MAGIC MIX

END OF YEAR REVIEW 2019

TOP 20 REISSUES/COLLECTIONS

If one song (I use the term loosely) made us stop in our Piccadilly tracks this year, it was Paddy McAloon's epic, emotive and sublime "I Trawl The Megaherz", the sprawling twenty two minute titular highlight of 2019's best reissue. Mort Garson's well tempered Moog and Rupa's East-meets-West disco kept the curio-collectors happy, while classic albums from big hitters Eno, Happy Mondays, The Clash, Prince, The Fall and some guys called the Beatles were reproduced in lavish sets and new mixes.

Piccadilly Records Compilation 2019
Do not adjust your sets / swap your reading specs, we've gone and done another record! After the success of last year's inaugural Piccadilly vinyl, we've worked our magic once again to bring you another compilation LP, jam packed with musical magic from our top 20, as well as the gold medallists in the reissue and compilation categories. All for the bargain price of £9.99!
'Piccadilly Records Compilation 2019' is available to order here now.

Piccadilly Records Sampler
Now for some important FREEBIE info!! After taking a year off we're reintroducing the Free End Of Year Sampler CD for 2019. With a blockbusting 20 tracks including the likes of Khruangbin, Girl Ray, Tenesha The Wordsmith, J-Walk, Blanck Mass, DIIV, International Teachers Of Pop, Mort Garson, Rupa, Horsebeach, Moon Duo, Crazy P and more, it's another cross genre gem. Just the way we like it!
It's free with the Top 50 album, Top 20 Compilations and Top 20 Reissues (whilst stock last!)

Check out these links to see our other Best Of 2019 Charts:
Click HERE for the Piccadilly Top 100 Albums 2019
Click HERE for the Piccadilly Top 20 Compilations 2019

And don't forget our super deluxe perfect bound 92 page full colour End Of Year Review Booklet is available now too, beautifully designed yet again by Mark Brown Studio, you can pick up a physical copy here, free instore or view online here.

1 - Prefab Sprout

I Trawl The Megahertz

    Conceived and recorded after Paddy was diagnosed with a medical condition that seriously affected his vision, the album is a testament to the healing power of music.

    Remastered and complete with new artwork and liner notes from Paddy himself.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    David says: The year is 1999 and Prefab Sprout main man, Paddy McAloon, finds himself nearly blind after surgery to reattach his retinas. Unable to either write songs or read, he spends his time listening to short-wave radio, recording snippets from the phone-ins and documentaries that will engender ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’.
    When it came out in 2003 Paddy, now fully recovered, had decided it was too personal a piece of work to be released under the Prefab Sprout moniker. Worried that an audience expecting a follow up to ‘Cars And Girls’ might be a little nonplussed by his new direction, it appeared as a solo album. Like cotton in a blizzard the record scattered into the ether and was, for the most part, largely forgotten.
    Not only is ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’ entirely unlike anything recorded by Prefab Sprout, it’s unlike anything recorded in pop. The record’s otherworldly mixture of samples and soaring, Debussy inspired classical interludes has more in common with one of those epic, old Hollywood films that you’d watch for hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon than anything you might hear on the radio, either then or now.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLtd LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
    180g double vinyl is etched on one side.

    CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

    2 - Mort Garson

    Mother Earth's Plantasia - Reissue

    In the mid-1970s, a force of nature swept across the continental United States, cutting across all strata of race and class, rooting in our minds, our homes, our culture. It wasn’t The Exorcist, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, or even bell-bottoms, but instead a book called The Secret Life of Plants. The work of occultist/former OSS agent Peter Tompkins and former CIA agent/dowsing enthusiast Christopher Bird, the books shot up the bestseller charts and spread like kudzu across the landscape, becoming a phenomenon. Seemingly overnight, the indoor plant business was in full bloom and photosynthetic eukaryotes of every genus were hanging off walls, lording over bookshelves, and basking on sunny window ledges. The science behind Secret Life was specious: plants can hear our prayers, they’re lie detectors, they’re telepathic, able to predict natural disasters and receive signals from distant galaxies. But that didn’t stop millions from buying and nurturing their new plants.

    Perhaps the craziest claim of the book was that plants also dug music. And whether 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), you also took home Plantasia, an album recorded especially for them. 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. Plants date back from the dawn of time, but apparently they loved the Moog, never mind that the synthesizer had been on the market for just a few years. Most of all, the plants loved the ditties made by composer Mort Garson.

    Few characters in early electronic music can be both fearless pioneers and cheesy trend-chasers, but Garson embraced both extremes, and has been unheralded as a result. When one writer rhetorically asked: “How was Garson’s music so ubiquitous while the man remained so under the radar?” the answer was simple. Well before Brian Eno did it, Garson was making discreet music, both the man and his music as inconspicuous as a Chlorophytum comosum. Julliard-educated and active as a session player in the post-war era, Garson wrote lounge hits, scored plush arrangements for Doris Day, and garlanded weeping countrypolitan strings around Glen Campbell’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” He could render the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel alike into easy listening and also dreamed up his own ditties. “An idear” as Garson himself would drawl it out. “I live with it, I walk it, I sing it.”

    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 convention in 1967 and immediately began tinkering with the device. With the Moog, those idears could be transformed. “He constantly had a song he was humming,” Darmet says. “At the table he was constantly tapping.” Which is to say that Mort pulled his melodies out of thin air, just like any household plant would.

    The Plantae kingdom grew to its height by 1976, from DC Comics’ mossy superhero Swamp Thing to Stevie Wonder’s own herbal meditation, Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants. Nefarious manifestations of human-plant interaction also abounded, be it the grotesque pods in Invasion of the Body Snatchers or the pothead paranoia of the US Government spraying Mexican marijuana fields with the herbicide paraquat (which led to the rise in homegrown pot by the 1980s). And then there’s the warm, leafy embrace of Plantasia itself.

    “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, shouting from another room when she heard him humming a good idear. Novel as it might seem, Plantasia is simply full of good tunes.

    Garson may have given the album away to new plant and bed owners, but a decade later a new generation could hear his music in another surreptitious way. Millions of kids bought The Legend of Zelda for their Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1986 and one distinct 8-bit tune bears more than a passing resemblance to album highlight “Concerto for Philodendron and Pothos.” Garson was never properly credited for it, but he nevertheless subliminally slipped into a new generations’ head, helping kids and plants alike grow.

    Hearing Plantasia in the 21st century, it seems less an ode to our photosynthesizing 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.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Perfect for playing to plants, pasta and unborn children (Barry reckons you can play it to your cat too), this early electronic masterpiece is amongst the finest Moog records ever recorded. Shut your eyes and you’ll find yourself brushing through the verdant flora of a distant planet, glittering arps and delicate melodies accompanying your every move. Originally given away with any houseplant purchase at LA’s Mother Earth, this unique LP has since become a holy grail for open-minded audiophiles, and we’re eternally indebted to Sacred Bones for such a gorgeous reissue.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
    Green vinyl.

    CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

    3 - Brian Eno

    Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks - Extended Edition

    A whole disc of new music, plus Eno’s seminal original album re-mastered.

    "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks" was written, produced and performed by Brian Eno together with his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois. The music was originally recorded in 1983 for the landmark feature-length documentary ‘For All Mankind’, which was directed by American journalist, film director and screenwriter Al Reinert. The film features 35mm footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing with real-time commentary, as well as the Apollo astronauts sharing their recollections of the momentous events surrounding it. An extended edition of the album will be released on July 19th in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This very special anniversary release features the original album remastered by Abbey Road's Miles Showell, as well as an accompanying album of 11 new instrumental compositions that reimagine the soundtrack to ‘For All Mankind’.

    The music from the original album is highly recognizable, and tracks from it have been streamed in excess of 300 million times. Since its release, many of the songs from "Apollo" have found a life of their own, featuring in any number of films, television shows and commercials – most notably ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Traffic’, ‘28 Days Later, ‘Drive’ and ‘Love’. ‘An Ending (Ascent)’ was also used in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. The 11 new tracks on "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks" find Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno working collectively for the first time since the original album in 1983. Lanois contributed 3 compositions; "Capsule", "Last Step From The Surface" and "Fine-grained", while Roger Eno’s are "Waking Up", "Under The Moon" and "Strange Quiet".


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: There aren't many things in this world that can compete with me for “The Best Things To Have Come Out On The 30th Of June 1983”, but 'Apollo...' is one of them. In classic Eno fashion, this is a well balanced juxtaposition of plaintive piano, expertly crafted walls of tectonic synth (both monolithic and near-weightless) and Eno's legendary skill at balancing the two. This extended edition is without a doubt, an essential item for fans or ambient explorers alike. Stunning.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLtd LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
    180gm double black vinyl with a gatefold sleeve and download card.

    2xDeluxe CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
    Limited edition deluxe 2CD format including a 24-page full-colour hardcover book.

    2xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
    Standard 2CD edition.

    4 - Happy Mondays

    The Early EP's

      This collection of EPs features very early, rare Happy Mondays tracks originally released on limited vinyl in the late 1980s by Factory Records. Included is the original version of ‘24 Hour Party People’ and feature track ‘The Egg’ - with atmospheric eerie slide guitar and driving bass this is a stand out gem from the band’s back catalogue and transports you in time to late 1980s Manchester.

      All tracks remastered from original master tapes.

      ‘Forty Five’ pressed on translucent green vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

      ‘Freaky Dancin’ / The Egg’ appears on translucent orange vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

      ’Tart Tart’ is on translucent blue vinyl in 3mm spine sleeve.

      ‘24 Hour Party People’ on translucent yellow vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

      All 4 EPs are gathered in a 300gsm carton slipcase.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Happy Mondays lit up the late 80s with their barely contained, shambolic but groovey take on punk-funk and god knows what else! They were, in short, totally original. In frontman Shaun Ryder they had a complete one-off who label boss Tony Wilson famously compared to W.B.Yeats! These early twelves (85-88) are presented here as four different coloured vinyl, remastered from the original analogue tapes and housed in a 300 gram carton slipcase.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      12" Box Set Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

      5 - The Clash

      London Calling: Special Sleeve

        When The Clash’s third studio album London Calling was released in the winter of 1979, it was clear that the band had made an instant classic, an era-defining masterpiece that stands as one of rock's all-time greatest albums. The album is a hugely compelling melting pot of musical styles, driven by a passion for action and a fierce desire for social justice, with lyrics which remain completely relevant. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Martin says: fter the so-so 'Give 'Em Enough Rope', the Clash came back the following year with a double album bursting with fresh ideas (punk, reggae, jazz, rockabilly, ska!) underpinned by amazing songwriting... there's not a duff track on here. Not just a post-punk classic, a classic full stop. Mind-blowing at the time, this is now simply seen as one of the greatest records ever made. Both LP and CD come in special clear slip case printed with Ray Lowry’s artwork, which can be removed to reveal the Pennie Smith photo below.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xDeluxe LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
        This heavy weight vinyl edition has a special clear slip case printed with Ray Lowry’s artwork, which can be removed to reveal the Pennie Smith photo below.

        2xDeluxe CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
        This edition has a special clear slip case printed with Ray Lowry’s artwork, which can be removed to reveal the Pennie Smith photo below.

        After a slightly dubious reissue a couple of years back, Numero treat Rupa Biswas' viral sensation "Disco Jazz" with their usual precision, care and respect, giving each of us the opportunity to own this masterpiece in lush HQ.
        Engineered at Calgary's Living Room in 1982, "Disco Jazz" was the only release Rupa put out, working with a crack team of Canadian disco muscle and Indian studio talent to create the perfect fusion dish. East meets West, guitar meets sarod, soul meets funk and psych meets disco as Rupa and her crew groove their way through four far out moments of dance floor brilliance. Opener "Moja Bhari Moja" locks us into a frankly irresistible bassline, before the wild guitar riffs, spectral synth lines and trippy sitar create a kaleidoscopic visionquest for our collective third eye. Rupa's echo drenched vocals arrive right on time to seal the deal and steal the show, securing the much coveted 'cosmic disco killer' title all records should aspire to. "East West Shuffle" does exactly what it says on the tin, fusing transcontinental tonalities into a smooth jazz funk simmer before "Aaj Shanibar" closes out the A-side with the kind of cinematic sunset disco all the Balearic heads go wild for. If it weren't for the expert tabla and psychedelic sitar, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was one of those flamenco disco bombs you'd hear in a peak time Mison set. Stretching itself suavely over the whole of the B-side, "Ayee Morshume" is the kind of cosmic disco journey only the most experienced trippers should attempt - a heads down, hands aloft groove-voyage through endless solos and enchanting vocals. Chances of finding an original copy are way beyond slim, and on the rare occasion they turn up on the second hand market you're looking at the top end of three figures. It's a special record, and you're never gonna get a better chance to bag a copy - don't sleep!

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Numero rock our world with a much needed reissue of THE Indian disco holy grail, Rupa's magnificent "Disco Jazz". An East meets West affair, the LP combines Rupa's echoing vocals with slick disco grooves, spacey synths and all kinds of strung out psychedelia resulting in a cosmic bomb for the most enlightened of listeners. It's a must have!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

        CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

        7 - Gene Clark

        No Other - Reissue

          Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece gets the reappraisal it’s long overdue.

          “One of the greatest albums ever made. Initially celebrated for its obscurity, No Other is now celebrated for its magnificence. It was in every way a magnum opus: epic, sprawling, poetic, choral, rococo.” The Guardian

          On the eve of what would have been American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 75th birthday comes the reissue of one of his finest works, No Other. Released in 1974 on Asylum Records, a year after the Byrds shortlived reunion, Gene reached for the stars with No Other; a psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul record that famously cost a small fortune to make. Although received warmly by critics, it flopped and was soon deleted, a failure Gene never came to terms with.

          However, as The New York Times wrote around the record’s 40th anniversary in 2014, “hindsight has burnished No Other, as it has redeemed other albums that went on to be reconstructed as rock repertory, like Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers and Lou Reed’s Berlin,” with the album now being increasingly recognised as one of the greatest of its time, if not all time.

          45 years on and recently remastered at Abbey Road, 4AD have given No Other the reappraisal it deserves. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Darryl says: Recently remastered at Abbey Road and 45 years on from its original release 4AD are giving Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece it’s long overdue reissue. Available on black vinyl, standard CD, a limited deluxe CD edition in a hardbound book cover, and an all encompassing and sumptuous silver box set containing vinyl, three SACD’s, Blu-Ray and an 80 page hardbound book.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
          The original album Remastered and pressed on black vinyl.

          2xDeluxe CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
          Hardbound bok cover.
          The original album remastered & bonus disc of new session mixes.

          CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
          The original album Rremastered.

          Ltd Box Set Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
          Beautiful silver box set containing LP, 7”, Three SACDs, Blu-Ray & an 80 page hardbound book.
          Multi-layer SACD version of album housed in exclusive Japanese Ichikudo vinyl replica sleeve.

          FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

          8 - Stereolab

          Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Expanded Edition)

          Stereolab's 7 album reissue campaign kicks off with 1993's 'Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements' and 1994's 'Mars Audiac Quintet', reissued via Warp Records and Duophonic UHF Disks, as expanded and re-mastered editions on vinyl and compact disc.

          Each album has been re-mastered from the original 1/2" tapes by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering and overseen by Tim Gane. Bonus material includes alternate takes, 4 track demos and unreleased mixes.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Martin says: While this is possibly Stereolab's breakthrough release, it is also one of the most sonically diverse and challenging, switching between extended krautrock jams, edgy and distorted instrumentals, hard driving noise and dreamy pop. Features the utterly enchanting "Pack Yr Romantic Mind" and "Jenny Ondioline".

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          3xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
          Black triple vinyl edition.
          Vinyl comes in bespoke gatefold sleeve, housed inside a heavyweight clear PVC wallet.

          3xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

          2xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

          9 - The Fall

          Bend Sinister / The 'Domesday' Pay-Off Triad-Plus!

            Beggars Arkive reissue The Fall’s ninth studio album, Bend Sinister, originally released in 1986. This edition is titled Bend Sinister/The 'Domesday' Pay-Off Triad-Plus!

            It was the last of three albums in a row produced by John Leckie and was named after a dystopian novel by Vladimir Nabokov.

            After the universal acclaim for the previous year’s This Nation’s Saving Grace, Bend Sinister often stands in its predecessor’s shadow. It is a dark, brooding album made at the height of the group’s Beggars Banquet years and many people include this at the top of the list of favourite Fall albums.

            From Bend Sinister, “Mr. Pharmacist” is a lurching instalment in pop music’s ongoing conversation with drug dealers, illicit and otherwise. Actually a cover of 1960s garage-rockers the Other Half, it’s also a demonstration of how the Fall’s relatively unchanging style could bolster other people’s songs. – PITCHFORK

            “Part musical hypnotist, part ranting madman, Smith was a singular figure in post-punk. His Mancunian accent, dry witticisms and plays on words were one of the Fall’s most constant characteristics. Their songs were odysseys into his ever-verbose psyche, marked by repetitive rhythms and melodies.” – ROLLING STONE

            “At various points in the band’s four-decade career, the Fall might sound like punk, hard rock, psychedelia, funk, blues-rock, jazz-rock, electropop or sheer noise. “If it’s me and your granny on bongos, it’s the Fall,” Mr. Smith once declared. The BBC disc jockey John Peel, an early and steadfast supporter, said of the Fall that ‘they are always different, they are always the same.’” - THE NEW YORK TIMES

            "Mark E Smith’s group of psychedelic post-punks rank as one of the most visionary, singular British bands of all time.” -THE GUARDIAN

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Darryl says: Originally released in 1986, one year after the highly celebrated ‘This Nations Saving Grace’, ‘Bend Sinister’ was a darker brooding album, but had the Brix pop sensibility to counteract Mark E. Smith’s caustic vocals. Still highly regarded by Fall fans to this day, this was MES and his band hitting their creative peak. Reissued as a double disc edition with a plethora of bonus material.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
            Double LP, gatefold sleeve with inner bags. Includes replica program for the Riverside production of ‘Hey Luciani!’.

            2xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
            Double CD contains 6 unreleased songs, casebound, and includes 24-page booklet with notes by Daryl Easlea.

            While the Sex Pistols and The Clash might have soaked up much of the punk spotlight in the ’70s, Buzzcocks brought something equally influential to the table. The Buzzcocks’ influence on indie rock, power-pop, punk rock and pop-punk is hard to overemphasize. When you think of the punk-pop tag, no band embodied it or perfected it quite like Buzzcocks.

            Their songs were gritty, speedy and short like a lot of other punk music, but few punk bands remained committed to pure pop songwriting like Buzzcocks. Pete Shelley’s voice was snotty and full of attitude, their lyrics pushed social boundaries and the band’s guitars were pumping and lightning fast, but their infectious melodies might have fallen more in line with the pop or New Wave acts of the day than say, The Damned or The Stooges.
            While albums like Another Music in a Different Kitchen or Love Bites are still worth digging into, the general consensus is that Buzzcocks’ most essential release is their 1979 singles compilation Singles Going Steady. It contained album cuts like “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve),” non-album singles like “Orgasm Addict” and “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays” as well as B-sides like “Autonomy” and “Noise Annoys.” The album’s eight singles and eight B-sides buff out the occasionally forgettable moments of their LPs and it’s the most accurate document of Buzzcocks as a band.

            The songs that make up Singles Going Steady are largely about relationships and youthful frustration, and the album leads off with “Orgasm Addict,” an explicitly sexual song about everything from masturbation to full-on sex addiction. The song, which also features Shelley’s erotic moans, was unsurprisingly banned by the BBC upon release. Continuing with themes about the universal, inevitable shortcomings of youth, “I Don’t Mind” sums many of them up in a sharp, snappy rock ’n’ roll nut shell. Shelley paints a picture of the longing for another and the highlighting of your own insecurities when you do find that person. What begins with a song about loneliness and escape transforms into a song about fear of unreciprocated romantic feelings, which stems from a lack of self-confidence.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            David says: Quite simply it’s hands down the best ‘best of’ in the history of pop. Originally released in 1979 this edition has been brought back to life by the good folk at Domino Records. “Orgasm Addict”, “What Do I Get?”, “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)”, “Harmony In My Head”, “Autonomy”.... The list goes on, what more could you possibly want?!

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
            Indies exclusive translucent violet coloured vinyl.

            LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

            CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

            11 - Prince

            1999 - Deluxe Editions

              Considered one of the most iconic and influential double albums in rock history, Prince’s 1999 was released at a major turning point in the artist’s career. After years of being relegated to the R&B charts, he experienced his first true crossover moment with the mega-hits “Little Red Corvette,” “1999,” and “Delirious,“ shattering barriers with his revolutionary blend of rock, funk, R&B and new wave pop, and making history by being one of the first black artists to have their videos in heavy rotation on MTV.

              This November 29, The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, will reissue the timeless 1999 album on 2CD & 4LP, remastered for the very first time, along with all the audio material that Prince officially released in and around 1982.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Patrick says: While you were preoccupied with 1981’s royal wedding, the only royal I care about was locked away in his studio, cooking up a staggering amount of music from which the masterful ‘1999’ was taken. These deluxe editions contain a truckload of unreleased tracks, all blessed with the usual Prince genius.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xDeluxe CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

              12 - A Certain Ratio

              Acr:box

                Following on from 2018’s compilation, acr:set, acr:box showcases the diversity of the singles, B-sides and alternative versions of tracks that A Certain Ratio have released, but without repeating tracks recently made available. acr:box collates everything that fans had been missing from the recent reissue campaign, and compliments that with a selection found after a deep delve into the archive to find all the hidden gems that had been talked about over the years, but never heard – even a few releases the band had forgotten about!

                Looking to make the box set as comprehensive as possible, even the original tapes from the session they recorded for a collaboration with Grace Jones were uncovered and reworked. This session includes the cover version of Talking Heads’ ‘Houses In Motion’, using Jez Kerr’s guide vocals (pre to him becoming the band’s singer). Grace Jones never completed her vocal take, after attending one of the recording sessions with the band.

                The box set, which marks the 40th anniversary of A Certain Ratio’s debut release, the Martin Hannett produced ‘All Night Party’ (Factory Records’ first single release) was described recently by Record Collector as “a statement of future intentions: to set funk off against nervous angst.” They went on to be hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of their second single, ‘Shack Up’, represented here via a radio edit from Electronic, featuring Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr. 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: A lovely looking box-set here, brimming with A lovely looking box-set here, brimming with unreleased gems, alternative versions and lost rarities, all collected under one roof. An essential purchase if ever there was one. Release as a vinyl and CD box set editions.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Box Set Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                Vinyl colours match the 6 colours on the artwork.

                FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                4xCD Box Set Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

                13 - Patrice Rushen

                Remind Me - The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976-1984

                Strut present the first definitive retrospective of an icon of 1970s and ‘80s soul, jazz and disco, Patrice Rushen, covering her peerless 6-year career with Elektra / Asylum from 1978 to 1984. Joining Elektra after three albums with jazz label Prestige, Patrice had shown prodigious talent at an early age and had first broken through after winning a competition to perform at the Monterrey Jazz Festival of 1972. By the time of the recordings on this collection, she had become a prolific and in-demand session musician and arranger on the West coast, appearing on over 80 recordings for other artists. She joined the Elektra / Asylum roster in 1978 as they launched a pop / jazz division alongside visionaries like Donald Byrd and Grover Washington, Jr. “The idea was to create music that was good for commercial radio / R&B,” Patrice explains. “We were all making sophisticated dance music, essentially.”

                Drawing on some of the leading musicians in L.A. like saxophonist Gerald Albright, drummer “Ndugu” Chancler and bassman Freddie Washington and keeping an open minded approach from her training in classical, jazz and soundtrack scores, Patrice’s music was a different, more intricate proposition to many of the soul artists of the time. “L.A. musicians were not so locked into tradition,” she continues. “None of us were accustomed to limitation and the record label left us to take our own direction.”

                Early classics like ‘Music Of The Earth’ and ‘Let’s Sing A Song Of Love’ were among Patrice’s first as a lead vocalist before her ‘Pizzazz’ album landed in 1979, featuring the unique disco of ‘Haven’t You Heard’ and one of her greatest ballads, ‘Settle For My Love’. “Although ballads make you feel more vulnerable as an artist because they are often personal, I think listeners relate to that sincerity,” she reflects. By now, Patrice’s records were supremely arranged and produced as her confidence as an all-round writer, producer, arranger and performer grew. Slick dancefloor anthem ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and the ‘Posh’ album in 1980 led to her landmark album ‘Straight From The Heart’ two years later. Receiving little support from her label, Patrice and her production team personally funded a promo campaign for the first single from it, ‘Forget Me Nots’. It went on to peak at no. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album was later Grammy-nominated, while the track became a timeless anthem and popular sample, inspiring Will Smith’s theme for the film ‘Men In Black’ and George Michael’s ‘Fastlove’.

                Patrice’s final album for Elektra, ‘Now’ kept the bar high with sparse, synth-led songs including ‘Feel So Real’ and ‘To Each His Own’. It concluded a golden era creatively for Patrice which remains revered by soul and disco aficionados the world over. ‘Remind Me’ features all of Patrice Rushen’s chart singles, 12” versions and popular sample sources on one album for the first time.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: Strut have put together an essential collection of Patrice Rushen's finest moments on CD and a triple vinyl. Cool boogie, mellow soul, classy jazz-funk and killer disco, all topped with her gorgeous voice.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                3xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

                CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

                14 - Suicide

                Suicide - Art Of The Album Edition

                  By the Summer of 1969 the US hippie dream lay in tatters but the cultural influence exerted by New York City would echo loudly through the decades that followed and no louder than it did with the incendiary electronic NYC duo, Suicide, who came to notoriety nearly a decade later. If dismissive at first, the music press have gone through something of a dramatic U-turn in more recent years with many mainstream publications now regarding Suicide’s 1977 debut as a stone cold classic.

                  It sits at #39 in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s; it placed at #441 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time; and reached #236 in NME’s The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

                  Four decades later, we are only just now counting the positive cost of their influence across genres such as techno, noise, electro clash, goth, synth pop, psych and industrial. However, a sense of their vital impact can be discerned from the number of cover versions of Suicide tracks there are delivered by the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Peaches and R.E.M. Elsewhere they have had been praised widely by Nick Cave, Jim Thirlwell and M.I.A. and count Jason Pierce (Spacemen 3/ Spiritualized), Lydia Lunch, Nik Void of Factory Floor and Savages as fans. This Art Of The Album edition of Suicide sees the record remastered and presented in its original form and packaging, with in-depth liner notes covering the context, craft, impact and legacy of the album.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Darryl says: Still sounding as fresh as the day it was released back in 1977, this New York proto punk / industrial / avant-noise album finally gets the reissue it really deserves. “Remastered and presented in its original form and packaging, with in-depth liner notes covering the context, craft, impact and legacy of the album.”

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                  Deluxe edition celebrating the album as an art form, with in-depth liner notes covering the context, craft, impact and legacy of the album.
                  Plus exclusive 12" sleeve art print.
                  Limited edition red vinyl.

                  CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

                  Previously issued on three rare cassette only editions, Joanna Brouk’s 1980 sophomore album "The Space Between" has finally been given spacious LP quarters. The side-long title track, performed by Brouk’s Mills College instructor and sometime-lover Bill Maraldo is among the deepest and most distinctive pieces in the new age canon, a slowly unfurling piano-raga which captures the listener with an eastern energy. Meanwhile side B’s three cuts expand the theme in hypnotic new directions, utilizing glockenspiel on "Chimes And Bells", returning to piano and adding wafts of reverb flutter on the ultra delicate "Winter Chimes" and finally the coated, rich hum of "Golden Cloud Layers". Gobsmackingly fragile yet tectonically powerful, few ambient albums have the goosebump-inducing potential of "The Space Between".

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: It's been a wonderful year for ambient reissues, and Joanna Brouk's stunning 'The Space Between' is one of the greatest. Weightless, floating synth pads and subtle tremolo, brittle chimes and hazy reverb coming together into a blanket of spine-tingling beauty.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

                  16 - New Order

                  ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes..

                    In June 2017, New Order returned to the stage at Manchester’s Old Granada Studios where Joy Division made their television debut on Tony Wilson’s So It Goes programme in 1978. For the celebrated show ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes .., New Order deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealth of material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and new.

                    Featuring tracks such as Disorder, from Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures and not played live for 30 years, up to 2015’s Plastic from New Order’s critically acclaimed Top 5 album Music Complete - this is the perfect document of those magical 5 nights. The album was recorded live on 13th July 2017 and includes the full show and encore plus 3 additional tracks recorded over the residency to give listeners a full representation of the breadth of material performed. 

                    This special series of intimate shows took over Stage 1 of Manchester’s iconic Old Granada Studios for five nights in June 2017. Created in collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick, who has previously presented solo exhibitions at venues such as Tate Britain and MoMA in New York; and orchestrated by composer-arranger Joe Duddell, a fellow son of Manchester and a frequent collaborator with the band, the live show was performed by the band with a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: Mute present this essential landmark in New Order's lineage with this 2CD / 3LP set from MIF almost exactly 2 years ago. The catalogue is given a renewed and invigorated twist, showing another side to an already venerable set of classic songs. An essential piece for any fans, and another reason New Order retain the status they've held for so long.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    3xColoured LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                    Limited Edition Triple album pressed on transparent coloured vinyl housed in a slip-box.
                    Vinyl 1: Red Transparent.
                    Vinyl 2: Light Green Transparent.
                    Vinyl 3: Blue Transparent.
                    Packaged in individual sleeves and into a hardback slipcase, all with spot gloss finish.
                    24 page 12" sized booklet with silk finish containing exclusive imagery and text relating to the legendary event.
                    Includes hi definition digital download of all 18 tracks.

                    2xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                    Double CD w/ Deluxe Booklet, packaged in triple gatefold sleeve with spot gloss varnish.

                    17 - The Beatles

                    Abbey Road - 50th Anniversary Edition

                      London – August 8, 2019 – It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located. Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

                      This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. The album’s sweeping new edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The BEATLES (‘White Album’) released in 2017 and 2018, respectively. To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. All the new Abbey Road releases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin.

                      “The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements,” Giles Martin explains in his written introduction for the new edition. “Our quest is simply to ensure everything sounds as fresh and hits you as hard as it would have on the day it was recorded.”


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Andy says: Their final album, and it's a beauty! This is a gorgeous, opulent, warm rock record that set the tone for FM seventies music. And for its 50th Anniversary, ‘Abbey Road’ gets remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos across six different formats.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Picture Disc Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                      Ultra limited picture disc edition.

                      LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

                      2xDeluxe CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                      The Deluxe 2CD set pairs the new stereo mix with versions taken from the session takes and demo recordings of its 17 songs, sequenced to match the album’s running order. The two discs are presented in a digipak with a 40-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book.

                      Y is the highly influential and innovative debut album by The Pop Group, released in 1979. In the same year The Pop Group released their single She is Beyond Good & Evil / 3:38.

                      The band went on to release 2 further singles, We Are All Prostitutes and Where There Is A Will (Split single with the Slits) and 1 further studio album For How Much Do We Tolerate Mass Murder, before splitting up in 1981.

                      Frontman, Mark Stewart embarked on a solo career releasing his pioneering album Learning To Live Cope Cowardice in 1983. Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith went on to form Rip Rig & Panic alongside Neneh Cherry.

                      The Pop Group reformed in 2010 to tour and have since released 2 new studio albums.

                      The Pop Group’s Y regularly appears in ‘Greatest Album’ lists - such as Pitchfork’s Greatest Albums of the 70’s where it is listed at #35, The Wire’s 100 Most Important Records Ever Made and Uncut Magazine’s 100 Greatest Debut Albums.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Laura says: "She Is Beyond Good And Evil" was my first introduction to the Pop Group in the late 80s at indie night The Wilde Club. On the strength of that track I bought this LP and played it to death and it remains one of my favourite albums. Now remastered it also includes a 12” of the track that made me fall for them them in the first place. Totally uncompromising post-punk genius!

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                      Cut using half speed mastering at Abbey Road
                      + Bonus 12” + original artwork + high definition audio download

                      CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.

                      Produced in coordination between Be With, Efficient Space and the artist, this definitive reissue is restored from original masters with vivid reproductions of the Down On The Road By The Beach exhibition catalogue, intended to accompany its original release, and extensive liner notes penned by fellow Steve Hiett obsessive Mikey IQ Jones.

                      Near-ambient arrangements that float in a space between The Durutti Column, Steve Cropper and Ashra, Down On The Road By The Beach also crowns Hiett the master of recontextualization with his zero-gravity blues visions of Roll Over Beethoven, Santo & Johnny’s Sleep Walk and the 1967 Eddie Floyd soul hit Never Found A Girl.

                      For the first time since its inception 36 years ago, Steve Hiett’s elusive Down On The Road By The Beach is finally made available outside of Japan. Most recognized in the fashion sphere as an English photographer and graphic designer, Hiett‘s transportive audio portraits amplify his serpentine guitar to the infinite blue, recorded across Paris, Tokyo and New York with no coastline in sight. Now widely celebrated as a desert island disc, very little is actually known of its unfathomable genesis.

                      A career devotee of Brian Wilson’s ground breaking harmonies, Hiett shot The Beach Boys for Rolling Stone - as well as The Doors, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix (in one of his final performances at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival) - while establishing himself as a fashion photographer. Decamping to Paris in 1972, he began what would become 20-year collaborations with Vogue Paris and Marie Claire, printing his signature warm, saturated and vibrantly hued snapshots.

                      In 1982, representatives from Tokyo’s Galerie Watari visited him to propose a solo exhibition. Asking if he could insert a 7” of original music into the back of the exhibition catalogue, Hiett laid down ‘Blue Beach - Welcome To Your Beach’ in a Parisian radio station, playing all of the instruments himself, and two more cuts in New York with Yoko Ono, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan hired-gun Elliot Randall. Once dispatched, the phone began ringing off the hook with requests for him to fly to Tokyo. Assuming these long-distance callers were wanting him to check proofs for the book, it wasn’t until he arrived that he discovered CBS/Sony had facilitated an entire album. Heitt hastily gripped some petty cash, bought a guitar and retreated to his hotel room to start writing.

                      Entering the studio the following day, he was further surprised by a waiting room of session players known as Moonriders - one of Japan’s most acclaimed rock bands of the 1980s. Intimidated by their indecipherable sheet music, Hiett suggested Randall join them and with money being no object for major labels at the time, his wingman was on the next plane out of New York to finalise the high production indulgence.


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: An underground favourite amongst Balearic and Ambient collectors, original copies of this cool and contemplative LP from Steve Hiett dried up recently, making this reissue a must have. Hiett's soundscapes and reflective guitars are every bit as beautiful as his cover photo.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                      First re-issue since its original release in Japan in 1983, remastered from the original masters, 140g vinyl, gatefold sleeve, 16 page photography book with liner notes.

                      CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                      First time on CD, remastered from the original masters, digipack, 6 page photography book with liner notes.

                      Emerging during a period marked by the post-punk, new wave, disco and early hip-hop scenes, Konk straddled genres, blending the balls to the wall attitude of punk with the dance your ass off rhythms of the clubs, an eclectic approach that resonated throughout the city. Equally at home in rock clubs such as CBGB’s as they were in Danceteria and Paradise Garage, KONK took NYC’s supercollider of sounds and melted them down into a hard driving, latin infused flavour all of their own.

                      "The Magic Force Of Konk 1981-1988" is a testament to the bands artistic staying power, the music sounding as fresh now as it did then, from the crossover funk grooves of the ‘Planet Rock’ inspired ‘Konk Party’, to the innovative punk funk synth bass of club hit ‘Your Life’, the bands influence indisputably lives on in this specially created deluxe collection. This beautifully designed package is a feast for the senses, looking as good as it sounds and sure to please fans of Liquid Liquid, ESG, Pigbag, James Chance, Soul Sonic Force, LCD Soundsystem, to name but a few, or simply those intrigued by those tales of wild nightlife that have become synonymous with the vitality of 1980’s downtown New York City.

                      Those folks at Futurismo give every discerning music fan the collection their ears have been craving, "The Magic Force Of Konk 1981-1988". Each deluxe set includes 3x140g limited edition ‘Night Fun’ coloured vinyl - where each of the three disks are a different vinyl colour (transparent red with black marble splatter, solid bright yellow and classic black). Included alongside all the original studio recordings by the band are live tracks from CBGB’s plus a disk of DJ mixers, which can be used to mix alongside the original versions of ‘Your Life’ and ‘Konk Party’. These records come in a wide spined gloss laminated sleeve and contain a 12pg book featuring photos, flyers and a written piece by journalist Ezra Gale, and as if that wasn’t enough also included is a huge poster and a digital download of the tracks.

                      KONK’s The Magic Force Of Konk 1981-1988 is an essential addition to the collection of any jazz, funk, punk, afro or disco fan! This October, get down to the sound of the New York underground...only while stocks last!

                      • 3 x 140g Limited Edition vinyl LP.
                      • Each of the disks are a different colour.
                      • Wide spined gloss laminated sleeve, with full colour uncoated inner sleeves.
                      • Contains all Konk’s studio recordings, plus rare live recordings at CBGB’s.
                      • Includes a disk of DJ mixers that can be used to mix alongside the original versions of ‘Your Life’ and ‘Konk Party’.
                      • 12pg Book containing photos, flyers and a write up by journalist Ezra Gale.
                      • A huge Konk/Pigbag gig poster.
                      • Digital download included.


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: When New York’s musical underground was enjoying its most fertile period of cross-genre creativity, mutant funk troupe Konk were holding it down for the Latin Quarter. This triple vinyl set includes their finest moments alongside rare live recordings and extended DJ mixes.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      3xColoured LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2019 CD sampler.
                      'Night Fun' coloured vinyl edition.


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