Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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ROXY MUSIC 'Country Life':

THE SPECIALS 'The Specials':

The third set of legendary vinyl from the EMI catalogue is to be reissued on 15th June 2009. Both LPs have been faithfully reproduced according to original packaging specifications (including posters and other package elements) and now for the first time will be available in a limited run on audiophile quality, 180 gram vinyl. With both of these titles long-deleted on vinyl, these reissues will be in great demand with fans and collectors alike.

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3 x BERT JANSCH REMASTERS: [Release Date 15/06/09]

L.A. Turnaround:

Santa Barbara Honeymoon:

A Rare Conundrum:

Bert Jansch is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. In 2001 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards & June 2006 Bert received the Mojo Merit Award based on "an expanded career that still continues to be inspirational".


PAPA ROACH 'Lifeline' [Release Date 15/06/09]


Papa Roach's fifth album 'Metamorphosis' has put the Californian quartet back on the rock map with its balls-to-the-wall, in-your face rock. First viral single 'Hollywood Whore' impressed fans and critics alike, giving UK fans a taster of greater things to come. Now the Grammy-nominated group return with a new single 'Lifeline' which is out on June 15th through DGC/Interscope Records and will no doubt help them maintain their rock crown. 'Lifeline' is a foot-stomping, fire in your belly rock track and boasts a snaky riff that snaps into a bombastic chorus. Having wowed UK audiences with sold-out shows last month, Papa Roach will be returning in June to play the daddy of all rock festivals – Download. The band will be second headliners on the 2nd stage, before embarking on two more dates in the UK. "We bring it live," Shaddix says. "Listening to a record is one thing, but when you come to one of our shows, it's like the last tribal experience. Playing shows every night is what we're built for. We make a club feel like an arena, and we make an arena feel like a club."


THE JONAS BROTHERS 'Lines, Vines And Trying Times': [Release Date 15/06/09]


Jonas Brothers' highly anticipated new album 'Lines, Vines and Trying Times' showcases an incredible musical journey by the Jonas Brothers, as well as their growth as songwriters and musicians. The first single from the album 'Paranoid', is a guitar driven, riff-laden hit that offers just a taste of the pop rock gems the album has to offer. 'World War III' is a metaphor for a confrontational relationship; written by Nick Jonas, he asserts, "This is a personal experience for me. 'World War III' deals with the challenge of a girl who keeps attacking you, provoking you, trying to fight you, but all the while she's the only one fighting." 'Fly With Me' which is also the end title credit for the upcoming 'Night At The Museum 2' film, was written by Jonas Brothers and their bass player Greg Garbowsky, and is sure to become a love song for the ages. On 'Poison Ivy', the Jonas Brothers added a horn section. In their summer music preview issue, Rolling Stone described the ultracatchy 'Poison Ivy' as a "Weezer-ish tune about a toxic girl that you can't resist." 'Hey Baby' is a classic 'she done him wrong' song written entirely by Jonas Brothers. "We wrote this song for the last record while on the road and felt the old school sound was more cohesive with our present style," explains Nick Jonas. With all these themes, it's easy to see how Jonas Brothers came up with the title 'Lines, Vines and Trying Times'. Says Joe Jonas, "Lines are the 'proverbial' lines people will feed you, and vines are obstacles that get in your way." Adds Kevin Jonas, "Trying Times can be relationships, or anything personal to you. No one is alone in that; we all go through it." 'Lines, Vines and Trying Times' is the follow up to the band's hit albums 'A Little Bit Longer' and the self-titled 'Jonas Brothers'. Executive produced by Kevin Jonas, Sr., the album was A&R'd by Jon Lind and produced by John Fields. The multi-platinum Jonas Brothers received their first Grammy nomination this year, and have won a slew of awards from around the world, including an American Music Award, as well as multiple Kids' Choice and Teen Choice awards. Worldwide, Jonas Brothers have sold a combined 8.1 million albums, and have garnered a resounding total of 36 gold and platinum album certifications. Following the release of 'Lines, Vines and Trying Times' Jonas Brothers are set to embark on their 'Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009' including a sold out Wembley gig on June 15th to launch the UK release of their latest album.


BLACK SABBATH 'Greatest Hits': [Release Date 15/06/09]


Black Sabbath's 'Greatest Hits…' is a 14 track collection of classic tracks from across the band's first eight albums – including tracks from 1970's debut 'Black Sabbath' and follow up 'Paranoid', 1971's 'Master Of Reality', 1972's 'Volume 4', 1973's 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' and 1978's 'Never Say Die'. The album brings some of the best loved and most influential rock songs of all time together on one album – including such classics as 'Paranoid', 'Iron Man', 'Black Sabbath', 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath', 'War Pigs' and 'Changes'. 'Greatest Hits…' is a must have for any self respecting music fan from the band that invented Metal.


TAKE THAT 'Said It All': [Release Date 15/06/09]


Take That get set to release a lighters-in-the-air, show-stopping third single 'Said It All' to coincide with their record breaking UK tour in June. A few bars of warm and solitary piano give way to Gary Barlow's unmistakable lead vocal, showing unequivocally why the new Take That are one of the few bands that can deliver beautiful, life-affirming ballads. It's been a dream start to the latest Take That campaign with their new album 'The Circus' selling just short of two million copies to date while spending five weeks at #1 in the run-up to Christmas. Following the epic chart-topping first single 'Greatest Day', the band released a slice of addictive, skiffle-inspired old Joanna pop magic with 'Up All Night' [featuring Mark Owen on lead vocal]. The slower paced and more delicate 'Said It All' shows yet another side to their fantastic new album.


RAY DAVIES AND THE CROUCH END FESTIVAL CHORUS 'The Kinks Choral Collection': [Release Date 15/06/09]


The legendary Ray Davis returns with all your favourite songs by The Kinks backed by the spectacular Crouch End Festival Chorus. This must-have album includes brand new renditions of 'Waterloo Sunset', 'You Really Got Me', 'All Day and All of the Night', 'Shangri-La', 'Victoria' and many more phenomenal classics.


THE KINKS 'Are The Village Green Preservation Society': [Release Date 15/06/09]


It's easy to imagine the confusion with which this manifesto for the defence of the status quo was received on its release in 1968. The world was in turmoil and the pose of the 'Street Fighting Man', turned on, rebellious and politically aware, was far sexier than the quaint homebody image the Kinks present here. The title track finds Ray Davies proudly declaring himself a preservationist of custard pies, vaudeville, and such comic book characters as Desperate Dan. However, these slices of suburban life have weathered a lot better thanmost of their contemporaries. The Kinks were working in their own homey little world, as evidenced by songs such as the album's title track, 'Picture Book', about family snapshot albums, and 'All of My Friends Were There' whose very un-rebellious subject is public embarrassment. To compound the weirdness there's also 'Big Sky', a classic Kinks song about God that's not remotely religious, and a rocker about a steam engine. The overarching theme of 'Village Green' is that ofunalloyed nostalgia – it's only today, now that many of the things Davies feared would disappear have actually vanished, that the truth and clarity of his vision is apparent. This 3-cd version brings together all the unreleased and bonus material together in one package

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THE PROCLAIMERS 'Notes & Rhythms': [Release Date 15/06/09]


Spec Edition 2CD:

Following the critical and commercial success of 2007's 'Life With You' album, the Proclaimers return with a brand new 13 track album, Notes & Rhymes, including the songs 'Love Can Move Mountains', 'Notes & Rhymes' and 'Three More Days'. The first single from the album will be 'Love Can Move Mountains' which will be released on June 8th and will be going to radio early in May. There will also be a Limited Special Edition version of the album with a second disc containing 4 exclusive acoustic versions recorded with the band's original producer, John Williams and 6 songs recorded live at the band's triumphant Edinburgh Castle concert in August 2008.


JOHNNY CASH 'Johnny Cash Remixed': [Release Date 15/06/09]


Released by edel entertainment's recently launched new international rock label earMUSIC in the UK on Monday 15th June, 'Johnny Cash Remixed' is a dynamic tribute to one of America's most influential icons, whose amazing body of work has crossed over all genres of contemporary music. The album has the blessing of the custodians of Johnny Cash's incredible legacy, and is executive produced by Snoop Dog, Cash's son John Carter Cash, and Matthew Knowles. 'Johnny Cash Remixed' features bold new rhythmic interpretations of Johnny Cash classics from the crème de la crème of remixers including Pete Rock, Alabama 3, The Heavy, Count de Money, Mocean Worker, Buck 65 and Sonny J. One of hip hop's most celebrated rappers, Snoop Dog, is featured on the Cash classic 'I Walk The Line' (remixed by ODT). The initial idea was to refer to the original master recordings and infuse them with the latest dance music technology and contemporary music styles including hip hop, rap, techno and house. The project is spectacular because there are no multi-tracks. The remixers were given charge of creating a new version of the songs out of the songs that appeared on the original CDs. "My father made his stead defying the expected and accepted way of things," says John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and executive producer of the Academy-Award winning film 'Walk The Line'. "He set the standard at the same time. He would have loved this remix record. While it stays true to the original recordings, the CD touches on undiscovered ground. My father was about staying true to tradition while creating groundbreaking music." The album includes five bonus tracks including the Count de Money remix of 'Wide Open Road', the Mexican Institute of Soul's remix of 'Trail to Mexico', Mocean Worker's remix of 'Hey Porter', DJ Enjay's remix of 'Katy Too' and J Scott G's Remix of 'My Treasure'. The original recordings were licensed from the legendary Sun Records; the same label that gave us such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. The songs were recorded between 1956-1959 with Cash's first band the Tennessee Two and featured guitar, light percussion and Cash's unmistakable vocals. The remixes maintain Cash's personality and charm while reinventing the sound and introducing new interpretation. Johnny Cash Remixed includes a bonus documentary DVD about the making of the remix album. The film features interviews from selected remixers, filmed in their home studios, including Snoop Dog recording vocals at the Cash Recording Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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