Kraftwerk: Electro Pioneers, living legends and globally revered masters of electronic sound, celebrate the 35th anniversary of their landmark 1974 hit 'Autobahn' by releasing digitally remastered versions of eight astounding albums in a superb box set on the 5th October. Rolling back musical barriers with every forward-thinking phase of their […read more…]
'Manafon' is a CD and DVD set housed in two separate hard back, cloth bound volumes which are themselves inserted into a deluxe cloth bound rigid slip case. Each of the three cloth-bound items feature gold embossed lettering. An accompanying [18.5cm x 23.5cm] black on white high quality print of […read more…]
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND 'Your History Is Mine: 2002 – 2008' [Release Date 28/09/2009]
CD I 2CD: From Wikipedia: 'Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009' is a compilation album by Funeral for a Friend that is to be released on September 28, 2009. It was confirmed in Kerrang! magazine to include four new tracks. The release will be preceded by a single, 'Wrench'. The compilation will be released in the UK on Atlantic Records, rather than the band's own label Join Us (which released their last album and its singles), thus completing the deal the band has with Atlantic from earlier in their career.
The undisputed Queen of Pop has racked up a record-smashing 62 UK Top Ten hits, 13 UK No.1 singles as well as 11 UK No.1 albums. On the 21st September, she releases the ultimate Madonna album 'Celebration', a career spanning best of that will invite the world to celebrate a […read more…]
SKUNK ANANSIE 'Because Of You' [Release Date 14/09/2009]
C5 I 7" I 12": 5 million album sales, one of the most forthright, iconic, and confrontational female lead singers in modern musical history, a six-year back catalogue to make you quiver – Skunk Anansie are back. They return with their epic new single 'Because Of You', taken from their forthcoming 'Greatest Hits' record, 'Smashes and Trashes'. Following an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie are re-born, revitalised and as confrontational as ever, fully armed with highly charged, brand new tracks, a blistering greatest hits record and a 21-date sold out European tour. Written and produced by Skunk Anansie – Skin [Lead Vocals], Cass [bass], Ace [Guitar] and Mark Richardson [Drums] 'Because Of You' is bursting with visceral energy. Kicking off with a sinister, nape prickling guitar riff, Skin's intense vocal, which has never sounded better climbs on top, the track then hits you with a powerful wall of sound, showcasing their raw power and guile. "No one's really sounded like us since we've been away," says Skin. "I think that people are ready for a bit of in-yer-face tuneful rock music again. I see us in competition with every band that's out there and I think we're better than we were before. If we didn't feel like that, it would be sad and pathetic." The 'Greatest Hits' record 'Smashes and Trashes' is a 15-track career-embracing album. It features classic moments from their first two Top Ten albums 'Paranoid & Sunburnt', 'Stoosh' and their 1999 album 'Post Orgasmic Chill'. From the rejoiceful 'Weak' to the anthemic 'Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)' it's a timeless record brimming with hits, which is translated into the here and now in the form of their three brand new tracks; 'Because Of You', 'Tear The Place Up' and 'Squander'.
With the much publicised troubles and personal battles behind her, after a seven year break the new Whitney Houston album is almost here. Have yourself a sneak preview plus a track by track rundown at Billboard.com
PEARL JAM 'The Fixer' [Release Date 07/09/2009]
Ltd C5 I Ltd 7": In what is set to be one of the highlights of the year, Pearl Jam release their eagerly anticipated new studio album 'Backspacer', September 21st, produced by Brendan O'Brien. Their highly charged new single 'The Fixer' is out September 7th. Pearl Jam are a band reborn with their ninth studio album 'Backspacer', their first release with Universal/Island records. The band reunited with producer Brendan O'Brien for 'Backspacer' who produced four of Pearl Jam's earlier albums and the re-master of their seminal debut 'Ten', which was released in March. The band recently premiered 'Got Some', one of the many highlights from their new 11-track record on the debut of US chat show, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, June 1st. Their performance gained an unprecedented amount of views on YouTube and received the biggest US chat show audience figures in 5 years.
TURIN BRAKES 'Bottled At Source – The Best Of The Source Years' [Release Date 07/09/2009]
2CD: To celebrate their 10th anniversary, on 7th September Turin Brakes will release a Best Of, rounding off their career-to-date. Formed in 1999 by Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, Turin Brakes' first release was The Door EP, which was followed by their highly acclaimed debut album, 2001's 'The Optimist' LP, released through Source Records. In 2003 they released the album 'Ether Song', which spawned the massive radio track and Top 5 single, 'Painkiller'. Two more studio albums followed; 2005's 'JackInABox', which included 'Fishing For A Dream', and 2007's Ethan John's-produced album, 'Dark On Fire', both of which were praised by critics and fans alike. Disc one of the Best Of will feature 13 harmoniously gorgeous singles, non-album releases, and a number of album tracks. As a tribute to their loyal and passionate fans, the band offered the chance for them to help select the songs that would contribute towards the make up of the second disc. All they had to do was visit the bands website – www.turinbrakes.com
Order all 3 formats of the new Madonna Single for the fantastic price of only £12. Consisting of 2 CD's and a limited edition Picture Disc, it includes exclusive remixes by Paul Oakenfold, Benny Benassi and Johny Viscious !!
THE CRIBS 'Ignore The Ignorant' [Release Date 07/09/2009]
CD I CD/DVD I LP: The Cribs have confirmed the release of their fourth album 'Ignore The Ignorant'. Produced and mixed by Nick Launay [Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pil, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave] at Seedy Underbelly Studio, Laurel Canyon, LA and British Grove in London, the album is the band's first as a four piece with the relatively new addition of guitarist Johnny Marr – and heralds a marked leap for the band on their continued upwards trajectory. Released on 7th September, 'Ignore The Ignorant' will be available on CD, limited edition CD / DVD and vinyl through Wichita Recordings. Preceding the album is a track that was road tested earlier this year on the band's short run of UK dates and is called 'Cheat On Me', again on the ever reliable Wichita Recordings, it kick starts The Cribs into action on August 31st.
Ever the trendsetters at 991, it's no mere coincidence that just as we delve into the uncharted waters of Classical collectables, U2 decide to do an Opera. Or rather a stage musical… of blokes with guitars prancing around in tights. Bono and The Edge explain.
PETER ANDRE 'Revelation' [Release Date 14/09/2009]
CD: Yes, he's back! And with a genuinely great new pop album, the culmination of more than a year's hard work and only recently completed during Peter's three month stay in Los Angeles. Peter has worked with some of the best writers & producers in the US and has come up with what may well prove to be one of the biggest albums of the year.
MICHAEL JACKSON 'A Troubled Genius' [Release Date 21/09/2009]
CD I DVD I Blu-Ray: Michael Jackson was a truly amazing phenomenon. He was the biggest star in the history of music, but he was also bravely waging his own private battle against his own inner demons. Despite fighting to overcome criminal charges and civil law suits, Michael selflessly carried on the vital work he did for children's charities. All of this despite his own continuing fight against drug dependency, anxiety, anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder. This is the untold story of a true hero who was prepared to put others first. Michael Jackson was never afraid to use his celebrity as a force for good and this unique film provides the conclusive proof that Michael was a true modern hero. Join Michael Jackson as he tirelessly tours the globe and witness him doing what he loved to do working hard on behalf of his favourite charities and good causes. Hear Michael speak out against racism, war and oppression as he fights for the rights of under privileged children everywhere. We hear from Elizabeth Taylor who stood by Michael. In England we go backstage as Michael meets Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and in South Africa Michael comes face to face with his idol – Nelson Mandela. We also hear from other celebrity families who have suffered loss as a result of the pressures of stardom including harrowing interviews with Kurt's Cobain's grandfather and Philomena Lynott speaking out against the celebrity life style, which killed her own son. This is the Michael Jackson the media chose to ignore, the secret story of a noble champion overcoming his own adversity in his lifelong quest to do good work or others who were less fortunate.
Ever since the NY Times critic Howard Taubman described the recording of Mercury's first classical release in 1951 [Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra] as sounding like being in the very "living presence" of the Orchestra, the label has enjoyed a special reputation among audiophiles […read more…]
Have you ever thought that most people only rate a particular artist because they think they should, due to peer pressure and media hype? MSNmusic seem to think so. They've published an article in which they state [in their opinion!] the artists that are most overrated, alongside a selection of […read more…]
THE WIGGLES featuring KYLIE MINOGUE 'The Wiggles Go Bananas!' OUT NOW!!
CD: In their latest adventure, 'The Wiggles Go Bananas!', the fab four of fun have recorded some of their most catchy and infectious songs to date. We jump into the heart of the groovy animal kingdom with songs such as 'Monkey Man', 'Kangaroo Jumping', 'Tassie Devil' and 'The Chicken Walk'. Along with Australia's Kylie Minogue [singing 'Monkey Man'], John Waters [singing 'Rusty The Cowboy'], and Ireland's Morgan Crowley [singing 'The Unicorn'], jump into the jivin' jungle with the kings of pre-school swing as The Wiggles Go Bananas!
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PREFAB SPROUT 'Let's Change The World With Music' [Release Date 31/08/2009]
CD: Prefab Sprout were formed in 1978 as four piece band based in Co. Durham and went on to be arguably one of the most beloved British pop bands of the 80s and 90s. Prefab Sprout signed to Kitchenware Records in Newcastle in 1985 and since then they have released seven studio albums and two Best Ofs through Sony Music. Their biggest top ten album, 'From Langley Park To Memphis' featured Pete Townsend and Stevie Wonder and included their biggest hit, 'The King Of Rock'n' Roll'. They followed this album with 'Jordan: The Comeback' which was hugely acclaimed and Brit nominated. After various line up changes, the rest of the band released one album for EMI in 2001. Paddy released a solo album, 'Trawl The Megahertz' for EMI in 2003. Singer-songwriter Paddy McAloon is regularly hailed one of the greatest songwriters of his era. 'Let's Change The World With Music' was written and produced by Paddy McAloon at Andromeda Heights and mixed in Scotland by Calum Malcolm. The record kicks off with the hip-hop influenced hook-laden piano led 'Let There Be Music', which sets the tone for the rest of the record. Paddy began work on 'Let's Change The World With Music' in 1992, as the follow-up to 'Jordan: The Comeback'. 17 years later, Paddy returns to these songs, some of his personal favourite compositions. The 11 tracks are rejoiceful and uplifting, striking an endearingly familiar chord, all the while sounding fresh and timeless. Highlights are aplenty and include the celestial 'Ride', the jazzy sway of 'I Love Music' and the melancholic 'Sweet Gospel Music'.
EMI have released details of a 40th Anniversary Edition of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' album which will be issued on the 12th October 2009. The album, produced by Tony Visconti [bar 'Space Oddity' itself which was produced by the late Gus Dudgeon], was a giant leap forward in terms of […read more…]
Sheffield's finest debuted new songs from their third album 'Humbug' live at Maida Vale for Radio 1's Zane Lowe. Listen again in full, see photos and watch new single 'Crying Lightning' on the BBC website.
JET 'Shaka Rock' [Release Date 07/09/2009]
CD: On Monday 7th September – Jet, the Australian rockers, will release their third studio album 'Shaka Rock. 'Shaka Rock' was recorded between Miami, Brooklyn, Austin, Sydney and Melbourne, with the band working side by side as co-producers with Chris "Frenchie" Smith to ensure that 'Shaka Rock' would live up to their own expectations. Having established themselves on the international stage as a multi-platinum selling band with 4 million albums sold world wide, 'Shaka Rock' closes the gap between the raw roots of 'Get Born'  and the grace and melody of 'Shine On' . 'Shaka Rock' captures the charisma and energy of classic rock and roll with just enough swagger and contemporary flair to create something distinctively Jet. When talking about Jet's three studio albums, Nic Cester says, "For better or worse every album is a real and accurate window into how we are reacting to our lives in that point in time which is why every album is uniquely different, and I think Shaka Rock is the most honest so far." While Chris Cester says, "I can say that the band is thrilled with 'Shaka Rock' in every conceivable way. We've had a don't think twice attitude throughout the making of this record which continues as we get ready to release it. I think Shaka Rock is like when TV went colour. It's our musical equivalent. There are moments on this record that are just pure…and moments that just rock harder than we ever have before." In a sea of modern rock bands, Jet are something uniquely different embracing all that was and is rock n roll.
Michael Jackson's sudden death and the surge in interest in his songs has boosted profits at Chrysalis, but the music publisher fears dead artists are worth less in an age of downloads. Read the full story at Telegraph.co.uk
It's well established at this stage that the Japanese totally have the edge on music packaging – just check out the amazing paper sleeve CDs on our site for evidence! In collaboration with Be@rbrick, Epic have just released a super limited CDversion of Rancid's latest LP, 'Let The Dominoes Fall'. […read more…]
Today we mourn the passing of a truly unique individual, Les Paul, who sadly succumbed to complications with pneumonia yesterday at New York's White Plains hospital, at the ripe old age of 94. Ultimately, one word can surmise this legend's life – music. Some may think it quite tragic to […read more…]
…No, not because her once loyal fans are bored with the continuous dross she insists on releasing [have you heard 'Celebration'? What a stinker!] It's because her 'Sticky & Sweet Tour' rolls into Prague this week and the locals are afraid of the potential traffic chaos and noise. Read the […read more…]
BANANARAMA 'Viva' [Release Date 14/09/2009]
CD: Bananarama's story starts a new chapter this summer with the release of 'Viva Bananarama' an exciting, modern new album with both feet planted on the dancefloor. 2009's new self-penned material is, once again, the result of Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward identifying the right collaborators for the right point in their career – something that they did so successfully in the 80s with Jolley & Swain ('Shy Boy', 'Cruel Summer', 'Roberts De Niro's Waiting') and Stock Aitken & Waterman ('Venus', 'Love In The First Degree', 'I Heard A Rumour', 'I Want You Back'). In 2009, they've found a perfect foil in Ian Masterson, a producer whose credits range from Pet Shop Boys to Girls Aloud and whose instinctive grasp of the Bananarama spirit has resulted in some extraordinarily good music on this new album. Sara says "working with Ian has been a revelation – we did a couple of tracks with him on the last album and he's really in tune with what we're into and with what's happening in the outside world. Some producers hit a formula and just churn out the same old stuff; with Ian it's been so enjoyable." Indeed, working with just one producer is in itself remarkable in the modern pop landscape. Bananarama are now signed to Fascination, meaning that Keren and Sara are labelmates of Girls Aloud and The Saturdays on an imprint which has become the unofficial home of the UK girlgroup. It's a great fit, but while Bananarama's style filters through the pop generations, Sara's right to feel a sense of distance from what she helped inspire. "I never looked at us as a 'girl band'," Sara remembers. "We were just a band in the same way as The Cure were a band or Wham were a band." To this end Bananarama appeared in NME as frequently as Smash Hits – a double-pronged attack on the public's sense. Of the new tunes, 'Seventeen' is an undulating, low-slung electro number which pleads "kiss me like you do in my dreams, make me feel like I was seventeen", then there's the seductive, ice-cold 'Extraordinary' and the single 'Love Comes' – a dancefloor belter with no strings attached.
Apart from the classic pop music, dodgy haircuts and car crash fashion, the memories of us 80's teens are filled with classic movies of the decade. None are more memorable than those written or directed by John Hughes who sadly passed away last week. Where would we be without greats […read more…]
MARC ALMOND 'Opheus In Exile: The Songs Of Vadim Kozin' [Release Date 07/09/2009]
CD: Marc Almond a latter day curator of popular song has rediscovered the songbook of Vadim Kozin. Kozin was the Soviet era's much-loved, exiled then forgotten singer of Gypsy Folk and Russian Torch Song Romances. Almond discovered Kozin's work on his first visit to Russia in 1992 and was immediately taken with the purity and passion of his voice, as well as the beauty and melancholy of his songs, which are enhanced by the hardships Kozin suffered throughout his life. Marc has joined creative forces with Russian producer and musical arranger Alexei Fedorov who shares both Marcs love of Kozin and his aim to help bring his repertoire to a new audience. The songs have been specially translated for Marc and have never been sung in English before. Oprheus in Exile was recorded and mixed in Moscow, and features Russia's most famous folk ensemble, Orchestra Rossiya, conducted by renowned arranger / conductor, Anatoly Sobolev. who arranged some of Kozins songs for the orchestra. The flamboyance and despair of Kozin is juxtaposed by the ever-present optimism of a lost genre of song. Marc gives these universal concerns an overdue airing on a unique album that gives the original songs an all-new big, classy and stylized orchestral production, yet stays true to the original feel and roots of the songs.
The first '7 Worlds Collide' album, a collection of amazing musical talents from across the globe in aid of Medicin Sans Frontiers, was a unique live performance, fusing the varied talents of a stellar cast across a range of cover versions to create a series of shows that culminated in […read more…]