Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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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.

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GUS GUS '24/7' [Release Date 14/09/2009]

CD I 2LP: Following a whirlwind history spanning more than a decade, one of dance music's most notorious acts has joined forces with Kompakt following an illustrious run of releases on 4AD, Pineapple and Great Stuff – selling over 5 million records worldwide. '24/7' is a matured journey for this legendary Icelandic trio. 6 songs spanning over 50 minutes showcasing their wealth of musical knowledge in creating some of the most turbulent, engrossing pop-techno-house tunes in dance music history. 'Thin Ice' breaks through with it's throbbing bass line – Daniel Agust returns for the first time since the 4AD years with his triumphant vocal chorus 'I Feel Like Dancing!' that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Their northern souls shine with 'Hateful' – a submerged sounding roller coaster that brings forth their remarkable tact for balancing unnerving frequencies with the bliss of modern pop songwriting. GusGus cover the classic Jimi Tenor tune 'Take Me Baby' and go the extra mile by enlisting Tenor to sing his own song! The result is a modern techno/house floor smasher. The first single 'Add This Song' finishes off '24/7' and is one of the album's true shining moments – the emotional persuasiveness of Daniel Agust's voice will caress anyone through this blissful electro-fied opus.

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ALIEN SEX FIEND 'Acid Bath' [Release Date 07/09/2009]

CD: * Originally re-issued as a limited pressing, but then reissued due to popular demand * 'Acid Bath' is the Fiend's second album which includes the indie hit 'E.S.T (Trip To The Moon)' as well as three bonus tracks The riveting lysergic 'Acid Bath' is Alien Sex Fiend's second studio album and shows the band moving further into strange and spine tingling song structures. A firm fan favourite this classic ASF album features 11 tracks, including the Indie top 10 singles 'E.S.T. (Trip To The Moon)' & 'Dead And Buried' [different version to the single versions, as is 'Attack'] as well as the massively popular 'Hee Haw'. The CD re-issue in 1989 added 3 bonus tracks that were not on the original vinyl release, namely live favourite 'Boneshaker Baby' [from John Peel session], 'I Am A Product' [live from the notorious shows at The Brixton Fridge in London] and '30 Second Coma' [from B-side of the 'Lips Can't Go' 12" single].

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ENNIO MORRICONE 'Morricone In The Brain' [Release Date 07/09/2009]

CD: This album will take you take you on a profoundly psychedelic trip through one of the most fertile imaginations in 20th century music and we are delighted to announce this re-press of this best-selling title. It is a mind-bending seventy minutes with the maestro – Ennio Morricone. Morricone was the biggest living man in film music, and this album is when he was in the beat pop acid sixties and seventies at the height of his creative powers when his abilities as a composer went far beyond even what the best international groups in each genre were capable of.

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ENNIO MORRICONE 'Morricone Kill' [Release Date 07/09/2009]

CD: On 'Morricone kill', the achingly beautiful melodies for Leone's 'A Fistful Of Dynamite' establish the magical Morricone atmosphere; the programme comprising three beautiful cuts from this film along with selections from lesser known westerns all of which are charged with extraordinary music.

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THE DOOLEYS 'The Dooleys' / 'The Chosen Few' [Release Date 14/09/2009]

2CD: * Includes the UK National Chart hit singles 'Love Of My Life', 'A Rose Has To Die', 'I Think Im Gonna Fall In Love With You', 'Don't Take It Lyin Down', 'The Chosen Few', 'Honey I'm Lost' and the international best seller 'Wanted'. * Now presented with a total of eight rare non LP B-sides * Liner notes by Phil Hendriks, original LP artwork and lots of picture sleeves are a feature of the artwork * Re-mastered by Tim Turan Making their debut on CD are the first two albums by eight piece family mainstream pop outfit The Dooleys.

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HURRAH! 'Tell God I'm Here' [Release Date 21/09/2009]

2CD: Originally known as the Green-Eyed Children, Hurrah! consisted of Paul Handyside [guitar, vocals], David 'Taffy' Hughes [guitar, vocals], David Porthouse [bass] and Mark Sim [drums]. Switching to the moniker of Hurrah!, the quartet signed to the new Kitchenware Records label in 1982. Mark Sim soon departed to be replaced by Damien Mahoney, whereupon a series of acclaimed singles such as 'The Sun Shines Here' and 'Hip Hip' earned the band great respect from the British Independent sector. Based upon the pivotal force of the singing / guitar-playing / songwriting partnership of Paul Handyside and David Hughes, Hurrah! mastered a jittery, urgent style rich in melodic content. By 1986, however, the band had pushed their sound towards a rockier terrain, replacing the initial charm with power and passion. Damien Mahoney left to join the police force in the spring of that year, allowing Steve Price to fill the vacant drum stool. Their debut 'Tell God I'm Here' saw the light of day in 1987, swiftly followed by a support date with U2 at London's Wembley stadium but commercial success remained elusive.

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FUN BOY THREE 'Fun Boy Three' [Release Date 21/09/2009]

CD: The Fun Boy Three were formed by Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Neville Staples in the Summer '81 after the demise of The Specials. In late '81 they reached no. 20 in the UK charts with their debut single 'The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum', and in early '82 they reached No. 4 in a joint effort with Bananarama called 'T'aint What You Do…'. The final single from the album was 'The Telephone Always Rings' which also snuck into the top 20. This welcome and long out of print reissue of their debut album includes 6 bonus tracks – including the non-album single, a cover of the Gershwin classic 'Summertime' and various b-sides and 12" Remixes, one of which makes its CD debut on this release.

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DEAF SCHOOL REISSUES [Release Date 21/09/2009]

2nd Honeymoon I Don't Stop The World I English Boys / Working Girls: * Much sought after release on CD * New sleeve-notes by Classic Rocks Malcolm Dome * Remastered with bonus tracks and enhanced booklets Deaf School were a late 1970s English band from Liverpool. Their style was somewhere in between pub rock, punk, glam rock and art rock. They disbanded after their third album. The journalist, author and founder of 'Mojo' Paul Du Noyer described them thus: "In the whole history of Liverpool music two bands matter most, one is The Beatles and the other is Deaf School. If that seems like a sweeping statement then consider this: after the pop revolution of the 1960s led by The Beatles and other Merseyside groups, it looked as if the city's music scene had dried up forever. But in 1975 there came a motley band of Liverpool art students called Deaf School. And they were the catalyst for the most dramatic revival since Lazarus. Their impact on the city is with us to this day."

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BARRACUDAS REISSUES [Release Date 21/09/2009]

Mean Time I Endeavour To Persevere: * Re-mastered with bonus tracks and enhanced booklets The Barracudas are an English based Anglo-Canadian band formed in the late 1970s. They are notable for their summer 1980 hit 'Summer Fun', which started with an excerpt from a spoof 1960s advertisement for the Plymouth Barracuda, in which one of the announcers has difficulty pronouncing the word barracuda. The single reached number 37 in the UK singles chart. Originally perceived as a novelty surf act due to the first album, subsequent recordings showed them to be a fierce garage rock and roll band, in the mold of the 13th Floor Elevators and The Seeds. The band split in 1984, but reformed in 1989 to record 'Wait For Everything', and then again in 2005 for the self titled album on NDN. Throughout their career their live performances have been energetic and frenetic.

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AC/DC / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'TNT: The Most Explosive Tribute To AC/DC' [Release Date 21/09/2009]

2CD: An explosive 30-track double album tribute to the legendary AC/DC. This two CD collection features tributes by artists such as: Lemmy, Pat Travers, Tracii Guns, The Vibrators, Great White & Jetboy; and members from Def Leppard, Anthrax, Ugly Kid Joe, Cinderella, L.A. Guns, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, The Breeders, Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Kiss plus many more!

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THE MAVERICKS 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

DVD: Originally formed in Miami in 1989, The Mavericks were the premier alternative country/tex-mex band of the 90s, with no fewer than 14 Billboard chart singles and 6 albums to their credit. This concert is released for the first time on DVD, and features the band playing Londons Royal Albert Hall late in 1998, at their peak in the UK with Raul Malo on vocals and generally leading the charge. An initially reserved Albert Hall crowd quickly responds to the uptempo excitement the band create, cast aside their inhibitions and make this a real party – some even joining the band on stage at one point.

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HAWKWIND 'Levitation' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

Ltd 3CD: * Official expanded limted 3CD deluxe remastered edition of this classic album * Featuring the entire concert at Lewisham Odeon from December 1980 on CDs 2 & 3. All tracks newly remixed from the original 24-track master tapes * Previously unreleased tracks, booklet with photos, memorabilia & essay * Includes 3 postcards & fully replicated 1980 tour programme Atomhenge, the home of Hawkwind's catalogue from 1976 – 1997, continue their series of definitive reissued editions of these classic albums with the limited 3CD Deluxe Edition release of 'Levitation'. Recorded in 1980 and featuring Ginger Baker, the album was a classic work and spawned an equally legendary tour. Although Baker's tenure with Hawkwind was brief, a concert at Lewisham Odeon in December 1980 was recorded by a mobile unit. Now remixed from the original multi-track masters this deluxe edition includes the entire concert (during which Sci Fi author Michael Moorcock guested). This edition of 'Levitation' is limited to 3000 units and will then be reduced to just a single CD release. This is the ultimate release of this classic album.

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ERMA FRANKLIN 'Piece Of Her Heart: Epic & Shout Years' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: * First time complete collection of Epic and Shout [US] releases * Features classic and enduring hit 'Piece of My Heart' * Includes hard-to-find Northern Soul tracks 'Its Over' and 'Right To Cry' * Shout (US) recordings produced by Bert Berns When 'Piece of My Heart' reached the US top 20 in 1968, the pop music world was largely unaware that Janis Joplin's gritty vocal was but an echo of the emotive original by Erma Franklin, on Bert Berns' Shout label, from the R&B top 10 of a year earlier. Erma was the eldest sibling in the Franklin family, senior to Aretha and Carolyn, and like the former was signed to Columbia Records in the early 1960s, producing a number of high quality singles and an album on the Epic label. She then pacted with Shout Records in New York in 1967 to cut four singles of bluesy soul gems, moving to Brunswick in 1969 following the death of Berns. Shout Records UK is delighted to bring together for the first time a comprehensive collection of all tracks released on both Epic and Shout (US) labels, reflecting the full range of Erma's musical talent in this fine showcase of soul and blues repertoire, also blessed with a hint of jazz styling.

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CAMEL REISSUES [Release Date 28/09/2009]

* New remastered CD releases for Camel's classic studio albums * Includes bonus track & deluxe booklet with photos & liner notes

Stationary Traveller: Unlike many bands whose careers had begun in the 1970's, Camel continued to enjoy much success in the 1980's, producing fine studio albums such as 'Stationary Traveller'. Although destined to be Camel's final studio album for Decca Records, it was a fine effort. Inspired by the Cold War [then at its height] between the Eastern Bloc countries and NATO, the album featured such classics as 'Cloak and Dagger Man', 'West Berlin', 'Stationary Traveller' and 'Long Goodbyes' and saw Camel reach new heights of creativity. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been re-mastered from the original master tapes and includes the full 12" single version of 'Pressure Points' and the song 'In the Arms of Waltzing Fraulines' as bonus tracks.

Breathless: After recording a string of successful albums with Camel, 'Breathless' would be the last studio album to feature Peter Bardens and heralded more line-up changes for the band. Former Caravan and Hatfield & The North member Richard Sinclair had already been in Camel for some months and was soon joined by his cousin Dave Sinclair in a new Camel line-up. 'Breathless' features traditional Camel music along with the Canterbury influences associated with Richard Sinclair, making for a unique album. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been re-mastered from the original master tapes and includes the single version of 'Rainbows End' as a bonus track.

Single Factor: Unlike many bands whose careers had begun in the 1970's, Camel continued to enjoy much success in the 1980's, producing fine studio albums such as 'The Single Factor'. The album saw Andrew Latimer assemble an impressive array of musicians to record under the Camel moniker, including original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips, Francis Monkman, Simon Phillips, David Paton and also saw Peter Bardens guest on the track 'Sasquatch'.

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ARMAGEDDON 'Armageddon' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: * Newly remastered CD release for this classic album * Featuring Keith Relf, Martin Pugh, Louis Cennamo & Bobby Caldwell from 1975 * Booklet with photos & liner notes Armageddon was one of the great unsung bands of the mid-1970's. Formed in 1974 out of the ashes of the UK band Steamhammer, the group featured the vocal talents of former Yardbirds front man Keith Relf, alongside guitarist Martin Pugh, bassist Louis Cennamo and drummer Bobby Caldwell. Originally released by A&M Records in 1975, Armageddon's sole album featured some amazing music ranging from the Led Zeppelin-esque 'Paths and Planes and Future Gains' to the Progressive rock of 'Silver Tightrope' and 'Basking in the White of the Midnight Sun'. The much overused term "Lost Classic" is, in the case of this record, most apt. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been remastered from the original tapes and restores the original album artwork and will appeal to lovers of Progressive and Classic Rock.

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THE BIG THREE 'Cavern Stomp – The Complete Recordings' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: * These recordings have not been available on CD for a decade * As an added bonus, the Big Three's reunion album from 1973, 'Resurrection', makes its first appearance here on CD * The Big Three included bassist Johnny Gustafson, who would later enjoy fame with the likes of Roxy Music, the Ian Gillan Band and the Pirates in the 1970s and beyond * Drummer Johnny Hutchinson briefly played with The Beatles before they recruited Ringo Starr! * Detailed sleeve-notes reveal how their early promise and huge potential was blighted by in-fighting and the unsuitable management style of one Brian Epstein The Big Three were legends of the seminal Merseybeat scene of 1961-64, renowned as one of its most exciting bands and scoring two Top 40 hits: 'Some Other Guy' and 'By The Way'. 'Cavern Stomp' includes all of The Big Three's recordings for Decca across 1963 and 1964; the classic 'At The Cavern Live' EP plus four singles, compilation appearances and out-takes.

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BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE 'Buffy / Changing Woman / Sweet America' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

3CD: * Was the First time on CD for Buffys three mid 1970s albums for MCA and ABC: 'Buffy' [1974], 'Changing Woman' [1975] & 'Sweet America' [1976] * Produced by Buffy Sainte Marie and Henry Lewy * These three albums were never before been released on CD anywhere in the world, unlike the rest of the repertoire. * The gorgeous booklet has expert annotation from Ken Hunt, an enthusiast and world authority on Buffy.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN 'Just A Matter Of Time' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: * Compilation of Aretha Franklin's Columbia records output from 1962 to 1966 * In-demand items such as 'One Step Ahead' and 'I Cant Wait Until I See My Babys Face' are matched by the invigorating 'Rough Lover' and 'It's So Heartbreakin' (which shares its piano intro with her Atlantic recording of 'You Send Me'). As well as rare singles, we also have the choicest cuts from three of Ms Franklin's most soulful Columbia albums and also premiere two stunning unissued cuts from the Columbia vaults which have been mixed specially for this project by our friends at Sound Mastering. * Aretha's Columbia recordings have eventually become as acclaimed by soul fans as her later Atlantic sides. Here are two dozen of the very finest. Compiled by life-long Aretha aficionado David Nathan, 'Just A Matter Of Time' contains 24 of her Columbia tracks that have a higher soul content than many of those that are available elsewhere and also focuses on tracks that have not been reissued on CD recently or, in most cases, at all.

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