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Emeli Sandé

How Were We To Know

    Introduced to the world ten years ago, Emeli Sandé MBE has become an icon of British singer-songwriting; emotional, honest, and prolific in the kind of manner that cements you as a go-to artist for heartfelt pop sensibility. This latest pop record is reminiscent of 2012, when Emeli had her first breakout hit.

    How Were We To Know is Emeli's second independent album release through Chrysalis Records. “There was a lot I wanted to say about myself, and I hope that through the lyrics people will get to understand me on a deeper level.”

    How Were We To Know’s 11 tracks explore intimate encounters with love in all its forms, along with the risk required to pursue it. “Once you’ve been hurt, it’s very hard to pick up the pieces again and allow yourself to be vulnerable,” Sandé says. “So I think these songs explore the bravery of love, and loving others but also yourself. These songs were pieces of a puzzle I had to put together, and now feels like the right time to share them.”

    The album features production from Jonny Coffer (Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus), Jim Jonsin (ASAP Rocky, Usher, Eminem), DI Genius (Drake, Raye, Sean Paul), Rxwntree, Chris Loco and Mac & Phil.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A:
    1. All This Love
    2. My Boy Likes To Party
    3. Lighthouse
    4. How Were We To Know
    5. Too Much
    6. Nothing We Can't Handle

    SIDE B:
    1. Like I Loved You
    2. There For You
    3. True Colours
    4. End Of Time
    5. Love

    CD Only Bonus Track:
    1. Cos Of You

    Sinead O'Connor

    Universal Mother - 2023 Reissue

      Sinead was born in Dublin in 1966, and was discovered by Paul Byrne, drummer of U2 proteges In Tua Nua, while singing wedding covers in the city. After cowriting the first In Tua Nua single, she left school to focus on music, studying voice and piano at the Dublin College of Music before relocating to London in 1985.

      Released in September 1994, Universal Mother was described by Sinead as "the first attempt to try to expose what was really underneath a lot of the anger of the other records". The album features sparse, striking but delicate arrangements on intense and honest songs. Standout moments include the singles 'Thank You For Hearing Me' and 'Fire On Babylon', along with contributions from Germaine Greer (opening track 'Germaine'), and Sinead's son Jake Reynolds ('Am I A Human?'), plus a cover of Nirvana's 'All Apologies'.

      TRACK LISTING

      Germaine
      Fire On Babylon
      John I Love You
      My Darling Child
      Am I A Human?
      Red Football
      All Apologies
      A Perfect Indian
      Scorn Not His Simplicity
      All Babies
      In This Heart
      Tiny Grief Song
      "Famine"
      Thank You For Hearing Me

      Sinead O'Connor

      The Lion And The Cobra - 2023 Reissue

        Sinead was born in Dublin in 1966, and was discovered by Paul Byrne, drummer of U2 proteges In Tua Nua, while singing wedding covers in the city. After cowriting the first In Tua Nua single, she left school to focus on music, studying voice and piano at the Dublin College of Music before relocating to London in 1985.

        Released in November 1987, Sinead's striking debut album The Lion and the Cobra was met with critical and commercial success. The album synthesises several of Sinead's influences into a diverse array of sounds and styles, from the hushed, atmospheric 'Troy' and 'Jackie' to the pop-rock hit single 'Mandinka', and the hip-hop inspired 'I Want Your (Hands on Me)'. The album also includes 'Drink Before The War', a song written by Sinead about her experiences at the Catholic reform school she attended, and was recently featured in the HBO series Euphoria.

        The album remains a high point.

        TRACK LISTING

        Jackie
        Mandinka
        Jerusalem
        Just Like U Said It Would B
        Never Get Old
        Troy
        I Want Your (Hands On Me)
        Drink Before The War
        Just Call Me Joe

        Sinead O'Connor

        Am I Not Your Girl - 2023 Reissue

          Sinead was born in Dublin in 1966, and was discovered by Paul Byrne, drummer of U2 proteges In Tua Nua, while singing wedding covers in the city. After cowriting the first In Tua Nua single, she left school to focus on music, studying voice and piano at the Dublin College of Music before relocating to London in 1985.

          The follow-up album to the hugely successful I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got album, Am I Not Your Girl? was released in September 1992 and features Sinead performing a collection of songs that she had grown up listening to and which had inspired her to become a singer. It was during the promotional campaign for the album when Sinead made a controversial appearance on Saturday Night Live.

          Am I Not Your Girl? features Sinead's unmistakable voice accompanied by an orchestra, performing big- band arrangements of tracks such as the single 'Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home' (a Top 20 hit), 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina', and 'Why Don't You Do Right?'.

          TRACK LISTING

          Why Don't You Do Right?
          Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
          Secret Love 
          Black Coffee
          Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home
          Don't Cry For Me Argentina
          I Want To Be Loved By You
          Gloomy Sunday
          Love Letters 
          How Insensitive
          Scarlet Ribbons
          Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Instrumental)

          De La Soul

          Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump - 2023 Reissue

            Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump is the fifth studio album by De La Soul, released on August 8, 2000

            Among the guests on the album are, Redman, Tash and J-Ro of Tha Liks, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Mike D and Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys, Busy Bee, Freddie Foxxx and Chaka Khan. Mosaic Thump returned De La Soul to chart territory again thanks to the hit singles "Oooh.", and "All Good?".

            "Oooh" was nominated for a Source Award and the album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group.

            TRACK LISTING

            Spitkicker.Com/Ray R.
            U Can Do (Life)
            My Writes
            Ooooh
            Thru Ya City
            I. C. Y'all
            View
            Interluden
            Set The Mood
            AllGood?
            Declaration
            Squat!
            Words From The Chief Rocker
            With Me
            Copa (Cabanga)
            Foolin'
            The Art Of Getting Jumped
            U Don't Wanna B.D.S.

            De La Soul

            AOI: Bionix - 2023 Reissue

              AOI: Bionix is De La Soul's sixth full length album, released on December 4, 2001.

              The first single, "Baby Phat" featuring Yummy Bingham and Devin the Dude, was an ode to larger sized women.

              Elsewhere, "Held Down", featuring Cee- Lo, found Posdnuos in an introspective mood as he mused on fatherhood, religion, and fame. Slick Rick also made an appearance on "What We Do (For Love)"; a humorous song about puberty and sexual discovery.

              The album featured skits with a character by the name of Reverend Do Good, which worked as social commentary as well as the intros and outros of the songs. The final Reverend Do Good skit acts as one final advertisement for Ghost Weed as heard on De La Soul's previous album, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump. A mischievous teenager takes a hit of the substance, then morphs into Slum Village frontman J Dilla, who provides the intro and outro to the marijuanathemed song "Peer Pressure" (which he also produced).

              TRACK LISTING

              Intro
              Bionix
              Baby Phat
              Simply
              Simply Havin'
              Held Down
              Rev. Do Good # 1
              Watch Out
              Special
              Rev. Do Good # 2
              The Sauce
              Am I Worth You?
              Pawn Star
              What We Do (For Love)
              Rev. Do Good #3
              Peer Pressure
              It's American
              Trying People

              De La Soul

              Me Myself And I

                The fifth single off their iconic debut album, Three Feet High and Rising, is arguably De La Soul's most famous song.

                "Me Myself and I" hit #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, Hot Rap Songs, and Dance Club Songs charts and became a worldwide hit. It also earned the band their first Grammy nomination (for Best Rap Performance). With disco- funk infused samples and lyrics extolling the band's philosophy of self-expression and self-acceptance, this song forever changed the genre of Hip-Hop.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Me Myself & I
                2. Me Myself & I (Instrumental)

                De La Soul

                The Magic Number

                  As the opening track to De La Soul's seminal debut album 3 Feet High And Rising, "The Magic Number" sets an early tone for one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

                  The song's main melody is a sample of Bob Dorough's "Three Is A Magic Number" which soundtracked the 1971 pilot episode of the long-running children's show Schoolhouse Rock! De La Soul drew on the playfulness and good humour of the sample and made both elements central to the album.

                  Ushering in the D.A.I.S.Y. Age (Da Inner Sound, Y'all), the track also includes samples from Johnny Cash's "Five Feet High and Rising" and James Brown's "Funky Drummer."

                  TRACK LISTING

                  The Magic Number
                  The Magic Number (Instrumental)

                  Fun Boy Three

                  The Fun Boy Three - 2023 Remaster

                    Fun Boy Three was formed by Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Nevile Staples after leaving The Specials in the Summer of 1981.

                    Taking on a more pop sensibility, the band released their debut single, The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum), reaching number 20 in the UK charts in October 1981. The endurance of the track still resonates today and led to the reformed Specials, featuring Terry and Lynval, to re-record the track on their 2019 comeback album ‘Encore'.

                    On their second single, they were joined by Bananarama for a a cover of the old jazz standard ‘T'Ain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)' which reached number 4 in the UK charts (Feb '82). A third single from the album, The Telephone Always Rings, was also a top 20 hit single, which completed a trio of hits in the band’s first year.

                    This debut album, The Fun Boy Three, was released in March 1982, and was a top 10 hit in the UK, going on to achieve gold status.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Sanctuary
                    Way On Down
                    The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)
                    Life In General (Lewe In Algemeen)
                    Faith, Hope & Charity
                    Funrama 2

                    Fun Boy Three

                    The Complete Fun Boy Three

                      Fun Boy Three formed in the summer of 1981 when Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Neville Staples broke away from The Specials.

                      The band quickly hit the UK top 40 charts with their debut single, 'The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum). This was followed in early '82 by two UK Top 10 singles with Bananarama, 'T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)' and 'Really Saying Something'. A further 7 singles (Summertime, The Tunnel of Love, Our Lips Are Sealed etc.) and two albums, The Fun Boy Three (1982) and Waiting (1983), the later produced by Talking Heads front man, David Byrne, were released before calling it a day in the Summer of 1983.

                      The Complete Fun Boy Three includes 69 audio tracks which brings together all the official recordings (albums/singles/b-sides/remixes/live and previously unreleased outtakes). The 27 track DVD includes all their promo videos, Top of The Pops performances and a live concert from 1983.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      CD1
                      1. Sanctuary
                      2. Way On Down
                      3. The Lunatics Have Take Over The Asylum
                      4. Life In General (Lewe In Algemeen)
                      5. Faith, Hope & Charity
                      6. Funrama 2
                      7. Best Of Luck Mate
                      8. T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) (Album Version)
                      9. The Telephone Always Rings (Album Version)
                      10. I Don't Believe It
                      11. Alone

                      CD2
                      2.1. Murder She Said
                      2.2. The More I See (The Less I Believe)
                      2.3. Going Home
                      2.4. We're Having All The Fun
                      2.5. The Farm Yard Connection
                      2.6. The Tunnel Of Love
                      2.7. Our Lips Are Sealed (Album Version)
                      2.8. The Pressure Of Life (Takes Weight Off The Body)
                      2.9. Things We Do
                      2.10. Well Fancy That!

                      CD3
                      3.1. T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) (Single Version)
                      3.2. Funrama 2
                      3.3. Really Saying Something
                      3.4. The Telephone Always Rings (Single Version)
                      3.5. The Alibi (The Station's Full Of Pipes)
                      3.6. Summertime
                      3.7. Summer Of '82
                      3.8. The Alibi (The Station's Full Of Pipes) (NME Version)
                      3.9. ?
                      3.10. The Lunacy Legacy
                      3.11. Our Lips Are Sealed (Single Version)
                      3.12. Our Lips Are Sealed (Urdu Version)
                      3.13. Tell Me Why (Demo)
                      3.14. 96 Tears (Demo)
                      3.15. Tunnel Of Love (Monitor Mix)
                      3.16. Our Lips Are Sealed (Monitor Mix)
                      3.17. The Things We Do (Rough Mix)
                      3.18. If Dogs Run Free (David Byrne Guide Vocal) [Demo]
                      3.19. The Pressure Of Life (U.S. Single Version)

                      CD4
                      4.1. Tell Me Why (Dub Mix)
                      4.2. T'Aint What You Do.... / Just Do It (Extended Version)
                      4.3. Funrama 2 (Extended Version)
                      4.4. Really Saying Something (Extended Version)
                      4.5. The Telephone Always Rings (Extended Version)
                      4.6. The Alibi [The Station's Full Of Pipes] (Extended Version)
                      4.7. Summertime (Extended Version)
                      4.8. The More I See [The Less I Believe] (Parts 1&2)
                      4.9. Our Lips Are Sealed (Special Remix Version)
                      4.10. The Pressure Of Life (U.S. Club Mix)
                      4.11. The Tunnel Of Love (David Jensen Session 16/1/1983)
                      4.12. The Pressure Of Life (David Jensen Session 16/1/1983)
                      4.13. Going Home (David Jensen Session 16/1/1983)
                      4.14. Well Fancy That (David Jensen Session 16/1/1983)

                      CD5
                      5.1. The More I See (The Less I Believe) (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.2. The Pressure Of Life (Takes Weight Off The Body) (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.3. The Farm Yard Connection (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.4. Going Home (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.5. Things We Do (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.6. Well Fancy That (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.7. Summetime (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.8. The Alibi (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.9. Our Lips Are Sealed (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.10. The Tunnel Of Love (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.11. We're Having All The Fun (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.12. Gangsters (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.13. T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.14. The Telephone Always Rings (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      5.15. The Tunnel Of Love (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)

                      DVD
                      6.1. The Lunatics Have Take Over The Asylum (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.2. T'Aint What You Do (It?s The Way That You Do It) (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.3. Really Saying Something (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.4. The Telephone Always Rings (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.5. Summertime (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.6. The More I See (The Less I Believe) (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.7. The Tunnel Of Love (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.8. Our Lips Are Sealed (2023 HD Remaster)
                      6.9. The Lunatics Have Take Over The Asylum (Top Of The Pops 3/12/81)
                      6.10. T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) (Top Of The Pops 11/2/82)
                      6.11. The Telephone Always Rings (Top Of The Pops 3/6/82)
                      6.12. Summertime (Top Of The Pops 12/8/82)
                      6.13. The Tunnel Of Love (Top Of The Pops 17/2/83)
                      6.14. Our Lips Are Sealed (Top Of The Pops 19/5/83)
                      6.15. The Telephone Always Rings (Something Else 18/4/82)
                      6.16. The Alibi (Something Else 18/4/82)
                      6.17. Intro: Murder She Said/Interview (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.18. The More I See (The More I Believe) (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.19. The Pressure Of Life (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.20. Going Home (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.21. Things We Do (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.22. Summertime (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.23. The Alibi (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.24. Our Lips Are Sealed (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.25. The Tunnel Of Love (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.26. We're Having Al The Fun (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.27. Gangsters (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)
                      6.28. T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) (Live In Hitchin 6/4/1983)

                      Fun Boy Three

                      Waiting - 2023 Remaster

                        Following on from the success of their debut album and a one off single, a cover of the George Gershwin's  'Summertime', the Fun Boy Three went into the studio at the end of 1982 with David Byrne (Talking Heads) producing.

                        The album features the singles ‘The More I See (The Less I Believe)', ‘The Tunnel of Love' and ‘Our Lips Are Sealed', the later is co-written with Jane Wiedlin of The Go Go's who supported The Specials on tour in the UK in 1980. The album took on a more sophisticated sound and lyrical content, tackling more political issues like the troubles in Northern Ireland. It also has a cover of the Miss Marple theme tune from the 1960's film series Murder She Said starring Margaret Rutherford.

                        The album reached number 14 in the UK charts in February 1983 followed by a tour, after which the band disbanded.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Murder She Said
                        The More I See (The Less I Believe)
                        Going Home
                        We're Having All The Fun
                        The Farmyard Connection
                        The Tunnel Of Love
                        Our Lips Are Sealed
                        The Pressure Of Life (Takes The Weight Off The Body)
                        Things We Do
                        Well Fancy That

                        De La Soul

                        De La Soul Is Dead - 2023 Reissue

                          Despite their rapid success and recognition, De La Soul continued to prove themselves as one of the most original, authentic and creative groups in hip-hop, with the release of their sophomore album, De La Soul is Dead on May 14, 1991.Featuring once again, the production of visionary producer Prince Paul, their second album further fanned the flames; landing on charts around the world, receiving a five-mic rating in The Source and securing Gold status by the RIAA. To this day, the project is considered one of the groups best albums to date, having left fans with several certified classics like, "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays", "Ring, Ring, Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" and "Keepin' the Faith". Another absolutely essential slice of Hip Hop history that’s been unavailable for some time.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Intro
                          2. Oodles Of O's
                          3. Talkin' Bout Hey Love
                          4. Pease Porridge
                          5. Skit 1
                          6. Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason (Live From BK Lounge)
                          7. A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"
                          8. WRMS' Dedication To The Bitty
                          9. Bitties In The BK Lounge
                          10. Skit 2
                          11. My Brother's A Basehead
                          12. Let, Let Me In
                          13. Afro Connections At A Hi 5 (In The Eyes Of The Hoodlum)
                          14. Rap De Rap Show
                          15. Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
                          16. Who Do U Worship?
                          17. Skit 3
                          18. Kicked Out The House
                          19. Pass The Plugs
                          20. Not Over Till The Fat Lady Plays The Demo
                          21. Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
                          22. WRMS: Cat's In Control
                          23. Skit 4
                          24. Shwingalokate
                          25. Fanatic Of The B Word
                          26. Keepin' The Faith
                          27. Skit 5

                          Various Artists

                          Dance Craze - Deluxe Edition

                            Dance Craze is a 1981 concert film recorded at various venues throughout 1980 at the height of the 2Tone movement featuring exclusive live recordings by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers. This new expanded edition features the previously unreleased 27 track soundtrack, along with the original 14 track vinyl album, remastered from the original production masters.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Nite Klub (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            The Prince (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Ne- Ne- Na- Na- Na- Na- Nu- Nu (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            007 (Shanty Town) (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Three Minute Hero (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Ranking Full Stop (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Big Shot (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Concrete Jungle (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Swan Lake (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Razor Blade Alley (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Missing Words (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Let's Do Rock Steady (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Lip Up Fatty (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Madness (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Too Much Too Young (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            On My Radio (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Easy Life (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Rough Rider (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Man At C&A (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Inner London Violence (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Night Boat To Cairo (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Twist And Crawl (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Wooly Bully (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Too Much Pressure (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Mirror In The Bathroom (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            One Step Beyond (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Nite Klub (Reprise) (Film Soundtrack Version)
                            Concrete Jungle (Album Version)
                            Mirror In The Bathroom (Album Version)
                            Lip Up Fatty (Album Version)
                            Razor Blade Alley (Album Version)
                            Three Minute Hero (Album Version)
                            Easy Life (Album Version)
                            Big Shot (Album Version)
                            One Step Beyond (Album Version)
                            Ranking Full Stop (Album Version)
                            Man At C&A (Album Version)
                            Missing Words (Album Version)
                            Inner London Violence (Album Version)
                            Night Boat To Cairo (Album Version)
                            Too Much Pressure (Album Version)
                            Nite Klub (Album Version)

                            Grant Lee Buffalo

                            Fuzzy - 2023 Reissue

                              Originally released in 1993, Fuzzy is the debut release from Grant Lee Buffalo. Rising from the ashes of the recently defunct Shiva Burlesque, the trio of Grant Lee Philips, Paul Kimble and Joey Peters went on to record four studio albums. This premiere created a mellow and political charged album that beautifully fuses many genres into a mellow Americana release, showcasing Grant Lee Phillips evocative voice and paved the way for what was to come. Warm yet angsty, it wields melancholy like a double-barreled shotgun whose bullet rockets through the soul.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              The Shining Hour
                              Jupiter And Teardrop
                              Fuzzy
                              Wish You Well
                              The Hook
                              Soft Wolf Tread
                              Stars N’ Stripes
                              Dixie Drug Store
                              America  Snoring
                              Grace
                              You Just Have To Be Crazy

                              Grant Lee Buffalo

                              Mighty Joe Moon - 2023 Reissue

                                Originally released in 1994, Mighty Joe Moon is the second release from Grant Lee Buffalo Appearing in the midst of the grunge movement, the trio took raw emotion and embraced it with just as much abrasion but toned it down into a more singer/ songwriter tone, thanks to Grant Lee Phillips' mix of glaring guitars and hushed vocals, that was unlike anything else at the time. With a nod to its predecessor, it is a more complex affair drawing in the listener on a more personal level. The fre burning in him, Phillips blazes through the themes of politics, love, the human spirit, and ends the album with a very chilling take on his own version of the old hymn Rock of Ages.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Lone Star Song
                                Mockingbirds
                                It's The Life
                                Sing Along
                                Mighty Joe Moon
                                Demon Called Deception
                                Lady Godiva And Me
                                Drag
                                Last Days Of Tecumseh
                                Happiness
                                Honey Don't Think
                                Side By Side
                                Rock Of Ages

                                Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

                                30 Something - Deluxe Edition

                                  Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine were synonymous with the indie punk scene in the early ’90s with a run of top ten singles and albums.

                                  They sold out multiple venues time after time playing to a fiercely loyal fanbase. 30 Something was Carter’s second album. Originally released in February 1991, it charted at number 8 in the UK spawning the singles “Anytime Anyplace Anywhere” and “Bloodsport For All”. With nods to The Clash and Bowie, the album contained the band’s trademark lyrical puns and snarling punk vocals juxtaposing with harmonisng guitars. The album received 10/10 from NME upon release and ranked as number 8 on their albums of the year list for 1991.

                                  This deluxe version features 3CDs and a DVD housed in a clamshell box with a poster booklet. All audio content is remastered. The package also includes the “In Bed With Carter” live concert from Brixton in 1991. This was previously only available on VHS and is highly sought after with a new commentary from Jim Bob and Fruitbat.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Surfin' U.S.M.
                                  My Second To Last Will And Testament
                                  Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
                                  A Prince In A Pauper's Grave
                                  Shopper's Paradise
                                  Billy's Smart Circus
                                  Bloodsport For All
                                  Sealed With A Glasgow Kiss
                                  Say It With Flowers
                                  Falling On A Bruise
                                  The Final Comedown
                                  Re-Educating Rita
                                  Alternate Title
                                  Randy Sarf Git
                                  2001: A Clockwork Orange
                                  Bedsitter
                                  Christmas Shoppers­ Paradise
                                  G.I. Blues (Live At Kent Uni 27/10/90)
                                  Rubbish (BBC Radio 1 At The Great British Music Weekend 19/1/91)
                                  Re-Educating Rita (BBC Radio 1 At The Great British Music Weekend 19/1/91)
                                  My Second To Last Will And Testament (BBC Radio 1 At The Great British Music Weekend 19/1/91)
                                  Sheriff Fatman (BBC Radio 1 At The Great British Music Weekend 19/1/91)
                                  Rent (BBC Radio 1 At The Great British Music Weekend 19/1/91)
                                  Surfin' USM (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Midnight On The Murder Mile (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Rubbish (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Good Grief Charlie Brown (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  My Second To Last Will And Testament (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Re-Educating Rita (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Anytime Anyplace Anywhere (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Say It With Flowers (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  A Prince In A Pauper's Grave (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Sheriff Fatman (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  After The Watershed (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Shoppers' Paradise (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  The '90s Revival (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Bloodsport For All (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  This Is How It Feels (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  A Perfect Day To Drop The Bomb (BBC In Concert: Live At Kilburn 7/12/91)
                                  Introduction
                                  Surfin' USM
                                  Re-Educating Rita
                                  Midnight On The Murder Mile
                                  My Second To Last Will And Testament
                                  Rubbish
                                  Say It With Flowers
                                  A Prince In A Pauper's Grave
                                  Bloodsport For All
                                  Billy's Smart Circus
                                  A Perfect Day To Drop The Bomb
                                  This Is How It Feels
                                  Rent
                                  G.I. Blues
                                  Sheriff Fatman
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                                  Soberish

                                    Liz Phair is pleased to announce details of, Soberish, her highly-anticipated new album, and first collection of original material in eleven years. Produced by Phair’s longtime collaborator Brad Wood – known for helming Phair’s seminal albums Exile In Guyville, Whip-Smart, and whitechocolatespaceegg

                                    Almost thirty years since her peerless debut album, Exile In Guyville, was released (voted #56 on Rolling Stone’s 2020 list of the 500 Greatest albums of All Time), Phair returns with a new record that will both intrigue and satisfy her long-standing fans, and introduce her to a smart young audience whose contemporary heroes have been reading from Phair’s playbook since they first picked up a guitar.

                                    Liz Phair has achieved the kind of status in her industry rarely bestowed on recording artists. Her albums in the 1990s were central to the indie rock canon of the day. Her image was featured in countless magazines, early Apple commercials and Gap ads. Her eponymous album for Capitol Records in 2003 took Phair in a pop direction that ruffled some critics’ feathers but nonetheless went gold, galvanizing a host of new fans, particularly among young women who fell in love with hits like “Why Can’t I” and

                                    “Extraordinary”, tracks that were featured in several major films and TV shows, including 13 going on 30, Raising Helen and How to Deal. Liz has picked up two Grammy nominations, and a spot in Pitchfork’s “Greatest Albums of the 90s” with over five million record sales to date (including three U.S. gold albums). She sang “God Bless America” at the opening game of the Chicago White Sox World Series victory in her hometown in 2005.

                                    Her acclaimed memoir, Horror Stories, published by Random House in 2019, was an insightful, passionate and no-holds-barred look at the life of a singular woman who has been disrupting and influencing since she knew the meaning of the words. The New York Times, The Boston Globe, NPR and the Wall Street Journal championed her first foray into prose. She’s a guitar player who’s created her own voicings and structures; a feminist trailblazer; a composer for film and TV; a visual artist; a lyricist of brutal honesty and devil-may-care insouciance.

                                    Soberish is a portrait of Phair in the present tense, taking all of the facets of her melodic output over the years and synthesizing them into a beautiful, perfect whole. She’s at the top of her game in the recording studio, drawing upon years of experience in television composition to weave through the songs daring and unexpected sound design. With Brad Wood’s exquisite engineering and masterful production, the result is a wholly fresh yet satisfyingly familiar sound that challenges on the first listen and seduces with each subsequent play through. The earworms are strong with this one!

                                    Phair says, “I found my inspiration for Soberish by delving into an early era of my music development, my art school years spent listening to Art Rock and New Wave music non-stop on my Walkman. The English Beat, The Specials, Madness, R.E.M.s Automatic for the People, Yazoo, The Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson, and the Cars. The city came alive for me as a young person, the bands in my headphones lending me the courage to explore.”

                                    None of the arrangements on Soberish are traditional songwriting standards, but the hooks are so catchy, the imagery so compelling, that the listener is drawn effortlessly along with the music. There are the off-kilter, unexpected guitar chords listeners will recognize as her signature style, a mainstay from her earliest work; the instantly knowable choruses of her most pop-friendly songs of the early 2000’s; the frank lyricism and storytelling that has opened doors for countless women picking up guitars and attempting to speak about their experiences.

                                    To look forward, Phair has spent a little time looking back. Looking back at a career that has achieved so much, and with plenty more to come. The celebrated box set reissue of Guvyille and the Girly-Sound tapes back in 2018 acted as a catalyst for Liz to remember what teenage Liz felt when that music was putting her name up in lights. It was a dizzying blur of excitement, fueled by her innate knack for delivering straightforward but devastating, razor-sharp songs. Soberish arrives, shoulder to shoulder with her past work, full of world-weary experience but dancing with a breeziness and brashness that wouldn’t be out of place at any point in her career. From the record’s title track to “Spanish Doors,” “The Game,” ‘Ba Ba Ba,” “In There,” and “Hey Lou”, these hooks and melodies have never come easier for Phair, which is why Soberish is her best and most instantly enjoyable record in decades. Impactful, and with purpose.

                                    Phair shares insight into the meaning of her title: “Soberish can be about partying. It can be about self-delusion. It can be a about chasing that first flush of love or, in fact, any state of mind that allows you to escape reality for a while and exist on a happier plane. It’s not self-destructive or out of control; it’s as simple as the cycle of dreaming and waking up. That’s why I chose to symbolize Soberish with a crossroads, with a street sign. It’s best described as a simple pivot of perspective. When you meet your ‘ish’ self again after a period of sobriety, there’s a deep recognition and emotional relief that floods you, reminding you that there is more to life, more to reality and to your own soul than you are consciously aware of. But if you reach for too much of a good thing, or starve yourself with too little, you’ll lose that critical balance.”

                                    If Liz Phair’s career has had a governing philosophy, we might take it as this: hold to the centre, swing around. This return, this new collection of songs, shows her at her finest: playful, inquisitive, uncompromising, but anchored. The centre can still hold.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: It's been eleven long years since we had any music from Liz Phair, and this latest outing could easily have come from the grungy 90's, full of poppy hooks and distorted guitars and punky attitude but enriched with a distinctly modern production aesthetic. Brilliantly written, and wonderfully effervescent. A great return for Phair.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Spanish Doors
                                    The Game
                                    Hey Lou
                                    In There
                                    Good Side
                                    Sheridan Side
                                    Ba Ba Ba
                                    Soberish
                                    Soul Sucker
                                    Lonely Street
                                    Dosage
                                    Bad Kitty
                                    Rain Scene

                                    William The Conqueror

                                    Maverick Thinker

                                      William The Conqueror have paid their damn dues. Like the sportsman cutting chipped teeth in the lower leagues before shooting to the very top, this band have lugged all the amps, placated the in-house sound guy for an easier life, their nails dirty, their hair unkempt. Enough.

                                      Except it’s never enough, because despite their slinky, swampy, razor-sharp, blues-drenched, guitar thrashed alt. rock songs that form new album, Maverick Thinker and suggest that the door is opening for bigger rooms and broader audiences, it’s those sticky basement bar stages where the songs have always shed a skin and come alive. The record put the three piece behind the glass at Sound City Studios in LA, treading the same carpet as the likes of Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and Fleetwood Mac, and they might well have inhaled the spirit of them all.

                                      William The Conqueror’s protagonist is Ruarri Joseph who knows his way around a melody and a verse. Joseph’s wryness suggests life just ain’t plain sailin’ and he fizzes that sigh and lament into something that breathes heavy with heart and with soul.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1 - Move On
                                      A2 - The Deep End
                                      A3 - Alive At Last
                                      A4 - Jesus Died A Young Man
                                      A5 - Quiet Life
                                      B1 - Wake Up
                                      B2 - Fiction
                                      B3 - Suddenly Scared (24 Storeys High)
                                      B4 - Reasons
                                      B5 - Maverick Thinker


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