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Releases for 16 November 2018
Our first recommendation for 16 November comes from The Smashing Pumpkins; 4 years after Monuments To An Elegy, Billy Corgan has gathered together three quarters of the original line-up and Shiny And Oh So Bright is the exciting and fascinating result.
The traditional instruments of Mumford & Sons’ first two albums return on Delta, but this time fed through a number of different effects so that they’ve become unrecognisable. The result is innovative and experimental but always highly listenable.
Down The Road Wherever features 14 unhurriedly elegant compositions by Mark Knopfler in a sound he describes as “the Delta meets the Tyne”. His guitar playing is as deft and richly melodic as ever.
Jean-Michel Jarre returns after 40 years to his 1978 masterpiece in Equinoxe Infinity, a concept album about the watchers (the characters with binoculars) as being part of the struggle between human and artificial intelligence.
We don’t normally recommend reissues, but we can’t miss out Kate Bush Remastered, freshly mastered versions of her entire catalogue; 16 November brings us her first 7 albums, with the rest coming on the 30th. It’s hard to think of a more perfect run of singer-songwriter albums. Suffice to say these are all essential.
Merrie Land is the second album from supergroup The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong – back after a decade with a questioning goodbye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018. The timing could not be more apt, and there could not be a more perfect band to untangle the optimism, disorientation and confusion in the atmosphere today.
British rock supergroup The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Blur’s Damon Albarn, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong, Afrobeat legend Tony Allen and producer Danger Mouse – have announced Merrie Land, their first new album in more than a decade.
The album is described as “a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018.” The album surveys what a post-Brexit UK might look like: an extrapolation of the close-focused scoping of London in their first album, now writ large for a country in the midst of tumultuous change.
Note: The deluxe CD comes presented in an A4 book. The LP is available on green vinyl, only from record shops.
- The Good, The Bad & The Queen Merrie Land Pre-sale offer CD £11.99 / Deluxe CD £22.99 / LP £22.99
Yes – you read that right, the full title of the new Smashing Pumpkins album, in all caps. Maybe we can just call it Shiny & Bright Vol.1 for ease – but officially Billy insists it must be referred to at all times as SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL.1: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.
It’s something of a return to form for the band, with three quarters of the classic line-up returning, 4 years after Monuments To An Elegy – here’s the latest single, with lyric video.
- The Smashing Pumpkins SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL.1: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN Pre-sale offer CD £11.99 / LP £21.99
Mumford & Sons release their fourth album, Delta, which features a return of the traditional instruments of their first two albums, but this time fed through a number of different effects so that they have become unrecognisable. The result is innovative and experimental but always highly listenable.
Note: the LP is an exclusive version only available in record shops.
- Mumford & Sons Delta Pre-sale offer CD £11.99 / 2-LP £28.99
Mark Knopfler’s new album, Down The Road Wherever, features 14 unhurriedly elegant Knopfler compositions inspired by a wide range of subjects from his own early days in Deptford to the compulsion of a musician hitch-hiking on a snowy night. Knopfler himself describes the sound as “the Delta meets the Tyne”. Certainly his deft, richly melodic guitar playing is as front and centre as ever.
- Mark Knopfler Down The Road Wherever Pre-sale offer CD £12.99 / 2-LP £29.99
Never one to do things normally, Jean-Michel Jarre releases a new album barely a month after a career-spanning anthology. Equinoxe Infinity returns us after 40 years to one of his best-loved compositions. This concept album will not be a direct follow-up to the 1978 masterpiece, but rather a meditation about the watchers (the characters with binoculars) as being part of the struggle (or not) between human and artificial intelligence. Jarre describes this album as “Equinoxe on steroids”.
- Jean Michel Jarre Equinoxe Infinity Pre-sale offer CD £10.99 / LP £25.99 / 2-CD + 2-LP box set £72.99
Contents: The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming, Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes
Kate Bush Kate Bush Remastered In Vinyl 1 Pre-sale offer Vinyl box set £89.99
Contents: The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming
Kate Bush Kate Bush Remastered In Vinyl 2 Pre-sale offer Vinyl box set £89.99
Contents: Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes
- Kate Bush Kate Bush Remastered
- Kate Bush will release remastered versions of her entire album catalogue on vinyl and CD in November. This is the first (and definitive) programme of remastering and covers all Kate’s studio work with the release of many rarities and cover versions on vinyl and CD for the first time.
- The complete remastered works are available in two CD box sets or 4 vinyl box sets. The first two vinyl sets and the first CD set will be released 16 November, with the latter two vinyl sets and the second CD set released on 30 November. Details of the second half of this series can be found here.
- The albums, many of which have been unavailable on vinyl for a decade, have been remastered by Kate and James Guthrie. Kate’s 10 studio albums are spread over 3 vinyl boxes, whilst the fourth box contains many rarities previously unavailable on vinyl, including a whole disc of cover versions. The live album Before The Dawn is included in CD Box 2 in its original mastered form. The total number of vinyl discs is 18.
- Kate Bush Kate Bush Remastered Part 1 Pre-sale offer CD box set £64.99
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Releases for 2 November 2018
Leading off 2 November’s fab five is More Blood, More Tracks, the latest chapter in the highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series. This volume – the 14th – contains 11 recordings made during the sessions for the artist’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks, which redefined the boundaries and structures of modern pop songwriting. The Prodigy return with some of their fiercest ever tunes on No Tourists, proving that Liam Howlett, Maxim and Keef Flint remain riotous two decades since they changed the face and sound of electronic music with the epochal The Fat Of The Land. There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s Opeth, one of the best bands on the planet on record or on stage; and Garden Of The Titans, recorded live in 2017 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver, contains tracks spanning the band’s nearly 30-year career. Dionysus is the hotly anticipated new album from acclaimed Australian duo Dead Can Dance: seven movements in two acts in the form of an oratorio that represent the different facets of the myth and cult of Dionysus, taking inspiration from across the world, making tracks that evolve less like songs and more akin to fragments of the cohesive whole.
Our release of the week is She Remembers Everything, on which Rosanne Cash proves that dreams still beckon in a damaged world, and renders them with fierce grace. Familiar yet alien, Cash’s take on being a woman in the world reveals just how much has gone awry. She Remembers Everything contains echoes of nearly all the styles she’s used during four decades as a recording artist.
On She Remembers Everything, Rosanne Cash proves that dreams still beckon in a damaged world, and renders them with fierce grace. The follow-up to her 2014 release The River & The Thread – recipient of 3 Grammys including Best Americana Album – offers shimmering pop, with hints of twang and jazz, that could find a home in almost any year of postwar American music. But the luminescence and bright production are shot through with a darker vision, trenchant vocals, minor chords, and bent notes that destabilize the landscape. Familiar yet alien, Cash’s take on being a woman in the world reveals just how much has gone awry.
Closing out the four decades Cash has spent as a recording artist, She Remembers Everything contains echoes of nearly all her previous styles. Listeners familiar with Seven Year Ache or Interiors will recognize the knowing ache of this record. Those who listened to recordings and live shows in subsequent years will likewise find the literary voice that has framed her more recent music. Cash’s time focused on roots music also lends a classic form to her songwriting that makes it universal and timeless.
- Rosanne Cash She Remembers Everything CD £11.99 / LP £25.99
Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 is the latest chapter in the highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series. This volume makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during six extraordinary sessions in 1974 – four in New York (16, 17, 18 & 19 September) and two in Minneapolis (27 & 30 December) – that resulted in the artist’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks. One of the top-selling albums of Dylan’s career, Blood On The Tracks redefined the boundaries and structures of modern pop songwriting (a genre Dylan had virtually invented a decade prior), reached #1 on the Billboard 200, achieved RIAA double-platinum status and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.
Blood On The Tracks was originally recorded during four days in New York City in September, 1974. Soon thereafter, the album was mastered and review copies began to circulate. A few months later, Dylan felt the album needed a different approach and re-recorded five of the tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios beginning in late December of that year. While a few of the out-takes from the original New York sessions have been highly prized by bootleggers and collectors, most of these recordings have never been available in any format.
More Blood, More Tracks assembles 10 of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the 10 songs appearing the original Blood On The Tracks plus a previously unreleased version of ‘Up To Me’.
- Bob Dylan More Blood, More Tracks CD £12.99 / 2-LP £22.99
The original electronic music trailblazers The Prodigy are back with some of their fiercest ever tunes. No Tourists has been written, produced and mixed over the last year by Liam Howlett in his studio in London’s Kings Cross. Though this is, Liam notes, “very much a band album”. Maxim and Keef Flint are very much present and correct, each supplying their legendary vocal skills on this, the Essex machine’s seventh studio album. Yes, there are one or two collaborators, but fundamentally this is the sound of the central Prodigy three, bringing their riotous sound to audiences old and new, two decades since they changed the face and sound of electronic music with epochal album The Fat Of The Land. Expanding on the general shape of the project, Liam says: “this album is equally aggressive as the last records – but in a different way.”
- The Prodigy No Tourists CD £11.99 / LP £23.99
There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s Opeth. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the band has eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds and, most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful albums, becoming one of the best bands on the planet, on record or on stage. Ask any Opeth fan. Enquire with any band that’s shared the proverbial pine with the Swedes. Or get a label representative to talk about Opeth. They’ll all tell you the same thing: Opeth are peerless. And they’re only getting better. Filmed and recorded in 2017 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver, Garden Of The Titans is a live performance including tracks spanning the band’s nearly 30-year career.
- Opeth Garden Of The Titans CD + DVD £23.99 / CD + Blu-ray £26.99 / LP £22.99
Dionysus is the hotly anticipated new album from acclaimed Australian duo Dead Can Dance. It consists of two acts across seven movements that represent the different facets of the myth and cult of Dionysus, and takes the musical form of an oratorio, which has informed both spiritual and secular pieces of music as far back in history as the early 16th century. Two years in the making, Brendan Perry has amassed an array of folk instrumentation and, as often heard on previous albums, takes inspiration from across the world, making tracks that evolve less like songs and more akin to fragments of the cohesive whole.
- Dead Can Dance Dionysus CD £11.99 / LP £22.99
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