Prince “Sign O’ The Times” Deluxe And Remastered Formats, A Brand New Sufjan Stevens Solo Record, and Another Bumper Week

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is going okay with ye.. Lots going on in your local tape and record emporium over the last while.. Being honest we had two great week’s business but back to reality and normality this week for sure.. Weird how good it was, I suppose people showing support, pent up demand, and our searing good looks must all be factors in it.. Anyway, back to reality..

Nice few releases in the siopa for this Friday the 3rd of July, the biggest being the new album from PAUL WELLER ‘On Sunset’.. We will have a Deluxe CD and Gatefold Double LP also.. All the indies purple vinyl are spoken for i’m afraid.. Sorry..

As regards to allocations.. Certain titles or products are genuinely limited and will not last.. There are two in the distance that I will mention on this weeks newsletter… The PRINCE ‘Sign O’ The Times’ reissues (masterpiece and all that it is), particularly the 13LP/DVD version, the 8CD/DVD version and the 2LP Indies Only Peach version… We are doing best price jobs on these 3 of €300, €150 and €36… There is only one run of each of these and they won’t be around for very long.. So if you would like one, then drop us an email or buy it from the website… Just 10 of each up there as I don’t know how many I will get..

Similar story with the new SUFJAN STEVEN’s album ‘The Ascension’... Yippee yippeee yipeeee. One of my own personal favourite artists… I thought his last album ‘Carrie and Lowell’ was a work of genius.. Understated but yet so layered, thought provoking lyrics.. Still is my favourite record of the last 4 or 5 years, so i’m super excited for this release.. (I know Sufjan has done collaborations etc over the last number of years… But a new solo album.. Yes boi!!!) Again there is a independent shop only vinyl release with this and these are going to be allocated as there aren’t enough to go around… Guaranteed.. Similar to Weller, I will not have it for sale on release day, they will be gone, same as above.. Email in or buy it from the site if interested..
PAUL MCCARTNEY ‘Flaming Pie’ 3LP version is a very limited one also, as is the big boxset.. Sin é an scéal with them anyway..

Bobby and Shane (The IT Department) have done loads of work getting pre-orders up here… Loads more additions this week.. I see JOHN PRINE ‘Souvenirs’ makes it’s debut on vinyl.. Great loss to music… SPOON reissues up for pre-order, as well new records by BILL CALLAHANFLAMING LIPSDANEIL AVERYGREGORY PORTERDISCLOSURECAT STEVENS, and reissues by THELONIOUS MONKMERCURY REVCLANNADPLANXTYCHRISTY MOOREBELL X1.. Loads been added, and all up at
https://musiczone.ie/product-category/pre-order/

Right so, on with what’s out next week, the 10th of July.. Sorry getting ahead of myself, it’s not just ‘Welllllerrrr’ (ye heard that story once to many I think)… Out on the 3rd also.. THE CHARLATAN’s reissue of ’10th and 11th’SPARKS new album on Deluxe CD2LP Vinyl or 2LP Picture Disc, VANGELIS reissue, new WILLIE NELSON, new RAY LAMONTAGNE, new BURY TOMORROW album also…

So the 10th of July we have the new LAURA MARLING album ‘Song For Our Daughter’.. Lovely marbled indies only vinyl available for it.THE STREETS have a new album out also with an indies only blue vinylGLASS ANIMALS have a new album as does MARGO PRICE, again with an indies only coloured vinyl.. Her debut was really good from a few years back

Warner for the 10th of July have the DMA’s new album, GRATEFUL DEAD ‘Workingman’s Dead’ 50th Anniversary 3CD or 3LP, new album by PVRIS as well as RUFUS WAINWRIGHT’s brand new album..

Sony have the REO SPEEDWAGON ‘The Hits’ reissue on vinyl

THE ORCHARD have the JAYHAWKS’ new record ‘XOXO’ on indies only vinyl available also..

Right so, moving on to releases for the 17th of July and as with every other week the order book is open for new stuff or old stuff, and it promises to be a bumper week… The BOB DYLAN vinyl is out… It’s a  good album, have been playing the CD in the shop over recent weeks.. Watching No Direction Home also at the moment.. Speaking of music docs, The Beastie Boys one is just excellent.. Well worth a watch.. Anyway, DYLAN Vinyl, still some (not many) of the Olive coloured indies LP left.. I honestly doubt if I will have any / many on release date.. Standard black vinyl available also..

Sony also for the 17th have the new FIONA APPLE album ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ on CD, standard LP or indies only coloured LP.. Ten out of ten on Pitchfork.. Best rating in nearly 10 years I believe.. I’m not a great believer in reviews… On man’s meat kind of the.. I was banging on about Sufjan earlier and some of you may get it but a lot of ye may not… It’s not a right or wrong thing, music.. I feel anyway, if you get something positive out of whatever, then it’s a good thing, we all like different things.. So reviews I take with a pinch of salt.. But 10 out of 10 is as good as it gets I suppose.. I have not heard any of the album, just making a point, an I.M.O point… I am looking forward to hearing it … Wrapped meself in knots a little there… Sony for the 17th of July also have the new album by DIXIE CHICK’s ‘Gaslighter’ out for release, and lastly but not lastly for sure Sony have the DEPECHE MODE ‘Violator’ 12” Singles Boxset.. €160 best price job on this..

Warner for the 17th of July have the 40th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl Reissue of JOY DIVISION’s ‘Closer’, as well as the 12” Singles ‘Atmosphere‘, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart‘, and ‘Trasmission‘… Little positive price error on this one.. Not from this corporation but the other corporation involved. Price is now €25 and not €28.. Anyone who bought on the site, we will issue refunds.. So I don’t have to say much about the record, do I?? And 3 quality 12”s also..

Warner also have the new PRETENDERS album on CD and Vinyl ‘Hate For Sale’, as well as the LIANNA LA HAVAS new album also..

Also out on the 17th of July is Dublin band SILVERBACK’s debut album ‘Fad’, very good again I.M.O…

PIAS for the 17th of July have the new PROTOMARTYR album that was due out a few months back, as well as the new JARV IS music and a BLACK MIDI 12” also...

PIAS for the 24th of July have P.J. HARVEY’s ‘Dry’ vinyl reissueKAMAAL WILLIAMs has a new album as does SHIRLEY COLLINS.. 

Universal for the 17th of July have the BOB MARLEY ‘Legend’ Picture Disc vinyl.. For retailers we are allowed just one order only on it, one bit of the cherry… Universal are also re-releasing the soundtrack to ‘Absolute Beginners’ on vinyl and CDPAUL MCCARTNEY’s ‘Flaming Pie’ reissue is released on the 31st of July but I need to put orders up this week so if interested please let us know.. Here’s the info
Flaming Pie is the tenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney, first released in 1997. Having been heavily involved in The Beatles’ Anthology project, Paul had time to reflect on the standards he and his bandmates had set during their career, and applied these to what would become his first album in four years. Made in a much more spontaneous style, with songs recorded here and there, mostly on holiday, it’s an album that luxuriates in its own sense of fun.
Featuring producers George Martin and Jeff Lynne, as well as musicians including Steve Miller, Ringo Starr and his own son, James McCartney, Flaming Pie would go on to become one of Paul’s most acclaimed albums. Sales were brisk, with the album only kept from the Number 1 slot on both sides of the Atlantic by the cultural phenomenon that was the Spice Girls’ Spice album. Released on 31st July and available as
3LP: Half-speed master of the remastered main album tracks cut over 2LPs for the first time, 1LP of the Demos and Home Recordings.
2LP: Half-speed master of the remastered main album tracks cut over 2LPs for the first time.
2CD: CD1: Remastered album CD2: Demos and Home Recordings
DLX (5CD/2DVD): Package includes: 32pg booklet, memorabilia, lyric sheets, letters, photos, John Hammel book, the Club Sandwich booklet and promotion newspaper CD1: Remastered album CD2: Demos and Home Recordings CD3: In The Studio Bonus Tracks CD4: Flaming Pies (B-Sides) CD5: Flaming Pie At The Mill (spoken word) DVD1: In The World Tonight (documentary) DVD2:  Music Videos + EPKs + Flaming Pie Album Artwork Meeting + TFI Friday Performances + David Frost interview

Universal for the 17th also have new albums by ELLIE GOULDING and SAMANTHA CRAIN… Universal are also doing a rerun of the complete QUEEN studio albums, again on coloured vinyl.. The initial ran 4/5 years ago, and the coloured vinyl did not las long, and was repressed on black vinyl, then the coloured ones are back again now.. Best price job… Sit down now… €430…

Lastly Universal have reissues by MARVIN GAYE ‘Every Great Motown Hit’ vinyl, and ‘His Classic Duets’ vinyl as well as a FALL OUT BOY greatest hits vinyl called ‘Believers Never Die’…

Don;t forget we have our two competitions running for the singed test pressing of MICK FLANNERY’s ‘Alive’ album out on 24th of July… Draw on 24th of July… I have heart it all and it’s a great live album.. And the following week the 31st of July is the release of FONTAINES D.C.’s sophomore album and we have a signed test pressing and some signed prints with that one.. Their new tune is great once again.. You can pre-order both records here : 
https://musiczone.ie/?s=Mick+Flannery+-+Alive+
https://musiczone.ie/?s=Fontaines+D.C.+-+A+Hero%27s+Death

Sin é for this week folks
Mind yourselves, this yoke ain’t gone.
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby and Shane,
musiczone.ie

Return of the Modfather, RSD Drop One Update, and A Signed Mick Flannery Test Pressing Competition

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well.. Back open two weeks tomorrow now already so settling back in.. Closed on Sundays but there or here every other day.. 10:30-6 mostly except Monday, gone at 4:30… Opening hours should be on our site, Google, Facebook etc also..

Releases in the shop for Friday by NADINE SHAH, DEPECHE MODE new live albums, new KHRUANGBIN, new SQUID 10”, RAY LAMONTAGNE, DOLLY PARTON ‘Best Of’ Vinyl, we have a blast of ROLLING STONES Half Speed Masters as well, JESSIE WARE new LP, INXS Live CD/DVD Set, JOHNNY CASH ‘Mercury Years’ Boxset, POST MALONE’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleedin’ Vinyl release, indies pink one.. BEE GEEs vinyl reissues also..

MICK FLANNERY’S superb live album ‘Alive : Cork Opera House 2019’ is coming out on July 17th on vinyl and CD and we have a signed test pressing to give away to one lucky person who pre-orders the album from us on either format… The proceeds from the record sales are to be share out amongst Mick’s band and crew… Mick is putting the record out himself this time (fully independent) and it’s a cracking live album.. Here’s a little promo video about the video :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJWxvJxjSj0
So it’s all good.. Great music, great songs, benefiting some of those most affected by this pandemic (the arts and hospitality sectors both seriously impacted), and a chance to win a signed Test Pressing (only 5 test pressings), so get in touch if interested or order from the site… Go raibh maith agaibh..

Releases for 3rd of July include the Modfather’s new album ‘On Sunset’.. Yep, Paul Weller is back and in fairness he has been making consistently fine albums.. It’s available on CDDeluxe CD, Double Gatefold LP Vinyl... (Indies Purple Vinyl are sold out but slim chance of more… But as I send this we have no more I’m afraid)… Sorry….

Universal for the 3rd also have a limited coloured vinyl of ABBA’s ‘Studio Albums’ boxset, and they also have a reissue of VANGELIS ‘Nocturne’.

Warner for the 3rd of July have a new album by SPARKS, the two brothers who have bobbed and weaved through the music business for the past 50 years or more, always inventing and reinventing their music and staying fresh… New album next Friday week the 3rd of July.. ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’, and it’s on CDDeluxe CD2LP Vinyl or 2LP Picture Disc Vinyl...

PIAS for the 3rd of July have the CHARLATANS album ‘Between 10th and 11th’on Beggar’s Banquet.. Expanded Double LP and Double CD... An album that divides people.. Some love, some not so much.. Also on Acid Jazz for the 3rd of July is the second instalment of MARTIN FREEMAN + EDDIE PILLAR present ‘Jazz On The Corner’ compilation album..

The first Record Store Day (RSD) Drop as it is now called will be on August 29th (Where 70% of the releases nearly will be available).. If you have given us your wish list back along in Feb or Early March then you need to do no more if you are not changing it… Remember please folks, it is just a wishlist and not by any means a promise, RSD Stock is limited and sold on a first come, first served basis but if you do wishlist in to us, it means that your record will be ordered and I can try my best to get what’s required… One promise though.. There are no promises!!!

So if you are changing your wishlist please let us know by Sat 4th of July (no promises day), that would be great as we need to have the orders into the record companies the week after that… It’s going to be a strange one and we will have to see where we are by then but I think the records are going to drop on that date one way or another… Here are the lists again for each company with pricing

WARNER RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
UNIVERSAL RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
SONY RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PIAS RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PROPER RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
CARGO RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
REPUBLIC OF MUSIC RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
THE ORCHARD RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
SRD RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PLASTICHEAD RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PROPER AMERICAN IMPORT RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
SHELLSHOCK RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING 
FORTE RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING

And here is the link to the RSD Official Website, who have provided a full list on which date each release will drop :
https://recordstoreday.com/PromotionalEvent/572

Right so, releases for the 10th of July (and I’ll gladly take requests as always)… Sorry forgot the 3rd of July sees the release of the new BURY TOMORROW album standard vinyl and picture disc vinyl as well as the new WILLIE NELSON album ‘First Rose Of Spring’.. Some man is Wille.. I’m not sure which recent album it was and there’s a picture of Willie at the desk of the studio with a big bag of weed in front of him.. He is 87 years young now and believe it or not this is his 70th solo studio album.. He seems to like the studio eh hem, eh hem…

Right July 10th… One I am personally looking forward to is the new LAURA MARLING record, ‘Song For Our Daughter’. CDVinyl or Indies Only Vinyl… Her last record was one of my favourite albums of 2017, ‘Semper Femina’, so I am looking forward to it. The Indies Only vinyl is either D2C or Indies Only Shops…

Warner for the 10th of July have the new release from DMA’s ‘The Glow’, which has an indies only vinyl… They also have a GRATEFUL DEAD 50th Anniversary reissue of ‘Workingman’s Dead’, new album by PVRIS and a brand new album by RUFUS WAINWRIGHT ‘Unfollow The Rules’ on CD, deluxe CD or 2LP…

The Orchard for the 10th of July have the new album by THE JAYHAWKS ‘XOXO‘ CD, Standard LP or Indies only white vinyl…

Universal for the 10th of July has the new album by THE STREETS ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Alive’ on CDStandard LP or indies only blue LP… 

Universal also has the new albums by GLASS ANIMALS and MARGO PRICE ‘Thats How Rumours Get Started’ on Loma Vista Recordings.. CDLP or Indies LP available..

Sony have a REO SPEEDWAGON vinyl reissue of ‘The Hits’..

PIAS for the 17th of July have the new PROTOMARTYR album ‘Ultimate Success Today’ on CD, Lp, or Indies Only LP... I was banging on about this a for a few months.. New music also from Jarvis Cocker out on Rough Trade Records on the 17th.. JARV IS… ‘Beyond The Pale’ on Indies Orange Vinyl or Standard Vinyl.. New BLACK MIDI 12” EP also out and a nice SOUL JAZZ Compilation ‘Presents : KALEIDOSCOPE’ also out as indies exclusive 3LP with bonus 7”

A couple of nice bits gone up for pre-order for a little later down the line, including PIXIES ‘Bossanova’ 30th Anniversary Red Vinyl (Aug 7th), new BIFFY CLYRO LP ‘A Celebration of Endings’ (Aug 14th), and  new BRIGHT EYES album on a few different formats (Aug 21st), and new PINEAPPLE THIEF album (Sept 4th).. All pre-orders are up on the site to browse at the following link :
https://musiczone.ie/product-category/pre-order/

Dublin band Silverbacks debut album is out via Cargo on 17th July also, the record is called ‘Fad’ and is on CD, LP or indies LP… I don’t know if you have heard this 5 piece or not?? Excellent tunes in my opinion.. I am really looking forward to this one… Check ’em out…. Here is a tune or two from them :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trMhSw5xcp4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHKiEgBx20s

On the Irish scene and I nearly forgot to mention the R.S.A.G Vinyl ‘Chroma’ is due to us this week or latest next week, and I have one word for it… Brilliant!!

Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby and Shane,
musiczone.ie

The RSD 20 List Is Here, Rory on Display, and A Lovely Act Of (Recyclable) Kindness

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well… Crikey it’s been a strange week… Lots going on ad kind of not going on.. The RSD Lists at last.. More on that later…. Firstly releases in the shop today and we have to start with our boy RORY with the new live album ‘Check Shirt Wizard : Live in 77’… Thanks to Vincent Zara, the artist who painted the cover of the album.. We have had savage demand and interest in the bespoke signed prints… Bare with us as we try to work our way through them… Some CD stock was delayed also but should today I hope!! Should be enough vinyl to do the rounds… A great honour to have the painting displayed on our shop floor.. The painting is now property of the Gallagher Family so we are truly honoured to have it on display until close of play on Saturday 7th… I hope none of ye get Martin Cahill style ambitions… Such a lovely thing to have…

Also in the good siopa Musiczone today are new ones by PAUL HEATON / JACQUI ABBOT, DEACON BLUE, MAC MILLER, NOEL GALLAGHERJONATHAN WILSONUS GIRLS, STEPHEN MALKMUS as well as live albums by CREAM, MARILLION and reissues by THE WHO, EMBRACE, 2PAC, STATUS QUO, SIMPLE MINDS, HUMAN LEAGUE and a best of vinyl by THE CRANBERRIES

Video is up for this week with the Bob Man back, and this week there was a lovely suprice act of (recyclable) kindness to the shop in the video! Thank you to our mystery parcel sender!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Before I move on to next week Friday the 13th of March…. A little on RSD..

I suppose most of ye know the drill with it by now… Record Store Day is a celebration of Record Shops one day a year (normally third Saturday in April unless Easter gets in the way)… Artists, bands and labels release bespoke, limited albums to support the shop and drive customers to the shops… It has flaws but above is the premise… It’s based on a strictly first come first served on Saturday morning of the 18th of April this year… The official RSD20 list is attached here but hopefully by early next week we will send out lists again but crucially with prices for each of the record companies.. So if ye can hold fire until then that would be great… Then email (is best) us back with your wish or wishes from the list ideally for me with the record company next to it… Over 500 titles so no company makes my life a lot harder in the process.. So please company name if possible… Send us back your ‘wish lists’ does not guarantee anything i’m afraid.. No promises… But it allows me to order your record (especially if it’s obscure and I may not have taken a chance on it otherwise)… There are over 500 records released so I suppose i’m asking for help with it.. Ok some are no brainers.. But others are crystal ball jobs.. So help.. Without any guarantees.. You’re some boy Raymond!!

The wish lists also allow me to fight harder when I know 10 or 12 folk are chasing The Cure releases.. I hope you have an idea of it now if RSD is new to you… For the old hands.. Same o same o… And please everyone take it in the spirit it was set up for.. To celebrate Independent Record Shops… We will get the lists out with prices and record companies early next week.. Let the fun commence… Here is the full RSD2020 list with no pricing

https://musiczone.ie/record-store-day-2020-full-list-with-no-pricing/

Right so right so…. Moving on to releases for the 13th of March… Warner have a deluxe reissue of ‘In A Lifetime’ by CLANNAD which has 2 brand new tracks…. There is a few physical formats with 4CDs, 3LPs + 7” Single, there is a 2CD Mediabook, a 2CD or a 2LP smoky coloured vinyl… Staying with classic Irish bands, Warner via BMG have the new BOOMTOWN RATS album ‘Citizens of Boomtown’ on standard black black LP, CD, or indies only gold vinyl… The Rats are back!! Warner also has new albums by CODE ORANGE, GROUPLOVE and THE SHIRES…

PIAS for the 13th has new albums by ULTRAISTA (consisting of Nigel Godrick), PORCHES and CIRCA WAVES..

Universal for the 13th of march have a TEARS FOR FEARS reissue of ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ as a vinyl picture disc or a 4CD/2DVD set, a new NIALL HORAN CD, a new WESTLIFE DVD, ABBA ‘Live At Wembley’ 3LP Half Speed Master at Abbey Road, STAR WARS ‘Rise of Skywalker’ vinyl by JOHN WILLIAMS, some Bluenote reissues by ELVIN JONES and ART TAYLOR, and the JUSTIN BIEBER new album on coloured vinyl also….

Sony for the 13th of March has MILES DAVIS ‘Music From and Inspired By The Birth Of Cool’, as well as the Trolls 2 OST on CD….

Republic of Music for the 13th of March have the new HILARY WOODS album on Sacred Bones ‘Birthmarks’,

Cargo for the 13th have a new MARIA MCKEE album…

The Orchard for the 13th have the DEAP LIPS collaboration album on CD or vinyl or indies only vinyl… Wayne and Stephen from the Flaming Lips and Julie and Lindsey from Deep Valley… They have a new one also from THE DISTRICTS and a 10LP Devin Townsend boxset…

Proper for the 13th have the THERAPY ‘Best Of’ on 2CD or vinyl..

To coincide with the bands ‘So Much for the 30 Year Plan Tour’, Therapy? re-recorded their 12 UK Top 40 hits, many of which have become standout anthems, in Abbey Road to bring the tracks into the present. The band worked with producer Chris Sheldon, who produced  the  original ‘Troublegum’ album, as well as working on ‘Semi-Detached’, ‘High Anxiety’ and the band’s latest record ‘CLEAVE’, to record the 12-track album that includes all their UK hits including ‘Screamager’ and a reworking of their classic Hüsker Dü cover ‘Diane’. Featuring JamesDean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers on ‘Die Laughing’, the band reflect on their great time touring and growing as a band over the past thirty years.Exclusive to the CD edition on release is ‘Official Bootleg (1990-2020)’, a 15-track compilation made from the bands personal archive of live recordings, comprised of 1 song fromeach studio album.

Look, sin é for this week…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone HQ

A Special One For Rory Gallagher Fans, Bruce Reissues, and A Huge Thank You.

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well…. Happy St Valentine’s Day!!

Firstly I must thank everyone involved in the John Blek launch / shop party last Saturday evening. In the cold light of day I think it was a great success… It was a crappy night and yet 83 souls ventured out to an industrial unit (which we proudly and fondly call home (for now anyway) ) in Togher to show their support for us, for quality original Irish music in Marlene Enright and John Blek and for the community we are… Cos fundamentally that’s what we are now…folk are saying hello to the folk next to them and talking about needles for 20 minutes… Heaven help us!!

Nice spot prizes given out to folks courtesy of the record companies so a big thanks to them also… Test pressings of BOYGENIUS, KIM GORDON, JOHN BLEK, CAR SEAT HEADREST, INTERPOL, SPOON… Plenty of vinyl and CDs given out also… Over 25 spot prizes i’d say… Sorry not enough for everyone…. Lovely vibe in the shop I thought… I may have suffered a hint of verbal diarrhoea (I go one way or the other when i’m nervous, and i couldn’t exactly say nothing when im MC) 

So thank you to Shane, Bobby and Karolina (pro bono employee for the night!), John and Marlene and trusty Tim of course as well as the 83 other souls in the room… As Tupac might say, nothin’ but love for ya.

I think it will go down as a special night in the history of the siopa…. Lows and highs good people, highs and lows…

Right so releases in the Good Siopa Musiczone.ie today when they finally got there bums in to us include the new TAME IMPALA album, GARY MOORE “Live from London”, reissue of DAVID GRAY’s “White Ladder”, BTS new album, TINDERSTICKS EPSIMON & GARFUNKEL 50TH Anniversary edition of Bridge Over Troubled Water” on gold vinyl, CELINE DION newest one on vinyl,NATHANIEL RATECLIFF new album, ASH Best Of, BOWIE’s “Alabama Song” 40th ann 7” picture disc single.

Video is up for this week here! Give it a watch, share and thumbs up for us!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Next week is probably the best week so far this year for releases and with a random start we will start with Play It Again Sam who have the new GRIMES album on 4AD… It is called “Miss Anthropocene” and is on CD, LP and indies only coloured LP.

PIAS also have the new KING KRULE record for the 21st of Feb called “Man Alive” and that one is on XL records… So format wise there is a CD, an LP and an indies only coloured LP which also includes a flexi disc single. Lastly Pias for the 21st Feb have a repress of the last KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD album.

Cargo has the JOHN FRUSCIANTE “Curtains” reissue on vinyl… Moved one week.

RORY fans , RORY fans… Here’s something that might interest ye… Well I think it’s a lovely thing anyway… The cover of the new RORY GALLAGHER release “Check Shirt Wizard” is a  sensational painting by young Cork artist VINCENT ZARA…  And we shall have some signed prints of the album cover (signed by the artist Vincent) to sell to a few of ye… I’m not sure how many I will have (maybe as few as 5) and i’m not sure how much they are yet (next week I should)… But it is a lovely bespoke piece of Rory Merch to have your hands on.. Vincent is trying to help the shop by offering us this bespoke signed print and shining a light on us  (only shop in the country with this )…  So we appreciate that very much… We won’t be taking any profit from the prints… Just giving some Rory fans an opportunity to get a really nice item… So ye know the drill by now… Hit us back if you are interested in buying the album which entails you have a chance for a print also if interested… Some companion piece you have to admit… I will know more info next week… It may have to be a draw if it’s just 5 prints… I’ll know more next week (we at the good siopa are always at something!!)

Secondly Rory fans… The original painting is going to the Gallagher’s soon after the album launch but I think there is a strong possibility we will have it displayed in our shop the day of the album release… Which is sweet as a feckin’ nut also… Again more on that next week!!

Nearly makes a fella wanna throw another party… Nearly I said.

Right so plenty of good quality releases for the 21st of Feb so let’s look in SONY’s bag next… They have the new OZZY album… It’s called “Ordinary Man” and hopefully its not his last… Its available on 5 physical formats.. Which are CD, DELUXE CD, STD BLK VINYL, PICTURE DISC VINYL and bricks and mortar only coloured vinyl (that be us like) …. Here’s the lead single with SLASH on guitar… Sounds alright to be fair imo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oZqKtuvDx4

SONY also has a lovely bag full of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN reissues on vinyl… 5 in total… Stock on a few going to be split across Feb 21 and March 1st dates due to some issue.. But I will get what i ordered… So the 5 releases are “Devils and Dust” “18 Tracks” “The Rising” “Live in New York City” a triple LP and “Live in Dublin” which is also a Triple LP and is ” The Seeger Sessions Live in the Point”.

If interested I can do best price jobs of 36 Euro each on the live albums and 24 Euro each on the 3 studio albums… Well 2 studio and outtakes album but you knew what i meant!!
UNIVERSAL for the 21st of Feb have the new AGNES OBEL record on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON… It’s called “Myopia” and its her first album on the label.. It’s available on CD, LP and indies only blue vinyl… Strictly for indie shops and indie shop websites…. Not for any other market place…. Fair play to you Agnes girl  as we’d say in Cork… I could go into one here about D2C (direct to consumer) but it’s for another day… Agnes doing a bit of both but allowing the record shops more than a fair crack of the whip while keeping the biggest dogs in the sky in their kennels and locked out of the party.

STEPHEN FRY & DEBBIE WISEMAN have a CD called “The Mythos Suite” out next week also.

THE STAPLE SISTERS have a 7LP vinyl boxset which includes all the groups studio albums… All cut from the original analogue masters… Can do 175 Euro best price job if anyone is interested.

Lastly from Universal we have the last batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues…this time up it’s “Johnny The Fox” “Bad Reputation” and of course of course “Live and Dangerous”.. Can do best price jobs again of 21 Euro each on the studio albums, and 27 Euro on one of the greatest live albums ever.

JOHNNY THE FOX

Thin Lizzy’s seventh studio album, released in 1976 and was the last to feature Brian Robertson, it contains the crowd favourite ‘Don’t Believe a Word’. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

BAD REPUTATION

Recorded mainly as a three-piece following the departure of Robertson, this 1977 album reached no 4 in the UK album charts, its standout track is Dancing in the Moonlight. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

LIVE AND DANGEROUS

Regularly voted as the greatest live album of all time, Live and Dangerous captures the band at their explosive best – recorded between ’76 and ’77 this double album showcases the best the band can offer. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

THE ORCHARD for the 21st have the new BTS album.

WARNER for the 21st have a solo album from THE AFGHAN WHIG’s frontman GREG DULLI on BMG records… They have a new PAT METHANY album on CD and LP via nonesuch , BIFF BYFORD (Saxon) has a new solo album and STORMZY “Heavy Is The Hand” gets a vinyl release on Ltd Gold Vinyl.

Lastly from Warner is the new SONNY LANDRETH album on Provogue… LP, CD and Indies Gold lp also.

Massive congratulations to our friends at Coughlan’s Live for winning the IMRO Irish Venue of the year… Savage achievement, and fully deserved.. They work fierce hard on supporting organic Irish music… Absolutely delighted..

Sin e for this week really folks,

Go raibh maith agat
Ray
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John Blek Album Launch Party, Tame Impala’s Valentine Release, and The Next Bowie Picture Disc.

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well… This election would have you half demented wouldn’t it.

Anyway.. Housekeeping..

Opening hours
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

Deanrock Cottages on Google will put you right outside the Business Park we are in and we are right next door to Rock Bingo then.

Ok so our little or (maybe not so little) shindig is on tomorrow night… Here’s the sceal

20% off one item on the shop floor… (Not 10 items like… Don’t make me grumpy by saying after you hand up 4 records “I thought it was 20% off”… Well it is, off 1 item.. Just one!!)

Shop open for that from 6 bells on… So doors open from 6 (never closing really the truth be told from when we open at 10.10 that morning)
Bar shall be open for soft, medium and hard liquor from 6 also.. Raffle tickets given to ye folks as ye enter for spot prizes… So grab a drink and a ticket… Say hello to the folk around you… They like the same thing.

Spot prizes will commence at 6.50…some nice ones..
One of Corks finest will play a few tunes at 7 for a little while.
More spot prizes.
JOHN BLEK performance at 7.30.
More spot prizes while John is doing a signing.
Should all be done by 9 or half past …

Dun da bheal when the music is on please but talk away like mad when it’s not on…

That’s the sceal anyway

Bring the better half if you want or the kids.. Reuse the same plastic glass please if using a plastic glass…. Help yourself away at the bar.. Put your empties alcoholic or nonalcoholic into the boxes underneath the bar.. Toilets out back.. Cleaned and with new seats!!!

As I said dun da bheal during music please and be nice to one another and all should go well!!!

Ye have the info now as I said before and cead mile failte…. I have not said it to people directly as I don’t want to put anyone under pressure, so NO PRESSURE but cead mile failte. It should be a smashing night’s entertainment…. John and our special guest are both terrific local artists… Sin sin an sceal anyway.

Ok so bits and pieces out in the shop today include new albums by GREEN DAY, JOHN BLEKSEPULTURASTONE TEMPLE PILOTSTHE LOST BROTHERS, ISOBEL CAMPELL, NADA SURF, ROBERT GLASPER, THE IRISHMEN OSTOH WONDER and ASGEIR as well as reissues by BLACK PUMAS, GIL- SCOTT HERON, BILLY OCEAN, T-REX, BRYAN FERRY and ROD STEWART.

Video up for this week in the usual spot… Give it a watch, subscribe and give it a thumbs up for us!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Right so moving on to releases for friday the 14th of Feb (is Valentine’s day still a thing??…  If it is there are vouchers available from musiczone.ie… Unashamed plug I know… I try so hard to be so subtle most of the time (or do I??…)  And then I do a bull in a chinashop job on it.

I suppose the biggest new release of the year so far hits the shelves on Friday the 14th of feb..

Yep thats the new TAME IMPALA record… It’s on 3 vinyl formats.. Std black, a limited Forest Green coloured vinyl and an indies and HMV only Blue Vinyl.. It’s the fourth album from Kevin Parker and co and its called “The Slow Rush” and its on Fiction records… I quite like there stuff and there is a lotta love out there for them…A tad expensive maybe but we can do best price jobs of €28 on either of the Limited Edition versions… And the numbers are low enough on them…

Heres a tune from the album…

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

UNIVERSAL also for the 14th Feb have the new NATHANIEL RATCLIFFE album “And It’s Still Alright” on CD, LP and indies only ocean coloured green vinyl. There is a nice Bluenote release on the 14th also by CHARLES lLLYOD of his 80th birthday celebration show in his hometown .. “8 Kindred Spirits Live from Lobero”. INSAHN have a new EP out as well as some more SAM COOKE vinyl reissues and the original cast recording reissue on vinyl of CATS.

Warner for the 14th of Feb have the next one in the BOWIE 40TH anniversary picture disc singles… This time “Alabama Song” is up again via Parlophone.. Warner also for the 14th have a new ASH compilation (fine band, consistently fine band imo)… It’s called “25 Years” and there is a nice vinyl version coming out. Warner lastly have a new HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD album as well as KREATOR “Live at the Roundhouse”.

I heard on the rumour mill today of one humdinger of a Record Store Day release… Soon folks for lists… 3 or 4 weeks i’d say..

Sony for the 14th of Feb have a 50th Anniversary limited gold vinyl version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as well as the vinyl release of the newest CELINE DION album “Courage” on double red vinyl…. Can do a best price job of €25 on the Simon & Garfunkel.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 14th of FEB have a new EP by TINDERSTICKS “See My Girl” again on City Slang … It’s a companion piece to the excellent album last year “No Treasure But Hope”.. 4 tracks and only 2K only ever gonna be pressed.

PROPER for the 14th of Feb have DAVID GRAY’s “ White Ladder” 20th anniversary editions… Sometimes an album just hits the spot for some reason… And this is a case in point… A fine fine album of course but it sold zillions here in Ireland 20 years ago before finally doing a bit further afield… I remember seeing him in Nancy Spains I dunno maybe 25 years ago when his early stuff was out on Hut… But man “White Ladder” went berserk…. 20 years on now… It’s remastered which is nice and there is a second CD of demos rarities and b-sides. There is a 2LP white (what other colour could it be like!) vinyl version of the remastered album with printed inners in a gatefold sleeve with download code… Or there is a 4LP Box Set with the 2 mentioned enough LPs Plus all the demos and bonus tracks..

Cargo for the 14th of Feb has JOHN FRUSCIANTE’s solo album “Curtains” reissued on vinyl.

The Orchard for the 14th of Feb have a new album by MOSES BOYD as well as TOWNES VAN ZANDT self titled reissue on vinyl.

Sin e for this week i suppose,

Might see ya tomorrow night sure… The 3 boys are back in town also..

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

John Blek, Lost Brothers, Green Days new records and 9 more sleeps till the parteeee

Hi Folks,

Hope all is well enough out there and your giving any politician that passes your door a bit of stick.

Right so,  even though im getting a bit blue in the face from this but here we go with housekeeping opening hours and all that…

Sunday closed

Monday closed ( i do my orders from home)

Tuesday 10.30 to 6

Weds 2 to 6 ***

Thursday 10 to 6

Friday 10 to 6

Sat 10 to 5.

News on the Douglas thing …looks like August time the powers that be are saying now…I will keep you posted when i hear more…thats 12 months more or less…i have my own canoe to paddle here now anyway ( I certainly didn’t think that would be the case on that Saturday night the 31st of Aug last year…but so much has happened since)…i suppose it could have been way worse on loads of levels and we are still here thanks to yer support.

Releases in the good canoe musiczone.ie for today include the new DRIVE BY TRUCKERS album, ELVIS reissue of “ 50 million elvis fans can’t be wrong”, GARY MOORE live from london ( pushed back till the 7th feb now im afraid) , HAPPY MONDAYS reissues , Blossoms new album, NENEH CHERRY reissue of “ raw like sushi “, BILL WHELANs RIVERDANCE and a new MARC ALMOND album.

Right so moving on to the 7th of Feb and we have to start with our own boy…the release of Corks own JOHN BLEKnew album on vinyl and cd…” the embers” hits the shelves next weekend and the boy is in with us for his album launch/ customer and (critically)  staff party night! on saturday the 8th of FEB …doors half 6…shows start at 7…we have a sweet sweet support act also…and some sweet spot prizes also…trust me a couple of sweet spot prizes…plus the carrot of 20% off one item in the store/ship/gluaistean/canoe/yacht on the night…terms and conditions on that one…nothing you have put away already ( must be picked off the shelf) and not really on stuff reduced already ( well i’ll see on the night!!…depends what it is like) and it can’t be something released or re released since jan 1 2020…them’s the rules but sure they are made to be broken sometimes!

Here are Johns first two singles from the new record “ the embers” so I shall let them speak for themselves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga8oYkHDRE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S6vXJYCv04

If you can’t make the instore/party and want a signed copy of the new cd or vinyl…email us and we shall sort it!

Looking forward to the night to be honest, a tad nervous about it but looking forward to it…a few bottles i’ll be grand!

Another class independent release for the 7th of Feb is the new LOST BROTHERS record again on CD or LP…( remember we do like em both!)

After The Fire After The Rain” is the sixth studio album from duo Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland. As ever the vocals are haunting and evocative, the playing is soulful and the songs resonate. The album was produced in Brooklyn, New York, by Daniel Schlett and Tony Garnier- Bob Dylan’s bassist and musical director of the last thirty years. It features an all-star cast of special guests including M Ward, Howe Gelb, Jolie Holland and Steve Wickham.”

“Elemental and emotionally direct channelling Leonard Cohen and Roy Orbison”   8/10 – UNCUT 

“Pure magic- evocative of Richard Hawley who is a firm admirer of the brothers.” -Rolling Stone Magazine 

MOJO -ALBUMS OF THE MONTH ⅘

This record is like Johns record completely independently released so i buy the records direct from the lads…its quality again to be fair…some heads playing on the record as well to be fair.

Heres a tune from it…hit us back if you want a copy of it ( i don’t think they wrote this song about us anyway…embers and fires seems to be the theme tonight)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2hVnD5hM6o

So from the record companies, Warner have the aforementioned Gary MOORE, they have a new album by GREEN DAY “ Father of all motherf***ers” its called …i wonder which American Idiot they are referring to there..( sorry I couldn’t resist)…its on CD, LP and exclusive indies only red and white vinyl…i think i can do that for 22 euro if anyone is interested…cracking price for an indie only vinyl copy of a new studio album by a big band…credit due to everyone involved.

Heres the title track…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXv00PJ9IQM

Warner have the vinyl release of the ROD STEWART recent one with THE R.P.O on 2 LPs as well as a  new album by SEPULTURA , this one on 2 cd or 2lp picture disc gatefold, its called “ quadra” .

Warner also have the new album by STONE TEMPLE PILOTS which is an acoustic album …its on CD and LP, they have THE BIRDS OF PREY soundtrack on CD only for now as well as a vinyl reissue of AVENGED SEVENFOLD “ DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH” 2 LP clear vinyl edition.

Lastly from Warner is a live BRYAN FERRY reissue from the Royal Albert Hall 1974 on CD or LP on BMG and the soundtrack to HONEY BOY which has music of ALEX SOMERS on LP.

Proper for the 7th of FEB have the T- REX albums reissued on clear vinyl so we will have “ slider” “ tanx” “ zinc alley” “ bolans zip gun” “ futuristic dragon” and “ dandy in the underground” .

THE ORCHARD for the 7th have the new ISOBEL CAMPELL “ there is no other” …i love the ex BELLE AND SEB singers voice.

Heres a tune from it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv3vXIUumvc

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 7th of feb have the new NADA SURF album via city slang records…its called 

“ never not together” …theres an INDIES ONLY pink vinyl of it.

Sony for the 7th of Feb have the very best of BILLY OCEAN on Vinyl and the original motion picture soundtrack to THE IRISHMAN which has some original songs by ROBBIE ROBERTSON.

Cargo for the 7th of Feb have some live vinyl from FLEETWOOD MAC from  Finland in 1969 and THE WHO live in AMsterdam from 1969 also as well as some T-REX LIMITED 7” SINGLES ON COLOURED OR PIC DISC…” TELEGRAM SAM “  or “ ride a white swan” 

Universal for the 7th of FEB have new albums by OH WONDER, ROBERT GLASPER , ASGEIR, SETH LAKEMAN and CADILLAC THREE  as well as a vinyl press of LUDOVICO EINAUDIs “ seven days walking on white vinyl” 

Pias for the 7th of FEB have a deluxe reissue of the BLACK PUMAS album …available now as cd with clear splattered vinyl together or a deluxe 2 cd which has a live session as the bonus disc.

Pias have a 10th anniversary expanded edition of GIL SCOTT HERONs “ im new here” on DLP COLOURED as well as KHRUANGBIN & LEON BRIDGES EP  called texas sun on cd and one press only orange vinyl.

Pias have a new album by STEVE SPACEK and a nice ACID JAZZ label compilation on Vinyl.

As you may have noticed the release schedule is starting to hot up a little bit, like the year, and i have a few for late feb early march id like to run by ye,,so if any catch your radar and you want one please message back…it also helps to unfog the crystal ball a little bit…

Some i dont have prices for yet…ill update on that…heres a few anyway

Theres a ROBERT PLANT 7” SINGLES BOXSET called “ digging deep”, new albums by AGNES OBEL, CARIBOU,THIN LIZZY live & dangerous vinyl reissue, new SERGIO MENDES, theres an ALLMAN BROTHERS boxset on CD and LP …cd is ok money but the best i can do on the vinyl set is 425 euro…yikes i know, let me know…there is a 3 CD deluxe version of Disintegration by THE CURE coming up…i think i can do 10 euro best price job on it if interested…the GALLAGHER “ CHECK SHIRT WIZARD 77” live album is early march on 3lps or 2 CD…i can do for 17 quid on the cds and 35 euro best price job on the lps…again email back if you want the pre order prices…new MOBY and new DEACON BLUE albums on the horizion as well as SIMPLE MINDS street fighting years boxset.

There is loads more but just a taste of some there…

I think i have tried to hawk ye enough wares for one night…do i ever stop ..oh RECORD STORE DAY is only around the corner!!

Speaking of hawking like!

Sin e for this week

Go raibh maith agaibh as do chluis a thabairt

Ray

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The Music Zone Albums and Gigs Of The Year Big Reveal, Last Chance for our Right Here Right Now Comp, and A Good Week of Releases

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well.
Little bit of housekeeping as with other weeks…

Opening hours the same as the other weeks..
Shop is closed Sundays and Mondays..
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

Eir (and i’m not going there because I will only upset myself if i do) were not able to give us our old phone number after all (surprise, surprise… no not the game show) so our number for the foreseeable future is 021 4967119.

Should have some bit of concrete news on the Douglas place by the end of the month. Deanrock Cottages on google is the best way to find us… We are in there behind the magic door, right next door to ROCK BINGO and the tyre place.

Last chance to enter the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW competition also that we are running with Coughlans live and the OPERA HOUSE… There is a 100 euro voucher for us and tickets for shows at the festival up for grabs.
If you entered already then I have your name.. If not email us back the answer to this question.
Name the MICK flannery e.p. that was released at christMAS… It’s like a game of catchphrase… Say what you see!

Here’s some info on the festival…

In late February, Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live have come together again to celebrate Cork and its ever growing love and demand for live music.  Nowin its third year, Right Here Right Now is a celebration of the vibrant and eclectic music scene here in Cork.
This year, Mick Flannery and Valerie June will join the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra for the festival opening on Saturday, the 22nd of February. The success of the last two festivals has led to the decision to expand the programme. RHRN2020 welcomes a second night with the orchestra in an evening of Folk and Trad Music with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín, and Strung. With more announcements to follow, RHRN 2020 promises to be an unmissable weekend of music.
We are giving away two tickets to Mick Flannery & Valerie June, and two tickets to An Evening of Folk & Trad with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín and Strung AND a €100 voucher for Musiczone. 

You can also enter on the aul’ Facebook. Here is the link for the post and how to enter on FB.
To enter simply all you have to do is :
1) Like Music Zone on Facebook
2) Like and Share the Facebook post linked below.
3) Tag the person who you would bring!

https://www.facebook.com/musiczonedv/posts/1884110078400498?__xts__[0]=68.ARBP58TPtqHeMM-Vyte6Gfx2xNV_4zM6n-kUpY1U81mdjUcTq9fzLKb8wZUEN8Io0slcod00iuzvwJMuPHoAprA3n3yZoKC0hQyHg_lC6qH_xmfhXRcsWcjXnbhrxEnzu2DT6pUVXk802Rq_v2lIen_esOlZXm44KPFARipjZJxegHhRUO1-SAyWYYl0RfJVHSGShXwjvQcYz6GMWTwpESVVlj1DgwfhvSEbNUBJ02qXtqdYkG2t406dJ0dQkaBFHqDR2uI_yjpGSRweDWh8at6aoaL9UmudJfcG2ani9qcJ–SkNSaQo2jl7ejy4x7wUL9upbhLoYsPyGUPKhtrGUOOQQ&__tn__=-R

Right so releases in the good siopa musiczone.ie for this week are by BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUBSTOCKTONS WINGHALSEYMARCUS KINGMIDGE URESTEVIE NICKS and UNCLE TUPELO.

Video up again this week up here… Winner to the €50 Voucher for the Albums of the Year contest announced in the video so if you entered be sure to watch..
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Moving on to releases for the 24th of Jan and to be fair it’s not a bad week of releases… Nothing jaw droppingly wowzer but solid week methinks for Jan… Pay weekend and all i’d say.. I think here in To(u) gher we will be more dependent on a solid release schedule as there is little or no foot traffic really… So we are depending on folks making a decision to get out to us or buy off the website!.

I did tell ye before Terry said this blah blah blurb is only an advert… Well and i’ll say it quietly… He’s right… But at least we is honest about it…

Anyway the 24th of Jan sees the new album by WIRE called “Mind Hive” on CD, LP and Limited Embossed Sleeve Indies Only LP… It’s on the pink flag label via Cargo… Heres a fine tune from it… Bit more poppy maybe and will get stuck in your head I think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDBrZ854S4A

Also via Cargo is the new BLACK LIPS album called “Sing In A World hTat’s Falling Apart”… It’s on CD, LP and DELUXE red vinyl edition (FIRELP573X), comes with a die cut spot gloss sleeve & poster. This is for Indies only. Both LPs come with downloads. CD is a gatefold wallet sleeve.

Heres a tune from the record…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtxscdU14o

PIAS for the 24th of Jan have the new album by WOLF PARADE on Sub Pop records… “Thin Mind” it’s called and its their 5th long player… CD, LP and Neon Orange Indies Only LP also… Codes are included with the LP versions… Fine lead tune again… The intro sounds very familiar to me but cant put my finger on it…

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

Pias also have the new album by YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN on Domino.

Warner for the 24th of Jan have a reissue of the self titled album by ELECTRONIC with messers Bernard Sumner and John Martin Maher… I better stop, the last time I jestfully messed with a Mancunian our shop was nearly burnt to the ground the next day (more of that in the video )… The reissue from 1991 is out next Friday and we can do a €21 best price job on pre-orders.

Warner also has a brand new ANNIHILATOR album “Ballistic, Sadistic” as well as a tour edition of the new BEHEMOTH album “I Loved You At Your Darkest”  CD/BluRay version, and there is a DAVE CLARKE 5 2LP and CD release out also…

Warner also has SUPERGRASS “The Strange Ones” 94 TO 08 Deluxe Box Set which has 6LPs, 13CDs, a book and a 7” single… €190 best price job if anyone is interested… As well as a DLP version also.

No new material one it i’m afraid folks. Here’s the details of the box.

Released on 24th January 2020, “The Strange Ones: 1994-2008” is career spanning deluxe box set containing the 6 Supergrass original albums on picture disc LP and CD, 13 bonus CDs containing: Unreleased live material, B-sides, remixes, rarities, studio out-takes, demos, acoustic versions, new mixes, a deluxe book with rare photos and band quotes, posters and button badges. Features over 6 hours of previously unreleased audio material. Compiled in association with Supergrass.
Part of a multi-format release also including a 2LP & 1CD ‘Best Of’, featuring their biggest hits, compiled by the band.
6 x original albums as picture discs:
I SHOULD COCO (UK #1, 1995) / IN IT FOR THE MONEY (UK #2, 1997) / SUPERGRASS (UK #3, 1999) / LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS (UK #9, 2002) / ROAD TO ROUEN (UK #9, 2005) / DIAMOND HOO HA (UK #19, 2008)

 13 CDs
1 x 6CD set – All 6 original studio albums in new digipack
1 x 4CD set – Live: Over 5 hours of previously unreleased performances spanning their entire career. Includes radio sessions, full production live shows and acoustic sets
1 x 2CD set – Remixes, B-sides, non-album singles, acoustic versions and other rarities. Includes tracks previously unreleased digitally
1 x 1CD – Demos, out-takes and oddities. All previously unreleased

Book
12” sq, 52 pages. Story of each album, written by separate journalists: Everett True, Charles Shaar Murray, Sylvia Patterson, Andrew Male, Adam Sweeting and Paul Moody. Quotes from new band interviews with Matt Everitt, unseen photos memorabilia.

7” Single
Caught By The Fuzz / Richard III 2020 Remixes

Colour posters x 4

Supergrass is 10 – button badges x 8

Lastly Warner have JOHN FOGERTY “50 Year Trip : Live at Red Rocks” CD or DLP version, it was recorded in June 2019..

Proper for the 24th of Jan have a new PET SHOP BOYS album called “Hotspot” on X2 RECORDS. 10 new tracks from Mr.TENNANT and Mr. LOWE on CD Jewel or Gatefold Vinyl.

Sony for the 24th of Jan have a DEPECHE MODE CD Box called  MODE… 18 CDs in the box… Any interest then i’ll try to get a good price on it… It’s going to be expensive… Best hope 200 bucks id say…

Universal for the 24th have the next batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues… Big hitters here in “Nightlife”, “Fighting” and of course “Jailbreak”… Can do a best price pre-order job on these €21 also people … Where ya going with the one euro Raymond boy…? Well i’m trying to do as good a price as I can and  I know a euro doesn’t matter a shite in the scheme of things but with these best price jobs I still try to make a certain % margin and it makes me feel better when i’m at that % margin… So humour me I suppose!

Universal also for the 24th have some SAM COOKE VINYL reissues “Encore” and the self titled one also as well as “The Complete Keen Years 57 – 60” 5CD set by Sam, there’s a vinyl release of RIVERDANCE “Music from the Show”, there’s a reworking of the latest BREAKING BENJAMIN album and there is a a reissue of “Live in Moscow” 2CD or 2LP by ELTON JOHN and RAY COOPER.

Lastly from universal NICHOLAS GODIN (AIR) has a new atmospheric album out on Because music called “Concrete and Glass”… It’s available as a CD/LP combo or stand alone cd.

THE ORCHARD for the 24th of jan has new albums by GILL LANDRY, THE WOOD BROTHERS, CASPIAN and OCTOBER DRIFT.

So there the releases for the 24th (or the ones I thought were worth hawking to ye anyway) so I suppose without being drop dead gorgeous, not a bad week.

Right so… The greatest best of 2019 albums lists ever made part infinite… Far response to this so thank ye all (who did) for participating… Few hours work in getting them sorted but I was excited about it if i’m to be honest… T’was fair close in the end, and overall very close also, we will have a live draw for the €50 Voucher Winner on the video as Bill O’Herlihy would say LIVE… Not cant get more exciting than that!!

There was only 10 points between the Top 3 in the overall category, and the winner to be fair appeared most frequently on the lists… So deserved I suppose… The MZ table don’t lie..

And a remarkable result in the Irish album category.. A fecking draw… I kid you not…123 votes each… It’s 00.18 on Friday morning and I have just recounted them… Yep 123 votes each!!
(you’ll hear it more in the coming weeks people… Your vote matters!)

More on our special night on the 8th of Feb next week also as the evening slipped by without me saying to much about it…

Here are the Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year” category, followed by the Top 10 “Best Irish Albums of the Year”, and finally Top 5 “Best Gigs Of The Year”. (All in descending order!!..)

Music Zone – Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year”
20. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
19. Julia Jacklin – Crushing
18. Bon Iver – i,i
17. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
16. Black Midi – Schlagenheim
15. Little Simz – Grey Area
14. Thom Yorke – Anima
13. Big Thief – U.F.O
12. Tindersticks – No Treasure But Hope
11. Wilco – Ode To Joy
10. Billie Eilish – When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?
9. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
8. The National – I Am Easy To Find
7. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
6. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
5. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
4. Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
3. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. Nick Cave – Ghosteen 

Music Zone – Top 10 “Irish Albums Of The Year”
10. The Gloaming – 3
9. The Divine Comedy – Office Politics
8. Girl Band – The Talkies
7. John Blek – Thistle and Thorn
6. Lankum – The Lifelong Day
5. Boa Morte – Before There Was Air
4. A Lazarus Soul – The D They Put Between The R and L
3. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears

Music Zone : Top 5 Gigs Of The Year
5. Mick Flannery – Live At St. Lukes
4. Idles – Iveagh Gardens
3. Microdisney – Cypress Avenue
2. Saving Grace – Everyman Theatre
1. Villagers – Cypress Avenue

So that’s it folks.. Sin é for this week…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
musiczone.ie

Ryan Adams ‘Prisoner’ Vinyl Record Offer, Take Aways on Patrick St, And The Marque

Hey Everyone,

Hope ye’r all well…

Goodies in the siopa for release today include the reissue of the first BOB DYLAN Bootleg Series, THE WHITE STRIPES ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ on vinyl for the first time…. Well not the exact truth…. There was a few thousand done on coloured vinyl a few years back for Record Shop Day  (RSD…. Three letters you will be hearing a lot about it in the coming months)..

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Also in Music Zone Towers today are releases by SLEATER-KINNEYTY SEGALL, GREYWIND, SEPULTURA, KREATOR, MERLE HAGGARD, GUY CLARK, BLUE NOTE’S ‘BLUE BREAK BEATS’ VOL1-3, FRANK TURNER and FALL OUT BOY.

Or as always, you can watch this week’s video here :

Also be sure to keep an eye on our website, Twitter or Facebook for New Releases… All new releases will be up by Wednesday afternoon onto the site, and if ordered before 3PM on Thursday, you will have the record for release day for Friday! There is free shipping on 3+ LPs bought in Ireland. You will have it before anyone else can get it to you, and even better, it comes from Cork!…
The year is nipping along already… Onto releases for Friday the 3rd of Feb now.

UNIIVERSAL (vinyl records)

The biggest release I feel is the new ELBOW album ‘Little Fictions’ on CD and gatefold LP with codes…. The string section of the HALLE ORCHESTRA are heavily involved on this record.

These boys have been knocking around a long time now… Earned their spurs the hard way.. Plenty of knocks along the way… Tthey got a record deal with Island in the mid nineties i’d say… Recorded an album…. Island got bought up by Universal who decided to streamline….. Universal cleaned house and dropped loads of bands including Elbow…. Island still exist obviously says ye but Universal is the big bossman in the relationship now…. That must have been tough for ELBOW… Record deal….  Yeahhh… Made an album… Yeaahhh…. New owner says bye bye… No more yeahhhs for a while…. So fair play to them for keeping at it.

Lead single from the new record is quite good in my opinion…

Have a listen here…

One of the few attractions down the Marquee this summer for me are Elbow… Isn’t great overall so far again is it,  the Marquee?

Elbow - Little Fictions

 

I see FUTURE ISLANDS are to play Iveagh Gardens in the summer…. They might be one I could see announced maybe… Fleet foxes are maybe another…. What about the ROSES in the Marquee…. Dreaming i’d say, am i?… These are the types of bands that will have to be attracted to the city if/when the 6,000 seater event centre gets done….

It has become a bit jaded of late I feel… Same aul faces.. Not that there is anything wrong with those faces but nothing to exciting or different to enthuse…. Maybe there is a few nice surprises awaiting us…

Universal (who ended up taking the Elbow boys back via their Fiction label after three independently released albums) also have a nice limited edition of MUMFORD & SONS ‘Live in South Africa’

Chronicling the first meeting of South Africa with its favourite British band, Mumford & Sons, award-winning director Dick Carruthers gets to the very heart of what makes Mumford & Sons such a special act. Filmed live against the beautiful Pretorian outback, the band performs their most recent material and classic hits in front of an exhilarated crowd. Filmed in stunning 4K and presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and Dolby Atmos. The limited deluxe editions includes ‘Dust And Thunder’, ‘We Wrote This Yesterday’ and a CD with selections from ‘Dust And Thunder’. It is bound in a hardback red leatherette cover with dark gold foil, with a 20-page booklet including exclusive never-before-seen photos printed on uncoated paper.Total Running Time: 94 + 66 + 63 mins approx.

UNIVERSAL also have a 13 CD VANGELIS boxset, some more EMPEROR reissues and some new music by DEEP PURPLE …. New EP out next Friday just on CD entitled ‘Time For Bedlam’..

WARNER (vinyl records)

WARNER for the 3rd have some FRANCOISE HARDY LP reissues and not a whole pile more in my opinion to be honest…
Essential for the third have the new album by LOWER THAN ATLANTIS.

SONY (vinyl records)

SONY have new album by all girl electronic dark pop group MUNA , a reissue of JUDAS PRIEST ‘Turbo’ as a 30th anniversary edition remastered on 3CDs or LP, and vinyl reissues of ALAN PARSONS ‘I Robot’, and STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN’s ‘Texas Flood’.. They also have the new Ministry of Sound trance compilation.

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PIAS (vinyl records)

PIAS for the 3rd of Feb have the newest BLACK STAR RIDERS record (Scott Gorham of THIN LIZZY’s newest band) called ‘Heavy Fire’ on a few formats…

CARGO (vinyl records)

CARGO have a new CD by JULIAN COPE out next Friday also called ‘Drunken Songs’ … I think i’d like that, first part anyway…… He wrote this album, I was told, for it to be played at his funeral…. Nothing beats a bit of planning huh… Fail to prepare and all that..

 

We are teaming up with Universal to offer a pre-order,  promo price on the new RYAN ADAMS  album ‘Prisoner’, which is out February the 17th…. Basically if you get back to me by next Thursday at lunchtime you can get the CD  for just 10 euro or the LP 23 euro… Best prices unless you’re my mam ….. The LP seems to be about 23 sterling or 28 euro elsewhere I looked… A positive step in the right direction regarding pricing…. Without the extra discount this would be 27 euro on the shelf…. So if you want your name on one please let us know….. Sounds mighty fine to me,this track anyway… It’s another break up album i’m told from a reliable source…… OFFER IS ONLY ON PRE ORDERS…. Would you like fries or won tons with that pre order?

Ryan has a stipulation re-entering the promotion …. If you have ever upset Ryan in a Chinese restaurant in Cork and harassed him so much  that he had to eat his Chow Mein on Patricks Street  in the cold night air… Then you are omitted from entry…. Don’t want to lose the sale though so maybe your wife or someone can enter on your behalf…. Like who bothers a fella when he is about to tuck into his grub… I’d get a doggie bag as well… Surprised he came back to Cork at all…
Proper has a new ELIZA CARTHY album with the 12-piece Wayward  Band, plus a 10CD American folk box set including Dylan, Baez and Peter Paul and Mary and a new ROBERT MIZZELL album.

MUSIC ON VINYL (vinyl records)

MUSIC ON VINYL have a few nice reissues for next week including MATTHEW SWEET ‘Girlfriend’, and CAROLE KING’s ‘Living Room Tour’

Loads and loads of stuff coming at ye in next week’s newsletter…

On the local front, for any metal fans we now have Doom group Soothsayer’s two EPs in stock.. Free stickers with purchase, worth checking them out..
We also will have flyers in-store for the upcoming Cork Quarter Block Party which is happening in the city from Friday 3rd Feb – Sunday 5th Feb.. Great acts once again all weekend.. Check out any more information here

http://quarterblockparty.com/

Should have some nice instore news soon also folks…I know it’s been  quiet on that front,,,

Sin e for this week,

Im off to harass a rock star in a restaurant

Thanks for listening,

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

White Stripes Reissue, Follow THAT Chuck, and The Riptide Movement In-Store Video

Hi Everyone,

Hope ye’r well this week…

I must apologise for a few typos last week …. The time to be outside Pro Musica should have read 5.15… Sorry about that one…
Seriously though …. Did anyone chance them I wonder at about 8 o’clock?

I have not got a telling off yet this week about it… No one probably listened anyway and ye’d probably be right!

Here’s hoping they do a second gig somewhere in the country…

Who knows, they might do a surprise instore in some record shop for record shop day or something to make up for it … Ah the boy who cries wolf…

Stuff (nice stuff) out in the house today includes the last in the series of PINK FLOYD reissues ‘Momentary Lapse Of Reason’, and ‘The Final Cut’…. Think I may have forgot to mention them last week.

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Also in the siopa today are releases by PAUL WELLER, MIKE OLDFIELD, PAIN OF SALVATION, RUN THE JEWELS, EURYTHMICS, GRATEFUL DEAD and MEAT LOAF

Video as usual for those who watch! 

Moving on to releases for next week the 27th of Jan… Bit of a slow news week even though the schedule is decent enough for the year…. The ED SHEERAN album should be massive for the music retail sector … Out on the 3rd of March.. We hope to run a preorder competition with a good prize of something bespoke by Mr Sheeran… He is Mr. Sheeran to me now… Out with the Mr. Bonos (might change my mind if you announce a Cork gig like) and in with the Mr Sheerans….. No sticking albums for free onto your phones  without asking(!!) from Mr Sheeran …. Will keep ye posted on the competition.

UNIVERSAL

Sorry…. Small tangent over…. Friday the 27th sees the release of the new TRAINSPOTTING soundtrack.. On CD only for now…. LP is June i think…. Fine looking soundtrack again… THE RUBBERBANDITS have a track on it…… Talk about fitting the bill!

Universal also have ARCADE FIRE ‘Reflector Tapes’ on DVD or BLURAY, CREAM’s ‘Fresh Cream’ on 3CD/BLURAY,  a few more FALL OUT BOY LP reissues and some ALEX HARVEY BAND LP reissues, as well as the marvellous BLUE BREAK BEATS Compilations Volumes One to Three getting the vinyl reissue treatment.

Lastly for next week again via Universal but signed to SPINEFARM records are Killarney natives GREYWIND…. Here’s a quick bio… And a tune…

Greywind’s home of Killarney, Ireland is a beautiful town and a popular tourist destination. For young people passionate about music – like the O’Sullivan siblings Steph (vocals) and Paul (guitar) – it’s a place of limited opportunity. Inspired by the likes of Thrice and Jimmy Eat World, the O’Sullivans would dream of a bigger future: But a dearth of other local musicians meant that their dreams of forming a band never really progressed beyond that. The turning point came following the suicide of their uncle. Grasping the shortness and fragility of life, Steph and Paul decided to forge ahead despite their lack of a conventional band line-up. On an ordinary Wednesday night, the pair polished off the lyrics to their first completed song Afterthoughts and recorded a demo of it the following day. They uploaded it on the Monday and were then immediately deluged by a flood of industry interest. Radio 1 quickly took notice when Daniel P. Carter played the demo and Zane Lowe soon followed suit by picking it as his Next Hype. Within six weeks, Greywind had inked a deal with Raw Power Management and were on their way to record and album with Jason Parry (Don Broco, McFly, Kids In Glass Houses) in Texas. Featuring lyrics which address the dark heart of the human condition, the resulting album possesses the visceral crunch and the soaring hooks of the bands that have so inspired them. Dynamically, however, they move in ways more mysterious than that template would suggest…The album’s continuing rush of highlights suggests a band with years of experience behind them.

PROPER

Proper Music Group have the 10th Anniversary reissue of FRANK TURNER’S debut album ‘Sleep is For The Weak’ as a 2LP or 2CD…  Contains the original album plus 6 tracks of previously unreleased demos with side 4 etched with the FTHC logo.

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Proper also have a JERRY LEE LEWIS compilation album taken from the original analogue tapes pressed on 10“ with 1000 cyan coloured ones only being done…. LEWIS was probably the first wild man of rock n’ roll… Ye probably know the story of when he had to support Chuck Berry at a show one night… Lewis wasn’t happy to be number two on the billing…. So he mixed petrol in with a bottle of coke and as he played his last song he poured the concoction over his piano and set a match to it, whilst legend had it continuing to finish the song as the piano was in a great ball of fire… He left the stage and as he passed Chuck said …. ’Follow THAT Chuck’…. Well rumour has it, it was a racial slur rather than the word Chuck was used…. Lord of the smelly feet would be out of a few dollars today if Lewis was around… He would have being perfect for DJT’s bash today… Definitely american enough i’d say… Ah man… Where are we going?

Proper also have a new JOHN MAYALL album with guest Joe Walsh… LP to arrive late Feb as well as a couple of budget CD releases by STAN GETZ and ELMORE JAMES.

Essential for the 27th have some AMON AMARTH LP reissues…first two albums i think.

SONY

SONY have a reissue of the very first BOB DYLAN Bootleg Series (1 to 3) as a five LP set  on 180 gram with a book… First repress since original press in 1991… We have an original pressing in the shop for 200 yoyos but we will let you out with the new repress for 60 yoyos if you want.

CARGO

Cargo for next week have the new MICHAEL CHAPMAN album ‘50’.

Republic of Music have the BRUNO NICOLAI OST to ‘The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave’ on DEATH WALTZ Records….. Limited and coloured.. They also have DEAF HAVANA’s new album…

I am promised a few visits from lads high enough in their respective record companies (the major ones anyway) in the next 6 to 8 weeks…. They want to tell me how great everything is.. I plan to get a few answers if I can to pricing and to codes or lack of them… If anyone else has any serious bug bearers you would like me to try an address send me a mail….

A good regular lad bought 8 records from us last Saturday to go home and find download codes in only 3 of them… Penalised nearly for supporting physical product and the whole industry…. Download codes should be a given when you buy a record… End of story..

Let me know what to add to my one man crusade folks…

Shellshock have the new MARK EITHEL record out next Friday….I think he is in CYPRESS AVENUE on the 11th of Feb..

This new one is receiving really strong reviews … Bernard Butler’s (Suede) fingerprints are all over it having produced the record and played Guitar, bass and keys on it…. Lovely limited to 500 Vinyl with a 12 track CD of unreleased songs… If i get any that is…

WARNER

Warner have a SEPULTURA 6 CD or 6 LP boxset of their Roadrunner albums on coloured vinyl, plus new ones from KEHLANI and JAPANDROIDS as well ANNIHILATOR 3 CD set and a nice CD Reggae Compilation on VP.Sorry folks I probably kept the biggest release of next week til last … From Pias via Third Man Records is the repress of THE WHITE STRIPE’s ‘Get Behind Me Satan’… As a DLP… PIAS also have a new TY SEGALL…. They also have an Indies only, coloured ‘Live In Paris’ by SLEATER KINNEY, the new KREATOR album on a load of formats as well as GUY CLARK ‘Live from Austin Texas’ on CD/DVD or DLP.

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Quiet enough on the local scene at the moment… But as promised, we now have the Riptide Movement in-store from late last year up on the website for your viewing pleasure! Another cracker of an in-store.. Thanks again to Tim our video guru, to the band, and to everyone who came in and made it a great day in the shop.. Relive it here!
http://www.musiczone.ie/videos/

Sin e for this week folks…

Thanks for listening

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

 

Revolution Radio please Be Here Now, ANOTHER Big Instore, and Irish Album Of The Year?

Hey Everyone,

 

How’s the form this week…. Hopefully all good or as good as can be as we navigate our way up and down these bumpy streets.

 

Plenty in the shop for today including the fine new solo record by Mr. JOHN BLEK, a new bunch of tunes from BON IVER, PIXIES, OPETH, REGINA SPEKTOR, PASSENGER , BILLY BRAGG to name but a few and some glorious reissues from ALICIA KEYS, ELVIS, STING ,MR L COHEN, RANDY NEWMAN,PETER TOSH, HENDRIX and the excellent DAY OF THE DEAD boxset gets its LP release…. Only 180 quid… Not a bother…. Fine collection though to fair.

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Video lovers, Bobby is back this week! Check it out here!

 

Do ye know the way I am always trying to tease , torment , cajole and gently ease the Johnny Cash from ye’r pockets? ( I hope i do it in a friendly and professional manner though if that’s any consolation).. Well I also hope that an odd time I point ye in a direction ye may not otherwise have seen.

 

Of course, I am always saying, that’s good and this is good and the other is good as well… All completely a matter of taste… Who the hell am I or anyone else for that matter to tell anyone what they should like… I’m trying to sell stuff (that’s my job) but i do shout a bit louder if I really (personally) like something.

 

Block your ears cause you know what’s coming…

 

I heard a record during the week that completely stopped me in my tracks…. I can’t remember the last time it happened to me….Not for a few years…. Was it just my mood at the time?….. I happened to listen to it whilst I exercised which I hadn’t done for about six months so maybe it was the long lost endorphins talking… Did the music just resonate with me personally? (It was stuff i’d like, indie rock n roll, dash of psych, hint of punk, guitars, keys, synths and strings all in use…) But it stopped me… Totally… I thought it was fantastic from the opening chord to the last chord and every bit in between.

 

7 days ago, the truth be told I did not know who this band were…. Now ye guys have to block ye’r ears I am shouting so loud….

After my first full listen to the album I got off my exercise bike and stood and clapped (endorphin buzz surely?)… A one man standing ovation…. Bravo, chapo, comhghairdeas…. Well fecking done gentlemen that was excellent.

Bobby will find a link for ye to listen to the record….Vinyl I hope will be with us very soon (that’s the cunning , cajoling bit done)

 

Take a listen to it here! : https://windings.bandcamp.com/album/be-honest-and-fear-not

 

The band are from Limerick and their name is WINDINGS.. The record is called ‘Be Honest and Fear Not’… I personally think it is one of the best Irish records I have heard in quite a while and one of the best records of the year for me.

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Ok…. You can unblock your ears a bit…

 

On to releases for next friday the 7th of October…. Santa getting close folks… Ho ho ho!

 

SONY

Sony has a new studio album by BARRY GIBB (as ye know the BEE GEES), as well as a deluxe version (22 tracks) of JEFF BUCKLEYS ‘Grace’ … MILES DAVIS get his own ‘Essential’ release on vinyl, andBOB DYLAN ‘Pure Dylan’ which is also a greatest hits is released… More of a compilation really… Interesting one though… Quite a few rare tracks on it…  Sony also have ELVIS ‘Christmas Album’… Ho ho ho… I warned ye…. If BT can do it so can we… Only taking the piss… Ye knew that didn’t ye?

 

Sony also has a LOU REED Boxset .. The CD set is 17 discs with an 80 page book, 5 prints and a poster,  or there is a six LP SET… I think the LP is pushed back till November now… Will be on high fidelity vinyl with a 30 page book… Albums on it are ‘BERLIN’, ‘TRANSFORMER’, ‘CONEY ISLAND BABY’, ‘ROCK N ROLL ANIMAL’, ‘THE BLUE MASK’ and ‘STREET HASSLE’..  Sony lastly have a STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN ‘Essential Collection’ on Vinyl..

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UNIVERSAL


Universal for the 7th of October have a new ONE REPUBLIC album on deluxe or standard CD called ‘Oh My My’… NORAH JONES has a new album ‘Day Breaks’ on CD, Deluxe CD or LP.. Universal are doing a ‘Best Of’ PLACEBO 2CD to mate up with a new 6 Track 12’’ EP of unreleased tracks called ‘Life’s What You Make It’.;.

 

Universal have a few more 5CD set at reasonable money including T-REX and THE CRANBERRIES

 

DAMIEN DEMPSEY has a CD out next week called ‘No Force on Earth’… Damo’s celebration and commemoration of the 1916 Rising.. Damo maybe is an acquired taste but I like him… A fine songwriter.. ABBA ‘Arrival’ is getting the Abbey Road ½ Speed Mastering treatment and also 4 picture disc singles from the album also…

 

Lastly from Universal next week is a BLINK 182 Vinyl boxset… A lot of these records have been very hard to get, maybe never even printed… They include ‘Cheshire Cat’, ‘Dude Ranch’, ‘Enema Of The State’, ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’, ‘The Mark, Tom and Travis Show’, ‘Blink 182’, and ‘Neighbourhoods’..

WARNER

Warner have the new GREEN DAY album ‘Revolution Radio’… The band are together 30 years I was told in the shop during the week.. Lead single is very good.. Warner also have a new SEASICK STEVErecord, a new ERIC JOHNSON record which is a live, acoustic album on Provogue, and a really niceOTIS REDDING ‘Dictionary of Soul’ on 2LP and 7’’..

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Warner are also doing a special run of stuff with Rhino that will be exclusive to Indie shops only… First up is ZZ TOP’s ‘Eliminator’ on Red Vinyl… Lastly from Warner for next week is the incrediblePRINCE album ‘Sign Of The Times’ on 2LP…

 

Republic of Music have the limited run of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ soundtrack… 400 in total…

 

CARGO

Cargo have the new GOAT album called ‘Requiem’ on coloured vinyl for indies only and on CD… They are calling it their folk album..

 

Essential have the new C. DUNCAN LP on pink vinyl, as well as a new FEEDER album, and new albums from ALTER BRIDGE, and THE PRIESTS.. Slight contrasts in style there with the latter two to say the least..

PIAS

PIAS for next week have the 3rd OASIS ‘Be Here Now’ album on reissue… Third in the series of remastered super editions.. Much maligned at the time.. Few great tracks on it though.. As a 2LP or 3CD or Super Duper Boxy Thingy also… PIAS also have new albums from WHITE LIES and MESHUGGAH, as well as some MARK LANEGAN LP reissues..

On the kinda local scene, MALOJIAN release their third album next week… ‘This Is Nowhere’ is the title.. This record is being put out by the guys in Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny.. We have Malojian’s record on CD in the shop and it’s a fine listen.. The new tunes here sounds great as well…

 

Last bit of news, great news really… The boy Flannery has agreed again to do an instore around the launch of his new album… New song is a belter… Edgy, rocking and pure class.. Mick has always supported us.. Will fill in next week with the dates.. Think it’s Friday October 21st at IPM.. Will confirm next week… So thanks Mick, again… Hopefully I won’t send anymore late night well oiled texts of thanks your way… Sorry about that…Could be worse, could be sending the drunken texts to women… Anyway, before I get into more trouble i’m off..

mickflannery

 

Sin é for this week,

 

Thanks for listening,

 

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

ZEPPELIN, NICK AND MY FRIENDS IN THE AIR!

Hi Everyone,

Hope ye are all well this evening…

Thanks to those who read this …I appreciate it…I do put a bit of time into it…late on a Thursday evening usually…between 2 to 3 hours a week normally to do a bit of research and write it so sound to those who read it.

Here’s a link to our vlog if you’d prefer…

Firstly, this week loads of goodies in the shop today…bit of a feast to be honest…bad for your pocket but good for your soul…listened a lot to the jingly jangly pop brilliance of the Teenage Fanclub…it’s poptabulous…the new Wilco…Schmilco is a fine listen as well and the new Nick Cave has been played all day today…I can safely say all three will be played again in 12 months time…really good…

the Nick Cave is really really dark and melancholy, there is a kind of whirling, looping drone through the record that is so melancholy and intoxicating…one track has a single piano note every 15 seconds…one note only but it gives an eerie feel to it…I played it 5 or 6 times today but didn’t study it…it’s on in the background (I’m not really listening to it intently) and I am not going to try and dissect meanings from the great man’s pen…not yet anyway (until a proper listen) but the opening track is called ‘Jesus Alone’, and the album opens with the line. ‘He fell from the skies’…ah man…I could be wrong but I think 3 fine albums have been released today…the Nick one could be an all time classic given time…it’s early days for me with it but it’s powerful, interesting stuff.

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Right, more out today are some great Neil Young reissues, the acoustic double album, Jack White, a live ZZ Top record, some Faith No More reissues, New Order singles collection on 4LP boxset, new record by Bastille (must listen tomorrow…could be another beaut), Verve reissue, Ramones boxset, new Okkervil River record, new one by D.A.R.K….so loads of new stuff in the man cave for the weekend…quality stuff a lot of it…

Right, moving on to arrivals in same man cave for next Friday the 16th of September (no disrespect in any shape, form or way to ye ladies with great taste who buy records or C.Ds from us…lady cave just ain’t got the same ring to it)…I better get out while the goings good…

Right, next week the biggie is definitely the Zeppelin BBC CD, LP set or super deluxe CD/LP set…a fine collection…thanks (big time) to those of you who were interested and pre-ordered from us (rather than elsewhere…go raibh maith agaibh)…Swansong/Atlantic/Warner being the providers of this beaut…the vinyl of the new Christine and the Queens reissued through Warner also for next Friday, LP also includes a copy of the CD which is a nice touch.

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PIAS

PIAS have the new album by PREOCCUPATIONS ( well, I suppose it’s their debut album…the same four lads from Canada were VIETCONG but changed their name to the aforementioned)…the first album was good, so looking forward to hearing the new one…there is an indies only coloured vinyl with this one…as for the name change, it was causing offence and promoters were getting grief over it also, and the band were losing shows over it as well…the lads from the band said basically and honestly that they were young and ignorant to the ramifications of the name…not too many bands out there with names of terrorist organisations to be fair….storm in a teacup or a real problem…that’s for everyone to have their opinion on…Christ why am I still writing about it..Enough said Raymond…Shane thinks it was a bit of punk rock, they should’ve kept it…new record next week, CD and Ltd LP.

PIAS also have the score to the TV series NARCOS on black and red swirly ice pop flavoured vinyl (sorry, three words in that description are not true…I got a bit carried away again)

I’m lucky to be here (last story I promise/I hope about this/ I thought my head was going to explode on Tuesday)…EIR were back or should we call them Freddy…man, they are a nightmare…because I closed a contract and opened a huge new contract…I had no package with eir so I had agreed a new package with them last week…watch your costs…watch your costs type thing which entailed them sending sending some some dude out to install a new broadband modem…all cool…eh..no…he left and the next day the phone line was dead…I am not over exaggerating too much when I say this but when the realisation hit me that my phone was not working…terror, fear and bile rose in my stomach…I had to ring EIR…man…it is torture…9 minutes on hold…the line goes dead…try again, 9 minutes before I speak to someone…he puts me on hold…another 7 minutes, he is back and wants to transfer me …I’m getting full at this stage so I ask him nicely is there any way he can call me back rather than me waiting…I am the customer I think?…eh no he replys…I say why not…Gareth tells me he is too busy…I kid you not…he is too busy to call me, the customer back…pop…head explosion…nop raised voice but a right asshole I turned into for a good minute…a right asshole…I’d say Gareth wished he’d said grand I’ll ring you back…

I spoke to 40 Gareths over the past month in EIR and pop…it happened…I thought I was out you see but you know what’s coming, they kept pulling me back in…Anyway a long story short and an even longer 38 minutes (in total), I was told there was a fault with the line and they would sort it but it would take 3 working days…to get a dude back out…brilliant..brilliant guys…I knew that 40 minutes ago…

Anyway, hopefully that’s the end of that sceal once and for all…back to the tunes…

Essential for the 16th have new albums by Seth LAKEMAN, HANDSOME FAMILY and DEAD VALLY.

PROPER

PROPER have a new album by Ian Hunter (MOTT THE HOOPLE)

Music On Vinyl

Music On Vinyl have a few nice ones including DREAM THEATRE …2 and a half hours live from Paris…4 LP set…2000 copies on blue marbled ice pop flavoured vinyl…

MOV also have SUICIDE SQUAD OST on LP, NAS ‘I Am’ LP and MOVE ‘Looking On’ featuring Jeff Lynne.

UNIVERSAL

Universal have new albums by ALANA GEORGE, MADELINE PEYROUX, SHAKIN STEVENS, the new BRIDGET JONES DIARY…quick side bar…was top of the charts in 2001 when the baby opened…I remember asking a colleague and friend of mine before I opened the shop…how many of that Bridget Jones soundtrack should I get in…25 she said…you’ll definitely sell 25 she said…she was right…a long time ago now…amazing how little things can stick in your mind .

Universal also have an ENIGMA Best Of CD reissue, EMINEM ‘Curtain Call’ 2LP reissue and PETER GABRIEL Live DVD.

SONY

Sony have a new WILLIE NELSON album – a tribute to Ray Price, and a new USHER CD.

On the local scene, The Sunshine Factory were in performing in the shop last Saturday at 1pm. Really good sound…Velvet Undergroundy…Brian Jonestown Massacre vibes…EP out in January/February.

Sin é for this week folks,

Thanks for listening,

Ray.

www.musiczone.ie

SAVAGE SEPTEMBER BEGINS, BLISSFULLY GOTH, AND THE RETURN OF THE RANTS

Hi Everyone..

 

How’s the form?..

 

So firstly are the releases out this week in the shop which include the latest two titles in the PINK FLOYD reissue series, ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Division Bell’.. Nice start at the end of the day, BLUR reissue coloured LP of ‘Leisure’’, the new CASS MCCOMBS record ‘Mangy Love’, the new DE LA SOUL, a FRANK ZAPPA reissue of ‘HOT RATS’, and a couple of WATAIN and DEPECHE MODE reissues..

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The video is back this week, so if you want to see the physical thing, check it out here!

 

Roll up, roll up… September is here… The bleak winter is over and the summer for records start.. Savage September i’m calling it! Starts slowly maybe… Only maybe.. Loads of tempting stuff all the same for next week..

 

UNIVERSAL

First up is Universal which has the new JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW CD (Proper has the vinyl release on the same day.. Don’t ask… Purely because I dunno why!).. Third album from the Dubliner called ‘We Move’..

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Universal also has the FREDDIE MERCURY singles collection entitled ‘Messenger of the Gods’ on 2CD, or on a coloured 7’’ singles boxset.. Limited 13×7’’ singles all individually coloured.. Booklet with photos, some unreleased, and codes for high quality downloads also..

 

JAMIE T has a new record out next Friday also, and Universal also have a newCARPENTERS collection..

 

Universal also have some lovely LP reissues from one of my one personal favourites THE CURE, including ‘Entreat Plus’ which is a live album from 1989 featuring nearly the whole ‘Disintegration’ album live (one of my favourite albums of all time, ‘Disintegration’.. If you don’t know it, check it out.. Dark, dreary.. I know I probably have had about 90 albums in my top ten.. Look, it’s a big top ten.. Great album..) Other reissues from THE CURE include ‘Pornography’, ‘Faith’, ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me’, ‘Seventeen Seconds’, ‘Three Imaginary Boys’, and ‘The Top’. Also reissued is the side project THE GLOVE’S ‘Blue Sunshine’ with Robert Smith and Siouxsie’s Steve Severin… Blissfully melancholy goth.. All of them..

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BLONDIE has a picture disc release of ‘Plastic Letters’ and there is also someULTRAVOX LP reissues from Universal next week..

 

SONY

Sony for next week, the 2nd of September have the 4th and 5th PEARL JAMrecords, ‘No Code’ and ‘Yield’.. Pushed back from about 6 weeks back, plus new albums from IZZY BIZU and WARD THOMAS, as well as some 5CD Sets from ROGER MCGUINN, and EXODUS among others..

WARNER

Warner for next week the 2nd of September mainly have some nice Rhino vinyl Greatest Hits reissues from ARETHA FRANKLIN, CHICAGO, CHIC, LITTLE FEATand WARREN ZEVON, as well as a nice budget priced Country CD collection..

 

So, we are two weeks in the new gaff.. 95% srted there now.. Few bits to get finished, but no mad rush on them… Starting to settle in now, stressful few weeks or months really to be honest… The moving the stuff (the parts of the move we could control) were fine.. Hard work, and time required mainly..

 

But man, the stuff we did not control fully were torture at times… I must have spoke to EIR 1800601701 at least 50 times over the last month… I should have kept a diary.. Every phone call seemed to last at least 15 minutes, and I kid you not, I reckon I spoke to them 40/50 times in the last month…

 

You see I own a huge telecommunications company as well as the record shop empire, and I needed to transfer all that as well… I do in my liathroidí.. I simply (well, wrong choice of word from me), wanted to close the account for the phone and broadband in Douglas Court, and open one in Douglas Village… I did, however, throw a huge curve ball at Eir… I wanted to keep the number 0214895500.. I kid you not, each call was like somebody was plucking hairs individually from my skin… I won’t bore with the details.. It was truly torture.. Last piece of the puzzle today was getting a new package in the new shop.. 35 minutes on the phone for my name, address, business reg number, bank account number, sort code, email…. I think that was it… 35 minutes… Holy sh*te you can only laugh and ask the girl at the end why do you not just email me the form.. I know they are making money from one sitting on the other end of the phone, but christ, I would have paid them the 10 Euro upfront to not have to go through the torture sessions… Do they realise at the top of the food chain how inept they are, or do they not give a sh*te?…

 

A lot of ye know I have had great love for big corporations and banks so we can add Eir and the ESB to my list of lovers… Last Thursday, 6 days open, I had a visit from Khal Drogo himself, whom I didn’t realise moonlights as an ESB networks enforcer..

 

Drogo told me he had to put out my lights… I said why?… Drogo said there was no name on the unit.. I said I was only in the unit a few days and had a meter reading from when I took it over, but just hadn’t got around to putting my name on it.. ‘DO IT NOW’, said Drogo, or lights out.. So I did, rang Bord Gais Energy, got my name on the unit.. Jumped through their hoops as Drogo stared at me telling me he had 14 minutes to do this call… Job done…

 

Job was done.. Drogo spoke to Bord Gais to get the nod not to put my lights out. Everyone happy families… Fast forward to Monday… 1:15PM.. BANG.. Power gone.. Trip switch?… No, not that…Pink Panther concluded through CCTV footage that Drogo was back.. Went to the supply room and hit the switch… Lights out… Why?… My name from the previous Thursday had not gone through the system yet so there was still no name on the unit… No power for 4 hours… No apologies.. True story.. He came Thursday, was told it was okay, came back Monday and shut me down without even asking.. Can you believe that?.. What a country sometimes… He spent an hour of his day doing something completely unnecessary and uncalled for… Oooh Christ I dunno…

 

Sorry, ranting over.. Blood pressure tablets taken.. Back to the tunes!

 

PIAS

PIAS for the 2nd of September have the new album from NEIL HANNON and THE DIVINE COMEDY, called ‘Foreverland’, on 2CD, CD or LP… PIAS also have the third album by ANGEL OLSEN on Jarjaruwar, on Purple vinyl for indie retailers like us! Talented lass..

 

PIAS also have reissues of IRON + WINE’S ‘The Shepherd’s Dog’, and THE SHINS‘Wincing The Night Away’, also! Very underrated band, The Shins..

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On the local scene, Bobby’s band Small Dose played in Ziggy’s Saturday evening for this year’s 96/1 Festival in the City, which was dedicated to upcoming original Irish music all weekend in the city! Shop friends Raising Jupiter were also on the bill.

 

No rants next week folks, wall to wall releases only…

 

As well folks, if you are interested in the Zepp ‘BBC Ssession’ CD set, 5LP set, or Super Deluxe Vinyl set, orders need to be in by Wednesday so if you could help me out and let me know if you are interested in one, it would be great! Prices are as follows again, best best prices, no discounts i’m afraid :

3 CD SET best price 23 euro

5 LP SET best price 83 euro

LP /CD BOOK DELUXE BOXSET….best best price 140 euro

 

And the sales notes from Warner on each format :

Formats

  • Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio

  • Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP) – Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl

  • Digital Download – Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available (MQ, MFiT & Standard)

  • Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)– This collection includes:     

    • Remastered album. 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve

    • Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve

    • Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl

    • Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl

    • High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit

    • 48-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information

    • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

 

Sin é for this week,

 

Thanks for listening,

Ray.

www.musiczone.ie

BIG INSTORE ANNOUNCEMENT, NEW LED ZEPPELIN, AND THE HOPEFUL END OF THE SUMMER RELEASE DROUGHT

Hey everyone,

How’s it going?… Hope ye’r all well.. Stop me ooh ho ooh stop me, stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before…

Summertime and the releases are iffy… Third year in a row I think i’ve churned that one out… Tis a bit true for this coming Friday (July 29th), again i’m afraid, but improving in August.. Well that’s my weather forecast anyway..

Releases in the shop for July 22nd include THE ALLMAN BROTEHRS, BEARS DEN, OPETH, PARADISE LOST, CARCASS, IGGY/BOWIE, CLIFF MARTINEZ amongst others.

For those who prefer the video, here you are! And be sure to hit that subscribe button, and give the video a like!

MUSIC ON VINYL

Moving on to the 29th of July.. Music On Vinyl have a few nice ones that day including the debut by the INDIGO GIRLS, DEREK TRUCKS BAND ‘Joyful Noise’, and STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN’S ‘In Step’ LP.. For the younger reader who may not have heard of SRV.. He was one of the best blues / electric guitarists ever.. He died in a helicopter crash in 1990, with three of Clapton’s close circle at the time… It is rumored that Clapton was due to be the 4th passenger in the helicopter that day, but boarded a different one at the last minute… And Vaughan boarded the ill-fated one… When your luck’s out, your luck’s out… Or in for that matter..

SONY

Sony for the 29th of July have the debut album by NAO… Rising English soul, funk, and R&B star…

Essential for the 29th of July have the reissue of the JOHN PRINE classic duets album ‘In Spite Of Ourselves’, with all female singers like EMMYLOU, IRIS DEMENT and LUCINDA WILLIAMS.. This one is available as a double vinyl..

Essential also have the new POWERWOLF live album on CD/DVD or DVD/LP..

I’m not so sure you guys have much interest in the mechanics of the small music retail industry in this wee island of ours.. Well i’ll keep you filled anyway, whether ye have interest or not.. (No need to thank me..). The latest news is that Golden Discs (my old employer) are taking over supplying Tesco with their home entertainment products.. CD and DVD mainly… Some games I suppose.. Tesco are in a court battle with their last supplier (a Dublin based wholesaler) for fraudulent trading.. Excuse me if I have told you this before, I can’t remember.. The old supplier claims that Tesco falsified over 16,000 invoices over 7 or 8 years.. The lawsuit is for 3.5 million…

Now Golden Discs are taking on the task of supplying them.. (As ye know, I wish only well on Golden Discs, they were always good to me, good to work for and I always hope there is room for both of us).. Golden Discs have 13 stores nationwide now… So they are jumping from that to now supplying 93 stores (80 Tescos)… That’s a big change in any company I would have thought.. I suppose for Golden Discs it’s a bit of a case of can’t beat them, join them… And if it works for them it could be very worthwhile (which I genuinely hope it does, once it doesn’t affect me!)..

But from what’s on the grapevine.. Tesco ain’t interested in any participation except at the point of sale.. Basically they give Golden Discs the space and let them do what they want with stocking, racking, merchandising, returns, faulties, theft, overstocks…. Tesco don’t want to know… We give ye the space, and we take a margin at the till… So Golden Disc by one CD from Warner.. Put an RRP on it… Put it into Tesco… Golden Disc pay Warner… Tesco sell it (whenever and after Golden Disc have employed someone to put it in to the Tesco Shop), and Golden Disc make EUR1 a unit type of thing… I dunno… I have no idea of the numbers, i’m only guessing but what I do know is that it is a big undertaking and that Golden Discs will need a good team of people to do it right for them… Time will tell how it will all play out I suppose…

WARNER

Big news as Warner have a new ZEPPELIN release just announced for September… The Complete BBC Sessions.. Here’s the sales note from Warner!

Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. Later this year, the band will unveil THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, an updated version of the collection that’s been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969.

BBC Sessions was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances, plus “White Summer,” a recording that first surfaced in 1990 on the Led Zeppelin Boxed Set. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band’s BBC sessions.

Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.”

Also included are two unreleased versions of both “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band’s rapid evolution over a short period of time.

Jimmy Page spoke about the band’s growth in an interview with Guitar World: “The BBC Sessions show in graphic detail just how organic the group was. Led Zeppelin was a band that would change things around substantially each time it played…We were becoming tighter and tighter, to the point of telepathy.”

Speaking with Wall of Sound, John Paul Jones added: “We’d been on the road a lot by the time those sessions were recorded. The albums were always the starting point of the music, and then we’d take it out and expand it on the road. Then we’d come straight off the road into those BBC studios.”

Recalling the BBC experience in an interview with Mojo, Robert Plant said: “The whole thing was very quaint: the politeness of the audience, the technicians fumbling about, proper hallowed low-key introductions. Like there was some sort of holy moment about to occur.”

Formats

  • Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio

  • Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP) – Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl

  • Digital Download – Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available (MQ, MFiT & Standard)

  • Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)– This collection includes:     

    • Remastered album. 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve

    • Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve

    • Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl

    • Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl

    • High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit

    • 48-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information

    • High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

I shall have pricing and more info in the coming weeks..

Great news for the shop with the confirmation of an instore by the excellent Dublin based group ALL TVVINS, who have just supported Foals at Live at the Marquee.. Thursday, August 12th at 5PM… More on that also in the coming weeks!

Their debut album is due out that day, August 12th.. Some cracking tunes on it from what i’ve heard… Here’s the Warner promotion for it again! :

After a succession of huge radio singles which have inspired glowing comparisons with the likes of Bloc Party, New Order, Haim, Chvrches and The Killers, ALL TVVINS are set to release their debut album ‘IIVV’ on August 12th on Warner Bros. Records. Throughout ‘IIVV’, the Irish duo counterpoint angular post-punk riffs with insistent energy, strident hooks and swathes of synths to create an unconventional blend of the anthemic and the unconventional. All of their singles to date feature on the album: ‘Darkest Ocean’ which has accumulated 3 million plays online; the striking debut ‘Thank You’ which was nominated for Irish Song of the Year at the Choice Music Prize; the dramatic and intense ‘Too Young To Live’; and the recent track massive radio hit ‘Resurrect Me’

PIAS

Back to releases for next week the 29th of July and PIAS have the latest NEW ORDER single ‘People on the High Line’ on CD, 12’’ and 7’’..

UNIVERSAL

Universal for the 29th of July have a deluxe edition of the SIMPLE MINDS classic ‘New Gold Dream’, from 1982.. A load of versions of this available including a super-duper fancy version…

There is a beautiful musical document left behind by VIOLA BEACH after their terrible tragic end along with their manager.. Well they will hopefully be remembered forever with their only 9 tracks committed to record.. Only started out in life.. Terrible

Universal have a fierce limited DISCLOSURE EP… I mean it, fierce..

Universal also have some nice reissues including R.E.M. ‘Dead Letters Office’, ‘Eponymous’, and ‘Lifes Rich Payment’.. Also out is TOM PETTY‘s ‘Greatest Hits’ on DLP, and Hole’s ‘Live Through This’..

Warner for the 29th have E.L.P (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) reissues.. The Debut LP, and ‘Tarkus’.. Also out from Warner is a new GAVIN JAMES 12’’, and some SEASICK STEVE reissues, including ‘I Started Out With Nothing’…

Lastly, Warner have GODFLESH ‘Selfless’ reissue… 1st time on vinyl for this one…

On the local scene, STEVIE G and IAN RING have a new single out, well worth checking out!

https://soundcloud.com/abovedat/dance-on-feat-jesse-boykins-iii

Also got in copies of blues / rock gods CROW BLACK CHICKEN on CD and LP, and got copies of the excellent TWO TIME POLKA new CD.. So you know where they are folks.. Both excellent..

Sin é for this week..

Thanks for putting up with me as always.. 20 days to the new shop opening!!

Slán,

Ray.

www.musiczone.ie

BIFFY CLYRO’S VERY LIMITED SPECIAL DEAL, A BIT LESS RANTING, AND A DAY OF HEADBANGING INSTORE

Hey everyone,

Hope all is well!

Bobby here again to bring you all the new releases in the world of vinyl and music for next Friday, July 8th.

First up, new releases in the shop this week include BAT FOR LASHES, MAXWELL, OF MICE AND MEN, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, THE ROLLING STONES, SIMPLE MINDS, CREAM, THE POLICE, and PAIN OF SALVATION..

There are a few nice bits out next week!

WARNER

We’ll start with probably the biggest release, which is the seventh studio record from Kilmarnock’s finest BIFFY CLYRO, entitled ‘Ellipsis’, out through Warner.. Now, many of ye probably know that I am a slight bit Biffy mad.. Well, totally Biffy mad.. So it’s a fitting week for me to be doing the newsletter!

This LP marks the start of a new era for the band, with the first three records showcasing the weird, math style metal that the band started with, and the second three records becoming the ‘epic’ rock records, filled with orchestras and mariachi bands.. While they have stripped back to the ‘bare essentials’, from what I have heard of the new record, it is a combination of both styles. It contains the heavy, riffy, weirdness of the first three albums, while mixing in the huge catchyness of the later three. Check out the single ‘Animal Style’ below, if you like guitar riffs, it should be one for you! (And at the end of the video they smash their gear, must have took Ray’s advice in the debate from a few weeks back!). One of the best rock songs of the last few years in my opinion. But different strokes for different folks as they say!

We will be getting the extremely limited clear Indie only vinyl of ‘Ellipsis’, with only 1000 being sent out worldwide.. On top of this, the kind folk at Warner have also included the ‘Wolves of Winter’ 7’’ single for every clear vinyl bought as a FREEBIE.. This 7’’ once again is extremely limited, and has only seen the light of day through a special deluxe box set which was exclusive to the band’s website, so it is a nice one! (Although, I think in the UK only HMV have got an exclusive of it, but it’s £8 without shipping.. Ohh the great beasts in the sky.. Sorry Ray, I had to!)..

Because this is so limited (we hopefully will get around 20), we will be taking names, with it being first come first served! So if you’re interested pop us a mail and we’ll stick your name down!

Also out from Warner next week for July 8th is the GONE IS GONE self titled debut LP.. Gone is Gone is a supergroup consisting of Troy Sanders, the singer and bass player from Mastodon, Troy Van Leeuwen, one of the guitarists for Queens of the Stone Age, Tony Hajjar, the drummer for At the Drive-In, and Mike Zarin, so looking forward to this one! Between this and Biffy it’s gonna be a head banging day in the shop next Friday! Also out from Warner for July 8th is three more BOWIE CD reissues, Earthling, Hours and Outside, which were previously done through Sony but have been difficult to get more recently..

The next of the PRINCE reissues is also out through Warner next week, with ‘Around The World In A Day’, which was Prince’s 7th studio album from 1985. Finally for Warner for July 8th is a deluxe reissue of K.D LANG’s third album from 1989, entitled ‘Absolute Torch and Twang’, which comes on LP with a lyric insert and a bonus 7” single which contains “Our Day Will Come” (K.D. Lang with Take 6) and “Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray” (K.D. Lang Live from BBC). The album hasn’t been out on vinyl for 25 years.

UNIVERSAL

Not too much happening for Universal for July 8th. Their biggest release is the new album by ABC, ‘Lexicon of Love II’, which makes its vinyl debut after the CD was released a few weeks back, to great reviews. It only took 34 years since the release of the first ‘Lexicon of Love’ which stormed the 80s, and features 10 new tracks penned by Martin Fry! All you need is love!

Uni also have a couple of EMINEM reissues out on vinyl, including ‘The Slim Shady LP’, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, ‘The Eminem Show’, ‘Relapse’, ‘Recovery’, ‘Curtain Call’, and ‘Encore’. Most of these were near to impossible to get before this, and may never have been printed before, besides from the boxset which they released about 18 months ago. Uni also have the new LAWSON CD, entitled ‘Perspective’.

SONY

Sony for July 8th have some new series of artist’s greatest hits on vinyl, entitled ‘The Essential’. Some of ye might be aware of the series because they’ve had them on CD for the last few years, but this is the first time they will be printed on vinyl. I remember one of my first ever CDs that I bought with my pocket money was Bob Dylan’s ‘The Essential’ a good few years ago now.. For about a year I never turned off CD 1 because I thought it was the best thing ever.. I have since listened to CD 2, it is equally as good!

So in this series, next Friday we will have ELVIS PRESLEY ‘The Essential’, BOB DYLAN‘The Essential’, and JOHNNY CASH ‘The Essential’, all on vinyl!

PIAS

A good few nice bits out next week from PIAS. First up is ‘Take Up Her Monto’, the highly anticipated follow up to last year’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Hairless Toys’ from Ireland’s own ROISÍN MURPHY. I really enjoyed the last record, great electronic feel to it, with a great beat, which normally wouldn’t be my thing. Also caught some of her set at Glastonbury last weekend and looked like one of the highlights, a great performer. So looking forward to this one!

More electronic goodness from PIAS for next Friday includes THE AVALANCHES second studio LP, entitled ‘Wildflower’. The album has been in production since 2005, and is the group’s first album in almost 16 years.. Is Axl Rose a member?.. In all fairness, there is 21 tracks on this album, and features plenty of collaborations, including tracks with WARREN ELLIS, and FATHER JOHN MISTY. And the lead single is called ‘Frankie Sinatra’. It wins my vote over Democracy.. Sorry Axl! It is available as a DLP.

DEAD CAN DANCE, which is a duo consisting of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have a couple of vinyl represses from PIAS next Friday, July 8th. These include their debut self titled album, their second album ‘Spleen and Ideal’, and their sixth album ‘Into The Labyrinth’. ALEX SOMMES (Sigur Ros) has ‘Music From The Film Captain Fantastic’ also out through PIAS, this one on coloured vinyl and is housed in a handmade bespoke gatefold sleeve with rounded edges complete with digital download card.

PIAS also have a 12’’ reissue of MODEST MOUSE / 764 HERO’s ‘Whenever You See Fit’, on limited, coloured vinyl. Probably Seattle’s best outing at the time, a classic.. And finally through PIAS is the new APHEX TWIN EP, entitled ‘Cheetah’, which uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today. (Thanks PIAS notes!).

And finally, Essential for the 8th of July have some JOHN PRINE CD reissues, including ‘Aimless Love’, ‘Lost Dogs / Mixed Blessings’, ‘Live on Tour’, ‘In Person, On Stage’, and ‘’The Singing Mailman Delivers’..

So, as ye know, the Bossman is back to the shop early next week. I hope ye all have enjoyed your short break from rants as much as he has enjoyed his holidays.. 

Hope you have enjoyed the last two newsletters! I’ll have to do another one sometime soon, when I come up with something to rant about, but until then…

Stay classy,

Bobby

www.musiczone.ie

 

DON’T BLINK OR YOU’LL MISS THE UFO’S, THE YOUTH TAKES OVER, AND CLASSIC RECORDS CUT AT HALF SPEED

Hey Everyone,

 

How’s the form?

 

Short and sweet from me this week but Bobby will add in his own younger better looking slant on it for a bit this week, and fully next week.. (And hopefully add in his performance video from his music course final exam also)..

 

Firstly, thanks to everyone for the kind wishes about the move…. I will keep ye abreast of our comings and goings when I get back from the sunny south east coastline…

 

Releases for the shop today include THE TRAVELLING WILBURYS, BAD COMPANY,DEEP PURPLE, ALT J, MOVE, LITTLE FEAT, STAR WARS (JOHN WILLIAMS)

Or for those who perfer the video, here you are :

 

So on to releases for the 1st of July.. Small calm after the storm, but still a few nice bits happening this month..

WARNER

Warner for the 1st of July have BLINK 182’s new record ‘California’, on CD/LP and limited indie only silver vinyl with code… The punk popes’ 7th album since 1992 I think… The band now have Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio) as singer after replacing Tom DeLonge from the group..Quick Bobby input : Tom came out during the week announcing his reason for leaving the group was to hunt UFO’s… Interesting to say the least.. Taking the newsletters ‘big beast in the sky’ recurrence to a whole new level! Who said rock n’ roll is dead?

Warner also have the new BAT FOR LASHES record again on a limited indie only pink vinyl for 5,000 copies worldwide (a double LP in fact) and CD and standard double LP.. ‘The Bride’ is a concept album by Bat For Lashes which follows the story of a woman whose fíancee has been killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding… (Must have nicked that idea from Morrissey somewhere along the way).

 

Warner also have a 3CD ERIC CLAPTON + GUESTS ‘Crossroads Revisited’, as well as some METRONOMY reissues on LP and a limited MUDDY WATERS Live LP, entitled ‘Hoochie Coochie Man – Live At The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club’ on DLP.. This was meant to be released for RSD but it did not get out of the pressing plant in time…. But here it is now…

 

Now I pass the reigns to Bobby for his mini State of The Nation address this week, as well as the rest of the new releases for July 1st… Thanks all, see ye when i’m back please god..

 

Hey everyone! Due to the huge success of my brilliant vinyl video last week, we have decided it is time for me to take charge for a week or two, and try entertain ye with some fresh rambling! In the words of Planty, Ramble On!

 

We’ll crack straight into it!

UNIVERSAL

First up for release for the 1st of July from Universal is the come back single ‘All For One’ by the mighty Stone Roses! Unfortunately it is a 1 track, 1 sided 7’’ with no B-Side, as is gonna cost 12EUR.. Bit sharp for a 1 track 7’’.. Who knows, maybe Mani is saving up for some UFO hunting kits..

Universal also have a new CD from sensational violinist NICOLA BENEDETTI, entitled ‘Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1, Glazunov Violin Concerto’, as well as 6 CLASSIC albums reissued on LP, mastered at half speed for ultimate sound quality, including theROLLING STONES ‘Exile on Main Street’, CREAM’S ‘Disraeli Gears’, JOHN MARTYN’s‘Solid Air’, SIMPLE MINDS’ ‘New Gold Dream’, and finally THE POLICE ‘Ghost In The Machine’. All were cut by legendary engineer Miles Showell, of Abbey Road Studios.

Also out from Universal for July 1st is the new LP from grammy winning SNARKY PUPPY, entitled ‘Culcha Vulcha’, their first in two years..  If you haven’t heard these guys, well worth checking out! Hard to pin point a genre to them, ranging in everything from rock, R&B, funk, soul, jazz, bossa nova, and most importantly played by a band who you can tell absolutely love what they do! Had the pleasure myself of getting to see their keys and hammond organ player Cory Henry in Cyprus Avenue in May, and was completely blown away! He played alone with a drummer, on a day that happened to be Stevie Wonder’s birthday.. A special night! Have never seen a musician on that caliber before!

SONY

Sony for the 1st of July have a new album from MAXWELL, another R&B, Soulful type grammy winner. The album entitled ‘blackSUMMER’S Night’ is out on LP and CD. Prog Metal band FATES WARNING have a new album out through Sony as well for next Friday, called ‘Theories of Flight’, their twelfth record.. The video for the lead single ‘White Flag’ is an interesting one.. A close up, guitar playthrough video, with the band’s three guitarists just shot in one go playing the song.. The guitar nerd in me loves it, but can’t see MTV jumping on the bandwagon.. Surely the band saved a bit of money this way. Fair play. Maybe they’re saving for UFO hunting gear too..

 

 

Also out from Sony is another (yes, another!) couple of E.L.O reissues, of ‘Face the Music’ and ‘Time’, both on LP.. And finally from Sony is Swedish hard rock / metal group Pain Of Salvation, with ‘Remedy Lane : Revisited’, the remixed and relived take on the album will be on 2CD Digipack, and 2LP, which includes a new sonic take on the original LP, and a live album from a 2014 show.

PIAS

Next up is PIAS, with not much happening for the 1st of July after their mammoth release of Radiohead last week.. Biggest release for them is the new SARA WATKINS LP, entitled ‘Young in all The Wrong Ways’. Watkins is most known for her role as fiddle player in the bluegrass group Nickel Creek, but has now ventured solo with the new LP being her third solo record.. ‘Young in all The Wrong Ways’ could be a nice title for this new, fresh newsletter?..

 

PROPER

Proper for July 1st have a new CRADLE OF FILTH reissue, with 2011’s mini album ‘Evermore Darkly’ making its first appearance on the vinyl format.

 

And finally on the new release front for this week is the reissue of American alternative rock group NADA SURF’s fourth record from 2005, entitled ‘The Weight Is A Gift’.. This one is done by City Slang, through Republic of Music.

As Ray asked earlier, I better include the video from my final year performance with UCC Music.. The gig took place in the middle of May this year in Cyprus Avenue, with the theme of my performance being a dedication to Fender guitars, as the company celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. With that I attempted to showcase a chronological performance through the decades of guitarists who have used the Fender in a unique way to obtain their own unique sound, becoming icons of the Stratocaster. Starting with the ‘pure’ clean blues tone of Hank Marvin and the Shadows, moving right through to the thick, heavy distortion of Biffy Clyro’s metal influence, it is a collection of songs from the icons who have inspired me to play guitar myself! So if you have a spare half an hour some evening, here it is!

 

 

Hopefully I haven’t missed anything! (Sorry Ray if I have!)

 

If you have any enquiries over the next week, feel free to throw us an email even though Ray is away, and we will do our best to help! And if we can’t, all messages will be passed on to Ray once he is back!

 

Should I say ‘sin é for this week?’…

 

Stay classy, vinyl lovers.

 

Bobby

 

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