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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 

    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

          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

          Flesh And Blood - Half Speed Master Edition

            In May 1980 Flesh + Blood gave Roxy Music their second No’1 UK Album and peaked at No’35 in the US Billboard chart. The album was preceded by the single “Over You”, a No. 5 UK hit that also provided the band with a rare US chart entry at No’ 80. Two more hit singles followed: “Oh Yeah” (UK No’5) and “Same Old Scene” (UK No’12). Flesh + Blood also included two cover versions: The Byrds’ “Eight Miles High” and Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour”. The albums artwork was envisaged and designed by iconic British artist Peter Saville. 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

            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

                Manifesto - Half Speed Master Edition

                  In 1979 Roxy Music released Manifesto, almost four years since the last album and with it brought one of the bands biggest hits the second single and disco tinged ‘Dance Away’ and was a Top 10 selling single of 1979. The album also peaked in the UK chart at No’7 and was positively received by critics. 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

                  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

                    Stranded - Half Speed Master Edition

                      Stranded gave Roxy Music their first UK No’1 album and brought with it an undeniable presence that would eventually see Roxy Music’s American audience take note! It was becoming all too clear that Roxy Music were indeed a band ahead of their time. 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
                      Street Life
                      Just Like You
                      Amazona
                      Psalm
                      Side B
                      Serenade
                      A Song For Europe
                      Mother Of Pearl
                      Sunset

                      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

                        Right here we get a brand new 3-track limited edition 12" EP, featuring ‘Yuletide Throwdown’, the track co-written and performed with Fab 5 Freddy, recorded around the time of "Rapture", and using the same samples.

                        The ultra-rare 1981 holiday flexi-disc is now reissued for the first time on 180g vinyl, following the discovery of the tapes in the Blondie archive. Originally given away as a coloured flexi-disc with Flexipop magazine this is now at last available commercially. The audio is fully remastered from the analog tapes, and there's an exclusive remix by Cut Chemist. Packaged in die-cut bespoke ‘disco-bag’ style sleeve with exclusive artwork by New York graffiti artist ‘Hugogyrl’.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Yuletide Throwdown (Cut Chemist Remix)
                        B1. Yuletide Throwdown (Cut Chemist Radio Edit)
                        B2. Yuletide Throwdown (1981 Original Recording)


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