Classic reissues from January–June 2021
Fresh editions of timeless albums – packed with extras!
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Released 25 June 2021
- P J Harvey White Chalk
- The schedule of reissues of PJ Harvey’s classic studio albums continues with her seventh, White Chalk.
- White Chalk LP £26.99
Released 11 June 2021
- Sharon Van Ettenhas had a celebrated career since the release of her second album, 2010’s epic. On its release, epic laid a romantic melancholy over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak without one honest thought or feeling spared. Her songs covered betrayal, obsession, egotism, and all the other emotions we dislike in others and recognise in ourselves. Van Etten’s grounded and clenched vocals conveyed a sense of hope – the notion that beauty can arise from the worst of circumstances.
- To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this special album’s release, and to acknowledge the convergence of Van Etten’s present and past work, she asked fellow artists she admired to cover one song from epic each in their own style. The resulting epic Ten is a double LP featuring the original album plus a new album of covers and reimagined artwork. The featured artists include musicians Van Etten herself admired in her early days (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, and Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon of Big Red Machine), peers (Courtney Barnett, IDLES), and a younger generation of innovators (Shamir, St. Panther). What they all share is embodied by epic – a musician frankly communicating themselves through the power of music.
- “epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist. Going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up. I am in awe of the artists who wanted to participate in celebrating my anniversary and reissue, from young inspiring musicians, to artists who took me under their wing, who I met on tour, and to artists I’ve looked up to since I was a teenager. Each one of these artists continue to influence my writing and provide a sense of camaraderie during this new era of sharing music.” -- Sharon Van Etten
- Singles (The U.A. Years+) – a 26-track best-of is a celebration of Dr. Feelgood at their absolute peak – gets a reissue on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1989. The band was formed in 1971 in Essex by founding members Lee Brilleaux (singer), John B. Sparks (Sparko) on bass guitar, John Martin (The Big Figure) on drums and guitarist Wilko Johnson, whose iconic and renowned choppy style of playing saw the band build huge notoriety in London’s live music scene resulting in a record deal with United Artists in 1974.
- Track list: Roxette / She Does It Right / Back In The Night / Going Back Home / Riot In Cell Block No. 9 / Sneakin’ Suspicion / She’s A Wind Up / Baby Jane / Down At The Doctors / Milk And Alcohol / As Long As The Price Is Right / Put Him Out Of Your Mind.
Released 28 May 2021
- Seamonsters, the third studio album by British indie legends The Wedding Present, was recorded in 10 days in America with producer Steve Albini, giving the album a rougher, harsher overall sound than the group’s earlier albums. It was well received on release and has continued to be featured in critics’ ‘best of’ lists such as the Guardian’s 1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die (“one of the most excoriating, exhilarating British indie albums of the 90s”).
- The 2-LP package includes the studio album alongside the 3 Songs, Dalliance, and Lovenest EPs plus the John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session from 1991 featuring versions of four songs from the album.
- The expanded artwork has been put together by Hitch, the original designer, and the whole project has been overseen by the band’s leader David Gedge.
Released 21 May 2021
- My Bloody Valentine Classic Album Reissues
- At long last, the three iconic albums released by My Bloody Valentine are being reissued, along with a collection of EPs and rare tracks!
- Isn’t Anything CD £11.99 / LP £25.99 / Deluxe LP £27.99
Released 30 April 2021
- P J Harvey Uh Huh Her
- The schedule of reissues of PJ Harvey’s classic studio albums continues with her sixth, Uh Huh Her.
- Uh Huh Her CD £12.99 / LP £24.99
- At long, long last, here is an official re-issue of British trumpeter and bandleader Ian Carr’s iconic jazz-rock fusion hybrid Belladonna from 1972.
- Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectable ‘swirl’ design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK jazz musicians of the ’70s. Taken from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger’s band, Soft Machine and the Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano saxophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae (Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few.
- Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr’s career, Belladonna is awash with atmospheric excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock sensibility from Holdsworth’s exceptional guitar playing. The moody yet funky vibe of the album has echoes of In A Silent Way-era Miles Davis.
- The album is best enjoyed played in its entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track ‘Summer Rain’, which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing. Though recorded in the ’70s, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. ‘Mayday’s Shaft-like long extended intro builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in.
- To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, we have once again been lucky to enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.
Released 23 April 2021
- 23 April: Plastic Ono Band was the debut solo album by John Lennon, released on 11 December 1970. John and Yoko had started writing and demoing at Abbey Road (EMI Studios) in the summer, with recording sessions taking place during September/October.
- Released on the same day was Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band album, the couple regarding the release as a pair of albums rather than two entirely separate projects, albeit of course it not achieving the same sort of coverage or chart success as John’s.
- Coming as this does hot on the heels of last year’s much loved and well-reviewed Gimme Some Truth and Imagine reissues, the audio has been completely remixed from the original studio tapes as part of the ongoing John Lennon Ultimate Mix series. The aim for this mix process is to achieve three things: to remain faithful and respectful to the original recordings; to ensure that the sound is sonically clearer overall and to increase the clarity of John’s vocals. As Yoko says, “it’s about John,” and this new mix shows that it is his voice that brings the biggest emotional impact of the album.
- This multi-format super-deluxe box includes:
- The new Ultimate Mix on one CD, plus 5 further CD discs, each focusing on different aspects, including: original outtakes, demos, Elements Mixes (focusing on individual aspects of the songs to reveal unheard elements), Evolution Mixes (the story of each song from demo to complete recording), Raw Mixes (unadorned studio takes that place you inside the room almost sitting alongside the band) and a further disc of studio jams.
- There are two Blu-ray Audio discs that feature hi-res stereo (192/24) versions of all the above as well as surround mixes in both 5.1 and Dolby Atmos.
- A 130-page book featuring many exclusive and new photos, track-by-track notes in the words of John and Yoko, lots of tape boxes and a full breakdown and descriptions of the audio content.
- Further material only available on BD includes the Yoko Ono Band/Plastic Ono Band Live Sessions from the original recording sessions and featuring Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman.
Released 26 February 2021
- P J Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
- 26 February: This is the vinyl reissue many PJ Harvey fans have long been waiting for!
- Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea LP £22.99
Released 12 February 2021
- 12 February: Stage Fright is the third studio album by Canadian-American group The Band, released on August 17, 1970. Engineered by Todd Rundgren and Glyn Johns, it features two of the group’s best-known songs, ‘The Shape I’m In’ and ‘Stage Fright’, both of which showcased inspired lead vocal performances (by Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, respectively) and became staples in the group’s live shows.
- This 50th anniversary reissue presents the tracks in a different running order – apparently the originally intended order – in a fresh stereo mix by Bob Clearmountain. Alternate mixes of ‘Strawberry Wine’ and ‘Sleeping’ are issued for the first time and also included are seven unearthed ‘field recordings’. These Calgary Hotel Recordings from 1970 offer a fun and loose, impromptu late-night hotel jam session between Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of several Stage Fright songs recorded while the album was in the mixing stage.
- The 2-CD version includes a full and previously unreleased concert, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, June 1971, captures the group in the midst of their European tour.
- The limited-edition box set includes:
- the album on LP and CD;
- the full concert CD;
- a blu-ray with a brand-new Bob Clearmountain 5.1 surround sound-mix, as well as a hi-res stereo mix of the album, bonus tracks and the live show;
- and an exclusive reproduction of the Spanish pressing of The Band’s 1971 7" vinyl single ‘Time To Kill’ (backed with ‘The Shape I’m In’) in their new stereo mixes;
- a photo booklet with new notes by Robbie Robertson and touring photographer John Scheele;
- a reprinting of the original Los Angeles Times album review by critic Robert Hilburn;
- three lithographs; and more.
Released 5 February 2021
- 5 February: An f-bomb-saturated hip-hop call and response club cut … from Sun Ra?! While the most renowned track in this omniversal opus is the atomic expletive-filled repartee ‘Nuclear War,’ there is so much more to this dark mysterious journey through the mind of Sun Ra. The sprawling, suite-like 20-minute title track sustains a lyrical edge in spite of an open framework and textures, which encourage sonorities to surface and emerge from the band as if there was no human intention behind them. In opposition to ‘Nuclear War,’ Ra’s organ playing here was built less on bombast and sonic terror than it is on whispers, stutters, shivers, and swells. A Fireside Chat With Lucifer offers a wide stylistic array, as was the artist’s intent, reflecting his eclectic, seemingly irreconcilable approach to compositional extremes. With Sun Ra you get everything... except predictability. This is the first ever reissue of this iconic album!
Other reissues for 2021
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