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Stillwater Demos (2021 Record Store Day LP)

The soundtrack album for the excellent 2000 film Almost Famous , which was based on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s experiences as a teenage Rolling Stone magazine reporter in the 1970's, is being reissued in multiple expanded editions on July 9th. This article provides many details about those reissues: The Uber Box Set edition certainly would be an incredible thing to possess, for those who could afford it. The track list provided in the article shows that the six songs supposedly recorded by Stillwater, the film's fictional '70's rock band, will be included on CD 4 of the mammoth set. That same disc will contain the Stillwater demos, which were also issued on a limited edition vinyl LP for Record Store Day 2021. Only one of the Stillwater songs, “Fever Dog”, was featured on the original version of the Almost Famous soundtrack album. But there was a “Director’s Edition” DVD version of th

Twenty One Pilots "Location Sessions" (2021 Record Store Day EP)

For Record Store Day 2021, the indie-pop duo Twenty One Pilots issued a four-song EP titled Location Sessions . This EP was pressed in grey vinyl and limited to 16,000 copies. It was released on June 12th of 2021, the first of two Record Store Day "drop dates" during that year. The EP contained live versions of three songs from the duo's 2018 Trench album, as well as a "live from outside" version of the 2020 single "Level Of Concern". These Location Sessions tracks aren't half bad. The live version of "Chlorine" is preferable to the higher-tech studio version, with Tyler Joseph's vocals sounding nearer and natural as he voices the bizarre metaphors in the lyrics, with a more organic piano sound, and with the song's length being wisely shortened. The live version of "Cut My Lip" is no less technology-based than the studio version, though it does have a slightly warmer sound here even with the AutoTune effects; it

Third Man Records vinyl exclusives, Part 47: Jack White “Live at the Masonic Temple: Detroit 7/30/14” (2021)

The 47th set of exclusive vinyl items offered to members of Third Man Records’ Vault service was mailed out to the members in March and April of 2021. For those who are unaware, Third Man Records is the label owned by Jack White, who is the leader of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, and is now a solo artist. The Vault service promises to deliver exclusive vinyl-only records (usually one full-length album and one 7” single) to its members every three months. The 47th Vault package contained a 4-LP live album from Jack White recorded in 2014, and a 7-inch single featuring the songs White performed on Saturday Night Live in October 2020. The mammoth 4-LP set Live At The Masonic Temple: Detroit 7/30/14 documents White’s mammoth three-hour-plus concert at that place and date. The four discs were pressed in colored 180-gram vinyl, the first one white, the second one dark blue, the third one black, and the fourth one in swirled light-blue. The LP’s were housed i