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The Beach Boys

Sail On Sailor 1972

    Building on the success of 2021’s Feel Flows and the Sounds Of Summer product suite, UMe will be releasing 4 new packages based on the 1972 recordings by The Beach Boys from the albums “Carl and The Passions” and “Holland” in November.

    The project is expansive with 120 tracks, 80 of which are previously unreleased!

    The band is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and through 2023 and a number of tentpole events will build consumer excitement through next year.

    The Human League

    The Virgin Years

      Formed in Sheffield in 1977 The Human League are one of the most renowned English synth-pop bands. Initially an experimental electronic outfit, the group signed to Virgin Records in 1979 and attained widespread commercial success with their third album Dare in 1981. The album contained four hit singles, including the UK/US number one hit “Don’t You Want Me”.

      Under Oakey’s leadership, the Human League have evolved into a commercially successful New Pop band, with a line-up including female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley.

      Since 1978, the Human League have released nine studio albums, two remix albums, one live album, six EPs, 30 singles and several compilation albums. They have had five albums and 15 Top 20 singles and had sold more than 20 million records worldwide by 2010.

      This set contains their albums from their time with Virgin Records and all records come in coloured vinyl (chosen by the band) and in tip on sleeves, all housed in a sturdy box with a poster. The band have just completed a sold-out UK tour playing Dare in its entirety.

      TRACK LISTING

      DARE - Side A
      The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
      Open Your Heart
      The Sound Of The Crowd
      Darkness
      Do Or Die
      DARE - Side B
      Get Carter
      I Am The Law
      Seconds
      Love Action (I Believe In Love)
      Don't You Want Me

      FASCINATION - Side A
      (Keep Feeling) Fascination (Extended Version)
      Mirror Man
      Hard Times
      FASCINATION - Side B
      I Love You Too Much
      You Remind Me Of Gold
      (Keep Feeling) Fascination (Improvisation)

      HYSTERIA - Side A
      I'm Coming Back
      I Love You Too Much
      Rock Me Again And Again And Again And Again And Again And Again (Six Times)
      Louise
      The Lebanon
      HYSTERIA - Side B
      Betrayed
      The Sign
      So, Hurt
      Life On Your Own
      Don't You Know I Want You?

      CRASH – Side A
      Money
      Swang
      Human
      Jam
      Are You Ever Coming Back?
      CRASH – Side B
      I Need Your Loving
      Party
      Love On The Run
      The Real Thing
      Love Is All That Matters

      ROMANTIC? - Side A
      Kiss The Future
      A Doorway?
      Heart Like A Wheel
      Men Are Dreamers
      Mister Moon And Mister Sun
      ROMANTIC? - Side B
      Soundtrack To A Generation
      Rebound
      The Stars Are Going Out
      Let's Get Together Again
      Get It Right This Time

      Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners

      Too-Rye-Ay, As It Should Have Sounded

        To tie in with the 40th anniversary of the multi-platinum selling album, we present ‘Too-Rye-Ay, as it should have sounded’.

        Kevin Rowland was never happy with the final mix of the album, despite its huge commercial success. So with Helen O’Hara, and Pete Schwier they decided to mix it again. In recent interviews Kevin has stated…

        “The songs and performances are great, but I always felt the mixes could be better. It’s my most successful album, but it doesn’t sound as good as the others”

        “This is the director’s cut and it’s how it should have sounded…”

        The album’s cover has also been re-modelled, using the preferred image from the Come On Eileen single sleeve. 

        TRACK LISTING

        1LP
        Side A
        The Celtic Soul Brothers
        Let's Make This Precious
        All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
        Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
        Old
        Side B
        Plan B
        I'll Show You
        Liars A To E
        Until I Believe In My Soul
        Come On Eileen

        3CD
        CD1 (The 1982 Album – ‘as It Should Have Sounded’)
        The Celtic Soul Brothers
        Let's Make This Precious
        All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
        Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
        Old
        Plan B
        I'll Show You
        Liars A To E
        Until I Believe In My Soul
        Come On Eileen
        CD2 (Bonus Tracks - B-Sides / Out-Takes)
        Show Me (Single A-side – 1981)
        Soon (B-side Of Show Me Single - 1981)
        ...And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders (B-side Of Liars A To E Single - 1981)
        Love Part 2 (B-side Of The Celtic Soul Brothers Single - 1982)
        Let's Make This Precious (‘Original Version’ – From Too-Rye-Ay (2CD Deluxe))
        Come On Eileen (Single Edit - 1982)
        Dubious (B-side Of Come On Eileen Single - 1982)
        T.S.O.P. (B-side Of Jackie Wilson Said.. 12” Single - 1982)
        Let's Get This Straight From The Start (Non-album Single - 1982)
        Reminisce (Part 1)(B-side Of The Celtic Soul Brothers 12" Single - 1983)
        Let's Make This Precious (Out-Take - Previously Unreleased)
        ‘Smoke Your Own’ (AKA Liars A To E, 1981) (Out-Take - Previously Unreleased)
        Until I Believe In My Soul (Out-Take - Previously Unreleased)
        CD3 (Live At The Shaftesbury Theatre – October 1982)
        Old
        Geno
        Let's Get This Straight From The Start
        All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
        Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
        Plan B
        Let's Make This Precious
        I Couldn't Help If I Tried
        Until I Believe In My Soul
        Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
        Respect
        There, There, My Dear
        Come On Eileen
        Seven Days Too Long
        The Celtic Soul Brothers
        I'm Just Looking 

        4LP Super Deluxe Edition
        LP1 (The 1982 Album – ‘as It Should Have Sounded’) - Side A
        The Celtic Soul Brothers
        Let's Make This Precious
        All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
        Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
        Old
        LP1 (The 1982 Album – ‘as It Should Have Sounded’) - Side B
        Plan B
        I'll Show You
        Liars A To E
        Until I Believe In My Soul
        Come On Eileen
        LP2 (Bonus Tracks - B-Sides / Out-Takes) - Side A
        Show Me (Single A-side – 1981)
        Soon (B-side Of Show Me Single)
        ...And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders (B-side Of Liars A To E Single)
        Love Part 2 (B-side Of The Celtic Soul Brothers Single)
        Let's Make This Precious (‘Original Version’)
        Come On Eileen (Single Edit)
        Dubious (B-side Of Come On Eileen Single)
        T.S.O.P. (B-side Of Jackie Wilson Said.. 12” Single)
        LP2 (Bonus Tracks - B-Sides / Out-Takes) - Side B
        Let's Get This Straight From The Start (Single)
        Reminisce (Part 1)(B-side Of The Celtic Soul Brothers 12" Single)
        Let's Make This Precious (Out-Take - Previously Unreleased)
        ‘Smoke Your Own’ (AKA Liars A To E, 1981) (Out-Take - Previously Unreleased)
        Until I Believe In My Soul (Out-Take - Previously Unreleased)
        LP3 (Live At The Shaftesbury Theatre – October 1982 - Part 1) - Side A
        Old
        Geno
        Let's Get This Straight From The Start
        All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
        Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
        LP3 (Live At The Shaftesbury Theatre – October 1982 - Part 1) - Side B
        Plan B
        Let's Make This Precious
        I Couldn't Help If I Tried
        Until I Believe In My Soul
        LP4 (Live At The Shaftesbury Theatre – October 1982 - Part 2) - Side A
        Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
        Respect
        There, There, My Dear
        LP4 (Live At The Shaftesbury Theatre – October 1982 - Part 2) - Side B
        Come On Eileen
        Seven Days Too Long
        The Celtic Soul Brothers
        I'm Just Looking

        Roxy Music

        The Best Of - Half Speed Master Edition

          Glamorous, prolific and hugely influential Roxy Music has exceeded the sum of its considerable parts, defying definition, leaving a lasting impression on British Pop culture.

          Released for the first time on vinyl The Best Of Roxy Music amalgamates no less than eight studio albums spanning a decade of innovative style and enduring substance.

          Released on double 180g black vinyl, The Best Of Roxy Music has been re-issued with a fresh half-speed cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. London. To reflect the audio the artwork has also been revised, complete with a gloss laminate gatefold finish.

          To coincide with the band celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Roxy Music’s classic career-encompassing collection from 2001 is available for the first time on vinyl. Containing all of the classic singles including ‘More Than This’, ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘Love Is The Drug’ and ‘Virginia Plain’, and classic album cuts, it’s a definitive testament to one of the most influential and daring artist catalogues of all time. This beautifully presented album includes enhanced artwork and full song lyrics.

          TRACK LISTING

          2LP
          Side A
          Avalon
          More Than This
          Jealous Guy
          Over You
          Side B
          Same Old Scene
          Oh Yeah
          Angel Eyes
          Dance Away
          Both Ends Burning
          Side C
          Love Is The Drug
          Out Of The Blue
          All I Want Is You
          Mother Of Pearl
          Side D
          Street Life
          Do The Strand
          Pyjamarama
          Virginia Plain
          Re-Make/Re-Model

          Blondie

          Against The Odds 1974 - 1982

            There’s a certain un-assuming barn just outside Woodstock, New York. It’s easy to picture; the deep mythology of pop music history assures that much. For nearly two decades, the bulk of Blondie’s audio and visual archive sat inside.

            One hundred reel-to-reel tapes, half a dozen cassettes, a few storage tubs crammed with records, bits of promotional flotsam, flyers, a stray Warhol print, and mirrored dressing room signage from four sold-out January 1980 nights at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. All of it lay silent through twenty humid summers, twenty frigid winters, and 20,000 rodents.

            There were knives collected in Asia and sex worker advertisements pilfered from the UK’s red telephone boxes of the late 1970s. In a corner, a dust-caked RIAA-certified gold record for Eat To The Beat reclined against a wall, its protective glass scarred by a bullet hole.“Iggy and I were shooting guns at a wall in my basement one night,” guitarist Chris Stein told us. “This was a casualty.”

            From this chaotic hoard of ephemera, this long-gestating project was born.

            Over the years, Blondie’s many partner record companies have done an exemplary job archiving the band’s recorded legacy, given the miles it’s logged and the oceans it’s had to cross. From Larry Uttal’s Private Stock Records to Terry Ellis and Chris Wright’s Chrysalis, which was absorbed by Capitol and then Universal, the band’s reels have been moved, transferred, baked, re-boxed, remixed, and barcoded more than a few times. We pored over every foot of magnetic tape and, thanks to our brand new 24-bit, 192KHz transfers, have expanded the dynamic range of Blondie’s six LPs.

            We’ve scoured the earth for era-appropriate photos, pic sleeves, lyrics sheets, fan club newsletters, postcards, jukebox strips, and even eight-track tapes. There will always be more to find. Whether it’s a mislabeled cassette tape squirrelled away in a New Jersey garage, a previously unknown Thai 45 variant, or a roll of film excavated at the Long Beach flea market, slivers of Blondie will continue to poke into our collective unconscious until there ceases to be any consciousness to poke.

            What the seven members of Blondie set to tape over those first eight years remains among the most timeless music of its era, or any era. This is not hyperbole. Walk into a grocery store and Rapture fills the air. Spend an hour with any classic rock, ’80s throwback, LITE FM easy listening, or rockin’ oldies station and you will rediscover Heart of Glass.

            Watch any given documentary on the birth of punk or hip hop, read any “Best Albums of All Time” list, and the stark three-color imagery of Parallel Lines will undoubtedly flash by. Visit any sports arena in the world and count the moments before you hear Call Me.

            Blondie has transcended the realms of mere bands, evolving out of pop and punk to become a vital strand of American music’s core DNA.

            Let this box set serve as a map of the genome.

            Bobbie Gentry

            The Girl From Chickasaw County - The Complete Collection

              Bobbie is notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. During her five-year tenure at Capitol, she penned at least two songs that have become certified classics, ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ and ‘Fancy’, among dozens of original compositions.

              Bobbie released eight Capitol albums in total, heralded by the smash hit debut ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ (Which displaced Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band from the top of the charts in the US). Delta Sweete, her third, is another highlight. MOJO magazine listed it in their top 500 greatest albums of all time and memorably described her as the ‘JD Salinger of rock n roll.’

              Bobbie also teamed up with Glen Campbell later that year (1968) for album of duets that earned her another gold record and spawned three hit singles, including a cover of the Everly Brothers’ hit ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’, which rose to No. 3 on the U.K. and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The pair also toured briefly together and performed on a number of American and British television programs and specials.

              Bobbie enjoyed four UK hits, with ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’ topping the charts in 1969. In the USA, she notched 11 hits and was nominated for a Grammy for album Fancy, which was largely produced by Rick Hall in Muscle Shoals

              Bobbie had her own BBC show for 3 seasons, hosting the programmes, performing her own material and introducing guests such as Elton John, James Taylor and, Donovan. She also headlined her nightclub in Vegas.

              She quit the scene over 40 years ago (1978), and unlike everyone who returns, she has stayed out of sight. She remains one of the few genuine mysteries of popular music. Because she was so popular (No.1 singles/Albums, BBC TV series, Vegas residency) her abilities as a writer, producer and arranger were too often overlooked, she paved the way for Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Bobbie’s songs continue to influence a new generation of artists like Cheryl Crow, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash all of whom have cited her as an influence and covered her songs.

              In 2018 UMC released Capitol years boxset consisted of 8CDs, this is the first ever large-scale retrospective containing the first UK reissues of her albums in their entirety – supplemented by 76 previously unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate takes from all Bobbie’s Capitol albums. Included are beautiful acoustic demos of songs like Refractions, Courtyard and Seasons Come Seasons Go, alternate takes of Sunday Best, Sweet Peony and Benjamin, and previously unheard originals like Morning to Midnight, and Joanne. In addition, Bobbie recorded some great cover versions that never saw the light of day including Conspiracy of Homer Jones by Dallas Frazier, Spinning Wheel by Blood Sweat and Tears, Salome Smith and her amazing dancing bear by Randy Newman, and blues songs like Seventh Son by Willie Dixon. One of the selling points of the set is a previously unreleased album of jazz cover versions including intimate mostly acoustic interpretations of songs including Irving Berlin’s Suppertime, Billie Holidays God Bless the Child (play from start) and Since I Fell for You by Buddy Johnson. This change of direction was abandoned in favour of the blue-eyed soul of the Touch em With Love LP, making these recordings a unique document of Bobbie as we have never heard her before. Also included are selections from Bobbie’s three BBC tv series including live versions of her well-known tracks Ode to Billie Joe and Mississippi Delta as well as songs Bobbie never recorded in the studio like The Beatles’ Mother Nature’s Son and Harry Nilsson’ Open your Window. All the audio has been mastered from the original tapes. These to include many rare and never before seen images of Bobbie, images from photo shoots, out takes, performing and touring. These releases will feature an exclusive illustration provided by fashion illustrator David Downton.

              These new formats (2CD / 2LP) are cut down versions of the boxset and feature a selection of the unreleased bonus material from the 8CD package, including an alternate take of Sunday Best, demo of Hurry, Tuesday Child, Mississippi Delta alternate version and many more. The CD will have a 38 page book, the LP will have a 12”12” insert with a selection of images used in the boxset and sleeve notes.

              TRACK LISTING

              2CD
              CD 1
              Ode To Billie Joe
              I Saw An Angel Die
              Chickasaw County Child
              Sunday Best [alternate Take]
              Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo]
              Niki Hokey / Barefootin’ [Live On The BBC]
              Mississippi Delta [alternate Version]
              The Seventh Son [Band Version]
              Okolona River Bottom Band
              Mornin' Glory
              Jessye' Lisabeth
              Refractions
              Courtyard
              Feelin’ Good [demo]
              Sweete Peony [alternate Version]
              Casket Vignette
              Recollection
              Eleanor Rigby
              Sittin’ Pretty
              Hushabye Mountain
              The Conspiracy Of Homer Jones
              Sunday Mornin' [alternate Version]
              Let It Be Me (duet With Glen Campbell) [without Strings]
              CD 2
              Suppertime
              God Bless The Child
              This Girl’s In Love With You
              Touch 'Em With Love [stereo Version]
              Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
              Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo]
              Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate Take]
              Fancy
              Find 'Em, Fool 'Em And Forget 'Em
              He Made A Woman Out Of Me
              Rainmaker
              Circle ‘Round The Sun
              Apartment 21 [Stereo 7” Version]
              Billy The Kid [Live On The BBC]
              Benjamin
              But I Can't Get Back
              Belinda [acoustic Version]
              Mean Stepmama Blues
              Lookin' In
              Smoke
              Joanne
              You And Me Together
              The Girl From Cincinnati

              2LP
              LP 1 - SIDE A
              Ode To Billie Joe
              Chickasaw County Child
              Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo]
              Sunday Best [alternate Take]
              Mississippi Delta [alternate Version]
              Okolona River Bottom Band
              Refractions
              Courtyard
              LP 1 - SIDE B
              Mornin' Glory
              Sweete Peony [alternate Version]
              Casket Vignette
              Recollection
              Sittin’ Pretty
              Hushabye Mountain
              Conspiracy Of Homer Jones
              Sunday Mornin' [alternate Version]
              Let It Be Me (duet With Glen Campbell) [without Strings]
              LP 2 - SIDE C
              God Bless The Child
              This Girl’s In Love With You
              Touch 'Em With Love [stereo Version]
              Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo]
              Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate Take]
              Fancy
              He Made A Woman Out Of Me
              Rainmaker
              Circle ‘Round The Sun
              LP 2 - SIDE D
              Apartment 21 [Stereo Version]
              Benjamin
              But I Can't Get Back
              Lookin' In
              Smoke
              Joanne
              The Girl From Cincinnati

              Roxy Music

              Avalon - Half Speed Master Edition

                Avalon the final studio offering from Roxy Music would draw upon a smoother, more adult orientated sound giving us the now iconic single ‘More Than This’. Avalon would be yet another UK no’1 album staying there for more than three weeks and in the album charts for over a year. Consistently praised by critics Avalon Rolling Stone magazine wrote “Bryan Ferry stars as a remarkably expressive keyboard player and singer whose familiar mannerisms are subsumed in a rich, benevolent self-assurance. And reed man Andy Mackay shines in a series of cameos (his oboe meditation on Ferry’s “Tara” is particularly lovely). Ten years after its debut, Roxy Music has mellowed: the occasional stark piano chords in “While My Heart Is Still Beating,” for example, recall the stately mood of “A Song for Europe,” but the sound is softer, dreamier and less determinedly dramatic now. Ferry’s songwriting, however, has seldom seemed stronger.” Each Roxy Music album has been Re-Issued with a fresh Half-Speed cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. London. To reflect the audio, all eight of the Roxy Music studio albums have had their artwork revised and with a gloss laminated finish so that each album is not just a record it’s a piece of art.

                Dire Straits

                Money For Nothing - 2022 Reissue

                  Reissue of the first Dire Straits greatest hits collection, originally released in October 1988 and featuring songs from their first five albums.

                  Fully remastered by Bob Ludwig, and cut by Bernie Grundman, this vinyl reissue includes ‘Telegraph Road (Live Remix)’ which was previously only available on the original CD format, and a brand new mix of ‘Portobello Belle (Live)’. It is cut over four sides of vinyl for the first time.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: I remember having a copy of this on CD when I was younger, and thoroughly believed it to be a proper album. Imagine my surprise then when it turned out it's just a really good compilation. Andy and I were talking about just this the other week. I love Dire Straits, and this is the best 'album' that never was.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  LP1 - Side A
                  Sultans Of Swing (5:46)
                  Down To The Waterline (4:01)
                  Portobello Belle (Live: Alternative Out-take) (4:33) – Previously Unreleased Version
                  LP1 - Side B
                  Twisting By The Pool (Remix) (3:30)
                  Tunnel Of Love (8:10)
                  Romeo And Juliet (5:56)
                  LP2 - Side C
                  Where Do You Think You're Going (3:30)
                  Walk Of Life (4:08)
                  Private Investigations (5:50)
                  LP2 - Side D
                  Telegraph Road (Live Remix) (11:59) – Previously Unreleased On Vinyl
                  Money For Nothing (Single Edit) (4:06)
                  Brothers In Arms (Edit) (4:49)

                  Roxy Music

                  Siren - Half Speed Master Edition

                    Siren released in 1975 produced the singles “Love Is the Drug” and “Both Ends Burning”, which peaked at numbers two and 25 respectively on the UK Singles Chart. “Love Is the Drug” became Roxy Music’s highest-charting single in the US, reaching number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. Siren a captivating offering from Roxy Music draws you in ever closer on each listen. Each Roxy Music album has been Re-Issued with a fresh Half-Speed cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. London. To reflect the audio, all eight of the Roxy Music studio albums have had their artwork revised and with a gloss laminated finish so that each album is not just a record it’s a piece of art.

                    Roxy Music

                    Country Life - Half Speed Master Edition

                      Critically” Country Life’ is deemed to be Roxy Music’s most consistent and sophisticated album, the albums artwork is still to this day considered controversial in certain countries but is non the less iconic around the World. Musically and lyrically “Country Life” has been considered more cynical and hard rocking than previous Roxy Music albums, “Country Life” is an album that is ever present on top 100 Album charts of all time of forever will be.

                      Each Roxy Music album has been Re-Issued with a fresh Half-Speed cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. London. To reflect the audio, all eight of the Roxy Music studio albums have had their artwork revised and with a gloss laminated finish so that each album is not just a record it’s a piece of art.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side A
                      The Thrill Of It
                      Three And Nine
                      All I Want Is You
                      Out Of The Blue
                      If It Takes
                      All Night
                      Side B
                      Bitter Sweet
                      Triptych
                      Casanova
                      A Really Good Time
                      Prairie Rose


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