It’s gonna by nice and warm today, how about some Ice-T on Vinyl Friday?

Along with the usual re-stocks we received today we are now adding these titles to our regular stock for as long as they are available. The new vinyl browser is getting pretty loaded up lately with quality titles and we are expecting a lot more in the coming months.

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The Cult – Electric Peace
In 1985 The Cult enjoyed breakthrough success with the single ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ and the album ‘Love’, establishing themselves as a new breed of Alternative rock band. When it came to recording a follow-up, the band booked into The Manor studios in Oxfordshire with Steve Brown again producing. By the end of October 1986 the album was recorded, the masters assembled and it was given the title ‘Peace’. However, the band weren’t happy with the final results which seemed too polished. Appreciating the rawness of Run-D.M.C.’s ‘Walk This Way’, the band contacted producer Rick Rubin to re-mix the lead track, ‘Love Removal Machine’. Rubin agreed to work with the band but only on condition that the track was entirely re-recorded. The result was a sparse, dry, riffing version that captured the sonic excitement the band were looking for. Enthused by the results, the decision was made to abandon the expensive ‘Peace’ recordings and re-record the entire album in New York with Rubin. The new tracks would become The Cult’s third album, re-titled ‘Electric’, and a multi-million seller. 4 tracks from “Peace” were used as single B-sides and 5 of the alternative versions were issued on an early CD – “The Manor Sessions”, but it wasn’t until the limited edition ‘Rare Cult’ box set in 2000 that fans got to hear the full album correctly sequenced. The box rapidly sold out so Peace has been unavailable in any format for 13 years.

My Bloody Valentine – Lost Tracks and Rare Cuts
Bootleg from the label “alti philosophi”. My Bloody Valentine tracked a good amount of excellent material that, for some reason, was essentially forgotten about. A few tracks were issued on very limited fan club 7″ format, the remainder were just lost. This album compiles the best of these tracks, the majority of which have never seen the light of day, and the others fetching a ton in the collectors market. Essential for any fan of the band or the Shoegaze genre they spearheaded

Iron and Wine – Ghost on Ghost
Ghost on Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. Ghost on Ghost was produced by Beam’s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011’s Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that “pop music hadn’t seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens,” while Pitchfork said it “more closely resembles the lush, gold-toned singer songwriter records of the late 60s and early 70s – Astral Weeks, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the ‘anxious tension’ of his two previous records. “This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few,” he says. Helping achieve Beam’s vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost.

Ice-T – Home Invasion
The album peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #14 on the Billboard 200. Home Invasion was the last hip hop release of Ice T that had significant political content. His later releases were more in tune with the rest of gangsta rap.

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