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Sea Of Mirrors

    ‘Sea Of Mirrors’ is The Coral in full conceptual mondo-movie mode. Combining their love of 60s and 70s Western cinema, baroque pop, Love, Scott Walker, Sergio Leone, Lee Hazelwood and Ennio Morricone, it features string arrangements by the High Llama’s Sean O’hagan and a cameo from Cillian Murphy. It is the natural, sprawling successor to 2021’s ‘Coral Island’ and you will hear nothing like it in 2023.

    Following their acclaimed album, Coral Island, the band felt inspired to create material for two more albums, (see the separate listing for 'Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show'). Amidst that songwriting scirroco, a combination of a script written by keyboard player, Nick Power, a vintage cinema foyer poster artwork was created by drummer, Ian Skelly confirmed Sea Of Mirrors’ vivid concept and the blueprint for The Coral to move beyond all expectations once again.

    “Once the album concept was clear, this was us imagining the theme tune for an Italian western directed by Fellini with a Richard Yates-written script,” Explains James Skelly. “It’s us asking ourselves: what would have happened if Lee Hazlewood had produced a Gene Pitney song written by Townes Van Zandt?”


    Side A
    The Actor And The Cardboard Cowboy
    Cycles Of The Seasons
    Faraway Worlds
    Wild Bird
    North Wind
    Sea Of Mirrors
    Side B
    That's Where She Belongs
    The Way You Are
    Dream River
    Child Of The Moon
    Oceans Apart

    Looking For A Friend
    Unhappy Girl

    The Coral

    Holy Joe's Coral Island Medicine Show

      Bridging Coral Island and Sea Of Mirrors, a second album titled 'Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show', will also be released this September. With the full tracklisting limited to physical formats only, the album brings James and Ian Skelly’s grandad a.k.a The Great Muriarty back into the fold for the narrated post-script to one of The Coral’s most successful albums to date.

      'Holy Joe's Coral Island Medicine Show' is the show that brings you sounds from the other side all through the night. We'll be playing murder ballads and death-ditties, love songs and eulogies, songs about drifters, grifters, hobos and killers...

      If Coral Island was a box-office hit in 2022, then 'Holy Joe's Coral Island Medicine Show' is it's low-budget little brother, written in a year and stitched together in less- think The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ll or Police Academy: Mission To Moscow- but without the plane fare to Russia. This is a sequel to rival the most shameless of cash-ins.

      It features a ramshackle cast: along with the usual suspects, Coral Island compère (and Skelly Granddad) The Great Moriarty makes a return, alongside actor and friend-of-the-band John Simm, who recites wanderlust eulogy Drifter's Prayer. Glaswegian singer Rianne Downey is involved in a murderous duet. An unnamed pedal-steel player from the back of beyond plays a funeral score over Hotel.

      Don't get me wrong, this isn't an act of self-sabotage or half-arsed in any way; more a deliberate attempt to make an art form out of the forgotten follow-up. Who else but The Coral are going to fill this important cultural sinkhole?

      Framed inside a midnight radio show beaming out from a Michelin blimp that hovers somewhere past the piers of Coral Island, Holy Joe... is a love letter to the tradition of the death disc and murder ballad, from Stack-o-Lee to Skeleton Key, and everything in between.

      Stay up late. Tune in. If you do, who knows? You might end up loving it more than the original. 


      Side 1
      1. Holy Joe (Sounds From The Other Side)
      2. The Sinner
      3. Hotel
      4. Holy Joe (Hitchhiker At The Highway’s Edge)
      5. Affiliation
      6. Leave This Town
      7. The Road Is Calling
      8. Holy Joe (Rita Is Having A Bad One)
      9. Never Be In Love Like That Again
      Side 2
      1. Drifter’s Prayer
      2. Holy Joe (Bobby And Faith)
      3. Long Drive To The City
      4. Down By The Riverside
      5. Holy Joe (The Graveyard Shift)
      6. Baby Face Nelson
      7. Holy Joe (A Wise Man Once Said)
      8. The Coral Island Killer
      9. Holy Joe (Let The Credits Roll)

      The Coral

      Autumn Has Come

        ‘The penultimate song on the first disc of The Coral's double concept-album 'Coral Island', 'Autumn Has Come' is a song that foreshadows a time when the tourists would leave the island-town that the record imagines. Recorded in Liverpool & released in 2021, the Band's 10th Studio Album drew comparisons to the Kinks' 'Village Green Preservation Society' and went on to reach number two in the UK charts. It tells the story of "a world of end-of-the-pier day-drinkers and kids who get where they shouldn't”; which The Telegraph called a “carnivalesque cornucopia of strange delights” and Clash Magazine hailed as an "extraordinary piece of world building”. Our version captures the melancholy of the vocal melody and echoes the music box described in the song's lyric. So with this beautiful Coral Music Box you can almost...  TAKE A WANDER THROUGH THE EMPTY FAIRGROUND YOURSELF!

        The Coral

        The Coral - 20th Anniversary Edition

          With time as fluid as The Coral’s journey through sound, the band cut short the party to celebrate this year’s universally acclaimed, Number 2 album, Coral Island and visit the strange world where it all started. The Coral, released on Monday 29 July 2002 with the singles Dreaming Of You and Goodbye, catapulted the band to mainstream success as teenagers, landing a Mercury Prize-nomination and Platinum-certification.

          Now remastered from the original mixes, the album will be reissued with Run On Records in association with Modern Sky UK. Two, unreleased, never-before-heard-tracks, She’s The Girl For Me and Tumble Graves, produced by Ian Broudie, but shelved after the 2001 album sessions are included in the track-listing. The rarities appear on an all-formats bonus disc, alongside a complete singles B-sides collection and the band’s pre-album EP The Oldest Path.


          Barry says: So, this is where it all started. It was clear from the starting notes of 'Dreaming Of You' that this Wirral Quintet were onto something special, so it's no surprise this 20year (really?!) reissue sounds just as fresh today as it ever did. It looks pretty special too!


          Side A
          Spanish Main – Remastered 2021
          I Remember When - Remastered 2021
          Shadows Fall - Remastered 2021
          Dreaming Of You - Remastered 2021
          Simon Diamond - Remastered 2021
          Goodbye - Remastered 2021

          Side B
          Waiting For The Heartaches - Remastered 2021
          Skeleton Key - Remastered 2021
          Wildfire - Remastered 2021
          Badman - Remastered 2021
          Calendars And Clocks - Remastered 2021

          Side C
          The Oldest Path - Remastered 2021
          God Knows - Remastered 2021
          Short Ballad - Remastered 2021
          Flies - Remastered 2021
          Dressed Like A Cow - Remastered 2021
          Darkness - Remastered 2021
          Sheriff John Brown - Remastered 2021

          Side D
          Good Fortune - Remastered 2021
          Answer Me - Remastered 2021
          Follow The Sun - Remastered 2021
          Travelling Circus - Remastered 2021
          Sweet Sue - Remastered 2021
          Another Turn In The Lock - Remastered 2021
          She’s The Girl For Me - Remastered 2021 (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
          Tumble Graves - Remastered 2021 (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)

          Dinked Bonus 7” Tracklist
          (a) Shadow Falls
          (b) Tbc

          Dinked Bonus Flexi Tracklist
          (a) Simian Technology

          The Coral

          Magic And Medicine

            The Coral are an English rock band, formed in 1996 by Ian Skelly, Paul Duffy, James Skelly, Lee Southall and Bill Ryder-Jones. The band first emerged during the early 2000s and found success with their debut album The Coral [MOVLP338]. Their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and later voted the fourth best album of the year by NME Magazine.

            Magic and Medicine is the second album by The Coral, released in 2003 in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number 1 in the charts. The singles “Don’t Think You’re the First” and “Pass It On” entered the top ten in the UK.

            The album title originates from a lyric in Time Travel, the hidden track on the band’s debut album: “Well there’s a war going on, ain’t the obvious one. It’s between magic and medicine”.

            This is The Coral’s last album with Bill Ryder-Jones, who departed in 2008 to start a very successful solo-career.

            TRACK LISTING

            In The Forest 
            Don't Think You're The First 
            Talkin' Gypsy Market Blues 
            Secret Kiss 
            Milkwood Blues 
            Bill McCai 
            Eskimo Lament 
            Careless Hands 
            Pass It On 
            All Of Our Love 
            Confessions Of A.D.D.D.

            The Coral

            Roots And Echoes - Reissue

              "Roots & Echoes" is the fourth full-length album from cosmic scouse psyche rockers The Coral. Originally released in 2007, it was produced by Craig Silvey. As with their previous releases they're immersed in a heady mixture of folk, Merseybeat and psychedelia, but this time their sound was much more focused and refined than before. Another winner!!

              TRACK LISTING

               Who's Gonna Find Me
              Remember Me
               Put The Sun Back
               In The Rain
               Not So Lonely
               Rebecca You
               She's Got A Reason
               Music At Night

              The Coral

              Singles Collection

                The heart of The Coral has always been the tension between the classic songwriting that runs through their veins and produced such singles as "Pass It On", "Jacqueline", "Dreaming Of You" and "Bill McCai" and the experimentalism that was first spotted on debut EP "Shadows Fall" and led through the compilation album, "Nightfreak And The Sons Of Becker" to the sea shanty of "Remember Me" on "Roots And Echoes". The Coral are a rarity in music, a band that make tunes that appeal to everyman whilst producing those tunes in such a way and with such understanding of their medium that critics are minded to say 'James Skelly is one of the finest writers, and voices, in British music today' (Q).

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