Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]


THE DEAD WEATHER 'Horehound' [Release Date 13/07/2009]



"The 11 songs on the album…are spare and sexy, with the vocals often distorted or submerged beneath grinding, snaky rhythms." – The New York Times " (a) bluesy blend of psych-rock guitar, alternately stark and explosive rhythms and Mosshart's sultry-to-siren vocal…" – Rolling Stone The Dead Weather have announced details of their debut album 'Horehound', the first record to be recorded and released via Jack White's new Third Man studios and record label in Nashville, TN. Horehound will be made available through Third Man/Columbia Records on July 13th 2009 in the UK, alongside its US release on July 14th. To date, The Dead Weather have released two tracks via iTunes and on limited edition 7" vinyl: 'Hang You From The Heavens' and 'Are Friends Electric?'. The Dead Weather have confirmed their first ever European shows in London & Paris, alongside their forthcoming US tour which kicks off in Louisville, Kentucky on June 11th. The dirge rock four-piece, consisting of celebrated musicians Dean Fertita [Queens Of The Stone Age], "Little" Jack Lawrence [The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes], Alison Mosshart [The Kills] and Jack White [The White Stripes, The Raconteurs], have already won critical acclaim for their recent spirited live performances in Nashville and New York City.


JAMIE T 'Sticks 'N' Stones' [Release Date 29/06/2009]



Some two and a half years after the release of his Mercury nominated debut album 'Panic Prevention', Jamie Treays is set to return to this summer, with a series of releases that will cement his status as one of the UK's most genuine and exciting young musicians. But why the long-hiatus? Burnt out after a hectic period of touring following the success of his debut release (over 200,000 UK sales, tours in Europe, the US and Australia), Jamie decided to take his time with his follow-up and explore different musical avenues. Originally starting down a folk direction, he quickly scrapped this because, to quote the man himself: "it was just a bit boring." What followed was an intense eighteen month period for Jamie and his production partner Ben Bones, where the sole mission was to create music that would make people excited. It was a tough period for Jamie, who put himself on creative lock-down, with the only music surfacing being the blistering Sub-Pop inspired punk-rap of 'Fire Fire', which came with a home-made video that felt like a late-80s Powell-Peralta skate movie. It was a track that exploded all over the blogs but left his fans split down the middle about what direction the Wimbledon born lad was taking. They shouldn't have been concerned. By alternating between his garden shed studio and a higher-spec East London recording space, plus the decision to not release any music until he was 100% satisfied, Jamie has completely avoided the second album trap. It's also meant that there's enough quality music sat in his computer to first release a 4 track extended-player. The 'Sticks 'N' Stones EP', released June 29th, is a brilliant work in its own right, harking back to the days when the EP was more like a mini-album. Title track 'Sticks 'N' Stones' is trademark Jamie: a hugely hooky and euphoric party banger that urges you to "run with the believers". Then, following a series of major festival appearances, will be the actual release of his second full-length album. As yet untitled, it's an eleven track album that is bolder, more mature and broader in its influences than those found on 'Panic Prevention', with Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, M.I.A and the Beastie Boys all seeping into the sonics of the record. It's a truly exciting blend of musical styles and hummable tunes that looks set to break Jamie into a wider audience.


NOUVELLE VAGUE 'NV3' [Release Date 29/06/2009]


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"Melodic, sophisticated, a stroke of genius… one of the years most interesting albums." – The Telegraph "An inspired collection of potent songs… a cult gem." – The Guardian "Unquestioningly beautiful… will set Latin flames surging through the coldest post-punk blood." – Mojo "A sultry riot… a compendium of unsettling surprises." – UNCUT "Full of yearning, poise and the quiet tears of a gently aching heart." – NME "The summers sassiest and surprising album." – iDJ "… A unique and haunting sound… a beautiful and charming album." – Clash "Destined to close clubnights across the country this summer." – Metro Nouvelle Vague, the French band that conquered the world with bossa nova covers of punk and new wave classics, return in time for summer with their third album, 'NV3'. Led by producer/arrangers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux and sung by a revolving cast of chanteuses, the group's first two albums, 'Nouvelle Vague' [2004] and 'Bande A Part' [2006] have sold well over half-a-million copies. Not wishing to tinker with this winning formula, but evolving all the same, 'NV3' picks up where 'Bande A Part' left off, and this time they're joined by some famous names. On it you'll encounter Depeche Mode's Martin Gore singing 'Master and Servant' with Nouvelle Vague's leading lady Melanie Pain; Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen duetting with Melanie on 'All My Colours'; Marina Celeste performing 'Our Lips Are Sealed' with Terry Hall of the Specials and Funboy Three (a Go-Go's track penned by Hall); and Magazine's 'Parade' sung by Barry Adamson and NV's Nadeah Miranda. Ian, Terry and Barry visited the studio in Paris to record. Martin sent his vocals from New York where Depeche Mode were making their latest album. "It was fantastic", says Olivier, "but it was also frustrating to work with someone like Ian McCulloch: when you hear him singing in the studio you want to record 15 songs with this guy, not just the one. All these guys are so cool – they're elegant, stylish, funny, they love music and they're passionate." The other way 'NV3' differs from its predecessors is in the arrangements of the songs. Gone are the reggae and bossa nova interpretations. Instead, the songs are inspired by American country music and bluegrass. Nouvelle Vague transform Talking Heads' 'Road To Nowhere' into a dusty bar-room shuffle, its head bowed as it traipses into the sunset after a long day working the land. 'Heaven' by Psychedlic Furs becomes a tender acoustic affair. A bluesy swagger through Gary Numan's 'Metal' is sung with innocence and charm by Eloisia, a young Brazilian girl who could barely speak English and knew nothing of this music. Even 'God Save The Queen', once full of menace and bile, is fashioned into a romantic flutter. Add enchanting covers of Plastic Bertrand's 'Ca Plane Pour Moi', Soft Cell's 'Say Hello Wave Goodbye' and 'So Lonely' by The Police, and you have Nouvelle Vague's strongest album to date. On their debut, Nouvelle Vague took cherished tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s by acts such as Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Dead Kennedys and reworked them in a gentle bossa nova style. Sung by French female vocalists, some of whom had never heard the originals before, these cult hits had new life breathed into them, and their meanings became softly subverted. In French, Nouvelle Vague means 'new wave', and 'bossa nova' in Portuguese. Even the records' sleeves wittily referenced the artwork for Jean Luc Godard's early-'60s new-wave films. "The original concept of Nouvelle Vague was to use young girl singers who don't know the meaning of punk and post-punk music", says Marc Collin, in whose Paris studio the records are made. "That way, they are bringing something new and totally fresh to the songs, and it really worked. So we kept doing it in this direction." The group expanded its musical palette on 'Bande A Part', adding touches of reggae, ska and blues to balmy readings of familiar numbers by Bauhaus, Blondie, Buzzcocks, New Order and Yazoo, among others. By this point, even hardcore fans who'd considered these easy-listening versions of punk staples to be sacrilege learned to enjoy Nouvelle Vague as a guilty pleasure. But what of the authors who wrote the original songs – what did these once-ruthless idealists think of Nouvelle Vague's more fragrant approach? Well, of those canvassed, all approved – thumbs up from Mick Jones of The Clash, Morrissey, The Undertones, Dead Kennedys and Killing Joke. And this led Olivier and Marc to the concept behind the third album: Nouvelle Vague performs duets with the original singers. The pair wrote a 'dream' list of the people they'd most like on the album and, when contacted, most said yes. As with all Nouvelle Vague's work, the real stars of the records and shows are the songs themselves. Says Olivier: "When it is a simple thing called a good song, you are always excited to record it in the studio and arrange it in a new way, and you are also excited to play it live in a simple way. The one important thing is that Nouvelle Vague are recording new versions and playing versions of absolutely fantastic songs." That's Nouvelle Vague: they take the songs that you adore and make you fall in love with them all over again.


EDDIE COCHRAN 'The Eddie Cochran Story' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


Eddie Cochran is a legendary Rock N Roll singer-songwriter. He died tragically in a car accident aged 21, whilst on tour in the UK. Inducted into the Rock N Roll hall of fame 1987. Packaging: 4cd box set standard jewel case with an 8 page booklet. This release is a comprehensive 4cd introduction to Eddie Cochran across 117 tracks. Audio includes all his major hits! CD1: * Chronicles his early work 1955-56 when he performed as a duo with Hank Cochran [no-relation] as 'The Cochran Brothers'. CD2: * Twenty Flight Rock [his first UK Single] * Sittin' In The Balcony – his first single released on liberty (US top 20) * Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie – First US hit 1958 – top 40 entry UK 1961 * Summertime Blues – US million seller & UK top 20 hit CD3: * Includes 'C'mon Everybody' – Reached top 10 [1959] & the track it was originally based on – 'Lets Get Together' also featured. Also includes his last 2 hits: 'Teenage Heaven' [featured on the film – Go, Johnny Go!] & 'Somethin' Else' [UK top 30] CD4: * Includes 'Three Steps To Heaven' [Eddie Cochran & The Crickets] – Recorded with Buddy Holly's backing band The Crickets 2 days before he left for Britain. This was the first release after his death & his only UK No.1. Audio also includes live versions, stereo recordings, instrumentals, out takes etc.. Sleeve notes written by Eddie Cochran expert – Barry Holley from 'Now Dig This' Magazine. (Independent 50s rock n roll monthly magazine).


LEVON HELM 'Electric Dirt' [Release Date 29/06/2009]


Legendary musician and rock icon, Levon Helm will be releasing his second solo recording on the 30th June entitled, 'Electric Dirt'. As with, Dirt Farmer, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell took the reigns as producer recorded at 'The Barn' – The Levon Helm Studios. 'Electric Dirt' again finds Levon steeped in tradition in his connection to the land and those who live by it and at the same time goes deeper and fuller in painting a musical canvas by incorporating some gospel, blues and soul with a wide range of original compositions and eclectic cover songs. "Our objective here was to take the honesty, innocence and purity of the 'Dirt Farmer' record which represents a true element of what Levon is all about but also expand on that and explore deeper the goldmine of Levon's musical artistry" states Campbell. 'Electric Dirt' starts off with a rousing rendition of The Grateful Dead's 'Tennessee Jed' moving on to a beautiful stripped down version of Happy Traum's 'Golden Bird'. 'Growing Trade', written by Levon Helm & Larry Campbell tells a deeply heartfelt story of a farmer's struggle to preserve his livelihood and the rousing horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and the Levon Helm band on 'Kingfish', written by Randy Newman, brings the swagger of New Orleans to the forefront. In 2007, after overcoming insurmountable odds, Levon released 'Dirt Farmer', his first solo recording in twenty five years, which went on to win a Grammy for "Best Traditional Folk Album". The San Francisco Chronicle citied, "This album is nothing less than a return to form by one of the most soulful vocalists in rock history." Rolling Stone went on further to hail Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble's as 2008's Best Jam Session and the same year Levon was the recipient of the 'Artist of the Year' Award by the Americana Music Association.


UFO 'The Official Bootleg Box Set' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


Hard rock pioneers UFO are one of the UK's most prolific and influential rock bands – their musical influence can be seen across a host of modern metal groups and during the course of nearly four decades they have built up an extremely loyal and dedicated fan base. Bringing together 6 different UFO live dates, with two only previously available only as bootlegs and two discs completely unavailable anywhere, The Official Bootleg Box represents a completely comprehensive view of UFO's live performances.

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* 'Backstreet Symphony':

'Backstreet Symphony', Thunder's classic debut album, was originally released in March 1990. Now expanded to 2 CDs, bolstered by 17 bonus tracks, including rare studio and live b-sides, it also includes their March 1990 Town & Country Club gig, available in its entirety on CD for the first time. This band-approved release also features out takes from the original photo session, memorabilia and a newly written essay by Classic Rock's Dave Ling.

* Laughing On Judgement Day:

'Laughing On Judgement Day', Thunder's classic second album, was originally released in 1992, entering the charts at No.2 (and only kept off the top spot by Kylie Minogue's Greatest Hits!). This expanded edition now includes a 12 track bonus CD, featuring studio and live b-sides from the album's now rare and out of print singles. This band approved release features period memorabilia, as well as a newly commissioned essay by Classic Rock's Dave Ling.


HANNAH MONTANA 'Hannah Montana 3 – Songs From The Hit TV Series' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


The last 2 years have been a whirlwind for Miley Cyrus [aka Hannah Montana]. With over 11 million album sales globally and just under 1 million of these in the UK alone, she is firmly established as the ultimate tween and teen superstar for kids aged 6-15. This brand new album is the official soundtrack to her new Disney Channel series [3] and features all of the hits from the new series currently running on Disney Channel. The album contains 2 duets – one from High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and the other with American Pop Idol contestant David Archuleta.


LEONARD COHEN 'Greatest Hits' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. This July Leonard returns to the UK for more shows and there has never been a better time to release the first cross career 17 trk, single disc 'Best of' (including Hallelujah!).


THE JAYHAWKS 'Music From The North Country' [Release Date 06/07/2009]



Sony Music releases the eagerly-anticipated single CD & 2CD/DVD set from one of the most incandescent bands in American rock on 6th July. The Jayhawks have been winning over legions of fans for nearly over 2 decades now with their magnificent vocal harmonies, intuitive guitar layers & consummate song-writing. Under close guidance of frontman Gary Louris, the first compilation ever released on the Jayhawks is a career-spanning assemblage of 20 signature singles and album tracks – from their 1989 debut album on Minneapolis-based Twin/Tone Records, 'Blue Earth', through all five of their albums on the American Recordings label: the breakthrough 'Hollywood Town Hall' (1992), 'Tomorrow The Green Grass' [1995], 'Sound Of Lies' [1997], Smile [2000] and 'Rainy Day Music' [2003] – featuring tracks like 'Blue', 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me', 'I'd Run Away', 'Two Angels' & more! 5 x

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* Elephant Stone [+ Box]

[Release Date 06/07/2009]

* Made Of Stone

[Release Date 13/07/2009]

* She Bangs The Drum

[Release Date 20/07/2009]

* Fools Gold

[Release Date 27/07/2009]

* One Love

[Release Date 03/08/2009]

All the original Silvertone singles re-issued on limited edition 7". 5 to collect in a numbered 7" box that comes in week 1 with 'Elephant Stone', along with 5 John Squire card art prints for each single. All sleeves and labels have a brand new design, and will fast become highly collectable!

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* Jefferson Airplane:

* Sly & The Family Stone:

* Santana:

* Janis Joplin:

* Johnny Winter:

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL – three days of mud and music in upstate New York that changed the history of rock and roll! Forever synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 60s, Woodstock featured the day's best-known musicians performing in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history. The festival exemplified the "hippie" era and while other concerts and festivals have tried to replicate it over the years, the original Woodstock has proven to be unique and legendary. Sony Music's catalogue features some of the headline performers from the festival. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, Legacy is releasing a series of classic 1969 albums from Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Santana and Johnny Winter all with a bonus disc featuring their own complete Woodstock set. Packaged in a rigid paper slipcase, with vinyl replica sleeves and exclusive poster.

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