PEARL JAM 'Backspacer' [Release Date 21/09/2009]
CD I Limited CD I LP: In what is set to be one of the highlights of the year, Pearl Jam release their eagerly anticipated new studio album 'Backspacer', September 21st, produced by Brendan O'Brien. Their highly charged new single 'The Fixer' is out September 7th and released digitally August 24th. Pearl Jam are a band reborn with their ninth studio album 'Backspacer', their first release with Universal/Island records. The band reunited with producer Brendan O'Brien for 'Backspacer' who produced four of Pearl Jam's earlier albums and the re-master of their seminal debut 'Ten', which was released in March. The band recently premiered 'Got Some', one of the many highlights from their new 11-track record on the debut of US chat show, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, June 1st. Their performance gained an unprecedented amount of views on YouTube and received the biggest US chat show audience figures in 5 years. On launch there will be a limited edition gatefold CD sleeve, with die cut artwork and luminous ink. All CD formats also include a world first – using E Bridge technology fans will be able to download an entire 2 live concerts from a choice of 11 using their CD in their computer.
MARK KNOPFLER 'Get Lucky' [Release Date 14/09/2009]
CD I Limited CD/DVD I Deluxe Box Set : When they agreed the unwritten law that time-honoured artists with brilliant track records get less creative as they go on, Mark Knopfler obviously wasn't paying attention. He was too busy writing, recording, touring and enjoying it all. So as we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and other multi-million-sellers nudge their careers forward at a snail's pace, Knopfler prepares to release his fifth studio album of the decade, and it's another jewel. 'Get Lucky,' recorded at his award-winning British Grove Studios in west London and co-produced with long-time cohorts Chuck Ainlay and Guy Fletcher, is a beautifully crafted exploration of a lifetime of musical roots. Fluently combining folk and blues with his original songwriting, the whole containing personalized British ingredients and vivid observational lyricism. The autobiographical thread running through 'Get Lucky' is exemplified by the title track. "The first itinerant person I ever met would sing in soul bands in winter, then work part-time in fairgrounds or 'go pick fruit down south' when the weather turned warm," explains Knopfler. "I was about 15 years old, stuck in school and envious. 'Get Lucky' came from him and other travelling characters I went on to meet in places I'd find myself working short-term, like farms, warehouses, building sites, before I got lucky with my songs." In the end, Mark Knopfler thrives on never taking the audience for granted. "I think there's still a place for the game that I'm playing," he muses. "It's not on the same pitch as a lot of other people are playing, mine's over here and theirs is over there, but people still want to hear crafted songs."