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Record Store Day 2016 Re-Cap

RSD2016flyerWow, we had a GREAT Record Store Day this year!  More and more people are coming to our store and we had a lot of what people were looking to get.  We’re thankful to everyone who came by to support and party with us!   We got lots of good feedback from customers who said they were happy to have a local record store to shop at again.  We’re glad that we can share our love of music and vinyl with other old school record fans as well as the younger collectors who are newly discovering the beauty of the format.

We still have a number of Record Store Day releases in stock and might have the title you’re looking to get so stop by and browse our inventory.  We also have some titles left from last year’s Record Store Day and Black Friday that we have reduced.

Here are some pictures from the day.  Special thanks to Charlie Gracie, Patricia King and Orlando Hadad from Minas for their special appearance on Record Store Day and Mayor Campuzano and Neumann University’s 98.5!

Record Store Day Events

rsd+date_wide_2011We’re only 22 short days away from Record Store Day 2016!  Vinyl Revival will stock a selection of titles that are Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition and first releases and we’ll have a couple fun events during the day on April 16th.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Meet Orlando Haddad and Patricia King from the Brazilian jazz group Minas and get advance and signed copies of their first album, Num Dia Azul, which will be re-released at their World Café Live concert on April 16th at 8 p.m.

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. –  Meet Philly’s first rock and roll star, Charlie Gracie, as he signs copies of his new book, Rock & Roll’s Hidden Giant: The Story of Rock Pioneer Charlie Gracie. 

Gracie’s book and Minas’ album will be available for sale at their individual events.

As part of the Record Store Day celebration, light refreshments and drinks will be provided during store hours from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m  and an assortment of Record Store Day promotional items will also be given out for free with each purchase while supplies last.

Hope you can celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store with us!

Countdown to Record Store Day 2016

Woo hoo!  We are just one month away from Record Store Day.  We are super excited about it and hope you are too!

Last week, the folks at Record Store Day announced “the list” of titles that will be available on April 16th.  You can take a look at the entire list here.  There are about 350 titles.  We want to please as many customers as possible, so, as Dawes would say, we ordered “a little bit of everything.” Many releases are limited editions and there are a lot of record stores participating in this special day so we may not get everything we ordered.

We hope that you’ll stop in our store on April 16th beginning at 10 a.m. to helps us celebrate independent record stores.  We are planning a few events including a Vinyl and CD signing with Brazilian jazz group, Minas, a book signing with rock and roll pioneer Charlie Gracie, with more events to be announced.  We’ll have complimentary light refreshments and beer and wine all day.  Check our Facebook page for event details as we’ll be adding more to it as we confirm things.  #RSD16

 

 

 

2015 in Review

2015 has been a great year and we have our customers to thank!

The popularity of records continues to grow and in addition to our regulars, we also have new customers stop in all the time.

Many of you attended events here or came in to buy the latest releases and special Record Store Day titles.  Let’s take a look back at some of the fun we had this year!

We screened great indie films with FirstGlance Film Festival and Film Festival Flix and Italian Cinema with Ciao Bella!  Living Italian Style.

We hosted concerts in The Vault featuring original music as well as covers with local musicians Tommy Davis, Third Man In and Electric Fallback. 

We had great new, exclusive, limited edition releases for Record Store Day and Record Store Day Black Friday, new releases from Kurt Vile and Jeff Lynne’s ELO plus hard to find vintage MFSL versions of Dark Side of the Moon and Magical Mystery Tour.

We also had books signings with authors Charlie Gracie, Jim RosinWyatt Doyle, Andrew Biscontini and Richard Adelman.

As we look to 2016, we hope to offer a wider variety of new and vintage vinyl and program more unique events that you can enjoy in Lansdowne!

 

Record Store Day Black Friday November 27th

black_friday_logoRecord Store Day recently announced the list of special titles available at independent record stores on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 27th. Vinyl Revival will have some of these titles for the holiday shopping season for sale on the 27th when we open at 11 a.m.  Below is a list of what we ordered.  Quantities are limited so we’re not sure what we’ll end up getting.

The B-52’s, Live! 8-24-1979

Beck, Dreams [12″]

David Bowie, Earthling

Buzzcocks, Another Music In A Different Kitchen

The Cardigans, Long Gone Before Daylight

Johnny Cash, Man In Black : Live In Demark 1971

Chip Taylor & John Prine, 16 Angels Dancing ‘Cross The Moon

The Clash, The Clash

Coheed and Cambria, The Color Before The Sun: Official Band Demos

Phil Collins, In the Air Tonight

Egyptian Lover, Egypt, Egypt Girls

Ben Harper, Fight For Your Mind

Neal Hefti, Batman Theme / The Batusi

John Lee Hooker, Two Sides Of John Lee Hooker

Howlin’ Wolf, The London Howling’ Wolf Sessions

The Isley Brothers, Groove With You…Live!

Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Live at Winterland ’68

Jeff Buckley/Sly and the Family Stone, Everyday People

The Jesus And Mary Chain, Barbed Wire Kisses

Judas Priest, Painkiller

B.B. King, The Thrill Is Gone

The Kinks, Kwyet Kinks

The Kinks, Dedicated Kinks

Les Paul /Mary Ford, Christmas Cheer

Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis

Megadeth, The Threat Is Real

MGMT, Time To Pretend

Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Live at the Middle East

Rich Robinson, Oh, Sweet Nuthin

Outkast, Stankonia

Jaco Pastorius, JACO

Carl Perkins, Dance Album of Carl Perkins

Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody

Schoolly-D , P.S.K. What Does It Mean? / Gucci Time

Spoon, TV Set

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, A Legend In The Making

Animals As Leaders, Animals As Leaders

Dressy Bessy, Lady Liberty

The Offenders, Live at CBGB’s 1985

Royce da 5’9″, Skillz / Diamond D – One For The Money

The Arcs, The Arcs vs. The Inventors, Vol. 1

Jimi Hendrix, Burning Desire

Wes Montgomery, One Night In Indy (Feat. The Eddie Higgins Trio)

Frank Zappa, Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison

There may be a few more so check back here for updates.

We also have a couple of special in-store events planned for Black Friday, November 27th and Small Business Saturday, November 28th, so check the events tab at vinylrevivalrecords.com to find out what’s going on at our store.

 

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Paul McCartney Brings It Every Time

McCartneyLast night’s Paul McCartney show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly was a real treat for first-timers and fans like me who catch him every time he’s in town.  He played close to 40 songs over an almost three hour set that included Beatles’ songs, some Wings’ numbers, and a few tracks off his new album, New.  As someone who regularly goes to see him, I was pleasantly surprised to see him perform a few songs that I’ve never seen him play – “All Together Now,” which was fun for young and old alike, and “Temporary Secretary,” which he had never before performed live.  I particularly enjoyed “Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Lovely Rita,” both off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, too.  Some other highlights of the night included the fire explosions during “Live and Let Die,” his tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison, and of course, the crowd sing-a-long of “Hey Jude.”

Paul’s voice was in fine form.  My daughter commented that he sounded like an angel and I’d have to agree.  My friend noticed that he didn’t even take a drink all night which I found hard to believe. I, on the other hand, was constantly popping Tic Tacs in my mouth to moisten it from all my singing and cheering. McCartney is such a huge talent you might think that musicians playing with him might not be able to perform up to par but that’s not the case with his band.  Paul Wickens (keyboard), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) did a fabulous job keeping up with the always energetic, playful and entertaining McCartney.

Some people ask how I could go see Paul time after time, and for me the answer is simple.  Even though I obviously don’t know him, I feel like he’s an old friend.  For 35 years, his music has touched my heart and soul and given me such joy.  I think he feels the same way about me, about us, his fans.  Sir James Paul McCartney always puts on one hell of a show and I always want to be there to thank him for that. May God bless him and may he keep on rockin!

 

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony aired this weekend and although I am not a huge fan of any of the inductees (with the exception of Ringo Starr), I thought this year’s group of inductees represented a nice cross section of music.  Not knowing a whole lot about a couple of the inductees, The 5 Royales or The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, I enjoyed learning more about their music and the influence each had on the music scene.  What I particularly enjoyed about the show was hearing each inductee’s speech.  Many of the speeches gave sincere thanks to the Rock Hall and to the fans and conveyed their sheer love of music.  I loved seeing the admiration of the artists who were presenting the awards as well.  In some cases, it was a new generation of rocker presenting to a veteran, and in others, it was a peer.  In either case, there’s no denying that no matter age you are or what type of music you prefer to listen to, music really touches the lives and souls of people and that’s why so many of us love it.

What We Hope to Have for Record Store Day

RSD2015recordRecord Store Day is right around the corner and we’ve been busy shopping for you!  We ordered way more records for this year’s event so we hope we’ll have the titles you’re looking to get. A complete list of what we ordered is below. Since quantities are limited, we may not get everything, but stop by on April 18th to see what’s in-store. We’ll have extended hours  – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  

311 Grifter b/w “Who’s Got The Herb?”
101ers Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited)
1975, The Facedown EP
A$AP Rocky LPFJ2 (White vinyl 7″)
Adam &the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier / Ant Music
Adams, Ryan Come Pick Me Up
a-ha Take On Me
Allman, Gregg TBD
Animals, The The Animals No. 2 EP
Antorchas Antorchas
Armstrong, Billie Joe,  Travis Barker, Jane Wiedlin Live Freaky! Die Freaky!
Atkins, Chet My Brother Sings – 180 gram LP
Atreyu So Others May Live
Avicii The Days/Nights REMIX EP
Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah Sour Soul (Instrumentals)
Banks The Remixes Part 2
Barnett, Courtney Brand New Song (song title to be revealed later)
Barrett, Syd  / R.E.M. Dark Globe
Beck, Jeff Hi Ho Silver Lining/Beck’s Bolero – 7” vinyl
Beck, Jeff Love Is Blue / I’ve Been Drinking – 7”vinyl
Beck, Jeff Tallyman/Rock My Plimsoul – 7” vinyl
Bee Gees Extended EP
Black Keys, The / Junior Kimbrough Meet Me In The City
Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) Fix Up b/w You Already Knew
Blue Mountain Eagle Blue Mountain Eagle
Blue Oyster Cult Bad Channels (Soundtrack)
Bowie, David Changes
Bowie, David / Tom Verlaine Kingdom Come
Braid Kids Get Grids
Brown, Junior Better Call Saul: Theme 7″
Buzzcocks The Way
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Rough Raw and Amazing
Case, Neko Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Cash, Johnny Koncert v Praze (In Prague- Live)
Citizen Dick Touch Me I’m Dick
Clutch From Beale Street To Oblivion Special Edition
Cobra Skulls Live At The BBC
Cold War Kids Five Quick Cuts
Comeback Kid Rain City Sessions +1
Cotton, James Cut You Loose
Country Joe and The Fish Together
Cypress Hill The Phuncky Feel One/How Could I Just Kill A Man
D Generation Queens Of A
D’Angelo The Charade
Davis, Miles The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 [5-LP Box Set]
Dead Milkmen, The Beelzebubba
Death Cab for Cutie / Freedy Johnston Bad Reputation
Decembrists, The Picaresque
Deep Purple Black Night b/w Speed King
Dixie Cupes, The Chpel of Love
Doors, The Strange Days
Dylan, Bob The Basement Tapes (Mono)
Dylan, Bob The Night We Called It A Day (Blue Vinyl 7″)
Earle, Justin Townes Live at Grimey’s
Earle, Steve Terraplane
Electric Century Electric Century EP
Eno, Brian My Squelchy Life
Erasure The Violet Flame Remixes
Father John Misty “I Love, Honeybear” (Acoustic Version) b/w “Never Been a Woman”
Flaming Lips Bad Days
Flaming Lips Brainville
Flemons, Dom What Got Over
Florence And The Machine What Kind on Man
Foo Fighters Songs From The Laundry Room
Garbage TBD
Garcia, Jerry Garcia (Compliments)
Getz, Stan & Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto ’76
Gov’t Mule Stoned Side of the Mule Volume 2
Grandmaster Flash / Stiff Little Fingers The Message
Grateful Dead Wake Up To Find Out: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY 3/29/90
Greene, Jackie Light Up Your Window – 7″
GWAR America Must Be Destroyed
Hedwig And The Angry Inch Hedwig And The Angry Inch Original Broadway Cast Recording
Hendrix, Jimi “Purple Haze” b/w “Freedom”
Herrmann, Bernard Psycho (Soundtrack)
Hold Steady, The Boys and Girls in America
Interpol Everything Is Wrong
John Butler Trio Ocean
Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings Little Boys With Shiny Toys – 7″
Kenny Wayne Sheperd Band A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1 [Live EP]
Kid Cudi KiD CuDi presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon
Kinks, The Kinksize Hits 7″
Kinks, The Kinksize Session 7″
Kinks, The You Really Got Me (Live)/Milk Cow Blues (Live)
Leave the Planet Sarah, Where Are You Going
Lee, Alvin Still On The Road To Freedom
Lemonheads, The Bored on the 4th July
Lord Sitar Lord Sitar
Loveless, Lydia & Cory Branan Prince Covers Split Single
Marley, Bob Bob Marley Interviews – So Much Things To Say
Marvin Gaye How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You)/Once Upon A Time
Mastodon Atlanta
McCartney, Paul The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording
Metallica No Life Til Leather
Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Question The Answers
Monk, Thelonious London Collection, Volume 2
Mothersbaugh, Mark The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Mumford & Sons Believe / The Wolf
Musselwhite, Charlie Stand Back!
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds In The Heat Of The Moment
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Oates, John Close/Let’s Drive
OFF! Live from the BBC
Parker, Charlie The Charlie Parker Story
Parsons,  Gram / Lemonheads Brass Buttons
Pastorius, Jaco The Warner Bros. Years VBO
Phish New Year’s Eve 1995, Live at Madison Square Garden (Record Store Day Exclusive)
Phoenix Foundation, The / Eyelids A Can of Moles
Pierson, Kate Don’t Sting The Bee
Pizza Underground, The (feat. Macaulay Culkin) PU Demo’s
Plant, Robert More Roar maxi single
Prine, John September 78
Procul Harem Homburg  EP
Public Enemy Harder Than You Think picture disc
Replacements, The Alex Chilton
Reverend Horton Heat It’s A Rave-Up b/w Beer, Write This Song
Rise Against Eco-Terrorist In Me
Rivers, Joan The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album
Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Grateful Dead
Rocky Horror Picture Show The Time Warp (EP)
Ross, Rick The Maybach Edition
Rundgren, Todd  / Emil Nikolaisen / Hans-Peter Lindstrom Put Your Arms Around Me – 12″
Run the Jewels Record Store Day Release
Sic Kidz Rhythm Girl
Simon & Garfunkel Homeward Bound b/w “Leaves That Are Green”
Sinatra, Frank Songs For Young Lovers (10-inch)
Snider, Todd Impending Doom
Social Distortion Social Distortion
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Live From The Alabama Theatre
Slayer When The Stillness Comes
Sly & The Family Stone Live at the Fillmore
Small Faces Afterglow Of Your Love
Stooges Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano’s
Sugarhill Gang The Best Of Sugarhill Gang (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl/Limited Edition/Gatefold Cover)
Sun Ra Calling Planet Earth
Tegan & Sara Live at Zia Records
Temples Mesmerise Live EP
Tomorrow Tomorrow
Torogood, George George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers
Trey Anastasio Band Bounce / Never
Twenty One Pilots The LC LP
U2 Songs Of Innocence
Vampire Weekend Step
Various Artists I’m Here (A Soundtrack To The Short Film By Spike Jonze)
Various Artists The Darjeeling Limited (Original Soundtrack)
Various Artists AMC’s The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack Vol.2
Various Artists An On-U Journey Through Time & Space
Various Artists DogFish Head Sampler
Various Artists Furious Hoops Vol.01
Various Artists Sun Records Curated by RSD – Vol 2
Violent Femmes Happy New Year
Warzone Fight For Justice
White Stripes, The Get Behind Me Satan
Wilson, Brian The Right Time / Sail Away – RSD XCL
Wilson, Cassandra / Billie Holiday You Go To My Head & “The Mood That I’m In”
Winter, Johnny It’s My Life, Baby
Wu-Tang Clan Protect Ya Neck
Young the Giant Mirrorball   /  Mind Over Matter (Evolution Tour Version)
Zappa, Frank 200 Motels
Zombies, The R.I.P Album

Record Store Day’s Black Friday is November 28th

Record Store Day's Black Friday

Record Store Day’s Black Friday

Wish list or holiday shopping list? Where do the Record Store Day Black Friday releases belong? Hopefully, on both lists! There are exclusive releases, small run/regional releases and Black Friday firsts.  Check out the list of Record Store Day Black Friday titles for 2014. We hope to have many in-stock for you!  Stop in first thing on November 28th as quantities are limited.   #RSDBF

Queen Rule Again

Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on July 16, 2004.

Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on July 16, 2004.

I have seen many, many bands play live over the years but there was always one band that I wished I had seen but hadn’t… until the other night.  The band I’m talking about is Queen.  Queen’s last American tour was in 1982 and I remember when they played the Spectrum.  A friend of mine saw them and loved them.  I always said I’d catch them the next time but unfortunately there wasn’t a next time.

When Queen got together with Paul Rodgers around 2006, I just couldn’t bring myself to go.  It’s difficult to see a band you really like play without all of the original members, but I think it’s even more difficult when the original front man isn’t there.

When I heard Adam Lambert would be touring with Queen, I actually gave some serious thought to going.  I was a big Lambert fan from his days on “American Idol” and thought he certainly had the singing chops to do Queen’s songs justice.  Although, once again, it just didn’t seem right to me that they’d have another lead singer, but when I got a last minute invite from a friend who had an extra ticket, I decided to go.

I am so glad I did!  Although NO ONE could ever take Freddie Mercury‘s place, Adam’s voice was amazing and he really put on one hell of a show.  With costume changes, an audience sing-off, effortless interaction with the band members, and his own unique styling, I think Freddie would’ve been pleased with his performance.  It sure seemed like the audience was pleased and happy to hear all of Queen’s wonderful music live again. Queen’s remaining original members were pretty terrific too! Brian May’s guitar playing was sick! I especially loved his trippy guitar solo and his tribute to Freddie. Then there was Roger Taylor who was totally rockin’ out on the drums.  He gave the younger drummer playing with them a run for his money! Overall, the entire band sounded great and they looked like they were really having a fun time on stage.  They gave the audience a great show over two hours long with just the right mix of hits and lesser known numbers.   I would definitely see them again.

If you went to the show, what did you think and would you see them again?