Friday, November 18, 2011

The 20 Fanciest LPs of 2011!

  1. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions
  2. Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas
  3. The Bangles - Sweetheart of the Sun
  4. Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now 
  5. R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
  6. The Cars - Move Like This
  7. Lenny Kravitz - Black & White America
  8. Blondie - Panic of Girls
  9. Yes - Fly From Here
  10. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
  11. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  12. New York Dolls - Dancing Backward in High Heels
  13. Sloan - Double Cross
  14. Acid House Kings - Music Is Better With You
  15. Matthew Sweet - Modern Art
  16. Liam Finn - Fomo
  17. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - La Carotte Bleue 
  18. Paul McCartney's Ocean's Kingdom
  19. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
  20. The High Llamas - Talahomi Way
  21. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Honorable Mentions & Noteworthies:
  • There were some fancy & super sweet re-issues this year worthy of praise, some of them on vinyl for the first time:
    • Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
    • Deltron 3030 (Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator)
    • Journey - Greatest Hits vol. 2
    • The Monkees HEAD on clear wax (only 500 pressed)
    • Ben Folds Five's first LP
    • Go-Go's Beauty & The Beat 30th anniversary on pink vinyl
    • Paul McCartney McCartney & McCartney II Deluxe 2LP editions with extra tracks
    • Glassjaw - Worship & Tribute on white vinyl 
    • Sugar - Copper Blue
  • The Bangles' Sweetheart of the Sun would probably battle Duran Duran for #3, had it been released on vinyl. It's a fantastic album - their best yet, IMO. UPDATE, 1.31.2012: Sweetheart of the Rodeo DID get a vinyl release, and although it wasn't an easy decision, I concluded that it was slightly better than Duran Duran. So, I updated the list, which is why there's now 21 Fancy LPs for the year.
  • I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a vinyl version of Condensate by The Original 7ven (formerly The Time). When I spoke with Jellybean Johnson at September's fDeluxe show he seemed fairly certain that it would make it onto vinyl. It's a great album, and all great albums deserve to be on wax!
As always, feel free to post your faves of the past year.  Anything you think I missed?  Let me know!

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