BLACKBUD 'Blackbud': [Release Date 08/06/09]
Blackbud have already received massive acclaim from their debut EP 'Heartbeat', produced by Youth [The Verve, Primal Scream], their debut album 'From the Sky' produced by David Bottrill [Muse, Peter Gabriel, Tool] and have toured and played shows with the likes of Hope Of The States, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Editors and Babyshambles. 'Blackbud' the album, is a wonderfully warm and ambitious album which pieces together a patchwork of emotional and bluesy, modern infused folk, epic and ambitious, mile high melodics and driving guitar work. The album brings to mind 'Pink Moon' era Nick Drake, 'Rumours' era Fleetwood Mac, early Cream and even the confidence and introspection of modern acts like Elbow and Radiohead. 'Blackbud' feels like a grown up and mature piece of work, an album that reflects a band whose musical and personal growth and development was very important to them.
PLACEBO 'Battle For The Sun': [Release Date 08/06/09]
With a thirteen year history that takes in five studio albums, ten million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success, Placebo are still brimming with new ideas. Recorded over three months by producer Dave Bottrill [chosen by the band largely because of his work with Tool] in his Toronto studio and mixed in London by My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails supremo Alan Moulder, Placebo's sixth album is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band that were in need of a change. 'Battle For The Sun' is available on limited edition CD/DVD (10,000 copies; featuring casebound book style packaging and a live DVD), CD and vinyl LP.
SONIC YOUTH The Eternal: [Release Date 08/06/09]
Sonic Youth return to an indie label after years of being on Geffen, with their 16th proper studio album, 'The Eternal'. The band say that the album is a "celebration of newfound freedom". 'The Eternal' is a supercharged rocker, recalling aspects of the 'Evol'-'Sister'-'Daydream Nation' holy trinity but with cleaner, louder production and more straightforward momentum. With Pavement's Mark Ibold joining on bass, and producer John Agnello back at the controls, 'The Eternal' takes the melodic songwriting of 2006's 'Rather Ripped' and slams down the accelerator pedal. 'The Eternal' is the most alive, excited album the band has made in a long time. Here is Thurston Moore's take on the songs: * Sacred Trickster (2:10) – Out-of-the gate hardcore matinee track with Kim singing salutes to French painter Yves Klein and Western Massachusetts noise artist Noise Nomads. * Anti-Orgasm (6:08) – Inspired by the story of Berlin 60s model/activist Uschi Obermeier and the gang at Kommune 1. Free love, dominance and submission, and other political states-of-confusion. * Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso) (3:32) – The NYC beat poet Gregory Corso once referred life on Earth as a leaky lifeboat. This tune expounds on this rumination. * Antenna (6:13) – Melodious ode to fleeting fantasy and unresolved desire with the sound of two analogue radios communicating the emotional action. * What We Know (3:54) – Charging forth with a riff in reference to Sonics Rendezvous Band, Lee sings a triptych to identity and unity. * Calming The Snake (3:35) – One of the first tracks written, musical references to the Dead C, the MC5 and Neu. Kim musing on visions of Death in painting. Poison Arrow (3:43) – Dedicated to the lust groove of Kevin Ayers where thoughts of love as pretty poison rejoice in surrealist deliverance. * Malibu Gas Station (5:39) – An ode to the flash moment of the camera as you knowingly step from your SUV sans panties. * Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn (2:38) – Flashing back to a wishful existence in the original Masque basement on N. Cherokee in Hollywood, crashing through lawns and garbage cans en route to the Canterbury/Disgraceland to jump up and down on beds with Helen Killer, Mary Rat and Trudi. * No Way (3:52) – First song written for the album, with a nod to The Wipers of Portland, Oregon. A confrontation with the devil in his guise of temptation and staking a distinct place amongst the black legions. * Walkin Blue (5:20) – Lee with his arm around yr shoulder, getting you through a seemingly impenetrable day of dread to a clear vision towards sweet foreverness. * Massage The History (9:41) – The long way home, where blood rules the universe and time becomes myth.
DANIEL MERRIWEATHER 'Love & War': [Release Date 01/06/09]
"(Love & War is) fundamentally an R&B record, but in keeping with the stripped-down approach of Rick Rubin or Steve Albini" TIME OUT "Daniel Merriweather with (his) rich, trembling soulful voice, melodic flow and hoarse percussive stabs call to mind the Fifties idol Dion crossed with Otis Redding." TELEGRAPH "Merriweather is clearly developing into a force in his own right." MUSIC WEEK In 'Love & War', Daniel has shaped a record informed by the juxtaposition of the two cultural metropolises he calls 'home' which is both complicated and equally care free without ever being schizophrenic. Here shiny pop production and the temptation to make a slick and smooth contemporary neo-soul record have been wavered in favour of space, stark emotional intimacy, sonic expansion and crackling introspection. The results are extraordinary; an anthemic psyched out acoustic folk record fuelled by the fires of Motown and Stax, with a heart the size of Alaska. A kaleidoscope of sounds and emotion, 'Love & War', touches on themes ranging from romances gone wrong through the disillusionment of city-living and struggles of day to day life, to the current state of the over-developed world. 'Getting Out' is a classic, universally applicable, break-up anthem in every-sense and 'Chainsaw' is an ode to a dysfunctional relationship that is more destructive than good. While 'Cigarettes', is a song about "fucking up", regret and denial, 'For Your Money' documents Daniel's bittersweet relationship with his adopted home, and 'Impossible' is a song simply about putting everything down – while its subject matter is sad, its shuffle is infectious, making it a song for club DJs as much as radio airwaves. Other key moments on 'Love & War' include 'Live by Night', (which was recently described by Ryan Adams as 'perfect, like a blowjob on a yacht'), the chart-topping, national airplay hit 'Change' featuring Wale, and the anthemic forthcoming single, 'Red'. Featuring Sean Lennon on guitar, 'Red' works on various levels lyrically. On the surface it's a song about a relationship gone wrong, but dig further and the relationship serves as a metaphor for looming political change and imploding capitalism, for the blindness of war and the current absence of compassion displayed by western administrations. Every bit the classic debut one would have hoped and more, filled from start to finish with thrilling hit singles to boot, 'Love & War' not only speaks for itself, but proves Daniel Merriweather is now a long, long way from busking on a street corner in Melbourne just to earn a buck.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND 'Greatest Hits': [Release Date 08/06/09]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band return to the UK in June to perform and promote this brand new hits package and the current album, 'Working On A Dream'. It is 14 years since Bruce released his original 'Greatest Hits' and in that time it has sold almost 1 million copies in the UK alone. This new hits package concentrates on his classic work with the E Street Band and brings his career up to date, including four tracks recorded since that 1995 best of. With his last two albums having been UK #1's and with the great man headlining Glastonbury, the timing for this album's release couldn't be better.
JEFF BUCKLEY 'Grace Around The World': [Release Date 01/06/09]
"Jeff Buckley was a pure drop in an ocean of noise." – BONO "Jeff is one of the greatest vocalists that I've ever heard. Listening to him is inspiring, moving, spiritual." – JOHN LEGEND Nearly fifteen years ago, the world was introduced to a young singer/songwriter from New York named Jeff Buckley. His debut album 'Grace' became one of the most acclaimed and influential albums of his generation. To promote the album, Jeff and his band embarked a seemingly un-ending tour – taking them all over the globe from 1994 to 1996. Because the album had no "hit single", Jeff was constantly tinkering with his setlists – both on stage and on TV. He therefore performed almost every track from 'Grace' at least once in his many appearances on local broadcasts around the globe. Now, for the first time, the very best of those performances have been tracked down and compiled into the definitive visual document of the Grace world tour. * Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the release of Grace (August 1994) * The first visual document of the 'Grace' world tour * TV performances from The U.S., Germany, Japan, England and France * 9 Previously Unreleased live takes on the songs from Grace [11 on CD] * Also includes interviews with Jeff and "behind the scenes" footage of Jeff and the band * Bonus features include Additional performances plus the in-studio 'Hallelujah' video and an additional interview * CD companion includes audio-only versions of 12 of the performances on the DVD * Bonus DVD in the Deluxe package – Amazing Grace – the documentary about Jeff's music as made by his fans * Deluxe package also includes extended booklet with band interviews, many unseen photos and memorabilia reproductions
RORY GALLAGHER 'Big Guns – The Very Best Of': [Release Date 08/06/09]
Available for the first time as a single disc. This 15 trk "Best of" covers all his classic tracks & fans favourites. Also available is a double disc, 24 trk format, with plenty of bonus trks & rarities.
MEAT LOAF 'Hits Out Of Hell': [Release Date 08/06/09]
Meat Loaf is a rock music icon. Since breaking through in the late 70s he has sold millions of records around the world and has also gained fame on stage and screen. Hits Out Of Hell is his classic 'best of' from the late 1980s that has not been TV advertised in 20 years. The album has now been expanded with Meat Loaf's two biggest hits of the 90s – 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)' and 'I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth)' – to give us the first the first 1CD best of to feature all his biggest hits.
THE PANICS 'Cruel Guards': [Release Date 01/06/09]
Having gone platinum in Australia, The Panics release their debut UK album 'Cruel Guards'. The lead single 'Don't Fight It' has been a XFM Drivetime Playlist feature for 5 weeks.
MICA PARIS 'Born Again': [Release Date 01/06/09]
A star is 'Born Again', with the triumphant return of Mica Paris and her first original studio album in ten years. After 22 years in the business, and five albums under her belt, critics are hailing 'Born Again' the album of her career. After becoming one of the country's most sought after TV presenters, Mica comes back to her musical roots. The album has been produced by the legendary 'hit- maker', Brian Rawling. Rawling, whose recent single 'Broken Strings' for James Morrison and Nelly Furtado was number one worldwide. The aforementioned James Morrison wrote Mica's lead single and album opener out May 25th, 'Baby Come Back Now' – an up-tempo retro tune, that Morrison penned especially for Mica's soaring vocals. The collection of songs perfectly showcases the vocals of the UK's Soul Queen, vocals that have been admired and beloved by music legends such as Prince, Peter Gabriel, Dave Gilmour, Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, and Natalie Cole. A whole new generation of stars have been inspired by Mica's talent, such as Grammy winning artist Estelle who recently said "I got into music because of Mica, she was my inspiration". Blending classic Motown grooves with a distinctly modern production and emotive lyrics – Mica is singing from the bottom of her heart. This is no more evident than on the albums title track. 'Born Again' an epic ballad, sweeping strings and cut glass arrangement with a vocal that leaves you tingling. It is no wonder that Whitney Houston wanted this track for her comeback. Producer Brian Rawling insisted that the song was "made for Mica" and Whitney was refused. Ballads like the Eric Benet penned tune 'You're the Only One' emit an effortless and creamy smooth R&B flavour, as on the Keisha Cole U.S. number one, 'I Remember', which Mica gives a heartfelt maturity to. Then there is 'Nothing But The Truth' a pop-country influenced ballad that makes you melt. The pleading 'Stay' and inspirational 'Hold On' grab hold and feature her church influenced roots, with a thoroughly spiritual vocal. Mica reminds us how she can shine on the dance floor and show us what it's all about on up-tempo scorchers 'The Hardest Thing' with its middle- eight vocal that never ends, and 'Breathless' a track that Rhianna gave to Mica personally. As a bonus, the album is rounded off with the Gershwin classic 'Summertime', which was recorded live at The Royal Opera House for BBC 1's television tribute to musicals, and her signature song that has endured – 'My One Temptation' – sung in acoustic splendour.
DUANE EDDY 'Guitar Man': [Release Date 01/06/09]
* Duane had a surprise UK Top Ten hit with 'Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar' in 1975. The song was written by Tony Macaulay and Keith Potger (of The Seekers fame) * Tony Macaulay produced the album, originally issued in 1975. We have also added the CBS single 'Break My Mind' / 'Loving Bird' as extra tracks
THIRD EAR BAND 'Alchemy / Elements': [Release Date 01/06/09]
Originally issued on the progressive Harvest label in 1969 and 1970, the music is a unique combination of wind instruments which the group (led by drummer Terry Sweeney) called 'Electric Acid Raga'
EDDIE COCHRAN 'My Way' / 'Cherished Moments': [Release Date 01/06/09]
* Two albums released posthumously in 1964 and 1967 containing A sides, B sides and unreleased tracks from Eddie * This package contains hits and classics such as 'Weekend', 'C'mon Everybody', 'Three Steps To Heaven', 'Summertime Blues' and 'Something Else' * Many would argue that Cochran was one of the greatest rock'n'rollers because of his style and, critically, because he wrote most of his own songs
SHAWN PHILLIPS 'Contribution' / 'Second Contribution': [Release Date 01/06/09]
* Originally released in 1970 and 1971 on the A&M record label * Shawn Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic artists to come out of the early '70s singer-songwriter boom. The fact that he was a musician as much as a singer/songwriter made him stand out, and his refusal to shape his music – which crosses between folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop and classical – to anyone else's expectations has allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated following. * 'Contribution', Phillips' first major album, mixes progressive rock and folk sounds in a manner unique to its time. Recorded with help from members of Traffic (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Caleb Quayle) among others, this is a condensation of a far more ambitious studio original that was intended to fill three LPs. * On 'Second Contribution', Phillips carries us across folk ('The Ballad Of Casey Deiss') and rock styles, with a heavy R&B feel at times ('Song For Mr. C'), accompanied by a band and arranger Paul Buckminster's (Elton John, Stones, Bowie, Bee Gees) most restrained orchestrations.
VAIN 'No Respect': [Release Date 01/06/09]
* Originally released in 1989 on the Island record label, 'No Respect' is the debut from this California quintet originally from the Bay area of San Francisco * The band consisted of Davy Vain on vocals, Danny West and James Scott on guitars, Ashley Mitchell on bass and Tom Rickard on drums. Produced by Paul Northfield, assisted by Davy Vain. * Vain, along with Jetboy and the Sea Hags, helped solidify the San Francisco metal scene – contempories included Metallica, Exodus and Death Angel (who Davy Vain produced). * Songs such as 'Secrets', 'Who's Watching You' and 'Ready' really rock, and 'No Respect' is one of the best and most underrated albums of the 80's. They had the look and sounded great – they should have been world-famous! * Sleevenotes by Ian Callaghan, producer of Mark Radcliffe's show and Bruce Dickinson's "Masters Of Rock" on BBC Radio 2.