FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND 'Your History Is Mine: 2002 – 2008' [Release Date 28/09/2009]
CD I 2CD: From Wikipedia: 'Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009' is a compilation album by Funeral for a Friend that is to be released on September 28, 2009. It was confirmed in Kerrang! magazine to include four new tracks. The release will be preceded by a single, 'Wrench'. The compilation will be released in the UK on Atlantic Records, rather than the band's own label Join Us (which released their last album and its singles), thus completing the deal the band has with Atlantic from earlier in their career.
MICHAEL JACKSON 'A Troubled Genius' [Release Date 21/09/2009]
CD I DVD I Blu-Ray: Michael Jackson was a truly amazing phenomenon. He was the biggest star in the history of music, but he was also bravely waging his own private battle against his own inner demons. Despite fighting to overcome criminal charges and civil law suits, Michael selflessly carried on the vital work he did for children's charities. All of this despite his own continuing fight against drug dependency, anxiety, anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder. This is the untold story of a true hero who was prepared to put others first. Michael Jackson was never afraid to use his celebrity as a force for good and this unique film provides the conclusive proof that Michael was a true modern hero. Join Michael Jackson as he tirelessly tours the globe and witness him doing what he loved to do working hard on behalf of his favourite charities and good causes. Hear Michael speak out against racism, war and oppression as he fights for the rights of under privileged children everywhere. We hear from Elizabeth Taylor who stood by Michael. In England we go backstage as Michael meets Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and in South Africa Michael comes face to face with his idol – Nelson Mandela. We also hear from other celebrity families who have suffered loss as a result of the pressures of stardom including harrowing interviews with Kurt's Cobain's grandfather and Philomena Lynott speaking out against the celebrity life style, which killed her own son. This is the Michael Jackson the media chose to ignore, the secret story of a noble champion overcoming his own adversity in his lifelong quest to do good work or others who were less fortunate.
PREFAB SPROUT 'Let's Change The World With Music' [Release Date 31/08/2009]
CD: Prefab Sprout were formed in 1978 as four piece band based in Co. Durham and went on to be arguably one of the most beloved British pop bands of the 80s and 90s. Prefab Sprout signed to Kitchenware Records in Newcastle in 1985 and since then they have released seven studio albums and two Best Ofs through Sony Music. Their biggest top ten album, 'From Langley Park To Memphis' featured Pete Townsend and Stevie Wonder and included their biggest hit, 'The King Of Rock'n' Roll'. They followed this album with 'Jordan: The Comeback' which was hugely acclaimed and Brit nominated. After various line up changes, the rest of the band released one album for EMI in 2001. Paddy released a solo album, 'Trawl The Megahertz' for EMI in 2003. Singer-songwriter Paddy McAloon is regularly hailed one of the greatest songwriters of his era. 'Let's Change The World With Music' was written and produced by Paddy McAloon at Andromeda Heights and mixed in Scotland by Calum Malcolm. The record kicks off with the hip-hop influenced hook-laden piano led 'Let There Be Music', which sets the tone for the rest of the record. Paddy began work on 'Let's Change The World With Music' in 1992, as the follow-up to 'Jordan: The Comeback'. 17 years later, Paddy returns to these songs, some of his personal favourite compositions. The 11 tracks are rejoiceful and uplifting, striking an endearingly familiar chord, all the while sounding fresh and timeless. Highlights are aplenty and include the celestial 'Ride', the jazzy sway of 'I Love Music' and the melancholic 'Sweet Gospel Music'.
BANANARAMA 'Viva' [Release Date 14/09/2009]
CD: Bananarama's story starts a new chapter this summer with the release of 'Viva Bananarama' an exciting, modern new album with both feet planted on the dancefloor. 2009's new self-penned material is, once again, the result of Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward identifying the right collaborators for the right point in their career – something that they did so successfully in the 80s with Jolley & Swain ('Shy Boy', 'Cruel Summer', 'Roberts De Niro's Waiting') and Stock Aitken & Waterman ('Venus', 'Love In The First Degree', 'I Heard A Rumour', 'I Want You Back'). In 2009, they've found a perfect foil in Ian Masterson, a producer whose credits range from Pet Shop Boys to Girls Aloud and whose instinctive grasp of the Bananarama spirit has resulted in some extraordinarily good music on this new album. Sara says "working with Ian has been a revelation – we did a couple of tracks with him on the last album and he's really in tune with what we're into and with what's happening in the outside world. Some producers hit a formula and just churn out the same old stuff; with Ian it's been so enjoyable." Indeed, working with just one producer is in itself remarkable in the modern pop landscape. Bananarama are now signed to Fascination, meaning that Keren and Sara are labelmates of Girls Aloud and The Saturdays on an imprint which has become the unofficial home of the UK girlgroup. It's a great fit, but while Bananarama's style filters through the pop generations, Sara's right to feel a sense of distance from what she helped inspire. "I never looked at us as a 'girl band'," Sara remembers. "We were just a band in the same way as The Cure were a band or Wham were a band." To this end Bananarama appeared in NME as frequently as Smash Hits – a double-pronged attack on the public's sense. Of the new tunes, 'Seventeen' is an undulating, low-slung electro number which pleads "kiss me like you do in my dreams, make me feel like I was seventeen", then there's the seductive, ice-cold 'Extraordinary' and the single 'Love Comes' – a dancefloor belter with no strings attached.
LENNON & McCARTNEY Collectors Box [released 14th September 2009]
3-CD: With an ongoing popularity based largely on a body of work created more than 35 year ago, there is no argument that the Beatles are the most significant artists of the popular music era. The Lennon and McCartney Collectors Box is a 3 CD set celebrating the lives and music of John and Paul via audio biographies, interviews, posters, booklets, photo postcards and more. Certain to achieve the status of Collectors Item this superb limited edition package is a must for the millions of Beatles fans around the world.
ROLLING STONES 'Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones '71 – '93' [Release Date 17/08/2009]
CD: Originally released in November 1993, this definitive collection gathers eighteen of the group's classics from the seventies and eighties, such as the Transatlantic Top Ten hits 'Tumbling Dice', 'Fool To Cry', 'Emotional Rescue' and the much-loved 'Start Me Up'. It also includes the ultimate rock anthem 'Brown Sugar', the ballad 'Angie' and the dance-flavoured 'Miss You', three US number one singles in wildly different styles, a testament to the band's versatility, creativity and lasting appeal. In the compact disc era, 'Jump Back' became the point of entry for fans of the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world and was a mainstay of the UK album charts throughout the mid-nineties. Indeed, it paved the way for the arrival of the number one studio album 'Voodoo Lounge' in July 1994, and has now been re-mastered in line with the rest of the group's post-1971 studio recordings. 'Jump Back' kicks off in style with the trademark guitar riffs of 'Start Me Up' and 'Brown Sugar', continues with the band's infectious cover of Bob and Earl's mod favourite 'Harlem Shuffle', the rallying cry of 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll (But I Like It)', and cherry-picks its way through eleven Top 5 studio albums, including the country-tinged 'Wild Horses' and the intoxicating 'Bitch' from 1971's acknowledged masterpiece 'Sticky Fingers', and the rockers 'Mixed Emotions' and 'Rock And A Hard Place' from 1989's Steel Wheels. During the seventies and the eighties, the Rolling Stones played sold-out concerts to ever-bigger audiences in stadiums around the world. They made music and headlines wherever they went, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to the French Riviera via Kingston, Jamaica and Nassau in the Bahamas. They remained the bad boys of rock, influencing everyone from Aerosmith and The Clash to Guns'N'Roses. 'Jump Back' eschews the temptation to play it safe and simply run through the group's catalogue chronologically, and is intelligently sequenced for maximum enjoyment at a party or as in-car entertainment. The groove-oriented 'Hot Stuff', from 1976's 'Black And Blue', makes a fine segue between the floor fillers 'Miss You' and 'Emotional Rescue', and the sweet jazz-soul of 'Waiting On A Friend', from 1981's 'Tattoo You', fits snugly alongside 'Beast Of Burden' – a US Top Ten entry never released as a single in the UK – and 'Wild Horses'. The snarling 'Respectable', from 1978's 'Some Girls', proves the Stones could match the punks they had influenced so much, while the collision of reggae, dub, dance and politically-charged lyrics that is 'Undercover Of The Night' from 1983 stills jumps out of the speakers 25 years on. 'Jump Back' retains the original packaging of the 1993 edition and comes complete with a 12-page illustrated booklet featuring comments and observations by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards about the eighteen tracks included, offering fans a rare insight into the workings of the band.
THE FALL 'Last Night At The Palais: Live At Hammersmith Palais April 1st 2007' [Release Date 24/08/2009]
CD/DVD: Historic live recording from The Fall's Reformation Post TLC tour of 2007. * Adds a DVD of the complete concert documenting the final show at London's famous Hammersmith Palais. * DVD adds the Bonus 'Reformation' Video. * Sleeve notes by Fall expert Daryl Easlea On January 21st 2007, the Hammersmith Palais, one of London's most historic music venues was condemned to suffer the fate of other prestigious halls in the capital and in the name of homogenous urban progress, close its doors to be converted into an office complex and restaurant. By a strange quirk of fate, the last band to ever play there was The Fall. Their Hammersmith gig on 1st April had been booked as part of their 20 date UK spring tour to promote the release of their 27th album, 'Reformation Post TLC'. Never one to play a greatest hits set, Smith with this seven-piece though short-lived line-up which mixed the US and UK wings of the band (supporting Smith and his keyboard-playing wife Elena, were guitarists Tim Presley and Pete Greenway, bassists Rob Barbato and Dave "The Eagle" Spurr and the ever-smiling Opheo McCord on drums) delivered a mainly recent, forthcoming and unreleased set of songs to the capacity crowd. The only concessions to The Fall's 80's & 90's repertoire being 'Right Place, Wrong Time' and 'White Lightning'. Whilst not quite the sending-off that some die-hard Palais supporters had visualised (one stage invader ralied against the lack of recognition to the occasion from Smith and co.), it was certainly a memorable one which is thankfully captured here in The Fall's inimitable way!
KASABIAN 'Where Did All The Love Go?' [Release Date 17/08/2009]
C5 I 10": 'Where Did All The Love Go?' asks Kasabian's epic new single and the follow-up to their No.3 single 'Fire' – out August 3rd on Columbia, from their acclaimed No.1 album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'. Written by Serge Pizzorno and co-produced by Serge and Dan The Automator, 'Where Did All The Love Go?' is set to a thrilling, euphoric disco backdrop. "I just wanted to pose the question – what's happened? I don't want to hark back to the 60s, but you just feel people had more time for each other then," says Serge. "It's a mad disco tune." The track is littered with multiple hooks, cinematic strings and psychedelic choral refrains from Serge and Tom.
EMINEM 'Beautiful' [Release Date 03/08/09]
C5: Following the massive success of 'We Made You', Eminem releases his anthemic new single 'Beautiful' on 3rd August. 'Beautiful' is taken from Eminem's critically acclaimed No. 1 album, 'Relapse'. The album has sold over a million copies since its release last month and is the fastest selling album in the UK this year. 'Beautiful' is in the mould of 'Stan', 'The Way I Am' and 'Toy Soldiers', where Eminem tells a story in his brutal and honest confessional style – one of the reasons why he has been called the greatest lyricist of his generation. Eminem started writing the song when he was in rehab going through detox. "It brings me back to a time when I was really depressed and down," he says. "But at the same time it reminds me of what that space is like and what never to go back to. There is a lot of honesty in that song that I wouldn't want to just throw away."
LALO SCHIFRIN Sky Riders [released 3rd August 2009]
CD: As a thriller, 'Sky Riders' is frankly quixotic. It posits a sketchy tale of an American industrialist (Robert Culpt) whose wife (Susannah York) and children are snatched by terrorists from their Athens home and spirited away to an abandoned monastery perched like an eagle's nest on a remote and impregnable peak in Thessaly. The Greek police (their chief played, inexplicably, by the adorable Charles Aznavour) are helpless; all seems lost until the timely arrival of the kidnapped woman's former husband (James Coburn), a kind of soldier of fortune who swiftly hits on a plan: a daring guerrilla rescue by hang glider. It's worth noting that Sky Riders, however minutely it may figure in Lalo Schifrin's overall career, marks something of a watershed for the composer. Recorded in February of 1976 (a busy year that would include music for a total of five feature films, a television movie and a generous sprinkling of episodic TV), it would prove to be the last, for a time, in that long, innovative line of jazz/funk-dominated scores with which Schifrin made his reputation. Later in the year, he would score – and earn an Academy Award nomination for – Voyage of the Damned, delving into a more conventionally orchestral if still compelling style. For the next two decades – until director Brett Ratner asked him to revive the funky mode of Enter The Dragon for Money Talks (1997) – this was the musical arena in which Lalo would explore and delight. The score has never been released before, not even on LP. This is the complete original score.
YIM YAMES 'Tribute To' [Release Date 03/08/09]
CD I LP: A few days after George Harrison passed away in 2001, Yim Yames [aka Jim James of My Morning Jacket fame] was moved to record this six-song EP of Harrison covers. Paying tribute to a man that he never met, but with whom he felt a special connection, Yim Yames [aka Jim James from My Morning Jacket]'s 'Tribute To' album mourns the loss of a legendary spirit while celebrating his enduring influence. Yames performs beautiful renditions of four cuts from George Harrison's classic 'All Things Must Pass' album, as well as two of the Beatles' tunes that he penned. These six tracks have a raw, minimalist feel, featuring little more than Yames' vocals and acoustic guitar. With all the space, the room in which the tracks were recorded truly serves as another instrument in the mix, creating an ethereal aura for a backdrop. From his warm, multi-layered vocals on opening track 'Long Long Long' to his near-whisper at the end of album closer 'All Things Must Pass', Yames sings in a fittingly intimate manner. In the album's liner notes, he refers to Harrison as "a prime example of the healing power of music". These words apply just as much to this release. As the final chords on 'Tribute To' ring out, one can't help but feel a deep, satisfying sense of catharsis.