ASH 'A-Z Volume 2' [Release Date 04/10/2010] 2010 UK 16-track CD album Having marked the halfway point in their A – Z singles series with the 13 track compilation A-Z Vol 1, Ash wrap up the series with A-Z Vol 2 featuring the final 13 singles – letters N –Z. […read more…]
Van Halen are working on their first album in more than a decade, and they're runnin' with David Lee Roth. Twenty-six years after they last recorded together, the hard-rock band have reuinted with their original singer, with an album planned for next year. Although the band have not announced the […read more…]
Arcade Fire's BEAUTIFUL (I've listened to it 3 times now, I LOVE IT) 3rd album 'The Surburbs' is already on target to go to # 1 in the Album Charts on Sunday… READ MORE HERE
VISAGE 'The Face: The Very Best Of' [Release Date 08/03/2010] CD: Who could have imagined that a few kids in the '70s, fed up with punk, would open a nightclub; The Blitz, in Covent Garden, that would pioneer a style of music that would become one of the most resilient and successful […read more…]
BRUCE FORSYTH 'Didn't He Do Well?: The Collection' [Release Date 08/03/2010] CD: Bruce Forsyth is a UK entertainment institution. With over 70 years in show business, Brucie graced our screens on everything from 'Saturday Night At The London Palladium' and 'The Generation Game' to the current reality TV phenomenon 'Strictly Come […read more…]
SHARLEEN SPITERI 'The Movie Songbook' [Release Date 01/03/2010] CD: http://991.com/Buy/ProductInformation.aspx?StockNumber=499092 Deluxe 2CD: http://991.com/Buy/ProductInformation.aspx?StockNumber=499094 Multi-million selling singer-songwriter Sharleen Spiteri releases her brand new album 'The Movie Songbook' through Mercury Records on March 1st 2010. The follow up to her top three debut solo album 'Melody', 'The Movie Songbook' is the […read more…]
H.I.M ‘Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice’ [Release Date 08/02/2010] CD: http://991.com/Buy/ProductInformation.aspx?StockNumber=496725 2CD: http://991.com/Buy/ProductInformation.aspx?StockNumber=496726 Long established as one of the world's biggest cult bands, 2010 sees the return of HIM's inimitable brand of brooding metallic romance with the February 8th release of their new album 'Screamworks: Love In Theory & […read more…]
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
MOTLEY CRUE 'Dr Feelgood – Deluxe Edition' [Release Date 21/09/2009]
2CD: Rated Billboard's No.1 album following release on September 1st 1989, selling 6 million copies in the U.S. alone and certified multi-platinum (officially Mötley Crüe's best-selling album, the band's fifth overall). * The title track reaches No.6 on the U.S. Billboard singles chart and is ranked No.15 on the VH1 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. * The singles 'Without You' reaches No. 8 and 'Kickstart My Heart' No.18 in the Billboard singles chart. * Contributors on the album include Steven Tyler, Bryan Adams, Robin Zander & Rick Neilsen [Cheap Trick], Skid Row and Jack Blades [Nightranger & Damn Yankees]. We're all familiar with the well worn phrase 'Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll', but never has this expression seemed more inadequate than when trying to encapsulate the life and crazy times of L.A.'s favourite Sleaze Metal heroes. Some say Guns N' Roses were the most dangerous band in the World. How wrong they are. The tale of Mötley Crüe is one that has been re-told and documented a'plenty over the years and it's a story that never fails to entertain, amaze, shock and repel in equal measure. One thing that often gets over-shadowed by these tales however, is the fact that the Crüe made bad ass Rock n' Roll and some of the best to come out of the California Glam Metal scene of the 80's. As you read through some of the titles ('Girls, Girls, Girls', 'Live Wire', 'Kickstart My Heart', 'Wild Side', 'Shout At The Devil') one is instantly transported back to a time when Mötley Crüe were the house band to the biggest party in the history of Rock. Time and tide hasn't seemed to slow them down either. They may be a little older (aren't we all) but they still know how to throw some of the biggest, brashest and downright lewdest parties you'll ever have the pleasure of being invited to. 'Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll'…that's just the entrée!
IAN BROWN 'Stellify' [Release Date 21/09/2009]
Ltd 7": Stel´li`fy: to change or be changed into a star [from Latin stella, a star] Ian Brown – NME Godlike Genius, Q Legend – returns this Autumn with a new single Stellify and his sixth studio album 'My Way'. Already critically heralded as his finest album yet, 'My Way' sees Brown reunited with long time collaborator, writer and producer Dave McCracken – the pairing that worked together on 'F.E.A.R.' 'My Way' was recorded at Battery Studios – the same place where Brown and the Stone Roses recorded their seminal debut album 20 years earlier. 'Stellify' is the first single to be taken from the album and has already received more radio and video airplay than any previous single since 'F.E.A.R.' The track was made available digitally on radio date and instantly shot to number 1 on iTunes, undeniably proving the time is right for a successful comeback. Ian Brown makes a triumphant return to the live arena as very special guest at this year's Reading / Leeds festival before headlining Dubai's inaugural Sound City event, and undertaking his own headline UK tour in Nov / Dec.
THE CULT 'Love' [Release Date 21/09/2009]
2CD Edition I 4CD Edition: For nearly 25 years 'Love' has been a consistent seller (over one million copies in Europe alone), endorsing its classic status in The Cult's repertoire. The Omnibus Edition is presented as a lavish box set with the CDs in Japanese-style paper sleeves, reproducing the original vinyl cover art, accompanied by a 48 page book. 'Love' has been expanded into a 4 disc set – as well as the re-mastered original album, the box also includes bonus discs featuring all the tracks from their 1985 UK singles including the remixes of 'She Sells Sanctuary', demos and live recordings from 1985. The Expanded Edition is a 2 disc set featuring the album re-mastered from the original studio tapes alongside the bonus singles disc. The release is packaged in a slimline jewel case inside a card slipcase, with new notes by the journalist James Brown.
JAY-Z 'The Blueprint 3' [Release Date 14/09/2009]
CD: After the triumphant headline set at Glastonbury in 2008, 'The Blueprint 3' is one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Led by the hit 'Run This Town' with Rihanna and Kanye West and with huge live shows with Coldplay week of release.
The undisputed Queen of Pop has racked up a record-smashing 62 UK Top Ten hits, 13 UK No.1 singles as well as 11 UK No.1 albums. On the 21st September, she releases the ultimate Madonna album 'Celebration', a career spanning best of that will invite the world to celebrate a […read more…]
With the much publicised troubles and personal battles behind her, after a seven year break the new Whitney Houston album is almost here. Have yourself a sneak preview plus a track by track rundown at Billboard.com
JET 'Shaka Rock' [Release Date 07/09/2009]
CD: On Monday 7th September – Jet, the Australian rockers, will release their third studio album 'Shaka Rock. 'Shaka Rock' was recorded between Miami, Brooklyn, Austin, Sydney and Melbourne, with the band working side by side as co-producers with Chris "Frenchie" Smith to ensure that 'Shaka Rock' would live up to their own expectations. Having established themselves on the international stage as a multi-platinum selling band with 4 million albums sold world wide, 'Shaka Rock' closes the gap between the raw roots of 'Get Born'  and the grace and melody of 'Shine On' . 'Shaka Rock' captures the charisma and energy of classic rock and roll with just enough swagger and contemporary flair to create something distinctively Jet. When talking about Jet's three studio albums, Nic Cester says, "For better or worse every album is a real and accurate window into how we are reacting to our lives in that point in time which is why every album is uniquely different, and I think Shaka Rock is the most honest so far." While Chris Cester says, "I can say that the band is thrilled with 'Shaka Rock' in every conceivable way. We've had a don't think twice attitude throughout the making of this record which continues as we get ready to release it. I think Shaka Rock is like when TV went colour. It's our musical equivalent. There are moments on this record that are just pure…and moments that just rock harder than we ever have before." In a sea of modern rock bands, Jet are something uniquely different embracing all that was and is rock n roll.
PEARL JAM 'Backspacer' [Release Date 21/09/2009] CD I Limited CD I LP: In what is set to be one of the highlights of the year, Pearl Jam release their eagerly anticipated new studio album 'Backspacer', September 21st, produced by Brendan O'Brien. Their highly charged new single 'The Fixer' is out September 7th […read more…]
JAMES YORKSTON & THE BIG EYES FAMILY PLAYERS 'Folk Songs' [Release Date 10/08/2009]
CD I 2-CD+DVD I LP: James Yorkston returns in the company of The Big Eyes Family Players with a new album of traditional songs from the length and breadth of the Great Britain and Ireland, and one tune from Galicia in Spain. After a decade which has seen folk music morph into nu-folk, mobile phone-ad folk, mortgage-folk, smoothie-folk and so on, Yorkston has reached back into the tradition of song and place and drawn a line in the sand. In May, a new team of musicians were drawn from the Big Eye Players and other like minded souls, to record the Analogue Cat Sessions included on the limited DVD. Recorded over three days the sessions see the band revisit songs from the original 'Folk Songs' album and other traditional songs that James has either played live or recorded as b-sides. What resulted is a vibrant and alive collection of songs, ringing with new arrangements and energy. The session was filmed and six songs from the CD are included on the accompanying DVD. Also featured on the DVD is a short film about the session recording, filmed by Institute For Eyes. To round it all off James Yorkston himself made a 3min short of the recording.
As someone who grew up listening to the sounds of the Beastie Boys bellowing out classic lyrics such as 'Girls, That's All I Really Want Is Girls…' and 'Brass Monkey, That Funky Monkey…' on my Binatone Ghetto Blaster [with Rock Steady Crew stickers!!], I look forward to hearing the new […read more…]
LALO SCHIFRIN Sky Riders [released 3rd August 2009]
CD: As a thriller, 'Sky Riders' is frankly quixotic. It posits a sketchy tale of an American industrialist (Robert Culpt) whose wife (Susannah York) and children are snatched by terrorists from their Athens home and spirited away to an abandoned monastery perched like an eagle's nest on a remote and impregnable peak in Thessaly. The Greek police (their chief played, inexplicably, by the adorable Charles Aznavour) are helpless; all seems lost until the timely arrival of the kidnapped woman's former husband (James Coburn), a kind of soldier of fortune who swiftly hits on a plan: a daring guerrilla rescue by hang glider. It's worth noting that Sky Riders, however minutely it may figure in Lalo Schifrin's overall career, marks something of a watershed for the composer. Recorded in February of 1976 (a busy year that would include music for a total of five feature films, a television movie and a generous sprinkling of episodic TV), it would prove to be the last, for a time, in that long, innovative line of jazz/funk-dominated scores with which Schifrin made his reputation. Later in the year, he would score – and earn an Academy Award nomination for – Voyage of the Damned, delving into a more conventionally orchestral if still compelling style. For the next two decades – until director Brett Ratner asked him to revive the funky mode of Enter The Dragon for Money Talks (1997) – this was the musical arena in which Lalo would explore and delight. The score has never been released before, not even on LP. This is the complete original score.
YIM YAMES 'Tribute To' [Release Date 03/08/09]
CD I LP: A few days after George Harrison passed away in 2001, Yim Yames [aka Jim James of My Morning Jacket fame] was moved to record this six-song EP of Harrison covers. Paying tribute to a man that he never met, but with whom he felt a special connection, Yim Yames [aka Jim James from My Morning Jacket]'s 'Tribute To' album mourns the loss of a legendary spirit while celebrating his enduring influence. Yames performs beautiful renditions of four cuts from George Harrison's classic 'All Things Must Pass' album, as well as two of the Beatles' tunes that he penned. These six tracks have a raw, minimalist feel, featuring little more than Yames' vocals and acoustic guitar. With all the space, the room in which the tracks were recorded truly serves as another instrument in the mix, creating an ethereal aura for a backdrop. From his warm, multi-layered vocals on opening track 'Long Long Long' to his near-whisper at the end of album closer 'All Things Must Pass', Yames sings in a fittingly intimate manner. In the album's liner notes, he refers to Harrison as "a prime example of the healing power of music". These words apply just as much to this release. As the final chords on 'Tribute To' ring out, one can't help but feel a deep, satisfying sense of catharsis.