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Gabriels

Debut Album

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    The Snuts

    Burn The Empire

      Ahead of a coveted slot at this year’s Glastonbury, The Snuts have announced their highly-anticipated new album Burn The Empire, out on Parlophone Records. The album follows their acclaimed, number 1-selling debut album, W.L and today sees the fourth taste of the record with new single ‘The Rodeo’.

      One of the most exciting acts in the UK right now, The Snuts deliver 11 slices of sonic brilliance on Burn The Empire. Produced by longtime collaborators Detonate and Clarence Coffee Jr the album continues the band’s evolution both sonically and lyrically. A voice for the next generation lead singer Jack Cochrane attacks subjects affecting the youth of today. Opening with the album’s title track, a no holds barred protest against the corrupt corporations and politicians, the album delves into the negative effects of social media on ‘Zuckerpunch’ and ‘13’ tackles the lack of mental health services and the lethal effects of poverty across Britain and its impact on society.

      “The universe delivered us time to create a record where we finally felt we could address some of the topics, be it societal or spiritual, that we have been dying to scream out,” lead singer Jack Cochrane said of the album. “There are songs about the highs & lows, stuff we really want to talk about and things we cannot help but feel, but have just never made the space to.”

      Infectious, euphoric, heartfelt and packed to the brim with hooks, Burn The Empire is the work of a band living in the moment, with an eye to the future. Armed with a chart-topping album and an arsenal of adoring fans up and down the country, these four lads from Whitburn, West Lothian, are well on their way to being one of the most vital bands of recent years.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Burn The Empire
      2. Zuckerpunch
      3. The Rodeo
      4. 13
      5. Knuckles
      6. End Of The Road (feat. Rachel Chinouriri)
      7. Pigeons In New York
      8. Hallelujah Moment
      9. Cosmic Electronica
      10. Yesterday
      11. Blah Blah Blah

      David Bowie

      Black Tie White Noise - 2022 Reissue



        TRACK LISTING

        The Wedding
        You've Been Around
        I Feel Free
        Black Tie White Noise (featuring Al B. Sure!)
        Jump They Say
        Nite Flights
        Pallas Athena
        Miracle Goodnight
        Don't Let Me Down & Down
        Looking For Lester
        I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
        The Wedding Song

        David Bowie

        The Buddha Of Suburbia - 2022 Reissue



          TRACK LISTING

          Buddha Of Suburbia
          Sex And The Church
          South Horizon
          The Mysteries
          Bleed Like A Craze, Dad
          Strangers When We Meet
          Dead Against It
          Untitled No. 1
          Ian Fish, U.K. Heir
          Buddha Of Suburbia (featuring Lenny Kravitz On Guitar)

          David Bowie

          Outside - 2022 Reissue



            TRACK LISTING

            Leon Takes Us Outside
            Outside
            The Hearts Filthy Lesson
            A Small Plot Of Land
            Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette)" (segue)
            Hallo Spaceboy
            The Motel
            I Have Not Been To Oxford Town
            No Control
            Algeria Touchshriek (segue)
            The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)
            Ramona A. Stone/I Am With Name (segue)
            Wishful Beginnings
            We Prick You
            Nathan Adler (segue)
            I'm Deranged
            Thru' These Architects Eyes
            Nathan Adler (segue)
            Strangers When We Meet

            David Bowie

            Earthling - 2022 Reissue



              TRACK LISTING

              Little Wonder
              Looking For Satellites
              Battle For Britain (The Letter)
              Seven Years In Tibet
              Dead Man Walking
              Telling Lies
              The Last Thing You Should Do
              I'm Afraid Of Americans
              Law (Earthlings On Fire)

              David Bowie

              Toy - 2022 Reissue



                TRACK LISTING

                I Dig Everything
                You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
                The London Boys
                Karma Man
                Conversation Piece
                Shadow Man
                Let Me Sleep Beside You
                Hole In The Ground
                Baby Loves That Way
                Can't Help Thinking About Me
                Silly Boy Blue
                Toy (Your Turn To Drive) 

                David Bowie

                Hours… - 2022 Reissue



                  TRACK LISTING

                  Thursday's Child
                  Something In The Air
                  Survive
                  If I'm Dreaming My Life
                  Seven
                  What's Really Happening?
                  The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell
                  New Angels Of Promise
                  Brilliant Adventure
                  The Dreamers

                  Pink Floyd Featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk From Boombox

                  Hey Hey Rise Up

                    Pink Floyd are to release two physical versions of their first newly recorded music in over 25 years, ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’. The single, which was initially released digitally in April in support of the people of Ukraine and was #1 in 29 countries, will be available on 7” and CD single. Both formats will also feature a newly reworked version of ‘A Great Day For Freedom’ from the band’s 1994 album, The Division Bell. The track sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt, with Nitin Sawhney on keyboards and a lead vocal by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. It also has vocal harmonies by Romany and David Gilmour

                    When the track was first recorded at the end of March, Andriy, who left his band’s US tour to return home and fight for his country, was in a hospital bed in Kyiv recovering from a shrapnel injury. Proceeds for the physical release and the ongoing digital proceeds will go to Ukraine humanitarian relief.

                    For this limited edition release, David Gilmour revisited The Division Bell track ‘A Great Day For Freedom’. He has reworked the song using the original tapes which, as well as David, feature Nick Mason on drums and Richard Wright on keyboards, along with backing vocals from Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine and Durga McBroom. The artwork for the track ‘The Sunflower Look’ features a painting of the national flower of Ukraine with a twist by the Cuban artist Yosan Leon. The cover is a direct reference to the woman who was seen around the world giving sunflower seeds to Russian soldiers and telling them to carry them in their pockets, so that when they die sunflowers will grow.

                    David Bowie

                    The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - 50th Anniversary Edition

                      28th April 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s STARMAN, the first single from THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS. To celebrate, Parlophone Records is proud to announce release details to mark the album’s Golden Jubilee.

                      On 17th June 2022, 50 years and one day after the original U.K. release date, THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS will be issued as a limited edition 50th anniversary picture disc, featuring a half-speed master and a replica promotional poster for the album.

                      THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS is the breakthrough album that catapulted David Bowie into the international spotlight. Over the past 50 years it has remained a touchstone record, growing in stature with each passing year. It is now ingrained in popular culture, its undeniable influence spanning musicians from Arcade Fire to Lady Gaga, to Harry Styles’s androgynous fashion sense to Noel Fielding’s shirts on The Great British Bake-Off to Ziggy make-up challenges on Tik-Tok.

                      David Bowie laid to rest the Ziggy Stardust persona in July 1973 at his infamous last show with the Spiders From Mars at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, but Ziggy’s impact reverberates to this day.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      SIDE ONE
                      Five Years – 4:42
                      Soul Love – 3:34
                      Moonage Daydream – 4:40
                      Starman – 4:10 It Ain’t Easy – 2:58
                      SIDE TWO
                      Lady Stardust – 3:22
                      Star – 2:47
                      Hang On To Yourself – 2:40
                      Ziggy Stardust – 3:13
                      Suffragette City – 3:25
                      Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide - 2.58

                      Blur

                      Bustin' + Dronin' (RSD22 EDITION)

                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                        For Record Store Day 2022, Blur will release a special, double heavyweight coloured vinyl edition of their 1998, Japan-only remix compilation Bustin' + Dronin' featuring mixes of tracks from their 1997 eponymously titled, number one album. Originally only available as a 2-CD set including a Radio 1 John Peel session, only a handful of copies made their way over to the UK on import. Bustin' + Dronin' has never been available on vinyl before now, and this release features the nine remixes (note: no Peel Session) by William Orbit (tracks 1, 6, 7 & 9), Adrian Sherwood (2 & 8), Moby (4), Thurston Moore (5) and John McEntire (7).

                        Released on two x heavyweight coloured vinyl LPs - 1 x transparent blue, 1 x transparent green, the sleeve comes with an adapted version of the original Japanese OBI strip and replica insert.

                        David Bowie

                        Brilliant Adventure 12" (RSD22 EDITION)

                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                          12" 4 Track E.P. 180g black The BRILLIANT ADVENTURE E.P. has four unheard tracks from the 1.OUTSIDE era; "JOHNNY DOWNLOADER", an early version of "I'M AFRAID OF AMERICANS" recorded during the sessions with Brian Eno for the album and mixed in November 1994 but not released on a Bowie album until 1997's EARTHLING, an alternative single mix of "I HAVE NOT BEEN TO OXFORD TOWN" and two tracks, "OUTSIDE'S A SMALL PLOT OF LAND" and the Jacques Brel cover "MY DEATH", performed by Bowie and pianist Mike Garson at a fundraiser for the New York Public Theater at the Shakespeare Festival in New York on 18th September, 1995. The BRILLIANT ADVENTURE E.P. will be available on 12" vinyl and CD.

                          David Bowie

                          Toy E.P. 10" (RSD22 EDITION)

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            100g, 5 track 10" EP black. The 10" vinyl and CD TOY E.P. ("YOU'VE GOT IT MADE WITH ALL THE TOYS") features the previously unheard "SHADOW MAN (VOCAL AND PIANO MIX)", an alternative stripped back mix of the TOY album track, along with the unreleased live versions of "I DIG EVERYTHING" and "THE LONDON BOYS" recorded at the final Glastonbury warm-up show at the Roseland Ballroom, New York on 19th June, 2000. The E.P. also contains three tracks "YOU'VE GOT A HABIT OF LEAVING" (RADIO EDIT), "SILLY BOY BLUE" (ALTERNATIVE ENDING MIX) and "CAN'T HELP THINKING ABOUT ME" (LIVE MARK RADCLIFFE SHOW BBC RADIO 1 SESSION), previously only available as streaming singles and which are making their physical debut.

                            Gabriels

                            Bloodlines EP (RSD22 EDITION)

                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                              4 track ep from one of Parlophones one to watch for 2022. 12" red vinyl.

                              Kraftwerk

                              Remixes

                                The album is an updated version of the 2020 Digital compilation of the same name, featuring mixes that were originally released between 1991 and 2021.

                                Alongside Kraftwerk’s own remixes, the album includes some of the world’s biggest DJs and Producers, including François Kervorkian, Orbital, Underground Resistance, DJ Rolando, Alex Gopher + Étienne de Crécy, William Orbit and Hot Chip.


                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: Kraftwerk, remixes.. what else do you need to know? Well, possibly you don't need to know that much but let me tell you that every piece here shines with exactly the sort of calibre you'd expect from some of the biggest names in the electronic music field, and remixing arguably THE most influential catalogue in existence. Sounds pretty good right? Yeah, it is.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                CD TRACK-LISTING*
                                CD1
                                1. Non Stop - 8:32
                                2. Robotnik (Kling Klang Mix) - 7:43
                                3. Robotronik (Kling Klang Mix) - 4:54
                                4. Radioactivity (William Orbit Hardcore Remix - Kling Klang Edit) - 5:35
                                5. Radioactivity (François Kervorkian 12” Remix) - 7:27
                                6. Expo Remix (Kling Klang Mix 2002) - 5:40
                                7. Expo Remix (Kling Klang Mix 2001) - 6:49
                                8. Expo Remix (Orbital Mix) - 4:57
                                9. Expo Remix (François K + Rob Rives Mix) - 7:21
                                10. Home Computer (2021 Single Edit) - 4:45
                                CD2
                                1. Expo Remix (DJ Rolando Mix) - 7:29
                                2. Expo Remix (Underground Resistance Mix) - 3:58
                                3. Expo Remix (UR Thought 3 Mix) - 2:43
                                4. Aéro Dynamik (Kling Klang Dynamix) - 7:01
                                5. Aéro Dynamik (Alex Gopher / Étienne De Crécy Dynamik Mix) - 7:42
                                6. Aéro Dynamik (François K. Aero Mix) - 7:52
                                7. Aéro Dynamik (Intelligent Design Mix By Hot Chip) - 8:34
                                8. La Forme (King Of The Mountains Mix By Hot Chip) - 11:31
                                9. Tour De France (Etape 2) - 4:57
                                *Vinyl Track Sequence Is Slightly Different And Features A 6:33 Version Of La Forme (King Of The Mountains Mix By Hot Chip)

                                David Bowie

                                Low - 45th Anniversary Vinyl Edition

                                  NOT FOR SALE ONLINE - See Instore for ordering details...

                                  14th January 2022 marks the 45th anniversary of David Bowie’s 1977 album LOW, and to celebrate Parlophone Records is proud to announce release details for a limited edition orange vinyl.

                                  The album featured the hit single "Sound and Vision" and reached number 2 in the UK album chart. This release will only be available through physical bricks and mortar stores, no online retail. 


                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side 1:
                                  Speed Of Life
                                  Breaking Glass
                                  What In The World
                                  Sound And Vision
                                  Always Crashing In The Same Car
                                  Be My Wife
                                  A New Career In A New Town
                                  SIDE 2:
                                  Warszawa
                                  Art Decade
                                  Weeping Wall
                                  Subterraneans

                                  David Bowie

                                  Hunky Dory (50th Anniversary Picture Disc)

                                    17th December 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s classic fourth studio album HUNKY DORY, and to celebrate Parlophone Records is proud to announce release details for a limited edition vinyl picture disc to mark the album’s Golden Jubilee.

                                    On 7th January 2022, one day before Bowie’s 75th birthday and 50 years to the day since the U.K. release of Changes as a single, HUNKY DORY will be issued as a limited edition 50th anniversary picture disc, featuring the 2015 vinyl remaster and a poster featuring the annotated back cover image of the album.

                                    Although now widely acknowledged as one of the best albums of all time, Hunky Dory didn’t make a dent on the U.K. album charts upon its 1971 release. It wasn't until August 1973 that the album finally peaked in the U.K. Top 5 in the wake of a reissue of LIFE ON MARS? following the 1972 release of Bowie’s breakthrough album THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    SIDE ONE
                                    Changes – 3:37
                                    Oh! You Pretty Things – 3:12
                                    Eight Line Poem – 2:55
                                    Life On Mars? – 3:43
                                    Kooks – 2:53
                                    Quicksand – 5:08
                                    SIDE TWO
                                    Fill Your Heart – 3:07
                                    Andy Warhol – 3:56
                                    Song For Bob Dylan – 4:12
                                    Queen Bitch – 3:18
                                    The Bewlay Brothers – 5:22

                                    Coldplay

                                    Music Of The Spheres

                                      Coldplay release their ninth studio album on October 15th. Music Of The Spheres features 12 new tracks including recent no. 12 single Higher Power - the band’s highest charting single in seven years, which has currently spent 10 weeks in the UK top 30, amassing over 170m global streams to date, including 40m+ video views.



                                      Iron Maiden

                                      Senjutsu

                                        Parlophone Records is thrilled to announce the release of Iron Maiden’s 17th studio album Senjutsu, their first in 6 years. It was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris.

                                        For Senjutsu – loosely translated as ‘tactics & strategy’, the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Steve Harris. 


                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Iron bloody Maiden eh? They return for their SEVENTEENTH LP and you know what? It's great! It's a lot more of a proggy affair than during their heyday, but there is an absolute wealth of undeniable hooks and brilliantly hefty songwriting. Dickinson's voice is in top athletic form too.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Senjutsu (8:20)
                                        Stratego (4:59)
                                        The Writing On The Wall (6:13)
                                        Lost In A Lost World (9:31)
                                        Days Of Future Past (4:03)
                                        The Time Machine (7:09)
                                        Darkest Hour (7:20)
                                        Death Of The Celts (10:20)
                                        The Parchment (12:39)
                                        Hell On Earth (11:19)

                                        Grouplove

                                        This Is This

                                          Grouplove announce surprise release of their fifth studio album, This Is This, featuring lead single “Deadline” - celebrated with a live performance of the single on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. “We hope this album gives people the permission to fucking scream or headbang or punch walls,” says Grouplove. “It's important to stay emotional.

                                          The whole rainbow is important. If we just live in the light blues, are we really alive? I'm not. I need to feel it all.” Following their GRAMMY-nominated album Healer, This Is This was produced by Grouplove and collaborator Ricardo Acasuso – with additional songs produced by Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Malay (Frank Ocean). The album was written and recorded during the global pandemic, fueled by all the upheaval and hardship of the past year. Recording this album proved both cathartic and powerfully creative for Grouplove, the sound of five friends finally letting go of all the anxiety, sadness, and frustration they’ve all had to endure. Grouplove is: Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Andrew Wessen, Daniel Gleason, and Benjamin Homola.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Primetime
                                          2. This Is The End
                                          3. Deadline
                                          4. Scratch
                                          5. Oxygen Swimming
                                          6. Just What You Want (Feat. Surfbort)
                                          7. Seagulls
                                          8. Shake That Ass
                                          9. Shout

                                          David Bowie

                                          The Width Of A Circle

                                            This week sees the 50th anniversary of the original U.K. release of The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie’s landmark entry into the 1970s. The album not only began the collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would continue with such Bowie classics as Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, it kicked off a 10-year run of indispensable albums stretching through 1980’s Scary Monsters.

                                            The 2020 re-release of The Man Who Sold The World restored the album’s intended title Metrobolist, while featuring a new mix by original producer Tony Visconti. Taking its name from the album’s opening track, which was named after a painting by Bowie’s friend George Underwood, the new two-CD set The Width Of A Circle acts as a complementary piece to that album. Its 21 tracks feature non-album singles, a BBC In Concert l session, music for a TV play and further Visconti remixes wrapping up David’s recordings from 1970 and revealing the first sonic steps toward Hunky Dory.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            CD 1:
                                            THE SUNDAY SHOW INTRODUCED BY JOHN PEEL
                                            Recorded On 5th February, 1970 And Broadcast On 8th February, 1970
                                            1. Amsterdam *
                                            2. God Knows I’m Good *
                                            3. Buzz The Fuzz
                                            4. Karma Man
                                            5. London Bye, Ta-Ta
                                            6. An Occasional Dream
                                            7. The Width Of A Circle*
                                            8. Janine
                                            9. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
                                            10. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed*
                                            11. Fill Your Heart
                                            12. The Prettiest Star
                                            13. Cygnet Committee*
                                            14. Memory Of A Free Festival*

                                            Performed By David Bowie And The Tony Visconti Trio (a.k.a. The Hype)

                                            CD 2:
                                            THE LOOKING GLASS MURDERS AKA PIERROT IN TURQUOISE:
                                            1. When I Live My Dream
                                            2. Columbine
                                            3. The Mirror
                                            4. Threepenny Pierrot
                                            5. When I Live My Dream (Reprise)

                                            SINGLES
                                            6. The Prettiest Star (Alternative Mix)
                                            Single Mix Released On 6th March, 1970 On Mercury Records MF 1135. This Is The Unreleased Alternative Mix Created For Promotion In The US Market.

                                            7. London Bye, Ta-Ta*
                                            Originally Recorded And Rejected As The Follow Up Single To ‘Space Oddity’. This Mono Mix Was Finally Released On The Sound & Vision Box Set In 1989.

                                            8. London Bye, Ta-Ta (1970 Stereo Mix)*
                                            This Stereo Mix Of The Above Remained Unreleased Until The Reformatted Reissue Of The Sound & Vision Box Set In 2003, Replacing The Mono Mix.

                                            9.Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 1)*
                                            10. Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 2)*
                                            The Re-recorded Electric Version Of The Closing Track From The David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) Album Released As A Single On Mercury Records 6052 026 On 26th June, 1970.

                                            11. Holy Holy*
                                            This Non-album Single A Side, Backed By The Album Version Of ‘Black Country Rock’ From The Man Who Sold The World Album, Was Released On Mercury Records 6052 049 On 15th January, 1971.

                                            SOUNDS OF THE 70’S: ANDY FERRIS SHOW
                                            Recorded On 25th March, 1970 And Broadcast On The 6th April, 1970.

                                            12. Waiting For The Man
                                            13. The Width Of A Circle
                                            14. The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud*
                                            15. The Supermen (Bowie At The Beeb Vinyl Only)*
                                            Performed By David Bowie And The Hype

                                            2020 MIXES
                                            16. The Prettiest Star (2020 Mix)
                                            17. London Bye, Ta-Ta (2020 Mix)
                                            18. Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version - 2020 Mix)
                                            19. All The Madmen (Single Edit 2020 Mix)
                                            Holy Holy (2020 Mix)

                                            (*denotes Previously Released) 

                                            Morrissey & David Bowie

                                            Cosmic Dancer (Live)

                                              Morrissey and David Bowie’s duet of T-Rex’s ‘Cosmic Dancer’, that was recorded live at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles on 6th February 1991, is to be released officially for the first time.

                                              The 7-inch double A-side single featuring ‘Cosmic Dancer’ alongside Morrissey’s 2020 cover of The Jam’s ‘That’s Entertainment’ is to be released on 19th February. The sleeve front and back features photographs of David Bowie with Morrissey and were taken in New York City by Linder Sterling.

                                              As a point to note, this version of 'That's Entertainment' is different to the commonly circulated version from 1993.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side A
                                              Morrissey & Bowie - Cosmic Dancer (Live At The Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, 6th February, 1991)

                                              Side AA
                                              Morrissey - That’s Entertainment (2020)

                                              David Bowie

                                              Mother / Tryin' To Get To Heaven

                                                To celebrate what would have been the 74th birthday of David Bowie on the 8th January, two previously unreleased cover versions John Lennon’s MOTHER and Bob Dylan’s TRYIN’ TO GET TO HEAVEN will be released as a very special limited edition 7” single.

                                                Originally recorded by Lennon for his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Bowie's version of MOTHER was produced by Tony Visconti in 1998 for a Lennon tribute that never came to fruition. Bob Dylan’s original TRYIN’ TO GET TO HEAVEN was released on his 1997 Album of the Year GRAMMY winning Time Out Of Mind. David’s version was recorded in February 1998 during the mixing sessions for the live album.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A/ Mother
                                                AA/Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (single Edit)

                                                David Bowie

                                                Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World)

                                                  November 2020 sees the 50th Anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World in North America. The album marks the beginning of a collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would last through classic works including Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane - as well as the first in a 10-year series of indispensable albums stretching through 1980’s Scary Monsters…

                                                  Originally titled Metrobolist, the album's name was changed at the last minute to The Man Who Sold The World. The 2020 re-release of the album under its Metrobolist moniker has been remixed by original producer Tony Visconti, with the exception of the track ‘After All’ which Tony considered perfect as is, and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.

                                                  The Metrobolist 50th anniversary artwork has been created by Mike Weller who was behind the historically controversial “dress” cover which Mercury Records refused to release.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  VINYL TRACKLISTING
                                                  Side A
                                                  The Width Of A Circle
                                                  All The Madmen
                                                  Black Country Rock
                                                  After All

                                                  Side B
                                                  Running Gun Blues
                                                  Saviour Machine
                                                  She Shook Me Cold
                                                  The Man Who Sold The World
                                                  The Supermen

                                                  CD TRACKLISTING
                                                  The Width Of A Circle
                                                  All The Madmen
                                                  Black Country Rock
                                                  After All
                                                  Running Gun Blues
                                                  Saviour Machine
                                                  She Shook Me Cold
                                                  The Man Who Sold The World
                                                  The Supermen 

                                                  Gorillaz

                                                  Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez

                                                    Gorillaz started the year with Episode 1 - ‘Momentary Bliss ft. slowthai and Slaves’ - of Song Machine, a whole new concept from one of the most innovative bands around. Now, six episodes in, Noodle, 2D, Murdoc and Russel have visited Morocco and Paris, London and Lake Como, as well as travelling all the way to the moon, and Gorillaz is ready to bring you the full collection titled Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez, out on 23rd October 2020.

                                                    Song Machine is the ongoing and ever-evolving process which has seen Gorillaz joined by an expanding roster of collaborators captured live in Kong Studios and beyond. The result is an expansive collection of tracks embracing a myriad of sounds, styles, genres and attitudes from a breath-taking line-up of guest artists including Beck, Elton John, Fatoumata Diawara, Georgia, Kano, Leee John, Octavian, Peter Hook, Robert Smith, Roxani Arias, ScHoolboy Q, Slaves, Slowthai, St Vincent and 6LACK.
                                                    To date the project has seen over 100million streams on all tracks already and the band’s biggest period of sustained growth across both listenership and fanbase growth. All this before the album has even been announced!

                                                    Virtual band Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017) and The Now Now (2018). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.


                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: You will have heard a few of these already, but it's nice to finally have all of the disparate releases compiled into one handy to pop-on collection. The deluxe CD has even more of these fruitful collaborations with some of the most recognisable names in modern music. It's a diverse and entertaining selection, and one that will have fans keen for a follow-up.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Strange Timez (feat. Robert Smith)
                                                    2. The Valley Of The Pagans (feat. Beck)
                                                    3. The Lost Chord (feat. Leee John)
                                                    4. Pac-Man (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
                                                    5. Chalk Tablet Towers (feat. St Vincent)
                                                    6. The Pink Phantom (feat. Elton John And 6LACK)
                                                    7. Aries (feat. Peter Hook And Georgia)
                                                    8. Friday 13th (feat. Octavian)
                                                    9. Dead Butterflies (feat. Kano And Roxani Arias)
                                                    10. Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara) [Extended Version]
                                                    11. Momentary Bliss (feat. Slowthai And Slaves)

                                                    Deluxe CD And Deluxe Vinyl Box Set Tracklist:
                                                    Disc 1
                                                    1. Strange Timez (feat. Robert Smith)
                                                    2. The Valley Of The Pagans (feat. Beck)
                                                    3. The Lost Chord (feat. Leee John)
                                                    4. Pac-Man (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
                                                    5. Chalk Tablet Towers (feat. St Vincent)
                                                    6. The Pink Phantom (feat. Elton John And 6LACK)
                                                    7. Aries (feat. Peter Hook And Georgia)
                                                    8. Friday 13th (feat. Octavian)
                                                    9. Dead Butterflies (feat. Kano And Roxani Arias)
                                                    10. Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara) [Extended Version]
                                                    11. Momentary Bliss (feat. Slowthai And Slaves)

                                                    Disc 2
                                                    12. Opium (feat. EARTHGANG)
                                                    13. Simplicity (feat. Joan As Police Woman)
                                                    14. Severed Head (feat. Goldlink And Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
                                                    15. With Love To An Ex (feat Moonchild Sanelly)
                                                    16. MLS (feat. JPEGMAFIA And CHAI)
                                                    17. How Far? (feat. Tony Allen And Skepta)

                                                    Kraftwerk

                                                    The Mix - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                      Kraftwerk's first fully digital album confirmed their clubland credentials and reworked 11 of their best-loved tunes for a new generation. Painstakingly reconstructed and sequenced in the band's Kling Klang studio, new versions of tracks like "The Robots", "Trans Europe Express" and "Home Computer" now feature more funky rhythms and cleaned-up, liquid-crystal sounds. A stark warning about pollution at Sellafield is added to the glistening overhaul of "Radioactivity", sparking a war of words with British Nuclear Fuels. But most of all, "The Mix" is a career-spanning collection of legendary electro anthems and a classy acknowledgment of the two-way traffic between Kraftwerk and club culture. 

                                                      Kraftwerk

                                                      Autobahn - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                        With its iconic Emil Schult sleeve, Kraftwerk release their international breakthrough album. The symphonic title track, an epic ode to the joys of motorway travel, wraps a mesmerising motorik rhythm around a sampled collage of car horns, engine noise, whirring tyres and radio crackle. In edited form, it becomes a revolutionary hit single around the world. Elsewhere, in wordless industrial folk music, the band reveal both their light and dark sides – "Mitternacht" is all creeping midnight shadows, while "Morgenspaziergang" is fresh with morning dew and birdsong. Two versions of "Kometenmelodie", one a starkly gothic prowl, the other a sunny electro boogie, provide further instrumental sound paintings. Pure and strong and bold, Kraftwerk compose cinema for the ears. The pop world falls in love with them. 

                                                        Kraftwerk

                                                        Radio-Activity - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                          Kraftwerk embrace the atomic age with mixed emotions. Surfing on sine waves, scanning the stratosphere for stray radio signals, they plug themselves into a buzzing grid of energy and communication. From the stately eco-angst anthem "Radioactivity" to the synthetic Gregorian chants of "Radio Stars" and the melancholy machine processional of "Ohm Sweet Ohm", a sombre but engrossing monumentalism dominates. With heavily processed vocals in both German and English, Kraftwerk go global with depth and majesty. If factories and power stations are the new cathedrals, they write liturgies for a new industrial epoch. 

                                                          Kraftwerk

                                                          Trans Europe Express - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                            Kraftwerk celebrate Europe's romantic past and shimmering future with a glistening panorama of elegance and decadence, travel and technology. The infinite vistas of "Europe Endless" and "Endless Endless" bookend the album, which includes the unsettling Kafka-esque fable "The Hall Of Mirrors" and the hilarious "Showroom Dummies" - Kraftwerk's elegantly ironic reply to critiques of their deadpan manner. But it is the streamlined rhythmic locomotive of "Trans Europe Express" which dominates with its doppler-effect melodic swerves and hypnotic, pneumatic, piston-pumping rhythm. Along with its sister track, "Metal On Metal" which New York DJ Afrika Bambaataa would re-construct five years later for his own seminal "Planet Rock", this milestone in avant-pop modernism later becomes a crucial influence on the early pioneers of hip-hop & sampling, electro and industrial music. Poetry in motion. 

                                                            Kraftwerk

                                                            Radio-Aktivität - German Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                              VERY LIMITED GERMAN EDITION OF THE ALBUM.

                                                              The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. 

                                                              Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. AUTOBAHN 1974, RADIO-ACTIVITY 1975, TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS 1977, THE MAN-MACHINE 1978, COMPUTER WORLD 1981, TECHNO POP 1986, THE MIX 1991, TOUR DE FRANCE 2003. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

                                                              Kraftwerk

                                                              The Mix - German Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                VERY LIMITED GERMAN EDITION OF THE ALBUM.

                                                                The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. 

                                                                Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. AUTOBAHN 1974, RADIO-ACTIVITY 1975, TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS 1977, THE MAN-MACHINE 1978, COMPUTER WORLD 1981, TECHNO POP 1986, THE MIX 1991, TOUR DE FRANCE 2003. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

                                                                Kraftwerk

                                                                Trans Europa Express - German Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                  VERY LIMITED GERMAN EDITION OF THE ALBUM.

                                                                  The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. 

                                                                  Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. AUTOBAHN 1974, RADIO-ACTIVITY 1975, TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS 1977, THE MAN-MACHINE 1978, COMPUTER WORLD 1981, TECHNO POP 1986, THE MIX 1991, TOUR DE FRANCE 2003. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

                                                                  Grouplove

                                                                  Healer

                                                                    It starts like an alarm. 'Deleter' is the lead track from Grouplove's forthcoming fourth album Healer, and it is an emergency opener. It's fuelled by pounding keys, squalling guitar lines, and lightning drumming before the voice of Christian Zucconi questions everything around him: faith systems, his sense of belonging, communities, his own psyche. “All this time I thought you were a leader/It turns out you're only a deleter.” It could be interpreted as a political statement, but it's also highly personal. “All this time been burning with a fever / It turns out I've always been my healer,” is also switched in as a rhyming line, and in the end sees Zucconi and his collaborator, wife and frontwoman Hannah Hooper realizing that amid every progression and every regression you always come back to yourself for the answers. They're already within you

                                                                    Today in a cafe in their LA neighborhood of Silver Lake, the pair sit down as two people who have experienced and borne witness to a great deal of change, trauma and growth in the past three years. You may associate the band as a beacon for positivity and optimism. They're still a five-piece – albeit with a new drummer in Ben Homola – and at their core, remain a vessel for looking at the glass half full. Hence their opening sentiment: a rallying cry for tearing down false idols and building anew

                                                                    It's been almost ten years since Grouplove met on a commune in Greece and brought the idea of themselves being a band back to California. They'd never have anticipated making it this far. Healer represents a re-birth and one that almost comes full circle to their initial idealism. “When we all met in Greece, Christian and I were leaving New York at an all-time low. We just wanted to have a fun summer. We wanted to make art. And we're still doing that. We found that feeling again on this album, of hopelessness put into a medium of expression.”

                                                                    “This album is us fighting for that feeling,” says Hannah.” There's a darkness that's real and everyone deals with it at a certain point in their life. “We’re addressing that life is hard. We understand and we are going through it with you.”


                                                                    Coldplay

                                                                    Everyday Life

                                                                      Coldplay return with their first new studio album in nearly four years. Everyday Life is a double album (single CD), presented in two halves: Sunrise and Sunset, featuring a stunning array of music, that is sure to surprise and delight their massive global fanbase.


                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Sunrise 
                                                                      1. Sunrise 
                                                                      2. Church 
                                                                      3. Trouble In Town 
                                                                      4. BrokEn 
                                                                      5. Daddy 
                                                                      6. WOTW / POTP 
                                                                      7. Arabesque 
                                                                      8. When I Need A Friend 8. Everyday Life

                                                                      Sunset
                                                                      1. Guns
                                                                      2. Orphans
                                                                      3. Èkó
                                                                      4. Cry Cry Cry
                                                                      5. Old Friends
                                                                      6. آدم بني
                                                                      7. Champion Of The World
                                                                      8. Everyday Life

                                                                      David Bowie

                                                                      Space Oddity - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                        50th anniversary edition of Bowie’s seminal album featuring a brand new mix by original producer Tony Visconti, and a new die cut O-card.

                                                                        The vinyl will be randomly distributed worldwide with a mixture of hand-numbered labels; numbers 1 to 1969 on silver vinyl numbers and 1970 to 2019 on gold vinyl, with the remainder being black vinyl.

                                                                        Originally released 14th November 1969, the sophomore effort from Bowie was a big turning point from his 1967 debut. The album most famously introduces the character of Major Tom in ‘Space Oddity’ which would go on to be one of his most enduring classics.

                                                                        The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxset ‘Conversation Piece’ restored to the track listing in its initially intended position before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of vinyl.


                                                                        Stereophonics

                                                                        Kind

                                                                          Recorded in just eleven days at The Distillery, Wiltshire, ‘Kind’ was co-produced by Kelly Jones and George Drakoulias (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Primal Scream). The results are an honest and hopeful album for our times, and an album that stands shoulder to shoulder with the band’s best work.

                                                                          ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ is a perfect first taster of ‘Kind’. An ode to endless possibility, it is the sound of a band exuding confidence in their craft as they allow the quality of songwriting and musicianship to take centre stage.

                                                                          Stereophonics are a band woven into the fabric of popular music and with ‘Kind’ Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with an ability to sketch and capture truth and beauty from everyday observations as well as delving into his own life experiences.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. I Just Wanted The Goods
                                                                          2. Fly Like An Eagle
                                                                          3. Make Friends With The Morning
                                                                          4. Stitches
                                                                          5. Hungover For You
                                                                          6. Bust This Town
                                                                          7. This Life Ain’t Easy (But It’s The One That We All Got)
                                                                          8. Street Of Orange Light
                                                                          9. Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day
                                                                          10. Restless Mind 

                                                                          Bonus Tracks For Deluxe Format:
                                                                          1. I Just Wanted The Goods (Kelly And Jamie Demo)
                                                                          2. Fly Like An Eagle (Kelly And Jamie Demo)
                                                                          3. Make Friends With The Morning (Kelly And Jamie Demo)
                                                                          4. Stitches (Kelly And Jamie Demo)
                                                                          5. Restless Mind (Kelly And Jamie Demo)
                                                                          6. Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day (Kelly And Jamie Demo)

                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                          VH1 Storytellers

                                                                            On the 23rd of August 1999, David Bowie played an intimate set for invited guests at The Manhattan Centre’s Grand Ballroom in New York for the VH1 Storytellers series. Ten years later in 2009 a CD/DVD/Download of the evening was released, and now 20 years on the most complete version available will be released as a strictly limited-edition double vinyl LP.

                                                                            The Bowie set has long been regarded as one of the most memorable episodes in VH1 Storytellers history, with David delving deep in to his catalogue to perform tracks such as ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ for the first time in 33 years, Aladdin Sane’s ‘Drive-In Saturday' which he had not performed since 1974 and ‘Word On A Wing’ which received its first outing in 23 years.

                                                                            Bill Flanagan, Executive Producer of the VH1 Storytellers “We were used to dealing with legendary musicians. Still, landing David Bowie was more than a big booking. There's no way to say this without being corny: it was an honour. Bowie has a unique place in rock & roll. He is not only one of the most influential musicians of the era, he does nothing unless he is fully committed”.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Side 1:
                                                                            1. Life On Mars?
                                                                            2. Rebel Rebel (truncated)
                                                                            3. Thursday's Child

                                                                            Side 2:
                                                                            1. Can't Help Thinking About Me
                                                                            2. China Girl
                                                                            3. Seven

                                                                            Side 3:
                                                                            1. Drive-In Saturday
                                                                            2. Word On A Wing
                                                                            3. Survive*

                                                                            Side 4:
                                                                            1. I Can't Read*
                                                                            2. Always Crashing In The Same Car*
                                                                            3. If I'm Dreaming My Life*

                                                                            *Bonus Recordings Not Included On The Original CD

                                                                            Jónsi & Alex Somers

                                                                            Riceboy Sleeps - 10th Anniversary Edition (2019 Analogue Remaster)

                                                                              Riceboy Sleeps is the debut studio album by Jónsi (Sigur Rós vocalist) & his partner Alex Somers, it was originally released in 2009. The album features acoustic instrumental music alongside the string quartet Amilina and the Kópavogsdætur Choir. To mark the 10th anniversary of Riceboy Sleeps, a limited vinyl including the original album plus the 33 minute All Animals EP is released.


                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              SIDE A
                                                                              1. Happiness
                                                                              2. Atlas Song
                                                                              SIDE B
                                                                              3. Indian Summer
                                                                              4. Stokkseyri
                                                                              SIDE C
                                                                              5. Boy 1904
                                                                              6. All The Big Trees
                                                                              7. Daníell In The Sea
                                                                              SIDE D
                                                                              8. Howl
                                                                              9. Sleeping Giant
                                                                              SIDE E - All Animals - Bonus Tracks
                                                                              10. Chapter One
                                                                              SIDE F
                                                                              11. Chapter Two
                                                                              12. Chapter Three 

                                                                              Morrissey

                                                                              ¡The Best Of!

                                                                                Following the launch of his solo career in 1988, “Moz” would spend the next 10 years composing and releasing six studio albums and a string of hit singles before going on a brief recording hiatus. On November 6, 2001, THE BEST OF MORRISSEY, a collection that brought together his most memorable work as a solo artist up to that point which was originally released on CD in North America only. In celebration of Morrissey’s career, we will revisit that classic compilation this year by releasing it, for the first time ever, on vinyl. THE BEST OF MORRISSEY will be available as a black double-LP.

                                                                                All the other studio albums the singer released between 1988 and 1997 are represented on THE BEST OF MORRISSEY with “Sing Your Life” from Kill Uncle (1991), “Do Your Best And Don’t Worry” from Southpaw Grammar (1995) and “Alma Matters” from Maladjusted (1997). Other tracks on the collection include the non-album single “Sunny” and the B-sides “Sister I’m A Poet” and “Lost.”

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                LP1
                                                                                Side A
                                                                                1. “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get”
                                                                                2. “Suedehead”
                                                                                3. “Everyday Is Like Sunday”
                                                                                4. “Glamorous Glue”
                                                                                5. “Do Your Best And Don’t Worry”

                                                                                Side B
                                                                                1. “November Spawned A Monster”
                                                                                2. “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys”
                                                                                3. “Sing Your Life”
                                                                                4. “Hairdresser On Fire”
                                                                                5. “Interesting Drug”

                                                                                LP2
                                                                                Side A
                                                                                1. “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”
                                                                                2. “Certain People I Know”
                                                                                3. “Now My Heart Is Full” (Edit)
                                                                                4. “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday”
                                                                                5. “Sunny”

                                                                                Side B
                                                                                1. “Alma Matters”
                                                                                2. “Hold On To Your Friends”
                                                                                3. “Sister I’m A Poet”
                                                                                4. “Disappointed”
                                                                                5. “Tomorrow”
                                                                                6. “Lost”

                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                Space Oddity - 7" Box Set

                                                                                  As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, this a very special double 7” single of SPACE ODDITY features brand new mixes by Tony Visconti. The double 7” set will come in a box including a double-sided poster featuring an original Space Oddity print advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage at the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ concert at the London Palladium on 30th November, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut. The set also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space Oddity promo single cover session.

                                                                                  The cover of the original mono single is the rare UK promotional picture sleeve which, along with the label, features the original Philips trademark specifically cleared for this 50th anniversary release. The single itself has been cut from the original analogue single master tape. The jacket housing the 2019 mixes by Tony Visconti is a new design featuring alternative Ray Stevenson shot from the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ concert to that on the poster.

                                                                                  First released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969, Space Oddity was also the opening track of David Bowie’s self titled second studio album, David Bowie. Initially inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the song gained huge popularity when it was adopted as the unofficial theme of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission which launched five days after the single’s release.


                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Single 1
                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                  SPACE ODDITY
                                                                                  (Original Mono Single Edit)

                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                  WILD EYED BOY FROM FREECLOUD
                                                                                  (Original Mono Single Version)

                                                                                  Single 2
                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                  SPACE ODDITY
                                                                                  (2019 Mix - Single Edit)
                                                                                  2019 Mix By Tony Visconti, March 2019.

                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                  WILD EYED BOY FROM FREECLOUD
                                                                                  (2019 Mix - Single Version)
                                                                                  2019 Mix By Tony Visconti, March 2019

                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                  The 'Mercury' Demos

                                                                                    As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, ‘Space Oddity’, and following the recent ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ and ‘Clareville Grove Demos’ collections, 'The “Mercury" Demos’ are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals.

                                                                                    The version of ‘Space Oddity’ from the Demos, originally released with edits on the Sound & Vision boxset, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn composition ‘Life Is A Circus’ (which features in an earlier demo version on the ‘Clareville Grove Demos’ set) and the Lesley Duncan composition ‘Love Song’ later recorded by Elton John for his ‘Tumbleweed Connection’ album. David’s own ‘Conversation Piece’ is announced as ‘a new song’ and ‘Janine’ features a short nineteen second section sung to the melody of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’.

                                                                                    'The ‘’Mercury" Demos’ set will come in a replica of the original tape box and will feature 1 LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ and ‘Clareville Grove Demos’ with the song titles in David’s own handwriting.


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Barry says: The latest in a long line of Bowie reissues sees an incredibly personal and intimate recording of a number of unreleased gems and absolute rarities. With the quality of Bowie's recorded work being so high, it's unbelievable that there could be so much gold still hidden, but this goes to show there is. A brilliantly presented, and fascinating insight into his unrivalled talent.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Side 1
                                                                                    Space Oddity
                                                                                    Janine
                                                                                    An Occasional Dream
                                                                                    Conversation Piece
                                                                                    Ching-a-Ling
                                                                                    I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione)

                                                                                    Side 2
                                                                                    Lover To The Dawn
                                                                                    Love Song
                                                                                    When I’m Five
                                                                                    Life Is A Circus

                                                                                    The LP Is Mono And Plays At 33 1/3 R.p.m.

                                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                                    D.J.

                                                                                      Originally released on 29th June 1979, D.J. was the second and final single from Lodger in the UK and the follow up to Boys Keep Swinging. The Netherlands and Turkey would get Yassassin and the U.S. Look Back In Anger.

                                                                                      The A side of this D.J. picture disc features a previously unreleased single edit of the track from the Lodger (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) included in the A New Career In A New Town box set.

                                                                                      The previously unreleased version of Boys Keep Swinging recorded especially for The Kenny Everett Video Show features on the AA side. This take was recorded by Tony Visconti in Soho in London on the 9th April 1979 and features Sean Mayes on keyboards, Tony Visconti on bass, Simon House on violin, Andy Duncan on drums, Brian Robertson (of Thin Lizzy) on guitar and Ricky Hitchcock on guitar. The Kenny Everett Video Show was filmed on the following day and broadcast on 23rd April, 1979.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                      D.J. (2017 Tony Visconti Mix - Single Edit)

                                                                                      Previously Unreleased
                                                                                      Produced By David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed By Tony Visconti At Human Studios, NYC, 2017

                                                                                      Side AA
                                                                                      Boys Keep Swinging (Kenny Everett Video Show Version)

                                                                                      Previously Unreleased.
                                                                                      Produced By David Bowie & Tony Visconti
                                                                                      Recorded At Good Earth Studio, Soho London, 9th April, 1979

                                                                                      Dinosaur Pile-Up

                                                                                      Celebrity Mansions

                                                                                        Dinosaur Pile-Up return with their fourth album Celebrity Mansions, a collection of songs that sizzle with big melodies, skewered through with raw, intoxicating emotion. To mark the album’s announcement the band have released the incendiary ‘Thrash Metal Cassette’, their most punk rock and in-your-face track to date.

                                                                                        DPU have long been talked about as one of British music’s most consistently exciting outfits, with singer/guitarist Matt Bigland forging a reputation as one of rock music’s finest songwriters. So having spent the best part of a decade building a fiercely loyal fanbase, and a stellar live reputation, now’s the time to prove it.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        01. Thrash Metal Cassette
                                                                                        02. Back Foot
                                                                                        03. Stupid Heavy Metal Broken Hearted Loser Punk
                                                                                        04. Celebrity Mansions
                                                                                        05. Round The Bend
                                                                                        06. Pouring Gasoline
                                                                                        07. Black Limousine
                                                                                        08. K West
                                                                                        09. Professional Freak
                                                                                        10. Long Way Down

                                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                                        Clareville Grove Demos

                                                                                          Following on from Spying Through A Keyhole, in early 1969 at his flat in Clareville Grove, London, David Bowie with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson continued to demo ‘Space Oddity’ and other tracks.

                                                                                          This live demo tape session is set for release as a 7" vinyl singles box set of six home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings, Clareville Grove Demos will be released on 17th May 2019.

                                                                                          As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels with cover and print photos by David’s then manager Ken Pitt taken in the Clareville Grove flat.

                                                                                          The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

                                                                                          Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn’t always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David’s enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Single 1
                                                                                          • Space Oddity
                                                                                          • Lover To The Dawn

                                                                                          Single 2
                                                                                          • Ching-A-Ling
                                                                                          • Occasional Dream

                                                                                          Single 3
                                                                                          • Let Me Sleep Beside You
                                                                                          • Life Is A Circus

                                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                                          Boys Keep Swinging

                                                                                            Boys Keep Swinging 40th Anniversary limited edition, double-A side, 7” picture disc single will be released on 17th May 2019 and features I Pray, Olé on the AA side which is unreleased since the 1991 Lodger re-issue.

                                                                                            Written by Bowie and Brian Eno, ‘Boys Keep Swinging’ was the first single from the album ‘Lodger’ and became a top 10 hit in the UK.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                            Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) (3.22)

                                                                                            Side AA
                                                                                            I Pray, Olé (3.59)

                                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                                            Spying Through A Keyhole

                                                                                              With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.

                                                                                              The title ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year. Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.

                                                                                              The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

                                                                                              Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn’t always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David’s enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Single 1
                                                                                              Side 1
                                                                                              Mother Grey (demo)
                                                                                              This Mid-tempo Tale Of A Fledgling Son Fleeing The Nest Features Multi-tracked Vocals, Guitars And Harmonica From David.

                                                                                              Side 2
                                                                                              In The Heat Of The Morning (demo)
                                                                                              A Well-known Early Bowie Song But Presented Here In Demo Form With Final Lyrics.

                                                                                              Single 2
                                                                                              Side 1
                                                                                              Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo)
                                                                                              A Charming Demo From 1968 Not To Be Confused With Threepenny Pierrot, A Song Performed By Bowie Captured For Posterity In The Scottish TV Production Of Pierrot In Turquoise Early In 1970.

                                                                                              Side 2
                                                                                              Love All Around (demo)
                                                                                              A Delightful Love Song From Whence The Title Of This Collection Came: “I See A Pop Tune Spying Through A Keyhole From The Other Room”.

                                                                                              Single 3
                                                                                              Side 1
                                                                                              London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo)
                                                                                              An Early Demo Version Of The Song With Completely Different Lyrics In A Couple Of The Verses Compared To Those Of The Later Full Band Versions.

                                                                                              Side 2
                                                                                              Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo Version 1)
                                                                                              The First And Only Previously Known Demo Of This Song.

                                                                                              Single 4
                                                                                              Side 1
                                                                                              1.Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo Version 2)
                                                                                              A Later Version Of The Same Song With Alternative Lyrics.

                                                                                              2. Space Oddity (demo Excerpt)
                                                                                              The Lyric And Arrangement Variations Lend Weight To The Theory That This Fragment Is Possibly The First Ever Recorded Demo Of One Of Bowie’s Most Famous Songs.

                                                                                              Side 2
                                                                                              Space Oddity (demo) With John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
                                                                                              Originally Conceived As A Song For A Duo To Perform, This Is The First Known Version To Feature John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson Again With Lyric And Arrangement Variations.

                                                                                              Paul Weller

                                                                                              Other Aspects, Live At The Royal Festival Hall

                                                                                                In October 2018, Paul Weller performed two extraordinary concerts at The Royal Festival Hall with an orchestra. The second of these shows was recorded and filmed, and now sees the light of day as a superb live album and DVD.

                                                                                                “Other Aspects, Live At The Royal Festival Hall” features an eclectic 25 track career-spanning set, including classics from Paul’s rich back catalogue and songs from last year’s no. 2 album, the gorgeous “True Meanings”

                                                                                                The track-listing includes a radical re-working of The Jam’s “Private Hell” from their 1979 LP “Setting Sons” and a brilliantly realised version of “Boy About Town”. The Style Council get a welcome look-in too with “Have You Ever Had It Blue” and “A Man Of Great Promise” and Paul’s subsequent solo career is well represented with the inclusion of “Wild Wood” and “You Do Something To Me” amongst others

                                                                                                Other firm solo favourites such as “You Do Something To Me” and “Long Long Road” fit seamlessly into the set

                                                                                                The DVD includes audio mixed in PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 surround sound and features a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary with rehearsal footage and interviews


                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                Never Let Me Down (2019 Remastered Edition)

                                                                                                  Never Let Me Down is the 17th studio album by David Bowie. Originally released on 20 April 1987, this vinyl edition is newly remastered.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Day-In Day-Out
                                                                                                  2. Time Will Crawl
                                                                                                  3. Beat Of Your Drum
                                                                                                  4. Never Let Me Down
                                                                                                  5. Zeroes
                                                                                                  6. Glass Spider
                                                                                                  7. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)
                                                                                                  8. New York’s In Love
                                                                                                  9. ’87 And Cry
                                                                                                  10. Bang Bang

                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                  Let’s Dance (2019 Remastered Edition)

                                                                                                    Let's Dance is the 15th studio album by David Bowie. Originally released on 14 April 1983, this vinyl edition is newly remastered.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Modern Love
                                                                                                    2. China Girl
                                                                                                    3. Let’s Dance
                                                                                                    4. Without You
                                                                                                    5. Ricochet
                                                                                                    6. Criminal World
                                                                                                    7. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
                                                                                                    8. Shake It

                                                                                                    Paul Weller

                                                                                                    True Meanings

                                                                                                      Paul Weller releases his fourteenth solo album in September, the twenty sixth studio album of his entire career. ‘True Meanings’ is a record unlike any he has ever made before. It is not “a departure”, in the sense that soul bearing, melancholic songs have always been an important part of what he does: from ‘English Rose’, to ‘Brand New Start’, right up to ‘The Ballad Of Jimmy McCabe’ from last year’s ‘Jawbone’ soundtrack. But never, ever before has he allowed himself an entire album to exhibit this side of his song-writing, or presented them quite like this.

                                                                                                      ‘True Meanings’ is an album characterised by grandiose-yet-delicate, lush orchestration: an aesthetic to which Paul’s better-than-ever voice, singing some of his most nakedly honest words, is perfectly suited. It is both an album that a lot of his faithful audience have been wanting him to make for a long time, and an album that many new people outside of that audience will relate to.

                                                                                                      A brand new studio album from Gorillaz titled The Now Now will be released by Parlophone Records on 29th June.

                                                                                                      The Now Now is 11 all-new songs from the World’s Most Successful Virtual Act, produced by Gorillaz, with James Ford and Remi Kabaka, and recorded in London, in February this year.

                                                                                                      The album sessions for The Now Now saw the band largely eschewing guest stars, taking it back to the core creative crew: blue-haired, sweet-natured dreamer 2D on vocals; whip-smart Japanese badass Noodle on guitar; not forgetting Brooklyn-born philosopher and the meat–behind-the-beat Russel Hobbs on drums. And with Murdoc Niccals temporarily indisposed, bass duties on the new album have been taken up by erstwhile Gangreen Gang member Ace.


                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Humility (feat. George Benson)
                                                                                                      2. Tranz
                                                                                                      3. Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle)
                                                                                                      4. Kansas
                                                                                                      5. Sorcererz
                                                                                                      6. Idaho
                                                                                                      7. Lake Zurich
                                                                                                      8. Magic City
                                                                                                      9. Fire Flies
                                                                                                      10. One Percent
                                                                                                      11. Souk Eye

                                                                                                      David Bowie

                                                                                                      In Bertolt Brecht's BAAL

                                                                                                        David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal features Bowie performing five songs that were written for German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s 1918 play “Baal.” Bowie recorded this EP with Visconti at Hansa Studios in Berlin in November 1981.

                                                                                                        Recently, all five songs were re-released as part of the exclusive Re:Call 3 compilation that accompanied the boxed set, A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982). This new limited edition 10” vinyl reissue comes in a six-panel sleeve that replicates the original 1982 packaging and is available exclusively at “brick and mortar” retail stores. 


                                                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                                                        Changestwobowie

                                                                                                          This follow up to David’s hugely successful first Best Of compilation CHANGESONEBOWIE, has not officially been available since the late 1980’s. Featuring iconic cover photography by Greg Gorman, it was first released in 1981 and was only briefly available on CD in 1985 but has long since been deleted.

                                                                                                          Drawing on material spanning from HUNKY DORY (1971) to SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) (1980) it achieved gold status in the U.K. album chart in 1982. It will be reissued on the 13th April with all tracks remastered on CD in a digipak sleeve, high-resolution 192/24 and 96/24 digital and standard digital for streaming and download,

                                                                                                          The 180gram vinyl edition will be available randomly on its initial limited manufacturing run in black and blue vinyl before reverting solely to black vinyl.


                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Side One:
                                                                                                          Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
                                                                                                          Oh! You Pretty Things
                                                                                                          Starman
                                                                                                          1984
                                                                                                          Ashes To Ashes*

                                                                                                          Side Two:
                                                                                                          Sound And Vision
                                                                                                          Fashion*
                                                                                                          Wild Is The Wind
                                                                                                          John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) 1975
                                                                                                          D.J.*

                                                                                                          *Single Versions

                                                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                                                          Heroes - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                            The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                            "Repeating the formula of Low's half-vocal/half-instrumental structure, Heroes develops and strengthens the sonic innovations David Bowie and Brian Eno explored on their first collaboration. The vocal songs are fuller, boasting harder rhythms and deeper layers of sound. Much of the harder-edged sound of Heroes is due to Robert Fripp's guitar, which provides a muscular foundation for the electronics, especially on the relatively conventional rock songs. Similarly, the instrumentals on Heroes are more detailed, this time showing a more explicit debt to German synth pop and European experimental rock. Essentially, the difference between Low and Heroes lies in the details, but the record is equally challenging and groundbreaking." - Allmusic.



                                                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                                                            Low - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                              The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                              The powerful reach of Bowie's masterpiece, the first part of the much feted 'Berlin Trilogy' created with the aid of Brian Eno, is still being felt strongly almost 30 years on. Air's wonderful four hour Essential Mix began with this album's opener "Speed of Life", Q Magazine rated the album #14 in it's Greatest British Albums Ever, and Pitchfork, the New Testament for the New Indie generation, recently decreed "Low" as the #1 album of the 1970's. Side A (or tracks 1-7 for those more familiar with the CD format) are classic Bowie ("Sound and Vision", "Be My Wife"), although dealing with the unfamiliar and slightly darker topics of lethargy, depression and estrangement, highlighting Bowie's overcoming of his cocaine addiction. Over on Side B the album's true colours really come through - four ambient tracks, originally rejected for the soundtrack to "The Man Who Fell To Earth" (the source of Low's iconic cover image), which see Bowie pay homage to Can, Neu! and Eno himself. The word 'timeless' was invented for such moments as these.


                                                                                                              David Bowie

                                                                                                              Stage (2017)

                                                                                                                The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                                Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                  The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                  "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground -- it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the '80s." - Allmusic.


                                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                                  Lodger - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                    The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                    "On the surface, Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop; what makes it different is how it incorporates such experimental tendencies into genuine songs, something that Low and Heroes purposely avoided. "D.J.," "Look Back in Anger," and "Boys Keep Swinging" have strong melodic hooks that are subverted and strengthened by the layered, dissonant productions, while the remainder of the record is divided between similarly effective avant pop and ambient instrumentals. Lodger has an edgier, more minimalistic bent than its two predecessors, which makes it more accessible for rock fans, as well as giving it a more immediate, emotional impact. It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." - Allmusic.



                                                                                                                    Coldplay

                                                                                                                    Kaleidoscope EP

                                                                                                                      Produced by Rik Simpson with Daniel Green and Bill Rahko, the EP features brand new song ‘All I Can Think About Is You’ and a new live version of Coldplay’s hit collaboration with The Chainsmokers, ‘Something Just Like This’, recorded in Tokyo in April. It also includes ‘Miracles (Someone Special)’, a collaboration with Detroit rapper Big Sean and another new song, ‘A L I E N S’, which was written with Brian Eno, and co-produced by Eno and Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon).

                                                                                                                      Kraftwerk

                                                                                                                      3-D The Catalogue

                                                                                                                        Released to coincide with Kraftwerk’s forthcoming June 2017 tour – their first UK dates since the breathtaking shows witnessed at the Tate Modern in 2013 – Parlophone are proud to announce the release of Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue on 26th May. This is the ground-breaking 3-D Kraftwerk Concert brought thrillingly to life, developed using high definition 3-D visuals, with Dolby Atmos surround sound and presented to the technological and audio standards one would associate and indeed come to expect from the pioneering Germans led by founder Ralf Hütter. For the very first time, every Kraftwerk fan can now experience a "Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art” in the comfort of their own home. Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue is released across a number of formats including: Blu-Ray, Vinyl, CD, and DVD.
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        3-D The Catalogue features new recordings of Kraftwerk’s 8 classic albums performed / filmed at various locations around the world between 2012-2016 and mixed at the band’s own state-of-the-art, Kling Klang Studio, Düsseldorf


                                                                                                                        2017, marks the 40th anniversary of Paul Weller’s first album, “In The City”, which he released with The Jam in May 1977. For most artists such a landmark would be greeted with extensive retrospective celebrations: lavish reissues and all that jazz. But Paul Weller is not like most artists, instead releasing a new studio album, because releasing new albums is what Paul Weller does. Always moving forwards, almost clinically averse to nostalgia or checking his progress in the rear-view mirror.

                                                                                                                        And so, continuing his never-ending creative peak, Paul Weller releases his eagerly awaited 13th studio album “A Kind Revolution” on Parlophone Records.

                                                                                                                        Weller started work on “A Kind Revolution” immediately after finishing 2015’s “Saturns Pattern”, first tickling out the funky strut of “New York” and the beautiful slow-mo gospel of “The Cranes Are Back” - a song that ties in the changing face of London with the power of nature. The album’s title is taken from a line in the aforementioned song.

                                                                                                                        Musicians on the album feature most of the touring band faithful with Andy Crofts and Ben Gordelier being the top mainstays. Steve Cradock and Steve Pilgrim also feature on several tracks. Opening track “Woo Sé Mama” sees legendary soul singers PP Arnold & Madeleine Bell supply their distinctive vocal skills while the exceedingly funky “One Tear” features the unmistakable voice of the one and only Boy George. Paul even managed to lure Robert Wyatt out of retirement to sing and play trumpet on “She Moves With The Fayre”. Finally, and once again, The Strypes’ guitarist Josh McClorey has been drafted in to add his magic to 3 tracks.

                                                                                                                        “A Kind Revolution” features ten absolute classic modern Paul Weller songs. By “modern Paul Weller songs” we mean, instantly recognisable but in no way predictable. He doesn’t make a “kind of” album, he fits together all his influences - rock, R&B, soul, jazz, funk, folk…whatever - and builds a song from them, delivering something that drifts through genres unselfconsciously and at ease. Two great examples of this are two of the most reflective, contemplative songs, “Long Long Road” and “Hopper”, which in lesser hands might have been delivered as ballads, but Weller adds so much texture and colour to each that they defy categorisation. With great age comes great wisdom…

                                                                                                                        Written and recorded at de facto HQ, Black Barn Studios in Surrey, “A Kind Revolution” was produced and arranged by Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert and Paul himself.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        LP / Standard CD / Special Edition 3 CD Set, CD1 
                                                                                                                        1. Woo Sé Mama
                                                                                                                        2. Nova
                                                                                                                        3. Long Long Road
                                                                                                                        4. She Moves With The Fayre
                                                                                                                        5. The Cranes Are Back
                                                                                                                        6. Hopper
                                                                                                                        7. New York
                                                                                                                        8. One Tear
                                                                                                                        9. Satellite Kid
                                                                                                                        10. The Impossible Idea

                                                                                                                        Special Edition 3 CD Set, CD2
                                                                                                                        1. Woo Sé Mama (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        2. Nova (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        3. Long Long Road (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        4. She Moves With The Fayre (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        5. The Cranes Are Back (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        6. Hopper (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        7. New York (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        8. One Tear (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        9. Satellite Kid (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                        10. The Impossible Idea (Instrumental)

                                                                                                                        Special Edition 3 CD Set, CD3
                                                                                                                        1. Alpha
                                                                                                                        2. She Moves With The Fayre (Villagers Remix)
                                                                                                                        3. New York (Nightwatch) [Prof. Kybert]
                                                                                                                        4. Nova (Toy Remix)
                                                                                                                        5. One Tear (Club Cut) [Prof. Kybert]
                                                                                                                        6. Hopper (White Label Remix)
                                                                                                                        7. Satellite Kid (Syd Arthur Remix)
                                                                                                                        8. She Moves With The Fayre (Breakdown Inst.) [Prof. Kybert]
                                                                                                                        9. Woo Sé Mama (E&TC Remix)

                                                                                                                        The Gorillaz return for their newest offering since 2010's 'Plastic Beach'. Having amped up the guest-factor on this release, there is a whole host of influence from all over the musical spectrum. The Peven Everett number, 'Strobelite' for instance is a luminescent dancefloor house number, complete with soaring vocals and thumping bassy rolls, lots of filters and clanging sweeps, all topped with a smooth-as-silk string synth overlay. 

                                                                                                                        Move along to 'Charger' though and we get the scary/alluring big baddie vox of disco-not-disco legend Grace Jones, before sweeping spookily into Albarn's dulcet Gorillaz voice. Backed by an industrious clanging synth sweep and charged percussives, it slowly segues into anthemic swirl of grooving disco before fading into the solemn follower, 'Andromeda'.

                                                                                                                        By integrating a diverse selection of supplimentary talent, Gorillaz have managed to increase the scope of their already venerable musical palette, and absorb all sorts of influence along the way. 'Humanz' is littered with references to classic electronic music in all it's forms but still relies heavily upon that good old-fashioned songwriting we're all so keen on, providing their most diverse offering yet, whilst not sacrificing the cohesion and flow that has set them in such good stead so far. 




                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
                                                                                                                        2. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
                                                                                                                        3. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
                                                                                                                        4. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
                                                                                                                        5. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
                                                                                                                        6. Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
                                                                                                                        7. Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
                                                                                                                        8. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
                                                                                                                        9. Interlude: Elevator Going Up
                                                                                                                        10. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
                                                                                                                        11. Busted And Blue
                                                                                                                        12. Interlude: Talk Radio
                                                                                                                        13. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
                                                                                                                        14. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
                                                                                                                        15. Interlude: Penthouse
                                                                                                                        16. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
                                                                                                                        17. She's My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
                                                                                                                        18. Interlude: The Elephant
                                                                                                                        19. Halleujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
                                                                                                                        20. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

                                                                                                                        Bonus Tracks On Special Edition CD
                                                                                                                        1. Interlude: New World
                                                                                                                        2. The Apprentice (feat. Rag‘n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK)
                                                                                                                        3. Halfway To The Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
                                                                                                                        4. Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà)
                                                                                                                        5. Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
                                                                                                                        6. Circle Of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)

                                                                                                                        VANT release their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘DUMB BLOOD’ on Parlophone. The fiery punk and visceral alt-rock that pulsates throughout ‘DUMB BLOOD’ is music that incites moshpit bedlam and their lyrics demand discussion – on environmentalism, inequality, racism, religion, social media isolation and the all-out self-destruction of mankind. 

                                                                                                                        “Each song is an exhilarating, blood-pumping punk thriller. This is a band on a rapid upswing, ascending at lightning speed, and the world will have to do their bit to be able to keep up.” – DIY – review of 29/11/16 Scala gig.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: Crashing full-force melodic punk anthems, replete with fuzzed-out guitars, snarling vocal delivery and lo-fi solos. Melodic, dynamic fist-pumping anthemic rock, pushing through with a combination of catchy hooks and hefty production. Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                        Two Door Cinema Club

                                                                                                                        Gameshow

                                                                                                                        Two Door Cinema Club return with Gameshow, their first album since the no. 2 LP 'Beacon' in 2012 and their first album for the Parlophone label. Gameshow incorporates a wide and varied range of styles and influences that perfectly marries the band’s pop sensibilities and hooks, with a continued sonic invention. It’s a real statement of intent, introducing their dedicated fan base to Two Door v2.0 – it’s a sound that’s ambitious, but never alienating – off-kilter, but always danceable

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Are We Ready? (Wreck)
                                                                                                                        2. Bad Decisions
                                                                                                                        3. Ordinary
                                                                                                                        4. Gameshow
                                                                                                                        5. Lavender
                                                                                                                        6. Fever
                                                                                                                        7. Invincible
                                                                                                                        8. Good Morning
                                                                                                                        9. Surgery
                                                                                                                        10. Je Viens De La

                                                                                                                        Deluxe Formats Include 5 Bonus Tracks Including Two New Songs, Two Remixes And A Live Recording Of The Album’s Title Track.

                                                                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                                                                        Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars The Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                          Double vinyl soundtrack to the final Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars gig in 1973. 
                                                                                                                          Originally released in 1982, the album famously closes with the speech from Bowie where he announces to the audience (and his bandmates) that "Not only is it the last show of the tour, but it's the last show that we'll ever do. Thank you." before launching into a stunning rendition of "Rock'n'Roll Suicide".

                                                                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                                                                          Live Santa Monica '72

                                                                                                                            Recorded from Bowie's first live American broadcast, this October 20, 1972 concert catches Bowie at the height of his powers, shortly after the release of Ziggy Stardust. Highlights includes supberb live versions of "Jean Genie" and "Rock and Roll Suicide", and a nod to Lou Reed's influence on him with a cover of "Waiting For The Man".


                                                                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                                                                            Hunky Dory - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                              "After the freakish hard rock of The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie returned to singer/songwriter territory on Hunky Dory. Not only did the album boast more folky songs ("Song for Bob Dylan," "The Bewlay Brothers"), but he again flirted with Anthony Newley-esque dancehall music ("Kooks," "Fill Your Heart"), seemingly leaving heavy metal behind. As a result, Hunky Dory is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class. Mick Ronson's guitar is pushed to the back, leaving Rick Wakeman's cabaret piano to dominate the sound of the album. The subdued support accentuates the depth of Bowie's material, whether it's the revamped Tin Pan Alley of "Changes," the Neil Young homage "Quicksand," the soaring "Life on Mars?," the rolling, vaguely homosexual anthem "Oh! You Pretty Things," or the dark acoustic rocker "Andy Warhol." On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music." - Allmusic.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1 Changes 3:30
                                                                                                                              2 Oh! You Pretty Things 3:12
                                                                                                                              3 Eight Line Poem 2:56
                                                                                                                              4 Life On Mars? 3:51
                                                                                                                              5 Kooks 2:50
                                                                                                                              6 Quicksand 5:07
                                                                                                                              7 Fill Your Heart 3:07
                                                                                                                              8 Andy Warhol 3:57
                                                                                                                              9 Song For Bob Dylan 4:12
                                                                                                                              10 Queen Bitch 3:19
                                                                                                                              11 The Bewlay Brothers 5:22

                                                                                                                              David Bowie

                                                                                                                              The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                Originally released through RCA Victor on 6th June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie’s fifth album, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott. Incredibly, the album was written whilst Bowie was recording 1971’s Hunky Dory album, with recording beginning a couple of months before that album’s release. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London between 8th November 1971 and 4th February 1972, with the line up: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and backing vocals on ‘It Ain’t Easy’ by Dana Gillespie. As well as performing vocals, Bowie also played acoustic guitar, saxophone and harpsichord on the album and was involved in the arrangements too.

                                                                                                                                The album eventually peaked at #5 on the UK Album Chart on 22nd July having entered the chart at #15 on 1st July. Key to the album’s rise in the UK were the two TV performances of “Starman” on Granada TV’s Lift Off With Ayshea and nationally on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops. The album’s influence is immeasurable – it converted legions of fans, becoming the zeitgeist and a major influence on the next generation, particular those who were involved in the punk movement – musicians, artists, designers – and the subsequent re-birth of rock and pop.

                                                                                                                                Famously Bowie killed Ziggy at his peak at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, on July 3rd, 1973, though Ziggy Stardust’s influence was to redefine popular culture forever: pop music was never the same again.

                                                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                                                Aladdin Sane - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                  "Ziggy Stardust wrote the blueprint for David Bowie's hard-rocking glam, and Aladdin Sane essentially follows the pattern, for both better and worse. A lighter affair than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by bizarre lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson and a handful of winding, vaguely experimental songs. Bowie abandons his futuristic obsessions to concentrate on the detached cool of New York and London hipsters, as on the compressed rockers "Watch That Man," "Cracked Actor," and "The Jean Genie." Bowie follows the hard stuff with the jazzy, dissonant sprawls of "Lady Grinning Soul," "Aladdin Sane," and "Time," all of which manage to be both campy and avant-garde simultaneously, while the sweepingly cinematic "Drive-In Saturday" is a soaring fusion of sci-fi doo wop and melodramatic teenage glam. He lets his paranoia slip through in the clenched rhythms of "Panic in Detroit," as well as on his oddly clueless cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together." For all the pleasures on Aladdin Sane, there's no distinctive sound or theme to make the album cohesive; it's Bowie riding the wake of Ziggy Stardust, which means there's a wealth of classic material here, but not enough focus to make the album itself a classic." - AllMusic.

                                                                                                                                  Recorded in Malibu, LA and London, the album was produced by Stargate together with the band’s long-time collaborator Rik Simpson. It features more guests than any previous Coldplay record, with Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton among those appearing across its 11 tracks.

                                                                                                                                  ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ is the widescreen follow-up to 2014’s fragile and lovelorn ‘Ghost Stories’, Coldplay’s sixth consecutive worldwide chart topper, award winner and multi-million seller. The band chose not to tour ‘Ghost Stories’ and headed straight back into the studio to record ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’.

                                                                                                                                  Revitalised, they’ve made an album that’s bursting with energy, colour and big, life-affirming moments such as the deliciously ebullient first single ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ and the rocket-powered ‘Hymn For The Weekend’.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. A Head Full Of Dreams
                                                                                                                                  2. Birds
                                                                                                                                  3. Hymn For The Weekend
                                                                                                                                  4. Everglow
                                                                                                                                  5. Adventure Of A Lifetime
                                                                                                                                  6. Fun
                                                                                                                                  7. Kaleidoscope
                                                                                                                                  8. Army Of One
                                                                                                                                  9. Amazing Day
                                                                                                                                  10. Colour Spectrum
                                                                                                                                  11. Up&Up

                                                                                                                                  Supergrass

                                                                                                                                  I Should Coco - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                    Supergrass enjoyed instant success when their debut album ‘I Should Coco’ went straight to #1 in the summer of 1995. Featuring the fan favourite ‘Caught By The Fuzz’, their breakthrough singles ‘Lenny’ and ‘Man Size Rooster’, and the huge #2 hit ‘Alright’.

                                                                                                                                    This special 20th anniversary edition contains the original album remastered, plus bonus content featuring b-sides and rare tracks from the era, including early versions of ‘Caught By The Fuzz’, ‘Strange Ones’, ‘Man Size Rooster’ and ‘Sitting Up Straight’ as well as highlights from live shows at Bath’s Moles Club in July 28th 1994 and a performance at the La Route Du Rock Festival in Saint-Malo, France from August 19th 1995.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Martin says: A perfect expression of the exuberance, energy and reckless abandon of youth. Joyous and utterly unaffected, it breezes through an array of musical styles with ease; pyschedelia, new wave, pop punk, even a touch of music hall - chewed up and spat gleefully out alongside the teen-anthem "Alright".

                                                                                                                                    15 years after the release of the legendary "Tourist", French house icon, jazz expert and production genius St Germain returns to the scene with a third studio album. The self-titled long player further builds on Germain's deep house roots, incorporating a soulful collage of blues and jazz samples with his trademark hypnotic electronic loops and vocal samples. Much of the album was recorded live with the participation of African musicians on traditional Malian instruments. Opening track, "Real Blues", is a fiery, percussion-driven track layered with the smooth vocals of blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins and gorgeous kora tones, while "Sittin' Here" works a Malian vocal around burnt out chords and intricate rhythms. Downbeat cuts "Hanky Panky" and "Voila" drop the tempo and swap the 4/4 for broken rhythms perfectly suited to their jazzy keys and African guitar licks. Over on the second disc, "Family Tree" keeps things classy with its subtle combination of sophisticated jazz, desert mysticism and smoky vocals, while "How Dare You" blends blues and broken rhythms into a bass heavy house roller. Over into the D-side, and the hip hop influenced "Mary L" and "Forget Me Not" (a superb reprise of "Boulevard" closer "Forget It" swaggers in to get heads nodding and spirits soaring. Ludo keeps things classy from start to finish on a sophisticated return.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Real Blues 5:16
                                                                                                                                    2. Sittin' Here 6:21
                                                                                                                                    3. Hanky-Panky 7:05
                                                                                                                                    4. Voilà 6:35
                                                                                                                                    5. Family Tree 7:54
                                                                                                                                    6. How Dare You 6:46
                                                                                                                                    7. Mary L. 5:21
                                                                                                                                    8. Forget Me Not 5:43

                                                                                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                                                                                    Space Oddity - 2015 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                                                      The album, produced by Tony Visconti (bar "Space Oddity" itself which was produced by the late Gus Dudgeon), was a giant leap forward in terms of songwriting for Bowie compared to his eponymous debut, and can be considered as the first truly essential David Bowie album. Noted for a list of collaborators, including session players Herbie Flowers, Tim Renwick, Terry Cox and Rick Wakeman, the album delves into psychedelic folk-rock, as well as prog, with its genre-defying template creating a blueprint of what would become over the next decade and more, one of the most inimitable British artists.

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Andy says: Psych and folk flavours, typical of the late 60's era, dominate on Bowie's second LP. Obviously the title track is one of the greatest songs ever written!

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Space Oddity 
                                                                                                                                      2. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed 
                                                                                                                                      3. Letter To Hermione
                                                                                                                                      4. Cygnet Committee
                                                                                                                                      5. Janine 
                                                                                                                                      6. An Occasional Dream
                                                                                                                                      7. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud 
                                                                                                                                      8. God Knows I'm Good 
                                                                                                                                      9. Memory Of A Free Festival

                                                                                                                                      David Bowie

                                                                                                                                      Pin Ups - 2015 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                                                        David Bowie's seventh album was his last to feature the famous "Spiders From Mars" band. It originally came out in November 1973 and is unique in that it is made up entirely of cover versions. In the original liner notes Bowie wrote that the original songs carried the flavour of "64 to '67 London" when he was first getting his band together. As such, it really does feel like a labour of love. Apart from enormo stars Pink Floyd, The Kinks and The Who, he also mastered tracks by The Merseys, Pretty Things and Easybeats. In short, a fine collection of classic songs given that indefatigable Bowie stamp.

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        Andy says: Kooky covers LP from 1973 which was the last record the "Spiders" would play on together.

                                                                                                                                        Who best to describe Paul Weller’s first album for the Parlophone label other than Paul himself: “I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done. I can’t compare it to any of my other albums. I think it’s different – not just for me, but different for what else is around. It’s defiantly 21st-Century music.” – Uncut (January 2015)

                                                                                                                                        Nearly 40 years into his recording career, Paul continues to challenge and excite both himself and the listener, by constantly evolving as a song-writer and musician, always moving forwards and pursuing fresh creative avenues and Paul’s new album Saturns Pattern does not disappoint.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        LP/CD Tracklisting
                                                                                                                                        1. White Sky
                                                                                                                                        2. Saturns Pattern
                                                                                                                                        3. Going My Way
                                                                                                                                        4. Long Time
                                                                                                                                        5. Pick It Up
                                                                                                                                        6. I’m Where I Should Be
                                                                                                                                        7. Phoenix
                                                                                                                                        8. In The Car…
                                                                                                                                        9. These City Streets

                                                                                                                                        DVD Tracklisting (CD/DVD Version Only)
                                                                                                                                        1. Saturns Pattern (Behind The Album)
                                                                                                                                        2. Saturns Pattern (track-by-track)
                                                                                                                                        3. White Sky (video)
                                                                                                                                        4. Long Time (video)
                                                                                                                                        5. Long Time (behind-the-scenes)
                                                                                                                                        6. Saturns Pattern Photo-shoot (behind-the-scenes)

                                                                                                                                        It’s 16 years since their last album as a four-piece and 27th April sees the release of a brand new album from Blur on Parlophone, titled The Magic Whip.

                                                                                                                                        The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 - at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong - were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in Blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Damon Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whip are the result. 

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Lonesome Street
                                                                                                                                        2. New World Towers
                                                                                                                                        3. Go Out
                                                                                                                                        4. Ice Cream Man
                                                                                                                                        5. Thought I Was A Spaceman
                                                                                                                                        6. I Broadcast
                                                                                                                                        7. My Terracotta Heart
                                                                                                                                        8. There Are Too Many Of Us
                                                                                                                                        9. Ghost Ship
                                                                                                                                        10. Pyongyang
                                                                                                                                        11. Ong Ong
                                                                                                                                        12. Mirrorball

                                                                                                                                        Pink Floyd

                                                                                                                                        The Endless River

                                                                                                                                          'The Endless River' has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions, when David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason played freely together at Britannia Row and Astoria studios. This was the first time they had done so since the ‘Wish You Were Here’ sessions in the seventies. Those sessions resulted in 'The Division Bell', the band’s last studio album.

                                                                                                                                          In 2013 David Gilmour and Nick Mason revisited the music from those sessions and decided that the tracks should be made available as part of the Pink Floyd repertoire. It would be the last time the three of them would be heard together. The band have spent the last year recording and upgrading the music, using the advantages of modern studio technology to create 'The Endless River'.

                                                                                                                                          'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick Wright, whose keyboards are at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. It is a mainly instrumental album with one song, ‘Louder Than Words’, (with new lyrics by Polly Samson), arranged across four sides and produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.

                                                                                                                                          'The Endless River' is the first new Pink Floyd album for 20 years, and is a fitting addition to the bands stellar legacy.

                                                                                                                                          Morrissey

                                                                                                                                          Vauxhall & I - 20th Anniversary LP Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                            ‘Vauxhall and I’ is the latest Morrissey album to get the ‘definitive remaster’ treatment after the success of ‘Your Arsenal’. 

                                                                                                                                            This album is widely considered to feature some of Morrissey’s best output post The Smiths. 

                                                                                                                                            ‘Vauxhall and I’ celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2014. 

                                                                                                                                            This 2CD edition includes a previously unavailable concert recorded at the Theatre Royal, London, 1995.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Now My Heart Is Full
                                                                                                                                            2. Spring-Heeled Jim
                                                                                                                                            3. Billy Budd
                                                                                                                                            4. Hold On To Your Friends
                                                                                                                                            5. The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get
                                                                                                                                            6. Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself
                                                                                                                                            7. I Am Hated For Loving
                                                                                                                                            8. Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
                                                                                                                                            9. Used To Be A Sweet Boy
                                                                                                                                            10.The Lazy Sunbathers
                                                                                                                                            11.Speedway 

                                                                                                                                            Luke Sital-Singh

                                                                                                                                            Nothing Stays The Same

                                                                                                                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                                                              Limited to 300 copies.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. Nothing Stays The Same (Home Recording)
                                                                                                                                              2. Greatest Lovers (Home Recording)

                                                                                                                                              Babyshambles

                                                                                                                                              Sequel To The Prequel

                                                                                                                                                Parlophone are thrilled to announce that the third Babyshambles album Sequel To The Prequel. The album was recorded at Question Du Son, Paris and mixed in The Bunker, London, with producer/mixer and long time 'Shambles collaborator Stephen Street.

                                                                                                                                                Filled with hooks and humour, the album features some of the band’s finest ever lyrics ranging from the tender to the downright hilarious. Musically it has already been called their most accomplished and collaborative work to date.

                                                                                                                                                As Peter Doherty told the NME recently, “I don’t want this to be half arsed, I want to get up there and really fu*king smash it out. Babyshambles aren’t back, this band has always been here”.

                                                                                                                                                The album - featuring sleeve artwork by Brit-art icon Damien Hirst - is released on CD, and on heavyweight 12" clear vinyl LP (including a CD of the album, plus artwork poster).

                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                Andy says: Proper songs and a solid production make this a surprisingly coherent effort from the erstwhile Libertines man.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Fireman
                                                                                                                                                2. Nothing Comes To Nothing
                                                                                                                                                3. New Pair
                                                                                                                                                4. Farmer's Daughter
                                                                                                                                                5. Fall From Grace
                                                                                                                                                6. Maybelline
                                                                                                                                                7. Sequel To The Prequel
                                                                                                                                                8. Dr. No
                                                                                                                                                9. Penguins
                                                                                                                                                10. Picture Me In A Hospital
                                                                                                                                                11. Seven Shades
                                                                                                                                                12. Minefield

                                                                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                                                                Hunky Dory - 2015 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                                                                  "After the freakish hard rock of The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie returned to singer/songwriter territory on Hunky Dory. Not only did the album boast more folky songs ("Song for Bob Dylan," "The Bewlay Brothers"), but he again flirted with Anthony Newley-esque dancehall music ("Kooks," "Fill Your Heart"), seemingly leaving heavy metal behind. As a result, Hunky Dory is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class. Mick Ronson's guitar is pushed to the back, leaving Rick Wakeman's cabaret piano to dominate the sound of the album. The subdued support accentuates the depth of Bowie's material, whether it's the revamped Tin Pan Alley of "Changes," the Neil Young homage "Quicksand," the soaring "Life on Mars?," the rolling, vaguely homosexual anthem "Oh! You Pretty Things," or the dark acoustic rocker "Andy Warhol." On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music." - Allmusic.

                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                  Andy says: "Ziggy" gets all the kudos but this may just well be David Bowie's best album ever! Features the world-classic "Life On Mars". Flawless.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Changes (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  2. Oh! You Pretty Things (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  3. Eight Line Poem (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  4. Life On Mars? (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  5. Kooks (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  6. Quicksand (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  7. Fill Your Heart (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  8. Andy Warhol (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  9. Song For Bob Dylan (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  10. Queen Bitch (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  11. The Bewlay Brothers (1999 Digital Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                                                                  The Man Who Sold The World - 2015 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                                                                    "Even though it contained no hits, The Man Who Sold the World, for most intents and purposes, is the beginning of David Bowie's classic period. Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the first time, Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen. The mix is off-center, with the fuzz-bass dominating the compressed, razor-thin guitars and Bowie's strangled, affected voice. The sound of The Man Who Sold the World is odd, but the music is bizarre itself, with Bowie's bizarre, paranoid futuristic tales melded to Ronson's riffing and the band's relentless attack. Musically, there isn't much innovation on The Man Who Sold the World - it is almost all hard blues-rock or psychedelic folk-rock - but there's an unsettling edge to the band's performance, which makes the record one of Bowie's best albums." - Allmusic.


                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Andy says: The classic title track would famously be covered by Nirvana on their "MTV Unplugged" album, but as ever, this record is pretty unlike anything else The Dame would go on to produce.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. The Width Of A Circle (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    2. All The Madmen (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    3. Black Country Rock (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    4. After All (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    5. Running Gun Blues (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    6. Saviour Machine (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    7. She Shook Me Cold (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    8. The Man Who Sold The World (1999 Digital Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    9. The Supermen (1999 Digital Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                                                                                                    Aladdin Sane - 2013 Remaster Edition

                                                                                                                                                      "Ziggy Stardust wrote the blueprint for David Bowie's hard-rocking glam, and Aladdin Sane essentially follows the pattern, for both better and worse. A lighter affair than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by bizarre lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson and a handful of winding, vaguely experimental songs. Bowie abandons his futuristic obsessions to concentrate on the detached cool of New York and London hipsters, as on the compressed rockers "Watch That Man," "Cracked Actor," and "The Jean Genie." Bowie follows the hard stuff with the jazzy, dissonant sprawls of "Lady Grinning Soul," "Aladdin Sane," and "Time," all of which manage to be both campy and avant-garde simultaneously, while the sweepingly cinematic "Drive-In Saturday" is a soaring fusion of sci-fi doo wop and melodramatic teenage glam. He lets his paranoia slip through in the clenched rhythms of "Panic in Detroit," as well as on his oddly clueless cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together." For all the pleasures on Aladdin Sane, there's no distinctive sound or theme to make the album cohesive; it's Bowie riding the wake of Ziggy Stardust, which means there's a wealth of classic material here, but not enough focus to make the album itself a classic." - AllMusic.


                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      Andy says: David Bowie's follow-up to "Ziggy Stardust" stayed in the Glam style but with loads of other arty stylings that it kept him streets ahead of the rest. Includes the classic stomper "Jean Genie".

                                                                                                                                                      The Beatles

                                                                                                                                                      Revolver - Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                        Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’s cut-outs, and special inner bags for some of the titles.

                                                                                                                                                        The titles include The Beatles’ 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group’s core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities.

                                                                                                                                                        Since it was recorded, The Beatles’ music has been heard on a variety of formats – from chunky reel-to-reel tapes and eight-track cartridges to invisible computer files. But there has never been a more romantic or thrilling medium for music than a long-playing twelve-inch disc. We ‘play’ records. The process of carefully slipping the disc out of the sleeve, cleaning it and lowering the stylus provides a personal involvement in the reproduction of the music.

                                                                                                                                                        In September, 2009, The Beatles’ remastered albums on CD graced charts around the world. Seventeen million album sales within seven months was resounding evidence of the timeless relevance of their legacy. Through five decades, the music of The Beatles has captivated generation upon generation.

                                                                                                                                                        For producer Rick Rubin, surveying The Beatles’ recorded achievements is akin to witnessing a miracle. “If we look at it by today’s standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will typically put out an album every four years,” Rubin said in a 2009 radio series interview. “So, let’s say two albums as an eight year cycle. And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change... it can’t be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it’s beyond man’s ability.”

                                                                                                                                                        There has always been demand for The Beatles’ albums on vinyl. Indeed, 2011’s best-selling vinyl LP in the United States was Abbey Road. Following the success of The Beatles’ acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning 2009 CD remasters, it was decided that the sound experts at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios should create new versions of The Beatles’ vinyl LPs. The project demanded the same meticulous approach taken for the CD releases, and the brief was a simple one: cut the digital remasters to vinyl with an absolute minimum of compromise to the sound. However, the process involved to do that was far from simple.

                                                                                                                                                        The first stage in transferring the sound of a master recording to vinyl is the creation of a disc to be used during vinyl manufacture. There were two options to consider. A Direct Metal Master (DMM), developed in the late seventies, allows sound to be cut directly into a stainless steel disc coated with a hard copper alloy. The older, alternative method is to cut the sound into the soft lacquer coating on a nickel disc - the first of several steps leading to the production of a stamper to press the vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                        A ‘blind’ listening test was arranged to choose between a ‘lacquer’ or ‘copper’ cut. Using both methods, A Hard Day’s Night was pressed with ten seconds of silence at the beginning and end of each side. This allowed not only the reproduction of the music to be assessed, but also the noise made by the vinyl itself. After much discussion, two factors swung the decision towards using the lacquer process. First, it was judged to create a warmer sound than a DMM. Secondly, there was a practical advantage of having ‘blank’ discs of a consistent quality when cutting lacquers.

                                                                                                                                                        The next step was to use the Neumann VMS80 cutting lathe at Abbey Road. Following thorough mechanical and electrical tests to ensure it was operating in peak condition, engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was also decided to use the remasters that had not undergone ‘limiting’ - a procedure to increase the sound level, which is deemed necessary for most current pop CDs.

                                                                                                                                                        Having made initial test cuts, Magee pinpointed any sound problems that can occur during playback of vinyl records. To rectify them, changes were made to the remasters with a Digital Audio Workstation. For example, each vinyl album was listened to for any ‘sibilant episodes’ - vocal distortion that can occur on consonant sounds such as S and T. These were corrected by reducing the level in the very small portion of sound causing the undesired effect. Similarly, any likelihood of ‘inner-groove distortion’ was addressed. As the stylus approaches the centre of the record, it is liable to track the groove less accurately. This can affect the high-middle frequencies, producing a ‘mushy’ sound particularly noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as ‘surgical EQ,’ problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.

                                                                                                                                                        The last phase of the vinyl mastering process began with the arrival of the first batches of test pressings made from master lacquers that had been sent to the two pressing plant factories. Stringent quality tests identified any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place. If this happened, it was clear that the undesired sounds had been introduced either during the cutting or the pressing stage and so the test records were rejected. In the quest to achieve the highest quality possible, the Abbey Road team worked closely with the pressing factories and the manufacturers of the lacquer and cutting styli.

                                                                                                                                                        An additional and unusual challenge was to ensure the proper playback of the sounds embedded in the ‘lock-groove’ at the end of side two of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Requiring a combination of good timing and luck, it had always been a lengthy and costly process to make it work properly. In fact, it was so tricky, it had never been attempted for American pressings of the LP. Naturally, Sean Magee and the team perfected this and the garbled message is heard as originally intended on the remastered Sgt. Pepper LP.

                                                                                                                                                        Highly-skilled technicians have worked long and hard to make The Beatles on vinyl sound better than ever. All we need to do is listen to the results of their dedicated labour on the remastered LPs. Handle with care. But most of all, enjoy the music.

                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Andy says: Revolver was the album where The Beatles completed their transition from teeny-bop heart-throbs to proper counter-cultural artists, but if you think that sounds pompous, fear not! This record does feature the psychedelic mind warp of Tomorrow Never Knows but it also has Here There and Everywhere, Eleanor Rigby, Taxman, Got to get You into My Life and on and on and on. In short it's still a pop record, full of amazing tunes. John Lennon's I'm Only Sleeping is one of his most beautiful and bizarrely overlooked songs and that's on here too!

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        Side 1:
                                                                                                                                                        1. Taxman (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        2. Eleanor Rigby (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        3. I'm Only Sleeping (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        4. Love You To (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        5. Here, There And Everywhere (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        6. Yellow Submarine (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        7. She Said She Said (2009 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                        Side 2:
                                                                                                                                                        1. Good Day Sunshine (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        2. And Your Bird Can Sing (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        3. For No One (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        4. Doctor Robert (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        5. I Want To Tell You (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        6. Got To Get You Into My Life (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                        7. Tomorrow Never Knows (2009 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                        The Beatles

                                                                                                                                                        Rubber Soul - Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                          Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’s cut-outs, and special inner bags for some of the titles.

                                                                                                                                                          The titles include The Beatles’ 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group’s core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities.

                                                                                                                                                          Since it was recorded, The Beatles’ music has been heard on a variety of formats – from chunky reel-to-reel tapes and eight-track cartridges to invisible computer files. But there has never been a more romantic or thrilling medium for music than a long-playing twelve-inch disc. We ‘play’ records. The process of carefully slipping the disc out of the sleeve, cleaning it and lowering the stylus provides a personal involvement in the reproduction of the music.

                                                                                                                                                          In September, 2009, The Beatles’ remastered albums on CD graced charts around the world. Seventeen million album sales within seven months was resounding evidence of the timeless relevance of their legacy. Through five decades, the music of The Beatles has captivated generation upon generation.

                                                                                                                                                          For producer Rick Rubin, surveying The Beatles’ recorded achievements is akin to witnessing a miracle. “If we look at it by today’s standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will typically put out an album every four years,” Rubin said in a 2009 radio series interview. “So, let’s say two albums as an eight year cycle. And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change... it can’t be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it’s beyond man’s ability.”

                                                                                                                                                          There has always been demand for The Beatles’ albums on vinyl. Indeed, 2011’s best-selling vinyl LP in the United States was Abbey Road. Following the success of The Beatles’ acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning 2009 CD remasters, it was decided that the sound experts at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios should create new versions of The Beatles’ vinyl LPs. The project demanded the same meticulous approach taken for the CD releases, and the brief was a simple one: cut the digital remasters to vinyl with an absolute minimum of compromise to the sound. However, the process involved to do that was far from simple.

                                                                                                                                                          The first stage in transferring the sound of a master recording to vinyl is the creation of a disc to be used during vinyl manufacture. There were two options to consider. A Direct Metal Master (DMM), developed in the late seventies, allows sound to be cut directly into a stainless steel disc coated with a hard copper alloy. The older, alternative method is to cut the sound into the soft lacquer coating on a nickel disc - the first of several steps leading to the production of a stamper to press the vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                          A ‘blind’ listening test was arranged to choose between a ‘lacquer’ or ‘copper’ cut. Using both methods, A Hard Day’s Night was pressed with ten seconds of silence at the beginning and end of each side. This allowed not only the reproduction of the music to be assessed, but also the noise made by the vinyl itself. After much discussion, two factors swung the decision towards using the lacquer process. First, it was judged to create a warmer sound than a DMM. Secondly, there was a practical advantage of having ‘blank’ discs of a consistent quality when cutting lacquers.

                                                                                                                                                          The next step was to use the Neumann VMS80 cutting lathe at Abbey Road. Following thorough mechanical and electrical tests to ensure it was operating in peak condition, engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was also decided to use the remasters that had not undergone ‘limiting’ - a procedure to increase the sound level, which is deemed necessary for most current pop CDs.

                                                                                                                                                          Having made initial test cuts, Magee pinpointed any sound problems that can occur during playback of vinyl records. To rectify them, changes were made to the remasters with a Digital Audio Workstation. For example, each vinyl album was listened to for any ‘sibilant episodes’ - vocal distortion that can occur on consonant sounds such as S and T. These were corrected by reducing the level in the very small portion of sound causing the undesired effect. Similarly, any likelihood of ‘inner-groove distortion’ was addressed. As the stylus approaches the centre of the record, it is liable to track the groove less accurately. This can affect the high-middle frequencies, producing a ‘mushy’ sound particularly noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as ‘surgical EQ,’ problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.

                                                                                                                                                          The last phase of the vinyl mastering process began with the arrival of the first batches of test pressings made from master lacquers that had been sent to the two pressing plant factories. Stringent quality tests identified any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place. If this happened, it was clear that the undesired sounds had been introduced either during the cutting or the pressing stage and so the test records were rejected. In the quest to achieve the highest quality possible, the Abbey Road team worked closely with the pressing factories and the manufacturers of the lacquer and cutting styli.

                                                                                                                                                          An additional and unusual challenge was to ensure the proper playback of the sounds embedded in the ‘lock-groove’ at the end of side two of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Requiring a combination of good timing and luck, it had always been a lengthy and costly process to make it work properly. In fact, it was so tricky, it had never been attempted for American pressings of the LP. Naturally, Sean Magee and the team perfected this and the garbled message is heard as originally intended on the remastered Sgt. Pepper LP.

                                                                                                                                                          Highly-skilled technicians have worked long and hard to make The Beatles on vinyl sound better than ever. All we need to do is listen to the results of their dedicated labour on the remastered LPs. Handle with care. But most of all, enjoy the music.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          Side 1:
                                                                                                                                                          1. Drive My Car (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          3. You Won't See Me (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          4. Nowhere Man (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          5. Think For Yourself (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          6. The Word (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          7. Michelle (2009 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                          Side 2:
                                                                                                                                                          1. What Goes On (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          2. Girl (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          3. I'm Looking Through You (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          4. In My Life (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          5. Wait (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          6. If I Needed Someone (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                          7. Run For Your Life (2009 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                          The Beatles

                                                                                                                                                          Magical Mystery Tour - Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                            Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork, the 14 albums return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’s cut-outs, and special inner bags for some of the titles.

                                                                                                                                                            The titles include The Beatles’ 12 original UK albums, first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour, now part of the group’s core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One & Two, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities.

                                                                                                                                                            Since it was recorded, The Beatles’ music has been heard on a variety of formats – from chunky reel-to-reel tapes and eight-track cartridges to invisible computer files. But there has never been a more romantic or thrilling medium for music than a long-playing twelve-inch disc. We ‘play’ records. The process of carefully slipping the disc out of the sleeve, cleaning it and lowering the stylus provides a personal involvement in the reproduction of the music.

                                                                                                                                                            In September, 2009, The Beatles’ remastered albums on CD graced charts around the world. Seventeen million album sales within seven months was resounding evidence of the timeless relevance of their legacy. Through five decades, the music of The Beatles has captivated generation upon generation.

                                                                                                                                                            For producer Rick Rubin, surveying The Beatles’ recorded achievements is akin to witnessing a miracle. “If we look at it by today’s standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will typically put out an album every four years,” Rubin said in a 2009 radio series interview. “So, let’s say two albums as an eight year cycle. And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change... it can’t be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it’s beyond man’s ability.”

                                                                                                                                                            There has always been demand for The Beatles’ albums on vinyl. Indeed, 2011’s best-selling vinyl LP in the United States was Abbey Road. Following the success of The Beatles’ acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning 2009 CD remasters, it was decided that the sound experts at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios should create new versions of The Beatles’ vinyl LPs. The project demanded the same meticulous approach taken for the CD releases, and the brief was a simple one: cut the digital remasters to vinyl with an absolute minimum of compromise to the sound. However, the process involved to do that was far from simple.

                                                                                                                                                            The first stage in transferring the sound of a master recording to vinyl is the creation of a disc to be used during vinyl manufacture. There were two options to consider. A Direct Metal Master (DMM), developed in the late seventies, allows sound to be cut directly into a stainless steel disc coated with a hard copper alloy. The older, alternative method is to cut the sound into the soft lacquer coating on a nickel disc - the first of several steps leading to the production of a stamper to press the vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                            A ‘blind’ listening test was arranged to choose between a ‘lacquer’ or ‘copper’ cut. Using both methods, A Hard Day’s Night was pressed with ten seconds of silence at the beginning and end of each side. This allowed not only the reproduction of the music to be assessed, but also the noise made by the vinyl itself. After much discussion, two factors swung the decision towards using the lacquer process. First, it was judged to create a warmer sound than a DMM. Secondly, there was a practical advantage of having ‘blank’ discs of a consistent quality when cutting lacquers.

                                                                                                                                                            The next step was to use the Neumann VMS80 cutting lathe at Abbey Road. Following thorough mechanical and electrical tests to ensure it was operating in peak condition, engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was also decided to use the remasters that had not undergone ‘limiting’ - a procedure to increase the sound level, which is deemed necessary for most current pop CDs.

                                                                                                                                                            Having made initial test cuts, Magee pinpointed any sound problems that can occur during playback of vinyl records. To rectify them, changes were made to the remasters with a Digital Audio Workstation. For example, each vinyl album was listened to for any ‘sibilant episodes’ - vocal distortion that can occur on consonant sounds such as S and T. These were corrected by reducing the level in the very small portion of sound causing the undesired effect. Similarly, any likelihood of ‘inner-groove distortion’ was addressed. As the stylus approaches the centre of the record, it is liable to track the groove less accurately. This can affect the high-middle frequencies, producing a ‘mushy’ sound particularly noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as ‘surgical EQ,’ problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.

                                                                                                                                                            The last phase of the vinyl mastering process began with the arrival of the first batches of test pressings made from master lacquers that had been sent to the two pressing plant factories. Stringent quality tests identified any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place. If this happened, it was clear that the undesired sounds had been introduced either during the cutting or the pressing stage and so the test records were rejected. In the quest to achieve the highest quality possible, the Abbey Road team worked closely with the pressing factories and the manufacturers of the lacquer and cutting styli.

                                                                                                                                                            An additional and unusual challenge was to ensure the proper playback of the sounds embedded in the ‘lock-groove’ at the end of side two of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Requiring a combination of good timing and luck, it had always been a lengthy and costly process to make it work properly. In fact, it was so tricky, it had never been attempted for American pressings of the LP. Naturally, Sean Magee and the team perfected this and the garbled message is heard as originally intended on the remastered Sgt. Pepper LP.

                                                                                                                                                            Highly-skilled technicians have worked long and hard to make The Beatles on vinyl sound better than ever. All we need to do is listen to the results of their dedicated labour on the remastered LPs. Handle with care. But most of all, enjoy the music.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            Side 1:
                                                                                                                                                            1. Magical Mystery Tour (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            2. The Fool On The Hill (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            3. Flying (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            4. Blue Jay Way (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            5. Your Mother Should Know (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            6. I Am The Walrus (2009 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                            Side 2:
                                                                                                                                                            1. Hello, Goodbye (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            2. Strawberry Fields Forever (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            3. Penny Lane (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            4. Baby, You're A Rich Man (2009 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                            5. All You Need Is Love (2009 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                            Richard Hawley

                                                                                                                                                            Standing At The Sky's Edge

                                                                                                                                                              Following the success of his award-winning, hugely acclaimed 2009 album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, Richard Hawley will release his sixth studio album.

                                                                                                                                                              Recorded at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studio in 2011, ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ marks a seismic shift in direction for Hawley. The album is a euphoric, sonic assault on the senses, channelling elements of psychedelia, space rock and ragas with heavy riffs and raw, visceral guitar solos – as well as more familiar, tender moments – which will surprise Hawley’s fans and peers alike.

                                                                                                                                                              Exploring lyrical themes of love, loss, redemption and darker areas of the human condition, it’s an album of ominous storytelling and cosmic exploration, sung in Hawley’s rich baritone and soundtracked by an epic musical journey in glorious, menacing Technicolor. In the tradition of Hawley’s previous albums, the title is inspired by an area of Sheffield.

                                                                                                                                                              Hawley says of the album, “I wanted to get away from the orchestration of my previous records and make a live album with two guitars, bass, drums and rocket noises!”

                                                                                                                                                              'Standing At The Sky's Edge' is set to establish Hawley as one of the UK's greatest, contemporary guitarists.


                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                              Laura says: Right from the off you realise that this album isn’t exactly going to follow the same lush, string embellished path of the last three Hawley albums, as it plunges straight into a seven minute plus psych rocker. "She Brings The Sunlight" and title track "Standing At The Sky’s Edge" - a bleak view of modern life pushing people to the brink - pretty much set the tone for the whole album really. Although he hinted at a darker side with "Truelove’s Gutter", this album is not just a darker affair, but heavier too. (He has rocked before though don’t forget, and he’s really pretty good at it!) There are lighter moments: "Seek It" and the shimmering acid haze of "Don’t Stare At The Sun" for example, mellow things out nicely before we’re plunged back into heavy riffs and layers of feedback. It’s an ambitious and very different sound, but he pulls it off with ease. And of course with THAT voice, it’s most definitely a Richard Hawley album. A triumph!

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. She Brings The Sunlight
                                                                                                                                                              2. Standing At The Sky's Edge
                                                                                                                                                              3. Time Will Bring You Winter
                                                                                                                                                              4. Down In The Woods
                                                                                                                                                              5. Seek It
                                                                                                                                                              6. Don't Stare At The Sun
                                                                                                                                                              7. The Wood Collier's Grave
                                                                                                                                                              8. Leave Your Body Behind You
                                                                                                                                                              9. Before

                                                                                                                                                              The Beatles

                                                                                                                                                              Help! - Enhanced Edition

                                                                                                                                                                The last of The Beatles be-suited, writing-to-order, perfect pop albums, this was a brilliant collection of songs from the film Help!, and other newies, that includes the superb "Ticket To Ride", "Yesterday" and of course, the title track itself. Albums in this era, up until about 1965, were simply collections of songs that could have been singles; there was no real concept of 'the album as a statement', as a piece of art in its own right. This was just pop music: short, simple, catchy, and in the case of The Beatles, brilliant!

                                                                                                                                                                Tracklisting
                                                                                                                                                                1. Help!
                                                                                                                                                                2. The Night Before
                                                                                                                                                                3. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
                                                                                                                                                                4. I Need You
                                                                                                                                                                5. Another Girl
                                                                                                                                                                6. You're Going To Lose That Girl
                                                                                                                                                                7. Ticket To Ride
                                                                                                                                                                8. Act Naturally
                                                                                                                                                                9. It's Only Love
                                                                                                                                                                10. You Like Me Too Much
                                                                                                                                                                11. Tell Me What You See
                                                                                                                                                                12. I've Just Seen A Face
                                                                                                                                                                13. Yesterday
                                                                                                                                                                14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
                                                                                                                                                                15. Help! Documentary

                                                                                                                                                                The Beatles

                                                                                                                                                                A Hard Days Night - Enhanced Edition

                                                                                                                                                                  The biggest band in rock history sees their original catalogue digitally remastered for the first time with improved packaging, including extra rare photographs, expanded and new essays and all enhanced with a video mini-documentary on the making of each album in the Beatles own words.


                                                                                                                                                                  1. A Hard Day's Night
                                                                                                                                                                  2. I Should Have Known Better
                                                                                                                                                                  3. If I Fell
                                                                                                                                                                  4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
                                                                                                                                                                  5. And I Love Her
                                                                                                                                                                  6. Tell Me Why
                                                                                                                                                                  7. Can't Buy Me Love
                                                                                                                                                                  8. Any Time At All
                                                                                                                                                                  9. I'll Cry Instead
                                                                                                                                                                  10. Things We Said Today
                                                                                                                                                                  11. When I Get Home
                                                                                                                                                                  12. You Can't Do That
                                                                                                                                                                  13. I'll Be Back
                                                                                                                                                                  14. A Hard Day's Night Documentary

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  1. A Hard Day's Night
                                                                                                                                                                  2. I Should Have Known Better
                                                                                                                                                                  3. If I Fell
                                                                                                                                                                  4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
                                                                                                                                                                  5. And I Love Her
                                                                                                                                                                  6. Tell Me Why
                                                                                                                                                                  7. Can't Buy Me Love
                                                                                                                                                                  8. Any Time At All
                                                                                                                                                                  9. I'll Cry Instead
                                                                                                                                                                  10. Things We Said Today
                                                                                                                                                                  11. When I Get Home
                                                                                                                                                                  12. You Can't Do That
                                                                                                                                                                  13. I'll Be Back
                                                                                                                                                                  14. A Hard Day's Night Documentary

                                                                                                                                                                  Radiohead

                                                                                                                                                                  Amnesiac

                                                                                                                                                                    The follow up to  "Kid A" finds Radiohead continuing their experiments of the previous album but with added structure and a stronger 'song' base. This all adds up to a phenomenal album of vision and depth that will disappoint no one.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    1 Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box
                                                                                                                                                                    2 Pyramid Song
                                                                                                                                                                    3 Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
                                                                                                                                                                    4 You And Whose Army?
                                                                                                                                                                    5 I Might Be Wrong
                                                                                                                                                                    6 Knives Out
                                                                                                                                                                    7 Morning Bell/Amnesiac
                                                                                                                                                                    8 Dollars & Cents
                                                                                                                                                                    9 Hunting Bears
                                                                                                                                                                    10 Like Spinning Plates
                                                                                                                                                                    11 Life In A Glasshouse


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