July 13th, ’23: OH BOY, a brand new MICK album, WATERBOYS and RIDE reissues, class recent JONI gig, THE DARKNESS 20 years on, LIVE DOORS and Holiday Season

Hi folks

Hope all is well out there.

*I am writing this bit after I wrote everything else on these pages because news broke to us today ( yesterday  to ye but today as ye read it) ….we are delaying sending the weekly newsletter until now( did ye notice!!)  … 10AM Thursday morning … it’s very very  seldom we change the time the newsletter goes out but this week we felt we had to make an exception….cos folks there is a brand new MICK FLANNERY album just announced in the last few minutes…hot off the presses is the news….yep brand new studio album, Micks 8th studio album now….i remember saying to Mick at the launch of album 4 “ by the rule” in the siopa  in  Douglas Court in April 2014 ( if memory serves me right on the date) that he had a nice body of work ( if memory serves me again Ian Richards dropped Mick into town after the instore as he had no car with him, where does the time go) …4 fine albums to that point…agreed folks that he has 7 fine albums to this point…so that exemplary  body of work is growing all the time…class act.  So new album coming “ Goodtime Charlie” on the 15th Sept and it will be on vinyl and CD. Here’s the title track with one of Micks biggest hooks…

(26) Mick Flannery – Goodtime Charlie (Official Music Video) – YouTube

.here is more info on the album …i have had the pleasure of hearing this album in full…one and a half full listens and i think this could be in the masterpiece class…i really mean that, it sounds brilliant to me…anyway heres more about it…the news of signing to John Prines label in the states is magic…two of my own favourite songwriters. Anyways…


“Mick Flannery is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed songwriters and singers. The award-winning, double-platinum selling artist has released seven studio albums, three of which have reached No. 1 status.  

On September 15th he will release his eighth studio album ‘Goodtime Charlie’.  Featuring collaborations with Valerie June, Anaïs Mitchell and Tianna Esperanza.  Mick has partnered with John Prine’s Oh Boy Records, which for them will be their first International signing.

Speaking of the signing, Fiona Prine President of Oh Boy said:

“Oh Boy Records continues to be the home label for singer songwriters who are dedicated to their craft. The body of work created by my husband, John Prine, remains our North Star when making decisions about the artists we bring onto our label. Mick Flannery is arguably one of the best songwriters to emerge from Ireland’s long and storied history of writers, poets and musicians.  I couldn’t  be more delighted to welcome Mick, as the first international signing, to our Oh Boy Records family. John was proud to be part of the music community on Ireland’s western coast and I know he would be proud of this new partnership with Mick and his team.”

“Mick Flannery has a voice for the ages, a complete Master of his craft” cited by Clash Magazine, whilst The Sunday Times said he “conjures up exquisite story-telling.”  His last album in 2021 consisted of a collection of duets with up and coming Irish artist Susan O’Neill.  American Songwriter called ‘In The Game’ a “Sorrowful Masterpiece.” The record was nominated for the Choice Music Prize, and won the RTE Radio 1 song of the year two years in a row for tracks ‘Baby Talk’ and ‘Chain Reaction.’ The album was the biggest selling independent record in Ireland in 2021.

Mick Flannery’s songs are fluent in expressing layered aspects of the human condition, its flaws, triumphs, and general uncertainty.   His live shows are renowned for his self-deprecating humor, audience engagement and the ability to bring people on a journey of both heartbreak and joy, often in the same instance. “

Sin e for now on Mick folks…ta an leabhar ar oscailt!

We are coming into holiday season here at Music Zone tape, cd and vinyl emporium and i’m the first to go missing …so i’m finished up this friday lunchtime the 14th July and not back to the coal face until Monday 24th july …a week away from ye really…Adams missing then for a bit and Shane is a bit later on. Shane and Adam will have the reigns next week so catch them on the shop floor,  email shop@musiczone.ie or raymusiczone@gmail.com or give them a bell on 021 4967119 .Open as usual 10 to 6 mon to sat and 11 to 4 on Sunday. The lads will hobble out a newsletter next week as usual ( bit tricker when only 2 folks at it ) …thats it really folks….BYE …no not just yet.


So releases for this friday the 14th of July include…

And then for the 21st of July we have…


Main week for this week is Friday the 28th of July and we are going to start with THE ORCHARD.

Cooking vinyl has The Waterboys: reissues of their 2003 album ‘Universal Hall‘ including Orange Vinyl and 2007 album ‘Book Of Lightning‘ on Sunrise Yellow Vinyl, both of the releases the first time these albums have been available on LP format.

“the Waterboys’ eighth studio album is made available on vinyl for the first time, in ‘Seville’ orange. Originally released in 2003, ‘Universal Hall’ was recorded in the basement studio of the titular hall, a theatre and concert venue in Findhorn, Scotland. It is the most nakedly spiritual of the band’s records, all the more so for having been mostly written and entirely made in the spiritual community at Findhorn. At the time of release, band leader Mike Scott described ‘Universal Hall’ as “a record containing eleven spiritual songs that articulate – to the best of my ability – the vision that drives, challenges, sustains and transforms me.” This vision is explored in now-classic Waterboys numbers such as Peace Of Iona, The Christ In You and Universal Hall itself, One track, the celtic-flavoured I’ve Lived Here Before, was written with Liam O’Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers. The album also saw the return of the band’s fiddler Steve Wickham, his first appearance on a Waterboys’ record since ‘Room To Roam’ in 1990. The vinyl format is 180g Orange vinyl. The CD format is packaged in a jewelcase with 16 page booklet.”

  • Lauv: 5th Anniversary Double Vinyl of his 2018 compilation album ‘I Met You When I Was 18’ including the worldwide hit “I Like Me Better”.
  • Darlingside: fourth album ‘Everything Is Alive’ departs somewhat from the Boston-based quartet’s “exquisite literary minded, baroque folk- pop.”

Lastly Orchard has a reissue of Art Pepper “ ARTWORKS” ON Vinyl.

Sony for the 28th of July has a good hip hop compilation Raised By Rap: 50 Years of Hip-Hop on double LP with 25 tracks.

Warner for the 28th have some big name releases with for starters NEIL YOUNG “ Official Release Series Discs Disc 22, 23+, 24, 25” (Volume 5) via REPRISE as a 6CD set or a 9LP SET. Neil Young’s Official Release Series Volume 5 is a stunning collection of four albums that begins with the exciting renaissance that came with the release of Freedom in 1989, and continues on the unequalled exploration of collections Ragged Glory (1990), Weld (1991) and Arc (1991). In many ways, it is a musical travelogue of how Young saw the future and opened up creative worlds for the use of sound and originality which had not been used before. The Official Release Series Volume 5 is available as a vinyl box set of the original four albums on 9 vinyl LPs and the CD version is now issued on 6 CDs. Like all the reissues in this series, the albums are remastered from the best source available – original analog tape in most cases. For the four albums in the series, this is the first time they have been remastered. In addition on Ragged Glory, the 10-song original album is expanded for this re-issue with 4 rare tracks. “Interstate” and “Don’t Spook The Horse” were both B-sides to singles. “Box Car” and the 12 minute “Born To Run” are both previously unreleased versions.

Look the price thing rears its head a bit again…i suspect cd will out sell lp sets here…

Out via Rhino (Pure) also on the 28th is the brilliant Joni Mitchell At Newport on 2LP or cd.

Astonishing lady, astonishing artist…this is such an emotional , amazing musical document when Joni returned to Newport just last year….hard to not feel emotional watching this…beautiful 

(25) Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now (Live at the Newport Folk Festival 2022) [Official Video] – YouTube

Warner Black Music has three PRINCE VINYL reissues with “ come” “ for you” and “ love sexy”.


PLG UK Catalog has the reissue of RICHARD WRIGHTs “ wet dream” on CD….Bluray and LP formats to follow in August.


Rhino Atlantic has STEVIE NICKS “ Complete Studio Albums & Rarities” 10 CD boxset.


RBDO 2171 label  has Grateful Dead “ RFK Stadium, Washington, DC 6/” on 8 LPs.


East West Records UK Ltd has a new album by ANNE – MARIE “ unhealthy”.


Cargo has a few for the 28th July with the new The Budos Band – Frontier’s Edge   on Opaque Lime  vinyl via Diamond West Records.

Cargo also has two JOHN FOXX reissues “ the golden section” on GateFold clear vinyl and “ annexe” on GF red vinyl via Metamatic Records.


CHRYSALIS RECORDS has PAUL HARDCASTLE “ Nineteen And Beyond: Paul Hardcastle 1984-1988” as a 4CD Clamshell box collating both studio albums, B sides and various international mixes and a 24-page book.

RUF RECORDS has the new Eric Johanson album “ The Deep And The Dirty” vinyl.

Propers own label has John & Beverley Martyn vinyl reissues of “ Stormbringer!” with Levon Helm playing a bit of drums and also “ road to ruin”.

(26) Sweet Honesty – YouTube


YEP ROC has NICK LOWE “ Dig My Mood (25th Anniversary)” on Limited blue vinyl

TOMMY BOY RECORDS has Naughty By Nature “ 19 Naughty III (30th Anniversary)” on 2LP or CD.

WIENERWORLD has a brand new Nils Lofgren album “ Mountains” on CD or LP. It’s been a busy couple of years for rocker Nils Lofgren: between recording albums for Neil Young alongside Rick Rubin, and finishing his own new effort ‘Mountains’ Nils recently joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street on an extensive world tour. While his own tour to promote Mountains has been put on hold, fans won’t have to wait long to hear the new album. On Mountains, Nils moves seamlessly between bluesy and straight-ahead rockers and tender ballads as only he can, all treated with his trademark attention to sonic detail, and unmistakable vocals and guitar. Mountains contains Nils’ adept story telling at its fnest, with 9 brand new originals and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Back In Your Arms. The star- studded line- up of guests on the new album include Ringo Starr, Neil Young, David Crosby, Cindy Mizelle, the Howard Gospel Choir, and Ron Carter. 

Heres a tune

(26) Ain’t The Truth Enough – YouTube


EPITAPH has BAD RELIGION “ Recipe For Hate” LP 30th Anniversary – Red w/ Black Smoke coloured LP.


MIG MUSIC has Gil Scott-Heron & His Amnesia Express “Legend In His Own Mind”.

“Live album of the unforgettable American soul/jazz singer, poet and civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron (* April 1, 1949 in Chicago, + May 27, 2011 in New York), celebrated by the New York Times as “Godfather Of Rap”. 112 minutes of exciting live atmosphere, captured by Radio Bremen in 1983, sonically refined by the mastering of Johannes Scheibenreif also available on 2LP and ltd. 2LP (trans. green) “

MR BONGO has Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Six Red Vinyl,

Last but not least then on Propers own label is the fab soundtrack to Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels – OST on 2LP Red Vinyl…great soundtrack…heres a  seriously class tune from it

(26) Zorba The Greek – John Murphy & David Hughes – YouTube


Universal for the 28th of July has the new Post Malone 17 track album on Island called “ Austin” on CD , 2LP Green or Indies Exc Light Blue 2LP Set.

CLaddagh records has the second album by Ronan O Snodaigh + Myles O Reilly “ The Beautiful Road” on cd or LP. 

Having written and developed new songs while touring, the duo decamped to a log cabin in Roscommon and a farmhouse in remote West Cork. Recording one song every day, surrounded by countryside and inspired by nature the pair set out to create a soothing listening experience by focusing on higher frequencies, inspired by the calming effects of bird song, wind, rain, and sea. They also sought to counter the increased levels of intrusive ambient “white noise” caused by traffic, machinery, and other unpredictable sounds arising from the worlds post pandemic return to frenzied norms. Noises that so often overwhelm our ears and inner filters. The result is a collection of songs that experiment with a variety of comforting sonic elements, including bells, breaths, brush-stroked rhythms, halftime beats, and ambient melodies, to create a sonic massage that relaxes the ears and settles the soul.


 Heres a tune from it

(26) Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly :: Níl Aon Easpa Orm – YouTube



UMR/Polydor has the next in the STEELY DAN LP reissues with “ Pretzel Logic”.


UMR/ABKO has The Rolling Stones “ Forty Licks” as a limited 4lp set.

“Originally released in 2002 to commemorate their 40th anniversary as a band, Forty Licks was a huge commercial success selling over 7 million copies round the world. Widely regarded as their definitive career spanning best of compilation Forty Licks is released on limited 4 x 180g black vinyl housed in a wide spined gatefold sleeve.”

Verve for the 28th July has CANNONBALL ADDERLEY “ CANNONBALL ADDERLEY QUINTET IN CHICAGO” as 1LP Verve Acoustic Sounds release.


Craft Recordings Mal Waldron Sextet “ mal 2” as 1LP, 180g black vinyl in tip-on jacket.

Integral for the 28th of July


Going to hand you to Shane now amd ill be dropping in with special news in a while….in my real time a while but in your real time you have read it already…could be a harry potter book.

Anyway Shane off you go kid…

Sound, Ray, sweet news that! Adam played me the single/track off it the other week. High quality as usual.
Hows it going all? Hope yere good.

Some nice ones to mention this week.
Before I do, just want to link a song from a band that I discovered yesterday. One of the lads (Peter L) pre-ordered it so I checked it out. Feckin class! Going to be in my top 10 for the year I’d say. Or maybe I was just in a good mood.
The band are Water From Your Eyes and this is the fitting last track from their new album:

If ye want to buy their product we can order in!

First one of the down the lines to mention today is coming at the start of October. A band I love. The Darkness are doing a special 20th Anniversary edition of their debut album ‘Permission to Land…Again’.

One of the best rock albums of this century in my opinion. Every track is a banger. Brilliant Gibson/Marshall sound too. There is a load of rare b-sides and outtakes, plus live stuff included on either a 5 LP set or 4 CD/DVD set. And there’s a limited indies marble blue version of just the album.
I saw them with my family in the Point in around 04, and then myself, Noelle and Bobby saw them in Cyprus avenue about 5 or 6 years ago. Some turnaround.
Bobby and his friend got Justin a birthday cake and it also happened to be Paddy’s Day. But Justin is vegan so he couldn’t eat it! But twas the thought that counted! Oh and Noelle and I had our wedding dance thingy to ‘Love is Only a Feeling’ !
Anyway, I’ll keep going or I’ll run out of time.

Theres a nice looking DOORS release coming in September. ‘Live at the Matrix 1967’ on 3 CD or 5 LP+7 inch set.

UK Rap/Grime legend Dizze Rascal will be reissuing his debut album ‘Boy in da Corner’ as a special 20th anniversary edition through XL Recordings on yellow, black and white 3 LP at the start of November. He was only 19 when it came out and it won a Mercury Prize. Here’s ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’

Also coming soon:

Shoegaze band LUSH have reissues coming soon too. If interested let us know.
Before I go, just want to let ye know that the upcoming BOWIE release of Ziggy Stardust the Motion Picture Soundtrack on gold vinyl is only 38 euro with us. Amazon and a few other places have it for over 50 so a good saving if interested.

Back to you Ray so bud. Cheers.

Right thanks Shane….lots going on today!


Right last one for today is Integral for the 4th August…

All Saints Records has a reissue of JOHN CALE “ Words For The Dying” ON CLEAR VINYL.

Wichita Recordings has the RIDE reissues on cd and coloured vinyl of “ Carnival of Light” and “ Tarantula” …we are allocated 10 copies of each coloured vinyl and as i write this we have 7 copies of each left to sell….just giving ye the info folks…

Last one from Domino Records is the reissue of PANDA BEAR 2011 album “ tomboy” .

Right thats it back to front news, great news on the new Mick album.

Ill talk to ye on the flipside off the hols all going well folks!

Sin e for this week really folks

Thanks for listening as usual!

Ray, Shane and young Adam