LP is the latest to benefit from Abbey Road's half-speed remastering process, making this new version of the album sound better than ever. The newly remastered edition makes its arrival in stores on September 4th in the from of a 2LP set pressed onto black vinyl.
Doves – The Universal Want
Virgin EMI Records
Returning from a hiatus which ended up lasting more than a decade, Doves return with their fifth studio album this month and their first since 2009's Kingdom of Rust, with which the Jimi Goodwin and co. narrowly missed out on scoring their third consecutive Number One album in the UK.
First announced back in July, their long-awaited fifth LP The Universal Want arrives in stores on September 11th and includes three vinyl options – a standard 2LP set on black vinyl, another 2LP version available as a limited edition on white vinyl, and if you really want to splash out then there's also a deluxe vinyl box set which features a picture disc, a cassette, 12x12 prints, postcards and a 12-inch featuring remixes.
Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On: Expanded Edition
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Last but but by no means least on our list of vinyl recommendations this month is a timely reissue of Fleetwood Mac's 1969 album Then Play On, their last album recorded with their founding guitarist Peter Green, who sadly passed away in July this year at the age of 70.
Recorded at a point when Green was gradually pulling the band away from their blues roots and into more psychedelic territory, the album originally featured just 14 tracks, but a newly expanded edition of the album arrives on September 18th and adds four tracks that were originally released only as non-album singles, including 'Oh Well' (Parts 1 & 2), 'World in Harmony' and the magnificent 'The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Prong Crown)'. A 2LP set pressed onto black vinyl, this is a must-have for Peter Green fans and Fleetwood Mac completists alike.