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David Axelrod

Song Of Innocence - RSD18 Edition

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    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 Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photos. 



    Demon Fuzz

    I Put A Spell On You

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      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

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

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

        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.



          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. 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. 


          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.

          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

            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?

              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

              2xDeluxe LP Info: 2LP and limited 10" in Black bag.

              2xDeluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              2xLP Info: Double 180 gram vinyl.

              2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

              "Includes Never Before Issued Instrumentals! Comes Packaged In A Gatefold Jacket With A 28-Page Booklet! Earth Rot is visionary composer/ arranger/ producer David Axelrod’s third album, and the last of his Capitol trilogy. Recorded as a concept album about the decrepit state of the environment in 1970 Los Angeles, and scheduled for release on the first Earth Day, it features choral vocals and marks a departure for Axelrod’s signature sound, which would take on a jazzier feel in the 1970s. This definitive version of Earth Rot, overseen by Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt in conjunction with Axelrod’s Estate, fulfills a request Axelrod made while alive – to see the instrumentals of this album, never beforereleased, issued. They see release here as the second LP in a 2LP set. This is an audiophile reissue, with the vocal version lacquered directly from Axelrod’s original master tapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster. The master was approved by Axelrod’s son Michael, who adapted ancient lyrics for the album in one of three collaborative projects he did with his father. Contains a 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview.

              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.” 

                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!

                      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.

                      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

                      Danny Bensi And Saunder Jurriaans

                      Autopsy Of Jane Doe

                        If you haven’t seen the AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE please rectify that immediately, it’s available on Blu-ray from our good friends at Shout Factory. It’s a genuinely chilling tale of a father and son mortuary team who get a body delivered that is unlike any they have ever examined - an unidentified female 'Jane Doe'. As they begin to perform the autopsy in the dead of night, they begin to uncover the story of the corpse and slow creeping dread turns to all out horror masterfully directed by André Øvredal this is essential viewing for any horror fan.

                        The score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans is tense, brooding and a genuinely scary listen (not recommended for late nights if you want to sleep)! It’s pitch perfect in creating mood and atmosphere one minute and letting loose into complete madness the next. The package was designed by Jay Shaw and we wanted to really give you a sense of the movie when you open it. The retail edition of 200 copies is pressed on clear and pink smoke vinyl swirling round Jane Doe’s heart and is housed in a triple foldout gatefold that requires you to perform some surgery to get to the vinyl. The whole package is rounded out in a body bag!

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: Retail edition of 200 copies pressed on clear and pink smoke vinyl.

                        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.

                            "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.

                            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.

                            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

                            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

                            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)’


                              FORMAT INFORMATION

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                              FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                              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

                                Breaking Glass E.P (40th Anniversary)

                                  The new extended version of the E.P. features three previously unreleased live versions of the original E.P. tracks plus the addition of an unreleased live version of ‘Hang On To Yourself’.

                                  The E.P. now features ‘BREAKING GLASS’, ‘ART DECADE’, ‘HANG ON TO YOURSELF’ and ‘ZIGGY STARDUST’ live from Earls Court in London during the Isolar II tour of 1978. These four tracks are alternative performances to the ones that recently appeared on the critically acclaimed live album WELCOME TO THE BLACKOUT (LIVE LONDON ’78), and none were featured on the original 1978 E.P..

                                  Initially released in the UK in January 1977 on the groundbreaking LOW album, ‘BREAKING GLASS’ was co-written by Bowie, bassist George Murray and drummer Dennis Davis. A longer, reworked version of the song was a staple of the Isolar II Tour, and a live version from that tour was used as the lead track on the original live 7" E.P. to promote Bowie's second live album, STAGE in 1978.


                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        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

                                            Let’s Dance (2019 Remastered Edition)

                                              Let's Dance is the 15th studio album by David Bowie. Originally released on 14 April 1983, this vinyl edition is newly remastered.

                                              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

                                                      Never Let Me Down (2019 Remastered Edition)

                                                        Never Let Me Down is the 17th studio album by David Bowie. Originally released on 20 April 1987, this vinyl edition is newly remastered.

                                                        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

                                                              Spying Through A Keyhole

                                                                With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.

                                                                The title ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year. Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.

                                                                The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

                                                                Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn’t always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David’s enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

                                                                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

                                                                  Tonight (2019 Remastered Edition)

                                                                    Tonight is the sixteenth studio album by David Bowie. Originally released on 29 September 1984, this vinyl edition is newly remastered.

                                                                    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.

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                                        Pinups - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                          David Bowie's seventh album was his last to feature the famous "Spiders From Mars" band. It originally came out in November 1973 and is unique in that it is made up entirely of cover versions. In the original liner notes Bowie wrote that the original songs carried the flavour of "64 to '67 London" when he was first getting his band together. As such, it really does feel like a labour of love. Apart from enormo stars Pink Floyd, The Kinks and The Who, he also mastered tracks by The Merseys, Pretty Things and Easybeats. In short, a fine collection of classic songs given that indefatigable Bowie stamp.

                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

                                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                                          Scary Monsters

                                                                                            "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.


                                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                                            Space Oddity - 2015 Remaster 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.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Andy says: Psych and folk flavours, typical of the late 60's era, dominate on Bowie's second LP. Obviously the title track is one of the greatest songs ever written!

                                                                                              David Bowie

                                                                                              The Man Who Sold The World - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                "Even though it contained no hits, The Man Who Sold the World, for most intents and purposes, is the beginning of David Bowie's classic period. Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the first time, Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen. The mix is off-center, with the fuzz-bass dominating the compressed, razor-thin guitars and Bowie's strangled, affected voice. The sound of The Man Who Sold the World is odd, but the music is bizarre itself, with Bowie's bizarre, paranoid futuristic tales melded to Ronson's riffing and the band's relentless attack. Musically, there isn't much innovation on The Man Who Sold the World - it is almost all hard blues-rock or psychedelic folk-rock - but there's an unsettling edge to the band's performance, which makes the record one of Bowie's best albums." - Allmusic.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                The Man Who Sold The World - 2015 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                  "Even though it contained no hits, The Man Who Sold the World, for most intents and purposes, is the beginning of David Bowie's classic period. Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the first time, Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen. The mix is off-center, with the fuzz-bass dominating the compressed, razor-thin guitars and Bowie's strangled, affected voice. The sound of The Man Who Sold the World is odd, but the music is bizarre itself, with Bowie's bizarre, paranoid futuristic tales melded to Ronson's riffing and the band's relentless attack. Musically, there isn't much innovation on The Man Who Sold the World - it is almost all hard blues-rock or psychedelic folk-rock - but there's an unsettling edge to the band's performance, which makes the record one of Bowie's best albums." - Allmusic.


                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Andy says: The classic title track would famously be covered by Nirvana on their "MTV Unplugged" album, but as ever, this record is pretty unlike anything else The Dame would go on to produce.

                                                                                                  One of Britain's most celebrated, much cherished, original and iconic figures, David Bowie returns after a 10 year absence, with this brilliant new album on ISO Records.

                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  2xLtd LP Info: Limited double LP vinyl includes a white label CD insert.

                                                                                                  One of Britains most celebrated, much cherished, original and iconic figures, David Bowie returns after a 10 year absence, with this brilliant new album on RCA Records. From the assault of opener 'The Next Day' through the mournful balladry of 'Where Are We Now' and on to the ambience and grandiose gothic imagery of 'Heat', this is a hugely worthwhile collection to any music fan's library, and further evidence of Bowie's incomparable talents, and impact on today's musical landscape.  

                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  Ltd CD Info: A deluxe single disc CD format containing three bonus tracks and an exclusive poster.

                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                  The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust - 2012 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                    Originally released through RCA Victor on 6th June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie’s fifth album, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott. Incredibly, the album was written whilst Bowie was recording 1971’s Hunky Dory album, with recording beginning a couple of months before that album’s release. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London between 8th November 1971 and 4th February 1972, with the line up: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and backing vocals on ‘It Ain’t Easy’ by Dana Gillespie. As well as performing vocals, Bowie also played acoustic guitar, saxophone and harpsichord on the album and was involved in the arrangements too.

                                                                                                    The album eventually peaked at #5 on the UK Album Chart on 22nd July having entered the chart at #15 on 1st July. Key to the album’s rise in the UK were the two TV performances of “Starman” on Granada TV’s Lift Off With Ayshea and nationally on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops. The album’s influence is immeasurable – it converted legions of fans, becoming the zeitgeist and a major influence on the next generation, particular those who were involved in the punk movement – musicians, artists, designers – and the subsequent re-birth of rock and pop.

                                                                                                    Famously Bowie killed Ziggy at his peak at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, on July 3rd, 1973, though Ziggy Stardust’s influence was to redefine popular culture forever: pop music was never the same again.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Andy says: One of the best pop albums of all time. It enchanted a whole generation and went on to inspire future pop stars for decades to come.

                                                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                                                    The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                      Originally released through RCA Victor on 6th June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie’s fifth album, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott. Incredibly, the album was written whilst Bowie was recording 1971’s Hunky Dory album, with recording beginning a couple of months before that album’s release. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London between 8th November 1971 and 4th February 1972, with the line up: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and backing vocals on ‘It Ain’t Easy’ by Dana Gillespie. As well as performing vocals, Bowie also played acoustic guitar, saxophone and harpsichord on the album and was involved in the arrangements too.

                                                                                                      The album eventually peaked at #5 on the UK Album Chart on 22nd July having entered the chart at #15 on 1st July. Key to the album’s rise in the UK were the two TV performances of “Starman” on Granada TV’s Lift Off With Ayshea and nationally on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops. The album’s influence is immeasurable – it converted legions of fans, becoming the zeitgeist and a major influence on the next generation, particular those who were involved in the punk movement – musicians, artists, designers – and the subsequent re-birth of rock and pop.

                                                                                                      Famously Bowie killed Ziggy at his peak at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, on July 3rd, 1973, though Ziggy Stardust’s influence was to redefine popular culture forever: pop music was never the same again.

                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

                                                                                                      Daniel Brandt, co-founder of acclaimed German ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, is set to release his second solo album for London imprint Erased Tapes on October 12th. Titled Channels, the new record follows the release of the London and Berlin based producer’s solo debut Eternal Something from 2017. The seven-track LP is Brandt’s biggest statement yet, with the album’s thrilling avant-garde framework interweaving chord-driven techno, orchestral flourishes, rich electronic textures and hints of dark cinematic pop. Following on from Eternal Something, which captured a contemplative kind of isolationism, with Channels Brandt set out to create an album that captures the essence of minimalism whilst lending it to a more playful context. After performing and recording Steve Reich’s Six Pianos in a group of six, Brandt began regularly composing long meditations on the piano, something that permeates the sound of the new record. Its frenetic energy and shape-shifting identity was also born out of touring with his new band Eternal Something — comprised of Brandt on piano, drums and synthesisers, Pascal Bideau on guitar and bass, plus Florian Juncker on trombone — and a desire to translate both the sound and spiritual unity of their live shows in which musicians locked together to create an intriguing meld of expansive works. Intricate floor-filler and lead track ‘Flamingo’ synthesises the measured pacing of Detroit techno with an orchestral background. As with all of the tracks on Channels, ‘Flamingo’ began life as a sketch with very basic instrumentation, before taking it into the studio to rehearse with his band members, giving the album a live and visceral sound that sets it apart from his debut; “It was a great experience to do it this way as I have always wanted to have the chance to try out something in a live setting before recording it in the studio and not the other way round,” explains Daniel. “The actual typical rock band recording style that I never had the chance to do before.”

                                                                                                      The album’s most immersive, club-ready track ‘Sailboats III’ is built with a vivid and pulsating bass line that takes inspiration from a Lichtenstein painting, as well as the UK bass scene and producers like Tessela and Lord Tusk. The blossoming cosmos of ‘Cherry Dream’ is informed by Tangerine Dream’s iconic soundtrack to the film Risky Business, a compelling reinterpretation of Love On A Real Train replete with darker, electronic elements and live orchestration. ‘Daze’, co-written with guitarist Pascal Bideau, chimes with an acoustic melody and is carried by a rhythmic percussive pulse, whilst the understated ‘Ltd’ was stylistically inspired by Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint as well as Daniel and his band’s live improvisations with orchestral collective Stargaze, whose founder and conductor André de Ridder contributed violin on the album. Title track ‘Channels’ melds instrumental ambient with melodramatic embellishments, whilst the record’s closer ‘Twentynine Palms’ takes its name from the vast Californian desert, and was written while Daniel was travelling there, evoking the widescreen and rapturous sound of open space and nature. With Brandt also being skilled as a filmmaker, directing and producing visuals for BBF and Eternal Something, much of the new album’s creative ideas reference a rich visual palette. He directed the video for ‘Flamingo’, a sideways glance at the art world that takes the concept behind John Cage’s 4’33” and turns it on its head. “The video for Flamingo is deliberately non performance — people sitting in a room and watching basically nothing, never really sure if anything is ever going to happen. It’s also a play on John Cage’s 4’33”, except in this instance there isn’t even a performer present.” — Daniel Brandt

                                                                                                      Daniel’s passion for film even prompted him to kick start his own online television channel Strrr.tv in 2017 that since attracted a lot of attention with guest moderators including BBC Radio DJ Gilles Peterson, modular synth legend Suzanne Ciani and Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt counting amongst the most popular episodes.

                                                                                                      Recorded between Berlin and London, Channels is a deeply enthralling listening experience, which sees Daniel Brandt build upon his distinctive percussive sound whilst exploring new and expansive horizons.

                                                                                                      "Atrocity Exhibition" is an album of Danny Brown’s typically vigorous rap, paired with challenging production inspired by the work of Talking Heads and Joy Division. It sounds like nothing else from the past or present. Brown began work on "Atrocity Exhibition" in the summer of 2014, linking up with producer and frequent collaborator Paul White on the bulk of the album’s cuts. Other contributions come from producers like Evian Christ, Petite Noir (who also lends vocals to the world weary clang of ‘Rolling Stone’), Black Milk and the Alchemist, who lays down the beats for the masterful "Really Doe". Joined by Kendrick, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt, Brown goes wild over a killer rhythm track, resulting in the LP's stand out moment. 

                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      2xLP Info: Double LP in printed inners with 5mm spine sleeve and digital download card.

                                                                                                      CD Info: CD in 6 page digipak with 20 page booklet.

                                                                                                      Dennis Brown / Prince Allah

                                                                                                      Three Meals A Day / Naw Go A Them Burial

                                                                                                      Two late seventies roots / dub tracks here collated for the impeccable Joe Gibbs Record Globe series.

                                                                                                      Dennis Brown heads up side A with "Three Meals A Day". Recorded in 1979 it features energetic congas, a truly rootsical rhythm section and an empowered, riotous deliver from Brown. Produced by Joe Gibbs and engineered by Errol Thompson it's hard to find fault in this sufferers anthem. Like previous joints in the series the dub follows seamlessly from the main mix, playing right thru side A uninterrupted in a proper DJ mix stylee.

                                                                                                      The B-side features Prince Allah's "Naw Go A Them Burial" - a more old school flavoured cut with rocksteady inflections. I have to admit, I'm struggling to work out the lyrical message in this one... summat about not going to the funeral...lucky there's a separate dub version that pushes that digi siren and punchy bass right to front of the mix saving you from pondering why indeed Prince Allah did not go to the funeral.

                                                                                                      Limited quants as per... get dem skates on dreads!


                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      Ltd 10" Info: Limited 10" pressing in Joe Gibbs Record Globe disco bag.

                                                                                                      Dennis Brown

                                                                                                      King Jammy Presents: Dennis Brown Tracks Of Life

                                                                                                      Now ain't this summat spesh.... A re-vamped selection of Dennis Brown songs recorded and produced at Jammy's and now remixed and remastered with a selection of new vocalists, deejays and toasters adding ad-libed lines and improvisations to the original compositions!

                                                                                                      The A-list selection of vocalists includes Protoje, Dre Island, Alborosie, Romain Virgo, Agent Sasco and more (no Chronix though?! - ed). Some of Dennis Brown’s finest performances for King Jammys, remixed and refreshed with 21st century flavor, the album also includes a newly remastered solo feature for Dennis Brown, “You Satisfy My Soul” (a King Jammy personal favorite). The vinyl LP includes the special bonus addition of the Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley feature "Can’t Keep (A Good Man Down)" backed with "Can’t Keep Version".

                                                                                                      King Jammy is one of reggae’s most prolific and innovative producers, with "Tracks Of Life" he shows himself strong once again. Part tribute and part greatest hits, this album will win new listeners and inspire fans to dig into the original songs. The album is a blend of raw and vibrant vocal performances revisiting vintage Dennis Brown from the King Jammy catalogue.


                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: One of my favourite reggae producers of the 80's, maybe ever, shines a light on the incredible vocal talent currently spearheading Jamaica's roots n culture renaissance.

                                                                                                      Dana Buoy has spent the better part of the last decade as the percussionist for Akron/Family.

                                                                                                      Dana Buoy’s debut album, Summer Bodies, is a rhythmic and vibrant dedication to the joyous feelings of summer love.

                                                                                                      What started as hopeful love notes left on an answering machine in Oregon were later crafted into an album in a bungalow near a jungle lagoon in Thailand. Armed with nothing more than a laptop, an MPC1000, and the enchantment of the paradise found there, the songs began to take shape, mimicking the tropic forms that surrounded them.

                                                                                                      The record was completed months later in Brooklyn and was fleshed out almost solely by Buoy with live drumming, guitar, thumb piano, and samples built from omnichords, analog synthesizers and iPad apps. During the recording, Buoy and his engineer weathered an earthquake, followed by Hurricane Irene - neglecting to evacuate and maintaining days of isolation brought on by the tropical storm.

                                                                                                      The result is Summer Bodies, the culmination of over a year of songwriting and travelling. A dream pop record combining elements of Afro beats, synth pop, and what Buoy refers to as “Tropicore”. The songs connect the dots between Paul Simon and Drake, providing a sonic spaceship ride from the beach party to the after party.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Ryan says: As the percussionist for Akron/Family, you can expect many similar melodies & harmonies from Dana Bouy, overall this is a stunning release. Akron/Family fans, give it a try!

                                                                                                      Recorded slap-dab in the middle of the decade, "Places And Spaces" represents a high water mark level for 1970s jazz-funk, and is another Mizell Brothers-produced winner. Includes the Larry Mizell-penned anthems "Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)" and "Wind Parade" plus classics like "(Fallin' Like) Dominoes" and the title track itself. Essential!

                                                                                                      "Here Lies Love" is a double-disc song cycle, improbably poignant, decidedly surreal, surprisingly thought provoking - about the rise and fall of the Philippines' notorious Imelda Marcos. It was conceived by David Byrne; composed by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, AKA Norman Cook; and performed by a dream cast drawn from the worlds of indie rock, alt country, R&B and pop. Byrne's taste in collaborators is as imaginative as it is impeccable, including Cyndi Lauper (who recounts, to light-hearted disco beats, Imelda's courtship with Ferdinand Marcos), Steve Earle (as the power-hungry Ferdinand), Dap-Kings vocalist Sharon Jones (recalling Imelda's introduction into New York society) and Natalie Merchant (as spurned Imelda confidante Estrella, anticipating the onset of martial law). Along with vocals turns from such stars as Tori Amos and the B-52's Kate Pierson, Byrne works with rising indie rockers St Vincent and My Brightest Diamond; New York chanteuses Nellie McKay and Martha Wainwright; and dance-music divas Roisin Murphy and Santigold. Byrne himself appears as the voice of imperialistic America on "American Troglodyte", a send-up that wouldn't have seemed out of places in Talking Heads' "True Stories".

                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      2xCD/DVD Info: Deluxe with 104 page cloth-bound book with 2 CDs & bonus DVD.

                                                                                                      American Utopia fits hand-in-hand with Byrne’s vision for his series ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ - an ongoing series curated by Byrne of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures – named for the song by the late Ian Dury. Over the last year, Byrne has been collecting stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation – something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the album questions the current state of society while offering solace through song, the content of the series recognizes the darkness and complexity of today while showcasing alternatives to the despair that threatens us. 

                                                                                                      While David Byrne has collaborated on joint releases with Eno, Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), and most recently St. Vincent over the past decade, American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo album since, 2004’s Grown Backwards, also on Nonesuch. American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with longtime collaborator Eno, and eventually growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages) alongside a diverse cast of creative contributors including Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others. The album was recorded in New York City at David’s home studio, Reservoir Studios, Oscilloscope, XL Studios, and Crowdspacer Studio and in London at Livingston Studio 1.

                                                                                                      Speaking about the album, Byrne said:
                                                                                                      Is this meant ironically? Is it a joke? Do I mean this seriously? In what way? Am I referring to the past or the future? Is it personal or political?

                                                                                                      These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world – the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves – well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.

                                                                                                      This album is indirectly about those aspirational impulses. Sometimes to describe is to reveal, to see other possibilities. To ask a question is to begin the process of looking for an answer. To be descriptive is also to be prescriptive, in a way. The act of asking is a big step. The songs are sincere – the title is not ironic. The title refers not to a specific utopia, but rather to our longing, frustration, aspirations, fears, and hopes regarding what could be possible, what else is possible. The description, the discontent and the desire – I have a feeling that is what these songs touch on.

                                                                                                      I have no prescriptions or surefire answers, but I sense that I am not the only one looking and asking, wondering and still holding onto some tiny bit of hope, unwilling to succumb entirely to despair or cynicism.

                                                                                                      It’s not easy, but music helps. Music is a kind of model – it often tells us or points us toward how we can be.


                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: From what I garner from reading Byrne's comments on his newest release, he is commenting (possibly) sarcastically on the duality of American life... or possibly he wasn't. What is less ambiguous is just listening to the album, taking in the excellently written songs and the latent, wry politicism peppered throughout. It's wonderful, that's all you need to know.

                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                      David Byrne

                                                                                                      True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack

                                                                                                        In conjunction with The Criterion Collection’s special-edition DVD and Blu-ray release of David Byrne’s 1986 film True Stories, Nonesuch and Todomundo Records release a comprehensive soundtrack, collected for the first time in one package and in film sequence: True Stories, A Film by David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack. David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. Byrne plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyper-realistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings.

                                                                                                        In True Stories, Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show. Byrne calls the record “an immersive audio voyage into the little town of Virgil, Texas, in the mid-eighties.” He continues, “I always imagined that the music written for True Stories should be heard as it is in the film. It makes the most sense this way. Me singing the song that was written for John Goodman’s character, Louis Fine, always felt weird to me. It was written for that character, not for me.”

                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                        2xLtd LP Info: Heavyweight 140 gram high-performance double vinyl.

                                                                                                        Dani Cali / Alain Maclean

                                                                                                        Hard Road / Talking Judgement Day Blues

                                                                                                          This limited 7" from Dani Cali and Alain Maclean comes through UK dance music legend Andrew Weatherall's label Moine Dubh. The releases focus on "emerging folk and pop acts".

                                                                                                          Simon Joyner, who over the course of thirteen albums has released a unique and influential body of work on a myriad of independent labels, and Dennis Callaci, who has recorded nearly as many records with his band Refrigerator and runs one of those said labels, present their second record together. Their first collaborative release was a one-sided vinyl-only release on Catsup Plate Records a decade back entitled Stranger Blues, a direct-to-one-track live recording of the two playing together and sharing one mic.

                                                                                                          Though recorded in the same spot (i.e. the living room of the Callaci home), New Secrets is a different record altogether - a call and response exercise of sorts, with a Joyner song answering the plea to the preceding Callaci dirge. Recorded and mixed live by Jarvis Taveniere (noted for his Rearhouse recordings and as a member of Woods) over the course of three days, the duo was backed up by Joyner's band from the Ghosts record of last year. Augmenting the album's eleven tracks are guest appearances by Franklin Bruno (Human Hearts, Nothing Painted Blue) and Kevin Morby (The Babies). Reuniting the original cast from the first release, noted artist Rob Carmichael designed the cover art around Callaci's drawings. 

                                                                                                          All new music from Simon Joyner and Dennis Callaci (Refrigerator) 
                                                                                                          Follow-up to 2003 Stranger Blues EP
                                                                                                          Recorded and mixed by Jarvis Tavernier (Rearhouse, Woods) and Joyner's full backing band, guest spots by Franklin Bruno and Kevin Morby (The Babies).

                                                                                                          All tracks produced and arranged by DJ Don Carlos, 8 tracks never released on vinyl taken from the album "The Cool Deep". The first 12" include A1. Voyage A2. House Of Bluse B1. Equinox B2. Playa Serena...

                                                                                                          Big release from the master of Italian Deep house!

                                                                                                          Dave Clarkson

                                                                                                          A Blue Guide To Shore Ghosts And Sea Mystery

                                                                                                            Linear Obsessional Recordings conclude Dave Clarkson's "coastal trilogy" with a new themed collection of music based on supernatural and mysterious aquatic subject matter. Expanding the pallette from the field recordings and subdued electronics of the previous releases ("Music for Lighthouses" and "Coastal Quicksands of the British Isles") to include drum kits, guitars, scratched '78s and harmonica as well as guest musicians Graham Massey (of 808 State and Biting Tongues) on saxophones and assorted percussion, and Ruth Davies on Cello. The resultant music is a triumphant combination of unsettling but absorbing sounds with a new interest in acoustic instrumentation, and even a Krautrock feel at moments."Shore Ghosts and Sea Mystery" sees Clarkson exploring expansive new waters...

                                                                                                            Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Power

                                                                                                            Fever

                                                                                                            Like some latter-day Captain Beefheart kidnapping his band to force them to knock out "Trout Mask Replica", Cloud dragged the ever-changing Gospel Of Power band, Matt Swanson (also of Lambchop) Ben Martin (Clem Snide) and Matt Back across the Atlantic to record "Fever" at Fire Records' Stoke Newington studio. But where the notorious Captain turned his musicians into fanatical cadavres, the ever amenable Cloud has created another record of fractured garage and garrulous lo-fi, bizarre character studies and paeans to ladies and love. Just as on his Fire Records debut, the compilation "Napoleon Of Temperance" and last album, "Pleasure Before Business", Cloud once again roughs up the Nashville tradition. You're as likely to hear him collaborating with a Norwegian folk group to knock out a dishevelled version of sea shanty "What Should We Do With A Drunken Sailor" as paying reverential homage to the sound of his home city. But that's what this personable old cove is all about: hazy round the edges, always on hand with a sly wink. So the title track takes the melody of the song that Peggy Lee made famous for a late night drink in a seedy bar where it never really wanted to go, while "The Citadel" even out-swaggers'n'sleazes the The Rolling Stones' original. Over the murky atmosphere and hungover Spanish guitar of "Surfer Joe", Cloud ponders the price of lobster, cats and ponies, and pronounces Mexico like a drunken sheep. 'South of the border yeaaaoooww, south of the border yeaaaoow' he growls. "In The Distance" has Cloud in full spoken word flow over echoes of rolling piano, a tale of a man who 'put his battered bugle to his lips... and played the only love song she had ever heard him sing' in honour of a girl with 'magnetic brown eyes... made as a perfect sculpture.' It's a surprising end to Cloud's peculiar journey, but you'd be a fool not to join him on it. 'All Things Weird & Wonderful'.

                                                                                                            Deborah Coleman

                                                                                                            Livin' On Love

                                                                                                            Deborah Coleman is unquestionably one of the blues most exciting young talents. "Livin' On Love" is her best yet, her guitar playing is by turns ferocious and understated and her voice more supple and expressive than ever.

                                                                                                            When you pick out a Don Cooper LP he really does look the part. Sat by a lake, on a hill at sunset or in the middle of a forest. Acoustic guitar wielding and suede-tunic wearing, Don is Folk before you've even dropped the needle on the record or read the sleevenotes. Demoted to the bargain bins of yesteryear along with the vast and endless stream of obscure mid-American rock and folk records by unfamiliar artists who, for one unfathomable reason or another, never quite made it big in the music business, Don Cooper's original blue-grass and folk revival influences, coupled with a vivid imagination and a veritable poetic palette carve his name into the bark of folk-rock's branchy tree. In 2005 Delay 68 records released a best of on CD, this is the vinyl offering based on that compilation. So drop the needle in the groove and enjoy some of the great, sadly forgotten musical gems singer songwriter Don Cooper has to offer.

                                                                                                            Donald Cumming

                                                                                                            Out Calls Only

                                                                                                              Longtime East Village resident Cumming has been intimately involved in the music and art scenes of downtown New York since he was a teenager. After being featured on the cover of Ryan McGinley’s debut book of photos in 2002 he continued to work as a model and actor before forming The Virgins.

                                                                                                              The band released two critically acclaimed albums receiving accolades and rave reviews in outlets such as Rolling Stone Vogue and The New York Times. NME called their last album a “dynamic listen” and described “how classic it sounds Cumming’s posturing sounding as if it’s been lifted straight from a forgotten vinyl covered in dust and suspicious stains. It’s Dire Straits teamed with louche New York cool – a combination that shouldn’t work but totally does.”

                                                                                                              Cumming and his new band recently kicked off their album release campaign at New York's Symphony Space as part of punk rock legend and author Richard Hell's interview and performance series Night Out With Richard Hell. March 2015 he supported Brandon Flowers at his NYC solo show.

                                                                                                              Recorded at East Village Recording Center with additional work done at Sullivan Street Studios in Manhattan Out Calls Only boasts a sound that transcends The Virgins second and final album 2013’s Strike Gently (released on Julian Casablancas' Cult Records).

                                                                                                              Cumming explains "I don't listen to a lot of contemporary music but it seems to a trend that favors aesthetics over content. I don't have a sound that I'm looking for as much as I just want to be as sincere as possible." The talented musicians who accompany him on Out Calls Only include bassist Ian Fenger drummer Skip Johnson and lead guitarists Jack Byrne and Jack Straw. For Cumming working with producers Johnny T. Yerington and Gus Osberg in an organic and loose fashion was tantamount to the outcome of Outcalls.

                                                                                                              Silvano D’Auria

                                                                                                              Sortilegio

                                                                                                                • “Sortilegio” literally means ‘spell’ and was shot in Italy between 1969 and 1970. One of the most mysterious movies that came out from the golden age of Italian cinema, its soundtrack was recorded in 1974.
                                                                                                                •The movie had never been officially distributed and probably had never reached the final stage of post-production. The film is lost, gone forever apparently.
                                                                                                                •Four Flies Records’ researchers had been able to locate the original master tapes of the soundtrack, which had been re-mastered and is going to be released as a deluxe limited edition 180gr LP, with extensive liner notes signed by composer Silvano D'Auria and film critic Davide Pulici (Nocturno Cinema).
                                                                                                                •Originally recorded in Rome at the famous RCA Studios, the soundtrack casts a fine blend of jazz-funk and prog-rock elements.

                                                                                                                One of the most mysterious movies of the golden age of Italian cinema, “Sortilegio” is a visionary horror movie directed by Nardo Bonomi, starring Erna Schurer and the famous Italian director Marco Ferreri as a co-star. The movie also featured Corrado Farina (director of the legendary “Baba Yaga”) as assistant director. As the influential Italian magazine Nocturno Cinema stated some time ago, the movie had never been distributed and is to be considered definitively lost. Thanks to Four Flies Records’ meticulous research, at least the soundtrack of the movie survives: the original master tapes have been finally recovered and restored, thus to be released for the very first time. Recorded in Rome at the famous RCA Studios, “Sortilegio” is a dark and esoteric soundtrack composed by Silvano D’Auria. The soundtrack casts a fine blend of jazz-funk and prog-rock elements, and features some of the greatest session musicians of those times, like Silvano Chimenti (his fuzzy guitars are unmistakable).

                                                                                                                Sumptuous deluxe limited 180 gr. editions, Four Flies’ works are accompanied by precious liner-notes and are enriched by archival images, original artwork and lettering designed by Luca Barcellona.

                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Limited Deluxe Edition 500 copies with gatefold sleeves and gloss inners, remastered from the original masters.

                                                                                                                It was at DMZ that Soulja first heard "Ongie Bongie". Several months later the track becomes the the kick-off riddim for "D1 V3", D1's latest double-pack offering from Tempa. Sounding out the way ahead with the latest sonar technology, "Ongie Bongie" begins at a cautious speed whilst familiarising itself with this new territory and then picks up pace with a funky propulsion that saw it light-up underwater dance, DMZ. Following on from this peak-time dancefloor energy, "Joy" swells progressively, in waves of euphoric chords pieced together with steadily stuttering congas. The second plate is headed by "Cave", a deeply hollowed-out production, heavily sub-led and a current regular in Youngsta sets, whilst anchor track "BG" employs infectious, cascading bass-stabs, which envelop the accompanying trumpet to create the kind of skank out riddim which wouldn't be out of place on a Jammin' era Bingo Beats release.

                                                                                                                Ex Harmonia member, and Cluster/Eno collaborator presents his first new album in over seven years. Pure electronic current abstracted into riffs and textural sound poems - unpredictably cutting edge!


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