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Rip Rig & Panic

God

    Named after a Roland Kirk album, Rip Rig & Panic were one of the most exciting bands of the 1980s, fusing funk, jazz, punk and world music influences into a unique whole.

    With lead singer Neneh Cherry, the band recorded three albums for Virgin Records which have never been legitimately available on CD.

    All three LPs are now remastered from the original master tapes with a raft of bonus tracks taken from non-album singles.

    Original band members Gareth Sager (ex-Pop Group) and Mark Springer are involved with these releases, with the blessing of Neneh Cherry and (current PiL) drummer Bruce Smith.

    The Primitives

    Everything's Shining Bright - The Lazy Recordings 1985-1987

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

      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).

      Between 1985 and 1987, the band issued five singles/EP’s on independent label Lazy Records (also home to My Bloody Valentine and later Birdland) before signing with RCA.

      This 2-CD set also boasts their promo-only live album at the ICA; as such, it offers their entire Lazy output from that period.

      Lydia Lunch & Rowland S Howard

      Shotgun Wedding

        Lydia Lunch-: provocateur, poet, singer, author, performer and actress. From fronting THE influential no-wave group Teenage Jesus and The Jerks (cdmred367) to her current musical incarnation as Big Sexy Noise, with Gallon Drunk’s noise makers James Johnston, Terry Edwards, and Ian White; countless collaborations and projects in between Lydia has never played by anyone’s rules but her own.

        This collaboration with the iconic cult figure Rowland S Howard is perhaps one of her most revered. Rowland S Howard is no doubt best known for his work with the Birthday Party, his discordant guitar an essential factor in their sound. Featuring luminaries such as Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Wim Wenders, and of course…Lydia Lunch, the film highlights Howard’s genius, talent, and rightfully elevates him to the cult status he so deserves.

        With both parties at the height of their respective talents, this is an alternative rock gem, yet however maintains an atmosphere of eerie beauty throughout. Out of print for years, this re-promotion is a must have.

        House Of Love

        She Paints Words In Red

          The House Of Love were one of the most critically acclaimed Indie Rock bands of the late 80s/early 1990s.

          Their eponymous Creation Records debut album was cited as one of the best albums of 1988 (November 2012’s 3-CD deluxe edition has enjoyed rave reviews and impressive sales).

          She Paints Words In Red is a brand new studio album by the band, still fronted by the band’s singer/songwriter/guitarist Guy Chadwick with lead guitarist Terry Bickers, drummer Pete Evans and bassist Matt Jury.

          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

              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.

                CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                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.

                  CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                  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.

                    CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                    Felt

                    Forever Breathes The Lonely Word: 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.

                      CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                      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.

                        CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                        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.


                          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.

                            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. Awash with rare memorabilia, 12,000 words of sleeve-notes from journalist Neil Taylor and band biographies, STILL IN A DREAM is the ultimate tribute to what was also called ‘The Scene That Celebrated Itself’!

                            Quotes from Beautiful Noise, a film documentary about the ‘Shoegaze’ era.

                            “If Nancy Sinatra had Einsturzende Neubauten as a backing band, that’s how we wanted to sound.” - Jim Reid, The Jesus & Mary Chain

                            “Ride were a fantastic band – one of my favourites of all time.” - Robert Smith, The Cure

                            “Those first three Slowdive EPs defined that era for me. Absolutely beautiful.” Ivo Watts-Russell, 4AD Records

                            “Swervedriver were my favourite because they just sounded in a Mary Chain way like this American rock band.” - Toni Halliday, Curve

                            “Emma from Lush had a really unusual, original songwriting style.” - Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Andy says: Perfectly titled, exhaustive document of all things Shoegaze, and related artists caught in it's orbit. I love this as this was a once-derided genre that just would not go away: modern dreampop and arty swathes of sound are all over the place these days, and no-one's laughing now! Beautiful.

                            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’.

                              Luke Haines

                              I Sometimes Dream Of Glue

                                It started sometime after World War II – in the late 1940's. A convoy of British Special Services trucks had been dispatched to RAF Middlewych, their cargo - 10 tonnes of experimental solvent liquid. Sticky and deadly. The mission – to drop the toxic liquid over Germany and finish the job of carving up Europe for good. The trucks never made it to their airfield destination, coming off the road – most probably helped by saboteurs – some five miles out of London… 'I Sometimes Dream Of Glue' is the next solo concept album by Luke Haines (The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder). Just off the Westway, in the motorway sidings, you can see a small sign. Actually you probably can't see the sign as it is the size of a child's fingernail clipping. The sign says 'Glue Town.' The name of a village. There is little or no documentation of Glue Town. You will not find any information about it on the 21st Century internet. Gluetown is a rural settlement born out of mutation. Of the estimated 500 or so dwellers, no one is thought to be over 2 ½ inches tall. The citizens of Glue Town exist on a diet of solvent abuse and perpetual horniness. The residents only leave to carry out daring night-time 'glue raids' on Shepherds Bush newsagent shops. On a tiny screen in the town centre, an old Betamax cassette of 'Michael Bentine's Pottytime' plays on a loop all day and all night...

                                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.

                                  Monochrome Set

                                  Eligible Bachelors - 3CD Expanded Edition

                                    London post-punk band the monochrome set’s third album “eligible bachelors” re-issued, complete with a huge amount of bonus tracks and additional hard to find material. Contains the original “eligible bachelors” album, the live album “fin” (aka the good life), singles and b-sides, rarities and bbc sessions, plus a number of lead singer and songwriter bid’s solo tracks. 3cds packed with some of the monochrome set’s finest music. All material digitally remastered for this new re-issue. The monochrome set were widely recognised as one of the best post-punk bands of the late ‘70s and ‘80s, with the album “eligible bachelors” regarded as one of their finest pieces of work. Allmusic named it as “one of the classic undiscovered albums of the early ‘80s. Eligible bachelors is a tour de force of wit and musical imagination” as well as “an age-defining record”, with trouser press praising the band for their “witty intelligence” and declaring that ‘eligible bachelors’ “strips the music down to essential elements”. Cherry red have paid “eligible bachelors” the respect it deserves by carefully packaging the album alongside the monochrome set’s fine live album “fin” (aka the good life), and a whole host of singles, b-sides and rarities. All this has been remastered and beautifully packaged for the album’s re-issue.

                                    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 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).

                                            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 Splendor Of Fear - 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 escapes the contours of a bland city and retreats into his mind. Felt had risen from the underworld searching for a new horizon but only managed to slip into a desolate obscurity! Dark black slabs of creosote guitar – vast swathes of epic interplay – casting futuristic Shadows – an idiosyncratic and unobtrusively brilliant band, the music Felt made on this album is unlike anything attempted before. This really is a template for an age yet to come. And it pays to know that Maurice Deebank now resides in a monastery in Birmingham!

                                                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.

                                                  Momus

                                                  Create I - Procreate

                                                    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 Currie, who has now been releasing critically acclaimed music in a style all of his own for over thirty years. Momus’ first three classic albums for Creation Records have now been compiled together in one very attractive package by Cherry Red Records, combining this already genius material with a selection of fantastic bonus tracks selected by Momus himself and this set features the fabled Indie smash - ‘Hairstyle Of The Devil’. The Poison Boyfriend, along with much of Momus’ musical output, received high praise upon its initial release, with the NME naming it one of the best albums of 1987, and Fact Magazine later calling the release the 81st best album of the 1980s. All three of the albums contained in this package sound as fresh today as they did upon their first release, and this package is sure to please hardcore Momus followers and new fans alike. Contains enthralling and revealing sleeve notes by fellow musician and past Momus-collaborator - Anthony J Reynolds. Booklet also contains an extra-special foreword by Momus.

                                                    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.

                                                        The Fall

                                                        Singles 1978-2016: Deluxe 7CD 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 is the first collection of all the Fall singles 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! Lovingly compiled here in a 7-CD box set with a full illustrated discography by renowned Fall expert Conway Paton. The discs have been re-mastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce and come with a newly designed book in a box.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Barry says: Remember the 'Manchester North Of England' box set? Well, it was our top box set of the whole wide year, and it was made by Cherry Red, as is this. I assume you're following me, if not i'll say this. It's STUNNINGLY presented, and the content on it is obviously no less than seminal. An absolute essential.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          CD Box Set Info: Deluxe 7xCD edition.

                                                          The Residents

                                                          80 Aching Orphans - 45 Years Of The Residents: 4cd / Hardback Book Anthology Set

                                                            Extended, 4CD anthology set chronicling the career of the legendary San Francisco experimentalists and curated with the band themselves, from the debut 1972 single to the band’s most recent album, The Ghost Of Hope. Singles, fan favourites, album highlights, live recordings and material never before available on CD. Detailed track-by-track sleevenotes, new imagery produced exclusively for this collection and an introduction from Homer Flynn of The Cryptic Corporation. 80 tracks across 4CDs, presented in hardback book package. Includes Santa Dog, Satisfaction, Constantinople, Diskomo, It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World, Hit The Road Jack, Don’t Be Cruel, Hello Skinny, Smelly Tongues, Jello Jack, Kaw-Liga, Rushing Like A Banshee, plus material from numerous classic albums. An ideal introduction for the curious, and a fresh perspective for the band’s dedicated fanbase.

                                                            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.

                                                            • 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

                                                            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.

                                                              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

                                                                  The Fall

                                                                  Masquerade (Single Mix) / Masquerade (Pwl Mix)

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

                                                                    Previously unreleased on 7" - we have 2 mixes of Masquerade - a track that first appeared on the hard to find Levitate album in 1998. This single is a prelude to the re-issue of Levitate album on CD and Vinyl by Cherry Red. The versions of this single previously appeared on the rare 10"version (10 Artful 1). The band have a new album 'New Facts Emerge' released by Cherry Red in spring 2017

                                                                    Never before on 7" - this single from the rare Levitate album contains the rare PWL mix

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Close To The Noise Floor

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

                                                                      Following last year’s brilliantly received 4CD set exploring the origins of electronica in the UK, we present this 2LP edition featuring key tracks specifically selected for their suitability to vinyl listening. Enthralled by the mysterious electronics of Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Gong and German Kosmische artists, and inspired by the DIY ethos of punk, a quiet revolution took place across the UK in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The rise of the microchip and the advent of affordable synthesisers liberated countless artists for whom guitars, drums and bass had become old hat, and in grubby bedsits, unremarkable living rooms and art school halls across Britain, UK electronica was born. The underground, fuelled by cassette exchanges, co-operative vinyl compilations and a thriving mail order network, quickly began to stretch the boundaries of sonic experimentation. Close To The Noise Floor explores every corner of this fascinating and often overlooked chapter in UK musical history. Entirely free from safety pins and hair dye, but always experimental, explorative, unusual and thrilling, this is the story of a mild-mannered, post-punk revolution long under appreciated. And who better to tell this story than the artists themselves…Close To The Noise Floor features artist written sleevenotes, extracts from Dave Henderson’s legendary 1983 Wild Planet overview of the entire scene

                                                                      LIMITED EDITION GATEFOLD SLEEVE DOUBLE LP. 22 track history of the origins of electronica in the UK. Highlights of 2016’s critically acclaimed 4CD release. Original CD release voted #3 in Uncut’s ‘Reissues Of The Year 2016’, #2 in The Quietus’ ‘Compilations Of The Year 2016’ and included in Record Collector’s ‘Reissues Of The Year’. CD release received 4 and 5 star reviews across the international music press Gatefold sleeve with artist sleevenotes and original essay by Dave Henderson. 22 tracks of vinyl friendly early electro-pop, ambient and experimental and proto-techno. Part primitive rave, part synthesiser porn, part history lesson

                                                                      The Membranes

                                                                      Everyone's Going Triple Bad Acid, Yeah!: The Complete Recordings 1980-1993

                                                                        Seminal Blackpool post-punk band’s entire early discography in one box set. The Membranes came to embody a style of abrasive, off-kilter post-punk music which might best be described by the motto “Death To Trad Rock” (later the title of a book and compilation CD by head Membrane John Robb). They have influenced a vast range of bands across the world, attracting heavy fans such as Big Black (Steve Albini), Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore and Butthole Surfers. The Membranes are the first band that Steve Albini worked with outside Big Black. Includes their five albums recorded for various labels across the 1980s (on Criminal Damage, Creation, Constrictor, In Tape, etc.) as well as all their singles, B-sides, EPs and extra tracks. Boasts a mere 99 tracks, most of which appear on CD for the first time, from their contribution to the Blackpool Rox EP in 1980 right through to their final recordings for the band’s original incarnation in the early 1990s. 26 page booklet includes sleeve-notes written by John Robb (now an established author and journalist, behind the Louder Than War magazine), alongside a wealth of visual material. After an extended hiatus began in the early 90s, the band reformed in 2012 and released their first new album in 20 years, “Dark Matter/Dark Energy” on Cherry Red in 2015 (CDBRED661).A brand new Membranes album is due out on Cherry Red in autumn 2017

                                                                        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

                                                                          “Smash The System” is the first non-concept solo album by Luke Haines (The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder) in six years.

                                                                          Smash The System follows on from such critically acclaimed works as “Nine and a half psychedelic meditations on British wrestling from the late 1970s and early '80s” (2010), “New York In The '70s” (2014) and last year’s electronic “British Nuclear Bunkers”.

                                                                          Think “Hunky 'Dory” or Sabbath's eponymous debut played on pixiephones and Moog, Graham Bond Organisation and Haines' own 1996 classic “Baader Meinhof”, Or Sunn 0))) at the school disco with tunes.

                                                                          “Smash The System” pays homage to Marc Bolan, Vince Taylor, The Incredible String Band and Morris Dancing to name just a few as Haines makes a melodious return to his rock ‘n’ roll roots… 'Do you like the Monkees?' 


                                                                          After the demise of The Fun Boy Three in 1983, Terry Hall formed the The Colourfield with ex-Swinging Cats member Toby Lyons and Coventry bassist Karl Shale.

                                                                          They released two singles in 1984, ‘The Colour Field’ and ‘Take’, before the release of ‘Thinking of You’ in January ‘85 took them into the UK Top 40, reaching number 12.

                                                                          Following the success of ‘Thinking of You’ the band released this, their debut album, to critical acclaim from the music press. It has since become a collectable and cherished album amongst fans.

                                                                          This release presents the original UK vinyl track list plus an additional 10 hard to find B-sides from the four singles.


                                                                          Dodgy

                                                                          What Are We Fighting For

                                                                            ‘What Are We Fighting For’ is the fifth album from Dodgy – Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest and Andy Miller – and their first new material since their lauded comeback reunion album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place (2012). Self-produced and mixed in Worcestershire, the album was produced by Nigel, and recorded and engineered by Dave 'Done' Draper at Tower Studios, Pershore.

                                                                            The album boasts the amazing Vanessa Wilson from Ultrasound on four tracks, including ‘What Are We Fighting For’ and ‘You Give Drugs A Bad Name’, two central tracks of the album.

                                                                            Influenced by July, Harmonium and Can and Nigel's new-found love of bands like Atlas Sound and White Fence, Dodgy believe ‘What Are We Fighting For’ is their best record. Fans include Cenzo Townshend (Florence, U2, Primal Scream), who demanded to mix some tracks; and Rob Da Bank, who offered Dodgy a slot at Bestival. Back in the 90s, Dodgy sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and enjoyed 12 Top 40 singles, including 'Staying Out For The Summer' (recently used on the trailer for Top Gear), 'In A Room', 'If You’re Thinking Of Me' and 'Good Enough'.

                                                                            The Brilliant Corners

                                                                            Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop: 1983-1993

                                                                            Taking their name from a Thelonious Monk jazz album, they issued ten singles, five albums and various compilations between 1983 and 1993. Many of them made the Indie Chart, from early efforts with hints of psychobilly and The Cramps to more melodic, C86-flavoured tracks (think The Smiths and The Housemartins) and later tracks with a hint of shoegazer and baggy about them.

                                                                            In Davey Woodward, The Brilliant Corners were fronted by a handsome, charismatic singer who was also a talented songwriter – and Davey’s cooperated with this long-overdue anthology, helping with the track listing and supplying the entertaining sleeve-notes.

                                                                            Inspired by the likes of Slowdive and Ride, Chapterhouse were part of the short-lived 'shoe-gazing' scene of the early 90's, but unlike other acts who aquired a set of guitar pedals and headed off to the nearest recording studio, they mixed beats with their wall-of-sonic-guitar-fuzz to create records to stimulate both mind and feet!

                                                                            This newly expanded reissue of their classic debut“Whirpool”, now includes all the B-sides from the singles 'Pearl', 'Falling Down' and the 'Sunburst EP', along with 'Die Die Die' which was originally only available on a free record that came with the vinyl version of the album and is on CD for the first time. Produced by the band alongside Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), John Fryer (This Mortal Coil), Stephen Hague (New Order) and Ralph Jezzard, and featuring guest vocals from Rachel Goswell (Slowdive). The liner notes are from music journalist and long-time associate Andrew Perry, along with the lyrics in full (documented here for the first time), plus many photos, memorabilia and other clippings from the bands personal archive, and images of all of the releases featured on the album.

                                                                            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

                                                                              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.

                                                                                    80s indie stalwarts trading in politically energised guitar pop – a true treasure chest of hooks, riffs and leftist messages.

                                                                                    Excellent value and a must have for anybody with an interest in the 1980s’ British independent and alternative scenes or politically minded guitar pop.

                                                                                    McCarthy disbanded in 1990 and two of its members went on to form the wonderful Stereolab. Other members have gone on to work in popular music and the media, and the band often receive exposure from Manic Street Preachers, who regularly cite their work as both beloved and influential.

                                                                                    Albums packaged in mini LP replica wallets, and presented – along with a booklet - in a hard clamshell case.

                                                                                    Contains countless classic originals and classic live sessions versions.

                                                                                    75 tracks, including 3 indie top ten albums and several indie chart hit singles

                                                                                    Also includes 12 songs recorded for the legendary John Peel.

                                                                                    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!

                                                                                    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

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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.

                                                                                      Luke Haines

                                                                                      Lou Reed / Jeff Starship Superhero

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                                                                                        Following last year’s highly popular ‘Rock ‘n Roll Animals’ album, Luke Haines returns with this teaser for forthcoming set ‘New York In The 1970s’ (due May 2014).

                                                                                        First hearing of material from the latest in Haines’ remarkable run of concept albums.

                                                                                        Exclusive 7” single, limited to 500 copies worldwide.

                                                                                        Double A-sided single backed with non-album track 'Jeff Starship Superhero.'

                                                                                        Last year’s Haines RSD single proved very popular, pre-selling all 500 units long in advance of the event.

                                                                                        Lou Reed invented everything... Iggy, Bowie, The Dolls, Roxy Music, Punk Rock...Electricity...But Lou's finest invention was Rock N Roll. Lou Reed wrote songs that anyone could play and sing. This is my first love song – it's a love song to Lou Reed. It's called 'Lou Reed Lou Reed' - and anyone can play it: put your left hand index finger on the 5th fret of the bottom string of the guitar.

                                                                                        Then when you hear the chord change move your finger down to the 3rd fret of the same string. When you hear the chord change again just play the open string. Now all you need to do is sing.

                                                                                        'Lou Reed Lou Reed' That's all there is to it. If you can't sing it just shout it, that'll work. 3 notes and 2 words. 'Lou Reed, Lou Reed' the words are poetry. Now you try - See it's easy anyone can be a poet. But there was only one Lou Reed.

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                                                                                        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

                                                                                        Kick starting a re-issue campaign of 20 albums on limited edition vinyl and CD (with bonus tracks)

                                                                                        Focusing on main man Nick Saloman’s songwriting and taken from the ‘Miasma’, ‘Inner Marshland’, ‘Bevis Through The Looking Glass’, ‘Triptych’, ‘Any Gas Faster’ and ‘New River Head’ albums, it's a celebration of timeless alternative rock

                                                                                        Includes the super rare title track, originally released as a limited edition single via Bucketfull Of Brains magazine

                                                                                        For fans of Dinosaur Jnr, Teenage Fanclub and vintage UK psychedelia

                                                                                        Remastered from the original sound sources with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        The band were long-associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career and cited The Fall as his favourite band, famously explaining, "They are always different; they are always the same.

                                                                                        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

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        A natural progression from “Ersatz GB”, “Re-Mit” is awash in bass and drum lead grooves, off kilter modern psyk and tense guitar pop, and features some of Mark E Smith's most arresting deliveries to date. The line-up remains the same as “Ersatz GB”, which performed very well worldwide and the band will be heading out on a full UK tour to promote the album throughout the month.

                                                                                        The set contains 'Sir William Wray' and 'Hittite Man', which featured in different guises on the very popular Record Store Day single.

                                                                                        House Of Love

                                                                                        House Of Love (3CD 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 was cited as one of the best albums of 1988 by music magazines and Indie fans alike. It has been out-of-print on CD for some time now.

                                                                                        This deluxe edition of The House Of Love offers the band’s complete Creation recordings from 1987-1988, together with a raft of previously unissued bonus material.

                                                                                        The package boasts all their Creation Records singles, from the original version of ‘Shine On’, ‘Real Animal’ and the US favourite ‘Christine’ (which reached #8 in the Modern Rock chart there) to their final single for the label, ‘Destroy The Heart’. Disc 3 is devoted to nineteen hitherto unheard HOUSE OF LOVE demos, including two exclusive Guy Chadwick songs ‘Hold On Me’ and ‘Modern World’, which were never released!

                                                                                        Also making their debut on CD is the rare 7” album freebie (two demos) and the ‘Flexidisc’ version of ‘Shine On’, together with Guy’s original demo of this song which eventually gave them a sizeable hit.

                                                                                        This 3-CD package is housed in a stylish Digipak with fresh sleeve-notes and rare images from the band’s photographer Suzie Gibbons.

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        The keenly awaited follow up to the innovative and ground-breaking compilations - Songs For Mario’s Café and Songs For The Dog And Duck.

                                                                                        Compiled with knowledge and TLC by Bob Stanley… this is a glorious slice of life from those halcyon Pre-Rock days.

                                                                                        Features many era defining artists and household names such as Frankie Laine, Al Martino, Dickie Valentine, Eddie Calvert and Peggy Lee.

                                                                                        The audio delight is accompanied by a jam-packed booklet featuring many label shots and some gorgeous ephemera.

                                                                                        Transport yourself back to a less complicated time and pour yourself a nice cup of tea and then crank up the volume on your gramophone…

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        The Waltones

                                                                                        The Very Best Of The Waltones: You've Gotta Hand It To 'Em

                                                                                        Cherry Red Records release one of the Manchester scene's greatest secrets of the mid-80s, The Waltones. The Waltones played their first proper gig in Manchester, September 1984. Their main influences were Dexy's Midnight Runners, Orange Juice and the Beatles - the fab four in this instance being James Knox, Mark Collins, Manny Lee and Alex Fyans. Their time was short but the tunes gathered on this CD are a collection of guitar pop gems that include a full album, singles, B-Sides, rarities and previously unreleased tracks. The Waltones guitarist Mark Collins went on to find fame with the Charlatans.

                                                                                        Felt

                                                                                        Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death

                                                                                        Another incredibly inspired, fiercely original, irredeemably messed-up, post-punk indie pop dreamer. Who wrote great songs. That's Lawrence and the band Felt. This 1986 release, originally on Creation, is a 10 song, 20 minute collection of the prettiest instrumentals. Atmospheric and arty, without Lawrence's Lou Reedish semi-spoken croon, it's left to Martin Duffy (now of course in the Scream) to shine with warm organ and tinkling electric piano. All this music needs is a beautiful film!

                                                                                        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!

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


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