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The Specials

Live At The Moonlight Club

    This gig was said to have been secretly recorded by Decca Records who had an office next door to the famous Moonlight Club in Hampstead, London and then somehow made its way into the hands of the bootleggers. More recently Horace Panter in his excellent account of his time with the Specials, Ska'd for Life, has stated that although the entire set was recorded the track Longshot Kick The Bucket, which had been recently added to the bands set list, was scheduled to appear on a live Moonlight Club compilation but for whatever reason the planned album failed to materialise. Whatever its origins there is no doubting that it captures the band in top form and is a great example of a sound that was to quickly take the nation by storm.

    Metallica

    The Black Album - Remastered

      Metallica’s eponymous album, better known as The Black Album is remastered.

      The Black album is one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records of all time, with global sales of over 35 million, and contains a series of unrelenting singles, “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven, “Nothing Else Matters, “Wherever I May Roam,” and “Sad But True.” Remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering and overseen by executive producer Greg Fidelman. 

      Chvrches

      Screen Violence

        Screen Violence is the upcoming fourth studio album by Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches.

        The album began in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic as ideas shared over video calls and audio-sharing programs. It was produced by the band and recorded between Glasgow and Los Angeles. Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry said it felt "freeing initially" for the album to start out as something "escapist" but that the lyrics ended up being "definitely still personal"

        The album title came from an idea for the name of the band, but was then adapted for the title of the album due to the theme of violence "on screen, by screens and through screens – with songs addressing feelings of loneliness, disillusionment and fear, among other emotions".

        Martin Doherty called the album title "a bit more literal [than just a concept]. When we were making the record, it was like half of our lives were lived through screens. 

        The Killers

        Pressure Machine

          When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the promotional run and worldwide tour for The Killers’ majestic, critically-acclaimed 2020 album Imploding the Mirage, “everything came to this grinding halt,” says frontman Brandon Flowers. “And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence. And out of that silence this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.” Indeed, for the first time since 2004, the relentless momentum and pressures of being in a globally-renowned, stadium-shaking band stopped. Enter Pressure Machine: a view into the everyday realities of a small American town with a stark, tough beauty, and The Killers’ most restrained and resonant album yet.

          A quieter, character-study-driven album, Pressure Machine lives squarely in Flowers’ hometown of Nephi, Utah, a close-knit community of 5300 people with no traffic lights, a rubber plant, wheat fields, and the West Hills. Nephi is the place Flowers spent his formative years (10-16), saying “had it not been for advancements in the automotive industry, Nephi in the 90s could have been the 1950s.” The album’s songs are based on the memories and stories of people that impacted him growing up, interspersed with commentary from current Nephi locals about their town. “We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” says the band’s drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during Covid-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.” Concurs Flowers, “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with,” he says, “many memories of my time in Nephi are tender. But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged. I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”

          The resulting record is an aural document of growing up - and living - in the American Southwest, told from a myriad of perspectives. For the first time in his life, Flowers had complete lyrics before a note of music was put to tape. No stranger to inhabiting different characters in songs, on Pressure Machine he steps into the shoes of some of the people whose lives he watched unfold as a teen. The album weaves the threads of Flowers’ signature lyricism throughout his career into a perfect whole culminating in the most elegant album The Killers have ever made.

          Through its characters and also its title, the album squares up to the unbending pressure of the American dream compounded by religious disenchantment. A born optimist, moments of beauty inevitably shine out of the grief of Flowers's songs: the healing arrival of summer, the first crop of hay, sweeter skies. Pressure Machine’s stories detail the real life personal battles, overwhelming regrets, local tragedies, and the opioid epidemic that hit Flowers’ hometown, as well as every hometown in America. Flowers sings about the choices people make, for better and for worse, and the consequences of those choices; the ones who were left behind, and the ones that can’t be forgotten.

          Pressure Machine’s album cover image was shot on the highway just outside Nephi, taken as photographer Wes Johnson passed a roadside inspirational display set up by a local Baptist church. Johnson took dozens of incredible images of Flowers’ hometown throughout the early part of 2021, many of which are featured in the album’s packaging for the physical edition. 


          TRACK LISTING

          1. West Hills
          2. Quiet Town
          3. Cody
          4. Terrible Thing
          5. Sleepwalker
          6. Runaway Horses Featuring Phoebe Bridgers **
          7. In The Car Outside
          8. In Another Life
          9. Desperate Things
          10. Pressure Machine
          11. The Getting By

          Various Artists

          Small Axe - OST

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).

            official soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film anthology by esteemed and oscar winning director steve mcqueen is released this record store day.

            featuring classic recordings from prince far i, toots and the maytals plus the iconic janet kay’s silly games. the official soundtrack to be released on newly formed motown uk will also featuring original score tracks from composer mica levi, poetry recitals from the cast and brand new recordings from michael kiwanuka (young, gifted & black) and motown’s own tiana major 9 with a 2021 rendition of silly games.

            The Chemical Brothers

            The Darkness That You Fear (RSD21 EDITION)

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


              The first new music from the duo since 2019's hugely lauded No Geography. Built around two distinct and disparate vocal samples and a woozy swirl of psychedelic sound, The Darkness That You Fear is the sonic equivalent of light at the end of the tunnel - a rush of hope and a pointer towards a brighter, more open future.The single will also be released on 12 inch vinyl on Saturday 12th June as part of Record Store Day 2021 (drop 1) alongside a B side which is as yet unreleased.

              Beck

              Hyperspace (2020)

                Features 2 unreleased songs ‘Dark Places (Soundscape)’ and ‘I Am The Cosmos (42420)’. Brand new 2020 mixes of ‘Star’, ‘Hyperspace’, ‘See Through’ and ‘Die Waiting’, plus the St Vincent Remix of ‘Uneventful Days’ and ‘Saw Lightning’ (Freestyle Live). 

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: A brilliant new issue of Beck's 2019 outing, hyperspace. With exclusive tracks and new mixes of the long-gone original, this is a superb document of one of the greatest musicians in the game.

                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.


                TRACK LISTING

                Side 1
                1) Talk Talk
                2) It’s So Serious
                3) Today
                4) The Party’s Over

                Side 2
                1) Hate
                2) Have You Heard The News
                3) Mirror Man
                4) Another Word
                5) Candy

                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.


                TRACK LISTING

                Side 1:
                1) Dum Dum Girl
                2) Such A Shame
                3) Renée
                4) It’s My Life

                Side 2:
                1) Tomorrow Started
                2) The Last Time
                3) Call In The Night Boys
                4) Does Caroline Know
                5) It’s You

                Talk Talk’s classic albums ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘The Colour of Spring’ get re-issued on 180g heavyweight vinyl cut from the original analogue master, together with a DVD featuring the album delivered as a 96kHz/24 bit LPCM stereo mix. The DVDs both feature one extra track … ‘Spirit of Eden’ has the ‘b’ side ‘John Cope’ while ‘The Colour of Spring’ includes the ‘b’ side ‘It’s Getting Late In The Evening’.

                Also released on CD with updated artwork - art directed by Mark Hollis - 'Spirit of Eden', 'The Colour of Spring', 'It's My Life' and 'The Party's Over'.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: One of Elbow-man, Guy Garvey's favourite ever albums, this has a drifting but heavy, otherworldly vibe.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. The Rainbow (1997 - Remaster)
                2. Eden (1997 - Remaster)
                3. Desire (1997 - Remaster)
                4. Inheritance (1997 - Remaster)
                5. I Believe In You (1997 - Remaster)
                6. Wealth (1997 - Remaster)

                Bonus DVD With Vinyl:

                1. The Rainbow
                2. Eden
                3. Desire
                4. Inheritance
                5. I Believe In You
                6. Wealth
                7. John Cope

                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.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side 1:
                  1. Speak To Me/Breathe (Breathe In The Air) (2011 - Remaster)
                  2. On The Run (2011 - Remaster)
                  3. Time (2011 - Remaster)
                  4. The Great Gig In The Sky (2011 - Remaster)

                  Side 2:
                  1. Money (2011 - Remaster)
                  2. Us And Them (2011 - Remaster)
                  3. Any Colour You Like (2011 - Remaster)
                  4. Brain Damage (2011 - Remaster)
                  5. Eclipse (2011 - Remaster)

                  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'.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Imagine (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  2. Crippled Inside (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  3. Jealous Guy (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  4. It's So Hard (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  6. Gimme Some Truth (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  7. Oh My Love (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  8. How Do You Sleep? (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  9. How? (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  10. Oh Yoko! (2010 Digital Remaster)

                  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'.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Mother (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  2. Hold On (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  3. I Found Out (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  4. Working Class Hero (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  5. Isolation (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  6. Remember (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  7. Love (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  8. Well Well Well (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  9. Look At Me (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  10. God (2010 Digital Remaster)
                  11. My Mummy's Dead (2010 Digital Remaster)

                  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.


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