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The Band

Cahoots (50th Anniversary)

    2021 marks the 50th anniversary of The Band’s fourth studio album, ‘Cahoots’. On December 3, Capitol/UMe will release the newly remixed and remastered album in variety of formats to celebrate this iconic and influential album.

    ‘Cahoots’ was the fourth studio album, and last album of original material for four years.

    The front cover painted by New York artist/illustrator Gilbert Stone Back cover features a photograph portrait of the group by Richard Avedon.
    Features guest vocals from Van Morrison (on “4% Pantomime”)




    TRACK LISTING

    Life Is A Carnival
    When I Paint My Masterpiece
    Last Of The Blacksmiths
    Where Do We Go From Here?
    4% Pantomime
    Shoot Out In Chinatown
    The Moon Struck One
    Thinkin’ Out Loud
    Smoke Signal
    Volcano
    The River Hymn

    Arriving in 2000, with impeccable credentials (they'd released three beautiful EPs on Casino Records) Doves' debut album was astonishing in its completeness. Deep, doomy but always beautiful, there was a seamlessness to its 12 songs which created a good old-fashioned Proper Album vibe; a record that ebbed and flowed, and a record to lose yourself in. There's a filmic quality to a lot of the sound; a brooding, symphonic, melancholy air which soothes as it grooves. And groove it does: Doves have always had the bottom end well and truly sorted out, and no less than on this, their gorgeous, mellow, darkly comforting debut. What a mix! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Doves’ debut was a stunning, cinematic, beautiful, doomy and heavily melancholic masterpiece. With their Factory Records affiliations, this band were just what Manchester ( and by definition therefore: Music in general) needed after the emptiness of ( latter day) Oasis and the banality of “ Britpop”.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1 - Firesuite
    A2 - Here It Comes
    A3 - Break Me In Gently

    Side B
    B1 - Sea Song
    B2 - Rise
    B3 - Lost Souls

    Side C
    C1 - Melody Calls
    C2 - Catch The Sun
    C3 - The Man Who Told Everything

    Side D
    D1 - The Cedar Room
    D2 - Reprise
    D3 - A House

    April 2002 saw Doves return, with the Roses inspired "There Goes The Fear" single crashing into the Top 3. It was a massive song, all groove, headrush melody and scope, but even that couldn't prepare us for the sheer brilliance of the album that followed. Every single song is fantastic and whilst still heavy on the sadness, this is a defiantly uplifting record. The appropriately titled "Pounding" is testament to that; it's one of many heart-tugging anthems. Elsewhere Doves cover folk, gospel and early-Floyd style psychedelia, effortlessly blending it into a singular listening experience. It was around this time that another musician (I forget who) described Doves as 'pure emotion on tape'. Whoever he was, he was right! 



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Two years on from their debut and lead single “ There Goes The Fear” felt like a Roses style statement of massive intent. It was a monster! Toweringly majestic and superbly arranged, it was the perfect introduction to a record which was a clear step up in every way. Who knew sadness could be so thrilling?!

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1 - Intro
    A2 - Words
    A3 - There Goes The Fear

    Side B
    B1 - M62 Song
    B2 - Where We're Calling From
    B3 - N.Y.

    Side C
    C1 - Satellites
    C2 - Friday's Dust
    C3 - Pounding

    Side D
    D1 - Last Broadcast
    D2 - The Sulphur Man
    D3 - Caught By The River

    Iggy Pop

    The Bowie Years

      1977 the story of Iggy Pop and David Bowies Collaboration on two of the most iconic albums of the decade is told in a new seven CD box set which features the albums remastered, a disc of out takes and Three discs of live recordings officially released (with the endorsement of Iggy Pop) for the first time.

      In 1977, Iggy Pop signed with RCA Records and with the help of David Bowie the two of them wrote and produced The Idiot and Lust for Life, Iggy Pop’s two most acclaimed albums as a solo artist, the latter featuring one of Pop’s best-known songs “The Passenger”.

      Among the songs David Bowie and Iggy Pop wrote together were “China Girl”, “Tonight”, and “Sister Midnight”, all of which David Bowie performed on his own albums later on (the last being recorded with different lyrics as “Red Money” on the album Lodger). David Bowie also played keyboards on Pop’s live performances, some of which are featured on the album TV Eye Live in 1978.

      This set has been mastered from the best possible sources, and contains a 40-page booklet written by the Guardians Michael Hahn with contributions from the musicians who played on the records and fans who talk about the influence the albums had on them.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Iggy Pop’s ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Lust For Life’ are two of the most instantly recognisable albums in rock history, and with David Bowie behind the desk, it’s really no surprise. Without this collaboration, the musical landscape may be entirely different. Seminal works all round.

      TRACK LISTING

      DISC ONE (The Idiot)
      Sister Midnight
      Nightclubbing
      Funtime
      Baby
      China Girl
      Dum Dum Boys
      Tiny Girls
      Mass Production

      DISC TWO (Lust For Life)
      Lust For Life
      Sixteen
      Some Weird Sin
      The Passenger
      Tonight
      Success
      Turn Blue
      Neighbourhood Threat
      Fall In Love With Me

      DISC THREE (TV Eye Live)
      T.V. Eye
      Funtime
      Sixteen
      I Got A Right
      Lust For Life
      Dirt
      Nightclubbing
      I Wanna Be Your Dog

      DISC FOUR (Demo's And Rarities)
      Sister Midnight - Mono Single Edit
      Sister Midnight - Single Edit
      China Girl - Single Edit
      Dum Dum Boys - Alt Mix
      Baby - Alt Mix
      China Girl - Alt Mix
      Tiny Girls - Alt Mix
      I Got A Right - Single
      Lust For Life - Edit
      Interview With Iggy About Recording The Idiot

      DISC FIVE (Rainbow Theatre - Finsbury Park, London 07/03/1977)
      Raw Power
      TV Eye
      Dirt
      1969
      Turn Blue
      Funtime
      Gimme Danger
      No Fun
      Sister Midnight
      I Need Somebody
      Search And Destroy
      I Wanna Be Your Dog
      Tonight
      Some Weird Sin
      China Girl

      DISC SIX (Agora Cleverland 21/03/1977)
      Raw Power
      TV Eye
      Dirt
      1969
      Turn Blue
      Funtime
      Gimme Danger
      No Fun
      Sister Midnight
      I Need Somebody
      Search And Destroy
      I Wanna Be Your Dog
      China Girl

      DISC SEVEN (Mantra Studios, Chicago 28/03/1977)
      Raw Power
      TV Eye
      Dirt
      Turn Blue
      Funtime
      Gimme Danger
      No Fun
      Sister Midnight
      I Need Somebody
      Search And Destroy
      I Wanna Be Your Dog
      China Girl

      All 8 of the Mad Professor remixes included here are previously unreleased and include his dub mixes of 2 tracks not originally featured on "Mezzanine" but from the same period: "Metal Banshee" - a dub version of "Superpredators" which was a cover of Siouxie and the Banshee’s "Metal Postcard"; and Wire, a track they recorded for the soundtrack of the film Welcome to Sarajevo.

      This release is a vinyl accompaniment to the 2CD deluxe version of "Mezzanine" which features these remixes + the original album remastered.

      Sonically it doesn't pull any punches, with Mad Prof's iconic, dub-wise production decorating and galvanizing the original stems with a futurist / psychedelic mentality. Striding confidently into avant-dub territory, you can really get lost in these deep layers of bass & echo. 


      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Metal Banshee (Mad Professor Mix 1)
      Angel (Angel Dust)
      Risingson (Setting Sun Dub 2)
      Teardrop (Mazaruni Dub 1)

      Side B
      Inertia Creeps (Floating On Dubwise)
      Exchange (Mountain Steppers Dub)
      Wire (Leaping Dub)
      Group Four (Security Forces Dub)

      Rodriguez

      Coming From Reality - Reissue

        Back in 1971, "Coming From Reality" was Rodriguez's last gasp, the follow-up to "Cold Fact" and the final album he was allowed to record for the Sussex label. Unearthed, once again, it's another treat for fans new and old, designed - at the time - as Rodriguez's vision of a perfect pop album.

        "Coming From Reality" found Rodriguez decamping from Detroit to London's Lansdowne Studios, where the album was recorded with some of the UK's top talent including Chris Spedding (Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson) and producer Steve Rowland (The Pretty Things, PJ Proby and the man who discovered The Cure), who recalls "Coming From Reality" as his favourite ever recording project.

        Highlights include the super-poppy "To Whom It May Concern", the "Rocky Raccoon"-inspired "A Most Disgusting Song" and period piece "Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour".

        TRACK LISTING

        Climb Up On My Music
        A Most Disgusting Song
        I Think Of You
        Heikki’s Suburbia Bus Tour
        Silver Words?
        Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles
        To Whom It May Concern
        It Started Out So Nice
        Halfway Up The Stairs
        Cause

        Can’t Get Away**
        Street Boy**
        I’ll Slip Away**
        **CD Only Bonus Tracks

        Rodriguez

        Cold Fact - Reissue

          Sixto Diaz Rodriguez recorded "Cold Fact" - his debut album - in 1969, and released it in March 1970. It's crushingly good stuff, mixing soul, funk, rock and psychedelia and filled with tales of bad drugs, lost love, and itchy-footed songs about life in late 60s inner-city America. But the album sank without trace, thanks, in part, to some of Rodriguez's more idiosyncratic behavior, like performing at an industry showcase with his back to the audience throughout.

          As his music career became a memory, Rodriguez's legend was growing – on the other side of the world. While in the UK and US the album gained a cult status, in South Africa "Cold Fact" had become a major word of mouth success, eventually going double platinum. Eventually Rodriguez was tracked down, re-launching his career in the late 90s and selling out 5000 capacity venues in South Africa.

          TRACK LISTING

          Sugar Man
          Only Good For Conversation
          Crucify Your Mind
          This Is Not A Song, It’s An Outburst
          Hate Street Dialogue
          Forget It
          Inner City Blues
          I Wonder
          Like Janis
          Gomorrah (A Nursery Rhyme)
          Rich Folks Hoax
          Jane S. Piddy

          Massive Attack

          Mezzanine (2018 Remaster)

            UMC are proud to announce this reissue of Massive Attack’s double platinum (UK) album featuring the original album re-mastered + an album of previously unreleased dub remixes by the Mad Professor. Widely hailed as their masterpiece, and voted 15 in Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums Ever (2000), Mezzanine saw the band move away from the ‘trip-hop’ sound they had helped define to embrace rock and electronica.

            Mezzanine was remastered by Tim Young at Metropolis who has worked with the band for over twenty years. The Mad Professor remixes were originally intended to be released on a Mad Professor Mezzanine remix album – as the band had done with previous album Protection (No Protection) – yet in the end only a number of his remixes were issued as single b-sides.

            All 8 of the Mad Professor remixes included here are previously unreleased and include his dub mixes of 2 tracks not originally featured on Mezzanine but from the same period – Metal Banshee – a dub version of Superpredators which was a cover of Siouxie and the Banshee’s Metal Postcard – and Wire, a track they recorded for the soundtrack of the film Welcome to Sarajevo.

            Remastered Mezzanine + exclusive Mad Professor dub remixes from original Mezzanine sessions across 2CD Digipack. 4 colour outer, black to reverse / CDs black underside (not silver) / 3 x spot colour on face.

            TRACK LISTING

            Angel (2018 Remaster)
            Risingson (2018 Remaster)
            Teardrop (2018 Remaster)
            Inertia Creeps (2018 Remaster)
            Exchange (2018 Remaster)
            Dissolved Girl (2018 Remaster)
            Man Next Door (2018 Remaster)
            Black Milk (2018 Remaster)
            Mezzanine (2018 Remaster)
            Group Four (2018 Remaster)
            (exchange) (2018 Remaster)
            Metal Banshee (mad Professor Mix 1)
            Angel (angel Dust)
            Risingson (setting Sun Dub 2)
            Teardrop (mazaruni Dub 1)
            Inertia Creeps (floating On Dubwise)
            Exchange (mountain Steppers Dub)
            Wire (leaping Dub)
            Group Four (security Forces Dub)

            This superb record was originally released in February 2005. Doves continued where they left off but this time they go even one better again: song for song this probably outslugs "The Last Broadcast"! You could actually describe this as a pop record, just for its massive melody quota, except pop music rarely displays such soul, depth or intelligence. There's Air-ish grooves, Cocteau's-shimmering echoes, a Strokes rip, a Northern Soul stomper, and one song "Snowden" has the sweetest Mercury Rev-style, swooning keyboard refrain. But then you probably know all this by now? This stunning album catapulted Doves right into the big league. Albums with not one duff track can do that for a band. To see a group who'd played live in our shop to a handful of people only six years earlier, go on and connect with so many, and in such a meaningful way, was heartwarming, to say the least. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Andy says: By now Doves were an enormous band and their third album in 5 years felt like the summation of all that had gone before, then squared! Unfettered, defiant, confident and brimming with life, this was their most uplifting record propelled by gigantic melodies. A total triumph. Doves at their peak.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            A1 - Some Cities
            A2 - Black And White Town
            A3 - Almost Forgot Myself

            Side B
            B1 - Snowden
            B2 - The Storm
            B3 - Walk In Fire

            Side C
            C1 - One Of These Days
            C2 - Someday Soon
            C3 - Shadows Of Salford

            Side D
            D1 - Sky Starts Falling
            D2 - Ambition


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