Iggy Pop The Bowie Years A 7 CD box set ‘ The Bowie Years’ exploring Iggy Pop’s Berlin-era albums to be released on 29th May via UMC. The boxset features remastered versions of ‘The Idiot’, ‘Lust For Life’, live album ‘TV Eye’ and rare outtakes, alternate mixes and a 40 page book. ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘The Idiot’ will also be released as standalone 2CD deluxe editions with bonus live CDs on the same date. The box set and albums provide a fascinating insight into the unique creative alchemy that defined the mythical Berlin-era of post punk, and set the wheels in motion for a sound that went on to dominate the world, shaping popular culture for decades to come. Iggy Pop’s ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Lust For Life’ remain two of the most influential albums ever made and still stand as towering behemoths in rock’s upper echelons, their sonic DNA and attitude continuing to influence and inspire new generations of artists to this day. Both albums run through the fabric of artists such as Joy Division , Queens Of The Stone Age, IDLES, Fontaines DC, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, N.I.N., Nick Cave, and an ever regenerating crop of new talent. Following the demise of Iggy’s seminal proto-punk band The Stooges, and a stint on the road together, Iggy and Bowie moved to West Berlin in 1977 to start work on Iggy’s debut solo album. Inspired by the Cold War era surroundings, and named after Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, ‘The Idiot’ saw Iggy moving away from the guitar heavy punk of The Stooges (and the ubiquitous sound of the era), bringing electronics textures and brooding darkness to the fore. The album was a critical and commercial success, spawning hits including ‘China Girl, ‘Nightclubbing’, ‘Funtime’ and ‘Sister Midnight’. On a creative roll, the duo were back in the studio a matter of weeks after the accompanying tour to promote ‘The Idiot’ finished, recording Iggy’s sophomore solo album ‘Lust For Life’. Bringing a rawer rock’n’roll feel back to the fore, ‘Lust For Life’ spawned two of Iggy’s biggest hits, the titular track and the anthemic ‘The Passenger’. Alongside these two albums, included in the box is a remastered version of the live album ‘TV Eye’ recorded the 1977 tour in Cleveland, Chicago and Kansas City featuring Bowie on keyboards. There are also three discs of live recordings from March 1977 officially released for the first time - Live at The Rainbow Theatre, London, Live at The Agora, Cleveland and Live at Mantra Studio, Chicago. The set also contains a 40-page booklet with contributions from the musicians who played on the records and famous fans discussing the influence the albums have had on them. Virgin EMI CD
Paris Green / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye Oh Yes This has all the hallmarks of a dance classic and one we should be really excited about. The vocal used on the track is indeed that of music legend Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Mitchel ‘Paris Green’ Kelly was discovered by Kölsch on his BBC Radio 1 Residency show through his track “You Got To Try”, which became demo of the month and shortly got signed by Damian Lazarus for his Rebellion/Crosstown Rebels imprint. The E.P. release received support from Pete Tong, Kölsch, Steve Bug, Damian Lazarus. The seed was planted and Mitchel began branching out, going off the beaten path, to create his personal style. With a natural interest in art, design and fashion, Mitchel started Paris Green in 2017. Creating hypnotic dancefloor grooves with soul and jazz aesthetics. He decided he needed to know the classics, because you can't know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been and that’s where he found Marvin Gaye’s 1967 ‘If I Could Build My Whole World Around You’ The track features Marvin Gaye and Tammi’s original vocals. Support is coming already from Damian Lazarus and many others at club. Virgin EMI 12"
Tangerine Dream Phaedra [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 1. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 29th August, strictly one per customer. Tangerine Dreams first release after signing the Richard Branson's Virgin Records.Released on 20 February 1974, it unveiled a brooding title track that was spread across the whole of side A.Phaedra was recorded at the Manor, the studio inside a manor house in Shipton-on-Cherwell in Oxfordshire, England, which was already celebrated by early 1974 as the location in which Mike Oldfield had created Tubular Bells, It was produced by Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese who also painted the image on the album cover.With audio taken from 2019's boxset In Search Of Hades and bonus tracks not on the original album this has been made in a double LP for the first time, pressed on 180g heavyweight tangerine coloured vinyl. UMC/Virgin EMI LP RSD 2020
Sandie Shaw Reviewing the Situation [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 1. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 29th August, strictly one per customer. Sandie Shaw was one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s, forever famous for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with "Puppet On A String".She dominated the UK charts with a flood of pop hits during the late 1960s - including three number one singles – yet ventured into a funkier direction with this her fifth studio album.This was Shaw's first time producing an album herself and she chose songs by alternative artists from the 1960s with covers of tracks by The Beatles, Rufus Thomas, Lovin' Spoonful, Dr.John, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and what, on release in 1969, was the first ever cover of a Led Zeppelin song (Your Time Is Gonna Come).Her sensual voice and a strong backing band, featuring Ian Wallace of King Crimson on drums, gives these classic tunes a new lease of life.This release features the long lost mono mix of the original album plus a second disc of bonus material from the same sessions, including versions of Paul McCartney's 'Junk' and 'Frank Mills' from the Broadway show Hair, collected together on vinyl for the first time. UMC / Virgin EMI LP RSD 2020
Roxy Music / Steven Wilson Roxy Music - The Steven Wilson Stereo Mix [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 1. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 29th August, strictly one per customer. The final piece of the Roxy Music debut album celebration jigsaw.Originally intended as part of the groundbreaking box set from 2018, Steven Wilson's stereo mix of the epochal work has been whispered about from its non-inclusion onwards.Now, with the full blessing of the band, it sees the light of day in strictly limited clear vinyl for RSD 2020, mastered for vinyl by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road. UMC / Virgin EMI LP RSD 2020
Roger Waters The Wall - Live in Berlin [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 2. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 26th September, strictly one per customer. To herald the 30th anniversary of one of the most symbolic concerts of all time, for RSD 2020, we are releasing a limited clear vinyl run of the landmark 1990 Berlin version of The Wall, Roger Waters' landmark concept album.Recorded in the former 'no-man's land' between the Brandeberg Gate and Potsdamer Platz in Berlin just eight months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the live spectacular was watched by over 500,000 people.A string of special guests make this a truly unique recording: few records can boast a range of stellar talent such as Van Morrison, The Band, Cyndi Lauper, The Scorpions, Jerry Hall, Sinead O'Connor and Joni Mitchell.Transferred at Abbey Road and offered in 180gm vinyl, it is an opportunity for many to reacquaint themselves with an absolutely unique reading of Pink Floyd's towering 1979 concept album. UMC/Virgin EMI LP RSD 2020