Looks like Imelda May's 'Love Tattoo' has taken over from Charlotte Gainsbourg's '5:55' as the top played CD here in the Shed. There's a reason for that – It's darned GOOD! Like '5:55', 'Love Tattoo' is one of those albums that, if you don't have it already, you SHOULD have […read more…]
With the wonders of BBC iPlayer's fancy technology, here's your chance to catch Tom Robinson's documentary on the weird and wonderful life of producer Joe Meek again, or if you missed it the first time round like me. You'll be collecting in no time!
YES 'Introducing Yes' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
All over the world YES are considered along with the renowned Genesis, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer as the pre-eminent big four of progressive rock.
YES turned the existing rules of pop music upside down: extended song lengths, topmost abstract lyrics, extraordinary instrumentation and far-ranging influences of Classical, Jazz and Rock.
The founding members Jon Anderson [Vocals / Guitar], Chris Squire [Vocals / Bass] and Steve Howe [Guitar] are part of YES for more than 40 years now and there is no famous Prog-band of the present day that does not look up to these reputable legends.
'Introducing… YES' provides established fans as well as YES-beginners with an exquisite assortment of their most recent recordings of the current millennium. Ageless Artrock that gives proof of YES' unchallenged musical mastership bundled on one disc.
Rockabilly seems to be the 'in thing' round these parts this week. Not only do we have Imelda May's latest blaring out in the office for the umpteenth time, but a number of LP compilations of authentic rockabilly sounds have recently come our way. With got obscure artists, some well […read more…]
Following on from Richard D James' DJ set in the early hours of Sunday morning at Matter, Fabric's latest enterprise to hit the 02 Arena – what is reputedly the largest club night out in the world at the moment (it sure is big!) – and ahead of his show […read more…]
Last year, Paul McCartney & Youth released their 2nd longplayer under the Fireman moniker, 'Electric Arguments'. Now, they've issued the ultimate multi-format version of the album! For your hard-earned, you get: – Direct Metal Mastered 2-LP pressed on 200gram Virgin Vinyl – CD of the complete album – Bonus 7-track […read more…]
DIANA KRALL Quiet Nights [Deluxe Edition] [Release Date 02/11/2009] CD/DVD Superb new French issue limited 'Deluxe Edition' 2-disc set from the acclaimed smooth jazz singer. Features 12-track CD album combining Brazilian and West Coast jazz styles and featuring 3 recordings of songs by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, plus […read more…]
An essay written by Sir Paul McCartney as a 10-year-old has been found after lying undiscovered in Liverpool's Central Library for more than 50 years. Years before the Beatles received their MBEs, he beat hundreds of other school children to win a prize for his 1953 essay marking the Queen's […read more…]
ROBBIE WILLIAMS 'Bodies' [Release Date 12/10/2009] C5 Robbie Williams releases his new album 'Reality Killed The Video Star' on EMI's Virgin Records on November 9. The single 'Bodies' will precede the album on October 12. It was produced by Trevor Horn and includes a special extended mix of single by […read more…]
Last week’s announcement that Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck will finally play together at London’s O2 arena had some of my fellow office-dwellers all hot & bothered and ready to raid their piggy banks for the requisite £100+ per ticket, plus parking, plus £25 tee-shirt, not to mention the over-priced […read more…]
Reunited 80s band Spandau Ballet have announced they are releasing their first single in 20 years. The group, who had hits with True and Gold, revealed in March that they were reforming for a series of live shows. "Once More" is the name of their new single and album, which […read more…]
For those of you lucky enough to have witnessed Jeff Beck with the amazing Imelda May band, you'll know what is to come. For those of you that didn't attend the gig, I couldn't put into words any better than this: http://www.wharf.co.uk/2009/09/review-jeff-beck-with-the-imelda-may-band.html Mr Beck is still the finest & most […read more…]
RICK WAKEMAN 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII: Live At Hampton Court' [Release Date 05/10/2009]
Rick Wakeman's 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII' is one of the landmark albums of the seventies, a critical and commercial success that has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. In May 2009, Rick Wakeman finally achieved his long held dream of performing the entire album live at Hampton Court Palace. It was the first time the whole album had ever been performed in concert & included the Henry VIII track 'Defender Of The Faith', that had to be cut from the original album for space reasons, plus new opening and closing pieces. The two spectacular sell out concerts were a never to be repeated event and this set shows why they will live long in the memory of all those fortunate enough to attend.
Extended live performances of Rick Wakeman's most popular album with the English Rock Ensemble accompanied by the Orchestra Europa and the English Chamber Choir with Brian Blessed as narrator. Features additional new tracks premiered at the concert. DVD & Blu-Ray packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a reproduction of the concert programme.
The all-female pop group The Sugababes have lost their last original member after Keisha Buchanan announced her departure. She will be replaced by former UK Eurovision entrant Jade McEwan. All 3 founder members of the band, which began 11 years ago, have now departed.
VARIOUS ARTISTS '12" Dance: The Definitive Collection 1978 – 1995'
[Release Date 05/10/2009]
The creatives behind the enormous success of Ministry of Sound's
'Anthems' series, and Universal's '12" 80's', come together on Rhino to
present a megalithic album of the biggest, best and most iconic dance
anthems of all time in the form of '12" Dance'.
Straddling 3 decades of Dance and Club culture, CD1 focuses on the
explosion of the iconic 12" single mix onto the embryonic club-scene of
New York and Chicago in the 70's and its eventual take over of the
world's dance-floors with timeless, powerhouse disco anthems from Chic
'Good Times', Sugarhill Gang 'Rappers Delight', Sister Sledge 'He's The
Greatest Dancer', The Trammps 'Disco Inferno' and Earth Wind And Fire
'Boogie Wonderland' and tipping us into the next great dance movement
with Blondie 'Rapture' and Donna Summer 'I Feel Love'.
CD2 leads us into the 80's, evoking neon blooded rebellion and the rise
of Pop, Rap and Techno/House featuring classic mixes of Miami Sound
Machine 'Dr Beat', Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 'White Lines',
S' Express 'The Theme… ', Inner City 'Big Fun', Womack and Womack
'Teardrops', Marshall Jefferson 'Move Your Body', Farley Jackmaster Funk
'Love Can't Turn Around' and of course the biggest selling 12" single of
all time New Order's seminal 'Blue Monday'.
Pushing on into the hedonistic electro-dance fuelled 90's with a
momentum that will leave you breathless for the next installation, CD3
features club classics from Adamski 'Killer', Beats International 'Dub
Be Good To Me', Jamiroquai 'Space Cowboy', Deee-lite 'Groove Is In The
Heart', C&C Music Factory 'Everybody Dance Now', Snap! 'Rhythm Is A
Dancer', Crystal Waters 'Gypsy Woman', Utah Saints 'Something Good',
Happy Mondays 'Step On', Jamiroquai 'Space Cowboy', and that all time
favourite No 1, Everything But The Girl 'Missing'.
KISS Sonic Boom' [Release Date 05/10/2009]
After a 9-year wait, Rock superstars Kiss release a brand new studio in
'Sonic Boom'. Featuring 11 brand new Kiss anthems, 'Sonic Boom' is an
emphatic statement from one of rock's most iconic bands. Says
guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley: "The purpose of this album isn't to let
people know that we're still around – it's to let people know we can
still knock out anybody who's out there!".
Since Paul Stanley and bassist / vocalist Gene Simmons founded Kiss in
New York City in 1972, the band has sold over 80 million albums
worldwide. 'Sonic Boom', the 19th original studio album of their 35-year
recording career, marks a new chapter for the band: it is the first Kiss
studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Thayer alongside Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer. But as Paul states: "This isn't
'new Kiss' – this is classic Kiss!".
Cockney royalty Chas & Dave have announced their retirement from the music industry. No more gigs, perhaps never a pub knees-up ever again… Wot, surely not? Whether you drown your sorrows or raise a glass this evening, Chas & Dave were a British institution and will be sorely missed but […read more…]
GIRLS ALOUD 'Out Of Control Tour 2009 – Live From The O2 Arena' [Release Date 05/10/2009]
DVD: Girls Aloud are set to release their 'Out Of Control' Live DVD on October 5th, giving fans a chance to enjoy this spectacular tour in their own homes. The UK's greatest girl group filmed the show in May this year at The O2 arena in London. During the 32-date tour Girls Aloud played to approximately half a million people. The live extravaganza was dubbed their best live tour to date by the fans whilst the press raved about it. The Londonpaper said it was their best live tour to date whilst The Times gave the show 4 stars. As well as the full live show, the DVD includes several amazing bonus features, including a Girl-cam that allows the viewer to follow their favourite Girl Aloud as she performs a song on tour. Also included are full music videos for the hit singles 'The Promise', 'The Loving Kind' and 'Untouchable', as well as the tour screen visuals.
THE SATURDAYS 'Forever Is Over' [Release Date 05/10/2009]
C5: The Saturdays strike back with a brand new single and album for autumn. First up is the power-pop anthem-in-the-making, Forever Is Over, released on October 5th through Fascination Records. Forever Is Over is the lead single from The Saturdays' as-yet-untitled second album. The single, written by James Bourne [ex-Busted] and Sam Watters and Louis Biancanielle, is a change in direction for the girls and its sophisticated sound signals a definite progression, while still showing off the girls' voices to the maximum.
If you missed U2’s recent 360° Tour concerts, or if the reported sound problems spoiled your fun, you could rewind a few years – actually it’s an unbelievable 12 years – and relive the live extravaganza that was their Popmart Tour, filmed on 3rd December 1997 in Mexico City. For, […read more…]
Love it or hate it, the music of the Noughties was inescapable, coming from adverts, video games and that newfangled gadget, the iPod. This is the Telegraph's list of the songs that defined the decade. Read the full article HERE…
QUEEN 'Absolute Greatest' [Release Date 16/11/2009] CD I 2-CD I Limited 2-CD I Limited 3-LP: Queen. Someone ought to erect a monument to them. Think about it: they've ruled their game longer than many of our most famous leaders, their words can be repeated by many more than can recite our most […read more…]
ASH 'True Love 1980' [Release Date 12/10/2009]
Ltd 7": Crisscrossing the nation from A to Z, evergreen rock stars Ash promote their mould breaking A-Z Singles Collection with a 26-date UK tour. Visiting some of the country's live music back waters… Working alphabetically through the towns and cities of the British Isles from Aldershot to Zennor, Ash will be dropping in on the UK's lesser-visited concert venues. Exotic locations like Ventnor (that's on the Isle of Wight), The Havana Club (in Jersey), Upper Norwood (South London of course…) and the Devonshire seaside town of 'eXmouth', will be among those experiencing a rare visit from a major touring act; and who better to "bring the rock" than the acclaimed live act and hit factory that is Ash? The tour provides the launch pad for the bands unique A-Z Series, kicking off with the electro-ballad 'True Love 1980' on October 12th. The A-Z series will see a collection of 26 limited edition 7" singles, released fortnightly over the coming year. Rising to the challenge of the creative Everest that is a 26 single campaign, with 'True Love 1980', Tim Wheeler has delivered a typically monumental piece of pop; tapping into Ash's trademark hooks and three piece dynamism, while reveling in the possibilities of their groundbreaking studio project. 'True Love 1980' follows the critically acclaimed 'Return Of White Rabbit' dropped earlier this summer. Where 'Return of White Rabbit' showcased angular guitars and growling basslines, 'True Love 1980' delivers a perfect slice of Back-To-The-Future synth pop balladry from Ash's hit writing engine room.
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST Sea of Tranquility: The Polydor Years 1974-1997 [released 26th October 2009]
3-CD: Esoteric Recordings are happy to announce the release of this extensive compilation which covers the career of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST during their twenty three year tenure with Polydor Records, beginning with material from the album EVERYONE IS EVERYBODY ELSE, including tracks from albums such as TIME HONOURED GHOSTS, OCTOBERON, GONE TO EARTH, XII and ending with tracks from the German only album RIVER OF DREAMS. Including such classic tracks as MOCKINGBIRD, GALADRIEL, SHE SAID, CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE, JONATHAN, ROCK N ROLL STAR, HYMN, POOR MANS MOODY BLUES, BERLIN, IN MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS, this extensive history of the bands most successful recorded work is a long overdue reappraisal of their music. Sea of Tranquility is a fine overview of the finest music produced by the band. The release of the 3CD set coincides with John Lees BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST tour of the UK and Europe in October and November 2009. * 3CD DELUXE REMASTERED COMPILATION COVERING THE BANDS ENTIRE CAREER WITH POLYDOR RECORDS FROM 1974- 1997 * FEATURES LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH PHOTOS, MEMORABILIA & ESSAY * BACKED BY AN EXTENSIVE UK & EUROPEAN TOUR BY JOHN LEES BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
AIR 'Love 2' [Release Date 05/10/2009]
CD: Internationally revered French electronic pop duo AIR (Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin), will release their fifth studio album 'Love 2' on 5th October. It is the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed 'Pocket Symphony', and the first production to emanate from, Atlas, their very own state-of-the-art recording Studio. Nestled in the leafy backstreets of northern Paris, Atlas provided a creative haven for the band to produce these twelve new songs. Writing and producing entirely by themselves, they have cemented their association with LA-based drummer / percussionist Joey Waronker, who had previously joined them for their intimate, three-man "Close up" tour of south-east Asia in the Fall of 2008. Stéphane 'Alf' Briat, a long-time fixture of the Paris music scene, whose work with AIR dates back to some of their earliest material, also came on board for the mixdown at Atlas. AIR's 1998 debut album 'Moon Safari' struck a unanimously harmonious chord with music lovers around the globe and has since become an electronic pop classic. Since then AIR have enjoyed many career-defining moments and accolades, both at home and abroad, and have written, produced and collaborated on a breathtaking array of music projects. With 5.5 million worldwide album sales to their credit, the band has become de facto ambassadors of modern French pop. Fans are drawn back to each new musical adventure by their inventive arrangements, and a playful yet unpredictable palette of sounds and songcraft.
SHEENA EASTON Take My Time [released 19th October 2009]
CD: Sheena's debut album Take My Time was released in the UK in January 1981 and remained in the charts for 20 weeks. It was also a big success in the US, where it was retitled Sheena Easton, quickly turning Gold shortly after release. The original album comprised of twelve predominantly pop songs with strong melodies, that cross over with ease to different genres of music, giving the album a diverse feel with mass appeal. Here are those 12 tracks with four bonus tracks which were originally b-sides to four 45s.
MARIAH CAREY 'Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel' [Release Date 28/09/2009]
CD I Ltd CD: 'Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel' is the 12th album from the biggest-selling female recording artist in history Mariah Carey. Featuring 'Obsessed' and new single 'I Want To Know What Love Is' (the huge cover of the Foreigner classic ballad), Memoirs… is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Mariah's multi-platinum-selling album E=MC², and her worldwide 10 million selling The Emancipation of Mimi. Initial orders of Memoirs… will come in a limited edition single disc digipack featuring the album plus 4 remixes of Obsessed and a mini Elle magazine dedicated entirely to Mariah. The Emancipation of Mimi was an international smash hit and generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album). The track 'We Belong Together' hit the UK charts at #2 and was #1 on the Billboard chart for 14 weeks making it the charts' longest running #1 single of 2005. Mariah also made Billboard history when she became the first female lead artist in 47 years to hold the #1 and #2 positions on the Billboard charts with 'We Belong Together' and 'Shake It Off.' Three years later, internationally acclaimed E=MC² hit number #3 in the UK charts on release. The album's success brought total sales of Mariah's albums, singles and videos to more than 80-times platinum in the U.S. alone, and over 200 million worldwide, distancing her even further from the pack as the top-selling female recording artist in history.
SINITTA The Hits Collection [released 19th October 2009]
2-CD: The daughter of Miquel Brown and the niece of Amii Stewart, Sinitta's impeccable pop heritage soon led her – via West End stardom in Cats and Mutiny with David Essex – to impressing Simon Cowell, who made her his first signing in 1984. Sinitta had soon produced a succession of joyful, effervescent pop moments throughout the 80s and into the 90s, selling millions worldwide. Returning to prominence via TV shows The X Factor, Grease Is The Word, Celebrity Wife Swap and Loose Women – Sinitta has also recently recorded some brand new material. * Included on this comprehensive, first-ever retrospective collection – a double-CD of 33 digitally re-mastered tracks * All the greatest hits * *11* unreleased tracks from the PWL vaults, including two never-released Stock Aitken Waterman-produced singles * Exclusive new material – a brandnew recording of Toy Boy and new song The Day You Said Goodbye, with… * A brand-new Pete Hammond Remix, in his acclaimed 'Retro' style, that's currently topping the pop charts (Alphabeat, Velvet, Wynona Judd) * A comprehensive booklet of new pictures, analysis, photo discography and an interview with Sinitta, looking back on her career highlights * Over this full-to-capacity double-CD package, the irrepressible Sinitta provides nothing less than a feast for even the most insatiable fan of classic pop
EUROPE Almost Unplugged [released 5th October 2009]
CD+DVD: In January 2008 the Swedish rock legends Europe performed a semi-unplugged concert for the first time in their career. The location for this event was Stockholm's famous "Nalen" club. Based on the success of the show the band now decided to release a DVD/CD Europe "Almost Unplugged". During their career the band has sold in excess of 8 Million albums and usually performs in arenas. However at "Nalen" Europe fans experienced an intimate show with never heard before semi-acoustic versions of songs from the band's successful history, spanning more than two decades.
SAINT ETIENNE Songs For The Dog And Duck [Released 26th October 2009]
CD: Ace Records are proud to announce a new compilation curated by Saint Etienne, the British group led by songwriters Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs and fronted by vocalist Sarah Cracknell. This compilation, the second in a series (the first was Songs for Marios Caf […read more…]