This Just In: Only For The Lonely

You know we’re always on top of any Stax/Volt reissues that pop up, and this week we’ve got Only The Lonely, Mavis Staples’ breakthrough 1970 solo album. Already well-known and beloved for her work with The Staples Singers, Mavis released her eponymous first solo record in 1969, while also working on songs for the follow-up. Only The Lonely is full of strong, original material that foreshadowed just how influential Mavis Staples would become and remain in the worlds of blues, soul and R&B. She’s playing in Miami on Nov. 21st at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, so lemme know if you want to carpool. In the meantime check out a track below, and this week’s in-stock list below that. Woo! -MLE

Mavis Staples – Only For The Lonely LP:
Listen: “I Have Learned To Do Without You”

“Mavis Staples’s earthy contralto was the Staple Singers’ prime asset, and she finally recorded her first solo album in 1969. That album, Mavis Staples, was a tentative, unconvincing collection of pop standards like Dionne Warwick’s “A House Is Not a Home,” Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” and a pair of Otis Redding songs. The followup, 1970’s Only for the Lonely, was much better, yielding the R&B hit “I Have Learned to Do Without You,” the exquisite slow blues “How Many Times” and the finger-snapping Memphis soul of “It Makes Me Wanna Cry.” This isn’t Mavis Staples’s best work–she went on to do much better singing with her family and on her own–but it’s an invaluable glimpse at the first solo steps by one of America’s finest singers” -Geoffrey Himes

For the lonely and not-so-lonely alike – new releases, reissues and restocks…

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (Clear) 2LP
Albert King – I Wanna Get Funky LP*
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP; Favourite Worst Nightmare LP
Atoms For Peace – AMOK 2LP
Bauhaus – Best of Bauhaus: Crackle LP
Black Star – Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star LP
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus LP; Lee Perry Masters (Colored) LP
Can – Ege Bamyasi LP; Soundtracks LP
Caribou – Our Love LP
Cat Power – You Are Free LP
Chris Cornell – Euphoria Mourning LP*
Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas LP
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories 2LP
Depeche Mode – Violator LP
Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon 2LP
Ducktails – St. Catherine LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 – Confusion LP; Expensive Shit LP; Live! LP
FKA twigs – EP2 12″
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours LP
Foo Figthers – Greatest Hits 2LP
Frank Sinatra – Watertown LP*
Future Islands – Singles LP
Gary Numan – Tubeway Army: Premier Hits 2LP*
Ghostface Killah – 12 Reasons To Die II LP
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here LP
Grace Potter – Midnight 2LP*
Grateful Dead – American Beauty LP
Green Day – Dookie LP
Grimes – Visions LP
Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes LP
Iceage – You’re Nothing LP
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive 2LP
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free 2LP
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP
Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze 2LP
Leon Bridges – Coming Home LP
Marvin Gaye – On Stage LP
Miles Davis – Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet LP; Kind Of Blue LP; Miles Davis & The Modern Jazz Greats LP
Muse – Drones 2LP
Neil Young – The Monsanto Years 2LP*
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Let Love In LP; From Her To Eternity LP
Nick Drake – Pink Moon LP
Nirvana – In Utero 2013 Mix 2LP; MTV Unplugged In New York LP
Orbital – Orbital (Brown Album) 2LP*; Orbital (Green Album) 2LP*
Otis Redding – Lonely & Blue LP
Outkast – Aquemini 3LP; ATLiens 2LP; Stankonia 2LP
Pavement – The Secret History Vol. 1 2LP*
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP; Wish You Were Here LP
Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black 2LP*
Queen – S/T LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2LP
Red House Painters – Down Colorful Hill LP*; Ocean Beach/Shock Me 2LP*; Red House Painters I 2LP*; Red House Painters II LP*
Talking Heads – Speaking In Tongues LP
Tame Impala – Currents 2LP; Lonerism 2LP
Taragana Pyjarama – Ariel EP 12”*
The Knife – Deep Cuts 2LP
The National – High Violet 2LP
The Replacements – The Twin/Tone Records Years 4LP*
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons 2LP*
Tom Waits – Mule Variations 2LP
Vampire Weekend – Contra LP; Modern Vampires Of The City LP
Various – Darjeeling Limited OST LP
Various – Miami Vice OST LP
Various – Rushmore OST LP*
Wes Montgomery – So Much Guitar! LP*
Willie Dixon With Memphis Slim – Willie’s Blues LP*
xx – Coexist LP; S/T LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue