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Colin Greenwood

How To Disappear: A Portrait Of Radiohead

    A collection of never-before-seen photographs of RADIOHEAD by their bassist Colin Greenwood, with a ten-thousand-word essay by him about the band that has been his life since they formed at school.

    ‘For years now, I’ve been taking fugitive snaps of my band, Radiohead. I’ve tried to catch out my friends with my small black Yashica T4 Super. They are so lost in their own moment of performance that they don’t see me with the camera.’ Colin Greenwood

    How to Disappear is bassist Colin Greenwood’s stunning portrait of Radiohead in his own photographs. Two decades in the making, he takes us on a journey into the heart of the 21st-century’s most influential band, a maverick collective who have vastly broadened our musical landscape while they dominate and distort it. On stage, backstage, in the rehearsal room, behind the scenes, on tour, at work and at play, Colin’s photographs, and the stories and memories they evoke for him in his accompanying text, form an intimate portrait of the musical and cultural iconoclasts as they travel through ‘our middle years: all the joy and doubt and confidence and uncertainty we would oscillate between’.

    Colin Greenwood is from Oxford and has played bass in Radiohead since their formation in 1985. He's also recorded and toured with Tamino, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and has written for publications including the Guardian and the Spectator.

    John Coltrane

    Birdland 1962 - 2024 Reissue

      This may be one of the pearls in the history of jazz recordings, the John Coltrane Quartet featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones with guest Eric Dolphy. It’s the John Coltrane Quartet at its peak with Elvin Jones confirming once again his rank as one of the all times greatest percussionists. The program on that fiery broadcast night in February 1962 on Symphony Sid’s (a long-time jazz disc jockey in the United States) radio program included three long selections: “Mr. PC,” “Miles’ Mode” (aka “Red Planet”), and a nearly 20-minute reading of “My Favorite Things,” which Trane always performed as an extended jam.

      John Lennon

      Mind Games - 2024 Reissue

        Continuing The Ultimate Collection series of John Lennon album remixes for 2024.
        The John Lennon Estate and Universal Music Recordings present:
        JOHN LENNON - MIND GAMES - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

        2 LP
        Featuring Mind Games - The Ultimate Mixes and The Out-takes – 24 tracks on 180mg vinyl; plus an 8-page booklet of photos and artwork; a reproduction of the original 1973 triptych marketing poster; postcard sized reproductions of 1973 advert artworks and an individually numbered Citizen of Nutopia ID Card.
        Produced by Sean Ono Lennon, Mixed and Engineered by Triple GRAMMY-Award winner Paul Hicks, Additional Engineering by Sam Gannon, Mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.

        2CD
        Featuring Mind Games – The Ultimate Mixes and The Out-takes – 24 tracks on 2 CDs; plus a 20 page booklet of photos and artworks; a reproduction of the original 1973 triptych marketing poster; postcard sized reproductions of 1973 advert artworks and an individually numbered Citizen of Nutopia ID Card.
        Produced by Sean Ono Lennon, Mixed and Engineered by Triple GRAMMY-Award winner Paul Hicks, Additional Engineering by Sam Gannon, Mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.

        6 CD/2 Blu Ray Deluxe Box Set
        A Limited Edition 10-inch square Box Set including 6 CDs, 2 HD Audio Blu-Rays, a 128-page hardback book; a reproduction of the original 1973 triptych marketing poster; postcard sized reproductions of 1973 advert artworks and an individually numbered Citizen of Nutopia ID Card.

        6 CDs of The Ultimate Mixes, Elemental Mixes, Elements Mixes, Evolution Documentary, Out-takes and Raw Studio Mixes.
        2 Audio Blu-Rays include High Definition 24-192 Stereo, 24-192 5.1 Surround, and Dolby Atmos versions of all of the above, plus the 2024 Remastered ‘Mind Games’ music video and a ‘You Are Here’ (additional out-take) tape boxes music video.

        Produced by Sean Ono Lennon. Mixed and Engineered by Triple GRAMMY-Award winner Paul Hicks, Mixed and Engineered by Sam Gannon and Mixed by Rob Stevens. Stereos Mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios. 5.1 Surround and Dolby Atmos mastered by Sam Gannon.

        Included is a 128-page glossy, hardback coffee-table book about the writing and recording of the album - in the words of John & Yoko - taken from hundreds of
        hours of archive interviews; also featuring brand-new interviews with all the
        musicians and engineers, exclusive never-before-seen photographs by Bob Gruen and unseen photos, lyrics, letters, original tape boxes and memorabilia from the John Lennon & Yoko Ono Lennon Archives.


        Various Artists

        John Gomez & Nick The Record Present: Tangent

          To celebrate 10 years of one of London’s most loved underground club nights, Tangent, Mr Bongo are thrilled to launch this new compilation series. Crafted by its two residents, John Gómez and Nick the Record, it aims to transmit a taste of Tangent’s spirit. A party rooted in inclusivity and open-mindedness, whose name captures the spontaneous switches in musical direction that are a defining element of their nights. For the compilation, the pair have cherry-picked a selection of their prized, rare and dancefloor-ready tracks from around the globe, that have soundtracked the past decade of parties.

          Friends for close to 20 years, music lovers, record obsessives and internationally renowned DJs in their own right, John and Nick have two lifetimes worth of musical knowledge to draw from. John a long-standing NTS Radio resident and compiler for Music From Memory. Nick one of the UK’s go-to record dealers, resident DJ since the ‘90s at one of Japan’s pioneering parties, Life Force, and co-captain / co-edit-expert of Record Mission with Dan Tyler (Idjut Boys).

          In 2014, the pair decided to bring some of Life Force’s grassroots principles to the UK, whilst channelling underground clubbing institution Plastic People’s meticulous attitude to sound. Tangent grew from being a small gathering of friends, to an established fixture in London’s nightlife, whilst always maintaining a strict no guest DJ policy. “As London’s clubs have become increasingly reliant on international guests, we wanted to emphasize the importance of a club night growing through its residents”, John and Nick reflect. With 10 years of the duo at the helm, an intimate connection between DJ and dancefloor has been built, allowing for freedom of expression on both sides of the decks.

          Tangent reaches around the globe and across different eras to make connections that stimulate emotional reverberations in the unfamiliar. Where the blissfully Balearic ‘Laberinto’ by Miguel Perikás, goes hand-in-hand with the Cameroonian hip-house of King B.’s ‘Love is Crazy’. The thundering ‘Amek Amek’ by L'Innovateur Djoe Ahmed et le Zoukabyle, rubs shoulders with the soulful Caribbean-influenced touch of Champagn’s ‘Bel Ti Négress’. And Pellegrin El Kady’s afro-cosmic ‘Seiva de Carnaval’, crosses paths with Kajou’s Kompa disco anthem ‘Tet Chajé’.

          Tangent’s longevity is in part down to it having always embraced contemporary sounds. The sub-rattling bass of Srirajah Sound System’s stunning Molam dub stepper ‘Si Phan Don Lovers Rock’ and the slow, woozy mantra of leftfield dancehall explorer Androo’s ‘Lyriso’, are two shining examples.

          This compilation represents an ongoing dialogue between past and present, transporting listeners to the heart of a pure musical experience, where open minds and open hearts are eager to follow the tangent. 

          TRACK LISTING

          1.  Srirajah Sound System - Si Phan Don Lovers Rock Feat. Molam Inteng Keawbuala
          2.  PERIKAS - Laberinto
          3.  Leo Basel - Quelle Drôle De Vie (Nick The Record & Dan Tyler Re-Edit)
          4.  Mac Thornhill - No Way To Control It
          5.  King B. - Love Is Crazy
          6.  L'Innovateur Djoe Ahmed Et Le Zoukabyle - Amek Amek
          7.  Champagn’ - Bel Ti Négress
          8.  Androo - Lyriso
          9.  Hidrogenesse - La Carta Era Muy Larga (Dub)
          10.  Love Isaacs - Surprise Surprise (João Gomes & Dan Tyler Are Predictably Delayed Rework)
          11.  Kajou - Tet Chajé 
          12.  Conjunto Baluartes - Nira Gongo
          13.  Land Shark - Tie Me Up (The Nas-T Version Instrumental)
          14.  Rick Asikpo & Afro Fusion - Let’s Get High (Nick The Record Re-Edit)
          15.  Pellegrin El Kady - Seiva De Carnaval
          16.  Lee Jackson Band - Call On Me
          17.  LTA (Love The Action) - What Comes To Ya?
          18.  Urban Volcano Sounds - Ame No Uta (Rain Song) (Extended Version)

          Gratts

          Sun Circles Reimagined - Incl. Alexander Flood + John Beltran Remixes

          Belgian artist Gratts wrote 'Sun Circles' as an empowerment anthem for his two sons and it dropped to plenty of acclaim last year. In its wake, Gratts DJed with Adelaide's multi-talented Alexander Flood on percussion and after some conversations he was enlisted to bring his jazz background to a remix of the original. He did so live as part of a quintet and the result is a super summery, airy rework with soulful vocals that linger long in the air. Detroit-based techno and ambient maestro John Beltran appears on the flip to bring a classy Balearic remix that will have you dreaming of longer, warmer nights and plenty of sun-kissed dancing fun.

          TRACK LISTING

          Sun Circles (Alexander Flood Live Rework)
          Sun Circles (John Beltran Project Remix)

          John Williams

          John Williams Conducts John Williams - The Star Wars Trilogy

            In 1990, John Williams created the compilation album "John Williams Conducts John Williams – The Star Wars Trilogy", which features 13 of his most memorable tracks from the original Star Wars Trilogy. All performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, it features the iconic “Main Theme” and “Throne Room / Finale” from Episode IV – A New Hope, “The Imperial March” from Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and “Luke And Leia”. "John Williams Conducts John Williams – The Star Wars Trilogy" is available on vinyl for the very first time and is housed in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes by the creator of the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Liam says: Super duper limited release, this John Williams curated compilation of his most iconic themes from the original Star Wars trilogy has never been released on vinyl before and is comin' atcha on (Yoda or lightsaber - you take your pick) green vinyl. Perfect soundtrack accompaniment for those days you're wanting to blow up the Death Star or Jedi training on Dagobah.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. Episode IV "A New Hope": Main Theme
            2. Episode IV "A New Hope": Princess Leia's Theme (Instrumental)
            3. Episode IV "A New Hope": The Little People (Instrumental)

            Side B
            1. Episode V "The Empire Strikes Back": The Imperial March
            2. Episode V "The Empire Strikes Back": Yoda's Theme (Instrumental)
            3. Episode VI "Return Of The Jedi": Parade Of The Ewoks (Instrumental)
            4. Episode V "The Empire Strikes Back": The Asteroid Field (Instrumental)

            Side C
            1. Episode VI "Return Of The Jedi": Luke And Leia (Instrumental)
            2. Episode IV "A New Hope": Cantina Band
            3. Episode IV "A New Hope": Here They Come! (Instrumental)
            4. Episode VI "Return Of The Jedi": Jabba The Hut (Instrumental)

            Side D
            1. Episode VI "Return Of The Jedi": The Forest Battle (Instrumental)
            2. Episode IV "A New Hope": Throne Room / Finale

            The Aislers Set

            John Peel Session 10.04.01

              “Recording at Maida Vale for the Peel Session was literally the highlight of our career as a band.”

              So says Alicia from San Francisco indie legends The Aislers Set, and who are we to argue? Precious Recordings of London is excited to release this 2001 session for the one and only John Peel by the Slumberland dream-poppers, who recorded four songs for the BBC – among them a celebrated cover of Joy Division’s ‘Walked In Line’ and the band’s own classic ‘Mission Bells’.

              The latter was written specifically for the session by Linton, who also supplies a sleeve essay with memories of the day of recording – and then hunkering down in a Glasgow pub with members of Belle and Sebastian to listen to the first broadcast on a tinny transistor.

              10" vinyl limited edition of 500 copies featuring previously unseen photos on the inner plus download codes.


              TRACK LISTING

              1. Mission Bells
              2. Walked In Line
              3. Long Division
              4. The Walk

              John Grant

              The Art Of The Lie

                Following the runaway success of his last LP, Boy From Michigan, which crashed the UK Top 10 back in July 2021, legendary singer-songwriter John Grant returns with his hugely-anticipated sixth album, The Art Of The Lie.

                Released 14th June via longtime label Bella Union, The Art Of The Lie is Grant’s most opulent, cinematic, luxurious album yet and confirms Grant’s status as a modern electronic auteur. Grant likens the musical flavours of The Art of the Lie to the sumptuous Vangelis soundtrack for Bladerunner or the Carpenters if John Carpenter were also a member. While undeniably a John Grant record, nestling humour into tragedy, bleeding anger into compassion, there is a musical ambition and nerve to ‘The Art of the Lie’ which offsets its most political and personal moments.

                The Art of The Lie was produced by Grant and Grammy-nominated producer Ivor Guest who is perhaps best known for his work with Grace Jones & Brigitte Fontaine. The album features an array of celebrated musicians including Dave Okumu, Seb Rochford and Robin Mullarkey.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: Aaaah, finally! It's always a good day when shop favourite disco synthlord and all-round sleaze-pop genius John Grant puts out a new LP, and this is a doozie. Gradually eschewing the straight-laced (but obviously thoroughly brilliant) moody synth chug of Pale Green Ghosts or Queen Of Denmark for an increasingly diverse and ever-blooming sound palette, 'The Art Of The Lie' is a wildly inventive and brilliantly produced new chapter in JG's storied musical legacy.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. All That School For Nothing
                2. Marbles
                3. Father
                4. Mother And Son
                5. Twistin Scriptures
                6. Meek AF
                7. It's A Bitch
                8. Daddy
                9. The Child Catcher
                10. Laura Lou
                11. Zeitgeist

                John Cale

                POPtical Illusion

                  Despite the album’s playful title, Cale’s second album in just over a year still contains the same feelings of fierce and inquisitive rage that were present in 2023 album MERCY. He remains angry, still incensed by the willful destruction that unchecked capitalists and unrepentant conmen have hoisted upon the wonders of this world and the goodness of its people. But this is not at all MERCY II, or some collection of castoffs, as throughout his career of more than six decades, Cale has never been much for repetition. His vanguard-shaping enthusiasms have shifted among ecstatic classicism and unbound rock, classic songcraft and electronic reimagination with proud restlessness.

                  And so, on POPtical Illusion, he foregoes the illustrious cast to burrow mostly alone into mazes of synthesizers and samples, organs and pianos, with words that, as far as Cale goes, constitute a sort of swirling hope, a sage insistence that change is yet possible. Produced by Cale and longtime artistic partner Nita Scott, POPtical Illusion is the work of someone trying to turn toward the future – exactly as Cale always has.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. God Made Me Do It (don’t Ask Me Again)
                  2. Davies And Wales
                  3. Calling You Out
                  4. Edge Of Reason
                  5. I’m Angry
                  6. How We See The Light
                  7. Company Commander
                  8. Setting Fires
                  9. Shark-Shark
                  10. Funkball The Brewster
                  11. All To The Good
                  12. Laughing In My Sleep
                  13. There Will Be No River

                  John Abercrombie, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette

                  Gateway

                    With "daring and visionary spirit", to quote a Downbeat review from the year of this album's release, master improvisers John Abercrombie, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette forged a unique vision of trio interplay on their frst joint effort under the Gateway moniker. The trio tackles Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette originals with a visionary idea of what three- way conversations in jazz could sound like. As The Observer remarked in an article of the time, "the telepathic ensemble playing and perfect execution make it difficult to believe that this music is almost completely improvised". The players' respectively unique instrumental signatures had already fully crystallised here, hinting at the music to come.

                    The Luminessence edition of the album arrives in a Tip- on gatefold, complete with previously unseen archival photos and new liner notes by Wilco's Nels Cline.

                    "One thing most recordings on the label share in common is the capturing of special moments in real time. That is what "Gateway" is, what it feels like so many years later, for as long as we have ears to listen." - Nels Cline

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Back - Woods Song
                    2. Waiting
                    3. May Dance
                    4. Unshielded Desire
                    5. Jamala
                    6. Sorcery I

                    John Coltrane

                    Now Playing - 2024 Reissue

                      Introducing John Coltrane 'Now Playing' on Translucent Blue Vinyl - Uncover the brilliance of jazz legend John Coltrane through a tracklist uncovering rich gems, such as the iconic "Giant Steps", the soulful "Naima," demonstrating Coltrane's virtuosity and innovation, the enchanting melodies of "My Favorite Things, Pt. 1" and the tender ballad "I'll Wait and Pray" as the perfect start or continuation of your musical journey.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side A
                      1. Giant Steps [4:48]
                      2. Cousin Mary [5:50]
                      3. Naima [4:25]
                      4. Village Blues [5:23]

                      Side B
                      1. I’ll Wait And Pray [3:35]
                      2. My Favorite Things, Pt. 1 (Single Version) [2:47]
                      3. Everytime We Say Goodbye [5:45]
                      4. Central Park West [4:15]
                      5. Body And Soul [5:41]

                      John Preston & Elton John

                      Watford Forever : How Graham Taylor And Elton John Saved A Football Club, A Town And Each Other

                        'The heartwarming story of the collaboration and friendship between English football's oddest couple, Elton John and Graham Taylor' The Times 'An ever-entertaining telling of a remarkable sporting fairy-tale' Daily Telegraph

                        An unforgettable British underdog story from one of our greatest narrative nonfiction writers, John Preston, and the international musical icon and bestselling author, Sir Elton John. Britain in the 1970s was beset by unrest and unemployment, as inflation soared, fuel was scarce, and hooliganism was on the rise. And for Watford FC, the outlook was even gloomier.

                        Rundown and rat-infested, Watford were an ailing side with holes in their kit and barely enough fans to fill a stand. Of the 92 clubs in the Football League, spread across four divisions, Watford were in 92nd place. Meanwhile, Elton John was the most successful rockstar in the world.

                        With six-inch platforms, spangled jumpsuits, and peroxide hair, he was glamorous, gay, and seemingly a world away from the semi-detached house in Pinner where he had supported Watford FC as a child. Many assumed he would move to America. Instead, he bought the football club.

                        Watford Forever is the remarkable story of Elton John's ownership of Watford FC and its transformational journey to the top of the First Division under iconic manager Graham Taylor. Perhaps most remarkably, four of the same players who had been written off as has-beens went with them all the way from the bottom to the top. Inspiring and infectiously funny, this is a tribute to football's unlikeliest friendship as Elton John and Taylor, a straight-talking former fullback with a love of Vera Lynn, beat the odds and their personal demons to save a club and a community.

                        Immersed in the grime and glamour of '70s Britain, Watford Forever is one of sport's great underdog stories and a love letter to the beautiful game.

                        John Mulaney

                        Baby J

                          The Emmy-winning Comeback Kid himself comes back yet again with a blunt, brilliantly quotable stand-up special. 'Baby J' takes the form of a wide-ranging
                          conversation between John Mulaney, a kid in the balcony named Henry, and the rest of the sold-out crowd at Boston’s Symphony Hall. And now, you!

                          John dominates the chat, of course - and while his cautionary tales are a bit too convulsive to be functionally preventative, you probably aren’t here to be cautioned. So have at it!

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Miss America
                          2. Lost In New York
                          3. Star-Studded Intervention
                          4. Koala Bank Changing Station
                          5. Dr. Michael
                          6. A Call From Al Pacino
                          7. Baby J
                          8. John, John And John
                          9. Breaking Up With
                          10. Your Dealer
                          11. Mushing Metals
                          12. Hello Old Friend
                          13. A Wide Ranging Conversation

                          John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies

                          Lost Themes IV: Noir

                            It’s been a decade since John Carpenter recorded the material that would become 'Lost Themes', his debut album of non-film music and the opening salvo in one of Hollywood’s great second acts. Those vibrant, synth-driven songs, made in collaboration with his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, kickstarted a musical renaissance for the pioneering composer and director. In the years since, Carpenter, Carpenter, and Davies have released close to a dozen musical projects, including a growing library of studio albums and the scores for David Gordon Green’s trilogy of Halloween reboots. With 'Lost Themes IV: Noir', they’ve struck gold again, this time mining the rich history of the film noir genre for inspiration.

                            Since the first 'Lost Themes', John has referred to these compositions as “soundtracks for the movies in your mind.” On the fourth installment in the series, those movies are noirs. Like the film genre they were influenced by, what makes these songs “noirish” is sometimes slippery and hard to define, and not merely reducible to a collection of tropes. The scores for the great American noir pictures were largely orchestral, while the Carpenters and Davies work off a sturdy synth-and-guitar backbone. The noir quality, then, is something you understand instinctively when you hear it, as in connected in an emotional way.

                            The trio’s free-flowing chemistry means 'Lost Themes IV: Noir' runs like a well-oiled machine - the 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster from Kiss Me Deadly, perhaps, or the 1958 Plymouth Fury from John’s own Christine. It’s a chemistry that’s helped power one of the most productive stretches of John’s creative life, and Noir proves that it’s nowhere near done yielding brilliant results.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. My Name Is Death
                            2. Machine Fear
                            3. Last Rites
                            4. The Burning Door
                            5. He Walks By Night
                            6. Beyond The Gallows
                            7. Kiss The Blood Off My Fingers
                            8. Guillotine
                            9. The Demon’s Shadow
                            10. Shadows Have A Thousand Eyes

                            Indie's Exclusive 7" Bonus Track:
                            1. Black Cathedral

                            Elton John

                            Caribou (RSD24 EDITION)

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                              2LP set on 180g limited edition sky blue vinyl. Includes original album, plus newly compiled LP of bonus tracks.

                              Dr John

                              The Atco / Atlantic Singles 1968-1974 (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                Includes Dr. John's biggest chart hits. All A & B-sides from U.S. & U.K. singles between 1968-1974. Color vinyl printed inner sleeves. Up Dated cover art

                                John Lennon

                                Mind Games (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                  As long-standing supporters of the independent record stores all around the globe, the John Lennon Estate are excited and proud to be able to join the fun with this new, exclusive, limited-edition 4 track 12î EP release. As a teaser to the forthcoming ìUltimate Editionî Anniversary release of the ìMind Gamesî album ñ coming later this year in a collection of incredible new formats ñ this extremely limited-edition EP sets the tone for what will be an extraordinary year for the music and legacy of John Lennon.A1. Mind Games (Ultimate Mix A2. Iím The Greatest (Ultimate Mix) featuring George Harrison and Ringo StarrB1. Aisumasen (Iím Sorry) (Ultimate Mix) B2. You Are Here (Out-take, Take 5)

                                  John Lennon

                                  Mind Games (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                    As long-standing supporters of the independent record stores all around the globe, the John Lennon Estate are excited and proud to be able to join the fun with this new, exclusive, limited-edition 4 track 12î EP release. As a teaser to the forthcoming ìUltimate Editionî Anniversary release of the ìMind Gamesî album ñ coming later this year in a collection of incredible new formats ñ this extremely limited-edition EP sets the tone for what will be an extraordinary year for the music and legacy of John Lennon.A1. Mind Games (Ultimate Mix A2. Iím The Greatest (Ultimate Mix) featuring George Harrison and Ringo StarrB1. Aisumasen (Iím Sorry) (Ultimate Mix) B2. You Are Here (Out-take, Take 5)

                                    Melys

                                    BBC Sessions Vol 1 (John Peel Sessions & Other Selected Rarities) (RSD24 EDITION)

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                                      Close Lobsters

                                      John Peel Session 04.01.88

                                        A year and a half after their first BBC session, Close Lobsters returned to Maida Vale at the behest of John Peel. What emerged was a stunning session including three songs destined for their next single ‘What Is There To Smile About?’ – among them the Lobsters classic, ‘Loopholes’ – plus a cover with near-legendary status among fans: their version of ‘Mirror Breaks’ by anarcho-punk outfit The Mob.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Loopholes
                                        What Is There To Smile About?
                                        From This Day On
                                        Mirror Breaks

                                        John Coltrane

                                        Lush Life - 2024 Reissue

                                          "Lush Life" (1958) is among John Coltrane’s best endeavours on the Prestige (and Music) label. One reason can easily be attributed to the interesting personnel and the subsequent lack of a keyboard player for the August 16, 1957 session that yielded the majority of the material. Coltrane (tenor sax) had to essentially lead the compact trio of himself, Earl May (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). The intimate setting is perfect for ballads such as the opener "Like Someone in Love". John Coltrane doesn’t have to supplement the frequent redundancy inherent in pianists, so he has plenty of room to express himself through simple and ornate passages. May provides a platform for Coltrane’s even keeled runs before the tenor drops out, allowing both Earl May and then Art Taylor a chance to shine. The fun cat-and-mouse-like antics continue as Taylor can be heard encouraging the tenor player to raise the stakes and the tempo – which he does to great effect.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Side A
                                          1.Like Someone In Love
                                          2.I Love You
                                          3.Trane’s Slow Blues

                                          Side B
                                          1.Lush Life
                                          2.I Hear A Rhapsody

                                          Essential Logic

                                          John Peel Session 21.02.79

                                            Shortly after parting company with X-Ray Spex, post-punk icon Lora Logic went into the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios with the first incarnation of her own band, Essential Logic.

                                            Now officially released for the first time by Precious Recordings of London to coincide with its 45th anniversary, this is that legendary four-song session for John Peel – pre-dating the group’s debut LP, ‘Beat Rhythm News’, for which these tracks would be re-recorded, and a famous 30-date Rough Trade UK tour with Stiff Little Fingers and The Normal.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Wake Up
                                            Shabby Abbott
                                            Alkaline Loaf In The Area
                                            Quality Crayon Wax OK

                                            The Flaming Stars

                                            John Peel Session 17​.​10​.​96

                                              A rarity among Peel sessions in the mid-1990s as this one went out entirely live when the legendary DJ was sitting in for Mark Radcliffe and invited garage-punk stalwarts The Flaming Stars in to do the honours.

                                              Never before released in any format, this outing at the BBC’s Oxford Road studios in Manchester finds the band in blistering form with a four-song blast featuring stunning versions of early singles ‘Ten Feet Tall’ and ‘Bury My Heart at Pier 13’.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Ten Feet Tall
                                              Spaghetti Junction
                                              Bury My Heart At Pier 13
                                              Down To You

                                              The Flaming Stars

                                              John Peel Session 19​.​02​.​02

                                                Hailing from the rather more literate side of Camden’s garage-punk scene in the mid-90s, The Flaming Stars were Peel favourites over the years, recording no fewer than EIGHT sessions for the legendary DJ.

                                                Six of them were collected on a Vinyl Japan CD at the turn of the century – but this fantastic final session is one of two never released before (the other one is PRE 042!). And what a session it is, featuring the brilliant ‘Cash 22’ (should’ve been a single!) and the noir vision of ‘Killer In The Rain’.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Cash 22
                                                Over And Done
                                                Action Crime & Vision
                                                Killer In The Rain

                                                Liam Gallagher & John Squire

                                                Liam Gallagher & John Squire

                                                  Long-term friends with a mutual admiration for each other’s work, the idea of a collaboration started when John joined Liam on-stage at his biblical knebworth shows.

                                                  Song ideas were soon flowing, and the album took shape with an intuitive intensity while in Los Angeles with the revered producer Greg Kurstin. He played bass throughout the record, while drums were performed by Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms For Peace).

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: I think about when I used to listen to Oasis and The Stone Roses back in 'The Day' and imagine how i'd feel if you told me that this would be a collaboration that could happen in the future. It's Squire's unmistakeable songwriting and playing, with Gallagher's vocals over the top. I bet he's even got his arms behind his back. Danceable, baggy psychedelic rock with vox one of the most legendary vocalists of his generation.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Raise Your Hands
                                                  2. Mars To Liverpool
                                                  3. One Day At A Time
                                                  4. I’m A Wheel
                                                  5. Just Another Rainbow
                                                  6. Love You Forever
                                                  7. Make It Up As You Go Along
                                                  8. You're Not The Only One
                                                  9. I’m So Bored
                                                  10. Mother Nature's Song

                                                  John Bramwell

                                                  The Light Fantastic

                                                    One of the country's most underrated singer-songwriters, John Bramwell, returns to the fray with a remarkable new album The Light Fantastic via Townsend Music.

                                                    Anyone who has heard John's work with seminal Manchester band I Am Kloot, will be cheered by the news of this impending release. Nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2010 for their acclaimed Sky At Night album, I Am Kloot never quite received the widespread success their music deserved.

                                                    This new album is a masterclass in emotionally charged and melodically driven tunes for the adventurous. All 12 tracks were written by John except for 'Nobody Left But You' which he co-wrote with album producer Dave Fidler.

                                                    "After both my Mum and Dad died, I started writing these songs to cheer myself up," John admits with typical candour. "The themes are taken from my dreams at the time. Wake up and take whatever impression I had from what I could remember of my dream and write that."

                                                    Despite the sentiment, the songs are surprisingly uplifting. And will no doubt sound great live.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Leave No Traces
                                                    2. A World Full Of Flowers
                                                    3. It's Just You
                                                    4. The Light Fantastic
                                                    5. Here It Comes
                                                    6. A Sky Full Of Thunder And Lightning
                                                    7. I Am The Sky
                                                    8. Days Go By
                                                    9. The Element Of Truth
                                                    10. I Feel Me
                                                    11. Nobody Left But You
                                                    12. Illegalised

                                                    John Cooper Clarke

                                                    WHAT

                                                      'Nothing short of dazzling' - Alex Turner

                                                      Dr John Cooper Clarke's dazzling, scabrous voice has reverberated through pop culture for decades, his influence on generations of performance poets and musicians plain for all to see. In WHAT, the original 'People's Poet' comes storming out of the gate with an uproarious new collection, reminding us why he is one of Britain's most beloved writers and performers. James Brown, John F.

                                                      Kennedy, Jesus Christ: nobody is safe from the punk rocker's acerbic pen - and that's just the first poem. Hot on the heels of The Luckiest Guy Alive and his sprawling, encyclopaediac memoir I Wanna Be Yours, the good Doctor returns with his most trenchant collection of poems yet. Vivid and alive, with a sensitivity only a writer with a life as varied and extraordinary as Cooper Clarke's could summon, WHAT is an exceptional collection from one of our foremost satirists.

                                                      Dylan John Thomas

                                                      Dylan John Thomas

                                                        Brand new music from Dylan John Thomas following his 2 EPs last year.

                                                        “Dylan John Thomas could be Scotland’s next big singer-songwriter.” The Scotsman.

                                                        “Scotland’s break out star of 2022” Daily Record.

                                                        “Dylan John Thomas looks set for the big leagues.” Notion.

                                                        “A unique juxtaposition of heartfelt lyricism, affirming optimism, and a driving energy.” The Line of Best Fit.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Fever
                                                        2. Feel The Fire
                                                        3. What I Need
                                                        4. Up In The Air
                                                        5. Now And Then
                                                        6. Melancholy's Cure
                                                        7. Rich Boy
                                                        8. Yesterday Is Gone
                                                        9. Champs-Élysées
                                                        10. When I Get Home
                                                        11. Jenna
                                                        12. Lovely Day
                                                        13. Wake Up Ma (Live At Barrowlands)

                                                        John Coltrane

                                                        My Favourite Things - 2024 Reissue

                                                          My Favorite Things was the first album in which John Coltrane played soprano saxophone in addition to his usual tenor. His soprano sax dominates two of the album's four tracks, including his unforgettable cover of the title track written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the musical The Sound of Music. Released in March 1961 the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, certified gold in 2018 and it's considered a masterpiece would inspire several generations of fans.

                                                          This release is part of the New Ermitage collection available from January 2024: 18 jazz and soul titles reissued on yellow vinyl with new codes and renewed graphics.


                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. My Favorite Things
                                                          2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
                                                          3. Summertime
                                                          4. But Not For Me

                                                          Liam Gallagher & John Squire

                                                          Just Another Rainbow

                                                            Collaborations don’t get much more biblical than this. Solo star, Oasis legend and force-of-nature Liam Gallagher has teamed up with John Squire, one of the most influential guitarists and songwriters of his generation via his time with The Stone Roses. The duo will set a high watermark for 2024 when they release their first single together, ‘Just Another Rainbow’, on January 5th, on limited 7” vinyl.

                                                            There will be much more new music to come - and there could well be shows, too - but for now ‘Just Another Rainbow’ lives up to the highfalutin expectations that come with such a collaboration.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Andy says: With it's loping groove, backwards guitars and classic chord changes , this could only be a John Squire song. With his trademark Lennon-inspired delivery and customary vocal swagger this could only be the (sorry!) one and only Liam Gallagher. Imagine The Beatles' Rain mixed with perhaps the Roses' Waterfall and you wouldn't be a million miles away. It's great!

                                                            John Murphy

                                                            The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special (Original Soundtrack) (Black Friday 23 Edition)

                                                              THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 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 8AM ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25TH).


                                                              The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special is the soundtrack to the television special released on Disney+ in November 2022. The album features an original score composed by John Murphy, plus two songs performed by Old 97’s and Kevin Bacon. Available for the first time on vinyl, this color splatter LP is being released exclusively for RSD Black Friday 2023.Releasing internationally in line with the US/Canada RSD release - 2-Colour Splatter Vinyl

                                                              John Denver

                                                              The Last Recordings

                                                                Before there was (Taylor’s Version), there was (John’s Version).

                                                                “The Last Recordings,” the last known studio recordings from John Denver, recorded in Nashville in 1997 shortly before the singer’s untimely death, is a collection of Denver’s greatest hits reimagined as the singer wished to present them and intended by Denver to take the place of masters recorded under his decades-long run with a major label.

                                                                Previously released only in a limited CD pressing in Europe, Denver’s Estate and Windstar Records are excited to present “The Last Recordings” for the first time worldwide, at digital retailers everywhere, and available on CD and blue seafoam wave vinyl.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                SIDE A
                                                                Whispering Jesse
                                                                Dreamland Express
                                                                Rocky Mountain High
                                                                Take Me Home, Country Roads
                                                                Christmas For Cowboys
                                                                Love Again
                                                                SIDE B
                                                                Sunshine On My Shoulders
                                                                Perhaps Love
                                                                Leaving On A Jet Plane
                                                                Windsong
                                                                I’m Sorry
                                                                Back Home Again

                                                                John Coltrane

                                                                Lush Life - 2023 Reissue

                                                                  The seminal recordings that make up Lush Life were taped during a transitional period in John Coltrane's musical career. He had first joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1955 and would form his own celebrated quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones in 1960. In the intervening years, he overcame his narcotics addiction and began to expand on his own musical ideas while experimenting with both the Thelonious Monk Quartet and the Miles Davis Sextet (featuring Bill Evans and Cannonball Adderley). Lush Life was constructed with material from three different sessions, all of which produced additional material issued in other albums. While Side A is in trio format with no piano, Side B features a quintet showcasing Donald Byrd and Red Garland.

                                                                  Contains new specially prepared liner notes by Penguin Guide to Jazz's writer Brian Morton and by Paris' prestigious Jazz Magazine.

                                                                  "All aspects of Coltrane's conception during this period are well-illustrated on the album: the classic simplicity and haunting loveliness of the Coltrane ballad technique is here. For sheer beauty of approach and execution, his work has rarely been equalled." - ***** Franz Kofsky, DownBeat

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Like Someone In Love
                                                                  2. I Love You
                                                                  3. Trane's Slow Blues
                                                                  4. Slowtrane
                                                                  5. Lush Life
                                                                  6. I Hear A Rhapsody
                                                                  7. While My Lady Sleeps

                                                                  Cuban Boys

                                                                  John Peel Session 13.01.99

                                                                    Chart-topping, million-selling, hamster-bothering Peel favourites of the 90s … we are delighted to welcome Cuban Boys to the Precious roster with their debut session for the legendary Radio 1 DJ, released to coincide with their 25th anniversary. Four tracks are headed by the unforgettable Oh My God! They Killed Kenny, which reached number six in Peel’s Festive 50; they were number one the following year with Cognoscenti vs Intelligentsia (the one with the hamster, destined to become a proper chart smash, pop pickers). This session also features three more Cuban classics, among them a cover of Blondie’s Hanging On The Telephone that longserving BBC producer Mike Engles listed among his personal favourites from his decades at the Maida Vale studios. Release features free download codes, a set of postcards and sleeve notes from the one and only Ricardo Autobahn.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Oh My God! They Killed Kenny
                                                                    2. (Let’s Get) Raunchier
                                                                    3. Stardust (Part 3 Ariana In Space)
                                                                    4. Hanging On The Telephone

                                                                    John Coltrane

                                                                    Ballads - 2023 Reissue

                                                                      Presented here in its entirety, the celebrated 1962 LP 'Ballads' album (Impulse AS-32) was the last word in John Coltrane's ballad playing and became an instant hit. One of the most revolutionary saxophonists in jazz history, Coltrane was also a superb ballad player, capable of creating a very personal and intimate sound. This album features the leader backed by the members of his classic quartet: McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
                                                                      2. You Don't Know What Love Is
                                                                      3. Too Young
                                                                      4. To Go Steady
                                                                      5. All Or Nothing At All
                                                                      6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
                                                                      7. I Wish I Knew / What's New?
                                                                      8. It's Easy To Remember
                                                                      9. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
                                                                      10. Greensleeves
                                                                      11. Naima

                                                                      John Coltrane

                                                                      Lush Life - Craft Jazz Essentials

                                                                        Released in early 1961, Lush Life was assembled from previous unissued tracks from three recording sessions at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1957 and 1958.

                                                                        John Coltrane’s Prestige years began when he joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1955. During the next few years, when he was either with Davis or the Thelonious Monk Quartet, he functioned as both leader and sideman for this label. These recordings document the first part of his relatively short but highly influential time in the spotlight. Lush Life, a combination of standards and a blues, treated in the unique Coltrane manner - sound wedded to material in a completely personal way - contains three tracks without a piano. This is the first time he recorded in this manner, other than when Monk was 'strolling,' and it offers another aspect from, and of, Trane. 

                                                                        John Francis Flynn

                                                                        Look Over The Wall, See The Sky

                                                                          On his new album, Look Over The Wall, See The Sky, John Francis Flynn delicately unpicks traditional songs and rearranges them with an emotional force that sometimes leaves them unanchored, foating in a surreal space between the past and the present, the analogue and the digital, between love and tragedy.

                                                                          In his frst single, Mole In The Ground, a cover of an American anti-establishment folk song recorded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928, John allows the surrealism of the song to take centre stage, opting to speak rather than sing the words. His voice, too, lives beneath the ground of the melody, burrowing its way beneath hypnotic drums, dancing guitars, and sliding violins. By taking away the nursery rhyme-like melody of the song, we focus on our narrators' fantasies and desires, but also on "the weirdness of the song, and its aggressiveness. The last line is: I don't like the railroad man/ the railroad man will kill you when he can/ and he'll drink up your blood like red wine, and I wanted to get to grips with that emotion."

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. The Zoological Gardens
                                                                          2. Mole In The Ground
                                                                          3. Willie Crotty
                                                                          4. Kitty
                                                                          5. The Seasons
                                                                          6. Within A Mile Of Dublin
                                                                          7. The Lag Song
                                                                          8. Dirty Old Town

                                                                          John Coltrane

                                                                          Plays The Blues - 2023 Reissue

                                                                            Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for 'My Favorite Things', 'Coltrane Plays the Blues', and 'Coltrane's Sound'. 'My Favorite Things' was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session.

                                                                            As for the phrase "plays the blues" in the title, it's not so much an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues, but more indicative of a bluesy sensibility.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Blues To Elvin
                                                                            2. Blues To Bechet
                                                                            3. Blues To You
                                                                            4. Blues To Elvin [Alternative Take]
                                                                            5. Mr. Day
                                                                            6. Mr. Syms
                                                                            7. Mr. Knight
                                                                            8. Blues To You [Alternative Take]

                                                                            John Grant

                                                                            Fireflies - Music Box

                                                                              ‘Fireflies’ is the penultimate song from the Deluxe Version of John Grant’s debut solo album; ‘Queen Of Denmark’ - which was released on the seminal UK label Bella Union in 2010.

                                                                              Recorded in Texas in collaboration with members of Midlake, the album was heralded as an “Instant Classic” by Mojo Magazine and went on to be selected as their choice for Best Album of that year.

                                                                              The Independent described it as "a near-perfect marriage of his warm baritone with their lush woodwind and keyboard textures” and the BBC cited it as "one of the most deeply satisfying debut albums of recent times.

                                                                              This version of this plaintive ballad replays it’s beautiful piano & vocal melodies.

                                                                              John Dwyer + Heather Lockie, Thomas Dolas, Kyp Malone, Andres Renteria, Brad Caulkins & Archie Carey

                                                                              Ritual / Habit / Ceremony

                                                                                The band is John Dwyer (synths, vocals), Heather Lockie (viola), Thomas Dolas (synths), Andres Renteria (hand percussion), Brad Caulkins (tenor saxophone), Kyp Malone (synths) and Archie Carey (bassoon). The singers are YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO), Albert Wolski (EXEK), Gracie Jackson (GracieHorse), Ciriza (Artist Extraordinaire), Kyp Malone (Bent Arcana, TV On The Radio, Rain Machine etc.), Brigid Dawson (Thee Oh Sees, The Mothers Network), AZITA (Scissor Girls, Bride of NONO, AZITA).

                                                                                For fans of Steve Roach, Eno, Syrinx, Howard Shore, Current 93, Terry Riley, Tangerine Dream and a proper sage scrub.

                                                                                “An experiment in symphonic improvisation paired with synthesizerscapes. Strings, reeds, synths and hand percussion all blend sweetly into an odd landscape indeed. The final touch was to bring aboard some singers I have loved over the years. I’m so pleased they were all willing to participate and I’m very tickled by the plane we navigate. Once YoshimiO agreed to be on board I knew we were going to be OK. Recorded and mixed at my home studio (Stu-Stu-Studio in Los Angeles) and remotely, this one was a slow burn to see the light of day. And here it is in its final crystal form. Celebrating the spaces between ritual, habit and ceremony. And all the parallels between. The line is blurred. This is occult adjacent strain of sound. At home in daily ritual, contemplation and meditation.” - John Dwyer.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. What Do (YoshimiO)
                                                                                2. Ruths Mouth (Albert Wolski)
                                                                                3. For Those Who Don’t Get Anything (Gracie Jackson)
                                                                                4. Memory Mirror Floweth Over (Ciriza)
                                                                                5. Sound The Unknown (Kyp Malone)
                                                                                6. Azazel (Brigid Dawson)
                                                                                7. Debris In The Sky (Azita)

                                                                                The White Stripes

                                                                                The Complete John Peel Sessions - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                  The official release of The White Stripes Peel Sessions on one stuffed-to-the-brim disc. Capturing Jack and Meg at the precipice of international renown in the hubbub of "White Blood Cells," their two live sessions with famed BBC DJ John Peel are arguably the best document of the White Stripes at that time.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Vol. I // Maida Vale // July 25th, 2001
                                                                                  1. Let's Shake Hands
                                                                                  2. When I Hear My Name
                                                                                  3. Jolene
                                                                                  4. Death Letter
                                                                                  5. Cannon
                                                                                  6. Astro / Jack The Ripper
                                                                                  7. Hotel Yorba
                                                                                  8. I'm Finding It Hard To Be A Gentleman
                                                                                  9. Screwdriver
                                                                                  10. We're Going To Be Friends
                                                                                  11. You're Pretty Good Looking
                                                                                  12. Boll Weevil
                                                                                  13. Hello Operator
                                                                                  14. Baby Blue

                                                                                  Vol. II // Peel Acres II November 8th, 2001
                                                                                  15. Lord Send Me An Angel
                                                                                  16. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
                                                                                  17. I Think I Smell A Rat
                                                                                  18. Lets Build A Home / Goin’ Back To Memphis
                                                                                  19. Little Room
                                                                                  20. The Union Forever
                                                                                  21. The Same Boy You've Always Known
                                                                                  22. Look Me Over Closely
                                                                                  23. Looking At You
                                                                                  24. St James Infirmary Blues
                                                                                  25. Apple Blossom
                                                                                  26. Rated X
                                                                                  27. Little Girl That Says
                                                                                  28. Jumble, Jumble
                                                                                  29. Little People

                                                                                  John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies

                                                                                  Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988)

                                                                                    By now everyone should know John Carpenter is not only a celebrated filmmaker but also a musical maestro whose soundtracks have become synonymous with the genres of horror, suspense, and science fiction. His innate talent for composition and his deep understanding of how music can elevate storytelling have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema, and a haunting presence in people’s record collections.

                                                                                    Anthology II continues the celebration of his compositional genius via an excellently sequenced collection of some of his most iconic pieces of music from his extensive filmography, all newly recorded with his musical collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter.

                                                                                    The compilation opens with “Chariots of Pumpkins” from Halloween III that perfectly captures the eerie essence of the cult classic film with its pulsating synths and haunting melodies. The listener is engulfed by a sense of unease and anticipation, before being thrust into “69th St. Bridge” from Escape From New York, a dynamic track that encapsulates the futuristic and gritty nature of the film via the use of throbbing bass lines, driving rhythms, and electronic textures. The record has also an isolating tone as it skulks through ambient leaning tracks such as “Fuchs” and “To Mac’s Shack” from The Thing, and “Walk to the Lighthouse” from The Fog, all of which display a slower tempo, foreboding undertones and an ethereal atmosphere that feels like a distant whisper. All of which has been cautiously laid in preparation to the grand finale. The iconic and instantly recognizable ”Laurie’s Theme” from the original Halloween. Its simple yet menacing piano melody which has become synonymous with the horror genre, concludes the album by striking fear into the hearts of listeners.

                                                                                    These tracks represent just a fraction of John Carpenter’s impressive musical repertoire. With each haunting note and pulsating beat, his soundtracks continue to resonate with audiences, forever etching his name in the annals offilm music history.


                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Chariots Of Pumpkins (Halloween III)
                                                                                    2. 69th St. Bridge (Escape From New York)
                                                                                    3. The Alley (War) (Big Trouble In Little China)
                                                                                    4. Wake Up (They Live)
                                                                                    5. Julie’s Dead (Assault On Precinct 13)
                                                                                    6. The Shape Enters Laurie’s Room (Halloween II)
                                                                                    7. Season Of The Witch (Halloween III)
                                                                                    8. Love At A Distance (Prince Of Darkness)
                                                                                    9. The Shape Stalks Again (Halloween II)
                                                                                    10. Burn It (The Thing)
                                                                                    11. Fuchs (The Thing)
                                                                                    12. To Mac’s Shack (The Thing)
                                                                                    13. Walk To The Lighthouse (The Fog)
                                                                                    14. Laurie’s Theme (Halloween)

                                                                                    John Carter / Bobby Bradford

                                                                                    Self Determination Music - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                      The John Carter and Bobby Bradford Quartet/Quintet were critical to the progressive jazz movement around Los Angeles in the late 60s alongside the likes of Horace Tapscott. Both hailed from the Watts area and trumpeter, Bradford played with a woodshedding Ornette Coleman for two years in the early 60s when the legendary free movement leader decided not to record for a while but wanted to hone his trademark sound on the saxophone. Multi-reed player, Carter also worked with Coleman who brought them together to lead their own band.

                                                                                      Their first outing on Flying Dutchman was “Flight For Four” as the Carter Bradford Quartet that was released in 1969. This is the second album they recorded where Carter and Bradford were supported by Tom Williamson (bass), Buzz Freeman (drums) and another uncredited bass player on four extended improvisations – ‘The Sunday Afternoon Jazz Blues Society’, ‘The Eye Of The Storm’, ‘Loneliness’ and ‘Encounter’.

                                                                                      The album has been out of print on vinyl since 1971 and Ace are delighted to release it with audio taken from hi-res digital transfers from the original masters.


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Side One
                                                                                      1. The Sunday Afternoon
                                                                                      Jazz Blues Society
                                                                                      2. The Eye Of The Storm
                                                                                      Side Two
                                                                                      1. Loneliness
                                                                                      2. Encounter

                                                                                      John Fahey

                                                                                      Proofs & Refutations

                                                                                        Recorded in 1995 and 1996, mostly in John Fahey’s room at a Salem, Oregon boarding house, the performances on ‘Proofs & Refutations’ prefigure the ornery turn of the page that marked Fahey’s final years, drawing another enigmatic rabbit from his seemingly bottomless musical hat.

                                                                                        Cloaked in the language of dogma - what is he proving? refuting? - this is Fahey dancing a jig in the Duchampian gap, jester cap bells a-jingling. True believers? He’s got something for you: an uncompromising vision that you can sneer at (“guy can’t play anymore and refuses to concede!”) or embrace as evidence of his genius (“the reinventor does it again!”). Skeptics? He’s there with you, too: sending up the fallacy of certitudes altogether. Institutions, systems, accepted wisdoms. Heroes. Alternative facts, indeed.

                                                                                        Right out the gate, Fahey re-materializes before us, somewhere between Oracle of Delphi and Clown Prince at Olympus. Mounting a thundering dialectic from on high, ‘All the Rains’ resembles nothing else in his extensive discography - betraying roots in everything from Dada to Episcopal liturgical chant - and contains nary a plucked guitar note. You can’t fool him! When the lap steel of yore appears on ‘F for Fake’, it serves more as soundbed for an extended sequence of vocal improvisations, running the gamut from wordless Bashoian caterwauling to free-form (but decidedly fake) Tuvan, even revealing a burnished falsetto in the process.

                                                                                        Fahey takes on a different kind of provocation in the two acoustic guitarbased tracks closing Side 1 - ‘Morning’ parts 1 and 2 - the first of four recordings in this session that have him wrestling with the ghost of Skip James, perhaps Fahey’s effort to wrench the “bitter, hateful old creep” (his words) back into the grave.

                                                                                        Anchoring Side 2 is the two-part ‘Evening, Not Night’, the second half of his extended cathexis on James (and the latter’s avowed castration complex - another story for another day, perhaps). Bit of a chill in the air – where’s the impish Fahey from earlier? Unmistakably working through some psychic wounds here, we might think: the unheimlich rendered in glistening viscera. Or is he playing with our notions of authenticity, of his reputation as troubadour of raw emotional states, a pilgrim of the ominous, the simmering unconscious? These cards are kept decidedly close to the vest. The opening and closing pieces again feature Fahey’s guitar as drone soundbed - employing distortion, oscillation, and an altogether absurd quotient of reverb to create texture and harmonics that are - if we want to go there - not dissimilar to the sustained tonic clusters of Tibetan singing bowls, the hurdy gurdy, Hindustani classical music, or La Monte freaking Young.

                                                                                        Portions of this material appeared on obscure late 1990s vinyl in the 7” or double-78 rpm format, but as a ‘session’ it has lain dormant more than a quarter century now. Taken together, we can now see these tracks as secret blueprints to latter-day Fahey provocations, several years prior to records like 1997’s ‘City of Refuge’ and ‘Womblife’.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        All The Rains
                                                                                        F For Fake
                                                                                        Morning, Pt 1
                                                                                        Morning, Pt 2
                                                                                        For LMC2
                                                                                        Evening, Not Night, Pt 1
                                                                                        Evening, Not Night, Pt 2
                                                                                        Untitled (w/o Rain)

                                                                                        John

                                                                                        A Life Diagrammatic

                                                                                          With March 2023's 7" ‘Theme New Bond Junior’/‘Hopper On The Dial’ reaching No.1 in the UK Vinyl Single Chart, and April 2023's BBC/KEXP supported ‘Trauma Mosaic’ single announcing a debut fifteen date US/CA Tour for October 2023. JOHN consolidate their reputation as a truly uncompromising force with the announcement of their fourth full length A Life Diagrammatic.

                                                                                          The album – which features collaborations with award-winning actor Simon Pegg, and Barry Adamson (formerly of The Bad Seeds and seminal post-punk act Magazine) – is released via Brace Yourself Records & Pets Care Records, and is the follow-up to 2021’s Nocturnal Manoeuvres LP which crashed the top 75 of the main UK album chart.

                                                                                          “Limitations are key for us,” says drummer and vocalist John Newton. “I never view being a two-piece as a minus - it’s a key idiosyncratic element of what the project is.”

                                                                                          For the last decade, and now over four albums, the duo of Newton and Johnny Healey have constantly redefined and expanded the role, function and parameters of what a guitar and drum two-piece can be. No more so is this apparent than on their latest A Life Diagrammatic, a record that harnesses the punch and intensity of their blistering live shows with the band’s increasingly textural, cinematic and expressive sensibilities. “We knew the direction we wanted to go in after the last record,” Healey says of Nocturnal Manoeuvres. “We had started moving towards soundscapes rather than straight-up noise and four to the floor structure.”

                                                                                          The level of thought, ambition and scope is what makes JOHN such a captivating and genre-defying band, and A Life Diagrammatic such a rich and evocative listening experience. And the album artwork is perhaps a perfect metaphor for the band itself: a surface level glance may only reveal the basic function of an ostensible two-piece rock band but undertake a full service and you’ll discover a wealth of complexity, technicality, skill and function. Or quite simply, as Healey himself says, “we're not just a rock band. There's more to it than that.”

                                                                                          Seth Manchester (Big Brave, Battles, METZ) was brought in to mix the album, with Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, Arab Strap, Squarepusher, Autechre) mastering it at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The aim being to merge the powerful live presence of the band whilst also honing in on some of the more varied dynamics at play. “We wanted to further explore the space and ambience of our instrumentation,” says Newton. “To offer an album that deliberately pushes and pulls in a multitude of directions throughout its duration.”

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Laura says: On their fourth album John continue to evolve their sound, adding more experimentation to their driving guitar and drums onslaught. As with previous releases, the taut guitar riffs create a tension throughout the album as it sweeps between brooding atmospherics and explosive outbursts, but there’s a more nuanced, cinematic feel this time around. This is typified on “Media Res” which features a strange, slightly unnerving monologue from Simon Pegg - a distorted conversation that you only hear one side of. Typical of the whole album there’s an ambiguity to the narrative that sucks you in and forces you to listen. There’s no snappy sloganeering here, the lyrical depth is integral to the sound as a whole, it’s an album that demands your attention. Still not convinced? Then surely a nod of approval, in the shape of a collaboration on “Riddley Scott Walker”, from the king of cinematic noir, Barry Adamson, should surely seal the deal.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. At Peacehaven
                                                                                          2. Media Res
                                                                                          3. Côte D’Adur
                                                                                          4. A Submersible
                                                                                          5. A Whole House
                                                                                          6. Service Stationed
                                                                                          7. Construction Site/Summer_22
                                                                                          8. Trauma Mosaic
                                                                                          9. Riddley Scott Walker
                                                                                          10. The Common Cold

                                                                                          Big John Patton

                                                                                          Let 'Em Roll - Tone Poet Edition

                                                                                            Kansas City born Hammond B3 organ dynamo Big John Patton made a stellar run of soul jazz albums for Blue Note thru the 1960s but Let ‘Em Roll stands among the finest with Patton adding vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson to a standard organ trio line-up with guitarist Grant Green and drummer Otis Finch.

                                                                                            This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Let 'Em Roll (Side A)
                                                                                            2. Latona (Side A)
                                                                                            3. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Side A)
                                                                                            4. The Turnaround (Side B)
                                                                                            5. Jakey (Side B)
                                                                                            6. One Step Ahead (Side B)

                                                                                            Even As We Speak

                                                                                            John Peel Session 20.02.93

                                                                                              Recorded 12 months after their Peel debut, this is the second BBC session from the Sarah Records legends, released to coincide with their first UK appearance for five years at Glas-Goes Pop!

                                                                                              A version of much loved single ‘Blue Eyes Deceiving Me’ is backed by three tracks never before released on vinyl, including the lovely ‘(All You Find Is) Air’, which features wonderful sax from Louise Elliott of fellow Aussies, The Moodists. As for ‘The Revenge of Ella Mae Cooley’ … well, you gotta hear it.

                                                                                              Package includes sleeve essay by Julian Knowles and a set of five postcards with rare pics from a Melody Maker session – plus free download codes. Limited to 350 copies.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Blue Eyes Deceiving Me
                                                                                              The Revenge Of Ella Mae Cooley
                                                                                              (All You Find Is) Air
                                                                                              Coz I Like It

                                                                                              Play Dead

                                                                                              John Peel Sessions At The BBC

                                                                                                It features ten tracks, four of which were never recorded elsewhere and early versions of some of their most popular songs such as The Tenant and Propaganda. Between 1980-85 they grew into one of the UK’s leading postpunk bands with regular indie chart hits and a large loyal live following. The Peel Sessions helped with their exposure alongside extensive gigging (with UK Decay, Sex Gang Children, Killing Joke, The Cult and more), subsequent headline tours in their own right and a live spot on the UK’s top music TV programme, The Tube.

                                                                                                Bis

                                                                                                John Peel 16.06.96

                                                                                                  With support slots alongside the likes of Ash and Bikini Kill, Scottish punk popsters bis were already old hands at this pop music game by the time of this, their second session for John Peel. With versions of the singles ‘Sweet Shop Avengerz’ and ‘Keroleen’, this EP showcases their rockier side, with Riot Grrrl influences shouted proudly from the rooftops … and you get a one-off tribute to John Peel as an unexpected fifth track.

                                                                                                  Package includes sleeve notes from Manda Rin and a set of five postcards with rare pics – plus free download codes.

                                                                                                  Limited to 500 copies.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Sweet Shop Avengerz
                                                                                                  Antiseptic Poetry
                                                                                                  Rebel Soul
                                                                                                  Keroleen
                                                                                                  We Love John Peel

                                                                                                  John Cale

                                                                                                  Word For The Dying - 2023 Repress

                                                                                                    First time vinyl repress of this John Cale album, originally released on the Opal label in 1989, produced by Brian Eno.

                                                                                                    “‘Words For The Dying’ has at its heart The Falklands Suite, Cale’s baroque if heartfelt response to the Anglo-Argentinian War, which finds him setting the poems of his beloved Dylan Thomas to music. When building songs around another’s words, the results often sound forced, but Cale does a magnificent job of compressing Thomas’s lyricism into neat melodic phrases, themselves just components of a vast harmonic mega-structure scored for the USSR’s Orchestra of Symphonic & Popular Music of Gostelradio. A project that could easily have collapsed under the weight of its own ambition is instead a late masterpiece, thanks to Cale’s deep-seated compositional genius, and unobtrusive but resonant production from Brian Eno.” - Kiran Sande

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    The Falkland Suite
                                                                                                    Introduction
                                                                                                    There Was A Saviour
                                                                                                    Interlude I
                                                                                                    On A Wedding
                                                                                                    Anniversary
                                                                                                    Interlude II
                                                                                                    Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed
                                                                                                    Do Not Go Gentle Into That
                                                                                                    Good Night

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                    Songs Without Words
                                                                                                    Songs Without Words. I
                                                                                                    Songs Without Words. II
                                                                                                    The Soul Of Carmen
                                                                                                    Miranda

                                                                                                    Steve Jolliffe

                                                                                                    Tattoo - The Unreleased Music From The 1975 John Samson Documentary

                                                                                                      Incredible jazz / prog / folk score to groundbreaking tattoo film by maverick filmmaker. Unreleased until now, so don’t go saying it’s a reissue because it isn’t, but I’m sure some people will because they always do.

                                                                                                      John Samson (1946 - 2004) was a truly great documentary maker. He must be as I’ve been obsessed with his work for many years. Educated first at Glasgow School Of Art (circa 1963) and then finally in the art of film making at The National Film And Television School in Beaconsfield - he headed there in its opening year of 1971 having made a short film that got him a scholarship. It was at the NFTS that Samson met Mike Wallington, who was to become his right hand man and eventual producer; together as a quite brilliant team they made a handful of inspiring, entertaining and hugely prescient films about important, overlooked, unseen and marginal fringes in society.

                                                                                                      Tattoo (1975) Exploring the rather clandestine world of tattooing in the UK.

                                                                                                      Dressing For Pleasure (1977) Exploring the rather clandestine world of festish in the UK.

                                                                                                      Brittania (1979) A film about railway enthusiasts and a steam train restoration. Arrows (1979) The life of dart player Eric Bristow.

                                                                                                      Drag Ball (1981) An unreleased film about the annual Porchester Hall Drag Ball.

                                                                                                      The Skin Horse (1983) BAFTA winning film about The Outsiders Club, a dating agency for disabled people.

                                                                                                      The subject matter in all films was always unusual for the time, and Samson managed to navigate his way with compassion, interest and subtlety, immersing himself in the chosen scene and producing moving, fascinating and sometimes darkly amusing situations. His documentaries also do not rely on traditional voiceovers, with stories, facts and narrative threads being dictated by the subjects.

                                                                                                      I’ve tried for a long time to find the music for a couple of his early films (there was actually an original 7” for Arrows) - so far this is the only unreleased soundtrack I have found. This one was written by Steve Jolliffe, who met Samson at the NFTS. Joliffe was the resident composer and had a room at the college complex where he could work on scores for the fledgling film makers. Jolliffe was and still is a multi-instrumentalist and prolific composer who had met Edgar Froese at the Berlin Konservatorium in the late 1960s and played in an early incarnation of Tangerine Dream. He toured with blues rock outfit Steamhammer, before hanging out at the NFTS, making this recording (and many others) and eventually rejoining Tangerine Dream in the late 1970s. Jolliffe still writes, records and releases today and once i had made contact with him we traced the original Tattoo master tape to a box at his brother’s house. Musically it’s charming, slightly folky, a touch baroque, there’s a whiff of prog too, and it perfectly suited this early documentary about the art and desire of tattoos. I only wish it was longer. But the film is only 16 minutes long. Seek it out if you can. Try and find all the Samson films, they really are a joy.

                                                                                                      As well as featuring intimate footage of tattooed people, the film also includes a rare and very early interview with Alan Oversby (better known as Mr Sebastian), a seminal character in the development of tattoos and body modifications worldwide - it was he who eventually was to tattoo and pierce Genesis P-Orridge.

                                                                                                      The images for this vinyl release were all found in Mike Wallington’s Tattoo documentary research folder from 1974, and were photos sent in to Mike and John by people who wanted to feature in the film. Most answered an advert in Time Out, and others included people from my home town of Aldershot where tattooist Bill Skuse and his wife, Rusty (the most tattooed woman in Britain at the time, and featured in the film) were based. His parlour was situated at the back of the arcade where we all used to lose all our pocket money in the slot machines.

                                                                                                      The Musicians:
                                                                                                      Steve Jolliffe - keyboards, flute, sax Geoff Jolliffe - bass guitar Julian Furniss - guitar Mick Kirby – drums.

                                                                                                      John Coltrane

                                                                                                      Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy

                                                                                                        In August of 1961, the John Coltrane Quintet played an engagement at the legendary Village Gate in Greenwich Village, New York. Coltrane’s Classic Quartet was not as fully established as it would soon become and there was a meteoric fifth member of Coltrane’s group those nights— visionary multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy. Ninety minutes of never-before-heard music from this group were recently discovered at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, offering a glimpse into a powerful musical partnership that ended much too soon.

                                                                                                        In addition to some well-known Coltrane material (“My Favorite Things”, “Impressions”, “Greensleeves”), there is a breathtaking feature for Dolphy’s bass clarinet on “When Lights Are Low” and the only known non-studio recording of Coltrane’s composition “Africa”, from the Africa/Brass album. This recording represents a very special moment in John Coltrane's journey—the summer of 1961—when his signature, ecstatic live sound, commonly associated his Classic Quartet of '62 to '65, was first maturing and when he was drawing inspiration from deep, African sources— and experimenting with the two-bass idea both in the studio (Olé) and on stage. This truly rare recording of "Africa" captures his expansive vision at the time.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        My Favorite Things
                                                                                                        When Lights Are Low
                                                                                                        Impressions
                                                                                                        Greensleeves
                                                                                                        Africa

                                                                                                        John Martyn

                                                                                                        London Conversation - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                          A complex and sometimes belligerent character in real life, on record, John Martyn was the epitome of the folk-dreamer, embodying the spirit of the bourgeoning London acoustic scene of the late 60s - Well-known and respected for his 70s albums Solid Air and One World, this is where it began.

                                                                                                          Released in October 1967, London Conversation was the first album by the first 'rock' signing to Chris Blackwell's Island Records. With eight of the twelve tracks written by Martyn, it is easy to see why Blackwell was such a champion of his work. The five- minute plus sitar drone of Rolling Home pointed the way to the possibilities that lay ahead. The sleeve captured the earnest folky sitting among the capital's chimney tops, strumming his acoustic. At once Martyn was part of it; Martyn was above it.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Fairy Tale Lullaby
                                                                                                          Sandy Grey
                                                                                                          London Conversation
                                                                                                          Ballad Of An Elder Woman
                                                                                                          Cocaine
                                                                                                          Run Honey Run
                                                                                                          Back To Stay
                                                                                                          Rolling Home
                                                                                                          Who's Grown Up Now
                                                                                                          Golden Girl
                                                                                                          This Time
                                                                                                          Don't Think Twice

                                                                                                          John Martyn

                                                                                                          The Tumbler - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                            A complex and sometimes belligerent character in real life, on record, John Martyn was the epitome of the folk-dreamer, embodying the spirit of the bourgeoning London acoustic scene of the late 60s - Well-known and respected for his 70s albums Solid Air and One World, this is where it began.

                                                                                                            Produced by fellow London scenester Al Stewart, The Tumbler was a huge step forward, presenting Martyn as the questing soul he would become; yet, for the abstraction of The Gardeners, there was the simple folk ditty of Fishin' Blues. With the exemplary flute playing of Harold McNair, Fly On Home is clear in its influence on Martyn's peer, Nick Drake. Knuckeldy Crunch and Slippledee- Slee Song demonstrates what would have happened if Syd Barrett had gone folk.

                                                                                                            The Tumbler can be viewed also as the beginning of Martyn's slurred vocal style and sweet sentiment that was to chime with thousands of his aficionados in the UK.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Sing A Song Of Summer
                                                                                                            The River
                                                                                                            Goin' Down To Memphis
                                                                                                            The Gardeners
                                                                                                            A Day At The Sea
                                                                                                            Fishin' Blues
                                                                                                            Dusty
                                                                                                            Hello Train
                                                                                                            Winding Boy
                                                                                                            Fly On Home
                                                                                                            Knuckledy Crunch And Slippledee-Slee Song
                                                                                                            Seven Black Roses

                                                                                                            John Carroll Kirby

                                                                                                            Blowout

                                                                                                              John Carroll Kirby is a GRAMMY Award-nominated producer, composer and keyboardist from Los Angeles. New album Blowout was inspired by the local people, music and nature of Costa Rica. In addition to his acclaimed solo albums, Kirby has collaborated with Solange, Harry Styles, Yves Tumor, Eddie Chacon, and more.

                                                                                                              Blowout contains all the hallmarks of the signature sound John Carroll Kirby has finessed over six solo albums and dozens of collaborations – playfulness, humour, and lushness.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1) Oropendola
                                                                                                              2) Mates
                                                                                                              3) The Takedown
                                                                                                              4) Hotel Jonny Chingas
                                                                                                              5) Vertigo
                                                                                                              6) So So So
                                                                                                              7) Sun Go Down
                                                                                                              8) Gecko Sun
                                                                                                              9) Flying Cat
                                                                                                              10) Mates (Dub)
                                                                                                              11) So So So (Dub)
                                                                                                              12) Hotel Jonny Chingas (Dub)

                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                              Yebo! Rare Mzansi Party Beats From Apartheid's Dying Years Compiled By John Armstrong

                                                                                                                The apartheid boycott In the 80s, the world – rightly - stepped up its boycott against South Africa’s apartheid government. But this had unexpected and sometimes adverse consequences for South Africa’s music professionals and consumers. Musicians still needed to work live shows both at home and abroad, and to make and sell records. The youth still aspired to clubbing and partying at the weekend after hard, poorly paid jobs under the thumb of an oppressive government. Music was their sanctuary: specifically, African- American inspired soul, jazz, boogie, disco and funk.

                                                                                                                Unique diversity producing musical excellence was nothing new for South Africa, even in the 80s: both traditional and jazz music of various genres had been performed, showcased and recorded for decades with the assistance of some of the most skilled and ingenious sound-engineers and producers in the world, the jazz players rivalling their American peers in many cases. But what makes Mzansi 80s popular music unique is that it had to – and for the most part, did- appeal to a multi-ethnic, multilingual population almost like no other in the world, for its geographical size. There may have been many tribal and political differences between Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa, Tsonga and others day-to-day, but when it came to the weekend, those differences often melted away for a while on the dancefloor. Paul Ndlovu had kwaZulu fans as well as Shangaan followers; Black Moses and the Soul Brothers had followers and fans with everyone..and so on. And everyone- detractors and lovers alike- were content to settle on the monicker ‘Bubblegum’ as a general description. Mzansi took disco- and slowed it down a bit.. ..exactly as 90s and early 2000s South African DJs and mixers took House- and slowed it down a bit to develop Kwaito, Gqom and – later – Amapiano. The Roland TR-707 sampler came along in 1985- at just the right time for the flowering of Mzansi disco and boogie. And in the artful hands of arrangers, engineers and producers such as Peter “Hitman’ Moticoe, whose work figures on several of the tracks here, it became something unique to South Africa.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Tsakane
                                                                                                                2. Johnny Boy
                                                                                                                3. Crocodile's Rock
                                                                                                                4. I Was Born In Africa
                                                                                                                5. Don't Follow Me
                                                                                                                6. Special Angel
                                                                                                                7. Blackout
                                                                                                                8. Ximamane
                                                                                                                9. Dayshift
                                                                                                                10. Khombora Mina
                                                                                                                11. Pusa Twala
                                                                                                                12. Nwananga Washanesera
                                                                                                                13. Ku Hluvukile Eka Zete
                                                                                                                14. Chomesa

                                                                                                                Mark Volman & John Cody

                                                                                                                Happy Forever : My Musical Adventures With The Turtles, Frank Zappa, T. Rex, Flo & Eddie, And More

                                                                                                                  Mark is one of the most indomitable yet gentle spirits I ve ever met. He will always be one of my favorite artists I ve ever worked with. And someday when I grow up, I want to be just like him.

                                                                                                                  Alice Cooper. This book is a puzzle. The outside frame pieces are about me, but the picture wouldn t be complete without the perspectives of all the people telling you about me.

                                                                                                                  Mark Volman. Mark Volman has led a storied life, and many of those stories are contained in Happy Forever. A true son of southern California, he has gone from topping the charts with The Turtles ( Happy Together ) to underground cred with Frank Zappa and beyond.

                                                                                                                  As Flo & Eddie, Mark and his longtime singing partner Howard Kaylan were the not-so-secret ingredient on many other artist s records, taking Bruce Springsteen into the Top 10 for the very first time and helping T. Rex dominate the British charts. Then came The Ramones, U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, and so many more; the list of credits is long and varied.

                                                                                                                  Happy Forever covers all of that, along with subsequent forays into animation, a stint as a radio personality in Los Angeles and New York, and a midlife return to academia, which led Mark to create and run innovative college programs in LA and Nashville. But this is not the world according to Mark Volman, and it is not your average musical autobiography. Alongside his own comments, this uniquely insightful book contains contributions from more than one hundred of Mark s peers, friends, and lovers who share their thoughts on the man himself and on topics that span the social and cultural landscape of past half-century.

                                                                                                                  Happy Forever s cast list reads like a who s who of popular music, featuring members of The Doors, The Monkees, The Byrds, The E Street Band, and many more; producers Tony Visconti, Bob Ezrin, and Hal Willner; voice actors from The Simpsons and the Firesign Theatre; and key figures from the worlds of radio, animation, and academia. The book also includes previously unseen photographs and forewords by Alice Cooper and Chris Hillman.

                                                                                                                  Richard Morton Jack

                                                                                                                  Nick Drake: The Life

                                                                                                                    'This is the book we've been waiting for . . .

                                                                                                                    It is a biography to be treasured' Joe Boyd'The Drake completist could ask for nothing else' Telegraph'Illuminating. The definitive word on Drake' ObserverIn 1968 Nick Drake had everything to live for. The product of a loving, creative family and a privileged background, he was not only a handsome and popular Cambridge undergraduate, but also a new signing to the UK's hippest record label, Island.

                                                                                                                    Three years later, however - having made three well-reviewed but low-selling albums - Nick had been overwhelmed by a mysterious mental illness. He returned to live in his family home in rural Warwickshire in 1971, and died in obscurity in 1974, aged just 26. In the decades since, Nick has become the subject of ever-growing fascination and speculation.

                                                                                                                    Combined sales of his records now stand in the millions, his songs are frequently heard on TV and in films, and he has become one of the most widely known and admired singer-songwriters of his generation. Nick Drake: The Life is the only biography of Nick to be written with the blessing and involvement of his sister and Estate. Drawing on copious original research and new interviews with his family, friends and musical collaborators, as well as deeply personal archive material unavailable to previous writers - including his father's diaries, his essays and private correspondence - this is the most comprehensive and authoritative account possible of Nick's short and enigmatic life.

                                                                                                                    Includes a foreword by Gabrielle Drake and over 75 photos, many rare or previously unseen.

                                                                                                                    Sam Prekop & John McEntire

                                                                                                                    Sons Of

                                                                                                                      Pitchfork awarded ‘Sons Of’ an 8.3 and a spot in their Best New Music category in their review written by Philip Sherburne.

                                                                                                                      The first full length collaboration from two artists who have expanded the field of rock through their work over the last three decades, both as individuals and in their time together in The Sea and Cake.

                                                                                                                      John McEntire is known for his work as a musician playing with Tortoise, Jim O’Rourke, Stereolab and others. Owner and operator of Soma Electronic Music Studios, he is also known for his pioneering work as a producer and engineer, working with Stereolab, Archer Prewitt, Yo La Tengo, Bright Eyes, The Fiery Furnaces and Chicago Underground, among many others.

                                                                                                                      ‘Sons Of’ finds two master craftsmen working at the nexus of pristine production and skilful improvisation, forging compelling narrative arcs into glistening metropolises of infinite pulse. The resulting sound is one of transformative fluidity; each passing beat marking a sense of familiarity while the surrounding atmospheres are in constant flux. Ever-shifting tonalities and magnetic grooves propel the music with persistent momentum without feeling hurried buoyed by the steady pace, creating the framework that allows space for new sounds to breathe and evolve.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. A Ghost At Noon
                                                                                                                      2. Crossing At The Shallow
                                                                                                                      3. A Yellow Robe (Part 1)
                                                                                                                      4. A Yellow Robe (Part 2)
                                                                                                                      5. A Drink At The Banquet
                                                                                                                      6. Ascending By Night

                                                                                                                      Dr. John

                                                                                                                      Gris Gris (Original MONO Mix) - 2023 Repress

                                                                                                                        1968 Debut Record, this is the Original MONO mix. The first time this has been reissued and its on Limited Green Vinyl. 1968 Debut album from the king of the psychedelic bayou – the hypnotic, mystical and powerful sound of the swamp coming to life. As he became Dr. John (real name Mac Rebennack), it was his LA session work with musicians like Sonny & Cher, Canned Heat, and Zappa that allowed him to start conjuring up his visions of guitar psych-pop to walk alongside his authentic New Orleans upbringing.

                                                                                                                        While “Gris Gris” contains moments that make it a type stamped symbol of its era, it might have well been made in outer space. Recorded in its own psychic and stylistic vacuum, the album borrows as heavily from the New Orleans’ musical culture in which he grew up as it does the looming continuous pulse of war, heavy drugs, and the end of the free love/hippie movement. The album was taken under the wing of a small percentage of the “underground” upon its release in 1968 and did not find a true following for years. 

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
                                                                                                                        2. Danse Kalinda Ba Doom
                                                                                                                        3. Mama Roux
                                                                                                                        4. Danse Fambeaux
                                                                                                                        5. Croker Courtbullion
                                                                                                                        6. Jump Sturdy
                                                                                                                        7. I Walk On Guilded Splinters

                                                                                                                        Emeli Sandé / John Grant

                                                                                                                        The Endless Coloured Ways: The Songs Of Nick Drake

                                                                                                                          The Endless Coloured Ways is a collection of songs by legendary singer / songwriter, Nick Drake, performed and recorded by over 30 incredible artists from a range of different backgrounds, genres, age groups and audiences. From Fontaines D.C to Guy Garvey, and Aurora to Feist, each artist has offered their own incredible take on a timeless classic.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1.One Of These Things First - Emeli Sandé
                                                                                                                          2. Day Is Done - John Grant

                                                                                                                          Dr. John

                                                                                                                          The Montreux Years

                                                                                                                            A collection of Dr. John’s finest Montreux Jazz Festival live performances!

                                                                                                                            The audio has Expertly restored and remastered in superlative HD audio; The Montreux Years is released on superior audiophile heavy weight vinyl, MQA quality CD and in HD digital. The release includes brand new liner notes and rare photos from his Montreux shows.


                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Professor Longhair Boogie (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1986) 03:35
                                                                                                                            2. You Ain't Such A Much (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1986) 04:52
                                                                                                                            3. Sick And Tired (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1986) 03:30
                                                                                                                            4. Stack-A-Lee (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1986) 04:11
                                                                                                                            5. Accentuate The Positive (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2007) 03:50
                                                                                                                            6. Right Place, Wrong Time (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2004) 04:04
                                                                                                                            7. Rain (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2007) 04:53
                                                                                                                            8. Going Back To New Orleans (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1993) 10:34
                                                                                                                            9. Makin' Whoopee (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1995) 04:01
                                                                                                                            10. Big Chief (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2011) 07:18
                                                                                                                            11. In A Sentimental Mood / Mississippi Mud / Hard Times (Medley) (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2012) 07:35
                                                                                                                            12. Love For Sale (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 2007) 08:34
                                                                                                                            13. Let The Good Times Roll (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1995) 06:07
                                                                                                                            14. Good Night Irene (Live - Montreux Jazz Festival 1986) 05:41

                                                                                                                            Reflections of the Sun is a collection of new music that see John Rocca experiment with a more laid back side to his musical personality. John is best know in Jazz Funk circles for his 1980s self funded, self produced and self released Brit Funk classic 'Southern Freeez', and as the band Freeez's founder.

                                                                                                                            Much of the album is also somewhat reflective. A personal and emotional reflection on John's life - the tracks a nod to John's varied musical pasts. Sounds, a pondering upon his collection of global influences and his life experiences over the years; Genre, the pulse of today, societal, musical or otherwise - but not easy to place as is John's character; Lyrics, the present dilemmas we face as humanity, whilst reflecting on our own private and deepest human feelings, of life and, of love in all its wonderous forms.

                                                                                                                            Musically, the 'Reflections of the Sun' album casts a glimpse back to Rocca's Brit Funk roots growing up amongst 1970s classic Jazz Funk and Soul, while also blending inspiration from his 1980-90s electronic influences topped off with everything else he has seen and heard on his life travels since then.

                                                                                                                            Giving a nod to John's own past while bringing Reflections of the Sun up to date was completed by adding elements of London's re-surgent and vibrant jazz scene. Not so different from John’s own early days jamming with Freeez, he is accompanied on all the album's tracks by his two young nephews and highly respected jazz musicians, Benjamin Rocca on keyboards and Joel Rocca on Saxophone. The two youngsters are known on the current London Jazz scene as the "Rocca Brothers".

                                                                                                                            The album's title track, "Reflections of the Sun" refers to how humanity, gorging on the sunshine that brings life to everything, also has a tendency to reflect the hellishness of the sun itself. Comparing our self-destructive nature with our planet's volumes of un-ending beauty.


                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1. Angel
                                                                                                                            A2. Close Your Eyes (Take The Ride)
                                                                                                                            A3. Dream, LoveB1Reflections Of The Sun
                                                                                                                            B2. I’ve Known Love (the Feeling Of Love)
                                                                                                                            B3. Open Spaces, Open Minds

                                                                                                                            Cranes

                                                                                                                            John Peel Sessions 1989-1990

                                                                                                                              The first in a series of archival releases from Cranes, the band’s John Peel Sessions are collected for the first time.

                                                                                                                              Formed in mid-1980’s Portsmouth by the brother & sister duo of Jim Shaw (drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, programmer) & Alison Shaw (vocalist, guitarist, bassist), Cranes first appeared in 1986 with Fuse, a self-released & now highly sought-after cassette of demos.

                                                                                                                              Their debut album ‘Self-Non-Self’ followed in 1989, catching the attention of legendary DJ John Peel, who invited them to record two sessions for his show in 1989 & 1990, the second seeing Mark Francombe (guitarist, keyboardist, bassist) & Matt Cope (guitarist) join ranks to form the line-up who would go on to record multiple albums for Dedicated including the much-loved album, ‘Forever’, which enjoys it’s 30th anniversary this year.

                                                                                                                              Cranes are releasing John Peel Sessions (1989-1990) on their own Dadaphonic label. The first in a series of archival releases, this compilation features original artwork by fêted 4AD & v23 sleeve designer Chris Bigg (Pixies, Cocteau Twins, The Breeders).

                                                                                                                              John Peel Sessions (1989-1990) will be available on black vinyl and as a highly-limited Dinked Archive Edition pressed on silver vinyl with an exclusive 12”x12” print of alternate artwork and Obi Strip.


                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                                              E.G. Shining
                                                                                                                              Focus Breathe
                                                                                                                              Starblood
                                                                                                                              Til Tomorrow
                                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                                              Da Da 331
                                                                                                                              Give
                                                                                                                              Inescapable

                                                                                                                              Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane

                                                                                                                              Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                Regarded as one of the greatest jazz collaborations of all time, this new edition of “Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane” is release as part of the newly relaunched Original Jazz Classics Series.

                                                                                                                                Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI with all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio it is presented in a Tip-On Jacket with obi. In addition to Monk and Coltrane the album also features the talents of Art Blakey (drums), Wilbur Ware (bass), Gigi Gryce (alto sax) and more. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                1. Ruby, My Dear
                                                                                                                                2. Trinkle, Tinkle
                                                                                                                                3. Off Minor
                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                1. Nutty
                                                                                                                                2. Epistrophy
                                                                                                                                3. Functional 

                                                                                                                                John Holt

                                                                                                                                Essential Artist Collection

                                                                                                                                  After fronting popular Jamaican vocal trio the Paragons on a succession of best-selling rock steady singles during the late Sixties, John Holt went on to become one of Jamaica’s most popular solo performers, scoring a series of reggae hits for many of the island’s leading record producers.

                                                                                                                                  His international breakthrough came in 1974 with the hugely popular ‘1000 Volts of Holt’ album, which fused raw reggae rhythms with sophisticated orchestral arrangements.

                                                                                                                                  The highlight of the long-player was a reworking of Kris Kristoffersson’s country hit, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’, which the following year became a global hit, with the single, peaking at Number 6 in the UK charts. Over the years that followed, Holt remained a giant of the reggae scene with further best sellers and numerous sell-out shows around the world.

                                                                                                                                  The very best of his solo work has been brought together on this ‘Essential Artist’ compilation, the latest release in Trojan Records’ newly launched range that showcases the work of Jamaica’s best-loved ‘foundation’ artists.

                                                                                                                                  Available as a 28-track double vinyl LP and a comprehensive 2CD compilation, the collection superbly illustrates the talent that made John Holt one of the reggae music’s most popular and enduring singers. 


                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Matt says: A nice catch-all / best of from one of reggae music's most popular and enduring singers. Mainly dealing with issues of love and longing, it's a light-hearted alternative to some of the more political and riotous music also being at the time. Lover's rock heads are certainly gonna dig this.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                  1. Help Me Make It Through The Night
                                                                                                                                  2. Pledging My Love
                                                                                                                                  3. Stealing Stealing
                                                                                                                                  4. My Heart Is Gone
                                                                                                                                  5. Looking Back
                                                                                                                                  6. I'll Be Lonely
                                                                                                                                  7. I Wanna Dance
                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                  1. Ali Baba
                                                                                                                                  2. Stick By Me
                                                                                                                                  3. Strange Things
                                                                                                                                  4. Tonight
                                                                                                                                  5. The Further You Look
                                                                                                                                  6. Wild Fire
                                                                                                                                  7. Sweetie Come Brush Me
                                                                                                                                  Side C
                                                                                                                                  1. Sister Big Stuff
                                                                                                                                  2. My Desire
                                                                                                                                  3. I'll Take A Melody
                                                                                                                                  4. Time And The River
                                                                                                                                  5. Let's Get It While It's Hot
                                                                                                                                  6. Ghetto Queen
                                                                                                                                  7. Reggae From The Ghetto
                                                                                                                                  Side D
                                                                                                                                  1. You Baby
                                                                                                                                  2. You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine
                                                                                                                                  3. I See Your Face
                                                                                                                                  4. The Tide Is High
                                                                                                                                  5. Let's Build Our Dreams
                                                                                                                                  6. Before The Next Teardrop
                                                                                                                                  7. Just The Way You Are

                                                                                                                                  CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                  CD 1
                                                                                                                                  1. Help Me Make It Through The Night
                                                                                                                                  2. Pledging My Love
                                                                                                                                  3. Stealing Stealing
                                                                                                                                  4. My Heart Is Gone
                                                                                                                                  5. Looking Back
                                                                                                                                  6. I'll Be Lonely
                                                                                                                                  7. I Wanna Dance
                                                                                                                                  8. Anymore
                                                                                                                                  9. I Want You Closer
                                                                                                                                  10. Morning Of My Life
                                                                                                                                  11. Sometimes
                                                                                                                                  12. What You Gonna Do Now
                                                                                                                                  13. I’d Love You To Want Me
                                                                                                                                  14. Ungrateful Lady
                                                                                                                                  15. Keep It Up
                                                                                                                                  16. My Eyes
                                                                                                                                  17. In The Springtime
                                                                                                                                  18. Tell Me Why
                                                                                                                                  19. Ali Baba
                                                                                                                                  20. Stick By Me
                                                                                                                                  21. Strange Things
                                                                                                                                  22. Tonight
                                                                                                                                  23. The Further You Look
                                                                                                                                  24. Wildfire
                                                                                                                                  25. Sweetie Come Brush Me
                                                                                                                                  26. Just The Way You Are
                                                                                                                                  CD 2
                                                                                                                                  1. Sister Big Stuff
                                                                                                                                  2. My Desire
                                                                                                                                  3. I'll Take A Melody
                                                                                                                                  4. Time And The River
                                                                                                                                  5. Let's Get It While It's Hot
                                                                                                                                  6. Ghetto Queen
                                                                                                                                  7. Reggae From The Ghetto
                                                                                                                                  8. Riding For A Fall
                                                                                                                                  9. All My Life
                                                                                                                                  10. Love So Right
                                                                                                                                  11. Winter World Of Love
                                                                                                                                  12. Memories By The Score
                                                                                                                                  13. Have You Ever Been To Heaven
                                                                                                                                  14. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
                                                                                                                                  15. Try A Thing
                                                                                                                                  16. The Treasure Of Love
                                                                                                                                  17. I’m The One To Be Blamed
                                                                                                                                  18. A Love Like Yours
                                                                                                                                  19. You Baby
                                                                                                                                  20. You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine
                                                                                                                                  21. I See Your Face
                                                                                                                                  22. The Tide Is High
                                                                                                                                  23. Let’s Build Our Dream
                                                                                                                                  24. Before The Next Teardrop Falls 

                                                                                                                                  John Andrews & The Yawns

                                                                                                                                  Love For The Underdog

                                                                                                                                    John Andrews is something of an open secret in a certain corner of the music scene: a versatile musician and animator. A film school drop out whose work hat-tips tradition as much as outsider anti-aesthetics. He’s spent over a decade on the DIY circuit, playing early house shows alongside then up-and-coming peers Weyes Blood and Daniel Bachman. Today he is still out there projecting his sketchy hand-drawn animations during his performances in coffee shops, small galleries and non-traditional venues. Andrews’ painterly approach now introduces the listener to his version of New York City, the place he was bound to end up after years of dwelling in Pennsylvania farm towns and New Hampshire barns. There is handmade vibrancy to the world he’s imagined here: intimate moments seen from the interior, looking outward from hole-in-the-wall restaurants, theaters and the fragments of peace found within the restless and dirty street corners.

                                                                                                                                    Love For The Underdog, his aptly titled fourth release with the Woodsist label, was tracked live to tape in various studios and apartments across the Empire State with help from his bandmates in Cut Worms’ touring outfit, Max Clarke, Keven Lareau and Noah Bond. Buoyant melodies are supported by timeless string arrangements, translated from Andrews’ head to page with the help of friend Simon Hanes. The string quartet follows the tradition of Francoise Hardy, Harry Nilsson, Margo Guryan and Belle and Sebastian, giving the whole thing a cinematic ambience with stark shadows of an Edward Hopper painting. The lyrics tie together narratives of cynical heroes and troubled lovers. Put on the record and sink into well-worn red velvet theater seats, when the lights go down and the flickering of projectors run the title: Love For The Underdog, indeed.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Checks In The Mail
                                                                                                                                    2. Never Go Away
                                                                                                                                    3. Fourth Wall
                                                                                                                                    4. Starving Artist
                                                                                                                                    5. Walking Under My Loves Ladders
                                                                                                                                    6. Cloudy
                                                                                                                                    7. Only Heart
                                                                                                                                    8. I Want To Believe

                                                                                                                                    John Massoni With Sonic Boom

                                                                                                                                    Think Of Me When You Hear Waves (RSD23 EDITION)

                                                                                                                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                                                      A brand-new John Massoni LP that was produced by his good friend, Grammy nominated producer, Hunter Lea. This is another John Massoni and Pete Kember, aka Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, EAR, Spectrum) collaboration. It will have one side completely mixed by Sonic Boom. Featuring the excellent track ìGreat Godís Giftî this will be pressed in heavy weight 180g solid mustard coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                      John Matthias And Jay Auborn

                                                                                                                                      Ghost Notes

                                                                                                                                        On Ghost Notes, John Matthias and Jay Auborn’s latest album, the British duo take their experiments with sound to new levels, catapulting their work into unexplored territories of human-robotic collaboration. Matthias and Auborn first partnered for the 2017 release Race to Zero. The album, and the soundtrack to the feature film, IN THE CLOUD (starring Gabriel Byrne) and the soundtrack to BROADMEAD (Stanley Donwood & Mat Consume) which they have collaborated on since, makes evident the musicians’ mutual desire to push hard at the boundaries between physical and digital sound worlds – an exploration they had been pursuing individually for years. Combining his expertise and interests in science and sound, the composer, violinist and physicist, John Matthias is known for blending tradition and futurism in his music. His work has taken the form of pioneering research on Neuronal Music Technology as well as 4 acclaimed studio albums and numerous collaborations with renowned artists including Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut. Jay Auborn’s assiduous work in musical engineering, which takes sound as yet another malleable material to be played with, has made him into a sought-after musician, record producer and sound artist working on everything from large-scale sound installations to film music. Between their shared passions and complementary skills, the musicians found a unique and undeniably bold synergy. Ghost Notes continues to be driven by this force; for the album, John Matthias and Jay Auborn gave their computer limbs and unleashed its agency, improvising alongside this new band member to create mini electronic symphonies.

                                                                                                                                        The ghost in Ghost Notes refers to a robot drummer, although its appearance is less corporeal than it might sound. In fact, it employs quite crude technology not too different from your set of automatic car keys. John Matthias and Jay Auborn used solenoid magnets to convert audio signals sent from their computer into voltages that could fire hammers that would in turn hit a real drum kit. “It looks like a science experiment, all covered in wires”. Despite the rudimentary looks, ghost-drummer does an impressive job; allowing for digital collaboration with real instruments. In other words, instead of working with samples played off speakers, these can now be reproduced live, in a physical space.

                                                                                                                                        As if straight out of a scene in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the first time John Matthias and Jay Auborn brought their creation to life was a haunting experience. They fed it complex rhythmic information from a 1950s jazz recording of drum solos and lo and behold the drum kit came alive in the room with shocking resemblance to the original performance. That chilling encounter which, in the musician's eyes took technological appropriation to new, terrifying levels, pivoted the musician’s ideas: “We realised that we could use the method to extract the low level often overlooked rhythmic patterns within our own recorded or live material. [...] We now focused on creating Ghostly echoes of our own performances rather than invoking the dead to be in our band”.

                                                                                                                                        This process became the bare bones behind the composition of Ghost Notes, rather than playing acoustic instruments and later digitally manipu- lating these recordings, these two stages were brought together in one moment and place in time, “The digital elements of our music were in the room with us during the improvisational stage, and in binding them together, we could create a live album of sorts”.

                                                                                                                                        Just like a live session is filled with and shaped by factors such as the energy emanating from the audience on any given night, or the acoustics of a particular venue, Ghost Notes also embraces and plays on the undetermined. As the computer struggled under the demands of interpreting John Matthias and Jay Auborn’s improvisations live, it would sometimes act unexpectedly, hitting the drums as if possessed by its own agency. “Errors in the digital processing became fruitful diversions, like John Cage’s Ghost in the machine”. The result of this cyborgian jam session? A high-energy album featuring a wide range of sounds and tempos. In this regard, Ghost Notes stands in stark contrast to the more minimal, ambient output of other artists experimenting with similar frameworks of digital- acoustic interplay. Perhaps it’s because of this immersive quality, where textures, layers and emotional dramaturgy all combine to create unheard of worlds and make it impossible for partial listening, that Ghost Notes’ first track is named Dive Into This. Matthias' soaring violin lures listeners into shifting landscapes of syncopated drum beats and cycling synths. Classical structures are deconstructed into electronica and back, all the while Auborn is distorting acoustic sounds beyond recognition. “It’s about screwing with the materi- ality of it,” he says.

                                                                                                                                        Although Ghost Notes is rich, layered and textured, it’s not one inch impenetrable. What could otherwise feel dense gets pierced by enthralling melodies such as virtuosic violin segments that pull on 19th-century romanticism, or soulful piano grooves à la Alice Coltrane or Marvin Gaye. At other times, the music tells imaginative stories, “In Christmas at the Twisted Wheel, we created a mini violin concerto which begins in an imagined Christmas advert for John Lewis through a dissonant landscape to The Twisted Wheel Northern Soul Club in Manchester”.

                                                                                                                                        Ghost Notes is a testament to the enormous artistic freedom John Matthias and Jay Auborn have achieved together. Within the conceptual framework they set for themselves, they trusted sound to be their one and only guide, a model which led the duo on a vast exploration between extremes and nuances, like the collision and subtleties laid out on Vodka and Coke. In the track, emotional violin comes together with raw, brutal textures – “caveman beats” as the duo calls them. White-washed static noises are heard as the track progresses, the result of the computer’s own interpretations of what it was being fed, creating a surprising unison between the two contrasting worlds. “The sounds were a kind of digital shadow of ourselves. An in-betweenness of acoustic and digital”. It’s in that in- betweenness which doesn't sit comfortably in either classical nor electronica that Ghost Notes succeeds. It’s within that grey space between humans programming robots, and robots breaking down and erring like humans that the album achieves its finest, most original aesthetic expression, opening a new path for human-robotic collaboration in music-making.

                                                                                                                                        ADDITIONAL NOTES ON THIS EDITION:
                                                                                                                                        The album cover was created by artist, Stanley Donwood, using a copper verdigris technique in which the original drawing is printed on a copper sheet and undergoes a chemical decay process.

                                                                                                                                        The original pencil drawing by Stanley Donwood is what is used for the print in our Dinked Edition. 6” x 6” with augmented reality experience information on the back.

                                                                                                                                        On the inside cover of the vinyl, the artist Mike Phillips has developed 100 new images using a Generative Algorithmic Network (GAN) - an algorithmic AI technique for which Mike Phillips used the AI to compare the front cover copper verdigris image with the pencil drawing and produce the new set of twisted forms. You can see these 100 new forms concatenated together in an Augmented Reality animation developed by Chris Price of Zubr with sound designed by John Matthias and Jay Auborn by pointing to a QR code on the reverse of the Donwood print in the Dinked vinyl edition. 

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                        Dive Into This
                                                                                                                                        Long Time Dead
                                                                                                                                        Auto Psalm Engine
                                                                                                                                        Lovelaced
                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                        No Parable
                                                                                                                                        A Silver Solenoid
                                                                                                                                        Christmas At The Twisted Wheel
                                                                                                                                        Vodka & Coke

                                                                                                                                        John Williams

                                                                                                                                        E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (OST)

                                                                                                                                          The summer of 1982 saw the release of some of the most culture-defining films of our lifetime. But few have had nearly the same impact on film music as the legendary sixth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and John Williams: E.T.. Mondo, along with Geffen Records and Universal Pictures, are proud to celebrate forty years of E.T., with an all new re-issue of John Williams' timeless, essential and period-defining score.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          SIDE A
                                                                                                                                          1. Main Title 1:14
                                                                                                                                          2. Far From Home / E.T. Alone 6:57
                                                                                                                                          3. The Encounter 1:49
                                                                                                                                          4. Bait For E.T. 1:45
                                                                                                                                          5. Meeting E.T. 2:08
                                                                                                                                          6. E.T.’s New Home 1:28
                                                                                                                                          7. The Beginning Of A Friendship 2:53
                                                                                                                                          8. Toys 3:13

                                                                                                                                          SIDE B
                                                                                                                                          1. I’m Keeping Him 2:20
                                                                                                                                          2. E.T.’s Powers 2:44
                                                                                                                                          3. The Closet 0:53
                                                                                                                                          4. E.T. And Elliott Get Drunk 2:57
                                                                                                                                          5. Frogs 2:21
                                                                                                                                          6. The Kiss 0:49
                                                                                                                                          7. Levitation 0:41
                                                                                                                                          8. At Home 5:38
                                                                                                                                          9. The Magic Of Halloween 2:55

                                                                                                                                          SIDE C
                                                                                                                                          1. Sending The Signal 3:58
                                                                                                                                          2. Searching For E.T. 4:18
                                                                                                                                          3. Invading Elliott’s House 2:24
                                                                                                                                          4. Stay With Me 2:24
                                                                                                                                          5. Losing E.T. 2:04
                                                                                                                                          6. E.T. Is Alive 4:22

                                                                                                                                          SIDE D
                                                                                                                                          1. The Rescue And Bike Chase 8:07
                                                                                                                                          2. The Departure 7:07
                                                                                                                                          3. End Credits 3:55

                                                                                                                                          John Robb

                                                                                                                                          The Art Of Darkness: A History Of Goth - SIGNED EDITION

                                                                                                                                            The first ever complete overview of Goth culture will be released in 2023.

                                                                                                                                            Finally, after a decade of work, countless interviews and immersing himself into the culture, John Robb's definitive book is a journey far into The Art Of Darkness. The first in-depth book on Goth is a deep dive into the enduring culture and the social, historical and political backdrop that created the space for The Art Of Darkness to thrive.

                                                                                                                                            680 pages with interviews with the likes of Andrew Eldritch, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, The Cult, The Banshees, The Damned, Einsturzende Neubauten, Danielle Dax, Johnny Marr, Trent Reznor, Adam Ant, Laibach, The Cure, Nick Cave and many others, this is a deepdive and walk on the dark side and into the very heartland of Goth.

                                                                                                                                            Every generation has got to deal with the blues - embrace the melancholy. Find a beauty in the darkness, a poetry in sex and death...Whether it’s the Roman love of ghost stories, European macabre folk tales of the Middle Ages, Romantic poets, or the original Gothic tribes sacking the Eternal City, a walk on the dark side has always had its attractions. In the post-punk period, Generation Xerox saw music, clothes and culture come together to create one of the most enduring pop cultures of them all that still resonates to this day..
                                                                                                                                            Goth.
                                                                                                                                            It may have been a retrospective term for a scene that was already thriving, but its back story goes back millennia. The book starts with the fall of Rome and ends with Instagram and Tik Tok influencers, taking diversions through Lord Byron, European folk tales, Indian sadhus, Gothic architecture, Romantic poets, philosophers and idealists before coalescing through the dark end of the Sixties’ youthquake, and then blooming like Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs Du Mal in the post-punk period.

                                                                                                                                            Defying the broken heartland of the post-industrial cities, the semi-forgotten satellite towns and the grim real politic of the Thatcher years, this was a post-punk culture full of dark dance and a death disco. The music soundtracked the style and a Stygian obsidian soundtrack fused the many fragments of culture that had been flirted with in the post-war pop narrative; a darker culture that began to coalesce around the holy trinity of the Doors, the Velvets and the Stooges in the late Sixties before flirting with glam rock, being amplified by punk, exploding as Goth, and then splintering into electronic dance music, industrial, psychobilly and new Goth, before finally filtering through dystopian Hollywood blockbusters, modern literature and throughout the modern world.

                                                                                                                                            In the late Seventies, Goth culture emerged around a clutch of bands who found a new form of beauty in the apocalyptic foreboding, as a new youth tribe took glam rock from the catwalk to the cobbles and onto their own dance floors, creating their own art of darkness.


                                                                                                                                            JOHN

                                                                                                                                            Theme New Bond Junior

                                                                                                                                              Cryptically-named duo JOHN - comprised of John Newton (drums, lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar, backing vocals) - return with their first new music since the release of their acclaimed third album Nocturnal Manoeuvres. It comes in the guise of the blistering 'Theme New Bond Junior', the A-side of a new 7" single, b/w 'Hopper on the Dial'.

                                                                                                                                              Set to undulating guitar riffs and a greater sense of dynamics than ever before, 'Theme New Bond Junior' finds JOHN tackling the questioning feelings that arose as the band returned to the live circuit once venues began to open their doors as they embarked on a rapturous 30-date UK tour in autumn 2021, as well as recent festival slots at Green Man, End of the Road, Latitude, a main stage appearance at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering and a memorable return to the mainland at Belgium’s historic ROCK HERK.

                                                                                                                                              “The arts function as a mirror of our wider culture, and it’s been interesting to see how the acceleration of the present affects most aspects of our lives - including the production of art and music," says Newton. "The track was a gestation on the speed of consumption: this includes both the constant update/obsolescence of physical products and their resulting affect on the human attention span.”

                                                                                                                                              “Recently, it’s been concerning to see individuals - who have been pillars of creative action - questioning their ability to continue their jobs (and passions). Especially amongst the, quite frankly ridiculous, calls to ‘retrain’. I felt like the track helped us to keep our own momentum, continuing to stay positive and move forward despite the challenging scenery around us. With this in mind, it felt like the perfect track to act as a call-to-arms, introducing a new chapter as the first glimpse of a barrage of new stuff we’ve been focussing on.”

                                                                                                                                              'Theme New Bond Junior' also marks a change in production personnel: beginning a collaboration between South London recording engineer Tom Hill of The Bookhouse Studio and mixing engineer Seth Manchester (Battles, METZ, The Hotelier) of Machines With Magnets, Rhode Island, USA.

                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                              Laura says: How good is this?! Piccadilly's favourite noise makers return with this superb two tracker. Theme New Bond Junior is a typically JOHN thundering guitar and drum assault while Hopper On The Dial is a more brooding affair that slowly builds to a crescendo of soaring guitars, rumbling drums and half-spoken vocals.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              A1 Theme New Bond Junior
                                                                                                                                              B1 Hopper On The Dial

                                                                                                                                              John Lee Hooker

                                                                                                                                              Burnin' - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                VINYL
                                                                                                                                                Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Hooker’s electrifying blues classic, Burnin’, this 180-gram reissue offers newly remastered audio from the original analog tapes. Featuring a stereo mix of the album, as it was first released in 1962, the set includes the King of the Boogie’s signature hit, “Boom Boom,” and features members of the legendary Funk Brothers (Motown Records’ celebrated house band). A tip-on jacket, which replicates Vee-Jay Records’ original designs, rounds out the package.

                                                                                                                                                CD
                                                                                                                                                This expanded 60th anniversary edition of Hooker’s electrifying blues classic, Burnin’, offers both stereo and newly mixed mono versions of the album. Audio has been remastered from the original analog tapes. The tracklist features the King of the Boogie’s signature hit, “Boom Boom,” plus a previously unreleased alternate take of “Thelma,” captured during Hooker’s 1961 session. Includes new liner notes by the GRAMMY®-nominated music historian, Bill Dahl, offered in an 8-page poster booklet. 

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                LP Tracklisitng:
                                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                                Boom Boom
                                                                                                                                                Process
                                                                                                                                                Lost A Good Girl
                                                                                                                                                A New Leaf
                                                                                                                                                Blues Before Sunrise
                                                                                                                                                Let’s Make It
                                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                                I Got A Letter
                                                                                                                                                Thelma
                                                                                                                                                Drug Store Woman
                                                                                                                                                Keep Your Hands To Yourself
                                                                                                                                                What Do You Say 

                                                                                                                                                CD
                                                                                                                                                1. Boom Boom (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                2. Process (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                3. Lost A Good Girl (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                4. A New Leaf (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                5. Blues Before Sunrise (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                6. Let’s Make It (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                7. I Got A Letter (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                8. Thelma (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                9. Drug Store Woman (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                10. Keep Your Hands To Yourself (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                11. What Do You Say (Stereo)
                                                                                                                                                12. Thelma (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                                                                13. Boom Boom (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                14. Process (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                15. Lost A Good Girl (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                16. A New Leaf (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                17. Blues Before Sunrise (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                18. Let’s Make It (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                19. I Got A Letter (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                20. Thelma (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                21. Drug Store Woman (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                22. Keep Your Hands To Yourself (Mono)
                                                                                                                                                23. What Do You Say (Mono)

                                                                                                                                                John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Andres Renteria

                                                                                                                                                Posh Swat

                                                                                                                                                  Posh Swat, an all percussion improvisation album with John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer & Andres Renteria. Trap kit, Hand percussion, homemade percussion instruments and electronic percussion over flow here with extra weirdness. Sick pop rhythms grinding thru the wasteland. Sand in your hair and bugs in your teeth. Hand on your knife, knife in your sheath. Grimy bass burps thru a fried stack. And the crack of the snare is a mighty pink smack. Bells, whistles conga and vibes. This is a drug record. One thousand times.

                                                                                                                                                  For fans of Niagra, Black Pus, Container, Bruce Ditmas and all things beat driven and drum craven. 

                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: You never expect John Dwyer to stay still for too long, but I really didn't expect his foray with Ryan Sawyer & Andres Renteria to be quite this *drummy*. It's a beautifully expressive and brilliantly organic sounding suite of rhythms punctuated with incidental synth stabs and jagged groove. Unsurprisingly inventive and unique.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  Intro
                                                                                                                                                  The Spent Sadist
                                                                                                                                                  Chit Chat
                                                                                                                                                  Scavenger
                                                                                                                                                  Red Clay Wall
                                                                                                                                                  Dungeon Crawler
                                                                                                                                                  Bug City
                                                                                                                                                  The Sythe Is Remorseless
                                                                                                                                                  Bricked Rune
                                                                                                                                                  Scatter
                                                                                                                                                  The Hostile Womb
                                                                                                                                                  More Will Be Revealed

                                                                                                                                                  The Orchids

                                                                                                                                                  John Peel Session 09.04.94

                                                                                                                                                    Now you’re gonna want this – more unreleased Orchids material! This is the enigmatic Scottish five-piece’s second session for John Peel, four years after the first, by which time they’d started phoning in football reports to the legendary DJ. Two of these songs were never released at the time, though one came out as a demo about 25 years later (the shoulda-been-single ‘Patience Is Mine’) – and the other two were very different on Striving For The Lazy Perfection. Package also features a set of six postcards with unseen pics from their famous session at Toad Hall Studios in Glasgow.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Patience Is Mine
                                                                                                                                                    Waiting Seems Vain
                                                                                                                                                    A Living Ken And Barbie (Back To Basics Mix)
                                                                                                                                                    The Searching

                                                                                                                                                    John Cale

                                                                                                                                                    Mercy

                                                                                                                                                      For nearly 60 years, or at least since he was a young Welshman who moved to New York and formed The Velvet Underground, Cale has been reinventing his music with dazzling and inspiring regularity. There was the bewitching chamber folk of Paris 1919 followed instantly by the gnarled rock of Fear, the provocative and spare song cycle Music for a New Society followed more than 30 years later by mighty and unabashed electronic updates. Once again, here is Cale, reimagining how his music is made, sounds, and even works. His engrossing 12-track MERCY moves through true dark-night-of-the-soul electronics toward vulnerable love songs and hopeful considerations for the future.

                                                                                                                                                      On MERCY, Cale enlists some of music’s most curious young minds: Animal Collective, Sylvan Esso, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, Actress. They’re only some of the astounding cast here, brilliant musicians who climb inside Cale’s consummate vision of the world and help him redecorate there. Cale turned 80 in March, and he’s watched as many peers have passed away, particularly during the last decade. MERCY is the continuation of a long career’s work with wonder. Cale has always searched for new ways to explore old ideas of alienation, hurt, and joy; MERCY is the latest transfixing find of this unsatisfied mind.

                                                                                                                                                      The writings and recordings that shaped MERCY piled up for years, as Cale watched society totter at the brink of dystopia. Trump and Brexit, Covid and climate change, civil rights and right-wing extremism—Cale let the bad news of the day filter into his lines, whether that meant contemplating the sovereignty and legal status of sea ice melting near the poles or the unhinged arming of Americans. Lessons from a life (still being) richly lived floated to the fore, too, nodded to on the previously released “NIGHT CRAWLING.” If we’re always regretting our past, aren’t we conscripting ourselves to permanent disappointment?

                                                                                                                                                      During “STORY OF BLOOD,” after the piano prelude gives way to a frame-rattling beat and synthesizers that feel like sunshine splashed across a snowfield, the voices of Cale and Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering slide past one another, two phantoms trying to find a partner amid the modern din. “Swing your soul,” they both sing in aspiration. In the final verse, Cale remembers this existence is not just about himself. “I’m going back to get them, my friends in the morning. Bring them with me into the light.” The accompanying video by Emmy-winning director Jethro Waters is a mix of disturbing and serene featuring both Cale and Weyes Blood. Its deep tones and religious images emphasize the track’s dark, spiritual mood.

                                                                                                                                                      Cale elaborates: “I’d been listening to Weyes Blood’s latest record and remembered Natalie’s puritanical vocals. I thought if I could get her to come and sing with me on the ‘Swing your soul’ section, and a few other harmonies, it would be beautiful. What I got from her was something else! Once I understood the versatility in her voice, it was as if I’d written the song with her in mind all along. Her range and fearless approach to tonality was an unexpected surprise. There’s even a little passage in there where she’s a dead-ringer for Nico.”

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      1. Mercy Feat. Laurel Halo
                                                                                                                                                      2. Marilyn Monroe’s Leg (Beauty Elsewhere) Feat. Actress
                                                                                                                                                      3. Noise Of You
                                                                                                                                                      4. Story Of Blood Feat. Weyes Blood
                                                                                                                                                      5. Time Stands Still Feat. Sylvan Esso
                                                                                                                                                      6. Moonstruck (Nico’s Song)
                                                                                                                                                      7. Everlasting Days Feat. Animal Collective
                                                                                                                                                      8. Night Crawling
                                                                                                                                                      9. Not The End Of The World
                                                                                                                                                      10. The Legal Status Of Ice Feat. Fat White Family
                                                                                                                                                      11. I Know You’re Happy Feat. Tei Shi
                                                                                                                                                      12. Out Your Window

                                                                                                                                                      John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, And Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                                      Halloween Ends Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                                        After 45 years, the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a final confrontation unlike any captured on-screen before, one where only one of them will survive.

                                                                                                                                                        When the franchise relaunched in 2018, Halloweenshattered box office records, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing chapter and set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a horror film starring a woman. In 2021, Halloween Killsearned the biggest opening weekend for any horror film in the pandemic era and simultaneously set a new record for a non-live event premiere streaming on Peacock.

                                                                                                                                                        As Halloween Endsmarks the last chapter of the David Gordon Green trilogy, so it ushers the essential return of original director and composer John Carpenter to score the iconically hair-raising soundtrack alongside Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. Together they once again bring the celebrated music score to the horror movie series, one of the most distinctive aspects of the franchise to date

                                                                                                                                                        Similarly to the last two soundtracks, Halloween Endswas recorded in its entirety at John Carpenter’s home studio and Daniel’s studio. “The three of us compose,perform, and record all the music, and everything is mixed by Daniel together with John Spiker” says John Carpenter.

                                                                                                                                                        The unmistakable mix of software synths, vintage analogue equipment, and live instrumentation is utilized once again to provide the signature sound of Halloween. However, rumors have it that Halloween Ends is going to be somewhat different from the previous two films in the trilogy. With that comes an expanded soundtrack, one that matches the tone of a tangible rise in stakes and conveys the climatic feel of the film. The soundtrack of the third installment broadens old themes whilst creating new ones in an effort to bring renewed life to one of the most epic horror scores ever written. Carpenter elaborates, “The main themes have all been passed down from the original Halloween. We have refined them and created new themes for new characters.

                                                                                                                                                        ”The soundtrack was tracked scene by scene but the album itself plays like a standalone piece of music. The general atmosphereis one of dread yet the record includes some groove laden moments reminiscent of Escape From New York or some of Carpenter’s other more dance-able scores. Exquisite and delicate ambient pieces weave their way between some of the score’s more arresting moments and yet maintain a subtle pop sensibility. The overall achievement showcases three master musicians, one of whom invented the entire horror-synth genre, crafting an evocative, playful and deeply listenable score that honors a legacy and expands on the decades of work that have been leading to this triumphant climax.

                                                                                                                                                        Carpenter is known for directing the original 1978 Halloween, as well as other horror classics like The Thing, The Fog, Escape From New York, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, andThey Live. However John Carpenter is not only a cult movie-maker, he’s also a pioneering electronic composer. Halloween Endsis the soundtrack of the final battle against evil. Watch your back this Halloween, Michael may be near you.

                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: One of the most legendary soundtrack writers and directors of all time, in his newest guise with both Cody (his son) and Daniel Davies bring us the third and final bout of dystopian synths and tense atmospheric drone. A blistering, and perfectly fitting instrumental tour de force.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1 Where Is Jeremy?
                                                                                                                                                        2 Halloween Ends (Main Title)
                                                                                                                                                        3 Laurie’s Theme Ends
                                                                                                                                                        4 The Cave
                                                                                                                                                        5 Cool Kid
                                                                                                                                                        6 Drags To The Cave
                                                                                                                                                        7 Evil Eyes
                                                                                                                                                        8 Transformation
                                                                                                                                                        9 Because Of You
                                                                                                                                                        10 Requiem For Jeremy
                                                                                                                                                        11 Kill The Cop
                                                                                                                                                        12 Corey And Michael
                                                                                                                                                        13 Corey’s Requiem
                                                                                                                                                        14 The Junk Yard
                                                                                                                                                        15 Where Are You?
                                                                                                                                                        16 Bye Bye Corey
                                                                                                                                                        17 The Fight
                                                                                                                                                        18 Before Her Eyes
                                                                                                                                                        19 The Procession
                                                                                                                                                        20 Cherry Blossoms
                                                                                                                                                        21 Halloween Ends

                                                                                                                                                        Dylan John Thomas

                                                                                                                                                        EP2

                                                                                                                                                          This limited edition transparent 12” vinyl is Dylan’s second EP. It includes brand new single ‘If I Didn’t Laugh’, previously released ‘Fever’ plus two brand new songs ‘Now and Then’ and ‘What a Shame’, introduced by opening instrumental ‘Battle of Alesia’.

                                                                                                                                                          Mentored by Gerry Cinnamon, the singer-songwriter made history selling out King Tut’s quicker than any other artist in the venue’s history. Having played gigs with Sam Fender, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics and Courteeners, Dylan also played a sold-out headline show at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland earlier this year. Fresh from making his Glastonbury debut, he will be appearing at festivals throughout the summer, including a main stage slot at TRNSMT, with a headline tour to follow this November.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Battle Of Alesia
                                                                                                                                                          2. Fever
                                                                                                                                                          3. If I Didn’t Laugh
                                                                                                                                                          4. What A Shame
                                                                                                                                                          5. Now And Then

                                                                                                                                                          To Rococo Rot

                                                                                                                                                          John Peel BBC Sessions 97-99

                                                                                                                                                            Without a doubt, To Rococo Rot are an exception within the German music landscape. From 1995 until they broke up in 2014, the group around Robert Lippok, Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider researched a unique sound between electronic music, ambient, post-melancholy and the further development of a new, free music like krautrock. The trio was invited 3 times by John Peel to record radio sessions in the BBC. Available on record for the first time, which, in addition to the versions of selected album tracks, also contains exclusive, unreleased songs.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            Intro
                                                                                                                                                            Thomson Colour
                                                                                                                                                            Tour De Repechage
                                                                                                                                                            Glück
                                                                                                                                                            This Sandy Piece
                                                                                                                                                            Prado
                                                                                                                                                            A Little Asphalt Here And There
                                                                                                                                                            Rocket Fuel
                                                                                                                                                            Telema
                                                                                                                                                            Esther
                                                                                                                                                            Glas

                                                                                                                                                            John Williams

                                                                                                                                                            Hollywood Story

                                                                                                                                                              A graduate of the Juilliard School, John Williams is considered a prodigy of his generation. Conductor, composer, pianist, saxophonist… these are all roles he embodies.

                                                                                                                                                              From the height of his 64-year career, he has had the honor of composing the soundtracks of Harry Potter, Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, Superman, Schindler's List and more.

                                                                                                                                                              A composer with multiple awards, he is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of the international music scene.


                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              A1. Jaws Main Theme (from Jaws)
                                                                                                                                                              A2. Suite Of Raiders Of The Lost Ark (from Raiders Of The Lost Ark)
                                                                                                                                                              A3. Suite Of Jurassic Park (from Jurassic Park)
                                                                                                                                                              A4. Hedwigs Theme (from Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone)
                                                                                                                                                              B1. Star Wars : A New Hope Main Titles (from Star Wars IV : A New Hope)
                                                                                                                                                              B2. Cantina Band (from Star Wars IV : A New Hope)
                                                                                                                                                              B3. The Imperial March (from Star Wars Episode V : The Empire Strikes Back)
                                                                                                                                                              B4. Duel Of The Fates (from Star Wars Episode 1 : The Phantom Menace)
                                                                                                                                                              B5. Across The Stars (from Star Wars Episode II : Attack Of The Clones)
                                                                                                                                                              C1. Schindlers List Main Theme (from Schindlers List)
                                                                                                                                                              C2. Hymn To The Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan)
                                                                                                                                                              C3. The Float (from Catch Me If You Can)
                                                                                                                                                              C4. The Tale Of Viktor Navorski (from The Terminal)
                                                                                                                                                              D1. Adventures On Earth (from E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial)
                                                                                                                                                              D2. Resolution And Finale (from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind)
                                                                                                                                                              D3. Where Dreams Are Born (from Artificial Intelligence)

                                                                                                                                                              John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                                              Firestarter Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                                                The horror master John Carpenter is back with his Halloween franchise collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter for their infectious new soundtrack to the 2022 adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. This marks the first official soundtrack that the team has composed together outside of the Halloween franchise and their inspiration and evolution as a creative team is on full display.

                                                                                                                                                                The film is a new take on the thriller examining a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers and her fight to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her. The film releases theatrically on May 13th, 2022 and stars Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, Ryan Kiera, is directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil) and created by the producers of The Invisible Man. The story has become a classic and the intense nature of the film creates a canvas for a dynamic soundtrack.

                                                                                                                                                                The Firestarter soundtrack utilizes some of the best elements of Carpenter’s famous musical repertoire and charts exciting new territory. The tracks range from fist pumping sci-fi anthems to slow reverb drenched piano ballads and each utilizes a variety of sonic applications. Skulking beats, skittering synths, crushing guitars and an ever-lurking echo come together to create an album that is atmospheric and also deeply melodic, cohesive and eclectic. These three musicians are all working in the peak of their individual and collaborative creativity and this soundtrack further solidifies them as masters of the craft.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                1. Mother’s Love
                                                                                                                                                                2. Lot 6 (Main Titles)
                                                                                                                                                                3. Are You Scared Of Me?
                                                                                                                                                                4. Dodge Ball Heats Up
                                                                                                                                                                5. Corporate Menace
                                                                                                                                                                6. Burned Hands
                                                                                                                                                                7. Rainbird Fights Vicky
                                                                                                                                                                8. Bless Mommy
                                                                                                                                                                9. Flashback Kills
                                                                                                                                                                10. Police Arrive
                                                                                                                                                                11. Sniper Attack
                                                                                                                                                                12. Charlie Alone
                                                                                                                                                                13. Charlie’s Powers
                                                                                                                                                                14. I’ll Find You
                                                                                                                                                                15. Charlie’s Rampage
                                                                                                                                                                16. Rampage Ends
                                                                                                                                                                17. Firestarter (End Titles)

                                                                                                                                                                Strut and Art Yard present the culmination of a 5-year project researching the archives of author, DJ and activist John Sinclair with the first ever retrospective of the influential Detroit Artists Workshop spanning 1965 to 1981.

                                                                                                                                                                “In the mid-‘60s, Detroit was nowhere,” explains Sinclair. “A decaying jazz scene, no community of poets, painters or writers so a group of young Detroit artists, most of us students at Wayne State University, got together in the late Summer of 1964.” Led by Sinclair and trumpeter Charles Moore, the Artists Workshop Society was formed as a co-operative community, drawing upon the resources of every participating individual in order to perpetuate itself. They began to provide spaces in Detroit for musicians to rehearse and to promote live concerts showcasing a range progressive jazz artists across the city.

                                                                                                                                                                Between the mid-‘60s and the early ‘80s, Sinclair amassed a huge archive of recordings from the Workshop concerts featuring Detroit residents like Moore’s Contemporary 5, Ron English and Lyman Woodard alongside many other US jazz luminaries including Donald Byrd, Sun Ra Arkestra and Herbie Hancock. Dormant in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Brooklyn for many years, Strut and Art Yard began their research into the archives in 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                This first compilation of Detroit Artists Workshop is a revelation for any fan of jazz, featuring previously unreleased recordings by Byrd, Moore, English, Woodard, Bennie Maupin and Teddy Harris accompanied by extensive sleeve notes from John Sinclair, Robin Eichele and Herb Boyd. All tracks are remastered from the original tapes by Technology Works.

                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                Matt says: From percussive heavy tribal dancers and boppin' funk that'd make New Orleans take note; to spiritual jazz so deep it'll change your religion! A breath taking comp from the city which seems intrinsic in the story of the jazz. For some the sixties are its golden age and when listening to this double disc spectacular it's hard not to see why.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                A1. John Sinclair Introduction / Yusef Lateef - Happy Ology
                                                                                                                                                                A2. Donald Byrd - Christo Redentor
                                                                                                                                                                A3. Donald Byrd - Blackjack
                                                                                                                                                                B1. Detroit Contemporary 4 - Effi
                                                                                                                                                                B2. Detroit Contemporary 4 - The Promise
                                                                                                                                                                B3. Detroit Contemporary 4 - Three Flowers (Cd Only)
                                                                                                                                                                C1. Bennie Maupin Quartet - Water Torture
                                                                                                                                                                C2. Ron English - Bees
                                                                                                                                                                D1. Teddy Harris - Passion Dance
                                                                                                                                                                D2. Lyman Woodard - Deja Vu
                                                                                                                                                                D3. Lyman Woodard Organisation - Help Me Get Away

                                                                                                                                                                John Rocca

                                                                                                                                                                I Want It To Be Real (Late Nite Tuff Guy & Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk Remixes)

                                                                                                                                                                An ‘80s dance classic from the legend John Rocca, gets a fresh new take from Aussie edit king Late Nite Tuff Guy alongside a remastered reissue of Chicago house royalty Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk’s 1987 Hot House Piano Remix.

                                                                                                                                                                The main man behind jazz funk favourites, Freeez, John Rocca took to the studio in ’84 and whipped up an electrofied steamer in the form of ‘I Want It To Be Real’. Tantalizing synthwork, beefed up basslines, gated snares and pure ‘80s vocals, it’s a melting pot of influences with a catchiness that caused a serious stir, not least informing Derrick May’s infamous bootleg ‘Simply Just A Vantage’.

                                                                                                                                                                This special double header of remixes kicks off with a brand new mix from Late Nite Tuff Guy. He builds up the brilliance with masterful effect, keeping the vocal in the back pocket till the final frontier whilst adding in some buttery new synth magic and deft filtering to the mix.

                                                                                                                                                                On the flip, Chicago house don Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk’s 1987 remix homes in on those blissful piano and vocal stabs for a dubbed out ‘Hot House Piano Mix’. Spiritual keys laid down with passion that will be sure to get any dancefloor hot under the collar.


                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                Matt says: Two ridiculously strong remixes of this proto-dance anthem (as sampled by Derrick may!). Late Nite Tuff Guy has a smooth, rippling effect running through it, late night deepness that wouldn't sound outta place at Fabric! Meanwhile, Farley Funk's oft-overlooked but absolutely killer mix is remastered and included for our delight. Astonishing that this is from '87 - it still sounds fresh to this day.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                A1. I Want It To Be Real (Late Nite Tuff Guy Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                B1. I Want It To Be Real (Farley Hot House Piano Mix)

                                                                                                                                                                John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                Blue Train - The Complete Masters

                                                                                                                                                                  To mark the 65th anniversary of the album’s recording, Blue Train will be released in two special editions on September 16 as part of Blue Note’s acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series.

                                                                                                                                                                  A 1-LP mono pressing of the original album will be presented in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket, while the 2-LP stereo collection Blue Train: The Complete Masters will include a second disc featuring seven alternate and incomplete takes, none of which have been released previously on vinyl, and four of which have never been released before on any format. The Complete Masters comes with a booklet featuring never-before-seen session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn. Both Tone Poet Vinyl Editions were produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI.

                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train: The Complete Masters will also be released as a 2-CD set and digital collection.

                                                                                                                                                                  “Few studio experiences I’ve had can compare with the thrill of listening to the original master tapes—mono, stereo and alternate takes—of Blue Train,” says Harley. “I consider these two new versions the definitive editions of this masterpiece performance by John Coltrane.”

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  2CD
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train
                                                                                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice
                                                                                                                                                                  Locomotion
                                                                                                                                                                  I’m Old Fashioned
                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train (false Start)
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train (take 7)
                                                                                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice (alternate Take 4)
                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird (take 1)
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train (alternate Take)
                                                                                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice (incomplete Alternate Take 5A)
                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird (alternate Take)

                                                                                                                                                                  1LP
                                                                                                                                                                  LP 1 | Blue Train | Original Album | Studio
                                                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train
                                                                                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice
                                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                                  Locomotion
                                                                                                                                                                  I’m Old Fashioned
                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird

                                                                                                                                                                  2LP
                                                                                                                                                                  LP 1 | Blue Train | Original Album | Studio
                                                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train
                                                                                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice
                                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                                  Locomotion
                                                                                                                                                                  I’m Old Fashioned
                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird
                                                                                                                                                                  LP 2 | Blue Train | Alternate And Incomplete Takes
                                                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train (false Start)
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train (take 7)
                                                                                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice (alternate Take 4)
                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird (take 1)
                                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train (alternate Take)
                                                                                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice (incomplete Alternate Take 5A)
                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird (alternate Take)

                                                                                                                                                                  Retro house sounds from Italy on this release... tunes that still go down well with some of the big name festival dj's during their summer tour! A track that remained unpublished for 33 years until Devil Dee decided to make it public and bring his own voice to the spotlight joined by jazz-blues singer Joan Faulkner, (former supporting voice of Boney M and Milli Vanilli, also known by her stage name 'Dee-Vah'). Devil Dee is Davide Mancori - a cinematograph with a flattering career as a club-dj from 80s-90s onwards - who lovingly produced this release which differs from most of the releases on Best Record by its housey vibe. 'And The Beat Goes On' was written in Germany in 1989 by Leonie Gane and Ryan Paris laying the crucial foundations for an evolutionary step of the italian disco music. A step forward for the 'Italo' movement considered obsolete and defunct. In fact, the track is also referring to the latest Italo-Disco which entirely covered the scene of the 1980s with furious activity, If the meeting between Devil Dee and the famous interpreter of 'Dolce Vita' - Mister Ryan Paris - creates the alchemy, the explosive mix is completed with the precious work of Marco Magrini. The arrangement by Pierluigi Cerin and the executive work of Claudio Casalini close the magic circle. Five friends and a great singer from Indiana to fill the dance floors all over Europe, while the images of the provocative and surreal video-clip capture the audience by splitting in two. There are those who do not want to see certain issues publicized and those who appreciate their cheekiness, such as Best Record which by publishing the vinyl printed at 180 grams celebrates the 40 years of activity.

                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                  Matt says: Can you believe this sat unreleased for 33 years? Can you believe it's actually 33 years old?! Unfathomable questions to a record that, if it had been released, would be WAY ahead of its time. Instead, we get it now, and it makes complete sense. Devil Dee - a timing genius.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  01 And The Beat Goes On (marco Magrini Extended Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                  02 And The Beat Goes On (instrumental)
                                                                                                                                                                  03 Devil Dee Ft Joan Faulkner And The Beat Goes On Club Version
                                                                                                                                                                  04 And The Beat Goes On (electro Dub By Devil Dee Claudio Casalini)

                                                                                                                                                                  John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                  A Love Supreme - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                    Easily one of the most important records ever made, this was Coltrane's pinnacle studio outing that spoke of his search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms. Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, it became an instant best-seller and received a Grammy nomination. It remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and in 2021 was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million albums in the U.S. The achievement garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status, underscoring its enduring legacy and importance.

                                                                                                                                                                    John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                    Ballads - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                      Ballads is a special Coltrane masterpiece and consistent best-seller, recorded in December 1961 with Coltrane’s classic quartet—pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones—. When asked why such an undertaking, Coltrane replied, "variety." The recording captures the famed John Coltrane Quartet in a performance of timeless ballads. Coltrane was one of jazz's greatest ballad players, and his lyrical gifts are in sharp relief here.

                                                                                                                                                                      This Poison!

                                                                                                                                                                      John Peel Session 30​.​11​.​87

                                                                                                                                                                        “I love this session. Four great songs full of hooks. All of them under the three-minute mark. La-la-la singalongs. Shiny guitars. What more do you want?” Gideon Coe

                                                                                                                                                                        From Perth in Scotland, This Poison! released two classic late 80s singles on the Wedding Present’s Reception Records and that was it. Apart from this stunning Peel session, featuring four songs that never saw the light of day on vinyl during the band’s lifetime. “Rip-roaring stuff!” said John Peel, and he wasn’t wrong. Package also includes download codes, sleeve notes from Derek Moir and a set of postcards – among them one from the great man himself sent to the band, a must for any Peel devotees.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Question Mark (Peel Session) 02:13
                                                                                                                                                                        2. St Johnstoun (Peel Session) 02:45
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Driving Skills (Peel Session) 02:15
                                                                                                                                                                        4. It'll All Work Out (Peel Session) 02:07

                                                                                                                                                                        John Carroll Kirby

                                                                                                                                                                        Dance Ancestral

                                                                                                                                                                          Dance Ancestral is the latest addition to the prolific artist John Carroll Kirby’s fast-growing and distinctive body of work. Kirby debuted on Stones Throw in 2020 with My Garden, an album influenced by jazz, New Age and early music which he synthesised into his unique and instantly recognisable sound signature. Since then, he’s released the instrumental piano album Conflict, the Cryptozoo original feature film soundtrack, and the jazz fusion suite Septet. For Dance Ancestral, Kirby invited Canadian producer Yu Su to join him on production duties for a record with a more electronic sound.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Dawn Of New Day (ft. Laraaji)
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Pan’s Dance
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Repettos For You My Lord
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Pause On The Ancient Ballcourt
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Frog Life
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Ghost In A Mist
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Messages In Water
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Tiptoe To The Grave
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Gabriel’s Gig

                                                                                                                                                                          Marine Research

                                                                                                                                                                          John Peel Session 18​.​05​.​99

                                                                                                                                                                            This is the only BBC session ever recorded by the wonderful Marine Research, the group formed by members of Sarah legends Heavenly following the death of Mathew Fletcher. Gatefold double 7” vinyl has four songs, among them the gorgeous ‘Angel In The Snow’ and previously unreleased ‘Bad Dreams’, featuring David Gedge of the Wedding Present) plus ‘Capital L', which would probably have been a single if the band hadn’t split up. Package includes a set of postcards with previously unseen pics, download codes and informative sleeve notes from Amelia Fletcher. As an added extra freebie on the download, you also get a live show from BBC Sound City in Liverpool in October 1999 - introduced by Peel himself.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. I Confess (Peel Session) 03:25
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Angel In The Snow (Peel Session) 04:18
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Bad Dreams (Peel Session) 04:16
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Capital L (Peel Session) 04:55

                                                                                                                                                                            Prolapse

                                                                                                                                                                            John Peel Session 08​.​04​.​97

                                                                                                                                                                              Here's the explosive second Peel session from the masters of discord (or should that be dischord?). You'll want this for 'Deanshanger' alone but the rest's pretty good too – including two previously tracks – made up on the spot according to the group. Features a set of postcards, download codes and sleeve notes from Linda telling us how relieved she was to miss out on TOTP.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. Slash/Oblique (Peel Session) 04:19
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Deanshanger (Peel Session) 04:59
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Outside Of It (Peel Session) 06:34
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Place Called Clock (Peel Session) 03:56

                                                                                                                                                                              Prolapse

                                                                                                                                                                              John Peel Session 20​.​08​.​94

                                                                                                                                                                                On vinyl for the fist time, this is Prolapse's spectacular debut session for John Peel, featuring divergent versions of a couple of classics and the previously unreleased 'Broken Cormorant', the subject of much debate among devotees down the years. As usual, comes with a set of postcards – among them a Joe Dilworth contact sheet – plus download codes for the BBC WAVs. And sleeve notes from Scottish Mick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. Serpico (Peel Session) 05:40
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Doorstop Rhythmic Bloc (Peel Session) 04:49
                                                                                                                                                                                3. When Space Invaders Were Big (Peel Session) 04:25
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Broken Cormorant (Peel Session) 05:21

                                                                                                                                                                                John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                                Blue Train - 2022 Repress

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane's 1957 studio session in Hackensack, New Jersey produced all the material for the legendary album, Blue Train. The album marked the first time that Trane was given the opportunity to select his own sidemen for a date. He made effective use of his newfound freedom, enlisting the support of trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. When asked in a 1960 radio interview which was his favourite of all the albums he recorded up to that point, Coltrane was quick to reply, Blue Train.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Train
                                                                                                                                                                                  Moment's Notice
                                                                                                                                                                                  East Bound
                                                                                                                                                                                  Locomotion
                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm Old Fashioned
                                                                                                                                                                                  Lazy Bird

                                                                                                                                                                                  Foyer Des Arts

                                                                                                                                                                                  Die John Peel Session

                                                                                                                                                                                    John Peel liked Foyer des Arts so much that he not only played all the songs from their album several times on his show, he also invited the duo to record a session and were one of only a few German-speaking bands to do so. The Berlin duo made their way to London in October 1986, where they were joined by members of The Higsons and The Farmers Boys to record at BBC Maida Vale In the year 2000 Goldt asked the BBC what had happened to the session tapes, only to learn that they had probably been wiped. Twenty years later, the Cologne-based sound engineer Tom Morgenstern, with the help of a colleague from the BBC, managed to unearth the lost tapes. And here they are, 35 years on, as fresh as the day they were made.

                                                                                                                                                                                    John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                                    Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                                      Overlooked on its original release, 'Coltrane' has since been regarded by as a major recording in the saxophonist's discography. Featuring the classic quartet and produced by Bob Thiele for Impulse, this special edition has two bonus tracks from the same sessions not included on the original LP: 'Impressions' and 'Up 'Gainst The Wall'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Out Of This World
                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Soul Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Impressions
                                                                                                                                                                                      4. The Inch Worm
                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Tunji [toon-Gee]
                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Miles' Mode
                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Up 'gainst The Wall

                                                                                                                                                                                      John Foxx

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Marvellous Notebook

                                                                                                                                                                                        Spoken word album. Features John Foxx reading from his book, The Quiet Man, which was originally published in 2020. The stunning artwork by Barnbrook, includes a vinyl insert with images by Foxx. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Vinyl
                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Marvellous Notebook
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Remember
                                                                                                                                                                                        3. The Quiet Man
                                                                                                                                                                                        *bonus Track On Download Coupon, Under London

                                                                                                                                                                                        CD
                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Marvellous Notebook
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Remember
                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Under London
                                                                                                                                                                                        4. The Quiet Man 

                                                                                                                                                                                        John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                                        Giant Steps

                                                                                                                                                                                          "The idea of an LP as a single aesthetic unit, pioneered by Frank Sinatra and a few others, was still relatively new at the time. Not the least of Coltrane's achievements was to harness the long player's potential and to give it near perfect, lastingly satisfying content. This is one of the great modern records." - Penguin Guide To Jazz

                                                                                                                                                                                          "Since its release in 1960, the fascination with Giant Steps has never wavered. This is a true masterpiece that should be in everyone's collection." - DownBeat

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Giant Steps
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cousin Mary
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Countdown
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Spiral
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Syeeda’s Song Flute
                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Naima
                                                                                                                                                                                          7. Mr. P.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Harmonique

                                                                                                                                                                                          John Rocca

                                                                                                                                                                                          Once Upon A Time In N.Y.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Beggars Arkive are excited to release ‘Once Upon A Time In N.Y.C.’, a collection of pioneering protoelectro and house music made by in NYC (and London) by Freeez founder John Rocca between 1982 - 1987.The LP is pressed on splattered orange vinyl and contains six tracks. Another two tracks, one of which is the international hit ‘I.O.U.’, are included on a bonus marbled grey 7”.

                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                            1.  ‘Once Upon A Time In
                                                                                                                                                                                            2.  N.Y.C.’
                                                                                                                                                                                            3.  I Dub U (Freeez Feat. John Rocca)
                                                                                                                                                                                            4.  Once Upon A Dub (John Rocca)
                                                                                                                                                                                            5.  I Want It To Be Real (Instrumental) (John Rocca)
                                                                                                                                                                                            6.  Englishman In New York(Extended) (John Rocca)
                                                                                                                                                                                            7.  Move (Extended Mix) (John Rocca)
                                                                                                                                                                                            8.  The Dream (Radio Edit) (John Rocca)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bonus 7”

                                                                                                                                                                                            1.  I.O.U. (7” Version Remastered) (Freeez)
                                                                                                                                                                                            2.  I Want It To Be Real (John Rocca)


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