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UMe Announces Exclusive Limted Edition Vinyl Releases For Record Store Day 2019

Vinyl Mavens across the nation are ready to mobilize at their favorite record shops since tomorrow is Record Store Day, the annual affair that celebrates the love of those round black platters. We recently received this announcement from the folks over at UMe with a number of sure to be collectible items, and you can peruse them all below.

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The Press Release:
UMe is celebrating the music fanatic’s favorite holiday, otherwise known as Record Store Day (April 13), with a slew of must-have special releases from a wide range of world renowned artists spanning rock to hip-hop and everything in between. This year’s exciting haul of limited edition vinyl platters includes first-ever vinyl pressings, unique color variants, reissues of long-out-of-print albums, exciting rarities, one-of-a kind picture discs and new collections specially made for the record shop extravaganza. All releases will be available at Record Store Day-participating record stores on Saturday, April 13. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for more details and to find your local shops. Full details for all releases below.

THE CHARLATANS UK – US AND US ONLY
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 1000

Us And Us Only is the sixth album by British alternative rock band The Charlatans UK. The album was first released in 1999 and hasn’t had a reissue until now. The album includes three top 40 hits “Forever,” “Impossible” and “My Beautiful Friend.” This Record Store Day exclusive comes on limited edition transparent vinyl.

CHARLIE PARKER – CHARLIE PARKER WITH STRINGS: THE ALTERNATE TAKES
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 2500

Charlie Parker With Strings: Alternate Takes is a glimpse inside the heart and mind of one of the most inventive saxophonists of all time. His original Strings LP, containing brilliant and unexpected interpretations of standards and first issued on Mercury in 1950, was a landmark in the cross-section of jazz and pop – and remains Charlie “Bird” Parker’s best-selling recording. Now, for the first time on vinyl, are the rarest Birds: alternate takes from the sessions, issued during the 70th anniversary year of the initial recordings. Discovered deep in the Verve vault and previously released on CD only as part of a “Deluxe Edition” set, they provide a glorious new chapter in the glorious history of the one and only Charlie Parker. And the vinyl, a bright blue matching the “new look” cover featuring the original album’s David Stone Martin illustration, is exclusive to Record Store Day customers.

DAVID BOWIE – THE WORLD OF DAVID BOWIE
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 3500

Decca launched its much-loved World Of Series in 1968. The first album set out the series’ stall perfectly, looking at one of the label’s biggest selling artists – yet hardly one that chimed with the counter culture in 1968. The World Of Mantovani – SPA 1, (or PA 1 in mono) – was a 14-track collection, each track a different selection from his sizeable Decca album catalog. Released in the autumn of the year, it acted as a perfect primer, and its price, 17s, put it shy of the 37s 6d of the full price albums. Its whole purpose was to drive sales of the artist’s deeper repertoire – dip in here and then indulge further – the rear sleeve clearly offered the catalog numbers of the parent albums.
The series would run throughout the 70s and become a ubiquitous feature of the label. It was taken so seriously, that David Bowie himself offered the track listing for his own addition to the series, (SPA/PA 58), which was released in March 1970 after the success of the Phillips-released single “Space Oddity.” It also showed how the World Ofs could be a veritable treasure trove for rarities and one-offs, as it contained the first official release of “Let Me Sleep Beside You,” “Karma Man” and “In The Heat Of The Morning.”
According to Kevin Cann’s invaluable book on Bowie’s early years, “Any Day Now,” Bowie bought a copy of the original himself from a record shop on Beckenham High Street. It became a big seller – indeed, Decca repackaged it – when Bowie finally became a big star. Imagine the shock people had thinking they had “The Jean Genie” when all they had was “Uncle Arthur” and “Little Bombardier.”

DEF LEPPARD – THE STORY SO FAR (VOLUME 2/HITS AND B SIDES)
FORMAT: 2LP – QUANTITY: 2000

Def Leppard, Britain’s greatest arena rock band, are set to release The Story So Far… an album of the band’s greatest hits and songs from their illustrious career. This Record Store exclusive presents the second disc of the CD album on vinyl for the first and only time. Having sold over 65 million albums worldwide since their debut release in 1980 and proved themselves one of rock music’s hardest working and consistently powerful live bands (playing to over 50 million fans in the last 15 years alone), Def Leppard remain one of only five rock groups who can claim two separate original 10 million plus selling albums in the US (Pyromania being one of them). The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen. The band are doing selective festival dates in Europe over the summer including headlining the iconic Download festival in June.

FRANK ZAPPA – THE GUITAR WORLD ACCORDING TO FRANK ZAPPA
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 4000

The rare 1987 guitar-centric compilation, The Guitar World According To Frank Zappa, originally available only on cassette through Guitar World magazine and Barfko-Swill mail order, will receive its first-ever vinyl pressing. The album features unique mixes and edits by Frank Zappa and a selection of solos that were released the following year on the Guitar album. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, this RSD First release, limited to 8000 worldwide, is numbered and pressed on 180-gram clear audiophile vinyl by Furnace MFG.

JOHN LENNON – IMAGINE – RAW STUDIO MIXES
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 5500

One of the many highlights of John Lennon’s Imagine – The Ultimate Collection, the immersive and intimate super deluxe edition of his legendary solo album, released this past October on what would have been his 78th birthday, were the Raw Studio Mixes. Helmed by engineer Rob Stevens under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon, these aggressively visceral and emotionally touching mixes capture the exact moment Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song, raw and live on the soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios, at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The Raw Studio recordings are devoid of the effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) that were added when co-producers John, Yoko and Phil Spector created the additional layers of production sound and added John’s orchestral arrangements in New York. Exclusively for Record Store Day Imagine – Raw Studio Mixes will be released on vinyl for the first time as a limited edition Record Store Day First release, pressed on audiophile grade 180-gram black vinyl. Previously only available in the Imagine—Ultimate Collection box set, these raw studio recordings reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs.

MARTY STUART – ICON
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 1500

Marty Stuart’s 2012 compilation album Icon will be released on vinyl for the first time ever. The record will be limited to a pressing of 1500 copies and will include Stuart’s hits “Tempted,” “Hillbilly Rock,” and “Till I Found You.” Each album personally autographed by Marty Stuart.

MONTY PYTHON – LIFE OF BRIAN
FORMAT: 12” PICTURE DISC – QUANTITY: 2500

People of Record Store Day! It is customary at this time for us to release a record from our archives, and we have decided to WELEASE BWIAN! To celebrate Record Store Day 2019, and the 40th anniversary of the film, Monty Python will release a very special, limited edition vinyl picture disc version of Monty Python’s Life Of Brian soundtrack – mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Complete with new artwork, overseen by Terry Gilliam himself, and unseen material from the Monty Python archive. Includes download voucher.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – OFFICE SPACE OST
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 2500

The soundtrack to the 1999 cult classic Office Space is now out on vinyl! Featuring tracks from Ice Cube, Geto Boys, Slum Village and more on a stapler red 1LP.

THE POLICE – MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
FORMAT: 2 X 7” – QUANTITY: 1000

Following on from “Roxanne” – RSD 2018, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s first international no. 1 single, originally released September 1979. Brand new exclusive edition for RSD 2019, packaged in bespoke 2 x 7” special double pack gatefold sleeve. Utilizing original green UK sleeve for front and incorporating blue US “poster” sleeve inside the gatefold. Two color inner bags – A&M “company” bag design. Features the original single and B-side. Disc 2 features “Message In A Bottle (Classic Rock Mix),” originally exclusive to Every Breath You Take: The Classics’ Collection (1995) –now deleted, and the previously unreleased instrumental version of “Message In A Bottle.” Remastered at Abbey Road Studios, London and pressed on colored vinyl: Disc 1 – “bottle” green vinyl, Disc 2 – blue vinyl.

ROXY MUSIC – REMIXED
FORMAT: 2LP – QUANTITY: 2500

This exclusive double 12” edition grew out of mixes that were undertaken to celebrate the release of the Super Deluxe version of Roxy Music’s debut album in spring 2018. Unused at the time, the mixes, overseen from Bryan Ferry’s London HQ, celebrate the essential otherworldliness of Roxy Music’s space age vision, stardate 1972. This strictly limited double 12” features out-takes of Karl Stoecker’s legendary photo-session from the debut and was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road in Autumn 2018.

RUSH – HEMISPHERES
FORMAT: 12” PICTURE DISC – QUANTITY: 5000

First reissue of the 1978 picture disc edition of Hemispheres continuing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rush’s iconic album.

STEREOPHONICS – LIVE FROM DAKOTA
FORMAT: 2LP – QUANTITY: 1500

Stereophonics iconic live album from their 2005 world tour, repressed on 180g white heavyweight vinyl, for the first time since its original release 13 years ago. A whirlwind of stadium rock sees the band perform many of the highlights from their incredible career. Includes the anthems “A Thousand Trees,” “Maybe Tomorrow,” “The Bartender and The Thief,” “Hurry Up and Wait,” “Just Looking” and of course “Dakota.”

SUBLIME – NUGS: THE BEST OF THE BOX
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 5000

First ever highlights compilation of the Everything Under The Sun rarities box set, pressed on red and yellow starburst color vinyl.

U2 – THE EUROPA EP
FORMAT: 12” VINYL SINGLE – QUANTITY: 5000

U2: The Europa EP, a new 3-track EP, will be released to celebrate Record Store Day.
The Europa EP: Side A features an exclusive new mix of previously unreleased material from U2’s recent eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour: Charlie Chaplin’s electrifying speech from the movie The Great Dictator (1940) underscored with a mash-up of Songs Of Experience album track “Love Is All We Have Left” and 1993 classic “Zooropa,” leading into a performance of “New Year’s Day” recorded live in Dublin on November 5th last year. Side B is comprised of two “Euro”-tinged remixes: St. Francis Hotel’s mix of the original album version of “New Year’s Day” and Jon Pleased Wimmin’s Euromantic mix of “Love Is All We Have Left.” The EP cover art is a Chaplinesque homage to the Europe-themed artwork of U2’s 1993 album Zooropa and features the figure 130, in celebration of Chaplin’s 130th birthday which falls on April 16th, 2019.

WEEZER – DUSTY GEMS & RAW NUGGETS
FORMAT: LP – QUANTITY: 4000

First ever vinyl pressing of Weezer’s BLUE album’s Deluxe bonus tracks including B-sides, rarities, alternate mix of “Say It Ain’t So” and demos.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: We hope all of our vinyl crazy readers manage to get the items that they are most interested in on RSD and suggest that they arrive early at their favorite shops and consider bringing something along with them for the staff to “grease the wheels” so to speak LOL. I am not the biggest LP collector these days but if someone gives me some of them then its fine by me. I still have most of my collection of records but do need a new turntable at this point to try them out again. As you can see this list is not 100% Hard Rock and Metal, but I didn’t have the time to dissect the press release to feature only some of the offerings. I felt that its more fun to see the whole shebang from this company in case you notice something that a friend who listens to artist A or B might love as a present. So as I close this up I wonder are you interested in any of these offerings? Chime in down below in the comments with your thoughts.

Official Websites:
UMe: http://www.umusic.com
Record Store Day: https://recordstoreday.com/

Slayer’s Final World Tour Continues This May

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It was well over a year ago that we first reported about the Slayer “Final World Tour” (seen HERE for those who are just joining us here on the website). Back in December, the band announced “LEG 5” of this Farewell Run and while the finer details can be perused HERE, this last go round begins in May. All of this leads me to the press release that recently hit my mailbox. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
The end is near for mighty trash metal gods Slayer, continuing their Final World Tour with Leg 5 kicking off in May and hitting several dates across the U.S. including BB&T Pavilion on 5/24.

“5 STARS…an extraordinary farewell gig from the kings of thrash metal – they totally slayed it. If Slayer do retire, replacing them may prove impossible.” — The Times of London
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Demons & Wizards Announce North American Tour

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There was some cool musical news today and perhaps the coolest of items comes care of the news that the Heavy Metal supergroup Demons & Wizards will be heading to the USA for a full-scale tour. For those of you who might be unaware of the group, this is a super-powered pairing of Metal Ideas that come care of Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer and Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kursch. Check out the full press release down below.

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The Press Release:
Legendary metal band Demons & Wizards have just announced their A Magical Encounter With Demons & Wizards North American headline tour today. The band will hit the road starting August 17th in Los Angeles and will be wrapping with their sold out show on September 7th in Atlanta. The band will be joined by special guests Lizzy Borden and Tyr and will be playing major markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and more. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

“Demons & Wizards touring North America? That is going to be pure magic, guaranteed,” states Hansi Kürsch about the tour announcement. “You better not miss it, cause you never know when the Demon and the Wizard will join forces again. I am really thrilled about these first shows for Demons & Wizards in North America and we are going to make every single night a legendary night to remember. Join us on this path of glory.”
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Rocklahoma Announces Lineup Change: Korn To Replace Ozzy Osbourne

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Back in February, I shared the big artist and other cool festival reveals for this years “Rocklahoma” event (seen HERE in cast you missed it). Since that time there have been some sad developments as Ozzy Osbourne was injured (noted HERE) and has cancelled ALL of his appearances for the year. You can read the update below about the festival.

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The Press Release:
Rocklahoma has announced that Korn will replace Ozzy Osbourne as the Saturday, May 25 festival headliner, following last week’s news that Osbourne had to postpone all of his 2019 tour dates.
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Eyellusion Presents the “DIO RETURNS” U.S. Tour 2019

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It seems like forever ago that I first discussed the Dio Hologram Tour with THIS POST from 2017 but now it appears that the moment is night and its time to enjoy this technological wonder when it hits the concert stages of the United States. Take a look at the full press release, poster and dates down below.

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The Press Release:
The most buzzed-about tour in the heavy metal world – the DIO RETURNS Tour featuring the Ronnie James Dio hologram – is finally coming to the United States this spring and summer! The DIO RETURNS U.S. Tour will feature a line-up of DIO bandmembers of 17 years performing aside the stunning Ronnie James Dio hologram.

The official band line-up will feature Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keyboards, and newer DIO family member Bjorn Englen on bass. The show will also feature renowned metal vocalists Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest/Yngwie Malmsteen) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob).
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