Best of Bo Diddley - need we say more! Ellas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Clash.
One of the first pop albums to become a cult classic, Love's 1967 masterpiece, Forever Changes', is the pinnacle of the LA freak scene. Singer / songwriter Arthur Lee's lyrics are increasingly fragmentary and paranoid, foreshadowing the band's eventual drug-fueled collapse. Yet these drop-dead hip tunes are set in arrangements featuring Herb Alpert-style mariachi horns, lush middle-of-the-road strings, and other tropes of the easy listening scene, creating a more unsettling sense of tension than if the songs were given the usual heavy rock instrumentation. Every single track is a stone classic, forever changes belongs high on any halfway serious list of the greatest pop albums of the '60s.
180g vinyl reissue of this sought-after compilation of rare and unreleased material from the legendary Pink Floyd frontman. Compiled from recordings made between 1968 and 1970, including takes from 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett' and two unreleased tracks that the Floyd had previously vetoed.
The Beginning was released digitally and on CD in 2001 by Swamp Records in the US and Audium Records in Europe. Long out of print, this record was Tony Joe's 29th and the first one where he controlled all elements of the studio. Stripped down and without any bells and whistles, this is Tony Joe recording, himself playing his classic swamp blues sound, and now for the first time on vinyl. Remastered and re-sequenced for RSD 2020 with new art and pressed on clear with black splatter vinyl.
Lou Reed's second solo album Transformer is an album that everyone should own. It was the moment when the seventies poster boy for shock-rock therapy found a balance between unbelievably catchy tunes and proto punk reportage from the gutters of Manhattan. It includes Walk on the Wild Side, Perfect Day and Satellite of Love. It was produced and features David Bowie and Mick Ronson.
The Zombies - Oydessey & Oracle (picture disc) RSD 2018
First ever picture disc release of this Rolling Stone Top 100 album of all-time. All surviing original members completed a 50th anniversary tour of the album last year and remains a very active touring entity into 2018. The Zombies are three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finalists.
Ned Doheny - Think Like A Lover (Mudd’s Extended Remixes)
A first for anyone, we were granted full access to the separate tracks of a Ned Doheny masterpiece. Accordingly, Claremont 56 maestro Paul "Mudd" Murphy was selected to preside over the full stems for Ned's classic "Think Like A Lover" and asked to deliver one of his famed remixes. His gentle disco rework blew us all away. An extended triumph of strung out balearic bliss, it is presented here on vinyl as a limited edition of 500 copies, complete with the dub on the flip. With mastering handled by the wonderful Simon Francis - engineer for both Claremont 56 and Be With - you know this sounds every bit as good as it feels. Housed in a beautifully produced disco sleeve, designed by Mudd himself, these will not be around for long. Just in time for Spring/Summer parties and festivals, ensure your set is flavoured with this slow-motion, string-drenched gift.
This is a recording of Yann Tiersen's Lagniappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard. There’s a lot happening in the collective works of Yann Tiersen. Initially inspired by Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle and other post-punk/industrial groups, Tiersen’s music would soon grow further nuanced, moving in more subtle directions. It’s this which makes the approach to his Lagniappe Session all the more interesting, in that he turns that very direction on its head. Original pieces that could be described as minimalist are uprooted and placed into entirely different realms, as Tiersen tackles a 16+ minute Steve Reich piece, a classic Françoise Hardy chanson, and a tune by E.C. Ball.
The Cranberries – Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan, Michael Hogan and Fergal Lawler – quietly became one of the world’s most successful bands in the 1990s. With O’Riordan’s remarkable voice and their unforgettable melodies, the group scored a string of UK and US Top 10 albums and singles. This stunning collection brings together 11 of their best-known tracks, including their unforgettable calling cards, Linger and Zombie.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' first Greatest Hits album spans almost 15 years of rock greatness. Featuring all of the band's best-loved recordings, Greatest Hits includes "Under The Bridge" (#2 pop and gold), the Top 10 "Scar Tissue," six classic Modern Rock #1s, a pair of Modern Rock Top 20s and three other fan favourites plus two brand-new songs. One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for Stadium Arcadium, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group for "Dani California, Best Rock Song for "Scar Tissue," and Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal for "Give It Away." The band holds the record for the most #1 singles of all time at Alternative Radio, a total of 11, and a combined 81 weeks at #1.
Life is the second album by the Cardigans. It was released worldwide in 1995 and was an international success, especially in Japan. The Cardigans had a subtle blend of pop-for-pop's-sake with pop-for-joke's-sake that made Life a modernist gem. All the joy to be extracted lies right on the surface: Carnival's loopy organ and punchy beat is all cotton candy and merry-go-rounds; Daddy's Car is a fun-fun-fun ride to the up-up-and-away and Fine soars heavenward. With Life, the Cardigans give us pop till it hurts.
A record so perfect, it inspired The Beatles to make Sergeant Pepper. Mixing the melodramatic Wall of Sound washes of Phil Spector and the inventiveness of baroque instruments, Brian Wilson created a symphonic version of pop music that still stands up as one of the finest bodies of work ever recorded.
Expansive, bold, yet still containing hits - 'God Only Knows', 'Sloop John B', and 'Wouldn't It Be Nice?' - no record collection is really complete without this nestled in the racks. If 'Caroline No' doesn't utterly destroy you emotionally, then honestly, you might not deserve your ears.
After the messy and uninspired Humanz, The World’s Most Famous Virtual Group™ needed a shake-up. So Gorillaz have locked up their bassist and hellraiser-in-chief Murdoc and drafted in a new member, Ace, in his place. The Now Now features eleven new tunes from Damon Albarn and his Merry Men. Early signs are promising - first single ‘Humility’ features George Benson and sees them rediscover a little of the sunny charm of Plastic Beach.
In November 1974, Sparks’ Propaganda album instilled in their fans the burning desire to drop leaflets from helicopters declaring Sparks the greatest band in the world!! Having no access to helicopters in our teens, word traveled slowly but surely, by various subversive missives.
Despite the Maels’ intentions to take a completely new direction, ignoring the successful formula of Kimono My House, it segued right into Propaganda. Sparks’ third and fourth albums (both on Island Records) complemented each other like a pair of bookends. Britain’s `Holy Trinity’ Melody Maker, Sounds and NME raved. They gave the band tremendous coverage, featuring lengthy interviews with Ron and Russell, in which they mostly discussed their favorite topic – food!
Listen Here! is a sampler album released by Transatlantic Records in 1968. It was the second significant UK contemporary music sampler release in the period.
Transatlantic, founded in 1961, was a prototype for many of the UK independent labels that followed it. It established the UK folk-rock market, first by importing American records, and then by recording British artists. With the advent of psychedelia and flower power, the Transatlantic stable of artists achieved increasing popularity, culminating in the formation of the supergroup Pentangle. Meanwhile, Transatlantic had been extending its eclecticism, recording such as the eccentric audio collageist Ron Geesin, and The Purple Gang, whose "Granny Takes A Trip" was banned by the BBC in 1967.
Sheet Music is the second album by the English rock band 10cc. It was released in 1974 on UK records (No: UKAL 1007), and yielded the hit singles The Wall Street Shuffle and Silly Love. The album reached No. 9 in the UK and No. 81 in the United States.
The legendary Big Mama Thonrton - pioneer of rock 'n roll and R&B recorded live at Monroe State Prison and Oregon State Reformatory and in as fine a voice as you could possibly hope for. Not an easy one to get hold of this, so don't miss out!
The colossal LP from the prog legends that's seen a bit of love (previous owners obviously listened to this LP a bunch, and who wouldn't honestly). The title track is one of the most melodic, brilliant slabs of psychedelic rock ever recorded. Absolutely essential!
The 5th Todd Rundgren album (and his 2nd double album), continuing the experimental vein of the preceding classic "A Wizard, A True Star". As well as pop and electronic experiments Rundgren also tinkers with the synth-heavy progressive sound he would take further with his later band Utopia. Includes the hit ballad "A Dream Goes On Forever" and a version of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Love, Unrequited" called "Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song".
The under-rated debut solo album (although initially credited to the band 'Runt') by Philadelphia-born multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Todd Rundgren, originally released in 1970.
After limited success with garage/psych-rock band Nazz, Todd teamed with brothers Hunt and Tony Sales (later with Iggy Pop and Tin Machine) for this varied set, taking in blues-rock, proto-power pop, piano ballads and experimental prog-tinged songs.
The single "We Gotta Get You A Woman" became Todd's first solo hit.
Lou Clarke spent most of the 70's not of this Earth, a greatly formative time for him and those around him. The intervening period was spent retrospectively constructing a back catalogue of music to rival even the most seasoned of 'straight to charity shop' vinyl ghosts.
The All-Scars are a collection of well-trodden troubadours from a variety of Mancunian haunts who've generously come together to present these songs in something close to their original form as once might have been heard.
The 'Greatest Hits' album is a preventative measure precluding necessary high standards for a second work. All of the tracks have been taken from the future back catalogue including the upcoming demand avoidant '4th Album'.
Not The Actual Events is a Nine Inch Nails EP released in 2016. A return to some of the sounds and textures the band were using back in the industrial metal days of the 90’s. That’ll be very welcome news to some fans, containing twenty minutes of material.
“To The Metal”, fittingly released in 2010, is the tenth full-length studio album by German power metal heavyweights Gamma Ray. Recorded in the Hamburg studio of the band’s mastermind Kai Hansen, it features the band delivering their famous full-throttle approach to metal on 10 fantastic tracks. There’s a lot to love here, from the rhythmic and melodically diverse “Time To Live”, to the multi-layered anthem “All You Need To Know” to which ex-Helloween frontman Michael Kiske lends his vocals. The album is finally back on vinyl via earMUSIC in a strictly limited and numbered heavyweight orange gatefold-edition.Limited and numbered white vinyl, 180g 2LPs.
Various - Wick Records Battle of the Bands RSD 2020