Friday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]


THEM CROOKED VULTURES ‘Them Crooked Vultures’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]



Them Crooked Vultures (aka Dave Grohl [Foo Fighters, Nirvana], Joshua Homme [Queens of the Stone Age] and John Paul Jones [Led Zeppelin]) has confirmed November 16 as the release date of its eponymous debut album on Columbia Records in the UK.

The self-produced 13-song record will feature the debut of the studio versions of the material Them Crooked Vultures unveiled at its August 9 debut at Chicago's Cabaret Metro and played on a first series of shows throughout a handful of UK and European shows.


ARCTIC MONKEYS ‘Cornerstone’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]


Ltd 10”: 

'Cornerstone' could be considered one of Alex Turner's finest creations. The follow up to 'Crying Lightning' looks set to crossover as maybe only 'Flourescent Adolescent' has before. The 7" contains a brand new B side recorded during the 'Humbug' sessions entitled 'Catapult'.


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ‘Brother Sport’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]


"The most creative, forward-facing, dynamic […] amazing force on the musical planet" – NME

"At once euphoric and utterly devastating" – Sunday Times Culture

"These catchy songs are infused with a euphoria that borders on the transcendent" – The Times.

'Brother Sport' is the third single to be taken from Animal Collective's universally acclaimed album, 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'.

"Euphoric", "mesmeric" and "delirious" are words that have often been used to describe Animal Collective's astonishing ninth offering, and 'Brother Sport' is the track that fits that description the best. With its infectious repetition of "open up your, open up your throat", it's the most spine-tingling album closer of the year, from one of the greatest albums of 2009. 'Brother Sport' is available on 10" and is backed with a live version of a brand new track 'Bleeding', recorded recently at Big Sur in California.


OLOF ARNALDS ‘Vid Og Vid’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]


"She has a really idiosyncratic sense of chord structure and a voice somewhere between a child and an old woman! She has her own individuality, and the best is yet to come" – Bjork.

Originally released in 2007 it won Best Alternative Album at the 2007 Iceland Music Awards, as well as Record Of The Year at Iceland's largest daily newspaper, Morgunblaðið. Despite being released only in Iceland, word of mouth – including Bjork's patronage – earned 'Vid Og Vid' high profile plaudits in the US, ranking in Paste Magazine's Top 100 Albums Of 2007.

The recent Stateside popularity of 'Vid Og Vid' has seen Ólöf play with the likes of Blonde Redhead, Jonathan Richman, Björk and The Dirty Projectors. Ólöf's recent run of US dates has been covered extensively with publications ranging from Vanity Fair, New York Times, Village Voice and Time Out New York chiming in with praise.


GREGORY ISAACS ‘Private Lesson’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]


Gregory Isaacs is possibly one of the most famous reggae singers worldwide. Fifteen years after its original release this classic, long-deleted album from the Cool Ruler himself finally gets a re-release, this time with bonus tracks.

The 'Private Lesson' album saw a massive rejuvenation in Gregory Isaacs' career, when originally released in 1995. It is a classic sounding reggae album taking Gregory away from the digital recordings of the 80s and 90s.


MEAT LOAF ‘Bat Out Of Hell – The Original Tour’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell' is one of the most iconic albums of the seventies. Released in October 1977 it has sold in excess of 40 million copies worldwide. In the UK it is certified 10 x Platinum for more than 3 million sales. This concert from the Stadthalle Offenbach in Germany was filmed in June 1978 for the German Rockpalast TV series and perfectly captures the raw excitement of the original Bat Out Of Hell tour with Meat Loaf dominating the stage and the album's songwriter Jim Steinman contributing heavily. Most of the tracks from the album are featured alongside covers of 'Johnny B Goode' and 'River Deep, Mountain High'. This is a superb film of the original Bat Out Of Hell tour.


HALFORD III ‘Winter Songs’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Just in time for the 2009 holiday season comes a release that is sure to grab the attention of heavy metal fans worldwide, as legendary singer Rob Halford debuts his first holiday CD

'Halford III – Winter Songs' is Rob's first solo release in more than seven (7) years, and includes a collection of new Halford-penned tracks plus traditional holiday favorites presented with original arrangements by Halford: Rob Halford [Vocals], Roy Z. [Producer / Guitarist], Metal Mike Chlasciak [Guitars], Mike Davis [Bass] and Bobby Jarzombek [Drums].

Written, arranged and recorded during 2008 and 2009, 'Halford III – Winter Songs' celebrates one of the most exciting holiday periods of the year. The first new  Halford single: 'Get Into The Spirit' debuted at radio and September 29th 2009. 'Well, I've always said I wanted to produce a Christmas CD,' comments Rob Halford. 'The Halford band has assembled a fantastic release, and we're excited to have produced a collection of holiday tracks which all of us have enjoyed from a very early age.'


SUFJAN STEVENS & STEPHEN HALKER ‘Super Teenage Hooper Heroes’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]

Comic Book:

Sufjan Stevens' 'The BQE' further extends its mythology by anthropomorphizing the expressway and its theoretical conceits into a 40-page comic book [cover by Matt Loux, masthead by Christian Acker], in which three extra-terrestrial superhero sisters [Botanica, Quantus, and Electress] use hula-hoops to combat the 'the Messiah of Civic Projects,' Captain Moses, and his totalitarian social architecture. The comic book, written by Stevens and gorgeously drawn, coloured, and inked by longtime friend and collaborator Stephen Halker, visualizes in graphic form many of the political motifs of the movie and soundtrack: mid-century urban theory, modernism, post-modernism, hoop dynamics, and the spiritual practice of Subud!


HANK WILLIAMS ‘The Unreleased Recordings’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams had a daily fifteen-minute show sponsored by Mother's Best flour and farm feeds. WSM Radio brought him into the studio to pre-record shows that would air when he was out of town. Hank sang with his regular studio band and performed his hits as well as songs he never recorded commercially anywhere else, like old hymns and family favourites.

He recorded onto sixteen-inch acetate discs meant to be played only once or twice. Improbably, some of those discs have survived. These recordings give us a deeper insight into Hank's life and music, showing a personality that had never been revealed previously. They showcase his humour as he jokes with his band and the emcee, his love of music as he talks unguardedly about his favorite songs, and captures him in his prime. They are three-dimensional portraits of one of the giants of American music.

Following our critically-acclaimed 3-CD box set release of Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings in October 2008, Time Life is now proud to release this collectible vinyl edition featuring the best of some of these shows. One listen and you're in another place and time, hearing the history of country music up until 1951 filtered through the music's all-time greatest artist.


NEIL YOUNG / VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Christmas At The Ranch’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Originally released in 1994 under the title 'Seven Gates: A Christmas Album By Ben Keith & Friends', this album features beautiful renditions of Christmas classics and includes performances by J.J. Cale, Johnny Cash, Nicolette Larson, Neil & Pegi Young, among others. For this reissue, now titled Christmas At The Ranch, Ben and Neil and friends went back into the studio, adding vocals and creating a new version of 'Les Trois Cloches'.


STEPHEN STILLS ‘Live At Shepherds Bush Empire’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]


In October 2008, Stills played a career-spanning concert at Shepherds Bush that was captured for this brand new CD/DVD set. Playing both solo-acoustic and full band sets, Stills touched on nearly every facet of his prolific career: Buffalo Springfield (Bluebird, For What It’s Worth, Rock & Roll Woman); CSN (Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Helplessly Hoping, Southern Cross); CSNY (Woodstock, Carry On); early solo (Love The One You’re With, Marianne); Manassas (And So Begins The Task, Isn’t It About Time); Stills/Young (Long May You Run); and later solo (Treetop Flyer, Wounded World). Other highlights include covers of Bob Dylan's 'Girl From The North Country' and Tom Petty's 'Wrong Thing To Do'.


THE DOORS ‘Live In New York’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Rhino is proud to announce the 'The Doors – Live In New York' boxset, available for release on November 9th, 2009. This 6-CD collection will contain all of the Doors' performances in their entirety recorded in 1970 at the Felt Forum. All four shows were mixed and mastered by the band's long-time engineer, Bruce Botnick, who recorded a number of shows from their 1970 tour. While most of the music in the collection has never been released, a few songs appear in the 1970 release, 'Absolutely Live' and in 1997 on 'Box Set'.

Recorded January 17th and 18th, 1970, just a few weeks before the release of 'Morrison Hotel', these concerts find Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek locked in tight as they deliver smoking takes on soon-to-be-classics from their forthcoming album, including 'Roadhouse Blues', 'Peace Frog', 'Ship Of Fools' and 'Maggie M'Gill'. The shows also feature a few driving blues covers, such as Bo Diddley's 'Who Do You Love', Howlin' Wolf's 'Back Door Man' and John Lee Hooker's 'Crawling King Snake'. Hoffman, and the graciousness of Max Yasgur's address to the crowd, heard for the first time in its entirety.

For the final show of the Felt Forum stand, the band was joined onstage by two guests – The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian (who played harmonica on the studio version of 'Roadhouse Blues') and drummer Dallas Taylor, who'd played on Crosby, Stills & Nash's debut. Sebastian sat in for 'Rock Me' and was joined by Taylor for 'Going To N.Y. Blues' and 'Maggie M'Gill'. Sadly, these shows represent The Doors' final New York City performances with Morrison, who passed away July 3, 1971.


JAY FARRAR & BENJAMIN GIBBARD ‘One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) has co-written the soundtrack for this film with Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt). If you aren't familiar with Jack Kerouac's books – he is a bit of a cult icon around the world and is recognized as one of the leading beat poets if not the leading pioneer in the Beat Generation. His friends were Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Neal Cassidy. Also iconic in their own right. He has inspired so many past writers and musicians and continues to do so into modern day. Kerouac is mostly noted for 'On The Road' & 'Dharma Bums' which many of you may have read at some point…

'One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Music From Kerouac's Big Sur' features 12 original songs, composed and performed by Farrar and Gibbard, with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac's landmark 1962 novel 'Big Sur'. The album will be released October 20 along with a feature-length documentary of the same title in which both Gibbard and Farrar appear.

The documentary, One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, is directed by Curt Worden and produced by Gloria Bailen and Jim Sampas of Kerouac Films. The film features appearances by writers, poets, actors and musicians including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith and Tom Waits.


BIFFY CLYRO ‘Only Revolutions’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]



"It's a woeful soul who can listen to 'Only Revolutions' without feeling exhilarated" – The Observer Music Monthly

"'Only Revolutions' has enough in the way of nous, intelligence and tunes to broaden their audience immeasurably… it makes a convincing case for the trio as future players on an international scale." – Q

Biffy Clyro have announced that they will be releasing their new album, 'Only Revolutions', on 9 November 2009 through 14th Floor Records. The album will be preceded by the anthemic new single 'The Captain' on October 26th.

Coming after the mammoth success of fourth album 'Puzzle', which entered the charts at #2 and marked Biffy Clyro's transformation into a truly world beating band, 'Only Revolutions' is a further step-up for the Ayrshire trio in an album filled with joy, grit and absolute determination.

'Only Revolutions', Biffy Clyro's fifth album and second with 14th Floor Records, was recorded in LA, once again with producer GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers) at the helm, and mixed by Andy Wallace (Coldplay, Nirvana). Multiple Grammy-winning composer David Campbell – who has worked with an array of legendary talents including Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Metallica and Radiohead, and who won an Oscar for the score to 'Brokeback Mountain' – contributes lush orchestration throughout. The album also highlights a special guest collaboration with Queens of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on the epic stand-out anthem 'Bubbles'.

After the overwhelming sadness of 'Puzzle', 'Only Revolutions' sees a more hopeful side to Biffy Clyro. The songs are perfectly crafted and full of the idiosyncrasies that define the band's unique take on contemporary rock. The album is heralded with the military thump of 'The Captain' before it erupts into a rush of serrated riffs and euphoric horns. Further highlights include the stripped down agony / ecstasy dilemma of 'God and Satan', the soaring power of the hauntingly romantic 'Man of Horror' and the visceral nastiness of 'Shock Shock'.


SHAKIN' STEVENS ‘The Epic Masters Box Set’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]

10CD Box: —- **Strictly Limited to 1500 Copies ONLY**

Sony Music releases a classic 10CD boxset featuring 163 fantastic, career-spanning songs & bonus tracks from the #1 male UK singles artist of the 80s.

This fantastic collection includes the complete, remastered albums: ‘Take One!’, ‘This Ole House’, ‘Shaky’, ‘Give Me Your Heart Tonight’, ‘The Bop Won't Stop’, ‘Lipstick Powder & Paint’, ‘Let's Boogie’, ‘A Whole Lotta Shaky’, ‘There Are Two Kinds of Music: Rock N Roll’, plus a 12" bonus CD of alternate mixes.

Also includes the smash singles: ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, ‘This Ole House’, ‘You Drive Me Crazy’, ‘Green Door’, ‘Oh Julie’, ‘Shirley’, ‘Cry Just A Little Bit’, ‘A Love Worth Waiting For’ and many more! Plus a brilliant, 24-page colour booklet.


BUCKS FIZZ ‘The Platinum Collection’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]


This 4 CD box set contains 60+ tracks, including 'Making Your Mind Up', 'Land Of Make Believe' & 'My Camera Never Lies' plus new and previously unreleased tracks, a must for any fan!


JOHN MAYER ‘Battle Studies’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]


John Mayer's 'Battle Studies' will be released on November 16th, 2009 on Columbia Records. The album comes three years after his critically acclaimed 2006 album, 'Continuum'. Incorporating the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70's and 80's California rock/pop, 'Battle Studies' is a confessional, relaxed and liberated album recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

The album's first single, 'Who Says' challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake – despite society's constraints. 'Battle Studies' also showcases universal themes on 'Heartbreak Warfare', 'Assassin' and 'War of My Life,' while flexing guitar chops on 'Rock Song,' and a reinterpretation of 'Crossroads.' The famously collaborative guitar player also invited one of music's brightest new talents, Taylor Swift, to appear on 'Half of My Heart'.


WILL YOUNG ‘The Hits’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]



The only British male artist of the 2000's to have four consecutive platinum albums, Will Young's first compilation 'The Hits' is a celebration of his extraordinary career so far. Containing singles from his four studio albums – 'From Now On' [2002], 'Friday's Child' [2003], 'Keep On' [2005], and 'Let It Go' [2008], 'The Hits' will also feature two exclusive bonus tracks.

Ever since his debut single 'Evergreen' became the fastest selling debut of all time, Will Young has been redefining the parameters of pop stardom. From 'Leave Right Now' and its groundbreaking one-take video, the Brit award winning 'Your Game', the timeless ballad 'All Time Love' and 2008's incredible airplay hit 'Changes', Will Young has been responsible for a catalogue of classic pop songs, now available together on one album for the first time.


PINK / VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Spongebob's Greatest Hits’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


SpongeBob Squarepants is an incurable optimist, innocent, well meaning and – a sea sponge. He lives with his pet snail Gary (who meows like a cat) in a 2-storey pineapple in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. With over 19 million viewers in the UK in 2008, the viewers in 2009 are set to blow those figures out of the window.

Spongebob's Greatest Hits brings together all the favourites from the show across the years. The repackage, released on 9th November includes new bonus tracks from superstar Pink & Cee-Lo Green from Grammy award winning Gnarls Barkley, recorded specifically for 'Truth Or Square'.


MICHAEL JACKSON ‘This Is It’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Limited Edition 4-LP vinyl set to accompany the 2-CD album


HOWARD JONES ‘Ordinary Heroes’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


This is the album that fans have been waiting for. Written and recorded over the past two years, 'Ordinary Heroes' is being regarded as Jones's best album for 20 years.

The album features a string quartet on every track and focuses on Jones as a songwriter. The album celebrates the heroism of people in everyday life. The first single will be 'Soon You'll Go' which is the most moving track Jones has ever recorded. The single features the Morriston Orpheus Choir who will be performing with Howard at St David's Hall in Cardiff on 13th November. Two other dates The IndigO2 in London on 6th November and The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 12th November will also launch the album.


DELIRIOUS? ‘History Makers: Greatest Hits’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


After a five-figure number of gigs in front of a six-figure number of fans, Delirious? are putting plans together for one final tour. Taking in six dates in the UK and further gigs across mainland Europe. These are not just the final gigs of one band or even the close of a remarkable chapter. It's the end of an era.

Delirious? crafted for themselves a unique place in so many people's hearts, and to commemorate this, Delirious? have been busy compiling their Greatest Hits album entitled 'History Makers'. This stunning collection of songs have inspired a generation, to live life out loud.

'History Makers' faces a difficult task – reflecting the true range and depth of one of the most influential worship bands of recent years – but it pulls it off magnificently. With both contemporary and worship tracks perfectly represented, 'History Makers' is the ultimate parting gift.


CHICKENFOOT ‘Chickenfoot’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


'Chickenfoot' is a big American rock album with a rich and powerful sound now with added filmed footage on DVD


JOHN MARTYN ‘I'd Rather Be The Devil’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]

6CD/2DVD:  — **Strictly Limited to 2000 Copies ONLY**

The Special edition of John Martyn's work includes his critically acclaimed comeback album 'The Apprentice, 'Cooltide' and his reworked best of album 'No Little Boy' plus his best of played Live. Also in this Deluxe packaging are two DVDs. The first 'The Apprentice' is John at his best with his band featuring Dave Gilmour and the second 'Live in Dublin' is John solo in concert and features the legendary Danny Thompson.


THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT ‘The Airborne Toxic Event’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


This is a Deluxe CD/DVD Edition of The Airborne Toxic Event's self titled debut album.

This new version is packaged in a digipack sleeve, and the bonus DVD features acoustic performances of each track on the record, including the single Sometime Around Midnight.

Following the band's stunning live performances at Reading/Leeds and Latitude festivals this summer, the release of this Deluxe Edition coincides with the band's UK tourdates throughout November.

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