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The Membranes

What Nature Gives... Nature Takes Away

    The new album from the influential UK post punk band Membranes fronted by John Robb – and their first to feature a choir, adding a dark and thrilling epic edge to their songs. Follows the success of 2015’s critically acclaimed “Dark Matter/Dark Energy” (made following their return after 20 years), which was a 6music favourite and received positive reviews across the world. The album’s environmental theme was inspired by a conversation with fellow nature and post punk fan Chris Packham (who guests on the album), about the beauty and violence of nature and the transient nature of life and love. Sixteen epic, powerful and darkly romantic songs of powerful, epic post punk with several tracks using the BIMM. Boasts adventures into krautrock, dark dub, off kilter rhythms, death disco, tribal , dark opera, neo-classical and apocalyptic bass driven noise. Featuring guests such as 84-year old folk singer legend Shirley Collins, the original punk icon Jordan and Kirk Brandon from Theatre Of Hate. 

    Various Artists

    Electrical Language: British Synth Pop 78-84

      The year – 1978. The mood – revolution. The latest addition to the musician’s sound palette – the synthesiser. And so a new sound was born, and one which would free pop music from its guitar dominated tradition into something with a bright new future which would write itself. Almost overnight, via a handful of key single releases, the big bang of punk produced something the kids called ‘synth-pop’. The clue was very much in the name. A broad church from the outset, this synth-pop movement wasted no time in embracing players from all corners of the musical dressing up box. From guitar groups drafting in a keyboard playing friend and the progressive rockers using their expensive banks of electronics in new ways to the modernists and the Thatcherists, full of unabashed aspiration, and the punks – arguably the purest punks of them all – who discarded the guitar and the drum kit overnight in their pursuit of something fresh that their generation could truly call their own. All were welcome, and all contributed to the many different directions synth-pop would mutate in over the coming five or six years. ‘Electrical Language’ captures this time and place in microscopic detail. 

      This 4CD/80 track set explores the independent side of the UK’s post-punk synth-pop boom. From household names and scene legends to underground outsiders and bedroom experimenters. Hardback book format includes over 12,000 words of sleevenotes (including artist-written pieces), introductory essay by Dave Henderson and period imagery. Key tracks and hidden gems from Mute Records, Rough Trade, 4AD, Survival Records, Cherry Red and a host of essential independent players. Produced by the team behind the critically acclaimed ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ series and a number of other essential box sets.

      The Fall

      Dragnet

        Founded by its only constant member, Mark E. Smith, The Fall formed in Manchester in 1976 and were one of the most prominent post-punk groups in the world. Musically, there may have been several stylistic changes over the years, but it was often characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. “Dragnet” is the second studio album – released 26th October 1979 - these editions celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this seminal album. Originally released through record label Step-Forward, it predicated 2 major factors in the group’s career – high productivity and high group turnover. The album has historically garnered excellent reviews, including 4/5 in MOJO, 8.7/10 on Pitchfork and 4/5 in Q Magazine. Featuring the one and only Mark E. Smith alongside Steve Hanley (bass), Marc Riley (guitar), Craig Scanlon (guitar), Mike Leigh (drums), Kay Carroll (backing vocals) and Yvonne Pawlett (keyboards). 

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Black and white splatter vinyl. Comes with 7” single replica of their ‘Rowche Rumble’ single.

        The Fall

        Live At The Witch Trials

          The 3CD version comes housed in a clamshell boxset. Alongside the full album is a disc of b-sides and session tracks and a live show from Mr Pickwick’s in Liverpool 1978. The boxset also features a booklet of new sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea and has been remastered by long-term Fall engineer Andy Pearce.

          The red coloured vinyl version is 180GSM with an inner bag and features the US artwork and track-listing. It is limited to 1000 copies.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Limited red vinyl.

          Spear Of Destiny

          The Albums 1983-85

            This 56 track 3 CD clamshell box set contains pretty much everything that Spear Of Destiny released on Epic Records during their time with the label between 1983-85. Disc 1 is the debut “Grapes Of Wrath” album which hit No.62 in the UK charts. It features the No.59 hit single ‘The Wheel’ and now comes with nine bonus tracks including two cassette mixes never previously released on CD. “One Eyed Jacks” the band’s second album which reached No.22 in 1984 is featured on Disc 2. This includes the UK hit singles ‘Prisoner Of Love’ (No.59) and ‘Liberator’ (No.67) and also features ten bonus tracks. The third disc is the No.11 hit album “World Service” which contains the hit singles ‘All My Love (Ask Nothing)’ (No.61) and ‘Come Back’ (No.55) and is now bolstered by seven non LP B-sides.

            Various Artists

            Birth Of A Nation - Inevitable Records: An Independent Liverpool 1979-1986

              In the late 1970s and 1980s, Jeremy Lewis established and ran Liverpool’s Inevitable Records, and in doing so provided what he calls an “incubator” for an impressive selection of the talent emerging from the city at that time. From Pete Burns and Dead Or Alive to China Crisis, Wah! Heat and others, Inevitable provided the launchpad for many successful careers. Operating initially out of Lewis’ Amazon Studios, and mutating as the years passed from an outlet for the city’s spiky post-punk sounds to a synth-pop, commercially minded imprint with major label backing, Inevitable proved popular with John Peel and found admirers from across the ‘80s musical spectrum. Presented here for the first time is an overview of the label, including a disc of contemporary Peel Sessions from key artists and a 3,000 word account of its story by Jeremey Lewis himself. Of particular interest to many will be never-before-heard (or re-issued) work by a young Pete Burns – his first Nightmares In Wax sPeel sessions are included. A further look at the wonderful music explored in ‘Revolutionary Spirit’ this is an indepth look at the roots of several special careers, produced with input from Inevitable founder Jeremey Lewis.

              Various Artists

              Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European And American Electronica 1978-1984

              Following the success of the 4CD compilations looking at early electronica in the UK (“Close To The Noise Floor”), Europe (“Noise Reduction System”) and North America (“Third Noise Principle”) 4AD present a 3LP compendium of hand-picked highlights. Including legendary names such as Conny Plank and Holger Czukay (Les Vampyrettes), D.A.F., Bourbonese Qualk, The Legendary Pink Dots, Front 242, Carlos Peron, The Residents, Rhythm And Noise, Richard Bone and Tuxedomoon alongside cult favourites and previously overlooked nuggets, “Additive Noise Function” takes in dancefloor fillers, inner space explorations and everything in between as it journeys over five thousand miles in search of the perfect drum pattern. Previous CD editions have been critically praised around the world, and acclaimed for their historical significance as well as the diverse, futuristic and ground-breaking music contained within. Demand for a vinyl overview has been continuous, and we proudly present thirty-two must-hear, must-have tunes showcasing the other side of the post-punk revolution. For fans of house and techno, breaks, future funk, ambient soundscapes, IDM and concrète collages.

              Various Artists

              Losing Touch With My Mind - Psychedelia In Britain 1985-1990

                Sixty of the finest scene hits, lesser known deep cuts, obscurities and underexposed nuggets. Includes introductory essay, track-by-track sleevenotes and ‘I was there’ memoir from Hugh Dellar. A must-see, must-hear, must—have set from the same team who brought you “Scared To Get Happy”, “Another Splash Of Colour”, “Still In A Dream”, “Revolutionary Spirit”, “Close To The Noise Floor”, “Just A Bad Dream” and countless other hugely successful deep excavation box sets. It’s here! A fitting sequel to 2016’s critically acclaimed “Another Splash Of Colour!”. A startling collection charting the C86 generation’s brazen raid on the second half of the Sixties, from their fashion sense to their music to their drugs of choice.

                Taking The Velvets, The Doors, The Byrds and a plethora of psych originals found on the ‘Nuggets’ and ‘Pebbles’ compilations as inspiration, the latter half of the 1980s saw bands across the UK replace their angular post-punk sound with a gentler, weirder direction, fusing jangly guitars and bowl haircuts, paisley heavy wardrobes and the remnants of the glam, goth and garage revival scenes with a new positivity and enlightenment offered by the ecstasy and LSD that began to reach every suburb and estate in the land. Festivals, alternative lifestyles and neo-hippydom, raves, fashion and an encyclopaedic knowledge of 1960s recordings came together, for a brief time, in a blissed out, fuzzy replica of the late 1960s, re-imagined by a generation with little else to play for. From the ‘shoegaze’ movement to ‘Madchester’, the Mods to the out and out revivalists and beyond, all of these disparate but intertwined scenes collide in wonderful harmony again on “Losing Touch With My Mind”. Packed full of rarities and collectibles, ‘Losing Touch With My Mind’ will appeal to fans of ‘80s Psychedelia, Mod Revival, Indie, the Madchester and shoegaze scenes and, of course, the ‘60s outfits who inspired so many of these artists.

                Various Artists

                Big Gold Dreams - A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989

                  Big Gold Dreams documents the vibrant independent music scene to emerge in Scotland across the late 70s and 80s. Initially ignited by punk, labels sprang up in Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere to give a voice to the explosion of new acts across the country. Named after Fire Engines’ memorable single and Grant McPhee’s recent TV and DVD documentary,

                  Big Gold Dreams includes many of the Scottish music scene’s most important names as well as countless obscurities. Includes landmark tracks by The Rezillos, Simple Minds, Altered Images, Skids, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Bluebells, The Waterboys, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, The Soup Dragons, The Associates, Scars, Strawberry Switchblade, Josef K, BMX Bandits, Edwyn Collins, Del Amitri, The Vaselines, The Shamen, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie and many others.

                  Boasts lengthy essays and band histories by Grant McPhee, Neil Cooper and Tim Barr, within a lavishly illustrated 70-page booklet.

                  Created by the same Cherry Red team behind such previous box sets as Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Action Time Vision, To The Outside Of Everything, Manchester North Of England, Revolutionary Spirit, etc. Big Gold Dreams also includes recordings from key labels such as Zoom, Postcard, 53rd & 3rd, Rational, Fast Product/Pop:Aural, Supreme International Editions, Creation, Egg, Sarah, etc. Pre-fame 45s by Johnny & The Self Abusers (later Simple Minds), Another Pretty Face (pre-The Waterboys), Fun 4 (pre-Orange Juice), as well as P.V.C.2 (post-Slik, featuring Midge Ure). Numerous tracks debut on CD, alongside a string of impressive debut 45s (e.g. Fini Tribe, Momus, The Wake, Win), plus classic indie tracks from The Pastels, Shop Assistants, The Vaselines and The Fizzbombs and many others.

                  The Long Ryders

                  Psychedelic Country Soul

                    The Long Ryders were formed in 1982 by young American musicians influenced by Gram Parsons, C&W, The Byrds, and the punk scene found in their hometown of Los Angeles. The Long Ryders were an anecdote to formula stadium rock and wimpy synth-pop." The founders of alt-country, The Long Ryders, now release their first new album in over thirty years. Featuring the classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders, it makes the day after Valentine’s Day as much a romantic celebration. The stunning new album follows hot on the heels of the deluxe reissue treatment given to two classic Long Ryders long players, “State of Our Union” and “Two-Fisted Tales”.

                    The band featured Sid Griffin on guitar, autoharp, and harmonica, Stephen McCarthy on guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, and banjo, Tom Stevens, bass, and Greg Sowders, playing drums and percussion. With a sound reminiscent of the Buffalo Springfield and The Flying Burrito Brothers, but with a harder edge, they anticipated the alternative country music of the 1990s by a decade. Featuring eleven new Long Ryders compositions and a tribute cover of the late great Tom Petty’s song ‘Walls’, this is a Long Ryders for the 21st century; kicking off with the anthemic ‘Greenville’, a track which proves the band haven’t lost any of that magic guitar interplay. ‘Molly Somebody’ is an eclectic pop tune that doesn’t neglect any of their country and rock sensibilities, while the likes of ‘What the Eagle Sees’ reflects the energy of early punk and power pop that so informed them in the early days. You can still hear their personal connection with the music of the 1960s’, but as ever The Long Ryders aren’t a band who live in the past. Album closer ‘Psychedelic Country Soul’ is the greatest testament to that, performed like the previous 11 songs, with precision and fire; the guitars weave and harmonicas build and ebb, the song spreading like wildfire.

                    The Long Ryders have always been celebrated for what they have to say as much as the music they make. With “Psychedelic Country Soul” their message delivered with 12 strings and never-ending harmonies has never been clearer. This is a Long Ryders album which stands up with their classic albums such as “Native Sons” and their unforgettable single ‘Looking For Lewis And Clark’. “Psychedelic Country Soul” will certainly sit on many Best Of lists at the end of the year. But you can note its worthiness when you hear it. It is that good.

                    The Fall

                    58 Golden Greats: 3CD Boxset

                      The expanded 3-CD follow up to the iconic now out of print 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t be Wrong compilation, now features songs right up to the groups last album. Compiled and annotated by long time Fall aficionado Daryl Easlea from across all the labels the band has appeared on. The booklet designed by long time Fall designer Becky Stewart contains a track by track overview. Mastered by Andy Pearce from the best sources available. Formed in Manchester in 1976, Fall were a seminal English post-punk group. The group existed in some form from that point on, built around its founder and only constant member, the late, great Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music underwent stylistic changes over the years, but was always characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. This compilation is ideal for anyone wanting to discover the weird and wonderful world of the Fall. "They are always different; they are always the same." 

                      Various Artists

                      Just A Bad Dream: Sixty British Garage And Trash Nuggets 1981-89 - 3CD Boxset

                        Sometimes, a disparate crowd of random influences and a handful of scene-makers coalesce out of nothing, and before you know it a movement is happening. So it was in the UK in the early-to-mid-‘80s, when an unlikely set of bands resurrected the spirit of mid-‘60s Garage Rock. Fusing that sound with elements of the pre-Fab Four, Psych, Mod, Rockabilly and Psychobilly, and greasing the wheels of this new machine with a thick slab of post—punk sensibility, bands across the UK began to shout and holler like they hadn’t in years, capturing their work on often rough and ready recordings, issued on Big Beat, Hangman, Hit Records, Media Burn, Creation and other equally fried labels. From London, Medway and the South East to Edinburgh and beyond, the Trash movement spread, quickly reaching out into mainland Europe and beyond.

                        Here in the UK, Trash finally enjoyed its moment in the sunshine in 1984, when four of the scene’s key bands appeared on Channel 4’s flagship music show The Tube. Spiky, brash, loud and unfettered by delusions of grandeur, this is the sound of the post punk UK music scene looking backwards whilst moving forwards. Not for the faint-hearted, sure, and always likely to tell you where you can stick it, but this is a sound that has stuck. The garage and trash scene, albeit under different names and sprinkled with a layer of post-Millennial self-awareness, continues to thrive around the world. Wherever one finds guitars, amplifiers and the primal spirit, one finds Trash. Packed full of rarities and collectibles – the Medway Valley and Billy Childish related material is currently particularly sought after – ‘Just A Bad Dream’ will appeal to fans of ‘80s Psychedelia, Mod Revival, Indie, Psychobilly and, of course, the ‘60s Garage Rock that influenced so many of these artists.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Clearly influenced by the flood of post-punk and rockabilly acts around the same time, Trash is a scuzzed-up version of garage, often recorded with little to no equipment and with more than an abundance of energy. Here we get the choicest nuggets, all collected on three jam-packed discs for your listening pleasure. Top collection.

                        Various Artists

                        Harmony In My Head - UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-81: 3CD Box Set

                          HARMONY IN MY HEAD is another of Cherry Red’s celebrations of a bygone era – this time, the boom in Power Pop and New Wave which followed the Punk explosion in 1977. This triple-CD box set spins off the success of the 4-CD compilation Action Time Vision (2016), which documented Punk on independent labels. New Wave was a term coined in 1977 to describe a clutch of new artists whose music shared much of the energy of punk, but boasted a more sophisticated level of musicianship and a heavier reliance on traditional pop melodies. Although the term had such a wide definition in the States that it was quickly rendered almost meaningless, it was more strictly applied in the UK, with the radio-friendly likes of Elvis Costello and Squeeze scoring numerous hits and influencing younger bands to the extent that, by the early Eighties, the New Wave itself had become Old Wave.

                          The British scene’s reiteration of the appeal of a more traditional pop approach saw several attempts to provide an alternative to the unsatisfactory ‘New Wave’ epithet. Nick Lowe coined the phrase “pure pop for now people” to describe his approach, early brand leaders The Pleasers described their sound as Thamesbeat (a literal update of Merseybeat), while a handful of bands (including The Monos! and The Monochrome Set) played regularly at a London club that marketed itself as Newbeat, “a reaction to punk”. But none of these terms caught on, and instead the genre became known as Power Pop. Once again, there was a significant difference between the UK and US models, but Britain had its own Power Pop scene that slowly mutated into the Mod Revival. Many of the Mod bands drew heavily on melodic 60s records (it was, after all, The Who’s Pete Townshend who had coined the term ‘Power Pop’ back in 1967), although by late 1981 that scene had in turn morphed (in London, at least) into the short-lived New Psychedelia movement.

                          HARMONY IN MY HEAD includes many of the New Wave/Power Pop scene’s biggest hitters alongside the more melodic Punk bands. Name acts include Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Buzzcocks, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Nick Lowe, The Jags and Wreckless Eric, who are joined by other less successful but nevertheless key players (The Records, The Freshies, The Flysetc) as well as a host of rare 45s on tiny labels, many of which have never been on CD before. The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with a 12,000-word sleeve-note incorporating band-by-band biographies by compiler David Wells.

                          House Of Love

                          The House Of Love: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                            THE HOUSE OF LOVE were one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands to grace Creation Records back in the late 1980s. Their eponymous debut album, which was cited as one of the best albums of 1988 by music magazines and Indie fans alike, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! Expanding on 2012’s 3-CD version, this super deluxe CD edition of THE HOUSE OF LOVE offers the band’s complete Creation recordings from 1987-1988, together with a raft of rarities and previously unissued bonus material. It also boasts all their Creation Records singles, from the original version of ‘Shine On’, ‘Real Animal’ and ‘Christine’ to their final single for the label, ‘Destroy The Heart’. For the first time, the album is re-mastered from the original quarter-inch tapes. Discs 2 and 3 combine all their non-album tracks with numerous HOUSE OF LOVE demos and early mixes, many of which were never released, Disc 4 soaks up the various BBC radio sessions for John Peel while Disc 5 combines mostly unissued live tracks from various shows. This 5-CD package is housed in a stylish hardback book set with fresh sleeve-notes from NME journalist Neil Taylor (with interview quotes from lead singer/guitarist Guy Chadwick and original bassist Chris Groothuizen) and rare images from the band’s photographer Suzie Gibbons.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            5xCD Box Set Info: Housed in a hardback book set

                            Felt

                            Me And A Monkey On The Moon: Remastered

                              Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                              Felt

                              The Pictorial Jackson Review: Remastered

                                Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                                Felt

                                Poem Of The River: Remastered

                                  Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                                  Felt

                                  Train Above The City: Remastered

                                    Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                                    Various Artists

                                    C89 3CD Box Set

                                      C89 is another celebration of the Eighties Indie scene, documenting a golden era when tuneful guitar-based bands made records on shoestring budgets, often issued on small labels with hand-made artwork, with little hope of mainstream exposure. This 3-CD box set follows previous best-selling collections C86 (2014), C87 (2016) and C88 (2017). C86 expanded the NME’s genre-defining compilation with 50 extra tracks from the period. C87 and C88 were the imaginary sequels, picking up the story as the 1980s unfolded.

                                      Disc 1 is devoted to artists who haven’t previously graced this series, who first made an impact in 1988/1989. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, The La’s, Milltown Brothers, The Family Cat and The Telescopes were among the indie scene’s biggest names that year. Disc 2 revisits many of the bands who appeared on C88, with later singles or B-sides by The Stone Roses, Mock Turtles, Pooh Sticks, The Man From Delmonte, Bridewell Taxis, Popguns, etc. Sarah Records – which came to epitomise a certain type of Indie Pop – are represented by Brighter, The Orchids, Another Sunny Day and Christine’s Cat. Other key indie labels also figure, such as Creation (The Revolving Paint Dream), Bristol’s The Subway Organization (Korova Milk Bar, Choo Choo Train), Manchester’s Playtime (The Rainkings, New Fast Automatic Daffodils), Sheffield’s Native (Treebound Story, featuring Richard Hawley, and The Snapdragons), Brighton’s La-Di-Da (Daisycutters, Bobby Scarlet, How Many Beans Make Five, Said Liquidator) and Liverpool’s Pink Moon (Barbel, The DaVincis, Jactars).

                                      C89 also includes two previously unissued tracks. New names to the series include The Bardots, The Seers, Po!, The Ammonites, The Ogdens, Kit, The Candy Darlings, Jane Pow, Rorschach, etc. Several names feature personnel from notable bands, such as post-Razorcuts act Red Chair Fadeaway, post-Chameleons quartet The Sun And The Moon and post-La’s combo The Onset. Numerous tracks have never been on CD before. The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with an 8,000-word sleeve-note and band-by-band biographies by C86 co-compiler Neil Taylor.

                                      Two years in the making, Close To The Noise Floor is a 4CD, 61-track set exploring the origins of electronica in the UK. Featuring tracks from key figures on the cassette label underground alongside early releases by future stars of the movement, this is part primitive rave, part synthesiser porn & part history lesson. Enthralled by the mysterious electronics of Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Gong & German Kosmische artists such as Tangerine Dream, Harmonia & Cluster, & inspired by the DIY ethos of punk, a quiet revolution took place across the UK in the late 70s & early 80s. The rise of the microchip & the advent of affordable synthesisers enabled countless artists for whom guitars, drums & bass had become old hat, & in grubby bedsits, unremarkable living rooms & art school halls across the British Isles, UK electronica was born.

                                      Exploring every corner of this fascinating & often overlooked chapter in musical history. For proto synth-pop look no further than 100% Manmade Fibre & Spoon Fazer, whilst British Standard Unit & Five Times Of Dust lay out techno templates which wouldn’t take full form until many years later. Elsewhere, the synthesiser laden ambient music of Zorch & the found sound collages of A Tent sit comfortably alongside early forays by familiar names – Blancmange, The Human League, OMD & Throbbing Gristle – in over four hours of futurist, entirely modern music.


                                      The Fall

                                      Levitate - Expanded Edition

                                        “Levitate” is the Fall’s 19th album originally released in 1997 on Artful Records. It has been out of print for a number of year snow and is much sought after by fans It’s the last album to feature two long-time Fall members, drummer Karl Burns and bass player Steve Hanley (whose playing was once described by Smith as the defining element of the group's music). The album was initially going to be produced by Keir Stewart and Simon Spencer (who previously collaborated with Smith under the moniker D.O.S.E. on the 1995 single ‘Plug Myself In’). Most of the recordings took place at Edwyn Collins’ studio in West Hampstead. However, Stewart and Spencer soon fell out with Smith over payments and left after a week, taking most of the tapes with them. The only tracks from these sessions to make the album were "4½ Inch" (allegedly edited out of samples of a rehearsal recording), ‘Spencer’, later re-dubbed by Smith as ‘Spencer Must Die’, and ‘The Quartet of Doc Shanley’.

                                        Various Artists

                                        Burning Britain: A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1980 - 1983

                                          Burning Britain is the sequel to 2016’s acclaimed 4-CD Box Set Action Time Vision, which documented the independent Punk revolution of the late Seventies.

                                          Burning Britain is the first-ever box set to properly tell the story of the early Eighties independent Punk scene – nicknamed UK82 - when the music went underground and thrived outside of the major label framework.

                                          With 114 tracks, this longform 4-CD box set follows previous, acclaimed compilations from Cherry Red dedicated to Post-Punk (To The Outside Of Everything), Goth (Silhouettes And Shadows), Mod Revival (Millions Like Us), etc.

                                          The 64-page booklet includes authoritative band biogs and an insightful foreword by respected Punk commentator Ian Glasper (author of the book Burning Britain, which inspired the title of this box set).

                                          Big names from the early days of Punk (The Damned, Angelic Upstarts, UK Subs, Cockney Rejects, The Adicts, The Lurkers, Chelsea) are joined by all the key bands from the next wave, including The Exploited, The Anti-Nowhere League, Discharge, Blitz, G.B.H., The Toy Dolls, Vice Squad, The Business, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Poison Girls and Conflict.

                                          Momus

                                          Create 2 - Recreate: 3CD Remastered & Expanded Edition

                                            Cherry Red Records are very proud to be working together with Momus again, following on from the success of their 2016 collaboration, Pubic Intellectual – An Anthology 1986-2016. Named after the Greek god of mockery, Momus is prolific Scottish songwriter, author and journalist Nick Curry, who has now been releasing critically acclaimed music in a style all of his own for over thirty years. Following Cherry Red’s recent release of Momus’ first three Creation Records albums, the final three classic albums for Creation Records (Hippopotamomus - 1991, Voyager - 1992, Timelord – 1993) have now been compiled together in one very attractive package, combining this already genius material with a selection of fantastic bonus tracks selected by Momus himself. Hippopotamomus, Momus’s fourth Creation Records LP, was seen as the artist’s flat-out tribute to his idol Serge Gainsbourg, which courted controversy in a similar vein to his idol’s antics upon its release by landing the artist in hot water, both in the music press, and in the courtroom for its questionable content. Its follow-up, Voyager, is often seen as Momus’s first, and best, in his trilogy of albums addressing the near-future sci-fi androgeny of Japan. While Timelord remains Momus’ open love letter during his personal romantic turmoil of the early ‘90s.

                                            Felt

                                            The Seventeenth Century

                                              Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                              During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                              Previously named Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death, this album is now retitled The Seventeenth Century – the original name for the album was changed late in the day. This reversal of misfortune was classed as an awful mistake and Lawrence’s biggest regret. Flash forward to now and this situation can finally be rectified. “You can’t change the title of an album” - they told him – so he said; “if Kraftwerk can and Bowie can then I can too!!”

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                              Initial pressing of 2000 come signed
                                              by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                              Felt

                                              The Strange Idols Pattern & The Other Stories - Remastered

                                                Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                Before the Stone Roses and after Be-Bop Deluxe and Plastic Ono Band, John Leckie worked with Felt. Booked into a metal/reggae studio in Birmingham’s industrial wasteland he sculpted a Michelangelo slice of new rock – exquisite and beautiful guitar odysseys – quite unlike anything the city had experienced before. Merging pop with a classical nuance Felt stood alone as the forerunners of a brand new style. And Gary Ainge was finally allowed to use his high-hat!

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                Initial pressing of 2000 come signed
                                                by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                                Felt

                                                Ignite The Seven Cannons

                                                  Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                  During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                  Produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins and featuring the skyscraping vocal of Elizabeth Fraser on the mighty Primitive Painters. Felt found themselves at the top of the independent charts. Unhappy with the overall sound though – it was as if some of Lawrence’s best songs were lost in an “ethereal swirl.” John A. Rivers has been given access to the original master tapes and six songs have been remixed. Also – side 2 has been focused, edited and “made symmetrical.” Finally these songs can be heard as intended by Felt. It has become at long last a cohesive whole.



                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                  Initial pressing of 2000 come signed
                                                  by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                                  Felt

                                                  Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty - Remastered

                                                    Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                    During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                    Lawrence’s ambition was to release the best debut English album ever! Adrian Borland offered his services, then commitments with his band The Sound prevented this from happening. So Felt began a relationship with Swell Maps producer John A. Rivers. Recorded and mixed in six days the band got a taste of how bitter reality fares compared to the “mellow fruitfulness” of blind ambition.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                    Initial pressing of 2000 come signed by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Revolutionary Spirit - The Sound Of Liverpool 1976-1988: Deluxe 5CD Boxset

                                                      Extensive 5CD/book set exploring the ‘second wave’ of music on Merseyside, from 1976-1988 Features classics, rarities, album tracks and previously unreleased gems from Echo And The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, The La’s, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Dead Or Alive, China Crisis, A Flock Of Seagulls, Wild Swans, Big In Japan and many more. 5CD + 56pp A5 book format contains many artists’ own sleeve-notes, previously unseen photographs and essays from key observers and participants in the city’s music scene - Bernie Connor, Mike Badger, Yorkie and Joe McKechnie. Curated and designed by the people who brought you Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Manchester – North Of England, Silhouettes And Statues and many more extensive box sets. A remarkable journey through the music of a generation inspired and enabled by punk rock to step out from behind the shadow to the Fab Four. Packed with first-hand artist sleeve-notes, insightful essays, imagery and brilliant, essential music, this is a story long in need of telling…

                                                      Liverpool in the 1970s…. The Beatles had gone, but the expectations remained. It took many years until, with the arrival of punk rock, the city’s tunesmiths were able to regroup and usher in a new generation of musical innovation which would form the backbone of the UK’s music scene throughout the 1980s. From Eric’s to the top of the charts, the city found its feet and once again became the epicentre of cool. Revolutionary Spirit charts the rise of Liverpool and its music in the latter half of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s, from Deaf School and Spitfire Boys, via Zoo Records and Probe Plus, and onto the chart successes of Frankie, OMD, the Bunnymen and many others. Featuring cornerstone contributions from the city’s brightest stars - Bill Drummond, Holly Johnson, Ian Broudie, Pete Burns, Ian McCulloch, Julian Cope, Lee Mavers and co – and many more lesser-known legends, this is the unique tale of a city trying to find itself with the world watching – and succeeding.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      To The Outside Of Everything: A Story Of UK Post-Punk 1977-1981

                                                        Post-Punk was a belated term adopted to describe the creative outpouring of largely independent music which flourished in the wake of the Punk explosion. Named after a lyric from Magazine’s ground-breaking hit, ‘Shot By Both Sides’, "To The Outside Of Everything" tells a musical story of how the UK’s post-punk scene evolved from the spirit of 1977 and the arrival of key labels such as Fast, Rough Trade, Zoo, Factory and Cherry Red. Includes landmark singles by Joy Division, PiL, Wire, Gang Of Four, The Slits, Killing Joke, Echo And The Bunnymen, Scritti Politti, The Pop Group, Human League, The Fall, Alternative T.V., Tubeway Army, Adam And The Ants, Josef K, The Teardrop Explodes, Throbbing Gristle, The Psychedelic Furs, Theatre Of Hate, The Birthday Party, The Associates, Fire Engines, and Ultravox. Boasts a lengthy essay and band-by-band histories by ex-NME journalist Neil Taylor within a lavishly illustrated 48-page booklet. Post-punk pəʊstˈpʌŋk/ adjective: denoting a style of rock music inspired by punk but less aggressive in performance and musically more experimental. “Whereas Punk, in seemingly one violent moment, ripped and tore asunder the fabric of pop, Post Punk seeped into the gap, expanding into everything...

                                                        The Fall

                                                        Singles 1978-2016: 3CD Boxset

                                                          The Fall is an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. The band is noted for its prolific output: as of autumn 2017 they have released over 32 studio albums, and more than triple that counting live albums and other releases. This collection features all the A-sides recorded across a multitude of labels: Step Forward, Rough Trade, Kamera, Beggars Banquet, Cog Sinister, Permanent, Artful, Action… oh, and Cherry Red! We got the lot!

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Barry says: As well as the massive box set, we also get this slightly trimmed-down but no less superb 3CD version of this stunning fall singles compilation. Some well-known classics, and maybe a few you won't have heard (who am I kidding, course you've heard them all!). Nonetheless, it's a worthy addition to any Fall fan's compilation, and needless to say, a brilliant starting point.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          CD Box Set Info: 3xCD edition.

                                                          To celebrate the 30th anniversary of C86, Cherry Red release a sequel, in the shape of C87! Imagine if the NME had reconvened a year on from their original compilation? Well, that’s the inspiration for another 70+ tracks, ranging from well-known indie names to obscurities.None of the selections on C87 have been available on any of Cherry Red’s recent compilations. All tracks were recorded and/or released in the year or so following C86 (i.e. summer 1986 to the end of 1987).

                                                          Disc 1 boasts bands whose first recordings were made in 86/87. Some of them – The House Of Love, The Shamen, The Darling Buds, The Inspiral Carpets, Cud, etc. – later enjoyed chart success. Others have since enjoyed cult status, including Kitchens Of Distinction, whose debut B-side ‘Escape!’ appears here for the first time; The Boy Hairdressers, who would soon evolve into Teenage Fanclub; The Vaselines, who were covered by Nirvana; and The Sea Urchins, who christened Sarah Records with the classic ‘Pristine Christine’. Discs 2 and 3 revisit many of the bands who graced the original C86 cassette, checking in on later recordings by the likes of The Bodines, The Wedding Present, Miaow, The Servants, The Wolfhounds, Mighty Mighty and McCarthy.

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Manchester North Of England - A Story Of Independent Music Greater Manchester 1977-1993

                                                            From Buzzcocks to Britpop, Manchester North Of England is the ultimate tribute to the independent output of that most important and iconic of musical cities, with 146 tracks across seven CDs in a deluxe box set.

                                                            Compiled by the team behind other Cherry Red box sets (Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Millions Like Us, Action Time Vision, etc.), this tells the story of how indie music exploded in Manchester after the rush of Punk and the seminal release of the Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP.

                                                            With exhaustive sleeve-notes by the city’s leading music journalist of the era, Mick Middles, and a foreword by Mark Radcliffe, Manchester North Of England includes many of the key bands from the late 70s to the early 90s – Joy Division, The Fall, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Morrissey, John Cooper Clarke, 808 State, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column, The Charlatans and last but not least, Oasis.

                                                            Although the scene was dominated by blokes with guitars, which is reflected here, Manchester North Of England also doffs its cap to reggae, soul, singer-songwriters, hip-hop, avant garde, techno/industrial and dance music.

                                                            Inspired by Bop Cassettes’ 1988 compilation (name + cover image), the box set is being presented in conjunction with MDMA (Manchester District Music Archive).

                                                            Many of the tracks appear on CD for the first time, from the Punk explosion through Factory Records, post-punk, the jangly C86 period, Madchester, Indie-Dance and the early 90s transition into what would become Britpop.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Darryl says: From Buzzcocks to Britpop, Manchester North Of England is the ultimate tribute to the independent output of our most important and iconic of musical cities, with 146 tracks across seven CDs in a deluxe box set.

                                                            • July 2017 sees the new album by the Fall – their first since Sub Lingual Tablet in 2015 – containing 11 new tracks recorded at various studios in the UK and produced in conjunction with Mark E Smith.

                                                            • The band, now in their 41st year, have proven a major influence to many a band in both the UK and around the world (bands such as Pavement, Hole and even Faith No More).

                                                            • New Facts Emerge is their third studio album for Cherry Red and adds to the list of over 100 live and studio albums released by the band over the years.

                                                            • Formed in 1976 by Mark E Smith, the band has gone through numerous line ups but retain a consistency that many other bands would envy.



                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            2x10" LP Info: LIMITED 2 x 10” LP EDITION.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Noise Reduction System: Formative European Electronica 1974-1984

                                                              A year in the making, Noise Reduction System reaches out into the European mainland, taking in tracks from key figures on the electronica cassette label underground alongside early releases by ground-breaking innovators. Enthralled by the mysterious synthesiser and inspired by the DIY ethos of punk, a quiet revolution took place across Europe in the late 1970s and early 1980s. From Norway to Greece, the microchip and the affordable synthesiser inspired artists for whom guitars, drums and bass had become old hat, and in home studios and art spaces across the continent electronic musicians began to stretch the boundaries of sonic experimentation. Some wanted to dance, some to relax and others to confuse and confront – all are represented here. Noise Reduction System explores every corner of this chapter in our musical history via over four hours of futurist, modern and sometimes challenging music. And who better to tell this story than the artists themselves - Noise Reduction System features sleevenotes from artists and their biographers, unseen photographs and an introductory essay by Sounds and Wild Planet legend Dave Henderson. Expect great coverage across all media - ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ ranked Top Five in several magazine’s 2016 polls.

                                                              The sequel to last year’s critically acclaimed, strong selling ‘Close To The Noise Floor’. Journey into the origins of electronica in Europe – from early techno and electro to synth-pop, industrial, ambient and noise experiments. Includes artists from Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Slovenia, Latvia, Yugoslavia and Greece. 62 tracks across 4CDs in a 52pp hard-back book format. Over 9,000 words of artists’ sleevenotes and introductory essay by Dave Henderson (Sounds/Wild Planet/MOJO). From figureheads (Cluster, DAF, Yello, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Front 242) to underground outsiders. •Part primitive rave, part synthesiser porn, part history lesson!

                                                              C88 is another celebration of the Eighties Indie scene, documenting a golden era when tuneful guitar-based bands made records on shoestring budgets, often issued on small labels with hand-made artwork, with little hope of mainstream exposure. This 3-CD box set follows previous best-selling collections C86 (2014) and C87 (2016). C86 expanded the NME’s genre-defining compilation (initially a cassette, later a vinyl LP on Rough Trade) with 50 extra tracks from the period. C87 was an imaginary sequel, picking up the story a year later.

                                                              Disc 1 is devoted to artists who haven’t previously graced this series, who – for the most part – first made an impact in 1988. The Stone Roses, Carter USM, Pale Saints and The Mock Turtles would all enjoy mainstream success. Others like The Pooh Sticks, The Man From Delmonte, Bridewell Taxis were cult indie favourites. Sarah Records – which came to epitomise a certain type of Indie Pop – are represented by The Orchids, Another Sunny Day, The Sea Urchins and The Poppyheads (whose ‘Cremation Town’ debuts on CD here). Other key indie labels also figure, such as Creation (Apple Boutique, Pacific, The House Of Love, Emily), 53rd & 3rd (The Groovy Little Numbers, The Vaselines) and The Subway Organization (The Clouds, Rodney Allen, The Flatmates, Bubblegum Splash, etc.).

                                                              The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with an 9,000-word sleeve-note and band-by-band biographies by C86 co-compiler Neil Taylor.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Silhouettes And Statues: A Gothic Revolution 1978-1986

                                                                In the wake of punk rock, and after twenty years of carefully packaged pop and rock fantasy, cold reality finally kicked in the doors of the music industry. Overnight, a generation raised on aspirational boy meets girl tales, the clichés of rock ‘n roll excess and the unreachable otherworldliness of glam and progressive rock were freed to pour truth and their everyday experience into their music. In no time at all, a dark, brutal sensibility crept into the UK’s post-punk wasteland, reflecting the political, social and spiritual situation. Thoughts and feelings that pop music had repressed for decades were at last unleashed as the anger, the frustration, the self-loathing and the disenchantment flowed. The instrumentation, imagery, appearance and attitudes varied wildly from tribe to tribe in this primordial, year zero atmosphere, but by the late 1970s a gothic sensibility had taken root which reset the boundaries of musical and lyrical expression forever…

                                                                Extensive 5CD/book set exploring the evolution of the Goth movement, from the glacial post-punk of the late 1970s through positive punk and into the Batcave era, dark electronica and beyond. Features over 80 classics, rarities, album tracks & hidden gems from The Cure, Joy Division, Sisters Of Mercy, PiL, The Birthday Party, Adam And The Ants, The Mission, Southern Death Cult, Fields Of The Nephilim, and many more

                                                                5CD + 48pp A5 book format contains many artists’ own sleevenotes, previously unseen photographs and essay from Natasha Scharf (The Art Of Gothic, Worldwide Gothic, Prog, Metal Hammer). Curated and designed by the people who brought you Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Close To The Noise Floor and many more excellent and extensive box sets. An intense journey through the shadowy underside of the UK’s post-punk alternative culture.

                                                                The Primitives

                                                                Lovely - 25th Anniversary Edition

                                                                Back in the mid-80s, The Primitives combined the fuzz guitars of The Jesus & Mary Chain with the pop sensibilities of Blondie and a nod to cult heroes The Velvet Underground. They swiftly rose from being a popular Indie guitar outfit to charting worldwide with ‘Crash’, kickstarting a craze in bands fronted by blonde female singers (Transvision Vamp, The Darling Buds et al).

                                                                Lovely was The Primitives’ debut album. Issued in April 1988 on the back of the success of ‘Crash’, it peaked at No. 6 in the UK, staying on the charts for ten weeks, and yet is unavailable on CD.

                                                                Compiled with the help of guitarist PJ Court, this 2-CD compilation boasts re-mastered music as well as a splendid, annotated booklet boasting rare photos and personal memories from the band.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Andy says: Morrissey-endorsed, indie garage-pop. Those were the days.....

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Scared To Get Happy

                                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                  SCARED TO GET HAPPY (A Story Of Indie Pop 1980-1989) was the first box set ever to document the explosion of Indie Pop in Britain across the 1980s. This Record Store Day release is a gatefold double vinyl of Cherry Red’s seminal 2013 box set, charting Indie Pop’s development from the post punk era and the dominance of Scottish bands through to its genre-defining C86 period and onto the end of the decade, with the arrival of Madchester and the shoegazing sound. Inspired by the Nuggets compilations, the vinyl edition boasts 28 tracks spanning the Eighties, drawn from many of the key labels of the period. Many of the bands later tasted mainstream success: Pulp, Inspiral Carpets, the Primitives, Cud, the House Of Love, the Darling Buds. The gatefold details the history of this unique compilation while the two printed inner sleeves reveal more about each featured band’s own story.

                                                                  Abridged 2LP version of the now deleted 5 CD boxset - The Story Of Indie Pop 1980-1989

                                                                  We've Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!!

                                                                  Bostin Steve Austin - Splendiferous Edition

                                                                  A keenly awaited re-press for the debut long-player from the mighty We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It!! Hailing from Birmingham, England, the punk-pop, all-female quartet, also known simply as Fuzzbox first made their mark on the nation when their debut single ‘XX Sex’ / ‘Rules and Regulations’ stormed the UK indie charts reaching the coveted Indie #1 spot in 1986 for a staggering 9 week stint. Cited as a "Loud, gaudy and mildly controversial both visually and aurally, with a willful raw amateurishness to their playing..." the band soon earned the respect of influential publications such as the NME, Melody Maker as well as recognition from DJ's Janice Long and the late, great John Peel. This 2CD/AA Sided "Splendiferous Edition" of the band’s seminal classic "Bostin' Steve Austin" originally made its CD debut on Cherry Red in 2013, some 27 years after its premiere on Vindaloo/WEA Records. Side A features the original 12 track studio album, digitally remastered from its original analogue master tapes, whilst Side AA offers a comprehensive insight into the formative Fuzzbox years compiling 22 of the band’s rarest and sought after recordings.

                                                                  The Meteors

                                                                  Original Albums Collection

                                                                    Since the dawn of time, psychobilly originators and figureheads The Meteors have set the standard for the angry blend of rockabilly, punk and dirty sci-fi horror blues that continues to find new fans around the world. Beloved of bikers, punks, rockabillies, goths, rockers, cowgirls and indie boys alike for over thirty years, the gaggle of pissed off boys who emerged from a succession of London rockabilly bands as the grim 70s lurched into the 80s has slowly mutated into a worldwide phenomenon, legends in their own lifetime and Godfathers of a scene that refused to die.

                                                                    5 Albums originally released in 1984-1988,plus bonus tracks - single mixes and b-sides. LP sleeve replica wallets. Booklet contains sleevenotes, relevant single sleeve packshots etc

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    C86: RSD Double LP Edition

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

                                                                      • Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier.

                                                                      • Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pages and gig listings of the weekly music press. A few hadn’t even issued a record!

                                                                      • C86 slowly but surely became the NME’s best-selling ever compilation, selling an estimated 40,000 copies and eventually being reissued on LP and cassette by Rough Trade the following year. C86 prompted a week of shows at the ICA and would come to embody a whole musical style and era.

                                                                      • C86 is now reissued on vinyl as a deluxe, gatefold sleeved double-LP edition. The music has been re-mastered, with better sound quality due to not being ‘groove crammed’, with picture inner sleeves depicting original artwork and photos and detailed sleeve-notes by C86 compiler Neil Taylor.

                                                                      • This long-overdue reissue follows the spectacular acclaim which followed Cherry Red’s 3-CD expanded edition of C86 in 2014.

                                                                      • C86 is now widely regarded as catching the birth of a certain type of Indie music…

                                                                      UK QUANTITY: 1000

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Still In A Dream - A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995

                                                                        “Shoegaze” was a term invented circa 1990 to describe a new breed on UK Indie guitar bands inspired by the likes of 4AD Records, My Bloody Valentine and US acts like Sonic Youth.

                                                                        Bands like Ride, Moose, Lush, Pale Saints and The Telescopes married dreamy, off-kilter melodies, skewed, heavily effects-laden guitar riffs and psychedelic production values.

                                                                        Although “Shoegaze” was initially a somewhat derogatory term to pigeonhole a clutch of new acts, the term quickly evolved to become an accepted genre of music which has influenced successive generations of bands, especially those outside of the UK.

                                                                        STILL IN A DREAM is the ultimate tribute to what was also called ‘The Scene That Celebrated Itself’! 

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        5xCD Box Set Info: Housed in a lavish ‘book’ set, STILL IN A DREAM pays tribute to that seminal period with numerous classics, cult favourites, rarities and tracks new to CD.
                                                                        Across five discs, the evolution of the sound labelled as “Shoegaze” is charted from the bands who inspired it on Disc 1 to many of the US and other non-UK acts on Disc 5.

                                                                        Cymande

                                                                        A Simple Act Of Faith

                                                                        Cymande (pronounced Sah-mahn-day) are a legendary funk group formed in 1971 in London by musicians from Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent. Their name was derived from a calypso word for Dove, symbolizing peace and love.

                                                                        The band were signed by producer John Schroeder to his Alaska label. Cymande went on to release three acclaimed albums in the early-to-mid 1970s, boasting much-sampled classics like ‘The Message’, ‘Bra’, ‘Dove’ and ‘Brothers On The Slide’.

                                                                        Following some well-received reunion shows, Cymande are now back with their first album in four decades, reuniting original members such as Patrick Patterson and Steve Scipio with John Schroeder.

                                                                        These 10 new songs were recorded in the UK, with the first sessions dating back to 2011. But despite its protracted development, the album boasts a unity which harks back to their 70s heyday!


                                                                        Luke Haines goes electronic, with an album was recorded using entirely analogue synthesizers.

                                                                        A concept album set in the future where Great Britain has retreated to a vast and secret network of abandoned nuclear bunkers and prays to a piece of silverware, referred to as the 'New Pagan Sun'.

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-85

                                                                          Creation Records was one of the most important, vital independent labels of the 80s and 90s, born in the post-punk era and progressing to define the Britpop generation.

                                                                          Creation Artifact is the first comprehensive box set devoted to the early years of Creation Records. the label was born from a hip London club night and won the plaudits with a string of limited edition 7” singles and a handful of albums – including the acclaimed debut ‘Upside Down’ by the Jesus & Mary Chain.

                                                                          During this period 1983-1985, the label also issued vinyl by Primal Scream (their debut 45), The Pastels, The Bodines, The Loft, The Membranes, The Jasmine Minks et al.

                                                                          Housed in a lavish ‘book’ set, Creation Artifact pays tribute to that seminal period with two discs comprising early A’s and B’s, a third CD of rarities and album tracks, another comprising previously unissued demos and a fifth disc of rare BBC sessions.

                                                                          Awash with rare memorabilia, a 12,000-word essay from journalist Neil Taylor, band biographies, personal reminiscences and numerous archive finds, Creation Artifact is the ultimate tribute to the dawn of Creation Records 1983-1985!

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Andy says: At last! Those early Pastels' and Primal Scream's debut single finally made available again. Two reasons for diggin' in to this wondrous box!

                                                                          'Red Kite' is the much-anticipated new solo album by Saint Etienne’s lead singer Sarah Cracknell. Musically, 'Red Kite' has a sophisticated, pastoral feel, drawing on classic 60s pop with less of a dance music influence than Saint Etienne. Sarah has co-written all the songs bar one cover version, ‘The Mutineer’. It’s fanfared by new single ‘Nothing Left To Talk About’, an uplifting indie-pop duet with guest vocalist Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers.

                                                                          The album was recorded at Big Pink, Oxfordshire and in Cardiff in winter 2014 and early 2015, and is co-produced by Carwyn Ellis of Colorama.


                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Creation Artifact 45

                                                                            The First 10 Creation Records singles: 10 x 7” Boxset

                                                                            • NEWLY REMASTERED
                                                                            • FEATURING FACSIMILIES OF THE FIRST TEN CREATION RECORDS SINGLES, AS RELEASED BETWEEN 1983 AND 1984.
                                                                            • PRESENTED IN A DELUXE LIFT OFF LID BOX AND REPLICA SLEEVES WITH BOOKLET CONTAINING REMINISCENCES FROM THE ARTISTS.
                                                                            • PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ARTISTS AND WITH THE APPROVAL OF ALAN MCGEE.

                                                                            In the summer of 1983, Creation Records released its first seven inch single, and one of the most influential labels in the history of British pop music was born.

                                                                            The label blazed a trail of critically acclaimed ‘Single Of The Week’ releases in the UK music press and gained a reputation for collectability and quality. These releases still hold a legendary position in the canon of British independent music and many of these artists are still performing and recording today.

                                                                            Newly remastered especially for this package and sounding remarkable! This set of recordings encapsulate that time and place like no other.

                                                                            Several artists have contributed thoughts and sleevenotes to this wonderful set.


                                                                            Swervedriver

                                                                            I Wasn't Born To Lose You

                                                                              Swervedriver were formed in Oxford in 1989 around core members Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge.

                                                                              The band’s mix of guitar-fuelled energy and forlorn melodies echoed American US acts like Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth while also attracting comparisons with the so-called ‘Shoegaze’ bands.

                                                                              The new album boasts the song ‘Deep Wound’, which the Swervies performed on the Jimmy Fallon Show in the States before releasing it as a limited edition single in 2014.

                                                                              The Fall

                                                                              Live - Uurop VIII-XII Places In Sun & Winter, Son

                                                                              The definitive English post-punk band? Probably! Formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterized by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

                                                                              This live album has been collated from various gigs over the last three years.

                                                                              The Inspiral Carpets – along with the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays – made their name as part of the whole ‘Madchester’ scene, with a string of classic singles and a lucrative line in iconic T-shirts.

                                                                              Between 1989 and 1995, the band notched up 15 hits and four Top 20 albums. In 2003, they re-formed and have been playing live ever since. In 2011, they reunited with original singer Stephen Holt. One of the LP’s highlights is the garage punk opus “Let You Down”, which boasts an amazing and unique cameo by special guest and legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke!

                                                                              Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier. Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pages and gig listings of the weekly music press. A few hadn’t even issued a record!

                                                                              C86 slowly but surely became the NME’s best-selling ever compilation, selling an estimated 40,000 copies and eventually being reissued on LP and cassette by Rough Trade the following year. C86 prompted a week of shows at the ICA and would come to embody a whole musical style and era.

                                                                              This deluxe expanded edition of the original C86 cassette adds some 50 bonus tracks. The box set is curated by original compiler Neil Taylor and has the endorsement of the NME. Neil has chosen tracks which could conceivably have been on the original C86 package: all the recordings were made between mid-1985 and mid-1986. Neil wrote about many of the bands at the time.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Andy says: A compilation album that turned into a genre!? So many great songs. Anorak required!

                                                                              Northside

                                                                              Shall We Take A Trip - Factory Recordings 1990-1991`

                                                                              Northside charted with their very first single, the double-A-sided ‘Shall We Take A Trip’ (with its notorious opening chant, “L… S… D”) and ‘Moody Places’. Follow-up ‘My Rising Star’ peaked at No. 32 in November 1990 and the band enjoyed a third consecutive Top 40 in June 1991 with ‘Take 5’. That same month, the band’s only album, Chicken Rhythms, reached No. 19.

                                                                              Thereafter, Northside demo’d material for a second album but Factory Records got into financial trouble and the band eventually split up.

                                                                              Recently, however, the original line-up of Northside have reunited for a tour: Warren "Dermo" Dermody (Vocals), Cliff Ogier (Bass), Timmy Walsh (Guitar) and Paul Walsh (Drums).

                                                                              Inspiral Carpets

                                                                              Dung 4 & The Cow EP

                                                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                RECORD STORE DAY ONLY LP + SINGLE

                                                                                LIMITED TO 750 COPIES WORLDWIDE.

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                                                                                THE INSPIRAL CARPETS – along with the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays – made their name as part of the whole ‘Madchester’ scene, with a string of classic singles and a lucrative line in iconic T-shirts.

                                                                                Between 1989 and 1995, the band notched up 15 hits and four Top 20 albums before disbanding. In 2003, they re-formed and have been playing sporadically ever since. In 2011, they reunited with original singer Stephen Holt and are now working on a brand new album for Cherry Red – their first for two decades.

                                                                                Back in mid-1989, after the Inspirals had launched their own Cow label, they released the mail-order cassette DUNG 4. This album’s worth of demos had been recorded around New Year’s 1987, boasting unique songs as well as versions of tracks which they later re-recorded. Dung 4 went on to sell some 8,000 copies but has never been reissued on vinyl or CD.

                                                                                Officially sanctioned by the Inspirals and remastered with help from their organist Clint Boon, Dung 4 is now expanded with the addition of four tracks from their earlier demo tape, Cow, recorded in May 1987.

                                                                                The band will be properly supporting this release with radio and press interviews, etc.

                                                                                Between 1989 and 1995, the band notched up 15 hits and four Top 20 albums before disbanding. In 2003, they re-formed and have been playing sporadically ever since. In 2011, they reunited with original singer Stephen Holt and are now working on a brand new album for Cherry Red – their first for two decades.

                                                                                Back in mid-1989, after the Inspirals had launched their own Cow label, they released the mail-order cassette DUNG 4. This album’s worth of demos had been recorded around New Year’s 1987, boasting unique songs as well as versions of tracks which they later re-recorded. Dung 4 went on to sell some 8,000 copies but has never been reissued on vinyl or CD.

                                                                                Officially sanctioned by the Inspirals and remastered with help from their organist Clint Boon, Dung 4 is now expanded with the addition of four tracks from their earlier demo tape, Cow, recorded in May 1987

                                                                                Jasmine Minks

                                                                                Cut Me Deep - The Anthology 1984 - 2014

                                                                                Back in 1984, Alan McGee’s Creation Records was fast becoming the coolest indie label on the block and The Jasmine Minks were arguably their flagship act. Hailing from Scotland, the Minks were regulars at McGee’s London club night The Living Room and were one of the first signings to the label, stamping their trademark mix of Sixties-styled melodies and electric organ with songs which echoed the likes of The Jam.

                                                                                Between 1984 and 1989, the band recorded four singles and four albums for Creation before taking a decade-long sabbatical. In 2001, they returned with a new studio LP Popartglory for McGee’s new label Poptones. In 2010, they made a second comeback with their Poppy White EP and have played and recorded sporadically ever since.

                                                                                The Polyphonic Spree

                                                                                Holidaydream - Sounds Of The Holidays

                                                                                The first ever Christmas themed collection of songs from The Polyphonic Spree – finally gets a full European release in this special edition package.

                                                                                Holidaydream – Sounds Of The Holidays is quite simply a collection of the band’s favourite Christmas songs, given the Polyphonic Spree treatment. Such seasonal classics as ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Silent Night’, and ‘White Christmas’, are wonderfully embellished with the trademark Polyphonic sounds - heavy doses of strings, woodwinds, and lush choral arrangements.

                                                                                Microdisney began recording in their native town of Cork, Ireland. Their first few singles, including 1983's "Pink Skinned Man", were produced by Dave Feeley, and released on indie labels Kabuki records

                                                                                After relocating to London, they signed to Rough Trade, and utilised John Porter (producer of The Smiths) to produce their debut album, Everybody is Fantastic. At this time, the band became acquainted with John Peel, who championed their music, and gave them the first of several celebrated Peel Sessions

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Scared To Get Happy

                                                                                  Inspired by the Nuggets compilations, this box set boasts 134 tracks spanning the Eighties, drawn from all the key labels of the period – Creation, Factory, Cherry Red, Rough Trade, Sarah, Subway Organisation, Zoo, Kitchenware, Pink, Chapter 22, In Tape, Medium Cool, Lazy, Dreamworld, 53rd & 3rd, Ron Johnson, el, Vindaloo, Red Rhino, Food, etc.

                                                                                  Many of the bands later tasted mainstream success: Primal Scream, Aztec Camera, Stone Roses, Pulp, the Wonder Stuff, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, the Inspiral Carpets, the Soup Dragons, the Wedding Present, James, the La’s, del Amitri, the Primitives, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Prefab Sprout, the Shamen, Cud, the Bluebells, Black, the House Of Love, Strawberry Switchblade, Pop Will Eat Itself, the Darling Buds, Fuzzbox, That Petrol Emotion, the Railway Children, Jamie Wednesday (as Carter USM), the Milltown Brothers and the Boo Radleys.

                                                                                  The box set boasts a stylish 54-page booklet with a lengthy sleeve-note detailing each track and illustrations of the records and bands involved.

                                                                                  A few tracks (Strawberry Switchblade, Soup Dragons, Bluebells, Close Lobsters, etc.) have never officially been released before. Many others are extremely rare and make their debut on CD.

                                                                                  The Higsons were founded in 1980 at the University of East Anglia by Charlie ‘Switch’ Higson, Terry Edwards, Simon Charterton, Colin Williams, Dave Cummings and Stuart McGeachin. Over a string of Indie singles and an album, they married disjointed punk/funk rhythms and warbling vocals in a style which betrayed their love of Talking Heads.

                                                                                  After singles on local Norwich-based labels like Romans In Britain and Waap and two releases for 2Tone, the band signed to Upright for long-overdue album The Curse Of The Higsons in 1984. Charlie later excelled as a comedian and writer (not least in The Fast Show) while Terry has seemingly played every instrument with myriad different bands.

                                                                                  As a bonus third disc, the hitherto cassette-only album Live At The Jacquard Club, Norwich makes its digital debut. Issued on Chaos Tapes, it is now swelled by five tracks from a Lyceum show in 1984, three of which are previously unissued..

                                                                                  Drugstore formed in 1993 and went on to enjoy notable success throughout the rest of the decade with two UK album chart entries for “Drugstore” and “White Magic For Lovers”. They also enjoyed a UK top twenty single with “El President” a duet between Drugstore singer Isabel Monteiro and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

                                                                                  This collection will bring together songs spanning the band’s 4 albums: from the majestic heights of the socially charged ‘El President’, the fragility of ‘‘Song for Pessoa’, to the disturbing beauty of ‘Clouds’.

                                                                                  The tracklist and artwork were created by singer and main songwriter Isabel Monteiro.

                                                                                  Isabel’s intimate, smoky vocals and pitch-dark lyrical subject matter, along with the band’s sorrowful guitar and minimalist arrangements, stick them firmly in the lovelorn, caustic company of Dusty in Memphis, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Leonard Cohen.

                                                                                  Yes, It’s True’. The Polyphonic Spree return with a new album and tour dates this summer. The band who captured the imagination of thousands from their first notes at David Bowie’s Meltdown in 2002 and went on to take hearts and minds at Glastonbury and on a succession of UK tours have been away from our ears and eyes for some time but have remained a touchstone for all that is innovative, beautiful and downright different in the music scene.

                                                                                  The first album from the band in five years, excluding 2012’s ‘HolidayDream : Sounds Of The Holidays’ compilation of Tim and Julie’s favourite Christmas songs, follows Tim’s diversion into recording with former Tripping Daisy bandmate and ex Secret Machines man Philip E Karnats as Preteen Zenith alongside a revamp for his Good Records Recordings label.

                                                                                  Produced by the band’s Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle under their guise as ‘The Speekers’ with Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, PJ Harvey) and additional production and mix from Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam).

                                                                                  “Rock And Roll Animals” is a psychedelic story for grown-ups (and children). Jimmy Pursey is a frisky fox; Nick Lowe – a solid badger and Gene Vincent – a cat who's seen a bit more of life than most of us. Three furry freaks. Three Rock n Roll animals. The fable of our four-pawed shamen is narrated by the good folk of Magic Town.

                                                                                  This is a story of righteous rock n roll and how our three rock n roll animal friends, when not frolicking in the undergrowth, do battle with their most unrighteous nemesis – a fuck ugly bird (from Tyneside) made of steel and wire called The Angel Of The North.

                                                                                  The Flatmates

                                                                                  Potpourri (Hits, Mixes And Demos '85 '89)

                                                                                  The Flatmates released five singles between 1986 and 1988. Their singles all reached the upper regions of the UK Indie Chart, culminating with a number one placing for "Shimmer". Formed in Bristol in summer 1985, by Martin Whitehead, proprietor at the time of a weekly indie venue called The Mission Club, and "Rocker", the city's most notorious music fan. Lacking inspiration for an esoteric name, they adopted the tag stuck on them by their friends - "The Flatmates". As part of the first wave of the mid-eighties resurgence of guitar-pop, they ran (and gigged) with the C86 crowd, but spurned the coy affectations of "cutism". Taking a cue from the Modern Lovers their first demos featured covers of Velvet Underground and Stooges songs. Echoes of the Shangri Las and Ronettes run through their tunes - part of a musical heritage that treads the line where classic, concise, tuneful pop meets the attitude and anarchy of rock'n'roll. If the Flatmates bore the influence of any one band though, it was their spiritual godfathers, The Ramones, to whom they paid tribute in the form of "I Don't Care". The Flatmates arrived at a time when pop was shiny and nice girls didn't play in rock bands. They never made it to the pop charts, but shortly after their demise, the likes of The Primitives, The Sundays, The Darling Buds, Lush and Elastica did.

                                                                                  Formed in 1985, McCarthy always got lumped in the C86 indie-jangle (well, they did feature on the original cassette!), but while most of the C86ers were singing about *being unable to get / being dumped by their *boyfriend / girlfriend (*delete as appropriate), McCarthy were writing about politics and life in Thatchers Britain and managed to relate perfectly the hopelessness many people felt at the time. But while most 'political' bands were ranting away with clenched fists, McCarthy were writing articulate, satirical, passionate songs and wrapping them up in the most melodic, vital indie-pop. This compilation features tracks from both "I Am A Wallet" and "The Enraged Shall Inherit The Earth" along with long deleted singles, Peel session tracks and rarities.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Andy says: One of Nicky Wire's favourite bands mixing politics with melody to devastating effect.

                                                                                  Tracey Thorn

                                                                                  A Distant Shore

                                                                                    Cherry Red reissue Thorn's post-Marine Girls, pre-Everything But The Girl debut solo LP. It's just Tracey, an acoustic guitar, a bit of echo and a few overdubs, which shows off her amazing song writing talent (lyrically and musically) even more than if the tracks had been tarted up with extra instrumentation. The album includes "Plain Sailing", "Small Town Girl", "Dreamy", "Simply Couldn't Care", "Too Happy" etc. One of my favourite early 80s LPs. Tracey Thorn is a genius!!

                                                                                    Dead Kennedys

                                                                                    Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

                                                                                    One of America's defining hardcore punk outfits the Dead Kennedys merged their revolutionary politics with their music. Formed in 1978 in San Francisco when Jello Biafra and bassist Klaus Flouride joined up with guitarist East Bay Ray, within a year the band released their first independent single, "California Uber Alles" and the classic second single, "Holiday in Cambodia". Both feature here on their 1980 debut album, "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables". It was their defining release!

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    CD Info: Reissued at mid-price remastered and with restored artwork.


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