The Best Vinyl Releases Of January 2020

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Anybody who thought the vinyl resurgence was just a fad was mistaken: The industry has experienced a legitimate revival. As a result, music fans are interested in physical media in ways they may not have if the decades-old medium hasn’t made a comeback. That doesn’t mean everybody is listening to just their parents’ old music, though. That’s part of it, sure, thanks to rereleases that present classic albums in new ways. A vital part of the renewed vinyl wave, though, is new projects being released as records, of which there are plenty.

Whatever you might be into, each month brings a new slew of vinyl releases that has something for everybody. Some stand out above the rest, naturally, so check out some of our favorite vinyl releases of January, below.

Daniel Johnston — Chicago 2017

dBpm Records

The world lost outsider musician Daniel Johnston a few months ago. He didn’t perform much in his final days, so the shows he did play were special. Chicago 2017 is made up of songs from Johnston’s final Chicago performance, for which he was backed by Tweedy, the band of Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy. Vinyl is the only place this performance can be heard, as it isn’t being released on any other medium.

Get it here.

Labrinth — Euphoria: Season 1 Music From The Original Series

Milan

Euphoria was one of the breakout television hits of 2019, and Labrinth played a non-insignificant part of that success thanks to his work scoring the show. Now, the full score is available as a 2-LP purple and pink splatter gatefold vinyl release with gorgeous physical presentation. Euphoria, indeed.

Get it here.

N.E.R.D. — Fly Or Die (Vinyl Me, Please rerelease)

Vinyl Me, Please

N.E.R.D.’s (who are soon-to-be Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductees) most successful work has been with other artists. That shouldn’t fool anybody into thinking their own albums aren’t worthwhile, though. The group’s second album, Fly Or Die, was their most commercially successful and their first top-1o record, and now it’s getting a fancy red-and-white double vinyl re-release as Vinyl Me, Please’s Rap & Hip-Hop Record Of The Month for January. Subscription required.

Get it here.

Big Star — #1 Record and Radio City

Craft Recordings

Big Star’s first two albums weren’t exactly commercial hits in their day (which makes #1 Record a great album title), but over time, both albums have gotten their due. Now, both have been re-released on 180-gram vinyl, ready to influence a new wave of musicians and fans like they have done in generations before.

Get #1 Record here. Get Radio City here.

TNGHT — II

Warp

Hudson Mohawke and Lunice took their time between TNGHT EPs, but seven years after the self-titled EP that preceded it, II dropped, giving the world more daring and appealingly head-scratching electronic music to dive into. Like the other versions of the album, the vinyl edition features vibrant and striking album art that would look great on any shelf.

Get II here.

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band — Express Yourself

Real Gone Music

The name Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band might not immediately ring a bell for casual listeners, but “Express Yourself” is one of the most timeless and recognizable soul/funk songs to come out of the ’70s. Wright wasn’t a one-trick pony, though, as the rest of the album beyond the famous title track is also a delight. This vinyl edition of the album was remastered from the original tapes, so this is a great chance to hear classic music like it’s never been heard before.

Get Express Yourself here.

Mura Masa — R.Y.C.

Interscope

Mura Masa’s second album, R.Y.C., is one of the finest releases of this young year, and he thrives throughout the project both by himself and when teaming with collaborators like Clairo and Slowthai. This vinyl edition is pressed on a bright red record that’s as vibrant as the songs it contains.

Get R.Y.C. here.

Mister Rogers — It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best Of Mister Rogers

Omnivore Recordings

Mister Rogers was a children’s television star, yes, but in a way, he was one of the best and most wholesome songwriters of his time. His PBS show featured tons of memorable songs; Who doesn’t know “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The record features 21 classic songs, including six previously unissued performances.

Get It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best Of Mister Rogers here.

Joy Division — Live At University Of London Union, February The 8th 1980 and Live At Town Hall, High Wycombe 20th February 1980

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The short-but-storied tenure of Joy Division came to a sad end when frontman Ian Curtis took his own life in May of 1980. The performances on this pair of vinyl releases represent two of the band’s final shows. Both setlists feature songs that would go on to be included on Closer, Joy Division’s second and final album, which was released months after Curtis’ death.

Get Live At University Of London Union, February The 8th 1980 here. Get Live At Town Hall, High Wycombe 20th February 1980 here.

Kara’s Flowers — The Fourth World [Limited Blue Marble Colored Vinyl]

Music On Vinyl

The red-colored face on the album art might be a familiar one: It’s Maroon 5 leader Adam Levine. Before his band was Maroon 5, it was called Kara’s Flowers, and The Fourth World is their second album, now available as a limited 180gm blue colored vinyl LP pressing with a four-page booklet. Maroon 5 have made their name in pop-rock, but as Kara’s Flowers, they went in a more ’90s rock-leaning direction.

Get The Fourth World here.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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