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Future Sound Of London

Lifeforms

Remastered re-issue of the 1994 double album by experimental electronica group The Future Sound of London. Although slightly lost in the hyped-up murk of the mid 90s, with time, it has become their best-known album and is considered to be an important and influential classic of avant-garde electronic music. It sounds timeless, and could well have been released this week. Using unique and enthralling keyboard sounds, pad presets or ambient washes FSOL create an exotic and otherworldly collage; existing somewhere between the stars and a deserted tropical island. Sprawling, languid, and unhurried, I'm sure this made a brilliant companion to the permo-comedown from all those high end gary's available at the time.

180 gram with DL codes.


The Pharcyde

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - 25th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl Edition

Bizarre Ride II is the debut album from The Pharcyde. Released in late 1992 by Delicious Vinyl, the album was hailed by critics and alternative rap fans and appeared in "best albums" lists in several publications. Produced entirerly by J-Swift with easily some of the tightest and most inventive beats of the era, Bizarre Ride features only one guest appearance, provided by little known Los Angeles rapper Buckwheat (who would become known as "Bucwheed" from The Wascals). Released during the dominant Gangsta Rap era of the West Coast, the music was described as "refreshing" due to its playful, light-hearted humor and lush, jazzy production. Along with albums like To Whom it May Concern by Freestyle Fellowship, and I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Bizarre Ride helped establish a new alternative scene on the West Coast followed by artists such as Hieroglyphics, The Coup and Jurassic 5. The album featured four singles, all of which were accompanied by music videos. The group's debut single, "Ya Mama", originally released in 1991, was the song that landed the group their record deal, but it failed to reach any Billboard singles chart. Their first major exposure came with the release of the album's second single, "Passing Me By". The song became the group's biggest crossover hit and is now considered a classic Hip Hop single. The album's third single, "4 Better or 4 Worse", was released in mid-1993 and featured the stoner song "Pack the Pipe" and the throwback track "Return of the B-Boy" as its B-Side. The final single, the SlimKid solo track "Otha Fish", was released in late 1993.

STAFF COMMENTS

David says: Golden Era hip hop doesn't come any more golden this. You can't listen to this without a smile on your face. Essential.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xColoured LP Info: 25th anniversary pressing on translucent blue and yellow vinyl!

James

Millionaires - Vinyl Reissue

    Double Vinyl with download code.
    180g black vinyl.
    First time available on vinyl. 

    James

    Gold Mother - Vinyl Reissue

      Double Vinyl re-press with download code.
      180g black vinyl.
      First time available on vinyl with this specific track-list.


      James

      Pleased To Meet You - Vinyl Reissue

        Double Vinyl with download.
        180g black vinyl.
        First time available on vinyl. 

        The Beatles

        Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2017 Stereo Mix

          Produced by Giles Martin for this year’s universally heralded ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition releases, the album’s new stereo mix was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles’ father, George Martin. Praised by fans and music critics around the world, The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition is 2017’s most celebrated historical music release and an ideal gift for Beatle People here, there, and everywhere.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl edition.

          Beastie Boys

          Hot Sauce Committee Part Two - Vinyl Reissue

          "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" is the eighth and final studio album by the the one and only Beastie Boys, originally released on April 27, 2011. Where 2004's "To The 5 Boroughs" utilised stripped back production and powerful lyricism in a post 9/11 love letter to NYC, Hot Sauce Committee mixes live instrumentation and samples into the kind of soupy production first unleashed on the world with "Pass the Mic" and furthered with songs like "So What'cha Want" and "Sure Shot". These songs are dense with sound effects and heavy on the bottom end, and the vocals are processed with a mixture of distortion and EQ that obscures the details of their rapping and the content of their lyrics but also gives the music a bit of snarl.The release was supported by four singles – "Lee Majors Come Again", "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas, "Make Some Noise", and "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" featuring Santigold.

          Six years after "Hello Nasty", an older, wiser and entirely essential Beastie Boys re-emerged with "To The 5 Boroughs", a passionate love letter to NYC written in the wake of 9/11. As usual they deliver their irrepressible tag team rhymes, mixing up celebrations of their home city with witty put downs of George W and his policies, and of course their usual stoopid bragging, but this time dropping them over stripped down backing tracks, that give a nod to the past (check "Triple Trouble" with its Sugarhill Gang samples), while obviously being influenced by hip hop and R'n'B's more recent electronic styles.  Four singles were released from the album, "Ch-Check It Out", "Triple Trouble", "An Open Letter to NYC", and "Right Right Now Now", but it's very difficult to choose a favourite on this career highpoint.

          Beastie Boys

          The In Sound From Way Out - Vinyl Reissue

          American bands have never gotten in the habit of their British counterparts, who tend to release lots of extended singles filled out with not-meant-for-prime-time experimentations. If the Beasties had gotten into that habit, this would be their B-side compendium. Originally released through the Beastie Boys' French fan club, The In Sound From Way Out! is a collection of the group's funky instrumentals from Check Your Head and Ill Communication, with a couple of new tracks thrown in. The Beasties have a flair for loose, gritty funk and soul-jazz, and the stuttering, greasy keyboards of Money Mark give the music an extra edge - he helps make the music sound as authentic as anything from the early '70s.

          R.E.M

          Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition)

            Widely considered to be one of the best albums of the 90s, 1992’s Automatic For The People features R.E.M.’s iconic hit singles “Nightswimming,” “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts.”. Commemorating the album’s 25th Anniversary, this remastered Deluxe edition boxset features previously unreleased material, including 20 never-before-heard demos, and the previously unreleased tracks “Mike’s Pop Song” and “Devil Rides Backwards.” A Blu-ray disc offers the full album (with bonus track “Photograph” featuring Natalie Merchant) mixed in Dolby Atmos, plus a high-resolution master of the album, music videos, and the original 1992 EPK. Also included is Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92 – a live set performed in R.E.M.’s hometown of Athens, GA. This will also be released on a 2CD format which includes the remastered album and the band’s 1992 show at The 40 Watt Club in Athens as well as a 180 gram vinyl edition featuring the full original album, remastered from the original analog tapes. Includes digital download card. 

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Beck

            Mutations

              Reissue of Beck's 1998 album Mutations. Whereas his previous album, Odelay had been a found-sounds and sample heavy mish mash of folk, blues, grunge, old-school hip hop and electro, Mutations harks back to the more stripped back style of his One Foot In The Grave album. It’s a laid back, mostly acoustic affair, taking in psychedelic-folk, country and blues. It may not have the commercial punch of Odelay but it’s a fantastic album that still stands up today, and shows what a great songwriter Beck is. 180 gram vinyl and includes download code.

              Scott Walker

              Scott - Vinyl Reissue

                One of the most enigmatic figures in pop music history Scott Walker (nee Scott Engel) first saw massive success in England with his band The Walker Brothers in 1965. Not really brothers, nor were they British, the trio left Hollywood seeking fame in England, and they found it here for a time with their particular brand of orchestrated pop.

                Following the groups demise in 1967 Walker set our to pursue solo stardom in perhaps the most peculiar way possible, with over-the-top baroque pop songs owing more to his idol Jacques Brel, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra than they did to the Beatles or the Stones.

                This is his first solo LP from 1967 and features three of his own compositions along with covers of songs by Brel, Tim Hardin, and the Brill Building team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. A true original.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Scott Walker

                Scott 2 - Vinyl Reissue

                  Originally released in 1968, "Scott 2" made it all the way to number one on the UK pop charts, perhaps the strangest number one hit in pop history. Continuing with his orchestral obsession, "Scott 2" features over-the-top string and horn arrangements, occasionally veering into dangerously schmaltzy territory. This production style is in drastic contrast to the lyrical content, songs of despair, prostitution, homosexuality, and brutal honesty, indicting the same glamorous and glitzy lifestyle that his baroque pop style emblemizes. Along with many originals "Scott 2" features songs by Jacques Brel, Tim Hardin, and Bacharach/David.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                  The Rolling Stones

                  Beggars Banquet - Reissue

                    Beggars Banquet is the seventh British studio album by the legendary English rock band, The Rolling Stones. This album is generally acknowledged as the moment when the Rolling Stones came of age. After three albums that found Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and group indulging in every kind of studio trickery, this 1968 masterpiece found the Stones returning to the band dynamic. Playing it straight, fast and loose, they emerged with iconic tracks like ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘Street Fighting Man,’ launching what became their most iconic period.

                    No download code.

                    The Verve

                    Urban Hymns (20th Anniversary Edition)

                      Every now and again, the world of music throws up a record that is out of the ordinary, something in its timing, quality and spirit that just feels right. The Verve’s 1997 album Urban Hymns, released on September 29th 1997, was one such record. The album spawned three highly successful singles. The first was the epoch-making worldwide smash Bitter Sweet Symphony, which trailered the album and became the sound of the summer. It was followed in the UK by The Drugs Don’t Work (No. 1) and Lucky Man (No. 7).

                      20 years on, the strength of the writing, the quality of the ensemble playing and sensitive production ensure the album sounds as riveting as ever and to mark this anniversary, Virgin/UMC are releasing a remastered version of the album with a bounty of bonus material - all of the accompanying b-sides (and The Verve’s b-sides were genuinely something special) plus three hours of powerful, previously unreleased live material, including the full triumphant May 1998 hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan.

                      The deluxe packages also feature new interviews with all the band and all physical releases draw on a vast array of previously unseen photography by Chris Floyd, who first travelled with The Verve on their US tour of 1994 and was granted unprecedented access during the making of Urban Hymns and beyond - up to and including the Haigh Hall show. His work brilliantly captured the band in the studio, on stage, backstage, during down time, on their video sets and tour bus. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Andy says: Incredible album which has mega melodies alongside deeper, darker cuts, gets remastered for its 20th anniversary. Energized melancholia, passion distilled, this is quite simply a beautiful record.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      5xDeluxe CD Info: The Super-deluxe 5 CD and DVD includes a lavish 56-page hard cover book plus poster and 5 postcards.

                      Underworld

                      Beaucoup Fish

                        "Beaucoup Fish" is the fifth album by Underworld, released in 1999. Following the huge success of the single "Born Slippy" from its use in the film Trainspotting, Beaucoup Fish was Underworld's most anticipated release. It spawned several successful singles, including "Push Upstairs", "Jumbo" and "Moaner", which was previously used in the film Batman & Robin. "Beaucoup Fish" was well-received critically (one review calling it 'electronica's "The Dark Side of the Moon"') and remains Underworld's most successful album, with over one million copies sold. It is the last studio album to feature Darren Emerson who departed in 2001 and third album by the techno / house orientated version of Underworld which became active in about 1991/1992 (tracks were being released around this time under the names Lemon Interupt and Underworld). I personally remember this being a particularly arresting album in 1999, with a rollercoaster of dynamics which took you to the dizzying heights of techno stompers "Push Upstairs" & "King Of Snake" and down to the come-down frazzled lullabies of "Skym" and "Winjer" via the Portishead-esque introspection of "Push Downstairs" and the baggy breakbeats of "Bruce Lee". A classic.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        4xDeluxe CD Info: The bespoke remastered super deluxe format features 40 tracks across 4CDs with a 60 page booklet. It includes the original albums classic singles remastered for 2016 as well as unreleased tracks, alternative versions & B-sides.

                        Various Artists

                        Guardians Of The Galaxy - Awesome Mix Vol. 2

                          A brilliantly effervescent and instantly recognisable collection of tracks from the second Guardians Of The Galaxy film. Featuring such diverse and familiar rock greats as 'The Chain' by Fleetwood Mac, Parliament's brilliant 'Flash Light' and family favourite 'Mr Blue Sky' by ELO, it is the perfect companion to the film, or a perfect listen for someone who just likes good, classic songwriting. 

                          Crank it up, and sit down in your favourite chair whilst someone else saves the galaxy (again). It's their job, after all. 

                          Various Artists

                          Guardians Of The Galaxy - Vol. 2

                            Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage - featuring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel , Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper. The 14-track mix features songs by David Bowie (The Prettiest Star), The Rolling Stones (Gimme Shelter), and Paul Simon (The Obvious Child), among others.

                            This Deluxe edition features the entire soundtrack plus the 16-piece original score by Tyler Bates, filling (most) of the second LP. The true compendium of music from this highly regarded and immensely enjoyable duology. 

                            The album showcases the band’s first new material in 20 years and is sure to reinstate them as one of the most influential bands of all time. Album opener and teaser track ‘Everything You Know Is Wrong - Intro’ sees the band launching into a statement of intent and the return of Shaun Ryder’s lyrical wit, which this time sees him taking sharp aim at Donald Trump. The forthcoming album is testament to Ryder’s reigning social and political commentary.

                            Ryder and Kermit have teamed up with producer Youth (Martin Glover) on this album, who has previously worked with the likes of The Verve, U2, Primal Scream, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode to name but a few.Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and iconic bands of the last twenty years, Black Grape have had 4 Top 10 singles and their debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ shot straight to No.1 in the UK charts upon its release in 1995 and went Platinum. Follow up album ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’ went Gold in 1997. Released on 1CD and a 180g Gatefold Black 1LP including 2 inserts with lyrics on and a download voucher.

                            The Cure

                            Greatest Hits

                              First time on vinyl for the 2001 compilation. Mastered by Robert Smith and housed in a die-cut gatefold sleeve. Artwork by the original design team at Stylo Rouge and features out-takes from the original photo shoot for the front cover. Features 4 Top 10 hit singles plus 4 Top 20s.



                              The Cure

                              Acoustic Hits

                                First time on vinyl for the Cure's acoustic rendition of their Greatest Hits. This was a limited edition CD which accompanied the 2001 Greatest Hits compilation and has never appeared on vinyl. 2LP set housed in a die-cut gatefold sleeve.

                                Big Star

                                The Best Of Big Star

                                Best of Big Star is part of a wide-ranging, year-long initiative celebrating Stax Records’ 60th anniversary. Formed in 1971 by singer/songwriters Alex Chilton (1950-2010) and Chris Bell (1951-1978), drummer Jody Stephens (b. 1952) and bassist Andy Hummel (1951-2010), the Memphis-based group is now considered to be one of the most influential bands in modern music, having inspired some of the biggest alt-rock artists of the ’80s, ’90s and beyond. An underground core of fanatical enthusiasts kept the fire burning. The Replacements famously released “Alex Chilton,” a song that paid tribute to Big Star’s songwriting genius. R.E.M.’s Peter Buck said, “Big Star served as a Rosetta Stone for a whole generation of musicians.” 

                                Iggy Pop

                                The Idiot - Back To Black Edition

                                  Two years on from the end of The Stooges, Iggy returned, older, wiser and perhaps a little more world weary. The Idiot is his debut solo album and the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. Style-wise the album sits nicely alongside Bowie’s Berlin period albums, gone is the raw proto-punk of The Stooges, instead we have fractured guitar sounds and discordant keyboards, and whereas previously his vocals were delivered with a defiant snarly, he instead adopts his now trademark baritone drawl.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd LP Info: 180g and download card.

                                  Iggy Pop

                                  Lust For Life - Back To Black Edition

                                    Released less than a year after "The Idiot", "Lust For Life" is a return to the sloppy, sleazy, blues-y, swagger of the Stooges. Though the record is, again produced by David Bowie, he takes much more of a backseat musically, allowing for Iggy Pop to take center stage in his return to form. An absolute classic from this total legend.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Ltd LP Info: 180g and download card.

                                    London – April 5, 2017 – It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

                                    “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.

                                    “‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.

                                    This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.


                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    CD Info: Standard CD featuring the new ‘Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix, complete with the original U.K. album’s “Edit for LP End” run-out groove.

                                    Nirvana

                                    Incesticide

                                      Vinyl reissue on a Gatefold 180g 2LP of Nirvana’s 1992 rarities collection. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. Incesticide was originally released in December 1992, collecting unreleased and non-album tracks to follow up on the success of 1991’s Nevermind. 

                                      Elliott Smith

                                      Either/Or - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                      To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Elliott Smith’s best-selling and greatly beloved album, Either/Or, UMC are set to release Either/Or: Expanded Edition, with a 2LP following on May 19, 2017.

                                      Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane. The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem. This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

                                      Dusty Springfield

                                      Dusty In Memphis

                                        Hoping to reinvigorate her flagging late 60s career, Dusty Springfield was signed to Atlantic and sent to record an album in Memphis, Tennessee with the Memphis Cats studio band, Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin, all of whom had worked with her hero Aretha Franklin. Including tracks like "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Just A Little Lovin'", "Don't Forget About Me", "Breakfast In Bed" and "Windmills Of Your Mind" amongst other deep soul numbers, the album was Released in 1969 but didn't take off as hoped and had disappointing sales. However, since that time it has come to be seen as Springfield's definitive work and regularly appears in 'best ever records' charts. It's a perfect soul / pop moment from one of the UK's finest singers.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl reissue.

                                        Paul Weller

                                        Wild Wood

                                          Repress of Wild Wood, Paul Weller's second solo record. Released in September 1993, it made it to number 2 in the UK charts, and contained three UK hits: "Wild Wood", "Sunflower", and "Hung Up”.

                                          As with his solo debut, there’s more than a nod to classic British mod rock here, but there’s also a heavy dose of pastoral folk that combined with the introspective lyrics makes this a wonderfully timeless album.

                                          • Gatefold LP sleeve with colour sticker
                                          • 20 x 30” single sided poster
                                          • Colour inner sleeve with photos and lyrics

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd LP Info: Released in enhanced packaging, re-mastered at Abbey Road and pressed on heavyweight vinyl.

                                          Frank Zappa

                                          Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

                                            "Frank Zappa loved '50s doo wop music. He grew up with it, collected it, and it was the first kind of pop music he wrote (like "Memories of El Monte," recorded by the Penguins in 1962). Cruising With Ruben & the Jets, the Mothers of Invention's fourth LP, is a collection of such music, all Zappa originals (some co-written with MOI singer Ray Collins). To the unexperienced, songs like "Cheap Thrills," "Deseri," and "Jelly Roll Gum Drop" can sound like an average doo wop song. A closer look reveals unusual chord sequences, Stravinsky quotes, and hilariously moronic lyrics -- all that wrapped in four-way harmony vocals and linear piano triplets. A handful of songs from the group's 1966 debut, Freak Out, were rearranged ("How Could I Be Such a Fool" and "Anyway the Wind Blows" give the weirdest results), old material predating the Mothers was recycled ("Fountain of Love"), "Love of My Life," and "You Didn't Try to Call Me" became live staples." - All Music.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            LP Info: Repressed on 180g vinyl.

                                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                            Massive Attack

                                            Blue Lines - 180g Vinyl Reissue

                                            Recorded in Neneh Cherry's nursery by a group of self-proclaimed "lazy Bristol Twats", 'Blue Lines" took the hip hop rulebook, ripped it up and used it for roaches. Generally considered the first trip hop album, though the term wasn't coined until several years later, "Blue Lines" was a runaway in the United Kingdom, though sales were limited elsewhere. A fusion of electronic music, hip hop, dub, '70s soul and reggae, the album established Massive Attack as one of the innovative British bands of the 1990s and the founder of trip hop's Bristol Sound. Shifting the 'dance-music' focus from the feet to the head, "Blue Lines" saw hip hop beats collide head on with lilting dub grooves, while dusty samples were dexterously chopped and scratched into fresh rhythms. While tracks like "Blue Lines", "Five Man Army" and "Daydreaming" feature free-flowing rhymes from Daddy G, 3D and Tricky in ATCQ style, Massive Attack approached the American-born hip hop movement from an underground British perspective, packing their innovative beats with elements of jazz-funk and dub. Elsewhere, reggae legend Horace Andy lent his unique voice to the revolutionary grooves of "One Love" and "Hymn Of The Big Wheel" (also featuring Neneh Cherry), while Shara Nelson's soulful vocal capped off album standout "Unfinished Sympathy" perfectly. Now back in press on pristine black wax, "Blue Lines" sounds every bit as good today as it did on its release 25 years ago - timeless.


                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            Ltd LP Info: 180gram heavyweight vinyl.

                                            Massive Attack

                                            No Protection - 180g Vinyl Reissue

                                              Always in tune with soundsystem culture, Massive Attack followed their 1994 "Protection" LP with this brainmulching dub version, produced by the one and only Mad Professor. The project started when the group contacted Mad Professor to deliver a B-side remix for a forthcoming single. After the track was remixed, the band asked Mad Professor to listen to more of the album to explore the possibility of further remixes, the project soon becoming a track by track remix of almost the entire album. Mad Professor heavily edited the original material to form a slow, pulsating mix in which the beat is emphasized, reverb is extensively used and the occasional vocals (many of the tracks are almost entirely instrumental) fade in-and-out in typical dub fashion to create a hypnotic mix. "No Protection" was the most hyped album during dub music's revival in the mid 1990s, bewitching fans with its deep textures and unconventional fx. 

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Ltd LP Info: 180gram heavyweight vinyl.

                                              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                              Massive Attack

                                              Protection

                                                Three years after changing the musical landscape with the stoned and soulful majesty of "Blue Lines", Massive Attack returned to the airwaves and turntables with the afterhours cool of "Protection". A natural successor to their stratospheric debut (even down to the sleeve design), "Protection" finds the group in confident mode, continuing to fuse hip hop, reggae and soul, but adding elements of R&B and chilled out electronica. The LP opens in emotive fashion with Tracey Thorn collaboration "Protection", before the thumping bass and relaxed rhymes of "Karmacoma" begin to test your speakers. The infectious, undulating groove of "Weather Storm" is one of the finest sample flips ever, while the menacing piano and robust breakbeats of "Heat Miser" rival the introspective quality of anything on DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing". Peppered with irresistible melodies and irrepressible rhythms throughout, all the while maintaining a subtle melancholy, "Protection" is the perfect soundtrack to those lonely moments very late in the night.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Ltd LP Info: 180gram heavyweight vinyl.

                                                DJ Shadow

                                                Stem / Long Stem

                                                  A very limited run of 12" Promo whites.

                                                  “Stem / Long Stem” (Clams Casino Remix)

                                                  DJ Shadow

                                                  Entroducing - 20th Anniversary Endtrospective Edition

                                                  A seminal, incredibly influential hip hop release (also regarded as pretty much the last word in instrumental ‘trip hop’, a term used a lot at the time), Endtroducing is simply one of the defining albums of the 90s. It is famously also the first record ever made entirely from samples of other people's records – with a particularly broad array of sources used, many mined from the catacomb-like basement under the artist’s favourite record store in Sacramento, which has long-since closed its doors. This is the store pictured by photographer B+ on the album cover and in many other shots included in the package.

                                                  Endtroducing is 20 years old and to celebrate this milestone DJ Shadow has re-opened the sessions to personally curate a further bonus album of remixes by a carefully selected roll call of electronic music luminaries, which he has christened Endtroducing Re-Emagined.

                                                  This will be added to the successful 2005 2CD Deluxe Edition, along with expanded notes from a new interview conducted by Eliot Wilder (author of the lauded 33 1/3 book on the album) and some never-before-published photographs by B+ and Phil Knott to create the 20th anniversary release as Deluxe 3CD and 6LP (3 x double LPs) sets. 


                                                  The Traveling Wilburys

                                                  The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

                                                    The albums Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 feature music's greatest singer-songwriters - George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan - as the legendary band The Traveling Wilburys. 

                                                    Sex Pistols

                                                    Live '76

                                                      This collection comprises of four revolutionary live recordings– all officially sanctioned by the Sex Pistols and professionally mastered at Abbey Rd Studios and released in full for the first time on CD and LP format. Disc one features the truly legendary Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester concert, which took place on 4th June, 1976, arguably one of the most important music concerts ever. The second disc comprises the ‘Midnight Special’ concert, which was recorded on 29th August, 1976 at Screen on the Green, Islington - More widely known for its cult cinema screenings. This famous gig saw the Pistols supported by The Clash and Buzzcocks. Disc three is the live show that took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison on 17th September 1976. Of the four recordings that make up this collection, this was the only one ‘officially’ recorded on 4 track ¼ inch tape, by the band’s live soundman Dave Goodman. The collection is completed with a concert that originally made its way around as a fans bootleg, recorded on 25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent, officially released in full for the first time.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Andy says: The Pistols' live BOMB, putting to bed, if it was ever needed, the Malcom McClaren generated myth that the band couldn't actually play. Tell that to Steve Jones, pal! Forty years on and you have an historical document of one of the most influential and important bands of all time.

                                                      The Verve

                                                      A Storm In Heaven

                                                        3 popular studio albums by The Verve are being made available again as deluxe formats and on vinyl. A Storm In Heaven, the bands debut album from 1993, gets a thorough overhaul with this wonderful 4-disc boxed Super Deluxe Edition.

                                                        Remastered by Chris Potter (co-producer of the band’s ‘Urban Hymns’) the original album comes amply augmented by all of the legendary pre-album EP tracks, associated acoustic versions, as well as two previously unreleased BBC radio sessions and two excellent previously unreleased studio albums – ‘South Pacific’ and ‘Shoeshine Girl’.

                                                        The album will also be available on vinyl.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Andy says: There was a lot of excitement around the release of (the)Verve's debut album. This was because they were a completely unique proposition back at the dawn of the nineties. There were elements of Shoegaze, but mainly this was drifting, blissed-out psyche rock. A classic band was born!

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Box set Info: 4-disc (3CD/1DVD) boxed Super Deluxe Edition.

                                                        The Verve

                                                        A Northern Soul

                                                          A Northern Soul spawned three Top 40 singles – ‘This Is Music’, ‘On Your Own’ and ‘History’. For this sumptuous 3-CD boxed Super Deluxe Edition the original audio has been remastered by Chris Potter and comes augmented by all of the associated B-sides, two previously unreleased BBC radio sessions and seven unreleased studio tracks, including early versions of ‘The Rolling People’ and ‘Come On’.

                                                          The package comes in a lift-off-lid box covered in silver mirrorboard as with the original LP release and contains four postcards, a poster and a 36-page book with new interviews and previously unseen photos.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Andy says: Absolutely massive album in our shop, back when we were on Brown Street. This has deep, heavy grooves, ballads and sky-scraping believer-anthems. It's an incredible record.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Box set Info: 3-CD boxed Super Deluxe Edition.

                                                          The Cure

                                                          Faith

                                                            Released in September 1981 The Cure's 3rd album is seen by aficianados as probably their finest hour. It is a moody, melancholy, sleek and glacial affair that was clearly influenced by Joy Division but in a very good way indeed! Basically it's more than a tad gloomy, but that's why we love it!

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                            The Cure

                                                            Seventeen Seconds

                                                              Released in May 1980, this record is the place where The Cure really started to develop their unique early 80's sound. It's sparse, precise and rhythmic, with those gorgeous melodies always on top. This album features 'A Forest' which is still regarded as one of The Cure's greatest ever songs.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Andy says: 'A Forest'. 'Nuff said!

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                              The Cure

                                                              Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

                                                                Released in May 1987, 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me' was a double album that veered delightfully all over the place with horns, strings and even funky arrangements. 'Why Can't I Be You' provided their now de rigeur zany pop hit (with accompanying video to boot) but it was 'Just Like Heaven' which really hit the sweet spot.  Here was a band at the peak of their powers doing exactly as they pleased. Splendid stuff.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Andy says: 'Just Like Heaven' is one of the best songs ever written and it's on this record!

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                Eminem

                                                                The Marshall Mathers LP

                                                                  "Eminem's masterful second record, 'The Marshall Mathers LP' is all about blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, humor and horror, satire and documentary, so it makes perfect sense that the LP is no more or no less "real" than 'The Slim Shady' LP. It is, however, a fairly brilliant expansion of his debut, turning his spare, menacing hip-hop into a hyper-surreal, wittily disturbing thrill ride. It's both funnier and darker than his debut, and Eminem's writing is so sharp and clever that the jokes cut as deeply as the explorations of his ruptured psyche. The production is nearly as evocative as the raps, with liquid basslines, stuttering rhythms, slight sound effects, and spacious soundscapes. There may not be overpowering hooks on every track, but the album works as a whole, always drawing the listener in." All Music

                                                                  Hole

                                                                  Live Through This

                                                                    On Hole’s second album they rounded off some of the raw edges found on “Pretty On The Inside”. Rumours at the time were that Courtney Loves’ husband Kurt Cobain had ghost written the album. Whether this is true or not, there are nod’s to Nirvana’s sound but Courtney’s rage, cynicism and distinctive vocals make it unmistakeably a Hole album, and arguably their best.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    LP Info: Back to black vinyl edition.

                                                                    The Human League

                                                                    Travelogue

                                                                      On the Human League’s second album, the detached, synthetic influence of Kraftwerk was still evident, but both the synth sound and Phil Oakley’s vocals were starting to veer towards a more ‘pop’ direction. This new direction created a rift in the band and this was the last album to feature Martin Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, before their departure to concentrate on the British Electric Foundation and Heaven17.

                                                                      Sonic Youth

                                                                      Rather Ripped - Back To Black Edition

                                                                        "Rather Ripped", was recorded through the waning hours of 2005 into the dawn sunshine of 2006 at the venerable Sear Sound Studios in NYC's fading theater district. Mixed at Sear Sound and at Hoboken, NJ's Water Music by the golden ear of John Agnello, the album exhibits SY in positive vibration mode. "Rather Ripped" features twelve songs of forward motion and harmonic / melodic surprise with vocals shared by the frontline of Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo with Steve Shelley gluing the rhythms to the floorboards. The band bursts out of the barn with "Incinerate", contemplates holy war mind games on "Do You Believe In Rapture?" and keeps cruising strong through track after track of risk-laden rock, finally floating away with the curious "Or". This is a straight-up Sonic Youth field on fire, with a compact potency of rock'n'roll enlightenment. Rather ripped, indeed.

                                                                        Eminem

                                                                        The Slim Shady LP

                                                                          'The Slim Shady LP' is the second studio album and first commercial release from the American rapper Eminem. It was released on February 23, 1999, under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan following Eminem's recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. The majority of the record's lyrical content is written from the perspective of the rapper's alter ego Slim Shady, whom the rapper created on 'Slim Shady EP' (1997).

                                                                          The Killers

                                                                          Hot Fuss

                                                                            Hot Fuss is the debut studio album originally released in June 20014. It has sold over 7 million copies worldwide with 2 million coming from the UK, where it has been certified seven-times platinum.

                                                                            It was the 26th best-selling album of the decade in the United Kingdom. It is among the top 25 longest charting albums in the history of the UK Albums Chart, with 247 weeks, more than four -and-a-half years.

                                                                            The Beach Boys

                                                                            Pet Sounds - 50th Anniversary Stereo Edition

                                                                              The best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound. Conventional keyboards and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. It wouldn't have been a classic without great songs, and this has some of the group's most stunning melodies, as well as lyrical themes which evoke both the intensity of newly born love affairs and the disappointment of failed romance (add in some general statements about loss of innocence and modern-day confusion as well). The spiritual quality of the material is enhanced by some of the most gorgeous upper-register male vocals (especially by Brian and Carl Wilson) ever heard on a rock record. "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Caroline No," and "Sloop John B" (the last of which wasn't originally intended to go on the album) are the well-known hits, but equally worthy are such cuts as "You Still Believe in Me," "Don't Talk," "I Know There's an Answer," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times."

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              LP Info: Remastered 180-gram LP edition of the album in stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork.

                                                                              The Beach Boys

                                                                              Pet Sounds - 50th Anniversary Mono Edition

                                                                                The best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound. Conventional keyboards and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. It wouldn't have been a classic without great songs, and this has some of the group's most stunning melodies, as well as lyrical themes which evoke both the intensity of newly born love affairs and the disappointment of failed romance (add in some general statements about loss of innocence and modern-day confusion as well). The spiritual quality of the material is enhanced by some of the most gorgeous upper-register male vocals (especially by Brian and Carl Wilson) ever heard on a rock record. "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Caroline No," and "Sloop John B" (the last of which wasn't originally intended to go on the album) are the well-known hits, but equally worthy are such cuts as "You Still Believe in Me," "Don't Talk," "I Know There's an Answer," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times."

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                LP Info: Remastered 180-gram LP edition of the album in mono with faithfully replicated original artwork.

                                                                                ‘Heartbreaker’ the debut solo studio album by Ryan Adams, which was hailed as a modern classic on its release in September 2000, is re-released as a deluxe edition. The album, which has been remastered by original producer Ethan Johns, comes in a deluxe box set that features the 15 song album in all its glory plus demos and unreleased outtakes from this landmark record by one of rock music’s most prolific and charismatic stars. The package also includes a DVD featuring a film of the legendary New York show at the Mercury Lounge in October 2000 and a glossy booklet of rare and unseen photos and Ryan Adams ephemera with an essay written by producer, friend and collaborator Ethan Johns.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Andy says: Incredible , heroic debut. Possibly his finest hour.

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                4xLtd LP Info: Includes DVD.

                                                                                Frank Zappa

                                                                                My Guitar / Dog Breath

                                                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                  What would Record Store Day be without a Frank Zappa release? The good news is that this year there are two on offer and Frank’s third Record Store Day outing in three years originally hails from 1969. Its A-side, ‘My Guitar’, is a more radio-friendly, less controversially-named version of the Mothers Of Invention’s 1970 classic ‘My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama” from ‘Weasels Ripped My Flesh’. Remastered from original mono mix reels, this limited, numbered Record Store Day 2016 title is available on coloured vinyl and comes in an authentic replica cover with original B-side ‘Dog Breath'. 

                                                                                  Bryan Ferry

                                                                                  The Island Singles 1973-1976

                                                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                    Just over a year after Roxy Music broke through, the band’s leader and frontman Bryan Ferry began a parallel solo career that goes from strength to strength to this day. His initial choice of solo material was ground-breaking, taking as it did the songs of Bob Dylan and standards from soul music and the Great American Songbook, and adding a touch of glamour and rock ‘n’ roll danger to them. The results sound as audacious today as they did back then. The singles taken from the albums ‘These Foolish Things’, ‘Another Time, Another Place’ and ‘Let's Stick Together’ complimented the original material Ferry wrote for Roxy, while their B-sides offered solo re-recordings of songs from Roxy's debut album. His final Island 7”, ‘Extended Play’ from 1976, reintroduced the thrill of the four-tracker that had been so popular in the ‘60s. With replica European picture sleeves and on heavyweight vinyl, ‘The Island Singles 1973-1976’ is a truly luxurious addition to this year's Record Store Day line up.

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    7" Box Set Info: Ooh look what we've just found. Only a couple so don't snooze if you want one!

                                                                                    Sonic Youth

                                                                                    Goo - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                      Forming in New York in 1981, "Goo" was Sonic Youth's major label debut when it was released by DGC in June 1990. An important stepping stone in bringing underground 'alternative' rock to mainstream America, the band were also instrumental in Nirvana signing to Geffen the following year. Probably best known for the single "Kool Thing", sung by bass guitarist Kim Gordon, a 4 star review in Rolling Stone hailed the record as 'a brilliant, extended essay in refined primitivism.' The album's other key tracks are "Tunic (Song For Karen)", a tribute to the late Karen Carpenter, and "Dirty Boots".

                                                                                      Sonic Youth

                                                                                      Washing Machine - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                        Sonic Youth's eleventh album "Washing Machine" is the first record to almost exclusively feature Kim on guitar rather than bass, and contains some of their lengthiest material since "Goo" and "Daydream Nation", including the epic "Diamond Sea" which drifts onward for an unprecedented 20 minutes, still the longest track on any SY album (excluding the SYR releases).

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                        Sonic Youth

                                                                                        Dirty - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                          Issued two years after "Goo", "Dirty" reflects touring with Mudhoney and Nirvana, whose "Nevermind" producer Butch Vig was employed for "Dirty".

                                                                                          Probably Sonic Youth's rockiest album this still sounds as heavy, intense and utterly fantastic as it did when it was released. ESSENTIAL!!!

                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                          Nirvana

                                                                                          Nirvana

                                                                                            "You Know You're Right" was the last song Nirvana recorded and whilst it's far from their best (see: other 13 tracks) it shows just how great they really were. How so? Because it's simply got IT, the 'X' factor, the magic, secret ingredient. All those ensuing years of imitators, all slain in three minutes of glory.You simply believe him, and believe in him.  Yep: 4 Real! Tight but loose, raw and powerful, you know the script. You need to own that song and this is the only place to get it. If you are young or they passed you by before - here's 14 catchy, noisy, perfect songs by one of the greatest bands ever.

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            2xDeluxe LP Info: Deluxe 45rpm double LP on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl with a digital download card.

                                                                                            Kurt Cobain

                                                                                            Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings

                                                                                            Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck is the only fully authorised portrait of the famed music icon. The highly anticipated soundtrack album, comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and ultimately, pieces of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later Nirvana albums.

                                                                                            The 31 track deluxe soundtrack showcases tracks from the documentary including spoken word, demos and full songs

                                                                                            John Lennon

                                                                                            Plastic Ono Band

                                                                                              Remastered from the original analogue masters in 2010, by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at Abbey Road Studios in London and by George Marino at Avatar Studios in New York. This LP has been newly cut to vinyl from those 96k digital files. Comes as an authentic reproduction of its UK original, in its sound and visual presentation.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Andy says: Incredibly raw and naked debut LP which crucially mixes the heartfelt words with excellent tunes. His best LP. A classic.

                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                              LP Info: 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                              John Lennon

                                                                                              Imagine

                                                                                                 Remastered from the original analogue masters in 2010, by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at Abbey Road Studios in London and by George Marino at Avatar Studios in New York. This LP has been newly cut to vinyl from those 96k digital files. Comes as an authentic reproduction of its UK original, in its sound and visual presentation.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Andy says: Superb second solo album, produced by Phil Spector.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                LP Info: 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                                D'Angelo

                                                                                                Voodoo - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                'Voodoo' hit store shelves on January 25th 2000, just a few weeks after the New Year celebrations to end them all. But the first great album of the new millennium was born in the 1990s, and its muggy grooves capture the sound of premillennial anxiety. The album is the product of perfectionism, obsession and paranoia. 1995’s debut 'Brown Sugar' had already strategically positioned D’Angelo - born Michael Eugene Archer and Virginia-raised to a Pentecostal preacher father - as the next Hendrix-like deity in black music, after Prince and maybe Lenny Kravitz. But since its release, D’Angelo had become distracted by weed and weightlifting, he’d been shaken by the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious BIG and debilitated by sophomore pressure. In the interim he’d fathered two children, switched managers and jumped to a new record label.

                                                                                                Though inspired by the birth of his children and trips back to Virginia, 'Voodoo'’s roots are in 1960s, 70s and 80s funk and soul; a nostalgic nod to the ideas and inventions of black music trailblazers powered by avant-garde hip-hop and jazz-influenced rhythms. D’Angleo’s aim, he said, was to reclaim R&B. He wanted to be like Sly Stone, George Clinton and Al Green. And most of all, he wanted to be like Jimi Hendrix. Where does a potently focused young man go to remake 'Electric Ladyland'? New York’s Electric Lady studios, of course: in the same rooms in which Hendrix and Stevie Wonder reinvented music decades earlier, and on the same equipment too. In an era in which soul musicians were obsessing over all things synthetic, D’Angelo was looking to the warm sounds of the past. Electric Lady’s Studio C became D’Angelo’s brand new creative laboratory.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                2xLP Info: 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                                The Band

                                                                                                The Band

                                                                                                  "The Band's first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group's second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken over the songwriting, writing or co-writing all 12 songs. Though a Canadian, Robertson focused on a series of American archetypes from the union worker in "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and the retired sailor in "Rockin' Chair" to, most famously, the Confederate Civil War observer Virgil Cane in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The album effectively mixed the kind of mournful songs that had dominated Music from Big Pink, here including "Whispering Pines" and "When You Awake" (both co-written by Richard Manuel), with rollicking uptempo numbers like "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (both sung by Levon Helm and released as singles, with "Up on Cripple Creek" making the Top 40). As had been true of the first album, it was The Band's sound that stood out the most, from Helm's (and occasionally Manuel's) propulsive drumming to Robertson's distinctive guitar fills and the endlessly inventive keyboard textures of Garth Hudson, all topped by the rough, expressive singing of Manuel, Helm, and Rick Danko that mixed leads with harmonies. The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal, while the lyrics continued to paint portraits of 19th century rural life (especially Southern life, as references to Tennessee and Virginia made clear), its sometimes less savory aspects treated with warmth and humor." - All Music.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Andy says: Just as good as the first, maybe without the same impact. Includes the world-classic "The Night They Drove Old Whiskey Down".

                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  LP Info: Back to black vinyl edition.

                                                                                                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                  Lynyrd Skynyrd

                                                                                                  Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd

                                                                                                    Lynyrd Skynyrd is best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s. The band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its driving live performances and signature tunes "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird".

                                                                                                    Following on from the vinyl box set released in January; the six albums are now available individually with exact reproductions of original artwork to retain authenticity pressed on 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl with download card included.

                                                                                                    Blondie

                                                                                                    Parallel Lines

                                                                                                      Although initially successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Call Me", "Atomic" and "Heart of Glass" and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band. 

                                                                                                      Following on from the vinyl boxed set released in December; this album is now available individually on 180g heavyweight vinyl and includes download voucher.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      David says: As a very young man I had 'Blondie - Queen Of The Disco' scribbled on my pencil case. At least I did, until someone much older informed me that they didn't actually play Blondie in discos and that I should rub it off or he'd kick my head in...

                                                                                                      Roxy Music

                                                                                                      Ladytron

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

                                                                                                        A 10” taster from the forthcoming Super Deluxe Edition of their debut long player. 


                                                                                                        The Velvet Underground

                                                                                                        The Velvet Underground - Back To Black Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                          The Velvet Underground’s classic self-titled third album, originally released in March 1969, by MGM, was a departure from the band’s first two albums in more ways than one. Gone was co-founding member John Cale, and in his place was a 21-year-old with Long Island roots named Doug Yule, who stepped right in. The record was also a stylistic leap, as Lou Reed described to Rolling Stone editor David Fricke, “I thought we had to demonstrate the other side of us. Fricke calls it “a stunning turnaround… 10 tracks of mostly warm, explicit sympathy and optimism, expressed with melodic clarity, set in gleaming double-guitar jangle and near-whispered balladry. Or as the late rock critic Lester Bangs put it, “How do you define a group like this, who moved from ‘Heroin’ to ‘Jesus’ in two short years?”

                                                                                                          How indeed do you describe an album which includes such classics as “Candy Says,” Reed’s ode to Warhol superstar Candy Darling; the aching love song “Pale Blue Eyes,” allegedly inspired by a girlfriend at Syracuse University who got away, with lead vocals by Yule; the inspiring “Beginning to See The Light”; the spoken-word narrative and musique concrete of “The Murder Mystery,” and the beautiful Maureen Tucker-sung “After Hours”?

                                                                                                          Celebrating the 45th anniversary and following on from the Super Deluxe CD release in 2014, we will be reissuing The Velvet Underground on 180g vinyl.

                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                          LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                          Creedence Clearwater Revival

                                                                                                          Green River

                                                                                                            "If anything, CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country. One of the differences between the two albums is that Green River is tighter, with none of the five-minute-plus jams that filled out both their debut and Bayou Country, but the true key to its success is a peak in John Fogerty's creativity. Although CCR had at least one cover on each album, they relied on Fogerty to crank out new material every month. He was writing so frequently that the craft became second-nature and he laid his emotions and fears bare, perhaps unintentionally. Perhaps that's why Green River has fear, anger, dread, and weariness creeping on the edges of gleeful music. This was a band that played rock & roll so joyously that they masked the, well, "sinister" undercurrents in Fogerty's songs. "Bad Moon Rising" has the famous line "Hope you've got your things together/Hope you're quite prepared to die," but that was only the most obvious indication of Fogerty's gloom. Consider all the other dark touches: the "Sinister purpose knocking at your door"; the chaos of "Commotion"; the threat of death in "Tombstone Shadow"; you only return to the idyllic "Green River" once you get lost and realize the "world is smolderin'." Even the ballads have a strong melancholy undercurrent, highlighted by "Lodi," where Fogerty imagines himself stuck playing in dead-end towns for the rest of his life. Not the typical thoughts of a newly famous rock & roller, but certainly an indication of Fogerty's inner tumult. For all its darkness, Green River is ultimately welcoming music, since the band rocks hard and bright and the melancholy feels comforting, not alienating." - All Music.

                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                            The Who

                                                                                                            Tommy

                                                                                                              Marking the 50th anniversary of The Who, Universal re-release their studio albums, all remastered and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                                              Wings

                                                                                                              Letting Go / You Gave Me The Answer

                                                                                                                Vinyl re-pressing of classic mid 70s period Wings release.

                                                                                                                Shirley Collins / Davy Graham

                                                                                                                Folk Roots, New Roots

                                                                                                                  Reissue of previously deleted classic Folk album - Back to Black.

                                                                                                                  The Who

                                                                                                                  Be Lucky

                                                                                                                    7” single, heavyweight vinyl with ‘etched’ b-side featuring ‘Who Hits 50’ logo.
                                                                                                                    All stock numbered.

                                                                                                                    Nirvana

                                                                                                                    In Utero - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                      To say that Nirvana's third and ultimately final studio album In Utero was 1993's most polarizing record would be the understatement of a decade. The unadorned sonic rawness of Steve Albini's recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. And with its 1991 predecessor Nevermind having sold some 30 million copies, singlehandedly returning honest rock ’n’ roll to the top of the pop charts, In Utero was essentially the first record Nirvana would make with any expectations from the public. 

                                                                                                                      So from the opening quasi-shamble melodics of "Serve The Servants" through the bittersweet closing strains of "All Apologies," In Utero was the sound of the most incredible yet conflicted rock ‘n’ roll band of the era at the peak of its powers coming to terms with a generational spokes-band mantle they'd never seen coming—and ultimately surmounting these struggles to make the record they needed to make. 

                                                                                                                      As Rolling Stone's David Fricke said in his review at the time, "In Utero is a lot of things—brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once. But more than anything, it's a triumph of the will." 

                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                      The Beatles

                                                                                                                      1962-1966

                                                                                                                        The Beatles 'Red Album' is a compilation of songs from 1962-1966, including all the A-sides of the singles from that period. Re-mastered at Abbey Road and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                                                        The Beatles

                                                                                                                        Love

                                                                                                                          LOVE, is a fascinating reworking of numerous classic Beatles recordings by the band's original producer, Sir George Martin and his son Giles. LOVE, is also the title of the highly successful Cirque du Soleil show, a co-production with Apple Corps, featuring the music of The Beatles, currently wowing audiences in Las Vegas. In creating the music for the show and for the album, George and Giles have created a continuous "soundscape" - a series of well-known Beatles songs augmented by additional instrumentation and vocals taken from their vast bank of original multi-track tapes.

                                                                                                                          Re-mastered at Abbey Road and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                                                          Underworld

                                                                                                                          Dubnobasswithmyheadman - Remastered 2xLP Edition

                                                                                                                          Two decades on from its release in 1994, this is one of the most influential British electronic records of all time. To celebrate its twentieth anniversary the album has been meticulously remastered at Abbey Road for a deluxe reissue by Underworld’s Rick Smith.

                                                                                                                          The 2LP Vinyl - pressed on 180gm - contains the original album, remastered by Rick Smith from the original MIDI.

                                                                                                                          Having seen their synth-rock band Freur grind to a halt in 1989, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith relocated to Romford, hooked up with DJ Darren Emerson and became the art-rock reinvented as techno outfit Underworld. Featuring Smith's stream of consciousness vocals (created by taking a pen an paper with him and “mapping out journeys across cities at night”) and Smith, Emerson and Hyde's immense electronica / techno cuts (equally inspired by early influences like Kraftwerk, Steve Reich, Hawkwind and  Tangerine Dream as the early 90s Romford rave scene) 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' is a landmark 1990s techno album. With Emerson on hand to road test tracks in his DJ sets, the album has key dancefloor winners, but also works a home-listening full length LP. 


                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                          Erykah Badu

                                                                                                                          Mama's Gun

                                                                                                                          'Mama's Gun' is the second studio album by neo soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the album incorporates funk, soul and jazz styles. Covering themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships, Badu delivered a highly intimate and personal album that reached Platinum two months after its release. 'Mama's Gun' features substantial contributions from several members of the Soulquarians outfit, of which Badu was a member. It also features guests such as soul singer Betty Wright and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

                                                                                                                          The album contains the single "Bag Lady" which, with its colorful, artsy music video, shot to #1 on the R&B charts, and also into the Top 10 on the billboard charts. "Bag Lady" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Also the song "Didn't Cha Know?" was nominated for Best R&B Song.

                                                                                                                          Rolling Stone magazine applauded her for taking "chances the way Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone did in their prime" and went on to say "she has taken her art to the next level." Entertainment Weekly called the album a "'70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth-funk sound that wouldn't be out of place on a CTI record."



                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                          2xLP Info: • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
                                                                                                                          • Gatefold sleeve

                                                                                                                          Dire Straits

                                                                                                                          Love Over Gold

                                                                                                                            Universal Music are proud to make available the Dire Straits studio album selection as limited edition individual LPs, beatifully presented and repressed on 180 gram heavwight vinyl.

                                                                                                                            "Adding a new rhythm guitarist, Dire Straits expands its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener "Telegraph Road." - AllMusic.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Martin says: Featuring one of the most unusual radio hits ever- "Private Investigations" seemed to vanish completely during it's ultra quiet bits (in those medium-wave radio days!) this record also has Knopfler's most epic song in his canon: "Telegraph Road" rolled between massively melodic guitar passages and doomy/ beautiful verses to wondrous effect.

                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                            Public Image Limited

                                                                                                                            Death Disco / Warrior

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                                                                                                                              Includes the rare Monitor Mix of Death Disco and the Extended Dorrell Mix of Warrior.

                                                                                                                              Diana Dors

                                                                                                                              So Little Time

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                                                                                                                                "50 years ago, Britain’s pre-eminent blonde bombshell cut one single for Fontana that has become highly sought after by 60s beat and mod collectors and more recently by acolytes of Morrissey. Many of the latter first came across So Little Time on Morrissey’s Under The Influence compilation (2003) and were genuinely surprised that sex symbol DD had recorded what was almost universally regarded as the highlight of the piece. Both sides were co-written by Les Reed and Barry Mason, the team behind such 60s whoppers as Delilah (Tom Jones) and The Last Waltz (Engelbert Humperdinck)."

                                                                                                                                Deep Purple

                                                                                                                                Black Night / Woman From Tokyo

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                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                  The Muppet Movie

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                                                                                                                                    Grace Jones

                                                                                                                                    Me! I Disconnect

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                                                                                                                                      Gary Numan Cover.

                                                                                                                                      Johnny Cash

                                                                                                                                      American III: Solitary Man - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                        Arguably the best of the American Recordings series.
                                                                                                                                        Once again Cash worked with Tom Petty on a couple of tracks including the Neil Diamond-penned "Solitary Man".
                                                                                                                                        The album also includes stunning covers of Bonnie Prince Billy, Nick Cave and U2.

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        Laura says: The Rick Rubin produced American Recordings totally rejuvenated Cash's career, and they're all great. This one just edges it for me with amazing covers of Bonnie Prince Billy, Nick Cave and (suprisingly) U2.

                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                        Ltd LP Info: Available on 180g vinyl in the UK for the first time.

                                                                                                                                        The Jam

                                                                                                                                        Sound Affects

                                                                                                                                          Tellingly, when Weller came to record 2010’s Wake Up The Nation, it was Sound Affects that his collaborator and producer Simon Dine held up as a model. “He referenced it right at the start,” says Weller. “That was the sort of sound he imagined we should be going for: hard, metallic, quite stripped-down… jagged.”

                                                                                                                                          Sound Affects was originally released in November 1980 at a time when The Jam was considered the biggest band in Britain. The album followed the band’s first number one single – Going Underground and features the group’s second UK number one single, Start! – a track built around almost exact copies of the bass-line and guitar solos from The Beatles’ Taxman (at the time Weller considered the album a cross between Off the Wall and Revolver!).

                                                                                                                                          It includes many of the band’s classic songs - That’s Entertainment (written in a caravan in Selsey, after the pub), never released as a single in UK, the German import was a UK hit (subsequently covered by Morrissey), the political Man in the Corner Shop, Pretty Green (now inspiration for Liam Gallagher’s clothing range!), the pure-pop of Boy About Town and Dream Time.

                                                                                                                                          It’s regarded by critics and fans (as well as Weller) as their most adventurous and experimental collection of material, drawing musical influences from the ‘post-punk’ groups of the late-70s - Wire, Gang Of Four and Joy Division as well as neopsychedelic touches from The Beatles and The Zombies etc.

                                                                                                                                          The distinctive cover art is a pastiche of the artwork used on various BBC sound effects records of the 1970s, incorporating ‘pop-art’ imagery.

                                                                                                                                          Now, to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary, Universal Music present the classic albums in exact replicas of the original vinyl editions.

                                                                                                                                          Strictly limited edition – one print run only.

                                                                                                                                          “I still feel it was our best record. There are loads of other things I like, but as an overall body work, I thought it was great. To me, it still sounds fresh.”

                                                                                                                                          Paul Weller – August 2010

                                                                                                                                          Johnny Cash

                                                                                                                                          American VI: Ain't No Grave - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                            Originally released in 2010 to mark what would have been Johnny Cash's 78th birthday, this album compiled by Rick Rubin, features songs recorded during the same sessions as 'American V', shortly before Johnny's death.
                                                                                                                                            The songs this time around are rooted in the gospel roots of his childhood and it's a deeply moving, spiritual album.

                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: Available on 180g vinyl in the UK for the first time.

                                                                                                                                            Johnny Cash

                                                                                                                                            American V: A Hundred Highways - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                              The vocals for these tracks were recorded in 2002 and 2003, before Johnny's death on 12 September 2003 at the grand old age of 71. Rick Rubin, who had worked with him on all the previous American Recordings added overdubs later, to complete the recording.
                                                                                                                                              By the time of this recording Cash was in poor health and suffered the loss of his wife June in May 2003. He visits familiar themes: Love, Life, Death and God and they seem somehow much more poignant this time around.
                                                                                                                                              As you'd expect from The Man In Black, he bowed out in style.

                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                              Ltd LP Info: Available on 180g vinyl in the UK for the first time.

                                                                                                                                              Johnny Cash

                                                                                                                                              American II: Unchained - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                                This second release in the American Recordings series saw Cash collaborate with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Once again the album featured self penned songs alongside covers, but this time he covered some more contemporary artists too, including Soundgarden and Beck.

                                                                                                                                                Johnny Cash

                                                                                                                                                American Recordings - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                                  Originally released on Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1994, this album marked a welcome return for the country music legend and gained him a whole new generation of fans.

                                                                                                                                                  The album, which combines Cash originals along with covers of classic country and folk standards, was recorded at his Tennessee cabin by Rick Rubin. The stripped back nature of the the recording, just him and his acoustic guitar, demonstrates perfectly the range and emotion in Cash's voice.
                                                                                                                                                  A stunning album.

                                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                  Pulp Fiction OST - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                                  Featuring a truly eclectic mixture of music, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack album eschews a more conventional score for rock 'n' roll, bubblegum pop, surf sounds and soul, all interspersed with snippets of dialogue from the movie, an approach Tarantino had utilised on his previous movie OST, Reservoir Dogs. The choice of material goes some way to reveal Quentin Tarantino’s obsession with pop culture, and according Rolling Stone, “it's fitting that his films deploy pop music expertly”. Reaching 21 on the US chart, the soundtrack managed to resurrect many long forgotten gems, from Dick Dale’s opening salvo of ‘Misirlou’ through to ‘Surf Rider’ by The Lively Ones. It also launched Urge Overkill into the mainstream with their faithful cover of Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’, which peaked at 59 in the pop chart.

                                                                                                                                                  Supertramp

                                                                                                                                                  Breakfast In America - Back To Black Picture Disc

                                                                                                                                                    The double Grammy winning album “Breakfast In America” was released by Supertramp in March 1979 and featured the hit singles: "The Logical Song" , "Goodbye Stranger" , "Breakfast in America", and "Take the Long Way Home".

                                                                                                                                                    Public Image Limited

                                                                                                                                                    Album - Back To Black Picture Disc

                                                                                                                                                      The Sex Pistols front man John Lydon was joined by several big named musicians including Steve Vai, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tony Williams and Ginger Baker to record Public Image Ltd fifth studio album which was released in February 1986. “Album” or “Cassette” or even “Compact Disc”, the album had many names depending on what format you bought it included the hit single “Rise” also known as “Single”.

                                                                                                                                                      The follow up to "Five Leaves Left" saw a departure from that albums' pastoralism to a more urban milieu, albeit a idealised romantic one depicted in "At The Chime Of A City Clock". Accordingly the music has a slightly more urgent feel with a greater use of drums and electric guitar. One thing it does share with its' predecessor is a stunning collection of songs, written, played and sung to perfection. A classic of its', or any other, genre.

                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                      Reservoir Dogs OST - 20th Anniversary Edition

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                                                                                                                                                        The Stone Roses

                                                                                                                                                        The Second Coming - Back To Black Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                          The title is a joking reference to the messianic anticipation that built up in the years between the Manchester, England rock band's 1989 debut - which Britain's New Musical Express magazine ranked as the greatest album of the 80s - and this 1995 follow-up. It's also a description of the Stone Roses' sound, a sort of second coming of 60s and 70s blues-rock, re-born with a funk beat. Back in '89 it sounded like a revolution, and it was: crossing Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan with club music, it helped set the template for all British alternative rock to follow, from Blur to the revamped U2.

                                                                                                                                                          "Second Coming" consolidates that sound with a see-sawing mix of hard-rock driving songs, with chunky electric guitar riffs and big beats, and acoustic anthems that immediately sound like they've been on the radio for a dozen years or more. The latter group includes "Ten Storey Love Song", a devotional ballad with a Dylan-esque melody, and "Your Star Will Shine", a psychedelic folk ditty that would have fit on an early Bee Gees album. "Good Times" is one of the big-beat numbers, and although it starts out sounding like a very blue Eric Burdon, it builds into a classic shouted-out blues-rock chorus, the kind on which FM radio thrived in the 1970s. "Tears" follows a Zeppelin-esque arc from acoustic to electric folk. Which, no doubt, is the exact route a lot of hard-rock devotees think any second coming should follow.

                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                          2xLP Info: 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                          Frank Zappa

                                                                                                                                                          Weasels Ripped My Flesh

                                                                                                                                                            "A fascinating collection of mostly instrumental live and studio material recorded by the original Mothers of Invention, complete with horn section, from 1967-1969, Weasels Ripped My Flesh segues unpredictably between arty experimentation and traditional song structures. Highlights of the former category include the classical avant-garde elements of "Didja Get Any Onya," which blends odd rhythmic accents and time signatures with dissonance and wordless vocal noises; these pop up again in "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask" and "Toads of the Short Forest." The latter and "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" also show Frank Zappa's willingness to embrace the avant-garde jazz of the period. Yet, interspersed are straightforward tunes like a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You," with great violin from Don "Sugarcane" Harris; the stinging Zappa-sung rocker "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama," and "Oh No," a familiar Broadway-esque Zappa melody (it turned up on Lumpy Gravy) fitted with lyrics and sung by Ray Collins. Thus, Weasels can make for difficult, incoherent listening, especially at first. But there is a certain logic behind the band's accomplished genre-bending and Zappa's gleefully abrupt veering between musical extremes; without pretension, Zappa blurs the normally sharp line between intellectual concept music and the visceral immediacy of rock and R&B. Zappa's anything-goes approach and the distance between his extremes are what make Weasels Ripped My Flesh ultimately invigorating; they also even make the closing title track -- a minute and a half of squalling feedback, followed by applause -- perfectly logical in the album's context." - All Music.

                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                            1991: The Year Punk Broke

                                                                                                                                                              2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of '1991: The Year Punk Broke', a pivotal film centred around the lives and experiences of avant-garde music pioneers Sonic Youth during their 1991 European club and festival tour. The film documents their headline tour as they introduced a new breed of bands who were all on the verge of taking on the world and forever changing the course of music.

                                                                                                                                                              Featuring Nirvana, The Ramones, Dinosaur Jr., Babes In Toyland and Gumball. It was filmed just prior to the release of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' in 1991 - includes the last footage of Nirvana before the band's meteoric success. Including them performing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit','Polly', 'Negative Creep' and a very rare and unseen performance of 'In Bloom'.

                                                                                                                                                              Packed with 65 minutes of unseen bonus material.

                                                                                                                                                              All footage has been fully restored with audio re-synced and re-mastered in uncompressed PCM stereo.

                                                                                                                                                              "An Introduction To Elliott Smith" is, as the title suggests, intended as an introduction to one of the greatest songwriters of our era.

                                                                                                                                                              This is the first time that Elliott Smith’s music has been compiled, covering music from all his studio albums.

                                                                                                                                                              Both formats feature an essay from Elliott’s friend and archivist Larry Crane.


                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                              Andy says: Honesty and beauty, captured on tape. Oh yeah, and top tunes too! One of the TRULY GREATS.

                                                                                                                                                              Elliott Smith

                                                                                                                                                              Roman Candle

                                                                                                                                                                Recorded on a simple 4-track and featuring just Elliott and his guitars, this is a lo-fi but still impressive debut. It's less concise than his later, neat poppy stuff, but there's still not one track you'd skip. The words are damaged but defiantly poetic, but it's possibly an instrumental that steals the show here. "Kiwi Mad Dog 20/20" sounds like Johnny Marr dreaming and doodling in mellifluous melodic heaven, jingling away to his heart's content. It's beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                Originally released in 1994, "Roman Candle" has been remastered for the re-release by Larry Crane, editor of Tape Op Magazine and archivist for Elliott's family, and Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering.

                                                                                                                                                                Acclaimed 1975 album that represents a major turning point in Eno's career, entering the studio with nothing prepared and using 'Oblique Strategies' instructional cards for inspiration. It was here that Eno first began to experiment with abstract soundscapes, to employ a greater spatial element and the ethereal synthesizer effects that presaged an entire movement of ambient music. While most of the tracks are instrumental, the numbers that feature Eno's peculiar, affectless voice and free-associative lyrics seem to blend into the fabric of the album. Superior guest musicians include John Cale, Robert Fripp and Phil Collins. From the brain-bending riff of "Sky-Saw", through the elemental creeping of "Sombre Reptiles", from Robert Fripp's looping solos in "St. Elmo's Fire" to the dark swirl of "Spirits Drifting", "Another Green World" creates a superb series of sonic atmospheres that are rhythmic, expansive, strange and beautiful.


                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Standard 1LP edition cut at Abbey Road Studios at 33RPM and pressed to 180-gram black heavyweight vinyl + download card.

                                                                                                                                                                CD Info: The music has not been remastered but instead has been re-transferred by Simon Heyworth from the original analogue masters as they are not technically re-EQ'd but transferred to the digital domain using the best technology currently available (DSD).

                                                                                                                                                                "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)", Brian Eno's sophomore solo outing, is a grab bag of freaky, science-fiction-dipped confections. Filled with a battery of innovative, unsettling effects, the album is darker and more complex than "Here Come The Warm Jets". The artist shows an increasing willingness to experiment with texture, as on "The Great Pretender," whose whirling, oozing keyboard line and synthesized vocals approximate delirium tremens or a hatching hive of maggots, or on "Put A Straw Under Baby," which features the Portsmouth Sinfonia, whose members have no knowledge of their instruments.

                                                                                                                                                                Yet Eno's grasp of melody and songcraft is everywhere: on the bouncing, absurdist / philosophical "Burning Airlines (Give You So Much More)," and on straight-out rockers, like the deliciously intense "Third Uncle" (which is propelled by the churning guitar of Roxy Music's Phil Manzenera, and is, arguably, the album's highlight). Concurrent with David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"-era alien aesthetic, Eno's tunes are even more otherwordly and warped than his glam cohort, making use of the full palette of bizarro synthesizer effects and creepy-cheeky postures. The songs, however, are as inventive and appealing as their treatments, and make for Eno's most solid - and experimental - pop album. "Taking Tiger Mountain" holds up magnificently, even years on in the artist's brilliant career.


                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                LP Info: Standard 1LP edition cut at Abbey Road Studios at 33RPM and pressed to 180-gram black heavyweight vinyl + download card.


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