Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]


STING ‘If On A Winter's Night’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]




'If on a Winter's Night' presents an arc of songs that conjure the season of spirits, the eerie silences of the snow; days of solitude and reflection for some, a time of re-birth and celebration for many.

With traditional music of the British Isles as their starting point, Sting and his guest musicians draw the listener in through a collection of songs, carols, and lullabies spanning the centuries – such as 'The Snow it Melts the Soonest' (traditional Newcastle ballad), 'Soul Cake' (traditional English "begging" song which has its roots in Halloween/All Souls Day), 'Gabriel's Message' (14th century carol), as well as two of Sting's own compositions – 'Lullaby for an Anxious Child' and 'The Hounds of Winter'. Also featured on the album is 'urdy Gurdy Man' – a musical reworking and English translation (by Sting) of Der Leiermann from Schubert's classic winter song-cycle Winterreise.


NIRVANA ‘Live At Reading’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

Deluxe DVD/CD:

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Standard DVD:

Ranked #1 in Kerrang Magazine's "100 Gigs That Shook The World" and voted as "Nirvana's #1 Greatest Moment" by fans in an NME poll, Nirvana's historic August 30, 1992 headlining appearance at the UK's Reading Festival is one of the most bootlegged concerts in the annals of rock'n'roll.

Now, fans will have an opportunity to own a pristine copy of that entire performance. Colour-corrected video from the original film with audio sourced from the original multi-track masters.

While the show's centerpiece was a performance of nearly the entire 'Nevermind' tracklist, also noteworthy were early performances of three as yet unrecorded songs which wouldn't be released until 2 years later on 'In Utero': 'All Apologies', 'Dumb', and in its first ever public performance, 'Tourette's'.

The career-spanning setlist also reached back to the band's 1989 Sub Pop debut album, 'Bleach,' for 'Blew,' 'About A Girl,' 'School,' 'Negative Creep' and first single 'Love Buzz,' and even further back to the mid-'80s for 'Spank Thru.'

Other songs from the Reading set would appear in studio form on the 'Incesticide' compilation later in the year: 'Aneurysm,' 'Been A Son' and 'Sliver.' Additionally, the band played a pair of beloved covers by two bands that helped shape the formative Nirvana sound – 'The Money Will Roll Right In' by Fang and 'D-7' by The Wipers.


PAUL WELLER ‘Paul Weller’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]


Remember how we started…

"I still really like the record – we weren't making it for any other reason than to make a record and it re-introduced real music to a lot of people again in the way it was made. We were coming out of the technology of the '80s, with those sterile recording methods, and it became about musicians playing live again and enjoying the experience." Paul Weller – 2009

This stunning 2-disc deluxe edition of Paul Weller's first solo album, originally released in 1992, follows the overwhelming success of the last few solo catalogue reissue projects – 'Stanley Road', 'Wild Wood' and 'Paul Weller At The BBC'.

Having split the Style Council and left his record label – Polydor, Paul was at something of a crossroads. He formed the Paul Weller Movement and started playing live shows again, initially to small crowds. He released the first solo single – 'Into Tomorrow' (included here in its original version, demo b-side and previously un-released 'acoustic' version) in 1990, on his own Freedom High label. Its modest (by his standards) top-40 chart placing secured a deal with new label – Go! Discs, who released the album in 1992.

Paul re-established his soul and r'n'b roots and influences with the new material, as well as his love of Curtis Mayfield, Donald Byrd, Traffic, Funkadelic, Blue Note jazz records and new groups – Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest. There was also a more experimental side with tracks like 'Kosmos' and a nod to the Acid Jazz and Talkin' Loud labels' scene.

The project has been personally overseen by Paul Weller and producer Brendan Lynch with unparalleled access to their archives. Digitally remastered – the original album features the classic hit singles Into Tomorrow, Uh Huh Oh Yeh & Above The Clouds. Packed with extras – 25 bonus tracks, demos, b-sides, mixes, alternative versions and unreleased songs.

Amongst the unreleased highlights are a demo of new song – The Bitter Truth, a stunning acoustic take on Abraham, Martin & John alternative versions of Round and Round, Kosmos, New Thing, Bitterness Rising and others.

The 28-page booklet features extensive new sleevenotes including brand new interviews with Paul, Brendan, Steve White and others. Also includes rare period photos and archive memorabilia.

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The live adventures of the Rolling Stones… Now remastered and sounding better than ever!

‘Love You Live’ 2CD:

Originally issued as a double vinyl album in October 1977, 'Love You Live' captures the band at a time when their Canadian escapades were making headlines around the world. Released a year on from their triumphant appearance at the Knebworth Fair, it made the Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic.

The album includes the acknowledged classics 'Honky Tonk Women', 'Happy' and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', and the medley 'If You Can't Rock Me' / 'Get Off Of My Cloud' taped during the band's record-breaking run at London's Earls Court in May 1976.

Going back to their rhythm'n'blues roots as if they were at the Crawdaddy Club or Eel Pie Island in the early sixties, they revived 'Mannish Boy', a song most commonly associated with the father of Chicago blues Muddy Waters, the Willie Dixon composition 'Little Red Rooster', made famous by Howlin' Wolf and a chart-topper for the Stones in 1964, and two more Chess label favourites, Bo Didley's 'Crackin' Up' and Chuck Berry's 'Around And Around'.

‘Still Life’ CD’

'Still Life (American Concert 1981)', to give the album its full title, was released in the summer of 1982, just as the group were headlining stadiums across Europe, and also made the Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic.

Arguably the Stones' most commercially-successful live recording to date, it spawned two hit singles, their infectious take on The Miracles' 'Going To A Go-Go', and their revival of Jerry Ragovoy's 'Time Is On My Side', popularized by Irma Thomas and first recorded by the group in 1964.

It also includes a swaggering cover of Eddie Cochran’s Twenty Flight Rock as well as romps through the Stones sixties classics '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', 'Under My Thumb' and 'Let's Spend The Night Together'.

‘Flashpoint’ CD:

First issued in April 1991, 'Flashpoint' is a Stones live album with a difference, since it boasts two studio cuts exclusive to this release, the politically-charged 'Highwire,' a comment on the Gulf War reminiscent of the group's epochal 'Street Fighting Man,' and a Top 30 single in Britain, and the louche 'Sex Drive.'

The album charted at number 6 in the UK and featured outstanding versions of 'Ruby Tuesday' and 'Paint It Black' alongside the rockers 'Sad Sad Sad' and 'Rock And A Hard Place' from the 'Steel Wheels' album, as well as the rarely played 'Factory Girl,' from the seminal 'Beggars Banquet,' while guitar hero Eric Clapton guested on 'Little Red Rooster.'

‘Stripped’ CD:

Having pioneered the concept of alternating big shows and back-to-basics gigs, the Stones put yet another spin on the live album with 'Stripped' in November 1995, and were duly rewarded with another Transatlantic Top Ten entry.

During the Voodoo Lounge tour, their first with bassist Darryl Jones, the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world simply kicked back in Lisbon and Tokyo studios and revisited Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away' and 'Little Baby', the Willie Dixon composition first recorded by Howlin' Wolf. They also cherry-picked highlights ['Shine A Light' & 'Angie'] from intimate shows at legendary venues like the Paradiso in Amsterdam or the Olympia in Paris.

This low-key approach afforded the group the opportunity to explore its acoustic, country-flavoured repertoire, 'Wild Horses', 'Dead Flowers' and 'Sweet Virginia' in particular, though their inspired reworking of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone', from their memorable gig at London's Brixton Academy, remains the album's undisputed highlight. It duly became their biggest UK single in over a decade.

‘Live Licks’ 2CD:

Documenting the lengthy 2002-2003 tour in support of the career retrospective '40 Licks', 'Live Licks' is another great addition to the Stones' catalogue of concert recordings, and put in a strong chart performance on its release in November 2004.

The shows mixed best-loved songs with unexpected gems from the band’s huge back catalogue, and the two CDs mirror that approach. The first one comprises favourites such as 'It's Only Rock'n' Roll (But I Like It)' and 'Gimme Shelter' while the second one majors on rarely played deep cuts like 'Monkey Man', 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking', 'Rocks Off', 'Beast Of Burden', 'When The Whip Comes Down', 'Neighbours' and 'Worried About You' from the chart-topping albums 'Let It Bleed', 'Sticky Fingers', 'Exile On Main Street', 'Some Girls' and 'Tattoo You'.

‘Live At The Max’ DVD:

‘Live At The Max’ Blu-Ray:

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Rolling Stones 'Steel Wheels' tour, Universal Music Group announce the digitally re-mastered release of Rolling Stones 'Live at the Max' on DVD and Blu-Ray. 'Live at the Max' was the first feature length IMAX concert film to be shot and to this day, it holds the record as the most successful IMAX concert film of all time. Offering every fan the best seat in the house, 'Live at the Max' features 90 minutes of classic Rolling Stones footage shot during the European leg of their 'Steel Wheels' tour in London, Berlin and Turin, and features 16 songs including classic favorites such as 'Start Me Up', 'It's Only Rock 'n' Roll' and 'Honky Tonk Woman'.  Live at the Max delivers unparalleled visual and audio quality for a viewing experience that is supreme to any other live concert video.


KEANE ‘Hopes And Fears – Deluxe Edition’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


"…best new British band of the year." Music Week, Dec 2003

"Chaplin has a truly exceptional voice… Keane's future looks bright indeed." NME, Sept 2003

"Ridiculously confident, irresistibly melodic debut…" Q, June 2004

"Hopes and Fears contains more hooks than most pop groups manage in their careers" Rolling Stone 2004

On 10th May 2004, Island Records released the No.1 biggest selling album of the year 'Hopes and Fears', selling over 5.8 million copies worldwide, and garnering two Brit Awards and an Ivor Novello Award. The album was also voted one of the 'Best British Albums' ever in a Q Magazine/HMV poll. It was to become one of the classic albums of our time, and one of the last multi-million selling albums of this generation.

This beautifully packaged 2 cd Deluxe Edition features the original album plus 7 BBC Session recordings [6 previously unreleased, and the cover of U2's 'With or Without You' recorded for Jo Whiley's Live Lounge show]; a demo version of 'Into the Light', a track that never made the final album; DJ Shadow's remix of we Might As Well Be Strangers, and rare live recordings of 'Somewhere Only We Know', 'We Might As Well Be Strangers', 'This is the Last Time' and 'Everybody's Changing' that originally formed part of the limited edition Live EP released in 2004. Artwork includes new, unseen photos and sleeve notes by Steve Lamacq.


ANTHRAX ‘Caught In A Mosh – BBC Live In Concert’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Anthrax were pioneers of the American Metal scene, regarded as one of the 'Big Four' responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal. Combining the speed and fury of hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new subgenre of heavy metal.

In 1987, Anthrax released their third, and arguably their greatest, album 'Among The Living'. This double CD of concert recordings features the two UK performances from the 1987 tour, their sold out Hammersmith Odeon show and their storming performance at the Donington Festival.

"Anthrax? The cover of 'Fistful of Metal' says it all. I bought that fucker when it came out in 84, without hearing even so much as a note. They haven't disappointed me since. Unmistakable riffs, mindfuck drumming and classic songs – they've opened too many doors to mention. Badasses. They are better than your band." – Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters


FRANK SINATRA ‘The Sinatra Family Wish You A Merry Christmas’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


Frank Sinatra, long acclaimed as the world's greatest performer of popular music, is the artist who set the standard for all others to follow. Sinatra was, of course, more than a singer – he was an actor, recording artist, cabaret and concert star, radio and television personality and a family man. Here he is with a 10-track Christmas Collection including some classic Christmas tracks. Perfect for an 'Easy' family Christmas!


FRANK SINATRA ‘Christmas With Sinatra & Friends’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


A stellar line up of some of the world's greatest ever performers joins possibly the greatest of them all, Frank Sinatra, for this 12 track collection of Christmas favourites.

With striking artwork and including guests such as Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme and Tony Bennet, this is about as cool as Christmas gets!


THE SUPREMES & FOUR TOPS ‘Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


A fabulous 2CD set where Motown's most successful girl group duets with the label's classiest quartet. Included in the collection are three albums recorded in the '70s plus a previously unreleased fourth album of high quality Motown magic. Two of the albums appear on CD for the first time!

The newly formed super group was lovingly dubbed 'The Magnificent 7', a name that stuck and became the title of the Supremes and Tops' first album together.

Producers on the LP included Duke Browner, Clay McMurray, and Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson; Nick and Val, with Paul Riser arranging, delivered a spirited remake of 'River Deep, Mountain High', which became a worldwide hit.

'Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets' collection also includes a beautiful 28-page booklet stuffed with rare photos, an essay by Mark Bego with personal reminiscences from the groups and detailed annotations.

MOTOWN LABEL ‘Motown Definitive Performances’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]


The first and only Motown DVD Collection. This special DVD collection presents 18 classic television performances featuring some of Motown's biggest hits and greatest artists from 1965 – 1972, including the company's first Pop #1 hit the Marvelettes' 'Please Mr. Postman', Martha & The Vandellas' classic performance of 'Nowhere To Run' on the Ford Mustang assembly line, and a luminous live version of 'The Tears Of A Clown' by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.

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2 x HOLLY JOHNSON SOLO REISSUES [Release Date 16/11/2009]

‘Blast’ CD:

‘Blast’ was the debut album by Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It was released 1989 and reached number 1 in the UK charts and sold over 300,000 copies making it platinum. The album featured hits ‘Love Train’, ‘Americanos’ and ‘Atomic City’.

‘Dreams That Money Can't Buy’ CD:

'Dreams That Money Can't Buy' is the second solo album by Holly Johnson originally released in 1991. The album featured the singles 'Where Has Love Gone', 'Across The Universe' and 'The People Want To Dance'. The album also features Kirsty Macoll on the track 'Boyfriend'.


RICKIE LEE JONES ‘Balm In Gilead’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]


Rickie Lee Jones is the latest classic recording artist to sign with Concord Music Group. Her new album is deeply personal and fully steeped in acoustic sounds, jazzy arrangements and her trademark richly whispered voice and jazz arched melodic flourishes. Includes guest artists such as Ben Harper, Alison Krauss, Victoria Williams, Vic Chestnut and guitarist Bill Frisell.

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