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Pink Floyd

A Foot In The Door - Vinyl Edition

    ‘A Foot In The Door - The Best Of Pink Floyd’, is a collection of classic Pink Floyd tracks. This specially remastered compilation also features newly created artwork from Storm Thorgerson. This is the perfect Pink Floyd album for both devoted fans and those discovering Pink Floyd for the very first time. Now available on vinyl for the first time, this career-spanning compilation features some of the bands best-known album tracks spanning 1967 – 1994, as well as the UK Top 10 single ‘See Emily Play’. Newly mastered for vinyl in 2018 by longstanding Pink Floyd associate James Guthrie, with Joel Plante, and with lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman, the 2-LP version features a re-edit of ‘Time’ from the CD, with the ringing alarm clocks at the start of the track reinstated. The original artwork, art directed by the late Storm Thorgerson, has been amended by Pink Floyd Creative Director Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis with Peter Curzon, to include alternate versions of the photographs used in the CD version. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: The album package comes in a gatefold outer sleeve, with two separate printed inner bags, and is pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

    Bob Seger

    I Knew You When

      The new set features Seger’s tribute to Lou Reed, a rockin’ cover of Reed’s “Busload of Faith”, which fans can stream on select services and download now with their digital preorder. Seger also includes tributes to his friend Glenn Frey, in the heartfelt self-penned “Glenn Song”, and to Leonard Cohen with a timely cover of Cohen’s “Democracy”. Seger dedicates the album to the memory of Glenn Frey. I KNEW YOU WHEN also features the reflective title track, uptempo rockers “The Highway”, “Runaway Train”, and “Blue Ridge”, an ode to the history and beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, and the passionate guitar driven ballad, “I’ll Remember You”.

      Talk Talk

      The Party's Over

      Talk Talk's musical journey took them from early 80s synth-pop to early 90s post-rock resulting in a diverse and stimulating legacy. This 1982 release showcases the synth-pop/new wave side to the band. After supporting Duran Duran on their 1981 tour, they released the single Mirror Man, as well as their two UK Top 40 hits Today and Talk Talk – all of which are included amongst other great songs on the album.

      Their debut album, The Party's Over was released in 1982 and produced by Colin Thurston, who was a former engineer for David Bowie but was better known for producing Duran Duran's first two albums.

      A product of its time, the album is classic synth-pop teamed with lyrical depth that went on to be synonymous with lead singer, Mark Hollis.


      Talk Talk

      It's My Life

      The band’s breakthrough record It’s My Life saw the arrival of producer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Friese-Greene, who became a significant creative force in the band and an unofficial fourth member for the remainder of its existence.

      It’s My Life saw the band seek a less synthesized sound and less New Romantic image, which included keyboardist Simon Brenner leaving the band. The new sound gave the band commercial success, with the title track becoming a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It went on to be covered by No Doubt in 2003 reaching number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for 28 weeks.

      The album also contained the single "Such a Shame" (a song inspired by the book The Dice Man) which became a Top 10 hit across Europe. A third single, "Dum Dum Girl", was also a success in Europe and NZ in particular.


      Dr. Feelgood

      Taking No Prisoners (With Gypie 1977-81)

        This 4CD DVD set contains the 4 studio albums and two live albums recorded with John 'Gypie' Mayo while with the band.
        There is also a demo (previously unissued) done at ‘Feelgood’ House of ‘Riding On The L & N’ which was subsequently recorded for the ‘Let It Roll’ abum. The set has alternate versions of Down At The (Other) Doctors and ‘As Long As The Price Is Right’ and the final Dr Feelgood single for UA-Waiting For Saturday Night’ which features Gypie’s replacement, Johnny Guitar.

        CD 3 also contains an early live show at ‘The Paddocks’, Canvey Island from June 1977 of which only 2 tracks have been previously released (in a different mix as 12” B sides). It was mixed at Abbey Road with Sparko (the bass player) in attendance.
        CD 4 contains the 4 live tracks from ‘As It Happens’ EP which came with early copies of the LP and 7 unreleased recordings from the Hemel Hempstead show which did not appear on ‘As It Happens’ LP.

        The DVD has a BBC Sight & Sound In Concert, TOTP performances, Promotional videos, TV appearances on ‘Alright Now’ & The South Bank Show and extensive interviews with producer Richard Gottehrer and guitarist John Mayo.

        The 3000+ word sleeve note is by writer and musician Will Birch, a long time associate of the band's. There is a full illustrated discography, sections from tour programmes, a piece on the photographer Keith Morris whose exceptionally photography features both on the cover and throughout the long form booklet. Memorabilia and many previously unseen photographs.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        5xLtd CD/DVD Info: 4xCD/DVD set in 7x5 long form hard cover package with 60+ page colour booklet.

        One of the most acclaimed concept albums of all time, The Wall from 1979 is renowned as Roger Waters’  masterpiece dealing with abandonment and personal isolation. Adapted for cinema by Alan Parker featuring Bob Geldof in the lead role, and featuring the unique artwork of Gerald Scarfe the album also yielded the hit single Another Brick In The Wall Pt2.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Double album/concept album etc, etc. What never gets written about this amazing LP is that unlike its more indulgent, long-songs predecessors, this is a record crammed full of concise, melodic ditties! Classic song after classic song. Incredible.

        John Lennon

        Imagine *ONE PER PERSON*


          Limited edition Black Friday 2011 release.

          Pink Floyd

          Wish You Were Here - Remastered Vinyl Edition

          On its release in 1975 Wish You Were here topped the album charts in both the UK and the US. Reflecting the bands thoughts of the time on the music business, and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Here contains the classic cut Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a tribute to founder member Syd Barrett.


          Jane's Addiction

          The Great Escape Artist

          2011 release, the fourth album from the Alt-Rock favourites. Spun through a kaleidoscope of tightly wound riffs, hypnotic harmonies, booming beats, and an unmistakable howl, the record announces the beginning of the next chapter for the alternative rock torchbearers. Writing began in 2010 and by early 2011 the band entered a Los Angeles studio with producer Rich Costey, who introduced Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins to TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek with the hopes of getting him involved somehow. After a couple of lab sessions, the chemistry was obvious. Sitek stepped into the role of songwriter and bass player for the album with Navarro, and touring bassist Chris Chaney, also sharing four-string duties. Sitek helped the band evolve their alchemy, expanding the sound even more. Farrell described Sitek's distillation of electronic textures, bombastic rock, and crazed punk to Rolling Stone magazine declaring, "He's like a scientist, and he's not afraid of making a monster."

          Pink Floyd

          Dark Side Of The Moon - Vinyl Edition

            Originally released in 1973, 'The Dark Side of The Moon' became Pink Floyd’s first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time 'The Dark Side of The Moon' also introduced The iconic album cover artwork by Hipgnosis featuring a prism representing the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrics, and the request for a ‘simple and bold’ design.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Andy says: As everybody now knows and accepts, this is an amazing album from start to finish.

            Through his time as front-man of The Smiths and subsequent enduring solo career, Morrissey has cemented his place as one of the true UK music icons. This position has ensured him a large, dedicated fanbase and significant commercial success: to date he has notched up 33 Top-40 solo singles (with 10 in the Top 10) and 11 Top-10 solo albums. This lasting success has not been limited to his early career either, with his last three albums charting No. 2, No 1 and No 3 respectively.

            To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Morrissey’s much acclaimed compilation "Bona Drag" is now being reissued as a remastered and expanded edition on CD and double LP. Originally released in October 1980, "Bona Drag" brings together his first seven singles, four of which went Top 10: his Top 5 debut, "Suedehead"; the anthemic "Everyday Is Like Sunday"; "Interesting Drug", and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys". Completing the album come the Top 20 hits "Ouija Board, Ouija Board", "November Spawned A Monster" and "Piccadilly Palare" alongside a selection of high quality B-sides from all the singles.

            With Morrissey’s full involvement, the original album has been remastered and expanded with six previously unreleased tracks, the first four of which will be completely new to fans as they have never before been heard:

            - Happy Lovers At Last United (Outtake from ‘Sunday’ sessions)*
            - Lifeguard On Duty (Outtake from Viva Hate sessions)*
            - Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness (demo) (Outtake from Viva Hate, previously covered by Sandie Shaw)*
            - Oh Phoney (Outtake from Bona Drag sessions)*
            - The Bed Took Fire (early version of ‘At Amber’)
            - Let The Right One Slip In (alternate long mix)
            * Previously unheard

            Directing the artwork for the reissue, Morrissey has chosen to return the cover art to its natural colour and to update the back and inner artwork with a selection of favourite, hand-picked and rarely-seen photos.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            CD Info: The CD format will be housed in a gatefold, card sleeve.

            John Lennon And Yoko Ono

            Double Fantasy - Stripped Down

            Original producer Jack Douglas and Yoko Ono revisits the original master to reveal the heart of the songs and that voice without the 80's production and effects. Pack contains original version of the album, remastered as a bonus disc.

            Says Yoko: 'In this very special year which would have seen my husband and life partner reach the age of 70, I hope that this remastering/reissue programme will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience. By remastering almost 150 songs spanning 8 of his most brilliant albums, I hope also that those who are already familiar with his work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition'.

            John Lennon

            Plastic Ono Band

            Says Yoko: 'In this very special year which would have seen my husband and life partner reach the age of 70, I hope that this remastering/reissue programme will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience. By remastering almost 150 songs spanning 8 of his most brilliant albums, I hope also that those who are already familiar with his work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition'.

            Hawkwind

            Masters Of The Universe

              "Masters Of The Universe", is a 1977 compilation album by Hawkwind covering the years 1971-1974.

              Stiff Little Fingers

              Inflammable Material

                You know you're in the presence of greatness right from the blazing opening bars of 'Suspect Device', a blast of barely produced heat whose fiercly non-aligned, anti-sectarian sentiment sets the tone for all that follows. Burning, often humourous, always articulate lyrics are delivered with scorn and passion via Jake Burns' sore throat growl over a lofi, almost live melodic punk backdrop, drawing inspiration not just from it's peers (mainly the Jam and The Clash) but also from folk and rock'n'roll. There are moments - many of them - of raw punk perfection on this album; it would be hard not to be swept along by the searing melody and heartfelt anger of 'Wasted Life' or the aching punky reggae of 'Johnny Was', their message undiluted by production values. Released in 1979, this album was Rough Trade's first, and what an introduction it was; if you want an album that captures the spirit and exhilaration of the punk/indie label scene of the time, you would struggle to do better than this.

                Late Of The Pier

                Heartbeat

                Perfecting the blueprint Late Of The Pier have laid down so far – a willingness to take risks, push boundaries, ignore convention and develop an unique sound all of their own – Heartbeat is set to build on the success of previous singles "Bathroom Gurgle", "The Bears Are Coming", "Space And The Woods" and "Focker".

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CDS Info: The CD single includes the Hot Chip remix of "Heartbeat".

                Look what we've just found! Only one copy of each though so first come first served!

                Originally released on their own label in 2007, "LSB" sounds like the schizoid little brother of Big Audio Dynamite raised on a diet of limited edition LCD Soundsystem, Stereolab and Kompakt records but somehow ending up as the most ludicrously catchy art school indie to come out of Glasgow since Franz Ferdinand. Fantastic!

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd 7" 2 Info: 7" part 2 is Found's 'Broken Ground Remix' of "The LSB" and includes "Saturday Night Obsession" on the B-side. Comes with a limited edition print.

                Ltd 7" Info: 7" part 1 is limited edition yellow vinyl and features the 'radio edit' of "The LSB", with "Over & Out" on the B-side.

                A heady mix of electronic dance anthems, soul-stirring pop songs, deep, dark electro-funk and quirky lyrical genius, "Overpowered" is a thrilling and contemporary marriage of edgy pop and irresistible disco. Working with the likes of Seiji, Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Jimmy Douglass, Ill Factor, and Parrot and Dean of All Seeing I / I Monster, Roisin has brought her love of the dancefloor right to the very heart of the album. "Overpowered" is the place where pop meets dance and gives birth to a glitter-drenched masterpiece.

                Vincent Vincent And The Villains

                Gospel Bombs

                The long-awaited debut album - good things come to those who wait. Well you've waited, and now it's here. 'Bands rush themselves these days. They've hardly got 20 Myspace friends and they're tweaking their album liner thank-yous. This should have been out two years ago during 2005's indie Teddy boy romance. But the Villains took their time, crafted some proper songs, and emerged with Richie Cunningham's mixtape for Potsie. Rumble Strips must be seething.' - 8/10 Vice.

                "Made In The Dark" is the definitive Hot Chip record and could have been made by no other band. It would probably be easiest to say that "Made In The Dark" is faster and rockier than "The Warning", but that is only beginning to scratch the service. Within its 13 tracks there is both rhythmical chaos ("Shake A Fist", "Bendable Poseable"), soulful introspection ("We're Looking For A Lot Of Love", "Made In The Dark" and "In The Privacy Of Our Love"), oddball disco ("Hold On") and even contemporary widescreen pop ("Ready For The Floor", "One Pure Thought"). The songs are propulsive, repetitive, rhythmical, methodical, wonky, intimate, beautiful and uniquely Hot Chip.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xCD/DVD Info: Limited CD/DVD package comes in deluxe embossed fold-out sleeve. Includes six video tracks recorded live at the Melt and Glastonbury festivals, and at the Electric ballroom in London.

                Air Traffic

                No More Running Away

                Taken from the album "Fractured Life", "No More Running Away" is a steady melodic builder of a track before the main chorus kicks towards the end.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CDS Info: The CD single also includes "Don't Wake Up", "No More Running Away" (Live Version), "No More Running Away" - Enhanced Video Promo and "Who Are Air Traffic" - Enhanced Video Interview.

                The Bonzo Dog Band

                The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse

                Neil Innes and Vivien Stanshall, were the back bone of this band formed in the 60s by the art school students. They started life as The Bonzo Dog Dada Band, then becoming the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and then finally just the Bonzo Dog Band. They were originally seen as a 20s revival act but quickly developed into one of the 60s most virulent satirical acts.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: This remastered and expanded edition includes five bonus tracks.

                Neil Innes and Vivien Stanshall, were the back bone of this band formed in the 60s by the art school students. They started life as The Bonzo Dog Dada Band, then becoming the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and then finally just the Bonzo Dog Band. They were originally seen as a 20s revival act but quickly developed into one of the 60s most virulent satirical acts.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: This expanded remastered edition includes five bonus tracks.

                The Bonzo Dog Band

                Let's Make Up And Be Friendly

                Neil Innes and Vivien Stanshall, were the back bone of this band formed in the 60s by the art school students. They started life as The Bonzo Dog Dada Band, then becoming the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and then finally just the Bonzo Dog Band. They were originally seen as a 20s revival act but quickly developed into one of the 60s most virulent satirical acts.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: This expanded remastered edition includes six bonus tracks.

                Air Traffic

                Shooting Star

                With pounding drums and jagged guitars embellished with big piano swells, Air Traffic come up with yet another pop anthem.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CDS Info: The CD single includes "This Old Town".

                Radio 4

                Packing Things Up On The Scene

                Taken from their acclaimed "Enemies Like This" released earlier this year "Packing Things Up.." showcases a dynamic pop twist to their trademark dance party-infused agit-punk sound.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CDS Info: The CD single includes "Pretty Good Lie" on the B-side.

                Brian Eno And David Byrne

                My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

                Originally released in 1981, this critically lauded album was the one of the first major label releases to heavily incorporate sample-heavy 'found sounds' and global beats. Lebanese mountain singers, preachers, exorcism ceremonies, Muslim chanting, Egyptian pop and radio talk shows all make an appearance, spread over hypnotic percussive rhythms and layered instrumentation.

                Overseen personally by Brian Eno and David Byrne, this new version has been remastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (Interpol / Kings Of Leon) and features seven previously unreleased bonus tracks of out-takes and ideas from the album's original sessions from 1979 and 1980. The enhanced CD also includes Bruce Conner's film to "Mea Culpa". The packaging differs from all previous Eno reissues – a jewel case within a slipcase, plus very special added extras. The slipcase and artwork have been designed by Peter Buchanan Smith, and 28 pages of sleevenotes have been provided by David Toop and David Byrne.

                David Gilmour

                On An Island

                  'On An Island' is the third David Gilmour solo album and his first studio recording since Pink Floyd's 1994 multi-platinum 'The Division Bell'. From the first moments of the sound collage that begins 'On An Island', you know it's a special experience that not only bears comparison with the best of Pink Floyd, but also confirms their lead guitarist and singer as an outstanding solo artist. Here he reveals a personal vision and a breadth of styles - folk, jazz, orchestral and rock - brought together as a unified piece by his lyrical guitar playing and instantly recognisable voice. On An Island is a collection of songs and instrumentals that had its genus in the critically acclaimed 2002 London Festival Hall concerts. Gilmour has stepped out of his super-group to discover he's still at his peak - and he's rightly pleased. 'It's my best and most personal work,' he says. 'Making it with my musician friends has been a positive experience on so many levels.'

                  Shout Out Louds

                  Howl Howl Gaff Gaff

                  The debut album from this Swedish quintet is a collection of bright articulate pop songs that switch effortlessly from uptempo anthems to catchy pop complete with hand-claps, tambourines and frantic guitar, to slower lo-fi affairs. All topped with frontman Adam's distinctive fractured vocal.

                  Taken from his self titled 2004 debut (CD only) album, "Down Here In Hell (With You)" is a superb retro-sounding neo soul cut that comes here in vocal and instrumental versions. On the flip Mac & Toolz give the track a real mid 80s flavour and more of a dancefloor rub.

                  This is a stunningly beautiful record from this Brooklyn octet. Fans of Natalie Merchant or Cowboy Junkies would absolutely love this because "Eveningland" is a fairy-tale, peaceful place where Americana, country and folk are fleshed out with the lushest orch-pop. And the singer, Sally Ellison, has a soprano so sweet that it can only be compared to the incredible Sandy Denny. This is elegant, pastoral, chamber folk, but the songs are so strong and so sweetly rendered, that it does veer into MOR territory. If that doesn't concern you then you're in for a treat.

                  Brian Eno

                  Ambient 1: Music For Airports




                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Philippa says: From 1978, this album was Eno's first foray into ambient music production. Robert Wyatt guests on these wonderful drifting instrumentals.

                  Dexys Midnight Runners

                  Let's Make This Precious

                  One of the most inspirational UK bands of all time, Dexys always stuck out from the crowd, sartorially and musically. Two enormous No.1 songs ("Geno" and "Come On Eileen") and three really different LPs are their legacy but in Kevin Rowlands words, beliefs and passions, something other, much more was intimated. And then there's the tunes: skyscrapingly catchy, beaty and punchy, unique singing. New song "Manhood" is heartrenchingly uplifting (only marred slightly by a dodgy production) and elsewhere you get non-album singles and the best three songs off "Don't Stand Me Down", their last and oddest album that some love, some loathe. If you don't know about Dexys but love passion and melody, this is the perfect place to start.

                  Captain Beefheart

                  Introducing ...... Captain Beefheart

                  Seventeen tracks that conjure up Don Van Vliet's voodoo dolly wierdness as the good Capt'n. That's Captain Beefheart to you, one of the most unique voices in rock and one of the most surreal views of life. An introduction to his work on Virgin and Liberty labels between 1968 and 1982.

                  Marillion

                  Recital Of The Script

                    From the period in Marillions long casreer when Fish held sway at the mike stand, this 1983 show from the Hammersmith Odeon features tracks from "Script For A Jester's Tear" and includes their early epic "Grendel". The DVD also includes an interview with Fish and three bonus songs.

                    Marillion

                    From Stoke Row To Ipanema

                      Fast forward to 1990, Fish is long gone and Marillion are established as one of the most popular new prog bands on the International scene. This double DVD set features two shows with vocalist Steve Hogarth recorded in Brazil in 1989 and at the De Montford Hall in Leicester in 1990. The set also includes six bonus tracks.

                      Skin

                      Trashed

                      Debut solo effort form the ex-Skunk Anansie lead singer.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      CDS Info: The CD single includes "On And On" and a video interview.

                      Morrissey

                      Live At Dallas

                        16 songs performed live at Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre on 17th June 1991 before an audience of 11,000 fans.

                        Marillion

                        The EMI Singles Collection

                          22 tracks from Marillion comprising of the best known tracks of their career. Including "Kayleigh", "Market Square Heroes" and "Garden Party". The DVD also features a full discography, sleeve images, track lyrics and photo gallery.

                          Norah Jones

                          Live In New Orleans

                            Something of a music phenomena, Norah Jones' debut album exceeded all sales expectations due to clever marketing (I wish I had a pound for every time that 'Ravi Shankar's daughter' line appeared in interviews), great beauty and a dollop of genuine musical talent. Her sultry vocals are easy on the ear and her blend of jazz, pop, alt.country and blues are a marketing man's dream. This DVD shows she's no flash in the pan, performing in an intimate setting at the House Of Blues in New Orleans with a band featuring Adam Levy on guitar, Lee Alexander on bass and Andrew Borger on drums. Jones herself is not only a great vocalist but a pianist of some skill and this DVD will delight her growing legion of fans.

                            Various Artists

                            The Sound Of The City - New York

                            One of the most diverse of Charlie Gillet's compilations evoking the musical heritage of five major American cities. New York has bebop and big band jazz, cool torch songs, Greenwich Village folksters, disco and all points in between. Featuring the sounds of the Bob Dylan, Gwen Guthrie, Lovin' Spoonful, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, the Velvet Underground, Suicide and Charlie Parker to name but a few.

                            Peter Tosh

                            Mystic Man

                            Reissue of this 1979 roots LP from the Wailers man. Backed by Sly & Robbie.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            CD Info: CD is digitally remastered with five bonus tracks and a nice new full colour booklet.

                            The Beach Boys

                            Hits Of The Beach Boys

                            Ten hits for £5.99 from the surf-bums best mates the Beach Boys. Songs of sun, surf, Californian girls and fun, fun, fun.

                            The Groundhogs

                            Live At Leeds '71

                            The Groundhogs in their day were hugely popular, especially live where Tony McPhee's blistering guitar work and the rock solid rhythm section of Pete Cruickshank and Ken Pustelnik produced some of the most enjoyable and direct blues rock heard in any concert hall or here in Leeds University Student Union.

                            Hawkwind

                            Doremi Fasol Latido

                            The classic United Artists albums in their remastered edition, reissued cheap but without the digipak and just in plastic library cases. Still with augmented sleeve notes. "Doremi Fasol Latido" is from their most successful period. The album was released immediately after "Silver Machine" stormed the charts and was a heady concoction of space rock, heavy riffs and trippy lyrics. The opening track is the eleven and a half minute "Brainstorm".

                            Hawkwind

                            Hall Of The Mountain Grill

                            "Hall Of The Mountain Grill" found Hawkwind pushing the thudding hard rock of their early albums into the sci-fi influenced soundscapes that would define their legendary sound. In fact, this 1974 album is something of a prog rock classic, given everything from its futuristic cover to the sounds of mellotron, synthesizer, harpsichord, and flute interspersed among the overdriven guitars.

                            Hawkwind were pioneers in the first wave of space rock, and their sound often draws comparisons to Pink Floyd's music of the same era. But for all their cosmic meanderings and Tolkien imagery, Hawkwind rocked hard (Lemmy, who later went on to form Motorhead, was a member of the band), and "Hall Of The Mountain Grill" is full of driving, fuzzed-out guitar songs that perfectly balance the touches of ethereal psychedelia. With that in mind, this heralded effort should please fans of prog, psych, and early-'70s metal; and for fans of space rock proper - it's a must.



                            Hawkwind

                            Space Ritual

                            Featuring Hawkwind's classic line-up, which included vocalist/guitarist (and band constant) Dave Brock and bassist/occasional vocalist Lemmy (soon to depart and form Motorhead), 1973's "Space Ritual" is monolithic in stature and stands as the group's most impressive live (if not overall) recording. Although the ensemble often garnered comparisons to Pink Floyd, Hawkwind was far more aggressive than Waters, Gilmour, and company, charging through a potent, freeform set of cosmic freakouts (the trippy "Earth Calling") and rumbling metal ("Lord of Light" sounds like Black Sabbath in lunar orbit).

                            While the entire outing is stellar, the British space-rock group really hits a stride during the epic "Orgone Accumulator", which settles into a deep, acid groove. Although the spoken-word segments (most notably a recitation of sci-fi/fantasy author Michael Moorcock's "Black Corridor" by vocalist/poet Bob Calvert) might not suit everyone, "Space Ritual" endures as both a document of its era and one of Hawkwind's finest releases.



                            Hawkwind

                            In Search Of Space

                              On Hawkwind's second album, the seminal space-rockers began to assemble the pieces that would come to be regarded as their signature sound. While some elements of leader Dave Brock's folkie past were still extant (most notably the surprisingly poignant "We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago"), the heavy guitar riffs, wooshing electronic effects, and science-fiction lyrics that typified the eventually predominant Hawkwind style all came into play on "In Search Of Space". Though bassist Lemmy (who would later found Motorhead) had yet to hop aboard the spaceship, Hawkwind's proto-metal tendencies were already apparent in the downright Black Sabbath-like "Master Of The Universe". The acid-damaged "Adjust Me" and the monomaniacal, one-chord jam "You Shouldn't Do That" attest to the growing freakiness of the band, a quality that would only continue to endear them to a hardy contingent of fans as their far-out tendencies increased.



                              Stiff Little Fingers

                              Back Against The Wall

                              22 tracks compiled from the earliest days of this rabid Ulster punk band, this is old skool when it was new.

                              The Stiffs

                              Innocent Bystanders

                              They were a great little power pop / punk outfit from Blackburn and the "Inside Out" single was a minor hit but label wrangles, bad timing and in-fighting dissipated any kind of potential they had and only now with this compilation of demos and lost tracks can you get an idea of what their album should have been like.


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