P.J. HARVEY & JOHN PARISH
'A Woman A Man Walked By' Release Date 30/03/09
A new collaboration from PJ Harvey and John Parish is set to be released on March 30th, 2009 through Island Records. Entitled 'A Woman A Man Walked By', the album was recorded in Bristol and Dorset, and mixed by Flood. The album has been described by journalist, John Harris, as "…mischievous, deadly serious, elegant and poetic, and possessed of a brutal power – it is doubtful that you will hear a record as brimming with creative brio and musical invention this year…". 'A Woman A Man Walked By' is a follow up to Harvey and Parish's previous collaboration 'Dance Hall at Louse Point' . John Parish co-produced 'To Bring You My Love'  and also PJ Harvey's most recent release 'White Chalk' . An accomplished producer and composer, John has recorded numerous soundtracks and has worked with artists including Eels and Giant Sand. The album will be available on CD and Deluxe LP (gatefold, heavy vinyl, exclusive poster and insert with a unique code which allows the purchaser of the vinyl to download the album as well). First single from the album will be 'Black Hearted Love'.
'Paranoid – Deluxe Edition' Release Date 30/03/09
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne – four names that resonate throughout Rock's recorded history as clear and sublime as the haunting bell that tolls the opening to their eponymous debut album from 1970. Collectively, they formed Black Sabbath and forged the most haunting and hypnotic rock sound of all time. From humble beginnings, the Birmingham quartet enslaved the minds and souls of millions of rock fans around the world and continue to do so into the new millennium. The musical genre they created inspired countless musicians and spawned countless bands, all of which have attempted to emulate the Heavy Metal originators. Few have come close to rival the uniquely powerful musical make-up of the all powerful Black Sabbath. Now, for the first time-ever, the blueprint, or rather black-print, to Sabbath's musical plan can be scrutinised via a myriad of previously unreleased studio outtakes, recently unearthed and compiled as additional bonus discs accompanying the band genre defining 1970 album 'Paranoid'. 'Paranoid' is the second album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It was released in the United Kingdom during September 1970, and contains some of their most famous work, including the songs 'Iron Man', 'War Pigs' and the title track. The album is regarded as a classic of the heavy metal genre and one of the most influental heavy metal albums. It has been certified 4 x Platinum, having sold over four million copies in the US alone, making it Black Sabbath's best-selling album. The 'Paranoid' single, released before the album, reached number four in the UK. Pushed by its success, the album hit number one in the UK, and is the only Black Sabbath album to have done so. The US release was held until January 1971, as the Black Sabbath album was still on the charts at the time of Paranoid's UK release. The album broke into the top ten in the US in March 1971, and would go on to sell four million copies in the US alone, with virtually no radio airplay. Allmusic's Steve Huey, who cites 'Paranoid' as "one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time", which "defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history". Paranoid is expanded to a triple-disc containing the extremely rare 1974 Quadrophonic mix of the album. The album also includes deluxe digipak gatefold packaging with expanded booklets containing rare and previously unseen photographs, comprehensive sleeve-notes telling the story behind each album and include images of rare single covers and memorabilia from the period. Paranoid is the first release in a set of Black Sabbath deluxe expanded editions. Each remastered album includes an additional disc of previously unheard outtakes, demos and instrumental tracks taken from the original studio sessions.
DUFFY / VARIOUS ARTISTS
'The Boat That Rocked OST' Release Date 30/03/09
Mercury Records releases 'The Boat That Rocked' Movie Soundtrack on March 30th, ahead of the release of Richard Curtis' blockbusting new movie later that week. Bringing together some of Richard Curtis' favourite songs, many of which have never been cleared for soundtrack usage before, the soundtrack to 'The Boat That Rocked' is truly integral to the movie. Compiled by Curtis himself, 'The Boat That Rocked Movie' Soundtrack features some of the greatest songs from the 60's and 70's, as well as the odd gem from the 80's (Bowie's 'Let's Dance'). A new version of 'Stay With Me Baby' performed by Duffy, meanwhile, provides the backdrop to one of the film's most poignant moments. ABOUT THE BOAT THAT ROCKED: Written and directed by Richard Curtis [Four Weddings & A Funeral, Love, Actually], the eponymous Boat is Radio Rock, a pirate radio station broadcasting from a fishing boat in the North Sea in the 60s, when pop music was branded a danger to the public conscience and rock DJs as outlaws. In 1966 – British pop music's finest era – the BBC played just 2 hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio played rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people – over half the population of Britain – listened to the pirates every single day. Recently expelled from school, Carl [Tom Sturridge] has been sent by his mother to find some direction in life by visiting his godfather Quentin. However, Quentin is the boss of Radio Rock, a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea, populated by an eclectic crew of rock 'n' roll DJs. They are led by The Count [Philip Seymour Hoffman] – big, brash, American, god of the airwaves, and totally in love with the music. He's faithfully backed up by his co-broadcasters Dave [Nick Frost] – ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny; Simon [Chris O'Dowd] – super-nice and searching for true love; Midnight Mark [Tom Wisdom] – enigmatic, handsome and man of few words; Wee Small Hours Bob – the late night DJ, whose hobbies are folk music and drugs; Thick Kevin [Tom Brooke] – possessor of the smallest intelligence known to mankind; On-The-Hour John [Will Adamsdale] – the newsreader; and Angus 'The Nut' Nutsford [Rhys Darby] – possibly the most annoying man in Britain. Life on the North Sea is eventful, to say the least, and what results is a literal storm on the high seas.
3 x CAMEL REISSUES:
Release Date 30/03/09 * The Snow Goose
Camel's classic 3rd album from 1975 has been digitally remastered and expanded with the single edits of 'Rhayader' and 'Flight Of The Snow Goose' and live versions of 'Rhayader Goes To Town' and 'The Snow Goose / Free Fall'. Disc Two contains 11 songs recorded live for the BBC Radio One "In Concert" programme from 1975 and a selection of songs from The Old Grey Whistle Test, also from 1975. The enhanced packaging contains many rare and previously unseen photographs and sleevenotes by Mark Powell.
* Moonmadness http://991.com/buy/productinformation.aspx?StockNumber=464806
Camel's classic 4th album from 1976 has been digitally remastered and expanded with the single version of 'Another Night', a demo version of 'Spirit of Water' and a live version of 'Lunar Sea'. Disc Two contains 8 songs recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon in April 1976. The enhanced packaging contains many rare and previously unseen photographs and sleevenotes by Mark Powell.
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Camel's classic 5th album from 1977 has been digitally remastered and expanded with the single version of 'Highways To The Sun' and 6 songs recorded live for the BBC 'In Concert' show. The enhanced packaging contains rare and previously unseen photographs and sleevenotes by Mark Powell.
2 x ISAAC HAYES REISSUES Release Date 30/03/09
* Black Moses – 464814 – http://991.com/buy/productinformation.aspx?StockNumber=464814
Isaac Hayes' epic 1971 album 'Black Moses', which captured the artist at the peak of his popularity, will be reissued on Stax Records in the UK on 30th March 2009. The release is a complete replication of the original Black Moses package, folding out into a cross-shaped image of the artist. The album was remastered from the original tapes. New liner notes are by Rob Bowman, the Grammy Award-winning Stax scholar and author of Soulsville U.S.A: The Story of Stax Records. 'Black Moses', a 14-song two-album set that will be reissued on two CDs, reached #1 on Billboard's soul album chart and #10 in the pop chart, remaining on the charts for 40 weeks. Bowman describes it as "a wondrously crafted, intense evocation of the vagaries of love gone bad," which Hayes himself corroborated: "I was going through some emotional turmoil. You can tell by the tunes on the album that I was going through a break-up of my marriage. It was the only way I could express myself." The album may be best remembered by its lead single, Hayes' signature version of the Jackson 5's 'Never Can Say Goodbye', which was on the radio months before the rest of the album had been completed. Other highlights include the Bacharach-David-penned Carpenters hit, 'Close to You', Toussaint McCall's 'Nothing Takes the Place of You', the Curtis Mayfield-authored Gene Chandler hit 'Man's Temptation', Little Johnnie Taylor's 'Part Time Love', Kenny Gamble and Thom Bell's Aretha Franklin hit 'A Brand New Me', Luther Ingram's 'Help Me Love', Curtis Mayfield's 'Need To Belong', the Whispers' 'Your Love Is so Doggone Good', Kris Kristofferson's 'For the Good Times', which had been a hit for Ray Price, Bacharach-David's 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again' and the Hayes composition 'Good Love'. "Isaac's ability to take other people's material and make it so deeply personal is nothing short of brilliant," writes Bowman.
* Juicy Fruit [Disco Freak] http://991.com/buy/productinformation.aspx?StockNumber=464815
On 30th March 2009, Stax will reissue Hayes' 1976 disco album, 'Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)', originally released on Hayes' ABC Records-distributed Hot Buttered Soul label and recorded at his own Memphis studio with many of his long-time band members. This will be its first time on CD. Music historian Bill Dahl contributed liner notes to the reissue. As the '70s progressed, Hayes adjusted admirably to the disco onslaught. On his exit from Stax, he released four albums in a little over a year ('Chocolate Chip', 'Disco Connection', 'Groove-A-Thon' and finally 'Juicy Fruit [Disco Freak]') while launching his career as a movie star in Three Tough Guys and Truck Turner. Hayes was loyal to his band members [known as the Movement] and many of them are featured on 'Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)' including drummer Willie Hall, keyboardist/co-arranger Lester Snell and guitarists Michael Toles and Charles 'Skip' Pitts. Trumpeter Ben Cauley was a member of the Bar-Kays who survived the tragic 1967 plane crash that claimed the life of Otis Redding. 'Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)' is also one of the few Hayes albums written entirely by Hayes and includes several noteworthy songs including 'Let's Don't Ever Blow Our Thing', 'The Storm Is Over' and 'Music To Make Love By'.
PETER BJORN & JOHN
'Living Thing' Release Date 30/03/09
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You might have heard of Peter Bjorn and John. They are the Swedish trio that released a certain single called 'Young Folks' in 2006, the one with the inimitable whistling intro and shuffling drums and the huge chorus which was so clever and tongue in cheek but at the same time so simple, personal and direct and universal that it won over listeners across the world, got covered by the varied likes of Nena and Kanye West, and even showed up on the zeitgeist-defining 'Gossip Girl'. The accompanying album, 'Writer's Block', was a heart melting collection of 11 perfectly formed pop classics which went on to become an indie hit. What you may not have heard is their more experimental side. As befitting a band comprising a "hardcore fusion" obsessive [John] and jazz-pianist [Bjorn] in their ranks, there has always been a wilder, more playful undertow bubbling away just beneath the shiny pop surface. Just look at 'Seaside Rock', their limited edition, low-key 2008 release which was pretty much the polar opposite of 'Writer's Block': mostly instrumental, and filled with beautiful, sparse elegies to their isolated childhoods. Which brings us neatly to 'Living Thing', their follow up to 'Writer's Block' proper. There was always going to be chatter as to how Peter Bjorn and John would follow up a pop phenomenon. Would they try to replicate their earlier success? Or go out of their way to release a wilfully difficult new album? In actual fact, what they have done is a bit of both – and neither – all at the same time. Bolstered by the band's production, the first taster of the album, 'Lay It Down', which snuck out onto the blogosphere at the end of 2008, was a delightfully off-kilter riposte, a jaunty flying-V in the faces of people who thought they'd had the band all figured out, with a harsh, treated vocal lifelessly intoning the threatening refrain of "Hey, shut the f**k up boy, you're starting to piss me off" before abruptly giving way to an anthemic, full-bodied singalong, the sort which will send the masses scurrying to any self-respecting dancefloor on a Saturday night. The rest of the album walks a similar tightrope of melody and mayhem. 'I Want You!' is quite possibly one of the loveliest things they have ever done. And then, of course, there are the brilliant surprises that you weren't expecting. 'The Feeling' is the grand entrance to the album, and as far as opening tracks go, it's one hell of a statement of intent – with drums crashing in like waves on a beach, heavy distortion vibrating and, of course, shards of delicate beauty poking through the carefully controlled chaos. 'Just The Past' is a pumped-up, rough around the edges, would be disco gem, and 'I'm Losing My Mind' is by turns angular and heart-swelling. And then there is the Kanye West-approved, official first single, 'Nothing to Worry About', a glorious rollercoaster ride of lolloping beats and children's choirs, and the furthest thing from 'Young Folks' you could possibly find. 'Living Thing' pulses with life, it is bursting at the seams with energy and vitality, and shot through with warmth and excitement and wonder.
'Fever Ray' FEVER RAY 'Fever Ray' Release Date 30/03/09
Fever Ray, aka Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of The Knife, is set to release her debut self-titled album on March 30th 2009 on Rabid Records. Fever Ray is the title, of both project and album, an evocation of the music's sound, intense and anxious, yet luminous. It's the culmination of work that began in 2007 when Karin and Olof, the brother-sister duo who are The Knife, decided to take time out following a handful of incredible live shows. Their first two albums did well in their Swedish homeland; their third, 'Silent Shout', went to Number One, won six Swedish Grammys, underlined their reputation as an act capable of the truly extraordinary and was pronounced the best record of 2006 by Pitchfork. After having her second child and eight months of the most productive daydreaming later, Karin had a batch of new songs and the raw materials for the production of Fever Ray. Unsure how to get them over the finishing line, she took half to Christoffer Berg [who mixed The Knife's work] and the other half to Stockholm production duo Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid for a final brush and tickle. The result is Fever Ray, an album that, while recognisably the work of the same artist, is dramatically different from The Knife. It's still constructed on electronic foundations and embellished with traditional instrumentation (guitar here, congas there). One thing's for sure – in a country with a wealth of leftfield pop artists, Karin Dreijer Andersson sounds like no one but herself. Constantly inventive, restlessly emotive, Fever Ray swaggers, broods, intrigues and dazzles without ever making concessions to the soap opera demands of modern media. Fever Ray works its magic. Here's your chance to fall under its spell.
THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE
'Rules' Release Date 30/03/09
Following the rapturous success of their debut album 'Dreams' on Modular recordings, The Whitest Boy Alive return for 2009 with their follow up album 'Rules' released on their own label, Bubbles Rules, sounds a little less indie pop than their debut, and perhaps a little more disco – sometimes even a touch of house. The Whitest Boy Alive's unique sound remains however, with Erlend Oye's (Kings of Convenience) distinctive vocals and a spare stripped down feel throughout. 'Rules' was recorded in Mexico this summer where the band built a studio in a house by the beach. The sessions, which were only interrupted for surfing and eating, resulted in about 300 different takes of eleven different songs, which now have been sifted down to what you now hear on this album. Whereas its predecessor 'Dreams' was a studio album which had to be taken on stage, 'Rules' works the other way around. This time the band recorded ideas which they gathered during soundchecks and live jams during the 120 gigs they played worldwide during 2007/2008. The Whitest Boy Alive tend to follow their own Rules for recording – four guys in one room, playing live – no overdubs, no FX. The music is recorded live in one take. Nothing is added which cannot be played live by the band. They do this until they get it right, for as long as it takes. And probably nobody really wants to know how much effort is put into the mixing and the mastering of this album. Keys player Nentwig, who just had a few feature appearances on 'Dreams', today sits hard and fast in the make up of The Whitest Boy Alive having mastered his 120 gig trial period flawlessly. The foundation for the live show is always kept concrete by drummer Maschat and bass-player Marcin Öz. Whereas Maschat's drums are hard and tight, Öz´s bass moves along over the whole album… jumping, rolling, pumping – but always seemingly effortless. Not bad for a house DJ, but – he has big hands. Last but not least, Erlend Oye sings with his distinctive fragile voice, which on the one hand seems a little out of place with the big disco sound, but on the flip brings an altogether more majestic sound to light. The lyrics are often of a melancholic vibe, but juxtaposed with the disco feel of the music they equilibrate… making for a compelling listen. The Whitest Boy Alive have acquired a steadily growing fanbase worldwide. What happens now: Nobody knows. One thing is for sure: The stage is set for at least 100 more great live-gigs next year. Prepare to enjoy..
'One Eye To Morocco' Release Date 23/03/09
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Despite Deep Purple have often been called "Heavy Metal Pioneers", Ian Gillan never felt he really belonged to that music category. His all time music inspiration and heroes are names such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Little Richard and the rockers of the 50s. It's with no surprise that all true Ian Gillan coinosseurs will find all these influences on 'One Eye To Morocco', the new studio album written and recorded with the line up that made 'Live in Anaheim' one of the best live albums Gillan has ever released. A 100% rock album, 'One Eye To Morocco' will conquer new and old Gillan fans with an impressive collection of songs showing a big variety of moods and colours. From classic Gillan rock and roll, to the arabic sound of the title track, soulful ballads and bluesy mid-tempos. Classic rock at its best with no single filler. A true Ian Gillan classic that will surely make all fans of Deep Purple and Gillan solo happy but will also appeal to good quality classic pop rock fans for the excellent level of the songwriting and Gillan's eclectic vocal approach: free from the schemes of the Hard Rocker screaming frontman, Ian Gillan shows a soulful and warm voice that magically changes through the different moods of the album and still remains the recognisable voice of one of the most loved bands in rock history.
'Time To Think' Release Date 23/03/09
Following Sarah's return last September with the mellow 'Smile', the result of her collaboration with producer & songwriter Greg Fitzgerald [Kylie Minogue, Hall & Oates], 'Sarah's debut album 'Time To Think', is to be released on the 23rd March. A soul-searching quest, 'Undefined' [the 2nd single] is an upbeat track which, from the opening solo piano riff, perfectly showcases the purity of Sarah's voice. Sarah now 26, from Salford in Manchester, made headlines back in 2001 when she appeared on Pop Idol and refused Simon Cowell's marriage proposal on national television. Although Sarah did not make it to the final, she was offered a management and recording deal with Simon Fuller's company, 19. Two singles were released, both reaching very respectable chart positions – 'When I Lost You' [no 6] and 'Automatic' [no 11]. Then, unsure about the direction her career was going at that time, Sarah took the bold decision not to release her debut album choosing instead to concentrate on her writing.
'To The Pine Roots' Release Date 23/03/09
Conceived and recorded in a cottage by the Black Forest and imbued with the voices and performances of friends and family, 'To The Pine Roots' is the new album from Iain Archer, released on Black Records on 23rd March. 'To The Pines Roots' is an ethereal album, recorded at the point of writing and humming with imperceptible sounds. The whisper of instantly recalled melodies, the burring of an age-old harmonium, the ghostly reverb of pinewood walls and escapist rhythms teased from an acoustic guitar, distantly recalling a Celtic past. Iain Archer is a songwriter of the forever-enigmatic mould. Unencumbered by musical trends and time constraints, he waits for the songs to find him. Here are the songs arrived at and visited by, not contrived or conspired but borne of liberated songwriting instinct. Within a simple framework of sparse arrangement and leading rhythms, forged over 3 months of visits to Schwarzwald, Germany, Archer jumps from one songwriting muse and ruse to another, with the seamless coherent thread of a rare and oft overlooked songwriting talent. From the hazy recollections of childhood he draws vivid the scenes of 'Black Mountain Quarry' and 'Streamer On A Kite'; with a playwrights gift for characterization 'The Acrobat' and 'The Nightwatchman', pertinent metaphors for life and living; and at the albums core 'Frozen Lake', a steepling spire of a love song with a fragile voice, buoyed and raised by harmonium and strings. It has been a furtive creative path for Iain Archer, a restlessness carried from his formative years in the Northern Irish seaside town of Bangor, the child of a musical and religious household. "Bangor's a bit of a world of its own," he recalls. "Even in Northern Ireland terms. There's a certain sort of separateness. And I think that's why when you're a teenager there you have a real sense of wanting to escape, to anywhere else." Written and recorded under Archer's own steam, 'To The Pine Roots' has already sold out much of its original pressing from sales exclusively through his website, a release typical of such a free spirited artist. From his early career with the mid-90s solo records on Scottish label Sticky, Iain Archer has always forged an instinctive songwriters path. Having diverted from that first solo incarnation to form the Reindeer Section and serve an Ivor Novello winning spell as a songwriter with Snow Patrol, he would make another volte-face into 'Flood The Tanks' (2005) and 'Magnetic North' (2007), his at first insular and then latterly expansive albums on the PIAS label. It is a rare gift afforded to few contemporary writers, that ability to switch guise and muse. But on 'To The Pine Roots', in a cottage in Rhein Valley on the edge of the Black forest, Iain Archer has created nine supreme examples of the songwriting craft.
D'AGOSTINO / FOXX / JANSEN
'A Secret Life' Release Date 23/03/09
'A Secret Life' is a work of exquisite poise, in the spirit of the Ambient albums that early Ultravox member John Foxx recorded with Harold Budd, Translucence and Drift Music. This album has a Budd connection, as it happens – it was after performing with him in 2005 that Foxx and former Japan drummer Steve Jansen began collaborating together, but the tracks they worked on remained unfinished until producer Steve D'Agostino completed them in 2008. Foxx's take on Ambient has always explored the uncanny space between quiet and disquiet, between vague unease and alien tranquillity. Jansen's tam-tams fit it into this aesthetic extremely well. They have the curious quality of at once dominating the music – their ominous shimmer is the basis for all the tracks here – and of receding from attention, withdrawing into a background hum. Foxx's piano is the lead instrument, but is used exceptionally sparingly, so that the delayed notes linger in the memory long after they are actually heard. Sometimes the piano makes you think of the (impossible) sound of a submerged church bell; elsewhere it has a piercing, crystalline iciness; at other times it resembles Satie figures being wistfully played in a Drowned World hotel suite. Using only the sparsest of means [effects, glistening electronics and wind chime percussion in addition to the piano and tam-tams] the six tracks traverse a range of moods. Part 2 begins with a gently insistent piano refrain and ends in a landscape that is as harsh and windswept as 1990s Isolationism. Ultimately, though, this is an album which excels at the art of going nowhere. Like all the best Ambient, it suspends the agitations and urgencies of the everyday, drawing the listener into a state of near stillness where the most minimal perturbation is intensely felt.
STEVE ANGELLO & LAIDBACK LUKE featuring ROBIN S
'Show Me Love' Release Date 23/03/09
Data Records have kick started 2009 with a bang [Kid Cudi vs Crooker's 'Day 'n' Nite' hit No.2 in the singles chart] and next up is an eagerly awaited club anthem that has been one of the most sought after tracks of the past 12 months – Steve Angello & Laidback Luke featuring Robin S 'Show Me Love'. 'Show Me Love' began life as a bootleg by Dutch DJ, Hardwell, a friend of Steve Angello and Luke who fused together their 'Be' track [already monster underground club hit] with a new remix of Robin S' nineties anthem, 'Show Me Love', that he'd come across. The bootleg version went on to become the club anthem of the year, garnering huge favour with commercial and urban DJs alike, and rocked the closing parties of Ibiza's 2008 season.
'Keith Emerson Band' Release Date 30/03/09
Simply the most important keyboard player of the '70s, a true progressive rock legend with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of the biggest names of this music genre, still loved by millions all over the world. Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960's and 70's. He is known as one of the most prominent musicians fusing rock 'n' roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as classical, jazz and world music. A modern wizard of electronic and acoustic keyboards, most notably the organ and synthesizer, he has set a standard by which others multiply. A true, rock and roll icon with both The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Emerson has written and recorded some of rock's most adventurous music and brought it to the masses with unmatched virtuosity and skillful showmanship. Albums like 'Tarkus' and 'Pictures at An Exhibition' are among the classic albums of the seventies every rock fan should have. The great return of Keith Emerson to progressive rock and to the sound of the '70s. Since the split of EL&P, Emerson kept himself busy with soundtracks and live performances but he never returned with a proper band and a rock set up to the sound that all his fans love. This new version of his band features hard rock guitarist and singer Marc Bonilla. An explosive combination of the classic EL&P sound and modern progressive hard rock. Emerson's keyboard is flamboyant and explosive more than ever and his songwriting is still top level.
KEITH EMERSON / GLEN HUGHES / MARC BONILLA
'Boys Club: Live In California' Release Date 30/03/09
The album is a rare snapshot of a marriage of three musical forces: Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes and Marc Bonilla coming together to form what is now been branded as "Boys Club". Backed by the infamous Dragonchoir [Bob Birch, Mick Mahan, Ed Roth, Joe Travers, and Mike Wallace], it was captured live in 1998 during a series of sold out concerts in California and previously available as few hundred copies only on Keith Emerson's homepage, and now for the first time on CD – produced by Marc Bonilla. The album features cover versions like 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', 'Long Journey Home' and 'Hoedown', Emerson, Lake & Palmer material [including a 20-minute version of 'Tarkus' – the progressive classic, here featuring Hughes on vocals] and a brand new song which was produced especially for the tour. "Back In 1991 and 1992 I had the pleasure to work with two of rock's greatest founders: Keith Emerson and Glenn Hughes. Being that they had been such an inspiration to me in my formative years I jumped at the opportunity (after somewhat orchestrating it) to work with them both again on the same stage. Along with my brothers in the Dragonchoir [Bob Birch, Mick Mahan, Ed Roth, Mike Wallace and Joe Travers] I can honestly say that those magical nights onstage were among the most memorable and rewarding of my life. We are only too happy to finally be able to share some of that magic here on this album…" – Marc Bonilla.
'Welcome 2 Tahland' Release Date 30/03/09
Features collaborations with Cee Lo of Gnarls Barkley, Sugababes Mutya Buena, DJ Lethal, from Limp Bizkit and House of Pain and also Ritchie Kotsen from legendary rock band Poison. This summer come witness the return of the illest artist in modern day entertainment. The multi talented, Brooklyn based producer and singer Tah Mac, has stepped off his home turf in the USA to give the UK some of the freshest, most talked about tunes this side of the Atlantic. 'Time of My Life' is the debut single taken from the much anticipated album, 'Welcome 2 Tahland' and this summer it looks set to sizzle! 'Time…' an uplifting, feel good summer track, also lays down the ground work for Tah's inevitable invasion of the UK charts. Tah Mac's latest full length effort features a veritable A-List of old school talent and rising stars. No stranger to quality and style, the man from NYC has secured the likes Mutya Buena, C.A.S.H and Cee-Lo [Gnarls Barkley] to give the album a knockout punch. With a decade of experience under his belt, Tah knows how to create the very best music with top quality artiste. Not one to be pigeon holed, Tah has worked with diverse array of artists from Erick Sermon, Javine, Ciara, Onyx, Leona Lewis, Redman and Aretha Franklin to The Charlatans. Often describing his sound as a 'global sound', Tah has finally crafted a sound that is uniquely his own. So watch out for Tah Mac as he brings his spectacular live show and killer bag of tunes over to the UK this year!
'Live @ McCabe's' Release Date 06/04/09
* This CD contains Henry Rollins' spoken word performance from shows he did on June 9 and 10, 1990 at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. * Sharing the stage with Henry that night were Exene Cervenka and Hubert Selby Jr. THE HOLD STEADY 'A Positive Rage' Release Date 06/04/09 http://991.com/buy/productinformation.aspx?StockNumber=464894 The Hold Steady announce the release on Rough Trade Records of 'A Positive Rage', a double disc package featuring a documentary on DVD and their first-ever live album. The album was recorded on October 31st, 2007 and includes seventeen songs that Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Franz Nicolay, and Bobby Drake performed on the second of their two-night sold-out stand at the Chicago Metro venue – scene of a legendary early Oasis live album recording. The CD features an enhanced section, which when opened reveals a secret website where you can download bonus tracks including 'Ask Her For Adderall', 'Cheyenne Sunrise' and 'Two Handed Handshake' and two previously unreleased tracks, 'Spectres' and '40 Bucks', plus a booklet featuring personal photos and the band's memories of the tour. The 53-minute documentary begins with The Hold Steady's first ever London headline performances in February 2007, with never before-seen live footage, backstage interviews with the band members, fan commentary and the original, raw audio. Cameras follow the band as they return to the US for a 24-date tour that culminates on screen with an especially poignant performance at First Avenue, in Craig Finn's hometown, Minneapolis.
MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?
'Experiment Zero' Release Date 06/04/09
LP includes a download coupon for an MP3 version of the album. Originally released in 1996, 'Experiment Zero' was the sixth full-length release for this band of the future. It proved to be one of their best selling albums & launched them to new heights as a band. According to the original press release: "'Experiment Zero' sounds like nothing you've ever heard before, because it incorporates subliminal harmonics drawn down from the future. The experiment was recorded deep under the Earth's crust by Star Commander Steve Albini (Battlestar Shellactica). Clean out your ears, check out this record, and watch as your body is set into rhythmic motion by wild surf gravity!".
'Sun Gangs' Release Date 06/04/09
Rough Trade Records are delighted to announce the stunning new album from The Veils. The Veils are Finn Andrews [vocals, guitar, piano], Sophia Burn [bass], Dan Raishbrook [guitar, odd noise], and Henning Dietz [drums]. 'Sun Gangs' is their third album, and without a doubt their finest to date. By turns epic, desolate, wildly romantic and anguished, 'Sun Gangs' is a bold and distinctive record described by Finn as "a very modern mixture of prayers, love letters and personal record keeping". Produced by Graham Sutton [Jarvis Cocker, Bark Psychosis] it is their most ambitious record yet, ranging from the yearning elegy of 'Sit Down By The Fire', to the charred, mantis-like groove of 'Killed By The Boom'. In 'Sun Gangs', The Veils have created a record that truly lives up to the huge promise and talent that they have always exhibited.
'Mercury Summer' Release Date 06/04/09
New single 'Mercury Summer' merges Fightstar's loud and gritty sound with Biffy Clyro-esque pop melodies. 'Mercury Summer' is the second single to be taken from the band's third studio album 'Be Human'.
Release Date 06/04/09
'No You Girls' Bundle Set Release Date 06/04/09
'No You Girls' is a killer pop smash, with an irresistible hook and a massive chorus that the boys are world renowned for. The release comes jam packed with reversions of the original. The legend that is Vince Clarke has remoulded the song into a thundering pop monster. The 7" also comes with a 'Ulysses' remix from the mysterious Zomby. Noze draw a melancholy French horn line through their mix. Fellow Glaswegian John Disco from BIS drops his italo style version. Whilst Raffertie goes dubstep bananas on his.
'Walk On Water' Release Date 06/04/09
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Kevin Ayers, the founder of British psychedelia, has been universally acclaimed for his first album in fifteen years, 'The Unfairground'. This is the second single released from that album. On 'Walk On Water', Ayers is accompanied by the vocals of folk star Bridget St. John, Elephant 6 and The Ladybug Transistor.
'Remix Stories [Volume Two]' Release Date 06/04/09
As testament to UNKLE's passion for vinyl they are releasing a 12" white label featuring two of the best remixes from 'War Stories' and 'End Titles'. Innervisions remix of 'Hold My Hand' is one of the only remixes they have done as a band with all three members Henrik, Ame and Dixon. Carl Craig and Fergie's remix of 'Trouble in Paradise (Variation On A Theme)' is from the BMW advert 'See how it Feels'. This track was also extended for UNKLE's most recent release 'End Titles'.
'Alcoholics Unanimous' Release Date 06/04/09
**The 7" vinyl is Strictly Limited to 600 Copies so Out Requests ONLY** Art Brut has announced it will be releasing its third studio album, 'Art Brut vs Satan' on Monday 20th April. "We recorded the album in a punk-as-fuck two weeks in Salem, Oregon," explains lead singer Eddie Argos. "I don't always enjoy the recording process all that fiddling with guitars and drum sounds waiting for my turn to 'sing'. This time though, we did it just right. We spent a day getting the sound of the instruments perfect, then with all of us in the same room at the same time, with the amazing Black Francis conducting us, we pressed record, jumped around and played our songs. This is how I always thought albums were made and it's definitely how we're doing it from now on!" The first single to be released from the album will be 'Alcoholics Unanimous', on Monday 6th April.
EASY STAR ALL-STARS
'Easy Stars Lonely Hearts Dub Band' Release Date 13/04/09
Following the widespread critical and commercial success of 2003's 'Dub Side of the Moon' and 2006's 'Radiodread', Easy Star Records announces the Easy Star All-Stars' complete reggae re-imagining of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. The album, titled 'Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band', is set for release April 13th on Easy Star Records and features guest vocals from an impressive list of reggae, dancehall and dub greats including Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Michael Rose [Black Uhuru], Luciano, U Roy, Bunny Rugs [Third World], Ranking Roger [English Beat], Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, Max Romeo and The Mighty Diamonds.
'Live' Release Date 13/04/09
Erykah Badu is a Grammy-nominated American soul singer and songwriter, whose work blends elements of R&B, hip hop and jazz in her music. She is known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion. 'Live' is an incredible collection of covers and original songs peformed live by the one and only Erykah Badu. If you are a fan of R & B music you will love what Badu brings to the table.
'Big Black Hole' Release Date 06/04/09
"Britain's most powerful new band" – The Guardian "Timeless music that'll leave an indelible imprint somewhere between your heart and your eardrum" – The Fly "Epic, radio-friendly flag-waving tunes" – NME "A bold record that reverberates with soulful rock" – Mojo The Hours follow their critically acclaimed 2007 debut album 'Narcissus Road' with the April 20th release of their second set 'See The Light' on Is Good Ltd. The album will be previewed by the release of the single 'Big Black Hole'. With 'See The Light', The Hours have repeated the magic of the 'Narcissus Road' debut. Only this time, with the help of legendary producer Flood and a full band, and aided by the art, inspiration and (to be frank) dosh of old pal Damien Hirst, The Hours pair have created a bigger, bolder, better record. It'll blow your ears off and blast your heart. It's that good. The album was mixed by Cenzo Townshend [Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol, Blur, U2].
'White Winter Hymnal' 7" Release Date 06/04/09
**This is exactly the same as S/S 438162 but with a different Catalogue number** 2008 was the year of Fleet Foxes. The band's self-titled debut is unquestionably the most acclaimed album of the year, and has since become the record to top most end of the year lists. Fleet Foxes are MOJO's number 1 album and band of 2008, Sunday Times number 1 album, were at number 2 in Q, Rough Trade and Uncut's end of year list, and number 3 in The Fly. Seattle's finest were also the recipient of the inaugural Uncut Music Magazine Award, fending off competition from the likes of Radiohead, Elbow and Bon Iver.
'Cleaning Out The Ashtrays' OUT NOW!
For singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole, now is the time for 'Cleaning Out the Ashtrays' – for sorting through dusty boxes of cassettes, DAT tapes and CDs in his Easthampton hideaway, to take stock and find all those lost songs; half remembered sessions, much-missed fellow-musicians and gifted co-producers. A goldmine of music from 21 years as a solo artist. Here, then, are 59 – count 'em – nuggets from the Cole vaults. A 4xCD boxset bursting with unreleased songs, alternate versions, rare b-sides, cover versions (Lou Reed, Marc Bolan and Leonard Cohen songs), and a few tracks that the record companies – and on occasion, even Lloyd himself – just didn't get at the time. Cole has researched and compiled the 'Cleaning Out the Ashtrays' project himself – now, all of us can share in the riches that lay hidden inside that dusty old boxes.
'In The 50's: The Birth Of Genius' OUT NOW!
Artistically active from the 1950s through the '70s, Belgian-born singer-songwriter Jacques Brel is best known in France, but he has also achieved a vast cult fan base in the United States for his poetic cynicism and lyrics, which vary from nihilistic and melancholy to witty and biting. Brel's most popular (and most reinterpreted) song is "Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away)"; his work is often striking for being romantic without sentimentality. Brel's star remains large thanks in part to the oft-revived Broadway play/revue first staged in 1968, 'Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris'. This set comprises Brel's first two LPs on one CD + 3 bonus tracks!!!
'As Seen Through Windows' Release Date 27/04/09
Montreal's Bell Orchestre's sophomore full-length 'As Seen Through Windows'. This nine-song full-length is filled with stunning, lush instrumentation and builds on where their acclaimed, Juno nominated, 2005 debut 'Recording A Tape The Colour Of Light', left off. Recorded with John McEntire [Tortoise, Sea & Cake], 'As Seen Through Windows' continues the sextet's exploration of various classical styles and non-traditional musical forms to create a panoramic soundtrack, expansive and enveloping, both challenging and pleasurable to the listener.
'Hymn To The Immortal Wind' Release Date 23/03/09
Just in time for their 10-year anniversary, MONO return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive 'Hymn To The Immortal Wind'. After touring almost non-stop for five years, the band hibernated for over a year to focus solely on writing 'Hymn'. The result is their most thoughtful and eclectic album to date. Written and arranged with a hopeful, romantic narrative in mind, the songs string together like chapters in an epic love story. The music is naturally majestic, with MONO's trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully against the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The instrumentation is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard facemelting set-up. Recorded to analog tape with long-time friend and producer Steve Albini, there is an intimacy captured here that is at once beautiful and a little terrifying. The creaking of old wooden chairs as the orchestra rocks in their seats (both literally and figuratively), puckered lips rolling along flutes, and even the conductor's opening cue can be heard during the hauntingly quiet opening moments. While 'Hymn' continues to mine the cinematic drama inherent in all of MONO's music, the dynamic shifts now come more from dark-to-light instead of quiet-to-loud. The maturity to balance these elements so masterfully has become MONO's strongest virtue.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3
'Goodnight Oslo' Release Date 23/03/09
**Vinyl version of the latest Robyn Hitchcock album. The 180-gram LP comes with a download code for a free digital version of the album**
BAT FOR LASHES 'Daniel' 7" Release Date 06/04/09
'Two Suns' Release Date 06/04/09
With her dazzling second album, 'Two Suns', Bat For Lashes is set to assume the mantle of the most dynamic and intriguing pop performer in the UK right now. Natasha Khan's debut 'Fur And Gold' was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize, and earned two Brit Award nominations for Best Breakthrough and Best Female in 2008. The album's blend of spooky childhood reveries and magical piano balladry caught the imagination of everyone and not just in the music world. Natasha was feted by the fashion crowd, appearing everywhere from Vogue to Dazed & Confused and she recently collaborated with Alexander McQueen's McQ label on several one-off pieces featured on the 'Two Suns' artwork. As if that weren't enough, Bat For Lashes has inspired the making of a fantasy film-musical based on the songs from 'Fur And Gold'. Bat for Lashes was asked to support Radiohead on their European tour last summer at the band's personal request, where she assembled a new live band to explore fresh musical forms, before heading out to New York and the Californian desert to write what has now become 'Two Suns'.'Two Suns' sees Natasha exploring her creative personas and the world around her in a very different way. Envisioning herself as two separate yet ultimately attached beings, we discover her inner character Pearl, the destructive blonde femme fatale that represents one extreme of her personality. The album includes appearances by Yeasayer on a number of tracks and Natasha duets with the legendary Scott Walker on closing song 'The Big Sleep'.
'The Very Best Of' Release Date 06/04/09
Chrysalis Records will release 'The Very Best Of Ultravox' on 6th April as a Special Edition 2 disc CD/DVD package. Collating 18 tracks with 17 videos, this is the first time everything has been available together and is released to coincide with the bands forthcoming UK tour. Reunited to play live for the first time in over 20 years, the band line up will feature the original 80s Ultravox incarnation of Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann and Billy Currie. One of the primary exponents of British electronic pop in the early 1980s, fans can look forward to hearing all of the band's hits live including 'Vienna', 'The Voice', 'Dancing With Tears In My Eyes' – all of which are included here on this Special Edition 2 disc set.
'Staring Down The Barrel' Release Date 06/04/09
They're back! Or at least, they would be if they had ever gone away – but the truth is that since Ian Dury's sad passing in March 2000, the original band members have continued to tour and record, playing both classic hits alongside newer material. For a while they filled Ian's nigh-on unfillable shoes with uber-fans such as Mark Lamarr and Phil Jupitus, but since 2002 they have been fronted by Derek The Draw, who was both driver and friend to Ian during much of his career. Since they are both Essex boys and shared a common outlook on life, it is fair to say that Derek's lyrics and style of delivery are a perfect fit for the Blockheads. The touring and recording band is filled out with Dylan Howe on drums and sax-madman Gilad Atzmon. The band toured the UK in 2008, culminating in a Christmas gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire which was a triumph – new tracks like lead single 'Greed' sitting comfortably alongside those hits that are now such a part of the fabric of British pop history – including 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick', 'What A Waste', 'Reason's To Be Cheerful, Part 3' and the rest. The man behind the music is, as it always was, the great Chaz Jankel who has managed to recreate the jazz/funk sound of the Blockheads but with a new twist that brings them effortlessly up-to-date and helps them stay entirely relevant now.
'Kingdom Of Rust' Release Date 06/04/09
Doves are return with the release of new album called 'Kingdom of Rust' [released April 6 on Heavenly Recordings] an album that is arguably Doves' most sonically adventurous, intimate, cerebral, rhythmic and most eclectic record to date. Doves have been recording their follow up for the past 18 months, having ensconced themselves to a farm house-come-studio in Cheshire. In doing so they teamed up with long time Doves collaborator Dan Austin to co produce all but two tracks on 'Kingdom Of Rust'. For the remaining two tracks Doves enlisted producer John Leckie [Stone Roses, Radiohead] to record 'Winter Hill' and '10.03'. 'Kingdom Of Rust' was mixed by Michael Brauer, Dan Austin and the band. Upon first listening 'Kingdom Of Rust' sounds unequivocally Doves, maybe it's because it's been conceived with their trademark intensity. That said, 'Kingdom Of Rust' takes Doves into more uncharted and experimental territory than ever before. Take the first track on the album 'Jetstream', a track Doves gave a way last month via www.doves.net, fitted with a kraut motorik, it's a Kraftwerk-kissed electro pearl. In contrast eponymous title track 'Kingdom Of Rust', is a broad stroke of Lancastrian spaghetti Western drama. Elsewhere 'Compulsion' sees Doves achieving a homage to the kind of wonky-leftfield disco that experiments that might have been played out at The Loft or the Paradise Factory in their 80s hey day, While, 'The Outsider' sounds like what may have happened had time allowed Chuck Berry to Jam with Joy Division. Include Tom Rowlands [Chemical Brothers] arranging '10.03', and anthems in waiting 'Winter Hill' and 'Greatest Denier' you have the most expansive and rhythmic Doves record to date.
'Southpaw Grammar' Release Date 27/04/09
Originally released in 1995, 'Southpaw Grammar' was Morrissey's 5th solo album that charted at No.4 in the UK charts on release, and featured the fans favourite singles 'Dagenham Dave' and 'Boy Racer'. This re-issue has become a very personal project to Morrissey, who himself requested that he be able to re-sequence the tracklisting, adding in 4 previously unreleased tracks, and give it completely new artwork – he had come to despise the original cover (it was previously the only album artwork that Morrissey himself didn't feature on!). The artist has worked closely with us throughout this project, to re-create what he believed to be one of his best albums; this is clearly visible in his extensive personally written liner notes. The album also features new design by Anthony Lui, and previously unseen photographs by Linder Sterling.