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Julian Cope

Fried - 2024 Reissue

    Julian Cope's second album of 1984 - Never re-pressed in its original format, this re-issue faithfully replicates the original Mercury Records UK release with poster, and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.

    'Fried' is one of Julian Cope's boldest. It made many think that after a while teetering on the edge, Julian Cope had finally tipped over into an artistic madness, amplified by his wearing a turtle shell and staring at a toy van on a landscaped spoil tip in Warwickshire on the album's sleeve. Opening track 'Reynard The Fox' added to it all, a six-minute psychedelic garage rock tour-de-force, breaking down to a Cope monologue where he gravely intones English folk tales from his vantage point, referring also to an onstage stomach-slashing incident from 1983. 'Sunspots', the sole single taken from the album, is one of his greatest recordings in a career that spans over 40 years.

    'Fried' is up there with some of the very best works of the singular British eccentric.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Reynard The Fox
    2. Bill Drummond Said
    3. Laughing Boy
    4. Me Singing
    5. Sunspots
    6. The Bloody Assizes
    7. Search Party
    8. O King Of Chaos
    9. Holy Love
    10. Torpedo

    Julian Cope

    World Shut Your Mouth - 2024 Reissue

      Originally issued in 1984, 'World Shut Your Mouth' saw the mercurial leader of The Teardrop Explodes establish himself as a fully-fledged solo artist - Never re-pressed in its original format, this re-issue faithfully replicates the original 1984 Mercury Records UK release and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.

      When The Teardrop Explodes finally ground to a halt in late 1982, all eyes were on what leader Julian Cope would do next. After retreating to the village of Drayton Bassett in Staffordshire for an extended period, Cope began writing 'World Shut Your Mouth', his first solo album.

      Released in March 1984, it is the closest to his old band of all his solo work ('Metranil Vavin' and 'Pussyface' were both originally intended for the Teardrops), 'World Shut Your Mouth' featured Gary Dwyer on drums, and giving the album its most distinctive sound, Kate St. John on oboe. Beautifully pastoral, it is full of highlights such as 'Strasbourg', 'Kolly Kibber's Birthday' and the wistful, reflective 'Head Hang Low'. The strange, string-led, schizophrenic, 'Sunshine Playroom' was the album's first single, followed up by 'radio hit' 'Greatness And Perfection'.

      'World Shut Your Mouth' is a deeply satisfying album, worthy of reappraisal.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Bandy's First Jump
      2. Metranil Vavin
      3. Strasbourg
      4. Elegant Chaos
      5. Quizmaster
      6. Kolly Kibber's Birthday
      7. Sunshine Playroom
      8. Head Hang Low
      9. Pussyface
      10. Greatness And Perfection
      11. Lunatic And Fire-Pistol

      Dirty Pretty Things

      Waterloo To Anywhere - 2024 Reissue

        Waterloo To Anywhere was the debut album from the short-lived, briefly adored Dirty Pretty Things - Originally released on Vertigo Records in May 2006, the album reached No 3 in the UK charts and spawned three Top 40 singles - This re-issue is pressed on high-quality 180g black vinyl.

        What do you do after being in the Libertines, one of the most notorious British bands of the early 21st Century? For Carl Barât, you form Dirty Pretty Things, something of an indie supergroup of their moment. Joining Barât was Libertines drummer Gary Powell, guitarist Anthony Rossomando, who'd stood in for Doherty, and former Cooper Temple Clause bassist, Didz Hammond.

        Leading Waterloo To Anywhere was the infectious UK Top 5 hit Bang Bang You're Dead (better known in recent years as live favourite for The Mighty Olafs), which set the tone for the fabulous collection of rock, punk and ska. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy and then later in Glasgow with Tony Doogan, the album showed the strength of the group's writing. Away from the standard high-octane indie of Gin & Milk and You F*cking Love It, The Gentry Cove was particularly captivating, marrying Barât's fascinating wordplay with robust Clash reggae/sea shanty interludes.

        Two years later, it was all over; Barât and Powell rejoined the Libertines (and Rossomando later going on to win an Oscar for co-writing Shallow from the film A Star Is Born).

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Deadwood
        2. Doctors And Dealers
        3. Bang Bang You're Dead
        4. Blood Thirsty Bastards
        5. The Gentry Cove
        6. Gin & Milk
        7. The Enemy
        8. If You Love A Woman
        9. You Fucking Love It
        10. Wondering
        11. Last Of The Small Town Playboys

        Photek

        Solaris - 2024 Reissue

          'Modus Operandi' had been released in 1997 and was both a critical and
          commercial success, underlining Photek as something of a shadowy leading figure in the world of drum and bass, after his apprenticeship in the preceding years with Metalheadz. 'Solaris', appearing three years later was eagerly anticipated; it found Photek playing with form and genre.

          'Glamorama', with its heavily echoed treatment of artist Marie- Jos Jongerius' voice sounds not unlike something from David Byrne and Brian Eno's classic cutups of 'My Life In The Bush of Ghosts'. Where 'Solaris' departs from its predecessor is the beautiful deep house of ‘Mine To Give’ and ‘Can't Come Down’ both featuring Chicago legend Robert Owens on vocals that added heart to Photek's techno soul. However, as if to silence his critics, the relentless eight-and-a half minutes of 'Infinity' showed that few could push the boundaries of drum and bass as could Photek.


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Terminus
          2. Juno
          3. Glamourama
          4. Mine To Give
          5. Can’t Come Down
          6. Infinity
          7. Solaris
          8. Halogen
          9. Lost Blue Heaven
          10. Under The Palms

          Cast

          All Change - 2023 Reissue

            Originally released on Polydor Records in October 1995, 'All Change' reached No 7 in the UK charts, and spawned four Top 20 singles.

            Cast were formed in 1992 and were something of a scouse supergroup, with
            leader, guitarist John Power previously bassist in The La's and bassist Peter Wilkinson coming from Shack. Originally a loose conglomerate with various
            members, Power added guitarist Liam 'Skin' Tyson and drummer Keith O' Neill, and by 1994 Cast were signed to Polydor.

            Led by singles 'Finetime' and 'Alright', Cast's blend of ultra- melodic Merseybeat Britpop proved that they were the right band at the right time. 'All Change' became a runaway success, selling over a million and becoming the fastest-selling debut album in Polydor's history, bolstered by further singles 'Sandstorm' and 'Walkaway'. The catchy, upbeat album closed with the eight- minute epic 'Two Of A Kind', showing that the band had sufficient skills to take on any Britpop heavyweight.

            This re-issue faithfully replicates the original 1995 Polydor Records UK 2LP release with gatefold sleeve and 12 page booklet and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.


            TRACK LISTING

            1. Alright
            2. Promised Land
            3. Sandstorm
            4. Mankind
            5. Tell It Like It Is
            6. Four Walls
            7. Finetime
            8. Back Of My Mind
            9. Walkaway
            10. Reflections
            11. History
            12. Two Of A Kind

            Everything Everything

            Man Alive - 2023 Reissue

              Formed in Manchester in 2007 after Jonathan Higgs and Jeremy Pritchard met at Salford University; they were joined by Higgs's Northumberland school friends Michael Spearman and Alex Niven - High concept coursed through Everything Everything from the off: they unwittingly named themselves after a Radiohead song (in the manner that that band named themselves after a Talking Heads song); soon there was a great deal of record company interest in their work - Niven left the group to take his doctorate at Oxford and was replaced by Alex Robertshaw – this line up remains intact today

              Working with Bat For Lashes producer David Kosten (aka Faultline), the recording of Man Alive was completed mainly in a chapel in North Wales. The album sounded unique. Nothing dates like the future, yet Man Alive sounds dateless, placeless, and as a result, stands up perfectly many years later.

              Man Alive was only the beginning of the group's adventures in – to use their words – 'Mismatched styles of music mashed together.' The result is often exhilarating; there are Brazilian drums and a prog guitar breakdown in Schoolin', classical influences, as well. Its subject matter is often way outside the realms of conventional songwriting; MY KZ, UR BF explored the different Americas: the cosy self-centred domesticity of programmes such as Friends versus a foreign policy based on killing

              The album's artwork was striking – a photograph of a fox by Swiss photographer, Laurent Geslin, reflecting the track Tin (The Manhole) which deals with the theme of depression, through, as the band said in 2010, "the story of an urban fox that ingests all our pollution and grows massively in a sort of dream sequence. We chose photos of an urban fox for this reason, but we partly attacked the code of the digital image to create a glitch distortion . . . a reference to digital manipulation and chaos as well as our modern lives online".

              TRACK LISTING

              Standard LP Tracklisting
              MY KZ, UR BF
              Qwerty Finger
              Schoolin'
              Leave The Engine Room
              Final Form / Photoshop Handsome
              Two For Nero
              Suffragette Suffragette
              Come Alive Diana
              NASA Is On Your Side
              Tin (The Manhole)
              Weights

              Deluxe LP Tracklisting
              MY KZ, UR BF
              Qwerty Finger
              Schoolin'
              Leave The Engine Room
              Final Form / Photoshop Handsome
              Two For Nero
              Suffragette Suffragette
              Come Alive Diana
              NASA Is On Your Side
              Tin (The Manhole)
              Weights
              Luddites & Lambs
              Suffragette Suffragette (2008 Single Version)
              Crisis Over (Demo)
              Come Alive Diana (Demo)
              Hey Jude Law (Demo)
              The Kids Are Obese (Demo)
              Riot On The Ward
              DNA Dump
              Photoshop Handsome (2009 Single Version)
              Even The Dogs / Hiawatha Doomed
              Schoolin’ (Acoustic)
              Wizard Talk

              The Fall

              Code: Selfish - 2023 Reissue

                Formed in 1976, by 1990, The Fall had been through 18 line ups, releasing 14 albums and 24 singles - The only constant was leader, vocalist Mark Edward Smith – welded to the work ethic, creating music that stunned in its obscure brilliance; railing against mediocrity, failing against the status quo It was all change when The Fall signed to Fontana. Guitarist Martin Bramah, who had founded the group with Smith, returned, replacing Smith's ex-wife Brix, who had been in the group since 1983. There were few cries of sell-out, however, when The Fall signed to a major; it was just part of an evolutionary process. The three Fontana albums, Extricate, Shift- Work and Code: Selfsh were stunningly consistent.

                1992's Code: Selfsh marked the arrival of Dave Bush to the group on keyboards, bringing a harder, techno- edge to the work. Less focussed than its predecessors, the album reveals its considerable charms gradually – the initially impenetrable seven- minute splurge of opener of The Birmingham School of Business School gives way to the Top 40 commercialism of Free Range. The glam stomp of Immortality and Two- Face! are counteracted with the wistful introspection of Time Enough At Last and Gentleman's Agreement.

                This re-issue faithfully replicates the original 1992 Fontana Records UK release and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. The Birmingham School Of Business School
                2. Free Range
                3. Return
                4. Time Enough At Last
                5. Everything Hurtz
                6. Immortality
                7. Two-Face!
                8. Just Waiting
                9. So-Called Dangerous
                10. Gentlemen's Agreement
                11. Married, 2 Kids
                12. Crew Filth

                The Fall

                Shift-Work - 2023 Reissue

                  It was all change when The Fall signed to Fontana. Guitarist Martin Bramah, who had founded the group with Smith, returned, replacing Smith's ex-wife Brix, who had been in the group since 1983. There were few cries of sell-out, however, when The Fall signed to a major; it was just part of an evolutionary process. The three Fontana  albums, Extricate, Shift- Work and Code: Selfsh were stunningly consistent.With Martin Bramah and keyboard player Marcia Schofeld dismissed from the band, The Fall worked as a four- piece (Craig Scanlon, guitar; Steve Hanley, bass; Simon 'Funky Si' Wolstencroft on drums) for the frst time in the group's career.

                  Shift-Work from April 1991 is another commercial Fall high- water mark; it contains Idiot Joy Showland, Smith's rant against bandwagon- jumping Madchester bands ("The shapeless kecks fapping up a storm, look at what they are: a pack of worms."), the one- time album title track, The War Against Intelligence, and the bucolic Edinburgh Man, a love letter to Mark E. Smith's then adopted home city.

                  This re-issue faithfully replicates the original 1991 Fontana Records UK release and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. So What About It?
                  2. Idiot Joy Showland
                  3. Edinburgh Man
                  4. Pittsville Direkt
                  5. The Book Of Lies
                  6. The War Against Intelligence
                  7. Shift- Work
                  8. You Haven't Found It Yet
                  9. The Mixer
                  10. A Lot Of Wind
                  11. Rose
                  12. Sinister Waltz

                  The Fall

                  Extricate - 2023 Reissue

                    It was all change when The Fall signed to Fontana. Guitarist Martin Bramah, who had founded the group with Smith, returned, replacing Smith's ex-wife Brix, who had been in the group since 1983. There were few cries of sell-out, however, when The Fall signed to a major; it was just part of an evolutionary process. The three Fontana albums, Extricate, Shift- Work and Code: Selfsh were stunningly consistent.

                    Released in February 1990, Extricate was a big bold statement, coopting some Madchester beats into The Fall's mix, with the band and Smith on excellent form. From the catchy indie of Hilary and The Littlest Rebel, the oblique attack on past lovers in Sing! Harpy, and the touching rumination on death and new love, Bill Is Dead, Extricate is one of the group's most coherent albums. Smith also worked with dance producers Coldcut updating the Lisa Stansfeld sung track My Telephone as Telephone Thing.

                    This re- issue faithfully replicates the original 1990 Fontana Records UK release and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Sing! Harpy
                    2. I'm Frank
                    3. Bill Is Dead
                    4. Black Monk Theme Part I
                    5. Popcorn Double Feature
                    6. Telephone Thing
                    7. Hilary
                    8. Chicago, Now!
                    9. The Littlest Rebel
                    10. And Therein...

                    Various Artists

                    Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels - OST: 25th Anniversary Edition

                      Originally released on Island Records in September 1998, the soundtrack to the box-office smash film, written and directed by Guy Ritchie, quickly became a must-own album, and is frequently cited as one of the best movie soundtracks of all time.Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels redefined the British gangster film and established Guy Ritchie as one of the greatest directing and writing talents of his generation

                      Using a frenetic mixture of filmic styles, humour, violence, breakdown of the fourth wall, narration, and vast amounts of swearing, it is hard to imagine a time when this film and its influence was not around. It made a star of the- then unknown Jason Statham, and, amazingly, hard man footballer Vinnie Jones, who as Big Chris, had several scene- stealing moments. Taking his cue from Quentin Tarantino, who had been meticulously curating his film soundtracks since the early 90s, Ritchie made the music to his film tell its own story, complete with memorable snatches of dialogue between many of the tracks. It offers a beautifully eclectic selection of songs from the preceding three decades, plus then-current artists providing some of their best material, such as Hundred Mile High City by Ocean Colour Scene or E- Z Rollers' drum'n'bass masterpiece Walk This Land. Of the heritage tracks, Dusty Springfield sings her sultry take on Spooky; James Brown appears twice with The Boss and The Payback; The Stooges with I Wanna Be Your Dog, and two versions of Pete Wingfield's masterful one- hit- wonder 18 With A Bullet; in its 1975 original and a contemporary cover by Lewis Taylor and Carleen Anderson. And this is only half of it.For lovers of soundtrack albums that create their own unmistakable universe, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a must- have.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Ocean Colour Scene – Hundred Mile High City 3:56
                      Tom, Nick & Ed – It's A Deal, It's A Steal 0:46
                      James Brown – The Boss 3:11
                      Skanga – Truly, Madly, Deeply 3:16
                      Winston – Hortif**kinculturist 0:14
                      Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves 3:59
                      Lewis Taylor & Carleen Anderson – 18 With A Bullet 3:23
                      Dusty Springfield – Spooky 2:35
                      John Murphy (2) & David Hughes (7) – The Game 0:55
                      Harry, Barry, & Gary – Muppets 0:18
                      Robbie Williams – Man Machine 3:32
                      E Z Rollers – Walk This Land 3:50
                      Barr Y– Blaspheming Barry 0:05
                      The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog 3:05
                      Tom & Nick – It's Kosher 0:55
                      The Castaways – Liar Liar 1:51
                      Plank & Dog – I've Been Shot 0:06
                      Stretch – Why Did You Do It 3:29
                      Ed & Soap – Guns 4 Show Knives 4 A Pro 0:21
                      Evil Superstars – Oh Girl 2:44
                      John Murphy & David Hughes – If The Milk Turns Sour 0:47
                      John Murphy & David Hughes – Zorba The Greek 2:56
                      John Murphy & David Hughes – I'll Kill Ya 0:42
                      James Brown – The Payback 7:27
                      The Stone Roses – Fools Gold 4:13
                      Big Chris – It's Been Emotional 0:03
                      Pete Wingfield – 18 With A Bullet 4:13

                      Embrace

                      The Good Will Out - 2023 Reissue

                        Embrace have quietly created an admirable body of work without fuss or the internal friction that has dogged so many bands of the era - They were founded by the McNamara brothers, singer Danny and guitarist Richard in 1990 in Baliff Bridge, West Yorkshire - Joined by bassist Steve Firth, drummer Mike Heaton and keyboard player Mickey Dale, the line-up has remained stable ever since.

                        Signing to the ultra-cool Fierce Panda label, the group's debut single All You Good Good People was to become a UK Top 10 hit in October 1997, eight months after its first release, when it was reissued by Virgin offshoot Hut Records. As a result, their debut album, The Good Will Out was eagerly anticipated. Released in June 1998, over its hour, it showcased a range of styles and approaches. From the tender ballad Fireworks to the anthemic title track, the singles My Weakness Is None Of Your Business and Come Back To What You Know, the album's 14 tracks represent an accomplished, beautifully crafted body of work. It is easy to see why Chris Martin of Coldplay (who supported Embrace on tour in 2000) is such an admirer, among many others.

                        In many respects, Embrace form a trilogy with two other great northern groups of the time, Oasis and The Verve – yet they were no junior partners: The Good Will Out fully captures the scale of their ambition.

                        It is presented with scrupulous attention to the detail of the original UK first pressing and available in audiophile 180gm vinyl.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Intro
                        2. All You Good Good People
                        3. My Weakness Is None Of Your Business
                        4. Come Back To What You Know
                        5. One Big Family
                        6. Higher Sights
                        7. Retread
                        8. I Want The World
                        9. You've Got To Say Yes
                        10. Fireworks
                        11. The Last Gas
                        12. That's All Changed Forever
                        13. Now You're Nobody
                        14. The Good Will Out

                        10cc

                        Deceptive Bends - Reissue

                          Described as the 'missing link between the Beatles and Blur', it was rare to have
                          four talented writers, singers and multi-instrumentalists all under one roof; but in
                          Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, 10cc had just that. Following the departure of Godley and Creme Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman continued as 10cc and made Deceptive Bends (1977), which included two of the group's most enduring hits, The Things We Do For Love and Good Morning Judge. It closes with the career best-equalling Feel The Beneft.
                          This re-issue faithfully replicates the original 1977 Mercury Records UK release with legendary Hipgnosis- designed gatefold sleeve and printed inner and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Good Morning Judge
                          A2. The Things We Do For Love
                          A3. Marriage Bureau Rendezvous
                          A4. People In Love
                          A5. Modren Man Blues
                          B1. Honeymoon With B Troop
                          B2. I Bought A Flat Guitar Tutor
                          B3. You've Got A Cold
                          B4. Feel The Benefit (part 1 & 2 & 3)

                          10cc

                          How Dare You! - Reissue

                            Described as the 'missing link between the Beatles and Blur', it was rare to have four talented writers, singers and multi-instrumentalists all under one roof; but in Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, 10cc had just that. They released some of the most inventive and elaborate pop music ever to emerge from Britain. 1976's How Dare You! was the fnal album to feature Kevin Godley and Lol Creme and brims with melody and invention: I'm Mandy Fly Me is one of the group's most beautiful, complex ballads, and Art For Art's Sake offered a swipe at their critics. There's Python- esque tomfoolery on I Wanna Rule The World, and the straightforward soft-rock of Lazy Ways.



                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. How Dare You
                            A2. Lazy Ways
                            A3. I Wanna Rule The World
                            A4. I'm Mandy Fly Me
                            A5. Iceberg
                            B1. Art For Arts Sake
                            B2. Rock 'N' Roll Lullaby
                            B3. Head Room
                            B4. Don't Hang Up

                            The Ruts

                            The Crack - 2023 Reissue

                              The Ruts were formed in west London in 1977, but guitarist Paul Fox and
                              vocalist Malcolm Owen were schoolfriends who had already been in several bands – meeting with drummer Dave Ruffy and bassist John 'Segs' Jenning - The group played many Rock Against Racism beneft concerts and rose to prominence supporting The Damned in early 1979 - A contract with Virgin followed, and by June of that year, the group were in the UK Top 10 with Babylon's Burning. The Crack followed in September, beneftting a crystal-clear production from Mick Glossop. Reaching No 16 in the UK, it sounds as vibrant and pugnacious as it did on its frst release. Representing the very apex of politically conscious British punk, The Crack stands as a perfect snapshot of the inner-city temperature of the late 70s.

                              This re-issue faithfully replicates the original 1979 Virgin Records UK release and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.


                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Babylon's Burning
                              A2. Dope For Guns
                              A3. SUS
                              A4. Something That I Said
                              A5. You're Just A
                              A6. It Was Cold
                              B1. Savage Circle
                              B2. Jah War
                              B3. Criminal Mind
                              B4. Back Biter
                              B5. Out Of Order
                              B6. Human Punk

                              Thrills

                              Let's Bottle Bohemia - 2023 Reissue

                                Let's Bottle Bohemia is the second album from the melodic Dublin-based rock band The Thrills - Originally released on Virgin in September 2004, it marked a signifcant step forward from the group's debut album, So Much For The City, released over a year previously Led by childhood neighbours, vocalist and lyricist Conor Deasy and guitarist Daniel Ryan, when The Thrills emerged from Dublin in 2002, their honey- kissed American-leaning pop seemed like a breath of fresh air. The music world agreed – Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far) was chosen by NME as their best single of the year.

                                By 2004, the band were living the dream, relocating to LA and recording Let's Bottle Bohemia with Johnny Cash and Slayer producer Dave Sardy. It is easy to assess quite how high The Thrills' stock was at this time – when you have Peter Buck and Van Dyke Parks guesting on your album, you've reached a certain standing. It also features orchestration from Michel Colombier, the arranger working his magic on the standout ballad Not For All The Love In The World and the album's big hit Whatever Happened To Corey Haim? For lovers of tuneful indie with generous dashes of Americana, Let's Bottle Bohemia is a must-have. This re-issue faithfully replicates the original 2004 Virgin Records UK release with its bonus 7" single and printed inner and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.


                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Tell Me Something I Don't Know
                                A2. Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?
                                A3. Faded Beauty Queens
                                A4. Saturday Night
                                A5. Not For All The Love In The World
                                B1. Our Wasted Lives
                                B2. You Can't Fool Old Friends With Limousines
                                B3. Found My Rosebud
                                B4. The Curse Of Comfort
                                B5. The Irish Keep Gate-Crashing
                                C1. A City Of Long Nights
                                D1. The Irish Keep Gate-Crashing (reprise)

                                Richard Thompson

                                Still

                                  'Still' was recorded in a two-story rehearsal loft in Chicago over the course of just nine days with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at the helm, backed by several longtime players from both Thompson's and Tweedy's bands. Thompson enlisted Tweedy's production skills in an effort to shake up his own creative approach to making records. "It turned out be really good idea," says Thompson. "Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are probably rather subtle to the listener's ear, they were really interesting and his suggestions were always very pertinent."

                                  The key to ‘Still’'s emotional resonance is a set of gripping new Thompson compositions rich with his signature mix of trenchant insight, gallows humour, and keen empathy for characters at the brink of being overcome by their emotions, their pasts, or themselves.

                                  A recipient of BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award and Mojo's Les Paul Award, Richard Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours List. The Americana Music Association also recently honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded Thompson's songs.

                                  The Magic Band

                                  21st Century Mirror Men

                                    "These shows will astonish you. I had tears of joy in my eyes". This was the standout line from a Five Star review by The Guardian newspaper of the live shows by The Magic Band - a collection of extraordinary musicians drawn from the lineups that were brought together over the years by the legendary Captain Beefheart. Tribute bands and ghost bands are usually a decidedly poor relation to the real thing, but The Magic Band are different, as the tracks on this album prove. Recorded at the UK shows during 2004, the material bursts with new life, and the band achieve a near-impossible task - not just playing the notes as they are on the records (hard enough in itself in some cases) but playing them convincingly enough to send a sold-out London audience into ovation after ovation. These are the players who were inducted into the Captain's secret musical universe, and who transformed his unique ideas into works of unfathomable and inimitable beauty, and live in 2005 they did that same thing again.


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