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  • Dave K. 2:00 pm on 2018/04/01 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl to Spin This April 

    This month, the Barnes & Noble Vinyl Store adds a ton of great soundtracks, including The Greatest Showman, Lady Bird (a B&N exclusive on cherry red vinyl), and Love, Simon. We’ve also got new records from long-time favorites including Jack White, and new records from all-time greats, like the final live collaboration between jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

    The Greatest Showman Original Soundtrack
    You’d expect the soundtrack to a musical about P.T. Barnum to contain some bombast, but The Greatest Showman exceeds even our grandest assumptions. A heady energy is sustained throughout by the impressive cast of singers, including Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron (stellar in “The Other Side”) and fellow cast members Michelle Williams (don’t miss “Tightrope”) and Zendaya (wonderful in “Rewrite the Stars”). The standout track, naturally, is the award-nominated “This Is Me;” singer Keala Settle’s heartfelt, bombastic performance will blow up your speakers.

    Both Sides of the Sky, by Jimi Hendrix
    Most of the track list of this new Hendrix retrospective has never been released, making it a unique piece of the legend’s lore. Produced by Janie Hendrix and Eddie Kramer, this record features a Stephen Stills cameo on “Woodstock,” and Johnny Winters shows up in “Things I Used to Do.” Both tracks are great, but Jimi didn’t need special guests to help him rock out; “Mannish Boy” opens the record with undeniable groove and power, and “Lover Man” is driven by one of Jimi’s best licks, with a surprisingly heavy bridge that beat Black Sabbath to the punch.

    Ultimate Dirty Dancing
    Ultimate Dirty Dancing is a remastered version of the classic 1987 film’s soundtrack, with the tracklist arranged in the order of each song’s appearance. The soundtrack is as much a piece of American pop culture as the movie, featuring a mix of classic 1960s pop like the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” the Surfaris’ “Wipeout,” and the Five Satins’ “In the Still of the Night,” as well as more contemporary tracks. The most famous, of course, is “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” but Eric Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes” was also a big hit. Patrick Swayze even got a song in, performing the quintessentially ’80s ballad “She’s Like the Wind.”

    The Last Jedi Original Soundtrack
    John Williams returns to the composer’s chair for The Last Jedi (because really, who else could have done it?), with predictably fantastic results. Over the course of twenty tracks, Williams controls mood and tension with ease, with clever allusions to both The Force Awakens and Terry Gilliam’s 1985 dystopian film Brazil (referenced in “Canto Bight”). Williams also builds musical identities for interactions between Rey and Luke Skywalker, as well as the Resistance’s escape from the First Order, meaning there are still plenty of surprises to be found in The Last Jedi‘s score. This record is a must-own for soundtrack collectors and Star Wars fans alike.

    I’ll Be Your Girl, by the Decemberists (B&N Exclusive on purple vinyl)
    I’ll Be Your Girl is the Decemberists’ first album in three years, and like a lot of recent pop records, it’s in part a reaction to the 2016 presidential election. Vocalist Colin Meloy describes the album’s mindset as “finding the balance between real rage and humor,” and more generally as a celebration of absurdity. In keeping with that, some of the songs on this record have a synthpop feel that echoes New Order or Depeche Mode, a style at which Meloy and company excel. Lead single “Severed” is a ready-made example; the interplay between the synth melody and Meloy’s voice is pitch perfect.

    Lady Bird Soundtrack (Barnes & Noble Exclusive on cherry red opaque vinyl)
    Film soundtracks (as opposed to scores) have the potential to be more eclectic and interesting than conventional compilation albums, because while each song was chosen for a specific purpose, that purpose isn’t always clear to the listener without the accompanying visuals. Such is the case with Lady Bird; the soundtrack is a delightful romp through several divergent pop genres: Alanis Morrisette (“One Hand In My Pocket”), Reel Big Fish (“Snoop Dog, Baby”), Bone Thugz-N-Harmony (“The Crossroads”), and Dave Matthews Band (“Crash Into Me”) all make appearances, as does Ani DiFranco (“Little Plastic Castle”) and even the Adolf Fredrik Girls Choir (“Panis Angelicus”).

    Love, Simon Original Soundtrack
    The first major studio film centered on gay teenage romance, Love, Simon has the same heart and vulnerability as John Hughes’ teen romcoms of the 1980s, a trait also shared by this film’s soundtrack. Featuring tracks from Bleachers, Troya Sivan, the 1975, and two classics by Whitney Houston and the Jackson 5, the songs reflect the film’s timelessness. Bleachers actually contributes four songs, one of which is the lead single, and their late-’80s/early ’90s pop style is best and most obviously expressed in “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song).” Troya Sivan’s quieter, folksier “Strawberries & Cigarettes” is another standout.

    Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960, by Miles Davis & John Coltrane 
    The final collaboration between jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane has been pressed onto limited edition red vinyl, and it is glorious. Titled Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960, this record captures a 1960 concert in which Davis and Coltrane—backed by pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones—held nothing back. That special, volatile mix of Davis’ skillful melodies and Coltrane’s world-burning solos was once described by critic Ira Gilter as “sheets of sound,” but it’s more than that. Perhaps more than any other two musicians, Davis and Coltrane define the spontaneity and structure of modern jazz, and this record is them at their best.

    Boarding House Reach, by Jack White 
    Jack White’s retro obsessions are well-known to fans of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, but Boarding House Reach is his most modern-sounding record yet. As expected, White is the principal musician here, handling vocals, guitars, drums, organs, and synthesizers, and he produced and co-mixed the record, too. Can’t fault the guy for a lack of ambition. His hard work pays off in a really interesting album, featuring odd vocal flourishes (“Over and Over and Over”), stormy composition, (“Connected By Love”), shades of jazz and funk (“Ice Station Zebra”), and no shortage of catchy, straightforward riffs and synth melodies (“Corporation”).

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  • Dave K. 6:00 pm on 2018/01/02 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl to Spin in January 2018 

    As 2018 spins up, we welcome a handful of great new titles to our vinyl store, ringing in the new year in grand style! We’ve got new albums from Neil Young, Fall Out Boy, and Maroon 5, along with a double-LP release from Whitney Houston, recognizing the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard. So go ahead, treat yourself to something nice to start of the year.

    The Visitor, by Neil Young
    Canadian rock legend Neil Young has a catalogue an astonishing 39 records deep as of The Visitor, which is also his second with American rockers Promise of the New. Two of the band’s members are Willie Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas, whose friendship with Young led to their present-day collaborations. If you’re unsure why Young is sometimes called “the godfather of grunge,” this record will set you straight; the guitars have a solid crunch, the lyrics are sharp (especially Young’s anti-Trump anthem “Already Great”), and the drums convey that gut-bucket blues feel that define his work. Conversely, “Children of Destiny” has both tender folk interludes and triumphant horns.

    Mania, by Fall Out Boy
    This album—the band’s seventh—was originally scheduled for September 2017, but was postponed. The extra time the band took with it was well spent—Mania is great, and exactly the kind of “hard restart” record that Pete Wentz hoped it would be. Unlike most bands from humble punk rock beginnings, Fall Out Boy keeps progressing their sound; “Young and Menace,” for example, incorporates elements of EDM and voice alterations, and “Hold Me Tight or Don’t” bounces headlong into pop, and “The Last Of The Real Ones” is a full-stop club hit. Singer Patrick Stump is in especially fine form too; his vocals seem to improve with every record.

    Red Pill Blues, by Maroon 5
    Named after the red pill/blue pill choice from the film The Matrix, Red Pill Blues is Maroon 5’s latest, much-anticipated album. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar finally joins the band as an official member for this record, and SZA and ASAP Rocky make cameos on “What Lovers Do” and “Whiskey,” respectively. Even without additional star power, the band’s blend of soft rock, pop, and funk continues to impress. “Wait,” one of the singles, is likely the song you won’t be able to stop listening to (or replaying in your head) all year, and “Whiskey” will top everyone’s chill-out Spotify playlists (if it hasn’t already). For that full visualize-a-sunset-in-California listening experience, get it on vinyl.

    I Wish You Love: More from the Bodyguard, by Whitney Houston
    It’s been 25 years since the release of the soundtrack for the 1992 film The Bodyguard—still one of the best-selling albums of all time. It’s been reissued as I Wish You Love, and at Barnes & Noble, it’s sold with an exclusive cover. The album includes all six of Houston’s contributions to The Bodyguard–“I Have Nothing,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Run to You,” “Queen of the Night,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and of course, “I Will Always Love You,”–augmented by remixes, a capella recordings, and live performances. The live tracks taken from Houston’s Bodyguard tour are the high point, and showcase the late singer at her glorious best.

    What new records are you spinning this month?

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  • Dave K. 4:00 pm on 2017/12/01 Permalink
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    Great Gifts for Vinyl Fans 

    As we roll into December and close out 2017 (can you believe it?), Barnes & Noble welcomes a bunch of awesome new records into our Vinyl Store! We’ve got new hotness from Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Sam Smith, and Beck, plus the soundtrack to the film Baby Driver. Best of all, we’re offering a great holiday deal on a Crosley turntable system so you (or the budding vinyl aficionado in your life) will have something to play all these records on. Whether you’re buying gifts for yourself or the special people in your life, we have what you need to keep spinning wax into 2018.

    Crosley T150
    Before you go spoiling your friends and family (and yourself) with so many great records, you’ll want to make sure everyone involved can actually listen to them. That’s where the Crosley T150 comes in. Sold exclusively through Barnes & Noble, the T150 is a complete turntable system that comes with 30-watt stereo speakers. If you’ve already got speakers you like (most vinyl junkies do), don’t worry; the Crosley’s RCA inputs are compatible with most audio systems. And should you feel the need to go digital, the Crosley has a Bluetooth receiver built right in. Whether you’re trying to get someone else started on vinyl or upgrading your own system, you can’t go wrong with the Crosley T150.

    reputation, by Taylor Swift
    Fans of Taylor Swift’s 1989 are going to love reputation, since it picks up where that album left off musically. Not only that, it’s an evolution of Swift’s synthpop sound—rather than drawing from 1980s aesthetics a second time, these songs are more brash and modern, and could even be called industrial pop. Just as Swift’s image became more sophisticated, songs like “Call It What You Want,” “Look What You Made Me Do,” and “Delicate” are more ambitious in both lyrical content and composition. Swift also collaborates with Future and Ed Sheeran on “End Game,” and proves to be a much better rapper than anyone, including her fans, would expect. We’ve got it on December 8, a full week before anyone else, so lock in those preorders now.

    From a Room Volume 2, by Chris Stapleton
    The second part of Chris Stapleton’s new record, From a Room Volume 2 comes out a few months after Volume 1. If you have any country music fans on your holiday gift lists this year, this album is perfect. Stapleton’s approach to country music is tuneful and unpretentious, with great vocal harmonies and folk-inspired arrangements that aren’t crowded with pop embellishments. His cover of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” is a standout example of Stapleton’s talents (it was one of the lead singles for a reason), as is “Scarecrow in the Garden.” And just in case you’re curious about the album’s name, Stapleton is honoring Nashville’s RCA Studio A, where it was recorded.

    God’s Favorite Band, by Green Day
    This greatest-hits album, named in reference to a joke Stephen Colbert made when the band performed on his show, shows that Green Day is as irreverent as ever. The tracklist draws from all of Green Day’s studio albums as of press time, with the exception of their debut album 39/Smooth and their ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! records from 2012. As one might expect, Dookie and American Idiot provide the most songs, all of which are great selections. While there’s only one song here from Insomniac, it’s the most memorable from that album (“Brain Stew”), and Nimrod is well-represented by “Hitchin’ a Ride” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” As a bonus, previously unreleased song “Back in the USA” is included here too.

    The Thrill of It All, by Sam Smith
    Sam Smith, who found fame in 2014 with his hit single “Stay With Me,” spent most of 2016 working on new material, and released his second album, The Thrill of It All, in November. Sam worked with classical crossover group Clean Bandit and Timbaland for this record, with the latter producing Smith’s second single, “Pray,” inspired by the singer’s experience with the War Child charity. “Pray” is an awesome song, by the way, with plenty of gospel heft stabilizing Smith’s voice. The album’s other single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” will make you miss your ex-, even if you don’t have one.

    Baby Driver OST
    Very few films are as soundtrack-dependent as 2017’s Baby Driver; much of the character action is specifically choreographed along with the music. So it’s no surprise that the official Baby Driver soundtrack is so well curated. It’s a mix of guaranteed crowd-pleasers—the Damned’s “Neat Neat Neat,” Queen’s “Brighton Rock,” the Beach Boys’ “Let’s Go Away for a While”—and some deeper cuts, like Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance.” Not only is this soundtrack a good starting education in the arcs of American pop music (covering soul, jazz, and rock), there’s some hidden wit in the individual song placement. T. Rex’s “Debora” is followed by Beck’s “Debra,” for example.

    Colors, by Beck
    Beck’s music is so timeless that it’s easy to forget how long he’s been around—Colors is his 13th studio album. Thanks to his touring schedule, it took four years to write and record Colors, and he and producer Greg Kurstin play most of the instruments. How Beck sustained that level of energy for so long is anyone’s guess, but this record is the most fun music he’s released in years. The central melody of “Wow” is a potent earworm, and “Dear Life” is as bouncy as the hipster lounge funk that made him famous in the first place. Similarly, “Up All Night” was made for the dance floor, and is a sign that Beck is still having fun with his music.

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  • Dave K. 6:00 pm on 2017/10/30 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl of November 2017 

    Whether you’re getting an early start on gift buying or adding to your own collection, plenty of great records are hitting our shelves for your consideration in November! We’ve got new albums from Sam Smith and Morrissey, the original cast recordings for SpongeBob SquarePants and Charlotte’s Web, soundtracks for Game of Thrones and Serenity, and the final album from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. And if you’ve got Christmas on the brain, we’ve got a compilation album from Al Green that fits the spirit of the season. K

    SpongeBob SquarePants Original Cast Recording
    Over the years, SpongeBob SquarePants has gotten a lot of unlikely attention from cool, influential musicians. This phenomenon extends to the original cast recording for the stage musical based on the cartoon, which features songs written by Jonathan Coulton, Sara Bareilles (who also composed for Waitress), members of Panic! At The Disco and The Flaming Lips, and even Joe Perry and Steven Tyler. It’s incredible how many legit rock stars put their talents into this show, and the original cast steps up to that pressure with impressive performances across the board. Standouts include “Poor Pirates,” “I’m Not A Loser,” and the show’s version of David Bowie’s “No Control.”

    The Thrill of It All, by Sam Smith
    Sam Smith, who found fame in 2014 with his hit single “Stay With Me,” spent most of 2016 working on new material, and will be releasing his second album, The Thrill of It All, in November. Sam worked with classical crossover group Clean Bandit and Timbaland for this record, with the latter producing Smith’s second single, “Pray,” inspired by the singer’s experience with the War Child charity. “Pray” is an awesome song, by the way, with plenty of gospel heft stabilizing Smith’s voice. The album’s other single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” will make you miss your ex even if you don’t have one.

    Game of Thrones Season 7 Original Soundtrack (B&N Exclusive Edition)
    Game of Thrones superfans, soundtrack junkies, and classical music fans alike will find lots to like about the score to Game of Thrones‘ seventh season. Composed by Ramin Djawadi, this album should be treated like a series of movements in one overarching piece, as specific moments in each track reflect plot points in prior seasons. “The Dagger,” for example, is a sinister update of a piece associated with the character Littlefinger, and “A Lion’s Legacy” contains a variation of the Lannister theme. But don’t worry if you’re not caught up with the show enough to catch each reference; Djawadi’s score more than stands on its own. This exclusive B&N edition features swirled black and fiery orange vinyl.

    Charlotte’s Web Original Soundtrack (B&N Exclusive Edition)
    Possibly the only animated film to feature a non-terrifying spider, Charlotte’s Web was released in 1973 and has become a classic children’s movie since then. Part of that appreciation is due to the soundtrack, written by the Sherman Brothers and featuring an all-star cast of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead, and Henry Gibson, among others. The lyrics are sharp and clever throughout this album, with “I Can Talk” as a particular high point; how Gibson didn’t sprain his tongue on one of the many deft turns of phrase in that song is a mystery. Not only is this soundtrack a Barnes & Noble exclusive, we’ve got it on pink vinyl with black webbing.

    Low In High School, by Morrissey
    Morrissey, the Pope of Mope himself, is releasing his eleventh solo album this November. His fans, among the most devoted in all of pop music, are already buzzing about the two singles, and their excitement won’t be in vain; Morrissey’s mix of melancholy longing, sly wit, and caustic political commentary is as potent as ever, and his collaborations with longtime music director and guitarist Boz Boorer (formerly of the Polecats) still sound great. Electric piano riffs and synths give “I Wish You Lonely” a new wave vibe (the bouncy rhythm doesn’t hurt, either), and the verse in “Spent the Day In Bed” sounds downright McCartney-ish.

    Serenity Original Soundtrack (B&N Exclusive)
    The soundtrack for Serenity, available only at Barnes & Noble, was composed by David Louis Newman, whose other film score credits include Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Sandlot, and the animated film Anastasia, for which he received an Oscar nomination. His career has been eclectic, to say the least, which is why he was recommended to Joss Whedon, who wanted a composer “capable of everything.” This soundtrack is full of tension and rising action, but not in the typical space opera way. Rather, the soundscape is a varied blend of strings, brass, percussion, and quirky flourishes of erhu and pan-Asian flute. Recommended tracks are “Funeral/Rebuilding Serenity” and “Love.”

    Feels Like Christmas, by Al Green
    Feels Like Christmas is a ten-song compilation that pulls the best tracks from Green’s two 1980s Christmas albums. Green’s smoky tenor and soulful delivery were tailor-made for Christmas songs, particularly ballads like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “The Christmas Song.” Green’s approach to Christmas music could be described as upbeat crooning, and he fully commits to each song, making for a supremely enjoyable listening experience. There’s even a non-Christmas track on here—his 1976 song “Glory Glory”—which is also great. This vinyl release is exclusive to Barnes & Noble, and pressed on snow-white vinyl.

    Soul of a Woman, by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
    Sadly, Sharon Jones passed away last year, but not before recording one final album with her band, the Dap Kings. Their record label promises that Soul of a Woman has the band’s “rawest and most sophisticated recordings to date,” and for once, a record label press release is not hyperbole. Soul of a Woman is a triumph in every aspect. Knowing what we know now about Sharon’s health, songs like “Matter of Time” and “These Tears (No Longer for You)” are wrenching and urgent, but they’re great out of context, too. Sharon’s vocals and the band’s performances were never better, and this record is an essential buy for any vinyl collector.

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  • Dave K. 6:00 pm on 2017/10/30 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl of November 2017 

    Whether you’re getting an early start on gift buying or adding to your own collection, plenty of great records are hitting our shelves for your consideration in November! We’ve got new albums from Sam Smith and Morrissey, the original cast recordings for SpongeBob SquarePants and Charlotte’s Web, soundtracks for Game of Thrones and Serenity, and the final album from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. And if you’ve got Christmas on the brain, we’ve got a compilation album from Al Green that fits the spirit of the season. K

    SpongeBob SquarePants Original Cast Recording
    Over the years, SpongeBob SquarePants has gotten a lot of unlikely attention from cool, influential musicians. This phenomenon extends to the original cast recording for the stage musical based on the cartoon, which features songs written by Jonathan Coulton, Sara Bareilles (who also composed for Waitress), members of Panic! At The Disco and The Flaming Lips, and even Joe Perry and Steven Tyler. It’s incredible how many legit rock stars put their talents into this show, and the original cast steps up to that pressure with impressive performances across the board. Standouts include “Poor Pirates,” “I’m Not A Loser,” and the show’s version of David Bowie’s “No Control.”

    The Thrill of It All, by Sam Smith
    Sam Smith, who found fame in 2014 with his hit single “Stay With Me,” spent most of 2016 working on new material, and will be releasing his second album, The Thrill of It All, in November. Sam worked with classical crossover group Clean Bandit and Timbaland for this record, with the latter producing Smith’s second single, “Pray,” inspired by the singer’s experience with the War Child charity. “Pray” is an awesome song, by the way, with plenty of gospel heft stabilizing Smith’s voice. The album’s other single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” will make you miss your ex even if you don’t have one.

    Game of Thrones Season 7 Original Soundtrack (B&N Exclusive Edition)
    Game of Thrones superfans, soundtrack junkies, and classical music fans alike will find lots to like about the score to Game of Thrones‘ seventh season. Composed by Ramin Djawadi, this album should be treated like a series of movements in one overarching piece, as specific moments in each track reflect plot points in prior seasons. “The Dagger,” for example, is a sinister update of a piece associated with the character Littlefinger, and “A Lion’s Legacy” contains a variation of the Lannister theme. But don’t worry if you’re not caught up with the show enough to catch each reference; Djawadi’s score more than stands on its own. This exclusive B&N edition features swirled black and fiery orange vinyl.

    Charlotte’s Web Original Soundtrack (B&N Exclusive Edition)
    Possibly the only animated film to feature a non-terrifying spider, Charlotte’s Web was released in 1973 and has become a classic children’s movie since then. Part of that appreciation is due to the soundtrack, written by the Sherman Brothers and featuring an all-star cast of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead, and Henry Gibson, among others. The lyrics are sharp and clever throughout this album, with “I Can Talk” as a particular high point; how Gibson didn’t sprain his tongue on one of the many deft turns of phrase in that song is a mystery. Not only is this soundtrack a Barnes & Noble exclusive, we’ve got it on pink vinyl with black webbing.

    Low In High School, by Morrissey
    Morrissey, the Pope of Mope himself, is releasing his eleventh solo album this November. His fans, among the most devoted in all of pop music, are already buzzing about the two singles, and their excitement won’t be in vain; Morrissey’s mix of melancholy longing, sly wit, and caustic political commentary is as potent as ever, and his collaborations with longtime music director and guitarist Boz Boorer (formerly of the Polecats) still sound great. Electric piano riffs and synths give “I Wish You Lonely” a new wave vibe (the bouncy rhythm doesn’t hurt, either), and the verse in “Spent the Day In Bed” sounds downright McCartney-ish.

    Serenity Original Soundtrack (B&N Exclusive)
    The soundtrack for Serenity, available only at Barnes & Noble, was composed by David Louis Newman, whose other film score credits include Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Sandlot, and the animated film Anastasia, for which he received an Oscar nomination. His career has been eclectic, to say the least, which is why he was recommended to Joss Whedon, who wanted a composer “capable of everything.” This soundtrack is full of tension and rising action, but not in the typical space opera way. Rather, the soundscape is a varied blend of strings, brass, percussion, and quirky flourishes of erhu and pan-Asian flute. Recommended tracks are “Funeral/Rebuilding Serenity” and “Love.”

    Feels Like Christmas, by Al Green
    Feels Like Christmas is a ten-song compilation that pulls the best tracks from Green’s two 1980s Christmas albums. Green’s smoky tenor and soulful delivery were tailor-made for Christmas songs, particularly ballads like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “The Christmas Song.” Green’s approach to Christmas music could be described as upbeat crooning, and he fully commits to each song, making for a supremely enjoyable listening experience. There’s even a non-Christmas track on here—his 1976 song “Glory Glory”—which is also great. This vinyl release is exclusive to Barnes & Noble, and pressed on snow-white vinyl.

    Soul of a Woman, by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
    Sadly, Sharon Jones passed away last year, but not before recording one final album with her band, the Dap Kings. Their record label promises that Soul of a Woman has the band’s “rawest and most sophisticated recordings to date,” and for once, a record label press release is not hyperbole. Soul of a Woman is a triumph in every aspect. Knowing what we know now about Sharon’s health, songs like “Matter of Time” and “These Tears (No Longer for You)” are wrenching and urgent, but they’re great out of context, too. Sharon’s vocals and the band’s performances were never better, and this record is an essential buy for any vinyl collector.

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