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Michael Jackson

Thriller - 40th Anniversary Edition

    'Off The Wall' was a massive success, spawning four Top Ten hits (two of them number ones), but nothing could have prepared Michael Jackson for 'Thriller'. Nobody could have prepared anybody for the success of 'Thriller', since the magnitude of its success was simply unimaginable - an album that sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the Top Ten - "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "The Girl Is Mine", "Thriller", "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Human Nature" and "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)". This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of 'Off The Wall' by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul - expanding the approach to have something for every audience. It's all Thriller, no filler!

    Kasabian

    The Alchemist’s Euphoria

      Kasabian make a most welcome return this summer with a series of must see shows, armed with a high-octane new album fuelled by their trademark swagger. New single ‘Scriptvre’ arrives in the wake of their snappy track ‘Alygatyr’ and heralds a brave new world from Serge’s magic kingdom.

      Produced by Serge Pizzorno and Fraser T Smith, mixed by Spike Stent and written by Serge, ‘Scriptvre’ is one of the many standout tracks on their eagerly anticipated new album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’. Serge says: ‘Scriptrve is about rewriting the story you tell yourself. Editing your own script’. Of the new album, Kasabian’s seventh, he adds: “One thing about this record I feel over the other ones, is it definitely feels like a body of work that belongs together. It was a beautiful moment in mastering hearing it as a piece. I think it really holds up in our seven albums….The Magnificent Seven”.

      The Clash

      Combat Rock - 2022 Reissue

        Originally released in May 1982, ‘Combat Rock’ is the final album from The Clash of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon. Featuring two of the band’s most well-known songs, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’. 

        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE A
        Know Your Rights
        Car Jamming
        Should I Stay Or Should I Go
        Rock The Casbah
        Red Angel Dragnet
        Straight To Hell
        SIDE B
        Overpowered By Funk
        Atom Tan
        Sean Flynn
        Ghetto Defendant
        Inoculated City
        Death Is A Star

        The Clash

        Combat Rock / The People's Hall

          Originally released in May 1982, ‘Combat Rock’ is the final album from The Clash of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon. Featuring two of the band’s most well-known songs, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’. Now re-released as a 180g 3LP special edition and a 2CD special edition, with an additional 12-tracks compiled by The Clash.

          Having returned to London following their pivotal 17-show residency at New York’s Bond’s Casino in 1981, the band rehearsed and recorded at The People’s Hall in the squatted Republic of Frestonia near Latimer Road in London and from there they embarked on a tour of the East and South East Asia, during which the album sleeve image was captured by Pennie Smith in Thailand.

          The tracks on ‘The People’s Hall’ chart the period from what was their last single Radio Clash right up to the release of Combat Rock, including unheard, rare and early versions of tracks.


          TRACK LISTING

          Combat Rock - SIDE A
          Know Your Rights
          Car Jamming
          Should I Stay Or Should I Go
          Rock The Casbah
          Red Angel Dragnet
          Straight To Hell
          Combat Rock - SIDE B
          Overpowered By Funk
          Atom Tan
          Sean Flynn
          Ghetto Defendant
          Inoculated City
          Death Is A Star
          The People’s Hall - SIDE A
          Outside Bonds
          Radio Clash
          Futura 2000
          The People’s Hall - SIDE B
          First Night Back In London
          Radio One - Mikey Dread
          He Who Dares Or Is Tired*
          Long Time Jerk
          The Fulham Connection [aka The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too]
          The People’s Hall - SIDE C
          Midnight To Stevens
          Sean Flynn
          Idle In Kangaroo Court
          Know Your Rights*
          NB: SIDE D IS BLANK

          *Previously Unreleased

          The Clash & Ranking Roger

          Rock The Casbah / Red Angel Dragnet - 2022 Reissue

            The Clash’s collaborations with the late Ranking Roger receive their first ever official release with this two-track black 7” limited edition vinyl. It finds the legendary frontman of The Beat infusing ‘Red Angel Dragnet’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’ with his exuberant, high-energy toasting.

            Tyler, The Creator returns with his highly anticipated 6th studio album ‘CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST’ with features from Pharrell Williams, Brent Faiyaz and Lil Wayne. The album includes the previously-released songs "LUMBERJACK" and "WUSYANAME" as well as "JUGGERNAUT”.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Interesting fact: Tyler, The Creator is probably our most requested rapper, in person over-the-counter anyway. The kids love 'im! And so do we, as the ingenious lyricist returns with another sprawling epic.

            TRACK LISTING

            SIR BAUDELAIRE (feat. DJ Drama)
            CORSO
            LEMONHEAD (feat. 42 Dugg)
            WUSYANAME (feat. Youngboy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign)
            LUMBERJACK
            HOT WIND BLOWS (feat. Lil Wayne)
            MASSA
            RUNITUP (feat. Teezo Touchdown)
            MANIFESTO (feat. Domo Genesis)
            SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Fana Hues)
            MOMMA TALK
            RISE! (feat. Daisy World)
            BLESSED
            JUGGERNAUT (feat. Lil Uzi Vert & Pharrell Williams)
            WILSHIRE
            SAFARI

            Adele

            30

              30 is the first new music from Adele since the release of her third studio album 25 in November 2015. The album is produced with former collaborators Greg Kurstin, Max Martin and Shellback and Tobias Jesso Jr., as well as new collaborators Inflo and Ludwig Goransson.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Adele is back! This time following her naming convention from 21 and 25, bringing in a more mature and thematically rich selection of heartfelt balladry on the wonderful '30'. It's not particularly my cup of tea, granted but there's no denying she's a hugely talented and important artist and this is definitely the best work of her career.

              Billie Holiday

              Lady In Satin - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                "Lady in Satin" is the penultimate album by jazz singer Billie Holiday, originally released in 1958 on Columbia Records. The album has left a lasting mark on the musical landscape since its release and is noted as being one of the greatest of all time.

                This limited-edition NAD release is pressed on solid blue coloured vinyl.

                TRACK LISTING

                SIDE A
                1 I'm A Fool To Want You
                2 For Heaven's Sake
                3 You Don't Know What Love Is
                4 I Get Along Without You Very Well
                5 For All We Know
                6 Violets For Your Furs

                SIDE B
                1 You've Changed
                2 It's Easy To Remember
                3 But Beautiful
                4 Glad To Be Unhappy
                5 I'll Be Around

                Bob Dylan

                Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16

                  The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalog, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985. In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan's albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more. 

                  Modest Mouse

                  The Golden Casket

                    Brock’s newfound bruised optimism sent the album that the single appeared on, 2004’s ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’, into the stratosphere, turning the local yokels from America’s Pacific Northwest into Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated titans of the ‘00s indie scene. It’s a mindset that the six-piece also explore on their seventh record, ‘The Golden Casket’, albeit with the good news dialled up and the bad news dialled down.

                    The album is a masterful psychedelic patchwork, bouncing between eerie soundscapes (opener ‘Fuck Your Acid Trip’), knotty post-punk (‘Walking And Running’) and maximalist pop melody (the ludicrously good fun ‘The Sun Hasn’t left’). Sometimes they combine all three elements on the same song, as on turbo-charged indie anthem ‘We Are Between’, the album’s massive lead single.

                    In a recent interview with NME, the 45-year-old frontman explained that ‘The Golden Casket’ was inspired by both domestic bliss – he’s had two children since the last Modest Mouse album, 2015’s less accessible ‘Strangers To Ourselves’ – and his general baked-in pessimism: “I don’t think shit’s gonna get easier for everyone… [But] I just had to kinda look at that and find a way to make it sound OK.”

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: This sounds like Classic Modest Mouse, catchy guitar riffs and Brock's recognisable vocal talents, but there are moments here of typically odball MM behaviour (thank goodness), with blipping synth lines and angular, sudden stylistic shifts. It's been a long five years, but the result is entirely worth it. A brilliantly bright and wonderfully fun record.

                    The third album from Grammy award winner Leon Bridges and it's a suitably sunny, soulful and sumptious affiar. With beautifully flowing, organic song writing, complimented by lush and live instrumental tracks; it's got green gardens, sizzling BBQs and long hot sexy nights eminating off practically every single track! The production is sublime - balancing the traditional instrumentation with just a flurry of electronic umph; adding a brand new sheen and energy to what could easily, otherwise, be mistaken for a classic late 70s soul album. 

                    Opening with a juicy collaboration with Robert Glasper, the album drips effortlessly through its opening quarter, a delicate mix of jazz-informed drumming, picked guitar lines and a liquid gold, syrupy deliver from Bridges. "Steam" arrives, three tracks in with a resplendent chorus and subtle, anthemic qualities.

                    Opening side B with the title track, garnished with fluffy horns and a slo-mo MPC beat it's an instrumental side akin to some of Madlib's more laid back beats. Thankfully the LP shows little willing to get carried away; sitting beauitfully nestled on a nearly-horizontal plane; sun lounge angle let's say. With soulful droplets woozing languidly off the record, there's little to worry about other than the temperature of your margarita in the sunshine... It's rather something special indeed; intimate, unhurried, as fragile as a flower and simply perfect for timeless and serene afternoon in the garden. Recommended! 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: Beautifully bridging the gap between traditional soul and more modern beat-heavy electronic music, 'Gold-Diggers Sound' brilliantly illustrates Bridges' unparalleled ability as a songwriter and mastery of his wonderfully understated and horizontally cool output. An exciting and fitting follow-up to his excellend collaborative LP with Khruangbin and 2018's wonderful 'Good Thing'.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1.Born Again (feat. Robert Glasper)
                    2.Motorbike
                    3.Steam
                    4.Why Don’t You Touch Me
                    5.Magnolias
                    6.Gold-Diggers (Junior’s Fanfare)
                    7.Details
                    8.Sho Nuff
                    9.Sweeter (feat. Terrace Martin)
                    10.Don’t Worry (feat. Ink)
                    11.Blue Mesas

                    Rag 'n' Bone Man

                    Life By Misadventure

                      Rag’n’Bone Man’s 2017 landmark debut Human was a phenomenal success. Shooting straight to No.1 upon release in the UK, the 4x Platinum record became the fasted-selling album by a male artist that decade, earning him both BRIT and Ivor Novello Awards.

                      Fast forwarding a few years, he travelled to Nashville to write and record what would become Life By Misadventure. The bulk of the album was produced and recorded by Grammy Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Elizondo at his studio. Longtime collaborators Ben Jackson-Cook (keys, co-songwriter and co-producer of the album), Bill Banwell (bass and co-songwriter) and Desri Ramus (backing vocals) are joined by drummer Daru Jones and guitarist Wendy Melvoin on the record. One song was even recorded in Rag’n’Bone Man’s garage!

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Martin says: it's been a long time coming but this newest Rag 'n Bone man release sees all of the clever wordplay and superb songwriting that I went absolutely batshit for on 2017's 'Human'. I will DEFINTIELY be unlockig my hips and getting down to this one.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Fireflies
                      2. Breath In Me
                      3. Fall In Love Again
                      4. Talking To Myself
                      5. Anywhere Away From Here
                      6. Alone
                      7. Crossfire
                      8. All You Ever Wanted
                      9. Changing Of The Guard
                      10. Somewhere Along The Way
                      11. Time Will Only Tell
                      12. Lightyears
                      13. Party’s Over
                      14. Old Habits

                      First Aid Kit

                      Who By Fire

                        Performed across two nights at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm in March of 2017, the 20-track recording is a theatrical staging of Leonard Cohen’s songs, poems, and letters. Conceived and anchored by First Aid Kit, the Swedish sister duo were joined by an array of fellow Swedish guest artists, an 8 person band & strings, and two actors, as well as a 20+ person choir on two of the songs. 

                        Klara and Johanna, longtime fans and greatly inspired by Leonard Cohen, were deeply saddened by his passing in November of 2016. At the time, First Aid Kit shared: "… If you ever put a guitar in our hands and ask us to sing, we will always play ‘Suzanne.’ When we heard it for the first time we were transfixed. ‘How does one do that?’ we thought. ‘How does one write like that?’ One doesn't, we suppose, only Leonard Cohen does… In the midst of this deep sadness, we are so intensely grateful... [His art] has been a guiding light for us for these past ten years since we started making music, both a consolation and an arrow pointing at where to strive…”

                        Speaking today about Who By Fire, the Söderberg sisters say: "We recently listened back to this concert and realized that this was something out of the ordinary for us. It was a challenge to create a performance that wasn't centered around First Aid Kit songs. It was something we'd never done before, but everything came together so well. Dwelling deeply into Cohen's world was a pleasure, he was so prolific as both a poet and a songwriter, and everything he ever put out held a very strong standard. He cared immensely for his work. The band, the guest artists, the atmosphere on stage...everyone had a great passion and it felt magical. This is definitely a record that is best enjoyed listening to back-to-back with no interruptions. Allow yourself to just disappear into Cohen's world for a little while.

                        We decided not to edit any of the performances. The flaws are part of the live experience. In a time when you sadly can't go to an actual physical live show, you can listen to this and imagine you were there..."


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: A wonderfully heartfelt tribute to Cohen, a superb selection of guests, and an unsuprisingly warm folky hue that we've come to expect from the Söderberg sisters. Really lovely stuff.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Tired (First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)
                        2. Suzanne (First Aid Kit)
                        3. Sisters Of Mercy (First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)
                        4. Who By Fire / As The Mist Leaves No Scar (First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)
                        5. Twelve O'Clock Chant (First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)
                        6. Everybody Knows (Frida Hyvönen, First Aid Kit)
                        7. Avalanche (Loney Dear)
                        8. The Future (Maia Hansson-Bergqvist, First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani)
                        9. Chelsea Hotel No.5 (Jesper Lindell, First Aid Kit)
                        10. You Want It Darker (First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)
                        11. If It Be Your Will (First Aid Kit)
                        12. The Asthmatic (Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist, First Aid Kit)
                        13. Famous Blue Raincoat / Anthem (Maja Francis, First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani)
                        14. Show Me The Place (Jesper Lindell, First Aid Kit)
                        15. Hallelujah (Annika Norlin, First Aid Kit)
                        16. Prayer For Messiah (Klara Söderberg)
                        17. Bird On The Wire (First Aid Kit )
                        18. Who By Fire (Reprise) / Letter To Marianne (First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)
                        19. So Long Marianne (First Aid Kit, Frida Hyvönen, Loney Dear, Jesper Lindell, Annika Norlin, Maja Francis, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)
                        20. You'd Sing Too (Johanna Söderberg)

                        In 1994, hip-hop was going through an at-times painful growth spurt. Since NWA’s and Ice-T’s ascent in the late 80s, the rap game was no longer owned by the East Coast. After the worldwide popularity of Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ in 1992, things were looking even worse for hip-hop’s hometown. The East Coast / West Coast feud that would later indirectly claim the lives of Biggie and 2Pac was still in its infancy, but New York needed a shot in the arm. The hype behind young Queensbridge native Nasir “Nas” Jones had been in full swing months before his smash debut album ‘Illmatic’, thanks to Columbia Records’ promo machine. From his earliest appearance on Main Source’s ‘Live At The BBQ’, to his own accomplished debut ‘Half Time’ (as Nasty Nas, in late 1992), it was clear that this kid was something special. In fact, the pressure on him must have been overwhelming at times. April 19, 1994 couldn’t have come soon enough. And as soon as the first lines of ‘NY State Of Mind’ kick in, bolstered by perhaps DJ Premier’s darkest beat of all time, the entire East Coast breathed a collective sigh of relief. God’s Son had arrived.

                        Backed by an absolute all-star cast of New York’s top-shelf producers - Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip and a youngster named LES - the album never lets up. Serious to a fault, and lyrically dense to an extent that has possibly never been matched, the 20-year old Nas stood on the shoulders of his predecessors and proudly proclaimed, “Don’t f*** with the East… we are BACK”. ‘Illmatic’ was actually a slow-burn, which might surprise fans that have come to its genius more recently. Despite an unheard-of “5 Mics” rating in The Source – breaking an unwritten rule of never awarding classic status to debuts - it didn’t go gold until early 1996, and didn’t hit platinum status until late 2001. But when you dive deeper that shouldn’t be a shock: like Black Moon and Wu-Tang’s debuts, it was a dark, hard record, made for heads in New York, not teeny-boppers in Des Moines. There were no dance beats, no crossover love songs. Just boom-bap and rhymes, skills and heart.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        The Genesis
                        NY State Of Mind
                        Life's A Bitch
                        The World Is Yours
                        Halftime
                        Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)
                        One Love
                        One Time 4 Your Mind
                        Represent
                        It Ain't Hard To Tell

                        "Some Rap Songs" is the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed "I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside". In the New Year of 2018, Earl promised the release of new music on Twitter, which would bring an end to his close to 4 year absence from the rap game.

                        After performing multiple unreleased tracks during live shows, and following a personally rough year for the rapper, including the death of his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Earl indicated on social media that new music was imminent as we neared the closure of 2018.

                        During the first week of November, Earl’s social media pages released three daily videos, each featuring complex visuals and snippets of forthcoming audio, strongly believed to be linked to the forthcoming album, with the final video confirming an upcoming single titled “Nowhere2go.”

                        The album was finally announced on Earl’s Instagram account, after having released the second single for the album, “The Mint.” Fans will not be disappointed: his distinctive, effortless drawl winding through suffocated, sweltering beats; taking cues from the stop-start, cut-n-paste ethic of Madlib and with a similar, trunk-boppin' weight in the low end. Infact, it's this attention to the low end that I guess sets it apart from the two albums which precede it, which tended to be lo-fi in nature and somewhat tailored towards headphone listening. This new album is gonna BANG in the jeep or the club, while his lyrical content is as on point and as poignant as ever; immediately introspective, cryptic and littered with observation. In short, there's no one quite like Earl, and "Some Rap Songs" sees the troubled rapper working through his trials and tribulations with an honest, analytical and at times heartfelt methodology. A masterpiece!


                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Shattered Dreams 
                        2. Red Water 
                        3. Cold Summers 
                        4. Nowhere2go 
                        5. December 24 
                        6. Ontheway! (Ft. Standing On The Corner) 
                        7. The Mint (Ft. Navy Blue) 
                        8. The Bends 
                        9. Loosie 
                        10. Azucar 
                        11. Eclipse 
                        12. Veins 
                        13. Playing Possum (Ft. Cheryl Harris & Keorapetse Kgositsile) 
                        14. Peanut 
                        15. Riot! 

                        "Welcome Oblivion" is the debut album on Columbia Records, by post-industrial group How To Destroy Angels who are fronted by 'Nine Inch Nails' main-man Trent Reznor.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. The Wake-Up
                        2. Keep It Together
                        3. And The Sky Began To Scream
                        4. Welcome Oblivion
                        5. Ice Age
                        6. On The Wing
                        7. Too Late, All Gone
                        8. How Long?
                        9. Strings And Attractors
                        10. We Fade Away
                        11. Recursive Self-improvement
                        12. The Loop Closes
                        13. Hallowed Ground

                        Neil Diamond

                        Home Before Dark

                          Collaborating once again with legendary producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty), "Home Before Dark" is a vivid 12 track masterclass in compelling songwriting and the follow up to 2005's highly acclaimed "12 Songs". "Home Before Dark" features twelve original songs written by Neil Diamond and was recorded in Los Angeles with guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), along with bassist/acoustic guitarist Smokey Hormel and guitarist Matt Sweeney. Highlights on the album are many, including the stunning lead single "Pretty Amazing Grace" and a striking duet with the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines on "Another Day (That Time Forgot)".


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