ROLLING STONES REISSUES [THE LAST 5 ALBUMS FOR THE BOX] [Release Date 13/07/2009]
A rousing cover of Bob & Earl's 'Harlem Shuffle', with Jagger's distinctive vocals to the fore, heralded the arrival of 'Dirty Work'. This single made the Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic in 1986. Produced by Steve Lillywhite and the Glimmer Twins, the album was dedicated to the memory of Ian Stewart, the group's original piano player and unofficial sixth member, who died the previous year.
The release of Steel Wheels in 1989 followed the group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and coincided with their eagerly-awaited return to the live arena. Recorded at Air Studios in Montserrat and Olympic in London, it made the Top 3 in Britain and in the States. It contains classic tracks like the US Top 5 single 'Mixed Emotions' as well as 'Rock And A Hard Place', which boasts a trademark riff as infectious as any they've come up with. The incredibly atmospheric 'Almost Hear You Sigh' also charted while Richards often reprises the ballad 'Slipping Away' in concert.
Recorded in Dublin and in Los Angeles, and produced by Don Was, 'Voodoo Lounge' topped the British charts on its release in 1994. The rockers 'Love Is Strong' [featuring Jagger on harmonica], 'You Got Me Rocking' and 'I Go Wild' all performed strongly in the UK Top 40, while 'Out Of Tears' continued the group's fine tradition of late-night, soul-searching, soul-infused ballads and featured a killer vocal performance by Jagger. The singer also excelled on the equally contemplative 'Blinded By Rainbows', a forgotten gem in their repertoire, and the swaggering 'Sparks Will Fly', driven by the ever-excellent Charlie Watts on drums. 'Voodoo Lounge' deservedly won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 1995.
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Originally issued in 1997, 'Bridges To Babylon' made the Top 3 in the US and number 6 in the UK. The yearning and sinuous 'Anybody Seen My Baby?' and the mean and moody 'Saint Of Me' – both Top 30 hits in the UK – in particular, showed the band remained at the cutting edge. Energetic rockers 'Low Down' and 'Too Tight' repay further investigation as do the three tracks sung by Richards, in particular the closer 'How Can I Stop' which features another jazz legend, Wayne Shorter, on saxophone.
'A Bigger Bang', the Rolling Stones last studio album to date, made the Top 3 on both sides of the Atlantic in 2005. Its release coincided with the group's longest ever world tour, lasting two years, a feat likely to remain unbeaten by any other rock artist. Recorded mostly in France, it recalls the informal vibe of 'Exile On Main Street' and has sold in excess of 2.5 million copies to date. A double A-side single coupling the rocker 'Rough Justice' and 'Streets Of Love', another superior soulful ballad, reached number 15 in the UK, while the Bush-baiting 'Sweet Neo Con' made headlines in the US. 'A Bigger Bang' more than lived up to its title.
2 x THOMAS DOLBY REISSUES [Release Date 13/07/2009]
Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognizable figures of the synth-pop movement of early-'80s new wave. Dolby successfully harnessed the power of synthesizers and samplers, to make catchy pop and light electro-funk. Following the (1984) single 'Hyperactive,' his career faded away, as he began producing more frequently, as well as exploring new synthesizer and computer technology. Dolby continued to record into the '90s, but by then, he was strictly a cult act.
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'The Golden Age Of Wireless' was Dolby's first album, recorded using primarily borrowed studio time and featuring musicians paid with funds raised by session work with other artists. A while after completion, it was picked up by EMI for the UK and by an EMI partner in the US resulting in anumber of variations before it's final release. This release has been restored to its original sequence, remastered and with the addition of a few peripheral songs and rarities along with the individual song notes, should help tell the complete story.
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'The Flat Earth' was Dolby's sophomore album release, in 1984, its sophisticated sound was a battle cry to any doubters, combining Dolby's signature keyboards into a more organic, layered sound. 'Hyperactive!' – the result of a bizarre evening spent at Michael Jackson's house, bore the most fruit, repeating the success of '….Science' in Britain, and scoring Thomas his first Top 20 hit in his home country. The epic 'Dissidents' felt most at home as a 12" – revisits Dolby's love of cold war espionage, and at the other end of the spectrum, the haunting Dan Hicks' ballad 'I Scare Myself' is turned into a piano-led affair with a sexy, sultry video. The latter is a solo embodiment of the shimmering, breathy sound that would form the heart of the Prefab Sprout sound he was integral to creating – production values which he has said he ranks amongst his personal career highs.
MARILLION LIVE 2CD REISSUE SETS [Release Date 13/07/2009]
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This live double CD covering Fish's years as frontman, became a firm fan's favourite upon it's first release in 1988.
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The first time the complete concert has been released in audio format. Includes a previously unreleased track; 'Three Boats Down From The Candy'. The version of 'Charting The Single' from the gig was previously issued as a b-side to the 'Garden Party' 12", but was not featured on the original DVD version. This band approved release features new liner notes written especially for this release by Fish.
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The first time the complete concert has been released in audio format. Includes four previously unreleased tracks; 'White Russian', 'Fugazi', 'Garden Party' and 'Market Square Heroes', not featured in the original DVD version. This band approved release features new liner notes written especially for this release by Fish.
DAN BLACK 'Un' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
"White-hot laptop troubadour." – Time Out "Dan Black's future looks very bright indeed." – The Guardian Tantalising and stimulating eardrums, Dan Black has been hailed as Pop's bright new hope by everyone from Zane Lowe to Perez Hilton and was a regular feature in the 2009 One To Watch polls. Now the Paris-based Englishman has updated and fleshed out his blogospherically massive Notorious BIG tribute 'Hypntz' into the fully fledged space pop anthem 'Symphonies'. Fusing the ubiquitous beat from Rihanna's 'Umbrella' with heavily chopped-up samples from the film soundtrack of John Carpenter's 'Starman', this is a perfect, effortlessly joyous marriage of laptop hip hop with tip top hip pop. Dan's debut album 'Un' is out on July 13th and melds the musical attributes of Paul's Boutique, 'Hatful Of Hollow' and 'Supa Dupa Fly' with a lost 80's sci-fi soundtrack and is nothing short of brilliant.
V.V. BROWN 'Travelling Like The Light' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
"A one-woman sound-clashing whirlwind, she oozes glamour… Electrifying" – NME "The pop classicist" – MOJO "Crying Blood and Bottles are Spector-ish pop as slick as her black pompadour, and her vocal shines through on every track" – Elle "A perfect pop cocktail" – The Sun "V V Brown certainly has the makings of a star, beauty, a big voice …success on a huge scale seems a foregone conclusion" – The Independent Fast rising singer / songwriter / producer V V Brown, who has been tipped for big things this year, follows her forthcoming new single 'Shark In The Water' with the release on July 20th of her eagerly awaited debut album 'Travelling Like The Light'. V V who made the Top 10 of the prestigious BBC Sounds 'Poll' of new artists to watch out for in 2009, has been previewing songs from the album on her recent live appearances with the likes of The Ting Tings, Ladyhawke, Florence & The Machine and Antony & The Johnsons. Music has always been a massive part of V V's life. The Northampton born, London based artist, writes and produces all her own music. The eldest of six children, she learned to play the piano, developed her vocals and took classical and jazz piano lessons at a musical arts school which she attended at weekends. Early influences included Ruth Brown, Elvis Presley and, just as importantly, the music from Super Marioland. 'Travelling Like The Light', is a perfect introduction to the 25-year old's sound. In V V's world, love sounds like the perfect melody. Both are difficult to define she says, but both pour out of the songs on her debut album. "It's about letting out all these ideas I've had locked up in my mind," Brown states. "It's honest – it's not about being festooned with £10m diamonds or having perfect hair."
THE NEW SEEKERS 'It's Been Too Long… Greatest Hits & More' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
For the first time ever, The New Seekers get all their greatest hits onto 1 album. The New Seekers ruled the charts in the early '70's with songs such as 'Beg Steal or Borrow', 'Circles', 'Never Ending Song of Love' and their biggest selling single 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing'. 'It's Been Too Long .. The Greatest Hits & More' contains a few new tracks along with 2 medleys which they've been performing for the last 15 years …. and this is the first time they're available to the public.
BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! [Release Date 13/07/2009]
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…grinding '60s-style soul. Think Wilson Pickett in full Muscle Shoals strut" – New York Daily News "… an atomic bomb of blues-and funk-infused rock that brings to mind the likes of James Brown and Lightning Hopkins…" – PopMatters.com "It's vintage shoes-off, drink-spilling, filthy grooving for the kind of fun that hurts like hell in the morning." Marie Claire 'Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!' is the explosive debut album by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, recorded for Lost Highway records and produced by Spoon's Jim Eno. Lewis cites James Brown and Lightnin' Hopkins as two of his bigger influences. His songwriting is spontaneous and his vocal wails like Joe Tex or Wilson Pickett over simmering and boiling blues funk rock. A raw talent and a raw record.
DAUGHTRY 'Leave This Town' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
Daughtry unveils the title of its second album 'Leave This Town'. Released on July 13th, the album once again produced by Howard Benson [All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance] features a dozen plus songs, including the first single, 'No Surprise'. Chris Daughtry, bassist Josh Paul, drummer Joey Barnes, and guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely recorded 'Leave This Town' in Los Angeles. Much of the album explores the different paths we take in our search for transcendence. "A lot of it is about how leaps of faith can set us free or tie us down, and how we often find heartache when we run from something and redemption when we run toward something," says Chris Daughtry. Musically, the album shifts gears smoothly between arena-rock anthems ['No Surprise', 'Ghost of Me'], hushed ballads ['September'], emotional mid-tempos ['Life After You', 'Learned My Lesson'] and country-influenced ['Tennessee Line'].
JORDIN SPARKS 'Battlefield' [Release Date 20/07/2009]
In May 2007, a 17 year old Jordin Sparks was crowned American Idol Winner, making her the youngest ever winner of the prestigious title. Since then Jordin has gone from strength to strength, receiving rave album and concert reviews and firmly establishing herself as a top artist in her own right. After the success of Jordin's 2007 debut (over a million albums sold in the US, three US Top 5 hits and 350,000 copies of 'No Air' sold in the UK), fans are eagerly awaiting the release of her second album 'Battlefield' set for release on 20th July. 'Battlefield' is also the title of the epic first single from this new album which was co-written and co-produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder [Leona Lewis, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson], Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello & Wayne Wilkins for The Runaways [Keri Hilson, Natasha Bedingfield].
THE FIERY FURNACES 'The End Is Near' [Release Date 20/07/2009]
Fans and critics alike have long been waiting for the Friedbergers to make a 'simple' record, as it's always been clear they had a knack for the infectious melodies and great arrangements that classic pop requires. The title track, a catchy, melancholic pop song, kicks off the single instantly, giving tantalizing affirmation that the new album, 'I'm Going Away', is set to be the most exciting, accomplished and consequently accessible album The Fiery Furnaces have ever made. A radio edit of 'Lost At Sea' and a slower version of 'Charmaine Champagne' [both album tracks in their original forms] underline the masterful melodic work of the album's new songs to breathtaking effect. 'Teddy's on Kent' is an otherwise unavailable new recording.
FIGHTSTAR 'Never Change' [Release Date 20/07/2009]
The Radio Edit of 'Never Change' has been mixed by the award winning producer David Bendeth, who has previously worked with Paramore and Madina Lake.
GOD HELP THE GIRL 'Funny Little Frog' [Release Date 20/07/2009]
"The God Help The Girl project underlines that Stuart Murdoch is one of Britain's very best songwriters at the height of his powers" – Geoff Travis The second single by God Help The Girl, the 'story set to music' project from Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch. 'Funny Little Frog' is an inspired reworking of a song originally released on the Belle & Sebastian album 'The Life Pursuit'. It features vocals by Brittany Stallings [of Olympia, Washington] who was one of the winners of a competition hosted via the iMeem social network website to find singers for the project.