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  • Live At Leeds Live At Leeds Quick View

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    Live At Leeds

    Live at Leeds is the first live album by the English rock band The Who. It was the only live album that was released while the group were still actively recording and performing with their best-known line-up of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Initially released in the United States on May 16th, 1970, by Decca and MCA and the United Kingdom on May 23rd, 1970, by Track and Polydor.
    1. Young Man Blues
    2. Substitute
    3. Summertime Blues
    4. Shakin' All Over
    5. My Generation
    6. Magic Bus
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  • Live In Leeds 1984 Live In Leeds 1984 Quick View

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    Live In Leeds 1984

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    Released in 1999 on Kickback Records in a very small quantity without a proper distribution, this rare recording features the Varukers live at the Bierkeller at the peak of their career! The 18-song set includes all the classics from their early-'80s output such as Die For Your Government, Neglected and Protest To Survive among many others. Absolute pure Brit-punk mayhem!

    1. Protest To Survive
    2. Don't Conform
    3. Condemned To Death
    4. Die For Your Government
    5. Good Time Girls
    6. Nowhere To Go
    7. Don't Wanna Be A Victim
    8. All Systems Go
    9. Neglected
    10. No Scapegoat
    11. Soldier Boy
    12. Dance Till You're Dead
    13. Led To The Slaughter
    14. No Escape
    15. The Last War
    16. No Master No Slaves
    Varukers
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    We Are Drugs

    In 2017 Third Eye Blind will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their ground-breaking self-titled debut album. The band spent the Summer of 2016 doing festivals around the world, including appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Reading and Leeds and their hometown festival Outside Lands.


    In the midst of preparing for the Summer run and during the run, the band found time to record an EP to release this fall.

    1. Company Of Strangers
    2. Queen Of Daydreams
    3. Don't Give In
    4. Isn't It Pretty
    5. Sherri
    6. Weightless
    7. Cop Vs. Phone Girl
    Third Eye Blind
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  • Education, Education, Education And War Education, Education, Education And War Quick View

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    Education, Education, Education And War

    Leeds post-punkers Kaiser Chiefs are making a grand return in 2014. Singer Ricky Wilson has been named as a coach for the U.K. version of The Voice - joining will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, and Tom Jones - and his band will release their fifth album via ATO Records. Dubbed Education, Education, Education & War, the 10-track set follows up 2011's build-an-album experiment The Future Is Medieval.


    The English group's latest was written in London, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and recorded at The Maze in Atlanta with studio boss Ben H. Allen producing (Washed Out, Deerhunter, Animal Collective).

    1. The Factory Gates
    2. Coming Home
    3. Misery Company
    4. Ruffians On Parade
    5. Meanwhile Up In Heaven
    6. One More Last Song
    7. My Life
    8. Bows & Arrows
    9. Cannons
    10. Roses
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  • These Are The JBs These Are The JBs Quick View

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    These Are The JBs

    The Unreleased Album By James Brown's Backing Band: The Bootsy Collins-lead JB's


    Never-before-heard James Brown and J.B.'s originals and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Kool & the Gang, the Meters. Contains a 12-page booklet with full annotation, liner notes by Brown historian Alan Leeds and never-before-published photos.


    This album is the Rosetta Stone of funk's dominant idioms, yet its existence has barely been a rumor. In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he ordered Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be test pressed on King Records as These Are The J.B.'s. This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown's innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown's, in the post-"Cold Sweat" musical landscape, it's the Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy Winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album's liner notes, converged for the first time here.


    This link between Brown's funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney's "It's My Thing," replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band's James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp that pre-dates their obscure but important work as the Houseguests ensemble and embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of
    George Clinton and his mothership, where they poked cosmic holes in funk's polyrhythmic ozone layer in the mid-1970s.


    There are only two extant copies of the original King Records test press LP of These Are The J.B.'s. This, the first commercial issue of this album, was overseen by Now-Again's Egon alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group's James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master's Dave Cooley from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It comes with a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Egon and many unpublished photographs and ephemera.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. These Are The JBs (Part 1 & 2)
    2. I'll Ze
    3. The Grunt (Part 1 & 2)
    4. When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can
    The J.B.'s
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  • Love Power Peace Love Power Peace Quick View

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    Love Power Peace

    First Release Of 3 LP Set As Envisioned By James Brown


    Includes Deluxe Jacket With Rare Photos And Liner Notes By Alan Leeds


    Mastered From Brown's 1971 Mixdown Reels, Unused Until Now


    James Brown's magnum opus! Love Power Peace is the sound of the Godfather and his youngblood J.B.'s (including Bootsy and Catfish Collins) electrifying a crazed Parisian audience on March 8, 1971. Sequenced and mixed by Brown himself for a planned triple album, the set was shelved when key band members departed before it could be issued. Here, for the first time, are the sides as intended, exactly as delivered by James Brown Productions to his label in 1971-a 3-LP set with each disc mastered from the original mixdown reels, and each with a unique name, Love, Power and Peace! Brown and band rip through recent singles like "Sex Machine," "Super Bad," "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" and "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" with a metronomic precision laid down by bassist Bootsy Collins and drummer Jabo Starks. "Ain't It Funky Now" - formerly a slow, simmering groove - is transformed into a fast, funky tour de force in which newbie Catfish Collins unleashes one of the most badass guitar solos ever, while a medley of three other Brown standards ("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"/"I Got You (I Feel Good)"/"I Got the Feelin' ") blazes by faster than the Godfather of Soul's personal Learjet. Interspersed with just the right amount of slow numbers like "Georgia on My Mind," and including tracks from the show's supporting acts that were not included on the 1992 CD (which was a remixed, incomplete show), this document of the funk revolution features rare photos and liner notes by tour director Alan Leeds. The way to jump on board for a trip through James' world at the height of his career!

    LP1
    1. Introduction
    2. Brother Rapp
    3. Ain't It Funky Now
    4. Georgia On My Mind - Part 1
    5. Georgia On My Mind - Part 2
    6. Sunny
    7. Intro: Bobby Byrd
    8. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
    9. I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone)


    LP2
    1. Introduction: Vicki Anderson
    2. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
    3. Yesterday
    4. Break & Intro Announcement

    5. Dance & It's A New Day
    6. Bewildered - Part 1
    7. Bewildered - Part 2
    8. There Was A Time

    9. Sex Machine
    10. Try Me - Part 1


    LP3
    1. Try Me - Part 2
    2. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/I Got You/I Got The Feelin'
    3. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
    4. It's A Man's Man's Man's World
    5. Who Am I
    6. Please Please Please
    7. Sex Machine (Reprise)
    8. Super Bad
    9. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved
    10. Soul Power
    11. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (Reprise)
    12. Finale

    James Brown
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  • Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe) Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe) Quick View

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    Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe)


    Remastered Album And Bonus CD Featuring Previously Unreleased Alternate Takes And Live Performances


    Plus 'Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out' CD, A DVD Featuring 2 Tracks From 'live At The Marquee' And 7" Vinyl With Brown Sugar And Wild Horses


    All Housed In A Presentation Box With Hardback Book Complete With Real Zip


    Plus Print, Poster, 4 Postcard Set And Mini Replica Of Band Cut Out


    The carefully put together 120 page limited edition book recounts the making of this classic Stones album with an extensive essay by Nick Kent, embellished with previously unpublished images of the band and lavishly illustrated with metallic gold ink throughout.


    Sticky Fingers, one of the most revered albums in the storied catalogue of the legendary Rolling Stones, is set to enthral a new generation of admirers. The 1971 classic - which captured the band at the absolute peak of their powers, on timeless tracks such as 'Brown Sugar,' 'Wild Horses,' 'Bitch,' 'Sister Morphine' and 'Dead Flowers'.


    Sticky Fingers was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Stargroves, Mick's country home and Olympic Studios in London, and produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, Sticky Fingers was released shortly after the Stones became exiled in the south of France, leaving Britain after a sensational farewell tour. It also featured some of the most ground breaking artwork in rock history by Andy Warhol, with its famous working zip on the front cover.


    Sticky Fingers has been repeatedly hailed as one of the Stones' all-time great albums, capturing their trademark combination of swagger and tenderness in a superb collection. It continued the incredible outpouring of creative energy that had produced 1968's Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed in 1969. After Sticky Fingers, the Stones' relocation to the south of France led to the double album masterpiece Exile On Main St. The highly acclaimed Sticky Fingers showcased the ever more inventive song writing of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and formidable guitar licks from Mick Taylor.


    The Super Deluxe edition will also house Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!, the 13-track audio recording of the Stones' gig in Leeds in March 1971, shortly before their 'exile' in France began. The set included versions of the just-completed 'Brown Sugar,' 'Bitch' and 'Dead Flowers,' one of their many authentic forays into country music territory.


    The first sessions that led to Sticky Fingers took place as far back as December 1969, in the remote location of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama. The band then reconvened, back home in the UK both at Olympic and with the Rolling Stones Mobile parked up at Mick Jagger's Stargroves home.


    On April 23, 1971, 504 days after that first session in Alabama, Sticky Fingers was released, cheered on by media and public alike. "It is the latest beautiful chapter in the continuing story of the greatest rock group in the world," wrote Rolling Stone.

    7" Vinyl
    1. Brown Sugar
    2. Wild Horses


    CD1
    1. Brown Sugar
    2. Sway
    3. Wild Horses
    4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
    5. You Gotta Move
    6. Bitch
    7. I Got The Blues
    8. Sister Morphine
    9. Dead Flowers
    10. Moonlight Mile


    CD2
    1. Brown Sugar (Alternate Version with Eric Clapton)
    2. Wild Horses (Acoustic Version)
    3. Can't You Hear Me Knocking (Alternate Version)
    4. Bitch (Extended Version)
    5. Dead Flowers (Alternate Version)
    6. Live With Me (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
    7. Stray Cat Blues (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
    8. Love In Vain (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
    9. Midnight Rambler (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
    10. Honky Tonk Women (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)


    CD3: Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out
    1. Jumpin Jack Flash (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    2. Live With Me (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    3. Dead Flowers (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    4. Stray Cat Blues (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    5. Love In Vain (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    6. Midnight Rambler (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    7. Bitch (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    8. Honky Tonk Women (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    9. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    10. Little Queenie (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    11. Brown Sugar (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    12. Street Fighting Man (Live At Leeds University, 1971)
    13. Let It Rock (Live At Leeds University, 1971)


    DVD - Live at the Marquee, 1971
    1. Midnight Rambler
    2. Bitch

    The Rolling Stones
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  • Live At Shea Stadium Live At Shea Stadium Quick View

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    Live At Shea Stadium

    Recorded at New Yorks Shea Stadium in 1982, Live at Shea Stadium captures The Clash at the peak of its powers and on devastating form. Bristling with energy and attitude, Live at Shea Stadium is destined to feature alongside James Brown at the Apollo, The Who at Leeds and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison as one of the greatest live recordings of all time!


    The Clash, opening for The Who on their farewell U.S. tour played two nights at the legendary Shea Stadium (12th & 13th Oct 1982). They had recently released the Combat Rock album, and the singles Rock The Casbah and Should I Stay Or Should I Go were enjoying mass audiences via MTV and radio airplay. Despite being the support act, the New York Post reported there were as many Clash fans on those nights as Who fans.


    Recorded by Glyn Johns, the album features the second nights performance in its entirety and shows the band at a fascinating and pivotal point in their career. They had risen from punk agitators to arena superstars and would break up less than a year later. One of the few remaining unreleased Clash treasures, the recordings have long been sought after by fans and were unearthed by the late Joe Strummer while packing for a move. This is a legendary Clash concert. More than an album, its an event.

    1. Kosmo Vinyl Introduction
    2. London Calling
    3. Police On My Back
    4. Guns Of Brixton
    5. Tommy Gun
    6. The Magnificent Seven
    7. Armagideon Time
    8. The Magnificent Seven (return)
    9. Rock The Casbah
    10. Train In Vain
    11. Career Opportunities
    12. Spanish Bombs
    13. Clampdown
    14. English Civil War
    15. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
    16. I Fought The Law
    Clash
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  • The Power In One The Power In One Quick View

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    The Power In One

    Limited To 1000 LPs Worldwide


    Re-Mastered From Original Tapes


    The Wipers Final Recordings


    One of the most passionate and influential punk bands ever! The Wipers ''Power In One'' became the last final Wipers recordings. Recorded in 1998 by Greg Sage, all tracks were recorded through vacuum tubes.


    ''Guitar leeds that dazzle, frighten, and prick the senses, like Jimi Hendrix sans the showy bits and hyper-blues base. This remarkable talent's work as a guitarist is without peer. Power In One is another gale force wind'' - Jack Rabid (All Music Guide)


    ''As with every Wipers LP I would spend many months observing people and their situations to get ideas of what was in their mind and their motivations. This was always where the inspiration would come from for our songs. I would get a glimpse of the future by doing this and it was easy to write songs that would make sense 10 years from then. The Wipers songs and sound has always been a reflection of real life. I would look for raw and powerful emotions to write about, things that would bring a sense and illusion of realism, this would make our LP's more personal to the listener. I got so many songs from just walking the streets of Portland and watching people'' - Greg Sage (The Wipers)

    1. The Fall
    2. Power In One
    3. Shaken
    4. Misleading
    5. Rocket
    6. I'll Be Around
    7. Still Inside Of Me
    8. Ship Of Dreams
    9. Rest Of My Life
    10. Losers Revenge
    11. Take It Now
    12. Stay Around
    13. What's Wrong?
    14. Too Many Strangers
    Wipers
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    Ratworld

    Back in the good old of days of 1990, Color Dream games released Menace Beach for the then popular NES games console from Nintendo. Imagine skateboarding through a side-scrolling 8-bit world filled with balloons, clowns and disgruntled dockworkers in search of your cute pixilated girlfriend Bunny. It's from this slightly surreal, esoteric world that this Leeds indie rock revolving cast of local luminaries, headed by Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, draw their name. It's reference acts as the perfect backdrop to their 90s American underground and pre-Brit Pop indie; colourful, energetic, pop and always surprising. After the success of their EP 'Lowtalker' in early 2014, British indie label favourites Memphis Industries snapped MB up again, but this time with the band's debut album in mind. It comes in the shape of 'Ratworld', a thirteen song assault and journey through a psyche tinged wonderland, documenting moving away and waving goodbye to the fractured rubble of an unhappy lifestyle. On the title, Ryan says "We''ve created our own grubby little Ratworld to inhabit. Everything is better when it's a bit grubby and broken". It''s that dreamy sensation of taking comfort in chaos, looking around at the perfect mess you've created and feeling deeply content as it''s yours and no one else's.
    1. Come On Give Up
    2. Elastic
    3. Drop Outs
    4. Lowtalkin
    5. Blue Eye
    6. Dig It Up
    7. Tennis Court
    8. Ratworld
    9. Tastes Like Medicine
    10. Pick Out The Pieces
    11. Infinite Donut
    12. Fortune Teller
    Menace Beach
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  • Solid Gold Solid Gold Quick View

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    Solid Gold

    Solid Gold is the second album by the British post-punk band Gang of Four, released in 1981on 180gm vinyl from Rhino


    Formed in 1977 by Leeds University students Jon King (vocals), Andy Gill (guitar), Dave Allen (bass), and Hugo Burnham (drums), Gang of Four (along with the Fall, Mekons, and Liliput) produced some of the most exhilarating and lasting music of the early English post-punk era of 1978-1983. Fueled by the fury of punk rock and radical political theory, Gang of Four successfully welded the two in an inspired display of polemics and music that addressed the vagaries of life in the modern world (including love and romance) as matters of political inquiry.


    What made Gang of Four's polemical clang'n'roll so compelling was that it worked as harsh, bracing, and ultimately liberating rock & roll. With Allen and Burnham combining as a formidable and frequently very funky rhythm section, Gill didn't play guitar as much as emit thick wads of semi-tuneful distortion, while Kingsang in a dry, declamatory fashion similar to that of the Fall's Mark E. Smith. They have always remained, to the ears of those opened wide by punk rock, an extremely important band.

    1. Paralysed
    2. What We All Want
    3. Why Theory?
    4. If I Could Keep It For Myself
    5. Outside the Trains Don't Run On Tim
    6. Cheeseburger
    7. The Republic
    8. In the Ditch
    9. A Hole in the Wallet
    10. He'd Send In The Army
    Gang Of Four
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  • Ullages Ullages Quick View

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    Ullages

    "An Echo & the Bunnymen-inspired delay fest with Robert Smith-style vocals, it speaks for itself."


    -FLOOD


    Whilst Eagulls' debut album was a juggernaut of a record, often moving at breakneck speed and intensity, it was also a deeply melodic one and underneath the heady fuzz and gushing charge of the guitars laid a band with just as many pop leanings as they had punk. It's these moments that have been brought to the surface on the new record: dense, deeply textured explorations that recall the shimmering opulence of the Cocteau Twins and the ominous gloom of The Smiths and Disintegration/Pornography-era The Cure. Recorded during long days and nights in a converted Leeds Catholic church with returning producer Matt Peel before the album was sent to London to be mixed by Craig Silvey (Portishead, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, R.E.M), it's as refreshing as it is exhilarating to hear Eagulls' Ullages as they continue to forge a fierce and prominent British voice in the world of music.


    This record is every bit as dazzling as it's predecessor but it comes along with that most rare and treasured quality of being so in a way that feels new, whilst simultaneously remaining in the existing character and tone of the band. Never has the term 'sophomore slump' been kicked so mercilessly to death as by Eagulls on this album.

    1. Heads or Tails
    2. Euphoria
    3. My Life In Rewind
    4. Harpstrings
    5. Velvet
    6. Psalms
    7. Blume
    8. Skipping
    9. Lemontrees
    10. Aisles
    11. White Lie Lullabies
    Eagulls
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  • Impressions Impressions Quick View

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    Impressions

    Following the release of their acclaimed 2012 debut, Everything Touching, Tall Ships were championed by both the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival. Their debut earned a wealth of critical praise, with Pitchfork citing its penchant for the more swashbuckling strains of Okkervil River and Modest Mouse, M83's downcast glimmer, and Sigur Ros' misty yawn, and BBC Music claiming, the trio's debut displays dizzying craftsmanship.


    After a patch of personal turmoil and a falling out with their record label, the band found themselves at a crossroads. Where lesser bands might have crumbled under the weight of expectation and adversity, Tall Ships regrouped and retreated to keyboardist Jamie Field's country home to re-adopt a similarly DIY recording process to that which birthed Everything Touching years earlier. As such, Impressions bristles with a fresh intensity: it's a set that feels constantly on a knife edge of unpredictability, capable within a single song of being both disconcertingly tender and universal - easily the most ambitious and anthemic music the band has ever written, marking them out as one of the UK's most promising rock bands but one worn with the battle scars of doubt, fragility and lessons learned the hard way.

    1. Road Not Taken
    2. Will to Life
    3. Petrichor
    4. Home
    5. Lucille
    6. Meditations on Loss
    7. Sea of Blood
    8. Lost & Found
    9. Day By Day
    10. Impressions
    11. Purge
    12. Etching
    Tall Ships
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  • Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)


    Dire Straits' Self-Titled 1978 Debut Distinguished By Jazz-Inflected Mix Of Folk, Blues, Country, And Rock: Guitarist Mark Knopfler Displays Uncanny Precision, Intricacy, And Texture


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Pressed At RTI For Optimal Sound: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Engages With Natural Tones, Superb Balances, Reference Imaging, Sterling Clarity


    Breakout Dire Straits Album Includes Sultans Of Swing And Down To The Waterline: Band's Shuffles, Boogies, And Ballads Spark With Crispness, Soulfulness, Coolness


    Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style. Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles the world over - and which has never been better than on this meticulous analog pressing.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Dire Straits features natural tonalities, superb balances, you-are-there imaging, deep-black backgrounds, and pristine clarity. Even if you've heard this album hundreds of times before, you've never experienced it with such lifelike sonics and premium richness. This numbered, limited-edition collector's set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is how all vinyl should sound.


    Crucial to every arrangement, Mark Knopfler's winding guitar lines emerge with supreme transparency and multi-hued textural detail. His intricate playing comes across as if it's being transmitted via his 60s-era Fender Vibrolux amplifier placed right before you. The cleanliness, dimensions, and live feel are that good. His bandmates, too, benefit from the extra groove space afforded by this 45RPM edition. Rhythms skate and swirl; percussive effects resonate with crispness and attack; the leading edges of notes naturally decay.


    Dire Straits' strong, well-edited batch of original material further enhances the overall enjoyment and makes the record one whose pleasures go far beyond the organic sonics. Just as Knopfler's narratives pour forth with poetic and surrealist texts, the musical settings - an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, back-hall boogies, and pop-honed ballads - mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. The lyrics are equally captivating.


    Drawing from his time as a youth in Newcastle, Leeds, and London, Knopfler invests tunes with an autobiographical slant and emotional connectivity that become obvious the moment he opens his mouth to sing. Down to the Waterline, Wild West End, and Lions all feature colloquial touches that add to their reach. By extension, In the Gallery functions as a tribute to Leeds sculptor Harry Phillips (father of future Knoplfer collaborator, Steve Phillips) while the record's breakout smash, Sultans of Swing, pays homage to struggling bar bands.


    Through it all, Dire Straits performs with a subtle cool and clever poise that no band ever matched. Just how good is the chemistry? Bob Dylan heard the quartet and invited Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on Slow Train Coming. But even Dylan himself didn't hear Dire Straits sound this magnetic back in its original heyday. Now, everyone can.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Down to the Waterline
    2. Water of Love
    3. Setting Me Up
    4. Six Blade Knife
    5. Southbound Again
    6. Sultans of Swing
    7. In the Gallery
    8. Wild West End
    9. Lions
    Dire Straits
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    The Hum

    Hookworms return with their new album, The Hum, which follows the Leeds quintet's debut album Pearl Mystic - a record that steadily went on to become
    one of 2013's most impactful breakout statements in the UK!


    Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more
    melodic and focused, The Hum further cements the band's status as a vital
    force in British independent music. The Hum takes the blueprint of Pearl
    Mystic - proto-punk, garage rock, Washington DC hardcore, 80's British
    spacerock - and further stamps it with the band's seal. Leaner, meaner and
    more propulsive thanks to the muscular playing of new drummer JN, the
    record boasts both the most straight-up punk song the band have written to
    date in eviscerating opener "The Impasse" ("we wanted it to sound like
    Suicide if they had a full band", explains MJ) and moments of patient,
    widescreen beauty only hinted at previously.


    "We were writing Pearl Mystic to an audience in the same way your diary has
    an audience", says guitarist SS. "It's written to one but if no one ever reads
    it that's not a big deal. This time round though we knew we had a really clear
    audience, so The Hum is really about different freedoms and constraints -
    with Pearl Mystic the possibilities were almost too vast, this time around we
    had a much clearer idea of what the record should be like and that became
    freeing because we didn't need to worry about its direction so much. That
    word "free" is a good way to approach The Hum, a record that could only be
    made by a band in total command of their personality.

    1. The Impasse
    2. On Leaving
    3. iv
    4. Radio Tokyo
    5. Beginners
    6. v
    7. Off Screen
    8. vi
    9. Retreat
    Hookworms
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    Black Messiah


    Vinyl Lacquers Cut By Alex DeTurk At Masterdisk


    Pressed At R.T.I.


    No digital 'plug-ins' of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.


    ''For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category.'' - Questlove


    The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul.


    Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA "For best results, listen at maximum volume" should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies?


    The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).


    *Executive Produced by Kevin Liles and Alan Leeds

    * Produced by D'Angelo, Questlove, Pino Palladino, James Gadson

    * Mixed by Russell Elevado

    * Additional Mixing by Ben Kane

    * Engineered by Russell Elevado and Ben Kane

    * Additional Engineering by Tony Rambo

    * Mixed at M.S.R. Studios and Henson Studios

    * Mastered by Dave Collins

    LP 1
    1. Ain't That Easy
    2. 1000 Deaths
    3. The Charade
    4. Sugah Daddy
    5. Really Love


    LP 2
    1. Back to the Future (Part I)
    2. Till It's Done (Tutu)
    3. Prayer
    4. Betray My Heart
    5. The Door
    6. Back to the Future (Part II)
    7. Another Life

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    You Are Someone Else


    Fickle Friends' hugely anticipated debut album,'You Are Someone Else,' will be released via Interscope Records.


    Blessed with the same dedication to writing quirky anthems on their own terms as The 1975, the brittle icy synth flourishes of Chvrches and a new era indie pop IT girl in singer Natti Shiner, Fickle Friends have established themselves as the essential new British indie-pop band of 2018. They've played over 350 live shows together, been playlisted regularly on Radio 1 with an incredible string of singles including 'Brooklyn', 'Glue' and 'Hello Hello', headlined a sold-out London Forum - and all before announcing their debut album. Until now


    'You Are Someone Else' is an irresistible debut record, effortlessly capturing both the joy and uncertainty of growing up a 2017 millennial. Songs addressing social awkwardness, self-doubt, anxiety and the qualms of growing into young adulthood all through a prism of perfect timeless pop.


    Current single 'Hard To Be Myself' is an undeniably brilliant pop anthem for a pre-loading generation of wasted youth that flips lyrically from gloriously hedonistic abandon to naked self-analysis, while tracks such as 'Wake Me Up' addresses angsty obsession and the art of over-thinking. The album as a whole pivots around relationships and their tireless effects on the young mind, exploring the highs and lows of dating, falling in love and of course, breaking up.


    Fickle Friends are ultimately a great band with killer tunes who have worked hard at their trade and built a devoted fanbase the old fashioned way - playing as many shows as they could for as little cost, booking their own shows and writing songs on the road. Now, after huge festival shows at Reading and Leeds and a sold out Forum in London, things are slightly easier, but the dedication to writing undeniable songs and playing great gigs remains the same and they look set to dominate festival bills next year and play their debut album to the masses.


    On writing their debut album, Natti says, this album mostly talks about the feeling that you don't fit in your own life, forever craving something else. I felt like I was stuck in a perpetual nightmare of bad relationships and worry for so long and this collection of songs kinda pulled me out of that. We wrote and produced the bulk of everything between Jack's bedroom, the tour van and LA so it's been mostly DIY with an array of producers allowing us to get that extra 20%. We always wanted to make a record that made people dance and think at the same time. If any of these songs help anyone feel cool, or strong or even just less alone then we'll have achieved what we wanted.

    LP 1
    1. Wake Me Up
    2. Glue
    3. Swim
    4. Bite
    5. Hard To Be Myself
    6. Lovesick

    7. Say No More
    8. Heartbroken


    LP 2
    1. In My Head (Ditty)
    2. Rotation
    3. Hello Hello
    4. Paris
    5. Brooklyn
    6. Midnight
    7. She
    8. Useless

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    Nothing Compares 2 U

    Nothing Compares 2 U contains the original version of the iconic song. This previously unreleased version was recorded in 1984, six years before 1990's classic reimagining by SinÉad O'Connor and before Prince started performing the song live. The track was recorded at the Flying Cloud Drive 'Warehouse' in Eden Prairie by Prince's long-time engineer Susan Rogers, and originally composed, arranged and performed in its entirety by Prince, aside from the backing vocals by Susannah Melvoin and Paul St. Paul Peterson. Also featured on the original track is saxophone work by Eric Leeds.
    1. Nothing Compares 2 U (Edit)
    2. Nothing Compares 2 U
    Prince
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    Eagulls

    Since forming in 2009, Leeds-based Eagulls have become synonymous with a discontented, disillusioned kind of anger, molded into bullets of post punk that's rife with urgency and aggression.


    Now, following further standalone releases, their debut album is complete and slated for release in early 2014. Finessing the incensed spirit of their early tracks and gigs, it sets its stall out as a heavier, darker and more exhilarating step on from what's come before. 'Nerve Endings', opening track and first taste of the record, encapsulates that in throbbing bass and George hollering "can't find my end" whilst 'Fester-Blister' provides an anthemic streak cutting through a wall of frenetic noise. 'Tough Luck' takes inspiration from outside the punk pool associated with Eagulls, boasting a rumbling Joy Division-esque bassline. It all ends on the searing rush of 'Soulless Youth', which finds George declaring "I never feel fine/They're soulless inside the soulless youth" with enough bile to make it clear just how he feels about his generation.


    With the record now complete and ready for release, expect their own unique brand of mayhem to be lighting up venues around the country as they return to their natural environment of the road to reinforce their abrasive brilliant reputation once more.

    1. Nerve Endings
    2. Hollow Visions
    3. Yellow Eyes
    4. Tough Luck
    5. Amber Veins
    6. Possessed
    7. Footsteps
    8. Fester / Blister
    9. Opaque
    10. Soulless Youth
    Eagulls
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  • Pocket Full Of Kryptonite (On Sale) Pocket Full Of Kryptonite (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Pocket Full Of Kryptonite (On Sale)

    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl


    Pocket Full of Kryptonite, originally pressed in 1991 sold over six million copies worldwide and was on Billboard's popchart for an incredible 115 straight weeks.


    This reissue of Pocket Full Of Kryptonite by SoundStageDirect is a special project for both the band and Seth Frank, President and founder of SoundStageDirect. Seth's passion for vinyl started at the young age of 11 when he began working at the Princeton Record Exchange. It was in that very record store where a friendship between Seth and Chris Barron, the lead singer of the Spin Doctors solidified over a mutual love of music.


    As the legend goes, Chris Barron went in to the Princeton Record Exchange in Princeton, N.J., when he was about 13 years old. He met 15-year-old Seth who at the time worked at the store which Chris thought was really cool. With $3 of hard-earned allowance in his pocket, Chris asked Seth, 'What's a really good album that's like, cheap?' Seth said, "Dude, 'Live At Leeds,' It's a killer album." And so Chris bought his first vinyl album for 99 cents, and walked out with enough money left over for a slice of pizza and a soda.


    The two teenagers who bonded over their passion for music and vinyl records in particular are still friends today, coming full circle with the limited edition 180 gram vinyl release of Pocket Full Of Kryptonite. It's very clear both men still share the same excitement about bringing music to people, each in their own way.


    The Spin Doctors are currently on tour with all of the original members (Chris Barron, Eric Schenkman, Aaron Comess & Mark White).


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Jimmy Olsen's Blues
    2. What Time Is It?
    3. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
    4. Forty or Fifty
    5. Refrigerator Car
    6. More Than She Knows
    7. Two Princes
    8. Off My Line
    9. How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)
    10. Shinbone Alley / Hard to Exist
    Spin Doctors
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    TV En Français

    13 years and 3 albums in, We Are Scientists are back with album number 4.


    The new long player was recorded in New York City over the last year with producer Chris Coady (Smith Westerns, Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Blonde Redhead), and will land in the middle of the band's 5 month tour of Europe, America & Australia.


    Asked to comment on the unusual title, bassist Chris Cain explains, It's in French, I think. At least some of the words.


    Singer and guitarist Keith Murray elaborates: We wanted to get at the seemingly inevitable parallax that happens between two people in a relationship, that sense that you get the gist of what the other person needs and wants and how they feel about you, but only the gist - you're relying on these broad cues a lot of the time to tell you what the hell's going on.


    We Are Scientists exploded onto the U.K. scene with one of 2005's iconic indie dance rock records, 'With Love & Squalor'. Years of touring followed, as did a second album, 'Brain Thrust Mastery', that spawned now-classic nightlife anthem 'After Hours' (a #11 charting single). Main stage slots at Reading & Leeds,
    Glastonbury, T In The Park, and festivals all over Europe, as well as appearances on Later with Jools Holland, and their own series of comedic MTV shorts ('Steve Wants His Money'), followed by third album 'Barbara'. all served to cement and increase their legacy.


    Now, after releasing a 7-inch and a 5-song EP in 2013, the band prepare to share their finest collection of songs to date.


    According to Cain, The guy who was producing everything looked different from the one who did those other three records.


    Murray further enthuses, Yeah, working for the first time with Chris Coady as producer had a huge effect - he has such a distinct and well-developed sense of what's cool and what sounds good, but he's also emphatic about keeping the rawness of the performances in there.


    Drummer Andy Burrows, who also recorded 'Barbara' with W.A.S., relocated to New York for a year to work on the new album, and lends his world-class efforts behind the kit and elsewhere.


    - Contact Music

    1. What You Do Best
    2. Dumb Luck
    3. Make It Easy
    4. Sprinkles
    5. Courage
    6. Overreacting
    7. Return The Favor
    8. Slow Down
    9. Don't Blow It
    10.Take An Arrow
    We Are Scientists
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  • Live at the Music Hall Live at the Music Hall Quick View

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    Live at the Music Hall

    Those who were fortunate to catch Phosphorescent at any of the their shows in 2013 can attest to the fact
    that this is no ordinary touring band. Built around the core of founding member/songwriter Matthew
    Houck, Phosphorescent has expanded from a loop-station based solo act into a fully fledged classic rock
    band to be held in the same regard as the likes of Crazy Horse. They spent most of 2013 touring behind
    their hugely acclaimed album Muchacho, and by the end of the year the band were at the peak of their
    powers. This 3xLP live album was recorded over the course of four jam-packed, sweltering holiday
    nights in mid-December.


    The shows featured the full line up of Matthew Houck (Voice, Guitar, Piano), Rustine Bragaw (Bass,
    Voice), Christopher Marine (Drums), David Torch (Percussion), Jo Schornikow (Organ, Voice), Scott
    Stapleton (Piano, Voice), Ricky Ray Jackson (Pedal Steel, Guitar, Voice). The songs are culled from across
    the catalogue of Phosphorescent albums stretching back to early live favorite 'Wolves', which is featured
    here in both solo form and in full band guise, through to current classics such as 'Song for Zula' & Ride
    On/Right On'.


    After the shows, Houck spent hours going through the recordings, piecing together this definitive live
    collection. This is far from a quick cash-in live album - in fact, it should should perhaps be seen as the
    ultimate Phosphorescent record, taking the recordings that make the studio album to a whole new level.
    Once Houck had pieced together the tracks, he and album mixer John Agnello worked through the
    tracks, mixing them to truly represent that amazing Phosphorescent sound - one part cowboy bravado,
    one part wounded master.


    You can hear how Houck's voice cracks over over the tender 'Tell Me Baby ' and how it soars in the
    perhaps definitive Phosphorecent live song 'Los Angeles'. The musicianship on display here is supreme,
    particularly Ricky Ray's sublime pedal steel and the dual keyboard work of Schornikow and Stapleton,
    playing opposite each other and playing off each other. This album should be considered an addition to
    the pantheon of classic live records - The Who's Live at Leeds, Frampton Comes Alive, Neil Young's Rust
    Never Sleeps, The Band's The Last Waltz, Bob Marley's Live, Cheap Trick's Live at the Budokan - like those,
    it is a defining moment in the catalogue of Phosphorescent.

    1. Sun Arise! (An Invocation/An Introduction) (Live)
    2. A New Anhedonia (Live)
    3. Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master) (Live)
    4. The Quotidian Beasts (Live)
    5. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough) (Live)
    6. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)(Live)
    7. Dead Heart (Live)
    8. Down To Go (Live)
    9. Song For Zula (Live)
    10. Ride On/Right On (Live)
    11. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (Solo, Live)
    12. Muchacho's Tune (Solo, Live)
    13. Wolves (Solo, Live)
    14. Joe Tex, These Taming Blues (Live)
    15. Los Angeles (Live)
    16. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (Live)
    17. South (Of America) (Live)
    18. Wolves (Live)
    19. At Death, A Proclamation (Live)
    Phosphorescent
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    I Wish U Heaven (Single)

    12 Maxi-Single Reissue

    Featuring I Wish U Heaven And Scarlet Pussy

    I Wish U Heaven is a joyful, spiritual song with few lyrics, which runs 2:43. The 12 single is a substantially extended three-part suite which runs over ten minutes.

    Part One of the mix starts with a stripped-down version of the Lovesexy album song, remixed with a dance beat. The original drum programming and rhythmic electric guitar riffs are deleted for much of the song.

    Part Two is a gospel rendition with new lyrics, continuing the spiritual theme. This part of the song was often sung in concert during the Lovesexy World Tour. The beginning of this section paraphrases lyrics from Housequake, from the previous album Sign O the Times. Prince also quotes the film Scarface with the lines Say hello to my little friend... and then introduces the Blue Angel, a new blue version of his custom White Cloud guitar featured in the film Purple Rain. Sheila E. is also given a call out, and her voice can be heard responding in this section.

    Part Three is based on an outtake called Take This Beat and deviates quite a bit from the original theme. This segment has Prince using his Jamie Starr persona to humorously tout the fact that he's funky, musically talented, and has plenty of beats (songs) that are so fine. The song ends with a looped repeat of the title. This version of the song became one of the highlights during the supporting tour in which Prince would usually order the house lights to be turned up, and instruct the crowd during a call and response segment.

    The B-side, Scarlet Pussy, is credited to Prince's alter ego, Camille. The song is very sexual, using metaphors of cats and dogs for sexual organs, a theme Prince previously used for the B-side La, La, La, He, He, Hee. Prince uses his sped-up Camille vocals, as well as a slowed-down vocal, similar to Bob George from The Black Album. The song features a saxophone solo from Eric Leeds. The decision to include such a raunchy song with the spiritual A-side was noteworthy. The edit of Scarlet Pussy was included on 1993's The Hits/The B-Sides.

    1. I Wish U Heaven (Part 1, 2, & 3)
    2. Scarlet Pussy
    Prince
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    The Journey Man

    "In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."


    Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"


    It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.


    But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.


    Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.


    Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.


    "I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."


    What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.


    Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.


    By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."


    Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).


    Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.


    A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.


    The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.


    Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.


    "I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."


    Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.


    'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.


    Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".


    And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.


    - Tim Barr, 2017

    LP 1
    1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
    2. Prism
    3. Mountains
    4. Castaway
    5. The Mirrored River


    LP 2
    1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
    2. I Think of You
    3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
    4. Redemption


    LP 3
    1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
    2. The Ballad Celeste
    3. This Is Not A Love Song
    4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
    5. Triangle
    6. Tomorrow's Not Today
    7. Run Run Run

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