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George Duke

I Want You For Myself / Brazilian Love Affair - Inc. Tom Moulton Mix

Two all-time George Duke greats, 'I Want You for Myself' & 'Brazilian Love Affair', get the official remastered, reissue treatment.
First up, 'I Want You For Myself' Duke's 1979 jazz funk, R&B tinged gem has got all the ingredients of classic from his illustrious catalogue. A funked up guitar and exuberant percussion, compliment Lynn Davis' fabulously soulful vocals perfectly to make this a love song that's sweeter than most. A Duke classic wouldn't be complete without a killer, keys solo and 'I Want You For Myself' shows off his talents in abundance. The infamous Tom Moulton takes on edit duties splicing it into a 10-minute exploration of this fusion powerhouse, extending and enhancing elements in the mix, alongside adding an epic breakdown in a way that only he knows how.
On the B side, the stone-cold killer 'Brazilian Love Affair' is a Latin American, jazz funk classic. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Duke drafted in a host of greats to guest on the track, each bringing something unique to the table. From Airto Moreira's expert latin drumming, to Byron Miller's heavyweight bass and Roland Bautista's overdriven guitar. Duke supplements this to a tee with his blissful vocals and an otherworldly Rhodes solo. Much sampled, much loved, this is a masterpiece that needs a place in the collection.

A Tribe Called Quest

We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

Just when it looked like The Avalanches had the 'unlikely comeback of the year' award sewn up, legendary hip hop ensemble A Tribe Called Quest return with their first album in eighteen years, months after the death of group member Phife Dawg. Recorded at Q-Tip's home studio after the group's reunion on Jimmy Fallon, the set sees Q-Tip, Phife and Jarobi swapping the mic at will, exchanging couplets and finishing each other's lines like they'd never been apart. Musically, "We Got It From Here..." finds the group flipping their well loved jazz samples into contemporary arrangements alive with collaborative performances from a whole host of A-list guests, while the free flowing lyrics meditate on culture, sociology and the total shit show which is US politics. As a longtime fan of ATCQ, I'd have been happy with a decent rehash of their early nineties stylings, but "We Got It From Here" excels with modern production and pointed subject matter, serving up a stinging critique of society's ills over the most infectious grooves. Simply put, it's a masterpiece.


Patrick says: Musically, "We Got It From Here..." finds the group flipping their well loved jazz samples into contemporary arrangements alive with collaborative performances from a whole host of A-list guests, while the free flowing lyrics meditate on culture, sociology and the total shit show which is US politics. Simply put, it's a masterpiece.


2xLtd LP Info: Limited double vinyl.

The Clash

The Clash

    Classic debut LP from '77. Every track is a punk anthem – sub 3 minute, 3-chord blasts of adrenalin fuelled fury. The foot is down hard on the accelerator from the opening "She's in love with rock'n'roll woah...." But where the Sex Pistols “Never Mind The Bollocks” was all about the punk rock ethos of snarling attitude and not being able to play their instruments, The Clash had songs and melody, to go with the attitude. The songs are anthemic, but not in a ‘lighter’s in the air’ way, they’re charged with a nervy, vital energy that’s helped them stand the test of time. They sound as relevant today as they did (almost) 40 years ago!


    Martin says: Pure and unadulterated rock'n'roll revolution. The almost complete absence of production allowed the urgency and anger to flow unchecked and undiluted, losing none of it's power and connection. Joe Strummer's incendiary irreverence was perfectly complimented by the machine gun chop and snarl of Mick Jones' guitar and the speedfreak rhythm section of Paul Simonon and Topper Headon - a formula that would go on to produce some of the most inspiring and incredible music ever recorded. From start to finish, this is a stone cold classic.


    LP Info: High quality 180g heavyweight vinyl.

    John Cooper Clarke


      This is the first anthology of work from legendary British poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke who's career spans the early days of punk right up to present day. Kicking off with "Evidently Chickentown" (which was used brilliantly over the end credits of an episode of The Sopranos) it including the likes of "(I Married A Monster) From Outer Space" and "Beasly Street"

      The double vinyl features 12 tracks along with Peel sessions and live recordings from Manchester Ritz in '78 and Rafters in '79 - 32 tracks in total.

      The hardback 'Bookset' format, contains 3 CD's & a DVD. The CD's cover 49 tracks in total, an expanded version of the vinyl basically. The DVD features live material, plus rare and previously unseen footage.

      John Cooper Clarke

      Snap, Crackle & Bop

        2005 remastered with bonus tracks, ripe 1980 album from the legendary UK beat poet! Cameo by Pete Shelley from the Buzzcocks.

        Great funk / blues / rock fusion album made in 1969 by the young Shuggie Otis under the watchful eye of his dad, bluesman Johnny Otis. Shuggie's guitar-picking isn't a million miles away from Hendrix, and is backed by members of The Crusaders for this session. Listenin' to Shuggie Otis is like sitting on a Californian beach for the sunrise on a perfect Summer morning, watching the dolphins mingle with the surfers as the solar rays dapple on the rippling ocean currents. Every home needs one!


        LP Info: US import 180g reissue with authentic replica sleeve and label artwork.

        Scouting For Girls

        Scouting For Girls

        London indie-pop trio Scouting For Girls are a band that offers a unique take on life. Their warmth, wit and healthy dose of bittersweet nostalgia, make an individual stand for the young at heart. The band have experienced a whirlwind start to 2007. Signing to Epic Records on Valentines Day following a band rehearsal in their decaying Acton studio, the band were packed off to Helioscentric Studios in Rye within a week, and have since found their music filling the country's airwaves with the debut release of their limited edition EP, "It's Not About You" in June. Their formation, akin to their music, is both charming and endearingly simple. School friends Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Pete Ellard grew up in and around Harrow together. Pete was Roy's 'sixer' at Cub Scouts, and Roy met bassist Greg in the playground at junior school. Ever since Roy persuaded Greg to get an acoustic guitar for Christmas aged 14, the trio have been indebted to writing songs together. Scouting For Girls debut album is packed with potential hits including current single "She's So Lovely" plus stand outs "Keep On Walking", "James Bond" and "Elvis Ain't Dead".

        After Sly And The Family Stone's groundbreaking 1967 debut album, the funk avatar and his skilled cohorts came up with a universally relatable premise and a gigantic hook for their next effort. the seminal single "Dance To The Music" entered the top 10 during the first week of 1968. The following album, given the same title, served as a showcase for the bi-racial, co-ed sextet, revealing the players' ultra-tight interaction, improvisational skills and pile-driving grooves.


        LP Info: Limited 180g pressing. US import reissue with authentic replica sleeve artwork.

        CD Info: Limited remastered deluxe edition in digi-pack sleeve with 12 page booklet and six bonus tracks (four previously unreleased).

        Modest Mouse

        We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

        Follow up to 2004's Grammy nominated "Good News...", and the band now include Johnny Marr as a permanent member.

        Modest Mouse

        Good News For People Who Love Bad News

        A fantastic album from Modest Mouse, who have sculptured an amazing epic sound that will be loved by fans of cool indie guitar bands such as Mercury Rev and Yo La Tengo; this could well see them break through to the big time.

        Good Charlotte

        Girls And Boys

        One of the best tracks from their excellent "The Young And The Hopeless" album. Contains "Girls And Boys", an acoustic version of "Riot Girl" and the video of "Girls And Boys" for PC.

        Boy Sets Fire

        Tomorrow Came Today

        Nathan Gray leads the line on the best Boy Sets Fire album to date, "Tomorrow Came Today". Guitarists Josh Latshaw and Chad Istvan are on top form too and the rock solid bass and drums of Rob Avery and Matt Krupanski never let up. They've remained one of the most musical, but still intense, hardcore bands on the scene. This, their debut album for a major label, has all the light and shade, subtle touches and strong political content that their fans know and love. "After The Eulogy" was harder and brasher but this has the potential to really make a wider impact.


        The Very Best Of Poco

        Poco featured Richie Furay and Jim Messina, one time members of Buffalo Springfield. They were pioneers of the country rock style characterised on their albums by the steel guitar sound of Rusty Young. From their early recordings (their debut was released in Summer 1969) the group was hampered by frequent line-up changes and never really achieved the success they felt they deserved. This collection is a fine way to pick up some of their best songs at a cheap price.

        The Juliana Theory


        After releasing two full-length albums independently and gaining a solid fanbase through touring with the likes of At The Drive In and New Found Glory, the band now make their major label debut. The 14 tracks mix searing guitars and tidal rhythms with unexpected blasts of melody and cracked emotion, sounding like a sound-clash between the Foo Fighters and Faith No More.

        Tommy Bolin


        In December 1976, Tommy Bolin was found dead of a drug overdose in a Miami hotel room. The year before saw him take over as Ritchie Blackmore's replacement in Deep Purple playing on "Come Taste The Band". Leaving late 1975 Bolin went solo and recorded two albums before his death. The best of these is "Teaser" and remains the lasting legacy to his versatility and expertise. As a guitarist, Bolin mixed jazz fusion and hard rock solos and the album features heavy doses of both. Guesting on the album are Jan Hammer, Phil Collins, Narada Michael Walden and David Sanborn.

        Howie Day


        21-year old Howie Day is a new singer-songwriter from the US who supported Tori Amos on her 2003 tour. Those who saw him in Manchester saw a talented musician armed only with an acoustic guitar, who uses an array of delay pedals to create and control an invisible band. He slaps his guitar for a backbeat, picks the melody out on a couple of strings and sings his own backing vocals. The sounds bounce around until Day pulls them all together with his guitar and soaring voice like a latter day John Martyn. Inspired by the emotionally raw songs of Jeff Buckley or Richard Ashcroft, they are full of broken hearts, regrets and loss and this debut does have a dark tone, but Day is one of those artists that will just get better and this is a good beginning.



        Audioslave are lead singer / guitarist of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell and Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford (bass), Tom Morello (guitar), and Brad Wilk (drums). They have all the hallmarks of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine - the heavy almost stoner presence of "Superunknown" and the fierce and uncompromising meld of punk-inspired hard rock of RATM's debut. Fourteen tracks of supremely heavy and passionate hard rock - a total RIFFERAMA.


        CD Info: Free poster with initial copies.


        Wonder What's Next

          Yeah... they sound like Tool, but that's OK, Chevelle explode on all 11 tracks of this emotional-hard rock disc. Three brothers who usually start out a song with a quiet guitar intro while Pete sings in an almost meek, trembling voice. Then they will break into one of the most heavy powerful vocals and rip-tear guitar playing that you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing.

          John Cooper Clarke

          The Very Best Of

            Twenty track "Best of ..." compilation from Manchester's very own punk-poet legend, John Cooper Clarke.


            The Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus

            Reissue of this 1970 LP in original gatefold sleeve artwork. This classic LP gets a five star (essential) rating in the Virgin encyclopedia of rock / pop. West coast US rock with a hint of jazz.


            Morning View

            Incubus have developed into one of the most exciting acts on the whole nu-metal / stoner / punk scene and this superb rifferama exudes quality on every track. Hot, heavy and raw but slick, complex, emotional and assured they don't come better in this type of music.


            CD Info: Limited edition includes exclusive video footage on CD-Rom multimedia not to mention a free sew-on patch.

            Electric Light Orchestra


            Jeff Lynne's first album under the ELO flag for 15 years sees his old mates George Harrison and Ringo Starr muck in to help him out on a couple of tracks.

            The Clash

            The Clash

            Classic debut LP from '77. Every track is a punk anthem - just check out side one - "Clash City Rockers", "I'm So Bored With The USA", "Remote Control", "White Riot", "White Man In Hammersmith Palais", "London's Burning" and "I Fought The Law". Pisses all over "Never Mind The Bollocks..." if you ask me! Bargain price US import in original sleeve.

            The Clash

            Give 'Em Enough Rope

            The Clash's second LP, including "Tommy Gun", "English Civil War", "Safe European Home", etc. US repress in original sleeve.

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