In rotation: 6/20/22

Barnes & Noble announces summer 2022 Vinyl Weekend: Limited edition exclusive vinyl available July 1-4. Barnes & Noble announces the return of customer-favorite Vinyl Weekend. This bi-annual celebration gives music lovers the opportunity to scoop up 10% off limited edition exclusive Vinyl releases, plus additional in-store deals, from Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th. Both new and seasoned vinyl enthusiasts and collectors across the country can relish in enticing in-store discounts. With exclusive new releases dropping just in time for Vinyl Weekend, to 10% off all vinyl, plus 25% off Crosley turntables and accessories, these deals are perfect for listeners who are either looking to jumpstart their vinyl collections or looking to expand on their experience. Barnes & Noble is also announcing the launch of its vinyl magazine, The Ultimate Guide to Vinyl, Vol. 1 on July 1st, to coincide with the start of Vinyl Weekend. This exclusive magazine will include everything any vinyl fan needs to know. From how an LP is made to how to select a turntable, plus recommendations of chart-topping records that are essential to any collection, The Ultimate Guide to Vinyl is a must-have for Vinyl fans.

Dearborn, MI | Spinning Vinyl: Dearborn Music has overcome many obstacles to take its place as one of the top record stores in the country. Dearborn Music, unlike thousands of other record stores, has survived the advent of big-box stores, lightning-fast internet speeds, satellite radio, and streaming services — and now it’s caught the new wave of popularity for vinyl records. Between 2003 and 2008, 3,500 independent record stores closed, according to Rick LeAnnais, co-owner (along with his brother, Kevin) of Dearborn Records, which has been named by Spin magazine as one of the Top 10 record stores in America. To survive since 1956 — when LeAnnais’ father bought the Dearborn Music Shop on Michigan Avenue — until now is a testament to the family’s willingness to adapt and pivot to stay relevant. The original Dearborn Music sold guitars, sheet music, and 45 and 78 rpm records, in addition to offering music lessons. Instrument sales were phased out in 1976. The store moved to the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street in 1958 and stayed there until 2012, when it moved to the current 7,900-square-foot location

York, UK | Remembering Hugh Robertson, The Music Shop, Pavement, York: Buying records on a Saturday brings back many happy memories. And Press readers have been reminiscing about visiting Hugh Robertson’s The Music Shop at 28 Pavement. David Williamson sparked a flood of memories on one of our Facebook pages when he posted a photo of a record from The Music Shop and asked the question: “Who remembers this record shop in Pavement?” Well, plenty people did! Kath Pexton worked there in the 1970s, while Dodger Young recalled shopping there. Posting in The Press’s nostalgia group on Facebook, Why We Love York – Memories, he said: “I bought Jean Genie from Hugh Robertson. He had seven-inch pigeon holes on the counter with each having a number and the records moved week to week depending where they were placed in that week’s top 30.”

The Beatles cover inspired by crate-digging for vinyl: Before he was a music manager, Brian Epstein was in charge of the NEMS music shop in Liverpool. Through some savvy business dealings and a keen eye for what was popular at the time, Epstein made NEMS the go-to record shop in Northern England. Eventually, Epstein moved on to talent management, but he didn’t give up the store until The Beatles hit it big. The band were regular customers as NEMS and could constantly be found digging through the store’s crates for American records. The LPs they found would end up influencing their sound, from Motown to Larry Williams. …“Brian had a policy of buying at least one copy of every record that was released,” George Harrison explained in the Anthology series. “If it sold, he’d order another one, or five or whatever. Consequently he had records that weren’t hits in Britain, weren’t even hits in America. Before going to a gig we’d meet in the record store, after it had shut, and we’d search the racks like ferrets to see what new ones were there… ‘Devil in Her Heart’ and Barrett Strong’s ‘Money’ were records that we’d picked up and played in the shop and thought were interesting.”

Boston, MA | A lost spiritual jazz record made in Boston resurfaces: Sometime in 1976 or 1977, a Boston trumpeter named Milt Ward brought a hand-picked band into a local studio — most likely Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain — and cut the cosmos jazz record that he hoped would propel his career to the next level. Like any number of excellent independent recordings, “Milt Ward and Virgo Spectrum” pretty much went nowhere. But over the ensuing decades, the album has become a cult classic. It has been bootlegged and one dealer is currently asking four figures for an original pressing. Now the record is finally getting a proper reissue from New York’s boutique Frederiksberg label. “I’ve been collecting records for a long time, and this one kept popping up, and it was really good,” says Frederiksberg owner Andreas Vingaard. Vingaard tried looking for Ward, but discovered the trumpeter had died in 1987. “Eventually, I found his family on Facebook, and that’s how I could sign a contract with them to license and release it.”

Craft Recordings announces definitive ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ soundtrack: The remastered album contains previously unreleased material: Craft Recordings has announced the definitive edition of Vince Guaraldi’s evocative soundtrack to the 1966 animated television special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, from Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions. Remastered from newly discovered analog session reels, the album features seven previously unreleased alternate takes — all of which offer fascinating insight into Guaraldi’s creative process. The package also includes new liner notes by Peanuts historian Derrick Bang, with contributions by the family of Lee Mendelson, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer and co-creator of the Peanuts animated specials. Additionally, a note by Mendelson, taken from the 2018 edition of the album, rounds out the release.

Michael Giacchino’s Jurassic World Dominion soundtrack set for vinyl release: The dinosaurs are back. Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack to the new Jurassic World Dominion film is being released on vinyl, via Mondo this August. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World Dominion explores a world where dinosaurs live alongside humans, with the fragile balance between the two at risk. Giacchino recorded the soundtrack with an 87-piece orchestra and 30 choir singers at London’s Abbey Road Studios. It follows Mondo’s release of the soundtrack to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

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