Friday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]


MADNESS ‘The Liberty Of Norton Folgate’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


2009 has been Madness' year, celebrating 30 years since their first release and also releasing 'The Liberty Of Norton Folgate', considered by some to be their finest album to date. 2009 has also seen the TV advertised release of their greatest hits album 'Total Madness', with the 30th year special reissue of their debut album 'One Step Beyond'. This bonus DVD comes complete with legendary director Julien Temple's film adaptation of the album, plus live performance footage from London's Hackney Empire stage directed by Luke Cresswell (of 'Stomp' fame), entwined with Victorian London re-enactments from members of the band.


JARVIS COCKER ‘Further Complications’ / ‘Girls Like It Too’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]

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A double A sided affair from Jarvis Cocker, featuring 'Further Complications' (from the Rough Trade album of the same name) on one side and 'Girls Like It Too' on the other. Both tracks were recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini earlier this year.

'Girls Like It Too's title comes from a speech made at John Peel's funeral by his brother Alan. It seems that the younger Ravenscroft asked his big brother John for some advice on how to deal with the lustful thoughts that were beginning to stir in his teenage body and John replied "Just remember: girls like it too" – a pretty good piece of sex education in anyone's language. This anecdote made a great impression on Jarvis at the time and has finally found its way into a song.

To mark the release Jarvis and the band will be occupying the Village Underground complex in Shoreditch and doing another event along the lines of their week-long residency in the Galerie Chappe in Paris earlier this year. That event involved open-to-all improvisation sessions, yoga classes with live musical accompaniment, belly dancing workshops, kids' activities and performances with special guests. Dates to be announced.


FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS ‘I Told You I Was Freaky’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]


The second season of the Emmy-nominated comedy 'Flight Of The Conchords', following the lives of New Zealand's premiere digi-folk parodists Jemaine and Bret as they try and break New York, was transmitted on BBC 4 in the Spring of this year and will get a full terrestrial BBC broadcast later. The songs from this album were performed on this series.

While Flight Of The Conchords first hammered out their reputation from behind the relative safety of acoustic guitars, blithely billed as a 'folk comedy' act, nowadays their musical style runs rampant, unchecked. Judging from the range displayed on their sophomore album 'I Told You I Was Freaky', Flight Of The Conchords have yet to unearth a genre which can withstand their artistry. Unflinching in their lyrical stance, sophisticated with their arrangements, crafting melodies which always lodge firmly in the frontal lobe: Flight Of The Conchords have here created 13 best-selling ringtones, humbly masquerading as songs. Their rhymes are fearless, their thesauruses dog-eared. Only cool, confident specimens of manhood such as these could drop three-dollar vocabulary busters like "dungarees" and "pantaloons" while still mesmerizing the ladies with their undulating 'Sugalumps'. Vivid imagery? Check: The ardent 'Angels' should spur listeners to think twice the next time they consider catching a snowflake on their tongues. Better still, the amorous odyssey of the album's zenith, 'We're Both In Love With A Sexy Lady', unfolds before the listener's very ears in real time; Flight Of The Conchords are making history.

'I Told You I Was Freaky' is, among a great many other things, a genre-tripping tour de force and includes three songs from the second series of their popular and awardwinning HBO TV show which are otherwise as yet unreleased – 'Rambling Through The Avenues Of Time', 'Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor)' and 'You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute'.

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BERT JANSCH VINYL [+CD] REISSUES [Release Date 09/11/2009]

Drag City are proud to announce deluxe LP releases of the three albums Bert Jansch recorded for The Famous Charisma Label in the 1970s, featuring hand-picked, previously unreleased bonus material. Each of these vinyl editions is packaged using the original artwork along with contemporary photos, plus freshly written notes including commentary from Bert Jansch himself.

‘LA Turnaround’:

'LA Turnaround' appeared in September 1974 to great acclaim, hailed in the press as "not far off from being the perfect album". It was produced by former Monkee Mike Nesmith at Stratton Smith's house in the country in Sussex, and in Los Angeles, and features not only Nesmith but also Red Rhodes, Klaus Voorman, Jesse Ed Davis and Byron Berline, giving this album an authentic LA 70s vibe, despite its UK origins. This edition of 'LA Turnaround' includes an enhanced CD with bonus songs and a previously-unseen cinema-verité film, made during the album recordings and featuring Bert, Mike Nesmith and Red Rhodes recording and performing songs.

‘Santa Barbara Honeymoon’:

'Santa Barbara Honeymoon' was recorded in America over a two-month period the following year and is a further departure for Bert Jansch, mixing his familiar style with a definitive LA, over-the-top production sound, featuring backing singers and session players including horns, steel drums and a Dixieland band. An added bonus is a CD containing previously unreleased solo tracks recorded live at the Montreux Festival in the Summer of 1975.

‘A Rare Conundrum’:

'A Rare Conundrum' was recorded in a more familiar style in the UK during 1976. The majority of the album features Bert with a group he'd put together consisting of Rod Clements on bass, Pick Withers on drums and Mike Piggott on violin. The bonus CD includes rare tracks.

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BRITNEY SPEARS ‘The Singles Collection’ [Release Date 23/11/2009]



29 x CD/1DVD:

During her 10 year career, Britney Spears has sold over 63 million albums. She has had 6 top 5 albums in the UK including most recently 'Circus' which became her fastest selling album to date. She is one of the top-selling artists of the last decade worldwide with her albums  '…Baby One More Time' [1999]; 'Oops!… I Did It Again' [2000]; 'Britney' [2001]; 'In The Zone' [2003]; 'Blackout' [2007] and 'Circus' [2008].

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of her debut on the music scene, Sony Music is releasing 'Britney Spears: The Singles Collection' on November 23rd. To launch the special package a brand new single entitled '3', which Britney recently recorded with hitmaker Max Martin, will be released on November 16th.

There will be two configurations of 'The Singles Collection'; an ultimate fan box set and a standard version. The standard version of The Singles Collection will contain 18 of her chart topping favourites along with the new song '3', all on one CD. There will also be a fans CD and DVD version available with videos to each of the tracks.

The ultimate fan box set version of The Singles Collection will contain all 29 of her singles, including the new song '3'. Each disc will be packaged in its own slip sleeve case with original artwork, and will include an additional b-side or a remix of the track. The collection will include a DVD featuring all of Britney's videos in chronological order. The ultimate fan box set will also include a special booklet featuring iconic images and fun facts about each track.


KINGS OF LEON ‘Live At The O2 London, England[Release Date 09/11/2009]



First-ever King Of Leon DVD officially documents the triumphant three-night stint at the London Arena in June 2009.

Capping off a monumental year, Columbia Records is excited to announce the release of the first-ever DVD by the Kings of Leon on November 9, 2009. The Blu Ray version of the DVD comes out on November 23. Called Kings of Leon: Live At The O2 London, England, the DVD captures, up-close and personal, the band performing at the top of their game in front of 18,000 adoring fans on one of a three-night stint in June 2009 in London that sold out within one hour of tickets going on sale. These shows were some of the biggest of the band’s career in the country that was the first to embrace them, and the symbolism and excitement is palpable.

As those who have attended the band's shows can attest, the Kings of Leon go out of their way to have great sound, unusual for the arenas they play in. Produced by Emer Patten and directed by Nick Wickham, Kings of Leon: Live At The O2 London, England, the film looks and sounds incredible, and the DVD is available in stereo and 5.1. The live sound was mixed by Brent Rawlings while the DVD sound was mixed by Jacquire King and Vance Powell.


AC/DC ‘Backtracks’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


'Backtracks' spans the length and breadth of AC/DC's career, bringing together rare studio songs and out-takes, hard-to-find live performances and the long-awaited arrival of 'Family Jewels Three', a DVD showcasing the group's music videos, live performances, and music clips from 1992-2009.

CD1 comprises studio rarities. CD2 comprises live rarities. DVD is Family Jewels Disc Three, comprising all the videos not previously released + rare alternative versions and some special bonus 'making of…' features. It comes bang up to date with the promos from Black Ice


JLS ‘JLS’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


JLS have quickly secured their place as the UK's favourite boyband and are soon to release their second single, the follow-up to their #1 smash hit, 'Beat Again'.

'Everybody In Love,' released on November 2nd, is an anthem for all the lovers out there, with a sound that combines old-school R&B with today's hottest pop production– and it's a song that shows the foursome's fantastic vocals off perfectly. JLS will even be bringing some sun into the British autumn as the boys jetted off to Los Angeles to film the video for 'Everybody In Love.'

JLS, their eponymous debut album will be released a week later on 9th November. Fully aware of the fickle nature of the iTunes generation's approach to investing in albums, the four boys made sure that every one of the songs on the album could be a potential single. You can hear it in the almost Backstreet Boys-ish, classic international boyband sound of 'Close To You,' the flamenco punctuated disco-on-steroids of 'Heal This Heartbreak,' the Kanye-ish robo-skip and saucy intentions of 'Private' and the yearning melody of mid-paced winner 'Only Tonight.'


ROD STEWART ‘Soulbook’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


With an estimated 250 million in album and single sales, Rod Stewart is one of the most successful performers of all time. Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart will be releasing 'Soulbook' on November 9th, a collection of classic Sixties / Seventies-era soul favourites, all newly recorded by the quintessential "blue eyed soul" singer of our generation. Rod's Grammy-Award winning recordings of the Great American Songbook have sold over 19 million albums and is the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history. With the same passion, Rod approaches some of the greatest soul songs ever written.

Comments Rod Stewart: "This is the album I've waited my whole lifetime to record. These are the songs that I've danced to, made love to, cried to and yes, even fell on the floor to as a young man in the infancy of my career. These songs and singers were the oxygen that fuelled my passion to sing. When I was a skinny, cocky, all-mouth and trousers teenager living in North London without two pennies to rub together, I discovered the artistry of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops and so many more. They were my Gods and my heroes."

The album features two stunning superstar duets, one with Mary J. Blige joining Rod on the Stylistics' 70s hit 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' and the other with Jennifer Hudson on 'Let It Be Me,' inspired by the Jerry Butler / Betty Everett duet. In addition, soul great Smokey Robinson guests on 'Tracks of My Tears' which he made famous as a member of the Miracles who recorded that track in 1965, and musical giant Stevie Wonder accompanies Rod on harmonica on his massive 1969 hit 'My Cherie Amour.'


FERRY CORSTEN ‘Twice In A Blue Moon – Remixed’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


'Twice In A Blue Moon' – released earlier this year was the highly anticipated third artist album by trance superstar Ferry Corsten. The Dutch master has consistently shown his electronic talent through slick production and epic DJ sets, with his success being illustrated in the DJ Top 100 poll where Ferry has had a ‘residency’ in the top 10 for the past five years.

After the massive 2006-artist album 'L.E.F' and prior to that 'Right Of Way' back in 2003, Ferry Corsten has been anything but quiet. This year alone saw Netherlands' most famous export remixing U2, Nelly Furtado and the new anthemic single 'Human' from The Killers, putting on the MASSIVE 12,000 capacity event Full On Ferry plus touring at mega raves around the world.

Here Ferry is back with 'Twice In A Blue Moon [Remixed]', a new version of the album. With the help of some heavyweight names and upcoming talents, including Lange, Solarstone, Heatbeat, Sied van Riel, Jerry Ropero and Markus Schulz, Ferry presents a new take on the album that will appeal not only to hardcore Ferry fans but to dance music fans alike.

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