Record Store Day, A Special Video, and ALL TVVINS Live In-Store

Hi everyone

It’s a one pager this week i’m sure ye’r thrilled to hear that anyway!..
Loads of new releases on the walls this week.. FONTAINES D.C., GLEN HANSARD, WALKING ON CARS, ALL TVVINS, CHEMICAL BROTHERS, DERVISH, PET SHOP BOYS.. And loads and loads of RSD stock to go on the Raymond’s left hand wall (as Raymond looks at it, ye’r right) and also a bay or two of RSD Stock in the middle of the floor…

Video up this week again.. Bit of a special one this week.. Not many new releases in it.. Just a sneak preview of Record Store Day release wall to get you excited for tomorrow morning!!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Just going to rattle off releases for the 19th of April..

CRANBERRIES last ever album (indies only), and also new albums by LOYLE CARNER, DRUG DEALER, NOUVELLE VAGUE, GANG OF 4, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, FAT WHITE FAMILY and GRAND MAGUS… Reissues on the 19th by ELBOW, BLIND FAITH, CARNAGE, STEVIE NICKS, ROY HARPER, SCISSOR SISTERS, SKELETON WITCH, ALTERBRIDGE and STATUS QUO… Lastly a new STONES compilation out “Honk” to pay for Mick’s op..

Bad news on one front folks… Going to be a rant next week so gonna keep it short here.. Don’t want to spoil it.. Really p*ssed off… Left down and not getting stock from The Orchard.. I’m really sorry.. Very very disappointed..
We will have none of the following.. The Fall “Imperial Wax Solvent”,  Otis Redding / Booker T, Tangerine Dream… I’m really sorry.
We pushed and we pushed for our order in the last 2 weeks, so we are getting a couple of copies of the following titles, but they won’t land in with us until Monday and won’t have many.. These titles are Roy Ayers, Al Green Singles Box, The Residence, Townes Van Zandt..
We will fill in more on this next week…

And finally for this week again folks, delighted to welcome back the brilliant ALL TVVINS back to the shop this coming Tuesday, April at 1PM to sing, and sign their cracking new album “Just To Exist”. Had it blasting all day and sounding great again.. If you can’t make it give us a heads up if you want a copy of the LP or CD signed.. If you can make it in we’d love to see ya!

Sin é for this week..
Hope you can pop in over the weekend to say hello

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone

RSD Only 8 Sleeps Away, A Savage Week Of Irish Releases, And ALL TVVINS Back Live In-Store

Hi Everyone,

How’s the form… 3 more sleeps to Record Store Day… Cracking Music line up… Some rare lovely records… What’s there not to like!! Here is our music again for the day, with the time of each act now

11:15AM – The Alkove
12 Noon – The Shaker Hymn
12:45PM – Ian Whitty And The Exchange
1:30PM – Gavin James
2:15PM – Marc O’Reilly
3:15PM – The Grunts
4:15PM – Sara Ryan

While we are on about quality in-stores, we are delighted to welcome ALL TVVINS on Tuesday the 16th of April, at 1PM.. Maybe not a great time but if ye can pop in that would be fantastic… It’s the lads second album, this time on Faction.. Haven’t heart it yet but it’s getting great reviews… It’s out on the 12th of April, the record.. If you can’t make it in and want the record or CD signed by the lads, shout at us!

Right so , RSD problems are hopefully done but I am still awaiting quite a bit of stock so we will have to wait and see!!

CD’s and LP’s out today on the good yacht musiczone.ie include the BOWIE “Spying Through A Keyhole” 7” Singles Boxset, NEW ORDER’s “Movement” boxset, as well as new releases from ELUVEITIE, and reissues from MOTORHEAD, RICHARD SWIFT, BOZ SCAGGS, MARVIN GAYE, and BOB DYLAN

Video up this week again here!!
www.musiczone.ie/videos

Ok so moving on to a big weekend for record stores and a big weekend for releases also… Becoming one of the major release days of the year now, the day before RSD is..

So let’s start with (What I believe will be one of the biggest albums of the year and could well end up high on loads of best album charts by years end…) is the debut record by FONTAINES D.C (whom I believe could be one of the biggest bands on the planet in 5 years time)… I have mentioned the Dublin boys a few times in these pages over the last 12 or 18 months now… Introduced to them way back along by Aiden from Mike The ePies and myself and Hassey from Coughlan’s tried to get them for an in-store / gigs some time back.. Alas to our great pity not to be… The debut record “Dogrel” is released by Partisan Records on Friday April 12th and is available on CD and limited one press only indies yellow vinyl… Snap ’em up… Word to the wise.. LP will have a download code and best price pre-order offer available of €10 on the CD and €24 on the indies only yellow vinyl..

Also a new 7 inch vinyl from MURDER CAPITAL!

Bibio have a new album out next week on Warp called “Ribbons” on CD, LP or 2LP indies only…

Staying with big releases and keeping it country as one might say… WALKING ON CARS release their second album on Virgin / EMI next week.. It is called “Colours” and it’s available on CD and LP.. It was recorded in Dingle and in London.. Lead single here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFIu3Z6889Q

CHEMICAL BROTHERS also have a new album on on the 12th of April also through Virgin / EMI. It is called “No Geography” and it’s on CD and 2LP.. Universal also have new albums from NORAH JONES, ANDY BLACK (Black Veil Brides) and MELISA ETHERIDGE..

Uni also have NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 102 and a NIRVANA “Live at the Paramount” DLP release on Geffen / UMC.. First time ever on vinyl for this!! Great gig.. It includes a poster and a sticky cloth replica of the original VIP pass as the download code…
Lastly from Universal we have the new album by DERVISH “The Great Irish Songbook” on CD or LP.. Some cracking help on board with the Sligo band on this record.. The likes of Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brendan Gleeson and Kate Rusby…

Proper for the 12th of April have the new ALL TVVINS album “Just To Exist” on Faction records, CD and LP and as I said earlier the lads are in for an instore on Tuesday 16th April at 1PM

Proper also have the PET SHOP BOYS “Inner Sanctum” Bluray, DVD and 2CD set which was filmed at Londons Royal Opera. 5*’s all over the shop for this.. It is meant to be sensational..

There is a new 12” EP out by PET SHOP BOYS on the same day, “Agenda”, 4 new tracks I think…
Proper also have a new record on ECM by BILL FRISELL and THOMAS MORGAN (double bass) as well as lastly a new SUN KILL MOON (cd only) with DONNY MCCLASIN as guest..

No time for long or short tales this week with the newsletter.. Wall to wall releases.. Makes the newsletter very boring!!!

THE ORCHARD for the 12th of April have the new album by K-Pop sensations BTS “Map Of The Should : Persona” it’s called… CD album comes with a photo book, photo cards, postcards and a poster… The Orchard also has new albums on the 12th by DAMIEN JURADO, BRUCE HORNSBY (produced by Bon Iver), ANDY BELL, WHITE CHAPEL, and CIVIL WARS singer JOHN PAUL WHITE has a new solo album..

Sony for the 12th of April have a CD album by L.S.D (Labrinth, SIA and DIPLO), as well as a reissue on LP of SANTANA’s “Supernatural”..

SRD for the12th have new albums by BUDOS BAND “V” on CD or LP…

Last but not least WANRER for the 12th of April have the new album by GLEN HANSARD “This Wild Willing” on Epitaph available as CD, 2LP or Indies only 2LP… Glen’s fourth solo record now and this was largely record in Paris with a right miss mash of musicians invited into the studio to put their own slant on the record… Musically everything went… Street musicians to big names all helped and contributed to the record.. I think he is very happy with it… Here’s a link to the single
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-yTqCTpPFU

ANDERSON PAAK has a new one out via Warner as well next week as well as some BLIND GUARDIAN reissues on LP.. There is a NICK CAVE / WARREN ELLIS indies only whiskey coloured vinyl LP of the sound track to “Assassination of Jessie James”..

Last couple of bits from Warner are ROXETTE “Have A Nice Day” LP reissue and Suede “The Insatiable” Ones” 3DVD feature film..

Right so sin nearly é for this week, unlikely if I will get one out next week but you wouldn’t know.. So just on opening times and all that jazz for RSD… The good shop Music Zone will open at 8AM.. We will have goodies.. The shopping centre will open at 6:30 AM but only, I repeat only, at the entrance at the Marks + Spenser’s / Starbucks, by Falvey’s Chemist.. So the queue can start there for anytime before 6:30.. The car park will open then at 6:35.. Or James Bond through the ceiling if you want.. Look if you fancy pop in a say hello and soak up some of the atmosphere.. It’s always pretty unique.. I suppose it’s our celebration day… We are still here
So on that,

Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone

Record Store Day 2019 Live Music Announcement!, New Bowie + New Order Sets, And A Few RSD Updates

Hi all,
How’s the form??
This time two weeks it’s RSD Eve and it’s full on from here on in now… I haven’t heard of many more major problems but there will be loads of little one’s in the next fortnight and then Santa arrives and all is good in the world..
The music for the day has been sorted now, so here’s what we have for definite!! This is in no particular order, we’ll be announcing the times and running order for the band’s in next weeks newsletter

So for definite we have THE GRUNTS, a hardened rock n’ roll band with some good tunes and quality riffs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tja1CLMzxsE

We also have lined up THE ALKOVE fronted by Eddie Kelly, another no messing rock n’ roll band with a great frontman. Both of these bands are first timers with us for RSD and we are delighted to welcome them and really look forward to their sets
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya2PSnRXXRQ

The next two cars we have lined up I personally have to say are two of my favourite Irish bands… Both bands are RSD veterans with us.. So we are delighted to welcome back IAN WHITTY AND THE EXCHANGE.. As good a wordsmith as there is around, back by three terrific musicians… Personally, can’t wait!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdbprErWRxk

And RSD would hardly be RSD if we didn’t have some form or guise of THE SHAKER HYMN… The lads are quality.. Blue in the face from telling ye… So the lads are back and they are launching a new E.P. on the day also… As Lil Percy would say… Sweet!… Can’t wait..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msLTpzkmvkc

The 5th act we can confirm for RSD 2019 is another new RSD act for us, and is the brilliant MARC O’ REILLY… We are big big fans of Marc here in the shop, he is a tremendous musician and we are delighted to welcome him… He has made some great music so far and is worth checking out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3X4MvamG8s

The 6th act we will welcome to the siopa on the day is the brilliant songwriter SARA RYAN, a  lovely songwriter with a great voice.. Her first single is out on April 25th and she is also playing Coughlan’s that night. Delighted to welcome her. Debut album due out later in the year
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9zJYLCj4ds

And last but definitely not least, the 7th act we will welcome into the siopa on the day.. Someone who has become a bit of a friend of the shop in the last few years.. He was with us back when his first album was launched back in 2016, and we were delighted to be asked to work with him again in Cypress Avenue late last year for the launch of his second studio album “Only Ticket Home”.. He’ll be fresh out of his two sold out Opera House gigs, and we are delighted to have GAVIN JAMES in with us for RSD 2019… Really really thrilled, going to be very exciting!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVMSBPZwzxU

So that’s it for the entertainment for now… Hope to have times for each act announced for next week… Sin sin for now.. We would love if you could get in and support us and the lads playing for us on the day, for a record and a cup of tea!!

Right so, on to releases for the good yacht musiczone.ie today.. BILLIE EILISH‘s album was embargoed so only landed in this afternoon so nobody got it on the sneaky a day or two before release… Embargoes are good.. Makes the work, craft, art all more special… I have tortured over it.. Please Respect it… I fully support that, it’s the way it should be..

Other releases today include the BETH GIBBONS performing Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”. Also out is new releases from WHITE DENIM, STEVE EARLE, JOACHIM KUHN, and reissues by KEITH RICHARDS, COCTEAU TWINS, FRANK ZAPPA, MOTORHEAD, MARVIN GAYE, THE CONGOS, LOVE UNLIMITED, SPARKS, and a new KISS compilation vinyl release.

Video up again for you all here! Be sure to subscribe to keep up with all the comings and goings!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

So on to releases for the 5th of April, we’ll start with (not exactly a stunning week of releases.. But the week after, the 12th, I’ll need a book.. Savage stuff the day before RSD… Savage.. I suppose people will be in Record shops so get the releases in… It’s cracking on the 12th..) Back to the 5th for now and I suppose the biggest release of the weekend is the DAVID BOWIE “Spying Through A Keyhole”..

With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7″ vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.
The title ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year (see footnote). Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.
The photography that adorns the box front and the print inside is by Ray Stevenson and was taken in Tony Visconti’s flat in the summer of 1968.
The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

Best job pre-order offer of €42 on the Bowie set…

Warner also has new albums by ELUVEITIE and DON FELDER (Eagle) and MIKE AND THE MECHANICS reworking of classics plus three new tracks.. Warner also have reuissues on LP from DAVID GUETTA and from MOTORHEAD again “Hits of Death”, “Motorizer”, “Better Motorhead Than Dead” and the Live 4LP set, “Inferno” and “Hammered”.

Back to RSD for a sec.. Sorry now stuff going on all the time and i’m the bearer of some bad news here.. These price changes occurred after we sent out our price list to ye folks.. Price increases on Green Day, Jeff Tweedy, Madonna (True Blue), Pink Floyd and Van Morrisson and a price decrease on the Sigur Ros releases… my own little Brexit…

Lastly from Warner is the NEW ORDER “Movement” boxset which includes the LP, CD . Bonus CD of 18 completely unreleased tracks, a DVD of live shows + TV Appearances, plus a 48 page hard back book with a lift off lid box.. €100 best price pre-order job on this..

Universal for the 5th of April have a solo record from TYLER RAMSEY lead guitarist and cowriter with BAND OF HORSES… PROFESSOR LONGHAIR “Live On The Queen Mary” gets a CD and LP release.. OUR PLANET OST is also out on CD and LP and there is a reissue and 40th anniversary edition of THE SLIT’s album “Cut”.. Lastly from Uni for the 5th of April are some 3CD essential Jazz sets by WAYNE SHORTER, HERBIE HANCOCK, JOHN COLTRANE and KEITH JARRETT..

PIAS for the 5th of April have the CIRCA WAVES album, their 3rd on CD, standard black vinyl or indies only blue vinyl… They have a 5CD PETE SEEGER set containing 152 tracks, and some RICHARD SWIFT reissues on LP…

Sony for the 5th of April have new albums on CD only by KHALID, SARA BAREILLES and BROOKE + DUNNE..

THE ORCHARD for the 5th of April have the new album by IDLEWILD “Interview Music” on CD, LP and indies only LP and also new albums out by MARTHA, LISSIE, JAWS, LUKE SITAL-SINGH, and EXHUMER…

Music on Vinyl for the 5th of April have reissues of WITHIN TEMPTATION’s “The Silent Force” on 180gm vinyl as well as MATTHEW SWEET’s “Girlfriend” reissue.. We hope to have some of the 1000 pink copies that were pressed on that one…

Start this on a Thursday evening as most are well aware, and it get’s finished in the siopa by the lads on a Friday.. 24 hours since scribbling and unfortunately there’s been a change on there being no problems with RSD.. Unfortunately we have run into some today..
Tá brón orm.. Truly tá brón orm.. but we have been cut on a few bits…. With Sony, the PREFAB SPROUT and BILLY JOEL are very very tight.. We have just enough for the demand.. But could sell out quickly on the morning.. Early worm for those two if you are wanting one.. Sorry..

With PIAS we had a good few cuts.. EDITORS, JOHN GRANT, the SOUL JAZZ 7” set, and THE CHARLATONS set, are all big problems for us.. Cut hugely.. Will be first come first served with these and we are sorry… The last two from PIAS unfortunately we got 0 allocated of the JEAN CLAUDE VANNIER and 0 allocated of the NASRAT FATEK ALI..
Again, we are very sorry… If there are any more changes good or bad we will let you know over the newsletter again..
We hope to have the live music times announced in next weeks newsletter
Sin é  for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone

The Gloaming 3 LP Has Finally Landed, An Uprising “Irish” Star?, and Reminiscing on an Old Cork Institution 

How d folks,

Welcome to the weekly “Ad” from your local adore, corporate free, independent record shop!

Releases in the good siopa today Musiczone.ie include THE GLOAMING 3 LP release, as well as brand new LPs and CDs by LAMBCHOP, PATTY GRIFFIN, LUTHER DICKINSON, JENNY LEWIS, SLEEPER, LIL YACHTY, STRAND OF OAKS, GOORGIO MORODER “Queen of the South” O.S.T, KAREN O + DANGERMOUSE.. Also there is a 3CD or 4LP set by MEGADETH, the next in the batch of NEW ORDER 12” singles with “Temptation”, a live LP set by TOTO, and reissues by JACO PATORIOUS (One of 2k on silver vinyl), and the O.S.T to TAXI DRIVER (two of 2.5k on yellow vinyl), DESMOND DEKKER’s “007 Shanty Town”, and last but not least is JOHN + YOKO’s “Wedding Album” as a nice white vinyl box-set release…

Video for last two weeks up here now!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Always a hint of squeaky bum time for me this time of year… Not much I can do about it folks except to be as transparent as possible.. What are you on about now boy???
RSD allocations starting to come in and there has been cuts so problems are so far (so in the cases the earlier the better if you can get in to us… with a chill pill in your packet mas é do thoill é.. Here so far is a list of titles that my wishlist exceeded what I am actually getting, in most cases only by one copy to be honest…. May the cards fall and all that… Here’s the problems so far..
Specials single, Queen stuff, Motorhead single, Elvis Costello, John Lennon, Broken Social Scene,  and Weezer (the B-Sides one)… Early bird blah blah blah… Sorry.. I suppose if everyone in every record shop in the UK and Ireland got everything they wanted every year.. The exclusivity would be washed off the event.. It could die off faster that the pricing might kill it… That’s it for RSD for this week.. Next week the music should be announced.. (Bit of a pain in the ring also if i’m to be honest!!)

Anyway, look on to the releases for the 29th of March and there is a few really interesting ones (to me anyway!) so i’m going to start wit PIAS (happy birthday Bonnie O’ Brien!!).. Domino present HENRYK GORECKI Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), performed by BETH GIBBON‘s and the POLISH NATIONAL RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by PENDERECKI. Available as a CD or LP, or an indies only CD/DVD or indies only coloured LP with DVD… Beth is supposed to have completely immersed herself in the project.. Obviously the language and the content also.. Could be a spine tingler me thinks.. Hardly nothing online yet with it…

STEVE EARLE and THE DUKES have tribute album called “Guy”, to Earle’s dear friend Guy Clarke. A covers album of Guy’s songs.. Indies only blue vinyl available on this one.. PIAS lastly have a live album by TY SEGALL..

Ok so, Universal for the 29th of March have the debut album by BILLIE EILISH.. Excuse my ignorance here but I thought she was a teeny bopper artist.. (And nothing wrong with that in my opinion, I like pop).. But sh*t was I wrong about her.. The couple of tunes I have heard are different, dark and interesting.. The debut album is called “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”.. Check out a tune here from the new album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUHC9tYz8ik

This cailín only turned 17 in December gone, writes or co-writes these songs with her brother Finneas O’ Connell, who also produces her.. Billie Eilish O’ Connell.. Dad is one of our clan by the way.. Could be a huge huge star.. She definitely caught my attention.. Album is available as CD, Clasmshell CD with 3 lithos, posters, tattoos and sticker sheet.. Also available as an indies only pale yellow vinyl on initials… Maith an cailín I say anyway.. Interesting brood i’d say.. Home schooled the kids were.. Anyway, enough for me now.. One to watch…

Good bit more out from Universal on Bonnie’s birthday or Brexit Day.. Crikey this Brexit thing is a soap opera.. May’s a goner i’d say… It’s a joke if it wasn’t so serious.. Anyway, tunes tunes tunes.. Universal are reissuing the last two COCTEAU TWINS albums on LP “Four Calendar Cafe” and “Milk + Kisses”… There’s a FRANK ZAPPA release of “Zappa In New York” limited 5CD tin or 3LP set taken from the analogue tapes…

In 1976, Frank Zappa played four historic sold-out concerts at The Palladium in New York City the week between Christmas and New Year’s. These thrilling shows – described by band member Ruth Underwood as “theatrical, outrageous and raucously funny, but also filled with startling and gorgeous music, dating from Frank’s 1960s output to literally the moment the curtain went up”— served as the source material for the live double album Zappa In New York which was constructed from the best-played performances with overdubs later recorded in the studio.
In celebration of its eventual release in 1978, Zappa In New York will be released on March 29 via Zappa Records/UMC as a suite of expanded anniversary editions to commemorate the album’s recent 40th anniversary. Overseen by the Zappa Family Trust and produced by Ahmet Zappa and Vaultmeister Joe Travers, the expanded versions will be available as a 5CD box set and 3LP 180-gram audiophile grade vinyl. The 5-disc collection, which will be housed in a limited-edition metal tin shaped like a NYC street manhole cover and includes a replica ticket from one of the shows, consists of the main album in its original mix, newly remastered by Bob Ludwig in 2018 and available for the first time since its debut. The four additional discs are loaded with relevant Vault nuggets and more than three hours of unreleased live performances from the NYC Palladium concerts, representing every composition played during the concerts and the best alternate performances of every tune Zappa picked for the original album, all newly mixed in 2018. To achieve the highest-level sound quality, the audio team went back to the original two-inch 24-track multi-track master tapes and transferred every reel at 96kHz 24-bit wavs.  The 3LP set, pressed at Pallas in Germany, features all-analog mastering of the original album mix, unavailable since first issued. Plus, an additional LP of select bonus content from The Vault. 

Uni also have, and i’m just gonna rattle them off now as it’s getting late.. LANG LANG new CD..  RAIN TREE CROW LP Release.. BARRY WHITE’s “Love Unlimited” LP reissues or 7CD box.. COLTRANE “58 – The Prestige Recordings” out as an 8LP Set (250 quid) or a 5CD set (80 quid).. KISS “Kissworld” 2LP Best Of..  JOURNEY “Live in Japan” as a DVD/2CD or Blu Ray / 2CD.. STEVEN WILSON 5LP Live Album from The Royal Albert Hall and lastly from Universal is MARVIN GAYE‘s lost album “You’re the Man”, never on LP before…

Sony for the 29th of March have the HANS ZIMMER “World of Hans” vinyl box-set..

Republic of Music for the 29th of March have the new album by EDWYN COLLINS… As ye probably know Edwyn had a couple of serious strokes some time back so now his spirit, recovery, creativity, attitude and resilience are nothing short of remarkable.. ROM also have the new WHITE DENIM out on the 29th of March…

Warner for the 29th have the reissue of KEITH RICHARD‘s 1988 debut solo album “Talk Is Cheap”.. Chalk it down Keith boy… I was talking to my kids the older two… Well the middle two really about the Lee Baths earlier tonight when they were going to bed.. They thought I was talking through my hat… The Lee Fields were mad really when you think back on them for those that remember.. It seemed like thousands of kids in freezing cold waters and a few toilets about.. Health and safety out the window back then.. It’s where the Kingsley is now, on the Straight Road. Do you remember the big diving boards.. Just stone slabs if memory serves right.. Wonder when did they close?? I was born in ’74 and remember being out there a few times… Not a parent in sight!!! Anyway, Keith Richards reissue is on CD, 2CD, Black LP or indies only and very very limited red vinyl.. Box available as well which was mentioned last week..

Warner also have MOTORHEAD live and reissued LPs… 7 titles in total.. Also a new STEVIE NICKS compilation on CD and a new album by YNGWIE MALMSTEEN “Blue Lightening”…

Just hearing now the the JEFF TWEEDY and GRATEFUL DEAD LPs are a problem for RSD… Brón orm…

The Orchard for the 29th of March have new albums from UNKLE called “The Road Part II” on 2CD or Deluxe 4CD or indies only 3LP set.. New ones also from C. DUNCAN AND SON VOLT both of these with indies only LPs. DEVIN TOWNSEND new album also on CD..

Proper for the 29th of March have MEKON’s new album “Desert”

Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone

Ray’s Ads, RSD Orders In and a nice new Lambchop.

 

Hi Everyone,

 

How’s the form this evening? Crikey I’m like a bad penny every week really I suppose…one lad said to me a few months back now (and I never really saw it as this, but of course that’s what this is…who am I codding like, not ye I’d say) ‘I read it in your ad’…so I may try and cloak it (I don’t do that really either…caps, yachts etc) but fundamentally as we all know this is a bloody ad…thanks for pointing it out though Terry as I may have been deluding myself it was someit different.

So this week’s Ad from Music Zone towers will commence with new releases in the shop today from DAVID BYRNE, STEPHEN MALKMUS, JACK SAVORETTI, DROPKICK MURPHYS, CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA and FAT WHITE FAMILY.

As well as reissues from THE FALL, ALPHAVILLE.

 

Right so, moving on to releases for the 22nd of March…just to note, THE GLOAMING 3 LP release date is now the 22nd, moved back from the 8th March.

 

WARNER for the 22nd of March have the next batch of IRON MAIDEN CD remasters which are Powerslave, 7th Son, No Prayer for the Dying, Somewhere in Time and also a deluxe ‘Somewhere in Time’ with a special ltd figurine.

WARNER also have a new JENNY LEWIS album, ‘On the Line’ on CD, LP or Indies Only blue LP.

WEA have the next in the series of NEW ORDER 12”s with ‘Temptation’ as well as brand new albums by ROBIN TROWER and THESE NEW PURITANS.

RECORD STORE DAY orders are all now placed as ye read this, and as with other years, they are in the hands of the record gods…take a bow folks…hopefully we will get a good fill as we have other years but there will be disappointments, as is par for the course with the thing.

If you are early, it is seldom you will be very disappointed…and I will try and flag problems with stock if and when they arise…try be cool if things go wrong…a couple of people last year had pops at us…Crikey we are doing our best and some things are out of our control…there are bigger disappointments in life.

Anyway, anyway it’s done now and thanks so much to all of ye who fired in a wish list to us…greatly appreciated here…Sound!

 

Wish lists were back about 10% on last year but there probably are a lot less “Big” titles this year…it definitely is more niche…that’s good says us. U2 was the most wished for release with THIN LIZZY, PREFAB SPROUT, WEEZER, MOZ all showing well and a late runner who came into the fray was THE CROW OST… Sin é for RSD for another week…hope to have news of the entertainment next week!

 

I think I may have forgot PIAS last week…if so, for today they have a new STEPHEN MALKMUS album, a new CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA album, a Best Of  HOTHOUSE FLOWERS CD and an LP reissue by THE FALL of ‘Bend Sinister/The Domesday Pay Off”

 

So PIAS for the 22nd of March have a reissue of ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION’s ‘Rafis Revenge’ 20th Anniversary job, a new album by AVEY TARE of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, a new album by BILL MCKAY, an outtake and rarities album by CORDUROY and a new album by GIORGIO MORODER + RANEY SHOCKNE called ‘Queen of the South’, 2LP indies only silver vinyl available.

PIAS for the 22nd also have a reissue of IRON AND WINE’s ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’…a deluxe reissue with the original album plus 8 previously unreleased demos…indies only dark green vinyl available.

PIAS have for the 22nd of March, JOHN LENNON + YOKO ONO ‘The Wedding Album’…CD and Indies Only Coloured LP as well as a new album by LUTHER DICKINSON and The Sisters of the Strawberry Moon called ‘Solstice’.

Lastly PIAS have a new STRANDS OF OAKS album ‘Eraserland’ on CD, 2LP or 2LP Indies Only jobs.

UNIVERSAL for the 22nd of March have a new MEGADETH box set, the 35 tracks are hand-picked by Dave Mustaine…it is available as a 3CD or 4LP set.

 

UNI also have a new album by ANDREW BIRD ‘My Finest Work Yet’…his words, not mine and a new one from JOHN ILLSEY (DIRE STRAITS).

LIL STEVEN ‘Soul Fire Live’ gets a 2 Blu Ray release as well as a TOTO release on Eagle Rock, ‘40 Years Around the Sun’ available on 6 formats including Blu Ray + 2 CD, DVD/2CD, 3 Orange Indies Only LPs.

 

Lastly, UNI have a couple of LP reissues…N.E.R.D. ‘Seeing Sounds’ and LIL YACHTY ‘Nuthin’ 2 Prove’ 2LP release.

 

SONY for the 22nd of March have the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of VAN MORRISON’S ‘Healing Game’  album…there is a 3 CD box with album as well as plenty rarities and live stuff from the sessions…as well as a vinyl repress of the long out of print.

 

THE ORCHARD for the 22nd sees the release of new albums by MAVERICK SABRE and AMERICAN FOOTBALL.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 22nd of March have the new LAMBCHOP record via City Slang ‘This is what I wanted to tell you’…looking forward to this one…it’s on CD, LP or Indies Only White Vinyl. ROM also have the new album by SLEEPER, 21 years in and not a day older, ‘the modern age’ on CD, LP or Indies Only LP.

 

PROPER for the 22nd of March have the second album by YE VAGABONDS, a reissue of ‘Six’ on CD, LP or indies only LP.

There is a NEDS ATOMIC DUSTBIN Live album on LP and GERRY CINNAMON gets an LP release. It’s been a long week…normal work…RSD orders also to sort and get up but sure all good…deliveries all delayed over the wind on the oceans but…

 

Sin é for this week

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

 

Ray,

Music Zone.

Wafting, RSD Wishlist Deadlines, Keith Flint and O Emperor.

 

Hi folks,

 

How’s the form? Releases in the shop today include new albums by EB THE YOUNGER, SIGRID, FOALS, and the vinyl pressing of the recent DAMIEN DEMPSEY album.

 

A nice compilation from legend TOM PETTY.

New reissues are in from THE EAGLES, NEW ORDER and LUCINDA WILLIAMS.

 

PAUL WELLER has a new live album also out.

Video up for this week again for you, check it out here and be sure to subscribe!
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Moving onto releases for the 15th of March, but first RSD is upon us here so hence it’s upon ye guys out there. Yer help and support are (as always) gratefully appreciated. The UNIVERSAL RSD titles ye are interested in need to go back to me tonight Friday March 8th and all the others need to be back to us by Wednesday the 13th by around lunchtime please!!

I need to get my orders up very soon after…deadline noon or high noon if you prefer on Friday the 15th of March for all companies except Uni which is even earlier!

So if you are interested in something or somethings please email us before deadlines with ARTIST/TITLE/RECORD COMPANY…3 things…the record company bit is a great help to me if you can with ARTIST/TITLE…about 500 titles available to me across 15 record companies so you folks sending record company with ARTIST/TITLE is a huge help and stops me trawling through 15 lists for your wishlist one…I don’t know them all off by heart like…only maybe half them…ARTIST/TITLE/COMPANY.

 

We/Ye know stock is limited and can be cut…but as always we will do our best but we cannot keep anything or promise anything but we will do our very best…that’s a promise. Sending the wishlist is a huge help to us…Sound!! Class dismissed!!

 

One last thing on RSD for now…it has flaws…granted…prices, ebayers, pressing plant problems and delays among them but from where we sit it is comfortably our best day of the year…it is a boost to us if the buying is right (hence the wishlist request), it is a celebration of our existence…it’s probably our favourite day of the year on the shop floor…usual scenario this year…goodies in the queue…bit of craic…loads of quality live music…we love it…Sin e for now on it anyway.

Back to releases for the 15th of March so, FRANCIS ROSSI + HANNAH RICHARD have a brand new studio album on CD of county songs. UB40 have a brand new album ‘For the Many’ on CD, 2CD or LP. First new album in five years with all original songs. Both of the above releases are on Universal, as is a new FISHERMAN’S FRIEND CD, a new live album from FOREIGNER on Eagle Rock across a waft of formats and there is a new NAT KING COLE ‘Ultimate’ CD released (LP to follow on 14th June) as well as YG ‘My Krazy Life’ ltd dlp release.

 

Probably the most interesting one from UNIVERSAL for the 15th of March from their waft of releases…waft…where did that spring from… I must google it…I thought it meant plenty or quantities…but in Cork slang it means ‘there is an unpleasant smell generally ‘off him boy’. So I just googled it…’scent or sound that passes gently through the air’…anyway probably the most interesting release from from Universals copious releases is the new one by LUDOVICO EINAUDI ‘7 Days Walking: Day 1’…CD only for now…you will hear that wafting from the shop next week…give it a rest Ray.

 

Lastly from Uni are CCR half speed LPs, 50th anniversary remastered of the self titled album as well as ‘Bayou Country’…exspensive, best best I can do is €38 if anyones interested.

 

SONY for the 15th (it came in today actually) is the vinyl release of the Damien Dempsey album ‘Union’…fine listen and they also have a new HANS ZIMMER ‘World Of’ CD release.

 

CARGO have a new BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE album for the 15th March.7

 

Terrible sad news about KEITH FLINT during the week again…how many times have we mentioned young men…famous musicians, who have lost their lives at their own hands…I just find it terribly sad and surely there must be more funding, more research put into it…we all need to try and understand it more…Keith was by nearly all accounts, in fact all accounts was supposed to be an absolute gent, it was about the human being and not who the human being was perceived to be…and to pair with that one of the best frontmen of the last 30 years…RIP Mr. Flint.

 

WARNER for the 15th March have a new album out by KAREN O + DANGERMOUSE on CD, LP or Indies only LP ‘Lux Prima’ it’s called and it could be an interesting one.

WARNER also have the next in the NEW ORDER 12”s…this time ‘everythings gone green’ as well as a new album by the DROPKICK MURPHYS.’Gang All Here’..LP only on that one…new album also out on the 15th by JACK SAVORETTI as well as a reissue by ALPHAVILLE of the class ‘Forever Young’…what a tune…I have a story but for another day.

 

The MURDER CAPITAL debut 7 “ was due on 15th March but pushed back now to April 5th…worth checking it out lads…Irish band have a listen here.

 

I have been offered a few really limited KEITH RICHARDS box sets if anyone is interested…now eh hem best price I can do is €500…no not €50. €500 as in 5 and two zeros…only a few being made and those are  ….here is some more info on it…email back sure if you want one…I need to know by Monday lunchtime…heres the info on it

 

Released on March 29th, it will be made available on CD, LP, as a Deluxe Box Set and a very impressive D2C Super Deluxe Box Set which will come in a one-of-a-kind exclusive casing, replicating Keith’s favorite Fender Guitar ‘Micawber’ (D2C exclusive). Other additions of the Deluxe and Super Deluxe box set include the following –

Talk Is Cheap’ Deluxe Box Set includes

  • 180g LP album &180g LP bonus material
  • the 7” Single (Take It So Hard / I Could Have Stood You Up)
  • the 7” Single (Make No Mistake / It Means A Lot)
  • CD album & CD containing bonus material
  • 80 page hardback book featuring Anthony De Curtis essay, new interview with Keith Richards and extensive photos,
  • Memorabilia: 1x tour laminate, 2x lyric sheets, original ‘Talk Is Cheap’ playback invite, tour guitar pick and 2x posters
  • Housed in a folio pack wrapped in Fender guitar case material

Talk Is Cheap’ (D2C) Super Deluxe box set also includes –

  • Limited & Numbered
  • All content matches the Deluxe Box set
  • Comes with added special feature, a one-of-a-kind exclusive casing replicating Keith’s favourite Fender Guitar ‘Micawber’
  • Features hand-reliced ash wood with original Fender guitar elements, handmade at the Fender Custom Shop in California

There’s a joyous swagger to ‘Talk Is Cheap’ that permeates each and every song. It sounds as good today as it did thirty years ago – in Keith’s words “as fresh as the day it was made”. This reissue also includes 6 bonus tracks, four of which feature pianist Johnnie Johnson including Eddie Taylor’s ‘Big Town Playboy’, ‘Blues Jam’, ‘’Slim’ and the kinetic Jimmy Reed cover ‘My Babe’.

 

One more back to RSD…We use a dutch company for our Music On Vinyl stuff all year round…problem for RSD is they can’t ship to us so there is a British company LITTLE AMBER FISH (LAF) who have the rights for the Music On vINYL stuff for RSD but we do not have a strong trading history with them as we use the Dutch lads…found out about them first and they give a good service so I’s a loyal dog like.

We done ok last year with the MOV stuff for RSD via LAF (you’d want to be a code breaker) so hopefully it will be ok again.

 

It’s 11pm and listening to the Choice awards while writing this…the music has been top notch all night…for the size of the country we punch way above our weight…

 

Yes boy, Yes boy, Yes boy O Emperor won it…delighted for them. Delighted.

 

Sin é for this week folks,

 

Thanks for listening,

 

Ray.

Return of the Boy From Bray, Caps Back In Hand, And Some Analysis of How The Cookie May Crumble

Hi Everyone,
How’s it going out there??
Some nice new releases in the shop this week by SLEAFORD MODS, JULIA JACKLIN, BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTRE, OVER KILL,YOLA, GARY CLARK JR, and reissues by DAVID SYLVIAN, a CURTIS MAYFIELD 4LP Boxset, and some lovely Verve reissues by artists such as BILLIE HOLIDAY, STAN GETZ, BILL EVANS, and WES MONTGOMORY.

Also out is the new GLOAMING 3 album, but only on CD for now folks.. LP pushed back until March 8th i’m afraid..

Bobby back up for the video this week, check it out here.. Some nice bits out..
https://musiczone.ie/videos/
My new years resolution after week one 2019 of the newsletter was to go back to one finger typing the newsletter but alas that has gone by the wayside… Every week so far this year the lads have to try and decipher my scrawl.. I’m not messing.. I can hand write 5 pages of foolscap in less than an hour… T’was touching 2.5 hours the other way.. Sorry lads… Scrawl is here to stay for now.. Breaking it yo ye gently!!

Anyways, on of the most eagerly awaited albums of 2019 will hit the shelves next Friday the 1st of Mark… The boy from Bray, Andrew HOZIER Byrne returns with his second long player, “Wasteland, Baby” on CD or 2LP.. It has been 4 and a half years since the release of his first record.. Sept 19th 2014 to be exact. Lily O’ Brien joined us at 00:40 on the 20th of September 2014, hence my recollection.. Big album from the boy so I hope it does really well… We are doing a pre-order best price job of €13 for the CD and €25 for the DLP.. Best price job just on pre-orders… Form an orderly queue please.. The industry has changed so much even in the four years.. Not many in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s world would get away with a four and a half year gap.. I hope it does really well.. He has some ridiculous amount of streams anyway I think… So all is okay

Universal also have a TOM PETTY “Best Of Everything : The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016”. It’s available as 2CD or 4LP sets spanning 38 tracks in total.. All newly mastered and features 2 brand new tracks.. We are doing a €75 best price pre-order job on the 4LP set which also contains a book.. Man we have our cap out a few times already tonight… As ye know these yachts don’t by themselves… Universal also have new albums by BRYAN ADAMS on Polydor, CD + LP with this, and Mr Sheeran helps out on a track I believe… MARK MORTON debut solo album (guitarist with Lamb Of God) which also features Chester Bennington out as well. His last recording before his terribly untimely death…

MARILLION have a few live CD jobs.. “Brave Live” and “Live In Glasgow”, and lastly a couple of vinyl reissues out through Universal.. They include the original Mary Poppins Soundtrack, and the debut album by KT TUNSTALL “Eye To The Telescope”…

Warner for the 1st of March have a new album by IN FLAMES called “1, The Mask” on Nuclear Blast, which is the bands 13th studio album.. It’s available as a standard CD, digi CD, or a gatefold DLP with a pop-up sleeve…

Warner also have a brand new album by WEEZER… Self titled.. Ah sure if it ain’t broke don’t fix it type of thing.. Thank god most bands do title their records or the record shops would be demented… Bob can you grab U2 “11” and Queen “13” and Zeppelin “Lilac” please… That’ll test us lads if that was the case!!.. So the new Weezer has now been nicknamed “The Black Album” with I presume a red cover just like Welsh Dave is actually Scottish… Raymond, cop on.. The Weezer album is on CD, LP or indies only LP… Opeth also have a live album out through Warner…

This Brexit thing is looming fairly close whichever way the cards may fall… If things don’t fall into a deal.. The shit could hit the fan a little bit with increased cost everywhere.. Not getting a whole lot of info from the record companies about it to be honest… No deal would mean (in my little world… Cos that’s all it is.. Every man and every door in the country has their own tales).. it would mean that records pressed on the continent or in Easter Europe would be charged excise and customs duty and VAT at point of entry to a Sony warhorse in London (as a hypothetical example)… Increases cost… Raymond then buys said records and “imports” them into Ireland he is eligible for these extra costs… Again increases costs… Loads or permutations around it but a no deal is a disaster.. Mostly for the UK but for us here also…
Look lets see where and when the cookie crumbles… Warner are now distributing 13 territories out of France (including Eire) so free movement from Czech Republic to France for records, but can they ferry stuff here then by passing over British seas or airspace?? A lot of is above my pay grade… Watching this space for the 11th hour deal by the British Parliament.. My guess anyway… They deserve no more… And if they crash, they crash… Granted we will suffer but…
Ok.. My in-depth political analysis is over for a few years… (I haven’t a clue how it will pan out).. So back to the tunes…

Proper for the 22nd have the POND record called “Tasmania” on CD or 2LP.. POND are made up of members of TAME IMPALA‘s live band.. Mixed and produced by Kevin Parker, Mr Impala himself, so should be a good listen… Proper have the LUCINDA WILLIAMS reissue of “Happy Woman Blues” on 2LP also..

Republic of Music have some nice LEVELLERS reissues on 2LP… These are the following.. Levellers “Headlights, White Lines, Black Tar Rivers (Midnight Blue Vinyl)”… Levellers “Hello Pig (Cerise Vinyl)…Levellers “Mouth To Mouth (Lime Green Vinyl).
They also have a new album by THE CONGOs as well as a nice reissue of SNOW PATROL’s second album “When It’s All Over, We Still Have To Clean Up”..

Sony for the 1st of March have the new album by TOM WALKER “What A Time To Be Alive” on CD, LP or Indies only LP…

The Orchard for the 1st of March have the new Queensryche album “The Verdict” on CD, Deluxe Box 2CD with bonus disc of live, rarities and acoustic tracks, a bottle opener, patch and fridge magnet.. Rock n’ roll.. As well as the LP version with the CD and a poster…

I’m away galavanting with 6 lifelong friends for the weekend.. I know it’s probably safe to say that I will have the F.E.A.R next week, so be gentle with me..
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Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
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U2’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ Clear Vinyl, Return of The Gloaming, and The Mods Eaten Alive?

Hey Everyone,
Hope all is well.. Releases on the good yacht musiczone.ie this week for the 15th of February are from PICTURE THIS, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, CHAKA KHAN, the O.S.T to THE HURRICANE, as well as reissues by DAVID BOWIE, and 3 new BBC RADIO 2 : SOUNDS OF THE 80s Vinyl Compilations..

Bob-man back on video duties today, up to view here!
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Ok so, moving on to releases for the 22nd of Feb and we have a nice little collection of records released.. We will start with PIAS who have the GLOAMING 3, the collaboration of Irish folk / trad with composter Thomas Bartlett.. Their third studio album is on Real World Records.. The first two were excellent… Same formula again I suppose or will they shake it up a little bit??..

PIAS have a few more interesting ones for the 22nd of Feb with the releases of BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTRE, where Conor Oberst has teamed up with Phoebe Bridges to bring us this new record on Dead Oceans.. Have a quick listen below.. It’s available on CD, LP or indies only orange LP..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXzReYLuavg

PIAS also have the new JULIA JACKLIN record on Transgressive called ‘Crushing’.. Indies only green vinyl on this one, and lastly from PIAS is the new JAMES YORKSTON record on Domino.. Available as CD, LP or Indies Only green LP also… 4 star in Mojo for this one..

Cargo for the 22nd of Feb have the new SLEAFORD MODS album, their 5th studio album now, called ‘Eton Alive’, on their now one label Extreme Eating records… They didn’t last too long with Rough Trade Records which is a major label now let’s be honest about it.. I am only stirring and speculating here now a bit but the has the title of the record have anything to do with how they were treated??? Speculation is all folks.. If you have the inside track post it on the forum for us please.. My nose is at me… I’m sure Mr. Williamson would have no bother telling you how it was if you met him… I remember a few lads from the shop were going into the Crane one Sunday afternoon, could have been 4 or 5 years ago now to see the 2 boys..It was cracking by all accounts… They might float back our way again soon.. Anyway, the new album “Eton Alive” is on CD, black standard LP, or indies only blue LP, or cassette tape..

A Fella who should have copied himself on a while back is RYAN ADAM’s, who allegedly (legal dept advice) has been acting a langer for a while and he, I suppose, is a fairly unhinged character from his actions in the past.. Does not mean he can act the langer… No no no… I know I told ye the Ambassador Chinese Story in the past, but for newbies here tis again… A pal of mine and a big fan of Ryan from way back, was going to see him in the City Hall around 15 years ago or more now, and the night before he was in the Chinese with a pal and Ryan came in, sat down and ordered… My guy a big fan didn’t want to overly bother him so he asked the waiter (who didn’t know who he was) could he ask him for an autograph on a napkin on his behalf… Waiter was like “yeah grand”.. He asked.. And Ryan left… Cheerio.. Stick ye’r fried rice in the smelly river ye have.. Slightly unhinged i’d say.. Good musician but… Now a major but… Genuinely sorry his tweet sounded.. But not good enough man if true.. Just saying is all.. Easy to be sorry when it comes out and the evidence from the messages, especially those with the underage teenager don’t look at all good.. Flaunting and dangling success in front of peoples faces.. If Ryan Adams showed me a load of attention, i.e, “i’m going to do four insures a year and retweet everything ye post”.. I would be infatuated also.. Hard for an up and coming musician not to be infatuated by him is what i’m trying to say.. So it’s abuse of power really if it’s true… And simply said, real slime bag stuff..

So back to the tunes…

Universal for the 22nd of February have the next batch of DAVID SYLVIAN L.P. reissues.. Deluxe reissues they are and being sold to me as lads, so these four are “Brilliant Trees”, “Alchemy”, “Gone To Earth” and “Secrets of the Beehive”..
Universal have a SCOTT WALKER + THE WALKER BROTHERS reissue of “No Regrets” on L.P. and a new live album by REEF… CD only on that one.. Lastly Universal have nine classic Verve albums on vinyl featuring the likes of BILLIE HOLIDAY, BILL EVANS, STAN GETZ, WES MONTGOMERY and JIMMY SMITH… These classic albums are 180gm pressings with lacquering, mastered by the label from the original tapes…

Finally from Universal is the vinyl reissue on l*****d clear vinyl of U2‘s ‘No Line On The Horizon’… €38 best price on the clear vinyl for pre-orders.. Don’t shoot the messenger… Here’s the info..

10th anniversary reissue – Limited edition, ultra-clear vinyl format.
Recorded between Fez in Morocco, Dublin (HQ), New York (Platinum Sound Recording Studios) and London (Olympic Studios) and produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, No Line On The Horizon debuted at number 1 in 30 countries across the globe in 2009.  Lead single ‘Get On Your Boots’ was followed by ‘Magnificent’ and ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’.
The album has been fully remastered with two additional remixes added to celebrate its 10th Anniversary – ‘Magnificent (Wonderland Remix)’ by Pete Tong and Paul Rogers and ‘I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ (Redanka’s ‘Kick the Darkness’ Vocal Version).
2LP Info
• Album remastered and pressed on 180gsm black vinyl across 3 sides
• Side 4 includes two additional mixes
• Artwork faithfully reproduced from the original, including a gatefold sleeve, 16 page booklet, printed inner sleeves and heavyweight outer plastic sleeve
• Download card with access to all tracks digitally

The Orchard for the 22nd of Feb have new albums by DREAM THEATRE (across 6 different physical formats this one), CANDLEMASS, a live album by MAXIMO PARK on CD, LP or indies only LP, and a 4CD STIFF LITTLE FINGERS BOXSET…

Warner for the 22nd have a CURTIS MAYFIELD 4CD or 4LP boxset of his first four studio albums, as well as a new album by OVERKILL called “Wings of War” on Nuclear Blast.. CD or 2LP for this one… Last of major note from Warner for the 22nd is a debut album from Bristol based singer/songwriter YOLA… I Like the sounds on this one… This record is produced by DAN AUERBACH (one half of the Black Keys as ye know)… Have a little listen to see what ye thing.. Playing in Whelans in May..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI3lwv8qhx0

Sony have nada of note really for the 22nd…

Proper for the 22nd of Feb have the new JOHN MAYALL “Nobody Told Me” on Forty Below Records… Savage list of musicians on it… Voice may rattle a little bit now from years of rattling I suppose.. Sounds good, authentic blues… SKIP JAMES “Best Of” LP out also…

Music On Vinyl have for the 22nd GERRY RAFFERTY and STEALER’S WHEEL + POLO also on the excellent “Collected” vinyl series.. Both of these are limited to 1.5k.. Yellow vinyl for Rafferty, and gold for Polo…

Well folks I suppose that’s about sin é for another week.
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt.
Ray
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Bowie Boxset Breakouts #4, New Picture This, and A Sunrise For HMV And The Physical Industry?

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well with ye..

Releases for this week include some lovely stuff really like new albums by MERCURY REV, TALOS (including a nice bundle with a signed limited sketch book, LP Bundle or CD Bundle available), PANDA BEAR, MICHAEL CHAPMAN, BEAST IN BLACK, ERIC GALES, MAVIS STAPLES, and GRATEFUL DEAD, as well as reissues by PRINCE, THE RUTS, METRONOMY, and of course the QUEEN “Bohemian Rhapsody” Soundtrack on Double LP in a gatefold sleeve.

Video up here again for you all!
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Ok so moving on to releases for the 15th of Feb.. WARNER have the new breakouts from the last BOWIE set “Loving The Alien”, including the three studio albums “Let’s Dance”, “Tonight’ and “Never Let Me Down” as well as other bits and pieces.. Warner also have a new album by AVRIL LAVIGNE and some MEGADETH reissues on CD and LP, “The System Has Failed” and “The World Needs A Hero”…

Some weeks I talk too much and other weeks I can be slightly at a loss.. I see the government offered the 10 Million needed to get the event centre over the line and going, but 9 Million of it as a loan.. Ala Pairc Ui Chaoimh, they’re probably wondering what’s going on in that peculiar county in the south?.. They, the government, might have a referendum.. CORXIT.. Good name for a spot cream too maybe..

Universal for the 15th of Feb have the new album from PICTURE THIS on CD + LP… No in-store this time, we had a bit of craic that day I remember.. New album out next week.. The lads seem to be going from strength to strength, and more power to them..

Uni also have the new, 2nd album only actually from THE TEDESHI TRUCKS BAND… It’s called “Signs” from the 12 piece ensemble, led by husband and wife duo of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeshi.. Quality quality blues rock.. The dude (who’s name escapes me!) who played bass on Bowie’s “Blackstar” is their bass player.. Quality musicians!! (Post the answer on the forum if you know his name… No Google-ing!!!) Available as a CD and LP with 7″ on limited press…

CHAKA KHAN has a new album out via Uni also called “Hello Happiness” on CD or LP or Indies only LP..

Sony for the 15th have some PATTI SMITH reissues on LP, “Wave” and “Radio Ethiopia”..

The Orchard for the 15th of Feb have a new album by RYAN BINGHAM called “American Love Song”..

Republic Of Music for the 15th of Feb have WEDDING PRESENT “Marc Riley Sessions Vol 3” on CD and LP..

Music On Vinyl for the 15th of Feb have a reissue of “Bucket of Life” by PENTANGLE

Thanks a million to those of you who came in for JOHN BLEK’s In-Store last Saturday.. It really meant a lot… Thanks for making it such a great success.. Here’s the video of it to relive it or watch for the first time.. Any shares would be greatly appreciated!! Enjoy!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6919LaLT-lo

I see the vast majority of HMV Stores in the UK were sold during the week by Canadian  retailers Sunrise Records.. 27 Stores to close including the flagship on Oxford Street… The 27 closing were loss making… The 34 year old CEO Doug Putman took over all the HMV shops in Canada a couple of years ago… Sunrise traditionally  a proper record shop and this dude seems to have the love and belief in the physical media, so more power to him and it’s a good thing for the physical industry and looks to me like it could be the most suitable buyer.. So as I said before, the physical industry needs a big chain here and in the U.K. Ballsy move taking on 100 stores six weeks before Brexit, cause for everyone it business, that’s still way up in the air… More on that next week but a bit ballsy Doug.. But fair play.. Saved 1500 jobs…

We are hoping to rock on with the forum, so if you could register we would be delighted… Gonna post the newsletter up on it this week.. Feel free to comment!!
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PIAS finally for the 15th have by METHYL ETHEL and YANN TIERSEN and a debut album by PIROSHKA, a supergroup made up of members of LUSH, ELASTICA, MOOSE and MODERN ENGLISH.

Sin é for this week folks,
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
P.S… Don’t forget us if you want a record or record voucher for Valentines!!

Ray
Music Zone

John Blek “Thistle & Thorn” Album Launch In-Store, HMV Rumours + Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Vinyl Hits The Shelf

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well with ye. Releases in the shop this week include brand new albums by JOHN BLEK, ANDERSON. PAAKRUSTIN MAN, WHITE LIES, VANGELIS and reissues by PREFAB SPROUT, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, RAMONES, PHIL COLLINS, snd LINDA RONSTADT

Video up again here for you all!
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Right so, moving onto releases for the 8th of February … Sorry, before I do… I’m going to sidetrack… Rough spot at times… I’m hearing Amazon are in the market for the HMV shops in the UK along with a few other parties… Seems to be interest in the chain anyway which is a really good thing for the physical industry as a whole really.

Amazon taking them over would be a strange move wouldn’t it?? Most retailers are I’d imagine trying to move away from bricks and mortar to try and curtail costs… So a move towards bricks and mortar from the biggest onliner on the planet seems a little strange to me.
Amazon have some superstores in the states alright but are they for visibility or profit making… I know Amazon could probably throw dosh into the beautiful Lee for days on end and it wouldn’t dent their business… But they ain’t in that business of throwing money away so, an interesting one… One to watch… Is it 100 shops?

We use Amazon as a bit of a pricing barometer to be honest… I fight where I can to at least match them or try better them by a few quid because we are acutely aware that ye guys make a conscious effort to support us and have to make an effort to come in to us (to sometimes be told… Tomorrow, sorry) so you have to make that effort again!!!
So we are acutely of the effort made by ye as we are aware of the lack of effort the other way…
Interesting one, will try find out more.
Mike Ashley in the running also…

Anyways on to the 8th of Feb…. The second album by local lad TALOS will be with us via BMG rights… ’Far Out Dust’ is the name of the new record on CD and
LP. Playing some really good support slots recently..
WARNER also has new albums by BEAST IN BLACK, IMMORTAL, CASS MCCOMBS, ERIC GALES (with help from Provogue labelmaster, BETH HART + DOYLE BRAMHALL)
WARNER also have a live MAVIS STAPLES CD in London Town, the vinyl release of the new RITA ORA album, ROBIN TROWER “Live at the BBC 1973-75” as a 2CD release as well as a 10CD ROBIN TROWER studio albums box, and lastly some SOUL ASYLUM LP reissues on OMNIVORE.

PIAS for the 15th have new albums by METHYL ETHEL and YANN TIERSEN and a debut album by PIROSHKA… Who Raymond?…PIROSHKA,
PIROSHKA I said… Supergroup made up of members of LUSH, ELASTICA, MOOSE and MODERN ENGLISH.

I suppose the biggest release for us the weekend starting the 8th of Feb is the vinyl release of the soundtrack to BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY… 22 track, 2LP gatefold… Pricey is the only thing… €35… Market price as far as I can see but a bit dear I feel.
20 x €25’s is better than 10 x €35’s to everyone involved… That’s my thoughts on it but I don’t control it.

UNIVERSAL also have new albums by YAK, SAID THE WHALE, KARL JENKINS and ODETTE as well as LP reissues by RAZORLIGHT, MEAT LOAF, THE RUTS and METRONOMY (10th Anniversary).. Lastly, UNI have some Bluenote LP reissues by WAYNE SHORTER and CHICK COREA… But again pricey at €40 best price jobs..

I’m some plonker.. The PIAS releases aforementioned were actually for the 15th of February.. 8th of Feb from PIAS have the MERCURY REV’s revisit of the Bobbie Gentry album “The Delta Sweete” on Bella Union.. They have some cracking female artists helping them out on this.. Like LUCINDIA WILLIAMS, PHOEBE BRIDGES, HOPE SANDOVAL, MARGO PRICE, NORAH JONES, + SUSANNE SANDFORD to name a few.. I’d say this could be a lovely listen.. Speaking of lovely listens… I was a bit blown away by the PREFAB SPROUT “I Trawl The Megahertz”.. If it’s new to you like it was to me, then do yourself a twist here..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ilBNaMxQwk&t=1850s

We have CD and LP copies to sell here… Isn’t it beautiful.. I felt like I was in MICKEY SPILLANE’S MIKE HAMMER if that makes sense to anyone??
PIAS als have PANDA BEAR’s 6th solo album “Buoys” on indies only red vinyl..

CARGO for the 8th of Feb have a few nice new releases (nice releases all round really for the 8th now that i’m going through them…) They have the new MICHAEL CHAPMAN album called “True North” on Paradise of Bachelors label.. On CD or LP or indies only red LP.. Record is produced by Steve Gunn who plays guitar on it also..
CARGO also have the new BOB MOULD (Husker Du.. As ye know) record on Merge.. It’s called “Sunshine Rock” on CD, LP or indies only yellow + red swirl.. LEMONHEADS cover album also out though Cargo next Friday..

R.O.M have the JOHN WILLIAMS Score to “Home Alone” on Mundo..

Sony for the 8th of have reissues on CD + LP of PRINCE’s “Musicology” and “Planet Earth”, as well as WARD THOMAS’ new album..

The Music Zone Corporation is going on it’s Christmas Party Friday night (tonight now) to see Mr. JOHN BLEK in Coughlan’s.. We have had it in April one year!! Reason for mention is the establishment is closing tonight, Friday 1st of Feb at 8PM..

Our Forum is nearly up and running.. We will be posting on it from next week on, so we are just sending out the link for you to register to our site, which will allow you to interact on the Forum.. So here is the link to register for the website!
https://musiczone.ie/my-account/

I have to point out one soldier who has gone on a lone, dangerous, solo journey to get our bags mentions in unusual places… So go raibh maith agat Proinséas.. Our MZ bag has been found on a seat outside the Etihad in Manchester, as well as in McHale Park in Mayo (don’t ask)… If other soldiers want to join the crusade we’d be delighted.. Ask in-store under the counter for mála speisialta

Our good friends in Haywards Suit Shop shut their doors for the final time today.. Retail is tough… Sad day for them.. 20 months ago dreaming, planning, exciting.. Now.. Nothing but financial pain i’d say… Sad day..

Finally for tonight.. Delighted to have JOHN BLEK in with us tomorrow at 1PM for our first Saturday In-Store Session of 2019.. We’d love if ye could make it in.. John will be launching his fantastic new album “Thistle & Thorn”, singing, signing and smiling. We’re really looking forward to this again.. Always great having John in.. If you’re around.. Pop away in! Here’s a link again to two new songs from “Thistle & Thorn”, and two off his last album “Catharsis Vol. 1”..
https://soundcloud.com/johnoconnor-4/sets/musiczone-sampler-john-blek

Sin é for this week anyway..

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone

Springsteen On Broadway LP Finally Here, John Blek “Thistle & Thorn” Release + Saturday Session + Return of King Monkey

Hi everyone,
Hows the form?… Missed a few days earlier in the week with a blast of man-flu.. It’s been a while since i’ve been unable to work… Was a bit croaked for a few days.. Coming back slowly but surely.. I’m sure ye love hearing about my man-flu.. This one way forum (must sort it, the forum that is) allows for no interruptions or back chat.. Ah bliss… In todays world anyway so i’m glad ye got to hear of the worst man-flu ever..

Anyway now that that is nearly off my chest, releases in the good siopa Musiczone.ie today include the aforementioned (numerous aforementioned at this stage) SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 4LP vinyl set.. 70 Bucks still in place.. Just nod!.. Also new albums by VANGELIS, DANDY WARHOLS, STEVE HACKETT, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BACKSTREET BOYS, RUDIMENTAL, BALTHAZAR, WALER TROUT and NIGHTMARES ON WAX.
Today the 25th also sees vinyl releases of new albums by THE STRUTS and SUN KIL MOON, as well as reissues on LP by UNKLE, DELINES, BUZZCOCKS + BALTHAZAR…

Video up here for this week if ye’d like a look!
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Right so, without further adieu, we shall move onto releases for the 1st of Feb.. Our most exciting release the 1st of February is JOHN BLEK’s new album “Thistle & Thorn”.. As said last week, it is a great, rewarding listen.. Lovely space in it.. Excellent work again in our opinion.. We are agreed (not always the case!!). Signed LPs up for grabs at €20 or signed CDs for €15. Nod our way.. We’d be delighted to sort.. John will be in-store on the 2nd of February at 1PM.. Our Saturday sessions return. Bring the parents, bring the kids, bring the neighbours!!.. Try it!!..

PIAS for the 1st have a few interesting releases.. New album by BEIRUT.. Indies only green vinyl.. New album by WHITE LIES (in Cyprus Avenue soon), on CD Deluxe or Indies only blue vinyl in special packaging…
So two interesting enough ones there from PIAS and another two well worth mentioning are new albums by RUSTIN MAN A.k.a Paul Webb of Talk Talk, who’s last album as Rustin Man was the brilliant collaboration with BETH GIBBONS.. Was available on LP through MOV but now only on CD through Polydor.. Trying to sell things that can’t be sold Raymond.. Not very wise.. Must be the steroids.. Won’t get many yachts that way…
Anyway, anyway.. The new RUSTIN MAN album could be worth a sus. Out as well as this is the new release from EX:RE.. Elena Tonra who is the vocalist, lyricist and guitarist of DAUGHTER.. Solo record out..

Universal for the 1st of February have the new IAN BROWN solo album called ‘Ripples’ on indies only white vinyl.. His sons are involved musically on the album.. Catch tune the lead single in fairness.. You know as i’ve mentioned it before, met Brown a few times.. Fave one was outside at the Fountain in town at about 3 in the morning after a solo gig in Henrys in 97 I reckon, maybe 98.. He unashamedly, completely unashamedly tried to pinch my mates missus to go back to his hotel.. You chose well Viv, Sully has aged well!!!
I remember it so vividly it was such a normal conversation up to the pinching attempt.. This dude was in one of “my” bands as a 15/16 year old.. And here we were within a Rizzla paper of having him back in our rented gaff… Surreal…

Universal also a new, yes I say new, album by THE SPECIALS.. “Encore” it’s called.. First album in 37 years.. Sounds alright too.. Lead single is a bit like “Ghost Town” Part II.. Hall, Golding and Panter still involved and I think Steve Cradock plays on this record also.. WITHIN TEMPTATION also have a new album out on Spinefarm, and Universal are reissuing THE CARDIGANS discography on LP, as well as EMPIRE OF THE SUN‘s album “Walking On A Dream”.. Indies only blood orange vinyl for that one…

Sony for the 1st of Feb have PADDY MCALOON’s, or now credited to PREFAB SPROUT for this 2019 reissue of “I Trawl the Megahertz” where McAloon uses radio clips and various other sounds to make the record.. I know the first three Sprouts records well but don’t know this.. Looking forward to it.. Very different I believe but still looking forward.. Talk of a brand new album this year??? Bueller… Bueller..

Proper for the 1st of Feb have the 70th Birthday Party Concert of ANDY IRVINE at Vicar Street Available on CD or LP.

The Orchard for the 1st of Feb have new albums by NINA NESBITT and also THE NEIL MORSE BAND..

MOV have the Original Soundtrack to “The Hurricane”

Warner for the 1st of Feb have limited runs of the two excellent BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD albums in Mono.. Only 5K of each in the world being pressed.. Now that should help the yacht fund a little bit.. RAMONE’S “Road To Ruin” 140gm Blue Vinyl only 6K in the world..

Warner also have LINAD RONSTADT‘s ‘Live in Hollywood’ release, PHIL COLLIN‘s reissues “Serious Hits…”, “Live and Remastered” on CD or 2LP, as well as “A Hot Night In Paris”..

Thanks again to everyone who voted in our albums of the year.. As promised here are a few blurbs on the albums that charted, and we’ll start with my own..
1) The Good, Bad & The Queen
Late in year release but a lovely listen.. Hardly a day passes when I don’t play it.. Lovely melodies, easy on the ear record.. I’m sure i’ll still enjoy it in 3 or 5 years tome..
2) Hedge Schools
A beautiful listen.. Late night, thought provoking, deeply layered listen.. I love it, simple as for me.. Each to our own folks!!
3) Rolling Blackouts
Indie Rock, some class tunes on this one.. I see it won the top spot.. Jingle Jangly guitars and definitely a couple of the tunes of the year on it.. It’s the Aussie’s debut record..
4) Villagers
Conor’s best outing yet in my opinion.. Fine fine listen..
5) Richard Swift
Late to it also, and a right mix mash of genres and sounds that probably shouldn’t work but repeat listening does reward.. But heh, that’s just my opinion.. That’s what’s great about it.. Each to our own!!

And here’s a couple of words from some of yourselves and what ye thought of some of last year’s finest listens!!

Malcolm’s top 5!
1. Shame – Songs of Praise. It came out in January and I have been listening to it ever since.  I saw them live twice – crazy stuff!  Punk Rock is in safe hands…
2. Richard Swift – The Hex.  What a mix of styles. This guy can get away with anything. This album definitely has the makings of an all-time classic.  It is very sad that he is no longer with us.  Give it a few spins and you will be hooked.
3. Richard Thompson – 13 Rivers.  RT will be 70 next year and he is still producing the goods. While he is definitely one of the guitar greats, he is also much more than that: the songwriting is superb throughout.  If this album was produced by a young fella it would win the Mercury Prize.
4. Suede – The Blue Hour.  This is one that you need to listen to from start to finish. It really hangs together and builds like a movie.  Consistently good throughout; perhaps surprisingly so.
5. John Grant – Love is Magic.  Not nearly as consistent as his first 2 albums (which were complete masterpieces) but the high-points of album #4 are great and they help you to support some of the moments which are just bizarre.  If you can get to see him in the Cork Opera House in 2019 don’t miss the gig!!!

Flor’s Top 5
1. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (By a distance. One of the best albums for years in my opinion)
2. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past (A really great pop record)
3. The Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim (Really great record, saw them supporting The National in Dublin as well and they were excellent so gave them an extra vote for that)
4. Cat Power – Wanderer (She has an amazing voice. A few cracking tracks, not as complete and even as choice 1 and 2 above)
5. Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow (This guy is so under rated. While this album wasn’t as critically acclaimed as I thought it should it is a great album and showcases what he is best at very well)

Adam’s Top 5
1.  Kurt Vile : Bottle It In
This is by far my album of the year! Absolute magic album…There’s a line in the track ‘One Trick Ponies’ that says ‘…I’ve always had a soft spot for repetition‘ and that sums up the album for me. Listening to this is like a hug from someone you’ve known years….it”s unmistakably Kurt Vile. And all the better for it.
But in saying that he adds more layers, experimental ideas and unique rhythms. Tracks like ‘Bottle It In’ and ‘Bassackwards’, 10 min odysseys that on the 1st listen sound like the same idea repeated over and over but after a few listens (like all good albums) grow into magic epic tracks. Hands down a classic album! 2018…album of the year! There you have it.
2. Foxwarren-Foxwarren
Came across these guys by accident….a ‘recommended’ band from the google box. Had a listen and was blown away by the album. A mix of midlake/Kevin morby type of folk rock group but really good melodies. The track ‘Lost in a Dream’ could have come straight out of the Thom Yorkes piano book. A great album.
3. B.E.D: Baxter Dury, Delilah Holliday, and Étienne de Crécy
Now this is a strange album…the whole album is 19mins long in total!! 19 mins!!
It’s over before you know what’s going on but it’s class. It’s electro-synth pop music with quick snappy upbeat songs that get to the point. Well worth a listen. Baxter has that english sarcastic drowl speaking/singing voice and the Delilah has this lovely melodic voice which works. A very odd album but if you have 19 mins and feel like synthesisers…this is your album. Class!!
4. EELS-The Deconstruction
The main man himself…Mr. E. A legend….a mighty legend. In 4 years he had got married, had a baby and got divorced…..in 4 years!!
And what came out of all that was this album. The (apply named) ‘The Deconstruction’. Knowing what he’s been through adds another layer to this album. It’s classic EELS but that’s always a welcome. Just listen to the opening track ‘The Deconstruction’ and tell me he’s not a genius!?!
5. S. Carey-Hundred Acres
A mellow folk album from one of the Bon Iver boys. I picked this up (from music zone of course) about a week before the mega snow hit us in Feb/March. So as we were all government mandated to stay at home, myself, my wife and daughter hibernated at home listening to this album. A lovely, melodic album with some great songs. It will always remind me of the snow! S. Carey has a great voice..(if you’re into the high/melodic voice stuff ) and great melodies. A fine album.

Will have more of these for you next week!! Thank you to everyone again…

Sin é for this week folks.
Go raibh maith agar as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
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The State of our Nation + The Nation In General and Springsteen Pre-Orders

Hi Everyone, 
A horse is a beautiful animal, really strong and powerful and beautiful up close.. I have never sat on one so maybe that’s why it’s hard to get back on it.. When you run a small business (i’d imagine it’s similar no matter what you do or don’t do in this life), I find the new year a bit daunting from a work point of view.. Christmas / December is our busiest month.. Albeit worth 3 good months.. (Was 4 months in the in the heady days) so it’s very important. The shop is awash with bodies and there is a buzz.. New Year passes and it really quietens and it is daunting having to drive the business on.. Couple of okay weeks and hopefully all will be okay again..

The shop, our shop, your shop, performed well in December in the grand scheme of things… Turnover was down 1% which was good in the game we are in, i’d say so anyway.. Overall 2018 v 2017 in the shop we were down nearly 5%, or 4.8% to be exact, but the website showed strong growth so that pulled it back to only 1% down year on year. I’d take that lads for the next 10 years!!
More cost, work and problems involved in the website but if it helps stem the tide… Then it helps stem the tide. 10 years of 5% loss would not be good, so stemming the tide must be done..

Well, that’s the state of our nation, whom without it’s citizens would not be a nation so once again thanks!! I Know an odd day I can be a grumpy git but try put up with me!!
I think overall in Ireland the physical market, constructed by varying reports, is down  between 8% and 12% is the consensus.

The UK (Brexit is another newsletter) saw some big losses on the CD Format in 2018 vs 2017. CD Sales per units dropped from 42 Million units to 33 Million units, nearly 25% down, but vinyl grew by 3% up to 4.2 million units sold in 2018.
32 Million CDs and 4 Million LPs sold in the UK last year.. Still a couple of billion pounds industry so hopefully the CD will solidify a bit and the vinyl grows away slowly. Vinyl growth of 9% in the USA in 2018 vs 2017m so there is a lot of positivity to be taken from that..

The loss of HMV in the UK will be a blow if it happens as it was a blow when the closed here… It’s not good for the physical industry having shops close.. We meed more visibility, not less and it increases the costs to the record companies… It would be healthier for everyone if that find a buyer and survive.. I’m not so sure though..

So that’s the state of the nations.. Happy New Year everyone! The ball has to roll and the ole wheel will turn like little mice on a mill… We go again..

In the shop today we really only have the vinyl release of the NAS album ‘Nasir’, and (and it’s a lovely listen) the new album by THE DELINES on Decor records. The album is called ‘The Imperial’, and it’s available on CD and l*****d gatefold DLP with a bonus 7”..

Right so, before I move on to releases for the 18th of Jan of which there are a couple.. I mat as well get the first cap out for the new year… It’s not a new cap or anything..
So the cap is for the new BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ‘SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY’ 4LP Vinyl Box set.. Best price pre-order job is 70EUR on it.. As usual we are delighted to take ye’r names for it..

Right so on to releases for the 18th of January.. PIAS have the new album by SHARON VAN ETTEN called ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ on CD and indies only pink vinyl

PIAS also have new albums by DEERHUNTER, M. WARD, and THE TWILIGHT SAD.

Sony for the 18th have the new album on CD by CHAINSMOKERS

Universal for the 18th of Jan have a new Joe Jackson album ‘The Fool’ on CD, LP or Ltd LP with a bonus 7” as well, and a new album by MAGGIE ROGERS, and some MARILLION ‘Live Double CDs’.. Uni on the vinyl front for the 18th have reissues by SNOW PATROL as well as the QUAVO release on LP and VENOM ‘Storm The Gates’ LP.

Warner for the 18th of Jan have three nice enough releases including RUSH IN RIO 4LP Box Set, JONNY GREENWOOD’s O.S.T to ‘There Will Be Blood as a l*****d release on LP and THUNDER’s ‘Please Remain Seated’, a live album on CD or LP.

Republic of Music have a reissue of THE BIG LEBOWSKI O.S.T on Mondo..

MOV have Indigo Girls’ self titled LP release, as well as a reissue of DEATH IN VEGAS ‘Contino Sessions’

Last chance saloon for your Top 5 Albums of the Year.. I dropped the ball… Meant to do Top 5 Irish Albums also, so if you do feel like throwing those our way we would be delighted to compile an Irish albums list also… So all entrants in by close of play next Thursday and we will announce the 50EUR voucher winner on Friday next with the MZ Top 20 of 2018 and maybe an Irish top 10… Also our own top 5’s will be included..

Here’s to another year folks..
Thanks for the support
Sin é for this week
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone

Doctor Evil Has A Sore Head and Some Stories, Dylan and Metallica Boxes, And A Gavin James Launch Party With RedFM

Hi Everyone

How’s the form..

I’m a bit tender myself tonight to be honest so not sure how well or unwell this will go… Davey from Rollercoaster was on a bus back to Kilkenny this morning early (yesterday morning now) to open his abode to sell Westlife tickets.. So that does make me feel a bit better…. Not the selling of the Westlife tickets, that’s cool,  the getting up for the bus at 7AM part..

Treated to David Byrne last night in the 3 Arena… Top night out… Good few record shop kids at it… Warner looked after us all splendidly… I promised some of ye I met to throw ye down some prawns from the VIP Bar but alas if ye didn’t get them the birds must have… Top show… Top top show… That’s what it was … A show… Some man for 66 I think…Well able… But the show was superb… Thoroughly engaging from start to finish…. As Ed said during the week, directed from start to finish… 12 on stage most of the night… Barefooted all, bar the lead guitarist as she wore flip flops.. Must have a verruca or something… Not a cable in sight… 6 folks banging all sorts of drums… All around their waists…  A lad on keys around his waist… A bassist… Lead guitar… Two backing singers and prop putter in placers (one of them Gavin James i’d swear..he is a busy boy ) and then the main man himself.

Not a cable in sight… The stage was like an operating theatre… We..the crowd, loved it.. Top top stuff to be fair.. I dropped the ball though… Yep I probably did drop the ball… I was in the company of the record company guys after the gig when they were going down to meet the man himself… Easy for me to say ‘can I gatecrash also?’… I’m sure it would have been no bother… Didn’t open my gob… Decided not to to be honest… Have a pic with Austin Powers from around ‘05 on a work thing which is in the house… His other side gave me a tip or two as ye probably know….. Me : “Hi, nice to meet you..” Austin : “Hi… Where are you from?”… Me : “Ireland”… Austin : Oh, I love Ireland”… Snap photo… Move on.. I love the photo though… Two doctor evils in the one snap… So to cut a short story long… I dropped the ball…?
Got my Microdisney tickets for Cypress Avenue this morning so that did cheers me up… Next.

Ok I have nothing done… Not a morsel sold or even attempted…

Out today we have releases by THOM YORKE, GAVIN JAMES… A nice little one on the Gavin James release… We have limited wristbands with the purchase of the new album… Out today… For an intimate meet and greet with Gavin where he will also perform tracks from his new record in Cypress Avenue next Tuesday evening the 30th at 7PM… All ages album Launch Party with RedFM… We do not have loads so if you or yours like the Gav man… Buy the album… Get into the event… Gavin done an in-store in the old shop for his debut album and it was great and he was such a gent..

Other releases today are THE KINKS boxset and vinyl reissue. Some new releases from JULIA HOLTER, TOM ODELL, YAZOO, NAO, DAVID CROSBY, BRONSKI BEAT, TROJAN : RUDEBOY OST, ARIANNA GRANDE (new album, CD landed a few months back), POST MALONE (same as Arianna!), THE TWILIGHT SAD, B.E.D (BAXTER DURY new supergroup), BARRY ADAMSON, and ROBBEN FORD. Reissues in the siopa today from GRINDERMAN, JOHN FOGERTY, BERT JANSCH, THE BEE GEES, and THE CHARLATANS.

So quite a bit there today.. New release video up here to watch
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Okey dokey, moving on to releases for the 2nd of Nov we have a few heavy hitters… SONY have the Newest BOB DYLAN Bootleg  Series.. Vol. 14 is it… “More Blood On The Tracks”… Arguably “The Dylan Album”… It’s available as a 1CD, 2LP or 6CD/DVD boxset…€14, €25 or €120 (best price on the box)…

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during six extraordinary sessions in 1974–four in New York (September 16, 17, 18, 19) and two in Minneapolis (December 27, 30)–that resulted in the artist’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks. One of the top-selling albums of Dylan’s career, Blood On The Tracks redefined the boundaries and structures of modern pop songwriting (a genre Dylan had virtually invented a decade prior), reached #1 on the Billboard 200, achieved RIAA 2x Platinum status and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.
The single disc / 2LP configuration of More Blood, More Tracks assembles 10 of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the 10 songs appearing the original Blood On The Tracks plus a previously unreleased version of “Up to Me”. The 6CD full-length deluxe version of Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 includes the complete New York sessions in chronological order including outtakes, false starts and studio banter. The album’s producers have worked from best sources available, in most cases utilizing the original multi-track session tapes.

Sony also have the new TENACIOUS D album called “Post Apocaltyo” on CD , LP or indies only green vinyl… Mr. Dave Grohl is on drums on this record… BTW… Saw Goosebumps with the kids for movie night last sunday evening… Very enjoyable… Nice actor Mr. Black.. Nice musician also.

Sony also have a new BARBRA STREISAND album, and the debut ARCADE FIRE E.P. gets a reissue.. Lastly Sony have a reissue, first issue i’d say on LP of the excellent PADDY CASEY album “Living”.. One of the biggest selling albums of 2004 in this country… Cracking album in my opinion.

Universal for the 2nd of Nov have the next in the series of METALLICA box sets… This time its fourth album “…And Justice For All” on LTD Deluxe Box or 3CD or 2LP or 1CD or cassette..

Metallica commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their breakthrough fourth album …And Justice For All with the announcement of its definitive reissue, out November 2nd via UMC and the band’s own Blackened Recordings.

The re-release of …And Justice For All has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality, as overseen by Greg Fidelman, and will be available in multiple physical configurations. The …And Justice For All reissue will be available physically as a Standard Double 180 gram LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, Cassette and a Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set. The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, previously unreleased live tracks, and an expanded booklet of never-before-seen Ross Halfin photos. The one-pressing-only Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include the remastered double 180g LP, a “One” picture disc, 3 LPs featuring their iconic performance from Seattle in 1989 remixed by Greg Fidelman, 11 CDs, 4 DVDs, a set of four patches, a Pushead print, a tour laminate, lyric sheets, a download card for all material in the set, and a deluxe 120-page book with never-before-seen photos and never-before-told stories from the people who were there.

Next up on my notes is CHRISTIE HENNESSY with the RTE Concert Orchestra called “The Last Goodbye”… Supposed to be out on the 2nd… Moved to the 16th now I think… I’m partial to Christie if im to be honest.

Universal also have a live album on DVD OR BLURAY or 2CD/DVD or 2CD/BLU from the most successful British musician most people never heard off…. Mr STEVEN WILSON… “Home Invasion : Live From the Royal Albert Hall”

Uni also have MOODY BLUES reissue of “In Search of the Lost Chord”… 50th ann… They also have an AMY WINEHOUSE DVD documentary on the making of “Back to Black”, which includes an intimate show never seen before (ala Gavin James..), and a new ROSANNE CASH album “She Remembers Everything” on CD or LP ….There are also some reissues of the first four OMD records, half speed abbey road masters, RICHARD ASHCROFT “Alone With Everyone” reissue and the KID CUDI/KANYE WEST “Kiss The Ghosts “ gets an LP release.

Do you know the way I missed an open goal with Mr Byrne… Two different lads were in the shop this week who scored… I’ve loads of these type stories but these two are fresh in my head as they say.. First up… Our lad was working in a hotel in London many years ago and was going down stairs with a combi cage to get some meat from the fridge/freezer near the employee entrance… He swept through the door  and jammed someone against the wall with his cage… That person within a nano second raised their hands in the air and wriggled there fingers in a ghostlike fashion (made the face also)… Grey T-Shirt, jeans, no makeup on and loads of hair… That person was Robert Smith… My guy recognised him straight away and just apologised and moved the cage… Mr Smith just said “no problem at all” and moved on… Class story I thought, I laughed hard.
 

WARNER for the 2nd of Nov have a great EAGLES ‘Legacy’ Boxset… 15LP set or 12 CD/Bluray…

The CD version has 12 CDs and includes all seven of the band’s studio albums, three live albums, and a compilation of singles and b-sides. It also includes two concert videos: Hell Freezes Over (DVD) and Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne (Blu-ray). The vinyl version of LEGACY has all the music from the CDs on 15 LPs, but none of the videos. Both sets are housed in handsome slipcases and accompanied by a 54-page hardbound book that’s filled with rare and unseen photos, memorabilia, and artwork that encompasses the band’s entire career.

There is an ART OF NOISE 2CD version of In No Sense! Nonsense!… WARNER also have a new MARIANNE FAITHFULL album on BMG on LP… Ltd to 1k… LP and Deluxe CD boxset available also… 200 of them available only…MATT CORBY new album also.. NICK CAVE and Warren Ellis “The Proposition” LP O.S.T… Ltd to 1500 units… New ALBUMS also by OPETH ‘Live From Red Rocks’, and PRODIGY next week through Warner.. Opeth on ltd orange vinyl 2LP only 220 copies available. Prodigy also indies only vinyl..
 

Sin é for this week folks i’d say folks..
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
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National Record Day and The Physical Industry, A Kinks Cracker Jack of a Box Set, And Gavin James’ Return Brings A Big Surprise

Hi Everyone,

How’s the form with ye… Hope all is alright.

Last Saturday was National Record Day across the pond… I meant to mention it last week…. It was the first one held.. A good success by all accounts.. We are our own nation as ye know hence we weren’t involved… We have had plenty of fine records ourselves down through the years so maybe IMRO or someone will look at something like it for here… I suppose from where I sit (self servingly sit Raymond, old chap) anything that will enthuse people to buy physical music i’m all for obviously… The album is 70 years old this year… 1948… Look at the joy it’s brung.
If the physical music industry has a chance to live for anywhere near that length of time again, then the industry as a whole has to embrace and advertise and promote the physicality thing… That, along with sound are two big selling points.. Process, warmth, wholeness amongst others but i’m slipping from my point.

The physical industry has got to get kids and young adults to embrace the physical… A good example of how it worked well recently… 21 Pilots new album… Warner/Atlantic gave us some tees/wristbands/balloons (all 21 Pilot branded stuff) to give away to customers (kids and young adults) … The first few girls left with a tee, wristband, balloon and CD .. All for 13 Euro… You won’t get that on a streaming platform folks… The girls were gobsmacked.. I’m sure they will have told everyone in their respective classes when they got back… That makes a difference.

People still love music as much as ever (kids too!!), but they obviously have different options in how to consume it… So the powers that be in my game, the physical one need to promote the physicality, with stuff… Give stuff… Bundles… Little mix CD with Tee-Shirt 20 Bucks (I know the bundles have been tried with metal bands and rock bands in the past but to a more mature consumer… Not really ever to the kids/young adults…) Free headband with CD type thing… I hope those girls with the Pilots stuff made others jealous…. It’s what’s needed… Physical needs to be the cool king again with the kids… Free has got in the way of that… Free is nearly always cooler…. Take the debut record from GRETA VAN FLEET, those boys see the importance of physical… They love records and they want to promote their record to their fans, not islands on a stream… New album, 10 brand new tracks.. None of the hits from the first few EPs.. Not good for streaming.. But ballsy.. Here’s 10 new cracking tracks.. We’ve got plenty more..

The physical industry which is a one with the stream industry (wherein a bit of the problem lies) needs to convert those young fans to the physical joy… But do they care enough? Monetary wise probably makes no odds to them… Industry is making money through streaming platforms in markets it never made a dollar in like eastern Europe and India… So records will probably continue to be a niche bit of the whole pie (the best bit of the pie mind you) but if enough people don’t care about it within the industry, the record may not come within an ASSes roar of another 70 years.. I’m preaching and i’m preaching a bit to the converted here I know but stuff just comes out the gob sometimes.. Sermon over… So right say two Hail Marys and an Our Father and buy a record before Christmas… That blasphemy thing still in law??…A joke. It was a joke.

Anyway anyway Raymond… Could be a long night folks… Releases in the Musiczone.ie record and tape emporium include new albums by GRETA VAN FLEET, CLIFF MARTINEZ, WILL OLDHAM, DISTURBED, RICHARD ASHCROFT, SOULFLY and ST VINCENT… Newish Compilations kind of things by QUEEN and R.E.M, and reissues by THE CRANBERRIES, DAVID SYLVIAN, THE CULT, LOW, FRANK SINATRA, BETA BAND and KREATOR.

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Right so onto without further adieu and no little haste (after my rant, speech) are releases for October the 26th.

Warner for the 26th have the new and second album by GAVIN JAMES called “Only Ticket Home”… Buy the album from us and you could be in for a nice surprise! Lips are sealed for now… Tell me have to kill me type of thing.

Warner also have THE KINKS cracker jack of an album “The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society” on Boxset, CD, 2CD, and 1LP.. More info on the boxset here.

The boxset contains remastered original LPs, CDs of the remastered original albums plus a wealth of rare and unreleased bonus material, reproduced 7" singles, deluxe hardback photo book with comprehensive notes and new band interviews, and reproduced original memorabilia.

Contents:

Gatefold 2LP – Original album 2018 stereo & mono remasters, 180g heavyweight vinyl, carefully restored original artwork.

1LP – Original Swedish 12 track LP, 2018 stereo remaster, 180g heavyweight vinyl, carefully restored original artwork.

5 x CDs in bespoke accessories holder:
CD1 – Original album, 2018 stereo remaster + bonus tracks; CD2 – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, 2018 mono remaster bonus tracks; CD3 – Village Green sessions, containing demos and alternative versions / mixes from the original mid-sixties recordings sessions; CD4 – Village Green At The BBC, track audio and band interviews; CD5 – Preservation, Live & Demos, including previously unreleased home demos, Ray Davies live in Denmark 2010 and unreleased track ‘Time Song’.

7” singles (Reproduced original picture sleeves):
Days / She’s Got Everything (Italian picture sleeve, 1968)

Starstruck / Picture Book (Continental Europe, 1968);

The Village Green Preservation Society / Do You Remember Walter? (U.S., 1969)

Book:
Beautifully produced, linen covered, 12” x 12”,52-page hardback book containing: Extensive sleeve notes by acclaimed writer Andy Neill, with new Ray Davies interviews and new quotes from Dave Davies and Mick Avory; essays by Pete Townshend, Robert Ryan and Kate Mossman; rare and unseen Kinks Village Green related photos and imagery

Reproduced original memorabilia:
Poster of Village Green LP inner gatefold; Empire

Liverpool April 1968 tour poster; 5 glossy 10” x 8” photos from Hampstead Heath

1968 photoshoot; colour press photo with reproduced band signatures; Bournemouth April 1968 gig ticket; 2-sided PYE Records promo card; ‘Days’ 4 page sheet music

Warner also has new albums by BOY GEORGE & CULTURE CLUB… First in 20 years “Life” it is called and there is an indies only vinyl version l*****d to just 1000 copies. New ones as well from LUKAS GRAHAM and DAVID CROSBY as well as reissues by on CD and LP by JOHN FOGERTY, BERT JANSCH, BLACKBERRY SMOKE and BRONSKI BEAT.

Warner also have DR. FEELGOOD “Live at the BBC” CD, YAZOO “Four Pieces” LP box set, and the soundtrack to RUDEBOY. A movie about the TROJAN Record Label. Lastly from Warner for next week the 26th of October is a reissue of the first GRINDERMAN album… L*****d to 1500 this one on green indies only.

SONY for the 26th of OCT have new albums by TOM ODELL, NAO, JOHN LEGEND, a Christmas album, and last but not least ROGER WATERS “A Soldier’s Tale”..  Stravinsky’s Work narrated by ROGER WATERS… I hear its excellent… I dunno… Will give it a listen.

PIAS have some nice releases for the 26th October to be fair… First up is THOM YORKE with the soundtrack to “Suspiria” from the Luca Guadagnino film (you’d want to be an impressive dude to get Thom Yorke to do your film music for ya i’d say).. I heard one track from this and absolutely loved it… It’s on 2CD or 2LP indies only pink vinyl… My notes tell me it was the title track I loved… Thank you dear notes from a few weeks back… Other than the title track there are 24 other compositions, written by Yorke… Some traditional song
structures, some interludes, some instrumentals.

PIAS also have the reissues of the THIS MORTAL COIL Records…. For those of ye who don’t know (apologies to those of ye that do) THIS MORTAL COIL was a music collective of the 4AD record label under the stewardship of IVO WATTS-RUSSELL, with guests from DEAD CAN DANCE, COCTEAU TWINS, PIXIES to name but a few… Some beautiful records… So the three are getting reissued on CD or 2LP… “It’ll  End In Tears” “Blood” and “Filigree & Shadow”.

PIAS also have the new PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING 4 Track EP “The White Liner” based on the Titanic, as well as the new album from JULIA HOLTER (her last album made our customers top 10 the year it was out… 2016 was it?) It’s called “Aviary” on Domino records.

PIAS for the 26th also have new albums by KYLE DIXON & MICHAEL STEIN “Stranger Things – Halloween Sounds From The Upside Down” on CD and Purple Orange vinyl… Out on Invada records as well as debut record by B.E.D..  A collective of Baxter Dury, Etienne De Grecy and Delilah Holiday.

Last few bits from PIAS for the 26th are the BAUHAUS LP reissues on coloured lp of “Mask” and “In A Flat Field” and the Bad Seed BARRY ADAMSON has an Anthology released on Mute on CD and indies only coloured LP.

Oh TWILIGHT SAD brand new 10” also.. Told yeah there was a few and they were nice.

UNIVERSAL for the 26th have the new STRUTS album on CD only for now “Young and Dangerous” it’s called… Aren’t we all, as well as a new album from ROBYN and a new ANDREA BOCELLI album also called “Si” which features a lot of duets. UNI have a BARRY WHITE 9LP and 9CD boxset and a new album by ROBBEN FORD “Purple House” . Uni also have a fabulous JS BACH Complete Collection on 222CDs and 1 dvd.. Which presents ever known note from the composer… 399 Euro price if anyone interested.

On the vinyl record front from Universal there is a BEE GEES “All Time Greatest Hits” LP, POST MALONE “Beerbongs and Bentleys” gets its LP release on ltd clear vinyl, a couple of CHARLATANS reissues including “Up At The Lake” and “Wonderland”, and the new ARIANA GRANDE album “Sweetener” gets it’s vinyl releaseL lastly is BLONDIE’s “Heart of Glass” EP reissue.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC have some LEVELLERS reissues on coloured vinyl “Letters From The Underground”, and “Static on the Airwaves”, a new album from LAURA GIBSON on City Slang and John Carpenter’s “Halloween” LP reissue.

The ORCHARD for the 26th of Oct have  new albums by MICAH P HINSON, SETH LAKEMAN and UNLEASHED, as well as a reissue by BTS and some LP reissues by OBITUARY.

PROPER for the 26th have a new compilation by ANATHEMA and new albums by RAZORLIGHT, LISA O NEILL and ANDY IRVINE/RENS VAN DER ZALM.

Final note, s friend of the shop has a spare ticket for The Chemical Brothers (Oct 29) for sale for 50 EUR if anyone is interested.. (face value 66 on ticket).. Pop us a mail if interested and we’ll put you in touch.

Sin e for this week folks,
Go raibh maith agat do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
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New Releases From John Grant and Kurt Vile, Bowie Bowie Bowie, and Offerings From Satan (or Santa).. 

Hi everyone,
Hope all is good..

Releases will start coming thick and fast for the next 6 or 7 newsletters… Btw the banks are more flexible with skipping a mortgage repayment these days I believe… Just saying is all.

Right so releases in the siopa today include new albums by TWENTY ONE PILOTS… (Pilots wristband with each purchase exclusive to ourselves if you or any of yours are interested), CAT POWER, HILARY HAHN,  PHOSPHORESCENT, JOHN SMITH (in store next Thursday @ 5PM… Please drop in if you can at all and are interested.. Please… I remember the PAT DAM SMYTH instore with me, Bobby and Vince… And Pat of course… And the centre was dead at the time as well… Audience of 3 for the whole thing… That’s cringey like. We all bought the record and the shop bought a copy as well… JOHN  SMITH is quality.. I hope a few of ye manage to get in…. Tune from the man here..)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9bgiKsVmJM

And finally on new releases, we have the new BEHEMOTH on indies only blue vinyl.
Reissues today from JOHN LENNON BOX-SET or Vinyl of ‘Imagine’, BLOC PARTY, BUSH, TRICKY and DJ SHADOW.

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Right so moving on to next friday the 12th of OCTOBER… The next instalment of the BOWIE box-sets is out… LOVING THE ALIEN… Pre-Order T-Shirt and price offer/cap still on… 225EUR and let us know your tee size as well.. Payment installments cool also…. Those kind folk who pre=ordered already have their tees in the bag, and speaking of bags, we will also have some tote bags… So those will be given out on a first in first out basis on Friday…. I think thats the fairest…. So some  will get both tee and bag and maybe even a bowie poster… 3 items!! 2 for most… Tee and poster… Boo hoo I hear some of ye non Bowie enthusiasts say… Bowie Bowie Bowie…. Boo fecking hoo.

Warner also have the new and second JESS GLYNNE album “Always in Between” on CD, Deluxe CD and L*****d 140 gram Blue Vinyl, a new solo album by TOM MORELLO, a live album by KADAVAR, some bespoke and l*****d HARRY POTTER O.S.T Picture Discs on vinyl, and a 60th Anniversary  7” single of CLIFF RICHARD’s first single from 1958… Replica cover, ltd and numbered.

WARNER also have vinyl reissues from ALICE COOPER ‘Best Of’, CHRIS REA ‘Very Best Of’, ENYA all her catalogue basically, and FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Say You Will’ and ‘The Dance’.

Universal for the 12th of October have a (sorry now for mentioning) Christmas album by ERIC CLAPTON called “Happy Xmas” , a new album by ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS called “Look Now” on CD and LP and also Deluxe 2CD and Deluxe 2LP… Getting well reviewed this Costello record is.

Uni also have a lovely 4CD box set of THE COCTEAU TWINS “The Fontana Years”. This 4-CD set brings together the two albums the band recorded for Fontana along with B-Sides, EP’s, Radio One sessions and the odd rarity. The set was mastered at Abbey Road from the original tapes and approved by Robin Guthrie. Housed in a study box designed by James Issacs – the booklet contains photos a discography from the era as well as a sleeve note by noted author Chris Roberts.

Synthesis Live is a new Live visual by EVANESCENCE on DVD and BLURAY, new album also out by ATREYU, as well as LP reissues by RED HOUSE PAINTERS “Songs For A Blue Guitar”,  AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” on the Abbey Road half speed master, THE WHO “Live At Leeds” Abbey Road half speed master again, and while we are at it.. SO THIS IS A CHRISTMAS a Double LP of festive favourites… Look may as well get it over and done… MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Whilst tonight’s theme has turned so festive on us… We might as well keep going with it and discuss Christmas presents to yer good selves.. Sure ye deserve it….(I know i’m all always banging on about names for this and names for that… Ye kind folks are my barometer to be honest and especially at this time of the year I need to get in forecasts and orders and stuff… Hence the caps in hands type requests.. A lot of it is temperature taking… And when its hot, its hot and when its not its not..) And this cap been passed around is for one of the greatest albums the world has ever seen I.M.O… So how many of ye are going to treat ye’rselves and the good house MUSICZONE.IE to the deluxe reissue of THE BEATLES “WHITE ALBUM” ??… Formats are 3CD : best price 23EUR, 2LP : best price 44EUR, 4LP : best price 93EUR, and 4CD/2 BluRay Boxset : best price 135EUR.. We will as always gladly take ye’r orders and ye’r wives/ husbands money for your christmas present… An easy fix from SATAN.. Sorry SANTA I meant.

Just on pricing… If i am off the mark on something… Please let me know…. I can’t check everything.. I do try secure best prices for me and hence for ye…

Here’s more info on the release..

3 CD

·         Expanded 3CD package features the new stereo album mix on 2CDs and adds a third CD of the ‘Esher Demos’

2 LP 

180-gram 2LP vinyl set featuring the new stereo album mix

·         Packaging faithful to the original album

4 LP  

·         180-gram 4LP vinyl set housed in a 2 piece lift off lid box with 16 page 12”x12” stapled book

·         2 x 2LP in gatefold sleeves

·         LP1 + LP2 (gatefold): New ‘The Beatles’ stereo album mix

·         LP3 + LP4 (gatefold): Esher demos

·         Limited

Box set

·         CD1 + CD2: New ‘The Beatles’ stereo album mix

·         CD3: Esher demos

·         CD4 + CD5 + CD6: Outtakes – 2 hours and 45 minutes of music and studio chat of alternate takes of nearly every song from the album

·         DISC 7 (Blu-ray): 5.1 surround of whole album / hi-res stereo mix of album / hi-res mono mix of album (it is quite different in key places so the fans will want this) / various other tracks that don’t fit easily into the above CD’s

·         Limited

One more quick one tonight… PLANXTY “Best Of” on  vinyl .. Not much more info… 27EUR retail.. Single LP as far as I know… Out late November… I need to forecast for the whole christmas.. Iinterest out there  folks??… My guess is yes…

Thanks for those… More caps next week for stuff from Satan sorry Santa.

PIAS for the 12th have a nice few releases including JOHN GRANT’s new record “Love is Magic” on CD, DLP or deluxe indies only DLP… Clear vinyl gatefold, 16 page lyric booklet, 24 page photo booklet, all via bella union.
New KURT VILE record also out on the 12th of OCT  called “Bottle It In” on CD or indies only double blue vinyl.

New CDs and LPs also out by DONNY MCCASLIN (I used the Blackstar gag once to often as it was, and also I don’t want any nice fella pulling out of a Bowie box-set on me) who is in the everyman over the jazz weekend… And JIM JAMES has another new album, “Uniform Clarity”…. Companion album to “Uniform Distortion”, and lastly new album out from Pias for the 12th would be the new JOHN HIATT “The Eclipse Sessions” on indies only metallic silver and white split splatter vinyl (i’ll be on with Dermot Bannon next)..

Last couple from Pias for the 12th of Oct are A CERTAIN RATIO “Best Of” on 2LP or CD and also a reissue of “I am Kurious Oranj”… 30th Anniversary of 11th album by THE FALL on indies only, yep you guessed it,.. Purple vinyl…

PROPER for the 12th of Oct has some LAURA VEIRS reissues on LP or CD.

MUSIC ON VINYL for the 12th of Oct have the reissue of MUDHONEYs “Tomorrow Hit Today” on LP.

The Orchard have the new COLTER WALL album “Songs Of The Plain” on CD and LP.

SONY for the 12th have PRIMAL SCREAM “Give Out But Don’t You Give Up : The Original Memphis Recordings” on CD or LP… Same songs kind of but a different record from the one you know.

Reissues on LP by SYSTEM OF A DOWN including “Toxicity” and the debut album by GLASVEGAS.

THE FALL album above is on orange vinyl… I found it amusing…. You write a 1200 or 1300 word yoke every week… Or one finger type it, even worse, and try and stay amused… Ala Joe Pesci..

Nice little link here came my way today… Thank you Joseph…  The Bonovox of U2 had a few nice words for one of our own… Have a watch here..

https://www.facebook.com/u2/videos/186116612279614/?hc_ref=ARQ1Od3Ekh3SajZ6DmUcAEQRZUj_nHa4-l_Kj3cxpvPEe-oqrnk160EXzCxdMdCTmUA&__xts__[0]=68.ARCEKluMQ2rb1XOyb9Y8nSPDnomPbYfAkzf6fhkkRz8JGcI8vZ9FUNKLQGIVBKpPdzGg9iR49zm9B4couuDhnUOjEtG4GFYbmj06ZMp1VGrB14DyQFfhQ5IqK4nL1hYFmFArvD1hMb56R18dXjwsJji2APefi2M-aB6TuxlAsMcc5mTviEHaPg&__tn__=FC-R

JOE is one of our own….I know a few who know him and his wife, and they all say they are as down to earth as they come… Sound as a pound… I think it’s a Cork thing, we don’t get ahead of ourselves… Ahead of yourself in Cork and you would be know as a langer, and get a phunt up the hole … On the flipside, when we are good at something we have no problem telling everyone… Without getting ahead of ourselves… A CORKISM if ever I know.. Anyway good on ya Joe Boy…. It only took Bono 40 years to mention ya like… (Tongues in cheeks)

I was supposed to go way for the weekend with 5 lifelong friends but thats gone on the backburner for now… But there’s a flipside because one of my favourite Cork bands are playing in the Siopa tomorrow SAT @ 1PM… THE BURMA are back with some new cracking tunes… These boys are great, and also sound as a pound… Try get in to us if you are around… Tomorrow at 1!

Ok folks… Lots of words so
Sin e for this week.
Go raibh maith agat do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
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