Vinyl Watch, November 2020: Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone & More

Vinyl is back! Each month on “Vinyl Watch,” we list some of the most noteworthy new vinyl releases — including new albums, reissues, special-edition box sets and more. At JAZZIZ, we share the vinyl community’s appreciation of the experience of collecting and playing vinyl records. As an increasing number of music fans discover the joy of vinyl, we hope these lists will serve as a starting point for new musical discoveries.


Amy Winehouse, 12×7: The Singles Collection (UMe/Island)

12×7: The Singles Collection is a 7″ singles box set comprising all of Amy Winehouse’s memorable singles from the Frank (2003), Back To Black (2006) and Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2011) albums. Featured tracks include “Stronger Than Me,” “Rehab,” “Love Is a Losing Game” and her GRAMMY-winning “Body and Soul” duet with Tony Bennett. Each single will be housed in an individual picture sleeve and pressed on black vinyl. The deluxe box set also features a 20-page lyrics booklet and a set of art cards.


Various Artists, The Gospel Truth: The Complete Singles Collection (Craft)

Craft has released The Gospel Truth: The Complete Singles Collection, a brand new, comprehensive compilation highlighting The Gospel Truth Records, an imprint of the legendary soul label Stax. The set includes all 17 singles and their respective B-sides, issued by the imprint between 1972 and 1974, and marks the culmination of Craft’s six-month campaign celebrating the legacy of Stax. Along with this vinyl set, The Gospel Truth is available digitally and on CD.


Nina Simone, I Put a Spell on You / Pastel Blues (Verve/UMe)

Verve/UMe has released Nina Simone’s classic 1965 Philips albums, I Put a Spell on You and Pastel Blues. Both have been reissued as audiophile-grade vinyl and as part of Verve/UMe’s recently launched series, Acoustic Sounds. They follow last month’s reissues of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (1965) and Ballads (1963). All vinyl in the series is remastered from original analog tapes and presented in high-quality packaging.


Avishai Cohen, The 50 Gold Selection Vinyl Box Set (RadazRecordz/naïve)

Bassist/composer Avishai Cohen celebrates his 50th birthday with a brand new vinyl collection of his most popular songs chosen by fans through a 2019 fan survey. The songs are collected in The 50 Gold Selection Box Set, a limited-edition 6-LP vinyl box set, which also includes a 32-page hardcover book with notes written personally by Cohen, rare photos, a special poster and other exclusive content.


Various Artists, Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (Verve/UMe)

This holiday season, Verve/UMe has boxes up some of its most classic holiday titles in a new vinyl box collection titled Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas. The set is headed by Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (1960), celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. It also features three stellar instrumental albums: Kenny Burrell’s Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (1966), Ramsey Lewis’ Sound of Christmas (1961) and Jimmy Smith’s Christmas ’64 (1964). All four records are presented in their original packaging.

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