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The Recording Industry Association of America, which tabulates sales of recorded music, released its 2014 mid-year report recently. The RIAA numbers, as reported in several media outlets, confirm several trends.

Sales of CDs and digital downloads are down. Revenue from streaming services and vinyl album sales are up.

Read the full article here at nola.com

‘Elf’ getting first ever vinyl release

The Elf soundtrack is coming to vinyl for the first time ever. The pressing is coming courtesy of WaterTower Records and the tracklisting is as follows:

Side A:
Jingle Bells – Jim Reeves
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
Sleigh Ride / Santa Claus Party – Les Baxter Feat. Ferrante & Teicher
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Lena Horne
Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
Pennies From Heaven – Louis Prima

Side B:
Nothing From Nothing – Billy Preston
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Eddy Arnold
Winter Wonderland – Leon Redbone
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
Christmas Island – Leon Redbone
The Nutcracker Suite – Brian Setzer

The pressing is set to be released on November 4th.

‘Death To False Metal’ coming to vinyl for first time

Death To False Metal, the compilation from Weezer, is coming to vinyl for the first time courtesy of Shop Radio Cast. The recordings are mastered for vinyl, while pressed on 180-gram black wax and housed in a gatefold jacket. The packaging also includes an insert.

This can be ordered now over at Shop Radio Cast.

Urban Outfitters’ recent claim to be the world’s biggest seller of vinyl records has been disputed by Billboard.

The surprising claim, made last week by the fashion retailer’s chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger, has been investigated by the music industry publication, which surveyed labels, distributors and wholesalers accounting for about 80% of the total US music market, and concluded that Amazon is in fact the largest seller of vinyl in the US. The online giant has a 12.3% market share, followed by Urban Outfitters with an 8.1% market share.

The two retailers are still miles ahead of the next largest competitor, Hastings Entertainment, which accounts for 2.8% of the country’s vinyl market.

Though Billboard‘s survey focused exclusively on the US, the publication also noted that Amazon’s international presence is much greater than that of Urban Outfitters, which has only 50 stores internationally. Urban Outfitters are yet to comment.

 

Source: The Vinyl Factory

The commercial revival of vinyl records is good thing for many people: Record labels, recording artists, audiophile collectors, independent record shops — all for whom the increase in sales each year is considered a jolt of life in what otherwise is considered a growing public disinterest in owning tangible music. Read the rest of the article from The Washington Post here.

Invada Records Proudly presents the release of a Synth-Heavy Score from one of the Industry’s most Creative Composers; Craig Safan’s music to the 1985 20th Century Fox Science Fiction Thriller.

Famous for his score to the timeless classic The Last Star Fighter, as well as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part IV and (amazingly) the hit series Cheers!

Safan’s film music is notable for its clever use of electronics, and Warning Sign is no different. Recorded using a Synclavier Synthesizer – an incredibly expensive piece of kit at the time – the score is fully electronic but no less effective than his orchestral work, and provides an entertaining and futuristic soundscape for the story of a man-made virus that is accidentally released into its laboratory, turning its workers into zombies.

Due to the science fiction and horror overtones, the Synclavier creates an appropriate atmosphere which Safan layers with different effects, from an electric piano that illustrates a desolate location in the film’s early stages to the use of metallic effects as percussion for the chemically-affected staff. Safan weaves dissonant sounds to suggest chaos and paranoia, and innovatively synthesises human voices to convey a sense of tortured souls to those infected. What follows is an intense score where the foreboding turns to reality with an eerie and uncomfortable texture, broken only by a beautiful and warm melody for the resolution and end credits, where all is well.

Following on from dark and intense soundtracks such as Cliff Martinez’s Drive, and Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury’s DROKK, Invada Records presents Warning Sign in a new special edition that features an expanded version of Craig Safan’s original 1985 LP program, along with 15 unreleased cues presented as bonus tracks.

The release features new artwork by Marc Bessant (Portishead / DROKK etc), liner notes by Craig Safan himself plus George Ginn (Legendary 84 year old owner of the UKs oldest soundtrack store ‘The Record Album’ ) presenting a comprehensive package befitting one of the scores that was an important part of the 80s craze of electronic film music.

  • 29 tracks of Synth heaviness over 2 pieces of vinyl
  • Includes 15 unreleased cues presented as bonus tracks
  • Liner notes by Craig Safan / George Ginn from Record Album (specialist soundtrack store)
  • Comes with download card
  • Remastered at Optimum Mastering

Order HERE

Recorded in 1963 at Miami’s Harlem Square Club, this stunning live date from the great Sam Cooke went unreleased for years because his label thought it was too raw and raucous, a complaint that hardly seems fair today as this is now known as one of the great live albums of all-time. Presented here in a limited edition of 300 copies on clear vinyl with green and yellow splatter in a transparent sleeve.

Buy at NewOnVinyl

The King made his television debut on the legendary Louisiana Hayride, March 3, 1955. Running through his classic tunes in fine fashion, this edition is presented in a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered copies on clear yellow vinyl with multicolor splatter in a transparent sleeve.

Buy at NewOnVinyl

Recorded September 20, 1963, at the Monterey Jazz Festival, this set featured Miles’ new quintet, with George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. This group, minus Coleman and with the addition of Wayne Shorter, would soon go on to make some of the most highly regarded jazz LPs of all-time. This smoking set, which features a wonderful rendition of “So What” is presented here in a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered copies on solid grey vinyl with yellow splatter in a transparent sleeve.

Buy at NewOnVinyl

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed to Metal Hammer magazine that Black Sabbath will record one more studio album and go on a final world tour.

The band will enter the studio early next year and be working once again with producer Rick Rubin who also helmed the album 13.

Osbourne told Metal Hammer:

The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so…’ and I said ‘Sharon, I ain’t fucking 21 any more, if we’re going to do I want to do it before I’m 70!’ Time isn’t on our side! So she made the call and came back and said ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.

It’ll be sooner rather than later. Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony’s health, he’s obviously got his cancer treatment, but we’ll get onto it next year. I don’t know if we’ll be writing in England or LA, but I’ll fly to the fucking moon for it if I have to!

Guitarist Tony Iommi has been battling leukemia since early 2012.

Source: VVN

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