Hope ye’r all doing alright tonight tonight..
Newbies and reissues in the shop include new albums by FRANK TURNER, REJJIE SNOW, KACEY MUSGRAVES, DIMMU BORGIR, GAZ COOMBES, INSAHN and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING OST by JOHAN JOHANSSON (limited and numbered that one) as well as a BRIAN ENO Boxset and reissues by ENIGMA on coloured vinyl, THE CRANBERRIES, MACHINE HEAD.
Video up and running again this week, few guest appearances this week!
Ok so moving on to releases for the 11th of May, as mentioned in last weeks ramblings, one of the most anticipated albums of the year out on Domino, ARCTIC MONKEYS return with their sixth album, entitled ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’. Produced by James Ford and Alex Turner, the album was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London. Their first release since 2013’s ‘AM’ finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain with each album. ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ ups the ante in a big way; it is a bold and brilliant album reflecting Turner’s ever more comprehensive creative vision. CD in card pack. LP on heavyweight vinyl with digital download code. Also available to specialist retailers on heavyweight clear vinyl with download code…. We are one of said specialist retailers and we still have 14 copies to be allocated if you want one, let us know… Loads of cap holding going on by me this week actually… Like shaking a box in front of Queen..? Hopefully not says he tongue firmly placed in my cheek, as all newsletters are folks.
PIAS also have the new BEACH HOUSE album next friday the 11th, CD and indies only clear vinyl also as well as THE SEA AND CAKE reissue on LP indies only pink of “Any Day”.
WARNER for the 11th have the reissue of TOM WAITS classic “Nighthawks at the Diner”… Tis fierce limited to 200 copies on red vinyl for RSD stores only… I have my name in the hat for some, do the same if you like… Cap 2… The standard black version will be readily available from the following Friday the 18th if the red ones don’t work out for me or us… We are family.
The ORCHARD for the 11th have new albums by JESS WILLIAMSON, LUKE HAINES, GARGANJUA, BAD WOLVES and ENGEL.
OK may as well do it in one burst I suppose… Caps 3, 4 and 5 firmly in hand here…
Chasing names folks to be cap in hand blunt about it… Smiling as always… Here’s the sceal on three box sets due out over next few weeks…
PINK FLOYD PULSE 4 LP BOX SET – May 18th
*4LP 180g Box a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase
Pink Floyd re-release their 1995 UK Number 1 live album ‘PULSE’, pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl. ‘PULSE’ was compiled by James Guthrie, using various performances from the band’s 1994 Division Bell tour across the UK and Europe featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album includes ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ performed in full, as well as a whole side dedicated to the show’s encore.
The 4-LP set includes four different inner sleeves, each inside individual outer sleeves, plus a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase. This 2018 release was remastered from the original tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon, who worked on the original art with the late Hipgnosis co-founder, Storm Thorgerson, recreated the art package.
100 EURO Best Price on pre-orders… Need to know by Monday at 6 if interested… Hello, hello… Is there anybody out there…? I think you will find the price savage competitive..
2. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN THE ALBUM COLLECTION VOLUME TWO 87- 96. LIMITED AND NUMBERED BOXSET (May 18th)
The limited edition boxset covers Bruce Springsteen’s second decade as a recording artist, with many of the albums included having achieved Top 5 positions internationally, reaching gold, platinum or multi-platinum status in major territories worldwide. Following on from the successful 2014 Boxset, covering the period 1973-84, Vol 2 features all five studio and live albums recorded for Columbia Records between 1987 and 1996 –all of which have long been out of print -as well as a 60pg book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and press clippings from the period. Additionally, the boxset also features two EPs –Blood Brothers (available on vinyl for the first time) and Chimes of Freedom –both of which are exclusive to the box. Furthermore, each boxset features a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
The audio on The Album Collection Vol. 2 is sourced from the highest-quality transfers of each original analogue album master. Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s long-time engineer Toby Scott utilized the Plangent Process, noted for its ability to correct pitch errors and distortions in the magnetic tape, ensuring the best possible quality versions of these albums. Additionally, two of the albums in the set have been pressed on double vinyl for the first time to further maximize audio fidelity.
‘Tunnel of Love’ (1987)* (2 LP)
‘Human Touch’ (1992)* (2 LP)
‘Lucky Town’ (1992) (1 LP)
‘In Concert / MTV Plugged’ (1993) (2 LP)
‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ (1995) (1 LP)
expanded across two LPs to maximize audio quality
12 Eps including:
‘Chimes of Freedom’ (1988) (1 EP)
‘Blood Brothers’ (1996)** (1 EP)
** first-ever vinyl release
60 Page Songbook
Certificate of Authenticity (numbered)
190 is the best we can do on the Bruce set…
3. THE ROLLING STONES – STUDIO ALBUMS VINYL COLLECTION 1971 – 2016 (15 JUNE)
EVERY ROLLING STONES STUDIO ALBUM FROM 1971 ONWARDS
SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
REMASTERED AND CUT AT HALF-SPEED AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
PRESSED ON HEAVYWEIGHT 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL
INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION WITH ORIGINAL PACKAGING REPLICATIONS
ALL BOX SETS INCLUDE DOWNLOAD CODES FOR HIGH QUALITY DIGITAL VERSIONS
Whenever The Rolling Stones do anything, they do it with quality and gravitas. Having defined rock’n’roll in the 60s, The Rolling Stones entered their imperial phase in 1971 with Sticky Fingers. What followed is a run of albums that couldn’t have happened at any other time, by any other band: the decadent excess of Exile On Main St, the Jamaican voodoo swamp of Goats Head Soup, the disco and punk-infused prowl of Some Girls. With each new decade, the Stones evolved while staying true to their roots, coming full circle in 2016 with Blue & Lonesome, a love letter to their first inspiration: the blues. Today, The Rolling Stones and Universal Music announce ‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’, a brand new limited edition vinyl box set collection, featuring 15 albums across 20 LPs released on 15 June 2018.
‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’ presents this monumental era in rock’n’roll history in a highly bespoke, lenticular mounted, limited edition box-set housing the 15 studio albums from Sticky Fingers through to Blue & Lonesome in faithful and intricate original packaging replications. Every album has been lovingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format. Each album is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl and includes a download card for HD digital redemption of the catalogue and includes a numbered certificate of authentication.
Cut at half speed, these are among the highest quality vinyl pressings that these classic Rolling Stones albums will have ever received. Half speed mastering and pressed to a very high standard ensures top notch sound quality for the listener. Special care has been taken to create packaging to the same high standards, with detailed artwork reproduction for each album including ‘Some Girls’, which comes housed in the replica design including 20 cut-outs on the cover, while the sleeve of ‘Sticky Fingers’ is presented as Andy Warhol’s original design, complete with a working zip with a hidden image underneath and ‘Exile On Main Street’ comes with a set of 12 original postcard inserts.
ABOUT THE PROCESS
Abbey Road Studios’ engineers have been cutting grooves into discs since the studios first opened in 1931. In 2013, award-winning engineer Miles Showell joined their existing mastering team, bringing a wealth of disc-cutting experience with him.
One of the artisan techniques offered by Abbey Road Studios that results in the very highest quality sound reproduction is Half Speed Cutting. This process involves the master source being played back at precisely half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is similarly turned at half the desired playback speed. This allows the cutting head twice the time to cut the intricate groove, allowing considerably more accuracy with important matters such as frequency extremes and micro-dynamic contrasts. The resulting cuts have excellent high frequency response (treble) and very solid and stable stereo images. It’s not quite as simple as running everything at half rate. There is an EQ curve applied to all vinyl records and by running the lathe at half speed, all the frequencies are wrong. However, the technical staff at Abbey Road Studios have had new custom-built filters installed which allow Miles to practice half speed cutting to the full on a modified Neumann VMS-80 lathe.
‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’
Sticky Fingers (1971)
LP sleeve presented as Andy Warhol’s original design complete with working zip and hidden image beneath
Exile On Main St (1972) (2LP)
2LP in original style gatefold sleeve complete with inner-bags and set of 12 perforated postcards
Goats Head Soup (1973)
LP in gatefold sleeve with two inserts
It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (1974)
LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve
Black And Blue (1976)
LP in gatefold sleeve with original inner bag and lyric sheet
Some Girls (1978)
LP housed in replica design including 20 cut-outs on the cover
Emotional Rescue (1980)
LP with original sized poster
Tattoo You (1981)
LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve
LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve and lyric sheet
Dirty Work (1986)
LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve, red shrink wrapping and bespoke sticker
Steel Wheels (1989)
LP complete with original inner sleeve and sales insert
Voodoo Lounge (1994) (2LP)
2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners
Bridges To Babylon (1997) (2LP)
2LP with original lyric inners
A Bigger Bang (2005) (2LP)
2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners
Blue & Lonesome (2016) (2LP)
2LP gatefold sleeve with original inners
Ok so…. Best price looks like 430 Euro… Gulp gulp I know… It’s more than a f**king cap in your hand raymond my friend I can hear ye say.. Better send the wife away for the weekend if im bringing that into the house… I know I know… shall I tease some more… First three nods my way will get very limited edition prints of the Dublin show artwork… I’m outta here while i’m still alive, caps and all.
UNIVERSAL for the 11th of May have the new RY COODER album “The Prodigal Son” on CD and LP via Concord records. UNI also have the 15th Anniversary of the “Blue Notebooks” by MAX RICHTER, a new MAGIC NUMBERS record, LP format of THE BLACK PANTHER OST, a GLENN FREY CD Compilation and a 10th Anniversary Edition of “Swan Songs” by HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD.
MUSIC ON VINYL have a limited and coloured version of “How To Talk To Girls At Parties” soundtrack.
Anyway, folks how many caps can one man have so..
MusicCork next week
Sin é for this week
Thanks for listening