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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.


    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
    I’m Sorry
    Back Home Again

    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."


      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

      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.


        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 Carpenteris 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 innatetalent for composition and his deep understanding of how music can elevatestorytelling 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 ex-cellently sequenced collection of some of his most iconic pieces of music fromhis 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 uneaseand 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 ambientleaning 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.


          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 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)

            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)


              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: Definitely one of my albums of the year this year. The mighty duo return with another ferocious blast of 80s hardcore infused noise. There's a barely restrained tension here like an elastic band stretched to the absolute limit.

                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

                    Even As We Speak

                    John Peels Session 16.02.92

                      John Peel was an early champion of Sydney-based popsters Even As We Speak, best known for a series of fantastic singles on Sarah Records – plus the much loved album Feral Pop Frenzy.

                      Released to coincide with their 2023 UK tour – their first visit for five years – this is the band’s first session for Peel, featuring a version of the indie hit ‘Falling Down The Stairs’ and two other songs from the LP plus ‘Stay With Me’, never before released on vinyl.

                      Precious package includes sleeve essay by Matt Love and a set of five postcards with rare pics from the session – plus free download codes. Limited to 350 copies.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Stay With Me
                      Falling Down The Stairs
                      Straight As An Arrow
                      Sailors’ Graves

                      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.


                        John Peel Session 14.10.95

                          Still going strong in 2023, Glasgow punk popsters bis take us nearly back 28 years with their debut BBC session for the legendary John Peel. Released here for the first time, this four-song EP features incendiary versions of fan favourites ‘Icky-Poo Air Raid’ and ‘Teen-C Power’, as well as future hit single ‘Kandy Pop’ – which saw the band become the first unsigned band ever to appear on Top of the Pops! This is an unmissable document of a teenage band full of wide-eyed enthusiasm for life, the universe and everything. Plus necessary sarcasm, of course.

                          Package includes sleeve notes from Sci-Fi Steven and a set of five postcards with rare pics – plus free download codes.

                          Limited to 500 copies.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Icky-Poo Air Raid
                          Kandy Pop
                          Teen-C Power
                          Super James


                          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
                            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
                              There Was A Saviour
                              Interlude I
                              On A Wedding
                              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

                              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 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
                                  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
                                    Hello Train
                                    Winding Boy
                                    Fly On Home
                                    Knuckledy Crunch And Slippledee-Slee Song
                                    Seven Black Roses

                                    One Thousand Violins

                                    John Peel Session 02.12.86

                                      Never before released, this is the second Peel session from Sheffield-based One Thousand Violins, one of the great lost artists of the 1980s. Treading a lovelorn path somewhere between the 60s and The Smiths, this classic set features four stonking Violins originals led by fan favourite ‘I Was Depending On You To Be My Jesus’ and ‘If I Were A Bullet’, destined to become an indie hit when later re-recorded as a single.

                                      Ten-inch vinyl release includes a set of postcards with previously unseen pics, sleeve notes by Violins crooner John Wood and free download codes.

                                      Limited to 350 copies.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      I Was Depending On You To Be My Jesus
                                      Almost Dead And Nigh On Forty Years To Go
                                      If I Were A Bullet (Then For Sure I’d Find A Way To Your Heart)
                                      No-One Was Saving The World

                                      One Thousand Violins

                                      John Peel Session 25.09.85

                                        If you love 60s pop, if you love The Smiths and if you love C86, then you’ll adore the melodic pop of One Thousand Violins. As well as being responsible for a series of highly regarded releases on Dan Treacy’s Whaam! and Dreamworld labels, the Sheffield-based outfit were regulars in John Peel’s Festive Fifty – and this is their first session for the legendary DJ’s show featuring three originals plus a never-before-released Walker Brothers cover.

                                        Ten-inch vinyl release includes a set of postcards with previously unseen pics, sleeve notes by main man Colin Gregory and free download codes.

                                        Limited to 350 copies.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Why Is It Always December?
                                        The Candle Man
                                        Though It Poured The Next Day, I Never Noticed The Rain
                                        The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

                                        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

                                          John Carroll Kirby


                                            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


                                                        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
                                                          Til Tomorrow
                                                          Side B
                                                          Da Da 331

                                                          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

                                                            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.

                                                                    Yard Act

                                                                    100% Endurance (Elton John Version) (RSD23 EDITION)


                                                                      IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 24TH).

                                                                      Limited Edition Orange 7”, exclusive to Record Store Day. Featuring Elton John. B-side features Yard Act’s cover of Tiny Dancer

                                                                      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
                                                                        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..
                                                                            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.


                                                                            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

                                                                                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.

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

                                                                                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

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

                                                                                  The Orchids

                                                                                  John Peel Session 08.05.90

                                                                                    Never before released on vinyl, this is the Sarah Records’ legends at their finest on their debut session for John Peel in 1990. The four songs here include a cracking version of live favourite ‘Caveman’ (better than the Lyceum mini-LP version, how the band wanted it!) and two others destined to end up on their Unholy Soul album – plus one song never properly released at all. Precious package also features a set of six postcards with unseen pics from studio and tour and download codes.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Frank De Salvo
                                                                                    Dirty Clothing
                                                                                    And When I Wake Up

                                                                                    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


                                                                                        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

                                                                                          Christina Vantzou, Michael Harrison & John Also Bennett

                                                                                          Christina Vantzou, Michael Harrison & John Also Bennett

                                                                                          A suite of raga-inspired compositions and improvisations that grew from a fertile collaboration between Christina Vantzou, Michael Harrison and John Also Bennett centered around a devotion to just intonation tuning, deep listening, and resonant spaces.

                                                                                          Michael Harrison is a composer and pianist who is a dedicated practitioner of just intonation and North Indian classical music. He was La Monte Young's protégé and piano tuner during The Well-Tuned Piano years and a disciple of Pandit Pran Nath, and has since developed his own customized tuning systems. Guided by conversations with Christina Vantzou, who provided structural frameworks for each piece and directed the sessions, the compositions drew from Harrison's daily raga practice, using its ancient forms as starting points from which the compositions could blossom and morph. A resonant backdrop of modular synthesizers played by John Also Bennett, who also contributed piano improvisations played on Harrison’s custom tuned Steinway concert grand, expanded the sessions into true collective praxis.

                                                                                          As noted by Parul Gupta, a conceptual artist based in New Delhi who contributed the stunning artwork for the album, “the songs feel like an extension of silence.” The notes from the piano emerge, resonate, and dissolve in measured and meditative sonic fields, allowing for a concentrated listening experience where every sound lives, breathes, and ultimately returns to silence. Contained within these aural ecologies are potentialities that emerge from a collective listening and improvising experience, and a resonant rebuttal of the standard equal tempered tuning system that has dominated Western music for centuries.

                                                                                          This release collects the verdant recordings from the trio’s 2019 Berlin sessions on two 45rpm records, accompanied by a risograph printed insert featuring track credits and Harrison’s handwritten tuning charts used on the album.

                                                                                          Artist Statement

                                                                                          An observer, a pianist and a synthesist form a triangle. The observer (Christina) is both witness and guide, the pianist (Michael) is precise and intuitive, and the synthesist (John) provides a palate of drones which offer increased resonance and a supportive framework. The piano has been carefully prepared to become a resonant body. This enhancement was achieved by tuning it to two of Michael’s just intonation tunings, based on his work, “Revelation,” and North Indian classical music, or ragas. These tunings maintain mathematically precise intervals. In place of voice, sitar or tabla, is the piano, and in place of the tanpura, is the synthesizer. Playing ragas is an ancient practice of structured improvisation. Time, knowledge and memory interplay in the body and mind of the practitioner and this is a large part of the raga practice. The raga combines with muscle memory and personal aesthetics to individuate results. Through the formation of a trio, multiple perspectives and timelines collapse and the raga mutates again. These twists and turns seem to only fall back on themselves as the raga shows us that there are multiple
                                                                                          compositions already stored in our collective memory. They blossom, morph and spring forth like nature.

                                                                                          Nothing was written down to execute these recordings. The simplest forms were explored in the least complicated way. The first reflection of this process is what happens in the mind and body of the listener. The observer is always observing. Regions of sound tap into memory and imagination and the sound of the raga itself becomes a prismatic event.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Open Delay
                                                                                          Piano On Tape
                                                                                          Open Delay 2
                                                                                          Harp Of Yaman

                                                                                          The Soup Dragons

                                                                                          John Peel Session 24.02.86

                                                                                            Never before released on vinyl, this is the Soup Dragons’ very first session for the iconic John Peel show, back in the legendary Scottish popsters’ formative days when they were indie kids finding their way, long before their pioneering efforts in indie-dance crossover. Features an early version of blistering single Whole Wide World, plus never-released early-setlist staples such as Too Shy To Say and Learning To Fall. Sleeve notes by Sean Dickson, who also did the masters. Includes download codes and a set of postcards.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Too Shy To Say
                                                                                            Whole Wide World
                                                                                            Learning To Fall
                                                                                            Just Mind Your Step Girl

                                                                                            Dylan John Thomas


                                                                                              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

                                                                                              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)

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                  Blue Train
                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice
                                                                                                  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)

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

                                                                                                  LP 1 | Blue Train | Original Album | Studio
                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                  Blue Train
                                                                                                  Moment’s Notice
                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                  Coltrane - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                    Initially overlooked in the music press, on its original 1962 release largely due to uninformed musical criticism of Coltrane’s performances with fellow saxophonist Eric Dolphy at the Village Vanguard the previous year, Coltrane’s eponymous album has since come to be known as a piece of art as definitive as he ever produced. Personnel: John Coltrane, tenor sax; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass.

                                                                                                    British soul royalty John Turrell's classic debut solo album 'The Kingmaker' is given a much-deserved release on a limited edition yellow vinyl LP. Delivering eleven stunning raw vocal performances on emotionally searing tracks, Turrell manages to span upbeat northern soul jaunts, downtempo bluesy groovers and emotive ballads in a cohesive collection that never ceases to treat the listener.

                                                                                                    Created with writing partner and producer Nick Faber as a reflection and meditation on the ebb and flow of a normal man's life, authenticity and relatability are two key characteristics of the writing style on this record. While it is an album that references a diverse set of influences there is an unmistakable soul and blues sensibility that courses throughout the tracks. There are the same recognisable soaring vocals and heartfelt lyricism from the 'Smoove & Turrell' frontman that long term fans are used to (Smoove even lent a helping hand with engineering duties on the record) however this is undoubtedly a case of John running his own show.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. To The City
                                                                                                    2. The Temper
                                                                                                    3. Wrong Time
                                                                                                    4. Low
                                                                                                    5. The Kingmaker
                                                                                                    6. These Things
                                                                                                    7. Eating Stones
                                                                                                    8. Chasing Shadows
                                                                                                    9. Stella Maris
                                                                                                    10. Won't Get Fooled Again
                                                                                                    11. Home

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          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


                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            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


                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                              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 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. 

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                                                                  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)

                                                                                                                    John Coltrane

                                                                                                                    My Favorite Things - 2022 Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                                      Released in 1961, My Favorite Things made John Coltrane a star with box-office pulling power previously preserved for the likes of Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, the MJQ, and Miles Davis. The dazzling quartet treatment of the Richard Rodgers hit song, features Coltrane on soprano saxophone for the first time on record, exercised a hypnotic effect on all sorts of music lovers and trend-spotters. The title track was a hit single, and the album became a major commercial success. In 1998, the album received the Grammy Hall of Fame award. It attained gold record status in 2018, having sold 500,000 copies. The mono version of this album, believed lost, was recently found, and is included in this deluxe package, as well as the stereo version, both mastered from the original tapes.

                                                                                                                      The packaging includes liner notes by award-winning writer Ben Ratliff, as well as photos and Atlantic Records ephemera.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Disc 1 (Mono)
                                                                                                                      Side 1:
                                                                                                                      1. My Favorite Things (13:41)
                                                                                                                      2. Everytime We Say Goodbye (5:39)
                                                                                                                      Side 2:
                                                                                                                      1. Summertime (11:31)
                                                                                                                      2. But Not For Me (9:34)

                                                                                                                      Disc 2 (Stereo)
                                                                                                                      Side 1:
                                                                                                                      3. My Favorite Things (13:41)
                                                                                                                      4. Everytime We Say Goodbye (5:39)
                                                                                                                      Side 2:
                                                                                                                      3. Summertime (11:31)
                                                                                                                      4. But Not For Me (9:34)

                                                                                                                      Father John Misty

                                                                                                                      Chloë And The Next 20th Century

                                                                                                                        Father John Misty returns with 'Chloë and The Next 20th Century', his fifth album and first new material since the release of God’s Favorite Customer in 2018.

                                                                                                                        'Chloë and the Next 20th Century' was written and recorded August through December 2020 and features arrangements by Drew Erickson. The album sees Tillman and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson resume their longtime collaboration, as well as Dave Cerminara, returning as engineer and mixer. Basic tracks were recorded at Wilson’s Five Star Studios with strings, brass and woodwinds recorded at United Recordings in a session featuring Dan Higgins and Wayne Bergeron, among others.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: Father John Misty has always been one of the most distinctive voices working in the middle ground between modern indie and country music, and his latest is the perfect illustration as to why he's so revered in the field. Beautifully produced and gorgeously evocative throughout, this is classic Misty.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1 Chloë
                                                                                                                        2 Goodbye, Mr. Blue
                                                                                                                        3 Kiss Me (I Loved You)
                                                                                                                        4 (Everything But) Her Love
                                                                                                                        5 Buddy's Rendevous
                                                                                                                        6 Q4
                                                                                                                        7 Olvidado (Otro Momento)
                                                                                                                        8 Funny Girl
                                                                                                                        9 Only A Fool
                                                                                                                        10 We Could Be Strangers
                                                                                                                        11 The Next 20th Century

                                                                                                                        Teddy Pendergrass

                                                                                                                        John Morales Presents Teddy Pendergrass - The Voice - Remixed With Philly Love

                                                                                                                          BBE Music presents a brand new album celebrating one of Philadelphia soul music’s most iconic figures, Teddy Pendergrass, remixed by pioneering producer and engineer, John Morales. This exploration of 1970s Philly soul at its apex focuses on one of the era’s defining voices, Theodore DeReese Pendergrass. Born in Philadelphia in 1950, Pendergrass sang church music at age two, and was ordained a minister at ten years old. Having learned drums and played in local bands during his teens, at 20 he was hired as a drummer for the Blue Notes by group leader Harold Melvin. After being spotted singing along onstage, he was soon appointed lead singer, and the rest is history… The masterful, revealing remix work of John Morales affords these classic songs improved clarity, allowing each individual player more space to be heard and modernising the recordings without ever losing sight of the original spirit. The virtuoso quality of the songwriting, production, arrangements and performances shine forth anew, and so do some of the music’s subtler qualities and nuanced, sometimes conflicted, subtexts that might have been overlooked in the most conventional view of Pendergrass in his prime. Curated authoritatively, remixed with love and passion, John Morales’ collection revisits our relationship with Teddy’s and Gamble & Huff’s music as compellingly and immersively as when it was new. Teddy’s timeless force resides equally in his talent for portraying truthfully the joys and hurts, beliefs and doubts, blessings and challenges of our lives, and in the bravery of confronting them all with an honesty that is still utterly extraordinary.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Disc: 1
                                                                                                                          1. The More I Get, The More I Want (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          2. Only You (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          3. If You Know Like I Know (John Morales M + M Mix
                                                                                                                          4. Now Is The Time To Do It (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          5. The Love I Lost (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          6. I Don't Love You Anymore (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          7. Come Go With Me (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          8. Bad Luck (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          9. If You Don't Know Me By Now (John Morales M + M Mix)

                                                                                                                          Disc: 2
                                                                                                                          1. You Can't Hide From Yourself (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          2. Where Are All My Friends (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          3. Life Is A Song Worth Singing (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          4. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back) (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          5. Do Me (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          6. Somebody Told Me (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          7. Is There A Place For Me (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          8. Turn Off The Lights (John Morales M + M Mix)
                                                                                                                          9. Don't Leave Me This Way (John Morales M + M Mix)

                                                                                                                          John Grant

                                                                                                                          Marz - Music Box

                                                                                                                            ‘Marz’ is the second song from John Grant’s debut solo album ‘Queen Of Denmark’ which was heralded as an “Instant Classic” by Mojo Magazine and went on to be selected as their choice for Best Album of 2010.

                                                                                                                            Recorded in Texas in collaboration with members of Midlake and released on seminal UK label Bella Union, the BBC described it as "one of the most deeply satisfying debut albums of recent times" with The Guardian citing “songs of impossible love recalling Dennis Wilson's masterpiece, ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’."

                                                                                                                            This Official Music Box Co version of this bittersweet classic is an evocative echo of the gold-dust in the original track. So why not go to where the green rivers flow and…

                                                                                                                            The Weather Prophets

                                                                                                                            John Peel 01.12.86

                                                                                                                              One of Creation boss Alan McGee’s favourite bands, the Weather Prophets were regulars at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, where they recorded this never-before-released four-song session for John Peel late in 1986 featuring early versions of singles Hollow Heart and She Comes From The Rain. Also included are sleeve notes from Pete Astor, free downloads of original BBC files and a set of postcards.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Swimming Pool Blue
                                                                                                                              Hollow Heart
                                                                                                                              She Comes From The Rain

                                                                                                                              The script for A Pure Place had a dizzying effect on John Gürtler & Jan Miserre; their minds reeling with the possibilities.

                                                                                                                              From Persian sheep bells, Chinese sheng, prepared trombone, quarter-tone piano, a beaten-up cembalo, hand percussion, and a room full of synthesizers, embryonic compositions and experiments came to life early on in the project.

                                                                                                                              An electro-acoustic extravaganza, the soundtrack for A Pure Place takes a deep bow towards the many magnificent composers and scores from the late 60s and 70s where orchestral arrangements met with tape loops, psychedelia, and instruments from across the globe. Listening to that era of film music, anything seems possible. The minimalist tones of ‘Ritual Bells’ set the dial to weird in the opening sequence of the movie, whilst ‘The Island’ makes use of ambient vocals recorded through an oil drum, gently introducing one of the score’s main themes with a distant quarter-tone cembalo.

                                                                                                                              Acclaimed British artist Shackleton’s eerie original version of ‘Fust’s Song’ (also included) was a tonal keystone for the entire soundtrack. Gürtler and Miserre translated his psychedelic electronic blueprint, layering acoustic instruments and bottom-heavy percussion in their ‘Paradox Paradise’ production style. The vocals, written by Chryssos, and sung by the cast on set, capture the sonics of the actual crypt-like space where cult leader Fust addresses with his following.

                                                                                                                              ‘A Glimpse of the Other Side’ speaks of love and death in a 70s-indebted composition reflecting John and Jan’s shared love for melancholic and suspenseful chord progressions. Meanwhile, the sparkling synths of ‘Athens’ - the children discovering neon-lit civilisation after years confined on the island - transplant us to an entirely different era. Greek artist Maroulita del Kol features heavily throughout - her choir of vocals on ‘Erotica’ were recorded late at night in the studio foyer, capturing its unique tiled reflections and concrete reverb.

                                                                                                                              On ‘Purification’ Maroulita’s voice guides us alongside a Moog bass drone, building to an ecstatic climax, whilst she also features in the film’s disco-centric ending credits on ‘Gatoula Mou Mikri’.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              A1. Ritual Bells
                                                                                                                              A2 .The Island
                                                                                                                              A3. Fust’s Song
                                                                                                                              A4 Erotica
                                                                                                                              A5. Purification
                                                                                                                              A6. A Glimpse Of The Other Side
                                                                                                                              B1. Fust’s Song (Shackleton’s Orignal Version)
                                                                                                                              B2. Athens
                                                                                                                              B3. Small Doses
                                                                                                                              B4. Holy Soap
                                                                                                                              B5. Irinia Takes Over
                                                                                                                              B6. Gatoula Mou Mikri (feat. Maroulita Del Kol)

                                                                                                                              John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Wilder Zoby & Andres Renteria

                                                                                                                              Gong Splat

                                                                                                                                • Latest in quickly selling-out series of John Dwyer (OSEES frontman) with friends lock down experimentations and improvisations.

                                                                                                                                • Featuring fantastic collage art by Dan Lean.

                                                                                                                                • Recorded at Stu-Stu-Studio by John Dwyer in the peak of dope smoke lock down.

                                                                                                                                What’s this? Today’s holiday gift? One final transmission from the core of the planet! Cresting slabs of concrete and powdered bone, rich soil—improvisation freak flag flitters atop a gutted highrise: Gong Splat. Featuring Ryan Sawyer on drums, Greg Coates on upright bass, Wilder Zoby on synth and mellotron, Andres Renteria on conga, bongos and hand percussion, and John Dwyer on guitar, synths, pan flute, cuíca, hand percussion, space drum and effects.

                                                                                                                                This one is spitting fat and neon night-light city drives, white in the corner of the pilot’s mouth. Furry, fuzzy and frenetic, motorik and full of blood-rich ticks…maggots unite! There’s a show tonight! Welcome back humans.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Barry says: You always know you're in safe hands with Dwyer & co, and this one is a brilliantly heavy swerve into eastern-influenced psychedelia via garage percussion and brain-melting avant-synth swells. Elsewhere loungy keys meet jazzy tentative drum fills. Predictably brilliant, entirely mad.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Gong Splat
                                                                                                                                2. Cultivated Graves
                                                                                                                                3. Toagut
                                                                                                                                4. Anther Dust
                                                                                                                                5. Yuggoth Travel Agency
                                                                                                                                6. Hypogeum
                                                                                                                                7. Oneironaut
                                                                                                                                8. Minor Protocides
                                                                                                                                9. Giedi Prime

                                                                                                                                John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter And Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                Halloween Kills: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, slaughtered the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highestgrossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman. The film had the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter served as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Barry says: John Carpenter is obviously one of the most legendary figures in the soundtracking biz, and in the newest iteration with Cody &co, we get possibly his strongest late-career work to date. 'Halloween Kills' is a wonderfully evocative, perfectly pitched soundtrack from one of the true masters. Everything you'd expect.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                01.Logos Kill
                                                                                                                                02. Halloween Kills (Main Title
                                                                                                                                03. The Myer’s House
                                                                                                                                04. First Attack
                                                                                                                                05. Stand Off
                                                                                                                                06. Let It Burn
                                                                                                                                07. He Appears
                                                                                                                                08. From The Fire
                                                                                                                                09. Strodes At The Hospital
                                                                                                                                10. Cruel Intentions
                                                                                                                                11. Gather The Mob
                                                                                                                                12. Rampage
                                                                                                                                13. Frank And Laurie
                                                                                                                                14. Hallway Madness
                                                                                                                                15. It Needs To Die
                                                                                                                                16. Reflection
                                                                                                                                17. Unkillable
                                                                                                                                18. Payback
                                                                                                                                19. Michael’s Legend
                                                                                                                                20. Halloween Kills (End Titles) 

                                                                                                                                In spring 2020, having been forced to postpone any live action due to lockdown, John set to work on the follow up to their Out Here On The Fringes album. It seems that the enforced confinement allowed them time to fine tune both their songwriting and sound and produce their best LP to date. The album opens with “Return To Capital” a brooding, slow-build instrumental that’s escalating nicely until it suddenly plummets head first into “Sibensko Powerhouse”, a ferocious collision of distorted guitars, pounding drums and snarled vocals, which kind of sets the tone for the rest of the album. Being a two piece, they operate with limited tools: drums, guitar and vocals, but that doesn’t in any way limit their sound. Seeing them live reminded me of seeing No Age play live for the first time and being blown away by how much noise two people could generate. And they’re creative with that limited palate too, this isn’t all a 100mph dash for the line, it’s a very nuanced sound, there’s plenty of texture. Idles have been an obvious reference point in recent reviews, but to me their sound is rooted in the US hardcore scene of the 80s: The kind of stuff that was being released by the likes of Touch And Go and Dischord Records. (There are definitely echoes of Mackaye / Picciotto in the dual vocals at times.) That’s not to say their sound is dated, far from it, they’re one of the most vital bands around at the moment.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Laura says: Ooof! This is just awesome! Intense, dynamic guitar noise that has more in common with the likes of Jesus Lizard or any number of bands from the 80s DC scene than any more contemporary noisemakers. (The dual vocal on Šibensko Powerhouse in particular brings to mind Mackay / Picciotto.) That's not so say their sound is dated, far from it, this is the most vital noise around right now.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Return To Capital
                                                                                                                                2. Šibensko Powerhouse
                                                                                                                                3. A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas
                                                                                                                                4. Haneke'd
                                                                                                                                5. Austere Isle
                                                                                                                                6. Jargoncutter
                                                                                                                                7. Stadium Of No
                                                                                                                                8. Power Out For The Kingdom
                                                                                                                                9. Northwood Turret
                                                                                                                                10. Nonessential Hymn

                                                                                                                                John Holt

                                                                                                                                Police In Helicopter

                                                                                                                                  Classic set from the great John Holt based around his monster 1983 reggae hit title track. Produced by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes with the Roots Radics. Another of those Greensleeves classics that pretty much any home with a love of lamb's bread but own!

                                                                                                                                  The cover shot sees John and a huge bag of collie weed with Babylon in hot pursuit via helicopter. Subject matter is lighthearted with a typically JA slant. John is one of reggae's most successful and respected artists and in 2004 he was honoured by the Jamaican government with the Order Of Distinction for his contribution to Jamaican culture!

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Police In Helicopter
                                                                                                                                  2. Private Doctor
                                                                                                                                  3. Last Train
                                                                                                                                  4. Beach Party
                                                                                                                                  5. Reality
                                                                                                                                  6. Fat She Fat
                                                                                                                                  7. Chanting
                                                                                                                                  8. Sugar And Spice
                                                                                                                                  9. Can't Use Me
                                                                                                                                  10. I Got Caught

                                                                                                                                  Visionary artist John Glacier combines punk and grime informed poetry with futuristic, glacial electronics and warped, poppy hooks. It's a singular and unique sound which although the sole owner of its author, would find company and sympathy with acts such as GFOTY, Hype Williams and AJ Cook as much as it could be found next to a Lil Simz, DISCHI or Tyler The Creator track on a mixtape. Her slack but inspired rhyming shuns old tradition, hanging loose with benzo-rap, Princess Nokia and Blackhaine like they're all just friends on the school bus.

                                                                                                                                  Produced with fellow London-born, LA-based producer Vegyn, it treads the radioactive, post-hip-hop badlands where genres, identity and culture blur and interact.

                                                                                                                                  John has confessed that the album's content is incredibly personal and poignant, opening up her heart and soul to the listener whilst keeping up a streetwise, asphalt-hardened front, the product of a world and society in which weaknesses can be exploited by the greedy and malevolent.

                                                                                                                                  It's striking, instantly arresting and rather quite special. An intimate and seductive journey that you'll want to play from start to finish every time. 

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. If Anything
                                                                                                                                  2. Icing
                                                                                                                                  3. Cryptomnesia
                                                                                                                                  4. Trelawny Waters
                                                                                                                                  5. Timing
                                                                                                                                  6. Senseless
                                                                                                                                  7. Boozy
                                                                                                                                  8. Platoon
                                                                                                                                  9. Green Elephants Freestyle
                                                                                                                                  10. Some Other Thing
                                                                                                                                  11. On Formulation
                                                                                                                                  12. No More Left Like It’s Death

                                                                                                                                  John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                  Another Side Of John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                    This collection showcases some of Coltrane's best recordings as a side artist and features collaborations with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor. Primarily focusing on Coltrane's recordings as side man from 1956 and 1957 on the Prestige, Riverside, and Jazzland labels, it also includes a guest appearance (and legendary tenor saxophone solo) with Miles Davis on the track "Someday My Prince Will Come" (from the 1961 Miles Davis Columbia album of the same title).

                                                                                                                                    The 2-LP vinyl edition contains two extra tracks that are not available on the CD and digital editions: Nutty (Originally released on the album Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland JLP 46) and Birks' Works (Originally released on the Red Garland Quintet album Soul Junction featuring John Coltrane and Donald Byrd). The liner notes were written by Doug Ramsey, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ramsey is the author of the award-winning biography Take Five, The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond. His other awards include two ASCAP Deems Taylors.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                    1. SONNY ROLLINS QUARTET: Tenor Madness (12:08)
                                                                                                                                    2. MILES DAVIS AND THE MODERN JAZZ GIANTS: 'Round Midnight (5:22)
                                                                                                                                    3. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Oleo (6:17)
                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                    1. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Airegin (4:21)
                                                                                                                                    2. TADD DAMERON WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Soultrane (5:22)
                                                                                                                                    3. ART TAYLOR: C.T.A. (4:39)
                                                                                                                                    4. THELONIOUS MONK: Monk's Mood (7:48)
                                                                                                                                    Side C
                                                                                                                                    1. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Epistrophy (Alternate Take) (3:07)
                                                                                                                                    2. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Trinkle, Tinkle (6:39)
                                                                                                                                    3. *THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Nutty* (6:36)
                                                                                                                                    4. *RED GARLAND QUINTET FEATURING JOHN COLTRANE AND DONALD BYRD: Birks' Works* (7:32)
                                                                                                                                    Side D
                                                                                                                                    1. THE RED GARLAND QUINTET WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Billie's Bounce (9:21)
                                                                                                                                    2. MILES DAVIS: Someday My Prince Will Come (9:02) 

                                                                                                                                    * Vinyl Bonus Tracks.


                                                                                                                                    Out Here On The Fringes - Signed Edition

                                                                                                                                      The second pressing of JOHN's second album 'Out Here On the Fringes' . Record includes lyric sheet insert with artwork by John Newton of the band.

                                                                                                                                      This duo make superb adrenalin fuelled, intelligent guitar noise.

                                                                                                                                      If you're a fan of Metz, Protomartyr, Idles, Fucked Up, then you should check this out. 

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Future Thinker 03:04
                                                                                                                                      2. Standard Hauntings 02:26
                                                                                                                                      3. Out Here On The Fringes 03:51
                                                                                                                                      4. Western Wilds 02:21
                                                                                                                                      5. High Digger 02:48
                                                                                                                                      6. Dog Walker 01:59
                                                                                                                                      7. Laszlo 04:16
                                                                                                                                      8. Midnight Supermarket 02:24
                                                                                                                                      9. Solid State 02:48

                                                                                                                                      PJ Harvey & John Parish

                                                                                                                                      A Woman A Man Walked By - Reissue

                                                                                                                                        Reissue on vinyl of the second collaboration album between PJ Harvey and John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By.

                                                                                                                                        Produced by Parish and Harvey, and originally released in March 2009, A Woman A Man Walked By features the single ‘Black Hearted Love’. Reissue is faithful to the original recording with vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, overseen by John Parish.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                        Black Hearted Love
                                                                                                                                        Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen
                                                                                                                                        Leaving California
                                                                                                                                        The Chair

                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                        A Woman A Man Walked By / The Crow Knows Where All The Little Children Go
                                                                                                                                        The Soldier
                                                                                                                                        Pig Will Not
                                                                                                                                        Passionless, Pointless
                                                                                                                                        Cracks In The Canvas

                                                                                                                                        John Grant

                                                                                                                                        Boy From Michigan

                                                                                                                                          Produced by longtime friend Cate Le Bon, ‘Boy from Michigan’ is Grant’s most autobiographical and melodic work to date. Grant stopped being a boy in Michigan aged twelve, when his family moved to Denver, Colorado, shifting rust to bible belt, a further vantage point to watch collective dreams unravel. Across 12 tracks, Grant lays out his past for careful cross-examination. In a decade of making records by himself, he has playfully experimented with mood, texture and sound, all the better for actualizing the seriousness of his thoughts. At one end of his musical rainbow, he is the battle-scarred piano-man, at the other, a robust electronic auteur. ‘Boy from Michigan’ seamlessly marries both.

                                                                                                                                          With Le Bon at the helm, Grant pared back his zingers, maximizing the emotional impact of the melodies. A clarinet forms the bedrock of a song. One pre-chorus feels lifted from vintage Human League. There is a saxophone solo. ‘Boy from Michigan’ ultimately swings between ambient and progressive, calm and livid. The album’s narrative journey opens with Grant at his artistic prettiest, three songs drawn from his pre-Denver life (the Michigan Trilogy, as Grant calls them): the title track, “The Rusty Bull,” and “County Fair.” Each draws the listener in to a specific sense of place, before untangling its significance with a rich cast-list of local characters, often symbolizing the uncultivated faith of childhood.

                                                                                                                                          Elsewhere, tracks like “Mike and Julie” and “The Cruise Room” offer an affecting plunge deep into Grant’s late teenage years in Denver, while the midpoint of the album is highlighted by “Best in Me” and “Rhetorical Figure,” a pair of skittish, scholarly dance tunes that build on the lineage of Grant’s electropop heroes, Devo. Childhood as a horror narrative is the theme of “Dandy Star,” which observes a tiny Grant watching the Mia Farrow horror movie ‘See No Evil’ on an old family TV set, and finally on “The Only Baby” (released this January) Grant removes his razor blade from a pocket to cleanly slit the throat of Trump’s America, authoring a scathing epitaph to an era of acute national exposition.

                                                                                                                                          Though he has lived in Iceland since 2011 – the same year he was also diagnosed HIV-positive – Grant spent his childhood and formative years in the US and maintains US citizenship. Growing up, Grant was subjected to a deeply ingrained hatred of anyone perceived as homosexual at school. Following the demise of his first band The Czars, Grant left music entirely for over five years, only to achieve greater success as a solo artist (his acclaimed 2015 solo LP ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ went Top Five in the UK). Grant has sold out Royal Albert Hall, performed at Glastonbury, Latitude + more, and his song “Snug Snacks” was featured on Pitchfork's 'Songs That Define LGBTQ Pride'. BBC Radio 6 host Mary Anne Hobbs described Grant’s music: "Most songwriting, even if it's based on a true story ... is embellished in some way. But John's lyrics — they're so true they might as well be written in blood."


                                                                                                                                          *** NPN - email before 25 June 21 to be entered in the draw 


                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Barry says: Absolutely classic modern day John Grant this, filled with the wry self-deprecation and endlessly witty lyricism of Queen Of Denmark / Pale Green Ghosts era but swimming with the shimmering disco synths and snapping electronic groove of the more recent LP's. It's a PERFECT mix and is quite possibly his strongest outing to date. Another outstanding LP from this Piccadilly favourite.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Boy From Michigan
                                                                                                                                          2. County Fair
                                                                                                                                          3. The Rusty Bull
                                                                                                                                          4. The Cruise Room
                                                                                                                                          5. Mike And Julie
                                                                                                                                          6. Best In Me
                                                                                                                                          7. Rhetorical Figure
                                                                                                                                          8. Just So You Know
                                                                                                                                          9. Dandy Star
                                                                                                                                          10. Your Portfolio
                                                                                                                                          11. The Only Baby
                                                                                                                                          12. Billy

                                                                                                                                          John Robb Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                                                                                                                          John Robb: Confessions Vol. 1

                                                                                                                                            Ladies & gentleman, introducing Mr. John David Robb... John Robb, is an English music journalist and singer. Robb writes for and runs the Louder Than War website and a monthly music magazine of the same name. He has written several books on music and occasionally makes media appearances as a music commentator. He is also the vocalist in the punk rock band Goldblade and bassist and vocalist in post punk band The Membranes.

                                                                                                                                            Robb has worked as a journalist for many years. He wrote for ZigZag in the 1980s, and was a regular freelance contributor to Sounds in the late 1980s, as well as writing for Melody Maker. He now writes for The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent.

                                                                                                                                            While working for Sounds, Robb was the first journalist to interview Nirvana (in 1988), and also later coined the word ‘Britpop'.

                                                                                                                                            "To live in the 21st century is an art from. To have your life turned into a visual feast is the aim of any artist. To have my life reimagined by Iman Kakai-Lazell has been a thrilling trip into sound and vision and this book is a dayglo adventure into the high decibel. As Lord Byron once said ‘ The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.’" - John Robb

                                                                                                                                            This is the 2nd in a series of custom made books by artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of 'The Arts & Entertainment' in a way never before seen. In conjunction with each artist, each book will feature never before seen photos, manipulated & reinterpreted with original lyrics & confessions. Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed.

                                                                                                                                            David John Morris

                                                                                                                                            Monastic Love Songs

                                                                                                                                              Debut solo album by the Red River Dialect songwriter. Recorded at the Hotel2Tango, Montreal, by Howard Bilerman. Featuring Thor Harris (Swans, Thor & Friends, Shearwater) on drums and Thierry Amar (GYBE!, ASMZ) on bass, with guest appearances from Tom Relleen (RIP) (Tomaga, Melos Kalpa), Catrin Vincent (Another Sky) and Coral Rose (The Silver Field, Red River Dialect).

                                                                                                                                              David has written five critically acclaimed collections of songs under the Red River Dialect name. The last two albums (released by Paradise of Bachelors) achieved a glowing Pitchfork review and a Folk Album of the Month award from the Guardian. Selected press below.

                                                                                                                                              “Folk Album of the Month. Alert, anti-colonialist folk. Songwriter David Morris brings alternate seduction and disquiet on this worldly album steeped in the British landscape... a wide-eyed, curious creature, willingly alert to the world.” – 4/5 The Guardian.

                                                                                                                                              “Animated with a new intensity, the Cornwall band’s fifth album may be its most ingenious and immersive mix of folk and rock yet. It’s also Morris’ most compelling set of songs. He invests small sensations with outsize power, finding joy in sensory pleasures as well as in the mystical inquests that music allows. Even as the record is steeped in the long history of British folk music, that balance of the tactile and the spiritual anchors these songs in the present moment.” – Pitchfork.

                                                                                                                                              “The most underrated folk-rock band in Britain. The idea of them as a Cornish-born, Buddhist-inclined Waterboys is more potent than ever. Their fifth album of elementally-battered, rueful and rousing folk-rock ... is as stirringly anthemic as they've managed thus far.” – MOJO.

                                                                                                                                              “A beguilingly atmospheric record… imagine Steve Gunn transplanted to Kernow.” – Clash.

                                                                                                                                              “Gorgeous and moving, anchored by the heft of the physical but reaching for more. The epic spareness, the way it manages to be both still and an enveloping swirl, reminds me most of Talk Talk. There’s a prayerful intensity to the quiet bits, a listening, wondering awe, that makes the rock payoffs more powerful. The album works as a restless, searching, gorgeous whole. Morris and his band have never been better.” – Dusted
                                                                                                                                              “It’s not often that a band comes along and over the course of nine songs both plays to the tradition and stands it on its ear. RRD has taken the challenge of playing with reckless abandon to heart, generating an album that stands on the shoulder of giants showing no fear.” Folk Radio

                                                                                                                                              Monastic Love Songs continues the tradition that David has established over the course of five albums with Red River Dialect: using a song cycle to articulate a relationship with inner and outer landscapes, inspired by the Taoist approach of observing the movement of the heavens in order to understand the cosmos within, and vice versa. The joyful closing track Inner Smile was initially written as a poem of thanks to his Tai Chi teacher Hollis and takes its name from a Taoist practice.

                                                                                                                                              The songs were written during the final weeks of a nine-month retreat at Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Nova Scotia where David took ordination as Buddhist monk. The album title is sincere, with a little tongue-in-cheek. The songs mostly explore human relationships within the community, with outliers: Gone Beyond shimmers with cosmic devotion, in Rhododendron a reverie grows from the shadow of a flower. Steadfast concerns the love to be found beyond the urge to like and be liked, when you can’t avoid that difficult person. Leonard Cohen, on his six years living in a monastery:
                                                                                                                                              “You know, there’s a Zen saying: ‘Like pebbles in a bag, the monks polish one another.’

                                                                                                                                              David considers this album to be a follow up to 2015’s Tender Gold and Gentle Blue. The cover of that lp featured an image of him on top of Skellig Michael, in the years before the island was made famous as the home of the Jedi. He considers the visit to that abandoned Celtic monastic site to be one of the influences that stirred up his motivation. Skeleton Key speaks of what was given up to go, and what he was giving up to leave, referencing the Tibetan concept of the ‘bardo of becoming’.

                                                                                                                                              The album came about through a series of fortunate encounters. David’s friend Tom Relleen visited him at the Abbey in May 2019, mentioning a postponed plan to visit the Hotel2Tango. A spark was sown: this studio had long figured in David’s imagination. Many of the releases on Constellation Records, which he had become a die-hard fan of in his teens, were recorded there. Tom contributed some Buchla synthesizer to the opener New Safe, which concerns healing in emptiness and light.

                                                                                                                                              In May David was given permission by the senior monastics to acquire a guitar, which was swiftly baptised as “Malibu Barbie”. Having let the identity of being a songwriter loosen up, not playing an instrument in six months, he was unsure what would happen. In the single hour he was permitted to practice each day, songs began to cascade. The first, Purple Gold, concerns a reacquaintance with first love. David wrote to the Hotel2Tango asking if they had any days available in mid-July?

                                                                                                                                              Engineer and studio co-owner Howard Bilerman replied that they did, and a date was set. Did Howard know any local drummers or bass players who might do a session? He did, too many to choose from, what kind of style? David decided to ask for his ideal: did Thierry from Godspeed ever do sessions? Howard sent him the demos. Thierry was up for it. On the day he went deep into the cover of traditional song Rosemary Lane, his double bass singing on this and on Circus Wagon.

                                                                                                                                              David asked if there were any local drummers he would recommend? Thierry said “many, what style?” David tried his luck again, “two of my favourite drummers are Thor Harris and Jim White.” Thierry said let’s invite them. Thor, having met David a decade earlier, flew from Austin to Montreal for that July day in the studio. Nine months of watching thoughts come and go in meditation helped David recognise this as an opportunity to practice enjoying the day without expectations.

                                                                                                                                              He is, however, grateful that this album came out the way it did, channelling some of what it was like to live those nine months in a monastery overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, frozen and flowing.

                                                                                                                                              Mixed by Jimmy Robertson at SNAFU, London, mastered by DenisBlackham.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1 New Safe
                                                                                                                                              2 Purple Gold
                                                                                                                                              3 Rhododendron
                                                                                                                                              4 Circus Wagon
                                                                                                                                              5 Earth And Air
                                                                                                                                              6 Rosemary Lane (trad.)
                                                                                                                                              7 Skeleton Key
                                                                                                                                              8 Steadfast
                                                                                                                                              9 Gone Beyond
                                                                                                                                              10 Inner Smile

                                                                                                                                              John Lennon

                                                                                                                                              Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Mixes)

                                                                                                                                                Plastic Ono Band was the debut solo album by John Lennon. Released on December 11th 1970, John and Yoko had started writing and demoing at Abbey Road (EMI Studios) in the summer, with recording sessions during September/October

                                                                                                                                                After the break-up of The Beatles that year, John and Yoko embarked on a period of self-reflection and experimentation, with the results that the songs and sessions for Plastic Ono Band were heavily influenced by his immersion in Arthur Janov’s primal therapy. John was able to find emotional depth and honesty within himself that few artists had ever done before, with John saying to Rolling Stone “now I write all about me and that’s why I like it. It’s me.” . The result is perhaps the most honest and emotionally raw album that anyone has ever released, let alone someone who was one of the four most famous musicians on the planet. With a small core band comprised of just Ringo Starr on drums and old friend Klaus Voorman on bass, co-produced by Phil Spector, the album peaked at 8 in the UK charts and 6 in the USA. It has come to be regarded by many as John’s finest solo work and has continued to grow in stature and reverence and has often featured in various Best Of lists through the years since. 

                                                                                                                                                Released on the same day was Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band album, the couple regarding the release as a pair of albums rather than two entirely separate projects, albeit of course it not achieving the same sort of coverage or chart success as John’s.

                                                                                                                                                Coming as this does hot on the heels of last year’s much loved and well-reviewed “Gimme Some Truth” set and “Imagine” before that, the audio has been completely remixed from the original studio tapes as part of the ongoing John Lennon Ultimate Mix series. The aim for this mix process is to achieve three things: to remain faithful and respectful to the original recordings; to ensure that the sound is sonically clearer overall and to increase the clarity of John’s vocals. As Yoko says, “it’s about John” and this new mix shows that it is his voice that brings the biggest emotional impact of the album.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                Side A: The Ultimate Mixes Album And Singles
                                                                                                                                                Hold On
                                                                                                                                                I Found Out
                                                                                                                                                Working Class Hero

                                                                                                                                                Side B: The Ultimate Mixes Album And Singles
                                                                                                                                                Well Well Well
                                                                                                                                                Look At Me
                                                                                                                                                My Mummy’s Dead

                                                                                                                                                Side C: The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes Album And Singles
                                                                                                                                                Mother / Take 61
                                                                                                                                                Hold On / Take 2
                                                                                                                                                I Found Out / Take 1
                                                                                                                                                Working Class Hero / Take 1
                                                                                                                                                Isolation / Take 23

                                                                                                                                                Side D: The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes Album And Singles
                                                                                                                                                Remember / Rehearsal 1
                                                                                                                                                Love / Take 8
                                                                                                                                                Well Well Well / Take 2
                                                                                                                                                Look At Me / Take 2
                                                                                                                                                God / Take 27
                                                                                                                                                My Mummy’s Dead / Take 2

                                                                                                                                                John Dwyer, Ted Byrnesm Greg Coatesm Tom Dolas, Brad Caulkins

                                                                                                                                                Endless Garbage

                                                                                                                                                  “Walk the dog. Exercise. Make art.’The mind is happy when the body is.’ Things I can potentially fill my days with if I am stuck at home for months on end…Then, one day, I hear a frenetic, free drummer playing in his garage a few blocks from me. And I think ‘interesting’. I stand outside his garage staring at the wall, like a fool, for a minute, then decide to leave a note on the car parked there. This is how I ended up meeting and working with Ted Byrnes. He wasn’t creeped out, and he ended up sending me a pile of truly spontaneous drums recordings from the carport to work with. I decided to have every musician come in one at at time and just take a wild pass at their track over the drums. None of these people had ever met or played together. I was the connecting thread. I scratched the surface initially with electric bass, saxophone, guitars, cuica, synthesizers, flute and effects, but soon realized I would need heavy hitters to make this place habitable. “Greg Coates, upright bass expressionist extraordinaire, hacked through the dense weeds, vines and frayed cabling. He lays the map out and makes breathing room. Space to swing a cat. Tom Dolas (keys), my often foil, came in and began tip-toeing through the rubble and refuse. Dotting the layout with flecks of light, flights of fancy and potential tangential trajectories. Then the finisher, Brad Caulkins on horns. As always, Brad came in like grace itself, scanned the floor for food, and huffed and puffed and blew the house down. He takes a bruiser situation and lends it some warmth and hospitality, old school. “After I spent a bit of time mixing and editing this down to a palatable offering I couldn’t help but think about human consumption. ...Endless Garbage seemed a fitting title. A cacophonous and glorious sketch of ourselves. For fans of Albert Ayler, ECM records, Gong, improvisation, sustainability and consumption” - John Dwyer.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Vertical Infinity
                                                                                                                                                  2. No Flutter
                                                                                                                                                  3. Goose
                                                                                                                                                  4. Four
                                                                                                                                                  5. Lucky You
                                                                                                                                                  6. Pro-Death
                                                                                                                                                  7. A Grotesque Display
                                                                                                                                                  8. No Goodbyes

                                                                                                                                                  John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas & Greg Coates

                                                                                                                                                  Witch Egg

                                                                                                                                                    Transmission incoming…

                                                                                                                                                    Alien sound waves have been bouncing off the side of our ship.

                                                                                                                                                    We’ve managed to capture some of them on plastic.

                                                                                                                                                    They seem to appear suddenly out of the vacuum.

                                                                                                                                                    Projected by planets

                                                                                                                                                    Beamed through stars

                                                                                                                                                    Reflected off debris

                                                                                                                                                    Hanging in space like dust motes

                                                                                                                                                    Witch egg is a improvised set of songs by John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Greg Coates & Tom Dolas.

                                                                                                                                                    Another fired expedition out in the wilds.

                                                                                                                                                    Recorded and mixed at Stu-Stu-Studio by John Dwyer

                                                                                                                                                    This one is a burner designed optimally for your eco-pod sound system.

                                                                                                                                                    When you’ve left the world behind, you will need a soundtrack while you lay in dream stasis

                                                                                                                                                    This is it


                                                                                                                                                    Teena Marie

                                                                                                                                                    John Morales Presents Teena Marie - Love Songs & Funky Beats - Remixed With Loving Devotion

                                                                                                                                                      Producer extraordinaire John Morales returns to BBE Music, celebrating the life and work of R&B / soul legend Teena Marie with a double album full of brand new remixes, lovingly crafted from the original studio tapes, entitled ‘Love Songs & Funky Beats’. “Teena is somewhat underrated, and people don't really know much about her.” Says Morales. “I set out to immerse people in her music and represent what she really did. That meant for me a dive into more than her R&B hits, to dig into her ballads and dance cuts. People know she was talented. I don't really think they really knew the depth of her abilities, her complete confidence to take it upon herself to do everything – singing, producing, arranging, songwriting. Teena Marie was the total package.” John Morales had the pleasure of mixing many of Teena Marie’s original records over the years, so it felt natural to dig into the archives and select his favourite cuts to rework, extend and subtly update in his own distinctive style. While by no means a definitive collection of Lady Tee’s expansive musical catalogue, ‘Love Songs & Funky Beats’ represents a fitting tribute to a multifaceted and important voice in popular music, by one of the most storied mix engineers and remixers of our age. Jumping into the music industry deep end in 1979 with a three-year mentorship from Berry Gordy & Rick James at Motown, Teena Marie then spent seven fertile years with Epic, which yielded her greatest commercial successes (including the classic album 'Starchild'). After founding an independent label ‘Sarai’, Marie took a ten-year hiatus which ended in 2004 in a deal with hip hop label Cash Money Records; a less unlikely partnership than some might assume, given that Teena was one of the first ‘mainstream’ artists to perform a rap verse, on 1981’s ‘Square Biz’. Teena Marie Brockert forged a unique path through the industry, an artist in-charge of her own destiny, influencing (and heavily sampled by) both the hip hop and R&B sounds of the 90’s and early 2000’s. Her 1982 lawsuit against Motown records resulted in "The Brockert Initiative", which has benefitted literally thousands of other artists by making it illegal for record companies to ‘shelve’ artists by keeping them under contract without releasing their material. She continued to tour regularly and deliver commercially successful, expertly sculpted music, right up until her untimely passing in 2010.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      1 – I Need Your Lovin’ (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      2 – It Must Be Magic (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      3 – Aladdin’s Lamp (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      4 – First Class Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      5 – Now That I Have You (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      6 – I’m A Sucker For Your Love (Live In Long Beach, Ca 1981: Alternate Mix / John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      7 – Behind The Groove (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      8 – Love Just Wouldn’t Be Right (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      9 – Portuguese Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      10 – Chains (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      11 – 365 (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      12 – Wasn’t I Good To You (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      13 – Square Biz (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      14 – More Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      15 – You Got Away (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      16 – You’re All The Boogie I Need (John Morales M+ M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      17 – Lonely Desire (John Morales M+ M Mix)
                                                                                                                                                      18 – Fire And Desire (John Morales M+M Mix)

                                                                                                                                                      John Smith

                                                                                                                                                      The Fray

                                                                                                                                                        Against the backdrop of a universally difficult 2020, songwriter and guitarist John Smith found himself facing personal and unrelenting change. “With newfound pain coming from so many directions, dealing with the uncertainty it brings, I closed the curtains and picked up the pen, turning to songwriting as a lifeline.” On his new album The Fray, Smith gives us an uplifting perspective on the path forward, but pays beautiful homage to the difficulties along the way.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1. Friends
                                                                                                                                                        2. Hold On
                                                                                                                                                        3. Sanctuary
                                                                                                                                                        4. Deserving
                                                                                                                                                        5. The Best Of Me
                                                                                                                                                        6. Star-Crossed Lovers
                                                                                                                                                        7. To The Shore
                                                                                                                                                        8. Eye To Eye
                                                                                                                                                        9. Just As You Are
                                                                                                                                                        10. The Fray
                                                                                                                                                        11. She's Doing Fine
                                                                                                                                                        12. One Day At A Time

                                                                                                                                                        The Jasmine Minks

                                                                                                                                                        John Peel 17.02.86

                                                                                                                                                          “The Jasmine Minks were the first real Creation band – their single ‘Think!’ was the fourth single we put out. An amazing unknown gem of a band. Working-class heroes – to me, anyway.” Alan McGee

                                                                                                                                                          Formed in Aberdeen in 1983, the Jasmine Minks were one of the original artists on Alan McGee’s fledgling Creation label and regulars at the storied Living Room. They recorded several classic singles for the label – among them ‘Think!’, ‘What’s Happening?!’ and ‘Cold Heart’ – plus a number of LPs. These recordings are their only two sessions for the BBC.

                                                                                                                                                          This session for the legendary John Peel show, features the band’s original line-up with powerhouse songwriting duo Jim Shepherd and Adam Sanderson; among tracks included are ‘The Ballad of Johnny Eye’ and ‘Cry For A Man’, both favourites with their fans. 

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          The Ballad Of Johnny Eye
                                                                                                                                                          Cry For A Man
                                                                                                                                                          You Take My Freedom
                                                                                                                                                          I Don't Know

                                                                                                                                                          Bob Dylan

                                                                                                                                                          John Wesley Harding - 2021 Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                            John Wesley Harding (2010 mono version) is the eighth studio album by American singersongwriter Bob Dylan, released on December 27, 1967, by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the x12 song album marked Dylan's return to semi-acoustic instrumentation and folk-influenced songwriting after three albums of lyrically abstract, blues-indebted rock music. 


                                                                                                                                                            Days - Inc. John Talabot / Ex-Terrestrial / Fit Siegel Remixes

                                                                                                                                                              'Days' is like no other track Round has produced to date. For a start, it's the first song he has ever written without using samples. It's also the first time he's worked with a vocalist. Truth is that everything surrounding the track's conception is somehow exceptional. The melody came to Torsten as a sudden spark, which he discretely hummed into his phone while walking in Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen. "I always feel an urge to make music when I feel emotional, and like many other people I remember the emotional periods in my life", he recalls when questioned about what inspired him of that particular time and space. He then asked danish singer Astrid Engeberg to record vocals and after some work with the laptop the song was born. So simple, so special. The three remixes manage to be faithful to the original's haunting oddness while offering radically different takes on it. First off John Talabot pushes it into slow and sludgey mollusc break territories with a shamanic translation, then Ex-Terrestrial offers a sedated IDM interpretation for fans of BOC etc, finally the Fit Siegel gets his music box on with a deranged bit of technofunk.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              A1. Days
                                                                                                                                                              A2. Days (John Talabot Skoooldub Remix)
                                                                                                                                                              B1. Days (Ex-Terrestrial Remix)
                                                                                                                                                              B2. Days (Fit Siegel's Bow Legged Mix)

                                                                                                                                                              John Prine

                                                                                                                                                              Common Sense

                                                                                                                                                                Common Sense was John Prine’s fourth studio album, and final album released with Atlantic Records before moving to Asylum. Produced by Booker T. & the M.G.’s guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper, the album features a number of headline collaborators such as Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Glenn Fray; as well as Steve Goodman continuing to feature with Prine. Tracks such as “Forbidden Jimmy” and “Saddle In The Rain” show a slight change in Prine’s sound with Cropper’s production. The album also features a cover of Chuck Berry’s “You Can Never Tell.”

                                                                                                                                                                John Prine, who passed away in April, was one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation and recipient of the 2020 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award. Considered a true folk-singer, Prine was known for his raspy voice and equally admired for his unique songwriting ability. His career spanned over five decades, during which he created witty and sincere country-folk music that drew from his Midwestern American roots and incorporated sounds from rockabilly, R&B and rock 'n' roll.

                                                                                                                                                                In addition to earning the Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Prine also won Grammy® Awards for The Missing Years (1991) and Fair and Square (2005). His songs have been recorded by a long list of well-respected artists, including Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, George Strait, Norah Jones, John Denver, Miranda Lambert, The Everly Brothers, Bette Midler, Paul Westerberg, Tammy Wynette and Dwight Yoakam.

                                                                                                                                                                John Prine

                                                                                                                                                                John Prine

                                                                                                                                                                  John Prine’s self-titled debut album continues to sound as fresh as it did back in 1971, with Rolling Stone ranking it amongst its 500 greatest albums of all time. It includes some of Prine’s finest works such as “Sam Stone,” “Paradise,” and the famous “Angel From Montgomery.” After initially being spotted by famed singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, John Prine’s debut album earned him a number of admirers, including the likes of Bob Dylan. Tracks such as “Paradise” resonated with many, quickly becoming a bluegrass standard. Originally written by John for his father, the track has since been covered by a number of artists such as Johnny Cash and The Everly Brothers.

                                                                                                                                                                  John Prine

                                                                                                                                                                  Sweet Revenge

                                                                                                                                                                    Back in 1973, John Prine released his third album Sweet Revenge. It starts with the title track “Sweet Revenge,” one of Prine’s most famous tracks. The majority of the album was recorded in Nashville, apart from the track Dear Abby, taken from a live performance at New York’s State University. It features Prine chatting to the crowd giving a prelude to the track, as well as the crowd reaction highlighting the wittiness and genius of his lyrics. 

                                                                                                                                                                    John MOuse

                                                                                                                                                                    The Goat

                                                                                                                                                                      When lockdown commenced John MOuse seized the opportunity to create a new album. The concept behind The Goat, was to write, record and release a song on a weekly basis. Each song was then uploaded to bandcamp. The album was remixed and mastered for both vinyl and digital and the initial recordings were then ordered in a cohesive and exciting running order. Social distancing meant that the music for the album was created Lincolnshire by long term collaborator Phil Pearce and then sent to John in Cardiff who worked on the lyrics and vocal melody for each track. The result is a typically idiosyncratic, electronic pop album, heavy on spoken word content and catchy chorus hooks, these songs possess musical hints of everyone from Adian Moffat, Momus to early Pulp.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                                                                                                      Le Pigeon
                                                                                                                                                                      A Well-Planned Part
                                                                                                                                                                      Kerplunk Sticks
                                                                                                                                                                      Felix And Sebastien
                                                                                                                                                                      The People Vrs Charles Mitchlemore
                                                                                                                                                                      Buy To Let Industry Expert

                                                                                                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                                                                                                      Professor Max Beta
                                                                                                                                                                      Use Neutral Tones To Accent Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                      The Raven Argonette
                                                                                                                                                                      O’Sullivan, Reardon, Doherty, Bond

                                                                                                                                                                      John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                                      Giant Steps - 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                                                                                        John Coltrane is one of the most renowned jazz artists and influential saxophonists in music history

                                                                                                                                                                        Within the span of less than three weeks, John Coltrane completed his work with Miles Davis on what would become the bestselling jazz title in history (Kind of Blue) and embarked on his first record with Atlantic that would become the landmark recording Giant Steps.

                                                                                                                                                                        Saying farewell to bebop, "Giant Steps" was Coltrane's second album to be recorded for the Atlantic label, and marked the first time that all of the pieces on a recording had been composed by him. The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as 'sheets of sound', and features the use of a new harmonic concept later to be known as 'Coltrane changes'. The set features early versionss of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute".

                                                                                                                                                                        A remastered, deluxe 180g 2-LP and 2-CD, each with the original album plus a bonus disc of alternate takes and versions – including rehearsal and incomplete tracks, as well as false starts – only previously included in The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane boxed set.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: There are few artists more important to the history of jazz than John Coltrane, and ‘Giant Steps’ is one of the reasons why. From bebop to the development of free-jazz, you can hear the influence that Coltrane took in, and in turn his influence on the world of music. Now, we get a deluxe double album reissue with an extra disc of unheard outtakes. It’s a no-brainer for any jazz fan.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        2LP / 2 CD

                                                                                                                                                                        DISC ONE – STANDARD ALBUM (Side A)
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Giant Steps
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Cousin Mary
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Countdown
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Spiral

                                                                                                                                                                        DISC ONE – STANDARD ALBUM (Side B)
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Syeeda’s Song Flute
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Naima
                                                                                                                                                                        7. Mr. P.C.

                                                                                                                                                                        DISC TWO – THE OUTTAKES (Side A)
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Giant Steps (Alternate, Take 1, Incomplete)
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Naima (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Like Sonny (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Countdown (Alternate Take)

                                                                                                                                                                        DISC TWO – THE OUTTAKES (Side B)
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                                                                                        7. Giant Steps, Take 5 (Alternate)
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Giant Steps, Take 6 (Alternate)

                                                                                                                                                                        Freeez & John Rocca

                                                                                                                                                                        Southern Freeez / Variations On A Theeem

                                                                                                                                                                          Beggars Arkive is excited to reissue the classic FREEEZ debut album SOUTHERN FREEEZ. The second LP contains seven brand new tracks from the band’s leader John Rocca.

                                                                                                                                                                          Freeez were a legendary group from London, known as one of the UK’s main jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s…aka Brit funk. Led by John Rocca, Freeez consisted of various musicians, originally with Rocca and others including Andy Stennet (keyboards), Peter Maas (bass guitar) and Paul Morgan.

                                                                                                                                                                          Their debut album Southern Freeez was released in 1981 and contains the hit song “Southern Freeez” which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman. John Rocca initially released the album it on his own Pink Rythm label before being signed to Beggars Banquet.

                                                                                                                                                                          A few years later, they had even more hits. Their biggest, “IOU”, was a #1 club single and was written and produced by renowned producer Arthur Baker with lyric contributions and lead vocals by John Rocca and remixed by Jellybean Benitez and Baker. It was a hit in the US in addition to the UK and was used in the legendary breakdancing movie Beat Street. “Pop Goes My Love” was another hit. Rocca also had a hit as a solo artist in 1984 with “I Want It To Be Real”.

                                                                                                                                                                          While they may not be a household name, if you know, you know. They have been sampled many times, by artists including Jamie xx, Coolio, Brandy, Madlib and more.

                                                                                                                                                                          Nearly 40 years after the original release of Southern Freeez, after being contacted by Beggars Arkive about a reissue, John was inspired to go back to his roots. He pulled together some of the work that he had been experimenting with over the years and enlisted some musicians (including his nephews) to play on the tracks, saying that doing so “was a nice reflection of the past meeting the present”.

                                                                                                                                                                          “"The melancholic suburban soul of ‘Southern Freeez’ never gets tired for album that has remained at the top of my Brit Funk pile!" - GILLES PETERSON

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          LP1/FREEEZ – SOUTHERN FREEEZ
                                                                                                                                                                          A1 Mariposa
                                                                                                                                                                          A2 Caribbean Winter
                                                                                                                                                                          A3 Easy On The Onions
                                                                                                                                                                          A4 Sunset
                                                                                                                                                                          B1 Flying High
                                                                                                                                                                          B2 Southern Freeez
                                                                                                                                                                          B3 Roller Chase
                                                                                                                                                                          B4 First Love
                                                                                                                                                                          B5 Finale

                                                                                                                                                                          LP2/John Rocca
                                                                                                                                                                          A1 Southern Freeez 20+20
                                                                                                                                                                          A2 Feeel The Music
                                                                                                                                                                          A3 Simple Breeez
                                                                                                                                                                          B1 My Name Is Love Part 1 + 2
                                                                                                                                                                          B2 Slow Down (ordinary Dawn)
                                                                                                                                                                          B3 Rain

                                                                                                                                                                          Peter Bjorn And John

                                                                                                                                                                          Endless Dream

                                                                                                                                                                            Peter Bjorn & John celebrate their 20-year anniversary in 2020 with the release of ninth full-length studio album.

                                                                                                                                                                            High John and Douniah are an alternative R&B / Hip-Hop duo from Hamburg and Berlin. Johns warm, lo-fi beats and Douniahs rich, soul-soaked voice interact in a very natural way, combining almost organically 90's urban music with the timbre und themes of the here and now.

                                                                                                                                                                            The two first met at the St.Pauli Kreativ Nacht Festival in Hamburg. When High John started his beat set, Douniah stepped to the mic and the magic happened. John and Douniah jammed for nearly one hour and this session became the stepping stone for their future project.

                                                                                                                                                                            High John released a split album with Plusma earlier this year titled "High+" and is part of the Raw Suppliers collective. Douniah released two dope collaborations this year: "Don't You Worry" with Fuchy (aka Farhot)
                                                                                                                                                                            and "Naked Trees" with Cap Kendricks.

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Dream Baby
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Representin'
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Like That
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Neighbourhood
                                                                                                                                                                            5. 90bpm
                                                                                                                                                                            6. Get Down (Skit)
                                                                                                                                                                            7. Back In (My) Bed
                                                                                                                                                                            8. Early Summer
                                                                                                                                                                            9. Thinking (Enemies)
                                                                                                                                                                            10. I Miss
                                                                                                                                                                            11. Smooth With Us 

                                                                                                                                                                            Dr. John


                                                                                                                                                                              Get On Down is all too eager to reissue this unique record for Record Store Day Black Friday, which has not been repressed on vinyl in over 40 years. In keeping with the album's hallucinogenic sound, it is presented on trippy splatter colored vinyl, and housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket

                                                                                                                                                                              'In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled “Le chat dans le sac” (“The Cat in the Bag”).  Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film.In June of that year, Coltrane’s ‘Classic Quartet’ entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and recorded five previously- recorded Coltrane originals. For many years, viewers of the film who recognized the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard. Now, with the release of Blue World, we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              A1. Naima (Take 1)
                                                                                                                                                                              A2. Village Blues (Take 2)
                                                                                                                                                                              A3. Blue World
                                                                                                                                                                              A4. Village Blues (Take 1)
                                                                                                                                                                              B1. Village Blues (Take 3)
                                                                                                                                                                              B2. Like Sonny
                                                                                                                                                                              B3. Traneing In
                                                                                                                                                                              B4. Naima (Take 2)

                                                                                                                                                                              Echo & The Bunnymen

                                                                                                                                                                              The John Peel Sessions 1979-1983

                                                                                                                                                                                Echo & The Bunnymen - ‘The John Peel Sessions 1979-1983’ is a collection of all the Radio 1 John Peel sessions that they performed in the formative years of the band, and in celebration of these early recordings, a double black LP and a 1CD of this set will be released.

                                                                                                                                                                                Significantly, this collection of 21 tracks are from the very beginning of the bands existence. With little money, the band used them to demo new material. Many of the songs were written due to the fact a Peel session had been booked, not because the show loved the new songs - demonstrating the level of trust, confidence and love they had for the band.According to Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant, these recordings could quite simply be some of the most significant in the bands career - “Without John Peel sessions, Echo And The Bunnymen in my opinion, would not exist! It’s that simple. The band got so much support from him and John Walters (Peel’s producer). Recording a Peel session was essential to the development of our songwriting skills while at the same time giving us amazing exposure and self-belief.”

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                Side One
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Read It In Books (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Stars Are Stars (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                3. I Bagsy Yours (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Villiers Terrace (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                5. The Pictures On My Wall (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                6. All That Jazz (John Peel Session)

                                                                                                                                                                                Side Two
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Over The Wall (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                2. All My Colours (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                3. That Golden Smile (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Heaven Up Here (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                5. Turquoise Days (John Peel Session)

                                                                                                                                                                                Side One
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Taking Advantage (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                2. An Equation (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                3. No Hands (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Silver (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                5. Seven Seas (John Peel Session)

                                                                                                                                                                                Side Two
                                                                                                                                                                                1. The Killing Moon (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Nocturnal Me (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                3. Watch Out Below (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Ocean Rain (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                5. My Kingdom (John Peel Session)

                                                                                                                                                                                CD Track List:
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Read It In Books (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Stars Are Stars (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                3. I Bagsy Yours (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Villiers Terrace (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                5. The Pictures On My Wall (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                6. All That Jazz (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                7. Over The Wall (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                8. All My Colours (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                9. That Golden Smile (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                10. Heaven Up Here (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                11. Turquoise Days (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                12. Taking Advantage (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                13. An Equation (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                14. No Hands (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                15. Silver (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                16. Seven Seas (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                17. The Killing Moon (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                18. Nocturnal Me (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                19. Watch Out Below (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                20. Ocean Rain (John Peel Session)
                                                                                                                                                                                21. My Kingdom (John Peel Session

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