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Roxy Music

Stranded

    "Without Brian Eno, Roxy Music immediately became less experimental, yet it remained adventurous, as Stranded illustrates. Under the direction of Bryan Ferry, Roxy moved toward relatively straightforward territory, adding greater layers of piano and heavy guitars. Even without the washes of Eno's synthesizers, Roxy's music remains unsettling on occasion, yet in this new incarnation, they favor more measured material, whether it's the reflective "A Song for Europe" or the shifting textures of "Psalm." Even the rockers, such as the surging "Street Life" and the segmented "Mother of Pearl," are distinguished by subtle songwriting that emphasizes both Ferry's tortured glamour and Roxy's increasingly impressive grasp of sonic detail." - All Music.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Deluxe LP Info: Half speed re-masters on 180g vinyl with a download code.

    Elbow

    Cast Of Thousands - Abbey Road Half Speed Remaster

      So everyone's saying Elbow are happier now? Don't worry this is still heavy and atmospheric, but it's somehow more liberating, less cloying, than their debut album. Sure, there's the creepily sinister "I've Got Your Number" and they still have a proggy bent, like Radiohead but with ace songs. But there's jazzy vibes, lovely electronica and in "Switching Off" they have another mega slowie. There's mad percussion, gospel choirs, beautiful poetry: all so introspective yet somehow anthemic. Sadness that makes you feel 10 foot tall? Now that's wonderful. And weird! Best of all is "Grace Under Pressure", so awe inspiring it sounds like a hymn. It ends with the crowd at Glastonbury chanting 'we still believe in love so fuck you!'. It's the best thing they've ever done. And the album's at least matched its incredible predecessor. Perhaps even surpassed. There's plenty of unravelling and bewitching to be getting on with here.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      3xLtd LP Info: 180g vinyl, with replica first-pressing packaging and stunning half-speed remastering, undertaken at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

      Fionn Regan

      The Bunkhouse Vol. 1: Anchor Black Tattoo

        Self-recorded in his Bunkhouse studio with a 4-track and single microphone, “The Bunkhouse Vol.I: Anchor Black Tattoo” is Regan’s most stripped back album yet and shows the artist bursting with imagination and humour. Regan’s singularity on full display; it covers themes ranging from conversations with the Irish Sea (Mizen to Malin) to the hallucinatory (St. Anthony’s Fire) The results echo classic singer-songwriter recordings, from those of the enigmatic Jackson C. Frank to early Elliott Smith. Fionn Regan has returned to his roots, with an album that shines a clear light on the strengths of the artist at work. “The Bunkhouse Vol.I: Anchor Black Tattoo” is Regan’s fourth studio album and is the latest addition to a family of highly acclaimed previous work including the Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album “The End of History”, the barn-storming “The Shadow of an Empire” and the orchestral steeped epic that was “100 Acres of Sycamore”.

        Placebo

        Without You I'm Nothing - Yellow Vinyl Edition

          The band's self-titled debut album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music, acting as an anthithesis to Britpop and inspiring a generations of bands to follow them. Universal Music are proud to annouce this re-release of Without You Im Nothing on limited edition coloured vinyl.

          The Beatles

          White Album (50th Anniversary Reissue)

            In November 1968, millions of double LPs were shipped to record stores worldwide ahead of that tumultuous year’s most anticipated music event: the November 22nd release of The BEATLES (soon to be better known as ‘The White Album’). With their ninth studio album, The Beatles took the world on a whole new trip, side one blasting off with the exhilarating rush of a screaming jet escorting Paul McCartney’s punchy, exuberant vocals on “Back In The U.S.S.R.” “Dear Prudence” came next, John Lennon warmly beckoning his friend and all of us to “look around.” George Harrison imparted timeless wisdom in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” singing, “With every mistake we must surely be learning.” Ringo Starr’s “Don’t Pass Me By” marked his first solo songwriting credit on a Beatles album. For 50 years, ‘The White Album’ has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn. On November 9, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘White Album’ packages (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album’s 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.

            “We had left Sgt. Pepper’s band to play in his sunny Elysian Fields and were now striding out in new directions without a map,” says Paul McCartney in his written introduction for the new ‘White Album’ releases.

            This is the first time The BEATLES (‘White Album’) has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. The album’s sweeping new edition follows 2017’s universally acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘The White Album,’ Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All the new ‘White Album’ releases include Martin’s new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. Martin’s new mix is guided by the album’s original stereo mix produced by his father, George Martin.

            “In remixing ‘The White Album,’ we’ve tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio,” explains Giles Martin in his written introduction for the new edition. “We’ve peeled back the layers of the ‘Glass Onion’ with the hope of immersing old and new listeners into one of the most diverse and inspiring albums ever made.”

            The minimalist artwork for ‘The White Album’ was created by artist Richard Hamilton, one of Britain’s leading figures in the creation and rise of pop art. The top-loading gatefold sleeve’s stark white exterior had ‘The BEATLES’ embossed on the front and printed on the spine with the album’s catalogue number. Early copies of ‘The White Album’ were also individually numbered on the front, which has also been done for the new edition’s Super Deluxe package. The set’s six CDs and Blu-ray disc are housed in a slipsleeved 164-page hardbound book, with pull-out reproductions of the original album’s four glossy color portrait photographs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, as well as the album’s large fold-out poster with a photo collage on one side and lyrics on the other. The beautiful book is illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten and notated lyrics, previously unpublished photos of recording sheets and tape boxes, and reproduced original ‘White Album’ print ads. The book’s comprehensive written pieces include new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and in-depth chapters covering track-by-track details and session notes reflecting The Beatles’ year between the release of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ and recording sessions for ‘The White Album,’ the band’s July 28 1968 “Mad Day Out” photo shoot in locations around London, the album artwork, the lead-up and execution of the album’s blockbuster release, and its far-ranging influence, written by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; journalist and author John Harris; and Tate Britain’s Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Andrew Wilson.

            The Deluxe 3CD is presented in an embossed digipak with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, plus a 24-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book. Presented in a lift-top box with a four-page booklet, the limited edition Deluxe 4LP vinyl set presents the 2LP album in a faithful, embossed reproduction of its original gatefold sleeve with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, paired with the 2LP Esher Demos in an embossed gatefold sleeve.

            Much of the initial songwriting for ‘The White Album’ was done in Rishikesh, India between February and April 1968, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr joined a course at the Maharishi’s Academy of Transcendental Meditation. In a postcard to Ringo, who had returned to England before the others, John wrote, “we’ve got about two L.P.s worth of songs now so get your drums out.”

            During the last week of May, The Beatles gathered at George’s house in Esher, Surrey, where they recorded acoustic demos for 27 songs. Known as the Esher Demos, all 27 recordings are included in the new edition’s Deluxe and Super Deluxe packages, sourced from the original four-track tapes. Twenty-one of the demoed songs were recorded during the subsequent studio sessions, and 19 were ultimately finished and included on ‘The White Album.’

            The Beatles’ studio sessions for The BEATLES (‘White Album’) began on May 30, 1968 at Abbey Road Studios. In the 20 weeks that followed, The Beatles devoted most of their time to sessions there for the new album, with some recording also done at Trident Studios. The final session for the album took place at Abbey Road on October 16, a 24-hour marathon with producer George Martin to sequence the double album’s four sides and to complete edits and cross-fades between its songs. The Beatles’ approach to recording for ‘The White Album’ was quite different from what they had done for ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ Rather than layering individually overdubbed parts on a multi-track tape, many of the ‘White Album’ session takes were recorded to four-track and eight-track tape as group performances with a live lead vocal. The Beatles often recorded take after take for a song, as evidenced by the Super Deluxe set’s Take 102 for “Not Guilty,” a song that was not included on the album. This live-take recording style resulted in a less intricately structured, more unbridled album that would shift the course of rock music and cut a path for punk and indie rock.

            The Beatles’ newly adopted method of recording all through the night was time consuming and exhausting for their producer, George Martin. Martin had other duties, including his management of AIR (Associated Independent Recording), and he had also composed the orchestral score for The Beatles’ animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, released in July 1968. After the first three months of ‘White Album’ sessions, Martin took a three-week holiday from the studio, entrusting the control room to his young assistant Chris Thomas and balance engineer Ken Scott. Scott had taken the place of engineer Geoff Emerick, who left the sessions in mid-July. On August 22, Ringo Starr also left the sessions, returning 11 days later to find his drum kit adorned with flowers from his bandmates. While the sessions’ four and a half months of long hours and many takes did spark occasional friction in the studio, the session recordings reveal the closeness, camaraderie, and collaborative strengths within the band, as well as with George Martin.

            The BEATLES (‘White Album’) was the first Beatles album to be released on the group’s own Apple Records label. Issued in both stereo and mono for the U.K. and in stereo for the U.S., the double album was an immediate bestseller, entering the British chart at number one and remaining there for eight of the 22 weeks it was listed. ‘The White Album’ also debuted at number one on the U.S. chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks of its initial 65-week chart run. In his glowing ‘White Album’ review for Rolling Stone, the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner declared: “It is the best album they have ever released, and only The Beatles are capable of making a better one.” In the U.S., ‘The White Album’ is 19-times platinum-certified by the RIAA and in 2000, it was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY® Hall of Fame, recognizing “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.”


            FORMAT INFORMATION

            4xDeluxe LP Info: 2018 stereo album mix + Esher Demos
            The 180-gram 4LP vinyl box set (limited edition) pairs the 2018 stereo album mix with the 27 Esher Demos.

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            2xLP Info: 2018 stereo mix.
            180-gram 2LP vinyl in gatefold sleeve with faithfully replicated original artwork.

            3xDeluxe CD Info: 2018 stereo album mix + Esher Demos
            The 3CD pairs the 2018 stereo album mix with the 27 Esher Demos.

            Box set Info: Super Deluxe: The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc and digital audio collections feature:
            CDs 1 & 2: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo album mix
            CD3: Esher Demos
            - Esher Demo tracks 1 through 19 sequenced in order of the finished song’s placement on ‘The White Album.’ Tracks 20-27 were not included on the album.
            CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions
            - 50 additional recordings, most previously unreleased, from ‘White Album’ studio sessions; all newly mixed from the four-track

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            The Charlatans

            Wonderland - 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue

              Not since it first appeared on vinyl in 2001 has The Charlatans’ 7th studio album ‘Wonderland’ been readily available, now almost after an 18 year absence ‘Wonderland’ has been re-pressed on 2 x 180g vinyl featuring original artwork and indie classics ‘Love Is The Key’ and ‘A Man Needs To Be Told’. With SoV download code.

              Blondie

              Heart Of Glass - EP

                •6-track 12” limited edition EP

                •1 smash hit single, originally from Blondie’s breakthrough hit album ‘Parallel Lines’

                •Features remixes, demo versions and unreleased alternative version.

                •This release is the first trailer for the definitive Blondie box set to be released in 2019

                •The song that burst Blondie out of the bowels of the Bowery to #1 on the charts, “Heart of Glass” was the pivotal moment in punk’s choreographed slam-dance with the mainstream. Inspired by Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, Blondie transformed their campy “Once I Had A Love” into a Roland-driven juggernaut and never looked back.

                •Explored and exploded via six distinct versions remastered from the original analogue tapes, the history of “Heart of Glass” is documented here in a copious essay and its art reimagined by noted American illustrator Shepard Fairey.

                “With me it’s a psychic thing that has to do with the beat. The 4/4 heartbeat rhythm has a calming effect on the listener. It’s popular because it’s biological.” Debbie Harry.

                The Charlatans

                Up At The Lake - 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue

                  Up At The Lake is the eighth studio album from Indie pioneers The Charlatans - which pretty much went under the radar upon its release in 2004 and is, still today, one of the more undiscovered and rewarding albums by The Charlatans.

                  Pressed onto 180g vinyl for the first time since its original release and with the correct vinyl side splits of Side A 6-songs and Side B 6-songs (as confirmed by Tim Burgees himself) along with the original artwork and download code, makes this an essential purchase for any Charlatans fan.

                  Red House Painters

                  Songs For A Blue Guitar - 2018 Vinyl Reissue

                    Though listed as the Red House Painters this is, for all intents and purposes, the debut solo record from Mark Kozelek. After a four record run for 4AD this album was originally released on the Island subsidiary Supreme. Recorded with a new backing band this is the first Red House Painters record on which Kozelek really lets his rock chops loose, a forerunner to his more recent, critically acclaimed, work with Sun Kil Moon. Alongside brilliant originals are three covers, highlighting Kozelek's interpretive skills, of Yes ("Long Distance Runaround"), the Cars ("All Mixed Up"), and Wings ("Silly Love Songs").

                    R.E.M

                    Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC

                      R.E.M. grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands. The collection comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers.



                      Amy Winehouse

                      Back To Black (Half Speed Master - 10th Anniversary Edition)

                      Amy's sublime second LP is now permanently available as a Half Speed Master edition. The album was cut from high-resolution digital transfers from the best known analogue tapes by Abbey Road mastering engineer Miles Showell, one of the foremost practitioners of this artisan process in the world today. Only minimal sympathetic equalisation was applied to the transfers to keep everything as pure as possible. Also, as this is a vinyl-only release, Miles did not apply any digital limiting. This is added to almost all digital releases to make them appear to be loud and is responsible for the so-called “loudness war” and in almost every case is anything but natural and pure sounding.

                      What we said 10 years ago: 

                      Three years on from her debut "Frank" and all the acclaim she got back then, 2006 sees Amy Winehouse back at the centre of media attention with its follow up, and especially inspirational new single "Rehab" which kicks things off here too. Bracketed in with the nu-soul singers back then, Amy always had more of a jazz edge to her songs, and especially her voice which sounded like it should be coming from a 50-year-old black American singer, not a skinny white Londoner. With "Back To Black" she takes a trawl through the sound of 60s soul, girl group pop and the kind of laid back torch song crooning favoured by the mafioso of old, all given a totally modern twist by her smart confessional lyrics. This all comes backed by The Dap-Kings and features lush orchestration too, with production by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi. ESSENTIAL!!! 

                      This 2LP 10th anniversary vinyl set contains all the tracks from Deluxe Edition CD, the original album plus many of which appear on vinyl for the first time. 2LP in gatefold sleeve with two inner picture bags.

                      Bloc Party

                      Silent Alarm - Vinyl Repress

                        Repress of the original LP from Bloc Party's debut studio album. Originally released in 2005, it peaked at number 3 on the UK album chart. 'Silent Alarm' is being pressed onto 180g vinyl and comes complete with download code.

                        Six years after his groundbreaking debut LP "Entroducing", Josh Davis (AKA DJ Shadow) came back with a follow up, "The Private Press". Containing everything you'd want from a DJ Shadow LP, the fifteen track LP zips through crazy B-boy breaks, audacious cut ups, sublime hip hop instrumentals, oddball samples, quirky downbeat and leftfield rock weirdness. It was released on June 4, 2002, by MCA Records to widespread acclaim from critics. This double LP reissue has been printed on 180gm heavyweight vinyl, in a triple gatefold package. It also comes complete with a download code.


                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        John Lennon

                        Imagine - The Ultimate Collection

                          John Lennon's second solo album was also his masterpiece. Produced by Phil Spector and with an apperarance by fellow ex-Beatle George, it has two world classics in the title track and "Jealous Guy" but that's only half the story. The whole LP is brilliant. Not one duffer. And the out-takes on this special edition show just what a glorious band Lennon had for the sessions. It;s a classic.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Andy says: John Lennon's timeless classic gets beautifully remastered with an extra LP providing a time capsule back to 1970/71 and the whole recording process. It;s incredible.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xLP Info: 2LP 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl edition.

                          Around the time Tricky emerged as a solo artist, independent of the Massive Attack collective, he was asked to describe his music. “If you want to dance to it, go ahead. If you want to sit in a darkened room and let it fill your head with strange thoughts, that’s fine too”.

                          ‘Trip Hop’, a term Tricky soon grew to despise, has become so omnipresent over the years, that it’s easy to forget how outside the mainstream it once was. Tricky’s 1995 debut 'Maxinquaye' is one of those albums that brought the music to the forefront, entering the UK charts at #2 on its release despite a shocking lack of airplay, and ending up topping many, many year-end lists.

                          But despite its being a harbinger of one of the most prevalent music styles of the 90s, it exists outside of trends and time and still stands as a powerhouse of musical innovation almost 20 years on. Featuring vocalists Martina Topley-Bird and Alison Goldfrapp.


                          Soft Cell

                          Northern Lights / Guilty (Cos I Say You Are)

                            Soft Cell have released their first new song in 15 years, Northern Lights!
                            The catchy synthpop track – described by the band’s singer, Marc Almond, as “a celebration of our roots in northern soul” – comes as the duo get ready for a farewell concert at the O2 Arena, London, on 30 September.

                            'Paying tribute to the Northern Soul scene which had such a pivotal influence on British electronica’s most influential and fascinating band, ‘Northern Lights’ is the brand-new single from Soft Cell – their first since 2002. Available as a limited edition 7" single with their second new release 'Guilty (Cos I Say You Are).

                            Siouxsie & The Banshees

                            Superstition - 2018 Reissue

                              The tenth studio album from the Banshees only reinforced the belief that nothing outside of their world was of real concern. Produced by Stephen Hague, one might say an odd choice, given that grunge was soon to be thrust into the mainstream. Forever evolving and experimenting - Superstition would become yet another offering of unique songs to treasure.

                              Remastered from the original ¼” tapes and cut at half speed at Abbey Road studios, London. Superstition has been expanded and cut over three sides for the first time with a special Vinyl etching on Side Four. Both artwork and audio have personally been overseen and orchestrated by Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin.




                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xLtd LP Info: Double LP with etched side D.

                              Siouxsie & The Banshees

                              A Kiss In The Dreamhouse - 2018 Reissue

                                A Kiss in the Dreamhouse brought with it a new musical direction, with the addition of strings and rampant guitarist John McGeoch the Banshees were able to exploit the potential of the studio to full effect.

                                Remastered from the original ¼” tapes and cut at half speed at Abbey Road studios, London. Both artwork and audio have personally been overseen and orchestrated by Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin.

                                Siouxsie & The Banshees

                                The Scream - 2018 Reissue

                                  Siouxsie And The Banshees – The Scream debuted in November 1978 born out of part sweet suburbia and part grey Orwellian uber state. The Scream was unlike anything else released that year.

                                  Remastered from the original ¼” tapes and cut at half speed at Abbey Road studios, London. Both artwork and audio have personally been overseen and orchestrated by Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin.

                                  Various Artists

                                  Grease - The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture

                                    “GREASE” - THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM THE MOTION PICTURE celebrates its 40th anniversary with a very special vinyl release over two 180g LPs.

                                    Mastered from the original tapes and cut at Half-Speed for a superior sound - tracks such as the Academy Award Nominated ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ and All Time Top 20 Best Selling Singles ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘Summer Nights’ will once again be available in vinyl format along with the original artwork not fully replicated since released 40 years ago.

                                    Comes with a download voucher.

                                    Japan

                                    Gentlemen Take Polaroids - Remastered

                                      The last album with Rob Dean, Gentlemen Take Polaroids was also unquestionably the album in which Japan truly found its own unique voice and aesthetic approach. The glam influences still hung heavy, particularly from Roxy Music, but now the band found itself starting to affect others in turn. Even the back cover photo says as much -- looking cool in glossy, elegant nightwear, the quintet had a clear impact on Duran Duran, to the point where Nick Rhodes obviously was trying to be Sylvian in appearance. Musically, meanwhile, the swooning, hyper elegant Euro-disco sheen of Quiet Life was polished to an even finer edge throughout, the title track and the obvious descendant of "Quiet Life" itself, "Methods of Dance," in particular sheer standouts. Sylvian's sighing, luscious croon is in full effect on both, and the arrangements are astonishing, Karn's fretless purring between Jansen's crisp, inventive, and varied drumming, Barbieri's icy keyboards filling out the corners. What makes Gentlemen Take Polaroids even more of a success is how the group, having reached such a polished peak, kept driving behind it, transforming their exquisite pop into something even more artistic and unique. "Swing," in particular, is an astounding showcase for the Karn/Jansen team; snaky funk at once dramatic and precisely chilled, brass section blasts adding just enough wry, precise sleaze, Sylvian delivering with focus and intensity while not raising his voice at all. "Nightporter," meanwhile, is a hyper ballad and then some; a slow-paced semi-waltz with Barbieri's piano taking the lead throughout with wonderful results. Further hints of the future come with the album closing "Taking Islands In Africa," which Sylvian co-wrote with future regular collaborator Ryuchi Sakamato, and which wraps up the whole experience with a gliding, supple grace. - AllMusic.

                                      A Half Speed Mastered edition of Japan's fourth album from 1980. Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. Features the single "Gentlemen Take Polaroids". This record was cut using a specialist technique known as half-speed mastering. This artisan process results in cuts that have superior high frequency response (treble) and solid and stable stereo images. In short, a very high quality master that helps to create a very high quality record. In addition to this, we will release this album as a double 45 RPM half-speed mastered edition. This is the ultimate for high quality reproduction as the faster the replay speed of the record, the higher the potential quality. Also, the shorter side times allow the level recorded to the master lacquer discs to be increased thereby improving the signal to noise ratio.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      2xLtd LP Info: Half speed mastered edition. 2LP sets on 180gram vinyl, which play at 45rpm for enhanced fidelity.

                                      LP Info: Standard 180gram 1LP.

                                      Japan

                                      Tin Drum - Remastered

                                        Partially growing out of their success in the country they were named after, as well as growing friendship and affiliation with such bands as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japan, on Tin Drum, made its most unique, challenging, and striking album. It was also the final full studio effort from the group, and what a way to bow out -- there was practically no resemblance to the trash glam flailers on Adolescent Sex anymore. Rather than repeat the sheer restraint on Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Tin Drum is an album of energy, Sylvian's singing still the decadently joyful thing it is, but the arrangements and performances tight, full, and active. The fusion of exquisite funk courtesy of Karn and Jansen's joined-at-the-hip rhythm section and a range of Asian music influences, from instrumentation to subject matter, combined with an even wider use of technological approaches to create the dramatic, sly songs on offer. Only the Talking Heads showed the same attempt at reach and variety at the time, at least in the Western rock world, but Japan arguably outstripped the New York band with its sheer sense of theatrical style. To top it all off, the band was more popular than ever, with "Ghosts," an appropriately haunting ballad notable for its utterly minimal arrangement, almost entirely eschewing beats for Barbieri's textures and Jansen's work on marimba, becoming a Top Ten hit in the U.K. The wound-up dancefloor art grooves of "The Art of Parties" and especially "Visions of China," the latter featuring what has to be Karnand Jansen's eternal highlight performance (check out Jansen's jaw-dropping drum break) were also notable efforts. Meanwhile, the evocation of Chinese culture in general continued with such songs as "Canton," a slightly martial, stately march with clear inspiration from the country's classical music tradition, and the concluding "Cantonese Boy." - Allmusic.

                                        A Half Speed Mastered edition of Japan's 5th studio album from 1981. Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road studios. Features the singles "The Art Of Parties" and "Ghosts". This record was cut using a specialist technique known as half-speed mastering. This artisan process results in cuts that have superior high frequency response (treble) and solid and stable stereo images. In short, a very high quality master that helps to create a very high quality record. In addition to this, we will release this album as a double 45 RPM half-speed mastered edition. This is the ultimate for high quality reproduction as the faster the replay speed of the record, the higher the potential quality. Also, the shorter side times allow the level recorded to the master lacquer discs to be increased thereby improving the signal to noise ratio.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xLtd LP Info: Half speed mastered edition. 2LP sets on 180gram vinyl, which play at 45rpm for enhanced fidelity.

                                        LP Info: Standard 180gram 1LP.

                                        On August 24, The Marley Family, Island Records, and UMC celebrate 40 years of "Kaya", Bob Marley & The Wailers’ historic March 1978 release. This most special anniversary edition to date will feature Stephen 'Ragga' Marley’s exciting and vibrant new "Kaya 40" mixes of all ten tracks from the original album alongside its original mixes in 2CD and 180-gram 2LP configurations.

                                        Bob Marley’s artistic legacy forever endures, and the 40th anniversary edition of "Kaya" only serves to reinforce just how much we all share the shelter of this special music.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xLP Info: Two disc set featuring new, 'Kaya 40' mixes on one disc and the original album set on the other.

                                        Siouxsie & The Banshees

                                        Join Hands

                                          This is one of four releases by UMC of classic Siouxsie And The Banshees LPs, each album appearing as it should on glorious 180-gram black vinyl. Join Hands was their second LP, originally release in 1979. Includes Playground Twist.

                                          Siouxsie & The Banshees

                                          Tinderbox

                                            Originally release in 1986, this is one of four albums released by UMC from the Siouxsie And The Banshees extensive studio catalog, each album appearing as it should on glorious 180-gram black vinyl.

                                            Siouxsie & The Banshees

                                            Juju

                                              An absolute classic from 1981. Budgie’s tribal drums and John McGeoch’s swirling guitars provide the perfect backdrop for Siouxsie’s distinctive vocals.

                                              This is one of four albums released by taken from the Siouxsie And The Banshees extensive studio catalog, each album appearing as it should on glorious 180-gram black vinyl.

                                              Siouxsie & The Banshees

                                              Through The Looking Glass

                                                This covers collection was originally released in 1987 and is one of four albums released by UMC, from the Siouxsie And The Banshees extensive studio catalog, each album appearing as it should on glorious 180-gram black vinyl.

                                                The major label massive come through with something for the heads here, hooking us up with f-f-f-fresh reissues of Eric B & Rakim's four iconic studio albums. Dropping in 1990, "Let The Rhythm Hit 'em" continued the gradual evolution of the duo's sound, this time balancing hard edged pounders like the title track with the smoother, more soulful style of "In The Ghetto". Though Rakim may have been late to cop onto the the politicised style of Ice T or Cube, the endless string of tongue twisting multisyllabic lyrics makes this one of the most technically tight rap LPs ever made.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                The major label massive come through with something for the heads here, hooking us up with f-f-f-fresh reissues of Eric B & Rakim's four iconic studio albums. First in the series is the NYC duo's game-changing debut "Paid In Full", a perfect example of Eric B's break-fuelled, lo-fi beats and scratch prowess and Rakim's revolutionary flow. Though the mighty and mega title track may be the stand out track here (crossover classics don't come much better), the boombox fire of "I Ain't No Joke", slow and sludgy "My Melody" and neck-snapping groove of "I Know You Got Soul" would be standouts on any other record.



                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                The major label massive come through with something for the heads here, hooking us up with f-f-f-fresh reissues of Eric B & Rakim's four iconic studio albums. A year after the Long Island duo made their debut with the iconoclastic "Paid In Full", they returned with another full length "Follow The Leader". Eric B's beats are tougher, tighter and more developed, still break driven but bearing the same aggressive sample style as contemporaries Public Enemy. Rather than a study in biting, Eric makes the style his own, and throws down the gauntlet to any beatmakers with the diverse and dope instrumental cuts on offer. Fearless on the mic, Rakim put down a major marker for his future GOAT credentials with a frankly flawless lyric sheet. Dark and heavy shit from the heart of NYC!

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                The major label massive come through with something for the heads here, hooking us up with f-f-f-fresh reissues of Eric B & Rakim's four iconic studio albums. Their 1992 swansong "Don't Sweat The Technique" came out to diminished fanfare back in the day, overshadowed by the creative differences which would quickly put pay to any further collaborations. The beautiful gift of hindsight has righted that wrong though, and "Don't Sweat The Technique" is now widely regarded by the hip hop heads as the duo's finest. Hard hitting and jazzy, the beats are more refined, defined and developed while Rakim's lyricism is off the fucking hook. I could wax lyrical about his hot lyricism all day, but just check out "The Punisher", "Casualties Of War" or "Know The Ledge" and have you lid flipped. A total masterpiece.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                Double LP gold here, The Beastie Boys finest fifteen tracks throughout their incredible career. This record features some of the best tunes such as ‘Fight For Your Right’ and ‘An Open Letter to NYC’ but is filled to the brim with all the best of beasties. The Beasties consistent 'triple trouble' MC style is the thread that runs through each track here, creating cohesion to this whole LP, which presents us with a great overview of their career so far.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Millie says: The perfect summary of some of their golden hits over the years, this is a pure necessity.

                                                Wilko Johnson

                                                Blow Your Mind

                                                  "There are moments when you could be forgiven for thinking you're listening to excerpts from a great lost Dr Feelgood album from their mid-70s peak. The tales of good love, bad love, uppers and downers are all there, yet there's an energy to them which surely comes from the man and his band being back from the brink, enjoying what they do best."

                                                  Wilko's first album of new material in over 30 years. Recorded at Rockfield Studios, where famously Wilko and the Feelgoods parted company back in '77. Guests are Mick Talbot on keyboards and Steve Weston on harmonica, both of whom featured on the last record with Roger Daltrey. Produced by Dave Eringa who also produced Going Back Home (Manic Street Preachers, The Who). Photography by Lawrence Watson (Liam Gallagher, Grace Jones).


                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Ltd LP Info: 180 gram flipback format with download codes.

                                                  CD Info: Digi-pack sleeve.

                                                  Liz Phair

                                                  Whip-Smart

                                                    On the 8th June, for the first time since their original release, three of Liz Phair’s definitive albums will be available on 180 gram vinyl. Whitechocolatespaceegg and Whip-Smart will be reissued in their original formats, along with Liz Phair self-titled making it’s vinyl debut. 

                                                    Known for her smart, candid, and often overtly provocative lyrics, the American singer-songwriter broke through as an indie rock icon in the 1990s with the release of her first studio album, Exile In Guyville.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    Liz Phair

                                                    Liz Phair

                                                      On the 8th June, for the first time since their original release, three of Liz Phair’s definitive albums will be available on 180 gram vinyl. Whitechocolatespaceegg and Whip-Smart will be reissued in their original formats, along with Liz Phair self-titled making it’s vinyl debut.

                                                      Known for her smart, candid, and often overtly provocative lyrics, the American singer-songwriter broke through as an indie rock icon in the 1990s with the release of her first studio album, Exile In Guyville.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                      Liz Phair

                                                      Whitechocolatespaceegg

                                                        On the 8th June, for the first time since their original release, three of Liz Phair’s definitive albums will be available on 180 gram vinyl. Whitechocolatespaceegg and Whip-Smart will be reissued in their original formats, along with Liz Phair self-titled making it’s vinyl debut. 

                                                        Known for her smart, candid, and often overtly provocative lyrics, the American singer-songwriter broke through as an indie rock icon in the 1990s with the release of her first studio album, Exile In Guyville.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                        Noah And The Whale

                                                        Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down - Vinyl Reissue

                                                          To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Noah and the Whale's debut album 'Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down', UMC are releasing the album on vinyl for the first time, alongside the second album 'The First Days Of Spring'.
                                                          Much anticipated by fans, these vinyl releases will be pressed on 180gm vinyl and will contain digital download cards.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                          Noah And The Whale

                                                          The First Days Of Spring - Vinyl Reissue

                                                            To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Noah and the Whale's debut album 'Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down', UMC are releasing the album on vinyl for the first time, alongside this, the second album 'The First Days Of Spring'.

                                                            Much anticipated by fans, these vinyl releases will be pressed on 180gm vinyl and will contain digital download cards.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                            Brian Eno

                                                            Music For Installations

                                                              Musician, producer, visual artist, thinker and activist Brian Eno first came to international prominence in the early '70s as a founding member of Roxy Music, and immediately followed with a series of critically-praised and influential solo albums. His visionary production includes albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations includes recordings with John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones and James Blake. Less widely discussed although equally notable and arguably even more prolific are his visual experiments with light and video. These are the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown, they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings, and have in recent decades paralleled his musical output. These highly-acclaimed works have been exhibited all over the globe - from the Venice Biennale and the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg to Beijing’s Ritan Park and the sails of the Sydney Opera House. ‘Music For Installations’ is a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased tracks, all of which will be available on vinyl for the first time. All of the material was recorded by Eno for use in his installations covering the period from 1986 until the present (and beyond). Over this time he has emerged as the leading exponent of generative music worldwide and is recognised as one of the foremost audio-visual installation artists of his time. Designed by Brian and long-time collaborator Nick Robertson, this beautifully bound package comes with a 64-page booklet featuring rare and unseen exhibition photographs and a new essay written by Eno. 

                                                              Gomez

                                                              Bring It On (20th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize winning debut album, Bring It On will be re-mastered and reissued (20.4.18) as a super-deluxe 4CD with an accompanying remastered double LP release (180 gram with download codes).

                                                                The 4CD 20th Anniversary edition of Bring It On contains the original, classic album remastered by Frank Arkwright @ Abbey Road studios and 35 previously unreleased tracks including 25 demos (recorded between January 1996 and August 1997) - 13 of which are appearing on an official Gomez release for the first time. The Super Deluxe box set contains 35 previously unreleased tracks. The collection features 25 demos & 13 songs never released in any form by Gomez, including covers of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend” and “T-Bone Walker’s Mean Old World” plus the band’s 1998 Glastonbury performance and BBC sessions. The package includes a 10,000-word essay by music writer Paul Stokes, with new interviews with the band and those close to them.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                Julian Cope

                                                                Jehovahkill - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                  Jehovahkill is the eighth album by Julian Cope, released in 1992. Its original version was titled Julian H. Cope.

                                                                  The album cover depicts the Callanish Stones, a site with a cruciform layout that predates Christ by at least 2,000 years 

                                                                  Julian Cope

                                                                  My Nation Underground - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                    My Nation Underground is the fourth solo album by Julian Cope. It produced three singles including ""Charlotte Anne"" (which reached number 35 in the UK charts in September 1988).

                                                                    The album's music is an extension of the more commercial side of Cope's songwriting, following on from the relative commercial and organisational success of its predecessor Saint Julian. 

                                                                    Julian Cope

                                                                    Peggy Suicide - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                      Peggy Suicide is the seventh album by Julian Cope. It is generally seen as the beginning of Cope's trademark sound and approach, and as a turning-point for Cope as a maturing artist. 

                                                                      Julian Cope

                                                                      Saint Julian - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                        Saint Julian is the third solo album by Julian Cope. It has a very strong pop sound, compared to other Cope releases, and spawned several of his best known tracks (including "World Shut Your Mouth" and "Trampolene", which were both hit singles).

                                                                        Metallica

                                                                        The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited

                                                                          The Wait is over…Actually, it’s back! Nearly three decades after going out of print, Metallica will release a remastered version of ‘The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited’ on April 13th 2018 as part of their ongoing remasters series via their own Blackened Recordings label.

                                                                          Originally released over 30 years ago on August 21st 1987, the collection features the band covering songs by early Metallica influencers such as Diamond Head, Holocaust, Killing Joke, Budgie, and The Misfits. The five songs from the EP were later included as a part of the 1998 multi-platinum release Garage, Inc., but the band felt it was time to bring it back in the original formats.

                                                                          The Velvet Underground

                                                                          1969

                                                                            This vinyl reissue of The Velvet Underground's 1969 (not to be confused with 1969 Live) compiles 1969-era Velvet Underground classics, including some rare mixes, instrumentals and alternate takes on official vinyl for the first time.

                                                                            Several original 1969 mixes from this era are featured here including “Foggy Notion,” “I’m Sticking with You,” “Andy’s Chest,” “I’m Gonna Move Right In,” and “Ocean,” as well as 2014 mixes of “One of These Days,” “Lisa Says,” and more.

                                                                            180 gram vinyl with digital download code.

                                                                            Nico

                                                                            Chelsea Girl

                                                                              Back To Black vinyl reissue of Nico's debut full solo album Chelsea Girl, originally released in 1967.

                                                                              The album famously features the then-unknown singer/songwriter Jackson Browne (guitar), Lou Reed (guitar), Sterling Morrison (guitar/bass), and John Cale (piano/bass/viola).

                                                                              Pressed on 180gram vinyl with digital download code.

                                                                              Released back in 1971 as the follow up to the global smash "Shaft", the double LP "Black Moses" is a personal favourite of the late great Isaac Hayes, and for good reason. Hayes covers hits from the likes of the Jackson 5, Carpenters and Dionne Warwick here, and as per usual, makes them all his own. Cinematic, psychedlic and oh so spiritual, Hayes arrangements ooze with musicality and soul, transforming the easy listening style of some of these originals into something utterly transcendental. Adding in a handful of effortlessly funky originals, Hayes fully delivers on this LP, with short interludes like "Ike's Rap II" threatening to steal the show. Not only did this form the basis of Portishead's "Glory Box" and Tricky's "Hell Is Round The Corner" (trip hop classics both), but I heard Moodymann play it at peak time in Sankeys once, reducing the world's worst crowd into a room of slow-dancing sweethearts. Any tune with the power to pull off that transformation deserves a place in any record collection.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              2xLtd LP Info: 180-gram double vinyl, includes a download card.

                                                                              Isaac Hayes

                                                                              Shaft - 2018 Remastered Edition

                                                                              Even from the very first 'wikka', anyone on the planet can spot the classic theme from Shaft. Creative juices in full flow, the mighty Isaac Hayes penned a Blaxploitation theme so funky, fresh and orchestrally superior that it seized control of the collective pop consciousness with a vice-like grip. But if you look and listen beyond the ubiquitous title, Hayes delivers four sides of melodic and conscious mood music, only rivaled by Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" for the genre's top spot. The contemplative groove of "Bumpy's Lament" found favour with Mobb Deep and Dr Dre, "Ellie's Love Theme" did the trick for Biggie Smalls while "Do Your Thing" prompted Big Daddy Kane to get super smooth. Each and every track is worth a mention, especially the breezy soul jazz sway of "Cafe Regio's", but rather than hear me wax lyrical, you should just cop a load of this wax - Black Moses in full effect!

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              2xLtd LP Info: 180-gram double vinyl, includes a download card.

                                                                              Isaac Hayes

                                                                              Hot Buttered Soul - 2018 Remastered Edition

                                                                              Originally released at the end of the 1960s, "Hot Buttered Soul" set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the 70s - simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes as a major music force. Includes the totally awesome 18 minute-long version of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". 

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Ltd LP Info: 180-gram vinyl, includes a download card.

                                                                              Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                                                              Fever To Tell - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                Vinyl reissue of their seminal, ground-breaking debut, Fever To Tell. The release will be the original album newly remastered by Stephen Marcussen on black 180g audiophile vinyl for the first time ever and five newspaper lyric posters with exclusive photos by Nick Zinner, Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Julian Gross, Patrick Daughters and Cintamani Calise.

                                                                                The Killers

                                                                                Day & Age - 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                  Island is celebrating the best alt-rock kingpins The Killers have to offer with four stunning LP releases culled from their rich studio catalog, each album appearing as they should on glorious 180-gram black vinyl.. 

                                                                                  For starters, The Killers’ only existing greatest hits album Direct Hits targets a well-deserved release for the first time on 12-inch 180-gram double black vinyl. In addition to Direct Hits, The Killers’ second studio album, October 2006’s Sam’s Town, is also marking its 180-gram black vinyl debut. The Killers’ third album of studio-bred material, November 2007’s Sawdust, returns to 180-gram double black vinyl. Last, and certainly not least, the band’s fourth studio album, November 2008’s Day & Age, makes its own return to 180-gram black vinyl.

                                                                                  Future Sound Of London

                                                                                  Lifeforms

                                                                                  Remastered re-issue of the 1994 double album by experimental electronica group The Future Sound of London. Although slightly lost in the hyped-up murk of the mid 90s, with time, it has become their best-known album and is considered to be an important and influential classic of avant-garde electronic music. It sounds timeless, and could well have been released this week. Using unique and enthralling keyboard sounds, pad presets or ambient washes FSOL create an exotic and otherworldly collage; existing somewhere between the stars and a deserted tropical island. Sprawling, languid, and unhurried, I'm sure this made a brilliant companion to the permo-comedown from all those high end gary's available at the time.

                                                                                  180 gram with DL codes.


                                                                                  The Pharcyde

                                                                                  Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - 25th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                  Bizarre Ride II is the debut album from The Pharcyde. Released in late 1992 by Delicious Vinyl, the album was hailed by critics and alternative rap fans and appeared in "best albums" lists in several publications. Produced entirerly by J-Swift with easily some of the tightest and most inventive beats of the era, Bizarre Ride features only one guest appearance, provided by little known Los Angeles rapper Buckwheat (who would become known as "Bucwheed" from The Wascals). Released during the dominant Gangsta Rap era of the West Coast, the music was described as "refreshing" due to its playful, light-hearted humor and lush, jazzy production. Along with albums like To Whom it May Concern by Freestyle Fellowship, and I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Bizarre Ride helped establish a new alternative scene on the West Coast followed by artists such as Hieroglyphics, The Coup and Jurassic 5. The album featured four singles, all of which were accompanied by music videos. The group's debut single, "Ya Mama", originally released in 1991, was the song that landed the group their record deal, but it failed to reach any Billboard singles chart. Their first major exposure came with the release of the album's second single, "Passing Me By". The song became the group's biggest crossover hit and is now considered a classic Hip Hop single. The album's third single, "4 Better or 4 Worse", was released in mid-1993 and featured the stoner song "Pack the Pipe" and the throwback track "Return of the B-Boy" as its B-Side. The final single, the SlimKid solo track "Otha Fish", was released in late 1993.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  David says: Golden Era hip hop doesn't come any more golden this. You can't listen to this without a smile on your face. Essential.

                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                  2xColoured LP Info: 25th anniversary pressing on translucent blue and yellow vinyl!

                                                                                  The Beatles

                                                                                  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2017 Stereo Mix

                                                                                    Produced by Giles Martin for this year’s universally heralded ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition releases, the album’s new stereo mix was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles’ father, George Martin. Praised by fans and music critics around the world, The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition is 2017’s most celebrated historical music release and an ideal gift for Beatle People here, there, and everywhere.

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Picture disc edition.

                                                                                    LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl edition.

                                                                                    James

                                                                                    Whiplash - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                      Double Vinyl re-press with download code.
                                                                                      180g black vinyl.
                                                                                      Double LP of the original album.

                                                                                      James

                                                                                      Millionaires - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                        Double Vinyl with download code.
                                                                                        180g black vinyl.
                                                                                        First time available on vinyl. 

                                                                                        James

                                                                                        Gold Mother - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                          Double Vinyl re-press with download code.
                                                                                          180g black vinyl.
                                                                                          First time available on vinyl with this specific track-list.


                                                                                          James

                                                                                          Pleased To Meet You - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                            Double Vinyl with download.
                                                                                            180g black vinyl.
                                                                                            First time available on vinyl. 

                                                                                            James

                                                                                            Seven - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                              Double Vinyl with download code.
                                                                                              180g black vinyl.
                                                                                              First time available on vinyl with this specific tracklist.

                                                                                              The Beatles

                                                                                              The Christmas Records

                                                                                                By 1963 The Beatles had more fans than they could possibly hope to play to in concert and the numbers were growing every year.  To keep in touch with these fans – Beatle People as they became known – a fan club was launched with the first edition coming in 1963.  For Christmas that year, it was decided that The Beatles would record a special Christmas message to these fans and that it would be sent out for free as a flexi single with the Christmas newsletter.

                                                                                                • From then on right through to Christmas 1969, The Beatles would continue to record a special message every year, sometimes taking a day of studio time during recording sessions and each was sent out as a flexi disc.•This was not a hi-fi listening experience, but to the fans it was an unforgettable moment of fun and insight into the character of their four favourite band members who they felt had never forgotten them no matter how big and globally successful they became. They were never officially released commercially although in 1970 they were compiled onto one disc to be sent to the fan club members in the USA that year.

                                                                                                •This box brings together all these messages as a collection of INDIVIDUALLY COLOURED  7 x 7” singles, remastered from the best possible source in the archive (often the original master tape) and presented here on a range of individual coloured vinyl.  The 16 page book contains the newsletters from each edition as well as an introductory essay from Beatles historian, Kevin Howlett.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                Box set Info: Limited coloured 7x7" Box Set,

                                                                                                [Hollywood Executive Meeting 1996]

                                                                                                Soon to be bewildered production bigwig: "Hello David, we're excited to hear about your latest movie idea, could you tell us more?"

                                                                                                David Lynch: "It's called 'Lost Highway'. It's a French-American neo-noir-horror mystery about a man who's given the death sentence for murdering his wife but inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic before he can be sent to the chair. It's got a mysterious pale old guy, loads of video tapes and makes little to no sense."

                                                                                                Bewildered production bigwig: "Sounds Great. Who's doing the soundtrack?"

                                                                                                The film’s score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti with additional music by Barry Adamson, however Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails was responsible for assembling the soundtrack. David Bowie’s “I’m Deranged”, Rammstein’s “Heirate Mich”, Lou Reed’s “This Magic Moment”, Marilyn Manson’s “Apple Of Sodom” plus more tracks from Trent Reznor, The Smashing Pumpkins all appear on the double album to accompany the Angelo Badalamenti and Barry Adamson theme music. All in all, it's every bit as weird and creepy as you'd imagine, and the perfect audio accompaniment to one of the stranger movies out there. 


                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                2xColoured LP Info: 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL
                                                                                                INCLUDES INSERT WITH TRACKLISTING AND CREDITS
                                                                                                GATEFOLD SLEEVE / PVC PROTECTIVE SLEEVE
                                                                                                FEAT “I’M DERANGED” BY DAVID BOWIE, “HEIRATE MICH” BY RAMMSTEIN, “THE PERFECT DRUG” BY NINE INCH NAILS, “I PUT A SPELL ON YOU” BY MARILYN MANSON A.O.
                                                                                                SCORE BY ANGELO BADALAMENTI (TWIN PEAKS)
                                                                                                20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
                                                                                                2.000 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED COPIES ON BLINDING BLUE VINYL

                                                                                                Beastie Boys

                                                                                                Hot Sauce Committee Part Two - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" is the eighth and final studio album by the the one and only Beastie Boys, originally released on April 27, 2011. Where 2004's "To The 5 Boroughs" utilised stripped back production and powerful lyricism in a post 9/11 love letter to NYC, Hot Sauce Committee mixes live instrumentation and samples into the kind of soupy production first unleashed on the world with "Pass the Mic" and furthered with songs like "So What'cha Want" and "Sure Shot". These songs are dense with sound effects and heavy on the bottom end, and the vocals are processed with a mixture of distortion and EQ that obscures the details of their rapping and the content of their lyrics but also gives the music a bit of snarl.The release was supported by four singles – "Lee Majors Come Again", "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas, "Make Some Noise", and "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" featuring Santigold.

                                                                                                Six years after "Hello Nasty", an older, wiser and entirely essential Beastie Boys re-emerged with "To The 5 Boroughs", a passionate love letter to NYC written in the wake of 9/11. As usual they deliver their irrepressible tag team rhymes, mixing up celebrations of their home city with witty put downs of George W and his policies, and of course their usual stoopid bragging, but this time dropping them over stripped down backing tracks, that give a nod to the past (check "Triple Trouble" with its Sugarhill Gang samples), while obviously being influenced by hip hop and R'n'B's more recent electronic styles.  Four singles were released from the album, "Ch-Check It Out", "Triple Trouble", "An Open Letter to NYC", and "Right Right Now Now", but it's very difficult to choose a favourite on this career highpoint.

                                                                                                Beastie Boys

                                                                                                The In Sound From Way Out - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                American bands have never gotten in the habit of their British counterparts, who tend to release lots of extended singles filled out with not-meant-for-prime-time experimentations. If the Beasties had gotten into that habit, this would be their B-side compendium. Originally released through the Beastie Boys' French fan club, The In Sound From Way Out! is a collection of the group's funky instrumentals from Check Your Head and Ill Communication, with a couple of new tracks thrown in. The Beasties have a flair for loose, gritty funk and soul-jazz, and the stuttering, greasy keyboards of Money Mark give the music an extra edge - he helps make the music sound as authentic as anything from the early '70s.

                                                                                                Sex Pistols

                                                                                                Never Mind The Bollocks - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                  It’s almost 40 years to the date since Never Mind The Bollocks was released and to mark this significant anniversary we’re proud to revisit the out-of-print super deluxe edition of the album originally issued in 2012. Released in limited quantities at the time its widely considered the definitive version. Unlike its 12” by 12” predecessor this new, smaller sized edition still boasts 3CDs which include the original studio album with 1977 B-sides, a disc of outtakes and a disc of live. Plus, a DVD featuring 1977 footage of the band playing live from the boat party held on the River Thames, London, the Winter Gardens, Penzance in Cornwall and the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden. To accompany this there is a 48-page hardback book with narrative from Pat Gilbert which includes rare photos from John Tiberi, Bob Gruen, Dave Wainwright and Barry Plummer.

                                                                                                  Frank Zappa

                                                                                                  Absolutely Free

                                                                                                    This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention’s 1967 album ABSOLUTELY FREE. To celebrate this occasion the Zappa Family Trust will release an expanded vinyl-exclusive edition of ABSOLUTELY FREE on September 29.

                                                                                                    This double 180 gram LP version will include the original record mastered by Bernie Grundman & cut directly from the original analog master tapes, plus a laser-etched additional disc including 20 minutes of bonus material from the Vault. The package features Frank Zappa’s original layout & libretto.


                                                                                                    R.E.M

                                                                                                    Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                      Widely considered to be one of the best albums of the 90s, 1992’s Automatic For The People features R.E.M.’s iconic hit singles “Nightswimming,” “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts.”. Commemorating the album’s 25th Anniversary, this remastered Deluxe edition boxset features previously unreleased material, including 20 never-before-heard demos, and the previously unreleased tracks “Mike’s Pop Song” and “Devil Rides Backwards.” A Blu-ray disc offers the full album (with bonus track “Photograph” featuring Natalie Merchant) mixed in Dolby Atmos, plus a high-resolution master of the album, music videos, and the original 1992 EPK. Also included is Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92 – a live set performed in R.E.M.’s hometown of Athens, GA. This will also be released on a 2CD format which includes the remastered album and the band’s 1992 show at The 40 Watt Club in Athens as well as a 180 gram vinyl edition featuring the full original album, remastered from the original analog tapes. Includes digital download card. 

                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                      Roni Size / Reprazent

                                                                                                      New Forms - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                      A 2xLP reissue of Roni Size’s Mercury Music Prize winning and platinum selling "New Forms" album, released to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Alongside albums by the likes of Fatboy Slim, Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and Underworld, "New Forms" is one of the definitive dance albums of the 90s and this will be the first time it has received the deluxe treatment. It saw Roni Size build upon his live drum and bass blueprint, which incorporated a whole host of players, mc's and musicians. It, of course, contains the phenomenally massive "Brown Paper Bag", one of the era's biggest tunes to crossover from the DnB camp.

                                                                                                      The 2LP contains the biggest cuts from the original 2CD album. The 4,000 word sleeve note booklet comes from respected dance music writer Joe Muggs.


                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      2xLP Info: Includes a download code for all the tracks from the CD version.

                                                                                                      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                      Beck

                                                                                                      Mutations

                                                                                                        Reissue of Beck's 1998 album Mutations. Whereas his previous album, Odelay had been a found-sounds and sample heavy mish mash of folk, blues, grunge, old-school hip hop and electro, Mutations harks back to the more stripped back style of his One Foot In The Grave album. It’s a laid back, mostly acoustic affair, taking in psychedelic-folk, country and blues. It may not have the commercial punch of Odelay but it’s a fantastic album that still stands up today, and shows what a great songwriter Beck is. 180 gram vinyl and includes download code.

                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                        Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                        Vinyl reissue of The Orb's debut album. The Orb's debut album was released in April 1991 and defined the genre known as ambient house. Features the singles "Little Fluffy Clouds", "Perpetual Dawn" and "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain The Rules From The Centre of The Ultraworld". Looking back, The Orb's influence can be felt all across dance music. From rave, prog and techno, to downbeat, goa and trance; this trend-setting and iconic debut has it all. Backagain with full artwork, insert and pressed on 180gram vinyl. Includes down. 

                                                                                                        Vinyl reissue of The Orb's 2nd album. "U.F.Orb" is the second studio album by the English electronica pioneers. It was released in July 1992 and reached number one on the UK Album Chart. It featured an edited version of The Orb's single "Blue Room" which reached no. 8 in the singles chart.. Noted graphic design group The Designers Republic designed the cover art. The title hints at the space-orientated theme which quickly became synonymous with the band, often with live imagery and projections to boot - making them a formidable force in live arena and at the many festivals that they would headline during this golden time.

                                                                                                        Scott Walker

                                                                                                        Scott - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                          One of the most enigmatic figures in pop music history Scott Walker (nee Scott Engel) first saw massive success in England with his band The Walker Brothers in 1965. Not really brothers, nor were they British, the trio left Hollywood seeking fame in England, and they found it here for a time with their particular brand of orchestrated pop.

                                                                                                          Following the groups demise in 1967 Walker set our to pursue solo stardom in perhaps the most peculiar way possible, with over-the-top baroque pop songs owing more to his idol Jacques Brel, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra than they did to the Beatles or the Stones.

                                                                                                          This is his first solo LP from 1967 and features three of his own compositions along with covers of songs by Brel, Tim Hardin, and the Brill Building team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. A true original.

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                                                                                                          Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                          Scott Walker

                                                                                                          Scott 4 - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                            Despite being the first of his solo albums not to reach the British Top 10, "Scott 4" was perhaps his best, and most ambitious album to date. Originally released in 1969 it is the first record to feature only Scott Walker originals. It is also the first to back off a bit from the heavily string laden production of past releases, allowing other sonic influences to shine through, from country to folk to soul. The lyrical content remains intense as Walker tackles everything from War to Stalinism to heartbreak with equal success. A classic.

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                                                                                                            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                            Scott Walker

                                                                                                            Scott 2 - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                              Originally released in 1968, "Scott 2" made it all the way to number one on the UK pop charts, perhaps the strangest number one hit in pop history. Continuing with his orchestral obsession, "Scott 2" features over-the-top string and horn arrangements, occasionally veering into dangerously schmaltzy territory. This production style is in drastic contrast to the lyrical content, songs of despair, prostitution, homosexuality, and brutal honesty, indicting the same glamorous and glitzy lifestyle that his baroque pop style emblemizes. Along with many originals "Scott 2" features songs by Jacques Brel, Tim Hardin, and Bacharach/David.

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                                                                                                              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                              Scott Walker

                                                                                                              Scott 3 - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                "Scott 3", originally released in 1969, marked a big change in Walker's approach to albums as, for the first time, the record is dominated by his original compositions. In fact, the only other songwriter that makes it onto the album is Walker's idol, Belgium's legendary singer/songwriter Jacques Brel.

                                                                                                                "Scott 3" again features string heavy production courtesy of Wally Scott, though it occasionally moves out of pop ballad territory into a more cinematic feel influenced by Ennio Morricone among others. An huge influence on folks like David Bowie and Nick Cave, as well as just about anybody on the 4AD label.

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                                                                                                                Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                The Rolling Stones

                                                                                                                Beggars Banquet - Reissue

                                                                                                                  Beggars Banquet is the seventh British studio album by the legendary English rock band, The Rolling Stones. This album is generally acknowledged as the moment when the Rolling Stones came of age. After three albums that found Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and group indulging in every kind of studio trickery, this 1968 masterpiece found the Stones returning to the band dynamic. Playing it straight, fast and loose, they emerged with iconic tracks like ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘Street Fighting Man,’ launching what became their most iconic period.

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                                                                                                                  Universal Music continue their journey through the discography of soul legend Stevie Wonder with a remastered reissue of "Original Musiquarium I" on 180gm double LP. This classic 1982 compilation brought together 12 of Stevie's biggest hits (including "Superstition", "Master Blaster (Jammin')", "Higher Ground", "Isn't She Lovely", "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", "I Wish", "Sir Duke", "Living for the City" and more) alongside the new – at the time – tracks "Ribbon in the Sky", "Front Line", "That Girl" as well as the full version of “Do I Do” (clocking in a funk workout of over 10 minutes long!). If the flawless string of classic Stevie hits wasn't enough, then that ten minute version of "Do I Do", featuring a trumpet solo from Dizzy Gillespie, should have you snapping a copy up sharpish. Ace!

                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                  The Stax Vinyl 7s Box

                                                                                                                    The legendary Stax label discovered world-class vocalists, innovative producers and musicians that excelled in the world of R&B throughout the 1960s and 70s.
                                                                                                                    To celebrate the label’s 60th anniversary and its influence on dancefloors around the world comes The Stax 7s Vinyl Box, which presents seven 45s featuring 14 in-demand rare grooves from both the famous and less famous artists who cut amazing music for the Stax group of labels. This highly desirable set comes complete with liner notes by set compiler and legendary Northern Soul DJ and BBC presenter, Richard Searling. A digital download card is also included.

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                                                                                                                    7" Box Set includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                    The Verve

                                                                                                                    Urban Hymns (20th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                      Every now and again, the world of music throws up a record that is out of the ordinary, something in its timing, quality and spirit that just feels right. The Verve’s 1997 album Urban Hymns, released on September 29th 1997, was one such record. The album spawned three highly successful singles. The first was the epoch-making worldwide smash Bitter Sweet Symphony, which trailered the album and became the sound of the summer. It was followed in the UK by The Drugs Don’t Work (No. 1) and Lucky Man (No. 7).

                                                                                                                      20 years on, the strength of the writing, the quality of the ensemble playing and sensitive production ensure the album sounds as riveting as ever and to mark this anniversary, Virgin/UMC are releasing a remastered version of the album with a bounty of bonus material - all of the accompanying b-sides (and The Verve’s b-sides were genuinely something special) plus three hours of powerful, previously unreleased live material, including the full triumphant May 1998 hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan.

                                                                                                                      The deluxe packages also feature new interviews with all the band and all physical releases draw on a vast array of previously unseen photography by Chris Floyd, who first travelled with The Verve on their US tour of 1994 and was granted unprecedented access during the making of Urban Hymns and beyond - up to and including the Haigh Hall show. His work brilliantly captured the band in the studio, on stage, backstage, during down time, on their video sets and tour bus. 

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Andy says: Incredible album which has mega melodies alongside deeper, darker cuts, gets remastered for its 20th anniversary. Energized melancholia, passion distilled, this is quite simply a beautiful record.

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                                                                                                                      5xDeluxe CD Info: The Super-deluxe 5 CD and DVD includes a lavish 56-page hard cover book plus poster and 5 postcards.

                                                                                                                      Underworld

                                                                                                                      Beaucoup Fish

                                                                                                                        "Beaucoup Fish" is the fifth album by Underworld, released in 1999. Following the huge success of the single "Born Slippy" from its use in the film Trainspotting, Beaucoup Fish was Underworld's most anticipated release. It spawned several successful singles, including "Push Upstairs", "Jumbo" and "Moaner", which was previously used in the film Batman & Robin. "Beaucoup Fish" was well-received critically (one review calling it 'electronica's "The Dark Side of the Moon"') and remains Underworld's most successful album, with over one million copies sold. It is the last studio album to feature Darren Emerson who departed in 2001 and third album by the techno / house orientated version of Underworld which became active in about 1991/1992 (tracks were being released around this time under the names Lemon Interupt and Underworld). I personally remember this being a particularly arresting album in 1999, with a rollercoaster of dynamics which took you to the dizzying heights of techno stompers "Push Upstairs" & "King Of Snake" and down to the come-down frazzled lullabies of "Skym" and "Winjer" via the Portishead-esque introspection of "Push Downstairs" and the baggy breakbeats of "Bruce Lee". A classic.

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                                                                                                                        4xDeluxe CD Info: The bespoke remastered super deluxe format features 40 tracks across 4CDs with a 60 page booklet. It includes the original albums classic singles remastered for 2016 as well as unreleased tracks, alternative versions & B-sides.

                                                                                                                        Interpol

                                                                                                                        Our Love To Admire - Remastered 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                        To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Our Love To Admire, Capitol/UMe will release three special expanded-edition reissues of this beloved classic: a double LP (180g black vinyl), a limited double LP (180g black vinyl) with bonus DVD, and a CD + DVD set on August 18, 2017.

                                                                                                                        The LP and CD will debut a sparkling new edition of the original album, remastered for this release by Gavin Lurssen with all of its original packaging intact. The bonus DVD captures the band's 12-song performance at the London Astoria on July 2, 2007. The DVD includes live versions of several songs from Our Love To Admire, along with such earlier Interpol favourites as "Narc," "Obstacle 1," "Public Pervert," "Evil" and NYC.”

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                                                                                                                        2xDeluxe LP Info: Remastered double LP + Live London Astoria DVD.

                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                        Guardians Of The Galaxy - Awesome Mix Vol. 2

                                                                                                                          A brilliantly effervescent and instantly recognisable collection of tracks from the second Guardians Of The Galaxy film. Featuring such diverse and familiar rock greats as 'The Chain' by Fleetwood Mac, Parliament's brilliant 'Flash Light' and family favourite 'Mr Blue Sky' by ELO, it is the perfect companion to the film, or a perfect listen for someone who just likes good, classic songwriting. 

                                                                                                                          Crank it up, and sit down in your favourite chair whilst someone else saves the galaxy (again). It's their job, after all. 

                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                          Guardians Of The Galaxy - Vol. 2

                                                                                                                            Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage - featuring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel , Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper. The 14-track mix features songs by David Bowie (The Prettiest Star), The Rolling Stones (Gimme Shelter), and Paul Simon (The Obvious Child), among others.

                                                                                                                            This Deluxe edition features the entire soundtrack plus the 16-piece original score by Tyler Bates, filling (most) of the second LP. The true compendium of music from this highly regarded and immensely enjoyable duology. 

                                                                                                                            The album showcases the band’s first new material in 20 years and is sure to reinstate them as one of the most influential bands of all time. Album opener and teaser track ‘Everything You Know Is Wrong - Intro’ sees the band launching into a statement of intent and the return of Shaun Ryder’s lyrical wit, which this time sees him taking sharp aim at Donald Trump. The forthcoming album is testament to Ryder’s reigning social and political commentary.

                                                                                                                            Ryder and Kermit have teamed up with producer Youth (Martin Glover) on this album, who has previously worked with the likes of The Verve, U2, Primal Scream, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode to name but a few.Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and iconic bands of the last twenty years, Black Grape have had 4 Top 10 singles and their debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ shot straight to No.1 in the UK charts upon its release in 1995 and went Platinum. Follow up album ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’ went Gold in 1997. Released on 1CD and a 180g Gatefold Black 1LP including 2 inserts with lyrics on and a download voucher.

                                                                                                                            The Cure

                                                                                                                            Greatest Hits

                                                                                                                              First time on vinyl for the 2001 compilation. Mastered by Robert Smith and housed in a die-cut gatefold sleeve. Artwork by the original design team at Stylo Rouge and features out-takes from the original photo shoot for the front cover. Features 4 Top 10 hit singles plus 4 Top 20s.



                                                                                                                              Big Star

                                                                                                                              The Best Of Big Star

                                                                                                                              Best of Big Star is part of a wide-ranging, year-long initiative celebrating Stax Records’ 60th anniversary. Formed in 1971 by singer/songwriters Alex Chilton (1950-2010) and Chris Bell (1951-1978), drummer Jody Stephens (b. 1952) and bassist Andy Hummel (1951-2010), the Memphis-based group is now considered to be one of the most influential bands in modern music, having inspired some of the biggest alt-rock artists of the ’80s, ’90s and beyond. An underground core of fanatical enthusiasts kept the fire burning. The Replacements famously released “Alex Chilton,” a song that paid tribute to Big Star’s songwriting genius. R.E.M.’s Peter Buck said, “Big Star served as a Rosetta Stone for a whole generation of musicians.” 

                                                                                                                              Iggy Pop

                                                                                                                              The Idiot - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                Two years on from the end of The Stooges, Iggy returned, older, wiser and perhaps a little more world weary. The Idiot is his debut solo album and the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. Style-wise the album sits nicely alongside Bowie’s Berlin period albums, gone is the raw proto-punk of The Stooges, instead we have fractured guitar sounds and discordant keyboards, and whereas previously his vocals were delivered with a defiant snarly, he instead adopts his now trademark baritone drawl.

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                                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: 180g and download card.

                                                                                                                                Iggy Pop

                                                                                                                                TV Eye: 1977 - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                  TV Eye Live 1977 is a live album by Iggy Pop originally released in 1978. The album features recordings from multiple concerts as well as featuring David Bowie on keyboards and backing vocals on some tracks.
                                                                                                                                  • Cut from analog tapes
                                                                                                                                  • Mastered by Robert Vosges at Capitol Mastering.

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                                                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: 180g and download card.

                                                                                                                                  Iggy Pop

                                                                                                                                  Lust For Life - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                    Released less than a year after "The Idiot", "Lust For Life" is a return to the sloppy, sleazy, blues-y, swagger of the Stooges. Though the record is, again produced by David Bowie, he takes much more of a backseat musically, allowing for Iggy Pop to take center stage in his return to form. An absolute classic from this total legend.

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                                                                                                                                    Ltd LP Info: 180g and download card.

                                                                                                                                    The Beatles

                                                                                                                                    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Super Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition

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                                                                                                                                      ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings, Video Features & Special Packaging

                                                                                                                                      Previously Unreleased 1992 Documentary Film, ‘The Making of Sgt. Pepper,’ Restored for Anniversary Edition’s Super Deluxe Boxed Set


                                                                                                                                      London – April 5, 2017 – It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/USM). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

                                                                                                                                      “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.

                                                                                                                                      “‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.


                                                                                                                                      This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.

                                                                                                                                      The comprehensive six-disc boxed set features:
                                                                                                                                      CD 1: New stereo album mix 
                                                                                                                                      CDs 2 & 3: 
                                                                                                                                      - 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, most previously unreleased and mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, sequenced in chronological order of their recording dates
                                                                                                                                      - A new stereo mix of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever” 
                                                                                                                                      CD 4: 
                                                                                                                                      - Direct transfers of the album’s original mono mix and the “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” singles
                                                                                                                                      - Capitol Records’ U.S. promotional mono single mix of “Penny Lane” 
                                                                                                                                      - Previously unreleased early mono mixes of “She’s Leaving Home,” “A Day In The Life,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (a mix thought to have been erased from a tape in 1967, but discovered during archive research for the anniversary edition)
                                                                                                                                      Discs 5 & 6 (Blu-ray and DVD):
                                                                                                                                      - New 5.1 surround audio mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus their 2015 5.1 surround mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever” 
                                                                                                                                      - High resolution audio versions of the new stereo mixes of the album and “Penny Lane” and of the 2015 stereo mix of “Strawberry Fields Forever” 
                                                                                                                                      - Video features: 4K restored original promotional films for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “A Day In The Life;” plus The Making of Sgt. Pepper, a restored, previously unreleased documentary film (broadcast in 1992), featuring insightful interviews with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr, and in-studio footage introduced by George Martin. 


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                                                                                                                                      London – April 5, 2017 – It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

                                                                                                                                      “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.

                                                                                                                                      “‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.

                                                                                                                                      This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.


                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Andy says: The album that changed Pop into Rock and many people still consider to be the greatest of all time. What's interesting here is George Martin's son, Giles' new remix, which combines the authenticity of the original mono mix (the Beatles themselves all but ignored stereo) with the magic and separation of the stereo. You really do get the best of both and any scepticism is instantly sidelined. You're left feeling that this really needed doing!

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                                                                                                                                      2xDeluxe CD Info: Expanded 2CD and digital package features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased complete takes of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased complete takes of “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

                                                                                                                                      CD Info: Standard CD featuring the new ‘Sgt. Pepper’ stereo mix, complete with the original U.K. album’s “Edit for LP End” run-out groove.

                                                                                                                                      "An Introduction To Elliott Smith" is, as the title suggests, intended as an introduction to one of the greatest songwriters of our era.

                                                                                                                                      This is the first time that Elliott Smith’s music has been compiled, covering music from all his studio albums.

                                                                                                                                      Both formats feature an essay from Elliott’s friend and archivist Larry Crane.


                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Andy says: Honesty and beauty, captured on tape. Oh yeah, and top tunes too! One of the TRULY GREATS.

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                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl with download code.

                                                                                                                                      It's nearly a year, to the day, since Elliott killed himself and this is the record he was working on. Well he must have nearly finished it because this is one of the best albums I've ever heard. It's stunning. The songs are simply breathtaking. As ever, it's melodically very "White Album" but it differs from his other work in that there's a number of rumbling, heavy, towering rock songs. They're still super-tuneful, but incredibly exciting with their fractured, 'Sister Lovers', teetering out of control dynamic. This whole record has a more organic, live feel than his last two major label albums, and the ballads for which we've loved him are all present and correct: probably his prettiest collection of slowies, which nicely offset the gothic, heavy tumblers. With his tremulous voice, beautiful words, faintly trippy backwards burbling squiggles and finger-picking dexterity, he's created some of the best 'singer/songwriter' music ever. It makes his death even sadder because I think this may well be the best record Elliott's ever made. Album of the year. No contest.

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                                                                                                                                      2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl with download code.

                                                                                                                                      Elliott Smith

                                                                                                                                      Either/Or - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                      To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Elliott Smith’s best-selling and greatly beloved album, Either/Or, UMC are set to release Either/Or: Expanded Edition, with a 2LP following on May 19, 2017.

                                                                                                                                      Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane. The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem. This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Andy says: Perceived by many to be his best album, this features the stunning Between The Bars, Rose Parade and Punch And Judy. One of the truly greats.

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                                                                                                                                      2xLtd LP Info: The double LP is packaged in a gatefold jacket that includes an insert of the original liner notes, a postcard of the original master tapes, and several never-before seen photos. Released on 180g vinyl and comes with download codes.

                                                                                                                                      Elliott Smith

                                                                                                                                      Elliott Smith

                                                                                                                                      Stunning self-titled second album. 12 tracks of fractured, late-night, acoustic laments. Includes "Needle In The Hay" as featured in 'The Royal Tenenbaums' but really every song is a unique, self-contained gem which makes this album a genuine rarity and Smith one of the finest, most original artists of the past few decades.

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                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: The LP comes on 180gm vinyl with download codes.

                                                                                                                                      The Jam

                                                                                                                                      Setting Sons

                                                                                                                                        Originally intended as a concept album, only a few of the finished tracks on their brilliant 1979 LP related to the proposed theme of three close friends growing apart. The ferocious, blunt Thick As Thieves perhaps best captures that painful drift apart. Elsewhere Weller emerges the vitriolic political commentator on the anti war polemic, Little Boy Soldiers and the class war cry of hit single The Eton Rifles.

                                                                                                                                        The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977. Led by guitarist/singer Paul Weller, a young, sharp suited mod, who was inspired by Otis Redding, Dr Feelgood, The Who and the Sex Pistols in equal measure, with bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler they delivered their ferocious mission statement – In The City. The song hit the Top 40 and fanfared the arrival of a three piece that would over the next five years produce six studio albums and 18 singles including four Number 1s. While their punk contemporaries faded away - The Jam went out with a bang, at the very, very top. Such was the enormity of their split that it even made the TV news. 

                                                                                                                                        And their influence is still as strong today, 30 years after that thrilling debut. After spawning the mod revival with bands like The Chords and The Purple Hearts, they laid the foundations for Britpop (bands like Blur and Oasis crowned Weller the Modfather) and their music can now be heard in the sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Graham Coxon, Dirty Pretty Things, Babyshambles, The Ordinary Boys and Hard Fi. Even hip hop producer Mark Ronson has just covered Pretty Green (from Sound Affects). 

                                                                                                                                        Now, to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary, Universal Music present the classic albums in exact replicas of the original vinyl editions. 

                                                                                                                                        Strictly limited edition – one print run only.

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                                                                                                                                        Ltd LP Info: 180g reissue with download codes. Single LP sleeves with printed inner bags.

                                                                                                                                        The Jam

                                                                                                                                        Sound Affects

                                                                                                                                          Tellingly, when Weller came to record 2010’s Wake Up The Nation, it was Sound Affects that his collaborator and producer Simon Dine held up as a model. “He referenced it right at the start,” says Weller. “That was the sort of sound he imagined we should be going for: hard, metallic, quite stripped-down… jagged.”

                                                                                                                                          Sound Affects was originally released in November 1980 at a time when The Jam was considered the biggest band in Britain. The album followed the band’s first number one single – Going Underground and features the group’s second UK number one single, Start! – a track built around almost exact copies of the bass-line and guitar solos from The Beatles’ Taxman (at the time Weller considered the album a cross between Off the Wall and Revolver!).

                                                                                                                                          It includes many of the band’s classic songs - That’s Entertainment (written in a caravan in Selsey, after the pub), never released as a single in UK, the German import was a UK hit (subsequently covered by Morrissey), the political Man in the Corner Shop, Pretty Green (now inspiration for Liam Gallagher’s clothing range!), the pure-pop of Boy About Town and Dream Time.

                                                                                                                                          It’s regarded by critics and fans (as well as Weller) as their most adventurous and experimental collection of material, drawing musical influences from the ‘post-punk’ groups of the late-70s - Wire, Gang Of Four and Joy Division as well as neopsychedelic touches from The Beatles and The Zombies etc.

                                                                                                                                          The distinctive cover art is a pastiche of the artwork used on various BBC sound effects records of the 1970s, incorporating ‘pop-art’ imagery.

                                                                                                                                          Now, to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary, Universal Music present the classic albums in exact replicas of the original vinyl editions.

                                                                                                                                          Strictly limited edition – one print run only.

                                                                                                                                          “I still feel it was our best record. There are loads of other things I like, but as an overall body work, I thought it was great. To me, it still sounds fresh.”

                                                                                                                                          Paul Weller – August 2010

                                                                                                                                          Nirvana

                                                                                                                                          Incesticide

                                                                                                                                            Vinyl reissue on a Gatefold 180g 2LP of Nirvana’s 1992 rarities collection. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. Incesticide was originally released in December 1992, collecting unreleased and non-album tracks to follow up on the success of 1991’s Nevermind. 

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                                                                                                                                            2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.


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