NIGHTWISH End Of An Era [out NOW]
The Classic "END OF AN ERA" DVD, featuring the last concert from original vocalist Tarja recorded at the HARTWELL ICEARENA in Helsinki, now re-issued in High Definition on BLU-RAY. Features bonus material not found on the original release
GEORGIE FAME & THE LAST BLUE FLAMES Tone-Wheels A' Turnin'
Tone-Wheels 'A' Turnin', a reference to the mechanics of the Hammond organ, is George Fame's latest album. Featuring a set of new and catchty compositions, plus a reworking of "Survival", this is Fame & The Blue Flames in superb form: ranging from jazz, blues, pop and Latin grooves, each bears that Fame hallmark of quality established over a career that spans almost 50 years.
GREEN DAY The Boys Are Back In Town [out NOW]
Over twenty years in the game and still often thought of as a new act, Green Day have shone so much brighter than every one of their original Nu-Punk contemporaries through a quite staggering talent for writing the best pop-punk tracks of all time and performing the most exciting shows most fans have ever seen. And when their recent material is just as good, if not better, than that which they composed and performed 2 decades before, you know this is a band to be reckoned with. This 2 DVD set tells the full story of Green Day from the earliest incarnation of the group right through their period of fanatical superstardom and even suggests what might happen to the band in the future. And via rare performance footage, archive interviews with the boys themselves, contributions from their closest friends and colleagues, review and critique from the world's finest rock writers, news clips, location shoots and a host of other features, this package becomes the finest documentary film on the band yet to emerge.
DEPECHE MODE The Document [out NOW]
The finest ever British exponents of electronic music, Depeche Mode's extraordinary career, some thirty years to date and counting, has seen the mutate from the New Romantics in the early 1980s, via massive chart orientated success into dark, cutting edge performers out on the edge of the alternative music scene. Depeche Mode – The Document is a 2 Disc set containing a documentary DVD about the group and a second disc of interviews with all the band members past and present, recorded right across their career. Finished in deluxe packaging and with rare photographs throughout, this set is an ideal addition to every Depeche collection in existence.
GUYS'N'DOLLS Guys'N'Dolls [out NOW]
The first album by Guys N Dolls makes its debut on CD courtesy of this 17-track release. Includes the hit singles 'There's A Whole Lot Of Loving' (UK No. 2, Holland No.7, Belgium No.19, Australia No.37), 'Here I Go Again' (UK No.33) plus two non-album B-sides. Now features four previously unreleased tracks.
HAWKWIND Treworgey 29th July 1989 [out NOW]
This show was filmed at the Treworgy Tree Fayre in July 1989 and the band line up at the time included Dave Brock, Simon House, Richard Chadwick, Harvey Bainbridge and Alan Davey. Special guests include Bridget Wishart and Steve Barnard. The band performs key tracks such as Hassan I Sabha, Damnation Alley and Brainstorm.
RUN DMC Royal Crown [out NOW]
Run-D.M.C. is groundbreaking influential hip-hop group from Hollis, Queens. Founded by Joseph DJ Run Simmons, Darryl D.M.C. McDaniels, and Jason Jam-Master Jay Mizell, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop. They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and are credited with breaking hip-hop into mainstream music. With the release of Royal Crown, J-Love puts together an incredible collection of Rare B-Sides, lost classics and greatest hits with the masters Run DMC.
BLACK SABBATH Hand Of Doom [out NOW]
This unique book and CD review draws on archive concert audio of Black Sabbath in performance and documentary footage from television and radio archives around the world. * We also hear the first hand accounts from band members Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes and Geezer Butler backed up by leading journalists and musicians, including Neil Murray, bass player for Whitesnake and Black Sabbath, who help strip away the layers of sensationalism and half truths to produce the ultimate insight into Black Sabbath. * The 72-page book features interviews of the band with Steven Rosen as well as rare photographs from throughout their career.
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR A Plague Of Lighthouse Keeper [out NOW]
This is the ultimate critical review of one of the most under-rated bands in the history of rock. Drawing on rare archive footage previously unreleased on DVD this independent critical review features in-depth studies and reflections on the music by former Van der Graaf members Judge Smith, Nic Potter and David Jackson. Also featured are the views of a leading team of music critics and rock journalists. The book reviews every album, assessed track by track. The CD was recorded on 27th September 1975 at Charleroi, Palais des Expos in Belgium during their tour promoting the then recently released Godbluff album, they take us through the entire album. Complementing this stunning live performance, as a bonus track from a Belgian studio in 1972 is the whole 23-minute version of A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers as originally recorded on the Pawn Hearts album in 10 parts. The book features an in-depth track by track analysis of every Van Der Graaf Generator studio album.
THE AMAZING BLONDEL Mulgrave Street [released 15th June 2009]
Never before available on CD. Originally released in 1974. First band album without John Gladwin and along a more commercial line. Long sought after. With the departure of John Gladwin in 1973, Eddie Baird and Terry Wincott decided to continue The Amazing Blondel. Eddie took up writing most of the material and whilst it was still of an acoustic-folk base it now had a slightly more commercial bent. 'Mulgrave Street' came out to critical acclaim and set up the band for a further three albums. Certain tracks within the album became standards like "Mulgrave Street", "Love must be the best time of your life" and "Sad to see you go". Continuing to tour extensively the new brand of Amazing Blondel soon became established with a large fan-base to which this album will appeal. And since it has never had a CD release all Folk/Amazing Blondel fans will be sure to seek out this album. Eddie and Terry are looking to do some gigs later in the year to help promote the release of the long missing Amazing Blondel albums.
Two Original Albums On One CD Long overdue CD re-issue of two of her long out-of-print albums which were originally released on her then husband/producer/mentor's Stroud label in the early Seventies, at a time when she was very much at the peak of her considerable powers. Recorded in studios in California and released in 1971, 'Gifted & Black' comprises eight songs, four of which are hard-to-come-by original recordings. The other four are fascinating re-workings of songs Simone had recorded in earlier years including 'Black Is The Colour', 'The Thrill Is Gone' and her f irst hit 'I Loves You, Porgy' (credited here as 'Porgy'). Live At Berkeley was recorded at The University of California in Berkeley in October, 1969 and features versions of 6 classic Simone tracks including 'To Be Young, Gifted And Black', 'Backlash Blues' and 'Ain't Got No / I Got Life'.
POCO From The Inside/A Good Feeling To Know [released 22nd June]
2 on 1 CD from 1971 and 1972 'From The Inside' was Poco's fourth LP which almost reached the US Top 50 (No.52); 'A Good Feelin To Know' made the Top 75 of the US chart. The group included Timothy B. Schmit, who was the last bassist for the Eagles – Poco thus producing both Eagles bass players.
STEVE HARLEY Face To Face [released 22nd June 2009]
Originally a double LP, 'Face To Face' was first released in 1977 and recorded live at concerts in Britain during December 1976 and January 1977. It contains all of Steve's big hits of the time, including the classic 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)'.
STEVE HARLEY Best Years Of Our Lives [released 22nd June 2009]
First released in 1975 on the EMI record label this album came within on ace of topping the British LP chart at the very zenith of glam rock It includes the hits 'Best Years Of Our Lives', 'Mr Raffles' and 'Make Me Smile' – almost a 'Best of'! Produced by Steve Harley and Alan Parsons, and recorded and mixed at EMI Studios, Abbey Road in London. Steve's profile is still high with him regularly out on tour in the UK, and fronting a radio show on BBC Radio 2.
JOE ELY Joe Ely/Honky Tonk Masquerade [released 22nd June 2009]
Joe Ely began his solo recording career in 1977 after signing with MCA Records. His first solo LP, 'Joe Ely' – the first of the two records presented here – was released in that year and remains a masterpiece. 1978 brought 'Honky Tonk Masquerade', widely regarded as even better than the debut album and chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best LPs of the 1970s.
NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE New Riders Of The Purple Sage/Powerglide
[released 22nd June 2009]
This double CD features the band's eponymous debut album from the second half of 1971 coupled with their second album, which was released in mid-1972. Originally released by Columbia/CBS, 'N.R.P.S.' peaked inside the Top 40 of the US album charts, where it remained for over 3 months. 'Powerglide' performed equally as well, spending over four months in the US Top 40. 'N.R.P.S.' features the giant talent of Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead
FAMILY BBC Radio 1970 Volume 3 [released 22md June 2009] CD: http://991.com/Buy/ProductInformation.aspx?StockNumber=472520
Previously unreleased BBC tapes from this legendary progr essive rock band. Two previously unreleased tracks. This is the third of three Hux volumes of previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions by the band, and features new material as well as different versions of original songs never before available on CD. Included here are Poli Palmer's debut Radio 1 appearance with Family, plus 'Here Comes The Grin', which has never been released before in any form. The CD closes with the group's jam, 'Blow By Blow', which is another previously unreleased track. The first two titles here have been remastered from the original BBC production tapes. The remaining tracks on this CD are taken from private 'off-air' recordings, as the original master tapes no longer exist. This album has been compiled and released with the full endorsement of the group. The accompanying 12 page booklet includes extensive liner notes, complete recording details and several rare band photographs.
1982 and 1984 albums from guitar hero Michael Schenker. 'Assault Attack' had Graham Bonnet on lead vocals and was produced by Martin Birch. 'Rock Will Never Die' was recorded live at Hammersmith and featured Gary Barden on vocals.
CANNED HEAT Hallelujah/Cook Book [released 29th June 2009]
Originally released on the Liberty label in 1969 and 1970 in the UK (1968/69 in the US), these were the band's fourth and fifth albums. 'Hallelujah' contains literally one great blues song after another in an impressively eclectic set. 'Cookbook' is a collection of Canned Heat's finest recordings up to that point – essentially a 'greatest hits' from the period. It features the classic Canned Heat lineup of Bob 'The Bear' Hite, Al 'Blind Owl' Wilson, Henry Vestine on guitar, Bob Cook on drums and bassist Larry Taylor.
THE FALL This Nat-ion's Saving Grace [released 29th June 2009]
Remastered from the original analogue tapes specially for this vinyl edition. Pressed on 180g VINYL, this is a LIMITED EDITION of 5000 copies, with gatefold sleeve printed on heavyweight board and newly designed inner bag. Produced by John Leckie the album was originally released in 1985, and is frequently cited as one of the group's finest. It ranked at #46 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums 1985-2005" and was awarded the rare accolade of 10.0/10 by Pitchfork.