BEASTIE BOYS 'Ill Communication' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
* Digitally remastered for the 1st time, overseen by the band * CD includes a bonus disc of b-sides and rarities, also remastered * Original artwork has been faithfully restored in this 8 panel eco-friendly 2 CD set with fold-out poster/lyric sheet Original album review from allmusic.com: 'Ill Communication' follows the blueprint of 'Check Your Head', accentuating it at some points, deepening it in others, but never expanding it beyond the boundaries of that record. It was the first Beastie Boys album not to delve into new territory, but it's not fair to say that it finds the band coasting, since much of the album finds the group turning in muscular, vigorous music that fills out the black-and-white sketches that comprised 'Check Your Head'. Much of the credit has to go to the group's renewed confidence in – or at least renewed emphasis on – their rhyming; there are still instrumentals, but the Beasties do push their words to the forefront, even on dense rockers like the album's signature tune, 'Sabotage'. But even those rhymes illustrate that the group is in the process of a great settling, relying more on old-school-styled rhyme schemes and word battles than the narratives and surreal fantasies that marked the high points on their first two albums. With this record, the Beasties confirm that there is indeed a signature Beastie Boys aesthetic, with the group sticking to a blend of old school rap, pop culture, lo-fi funk, soulful jazz instrumentals, Latin rhythms, and punk, often seamlessly integrated into a rolling, pan-cultural, multi-cultural groove. The best moments of 'Ill Communication' rank with the best music the Beasties have ever made, as well as the best pop music of the '90s. The first half overflows with brilliant, imaginative variations on their aesthetic: the assured groove of 'Sure Shot', the warped rap of 'B-Boys Makin' With the Freak Freak', the relentless dirty funk of 'Root Down', the monumental 'Sabotage', and the sly 'Get It Together', highlighted by a cameo from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. Any record that can claim jams as funky and inventive as 'Flute Loop' and 'Do It', or instrumentals as breezy as Ricky's Theme, is certainly better than its competition, but some moments do slow its flow. Even if it is a little uneven, it still boasts more than its fair share of splendid, transcendent music, and it really only pales in comparison to the Beasties' trio of classic records. By any other measure, this is a near-masterpiece, and it is surely a highlight of '90s alternative pop/rock.
BEVERLEY KNIGHT 'The Collection' [Release Date 20/07/2009]
Song-writer, producer, collaborator and a singer of outstanding agility and power, Beverly Knight, MBE, is a musical force to be reckoned with. Gospel, funk, urban soul, R&B, country… Knight has embraced a diverse wealth of styles whilst retaining her own distinctive identity as both vocalist and lyricist. Includes 2 top 10 singles 'Shoulda Woulda Coulda' and 'Come As You Are'.
TASMIN ARCHER 'The Best Of' [Release Date 20/07/2009]
Tasmin Archer recorded 2 albums for EMI during the early 90s and this album gathers up all of the singles and best tracks from those albums, 'Great Expectaions' and 'Bloom'. She is best known of course for her massive number 1 single 'Sleeping Satellite', but also had hits with 'In Your Care', 'Lords of the New Church' 'Arienne' and the Elvis Costello song 'Shipbuilding'. This album not only features the singles but some of them as 12" mixes which have previously only appeared on the single releases.
FEVER RAY 'Triangle Walks' [Release Date 20/07/2009]
Fever Ray, aka Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of The Knife, has announced her first UK tour as well as the release of new single 'Triangle Walks' out on July 20th through Rabid Records/Cooperative Music in the UK. Available on 12", 'Triangle Walks' is the third single to be released from the critically acclaimed self-titled album and features remixes from the likes of Tiga, Spektre, James Rutledge, Tora Vinter, Ben Hoo and Allez-Allez. Mikel Cee Karlsson, who has collaborated with Andreas Nilsson on videos for Jose Gonzales and Bonde do Role, will direct the music video for the single.
THE DANDY WARHOLS 'The Dandy Warhols Are Sound' [Release Date 27/07/2009]
"This might be the coolest record I've ever heard in my life!" – Greg Gordon Producer/Engineer/Mixer – Run-DMC/Public Enemy In the spring of 2003, the Dandy Warhols released 'Welcome To The Monkey House', their fourth full-length. The album, co-produced by Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, turned out a couple of cult favorites; 'We Used To Be Friends', 'I Am A Scientist'. Fans latched on to the tongue-and-cheek lyrics they'd come to expect from Courtney Taylor-Taylor, and commended the band for expanding their sound into a mix of organic and electro elements that today, over six years after the record was released, seems particularly forward-thinking and relevant. But although the Dandy Warhols weren't unhappy with Monkey House's final result, they had originally intended to release a version mixed by Russell Elavedo, a GRAMMY-award winning soul mixing engineer whose credits include D'Angelo's 'Brown Sugar', The Roots' 'The Roots Come Alive', Common's 'Like Water for Chocolate', and Alicia Keys' 'Songs in A Minor', among others. However, then Capitol Records president Andy Slater chose to release the mix the label had arranged. The Dandy Warhols Are Sound is the original Welcome To The Monkey House album, mixed by Russell Elavedo. It is, in a sense, the "Director's Cut".
NIC JONES 'Penguin Eggs' [Release Date 27/07/2009]
Greatly influenced by Martin Carthy, whose percussive guitar style Jones adopted for his own, he first surfaced during the late 1960s as a member of the group the Halliard, mounting a solo career in 1970 with his debut album 'Ballads and Songs'. A collection of traditional tunes distinguished by Jones' outstanding instrumental work, the record also established his mastery of the long ballad; a self-titled effort followed in 1971, but was his last album for six years, the follow-up, 'Noah's Ark Trap' finally appear ed in 1977, with 'From the Devil a Stranger' appearing a year later. Around that same time Jones also joined the short-lived group Bandoggs, releasing an eponymous LP in 1978; other projects included appearances on albums from artists including Richard Thompson and June Tabor. 1980's 'Penguin Eggs' named "Folk Album of the Year" by Melody Maker and Froots, was his final new recording; in 1982 he was critically injured in an auto accident and forced to retire from performing.
LOST & FOUND 'Everybody's Here' [Release Date 27/07/2009]
One of the most influential independent record companies of its day, International Artists has gained cult status over the years, particularly amongst fans of prime American psychedelic and garage rock. Based in Houston, Texas the label thrived under the expert guidance of its driving force, Lelan Rogers, brother of country legend Kenny Rogers. Although the label is best known for the output of its flagship act The 13th Floor Elevators, between 1966 and 1970 the label also released another eight albums of ground-breaking Texas psychedelia. This is the latest title in Charly's series of limited edition re-issues of key I.A. albums presented in striking deluxe digibook format. Lost And Found emerged from the same mid-60s Houston scene as label mates Thursday's Children and The Red Crayola. Roky Erickson from the 13th Floor Elevators introduced the band to Lelan Rogers of International Artists, who promptly signed them up. They then recorded their one and only album, 'Everybody's Here', in the summer of 1967. This deluxe, limited edition digi-book re-issue of this highly-regarded psych classic includes three bonus non-album tracks. The rigid digibook's bound-in 16-page illustrated booklet features an authorative, contemporary overview of the band and its music as well as reproductions of the album's two original notes.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Bruce Springsteen's Jukebox' [Release Date 03/08/2009]
If theres one artist who wears his influences lower on his sleeve than just about anyone else, it has to be Bruce Springsteen. He regularly plays his favourite songs live, often records them and even invites the artists who wrote or performed them originally to join him on stage or in the studio. And while his sound is unmistakably Bruce, he has a unique way to pay tribute to his musical idols while composing and producing. This CD contains 25 tracks that shaped Springsteen's musical taste, his songwriting and his performances. From obvious cuts like 'Twist and Shout', 'Be My Baby' and 'Johnny B Goode', to lesser knows songs from the likes of Pete Seeger, Amos Milburn, James Brown and even Robert Mitchum, this compilation really can be thought of as Bruce's personal Jukebox. Listening to the selection as a whole provides a unique opportunity to enter the Springsteen muse and allows the listener the opportunity to identify, on track after track, Springsteen's ingenious method of using inspirations without ever borrowing, copying or, God forbid, thieving from other composers.
PLACEBO 'The Document' [Release Date 10/08/2009]
Fifteen years into a quite extraordinary career, Placebo remain one the few bands to have retained such a strong and dedicated fan-base that they can go three years without a new album yet return to huge acclaim, and sales that, in this day an age, are quite spectacular. This 2-disc set celebrates the long career and welcome return of Placebo, via a superb 100 minute DVD documentary film about the band and their work. Also features a fascinating 60 minute interview disc with rarely heard recordings of the group in conversation, made at different stages during Placebos carer, and covering all manner of topics from sexuality to money, musical inspirations to politics – and lots more besides. Completed with booklets, poster, rare photographs and a host of other features, this package is all set to be a huge hit with the hundred of thousands of Placebo fans who have stayed true to the cause all around the world.
BOB DYLAN 'Keep Your Eyes On The Prize' [Release Date 17/08/2009]
Almost 50 years since rock music came of age, there exists just one performer, right there at the beginning, who remains as relevant, popular and iconic today. Who else from those heady days can still release new record after new record that routinely delight the fans, always enthuse the critics and sell by the bucket-load time and again? Bob Dylan is not just unique, hes in a category of one. This film traces the early career of Bob Dylan in a manner no other has ever attempted, telling his tale from his birth in Duluth, Minnesota; through school and college; across his years as New Yorks bright young star of that citys then burgeoning folk revival, the story continues through to his electric phase, culminating with the controversial 1966 world tour which had the old guard up in flames and the new hip down with the groove. Featuring interviews with a host of friends, colleagues and associates from that era [such as his high school English teacher, his best school buddy, guitarist from his high school Rock & Roll band, English folk legend Martin Carthy, drummer from the 1966 tour Mickey Jones, and numerous others], rare and often previously unseen footage, daring and outspoken contributions from the very finest Dylan writers [such as Derek Barker, CP Lee and Clinton Heylin] and a host of other features, this film is among the finest Bob Dylan documentaries yet to emerge.
BOB MARLEY 'Stations Of The Cross' [Release Date 17/08/2009]
THE DVD: The tragedy that was the premature death of Bob Marley in 1982, did at least serve to remind the world that this was a man who had such charisma the politicians listened to him, such talent that the critics raved about him, and such soul that anybody with a pulse couldnt fail but be moved by his music. This film tells the complete and unexpurgated story of Bob Marley and of the life he led and the music he made. From his earliest days growing up in a small Jamaican village, through his early musical excursions some 12 years before the world learnt his name to his era as an iconic and much loved superstar, a position he was cruelly only to enjoy for 6 short years. Featuring the rarest footage of Bob and The Wailers in existence [including much from private collections], interviews with his very closest friends, loved ones and associates, contributions from the finest writers and journalists, plus news reports, location shoots, exclusive photographs and much more, this is the best film yet to document Marleys life as it will prove a delight for the millions of fans still enamored of the man and the music.
THE CD: More than an hour of audio interviews with Bob Marley, split into a number of sections, each of which concentrates on a different subject close to mans heart. From religion to Jamaica, musical inspirations to playing live, this was Bob at his most relaxed [ok, Bob was always relaxed!] being candid, open, honest and, as ever, charming to the end.
STEVE HILLAGE BAND 'Live At The Gong Unconvention' [Release Date 03/08/2009]
Steve Hillage first came to the wider public's attention via his work with Gong. When Steve left Gong in 1975 to pursue a solo career he widened his audience a great deal and over the next seven years with albums such as 'Fish Rising', 'L', 'Motivation Radio', 'Green' and 'Open' he proved not only to be a critical success but also a commercial success, The last Steve Hillage album was the double album 'For To Next'. After this album, Steve changed direction and moved into the ambient and ambient dance field and his project System 7 which is still a huge success. In November 2006 however, Steve re-formed the Steve Hillage Band and performed at the Gong Unconventional fan gathering in Holland. The set was captured for release on DVD.
Steve Hillage first came to the wider public's attention via his work with Gong. When Steve left Gong in 1975 to pursue a solo career he widened his audience a great deal and over the next seven years with albums such as 'Fish Rising', 'L', 'Motivation Radio', 'Green' and 'Open' he proved not only to be a critical success but also a commercial success, The last Steve Hillage album was the double album 'For To Next'. After this album, Steve changed direction and moved into the ambient and ambient dance field and his project System 7 which is still a huge success. In November 2006 however, Steve re-formed the Steve Hillage Band and performed at the Gong Unconventional fan gathering in Holland. The set was captured for release on DVD. This CD contains the performance captured at the UnCon and also bonus tracks which have never been released before including a rare Gong performance of the Solar Musick Suite which was recorded in 1974. There are also two Steve Hillage band performances in Holland from what would turn out to be Steve's final concerts in 1979 with the Steve Hillage Band.
This DVD contains the performance and also interview footage with Steve filmed at the time of the performance. This performance was the first Steve Hillage band performance for over thirty years and was enthusiastically received by Steve's massive fan base when released as part of a limited edition package in 2008. The DVD features the songs, Hello Dawn and It's All Too Much.
RICK WAKEMAN & GORDON GILTRAP 'From Brush And Stone' [Release Date 03/08/2009]
Both Gordon Giltrap and Rick Wakeman have formidable reputations in the music world each having experienced huge commercial and critical success over the last forty years. The two musicians are also good friends and have long wanted to collaborate together on a project where they can both bring their individual talents to bear. 'From Brush and Stone' is such an album and the first time the two musicians have been able to get together and work together. As the title implies there is a theme running through the album and that theme is in pieces of art, from painting [From Brush] and sculpture [And Stone]. The two musicians work well together on tracks such as 'David', 'The Thinker' and 'The Light of the World'. There is also a re-recording of one of Gordon Giltrap's most famous songs. Maddie Goes West.
HAWKWIND / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Strange Daze '97' [Release Date 10/08/2009]
'Strange Daze '97' is an audio record of the first Space Rock Festival to take place in America. As can be expected Hawkwind take centre stage on this two-disc set which presents the bands on CD1 in chronological order as they appeared at the festival. The headliners however are kept for CD2. Former Hawkwind member Nik Turner appears fronting the band Far Flung where he performs three full songs including '25,000 Feet Per Second', 'Soul Herder' and 'Opa Loka'.
GONG GLOBAL FAMILY 'Live In Brazil: 20th November 2007' [Release Date 24/08/2009]
As has been proved many times over the last forty years with regards to Gong, you should always expect the unexpected. In late 2007, Daevid Allen along with Josh Pollock and Michael Clare embarked on a series of South American concerts. Along with members of the Invisible Opera Company of Brazil the band played a concert in Sao Paulo. The concerts were performed under the name Gong Global Family and included songs from the Gong back catalogue including 'Master Builder', 'You Can't Kill Me', 'Fohat Digs Holes In Space' and 'Radio Gnome Invisible'.