This Month's Vinyl Picks: November 2018
The 1975, Kate Bush and The Beatles are among the best vinyl releases headed to stores in November...
The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
If you haven't been keeping up with the latest developments surrounding Manchester four-piece The 1975 then you could be forgiven for being a bit confused about what they're up to, so let's try and bring you up to speed: their third album, according to frontman Matt Healy, was originally set to be titled Music For Cars and would be the final instalment in a trilogy of 1975 albums, which led some fans to worry that a split was imminent. But then Healy changed his mind, announcing that the album Music For Cars – not to be confused with their 2013 EP of the same name – was now going to be two albums, neither of which will be called Music For Cars, and will instead represent the end of the Music For Cars 'era' of the band, rather than the end of the band itself. Still with us? Good.
That third album, which is now called A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, is set to arrive in stores at the end of the month and will precede a fourth LP, Notes on a Conditional Form, currently slated to arrive in the first half of 2019. In the meantime, the band's third album delivers 15 new tracks and sees Healy and drummer/multi-instrumentalist George Daniel take over production duties from longtime collaborator Mike Crossley, although Crossley has been retained for mixing duties on the album. Alongside a standard black vinyl edition, there's also a limited edition version pressed onto white vinyl, both of which arrive in stores with all other formats on November 30th.
The Beatles – The Beatles: 50th anniversary remix
Having already been given the chance to rework the recordings of The Beatles on Love and a 50th-anniversary remix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Giles Martin has been playing in his Fab Four sandbox once again to give the remix treatment to another one of the band's finest albums as it approaches its 50th birthday.
The Beatles' eponymous 1968 double LP, commonly referred to as The White Album thanks to its austere front cover, turns 50 this month and to celebrate the occasion Martin has once again stepped into his father George's shoes to give the album a brand new stereo remix, which is set to arrive in stores on all formats on November 9th.
These include two vinyl options in the form of a standard 2LP edition and a deluxe 4LP option which includes Martin's new remixed version of the album as well as the original 'Esher demos' recorded at George Harrison's house in Surrey, which features demo versions of many of the album's songs, as well as some that didn't make the cut and early versions of Abbey Road tracks 'Mean Mr. Mustard' and 'Polythene Pam'.
Mumford & Sons – Delta
After three albums which have seen Mumford & Sons become stadium fillers all over the world and top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, the band are set to return this month with their fourth full-length offering. Delta was announced in September and having worked with Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford on third LP Wilder Mind, which saw the band trade in their banjos for electric guitars and arena-filling hooks, this time they've opted to work with Adele hitmaker Paul Epworth, with whom they reportedly recorded upwards of 25 new songs before whittling the list down to the 14 featured on their fourth album.
If you weren't one of the fans who enjoyed the band's decision to 'go electric' on their third LP, then you might be alarmed to learn that the new LP, according to Rolling Stone, incorporates “elements of electronica, rap and jazz”, the result of lengthy jamming and recording sessions in which various visitors were invited to join in, some of whom – such as Maggie Rogers and Gill Landry - ended up on the record. If that's anything to go by then their fourth album could well be their most intriguing yet, but we'll find out when the album drops on November 16th, when you'll have your choice of a standard black vinyl or a limited edition sand-coloured vinyl edition.
The Prodigy – No Tourists
BMG / Take Me To The Hospital
When The Prodigy released their sixth album The Day Is My Enemy in 2015 it had been six years since their previous full-length offering Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned which, in turn, had arrived seven years after its predecessor. However, less than a year after their last album's release Liam Howlett and co. were already talking up new music, but initially Howlett was also toying with the idea that the band might be done with releasing albums, suggesting that they might just focus on EPs and individual tracks going forward.
However, shortly after inking a new deal with BMG last year the band announced that their next release would indeed be a full-length album, unveiling the title No Tourists. The new album contains 10 new tracks including singles 'Need Some1' and 'Light Up the Sky', as well as guest appearances from hip-hop duo Ho99o9 and singer-songwriter Barns Courtney. No Tourists arrives on November 2nd with two vinyl options – a standard 2LP black vinyl edition or a limited edition version pressed onto clear violet vinyl.
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra - The Capitol Studios Sessions
In a society that only seems to become ever more divided on almost every issue, whether political, religious, social or economic, there's at least one thing that we can all still agree on: everyone loves Jeff Goldblum. Everyone. So much so, in fact, that it's becoming a problem. Sure, he's turned in a series of terrific performances in recent films such as Thor: Ragnarok and Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom, but despite his best efforts there just isn't enough Jeff to go around. In London, things got so bad over the summer that a prominent telecoms company erected a 25-foot statue of Goldblum on the banks of the river Thames in a desperate attempt to satiate a Jeff-hungry public.
However, there's good news. Cunning record company execs have come up with an ingenious way to inject more Jeff into the lives of ordinary people: by putting him in the recording studio. You see, Jeff isn't just an actor, he's also a seriously skilful jazz pianist who regularly performs at L.A.'s Rockwell Club with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Which is fine if you live in Los Angeles, but what about the rest of us? Well, the folks at Decca Records have thought of that too and on November 9th you'll be able to get your hands on Jeff's debut album, on which he delivers his own renditions of smooth jazz classics from the likes of Herbie Hancock and Nina Simone, among many others.
Special Stuff: The League of Gentlemen's Vinyl Cuts
If you weren't one of the lucky ones who managed to get hold of a ticket to see The League of Gentlemen reunited for their recent live shows across the UK, then don't worry – you might be able to console yourself with this new limited edition vinyl box set, a 12-LP collection featuring the audio from all three series of the hit TV show, as well as the original BBC Radio series On the Town with the League of Gentlemen.
The box set also includes an etched 7” single featuring Creme Brulee's 'Voodoo Lady', four 12” x 12” prints, and an exclusive photo of the League signed by Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, all housed in a 'special stuff' package in tribute to Royston Vasey's master butcher Hillary Briss. The box set is due to arrive in stores on November 2nd and is extremely limited so make sure you get down to your 'local' hmv nice and early (or you could save yourself the hassle and pre-order yours here).
Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music for Airports
From his initial breakthrough as a member of Roxy Music, through his work on David Bowie's 'Berlin trilogy', to his micro-compositions for the Windows operating system, there isn't much that Brian Eno hasn't done over the course of a long and varied career. Some of his most notable work involved his role as a pioneer of 'ambient music' – a term Eno coined and popularised himself with a series of albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the most well-known of which is probably 1978's Ambient 1: Music for Airports.
This and three more of his ambient works – 1975's Discreet Music, 1976's Music for Films and 1982's Ambient 4: On Land – are the latest albums from Eno's back catalogue to benefit from Abbey Road's half-speed mastering process. All four are due to arrive in stores on November 16th, and if you want to buy the lot you can save yourself some cash too.
Corduroy – Dad Man Cat
Back in the early days of the Acid Jazz label founded by Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson, there were several artists on the imprint's roster who managed to score crossover hits, not least the likes of Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies. Largely as a result of their mostly instrumental output, Corduroy were never one of the label's most commercially successful acts, but they were certainly one of the most musically gifted and a whole lot more fun than most. The 'Fabric Four' released three albums on the Acid Jazz label before moving on to Big Cat and eventually disbanding in 1999.
However, earlier this year the band announced that they had reformed for their first new studio album in almost 20 years, and to celebrate their return Acid Jazz are set to reissue their first three albums on vinyl this month. Their 1992 debut Dad Man Cat is arguably the best of the bunch and is set to arrive in stores along with 1993's High Havoc and 1994's Out of Here on November 2nd.
Massive Attack – Mezzanine 20th Anniversary Edition
Bristol's trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack are set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their third studio album Mezzanine in typically idiosyncratic fashion this month, announcing in October their plans to convert digital audio files into 920,000 DNA strands, which they're set to release in the form of a black spray paint.
If that sounds a bit far out for your tastes then don't worry; there's also an impressively lavish vinyl reissue of the album arriving this month, comprising a 3LP set pressed onto three different coloured vinyl discs, the third of which features previously unheard remixes by Mad Professor. The new 20th anniversary edition is set to arrive in stores on November 30th.
Kate Bush – Remastered In Vinyl I
As Kate Bush fans may already be aware, the singer-songwriter recently announced plans to reissue remastered versions of her entire back catalogue and this month will see all of the newly remastered editions landing in stores in two batches. The first of these arrives on November 16th and includes The Kick Inside, Lionheart, The Dreaming, The Sensual World, Hounds of Love, The Red Shoes and Never for Ever. The second batch arrives on November 30th and includes The Director's Cut, Aerial and 50 Words for Snow.
All of Bush's albums are available individually, but joining the batch of releases on November 30th is a series of four box sets – Remastered in Vinyl I, II, III and IV – each containing either three or four LPs from her back catalogue. There are also discounts available for some bulk purchases, which is handy if you're looking to plug one or two gaps in your collection. You can find the full range and details here.