News Catch-up 4 March 2021

Author: Alex White  Date Posted:4 March 2021 

News Catch-up 4 March 2021

Welcome to then first News Catch-up of March 2021. Yikes! We've finally made it out of another lockdown and (as of this writing) our store front has re-opened and we are in the process of stocking those racks for all your crate-digging needs. Make sure to check out updates and details on our Facebook page. In the meantime though, let's look at some awesome upcoming releases.

A little while ago, we discussed Lana Del Rey's upcoming release Chemtrails Over The Country Club. We are happy to now announce the limited red vinyl edition with an alternate cover. This will be releasing later in the month and is available for pre-order here

A big release for audiophiles and goovy 70's music alike is the upcoming Analogue Productions UHQR of Jethro's Tull's Aqualung. Originally released in 1971, Aqualung was Jethro Tull's most successful album, featuring in the Top Ten charts in both the U.S. and the U.K., it has since gone on to sell over 7 million copies. Inspired by photographs of homeless people who resided on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson's wife Jennie, the album features a mostly acoustic interpretation of Anderson's own personal experiences with religion. 

This UHQR (Ultra High Quality Recording) edition has been remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analogue master tapes. Pressed on 200gm Clarity Vinyl and housed within a deluxe box along with a booklet that details the entire UHQR process and a hand-signed certificate of inspection, Analogue Productions UHQR of Jethro's Tull's Aqualung will be limited to 5000 copies worldwide.

Expected to release later this month, Analogue Productions UHQR of Jethro Tull's Aqualung is available to pre-order here.  

Recently announced is the new album from The Offspring, Let The Bad Times Rolls. And yep, if the words "new album from The Offspring" sound strange, it is because this is their first album since 2012. However, they have been far from quiet in the recent decade, having performed over 500 live shows and even working on the new album in secret at their Californian studio with record producer Bob Rock.

In true Punk Rock style, the new album looks to be as politically relevant as ever. The title track of the album, although written in 2019 and recorded in 2020, reflects the current and ongoing turmoil in America, with The Offspring's lyricist / singer Dexter Holland stating, "I feel like we're in a unique period in history where instead of our world leaders saying 'we're doing our best' it's more like they're saying 'fuck it' and it's really scary". 

Guitarist Noodles goes on to state, "Folks are saying, if it's all going to hell, we might as well make the most out of it, or at least go out swinging. 'Let The Bad Times Roll!'"

Well... at least good times will roll when the new album releases in mid April. With a standard black vinyl version available here and an indie store exclusive blue vinyl version available here

With a lot more on the way and just about to be announced, we'll be back next week. See you then!


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