This double CD was recorded live on their comeback tour of Japan in 1991. All the hits and favourites are featured, to name a few "I'm Mandy Fly Me", "Art For Arts Sake", "I'm Not In Love", "Wall Street Shuffle" "Feel The Benefit"& "Dreadlock Holiday", as well as for some reason THREE Beatles covers!! Deluxe (10cc styled) artwork sleeve and full sleeve notes by Paul Lester of the Official Bob Dylan Fan Magazine. . .sorry, I mean Uncut!
It was the year of the Profumo scandal, the JFK assassination and Beatlemania - but there was much more to 1963 than John, Paul, George and Ringo. This evocative collection kicks off a new Castle Music series, bringing a bygone age back to life with many of the year’s biggest hits. The Searchers and Tommy Quickly represent the Mersey boom, but there’s also room for Petula Clark, Del Shannon (covering the Beatles, no less), and even Steptoe And Son. All together now: you dir-ty old man . . .
Ah, 1964 - the year of worldwide Beatlemania, the beat boom, the girl groups, and such memorable one-offs as Twinkle's "Terry"’, Sounds Orchestral’s "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" and Gary Miller’s "Stingray". Recapture the magic of the most successful year in British pop history with this mix of smash hits, cult favourites and long-overlooked obscurities.
The 60s had hit their midpoint, and the pop world was exploding in a myriad of different directions - folk-rock, uptown soul, the girl groups, sophisticated pop and even the first signs of psychedelia. From ‘The In Crowd’ to the Thunderbirds theme, via Donovan, the Kinks and even John Lennon’s father, this is the perfect summary of an amazing year in pop history.
Apparently there was a football match of some kind in 1966. But that pales into insignificance alongside a year which could also produce such classics as "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion", "Summer In The City", "When A Man Loves A Woman", "Working In A Coalmine" and . . . well, yes, "Ballad Of The Green Berets". So forget World Cup Willie for once, and relive the other glory days of the 60s' most glorious summer (until 1967, anyway...)
Double CD set that contains seven UK/US No.1s, and also shows how fresh and how many styles were embraced during this classic period. From the Small Faces, Box Tops (Alex Chilton's one and only hit single!), Flowerpot Men through to Traffic Jam, Smoke, The Kinks and soooo much more.
It may not have been the summer of love, but in 1968, pop just kept getting better. Its scope had widened, as it now covered everything from the Foundations to Jethro Tull, and the 1910 Fruitgum Company to Hugo Montenegro. But whether its protagonists wanted to star on Top Of The Pops or fill the Fillmore, pop 1968 style was clever, cutting and effortlessly commercial - as this nostalgic anthology proves.
First time on CD for this 'lost' album recorded in 1968 by the Move's fiery and charasmatic bass player and co-lead vocalist from 1966-68. Recorded in 1968 with Tony Visconti and session guitar work from Jimmy Page this album got abandoned after Ace suffered a severe breakdown and walked out . The tapes were thought lost until their discovery in 2004. Included on this CD are an extra 8 bonus tracks and detailed sleeve notes.
It had to happen: a youth movement that mixed the finest and sleekest of what had gone before. And so was born Acid Jazz, built on equal doses of Mod culture, jazz-funk, rare groove, hip-hop and Latin spice. The inspirations spanned several decades, but the music was utterly contemporary, thanks to the Brand New Heavies, the James Taylor Quartet, Mother Earth and their peers.
Hailing from Somerset, Acker Bilk is for many the popular image of Trad Jazz. A self-taught clarinetist, he got his break with the Ken Colyer Band in 1954. Four years later, he had his first hit, ushering in the golden era of the trad jazz revival, in which 'Mr.' Bilk and his Paramount Jazzman were a major force, with their matching striped waistcoats and bowler hats. Along with the other featured artists here, Acker enjoyed a No.1 album in 1962, The Best Of Ball, Barber & Bilk, and he remains active to this day. About The Title - Again compiled chronologically, this 2-CD contains the cream of Acker's recordings for Pye, beginning with the Mr. Acker Bilk Requests 10" album. He recorded for the label in 1958/59 and then moved to Columbia, though most key Pye tracks were included on the Top 20 LP, The Acker Bilk Omnibus, in 1960. Bob Wallis and Acker Bilk recorded several tracks together; the ones under Acker's name are included here. There was also an EP (and subsequent LP), Clarinet Jamboree, featuring Acker alongside Archie Semple, Terry Lightfoot and Sandy Brown. Again, the tracks directly featuring Acker have been included. Bilk then returned with his Paramount Jazz Band to Pye in the 1970s - and the second disc is largely compiled from this period. Note: this set does not include Acker's MOR clarinet and strings recordings. This is 100% undiluted Trad Jazz!
Anthology (and about time) of this excellent UK singer songwriter who fronted Lindisfarne.This 2 CD set contains material from his first band the Chosen Few through to his 2 tracks with Skip Bifferty, Radiator to solo material and of course his staggering (no joke intended) work with Lindisfarne. 40 tracks in total and a detailed booklet. The sudden death of Alan Hull in 1995 robbed Britain of one of its finest songwriting talents.
this is the first ever comprehensive overview of the formr Animal's auspicious, 30 year+ solo career and features all his UK hits, alongside other songs associated with him, "O! Lucky Man", "Poor People","Papers" and a re-cut of "House of the Rising Sun". This excellent set also includes tracks not previously available on CD. Beautiful slipcase packaging and extensive liner notes.
Former Animal’s founder/keyboards-player’s hugely successful spinoff group.This unique set features their entire 60’s recorded output including the hits ‘I put a spell on you’, ‘hi-lili, hi-lo’, ‘Simon smith’, the house that Jack built’ and ‘don’t stop the carnival’.Features the two rare LP’s ‘The price to play’ and ‘A price on his head.’Also includes 10 previously unissued sides drawn from various 60’s BBC sessions.Annotated by fellow-Geordie/Alan Price aficionado Alan Robinson.
He’s Britain’s answer to James Burton - a guitar virtuoso rooted in country and rock’n’roll but whose talents and unbelievably fluent picking can master any genre. That’s All Right Mama captures the guitar legend at the birth of his career, via a rare 1969 solo set plus early outings with UK country-rockers Black Claw and Country Fever. Four previously unissued tracks round off a superb anthology.
The Alberto's were one of the best loved acts on the college circuit in the mid to late 70's. Few acts have managed to incorporate the comedic and musical with such aplomb, and this collection is chock full of rib-tickling highlights. Sort of the nearest punk/new wave gave us to the Bonzos or the Mothers of Invention
It’s no coincidence that the Albion Band were once described as 'folk on steroids'. Ashley Hutchings’ veteran folk-rock pioneers have always bonded ferocious energy with respect for the folk tradition, and this anthology of their acclaimed 1990s albums for the HTD label captures all their versatility and power.
Glaswegian Alex Campbell is acknowledged as one of the UK’s most influential folksingers.He also has the reputation as one of the all-time great live performers, and a leader of men (Dave Swarbrick cut his teeth with him pre-Fairport) The set comprises everything that Campbell recorded for the Transatlantic label at the very peak of his career i.e. during the mid 60s. 23 tracks in total including the alternate version of the title track which featured Sandy Denny. Compiled and annotated by noted folk historian David Wells.
Double CD release of Alex Chilton's (Big Star, Box Tops) 1979 album 'Like Flies On Sherbet' coupled with the 'Live In London' disc. An eclectic mix ranging from 50s country through Cajun, Appalachian mountain music and even disco influences are all evident. As always with Chilton's releases, this album had little or no commercial potential but his genius shines through. The live disc has the usual smattering of Big Star classics (In The Street, September Gurls, Kanga Roo).
1968 album from this enormously influential and unique blues musician. Tracks:- Mary Open The Door - Little Bitty Girl - Baby Don't You Love Me - Go Down Sunshine - The Same For You - I'm Tore Down - In The Evening - Somethin' You Got - New Worried Blues - What's That Sound I Hear - A Flower. Now expanded to include nine bonus tracks two of which were recorded with Robert Plant just weeks before he joined Zeppelin.20 tracks in total now for this classic blues boom album.
1974 release by the late singer songwriter from the UK,an artist with a pivotal place in music history. Already considered to be an elder statesman in the world of blues, the man had yet to hit forty when this was released. The original eleven track album has been remastered and expanded her with nine bonus songs.
expanded edition that presents the father of the UK R&B scene at his very best. Tracks: Blue mink, Rainy Tuesday, Yogi, Sappho, Navy Blue, Royal Dooji, Preachin' The Blues, The Captain's Tiger, A Little Bit Groovy, Anything For Now, Chris Trundle's Habit, Trundlin', and 6 bonus tracks of outakes and BBC session material.
Twenty five track set from the highly influential British bluesman, expanded from its original seventeen tracks on its 1966 release. The band at this time included Duffy Power,Alan Skidmore and Danny Thompson.Contains the beautiful "Louise","Long Black Train" and more. Digitally remastered. Bonus tracks include songs unused from the album sessions and BBC sessions from the era. Includes: "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting", "I Got A Woman", "Back At The Chicken Shack" and "Anchor Five Miles." Complete with expanded booklet.
Double CD set that takes in this enormously influential and unique blues musician career between the years 1958-1983.Guests include Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Chris Farlowe, Zoot Money and more.Material ranges from his Ken Colyer Skiffle Group,Blues Incorporated,New Church,CCS,Snape,Back Door and more.
Probably the best of all the dozens of albums released by Alexis Korner, the acknowledged grandfather of the '60s British blues and R'n'B scene. Recorded live at London's Marquee in 1962 and released on Decca's Ace Of Clubs label the same year, he is joined by Long John Baldry who shares the vocal honours with Cyril Davies, pianist Keith Scott, future Johnny Dankworth bassist Spike Heatley, drummer Graham Burbridge, former mainstay of Chris Barber's rhythm section, and the ubiquitous Dick Heckstall-Smith, later to team up with John Mayall prior to joining Colosseum, wailing away on sax. The album itself is a raw, unpretentious British take on American blues, ranging from the early rural and country blues right through to the electric Chicago sound of Chess.Featuring a blend of originals and covers it ranks amongst the first division of '60s British blues recordings.Includes 6 bonus tracks. Highly recommended.
Alexis Korner and King Crimson (minus Robert Fripp) came together as Alexis Korner & Snape and recorded this 1973 Warner Bros. release. The album was recorded in San Francisco and London also included some interesting guests including Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie), Patto members Ollie Halsall and Mike Patto, Tim Hinkley (Alvin Lee, Thin Lizzy, Roger Chapman). Peter Thorup of CCS was also a key member of Snape. Now expanded to a double CD, with a live set from Germany and bonus BBC session material.The album has been remastered from the original tapes and includes new detailed liner notes by band member Ian Wallace.
A decade after the death of Britain’s gravel-voiced R&B pioneer, many of his friends and musical comrades gathered to pay tribute at a remarkable charity concert. Featured on this set, picked from three Indigo Records albums documenting the event, are some of the legends Alexis inspired, including Jack Bruce, Paul Jones, Chris Farlowe, Tony McPhee and Zoot Money.
This immensely rare album, the follow-up to Alexis Korner's previous outing at London' s Marquee Club, finds Blues Incorporated without Long John Baldry and Cyrille Smith performing live at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club in 1964. Released on the Oriole label , this is more of a big band effort, although the emphasis on the blues is still very much in evidence, particularly on the slower numbers such as Hoochie Coochie Man and Whoa, Babe. This was very much a "home fixture" for AK and Blues Inc., as the band had been returning regularly to the famous club ever since their sensational appearance at the Beat Festival held in Liverpool's Stanley Stadium the previous year.
Long before he became a household voice via his radio shows and commerial voiceovers, the late great Alexis Korner almost singlehandedly invented the British R&B scene. He took time out from encouraging young musicians like the Rolling Stones to cut this ultra-rare album for Transatlantic in 1964, which featured contributions from luminaries such as Dick Heckstall-Smith, Herbie Goins and Danny Thompson.
1970 album from the British bluesman, digitally remastered. Recorded in the last few months of the '60's, this is a collection of studio sessions and live performances that fused funk,soul and gospel among the free form improvisations.. Featuring the guitar and vocal talents of Korner, it also features Peter Thorup, Paul Rodgers, Ray Warleigh and more. The original nine track album has been expanded to eighteen tracks; they include BBC sessions and more live tracks including 4 previously unreleased.
Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds took over the controls for this 1994 follow-up to the critically acclaimed Hoodoo. With a collection of songs that showcased the new ‘adult’ Moyet image, and also rekindled her Top 40 past with Yazoo, Essex (named, of course, after her home county) marked another triumphant step back into the spotlight for one of Britain’s finest ever female vocalists.
For many fans, this is where Alison Moyet’s ‘real’ solo career began - with a 1991 album that showed a maturity and emotional openness not found in her earlier work. The credit should be shared between the singer, who had taken several years out of the business to focus her attention on her home life, and her new producer and co-writer, Pete Glenister. Together, they created the record which remains many fans’ favourite Moyet moment.
As leader of the Hollies, Allan Clarke sang on more hits than anyone in the 60s and early 70s. But at various stages of his career, he stepped away from the band to concentrate on his solo career, producing quality work that sounded quite different from the Hollies’ bubbly pop. He was an early champion of Bruce Springsteen’s work, and a fine songwriter in his own right, as this collection proves.
First anthology containing nearly 40 tracks from one of the founding bands of the punk rock movement. Released in conjunction with ATV founder Mark Perry. 38 tracks from "Love Lies Limp" to "Total Switch Off" all of which have been lovingly re-mastered from the original master tapes and housed in a tasty slipcase.
The names speak for themselves: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jimmy Page, Lightnin' Hopkins, Keith Richards the best black and white purveyors of six-string blues, captured on one expansive compilation. More than five decades of music are assembled here, from classic Chess sides of the late 40s to the finest blues revivalists of the 90s and beyond.
Unique compilation charting the early solo career of one of rock's most enduring and highly regarded collaborators and one time Liverpool Scene guitarist Andy Roberts. Features the complete Home Grown/Nina & The Dream albums and much more.33 tracks in total of which six of which are previously unreleased. Guest musicians include Zoot Money,Ian Matthews,Mac & Katie Kissoon, Roger Powell Painstakingly compiled by Andy Roberts and annotator Colin Harper. Liner notes include exclusive interview material whilst the booklet includes pics and memorabilia from Andy's personal archives.
The bands entire recorded output for Decca collected on one disc. Recorded between1965-66 it includes 4 rare sides recorded in 1963, prior to their commercial breakthrough and four UK/US top 20 hits 'Inside Looking Out','Don't Bring Me Down','Help Me Girl' and 'See See Rider' plus their top 5 LP Animalisms.
Recorded live on New Years Eve 1983. Eric Burdon turns in a set of classic Animals tracks including: It's Too Late - House Of The Rising Sun - It's My Life - Don't Bring Me Down - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - I'm Crying - Bring It On Home To Me - O Lucky Man - Boom Boom - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place and When I Was Young.
They didn’t call Swedish actress Ann-Margret the Vivacious One for nothing. The original Scandinavian sex kitten, she was a Hollywood legend in the 60s, who famously shared the screen with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas. She was also a highly popular singing star, and this compilation of her magical RCA sides includes her duets with the King, plus her biggest hit, ‘I Just Don’t Understand’, later covered by the Beatles.
One of the few genuine innovators of post-bop jazz, Annette Peacock pioneered synthesiser technology and vocal processing. Her classic albums X-Dreams and The Perfect Release from the late 70s are joined here by two rare tracks from a 1982 compilation to provide the ideal introduction to her groundbreaking blend of jazz and electronics.
Disc one covers the early heroes of the revival, including such legends as Ewan MacColl and Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan, whose importance in bringing traditional Folksong to the British public cannot be overstated. A new wave of virtuoso guitarists Davey Graham, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn rub shoulders with The Young Tradition and Anne Briggs.Disc two examines the emergence of the post-Dylan singer/songwriter. Donovan, Gerry Rafferty, Ralph McTell, Sandy Denny and Al Stewart all tasted commercial success, but such individual talents as Michael Chapman, Shelagh McDonald, Bill Fay and the ill-fated Jackson C Frank. Disc three assembles a definitive line-up of bands who both developed and mined the Folk-Rock seam. Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, Shirley Collins and The Albion Band were all pioneers, but were eclipsed in sales terms by Lindisfarne. Disc four takes British Folk’s amazing journey to a suitably surreal conclusion with an extended look at the sub-genre now known as Acid Folk music which blended a Psychedelic otherness with a Folk-based sensibility. 4-CDs in a Long Box, with a 48-page, full colour, saddle-stitched booklet, crammed with rare photos, original picture sleeves, memorabilia etc.
Thirty track double that collects together early demos and a rare live set (as the title would suggest). Includes: "Dirty Old Fucker", "Top Of The Pops", "I Hate People", " Wreck Of Nowhere."and much more.
Named after a character from Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Aragorn issued a solitary single for the Neat label at the start of the 80s. But as their admirers knew, there was an unissued album left in the can, and here it is, at last, adding to their NWOBHM cult reputation.
Comprehensive compilation of the UK Progressive rock scene between the years 1968-74.This clam shell box collection houses 3 discs and contains tracks by The Nice,Small Faces,Keef Hartley, Woody Kern,Heavy Jelly,The Mooche,Black Widow, Comus, Steamhammer,Groundhogs,Fuchsia,Skin Alley,Writing on the Wall, Tempest,Sam Gopal,Soft MachinePete Bardens,Renaissance,Jody Grind,Deviants,Man,Status Quo,UFO,Savoy Brown,ELP,Gravy Train,Tempest,and more.Dig out the flares,the Watneys red and pretend that punk never happened...again.
Marking the 35th anniversary of the number one psychedelic hit "Fire" this comprehensive 2CD collection includes a rare 1965 flexi track mono and stereo versions,alternate takes previously unreleased soundtrack material and the brilliant "Devils Grip" and "Give him a Flower" singles. In short it charts his musical journey, from his pre-Crazy World days through to the mind blowing psychedelic progressive rock years of Kingdom Come and beyond. Housed in a tasty slipcase with a great fold out colour insert this is pretty much essential.
1972 release from the art rock outfit and perhaps the most 'out there' releases from Kingdom Come. This is a lost UK psychedelic classic from the early '70's that ranks along with Hawkwinds "In Search Of Space" as one of the most brain damaging albums of the era. A psychological roller coaster into and out of madness, searching out the meaning of existence. From the opening moments you get cries of 'Foam Rubber!' ,avant garde noise, and wierd narratives and with the addition of some amazing instrumental passages this is (literally) a monster of an album. Includes Arthurs the soul rending "Sunrise". De-luxe remastered edition with bonus material and an expanded booklet with original artwortk.
De-luxe edition of this 1972 album that was years ahead of it's time. Like Lothar and The Hand People, Arthur centred this later incarnation of Kingdom Come around an early drum machine which lends a sinister mechanoid feel to the whole album. Tracks like 'Journey' are tripped out Space Rock whilst ‘Time Captives’ which uses the drum machine throughout, beats Hawkwind at their own game. Long spacey electronic passages fill this maddeningly psychedelic, progressive album. Contains 6 bonus tracks of BBC session material and alternate takes plus a detailed booklet.
De-luxe remastered edition of this stunning 1973 release from Arthur Brown and Kingdom. As with Galactic Zoo dossier this is drugged out on the edge progressive rock featuring the bizarre 'Traffic Light Song' and 'A Scientific Experiment Featuring Lower Colonic Irrigation' Kingdom Come were along with Hawkwind, the most intense psychedelic experience of the early '70's as anyone who has seen the bands amazing performance on Glastonbury Fayre will confirm. Contains 3 bonus alternate versions and fully detailed booklet
Brazilian starlet Astrud Gilberto was launched to international stardom with her lounge classic "The Girl From Ipanema" which also kick started the international bossa Nova craze. She was the epitome of the swinging Rio beach babe. This album from 1972 features the then cream of Latin musicians - Deodato and Airto Moreira - together with US jazz drummers Billy Cobham and Mike Longo. It's suitably impressive.
Brazilian starlet Astrud Gilberto was launched to international stardom with her lounge classic "The Girl From Ipanema" which also kick started the international bossa Nova craze. She was the epitome of the swinging Rio beach babe. This album from 1972 features the then cream of Latin musicians - Deodato and Airto Moreira - together with US jazz drummers Billy Cobham and Mike Longo. It's suitably impressive.
From 1970, the debut album from the ex-Crazy World of Arthur Brown backing band. Featuring Vincent Crane on keyboards and Carl Palmer on drums, this is a fine progressive rock album with heavy trappings. Plenty of instrumental flourishes, largely keyboard led, and still sounding good. This deluxe slipcased re-issue features the correct running order with UK mixes several bonus tracks, including different US mixes of album tracks, a demo and a BBC session track from 1970 all housed in a tasty slipcase.
Now with ex Andromeda/Attack guitarist and vocalist John Du Cann on board, this 1970 second album followed a heavier darker path than before. Including the hit single "Tomorrow Night", this was early heavy metal, but still with a flamboyant progressive edge. Great album.This deluxe slipcased re-issue features the correct running order with UK mixes, a host of bonus material including several tracks from the BBC sessions from the early 70s a demo version of "Devil's Answer","Play the Game" B side and more.
Bargain priced double CD package with all the best tracks from Atomic Roosters '70's career (30 tracks in all). Rich heavy progressive rock with an introspective dark edge featuring biting electric guitar leads and Vincent Cranes powerful keyboard flourishes. Detailed booklet with full band history and photos, all housed in a colorful slipcase
Deluxe slipcase re-issue of this the third album from the excellent UK heavy progressive band now with John Du Cann (ex-Andromeda) on guitar and vocalist Pete French (ex-Leafhound). Recorded in 1971, this album continues to mine the bands rich vein of heavy progressive rock with an introspective dark edge.This deluxe slipcased re-issue features the correct running order plus bonus tracks comprising the hit single "Devil's Answer" (U.S. version) and 'Live' BBC in concert material from July 72.
Expanded version of the 1972 album which boasted rock legend Chris Farlowe on lead vocals. Not as heavy as previous offerings, this album saw the band experimenting with different musical styles, not always totally effective - but always interesting.This re-issue contains 4 tracks from BBC sessions from the time of the albums release and 4 live tracks from BBC in concert programme 1972. Housed in a slipcase and containing a detailed booklet.
Expanded version of the final Rooster album, first on the streets in 1973. Still sporting lead vocalist Chris Farlowe the album is a mix of rock, soul and funk - with interesting results. Vincent Crane's keyboards are well to the fore as you would expect. This remastered edition adds non-album b-sides,a rare Belgian TV track and (finally) it has the original 'nice & greasy' "fag stubbed out in a fried egg" artwork re-stored.
Tony Dolan and Paul Spillett initially formed Atomkraft in Newcastle at the end of the 70s, but it was four years before they cut the demos that secured them a record deal, and two more before their debut single reached the shops. Then they made up for lost time, taking the NWOBHM scene by belated storm with anthems like ‘Pour The Metal In’ and ‘Death Valley’. This is the first ever Atomkraft CD anthology, featuring the pick of their back catalogue plus several previously unreleased gems.
With their edgy blend of post-punk, politics and funk, the Au Pairs were critics’ favourites and cult heroes at the dawn of the 80s. This newly remixed reissue of their second and final album, accentuating their dancefloor potential, features sleeve-notes from guitarist Paul Foad.
As their first single announced back in 1983, Avenger’s brand of NWOBHM was simply ‘Too Wild To Tame’. They were perfect for Neat Records’ stellar roster of metal titans, and won cult appeal for their Blood Sports and Killer Elite albums. Both are included on this 2 CD anthology in full, alongside their rare B-side, ‘On The Rocks’.
First time on CD for a long lost, much bootlegged classic album that sells for many pounds on the web, this is the legendary fourteen track Various Artists LP, representing the cream of the Aylesbury UK Punk scene. This release features the very first recording of the mighty Wild Willy Barrett and bands such as Vice Creems, The Speedos, The Robins, Redwood and many more…
The ultimate bedroom bard, Babybird (alias Stephen Jones) turned out a series of one-man-band albums in the mid-90s which turned him into a cult attraction. The originals came in strictly limited runs of just 500 or 1000 copies, but now at last they are available to a mass audience complete with a bonus Black Album of unreleased out-takes and demos.
The ultimate Punk Rock box set (housed in a long box), documenting the rise of such radical reaction to life and what had become boring musical disillusionment among the youth at the time. Featuring tracks from the American scene: The Modern Lovers, New York Dolls, Heartbreakers, Richard Hell, to the UK’s early evolution of the punk roots Dr. Feelgood and Kilburn and the High Roads to the ’76 onslaught of the Sex Pistols, The Damned, X Ray Spex to name just a few. Ninety one tracks in all, some demo's, some rare 7" cuts and more.Excellent stuff.
Too big to be forgotten, too alive to retire, ska revivalists Bad Manners made a triumphant return at the end of the 80s after the briefest of splits. This live compilation explains why they remained one of the hottest concert attractions of the following decade. It boasts all their ska anthems including rowdy romps through standards like ‘My Girl Lollipop’ and ‘Walking On Sunshine’.
Remastered from the original master tapes this is the first comprehensive anthology of the 70's rock trio formed in 1974 from the ashes of Cream,Gun and Three Man Army. 30 tracks on a 2 CD set lifting the finest cuts from their 3 studio album and a fully informative booklet.
The Barracudas were first unleashed on the world in 1979. This mixture of Byrds-like tunes with jangling guitars and surf vibes has finally been given the anthology treatment. Summery pop with a harder edge, this could be the ultimate Beach Boys/Byrds tribute, although resemblances to The Fuzztones or Ramones would probably be more apt. Includes the UK hit single "Summer Fun", and classics like "I Wish It Could Be 1965 Again", "Living In Violent Times", "Hour Of Degradation" and many, many more
One of the architects of British pop in the 70s, Barry Blue emerged first as a songwriter with Lynsey De Paul's 'Sugar Me', before launching out on his own with the title track of this anthology. All his solo hits are collected here alongside the best of his ultra-commercial album cuts, and some rare single sides.
The songs on this cult classic from 1968 were co written by Monty Python's Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Full of quirky songs mixing the wit of Jones and Palin with the psyche pop singer -songwriting talents of Booth. Never re-issued in any form before. A must for Python fans... Nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean!
Soul never died, it just moved In The Basement and the magazine of that name has been keeping the heritage of soul alive for years. Now the magazine’s staff has compiled this superb collection of pure soul ballads, which opens with the epic ‘For Your Precious Love’ by Linda Jones, and includes cult classics by J.J. Barnes, Prophesy, Bobby Sheen and many more. Listen out for an early appearance by ‘nu soul’ sensation Angie Stone, under the name of ‘Angie B’.
As it says on the tin, here are 26 versions of Beach Boys songs performed by a wide range of luminaries. Todd Rundgren, Paper Dolls, Mark Wirtz, PP Arnold, Kinks, Saints, Ivy League and others give us their own interpretation of the songs of Brian Wilson, and some classics made famous by the surfing brothers.
No fewer than 60 tracks across two CDs recapture the excitement of Britain's biggest pop revolution of all time- the beat boom of the early 60s. Hear history unwind on this chronological collection of Pye's first wave of beat classics, featuring hits by the Searchers, Joe Brown and many more, plus rae Beatles covers, early gems by the Dave Clark 5, and prime collectables from across the Uk's regional beat scenes.
The second volume of Castle's Beat Beat Beat series rounds up all the British beat releases from the Pye stable in early 1964 (January to April). It includes the first single by the Kinks, a rare early outing by Gerry 'Engelbert' Dorsey, collector's items by the Sheffields, Me & Them and the Remo Four, and the worldwide debut of the rarest Joe Meek production of them all - the Puppets' 'Three Boys Looking For Love'.
For every Kinks, there was a Wolves; for every Rockin’ Berries there was a Weavers. For every future star like the Move’s Carl Wayne and First Gear guest guitarist Jimmy Page, there was a long-forgotten Shelley, Tammy St. John or Rod & Carolyn. Yet in the final months of 1964, stars and no-hopers alike were equal, as Pye’s backroom boys searched for another batch of beat hits. The fourth in our all-encompassing series of archive collections gives you the chance to watch history unfold.
Sixty tracks of the best '60's beat, freakbeat and R & B, some of them making their debut on CD. Includes every Pye & Picadilly release between November '64 and January '65. This period marks the fragmenting sound of the beat, evolving into freakbeat and eventually psychedelia. Thus mighty fine compilation also touches on Soul, Mod club, tough R&B/Blues and pure Pop. Featuring The Kinks, The Searchers and The Ivy League, as well as more collectable raritites from The Brand, Alan Dean & His Problems, The Riot Squad and The Blue Rondos (whose 45 "Baby I Go For You" was produced by Joe Meek.) An incredible capturing of such a short but critica lperiod in popular music. Includes: "Tired Of Waiting For You" by The Kinks, "Anytime" by Riot Squad and "Sugar Baby" by Jimmy Powell & 5 Dimensions.
Sixteen track dedicated tribute album to Lennon and McCartney's immortal music. This is a highly inventive and powerful set of songs is a contempoprary take on very familiar songs that pays off well largely due to the quality of the artists involved. Featuring covers by US bluesmen Earl Gaines, Johnny Jones, Charles Walker, Al Garner, Roscoe Shelton and UK heavy weights like Stan Webb, Paul Lamb, Ruby Turner and Earl Green.
The creators of this classic 'What Is Soul?' single were reunited on this rare 1972 LP, when R&b legend Ben E King teamed up with producer Bob Gallo at the New York-based Manadala label. The result was a superb blend of deep soul and funk, featuring King's unique interpretations of material by Elton John and that king of blue-eyed soul, Van Morrison. This long-awaited reissue adds a promo-only interview disc from the period.
Bernie Marsden is one of the most likeable and respected musicians to emerge from the British rock and roll scene. Stints with Babe Ruth and Whitesnake helped establish his name, and this selection of heartfelt tributes to the great Peter Green highlights his considerable musical gifts.
Originally released in the UK in 1979, this is the first time the album has been released on CD,hence it's become one of the most desired Jansch album to appear on CD.Re-mastered from the original tapes this wholly instrumental album also features ex-Pentangle bass man Danny Thompson.
CD re-issue of the 1965 transatlantic album. Besides his stunningly innovative guitarwork, Jansch was also revered as the writer of instant standards like "Needle Of Death" and "Do You Hear Me Now". Contains 2 bonus tracks "Instrumental Medley" & "Angie" (Live version) and both these bonus recordings date from 1964. A brilliant detailed booklet rounds off this great re-issue.
Bert Jansch found time during the peak of his success with Pentangle to release this 1969 solo album, a mix of delicate instrumentals and blues-tinged originals. Fellow Pentanglers Danny Thompson and Terry Cox appeared on several tracks, including the album's centrepiece, 'Poison'.
This luxurious double CD retrospective is the most comprehensive overview of this Scottish troubadour's career yet to emerge. Containing material from no less than eighteen of his twenty-one solo albums, this is the perfect place to investigate Jansch's unique guitar style, transcending folk and jazz from the '60s onwards.
One of the UK roots scene's most enduring talents capyured here in the warmth and intimacy of a live performance. A fabulous live set in front of an adoring crowd. Includes Paper Houses, Angie, How It All Came Down, Little Max, Born & Bred In Old Ireland, Toy Balloon, Carnival, Curragh Of Kildare, Downunder, Blues Run The Game, Come Back Baby and more…
Fully remastered, like his debut, Jansch’s second album confirmed that he was the most distinctive British singer-songwriter of his era. His work has influenced everyone from Neil Young and Jimmy Page to Bernard Butler and Johnny Marr, and It Don’t Bother Me is regarded as one of his finest releases.
On 1966's 'Jack Orion', Bert Jansch extended the musical scope of his first two albums in brilliant new directions. The 9 min title track and his reworking of "Nottamun Town" had a huge influence on early Fairport Convention.12 page booklet with informative sleevenotes and is digitally remastered from original tapes.
Bert Jansch is one of the British Folk scene's most enduring talents. 'Moonshine', a solo album originally released in 1973, features several highlights from the BJ catalogue, including the title track, 'The January Man' and his terse version of the Ewan MacColl classic, 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.
One of the UK's most highly regarded folk heroes. First released on the Transatlantic label in 1967 now remastered and lavishly packaged with original artwork. This album captures Bert in a more upbeat mood than his earlier releases, edging towards the sound of his forth coming band Pentangle. Includes two exclusive bonus tracks.
Rated by his biographer, Colin Harper (who provides the sleevenotes here), as the finest work of his career, Rosemary Lane caught Bert Jansch as he explored the limits of the folk tradition, and brought it to bear on his own compelling and intensely personal songwriting. A lost classic from 1970.
Excellent album from 1990 finally gets the re-issue treatment. As well as his fine interpretations of traditional material it also contains a reworking of 'The January Man' which originally appeared on 'Moonshine' (in 1973)also available herein.
First released in 1966, this is a collaborative effort between two of the UK's best known and enduring acoustic folk guitarists who virtually founded the UK '70's folk rock movement. Digitally remastered and with a fully informative booklet, this is an essential purchase for any connoisseur of the genre.
At last a re-issue of an album cut in 1985 with his future wife Loren Auerbach. Ths delightful collection finds Bert in his usual sparkling guitar form throughout, with Loren's strong and clear voice an outstanding complement. A timely re-issue.
In the initial flurry of new wave in the mid-70s, no American label carried a more fun-filled roster than Matthew Kaufman’s Beserkley Records. Jonathan Richman’s classic ‘Roadrunner’ set the tone perfectly, but there was more to the label than the Modern Lovers. Assembled here are all the Beserkley singles that created the legend, featuring power-pop experts like Greg Kihn, the Rubinoos and Earth Quake.
One-armed, six-and-a-half feet tall, Big John Wrencher cut an unmistakeable figure on the Chicago blues scene. Like so many R&B heroes, he had to come to Europe to find his most appreciative audience. This 1975 album was cut in Britain for the specialist label Big Bear, and is appearing on CD for the first time, complete with two bonus tracks.
To some a seminal figure, to others merely 'famous for being famous'. Everyone has their own opinion of Bill Drummond, the enigmatic South African who ensonced himself in the Liverpool scene of the late 70s/early 80s (becoming, like practically everyone else who ever went to Eric's, a member of the quasi-legendary Big In Japan). Head of Zoo Records alongside the Teardrops' Dave Balfe, svengali figure to the Bunnymen, 'ideas man' behind Strawberry Switchblade, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Proclaimers, and ultimately the man behind the KLF (upon which the FE jury is still out)- so many strings to one bow, yet little is remembered of his own career as a singer songwriter, which began an ended with this one album on Creation in 1987 after his resignation from his own label. Never released on CD before, expanded thanks to the addition of the bonus track 'A Manager Speaks' (which is worth £30 as the B side of the original 72 single of 'King Of Joy') and featuring liner notes from the man himself. Includes the by now legendary 'Julian Cope Is Dead' (a riposte to 'Bill Drummond Said' from Copey's "Fried" album)- sure to resurrect some old controversies!!
You name it, Bill Wolfer’s done it as a keyboardist, producer, designer, composer, scorer of film soundtracks, ace sideman, and recently a genius of Latin music. This album goes back to the beginning, when he was a mainstay at Solar Records in the early 80s with his acclaimed album Wolf (1982). Included is his hit remake of the Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ plus ‘Call Me’ and ‘So Shy’, on which Wolfer was joined by a friend and backing singer by the name of Michael Jackson.
Third album from the Stones bass player, first released in '82. Perhaps his most focussed album, incorporating his rock and roll and eccentric lyrics to create a classic rock album. Largely recorded without any stellar guest stars, Wyman continues his exploration of various genres, touching upon New Wave, Funk Disco, good old fashioned Rock and Roll and electronica. Highlights include the fantastic "A New Fashion", the Stones send up "Girls" and the Ska touched "Jump Up." A consistantly fine ten track album, showing off Bill's unique qualities, "Je Suis Un Rock Star" indeed!
Debut album from the still-a-Rolling-Stone-at -the-time bassist, first released in 1974. A surprisingly listenable album considering his lack of songwriting credits on virtually every Stones album during his lengthy time in the group, this self penned nine track album is the same, laid back groove of his then full time outfit with Wyman supplying joy-filled vocals throughout. As you would imagine, his fame leads to many guest appearances such as Dr. John, Lowell George, and Leon Russell. Standout tracks include "White Lightnin'" and the opening track "I Wanna Get Me A Gun." An interesting, eccentric album that would be a fine addition to all serious Stones fans.Liner notes include exclusive interview material by David Wells.
Second solo album from the former Stone, originally released in '76. An ambitious, eccentric twelve track effort from Wyman, incorporating reggae, disco, Jazz, 50's style rock and roll, as well as Stones alike grooves. Nine original songs, including the fine "Women And Wimmen" and "Apache Woman" and three covers including the rockabilly opener "A Quarter To Three." Again it's littered with guests such as Dr. John, Al Kooper and Joe Walsh all contributing to a well rounded record. Liner notes include exclusive interview material by David Wells.
Ten track compilation of late '80's/ early '90's solo rarities before he formed Willie And The Poor Boys and later, The Rhythm Kings.Track listing: "If I Was A Doo Doo Doo", "Like A Knife", "Stuff" (Can't Get Enough), "Leave Your Hat On", "This Stange Effect", "Mama Rap", "She Danced", "Fear Of Flying", "Affected By The Towns", "Blue Murder" (White Lies.)
For years, Billy Adams was just a name for collectors to conjure with, revered for the raw splendour of his 1957 single, ‘Rock Pretty Mama’. Then the cat came back, cutting sides at Sun studio and joining Western Beat king Billy Block on his Nashville radio show. This set mixes the best of the old and the new, including studio masters, live cuts and unissued ‘living room’ demos.
Over 75 minutes of mirth from Connolly's hilarious and irreligious early-mid '70s performances which catapulted him into the comic superstar stratosphere. He's in full-flow high-energy form on these terrific tales of his native Glasgow and its unforgettable characters, his own sparse upbringing, and his surreal observations on current events, all spiced with clever folk song parodies.
Long before TV stardom, Billy Connolly had carved out a distinctive nichefor himself on the folk circuit, both as a soloist and alongside Gerry Rafferty in the Humblebums. This anthology of his early Transatlantic recordings showcases his finest early comic routines, plus many of his hilarious songs of which made his reputation. 'Verruffowwwwlll, seedebeeeee, edishidibowwwwwllll", and so forth.
Double set comprising unreleased Fury recordings broadacst on Radio Luxembourg in 1962- at the very end of the rock and roll heyday. Also includes Tornados instrumentals (yaaaay!!) and original demo recordings for the groundbreaking Sound Of Fury album, plus half a dozen acaetates he had recorded earlier as Ronnie Wycherley, and sleevenotes by Fury fanatic Bob Stanley (St Etienne). Fascinating stuff.
First ever career overview of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and long time Pete Townsend/ Who MD.The title track "Forever’s no time at all" was later famously covered by Pete Townsend.Also features Billy’s original version of "I can’t stop loving you" a 70’s UK hit for Leo Sayer, recently a US hit for Phil Collins.Billy’s Immediate LP "Would you believe?" remains one of the most sought after UK albums of the 60’s.Includes rarities,alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks.Compiled and annotated by the intrepid David Wells, the liner notes feature exclusive interview material.
Reissue as a limited double LP!! Classic debut 'Immediate' album were Billy is accompanied on some tracks by the Small Faces, an astounding album, superbly presented, with oodles of bonus tracks! Stunning Summer of Love psych pop album with beautiful West Coast styled vocal harmonies, orchestration, phasing, fuzz wah-wah guitars, harpsichord etc.Numbered copies of 1000 only with repro Immediate labels.ONLY 3 COPIES LEFT
Without Birdland, there would have been no Manic Street Preachers, as Richie Edwards and friends were inspired to form their band by the music on this anthology. But aside from their influence on other artists, Birdland are remembered today for their distinctive visual image and their uncannily direct take on the new wave tradition. This mix of studio masters, rarities and live recordings is the fullest collection yet of their pioneering work.
Fifty track 4 CD set of standout jazz through the ages. Everything from Lionel Hampton's "Take The A Train" to Pat Metheny's "Move To The Groove". Other artists include Dexter Gordon, Stephane Grapelli, Wynton Marsalis, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie…the list goes on. Virtually a who's who of jazz at an unbelievable price.
Spinning Around features all of Black Ivory's recordings for today, based around two albums, Baby, Won't You Change Your Mind and Don't Turn Around.Black Ivory's style was classy early 70s soul with a funk-pop twist, and tracks like 'Surrender' have a unique power that belled the group's tender age.
The first eight (and best) Sabbath albums all featuring Ozzy in miniature original LP sleeves and housed in an silver embossed box with a 16 page picture booklet. Over eight albums Sabbath crossed from late '60's heavy Satanic Acid Rock through all out mind shattering doom, through progressive heavy rock to complex heavy progressive proto-metal. Brilliant albums, each & every one!
Hot on the heels of the well-received 'Best Of Black Sabbath' comes this handsome CD compendium of the Sabs' golden moments on seven inch single. Lovingly reproduced original picture sleeves house the most purely distilled heavy metal rock ever. A must for the collector and the curious, from 'Wicked World' through to 'She's Gone', a pile driving assault on the senses awaits the unwary.
Black Widow formed in 1969 from the ashes of Pesky Gee (1 track included here) and played dark, Satanically-inspired rock along the lines of Black Sabbath, Coven etc. This excellent 2 CD set covers the bands career from the start containing classic cuts from all three of their albums.The fold out libretto is a fascinating insight into the bands live shows and features comments on their material, and the bands Isle of Wight performance. It also includes a great display of album artwork and single sleeves. Cd's Contain 2 previously unreleased tracks.
Expanded and re-mastered CD of the debut UK album from 1970. Featuring the brilliant "Come To The Sabbat" this album is pure Hammer House Of Horror, mixing heavy riffs, flute, keyboards and soaring vocal harmonies with evocative lyrics about Demons and Satanic rites. Includes 5 bonus tracks which feature the bands first vocalist Kay Garret performing on the original versions of the songs from the album. A bit of a gem this one.
The ‘Buried Alive’ single passed almost unnoticed back in 1981, but it marked the debut of a British heavy metal cult. Metallica were certainly listening, and have namechecked Blitzkrieg’s influence ever since. Now their entire Neat catalogue is available on one set, including nine unreleased masters - and the 1980 demo tape which won the band their Neat contract.
The debut album by this UK band was issued in 1969 and is an undiscovered gem of late '60's progressive pop/psych. Featuring freaky jams, multi layered harmonies, sitars and ripping guitars it's an eclectic and entertaining collection. Of particular note is the rock version of The Incredible String Band's "No Sleep Blues" and a version of Eleanor Rigby. Includes detailed sleeve notes and two bonus tracks.
A bunch of Britain's top session musicians came together in 1969 for their own moment in the spotlight. The result was Blue Mink, a much under-rated pop/soul collective who scored a series of massive hits like 'Banner Man', 'Good Morning Freedom' and the unforgettable 'Melting Pot'. They're all included on this, the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled of their work.
First ever CD anthology of groundbreaking mid-80s Scots indie combo, forerunners to Belle And Sebastian, The Soup Dragons and Teenage Fanclub and contemporaries of The Pastels, Orange Juice and Josef K. Compiled by bandmembers Duglas Bandit and Francis McDonald, and featuring their personal faves from their Creation Records period which blossomed after their inclusion on the legendary 'C86' cassette and a five year stint on the Pastels' 53rd and 3rd ;abel. These recordings range from the lo-fi and wilfully obscure ('Serious Drugs' 'Scar') to the deliberately daft ('Kylie's Got A Crush On Us') and eventually lush approximations of the genius of Brian Wilson such as the material featured on the 'Getting Dirty' album as late as 1995. Full sleevenotes by the band.
Bob James is best known for penning the theme tune to that much-loved late 70s/early 80s US TV hit, Taxi. The track epitomised Bob James' smooth jazz-fusion approach, driven by saxophone to create 'feelgood' music. James was already a music veteran before branching out as a solo artist, a protege of quincy Jones who had worked since the early 1960s. He recorded over a dozen albums between the mid 1970s and late 1980s, first for Creed Taylor's CTI label and then his own Tappan Zee imprint. For the first time, Bob James has been treated to a proper 2-CD anthology. And it's timely: Bob James' music has been reappraised of late, on the strength of early jazz-funk classics like 'Nautilus' and 'Westchester Lady', 'Night On Bald Mountain' and 'Take Me To The Mardi Gras', as well as dancefloor hits from the period like 'Sign Of The Times'. This collection is by far the finest entree to the cool world of Bob James.
Comprehensive anthology of the Electric Folk pioneer's output for Transatlantic ('73-'75.) after Mr.Fox fell apart in 1972. Forty eight track in all, the album covers his collaborations with Nick Strutt and some unreleased material / John Peel BBC sessions from the period (including the highly sought after "Bones" suite that makes it's CD debut here.) Highly influential folk rock, that broke new ground, won critical acclaim and enchanted fans across the globe. An essential, adventurous example of the genre. Compiled and annotated by David Wells, booklet also features unseen photos and rare memorabilia. Includes the ultra rare and infamous: "Werewolf Of Old Chapeltown", "The River", "Dancing On Sands" and "Gypsy Stomp."
They might not have gained the mainstream recognition of Barber, Ball and Bilk, but Bob Wallis and his trad jazzers were one of the hottest British acts of the early 60s. Now you can relive the golden era of trad jazz with this comprehensive collection of his vintage Pye Jazz recordings.
After several fallow years, soul legend Bobby Womack returned to top form in the early 1980s with his The Poet album. The best material from that triumphant comeback is assembled here, featuring modern soul classics such as ‘So Many Sides Of You’ and ‘Tell Me Why’, plus two epic duets with Patti Labelle.
This is the biggest and most definitive Bonnie Tyler anthology ever assembled, bringing together more than two decades’ worth of power ballads and powerhouse performances. Deluxe packaging and in-depth sleeve-notes complete the ultimate retrospective of her work.
Twenty-one track compilation, featuring this highly talented UK '60s bands finest moments with Viv Stanshall & Neil Innes comic talents on top form. Tracks:- Cool Britannia - I'm The Urban Spaceman - The Intro And The Outro - Look At Me I'm Wonderful - Canyons Of Your Mind - Shirt - Big Shot - Hunting Tigers - The Sound Of Music - Ready Mades - Hello Mabel - Tubas In The Moonlight - Mr Slater's Parrot - We Were Wrong - Labio-Dental Fricative - Straight From My Heart - Busted - Rusty (Champion Thrust) - Don't Get Me Wrong - Slush - Rhinocratic Oaths.
Excellent anthology of ten years' worth of music from one of Britain's finest, most overlooked, and most psychedelic bands of the Nineties. Liverpool's Boo Radleys, despite their affiliation to Alan McGee and Creation Records, were always more interesting than 90 percent of the dour bands they shared a label with. Their mixture of Beatles harmonies (which later dumped them in with Britpop), West Coast acid guitar, prog time changes, pure sunshine pop melody and waves of rippling ambient sound (the last of which got them mistakenly labelled a 'shoegazer' band in their early days) showed a restlessly creative band who were unwilling to be pinned down, whose influences ranged from Beefheart to Bacharach via Brian Wilson to Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du and back again. Now, compiled for the first time, here are 40 of those tunes- ranging from their early "shoegaze daze" through to the "sheets of sound" that characterised the 'Giant Steps' album, to the pure pop of 'Wake Up' the defiant uncommercial experimentalism of 'Cmon Kids' and finally the blissed-out lounge warmth of their 'Kingsize' swansong. Compiled in conjunction with the band and also featuring newly remastered singles, b-sides, rarities and other unreleased gems, with deluxe packaging by regular Boo sleeve designer Stephen Wood. An essential pacakage.
Malcom McLaren knew how to manage a media campaign, and after controlling the Sex Pistols’ rise to notoriety, he scandalised the popular press one more time with Bow Wow Wow. Led by 14-year-old Annabelle Lu Win, the band sold a controversial mix of punk energy, cartoon theatrics and sexuality. This definitive anthology includes a rare Japanese live album alongside their key singles and LP tracks.
One of the UK's premier '60s girl groups and in demand backing singers. This is the first collection of their own pure 60's pop releases recorded between 1963 - 1968. Plus some of the other tracks they backed on for The Vagabonds, Petula Clark, Jackie Trent, Julie Grant, Tony Hatch Sound. 30 tracks in total two previously unreleased.
Fatboy Slim, the Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, NWA, Deep Freeze Productions, A Tribe Called Quest, the Coup – they’re just a handful of the dozens of hip-hop acts who’ve sampled the music on this CD. A mix of funk, jazz and sublime soul, Breakdown proves that samplers only steal from the best.
Excellent 2 CD overview (from1962 with Trio and through his highs and lows with Trinity, from 1964 until their final disbanding in 1970)of the mans career which includes his work with the Trinity,Julie Driscoll and Oblivion Express.The first CD is taken up with his Mod Years(of which he's a bit of a hero) through to a psychedelic explorer, which includes his work with Julie Dricoll like "Season of the Witch","Wheels on Fire","Indian Rope Man" etc.The mind melting 2nd disc includes his funk futurist, and a jazz pioneering years which includes long numbers like "I Want to Take You Higher","Hapiness Is Just Around the Bend" and more.34 tracks in total and a fully informative booklet housed in a deluxe slipcase.
This was the third album from the UK jazz keyboard wiz and his band. Recorded in 1970, it includes tracks written by Capaldi/Winwood, Herbie Hancock and a great funky version of Sly Stone's "I Wanna Take You Higher."Remastered it Includes 3 bonus tracks.
Alongside his hit collaborations with Julie Driscoll, British R&B legend Brian Auger opened his own account on the Marmalade label in 1968 with this magnificent blend of progressive soul, jazz and blues. This long awaited reissue comes with three bonus tracks from period singles.Housed in a slipcase.
Here's the 1971 release from the UK quartet, that included Robbie Mcintosh on drums. Mainly group compositions this album was a solid slab of jazz orientated rock music. Contains 1 bonus track "Mariah's Wedding" recorded live in 1972 and is remastered
This 1970 debut album was one of the first jazz fusion records to make an impact on the rest of the music scene. The opening track "Dragon Song" was a John McLaughlin composition and the rest of the album followed a similar vein marrying the intricacies of jazz with the high energy rhythms of fusion. Includes Robbie McIntosh of AWB on drums.Contains 1 bonus track "Dragon Song" recorded live in 1972.
Classic mid-period Auger, a million miles away from his mod-jazz period but now hapily stretching out his soul, funk, latin and prog rock chops over several lengthy tracks including 'Happiness Is Just Around The Bend' (sampled by every dance DJ in the world and his brother) 'Compared To What' and Marvin Gaye's 'Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)' which are some of the best known of his repertoire. Auger takes lead vocal fro the first time in his career, and adds Moog and Mellotron to the usual barrage of Hammond and Rhodes, often accompanied by congas which give the album a very Sanatana- esque feel. A massive influence on later jazz funk, acid jazz and fusion
Classic mid-period Auger from 1973, a million miles away from his mod-jazz period but now hapily stretching out his soul, funk, latin and prog rock chops over several lengthy tracks including 'Happiness Is Just Around The Bend' (sampled by every dance DJ in the world and his brother) 'Compared To What' and Marvin Gaye's 'Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)' which are some of the best known of his repertoire. Auger takes lead vocal fro the first time in his career, and adds Moog and Mellotron to the usual barrage of Hammond and Rhodes, often accompanied by congas which give the album a very Sanatana- esque feel. A massive influence on later jazz funk, acid jazz and fusion: now expanded via the addition of 2 bonus tracks and a fold out booklet.
Recorded live at the Whisky a Go Go in 1974, this featured the five piece jazz band playing extended versions of some of their well known tracks. Auger's Hammond organ dominates without being overbearing and the funk and fusion workouts really hit the spot. CD contains two tracks from the original "Volume 2" double album. Remastered and housed in a digi pak.
1972 release where the inclusion of vocalist Alex Ligertwood gives Auger more scope to express himself through his keyboard, which he does to greta effect on this album. Half a dozen slices of funky jazz rock that auger well for the future. (Auger ! Get it ?) CD is remastered in a contains fully informative sleevenotes.
This 1973 album has an extremely funky jazz groove running through it. Auger has always had a jazz background and it certainly shows through here with his keyboard array including a Moog synthesizer heavily to the fore.These re-issue contains fully detailed sleevenotes and one binus track "Straight Ahead" recorded live in Denver during 1975.
He deserved to be recognised as one of Britain’s guitar heroes, but Brian Knight died in 2001 with only a cult reputation to show for his talent as arguably the UK’s finest slide-man. Find out why he was regarded as a hero by the likes of Brian Jones on this reissued album from 1988, which comes with four cuts from 1995’s memorial concert for Alexis Korner.
Bronz officially 'came back' in 2003, and this live album, taped during their subsequent US tour, demonstrates that they’ve lost none of the fire which made them NWOBHM heroes in the early 80s. Original guitarist Chris Gouldstone leads them through spirited revivals of favourites from their classic Taken By Storm album and other material.
This solitary album by one of the most promising UK metal combos of the early 80s has become something of a lost classic. The Bath quintet's legacy of intelligent and melodic hard rock has lost none of its lustre, as this long-overdue reissue - which features Bronz's memorable single, 'Send Down An Angel' - demonstrates.
Hailing from Southampton, The Brook Brothers were Britain's answer to the Everly Brothers, recording numerous singles and a rare self-titled album between 1960 and 1963. Their biggest hit, 'Warpaint', captured the best of British rock'n'roll, while their later 45s embraced the beat boom. The Brook Brothers have never been treated to a proper retrospective - until now.
Recorded in 1998 after Bruce had left Iron Maiden. He fully embraces his metal origins, raunchy metallic anthems such as "King in Crimson," "Killing Floor," and the title track all delivered with aggression.
Originally released in May 1990, Tattooed Millionaire charted at No.14 in the national charts. The album includes the eponymous single - which debuted at No.18 and further hit singles All The Young Dudes, Born in '58 and Dive! Dive! Dive!.
It was a formula that couldn’t miss, and for the best part of five years, it never did. Take the pure pop sound of bubblegum, add the dance grooves of America’s finest soul factories, and the result could be heard everywhere from school discos to the factory floor in the early 70s. From ‘Melting Pot’ to ‘Swing Your Daddy’, this is one form of bubblegum that will never lose its flavour.
Not quite as timeless as Bacharach & David, the song-writing partnership of Macaulay and Macleod were still highly successful swinging '60's/'70's hitmakers. This double CD features 50 of their songs and includes hits and more by Foundations, Pickettywitch, Flying Machine, Marmalade, Long John Baldry, Carl Wayne, Paper Dolls and others.
For their their first reunion effort, 1993's T.T.T's was the vanguard of their comeback, returning to the band's trademarks of sharp, witty songwriting from Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle.Joyous overdriven guitar riffs and punk sensibility on the albums 17 tracks.
Welsh Sixties beat combo who later metamorphosed into the famed rock band Man. Tracks: That's The End, This Time, (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself, Have I Offended The Girl, My Love Come Home, If You Walk Away, 98.6, Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, Royal Blue Summer Sunshine Day, Make Up Your Mind, Pattern People, Green Grass, When Jesamine Goes, Cave Of Clear Light, This World Is My World, Painting The Time. Also contains 7 bonus tracks Stay A Little While,You're Ready Now, Cheryl's Going Home, Little Girl I Once Knew, Dang Me, My way Of Thinking, Grapvine.
He's been compared to Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector and Jimmy Webb, but few men in pop history have ever come close to equalling the commercial success of producer, arranger and songwriter Tony Hatch. Now at last there is an anthology which matches his talent - a 60-song retrospective filled with hits ('Downtown', 'Sugar And Spice', 'Joanna') and obscurities, all of which help to explain why he dominated Pye Records' output during the 1960s.
This is the second volume that the '90s reformation of Caravan has issued containing overhauled renditions of their most beloved material like 'Hoedown', 'Very Smelly Grubby Little Oik', Bobbing Wide','Ride',The Dog, 'The Dog, He's At It Again', and more.These compositions are brilliantly resurrected and benefit greatly from this new infusion of energy the band found upon re-forming. Recommended.
The first album of this comprehensive retrospective is devoted to drummer Carl Palmer's most famous group, ELP. The second covers his percussive subtlety and power, ranging from his appearances on 60s freakbeat classics to cameos from his work with Atomic Rooster, Mike Oldfield, Asia and even jazz maestro Buddy Rich.
The Rockin' Guitar Man, the King of Rockabilly, Mr. Blue Suede Shoes - any hall of fame worth its salt would induct Carl Perkins on day one. He enjoyed and endured absolute highs and lows throughout his career, but his late 70s stop at the Jet label sparked a commercial comeback. Now that golden era receives its first-ever comprehensive anthology, featuring his hit LP Ol' Blue Suede's Back, plus live recordings, an hour-long interview, and an entirely unreleased studio album.
Solar’s First Lady Of Disco was a hit songwriter and a strong backroom voice at the dancefloor stable. But first and foremost she was a spectacular singer, as this definitive double-CD proves. It takes its name from her biggest UK hit, which was memorably sampled on Armand Van Helden’s ‘You Don’t Know Me’.
Invictus act Chairmen Of The Board were H-D-H's biggest act, dominating the soul scene of 1970-72. Fronted by the charismatic General 'Norman' Johnson, they scored a string of hits. And they have proved a big influence on successive generations of soul boys and girls. This compilation boasts all their hits plus other welcome highlights.
When hit songwriters/producers Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown Records and founded Hot Wax/Invictus. One of the company's strong points was the Chairmen of the Board, a vocal harmony group that, like the Four Tops at Motown, could be gritty and sweet at the same time. Lead singer General Norman Johnson, in fact, had a Levi Stubbs-like quality. This 3 CD set is a must for any soul collector as it includes the cream of four albums, three solo LP's and numerous singles and rarities. Superbly remastered, annotated and illustrated throughout, with a slipcase and colour foldout booklet.
They’re virtually a two-man history of British pop, whose roots go back to 50s rock’n’roll and who take their inspiration from knees-up pub singsongs. One Fing’N’Anuvver was their 1975 debut album, which has now been extended with a bunch of early singles and two Black Claw cuts that mark the duo’s first appearance on record together. Don't laugh- sorry, 'larf' at the back- there was a time when the duo's blend of R'n'B (original meaning), 50s rock'n'roll, trad jazz, vaudeville and Cockney knees up music- or 'Rockney' as their style and record lable soon became known- was one of the most exciting sights on the pub rock scene, before they degenerated into laughable parody. Not that they were true Cockneys of course- more Norf Landan Spurs supporters- but we'll let 'em off.
Such was the array of hard rock talent unleashed by the NWOBHM movement of the early 80s that some of its finest music passed unnoticed by everyone except connoisseurs - until now. This comprehensive package brings together all three of their highly regarded albums, plus their collectable debut single, ‘Young Blood’. Classic rock will always triumph - eventually!
Complete career overview (include some of Gene Octobers Solo material) on 2 CD's by this UK punk outfit (around from the start) who now may receive the critical acclaim heaped on lesser mortals from this fine period of English music.Includes classics like "Right To Work","High Rise Living" and their version of "Raw Power".
Starting out as a purely folk label, by the mid-seventies Transatlantic was embracing a whole spectrum of progressive rock also, as this excellent compilation showcases. Circus, Unicorn, Skin Alley, Stray and The Deviants rub shoulders here with Mr Fox, Sallyangie, Carolanne Pegg and Alan Hull in an eclectic and impressive mix of the aforementioned genres. Originals of some of these are now worth BIG money! A great comp...
Few musicians can rival either the length or breadth of Chris Barber’s contribution to British jazz. This beautifully packaged box set brings together facsimile editions of the mid-50s albums that established his reputation, from his Echoes Of Harlem collaboration with Ottilie Patterson to his superb live recordings.
Born in Welwyn Garden City, Trombonist Chris Barber broke through as early as 1959 with the Top 3 hit, 'Petite Fleur', but he wasn't as capable as Kenny Ball of sustaining chart success. However, Barber's role as a pioneer is undisputed, having nurtured the talents of legends like Lonnie Donegan, Ken Colyer and Monty Sunshine. He formed his first band in the late 40s - and is still going strong today. This collection highlights the eclecticism and superb musical chops which are his stock-in-trade.
With his rasping R&B voice and effortless command of soul, Chris Farlowe was one of Britain’s mightiest vocal talents of the 60s. He reached his peak at Andrew Oldham’s Immediate label, and his best and most collectable Immediate sides are included on this collection.
Long before he topped the charts with 'Out Of Time' in the summer of '66, Chris had carved out a reputation as one of the most electrifying and powerful live performers on the club circuit. This collection comprises all his UK hits alongside more bluesy soulful renditions of 'Satisfaction', 'In The Midnight Hour', 'Yesterday's Papers', Paint It Black' and 'My Girl Josephine'. Superb
This top value 2-CD set pits two great British vocalists in a head-to-head where the real winner is the consumer. Containing hits such as 'Out Of Time', and 'Let The Heartaches Begin', this is a 'must-have' for the discerning fan.
First solo album remastered and expanded by the man who is, was, always has been and always will be Yes- bassist Chris Squire, the one constant throughout their 35 year-plus career. Originally released in 1976 (the year they all took a sabbatical, after which Rick Wakeman returned to the lineup) and a big success in the US. Features former alumni Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz.
This is a powerful anthology of Eric Clapton’s early career. . Disc One presents Eric as a Yardbird: Live, in the studio and backing Blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson. Disc Two presents Eric as a session man, a Blues Breaker, a member of the Immediate All-Stars and beyond. Several of these tracks on CD2 are extremely hard to find. Forty track compilation featuring Eric's work with The Yardbirds, Otis Span, Jack Dupree, John Mayal and The Bluesbreakers, Vivian Stanshall, Martha Valez and Jimmy Page.
Nothing recaptures the spirit of a bygone decade more evocatively than it's TV themes, which bring back memories for anyone who lived around the era. Includes The Avengers,Captain Scarlet,Thunderbirds,Department S, On The Ball and more. Excellent stuff, and breaks the ice at parties.
One of the more obscure albums to emerge on the Pye label in the late 60's which drew on Dylan,Bee Gees and Tim Hardin for it's inspiration.A well regarded singer songwriter and guitarist Cliff's reputation as founding father of the UK pub folk/blues scene endures to this day.Making its CD debut, this is a genre-defying album. Contains 1 bonus track,original artwork and a detailed booklet.
The chart statistics don¹t do Clinton Ford¹s epic career justice. As a veteran on the British jazz scene, he¹s been treading the boards since the 50s. As a 60s pop contender, he cut the hit single ‘Run To The Door’, plus a memorable cover of the Kinks’ ‘Dandy’. And he cut a hilarious comedy jazz album with George Chisholm’s band, Clinton The Clown. All of those landmarks are celebrated on this definitive two-CD retrospective of his Pye years, which includes everything from the sublime ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’ to the ridiculous ‘Fanlight Fanny’.
With a name like Cloven Hoof, this Midlands band were hardly likely to be whimsical singer-songwriters. Sure enough, their blend of satanic metal and flamboyant glam-rock cut a swathe through the complacent British rock scene of the mid-80s, and made it inevitable that they would end up on the unhinged Neat Records roster. This reissue of their eponymous 1984 album features four BBC session tracks, and a booklet featuring rare memorabilia. Incredibly, although the subject of much derision and pisstaking at the time, (largely due to silly Kiss-inspired costumes and calling themselves 'Earth' 'Air' 'Fire' and 'Water') this album has held up brilliantly and is now regarded by generations of black and doom metallers as a genre classic.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Solar Records, Castle Music have assembled this stunning anthology by one of the label’s cultiest acts. ‘Romeo Where’s Juliet’ brought them a taste of chart action in the mid-80s, but soul fans have long relished the smooth dance floor sound of gems such as ‘Get In Touch With Me’, ‘In The Mix’ and their cover of the Young Rascals’ 60s hit, ‘Groovin’.
Excellent 2 CD set at a bargain price for one of the first bands to successfully incorporate elements of jazz and rock into a cohesive musical whole. This anthology includes many of their best moments from their early to mid '70's peak including cuts from the bands legendary "Valentyne Suite".
The worlds first ever jazz rock combo originally recorded and toured constantly from '69 - '71 before breaking up. Featured here is the first ever UK release of their reunion '90's album, Bread & Circuses. Featuring the original line up, they pick up from where they left off with eleven brand new essential fusion tracks. Features: "The One That Got Away"(instrumental), "Wherever I Go", "The Other Side Of The Sky" and "No Pleasin"
Ten track live album, documentaing the reunion gigs of the worlds first ever jazz rock combo that originally recorded and toured constantly from '69 - '71. Featuring the original line up, they pick up from where they left off with ten classic fusion tracks that audibly thrill their audience. This successful 60 date European tour led to the group resuming their studio recording career. Includes "The Valentyne Suite", "Solo Colonia", "Theme For An Imaginary Western" and "The Machine Demands Another Scrifice."
2003 release from the '60's jazz/rock group that reformed in the '90's, it's first appearanvce in the UK. Last album to feature saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith before his death. Featuring the original line up, they pick up from where they left off with ten brand new essential fusion tracks that will satisfy their original audience and any new followers. Includes: "Come Right Back", "The Net Men", "Take The Dark Times With The Sun" and "In The Heat Of The Night."
Reissue of this greatly admired jazz-prog album from the mid 70s, with the reworked lineup of this combo- led by drummer John Hiseman- that was actually closer to full-on frenetic free-blowing jazz than the original lineup had ever been. And a lineup to die for: Gary Moore on guitar, Don Airey (later of Rainbow and Deep Purple) on keyboards, and Neil Murray (Whitsenake/Black Sabbath/Vow Wow) on bass. Includes prog fans' fave "Dark Side Of The Moog", alongside 3 previously unissued outtakes, unreleased Peel sessions (taking up the entire second disc) and an interview on the inlay conducted by prog expert David Wells.
It's the advertiser's nightmare: you remember the ad, love the song, and haven't got a clue what they were selling. Well, you need new improved Commercial Break, complete with 49 unforgettable themes which were meant to be plugging everything from Yellow Pages to Jacob's Cream Crackers. Relive those golden memories of . . . now, what was that advert for? And how did Motorhead's 'Ace Of Spades' wind up being used to sell both Ikea furniture and Pot Noodles? All is revealed here.
Were you paying attention in school? If not, then play this album 50 times, and relive the years when ‘Teenage Kicks’ and ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ meant more to you than PE, double French and morning assembly. The school disco is back, but this time you don’t have to do your homework first. And they said getting old was a drag?
At last, here is the entire output of this dark, mysterious 70s band (one of the most revered of all UK '70s acid folk acts) who created a sound somewhere betwixt Love, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Family, Jethro Tull and Pentangle. The debut album 'First Utterance' originally released on Pye in 1971, is still scary and unsettling unto the ear today, with its phased vocals atonal cries, spiked, jagged guitars, chants and rustic rhythms (particularly evident on 'Diana' 'Drip, Drip' and 'Song To Comus') The lyrical themes are dark and menacing and became the blueprint for the material Current 93 recorded between 1987 and 1996, as well as an influence on modern dark metallers such as Witchcraft and Opeth (who even named their album 'My Arms Your Hearse' after a Comus lyric). The songs of Comus make the The Wicker Man soundtrack seem like The Spinners. The second album 'To Keep From Crying' (Virgin 1974) features a reworked, more electric lineup with guest musicians from Gong, Henry Cow and Esperanto, and features a less sinister poppy progressive rock sound. All of Comus’ recordings brought together for the first time.Both LP’s and the EP are highly collectable, changing hands for three figure sums. Also features the previously hard to find track 'All The Colours Of The Dark' and both sides of frontman Roger Wootton's solo single.
Corduroy's debut album was issued in autumn 1992, mixing groovy 60s Hammond organ instrumentals with loungecore tracks and Swinging London/spy soundtrack spoofs. The album was produced by the band with Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller. Highlights included 'E-Type' (their very first recording) and 'Harry Palmer', named after Michael Caine's memorable 60s film character.
Corduroy's second Acid Jazz LP from 1993 was 'A Concept Album' on which 'Corduroy Create High Havoc' on a mock-soundtrack. Echoes of Our Man Flint mix with Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush to create a more unified sound than their debut - which also embraced lush, jazzy vocal tracks like the club hit single, 'Something In My Eye'.
For the first time, Corduroy's entire career is anthologised. They recorded three albums for (fl) Acid Jazz, Dad Man Cat (1992), High Havoc (1993) and Out Of Here (1994) before signing to V2/Big Cat to record two further LPs, The New You! (1997) and Clik (1999) - and all are featured on London, England.
Corduroy's strongest, most successful album was issued in 1994. Cool, west coast-type harmonies now joined the melting pot of easy funk, Hammond grooves and TV/film-ish material to create the band's masterpiece. An inspired, funky rewrite of 'Motorhead' and 'Mini' were chosen as singles - but this album truly worked as a whole, with more vocal material than ever before.
Rising from the ashes of 80s cult heroes Boys Wonder, Corduroy fronted the Acid Jazz scene of the early 90s. Their heady mix of Hammond organ, Swinging London imagery, funk grooves and loungecore is captured on this previously unreleased live set from Japan, where they were bona fide pop stars.
Corduroy’s three Acid Jazz albums represented the best that London’s mid-90s retro club scene had to offer. This set cherry-picks the prime cuts from the instrumentals that filled 1992’s Dad Man Cat, the imaginary film soundtrack that was 1993’s High Havoc, and the songcraft of 1994’s Out Of Here, to create a perfect introduction to the band who defined acid jazz.
Back in the late 60s, Swinging London had its very own equivalent of San Franciscos Haight Ashbury or New Yorks Greenwich Village -Ladbroke Grove. This West London enclave was the epicentre of all things cool and underground this was where the beautiful people hung out and grooved to their very own community rock bands like Hawkwind, the Pink Fairies, and Quintessence; where the people on the street rubbed shoulders with the musicians - writers like Michael Moorcock, artists like Barney Bubbles - and even had their own alternative newspaper Frendz. This was where Nic Roeg shot his legendary film Performance. This 2-cd set will transport you back to a time when change was in the air and the music was played for free. 1. Pretty Things Defecting Grey 2. Sam Gopal, Midsummer Night's Dream 3.The Deviants I'm Coming Home 4.The Action A Saying For Today 5. Tomorrow - Revolution 6.The Misunderstood Children Of The Sun 7. Mighty Baby House With Out Windows 8. Quintessence Notting Hill Gate 9. Twink Thousand Words In A Cardboard Box 10. High Tide Death Warmed Up (Demo) 11. Village Man In The Moon 12.The Deviants Billy The Monster 13. Skin Alley Bad Words, Evil People 14. Hawkwind Hurry On Sundown 15.Stray Time Machine. CD TWO: 1. Juniors Eyes I'm Drowning 2. Pink Fairies - Do It 3. Edgar Broughton Band Evening Over Rooftops 4. Jody Grind Bath Sister 5. Quintessence - Giants 6. Peter Bardens Long Ago, Far Away 7.Pretty Things Cries From The Midnight Circus 8.Arthur Brown & Kingdom Come No Time 9. Hawkwind Lord Of Light 10. Skin Alley Sun Music 11. Captain Lockheed - Ejection 12. Michael Moorcock & Deep Fix Dodgem Dude 13. Motorhead Louie Louie14. Larry Wallis Police Car 15. Steamhammer Autumn Song 16. Quiver Gone In The Morning.
A classic mod-revival quintet formed in the wake of the Jam's breakout success, the Crooks featured a line up of guitarist/vocalist Jim Fingers, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Dino Dean, keyboardist Simon Boswell, bassist/vocalist Chris Broderick, and drummer Michael Sparrow. Their sole album, Just Released, appeared in 1980 and is included with 3 bonus tracks in this excellent 2 CD set. Disc 2 contains a storming live set from the Marquee club recorded in March 1980.
Hailing from the Crown Heights district of New York City, (You don't say! I thought they were from Marlow Bottom- Sarcastic Freak Employee) Crown Heights Affair were one of the most consistently successful soul-disco acts of the mid-to-late 70s and early 80s. With early hits like 'Dreaming A Dream' and 'Dancin'', they helped usher in the whole disco era and later enjoyed spectacular success in the UK with the unforgettable 'Galaxy Of Love' and 'You Gave Me Love'. This 2-CD collection of CHA presents the cream of their output for De-Lite Records from 1975 to 1983. Remastered from the original tapes, DREAMING A DREAM is the ultimate tribute to one of the key dancefloor acts of their era.
Well, what kind of rock’n’roll do you expect from a band built around ex-Boys founder Honest John Plain and Dogs D’Amour guitar maestro Darrell Bath? One that rocks, rolls, riffs and delivers the goods straight from the heart, and that’s just what the Crybabys gave us. This anthology captures the band at their sweaty - and, yes, sometimes sentimental - best.
This intimate recording captures the soul legend's performance at London's renowned jazz venue in summer 1988. Mayfield was in full swing, delivering highlights like 'It's All Right' and 'Move On Up' to rapturous response. And as a bonus, we've added dialogue from the accompanying video release, wherein Curtis chatted to No 1 fan Paul Weller.
Cymande, pronounced (Sah-mahn-day), released three LPs under the Chess Records Janus subsidiary from 1972 - 1974. The members of Cymande migrated to England from the West Indies at a young age and their music is a stunning fusion of funk, reggae and trippy jazzy psychedelia. Exotic and refreshingly different this 2 CD set compiles their 3 albums and unreleased cuts. They have become a much sampled band because of their dreamy percussive beats, laid back grooves and soulful spacey vocals. Very cool and housed in a slipcase.
First time on CD for this classic live album from the classic Damned line up. Recorded on 27/11/77 (not the Captain's Birthday!) and contains tracks from their first two albums. I feel alright! This is a rare show from when Rat had walked out on the band and his shoes filled by none other than Jon Moss.Contains great versions of "So Messed Up","Born To Kill","Fan Club", "Creep" etc…
By the time the Damned joined the Bronze ranks in the early 80's, the original wave of Punk had ebbed away. But the Damned had lost none of their panache or punch, as this collection of demos, out-takes and rarities reveals.
Debut album from 1977 in fact was the first punk LP released in the UK. Manic energy fuelled tracks like 'Neat Neat Neat', 'New Rose', 'Stab Your Back' and a barnstorming version of the Stooges 'I Feel Alright' make this an essential CD for any punk aficionado.
180 gram vinyl pressing with the famous wrong cover. This is without doubt a classic debut album from 1977 full of manic energy fuelled tracks like 'Neat Neat Neat', 'New Rose', and 'Stab Your Back'. The disturbing 'Fan Club' and a barnstorming version of the Stooges 'I Feel Alright' make this a classic that has stood the test of time. Into the top ten punk albums of all time category without doubt. LIMITED EDITION, collectors’ vinyl reissue of the album. Facsimile of the original STIFF RECORDS LP. Even includes the notoriously erroneous backcover pic (Eddie & the Hot Rods!) and the scarce stickered front which was the only place that actually has the title of the album. Limited pressing of 1,000 units. Worldwide
February 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the original release of ‘Damned, Damned, Damned’, the first UK punk album ever issued. In this expanded two disc edition, disc two comprises various contemporaneous demo’s, singles, John Peel sessions and a full live set from the BBC in Concert programme from May 77. Disc Three features a previously unreleased live set, recorded at the 100 club in July 1976, believed to be the first major gig ever to showcase two punk bands (The Sex Pistols also shared the bill).This release will be packaged in a plush slipcased digipak.
The classic line up of Scabies, Sensible, Vanian & James reunited for this live album which is loud, frantic and how a Damned show should be. The repertoire is all from their late 70's catalogue and is stunning. A bit like having the Damned in your front room ? Mmmmmm not such a good idea ...or there again!
A forgotten album from the eternal punksters with only Scabies and Vanian in attendance, plus the addition of Glen Matlock and Brian James on a couple of tracks. But the formats the same, short blasts of adrenaline power punk. First released in 1996 with a different title 'Not Of This Earth' on a small indie label Marble Orchard, it has been a sought after item for some time. Four bonus tracks from a BBC Session in 1993.
Double disc set recorded for Bronze in the early-mid 80s, drawing laregely on material from 'Strawberries' and 'The Black Album'. A live performance full of typically dark Vanian/Sensible humour and the gothic (as opposed to Goth) psychedelia which they made their own and helped to create Punk with.
Very limited LP version of this early Damned show from the legendary 100 Club in London on 6th July 1976 2 days after the Pistols debut.This was one of the Damned's first public gigs, a set recorded in London during the 100 Club's first Punk Rock Festival in the summer of 1976. The summer of punk began here and ended with safety pin shirts on the high street a year later. Anyway this classic show is raw and alive. - Tracks . 1 Of The 2. New Rose 3. Alone 4. Help 5. Fan Club 6. I Feel Alright 7. Feel The Pain 8. Fish 9. Circles 10. See Her Tonite 11. I Fall 12. So Messed Up. Pressed on white vinyl and includes huge period poster.Limited edition of 1000 only worldwide hand numbered.LAST COPY.
The second outing from the Damned and the choice of Syd Barrett as producer was a no go so they used Nick Mason instead! It's a classic album and contains gems such as 'Don't Cry Wolf', 'Problem Child' , 'You Know' and more. Manic sax over punk rock tunes make this a criminally ignored album.
Five CD celebration of The Damned's awesome live power, from the height of punk to their '80's reunion shows. Various line ups rear their heads here: Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies, Brian James, Algy Ward and Jon Moss all appear at various points of this excellent collection.Killer shows from 1977, a rare 1979 'Machine Gun Etiquette' tour show, a 1981 London Lyceum performance, Newcastle 'Strawberries' Show from 1982 and more. Over fifty five tracks that really have no adequate studio comparison, they were an untaimed animal live and this bargain collection captures that perfectly.Housed in a clamshell box with individual sleeves.Nice..
Whopping great box set containing EVERYTHING this wonderful UK band receorded for Stiff, with the third disc containing a previously unissued treasure- a recording of their second ever gig, at the now infamous Monte De Marsan Festival 1976. Every radio session and in concert performance from that era (the pre-goth era, basically) is here, including three pre-Stiff demos (!!) and a 130 page booklet loaded with info and memorabilia. Fully endorsed by the band, this is a treat you'd be mad to miss.
They were the ultimate punk band, a maelstrom of musical mania and madcap manners. And this is the ultimate record of their first decade, assembling the pick of their Stiff, Chiswick, Big Beat, Bronze and MCA catalogues in one place for the first time. From ‘New Rose’ to ‘Eloise’, here is the sound of history being made- complete with packaging which translates that saga into definitive words and pictures.
The Sex Pistols may have stolen the headlines while the Clash cleaned up in America, but British punk began here, and nowhere else - with ‘New Rose’, the Damned’s dynamic debut single on Stiff. All four of the band’s commercial 45s for the label are reproduced in CD form here, alongside the ultra-rare ‘Stretcher Case Baby’. Neat Neat Neat indeed . . .
Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies and Captain Sensible were joined by Paul Gray and the whimsically-named Roman Jugg for this joyous 1982 album, which mixed political satire, punk energy and The Damned’s traditionally surreal humour. The album includes the singles ‘Generals’ and 'Dozen Girls', two of the most underrated releases by this line-up of the band, plus the first appearnce of live staple 'Under The Floor Again'.