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St. Germain

Tourist (20th Anniversary Travel Versions

    When first released back in 2000, Tourist was a global success, selling over four million albums worldwide. It was Ludovic Navarre’s (aka. St Germain) third studio album which really transformed his career into superstardom; combining elements of house and nu jazz to produce an impeccable album to chill out to. The album continues to be hugely popular to this day, with the critically acclaimed Jorja Smith doing a cover of Rose rouge earlier this year.

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Tourist album, Ludovic Navarre aka St Germain has invited UK, South Africa, USA, Reunion Island and France producers, DJs and remixers with various musical inspirations, from Deep House to Afro House and Chicago House.

    He declares: “I would like to thank all the people I asked to travel through their favorite Tourist album track. Some of them worked on my last Africa-in- spired album in 2015, like my dear friend Atjazz, who helped me a lot on this new project, and also Terry Laird Dj Deep and Traumer. I don’t have to introduce highly respected newcomers such as Nightmares On Wax , Jovonn, Ron Trent, Black Motion, Osunlade and Jullian Gomes. I truly enjoy their passion for music, their personality and musical integrity. I know they’ve got soul!”


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Rose Rouge (Atjazz Galaxy Aart Remix)
    2. Sure Thing (Osunlade Yoruba Soul Mix)
    3. Rose Rouge (Terry Laird Nu Maloya Fusion Mix)
    4. Rose Rouge (Ron Trent JazzFunkSuite Remix)
    5. So Flute (Ludovic Navarre Amapiano Version)
    6. Sure Thing (Black Motion Anniversary Mix)
    7. Rose Rouge (Jovonn Oldskool 90s Remix)
    8. Sure Thing (Jullian Gomes Remix)
    9. Rose Rouge (Nightmares On Wax ReRub)
    10. What You Think About (Traumer Re-Jammed Remix)
    11. Sure Thing (DJ Deep Remix)

    Joni Mitchell

    Early Joni - 1963

      'Early Joni - 1963' is Joni’s earliest-known previously unreleased recording where a 19-year-old Mitchell performs at CFQC AM, a radio station in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Like several of Mitchell’s past albums, the cover for EARLY JONI features a self-portrait and marks her first new art in many years.

      Looking back, Mitchell reflects on her early label of “folk singer”: “The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it. A lot of these songs, I just lost them. They fell away. They only exist in these recordings. For so long I rebelled against the term, ‘I was never a folk-singer.’ I would get pissed off if they put that label on me. I didn’t think it was a good description of what I was. And then I listened and…it was beautiful. It made me forgive my beginnings. And I had this realization…I was a folk singer!”

      TRACK LISTING

      1. “House Of The Rising Sun”
      2. “John Hardy”
      3. “Dark As A Dungeon”
      4. “Tell Old Bill”
      5. “Nancy Whiskey”
      6. “Anathea”
      7. “Copper Kettle”
      8. “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)”
      9. “Molly Malone”

      Joni Mitchell

      Live At Canterbury House - 1967

        'Live at Canterbury House - 1967' includes Mitchell's previously unreleased, entire three-set performance from October 27, 1967.

        Looking back, Mitchell reflects on her early label of “folk singer”: “The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it. A lot of these songs, I just lost them. They fell away. They only exist in these recordings. For so long I rebelled against the term, ‘I was never a folk-singer.’ I would get pissed off if they put that label on me. I didn’t think it was a good description of what I was. And then I listened and…it was beautiful. It made me forgive my beginnings. And I had this realization…I was a folk singer!”

        TRACK LISTING

        Side One: First Set
        1. “Conversation”
        2. Intro To “Come To The Sunshine”
        3. “Come To The Sunshine”
        4. Intro To “Chelsea Morning”
        5. “Chelsea Morning”
        6. Intro To “Gift Of The Magi”
        7. “Gift Of The Magi”
        Side Two
        1. “Play Little David”
        2. Intro To “The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow”
        3. “The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow”
        4. “I Had A King”
        5. Intro To “Free Darling”
        6. “Free Darling”
        7. Intro To “Cactus Tree”
        8. “Cactus Tree”

        Side Three: Second Set
        1. “Little Green”
        2. Intro To “Marcie”
        3. “Marcie”
        4. Intro To “Ballerina Valerie”
        5. “Ballerina Valerie”
        6. “The Circle Game”
        Side Four
        1. Intro To “Michael From Mountains”
        2. “Michael From Mountains”
        3. “Go Tell The Drummer Man”
        4. Intro To “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”
        5. “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”

        Side Five: Third Set
        1. “A Melody In Your Name”
        2. Intro To “Carnival In Kenora”
        3. “Carnival In Kenora”
        4. “Songs To Aging Children Come”
        5. Intro To “Dr. Junk”
        6. “Dr. Junk”
        Side Six
        1. “Morning Morgantown”
        2. Intro To “Night In The City”
        3. “Night In The City”
        4. “Both Sides Now”
        5. “Urge For Going”

        Travis

        10 Songs

          At various points along the trajectory between then and now, Travis have sold millions of albums (just under three million of The Man Who in the UK alone); they’ve been the subject of an award-winning feature length documentary (Almost Fashionable) and Fran has elicited acclaim from Paul McCartney, Elton John and Graham Nash – all songwriters whose ability to divine a timeless melody out of thin air has sustained them through the decades.

          ’10 Songs’ is an album that holds you in its own emotional microclimate at the outset and keeps you there. It’s also a grown-up record. ’10 Songs’ is a record about the way life comes at love and what love does to weather those challenges. “This is no rehearsal/This is the take,” sings Fran at the beginning of Waving At The Window, over an insistent piano hook, “Promises you once kept/Are going to break

          Every track on this album carries an even load. No passengers here. Nowhere to hide. “I write songs in an antiquated way,” explains their creator, “Sitting at the bottom of the bed, ‘pouring my simple sorrow to the sound hole and my knee’, as Joni Mitchell put it.” As a songwriter based in L.A., Fran Healy doesn’t need anyone to tell him this is no longer how it’s done. It’s far from uncommon for the credits on successful modern pop songs to feature upwards of ten writers. Hits by committee. “It’s fine,” notes Fran, “Personally though, I’ll take ten songs written by one person over one song written by ten people. And if I feel that way, then surely someone else must do too.”

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Waving At The Window
          2. The Only Thing
          3. Valentine
          4. Butterflies
          5. A Million Hearts
          6. A Ghost
          7. All Fall Down
          8. Kissing In The Wind
          9. Nina’s Song
          10. No Love Lost

          Deluxe Album Products To Include Demo Versions Of The Above Tracks On Disc 2.

          Electronic

          Electronic

            Electronic are proud to present the release of their self-titled album. Pressed on 180g black vinyl, this reissue features the black cover on vinyl for the very first time, which was first used on the CD version released in 1994.

            Electronic were the coming together of Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr in 1987. This was the year of the sudden and wholly unexpected demise of The Smiths, who imploded in July after Marr left the group. Two months later, midway through a North American tour, Bernard Sumner shocked his bandmates by announcing that he planned to take time out from New Order.

            Marr and Sumner had met in 1984 when Marr added guitar to Atom Rock by Quando Quango, an electro-dance track co-produced by Sumner. Marr sums up their coming together for Electronic; ‘We were two musicians who wanted to get away from the suffocating politics of the band. At the same time, it was OK for duos and DJs and non-groups to make records, and that really appealed to Bernard and me.”

            The project was a joyous Venn Diagram of Sumner and Marr’s influences. Although ostensibly coming from different disciplines, the experimental dance-pop of New Order and the fullbodied jangle of The Smiths, their common interests were many: dance music, a good tune and pushing musical boundaries. At the time of release (May 1991), ‘Electronic’ was met with huge acclaim and stands up as one of the most important electronica albums of all time.



            TRACK LISTING

            Side One

            Idiot Country
            Reality
            Tighten Up
            The Patience Of A Saint
            Gangster


            Side Two

            Soviet
            Get The Message
            Try All You Want
            Some Distant Memory
            Feel Every Beat

            Stiff Little Fingers

            Inflammable Material - Vinyl Reissue

              Stiff Little Fingers are proud to release Inflammable Material. Originally released in 1979, this seminal record, printed on black vinyl, explores themes of teenage boredom and sectarian violence with an underlying insight into Northern Irish life during the peak of the tensions.

              Their punk rock aesthetic is authentic, with raw lyricism and harsh instrumentation. Containing the anthemic track ‘Alternative Ulster’, Stiff Little Fingers promote the ‘grab it and change it’ narrative. 


              TRACK LISTING

              Side One:
              1. Suspect Device
              2. State Of Emergency
              3. Here We Are
              4. Wasted Life
              5. No More Of That
              6. Barbed Wire
              7. White Noise
              8. Breakout

              Side Two:
              1. Law And Order
              2. Rough Trade
              3. Johnny Was
              4. Alternative Ulster
              5. Closed Groove

              Various Artists

              Graeme Park Presents Long Live House Volume 01: 1980s

              World famous club DJ, radio presenter and musician Graeme Park curates this special release celebrating the heady days of house returning to the Hacienda’s heyday with a selection of the finest mixes that helped launch the legend thirty years ago. Featuring tracks from JM Silk, Chip E, The Beat Club, Full House and many more…

              First volume in a series documenting and detailing the rise of the house music monolith. You'll find some true anthems, forgotten classics and over course, the odd curve ball to keep you on your toes?

              Personal favourites from this slew include Krush's anthemic "House Arrest" (a Wet Play sing-a-long gem that always gets pulled out), Raze's jacking blueprint "Jack The Groove" and Larry Heard's dark soul cut under The IT alias - "Donnie". So good!

              **CATCH GRAEME PARK SIGNING COPIES AND SPINNING TUNES FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER FROM 4.30PM!!**

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Some of the greatest mixes of some to have come out of the 1980's, Graeme Park compiles a brilliantly diverse but cohesive collection of floor fillers. Including Raze's 'Jack The Groove' and Krush's 'House Arrest, there really couldn't be a more exciting collection from the glory days of the Hacienda than this.

              TRACK LISTING

              Vinyl Tracklisting:
              LP1
              Side 1
              1. JM Silk - Music Is The Key (House Key)
              2. Chip E - If You Only Knew (Original If You Dance Club 12” Mix)
              3. Reese & Santonio - Your Body To The Box (Power Hit Extended Mix)
              4. Groove – Submit To The Beat
              Side 2
              1. Precious - Definition Of A Track
              2. Roberta Flack - Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes) (Steve Hurley House Mix)
              3. Cut The Q – Who Needs A Love Like That (Groove Mix)
              4. Kevin Saunderson - The Groove That Won't Stop (Original Mix)

              LP2
              Side 1
              1. Fast Eddie - Let’s Go (Fast Mix Eddie)
              2. Marshall Jefferson Presents Dancing Flutes - Do The Do (Do The Flutes) (Original Club 12” Mix)
              3. Sha-Lor - I’m In Love (Conservative Version)
              4. Mix Masters – In The Mix
              Side 2
              1. The Beat Club - Security (Midnight Club Mix)
              2. Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder(Fast Eddie Mix)
              3. Raze - Jack The Groove
              4. Sterling Void– Don’t Wanna Go (Original Mike Dunn Vocal Club 12” Mix)

              CD Tracklisting:
              CD1:
              1. JM Silk - Music Is The Key (House Key)
              2. Chip E - If You Only Knew (If You Dance Club Mix)
              3. R-Tyme - R-Theme (Dramatic Mix)
              4. Groove - Submit (To The Beat) (New Remix)
              5. Reese & Santonio – Bounce Your Body To The Box (Power Hit Mix)
              6. Liz Torres Feat. Kenny Jammin Jason - What You Make Me Feel  (Fierce Club Mix)
              7. Precious - Definition Of A Track
              8. On The House - Pleasure Control
              9. Rhythim Is Rhythim - Nude Photo
              10. Cut The Q – Who Needs Love Like That? (Groove Remix)
              11. The IT - Donnie (Hardy Mix)
              12. Fingers Inc. - It’s Over (Original Club 12” Mix)

              CD2
              1. Fast Eddie - Let’s Go (Fast Mix Eddie)
              2. Full House - Communicate (AT&T Mix)
              3. Farley Jackmaster Funk & Ricky Dillard - Its U (Sample Mix)
              4. Reese & Santonio - Truth Of Self Evidence
              5. Julian “Jumpin” Perez Feat. Valentino - Stand By Me (Dub)
              6. Peter Black - How Far I Go (Acid)
              7. Ten City - Right Back To You (Extended Version)
              8. Jomanda - Make My Body Rock (Feel It) (Basic Mix)
              9. Farley Jackmaster Funk - The Acid Life
              10. Marshall Jefferson Presents Dancing Flutes - Do The Do (Do The Flutes) (Club 12” Mix)
              11. Sha-Lor - I’m In Love (Conservative Version)
              12. Mix Masters - In The Mix

              CD3
              1. The Beat Club - Security (Midnight Club Mix)
              2. Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder (Smooth Thunder) (Joe Smooth Mix)
              3. Virgo - R U Hot Enough?
              4. Raze - Jack The Groove
              5. Annette - Dream 17 (Edit)
              6. Sweet D - Thank Ya
              7. Playtime Toons - Shaker Song
              8. Rio Rhythm Band – Cuban Jackkin’
              9. Fast Eddie Feat. Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason - Can U Dance? (Can U Dance Mix?)
              10. Krush - House Arrest (The Beat Is The Law)
              11. Kevin Saunderson - The Groove That Won't Stop
              12. Sterling Void - Don’t Wanna Go (Mike Dunn Vocal Mix)

              The eighth album from Muse, ‘Simulation Theory’, features eleven tracks and was produced by the band, along with several award-winning producers, including Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland.

              ‘Simulation Theory’ follows ‘Drones’, released in 2015. Since then the internationally acclaimed three piece: Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, have toured extensively, taking the ground breaking ‘Drones World Tour’ to fans across the globe. 

              TRACK LISTING

              CD/Vinyl:
              Algorithm
              The Dark Side
              Pressure
              Propaganda
              Break It To Me
              Something Human
              Thought Contagion
              Get Up And Fight
              Blockades
              Dig Down
              The Void

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

              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.


              TRACK LISTING

              1. As One
              2. Wastelands
              3. Mistress
              4. Beyond The Outskirts
              5. Chalk Circles
              6. Cold Hands
              7. Life Is Golden
              8. Roadkill
              9. Tides
              10. Don’t Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You
              11. Dead Bird
              12. All The Wild Places
              13. The Invisibles
              14. Flytipping 

              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.”


                TRACK LISTING

                A-Side ZEROES (2018) (RADIO EDIT)
                (David Bowie)
                Produced By David Bowie, David Richards And Mario J McNulty
                Mixed And Recorded By Mario J McNulty

                AA-Side BEAT OF YOUR DRUM (2018) (RADIO EDIT)
                (David Bowie)
                Produced By David Bowie, David Richards And Mario J McNulty
                Mixed And Recorded By Mario J McNulty

                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


                  Pink Floyd

                  The Early Years 1965-1972 - CRE/ATION



                  TRACK LISTING

                  2CD Track List:

                  CD 1:
                  Arnold Layne (Single) 2.56
                  See Emily Play (Single) 2.55
                  Matilda Mother (2010 Remix) 3.58
                  Jugband Blues† (2010 Remix) 3.01
                  Paintbox (Single B Side) 3.49
                  Flaming† (BBC Session, 25 Sept 1967) 2.36
                  In The Beechwoods† (2010 Mix) 4.42
                  Point Me At The Sky (Single) 3.40
                  Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Single B Side Version) 5.46
                  Embryo (Harvest Records Sampler ‘Picnic’) 4.35
                  Ummagumma Radio Ad† (Capitol US) 0.22
                  Grantchester Meadows† (BBC Session, 12 May 1969) 3.55
                  Cymbaline† (BBC Session, 12 May 1969) 3.43
                  Interstellar Overdrive† (Live, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Aug 1969) 4.19
                  Green Is The Colour† (BBC Session, 12 May 1969) 3.21
                  Careful With That Axe, Eugene† (BBC Session, 12 May 1969) 3.26

                  Total: 57 Mins 27 Secs Approx..


                  CD 2:
                  On The Highway† (Zabriskie Point Remix) 1.17
                  Auto Scene Version 2† (Zabriskie Point Remix) 1.13
                  The Riot Scene† (Zabriskie Point Remix, Us & Them – Piano/bass Only) 1.40
                  Looking At Map† (Zabriskie Point Remix) 1.56
                  Take Off† (Zabriskie Point Remix) 1.19
                  Embryo (alternative Version)† (BBC Session, 16 July 1970) 10.45
                  Atom Heart Mother† (Live Montreux, 21 Nov 1970) (Band Only) 18.33
                  Nothing Part 14† (Echoes Work In Progress) 7.06
                  Childhood’s End† (2016 Remix) 4.33
                  Free Four† (2016 Remix) 4.16
                  Stay† (2016 Remix) 4.06

                  Total: 58 Mins 44 Secs Approx..

                  † Unreleased Track/version

                  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."


                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Somewhere Now
                    2. Bang Bang
                    3. Revolution Radio
                    4. Say Goodbye
                    5. Outlaws
                    6. Bouncing Off The Wall
                    7. Still Breathing
                    8. Youngblood
                    9. Too Dumb To Die
                    10. Troubled Times
                    11. Forever Now
                    12. Ordinary World 

                    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.



                      TRACK LISTING

                      SIDE A:
                      Bad Days (Edit) & She Don't Use Jelly (Primitive Demos)

                      SIDE B:
                      Girl With Hair Like An Explosion (Non LP Track), Giraffe (Demo) 

                      Robert Plant

                      Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar

                        ‘lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar’ is Robert Plant’s first record since 2010’s ‘Band of Joy’, which followed 2007’s six-time Grammy Award–winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand’.

                        Produced by Robert Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, 9 of which are original songs written by Robert Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters—Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam “Skin” Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.


                        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.

                            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!

                              The Smiths

                              The Smiths - Remastered

                              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.

                              The Smiths

                              Meat Is Murder - Remastered

                              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.

                              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!

                                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!!

                                  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.

                                  The Flaming Lips

                                  The Soft Bulletin - Vinyl Edition

                                    The Flaming Lips followed-up their interactive 1997 extravaganza 'Zaireeka' in typical unforeseen fashion by releasing their 1999 magnum opus 'The Soft Bulletin', the most emotionally accessible and musically grandiose statement of the band's career. Wayne Coyne's plaintive and spiritual explorations on the human experience are brought to life as never before here by a symphonic multidimensional sound that is as beautiful as it is transcendent.

                                    Featuring ethereal and poignant classics like "Race For The Prize," "Waitin' For A Superman," "Suddenly Everything Has Changed" and "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate" among others, 'The Soft Bulletin' proved to be that elusive artistic breakthrough from a band that looked destined to be eternally restless. Not only is 'The Soft Bulletin' a high water mark for The Flaming Lips on multiple levels, it's arguably one of the best recordings of the decade plus.

                                    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".

                                    Joy Division

                                    Still (Remastered)

                                      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.

                                      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!!

                                        Red Hot Chili Peppers

                                        By The Way

                                          The follow-up to 1999s "Californication". Sixteen songs, over an hour's worth of music.

                                          Sly & The Family Stone

                                          Back On The Right Tracks

                                            Brilliant 1979 vintage Sly Stone funks it up.

                                            Sly & The Family Stone

                                            Ain't But The One Way

                                              1980 Mr Sylvester Stewart asks that important question "Who In the Funk Do You Think You Are?"

                                              Linkin Park

                                              Crawling

                                                Love

                                                Forever Changes

                                                  The third and final album by the original Love line-up, "Forever Changes" regularly draws epic praise. Rolling Stone described it as 'elegant armageddon' when listing it as #40 in the '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time' and, placing it in the context of the late 60s in another rave review, called it, 'one of the most distinctive masterpieces in that era of masterpieces'. A landmark work that is the LA-based psychedelic folk-rock pioneers most fully realised studio effort.

                                                  Neil Young was originally planned to produce the album but when he dropped out at the last minute it fell to Elektra in-house producer Bruce Botnik along with Love co-founder / frontman Arthur Lee. Rumoured drug problems and band fall-outs created a tense atmosphere but one which resulted in an album of intricately arranged acoustic guitar, swelling strings and Spanish horns combined with morbid and foreboding lyrics which prophesized an end to the golden age."Forever Changes" has remained high atop critic's Top 10 lists since its original 1968 release, and its influence today can be felt stronger than ever. A masterpiece of psychedelia!


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