Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
Cibo Matto, Stereo Type A: It was their second album, and for a decade it looked like it was destined to be their swan song, but a 2011 reunion changed that situation. From a sonic standpoint, Stereo Type A is very much all over the place, but not necessarily in a bad way. Indeed, any group who can manage to deliver heavy metal (“Blue Train”), hip-hop (“Sci-Fi Wasabi”), and singles like “Working for Vacation,” “Spoon,” and “Moonchild” while showing this much musical evolution from their debut album deserves your attention.
Before diving into this piece, we wanted to start by making sure that you’ve got your scorecard handy. Yes, we’re aware that you sometimes need one to keep track of the manner in which we release albums on different formats, and the way we’ve been dropping THE ATLANTIC YEARS IN MONO is definitely one of those instances.
Last month, we posted with pride that we’d released THE ATLANTIC YEARS IN MONO, the collection of all of John Coltrane’s work for Atlantic (except for MY FAVORITE THINGS, COLTRANE JAZZ, or COLTRANE'S SOUND, but we’ll explain their omission in a second), on glorious 180-gram vinyl. It was somewhat of a change of pace for us to reissue something on vinyl before reissuing it on CD, which we noted at the time, but we also assured you CD fans that you’d be getting yours on July 8…and just in case you haven’t looked at the calendar yet, that’s today!
If it seems like a non-sequitur to have opened this piece about the release of THE MONKEES-THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu-ray with those two words, then you’re clearly not one of the people who pre-ordered this set.
Yes, pre-orderers, it’s been a long time coming, we admit, and we also concede that there have been occasions when a release date was offered, only for us to pull the rug out from under you and say, “Whoops, it’s going to be later than that now, actually.” As music fans ourselves, we know just how much this sort of thing sucks, and we know how the news of these delays has probably caused you to scream, shout, shriek, and almost certainly deliver a number of impolite epithets that were aimed in our general direction. While we’re glad we couldn’t hear them from where you are, we can only say that the delays were necessarily, and we truly believe that you’ll feel that the wait was worth it…if, that is, you can truly accept that the day has finally come and that the set really is out.