Internet Killing The Record Store?

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Internet Killing The Record Store?

March 14, 2007

With Tunes and a variety of mp3 players out there, downloading music has become pretty common, but is the practice causing record stores to go out of business?

More and more people are turning to the internet to make music purchases, and while downloaded music sales are going up, CD sales are steadily going down, causing some major and independent record stores across the country to shut down.

The trend has some believing record companies are now geared towards pushing downloads instead of discs.

"I think they're definitely marketing more for music downloads. I watch a lot of tv, and your constantly seeing on like MTV, download this artist first, be the first to download this new track. I think that has a lot to do with it" said Milena Koussa, manager of Plan 9 Music.

In 2006 album sales dropped by 4.9% from 2005 while music downloads were up 65%.

Many are starting to take a closer look at the issue as more than 900 independent record stores have closed down and since the collapse of the corporate record store Tower Records. But despite the numbers some independent record stores aren't throwing in the towel just yet.

"I think we're definitely going to stick around for a while. People love to have that album with the artwork. They love to by LP's, vinyl records are making a big comeback, and I think that's going to help us a lot" said Koussa.

The return of vinyl

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The return of vinyl

Saturday, March 10

GREAT BARRINGTON — David Lincoln was like a chocolate lover at a candy convention.

"Check this out," the Dalton resident said, showing a visitor a 45-rpm record by a band called "The Teddys."

"These guys are from Germany. This record is pretty rare. I haven't seen it anywhere else."

Lincoln, the drummer for the band Shut Up and Dance, was sitting on the floor in the back of White Knight Records in Great Barrington, poring through a stack of 45s about 2 feet high. Next to him was a box of 78-rpm records that he also perused.

"Oh, yeah," Lincoln said. "I love rock 'n' roll 78s. I love the sound. They spin faster, and the sound comes out more fidelic. The basses are deeper, and the sound is fuller."

"Fidelic" actually is a neo-term. What Lincoln meant was that the sound on 78-rpm records is more true to the recording.

Vinyl records, thought to be dead after the widespread introduction of compact discs in the 1980s, have made a mini-resurgence in the past decade. The rise mostly is in 7-inch singles, a favorite of fans of independent recordings. The British Phonograph Industry said sales of those singles worldwide in 2005 topped the 1 million


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mark, the highest figure since the mid-1990s.

According to BPI, the surge partly is due to artists such as Beck, the Arctic Monkeys, the White Stripes and Elton John offering singles from their latest albums. Other artists, such as Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan, have, in the past five years, authorized a small percentage of their reissues — usually 50,000 copies or less — to be vinyl.

But for professional DJs, vinyl has never gone out of style. According to a recent Associated Press story, United Record Pressing in Nashville still presses about a quarter-million vinyl discs annually. Most of those discs are singles for DJs at dance clubs and radio stations who still use vinyl to mix, scratch and blend music. A smaller portion of the discs go to record stores.

Collectors such as Lincoln, and Sharon and Lee Palma of Great Barrington said they think the vinyl sound is still superior to CDs or downloads.

Vinyl records use analog technology, whereby a physical groove is etched into the record, duplicating the sound wave. CDs work by transforming the sound into digital information.

"The tonal quality of vinyl simply cannot be beaten," said John Conlin, the owner of Tune Street, a CD store in Great Barrington.

According to howstuffworks.com, digital reproduction in compact discs is not as complete as the analog reproduction in vinyl grooves. Specifically, sounds such as a drumbeat or a trumpet tone in CDs are slightly distorted because they change too quickly to be picked up by digital conversion. A vinyl groove mirrors the sound fed into it, and no conversion is required.

The downside of records is that specks of dust or damage is permanent and often can show up during quiet spots. CDs are more durable.

"It (vinyl) is just better," said Sharon Palma, who has an extensive record collection with her husband, Lee. "We grew up in the 1960s, and a lot of our records date back to then."

Then too, there is the "magic" of vinyl.

"A vinyl record is an artifact," said Hal March, the owner of Toonerville Trolley CDs and Records in Williamstown. "It's a work of art."

Ron White, the owner of White Knight Records, said a small percentage of his customers look not for the recording itself, but for a certain album cover, which they will frame.

"Some of the artwork on those old records is just beautiful," he said.

White, whose store houses several thousand vinyl discs — the largest retail collection in the county — began accepting records several years ago from people intending to throw them away.

"I just didn't want to see them go to the dump," White said. "It's a marginal part of my business."

White Knight and Toonerville Trolley are the principal vendors of vinyl in Berkshire County. The Berkshire Record Outlet in Lee also does a small business in classical and show-tune albums, according to owner Joseph Eckstein.

 

Collectors still groove on vinyl

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Collectors still groove on vinyl
Record and CD show draws diverse crowd with wide array of music offerings


Gene Brown of Atlanta listens to 45-rpm 1970s soul records during the show at the Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley in Raleigh. Collectors value old records for the art on their covers as well as for the fidelity of their sound.
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IN THE RACKS

The Record & CD Collectors Show carried popular artists such as the Beatles, James Brown, the Rolling Stones and many quirkier collectibles. Here's a sampling:

* Tom Brock, "I Love You More & More" — sampled on Jay-Z's song "Girls, Girls, Girls."

* "Dan Betzer and Louie Tell the Bible Classics" (Christian ventriloquist genre)

* "Hogan's Heroes Sing the Best of World War II"

* "Tobacco A-Go-Go: North Carolina Rock 'n' Roll in the Sixties"

* "Let Me Be Your Bo Weavil," a 1930s Decca 78 blues single by Lee Brown

* "Mary & the Maoris at Nassau Beach Hotel"

The Record & CD Collectors Show returns to the Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley on Nov. 11. For more info, contact the show's organizer Mike Pottorff, (478) 737-0668 or showlogicprod@bellsouth.net.

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RALEIGH – Donald Bennett lifted the needle on his portable record player and gently dropped it into the grooves of a spinning vinyl record: "A Very Good Year, 1983-1984."

"It's good," he said after cocking an ear to the funky jazz. "Shocking because it's from a high school band."

Bennett, 38, a Durham resident and former New York disc jockey, stepped away from buying the rare record because of its $125 price tag. But like many of the music fans who attended the Record & CD Collectors Show on Sunday at a Holiday Inn, he found much to like.

The twice-a-year convention, held in Raleigh since about 1996, caters to a diverse crowd. But while CDs are becoming more popular at the show, a common thread remains — a love for older vinyl LPs and 45s.

In an age with lots of CDs and MP3s, many music lovers say they continue to collect vinyl because of its "warmer" analog sound.

"You get things supposedly the human ear can't hear, but your body can feel it," said Paul O'Boyle, a Charlotte dealer at the conference. His company, Activ-Analog Records, releases techno dance music records in vinyl. "In a dance club, you can hear the difference on a good system."

Vinyl records also make for better collectibles, fans say. You can admire the artwork more easily on a large LP cover. "It's more a connection versus a digital download that's so impersonal," said Clayton resident Andy Kellman, 41, who works in Research Triangle Park but sells music as a hobby.

The convention had a good cross-section of nearly all genres — including albums from popular artists such as Pink Floyd, James Brown and Jethro Tull.

Suzann May of Wendell and her boyfriend, Lloyd Edwards of Raleigh, picked up nine Rolling Stones LPs, including some early Mick Jagger. Edwards already has about 800 Rolling Stones records at home, ranging from Japanese imports to albums recorded in Italian.

Dealers also tried to meet other more eclectic tastes.

"After a while, people — they're just bored with Beatles and Elvis stuff," said Tim Harris, a dealer from Lynchburg, Va., who specializes in Jamaican reggae, such as Hindi soca music.

Harris' crates of quirkier finds included subgenres of "outsider music," "loner folk," "spiritual jazz," "Christian ventriloquist" and "Christian pirate" music. That last category, he explained, typically involves former biker guys who got into bad accidents, lost limbs, and got into singing Christian music.

"You can't make this stuff up," Harris said.

Easier-to-care-for CDs seemed to have a larger presence at the convention this year. Ponytailed Ezequiel Espinoza Martinez, 36, of Fuquay-Varina, stocked up on heavy metal at the convention. Accompanied by his girlfriend Angeles Lopez, who was wearing a black Iron Maiden T-shirt, Martinez spent more than $200 on 20 albums — all CDs.

And more buyers these days are taking tracks off vinyl records and converting them into MP3s for iPods anyway.

But Bennett, the Durham collector, who digitizes some of his 3,000 records for sampling in DJ mixes, says vinyl continues to be the medium where he discovers new disco and R&B.

"You really can't find [some music] on CD," he said.

Radio 1190 turns up the tunes in the second Vinyl Destination

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Take a trip to your 'Vinyl Destination'

Radio 1190 turns up the tunes in the second Vinyl Destination

Kathleen Straney

Issue date: 3/14/07 Section: Entertainment
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The vinyl records at Radio 1190 moved off the shelves and onto the turntables as the station provided listeners with a full day of vinyl music on Tuesday.

The exclusive day of vinyl records, called Vinyl Destination 2, occurred for the second semester in a row.

"It was so popular last semester, we decided why not? We would like to have it happen every semester," said Stephanie Reininger, a senior geology major and training director for Radio 1190.

This event is a touchstone to remind listeners and DJs of the roots of radio. In an age where many radio stations now move away from CDs in favor of digital media programmed into computers and rarely use the old-school vinyl, it is important not to completely put records away.

Vinyl records have a "softer, warmer sound. If you hear clapping on vinyl, it sounds like clapping. On a CD, it just sounds tinny," Reininger said.

The event is fun for the DJs who volunteer with Radio 1190.

"I'm not limiting myself to one genre. I'm just gonna wing it," said Kate Michalske, a recent graduate from CU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication who was the DJ for the 7-8 p.m. slot.

She was just starting to get into the groove with her first record of the night.

The event is also fun for listeners. The radio station broadcasts over the Internet and draws listeners from around the world. The unique medium of this event encourages many people to call in requests.

"We have a lot more freedom," Reininger said. "Most radio stations wouldn't touch the idea of doing vinyl records all day."

Radio 1190 is able to hold Vinyl Destination because it is not required to perform under a traditional business model. The station raises money with pledge drives held twice a semester. This money comes directly from the listeners. If they like vinyl day, they can get it.

Switching from the regular CD medium to all vinyl does not come without technological difficulties. The station's engineer, senior electrical and computer engineering major Eric Simley, was up until 4 a.m. fixing equipment.

"There is a lot of extra little work that goes on," Reininger said. She spent 12 hours at the station making sure everything went smoothly.

Overall, the station's employees said the day was a success for all involved.

"It went really well. We played new and old records, along with personal collections," said program director Sam Sacher, a freshman open-option major. "The freedom not to use CDs is unique."

Contact Campus Press staff writer Kathleen Straney at kathleen.straney@thecampuspress.com.

WMC samples the vitality of vinyl

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For the Record

WMC samples the vitality of vinyl

By BRETT JOHNSON 

Published: March 15, 2007

Andrew Mason describes the experience of spinning vinyl records — as opposed to playing MP3s — in deeply reverential terms. "It's the thrill of the needle on the groove and hearing the noise of the record and then the song starts. It's this visceral thing," says Mason, also known as New York-based DJ Monk-One. "That's not the same as playing something that's already been converted to a digital file and ready to load onto your computer. It doesn't have the same feel."

For Mason and many other vinyl enthusiasts, records hold a special quality. That's the reason he hopes this year's International Record Collector's Show, the first of its kind in the 22-year history of the Winter Music Conference, is a success. The event, co-sponsored by Wax Poetics magazine (where Mason is a contributing editor), is scheduled to attract collectors to WMC host hotel Miami Beach Resort & Spa for a Sunday of dealing and trading mostly rare hip-hop, jazz, blues, disco and soul twelve-inches from the late Seventies through the early Nineties.

Along with the annual spin-off — in which DJs compete in mixing and scratching beats — this year's conference promises to pay special attention to vinyl. (No laptops are permitted at the competition, though organizers say CD turntables may be used.) Yet WMC program director, Sabrina Winogrond, maintains the conference's philosophy has always been inclusive. "We've never taken a stance like [choose between] MP3 or vinyl," she says. "I think it's best to embrace both."

In recent years though, digital downloads have obviously dominated the music scene. Major retail chains such as Sam Goody and Tower Records, which long ago stopped selling wax in favor of CDs, have closed partly due to the rise of legal and illegal downloading. And perhaps further suggesting the impending disappearance of physical CDs, the recording industry has felt the consumer shift as well. In 2006 album sales declined for the seventh year running, but total sales rose, due to a 65 percent spike in downloads from 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.

DJ technology has kept pace with the digital music renaissance. Vinyl emulation software such as Serato Scratch Live and Stanton Final Scratch has allowed jocks to mix and blend their computer's digital audio collection using a turntable. But if CDs are becoming increasingly obsolete and DJs can manipulate their MP3s like a piece of wax, what does that spell for the future of vinyl?

"Vinyl ain't going nowhere. That's the bottom fucking line," says Rich Medina. The Philadelphia-based artist and DJ will play several gigs during WMC (including one on March 23 at the Marlin hotel). "Vinyl purists that go digging after records are always going to exist; the vinyl purists who make records are always going to exist."

The numbers back up Medina's assertion. According to RIAA figures, vinyl LPs accounted for nearly one percent of record sales for the past three years. It's a small slice to be sure, but the statistic suggests wax has a loyal niche following.

However others such as veteran producer Prince Paul (born Paul Huston), who owns upward of 50,000 records, points out that he's less excited about collecting vinyl and even less interested in spinning it these days. "If it's a matter of me toting around x-amount of records that I know I may not be able to replace or me carrying around a laptop that I can replace [in case of a mishap], sorry — the laptop wins," says Huston, who's best known for producing De La Soul.

The level of convenience and flexibility that spinning via Serato offers is undeniable, admits producer and DJ Justin "Just Blaze" Smith. "I roll through songs real quick," says Smith, who's made beats for Jay-Z, Kanye West, and the Game. "When I'm spinning ten records in two minutes, I can't take each one out and put them back neatly in the covers and what-not."

Using Serato, he scrolls quickly through and plays any one of the 22,000-plus songs in his digital music library. Plus he worries less about a record skipping, or about spilling a drink on a rare 12-inch. Yet Smith claims he's never stopped collecting vinyl, and currently owns more than 25,000 records. "It's a catch-22 because I'm a vinyl dude who doesn't care if you're spinning with vinyl," he adds. "But Serato don't mix, cut, scratch, or blend for you. All it does is make your life easier. Tell me how that's making a bad DJ better. You still have to have the right skills to rock a party no matter what you use."

 

New Antioch shop tracks vinyl LPs, vintage audio gear

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Play it again and again
New Antioch shop tracks vinyl LPs, vintage audio gear

March 15, 2007

ANTIOCH — There's a rare find of a store for music lovers who cling to their vinyl records.

David Prucha, who owns Track 1 with his wife, Christine, at 348 W. North Ave., sells and repairs vintage stereo equipment just when you think people have all but stopped playing them and consigned them to memory lane.

Not so, according to Pruchas. Some music lovers are quite partial to their old records.

"Vinyl records provide richer and warmer sound than CDs," said Prucha, who also carries thousands of long-playing vinyl records.

"I don't think there's a store like ours within 100 miles of Chicago," said Prucha, 50, who started repairing and installing car stereo sets when he was still in high school in Chicago.

A graduate of Carl Schurz High School on the city's North Side, he later worked for Playback, known as the electronic playground, where he said he became thoroughly familiar with hi-fis. For formal training in electronics, he went to DeVry Institute of Technology.

These days, owners of vintage stereo equipment are often at a loss to find a shop that can repair their stereos. One reason is the difficulty in finding the right parts, Prucha said.

"A lot of guys just don't want to do it because the time you have to spend in repairing and the amount you have to charge. It's not worth the trouble," he explained. "I charge by the job, rather than by the hour." He also makes house calls if absolutely necessary.

The store, which opened March 1, brings nostalgia to many older music lovers, but also attracts younger audiophiles who somehow try to catch up with what they missed when LPs were the rage.

He also carries stereo equipment from makers like JBL, Marantz, Pioneer, Yamaha and Technics, along with turntables, receivers, cartridges, speakers, styluses and other accessories. Some are still new; others he has reconditioned.

"What I want to do is provide a place where people can hear and buy equipment the way music was meant to sound," he said.

Prucha said while he buys LPs, he insists that they must be in top condition because records, once damaged, can't be repaired. His collections range from rock to blues, jazz, movie sound tracks, country and old country, to classics.

"They were either taken care of or not taken care of," he said of the records.

Some of the old recordings were never turned into CDs, which makes certain vinyls collectibles, he pointed out. His own favorites, he said, are records by Dan Fogelberg, a folk-rock singer from Peoria. Despite the store's specialty in vinyl records, it also carries used CDs.

The Pruchas will have a grand opening Saturday with specials and discounts.

Eleanor McEvoy – Out There

Eleanor McEvoy – Out There

 Diverse records has been one of my favourite record labels. I've been disappointed because they have been very quiet for the past couple of years. But I am delighted to see the following announcement. Eleanor McEvoy's 'Yola' was magnificent. I have not heard this new album but hope it reaches the same highs.

 

We are delighted to announce that the next release on the Diverse Records label will be the 5th album by the Irish singer songwriter, Eleanor McEvoy "Out There".

Forever associated with 'Only A Woman's Heart', massively underrated Irish singer songwriter Eleanor McEvoy raises the stakes with an ambitious self-produced, self-arranged album. It tackles Marvin Gaye and Lowell George and includes a Dave Rotheray collaboration along with her own immaculately tuneful, lyrically potent tales of love and life.
"Out There" has already been a hit at the hi fi shows this year on SACD, but along with "Early Hours" and the repress of "Yola", we're hoping it's going to sound even better on the Diverse label proprietory 180g audiophile vinyl.

As usual, mastering duties will be handled by Ray Staff at Alchemy Mastering, and pressing at Pallas in Germany. Release date to be confirmed at the moment, so please keep your eye out for more news as it breaks.

Useful link: http://www.diverserecords.com

Road records Mailout 09/03/2007

Welcome to this weeks Road Records newsletter.

Yet again I am a bit late with the list this week, but I'm sure you are
getting used to me at this stage.

Special offers this week on the albums from !!!, Charlotte Hatherley, Lcd
Soundsystem, Rjd2 and Amon Tobin, more details below in the "Weekly
Specials" section.

New titles this week includes – Arve Henriksen on Rune Grammofon. The High
Llamas are back with a new album on Drag City. The new Lcd Soundsystem album
is now in stock on cd, hopefully we will have the vinyl version soon. Mint
Royale have a new retrospective out on the Faith and Hope label. The Orb
have just reissued the first volume of their "Orbsessions" compilations.
Palm Springs new album "No Hurt Like a Broken Heart". The new Rjd2 album is
out today on cd and vinyl and is one our picks of the week around here.
Panda Bear (from Animal Collective) has a split 12" out today along with
Exceptor on the Paw Tracks label. Regina Spektor has a new 7" out today.
Amon Tobin has just released the fascinating album "The Foley Room" on Ninja
Tune and it comes with a free bonus dvd for a limited period. The new !!!
album is out today and the vinyl version comes with a lovely free poster.
The new Air album is now in stock on cd and limited vinyl. The Arcade Fire
album is in stock on cd and we will have the limited double vinyl version
hopefully early next week (yes it's the etched version on the Merge label).
The Frames guitarist, Rob Bochnik, has just released his solo album today.
Thomas Belhom has just released a damn fine album "Cheval Oblique" on the
Apparent Extent label. Clark has a wonderful new ep on Warp out today on cd
and 12". The new Earlies album "The Enemy Chorus" is now in stock. B
Fleischmann has a new double cd out today. We have a few copies of the
limited etched Get Cape Wear Cape Fly 7" in stock now.

Have yourself a great weekend !

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!!!-Myth takes-Taking off from where the previous album louden up now left
off !!! Return with some more delicious punk funk sounds but this time there
is definitely much more emphasis on live instruments in their sound, the
album opens up with something that can would have been proud of with its
repetitive hypnotic feel to it before the band launch into some truly
infectious funk sounds keeping the big huge chunky basslines throughout, its
definitely a harder hitting sound compared to the likes of the rapture or
junior boys, march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally retails
at ?18.99-Cd-Warp-?14.99

!!!-Myth takes (with free poster)-Taking off from where the previous album
louden up now left off !!! Return with some more delicious punk funk sounds
but this time there is definitely much more emphasis on live instruments in
their sound, the album opens up with something that can would have been
proud of with its repetitive hypnotic feel to it before the band launch into
some truly infectious funk sounds keeping the big huge chunky basslines
throughout, its definitely a harder hitting sound compared to the likes of
the rapture or junior boys, double vinyl pressing, march 2007 – special
offer for one week only, normally retails at ?20.50 and you also get a
lovely free poster-2lp-Warp-?17.50

Air-Pocket symphony-Air return with a brand new collection of material
written over the last 18 months and recorded by nigel godrich who has worked
extensively with radiohead in the past, the album also features guest vocals
from jarvis cocker and neil hannon from divine comedy, the french duo appear
to be using a lot more live instruments on this new album which also has
quite a classical feel to it on a few tracks, its yet another fine
collection of beautifully laid back pop sounds and features some lovely
piano and string sounds alongside their trademark lush electronic
soundscapes, limited edition double white vinyl pressing and comes in a
gatefold sleeve, march 2007-2lp-Virgin-?22.99

Air-Pocket symphony-Air return with a brand new collection of material
written over the last 18 months and recorded by nigel godrich who has worked
extensively with radiohead in the past, the album also features guest vocals
from jarvis cocker and neil hannon from divine comedy, the french duo appear
to be using a lot more live instruments on this new album which also has
quite a classical feel to it on a few tracks, its yet another fine
collection of beautifully laid back pop sounds and features some lovely
piano and string sounds alongside their trademark lush electronic
soundscapes, march 2007-Cd-Virgin-?20.99

Alpha and omega-City of dub-City of dub features 8 vocals and 5 dubs with
alpha and omega signature sound of pounding bass and melodica flutters,
featuring a host of the uks roots scene talent, march 2007-Cd-A and o-?21.99

Analogue mindfield-A fine adjustment of time-Analogue mindfield are a dublin
based outfit who between them have been involved with the subtonics, keltic
posse and resident dj in firehouse skank, the ablum is a really excellent
mix of bass heavy digital dub, ambient drum n bass, trip hop and space age
reggae, the album shifts from the early orb like ambient dub sounds to some
much more hard hitting and more uptempo drum n bass led sounds, a really
fine follow up to their digital brainwave album from 2006, march
2007-Cd-Malicious damage-?17.50

Angus and julia stone-Heart full of wine-The second release from this
australian based brother and sister duo and the follow up to the rather fine
chocolates and cigarettes 12 inch ep from last year, the songs are deeply
based in mellow acoustic folk with the pair sharing vocals from track to
track, angus delivers his tracks akin to the likes of jeff buckley or nick
drake but its really julia stones vocal tracks that do it for me personally,
she has a beautifully raspish raw voice with just a slight hint of country
twang about it, try to imagine a blend of joanna newsom and emmylou harris,
this version of the album also comes with the chocolate and cigarettes ep as
a bonus cd, march 2007-2cd-Independiente-?16.50

Angus and julia stone-Heart full of wine-The second release from this
australian based brother and sister duo and the follow up to the rather fine
chocolates and cigarettes 12 inch ep from last year, the songs are deeply
based in mellow acoustic folk with the pair sharing vocals from track to
track, angus delivers his tracks akin to the likes of jeff buckley or nick
drake but its really julia stones vocal tracks that do it for me personally,
she has a beautifully raspish raw voice with just a slight hint of country
twang about it, try to imagine a blend of joanna newsom and emmylou harris,
march 2007-Lp-Independiente-?10.99

Arcade fire-Neon bible-Finally the much anticipated second album from arcade
fire lands on our doors, the album features contributions from owen pallet
from final fantasy, martin wenk and jacob valenzuela from calexico and also
hadjii bakara from wolf parade, the album takes off pretty much where the
first album funeral left us, all the necessary ingredients are there for
another fine collection of off kilter and quirky indie pop sounds, the use
of the church organ and the choir on a couple of tracks have added a real
orchestral choral feel to the album at times too, these guys have
emphatically proved that they are not just another bunch of one hit wonders,
excellent stuff, march 2007-Cd-Merge-?20.99

Ballads of the book-Various artists-A rather interesting concept album from
the chemikal underground label, the idea was for well known underground
artist to put their own music to words and poems by modern writers, the
album features a total of 18 tracks, my particular highlights so far would
be the byrds like country ballad from teenage fanclubs norman blake with
john burnside, james yorkstons delicate folk ballad with bill duncan, the
slighly sleazy southern rock sounds from sons and daughters with al kennedy,
malcolm middletons lovely arab strap like spoken work take on alan bissetts
words, vashti bunyans whispered folk tones to the words of rodge glass and
king creosote singing the words of laura hird, other artists feature mike
heron, de rosa, foxface, lord cutglass, aidan moffat with the best offs,
karine polwart, ali roberts, strike the colours, aereogramme, trashcan
sinatras, emma pollack and idlewild, the album comes with a lovely 32 page
booklet featuring all the prose and poems involved in the project too, march
2007 – special offer for one week only, normally retails at
?16.50-Cd-Chemikal underground-?14.99

Belhom, thomas-Cheval oblique-This is a rather pleasant little album from
drummer thomas belhom, one half of the amor belhom duo, and i think is his
second solo outing, he has previously toured with stuart staples of the
tindersticks, this is not your average solo album from a drummer so dont be
afraid that its going to be full of dull drum solos, the album is very
rhythmic as you might expect but belhom simply uses his truly exceptional
drum techniques to create a background to a collection of found sounds,
jazzy guitars and all manner of strings and plucked instruments, at times
you could easily be listening to some early can or neu out takes with its
hypnotic repitition and at other times its like the drummer from the dirty 3
jamming with the no neck blues band, its totally addictive stuff, march
2007-Cd-Apparent extent-?17.99

Belhom, thomas-Cheval oblique-This is a rather pleasant little album from
drummer thomas belhom, one half of the amor belhom duo, and i think is his
second solo outing, he has previously toured with stuart staples of the
tindersticks, this is not your average solo album from a drummer so dont be
afraid that its going to be full of dull drum solos, the album is very
rhythmic as you might expect but belhom simply uses his truly exceptional
drum techniques to create a background to a collection of found sounds,
jazzy guitars and all manner of strings and plucked instruments, at times yo
u could easily be listening to some early can or neu out takes with its
hypnotic repitition and at other times its like the drummer from the dirty 3
jamming with the no neck blues band, its totally addictive stuff, march
2007-Lp-Apparent extent-?18.99

Blue van-Dear independence-The second album from this danish retro garage
rock outfit on the tvt label and the follow up to the art of rolling from
2005, the album is great blast of sixties hammond organ driven bluesy garage
rock and little bits of the tambourine heavy sounds of early rolling stones
along with the some early primal scream and the rocking sounds of the hives
etc, its retro as hell but done with such class, march 2007-Cd-Tvt
records-?16.99

Bochnik, rob-Blowing out the cobwebs-This is the debut solo release from rob
bochnik who is also the guitarist with the frames amongst other things, the
first thing you notice when you listen to this album is the fact that this
man can seriously play guitar and can quite easily swing from john fahey
like acoustic guitar picking style into rocking americana and good old style
indie rock, the album opens up with a beautiful acoustic instrumental that
either fahey or doc watson would be proud of, the piano led track one
precious led moment is a lovely piece of lush almost orchestral chamber pop
before blackwater brings us right back to the deep south with more sublime
acoustic guitar picking, things begin to really kick out on tracks like
spawn of satan and far behind with some heavy indie grunge rock tinged with
some country twang guitar licks reminding me of bob mould and his sugar
project, this is quite an excellent album from a guitarist who can pretty
much turn his hand to any style he is in the mood for, highly recommended,
march 2007-Cd-Plateau records-?11.99

Butcher boy-Profit in your poetry-The debut album from butcher boy, this
album should appeal to fans of the sombre sounds of the likes of
tindersticks, felt, go betweens, lloyd cole and even morrissey, the album
has little touches of the sparse stripped down americana sounds of early
calexico too along with some of the mellow tracks from belle and sebastians
tigermilk album, the album features a lovely blend of very laid back
acoustic sounds and some really catchy jangly guitar led indie pop, its all
very dreamy stuff, march 2007-Cd-How does it feel to be loved-?15.99

Clark-Ted ep-This is pretty much an ideal accompaniment to clarks recent
body riddle album on the warp label, the mini album features remixes,
reinterpretations and new tracks, the album features ted, bibio remix,
bruise animations, mia farrow, springtime epiphany and cremation drones,
highlights for me include the rather superb bibio remix using looped folk
guitar sounds turing the track into something four tet would be proud of,
bruise animations is a lovely piece of glitchy electronica with hauting
slowed down drum beats and tons of swirling scratch sound effects,
springtime epiphany is a superb blend of looping samples and little tinkling
bells, march 2007-Cd-Warp-?10.99

Clark-Ted ep-This is pretty much an ideal accompaniment to clarks recent
body riddle album on the warp label, the mini album features remixes,
reinterpretations and new tracks, the album features ted, bibio remix,
bruise animations, mia farrow, springtime epiphany and cremation drones,
highlights for me include the rather superb bibio remix using looped folk
guitar sounds turing the track into something four tet would be proud of,
bruise animations is a lovely piece of glitchy electronica with hauting
slowed down drum beats and tons of swirling scratch sound effects,
springtime epiphany is a superb blend of looping samples and little tinkling
bells, march 2007-Lp-Warp-?10.99

Dj scotch egg-Scotch hausen-Scotch hausen is the second album from japanese
gabba gameboy expertert shigeru ikeda aka dj scotch egg, ikeda pays tribute
to some avant garde musical pioneers liketerry riley, phillip glass, bach,
stockhausen and moondog, you will recognize the songs from their intros and
moments of clarity but ikeda takes them beyond any form of recognition with
his pounding gabba beats, its all pure fun but is definitely not the album
to be listening to late at night when you are trying to relax, march
2007-Cd-Adaadat-?13.99

Earlies-The enemy chorus-This is the follow up to the acclaimed 2004 debut
these were the earlies, as the cover art suggests the half texan half
mancunian quartets sound is more futurisitc on this album and you could say
darker than the debut, the album has a huge amount of layers, there is a
swirl of harmonies, vocals, strings, horns and percussion, the result is a
mixture of king creosote esque folk and an almost krautrock sound especially
on the albums instrumental tracks the kind of record where you will hear
something new on each listen, march 2007-Cd-Gronland-?19.99

Ferry, bryan-Dylanesque-Brand new album from the former roxy music singer
featuring his personal take on eleven boy dylan tracks, features just like
tom thumbs blues, simple twist of fate, make you feel my love, the times
they are a changing, all i really wanna do, knockin on heavens door,
positively 4th street, if not for you, baby let me follow you down, gates of
eden and all along the watchtower, the album comes pressed on heavyweight
vinyl, march 2007-Lp-Virgin-?22.99

Fleischmann, b-Melancholie-B fleischmann returns this time on the morr music
offshoot label sound of a handshake with this lovely double cd featuring two
extended live performances, incredible stuff here on two tracks that both
clock in just over fifty minutes, the two pieces remind me of a modern day
henry flynt record, melancholie is the showpiece for me here, beginning with
layers of synths that provide the main focal point of the track, they build
slowly before playful electronics and a downtempo hip hop type drum beat
comes in at the end, the second track begins a bit more difficultly with its
glitchy beeps, that gives way to an engaging melody and then turns into a
cracking experimental shoegazing style wall of sound, highly recommended,
march 2007-2cd-Sound of a handshake-?19.99

Get cape wear cape fly-I spy-Very very limited one sided 7 inch release from
get cape wear cape fly, the flip side of the single is rather beautifully
etched with the lyrics from the track i spy, march 2007-7"-Atlantic-?5.50

Grubbs, david and susan howe-Souls of the labadie tract-An absolutely
intriguing second collaboration between gastr del sols david grubbs and poet
susan howe, it can best be described as a spoken word record with muscial
support, that may not sound everyones cup of tea, but occasionall such a
unison is entrancing as it is here, the wonderful tonal qualities of susan
howes voice are the first element that sucks you in, then the simple waves
of grubbs mouth organ and synthesiser enter the scene to delightful effect,
i have read reviews of this record that say it is a darker album than the
first, to be honest i have not noticed the darkness of it as every time i
listen to it i am swept away, similar to paddy mcaloons i trawl the
megahertz from a few years ago, march 2007-Cd–?17.99

Harmful-7-These guys formed way back in 1992 and released their first album
in 1995 on blu noise, this new album is their seventh to date so far and
sees ex faith no more bass player billy gould join the band, the album is a
really heavy collection of sounds ranging from the early grunge sounds of
early nirvana, mudhoney and pearl jam to the metal edged noise of helmet and
even the stoner rock of queens of the stoneage, march 2007-Cd-Kook
arrow-?12.99

Hatherley, charlotte-The deep blue-A much more mellow and slighly poppy
affair from charlotte hatherley who also plays guitar with ash, this is a
much slower and lush affair compared to the first solo album from last year,
falling somewhere between the lush singer songwriter sounds of gemma hayes
and the slighly indie pop sounds of cathy davey, the feel of the album is
much more laid back with less emphasis on the blasting indie rock, features
the single behave, comes in a foldout card gatefold sleeve, march
2007-Cd-Little sister records-?16.50

Hatherley, charlotte-The deep blue-A much more mellow and slighly poppy
affair from charlotte hatherley who also plays guitar with ash, this is a
much slower and lush affair compared to the first solo album from last year,
falling somewhere between the lush singer songwriter sounds of gemma hayes
and the slighly indie pop sounds of cathy davey, the feel of the album is
much more laid back with less emphasis on the blasting indie rock, features
the single behave, march 2007-Lp-Little sister records-?18.99

Henriksen, arve-Strjon-Arve henriksen is joined by fellow supersilent
members helge sten aka deathprod and stale storlokken, the album was also
produced by helge sten, strjon is the mediaeval name given to henriksens
home town of stryn where much of this album was made over several years,
most of the sounds come from henriksens vast library of tapes and field
recordings made at home in his own studios, helge sten was then given the
task of compiling the material and also ended up playing guitar on three of
the tracks, the features quite a lot of arves trademark muted trumpet sounds
blended into some of the most beautifully haunting sound effects with lots
of echoing guitars, bowed sounds and lush keyboards, henriksen yet again
proves that avant garde doesnt necessarily mean unlistenable, this album
will take you on a beautiful floating journey, march 2007-Cd-Rune
grammofon-?19.99

High llamas-Can cladders-The eighth and latest album which has been four
years in the making, the foundation of the album is given by of guitar,
bass, drums and piano for the band while adding the occasional string
quartet and a female choral quartet which has been present on previous
outings, a good melodically strong record that is an enjoyable listen, march
2007-Cd-Drag city-?17.99

High llamas-Can cladders-The eighth and latest album which has been four
years in the making, the foundation of the album is given by of guitar,
bass, drums and piano for the band while adding the occasional string
quartet and a female choral quartet which has been present on previous
outings, a good melodically strong record that is an enjoyable listen, march
2007-Lp-Drag city-?16.99

Kiss the anus of a black cat-An interlude to the outermost-Description to
follow-Cd-Kraak-?17.99

Lcd soundsystem-Sound of silver-Lcd soundsystem return with the first great
funk album of the year so far, the album slowly opens up with the ten minute
track get innocous and just gets better and better as it goes along, there
are moments of the early minimal punk funk sounds of the likes of talking
heads along with the pure dancefloor orientated bass driven funk sounds of
the tom tom club, there are a lot more lush keyboard sounds on the album
this time with some lovely heavy rhodes sounds along with the odd kicking
guitar heavy moment like the single north american scum, its been a long
time coming but its definitely worth the wait, march 2007-Cd-Dfa-?17.50

Lewis, jack and the cutoffs-Lvov goes to emandee-Eleven tracks of pure power
pop blended with old style slacker rock from jack lewis who is the brother
of anti folk singer jeffrey lewis, the album is like some rather fine hybrid
of early pavement and catchy anti folk played on buzzing little cheap
keyboards, anybody out there who likes their leftfield indie rock in a
sebadoh or pavement style will simply love this new collection from lewis
and on tracks like the day neil yound died he proves that he aint afraid to
rock out either, an excellent collection of good solid old fashioned indie
rock just as it should be, comes in a card gatefold digi pack sleeve with
lyric sheet inner, march 2007-Cd-Smoking gun-?13.99

Mason, willy-If the ocean gets rough–Cd-Virgin-?17.50

Mason, willy-If the ocean gets rough–Lp-Virgin-?22.99

Mint royale-Pop is-Cd and dvd package from mint royale on the faith and hope
label, the sixteen track cd features a collection of classics including dont
falter with lauren laverne on vocals, singin in the rain, sexiest man in
jamaica, show me with pos from de la soul and blue song, along with this
there are two new tracks including the wham sampling bootleg track wham bar,
other highlights include their remix of elephant stone by the stone roses
and their famous remix of terrovisions tequila sunrise, the album features
some fine memories from this outfit who could blend up perfect electronic
pop and ambient dub sounds, march 2007-2cd-Faith and hope-?18.99

Orb-Orbsessions volume one-Reissue on the malicious damage label of this
long out of print collection of orb gems and remixes, features a collection
of 10 gems from alex pattersons vaults, the album features collaborations
with jimmy cauty, andy hughes, thomas fehlmann, nina walsh, fil le gonidec,
vincent mcdonald, guy pratt, dom deken and aki omori, features a whole range
of sounds from their early ambient dub sounds up to the full on blasts of
jungle and early rave sounds, march 2007-Cd-Malacious damage-?17.50

Palestine, charlemagne-A sweet quasimodo between black vampire butterflies
for maybeck-A forty minute live recording from maybeck studios in california
in front of a studio audience, the album opens iwth palestine addressing the
audience before launching into a totally hypnotic piece played
simultaneously on two yamaha pianos, a simple two finger pulse slowly builds
into a rich hypnotic stream of improvised chords and rhythms, march
2007-Cd-Cold blue-?21.99

Palm springs-No hurt like a broken heart-The debut album from palm springs
after the release of three rather beautiful 7 inch releases on their own
random acts of vinyl label, this duo of dc crane and j russo have put
together a hugely enjoyable collection of rather beautiful laid back chamber
pop sounds complete with tinkling piano, cello and viola, try to imagine a
blend of early tindersticks with little bits of belle and sebastian, the
divine comedy and the quieter side of the go betweens, its one of those
intimate albums that requires dark winter nights and a blazing fire, really
lovely stuff, march 2007-Cd-Random acts of vinyl-?13.99

Panda bear and excepter-Carrots-Limited edition split release on the animal
collective run paw tracks label, side a features panda bear from the animal
collective with an extended medley of new material taken from his upcoming
solo album, the new york based noise makers exceptor supply five live tracks
on the second side, panda bear dishes yet another collection of truly
sublime psychedelic pop sounds and is rapidly becomming the modern syd
barrett around here, exceptor are in rather sedate mode on their live tracks
coming on like some underground blend of animal collective and suicide,
march 2007-12"-Paw tracks-?11.99

Primary 5-Go-The primary 5 were formed in 2003 by ex soup dragon and teenage
fanclub drummer paul quinn and guitarist ryan currie, this new album also
features current teenage fanclub members norman blake and raymond mcginley,
the album is a collection of superb summery guitar based pop in the same
vein as the likes of gene clark, teenage fanclub and even the beach boys,
this is their second album after the debut north pole from 2004, if you are
a fan of the jangly guitar sounds of teenage fanclub the i cant recommend
this highly enough as its the closest thing you will hear to a new album by
them, march 2007-Cd-Re action-?13.99

Rjd2-The third hand-Long time followers of rjd2 are going to get a bit of a
surprise when they first hear this record as its quite a new departure for
this star of underground hip hop, this is one of those very very fine modern
soul albums that come along every now and again, at times its like some
breezy summery soul tinged blend of early badly drawn boy, shuggie otis,
phoenix, stevie wonder and the funky beats of the beta band, the album is
full of classic modern soul sounds with a real hint of seventies funk and
soul and the odd mellow hip hop beat, its one of those infectiously catchy
albums that just gets inside your head, 15 track album on the xl label,
march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally retails at
?18.99-Cd-Xl-?15.99

Rjd2-The third hand (with bonus double lp)-Long time followers of rjd2 are
going to get a bit of a surprise when they first hear this record as its
quite a new departure for this star of underground hip hop, this is one of
those very very fine modern soul albums that come along every now and again,
at times its like some breezy summery soul tinged blend of early badly drawn
boy, shuggie otis, phoenix, stevie wonder and the funky beats of the beta
band, the album is full of classic modern soul sounds with a real hint of
seventies funk and soul and the odd mellow hip hop beat, its one of those
infectiously catchy albums that just gets inside your head, 15 track album
on the xl label, march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally
retails at ?21.50 and you will also receive a bonus double white label album
featuring instrumental versions of tracks from the album-2lp-Xl-?17.50

Spektor, regina-Fidelity-This is a really catchy little tune taken from
spektors most recent album begin to hope, sounding at times like the kooky
little sister of tori amos with a beat box instead of a piano, also features
music box on the flip side, march 2007-7"-Sire-?5.50

Spellbound-Eleven deadly sins-Eleven track album from this superb dublin
based rockabilly outfit, credit must be given to these guys from the outset
simply because the write most of the own songs rather than just covering all
the usual favourites that seems to happen quite a lot with retro rockabilly
sounds, these guys come across like some garage punk hybrid of the stray
cats and the likes of the new bomb turks, its all fast and furious but hell
these guys can play their instruments even at such speed, its blistering fun
and is quite possibly the first time i have heard js bach being covered by a
rockabilly band, highly recommended for some good old fashioned retro fun,
march 2007-Cd-Own label-?12.99

Tobin, amon-Foley room-Amon tobin on this new album set himself the task of
the foley recording artist and went out and recorded all manner of found
sounds, street sounds etc, the libray style sounds were all manipulated back
in the studio and then added to by tobin along with the likes of the kronos
quartet, stefan schneider and sarah page, the album is not quite as strange
as it sounds on paper though, it features 12 little short individual pieces
spread over 50 minutes and comes across like some fine collection of short
incidental film music, its tricky to pin down any particular sounds as each
piece is quite different from the next, there are scrathy little electronic
moments, dubby electronca, david lynch like sound effects and so much more,
a real aural treat for lovers of both weird electronica and film sound
effects, the album comes with a bonus dvd featuring a documentary on the
making of the album, march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally
retails at ?18.99-2cd-Ninja tune-?16.50

Tobin, amon-Foley room-Amon tobin on this new album set himself the task of
the foley recording artist and went out and recorded all manner of found
sounds, street sounds etc, the libray style sounds were all manipulated back
in the studio and then added to by tobin along with the likes of the kronos
quartet, stefan schneider and sarah page, the album is not quite as strange
as it sounds on paper though, it features 12 little short individual pieces
spread over 50 minutes and comes across like some fine collection of short
incidental film music, its tricky to pin down any particular sounds as each
piece is quite different from the next, there are scrathy little electronic
moments, dubby electronca, david lynch like sound effects and so much more,
a real aural treat for lovers of both weird electronica and film sound
effects, double vinyl pressing, the album comes with a bonus dvd featuring a
documentary on the making of the album, march 2007 – special offer for one
week only, normally retails at ?20.50-2lp-Ninja tune-?17.99

Van der graaf generator-Real time live at the royal festival hall-Recorded
at the royal festival hall on 6th of may 2005 at their reunion concert, the
album features a collection of old gems along with quite a few brand new
tracks, the double cd features the entire concert exactly as it happened,
features the original line up of hugh banton, guy evans, peter hammill and
david jackson, 14 track album, march 2007-2cd-Fie-?18.99

Vietnam-Vietnam-Debut long player from this brooklyn based outfit, not
knowing much about this band and after seeing the pictures of the them on
the inlay i was expecting a kings of leon style album, instead what we get
is dylan esque both vocally and musically at times, the album builds nicely
into some more rock moments with some good old fashioned guitar solos, the
bands good friend jenny wilson provides guest vocals, a refreshingly
original rock journey, march 2007-Cd-Kemado-?16.99

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Allen, lilly-Alright still-Some nicely priced copies of one of the big
surprises of lasy year alright still, co produced by wonder boy mark ronson
this is a whole album of catchy, feelgood pop music, the reggae influences
of the singles ldn and smash hit smile sit alongside some more sixties
flavoured pop, march 2007-Cd-Regal-?11.99

Arbouretum-Rites of uncovering-This is the second album from baltimore based
arbouretum and their first for the thrill jockey label, the main sonwriter
in the band dave heumann has played with papa m, anomoanan, bonnie prince
billy and cass mccombs in the past, this new ablum is one of the finest
collections of heavy guitar based folk rock i have had the pleasure to hear
in quite some time, his influences would range from early neil young to will
oldham and plenty more inbetween, heumann is not afraid to delve into the
guitar solo sounds of early southern rock at times too, at times the album
sounds like classic will oldham backed by neil youngs crazy horse band, its
lo fi folk rock teeming with expolsive guitar solos, absolutely wonderful
stuff, january 2007-Lp-Thrill jockey-?13.99

Byrd, donald-Black byrd-Reissue of what once was blue notes best selling
record, i am not sure of that is still true, not surprisingly then it was
considered a sell out by byrd, the album is a landmark in jazz funk with
byrd giving free reign on composition duties to larry mizell perhaps better
known for his work with isaac hayes and curtis mayfield, originally released
in 1972-Lp-Blue note-?12.99

Camera obscura-Lets get out of this country-Album number 3 from one of
glasgows finest indie pop bands, what makes these guys stand out is their
total love of sixties pop sounds particularly the sounds of motown and the
phil spector era, not only did tracyanne campbell write all the songs on
this album but she possesses one of the sexiest voices on the planet,
bittersweet love songs that will put a smile on your face, you get
everything from the country tinged dory previn to the blistering sixties pop
opener lloyd im ready to be heartbroken, dont be scared by all the pop
references as these guys write some of the most clever songs you will hear
all year, just one listen and we guarantee you will be in love with them, 10
track album on the elefant label, june 2006-Cd-Elefant-?17.99

Daedelus-Sundown-Very limited 12 inch pressing from daedelus on the mush
label, features a new mix from diplo, the ep features the original version
of sundown along with dark party remix, diplo remix and also lulu mushi
remix, the dark party remix adds a real eighties electro feel to the track
and somehow also manages to turn it into a dark but summery sounding tune,
diplo turns in yet another class remix throwing a pulsating almost calypso
like beat over the track, finally the lulu mushi mix add even more calypso
and spanish sounds over the track complete with spanish acoustic guitars and
steel drums, december 2006-12"-Mush-?9.99

Davis, miles-Blue haze-Recorded in 1953 and 1954, davis is accompanied by
three different pick up groups here that feature the incredible talents of
art blakey, horace silver, max roach and kenny clarke at times, not one of
his most acclaimed albums but a fine example of straight ahead jazz played
by some of the best, cuts are when lights are low, tune up, miles ahead,
smooch, four, old devil moon, blue haze, remember april-Lp-Prestige-?12.99

Davis, miles-Greatest hits-Eight track collection originally released on the
columbia label, a safe introduction to the work of davis that was released
before he headed off in more adventurous paths taking jazz to new extremes,
us vinyl reissue featuring the original artwork and tracklisting, features
seven steps to heaven, all blues, someday my prince will come, walkin, my
funny valentine, esp, round midnight and so what, and some very odd liner
notes by george frazier rapping about how well davis dresses that concludes
with the lines, when not selecting additions to his wardrobe daivs is a
professional trumpet player, people who know about suchthings tell me he
shows a lot of promise-Lp-Columbia-?12.99

Davis, miles-Porgy and bess-Released by the columbia label in 1958 this is
probably one of the most famous jazz records of all time, features two
giants of jazz music miles davis and gil evans, also features cannonball
adderley, paul chambers on bass and jimmy cobb on drums, us import
reissue-Lp-Columbia-?12.99

Deerhunter-Cryptograms-This is one of the most varied album you are ever
likely to hear from the kranky label, its a big distance from the usual
electronic and drone based sounds that kranky are famous for, there are
still moments of layered guitar based droning sounds within this album but
its much more of a full live band affair with lots of quirky off kilter
indie rock thrown in, there is also lots of bass driven angular math rock
sounding a bit like a more psychedelic girls against boys meets the gang of
four, january 2007-Cd-Kranky-?17.99

Donaldson, lou-Blues walk-Much of the work of lou donaldson is as funky and
blues influenced as you will hear in jazz, this is thanks to his
straightforward playing and some incredible lineups he recorded and toured
with over the years, this album is no exception with herman foster on piano,
peck morrison on bass, dave bailey on drums and ray barretto on conga behind
the saxophone of lou, features blues walk, move, the masquerade is over,
play ray, autumn nocturne, callin all cats, originally released in
1958-Lp-Blue note-?12.99

Dylan, bob-Another side of-More details to follow-Lp-Columbia-?12.99

Dylan, bob-Bob dylan-Bob dylans very first album from way back in 1962,
released on the columbia label, features youre no good, talkin new york, in
my time of dyin, man of constant sorrow, fixin to die, pretty peggy o,
highway 51, gospel plow, baby let me follow you down, house of the risin
sun, freight train blues, song to woody and see that my grave is kept clean,
american reissue in the original sleeve-Lp-Columbia-?12.99

Explosions in the sky-Those who tell the truth shall die-The debut album
from 2001 from these texan lads mixing up the sounds of mogwai and godspeed,
2001-Cd-Temporary resisdence-?15.50

Explosions in the sky-Those who tell the truth shall die-The debut album
from 2001 from these texan lads mixing up the sounds of mogwai and godspeed,
2001-Lp-Temporary resisdence-?15.99

Fennesz-Venice-One of the leading lights on the experimental electronic
scene these days, mixing electronic pop, electronic glitches, synth gurgles,
white noise and processed vocals, features vocals by david sylvian on one
track, probably his most accessable album to date with the addition of
guitars and live instruments, june 2004-Cd-Touch-?18.99

Final fantasy-He poos clouds-Album number two from owen pallett and his solo
project final fantasy, pallett also performs with arcade fire, a collection
of heavily orchestrated folky based singer songwriter sounds with plenty of
chamber pop sounds, the arrangements on this album are much more lush
compared to his last album has a good home from 2005, features a string
quartet, harpsicord, piano and orchestral percussion, try to imagine the
drama of the divine comedy crossed with the heavy emotional sounds of antony
and the johnsons, ten track album on the tomlab label, june
2006-Cd-Tomlab-?17.99

Godspeed you black emperor-F#a#ooxxx-Re-issue from 1997, amazing moody and
dramatic slow building cross between ennio morricone and mogwai, quite
possibly still one of the finest post rock albums of all time in our
opinion, features anything up to 13 musicians with guitars, violins, cellos
and all manner of other weird instrumentation, this is the music that will
be played when the world finally comes to an end, an album of both haunting
and abrasive music, take the music of the godd the bad and the ugly and
blend it with the weirdest david lynch film, 1998-Cd-Kranky-?18.99

Godspeed you black emperor-Yanqui uxo-The brand new album from this canadian
collective, comes in the usual limited gatefold sleeve that godspeed are now
famous for, november 2002-2lp-Constellation-?20.99

Guthrie, woody-Dust bowl ballads-Originally released as two vinyl albums in
1940, features 15 classic recordings from one of the most influential folk
singers of all time, a collection of spoken word narratives with harmonica,
compiled 2000-Cd-Buddha records-?14.99

Ham sandwich-St christopher-The second single from this kells based indie
rock outfit, features st christopher and for the fallen, a catchy little
singalong indie pop tune, february 2006-Cds-The route 109 recording
company-?3.99

Holden-The idiots are winning-According to james holden this is not a debut
album, but it is a debut as such, leaving behind his early progressive house
material the idots are winning is a superb ten track collection of tracks
that sublimely unites the best bits of electronica and techno, the pulstaing
rhythms and electronic manipulations mark this album out, and we have been
tryiing to get it in since its release in late november, well worth the
wait, anyone who heard the phenomenal nathan fake or depeche mode remixes or
caught him ddejaying at the pod will know the quality to expect, give this
one a listen, the cover image was selected by holden as the winner of a
competition run through the record labels website, january 2007-Cd-Border
community-?16.99

Isley brothers-3 plus 3-Released in 1973 on the columbia label, the title
comes from the addition of 3 new members in jasper on keyboards, marvin on
bass and ernie on guitars, features the classic summer breeze along with
listen to the music, dont be lonely tonight and sunshine go away today,
american reissue in the original sleeve-Lp-Columbia-?13.99

Jackson, mahalia-24 gospel gems-As you might have guessed this compilation
features a total of 24 classic mahalia jackson recordings, jackson is one of
the most highly regarded gospel singers of all time and featured prominently
from the early fourties well into the sixties, she was also a leading figure
in the civil rights movement and sang at martin luther kings funeral, this
is some truly powerful traditional gospel music, 2006-Cd-Remember-?9.99

Jackson, mahalia-Live at newport 1958-Stunning 15 track live set from the
queen of gospel, this is the full concert from start to finish as the
original version only featured the highlights, compiled
1994-Cd-Columbia-?15.99

London is the place for me-Volume 2-Calypso and kwela, highlife and jazz
from young black london, if you dont possess part one of this amazing
chronicle of calypso music from london in the early fifties then shame on
you, you can always start at volume 2 and work back, a collection of
stunning archival recordings covering early calypso and the jazz influence
on its sounds, features a wonderfully detailed booklet too with some
stunning photos, double vinyl in gatefold sleeve, july 2005-2lp-Honest
jons-?27.99

Louvin brothers-Satan is real-The album sleeve has made this one of the most
collectable kitsch albums of all time but within the sleeves is one of the
finest examples of gospel tinged country music ever recorded, originally
released in 1960, now at mid price, 1996-Cd-Capitol-?14.99

Lullatone-Plays pajama pop pour vous-Another record that justifies judging
records by their covers, a simply lovely offering of miniaml electonic pop
provided by the duo of shawn james seymour who provides the melodies and
yoshima tomida on vocal duties, muscially the soft electrnic synth sounds
bring to mind the likes of isan which goes sweetly alongside the whispered
delivery of the vocals, february 2007-Cd-Audio dregs recordigs-?17.99

Magik markers-Voldoror dance-A collection of four specially recorded tracks
from the southern records latitudes series, the tracks were all recorded
live to tape in southerns london studios, try to imagine a sixties garage
rock band with hendrix on guitars being covered by early sonic youth, this
is some of the most abrasive and noisy free rock you will hear all year
round, this truly is an absolute dream come true for lovers of the likes of
wolf eyes, lightning bolt etc, heavily distorted guitars do battle with
bluesy rambling basslines and free rock explosive drums, limited to only
1000 numbered copies, december 2006-Cd-Latitudes-?13.99

Mayfield, curtis-Back to the world-This was mayfields follow up to the now
legendary superfly album and was released in 1973 on curtom, features back
to the world, future shock, right on the darkness, future song, if i only
were a child again, cant say nothing and keep on trippin, american reissue
on curtom in the original sleeve-Lp-Curtom-?12.99

Newsom, joanna-Ys-Finally the follow up to the milk eyed mender from 2004,
the original recordings of newsom and her harp were made by steve albini
with the legendary van dyke parks adding a whole host of orchestration and
lush arrangements over the top of it all, the album consists of five long
tracks and is the most ambitious thing she has approaced so far, the sounds
from the first album are still around with newsoms original song
compositions merely bulked up the van dyke parks truly grandiose
arrangements, newsoms lyrics read like extended poems or short stories and
she has really proven herself as one of the finest songwriters around at the
moment, this is one of the most dramatically haunting albums i have heard
and does bear some comparisons to the intricate arrangements of the likes of
kate bush at times, its already one of my albums of the year, you will see
the word opus many times when you read reviews of this album but this truly
justifies it already, november 2006-Cd-Drag city-?20.99

Nurse with wound-An awkward pause-Reissue of this nurse with wound album
from 1999, the album now comes with a second full cd of bonus material
featuring reworked versions of tracks from the album which have never been
officially released before, the band at the time featured steven stapleton,
peat bog, colin potter and david tibet, this is long considered to be one of
their most accessible releases and tracks like two shaves and a shine prove
that these guys could rock out in a funky hypnotic way when they were in the
right mood, blissful psychedelic art rock and some fine moments of pure
avant garde outsider rock on show here, february 2007-2cd-United
jnana-?19.99

Parliament-Mothership connection-Considered to be the greatest funk band of
the seventies parliament featured legends george clinton and bootsy collins,
this parliaments 4th album and originally released in 1976 on the casablanca
label, features p funk, mothership connection, give up the funk and many
more gems, still hailed today as one of the classic funk albums of all
time-Lp-Casablanca-?12.99

Phosphorescent-Aw come aw wry-An album that passed me by from last year by
phosphorescent aka matthew houck, this is one of the finest attempts at
messing around with traditional nashville country music i have heard in
years, his vocals will gain instant comparisons with will oldham but
musically they differ greatly, houck has taken the lush slide guitar driven
nashville sound and added heaps of psychedelic folk, weird organs and even
some minimalist gospel sounds, his voice is constantly on the edge of being
in and out of tune which just adds that authentic raw element necessary, try
to imagine low playing the slowest stripped down country music, really
stunning stuff, 2005-Cd-Misra-?17.99

Psychic paramount-Origins and primitives volumes one and two-A collection of
home recordings exploring a slightly quieter side to this noise outfit
compared to the truly explosive debut album gamelan into the mink
supernatural, by saying it slightly quieter that still makes it noisier than
most things you will hear at the moment, the album features several
meditative solo guitar pieces loaded with heaps of distortion along with
their trademark almost psychedelic take on the likes of lightning bolt etc,
some truly sublime and explosive guitar led noise terror from one of the
finest exponents of this sound, double cd on no quarter, 2006-2cd-No
quarter-?18.99

Roberts, alasdair-The amber gatherers-Scottish songwriter and member of
appendix out is back on the drag city label with a new solo album, its
really obvious on first listen that roberts has a real love for the
traditional art of folk music and in particular scottish based folk, roberts
doesnt try to dress up the stripped bare sounds of traditional folk and this
album is a really beautiful collection of totally acoustic based sounds with
lots of banjo and fiddle accompaniment, its totally rustic and fans of the
likes of james yorkston or even gillian welch will totally love this record,
january 2007-Cd-Drag city-?11.99

Scott heron, gil-The revolution will not be televised-An excellent reissue
album featuring tracks from gil scott herons first three albums, a great
introduction to his work, highlights include the revolution will not be
televised, lady day and john coltrane, pieces of a man and whitey on the
moon, comes in a lovely big gatefold sleeve too, compiled in
1998-Lp-Bmg-?12.99

Seven up-Various artists-A collection of old seven inch rarities from the
crippled dick hot wax label, gathered together from the english underground
scene between 1978 and 1982 the album features some fine obscure punk, indie
pop, new wave and obscure but highly enjoyable sounds, features tracks from
mark beer, glaxo babies, contact, i jog and the tracksuits, gerry and the
holograms, brian brain, they must be russians, moondogs, thomas leer, cult
figures, monochrome set, henry badowski and weekend, you may have only heard
of one or two of the artists but dont let that get in your way as this is a
real gem of a collection, november 2006-Lp-Crippled dick hot wax-?16.99

Shins-Wincing the night away-The third full length studio album from the
shins on the sup pop label, lush and expansive indie rock and pop sounds
with a real euphoric uplifting feel to it, the guys have really filled the
sound out on this album and each track turns into its own little miniature
pop gem, its like the most infectiously catchy take on modern americana you
are likely to hear, solid songwriting and a superb production job from james
mercer and joe chiccarelli, try to imagine the flaming lips odd take on
psychedelic pop blended with the pure pop of the beach boys, this vinyl
version comes with a limited edition coupon so you download the entire album
for free as an mp3, january 2007-Lp-Sup pop-?13.99

Silver apples-The garden-The long lost third album from the silver apples
finally sees the light of day after years of legal wrangling over the
ownership of the tapes, this release has been an absolute labour of love
from bully records to release, 16 brand new tracks of silver apples magic,
for those of you who have never come across them silver apples were on of
the pioneers of using electronics in rock music, a double vinyl pressing,
october 2006-2lp-Bully-?24.99

Susanna and her magical orchestra-Melody mountain-The second album from
susanna wallumrod and morten qvenild, lets begin by saying that im not a
huge fan of covers records but when somebody can take famous songs and make
them into something completely different its got to be appreciated, this is
one hell of a truly haunting record and features some of the most sublime
covers you will hear all year, susanna has managed to turn its a long way to
the top from acdc into a chilling folk ballad on the harpsichord, other
highlights include a stunning rendition of love will tear us apart and a
version of leonard cohens hallelujah that will bring tears to your eyes,
also features tracks by kiss, prince, bob dylan, scott walker, depeche mode,
sandy denny and matt burt, produced by deathprod so you know it sound
amazing aswell, stunning stuff, september 2006-Cd-Rune grammofon-?19.99

Williams, hank-20 of hank williams greatest hits-This excellent collection
was originally released by lost highway back in 1997 on cd only but finally
somebody say sense and decided to issue a version on vinyl, there are not
many collections out there for hank fans on vinyl and this is a truly superb
collection of some of his finest moments, features your cheatin heart, im so
lonesome i could cry, ramblin man, kaw liga, cold cold heart, lovesick
blues, honky tonk blues, hey good lookin, half as much, you win again, take
these chains from my heart and so many more, 2004-Lp-Lost highway-?18.99

Wonder, stevie-Talking book-Classic stevie wonder album from 1972 on the
tamla motown label, features you are the sunshine of my life, superstition,
maybe your baby, big brother, youve got it bad girl, tuesday heartbreak and
many more gems, us import reissue in the original gatefold sleeve-Lp-Tamla
motown-?13.99

Xela-The dead sea-The first solo album from john twells in nearly two years
under the name xela, after leaving the city centre offices label twells has
released this new album on his own label type records, as the title suggests
this album has quite a lot to do with the sea, the sounds are at times like
a clatter of boats on the open sea with glitchy sound effects creating a
feeling of floating out at sea, you can hear the sounds of oars banging off
each other in a busy port area complimented with the beautiful strumming of
acoustic guitars and the tiny chimes of bells, sounding at times like
christian fennesz with live guitars, comes in a lovely card digi pack sleeve
with paper inner sleeve and lyrics, february 2007-Cd-Type records-?18.99

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!!!-Myth takes-Taking off from where the previous album louden up now left
off !!! Return with some more delicious punk funk sounds but this time there
is definitely much more emphasis on live instruments in their sound, the
album opens up with something that can would have been proud of with its
repetitive hypnotic feel to it before the band launch into some truly
infectious funk sounds keeping the big huge chunky basslines throughout, its
definitely a harder hitting sound compared to the likes of the rapture or
junior boys, march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally retails
at ?18.99-Cd-Warp-?14.99

!!!-Myth takes (with free poster)-Taking off from where the previous album
louden up now left off !!! Return with some more delicious punk funk sounds
but this time there is definitely much more emphasis on live instruments in
their sound, the album opens up with something that can would have been
proud of with its repetitive hypnotic feel to it before the band launch into
some truly infectious funk sounds keeping the big huge chunky basslines
throughout, its definitely a harder hitting sound compared to the likes of
the rapture or junior boys, double vinyl pressing, march 2007 – special
offer for one week only, normally retails at ?20.50 and you also get a
lovely free poster-2lp-Warp-?17.50

Rjd2-The third hand-Long time followers of rjd2 are going to get a bit of a
surprise when they first hear this record as its quite a new departure for
this star of underground hip hop, this is one of those very very fine modern
soul albums that come along every now and again, at times its like some
breezy summery soul tinged blend of early badly drawn boy, shuggie otis,
phoenix, stevie wonder and the funky beats of the beta band, the album is
full of classic modern soul sounds with a real hint of seventies funk and
soul and the odd mellow hip hop beat, its one of those infectiously catchy
albums that just gets inside your head, 15 track album on the xl label,
march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally retails at
?18.99-Cd-Xl-?15.99

Rjd2-The third hand (with bonus double lp)-Long time followers of rjd2 are
going to get a bit of a surprise when they first hear this record as its
quite a new departure for this star of underground hip hop, this is one of
those very very fine modern soul albums that come along every now and again,
at times its like some breezy summery soul tinged blend of early badly drawn
boy, shuggie otis, phoenix, stevie wonder and the funky beats of the beta
band, the album is full of classic modern soul sounds with a real hint of
seventies funk and soul and the odd mellow hip hop beat, its one of those
infectiously catchy albums that just gets inside your head, 15 track album
on the xl label, march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally
retails at ?21.50 and you will also receive a bonus double white label album
featuring instrumental versions of tracks from the album-2lp-Xl-?17.50

Tobin, amon-Foley room-Amon tobin on this new album set himself the task of
the foley recording artist and went out and recorded all manner of found
sounds, street sounds etc, the libray style sounds were all manipulated back
in the studio and then added to by tobin along with the likes of the kronos
quartet, stefan schneider and sarah page, the album is not quite as strange
as it sounds on paper though, it features 12 little short individual pieces
spread over 50 minutes and comes across like some fine collection of short
incidental film music, its tricky to pin down any particular sounds as each
piece is quite different from the next, there are scrathy little electronic
moments, dubby electronca, david lynch like sound effects and so much more,
a real aural treat for lovers of both weird electronica and film sound
effects, the album comes with a bonus dvd featuring a documentary on the
making of the album, march 2007 – special offer for one week only, normally
retails at ?18.99-2cd-Ninja tune-?16.50

Tobin, amon-Foley room-Amon tobin on this new album set himself the task of
the foley recording artist and went out and recorded all manner of found
sounds, street sounds etc, the libray style sounds were all manipulated back
in the studio and then added to by tobin along with the likes of the kronos
quartet, stefan schneider and sarah page, the album is not quite as strange
as it sounds on paper though, it features 12 little short individual pieces
spread over 50 minutes and comes across like some fine collection of short
incidental film music, its tricky to pin down any particular sounds as each
piece is quite different from the next, there are scrathy little electronic
moments, dubby electronca, david lynch like sound effects and so much more,
a real aural treat for lovers of both weird electronica and film sound
effects, double vinyl pressing, the album comes with a bonus dvd featuring a
documentary on the making of the album, march 2007 – special offer for one
week only, normally retails at ?20.50-2lp-Ninja tune-?17.99

Lcd soundsystem-Sound of silver-Lcd soundsystem return with the first great
funk album of the year so far, the album slowly opens up with the ten minute
track get innocous and just gets better and better as it goes along, there
are moments of the early minimal punk funk sounds of the likes of talking
heads along with the pure dancefloor orientated bass driven funk sounds of
the tom tom club, there are a lot more lush keyboard sounds on the album
this time with some lovely heavy rhodes sounds along with the odd kicking
guitar heavy moment like the single north american scum, its been a long
time coming but its definitely worth the wait, march 2007-Cd-Dfa-?17.50

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please drop me an email (info@roadrecs.com) with a list of what you have and
I will get back to you with a price for them. If you have a big collection
we can even come and collect it from your house. Please note we only buy
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August 25th-Damien Rice-Marley Park-?50.20
June 13th-Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra-?23.50
May 26th-Willy Mason-TBMC-?21.00
May 25th-Battles-Whelans-?18.00
May 23rd-Isis-TBMC-?20.00
May 20th-The Besnard Lakes-Whelans-?15.50
May 19th-Thomas Froberg-Whelans-?16.95
May 15th-James Burton and Billy Swan-?36.00
May 12th-Frank and Walters-Whelans-?20.00
May 10th-Cat Power-Tripod-?23.85
May 9th-Low-The Village-?26.00
May 5th-Melvins-TBMC-?24.00
May 5th-Neosupervital-Whelans-?15.00
May 3rd-Magnolia Electric Company-Whelans-?18.50
May 1st-Roy Harper-Whelans-?22.50
May 1st-65 Days Of Static- Crawdaddy – ?16.00
April 30th-Handsome Family-Whelans-?20.50
April 27th-God Is An Astronaut-Tripod-?20.50
April 27th-David Kitt- Whelans-?23.50
April 26th-Pajo-Whelans-?18.00
April 24th-Cold War Kids-Whelans-?15.95
April 23rd-John Power-Crawdaddy-13.00
April 20th-Wolf Eyes-Whelans-?16.00
April 15th-Joan as Policewoman-Tripod-?21.00
April 15th-El-P-Crawdaddy-?19.00
April 14th-Immediate-TBMC-?17.00
April 14th-Alazarus Soul-Whelans-?10.00
April 14th-Peter, Bjorn and John-Tripod-?18.50
April 12th-Scott Matthews-The Village-?18.50
April 8th-Kate Nash-Whelans-?15.50
Arril 5th-Erin McKeown-Whelans-?18.50
March 31st-Gruff Rhys-Vicar St.-?24.00
March 31st-Jenny Linfors-Crawdaddy-?13.25
March 30th-Jenny Wilson-The Village – ?17.00
March 28th-My Luminaries-Crawdaddy-?13.25
march 25th-Aliens-Crawdaddy-?15.00
March 23rd-Cooper Temple Clause-Whelans-?18.50
March 21st-Andrew Bird-Crawaddy-?13.00
March 21st-The Parlotones-Whelans-?15.50
March 20th-Howling Bells-Whelans-?15.50
March 19th-Andrew Bird-Crawdaddy-?13.00
March 18th-Tennessee 3-Tripod-?23.50
March 17th-!!!-Village-?20.00
March 17th-The Beat with Neville Staples-TBMC-?25.00
March 17th-The Boys From The County Hell-Voodoo-?14.50
March 17th-Kila-Tripod-?29.00
March 16th-Complete Stone Roses-Tripod-?18.50
March 16th-Gang Green-Voodoo Lounge-?16.50
March 15th-Just Jack-Tripod-?16.25
March 14th-Si Schroeder-Crawdaddy-?16.00
March 14th-Mighty Diamonds-Village-?30.00
March 13th – Richard Swift – Crawdaddy – ?15.00
March 12th-Kristin Hersh-TBMC-?26.00
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The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

Combining the lyrical hubris of Ian Brown, the blinding guitar playing of John Squire with the incredibly funk drumming and bass lines of Mani and Gary Mountfield respectfully, the Stone Roses is one of the most confident debuts of all time.

The record starts off not with a song, but with seeminlgy random snippets of industrial background before the magnificent ‘I wanna be adored’ emerges from the chaos. we start off with that wonderful easy funky rhythm section and some chiming guitar, before Ian Brown starts singing as he does for the rest of the album, in hushed yet the supremelt confident tones of one who knows he is making history.

Its gorgeous stuff awash with treated guitars, and apparently treated vocals. Funky as hell and blissful as the other place.

Next comes the joyous ‘She bangs the drums’, an optimistic belter to the girl and to the future. Possibly the sound of the idealistic love of youth. Some brilliant guitar bass solo in here.

‘Waterfall’ is the third track and starts with another classic and unmistakeable guitar intro. Chiming, it rings out and gets you moving. Keeps you happy. A dreamy vocal by Brown completes the wonder. Could it be about the same girl as the last song.

For ‘Don’t stop’, the roses had the cheek to play ‘Waterfall’ backwards and add a vocal over the top. It still sounds better than most of the dross in the charts, then or now.

Bye bye badman sounds wonderfully youthful again. Innocent, maybe. An incredibly jaunty upbeat rhythm to it. Straight from teh text book of classic 60’s pop. Striked of bass come bouncing around the song, and then again, that delightful ringing guitar. There’s reminders of the Byrds here for me. Although I could never dance this much to the Byrds.

‘Side two starts off with a minor fold sitty about the Queen of England, ‘Elizabeth my dear’. That’s ironic.

‘(Song for my) sugar soun sister’ sounds similarily republican in its outlook. The Stone Roses, from Manchester, would not have been fans of teh political status quo ruled over by the queen and the almost fascist Margaret Thatcher. but none of those songs will do anything but make you smile and move your hips.

‘Made of stone’ sounds a bit like Ride. All treated guitars and echo. But Ride never had this type of rousing singalong chorus. The Stone roses should be sung out loud on football terraces. In ways the stone Roses were the precursors to Oasis, but with far more talent.

‘Shoot you down’ is more psychedelic. Based around the bass(sorry!) it could have been recorded underwater. By early Fleetwood Mac.

‘This is the one’ repeats its title over and over again, hypnotising you untile you believe, that yes, this really is the one. Its magnificent in its determination, its purpose, its contrast between hushed vocals and forceful guitar, untile we end up confidently shouting it out…

that would be the perfect end to one of the best albums of all time. Except it isn’t. The Roses give us another classic to entrap our souls. just in case you hadn’t already decided, the albums ends off with ”I am the ressurection’ and I am the life. I couldn’t ever bring myself to hate you as I like’. This song has everything. It sounds like the singer is blessing us all as he ascends into heaven. It completely takes your break away. Not content with giving us a magnificent song in the form of the rest of the album, it then transmogrifies into the most brilliant funk workout. on a par with the best of Parliament or james Brown or anyone. Its rock hard and rock solid and sounds simply magnificent at volume.

The Stone Roses, the album, is best known for ‘I wanna be adored’, ‘Waterfall’ and ‘I am teh resurrection’. They are beyond reproach. But teher isn’t a shoddy moment on the album. If you were to criticise it, you might complain that it doesn’t include ‘Fool’s Gold’. But the record is perfect as it is. ‘Fool’s Gold’ would have disturbed the flow of the album, and anyway, you want to search that out on golden coloured vinyl 12″.

Blissful, dreamy, astounding, immodest, joyous, boastful, swaggering, catchy, rousing,

If you don’t already have this albun, get it off GEMM or ebay now.

The Roses were at the forefront of a British movement that combined the more modern dance scene with the genius of 60’s pop, making for an irresistible combination. The so called baggy scene also gave rise to the happy Mondays, and for a brief while, the Mock Turtles, the Farm, James and others. But the Stone Roses, with this album, were well ahead of the rest.

Before escaping the Silvertone record label in acrimonious circumstances, they also gave us ‘Fool’s Gold’ an incredibly pop-dance hybrid which still sets the coolest dancefloors alight all around the world and remains a student favourite nearly 20 years later.

They finally bowed out with ‘Second coming’ a massively awaited and disappointing album. Its not bad. Its just not the genius that is the Stone Roses.

Packaging is standard, Black vinyl in an inner picture sleeve within the main album. I think I have the second pressing(A2/B2 in the deadwax) which sounds great to these ears. However it is not a hi-fi demonstration album. It is just lovely to listen to. At one stage I also had a double 45rpm 12″ set. I no longer own it and can not do a direct comparison. But I remember thinking at the time that the sound was quite harsh, which is why I sold it. This single LP version is the one I preferred to play.