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Muse

Simulation Theory

    Muse have announced that their eighth studio album, ‘Simulation Theory’. The eleven-track record was produced by the band, along with several award-winning producers, including Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland. Each of the album’s songs will be accompanied by a video.

    ‘Simulation Theory’ follows ‘Drones’, released in 2015. Since then the internationally acclaimed three piece have toured extensively, taking the ground breaking ‘Drones World Tour’ to fans across the globe. This concert was filmed and released in cinemas worldwide for ‘One Night Only’ in July 2018.

    Muse is Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme. Their last studio album, Drones, was released in June 2015 and debuted at No. 1 in 21 countries around the world including their first No. 1 album in the United States. The album went on to win the Grammy Award, their second, for Best Rock Album in February 2016. Since forming in 1994, Muse have released seven studio albums selling in advance of 20 million albums worldwide.

    Widely recognised as one of the best live bands in the world, Muse have won numerous music awards including two Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, five MTV Europe Music Awards, two Brit Awards, ten NME Awards and seven Q Awards, amongst others.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Deluxe CD Info: As Standard CD plus:
    Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
    The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
    Propaganda (Acoustic)
    Something Human (Acoustic)
    Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)

    David Bowie

    Loving The Alien 1983 - 1988 (BOX SET)

      The follow-up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed DAVID BOWIE ‘FIVE YEARS (1969 – 1973)’ and DAVID BOWIE ‘A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982)’ will be released on 12th October.

      The box contains newly remastered versions of David’s most commercially successful period ‘LET’S DANCE’, ‘TONIGHT’, ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (ORIGINAL and 2018 VERSIONS)’, the live album ‘GLASS SPIDER (Live Montreal ’87)’, the previously unreleased ‘SERIOUS MOONLIGHT’ live album, a collection of original remixes entitled ‘DANCE’ and the non-album / alternate version / b-sides and soundtrack music compilation RE:CALL 4.

      The highlight of this latest box is the brand new production of the 1987 album ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN’ by Bowie producer / engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Tim Lefebvre (bass) as well as string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on ‘Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)’.
      The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album’.
      The new re-workings have revealed ‘Never Let Me Down’ as a very strong collection of songs with a dark thematic thread running through them. Fans listening to ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)’ would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new ‘lost’ Bowie record.

      Also in each box is the never before released ‘SERIOUS MOONLIGHT’ live album recorded in Montreal in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. The artwork features shots taken by photographer Denis O’Regan.

      Exclusive to each box is ‘RE:CALL 4’ and ‘DANCE’. The former a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles, album edits, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks such as Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When The Wind Blows. ‘DANCE’ features 12 contemporaneous remixes some of which are appearing on CD and vinyl for the first time and is named after an unreleased Bowie remix album that was originally slated for release in November 1985.

      The box set’s accompanying 84 page book features rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O’Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith. 


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Box Set Info: 88 Page hardback book
      Let’s Dance (remastered) (1LP)
      Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)*
      Tonight (remastered) (1LP)
      Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP)
      Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP - side 4 is etched)*
      Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*
      Dance (2LP)*
      Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)*

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      CD Box Set Info: CD Box Set:
      128 Page hardback book
      Let’s Dance (remastered) (1CD)
      Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2CD)
      Tonight (remastered) (1CD)
      Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1CD)
      Never Let Me Down 2018 (previously unreleased) (1CD)*
      Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (2CD)
      Dance (1CD)*
      Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (2CD)*

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      After the critical and commercial success of the top 10 album – ‘Night Thoughts’ (2016) Suede are set to release their stunning new album ‘The Blue Hour’ on the 21st September 2018.

      The Blue Hour was produced by Alan Moulder and Suede; it shares the same line-up as 1996’s Coming Up – vocals by Brett Anderson, guitars by Richard Oakes, bass by Mat Osman, drums by Simon Gilbert, synthesizers and piano by Neil Codling.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xColoured LP Info: RSD stores exclusive blue vinyl.

      This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince’s career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016. The nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983.

      The private rehearsal provides a rare, intimate glimpse into Prince’s creative process as he worked through songs which include “17 Days” and “Purple Rain” (neither of which would be released until 1984), a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You”, “Strange Relationship” (not released until 1987 on his critically acclaimed Sign O’ The Times album), and “International Lover”.

      The album also includes a rare recording of the 19th Century spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep” which was used to spine-tingling effect during the end credits of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman in theatres August 2018.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: There's never really been any doubt about Prince's genius, but this previously unreleased set sees the Purple legend sweep through a handful of his many many classics, along with a couple of stunning covers, arranged/improvised for piano and voice. Intimate, expressive and unfeasibly funky, this is pretty much as good as it gets.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Deluxe LP Info: The Deluxe CD + audiophile vinyl LP format includes a 12” booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s then engineer Don Batts, as well as candid shots of Prince including never before seen photos.

      LP Info: 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

      David Bowie

      Zeroes (2018) / Beat Of Your Drum (2018)

        This special limited edition DAVID BOWIE 7" picture disc, is a double A-side of the radio edits of 2018 versions of ZEROES and BEAT OF YOUR DRUM. Both tracks are from NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018), a new version of the 1987 album featured in the forthcoming boxset LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988) which is released on 12th October.

        NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018), is a new production of Bowie’s final ‘solo’ album of the ‘80s. Producer Mario McNulty worked on the tracks at Electric Lady Studios in New York with longtime Bowie musicians Sterling Campbell (Black Tie White Noise, Outside, ‘hours…’, Heathen, Reality and The Next Day) on drums, Reeves Gabrels (Tin Machine, Black Tie White Noise, Outside, Earthling and ‘hours...') & David Torn (Heathen, Reality and The Next Day) on guitars and Tim Lefebvre (Blackstar) on bass.

        ZEROES, the lyrics of which reference Prince’s Little Red Corvette was Bowie’s salute to the ‘60s. He described it as “The ultimate happy-go-lucky rock tune, based in the nonsensical period of psychedelia”. Mario McNulty commented, "Stripping this song down to its core revealed a track that could have been right at home on Hunky Dory, I kept Peter Frampton’s sitar (which was originally owned by Jimi Hendrix) as it still fits against the new guitars from Reeves Gabrels”.

        Of BEAT OF YOUR DRUM Mario McNulty says, “David Torn’s ambient guitars start the song that now lead into a much darker world than its shiny predecessor. David sang all the backing vocals on this which I have kept.”


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 7" Info: Double A Side Limited Edition 7" Picture Disc.

        At The Drive In

        Diamante EP

          “Diamante” features 3 brand new unreleased songs from the band you can’t get enough of. 

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd 10" Info: 10" Coke bottle w/Bone splatter vinyl

          Fleet Foxes

          The Electric Lady Sessions

            Fleet Foxes have announced a special edition 10” EP, The Electric Lady Session.The EP features four songs, thoughtfully selected from a WFUV session recorded at New York's historic, Electric Lady Studios on June 13, 2017, days before the latest album Crack-Up was released. Side A of the vinyl includes ‘Cassius, -’ and ‘- Naiads, Cassadies’, while side B includes ‘Mearcstapa’ and ‘On Another Ocean (January / June)’. Each pair is recorded and cut as one long track to reflect the intentional fluidity between these songs, on both the album and in live performance

            Dan Auerbach/ Robert Finley / Sonny Smith

            Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1

              Eight-time GRAMMY–­winner, Dan Auerbach, announces a 7” Easy Eye Sound sampler, Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1, which will be released as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday initiative. The new 7” is a preview of upcoming releases on Auerbach’s label and features ‘Cellophane Angel’, an exclusive and unreleased track Auerbach recorded with the Preservation Hall Band, on Side A, and Robert Finley's ‘Medicine Woman’ – the first single on his new album Goin’ Platinum! due December 8 – and Sonny Smith's ‘Pictures of You’ on Side B

              Neil Young will open his archive and release Hitchhiker, an unreleased new studio album. The 10-track acoustic solo album was recorded in Malibu, CA at Indigo Studio in 1976. The original session was produced by Young’s long-time studio collaborator David Briggs.

              Recorded between Zuma and American Stars and Bars as a solo album in a single session, the resultant performances are truly breathtaking and passionate. The simplicity of a single voice and guitar captured here is as pure and powerful as it gets, with only Young, Briggs and actor Dean Stockwell in the room at the time of recording. A few of the songs would not appear on vinyl until years later. Some have never been heard, included in the original sessions for Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Dume, another unreleased record of original sessions that yielded the classic album, Zuma. When the Hitchhiker album was recorded, none of the included songs had ever been released and many of the performances of the songs were the first ever. This is truly an album of original performances


              David Bowie

              Sound And Vision - 40th Anniversary 7" Picture Disc

                Originally released in the UK on February 11th, 1977 SOUND AND VISION was taken from the groundbreaking album LOW, the first of the so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy’ of albums. The song gave its name to Bowie’s anthology boxset and it’s accompanying greatest hits tour in 1990 and is the only track actually performed by him in his stage play LAZARUS.

                The A-side features a brand new remaster of the track and the flip side sees the first physical release of the 2013 remix of the song. The stripped back remix by Sonjay Prabhakar was originally done for a Sony Experia advert and utilises the original lead vocals and Mary Hopkin’s backing vocal with a new piano part.


                Green Day

                Revolution Radio

                Produced by Green Day and recorded in Oakland, ‘Revolution Radio’ is a potent 12-track blitz of angst-ridden anthems that unites Green Day's fully formed stylistic approach with lyrical themes that address the complexities and uncertainties of modern day existence. Musically, the album is raw, visceral, and fearless -- solidifying the band's reign as one of the leading voices in rock music. The first single, ‘Bang Bang’, released today and inspired by recent events, marks a welcome return from a band with more to say than ever.

                "Of course the world has lost its collective mind… and me, Mike and Tré are lost souls too,” said Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. “Revolution Radio is a movement for lost souls to come together… dance together… sing together... and most of all, find each other. That's what the spirit of Green Day has been about since day one."


                Neil Young

                Tonight's The Night - Mastered From Original Source

                  Neil’s 1975 Masterpiece
                  Mastered From Original Source Material
                  Contains: “Tonight’s The Night”, “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” and “Roll Another Number (For The Road

                  Released in the June of 1975 but actually recorded 2 years earlier straight after Neil's "Time Fades Away" tour (chaos, wilfully messy gigs, too much alcohol...) this album quickly achieved mythic status as it was originally rejected by Reprise, his record company. Let's be clear: this is a brilliant record, beloved by Bobby Gillespie and a myriad of other rock'n'roll alumni, but it won't surprise anyone that the bigwigs with the purse strings took umbrage on first listen!

                  This is a messed up, drunken, bruised and battered, ramshackle record, which also happens to be crammed full of top tunes. Some are sad, but it's also a kind of dark celebration of the band playing on. As he said in one lyric, Young wished to "find somewhere where they don't know who I am". His record company thought he was well on his way, the fans thought otherwise; another storied classic was born.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: Another storied classic album. Just listen to "Tired Eyes".

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  LP Info: 1 x 140 gram Black vinyl disc

                  Neil Young

                  On The Beach - Mastered From Original Source

                    This is another Neil masterpiece, released in 1974, and part of a series of records he'd got into which were clearly a reaction to his fame and success,. In short, he was pretty uneasy about it all, to say the least!

                    Here, Young rails against music critics, and movie stars and Showbiz in general; it makes for a heavy, moody listen. The album is impressive in its density, but Neil throws out a bit of a red herring at the start with two absolutely gorgeous tracks. "See The Sky About To Rain" is a yearning gem with the prettiest melody, whilst "Walk On" is positively buoyant, though it does apparently offer a riposte to another 70's artist. This has groove and (seemingly!) a joie de vivre, massively missing elsewhere. Compelling, as ever.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    David says: How this bombed when it was originally released is one of the greatest mysteries known to man, fact. It's a melancholic, introspective, masterpiece. I'll always remember buying it (for the first time) from a shop in Greenwich Village and the guy behind the counter saying in a brilliant New York drawl, 'that's a fine selection you've made there young man'...

                    Andy says: Moody, compelling 1974 album, that still features 2 Neil best-ofs in "See The Sky About To Rain" and "Walk On".

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    LP Info: 1 x 140 gram Black vinyl disc,mastered from the Original Source Material.


                    Neil Young

                    Time Fades Away - Mastered From Original Source

                      Neil Young Has Said That "Heart Of Gold" (smash Hit Off The Also Smash Harvest Album) " Put Me In The Middle Of The Road. Travelling There Became A Bore, So I Headed For The Ditch."

                      "TimeFades Away" Was Young's First Installment Of What Would Later Become Known To His Fans As His Dirt Trilogy. Released In 1973 Straight After The Success Of "Harvest", It Was Almost A Double F-You To Record Company And Audience, From A Success Weary Artist Who Wanted To Be Just That: A Proper Artist, Free To Release Whatever He Liked, Unburdened By Any Showbizness Hoop-jumping.

                      Recorded Live On The Tour Which Followed The Hippyish And Mellow Biggest Record Of His Career This Was Genuinely Shocking In Its Brutal Heavyiosity. Tequila Soaked, Beligerent And Dark, Here Neil Stood, Naked And Honest. One Diamond In This Mire Was The Heartbrakingly Beautiful "The Bridge". One Of The Best Tracks Neil Young Ever Wrote.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Andy says: Back on vinyl for the first time in 30 years!

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      LP Info: 1 x 140 gram Black vinyl disc

                      Pink Floyd

                      The Division Bell - 20th Anniversary Double Vinyl Edition

                        ‘The Division Bell’, the band’s 1994 multi-million selling album was the last studio album to be released by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright.

                        This 20th anniversary edition is remastered for vinyl in 2014 from the original analogue masters and includes full-length tracks across 2-LP’s for the first time and comes in a gatefold sleeve.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band

                        Lick My Decals Off, Baby

                        Coming hot on the heels of the huge classic album "Trout Mask Replica", this is cited by many Beefheart fans as their favourite album. In the same 'experimental' style of "Trout Mask Replica" but based around a more coherent 'song' structure. Essential obviously!!!!!

                        The Flaming Lips

                        Bad Days EP

                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                          2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the critically worshiped Clouds Taste Metallic, The Flaming Lips 7th studio album originally released in 1995. THE LIPS love RSD and to celebrate, they offer a series three Limited Edition 10” EPs on different colored vinyl that contain tracks previously released on only CD overseas…until now. These rarities will now become available for the first time EVER in any format in the US. Later in the year the band will be releasing expanded anniversary editions of Clouds Taste Metallic with previously unreleased recordings from the sessions including demos, outtakes, radio sessions, live performances and more. Further details to be announced soon.



                          The Flaming Lips

                          This Here Giraffe EP

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the critically worshiped Clouds Taste Metallic, The Flaming Lips 7th studio album originally released in 1995. THE LIPS love RSD and to celebrate, they offer a series three Limited Edition 10” EPs on different colored vinyl that contain tracks previously released on only CD overseas…until now. These rarities will now become available for the first time EVER in any format in the US. Later in the year the band will be releasing expanded anniversary editions of Clouds Taste Metallic with previously unreleased recordings from the sessions including demos, outtakes, radio sessions, live performances and more. Further details to be announced soon.

                            Mica Levi is best known for her work as part of the experimental pop group Micachu & The Shapes, but her prolific, maverick creativity is not restrained to just one project. Levi has worked across manifold genres; she has been an artist in residence at the South Bank Centre, written experimental music for the London Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborated with the likes of Kwes and Ghostpoet.

                            As with many great film scores, the brilliance of this soundtrack lies in its simplicity. Three notes - just three - lie at the core of the soundtrack, united in one chromatic motif which snakes its way up and down your spine as Johansson’s alien seduces her prey. A great majority of the film is spent immersed in the diagetic silence of the white van, so when Levi’s uncompromising rhythmic thumps break the muted atmosphere, your heart really starts testing the limits of your ribcage. The piercingly high strings, with their sinister glissando, dissolve the Cinema around you, sucking you in as the alien’s victims drown in blackness.

                            It isn’t all that dark, though. We do see some meaningful interpersonal connections develop as the film progresses, and the score effortlessly adapts to this shift in mood. Levi sticks to strings throughout, playing the classic tropes of the Hollywood soundtrack off against each other. Strings for horror. Strings for passion. The warm but disjointed swells in “Bedroom” capture the pleasant confusion of the alien who, having benefited from the kindness of a stranger, stares perplexedly at her own body (Johansson also does an excellent job of appearing bemused by her own sexiness). “Love” also plays with sliding, pitch-bending strings, just as the earlier themes do - this time evoking the rising thrill of attraction.

                            The Under the Skin score matches Glazer’s understated, minimal aesthetic scene for scene. Never does the music outweigh the carefully constructed silences and – as all good film music must – it only ever adds to the potent illusion of a twisted, heart-rending reality. - The Line Of Best Fit


                            The Yardbirds

                            Little Games

                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                              Splatter coloured vinyl, limited to 400 copies.

                              The Everly Brothers

                              Roots

                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                180g vinyl limited to 500 copies.

                                Fanfarlo

                                Rooms Filled With Light (Signed Deluxe CD Box Set)

                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                  Signed box sets. CD (Limited to 100 copies only). Limited edition clamshell box.
                                  12-page illustrated booklet. Double-sided poster. 5 band portrait postcards. Compass. Bonus 4-track CD. Previously only ever available from the ban’s fansite.


                                  There was so much excitement and expectation around The Smiths' debut in early 1984. They were only two singles in but had already made a massive media splash with Morrissey's hilariously arrogant interviews. There'd been BBC Sessions and fans already knew all the words, riotously passionate gigs and much talk of the band coming to SAVE POP MUSIC from plastic, vacuous Eighties glitz; an Us and Them climate where you were either a disciple or not! In the midst of all this the actual record got lost somewhat, but three quarters of it is still outstanding. Nowhere else will you find "Miserable Lie", "I Don't Owe You Anything", "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" or "Suffer Little Children", but in "Reel Around the Fountain", "Hand in Glove", "Still Ill" and "What Difference does it Make" the band crafted classics that would last forever.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Andy says: I would jump infront of a flying bullet for them.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                  The Smiths

                                  Rank - Remastered

                                    This was a live album recorded in London on "The Queen Is Dead" tour, around the time that the "Ask" single was released in the autumn of 1986. The rockier version of that song here makes amends for the jangle-lite softness of the original. Elsewhere, Elvis's "His Latest Flame" segues into "Rusholme Ruffians" and "What She Said" spills into the outro of "Rubber Ring". Oddities aside, this album captures The Smiths during the 6 months when Craig Gannon was in the band as an extra guitarist. This allowed Johnny Marr to rock out and relax: something you wouldn't really associate The Smiths with. But here's the proof. Live, they were an explosion, a raucous celebration, and certainly (whisper it: FUN!) There was very little time for navel-gazing at a Smiths gig. This album captures that. With some aplomb. Rock on!

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Andy says: Their one and only live album.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    2xLP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                    Only a year after their debut, 1985's follow-up was a huge leap forward for The Smiths. Soundwise, definitely: tighter, louder, clearer, more rocking, and in opener "The Headmaster Ritual", and weepie "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" they had two more top draw classics to add to their canon. There were different types of song on display here, whether it's the Elvis-cribbing, super atmospheric, cyclical scene setter of "Rusholme Ruffians", the rock overloaded hurtle of "What She Said" or the churning, jarring horror of the title track, here was a completely unique band expanding their template.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Andy says: Bolder, rockier, a big leap forward.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                    The Smiths

                                    The World Won't Listen - Remastered

                                      This is 1987's sibling to 84's "Hatful Of Hollow" with 14 tracks from non-album singles compiled with one brand new song. "You just Haven't Earnt It Yet, Baby" was another sparkling jangler that was pressed as a single then pulled, whilst the other 2 curios are a new and superior version of "Stretch Out And Wait" and the original, foggier mix of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" which has much more charm (recorded in Chorlton!) than the "Queen Is Dead" version. Album singles are still featured on this comp. though, and that diluted its impact somewhat rendering "TWWL" not quite as pure an artistic statement as its sister record. Hey: still superb though!

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Andy says: Don't forget the songs that made you smile, and the songs that saved your life.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      2xLP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                      Whilst nearly all of The Smiths themselves cite this as their favourite album, in reality it couldn't quite match the splendour and indeed songs, of "The Queen Is Dead". It has a subdued, more mysterious and rock-classicist flavour and again introduces song types not to be found elsewhere: they seldom repeated themselves The Smiths. The enormo anthem here is the heartrending, absolutely beautiful "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", but the whole record flows in an utterly compelling way. There's only one weakish track ("Death At One's Elbow" is intentionally daft and trashy) and when that's followed by the gorgeous "I Won't Share You" well you'd be a fool to complain. This was their final album together. The spell was broken. The dream was over!

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Andy says: Grabs you by the guilded beams.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                      The Smiths

                                      Hatful Of Hollow - Remastered

                                        You'll know that The Smiths were prolific: all 4 of their proper albums were released in successive calendar years. But one thing that might have got lost with time is just how many non-album singles (with brand new b-sides too) they released. A mere month after each of their first 3 albums came out, there was a one-off single already heralding the new! With "Hatful Of Hollow" (Autumn 1984) there had been 2 twelve-inches (5 brand new tracks) since the debut album in March and the idea was to put these and the much loved BBC Sessions songs on one cheaply priced record. As some fans (and Morrissey too) had misgivings about the production of the debut, this was a good way to let people hear what many consider to be better versions. One of these songs was the incredible "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" which was never properly recorded by the band and is only available on this disc.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Andy says: The dream has gone but the music is real!!

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                        The Smiths

                                        Louder Than Bombs - Remastered

                                          This was initially an America-only release, combining all the non-album singles The Smiths had released up until that point. It's "Hatful Of Hollow" (without the BBC stuff) and "The World Won't Listen" combined and beautifully sequenced onto what was originally a lovely double album. There was one new 3 track twelve-inch released after "World" in England though: "Sheila Take A Bow" and its superior b-sides "Is It Really So Strange?" and "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" are on "Louder Than Bombs", as is an ever so slightly different mix of "You Just Haven't Earnt It Yet, Baby". U.K fans didn't need this record, but we all bought it anyway, for the sleeve and the sequencing. Sad but true!

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Andy says: The sun shines out of their behinds!

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                          The Flaming Lips

                                          Hit To Death In The Future Head - Vinyl Edition

                                          1992's 'Hit To Death In The Future Head' is The Flaming Lips' fifth full-length and first for Warner Bros. Bridging the gap between the band's noisier indie fare and the atmospheric cosmic pop explored on subsequent releases, the 10-song set is masterfully indulgent in both camps while standing on its own as an imaginative and unique work worth its weight in The Flaming Lips ever evolving catalogue. While awaiting a nearly year long release delay for clearance to use a sample from Michael Kamen's score for the film Brazil on the track "You Have to Be Joking (Autopsy of the Devil's Brain)," the band underwent further transition as Nathan Roberts and Jonathan Donahue left the band and were replaced by Steven Drozd and Ronald Jones.

                                          Kraftwerk

                                          Trans Europe Express - 2009 Digital Remaster

                                          Kraftwerk celebrate Europe's romantic past and shimmering future with a glistening panorama of elegance and decadence, travel and technology. The infinite vistas of "Europe Endless" and "Endless Endless" bookend the album, which includes the unsettling Kafka-esque fable "The Hall Of Mirrors" and the hilarious "Showroom Dummies" - Kraftwerk's elegantly ironic reply to critiques of their deadpan manner. But it is the streamlined rhythmic locomotive of "Trans Europe Express" which dominates with its doppler-effect melodic swerves and hypnotic, pneumatic, piston-pumping rhythm. Along with its sister track, "Metal On Metal" which New York DJ Afrika Bambaataa would re-construct five years later for his own seminal "Planet Rock", this milestone in avant-pop modernism later becomes a crucial influence on the early pioneers of hip-hop & sampling, electro and industrial music. Poetry in motion.


                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl LP.

                                          Esser's remarkable first foray into the world of the longplayer with "Braveface" is a looking like a step closer to owning one of this years most rewarding and eclectic debut albums. Mixing ska-influenced electro pop with wry and interesting lyrics, this is a confident and fun record from a multi-talented performer. Includes the single "Satisfied".

                                          One of the greatest albums of all time, but then you don't need me to tell you that! Again there were surprises: the sprawling power of the title track, the vaudevillian jokiness and throwaway lightness of "Frankly Mr. Shankly" and "Vicar In a Tutu" respectively, the swaying poise and drama of "I Know It's Over" and the murky psychedelia of "Never Had No-one Never". These tunes rung the changes but the remaining 5 were world classics: "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "Cemetry Gates", "The Boy with the Thorn in his Side", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" and, of course "There is a Light That Never Goes Out". The whole thing was perfectly sequenced to take you on a proper musical journey. A truly beautiful record.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Martin says: It is impossible to convey the excitement and anticipation that surrounded the release of this album. The Smiths were, by this time, already recognised genius, trailing a string of wit, brilliance and artistry in their wake. Usually, investing this level of expectation in life for anything can only disappoint, but somehow, from some exalted plane 'The Queen Is Dead' emerged and managed to exceed even our sky high hopes. Lyrically and musically, it was - and is? - without parallel. Manchester's finest 37 minutes?

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                          This album is a compilation released after Ian Curtis's death and it's an odds'n'sods affair featuring outtakes, live tracks and b-sides. The unreleased songs are of their early, punkish variety: edgy, fractured and intense. But it's the live album which makes this special. This is the band's last ever gig at Birmingham University and whilst there's some punkish mistakes and wonky sound, Joy Division's power is undeniable. This is the only place you can hear their version of what would become New Order's debut (and greatest?) single, too: "Ceremony", though hindered by a dozy soundman, proves that this band were going to mix awesome rock songs with the more refined splendour of "Closer's" new, calm, keyboard-ghostliness. Their scope was breathtaking. But two weeks later, Ian Curtis was dead.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP Info: 1 SEALED COPY FOUND! 180 gram double vinyl beautifully packaged in hessian board sleeve with ribbon.

                                          2xCD Info: A double remastered CD, housed in plastic O-card. The bonus CD features 14 tracks recorded live at High Wycombe 20th Feb 1980.

                                          The Flaming Lips

                                          The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

                                          Taken from their "At War With The Mystics" album, the hugely infectious hook and elaborate vocal harmonies of "The Yeah Yeah Song" prove that The Flaming Lips continue to deliver brilliantly skewed pop in a manner that no-one else can match.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition 7" picture disc includes "Why Does It End?" on the B-side.

                                          It's been four years since their last effort, "Get Ready", and "Waiting For The Sirens Call", finds New Order in familiar territory. Hookey's comforting high end bass still brings a smile to all thirty-somethings faces, Stephen Morris' drums still clatter along with steely drum machine efficency and Barneys' lyrics are still reassuringly crap (but would you want it any other way!!). Now featuring the full-time talents of guitarist Phil Cunningham, the 'living legends' are still here with enough pop nuggets to keep fans old and new happy.

                                          The Subways

                                          Oh Yeah

                                          Way cool blues-rock'n'roll, driven by a relentless pounding drum rhythm and topped with sassy boy / girl vocals. Our tip for the top!

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd 7" Info: The 7" is limited edition white vinyl in a numbered sleeve. Includes "I Am Young" on the B-side. ONE COPY ONLY! FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!

                                          The Flaming Lips

                                          The Soft Bulletin

                                            THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 1999

                                            Ground-breaking album from 1999, this took the Lips onto an entirely new plain with its lush semi-orchestral sound and fantastic production. A whole legion of new fans discovered them and they haven't looked back since!!

                                            Flaming Lips

                                            Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

                                            Oh joy. It's just as inventive, creative, unpredictable, refreshing and downright beautiful as "The Soft Bulletin". But! Hooray, it's poppier. It loses nothing but gains everything! (Also including a chunkier, tastier bottom end). It's so hard to review - it's just absolutely BRILLIANT. To put on your headphones and play and play and play again. All summer! Forever!!

                                            Lyle Mays

                                            Fictionary

                                            Long time collegue of Pat Metheny witha superb album of acoustic piano pices accompanied by Marc Johnson on double bass and Jack de Johnette on drums. Simply one of the best pianists of his generation and this is one of his finest works.

                                            Linkin Park

                                            Crawling



                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            CDS Info: Enhanced CD includes backstage video footage.

                                            DVD Info: Strictly limited numbered edition DVD, includes multiple camera angle version of the video and loads of other bits and pieces.

                                            Another tasty reissue from this prolific funk outfit. Its 1976 and the New Orleans groovers go disco! (kind of). Actually its mostly soul and funk but as it says on the sleeve (with notes written by Robert Palmer!) 'The Meters have always been disco' - oh okay then.


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