Monday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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JAMES YORKSTON & THE BIG EYES FAMILY PLAYERS 'Folk Songs' [Release Date 10/08/2009]

CD I 2-CD+DVD I LP: James Yorkston returns in the company of The Big Eyes Family Players with a new album of traditional songs from the length and breadth of the Great Britain and Ireland, and one tune from Galicia in Spain. After a decade which has seen folk music morph into nu-folk, mobile phone-ad folk, mortgage-folk, smoothie-folk and so on, Yorkston has reached back into the tradition of song and place and drawn a line in the sand. In May, a new team of musicians were drawn from the Big Eye Players and other like minded souls, to record the Analogue Cat Sessions included on the limited DVD. Recorded over three days the sessions see the band revisit songs from the original 'Folk Songs' album and other traditional songs that James has either played live or recorded as b-sides. What resulted is a vibrant and alive collection of songs, ringing with new arrangements and energy. The session was filmed and six songs from the CD are included on the accompanying DVD. Also featured on the DVD is a short film about the session recording, filmed by Institute For Eyes. To round it all off James Yorkston himself made a 3min short of the recording.

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THE TEMPER TRAP 'Conditions' [Release Date 10/08/2009]

CD I LP: "This band are clearly worth the industry-buzz… one trap you'll want to throw yourself into" – NME "The soundtrack to the Summer" – The Fly. Selected as one of Radio 1's Introducing's Bands Of 2009, The Temper Trap played a storming set at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, and the band's Glastonbury set was shown as part of the main BBC coverage.

EMILIANA TORRINI 'Rarities' [Release Date 10/08/2009]

CD: "Emiliana Torrini's 1999 debut album 'Love in the Time of Science' remains one of the most underrated gems in recent memory. Lushly produced by Tears For Fears' Roland Orzabal, the album was a sumptuous piece of techno-pop, the gorgeous arrangements acting as a perfect backdrop to the young, eccentric Italian-Icelandic singer-songwriter." – Popmatters. One Little Indian is proud to present a classic album from the artist who brought you 'Love In The Time Of Science' and 'Me And Armini'. A must for any fan's collection, 'Rarities' features acoustic versions of tracks from Emiliana's debut album 'Love In The Time Of Science', which was critically well received in the UK & Europe. The record features remixes by Rae & Christian [Nightmares On Wax, Jay Z] and Junior Sanchez who has remixed Gorillaz, Kanye West and Bloc Party.

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RICHARD THOMPSON 'Walking On A Wire: Richard Thompson [1968 – 2009]' [Released 10/08/2009]

4-CD: On August 10th Shout! Factory will pay tribute to the legendary Richard Thompson with a career-spanning 4-CD box set, Walking On A Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009). Thompson has had an illustrious career that stretches back over 40 years. Songs from every Richard Thompson album are represented on Walking On A Wire, beginning with the trail-blazing folk-rock group Fairport Convention, of which he was a founding member as a teenager, to his duo albums with then-wife Linda Thompson, as well as his 20 plus years as a critically acclaimed solo artist. The songs chosen for this selection of his work were carefully assembled and aim to provide a real sense of Richard Thompson, as well as to celebrate the diversity of his music – rock 'n' roll with folk, jazz, rockabilly and the odd waltz thrown in – the scope of his songwriting, and the sheer virtuosity of his playing. Produced by Richard Thompson, Walking On A Wire impressively includes 71 tracks from albums released by 15 different labels, and includes a 60 page booklet with new notes by Patrick Humphries.

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13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS 'Psychedelic Circus' [Release Date 03/08/2009]

CD: A brand new compilation of live and rare recordings from one of the greatest of all cult bands from the psychedelic 60's. Lead by the truly wonderful Rory Erikson this collection is vital for any fans of the band.

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GORDON GILTRAP 'Double Visions' [Release Date 03/08/2009]

CD: Gordon Giltrap has been a star virtuoso guitar player for over 3 decades now and is one of the most innovative acoustic guitar players in the world. This album recorded with Ray Burley has been completely re-mastered and re-packaged.

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NAZARETH 'The Newz' [Release Date 03/08/2009]

2-CD: One of the most influential rock bands from the UK, certainly the most important hard rock band from Scotland, Nazareth have delivered powerful rock music with no frills for 40 years, with an integrity and passion that their loyal fans have always relied upon. Nazareth had various rock hits in the late '70s, including the power ballad 'Love Hurts' (one of the most famous rock ballads of pop rock history). Formed in 1968, the band featured vocalist Dan McCafferty, bassist Pete Agnew, drummer Darrell Sweet and guitarist Manny Charlton. The band had relocated to London by 1970, and they released their self-titled debut album in 1971. Both 'Nazareth' and 1972's 'Exercises' received favourable attention by British hard rockers, but it was 1973's 'Razamanaz' that moved them into the U.K. Top Ten [both 'Broken Down Angel' and 'Bad Bad Boy' were big hit singles]. 'Loud 'n' Proud' and 'Rampant' [both 1974], produced by Deep Purple's Roger Glover, followed the same formula, with good critical and audience response. Released the following year, 'Hair of the Dog' established Nazareth as an internationally popular hard rock band. Featuring their revamped version of the Everly Brothers' 'Love Hurts' (one of the cases where the cover overshadowed the original and it becomes "the classic version"). The album sold over a million copies in the U.S. Until the end of the '70s, the band continued successfully as a quartet, releasing a series of Top 100 albums. During the '80s Nazareth survived the hype of synth pop music thanks to their notorious hard work on the road, touring constantly despite the trends. The 90s were better years for the band, critics started to recognised their value again, especially after many hip bands declared their love for Nazareth. Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses never made mystery of their love for Nazareth (it's obvious how big is the influence of Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty on Rose). GNR even released a cover version of 'Hair Of The Dog' on their album 'The Spaghetti Incident'. In 1999, Nazareth resurfaced yet again with 'Boogaloo'. Until tragedy entered the picture. On the first date of the tour drummer Darrel Sweet died of a heart attack, the band never released an album after the tragic event until their come-back album 'The Newz' in 2008. For the 40th anniversary of the band, Nazareth decided to release their latest album as a very special package: the "40th Anniversary Edition". Enclosed will be a postcard and the exclusive 20-page Nazareth Newspaper ('The Newz World Tour Programme'), which contains all the lyrics of 'The Newz', many pictures of the best moments of the band since its beginning, several road stories, an official biography and many backstage reports. The box includes a bonus CD with three exclusive live-tracks 'Razamanaz', 'Love Hurts', 'Hair Of The Dog' (recorded live in Brazil) and the video of 'See Me', a mixture of moments taken at concerts and private life. The two CDs come in a very special box, making the record a real jewel for all fan collections. It is a very limited edition (only 1500 copies world-wide) and it will be a one-time only release! The packaging is very eye catchy, which delivers one clear message…NAZ are back – again!

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JAMES LAVELLE 'GU37: Bangkok' [Release Date 03/08/2009]

2-CD I Limited 2-CD: With over 4 million GU compilation albums sold to date, Global Underground proudly presents the latest installment in the ever popular worldwide city series: James Lavelle GU37 Bangkok. It's been a long five years since UNKLE's James Lavelle released his second mix album for GU from Romania. It followed his series debut from Barcelona, which was hailed at the time as one of the finest and most timeless albums to come out of Global Underground in years. James of course has been busy touring the world with his band UNKLE and releasing artist albums to critical acclaim while continuing to tour the world as an international DJ. His new mix album, in our opinion, is his best mix album to date! Bangkok was the chosen city, selected for its vibrant nightlife and multi-cultural party scene. On Bangkok, James has put together an electronic sonic soundscape that is his most eclectic yet, it features exclusive tracks and remixes from UNKLE themselves plus the likes of Radiohead, Radio Slave, Carl Craig, James Holden, Doves, Layo & Bushwacka, X-Press2, Innervisions [Henrik Schwarz / Ame / Dixon featuring Derrick Carter], School of Seven Bells, Nathan Fake, Evil Nine, Mystery Jets, Fergie and Animal Collective plus many more. There are certain mix albums that remain on top of the pile, and this is definitely one. Ticking all boxes, it's one to kick back and listen to at all times, not just a made-for-the-club album.

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COLIN HAY 'American Sunshine' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD: While Colin Hay's voice and visage are familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensations Men at Work ('Down Under', 'Overkill', 'Who Can It Be Now?'), the past ten years have found him quietly re-introducing himself to a new generation of fans. The frequent uses of his music on soundtracks – including the hit NBC show Scrubs [on which he has also had several cameos] and the sleeper-hit soundtrack to the film Garden State – have proven the timeless appeal of his songs: quizzical, curious, cynical yet open-hearted. 'American Sunshine' is a multi-faceted portrait of Colin Hay the performer, songwriter, and recording artist. Within its eleven tracks are some of the heftiest rock, purest pop, and most emotionally bare acoustic balladry, Hay has yet laid down, all guided by his uncluttered songwriting and his instantly recognizable voice. "My last record [2007's 'Are You Lookin' At Me?'] was the first new album I'd done in a long time," he explains. "In a way, it felt like my first solo album. I'm still learning, and I learned a lot on that record. This one is definitely a step up in terms of the quality of the songs and the sounds we captured". Combine that with his tireless touring and Hay is poised to enter a new phase in his already storied career.

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BLACKFIELD Live In NYC [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD+DVD: Over the past few years Steven Wilson's Porcupine Tree have made the transition from a solo project to genuine international stars with their latest album 'Fear Of A Blank Planet' selling over 125,000 worldwide. Aviv Geffen is Israel's leading counter culture rock musician. A huge star in his native country, while his outspoken political views have caused huge controversy his records have been greeted with equal amounts of adulation, earning him a string of gold albums. In recent years, Aviv has worked with various other artists including Elbow and Belle And Sebastian but it has been his partnership with Steven that has proved the most fertile. This CD & DVD set captures a gig recorded at the Bowery Ballroom in New York in 2007 performing tracks from the critically acclaimed 'Blackfield' & 'Blackfield II' records. The DVD also includes the bonus features of 3 video clips & a photo gallery.

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BLACKFIELD 'Blackfield' [Release Date 10/08/2009]

CD: This self-titled debut album was released to critical acclaim in 2004 and is now re-issued on Kscope. "Go out and buy it – you won't be disappointed" Classic Rock Society (UK) "hypnotically effective' **** Classic Rock (UK) "another stroke of genius from Steven Wilson" – album of the month Eclipsed (Germany) "this is as close to a modern classic rock disc as I've seen in a while." www.musictap.net "simply stunning… one of the best albums of 2004" ***** www.ytsejam.com "It's a bloody masterpiece' Brave Words (Canada)

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