This Month's Vinyl Picks: March 2018
George Ezra, Jimi Hendrix and a new Led Zeppelin box set are amongst the best new vinyl releases headed your way in March...
George Ezra - Staying at Tamara's
Singer-songwriter George Ezra shot straight to the top of the UK Album Chart with his 2014 debut Wanted on Voyage and will be hoping to repeat that feat with its keenly-awaited follow-up, which is set to arrive later this month. As with his debut, Cam Blackwood is manning the controls on Staying at Tamara's, which includes the singles 'Don't Matter Now' and 'Paradise'. There's a standard black vinyl edition available, but if you want something a bit special there's also a limited edition picture disc available exclusively at hmv. Both are set to arrive along with all other formats on March 23rd.
The Vaccines - Combat Sports
Almost three years on from their third album English Graffiti, The Vaccines return in March with their fourth full-length offering and their first album not to feature drummer Pete Robertson, who departed the band in 2016. Combat Sports features new songs 'Your Love is My Favourite Band', 'Surfing in the Sky' and 'Rolling Stones', and arrives in stores on all formats on March 30. There are two vinyl versions available; one on standard black vinyl, the other a limited edition version pressed onto orange vinyl. The latter is also available as part of a bundle that includes entry to their upcoming live show at our flagship store on London's Oxford Street on the day the album is released - you can find details here.
Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides of the Sky
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Just when you thought you'd heard everything there is to hear from the late, great Jimi Hendrix, producer Eddie Kramer and the guardians of his estate go and find another treasure trove of previously unheard material. Both Sides of the Sky delivers 13 new tracks, only three of which have seen the light of day before now. The other ten have never been released before and far from being floor sweepings, there are some real gems on this new record, including 'Mannish Boy' and a previously unreleased studio version of 'Hear My Train a Comin''. You can get your hands on the new album when it arrives on CD and vinyl on March 9th.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats -Tearing at the Seams
Denver's Nathaniel Rateliff already had a handful of solo releases under his belt before he released his first album credited to both himself and his band The Night Sweats in 2016. The album proved to be a breakthrough for the blues-influenced folk singer and this month he returns with its follow-up. Tearing at the Seams arrives on March 9th and will be available both on black vinyl and as a limited edition version pressed onto white vinyl.
Editors - Violence
Birmingham-based indie types Editors return this month with new album Violence, their sixth full-length effort since their 2005 debut album. The new record includes their latest single 'Magazine' and is produced by Leo Abrahams, whose list of production credits includes work on albums David Byrne and Brian Eno, Paolo Nutini and Wild Beasts, among many others. Blanck Mass has also made a hefty contribution to an album that blends indie rock with icy electronica and is set to arrive in stores on all formats on March 9, including a standard version of the album on black vinyl and a deluxe, expanded edition pressed onto red vinyl.
Frankie Knuckles Presents Ultimate Production
Chicago's legendary house music pioneer tragically left this world in 2014 at the age of just 59, but the DJ and producer leaves behind a legacy of influential club classics and this month a new compilation gathers some of his most iconic tunes, including 'Your Love', 'Bad Boy' and 'Baby Wants to Ride'. Set to arrive in stores on March 2nd, this vinyl-only release offers the chance to fill a few gaps in the collection of any deep house enthusiast.
The Breeders - All Nerve
Back with their first album in a decade, Kim Deal and co. deliver The Breeders fifth LP All Nerve on March 2nd, complete with their new single 'Wait in the Car'. Recorded in various studios across the U.S. by a list of producers which includes their longtime collaborator Steve Albini, the new album features the same line-up that recorded the band's 1993 masterpiece Last Splash and is available on black vinyl along with all other formats this month.
Various Artists: The Greatest Showman OST
The critics may have given Hugh Jackman's new musical a lukewarm reception, but audiences have been lapping it up ever since the film arrived in December and the soundtrack has already kept a number of prominent artists off the top spot in the UK Album Chart this year. Up until now, the album featuring the cast's renditions of the film's original songs has only been available on CD, but a vinyl version is finally getting released at the end of this month and will arrives in stores on March 30th.
Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi OST
John Williams' iconic work on the Star Wars series needs literally no introduction and while the soundtrack to Rian Johnson's latest instalment in the saga has been available on CD since the film's release at the back end of last year, a vinyl version had yet to arrive until this month, but that will change on March 16th when a vinyl edition of The Last Jedi's soundtrack lands on the shelves in stores.
Annie Lennox - Diva / Medusa bundle
Sony Music CMG
The former Eurythmics vocalist is the latest artist to embark on a program of vinyl reissues, with all the solo albums from her impressive back catalogue arriving on vinyl in several waves over the next few months. The first batch arrives on March 2nd and includes the albums Diva and Medusa, which you can either buy separately or as part of a bundle. Either way, the reissued albums each come with an exclusive print available only at hmv.
Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won
Hot on the heels of Led Zep's recent series of remastered vinyl reissues comes this new box set featuring a compilation of the band's legendary live performances, recorded at two California shows in 1972 and initially released on CD in 2003, but available here on vinyl for the first time. There are numerous formats available, including a Blu-ray box set featuring rare concert footage and a stripped back version on CD. Two vinyl versions are available; one is a bundle featuring just the four discs pressed onto heavyweight black vinyl, the other a lavish box set that includes all four 12” vinyl discs, three CDs, and a booklet featuring previously unpublished photos of the band.