In rotation: 9/18/20

ZZ Top releasing limited-edition white-vinyl ‘Live from Texas’ reissue next week: ZZ Top will reissue its 2008 concert album Live from Texas on Friday, September 25, as a limited-edition two-LP set pressed on white vinyl. Only 1000 copies of the colored-vinyl edition of the record will be available. Live from Texas was recorded at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, in November 2007, and initially was released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray the following year. A standard vinyl edition was issued in 2010. The 17-track collection features renditions of ZZ Top’s biggest hits and most popular tunes, including “Got Me Under Pressure,” “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “La Grange” and, of course, “Tush.” You can check out a video of the band performing its 1975 tune “Heard It on the X” from the Live from Texas concert now at the Eagle Rock YouTube channel.

Pixies Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Single Featuring Unreleased Songs “Hear Me Out” and Cover of T. Rex’s “Mambo Sun” Pioneering alternative rock outfit The Pixies have announced that they will be releasing a new 12″ record featuring the tracks “Hear Me Out” and a cover of the T. Rex song (originally from their 1971 album Electric Warrior) “Mambo Sun.” This special edition record will be pressed on yellow vinyl. According to a press release “Hear Me Out” will feature vocals from bassist Paz Lenchantin. “‘Hear Me Out’ is about things not turning out the way we hoped, but knowing that it’s going to be ok regardless,” Lenchantin said in a press release. “Black started the melody phrases on an old organ. I loved it right away, so he asked me to take a pass at the lyrics. The song has an evocative melody that inspired the lyrics to come out straight away.” The group released three unearthed demos from their Beneath The Eyrie LP, “The Good Works of Cyrus,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Chapel Hill.” This LP was released last year and saw the group achieve moderate critical praise, with some outlets considering it their best record since their reformation back in 2004.

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s third album, Hidari Ude No Yume, to be reissued with unreleased instrumentals: It’s the first wide release of the Yellow Magic Orchestra member’s third solo album. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s third solo album, Hidari Ude No Yume, is being reissued by WeWantSounds this fall. Translating to “Left-handed Dream,” Sakamoto co-produced the record with British producer Robin Scott in Japan’s Alfa Studio in 1981. The intent behind the record was to create something pop-focused, following the experimental B-2 Unit and the seminal 1978 album Thousand Knives. After the LP’s 1981 release in Japan, Epic Records released it a year later, but not without significant alterations. Two tracks, “Sara No Le” and “Living In The Dark,” were omitted on that edition, while “Relâché,” “Tell ‘Em To Me” and “Venezia” were given English lyrics. An additional English track was also written specifically for the European edition, “The Arrangement.”

Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Quake’ Score Gets Its First Vinyl Pressing: As reported by Game Informer, the original Quake soundtrack just got its first-ever release on vinyl. Composer and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor announced the news in a tweet on Wednesday. “Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder,” Reznor said. “The Social Network and Quake are available on vinyl and shipping now! Who had that on their 2020 bingo card?” The $35 package comes with two LPs, with three “sides” containing 10 tracks. The listing says the record has been remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. According to a 1996 write-up in Billboard magazine, Reznor became involved in Quake when he sent tickets and backstage passes to the devs at id Software. “He’s a big Doom-er,” said Mike Wilson, id’s VP of marketing at the time. “We designed this reissue to include a booklet containing essays from id Software’s John Carmack and American McGee,” the store listing says.

Boris To Reissue Two Albums Via Third Man: ‘Absolutego’ from 1996 and ‘Amplifier Worship’ from 1998 are being released digitally for the first time. Boris are physically and digitally reissuing two of their early albums: 1996’s Absolutego and 1998’s Amplifier Worship. The remastered reissues, which are coming via Jack White’s Third Man Records, mark the first time that either album has been made available digitally, while both albums will also be pressed on limited edition coloured vinyl (opaque red for Absolutego and lime green for Amplifier Worship). Absolutego, Boris’ debut album, was originally released as a continuous 60-minute piece, and was later given an additional vinyl and CD release via Southern Lord in 2010. This reissue on Third Man will include updated album art and the full record spread across one-and-a-half LPs, with 1997 recording ‘Dronevil 2′ filling out the other side of the second vinyl. First released in 1998, Boris’ second album proper, Amplifier Worship, will see its first-ever reissue in this round of releases. It will come with minimalistic album art from the first-press Japanese CD. Third Man will release Absolutego and Amplifier Worship on November 13, 2020.

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