BEE GEES ‘The Ultimate Bee Gees’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
'The Ultimate Bee Gees' is a career retrospective featuring the group's many hits and chart-topping singles, performances of a selection of hit songs they wrote for others, and liner notes by Sir Tim Rice. The third disc is a DVD of previously unreleased footage.
This year marks the golden anniversary of the Bee Gees' musical beginnings. Since then, the trio has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, won both the Lifetime Achievement (2000) and Legend Awards (2003) from the
LEONA LEWIS ‘Happy’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]
LEONA LEWIS ‘Echo’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]
Leona's amazing story continues. After winning the hearts and minds of the public in 2006 by winning the X Factor, Leona has gone on to conquer the world. With Number One albums and singles all over the world Leona's debut album 'Spirit' has sold over 6 million copies whilst breaking records, receiving prestigious award nominations and making chart history both here and in the US along the way. Leona has spent much of 2009 back in the studio working on her new album and her brand new single 'Happy' welcomes Leona's anticipated return to work.
'Happy' is Leona doing what she does best – she's back with another trademark epic Leona ballad. From the moment the vocal comes in it's obvious how this girl has got this far in her career. 'Happy' sees Leona back with writing partner and 'Bleeding Love' compatriot Ryan Tedder and their formula has worked again. Rising from a fragile, almost acapella into, a gorgeous piano line carries it to an anthemic life-affirming chorus featuring a gravity defying vocal performance.
"That vocal was totally spontaneous, I sang it down as soon as we finished writing, sometimes it's better not to over-think things," says Leona shrugging off any fears of recreating those head-spinning high notes live. "It's weird because the highest parts of my voice – my head voice – are actually the ones that I find easier singing. I was trained in Opera so that comes really natural to me."
'Happy' gives a hint at what's to come from Leona's second album 'Echo'. 'Echo' is set for release on November 16th almost exactly two years since Leona's phenomenal debut 'Spirit'. 'Echo' promises big emotions, sweeping and widescreen melodies and spine tingling vocals. The album sees Leona teaming up again with writers Ne-Yo, John Shanks, Max Martin and Ryan Tedder as well as working with new collaborators Xenomania and Julian Bennetta.
While Leona readily admits she is well aware of the expectations on her in following up her 6 million plus selling debut 'Spirit', she is focused on putting that out of her head and just creating great songs – none more so than lead single 'Happy'
Leona says: "I'm actually more confident with this album than the last. I've taken more control this time and I feel more at ease with everything. To me, it's all about great songs and I hope the songs move people as much as they move me. I hope so anyway."
Leona admits she is at time caught off guard by the haunting, ethereal quality in her own voice and is, quite simply, moved to tears, like the millions who have been touched by her voice since she won that show and began releasing a series of songs that defied preconceived ideas of what mere 'talent show winners' could ever be or become.
"It's weird I know, but sometimes it feels like something outside myself. It's not necessarily that a lyric is even something that's happened to me but I almost feel like it has because I can get swept up by the emotion, and when I do it can be overwhelming."
CARRIE UNDERWOOD ‘Play On’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
Four-time GRAMMY Award winner, ACM Entertainer of the Year, and reigning, three-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist winner Carrie Underwood has clearly amassed not only the respect of the industry, but also the adulation of fans who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of her third album, which Carrie has titled 'Play On'.
Releasing November 2, 'Play On' draws its title from the name of a song featured on the new album, but it's certainly appropriate for the feelings of the countless fans who've come to love Carrie's music over the past four years. Since the release of her debut album, 'Some Hearts,' in 2005, Underwood has amassed sales of more than 10 million albums with 'Some Hearts' and 2007's 'Carnival Ride.' Along the way, she has consistently broken new ground and earlier this year became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 #1 singles from their first two albums.
Carrie is currently continuing work on 'Play On,' once again teamed with producer Mark Bright, who helmed her 'Carnival Ride' collection as well as seven tracks from 'Some Hearts.'
CALVIN HARRIS ‘Flashback’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
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"A rock star ready for the big stage, rather than a bedroom producer" – Independent
Having conquered and topped the charts with over 1 million download sales and successfully sound tracked the summer, Calvin Harris returns with another huge anthemic pop smash in 'Flashback' on November 2nd on Columbia Records.
Taken from his #1 Album 'Ready For The Weekend', 'Flashback' has already become a euphoric live favourite across all of this year's major festivals (V, T-In The Park, Glastonbury, T4 on the Beach, Creamfields to name but a few) and next month sees Calvin take his acclaimed live band on a mammoth tour across all four corners of the country.
2009 has truly seen Calvin Harris step out of the shadows into becoming one of the UK most unique and engaging pop stars; from his well-documented twittering, his forays into broadcasting with Jam TV, DJing across the globe through to producing world beating songs for artists like Dizzee Rascal & Kylie…
And that's not to mention his continued desire to make every dance floor go off! This year's winter party anthem has truly arrived. The track is also backed by new mixes courtesy of David Guetta, Eric Prydz & Goldie.
WILCO ‘Being There’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
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In 1994, singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco with three of his band mates following the break-up of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo. 'A.M.,' Wilco's debut, represents his first step into increasingly adventurous territory. "Tweedy shows an undeniable feel for melody, a gift for the resonant rhyme and an unhurried voice that reeks of cigarettes and charisma," declared the Chicago Sun-Times. Wilco's second effort, 'Being There,' is an ambitious, double album of 19 songs that the Independent compared favourably to the Rolling Stones' 'Exile on
JAY-Z featuring ALICIA KEYS ‘
Taken from the album Blueprint 3, which is still in the top 10 5 weeks since release, 'Empire State of Mind' was the track performed live on BBC Jonathan Ross show the week of album release which that week debuted at 15 in the singles chart before taking up residency in the top 3. This CD single release is backed with the club favourite and never before released 'Jockin' Jay-Z'. A must for fans.
UB40 ‘Food For Thought’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
UB40 performed their first gig in 1979 in their home city of
Includes the classics: 'King', 'Food For Thought', 'The Earth Dies Screaming'; 'Don't Let It Pass You By', 'One In Ten', 'Don't Slow Down' and more.
THIN LIZZY ‘Are You Ready?’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
Thin Lizzy, led by the inimitable Phil Lynott, were one of the greatest rock bands ever to come out of
BRING ME THE HORIZON ‘Suicide Season – Cut Up’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
Bring Me The Horizon have become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to their success on MySpace and won the 2006 Kerrang Best British Newcomer award. They have rabid fans worldwide and an incendiary live show. Nominated for Best Live Band and Best
The follow up to the successful 'Count Your Blessings', second album 'Suicide Season' was recorded in
WITHIN TEMPTATION ‘An Acoustic Night At The Theatre’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
The glorious symphonic rock of Within Temptation, crowned by the voice of stunning singer Sharon den Adel, has brought this remarkable band a decade-long international career and seen them become one of the most popular bands of their genre, selling over 100,000 units in the UK alone. Their last DVD release, 'Black Symphony,' demonstrated how Within Temptation could expand their sound to deliver magnificent orchestral arrangements and a dramatic, eye-popping show. The forthcoming live album, 'An Acoustic Night At The Theatre,' will show an entirely different but still captivating side of the band: one that can be simplified and stripped down.
In November 2008, Within Temptation branched out and embarked on a sold-out intimate theatre tour with seated audiences. This gave them the opportunity to rearrange several classics from their extensive catalogue to particularly suit an acoustic performance. The recording on this album is from the show at the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in
Robert Westerholt (guitar) explains, "I was fascinated by the idea of giving our audience a much more individual experience by focussing on the essence of our songs and reducing the show to a minimum. At the same time the acoustic arrangements and sounds let you hear different influences in our music – for example, some Celtic elements which I think come out best when played acoustically."
Sharon den Adel adds, "To show this other side of Within Temptation has been a dream of mine for quite some time. It was great to see that not only our existing fans but also people seeing us for the first time enjoyed it so much."
Two special guests are included here. Keith Caputo (Life Of Agony) joins in on prior single 'What Have You Done' and The Gathering's Anneke van Giersbergen makes a powerful duo with
Of additional note, the album also contains the brand new song 'Utopia,' written during the rehearsals for the theatre tour. A duet with
HANK WILLIAMS ‘Revealed’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother's Best Flour Company, Hank sang with his regular studio band and recorded his hits as well as songs he never recorded commercially anywhere else. From this amazing legacy, Time Life is proud to release the second 3-disc set 'Hank Williams: Revealed', another historic 3-CD, 50-track collection drawn from the Mother's Best recordings. It's a rare, informal glimpse into the heart and soul of country music's greatest star who passed away on New Year's Day 1953, at age 29.
This second three-CD set drawn from the Mother's Best shows includes a little more conversation, and each disc also includes a complete show. The highlights are many. On one of the earliest surviving shows, Hank plays the just-released 'Cold, Cold Heart' without any idea of what it will do for his career. On one of the later shows, his back pain is so crippling he has to sing sitting down. The spinal problems he'd had since birth had been aggravated by the year's punishing itinerary. In the songs and chatter, Hank Williams takes us back to his world. These days, we count ourselves lucky if we find an alternate take or two by any late giant of American music. To find eighteen hours of music and talk is truly without precedent. Set the time machine for 1951.
These recordings give us a deeper insight into Hank's life and music, showing a personality that had never been revealed previously. It showcases his humor as he jokes with his band and the emcee, his love of music as he talks unguardedly about his favorite songs, and captures him in his prime. The shows are not just unreleased Hank Williams music; they're an amazing three-dimensional portrait of one of the giants of American music.
The performances were recorded on acetate discs (meant to be played only once or twice) that were shelved in 1951 and they gradually faded from common memory. In the 1970s the acetates were saved from the trash by a WSM employee and eventually given to Hank's daughter, Jett. On behalf of the estate, Jett fought an eight-year battle to establish ownership, finally winning the right to release these recordings in partnership with Time Life.
FRANK SINATRA ‘Sinatra:
The 76 previously unreleased performances gathered here (61 on CD/16 on DVD) capture the singer giving his electrifying best. 'Sinatra:
The third disc contains the first night of Sinatra's two-night stand at
MOBY ‘Wait For Me’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
"Exceptional, emotional electronica" – The Sunday Times
"It's beautiful" – David Lynch
"Haunting" – The Independent
A Deluxe edition of Moby's 2009 critically acclaimed studio album 'Wait For Me' will be released November 2nd. The Deluxe version is a three-disc set comprised of two audio discs and one DVD. The Deluxe Wait For Me will be followed up by new single, 'One Time We Lived'.
The original album [Disc One] contains two new Moby bonus tracks, 'One Time We Lived' and 'Stay Down', both recorded at Moby's home studio in
The DVD includes live highlights from Moby's 2009 summer European festival dates, as well as an animated EPK and interview with Moby, plus five videos for songs from 'Wait For Me', including David Lynch's animation for 'Shot In The Back Of The Head'. Also included on this DVD are 16 'blips' (30 second animations for each of the tracks on the original album).
I AM KLOOT ‘B’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
Manchester three-piece I Am Kloot are set to release a new compilation album of unreleased tracks, rarities and B Sides on the Skinny Dog label on the 2nd November 2009.
'B' is released as a double CD and brings together twenty eight demos, live tracks and B Sides dating back to their Guy Garvey produced debut single 'Titanic' from 1999. Other standout tracks include a live French version of 'Twist', an Andrew Weatherall mix of 'Gods and Monsters', demo versions of '86 TV's', 'Ferris Wheel' and 'Over My Shoulder' together with 'Fat Kids In Photographs', a 1997 solo track from frontman Johnny Bramwell.
The I Am Kloot line up of Johnny Bramwell [voice and guitar]; Peter Jobson [bass] and Andrew Hargreaves [drums] celebrate their 10th anniversary this year and they will mark the occasion by recording an album with close allies Guy Garvey & Craig Potter of Elbow, the duo who produced Kloot's acclaimed debut 'Natural History'. Work on the new album, tentatively titled, 'The Sky At Night', began in
THE DURUTTI COLUMN ‘2001 – 2009’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
'2001-2009' is a 5 CD boxset from guitar genius Vini Reilly, catalogues his output in the 21st century and includes every album he has released in this period plus unheard exclusive bonus tracks and artprints of each cover in a clamshell boxset.
SPARKS ‘The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
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The Times echoed the thoughts of many when saying "….where a Sparks musical is concerned, it's surely a matter of when rather than if" and, with the release of Ron and Russell Mael's 22nd album, the worlds of Sparks and musical theatre have finally become one.
Originally commissioned by the Swedish National Public radio Sveriges Radio to write and produce an original radio musical, Sparks created, 'The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman,' a musical fantasy based on the internationally acclaimed film director Ingmar Bergman.
"As Americans we have almost abandoned radio drama and it was truly exhilarating for us to work in a medium where the imagination of the listener is so integral a part of the work. Aside from our love of Bergman, we have a love of Orson Welles and his use of the medium of radio was something that inspired us in this work." – Ron Mael
"When Sveriges Radio approached us with the idea of creating our own musical for the radio, we were excited about the prospect yet hesitant at trying to figure a way to successfully fulfil their only restrictions with the project: that it incorporates the Swedish language in some manner. Once we came up with the idea of placing one of the ultimate Swedish icons and one of our favourite film directors, Ingmar Bergman, in a fantasy setting we became extremely excited about this musical and knew we were on to something special." – Russell Mael
'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman' is
"Although 'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman' was commissioned as a radio musical, we always saw it in cinematic terms. We hope that the listeners will be able, in their own minds, to see the same movie that we wrote on hearing it on the radio and that at some point an actual film can be made of this piece. We would also like to present 'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman' as a theatre piece and perhaps this will be the next stage show for
The part-Swedish version of the recording was broadcast in
JANIS IAN ‘The Secret Life Of J.Eddy Fink’ / ‘Who Really Cares’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
* These are a young Janis's albums from 1968 and 1969 respectively, her third and fourth recordings for Verve
* First time on CD for these 60's recordings by jazz
* 'The Stones Jazz' is what it says – Pass's version of Rolling Stones songs – while '12 String Guitar' is Joe's interpretations of various movie themes