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David Axelrod

Song Of Innocence - RSD18 Edition

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    David Axelrod delivered one of the great psychedelic albums with 1968’s Song of Innocence, based around the poetry of William Blake. It is considered by many his masterpiece. Song of Innocence is this weird hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could ever really describe. The listener is pulled in by his melodies, simplistic at first blush, but colored by odd chord progressions and turn arounds, grounded by the drummer Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements – a jazz vibraphone solo here, a fuzz guitar tear here, a nod to the baroque in Don Randi’s clavichord comps – and put at ease, always, by Axe’s arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no 1960s arranger did. It’s worth noting that there are really count-on-your-hand examples of anything that might even be compared to Song of Innocence. Perhaps Arthur Verocai’s self-titled and only artist album, issued on the Brasilian Continental label in 1972, or the collaborations between Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, which found their epitome in 1971’s Histoire de Melody Nelson. But even these albums, superb, in any thinking music fan’s canon of the best from this era, perhaps in their lives - and perhaps in line with Song of Innocence - are one-offs. Axelrod’s Song of Innocence set in path a series of artist albums on Capitol and other labels and influenced the world countless times over, from The Verve to DJ Shadow to Madlib to J.Dilla. Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photos. 



    Daughter

    Music From Before The Storm

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      2LP clear vinyl in gatefold sleeveFirst physical release for Daughters atmospheric original soundtrack to the second instalment of the popular Life is Strange video game. 

      Demon Fuzz

      I Put A Spell On You

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        The seven-piece afro-rock band Demon Fuzz released their debut album Afreaka! In 1970. It became an instant hit and an popular source for sampling. One of the songs on the album is the cover of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins classic I Put a Spell on You. The 7” edition let us feel the raw power of the mash of Afro-Latin funk, psychedelica and  breakbeats. Two other songs can be found on the vinyl, the deep and groovy “Message to Mankind” and the rhythmic shifts of the lengthy instrumental “Fuzz Oriental Blues”. Demon fuzz formed in 1968 in England and developed from a band started in the soul to a supergroup which implemented funk, jazz, rock and African music in their songs.

        Django Django

        In Your Beat

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          Exclusive "In Your beat" Remixes EP, 12''. Original version (from "Marble Skies" album) , Instrumental, Matthias Zimmerman Remix, Body Double Remix

          Duke Reid All Stars / Roland Alphonso

          Judge Sympathy / Never To Be Mine

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            To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Trojan Records, a special coloured vinyl edition of the first-ever 7” single to see issue in the UK on a Trojan label. Originally released by Island Records on 28 July 1967, the record features two sought-after rock steady rarities from the legendary catalogue of famed Treasure Isle Records producer, Duke Reid aka ‘The Trojan’. Pressed on orange vinyl and presented in a specially created card sleeve, the record looks as good as it sounds and is sure to become an instant collector’s item!

            Damon Aaron, ex-member of Breakestra, The Rebirth and Divine Styler, steps out on his own with an album of bittersweet cosmic campfire electronics and melancholic dreams. Songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Aaron pens love songs and personal anecdotes that float over spacey hip hop beats and polished basslines. He cuts and pastes in swirling strings and acoustic guitars that decorate his minimal soundscapes and cast light on traditional folk and songwriting roots. Aaron is an eclectic musician who equally embodies California craftsman, Renaissance man and soul boy. His late night collection of stories directs nods towards an eclectic list of influences, including Massive Attack, Flying Lotus, Nick Drake and Sam Cooke.

            Daniel Agust

            If You Leave Me Now

            Five years ago Daniel Agust left Gusgus and started his solo project – a unique blend of symphonic orchestration and pop melodies which he has constructed, composed and arranged. Together with Bix he has created an exceptional soundscape in the post production adding all sorts of percussive and ambient elements that makes the musical experience quite a ride.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            CDS Info: The CD single includes "Someone Who Swallowed A Star".

            Damon Albarn

            Hollow Ponds / Lonely Press Play

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              To celebrate Record Store Day, Damon Albarn will release two songs from his forthcoming solo album as a limited edition Double A Side.

              The tracks - ‘Hollow Ponds’ and ‘Lonely Press Play’ - feature on Albarn’s new studio album Everyday Robots, set for release on April 28. This very limited 7 inch release comes in a Parlophone house bag and gives fans the opportunity to own two songs from Everyday Robots – Albarn’s most soul-searching and autobiographical record since his musical journey began – on vinyl ahead of the album’s release.

              Limited to 1000 copies.

              Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabate And Friends

              Mali Music

              "Mali Music" was recorded by the cream of Mali's musicians and Blur's Damon Albarn. The results swing from global fusion to reggae to house to traditional to ragga and back again. Included are Toumani Diabate, Nabintou Diakite, Afel Bocoum, Lobi Tarore and Kasse Mady Diabante.

              ‘All that is magic about African music while skipping round the po-faced worthy guff that puts people off… witty, experimental, stunningly beautiful’ - Mojo

              ‘Reckless yet inspired… stirringly beautiful’ - Vibe.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLP Info: 2xLP in gatefold sleeve with fold-out poster insert.

              After 20 years of success fronting globally successful bands Blur and Gorillaz, a true British icon releases his first solo album.

              A poignant and introspective record that will win people over with it its quality.
              Campaign will be creative led with Damon working with conceptual multi-media artist Aitor to create artwork, video and online concepts.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Andy says: Gorgeously understated, mellow mix of sounds, organic and electronic. An honest, thoughtful record.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

              Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

              2xLtd CD/DVD Info: Deluxe CD and DVD edition.

              Dennis Alcapone

              Guns Don't Argue

                Cementing his reputation as the star toaster with the small but popular El Paso sound system, based in the Waltham Park area, Dennis Alcapone was one of the first deejays to rise to prominence following U Roy’s breakthrough in the late 1960s. Born Dennis Smith in the rural district of Culloden, he became immersed in sound system culture after settling in western Kingston. Once El Paso became big on the sound system circuit, dental technician-turned-producer Keith Hudson brought him into the studio for his debut recordings, which led to a debut album for Studio One and hit material for Duke Reid, some cut in concert with his deejay sparring partner, Lizzy. Alcapone’s longstanding links with Bunny Lee yielded the excellent "Guns Don’t Argue" album, first issued in 1972, on which the toaster raps with style over some of Lee’s all-time greatest rhythms, including Delroy Wilson’s "Better Must Come", John Holt’s "Left With A Broken Heart" and Slim Smith’s rendition of the Temptations’ soul classic "Ain’t Too Proud To Beg."

                Dennis Alcapone was one of the first sound system deejays to rise to island-wide prominence, following the incredible success of U Roy’s fluid toasting style, which took Jamaica by storm during the late 1960s. Alcapone, who was born Dennis Smith in the country town of Culloden in Westmoreland, southwestern Jamaica, first made an impact on a sound system called El Paso, based in the rough-n-ready west Kingston district of Waltham Park.

                Initial recordings for Keith Hudson were strictly underground, but an album for Studio One and popular work for Duke Reid significantly boosted his profile. Dennis Alcapone worked closely with hitmaking producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee from the early 1970s, establishing a friendship that has lasted to the present day; Investigator Rock, which dates from 1977, sees the toaster riding Striker’s rockers-styled hits, voiced by the likes of Cornell Campbell, John Holt, and Johnny Clarke.



                David Allred

                The Transition

                  Hailing from Loomis, a small town outside of Sacramento, via Portland, Oregon – David worked as a sound engineer and session musician, featuring on multiple recordings by the likes of Birger Olsen, Brigid Mae Power, Brumes, The Beacon Sound Choir, Chantal Acda, Heather Woods Broderick, Jung Body, Masayoshi Fujita, and many more. He quickly found himself touring Europe with Peter, culminating in a Royal Festival Hall performance, and contributing the arresting voice and double bass piece Ahoy to the Erased Tapes 10th anniversary box set 1+1=X; only to return to where he started, Loomis, and finally write and record The Transition as his first full-length statement in just one month.

                  “At 26 years old, I found myself back in the town where I grew up, feeling a bit like a failure for not “making it” out there in the years I spent living and working on my own. I picked up a job working in a retirement home, surrounded by those who are at the very end of their lives, and they’ve kept saying the same thing: that they had no idea life would happen that fast. So I decided to make an album inspired by my recent experiences and stories I heard through working with them,” he explains.

                  With the release of The Transition, David Allred takes his place among the classic American songwriting tradition whilst revealing a peculiarity to his storytelling. Isolated and cut off from the outside world, David began unravelling his life and putting it on record. With a double bass in his bedroom and a piano in a church across the street, the stories started to unfold until a set of ten songs came to life. Vignettes and feelings from his own experiences, as well as characters he met along the way, inspired a rich tapestry of stories and melodies.

                  “This record is primarily about change, coming to terms with it, and not getting too attached to any particular phase of life. I’ve experienced living in isolation at various times, and it lead to a sceptical line of thought, but I managed that through accepting change and feeling satisfied with where I am. The Transition is about acknowledging the sadness of change, whilst providing an escape from it.”

                  Songs like the lead single The Garden show a maturity, depth and thoughtfulness beyond his years. Randy and Susan, a song about love, betrayal, greed and getting old, was made up from various stories David collected at his day job as a caretaker. It was written as a companion piece to Hey Stranger, “a poignant tale of a disappeared friend” (Mojo) from his collaborative release with Peter, and an attempt to make peace with this unresolved situation.

                  In contrast, For Catherine E. Coulson came about after David watched all of Twin Peaks in one block, which inspired him to write a wild punt for the new season’s soundtrack, a tribute to the actress who played the infamous Log Lady.

                  After opening for the legendary English ensemble and his now label colleagues Penguin Cafe at London’s Royal Festival Hall, David decided to write a song For the Penguins. And it’s not hard to imagine it being played by a group of twelve rather than just by himself, especially after Peter contributed additional strings.

                  "When I first heard The Transition, I felt it was a giant leap for someone whose music was already at a place that went beyond any possible expectations. Lucky for me David was open to me making some contributions of my own on the album, allowing me to forge an even deeper connection to this beautiful and sometimes troubling music." — Peter Broderick 

                  The mighty Soundway Records keep their relentless release schedule right on wallet emptying track this week with the debut solo album from the ever-energetic Diron Animal, lead singer of the band Throes + The Shine. "Alone" offers infectiously rhythmic dance music from the Angolan streets, fusing electronic production with traditional music.  Born and raised in the Angolan ghetto of Cazenga, the now Portuguese-based instrumentalist’s new record is a melting pot of musical styles and cultures. “I come from tribal music” says Diron. “I had a traditional music group, then I moved to a Capoeira group where I was a main corrido and I played batuque. Around that time I also started introducing Hip Hop and Kuduro styles. Then I mixed Kuduro with Hip Hop and Kuduro with Rock. Now I am making music for all people and all ages.” With a foot firmly set in his ghetto roots, the album is a personal exploration: “Cazenga is a place where a lot of the Angolan dances were invented, where children roam around barefoot and have no food but can transform their struggles into creativity”, says Diron.
                  This movement and struggle is at the core of the new record. Traditional African styles blended with Portugal’s frenetic electronic music style, culminate in a vibrant, energetic and rhythmic record that deals in both adversity and positivity. Furthermore, spell-binding rhythms, bass hooks and original lyrics abound, spanning Portuguese, Kimbundu and English. On “NCrazy”, he teams up with celebrated South African rapper Spoek Mathambo to portray life in the ghetto - a place where children may roam around barefoot and food is scarce - but where a positive attitude could be the difference between breaking free or not.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: Diron Animal trades in genre mashing magic born out of the Angolan ghetto. Alive with the rhythmic guitars of Africa, rapid fire vocals of grime and the tough rhythms and blaring synths of Batida, “Alone” should find favour with any fans of the Principe Discos crew.

                  Douglas Armour

                  The Light Of A Golden Day, The Arms Of The Night

                  "The Light Of A Golden Day, The Arms Of The Night" is the debut album from Los Angeles located Douglas Armour. This album finds the artist expertly blending tons of our favourite poptones from days past to create a hyper-literate pastiche that's equal parts nostalgia and forward-thinking. Echoing its title, the album has a structure that plays off binary oppositions to create one of the most varied pop albums we've heard in a long time.

                  Dag Erik Asbjornsen

                  Cosmic Dreams At Play

                    Here's is the complete new updated version of the "Cosmic Mind At Play" originally first issued by Borderline in 1995. A comprehensive guide to German progressive rock of the 70s, now officially issued by Strange Vertigo. It's a limited edition of only 2000 copies. 320 pages, black and white glazed paper with many pictures.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Magazine Info: We were limited to just 5 copies of this. Hurry!!!

                    A jazz harpist is a rare thing. First of all the harp is a rather unlikely instrument to swing. It’s an awfully difficult instrument to play really well and it demands technique that is incongruous with swinging. Perhaps as important is the thinking that the harp, by the very nature of the instrument, is likely to attract musicians who, in themselves, are improbable swingers. Dorothy Ashby is, then, a rare thing. She is indeed a jazz harpist and she does swing (...) This is not hard jazz. This is an album that says jazz can, after all, be melodic, that a thing can be gentle without being weak and can be sweet without being saccharine. What is done here is done well, the improvisation is creative, and in typical Dorothy Ashby thinking - it’s done in beautiful taste.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Any Dorothy Ashby release is essential listening as far as I'm concerned, and this self titled offering from 1962 is as breezy and beautiful as they come.

                    Dorothy Ashby was an American jazz harpist, one of the very few who used her instrument to play credible jazz and bebop. First studying as a pianist at Wayne State University and later, in 1952, switching to harp. She recorded eleven albums for different jazz labels, like Savoy and Prestige. Dorothy also guested as a studio player on albums with Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and many more. In 1969 the studio album Dorothy’s Harp was released on Cadet Records. On the album she covered songs from Jimmy Webb (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix”), Burt Bacharach & Hal David (“This Girl’s In Love With You”), John Lennon & Paul McCartney (“Fool On The Hill”), and others. The record also includes the two Brazilian styled compositions “Reza” and “Canto de Ossanha” and two songs written by Dorothy Ashby herself, displaying her craft on the harp with some great bongo work.

                    In the 90s and beyond, the album started to be sought after by hip hop artists. Pete Rock (from Pete Rock & CL Smooth), Rahzel (from The Roots) and Ugly Duckling were notable for sampling music from "Dorothy’s Harp".

                    Re-released here via Music On Vinyl, on limited blue vinyl and sounding as good as ever!




                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    LP Info: 180 Gram on limited blue vinyl

                    Dorothy Ashby

                    Soft Winds: The Swinging Harp Of…

                    Dorothy Ashby may not be the first jazz harpist (Caspar Reardon) or the first female jazz harpist (Adele Girard), but her good feeling for time and ability to construct melodic, guitar-like lines, mark her as the most accomplished modern jazz harpist. Fellow Detroiters Terry Pollard and Herman Wright join Miss Ashby on vibes and bass, while Miles Davis drummer Jimmy Cobb takes care of the drums, effortless switching between brushes and sticks without ever upsetting the equilibrium of this essential quiet set. There is a wide range of material presented here, from Benny Goodman’s bluesy title number, "Soft Winds" and Ashby’s own "With Strings Attached", to movie themes such as "Laura", "Wild Is the Wind" and "The Guns of Navarone". When coupled with wonderful interpretations of standards by Kurt Weill (My Ship) and Gershwin (The Man I Love and Love Is Here to Stay), we're faced with a superb set of soulful and melodic jazz. 

                    Dan Auerbach/ Robert Finley / Sonny Smith

                    Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1

                      Eight-time GRAMMY–­winner, Dan Auerbach, announces a 7” Easy Eye Sound sampler, Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1, which will be released as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday initiative. The new 7” is a preview of upcoming releases on Auerbach’s label and features ‘Cellophane Angel’, an exclusive and unreleased track Auerbach recorded with the Preservation Hall Band, on Side A, and Robert Finley's ‘Medicine Woman’ – the first single on his new album Goin’ Platinum! due December 8 – and Sonny Smith's ‘Pictures of You’ on Side B

                      Nine-time GRAMMY–winner Dan Auerbach releases Waiting On A Song, his second solo album, via his new label, Easy Eye Sound. The album is Auerbach’s much anticipated follow-up to 2009’s Keep It Hid and is a love letter to Nashville. As such, he recruited some of Nashville’s most respected players to write and record his latest, including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas, Pat McLaughlin and Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys. Auerbach said about working with his musical heroes: “Living in Nashville has definitely changed the way I think about music and the way that I record it. I didn’t have all of these resources before. I am working with some of the greatest musicians that ever lived.”

                      Dan Auerbach moved to Nashville from his native Akron, Ohio in 2010 and with this release, his first solo album in eight years, it is clear that he has made Music City his home. During the summer of 2016, taking a break from the non-stop touring he’d done with The Black Keys and the Arcs, he finally got acquainted with the city he loves so much, as well as the world-class musicians who live there, and subsequently collaborated with some of Nashville’s heavyweights. Of the process he reveals, “They’d come over, and we’d be in a little room in my house with the door closed, and we’d just write. Monday through Wednesday we’d write, and then Thursday through Sunday we’d record, every week.” Auerbach wrote seven songs with John Prine, one of which is the title track of the album. Mark Knopfler’s immediately identifiable guitar elevates ‘Shine On Me’ into an anthem. Iconic guitarist Duane Eddy is featured on ‘Livin’ in Sin’ and the cinematic ‘King of a One Horse Town’.

                      Waiting On A Song is the debut release, and marks the launch of Easy Eye Sound, Dan Auerbach’s new record label which will feature soon-to-be-announced releases from other artists and is distributed by Auerbach's longtime label Nonesuch Records. The new label is built equally around Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where The Black Keys recorded their last two albums, as well as the collection of famous session musicians that have come to call the studio home. Auerbach says, “Sometimes I feel I created my own Field of Dreams. I built the studio because I knew something was going to happen. I built it to accommodate live musicians playing, and then all of a sudden the best musicians in Nashville show up, and it’s happening.”

                      David August

                      D'Angelo

                        Fusing laidback pop sensibility with moody cinematographic soundscapes, David’s newest album D’ANGELO is the sound of a young artist getting in touch with their roots, exploring new landscapes and freeing inhibitions. Where he channelled this journey into ambience on DCXXXIX A.C. – his debut on his own label, 99CHANTS - D’ANGELO has David deconstructing pop atmospheres while in search of his past and reforming them into something deeply moving.

                        He admits that while his strongest emotions have their roots in his formative years, growing up in the picturesque mountain town of Palestrina outside Rome, he never used those emotions creatively, keeping them private until now. “I had never tried to have a dialogue with myself within the music that I was making,” he explains. “Suddenly there were all these questions about identity, my childhood, and an obsession with truth. Although I was scared to confront these questions – when in your life could you fully answer them? – I had to at least approach them to keep creating.”

                        D’ANGELO’s spiritual inspiration is rooted in Italy’s rich and complex artistic history, and how certain artists broke boundaries, such as Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who mastered the art of polyphonic and counterpointed composition during the Renaissance. “I looked at the Italian culture I grew up with, that has always been present since I was a kid.” He says. “I had to start with a deeper study of these artists, composers, and writers who formed the cultural and emotional bonds I feel towards Italy.”

                        Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio painted the realities of the streets over the ideals of the heavens, taking those who blended into the background of the streets and painting them as saints, as figures of ideation. “Caravaggio was a leading inspiration throughout this process. He was someone I looked up to all the time and had so much respect for; someone who was always trying to picture the implacable reality, and not compromising. Having his paintings on one screen – and my DAW on the other – was one part of the process. It was an attempt to soundtrack his art – his reality – in real time.”

                        D’ANGELO is an impassioned, melancholic album that exists in a space that is not easy to translate into words…but do the words always matter?

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        A memorably bracing, momentarily pummeling highlight of ‘Song For Alpha’, Daniel Avery perfectly bridges the light and dark contrast of his influences on standout cut, ‘Diminuendo’. Uncompromising technoid drums establish genuine frenzy, matched by a pulsating industrial drone, ultimately collapsing into ethereal feedback, before one final round of frenetic rhythm.
                        On ‘Hyper Detail’, the intense acid lurking beneath the surface of ‘Song For Alpha’ is dramatically unleashed, easily matching the frantic energy of the previous track, and upping the potential for wide-eyed, rave-friendly electronic hypnosis. ‘Light Of Falling Rain’ is more severe and equally intricate, creating immediate enormous tension and re-lease with a barrage of snarling electro and expertly intertwined microrhythms.

                        Finally, on ‘Time Marked Its Irregular Pulse In Her Eyes’, the disembodied elements of Avery’s studio communicate something cryptic and unnerving as a farewell. The most uncompromising and purely physical batch of material to emerge in the wake of ‘Song For Alpha’, the ‘Diminuendo’ EP finds Avery on urgent and ruthless form.


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Sil says: Wow... what a surprise. For me it is all about the behemoth 'Diminuendo', a hard techno tribal with acid flairs. A highlight on his album and now in its full glory on a 12". If you dig prolific Avery, this is a must have.

                        A difficult trick to master but like Carl Craig’s ‘More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art', Plastikman’s ‘Consumed’ or more recently the work of Four Tet, Daniel Avery's album works as a cohesive whole rather than a disparate collection of tracks.

                        Innovative and forward thinking, 'Drone Logic' manages to draw influences from beyond the dancefloor via My Bloody Valentine, NEU! and Chris Carter while still having the techno pulse to scale the walls of any club. The wide array of plaudits and early adopters of Avery’s music is proof of this, ranging from acid house legends like The Chemical Brothers, Andrew Weatherall and Richie Hawtin to the best of the new breed in Maya Jane Coles, James Holden and Factory Floor.

                        Firmly established as one of the UK’s most exciting new DJ / producers having cut his teeth in Weatherall’s Shoreditch studio bunker, 'Drone Logic' follows up Avery’s universally acclaimed mix CD for London clubbing institution Fabric where he remains a resident, recent remixes for Primal Scream, The Horrors and Django Django and last year’s 'Need Electric' and 'Water Jump' EPs on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLP Info: Deluxe heavyweight double vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves and download code.

                        Daniel Avery

                        T-shirt

                          Following the release of his Projector EP earlier this month, Daniel Avery has enlisted revered London producer Four Tet aka Kieran Hebden for a remix of "Quick Eternity", taken from the former’s long-awaited second album "Song For Alpha".

                          Hebden flips the warm, undulating synths and crystalline percussion of Avery’s original in his own inimitable style, building shimmering, skittering flourishes before a pneumatic final half.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Sil says: Like climbing a mountain and descending it by flying on a paraglide. That is Four Tet's vision of this monster track by man of the moment Daniel Avery. Killer build up, breathless climax, gorgeous finale.

                          Five years after his critically acclaimed debut Drone Logic, London-based producer Daniel Avery announces his highly anticipated second album Song For Alpha, set for release on March 9th 2018 through Phantasy. The album is preceded on January 19th by a 4-track limited edition 12” vinyl EP titled Slow Fade.

                          The new long player, on which the track ‘Slow Fade’ will appear, follows 2013’s incendiary debut Drone Logic. Upon its release the latter was called “A mesmerising debut" by Mixmag, “Exceptional” by the Times and "A benchmark for so many other dance albums to aspire to" by Dummy, while Pitchfork proclaimed “Avery owns this space.” “Underground dance music with this sort of ambition hasn’t been heard in quite a while", noted Resident Advisor, and Q hailed  "The arrival of a new left­field dance superstar."

                          In the years since, Avery has helmed a DJ-Kicks mix CD, resided over a monthly radio show for NTS Live, curated an extensive remix compilation and collaborated on a series of side-projects including a recent collaboration with Nine Inch Nails synth specialist Alessandro Cortini; he has toured relentlessly, cementing a reputation as one of the defining techno DJs of the decade. He has also worked studiously on what he wanted to say next as a producer. 

                          With newfound energy and time to develop, Avery’s sonic vocabulary has expanded. Here, the booming sound of the big room is brilliantly countered by the music of the small hours. Where celestial ambient lullabies ‘First Light’ and ‘Days From Now’ sit perfectly next to the mesmeric techno assault of ‘Diminuendo’ and ‘Sensation’; where both ‘Projector’ and ‘Clear’ evoke early rave records, only ones engulfed by waves of beautiful cyclonic distortion. William Basinski, Warp’s Artificial Intelligence, Brian Eno plus his own excursions with Alessandro Cortini all serve as touchstones for a record that sees Avery take his signature psychedelic-electronic sound to new dimensions, a sound that plays to the head as much as the body.


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Delicately presented electroacoustic compositions, supported with a finely honed backbone of melodic suggestion and hypnotic rhythmic pulse, Avery once again proves he is one of the masters of his craft.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xLP Info: Double 180 gram vinyl.

                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                          The Royal Festival Hall is one of Britain's modernist architectural triumphs, a stunning monument to the post war resilience that the future would be a better place. It reflects London's appetite for its past, present and the future, and as such was a perfect place for David Axelrod to play his debut concert in the UK. The show opens with what sounds like an Axelrod classic, but is in fact, a re-composition specifically written for the show, the Rolling Stones "Paint it Black." 'How could I come to England and not pay tribute to the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?' explained David. And sure enough, the show's closing moment is dedicated to Lennon and McCartney's "Norwegian Wood," sealing the overall unique experience of Axe's evening

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xCD/DVD Info: Deluxe CD/DVD in DVD size box.

                          Though he worked for a series of labels over the course of his storied career, David Axelrod is best known as one of Capitol Records' foremost producers during the company's glory years in the 1960s. Under his production, actor David McCallum released four albums; soulster Lou Rawls released a countless number of LPs (including his first gold album, "Lou Rawls Live"); Cannonball Adderley released "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (1966), one of the highest selling jazz albums of all time; and countless artists from Letta Mbulu to Common People released albums that spanned the gamut from funky African folk to psychedelic rock. Axelrod himself released three albums as a solo artist on Capitol - "Songs of Innocence" (1968), "Songs of Experience" (1969), and "Earth Rot" (1970) - the first of which even legendary producer Quincy Jones admitted was the immediate precursor to jazz-fusion.

                          "The Edge Of Music, An exploration of 50 Years in Music by David Axelrod" offers a comprehensive view of Axelrod's work for Sateside and Capitol, whether serving as a beginners guide or merely a great collection of music. Having already worked on numerous albums for fellow artists, such as Lou Rawls and David McCallum, in 1967 Axelrod released his first solo albums, "Song of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience", which were both inspired by the poetry and illustrations of the 18th century English mystic William Blake. His productions may not have encompassed the studio trickery of George Martin, but the combination of layered strings and heavily effected drums wrapped up in brand new stereo effects stood out from the West Coast rock of the time and pointed the way for the opulent productions of bands like Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. All of this, and the great breaks he created, went on to ensure that Axelrod would become a heavily sampled artist.

                          David Axelrod

                          The Warner / Reprise Sessions: The Electric Prunes & Pride

                          After more than a decade of re-appraisal of his work as a producer and as an artist, David Axelrod has attained cult status with his Capitol productions on Lou Rawls, Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, David McCallum and his own solo albums being highly sought-after by collectors and especially producers, notably Doctor Dre who sampled "The Edge" on the second David McCallum album to provide the backing for "The Next Episode". The only part of his career not yet anthologised are his productions on the third and fourth Electric Prunes albums "Release Of An Oath" and "Mass In F Minor" where the original band were largely supplanted by Hollywood session royalty, including Carol Kaye (bass), Don Randi (keyboards), Howard Roberts (guitar), Lou Morrel (guitar) and Earl Palmer (drums). A third recording, the obscure and super-rare "Pride" album from 1970 rounds up all his Warner productions. The second disc of this album is entirely composed of previously unreleased instrumental takes and alternates of The Electric Prunes sessions which are a revelation and have not been heard since they were recorded nearly 40 years ago.

                          This is the first Now-Again issue in a series of reissues centered around Axelrod’s Capitol Trilogy – "Song of Innocence", "Songs of Experience" and "Earth Rot" – which will see release through 2018. This audiophile reissue was transferred directly from Axelrod’s original EQ’ed master tapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster. Axelrod’s debut, and a ‘60s masterpiece.

                          Celebrated as psychedelic, the birth of jazz-fusion, the harbinger of hip-hop, "Song of Innocence" is a hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could describe. Grounded by Wrecking Crew vets Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements, put at ease, Axelrod’s sweeping arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no one of his era did. It’s both violent and sublime. LP/CD Contains 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview with Axelrod by Eothen Alapatt and Wax Poetics’ Brian Digenti. 

                          David Axelrod

                          Songs Of Experience

                            “Songs of Experience was supposed to have a different feel than Song of Innocence. You see, music is a great outlet. And regardless of what the titles say, and as close as I wanted it to be to William Blake, what was going on in my life took precedence.” – David Axelrod. Songs of Experience is visionary composer/arranger/producer David Axelrod’s second album; it was recorded after the death of his beloved son Scott. Experience is an ominous affair, an album concerned with mortality and spirituality – the solitary, pastoral musings of William Blake set to the urban bombast of a full Los Angeles orchestra, with Wrecking Crew vets grounding the proceedings with dark funk.

                            This is the next Now-Again issue in a series of reissues centered around Axelrod’s Capitol Trilogy – Song of Innocence, Songs of Experience and Earth Rot – which will see release through 2018. LP Contains oversized, 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview with Axelrod by Eothen Alapatt and Wax Poetics’ Brian Digenti. (CD 32 page booklet) “There are very few people who see the Grand Picture of the Universe and understand the Nothingness that it all comes from. There are even fewer who can express these ideas through music - David could do it all.” 

                            David Axelrod

                            Requiem - The Holocaust

                              This rare '93 LP (it was deleted very quickly due to the subject matter) fuses jazz and classical music with spoken vocals.

                              Dylan Golden Aycock

                              Church Of Level Track

                                “Dylan Golden Aycock is part of the new generation of guitar pickers young enough to first have been influenced by early volumes of Tompkins Square Records’ Imaginational Anthem series and then to be anthologized on a later one. The Oklahoma native is on Volume 7, should you feel like looking, playing an early version of “Red Bud Valley,” which sits in the middle of the B-side of the LP under consideration here.

                                “Aycock’s composing on Church Of Level Track offers evidence that he’s well studied in a lineage of American Primitive pickers that stretches back decades before he was born. “Lord It Over” puts it right out there by opening with a double-thumbed bass line right out of John Fahey’s bag of tricks. But this quotation is merely an opening gambit, and one that is quickly followed by moves that prove Aycock is no parrot but a bird with his own song to sing. The steel guitar that sails in over his picking evokes first the bucolic playfulness of Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing and then keeps going back into the deep back shelves of country- rock lyricism. At the same time a virtual band (Aycock plays everything on the track and nearly everything on the LP) sets up a subtle undertow of entropic drumming and echo-laden feedback….” —Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine, Chicago Reader.

                                Daniel Bachman

                                Brother Green / Honeysuckle Reel

                                  Daniel Bachman is a 22 year old musician born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been playing what he describes as "psychedelic appalachia" since he was a teenager, releasing small run editions of tapes, CDs and LPs for the past three years, with a sound that evolved from drones and banjos to a now guitar centered focus.

                                  Touring off and on since the age of 17, Bachman has managed to cover thorough ground across the US, sharing stages with like minded folk such as fellow Fredericksburg native Jack Rose, for whom he fashioned the artwork for the posthumous release of 'Luck In The Valley'.

                                  His newest effort is the full length LP 'Seven Pines', sprung from a year living and working in the city of Philadelphia. The sound results in a combination of homesick worried blues and the ecstatic buzz of fresh experience and a new life in unknown territory. Familiar and known, but also seeking to access memories from lives past, dead and gone.

                                  This 7" was available only (until now!) on Bachman's Spring 2013 full US tour. Limited to 500 copies.


                                  Daniel Bachman

                                  Jesus I'm A Sinner

                                    Jesus I'm a Sinner is the 4th LP by Daniel Bachman. The album was recorded in Rappahannock County Virginia at Forrest Marquisee's studio inside his father's woodshop in May of 2013 after spending just around 8 months on the road. The first song Sarah Anne is a song for one of his best friends and sister Sarah Anne Bachman, and is also his first full song for the lap guitar. Honeysuckle Reel is a springtime tune. For that first day when the heat and humidity sets in and the smell of the honeysuckle bloom creeps in your open windows driving. Happy One Step is a guitar/fiddle duet with Sally Morgan of the Black Twig Pickers/The Freight Hoppers. It is a Cajun tune by Dennis McGee. Jesus I'm a Sinner is for cutting loose. Variation on Goose Chase is a version of Virgil Anderson's Goose Chase.

                                    Although attempted to adapt to the guitar, playing it on the banjo was the only way to keep the feel of the original version. Under the Shade of the Trees has the undertone and drone of the 17 year cicada hatch that hit Virginia summer of 2013. The title is taken from Stonewall Jackson's last words on his deathbed "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees". Chattanooga is played by Sally Anne Morgan (fiddle) and Charlie Devine (banjo). This version was taken from Blaine Smith. Blenheim is the name of the Latané family's property in Westmorland Co. Virginia. Its a song for good food, drinks and solid company nestled on the banks of the Potomac River. Leaving Istanbul (4 AM) is a frustration song and the feeling of being very tired thousands and thousands of miles away from home.

                                    Every major record released by Daniel Bachman has rightly been greeted by critical acclaim. Starting with 2012’s Seven Pines and running through 2014’s Orange Co. Seranade, each album has been lauded as his best release to date. In each of these instances, the critics have been correct. Even more impressive than the breadth and depth of each album has been the fact that Bachman has continued to top himself with respect to composition, technique, instrumentation and artistry on such a consistent basis. Given this sort of track record, what can we expect from River?

                                    Simply stated, River is Bachman’s best album. Everything written previously by the critics about his albums applies once again with one change: he just got better. Unconventionally, it opens with the breathtaking and robust fourteen minute epic “Won’t You Cross Over To That Other Shore.” Proving his ability to write music that keeps the listener engaged (even across such a long tune), Bachman successfully uses tempo changes, varied picking patterns and melodic exploration, all without ever getting lost in pointless improvisation too far from the overall theme.

                                    Bachman has always been quick to have his music serve as a homage to his musical and geographical roots in Virginia. River is no exception. Here he tips his hat to Jack Rose (“Levee”) and William Moore (“Old Country Rock”) through his interpretations of their songs. Bachman’s playing and flourishes on these tracks simultaneously acknowledge the influence each of these men has on his development and style. His love for old American music and deft skill at adapting traditional tunes allows listeners of all levels of sophistication to feel welcome at his musical table.

                                    Whether one is newly discovering the world of American primitivism, or is already deeply into the experimental world, Bachman’s playing draws the listener in and takes them places.

                                    On three of River’s successive tracks – “Farnham,” “Song For The Setting Sun I” and “Song For The Setting Sun II” – Bachman takes the listener on an aural journey through the back roads of the foothills of the Blue Ridge to calm coastal waters. Much like driving by a stunning vista and feeling compelled to pull over and take it all in, “Song for the Setting Sun I” continually surprises with a beautiful set of melodies that cause you to stop anything else you are doing in anticipation of how the music will continue to unfold. This track alone demonstrates the leap that is River in Bachman’s maturity of both artistry and compositional understanding. The album closes with a reprise of “Won’t You Cross Over To That Other Shore.” As its notes play out, it is almost certain that you will continuously hum one or another of the album’s rich melodies long after play has ended.

                                    Over the course of the last several years Daniel Bachman has stepped out of the shadow of influential solo guitarists past and present. River, the definitive document of his skill and talent, proves that Bachman is pushing the boundaries of solo acoustic guitar. 

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: LP version pressed on 140gram Dutch vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket with download card.

                                    All too often, rare records suck ass. Yeah they're rare, and only wotzizname from wherever the fuck has a copy, but they tend to be average variations of well known jams, with their scarcity merely a novelty.

                                    But then there are records like this, popping up out of nowhere only to blow your musically obsessed mind! From a quick scan of the centre label, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is your standard Chicago acid track, desireable only for the posibility of a few motivational spoken word cuts. When you whack the platter on the player however, you experience something very different indeed. A spiritual journey through cosmic keys and subtle percussion, which vibrates at your very core, enriching your soul with every passing moment.

                                    Frustrated at her students' lack of cultural awareness, Miami-Dade public school teacher Dr Mary Sullivan Bain recorded ‘Do You Know Black History’ in 1985, self releasing it as a single for educational purposes. Original copies didn't make it much much further than Florida’s public school libraries and the record has been shrouded in mystery up until now. Produced with no label constraints, this cross-genre grail sits comfortably in many boxes... 808’s, bass synths, deep chords, live percussion and effects dubbed into the mix. The production leans towards the electronic diy framework that informed the local sound on the Miami south side. The vocal side offers an inspirational account of Black history, full of passion and pain, while the instrumental side strolls through outer space and Ibizan sunset, sounding exactly like the kind of sublime ambient cut you'd find on a battered old Café del Mar. Reissued officially for the first time ever by Backatcha, this is a total one of a kind.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Patrick says: Words (even mine) can't do this record justice. Sublime, spiritual soul, recorded on synth and 808 which transcends genre confines to blow minds. It'd be record of the week in about five genres on any given week. DO NOT MISS THIS!

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    12" Info: REPRESS DUE!

                                    Global poster boy for this thing we call 'COSMIC', Daniele Baldelli's ambitious career continues to produce a rich spread of musical fruits. His "Cosmic Temple" series, comprised of six chapters, saw the Italian stallion drop about twenty new tracks last year - all to great reception and becoming sought after artefacts from the producer / DJ's vast archive. 

                                    He now returns to Mondo Groove with a hand picked roster of remixers, inviting a who's who of modern dance, disco & cosmic music a chance to get down and dirty with the plethora of source material. 

                                    Just look at that track list! - from established L-E-Gs such as Eric Duncan, to the newly hyed DJ Tennis and including fellow countryman Marco Diongi and DJ Ralf - there's so much to love! 

                                    Limited copies - move quick! 

                                    Ourtime return with some of the best house and techno music you're ever likely to hear, and guess what - all conceived and made in Manchester! The third release from the iconic label sees D. Ball power up his machines once again for a euphoric trip into house and techno abandon. "Elements" floats in unassuming before quickly becoming one of the most spine-tingly great house anthems released in the last ten years. A perfect B-line, forward propelled drums, tantalizing keys and gut-wrenching strings. Pure emotion, from start to finish, and with a production gloss and sheen that'd make Galaxy 2 Galaxy blush. A2 track, "Doreen" also floats in gently. This time on a wave of synthesized calm and cerebral haze as metallic sheets of sound are slowly introduced. The synth patch D. Ball's using on this beast has gotta be one of the strongest sounding patches to date, and will satisfy literally ANYONE with a penchant for classic house and techno music; and you know what?- there's not even a kick drum on this baby- you don't need one! Power from start to finish. Finally, flip the record for "Healer", another deep techno throbber which flies the Underground Resistance flag for Manchester. Rolling synth stabs tumble into hypnotic repetition while a sturdy bassline and fizzing drums ride aloft. Occasional breaks in the arrangement allow subtle nuances to break through before Ball glides back into full throttle. The third essential track on the EP. A triad of joyous dance music then from one of the true masters of the genre. The real deal folks. 

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Matt says: Can't plug this record enough. Absolutely DESTROYED Ruffy's Lab @ Gottwood this year. There isn't a duff note on the whole EP. Perfect, in every way.

                                    Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, Texas, and moved with his mother to her native Caracas, Venezuela, when his parents separated. The family relocated to Los Angeles during his teenage years; it was there that he learned to speak English, skateboard, and play music. Banhart first began to perform in public while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. He has since lived in New York City, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where he currently resides.

                                    Banhart first attracted international notice with his 2002 debut album, Oh Me Oh My… The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit – a collection of recordings he had made for himself. Subsequent albums include Rejoicing in the Hands (2004), Niño Rojo (2004), Cripple Crow (2005), and Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007), and What Will We Be (2009). Mala, his Nonesuch debut, was described by Q as a ‘career-best’ and by the Wall Street Journal as his ‘most concise, hushed and winsome effort to date’. Banhart has collaborated with fellow musicians including Anohni (formerly known as Antony) and the Johnsons, Beck, Vashti Bunyan, Os Mutantes, and Vetiver. He also has performed with both Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, and was part of a David Byrne–curated concert at Carnegie Hall.

                                    An accomplished visual artist, Banhart’s distinctive, minutely inked, often enigmatic drawings have appeared in galleries all over the world, including the Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair in Miami; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; and Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2015 Prestel published I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street, a collection of his of drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces. He has created the cover art for most of his records, and in 2010 his artwork and packaging for What Will We Be was nominated for a Grammy.

                                    Ape in Pink Marble, Devendra Banhart’s ninth album, was written, produced, arranged, and recorded in Los Angeles by the singer/songwriter/guitarist with his longtime collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, both of whom also worked on Banhart’s most recent album, Mala (2013). 




                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Ltd LP Info: Heavyweight 140 gram high-performance vinyl, with download card and poster.

                                    Devendra Banhart

                                    Little Yellow Spider

                                    The title track is taken from the forthcoming album "Nino Rojo" which was recorded at the same time as the wonderful "Rejoicing In The Hands..." album.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    7" Info: The 7" includes "Will Is My Friend", recorded live in St Giles in the Fields Church.

                                    Although best known in the UK for his toasting talents as half of the chart-topping duo, Dave & Ansel Collins, Dave Barker is in fact one of the most accomplished singers Jamaica has ever produced. After making his recording debut in 1968, partnering Glen Brown on a series of local hits, Dave launched his solo career under the auspices of Lee Perry. Their subsequent collaborations spawned a number of best-selling singles, culminating in the singer’s debut LP, "Prisoner Of Love". Released by Trojan Records in 1970, the album marked Barker’s arrival as one of its most promising and versatile talents on the reggae scene. Looking back to the roots of reggae, namely ska and rocksteady rhythms, Barker & The Upsetters contribute a timeless and classic set of songs that every fan of JA music can enjoy! Most recommended. 

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL
                                    FIRST 750 NUMBERED COPIES PRESSED ON
                                    ORANGE VINYL

                                    Don Blackman

                                    Don Blackman

                                      Blackman, multi-keyboard wizard played with the biggest names in fusion music including Lenny White & “Twenny-nine”. As a leader and featured recording artist Don’s keyboard, vocal and composing talents all came to shine on this debut LP, “Blackman” originally released on Arista/GRP in 1982. The album became a sensation on the soul, jazz fusion, funk and rare groove scenes leading to it being constantly in demand since. In the UK Don performs every year at “The Jazz Cafe” off the strength of this one album twenty years ago! In 2002 Expansion released his first solo album for Expansion “Listen”. Don toured the world with his band and “The Marcus Miller Band”, “The World Saxophone Quartet”, with jazz and bassist Tuero Nakamura.. His work on the acoustic piano and other keyboards was recorded on Mary J. Blidge’s, “Feel Like A Natural Woman” and Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes” “Nard” was sampled by “Snoop Doggy Dogg” entitled “Hustlers “N” G’s”.

                                      In Demand album First vinyl edition on heavy weight 180g, limited to 1,000 pressing

                                      Daniel Blumberg

                                      Minus

                                        Daniel Blumberg announces his debut album release for Mute, ‘Minus’, the first release under his own name.

                                        An astonishing work, the record weds an improvisational, free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting, rooted deep in the personal turmoil Blumberg experienced whilst making the record.

                                        The album was recorded live with legendary producer Peter Walsh (Scott Walker’s collaborator since ‘Climate Of Hunter’) in just five days during a remote residential stay in Wales, amidst a debilitating breakup with his partner of seven years along with Blumberg's ongoing struggle with mental illness which resulted in his hospitalization just a week before recording.

                                        Still only 27 years old, Blumberg has written himself a rich musical history; from his teenage band who signed to XL whilst he was still at school, onto and through the projects of Yuck, Oupa and Hebronix, whilst solidifying close creative partnerships with the likes of David Berman (Silver Jews), Low, Lambchop and Royal Trux’s Neil Michael Hagerty (with whom Blumberg has performed as a member of the Howling Hex).

                                        With ‘Minus’, though, there is a sense that Daniel Blumberg has finally arrived at the place he has been searching for - an arresting and progressive work, one which is set to establish him as one of Britain’s most unique contemporary voices.

                                        Doug Hream Blunt (Feat. Psychemagik & Hype Williams Remixes)

                                        Gentle Persuasion (Remix)

                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                          You might ask what’s next after Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor project, Doug Hream Blunt! As a preamble here is a very limited pressing of two stellar sonic prognosticator’s take on the legendary Doug Hream Blunt’s “Gentle Persuasion.” Pyschemagik is a UK duo, known for their sensational edits, obscenely vast record collections, beautiful production work and transcendent mixtape journeys. The artist known as Hype Williams is now known as Dean Blunt. Wonder where he got that name from? For the first time ever released with a dead stock 1990’s erotic magazine from Italy.

                                          Dean Blunt

                                          50 Cent / Trident

                                          Hype Williams man Dean Blunt preceeds his soon-come 'Black Metal' LP with this super-limited 12". Showcasing more of Blunt's eclecticism, '50 Cent' combines spacious, shimmering, reverb-laden lo-fi shoegaze guitar work and simple kick-snare machine drumming used as a hip hop break. Over this Williams adds a melancholic rap, duetting with a choral female vocal in a call and response style. 'Trident' offers a more straight forward rap, but again over an inventive dark and grimey backing track. It's indie hip hop, but not as you know it.


                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          12" Info: Limited pressing. 200 copies only.

                                          Dean Blunt’s newest odyssey, ‘Black Metal’, rides this tension between critical detachment and mainlined human feeling and in fact he climbs ever-steeper theoretical heights just as his emotionally stark songs become, at times, startlingly intimate.

                                          A true multi-media vanguard, Blunt employs original instrumentation along with elements of pastiche and his unique vocal performances to create songs and recordings that are not only beautiful but also tie into his larger project that incorporates music, visual art and the written word to play with identity, cultural signifiers and artistic agency.

                                          ‘Black Metal’ is, above all, a majestic collection of songs encompassing everything from hypnotic longform experiments to ballads almost disarming in their sweet simplicity, swirling equally with fascinating sounds and fascinating ideas. Blunt’s influences are wide-ranging, from rock’s underground pioneers (he quotes Sonic Youth in interviews; the album leads with a Big Star sample), to neoclassical composers, to early indie pop (another track samples The Pastels), to classic rock, hip hop and R&B. However, rather than coldly compiling them, Blunt brings the works and genres he draws from into a new musical and cultural conversation.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP Info: LP comes in black outer PVC sleeve.

                                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          CD Info: CD comes in black jewel case.

                                          "World Music presents the first ever vinyl edition of Dean Blunt's siren song LP Stone Island. Recorded in full in a Moscow hotel room in 2013 and only made available as a download until now....

                                          An important milestone in Blunt's evolution between The heartbroken blues of The Redeemer and Black Metal, through to Babyfather and DJ Escrow's concrète jungle explorations for Hyperdub. While Stone Island maybe a quickfire selection of sketches, it carries a truly spellbinding simplicity that carries well across the years since its release and the formats it has graced with its doughy-eyed gaze.

                                          Stone Island follows on from a busy few months for World Music with releases dropping by Blue Iverson, Joanne Robertson (who's vocals feature heavily here) and Babyfather, as well as the excellent La Monte Young gone indie 12" As Long As Ropes Unravel Fake Rolex Will Travel. As always with World Music, we'd advise being quick if you want a copy as these are not gonna last long..."

                                          MMW1 and DFA are proud to present a special duo release from Dan Bodan and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip). A call and response, the release features an original demo recording from 2009 by Bodan and a recent cover version by Taylor.

                                          Written and recorded in New Orleans during a summer of too much JT Leroy and True Blood, Dan Bodan’s original demo of ‘Under a Cancer Sky’ is a Ballardian ballad dedicated to the gods of Sex, Cars and Zodiac.

                                          Taylor’s take on the song is decidedly more sensual, abandoning the gothic highways of Route 66 for a night ride through Dubai or Neo-Tokyo, effortlessly zipping along between blinking skyscrapers in a self-driving car.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          7" Info: Limited white label 7" in printed plastic sleeve.

                                          Deborah Bonham

                                          The Old Hyde

                                          Tragedy seems to have been on Deborah Bonham's shoulder since her uncle John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died suddenly in 1980. In the candid and compelling descriptions she writes to introduce each song, one can't help but admire her for coming through it all and being all the stronger for it. It certainly shows in the songs.

                                          David Bowie

                                          1965

                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                            7” EP Limited to 1000 copies - The David Bowie 1965! EP is a 4-track black vinyl 7” which collects together both of the singles Bowie released in 1965, with The Manish Boys and The Lower Third respectively.

                                            20th May, 2016 marks forty years to the day that David Bowie's first ever best-of compilation, including songs from 1969 to 1976, CHANGESONEBOWIE was released. To mark this anniversary the album has now been reissued.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Andy says: Iconic best-of that all us oldies saw in people's record collections in the late 70's! Every song is actually an official Classic!!

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            Ltd LP Info: Half of the limited vinyl will be pressed on black vinyl whilst the other half will be pressed on clear vinyl, this will not be mentioned on the sleeve so it will be completely random as to which one you receive.

                                            David Bowie

                                            Earthling - BLUE Vinyl Edition

                                              'Earthling' is the 20th studio album by David Bowie, released in February 1997. The album showcases an electronica-influenced sound partly inspired by the industrial and drum and bass culture of the 1990s like Prodigy and Underworld. This was the first album Bowie self-produced since 1974. Recorded in just 2,5 weeks right after returning from the 'Outside' [MOVLP500] tour, the album is a snapshot of what Bowie was going through musically at the time. Making extensive use of sampling their own material on high BPMs, the album was the first Bowie album to be recorded digitally.

                                              David Bowie

                                              Heathen - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                              2002's 'Heathen' reunited David Bowie with producer Tony Visconti ('Space Oddity', 'Heroes', 'The Man Who Sold The World') for the first time in 20 years and featured guest appearances by Who legend Pete Townshend and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl. Townshend, who last worked with Bowie on the 1980 Scary Monsters And Super Creeps track "Because You're Young," contributes an incendiary lead guitar line to the track "Slow Burn," which Bowie called "the most eccentric and aggressive guitar I've heard Pete play."

                                              "Slow Burn" also features a performance from The Borneo Horns, who accompanied Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour while Grohl takes lead guitar duties on the Neil Young cover "I’ve Been Waiting." Other standout tracks on Heathen include the sublime "I Would Be Your Slave," the uptempo "Afraid," the epic "Slip Away" and "Everyone Says Hi," a beautifully melodic tune with a classic Visconti string arrangement.

                                              “Heathenism is a state of mind,” explained Bowie. “You can take it that I’m referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any God’s presence in his life. He is the 21st Century man. There’s no theme or concept behind Heathen, just a number of songs, but somehow there is a thread that runs through it that is quite as strong as any of my thematic type albums.”


                                              David Bowie

                                              Hours... - BLUE Vinyl Edition

                                                • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
                                                • 20-page booklet
                                                • Available on vinyl for the first time!

                                                ‘Hours...’ is the 21st studio album by David Bowie, released in 1999. It was the first complete album by a major artist available to download over the Internet, preceding the physical release by two weeks.

                                                A lot of the material that ended up on ‘Hours...’ was originally used, in alternate versions, for the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul, which also featured two characters based on Bowie, as well as one on his wife Iman, one on ‘Hours...’ collaborator Reeves Gabrels, and one on bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

                                                The album cover, designed by Rex Ray with photography by Tim Bret Day and Frank Ockenfels, depicts the short-haired Bowie persona from the intensely energetic previous album Earthling [MOVLP815] exhausted, resting in the arms of a long-haired, more youthful version of Bowie. Indeed, ‘Hours...’ is a much mellower album than its predecessor, and features numerous references to earlier parts of Bowie’s musical career (particularly the early 1970s).

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Ltd LP Info: 2000 numbered copies on blue / purple mixed vinyl - 500 only in the UK!

                                                David Bowie

                                                Hours... - GREEN Vinyl Edition

                                                  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
                                                  • 20-page booklet
                                                  • Available on vinyl for the first time!

                                                  ‘Hours...’ is the 21st studio album by David Bowie, released in 1999. It was the first complete album by a major artist available to download over the Internet, preceding the physical release by two weeks.

                                                  A lot of the material that ended up on ‘Hours...’ was originally used, in alternate versions, for the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul, which also featured two characters based on Bowie, as well as one on his wife Iman, one on ‘Hours...’ collaborator Reeves Gabrels, and one on bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

                                                  The album cover, designed by Rex Ray with photography by Tim Bret Day and Frank Ockenfels, depicts the short-haired Bowie persona from the intensely energetic previous album Earthling [MOVLP815] exhausted, resting in the arms of a long-haired, more youthful version of Bowie. Indeed, ‘Hours...’ is a much mellower album than its predecessor, and features numerous references to earlier parts of Bowie’s musical career (particularly the early 1970s).


                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: 2000 numbered copies on mint green vinyl - 500 only in the UK!

                                                  David Bowie

                                                  Nothing Has Changed - Deluxe Edition

                                                    Nothing Has Changed collects together for the first time the definitive collection of David Bowie’s music from 1964 to 2014. Fifty years on from his first recordings, Bowie continues to be at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, icon and a nonpareil to generations of writers, artists and fashionistas. He remains to be a unique presence in contemporary culture. Named after a lyric from the “Heathen” album opener ‘Sunday’, it compiles tracks from every period of Bowie’s career from his earliest incarnations with ‘Liza Jane’ and ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ right up to James Murphy’s ‘Hello Steve Reich Mix’ of ‘Love Is Lost’ from last year. The album features Bowie’s first new music since he stunned the world with the critically lauded ‘The Next Day’. The new single ‘Sue (or In A Season Of Crime)’ was especially recorded for Nothing Has Changed with long time collaborator Tony Visconti. Alongside the brand new track are the previously unreleased ‘Let Me Sleep Beside You’ from the ‘TOY’ sessions, the download only ‘Your Turn To Drive’ making its debut on CD, and the stunning 2001 re-recording of the 1971 outtake ‘Shadow Man’.

                                                    David Bowie

                                                    A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982)

                                                      The follow-up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed DAVID BOWIE ‘FIVE YEARS (1969 – 1973)’ and DAVID BOWIE ‘WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974 – 1976)’ will be released on 29th September and will contain a brand new remix of the 1979 album ‘LODGER’ by long time Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti.

                                                      The 13LP box features all of the material officially released by Bowie between 1977 and 1982. It includes the so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy’ of albums on which he collaborated with Visconti and Brian Eno as well as the ‘BAAL’ EP, and is closed by ‘SCARY MONSTERS (And Super Creeps)’.

                                                      The box set, named after a track from the first of the so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy’ LOW, includes ‘LOW’, ‘”HEROES”’, ‘STAGE (ORIGINAL and 2017 VERSIONS)’ the former in the vinyl box will be pressed on yellow vinyl, replicating its original limited edition U.K. release, and the latter of which featuring two previously unreleased tracks, ‘LODGER’, ‘LODGER (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix)’, ‘SCARY MONSTERS (And Super Creeps)’, ‘RE:CALL 3’ (featuring contemporary single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks) and the ‘”HEROES”’ E.P., a compilation exclusive to the set celebrating the 40th anniversary of the song, which rounds up the German and French album and single versions of the track in one place for the first time.

                                                      Exclusive to each of the box sets is ‘LODGER (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix)’. The remix was started with David's blessing before his passing in January last year. Tony Visconti has revisited the original multi-tracks at Human Studios and remixed the album with the benefit of modern technology to better highlight the album's nuances. Always a personal favourite of David's, this version of the album will also feature newly 'remixed' artwork featuring unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of the Estate of photographer Duffy, working closely with his son Chris.

                                                      Also exclusive to each box is Re:Call 3, a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles and b-sides, and songs featured on soundtracks. The cover features a photo by Christian Simonpietri taken at Hansa Studios in Berlin during the “Heroes” sessions in 1977.

                                                      The box set’s accompanying 84p book will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro, Duffy and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producer Tony Visconti.

                                                      The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

                                                      LP Box Set:
                                                      84 Page hardback book
                                                      Low (remastered) (1LP)
                                                      "Heroes" (remastered) (1LP)
                                                      “Heroes” E.P. (remastered) (12” Single)*
                                                      Stage (remastered) (2LP Yellow Vinyl) *
                                                      Stage (2017) (remastered) (3LP)
                                                      Lodger (remastered) (1LP)
                                                      Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1LP)*
                                                      Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1LP)
                                                      Re:Call 3 (non-album singles, single versions and b-sides) (remastered) (2LP)*

                                                      * Exclusive to ‘A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)’


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                                                      David Bowie

                                                      A Reality Tour - Live

                                                        This is an extensive live overview of his greatest hits, popular album tracks and fan favourites, performed live during his amazing performance in Dublin, Ireland, never released on vinyl. The 180 Gram Audiophile 3 LP Box Set of his final concert tour recordings features almost three hours of music on six sides of audiophile vinyl, with songs from Bowie’s classic and modern rock eras; Heroes, Ziggy Stardust, Changes, Fame, Under Pressure, All The Young Dudes, Rebel, Rebel are all present along with many more great live versions from his expansive catalogue.

                                                        This limited edition release is housed in a sturdy lift off lid box, with two first time poster inserts featuring the wonderful 12" x 12" front cover image as well as a 12" x 24" double-sided poster featuring unique live performance shots from this great concert tour. For a limited time, each LP will be pressed on translucent blue vinyl, making A Reality Tour highly collectible. Each LP will have its own custom David Bowie label image, and includes 3 bonus tracks only found on the CD version of the original release: "China Girl", "Fall Dog Bombs The Moon" and "Breaking Glass".

                                                        David Bowie

                                                        Aladdin Sane - 45th Anniversary Limited Edition Silver Vinyl

                                                          2017 saw gold vinyl versions of ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,’ released 45 years to the day of the first issuing of Ziggy. To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the ALADDIN SANE album; there will be a special limited edition silver vinyl version released.

                                                          This strictly limited one run only silvery vinyl edition of ALADDIN SANE will contain Ken Scott’s approved 2013 remaster and will be released on 20th April, 2018, 45 years to the day since the original release date for the album. Previously thought to have been issued on 13th April, 1973, new evidence has come to light that proves the release date was officially the 20th, but being Good Friday in the UK the album was 'made available' on the 19th.

                                                          Recorded in London in late 1972 and early 1973 in New York and Nashville while Bowie and the Spiders were on the Ziggy Stardust Tour and coming on the back of two top ten UK singles, ‘The Jean Genie’ and ‘Drive-In Saturday’. Aladdin Sane was described by David as "Ziggy goes to America".


                                                          David Bowie

                                                          Beauty And The Beast

                                                            Beauty And The Beast is the latest in the series of special limited edition David Bowie 7” picture discs being released and will be out on 5th January 2018, almost 40 years to the day of its original release on 6th January 1978.

                                                            Beauty And The Beast was the second single taken from the album Heroes, the second of the Berlin Trilogy albums recorded with Tony Visconti and Brian Eno at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin. The track also features Robert Fripp of King Crimson on lead guitar, who claims that his guitar was all recorded in his first take.

                                                            The A-Side of the 7” picture disc features the track with newly remastered audio, mixed by long-time Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. The AA-Side is a previously unreleased live version of Blackout, recorded live at Deutschlandhalle, Berlin on 16th May 1978 during the ISOLAR II tour.

                                                            David Bowie

                                                            Changestwobowie

                                                              This follow up to David’s hugely successful first Best Of compilation CHANGESONEBOWIE, has not officially been available since the late 1980’s. Featuring iconic cover photography by Greg Gorman, it was first released in 1981 and was only briefly available on CD in 1985 but has long since been deleted.

                                                              Drawing on material spanning from HUNKY DORY (1971) to SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) (1980) it achieved gold status in the U.K. album chart in 1982. It will be reissued on the 13th April with all tracks remastered on CD in a digipak sleeve, high-resolution 192/24 and 96/24 digital and standard digital for streaming and download,

                                                              The 180gram vinyl edition will be available randomly on its initial limited manufacturing run in black and blue vinyl before reverting solely to black vinyl.


                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Ltd LP Info: 180g vinyl available randomly on black or blue vinyl.

                                                              David Bowie

                                                              Christiane F. Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Zoo - OST

                                                                ****AVAILABLE IN STORE ONLY - £17.99 - NOT FOR SALE ONLINE****

                                                                Christiane F. – Wir Kinder Von Bahnof Zoo is the soundtrack to the 1981 film based on the 1978 autobiography by German actress Christiane Vera Felscherinow. The soundtrack incorporates songs from several Bowie albums, including “Stay” (Station To Station, 1976), “Warszawa” (Low, 1977) “V-2 Schneider” (“Heroes”, 1977), and “Look Back In Anger” (Lodger, 1979.)

                                                                Released on vinyl for the first time in 30 years, this fan favourite will be pressed on limited edition red vinyl and available exclusively at “brick and mortar” retail stores.


                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Ltd LP Info: ****AVAILABLE IN STORE ONLY - £17.99 - NOT FOR SALE ONLINE****

                                                                David Bowie

                                                                David Live (2005 Mix)

                                                                  This live album, was recorded during the Diamond Dogs tour. Although drawing of mostly Ziggy era songs, stylistically it sees Bowie moving from glam rock into a new Philly soul influenced direction.

                                                                  It seems improbable that these classics can really be improved upon, but it would seem that with this latest remaster, they have done exactly that. 

                                                                  What can be said about Diamond Dogs that hasn't already? It's an Orwellian odyssey of Bowian proportians. 

                                                                  Beginning with the freaky scene-setting dystopian flanged monologue of 'Future Legends' which sets the scene nicely for the eponymous follower. 'Diamond Dogs' is essentially a blues riff but twisted into a snarling glamorous rock and roll number. 

                                                                  You might be forgiven for thinking that 'Sweet Thing' is not playing properly, but then it grows ever so slowly into a gloomy sounding detuned refrain, complete with harmonised 'ooh's' and 'aah's' before giving the man himself a stage to pull out his legendary vocal flare. When the unison of 'Boys, it's a sweet thing' comes around, you have no doubt that it really is a sweet thing. 

                                                                  'Rebel, Rebel' is probably one of the most recognisable riffs of all time, and when that kicks in, you know you've landed. Rocking, psychedelic and triumphantly anthemic. 

                                                                  It's rarely that an album has quite such a high killer/filler ratio, and most of them are by David Bowie. This is no exception. 

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: 'Rebel, Rebel', 'We Are The Dead', 'Sweet Thing', an absolute plethora of seminal anthems on here, conceptually impeccable, beautifully produced and written and essential in more ways than one.

                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                  Floored - Purple Star Vinyl Edition



                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    Coloured LP Info: A purple vinyl coloured limited Edition of just 350 NUMBERED copies.

                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                    Heroes - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                      The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                      "Repeating the formula of Low's half-vocal/half-instrumental structure, Heroes develops and strengthens the sonic innovations David Bowie and Brian Eno explored on their first collaboration. The vocal songs are fuller, boasting harder rhythms and deeper layers of sound. Much of the harder-edged sound of Heroes is due to Robert Fripp's guitar, which provides a muscular foundation for the electronics, especially on the relatively conventional rock songs. Similarly, the instrumentals on Heroes are more detailed, this time showing a more explicit debt to German synth pop and European experimental rock. Essentially, the difference between Low and Heroes lies in the details, but the record is equally challenging and groundbreaking." - Allmusic.



                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                      David Bowie

                                                                      In Bertolt Brecht's BAAL

                                                                        ****AVAILABLE IN STORE ONLY - £21.99 - NOT FOR SALE ONLINE****

                                                                        David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal features Bowie performing five songs that were written for German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s 1918 play “Baal.” Bowie recorded this EP with Visconti at Hansa Studios in Berlin in November 1981.

                                                                        Recently, all five songs were re-released as part of the exclusive Re:Call 3 compilation that accompanied the boxed set, A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982). This new limited edition 10” vinyl reissue comes in a six-panel sleeve that replicates the original 1982 packaging and is available exclusively at “brick and mortar” retail stores. 


                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        10" LP Info: ****AVAILABLE IN STORE ONLY - £21.99 - NOT FOR SALE ONLINE****

                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                        Japan 90

                                                                          Limited to 350 numbered copies on mint coloured vinyl.

                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                          Legacy (The Very Best Of David Bowie)

                                                                            Music, art and fashion would not be in the place it is today without the seminal influence of David Bowie. A titan of popular music and pioneer of changing culture, it is not surprising that his death in January was met with such shock and sadness across the globe.

                                                                            Throughout his life, David Bowie has amassed such an influential and varied musical back catalogue, that he leaves behind him a body of work that can be unrivalled – a true legacy.

                                                                            In this must-have Bowie collection, you can experience Bowie’s genius from start to finish. From his early days as the iconic Ziggy Stardust, to his final days before his sudden passing, ‘Legacy’ brings you the best material from Bowie’s star-studded career.

                                                                            Not only is ‘Legacy’ the ultimate Bowie collection to own, but it also features a previously unreleased mix of his renowned song ‘Life On Mars ?’. With a more orchestrated and cleaner mix, this unreleased version was mixed by Ken Scott the original producer of the track.

                                                                            This special vinyl edition of the album comes as a gatefold with 2 limited edition 12” art prints of the 2 images used on the sleeve.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            2xDeluxe LP Info: The vinyl is 180g audiophile.

                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                            Legacy (The Very Best Of David Bowie) - 2CD Deluxe Edition

                                                                            Music, art and fashion would not be in the place it is today without the seminal influence of David Bowie. A titan of popular music and pioneer of changing culture, it is not surprising that his death in January was met with such shock and sadness across the globe.

                                                                            Throughout his life, David Bowie has amassed such an influential and varied musical back catalogue, that he leaves behind him a body of work that can be unrivalled – a true legacy.

                                                                            In this must-have Bowie collection, you can experience Bowie’s genius from start to finish. From his early days as the iconic Ziggy Stardust, to the final days of Blackstar, ‘Legacy’ brings you the best material from Bowie’s star-studded career.

                                                                            Not only is ‘Legacy’ the ultimate Bowie collection to own, but it also features a previously unreleased mix of his renowned song ‘Life On Mars ?’. With a more orchestrated and cleaner mix, this unreleased version was mixed by Ken Scott the original producer of the track.

                                                                            This 2 disc deluxe version of the album features not only more hits but also fans favorites such as This Is Not America, Fashion and I Can’t Give Everything Away from the mighty Blackstar.

                                                                            Packaging takes the form of a deluxe digipack with additional photos.


                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                            Live Nassau Coliseum '76

                                                                              Recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY, U.S.A., 23rd March, 1976, the album is the official document of the Isolar/Station To Station tour.

                                                                              Known to fans for many years as the Thin White Duke double album bootleg (among various other titles), the record didn’t get an official release for over thirty years, when it was finally issued as part of the Station To Station deluxe set in September, 2010.

                                                                              It is now finally available a vinyl album in it's own right.


                                                                              David Bowie

                                                                              Lodger - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                "On the surface, Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop; what makes it different is how it incorporates such experimental tendencies into genuine songs, something that Low and Heroes purposely avoided. "D.J.," "Look Back in Anger," and "Boys Keep Swinging" have strong melodic hooks that are subverted and strengthened by the layered, dissonant productions, while the remainder of the record is divided between similarly effective avant pop and ambient instrumentals. Lodger has an edgier, more minimalistic bent than its two predecessors, which makes it more accessible for rock fans, as well as giving it a more immediate, emotional impact. It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." - Allmusic.



                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                Loving The Alien 1983 - 1988 (BOX SET)

                                                                                  The follow-up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed DAVID BOWIE ‘FIVE YEARS (1969 – 1973)’ and DAVID BOWIE ‘A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982)’ will be released on 12th October.

                                                                                  The box contains newly remastered versions of David’s most commercially successful period ‘LET’S DANCE’, ‘TONIGHT’, ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (ORIGINAL and 2018 VERSIONS)’, the live album ‘GLASS SPIDER (Live Montreal ’87)’, the previously unreleased ‘SERIOUS MOONLIGHT’ live album, a collection of original remixes entitled ‘DANCE’ and the non-album / alternate version / b-sides and soundtrack music compilation RE:CALL 4.

                                                                                  The highlight of this latest box is the brand new production of the 1987 album ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN’ by Bowie producer / engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Tim Lefebvre (bass) as well as string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on ‘Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)’.
                                                                                  The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album’.
                                                                                  The new re-workings have revealed ‘Never Let Me Down’ as a very strong collection of songs with a dark thematic thread running through them. Fans listening to ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)’ would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new ‘lost’ Bowie record.

                                                                                  Also in each box is the never before released ‘SERIOUS MOONLIGHT’ live album recorded in Montreal in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. The artwork features shots taken by photographer Denis O’Regan.

                                                                                  Exclusive to each box is ‘RE:CALL 4’ and ‘DANCE’. The former a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles, album edits, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks such as Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When The Wind Blows. ‘DANCE’ features 12 contemporaneous remixes some of which are appearing on CD and vinyl for the first time and is named after an unreleased Bowie remix album that was originally slated for release in November 1985.

                                                                                  The box set’s accompanying 84 page book features rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O’Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith. 


                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                  LP Box Set Info: 88 Page hardback book
                                                                                  Let’s Dance (remastered) (1LP)
                                                                                  Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)*
                                                                                  Tonight (remastered) (1LP)
                                                                                  Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP)
                                                                                  Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP - side 4 is etched)*
                                                                                  Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*
                                                                                  Dance (2LP)*
                                                                                  Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)*

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                                                                                  CD Box Set Info: CD Box Set:
                                                                                  128 Page hardback book
                                                                                  Let’s Dance (remastered) (1CD)
                                                                                  Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2CD)
                                                                                  Tonight (remastered) (1CD)
                                                                                  Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1CD)
                                                                                  Never Let Me Down 2018 (previously unreleased) (1CD)*
                                                                                  Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (2CD)
                                                                                  Dance (1CD)*
                                                                                  Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (2CD)*

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                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                  Low - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                    The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                    The powerful reach of Bowie's masterpiece, the first part of the much feted 'Berlin Trilogy' created with the aid of Brian Eno, is still being felt strongly almost 30 years on. Air's wonderful four hour Essential Mix began with this album's opener "Speed of Life", Q Magazine rated the album #14 in it's Greatest British Albums Ever, and Pitchfork, the New Testament for the New Indie generation, recently decreed "Low" as the #1 album of the 1970's. Side A (or tracks 1-7 for those more familiar with the CD format) are classic Bowie ("Sound and Vision", "Be My Wife"), although dealing with the unfamiliar and slightly darker topics of lethargy, depression and estrangement, highlighting Bowie's overcoming of his cocaine addiction. Over on Side B the album's true colours really come through - four ambient tracks, originally rejected for the soundtrack to "The Man Who Fell To Earth" (the source of Low's iconic cover image), which see Bowie pay homage to Can, Neu! and Eno himself. The word 'timeless' was invented for such moments as these.


                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                                    Nite Flights - Picture Disc Edition

                                                                                      Live: THE RIVERPORT AMPHITHEATRE MARYLAND HEIGHTS ST LOUIS MO USA 11TH OCTOBER 1995 - FM BROADCAST

                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: A numbered Limited Edition Picture Disc - Comes with dedicated outer cover.

                                                                                      Featuring the three final David Bowie studio recordings made during the sessions for his 28th and final album, ★, the No Plan EP is now being made available as a CD and two special vinyl versions.

                                                                                      Previously released as the No Plan digital EP (and before that, available exclusively on the Lazarus Cast Album), the songs: “No Plan,” “Killing A Little Time” and “When I Met You”, along with Cast Album title track “Lazarus”, are now available for pre-order on special physical formats. This follows wishes from fans for CD and vinyl versions after the release of the digital EP.

                                                                                      The No Plan EP artwork has been designed by long-time Bowie collaborator Jonathan Barnbrook. Both vinyl configurations of the No Plan EP feature a special laser etching on side B.

                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                      12" Info: Black etched vinyl edition.

                                                                                      David Bowie

                                                                                      Reality

                                                                                        'Reality', the 23rd album of David Bowie (2003) followed up on the heavily successful formula of Heathen, combining infuences of Bowie’s Seventies’ past (say, from Heroes to Scary Monsters) with a contemporary new millennium vibe. David produced this album together with Tony Visconti, the dream team that also made Heathen a true work of art, resulting in yet another sure fire production and memorable songs. The album made it to the top 30 of the Billboard 200, and set the course for great Bowie albums to follow.

                                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                                        Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                          The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                          "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground -- it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the '80s." - Allmusic.


                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                                          Sound And Vision - 40th Anniversary 7" Picture Disc

                                                                                            Originally released in the UK on February 11th, 1977 SOUND AND VISION was taken from the groundbreaking album LOW, the first of the so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy’ of albums. The song gave its name to Bowie’s anthology boxset and it’s accompanying greatest hits tour in 1990 and is the only track actually performed by him in his stage play LAZARUS.

                                                                                            The A-side features a brand new remaster of the track and the flip side sees the first physical release of the 2013 remix of the song. The stripped back remix by Sonjay Prabhakar was originally done for a Sony Experia advert and utilises the original lead vocals and Mary Hopkin’s backing vocal with a new piano part.


                                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                                            Stage (2017)

                                                                                              The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                              "Taking the detached plastic soul of Young Americans to an elegant, robotic extreme, Station to Station is a transitional album that creates its own distinctive style. Abandoning any pretense of being a soulman, yet keeping rhythmic elements of soul, David Bowie positions himself as a cold, clinical crooner and explores a variety of styles. Everything from epic ballads and disco to synthesized avant pop is present on Station to Station, but what ties it together is Bowie's cocaine-induced paranoia and detached musical persona. At its heart, Station to Station is an avant-garde art-rock album, most explicitly on "TVC 15" and the epic sprawl of the title track, but also on the cool crooning of "Wild Is the Wind" and "Word on a Wing," as well as the disco stylings of "Golden Years." It's not an easy album to warm to, but its epic structure and clinical sound were an impressive, individualistic achievement, as well as a style that would prove enormously influential on post-punk" - Allmusic.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: From the bouncy quirks of TVC15, swaying along on a bedrock of keys and shuffling drum hooks to the funky majesty of 'Stay', this is one of the most diverse and exciting Bowie outings yet. Disco, rock and soul all get a look in, and it's all brilliantly measured and just as groundbreaking as the day it was released.

                                                                                              David Bowie

                                                                                              Welcome To The Blackout (Live London '78)

                                                                                                Welcome To The Blackout (Live London ’78) originally released as a triple vinyl package for Record Store Day 2018 captures Bowie live during the ISOLAR II tour at Earls Court, London on the 30th June and 1st July 1978.

                                                                                                The album was recorded by Tony Visconti and was mixed by David and David Richards at Mountain Studios, Montreux in January 1979.

                                                                                                Initials copies of the CD are packaged in a six-panel digipak with rare photos from Sukita and Chris Walters before reverting to a brilliant case, it will also be released digitally for download and streaming in both standard and high-definition versions.


                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976)

                                                                                                  The follow up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed DAVID BOWIE ‘FIVE YEARS (1969 – 1973)’ this twelve CD box features all of the material officially released by Bowie during the so-called ‘American’ phase of his career from 1974 to 1976. The box set, which is named after a track recorded in 1974 but not officially released until the 1990’s, includes ‘DIAMOND DOGS’, ‘DAVID LIVE’ (in original and 2005 mixes), ‘YOUNG AMERICANS’ and ‘STATION TO STATION’ (in original and 2010 mixes) as well as ‘THE GOUSTER’, ‘LIVE NASSAU COLISEUM 76’ and a new compilation entitled ‘RE:CALL 2’ which is a collection of single versions and non-album b-sides. All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD as well as new remasters. Exclusive to the box set is ‘THE GOUSTER previously unreleased as a complete album’ it was recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia in 1974 and produced by Tony Visconti. The album was mixed and mastered before David decamped to New York to work with John Lennon and Harry Maslin on what became the ‘YOUNG AMERICANS’ album. ‘THE GOUSTER’ contains three previously unreleased mixes of ‘Right’, ‘Can You Hear Me’ and ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’. For the 2016 release, Tony Visconti has overseen the mastering from the original tapes and photos taken by Eric Stephen Jacobs have been put together for the sleeve based around one of David’s original concepts for the album. Also exclusive to the box set will be the remastered ‘DAVID LIVE (original mix)’, the 2010 Harry Maslin mix of ‘STATION TO STATION’ (previously only available on an audio only DVD in 5.1 and stereo as part of the ‘STATION TO STATION’ Deluxe box set in 2010) and ‘RE:CALL 2’. ‘RE:CALL 2’ features the original single mix of ‘Rebel Rebel’, which has only featured on a 40th anniversary picture disc in 2014 since its original release on single in 1974, and a previously unreleased on CD Australian single edit of ‘Diamond Dogs’, the only place in the world that this edit was issued. Also appearing on CD for the first time is the single edit of the live version of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me’, which was issued to radio stations in the U.S. to help promote the ‘DAVID LIVE’ album. ‘RE:CALL 2’ features newly originated artwork with 1975 in-studio images from the ‘STATION TO STATION’ recording sessions by David’s friend and backing vocalist Geoff MacCormack aka Warren Peace. The alternative cover for the 2010 mix of ‘STATION TO STATION’ by Harry Maslin, features the originally intended colour sleeve for the album that never got further than a few colour proofs and was replaced by the more familiar black and white image. The box set’s accompanying 128 page book will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Eric Stephen Jacobs, Tom Kelley, Geoff MacCormack, Terry O’Neill, Steve Schapiro, and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers Tony Visconti and Harry Maslin. The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver. Also available as a 13LP 180g vinyl set (with 84 page book).

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                                                                                                  LP Box Set Info: 13LP box with 84 page book. 180 gram vinyl.

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                                                                                                  CD Box Set Info: 12CD box with 128 page book.
                                                                                                  The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver.

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                                                                                                  The zenith of David Bowie's flat-pack soul period, 1975's "Young Americans" is an incredible and frequently overlooked record. No other Bowie album had spelled out its market so cleanly and crisply in its title. This was an album to be bought at a time when young Americans, after years of mobilising, now had a little disposable income and were ready to party. It was all, supposedly, about 'emotional drive'. But the album came to represent so much more than that. It is an indirect product of many factors; soul music; politics, both personal and public; sex, drugs and dancing; of downtown New York and uptown Philadelphia.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: What a beginning! 'Young Americans' really sets the scene for the rest of the album, swooning into the Pre-Balearic charms of 'Win' and the horny brilliance of 'Somebody up There Likes Me'. Dynamic, exciting and criminally overlooked, this is one of the greatest Bowie albums there is, and this is the essential version. Music achieved.

                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                  Zeroes (2018) / Beat Of Your Drum (2018)

                                                                                                    This special limited edition DAVID BOWIE 7" picture disc, is a double A-side of the radio edits of 2018 versions of ZEROES and BEAT OF YOUR DRUM. Both tracks are from NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018), a new version of the 1987 album featured in the forthcoming boxset LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988) which is released on 12th October.

                                                                                                    NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018), is a new production of Bowie’s final ‘solo’ album of the ‘80s. Producer Mario McNulty worked on the tracks at Electric Lady Studios in New York with longtime Bowie musicians Sterling Campbell (Black Tie White Noise, Outside, ‘hours…’, Heathen, Reality and The Next Day) on drums, Reeves Gabrels (Tin Machine, Black Tie White Noise, Outside, Earthling and ‘hours...') & David Torn (Heathen, Reality and The Next Day) on guitars and Tim Lefebvre (Blackstar) on bass.

                                                                                                    ZEROES, the lyrics of which reference Prince’s Little Red Corvette was Bowie’s salute to the ‘60s. He described it as “The ultimate happy-go-lucky rock tune, based in the nonsensical period of psychedelia”. Mario McNulty commented, "Stripping this song down to its core revealed a track that could have been right at home on Hunky Dory, I kept Peter Frampton’s sitar (which was originally owned by Jimi Hendrix) as it still fits against the new guitars from Reeves Gabrels”.

                                                                                                    Of BEAT OF YOUR DRUM Mario McNulty says, “David Torn’s ambient guitars start the song that now lead into a much darker world than its shiny predecessor. David sang all the backing vocals on this which I have kept.”


                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    Ltd 7" Info: Double A Side Limited Edition 7" Picture Disc.

                                                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                                                    Aladdin Sane - 2013 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                      "Ziggy Stardust wrote the blueprint for David Bowie's hard-rocking glam, and Aladdin Sane essentially follows the pattern, for both better and worse. A lighter affair than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by bizarre lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson and a handful of winding, vaguely experimental songs. Bowie abandons his futuristic obsessions to concentrate on the detached cool of New York and London hipsters, as on the compressed rockers "Watch That Man," "Cracked Actor," and "The Jean Genie." Bowie follows the hard stuff with the jazzy, dissonant sprawls of "Lady Grinning Soul," "Aladdin Sane," and "Time," all of which manage to be both campy and avant-garde simultaneously, while the sweepingly cinematic "Drive-In Saturday" is a soaring fusion of sci-fi doo wop and melodramatic teenage glam. He lets his paranoia slip through in the clenched rhythms of "Panic in Detroit," as well as on his oddly clueless cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together." For all the pleasures on Aladdin Sane, there's no distinctive sound or theme to make the album cohesive; it's Bowie riding the wake of Ziggy Stardust, which means there's a wealth of classic material here, but not enough focus to make the album itself a classic." - AllMusic.


                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Andy says: David Bowie's follow-up to "Ziggy Stardust" stayed in the Glam style but with loads of other arty stylings that it kept him streets ahead of the rest. Includes the classic stomper "Jean Genie".

                                                                                                      ★ is David Bowie’s 28th album.

                                                                                                      Spring 2015 brought the announcement of the off Broadway theatre production Lazarus, a collaboration between Bowie and renowned playwright Enda Walsh, to be directed by Ivo Van Hove. Lazarus is inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis, and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, famously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation. It will feature new Bowie songs alongside fresh arrangements of music from his back catalogue.

                                                                                                      On October 6, 2015, an excerpt of Blackstar, a brand new original Bowie track, was revealed in the opening credits of The Last Panthers, a major new crime drama premiering across Europe on Sky Atlantic on November 12th.

                                                                                                      On October 25 it was confirmed that Blackstar would be the title of both the forthcoming single and album from David Bowie. The single will be released on November 20th and the album will follow on David’s birthday, January 8th 2016.

                                                                                                      Throughout his 50-year career, David Bowie’s work has always surprised, captivated and exhilarated. 2016 will be no exception. 

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      David says: Throughout his career David Bowie has died many deaths, only to rise again from the ashes of his former self, reincarnate and rejuvenated.
                                                                                                      On ‘Blackstar’ we find him at his most obtuse but still brilliant. After three lost decades it’s easily his best album since the heyday of the Thin White Duke. It really is remarkable that after so much time spent at the wheel he’s been able to produce something so vital and NECESSARY.
                                                                                                      It’s a record that’s gained poignancy since its release of course and as a fan, it can be a difficult listen. There are signposts throughout to suggest that he was, at the very least, aware that he might not be making many more records.
                                                                                                      He may be gone but, like Lazarus before him, has risen again and endures through his music, so, thanks for all the good times David, they will never rot.

                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      LP Info: Black vinyl edition in a die-cut sleeve.

                                                                                                      David Bowie

                                                                                                      Bowie At The Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions '68 - '72 Vinyl Box Set

                                                                                                        LAST EVER COPY!!!!

                                                                                                        Bowie At The Beeb is a four-disc 180g vinyl box set, which was previously released on CD in 2000. This is the debut of the Best Of David’s Bowie’s BBC radio sessions from 1968 – 1972 on vinyl. The set comes in a lift off lid box and features a full colour 20 page booklet.

                                                                                                        This vinyl version features ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ from a Sounds Of The 70’s: Bob Harris session broadcast in September 1971 which was previously exclusive to the Japanese release of the CD. This performance features just David and Mick Ronson as a duo.

                                                                                                        Completely exclusive to the set, and therefore making it’s debut, is the once lost ‘The Supermen’ from Sounds Of The 70’s: Andy Ferris session broadcast in March, 1970 and performed by The Hype.

                                                                                                        This recording was only re-discovered during the research for the original CD set and remained unreleased until now.

                                                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                                                        David Bowie AKA Space Oddity - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                          The album, produced by Tony Visconti (bar "Space Oddity" itself which was produced by the late Gus Dudgeon), was a giant leap forward in terms of songwriting for Bowie compared to his eponymous debut, and can be considered as the first truly essential David Bowie album. Noted for a list of collaborators, including session players Herbie Flowers, Tim Renwick, Terry Cox and Rick Wakeman, the album delves into psychedelic folk-rock, as well as prog, with its genre-defying template creating a blueprint of what would become over the next decade and more, one of the most inimitable British artists.

                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                          LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

                                                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                                                          Five Years 1969 - 1973

                                                                                                            David Bowie 'Five Years 1969 - 1973' is the first in a series of box sets spanning his career. The ten album / twelve CD box, ten album / thirteen-piece vinyl set featuring all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973. All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD as well as new remasters.

                                                                                                            Contents:
                                                                                                            6 original studio albums: David Bowie AKA Space Oddity*, The Man Who Sold The World*, Hunky Dory*, The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and PinUps*. (*New remasters)

                                                                                                            2 Live albums: Live Santa Monica ’72, Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                            Exclusive to the set:
                                                                                                            • Re:Call 1 a new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions & b-sides. Featuring a previously unreleased single edit of All The Madmen. And the original version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single.
                                                                                                            • ‘The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ (2003 stereo remix) by the album’s original co-producer Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album.
                                                                                                            • Book: [ CD - 128 page book / Vinyl - 84 page book ], features rarely seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by legendary Kinks front man Ray Davies.
                                                                                                            • The CD box set includes faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, the CDs will be gold rather than the usual silver, an alternate cover for the 2003 mix of Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott and newly originated artwork for the ‘Re:Call 1’ featuring a 1973 in-studio image from renowned photographer Mick Rock.
                                                                                                            • The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set on pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.


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                                                                                                            LP Box Set Info: ONE COPY ONLY!!!

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                                                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                                                            Heroes

                                                                                                              "Repeating the formula of Low's half-vocal/half-instrumental structure, Heroes develops and strengthens the sonic innovations David Bowie and Brian Eno explored on their first collaboration. The vocal songs are fuller, boasting harder rhythms and deeper layers of sound. Much of the harder-edged sound of Heroes is due to Robert Fripp's guitar, which provides a muscular foundation for the electronics, especially on the relatively conventional rock songs. Similarly, the instrumentals on Heroes are more detailed, this time showing a more explicit debt to German synth pop and European experimental rock. Essentially, the difference between Low and Heroes lies in the details, but the record is equally challenging and groundbreaking." - Allmusic.

                                                                                                              David Bowie

                                                                                                              Hunky Dory - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                "After the freakish hard rock of The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie returned to singer/songwriter territory on Hunky Dory. Not only did the album boast more folky songs ("Song for Bob Dylan," "The Bewlay Brothers"), but he again flirted with Anthony Newley-esque dancehall music ("Kooks," "Fill Your Heart"), seemingly leaving heavy metal behind. As a result, Hunky Dory is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class. Mick Ronson's guitar is pushed to the back, leaving Rick Wakeman's cabaret piano to dominate the sound of the album. The subdued support accentuates the depth of Bowie's material, whether it's the revamped Tin Pan Alley of "Changes," the Neil Young homage "Quicksand," the soaring "Life on Mars?," the rolling, vaguely homosexual anthem "Oh! You Pretty Things," or the dark acoustic rocker "Andy Warhol." On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music." - Allmusic.

                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

                                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                                Hunky Dory - 2015 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                                  "After the freakish hard rock of The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie returned to singer/songwriter territory on Hunky Dory. Not only did the album boast more folky songs ("Song for Bob Dylan," "The Bewlay Brothers"), but he again flirted with Anthony Newley-esque dancehall music ("Kooks," "Fill Your Heart"), seemingly leaving heavy metal behind. As a result, Hunky Dory is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class. Mick Ronson's guitar is pushed to the back, leaving Rick Wakeman's cabaret piano to dominate the sound of the album. The subdued support accentuates the depth of Bowie's material, whether it's the revamped Tin Pan Alley of "Changes," the Neil Young homage "Quicksand," the soaring "Life on Mars?," the rolling, vaguely homosexual anthem "Oh! You Pretty Things," or the dark acoustic rocker "Andy Warhol." On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music." - Allmusic.

                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Andy says: "Ziggy" gets all the kudos but this may just well be David Bowie's best album ever! Features the world-classic "Life On Mars". Flawless.

                                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                                  John, I'm Only Dancing - 40th Anniversary 7" Picture Disc

                                                                                                                  'John, I’m Only Dancing’ was originally released on Friday, September 1st, 1972 on RCA (catalogue no. RCA 2263) as the follow-up single to ‘Starman’, and reached number 12 on the UK charts, immediately becoming a live favourite with the fans, though it never appeared on one of Bowie's studio albums. The single fails to secure a US release as both the title and subject matter were deemed too risqué for that market. Recorded too late for inclusion on the ‘Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’, it was considered for the following year's ‘Aladdin Sane’, but never made it on to the final running order. There were two recordings of the original version, one produced by David and Ken Scott at Trident Studios on June 24th and a later, note for note production, by David alone at Olympic Studios on June 26th, 1972. A new version, a punchier take, recorded in January 1973, features tighter guitar and sax played by Keith Fordham (often referred to by fans as the “sax version”), is on the AA side of this anniversary 7". It replaced the original single version in April 1973, confusingly carrying the same catalogue number and B-side as the original single.

                                                                                                                  The image on the A side features a shot from Mick Rock's original promo film for the original single version, the promo film being deemed too suggestive for broadcast on the BBC's Top Of The Pop's. The BBC instead chose to broadcast the track backed by a film of butch motorcycle riders! The promo film was shot at the Rainbow Theatre, London during down time from rehearsals on August 25th, 1972. The AA side features an image taken by photographer Sukita at the Radio City Music Hall in New York on February 15th, 1973.

                                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                                  Lodger

                                                                                                                    "On the surface, Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop; what makes it different is how it incorporates such experimental tendencies into genuine songs, something that Low and Heroes purposely avoided. "D.J.," "Look Back in Anger," and "Boys Keep Swinging" have strong melodic hooks that are subverted and strengthened by the layered, dissonant productions, while the remainder of the record is divided between similarly effective avant pop and ambient instrumentals. Lodger has an edgier, more minimalistic bent than its two predecessors, which makes it more accessible for rock fans, as well as giving it a more immediate, emotional impact. It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." - Allmusic.



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