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Nu-Clear Sounds - 2023 Remaster - Limited Clear & Nu-Clear Green Splatter Colour Vinyl

    Nu-Clear Sounds was the second smash hit album from Ash. The album a reached No.7 within the UK and has since become a gold record. The hard rock album contains monster hits Jesus Says, Wildsurf and Numbskull.

    Ash and BMG are proud to reissue Ash’s second LP ‘Nu-Clear Sounds’ for the first time on Clear and Nu-Clear Green splatter vinyl. This album has not been re-issued since it’s 1998 release, so will be an exciting prospect within the Ash community. Meltdown contains hit after hit and with its hard rock sound resonates strongly with a wide audience. Upon release Ash drew critical acclaim from multiple publications including Wall Of Sound, Pitchfork and many more, whilst touring the album worldwide, and appearing as one of the main acts at the Glastonbury Festival. 


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A:
    1. Projects (2023 Remaster)
    2. Low Ebb (2023 Remaster)
    3. Jesus Says (2023 Remaster)
    4. Wildsurf (2023 Remaster)
    5. Death Trip 21 (2023 Remaster)
    Side B:
    1. Folk Song (2023 Remaster)
    2. Numbskull (2023 Remaster)
    3. Burnt Out (2023 Remaster)
    4. Aphrodite (2023 Remaster)
    5. Fortune Teller (2023 Remaster)
    6. I’m Gonna Fall (2023 Remaster)

    Bright Eyes

    Digital Ash In A Digital Urn - 2022 Reissue

      “The first three are innocent in a way, because we didn’t have an audience when we were making them,” says Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. “But from ‘Lifted’ on, I was definitely aware of an audience. ‘Lifted’ was well received right away, and then everything happened with ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Digital Ash’.”

      Those two albums came out simultaneously. And their lead singles - ‘Take It Easy (Love Nothing)’, from the austere, remote ‘Digital Ash’, and ‘Lua’, from the warm, folky ‘Wide Awake’ - debuted in the top two slots on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘First Day of My Life’, also from ‘Wide Awake’, would later be voted the Number One Love Song Of All Time by NPR Music’s readers’ poll. 

      Bright Eyes had officially broken through. It was a heady, exciting time, but also fraught and tense, both because of the band’s careening new fame, and because of the state of the world. When Bright Eyes made their Tonight Show debut in 2006, they chose to perform none of their shiny new hits, instead delivering a searing, harrowing rendition of their caustic anti-Bush anthem, ‘When The President Talks To God’. 

      TRACK LISTING

      Time Code
      Gold Mine Gutted
      Arc Of Time (Time Code)
      Down In A Rabbit Hole
      Take It Easy (Love Nothing)
      Hit The Switch
      I Believe In Symmetry
      Devil In The Details
      Ship In A Bottle
      Light Pollution
      Theme To Piñata
      Easy/Lucky/Free

      Bright Eyes

      Digital Ash In A Digital Urn: A Companion



        TRACK LISTING

        Hit The Switch
        Down In A Rabbit Hole
        Arc Of Time (Time Code)
        Ship In A Bottle
        Agenda Suicide
        Gold Mine Gutted

        Ash

        Meltdown - 2022 Reissue

          Meltdown was the fourth smash hit album from Ash. The album again reached No.5 within the UK and has since become a gold record. The hard rock album contains mega hits including Clones, Orpheus, Starcrossed, Renegade Cavalcade and Meltdown.

          Ash and BMG are proud to reissue Ash’s fourth LP ‘Meltdown for the first time on Orange and Black splatter vinyl. This album has not been re-issued since it’s 2004 release, so will be an exciting prospect within the Ash community. Meltdown contains hit after hit and with its hard rock sound resonates strongly with a wide audience. Upon release Ash drew critical acclaim from multiple publications including Pitchfork, The Guardian, Drowned In Sound and many more, whilst touring with allusive contemporaries The Darkness, and headlining Coachella Festival.


          TRACK LISTING

          Side A:
          1. Evil Eye (2022 Remaster)
          2. Orpheus (2022 Remaster)
          3. Meltdown (2022 Remaster)
          4. Starcrossed (2022 Remaster)
          5. Clones (2022 Remaster)
          Side B:
          1. Renegade Cavalcade (2022 Remaster)
          2. Vampire Love (2022 Remaster)
          3. Out Of The Blue (2022 Remaster)
          4. Won’t Be Saved (2022 Remaster)
          5. On A Wave (2022 Remaster)
          6. Detonator (2022 Remaster)

          Timothy Leary & Ash Ra Tempel

          Seven Up - 50th Anniversary Edition

            After the 2021 Re-Release of “Schwingungen” (MG.ART612) we proudly announce “Seven Up” as Part 2 of the authorised 50th Anniversary “A.R.T.” Re-Edition Series.

            “Seven Up” is the third studio album by Ash Ra Tempel and their only album recorded in collaboration with American Ph.D. in psychology, Dr. Timothy Leary. The Coverart for “Seven Up” was designed by famous Swiss Artist Walter Wegmüller. Recorded in August 1972 at Sinus Studio in Berne, Switzerland, remixed September 1972 at Dierks Studios in Stommeln, Germany. First release in spring 1973 by OHR Musik – the first release on the new sub-label "Kosmische Kuriere", Kat-Nr. KK 58001.

            We release “Seven Up” in a Re-Cut carefully overseen by Manuel Göttsching himself, on September 9th 2022, also being Manuel Göttsching´s 70th Birthday. Our Edition features the full original text for the “7 levels of consciousness” by Timothy Leary in English, i.e. “Instruction Manual for Pleasure Panel” plus a previously unreleased glimpse view of the original scripts incl. notes and mark ups as well as partly unreleased photos from the recording session.

            As for the music itself we again refer to Julian Cope´s review and remarks from his book “Krautrocksampler” (published by Head Heritage, 1st ed. 1995):

            “When the Leary Mob met the Kaiser Gang, the sparks flew ever Up-wards… 7up is a stone classic in every way. Yes, it is unlikely to find Timothy Leary singing lead vocal in a cosmic group, but even weirder that he chose to sing a wild yelping freaked out blues !

            Manuel Göttsching and Hartmut Enke had begun their careers in The Steeple Chase Blues Band back in the mid-'60ies, and they quickly felt their way through what Barritt and Leary were aiming for. They reconciled it all as a kind of West Coast chordless psychedelia, where blues riffs sparkle out of nowhere and the sheer weight of synthesizers renders everything with an unreal Pere Ubu/early Roxy Music quality.

            The greatness of Ash Ra Tempel burned so brightly on 7Up that there is really nothing else like it. Hartmut Enke and Manuel Gottsching here returned to their riffy roots. It can hardly be called a retro act, though, as the context of music is everything. And with Dierks at the controls, even the New Kids on the Block would have sounded psychedelic.7Up is like a late night radio show glimpsed through a shattered tuner where all but the most truly dangerous sounds have been allowed to stay, to drift and to dance around the performers.The result is an extreme gem, a flash of hysterical white lightning, and a pre-punk Technicolour yawn in the grandest of traditions.

            In typical Ash Ra Tempel style, the record is divided into two pieces, “Space” and "Time”. Within this, though, Timothy Leary’s ideas are allowed to free-flow and the two sides are therefore divided into mini-songs all segued together. The highlight of Side 1 is “Power Drive”, a West Coast burn-up that transcends any W. Coast music I ever did hear. Leary and Barritt present the greatest twin-vocal of all time, coming on like Jagger and Morrison but too caught up in their own maelstrom to be anything less than Heralds of the Punkfuture still five years away.

            In chaos it was conceived and in chaos it was recorded. Yet Dieter Dierks, the great Aural Architect of the Cosmic Couriers, turned 7Up into a personal triumph and a Kosmische dream.”

            Timothy Leary & Ash Ra Tempel – “Seven Up”
            TIMOTHY LEARY - voice
            BRIAN BARRITT - voice
            MICKY DUWE - voice & flute
            LIZ ELLIOTT - voice
            BETTINA HOHLS - voice
            PORTIA NKOMO - voice
            HARTMUT "HAWK" ENKE - bass, guitar & electronics
            MANUEL GÖTTSCHING - guitar & electronics
            STEVE A. - organ & electronics
            DIETMAR BURMEISTER - drums
            TOMMY ENGEL – drums
            DIETER DIERKS - synthesizer & Radio Downtown


            TRACK LISTING

            Space (16:03):
            Downtown
            Power Drive
            Right Hand Lover
            Velvet Genes
            Time (21:15):
            Timeship
            Neuron
            SHeeee

            Ash Ra Tempel

            Join Inn - 50th Anniversary Edition

              After the 2021 Re-Release of “Schwingungen” (MG.ART612) and together with “Seven Up” (MG.ART613) we proudly announce “JOIN INN” as Part3 of the authorised 50th Anniversary “A.R.T.” Re-Edition Series.

              “JOIN INN” is the fourth album by Ash Ra Tempel. It was recorded at Studio Dierks and originally released on LP by Ohr Musik-Produktion, catalogue number OMM 556032. Each side of the LP comprises one long track.

              In 1972 ASH RA TEMPEL teamed up again with Klaus Schulze during the recording of Walter Wegmüller's Tarot album, and after one of the recording sessions, ASH RA TEMPEL members: Enke, Göttsching and Rosi, together with Klaus decided to "play it again" in a late night session. This recording led to the birth of the “JOIN INN” album, as well as two legendary last concerts in February 1973 in Paris and Cologne.

              Manuel Göttsching recalls Hartmut Enke on bass and Klaus Schulze on drums being a dream-team rhythm section for him to play his guitar, especially here to hear on “Freak'n' Roll”, that was ingenious and not to replace ever since. It was the last recording ever where Klaus Schulze (who sadly passed away this Year) played the Drums and also Hartmut (the Hawk) Enke soon after quit the Bass and music forever. Join Inn marks the end of the collaboration with Klaus Schulze.However, together with Ash Ra Tempel, their eponymous first album, which will be released in 2023 as the final edition of our Series, it is considered a highlight of the Krautrock movement.

              As for the music itself we again refer to Julian Cope´s review from his book “Krautrocksampler” (published by Head Heritage, 1st ed. 1995):

              ""Freak’n’roll” fades in like it never started - just was always there from the beginning of time, a dry wah-guitar freerock riff-out unlike any of the other Ash Ra Tempel LPs, and not much like any other music. Yes, there are bluesy riff but none of them have a blues context. Manuel Gottsching’s guitar is so confident that he sometimes drops down to a simple major chord groove, whilst the Hawk pushes that round woody bass into strange overlapping rumbling melody. And ... it’s the return of Klaus Schulze on drums which propels “Freak’n’roll” to its height. No-one but Klaus has the ability to transcend rock’n’roll in such an on-the-beat non-groove-y way and still send sparks of light into the cosmos as he does it.

              “Freak’n’roll” is so egoless that it even works at a quiet volume as meditational music. Themes rise from the high tempo pulse beat, then are carried along the muscles of the song into the main area where the riff actually becomes real and expressionist for just long enough before slipping back into the musical fabric of the song.

              As usual with Ash Ra Tempel, the other side is an enormous drift piece called “Jenseits (The Next World)”, a beautiful Klaus Schultze meditation of haunting synthesizer chords over which Rosi Muller tells the story of the Cosmic Couriers’ meeting with Timothy Leary. Gradually, the pulsing guitar becomes increasingly intense and turbulent, but Rosi never sounds less than freaked out. Essentially, “Jenseits” is a precursor to Klaus Schulze’s later spacey minor-key grooves.

              Unfortunately, this was the last Ash Ra Tempel album in its particular ‘series. (…) After “JOIN INN”, Manuel Gottsching took over the Ash Ra Tempel mantle alone.”

              Ash Ra Tempel – Join Inn
              HARTMUT ENKE - Gibson bass
              MANUEL GÖTTSCHING -guitar
              KLAUS SCHULZE-drums, synthesizers & electronics
              ROSI MÜLLER-voice

              * All tracks composed by Manuel Göttsching, Hartmut Enke and Klaus Schulze.


              TRACK LISTING

              1. Freak ’n’ Roll (19:14)
              2. Jenseits (24:14)

              Ash

              Free All Angels - 2022 Reissue

                Free All Angels was the third smash hit album from Ash. The album again reached No.1 within the UK and has since become a platinum record. The punk rock pop album contains mega hits including the Ivor Novello winner ‘Shining Light’, the NME single of the year ‘Burn Baby Burn’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘There’s A Star’, ‘Candy’ and Walking Barefoot’.

                Ash and BMG are proud to reissue Ash’s third LP ‘Free All Angels’ for the first time on vivid yellow and clear splatter vinyl. This album has not been re-issued since it’s 2001 release, so will be an exciting prospect within the Ash community. Free All Angels contains hit after hit and with its punk rock sound resonates strongly with a wide audience. Upon release Ash drew critical comparisons to works of China Drum, Compulsion and The Replacements, , whilst touring with allusive contemporaries Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins and many more.

                This re-issue coincides with the release of Free All Angels on immersive Sony 360RA for the very first time. This unique mix will give fans insight into Tim Wheeler’s sonic spatial sphere bringing Ash’s incredible hits into the new age.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side A:
                Walking Barefoot (2022 Remaster)
                Shining Light (2022 Remaster)
                Burn Baby Burn (2022 Remaster)
                Candy (2022 Remaster)
                Cherry Bomb (2022 Remaster)
                Submission (2022 Remaster)
                Side B:
                Someday (2022 Remaster)
                Pacific Palisades (2022 Remaster)
                Shark (2022 Remaster)
                Sometimes (2022 Remaster)
                Nicole (2022 Remaster)
                There’s A Star (2022 Remaster)
                World Domination (2022 Remaster)

                Ash

                1977 - 2022 Reissue

                  The spectacular debut release from Ash, 1977 was a monumental album in the brit-rock scene, reaching No.1 within the UK and has since become a platinum record. The Northern Irish (NI) band, smashed out the huge singles ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘Kung Fu’, ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Angel Interceptor’ and ‘Oh Yeah’ on the album.

                  Ash and BMG are proud to reissue Ash’s debut LP ‘1977’ for the first time on stunning black and white splatter vinyl. This album has not been re-issued since it’s 1996 release, so will be an exciting prospect within the brit-rock community. 1977 was included in NME’s 500 best albums of all time, so resonates strongly with a wide audience. Upon release Ash drew critical comparisons to Buzzcocks, Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, whilst touring with allusive contemporaries Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins and many more.

                  This re-issue coincides with the release of 1977 on immersive Sony 360RA for the very first time. This unique mix will give fans insight into Tim Wheeler’s sonic spatial sphere bringing Ash’s incredible hits into the new age.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A:
                  Lose Control (2022 Remaster)
                  Goldfinger (2022 Remaster)
                  Girl From Mars (2022 Remaster)
                  I’d Give You Anything (2022 Remaster)
                  Gone The Dream (2022 Remaster)
                  Kung Fu (2022 Remaster)
                  Side B:
                  Oh Yeah (2022 Remaster)
                  Let It Flow (2022 Remaster)
                  Innocent Smile (2022 Remaster)
                  Angel Interceptor (2022 Remaster)
                  Lost In You (2022 Remaster)
                  Darkside Lightside (2022 Remaster)

                  Real Lies

                  Lad Ash

                    London electronic act Real Lies combine classic English pop-poetic story-telling with the uncanny rainswept atmospheres of auteurs like Claude Young, Drexciya and Richard D James. On their second album, lyricist Kevin Lee Kharas romanticises ecstasy-fuelled teenage joyrides that set the coordinates for two decades of thrill-seeking hedonism. A wild period that resulted in both the group’s euphoric 2015 debut Real Life and the prolonged six-year wait for its follow up.

                    In places, that euphoria remains – they’ve never sounded higher than on ‘Dream On’ – but generally the mood here is darker, more late-night, club-ready and ruminative. There are songs about losing childhood friends in mysterious circumstances (‘Dolphin Junction’), bandmates (‘Boss Trick’ is a wake for former member Tom Watson), childhood innocence (‘An Oral History Of My First Kiss’) and huge swathes of memory (‘The Carousel’). As the title implies, Lad Ash is a coming-of-age album that draws out the beauty and longing of the young British male experience by reframing it through an elegiac, at times almost gothic, lens.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Liam says: Without a doubt one of my releases of the year, Real Lies' sophomore 'Lad Ash' is finally available on vinyl after its digital release earlier this year. Capturing the magic and the melancholia of being in your 20s in 2022, 'Lad Ash's mixture of The Streets and Pet Shop Boys will have you craving and reminiscing those long-lost nights out you never had.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1 Ethos
                    A2 Boss Trick
                    A3 An Oral History Of My First Kiss
                    A4 Dream On

                    B1 Late Arcades
                    B2 Thameslink Tryst
                    B3 Dolphin Junction
                    B4 All Good Dogs

                    C1 Since I
                    C2 The Carousel
                    C3 Your Guiding Hand
                    C4 DiCaprio

                    D1 You Were In Love
                    D2 I Wander
                    D3 Oh Me, Oh My (Nicotine Patch)
                    D4 Birds

                    Ash

                    Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash

                      Having successfully outlasted their self-described ‘guaranteed real teenagers’ tagline when they first burst into earshot in 1994, ASH announce the release of Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash.

                      - Career Spanning Best Of
                      - Includes brand new track Darkest Hour Of The Night
                      - Includes hits Girl From Mars, Shining Light and Burn Baby Burn


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Sometimes it's just the first chord of a tune you need to hear to have all the endorphins come flooding back and for me, Ash's 'Girl On Mars' is about as close as you can get to a time capsule. Add that to 'Oh Yeah' and 'Goldfinger', and you have an absolutely essential collection for fans and a great best of for those uninitiated.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side A
                      1. A Life Less Ordinary (#10 UK Charts)
                      2. Arcadia
                      3. Darkest Hour Of The Night
                      4. Kung Fu
                      5. Cocoon
                      6. You Can't Have It All

                      Side B
                      1. Girl From Mars (#11 UK Charts)
                      2. Wildsurf
                      3. Shining Light (#8 UK Charts)
                      4. Starcrossed
                      5. Goldfinger (#5 UK Charts)

                      Side C
                      1. Burn Baby Burn
                      2. Dare To Dream
                      3. Annabel
                      4. Machinery
                      5. Sometimes

                      Side D
                      1. Oh Yeah (#6 UK Charts)
                      2. Angel Interceptor
                      3. Jesus Says
                      4. Orpheus
                      5. Jack Names The Planets

                      A heavyweight astral shower of rhythm and vibes, Ash Walker’s third album ‘Aquamarine’ is released on 19th July 2019 via Night Time Stories. Ash’s production output is similarly exploratory: his journeys have taken him far and wide, from tunnels under the river Thames to recording local percussionists in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. Inspired by a deep dive of sounds from artists including Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, King Tubby, Bo Diddley, 4Hero, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Curtis Mayfield, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich; his first two albums, ‘Augmented 7th’ (2015) and ‘Echo Chamber’ (2016) gained attention from the likes of BBC 6 Music DJs Gilles Peterson, Don Letts, Gideon Coe and Clash Maga- zine, XLR8R and MIMS.

                      ‘Aquamarine’ is a projection and culmination of all he’s absorbed. A cosmic explosion of sound and colour, rhythm, shape and patterns. The arrival of an unassuming dreamer now projecting his unique flavour of expression. ‘Aqua- marine’ is the take-off of this audial spaceship, a sound discovered in the grooves of thousands of records, united in one. A meditation designed to inspire good energy, Ash hopes to bring a sense of calm and tranquility to the listener amongst the chaos of life. Recorded at home with the freedom of time and space, it combines analogue with digital, and a fondness for normally unwanted shapes and textures such as fuzz, hiss and crackle.

                      “My previous albums have felt to me more like ventures on land. This one feels more like a deep sea voyage into the subconscious. Living to dream with visions of grandeur. Manifesting a beautiful path to walk on. It was inspired by everything around me, from friends and family to art and design, engineering and architecture, movement and how we use our five senses. I love to try and push my own boundaries of what I perceive to be right and wrong, seeing mistakes as innovations, and obstacles as inspiration.”

                      Highlights on the album include ‘Under The Sun’, ‘Time’ and ‘Finishing Touch’, all of which feature the smooth and silky voice of Laville. Themes of metaphysical exploration and transportation re-occur in the cosmic jazz of ‘Brave New World’ and the smoked beats on ‘Come With Us’. Also featured across the album are trumpet and flugel-horn genius Yazz Ahmed, bassist Marc Cyril (Keziah Jones, Jr Walker & The All Stars) and renowned musician and producer Jonathan Shorten.


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Mixing elements of downbeat, hip-hop and a healthy dose of soul, 'Aquamarine' is another superb outing for the ever-talented Ash Walker. Shadowy beats clash with reverbed guitar and echoing vocals before breaking into loungy slow-jazz and heady opium-den instrumentals. It actually confounds all genre expectations and is all the better for it. Proper lovely.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      CD
                      1. Under The Sun (ft Laville)
                      2. Time (ft Laville)
                      3. Come With Us
                      4. Brave New World
                      5. Finishing Touch (ft Laville)
                      6. Aquamarine 07. Sanity (ft Laville)
                      8. I Need Money
                      9. Fat King Smoke
                      10. Aint Got You (ft Laville)

                      Vinyl
                      A1. Under The Sun (ft Laville)
                      A2. Time (ft Laville)
                      A3. Come With Us
                      A4. Brave New World
                      A5. Finishing Touch (ft Laville)
                      A6. Aquamarine B1. Sanity (ft Laville)
                      B3. I Need Money B4. Fat King Smoke
                      B5. Aint Got You (ft Laville)
                      B6. The Dagon's Cashmere Jumper

                      Ibeyi

                      Ash

                        French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are back with their second album ‘Ash’, a record that tackles subjects as diverse as womanhood, spirituality, activism and racism, all conveyed in Ibeyi’s own unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced music that incorporates the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. ‘Ash’ is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name.

                        While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past—the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded.

                        ‘Ash’ was recorded in November 2016 in London with producer Richard Russell at his studio The Copper House. The album features twelve new tracks, including ‘Away Away’ which was released in June, and includes appearances from Kamasi Washington, Mala Rodriguez, Chilly Gonzales, Meshell Ndegeocello.

                        ‘Deathless,’ the second track to be debuted from ‘Ash’, features the incomparable Kamasi Washington on saxophone, and was written in the wake of an experience that Lisa-Kaindé had when she was sixteen that involved her being wrongly arrested by French police. She went home and wrote the emotive ‘Deathless,’ in which she describes her experience: “I was writing ‘Deathless’ as an anthem for everybody!” Lisa-Kaindé says. “For every minority. For everybody that feels that they are nothing, that feels small, that feels not cared about and I want them to listen to our song and for three minutes feel large, powerful, deathless. I have a huge amount of respect for people who fought for, what I think, are my rights today and if we all sing together ‘we are deathless, ’they will be living through us into a better world”.

                        Step out of the gloom and into Ibeyi’s world, a place of optimism, openness and acceptance. The modern world never looked so beautiful as it does through Ibeyi’s lens

                        Ash

                        Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997

                        To coincide with the 20th Anniversary of their number one debut 1977, Ash have announced the release of a live album called Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997. Recorded over the band's record breaking five night run at the London Astoria from the 28th February to the 4th March. The album includes their hit singles ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Kung Fu’, as well as a covers of Abba’s 'Does Your Mother Know’ and Dusty Springfield’s 'I Only Want To Be With You’.

                        The set captures the raw energy of the band on their homecoming celebration to wrap up the epic year of touring for 1977, which was released the previous year.

                        The album will be released as a limited edition numbered and coloured vinyl, CD and download via the band’s website, the live shows and select retailers.

                        The band said "The Ashtoria Five Night Stand was one of the most memorable run of shows for us. It really was the icing on the cake of a manic year since 1977 was released. We'd achieved a number one album followed by a world tour that came close to breaking us. These shows allowed us to look back and celebrate with everyone involved. And it was one hell of an aftershow!"

                        “These five nights at The Astoria, from February 28th to March 4th 1997, sound and feel like a party. An exuberant, irresistible celebration of a band who, transcending the faddishness of concurrent Britpop, succeeded on that rarest of commodities: raw talent.” - Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock


                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A
                        1. Lose Control
                        2. Season
                        3. Goldfinger
                        4. Girl From Mars

                        Side B
                        5. I’d Give You Anything
                        6. Lost In You
                        7. I Only Want To Be With You
                        8. Innocent Smile

                        Side C
                        9. Oh Yeah
                        10. T-Rex
                        11. Uncle Pat
                        12. Petrol
                        13. Let It Flow
                        14. Jack Names The Planets

                        Side D
                        15. Darkside Lightside
                        16. Gone The Dream
                        17. Does Your Mother Know?
                        18. Kung Fu

                        Over their almost decade-and-a-half career, The Kills have released four records. Each one a restless, reckless enigmatic art statement that bristled with tension, anxiety, sex, unstudied cool and winking ennui, yet not one of them sounded like the previous one. Ash & Ice is the follow up to 2011’s critically lauded Blood Pressures and was five years in the making in part due to Jamie Hince’s five hand surgeries, which resulted in him having to re-learn how to play guitar with a permanently damaged finger.

                        Unlike earlier albums, which have largely been written and recorded at Key Club Studio in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the bulk of the recording for Ash & Ice took place in a rented house in LA and at the world famous Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The album was produced by Jamie Hince and co-produced by John O’Mahony (Metric, The Cribs), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Arcade Fire, Amy Winehouse) and Tchad Blake (Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys).

                        It was during Hince’s recuperation from surgery that he first started sketching out what would become the songs for the album. To shake up the writing process, Hince booked a solo trip on the infamous Trans-Siberian Express for inspiration while Alison Mosshart, now residing in Nashville, TN, wrote some of the most affecting, poetically candid lyrics that she ever has, painting word pictures that mine the dangerous terrain between romantic obsession, prophecy and tough love. Where previous albums had an air of detachment and emotional austerity, underpinned by an uneasy self-awareness and unexpressed anger, the 13 songs on Ash & Ice are more understated, less tempestuous and more affecting because of that, exposing the kind of push-pull you feel when you find yourself in a complicated but all-consuming relationship. Ash & Ice is The Kills at their emotionally charged, arresting best. Prepare to be slayed.



                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: The Kills return with their newest album since 2011's 'Blood Pressures' and this might just be their most intricate and emotive offering yet. Further emphasising their innate ability to pluck at the heartstrings whilst soothing the soul. Mossheart's vocals are as sultry and emotive as ever, and the instrumentation is just as you'd expect : raw, honest and beautiful.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Doing It To Death
                        2. Heart Of A Dog
                        3. Hard Habit To Break
                        4. Bitter Fruit
                        5. Days Of Why And How
                        6. Let It Drop
                        7. Hum For Your Buzz
                        8. Siberian Nights
                        9. That Love
                        10. Impossible Tracks
                        11. Black Tar
                        12. Echo Home
                        13. Whirling Eye

                        Ash Before Oak

                        Favourite Chickens

                        Imaginative songwriters Armor and Griffin present a sumptuous collection of melody lavished with harmonies reminiscent of Finn Brothers and garnished with atmospheric guitars and dynamic arrangements. Faberk O’Shea, the mysterious pierrot clown, is now synonymous with the band and their peculiar musical characteristics.

                        The record emerged after a two month period of writing and demoing a track each day. Whilst being hard to pin down stylistically, Favourite Chickens will fascinate you with its hooks, crooks and charm.

                        Ash

                        A-Z Volume 1

                          A - Z Vol. 1 marks the halfway point in Ash’s groundbreaking 26 single campaign the A-Z Series. Wrapping up singles A to M alongside a host of bonus material, the compilation illustrates Ash’s rejuvenated creative zeal.
                          Currently back in their Manhattan HQ recording tracks which will complete the second half of the series, Ash have been spurred on by the unique challenge of a singles only future. The scrutiny of each track being drip-fed to fans, juxtaposed by freedom from the traditional 2-year album cycle, has fostered a new Ash era of diverse, imaginative pop.

                          Ash

                          Meltdown

                            This ain't called "Meltdown" for nothing. It takes all the pop thrills, kinetic melodies, slam-dunking riffs that made the world love Ash, then douses them in petrol and drops in a match. After the fireworks, out come 11 white-hot slabs of pure rock power. From the butane rush of the single "Orpheus" to the skyscraping peaks of "Evil Eye" and the fierce-yet-beautiful love "Starcross'd", this is Ash at their melodic best with a ton of new engines strapped on for extra power.

                            Wishbone Ash

                            Live Dates Volume 3

                              Recorded with the bands last line up in Paris in October 1999.


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