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Under Sided - 20th Anniversary Edition

    A deluxe, remastered, 20 year anniversary edition of the Heads’ third album proper, the under-rated gem in their canon that is “Under Sided”.

    Originally released in 2002 on the Sweet Nothing label (SNLP/CD 11), Under Sided was recorded in 2001 at WhiteHouse Studios in Weston Super Mare, with Martin Nichols engineering. The band had previously recorded tracks for Mans Ruin 10” at these studios (also famous for Ripcord, Heresy, Slowdive, Hardskin, Decadence Within, Icehouse.. amongst many others!).

    For the reissue, the original recordings were remastered for vinyl and CD by long time Heads Masterer (!) Shawn Joseph. The resultant 8 tracks, spread over 4 sides of vinyl are some of the best music the Heads have recorded, after a bit of a hiatus following their 2000 US tour / Peel session, the band regrouped and worked out the tracks for the album, relentless rehearsing for the recording. Very few shows happened in that 2001-2002 timeframe.. band members were busy, earning a living, getting on with life, but they still had some riffs/songs there.

    Upon release in 2002 the album got great reviews in the press, from Kerrang and MOJO to the Sunday Times, all helping the Bristol fourpiece confirm their cult status, which has continued to current times..

    The remastered album is being reissued as a 4LP + 2CD boxset. The extra 2LP features their Peel session from 2000, as well as a couple of compilation tracks (For Mad Men Only / Born To Go), and some unreleased demo versions, as well as nearly 150 minutes of Live recordings (mastered, but RAW!) from their gigs on the Thekla in Bristol in 2001-2002.

    The boxset will also have a special slipmat, stickers, and a 24 page booklet of photos /writings, including recollections by each band member, and others including a 1000 word essay by Stewart Lee.

    Undersided is a pounding sike-nightmare that shows the Heads at the peak of their powers, theres a flow throughout the album of melding psychedelic noise rock to battering rhythms and creating a bad trip for all listening.. even the gentle sooth of “Energy” is enveloped by a white noise fuiry.. the intensity of some of the tracks: the terror inducing Bedminster or False Heavy (a tour worn riffmonger from 2000) or the Magnet-esque Heavy Sea, showed the band as ferocious as any of the insurgent “stoner” genre of that time.

    They were never going to make their living out of touring , record sales …as Hugo mentions in his notes for the booklet, “.. we had less boundaries and felt we could experiment more and not worry about commerciality…” but they were able to make this album.

    TRACK LISTING

    LP TRACKLISTING: (Sides A,B,C,D)
    Dissonaut
    Il Ratto, La Ram, Il Gallo Ed Il Serpente
    Trilogy Part 3
    Bedminster #1
    False Heavy
    Vibrating Digit
    Energy
    Heavy Sea

    2CD TRACKLISTING:
    CD1
    Dissonaut
    Il Ratto, La Ram, Il Gallo Ed Il Serpente
    Trilogy Part 3
    Bedminster #1
    False Heavy
    Vibrating Digit
    Energy
    Heavy Sea
    CD2
    For Madmen Only
    Born To Go
    False Heavy (Peel)
    You Took Me By Surprise (Peel)
    Neu 75 (Peel)
    Fuego (Peel)
    Key Jam Short (Whitehouse Out-take)
    Backwards (Whitehouse Out-take)
    False Heavy (Band Demo)
    Vibrating Digit (Band Demo)
    Energy (Band Demo)
    Heavy Sea (Band Demo)

    BOX SET TRACKLISTING:
    2LP 1 ( Sides A,B,C,D)
    Dissonaut
    Il Ratto, La Ram, Il Gallo Ed Il Serpente
    Trilogy Part 3
    Bedminster #1
    False Heavy
    Vibrating Digit
    Energy
    Heavy Sea

    2LP2 (sides E,F,G,H)
    For Madmen Only
    Born To Go
    False Heavy (Peel)
    You Took Me By Surprise (Peel)
    Neu 75 (Peel)
    Fuego (Peel)
    Key Jam Short (Whitehouse Out-take)
    Backwards (Whitehouse Out-take)
    False Heavy (Band Demo)
    Vibrating Digit (Band Demo)
    Energy (Band Demo)
    Heavy Sea (Band Demo)

    CD1
    ROOSTER27BXCD1
    1 Thekla 1
    2 33 Min
    CD2
    ROOSTER27BXCD2
    1 Thekla 2
    2 Headsjam 2
    3 Ital Prog

    The Heads

    For Mad Men Only / Born To Go (Edit)

      Bristol's sike merchants the Heads have a 20 year anniversary to celebrate this week with their THIRD STUDIO album , "Under Sided", originally released in March 2002! . They've decided (!) to release a 4LP/plus boxset of that double album, with a double album of demos, their third peel session, and other such unreleased gems. Thats going to be released at the end of August /September. we'll send more details on that soon, once certain elements of that set are finished!

      Whilst trawling through the cassettes, CDrs, and ephemera in order to create the forthcoming "Under Sided" 20th anniversary reissue boxset.. the Heads found their cover of May Blitz's "For Mad Men Only", originally released as part of a 70s tribute comp LP on SMALL STONE Records. Also unearthead was their version of Hawkwind's "Born To Go" ..a full on 13 minute unedited version.. (a version of which appeared on the ROCKET Records 10" Out Demons Out. )

      How about doing a limited 7" single to announce the boxset's impending release... ideal, once Born To Go was edited down (full version in the boxset, of course!) Simon Price came up with a suitable wraparound sleeve idea.. and the 2 tracks were pressed to vinyl.. 900 (450 of two colours!) have been made.

      This is a full on, pedals set to stun, grooves set to vibrate sike assault, with the Heads at this point in time revelling in the peak of their psychedelic rock powers, and pretty much obliterating all around, then, and now. This aint no gentle-whimsy-psych indie rock this is the real brown-acid-gobbling mind-melting beast you were warned about..get on board!


      The Heads

      RKT!

        Timely reissue of the first 3 releases The Heads put out on the ROCKET label, form their first split 7” release (with Lilydamwhite) in 1998 to their much lauded SESSIONS 2 freakout 12” from 2002… compiled here in their remastered glory, the Heads we quite prolific back in the late 90s / early 00’s, and in between the Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere album and Undersided album they released their jams and raw rehearsals via the burgeoning ROCKET Label..

        Compiled here with extensive sleeve notes from Rocket founder Simon Healey, this limited 3LP (1000 copies) and 2CD (1000 copies) set captures the band at their most laconic and free… psychedelic sprawling morass or sound and aural distortion grooves akin drawing from their wide influences…also from simply plugging in and letting go…

        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1 Spliff Riff(conga'd Out)
        Neu75!
        Disappear Into Concrete And Meat (lp Edit)

        Side 2 Filler
        Jellystoned Loop

        Side3 Planet Suite
        Side4 Long Goner
        Side5 Krt Pt1
        Side6 Krt Pt2

        Cd 1)spliff Riff(conga'd Out)
        2) Neu75!
        3) Disappear Into Concrete And Meat
        4) Filler
        5) Jellystoned Loop

        Cd2 1) Planet Suite
        2) Longest Gone
        3) Krt (all Of It)

        The Heads

        Relaxing With... (Remastered)

        “Relaxing With…” is the first Heads album, its reissue, remastered and boosted with extras has been a long time coming: Rooster is mightily proud to announce its release at last.

        The Heads had self-released a couple of 7”’, and then Cargo Uk’s inhouse label Headhunter UK got to release a further 7”, and then the Debut album in 1996. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, the Heads cut a timely swathe with their unkempt rock psychedelique. The album contained 10 tracks of guitar driven, amp destroying rock, with cues taken straight from the US underground, Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet too but with a distinctly British stamp, some of the drone and fuzz from Loop / Spacemen 3, some of the attitude of the Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and overlaid with the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It was obvious that the four members of the Heads were music obsessives.

        The debut album was recorded at Foel studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind) and engineered by Corin Dingley, it was mastered by John Dent at LOUD. For this reissue, the album has been kept on disc one in its entirety, and remastered by Shawn Joseph (he mastered their second album) and Simon Price, with the 'bonus' disc featuring unreleased tracks (including Spliff Riff from 1991) , all the early singles tracks, a selection of their Radcliffe / Radio One Rock Show session tracks, and their first John Peel session in its entirety. The artwork has been re-tooled and expanded excessively and obsessively by longtime art collaborator Johnny O with Simon Price to collate an appreciation of the Heads penned by a former tour manager, and dozens of fliers, unseen photos, clippings etc.

        A 27 track 2CD release / 10 track vinyl release that confirms the Heads status as 'a national treasure'. Released on the band's own Rooster imprint, and with all material available digitally for the first time.

        Fans of modern day psychedelic purveyors like Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, La Otracina, Birds of Maya, Magic Lantern, and the likes should give this a listen.

        TRACK LISTING

        CD Disc One/Vinyl:
        1. Quad
        2. Don't Know Yet
        3. Chipped
        4. Slow Down
        5. U33
        6. Television
        7. Woke Up
        8. Widowmaker
        9. Taken Too Much
        10. Coogan's Bluff

        CD Disc Two:
        1. Spliff Riff 9:01
        2. Quad 3:16
        3. Woke Up 3:17
        4. Looking At You 1:27
        5. Coogan's Bluff 4:01
        6. Theme 2:04
        7. Television 2:21
        8. Steamroller 4:24
        9. Jellystoned Park 8:44
        10. Quad 3:15
        11. U33 3:08
        12. Television 1:50
        13. Chipped 3:45
        14. Widowmaker 3:09
        15. Theme 2:18
        16. Woke Up 3:26
        17. Spliff Riff 8:57

        The Heads

        Relaxing With (RSD 2017 Version)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Vinyl of this reissue went out of stock within 6 months of its re-release in 2012,, so now, in the Month of its 21st Anniversary (it was indeed, released in the midst of Britplop in April 1996), the band have repressed it on blue vinyl for RSD. In an attempt to keep it in print and not see it go for £50+ on nefarious auctioneering sites. Fresh cut by Shawn Joseph, incredible art redux from Johnny O, and with MP3 DL code / FLAC DL code. "Relaxing With?" is the first Heads album, its reissue, remastered and boosted with extras has been a long time coming: Rooster is mightily proud to announce its release at last.. The Heads had self-released a couple of 7"', and then Cargo Uk's inhouse label Headhunter UK got to release a further 7", and then the Debut album in 1996. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, the Heads cut a timely swathe with their unkempt rock psychedelique. The album contained 10 tracks of guitar driven, amp destroying rock, with cues taken straight from the US underground, Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet too but with a disitinctly British stamp, some of the drone and fuzz from Loop / Spacemen 3, some of the attitude of the Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and overlaid with the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It was obvious that the four members of the Heads were music obsessives. The debut album was recorded at Foel studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind) and engineered by Corin Dingley, it was mastered by John Dent at LOUD. For this reissue, the album was remastered by Shawn Joseph, Theres the full 2CD complement on the DL codes / this time theres a FLAC version too.. A release that confirms the Heads status as " a national treasure".

          The Underwear Heads

          Tangmania EP

            Recorded at Rock 'n' Roll HDQS Fall 1980. The Underwear Heads were long-rumored to have been a fictional creation. Evidence of their existence over the past 30 plus years had been reliant upon a picture sleeve for a single that never came with a record. Due to the copycat nature of punk collectors' want lists, the legend of the U-Heads extended far-and-wide as "the sleeve without a record." Truth of the matter is that vinyl was pressed for the release, but due to a manufacturing error all copies were defective and were unceremoniously destroyed while some sleeves managed to slip into circulation.

            Third Man was able to track down band member John Crenshaw (brother of esteemed Michigan-born songwriter Marshall Crenshaw) who instantly claimed he'd not heard the band's name uttered since 1983. Bandmates Nick Canterucci, Art Lyshak and Bruno Burroni were conferenced in, an early-generation master was located in Australia and the world is finally privileged to hear the Tangmania EP. The six songs on this self-recorded 7" run the gamut from silly drum machine punk, outre experimental tape manipulation and art rock spaciousness.

            Get Well Soon

            The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads - Bonus Tracks Edition

              'Get Well Soon are one of Germany’s most prolific bands of the decade and certainly the most extravagant!

              We would even go further and claim, that Konstantin Gropper is the Caspar David Friedrich of his generation; strictly musically speaking, of course. In case you don’t know, Friedrich was the most important romantic painter of the 19th century. Similarly, Konstantin’s musical vehicle, Get Well Soon is best known for its hugely romantic, allegorical songs, full of drama, morning mist and night skies. No gothic ruins though.

              Their new album ‘The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads’ is one of the most sophisticated pop albums of the year. The album features 13 new, wildly imaginative and of course opulently arranged songs. It is, in certain moments, a colourful and beautiful nod to the genre we know as ‘Cinema Italiano’ (think Nino Rota or Argento), though these masters of the strange, wild and adventurous are just one of the 3,227 inspirations that went into the making of this new ornate Get Well Soon masterpiece.'

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Prologue
              2. Let Me Check My Mayan Calendar
              3. The Last Days Of Rome
              4. The Kids Today
              5. Roland, I Feel You
              6. Disney
              7. A Gallows
              8. Oh My! Good Heart
              9. Just Like Henry Darger
              10. Dear Wendy
              11. Courage, Tiger
              12. The World’s Worst Shrink
              13. You Cannot Cast Out The Demons, You Might As Well Dance

              CD Disc 2: ITZTLACOLIUHQUI (Comes As Downloads With The Vinyl)
              Lesson 1: You Are Welcome!
              Lesson 2: Soon!
              Lesson 3: Take Shelter!
              Lesson 4: Absolution And Eternal Refuge
              Lesson 5: Break The Cycle! Break Your Chains!


              The Heads

              Dead In The Water

                **LONG OVERDUE CD REPRESS**

                "Dead in The Water" is compilation carefully edited together by The Heads vocalist and guitar player Simon Price. It was originally released in a micro edition of 100 CD copies on the bands own Rooster label, these copies sold out overnight! The material consists of album outtakes, jams and rehearsal recordings, most of which are improvised. "Dead In The Water" is a lot more space rock than the previous Invada outtakes LP "33", it will appeal to fans of Bardo Pond, Acid Mothers Temple, Faust and Hawkwind!

                The Sticks / Hand On Heads

                Split 10"

                  Hands On Heads' debut release proper is this split 10" with their friends The Sticks. It's a meeting of messed up minds that documents a shared surpise at the expressive freedom pop music can yield, when it's adventurous and playful, and creating it's own thinking party sound. The spooked lyricism and frantic spontaneity of Hands On Heads' music perfectly complements the heartfelt gooey blues of The Sticks, which leaks from the brake cables of this clattering runaway train of a record. These are two bands writing their own future in their awkward, instinctual yet ever-involving compositions, and that daring bridge of kinship is the rationale for them to share these two sides of wax.


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