MID-TERM REVIEW 2024

TOP 25 COLLECTIONS

Welcome to the review of the best collections of the year so far; a combination of compilations, best ofs and reissues it's a veritable pick and mix of genres and styles - just as we like it!

As per our Top 50 albums review, they've been compiled in A-Z order - you'll have to wait until December to find out the numerical positions in our End Of Year chart.
This whole text about a compilation of legit chill slippers could be over with one quote of drummer Aaron Sterling. The John Mayer band member and studio guru called Basso (our compiler) the 'ECM of chill wave'.

As we all know, even if some words may be hollow, good quotes help to tell a story. And that is definitely a great quote and if someone has a good story to tell, it is Basso. Best known for his label Growing Bin, he is one of those miraculous figures in music or record culture who can be called a true believer.

"Sitting in Trees" for International Feel is a sampling demonstration of this commitment. Devotees of his previous compiling efforts "Proper Sunburn" (Music For Dreams) and "Lucky Are Those Who Hear The Birds Sing" (Growing Bin), know what to expect: some of the best songs you have never heard before, some you would probably never hear without this and even some that you did not know you would even like. Even self-proclaimed record diggers might not recognize more than "Mystery Voice" by smooth jazz new agers Dancing Fantasy. It is a world of merry music that, pretty much, is boundary- and genre-free, and includes the sunshine stepper Beau Michael’s "Move Away"; Patrick Jahn’s and Erobique’s previously unreleased "Moonlight Shuffle" (the soundtrack to a lost Schimanski Tatort) and Christian Ch. Kneisel’s impossible-to-find Balearic digi gem "Jungle Connection".
All contextualized, explained and wonderfully described with meticulous liner notes by the king of record descriptions himself: Basso. But what else would you expect from a DJ turned trip-hop-producer turned artiste turned record sommelier? Magic moments galore that won’t make you move away!

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: A beautiful selection of airy electronics and floating Rhodes keys, laid-back drifters and saturated bass stabs from Growing Bin boss and master selector and musician, Basso. Beautifully paced throughout and full of little surprises, Sitting In Trees is an absolute triumph. Perfectly timed for hammock season!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Edwin Schimscheimer - Bon Nuit Michelle
A2. Dancing Fantasy - Mystery Voice
A3. Peak Of Normal - Hava
A4. Christian Ch. Kneisel - Jungle Connection

B1. Beau Michael - Move Away (Extended)
B2. Summer Vee - Judas
B3. Patrick Jahn & Erobique - Moonlight Shuffle
B4. Ikee Largo - After The Storm

David Bowie

Rock 'n' Roll Star!

    Half-Speed Master Vinyl Edition
    David Bowie’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Star! Charts Bowie’s journey to Ziggy Stardust. Starting with early home demos, through radio sessions and live performances, to session recordings, outtakes and alternate versions from the recording of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust album.

    The 1LP half-speed master which accompanies the 5CD+BR version features alternative takes and mixes including an alternative version of ‘Lady Stardust’, an unheard version of the deep-cut classic ‘Shadow Man’ and an up-tempo take of The Who’s ‘I Can’t Explain’, which he would later slow down and cover for the PIN-UPS album. 

    5CD + 1 Blue-Ray Edition
    David Bowie’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Star! is a 5CD and 1 Blu-Ray Audio set that explores David Bowie’s journey from February 1971 through the creation of the Ziggy Stardust character, the recording of the iconic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album, and captures the international mania that surrounded the Ziggy phenomenon in the form of UK radio sessions and TV performances, as well as live tracks from Ziggy and the Spiders’ 1st October 1972 show at the Boston Music Hall.

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Star! contains 29 unreleased tracks, covers early songwriting demos, recordings from David’s band, The Arnold Corns, rehearsals at Bowie’s then-home, Haddon Hall, BBC sessions, singles, live performances, plus outtakes and alternative versions from the original album recording sessions, which have been newly mixed by original album producer, Ken Scott.

    Unreleased highlights include an alternative version of ‘Lady Stardust’, an unheard version of the deep-cut classic ‘Shadow Man’ and an up-tempo take of The Who’s ‘I Can’t Explain’, which he would later slow down and cover for the PIN-UPS album.

    The Blu-Ray includes a version of the Ziggy Stardust album called Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth) taken from Trident Studio tapes dated 15th December 1971, which features an alternative running order and four songs that didn’t make the final album.

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Star! also contains two books. The first is an extensive 112-page book with detailed liner notes, memorabilia, contemporary reviews and articles, rare photographs from Barrie Wentzel, Michael Putland, Mick Rock, Sukita and Alec Byrne, as well as brand-new notes and interviews with Ken Scott, Mark Carr Pritchett and David’s plugger from the time, Anya Wilson. Accompanying the main book is a 36-page compiled reproduction of David’s personal Ziggy Stardust era notebooks. 


    TRACK LISTING

    Half-Speed Master Vinyl Edition
    Side 1
    1. Hang On To Yourself (early Ziggy Session Take)
    2. Star (Take 5 Alternative Version)
    3. Lady Stardust (Take 1 Alternative Version)
    4. Shadow Man (Ziggy Session Version)
    5. The Supermen (Ziggy Session Version 2023 Mix)
    6. Holy Holy (Ziggy Session Version Alternative Mix)
    7. Round And Round (alternative Mix)
    Side 2
    1. Velvet Goldmine (Ziggy Sessions Outtake 2022 Mix)
    2. Looking For A Friend (Ziggy Session Version)
    3. It's Gonna Rain Again (Ziggy Sessions Outtake)
    4. Sweet Head (Ziggy Sessions Outtake 2022 Mix)
    5. Starman (Top Of The Pops Version 2022 Mix)
    6. John, I'm Only Dancing (alternative Trident Studios Version)
    7. I Can't Explain (Trident Studios Version)

    CD/Blu-Ray Edition:
    Disc 1
    1. So Long 60s (San Francisco Hotel Recording) *
    2. Hang On To Yourself (early Demo) *
    3. Lady Stardust (demo)
    4. Ziggy Stardust (demo)
    5. Star (Aka Stars) (demo) *
    6. Soul Love (demo And DB Spoken Notes) *
    7. Starman (demo 1 Excerpt) *
    8. Starman (demo 2) *
    9. Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns Version)
    10. Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns Version)
    11. Looking For A Friend (The Arnold Corns Version – Rough Mix) *
    12. Haddon Hall Rehearsals Segue: Ziggy Stardust / Holy Holy / Soul Love *
    13. Star (Aka Stars) (Haddon Hall Rehearsal) *
    14. Sweet Head (Haddon Hall Rehearsal) *

    Disc 2
    Sounds Of The 70s: John Peel
    Session Recorded On 11th January, 1972 And Broadcast On 28th January, 1972
    1. Ziggy Stardust *
    2. Queen Bitch *
    3. Waiting For The Man *
    4. Lady Stardust *
    Sounds Of The 70s: Bob Harris
    Session Recorded On 18th January, 1972 And Broadcast On 7th February, 1972
    5. Hang On To Yourself
    6. Ziggy Stardust
    7. Queen Bitch
    8. Waiting For The Man
    9. Five Years
    Old Grey Whistle Test Performance
    Filmed On 7th February, 1972 And Broadcast On 8th February, 1972
    Except ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ Which Was Not Broadcast Until 1982.
    10. Oh! You Pretty Things (take 1)
    11. Queen Bitch
    12. Five Years

    Disc 3
    Sounds Of The 70s: John Peel
    Session Recorded On 16th May, 1972 And Broadcast On 23rd May, 1972
    1. White Light/White Heat
    2. Moonage Daydream
    3. Hang On To Yourself
    4. Suffragette City
    5. Ziggy Stardust
    Johnnie Walker Lunchtime Show
    Session Recorded On 22nd May, 1972 And Broadcast From 5th – 9th June, 1972
    6. Starman
    7. Space Oddity
    8. Changes
    9. Oh! You Pretty Things
    Sounds Of The 70s: Bob Harris
    Session Recorded On 23rd May, 1972 And Broadcast On 19th June, 1972
    10. Andy Warhol
    11. Lady Stardust
    12. White Light/White Heat
    13. Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide
    Top Of The Pops Performance
    Filmed On 5th July, 1972 And Broadcast On 6th July, 1972
    14. Starman

    Disc 4
    1. Round And Round
    2. The Supermen (Ziggy Session Version)
    3. Holy Holy (Ziggy Session Version)
    4. Velvet Goldmine (Ziggy Session Outtake)
    5. Starman (original Single Mix)
    6. John, I’m Only Dancing (original Single Version)
    Recorded Live At The Music Hall, Boston.
    Recorded On 1st October, 1972
    7. The Supermen
    8. Changes
    9. Life On Mars?
    10. My Death *
    11. John, I’m Only Dancing

    Disc 5
    1. Looking For A Friend (The Arnold Corns Version 2022 Mix) *
    2. Hang On To Yourself (early Ziggy Session Take) *
    3. Star (take 5 Alternative Version) *
    4. Lady Stardust (take 1 Alternative Version) *
    5. Shadow Man (Ziggy Session Version) *
    6. The Supermen (Ziggy Session Version 2023 Mix) *
    7. Holy Holy (Ziggy Session Version Alternative Mix) *
    8. Round And Round (alternative Mix)
    9. It’s Gonna Rain Again (Ziggy Session Outtake) *
    10. Looking For A Friend (Ziggy Session Version) *
    11. Velvet Goldmine (Ziggy Sessions Outtake 2022 Mix) *
    12. Sweet Head (Ziggy Sessions Outtake 2022 Mix) *
    13. Starman (Top Of The Pops Version 2022 Mix)
    14. John, I’m Only Dancing (alternative Trident Studios Version) *
    15. I Can’t Explain (Trident Studios Version) * Bonus Mix
    16. Moonage Daydream (2003 Instrumental Mix)

    Blu Ray Audio
    THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
    Original Album Mix (96khz/24bit Stereo)

    THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS AND EXTRAS
    2003 5.1 Mixes (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - 96khz/24bit)

    WAITING IN THE SKY (BEFORE THE STARMAN CAME TO EARTH)
    Early Ziggy Stardust Album Tracklisting – December 1971 (96khz/24bit PCM Stereo)

    THE SINGLES
    (96khz/24bit PCM Stereo)

    OUTTAKES AND ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS
    (96khz/24bit PCM Stereo) 

    Can

    Live In Paris 1973

      Mute and Spoon Records present the next instalment of the curated CAN live concert series, LIVE IN PARIS 1973—the first in the series to feature Damo Suzuki's vocals.

      The series was overseen by founding member Irmin Schmidt and producer/engineer René Tinner, who delicately worked on restoring the archival recordings to the best quality for current modern technology. This record captures the band’s 1973 performance in Paris and features Irmin Schmidt on keyboard & synths, Jaki Liebezeit on drums, Michael Karoli on guitars, Holger Czukay on bass, and Damo Suzuki on vocals for one of his final shows with the band.

      Available on double vinyl and 2-disc CD, with exclusive sleeve notes by journalist Wyndham Wallace.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Paris 1973 sees one of the last live shows that the great Damo Suzuki did with Can, and thus sees the band in one of it's most famous shows, in the most coveted lineup. It's perfectly recorded too, and captures the band at their incendiary best. The latest in a stunning series.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 Paris 73 Eins (Part 1)
      B1 Paris 73 Eins (Part 2)
      C1 Paris 73 Zwei
      C2 Paris 73 Drei
      D1 Paris 73 Vier
      D2 Paris 73 Fünf

      Johnny Cash

      Greatest Hits

        Hard to believe it's 20 years since the legendary Johnny Cash passed away, but what better way to commemorate than with this double vinyl collecting together some of The Man In Black's greatest songs. Including Walk the line, Get Rhythm, Folsom Prison Blues...

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. I Walk The Line
        A2. Get Rhythm
        A3. Hey Porter
        A4. So Doggone Lonesome
        A5. Hey, Good Lookin'
        A6. Sugartime
        A7. Frankie'S Man Johnny
        A8. Bonanza!
        A9. Delia's Gone
        A10. I Still Miss Someone
        B1. Folsom Prison Blues
        B2. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
        B3. I Got Stripes
        B4. Transfusion Blues
        B5. Chain Gang
        B6. Born To Lose
        B7. In The Jailhouse Now
        B8. Country Boy
        B9. All Over Again
        C1. Cry, Cry, Cry
        C2. Big River
        C3. Oh Lonesome Me
        C4. It Was Jesus
        C5. Girl In Saskatoon
        C6. Locomotive Man
        C7. Clementine
        C8. Mean Eyed Cat
        C9. Luther Played The Boogie
        D1. Five Feet High And Rising
        D2. Guess Things Happen That Way
        D3. I Love You Because
        D4. Katy Too
        D5. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
        D6. I Want To Go Home
        D7. Leave That Junk Alone
        D8. I Got Shoes
        D9. Honky Tonk Girl
        D10. Thanks A Lot
        D11. What Do I Care

        Alice Coltrane

        The Carnegie Hall Concert

          Kicking off what will be an Alice Coltrane year with more releases to come in the next 12 months, is a previously unreleased, killer live recording from 1971. Recorded live, by Impulse! at a charity gala given at Carnegie Hall for the benefit of the Integral Yoga Institute in 1971, this incredible set never saw commercial release until now. The gala concert was one of two halves with the first two transcendental tunes by Alice taken from the album she had just released on Impulse! and then two explosive tunes by her late husband John Coltrane. Naturally, à la Coltrane/Dolphy at the Gate, which picked up the recent Grammy nomination for Best Liner Notes, the package includes some knockout editorial, with essays by Lauren Du Graf and Alice’s producer Ed Michel. 

          TRACK LISTING

          Journey In Satchidananda
          Shiva-Loka
          Africa
          Leo 

          Cranes

          Fuse - 2024 Reissue

            Whilst the release of 1989's ‘Self-Non-Self’ EP represented an introduction to the band for many (John Peel among them) Cranes had quietly made their debut with the release of the ‘Fuse’ cassette in 1986 on local Portsmouth label Bite Back!

            Infamous among hardcore fans, the recordings have been largely unavailable since release (‘Fuse’ made an appearance as a bonus track in later years) with the original tape changing hands on-line at a premium.

            Remastered at Abbey Road and with the addition of the previously unreleased ‘New Liberty’ (a song originally slated for inclusion on ‘Self-Non-Self’) this release will be the first time the music has been widely available since its initial release.

            ‘Fuse’ is the 2nd release from the band’s archive following the recent release of their ‘BBC Peel Sessions’ and prefaces the promise of new music to come.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            Pillow Panther
            Fuse (Original Version)
            Valentine
            Gas-Ring

            Side B
            1. Things That I Like
            2. Wrench
            3. Fracture
            4. New Liberty

            Various Artists

            Do You Have The Force? Volume 2 - Jon Savage's Alternate History Of Electronica 1978-82

              Jon Savage's second eclectic voyage through Post-Punk era Electronic music, Disco, Experimental & Proto-Techno 1978-82.

              Re-mastered with care & attention from the very best available audio sources for maximum listening pleasure..

              This compilation is selected and curated by renowned cultural commentator, writer and film-maker Jon Savage. Amongst many highly revered projects Jon has produced the definitive work on Punk Rock in “England's Dreaming” and the documentary & book “Teenage” The Creation of Youth, 1875 - 1945. He is also the biographer of Joy Division & author of the top 10 Sunday Times best seller "This Searing Light, The Sun & Everything Else" The Oral History Of Joy Division in 2019. His new book The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Resistance Shaped Popular Culture (1955-1979) is published in in 2024.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1 Dee D. Jackson-Automatic Lover 4:07
              A2 Telex - Moscow Diskow (Original 12" Version) - 5"20
              A3 Soft Machine - Soft Space 8"56
              B1 Qondile-African Dawn 2"54
              B2 Gaz Nevada - I.C. Love Affair 6"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
              B3 I Signori Della Galassia - Archeopterix 4"00
              B4 Cerrone - La Secte De Marrakech Suite 4"33
              C1 John Foxx-Burning Car 3”15
              C2 Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – Monochrome Days 4”01
              C3 Cabaret Voltaire-Red Mask 6”54
              C4 Caution – UFO 5"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
              D1 Martin Rev - Nineteen 86 4"36
              D2 Pascal Comelade - Sequence 1 2"55
              D3 The Flying Lizards - An Age 2"31
              D4 Throbbing Gristle - Beachy Head 3"39
              D5 Terminal City -Mugin For Unknown 5”40

              Various Artists

              Down To The Sea & Back: Volume Tres. The Continuing Journey Of The Balearic Beat - Compiled By Balearic Mike & Kelvin Andrews

                After a 10-year hiatus, Balearic Mike and Kelvin Andrews return to continue the journey of the Balearic Beat with another edition of their distinguished Down To The Sea And Back compilation series, presenting a formidable new set of rare and obscure records.

                With Vols. 1 and 2, the well loved duo showed us that not only are they serious collectors but chroniclers of a scene, assembling lost gems and unheard marvels into Balearic mythology. Reaping, along the way, accolades such as Piccadilly Records’ Compilation of the Year, and featured on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 Music show. For Vol. Tres, Mike and Kelvin team up with Copenhagen-based Music For Dreams label – themselves no strangers to the Balearic archives. The compilation features 16 tracks, every selection accompanied by an essential background story in the liner notes of the gatefold vinyl and CD booklet.

                As fellow comrade and beloved friend Luke Una puts it: “From Greek acid folk, Balearic bossa, outsider pop and electronic chug, to cosmic machine soul, majestic songs, odd numbers, proto-techno new wave to dubbed out 5am technoid, bass buggin deepness and ethereal outer-space Detroit via San Francisco. This album is a story. A story from the heart, with over three decades digging and grafting in the trenches. In a world of faux, pastiche, counterfeit and aggrorhythm fakes, it oozes a wholesome intuitive authenticity. Majestic songs, odd numbers, cosmic dreaming and late night astral travelling as we all hold on together.” 

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: It's been a long wait, but we finally get the newest outing from Balearic legends Balearic Mike (How's that for nominative determinism eh?) and Kelvin Andrews. Featuring a slew of excellently curated horizontal swooners and lysergic breeze. Fittingly summery, and a wonderful new outing in the series.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1 Josete Ordonez - Objetos Perdidos (Dagobert Böhm Version)
                A2 Robert Williams - I Believe You're The One
                A3 Lee Ryda - Electro Eyes
                A4 Francisco - Heal Yourself
                B1 Vidderna - Villfarelser
                B2 Meo - Cikuana
                B3 The Emperor Machine - Dying By Wits (Original Mix)
                B4 Tri Atma - Yummy Moon (Long Version)
                B5 Pressure Drop - Unify /Rip Up (instrumental)
                C1 Enzo Carella - Malamore
                C2 Ad Vissar & Daniel Sahuleka - Giddyap A Gogo
                C3 Le Couleur - Underage (Original Mix)
                C4 Sunshine Jones - Fall In Love Not In Line (Extended Vocal Version)
                D1 Car Crash Set - Fall From Grace
                D2 Len - Steal My Sunshine (Version Idjut)
                D3 Mcraft - She Sells Sanctuary

                The Fall

                Slates (Live)

                  Popstock was created by the surviving members of the Slates iteration of The Fall to present unusual and alternative versions of the brilliant records they helped create.

                  These records promise to be unique in that they are the only new Fall releases going forward where actual members of the group are consulted, involved and remunerated at all. Slate Live Again presents live versions of the six songs that make up the original mini- LP, with the incredible versions chosen in order to present the songs at every stage of their live performance, both pre and post recording.

                  Lovingly curated with input from band members at every stage, including sourcing, mastering and design, and with sleeve notes by Fall Uber- fan Stewart Lee, Slates Live is the type of release that Fall fans have been craving for years.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Middle Mass
                  2. An Old Lover Etc.
                  3. Prole Art Threat
                  4. Fit And Working Again
                  5. Slags, Slates Etc.
                  6. Leave The Capitol

                  Various Artists

                  Fantastic Voyage: New Sounds For The European Canon 1977-1981

                    By the turn of the 80s, the impact of David Bowie’s ground-breaking Berlin recordings – the synths, the alienation, the drily futuristic production – was being felt on music across Europe. What’s more, the records being made were reflecting back and influencing Bowie’s own work – 1979’s “Lodger” and 1980’s “Scary Monsters” owed a debt to strands of German kosmische (Holger Czukay), new electronica (Patrick Cowley, Harald Grosskopf), and the latest works from old friends and rivals like Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel and Scott Walker, all of whom had been re-energised by the fizz of 1977.

                    Compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and the BFI’s Jason Wood, “Fantastic Voyage” is the companion album to their hugely successful “Café Exil” collection, which imagined the soundtrack to David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s trans-European train journeys in the mid-to-late seventies. “Fantastic Voyage” is what happened next.

                    Bowie’s influences and Bowie’s own influence were rebounding off each other as the 70s ended and the 80s began, notably in the emergent synthpop and new romantic scenes as well as through the music of enigmatic acts like the Associates and post-punk pioneers such as Cabaret Voltaire.

                    Like “Low” and “Heroes”, some of the tracks on “Fantastic Voyage” are spiked with tension (Grauzone’s ‘Eisbär’) while some share those albums’ sense of travel (Simple Minds’ ‘Theme for Great Cities’, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘Riot in Lagos’) and others find common ground with “Lodger’s” dark, subtle humour (Thomas Leer’s ‘Tight as a Drum’, Fripp’s ‘Exposure’).

                    This is the thrilling, adventurous sound of European music before the watershed moment when Bowie would abandon art-pop for America and the emerging world of MTV with “Let’s Dance” in 1983. “Fantastic Voyage” soundtracks the few brief years when the echo chamber of Bowie, his inspirations, and his followers created an exciting, borderless music that was ready to challenge Anglo American influences. 


                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Theme For Great Cities - Simple Minds
                    2. Silent Command - Cabaret Voltaire
                    3. Riot In Lagos - Ryuichi Sakamoto
                    4. Eisbar - Grauzone
                    5. White Car In Germany - The Associates
                    6. Nightcrawler - Patrick Cowley
                    7. On A Trouvé - Isabelle Mayereau
                    8. 3,000,000 Synths - Chas Jankel
                    9. No Self Control - Peter Gabriel
                    10. Nite Flights - The Walker Brothers
                    11. Tight As A Drum - Thomas Leer
                    12. The Farther Away I Am - Daryl Hall
                    13. So Weit, So Gut - Harald Grosskopf
                    14. Exposure - Robert Fripp
                    15. Patriarcat –
                    Areski Belkacem & Brigitte Fontaine
                    16. Silicon Chip - Basil Kirchin
                    17. Ode To Perfume - Holger Czukay

                    Various Artists

                    Jon Savage's The Secret Public - How The LGBTQ+ Aesthetic Shaped Pop Culture 1955-1979

                      Homosexuality has been a part of post-war popular music since its very inception. Until the early 70s, however, it wasn’t talked about openly in that world: it was coded, hidden, secret. This of course mirrored society - during the 50s and 60s, the gay community felt like outcasts: harassed by the police, demonised by the media and politicians, imprisoned simply for being who they were.

                      This compilation spans the time before and after Bowie, reflecting both the coded nature about the topic in the 50s and 60s and the greater openness that occurred in the early 70s. It begins in late 1955, with the extraordinary success of Little Richard; continues through early-60s pop and pop art; Tamla and soul, glam rock, the early 70s funk and disco that was played in the underground New York clubs, and then moves on to the omnipresence of disco, in the late 70s.

                      This double CD compilation is about freedom - and freedom for all. Whilst some of the artists identify as LGBTQ+, then or now, some are included simply because they were played in gay or lesbian clubs — where their lyric or sound proved useful and enjoyable to the patrons - or because they were shaped in some way by the gay aesthetic or gay managers. It’s a love letter to the entwined world of music and sexuality in all its many guises and we hope you enjoy the ride.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      Disc One
                      1. I Hear A New World - Joe Meek & The Blue Men
                      2. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard & His Band
                      3. Esquerita And The Voola - Esquerita
                      4. Wondrous Place - Billy Fury
                      5. Strawberry Blonde (The Band Rocked On) - Frank D'rone
                      6. Foot Stompin' - The Dovells
                      7. Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton
                      8. Peppermint Twist (Part 1) – Joey Dee & The Starliters
                      9. Sally, Go ‘Round The Roses - The Jaynetts
                      10. You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore
                      11. Needle In A Haystack - The Velvelettes
                      12. Get Down With It - Bobby Marchan
                      13. I'll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground & Nico
                      14. Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Elgins
                      15. Stand Up Straight And Tall - Jackie Shane
                      16. Women Is Losers – Big Brother & The Holding Company
                      17. No Stranger Am I - Norma Tanega
                      18. Pretty Golden Hair - Al Stewart
                      19. David Watts - The Kinks
                      20. Nothing But A Heartache - The Flirtations
                      21. Stand! - Sly & The Family Stone
                      22. Life & Death In G & A - Abaco Dream
                      23. Nathan Jones - The Supremes
                      24. Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
                      25. Coochi-Coo - Polly Perkins
                      26. I'm A Man - Jobriath
                      27. Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango
                      28. Law Of The Land - The Temptations

                      Disc Two
                      1. Get Dancin' Part 1 – Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes Featuring Sir Monti Rock Iii
                      2. Lady Marmalade - Labelle
                      3. Nobody's Gonna Change Me – The Dynamic Superiors
                      4. Ain't Nobody Straight In L.A. - The Miracles
                      5. I Need A Man (12-Inch Version) - Grace Jones
                      6. I Feel Love - Patrick Cowley
                      7. Orgasm Addict - Buzzcocks
                      8. Fuck Off - Jayne County & The Electric Chairs
                      9. Glad To Be Gay - Tom Robinson Band
                      10. I Was Born This Way (12-Inch Version) - Carl Bean
                      11. Prison (12-Inch Version) - Space
                      12. Disco Dance (Mega Mix) (12-Inch Version) - Michele
                      13. I Need Somebody To Love Tonight (12-Inch Version) - Sylvester

                      Nico

                      The Marble Index - 2024 Reissue

                        Nico's second solo album, 1968's 'The Marble Index', has long been out of print. This reissue includes audio mastered from the original tapes and previously unreleased photos of Nico by Guy Webster.

                        Nico's haunting vocals predicted the Gothic movement and co-producer and Velvet Underground's band mate John Cale's startingly modern classical production ensured 'The Marble Index's timeless appeal. The iconic music journalist Lester Bangs wrote, “The Marble Index is the greatest piece of 'avant-garde classical', 'serious' music of the last half of the 20th century so far,” and the New Yorker recently hailed both records as “austere miracles of will and invention.” 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Janitor Of Lunacy
                        2. The Falconer
                        3. My Only Child
                        4. Le Petit Chevalier
                        5. Abschied
                        6. Afraid
                        7. Mütterlein
                        8. All That Is My Own

                        Nico

                        Desertshore - 2024 Reissue

                          Nico's third solo album, 1970's 'Desertshore', has long been out of print. This reissue includes audio mastered from the original tapes and previously unreleased photos of Nico by Guy Webster.

                          1970's 'Desertshore', co-produced by her Velvet Underground band mate John Cale, like much of Nico's early work, has grown in stature with the passing of time, and alongside 'Chelsea Girl' as some of her most accessible work.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Janitor Of Lunacy
                          2. The Falconer
                          3. My Only Child
                          4. Le Petit Chevalier
                          5. Abschied
                          6. Afraid
                          7. Mütterlein
                          8. All That Is My Own

                          Various Artists

                          Night Train: Transcontinental Landscapes 1968 - 2019

                            From Dusk, through to Dawn. A collection to accompany the change of the fields, the coastline the colour of the sky outside your window as you take your journey. From the compiler of Music For The Stars comes the next collection for Brighton label Two-Piers. Featuring artists such as J.J Cale, Chris & Cosey, The B-52s, The Asphodells, Bob Lind, Linda Perhacs and The Menahan Steet Band.

                            …This choice of tracks is just one journey, a celebration of the the beauty created by musicians, the space & sound, the dark & light.

                            All aboard….The Night Train.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Edward Hollcraft – South Bound Amtrak 716
                            A2. J.J. Cale – Cherry
                            A3. Bonnie Dobson – Milk & Honey
                            A4. H.P. Lovecraft – Spin Spin Spin
                            A5. The Rationals – Glowin’
                            A6. Linda Perhacs – Hey, Who Really Cares

                            B1. B-52’s – Deep Sleep
                            B2. Nine Circles – Twinkling Stars
                            B3. The Asphodells – Another Lonely City
                            B4. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train

                            C1. Chris & Cosey – Dancing Ghosts
                            C2. Johnny Harris – Fragments Of Fear
                            C3. Bill Frisell – 1968
                            C4. Bob Lind – City Scenes

                            D1. Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia
                            D2. Menahan Street Band – There’s A New Day Coming
                            D4. The Byrds – Goin’ Back
                            D5. Earth, Wind & Fire – Drum Song
                            D6. Leon Russell – Out In The Woods 

                            The follow-up compilation to Time Capsule’s "Nippon Acid Folk", "Nippon Psychedelic Soul" takes myriad pathways into the tripped-out undergrowth of 1970s Japan. Finding their feet at home and looking for inspiration abroad, the musicians featured here were engaged in the communal soul-searching that followed the breakdown of the 1960s protest movements. Some made it big, others drifted into oblivion. The music they left behind shimmers with intensity.

                            At the core was Happy End, the first project of YMO’s Haroumi Hosono, whose distortion-heavy guitar and crisp back-beat laid the foundations for Japanese lyrics that flipped the paradigm of Japanese rock music on its head. With it came a new found sonic ambition, such as in the bold Philly-soul style arrangements of producer Yuji Ohno, whose work with occult wandered Yoshiko Sai shares some of the bittersweet grandeur of Rotary Connection or David Axelrod.

                            Then there was Jun Fukamachi, a pioneer of Japanese synthesis, whose debut album was a carnival of orchestral funk, euphoric horn lines and rich production, complete with soaring guitar solos, psychedelic organ and a truly cinematic finale. The first and only time Fukamachi would sing on record, "Omae" rips like the ultimate end-of-nighter.

                            Influenced by giants of the US soul scene, maverick composer Hiroshi 'Monsieur' Kamayatsu (otherwise known as ‘the Brian Wilson of Japan’) went one step further, enlisting Tower of Power to play on "Have You Smoked Gauloises?" The B-side to Monsieur’s biggest-selling single, it coasts with sophisticated cool - a liquid bassline and suave keys comping under a roaring trademark ToP sax solo. No surprise it found favour once more on the acid jazz dancefloors of ‘90s London.

                            Such was the spirit of experimentation that big studio productions and private press releases sat side-by-side, with the likes of Momotaro Pink and Kazushi Inamura, taking their hopes of success into their own hands with the resources available to them. More reflective but no less robust, theirs was a heavy, fat-backed drum sound, soaked in dramatic, soulful psychedelia.

                            If some were dreamers and others space cadets, none were further out than sci-fi writer, musician, activist and self-made scientist Tadashi Goino, who transformed his own fantasy novel Messenger from the Seventh Dimension into an operatic prog odyssey with few discernible musical reference points – a majestic and completely bonkers outlier even among company as strange and brilliant as that which is collected here.

                            Less a compilation of a scene, as a compilation of a sentiment, "Nippon Psychedelic Soul" is a wild ride from start to finish, shattering the narratives of the Japanese folk and rock tradition into a million tiny pieces.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Hiroshi Kamayatsu - Have You Smoked Gauloise?
                            A2. Happy End - Haruyo Koi (Come, Spring)
                            A3. Yoshiko Sai - Aoi Galasu Dama (Blue Glass Ball)
                            A4. Tadashi Goino Group - Jikan Wo Koero (Go Beyond Time)
                            B1. Jun Fukamachi - Omae (You) 4
                            B2. Momotaro Pink With Original PINKS - Hachigatsu No Inshow (August’s Impression)
                            B3: Vol.1 Chap.100 - Heya No Naka (In The Room) 

                            Various Artists

                            Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era - 1965-1968 - 50th Anniversary Reissue

                              If a single compilation can be attributed to beginning the oldies revolution, it is easily the original 1972 double LP "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968". Compiled by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman with assistance and input from guitarist and music historian Lenny Kaye, this deceptively haphazard 27-track aggregate became the cornerstone of the serious appreciation of 60s underground music. One important factor that unifies and likewise levels the playing field for all 27 tracks chosen for the first run of "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968" is that they were all issued as singles. Each track is also given a brief bio, which was researched and penned by Kaye. His comments go beyond the facts and figures of the typical discography, relating to the music as the personal experience that it was.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side 1
                              1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes
                              2 Dirty Water - The Standells
                              3 Night Time - The Strangeloves
                              4 Lies - The Knickerbockers
                              5 Respect - The Vagrants
                              6 A Public Execution - Mouse
                              7 No Time Like The Right Time - The Blues Projec
                              Side 2
                              8 Oh Yeah - The Shadows Of Night
                              9 Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds
                              10 Moulty - The Barbarians
                              11 Don't Look Back - The Remains
                              12 An Invitation To Cry - The Magicians
                              13 Liar, Liar - The Castaways
                              14 You're Gonna Miss Me - The 13th Floor Elevators
                              Side 3
                              15 Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
                              16 Hey Joe - The Leaves
                              17 Romeo & Juliet - Michael And The Messengers
                              18 Sugar And Spice - The Cryan' Shames
                              19 Baby Please Don't Go - The Amboy Dukes
                              20 Tobacco Road - Blue Magoos
                              21 Let's Talk About Girls - The Chocolate Watchband
                              Side 4
                              22 Sit Down, I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men
                              23 Run, Run, Run - The Third Rail
                              24 My World Fell Down - Sagittarius
                              25 Open My Eyes - Nazz
                              26 Farmer John - The Premiers
                              27 It's-a-Happening - The Magic Mushrooms

                              Orbital

                              Orbital - 2024 Reissue

                                Originally released on September 30, 1991, ‘The Green Album’ contains landmark Orbital tracks including their breakthrough 1990 single ‘Chime’, and the evergreen comedown classic ‘Belfast’. 

                                Following the success of ‘Chime’, Pete Tong signed Orbital to London/ffrr Records, and Tong allowed the Hartnolls the freedom to record the album they wanted to make. Where their contemporaries on the rave circuit would knock out ten formulaic 4/4 piano bangers with guest vocalists and call it an album, for their debut Orbital wanted to explore wider textures, different rhythms, stranger mind spaces. “Our heroes were always Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, the Severed Heads – people who made proper, satisfying, full albums,” explains Paul, “and we were like, yeah, that’s what we want to do.”

                                It was this ambition that led to Orbital becoming giants of electronic music. The Hartnoll brothers would go on to redefine what dance music could do and the place it took within popular culture itself. Their music has influenced and inspired artists from Björk to Bicep and they have collaborated with minds as diverse as Madonna, Kraftwerk and Professor Brian Cox.

                                Following The Green Album their second self-titled album – aka The Brown Album – cemented Orbital’s position as musical visionaries. A career of creative leaps quite unlike those usually seen in the fast turnover world of dance music followed, including creating soundtracks for Hollywood films including 1997’s Event Horizon, and most recently for Mike Myers Netflix series The Pentaverate.

                                Alongside their boundary-pushing work in the recording studio, Orbital earned a reputation as one of the best live acts on the planet. This year marks the 30th anniversary of their legendary 1994 Glastonbury performance, often cited as converting the festival to dance music. 


                                TRACK LISTING

                                Double Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                Disc 1
                                A1. The Moebius
                                A2. Speed Freak
                                A3. Macrohead
                                B1. Oolaa
                                B2. Desert Storm
                                Disc 2
                                C1. Fahrenheit 303
                                C2. Steel Cube Idolatry
                                C3. High Rise
                                D1. Chime (Live)
                                D2. Midnight (Live)
                                D3. Belfast

                                4LP Vinyl Boxset Tracklisting:
                                Disc 1
                                A1. The Moebius
                                A2. Speed Freak
                                A3. Macrohead
                                B1. Oolaa
                                B2. Desert Storm
                                Disc 2
                                C1. Fahrenheit 303
                                C2. Steel Cube Idolatry
                                C3. High Rise
                                D1. Chime (Live)
                                D2. Midnight (Live)
                                D3. Belfast
                                Disc 3
                                E1. Torpedo Town (PKA Untitled)
                                E2. Satan
                                F1. L.C.1
                                F2. Belfast / Wasted (Wasted Vocal Mix)
                                F3. Crime
                                Disc 4
                                G1. Fahrenheit 3D3
                                G2. Open Mind Jam
                                G3. The Other One
                                H1. Satan (Rhyme And Reason Vocal Mix)
                                H2. Midnight (Sasha Remix)

                                2CD Tracklisting:

                                CD 1
                                1. The Moebius
                                2. Speed Freak
                                3. Oolaa
                                4. Desert Storm
                                5. Fahrenheit 303
                                6. Steel Cube Idolatry
                                7. High Rise
                                8. Chime (Live)
                                9. Midnight (Live)
                                10. Belfast
                                11. I Think Its Disgusting
                                CD 2
                                1. Torpedo Town (PKA Untitled)
                                2. Macrohead
                                3. Satan
                                4. L.C.1
                                5. Belfast / Wasted (Wasted Vocal Mix)
                                6. Crime
                                7. Fahrenheit 3D3
                                8. Open Mind Jam
                                9. The Other One
                                10. Satan (Rhyme And Reason Vocal Mix)
                                11. Midnight (Sasha Remix)

                                4CD Boxset Tracklisting:
                                CD 1
                                1. The Moebius
                                2. Speed Freak
                                3. Oolaa
                                4. Desert Storm
                                5. Fahrenheit 303
                                6. Steel Cube Idolatry
                                7. High Rise
                                8. Chime (Live)
                                9. Midnight (Live)
                                10. Belfast
                                11. I Think Its Disgusting
                                CD 2
                                1. Torpedo Town (PKA Untitled)
                                2. Macrohead
                                3. Satan
                                4. L.C.1
                                5. Belfast / Wasted (Wasted Vocal Mix)
                                6. Crime
                                7. Fahrenheit 3D3
                                8. Open Mind Jam
                                9. The Other One
                                10. Satan (Rhyme And Reason Vocal Mix)
                                11. Midnight (Sasha Remix)
                                CD 3
                                1. Chime 12”
                                2. Deeper 12”
                                3. Omen - The Fool
                                4. Omen - The Tower
                                5. 2 Deep
                                6. Open Mind
                                7. Midnight
                                8. Choice
                                9. Analogue Test Feb '90
                                10. Choice (I And Eye Mix)
                                CD 4
                                1. Synergy (Live):
                                1.1. Satan
                                1.2. LC1
                                1.3. Chime
                                1.4. Son Of Chime
                                2. Mystery Gig 1991 (Live):
                                2.1. Choice
                                2.2. Fahrenheit 303
                                2.3. Chime / Crime
                                2.4. BIT
                                2.5. Oolaa
                                2.6. Speed Freak

                                Plush

                                More You Becomes You - 2024 Reissue

                                  Described by Uncut magazine as “One of the most charismatic and eccentric pop craftsmen of the past twenty years”, Liam Hayes has been making critically acclaimed records since the 90’s. His first single “Three-Quarters Blind Eyes b/w Found a Little Baby” released under the moniker Plush, was cited by the NME as being “..one of those rare records - and incredibly rare debuts - that instantly seems a classic..” Although he emerged from the Chicago indie-rock scene, Hayes is often compared with artists such as Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson, Laura Nyro and Harry Nilsson. Like some of the best folk-pop or soft soul from the 1960’s and 1970’s there is a timeless quality to his music.

                                  Re-release of debut album More You Becomes You is remastered from the original analogue tapes by Jason Hillier and recut for vinyl by Bob Weston, who also remastered the CD and Streaming formats.

                                  A deluxe 12 page full size booklet comes with the LP version (which also comes packaged as close to the original as possible, with a printed outer envelope/bag) and a 20 page booklet comes with the CD version put together by Liam and Jason Harvey, with Sleeve Notes by John Mulvey.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  01. Virginia
                                  02. More You Becomes You
                                  03. (I Didn't Know) I Was Asleep
                                  04. The Party L
                                  05. The Party Ll
                                  06. Soaring And Boring
                                  07. (See It In The) Early Morning
                                  08. Save The People
                                  09. Instrumental
                                  10. The Sailor

                                  Portishead

                                  Roseland NYC Live - 25th Anniversary Edition

                                    25th Anniversary Edition of the pioneering Bristol trio’s album, Roseland NYC Live; recorded and filmed at New York’s Roseland Ballroom with a 28-piece orchestra in 1997, and released in 1998.

                                    The live album and concert film combined have sold over 1 million copies to date, and features performances of the most acclaimed tracks, ‘Glory Box’, ‘Sour Times’, and ‘Roads’, from their debut and sophomore albums, Dummy and Portishead.

                                    Newly remastered, the tracklist has been expanded to include ‘Undenied’ and ‘Numb’ from the concert film, as well as the full length performance of ‘Western Eyes’, which played in part over the credits of the film.

                                    ‘Sour Times’ and ‘Roads’ are also now the original Roseland versions (previously substituted on the album release with recordings from other performances). All 5 of these tracks will be on CD and vinyl for the first time.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                    Side A
                                    Humming
                                    Cowboys
                                    All Mine
                                    Side B
                                    Mysterons
                                    Only You
                                    Half Day Closing
                                    Over
                                    Side C
                                    Glory Box
                                    Sour Times
                                    Roads
                                    Side D
                                    Strangers
                                    Undenied
                                    Numb
                                    Western Eyes

                                    CD Tracklisting:
                                    Humming
                                    Cowboys
                                    All Mine
                                    Mysterons
                                    Only You
                                    Half Day Closing
                                    Over
                                    Glory Box
                                    Sour Times
                                    Roads
                                    Strangers
                                    Undenied
                                    Numb
                                    Western Eyes

                                    Various Artists

                                    Sounds From The Flightpath Estate (GLS017)

                                      LAST REMAINING COPIES!!

                                      The Flightpath Estate in association with the Golden Lion have compiled a double vinyl album.

                                      'Sounds From the Flightpath Estate'

                                      9 exclusive tracks plus a previously unavailable Two Lone Swordsmen track. An exclusive cover of 'Smokebelch' by Andy Bell plus one-off recordings by Hardway Bros, Timothy J. Fairplay, Justin Robertson, Richard Sen, Sons Of Slough, Rude Audio, 10:40 and a world renowned Belfast based DJ and producer.

                                      The Flightpath Estate is a Facebook group dedicated to the music, art and work of Andrew Weatherall. It began life in 2013 and has become a virtual home to his fans, friends and family. It is also the host of the Weatherdrive - thousands of hours of recordings of Andrew Weatherall’s DJ sets, mixes and radio shows.

                                      'Sounds From The Flightpath Estate' is a compilation celebrating people and places, the outlook, aesthetic and music Andrew Weatherall was known for, and the sense of community and love of music centered around The Golden Lion.

                                      The sounds are forward thinking, created with a deep understanding of the music of the past but future facing, dance floor oriented and made with love.

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                                      Limited edition double black vinyl, 500 copies only. Gatefold jacket with notes.

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                                      Mastered by Andrew Liles

                                      Sleeve art by Personality Crisis

                                      Labels by Walter Russ



                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: The first full length compilation to arrive from the creative hub / musical ashram that is The Golden Lion in Todmorden. Working with Andrew Weatherall’s friends, family and collaborators (plus two large online communities), the compilation even includes an unreleased Two Lone Swordman track and will likely be one of the most sought after releases on this incredibly strong and prolific label.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1 - Two Lone Swordsmen - The Crescents
                                      A2 - Sons Of Slough - Red Machine (GL Soundcheck)
                                      A3 - Timothy J. Fairplay - Centurion Version

                                      B1 - Justin Robertson's Deadstock 33's - Curtains Twitch On Peaks
                                      B2 - Richard Sen - Tough On Chug, Tough On The Causes Of Chug

                                      C1 - Rude Audio - Running Wild
                                      C2 - 10:40 - Three Rings

                                      D1 - Hardway Bros - Theme For Flightpath Estate
                                      D2 - The Light Brigade - Human : Remains
                                      D3 - Andy Bell - Smokebelch II

                                      Bruce Springsteen

                                      Best Of Bruce Springsteen

                                        Best Of Bruce Springsteen is a collection of original songs spanning his storied 50-year recording career, from 1973's Greeting from Asbury Park, NJ to 2020's Letter To You. It will be available as an 18-track set across 2 LPs or 1 CD - and digitally as an expanded 31-song package. The collection will span early-career favorites like "Growin' Up" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," staples of Springsteen's live shows from "Dancing In The Dark" to "The Rising," best-selling breakouts like "Born To Run" and "Hungry Heart," as well as recent releases "Hello Sunshine" and "Letter To You." Here, these career-spanning works appear together in one set for the first time. The packaging includes archival photos and a new essay. 

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        CD:
                                        1. Growin’ Up Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ (1973)
                                        2. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle (1973)
                                        3. Born To Run Born To Run (1975)
                                        4. Thunder Road Born To Run (1975)
                                        5. Badlands Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
                                        6. Hungry Heart The River (1980)
                                        7. Atlantic City Nebraska (1982)
                                        8. Dancing In The Dark Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
                                        9. Born In The U.S.A Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
                                        10. Brilliant Disguise Tunnel Of Love (1987)
                                        11. Human Touch Human Touch Single (1992)
                                        12. Streets Of Philadelphia Streets Of Philadelphia Single (1993)
                                        13. The Ghost Of Tom Joad The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995)
                                        14. Secret Garden Greatest Hits (1995)
                                        15. The Rising The Rising (2002)
                                        16. Girls In Their Summer Clothes Magic (2007)
                                        17. Hello Sunshine Western Stars (2019)
                                        18. Letter To You Letter To You (2020)

                                        VINYL (2LP):
                                        SIDE A
                                        1. Growin’ Up Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ (1973)
                                        2. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle (1973)
                                        3. Born To Run Born To Run (1975)
                                        4. Thunder Road Born To Run (1975)
                                        SIDE B
                                        1. Badlands Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
                                        2. Hungry Heart The River (1980)
                                        3. Atlantic City Nebraska (1982)
                                        4. Dancing In The Dark Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
                                        5. Born In The U.S.A Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
                                        SIDE C
                                        1. Brilliant Disguise Tunnel Of Love (1987)
                                        2. Human Touch Human Touch Single (1992)
                                        3. Streets Of Philadelphia Streets Of Philadelphia Single (1993)
                                        4. The Ghost Of Tom Joad The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995)
                                        SIDE D
                                        1. Secret Garden Greatest Hits (1995)
                                        2. The Rising The Rising (2002)
                                        3. Girls In Their Summer Clothes Magic (2007)
                                        4. Hello Sunshine Western Stars (2019)
                                        5. Letter To You Letter To You (2020)

                                        Various Artists

                                        This Town (Music From The Original BBC Series)

                                          From creator Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, SAS Rogue Heroes) comes new drama This Town. A 6-part series set in 1981 Birmingham, which follows a bands formation amid the violence and social tensions of the time. The music from the Original BBC Series brings together the show’s genre-wide mix of timeless classics, brand new music, and iconic hits of the era. It features an eclectic, world-class mix of artists paying tribute to this hugely formative period and includes original covers from Self Esteem, Ray Laurél, Mercury-nominated breakthrough Olivia Dean, GRAMMY-winning powerhouse Gregory Porter, BRITs Rising Star nominee Sekou and Academy Award nominee Celeste. Additionally, the songs played by Fuck The Factory - the band at the heart of This Town - have been created by trailblazing producer Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C, Wet Leg) in collaboration with singer-songwriter ESKA and musician, novelist and poet Kae Tempest in work that adds another chapter to the story.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Self Esteem - You Can Get It If You Really Want
                                          2. Ray Laurél - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
                                          3. Fuck The Factory - Estella
                                          4. Olivia Dean - The Harder They Come
                                          5. Fuck The Factory - Birdsong
                                          6. Fuck The Factory - Pelicans
                                          7. Celeste - Blue Moon
                                          8. Fuck The Factory - Farewell To Matty And Her Flowers
                                          9. Gregory Porter - The World’s Going Up In Flames
                                          10. Fuck The Factory - This Town
                                          11. Sekou - Wonderful World, Beautiful People

                                          Various Artists

                                          Tomorrow's Fashions - Library Electronica 1972-1987

                                            Nothing said new or modern or futuristic quite like a synthesiser in the 70s and 80s. If you were shooting an advert and you wanted your product or your company to appear forward-thinking and ahead of the game, then you would want something electronic, something out of the ordinary. When TV producers and advertising directors started searching for music that sounded like “Tubular Bells” – and then Tomita, and later Jean Michel Jarre – music libraries such De Wolfe, Bruton, Parry and Chappell had to have the tracks readily available.

                                            Compiled by Bob Stanley, “Tomorrow’s Fashions” varies from advertising jingles and TV themes to space exploration and gorgeous, beatless ambience. Though it’s 40-to-50 years old there’s a real freshness to this music. Older jazz players Brian Bennett, John Cameron, Alan Hawkshaw and others seized the chance to operate a synth; younger pups including John Saunders and Monica Beale were simply intrigued by the new technology being wheeled into the studios. There’s a tangible sense of adventure. 

                                            “Tomorrow’s Fashions’” brand of electronica anticipated new age and ambient music. It also had both a direct and indirect influence on pop – the early Human League and the future sounds of Warp Records are all over this collection. Electronic library tracks have been sampled by everyone from MF Doom to Kendrick Lamar.

                                            One person’s primitive and experimental is another person’s space-age lullaby. This was music made in the shadows – in Soho’s secretive music library studios – that has now become desirable and influential. The chances are chunks of it will be sampled and used on hit records that have yet to be written. If the musicians’ aim was to soundtrack tomorrow’s fashions, they couldn’t have got it more right.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            SIDE ONE
                                            1. COASTER - Simon Park
                                            2. RIPPLING REEDS - Wozo
                                            3. LEAVING - Sam Spence
                                            4. NORTHERN LIGHTS 1 - John Cameron
                                            5. SPAGHETTI JUNCTION - Peter Reno
                                            6. SPACE WALK - Rubba
                                            7. PROSPECT - Paul Hart

                                            SIDE TWO
                                            1. TOMORROW'S FASHIONS - Geoff Bastow
                                            2. BLUE MOVIES - Brian Wade
                                            3. VIDEODISC - Trevor Bastow
                                            4. INTERFACE - Astral Sounds
                                            5. STARWAYS - Brian Chatton
                                            6. OPTICS - Unit 9
                                            7. ATOMIC STATION - Wozo

                                            SIDE THREE
                                            1. FUTURE PROSPECT - Adrian Baker
                                            2. PLANNED PRODUCTION - Warren Bennett
                                            3. FUTURE PERSPECTIVES - Anthony Hobson Aka Tektron
                                            4. WATERFALL - Chameleon
                                            5. TELECOM - James Asher
                                            6. EAGLE - Simon Park Aka Soul City Orchestra
                                            7. ASTRAL PLAIN - Alan Hawkshaw

                                            SIDE FOUR
                                            1. DRIFTING IN TIME - Paul Williams
                                            2. EARTH BORN - Brian Bennett
                                            3. SOFT WAVES - Harry Forbes
                                            4. TOPAZ - Astral Sounds
                                            5. ETERNITY - Alan Hawkshaw
                                            6. INFINITY - John Cameron 

                                            Various Artists

                                            Under The Bridge 2

                                              Under The Bridge 2 is the sequel to the celebrated 2022 compilation album that reunited groups and songwriters who had once recorded for cult label Sarah Records. The new album showcases the continuing creativity of a special group of musicians who have never rested on their laurels.

                                              Bigger and more expansive than the first album, Under the Bridge 2 is a double LP, containing twenty brand new tracks. There is a huge range of material here, from intense, dark chamber pop to dense shoegaze to out-and-out indiepop. Exciting new groups are unveiled: The Gentle Spring (a new project by Michael Hiscock of The Field Mice); Vetchinsky Settings (a collaboration between Mark Tranmer and James Hackett of The Orchids); and Mystic Village (which features new songs by Robert Cooksey of The Sea Urchins).

                                              You will also see familiar starry names like Even As We Speak, The Orchids and Secret Shine - bands whose line-ups have remained mostly unchanged since the 1990s. And there are established bands who didn’t appear on the first album but are now represented – bands like Action Painting! and The Hit Parade.

                                              Most of the tracks are exclusive and unreleased: there’s the first new song from The Catenary Wires since 2021, a brand new fizzbomb from Jetstream Pony, a haunting instrumental from GNAC.

                                              The emphasis of Under The Bridge is on the new. The bands’ shared history means they have a shared aesthetic, even a shared ethos – they all believe that the future is more important than the past. They are as independent and as uncompromising as ever, but they are still uncynical - and still excited about what Pop Music can be.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              The Gentle Spring - Dodge The Rain (Previously In The Field Mice)
                                              Action Painting! - Just Who Are The Cockleshell Heroes?
                                              The Catenary Wires - Alone Tonight (Previously In Heavenly)
                                              The Hit Parade - Apple Tree
                                              Jetstream Pony - Look Alive! (Previously In Aberdeen)
                                              Soundwire - Everything Is Real (Previously In The Sweetest Ache)
                                              Leaf Mosaic - The Branch Line (Previously In The Springfields)
                                              Secret Shine - Captivate This Broken Love
                                              Even As We Speak - Beauty, You Will Break Us All
                                              GNAC – Double Ninth (Previously In St Christopher)
                                              Tufthunter – Chemistry (Previously In Heavenly)
                                              Useless Users - In This, The House Of The Solitary Bees (Previously In Action Painting! & Secret Shine)
                                              The Orchids - A Final Love Song
                                              Wandering Summer - Wake The Silver Dancing Waves (Previously In Boyracer)
                                              Mystic Village - Open Your Eyes (Previously In The Sea Urchins)
                                              Boyracer - Unknown Frequencies
                                              Robert Sekula – Pamela (Previously In Fourteen Iced Bears)
                                              Vetchinsky Settings - Laugh While You Can (Previously In The Orchids & St Christopher)
                                              St Christopher - Burnout ’23
                                              Sepiasound - June In Her Eyes (Previously In Blueboy) 

                                              Pete Wylie & The Mighty WAH!

                                              Teach Yself WAH! - A Best Of Pete Wylie & The Mighty WAH!

                                                Best known for his work in WAH! and its off various off shoots. He began his career in bands with friends Julian Cope, Ian McCulloch and Pete Burns, before gaining nationwide attention under his own various project names with a string of singles 'The Story Of The Blues', 'Come Back', 'Sinful, 'Seven Minutes to Midnight' and later, the LFC anthem 'Heart As Big As Liverpool'.

                                                Wylie's 'Heart As Big As Liverpool' is especially popular within the city and with Liverpool Football Club supporters, being used in the official Hillsborough tribute video. In 2008 Wylie performed at the opening ceremony of Liverpool's European City of Culture tenure.

                                                'Teach Yself WAH! - A Best Of' is a new compilation bringing together music from across his numerous musical names. Wylie has hand-picked 20 songs, highlighting key points from each period in his illustrious career. As well as including his early singles and the songs which brought him chart success, he has also chosen deep cuts including the original version of his collaboration with Big Hard Excellent Fish, available for the first time since it's intial 12" only release. 

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                CD Tracklist:
                                                1. Remember
                                                2. The Story Of The Blues (Part One)
                                                3. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
                                                4. Hope (I Wish You’d Believe Me)
                                                5. Talking Blues (The Story Of The Blues: Part Two)
                                                6. Come Back
                                                7. Diamond Girl
                                                8. Fourelevenfortyfour
                                                9. Sinful – Song Of The Sinful Angel
                                                10. The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies – A Party Song
                                                11. Loverboy
                                                12. Free; Falling (In Love With You)
                                                13. Heart As Big As Liverpool
                                                14. Better Scream 2024
                                                15. Seven Minutes To Midnight 2024
                                                16. Somesay
                                                17. Big Hard Excellent Fish – Imperfect List (Original Version)

                                                LP Tracklisting:
                                                1. Remember
                                                2. The Story Of The Blues (Part One)
                                                3. You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
                                                4. Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me)
                                                5. Sleep (A Lullaby For Josie)
                                                6. Talking Blues (The Story Of The Blues: Part Two)
                                                7. Come Back
                                                8. Diamond Girl
                                                9. Fourelevenfortyfour
                                                10. Sinful - Song Of The Sinful Angel
                                                11. The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies - A Party Song
                                                12. Loverboy
                                                13. Is That What Love Is All About?
                                                14. Free; Falling (In Love With You)
                                                15. Heart As Big As Liverpool
                                                16. Better Scream 2024
                                                17. Seven Minutes To Midnight 2024
                                                18. Somesay
                                                19. The Seven Thousand Names Of WAH!
                                                20. Big Hard Excellent Fish - Imperfect List (Original Version)


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