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.
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.
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 INFORMATION5xLtd CD/DVD Info: 4xCD/DVD set in 7x5 long form hard cover package with 60+ page colour booklet.
STAFF COMMENTSAndy 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.
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 INFORMATIONCD Info: The CD format will be housed in a gatefold, card sleeve.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCDS Info: The CD single includes the Hot Chip remix of "Heartbeat".
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 INFORMATIONLtd 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.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xCD/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.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCDS 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.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCD Info: This remastered and expanded edition includes five bonus tracks.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCD Info: This expanded remastered edition includes five bonus tracks.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCD Info: This expanded remastered edition includes six bonus tracks.
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.
The Sound Of The City - New York
"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.
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.
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.
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