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Here's Tom With The Weather - 2023 Reissue

    A hugely in demand repress (the original vinyl pressing on North Country changes hands for hundreds of pounds..) now released on Shack’s newly created own label Shack Songs.

    The Shack story is one of music’s greatest legends. It incorporates hardship, bereavement and chaotic misadventure, but above all it tells the tale of beautiful music triumphing over trouble and tragedy.

    ‘Here’s Tom with The Weather’ boasts a majestic and fresh form. These are magical songs, psychedelic folk songs of the finest Head vintage. Sleepy-eyed, wistful and mystical, yet crafted with a cunning and acute dexterity beyond just about anybody you can think of.

    The two profoundly Liverpudlian brothers Mick and John Head have made several brilliant albums together , but none as quickly as ‘Here’s Tom…’ which was completed in seven weeks at Brynderwen Studios in North Wales along with drummer Iain Templeton (RIP) , bassist Guy Rigby and producer Jay Reynolds in 2003.

    In the 80’s , the two brothers from the notorious Kensington estate in north Liverpool were singer and guitarist with The Pale Fountains , an effervescent pop group which imploded under the weight of two albums in 1986. The Heads returned in ‘88 as Shack and a debut album Zilch. In 1991 , Shack made ‘Waterpistol’ , an inspirational guitar jewel that would have proved just as influential as any British album in that era had the studio not burned down, taking the master tapes with it. Four more years passed , but by the time it was finally released on Marina it had developed ‘lost classic’ status.

    The Heads battled on. They toured as their hero Arthur Lee (RIP) of Love’s backing band. In ‘97 , they created a new group called The Strands and recorded the delicate, dreamy masterpiece ‘The Magical World Of The Strands’ . They spent a long time making another classic ‘HMS Fable’ , and then decided that next time they wouldn’t take quite as long recording. Enter ‘Here’s Tom With The Weather’.

    Showcasing John’s slow , shy emergence as a songwriter to challenge his brother (on the sparkling, heartbreaking ‘Miles Apart’ and ‘Carousel’ , and the spun-out ‘Kilburn High Road’ ) , toasting Mick’s newest confirmation as the most unrecognised genius of his or any other generation (the ode to his bro, ‘Byrds Turn To Stone’ , the mariachi horns that break open the slow folk fog of ‘Meant To Be’ , the two lullaby bookends ..and on , and on) .

    “The journey we’ve had together has been beautifully turbulent”, laughs John. “But there’s times when we glide and we’re gliding forward now”

    Mick agrees. “Making this album has been frantic, chaos, carnage, intense : the normal way with us. But it doesn’t sound like that. That’s all that matters. The story is what it is. But so are the songs and so are the records. Because we’re good.”

    Nobody could disagree with that.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Michael and John Head have such a storied career together as Pale Fountains and of course, Shack. It seems that "success" proving elusive, was ironically the catalyst for them to produce such differing work of immense high quality. Here's Tom is no exception. It's fresh. These are concise, taught, acoustic based story- telling pop songs. It's uncluttered and upfront; song after majestic song. That Mick's brother John weighed in with his first full Classic was also a joy to behold. Timely and much in demand re-issue!

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE ONE:
    1. As Long As I’ve Got You
    2. Soldier Man
    3. Byrds Turn To Stone
    4. The Girl With The Long Brown Hair
    5. On The Terrace
    6. Miles Apart
    SIDE TWO:
    1. Meant To Be
    2. Carousel
    3. On The Streets Tonight
    4. Chinatown
    5. Kilburn High Road
    6. Happy Ever After

    Various Artists

    Soul Shack: Time & Place

      The Soul Shack manifesto is stark - let your body take the place of your mind, and this new compilation on the Club Soul label is a tough-as-nails route to keeping the groove. The popular Soul Shack sessions in the Midlands being run by Neil Rushton are a homage to mind-blowing and spine-tingling black music gems. They encompass the preciseness of cerebral jazz fusion, the simple rawness of New Orleans funk, Nuyorican Latin Strut frenzy, the rhythm-driven angry polemics of Gil Scott-Heron, the sheen of Philly Soul, Big Apple Soul Disco and the Soul and Funk of Detroit’s many music alchemists. These are all integral parts of a time and place called Soul Shack - and this record is the soundtrack.

      TRACK LISTING

      Jean Shy - I’m A Bad Go Getter
      Eddie Bo - Our Love (Will Never Falter)
      Francine King - Two Fools
      Little Buck - Little Boy Blue
      Ricky Allen - Cut You Loose
      The Soul Suspects - Funky Drop
      Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
      The Ohio Players - Love Slipped Thru My Fingers
      Brief Encounter - Get A Good Feeling
      The Continental Showstoppers - Not Too Young
      Uncle Remus - Number One
      Lee Moses - Time And Place

      Gary Clail Sound System

      Electric Skies / Twisted Love (Dub)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        10" Vinyl - (500) copies Limited Edition cut at 33rpm. This double A-side is the result of a series of sessions that took place throughout 2017, when Gary collaborated with producer Mike Bennett.

        South Side / Combo Kings

        I Feel A Groove Comin' On / Groovey

        Record Shack delivering some stone-cold classics from South Side we have the immense single “I Feel A Groove Comin’ On” which is packed with jammin’ grooves that can uplift any dreary day with powerful soul beats. On the B Side Combo King’s “Groovey” does exactly what it says on the tin, wild soaring notes of soul-jazzy goodness fill the air. This is a record you need to have for any event to get mood lifted and dancing the night away!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. South Side - I Feel A Groove Comin' On
        B1. Combo King - Groovey

        Dubkasm Encounters Talisman

        She Look Like Reggae (dubkasm Remix)

          Bristol's Talisman here remixed by dub legends Dubkasm and taken from the killer new album "Don't Play With Fyah" (also available!). Coming correct with a sound system friendly version, Dubkasm push the dancehall flavour and propel the track through a hard steppers riddim. Sections of vocals are dubbed out and delayed while the mystic melodies circle overhead. Come with a powerful dub cut on side B, with militant snares and xxtra bass pressure. Top stuff.

          Talisman

          Don't Play With Fyah

            The brand new album by Talisman features the studio expertise of legendary musician, producer, engineer and all round British reggae genius Dennis Bovell (Matumbi, Steel Pulse, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Aswad, Madness, Orange Juice, The Slits) who has taken the songs to the next level and given us the strongest British reggae album in years. Most bands with a history that stretches back four decades are content to go through the motions, their creative peak somewhere in the past; not Talisman. Their new album includes some of the strongest material they've ever recorded, with seven brand new songs and the corresponding dub counter parts; this is their finest album to date.

            The Cuban Heels

            Mr Brannam

              Bristol five piece The Cuban Heels release their excellent second single. "Mr Brannam" is a musical hybrid of ELO's "Mister Blue Sky" and Razorlight's "Golden Touch" which may sound a bit dodgy, but it's actually a rather good pop song! Expect big things from these fellas!

              Various Artists

              The Shack Volume 3 - Transatlantic Ska

                An absolutely unstoppable collection that embraces the world of ska in all it's colourful guises! Features tracks from the likes of Capdown, Stubborn All Stars, Pama, 4ft Fingers, Bim Skala Bim, Topcats, Skinnerbox, Identity #1, Dub Ska Liner and loads more!


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