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Pantha Du Prince

Garden Gaia

    Garden Gaia is a part of Pantha du Prince’s ongoing exploration into the theme of ‘humans as nature’, a theme previously explored on his records Elements of Light (recorded with The Bell Laboratory) and 2020’s Conference of Trees.

    Pantha du Prince on Garden Gaia: “There are scientists who say that we humans are ocean that’s been folded together. My music is about raising consciousness, about describing the reality of life and the lost paradise through the means of music. It’s about entering a free space and developing a maximum degree of openness and sensitivity to our bodies – to our mental states and the atmosphere that surrounds us.

    It’s about mindfulness and a high level of awareness towards what’s happening around and within us. I’ve poured all of these experiences into Garden Gaia as music. And that’s to be taken in the literal sense of ‘pouring,’ since we belong to a flowing process on this planet. A tree also flows into the air, just as it’s connected to other trees beneath the ground through currents of communication. Our lungs flow into our bodies. And as embryos, we were flowing beings. The question is: to what extent can we adult humans continue to flow?”


    TRACK LISTING

    Open Day
    Crystal Volcano
    Start A New Life
    Blume (bendik Hk Edit)
    Mother Drum
    Heaven Is Where You Are (bendik Hk Edit)
    Liquid Lights
    Alles Fühlt
    Golden Galactic

    Prince Lincoln Thompson And The Royal Rasses

    Natural Wild

      Original 1980 album now released on coloured vinyl. Features full colour Insert with extensive sleeve notes. Recorded at Channel One Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. Mixed at Harry J Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica

      TRACK LISTING

      Mechanical Devices
      Natural Wild
      My Generation
      Natural (Reprise)
      Spaceship
      People's Minds
      People Love Jah Music
      Smiling Faces

      Arthur Ponder, a life long Macon, Georgia resident, started his singing career in the 60s replacing Otis Redding in Johnny Jenkins & The Pinetoppersafter Otis went solo. Although he gigged extensively, he did not actually make it onto a record until around 1970. Presented here, we have mostly his 80s Modern Soul output Solo and with local group Side Show, some with was released on 45 others remain unreleased till now. Special thanks to Angelo Angione who went above and beyond to help with this project and Arthur Ponder - The Prince of Georgia Soul.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Lonely Girl (feat. Side Show)
      2. Sexy Lady
      3. If You Want My Love
      4. My Love
      5. Let's Get Together For The Wrong We Have Done
      6. Whatcha Gonna Do About It
      7. You Are The One For Me (feat. Side Show)
      8. Oh Baby Why You Want To Make Me Cry
      9. You Talk Too Much
      10. It's You Girl

      Arooj Aftab

      Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)

        Deluxe offering of Grammy® Best New Artist nominee Arooj Aftab’s breakthrough album Vulture Prince, featuring Grammy® Best Global Music Performance-nominated track “Mohabbat”.

        Aftab’s remarkable voice, backed by a team of renowned musicians, transports listeners to the composer’s world. Intimate piano and swelling orchestral strings unveil mystical passage into Aftab’s emotionally gripping symphonic world - vast with colorful sounds and transcendent of genre.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Baghon Main (feat. Darian Donovan Thomas)
        2. Diya Hai (feat. Badi Assad)
        3. Inayaat
        4. Last Night
        5. Mohabbat
        6. Saans Lo
        7. Suroor
        8. Udhero Na (feat. Anoushka Shankar)

        Prince

        The Gold Experience Deluxe (RSD22 EDITION)

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

          The Gold Experience was the first full-length Prince album to be credited to his unpronounceable symbol, (SYMBOL ICON), and was released at the most public, heated stage of his battle with the major label industrial complex. With the word SLAVE written on one cheek, Prince shined on the opulent ballads The Most Beautiful Girl in the World and Gold and the defiant single Eye Hate U, and the album earned widespread critical acclaim. The Record Store Day re-release ofThe Gold Experienceis an homage to the rare US-only promo version of the album that was released in 1995. 

          The two-LP set is pressed onto translucent gold vinyl with a bonus suite of Eye Hate U remixes on Side D.

          Prince

          The Gold Experience

            The Gold Experience was the first full-length Prince album to be credited to his unpronounceable symbol and was released at the most public, heated stage of his battle with the major label industrial complex. With the word “SLAVE” written on one cheek, Prince shined on the opulent ballads “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and “Gold” and the defiant single “Eye Hate U,” and the album earned widespread critical acclaim.

            TRACK LISTING

            P. Control
            NPG Operator #1
            Endorphinmachine
            Shhh
            We March
            NPG Operator #2
            The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
            Dolphin
            NPG Operator #3
            Now
            NPG Operator #4
            319
            NPG Operator #5
            Shy
            Billy Jack Bitch
            Eye Hate U
            NPG Operator #6
            Gold 

            Prince of Queens aka Felipe Quiroz lets loose his blissfully rhythms on a four track EP for NYC’s Second Hand Records. From melodic excursions through the realms of house to tougher, percussive, arp laden cuts and atmospheric techy deepness it’s an intelligent and introspective body of work. Toronto’s Ciel then flips the script on the title track, turning it into a glitched out, club ready weapon – the perfect combination to complete the EP.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Millie says: Was vvv intrigued by this Prince of Queens 12", nice smooth chuggy house on a label we haven't stocked from before but this is ace.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Sound Of Life
            A2. Sound Of Life (Ciel Afterlife Mix)
            B1. NYC Repeats
            B2. For Mike

            Bill Callahan And Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

            Blind Date Party

              The Blind Date Party hosted by Bill Callahan and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and featuring AZITA, Matt Sweeney, Alasdair Roberts, Matt Kinsey, Sean O’Hagan, Bill MacKay, George Xylouris, Dead Rider, David Pajo, Mick Turner, Meg Baird, Ty Segall, Emmett Kelly, Cory Hanson, Six Organs of Admittance, David Grubbs, Cassie Berman, Cooper Crain and Sir Richard Bishop happened online in the fall and winter of ’20–’21 — but the party planning dated back to the spring of 2020. Stuck at home, with no gigs in the foreseeable future, Bill, Bonnie and Drag City needed an outreach program to keep themselves busy, not to mention sane. In the absence of any company or anything on the calendar, playing songs they loved was an idea; playing with people they loved, the desire. And making it fun — so pairing someone with someone else having no say in the matter, the essence of the blind date, was the plan. Favorite songs were chose; players from around the Drag City galaxy were messaged. Pretty soon, songs were flying back and forth — music in the air!

              And thus, they were entertained throughout the summer of 2020, when so much else in the world seemed so completely wrong. By the fall, the songs started to appear online: Bill and Bonnie singing a song by someone they loved and admired; each song cut by another another artist they loved and admired, then sent to Bill and Bonny to provide the finishing touches. The spotlight pointed in every direction each week: toward the singers and writers who’d originally played the songs (Yusuf Islam, Hank Williams Jr., Dave Rich, The Other

              Years, Billie Eilish, Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Bill Callahan, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Wyatt, Lowell George, Johnnie Frierson, Air Supply, Will Oldham, Leonard Cohen, David Berman, Iggy Pop and John Prine), toward their featured collaborators, the artists whose artwork adorned each digital single and videos made by still more collaborators. And you, the listener.

              Like the best parties, it turned out to be everything and more than they’d even hoped for. So many more people were involved in the process that we can get on the page here. Suffice to say, making records over the years has required a broad sense of community and an always-surprising mix of independence and unity, inspiration and utility. Some of our best memories are those where as many of our folks as as possible were together in one place at one time. In those moments, it was just a great thing just to be there. And with others looking in . . . this was a joy one could only be infinitely lucky to feel and to take for granted, as well.

              The Blind Date Party was one of these, maybe the most improbable one yet. It’s for everyone who’s here and it’s in the name of everyone who’s gone but will never go and will always live with us here. This album will too.

              And thus, we are entertained.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Darryl says: Combining the best elements of each others talents 'Blind Date Party' finds Bill and Will in fabulous form. Mellow, dark, country-folk laments to snuggle up to during the cold winter months.

              TRACK LISTING

              A
              The Blackness Of The Night (feat. Azita)
              OD'd In Denver (feat. Matt Sweeney)
              I've Made Up My Mind (feat. Alasdair Roberts)
              Red-Tailed Hawk (feat. Matt Kinsey)
              Wish You Were Gay (feat. Sean O'Hagan)
              Our Anniversary (feat. Dead Rider)
              B
              Rooftop Garden (feat. George Xylouris)
              Deacon Blues (feat. Bill MacKay)
              I Love You (feat. David Pajo)
              C
              Sea Song (feat. Mick Turner)
              I've Been The One (feat. Meg Baird)
              Miracles (feat. Ty Segall)
              I Want To Go To The Beach (feat. Cooper Crain)
              D
              Night Rider's Lament (feat. Cory Hanson)
              Arise, Therefore (feat. Six Organs Of Admittance)
              The Night Of Santiago (feat. David Grubbs)
              The Wild Kindness (feat. Cassie Berman)
              Lost In Love (feat. Emmett Kelly)
              She Is My Everything (feat. Sir Richard Bishop)

              Prince Jammy's

              Computerised Dub

                Originally released in 1986 on Greensleeves Records, a year after "Sleng Teng" hit the dancehalls this album is full of ruff digital rhythms such as "32 Bit Chip" "Synchro Start" and many more.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Synchro Start
                2. Interface
                3. 32 Bit Chip
                4. Auto Rhythm
                5. Peek & Poke Side Two
                6. Megabyte
                7. Wafer Scale Integration
                8. Crosstalk
                9. Modem
                10. 256K Ram

                Prince

                Welcome 2 America

                  Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously abandoned by Prince before its release, the statement album Welcome 2 America documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. The album features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with the bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman, and engineer Jason Agel, with additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J, Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who Prince also recruited to co-produce the album.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: It really is a testament to the output of the purple one himself that THIS absolute stunner got left on the cutting room floor. Political spoken word, undeniable groove and impeccable instrumental performances from all involved lead to one of the greatest albums he's put out for a LONG time.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  CD TRACKLIST:
                  1. Welcome 2 America (5:23)
                  2. Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master) (4:05)
                  3. Born 2 Die (5:03)
                  4. 1000 Light Years From Here (5:46)
                  5. Hot Summer (3:32)
                  6. Stand Up And B Strong (5:18)
                  7. Check The Record (3:28)
                  8. Same Page Different Book (4:41)
                  9. When She Comes (4:46)
                  10. 1010 (Rin Tin Tin) (4:42)
                  11. Yes (2:56)
                  12. One Day We Will All B Free (4:41)

                  VINYL TRACKLIST WITH SIDE BREAKS:
                  SIDE A
                  1. Welcome 2 America (5:23)
                  2. Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master) (4:05)
                  3. Born 2 Die (5:03)
                  4. 1000 Light Years From Here (5:46)
                  SIDE B
                  1. Hot Summer (3:32)
                  2. Stand Up And B Strong (5:18)
                  3. Check The Record (3:28)
                  4. Same Page, Different Book (4:41)
                  SIDE C
                  1. When She Comes (4:46)
                  2. 1010 (Rin Tin Tin) (4:42)
                  3. Yes (2:56)
                  4. One Day We Will All B Free (4:41)
                  SIDE D
                  Etching

                  BLU-RAY TRACKLIST:
                  Welcome 2 America: Live At The Forum, April 28, 2011
                  Runtime: 2:13:00
                  Available In Stereo, 5.1 Surround And Dolby Atmos
                  Joy In Repetition
                  Brown Skin (India.Arie Cover)
                  17 Days
                  Shhh
                  Controversy
                  Theme From “Which Way Is Up” (Stargard Cover)
                  What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson Cover)
                  Partyman
                  Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan Cover)
                  Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold Cover)
                  Let’s Go Crazy
                  Delirious
                  1999
                  Little Red Corvette
                  Purple Rain
                  The Bird (The Time Cover – Prince Composition)
                  Jungle Love (The Time Cover – Prince Composition)
                  A Love Bizarre (Sheila E Cover – Prince Composition)
                  Kiss
                  Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry Cover)
                  Inglewood Swingin’ (version Of Kool & The Gang’s Hollywood Swingin’)
                  Fantastic Voyage (Lakeside Cover)
                  More Than This (Roxy Music Cover)

                  Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                  Superwolves

                    Where once was Superwolf, now roam Superwolves, the new album and demon spawn of Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

                    The songs that make up Superwolves, the duo’s second album and first since 2005’s Superwolf, go boldly into undreamed-of places, and go deep, as Matt and Bonny take all the musics they know to make songs that penetrate. In classic Garcia-Hunter style, Sweeney and the ‘Prince’ first work separately, finding a path to each other in their solitary imaginings. Bonnie lyric sets delivered to Matt spark Sweeney’s guitar brain; chords and a melody are shaped, recorded fast and loose and sent back to the Prince, then the two parties meet up to sing, stitch, strengthen and finally perform them together in front of a small unsuspecting audience. Then new sets of lyrics are sent, animated and played in a high wire style until the shared songs and experiences are ready to commit to record. This is just the beginning of their fusion process, as words imply vocalizations to counter and support, and guitar lines suggest harmonic fields to subtly push into. In this process, a new creature grows out of the old one. In this name of this partnership, the guitar shares an open and fluid space with the vocals, the voices sing with the guitars—every moment in the life of Superwolves is an extravaganza, guided only by its need.

                    “The chemistry comes from lives, lived separately, in which music is crucial sustenance. We listen with gratitude and awe, knowing that we belong in there. We construct our dream selves with the faith that these selves will have their chance at life. We know what we are capable of doing and just need each other’s support to bring the imagined languages to life.” — Will Oldham

                    “I love the challenge to write melodies for Will to sing. Struggle with that challenge too. Knowing that Will’s voice will elevate the melody makes me reach higher and dig deeper for the tune. Makes me want to match it with a guitar part that holds his voice like a chalice holds wine (or blood, or whatever is needed to live the best life). I also love singing harmonies and responses to this voice of his.” — Matt Sweeney

                    As far as this record, as in when and how it came together, the two man crew started working on it five years ago. The first actual session, however, went down about a year ago at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather and the next took place at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Sweeney oversaw the mixing of the Brooklyn sessions with Oldham overseeing the Nashville mixes. On the album, Sweeney sings harmonies along, with, and around his favorite singer, and plays all electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, joined in places by David Ferguson on stand-up bass, Mike Coltun on electric bass, Mdou Moctar on electric lead, Ahmoudou Madassane on rhythm guitar, Souleyman Ibrahim, Ryan Sawyer and Peter Townsend on drums and Mike Rojas on keys. The Bonnie ‘Prince’ sings. Does he ever. And Superwolves rules over all.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: This is a perfect collaborative effort from Sweeney & Oldham here, offsetting BPB's sometimes saccharine vocal style with Sweeney's brilliantly dynamic guitar playing. There are moments of stunning minimalistic bliss ('Resist The Urge') or more psychedelic grooving force ('Hall Of Death') but this is a constantly confounding and rewarding listen.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Make Worry For Me
                    2. Good To My Girls
                    3. God Is Waiting
                    4. Hall Of Death
                    5. Shorty’s Ark
                    6. I Am A Youth Inclined To Ramble
                    7. My Popsicle
                    8. Watch What Happens
                    9. Resist The Urge
                    10. There Must Be A Someone
                    11. My Blue Suit
                    12. My Body Is My Own
                    13. You Can Regret What You Have Done
                    14. Not Fooling

                    Prince

                    Sign O' The Times - Remastered

                      Overflowing with musical ideas and topical lyrics that sound just as relevant today as they did when they were initially released, Prince’s iconic double album Sign O’ The Times captured the artist in a period of complete reinvention. The final 16-track album included just some of the countless songs Prince recorded in the prolific period of 1985-1987, which saw the dissolution of his band The Revolution, the construction of his innovative recording complex, Paisley Park, and the creation (and ultimate abandonment) of the albums Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball.

                      This September 25, The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records/Rhino UK, will reissue Sign O’ The Times. This limited edition 2LP peach vinyl set and 2CD set will feature the classic album remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: Recorded during the most productive era for the most prolific musician of all time, ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is probably Prince’s magnum opus. Overflowing with ideas, hooks and slinking funk, the Purple One tackled the personal and the political while setting the template for every good R&B album released since.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      LP1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)
                      1. Sign O’ The Times
                      2. Play In The Sunshine
                      3. Housequake
                      4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
                      5. It
                      6. Starfish And Coffee
                      7. Slow Love
                      8. Hot Thing
                      9. Forever In My Life

                      LP2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)
                      1. U Got The Look
                      2. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                      3. Strange Relationship
                      4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                      5. The Cross
                      6. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
                      7. Adore

                      CD1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)
                      1. Sign O’ The Times
                      2. Play In The Sunshine
                      3. Housequake
                      4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
                      5. It
                      6. Starfish And Coffee
                      7. Slow Love
                      8. Hot Thing
                      9. Forever In My Life

                      CD2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)
                      1. U Got The Look
                      2. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                      3. Strange Relationship
                      4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                      5. The Cross
                      6. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
                      7. Adore

                      Prince

                      Sign O' The Times - Super Deluxe Edition

                        Overflowing with musical ideas and topical lyrics that sound just as relevant today as they did when they were initially released, Prince’s iconic double album Sign O’ The Times captured the artist in a period of complete reinvention. The final 16-track album included just some of the countless songs Prince recorded in the prolific period of 1985-1987, which saw the dissolution of his band The Revolution, the construction of his innovative recording complex, Paisley Park, and the creation (and ultimate abandonment) of the albums Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball.

                        The Super Deluxe Edition will feature the classic album remastered for the very first time, 63 previously unreleased tracks, and a previously unreleased 2+ hour video concert performance from Prince’s legendary vault that illuminates his wide-ranging and prolific creativity in this era. Following the successful release of the 1999 Super Deluxe Edition in the fall of 2019, the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition represents the deepest dive to date into Prince’s vault and includes a total of 92 audio tracks across thirteen LPs in the vinyl box set or 8 CD's in the CD box set.


                        TRACK LISTING

                        LP1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)
                        1. Sign O’ The Times
                        2. Play In The Sunshine
                        3. Housequake
                        4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
                        5. It
                        6. Starfish And Coffee
                        7. Slow Love
                        8. Hot Thing
                        9. Forever In My Life

                        LP2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)
                        1. U Got The Look
                        2. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                        3. Strange Relationship
                        4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                        5. The Cross
                        6. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
                        7. Adore

                        LP3&4: Single Mixes & Edits
                        1. Sign O’ The Times (7” Single Edit)
                        2. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (7” Single Edit)
                        3. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (7” Single Edit)
                        4. If I Was Your Girlfriend (7” Single Edit)
                        5. Shockadelica (“If I Was Your Girlfriend” B-side)
                        6. Shockadelica (12” Long Version)
                        7. U Got The Look (Long Look) (12” Edit)
                        8. Housequake (7” Edit)
                        9. Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) (12” Edit)
                        10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade 7” Edit)
                        11. Hot Thing (7” Single Edit)
                        12. Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
                        13. Hot Thing (Dub Version)

                        LP5&6: Vault, Part 1 (All Unreleased)
                        1.I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 Version)
                        2. Teacher, Teacher (1985 Version)
                        3. All My Dreams
                        4. Can I Play With U? (featuring Miles Davis)
                        5. Wonderful Day (original Version)
                        6. Strange Relationship (original Version)
                        7. Visions
                        8. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (with Horns)
                        9. Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 1)
                        10. Power Fantastic (live In Studio)
                        11. And That Says What?
                        12. Love And Sex
                        13. A Place In Heaven (Prince Vocal)
                        14. Colors
                        15. Crystal Ball (7” Mix)
                        16. Big Tall Wall (version 1)
                        17. Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A
                        18. In A Large Room With No Light

                        LP7&8: Vault, Part 2 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Train
                        2. It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings
                        3. Eggplant (Prince Vocal)
                        4. Everybody Want What They Don’t Got
                        5. Blanche
                        6. Soul Psychodelicide
                        7. The Ball
                        8. Adonis And Bathsheba
                        9. Forever In My Life (early Vocal Studio Run-through)
                        10. Crucial (alternate Lyrics)
                        11. The Cocoa Boys
                        12. When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes
                        13. Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 2)
                        14. It Be’s Like That Sometimes

                        LP9&10: Vault, Part 3 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Emotional Pump
                        2. Rebirth Of The Flesh (with Original Outro)
                        3. Cosmic Day
                        4. Walkin’ In Glory
                        5. Wally
                        6. I Need A Man
                        7. Promise To Be True
                        8. Jealous Girl (version 2)
                        9. There’s Something I Like About Being Your Fool
                        10. Big Tall Wall (version 2)
                        11. A Place In Heaven (Lisa Vocal)
                        12. Wonderful Day (12” Mix)
                        13. Strange Relationship (1987 Shep Pettibone Club Mix)

                        LP11-13: Live In Utrecht – June 20, 1987 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Intro/Sign O’ The Times
                        2. Play In The Sunshine
                        3. Little Red Corvette
                        4. Housequake
                        5. Girls & Boys
                        6. Slow Love
                        7. Take The “A” Train/Pacemaker/I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                        8. Hot Thing
                        9. Four
                        10. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                        11. Let’s Go Crazy
                        12. When Doves Cry
                        13. Purple Rain
                        14. 1999
                        15. Forever In My Life
                        16. Kiss
                        17. The Cross
                        18. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

                        DVD: Live At Paisley Park – December 31, 1987 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Sign O’ The Times
                        2. Play In The Sunshine
                        3. Little Red Corvette
                        4. Erotic City
                        5. Housequake
                        6. Slow Love
                        7. Do Me, Baby
                        8. Adore
                        9. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                        10. What’s Your Name Jam
                        11. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
                        12. Delirious
                        13. Jack U Off
                        14. Drum Solo
                        15. Twelve
                        16. Hot Thing
                        17. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                        18. Let’s Go Crazy
                        19. When Doves Cry
                        20. Purple Rain
                        21. 1999
                        22. U Got The Look
                        23. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night Medley (feat. Miles Davis)

                        * N.B. Video Content Is Exclusive To The Physical DVD And Will Not Appear On Digital Download Or Streaming Versions Of The Super Deluxe Edition Set.


                        CD1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)
                        1. Sign O’ The Times
                        2. Play In The Sunshine
                        3. Housequake
                        4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
                        5. It
                        6. Starfish And Coffee
                        7. Slow Love
                        8. Hot Thing
                        9. Forever In My Life

                        CD2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)
                        1. U Got The Look
                        2. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                        3. Strange Relationship
                        4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                        5. The Cross
                        6. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
                        7. Adore

                        CD3: Single Mixes & Edits
                        1. Sign O’ The Times (7” Single Edit)
                        2. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (7” Single Edit)
                        3. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (7” Single Edit)
                        4. If I Was Your Girlfriend (7” Single Edit)
                        5. Shockadelica (“If I Was Your Girlfriend” B-side)
                        6. Shockadelica (12” Long Version)
                        7. U Got The Look (Long Look) (12” Edit)
                        8. Housequake (7” Edit)
                        9. Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) (12” Edit)
                        10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade 7” Edit)
                        11. Hot Thing (7” Single Edit)
                        12. Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
                        13. Hot Thing (Dub Version)

                        CD4: Vault, Part 1 (All Unreleased)
                        1.I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 Version)
                        2. Teacher, Teacher (1985 Version)
                        3. All My Dreams
                        4. Can I Play With U? (featuring Miles Davis)
                        5. Wonderful Day (original Version)
                        6. Strange Relationship (original Version)
                        7. Visions
                        8. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (with Horns)
                        9. Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 1)
                        10. Power Fantastic (live In Studio)
                        11. And That Says What?
                        12. Love And Sex
                        13. A Place In Heaven (Prince Vocal)
                        14. Colors
                        15. Crystal Ball (7” Mix)
                        16. Big Tall Wall (version 1)
                        17. Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A
                        18. In A Large Room With No Light

                        CD5: Vault, Part 2 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Train
                        2. It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings
                        3. Eggplant (Prince Vocal)
                        4. Everybody Want What They Don’t Got
                        5. Blanche
                        6. Soul Psychodelicide
                        7. The Ball
                        8. Adonis And Bathsheba
                        9. Forever In My Life (early Vocal Studio Run-through)
                        10. Crucial (alternate Lyrics)
                        11. The Cocoa Boys
                        12. When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes
                        13. Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 2)
                        14. It Be’s Like That Sometimes

                        CD6: Vault, Part 3 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Emotional Pump
                        2. Rebirth Of The Flesh (with Original Outro)
                        3. Cosmic Day
                        4. Walkin’ In Glory
                        5. Wally
                        6. I Need A Man
                        7. Promise To Be True
                        8. Jealous Girl (version 2)
                        9. There’s Something I Like About Being Your Fool
                        10. Big Tall Wall (version 2)
                        11. A Place In Heaven (Lisa Vocal)
                        12. Wonderful Day (12” Mix)
                        13. Strange Relationship (1987 Shep Pettibone Club Mix)

                        CD7&8: Live In Utrecht – June 20, 1987 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Intro/Sign O’ The Times
                        2. Play In The Sunshine
                        3. Little Red Corvette
                        4. Housequake
                        5. Girls & Boys
                        6. Slow Love
                        7. Take The “A” Train/Pacemaker/I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                        8. Hot Thing
                        9. Four
                        10. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                        11. Let’s Go Crazy
                        12. When Doves Cry
                        13. Purple Rain
                        14. 1999
                        15. Forever In My Life
                        16. Kiss
                        17. The Cross
                        18. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

                        DVD: Live At Paisley Park – December 31, 1987 (All Unreleased)
                        1. Sign O’ The Times
                        2. Play In The Sunshine
                        3. Little Red Corvette
                        4. Erotic City
                        5. Housequake
                        6. Slow Love
                        7. Do Me, Baby
                        8. Adore
                        9. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                        10. What’s Your Name Jam
                        11. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
                        12. Delirious
                        13. Jack U Off
                        14. Drum Solo
                        15. Twelve
                        16. Hot Thing
                        17. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                        18. Let’s Go Crazy
                        19. When Doves Cry
                        20. Purple Rain
                        21. 1999
                        22. U Got The Look
                        23. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night Medley (feat. Miles Davis)

                        * N.B. Video Content Is Exclusive To The Physical DVD And Will Not Appear On Digital Download Or Streaming Versions Of The Super Deluxe Edition Set. 


                        Prince

                        Sign O' The Times - Deluxe Edition

                          Overflowing with musical ideas and topical lyrics that sound just as relevant today as they did when they were initially released, Prince’s iconic double album Sign O’ The Times captured the artist in a period of complete reinvention. The final 16-track album included just some of the countless songs Prince recorded in the prolific period of 1985-1987, which saw the dissolution of his band The Revolution, the construction of his innovative recording complex, Paisley Park, and the creation (and ultimate abandonment) of the albums Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball.

                          This September 25, The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records/Rhino UK, will reissue Sign O’ The Times. This 3CD and 4LP Deluxe Editions will feature the classic album remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, along with single mixes and edits released in the period the album was released.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          LP1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)
                          1. Sign O’ The Times
                          2. Play In The Sunshine
                          3. Housequake
                          4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
                          5. It
                          6. Starfish And Coffee
                          7. Slow Love
                          8. Hot Thing
                          9. Forever In My Life

                          LP2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)
                          1. U Got The Look
                          2. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                          3. Strange Relationship
                          4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                          5. The Cross
                          6. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
                          7. Adore

                          LP3&4: Single Mixes & Edits
                          1. Sign O’ The Times (7” Single Edit)
                          2. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (7” Single Edit)
                          3. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (7” Single Edit)
                          4. If I Was Your Girlfriend (7” Single Edit)
                          5. Shockadelica (“If I Was Your Girlfriend” B-side)
                          6. Shockadelica (12” Long Version)
                          7. U Got The Look (Long Look) (12” Edit)
                          8. Housequake (7” Edit)
                          9. Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) (12” Edit)
                          10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade 7” Edit)
                          11. Hot Thing (7” Single Edit)
                          12. Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
                          13. Hot Thing (Dub Version)

                          CD1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)
                          1. Sign O’ The Times
                          2. Play In The Sunshine
                          3. Housequake
                          4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
                          5. It
                          6. Starfish And Coffee
                          7. Slow Love
                          8. Hot Thing
                          9. Forever In My Life

                          CD2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)
                          1. U Got The Look
                          2. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                          3. Strange Relationship
                          4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
                          5. The Cross
                          6. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
                          7. Adore

                          CD3: Single Mixes & Edits
                          1. Sign O’ The Times (7” Single Edit)
                          2. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (7” Single Edit)
                          3. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (7” Single Edit)
                          4. If I Was Your Girlfriend (7” Single Edit)
                          5. Shockadelica (“If I Was Your Girlfriend” B-side)
                          6. Shockadelica (12” Long Version)
                          7. U Got The Look (Long Look) (12” Edit)
                          8. Housequake (7” Edit)
                          9. Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) (12” Edit)
                          10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade 7” Edit)
                          11. Hot Thing (7” Single Edit)
                          12. Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
                          13. Hot Thing (Dub Version)

                          Three Queens In Mourning / Bonnie Prince Billy

                          Hello Sorrow, Hello Joy

                            Three Queens in Mourning first gathered in summit to sing celebration of the publication of Will Oldham’s book of collected lyrics, Songs of Love and Horror. Alasdair Roberts (Appendix Out), Jill O' Sullivan (Jill Lorean), and Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells, Alex Rex) each arrived provisioned with a small armful of selections nearest and dearest from Bonnie Prince Oldham’s far-reaching catalogue.

                            Three Queens in Mourning’s takes on these tunes follow naturally from the fit between Will’s words and their three distinctive voices. Alasdair Roberts’ sweet, guileless delivery of “Christmas Time in the Mountains” amplifiesthe lacerating quality of the lyric “we need an enemy / I’m saving all my rage for you”; even if at the outset of the song we’re told that “time is the enemy,” the abiding sentiment—the red-hot word that organizes my memory of the song—is rage. Ali’s and Jill’s trading of verses on “New Partner” puts a different spin on what had previously registered as an especially mercurial first-person narrative voice, one that swoops between tenderness (“lay back, rest your head on my thighs”) and ecstatic self-absorption (breaking it to the ex to whom the song is addressed that “I’ve got a new partner riding with me”). Add Alex’s voice, not only for his madcap “Lost Blues,” but as part of the choir on “Ohio River Boat Song” (a song with origins in the traditional “Loch Tay Boat Song”), and these three Scottish accents singing about the muddy Ohio, Smoketown, Oldham County, and Floyds Knobs, I mean, there’s not much else this Kentuckian—these are all deeply familiar landmarks—can say. Type through tears. On this back to back records, The Bonnie 'Prince' Billy LP is a collection of three cover versions from Ali, Jill and Alex directory and one original track.

                            Three Queens in Mourning / Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is a collaboration between Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), Alasdair Roberts (Appendix out / Drag City), Jill O Sullivan (Jill Lorean) and Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells, Alex Rex).

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Three Queen In Mourning / Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham/Palace/BPB Covers)
                            1/Stablemate
                            2/Christmas Time In The Mountains
                            3/Lost Blues
                            4/Madeleine Mary
                            5/No More Workhorse Blues
                            6/No Such As What I Want
                            7/I See A Darkness
                            8/Trudy Dies
                            9/Tonight’s Decision
                            10/Darling
                            11/New Partner
                            12/Ohio Riverboat Song

                            Bonnie Prince Billy
                            13/Coral And Tar
                            14/Coward Song
                            15/Dead Man
                            16/Wild Dandelion

                            Pantha Du Prince

                            Conference Of Trees

                              Hendrik Weber aka Pantha Du Prince (‘a fantasy character...a poetic transporter for the concept behind the music’) has carved a niche for a style of techno he calls, ‘layered and cinematographic.’ He released the “Diamond Daze” (2004) and “This Bliss” (2007) albums on Berlin dance label Dial before signing to Rough Trade and widening his audience with “Black Noise” (2010) and “The Element of Light” (2013). On “Conference of Trees”, Pantha Du Prince explores the communication of trees and creates a sound concept based on it. What we experience here is a break through recording of experimental music, visual poetry, club culture and speculative science.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Sil says: I find myself as I get older enjoying releases like this more and more. Considered, well thought out and dynamic; it tells a story from beginning to end rather than just rely on delivering peak time bangers. One for my headphones.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Approach In A Breeze
                              A2. Transarent Tickle Shining Glace
                              A3. Holding The Oak

                              B1. When We Talk
                              B2. Roots Making Family
                              B3. The Crown Territory

                              C1. Supernova Space Time Drift
                              C2. Silentium Larix

                              D1. Pius In Tacet
                              D2. Lichtung

                              Bonnie Prince Billy

                              I Made A Place

                                Bonnie “Prince” Billy stays busy - in the past five years he has released albums of previously-recorded songs by Susanna Wallumrod, Mekons, Merle Haggard; even himself) and a collaborative record with Bitchin Bajas! The only thing he hasn't done is a new album of Bonny originals - in case you weren't counting, 2011's Wolfroy Goes To Town was the last one. That's from the first half of the Obama presidency, for chrissakes!

                                Things happen for reasons that are often bigger than ourselves and outside of our control. They happen suddenly or they happen slowly - but they always happen one day at a time and day after day. Here's Will Oldham, on the confluence of marketplace, values, aesthetic and process that slowly built new album I Made A Place:

                                "In recent years, the whole world of recorded music, in the way that such music is conceived, perceived, recorded, released and distributed, has been atomized. I tried holding my breath, waiting for the storm to pass, but this storm is here to stay and its devastation is our new landscape. What else is a person to do except what he knows and feels, which for me is making records built out of songs intended for the intimate listening experiences of wonderful strangers who share something spiritually and musically? I started working on these songs thinking that there was no way I was going to finish them and record and release them. This was a constructive frame-of-mind that protected the songs until this frightening moment when we let go of them and give them to you."

                                The world has changed. Some things will never change. Some are gone forever. Thankfully, this isn't one of them: the wait for new Bonnie “Prince” Billy is now on a timer. What's more, the new single drops a bit of Apocalypse WOW. Picking up in a sense where last year's "Blueberry Jam" left off, "(At The) Back of the Pit" considers what to do with the things we love when it comes time for the death (and therefore, rebirth) of our painstakingly-built'n'kill't world. It's an affirming country jam: elegiac early moments give way to jaunty roots-rock strides, a horn section soulfully charting the long rays at the end of the day as well as the first rays of the new rising sun as they light on all our hopeful tomorrows.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: I think it's probably hard for someone as resolutely productive as Mr. Billy to reach the moment in a songs creation where it feels like there is no more work to be done. Fortunately for us, these delicate, tender country ballads finally reached the light of day, and we're all the better for it. As brilliantly produced and perfectly balanced as any of his previous work, whilst being more focused and melodic. Gorgeous stuff.

                                Prince Fatty

                                In The Viper's Shadow

                                  After dropping ‘The Clone Theory’ in 2015 production connoisseur Prince Fatty has been paving the way for something very special ever since. 2019 sees him release his second solo album ‘In the Viper’s Shadow’. Featuring a whole host of reggae and dub royalty, this project boasts a who’s who of global talent including the likes of Cornell Campbell, Tippa Irie, Big Youth, George Dekker, Shniece McMenamin, Earl 16, Winston Francis, Marcia Griffith and Horseman.

                                  Renowned for flexing his studio muscle with some of the freshest and versatile dub sounds around, Prince Fatty’s blending old-school reggae with his own eccentric, futuristic twist, have turned industry heads for decades and ‘In the Viper’s Shadow’ is no exception. This album is 10 tracks of reggae goodness, produced to perfection in a melting pot of influences that span from multiple eras and stretch to just about every corner of the planet. Prince Fatty has worked with everyone from Lily Allen, Hollie Cook, Graham Coxon (Blur), Mungo’s HiFi, The Last Poets, The Skints, Gregory Isaacs to name a few.

                                  After moving from Brighton to live in Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and Thailand, he’s taken inspirational sounds from across the globe and has built up a reputation of being one of the go-to producers of recent times. With a knack for selecting the perfect collaborators, whether it’s an up and coming artist or a genre-defining hero, his ability to showcase foundation laying percussion skills, mesmerising vocalists, bass-heavy triumphs and everything in between has resulted in some of the most expressive sounds around, and ‘In The Viper’s Shadow’ is the perfect example of his commitment to the cause.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Modern reggae flagbearers Prince Fatty rarely write a bad riddim. And flanked by a who's who of voices from the scene, this is an essential set for lovers of global reggae.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Two Timer Feat. Cornel Campbell & Tippa Irie
                                  Get Ready Feat. Big Youth
                                  & George Dekker
                                  Deep Sleep Feat. Shniece McMenamin
                                  Cassandra Feat. Earl 16
                                  Everything Crash Feat. Big Youth & George Dekker
                                  The Break Feat. Winston Francis
                                  Steppin’ Out Of Babylon Feat. Big Youth & Marcia Griffith
                                  Queen Of The Minstrel Feat. Cornel Campbell
                                  Tonight Feat. Big Youth & Earl 16
                                  Trouble Feat. Shniece McMenamin & Horseman

                                  Released in July 1996, Chaos and Disorder came with a rare disclaimer penned by Prince (then known as the unpronounceable “love symbol”): “Originally intended 4 private use only, this compilation serves as the last original material recorded by [The Artist] 4 Warner Bros. Records.”

                                  Prince’s contentious relationship with the label was at its lowest point, and this record—a taut 39 minutes of dexterous guitar and simple but addictive pop melodies—was a crucial final link in the chains that kept him from releasing the music the way he wanted. Any internal turmoil was not represented in tracks like “Dinner With Delores” (a minor U.K. hit) and the rollicking title track, a staple of his live shows.

                                  “Someone told me that Van Halen did their first record in a week,” Prince told the Los Angeles Times of the album’s quick creation. “That’s what we were going for - spontaneity, seeing how fast and hard we could thrash it out.” First time on LP Vinyl. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Chaos And Disorder
                                  I Like It There
                                  Dinner With Delores
                                  The Same December
                                  Right The Wrong
                                  Zannalee
                                  I Rock, Therefore I Am
                                  Into The Light
                                  I Will
                                  Dig U Better Dead
                                  Had U

                                  Released ahead of 1995’s "The Gold Experience", the first album credited to Prince’s infamously unpronounceable symbol, "The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)" was a gift to attendees of the designer’s collection at Fashion Week in Paris.

                                  Produced at the time as only a very limited edition promotional cassette, it featured remixed versions of future favorites “Pussy Control,” “Gold” and “Eye Hate U” as well as rare and commercially unreleased selections by The New Power Generation and Prince’s jazz-fusion project Madhouse. The rare promotional cassette went on to be incredibly sought after, with one copy setting a record as the highest priced cassette every sold, fetching over $4,000.

                                  It was recreated as a limited edition cassette release as a Record Store Day exclusive in April 2019 and was one of the most popular releases. First time available on LP Vinyl.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1 Pussy Control (Club Mix Edit)
                                  A2 Shhh (X-cerpt)
                                  A3 Get Wild In The House
                                  A4 I Hate U (Remix)
                                  A5 319 (X-cerpt)
                                  A6 Shy (X-cerpt)
                                  B1 Billy Jack Bitch
                                  B2 Sonny T. (X-cerpt)
                                  B3 Rootie Kazootie (Edit)
                                  B4 Chatounette Controle
                                  B5 Pussy Control (Control Tempo Edit)
                                  B6 Kamasutra Overture #5
                                  B7 Free The Music
                                  B8 Segue
                                  B9 Gold (X-cerpt)

                                  Prince

                                  His Majesty's Pop Life / The Purple Mix Club

                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                    Replica of 1985 Japanese Limited Edition Prince release “His Majesty’s Pop Life / The Purple Mix Club” originally limited to a run of 500, released in Japan only!  Tracklisting:Side A: Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix), America (Album Version). Side B: Raspberry Beret (New Mix), Paisley Park (Remix). Side C: Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix), Little Red Corvette (Dance Mix), 1999 (Album Version). Side D: I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version), Erotic City ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive") (Long Version), When Doves Cry (Album Version).

                                    Prince

                                    Planet Earth

                                      The definitive Prince reissue series continues with a first time on vinyl for three of his essential noughties albums, "Musicology", "3121" and "Planet Earth".
                                      On its original UK release, Prince's 2007 album "Planet Earth" was available as a free covermount CD with the Mail On Sunday, or as part of a ticket deal for his 21 night live run at London's O2 arena. While this might have caused chaos amongst record stores at the time, it did ensure that a great late Prince album was heard by the widest audience possible. Where previous albums "Musicology" and "3121" predominently dealt with funk and R&B, "Planet Earth" is more of a mixed bag, as evidenced by its three singles, "Guitar", "Somewhere Here On Earth" and "Chelsea Rodgers".

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Planet Earth
                                      A2. Guitar
                                      A3. Somewhere Here On Earth
                                      A4. The One U Wanna C
                                      B1. Future Baby Momma
                                      B2. Mr. Goodnight
                                      B3. All The Midnights In The World
                                      B4. Chelsea Rodgers
                                      B5. Lion Of Judah
                                      B6. Resolution

                                      This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince’s career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016. The nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983.

                                      The private rehearsal provides a rare, intimate glimpse into Prince’s creative process as he worked through songs which include “17 Days” and “Purple Rain” (neither of which would be released until 1984), a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You”, “Strange Relationship” (not released until 1987 on his critically acclaimed Sign O’ The Times album), and “International Lover”.

                                      The album also includes a rare recording of the 19th Century spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep” which was used to spine-tingling effect during the end credits of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman in theatres August 2018.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Patrick says: There's never really been any doubt about Prince's genius, but this previously unreleased set sees the Purple legend sweep through a handful of his many many classics, along with a couple of stunning covers, arranged/improvised for piano and voice. Intimate, expressive and unfeasibly funky, this is pretty much as good as it gets.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. 17 Days
                                      2. Purple Rain
                                      3. A Case Of You
                                      4. Mary Don’t You Weep
                                      5. Strange Relationship
                                      6. International Lover
                                      7. Wednesday
                                      8. Cold Coffee & Cocaine
                                      9. Why The Butterflies

                                      Prince Phillip Mitchell / Lou Ragland

                                      I'm So Happy / Since You Said You'd Be Mine

                                        Prince Phillip Mitchell has been performing, writing and producing since the early sixties and even spent a little time with Alvin Cash’s backing group the Cash Registers. He wrote hits for Mel And Tim and Millie Jackson but is best known on the Northern Soul scene for his ‘Shout’ recording “Free For All” and our chosen side, the crossover soul anthem “I’m So Happy”. Lou Ragland shot to fame on the Northern Soul scene with his 4-figure rarity “I Travel Alone”, recorded for ‘Amy’ Records in May 1967. It was his home town buddy, Edwin Starr, that helped Ragland secure the deal and although a flop at the time it cemented his popularity in England. When Starr came to the UK in 1983 with his Ric-Tic Revue Ragland was invited along and, at last, got the recognition he deserved.

                                        Bonny sings Susanna, to simply try and save the world. Sonata Dwarf Mix Cosmos is an old companion of his and with the Chijimi house band +1 they bring it all back home again, this time to the space in Bonny’s place.

                                        “As other practitioners are leaving the room in favor of novel forms of recording and distro and consumption, we are left with a virtual PALACE, fantastical and real structures and practices. Like we are allowed into the museum at night. We can make a great essentially live record with great songs and great players because nobody else is? ‘Wolf Of The Cosmos’... is about, as much as anything, direct engagement with recorded music. So step right up to the replicant.” - Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

                                        Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is joined by musicians Emmet Kelly (bass guitar, voice, acoustic guitar), Cheyenne Mize (violin, slide ukulele, voice), Chris Rodahaffer (banjo, voice, acoustic guitar) and Elsa Madeline Oldham (juice harp).

                                        “‘Wolf Of The Cosmos’ is a wonderful obsessive trip into the mind of one of the most important living singers” - Country Music

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Beautifully emotive country-tinged plucks, BPB's unmistakable voice and softly pulled strings make for an enchanting an absorbing journey. Yet more evidence of the unwavering excellence of one of today's most successful singer-songwriters. Brilliantly fresh, but comfortable and familiar.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Intruder
                                        Born In The Desert
                                        Hangout
                                        People Living
                                        Stay
                                        For You
                                        Better Days
                                        Traveling
                                        Demon Dance
                                        Home Recording
                                        We Offer
                                        Lily

                                        Delusional and hopeful. Loving but injured. Full of vitriol though brimming with forgiveness. Intensely personal yet brutally open. Baxter Dury’s fifth album is both a private meditation into the very real relationship breakdown he experienced over the last year and his most ambitious and biggest work to date.

                                        The album’s opening track is also the portal into Dury’s hazy, anti-wonderland and it comes complete with a guide, “Miami” himself: a foul-mouthed, cocksure ladies man conjured into existence via a heady mix of excess, fatigue and emotional repression. “The guy in the first song is a completely delusional person who thinks he’s a gangster,” explains his creator. The natty charm of Dury’s other records – like his debut Len Parrot's Memorial Lift or the acclaimed Happy Soup – hasn’t been lost, but by collaborating with a full band, producer Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine & The Queens) and an orchestra, that spirit soars.

                                        Dury recruited several vocal collaborators for the Prince Of Tears’ retinue, illuminating some of the album’s dark corners. Long-term foil Madelaine Hart returns to provide her melancholic yet knowing backing vocals to several songs, Rose Elinor Dougall adds a sinister edge to Porcelain, while Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson enthusiastically chimes in on Almond Milk.

                                        chuffed is how Dury feels – perhaps surprisingly – about this album. “It was really fun to make – except for the pain I had to go through to inspire it,” he grins. “But I really like this record. My old man once said of a friend of mine: ‘Your friend has got pronoia. It’s the opposite of paranoia, it’s when you suffer from thinking everything is too brilliant.’ Well I’ve got a nice case of pronoia at the moment.” So, yeah… your heart hurts, but it is 3am so the sun will be up soon… Behold the Prince Of Tears.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Well, well. Son of Ian Dury of blockheads fame continues his dad's legacy (in a way) by producing bloody good records. This one is even more of his swooning semi-drawl, but with a more refined and melancholic air, brilliantly balanced by a host of well-curated guests. Lovely.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Miami
                                        2. Porcelain
                                        3. Mungo
                                        4. Listen
                                        5. Almond Milk
                                        6. Letter Bomb
                                        7. Oi
                                        8. August
                                        9. Wanna
                                        10. Prince Of Tears

                                        Prince & The Revolution

                                        Purple Rain (Remastered)

                                        The DNA of Purple Rain can be felt throughout pop culture at large. It is a timeless body of work with an immortal resonance exemplified by smashes such as “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “Darling Nikki,” the title track “Purple Rain” and more. Minted Diamond by the RIAA for sales exceeding 13 million, the record stands out as the sixth best-selling soundtrack album in history, moving more than 22 million copies. Hailed by Vanity Fair as “the best soundtrack of all time,” Time Magazine placed it as the 15th greatest album ever.
                                        The album won two 1985 GRAMMY Awards® in the categories of “Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and “Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.” Posthumously, it was honored as “Favorite Soundtrack” at the 2016 American Music Awards. It was also recently nominated for a 2017 Billboard Music Award in the category of “Top Soundtrack/Cast Album.”

                                        2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes from the soundtrack, presenting an unheard vision of the album overseen by Prince himself before his untimely 2016 passing.


                                        With ‘Best Troubador’, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy pays homage to a longtime and forever hero, the late Merle Haggard.

                                        A singer who, some 25 years previously, first performed in public by playing a Merle Haggard song, Bonny has often cited Merle’s work in performance, on records and in conversation with anyone who was around, even talking to Merle himself for Filter magazine in 2009.

                                        ‘Best Troubador’ flips through his song book, landing on pages unmoored from their time and located anew. Moving from 1978 to 1969 to 2003 to 1981 allows the album to circle Haggard’s music in a simulation of thought and memory, slipping around from spot to spot as if they were discrete impressions, unknown but knowable yet.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Superbly uplifting plucked guitars, swooning woodwind and Mr. Billy's sweet but serious vocal delivery. It's a wonder that there could be any more gold flowing from this supremely talented songwriter, yet it continues. Touching, beautiful and sublime.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        The Fugitive
                                        I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall
                                        The Day The Rains Came
                                        Haggard (Like I’ve Never Been Before)
                                        I Always Get Lucky With You
                                        Leonard
                                        My Old Pal
                                        Roses In The Winter
                                        Some Of Us Fly
                                        Wouldn’t That Be Something
                                        Pray
                                        That’s The Way Love Goes
                                        Nobody’s Darling
                                        What I Hate (Excerpt)
                                        I Am What I Am
                                        If I Could Only Fly

                                        Trembling Bells And Bonnie "Prince" Billy

                                        The Bonnie Bells Of Oxford

                                          On 2012's The Marble Downs, Bonnie Prince Billy provided vocals for an album of songs by Trembling Bells. It was a fruitful meeting of mind and voice, but one that promised the real bounty when those songs were taken on the road.

                                          That was delivered in summer of that year when the Bells & Bonnie revue brought their own brand of rolling thunder to parts of the UK. This live album, The Bonnie Bells Of Oxford, captures the highlights of one of those special shows on vinyl and CD.

                                          The transatlantic recording of The Marble Downs is now distilled to a room on one night in Oxford town, and the force of the songs and performance concentrated similarly. It stands as a more genuinely collaborative record than its predecessor, with songs drawn from the oeuvres of both artists and reworked with a joyous spontaneity. Tensions are dissolved in this heady brew, between warring lovers, goat and ram, dark and light, heaven & hell, country and folk, this world and the next, a rhapsodic dialectic embodied by the ouborous vocals of Bonnie Billy & Lavinia Blackwall. It's a giddy whirling carnival ride over all too soon, which is the supreme advantage of having this on vinyl; when dizzy and reeling and eager for more, just wheel it up and go again.

                                          No live album can substitute for the precious fleetingness of music heard live but the best of them can offer something else, a document, recorded proof almost that something special was created on that stage on that night by those musicians in front of that audience. More importantly, a chance to create and hear something special yourself every time you spin this record.

                                          Prince

                                          Around The World In A Day - Vinyl Edition

                                            'Purple Rain' made Prince sound like he could do anything, but it still didn't prepare even his most fervent fans for the insular psychedelia of 'Around The World In A Day'. Prince had made his interior world sound fascinating and utopian on 'Purple Rain', but 'Around The World In A Day' is filled with cryptic religious imagery, bizarre mysticism, and confounding metaphors which were drenched in heavily processed guitars, shimmering keyboards, grandiose strings, and layers of vocals.

                                            Prince

                                            Parade (Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon)

                                              Prince's eighth studio album and the last to feature his backing band The Revolution, Parade was, essentially, the soundtrack to his second film 'Under The Cherry Moon' and was viewed at the time as a creative comeback after what many people perceived as it's disapponting predecessor 'Around The World In A Day'.

                                              Containing probably his biggest hit and scourge of every dj the world over 'Kiss' and a couple of lesser known, but absolute MONSTERS in 'Girls And Boys' and 'Sometimes It Snows In April' , 'Parade' is the sound of an artist at his creative peak.




                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1 Christopher Tracy's Parade 2:12
                                              2 New Position 2:20
                                              3 I Wonder U 1:40
                                              4 Under The Cherry Moon 2:57
                                              5 Girls & Boys 5:30
                                              6 Life Can Be So Nice 3:14
                                              7 Venus De Milo 1:55
                                              8 Mountains 3:58
                                              9 Do U Lie? 2:44
                                              10 Kiss 3:38
                                              11 Anotherloverholenyohead 4:01
                                              12 Sometimes It Snows In April 6:49

                                              Pantha Du Prince

                                              The Triad

                                                “Hendrik Weber is one of the leading figures in modern techno.” - Pitchfork • “A gift for generating heavily melodic mazes of sound.” - BBC

                                                German techno auteur Pantha Du Prince (aka Hendrik Weber) releases ‘The Triad’, his first proper studio album since his 2010 breakthrough ‘Black Noise’ and 2013’s collaboration with The Bell Laboratory, ‘Elements Of Light’.

                                                Of the new album’s conceptual framework Weber says, “‘Black Noise’ was very much about me being alone in a small room in Berlin and composing. ‘The Triad’ opens the structure to more human ways of interacting, not digitized ways of interacting. It’s not about Facebook; it's about meeting up and jamming. I wanted to cut through the digital dust that surrounds us.”

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: The tone for this whole album is set by the organically blooming electronic melodies and serene ambient sweeps of anthemic opener 'The Winter Hymn'. Nuanced and breathtaking.

                                                Released in 1979 and written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by Prince, his self titled second album was recorded in a matter of weeks and provided the commercial and critical success he craved after the lukewarm reaction to his debut ‘For You’. He would go on to reinvent and define a decade with each subsequent release but everything you could want from a Prince album is here and, nearly forty years later, ‘Sexy Dancer’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ can still bring a discerning dance floor to its knees.



                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                I Wanna Be Your Lover 5:47
                                                Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? 3:49
                                                Sexy Dancer 4:18
                                                When We're Dancing Close And Slow 5:18
                                                With You 3:59
                                                Bambi 4:22
                                                Still Waiting 4:24
                                                I Feel For You 3:24
                                                It's Gonna Be Lonely 5:30

                                                Bitchin Bajas And Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties

                                                YES! An unlikelier of collabs on the face of it comes to pass, and makes SO much sense upon consideration that you wonder why you hadn’t rioted for your right to experience this sooner. Chill, man! Life gave you a surprise — a missing peace — now GO with it.

                                                Yessir, Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy be in righteous and TRUE collaboration on this one, flowing ideas through the air between them, which seems a rare thing in this age where records course forth without wires, pieced together out of the zeros and ones that divide and don’t define us. The air’s meant to be shared, and that’s how Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties came to pass — a morning, afternoon and evening of frisson in blissed acceptance of the eternal recurrence. And it always came.

                                                These guys GET each other. They share a passion for arresting the moment in the process of now, and both of ’em get music from this action in their way. Bajas have a fan in Bonny; their ability to stretch time and get in between the grains scratches his itch to LIVE in those instances. And this makes him a worthy co-jammer, a fourth plane to the BB triangle that quantifies and dimensionalizes the sound. Inevitable, then, that they’d do something. Their first blend was for the Shirley Collins tribute comp, a rendition of “Pretty Saro” that built from the starkness and tonal monophony of the auld ballads and opened the hatch to timeless stasis. But if more was desired (which it was), more would be needed — the full trio of Bajas in the room together, in audience with the ‘Prince.’ Following one of their many mini-jaunts around the country, Bitchin Bajas stopped by Bonnie’s aerie one day after tour to make it so.

                                                It was an epic and fortunate day.

                                                Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties contains moments of tranquility and trance, with the players integrating their separate ways, vibing off each other, making songs together. Bonny is at his spiritmelting celestial best wandering through a lifetime of fortunes that amount, when incanted, to a prayer to the god of many names. The Bajas’ access to the universal aural paintbox is unparalleled; their reach is deep. And it all went down onto a 2-track reel-toreel in primitive left-right seps that helped to define their ability to finish it in mixing. These WERE jams, with whatever preparation, gear, thought and cords — vocal and electric — backgrounded, in support of intuition and what existed AT THE MOMENT.

                                                Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties is simple and stark and empyrean and inspirational...and pretty modal, too — probably never more than three chords! — as Bonny and the Bajas pursue the life of the spirit down ever-fading vapor trails, in a bottomless (and topless — let ’em loose!) space.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1 May Life Throw You A Pleasant Curve
                                                2 Nature Makes Us For Ourselves
                                                3 Your Heart Is Pure, Your Mind Is Clear, Your Soul Devout
                                                4 Your Whole Family Are Well
                                                5 Despair Is Criminal
                                                6 You Are Not Superman
                                                7 Show Your Love And Your Love Will Be Returned
                                                8 You Will Soon Discover How Truly Fortunate You Really Are
                                                9 Your Hard Work Is About To Pay Off, Keep On Keeping On

                                                Pantha Du Prince

                                                The Winter Hymn

                                                  Pantha du Prince's new EP 'The Winter Hymn' features the titular album cut along with the exclusive track “Post Human Palisades (feat. Bendik & Kassian)” and an extended mix of the album track “Dream Yourself Awake".

                                                  Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                  Pond Scum

                                                    There are no Peel sessions anymore - that tradition was buried in the pyramids with John Peel himself upon the great man's passing. Of the thousands left in the wake, six are ascribed to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - and of those six, three have been combined to form the deeply congruous experience of Pond Scum.

                                                    A span of eight years is covered, in reverse, and many chestnuts are rolled out, freed of former contexts with sparse arrangements. "(I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit" feels, ten years from inception, more vividly worn; "Death to Everyone" is loosed from its frame, the bones decoupled and spread out, giving the song a re?ective air (as opposed the biting declamation of the original); "Arise, Therefore" adapts its metronomic base, the evangelic twist of its roots made palpable. With the centre of the performance in stark relief, the gnomic qualities of two "Get On Jolly" pieces are intensi?ed. Further accenting the devoted spirit of this collection is the inclusion of Bonnie's take on Prince's "The Cross", as well as the previously-unreleased original "Beezle."

                                                    Bonnie's lone shadow casts over this lot, accompanied on the ?rst four tracks by David Heumann, but otherwise playing solo through a set of original songs (and two covers) representing a decade of progress in the almost unbearably intimate-yet-unknowable manner that was so often the vibe of those strange and wondrous days.

                                                    Layers peel to reveal the subtle artistry and refinement contained within these sessions, so begin to dig deep into the vault on January 22nd, 2016! But wait, there's more! You can download a new arrangement of "Rich Wife Full of Happiness", (which is similar in tone, but not found on Pond Scum!)!


                                                    Bonnie Prince Billy

                                                    Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues

                                                      Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s new album ‘Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues’ is released on Domino.

                                                      At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonnie sings for who he was and will be and for all of us, in time.

                                                      Bonnie Billy has been quoted as saying that one of the songs on the album is a conceptual track that’s about “one day in 1973 when only two people died in the whole world.”

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Night Noises
                                                      So Far And Here We Are
                                                      There Will Be Spring
                                                      Quail And Dumplings
                                                      We Are Unhappy
                                                      It’s Time To Be Clear
                                                      Whipped
                                                      Old Match
                                                      Mindlessness
                                                      Mew Black Rich (Tusks)
                                                      Sailor’s Grave A Sea Of Sheep

                                                      Trembling Bells & Bonnie Prince Billy

                                                      New Trip On The Old Wine

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                                                        RSD 2014 exclusive. 500 pressing, picture bag.

                                                        Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie Prince Billy

                                                        What The Brothers Sang

                                                          A collection of songs performed by Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy as learnt from The Everly Brothers. As children, the music of The Everly Brothers touched Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy; it touches Dawn’s children and the little ‘prince’ within Bonnie today, and makes them dance and sing.

                                                          ‘What The Brothers Sang’ is no mere gesture of nostalgia. These new versions rethink The Everly Brothers for the audience of listeners today; people who naturally might have no previous knowledge or experience of these songs.

                                                          Bonnie Prince Billy

                                                          Wolfroy Goes To Town

                                                            There is a first time for everything. Prior to the recording, 'Wolfroy Goes To Town' was played by the whole band in performance at Chicago's Millennium Park in May, 2011. This is the first time any Bonnie album has been previewed in public before it was made in the studio!

                                                            In addition to Bonnie, the players on this record are: Ben Boye (keyboards & extra singing), Van Campbell (drums & percussion), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion, guitar, extra singing), Emmett Kelly (guitars, mandolin, harmony singing), Danny Kiely (basses) & Angel Olson (singing).

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Darryl says: Stark and hushed instrumentation and typically intimate vocals combine to make another Bonnie Prince Billy masterpiece. Perfect for a mellow night in with a fine whiskey. You need this!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. No Match
                                                            2. New Whaling
                                                            3. Time To Be Clear
                                                            4. New Tibet
                                                            5. Black Captain
                                                            6. Cows
                                                            7. There Will Be Spring
                                                            8. Quail And Dumplings
                                                            9. We Are Unhappy
                                                            10. Night Noises

                                                            Prince

                                                            Controversy

                                                              "Controversy", Prince’s fourth album, was originally released by Warner Bros in 1981. For the most part, the album was an expansion of its predecessor, 1980's "Dirty Mind", continuing the mix of electro-boogie, crazy new wave-influenced funk-rockers tailor made for US high school movie soundtracks (like, wild!) and sleazoid ballads (ditto). This record was considered to be his most political to date. The album was also an important stepping stone from his early works to the more mature song writing of the mid 1980s. Worth every penny for the title track alone (surely one of the best 80s boogie-disco records?), which will set you back £20 on a 12" all by itself.


                                                              For this 2010 album of songs, Bonny Billy and The Cairo Gang together have built a bridge forward, assembled with riffs and bits from Emmett Kelly's guitar and the lyricism of Bonny's heart. But mostly, "The Wonder Show Of The World" was, in its making, about trust. It's a record made eye-to-eye in a room, close and careful, by and for a few men who wanted to be together, who wanted to make music that sounds as good to listen to as it did to make, and who in doing so forged something new in space, the wonder of you and of them.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Troublesome Houses
                                                              2. Teach Me To Bear You
                                                              3. With Cornstalks Or Among Them
                                                              4. Sounds Are Always Begging, The
                                                              5. Go Folks Go
                                                              6. That's What Our Love Is
                                                              7. Merciless And Great
                                                              8. Where Wind Blows
                                                              9. Someone Coming Through
                                                              10. Kids

                                                              Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                              Beware

                                                                Will Oldham, AKA Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, here continues to carve his niche in the world of indie-Americana with "Beware", his seventh under his current alias. Where his preceding album, 2008's "Lie Down In The Light", was a reasonably cheerful and buoyant affair, one look at the song titles alone for this release indicate that Oldham is considerably less bright here. Titles such as "Beware Your Only Friend", "Death Final" and "I Don't Belong To Anyone" seem to suggest that the mood is significantly more sombre for this outing. The constants with Oldham, though, are his sparse arrangements and world-weary howling delivery, and "Beware" sees him continue to be a much-admired songwriter.


                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Beware Your Only Friend
                                                                2. You Can't Hurt Me Now
                                                                3. My Life's Work
                                                                4. Death Final
                                                                5. Heart's Arms
                                                                6. You Don't Love Me
                                                                7. You Are Lost
                                                                8. I Won't Ask Again
                                                                9. I Don't Belong To Anyone
                                                                10. There Is Something I Have To Say
                                                                11. I Am Goodbye
                                                                12. Without Work, You Have Nothing
                                                                13. Afraid Ain't Me

                                                                Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                                Lie Down In The Light

                                                                  "Lie Down In The Light" is the ninth Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album, and his first proper album release since 2006's "The Letting Go". It is the brightest album to date from the Bonnie 'Prince'. Brisk tempos skip among his signature slower numbers and ballads. Bonnie's vocals are among his most expressive: carefully nuanced, singing all up and down his range, showing him at a judiciously dynamic and tuneful apex. The album features Bonnie repeat players Paul Oldham and Emmett Kelly and also benefits from the multi-instrumental presence of Shahzad Izmaily, who works percussion, piano, guitar, banjo and the mysterious, sensual 'row of wrenches'. New (duet) partner Ashley Webber forges her own presence next to Bonnie in a pair of fantastic turns. Additionally, some of Nashville's finest appear in between the band's strings and harrows, adding light (and yeah, we see a little darkness too) wherever they appear.

                                                                  Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                                  Ask Forgiveness

                                                                    After a devastating string of full-lengths in the early 2000s culminating in the one-two punch of 2005's collaboration with Matt Sweeney, "Superwolf", and 2006's wrenching "The Letting Go", Will Oldham seemed to be in a state of letting go himself. He re-energized his acting career with Old Joy and a goofy appearance in a Kanye West video; wrote "His Hands", the title track to soul singer Candi Staton's comeback record; and backed up Tortoise on an odd album that featured - among other throwaways - a cover of Springsteen's "Thunder Road". "Ask Forgiveness", a mini-album of his own covers, finds Oldham back in fine form even as it chips away at his hard-earned gravitas. Recorded on a lark in Philadelphia with members of the homegrown folkie outfit Espers, "Ask Forgiveness" finds Oldham lending his trademark warble to a diverse array of numbers. While Phil Ochs, Bjork, Thom Yorke, and Danzig are all given the Palace brother's spacious and shambolic indie-folk makeover here, the collection's stand-out is R. Kelly's "World's Greatest", within which Oldham discovers an earnest heart.

                                                                    Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                                    Superwolf

                                                                      The first full-length collaboration between two of indie rock's most ubiquitous figures, "Superwolf" finds wandering troubadour Bonnie Prince Billy and guitarist Matt Sweeney (formerly of Chavez and Zwan) hitting yet another musical plateau. While the terrain explored on "Superwolf" is in keeping with past Bonnie Prince Billy releases (most directly 1998's somber, haunting "I See A Darkness" and 2003's hushed, tender "Master And Everyone"), it's surprising to learn that Sweeney is credited as the sole writer of the album's music (with Oldham handling the lyrics). From soft acoustic ballads ("Only Someone Running") to plaintive sing-alongs ("Lift Us Up") to epic tales of heartbreak ("Blood Embrace"), "Superwolf" is technically a stripped-down affair, yet its impact is far-reaching and expansive. Album opener "My Home Is the Sea" perfectly captures the spirit of the project, beginning softly, but building to an electrifying climax of sloppy guitar virtuosity. With "Superwolf", Oldham and Sweeney have made an album that plays to both artists' strengths.

                                                                      Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                                      I See A Darkness

                                                                        After abandoning the Palace moniker for a straight-up solo career, Will Oldham seemed to lose his focus a bit, but rechristened as Bonnie Prince Billy, he's regained it in spades. Where his previous solo efforts sounded thrown-together and lacked real songcraft, "I See A Darkness" is probably Oldham's most consistent, rewarding batch of songs since the Palace Brothers 93 debut. For once, the ever-elusive Oldham sounds like he's making a genuine effort to communicate - the relatively straightforward (but still poetic) lyrics, nicely arranged (but still lo-fi) sonic backdrops, and song structures with hummable (!) choruses are all unprecedented and highly agreeable developments. The titular darkness pervades much of the album, but there's an underlying warmth that shines through, making this an emotionally well-balanced effort. A Bonnie Prince Billy classic!!!

                                                                        Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                                                                        Greatest Palace Music

                                                                          Following on from his masterpiece, "Master & Everyone", Bonnie Prince Billy (aka Palace aka Palace Brothers aka Will Oldham) returns with "Greatest Palace Music", which is a Nashville recorded, technicolor re-rendering of the fans' favourite Palace songs. Moving away from the sparseness of previous releases, the playful attention to melody here will entice a whole new audience, without (fans will be pleased to know) compromising the emotion and honesty at the core of Will Oldham's work.

                                                                          Jimmy O'Neill

                                                                          Cradle Me

                                                                            Debut single on Clown Prince recordings, from this Wigan based singer / songwriter who cites influences as diverse as Johnny Mathis and the Sex Pistols. His songwriting encapsulates his thoughts and feelings on life with a blend of pathos and tongue in cheek humour, in the most English, self-depreciating way.

                                                                            Prince Allah

                                                                            One Bright Day

                                                                              The legendary roots vocalist teams up with the Disciples for this roots / dub LP on Backyard Movement.


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