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Co-produced by Alan Moulder (The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins), ‘Different Creatures’ is the grittier, ‘night time’ counterpart to the breezy summer vibes of its Top 10 predecessor ‘Young Chasers’, exuding a newfound swagger. Shaped by Kieran’s perceptive songwriting ability to reflect his disenchantment with the changes he sees in the world, ‘Different Creatures’ showcases a louder and more vital band, nudging their sonic palette into a territory shared with rock heavyweights such as Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: As anthemic as soaring skate-punk but formed with a deft appreciation for the importance of variety and excitement, 'Different Creatures' segues skillfully between the fist-pumping highs of a good chorus and the nuanced construction required to bring disparate elements together into an engrossing but accessible whole.

FORMAT INFORMATION

CD Info: The standard CD comes in a fold out card wallet (mintpack).

2xCD/DVD Info: The deluxe CD/DVD comes with the standard album as disc one, plus a second disc which is a DVD of the band’s sold out Brixton Academy show from October 2015.

Mixing the heartfelt angst of a singer/songwriter with the cocky brashness of a garage rocker, Ryan Adams is at once one of the few artists to emerge from the alt-country scene to achieve mainstream commercial success and the one who most strongly refused to be defined by the genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically while following his increasingly prolific muse.

On new album Prisoner, Ryan said: "I was reflecting on the different states of desire and what it means to be a prisoner of your own desire… I felt like I had been robbed of... the most valuable thing in a person's life…Time."

The twelve tracks that make up Prisoner came to Adams over a prolific period stretching back as far as the week his 2014 self-titled album entered the U.S. album chart at a career high of #4. During that run, Adams toured the world, recorded and released both his Live at Carnegie Hall collection and full-album cover of Taylor Swift's 1989, and saw the aforementioned Ryan Adams garner two Grammy nominations - Best Rock Song for "Gimme Something Good" and Best Rock Album.


STAFF COMMENTS

Andy says: A "break-up album" but don't run away! Beautifully poetic lyrics and top tunes put this right up there with RynAd's very best work. Smiths meets Boss in a lonesome bedroom on a lonely highway!

2016 is Blossoms’ year. Catapulted into the musical subconscious in January, listed fourth in the BBC Soundpoll as well as almost every other ‘ones to watch’ list - Blossoms have been carefully carving out their position in the canon of Great British Rock’n’Roll ever since.

The band have earned rave critical comparisons to everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Depeche Mode to The Doors, shapeshifting between psychedelia, synth-pop and powerhouse indie, a mercurial sound at once familiar and unique. 

The Smashing Pumpkins

Gish

    One of the biggest and influential alternative rock acts in the world, The Smashing Pumpkins have sold over 30 million albums and to date have notched up 5 UK Top 10 albums and 11 UK Top 40 singles.

    Their first two albums Gish and their UK break-through Siamese Dream (UK No 4) have now received the full remastering treatment, and come in deluxe 2CD/DVD, vinyl LP, standard 1CD and digital formats. All tracks painstakingly remastered for the first time from the original master tapes by Bob Ludwig.

    Taylor Swift

    1989 - Vinyl Edition

      Taylor Swift, seven-time GRAMMY award winner, and the youngest recipient in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. '1989' is a touchstone - Taylor's songwriting and sonic evolution surprises us more than ever before. Heavily keyboard and beat-driven, the pop sensibilities that have always been the hallmark of Taylor’s music now move front and centre on '1989'. 

      'Nearly a year since their rapturous home demo 'Trust Me… I'm A Genius' started pricking the ears of tastemakers and industry alike, The Family Rain are pleased to announce details of their debut album, Under The Volcano, recorded over four weeks at Berlin's famed Hansa Studios with Jim Abbiss (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys). It's ten tracks of primal rock ‘n roll. From barnstorming singles such as the track 'Feel Better (Frank)', the crunching 'Reason To Die', and high octane belter 'Pushing It' - which led the band's first EP earlier this year - the noise and intensity of this record could only be produced by three brothers who know each other inside out. Nagging melodies combine with heavy, metallic riffs to produce a searing rock record of intelligence and wit. The Family Rain have spent the past 12 months relentlessly touring the UK and Europe, winning over legions of new fans wherever they play. An firm favourite at Reading and Leeds Festival this year, the band recently wrapped up an extensive UK tour with Miles Kane and went on tour with Jake Bugg. "Three bearded brothers playing blues-infused rock, it's no wonder the comparisons with the Kings Of Leon are coming thick and fast." BBC Introducing.

      Massive Attack

      Mezzanine - 180g Vinyl Edition

      Massive Attack finally returned in 1998 with 'Mezzanine', a record immediately announcing not only that the group was back, but that they'd recorded a set of songs just as singular and revelatory as on their debut, almost a decade back. It all begins with a stunning one-two-three-four punch: "Angel," "Risingson," "Teardrop," and "Inertia Creeps." Augmenting their samples and keyboards with a studio band, Massive Attack open with "Angel," a stark production featuring pointed beats and a distorted bassline that frames the vocal (by group regular Horace Andy) and a two-minute flame-out with raging guitars. "Risingson" is a dense, dark feature for Massive Attack themselves (on production as well as vocals), with a kitchen sink's worth of dubby effects and reverb. "Teardrop" introduces another genius collaboration - with Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins - from a production unit with a knack for recruiting gifted performers. The blend of earthy with ethereal shouldn't work at all, but Massive Attack pull it off in fine fashion. "Inertia Creeps" could well be the highlight, another feature for just the core threesome. With eerie atmospherics, fuzz-tone guitars, and a wealth of effects, the song could well be the best production from the best team of producers the electronic world had ever seen.

      The Chemical Brothers

      Surrender

        Continuing with celebrating 40 years of disruption of the Virgin Records label, we’re pressing a very limited number of the some of the labels land mark albums as single and double vinyl LPs.

        Released in 1999 'Surrender' proved that the Chemical Brothers were always bigger and better than the one dimensional big beat genre they'd been lumped with earlier in the decade. Showcasing Tom and Ed's expansive musical tastes the album takes in motorik krautrock rhythms, 80s electro-disco ('Out Of Control' featuring Bernard Sumner), Beatlesesque psychedelic block rockers ('Let Forever Be' with Noel Gallagher), fierce technoid bangers, sun-dappled dreaminess ('Asleep From Day' featuring Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval) and mega festival smashes ('Hey Boy Hey Girl'). all given the widescreen Chemicals production feel.


        Public Image Limited

        This Is Not A Love Song

          One of  a series of classic 7"s release on limited edition picture disc, to celebrate 40 years of Virgin Records.

          Simple Minds

          Don't You (Forget About Me)

            One of a series of limited edition picture discs released to celebrate Virgin Records' 40th anniversary.

            David Bowie

            Scary Monsters

              "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground -- it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the '80s." - Allmusic.


              Laura Marling’s 2008 debut album "Alas, I Cannot Swim" proved to be one of the most endearing critical successes of recent years and earned the young singer-songwriter a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and more importantly being one of our top five albums of the year. Now Marling is back with her second album, "I Speak Because I Can". Crafted with producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Paolo Nutini, Rufus Wainwright), "I Speak Because I Can" sets quintessentially English lyrical themes and stories to a backdrop of music that recalls prime Americana and the Laurel Canyon scene. Backed by sublime performances by musicians including Mumford & Sons, the album represents a coming-of-age for Laura; her unique identity - thoroughly English, unapologetically female, and a fully-fledged musician – now freshly defined.

              The Kooks

              Sway

              Taken from the "Konk" album.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD single features the radio mix of "Sway" along with the demo version of "Stole Away".

              Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

              Take Them On, On Your Own

              The second album by BRMC sees them retain the moodiness and menace from their debut and crank it up another notch, the end result being (to wheel out the old cliche) 'none more black'. As with countless other bands, this lot eschew the sunny West Coast vibes of their native California in favour of a dark, rumbling, anglophile sound much indebted to the likes of My Bloody Valentine and the shoegazing movement of the early 1990s. Full of coruscating effected guitars, drone-like bass playing and vocals that fight to be heard on top, these 13 tracks consolidated their position as one of the best, most passionate, not to mention loudest, bands in the world, back when it was originally released in 2003.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Mine says: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have played a big part in my life in the past 10+ years and although I must admit that they seem to have lost their edge a little bit I still call them my favourite band. Their first album 'B.R.M.C.' is probably just as good, if not better, than 'TTO,OYO', but the latter is my personal favourite and far too underrated. It is also the only record that has earned itself a place on my wall.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CD Info: New edition, includes the bonus tracks "High / Low", "Take Them On, On Your Own" and "Waiting Here".

              Royworld's debut album comes chock full of soaring pop gems that tip their hat to everything from 80s pop to classic rock and even a bit of AOR. So if infectious, big hearted indie rock is your thing, then you're gonna love this!

              Royworld

              Dust

              Recorded at Helioscentric Studios in Sussex with producer Andy Green (Keane, The Feeling, Scouting For Girls), "Dust" is the finest example yet of Royworld's songwriting prowess. Layered pianos and thumping drums combine with soaring, eccentric and dynamic guitar lines for a sound unlike any other of its time.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD single includes "One Lost Soul".

              "Konk" was recorded over a six week period at the tail-end of 2007 in Ray Davies' Konk Studios in north London, plus a week at Los Angeles' Sound Factory. The sessions once again united the group with esteemed producer Tony Hoffer (Beck/Air/The Fratellis). Explaining how he came to suggest the album title, guitarist Hugh says, 'I just started thinking how cool the studio is, and how much of a part of our sound it is.' The album features twelve tracks: There's "Gap" which is classic Kooks, and "Shine On" which finds Luke exploring hitherto unchartered lyrical territory over the loveliest of melodies. It's destined to become another lynchpin in The Kooks' live set. First single "Always Where I Need To Be" is a tumbling rocker with a 'do-do-do, do-do-do-do' refrain that might just be the catchiest thing they've ever done. "Sway" and "Mr Maker" are other album highlights.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd CD Info: Limited edition 2CD set. The extra CD features the tracks "Watching The Ships Roll In", "Eaten By Your Lover", "No Longer", "Fa La La", "Nothing Ever Changes", "By My Side", "Hatful Of Love", "See The Sun (Alternate Version)" and "Brooklyn (Home Demo)".

              We Are Scientists

              Brain Thrust Mastery

              "Brain Thrust Mastery" is the second major-label album from American alt rockers We Are Scientists. A thrilling album of upfront indie rock classics, sprinkled with a wry sense of humour, this record is sure to cement the band's reputations as one of the most exciting acts around.

              Recorded at Paris Bercy on 14th June 2007, Daft Punk's first homecoming concert for 10 years, "Alive 2007", captures the otherworldly live experience that the revolutionary robot-clad duo began at Coachella, USA in 2006. Opening with a "Robot Rock" teaser, before crashing into the track itself, the set works its way through all those DP anthems you love, including "Technologic", "Around The World", "Burnin'", "One More Time", "Da Funk", "Too Long" and "Human After All" - they even do a version of "Music Sounds Better With You"!

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CD Info: Now available as a standard CD.

              Killing Joke

              Night Time (Remastered)

              The "Night Time" album was originally release on EG records in 1985. This new expanded, remastered edition includes nine bonus tracks, six of which are previously unreleased:
              Eighties (Kid Jensen Session)
              New Culture (Kid Jensen Session)
              Blue Feather (Kid Jensen Session)
              All Play Rebel (Kid Jensen Session)
              A New Day (7") (2007 Digital Remaster)
              The Madding Crowd (2007 Digital Remaster)
              Blue Feather (Joke Mix)
              Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix) (2007 Digital Remaster)
              Kings And Queens (Geordie's Dub Mix)

              Killing Joke

              Fire Dances (Remastered)

              "Fire Dances" was originally release on EG records in 1983. This expanded remastered edition includes eight bonus tracks, five of which are previously unreleased:
              Me Or You (2007 Digital Remaster)
              Wilful Days (2007 Digital Remaster)
              Dominator (Version) (2007 Digital Remaster)
              The Gathering (Original Alt Version)
              Dominator (John Peel Session)
              Frenzy (John Peel Session)
              Wilful Days (John Peel Session)
              Harlequin (John Peel Session)

              Killing Joke

              Outside The Gate (Remastered)

              The "Outside The Gate" album was originally released in the UK on EG Records in July 1988. This expanded remastered version includes seven bonus tracks, five of which are previously unreleased:
              May Day
              My Love Of This Land (Early Version)
              Obsession (Early Version)
              Unto The Ends Of The Earth (Instrumental)
              Jihad (2007 Digital Remaster)
              America (Extended Mix) (2007 Digital Remaster)
              Stay One Jump Ahead (Dub)

              Killing Joke

              Brighter Than A Thousand Suns (Restored Mixes Version)

              Originally released on EG records in 1986. The original release featured mixes of many of the tracks by Julian Mendelsohn. These mixes replaced the original mixes done by Chris Kimsey. At the request of the band Chris Kimsey's original mixes have been restored, and the album also includes three bonus tracks:
              Ecstasy (2007 Digital Remaster)
              Adorations (The Supernatural Mix) (2007 Digital Remaster)
              Sanity (The Insane Mix) (2007 Digital Remaster)

              Cat The Dog

              Gotta Leave

              Brighton rockers Cat The Dog return with their second single, produced by the legendary Jack Douglas (New York Dolls, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick). It follows in much the same vein as their limited edition debut "I'm A Romatic/Devil In Me" which attracted rave reviews in the press, and drew comparisons from Queens Of The Stone Age and Mudhoney to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to 'Nirvana fucking up The Doors' (NME).

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD single includes "Flange".

              Palladium

              High 5

              Palladium formed last September, they make music that is epic, joyful and ludicrous, bringing to mind things that you love, and things that might make you feel rather uneasy: Pink Floyd, The Police, Fleetwood Mac's "Tango In The Night", Steely Dan, Toto, Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates and The Who in the early 70s.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD single includes "Lunatic" on the B-side.

              Turin Brakes

              Dark On Fire

                This is Turin Brakes' fourth album on Source and shows a true return to form! Many would claim this to be a natural successor to "The Optimist", still a staple in many record collections. Produced by Ethan Johns of Kings of Leon, Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams fame etc.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLtd CD Info: The Special Edition features a bonus audio disc with five extra tracks that the band could not fit on the standard release - effectively the 'directors cut'.

                Annuals have a sophisticated and layered sound that belies the age of twenty-year-old lead singer and songwriter, Adam Baker. Adam's creativity has truly found a place to evolve and blossom as he has embedded himself in a group of extremely talented musicians, which has made it possible for the creation of sprawling, hypnotic tracks that are elaborate yet impeccably polished. From the vocals, which alternate between sweet and otherworldly to loud shouts of glee, to the mammoth guitar explosions and strange indiscernible noises, Annuals infuse their music with an array of intense emotions. Reminiscent of high drama acts such as Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens, this musical collective appeals to both experimental and pop fans who appreciate well-produced material and astounding artistry.

                Hamburg's Jens 'Jence' Moelle and Ismail 'Isi' Tuefekci, aka Digitalism first gatecrashed the French electrohouse scene with their massive "Zdarlight" track on Kitsune back in 2005. Since then the duo have built up a reputation for creating some of the heaviest synthtronic, guitar-riffing electrohouse cuts around. Debut album "Idealism" serves up 15 cuts of party starting new rave madness that has potential as a tool for waking the dead. Play LOUD!

                30 Seconds To Mars

                A Beautiful Lie

                30 Seconds To Mars second album, "A Beautiful Lie", was one of the breakthrough albums of last year in the US.

                The debut album from Wimbledon's finest rascal. Jamie T is a tall, skinny suburban lad obsessed with The Clash, The Specials, Tom Waits and Rancid as much as he's influenced by the UK garage and drum and bass raves he grew up attending. Armed with an acoustic bass guitar, the 19 year old Jamie trawled the back rooms of pubs in Soho, Hounslow and Twickenham playing his unique tales of young suburbia (think The Streets meets The Arctic Monkeys) and the result is this: a clever, dead playful, madly articulate, indie-punky-poppy album. He's got the guts to be doing his own thing. He's a proper character and this is a great debut album, teeming with life.

                Annuals

                Carry Around

                On first hearing, this sounds like a shambolic mess of odd clattering and banging and woozy electronics, but give it couple more listens and the gentle, harmonic vocal melodies start to weave their magic and you realise this is a really lovely song. If you're looking for a reference point, think a kinda lo-fi Flaming Lips.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CDS Info: The CD single includes "Complete, Or Completing", "Ida, My", "Ease My Mind" and "Misty Coy".

                The Kooks

                Ooh La

                Taken from The Kooks debut album "Inside In Inside Out".

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CDS2 Info: CD2 includes "I Don't Mind", "Matchbox (Live)" and the video for "Ooh La".

                CDS Info: CD1 includes an alternative version of "Sofa Song".

                The Future Sound Of London

                Teachings From The Electronic Brain (The Best Of FSOL)

                The Future Sound of London were formed by Brian Dougans and Gary Cobain in the early 90s and are seen to be one of the most respected and influential electronic acts of the past 15 years. Their work incorporates elements of classical, hip hop, ambient sounds, electronica, industrial, punk and dub to create expansive tracks laden with samples exquisitely produced and pretty unique. After meeting in Manchester in the mid 80s their partnership grew and they released a number of early techno and dance records under a variety of aliases. It wasn't until 1991 when "Papua New Guinea" was released that they first used the Future Sound of London moniker however. This track caught the ears of Virgin and the duo began their major label career with the experimental "Tales of Ephidrina", released under their Amorphous Androgynous moniker in 1993, followed by FSOL albums "Lifeforms" "ISDN" (a collection of their ISDN broadcasts) "Dead Cities" and "We Have Explosive".

                Captain Beefheart

                Ice Cream For Crow

                  Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded thirteen albums over fifteen years which, given their frequency, chart one of the most fertile musical minds of the late twentieth century. One of the five studio-albums in this re-mastered series, "Ice Cream For Crow" was first released in 1982 and was the musical swansong in the career of Beefheart. Recorded with the inevitable Magic Band line-up change as a result of personal and financial conflict, the album nevertheless contains some extrordinary highlights and includes possibly the most 'radio friendly' of all Beefheart releases in the title track. Indeed the video for "Ice Cream For Crow" has been included in the permanent collection at the New York Museum Of Modern Art. Perhaps the most accessible of the 'hardcore' Beefheart albums it was criticially well received with the New Yorker recommending it to 'anyone who is interested in rock's limits and possibilities, and in where the music might be going', however, sadly for the thousands of Beefheart die hard's, the album represented his final music offering before concentrating on his work on canvass.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  CD Info: This re-mastered album's booklet contains new liner notes writted by Beefheart expert Mike Barnes.

                  Captain Beefheart

                  Doc At The Radar Station

                    Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded thirteen albums over fifteen years which, given their frequency, chart one of the most fertile musical minds of the late twentieth century. One of the five studio-albums in this re-mastered series, "Doc At The Radar Station", was release in 1980 and followed the release of "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)". Recorded in Hollywood in May 1980 the album was harder and more powerful than its predecessor. This was in accordance with Beefheart's desire to make his music more two dimensional, like a painting. Beefheart stripped away all the excess, culling any unnecessary reverb and echo on the tracks in an effort to give the music more space. Including some extraordinary pieces like "Mkaing Love To Monkey With A Vampire On My Knee" and "Flavour Bud Living" the album is widely regarded as Beefheart's strongest album of his latter years - as the New York Times trumpetted - '"Doc at the Radar Station" finds a neglected American genius back in the rock vanguard, and that's surely where he belongs.'

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CD Info: This re-mastered album's booklet contains new liner notes writted by Beefheart expert Mike Barnes.

                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                    World Record

                    An epic album with three classics, "When She Comes", "Masks" and "Place To Survive".

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CD Info: Digitally remastered with bonus tracks, their John Peel Session versions of "When She Comes" and "Masks" recorded in November 1976.

                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                    Vital

                    This is a live album from 1978 and whilst not an original album as such, it did contain some new material. "Ship of Fools", "Urban", "Door" and "Sci-Finance" were all new tracks at the time.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xCD Info: Digitally remastered expanded edition includes "Sci-Finance" and "Nadir's Big Chance" both only available on CD on Japanese import until now.

                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                    Still Life

                    Originally released in 1976, "Still Life" saw Peter Hammill attempting to incorporate a more introspective mood into their sound.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CD Info: Remastered and expanded, it includes the bonus track "Gog" recorded live at the Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor in 1975.

                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                    Godbluff

                    1975s "Godbluff" saw a change of direction for Van Der Graaf Generator as they expanded on the darker introspective sound that Hammill had been developing in his solo work.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CD Info: This expanded, remastered edition incldes two previously unreleased bonus tracks: "Forsaken Gardens" and "A Louse Is Not A Home".

                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                    H To He Who Am The Only One

                    Remastered edition of this 1970 album, which with it's strong jazz influence and inclusion of Robert Fripp's superb guitar work is a prog classic. Includes bonus tracks: "Squid 1 / Squid 2 / Octopus" and "The Emperor In His War Room (First Version)".

                    Van Der Graaf Generator

                    Pawn Hearts

                    Universally acclaimed as their finest work, this newly remastered version of their fourth album (originally released in 1971) includes bonus tracks: "Theme One (Original Mix)", "W (First Version)", "Angle Of Incidents", "Ponker's Theme" and "Diminutions".

                    The Explosion

                    Here I Am

                    Rousing pop-punkiness from this Boston based band.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CDS Info: The CD single includes "Black Tuesday", "Jeffrey Lee" and the video for "Here I Am".

                    Courtney Love

                    Mono

                    One of the stand out tracks from her "America's Sweetheart", "Mono" is a raw, buzzsaw guitar pop song, topped with her distinctive abrasive vocals.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CDS Info: The CD single includes "Fly", an alternate version of "Mono" and the video.

                    Ilya

                    Heavenly / Heavenly (Ilya Remix)

                    Another fantastic track from Ilya! Imagine a fusion of David Axelrod and Norman Connors epic production sounds mixed with a lush downbeat feel and a torch song / 60s style easy listening vocal. Mmmm! Their own remix on the flip is more cinematic and mostly instrumental, with a more leftfield feel.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    12" Info: Limited upfront promo - there's only a couple of hundred of these, and we've managed to get a handfull!

                    The Thrills

                    Big Sur

                    Apparently everyone always mentions summer and sunshine when writing about Dublin's Thrills. Oops! But you can't help it. The only puzzle is that they don't actually come from the West Coast of America. They took a 4 month holiday there though (and evidently came back with stacks of records)! This is glorious, fresh, breezy pop. The singer's voice is very lovely indeed, someone's twanging a banjo, but it's the whole sound that wins you over. It's crammed full of hooks and manages to be cute (referencing The Monkees) clever and heartrending at the same time.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CDS Info: The CD single also includes "No-one Likes To Be Upstaged", "One Horse Town [Demo)" and the video of "Big Sur (Alternative Ending)".

                    Goldrush

                    Wide Open Sky

                    Classic acoustic pop with catchy hooks, harmonies and a hint of americana.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CDS Info: The CD single includes "Last Night, A Conversation" and "One Foot Wrong".

                    Bryan Ferry

                    Frantic

                    I'm a lifelong fan of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry (No.56 in the Roxy fan club) but I've been less than impressed with most of his recent output. His voice sounded like he'd got a perpetual cold or something. But I was suprised by "Frantic" it's his best for years with some strong songs and good performances from Chris Spedding, Mick Green and Colin Good and with Brian Eno and Paul Thompson from his Roxy days onboard, this is as good an album as Ferry has made since "Boys And Girls".

                    Scritti Politti

                    Songs To Remember

                    My old friend Helen, used to have such a crush on Green Gartside of Scritti Politti. He certainly had the boyish good looks of a genuine pop star, but that belied the fact that he was also an innovative and talented song writer as this 1982 debut shows. A seminal album of its day that hasn't really dated, perhaps due to how ahead of its time the music was. Virgin missed a trick by not adding the early Rough Trade singles as extra tracks but it does have "The Sweetest Girl" - one of the most memorable of '80s songs and the rhapsodic "Faithless", another pop classic.

                    Goldrush

                    Love Is Here

                    More finely crafted songs from the soon to be massive Goldrush. Nick Drake-ish vocals over slightly country-ish guitar tunes.

                    Penetration

                    Don't Dictate : The Best Of

                    One of the best of the early punk bands, Pauline Murray's distinctive vocals and the twin lead guitarists vying for dominance with a stream of catchy riffs are as enjoyable today as they were in 1979. These reissues are to coincide with the first full release of their second album "Coming Up For Air".

                    Penetration

                    Moving Targets

                    One of the flag-bearers of the early punk movement they hailed from the North East and mixed heavy guitar riffs with the charismatic vocalist Pauline Murray and produced this mighty fine debut now reissued with 5 bonus tracks.

                    Iggy Pop

                    Beat Em Up

                    The king Iggster shows that he still hasn't given up showing those youngsters a thing or two about attitude and contempt for everything.


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