Monday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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DURAN DURAN DVD REISSUES [Release Date 07/09/2009]

Sing Blue Silver I Arena [An Absurd Notion] / The Making Of Arena

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WALE featuring LADY GAGA 'Chillin'' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

C5: "Wale is the future" – XXL Hip hop has an exciting new face and his name is Wale. The 24-year old who hails from the colourful back streets of Washington DC was discovered by Mark Ronson. The Grammy-Award winning producer/writer was so impressed by the East-Coast rapper's laid back flow and skilful wordplay, that he decided to sign him to his own label Allido Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. Ronson introduced Wale to Lady Gaga who instantly became a fan and proceeded to write the hook for Wale's debut single 'Chillin', which will be released on August 31st. Produced by Cool & Dre the track samples the 1969 Steam hit single 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye'. The 'Chillin' video also features Gaga. 'Chillin' is already burning up the UK airwaves via Radio 1, 1Xtra and Galaxy. Its catchy, double-dutch playground hook (sung by Gaga) intertwined with Wale's too cool-for-skool delivery makes this a contender for THE hip hop hit of the summer. This may be the first time many have heard of Wale's talents, but he's already well known at street level. The DC rapper has released some of the most well received mixtapes in recent times including '100 Miles and Running', which featured the hip hop banger 'W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E' a remix of French electro-house stars Justice 'D.A.N.C.E'.

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JUST JACK 'All Night Cinema' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

CD: Just Jack returns with his stunning new album 'All Night Cinema' out on Mercury Records, August 31st, the follow-up to his smash-hit LP 'Overtones'. 'All Night Cinema' sees Just Jack at his blistering best. Produced and almost entirely written by Jack [along with co-production by past collaborator, Jay Reynolds], Jack has come up with a genre-busting album, packed with infectious, catchy, hook-laden tunes. The new LP features straight-out, hard-hitting pop songs, wrapped around Jack's razor-sharp lyrics and acute observations. Lyrically, he finds himself talking about everything from the sublime to the ordinary, eloquently depicting life in England in Jack's very own inimitable way. Boasting eleven tracks on 'All Night Cinema', the lead single and first track 'Embers' sets the tone for the album. 'Embers' is enforced by multi-layered sounds and strings, which enhance the sentiments and lyrics of 'Embers' beautifully. 'All Night Cinema' conjures and creates its very own tale on each track, and musically dazzles. From '253' – a late night bus journey fused with a Van Morrison-esque harmonica hook, to 'The Day I Died' – a beautifully reflective stripped down track, with a shimmering melody and cultural snapshots of everyday life. 'Doctor Doctor' is another album highlight, reminding us of why Jack earned himself a top position as one of Britain's cutting edge, new artists. 'Embers' has already been receiving airplay on Radio One from Sarah Cox and Pete Tong, as well as from Lily Allen who recently stepped in for Zane Lowe. This triumphant return looks set to follow in the same vein as previous hit singles 'Writers Block' and 'Starz In Their Eyes' which reached No. 2 in the charts, both featured on Jack's Double Gold selling LP 'Overtones'.

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NOAH AND THE WHALE 'The First Days Of Spring' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

CD I CD/DVD: The First Days of Spring is an album and a film by Noah and the Whale. The follow-up to the London-based quartet's Top 5 Gold-selling 2008 debut 'Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down', The First Days of Spring is available as a CD and a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD package comprised of the 11-track album and a 50 minute film directed and written by the band's Charlie Fink. The album was recorded in London and New York with producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Antony & The Johnsons). The film, meanwhile, was shot on location in London and Surrey, with Charlie, who has in the past shot music videos for his band, in the director's chair. The film has an ensemble cast which includes the model Daisy Lowe, and was given its first public airing in a special presentation at Latitude Festival this July. Noah and the Whale will be performing various songs from the new album for the first time at other festivals this summer including Glastonbury, Hop Farm, Secret Garden Party and Reading/Leeds. For those of you who haven't heard yet, our new album will be accompanied by a film. I have repeatedly struggled to find a concise way to describe the relationship between the two. I resist the term 'feature length music video' as it is a narrative film but its backbone is the soundtrack.

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TOMMY SPARKS 'Tommy Sparks' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

CD: Tommy Sparks self-released debut single 'I'm A Rope' caught the attention of everyone earlier this year and now the eagerly anticipated debut album – featuring new single, 'She's Got Me Dancing', looks set to elevate the charismatic newcomer to the next level. Written by Tommy and produced with Mike Crossey [Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight & Foals] – the pop star in waitings' debut album is full to the rafters with bite size nuggets of goodness. From the anthemic stadium fillers like 'These Things Happen' to the Talking Heads inspired 'Much Too Much', the euphoric future single 'Brand New Love' and the intoxicating Chic, MGMT and Franz melting pot that is new single – 'She's Got Me Dancing', Tommy's proves he's as versatile as he is brilliant. The debut album fits just as snugly in a ram-jammed super club as it would at the grimiest of rock festivals. Quite simply, Tommy's tunes are here to remind people of the universal power of music – to make you move.

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MICHAEL JACKSON 'Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

3CD: Universal Music Catalogue announces the release of 'Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection', a lavish new 3-CD set that features every Michael Jackson solo recording released from 1971 to 1975, plus the Motown-era songs that were released after he left the company. Compiled and completed long before MJ's shocking death on June 25, 'Hello World' now pays tribute to the first solo recordings of one of pop music's greatest entertainers. This 3-CD package combines the great albums 'Got To Be There', which featured his first solo hit from the fall of 1971, and is highlighted by the stunning, declamatory phrase that provided the name of this collection; 'Ben', with the No. 1 title song from 1972; 1973's 'Music And Me'; and 'Forever, Michael', from '75, which had a harder dance age and included the now-classic hit 'Just A Little Bit Of You'. The set also offers the Motown albums issued after MJ shot into the stratosphere with 'Off The Wall' and 'Thriller: Farewell My Summer Love', a batch of unreleased songs with contemporary overdubs, which included the top 10 title song; and the rare 'Looking Back To Yesterday', which contained further unexpected gems from the legendary Motown vaults. Then there are the bonus tracks: all nine songs from 'Farewell My Summer Love' in their original, undubbed mixes, plus the original unreleased mix of 'Twenty-Five Miles', Michael's cover of the Edwin Starr hit. It's all in a splendid, hard-backed 8"x 5.5" package with an introductory essay by Motown's Suzee Ikeda, a main essay by Mark Anthony Neal, pages of annotations, rare photos and reproductions of the LP jackets, including the rare original "rat" cover of Ben. 'Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection' is pure Michael Jackson, an historical document that's important and wonderfully entertaining.

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SAINT ETIENNE 2-CD DELUXE EDITIONS [Release Date 31/08/2009]

So Tough: 'So Tough' was Saint Etienne's second album. Released in 1993 it followed hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed 'Foxbase Alpha' and hit number 7 in the charts, the band's highest album chart position to date. The album features the classic singles 'You're In A Bad Way', 'Avenue' and 'Hobart Paving'. For the Deluxe Edition, the album has been completely remastered and expanded to a second disc of 17 bonus tracks of rarities, b-sides and unreleased tracks, including a superb cover version of Teenage Fanclub's 'Everything Flows'. The luxurious packaging includes a 24 page booklet featuring extensive sleevenotes.

Sound Of Water: Sound Of Water was Saint Etienne's fifth studio album, released in 2000. The album marked a shift in direction for the band from the polished, intelligent, perfect pop to an more experimental, ambient sound. A change of producer to the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan and Berlin based 'post-rock' trio To Rocco Rot yielded a different but still as highly regarded album featuring the epic single 'How We Used To Live' and classics 'Heart Failed In The Back Of A Taxi' and 'Boy Is Crying'. For the Deluxe Edition, the album has been completely remastered and expanded to a second disc of 17 bonus tracks of rarities, b-sides and unreleased tracks. The luxurious packaging includes a 24 page booklet featuring extensive sleevenotes.

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JOHN LENNON / NEIL DIAMOND / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Funny People OST' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

CD: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 'Funny People'. The highly anticipated third film from writer/director Judd Apatow ['The 40-year-old Virgin', 'Knocked Up'] starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman. 'Funny People' is expected to be the season's highest grossing comedy The soundtrack features tracks by some of the biggest names in music today! Combined, these artists have sold more than 50 million CDs in the SoundScan era alone. Features rare outtakes from John Lennon and Neil Diamond and exclusive new live recordings from James Taylor and Wilco featuring Andrew Bird 'Funny People' is a story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience and what happens when the other side isn't at all what you expect.

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THE MIRACLES 'Depend On Me: The Early Albums' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

2CD: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and Motown are intertwined forever. They had the company's first million-selling record and its first full-length LP release; they were the stars of the first Motortown Revues. Those thrilling early years are documented on 'Depend On Me: The Early Albums', a 2-CD set that collects the Miracles' first five albums, three of which are on CD for the first time, as well as rare bonus cuts. The set includes the albums 'Hi, We're The Miracles', 'Cookin' With The Miracles', 'I'll Try Something New', 'The Fabulous Miracles' and 'Recorded Live On Stage' are each in their original mono mixes, as originally issued from 1961-63. 'Hi…' includes the hit versions of 'Shop Around' and 'Way Over There,' and the classic slow jams 'Who's Lovin' You' and '(You Can) Depend On Me'. 'Cookin', with more polished production, features 'Everybody's Got To Pay Some Dues' and surprising jazz vocal harmony in Gershwin's 'Embraceable You.' 'I'll Try Something New' was another breakthrough, with the smash title track and 'What's So Good About Good Bye' Miracles' Ronnie White and Claudette Robinson are spotlighted on 'A Love That Can Never Be' and 'He Don't Care About Me.' 'The Fabulous Miracles' has an assortment of classics all written or co-written by Smokey, from 'A Love She Can Count On' to 'Happy Landing.' 'Recorded Live On Stage', compiled from Revue performances at the Regal and Apollo Theaters, documents the excitement of the early live shows. All of this wonderful Motown music has been remastered with the usual care and devotion, in a delightful package showcasing the original Miracles LP covers, front and back, with rare photos, detailed track annotations and a rich essay by group.

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STAX LABEL / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Stax: The Soul Of Hip-Hop' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

CD: A fourteen-track collection featuring original Stax hits of the '60s and '70s later sampled by contemporary hip-hop artists and producers like Rakim, DJ HiTek, Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, DJ Quik, Ice Cube, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, RZA and so many more. This All-Star Set includes Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MGs, The Emotions, William Bell, David Porter, The Bar-Kays, The Dramatics, Rufus Thomas, Little Milton and many more Judging from the sounds of modern-day hip-hop, artists from Stax Records were prominent figures in those record collections. Stax, re-launched in 2007 as a division of Concord Music Group, offers a glimpse of hip-hop's roots in this first volume are just a few of the Stax gems that have since become sampling mainstays for some of the most prominent hip-hop artists of the past two decades – all of whom owe an incalculable debt to the label's rich legacy of soul, R&B and funk. The compilation is a testament to the enormous influence of the Stax sound, energy and attitude on the entire hip-hop generation Stax Records continues to define the sound of beats in the world of hip-hop and popular music. The vintage tracks featured here truly represent The Soul of Hip-Hop.

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BLIND MELON 'For My Friends' [Release Date 31/08/2009]

CD: Whereas most alternative bands of the early '90s borrowed from the leaders of the pack [Nirvana, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails etc.], Blind Melon have their roots in the Classic Rock genre [Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin] which according to them is what always made them unique. The group [singer Shannon Hoon; guitarist Christopher Thorn; guitarist Rogers Stevens, bassist Brad Smith and drummer Glenn Graham] came together in 1989 in Los Angeles and were proud to be the complete opposite of "all these glossed-up glam metal stuff of the '90s". They were hailed to use a refreshing back-to-basics approach, both musically and visually. Although Blind Melon only had a limited repertoire of songs at the time, they managed to convince Capitol that they had a healthy backlog of compositions, and were signed in 1991. After being signed it took the band more than a year to record their debut album and in the meanwhile Hoon became reacquainted with an old friend from his hometown in Indiana; Axl Rose. Rose invited Hoon to sing backup on several tracks for the Guns N' Roses album 'Use Your Illusion I' with the ballad 'Don't Cry' ending up to be more of a duet than Hoon being a backing singer and Hoon being prominently featured in the video clip. Blind Melon's career then started in 1992 with the release of their self-titled debut album, produced by Rick Pasrasher [Pearl Jam]. It obtained triple-platinum status in the US after the stunning success of the album's 3rd single 'No Rain' which became a smash and catapulted the single and the album to the top of the charts and was a worldwide success. The band was nominated for two Grammy awards in 1994. Their dark and challenging second album 'Soup' [1995], produced by Andy Wallace [Alice Cooper], was a true diamond in the rough, peaking at #28 on the US Billboard album charts. But while a promising career lay ahead of them, tragedy would ultimately end the band abruptly: on October 21, Hoon was found dead on Blind Melon's tour bus from an apparent drug overdose, at the age of 28. In 2006, Blind Melon surprised fans by announcing that they were reuniting, with new singer Travis Warren in tow. The group's first new studio effort in nearly 13 years, 'For My Friends' was released in the US only in April 2008 and was accompanied by an extensive and successful tour. Warren's voice sounds quite similar to Hoon's, but it's still different enough not to be a rip-off. The band therefore manages to keep the previous Blind Melon-feeling and revive its spirit. 'For My Friends' is a breath of musical fresh air within Blind Melon combining funky, psychedelic, light soul elements and guitar solos to 13 rock songs, showing their true nature. The instrumentation on this album is nothing short of exquisite. Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn lay down more of the same complex rhythms and riffs that made the previous Blind Melon albums worth listening to over and over again. Brad Smith's bass and Glenn Graham's drums once again work like a machine, finding a beat amid the busy sound of the music. The album represents continuity but at the same time rebirth for both the band and the listeners, because Blind Melon still sound and look like Blind Melon.

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JIMI HENDRIX 'Live At Woodstock' [Release Date 14/09/2009]

3LP: Experience Hendrix and Universal Music have teamed with RTI at their world class vinyl pressing plant in Camarillo, California for a special 40th Anniversary repressing of Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock. This deluxe 3-LP set is a repressing of the original 1999 album of the same name, but now comes by way of Universal Music's 180grm audiophile grade vinyl releases. Like its original 1999 release, this expanded collection of expanded, remixed, and remastered recordings from Hendrix's famed August 1969 performance features 35 minutes of previously unreleased music and a full-color, booklet with rare photos, complete credits, and a newly written essay by Rolling Stone's David Fricke. Features 'Message To Love', 'Red House', 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' and Hendrix's historic adaptation of 'Star Spangled Banner'.

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BIG STAR REISSUES [Release Date 07/09/2009]

#1 Record I Radio City: Big Star, led by the legendary Alex Chilton [The Box Tops], remains one of the most mythic and influential cult bands in all of rock 'n' roll. Bands such as R.E.M., Wilco and The Replacements all cite Big Star as an influence. Big Star's music continues to be featured on television [House, That '70s Show] and major motion pictures [Adventureland]. Their studio albums remain unqualified classics and their impact on subsequent generations of indie bands is surpassed only by that of the Velvet Underground. Combining elements of The Beatles, The Who and The Byrds, Big Star's sound recaptured the spirit of pop's past…even as it pointed the way towards its future

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THE FALL 'Hex Enduction Hour' [Release Date 07/09/2009]

2CD: First released in March 1982, 'Hex Enduction Hour' is The Fall's fourth studio album and is regarded as the "classic" in their catalogue. With Smith's sustained rail against culture as Britain went from being a producer to a consumer, 'Hex…' is the point where The Fall mapped-out a whole new territory. A tour-de-force of dense, knotty, broken, brazen, dark, bleak and skewiff alt. rock, it's no surprise that the track 'Hip Priest' was used during the climax to the film, 'The Silence Of The Lambs'. In short, 'Hex…' is when it got really good. This Deluxe edition adds a complete second disc of bonus tracks ranging from tracks recorded for a Radio One Peel session in September '81, the single 'I'm Into C.B.' and six live tracks recorded in England and New Zealand between November '81 and August '82.

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CILLA BLACK 'The Definitive Collection [A Life In Music]' [Release Date 07/09/2009]

2CD/1DVD: This set will include all of Cilla's 20 Top Twenty hits, including her two #1 singles, 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' & 'You're My World' plus classic covers and essential Cilla tracks including 'Alfie', 'Sing A Rainbow', 'Liverpool Lullaby', 'Step Inside Love' and 'Surround Yourself With Sorrow'. The DVD will contain over 20 performances, many taken from her hugely successful BBC TV series simply entitled 'Cilla' – this popular Saturday night TV series ran from 1968 to 1978 reaching, at its peak, over 18 million viewers each episode!

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DAME EDNA EVERAGE 'The Last Night Of The Poms' [Release Date 07/09/2009]

2CD: Who else can claim their alter-ego has received a 'Commander of the Order of the British Empire' for services to entertainment, they have their own range of MAC Cosmetics, a city street in Melbourne named after them & are still TV's most loved housewife – it's the one and only Dame Edna Everage! 2CD re-issue of the 'Last Night of the Poms' 1981 original recording, first performed immediately after the Proms in 1981. Featuring Sir Les Patterson with the London Symphony Orchestra & The New Antipodean Singers. Being released to coincide with the Dame Edna Everage & Sir Les Patterson 'Last Night of the Poms' tour kicking off in September. It is the first time they have toured together nationwide in 28 years!

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