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Original Hip Hop Classics Presented By Sugar Hill Records

    Hip Hop has come a long way since it exploded onto the globe in the early 1980’s – it’s turned MC’s into global icons, given a voice to a youth movement, helped ethnic groups to cross colour lines and inspired all manner of political change and growth. Sugar Hill Records was there from the start and gave birth to Hip Hop’s first superstars. Original Hip Hop Classics presented by Sugar Hill Records presents the definitive collection of records that defined the first wave of Hip Hop to break through into the mainstream.

    Including beats and rhymes from The SugarHill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, Melle Mel, The Treacherous Three and The Sequence plus ground-breaking releases such as ‘Rapper's Delight’, ‘The Message’ ‘White Lines (Don't Do It)’, ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels of Steel’ and more this is a true document of one of the most exciting and pivotal musical genres of all time. 


    For the first time ever in the band’s history, all the correct single versions are collected, newly remastered from recently discovered original mono master tapes.

    Over 55 minutes of classic sixties pop: A-sides, rare B-sides, EP tracks, classic hit singles such as ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘Lazy Sunday’, ‘Here Come the Nice’, ‘Tin Soldier’, ‘The Universal’, ‘Afterglow of Your Love’ and more, all of which are still played on radio throughout the world.

    Compiled with the full cooperation of surviving Small Faces members Kenney Jones and Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan, the 24-page booklet by Grammy Award winner and Small Faces reissue series designer Rachel Gutek features an exclusive cover photo by Gered Mankowitz, informative track-by-track analysis, rare memorabilia and photos, original ads and reviews plus introductory notes by Kenney and Mac and series producer Rob Caiger.

    “A magnificent 54-minute sequence of hit singles, Hammond organs and high watermarks of 60s pop... We’re transported to a golden age” - Uncut

    “The clarity of the remastered (from the actual masters!) version of ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘Tin Soldier’ and ‘Wham Bam Thank You Mam’ et al transforms the familiar into the fascinating” - Mojo

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: The 180 gram vinyl.

    Small Faces

    There Are But Four Small Faces

      Small Faces debut USA LP released on Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records in 1968 has been newly remastered from the original master tapes for the first time ever!




      Au Pairs

      Playing With A Different Sex

      Since forming in Birmingham in 1979, the Au Pairs become known for catchy, dark and politically relevant songs with a biting sense of humour and angry delivery. Their first album, 'Playing With A Different Sex', instantly became a post-punk classic when released in 1981. It's is a powerful and controversial album, with acerbic takes on gender politics, sexuality, government and torture. Long out of print on vinyl, 'Playing With a Different Sex' is now proudly being re-issued by Sanctuary Records. The album sounds better than ever before, thanks to this faithful remastering and expert pressing. For fans of Gang of Four, Delta 5, The Slits and X-Ray Spex.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Philippa says: Birmingham's Au Pairs debut album is packed with punk-funkiness married to jagged post-punk rock with duelling scratchy guitars, fluid bass and frontwoman Lesley Woods' blues-tinted vocals. I ironed the transfer that came with the original album onto my very 1981 raincoat...

      Bert Jansch

      Bert Jansch (2015 Remaster)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Bert Jansch’s debut not only inspired an entire generation to pick up the guitar, it also captured this taciturn Scot’s character perfectly.

        The album was released in 1965 and has been a cornerstone of British music ever since.

        It melds the styles of blues pioneer Elizabeth Cotten and the Charles Mingus-influenced jazz inflections of the British acoustic master Davy Graham, adds all kinds of baroque complexities, and hides everything under melodic sophistication.

        Jansch’s lyrics are alternately romantic and observant, but they’re never sentimental - more than anything, ‘Bert Jansch’ is a timeless album.

        Bert wasn’t setting out to prove too much. He simply did something fantastic. Then he let people discover it in their own time.

        The album was an extension of Bert’s life in the mid 1960s, which was chaotic but through dedication and innate sympathy for the instrument he got very good, very quickly.

        The next step was to migrate to London. That’s where, in the atmosphere of austerity and excitement characterising bohemian life in the capital in the early 1960s, the adventure began.

        Fresh 2015 remaster.

        800 copies only.

        Bert Jansch’s debut not only inspired an entire generation to pick up the guitar, it also captured this taciturn Scot’s character perfectly.

        The self-titled album was released in 1965 and has been a cornerstone of British music ever since. It melds the styles of blues pioneer Elizabeth Cotten and the Charles Mingus-influenced jazz inflections of the British acoustic master Davy Graham, adds all kinds of baroque complexities and hides everything under melodic sophistication.

        Jansch’s lyrics are alternately romantic and observant but they’re never sentimental - more than anything, ‘Bert Jansch’ is a timeless album. Bert wasn’t setting out to prove too much. He simply did something fantastic. Then he let people discover it in their own time.

        The album was an extension of Bert’s life in the mid 1960s, which was chaotic but through dedication and innate sympathy for the instrument he got very good, very quickly. The next step was to migrate to London. That’s where, in the atmosphere of austerity and excitement characterising bohemian life in the capital in the early 1960s, the adventure began.

        The Kinks

        Arthur (Or The Decline & Fall Of The British Empire

        Classic Kinks catalogue on vinyl. The original albums on their finest format, with the original UK tracklistings.

        The seventh studio album, originally released in 1969.

        Kinks frontman Ray Davies constructed the concept album as the soundtrack to a Granada Television play and developed the storyline with novelist Julian Mitchell. However, the television programme was cancelled and never produced.

        ‘Arthur’ was met with almost unanimous acclaim upon release in the US and UK rock press. It garnered back-to-back reviews by Mike Daly and Greil Marcus in Rolling Stone magazine's lead section. Daly rated it as “The Kinks’ finest hour” and Marcus went so far as to call it “the best British album of 1969.” Melody Maker called it “Ray Davies’ finest hour... beautifully British to the core.”

        140g vinyl.

        The Kinks

        Face To Face

          Classic Kinks catalogue on vinyl. The original albums on their finest format, with the original UK tracklistings.

          ‘Face To Face’, released in 1966, is the fourth studio album by The Kinks. A major artistic breakthrough for Kinks songwriter Ray Davies, the album represents the first full flowering of Davies’ use of narrative, observation and wry social commentary in his songs.

          Includes their third UK No. 1 ‘Sunny Afternoon’, which went to No. 12 in the UK Album Chart.

          140g vinyl.

          The Kinks

          Kinks

            Classic Kinks catalogue on vinyl. The original albums on their finest format, with the original UK tracklistings.

            Consisting largely of covers and revamped traditional songs, the Kinks’ self-titled album was released on 2 October 1964, reaching Number Three on the UK Charts.

            It features their massive UK Number One hit ‘You Really Got Me’, which got to No. 7 in the US and was Top 10 in Canada and Australia. Written by Ray Davies and widely acknowledged as the start of heavy rock, the track influenced everyone who followed, from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath and even The Beatles.

            Also features ‘Stop Your Sobbing’, which was taken into the Top 40 in 1979 by The Pretenders.

            From the original sleevenotes: “Ray, the leader of The Kinks is 20 and almost 6 feet tall. He composes, listens to what the others have to say about the compositions and then they record what he originally wrote! Vocalist, rhythm guitar and harmonica player, he has very definite ideas of his own about almost everything and enjoys the occasional sulk.”

            140g vinyl.

            Morrissey is back again with his 8th solo record, a record of a different complexion than all previous Morrissey records. It seems somehow suffused with a new confidence, openness and maybe even, happiness. Recorded at the Forum Music Village in Rome with long-term hero Tony Visconti (who produced favourite records for T-Rex and David Bowie, during their most creative periods of the late 60s and 70s), the album positively crackles with fire. It is a far more direct and rocking record than "Quarry". Morrissey was even able to enlist the legendary Ennio Morricone on the thrilling frank and open "Dear God, Please Help Me". Other stand-out tracks include "You Have Killed Me", "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" and the epic "Life Is A Pigsty".

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xCD/DVD Info: Special edition double CD / DVD digipack package, with a free poster. The bonus DVD disc features the video for "You Have Killed Me" along with two exclusive 'behind the scenes' videos.

            The Fall

            Live At The Witch Trials - Deluxe Edition

              "That the first Fall album in a near endless stream would not only not sound very punk at all but would be a downright pleasant listen at the start (thanks to Yvonne Pawlett's electric piano on "Frightened") seems perfectly in keeping with Smith's endlessly contrary mind. His inimitable drawl/moan and general vision of the universe (idiots are everywhere and idiotic things are rampant) similarly sprawls all over the music -- there's no question who this is or whose band it is as well. That said, most of Live at the Witch Trials is co-written with Martin Bramah, whose guitar work here is noticeably much more inclined to chime and ring instead of brutally scratching away like Craig Scanlon's awesome work would soon do. Bramah's not just there to sound tuneful, though, and the killer Marc Riley/Karl Burns rhythm section both keeps up the energy and provides surprising grooves. On chugging tracks like "Two Steps Back," it's not hard to tell Smith's Krautrock fandom is coming into play. With Pawlett's keyboards providing a pretty garage kick on top of it all, the result is an all-around treat. Brilliantly scabrous tracks are everywhere, one of the most memorable being "Rebellious Jukebox," simultaneously one of the most tuneful and aggressive songs from the early lineup, Smith pouring it on along with the band as a whole. The driving funk of "Music Scene," meanwhile, redefines misanthropy (and more) with a particularly central Smith target in mind. "No Xmas for John Quays," meanwhile, almost establishes the Fall formula on its own -- Smith chanting and yelling over a quick, semi-rockabilly shamble and attack punctuated with unexpected stops and starts." - AllMusic.

              This superb package now includes ten bonus tracks from their early years, along with a bonus disc featuring two BBC Radio sessions and a live recording from Liverpool in 1978.

              The Undertones

              Get What You Need

              The Undertones return minus Fergal Sharkey but with all the energy and passion that made them Ireland's finest punk band. 25 years after their debut the Undertones have kept their rock legend fully intact.

              Ocean Colour Scene

              I Just Need Myself

              Difficult to believe that Ocean Colour Scene have been around for almost 15 years, they have grown into one of the UK's most respected and consistently successful 'proper' bands. Guitar, bass, drums, voice – the key ingredients that make up their classic sound – backed up by unfailingly high quality songwriting. "I Just Need Myself" is the first single to be taken from the new album "North Atlantic Drift".

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS2 Info: CDS2 features "I Just Need Myself", "Questions" and "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight".

              CDS Info: CDS1 features "I Just Need Myself", "Will You Take Her Love" and "Me, I’m Left Unsure".

              Brian Wilson

              On Tour

                Twenty-four new 'in concert' performances and lots of interviews and documentary footage of Beach Boy legend Brian Wilson. A ten piece band gives him able support and the live sound is captured in Dolby 5.1.

                James

                Getting Away With It... Live

                Recorded live at the Manchester Arena on their final tour.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xCD Info: The double CD contains 22 tracks, ranging from early songs "Hymn From A Village" and "Johnny Yen" to more recent hits.

                DVD Info: The DVD is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound live recording. Also includes previously unseen backstage footage, interviews and other live clips from various venues around Manchester plus promo videos of "Laid", "Say Something" and "She's A Star".

                ‘Rosemary Lane’, released in June 1971, was Bert Jansch’s seventh and final album for Transatlantic.

                Very highly rated by many fans, ‘Rosemary Lane’ is as striking as his best albums of the 1960s, delivering all the attributes listeners had come to expect of him by 1971 - excellent acoustic guitar work, imaginative interpretations of traditional material and well-constructed originals in the same vein and committed vocal performances.

                With its sparse arrangements and subdued tone it’s a low key affair but arguably his finest album of the 1970s.

                Continuing the series of Bert Jansch’s Transatlantic recordings, this album was remastered using the original master tape recorded in the village of Ticehurst, East Sussex between the summer of 1970 and early 1971. This is the first time this tape has been used since the album was released. The vinyl was mastered from the same tape and is the best possible representation of the wonderful music that Bert Jansch recorded during these sessions.

                Bert Jansch & John Renbourn

                Bert And John

                Recorded in Bill Leader's front room during the lazy Summer days of 1966, there is much to enjoy in these super guitar duets with the interplay between Jansch and Renbourne a total joy.

                Caravan

                Travelling Ways

                These 1996 / 99 versions show that Caravan have kept their skills finely honed and this will be a real joy for their many fans, two CDs charting their live and reworked classics.

                Pentangle

                Basket Of Light

                One of the most significant bands of the late 1960's Pentangle along with Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention defined the whole of the folk rock movement and helped to influence a whole generation of musicians and guitarists. Bert Jansch, John Renbourne and Danny Thompson had few equals and Jaquie McShee's achingly pure vocals were the perfect counterpoint to their sensational ensemble playing. "Basket of Light" was by far their most commercially successful release and still sounds as fresh and bold as it did three decades ago.

                Pentangle

                Cruel Sister

                The whole of the second side of Pentangle's 1970 album "Cruel Sister" was taken up by the band's magical reworking of "Jack Orion", a song Bert Jansch had made famous a few years earlier but now the five members of this brilliant band could give a virtuoso performance second to none. It showed an ease, maturity and artistry that crossed between folk, blues and jazz with equal aplomb. This remastered edition is tremendous and demonstrates that freed from commercial considerations the musical spirit of the band was indeed liberated.

                Jack Bruce

                Shadows In The Air

                15 new tracks from ex-Cream bassist, Glasgow's finest Jack Bruce. He has Eric Clapton helping him out on "White Room" and "Sunshine Of Your Love" and Gary Moore plays some great guitar on another stand out track "Heart Quake"


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