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Spirit Power: The Best Of Johnny Marr

    Personally curated and compiled by Johnny Marr, Spirit Power: The Best Of Johnny Marr encompasses music from across his four widely acclaimed solo albums released over the last decade (2013’s The Messenger, 2014’s Playland, 2018’s Call The Comet, 2022 double album Fever Dreams Pts 1-4), non-album single releases ‘Armatopia’ and ‘The Priest’ (w/ Maxine Peake). The collection also includes 2 brand new studio recordings Somewhere and The Answer.

    Since establishing the current chapter of his solo work a decade ago, Johnny has remained a restless creative. Working and recording out of his own purpose-built Manchester studio, the Crazy Face Factory, his songwriting has embraced an instinctive sonic evolution across four full length albums.


    2LP (19 Tracks)
    Side 1
    New Town Velocity
    Easy Money
    Spirit Power & Soul
    Hi Hello
    Side 2
    European Me
    The Messenger
    I Feel You
    Side 3
    The Answer
    Spiral Cities
    The Priest
    Night And Day
    Side 4
    Sensory Street
    Walk Into The Sea
    Tenement Time

    Standard CD (16 Tracks)
    1. Armatopia
    2. New Town Velocity
    3. Easy Money
    4. Spirit Power & Soul
    5. Hi Hello
    6. Somewhere
    7. The Messenger
    8. I Feel You
    9. The Answer
    10. Dynamo
    11. Spiral Cities
    12. Night And Day
    13. Sensory Street
    14. Walk Into The Sea
    15. Candidate
    16. Tenement Time

    Deluxe 2CD (24 Tracks)
    Disc 1
    1. Armatopia
    2. New Town Velocity
    3. Easy Money
    4. Spirit Power And Soul
    5. Hi Hello
    6. Somewhere
    7. European Me
    8. The Messenger
    9. I Feel You
    10. The Answer
    11. Dynamo
    12. Spiral Cities
    13. The Priest
    Disc 2
    1. Night And Day
    2. Sensory Street
    3. Walk Into The Sea
    4. Upstarts
    5. Candidate
    6. Tenement Time
    7. Hi Hello (Demo)
    8. Somewhere (Demo)
    9. The Answer (Crazy Face Version)
    10. The Messenger (Demo)
    11. Speak Out Reach Out (Crazy Face Version)

    Johnny Marr

    Marr's Guitars

      A stunning photographic presentation of the guitars that defined the distinctive sounds and style of Johnny Marr with personal reflections and insights from the legendary guitarist himself. 'Guitars have been the obsession of my life ... they've been a mission and sometimes a lifeline' - Johnny Marr The guitarist's guitarist, Johnny Marr redefined music for a generation.

      His ringing arpeggios and chordal innovations helped elevate The Smiths to be one of the most influential and important British bands of all time. Tracing Marr's career from his teenage years to his recent work on the Bond soundtrack, Marr's Guitars showcases the most significant of Marr's superb collection of electric and acoustic guitars, revealing through them the evolution of his iconic sound and style of playing. Each guitar is identified with a crucial moment, a specific song or a particular sound, and each embodies a key aspect of Marr's lifelong passion.

      Renowned photographer Pat Graham presents each instrument as a full portrait, supported by micro shots highlighting the specific details that make each one unique, while Johnny Marr himself reveals in his accompanying commentary on what tracks and at which shows the guitars were played. Many of the guitars are closely associated with Marr, such as the Rickenbacker 330, the Gibson ES-355 and the Johnny Marr Signature Fender Jaguar. Some were passed down to him, including Nile Rodgers' Stratocaster, Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music Hagstrom and Bert Jansch's Yamaha.

      Others are guitars once owned by Marr that have since been passed on to the next generation of guitar heroes, including the Stratocaster used by Noel Gallagher on 'Wonderwall' and the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop used on In Rainbows by Radiohead's Ed O'Brien. Punctuating the photography of the guitars and the accompanying commentary are contextual studio, backstage and onstage shots. Together, they make Marr's Guitars a unique cultural history of modern music and guitar playing told through the prism of Johnny Marr's experiences and achievements.

      Blitz Vega (Johnny Marr & Andy Rourke)

      Strong Forever (RSD23 EDITION)


        Andy Rourke, formerly of The Smiths & one of the most revered bassists of all time, has teamed up with front-man & guitarist Kav for their music project "BLITZ VEGA" They release their debut vinyl for Record Store Day, featuring new versions of their single "Strong Forever", including guest guitar from Johnny Marr & B-Sides / mixes & remixes from Z-Trip, Jagz Kooner, DayBreakers & Will Kennedy. The vinyl features unreleased new material, unavailable online.


        Strong Forever (single Version) Z-Trip Mix
        Strong Forever Original (Jagz Kooner Mix)
        Strong Forever (Day Breakers Remix)
        Strong Forever ( Will Kennedy Live Band Mix)
        Lost & Found (Jagz Kooner Mix)
        Lost & Found ( Day Breakers Remix)
        LA Vampire ( Jagz Kooner Mix)
        Big Nose

        Johnny Marr

        Fever Dreams Pt. 3

          The ‘Fever Dreams Pt 3’ EP features four brand new songs from Johnny Marr’s anticipated first double LP - ‘The Speed Of Love’, ‘Night and Day’, ‘Counter-Clock World’ and ‘Rubicon’. Timed well to follow on from Johnny’s live run with Blondie, the EP will be released on limited edition gold vinyl, with 2.5k units available worldwide.

          Early previews of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ have been met with widespread acclaim, with Uncut stating that the double album is "The most ambitious album of his career".

          Singles including ‘Sensory Street’ has been a mainstay on the BBC Radio 6 Music A-List, the album’s electro-soul opener ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’ was also playlisted by 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, described as “his strongest solo composition yet” by the Evening Standard, “an exercise in progressive creative ambition” by DIY, “invigorating” by Uncut, with “defiance in its DNA” by CLASH and simply “banging” by The Telegraph.

          Earlier EP ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ has seen Johnny heralded as “a master songwriter” by The i Newspaper and, “a project unlike anything he's done before" by Music Week.


          Side A
          1. The Speed Of Love
          2. Night And Day
          Side B
          1. Counter Clock World
          2. Rubicon

          Johnny Marr

          Fever Dreams Pts 1-4

            Johnny Marr started his career with The Smiths, beginning an amazing history as one of the most influential songwriters and guitarists in British independent music. His subsequent creative journey has seen him at the heart of The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as working with such names as The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The Avalanches, and the musician and composer Hans Zimmer - with whom he recently recorded the score and soundtrack for the forthcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, including the title track created with Billie Eilish.

            In the wake of his time leading The Healers, Marr’s solo career has given rise to three UK Top Ten albums - The Messenger (2013), Playland (2014) and 2018’s Call The Comet, and he will be returning in February with his most expansive work to date, Fever Dreams Pts 1-4. It was created during the long, uncertain period that followed the arrival of the UK’s first lockdown, when his focus was pushed into both his interior life, and evoking the emotional states of others. “It’s an inspired record, and I couldn’t wait to get in and record every day,” he says. “But I had to go inwards.”

            The upcoming album reflects his multi-faceted past, but takes his music somewhere startlingly new. “There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been developing - really since getting out of The Smiths,” he says. “And I hear it in this record. There are so many strands of music in it. I think it’s the most ambitious solo record I’ve done.”

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Johnny Marr returns, bringing with him his newest LP, Fever Dreams 1-4, collecting the four EP's together into one impressive double LP package. It's a widescreen collection of Marr at his very best, that trademark guitar and his increased focus on sweeping synths and throbbing pop percussion coming together to a brilliantly coherent selection of future classics.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side 1
            1. Spirit Power And Soul
            2. Receiver
            3. All These Days
            4. Ariel
            Side 2
            1. Lightning People
            2. Hideaway Girl
            3. Sensory Street
            4. Tenement Time
            Side 3
            1. The Speed Of Love
            2. Night And Day
            3. Counter Clock World
            4. Rubicon
            Side 4
            1. God's Gift
            2. Ghoster
            3. The Whirl
            4. Human

            Johnny Marr

            Fever Dreams Pt. 2

              Due for release on December 17th, the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ EP will preview four brand new tracks that make up the second quarter of Marr’s forthcoming double album, ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’. Sensory Street, Tenement Time, Lightning People and Hideaway Girl. The ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ EP is released digitally and on very limited edition 12” transparent violet vinyl, exclusively through his webstore and UK RSD Stores – limited to 750 copies.

              Early previews of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ (due February 25th 2022) have been met with widespread acclaim. ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’ was playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, described as “his strongest solo composition yet” by the Evening Standard, “an exercise in progressive creative ambition” by DIY, “invigorating” by Uncut, with “defiance in its DNA” by CLASH and simply “banging” by The Telegraph.

              Led with the singles ‘Sensory Street’ and ‘Tenement Time’, the second EP is set for another outstanding launch, with ‘Sensory Street’ confirmed for a premiere with Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music. ‘Sensory Street’ follows on electro soul album opener ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’s anthemic strand, a startling track with strident electronics, whilst ‘Tenement Time’ marks the end of the double album’s first half. A rousing, reflective creation fusing sonic power with an emotional potency. Both highlight ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’s sheer sonic scale.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              1. Lightning People
              2. Hideaway Girl
              Side B
              1. Sensory Street (Explicit)
              2. Tenement Time

              Johnny Marr

              Single Life - Limited Edition 7" Box Set

                Single Life collects together the first ten solo single releases by Johnny Marr in a limited edition 7” box.

                Wrapped in a metallic silver box, the set contains all Johnny's 7” releases from 2012’s Upstarts through to 2018’s Spiral Cities, all in original artwork sleeves.

                The boxset also contains vinyl debuts for the promo only track The Messenger, backed with an exclusive unreleased demo version of the fan favourite New Town Velocity and the double A side Armatopia/The Bright Parade.

                All ten 7” singles are pressed onto coloured vinyl and the set is completed by two limited edition photographic prints, exclusive to Single Life. 

                TRACK LISTING

                Disc 1 -
                1. The Messenger
                2. New Town Velocity (Single Version)

                Disc 2 -
                1. Upstarts
                2. Psychic Beginner

                Disc 3 -
                1. New Town Velocity
                2. The It-Switch

                Disc 4 -
                1. Easy Money
                2. Use Me Up

                Disc 5 -
                1. Dynamo
                2. Struck

                Disc 6 -
                1. I Feel You
                2. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

                Disc 7 –
                1. Candidate
                2. Exit Connection

                Disc 8 -
                1. Hi Hello
                2. Jeopardy

                Disc 9 -
                1. Spiral Cities
                2. Spectral Eyes

                Disc 10 –
                1. Armatopia
                2. The Bright Parade

                Recorded with his band in Manchester at Marr’s Crazy Face studios, ‘Call The Comet’ is the third solo record from the Smiths guitarist and follows 2013’s critically acclaimed The Messenger and 2014’s Playland; both of which made the UK top 10. “Call The Comet is set in the not-too-distant future” says Marr, “and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. It’s my own magic realism.” Songs include Actor Attractor, Walk Into The Sea, Bug, and recent live favourite Spiral Cities. “The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to.” Says Marr.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: Easily his best solo album.

                Barry says: Johnny Marr brings his most accomplished and forward-thinking album to date, brimming with cleverly penned lyricism, addictive hooks and his uncompromisingly immersive songwriting style. A stunning continuation of form, and a future classic.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Rise
                2. The Tracers
                3. Hey Angel
                4. Hi Hello
                5. New Dominions
                6. Day In Day Out
                7. Walk Into The Sea
                8. Bug
                9. Actor Attractor
                10. Spiral Cities
                11. My Eternal
                12. A Different Gun

                Johnny Marr

                Adrenalin Baby - Johnny Marr Live

                ‘Adrenalin Baby’ documents Johnny's energetic live performances over the past three years across a double album.

                ‘Adrenalin Baby’ was recorded primarily at his Brixton Academy and Manchester Apollo shows during Johnny’s ‘Playland’ tour in support of his Top 10 solo albums ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Playland’. In addition to material from his solo albums, ‘Adrenalin Baby’ also features takes on The Smiths’ classics ‘The Headmaster Ritual’, ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘How Soon Is Now?’.

                The collection is completed by Electronic’s ‘Getting Away With It’ and Johnny’s interpretation of ‘I Fought The Law’. “I wanted to capture the atmosphere and feeling of the last couple of tours,” says Johnny. “It’s been a special time and the album is a document for fans who were there, and for people who haven't seen me and might want to check out what the shows are about. I like live records when they¹re a good listen, It¹s turned out really well.”

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Playland (Live)
                2. The Right Thing Right
                3. Easy Money (Live)
                4. 25 Hours (Live)
                5. New Town Velocity (Live)
                6. The Headmaster Ritual (Live)
                7. The Messenger (Live)
                8. Back In The Box (Live)
                9. Generate! Generate! (Live)
                10. Bigmouth Strikes Again (Live)
                11. Boys Get Straight (Live)
                12. Candidate (Live)
                13. Getting Away With It (Live)
                14. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Live)
                15. Dynamo (Live)
                16. I Fought The Law (Live)
                17. How Soon Is Now? (Live)

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