Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part II]

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SNOW PATROL 'Music In Review' [Release Date 10/08/2009]

DVD: This fascinating DVD and book gets to the very heart of the Snow Patrol phenomenon. With some of the group's best known tunes as its backdrop, the programme presents a unique critical review of the Glasgow-based band who first hit the charts in 2003. Presenter Christian Stevenson tells the story of the Snow Patrol's career so far, while respected session musician and musicologist Les Davidson examines the songs that took the group into rock's big league. Also giving their opinions and insights are Stef D'Andrea of Jeepster Recordings, the band's original record label, group expert and radio DJ Marsha Shandur, plus journalist and music promoter Laura Thorne, making this a complete study of a great pop band. The book The 72 page book features a detailed biography of Snow Patrol, illustrated with rare colour photographs.

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ELVIS PRESLEY 'The Essential Elvis' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

4-DVD: A great, comprehensive four DVD & book set on the career & music of the King of rock & roll. Disc one ['The Early Years'], tells the story behind the creation of such classics as 'Hound Dog', 'Love Me Tender' etc and features drummer DJ Fontana, the Jordanaires & other insiders. Disc two ['The Rock & Roll Years'], features amazing TV film footage, radio archive material and rare radio interviews with Elvis. 'The Later Yerars' continues the story and features musicians Bill Baiz, Larry Strickland & Ronnie Tutt as well as Joe Esposito, Loanne Parker & others. Disc four ['Aloha from Hawaii'], is the well-known Hawaii concert from 1973 and includes many of his classic tracks. Complete with an illustrated book covering the life, times & music of the King, with a track-by-track analysis of his studio albums.

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ROD STEWART 'In Performance: Music In Review' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

DVD: With sales of over 250 million, Rod Stewart is one of the biggest success stories in modern music. 'The Great American Songbook series' proved that the man still has what it takes, and here we find out exactly what 'It' really is. Sensational live footage of Stewart at his best is analysed by a leading team of music critics and industry insiders, including the unrivalled knowledge of Keith Altham and Tim Ewbank. The biggest independent talent agent of the 60's and 70's, Altham numbered Stewart amongst his many superstar clients and talks about Rod's rise to success. Ewbank is possibly the ultimate authority on all things Rod, having authored two sanctioned biographies and he here shares his exclusive insider angles. Through careful scrutiny, archival interviews and blistering performance highlights from throughout his career, this is the ultimate appraisal of Rod Stewart, 'In Performance'. The 72 page book features a detailed biography of Rod Stewart, illustrated with rare colour photographs.

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ROD STEWART 'The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971 – 1998' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

4-CD: Spanning more than 25 years, this 4-CD collection's 63 songs – including outtakes and rarities provide extraordinary insight into the studio work of one of rock's legendary figures and paint a picture of what might have been. Many of these performances are more stripped down and intimate than their released counterparts. A true showcase of Rod's creative process. A rare and revealing insight into the real creative workings of a legendary artist.

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MONTY PYTHON 'Monty Python: A Critical Review' [Release Date 10/08/2009]

DVD: This is the first independent film review of the roots of Monty Python exploring how the unique comedy of Python grew out of the 'At Last The 1948 show' and 'Do Not Adjust Your Set'. The film assesses in detail the reasons for Python's successes and failures and surveys the lasting impact of this British institution. Also featured are extensive insights from Neil Innes, Python's warm up man, stand-in and minstrel. Neil, along with Douglas Adams, was one of the only two outsiders to contribute material to the Python TV series. The DVD compares extensive surviving examples of the early work of the Pythons working in separate camps with the mature TV series and films produced by the group as a whole. The DVD draws on rare archive footage alongside analysis from a leading team of comedians, journalists and critics including Alexi Sayle, Tom Binns, Ian Stone and of course, Neil Innes. The book The DVD is accompanied by a highly detailed 72 page book featuring a thorough review of the work of Monty Python on television, on record on stage and on film, tracing the group's profound influence upon British and American comedy.

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LILY ALLEN '22' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

C5 I 7": Lily Allen, one of the big hits at this year's Glastonbury Festival, releases her new single '22' on Regal Recordings on August 24. The singer, whose current album 'It's Not Me, It's You' has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, is currently on a mammoth world tour. She returned to the UK on July 11 and played a sold out date at Somerset House in London then on July 12, T In The Park in Scotland.

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ATHLETE 'Superhuman Touch' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

C5 I 7": After a two year absence, Britain's finest indie song-smiths Athlete, are back on 17th August with 'Superhuman Touch'. The first single from their forthcoming album 'Black Swan' out Monday 24th Aug. As a single 'Superhuman Touch' couldn't have a finer bloodline. Athlete are million album selling artists. They have won the Ivor Novello Award for their single 'Wires' from their 2005 double platinum selling album 'Tourist' and were Mercury nominated from the outset with their debut 'Vehicles & Animals'. Already being seen as a huge return to form the band's fourth album 'Black Swan' is catapulted to life by the glorious opener 'Superhuman Touch'. With the opening line, "I'm on fire and nothing's gonna hold me back", 'Superhuman Touch' is a statement of intent and indeed looks set to repeat the band's successes.

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ATHLETE 'Black Swan' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD I 2-CD I LP: Since rising to prominence seven years ago with the spirited, electro-tinged, indie-pop of their Mercury-nominated debut, 'Vehicles And Animals', Athlete have established themselves among the UK's finest songsmiths. The south east Londoners have sold more than a million copies of their three hit albums (the other two being 2005's 'Tourist' and 2007's 'Beyond The Neighbourhood'), packed out venues across the land; picked up an Ivor Novello award; and topped both the UK's album and airplay charts. Athlete worked on their new album 'Black Swan' with esteemed American producer Tom Rothrock [Foo Fighters, Elliot Smith, Elbow, Beck], who'd been convinced to come along for the ride after falling in love with some acoustic demos. Together they made an album which positively glows with snagging melodies, rich musicality and the band's heartfelt tales of their own black swan events. The album kicks off with the hurtling FM rush of glorious first single, 'Superhuman Touch', which catapults the album into life with the opening line, "I'm on fire and nothing's gonna hold me back". 'Black Swan' is released on CD, Deluxe CD (with bonus disc of new tracks) and Vinyl LP and features art taken from a painting by Natasha Kissell.

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BLACK CROWES 'Before The Frost…' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

CD I 2-LP: The Black Crowes will follow up their highly successful 2008 comeback album 'Warpaint' with their new studio CD, 'Before the Frost…' on August 31st. A second album, titled '…Until The Freeze', will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in each copy of 'Before The Frost…' as a "thank you" to their fans for the past two decades of continued support. 'Before the Frost…', and its corresponding free album '…Until The Freeze', were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band's fans, making them a part of The Black Crowes musical history. The innovative technique of inviting fans into the studio as part of the process during recording is a rare experience. 'Before the Frost…' features eleven new and previously unreleased Black Crowes songs including 'Good Morning Captain', 'I Ain't Hiding', 'Been A Long Time (Waiting on Love)', and other original songs that will serve to spotlight the bands ability to make emotional connections through their music. The free album '…Until The Freeze' is a nine-song collection featuring eight new original Black Crowes songs plus a cover version of the Stephen Stills classic 'So Many Times'. A limited edition vinyl release of Before The Frost…Until The Freeze, featuring all 20 tracks, will also be available As The Black Crowes approach the upcoming 20th anniversary of their release of one of rock's most influential records, Shake Your Money Maker, they are time and again hailed as one of Rock and Roll's best live acts.

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DOLORES O'RIORDAN 'No Baggage' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD: Dolores O'Riordan, songstress and critically acclaimed voice of The Cranberries releases her second solo album, 'No Baggage', on Monday 24th August. The album will be preceded by a 2-track download only single, 'The Journey' / 'Loser', on Monday 10th August. Looking forward and backwards – sometimes simultaneously – is one of the new album's primary themes, as evidenced on tracks such as the quasi-Beatlesque 'Fly Through' and its yearning for unambiguous solutions, the bittersweet nostalgia of the insinuatingly catchy 'It's You', and the blunt, seemingly self-critical 'Stupid'. 'Skeleton', meanwhile, takes its title not just from the physical structure at each person's core but also from the all-too-common "skeletons in the closet" that we all have. 'Throw Your Arms Around Me', with its Indian-styled instrumentation and structure is a song that O'Riordan is clearly proud of. "That song's really about how there are two kinds of people: those who are believers and have faith, and those who scoff at such things," she says. "It has a kind of mysterious sound to it, unpredictable; it doesn't sound anything like normal." Since leaving The Cranberries, who sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, O'Riordan has been splitting her time between Dublin and Ontario, Canada. Her interests in life extend far beyond her musical abilities; she is a devoted wife and mother to four beautiful children, and is also a gifted visual artist.

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EASY STAR ALL-STARS 'Until The Day' [Release Date 29/09/2009]

CD EP: This EP by the Easy Star All-Stars was only previously released as a limited edition physical release in the U.S.A. Now it is repackaged and available to stores for the first time to tie in with the summer and autumn tours. It features 5 original songs and 1 dub from the band behind the highly successful reggae tribute album series that includes 'Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band', 'Dub Side of the Moon' and 'Radiodread'. The dub track is a dub from Radiodread that had not been released before. The original songs have been in the band's live set over the years (expect 'Bed Of Rose' to be played at Glastonbury at some point).

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COLOSSEUM 'Morituri Te Salutant' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

4-CD: Active from 1968 to late 1971, Colosseum were arguably the leading exponents of the jazzier end of the British progressive rock spectrum. Assembled by former Graham Bond/John Mayall drummer Jon Hiseman, they achieved significant commercial and critical acclaim with such albums as 'Those Who Are About To Die Salute You' and 'Daughter Of Time', which showcased an irresistible blend of superior musicianship and a visceral approach to music-making that took them way beyond many of their supposed rivals. Pieced together with the active assistance of Jon Hiseman, 'Morituri Te Salutant' features extended highlights from Colosseum's original albums as well as numerous previously-unissued studio and live outtakes, including BBC session material, the aborted late Sixties single 'Tell Me Now' and a host of alternative recordings from the tour that was immortalised on what many admirers believe to be the band's definitive work, 'Colosseum Live'. Lavishly packaged with hitherto unpublished photos and a 10,000 word essay, 'Morituri Te Salutant' is the final word on one of the most individual and iconoclastic British jazz / rock / blues bands to emerge from the musical and cultural revolution of the Sixties .

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