STAFF PICKS

VINYL REISSUES

Filling in the gaps in your record collection? Look no further with these staff approved vinyl reissues.

The Gun Club

Miami - Special Edition

    This Special Edition not only features a remastered version of the original classic album, but also includes a 2nd disc featuring the Miami demos.

    This classic 1982 album has been digitally re-mastered and comes in beautiful gatefold packaging with extensive liner notes and archival photos and other collectable images.

    The Gun Club recorded a few albums after Miami, but this one with the original band is the one that is considered their masterpiece!

    Mary Timony

    Mountains - Remastered

      Remastered by Bob Weston, ‘Mountains’ comes back to us as a gold foil-embossed gatefold double LP and includes the previously unreleased original takes of ‘Return to Pirates’, ‘Poison Moon’ and ‘Killed by the Telephone’, which were delivered along with the original master tapes 20 years ago but were omitted from the final album.

      The record is completed by a newly recorded orchestral version of ‘Valley of One Thousand Perfumes’ produced by composer Joe Wong (Russian Doll, Midnight Gospel) and mixed by Dave Fridmann.

      At the turn of the Century, Timony (Ex Hex, Wild Flag, Hammered Hulls) was already a celebrated presence in American underground music - a fixture of D.C. and Boston rock ’n’ roll via her work in Autoclave and Helium respectively. By 1998, though, Helium was drawing to a close and Timony was feeling uncertain about the future. “I had never been good at the rock ‘n’ roll business, and making a living from being in a band just didn't seem like it was in the realm of possibility for me,” she writes. “I just knew I wanted to make another record because that was the part of being in a band that I liked the most.”

      20 years anniversary edition!

      Losoul, whose real name is Peter Kremeier, has been one of the leading figures of legendary 90's and 00's German label Playhouse. He released numerous LPs and EPs during the last three decades, including underground hit “Open Door”. He also appeared under the names “Silhouette Electronique” and “Don Disco”.

      Belong, originally released in 2000, gathers nine titles of pure electronic music. From minimalistic house (Taste not Waste), through 90's trip hop (Sunbeams in the rain) all the way to more experimental endeavors (Late Play). The album also includes the track “Overland” which samples the bassline of Billie Jean by Michael Jackson in an eccentric and joyful way.

      Belong represents the 2000’s musical turn, with its delicate, smart, minimal and emotionally groovy sound. A pioneering yet soulful layout of independent electronic music.

      In a limited edition this exclusive vinyl reissue for Diggers Factory celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release. For this occasion, a new mastering was done by POLE in the SCAPE studios, and a revisited cover, divided in 20 parts, reassembling as the original version of the artwork.



      Pavement

      Wowee Zowee - Reissue

        "Wowee Zowee", originally released by Matador in April 1995 on the eve of Pavement's infamous mud-bespattered mainstage appearance at Lollapalooza, began life as a controversial release. Fresh off the success of "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" with its chart topping Modern Rock hit "Cut Your Hair", the band went into the studio and came out with a deliberately chaotic and eclectic album that sounded nothing like its predecessor. With influences from the Groundhogs to the Frogs, Captain Beefheart to the more obscure mid- 80s central California hardcore bands featured on Maximum Rock'n'Roll comp "Not So Quiet On The Western Front", "Wowee Zowee" confused critics and alienated fans. How fantastic, then, that it went on to scan 122K copies and became many fans' fave Pavement album. A return to their pre- Crooked cacophony, the songs have a darkness that now seems appropriate, and with Bryce Goggin at the mixing desk, the production was the band's most rocking to date.

        Rian Treanor returns to Planet Mu for his raw and energetic second album "File Under UK Metaplasm". The enigmatic, sweaty energy of Tanzanian singeli and Chicago footwork are juxtaposed with slick, high-def bass weight which sits at the centre of the album. Opening track "Hypnic Jerks" is the perfect example of this, with crinkled percussive loops cut through by machine-gun kicks and acidic wobbles. Elsewhere, "Vacuum Angle" takes Sheffield's Warp-ed legacy and brings it crashing into the future, with rhythms collapsing into static and noise but never deconstructing or losing the flow. "Debouncing" meanwhile folds gliding square synths into rattling dancehall kicks, joining the dots between SND, Equiknoxx and Wiley with a neon Sharpie. 'It's using all those formulaic dance structures but just slightly mangled or messed up,' he says. 'I'm still focused on making dance music for clubs, but how far can you push that before it's just no.’'

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Neon Yellow LP

        LP Info: Black vinyl repress

        Carcass

        Reek Of Putrification

          Liverpool’s legendary Death Metal pioneers Carcass (who still tour extensively to this day) are often credited with shaping the entire death metal genre. Pushing boundaries with their shocking imagery whilst evolving and innovating with each new album. Reek of Putrefaction, originally released in 1988, gave the band their ‘Goregrind’ identity breeding the genres of grindcore and deathmetal. Presented with their famously controversial artwork consisting of extremely vivid images taken from a medical dictionary. Pressed from the original master tapes. These albums have been specially recreated using “fdr” full dynamic range mastering allowing the music’s nuances to shine through and giving these classic albums a more ferocious and dynamic sound, enabling the listener to immerse in the full audio heaviness like never before.

          Carcass

          Symphonies Of Sickness - Reissue

            Liverpool’s legendary Death Metal pioneers Carcass (who still tour extensively to this day) are often credited with shaping the entire death metal genre. Pushing boundaries with their shocking imagery whilst evolving and innovating with each new album. Originally released in 1989, Symphonies of Sickness the second full-length studio album from Carcass - 10 tracks of relentless Death Metal exploring the subject of brutal animal cruelty in the meat industry

            Hot on the heels of their ‘Sampled Funk’ selection, the folks at Wagram apply the same approach to soul, lounge and easy listening, raiding the crates for those smooth grooves, gospel scorchers and tearjerkers that generations of producer have flipped for high quality hip hop and house. Perfect for wax nerds, sample spotters and bar DJs, this collection features jamz from Ray Charles, Timmy Thomas, Dusty Springfield and Etta James.

            Pavement

            Terror Twilight - Reissue

              Where 1997's "Brighten The Corners" saw Stephen Malkmus and his merry band of indie rock pranksters shine a light on the band's rock-centric qualities, "Terror Twilight" harkens back to 95's "Wowee Zowee", when Pavement were all about the shambolic sprawl of Alternative possibility. Of course, four years later the context is entirely different - the band's fate as rock's (commercially unsuccessful) great post-Nirvana hope is nearly sealed. And maybe that's where both the terror and the twilight come into play - in the realization that preaching sprawling possibility to the converted is more a noose than an open field, that failed expectations are a setting sun.

              So, a downbeat spirit pervades "Twilight"'s songs. And in this gloom, Malkmus looks for and finds soft, dark, melodic wonders: "Spit On A Stranger" turns its eye towards relationships, "Major Leagues" towards a careerist's self-worth, and "Ann Don't Cry" tries to be an anthem for outsiders while visibly flashing its own lonely tear. It's not until the closing "Carrot Rope", a sunny bit of mid-tempo Pavement-pop-foolery with two competing and overlapping vocals, that a major-key ray of light is cast upon the proceedings. Let's hope that this little light is enough to get them through the night.

              Grant-Lee Phillips

              Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff

                Grant-Lee Phillips' tenth solo release bears the markings of his prolific output, a melodic prowess and an ear for lyric in everyday conversation. The album is grown from the same rich soil that Phillip’s long career, from Grant Lee Buffalo to his solo work has sprang from.

                The result is a beautifully human musical tapestry. The warm, live on the floor, instrumental bed is the perfect support for Phillips’ inimitable voice. This spontaneous approach has become a tradition among his solo works. This record is supported by peerless drummer, Jay Bellerose (whose many credits include Raising Sand by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant) and bassist Jennifer Condos (heard on Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad and other classics).

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: LP Plus bonus red 7".

                Frank Bretschneider & Taylor Deupree

                Balance - Vinyl Edition

                The album 'Balance' by Frank Bretschneider & Taylor Deupree was originally released in 2002 by Mille Plateaux on CD only. The 9 tracks on 'Balance' are a perfect example for the aesthetics to arise within the Click & Cuts scene and (ambient-)glitch music movement of the late 90s and early 2000s.
                The two masters of microscopic sounds and sine wave/white noise-based music constructed these seamlessly mixed pieces around rhythms and melodies, which grants the album plenty of dynamics. The wide variety of carefully chosen ambient sounds throughout the whole work endows 'Balance' warmth and intimacy.

                The recordings are now available for the first time on vinyl within the KeplarRev series, presented in a new updated artwork based on the original layout with photographs by Taylor Deupree.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                says: This is rather special. A stunning example of the dizzying heights the glitch-ambient-microhouse genre reached as the dawn of a new millenium set in. Criminally it never saw a vinyl release, making this somewhat of a coup for Keplar who have acquired the rights to press it up on wax. If you've a penchant for the kinda horizontal and sedentary electronica purveyed by Pole, Pub, Burnt Friedman & Jan Jelinek etc; then this is a tour de force of intricacies and curios; a long lost coffee table / comedown epic available for the FIRST TIME on vinyl!

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP Info: First time on vinyl! With updated artwork.

                Pavement

                Slanted And Enchanted - Reissue

                  In 1992 "Slanted And Enchanted", arguably the first and best release of 90s 'slacker rock', felt like a compendium of all the very best post-punk moments from the previous fifteen years as well as a surprising new combination of wit, absurdism, noise and pop. All these years later, the album is still fresh, still exciting and still makes most of the competition sound derivative and lazy. So to summarise; still slanted, still enchanting.

                  The Kinks

                  Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Pt. 1

                    ‘Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One’ is the eighth studio album by The Kinks, one of the most influential rock acts of all time, and was recorded and released in 1970. A concept album, it is a satirical appraisal of the music industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and life on the road. This classic album appeared during a transitional period for the Kinks, and was a critical and commercial success.

                    50th anniversary LP release featuring the newly remastered original stereo album on black heavyweight vinyl in a carefully restored and replicated original gatefold sleeve. Includes a 12” booklet with comprehensive notes, new band quotes, rare photos and memorabilia. Features the hit singles ‘Lola’ & ‘Apeman’. Produced in association with The Kinks, with audio & visual content curated by Ray Davies.

                    This is the first time the album has been remastered and is the first LP re-issue of it since the mid-1980s


                    Jon Hopkins

                    Insides - Reissue

                      Originally released in 2009 Insides is Jon’s third solo album. It paved the way for both Immunity (his hypnotic breakthrough solo album) and Diamond Mine (his collaboration with King Creosote) which attracted Mercury nominations and for his recently released fifth solo artist album, Singularity. The epic Light Through The Veins from Insides, which bookends Coldplay’s Viva La Vida album, is always a crowd favourite and is played by Jon as one of the closing tracks at almost all of his venue and festival shows. Small Memory, also from Insides has been streamed almost 57 million times on Spotify alone where Jon has 355, 462 followers and nearly 2 million monthly listeners.

                      Cited by The New Yorker as “One of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation”, electronic artist, producer and composer Jon Hopkins has forged a reputation for music that marries the dance floor to the devotional, and for live performances that are visceral, generous and charged with a rapt, sensuous beauty. Jon has remixed artists as diverse as Flume, David Lynch, Moderat, Disclosure, Four Tet, Wild Beasts and Purity Ring. Other projects include collaborations with Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes and Bonobo, as well as productions for London Grammar and Coldplay. His film credits include his Ivor Novello nominated score for the indie sci-fi classic Monsters, The Lovely Bones (scored with Brian Eno and Leo Abrahams), How I Live Now, Uwantme2killhim? and Rob and Vanentyna in Scotland. He also scored the National Theatre Live production of Hamlet and his work has appeared in many films and adverts.

                      Fine Young Cannibals

                      The Raw & The Cooked

                        Fine Young Cannibals' worldwide smash ‘The Raw & The Cooked’ has been remastered from analogue tapes and repressed for the first time since its original release. Originally released in 1989 the album that spawned the hits ‘She Drives Me Crazy’, ‘Good Thing’ & ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ took the band to No.1 in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and won the band two Brit Awards.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: White vinyl.

                        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        2xCD Info: This new expanded edition contains the original album remastered from analogue tapes and features a wealth of bonus material spread across 2CDs including b-sides, previously unreleased rarities, unheard demos, live recordings, as well as newly commissioned 2020 remixes by Dimitri From Paris & Seth Troxler.

                        Fine Young Cannibals

                        Fine Young Cannibals

                        Fine Young Cannibals' debut self-titled is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Originally released in 1985 the album that spawned the hits ‘Johnny Come Home’ & ‘Suspicious Minds’ launched the band high into the charts the world over and lay foundations for an impressive career that was still to follow. Led by Roland Gift's unique voice, the LP blazes a danceable trail between new wave and soul.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: Red vinyl.

                        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        2xCD Info: This new expanded edition features a wealth of bonus material spread across 2CDs including b-sides, previously unreleased rarities, unheard demos, BBC sessions, live performances, as well as a newly commissioned 2020 remix by Derrick Carter.

                        Jamie XX

                        In Colour - Remastered Reissue

                        Jamie’s definitive In Colour is a bold, celebratory and emotional artistic statement that received critical acclaim across the board as well achieving huge commercial success. The eleven track LP was widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2015 and was voted in the top 25 of Pitchfork’s best records of the decade.

                        Here's what we said at the time...
                        The release of 'In Colour' comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of the xx, and creator of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ‘Far Nearer’, remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus 'We’re New Here' - Jamie’s reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final studio album - hinted at what was to come. With 'In Colour' - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger In A Room’), Young Thug and Popcaan (‘Good Times’) and Four Tet (‘Seesaw’) - Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement.


                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: A random allocation of green, orange and purple vinyl.

                        John Prine

                        John Prine

                          John Prine’s self-titled debut album continues to sound as fresh as it did back in 1971, with Rolling Stone ranking it amongst its 500 greatest albums of all time. It includes some of Prine’s finest works such as “Sam Stone,” “Paradise,” and the famous “Angel From Montgomery.” After initially being spotted by famed singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, John Prine’s debut album earned him a number of admirers, including the likes of Bob Dylan. Tracks such as “Paradise” resonated with many, quickly becoming a bluegrass standard. Originally written by John for his father, the track has since been covered by a number of artists such as Johnny Cash and The Everly Brothers.


                          Killing Joke

                          Killing Joke - Vinyl Reissue

                            ‘Killing Joke’ – the classic debut album featuring such key tracks as ‘Requiem’, ‘Wardance’ & ‘The Wait’ (covered by Metallica in 1987). The gatefold artwork has been lovingly recreated by original designer Mike Coles, the sole addition being a striking silver pantone on the sleeve. 

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Coloured LP Info: Half black half clear - bi-colour vinyl.

                            Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl.

                            Gerry Cinnamon

                            The Bonny - Definitive Edition

                              After ‘The Bonny’ went straight to Number 1 in the UK and Ireland in April, like everyone else, Gerry had to reschedule his 2020 dates until next year. With over 200,000 tickets sold in the UK and Ireland, he was preparing for his biggest ever tour, one of the biggest in the UK, firmly establishing him as one the top live artists in the country. And he was making waves abroad, set to tour in the US, Australia and throughout Europe. With all that on hold until 2021, he took stock and kept creating with more new music expected next year. The Bonny is already the third biggest selling UK album released in 2020 and the Definitive version also includes new recordings of two fan favourites that can finally be included on an LP.

                              “Been waiting a long time to get those tunes back,” explains Gerry, “Should have been on the first album but that's what happens when you trust the wrong people.Ghost was written around the same time as Kampfire Vampire, Fickle McSelfish, and Roll the Credits so it’s good to have them all on the same record.”

                              Ghost is classic Gerry and illustrates why he has become one of the most popular artists in the UK and beyond – lyrics sparking rich imagery, reminding the listener of their own life, while deftly telling his own story (“turn into a ghost if you want to disappear, cry tears for someone else some place where I can’t hear”). Anthemic hooks melt with bittersweet sentiment. Certain fan-favourite, Ghost is made for those days when we are all back together and singing our hearts out alongside him.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xColoured LP Info: White and black vinyl + etching.

                              Frank Black

                              Christmass

                                Demon Records is proud to present a new series of vinyl reissues from American singer-songwriter Black Francis / Frank Black.  

                                The first release in this new series is ‘Christmass’, a collection of acoustic performancesfrom Frank Black’s 2006 US solo tour. Recorded both live on stage and in hotel rooms whilst on the road, the album includes tracks from across Black’s career.  

                                Highlights include stripped back renditions of Pixies’ classics ‘Where Is My Mind?’, ‘Cactus’ and ‘Wave Of Mutilation’ along with ‘I Burn Today’, ‘Bullet’ and ‘Nadine’ from Black’s solo albums. This new definitive vinyl edition is pressed on two 140g ‘cactus’ green vinyl.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                2xColoured LP Info: Cactus green vinyl.

                                Frankie Goes To Hollywood

                                Welcome To The Pleasuredome

                                  The debut album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was released in 1984 after the runaway success of the singles Relax and Two Tribes. It had orders of over a million copies and went straight in at number one in the UK album chart.

                                  Produced by Trevor Horn, it was seen as a ground-breaking release and helped define pop music production in the eighties.

                                  A Certain Ratio

                                  I’d Like To See You Again - ACR Loco Edition

                                    A Certain ratio release four special edition pressings to commemorate the release of their new album ‘ACR LOCO’. ‘I’d Like To See You Again’ is album number four and ACR pushed their sounds into new directions again. This is a more jazz-infused album that continues to receive critical acclaim today after the initial confused reaction, just like all the real classic albums that were misunderstood originally.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: White vinyl.

                                    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                    A Certain Ratio

                                    Sextet - ACR Loco Edition

                                      A Certain ratio release four special edition pressings to commemorate the release of their new album ‘ACR LOCO’. ‘Sextet’ is the band’s third album and a firm fan favourite with Tilly on vocals. Includes the haunting ‘Lucinda’.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Coloured LP Info: White vinyl.

                                      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                      A Certain Ratio

                                      The Graveyard And The Ballroom - ACR Loco Edition

                                        A Certain ratio release four special edition pressings to commemorate the release of their new album ‘ACR LOCO’. ‘The Graveyard and The Ballroom’ was the band’s first release and set the marker for what they would achieve at the start of their relationship with Factory Records and over the following 40 years.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Coloured LP Info: White vinyl.

                                        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                        A Certain Ratio

                                        To Each - ACR Loco Edition

                                          A Certain ratio release four special edition pressings to commemorate the release of their new album ‘ACR LOCO’. ‘To Each’ was the band’s second release, a double album that pushed them in a new direction creatively. Includes the classic and live favourites ‘The Fox’ and ‘Winter Hill’.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xColoured LP Info: White vinyl.

                                          2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Elbow

                                          Leaders Of The Free World - Vinyl Reissue

                                            'Leaders of the Free World', Elbow's third album, sees the band try to beat down their major league contemporaries with a more ambitious set of songs. The results are impressive and may form the band's best work yet. Beginning with the beautiful, slow-building "Station Approach", and ending with the short but touching "Puncture Repair", 'Leaders of the Free World' takes in an a host of minor classics along the way including the captivating title track. The album is the result of a collaborative projecy between the band and film-makers, the Soup Collective.

                                            Elbow

                                            Cast Of Thousands - Vinyl Reissue

                                              So everyone's saying Elbow are happier now? Don't worry this is still heavy and atmospheric, but it's somehow more liberating, less cloying, than their debut album. Sure, there's the creepily sinister "I've Got Your Number" and they still have a proggy bent, like Radiohead but with ace songs. But there's jazzy vibes, lovely electronica and in "Switching Off" they have another mega slowie. There's mad percussion, gospel choirs, beautiful poetry: all so introspective yet somehow anthemic. Sadness that makes you feel 10 foot tall? Now that's wonderful. And weird! Best of all is "Grace Under Pressure", so awe inspiring it sounds like a hymn. It ends with the crowd at Glastonbury chanting 'we still believe in love so fuck you!'. It's the best thing they've ever done. And the album's at least matched its incredible predecessor. Perhaps even surpassed. There's plenty of unravelling and bewitching to be getting on with here. 

                                              Elbow

                                              Asleep In The Back - Vinyl Reissue

                                                "Asleep In The Back" was the debut album from Elbow, originally released in 2001 to huge critical acclaim and reaching number 14 in the UK charts. The album was nominated for that year's Mercury Music Prize which of course they would go on to win in 2008 for "Seldom Seen Kid". "Asleep In The Back" is home to many timeless tracks which remain firm fan favourites and make up a good proportion of their live shows now, including the singles "Powder Blue", "Red" and "Newborn" and the epic "Scattered Black And Whites". 

                                                Elbow

                                                Dead In The Boot - Vinyl Reissue

                                                  Elbow finally release the long awaited b-sides album: 'Dead In The Boot' which brings together b-sides and hard to find non-album tracks from the band's lengthy recording career. The release tells an alternative elbow story beginning with the early years, with tracks like 'None One' from the original 'Newborn' EP in 2000, right up to 'Buffalo Ghosts' from last April's 'Open Arms'.

                                                  Merzbow

                                                  Venereology - Reissue

                                                    The undisputed king of Japanese noise, Merzbow, returns as their landmark album Venereology celebrates 25 tinnitus-inducing years with its inaugural vinyl pressing! Remastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Electric Wizard, Full Of Hell, and more) and featuring reworked art, this is the most extreme recording of harsh electronic sickness you will ever own!

                                                    For many fans of Japanese noise, this was their first introduction to both Merzbow and the genre as a whole. This album will be a welcome addition to the music collections of fans of Prurient, Whitehouse, Wolf Eyes, Masonna and Sunn 0))). Venereology also features a second LP with more than 20 minutes of unreleased bonus material. The Quietus calls it "a masterpiece..." while Pitchfork heaps on praise: "severe and atrophic, but also entertaining, heterogeneous, energizing, malleable”.

                                                    Boris With Merzbow

                                                    2R0I2P0

                                                      Relapse Records presents brand new record ‘2R0I2P0’, the new collaborative album from Boris and Merzbow. The 10-track album showcases every bit of the excitement and pulse-pounding rock and metal heard throughout the inimitable, expansive Boris catalogue, as it meets the signature harsh noise and soundscapes of the equally prolific Merzbow. This is far from their first collaboration – beginning with ‘Megatone’ in 2002 and extending to 2016’s ‘Gensho’, the two artists have worked together on eight album projects. An album that is at once familiar and unique for its time, melodic and harsh in equal parts, 2R0I2P0 aims to find sonic harmony. After all, 2R0I2P0 translates to ‘Twenty Twenty R.I.P’. "This year was a period of trial for everyone in the world," Boris comments. "This work becomes a monument to the requiem of the previous era. From here, a new world begins again."

                                                      For fans of artists such as Sunn O))), Melvins, Earth, Fushitsusha, Boredoms, Sleep, Full Of Hell.


                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      says: Having been at the forefront of some of the most punishing and deep collaborative avant output of all time, Boris pair once again with Japanese noise-merchant Merzbow to GREAT effect. Stunningly rich and immersive.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      2xColoured LP Info: Neon magenta vinyl.

                                                      Sunn O)))

                                                      Flight Of The Behemoth

                                                        THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 6PM.
                                                        LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                        "Flight of the Behemoth" is the third album by sunn O))).

                                                        The band collaborated with legendary Japanese noise artist Merzbow, who mixed tracks 3 and 4. The first ever use of a drum machine on a sunn O))) track is heard on "F.W.T.B.T.", a deconstructive interpretation of Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls”.

                                                        This punisher also features the first ever vocals heard as evoked from the band themselves.

                                                        Previously only available on vinyl in very small quantities this deluxe version marks the first time the album has been released on vinyl through Southern Lord Recordings.

                                                        Contains full color 24”x36” folded poster and all this grimness is housed in a glorious case-wrapped gatefold jacket. Also contains the vinyl only bonus track: "Grimm & Bear It”.

                                                        Vinyl/metal cut by Matt Colton (Alchemy Mastering) who also cut the vinyl for the bands 2019 releases: “Life Metal” & “Pyroclasts.


                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        2xColoured LP Info: Gold with Black Splatter + 24”x36” Poster!

                                                        The Coathangers

                                                        The Coathangers - Deluxe Edition

                                                          Fourteen years ago, four young Atlanta women picked up instruments without any prior musical experience or lofty aspirations and decided that they were going to start a band so that they could play a friend’s party. The house-show begat more shows around town, and the feisty and ­ery live sets begat an album. Recorded during a single graveyard shift at a local studio and mixed the following night, the self-titled debut album by The Coathangers was a raw, rowdy, and revelrous affair. What it lacked in polish it made up for in its undeniable energy and charisma. “We didn’t think anyone was going to listen to it,” says vocalist/guitarist Julia Kugel. “We knew our friends in Atlanta would get it, but we didn’t think it was going to go anywhere. We were just excited to make a record.” Little did Kugel or her bandmates—vocalist/drummer Stephanie Luke, bassist/vocalist Meredith Franco, and keyboardist Candice Jones—know that their scrappy house show-anthems would catch on, prompting years of international tours, a slew of excellent LPs and singles, and, eventually, a deluxe version of their boisterous debut, The Coathangers.

                                                          The eponymous debut album by The Coathangers is a whirlwind ride of a band at the most frenzied, celebratory, and free moment of their existence. As a standalone record, it’s a brash and bawdy rocker sure to please anyone who likes their rock n’ roll sweaty and messy. As a piece in the band’s legacy, it’s an exhilarating reminder of the band’s youthful care-free beginnings.

                                                          This latest version of the album includes the bonus tracks “Wife Eyes” from the Hard Candy EP and the title track from the Never Wanted You EP. The Coathangers will be available on vinyl, which features expanded artwork by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) in a gatefold jacket.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Coloured LP Info: Limited to 500 copies on neon strawberry banana pinwheel vinyl.

                                                          These New Puritans

                                                          Hidden [MMXX] - Vinyl Reissue

                                                            As the These New Puritans canon has grown through the years, Hidden has always stood as the great indicator of the group's detail, precision and ambition. Originally released in 2010, when both Jack and George Barnett were just 22 years old, Hidden was the second album the twins released as These New Puritans.

                                                            The album itself was produced by TNP's Jack Barnett and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis, Boymerang) and mixed by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, MF DOOM), it draws on both the rhythmic lexicons of dancehall and 20th century post-minimalism, the recording features 6ft Japanese Taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano & a children's choir. The result is equal parts brutal and melancholy, standing the test of time, sounding as pioneering and bold a decade on.

                                                            Hidden is a record that crushes together menace and beauty: after the prelude of woodwind that is “Time Xone”, “We Want War” remains one of the most startling tracks to be released as a single in this millennium - a sound like swarms of invading, metallic wasps, robotic voices intoning, the martial rattle of layers of drums, Jack Barnett’s vocals an incantation. The militant funk of “Three Thousand”, strange skittish jazz in “Hologram”, and “Drum Courts - Where Corals Lie” feels like an ancient, elegiac folk song carried forth on a storm. A record of intense variety, soul and depth, Hidden is remarkable by anyone’s standards, let alone one made by a group of people barely out of their teens.

                                                            Through the extremes of recording, These New Puritans had a critical hit. It was rightly lauded for its singularity and adventure at the time and found the group a legion of loyal fans and was given NME’s prestigious Album of the Year 2010 accolade. Further to the record, it spawned the Hidden Live tour, featuring a large ensemble, conductor Andre De Ridder, and a kids choir. 


                                                            Dan Snaith, under the guise of Caribou (formerly Manitoba), has been producing critically-acclaimed albums for years now, each an impressive development on the previous one. For his Merge debut, he married the kaleidoscopic grandeur he's known for with pop melodies and harmonies crammed densely together. Andorra is so vividly three-dimensional, it's hard to believe it was performed and recorded entirely by Snaith at home, save for vocal and songwriting contributions by friend/tour mate Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan on one track. To make something so beautiful and vast from surroundings so constrained is surely Caribou's unique alchemy.

                                                            The Bluebells

                                                            Sisters

                                                              What can you say about Sisters that hasn't been said already? Well what about "Now featuring 2 bonus songs produced by Elvis Costello"? That's not been said before for sure.

                                                              The band were never perfectly happy with the version of "Everybody's Somebodys Fool" which opens the album and have thus chosen to replace this with a different (more Bluebells) version and we will be including - for the first time - the Elvis Costello produced "Aim In Life" and "Some Sweet Day"

                                                              The album will feature new liner notes and some updated art - whilst remaining your favourite sister of all. 

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Coloured LP Info: Indies only blue vinyl.

                                                              Coloured LP 2 Info: Indies only red vinyl

                                                              After years of compulsive listening, fantasising about its story, and tracking down the people who made it, it is a treat for Hot Mule & Secousse to finally share this well-kept secret amongst Caribbean music lovers in its entirety.
                                                              Composed, written and arranged by esteemed producer Alex Dorothée, this eponymous solo album of Meliza, an amateur singer hailing from Guadeloupe island, was recorded in 1984 in Paris. A Lo-fi, synth-heavy gem that is hard to categorise: Is it early Zouk? Biguine? Kadans? Calypso? 

                                                              Coil

                                                              Musick To Play In The Dark

                                                                Few groups in recent history forged as confounding and alchemical a body of work as Coil, the partnership of Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson and John Balance. From album to album and phase to phase their recordings spelunk perplexing depths of esoteric industrial, occult electronics, and drugged poetry, both embodying and alienating parallel currents of their peers. The late 1990's in particular were a fertile era for the duo, embracing chance, chaos, and collaboration, enhanced by recent advancements in synthesis and sampling. Fittingly, at the summit of the decade's long, intoxicated arc, their divergent strains of interstitial ritual congealed into one of Coil's most celebrated and hallucinatory creations: Musick To Play In The Dark.

                                                                Convening at Balance and Christopherson's vast Victorian house / studio in the coastal town of Weston-super-Mare, they began a series of ambitious sessions aided by inner circle associates Thighpaulsandra and Drew McDowall. Although the creative process was admittedly “iterative” and “a bit of a drug blur,” the results are astoundingly inventive and well realized, winding through shades of divination dirge, wormhole kosmische, noir lounge, ominous humor, and black mass downtempo, guided by Balance's cryptic lunar muse, which he announces on the opening track: “This is moon musick / in the light of the moon.”

                                                                What's most remarkable about the album 20 years after its release is how brazen, insular, and unpredictable it still feels. The songs follow an allusive, altered state logic all their own, warping from microscopic ripples of glitch and breath to widescreen warlock psychedelia and back again, as much hyper-sensory as interdimensional. Even within a catalog as eclectic as Coil's, Musick is a mystifying collection, oneiric evocations of desire, decadence, dinner jazz, and dietary advice, far beyond the pale of whatever gothic industrial ambiguity birthed such a journey. The record closes with a slow, starlit shuffle, bathed in seething sweeps of spectral texture and high cathedral keys, like approaching the altar of some arcane temple. As the trance thickens Balance's voice rises, processed into an increasingly eerie, gaseous haze, but he resists these unseen forces, intent on delivering a final sermon: “Through hissy mists of history / the dreamer is still dreaming / the dreamer is still dreaming.”

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                2xColoured LP Info: • Clear vinyl.
                                                                • Reissued for the first time in over 20 years, for the first time on double LP with the original, unedited tracks in vinyl format.
                                                                • Completely remastered and restored audio and artwork.
                                                                • Side D of the double LP includes vinyl etching art: pine tree branches rendered by the band in Bryce software in the 90s for the original album art.

                                                                2xColoured LP 2 Info: • Clear yellow vinyl.
                                                                • Reissued for the first time in over 20 years, for the first time on double LP with the original, unedited tracks in vinyl format.
                                                                • Completely remastered and restored audio and artwork.
                                                                • Side D of the double LP includes vinyl etching art: pine tree branches rendered by the band in Bryce software in the 90s for the original album art.

                                                                Young Marble Giants

                                                                Colossal Youth - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                                                  Young Marble Giants ‘Colossal Youth: 40th Anniversary Edition’ includes the titular album as well as songs from ‘Salad Days’, ‘Is The War Over?’, the ‘Final Day’ single and their ‘Testcard’ EP, plus a live DVD of their last ever US show at Hurrah in New York in 1980

                                                                  Comprised of guitarist-songwriter Stuart Moxham, brother and bassist Philip, and singer Alison Statton, YMG emerged from the punk and post-punk landscape with a sound like no one else. Recorded in five days, Colossal Youth went on to influence whole legions from Sheffield to Seattle, looking to de-grungify gangs of four or more. They found fans in the likes of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Belle & Sebastian, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Magnetic Fields. Cited as one of the most definitive records of the post-punk era, there is something almost canonical about the album’s use of voice, muted instruments and space. Colossal Youth’s attention to sparse detail is now a modus operandi for haunted electronica auteurs and spectral singer-songwriters alike, but ultimately, only the Young Marble Giants sound like Young Marble Giants.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive clear vinyl, comes with DVD.

                                                                  2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                  Throwing Muses

                                                                  Sun Racket (Monochrome Edition)

                                                                    ‘Sun Racket’ is the brand new album from legendary Boston trio Throwing Muses, consisting of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges. The follow up to 2013’s ‘Purgatory/Paradise’ is an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristin Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines. A ten-song opus of suitably wrought tales set against a wall of sound that’s at once calm and ethereal before building into glorious cacophonous crescendos. When Throwing Muses wrote their last album, they were shattered. Pieces were coming and going, elements repeating and charging the whole. “It sounded beautiful jumping around like that”. Two-minute songs reappearing as twisted instrumentals or another song’s bridge. They mimicked the effect live which kept them on their toes. Whatever was happening was already over in other words. ‘Sun Racket’ is the opposite. It refused to do anything but sit still. It says, “sit here and deal”. “All it asked of us was to comingle two completely disparate sonic vocabularies: one heavy noise, the other delicate music box. Turns out we didn’t have to do much. Sun Racket knew what it was doing and pushed us aside, which is always best. After thirty years of playing together, we trust each other implicitly but we trust the music more” - Kristin Hersh And so, they continue. Business unusual.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    Coloured LP Info: LP Ltd edition WHITE vinyl with DL code in new monochrome edition sleeve.
                                                                    This is strictly limited to 1000 copies only.

                                                                    Mort Garson

                                                                    Mother Earth’s Plantasia - Audiophile Edition

                                                                    If you purchased a snake plant, asparagus fern, peace lily, or what have you from Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles (or bought a Simmons mattress from Sears) in 1976, you also took home Plantasia, an album recorded especially for plants. Subtitled “warm earth music for plants...and the people that love them,” it was full of bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly, decidedly unscientific tunes enacted on the new-fangled device called the Moog.

                                                                    Before Brian Eno did it, MortGarson was making discreet music. Julliard-educated and active as a session player in the post-war era, Garson wrote lounge hits, scored the 1969 moon-landing and plush arrangements for Doris Day, and garlanded weeping countrypolitan strings around Glen Campbell’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”

                                                                    But as his daughter Day Darmet recalls: “When my dad found the synthesizer, he realized he didn’t want to do pop music anymore.” Garson encountered Robert Moog and his new device at the Audio Engineering Society’s West Coast conven-tion in 1967 and immediately began tinkering with the device.

                                                                    “My mom had a lot of plants,” Darmet says. “She didn’t believe in organized religion, she believed the earth was the best thing in the whole world. Whatever created us was incredible.” And she also knew when her husband had a good song. Novel as it might seem, Plantasia is simply full of good tunes.

                                                                    This release marks the first official re-issue of the long sought-after cult classic.Hearing Plantasia in the 21st century, it seems less an ode to our photosynthesiz-ing friends by Garson and more an homage to his wife, the one with the green thumb that made everything flower around him. “My dad would be totally pleased to know that people are really interested in this music that had no popularity at the time,” Darmet says of Plantasia’s new renaissance. “He would be fascinated by the fact that people are finally understanding and appreciating this part of his musical career that he got no admiration for back then.” Garson seems to be everywhere again, even if he’s not really noticed, just like a houseplant

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xDeluxe LP Info: Deluxe, double LP, 45rpm audiophile edition of the legendary 1976 album. Every copy comes with a plantable download card printed on seed paper

                                                                    Arriving in 2000, with impeccable credentials (they'd released three beautiful EPs on Casino Records) Doves' debut album was astonishing in its completeness. Deep, doomy but always beautiful, there was a seamlessness to its 12 songs which created a good old-fashioned Proper Album vibe; a record that ebbed and flowed, and a record to lose yourself in. There's a filmic quality to a lot of the sound; a brooding, symphonic, melancholy air which soothes as it grooves. And groove it does: Doves have always had the bottom end well and truly sorted out, and no less than on this, their gorgeous, mellow, darkly comforting debut. What a mix! 


                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    says: Doves’ debut was a stunning, cinematic, beautiful, doomy and heavily melancholic masterpiece. With their Factory Records affiliations, this band were just what Manchester ( and by definition therefore: Music in general) needed after the emptiness of ( latter day) Oasis and the banality of “ Britpop”.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xLP Info: Black vinyl edition.

                                                                    This superb record was originally released in February 2005. Doves continued where they left off but this time they go even one better again: song for song this probably outslugs "The Last Broadcast"! You could actually describe this as a pop record, just for its massive melody quota, except pop music rarely displays such soul, depth or intelligence. There's Air-ish grooves, Cocteau's-shimmering echoes, a Strokes rip, a Northern Soul stomper, and one song "Snowden" has the sweetest Mercury Rev-style, swooning keyboard refrain. But then you probably know all this by now? This stunning album catapulted Doves right into the big league. Albums with not one duff track can do that for a band. To see a group who'd played live in our shop to a handful of people only six years earlier, go on and connect with so many, and in such a meaningful way, was heartwarming, to say the least. 

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    says: By now Doves were an enormous band and their third album in 5 years felt like the summation of all that had gone before, then squared! Unfettered, defiant, confident and brimming with life, this was their most uplifting record propelled by gigantic melodies. A total triumph. Doves at their peak.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xLP Info: Black vinyl edition.

                                                                    April 2002 saw Doves return, with the Roses inspired "There Goes The Fear" single crashing into the Top 3. It was a massive song, all groove, headrush melody and scope, but even that couldn't prepare us for the sheer brilliance of the album that followed. Every single song is fantastic and whilst still heavy on the sadness, this is a defiantly uplifting record. The appropriately titled "Pounding" is testament to that; it's one of many heart-tugging anthems. Elsewhere Doves cover folk, gospel and early-Floyd style psychedelia, effortlessly blending it into a singular listening experience. It was around this time that another musician (I forget who) described Doves as 'pure emotion on tape'. Whoever he was, he was right! 



                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    says: Two years on from their debut and lead single “ There Goes The Fear” felt like a Roses style statement of massive intent. It was a monster! Toweringly majestic and superbly arranged, it was the perfect introduction to a record which was a clear step up in every way. Who knew sadness could be so thrilling?!

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xLP Info: Black vinyl edition.

                                                                    Der Plan

                                                                    Es Ist Eine Fremde Und Seltsame Welt

                                                                    Bureau B have already re-released four classic albums by Der Plan and now they present to you reissue number five. The name of the album is simultaneously the concept. Numerous diverse pieces which illuminate the world in all its absurdity. The album title is lifted from the David Lynch movie Blue Velvet (It’s a strange world). The songs on the album were, for the most part, composed in a legendary session, improvisations really. They decided to play each piece in a different key and use irregular time signatures: Der Plan was often seen as a fun, colourful, NDW (Neue Deutsche Welle) band and they wanted to counter that image by bringing their obscure roots to the fore. Ladies and gentlemen, lean back and enjoy the wonders of a strange and peculiar world.

                                                                    The final instalment (for now) in this little series of classic Der Plan album reissues. Eleven years had passed since the release of "Geri Reig", their debut album. Tiki and electronica, noise and schlager, psychedelia and industrial, Kurt Martin and jerry-rigging, Cargo Cult and Ata Tak, Wuppertal and Dusseldorf, Hans-Albers-Platz and West-Berlin, Emulator I and Emulator II, old pizzas and new masks, making the most out of the least and living in the gallery, abstraction and pop, Japan and Japlan. A lot going on in those eleven years! Good times ... they had a ball. Beautiful.

                                                                    The Specials

                                                                    More Specials - 40th Anniversary Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                      The second album from The Specials, originally released 1980, moved away slightly from the frenetic ska infused energy of their debut, exploring more varied musical styles. Lyrically it paints a bleaky realistic picture of Britain at the time. 40 years on, it still stand up as one of the best albums of the era.

                                                                      This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes.

                                                                      For this edition, the album has been split across 2x 12” vinyl running at 45rpm for optimum audio quality.

                                                                      Also include is a bonus 7” single, also cut at half-speed, which originally came with the initial run of the album in 1980.

                                                                      Last year The Specials celebrated a UK Number One with a new album, ‘Encore’ and concluded a 40th Anniversary World Tour. 


                                                                      Coldplay

                                                                      Parachutes - 20th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                        Celebrating 20 years since it’s original release, Parlophone reissue a limited edition, coloured (translucent yellow), heavyweight vinyl pressing of their number one debut album.



                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        Coloured LP Info: 180 gram heavyweight transparent Yellow 12” vinyl.

                                                                        Pink Floyd

                                                                        Delicate Sound Of Thunder - 2020 Reissue

                                                                          Delicate Sound Of Thunder encapsulates a band at their best. The 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set includes 9 songs not included on the 1988 release of the album.

                                                                          In 1987, Pink Floyd made a triumphant resurgence. The legendary British band, formed in 1967, had suffered the loss of two co-founders: keyboardist / vocalist Richard Wright, who left after sessions for The Wall in 1979, and bass player and lyricist Roger Waters, who had left to go solo in 1985, soon after the 1983 album The Final Cut. The gauntlet was thus laid down for guitarist/singer David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, who proceeded to create the multi-platinum A Momentary Lapse Of Reason album, a global chart smash, which also saw the return of Richard Wright to the fold.

                                                                          Originally released in September 1987, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was quickly embraced by fans worldwide, who flocked to attend the live tour dates, which started within days of the album’s release. The tour played to more than 4.25 million fans over more than two years, and, as a celebration of the enduring talent and global appeal of David, Nick and Richard was unsurpassed at the time.


                                                                          Rilo Kiley

                                                                          Rilo Kiley - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                            For the first time on vinyl, Rilo Kiley’s rare original self released record from
                                                                            1999. Originally only a home made cd only sold at shows, this release features
                                                                            the same artwork in a gatefold package with Cream colour vinyl.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Cream Colour Vinyl

                                                                            Loscil

                                                                            Coast/Range/Arc//

                                                                              Named after the geographic formations of the seismically volatile Cascadian coastal mountains, the coast/range/arc// reissue features new artwork and an additional track.
                                                                              Remastered by James Plotkin and available on vinyl for the first time. 


                                                                              By 1980 when this was originally released Pharoah Sanders was solidly entrenched with his own voice on tenor. The passing of John Coltrane and Sanders's fruitful years of playing with the prolific saxophone genius resulted with an unmistakable influence on his sound and explorations of the instrument. Beginning with "Greetings to Idris" the structure of the music is one that follows tradition yet opens up for the musicians to improvise within the arrangements. "Greetings to Idris" is in reference to the featured drummer Idris Muhammad who also played with Coltrane during his late period. Always interested in other instruments from other cultures, much like Trane, he incorporates the Japanese instrument the koto, a beautifully harmonic stringed instrument to counter his soft rich blowing on tenor with only wind chimes and a harmonium for a delicious peaceful bit of music on "Kazuko"(Peace Child) that has the qualities of a meditative offering. Most of the music, eight tracks, is composed and arranged by Sanders and demonstrates his leadership. There is one John Coltrane composition entitled "After The Rain" that gets the Tranesque treatment by Sanders that makes it hard for even the most discerning listener to distinguish between the original version and Sanders impression. It is a bluesy duet featuring only sax and piano and leaves you wanting to hear it over and over again because of it's simple and haunting melodies. Another song that Coltrane recorded entitled "Easy To Remember" has a gentle swing to it built around a classic quartet (drums, bass, piano, sax) like that employed by Coltrane that results in a superb standard. Sanders incorporates the use of another "foreign" instrument to jazz by working in a tabla and sitar on "Soledad " that takes center stage before Sanders joins in on the music. The result is a thing of genius as the East and West merge and interface for composition that is peaceful. Sanders music on this LP fluctuates between the tranquil sounds of his mellow horn to the outer limits where he left off with the explorations of Trane's late period. What separates this LP from others is that it is a group playing under his leadership where he gives all others close to equal billing. The uptempo, "You've Got To Have freedom" is one such song where Sanders gets out there on some of his solos but works within the group structure as the other musicians, most notably Eddie Henderson on flugelhorn, bring the music back home. There is a chorus sung much of the time throughout where the the proclamation ‘Ya gotta have peace and love, ya gotta have freedom’ is presented in Manhattan Transfer style but with much more soul. The use of vocalists is done again on the track entitled "Think About The One." The chorus features vocalese specialist Bobby McFerrin. This LP shows the different sides of Pharoah Sanders, a man always willing to explore the music, explore his soul and share it with you. The closing track "Bedria" is a mellow exploration of the various ranges of the tenor. It is a ten minute song that displays all the grace of his being, a gentle giant who can manipulate the horn to do extraordinary things, reverberating out and back in undulating waves of harmonic bliss.

                                                                              One can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can’t be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.

                                                                              There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago – we live in an age that’s been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn’t get sexy with their “Lady Marmalade” for another year while Millie Jackson wasn’t “Feelin’ Bitchy” until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty’s fierce style wasn’t completely out of Ike’s shadow until later in the decade.

                                                                              Ms. Davis’s unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song “Uptown” for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix — personally inspiring the classic album ’Bitches Brew.’

                                                                              But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty’s career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn’t fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.

                                                                              In 1973, Davis would finally kick off her cosmic career with an amazingly progressive hard funk and sweet soul self-titled debut. Davis showcased her fiercely unique talent and features such gems as “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” and “Game Is My Middle Name.” The album Betty Davis was recorded with Sly & The Family Stone’s rhythm section, sharply produced by Sly Stone drummer Greg Errico, and featured backing vocals from Sylvester and the Pointer Sisters.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Ltd LP Info: Limited Light In The Attic 180g reissue in heavyweight paste-on board sleeve and biography insert.

                                                                              Betty Davis

                                                                              They Say I'm Different - Light In The Attic Reissue

                                                                                One can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can’t be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.

                                                                                There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago – we live in an age that’s been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn’t get sexy with their “Lady Marmalade” for another year while Millie Jackson wasn’t Feelin’ Bitchy until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty’s fierce style wasn’t completely out of Ike’s shadow until later in the decade.

                                                                                Ms. Davis’s unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song “Uptown” for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late ’60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix - personally inspiring the classic album 'Bitches Brew'.

                                                                                But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty’s career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn’t fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.

                                                                                Her 1974 sophomore album 'They Say I’m Different' features a worthy-of-framing futuristic cover challenging David Bowie’s science fiction funk with real rocking soul-fire, kicked off with the savagely sexual “Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him” (later sampled by Ice Cube). Her follow up is full of classic cuts like “Don’t Call Her No Tramp” and the hilarious, hard, deep funk of “He Was A Big Freak.”

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Limited Light In The Attic 180g reissue in heavyweight paste-on board sleeve and biography insert.

                                                                                Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                Babylon By Bus - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                  Arguably the most influential live reggae album ever, 'Babylon By Bus' captures Bob Marley & The Wailers during the European leg of their Kaya tour in the spring of 1978. The success of this set was not entirely unexpected, however. If the universal and widespread acclaim of 'LIVE!' was an indicator, all involved knew that a Bob Marley & The Wailers performance contained unique energies and a vibe all of its own. Sharply contrasting the somewhat pastoral grooves of the 'Kaya' album, 'Babylon By Bus' possesses a more aggressive sound - which was a trademark of this particular band. 

                                                                                  Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                  Burnin' - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                    Released just six months after "Catch A Fire", "Burnin'" is the equal of its predecessor in its musical focus and passion, yet it contains, arguably, an even better batch of songs. Leaner, tighter, and simultaneously more hard-hitting and more hook-oriented than the songs on "Catch A Fire", the set list here dazzles. Two tracks in particular, the inspirational civil rights anthem "Get Up, Stand Up" and the story-song "I Shot the Sheriff", are among the best songs Bob Marley ever wrote. The uncompromising tone of the former reveals the band's militant streak and their allegiance to human freedoms, while the latter, on a languid, mid-tempo groove, is an allegory that shows Marley's growing versatility as a first-rate songwriter. "Burnin'" features a number of tunes from the early Wailers' catalogue re-recorded for these sessions, including "Put It On", "Small Axe", and "Duppy Conqueror". This material holds up remarkably well, and fits into the context of the album without a hitch.

                                                                                    Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                    Catch A Fire - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                      'Catch A Fire' was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973. Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics. Much of the appeal of the album lies in its sincerity and sense of purpose - these are streetwise yet disarmingly idealistic young men who look around themselves and believe they might help change the world through music. Marley sings about the current state of urban poverty ("Concrete Jungle") and connects the present to past injustices ("Slave Driver"), but he is a not a one-trick pony. He is a versatile songwriter who also excels at singing love songs such as his classic "Stir It Up." Peter Tosh sings the lead vocal on two of his own compositions - his powerful presence and immense talent hint that he would eventually leave for his own successful solo career. More than anything else, however, this marks the emergence of Bob Marley and the international debut of reggae music. Marley would continue to achieve great critical and commercial success during the 1970s, but 'Catch a Fire' is one of the finest reggae albums ever. This album is essential for any music collection.

                                                                                      Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                      Confrontation - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                        A posthumous collection produced by Rita Marley, based on work left behind by Bob upon his death. Some of his best post-Wailers work is here, with songs like "Buffalo Soldier," "Chant Down Babylon," and "Blackman Redemption." Given that he wasn't alive to do the production that he usually helped in, this album seems remarkably true to the general vision of Bob Marley's albums.

                                                                                        Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                        Exodus - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                          The masterpiece that was Bob Marley’s ‘Exodus’ was originally released on Friday 3rd June 1977. He recorded the ‘Exodus’ album in exile in the UK, having escaped an assassination attempt in Jamaica.

                                                                                          ‘Exodus’ transformed Marley’s career. A recording of extraordinary creative maturity, the album resonated with audiences around the world. In the UK alone in stayed on the chart for 56 consecutive weeks and included three massive hit singles. Bob Marley was established as the Third World’s first superstar, a legacy that survives thirty years after the album’s release.

                                                                                          Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                          Kaya - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                            "Kaya" continues what has become an unspoken tradition in the evolution of Bob Marley & the Wailers discography - blending western sounds and motifs with the icons and traditions from the very core of Jamaican society. In fact, the very word "kaya" is synonymous with marijuana in Rastafarian culture. Likewise, the album "Kaya" could be easily construed as an open love letter or musical paean to the lifestyle that Marley so eagerly embraced and promoted. Themes of commonality and unity pervade this release more so than previous albums. Likewise, the overt political stances that had become somewhat of a moniker for Marley and the Wailers are temporarily replaced by timeless compositions, such as the eternally optimistic "Easy Skanking" and "Is This Love." Marley had not - as some proclaimed - gone soft, however. The light, at times practically giddy, rhythms on "Satisfy My Soul" contrast the darker brooding sonic and lyrical images on "Running Away." The most pressings issues Marley deals with concern ever-increasing spiritual consciousness. Throughout "Kaya", humble thanks is offered to, as well as guidance sought from, Jah - evidence that the spirituality that permeates the Wailers music is real and not lip service. "Kaya" could be considered the oasis before the political and personal eruptions that would inform and influence Marley and the Wailers next studio releases "Survival" and "Uprising".

                                                                                            Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                            Legend - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                              As greatest hits collections go, 'Legend' is an utter gem. Every song is inspired, in a class of its own, whether that's the original version of "I Shot the Sheriff", the hymn-like "No Woman, No Cry" and "Redemption Song", righteous roots of "Exodus" and "Get Up Stand Up", soulful "Three Little Birds" and "Waiting In Vain" or the sheer joy of "Jamming". Even allowing that Marley never wrote any bad material, 'Legend' really does feature the best of the best, the heart and soul of Jamaican music spread across four sides of JA red, gold and green coloured vinyl. 

                                                                                              Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                              Live! - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                Recorded live at The Lyceum, London, 18th July 1975, on the last leg of the tour to promote the 'Natty Dread' LP. 'Live!' captures the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture. Featuring backing vocals from the I Threes and a killer band (minus original members Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh who had been ditched after 'Catch A Fire'), the set is packed with Marley classics, and features much audience participation.

                                                                                                Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                                Natty Dread - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                  'Natty Dread' is a 1974 reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers. An important transition in Marley's discography, Natty Dread was the first album released as Bob Marley & the Wailers (as opposed to The Wailers) and the first recorded without former bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. It is also the first album recorded with the I-Threes, a female vocal trio that included Bob's wife, Rita Marley, along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. 'Natty Dread' is a spiritually charged political and social statement featuring classics such as 'Lively Up Yourself', 'No Woman, No Cry', 'Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)' and many more.

                                                                                                  Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                                  Rastaman Vibration - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                    Following their 1975 live tour (captured at the Lyceum on the 'Live!' LP), Bob Marley & The Wailers returned to Jamaica to record their next set of songs. The tracks were laid down at studios run by Harry Johnson and Joe Gibbs. At the mixing board for the sessions were Sylvan Morris and Errol Thompson, Jamaican engineers of the highest calibre. The album features Marley essentials like 'Positive Vibration', 'Crazy Baldhead' and 'Who The Cap Fit'.

                                                                                                    Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                                    Survival - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                      Released in 1979, 'Survival' is considered Marley's most defiant and politically charged statement to date. Some speculate that this was due in part to criticism Marley received for the laid-back, ganja-soaked atmosphere of his previous release, 'Kaya', which seemed to sidetrack the urgency of his message. Clearly influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti & Africa 70, the album incorporates plenty of brass. The message of this album is clearly a call to arms for those wanting to abolish the subjugation and tyranny of not only Africans, but all humankind.

                                                                                                      Bob Marley & The Wailers

                                                                                                      Uprising - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                        Recorded in 1980, 'Uprising' was Bob Marley & The Wailers final studio album, released a year before Marley's untimely death from cancer the following year. A deeply spiritual offering nearly every song addressing his Rastafarian beliefs, culminating in the acoustic classic, 'Redemption Song'. Never has an artist unknowingly written such a beautiful and apropos living epitaph. The album also includes the uplifting 'Could You Be Loved'

                                                                                                        Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family

                                                                                                        Show Me How The Spectres Dance - Signed Copies!

                                                                                                          The much sought after debut album from Manchester's Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family is back by popular demand.

                                                                                                          • Includes the singles "The Mourners of St Paul's" and "The City Is At Standstill“
                                                                                                          • Pressed on 180g translucent blue vinyl.
                                                                                                          • Signed by Liam Frost
                                                                                                          • Recently featured on Tim Burgess’s Twitter Listening Party
                                                                                                          • Released originally in 2006, Liam Frost is described by Guy Garvey as "the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes".
                                                                                                          • "Young, fun and riotously talented, Liam Frost And The Slowdown Family are a free-wheeling 21st century folk carnival" -- NME

                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Translucent blue LP.

                                                                                                          John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey

                                                                                                          Dance Hall At Louse Point

                                                                                                            Reissue on vinyl of the first collaboration album between PJ Harvey and John Parish – Dance Hall At Louse Point. Produced by Parish and Harvey, and originally released in September 1996, Dance Hall At Louse Point features the single ‘That Was My Veil’. Reissue is faithful to the original recording with vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, overseen by John Parish.

                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: 1LP, 180gsm black vinyl.
                                                                                                            Full colour outer sleeve printed on brown board, with printed inner sleeve.
                                                                                                            Download card.

                                                                                                            Swans

                                                                                                            Children Of God - Remastered Reissue

                                                                                                              Originally released in October 1987 on the Mute subsidiary Product Inc and reissued first in 1997, Children of God is a brand new remaster of the album and will be packaged with a bonus live album, Feel Good Now.

                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                              2xLP Info: Includes download of live album Feel Good Now.

                                                                                                              Trees

                                                                                                              Trees (50th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                Trees classic albums, beautifully packaged as a four-disc anniversary edition includes 12” book with liner notes from founder member David Costa and comedian Stewart Lee - Features two new discs of alternate mixes, early demos, BBC session tracks and 2018 live recordings in London - Includes lost demos of ‘Polly On The Shore’ and ‘Streets Of Derry’ It’s now over fifty years since Trees’ formation and, although ‘Acid Folk’ has now become a sub-category in the lexicon of record dealers and music critics, and although founder member David Costa feels the original noughties reissue helped consolidate a gathering wave of curiosity, they themselves remain in the shadows. Earth’s new Trees collection brings together both albums adding shiny alternate mixes of key tracks along with a selection of radio sessions and demos, all sounding brighter and cleaner than ever before.

                                                                                                                Trees first album, ‘The Garden of Jane Delawney’ (1970) snuggles nicely into contemporary nu-folkies’ idea of the genre, and shares some of the pastoral-whimsy that characterised The Incredible String Band or Donovan, offset by some stunning interpretations of traditional material and Bias’ own songs, which were somehow part of the tradition Trees had adopted. Readings of ‘Lady Margaret’, ‘Glasgerion’ and the old standard ‘She Moved Thro’ The Fair’, and the extended fade of the group’s own ‘Road’, presage the explosive instrumental duelling that would come to characterise the follow up album, ‘On The Shore’.

                                                                                                                There’s a definite shift between the records, the second being darker and more ambivalent. Here Trees don’t tell you what to think. You’re left to formulate your own response to this odd, opaque music. The ‘Streets of Derry’ session version leans into the brain vibrating drone-groove they somehow found at the traditional tune’s centre. ‘Polly On The Shore’, another traditional tune, is one of the definitive moments of English folk rock.

                                                                                                                This special expansive collector’s edition celebrates the bands 50th anniversary.

                                                                                                                “A beautiful hybrid, Trees found a unique space between intimate folk and freewheeling psychedelia. Musically ambitious yet brilliantly balanced, they have left an enduring legacy for those lucky enough to be in on the secret” Edd Gibson, Friendly Fires.

                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                4xLP Box Set Info: Ltd edition 4XLP – Box set, 24pp booklet, DL card.

                                                                                                                4xCD Box Set Info: Ltd edition 4xCD Bookback.

                                                                                                                Vince Guaraldi

                                                                                                                Peanuts Portraits - The Classic Character Themes

                                                                                                                  On LP for the very first time, the vivid musical cues that American jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi wrote for the cast of Peanuts characters, adding new dimensions to beloved regulars like Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Sally, and, of course, Charlie Brown. In addition to nine songs performed by Guaraldi, the album also includes two classic Peanuts tunes recorded by pianist George Winston. Eight of the selections on Peanuts Portraits (including Winston renditions of “Linus And Lucy” and “Masked Marvel”) make their vinyl debut.

                                                                                                                  Boris

                                                                                                                  Absolutego - Reissue

                                                                                                                    Official remastered reissue of Boris’s 1996 debut single. Focus track: Dronevil 2, Absolutego - one 60:13 long song. Tasting Notes: Dense, nuanced, heavy. Bonus track ‘Dronevil 2’ included on side D. Feel the weight wash over you. Buy if you dig: Earth, drone doom soundscape architecture, Boris


                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                    2xColoured LP Info: Red vinyl.

                                                                                                                    Boris

                                                                                                                    Amplifier Worship - Reissue

                                                                                                                      The official remastered reissue of Boris’s fan-favourite 1998 debut album, ‘Amplifier Worship’, released in conjunction with Absolutego. Focus track: Dronevil 2 (Absolutego). Not for the faint of heart; this is the group’s most intense and unrelenting album and undoubtedly one of their best. Buy if you dig: early Melvins, punishing tones, the full spectrum of amplification.

                                                                                                                      Bibio

                                                                                                                      Hand Cranked - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                        Warp Records will reissue Bibio’s Hand Cranked album on vinyl for the first time. The album was originally released in 2006 by Mush and was one of the releases that caught the ear of the Warp label before signing Bibio for Ambivalence Avenue in 2009. That record will also be restocked on vinyl to coincide with this release. Hand Cranked, his second release, saw him delve further into the sounds he crafted on his debut, Fi, with a focus on saturated guitars, found sound and field recordings and an affinity for the pastoral inspiration of his Northern England surroundings.

                                                                                                                        Hand Cranked stepped it up a level though, bringing in Bibio's unique take on folk and blending it with electronic loops; a sound that he would continue to help refine throughout his career. This fourteen track collection saw Bibio bring an increased confidence to his music, highlighting his virtuosic guitar playing and shedding light on his more whimsical pop inclinations that he's explored on releases since then. Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release over 10 years ago, Hand Cranked makes for a perfect lazy Sunday listening, a nostalgic drive through the country or simply a peak into an artist beginning to discover the full breadth of his talent.

                                                                                                                        Pulp (2020 Reissue)

                                                                                                                        Separations

                                                                                                                          Pulp’s 1992 album ‘Separations’ is part of the Fire Embers reissue series with unreleased bonus material. Their third and last album on Fire, Pulp had already transformed from their debut ‘It’ through the dark electronic phase of Freaks and were garnering significant momentum. Now critically acclaimed and with a live reputation matched by only a few, most of the songs on Separations sound fully-realised in that undeniably Pulp manner that was soon to be experienced everywhere. And, for the first time, there was an inescapable disco pulse. This is the transition album where Pulp, caught between a doomed romantic outsider past and an acid-bright future, made an album that brilliantly reflects both. Remastered and repackaged. Liner notes by Everett True. Featuring 4 bonus tracks ‘Death Goes To The Disco’ and ‘Is This House’, as well as an extended version of the single ‘Countdown’ and the previously unreleased ‘Death Comes To Town’. Separations spawned two of Pulps most successful singles to date in ‘Countdown and ‘My Legendary Girlfriend’ with the latter being placed on many top singles of 1991 lists by major music publications. Pulp’s ‘It’ and ‘Freaks’ will be reissued at the same time for the complete Pulp on Fire collection. 

                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                          LP Info: Vinyl repress is 180 gram vinyl and include download card.

                                                                                                                          Pavement

                                                                                                                          The Secret History, Vol. 1 - Reissue

                                                                                                                            The strangest thing about Pavement? Not that there were ever many non-strange things about Pavement? Even though they made their era’s finest rock albums, the albums only told half their story. Pavement also made some of the Nineties’ best albums that never happened. Until now.

                                                                                                                            Pavement made five proper album-as-albums: ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ (1992), ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’ (1994), ‘Wowee Zowee’ (1995), ‘Brighten The Corners’ (1997) and ‘Terror Twilight’ (1999). Each has its own sound. Each has its own legend. But each of their official albums has a shadow album - and it’s usually as strong as the album that actually did come out. It’s time for the world to hear the albums Pavement could have made if they’d been a little less ambitious about music and a little more ambitious about the music business. If they’d been the kind of band to sweat the legacy. But if they were that kind of band, would they have written so many great songs? Much less these great songs?

                                                                                                                            The first, naturally, is ‘The Secret History, Vol. 1’, collecting the songs that got away during the era of ‘Slanted And Enchanted’, which Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young recorded on the cheaper-than-cheap in January 1991. This album collects gems from Peel Sessions (‘Kentucky Cocktail’, ‘Circa 1762’) and 7”s (‘Baptist Blacktick’) as well as live slop from the first European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. Some are outtakes from ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ - imagine leaving these tunes off your first album, when as far as you know or imagine, it’s your only album. These tracks (some of which had never been rumoured among Pavement freaks) came out on the 2002 ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ reissue. But they’ve never been separately available as an album in their own right and many of them have never been on vinyl before.

                                                                                                                            The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                            Obey The Time

                                                                                                                              Factory Benelux presents an expanded double vinyl edition of Obey the Time, the eighth studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column. Originally released by Factory Records in 1990, just 500 copies have been pressed in coloured vinyl (transparent pink and neon yellow).

                                                                                                                              Largely self-produced, Obey the Time saw DC mainman Vini Reilly further develop his interest in electronic music, and even embrace house and techno stylings. “The title came screaming off the TV screen in somebody’s version of Othello and captured exactly the feel of the work in progress,” explained Tony Wilson, Durutti manager and Factory founder. “We were in the middle of the Aceeed explosion. If you lived in Manchester, you were absolutely in the middle of it. Vini even explained why house made keyboards sound so fresh. Something to do with a chord being played with 3 or 4 notes into the sampler, but then different chords being triggered by a single key stroke. Creating mathematical harmonic relationships ‘which Schoenberg had searched for but never found.’”

                                                                                                                              Indeed veteran Durutti percussionist Bruce Mitchell features on just one track, Art and Freight. Meanwhile dance exploration Contra-Indications was taped with New Order programmer (and later co-manager) Andy Robinson. Released in December 1990, Obey the Time would be the last Durutti Column album on Factory before the labelled collapsed beneath a mountain of debt.Disc 2 features extracts from a previously unreleased live performance at Manchester University Whitworth Hall on 23 June 1990 (opportunistically billed as ‘The Acid Guitar’), on which Reilly and Mitchell are joined by guests Andy Connell, Liu Sola and Rob Gray.The remastered vinyl set is housed in a striking gatefold sleeve by 8vo printed in pantone colours on white matt board. The bold primary colours are mirrored by the coloured vinyl  – transparent for Disc 1, and neon yellow for Disc 2.

                                                                                                                              The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                              Love In The Time Of Recession

                                                                                                                                Demon Records presents the first ever vinyl pressing of The Durutti Column’s 2009 studio album “Love In The Time Of Recession”

                                                                                                                                Formed in Manchester in 1978 The Durutti Column were one of the first acts signed to the iconic Factory Records by Tony Wilson Primarily the project of guitarist and vocalist Vini Reilly, the group have a cult following with notable fans including Brian Eno and John Frusciante

                                                                                                                                “Love In The Time Of Recession” finds Reilly and co continuing to explore genre blending sounds Highlights include the fuzzy guitar filled ‘In Memory Of Anthony’Anthony’(a tribute to the late Factory Records founder), and ‘More Rainbows’, an instrumental conversation between Vini Reilly’s soaring guitar and girlfriend Poppy Morgan’s dreamy electric piano

                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                2xColoured LP Info: 140g transluscent amber vinyl

                                                                                                                                The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                                Rebellion

                                                                                                                                  Demon Records presents the first ever vinyl pressing of The Durutti Column’s 2001 studio album ‘Rebellion

                                                                                                                                  Formed in Manchester in 1978 The Durutti Column were one of the first acts signed to the iconic Factory Records by Tony Wilson Primarily the project of guitarist and vocalist Vini Reilly, the group have a cult following with notable fans including Brian Eno and John Frusciante

                                                                                                                                  Highlights on ‘ include a take on the Irish folk standard "The Fields of Athenry ””(featuring a mesmerising vocal performance by Vick A Wood and “Overlord Part 1 which adds a contemporary edge to the unmistakable Durutti Column sound with breakbeats and rapping from Bic

                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: 140g blue vinyl.

                                                                                                                                  The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                                  Someone Else's Party

                                                                                                                                    Demon Records presents the first ever vinyl pressing of The Durutti Column’s 2003 studio album “Someone Else’s Party”.

                                                                                                                                    Formed in Manchester in 1978, The Durutti Column were one of the first acts signed to the iconic Factory Records by Tony Wilson. Primarily the project of guitarist and vocalist Vini Reilly, the group have a cult following with notable fans including Brian Eno and John Frusciante.

                                                                                                                                    Recorded after the passing of Reilly’s mother, the melancholic “Someone Else’s Party” explores themes of loss and reflection. Highlights include the trip hop influenced ‘Vigil’, and ‘Spanish Lament’ which weaves together Reilly’s signature shimmering guitar sounds with a sample from David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.

                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                    2xColoured LP Info: 140g clear vinyl.

                                                                                                                                    The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                                    Keep Breathing

                                                                                                                                      Demon Records presents the first ever vinyl pressing of The Durutti Column’s 2006 studio album ‘Keep Breathing’

                                                                                                                                      Formed in Manchester in 1978 The Durutti Column were one of the first acts signed to the iconic Factory Records by Tony Wilson Primarily the project of guitarist and vocalist Vini Reilly, the group have a cult following with notable fans including Brian Eno and John Frusciante

                                                                                                                                      First released in 2006 ,,‘Keep Breathing’ was seen by many as a return to form The album draws on a diverse range of genres from jazz, classical, post punk and folk music all tied together with serene melodies and the unmistakable guitar sounds of Vini Reilly

                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                      2xColoured LP Info: 140g red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                      Sun Ra

                                                                                                                                      Dark Myth Equation Visitation

                                                                                                                                      In the years leading up to 1971, Sun Ra wrote many compositions and poems specifically inspired by the ancient African Kingdoms and many others with associated mythological and heliocentric connotations. As such, a visit to Egypt and the opportunity for the Arkestra to play there was a matter of necessity. Ra’s first ever concerts outside of the US had occurred in late summer and autumn of 1970 with performances in France, Germany and the UK and a second European tour was arranged for late 1971. At the end of that second tour, Ra caught wind of cheap flights from Denmark to Cairo.

                                                                                                                                      This release comprises recordings made by Arkestra member Thomas “Bugs” Hunter made in December 1971 in the streets around the Mena House Hotel, Giza, from a concert held at the house of Goethe Institute ex-pat Hartmut Geerken in Heliopolis, from a live Cairo TV channel broadcast and a concert at the Ballon Theatre in Cairo.

                                                                                                                                      The impact and significance of these few weeks upon Sun Ra can be measured by the growth and development of his output over the next few years; the immediate post-Egypt period included new studio and live recordings on the Saturn, Blue Thumb, Atlantic and Impulse labels and the ‘Space Is The Place’ movie. Ra also edited the three LPs of the ‘Live In Egypt’ series which were subsequently released on his Saturn record label and its affiliated twin, Thoth Intergalactic: ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’ and ‘Horizon’.


                                                                                                                                      In the years leading up to 1971, Sun Ra wrote many compositions and poems specifically inspired by the ancient African Kingdoms and many others with associated mythological and heliocentric connotations. As such, a visit to Egypt and the opportunity for the Arkestra to play there was a matter of necessity. Ra’s first ever concerts outside of the US had occurred in late summer and autumn of 1970 with performances in France, Germany and the UK and a second European tour was arranged for late 1971. At the end of that second tour, Ra caught wind of cheap flights from Denmark to Cairo.

                                                                                                                                      This release comprises recordings made by Arkestra member Thomas “Bugs” Hunter made in December 1971 in the streets around the Mena House Hotel, Giza, from a concert held at the house of Goethe Institute ex-pat Hartmut Geerken in Heliopolis, from a live Cairo TV channel broadcast and a concert at the Ballon Theatre in Cairo.

                                                                                                                                      The impact and significance of these few weeks upon Sun Ra can be measured by the growth and development of his output over the next few years; the immediate post-Egypt period included new studio and live recordings on the Saturn, Blue Thumb, Atlantic and Impulse labels and the ‘Space Is The Place’ movie. Ra also edited the three LPs of the ‘Live In Egypt’ series which were subsequently released on his Saturn record label and its affiliated twin, Thoth Intergalactic: ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’ and ‘Horizon’.


                                                                                                                                      In the years leading up to 1971, Sun Ra wrote many compositions and poems specifically inspired by the ancient African Kingdoms and many others with associated mythological and heliocentric connotations. As such, a visit to Egypt and the opportunity for the Arkestra to play there was a matter of necessity. Ra’s first ever concerts outside of the US had occurred in late summer and autumn of 1970 with performances in France, Germany and the UK and a second European tour was arranged for late 1971. At the end of that second tour, Ra caught wind of cheap flights from Denmark to Cairo.

                                                                                                                                      This release comprises recordings made by Arkestra member Thomas “Bugs” Hunter made in December 1971 in the streets around the Mena House Hotel, Giza, from a concert held at the house of Goethe Institute ex-pat Hartmut Geerken in Heliopolis, from a live Cairo TV channel broadcast and a concert at the Ballon Theatre in Cairo.

                                                                                                                                      The impact and significance of these few weeks upon Sun Ra can be measured by the growth and development of his output over the next few years; the immediate post-Egypt period included new studio and live recordings on the Saturn, Blue Thumb, Atlantic and Impulse labels and the ‘Space Is The Place’ movie. Ra also edited the three LPs of the ‘Live In Egypt’ series which were subsequently released on his Saturn record label and its affiliated twin, Thoth Intergalactic: ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’ and ‘Horizon’.


                                                                                                                                      David Bowie

                                                                                                                                      Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World)

                                                                                                                                        November 2020 sees the 50th Anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World in North America. The album marks the beginning of a collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would last through classic works including Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane - as well as the first in a 10-year series of indispensable albums stretching through 1980’s Scary Monsters…

                                                                                                                                        Originally titled Metrobolist, the album's name was changed at the last minute to The Man Who Sold The World. The 2020 re-release of the album under its Metrobolist moniker has been remixed by original producer Tony Visconti, with the exception of the track ‘After All’ which Tony considered perfect as is, and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.

                                                                                                                                        The Metrobolist 50th anniversary artwork has been created by Mike Weller who was behind the historically controversial “dress” cover which Mercury Records refused to release.

                                                                                                                                        British Sea Power

                                                                                                                                        Open Season - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                          The expanded reissue includes additional live sessions, B-sides and rarities from the period and extensive new sleeve notes.

                                                                                                                                          The majority of the original album was recorded by Mads Bjerke (Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Girls Aloud) and mixed by Bill Price (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sparks). Two tracks were recorded and mixed by Graham Sutton (The Delays, Bark Psychosis) and Phill Brown (Sly Stone, Led Zeppelin, Talk Talk).

                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                          2xColoured LP Info: The double LP format is a one-off pressing, housed in a gatefold sleeve, the first disc on blue vinyl, with the second being a zoetrope picture disc.

                                                                                                                                          Wilco

                                                                                                                                          Summerteeth - Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                                                            Wilco’s third album, Summerteeth, arrived in March 1999 to glowing reviews for its daring arrangements, lush harmonies and revealing lyrics. More than 20 years later, the Chicago-based band is expanding one of its best with multiple collections packed with hours of unreleased studio and live recordings.

                                                                                                                                            Summerteeth introduced many fan-favourite classic tracks that the band continues to play live today, including I’m Always In Love, A Shot In The Arm and Via Chicago. The 24 previously unreleased recordings that debut on the deluxe edition explore the making of the critically acclaimed album with demos No Hurry and I’ll Sing It, outtakes I’m Always In Love (Early Run Through) and Viking Dan, and alternate versions Summer Teeth (Slow Rhodes Version) and Pieholden Suite (Alternate).

                                                                                                                                            Limited to 6,000 copies, the five-LP set features the remastered studio album as well as the unreleased demos, alternates and outtake recordings pressed on 180-gram vinyl. However, instead of the Colorado concert included in the CD package, the LP version contains a special, exclusive performance from early 1999 titled, An Unmitigated Disaster, a previously unreleased live in-store performance at Tower Records on March 11, 1999, just two days after the album was released. The 10-song set, which was broadcast on Chicago radio station WXRT-FM, highlights several tracks from Summerteeth (“We’re Just Friends,” “How To Fight Loneliness” and “Can’t Stand It”). This show will only be available in the LP collection.

                                                                                                                                            The four-CD starts with a Bob Ludwig 2020 remastered version of the original album (making its CD debut), along with an entire disc of unreleased studio outtakes, alternate versions and demos that chart the making of the album from songwriting demos to alternate studio arrangements to finished masters.

                                                                                                                                            The two remaining discs in the CD version of Summerteeth (Deluxe Edition) feature a previously unissued live show. The concert took place late in the Summerteeth tour, on November 1, 1999 in Colorado at The Boulder Theatre, when the new songs had been road-tested and the band was in top form. Sourced from an uncirculated soundboard recording, it features band members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Ken Coomer and Jay Bennett. Most of the songs on Summerteeth were performed during the show, along with several tracks from the band’s two previous records, Being There (1996) and A.M. (1995), as well as Mermaid Avenue (1999). The latter was the first in a series of albums that Wilco recorded with Billy Bragg where the group wrote music for and sang previously unheard lyrics penned by folk icon Woody Guthrie.

                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                            Deluxe CD Info: 4 CD set.

                                                                                                                                            Hiroshi Yoshimura

                                                                                                                                            Green

                                                                                                                                              * First ever reissue of this groundbreaking ambient work.
                                                                                                                                              * Produced in full cooperation with Yoshimura’s estate.
                                                                                                                                              * Unseen original handwritten track notes by Yoshimura.

                                                                                                                                              Barely known outside of his home country during his lifetime, the late Japanese ambient music pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura has seen his global stature rise steadily in the past few years. The 2017 reissue of his lauded debut, Music For Nine Post Cards, along with a slow building cult internet following has helped ignite a renaissance in his acclaimed body of work, much of which has never been released outside of Japan. Known for his sound design and environmental music, Yoshimura worked on a number of commissions following the 1982 release of Music For Nine Post Cards, including works for museums, galleries, public spaces, TV shows, video art, fashion shows, and even a cosmetics company.

                                                                                                                                              Originally released in 1986, GREEN is one of Hiroshi Yoshimura’s most well-loved recordings and a favorite of the artist himself. Recorded over the winter of 1985-86 at Yoshimura’s home studio, the compositions unfold at an unhurried pace, a stark contrast to the busy city life of Tokyo. As Yoshimura explained in the original liner notes, the album title in the context of this body of work is not meant to be seen as a color, but is rather used to convey “the comfortable scenery of the natural cycle known as GREEN”—which perfectly encapsulates the soothing and warm sounds contained on the album, although it was created utilizing Yamaha FM synthesizers, known for their crisp digital tones.

                                                                                                                                              This edition marks the first reissue of the highly sought-after and impossible to find album. It features the original mix preferred by Yoshimura himself, previously available only on the initial Japanese vinyl release (a limited edition remixed version of the album, with added sound effects, was released on CD in the US). Additionally, this release is the first in our ongoing series, WATER COPY, focusing on the works of Hiroshi Yoshimura.


                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: "Clear/Green Swirl" Coloured Vinyl.

                                                                                                                                              The Flaming Lips

                                                                                                                                              Transmissions From The Satellite Heart

                                                                                                                                                Originally released in 1993, Transmissions From The Satellite Heart is the sixth studio album from American rock band, The Flaming Lips. The album is the first to feature members Ronald Jones and Steve Drozd after the departure of guitarist Jonathan Donahue and drummer Nathan Roberts.

                                                                                                                                                The album features what is arguably their first major radio single success, “She Don’t Use Jelly” which was featured on MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head, nearly a year after release. The album was received positively by critics and fans alike, with Rolling Stone and Select giving it 4 out 5 stars, and AllMusic giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, describing the album as “another prismatic delicacy that continues the group's drift toward pop nirvana”.


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                                                                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: 1LP 140g Black and White Mix Vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                Pylon

                                                                                                                                                Chomp

                                                                                                                                                  In the late-1970s Athens, Georgia was buzzing with a raw but sophisticated music scene. Traditional Southern rock had been the Georgia musical export for years before but the turn of the decade began producing new sounds from bands like the B-52’s, REM and Alt Rock luminaires Pylon. Before they were a band, Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art and creativity and society. However, Pylon were less of a band and more of an art project, which meant they had very specific goals in mind, as well as an expiration date.

                                                                                                                                                  While their time together as a band was short lived (1979-1983), Pylon had a lasting influence on the history of rock and roll. Throughout their brief history, they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 80s. Artists like R.E.M., Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Interpol, Deerhunter and many more claim inspiration from the band. Their 1979 single ‘Cool’ / ‘Dub’ reached legendary status, with Rolling Stone titling it one of the 100 Greatest Debut Singles Of All Time.

                                                                                                                                                  In 1980 the band released their first record, ‘Gyrate’, and began touring across the country in support of the release. The band would soon develop a following across the country and specifically in the bustling music scene in New York City. One of their earliest gigs was opening for the Gang of Four in the Big Apple. Following the critical acclaim of their debut release, Pylon went back into the studio. They gleefully pulled their songs apart and put them back together in new shapes, revealing a band of self-proclaimed nonmusicians who had transformed gradually but noticeably into real musicians. The resulting album, ‘Chomp’, was barely off the press when Pylon were booked to open a run of dates for a hot new Irish band called U2 (after previously playing two arena shows with them in the month leading to the album release). Most bands would have jumped at the opportunity but Pylon were sceptical. At a critical point in the life of Pylon, they opted to become a cult band rather than stretch their defining philosophy too far.

                                                                                                                                                  “We fully intended Pylon to be an almost seasonal thing that we were gonna do for a minute and then get on with our lives,” says Curtis Crowe, drummer for the band. “But it just never went away. It still doesn’t go away. There’s a new subterranean class of kids that are coming into th

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                                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive opaque red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                  Pylon

                                                                                                                                                  Gyrate

                                                                                                                                                    In the late-1970s Athens, Georgia was buzzing with a raw but sophisticated music scene. Traditional Southern rock had been the Georgia musical export for years before but the turn of the decade began producing new sounds from bands like the B-52’s, REM and Alt Rock luminaires Pylon. Before they were a band, Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art and creativity and society. However, Pylon were less of a band and more of an art project, which meant they had very specific goals in mind, as well as an expiration date.

                                                                                                                                                    While their time together as a band was short lived (1979-1983), Pylon had a lasting influence on the history of rock and roll. Throughout their brief history, they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 80s. Artists like R.E.M., Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Interpol, Deerhunter and many more claim inspiration from the band. Their 1979 single ‘Cool’ / ‘Dub’ reached legendary status, with Rolling Stone titling it one of the 100 Greatest Debut Singles Of All Time.

                                                                                                                                                    In 1980 the band released their first record, ‘Gyrate’, and began touring across the country in support of the release. The band would soon develop a following across the country and specifically in the bustling music scene in New York City. One of their earliest gigs was opening for the Gang of Four in the Big Apple. Following the critical acclaim of their debut release, Pylon went back into the studio. They gleefully pulled their songs apart and put them back together in new shapes, revealing a band of self-proclaimed nonmusicians who had transformed gradually but noticeably into real musicians. The resulting album, ‘Chomp’, was barely off the press when Pylon were booked to open a run of dates for a hot new Irish band called U2 (after previously playing two arena shows with them in the month leading to the album release). Most bands would have jumped at the opportunity but Pylon were sceptical. At a critical point in the life of Pylon, they opted to become a cult band rather than stretch their defining philosophy too far.

                                                                                                                                                    “We fully intended Pylon to be an almost seasonal thing that we were gonna do for a minute and then get on with our lives,” says Curtis Crowe, drummer for the band. “But it just never went away. It still doesn’t go away. There’s a new subterranean class of kids that are coming into th

                                                                                                                                                    Six years before the release of his landmark Mother Earth’s Plantasia LP, composer and arranger Mort Garson met experimental film director Skip Sherwood, who was interested in an electronic score for his new movie, Didn’t You Hear? While not much is known now about the exact nature of their collaboration, we have Garson’s magnificent score as a record of those heady, early days after his lifechanging discovery of the Moog synthesizer. Notable for being one of the earliest screen appearances by a young Gary Busey, Didn’t You Hear? also boasts one of the first-ever all-electronic movie scores. Though the score was first released in 1970, it sounds as adventurous and futuristic today as it must have then. Originally available only in the lobby of the theater at screenings of the movie in Seattle, the soundtrack LP went out of print shortly after the film’s release. It has been a sought-after record for collectors of Mort Garson and early electronic music ever since. Sacred Bones is honored to reissue Didn’t You Hear? as it was meant to be heard, taken from the original master tapes and given a pristine remaster by engineer Josh Bonati.

                                                                                                                                                    ABOUT MORT GARSON: Morton S. “Mort” Garson was a Canadian-born composer, arranger, songwriter, and pioneer of electronic music. He is best known for his albums in the 1960s and 1970s that were among the first to feature Moog synthesizers. His bestknown album is Mother Earth’s Plantasia, a 1976 Moog album designed to be played “for plants and the people who love them.” Sacred Bones Records has undertaken the project of giving official, licensed reissues to key releases from Mort Garson’s catalog, with the intention of bringing these bold masterpieces to a 21st century audience.

                                                                                                                                                    • Reissue of Mort Garson’s long-out-of-print soundtrack for the 1970 experimental film Didn’t You Hear?
                                                                                                                                                    • One of the first-ever all-electronic film scores
                                                                                                                                                    • Remastered from the original master tapes
                                                                                                                                                    • Silver vinyl limited to 2000 copies


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                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Limited silver vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                    Mort Garson’s road to cool cultural caché and the sublimity of Plantasia meant a decades’ long journey through an underworld of sophisticated, international, string-laced dreck (i.e., your great-grandparents’ record collection) to arrive at Music from Patch Cord Productions, this set of queasy-listening you now hold.

                                                                                                                                                    Music from Patch Cord Productions shows that Garson’s knack was to exist in both worlds, super-commercial and waaay out. He cut delirious minute-long blasts for commercials (as to whether or not they were actually ever aired remains unknown) and spacecraft-hovering études. Were there really account managers out there in the early ’70s that gave the greenlight to these commercial compositions which seemed to anticipate everyone from John Carpenter to Suicide? What were these campaigns actually for, Soylent Green? Regardless, Mort’s jingle work laid the groundwork for the future. As Robert Moog himself noted: “The jingles were important because they domesticated the sound.” Via Garson’s wizardry, the synthesizer transcended novelty to ubiquity and dominance.

                                                                                                                                                    Other curios and questions abound. How did Garson’s arrangement work for Arthur Prysock’s satiny body worship album This Is My Beloved transmogrify into the body-snatcher pulses of “This is My Beloved”? Are the two pieces even related? What is the IATA code for the airport of “Realizations of an Aeropolis”? What denomination is the “Cathedral of Pleasure”? If “Son of Blob” sounds like a hallucinatory melted ice cream truck theme, what on earth does Blob’s father sound like? Every sound wrangled out of that Moog by Garson pushes things further and further out.

                                                                                                                                                    Of course, these are all questions that may never get answers, as Garson wasn’t the most organized modern day composer, busy as he was conjuring strange new realms with his circuit boards and synths. He worked and wrote right up until his death in 2008, his daughter and Sacred Bones still going through all of the material left behind. He wouldn’t live to see it, but his renaissance was just around the corner, the seeds that had been scattered in record bins around the world suddenly coming to bear fruit. Take a bite!


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                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Limited purple vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                    Black Mass is an album of supernatural electronics from synth pioneer Mort Garson, the mastermind behind the cult classic Mother Earth’s Plantasia. Originally released in 1971, it’s his only release under the Lucifer moniker, and it taps into a profound darkness that may surprise fans of his sunnier work. These songs are Garson’s synthesizer interpretations of occult and esoteric phenomena ranging from the Satanic black mass, to exorcism, to witchcraft, and beyond, and they’ve inspired artists from Coil to Oneohtrix Point Never. This deluxe remastered edition presents the album in full with all original liner notes.

                                                                                                                                                    ABOUT MORT GARSON: Morton S. “Mort” Garson was a Canadian-born composer, arranger, songwriter, and pioneer of electronic music. He is best known for his albums in the 1960s and 1970s that were among the first to feature Moog synthesizers. His bestknown album is Mother Earth’s Plantasia, a 1976 Moog album designed to be played “for plants and the people who love them.” Sacred Bones Records has undertaken the project of giving official, licensed reissues to key releases from Mort Garson’s catalog, with the intention of bringing these bold masterpieces to a 21st century audience.

                                                                                                                                                    • Supernatural and occult-themed electronic music from composer Mort Garson (Mother Earth’s Plantasia)
                                                                                                                                                    • Served as inspiration to contemporary artists from Coil to Oneohtrix Point Never
                                                                                                                                                    • Remastered from the original master tapes
                                                                                                                                                    • Pink vinyl limited to 3000 copies


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                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: limited pink LP

                                                                                                                                                    The pioneering electronic composer Mort Garson (“Plantasia”) takes on supernatural phenomena with lush synth grooves on “The Unexplained”, his only release under the name Ataraxia. Subtitled “Electronic Musical Impressions of the Occult”, the album explores tarot, astral projection, seances, and more with Garson’s signature Moog synthesizer serving as the listener’s tour guide to the paranormal. The exploratory, whimsical spirit of its creator is evident throughout the release, but it also takes its subject matter seriously, making it essential for anyone interested in musical conjurations of the occult. This remastered edition marks the first official reissue of the album since its initial 1975 release, and it includes all the original liner notes.

                                                                                                                                                    ABOUT MORT GARSON: Morton S. “Mort” Garson was a Canadian-born composer, arranger, songwriter, and pioneer of electronic music. He is best known for his albums in the 1960s and 1970s that were among the first to feature Moog synthesizers. His best known album is “Mother Earth’s Plantasia”, a 1976 Moog album designed to be played ‘for plants and the people who love them.’ Sacred Bones Records has undertaken the project of giving official, licensed reissues to key releases from Mort Garson’s catalog, with the intention of bringing these bold masterpieces to a 21st century audience.


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                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Limited orange vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                    Despite his status as a key figure in the history of Japanese ambient music, Hiroshi Yoshimura remains tragically under-known outside of his home country. Empire of Signs, a new imprint co-helmed by Maxwell August Croy and Spencer Doran, seeks to rememdy this with a much needed reissue of Yoshimura’s debut 'Music for Nine Post Cards'. Available for the first time outside Japan, this new reissue comes in collaboration with Hiroshi’s widow Yoko Yoshimura, with more reissues of Hiroshi’s works to follow in the future.

                                                                                                                                                    Working initially as a conceptual artist, the musical side of Yoshimura’s artistic practice came to prominence in the post-Fluxus scene of late 1970s Tokyo alongside Akio Suzuki and Takehisa Kosugi, taking many subsequent turns within Japan’s bubble economy afterward. His sound works took on many forms – commissioned fashion runway scores, soundtracking perfume, soundscapes for pre-fab houses, train station sound design – all existing not as side work but as logical extensions of his philosophy of sound. His work strived for serenity as an ideal, and this approach can be felt strongly on 'Music for Nine Post Cards.'
                                                                                                                                                    Home recorded on a minimal setup of keyboard and Fender Rhodes, 'Music for Nine Post Cards' was Yoshimura’s first concrete collection of music, initially a demo recording given to the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art to be played within the building’s architecture. This was not background music in the prior Japanese “BGM” sense of the word, but “environmental music”, the literal translation of the Japanese term kankyō ongaku [環境音楽] given to Brian Eno’s “ambient” music when it arrived in late 70’s Japan.
                                                                                                                                                    Yoshimura, along with his musical co-traveler Satoshi Ashikawa, searched for a new dialog between sound and space: music not as an external absolute, but as something that interlocks with a physical environment and shifts the listener’s experience within it. Erik Satie’s furniture music, R. Murray Schafer’s concept of the soundscape and Eno’s ambience all greatly informed their work, but the specific form of tranquil stasis presented on releases like 'Nine Post Cards' is still difficult to place within a specific tradition, remaining elusive and idiosyncratic despite the economy of its construction. This record offers the perfect introduction to Hiroshi’s unique and beautiful worldview: it’s one that can be listened to – and lived in – endlessly.


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                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Clear vinyl reissue.

                                                                                                                                                    Vince Guaraldi

                                                                                                                                                    A Charlie Brown Christmas - 70th Anniversary Lenticular Cover Edition

                                                                                                                                                      For 2020, Craft Recordings will be re-issuing a special 70th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas on black standard-weight vinyl, featuring a limited edition lenticular version of the original 1960’s cover (not in use since prior to 1980’s).

                                                                                                                                                      SPECIAL FOR THE PEANUTS 70th ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR: A Charlie Brown Christmas will be wrapped with an ‘animated’ collectible lenticular featuring Charles M Schulz’s beloved classic characters. The lenticular will be shrink-wrapped to the outer jacket so it can be framed or showcased separately from the album as the work of art that it is. A Charlie Brown Christmas is officially the second–biggest-selling jazz title in history, certified 4 x Platinum by the RIAA in late 2016Package includes liner notes by esteemed jazz writer Ralph J Gleason



                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                      The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                        Pressed here onto black vinyl with the original Crow etching included, this is the original soundtrack to the 1994 film, The Crow. Featuring tracks from rock legends such as Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine and The Cure, this soundtrack is often considered as one of the greatest film soundtracks of all time.

                                                                                                                                                        The album was met with widespread critical acclaim upon release and charted at No.1 upon release on the Billboard 200 chart. The album has since gone on to be certified x3 Platinum in the US by the RIAA. 


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                                                                                                                                                        2xLtd LP Info: Double album with Crow etching.

                                                                                                                                                        I Am Kloot

                                                                                                                                                        I Am Kloot - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                          I am Kloot is the second album of the band by the same name. Their music is haunting, melodic, and smooth. This second piece yielded five singles, including the hits "Life in a Day" and "3 Feet Tall". It's much more than just a standard rock album. Songs like “From Your Favourite Sky” and “Proof” are just brilliant and show their development after their first release from two years earlier. It's all a bit more streamlined than before but that's the strength of the band. John Bramwell is a fine songwriter who created this beautiful marvel. 

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                                                                                                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Limited to 1000 individually numbered copies on 'smokey' coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                          Chapterhouse

                                                                                                                                                          Blood Music - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                            British shoegazing/alternative rock band Chapterhouse released two albums during their existence, Whirlpool (1991) and Blood Music (1993). The second and final album has a more pronounced electronic sound than its predecessor. But they also managed to keep many elements of shoegaze in their music. This thrilling record defines their music in singles like "She's a Vision" and "We Are the Beautiful". The album ends with the awesome "Picnic," a 15-minute ambient/rock piece that arguably was their best-ever number.

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                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Limited edition 180g transparent red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                            Tom Misch

                                                                                                                                                            Beat Tape 2 - 5th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                            A soulful and collaborative follow-up to Beat Tape 1, Tom evolved his sound from its origins in boom bap hip-hop stylings of producers like J Dilla to encompass his diverse range of influences - with features including Jordan Rakei, Zak Abel, Loyle Carner, Carmody, Sam Wills and Alfa Mist. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of its release, and as a thank-you to fans for their ongoing support, Tom is releasing a special anniversary edition of the project on gold-coloured vinyl.

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                                                                                                                                                            2xColoured LP Info: 5th Anniversary Gold Edition.

                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                            Bruton Brutoff - The Ambient, Electronic And Pastoral Side Of The The Bruton Library Catalogue

                                                                                                                                                              Rare musical magic from the Bruton library catalogue – ambient, spacey, pastoral and electronic. Music by John Cameron, Alan Hawkshaw, Francis Monkman, Brian Bennett and more – all total masters of the scene. All very cool. All very now. All will sell very fast.

                                                                                                                                                              Over the last three decades Jonny Trunk has collected and written about library music. But he’s never had a great deal of luck with the Bruton catalogue. By this he means that he’s never stumbled across a massive stash, or lucked-out buying a huge run for practically nothing –that’s the kind of thing that used to happen in the 1990s and the early noughties if you were out there looking hard for library music. But he did manage to get about 25 in one hit about 20 years ago when the BBC shut down their “TV Training Department” near Lime Grove and also when a box of Brutons ended up being dumped at a hospital radio, and they didn’t want the records, so Jonny got a call.

                                                                                                                                                              There are lots of Bruton albums in existence – over 330 LPs in the vinyl catalogue, issued between 1978 and 1985. That’s a lot of music to wade through if you are looking for sublime modern day sounds. For many years now the “trophies” from the Bruton catalogue have been the beat or action driven LPs – the two Drama Montage albums (BRJ2 and BRJ8) have always been the big hitters, and others such as High Adventure (BRK2) too.

                                                                                                                                                              But Jonny has always found himself drawn to the lime green LPs, the pastoral, peaceful albums (The BRDs), which were full of the kind of gentle, lovely music that would turn up in Take Hart as Tony was painting a woodpecker or a badger or an Autumn tree. The other Brutons he likes are the orange ones (The BRIs) simply because they are full of experimental futuristic electronics and would remind him of 1980s ITV backgrounds. This LP series includes Brian Bennett’s cosmic classic Fantasia (BRI 10). Jonny has been knows to refer to this style of library music as “Krypton Factor library”, because it’s exactly what that strange but successful 1980s TV quiz show sounded like.

                                                                                                                                                              In recent years as interest in library music has expanded, we’ve watched
                                                                                                                                                              the price of a handful of Brutons really going through the roof - not the just the action and drama ones, but the more esoteric and experimental LPs too – like the BRDs and the BRIs. Jonny gets the vibe that people finally want to hear this other more interesting and experimental side of the Bruton catalogue. So what better time than now to put together a compilation of such sublime period sounds.

                                                                                                                                                              Not only does this album bring together a set of fabulous cues that would cost the average man in the street a month’s wages (if the originals were all wanted and if you could even track them all down), but it also chops out the need to listen to other tracks on library albums that are nowhere near as good.

                                                                                                                                                              The cues here all date from between 1978 and 1984. They come from the BRD, BRI, BRH, BRJ, BRM, BRR and BRs catalogues.

                                                                                                                                                              The composers are all legends within the genre, and here, were doing what great library composers do best – fulfilling a brief and utilising modern studio equipment to both commercial and beguiling effect. 


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                                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: Clear vinyl repress.

                                                                                                                                                              Blue States

                                                                                                                                                              Nothing Changes Under The Sun: 20th Anniversary Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                Memphis Industries reissue ‘Nothing Changes Under The Sun’ by the artist Blue States to mark its 20th year anniversary. It will be only the second vinyl pressing of the album since 2001.

                                                                                                                                                                Do you know that feeling when you first hear music and you realise that you may have stumbled across something that will become a part of your life forever? Music that gradually unlocks those treasured endorphins and lets them loose to run throughout your very being. Blue States’ ‘Nothing Changes Under The Sun’ is one of those records, sounding as timeless and out of time today as it did on its first release twenty years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                ‘Nothing Changes Under The Sun’ was created by Andy Dragazis, working in his bedroom, locked away with a rudimental little set up - a sampler, a sequencer and a few keyboards. Andy confesses that he was far from certain what he was working on but, encouraged by fledgling label Memphis Industries, he released a series of 12” EPs in 1998-99, each to increasing acclaim.

                                                                                                                                                                Complete artistic freedom can lead to self-indulgence and musical cul-de-sacs but, by the time ‘Nothing Changes Under The Sun’ was released in September 2000, the results of Andy’s experimentation had been honed, refined into something very special indeed. A record that held its secrets close, ‘Nothing Changes Under The Sun’ set Blue States apart from the downtempo contemporaries that were flourishing at the time, full of sweeping melancholia and glorious retro-futurism.

                                                                                                                                                                Sleaford Mods

                                                                                                                                                                Austerity Dogs - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                  Originally released in 2013, now re-issued on their own Extreme Eating imprint.

                                                                                                                                                                  Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performance around Nottingham, Williamson moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009. Soon after that he that he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. The rest, as they say…

                                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Neon yellow vinyl

                                                                                                                                                                  Sleaford Mods

                                                                                                                                                                  Divide And Exit - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                    Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop" the Sleaford Mods have simply knocked all their distractors clear out of the way.

                                                                                                                                                                    Divide and Exit was originally released in 2014 and contains 14 tracks, and it is as immediately in your face as its vicious predecessor. Whilst Fearn's beats and loops will pull you up into the urgency of Sleaford Mods they also allow you to run the gauntlet from delibrate clumsy dance-floor swaggers to full-on punk throwabouts with them. Williamson is let free to spit out his unempathic litany of bile and anger towards the bloated and tedious. His verbal salvos and side-swipes are often savage and brutal , yet at turns, hilarious, but always spot on as Sleaford Mods rage and despair as the country sinks deeper into a cesspool of its own idiocy. It's an album that doesn't have the privilege of luxury, indulgence or extravaganza and it will strike a resonant chord with many because it simply refuses to compromise.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Transparent blue vinyl

                                                                                                                                                                    The Vacant Lots

                                                                                                                                                                    Damage Control

                                                                                                                                                                      “Damage Control” LP is the double album that combines both EPs released by The Vacant Lots on Anton Newcombe's label A Recordings - "Berlin” EP and "Exit” EP. This is the first time all tracks will be made available on CD and including liner notes from the band. All tracks were produced and recorded by Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Anton's Cobra Studio in Berlin.

                                                                                                                                                                      Jared Artaud of The Vacant Lots says, "working with someone who made you want to make records is fucking inspiring. You not only learn a lot working with Anton in the studio – you become a better artist in the process. Through this collaboration we were able to distill ideas on the spot and turn fragments into songs. Anton pushes you further to get the best results and that really drives the process of making records.”

                                                                                                                                                                      The Vacant Lots have recently released their critically acclaimed third album "Interzone" on Fuzz Club and have previously released singles with Mexican Summer and Reverberation Appreciation Society. The duo has collaborated on their debut album “Departure” with Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom, and their second album “Endless Night” with Alan Vega. The group has toured with Suicide, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Growlers, Dean Wareham, The Dandy Warhols, and Spectrum.


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                                                                                                                                                                      2xColoured LP Info: Double album on 180 gram White/Black Splatter.

                                                                                                                                                                      The Fall

                                                                                                                                                                      The Frenz Experiment - Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                                                                        Beggars Arkive is excited to reissue The Fall’s 10th studio album, 1988’s THE FRENZ EXPERIMENT. Available as an expanded edition on CD and LP, the releases both contain the original album, plus singles and B-Sides. The notes included with both formats contain brand new interviews conducted by Daryl Easley in May 2020.

                                                                                                                                                                        “I was clearing out the other day and I came across a review of Frenz Experiment, saying how this could have been great, how it could have been like T. Rex’s Electric Warrior. I never attempted to make an album like T-Rex. I don’t see the point in anybody trying to make an album like T-Rex, although people do. I don’t mind it when journalists make fair comparisons, when they’ve done their homework. But comparing Frenz to Electric Warrior is plain daft.”
                                                                                                                                                                        - Mark E Smith, Renegade – The Lives And Tales Of Mark E Smith, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                        says: Beggars Arkive re-issue The Fall’s 10th studio album, 1988’s ‘The Frenz Experiment’. Released at the height of their mainstream popularity, this expanded edition (on vinyl and CD) features the monstrous “Hit The North” as well as the cover versions of “Victoria” and “There’s A Ghost In My House”, alongside firm fan favourites like “Carrier Bag Man”, and “Bremen Nacht”.

                                                                                                                                                                        Acanthus

                                                                                                                                                                        Le Frisson Des Vampires - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                        The entire unreleased soundtrack for Jean Rollins 1971 ultimate French vampire hippy flick ‘Le Frisson Des Vampires’. Embryonic psych funk recordings from Parisian teenage psych combo (including members of French No-No mod rockers Unity).

                                                                                                                                                                        Imagine an early Gong/Ame Son/Soft Machine session fuelled by a 1000- year-old acid-infused blood transfusion.

                                                                                                                                                                        With origins in the Parisian underground, the Free Press revolution, New Wave cinema, The Letterist movement, French Surrealism, sexual liberation and the European progressive rock explosion, Jean Rollin’s 1972 film ‘Le Frisson De Vampires’ still stands up as one of the most original European poetic erotic horror films after almost 40 since it’s cosmic inauguration. Finders Keepers Records finally release the complete freak-rock soundtrack to the most phantasmagoric celluloid moment from ‘The First French Vampire Director’ which has been shrouded in mystery, secrecy and red wine addled memories for four decades.

                                                                                                                                                                        Originally rumoured to be played by a disbanded group of teenagers and lost in the edit suite, the unabridged soundtrack of improvised freak-funk, commune rock and acidik folk could have easily been recorded by an early line-up of Gong or Ame Son and released on a label like BYG or ESP. The true origins of this rare psychedelic score and its unspoken legacy via private pressed free jazz albums and collectible mod rock 45s adds to the twisted tails that unfolds via extensive liner notes, making this release yet another counter-cultural pop milestone courtesy of Finders Keepers Records.

                                                                                                                                                                        Made on a shoestring in rural Northern France with a cast and crew that draws a blood red line between the avant-garde and The pre-cert video cassette the behind the scenes story of ‘Les Frisson De Vampires’ engulfs a rampant river of cultural phenomenon such as Japanese Pinky films, X-rated comic books, The Mai 68 riots and the forward thinking No-No generation. Complete with classic and highly collectible artwork by French illustrator Phillipe Druliet and music that will appeal to fans of J.P.Massiera, Amon Duul 1, Jean-Claude Vannier, Igor Whakevitch, Fifty Foot Hose, early Pink Floyd and Acid Mothers Temple.

                                                                                                                                                                        Originally released in 2010 as the inaugural entry in Finders Keepers’ dedicated Rollinade series, documenting some of the finest musical moments of the director’s career as an avant-gardener, counter-culture vulture and Gallic vamp-tramp, the label present here this long out of print soundtrack from the ultimate French vampire hippy flick on transparent blood red vinyl, just in time for Halloween.

                                                                                                                                                                        Jane Birkin

                                                                                                                                                                        The Very Best Of

                                                                                                                                                                          Rediscover the whole universe of Jane Birkin. She embodies the femininity of the 70s and brings the vocal signature to the words and music of Gainsbourg. This is the opportunity to dive back into a brilliant and seductive catalogue where elegance rhymes with sensuality.

                                                                                                                                                                          A Very Best Of LP that covers the highlights of the career of Jane Birkin. 

                                                                                                                                                                          Kikagaku Moyo

                                                                                                                                                                          Stone Garden - Repress

                                                                                                                                                                            Stone Garden started in a basement studio in Prague with a nearly continuous session over several days and nights. The original concept was influenced by the raw and seemingly endless jams of psychedelic pioneers.

                                                                                                                                                                            The freeform songs that emerged from these sessions were refined over several months at the band's home in Tokyo where each song was sculpted into an uncommon form. Stone Garden is a window into Kikagaku Moyo’s experimental side. While improvisation is essential to their songwriting process it can take on many forms. This record enabled the band to experiment not only with instrumentation but also atonality and a playful approach to mixing. The unexpected results have become five unique songs each woven together through the same process.

                                                                                                                                                                            Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo. Though the band started as a free music collective, it quickly evolved into a tight group of multi-instrumentalists. Kikagaku Moyo call their sound psychedelicic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence. Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, Traditional Folk, and 70s Rock. Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Improvisation is a key element to their sound.


                                                                                                                                                                            Kikagaku Moyo

                                                                                                                                                                            Mammatus Clouds - Repress

                                                                                                                                                                              Mammatus Clouds repress on Guruguru Brain. Back on vinyl after 6 years.

                                                                                                                                                                              This EP was originally released in a limited run of 100 cassettes in early 2014 and on vinyl also in 2014 on Captcha and Cardinal Fuzz.

                                                                                                                                                                              Each song builds on a direct, yet otherworldly folk/psych vibe, evolving into a joyous, haunting, far-out and totally colorful tribal sound.


                                                                                                                                                                              Sigur Ros

                                                                                                                                                                              Takk - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                Critically acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Rós reissue Takk… on their own label Krunk. Their award winning highly lauded 4th studio album features the singles and fan favourites Glósóli, Hoppípolla and Sæglópur. Pressed on 2 x 12” and including a single sided etched 10” this beautifully packaged record is composed of a debossed gatefold sleeve with a single die cut page that holds the 10”. Takk… has been out of print for over a decade in the UK and is sold out world-wide. The record went Platinum in the UK and gold in the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                Takk… - Sigur Rós’s fourth album and the one where they finally got happy, albeit in their own inimitable and deeply inscrutable, north Atlantic way. This is the record that gave the world ‘Hoppípolla’, a song which cemented Sigur Rós’s reputation for being the go-to band for anyone wanting a sense of wonderful possibility in their film/TV show. The record also harboured moments of definitive Sigur Rós drama in singles Glósóli and Sæglópur, and high beauty in Sé Lest and Svo Hljótt.

                                                                                                                                                                                Takk…. - which means “thank you” in the band’s native Icelandic - quickly became the band’s biggest selling album around the world, fuelled by Hoppípolla’s usage in the BBC’s Planet Earth nature series. Sung in a mixture of Icelandic and the wordless Hopelandic, Takk… was recorded by the band with producer Ken Thomas in 2005 at their Sundlaugin studio in the Icelandic countryside. The vinyl record comes packaged on 2 x 12-inch, plus 1 x one-sided etched 10-inch single. The album artwork is the original debossed and die-cut sleeve, with printed inner bags, all done to the band’s exacting specifications and pressed on heavy weight vinyl.


                                                                                                                                                                                Black Pumas

                                                                                                                                                                                Black Pumas - Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                  Black Pumas, the Austin duo of frontman/songwriter Eric Burton and producer/guitarist Adrian Quesada, are excited to release the deluxe reissue of their self-titled debut album, featuring 11 previously unreleased tracks including new songs and covers of Tracy Chapman and The Beatles.

                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                  says: A beautiful groove-led juxtaposition of classic soul and simmering low-key funk, brimming with tenderly plucked guitars and phased Wurlis, all working their way around the momentum-filled majesty of Burton's perfectly fitting vocals. Stunning stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Serge Gainsbourg

                                                                                                                                                                                  Intoxicated Man - Box Set

                                                                                                                                                                                    Serge Gainsbourg, the French synonym for cool, brought the French tradition of chanson and rock music together in a unique and hip amalgam.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Serge Gainsbourg wrote and composed not like a writer or a musician but like a painter. He used words, notes and instruments as one would use colours, brushes and paintbrushes. Dark or bright, tender, cynical, exalted, pastels, lively, warm or cold, pacified or violent, his poetic images impose themselves on us as if they had been painted.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Chant du Monde have brought together a specially curated collection of songs from the zenith of Gainsbourg’s career - 1958 - 62 - released on vinyl with original artwork.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Collector’s edition box set including three LPs and a 7” EP with booklet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    3xLP Box Set Info: 3LP + 7” Box Set.

                                                                                                                                                                                    John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                                    Blue Train + Bonus CD

                                                                                                                                                                                      Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, it is the only Blue Note recording by Coltrane as session leader. The bonus CD with this package includes the complete “Blue Train” album plus the complete album “Lush Life”. “Blue Train can easily be considered in and among the most important and influential entries not only of John Coltrane’s career, but of the entire genre of jazz music as well.” - Lindsay Planer, AllMusic

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl LP + bonus digipak CD inside

                                                                                                                                                                                      An album that has endured every music trend, it remains an essential album in any collector’s jazz or popular music library. In 2001, the album received a posthumous Grammy Hall of Fame Award. The bonus CD with this package includes the complete album “Chet Baker Sings” plus 10 bonus tracks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl LP + bonus digipak CD inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Raconteurs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Consolers Of The Lonely - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                        Third Man is ecstatic to induct into the standard catalog Consolers of the Lonely, the critically-lauded, fan-adored, Grammy Award-winning sophomore LP from the beloved quartet known as the Raconteurs.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Before surprise releases were common, the Raconteurs ambushed the world with the sudden, unannounced release of Consolers of the Lonely on March 25th, 2008, a time when coordinating a worldwide physical and digital surprise release was even less easily accomplished than it is today.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Consolers finds the Raconteurs at their mightiest, exploring what it means to be a contemporary rock band in a classic sense, full-on bombastic horn arrangements and gut-wrenching murder ballads sit side-by-side while the swagger and confidence of riffs and licks for days firmly establish this album as one of the pre-eminent releases of the 2000s.

                                                                                                                                                                                        SWEET VINYL REISSUE OF THIS CLASSIC! IN TIME FOR THE NEW ALBUM RELEASE!!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Talk Talk

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's My Life - National Album Day Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                          After falling in with the New Romantic also rans via their first LP, 1984's "It's My Life" saw Talk Talk take the charts by storm, helped not least by an absurdly HUGE lead single. Though "Such A Shame" and "Dum Dum Girl" failed to hit the same heights, they provided the group a level of pop success which allowed them to explore their more obtuse and esoteric side on later releases "Colour Of Spring", "Spirit Of Eden" and "Laughing Stock". Indeed, if you wrap your ears around A3 track "Renee", you'll see a band as comfortable in the realm of the sense as the pop bombast the singles suggest. This album, pressed here on Purple Vinyl, defined the 80s in the underground, new-wave scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The Stone Roses

                                                                                                                                                                                          The Stone Roses - National Album Day Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                            Ultra limited release for National Album Day.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Pressed on Clear LP Vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Surely this album needs no introduction or explanation?! But just in case you don’t know, this is arguably one of the best debut albums of all time, from one of the most influential bands of their generation! And if that’s not enough to tempt you, then I don’t know what is. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The Wedding Present

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bizarro - National Album Day Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                              A 'National Album Day' release - Pressed on standard Black LP Vinyl. 

                                                                                                                                                                                              'Bizarro' was the second Wedding Present album, originally released in 1989. The band's first album on a major label, 'Bizarro' saw The Wedding Present toughening up rather than selling out. Toying with extremes of tempo and mood, the result was a vibrant hybrid of astringency and the band's quintessential pop euphoria.

                                                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ultravox

                                                                                                                                                                                              Vienna (Deluxe Edition: Half Speed Master - 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’ album was originally released in July 1980, their first with Midge Ure on vocals/guitar. Produced by legendary German producer Conny Plank (Neu!, Kraftwerk), it reached number 3 in the UK album chart and top ten in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The album contains 4 UK Top 40 singles; All Stood Still, Passing Strangers and Sleepwalk (which was recently reissued as part of Record Store Day 2020) and the title track ‘Vienna’ which reached No.2 in the UK and Top 10 in seven countries around the world. The single went on to sell over half a million copies in the UK. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                2xDeluxe LP Info: 2 x 180 gram Black Vinyl in wide spine sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Revolting Cocks’ origins date to late 1984, when Front 242 started their first American tour as an opening act for their then-label mates Ministry. Afterwards, Alain Jourgensen asked Richard 23 to join forces and produce a dub-remix project. After returning to Brussels, Richard proposed this collaboration to Luc Van Acker who decided to team the band just after talking with Al over the phone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                “Big Sexy Land”, originally released through the legendary Wax Trax! Records in 1986, is the debut studio album by this supergroup featuring a mix of industrial, hard rock and EBM with dominating sampling and strong synthesized beats. It was composed mostly using a very expensive Fairlight CMI II synthesizer, sampler and work station that Al Jourgensen got funded by Sire Records. Luc Van Acker attributed album’s mixing to Jourgensen’s sessions with Adrian Sherwood on Ministry’s “Twitch”. Al surreptitiously took notes on Sherwood’s settings, but, without any context for the numbers, they had to later guess at what the settings were for, such as reverb and delay time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Album’s title is a reference to a strip club in West Berlin. Al Jourgensen said that club neon sign was ‘the biggest capitalistic tease’ for citizens in East Germany. The idea to use Revolting Cocks came from an incident that took place in a Chicago bar. According to Luc and Al, they all was trying out ‘insulting French expressions’ on a waiter, ordering something they said meant ‘revolting cock’ which led the waiter to say, ‘You are revolting cocks!’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                “Big Sexy Land” would be the only album made by the original incarnation as Richard 23 quit in 1986, after falling out with Jourgensen over an Adrian Sherwood’s remix of the song “You Often Forget”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Limited edition re-release on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and expanded artwork including all original tracks plus the singles “No Devotion”, “You Often Forget” and another remix of “T.V. Mind”.


                                                                                                                                                                                                Kraftwerk

                                                                                                                                                                                                Radio-Activity - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kraftwerk embrace the atomic age with mixed emotions. Surfing on sine waves, scanning the stratosphere for stray radio signals, they plug themselves into a buzzing grid of energy and communication. From the stately eco-angst anthem "Radioactivity" to the synthetic Gregorian chants of "Radio Stars" and the melancholy machine processional of "Ohm Sweet Ohm", a sombre but engrossing monumentalism dominates. With heavily processed vocals in both German and English, Kraftwerk go global with depth and majesty. If factories and power stations are the new cathedrals, they write liturgies for a new industrial epoch. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Translucent yellow vinyl with 16-page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kraftwerk

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Autobahn - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                    With its iconic Emil Schult sleeve, Kraftwerk release their international breakthrough album. The symphonic title track, an epic ode to the joys of motorway travel, wraps a mesmerising motorik rhythm around a sampled collage of car horns, engine noise, whirring tyres and radio crackle. In edited form, it becomes a revolutionary hit single around the world. Elsewhere, in wordless industrial folk music, the band reveal both their light and dark sides – "Mitternacht" is all creeping midnight shadows, while "Morgenspaziergang" is fresh with morning dew and birdsong. Two versions of "Kometenmelodie", one a starkly gothic prowl, the other a sunny electro boogie, provide further instrumental sound paintings. Pure and strong and bold, Kraftwerk compose cinema for the ears. The pop world falls in love with them. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Translucent blue vinyl with a 12-page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kraftwerk

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trans Europe Express - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kraftwerk celebrate Europe's romantic past and shimmering future with a glistening panorama of elegance and decadence, travel and technology. The infinite vistas of "Europe Endless" and "Endless Endless" bookend the album, which includes the unsettling Kafka-esque fable "The Hall Of Mirrors" and the hilarious "Showroom Dummies" - Kraftwerk's elegantly ironic reply to critiques of their deadpan manner. But it is the streamlined rhythmic locomotive of "Trans Europe Express" which dominates with its doppler-effect melodic swerves and hypnotic, pneumatic, piston-pumping rhythm. Along with its sister track, "Metal On Metal" which New York DJ Afrika Bambaataa would re-construct five years later for his own seminal "Planet Rock", this milestone in avant-pop modernism later becomes a crucial influence on the early pioneers of hip-hop & sampling, electro and industrial music. Poetry in motion. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Clear vinyl with 16-page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kraftwerk

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Man-Machine - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A bold new look, sound and concept for Kraftwerk. Over supple processed rhythms which predate the rise of European techno and trance, they address automation and alienation, space travel and engineering, the seductive allure of urban landscapes and the vacant glamour of celebrity. Clipped and funky, "The Robots" adds another dimension to Kraftwerk's ultra-dry sense of humour. Behind its intoxicating melodic pulse, "The Model" is a highly prophetic satire on the beauty industry, so ahead of its time that it only becomes a UK chart-topper by accident three years later. And "Neon Lights" is Kraftwerk's most achingly romantic song to date, a sci-fi lullaby for cities at twilight. Pure magic. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coloured LP Info: Transparent red vinyl with 16-page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kraftwerk

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Computer World - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kraftwerk beam themselves into the future by writing about home computers, online dating and globalised electronic surveillance years before these phenomena truly come into being. A journey into the bright hopes and dark fears of the booming microchip revolution, "Computer World" is a serenely beautiful and almost seamless collage of sensual melodies and liquid beatscapes. Tracks like "Numbers" and "Pocket Calculator", with their weightless bleeps and elastic beats, predict the silky rhythms of Chicago house and inspire a generation of Detroit techno artists. Kraftwerk's fanfare for the silicon age still sounds ageless, timeless and throbbing with invention. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Translucent neon yellow vinyl with 16-page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Love

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Forever Changes (Mono) - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Formed in New York in 1965, Love are an American rock band and were one of the first racially diverse rock bands. They have been praised by critics for being one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Love’s iconic 1967 album, which features the classic song "Alone Again Or” is pressed here on 180g vinyl. This is the first time it is being released in Mono. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Talking Heads

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Talking Heads: 77 - Coloured Vinyl Reisse

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Talking Heads first LP "77" introduced the New York band perfectly. A mish mash of art-punk-funk, with heavy doses of bubblegum and a splash of the Caribbean. 11 tracks which show off the bands varying influences, David Byrne's weird vocal delivery, and the constant tempo changes and twists in their style. You can hear hints of the moody side of their sound on tracks such as "New Feeling" and "Who Is It?", contrasting with the jolly funk of "Pulled Up" and "Uh Oh Love Has Come To Town" all of this is augmented by the albums standout "Psycho Killer", a brooding slice of paranoid punk that still sounds fresh today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: 140 gram translucent green vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Talking Heads

                                                                                                                                                                                                              More Songs About Building And Food - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Landing hot on the heels of their well received debut, "More Songs About Building And Food" tackled the curse of the sophomore LP head on, first through its brilliantly ironic title, then through the subtle development and distillation on the sounds presented on "77". Former Roxy synth wizard (not yet the uber producer he'd soon become) jumped on board to man the boards, placing extra emphasis on the Weymouth-Frantz rhythm section which would become increasingly important over the next decade. Still unhinged, arch and in a world of his own, Byrne is on top form, beginning to properly utilise his vocal eccentricities and lyrical poise. Fast paced and boosted by Eno's production, the whole set is decidedly danceable, but it's the inspired swamp funk cover of "Take Me To The River", complete with sonar sweeps and synth riffs which packs the dancefloor to this day.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: 140 gram translucent red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Talking Heads

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fear Of Music - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If "More Songs" saw Byrne and co. poke fun at the sophomore LP syndrome (a few tracks not good enough to land on the debut and a couple of rushed singles thrown together quickly enough to capitalise on any hype) with an utterly ironic album title, "Fear Of Music" was an outright attempt to put a little distance between the band and their new found success. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just imagine a largely white rockist audience trying to wrap their heads around the polyrhythmic brilliance of African-inspired opener "I Zimbra", complete with nonsense lyrics from poet Hugo Ball. Yet after that emphatic opener (which would pave the way for the next LP), things settle into a familiar angular pattern, though perhaps more sparse and gloomy than previous offerings. Standout single "Life During Wartime" romps along with frenetic pace and synth bombast, while the expansive and melodic "Heaven" provides a moment of pure beauty. The anxious "Animals" showcases the deepening rhythmical complexity from Frantz, Weymouth and Harrison, while closer "Drugs" offers Eno opportunity to road test the tape loops which would eventually lead to "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: 140 gram opaque silver/grey vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Casanova

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Casanova was the band's third album and the first to bring real success. First released in 1996 it explored and dissected a world of casual affairs, loose morals and a thousand anxieties in between. From the NME: "’Casanova’ fairly teems with sex, with suppressed desires.. with ample evidence of what dicks men can be." Mojo described it as a "glorious.. sumptuous paean to life, love and longing." Select said "Only a barren heart could resist it.. Sensible people simply swooned." Singles Something For The Weekend, Becoming More Like Alfie and The Frog Princess became chart hits and airplay staples while an alternate version of Songs Of Love became the theme music for legendary Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fin De Siècle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fin de Siècle was first released in 1998. Chock full of millennial angst, it was the band's most ambitious album to date. Time Out described it as "A huge, extraordinary record – a concept album even, picking at the scabs of twentieth century existence.. quintessential pop music." Metro said "Fin de Siècle ...is dangerously close to being a masterpiece.. funny, sad, melodically compelling and obsessed with the themes of numbness, death and public transport." Neil McCormick in the Telegraph said "Neil Hannon is one of the most prodigiously talented individuals working in the world of pop... The range of Hannon’s songwriting is simply unmatched by any of his contemporaries." The album charted at number 9, but it was the third single from the album, National Express, that provided The Divine Comedy with their first top ten single. Other stand out tracks from the album include Generation Sex, The Certainty Of Chance and Sunrise.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Promenade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Promenade, originally released in 1994, loosely recounts a day in the life of a pair of friends / siblings / lovers. It was an immediate hit with the critics and catapulted Neil to early notoriety in France. The Melody Maker said "’Promenade’ is music hall, cool French films, late nights in a bygone city, sea-shanties swelled by alcohol.. ‘Promenade’ walks the path of indulgence with bravado and a mischievous grin. A stolen masterpiece."  Q picked it as one of its best albums of ’94 and described it as "One of the most unexpected and original treasures of the year."  Reviewing for Select, Stuart Maconie said "’Promenade’ is a masterpiece. If you do one brave and imaginative thing this month, be on the side of the angels and buy this record."  Stand out tracks include Don't Look Down, The Summerhouse and Tonight We Fly, the song with which, to this day, the band close every live set.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Liberation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Liberation was the band’s first full album. Released in 1993 it achieved few sales but plenty of critical acclaim. The NME described it as “an array of seductive yarns.. glorious, gleeful tunesmanship."  Dave Cavanagh, writing in Select said "..one of the bountiful, overflowing joys of the year. Any year." Melody Maker described it as "An album that could make any listener want to stumble up to him and proclaim ‘Neil, you’re a genius’". Tracks such as Your Daddy's Car, Europop, and Lucy are fan favourites still performed live by the band to this day while Pop Singers Fear Of The Pollen Count was released as a single from the 1999 "Best Of.“

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bang Goes The Knighthood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Knighthood was first released in 2010. Written in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Bang.. took an acerbic look into the lives of the rich and powerful, and their impact on the rest of us “down in the street below.” It was described in the Sunday Times as "a collection worthy of Randy Newman at his best" while Pitchfork said, "Neil Hannon continues to quietly and effectively operate his own one-man niche, thanks to impeccable arrangements and tightrope-walking songwriting." Includes the singles At The Indie Disco and I Like, and live favourites Assume The Perpendicular and The Complete Banker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Regeneration

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regeneration was originally released in 2001. Recorded with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, the album was a more stripped back, guitar-oriented affair, and a big break with their trademark orchestral sound. The Observer said: "Regeneration marks, for Hannon, a personal and musical breakthrough". Time Out said: "Hannon has finally created an album as complete and deftly wondrous as you suspected he was capable of; every track shines with a love for music." The Times said "A subtle collection of gorgeous pop songs. Combining the lyrical dexterity of old with some spectacular melodies, this is an album that lives up to the promise of its title". Key tracks from the album include singles Love What You Do, Bad Ambassador and Perfect Lovesong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A Short Album About Love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A Short Album About Love was conceived as a companion piece to the band's previous album Casanova. It was recorded live at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London in 1996 with a 30-piece orchestra, and was released in time for Valentine’s Day 1997, charting at 13 in the UK. NME described the show where the album was recorded as "an evening when dreams finally come true; a night of costume changes, classical kisses and - in time honoured tradition of drinking and dressing up - hugely sophisticated fun… One suspects it wouldn't be too hazardous to suggest that Neil Hannon is having by far the finest night of his entire sodding life." Time Out, reviewing the album, said: "Seven of the most heart-stoppingly gorgeous, romantic smoochers you have ever heard, all drenched in strings and emotion." The single Everybody Knows (Except You) reached 14 in the UK chart.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Absent Friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Absent Friends was first released in 2004. Describing the album, Neil said: "The songs use stories and characters as a framework to pin my ideas on. It's mostly about the eternal battle between the pull of personal freedom and the comfort of domesticity”. The album was recorded by Guy Massey, mixed by Nigel Godrich and features guest appearances by 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne and French multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen. “The whole album is rich, beautiful and can make you smile and cry on the turn of a chorus” stated Phill Jupitus in the Radio Times, while the Guardian described it as an “ornate gem” and Word magazine said, “it’s Neil Hannon’s best yet”. Stand out tracks from the album include singles Come Home Billy Bird and Absent Friends, as well as fan favourites Our Mutual Friend and Charmed Life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Divine Comedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Victory For The Comic Muse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Victory For The Comic Muse was first released in 2006. Recorded virtually live in the studio over a two-week period, 'Victory...’ showcased Neil's restless creativity and his flair for observation and narrative. Pitchfork said, "These songs set lofty goals, and realize them" while The Guardian called it a “triumphant comeback” and Spin declared "[Hannon] deserves to be recognized as the unsung genius of symphonic pop."  Singles from the album include To Die A Virgin, Diva Lady and live favourite A Lady Of A Certain Age.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Order

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Power, Corruption & Lies - Definitive Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Following last year’s inaugural box set, Power Corruption & Lies is the next Definitive Edition to chronical the history of one of the UK’s most enduring and influential groups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The box which includes an LP, two CDs, two DVDs and a book, features the album remastered for the first time from the original analogue tape masters on LP, and CD. The Extras CD contains previously unreleased writing sessions from New Order’s Manchester rehearsal rooms and the 1982 John Peel Session for the BBC. The DVDs capture New Order live during 1982 & 83 at The Hacienda and Kilkenny, the 1984 Play at Home Channel 4 TV documentary and other rare live & TV performances. Finally a beautiful 48 page hardback book of rare photos and brand new essay from Dave Simpson completes the Peter Saville designed box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Power, Corruption & Lies was recorded in 1982 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington and produced by New Order.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      says: One of New Order’s finest albums gets the Definitive Edition treatment. Following on from last year’s ‘Movement - Definitive Edition’, Rhino present a stunning Peter Saville designed box set including an LP and CD of the original album remastered for the first time from the original analogue tape masters, an extras CD containing previously unreleased sessions, two DVDs featuring live and TV performances and a sumptuous hardback book of rare photos and a brand new essay from Dave Simpson.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was probably playing Mario on the SNES and Bomberman on the Amiga when this masterpiece first landed on Black Market in '94. Sadly I missed out on arguably the finest LP from unquestionably THE greatest house producer ever! While not a complete departure from the thumping dance floor sound fans were used to, the combination of ambient compositions, tropical melodies, jazzy refrains and breezy percussion took critics by surprise on its original release, leading to some mixed reviews. Well, twenty years later and it’s undoubtedly a masterpiece, looming large over the current crop of house producers and their future primitive explorations. If you’re struggling to catch my drift, lend an ear to ‘Caribbean Coast’ and drift away with the likes of Ruf Dug, András and Young Marco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      says: Out of press since the nineties, this masterpiece was slept on when it first came out, but has matured like fine wine, pointing the direction for subsequent generations of house producers. Tropical, jazzy and effortlessly musical, this is my favourite record from the legend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Natalie Prass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Natalie Prass (RSD20 EDITION)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE SEPTEMBER 26TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Re-press of Natalie Prass's 2015 critically acclaimed UK top 50 & US top 10 Billboard Heatseekers debut LP, on turquoise blue vinyl. PLUS 7", black vinyl, included in the LP packaging with "Any Time Any Place" and "It Is You - Instrumental".These bonus tracks have never been available before in physical format.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Global Communication

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        76:14

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reissue of a widely acknowledged classic of electronic music, originally released in 1994 and now available on the group’s own Evolution label, fully remastered from the original DAT tapes, with care taken to retain the full dynamics of the original recordings. Accompanied by in-depth sleevenotes by Ben Cardew and a beautifully updated gatefold sleeve design by Mark Gowing. This is the definitive edition of one of the best records released in the entire decade. Hailed by The Guardian as "an unfathomably beautiful out-of-time masterpiece" and no.11 in Mixmag’s best dance albums of all time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whilst the faintly recognisable DNA of Detroit techno is apparent in the music, it also exists comfortably alongside the finest film soundtrack work of Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, the groundbreaking run of late-70s instrumental albums of Brian Eno, contemporary albums such as Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works series and The KLF’s Chill Out, and in the use of texture and harmony to convey incredibly moving abstract soundscapes, there’s also a connection to the exploratory guitar music of My Bloody Valentine or the groups defined as post-rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Global Communication are the legendary duo of Tom Middelton and Mark Pritchard. They began recording in 1991 and in a short space of time released a huge amount of music collectively and individually, in a broad range of styles, including records under names such as Link, E621, Reload, The Chameleon and Jedi Knights, but it’s the work they made together as Global Communication that has proved to be the most enduring. 


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xLP Info: 2 x 140 gram LPs in heavy cardstock gatefold sleeve with spot UV logo printed on the front and printed inners with full sleevenotes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Global Communication

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chapterhouse Retranslated By Global Communication - Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reissue of the revolutionary 1993 full album overhaul of the Blood Music album by labelmates Chapterhouse. Whilst retaining some elements of the shoegaze guitar music of the original recording to use as building blocks, Global Communication essentially crafted their own album out of the results, and the result is a lesser known but equally fine-crafted companion to much-loved ambient techno classic 76:14. It’s also worth bearing in mind that outside of dub reggae, it was pretty much unheard of for an entire album to be remixed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Issued on the group’s own Evolution label and available for the first time in 22 years, it’s been fully remastered from the original DAT tapes, with great care taken to retain the full dynamics of the original recordings. It is also accompanied by in-depth sleevenotes by Ben Cardew and a beautifully updated gatefold sleeve design by Mark Gowing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Global Communication are the legendary duo of Tom Middelton and Mark Pritchard. They began recording in 1991 and in a short space of time released a huge amount of music collectively and individually, in a broad range of styles, including records under names such as Link, E621, Reload, The Chameleon and Jedi Knights, but it’s the work they made together as Global Communication that has proved to be the most enduring. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jónsi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Go - Red Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sigur Rós front man Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson released his debut album ‘Go’ in 2010. Jónsi initially though he would be making a low-key, acoustic album until, as he says, "somewhere along the line, it just sort of exploded." that explosion resulted in sheer aural fireworks, not a straight ahead pop record, nor rock, folk, ambient or electronic, it encompasses all of these to create an expansive musical palette that’s been brought to life by Jónsi alongside a number of free-spirited collaborators including the Philip Glass protégé Nico Muhly and the percussive genius of Samuli Kosminen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Met with great critical acclaim Go is out of print and will be repressed on exclusive transparent red vinyl and released on Sigur Rós own record label, Krunk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Exclusive transparent red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dance Craze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE SEPTEMBER 26TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is a new half-speed master exclusively for RSD and part of the Two Tone Records 40th Anniversary celebrations.This is a soundtrack to the live movie of the same name featuring exclusive live recordings by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers.This is also first vinyl repress since it's original release in 1981.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This Are Two Tone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE SEPTEMBER 26TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a new half-speed master exclusively for RSD and part of the Two Tone Records 40th Anniversary celebrations. This was the first Two Tone compilation from 1983 and features singles by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers, Rhoda Daker and The Swinging Cats. This is the first vinyl repress since it's original release in 1983.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Martin Denny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Exotica - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Original Mono recording preferred by Martin Denny and featuring Arthur Lyman & Augie Colon. “Exotica” spawned an entire genre and the birth of the Tiki/Cocktail movement starts here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As the name may suggest, this LP by the prolific Martin Denny spawned an entire genre. Originally released in 1956, “Exotica” is much more than a piece of history. First off, the songs are all outstanding. Based on jazz, folk and an imagined other, this is an early example of mind altering music, setting you in a dreamy state with its haunting melodies and the sound of wild animals in the jungle trees. Rhythmically rooted in Latin music, the LP sways from mambo via samba to bossa nova while asian harmonies drift above. Though these colorful tunes conjure scenes from indonesia and Japan, when you listen closely you'll recognize melodies that would fit well with US western movie soundtracks. On its original release, America was in thrall to the spage age movement, floating a few feet of the couch as the sci-fi sounds took hold. Denny was no different, so you might feel like flying away from time to time, but this journey always ends on a beautiful island in the South Pacific where pretty girls and boys dance to hot blooded savage rhythms. When you desire to rest your mind beneath palm trees and have a sip of your favorite tiki-cocktail, this is the ticket to your plane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Martin Denny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quiet Village - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Despite its ubiquitous appearance in thrift stores (it is the Whipped Cream and Other Delights of exotica), this record packs quite a few surprises. First, the final track is a re-release of the number four hit and Denny signature tune, "Quiet Village" (originally on the first Exotica LP). "Coronation," "Firecracker," and "Sake Rock" -- covered by 1990s group the Cocktails -- are representative of the standard Denny oeuvre: birdcall "Polynesian" exotica, Chinese, and Japanese. Most intriguing, however, is the self-parody treatment of "Little Grass Shack" set to a cha-cha-cha beat and punctuated with an absurd duck call instead of the usual birds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Martin Denny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hypnotique - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Limited Edition of 1000 copies on blue coloured Vinyl. First Time Reissued on Jackpot Records. Martin Denny “Hypnotique” originally released in 1959. A fan favorite from the father of the “EXOTICA” movement. Stunning Original Cover Artwork . 9/10 All Music Guide Review. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Prince

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sign O' The Times - Remastered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Overflowing with musical ideas and topical lyrics that sound just as relevant today as they did when they were initially released, Prince’s iconic double album Sign O’ The Times captured the artist in a period of complete reinvention. The final 16-track album included just some of the countless songs Prince recorded in the prolific period of 1985-1987, which saw the dissolution of his band The Revolution, the construction of his innovative recording complex, Paisley Park, and the creation (and ultimate abandonment) of the albums Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This September 25, The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records/Rhino UK, will reissue Sign O’ The Times. This limited edition 2LP peach vinyl set and 2CD set will feature the classic album remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        says: Recorded during the most productive era for the most prolific musician of all time, ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is probably Prince’s magnum opus. Overflowing with ideas, hooks and slinking funk, the Purple One tackled the personal and the political while setting the template for every good R&B album released since.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: 2xLP 180g Peach Coloured Vinyl on the initial run only.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xLP Info: 2x black vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elliott Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elliott Smith - Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The impact of Elliott Smith ’s music holds no bounds. He has been championed, covered, and sampled by artists from Billie Eilish to Pearl Jam to Frank Ocean and his distinct, solemn sound reverberates in the work of the National, Phoebe Bridgers and Bon Iver. To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elliott Smith’s self-titled second solo album, Kill Rock Stars/UMGI is set to release the Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition on the 28th August, 2020.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The package includes a revelatory new remastering of the original Elliott Smith record and a bonus disc of the earliest known recording of Smith performing as a solo act, from September 17, 1994 at Portland’s café and “art salon” Umbra Penumbra. The albums come encased within a 52-page coffee table book with handwritten lyrics, reminiscences from Smith’s friends and colleagues about his life at the time he was writing and recording this album, and two dozen previously unseen photographs from the era by JJ Gonson, who shot the image on the album’s cover (the original photo that became the cover is also seen here for the first time).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When Elliott Smith was released in July 1995, it was so dramatically out-of-step with the later stages of grunge—and with the indie rock and Riot Grrl sounds associated with the Kill Rock Stars label—that it was completely ignored by the press but championed by artists from the Beastie Boys to Fugazi. “I’ve always felt like this record is underappreciated,” says Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon. “A lot of people overlook Elliott’s first two records—they think of them as a prelude to the bigger albums that followed—but when you go back, you discover they’re really great. This is Elliott’s most fragile and delicate music, and we wanted to honor that with a special and beautiful package.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For this release, producer/engineer Larry Crane, the official archivist for the Smith family, dug through files, reels, cassettes, and DAT tapes to find the closest sources to the original Elliott Smith first-generation mix downs and spent days to carefully transfer and clean up the audio from the Umbra Penumbra high-quality cassette provided by Casey Crynes. “There are fan-traded MP3s out there of this show, but when people hear what I was able to extract from this original tape, they’ll be shocked,” says Crane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Umbra Penumbra show gives a sense of the contrast between Smith’s live and studio approaches. “He was goofier on stage, making jokes and messing with his own words,” says Gonson. “He worked the words very carefully—he was very admiring of Joni Mitchell and how she wrote. So it was fun, you’d hear a song and then it would change.” What emerged from this challenging creative evolution was a set of songs with the intimacy and intensity of an acoustic-based singer-songwriter and the gut-punch power of a rocker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smith’s joy and connection to the creative community in Portland, his home at the time, is beautifully documented by the photos and reminiscences in this new package. A few years after Elliott Smith was released, the singer himself looked back on the album that in many ways laid the groundwork for his image and his triumphant, ultimately tragic career. “I think that record gave me a reputation for being a really dark, depressed person,” he said, “but I think I’m just about as happy as all the other people I know. Which is occasionally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          says: Another hugely important album turns 25 years old, and we finally get a repress to go with it! Elliott Smith’s self titled 1995 outing was a perfect distillation of solemn acoustic balladry and taut, folky melodicsm always teetering on the edge of breakdown, but beautifully balanced and performed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2xDeluxe LP Info: 52 page hard cover photo book with black fabric wrap with black and white foil stamping + 2 x 180g black vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2xDeluxe CD Info: 52 page hard cover photo book with black fabric wrap with black and white foil stamping + 2CD's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Back To The Future - Music From The Motion Picture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mondo is proud to present the original soundtrack album, for one of the most beloved films of all time: BACK TO THE FUTURE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the film, Mondo has partnered with the legendary poster artist Drew Struzan, the artist behind the original theatrical one-sheet, to create all-new packaging for this re-issue. Featuring illustrations and unused poster art created in 1985 for the film, this vinyl reissue has been remastered and pressed on 180 Gram Colored vinyl.





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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP 2 Info: "Dolorean Grey" coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In life and music, Emma Tricca is an explorer. Just as ‪Davey Graham set sail for Morocco and ‪Vashti Bunyan for the Outer Hebrides in search of their elusive ‪muse, Rome-raised singer-songwriter Tricca has journeyed to London, New York, Texas and further afield to seek the heart of her own music. And like those renowned voyagers, she's returned with a set of songs that refresh the tired old folk form. Tricca's new album St Peter – created with a cast of supporting artists including global icon ‪Judy Collins, ‪Sonic Youth's ‪Steve Shelley and Dream Syndicate guitarist Jason Victor – takes a bracing plunge into the unknown, leaving the folksinger tag far behind with a rolling collection of reverie-inducing raw diamonds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was encouragement from ‪Pentangle legend ‪John Renbourn that started Tricca on her lifelong path. An aspiring young player, she met Renbourn after a solo gig in Rome and impressed him with her fresh-cut songs. A move to the UK was inevitable, gigging around folk clubs first in Oxford and later in London, honing her craft as a songwriter and a fingerstyle guitarist. Extended stays in New York and Texas followed, before Tricca returned to London to begin work on her first melancholic masterpiece, 2009's crystalline long-player Minor White.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The album was released on Bird Records, an offshoot of Finders Keepers run by husband and wife team ‪Jane Weaver and ‪Andy Votel, who'd been thrilled by Tricca's talent (and her Italian leather boots) at the Green Man Festival in 2006. They secured her a show at ‪Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival in London, ensuring international exposure, a major European tour and a run of shows with her old friend Renbourn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Five years later Tricca released Relic, an album even more poised and precise than its predecessor. Scoring rave reviews across the board – 4 stars in Record Collector and Mojo, 5 in Time Out – the album added gentle percussion and plaintive orchestration to the established pattern of hushed guitar and heartfelt vocals. A collaboration with longtime friend and guitar wizard Jason McNiff led to 2017's sparkling Southern Star EP, while a song on the soundtrack of Patrick Stewart-starring US indie film Match raised her profile. But encouraged by Weaver – who urged her to 'explore the weirdness' in her music – Emma Tricca was hungry for a new challenge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The road to St Peter began with a chance meeting at South by Southwest between Tricca and producer and musician Jason Victor, and the formation of an instant friendship. During a Skype call one Christmas morning the pair decided to start work on a new project together, hauling in ‪Sonic Youth drummer ‪Steve Shelley and New York bass hero Pete Galub to help Tricca explore the rougher sound that was in her head. Recorded near-live at Echo Canyon West in Hoboken, the album draws on crunchy country rock, homespun psychedelia, Morricone soundtracks, New York underground grit and English folk grandeur to weave a wholly unique and surprising spell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More musical guests soon joined the party – gruff songwriting hero ‪Howe Gelb put in a brief cameo, while Tricca was able to live out a childhood fantasy by inviting ‪Judy Collins to appear on the album's penultimate cut, Solomon Said. As a teenage folkie Tricca had recorded one of Collins's TV performances onto VHS, and worn the tape out trying to mimic her picking style. Now they were working together, on perhaps the album's most startling, transporting track.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The album is one so loaded with texture that is almost feels tangible, a rare record that feels precise and pristine in its executions but never sterile or lifeless. Electric guitars fizz away like a controlled electricity, Tricca’s guitar playing flows gracefully at the core with her vocals existing in the perfect state between slight rasp and caramel-smoothness. Shelley’s drumming and percussion gives a steady heartbeat to the record which is further brought to life by a variety of deft instrumentation, including piano, bass, cello, violin, glockenspiel and of course the variety of guest backing vocalists.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Whilst St Peter’s deep-seated roots can perhaps be traced to traditional folk music, its finished existence feels far from such a thing - its ever-flowing essence skipping through genres, tones, paces and rhythms with a gliding grace. Perhaps even a touch of the spirit of Hoboken’s own Yo La Tengo has seeped into the finish record in its quiet yet stirring beauty. 


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            says: Moving from haunted demi-melodies and tenderly plucked guitar, imbued with tastefully echoing reverb and Tricca's delicate voice, influenced by decades of classic Americana and folk but sounding like none of the above. Brimming with emotion, and thoroughly enchanting. Superb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mercury Rev

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hello Blackbird (A Soundtrack By...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Debut on vinyl LP for Mercury Rev’s 2006 soundtrack album, HELLO BLACKBIRD. At the time, V2 planned to release this on vinyl but the project never got beyond test pressings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strictly limited edition of 1,000 copies on marbled blue vinyl, with a printed inner sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Musically, HELLO BLACKBIRD allowed Mercury Rev to further expand the sonic soundscapes they were exploring with The Secret Migration, with classical and ambient styles (‘The Last Of The White Birds’ reinterpreted Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Opus 35 (Marche Funebre)’).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The album was recorded at Six Hour Studios in Kingston, New York, in mid-2004 and the music was intended as the soundtrack for the 2005 feature film Bye Bye Blackbird, by French director and photographer Robinson Savary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bye Bye Blackbird was a tragic, compelling love story set in a turn-of-the-century travelling circus, with a stellar cast, including Derek Jacobi and James Thierre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snarky Puppy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tell Your Friends - 10 Year Anniversary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Snarky Puppy celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the iconic album "Tell Your Friends" with a remixed and remastered version! A heady & progressive jazz fusion album which simply stuns with its raw spirit and accomplished musicianship throughout. The arrangements in particular are of note - ambitious, sprawling and with some inspired key changes and turnarounds. Ace stuff from start to finish and now luxuriating in a higher fidelity, double LP version, remastered and sounding fresher than ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Young Americans (2016 Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AVAILABLE INSTORE ONLY FROM SEPTEMBER 18TH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally released in March 1975, Young Americans was the David Bowie’s ninth studio album. To celebrate its 45th anniversary Parlophone is proud to announce a special limited edition ‘bricks & mortar’ outlet only gold vinyl version of the album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Young Americans was a huge departure for Bowie, creating a sound during sessions in Philadelphia and New York that he described as ‘Plastic Soul’. The album's two hit singles, the title track and the John Lennon co-write Fame, are viewed as amongst Bowie's very best with the latter giving him his first US #1.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: AVAILABLE INSTORE ONLY FROM SEPTEMBER 18TH.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PRICE WILL BE £19.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Moon Duo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Escape - Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Moon Duo’s long-out-of-print debut LP Escape, Sacred Bones is proud to present a new deluxe version of the album. The new reissue will include the original album in its entirety, plus three additional rare tracks taken from Moon Duo’s wild early days. Reflecting on the album in March 2020, the band shared the following statement:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “We made this record in a rehearsal space in San Francisco in late 2009. It was kind of a classic band space, shared by a rangy assortment of musicians over months and years, behind one of several similar doors in a dark red hall. A windowless room lit by string lights and an odd assortment of lamps, the walls a palimpsest of posters and gig fliers. There was a grimy, burn-pocked rug, cluttered gear in various stages of use and abandonment, and the air seemed to hang in a permanent film of smoke residue and stale beer. We recorded to a 4-track tape machine over the course of a few nights - we’d just start the beats, hit ‘record’ and let fly. We had a vague sense of coalescence, or fomentation, like a glimpse of a thing in outline which you can’t yet see, but neither of us knew at the time that this was the record that would mark the beginning of our life as a touring band and would initiate our connections to so many (now long-time) friends, familiars and collaborators. Ten years feels like both a lifetime and the blink of an eye - measurable but impossible to quantify. These four tracks, and the others that join them here, are a snapshot of our earliest incarnation: flying blind, but high on the freedom of experimentation and filled with hope for things to come.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Pink vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Giant Steps - 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Coltrane is one of the most renowned jazz artists and influential saxophonists in music history

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Within the span of less than three weeks, John Coltrane completed his work with Miles Davis on what would become the bestselling jazz title in history (Kind of Blue) and embarked on his first record with Atlantic that would become the landmark recording Giant Steps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saying farewell to bebop, "Giant Steps" was Coltrane's second album to be recorded for the Atlantic label, and marked the first time that all of the pieces on a recording had been composed by him. The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as 'sheets of sound', and features the use of a new harmonic concept later to be known as 'Coltrane changes'. The set features early versionss of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A remastered, deluxe 180g 2-LP and 2-CD, each with the original album plus a bonus disc of alternate takes and versions – including rehearsal and incomplete tracks, as well as false starts – only previously included in The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane boxed set.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      says: There are few artists more important to the history of jazz than John Coltrane, and ‘Giant Steps’ is one of the reasons why. From bebop to the development of free-jazz, you can hear the influence that Coltrane took in, and in turn his influence on the world of music. Now, we get a deluxe double album reissue with an extra disc of unheard outtakes. It’s a no-brainer for any jazz fan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2xDeluxe LP Info: 2-LP configuration features a 12” x 12” 12pp booklet, packaged in a replica of the original 1969 stereo pressing, with a 12” x 12” album cover insert included.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2xDeluxe CD Info: 2-CD configuration is a 6-panel, 2-pocket digi that features a 24-page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ambiance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Into A New Journey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Unearthed by The Mighty Zaf for BBE Music, Into A New Journey by Ambiance is an impossibly rare and sought-after private label spiritual jazz masterpiece from 1982 with Latin, Brazilian and Afro overtones. Ambiance was the ‘nom de guerre’ of an ever-shifting jazz collective headed up by Nigeria-born, LA-tutored multi- instrumentalist, arranger, producer and photographer Daoud Abubakar Balewa. Balewa studied composition and jazz improvisation at the feet of innovators such as Frank Mitchell (Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers), Jackie McLean (Blue Note) and other masters from the golden Blue Note era. Although he favoured alto, soprano and tenor, he was equally happy on flute, keyboards, and Latin and Brazilian percussion. What’s more, he had the knack of using musicians who were bold enough to welcome being part of such multi-faceted sessions: guitarist Jim Lum’s flexibility suits the theme of this album perfectly, as does prolific Japanese soul-jazz drummer Danny Yamamoto; the stunning Hawaiian pianist Kino Cornwell (Yamamoto’s colleague from funk-fusion supergroup Hiroshima); and the wonderful Jean Carn-like tones of Daoud’s wife, jazz vocalist Monife Balewa. From the band’s reading of Joe Henderson’s modal masterpiece Black Narcissus, through the deep multicultural percussive jazz-dance workout that is the title track, and on to the three-octave vocal embellishments of Monife, on her own composition Something Better as well as on the Chick Correa fusion classic 500 Miles High, nothing here is generic, nothing taken for granted, nothing comfortable or predictable. All of the half-dozen or so albums recorded and released by Daoud and Ambiance during just six years of frantic creativity between 1979 and 1986 are well worth seeking out, but in BBE Music’s opinion Into A New Journey is the pinnacle: spiritual jazz worthy of the very best practitioners of the genre, by an obscure group of ludicrously talented artists on a tiny, self-financed indie label with an equally tiny promo budget: that’s what great jazz is all about.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        says: All my spiritual jazz customers went crazy when High Jazz reissued 'Gida Gida' and 'Ebun' over the last few years, and with good reason - the soulful and dynamic fusion sounds of Ambiance are practically unrivalled. This time it's Zaf whose handled the digging, encouraging BBE to give the group's fourth LP a lavish reissue. Higher listening folks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        L7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smell The Magic - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This 30th-anniversary edition of the ‘90s underground rock classic Smell the Magic includes all 9 songs from the album, remastered and available together on vinyl for the first time ever! A multitude of rock music scenes populated the expanse of Los Angeles in 1989: hardcore punk, industrial goth, roots rock, and Sunset Strip hair metal, to name a few. L7 fit into none of them, creating their own unique blend of punk and hard, hooky rock loaded with humor and cultural commentary. Originally released in 1990, Smell the Magic is a a landmark of '90s feminist rock.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          says: If you’ve listened to the radio in the last 30 years you can hear all sorts of examples of how much L7 influenced other acts, and this 30th anniversary reboot of their incendiary second album is a remastered gem in the weirdo goth-rock crown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Indies-only Loser edition on neon orange vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Minor Threat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Minor Threat - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Recut from the Silver Sonyare masters in November 2008 at Chicago Mastering Service, features a new blue cover, BLUE VINYL, and comes with a free MP3 download of the album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tracks 1-8 are from the first Minor Threat 7". Tracks 9-12 are from the "In My Eyes" 7 Inch. The Digital version of this record includes the song "Stand Up," from the Flex Your Head compilation. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Recorded: April & August 1981
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Released on 12": June 1984

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ian MacKaye vocals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lyle Preslar guitar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brian Baker bass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeff Nelson drums


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            says: A Piccadilly favourite back in the day. If you ever came into the Piccadilly Gardens shop on a Monday (John's day off and the only day we could get away with playing this!) in the mid/late 80s, there's a good chance you'd have heard this at full volume. Still love it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PJ Harvey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To Bring You My Love - Remastered Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reissue on vinyl of the third PJ Harvey studio album To Bring You My Love. Produced by PJ Harvey with Flood and John Parish, and originally released in February 1995, To Bring You My Love features the singles ‘Down By The Water’, ‘C’mon Billy’ and ‘Send His Love To Me’. The album – which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year – received wide critical acclaim on release, with nominations for Grammy Awards and the Mercury Music Prize.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reissue is faithful to the original recording and package, cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ltd LP Info: 1LP, 180 gram black vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Full colour outer sleeve, with printed inner sleeve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Download card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Rolling Stones

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Goats Head Soup - 2020 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Their 11th UK studio album, recorded in Jamaica, Los Angeles and London as their last collaboration with producer Jimmy Miller, Goats Head Soup came in the wake of the Stones' landmark 1972 double album Exile On Main St. The new set was introduced by the single that became one of their most exalted ballads, the endlessly elegant “Angie”, completed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during a songwriting sojourn in Switzerland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The timeless love song, showcasing Jagger's yearning lead vocal and Nicky Hopkins' beautiful piano motif, topped the charts in the US, where it was certified platinum, and went to No. 1 across Europe, Australia and beyond. “We decided to do something different, and it worked,” Richards told Rolling Stone of “Angie”. “Maybe a lot of people bought it that would never buy a Stones LP.” Interestingly in a recent interview with The New York Times, Bob Dylan chose “Angie” as one of three Rolling Stones songs he wished he had written.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Goats Head Soup, with its famous David Bailey sleeve, featured the Stones' vintage 1969-1974 line-up of Jagger, Richards, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, with the addition of some essential collaborators. On an album on which their trademark rocking sound was often augmented by more low-key, reflective material, there were no fewer than four featured piano players: Hopkins, Billy Preston, Ian 'Stu' Stewart and Jagger himself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Angie” was the only single to be released from the LP in the UK, where it spent two weeks at No. 5 in September. In the US, the exhilaratingly funky, horn-filled “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”, featuring Mick Taylor's wah-wah lead guitar, followed it into the top 20 in February 1974.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The many other highlights of the album included the majestically brooding opener “Dancing With Mr. D”, the lithely strutting “100 Years Ago” and “Star Star” and the graceful “Winter”. Richards' rueful lead vocal on “Coming Down Again” featured another Stones stalwart, saxophonist Bobby Keys. “Silver Train”, the b-side of “Angie”, would be revived after a gap of some 40 years, during the Stones' 14 On Fire tour of 2014, when Mick Taylor reprised his original guitar part in shows in Tokyo and Brisbane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When the album was first released, reviewers lined up to sing its praises. “This is music which could only come from good musicians who know each other really well,” ruled the late and esteemed writer-broadcaster Charlie Gillett in Let It Rock. “The Stones succeed because they rarely forget their purpose — the creation of rock & roll drama,” said Bud Scoppa in Rolling Stone. “It’s deepening and unfolding over the coming months will no doubt rate as one of the year's richest musical experiences.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2xDeluxe LP Info: The 2LP is 2x180g Black LP featuring a gatefold sleeve with the 2020 mix plus three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All The Rage & Criss Cross. Mastered at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amy Winehouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frank - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frank is the debut album by Amy Winehouse, first released on October 20th 2003. The album has sold over 1 million copies and is certified triple platinum in the UK. It features the single ‘Stronger Than Me’, for which Amy won an Ivor Novello Award, as well as the singles Take The Box, In My Bed and F**k Me Pumps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Half Speed Mastering is an artisan technique offered by Abbey Road Studios, that results in the very highest quality sound reproduction. UMC have created a range of bespoke vinyl pressings of iconic albums utilising this process and have carefully selected Frank to be a part of the series.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Heavyweight vinyl and the highest specification packaging come as standard to create a thoroughly bespoke vinyl experience that, most importantly, provides a sound quality superior to anything else currently available. The package includes a certificate of authenticity from Abbey Road and a branded obi strip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2xDeluxe LP Info: 2LP Half Speed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  François Tusques

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  La Chasse Au Snark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liberated from the personal vaults of François Tusques himself, the previously unreleased recordings from the ‘La Chasse Au Snark’ (The Hunting Of The Snark) sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Featuring a stellar all-star cast of the crème de la crème for French avant-garde and free jazz musicians, including Bernard Vitet, Beb Guérin, Daniel Laloux, Jean Frenay, Jean Vern, Michel Kurylo, Annick Astier, Lambert Terbrack, Jacques Thollot, Aldo Romano and Noel Mcghie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I know for sure side A is a studio recording carried out in august 1968 by the comité action musique, an activist group of artists and engineers aiming to reclaim the means of production from the ‘record industry’. The lineup is me, Vitet, Guérin, Laloux, Frenay, Vern, Astier, Françoise Tusques, no drums (everyone doubling on percussion), and Michel Portal on bass clarinet and saxophone as guest. Side C is a montage of the surviving bits of the happenings that took place at La Vieille Grille between August 1967 - March 1968 (sometimes on a daily basis in ‘68!), the museum of modern art during the May ‘68 demonstrations, and the Biennale Of Paris in February 1969. Sides B and D are less theatre oriented and may have been recorded either at the American center in October 1968, the international students center in November 1968 (Barre Phillips on bass and Barney Wilen on sax guested on these dates but I’m not able to confirm they are on the tapes), or in the winter and spring of 1969. However, the cassette for side B only read ‘Snark 1969’.” - François Tusques

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To complete the package Finders Keepers have officially licenced a number of illustrations by none other than Tove Jansson, the creator of Moomin Valley and its magical inhabitants, who was commissioned in 1959 to illustrate a Swedish edition of Lewis Carroll’s miniature masterpiece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yo La Tengo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Electr-o-pura - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Continuing with their ever-expanding Revisionist History series, Matador Records announce a 25th anniversary reissue of Yo La Tengo’s 1995 album Electr-o-pura. Now in a gatefold sleeve and cut from the original 58-minute master, the new reissue is pressed for the first time on two LPs to ensure the highest quality of audio the album has had on vinyl to date.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On their seventh studio album, Yo La Tengo would further expand on the venturous songwriting established on their previous album Painful with stunning craft and a deepened exploration of contrasting textures, moods and atmospherics. Chock full with moments of pop gold like “Tom Courtenay,”melancholic ballads such as the heartbreaking “Pablo And Andrea,” and sweeping, feedback-laden jams like the show-stopping “Blue Line Swinger”, Electr-o-pura is a thrilling document of one of America’s most beloved bands hitting their creative stride and remains one of the most sublime records the band has released in their uninterrupted 36-year career.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blonde Redhead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons (20th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Includes “For the Damaged Coda”, the theme song for Evil Morty from the popular animated show Rick and Morty. “The beauty of Blonde Redhead’s music fries my brain. They are my only friend.” - Guy Picciotto…. Originally released 20 years ago on June 6, 2000, Blonde Redhead's 3rd Touch and Go Records album was recorded earlier that year at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State from January 15th til February 18th with Ryan Hadlock and Guy Picciotto. With Guy twisting the knobs and helping to shape the sound of the record, Simone, Kazu, and Amedeo found themselves in an ideal environment to create a distinctive record.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From the first notes of "Equally Damaged", you are drawn in - starting with a simple, twisted melody, augmented bit by bit with rhythms and the distinctive vocals and lyrics which are the center of these songs. Moved dramatically to the front of the mix, the vocals on this record are rich and melodic, sometimes recorded with three mics at once to get the depth of the sound. These songs are reminiscent of the twisted sentimentality of Serge Gainsbourg. Using basic instruments, melodies, and rhythms, the recording, the instrumentation, and the general presentation of each song create intricately layered, provocative, and genuinely emotional songs that continue to play themselves in your head for days. The mix of the guitars, the power of the drums, and the infectiousness of the rhythms, combined with the remarkable vocals and lyrics, make Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons a beautiful release. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coloured LP Info: Limited Edition of 2000 LP pressed on 180 gram Opaque Pink Vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Gatefold LP jacket with New Cover Art and Unreleased Photos from the Original Recording Session *

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rex Orange County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bcos U Will Never B Free

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bcos U Will Never B Free is the debut album by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rex Orange County. Written and recorded in his bedroom at the age of 16, it caught a wave of interest when it was self released on 4th September 2015 on his bandcamp page. Its lo-fi textures and hi-def emotions led to a hook up with Tyler, The Creator who asked the teenager born Alex O’Connor to come to Los Angeles, where he wrote and sang on two tracks on the album that became Flower Boy. Rex has subsequently released 2 studio albums, 2017’s Apricot Princess and 2019’s Pony which charted top 5 in the UK, US and Australia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LP Info: First time on vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thor & Friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Polymath percussionist Thor Harris inaugurated Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 after five years of touring as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism collaborating with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians. The ensemble has three core members, Thor Harris, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah 'Goat' Gautier — with its line-up expanding and contracting with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. Thor & Friends draws on classic Minimalist composers, including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamate such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks around a polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Circling these core motifs are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand-up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe. Thor & Friends, '3’ is, naturally, the band's third LP. Initially put out as part of Joyful Noise Recordings, 2019 Artist in Residence, it is now being released far and wide through Joyful Noise. Thor writes, "This record was made over several years and in many locations. Only by the grace of the brilliant Jeremy Barnes was it all sewn together into this fantastic tapestry of sound you are lucky to now behold." Musicians who played on this record include, Jennifer Wasner, Tuvan throat singing is Soriah, Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Thierry Amar and Tim Herzog from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Adam Torres, Michael Gira, Jarboe, Stine Janvin Motland, John Congleton and many others. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: "Klaus blue" coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thor & Friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Polymath percussionist Thor Harris inaugurated Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 after five years of touring as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism collaborating with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians. The ensemble has three core members, Thor Harris, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah 'Goat' Gautier - with its line-up expanding and contracting with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thor & Friends draws on classic Minimalist composers, including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamate such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks around a polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Circling these core motifs are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand-up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe. Thor & Friends, '4' is the band's fourth LP. Initially put out as part of Joyful Noise Recordings, 2019 Artist in Residence, it is now being released far and wide through Joyful Noise. Thor writes, "Thor & Friends is a collective of musicians. Some players are classically trained, others are punk musicians with no reading skills, just spirit and will. Through friendship and musical collaboration, this album brings together Craig Ross, Alan and Mimi from Low, Bill Callahan, and Jolie Holland; strings from the likes of Mollie Fischer, Travis Weller, Lindsey Verrill, Andrea Calderon, and Nino Soberin; and even more instrumentation from Jeff Johnston on saw, Christopher Cundy, Andrea Belfi, and Adam Harding." 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: LP on limited Medicine Mint Vinyl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Milton Wright

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spaced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Released during the late 1970's disco era, Milton Wright's sophomore long player has always stood out as a singular, innovative example of the deepest, rarest grooves known to underground soul lovers all over the globe. This often overlooked body of work has found a whole new audience who revisited the man's work retrospectively, pushing the LP into the domain of holy grail status amongst black music lovers and funk fanatics. “Spaced” has been at the top of the wants lists of serious music lovers for decades, often unattainable and commanding stellar collectors prices on-line, sometimes fetching amounts of upwards of £400. This unique LP could be perceived as being Wright's most personal work, tragically overshadowed by the burgeoning successes of his then label mates on Miami's Alston Records imprint. The sheer craftsmanship and songwriting prowess on show is undeniable, as is the top level musicianship and production, sounding ridiculously fresh almost some 40 years later. Above Board distribution has collaborated with Alston / TK Records to ensure the quality of this fully legitimate repress of this long lost Soul / Funk classic has been maintained. Remastered, reissued and represented with the full cooperation of the license holders for 2016. Do not pass up the chance to own a true gem, a pivotal, lost LP like "Spaced", now made available again to be enjoyed by all. "Magic Music".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Mountain Goats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tallahassee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The 4AD debut from The Mountain Goats, unavailable for many years, now reissued on vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was the band’s second new album to be released in 2002 and it marked quite a few changes. First of all, after releasing records (and cassettes) on small record labels such as Shrimper, Ajax and Emperor Jones, ‘Tallahassee’ was the first Mountain Goats album to be released on 4AD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was also the first Mountain Goats album to have an official single released, for the song ‘See America Right’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fuzzy Duck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fuzzy Duck- Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A memorable name with an outstanding cover, Fuzzy Duck is a classic slice of underground London art rock and melodic psychedelia. Originally released on MAM in 1971, it’s truly a musical force of infectious riffs and fiery solos, sharp tempo changes, a tight rhythm section and heavy, Hammond-drenched grooves. With echoes of Spencer Davis Group, early Grand Funk and Vanilla Fudge, it comes on like a heavier Soft Machine or Caravan. No wonder Fuzzy Duck’s cult appeal has endured.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The album features Mick Hawksworth (Five Day Week Straw People, Andromeda) on bass, acoustic 12-string, electric cello and some of the vocal duties, and also Roy “Daze” Sharland (Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Spice) on organ and electric piano. Accompanying those two were Paul Francis on drums and percussion, and Grahame White on guitars and the rest of the vocals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Originally released in an edition of 500, Fuzzy Duck became legendary all over the world through a holy trinity of scarcity, personnel and its sheer brilliance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The album kicks off with a heavy, bass-fuelled, Hammond rocker titled “Time Will Be Your Doctor”. This is pure hard-edged blues rock, brilliantly played. Its drum break intro was sampled by DJ Premier for Gang Starr’s “Mostly Tha Voice” on 1994’s legendary Hard To Earn. And we can hear its personality all over Harvey and Thomas Bullock’s Map Of Africa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rollicking highlight “Mrs. Prout” follows. At nearly 7 minutes long, it incorporates more psych-leaning guitar and drawn-out keyboards à la Ray Manzarek with the band effortlessly switching from jazzy rhythm section to a progressive one. That magnificent instrumental jam that starts half-way and continues through to the end is a true wonder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Just Look Around You” is propulsive folk-rock with a soaring, proto power-pop chorus, backed by frenetic organ and heavy bass high in the rich, intoxicating mix. Back comes the heavy, strung-out psych to both close out side one with “Afternoon Out” and kick off side two with “More Than I Am”. Both tracks are improvisational winners that stylistically nod to the late sixties and “More Than I Am”’s guitar hook, catchy organ and memorable chorus would’ve surely made it a great single.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Country Boy” quenches the thirst for rhythm and melody, only the lyrics and vibe are wonderfully creepy. The sudden cut of the groove and the drop into a more sinister tempo will make you stumble, before the band pick up speed and toss you back again into the opening jam, this time with a badass organ to ride you home. The final, fully fleshed out track is the majestic “In Our Time”, which oscillates between endless organ-driven boogie and heavenly, genuinely moving vocals. Just stunning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Infamous instrumental cut “A Word from Big D” rounds out the album. Yes, that’s the band jamming with duck quack sound effects accompanying the music. “Ducking vocals” as the sleeve says. You know, just in case the whole “duck” theme had passed you by. It’s an appropriate closer for what sounds like an album that must have been *a lot* of fun to record. It’s definitely fun to listen to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mastered by Be With’s chief sound duck Simon Francis and cut with glee by the veteran Pete Norman, this reissue of Fuzzy Duck’s one-and-only LP sounds as mighty as it should. That unforgettable sleeve artwork has been carefully restored and the records pressed by the wonderful Record Industry in the Netherlands. Essential.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LP Info: 2020 re-issue, 140g vinyl, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Linda "Babe" Majika

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don't Treat Me So Bad - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Linda "Babe" Majika’s insanely brilliant "Don’t Treat Me So Bad" is a tight six tracks of blistering electro-flavoured bubblegum and synth-drizzled solar-powered machine-funk. It has become increasingly hard to find, with copies currently moving for over £200. But this is definitely a case of eye-watering price equalling heart-thumping quality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Once of the Hot Soul Singers, "Don’t Treat Me So Bad" was Linda’s debut LP as a solo artist. It was produced by Ace Mbuyisa of boogie-funk maestros Freeway and was originally released on Umkhonto Records in South Africa in 1988.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The enormous “Let’s Make A Deal” is probably the best known track here, and it’s definitely the best one if you ask us. Linda’s vocals drip with attitude over warm, breezy synths and an urgent, edgy electro beat to create a timeless club-ready bomb that sounds as fresh as ever. But the rest of the album is far from filler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Opening track “Kunzima (Tabalaza Mjita)” instantly brings the sunshine vibes, strutting out the gate with that unmistakable South African steppers groove. It’s a deceptively simple song, with multiple instrumental elements arriving and taking leave with admirable restraint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “It’s Our Home” is a powerful showcase for Linda’s vocals, enhanced by some life-affirming call and response backing vocals throughout. In fact they’re a joyous presence on the whole album. The insistent pipes and swirling, bubbling synths of title track “Don’t Treat Me So Bad” follow. A spacious proto-piano house banger that closes out the first side in phenomenal fashion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arriving as track two on the second side, “Unga B’Omthemba Umuntu” has the unenviable task of following the huge “Let’s Make A Deal”. It does the job with class, bringing the tempo down to a mid-paced tropical bounce with lilting harmonies and welcome traces of hi-life guitar. Wonderful stuff. “Playboy” is is another unbeatable head-nod groover rounds out the set wonderfully. That bassline high in the mix is to die for, and the chorus will make any dancefloor smile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As ever, Simon Francis on mastering duties elevates this release, adding heft and elegance in all the right places with his customary deft touch. The memorable cover art, in which Linda appears straight out of the 1950s with her polka dot skirt and butter-wouldn't-melt pose, has been faithfully restored. But don’t let the innocent styling fool you - Don’t Treat Me So Bad is the work of one badass woman who can hold her own, and then some.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LP Info: 2020 re-issue, 140g vinyl, remastered from the original tapes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mudhoney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Superfuzz BigMuff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anthems that fucked up a generation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "My feeling-and I know I'm not alone in this one-is that for all the play and worldwide attention several Seattle-area bands got during the 1988-92 period, at the end of the day (and even at the time), there was Mudhoney-and then there was everybody else. To me, you, and most everyone who was paying close attention to underground rock music during those years, Mudhoney still sound like the undisputed kingpins of roaring, surging, fuzzed-out, punk rock music. These first recordings were so life-affirming upon their release, connecting everything great about the sixties (biker movies, fuzzboxes, old guitars, three-minute songs) with the frothing, punk rock of the early 80s, that a whole new 'style' of music was born. They called it grunge, but to me it was amped-up, clear-the-room, ramalama rock that exploded like Nagasaki live, and it was about as joyous and as fun a noise as anyone'd heard in years." - Jay Hinman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mudhoney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mudhoney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mudhoney's first album proper, released in 1989 and produced by Jack Endino. 'Endino's production lives up to his reputation for rough, thick recording, but he's left just enough for the songs to breathe, whether it's the audible handclaps on "This Gift" or the quirky guitar riff leading into Dan Peters' rollicking drum rolls on "You Got It." "When Tomorrow Hits" is easily the sleeper hit of the record; later memorably covered by Sonic Boom in the dying days of Spacemen 3, its slow, dreamily threatening build shows off the band's ability for subtlety amidst the volume. "Flat out Fucked" about sums up the whole ethos of the album — careening pace, compressed feedback roar, and Mark Arm's desperate but never self-important singing resulting in neo-garage rock anti-anthems.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mudhoney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            'Whether it was Conrad Uno's production, the addition of more instruments to the Mudhoney arsenal (notably, Mark Arm adds organ, as can be enjoyably heard on "Who You Drivin' Now," among other numbers), a slew of brilliant songs, or a combination of the above, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge found Mudhoney coming into their own album-wise. "Let It Slide," the album's lead single, fuses everything from surf rock drumming from Dan Peters to a delicious vocal whine on the verses from Arm into a hotwired classic. It's not so much grunge as speed-freak energy, and all the better for it given the caricatures of Sub Pop's sound that would soon take over the airwaves.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Juniore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Un Deux Trois

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The “yéyé noir” of Juniore has always been rooted in the cinematic as much as the musical. The Paris outfit’s blending of 1960s French pop, hazy psychedelia, seamless pop, surf grooves and lush orchestration feels as intertwined with big screen aesthetics as greatly as it does being found in the grooves of vinyl. So it makes perfect sense that the band would sooner or later find themselves appearing on more film and TV soundtracks, including the universally lauded drama Killing Eve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It marks a period of continuous upward trajectory and forward momentum for the band who, since the release of their acclaimed 2018 album Magnifique, have been exposed to more people all over the world via stages and screens. From playing huge venues to thousands of people opening for the likes of the Dandy Warhols, to “corners of dive bars with duct tape holding the stage together” the band have been solidifying their sound, approach and relationship by playing extensively. “We’ve become more connected and better musicians,” Says the band’s songwriter and singer Anna-Jean. “I think the new songs are full of that wonderful conversation we have with each other on stage.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It’s this sense of deeper understanding that the band have reached between one another that has allowed them to record an album that sounds as natural, graceful and seamless as this one. “We are now even more who we are than before,” she says of their musical and personal bonding. “And yet we still don’t really know who we'll become next. I know it sounds absurd but it's a very nice feeling.” It’s a feeling that is mirrored in the music too. There is a sense of familiarity, a retro pop flourish – filled with infectious rolling bass lines, razor-sharp guitar lines, dense atmospheres and immersive melodies – yet predicting where the album will go remains a constant impossibility.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The album’s title Un, Deux, Trois is another nod to the tight unit of the group. Swanny Elzingre and Samy Osta make up the trio, with the former on drums and the latter sharing guitar and keys along with Anna-Jean. It was in Samy’s cosy Paris studio that the album was recorded. The finished tone of the album - recorded often live to a 16 track - sounds like an amalgamation of their favourite French 60's muses like Françoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and Anna Karina with the new wave spark of Devo and the B-52's. While that cross-pollination between sultry, sophisticated pop and good-time energy and vibrancy is certainly present, there’s also a wealth of other touching points that underpin the record. So much so that Anna-Jean says of the themes that run through the album: “It’s a mix of everything we have loved and watched and felt in the last few years. It's like a laboratory of feelings – not really my or our feelings but more universal feelings and emotions – it's like a nonsensical Frankenstein’s laboratory."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, as fun as this record is, much like its predecessor, there's an underlying lyrical message that remains a key part of the band’s identity as they push forward equality-based principles. “It's the same as we've been trying to state since the beginning,” Anna-Jean suggests. “The importance of being independent, of counterculture, humour and poetry. Of not taking ourselves seriously but being very serious about it and fighting against sexism, ageism, racism, consumerism – all the worthwhile fights.”


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Juan Piña Con La Revelación

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Juan Piña Con La Revelación

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Juan Piña Con La Revelación is the debut album of this Colombian artist and his eight-piece band, originally released in 1975 on Discos Zeida.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An excellent little slice of Colombian mid-70's madness, with an interesting and joyful sounding mix of New York style salsa, Cuban son montuno and guajira with Colombian tropical flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Includes the two hot salsa tunes 'Negro con salsa' and 'Chana' as well as the salsa guajira 'Hogar campesino'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This hard to find album is now reissued for the first time, pressed on 180g vinyl and presented in its original artwork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DESCRIPTION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the age of 24, Juan Piña formed the eight-piece La Revelación with his brother Carlos, releasing their first album in 1975 on Discos Zeida. This self-titled debut LP of Piña with his group is something of an anomaly in his discography as subsequent albums would feature a different sound and concentrated almost exclusively on Colombian coastal Caribbean and 'sabanero' genres.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Although Juan Piña's debut record never made much of a splash, it is an excellent little slice of Colombian mid-70's madness, with a very diverse sound. An interesting and joyful sounding mix of New York style salsa, Cuban son montuno and guajira with Colombian tropical flavors, the simple, spare arrangements featured electric guitar, piano, Latin percussion, two trumpets, occasional sax, and Juan sang lead while Carlos backed him on chorus. It also sounds like Joe Arroyo may have done 'coro' chores on Juan Piña Con La Revelación (Arroyo was a very close friend of Juan and sang chorus on several Revelación albums).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This album is hard to find in the original edition, but collectors in the know treasure it for its two hot salsa tunes ('Negro con salsa' and 'Chana', both written by famous Chocoano composer and vocalist Alfonso Córdoba "El Brujo") as well as producer Rafael Mejia's salsa guajira 'Hogar campesino' and the genius rendition of the Peruvian classic 'Virgines del sol'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A beautiful and mature sounding work for the relatively young Juan Piña and his crew, and well-worth rediscovery by today's Colombian music enthusiasts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              First ever reissue of "Kabwlú", a very hard-to-find album released by Discos Fuentes in 1965.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The mysterious Los Picapiedra (which translates as The Flintstones, inspired by the 1960s American cartoon show), was a short-lived studio group with one albumto their name, "Kabwlú", mixing 'folkloric' and 'modern' elements with calculated 'caveman' humor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is very musically diverse; not only are there the requisite genres that could be found on similar Colombian teenage-oriented groups' records of the time, such as cumbia, gaita, rock, twist and pachanga, but there is also a smattering of surf, doo-wop, Latin jazz, guajira, ska, and calypso. But what makes the whole thing so special is the odd, off-kilter arrangements, spooky tunings, rudimentary clanging percussion, invented 'cave' language, prominent twanging electric guitar and many zany sound effects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Several of Los Picapiedra's songs became very popular in Colombia as well as Venezuela and especially in the 'rebajada' (slowed down) version as played by the 'sonidero' sound system DJs in Mexico, such as "La Hossa".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Presented in its original artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Third Ear Band

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Macbeth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Munster Records bring us "Macbeth", the staggering soundtrack by the English band Third Era Band for a Roman Polanski's film, recorded and produced in 1971. Commissioned by the acclaimed film director Roman Polanski, the English cult band Third Ear Band faced the challenge . The resulting 44 minutes of imaginative sounds, divided in 16 outstanding pieces, is an astonishing example of an archaic, twisted, abstract psychedelia, rooted on medieval and classical textures. . The themes presented on the film were composed in an improvised manner while watching black and white excerpts of the oeuvre. The music, recorded in six weeks at George Martin's Air Studios, in July 1971, has the same unconventional and quite unique dimension as the film itself. It is an auteur music for an auteur film. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PJ Harvey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4-Track Demos - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vinyl reissue of 1993 collection of demos written and recorded at Polly Harvey’s home in 1991-1992.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It includes eight demos of songs from the album, Rid of Me, released earlier in that year along with six demos of additional songs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reissue is faithful to the original package, with vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Guided By Voices

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alien Lanes - 25th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Matador Records is proud to announce the release of a 25th Anniversary vinyl edition of Guided By Voices’ 1995 album Alien Lanes. Inspired by the multicoloured drumhead featured on the album’s artwork, this new edition is pressed on blue, green and red multicolored vinyl making it the first non-exclusive color vinyl edition of this release. Limited to a one time press of 2,500 copies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Originally released on April 4, 1995, Alien Lanes served as the first Guided by Voices album to be released on Matador Records. With 28 tracks spanning the course of 41 minutes, the album would fundamentally alter the concept of what a rock and roll record could be. Bursting at the seams with classic rock bravado (“Game of Pricks”, “Closer You Are”), anthemic power pop (“My Valuable Hunting Knife”, “Motor Away”), punk (“Pimple Zoo”, “My Son Cool”), psychedelic experimentalism (“Ex-Supermodel”, “Alright”), and tape-warped ballads ( “King And Caroline”, “Blimps Go 90”, “Chicken Blows”) Alien Lanes dips and dives between genres and moods with breakneck efficiency and a remarkable amount of intellect and emotion bolstered by the abstract poetry of songwriter and front-man Bob Pollard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “A brilliant collection of songs whose importance feels predestined.” - Rolling Stone “The gold standard in intoxicated-visionary psych-pop scrapbook-ing... your first exposure to this band changes you forever.” – Stereogum “The greatest post-modern classic rock album ever made.” – Pitchfork “Genius, loon or mystical union of both, Pollard’s consistent songsmith-ery and charisma are joys to behold.” - Magnet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Slowdive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pygmalion - Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When Slowdive disbanded in 1995 music fans widely associated it with the demise of the shoegaze genre. Their last sign of life was Pygmalion (before they reunited in 2014) and it was, after Just For A Day and Souvlaki a totally different and more abstract album. Where the band attempted to put more song structures in place on Souvlaki, they began to incorporate more elements of ambient electronica on Pygmalion. Tracks like “Blue Skied An’ Clear” and “Crazy For You” demonstrate that the songs are still there, somewhere -- they’re just buried under more abstract sounds than before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Available as a 25th anniversary edition of 3000 individually numbered copies on clear & green marbled vinyl. The package includes an insert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: 3000 individually numbered copies on clear & green marbled vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The package includes an insert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Freeez & John Rocca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Southern Freeez / Variations On A Theeem

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beggars Arkive is excited to reissue the classic FREEEZ debut album SOUTHERN FREEEZ. The second LP contains seven brand new tracks from the band’s leader John Rocca.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Freeez were a legendary group from London, known as one of the UK’s main jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s…aka Brit funk. Led by John Rocca, Freeez consisted of various musicians, originally with Rocca and others including Andy Stennet (keyboards), Peter Maas (bass guitar) and Paul Morgan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Their debut album Southern Freeez was released in 1981 and contains the hit song “Southern Freeez” which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman. John Rocca initially released the album it on his own Pink Rythm label before being signed to Beggars Banquet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A few years later, they had even more hits. Their biggest, “IOU”, was a #1 club single and was written and produced by renowned producer Arthur Baker with lyric contributions and lead vocals by John Rocca and remixed by Jellybean Benitez and Baker. It was a hit in the US in addition to the UK and was used in the legendary breakdancing movie Beat Street. “Pop Goes My Love” was another hit. Rocca also had a hit as a solo artist in 1984 with “I Want It To Be Real”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While they may not be a household name, if you know, you know. They have been sampled many times, by artists including Jamie xx, Coolio, Brandy, Madlib and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nearly 40 years after the original release of Southern Freeez, after being contacted by Beggars Arkive about a reissue, John was inspired to go back to his roots. He pulled together some of the work that he had been experimenting with over the years and enlisted some musicians (including his nephews) to play on the tracks, saying that doing so “was a nice reflection of the past meeting the present”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “"The melancholic suburban soul of ‘Southern Freeez’ never gets tired for me....an album that has remained at the top of my Brit Funk pile!" - GILLES PETERSON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eno / Cale

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wrong Way Up (Expanded Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Expanded editions of Wrong Way Up with John Cale, and Spinner with Jah Wobble, will be available on August 21. It is the first time either album has been available in a physical format for 15 years, and marks the 30th anniversary of the Eno/Cale album, and the 25th anniversary of the Eno/Wobble album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wrong Way Up marked the historic coming together of two icons of leftfield music. Having both started their careers as creative forces in seminal bands (Eno’s unique synthesizer treatments in Roxy Music and Cale’s viola and bass contributions to the Velvet Underground), they’ve appeared as guest musicians on each other’s records as far back as 1974, the year in which they also made a historic live album with Nico and Kevin Ayers at the Rainbow Theatre in London. They remained friends, and the year prior to Wrong Way Up, Eno produced Cale’s Words For The Dying album. This paved the way for the pair to write and record an album together, notably the first time Eno had delivered a collection of song-based recordings since Before And After Science in 1977. The resulting album is a triumph for both artists, containing the singles “Spinning Away” and “Been There Done That”. “Brian Eno and John Cale’s 1990 collaboration is an album of contention, contrasts, cycles, and pop songs so layered and euphoric it ranks among the best albums either artist has ever made.” - Pitchfork


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LP Info: Standard 3mm standard gloss printed outer sleeve with full colour printed inner and download card to access 2 bonus tracks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Deluxe CD Info: Casebound CD with 8 panel booklet - similar to the 2014 Eno solo album reissues on All Saints.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eno / Wobble

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spinner (Expanded Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Expanded editions of Wrong Way Up with John Cale, and Spinner with Jah Wobble, will be available on August 21. It is the first time either album has been available in a physical format for 15 years, and marks the 30th anniversary of the Eno/Cale album, and the 25th anniversary of the Eno/Wobble album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spinner was another coming together with a musician who had carved out a hefty reputation as a solo musician after starting out playing in an iconic band, in this case former Public Image Limited bass player Jah Wobble. Starting life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s Glitterbug, Eno passed stereo mixes of the film cues to Wobble who embellished and built upon them to construct the Spinner tracks, drafting in Jaki Liebezeit of Can to play drums on some tracks. The resulting fusion combines icy ambience with a kind of psychogeographical funk.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LP Info: Standard 3mm standard gloss printed outer sleeve with full colour printed inner and download card to access 2 bonus tracks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deluxe CD Info: Casebound CD with 8 panel booklet - similar to the 2014 Eno solo album reissues on All Saints.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jonathan Richman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I, Jonathan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              'I, Jonathan' is the fourth solo album by Jonathan Richman, released by the Rounder Records label in 1992. This is the first time it has ever been available on vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As the founder of influential protopunk band The Modern Lovers, Richman had strived to convey authentic emotions and storytelling with his music. ‘I, Jonathan’ continued this aesthetic with simple and sparse rock and roll arrangements, and straightforward lyrics about mundane topics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Songs on the album addressed topics such as backyard parties ("Parties in the U.S.A"), memories of neighborhoods in which Richman had lived ("Rooming House on Venice Beach" and "Twilight in Boston") and his admiration of his primary musical inspiration, the Velvet Underground ("Velvet Underground"). The latter song includes a brief interlude of the Velvet Underground song, Sister Ray.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The album helped increase Richman's cultural profile, which would include a 1993 appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in which Richman performed one of the album's songs, "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Come Away With ESG - 35-year anniversary release of the classic genre-busting debut album by the Bronx sisters ESG. The sample-friendly opus that’s the inspiration for hip-hop, house and post punk. Music that falls outside of the no wave, new wave and post punk library, it’s for the dance floor but it’s not funk, there’s no horns, no driving organ; it’s the opposite of Sly And The Family Stone but no less cool and no less groovy. “A lasting document of their unique brand of minimal funk that would influence subsequent post-punk, hip-hop, and dance music acts. Stripped down to the most basic of drumbeats and rudimentary bass lines, ‘Come Away’ confirms the notion that the real rhythm is what happens between the beats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Goldfrapp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Supernature - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Long-awaited vinyl reissue of Goldfrapp’s third album, “Supernature”. This new, collector’s edition of the album is transparent green vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an exclusive art print of the original artwork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Originally “Supernature” marks the point when Goldfrapp brought their sound to an even wider global audience - the Grammy nominated album debuted at #2 in the UK Albums Chart and the album’s lead single, the pulsing, sophisticated, glam-pop dynamo “Ooh La La”, went straight to #4 in the UK Singles Chart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The album generated further hits in the form of “Number 1”, “Ride a White Horse” and “Fly Me Away”. Described by The Guardian as ‘a brash, beautiful celebration of love and dancing’, the album is a colossal, multi-layered, sonic-pop thriller, a radical, confident, bold record that took a joyous step forward from 2003’s Black Cherry.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: Transparent green vinyl 140g LP in Gatefold Sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mark Eitzel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Ugly American

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A lull after the electronically ambient album ‘The Invisible Man ‘ (2001) MARK EITZEL’S recording output was followed by two releases: a covers album ‘Music For Courage And Confidence’ (2002) and an album of solo and AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB songs re-interpretations ‘The Ugly American’ (2003) performed by a band with traditional Greek musicians. ‘The Ugly American ‘was originally mooted as an EP after an invitation to Athens, Greece to reinterpret certain songs under the guidance of respected local musician MANOLIS FAMELLOS. The trip to Athens (Greece) materialized in November 2001 and a full-blown 10 track album was agreed. The subsequent album was recorded and released in 2003 on cd only. Seventeen years later, with a rejigged artwork and an Abbey Road cut, ‘The Ugly American ‘is unveiled for the first time on vinyl. The ten tracks cover a varied period of MARK EITZEL’S solo output, the cult band AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB albums, and a sole composition from MANOLIS FAMELLOS (‘Love’s Humming’). All songs were recorded with the addition of traditional Greek instruments (bouzouki, tzouras, Cretan lyra & zournas) under the guidance of MANOLIS FAMELLOS and his band.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                At a time were AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB albums where hard to obtain re-interpretations of ‘Western Sky’, ‘Last Harbour’ and ‘Jenny’ were treated with effervescence and stunning new arrangements. ‘Anything‘ (originally on ‘The Invisible Man‘) as a stark and bleak electronica track, is now heightened to a majestic instrumentation opus. The album retains the heartfelt tales of sadness that you would expect from selfdeprecating MARK EITZEL in a Folk and pastoral context. Before the album was even recorded, the trip to Greece was deemed in certain quarters as controversial, an ‘unnecessary excursion’ with cries of ‘sacrilege’ buoyed on by a skewered conception of Greek music, thus expecting a ‘freak novelty’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Very Limited 180g LP pressing (500).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mastered for vinyl at Abbey Road.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Warriors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Behind The Mask

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Behind The Mask” was originally to be the second Incognito album. Still floating on the high of the success of their debut album “Jazz Funk”, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick started work on new material recruiting friends and strangers from London’s buzzing music scene. Where “Jazz Funk” in 1981 had by name and nature been achieved from the influence of Jazz Funk and Soul music that we had been listening to in the 70’s, “Behind The Mask” from has a strong leaning towards the harder Fusion trend of that time. Innocence and earthy tones were replaced by a bright and bold flurry of cascading arpeggios and screaming solos. Brass arrangements that had been created by singing a man a line were now leaping out of reams of paper scored by the wizard that is Richard Niles. However, still present and leading the charge was the unmistakable, funky, pulsating and irresistible bass lines of the late Paul “Tubbs” Williams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pick any genre - rap, rock, pop, folk, country, whatever you like. Can you think of an artist from that genre that was inducted into its hall of fame without any recordings released? And if one were to exist, what would that say about the artist’s impact, influence and importance? Is this scenario even possible? Born 1929 in San Antonio, TX, Martin Huron Solis, Jr. and his family came to Michigan in 1942 as migrant farmworkers. Though he played guitar from an early age, Solis eventually fell in love with conjunto music, a South Texas style defined by the combination of accordion and bajo sexto, a Mexican twelve-string bass guitar. In the late-1950s, he and his cousin Willy Huron, a saxophonist, formed Conjunto Los Primos (“The Cousins”). Fast forward to modern day -- Solis is now part of this seldom seen echelon of artists who released no records in their lifetime and still was inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame. As a natural fit with Third Man’s broad interest in the preservation of music history, Third Man Records is humbled to release the first ever recordings of Tejano pioneer Martin Solis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kill The Moonlight - 2020 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kill The Moonlight, Spoon’s fourth studio album originally released in 2002 and featuring the hit single ’The Way We Get By’. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Newly recut from the original masters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Kill The Moonlight’ is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Series Of Sneaks - 2020 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘A Series Of Sneaks’, Spoon's second studio album, released in 1998.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Newly recut from the original masters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Hints at the possibility of perfection” – Pitchfork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘A Series Of Sneaks’ is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Girls Can Tell - 2020 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Girls Can Tell’, the third studio album from Spoon, originally released in 2001.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Newly recut from the original masters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “A start-to-finish triumph” - Rolling Stone. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Girls Can Tell’ is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Justo Almario comes from Colombia, plays sax and flute. The first of his dozen jazz albums was recorded for Uno Melodic, largely composed and all produced by Roy Ayers. Before this solo album he recorded with Mongo Santamaria, Jon Lucian, Dom Salvador and then on sax for the first time with Roy Ayers on the 1976 album “Vibrations” which included “Searchin’”. He also played with James Mason on the album “Rhythm of Life” which included “Sweet Power Your Embrace”, then again with Roy on the “Lifeline” album which included “Running Away”. Demand for this album has grown in recent years through the aforementioned associations and for the stunning title track. Sandwiching that, a tasteful smattering of funk-flecked jazz tracks; which politely restrain its feral instrumental solos with lashings of head-nodding grooves and lip curling hooks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pixies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bossanova - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of Bossanova, the third studio album by Pixies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The band continued to work with Gil Norton after collaborating to such success on their platinum-selling second album Doolittle; this time choosing to record in Los Angeles over their native Boston (the track ‘Blown Away’, however, was recorded at the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin during a European tour in 1989).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Their third album in as many years, 1990 was a particularly fertile time for the band with Kim Deal also having success with The Breeders, who released their debut album Pod just a few months prior.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Featuring the singles ‘Allison’ (a tribute to jazz and blues pianist Mose Allison), ‘Dig For Fire’ and ‘Velouria’, plus the first cover to feature on one of their albums ‘Cecilia Ann’ (originally by The Surftones), Bossanova showed a less primal side to the band, with surf and space rock rising to the fore. Lyrically, Black Francis is even more cryptic with a recurring sci-fi theme running throughout, which in turn influenced Vaughan Oliver’s classic planet design for the sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To celebrate Bossanova hitting its third decade, 4AD are releasing a limited red vinyl edition with the original 16-page booklet being reinserted, having previously only been available with the initial UK LP pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Ethiopians

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reggae Power - Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Ethiopians was one of Jamaica’s most popular bands during the late ska, rocksteady and early reggae periods. As a much loved harmony group. After a series of major ska and rock steady hits, the group began working with producer, Karl ‘J.J.’ Johnson, with whom they subsequently enjoyed some of the biggest reggae sellers of the late sixties and early seventies, most notably ‘Everything Crash’, ‘What A Fire’, ‘Feel The Spirit’, ‘Hong Kong Flu’ and ‘Woman Capture Man’. The Reggae Power album is chock-full of these tasty melodies and rhythms and comes wrapped in a cool sleeve photo of future Carry On Girls actress Pauline Peart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reggae Power is available as a limited edition of 750 individually numbered copies on solid orange coloured vinyl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Limited edition of 750 individually numbered copies on solid orange coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Suzanne Ciani

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Music For Denali

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Finders Keepers Records' continued and unwaning commitment to preserving the archives of composer Suzanne Ciani pays off in an avalanche of dividends with this latest master tape discovery, placing further markers in the historical development of electronic music and cinematic composition. Developed at a lesser-documented axis combining Ciani's key disciplines as a revolutionary synthesist and an accomplished pianist, these early works from 1973 capture a rare glimpse of one of the world's most important electronic music figures embarking on the early throes of a fruitful career as a film composer and sound designer with this rare and previously unheard documentary music illustrating the first-ever skiers' decent from the peak of the tallest mountain in Alaska.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Capturing innocence and optimism in its composition, but never less than masterful in its realisation, Denali takes what would later become the yin and yang in Ciani's versatile musical personality and provides unrivalled vistas from both side of the mountain, scaling a treacherous and fine creative line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The music on this record was also commissioned two years before Suzanne's first Buchla concerts in 1974 and 1975, which were accompanied by her seminal National Endowment Paper, and would reveal Suzanne's proud commitment to the developed Buchla instrument and her confidence in its place in modern music, thus proving the likes of Denali to be an earlier showcase of the instrument in it's advanced infancy although still robust enough to carry the emotive and ambitious songwriting skills of the classically trained Ciani. After hearing this record it will come as little surprise that the track known as Ski Song would later be reappropriated (and rerecorded) on Ciani's globally critically acclaimed debut album Seven Waves (as the Fourth Wave), which was initially released exclusively in Japan before Turkish-born electronic music pioneer _lhan Mimaro_lu signed the record to his Finnidar imprint at Atlantic records, thus making musical history for Suzanne as a widely celebrated American-Italian female composer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sun Ra

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Celestial Love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recorded with Arkestra veterans at the same NY studio that hosted countless Sun Ra sessions since the late 60s, this first ever reissue of Celestial Love contains the only known recordings of the titular track and ‘Blue Intensity,’ plus a cut not on the original Saturn LP! True studio albums of Ra with the Arkestra are rare on this planet or beyond. This studio saucer is an interplanetary interpreter, here to convert even the faintest of heart to the sounds of Sun Ra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Beloved

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happiness - 2020 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happiness was recorded from late 1988 to summer 1989, influenced by the band's immersion in the nascent UK Acid House scene. Originally a four-piece guitar/synth band, The Beloved MK1 parted ways late 1987 and founder members Jon Marsh and Steve Waddington were newly liberated by their electronic, machine-driven rhythm section. The perfect synchronicity of the Balearic stylings of the underground clubs and exposure to early Chicago House corresponded with a burst in songwriting and sonic adventure. The result: Happiness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Recorded mostly with producer Martyn Phillips (who subsequently worked with Erasure, Jesus Jones, & Londonbeat) the band created a hybrid of British electronic pop music, US club beats, euphoric mood and consistently optimistic and uplifting lyrics. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Happiness' has been remastered from the original analogue studio masters (by John Davis at Metropolis Studios) and has a significantly louder and clearer audio than the original release. The reissue includes new sleeve notes written by the band themselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2xLP Info: Remastered 180 gram double heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2xCD Info: 2CD edition also includes 'The Wolf Studio Recordings', a 15-track bonus disc of 'Happiness' demos, B-sides, remixes and four previously unreleased songs recorded at Wolf Studios in Brixton between 1988 – 1990.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tim Burgess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh No I Love You - Silver Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Oh No I Love You’ originally released in 2012 gets a Limited edition repress of 500 copies on SILVER LP, in support of Love Record Stores event– Supporting Indie retail. This additional limited colour run is due to large demand for the initial Clear Green repress which has sold out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “The root of this album goes right back to a Kurt Wagner show in Manchester. It was the quietest yet the most powerful live performance I had ever seen and afterwards I carried Kurt's guitar to the car for him. I took the chance to ask him if he would ever consider writing a song with me. "Sure Tim, you write the music and I'll write the words". That one song turned into an album and almost ten year's after we first talked about it, the album is ready and it's called Oh No I Love You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kurt gave me the number of producer Mark Nevers in Nashville. He said Mark's studio, The Beech House was the perfect place to record. We got together members of Lambchop, Clem Snide, My Morning Jacket. We used strings, brass and a gospel choir. Chris Scruggs, grandson of the legendary Earl Scruggs came and played on a couple of songs and lo fi legend R Stevie Moore stopped by and we recorded a track in one take. Further contributions came from Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey and Nik Colk Void and string arrangements from head High Llama Sean O'Hagan”. - Tim Burgess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tim Burgess is the official ambassador for Love Record Stores event on 20th June 2020


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Silver vinyl edition, 500 copies only.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Shaggs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shaggs' Own Thing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When The Shaggs’ Philosophy Of The World came out in 1969, some people couldn’t or wouldn’t understand it. But many musicians, including Frank Zappa and Kurt Cobain, cited the Shaggs as a major influence. Heck, Zappa exclaimed they were “better than the Beatles!” NRBQ’s Terry Adams and Keith Spring were such fans, and after reissuing Philosophy in 1980 on their own Red Rooster label, Adams began work on a collection of recordings the Wiggin sisters had made in the years following their debut. The result was Shaggs’ Own Thing – a beguiling follow-up that reveals a more developed and mature sound while still retaining all of their homespun uniqueness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “The songs were better and they were recorded better, so it naturally made a better album,” Dot Wiggin said shortly after the original release of Shaggs’ Own Thing in 1982. It’s a “natural, organic extension” of the utterly original sound that The Shaggs had created, intentionally or not, with Philosophy Of The World, as John DeAngelis writes in the new liner notes. While Dot Wiggins originals like “You’re Somethin’ Special To Me” and “My Cutie,” and covers of classic songs like “Yesterday Once More” reveal a maturity not displayed on the debut, the two versions of “Shaggs’ Own Thing” and the revisiting of “My Pal Foot Foot” show that The Shaggs lost none of their pure and honest charm over the years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Remastered from the original tapes with liner notes by John DeAngelis, this reissue includes the bonus track “Love at First Sight,” first issued on the 1988 Red Rooster/Rounder Shaggs CD and appears on LP for the first time, plus three additional tracks on CD: “Sweet Maria” and “The Missouri Waltz,” first released by Light In The Attic as a limited-edition Record Store Day 45 in 2016, and the previously unreleased cover of the classic surf instrumental “Wipe Out.”


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: LP bonus track “Love At First Sight” first time on vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CD Info: CD includes 4 bonus tracks, 3 of which appear on the format for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lou Barlow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Emoh (Reissue)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It wouldn’t be accurate to call Emoh my first solo release. I released a cassette in 1987 called Weed Forestin’ under the name Sentridoh. My friend Eric Gaffney played percussion on a few songs, and it was the beginning of the band we would form. We released a cassette, The Freed Man, under the name Sebadoh shortly after that, and when we were picked up by Homestead Records in 1989, I re-released Weed Forestin’ as Sebadoh. Later on (1994 or so), I started another band, the Folk Implosion, with fellow lo-fi voyager John Davis. By 2000, though, all of that was over. Sebadoh was on hiatus after the failure of our The Sebadoh LP, and John Davis quit the Folk Implosion. It was a low point; I wasn’t writing as much, and in the aftermath of a tumultuous move to LA in 1998, I struggled for the next few years. By 2003, I was in a better place and I decided my next step might be a proper solo LP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I started paying for trips to various studios, in particular to Mark Nevers’ Beech House in Nashville. He had recorded Will Oldham’s tremendous Master and Everyone LP, and I thought it would be a good place to act like a real singer-songwriter. I brought in my friend Imaad Wasif to play guitar; he had been key in encouraging me to step out on my own. Nevers suggested I reach out to Mac at Merge. There was a point in 1991 or so that Sebadoh almost signed to Merge, so it seemed to be a logical step. Mac and co. said yes, and it further inspired me to finish the LP. I continued to record in various studios in LA and western Massachusetts. I tinkered extensively with the results at home, and by 2004, I had an LP that was a combination of the intimate “lo-fi” of my early work and the full fidelity I was meant to step into as a maturing artist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Though Emoh was an overwhelmingly positive step forward for me, listening now, I realize the songs have a lot of pain in them. They clearly track the slow dissolution of my first marriage, the fatal break of several partnerships, and my struggle to acclimate to living in LA. Emoh is primarily an acoustic LP with live performances at its core, and that was a personal achievement for me. I’m still very pleased with it. Though my follow-up, Goodnight Unknown, went back inward and is, lyrically, more evasive, with Emoh I realigned myself with my craft. I had embraced songwriting in a high-profile way and made myself solely responsible for the results. The fact that it coincided with becoming a father for the first time makes it a time marker and game changer that has been invaluable to me, serving to keep me focused and on track personally and creatively ever since.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks to Merge for making this reissue happen. Though there was a short run of LPs through Domino UK at the time, vinyl was essentially dead in 2005, so this is the first time Emoh has been available domestically in that format. Lou Barlow, March 2020.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xDeluxe LP Info: 2LP is black vinyl in matte gatefold jacket + printed dust sleeves + download.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Belle And Sebastian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Push Barman To Open Old Wounds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The intriguingly titled ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’ is a chronological double CD / triple LP collection of all 25 songs from Belle and Sebastian’s Jeepster EP and single releases compiled onto one album. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On first release in 2005 ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’ appeared in two formats, a hardback casebound 2CD with deluxe booklet and a 3LP vinyl pressing in a beautiful triple gatefold sleeve. Now, for the first time we have produced a coloured vinyl edition of the 3LP and are making this available exclusively to independent retailers along with the deluxe CD. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The songs included on the album date back to the early days of the band’s career in 1997 when they released 3 four track EPs (‘Dog On Wheels’, ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’ and ‘3..6..9 Seconds of Light’) to bridge the time between the release of their albums ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ (1996) and ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’ (1998). Also included is the band’s most successful single ‘Legal Man’ which reached number 15 in the UK chart in May 2000. The set concludes with the band’s last Jeepster single release ‘I’m Waking Up To Us’ providing an attractive access point to the band’s catalogue for new fans who may have only heard their later work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          None of these songs feature on Belle & Sebastian’s albums and as individual singles they are increasingly rare. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The album is named for a piece of graffiti seen in some toilets in a bar in Glasgow. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2xLtd CD Info: The limited double CD comes in a hardback casebound CD sleeve with a deluxe booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Admas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sons Of Ethiopia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frederiksberg Records is proud to announce the first ever vinyl / digital reissue of Admas’ “Sons of Ethiopia”, the privately pressed album from 1984. Fully licensed from Admas, released with their support, the album includes restored sound and art. The extensively researched booklet features unseen photographs and interviews with the band.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sons of Ethiopia is a mostly instrumental album, rich with global influences. It is one of the few recordings to be produced outside Ethiopia in the early 1980s. It is a key document of the Washington DC exile scene. The core members of Admas – Tewodros ‘Teddy’ Aklilu, Henock Temesgen, and Abegasu Shiota – had previously played in a group called Gasha, one of the few local Ethiopian bands. Admas was born from Gasha, as an outlet for their more experimental instincts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emerging from the community of Ethiopian exiles who fled the brutality of the Derg – the military dictatorship that had deposed Haile Selassie – the album was the sound of a new generation. The members of Admas were not musicians from the ‘golden age’: they were children of the terror of the Derg time. Their music formed during an era of state-sponsored neighbourhood bands and a propaganda-tinged traditional music scene, where the weekends were sound-tracked by the remaining hotel groups of a bygone Imperial world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Admas took Ethiopian popular music into wholly new territory. Having established a residency at the Red Sea restaurant in the early 1980s, the Admas players were steeped in the polyglot musical culture of the American capital. The diverse sonic influences of the city filter into the music, making the album a radically modern work of Ethiopian fusion.Mulatu, Girma Beyene and their peers in 1960s Addis Ababa had created an Ethiopian pop sound by using rhythms from Latin music, soul and jazz. Admas threw their net wider still, adding highlife, electro, go-go, samba, and roots reggae to the mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sons of Ethiopia is the fresh sound of youth, freedom and imagination, which the band made for themselves and by themselves, owning every part of the process. But it is also a music of exile. Admas performed week in, week out, for crowds of fellow Ethiopians, many of whom had lost family and friends to the Derg. Sons of Ethiopia channels this loss, longing and hope. It is at once imbued with the melancholy and nostalgia so typical of Ethiopian song. And at the same time, is a joyful work of synthesis and experiment with deep roots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Always on hand to supply something strange and beautiful, Stroom's latest release is a retrospective of under appreciated Belgian art-rock outsiders Adult Fantasies, comprised of the best moments of the three albums they released between '88 and '94. Exploring the experimental fringes of avant garde, art rock, EBM and stark synthwave, Dirk Seghers and Gerrit Valckenaers combine the electronic and acoustic perfectly, entering the Cocteau sphere, then veering away into darker, heavier territories over the twelve tracks found here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sven Wunder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wabi Sabi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second release on Piano Piano from Sven Wunder.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Appeals to both psych and prog listeners, folk or jazz aficionados and as well the gourmet hip hop connoisseurs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By welcoming the beauty of imperfection and simplicity, Sven Wunder applies the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi on this musical journey. What you can hear is filtered through Ukiyo-e (which translates as “pictures of the floating world”), which illustrates everyday life, as well as through Japonism, the study of Japanese art, and more specifically its influence on European works. The result is a surface that creates an illusion by sound. The infusion of Min’yō with jazz rock, this hazy scene evokes the landscape of Monet’s ”The Water Lily Pond”, which depicts the painter’s Giverny garden, with a Japanese bridge, bamboo, ginkgo trees and the reflection of the sky in the pond. This illusion constructs both time and space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The surface of the music, like the canvas of the painting, invents a journey between now and then by interpreting the idiom of folkloric and western art instruments. In this composition, the sound of the Western concert flute, which stretches back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, evokes the sound of the bamboo-flute (”shakuchachi”), which reached its peak during the Edo period. The guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither, with a more than 2,500 year history, joins traditional Japanese folk melodies with modern pop percussion and 20th century electronic instruments such as the Moog synthesizer, Wurlitzer electric piano and electric bass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is the illusion that celebrates the fleeting nature of all things. A journey. A deep inhale and a slow exhale. It has a mix of jazz (both funky and progressive), East Asian and South Asian sounds. The idea of fusing these styles and reframing them with the aesthetic of wabi sabi is to reconnect with nature and concentrate on asymmetries and emphasize ornamentation to generate new ways of looking at the world, here and now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This record is produced with financial support from the Swedish Arts Council.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Following on from last years' 'Autres Directions' under his own name, and a collaboration with Jim Jupp of Belbury Poly with the celeb matchup of the year in 'The Belbury Circle', Jon Brooks has returned to his Advisory Circle moniker for 'Ways Of Seeing'. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After a brief introduction (like we wouldn't know exactly who were listening to within ten seconds of kick-off), we get slowly arpeggiated saw waves and delayed blipping sinewaves dreamily meandering over the insistent percussive backdrop. Massive snare drums and swelling FM sweeps bulk out the forward-moving Italo throb. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              'The April Interval' and it's later counterpart, the stunning 'Skyways' are beautifully redolent of the 80's library music Brooks (and the rest of us) clearly have a soft-spot for, they are stunning, saturated, key led melodic journeys, brimming with spine-tingling whimsy, perfectly measured production and that impeccable ear for progressions we've come to expect. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              'Flight Capture' is possibly the greatest example of synth-led melody and textural intensity i've heard for a long time, combining the glimmering arpeggiated FM stabs and woozy bass throbs perfectly before slowly building into a shimmering Balearic tine-heavy refrain. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We get spoken-word musings in 'A Mechanical Eye', (though I have less in common with this man than the monologist from the last album, he also being a solid tea enthusiast), before the kosmische shifting arps and swirling pads of 'Airborne Seeds'. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A mindblowing tour-de-force once again from The Advisory Circle, and one that will be on my record player for some time to come. Stunningly immersive, beautifully produced and stunningly packaged. Album of the year material, for sure. 





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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: Limited gold vinyl repress!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paul McCartney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Flaming Pie - Half-Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Flaming Pie is the tenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney, first released in 1997.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Having been heavily involved in The Beatles’ Anthology project, Paul had time to reflect on the standards he and his bandmates had set during their career, and applied these to what would become his first album in four years. Made in a much more spontaneous style, with songs recorded here and there, mostly on holiday, it’s an album that luxuriates in its own sense of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Featuring producers George Martin and Jeff Lynne, as well as musicians including Steve Miller, Ringo Starr and his own son, James McCartney, Flaming Pie would go on to become one of Paul’s most acclaimed albums. Sales were brisk, with the album only kept from the Number 1 slot on both sides of the Atlantic by the cultural phenomenon that was the Spice Girls’ Spice album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3xLtd LP Info: Half-speed master of the remastered main album tracks cut over 2LPs for the first time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Plus 1LP of the Demos and Home Recordings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2xLP Info: Half-speed master of the remastered main album tracks cut over 2LPs for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Misfits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Walk Among Us - 2020 Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The legacy of Misfits is undeniable, having transcended punk into popular culture. 'Walk Among Us' is the important debut album which set the stage for a generation of artists. Highly collectible and sought-after, the official Earache reissue is licensed from Warner Music and the audio is taken from the original master tapes – unlike previous releases.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upon its original release in 1982, Pitchfork rated the album 9.4 out of 10 and said: “Insidiously catchy, the album is a work of feverish imagination, but it’s in no way escapist. Danzig sings of butchering people and keeping the body parts even as the names Ted Bundy and John Watne Gacy sent chills down the spine of a nation. Neither glorifying or condemning, Misfits simply distilled the anxieties of the early 80s into a putrid elixir.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PJ Harvey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dry - Remastered Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dry is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey, originally released on Too Pure Records on 30 March 1992. The album was recorded at The Icehouse, a local studio in Yeovil. Critically lauded both on release and retrospectively, the album contains the singles “Dress’ and ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Back in print for the first time in almost 20 years, Beggars Archive on behalf of Too Pure Records is pleased to announce the re-issue of Dry on vinyl. The album was remastered by the original producer “Head” and has been replicated to the original version as much as possible. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pitchfork – “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness, outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became an instant star - 9.2”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    says: Available on vinyl for the first time in 20 years, PJ Harvey’s ‘Dry’ was a kick in the spine for indie music of the time, and remains as uncompromisingly raw and sonically hulking as it did back then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11 track collection of demos of all songs from the debut studio album Dry by PJ Harvey, available for the first time since 1992, and previously unreleased as a standalone album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LP Info: 1LP, 180gsm black vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full colour outer sleeve, with printed inner sleeves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Artwork includes 3 previously unreleased photos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Download card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CD Info: Mini-gatefold style outer sleeve, with printed inner sleeve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Artwork includes 3 previously unreleased photos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marvin Gaye

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Every Great Motown Hit - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is there a better voice in soul? While you desperately struggle to think of someone, I'll wax lyrical about my main man Marvin. Not only did his incredible vocals, charisma (sex appeal) and all round dreaminess help Motown become the soul juggernaut we know and love (though perhaps despite ourselves), he used his position and talent to pursue peace, harmony, love and equality to all people. While also loving drugs and hating taxes. So here we get those 60's soul gems, "What's Going On" masterpieces and more funky moments. A great place to start for the casual fan.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      McCarthy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Enraged Will Inherit The Earth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Originally released in 1989. The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth is a musical molotov cocktail that’s a mixture of power chords and virile, virtuous lyrics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The songwriting is tightly forged and their knack for producing raw pop is at its finest here. The Enraged Will Inherit The Earth is a powerful weapon that didn’t get enough of a user base to make its intended impact. If the question was ever proposed, “can art be a weapon?” I think this album answers with a bold and resounding “yes.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Including the singles Boy Meets Girl, So What; Should The Bible Be Banned; Keep An Open Mind Or Else & This Nelson Rockerfeller. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        says: With poppy hooks and progressions hidden beneath a cover of driven politicism and anti-war sentiment, McCarthy presented a fascinating and enjoyable juxtaposition of styles and production techniques. This new remaster includes an extra LP AND an extra 7” too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: This limited edition set contains the original LP plus a 10 track bonus LP and a bonus 7” with 2 previously unreleased tracks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Remastered and pressed on colour vinyl with a reworked sleeve by original designer Andy Royston.