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23Oct/090

New R.E.M., Neil Young vinyl available this weekend at the WFMU Record Fair

We just got some exciting news from the folks at Warner Brothers announcing that they will have a booth at the annual WFMU Record Fair, happening this weekend in New York City. 

Music fans will have first crack at getting their hands on the new vinyl edition of R.E.M's Live At the Olympia in Dublin/39 Songs, an exciting new Neil Young box set and a limited vinyl pressing (200 copies) of Embryonic, the latest album from The Flaming Lips.

R.E.M. Live at the Olympia

The R.E.M set was pressed/assembled by Furnace MFG, a Fairfax, VA-based company that will also be handling the vinyl edition of The Live Anthology by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.  I'm very excited for both releases!!

The full press release from Warner Brothers follows after the jump:

WARNER BROS. RECORDS INC. BRINGS VINYL TO THE PEOPLE DURING THIS WEEKEND’S ANNUAL WFMU RECORD FAIR IN NYC

Burbank, CA – Warner Bros. Records — the No. 1 vinyl label in the country — will bring vinyl directly to the people this weekend by hosting a booth at the annual WFMU Record Fair in New York City. The event, known as a worldwide Mecca for music enthusiasts and vinyl fans, will be held October 23rd through the 25th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street in Manhattan.

"There is no better place to sell music directly to fans than at the annual WMFU show," says Warner Bros. Records General Manager Tom Biery, who oversees all of the company’s vinyl releases. "As a vinyl freak, I have been going to the show for years and have always thought that having a WBR/Reprise booth to sell our records would be a ton of fun as well as a great learning experience.”

This weekend also kicks off Warner Bros. Records’ relationship with vinyl-only indie label, Original Recording Group (ORG), which will be manning the WBR booth.

At the show, Reprise Records will unveil, for the first time, legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young's first four catalog reissues, including the direct-to-fan 180-gram Limited Edition box set. Those titles, Neil Young, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, After The Gold Rush, and Harvest, have been meticulously cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original master tapes (under the direct supervision of Neil Young's team) and manufactured at the world’s premiere record-pressing plant, Pallas MFG/Germany. This is the first-ever upgrade to these essential recordings on vinyl and is sure to delight both fans and audiophiles alike.

Warner Bros. Records will also reveal a "collector's edition" vinyl version of the new album from The Flaming Lips, Embryonic (pressed in a limited edition of 200), as well as a three-disc vinyl version of R.E.M.’s Live At the Olympia in Dublin/39 Songs, which also includes the CD and DVD, in all its glorious sound and packaging.

To celebrate the company’s signing of a worldwide partnership with New Wave pioneers Devo, Warner Bros. Records will also be previewing vinyl reissues of two of the band’s classic albums: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and Freedom Of Choice, newly mastered by Bernie Grundman on beautiful yellow and red wax.

And finally, Warner Bros. Records will present a series of stunning soul 45s from the famed Loma label. With each title highly collectible upon its original pressing, these reissues are intended to enable fans to enjoy this incredible music the way it was meant to be heard—at 45 rpm. Artists in this series include The Marvellos, The Soul Shakers, Carl Thomas, and others.

For those who can’t attend the WMFU Record Fair this weekend, these titles can be purchased at www.becausesoundmatters.com.

Photo of R.E.M. vinyl box set courtesy of Furnace MFG

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