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Neil Young releases TUSCALOOSA, from his ongoing live archival series. The previously unreleased, 11-track recording features Neil Young with The Stray Gators recorded live at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa on February 5th,1973. 

During 1971 – 1973, between solo shows and dates with Crazy Horse, Young would switch up his sound to suit the material he would focus on when touring with The Stray Gators. Comprised of Tim Drummond (bass), Kenny Buttrey (drums), Jack Nitzsche (piano) and Ben Keith (steel guitar) this lineup, most notably, would go onto record Harvest and Times Fades Away. Tuscaloosa features live versions of songs from Young’s self-titled 1969 debut (“Here We Are In The Years”) plus classic songs from his two most commercially successful album of his early career, After The Goldrush (1970) and Harvest (1972).

The album also contains a stunning version of the title track from the live album Time Fades Away that would not surface until later in 1973, as well as songs from the seminal classic Tonight’s The Night that would eventually be released in 1975.


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Yet another officially licensed and legendary set from one of the greatest musicians of the 20th (and 21st) century here. As an ongoing archival of Young's legendary live show, Tuscaloosa displays a man at the peak of his powers, wowing an appreciative audience. What's not to love?

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2xLP Info: 140 gram black vinyl plus etching.

Jenny Lewis returns with her fourth solo album, On The Line - the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed The Voyager.

The 11 all new original songs were written by Lewis and recorded at Capitol Records’ Studio B, and feature a backing band of legendary talent including Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams. 


STAFF COMMENTS

David says: Jenny's fourth solo album is by a long way, her best. The self confessional songwriting that works its magic throughout 'On The Line' is like a gossipy phone call with your favourite (forsaken) 'bad' sister, full of tales of the kind of life you wish you were living and all delivered in THAT voice. Unmissable.

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Coloured LP Info: Indie Exclusive Blue Vinyl.

Neil Young + The Promise Of The Real

The Visitor

When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he'd seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. "I'm a Canadian by the way and I love the USA," he sings on the first song "Already Great." The ethos of The Visitor can be summed up in the refrain of “Already Great” where Young insists, “Already great, you’re already great. You’re the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. WHOSE STREET? OUR STREET.” From those words, Neil Young was ready to take a musical journey on his new album The Visitor like he had never taken before. It was one where he'd even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he'd made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn't blink then, and he is not blinking now.



Formation

Look At The Powerful People

Formed by brothers Will and Matt Ritson, Formation's life-affirming blend of disco grooves, punk attitude and vehement social insight builds towards its ultimate statement as they deliver their eagerly anticipated debut album "Look At The Powerful People".“The album title refers to the moment when everyone has realised the secret power we have when we're all together,” adds Will. “For me, it’s a power that relates to the security that I found when I was young and hanging with my outsider friends. We had no money and no scene but we didn’t care because we had each other. We began to ask questions of the world and started to rebel about what we could or couldn’t do or say.” Produced by Leon Vynehall, ‘Look At The Powerful People’ demonstrates that Formation’s forward-thinking sonics have evolved to reach their full potential. In addition to the new single, other highlights such as ‘On The Board’ and ‘A Friend’ capture Formation’s irrepressible and bass-heavy cocktail of dirty dance rhythms which pound with the fiery energy of their live performances. At the other extreme, ‘Blood Red Hand’ in an understated, slow-burning anthem and the closing track ‘Ring’ offers something entirely different with a dreamy, piano-orientated approach closing the album on an upbeat high. In addition to the new tracks, the album also features fresh new productions of some of the key singles from Formation’s journey to date in the shape of ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Drugs’. Inspired by artists as diverse as Sly and the Family Stone, John Maus, Fugazi, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, Theo Parrish, Beastie Boys, Pantera and Ornette Coleman, Formation have built a cult following as well as exponential critical acclaim including a nomination for Best Newcomer at the NME Awards.


Captain Beefheart

Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 To 1972

    This new four-disc collection revisits the albums Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) recorded with the Magic Band in the early Seventies —Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. It includes all three albums, which have been remastered for the first time, as well as a disc of unreleased material.

    The fourth and final disc in SUN ZOOM SPARK includes 14 unreleased tracks and is a trove of alternate versions, rehearsals and outtakes from the sessions for The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. The disc reveals just how much some songs evolved before being released. Among the highlights are a sung-version of “I Can’t Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam,” which became a spoken-word performance on Bat Chain Puller; a raucous, off-kilter version of “Dirty Blue Gene” that pointed the way to the final version on Doc at the Radar Station; and an instrumental rehearsal of “The Witch Doctor Life” that is nearly unrecognizable compared to the version heard on 1982’s Ice Cream For Crow.

    Encapsulating their ferocious, bluesy bass and drums groove, ‘Come On Over’ blisters with an immediate intensity that matches their recent breakthrough singles ‘Out of the Black’ and ‘Little Monster’.

    The album is a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. Royal Blood are the result of a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to Led Zeppelin, and all the way back to early blues pioneers. Their ferocious attack is the result of just two men – vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher.

    Gram Parsons

    Grevious Angel - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

      American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Gram Parsons has been credited as being the pioneer of ‘country-rock’.

      Hot on the heels of 'GP' but released posthumously, 'Grievous Angel' followed pretty much the same blueprint as its predecessor. A stunning collection of weepies broken up by a faux-'live' medley. The double whammy of "Brass Buttons" and "$1000 Wedding" won't leave a dry eye in the house.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      David says: Gram Parsons was the first 'country' artist that I wasn't embarrassed to say I liked. Both this and the first Flying Buritto Brothers album are in my top 10 albums of all time, which makes it all the more hard to believe I could ever have sold it.


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