There are some Miles Davis albums that are universally heralded as works of genius, and there are others that have earned decidedly divisive opinions over the years. Tutu definitely falls into the latter category, but for those who appreciate the more mainstream side of Miles, it’s always proven to be a solid listen, and if you’re in that camp – and if you enjoy spinning your jazz on your turntable – then stand by for spectacular news.
This week, we’ve released a deluxe edition of Tutu on 180-gram vinyl, and it’s a four-sided affair which latter-day Davis fans will adore. The first LP features the re-mastered version of the original album, while the second LP features five live performances from Davis’s appearance at France’s Nice Festival in 1986. Better yet, there are only two tracks that cross over between the two records – “Portia” and “Splatch” – and even they end up on separate sides of the second LP.
Believe it or not, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Norwegian band a-ha taking on America and temporarily becoming one of the biggest bands on our shores as a result of their debut album, Hunting High and Low, which earned them a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with its first single, “Take on Me.”
Oh, right, and you might remember the song’s video, too, what with it being utterly iconic and all:
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We’ve got quite the trifecta of albums being reissued on 180-gram vinyl this week, and even though none of them sound a thing like each other, we can assure you that they’re all quite good in their own right.
Morcheeba, Big Calm: A little bit rock, a little bit dance, and a little bit trip-hop (among various other styles), the music of Morcheeba has always fought an uphill battle in the US, where mainstream audiences have a tendency to prefer their artists to start out sounding a particular way and just kind of stay there. In their native UK, however, they’ve got a strong following that’s netted them several hit records, and if there’s one of their efforts that’s considered to be their signature album, it’s this one, which features the hit singles “Part of the Process,” “Let Me See,” “Shoulder Holster,” and “Blindfold.”
Given how prominent he’s been in recent years – and particularly so at present, what with a new album (No Pier Pressure) and a new movie about his life (Love and Mercy) – it’s sometimes amazing to recall that there was once a time when Brian Wilson was a virtual recluse. It’s true, though: when Wilson released his self-titled debut in 1988, many were staggered by the fact that he was able to successfully make music at all, let alone produce such a wonderful album.
Granted, in retrospect, the Brian Wilson album was made in the midst of Wilson’s time under the care of notorious therapist Eugene Landy, so it’s hard not to wonder what the end result of the effort might’ve been if Landy hadn’t been involved in the recording process. Still, if you’re a longtime fan of Wilson’s work, you can’t deny that the results were wonderful.