Back On The Horse, Limited CURE Reissue, New MUSE, ELAINE HOWLEY, Some Nice Box Sets And A CLASSIC Jazz Tone Poet Release

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well enough!

Back on the horse ( i have a few days off next week as well!!…be dead long enough)…thanks to  the dynamic duo ( or was that Batman and Robin)  for looking after the place…id be lost without the lads….stellar newsletter as well, ill have to watch my job..bringing hawking to a new level…no.. sound out lads…thanks for allowing me to forget the place for 9/10 days.

R,I.P Olivia Newton John in the past few days

Releases in the siopa for this Friday the 12th of August include…

Moving on then to releases for the 19th of August… MADONNA – ‘Finally Enough’ , NEIL YOUNG  ‘El Dorado’ , PANIC AT THE DISCO , REM – Chronic Town , DEMI LOVATO – Holy Fvck , LARRY YOUNG – ‘Unity’ and WAYNE SHORTER’s ‘Adam’s Apple’  , STEPS ‘The Platinum Collection’ , OASIS ‘Be Here Now’  , FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH  ‘Afterlife’ 

So main week for this week are the releases for the 26th August …the year is just flying….the summer has been iffy business wise but releases are iffy also…should bounce back in another 5 or 6 weeks and be fairly good for the end of the year hopefully anyway…;pricing aint gonna help retailers when things are quiet…the high 30s euro price tag for a coloured reissue is just too steep in my opinion and folks ain’t gonna pay it…your diehards of a band/artist might but it wont cross over and we will sell much less…its probably a bit different for the labels as they simply cannot get things pressed so for them , they can only sell so many anyway as they cant get more pressed for circa 8/9 months now…look tis a mess, but when things settle, i hope pricing will settle a bit also…Anti doing a few TOM WAITS coloured reissues and high 30s, early 40s price tags…anyway the 26th of August.

There is a vinyl reissue of THE CUREs “ wish” album coming down the road also….the lads mentioned the cd formats last week but an LP release also happening in November…numbers are tight enough on it so if interested give us a nod or buy from the site.

Anyways back to releases for the 26th of August Warner has the brand new studio album from MUSE…their ninth album now…available on CD . LP and an indies only cream LP….pricing good on this one with me giving out! i think history will be really kind to MATT BELLAMY and he will be remembered for a long time as a fabulous musician…fine band, diverse in styles and genres, incredible live…here is the title track from the new album…queen/glam rock feel to it…catchy !!

REGINA SPEKTORs debut album “ 11.11” gets a release on vinyl for the very first time!

MACHINE HEAD HAVE A BRAND NEW album “ of kingdom and crown”  out via Nuclear Blast on the 26th, just cd for now, EMERSON LAKE PALMER release a singles boxset…12 12” singles in a limited box,

SLIPKNOT reissue 4th album 2008s “ all hope is gone” on Orange crush vinyl as well as the most recent album “ we are not your kind” on blue vinyl…new album announced for later in the year ( Shane probably filled ye in — Looking forward to that as always Ray!)

BMG/TROJAN has a LEE SCRATCH PERRY compilation “ king scratch – musical masterpieces…) as cd , lp or a 4lp/4cd /book/poster boxset!

Lastly Atlantic have the BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON PAAK, SILK SONIC “ an evening with silk sonic” as a vinyl release…here is a class tune from the record “ leave the door open” ..throwback to the 70s…class tune

Sony dont really have anything for the 26th of August.

Proper for the 26th of August have the new STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES album “ jerry jeff” on New West records which covers the songs of Jerry Jeff Walker…it will be available as a deluxe cd with bonus tracks, vinyl or indies only clear vinyl version. Here is getting by from the album

(44) Steve Earle & The Dukes – “Gettin’ By” [Official Audio] – YouTube

EMBRACE have a brand new album “ how to be a person like other people” on their own label Mo Betta …available on indies only shops red vinyl and cd.

Proper has a reissue of TONY RICEs “ guitar” album on vinyl…Shane would know more here as he loves TR i think…i must admit i had not listened before…quality bluegrass guitar to be fair…heres a tune “ freeborn man” from the album (Yeah, Ray, was delighted to see it reissued-that’s a great tune!)

(44) Freeborn Man – YouTube

There is a YANN TIERSEN EP release of a comp album that was released on CD a good few years back “ avant la chute” but has never until now been released on vinyl.

Proper has a GREENSLEEVES REGGAE GOLD vinyl compilation , they have coloured vinyl reissues of JOHN COLTRANES “ giant steps” and ORNETTE COLEMANs “ the shape of jazz to come” , THE UPSETTERS “ return of the super ape” gets a remastered repress on vinyl and lastly there is a vinyl reissue of STIFF LITTLE FINGERS “ live at rockpalast 1980”.

Universal for the 26th of August have the BLONDIE “ against all odds” cd and vinyl releases across 4 physical formats…3CD, 4LP, 8CD or the deluxe big boxset thingy…we are doing a special price on the boxset at 330 euro if interested…here is more on the releases

“Blondie mark a career milestone with the release of the first ever authorised and in depth archive in their history. This release features 124 tracks, 36 of which are previously unreleased. Remastered from the original analog tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios, this expansive box set is available on four formats (Super Deluxe Collectors’ Edition, Deluxe 4LP, Deluxe 8CD and 3CD editions). Housed in a foil-wrapped carton, Against The Odds includes extensive liner notes by Erin Osmon, track by track commentary from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Frank Infante, and Gary Valentine, essays by producers Mike Chapman, Richard Gottehrer, and Ken Shipley, a 120-page illustrated discography, and hundreds of period photographs. 

This archive box set—the first band-authorised collection in their 50 year history—is a collective moment to celebrate their legacy and be immersed into Blondie’s genre-bending sonic universe, including their first six studio albums recorded for Chrysalis; Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat To The Beat, Autoamerican, The Hunter, and in turn their catalogue of era-defining hits “Heart Of Glass,” “Atomic,” “Tide Is High,” “Sunday Girl,” “Rapture,” and “Call Me.” These six groundbreaking albums have been expanded to include over four dozen demos (including the group’s first-ever recording session), alternate versions, and studio outtakes, creating a near-complete document of Blondie’s studio sessions prior to their 1982 hiatus. 

Against The Odds has an unusual beginning; for nearly two decades, the bulk of Blondie’s audio and visual archive sat inside in Chris Stein’s unassuming barn just outside Woodstock, New York. One hundred reel-to-reel tapes, half a dozen cassettes, a few storage tubs crammed with records, bits of promotional flotsam, flyers, a stray Warhol print, and mirrored dressing room signage from four sold-out January 1980 nights at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. All of it lay in wait through twenty humid summers, twenty frigid winters”

UNIVERSAL also for the 26th of August has the vinyl release of the new KENDRICK album “ mr morale and the big steppers” via interscope.

Bastille have a new album on EMI on 2CD or limited vinyl.

Republic has the new MARCUS KING album but CD ONLY for now…LP will follow in a few months…its called “ young blood” and is produced by Dan Auerbach…King is one of the best blues musicians on the circuit at the moment…real talented…here is “ blood on the tracks” original from the new album

(44) Marcus King – Blood On The Tracks (Official Audio) – YouTube

VALERIE JUNE has an 8 track covers album out via Fantasy of her favourite songs…available on CD and indies only yellow lp…LP is expensive really, which is a shame…i told this before but sher its a good story and cos i enjoyed it so much im gonna tell it again…myself and the Bob man saw her perform in St Lukes a few years…we met her after…ahh she was lovely, bit of an earthy character…10 seconds into the conversation Valerie turns to Bob…”Wow, your hair is just fab”…ill tell it again im sure, it makes me chuckle. Here is Valerie’s cover of Mazzy StarrS “ FADE INTO YOU” good as Bobs hair

(44) Valerie June – Fade Into You – YouTube

Lastly from UNI for the 26th of Aug is the 4th installment from TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND “ I AM THE MOON” part 4…LP version of part 4 is out on 9th sept also…need my order in this week, so if anyone interested give us an auld email…not sure what the story is with the first 3 volumes on vinyl.

The Orchard for the 26th Aug  sees the release of the Vinyl version of Janis Ian’s ‘The Light At The End Of The Line’ (the CD was released in February), a repress of John Prine’s 1984 album ‘Aimless Love’ and early 80s Scottish new wave/post-punk legends Altered Images first album since 1983. 

We also have the debut EP from Mychelle from the label who bought us Jorja Smith, a new Melting Palms album with 3 Vinyl formats, Lisa Gerrard with ‘Exaudia’, the return of Lonely Robot on Insideout, Metal from Obituary, Bastard Noise & Merzbow and Thoughtcrimes .

Cargo for the 26th Aug has a few well worth a mention , firstly is Cork based ELAINE HOWLEY  with her debut solo album “ the distance between heart and mouth” …here is more about the album.

“Touch Sensitive Records proudly presents the Cork-based musician Elaine Howley’s debut solo album The Distance Between Heart and Mouth. The product of an audio diary kept on a 4 track cassette machine throughout 2019 and 2020, the album recreates the intimacy of a radio show filled with Howley’s favourite sounds, pallets, and textures; effortlessly joining the dots between pop and experimentation, summoning the kaleidoscopic world of Trish Keenan & Broadcast, the bruised lo-fi soul of Tirzah and the dubbed-out blues of Leslie Winer. Over nine patient, spontaneous self-recorded and produced tracks, Elaine Howley traces the outline of a small space that could be considered one of the longest journeys to be taken – The Distance Between Heart And Mouth.  As a member of Crevice, Howlbux and, perhaps most notably, psychedelic rock group The Altered Hours, Elaine Howley is renowned as a singular voice in the Irish underground.  The Distance Between Heart And Mouth. TRACKLIST: 1. Silent Talk  2. Autumn Speak  3. Archeological Longing  4. See Saw Seen  5. To The Test  6. Buried Way Out  7. Person Count  8. Song For Mary Black  9. SoSo  “

Here is “ silent talk” from the debut solo album

(44) Elaine Howley – Silent Talk (Touch Sensitive Records) – YouTube

Cargo also has a reissue of SPACEMEN 3 “ playing with fire” 3rd album on indies yellow via space age recordings. GOATs “ world music” 10th anniversary reissue and remaster on hot pink vinyl as well as the very first three PULP albums reissued on vinyl via Fire records.

Integral for the 26th August has the brand new JULIA JACKLIN album “ pre pleasure” , new EZRA FURMAN and reissue by the BRAND NEW HEAVIES.

Here is a tune from the Julia album…some voice

(44) Julia Jacklin – Love, Try Not To Let Go (Official Video) – YouTube

Nearly forgot kid…a week off and the brain goes a little to mushy peas…going to hand ye to Shane now as he takes ye down the road with announcements etc..

Sound, Ray! No bother about us filling in for you on the hols, well deserved, and as you said life is short!
How’s it going everyone? Hope yere good. Nice bit of sun this week for listening to music outside in, enjoy it! Bit jealous of our dogs sunbathing out the back at the moment though!

Not a huge amount to mention this week compared to the last few weeks actually.

One to definitely mention is a class one, JOHN COLTRANE – Blue Train is getting a special Tone Poet Series reissue on 2 CD, 1 LP Mono and 2 LP Stereo. No doubt one of his best albums, this is a really well pressed reissue from the analog tapes. On the 2 LP and 2 CD, there’s an extra album of unreleased outtakes/alternate versions and a booklet. Bit pricey but the quality is very high.
That will be released next month. Oh and numbers are limited with it, so if interested probably best to order from the website link above as we might miss the email for a bit.

A couple releases (Tom Waits) were very limited and we didn’t get any, which is why there’s not many to mention this week.

BRIGHT EYES are releasing 3 reissues, ‘Digital Ash in a Digital Urn‘, ‘I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning‘ and ‘LIFTED..’ plus a companion 12 inch record for each with re-worked versions of songs on them.
They will be out in November.

Lastly, we will be getting the vinyl version of Beyoncé’s new album – ‘Renaissance’ which comes with a special booklet.

That’s all actually from me. Back to the boss-man.


Thanks Shane!

Right last one for this week is Integral for the 2nd Sept…Duophonic/Warp records release the 5th installment of STEREOLAB “ pulse of the early brain – switched on volume 5” on indies 2 cd, 3lp or indies 3lp….lps include codes.

Partisan reissue on its 10th ann HEARTLESS BASTARDS “ arrow “ and there is a new BEN SALISBURY/GEOFF BARROW soundtrack to “ archive 81”.

Sin e for this week really folks

Talk next week again

Thanks for listening

Ray, Shane and young Adam