Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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ROLLING STONES 'Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones '71 – '93' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

CD: Originally released in November 1993, this definitive collection gathers eighteen of the group's classics from the seventies and eighties, such as the Transatlantic Top Ten hits 'Tumbling Dice', 'Fool To Cry', 'Emotional Rescue' and the much-loved 'Start Me Up'. It also includes the ultimate rock anthem 'Brown Sugar', the ballad 'Angie' and the dance-flavoured 'Miss You', three US number one singles in wildly different styles, a testament to the band's versatility, creativity and lasting appeal. In the compact disc era, 'Jump Back' became the point of entry for fans of the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world and was a mainstay of the UK album charts throughout the mid-nineties. Indeed, it paved the way for the arrival of the number one studio album 'Voodoo Lounge' in July 1994, and has now been re-mastered in line with the rest of the group's post-1971 studio recordings. 'Jump Back' kicks off in style with the trademark guitar riffs of 'Start Me Up' and 'Brown Sugar', continues with the band's infectious cover of Bob and Earl's mod favourite 'Harlem Shuffle', the rallying cry of 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll (But I Like It)', and cherry-picks its way through eleven Top 5 studio albums, including the country-tinged 'Wild Horses' and the intoxicating 'Bitch' from 1971's acknowledged masterpiece 'Sticky Fingers', and the rockers 'Mixed Emotions' and 'Rock And A Hard Place' from 1989's Steel Wheels. During the seventies and the eighties, the Rolling Stones played sold-out concerts to ever-bigger audiences in stadiums around the world. They made music and headlines wherever they went, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to the French Riviera via Kingston, Jamaica and Nassau in the Bahamas. They remained the bad boys of rock, influencing everyone from Aerosmith and The Clash to Guns'N'Roses. 'Jump Back' eschews the temptation to play it safe and simply run through the group's catalogue chronologically, and is intelligently sequenced for maximum enjoyment at a party or as in-car entertainment. The groove-oriented 'Hot Stuff', from 1976's 'Black And Blue', makes a fine segue between the floor fillers 'Miss You' and 'Emotional Rescue', and the sweet jazz-soul of 'Waiting On A Friend', from 1981's 'Tattoo You', fits snugly alongside 'Beast Of Burden' – a US Top Ten entry never released as a single in the UK – and 'Wild Horses'. The snarling 'Respectable', from 1978's 'Some Girls', proves the Stones could match the punks they had influenced so much, while the collision of reggae, dub, dance and politically-charged lyrics that is 'Undercover Of The Night' from 1983 stills jumps out of the speakers 25 years on. 'Jump Back' retains the original packaging of the 1993 edition and comes complete with a 12-page illustrated booklet featuring comments and observations by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards about the eighteen tracks included, offering fans a rare insight into the workings of the band.

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VAGABOND 'You Don't Know The Half Of It' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

CD: "They could be the world's biggest new band." The Guardian "The debut album from this Geffen-signed act is packed with huge pop moments that ooze international appeal." Music Week "They sound huge this band. ('Don't Wanna Run No More') is a massive song." Jo Whiley – Radio 1 "Very brilliant indeed and could end up being the sound of independent radio until the end of time itself." Peter Robinson – Popjustice Vagabond's debut album 'You Don't Know The Half Of It' out 17th August. Features the forthcoming single 'Don't Wanna Run No More' out 3rd August, and the previous promotional release 'Sweat (Until The Morning)'. Fronted by the irrepressible Alex Vargas [vocals, guitar] with Stephen Carter [guitar], Luke Fitton [guitar], Steve Carter [guitar], Sam Odiwe [bass] and Karl Penney [drums], Vagabond have a soulful, bluesy pop sound unlike anything else around. The 11 tracks off 'You Don't Know The Half Of It' flit seamlessly between earthy pop and synth-tinged rock. The title, taken from a lyric in album track 'Smile Of Mona Lisa', is a reminder not to judge Vagabond too quickly. "You can't listen to one or two tracks off our album and think you know what Vagabond is all about," explains Alex Vargas. "You've got to hear the whole package." The sneak preview download only single 'Sweat (Until the Morning)' finds the quintet in laid-back, seductive mode while the band's heavier, more explosive tendencies are revealed on tracks like 'Ladelle' and 'I've Been Wanting You'. Vargas cites the gospel-tinged 'Don't Wanna Run No More' as being particularly meaningful. "It's about giving up the chase and realising there was no point in trying anymore," Vargas says.

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REBA MCENTIRE 'Keep On Loving You' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

CD: From the moment you hear the voice, you know it: fierce and powerful, clear and passionate, a voice that could belong to no one else but the woman millions of fans the world over know only as Reba. Following the great success of her 'Duets' album, Reba returns with her brand new, critically acclaimed, Tony Brown-produced album. The single 'Strange' is the fastest-climbing single of her career, ascending to #10 on Country Top 50 chart.

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IMOGEN HEAP 'Ellipse' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD I 2-CD: "The new album showcases all of Imogen's remarkable talents: vocals, lyrics, composition and programming. 'Ellipse' runs the gamut of tone and style, mingling upbeat and energizing tracks with ones that are hypnotic and spellbinding. Her signature swirling vocals run powerfully through the downtempo set, with surprising twists and turns." ACCESS HOLLYWOOD British singer-songwriter-producer and two time Grammy nominee Imogen Heap is set to release her much anticipated new solo album 'Ellipse' on August 3rdth 2009 through Epic Records. After the leaps she made on the release of her last breakthrough album 'Speak For Yourself', Imogen remained true to her do-it-yourself ethos, building her own studio in the old family home in Essex, where she's almost finished making the new album, 'Ellipse'. Debuting some songs last week in the USA, both Spin and Access Hollywood wrote rave previews. Picking up where she left off, Imogen continues to redress the Artist/Audience relationship with 'Ellipse' by enlisting the help of her huge fanbase to write the biography for the new album via Tweets submitted by her 650,000 (and counting!) followers on Twitter, to contribute artwork designs, and by keeping her fans up-to-date on the recording of the new album over 38 vBlogs, all available on her website. The vBlogs – recorded by film-maker Justine Pearsall – will be available as a DVD release to tie in with the album release. Upfront of the new album, Imogen even invited fans to complete an unfinished track 'The Song That Never Was', providing the lyrics, with over 500 fans adding backing music for their own versions. The response would be holding a world record had she thought to register it beforehand! All proceeds went to Twitter charity event Twestival. Imogen has maintained a strong bond with her fans ever since spearheading the DIY music movement around the release of 'Speak For Yourself', where – dispensing with the need for a record label deal by creating her own label – support from her fans allowed Imogen both critical and commercial breakthroughs, including her Grammy nominations and half a million record sales. Imogen was at the forefront of the online explosion, leading The Guardian to title her "the first download diva" and independent online identity experts Garlik declaring her the No.1 online name ahead of world leaders and A-list celebrities. She maintains one of the biggest profiles online, with more than 40 million plays and over 350,000 friends on Myspace and over 7 million views on You Tube for standout single from 'Speak For Yourself' and two-time Radio 1 'Record Of The Week' 'Hide And Seek' alone. 'Ellipse' is Imogen Heap's most accomplished album to date and will be followed the single 'First Train Home' on Monday 12th October. The track 'Canvas' and accompanying video will be serviced to specialist radio and online in the run up to album release.

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NEIL DIAMOND 'Hot August Night NYC' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD I DVD I Digipak DVD: Recorded last year at Madison Square Garden, Hot August Night NYC brings together Neil's whole catalogue from the 70s smash hits to his critically acclaimed and best selling American Recordings repertoire. A true live Greatest Hits, Hot August Night NYC captures Neil on top of his game, leading the Garden in a rousing sing-a-long.

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QUENTIN TARANTINO / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Inglourious Basterds OST' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

CD I LP: Acclaimed writer and film director Quentin Tarantino and Warner Bros. Records will join forces to release the original soundtrack to Tarantino's upcoming film 'Inglourious Basterds' on August 17th – two days before the highly anticipated film his theatres nationwide on August 19th. As evidenced by the eclectic soundtracks to such previous films as 'Pulp Fiction', 'Jackie Brown', and 'Kill Bill', Tarantino is a huge music fan and treats music as an important character in each of his films. Tarantino's long-time music director Mary Ramos says that the 'Inglourious Basterds 'soundtrack is similar to Kill Bill in that "it features Quentin-style 'deep cuts' – tracks that record company vaults don't even have. And because the film centres around a cinema, it will include songs from Nazi-era German screwball comedies and some of the coolest score cuts that have been meticulously chosen from films you've most likely never heard of but will want to Netflix right away!" 'Inglourious Basterds' was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where Christoph Waltz took home the Best Actor prize. Tarantino recently told the New York Times: "This ain't your daddy's World War II movie". The film is set in the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus [Melanie Laurent] witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa [Waltz]. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine [Brad Pitt] organises a group of Jewish-American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as "the basterds", Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark [Diane Kruger] on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own. Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII.

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ENTER SHIKARI 'No Sleep Remedy' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

C5 I 7": Following the 'Radio One A-listed', 'Top 30' single 'Juggernauts', the genre-shattering album 'Common Dreads', and the band's first ever Glastonbury performance, we launch upon the airwaves the second Enter Shikari single of 2009… the very mighty 'No Sleep Tonight'. The single is released Monday 17th August, just prior to the band's debut main stage Reading / Leeds performances, and comes backed with an array of particularly awesome remixes… namely three slabs of drum'n'bass from The Qemists, Hospital Records' Mistabishi, and Enter Shikari's own Rout, plus a pop electro mix from teenage Kent duo Lightsgoblue.

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LITTLE BOOTS 'Remedy' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

C5 I 7" I 12": Following the release of her album 'Hands' which debuted in the top 5, Little Boots [aka 25 year old Blackpool native Victoria Hesketh] has returned with her single 'Remedy', which is destined to be an instant smash. Released on August 17th through 679/Atlantic and produced by Redone [Lady Gaga], Victoria commented, "I wanted to write a really dark dance pop song a bit like 'Toxic' by Britney. Redone is really talented and the song actually came together pretty quickly".

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BRIAN AUGER 2CD REISSUES [Release Date 17/08/2009]

'Closer To It' / 'Straight Ahead' I 'Live Oblivion Volume 1 & 2': Brian Auger has set musical standards as jazz pianist, band leader, studio musician and Hammond-B3-innovator. These are two of more than 20 re-releases of Brian Auger's catalogue repertoire. BRENDAN

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BENSON 'My Old, Familiar Friend' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD I LP: Following his phenomenal success with The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson returns in August 2009 with his fourth and finest solo album, 'My Old, Familiar Friend'. Recorded in Nashville and London, produced by Gil Norton [Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters] and mixed by Dave Sardy [The Rolling Stones, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis], 'My Old, Familiar Friend' is a marriage of passion and perfectionism and an illustration of all that is special about Benson. From the seductive glimmer of 'Feel Like Taking You Home' to the Motown swoon of 'Garbage Day' Benson has shaped his restless-hearted stories into songs that fit together with exquisite neatness and carry the delicious clunk-click of rhyme. It is a style he has honed, of course. On 1996's 'One Mississippi', the songs came rough-hewn but charged with hooks and with wit; 2002's 'Lapalco' brought a perfect pop ripeness, and by 'The Alternative to Love' in 2005, there was something quite brilliant and burnished about his songwriting. Along the way he has co-written and recorded two spectacular albums with The Raconteurs, 'Broken Boy Soldiers' and 'Consolers of the Lonely'. For Benson, the Raconteurs was not just an opportunity to play with close friends Jack White [The White Stripes], Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler [The Greenhornes] but also a chance to roll around in the rock, psychedelia and blues that has shaped his musical taste. Through all of the songs on 'My Old, Familiar Friend' ribbons a delight in melody. Benson's musical approach is detailed, craftsmanlike and fastidious. Take for instance 'A Whole Lot Better' in which harmonies, hand-claps and guitar are layered to produce a work of such heart-filled buoyancy, a work that culminates in the sweet, dove-tailing swoop of its refrain: "I fell in love with you/ And out of love with you/ And back in love with you/ All in the same day." These are songs that arrived perfectly formed and immaculate, songs from the very top drawer… the sound of a classic singer/songwriter operating at the top of his game.

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