“Do I really need the Deluxe version…”: The June to November Record Round Up

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Been a while since I posted a Record Round Up, so figured I’d do so now.  I love new records… not just dropping the needle, but looking at the artwork, the track listing, the credits, placing the record on the turntable and browsing for the right spot on the shelf.  All that good stuff.  Anyhoo, I realised that it’s been a while since I shared some of my new additions, so here goes.  These made their way into the collection between June and now.

The Very Best – Makes A King

This was an impulse purchase from Fopp one lunchtime.  Mostly cause I liked the cover and it was £3.  Turns out it’s one of my favourite additions.  They’re a Swedish-Malawian duo who create a strange traditional Malawian dance pop thingy.  Even when I think it’s a bit too dance-y for me I’m won over by it’s infectiousness.  Really great stuff.

Danny & The Champions of the World – Brilliant Light

I know I’ve spoke about Danny & Co. before and I’d like to think that some of you have maybe checked them out.  If not, well, it’s not too late.  Brilliant Light is their newest, and possibly, best.  A sprawling double album, which might just be my album of the year.

I’ll jot down some thoughts soon(ish), but here’s a great review from my buddy Paul over at Blabber ‘n’ Smoke.

Duke Garwood – Garden of Ashes

Another new release from of my favourite artists.  Garden of Ashes is really pretty special.  If Heavy Love was scorched and sun-bleached, this one is all smoldering ash.  Again, Alain Johannes and Mark Lanegan handle the mixing duties and they do a great job bringing Garwood’s vocal to the front.

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Is this my favourite album of the year?  Who could possibly say.  What I can tell you, though, is that I haven’t spoken with too many folks who have been bowled over by Homme & Co’s most accessible album yet.  I opted for the Deluxe set with the 12″ prints with artwork and lyrics.

I’ve been writing some stuff about this in a notepad and I’m certain I’ll share my thoughts here at some point in the near future, however, here’s two great reviews from my pals Mike and JH.

JH – “the consistency of greatness just isn’t here like you think it should be.”

Mike has been won over.

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

One of my favourite albums from last year.  I had picked up the standard edition when it was released, but had asked myself a few times whether I should have went for the Deluxe set (gatefold and booklet).  That question inevitably led to another question –do I need the deluxe set?  The answer, of course, was yes.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Plastic Fang

I’ve been on something of a JSBE kick over the last while and spotted a copy of my favourite album of theirs.  Now, I know it’s not considered to be their finest moment, but I’ve always loved it.  The CD is a really nice item and I figured the LP would be too.  And it is.  I snapped this up for a reasonable price and the 12″ comic style booklet is in great condition (as are the slices of vinyl).  Probably my favourite purchase this year.

Junior Kimbrough – All Night Long

One of the absolute best, most important, but overlooked bluesmen.  I’ve been after this one for a while and couldn’t resist when I saw this reissue for a tenner.  An all timer.

Causa Sui – Vibraciones Doradas

The new album from one of my current favourite bands.  I was pretty certain I knew what my favourite album this year was until this came along.  It’s all sorts of magnificent.  And on mint green vinyl, too.  Go get some.

I’ve yet to fully get my head around the awesomeness, but my buddy JH shared his thoughts.

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. Do you really need two lots of Homme?! That’s the real question!

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    1. J. says:

      My ultimate aim is to have a record collection of only Homme and Homme collaborations.

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      1. That would be the polar opposite of my collection!

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      2. J. says:

        Don’t worry, I’ll buy multiple copies and pass some on to you.

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  2. Hackskeptic says:

    Nice round up J. I haven’t heard the QOTSA album yet and was planning on buying it over christmas. Maybe I need to reconsider? Thanks for the heads up on Danny & The Champions of The World. I’ve heard quite a few positive comments from a mate of mine so I need to get onto giving them a listen.

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    1. J. says:

      I would recommend Villains highly. I genuinely believe it’s one of their best and it reveals more and more on each listen.

      Danny & The Champions of the World are a band that just seem to get better and better. Again, I’d recommend Brilliant Light as an entry point. They’re also touring and happen to be one of the best bands I’ve ever seen. If you get the chance to see them, I’d recommend it!

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      1. Hackskeptic says:

        Thanks for the heads up J. If they come to Tucson AZ I’ll be there, doubt they will though. This place is bereft of a decent music scene.

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      2. J. says:

        Really? I’d have assumed there would be a great scenery there. Admittedly that’s just cause of the rich vein of stuff from Giant Sand, Green on Red, Calexico, Friends Of Dean Martinez, Rainer Ptacek and yon Supersuckers and the likes… I guess it’s been a while since those bands arrived, right enough, but I just assumed Tucson was one of those musical places…

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      3. Hackskeptic says:

        Yeah, the problem is that Tucson is off the beaten track for touring bands. They all play in Phoenix but that’s a 2 hour drive. That’s what I miss about living in the U.K. Live music is never more than an hour away.

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      4. J. says:

        Ah… that’s unfortunate. Not a great local scene then?

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      5. Hackskeptic says:

        Not really. Although this is a big college town, which is surprising. Country is very big down here, which you’d probably expect.

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      6. J. says:

        Some fine dusty, off the map, alt. Country bands have hailed from Tucson.

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      7. Hackskeptic says:

        They have, but the scene now is pretty arid unfortunately.

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      8. J. says:

        That’s unfortunate… guess the good stuff will come back around again!

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  3. keepsmealive says:

    When can I come over? There are many brilliant records to be spun!

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    1. J. says:

      Heck, pop over now! I’ll get a pot of coffee on and buy in some bourbon creams!

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      1. keepsmealive says:

        Man, given unlimited funds I totally would.

        Also meant to add: you nailed the correct answer to the “do I need the deluxe set?” question. Of course you do!

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  4. deKE says:

    Glad to see you pumped by your haul J!
    I have listened to QOTSA album a couple of times(thank u sir) and i like it as the leadoff single I dug when I heard it on the radio…well review it at some point but I need to listen to it some more though…

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    1. J. says:

      If you fancy one of those joint review posts let me know!

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      1. deKE says:

        Sure dude let’s figure sumthin out!

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  5. Coloured vinyl and special editions. Canna beat ’em. “Tenner” for an “All Timer” sound pretty good too.

    Maybe after all the Various Artisting and Dylaning, we should all do a late-December post on “My favourite bargain of the year”?

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    1. J. says:

      It’s what being vinyl daft is all about, eh?

      A favourite bargain of the year post sounds like a plan. I had tried to do a favourite new additions post last year, actually. It’s still in my drafts.

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  6. jprobichaud says:

    Looks like a great haul. If were to do a similar post on my vinyl purchases since June, it would likely be a lot longer. I’ve been on something of a tear over the last few months. The sickness is getting worse, I fear.

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    1. J. says:

      I’ve been showing restraint… attempting to purchase only essentials. Or stuff that I rarely see. Or stuff that used to mean something to me. Or… wait…

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      1. jprobichaud says:

        Hahaha

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  7. jprobichaud says:

    Oh and as to your question, if the album is that important to you, the deluxe is definitely the preferred option.

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  8. 1537 says:

    The Very Best sounds great, I’ll deffo look into them. The Kimbrough is an all-timer for me too.

    Homme though?! Come on, friends don’t let friends buy deluxe QOTSA.

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    1. J. says:

      I think you might find The Very Best worthwhile. It’s rally grown on me the last few months.

      And you mean friends don’t let friends buy deluxe QotSA cause friends but friends deluxe QotSA?

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  9. jhubner73 says:

    Great list. Garwood, Iggy, our Danish buddies, and even QOTSA is getting a little better each time. Kimbrough is classic stuff.

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    1. J. says:

      Genuinely some of my favourite additions right here. I’m loving getting to know each of them… lost in each groove and rotation.

      That Causa Sui is so, so good.

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  10. Paul Kerr says:

    Thanks for the mention and remember Danny & The Champs are here in December! As for bargains, I won the Duke Garwood in a competition.

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    1. J. says:

      I don’t have my ticket yet, but have the 6th circled. You going, aye?

      I remember you posting the Garwood album. A nice wee competition treat… what you make of it?

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      1. Paul Kerr says:

        hoping to be there. Enjoyed the Garwood but not bowled over, need to give it another spin.

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      2. J. says:

        Hopefully see you there! Garwood definitely reveals more over a few listens.

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  11. Jay says:

    Is the answer ever not yes? I’m asking for a friend.

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    1. J. says:

      I don’t think so. You can tell your friend I have it on good authority.

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  12. stephen1001 says:

    The Very Best looks like it wasn’t a misleading name – and it looks like a very good return on investment!

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    1. J. says:

      Definitely among the very best ‘new to me’ albums this year, Geoff

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  13. You have me very curious on this take. Will be checking some of these out just because of the company you have them in.

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  14. Kid Slender says:

    Blues Explosion! I recently found a copy Damage in my local (provincial Swedish) 2nd hand shop for about 50p and nearly capped myself.
    Liked Mark Lanegan’s albums with Isobel Campbell but don’t know anything else by him.

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    1. J. says:

      50p! Bargain! I’d likely have fallen over if I’d seen that!

      If you like the Lanegan And Campbell albums, his early stuff might be right up your street. I always recommend Scraps At Midnight and I’ll Take Care Of You as starting points, but he rarely puts a foot wrong.

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