BEYONCE KNOWLES 'Halo' C5 / 12" – Release Date 13/04/2009
'Halo' is the new single from international superstar Beyonce, released Monday April 13th. Following the phenomenal successes of 'If I Were A Boy', and 'Single Ladies', 'Halo' is the third track to be taken from Beyonce's latest solo album 'I Am…Sasha Fierce'. 'Halo' precedes Beyoncé's 'I Am…' Tour which will mark the artist's first full-length concerts since 2007's sold-out 'The Beyoncé Experience' and will premiere live performances of songs from 'I Am…Sasha Fierce', her latest international #1 chart-topping album.
NEIL YOUNG 'Fork In The Road' CD / 2D – Release Date 06/04/2009
Neil Young's recent flood of creativity that has yielded the new studio albums 'Greendale' , 'Prairie Wind' , two 'Living With War' sets  and 'Chrome Dreams II'  continues with the new album 'Fork In The Road' that will be released by Reprise on April 6th.
BOB MOULD 'Life And Times' CD / LP – Release Date 06/04/2009
30 years since the formation of Hüsker Dü and 20 years since their explosive demise and the subsequent release of his first lauded solo effort 'Workbook' – called a "masterpiece" by critics – Bob Mould is marking anniversaries with an album filled with self-reflection and an unflinching examination of the world around him. Standouts like 'Wasted World' and 'I'm Sorry Baby But You Can't Stand In My Light Anymore' highlight an artist completing a cycle decades in the making, his talent undiminished, his perspective acute. Bob Mould is one of the most influential musicians of the alternative rock era, first for his early work with post-punks Hüsker Dü, followed by the alternative rock perfection of Sugar and finally for his solo albums, notably his first, Workbook, which quieted Mould's previous ire to reveal his fine songwriting in a new light and allowed an introspective glimpse into the inner workings of an evolving artist. With 'Life And Times', Bob Mould comes full circle, reclaiming his indie songwriting mantle from the generation of musicians he inspired.
QUEENSRYCHE 'American Soldier' CD Release Date 06/04/2009
'American Soldier' is Queensrÿche's 11th studio album and is a concept record. Front man Geoff Tate travelled the world visiting soldiers and hearing real life stories of war. The album is his interpretation of the soldier's stories and offers an insight to war that is neither pro nor anti – purely observational.
PERRY FARRELL / PARAMORE / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Twilight OST' 2D Release Date 06/04/2009
Atlantic Records have announced the release of 'Twilight – Original Motion Picture Special Edition Soundtrack' the musical companion to the film. Due in stores 6th April 2009, the entire album and DVD features songs that appear in the movie, highlighted by Paramore's single, 'Decode'. The DVD comes with exclusive interviews, live tracks and a Beyond The Video of 'Decode'. In addition to a second new song from Paramore, the soundtrack features tracks from Muse, Linkin Park, Collective Soul, and an original song from Perry Farrell. Twilight star Robert Pattinson (who plays Edward Cullen) has also contributed an original song, 'Never Think' – his first-ever released recording. The film score was composed by Carter Burwell, and the soundtrack also includes his Bella's Lullaby a heartfelt song that Edward composes for Bella Swan (played by Kristin Stewart) in the film. Based on the #1 New York Times Best Selling series (47 weeks and counting) by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight is a cultural phenomenon with a dedicated fanbase. Compiled by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy, The OC), 'Twilight – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' features some of Meyer's favourite musical acts.
THE RIFLES 'Great Escape' Ltd LP – Release Date 06/04/2009
**The CD is available now at S/S 459308**
The Rifles burst onto the UK music scene two years ago with the rebellious and attitude laden debut, 'No Love Lost', an album revealing the hopes and dreams of working-class suburban drudgery. Since then the band have toured relentlessly, playing to over 30000 people in the UK alone and The Rifles sold out Brixton Academy on the 21st November. Their fanbase continues to grow and includes names such as Paul Weller, Tim Lovejoy and Oasis. The assault continued with the release of their 2nd album 'Great Escape', now available on Ltd Edition double LP.
THURSDAY 'Waiting' LP – Release Date 06/04/2009
The soul-baring post-hardcore quartet Thursday formed in New Brunswick, NJ, in 1997. Led by vocalist Geoff Rickly, the band's initial line up also included guitarists Steve Pedulla and Tom Keeley, bassist Tim Payne, and drummer Tucker Rule. After releasing their debut, 'Waiting' on Eyeball Records in 1999, the band continued to relentlessly tour and release records with other labels, putting out influential albums such as 'Full Collapse' and 'War All The Time'. The band have just released their latest album on Epitaph. Eyeball are proud to make available for the first time on Vinyl their debut album 'Waiting'.
BELL X1 'Blue Lights On The Runway' LP – Release Date 06/04/2009
**The CD is available now at S/S 462333**
Bell X1's previous album, 'Flock', was released in 2006 and debuted at #1 on the Irish album charts, since going 5x's platinum. At one point a staggering four songs from Flock were in the Top 20 of Ireland's singles chart. 'Flock' led to sold out shows at legendary Irish venues including The Point and Malahide Castle, and their live DVD Tour de Flock (the first release on the band's own label Belly Up) debuted at #4 on the Irish charts – the highest debut ever for a self-released title. The band has since toured the UK, Europe and US with Keane, Snow Patrol, The Frames, Nada Surf and Bon Jovi, as well as appearing on national television both in Ireland and abroad. 'Blue Lights On The Runway' is another leap forward for the band, and promises to take their international career to the next level. Singles including 'Ribs Of A Broken Umbrella', 'The Defector' and 'How Your Heart Is Wired' showcase a unique and diverse talent the band has been honing since their first studio album in 2000.
CHARLES MINGUS 'Epitaph' DVD – Release Date 06/04/2009
On June 3rd 1989, the Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Center was the venue for the world premiere performance of Charles Mingus' masterpiece 'Epitaph'. Conductor Gunther Schuller directed 30 musicians in what the New York Times described as "One of the most memorable jazz events of the decade". The piece had been discovered after Mingus' death in 1979 and painstakingly restored and copied. It is the largest and longest piece for jazz orchestra ever written and is now available here on DVD for the first time. 2009 is the 30th Anniversary of the death of Charles Mingus. This is the only time this work has been filmed. Originally shown on TV on Channel 4 in the UK. Features many well know jazz musicians in the orchestra including band members from Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and more.
2 x REISSUES BY XTC as THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR: Release Date 06/04/2009
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Here was band who in 1985 wanted to make an album that sounded like it was made in 1967 and to sound just like every other band in 1967. It was destined for either catostrophic failure or a huge success. So while the XTC album BIG EXPRESS was being mixed Andy was also strumming psychedelic Dukes sketiches into his cassette recorder. Limited edition packaged CDs presented in hardback digibooks with brand new artwork booklets including new sleeves notes by Andy, Colin and Dave Gregory and exclusive archive photos. Includes extra tracks of demos and extra recordings plus CD-Rom Videos.
10CC 'Live In Concert' CD – Release Date 06/04/2009
A record of this incarnation's current live performances featuring original members Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley along with tip top session musicians Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevens and Paul Burgess. This 17 track CD is packed with top 10 hits including 3 number one's in 'I'm Not In Love', 'Rubber Bullets' and 'Dreadlock Holiday'. Along with the 10CC material, Gouldman and co. perform hits he wrote for The Yardbirds, The Hollies and Herman's Hermits.
MOTT THE HOOPLE & IAN HUNTER 'The Golden Age 1969 – 1997' CD – Release Date 06/04/2009
All their greatest songs on one exhilarating single CD – Multi label compilation. Hard-edged rock 'n' roll and outrageous glam-rock. Raven presents the most comprehensive, multi-label single CD collection covering the acclaimed careers of Mott The Hoople and singer Ian Hunter. 'The Golden Age 1969-1997' is a must for fans of hard-edged rock 'n' roll and outrageous glam-rock. With 77 minutes of superb quality audio, color booklet and informative liner notes. The legendary Mott The Hoople remains one of the best bands to emerge from the fervent UK scene of the 1970s. All their greatest songs are here on this exhilarating collection: the rampaging 'Rock and Roll Queen', the Stonesy swagger of 'Walkin' with a Mountain', the enduring glitter kids' anthem and their biggest hit from 1972 'All the Young Dudes' (UK #3), written and produced by David Bowie, 'Honal oochie Boogie', 'All the Way From Memphis', 'Roll Away the Stone', 'The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll', 'Saturday Gigs', the rare US single version of 'One of the Boys' and 'Ballad of Mott The Hoople'. Lead singer Ian Hunter struck out on his own in 1975 with the memorable 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' (UK #14). 'Cleveland Rocks' became best known as the theme song to the enormously popular Drew Carey Show. Also includes Hunter's tribute to Mick Ronson 'Michael Picasso'.
ROGER CHAPMAN 'Live – Opera House, Newcastle, 2002' 2CD – Release Date 06/04/2009
Roger Chapman shot to fame as lead singer/songwriter with Family in the late 60's/early 70's notching up Top 10 Hit singles and chart albums. Celebrating his 60th birthday, back in 2002, he performed to a sold out audience at the Newcastle Opera House, covering his burgeoning back catalogue. The performance cemented his reputation and standing as one of the UK's greatest "rock vocalists". Supported by his band Short List he trawled his enormously popular catalogue and performs "classic rock", sung and played the "Chappo" way.
PAUL JONES 'Starting All Over Again' CD – Release Date 06/04/2009
"Rock, pop, blues, electric, acoustic, band with horns and backup vocals. It's all there!" – Paul Jones Paul Jones, actor, radio presenter, and one of Britain's most loved vocalists with Manfred Mann and lately The Blues Band and The Manfreds, will be releasing his first solo record in over thirty years, featuring amongst other notable guests are Eric Clapton, Michael Rickfors, and Percy Sledge. Produced by Carla Olson [Joe Louis Walker, Phil Upchurch, Taj Mahal], 'Starting All Over Again' is a stunning contemporary album that infuses blues, rock, pop, and acoustic roots styles that will please old and new fans alike. From his time as vocalist with 60s sensations Manfred Mann to his current 'gig' with The Blues Band, Jones has been at the forefront of the UK music scene. After releasing three solo records in the sixties he perused a career in acting (film, TV and stage) which led to performances with London National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He now presents the UKs premier blues show on BBC Radio 2 and also tours with The Manfreds, a band consisting of Manfred Mann alumni.
Why did the Baker have brown hands? Because he kneaded a poo!!
Taken from the Simon Wright book of Jokes