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Jonsi

We Bought A Zoo OST

    New film, directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church. The x15 trk soundtrack is by Sigur Rós front man and leading light, Jon Thor Birgisson, aka Jónsi. The soundtrack includes more than half-an-hour of brand new music from Jónsi, including two full songs and nine achingly beautiful themes, plus reimagining’s of songs from Jónsi’s acclaimed solo album, Go, as well as what might well be regarded as Sigur Rós’ most memorable tune, in Hoppipolla.

    Jimi Hendrix

    Lover Man

      Taken from the new album "Both Sides Of The Sky", this is a limited (x500 only), Indies exclusive 7" vinyl release. b/w a previously unreleased live version of "Foxy Lady" (recorded in Nov 1967). Produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott & Eddie Kramer, this version (featuring Band Of Gypsys), was seen as the strongest recorded. 

      Various Artists

      Stranger Things : Music From The Netflix Series

        After furnishing us with three volumes of excellent mood-setting synth-dread from S U R V I V E's Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, the time has come for the real retroist deal, a double LP of the perfectly selected and precisely arranged period jams from the magnificent Stranger Things. A cursory scan of the tracklist reveals hits from The Police, The Clash and The Bangles, alternative anthems from Echo & The Bunnymen, Fad Gadget and Joy Division and pop smashes from Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran and Corey Heart. Stitched together with choice bits of dialogue from the show, this mixtape is an immersive trip into glorious nostalgia.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: While Dixon & Stein have deservedly picked up the plaudits for their Carpenter-esque synthery, the music supervision of Stranger Things was every bit as important in setting the scene. This double vinyl set serves up winners from series 1 & 2 pieced together with dialogue from the show. Contains Joy Division, Cyndi Lauper and Devo - mint!

        N.E.R.D.

        No One Ever Really Dies

          Funk/Rock trio, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo & Shay Haley return with their eagerly anticipated new album, released on LP Vinyl & CD formats. Includes the current single "Lemon" feat. Rihanna. Other collaborations include:- Kendrick Lamar, MIA, Ed Sheeran, Future, Andre 3000, Gucci Mane & more...

          Twenty years ago Cypress Hill was on top of the world, with two chart topping albums and several number one singles. Upon its release on Halloween, "Temples of Boom" might have illustrated their total disregard for the commercial success they’d enjoyed up until that point. This album was darker. The beats were spookier. The lyrics were grim. Even the album cover had a gloomier look, which is saying a lot when looking back at Black Sunday’s cover. It seemed that instead of riding the success of their previous two platinum albums they were heading in the opposite direction, pop culture be damned. Then something strange happened: "Temples of Boom" went platinum. B-Real, Sen Dog, and Muggs had put out an album that was all about them, not the mainstream or Columbia Records, and it worked. The fans remained steadfastly open to something new. 

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

          2 LPs, yellow 180 Gram, in gatefold jacket with audio and Lemonade film download inserts.

          '"Lemonade" is the sixth studio album by American singer Beyoncé. Released via Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records, it is Beyoncé's second 'visual album' following her previous eponymous 2013 album, as well as a concept album, accompanied upon its release by a one-hour film aired on HBO. Primarily an R&B album, "Lemonade" encompasses a variety of genres, including pop, reggae, blues, rock, hip hop, soul, funk, Americana, country, gospel, electronic, and trap music. The album features guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Jack White. The album contains samples and interpolations of a number of hip-hop and rock songs.' - Wiki


          Foo Fighters

          Concrete & Gold

          Eagerly anticipated new album on Columbia Records, from worldwide rock superstars 'Foo Fighters'.

          Includes the current single "Run" & more to follow… Dave Grohl describes this as a gigantic hard rock record, with melodies & arrangements - likening the record to Motorhead's version of Sgt. Peppers! Written & performed by Foo Fighters, produced by Greg Kurstin, mixed by Darrell Thorp. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: It's not often in the history of music that someone has been in two of the most highly regarded bands of all time, but in both the Foo Fighters, and No Use For A Name, Chris Shiflett has done exactly that.

          As rawkous as you'd expect, perfect for home listening or at the sweaty front of a massive arena. Classic Foos.

          Jimi Hendrix

          Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix

            This is a 20 track, double (140gm), vinyl format which includes a download code insert.

            All the biggest & best hits are on here, including:- "All Along The Watchtower", "Crosstown Traffic", "Purple Haze", "Foxey Lady", "Hey Joe", "Voodoo Child", "Stone Free" & many more...

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Legend of the Wu-Tang is a compilation album by the Wu-Tang Clan, released in 2004. It is notable for including the rare unedited version of "Protect Ya Neck", a remix of the song "Method Man" with alternate verses, as well as "Shaolin Worldwide", "Sucker M.C.'s" (a Run D.M.C. cover) and "Diesel", three tracks the Wu-Tang produced for soundtracks and compilations. The inside booklet can be unfolded to form a mini-poster of the group. Of course, it features Wu-Tang staples like "Shame On A Nigga", "It's Yourz", "Proect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" and "Sucker M.C's". Wu-Tang's legacy continues to live on, often cited as one of the most influential hip-hop acts of all time. Pressed and presented beautifully, this is a wonderful chance to own clean copies of Wu-Tang's best joints, but also makes a perfect introduction to the newcomers who may be overwhelmed by their excessive catalogue. Cop a load of this and learn the code of the streets...

            Ever since they were credited with inventing progressive house with their first single "Not Forgotten" in 1991, Leftfield have been earmarked as pioneers. Their debut album was a glorious fruition of their talents, delivering on all fronts and sealing their place in dance music history. Effortlessly weaving intoxicating rhythms and sublime melodies around the diverse vocals of former Sex Pistol John Lydon, reggae toaster Earl Sixteen and indie ice maiden Toni Halliday, "Leftism" is a scintillating journey through all the planes of club culture. From the interstellar dancehall vibes of "Release The Pressure" to the languid splendor of "Melt" and the peerless dancefloor dynamics of "Song Of Life", Paul Daley and Neil Barnes prove themselves jacks of all trades and masters of them all. 'Make room for me', screamed Lydon on "Open Up"; the rest of the dance music world duly stepped aside to let the Leftfield juggernaut through. A very special reissue of their seminal debut, Mercury nominated album, not to mention one of the Top 10 albums of all time by readers of Q.  

            Leonard Cohen

            I'm Your Man

              180g vinyl repress of Leonard Cohen’s 1998 album which Includes “First We Take Manhattan” and “Everybody Knows”.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: 180g vinyl.

              Elvis Presley

              '56

                Compiling some of his best songs from his first year at RCA records, including "Blue Suede Shoes". "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog" and "Money Honey" on 180g vinyl - What's not to like?!

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: 180g vinyl.

                Pearl Jam

                No Code

                  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'No Code' and a new chapter in the band’s history, Legacy Recordings reissues both 'No Code' and 'Yield' on 150 gm vinyl. This is the first time both albums have been available on the format since their original release and the have been newly mastered specifically for vinyl, by Grammy Award winning engineer Bob Ludwig.

                  'No Code' comes in a custom 8 panel gatefold jacket with a printed sleeve and 9 random replica Polaroid’s / lyric cards.

                  Pearl Jam

                  Yield

                    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'No Code' and a new chapter in the band’s history, Legacy Recordings reissues both 'No Code' and 'Yield' on 150 gm vinyl. This is the first time both albums have been available on the format since their original release and the have been newly mastered specifically for vinyl, by Grammy Award winning engineer Bob Ludwig.


                    'Yield' comes packaged in a matte UV jacket with matte/gloss UV and a die cut.

                    Jimi Hendrix

                    Smash Hits

                      A 'Legacy Vinyl' release, painstakingly restored to its original 1969 format,

                      "Smash Hits" features 12 classic tracks, including "Purple Haze", "Hey" Joe", "Stone Free" and "Manic Depression".

                      Features a recreation of the poster included in the original LP release with Jimi, Mitch, and Noel dressed as cowboys from the Warner Brothers’ film studios in early 1969.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Andy says: This was a contemporary compilation full of non-album singles, b-sides and such. Great sleeve too!

                      Bob Dylan

                      The Esssential Collection



                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Andy says: The best of Bob Dylan. The perfect entry point.

                        This is the 15 track 'Very Best Of' which was originally released in 2002. 

                        All tracks have been remastered by original producer John Leckie.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Andy says: Toppermost of the poppermost!

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLtd LP Info: Double gatefold, 180gm heavyweight black vinyl. Comes in printed inner bag, plus lyrics & interviews.

                        Etienne De Crecy

                        Super Discount 1

                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                          Previously out of print for over x10 years. Real collectors pieces in the French touch house world.

                          Etienne De Crecy

                          Super Discount 2

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            Previously out of print for over x10 years. Real collectors pieces in the French touch house world.

                            Johnny Cash

                            The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show

                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                              Featuring x16 performances from the U.S. hit TV show that ran from 1969-71

                              Manic Street Preachers

                              A Design For Life

                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                Exclusive artwork by Mark Farrow, this x4 trk single kicks off the "A Design For Life" campaign for 2016

                                Three Trapped Tigers

                                Silent Earthling

                                Second album from London based experimental/instrumental rock trio. The group worked with Brian Eno & Karl Hyde (Underworld), using Brian's 'Oblique Strategies' during the writing stages of "Silent Earthling".

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: The newest outing from London based trio Three Trapped Tigers is a snarling, twisting beast of an album. Equal parts 65DOS and Battles, electronic but riff-filled. Funky and triumphant, majestic and intimidating. Through the distorted riffs of 'Tekkers' to the almost Errors-like funk of 'Blimp', this is a varied and thoroughly enjoyable collection, a feast for the senses throughout.

                                Carole King

                                Tapestry - 180 Gram Legacy Edition

                                  A classic soul-pop album originally released in 1971 by singer-songwriter Carole King. The album held the top spot in the US charts for 15 weeks - the longest time of any female vocalist. Includes the original and best version of "(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman', later a massive hit for Aretha Franklin, plus "It's Too Late" and "I Feel The Earth Move". 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  David says: A bit middle of the road I know but THOSE SONGS!

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd LP Info: 180 gram superior audio quality.

                                  Primal Scream

                                  Screamadelica

                                    Primal Scream had been fragile, 60s obsessed  dreamers, influenced by Love and (particularly) The Byrds (85-87) but in 1989 they were NY Dolls leather-clad rockers with the odd Big Star slowie or Stonesy ballad thrown in for good measure. Then BANG acid house and ecstasy hit  and in the spirit of the day, Andy Weatherall took one of those Stones style heartbreakers and made the hit single "Loaded" . Indie-Dance was born, anyone remember?!But this LP is much, much bigger than that. It goes up, it comes down, and covers all the magic in between. There's blues, soul, gospel, house, dub and yes a beautiful Stonesy ballad ("Damaged"). No songs are fillers, it's a perfectly realised musical statement. With the Orb, Andy Weatherall and even the Stones'Jimmy Miller to help them, they created one of the best albums of the 90s that still resonates today. Higher than the sun.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Andy says: First time on a cd-only box set for every single Screamadelica affiliated track. Lovely new booklet and a storming live set (which better illustrates the band's fusion of rock'n'roll and dance grooves) make this a brilliant collection.

                                    Patrick says: Not only do you get a defining moment in musical history, you get all the remixes, live versions and backstory to put the whole thing in context. Raver, do yourself a favour!

                                    Martin says: Classic album, perfectly presented.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    4xLtd CD Info: Packaged in a hardback book cover with booklet, liner notes and pictures.

                                    Manic Street Preachers

                                    The Holy Bible

                                      The third album from The Manics isn’t the easiest of listens. It’s a tense and at times harrowing collection of songs, recorded shortly before Richey James hospitalisation for depression, and subsequent disappearance. The lyrics, whether personal or political, are graphic and unflinchingly bleak. And even their usually buoyant glam hooks are tighter and more intense. It’s a powerful statement and still remains one of The Manics’ finest moments.

                                      Various Artists

                                      Transformers The Movie OST - 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

                                        Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Transformers The Movie comes this collector's edition, double vinyl package including two etched, coloured vinyl LPs in a Transforming gatefold sleeve. LP1 is pressed on red vinyl and etched with the Autobot logo, while LP2 is pressed on purple vinyl and etched with the Decepticon logo. The gatefold sleeve completely "transforms" all four sides from an Autobot themed jacket to a Decepticon themed jacket. This original 1986 cult classic, remastered and re-imagined, has never sounded or looked better! Transformers, There's More Than Meets The Eye!

                                        Jimi Hendrix

                                        Are You Experienced

                                        Jimi Hendrix's debut recording was an instant classic, and is as startling today as when it first hit the streets in 1967. "Are You Experienced?" is probably the most rock-oriented of Hendrix's official studio releases, but its influences are incredibly diverse. "Third Stone From The Sun" recalls the supple octaves of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery; the churning Afro-Cuban polyrhythms of "Manic Depression" evoke John Coltrane and Elvin Jones; "I Don't Live Today" employs ritualistic Native American drum beats; and the title tune borrows the Eastern airs of sitarist Ravi Shankar.

                                        Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding blast away with a barely controlled fury, and there's a distorted metallic edge to Hendrix's guitar timbre that has made "Are You Experienced?" a particular favourite among rock and heavy-metal guitarists. "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady" helped define the power-trio format, thanks to Hendrix's full-bodied rhythm guitar and his soaring solos. "Are You Experienced?" also established Hendrix as a singer-songwriter. His Dylanesque vocals and spacey imagery make each tune a little gem, especially on gentle outings such as the ballad "The Wind Cries Mary".

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        LP Info: "Legacy vinyl" edition.

                                        Jimi Hendrix

                                        Axis: Bold As Love

                                        "Axis: Bold As Love" was the follow-up to "Are You Experienced?", and represented a much more conscious use of the recording studio's possibilities. Where his live shows continued to showcase the raw rocking power of the Experience, the recording studio gave Hendrix the composer/arranger a broader palette. There are still plenty of powerful blues/rock-inflected songs, such as the menacing "If 6 Was 9", the rolling "Spanish Castle Magic" and the spatial title tune. But "Up From The Skies" is a jazzy trio romp, featuring Hendrix's bluesy, vocalised wah-wah pedal. And on the ballads "Little Wing"and "Castles Made Of Sand", Hendrix shifts the focus from the band to the silvery chord/melody accompaniments he often employed to complement his vocals. They are an orchestral effect unto themselves.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Ltd LP Info: 180 gram audiophile LP pressing. All analog remaster from the original 2-track master tapes by Jimi's original engineer. Comes with complete original artwork, and an 8 page LP sized booklet with rare photos and liner notes.

                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                        Elvis Presley

                                        Elvis Presley

                                          Elvis' classic debut album. 

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Sara says: I have loved Elvis since I was a nipper and 'Heartbreak Hotel' is my absolute favourite song of all time.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP Info: 180 gram audio quality legacy vinyl.

                                          Jimi Hendrix

                                          Atlanta Pop Festival (Live)

                                            This is a 16 track 'live' performance from 4th July 1970, featuring all his classic hits & live favourites, recorded in a field just outside the town of Byron, with an estimated audience of 300k-400k!!!

                                            The 'Atlanta Pop Festival' was hailed as 'The Southern Woodstock' & is viewed as the last great US Rock Festival. Recorded just 10 weeks before his death, this is seen as one of Hendrix's greatest live recordings. 

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Andy says: Famous gig just ten weeks before Jimi's death. Like the Southern version of Woodstock .This gig includes the incredible "Straight Ahead" which was due to be on his next LP.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            2xLP Info: Deluxe 2LP set with 8 page booklet filled with never before seen photos and detailed liner notes. Mastering by Bernie Grundman. Pressed on 180 gram audiophile grade vinyl.

                                            CD Info: Includes 24 page booklet filled with never before seen photos and detailed liner notes.

                                            Johnny Cash

                                            At Folsom Prison

                                              "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" fully captures Cash's gritty intensity and hard-headed humanity, capturing a high-energy set performed for an equally spirited audience. With a set list tailored for the occasion, Cash focuses on songs dealing with crime and imprisonment, balancing dark subject matter with wry, playful humor. The album opens, appropriately enough, with the venerable "Folsom Prison Blues," and continues with such outlaw anthems as "Cocaine Blues," "25 Minutes to Go, "The Wall" and "I Got Stripes," alongside such Cash classics as "I Still Miss Someone," "Orange Blossom Special" and "Jackson," with the latter track featuring Cash's wife and frequent duet partner June Carter. The album closes on an inspirational note with "Greystone Chapel," a song written by convict Glen Shirley, which Cash and his band learned especially for this show.

                                              Johnny Cash

                                              At San Quentin - 180 Gram Legacy Vinyl Edition

                                                Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, "Johnny Cash At San Quentin" captures Cash at his most raw and uninhibited. The artist's raucous rapport with his captive audience is obvious on an inspired mix of Cash classics ("I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues"), jailhouse ballads ("Starkville City Jail," "San Quentin"), traditional tunes ("Wreck of the Old 97," "There'll Be Peace in the Valley") and well-chosen covers (Bob Dylan's "Wanted Man," the Lovin' Spoonful's "Darling Companion"). The album's most popular track, though, remains the Shel Silverstein-penned novelty number "A Boy Named Sue," which became the biggest hit single of Cash's career.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: 180 gram audio quality "legacy vinyl".

                                                Patti Smith

                                                Easter

                                                  Patti Smith's third album was her most commercial sounding album to date, and due to the inclusion of the Bruce Springsteen penned (with lyrical amendments from Smith) "Because The Night" it also became her biggest seller. This isn't a 'sell out' slbum though, she still stick to her defiant, poetic lyrics but here she  manages to create a balance between her art and commercial success.

                                                  Rage Against The Machine

                                                  Rage Against The Machine

                                                    The uncompromising debut from American quartet, Rage Against the Machine, opens with the fast-paced “Bombtrack” and continues its intensity through the remaining nine tracks, including the huge hits "Bullet In The Head" and "Killing In The Name Of". The self-titled album combines metal riffs with hip-hop which has been employed by plenty of bands with varying degrees of success. What really set RATM apart though was the political conviction and sheer intensity and venom of frontman Zach De La Rocha's vocal delivery.

                                                    Manic Street Preachers

                                                    Futurology - Deluxe Edition

                                                      Following on from last years Top 5 album "Rewind The Film", the new album "Futurology" finds Welsh rock icons 'Manic Street Preachers' in a more aggressive, propulsive, furious & expansive form, whilst retaining all the usual MSP finesse!

                                                      Produced by MSP, Loz Williams & Alex Silva (Holy Bible) with mixing from Craig Silvey. Guest artists include Green Gartside, Nina Hoss, Georgia Ruth, Cian Ciaran, Cate Le Bon & H. Hawkline.

                                                      This nicely packaged deluxe CD format includes a 16 track bonus disc of demos and exclusive tracks. 

                                                      Jimi Hendrix

                                                      Electric Ladyland

                                                      On "Electric Ladyland" Jimi Hendrix stretched and experimented in the studio, going beyond the power-trio format on what would be his last studio album with the Experience. "Electric Ladyland" was revolutionary in its scope and execution. Using New York City's Record Plant as a gateway to free expression, Hendrix traversed an abstract landscape containing compositions as weird and wonderful as "...And The Gods Made Love" and "1983...(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)".  Simultaneously looking forwards and backwards, Hendrix mixed in a song reminiscent of his time on the chitlin' circuit (Earl King's "Come On [Part 1]"), a Bob Dylan favourite ("All Along The Watchtower"), and one of his snappiest singles ("CrosstownTraffic"). Although Hendrix produced and wrote most of this masterpiece, others weighed in with their own contributions. Noel Redding penned "Little Miss Strange", and other guests such as Al Kooper and Buddy Miles showed up to play. Traffic's Steve Winwood and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane also made cameos, appearing on this classic album's spiritual centre, "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)".

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      2xLP Info: "Legacy vinyl" edition.

                                                      The Stone Roses

                                                      The Stone Roses - Vinyl Edition

                                                        Surely this album needs no introduction or explanation?! But just in case you don’t know, this is arguably one of the best debut albums of all time, from one of the most influential bands of their generation! And if that’s not enough to tempt you, then I don’t know what is.

                                                        25th anniversary replica featuring original artwork and 180gm heavyweight vinyl.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Andy says: Every one's a winner, baby. That's a fact!

                                                        Hurts return with the follow up to 2010's debut "Happiness". Their second album 'Exile' sees the band ditch their electro-pop and instead head towards anthemic ballads and theatrical beauty.


                                                        Hurts

                                                        Exile - Deluxe CD/DVD Edition

                                                        Hurts return with the follow up to 2010's debut "Happiness". Their second album 'Exile' sees the band ditch their electro-pop and instead head towards anthemic ballads and theatrical beauty.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        2xLtd CD/DVD Info: A nicely packaged deluxe format which includes two extra tracks on the CD and a bonus DVD, covering three pieces of film.

                                                        The accompanying soundtrack to the much-anticipated and talked about directorial debut from Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl. This is a documentary, recording the highs, lows & ultimate demise of the legendary U.S. Recording studio 'Sound City'.

                                                        Featured artists include Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Corey Taylor, Joshua Homme, Sir Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor & more...

                                                        Jeff Buckley

                                                        Grace - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                                        "Grace" is the only complete studio album by Jeff Buckley, originally released on August 23, 1994. After the death of Jeff Buckley in 1997, the album grew to be one of the most important album's of the 90s. The album was produced by Andy Wallace who had mixed Nirvana's album "Nevermind".

                                                        In addition to seven original songs, the album included three covers: "Lilac Wine", based on the version by Nina Simone, "Corpus Christi Carol", from Benjamin Britten's A Boy Was Born and "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Jeff recorded the album with bassist Mick Grondahl, drummer Matt Johnson and guitarist Michael Tighe.

                                                        Paul Simon

                                                        Graceland

                                                          2012 commemorates the 25th Anniversary of Paul Simon's groundbreaking, multi million selling album "Graceland".

                                                          With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days) was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar. As eclectic as any record Simon had made, it also delved into zydeco and conjunto-flavored rock & roll while marking a surprising new lyrical approach (presaged on some songs on Hearts and Bones); for the most part, Simon abandoned a linear, narrative approach to his words, instead drawing highly poetic, abstract, and satiric portraits of modern life, often charged by striking images and turns of phrase torn from the headlines or overheard in contemporary speech. An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured and continues to provide rewards to its listeners and remains a pivotal listening experience for writers, artists and fans.



                                                          Ever-evolving and perpetually defying convention, Gossip are back with their fifth studio album, A Joyful Noise, produced by pop genius Brian Higgins (Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud). A blend of soul, gospel, rock, funk, disco, punk, passion and rebellion, Gossip is comprised of vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilie. Originally formed in Olympia, Washington in 1999, Gossip first garnered attention with the release of their 2006 breakthrough album Standing In the Way of Control. Recorded in both Xenomania, Higgins’ studio in England, and KBC Studios in Portland, Oregon, A Joyful Noise stays true to Gossip’s trademark brash and unapologetic nature--that is, as true as possible for a band that is constantly reinventing itself and pushing boundaries. Working with Higgins, Gossip sought to create their own brand of pop.

                                                          EP’s 1988-1991 is a brand new compilation which draws together My Bloody Valentine's four EP releases, 'Feed Me With Your Kiss', 'You Made Me Realise', 'Glider' and 'Tremolo' alongside seven additional rare and previously un-released tracks.

                                                          The compilation album features a mixture of rare and unavailable and previously unreleased tracks. My Bloody Valentine remain one of the most unique and thrilling bands of the last 25 years. Sonic pioneers, they stood alone in the late 80s/early 90s, their two albums sounded like nothing that had gone before.

                                                          My Bloody Valentine

                                                          Loveless - Remastered Edition

                                                          This is one of those classic rock albums with reams already written about it. It was culled from endless, deliberately disorientating late night sessions, it's author Kevin Shields using sleep deprivation as a tool for inspiration. It drove the record company, Creation into despair, and nearly bankrupted them at the same time. It caused the band itself to implode and they never recorded another note again. And that was 12 years ago. It was a massive favourite of critics and fans (and Piccadilly Records!) and spawned a whole slew of imitators. Then: silence. So you can add 'mystery', 'myth' and 'legend' to that classic rock list! But what does it sound like? Swathes of noise wash over you, smother you, (get the headphones on! Come on!) whilst pretty melodies constantly bubble to the surface. Way down low, murky dance beats (for this was 1990/91) pull, whilst up in the heavens Belinda (Kevin's girlfriend and the perfect singer for his songs) coos like an ethereal, blissed out siren, just out of reach. The songs are top drawer but it's the sound that will pull you under. Like a jet plane taking off, but with Bacharach and David beckoning you through the din, it's the perfect marriage of noise and melody. A true, one-off, masterpiece. PERFECTION!!!


                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          2xCD Info: The original studio album has been painstakingly re-mastered by Kevin Shields at Metropolis Studios in London and comes as a 2-disc set featuring a previous re-mastering from original analogue tapes, completed by Kevin Shields but never released.

                                                          The debut album from Kevin Shields's classic guitar band perfectly captures the band in their transition from fey indie janglers, through their infatuation with the Sonic Youth school of discordant guitar noise and hints at their unison of the two styles that reached its apogee in 1991's "Loveless". Melodic but angular where its successor is otherworldly and dreamlike, "Isn't Anything" is nonetheless an indie classic containing such brilliant tracks as "Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)" and "Feed Me With Your Kiss".

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Martin says: Rougher at the edges than it's lauded successor, it moved MBV into darker, obsessive territory after the straight jangle pop of their previous material. Hard and bruising at times, soft and very sensual at others, in sound as well as in it's brooding, sexy preoccupations. "Loveless" might be the more lauded release, but this was the groundbreaker; the first bloom of a sound that launched a thousand imitators

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          CD Info: The original studio album has been painstakingly re-mastered by Kevin Shields at Metropolis Studios in London.

                                                          The Stone Roses

                                                          The Stone Roses - 20th Anniversary Special Edition

                                                            Originally released in May 1989, "The Stone Roses" is often cited as THE greatest album of all time. Twenty years on and original producer John Leckie has returned to the studio for the first time (it's never been remastered before) with Ian Brown, to produce this anniversary version of the record. The result is a warmer, brighter sound, and it's finally loud enough too! It seems unnecessary to add what a brilliant album this so obviously is: every tune's a winner!

                                                            Jimi Hendrix

                                                            Band Of Gypsys

                                                            Following the breakup of the Experience, Hendrix took a sabbatical in Woodstock, New York, hooked up with bassist Billy Cox, his old Air Force running mate, and began jamming witha wide variety of musicians, including R&B drummer Buddy Miles. Hendrix had become self-conscious about his image as a showman and rocker, and about the limitations of thrashing through the same repertoire night after night. "Band Of Gypsys" was an attempt by Hendrix to redefine himself, and in a way heralded his return to the ethos of the blues and R&B, a return assisted by a powerhouse, groove-oriented rhythm section.
                                                            During their brief tenure as a band, Band Of Gypsys performed New Year's Eve at the Fillmore East, and this live recording captures some of Hendrix's most monumental solos, particularly his long, intensely emotional improvisation on "Machine Gun" (including the screeches of bombs and gunfire) and his pithy blues work on "Who Knows". Buddy Miles's "Changes" illustrates Hendrix's mastery of funk, while "Message To Love" and "Power To Love" demonstrate his remarkable ability to provide a simultaneous rhythm accompaniment and melodic counterpoint to his vocals, in the blues tradition of Robert Johnson. "Band Of Gypsys" was markedly different from Hendrix's work with Experience, but rivals it in terms of scope, vision, and beauty.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            Ltd CD Info: Deluxe limited edition collector's digipack edition. Digitally remastered from the original 2-track master tapes. Complete original artwork, 24 page booklet with rare photos and new liner notes. Insert the CD into your computer to get bonus video footage and exclusive Jimi Hendrix content.

                                                            Originally released in 1997 (on the same day as Radiohead's "OK Computer"), "Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space" is the 3rd album from Jason Pierce's post-Spacemen 3 project, and his most brilliant work to date. A hypnotic, narcotic, psychedelic gospel album full of confessional songs about heartbreak and drug abuse. This record is a flat out masterpiece that received a 10.0 rating from Pitchfork.


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Darryl says: The 3rd album from ex-Spacemen 3 member Jason Pierce. A hypnotic minimalist psych masterpiece designed for horizontal dreaming; perfect with the Summer haze and a long drink....

                                                            The Clash

                                                            The Singles

                                                              Superb CD single box set includes all 19 singles along with numerous bonus tracks from 12" singles, non UK releases, B-sides and promos. There are six tracks in the CD set that have never been released, including the never commercially available NME giveaway "Capital Radio EP". It also includes a 44 page booklet with rare photos and sleeve notes from The Who, U2 and The Sex Pistols, amongst others.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Box set Info: Very limited edition - ONE PER PERSON.

                                                              An impressively assured debut album from Hope Of The States and one that has already seen them compared to prime time Radiohead, this is an album full of epic masterpieces that could well see HOTS catapulted to another level. There is an obvious influence from more avant acts such as Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Sigur Ros on show here, and indeed the production duties are taken up by Sigur Ros' Ken Thomas. Having survived and moved on from the tragic suicide of their guitarist Jimmi Lawrence which would have seen the break up of lesser bands, this is an epic fully formed triumph!!!

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              CD Info: The normal CD comes in a gatefold digi-pack.

                                                              Ltd CD Info: The limited CD comes in an elaborate package, which is basically a sealed envelope, with extra bits and pieces inside.

                                                              Suede

                                                              Attitude

                                                              Suede get all modern with a swinging beat, boinging electronics and a taught, funky falsetto chorus. It's nice when bands ring the changes but still keep hold of what's uniquely theirs: nothing lost, everything gained. Cool, moody, a bit weird and tasteful; there's still life in the old dog, man.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              CDS2 Info: CDS2 features the original demo version of "Attitude", plus two previously unreleased outtakes "Just A Girl" and "Heroin".

                                                              CDS Info: CDS1 features "Attitude", "Golden Gun", "Oxygen" and the short film "Attitude".

                                                              DVD Info: The DVD features previously unreleased tracks "We're So Disco" and the Arthur Baker mix of "Head Music", along with the short film "Attitude" and singles commentary.

                                                              Roger Waters

                                                              In The Flesh

                                                                Here it is at last the long awaited DVD from Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters. Waters toured the US for the first time in 12 years in 1999 / 2000 with his highly acclaimed "In The Flesh" that presented, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of Waters' music including early Pink Floyd material, classic compositions from the Floyd masterpieces "The Wall" and "Dark Side Of The Moon", less well known songs from "Animals", "Wish You Were Here" and "The Final Cut", songs from his solo works "Amused To Death" and "The Pros and Cons Of Hitch Hiking" and the debut of a new song "Each Small Candle".

                                                                Rage Against The Machine

                                                                Renegades

                                                                Covers album, including versions of tracks by everyone from Dylan and the Rolling Stones to Devo and Africa Bambaataa. This special edition also includes 2 live hidden bouns tracks.


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