This Month's Vinyl Picks: November 2017
New albums from Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith, as well as a reissue of Vangelis' original soundtrack for Blade Runner, are amongst the best of the new vinyl releases coming in November...
Noel Gallagher – Who Built The Moon?
The third album from Noel Gallagher to be released under his High Flying Birds moniker, Who Built The Moon? was announced in September and promises to be something a little different from Gallagher's last two outings, largely thanks to the recruitment of David Holmes as producer. Holmes has reportedly been pushing Gallagher out of his comfort zone for the new album which is, according to the man himself, more psychedelic the anything we've heard from him before. Guitarist Tim Smith and drummer Jeremy Stacy have departed since the last album, with Gallgher's former bandmates Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock stepping into the breach, while the album's list of personnel also includes former Jellyfish man Jason Falkner on bass, as well as guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johnny Marr.
There are two vinyl formats available, one of which is a limited edition pressing on white vinyl. The other is a bundle exclusive to hmv that includes the limited edition white vinyl plus a 12” of the single 'Holy Mountain' pressed on orange vinyl. All formats are due to arrive on November 24th.
Morrissey - Low in High School
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Fans of 'The Moz' might remember that we at hmv towers found ourselves in his crosshairs earlier this year when a rumour surfaced that we had refused to stock his new album (we hadn't) because the artwork was deemed “offensive” (it isn't), so we're happy to confirm that you will find indeed Morrissey's new album on hmv shelves alongside all the other new albums arriving on November 17th.
Low in High School is Morrissey's eleventh solo album and includes his recent singles 'Spent The Day In Bed' and 'I Wish You Lonely'. Produced by Joe Chicarelli and recorded at Ennio Morricone's studio in Italy, the album is available in two vinyl formats – a standard black edition and a limited edition green vinyl version which also includes a 12” x 12” print of the album's artwork.
Sam Smith – The Thrill of it All
After seeing his debut album rocket to the top of the charts in 2014, Sam Smith returns this month with its hotly-anticipated follow-up. The Thrill of it All sees Smith reunite with producers Steve Fitzmaurice and Jimmy Napes, both of whom worked on his debut In the Lonely Hour, with additional production credits for James 'Malay' Ho, Brendan Grieve, Emile Haynie and Timbaland, the latter helping to craft the gospel-flavoured single 'Pray'.
Also featuring the lead-off single 'Too Good at Goodbyes', the new album arrives in stores on all formats on November 3rd and is available as a 'special edition' LP pressed on white vinyl which features the same track list as that featured on the deluxe version of the CD, adding four additional tracks to the standard version.
Björk – Utopia
One Little Indian
Björk's most recent album, 2015's Vulnicura, came in the wake of her split from artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney, her partner of 13 years, resulting in a record that was raw, vulnerable and easily her most personal to date. Since then, the Icelandic singer has been the subject of a career retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, which included a virtual reality exhibition of a 360° video filmed for the track 'Stonemilker'.
The first new music to emerge since Vulnicura came at the end of September with new single 'The Gate', followed by the announcement just yesterday that a new album entitled Utopia will be released on November 24th. Björk's ninth studio album contains four new tracks co-produced by herself and Arca, who also worked with the artist on Vulnicura. The vinyl edition is a standard black vinyl LP and is set to arrive along with the other formats on November 24th.
Black Sabbath – The End
The product of a worldwide tour that is set to be their last, The End is an aptly-titled bookend to a 40-year career which has seen Black Sabbath hailed as not only one of the loudest bands on the planet, but as the godfathers to the entire heavy metal genre. Following the departure of drummer Bill Ward in 2012 after disagreements with his fellow bandmates – not to mention guitarist Tony Iommi's diagnosis with lymphoma – the metal legends decided to call it a day as far as touring goes, and while they haven't yet entirely ruled out the possibility of creating new music together in the future, the band decided on one last hurrah for fans, organising a tour that took in more than 80 shows across the world and culminated in one final homecoming show in their home city of Birmingham.
As a memento of that final show the band are set to release a live album, also called The End, on November 17th. Available on various formats including a DVD or Blu-featuring their final performance, there's also a 3LP black vinyl edition arriving the same day which includes 17 live tracks from the Birmingham show, a fitting curtain-closer to the career of a band that has inspired and influenced countless others.
Wu-Tang - The Saga Continues
First released on other formats in October, this compilation of tracks from the Wu-Tang Clan is produced by the Mathematics, a longtime associate of the group and a protege of Wu-Tang's head honcho RZA, and includes 18 new tracks featuring all the usual suspects (minus U-God, who is still involved in contractual disputes with the rest of the group), as well as guest appearances from the likes of Chris Rivers and Boot Camp Clik's Sean Young.
Almost a month on from its initial release, two vinyl editions are heading to stores on November 3rd - one a standard bllack vinyl version, the other a limited edition version pressed onto purple vinyl that's exclusively available at hmv.
Queen: News of the World (40th Anniversary Box Set)
Best known as the album that included two of Queen's most enduring anthems – 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions' – the band's 1977 album reaches its 40th birthday this month and to celebrate Queen are releasing a bumper multi-format box set which features a newly cut version of the original album on heavyweight black vinyl, plus a number of discs that include an alternate version of the album entitled 'Raw Sessions', a one-hour documentary on the making of the album and a 60-page booklet, all housed in a hefty box bearing the image the robot featured on the original album artwork. Not to be missed for any avid Queen collectors, the 40th Anniversary box set arrives in stores on November 17th.
Vangelis – Blade Runner OST
Hot on the heels of the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel's arrival in cinemas, the iconic score to Ridley Scott's original 1984 film is getting a vinyl reissue this month, with a new LP featuring the film's original music, composed by Greek electronic wizard Vangelis. A limited edition picture disc version emerged earlier this year as part of Record Store Day, but the soundtrack is now getting a proper re-release on black vinyl, which is due to arrive in stores on November 24th.
Pearl Jam – Ten
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There are so many great albums getting vinyl reissues this month that we simply don't have room to fit them all in here, but amongst the highlights coming to vinyl in November are Fugees breakthrough album The Score, Roni Size and Reprazent's New Forms and this seminal debut from Seattle grunge outfit Pearl Jam. First released in 1991 against a backdrop of emerging Seattle bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden, Ten remains the band's most commercially successful album and includes hits like 'Alive', 'Even Flow' and 'Jeremy'.
The band's debut is one of several Pearl Jam albums getting a vinyl reissue this month and a black vinyl pressing of Ten is set to arrive in stores on November 10th.
Paul McCartney – McCartney II
The former Beatle is the latest artist to unveil a series of reissues and November is set to be a bumper month for Paul McCartney fans with a dozen of his solo albums, as well as ones recorded with his band Wings such as Band on the Run, are set to arrive on the shelves on November 17th. Obviously every McCartney fan will have their own opinion on which of these is the most essential, but for our final pick this month we've picked out his second solo album McCartney II, which for our money is one of the more interesting solo albums from his post-Beatles era.
Including tracks such as 'Temporary Secretary' and 'Check My Machine', this is an album that finds McCartney at his most experimental and, as one of the weirdest records he's ever made, it's one we have a bit of a soft spot for. There are plenty of others to choose from though and you can find the rest of them here in our online store.