James Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
I learnt my lesson when I called James 'serviceable' and therefore created a Twitter storm. I later apologised and called them 'functional' instead but were their fans happy? Well, no not really. So I will refrain from saying anything other than they are back with a new album influenced by Trump and all the things going wrong in the world.
- Vinyl Double LP (4050538393620)
Following their very successful Girl At The End of the World album, James are back with a new four track EP and like most artists in 2018 they have something to say about Trump. This is the first taste of new material recorded with producer Charlie Andrew (alt-J, Wolf Alice) and is bound to go down well amongst their legions of fans.
A reissue of James’ third album, first released in 1990 in the wake of their big hit ‘Sit Down’ and responding to that success with a big epic pop-rock sound. Anthems was the name of the game on Gold Mother, as evidenced by the presence of violins and trumpets and the like. Double LP reissue, featuring the original 1990 tracklisting.
- Vinyl Double LP (5712909)
Here is your chance to scoop up vinyl reissues of some of James’s vintage albums, courtesy of Mercury. Seven, which I’m afraid is their fourth album rather than their seventh, was produced partly by Killing Joke’s Youth, and partly by Steve Chase… can you hear the difference? Double LP reissue.
- Vinyl Double LP (5712912)
Tuck into some James why don’t you? Mercury are launching a series of reissues of the britpoppish band’s albums, and Pleased To Meet You is the last album they released before their initial hiatus circa 2001. Look carefully at the cover art, which is a composite image of all the members of the band compressed into one face… James himself if you will. Double LP reissue.
- Vinyl Double LP (5712915)
Vinyl reissues of some of James’s vintage albums, available now thanks to the Mercury label. Millionaires is the last James album of the nineties, and it treads quite a bit of different territory during its running time, with both smooth straightforward pop and more ingenious excited songs turning up. Double LP reissue.
- Vinyl Double LP (5712914)
Mercury are launching a series of reissues of britpoppish band James’s albums, and here is their 1997 effort Whiplash, which was partially produced by no less than Brian Eno and contains ‘She’s A Star’, one of the band’s big hits. The songs veer between slight experimentalism and full synthy pop, with dabs of Eno ambience here and there. Double LP reissue.
- Vinyl Double LP (5712913)
This is the full performance of James' acoustic gig for Greenpeace presumable at Buckingham Palace? Is that right? Was the Queen in attendance? Anyway only a small handful of tracks have been issued from this and this is the first time it has been released. Comes on transparent vinyl with booklet and stuff. Sure to be of interest to wealthy James fans.
One from the ‘90s, it’s Laid, the 1993 album from Manchester group, James. It reached number 3 in the UK charts at the time and was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Complex and produced by Brian Eno no less. It’s an album of catchy alternative rock tunes which are undoubtedly ‘90s but just as damn good today.It’s punchy, singalong stuff.
It has apparently been 32 years since James formed: hard to believe eh? After such a long stint, they’ve elected to make a brand new record (their fourteenth). The Girl At The End Of The World is an electronically tinged set of excited indie numbers, the band obviously still enjoying the creative process. CD or double LP.
- Vinyl Double LP (538185600)
The album which made James and the album which lost them many of their new fans, Laid and Wah Wah were actually meant to be released together; Laid as a jolly, punchy rock album, which recruited many American fans to the Manchester group for the first time, and Wah Wah as a jamming alternative. They were released apart instead and by the time Wah Wah came out, people couldn’t get onboard with its alternative, jamming session tunes.
A deluxe boxed set with 4CDs, 68 tracks, 20 unreleased tracks, a 56 page hardcover book of everything you could possibly need to know, four button badges and four postcards. Cor blimey!
James recorded their critically and commercially successful album Laid alongside Wah Wah during their sessions at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Complex with Brian Eno at the production buttons. The two albums were meant to come out together, Laid a collection of sing-along rock tunes, Wah Wah the jamming and experimental indie rock companion. The albums were released apart and that is now seen as the reason why people couldn’t understand where Wah Wah was coming from and James failed in America because of it.
This 180g double LP with download code gives Wah Wah the glory its fuzzy, rolling rock goodness deserves.
James are back with their with their 11th full-length album and first in six years, La Petite Mort. The album was produced by Max Dingel who has previously worked with the likes of The Killers and White Lies.
Tim Booth suffered loss of him mother and a close friend shortly before work commenced on the album. It is no surprise that death is a theme running through the album, however it is an inspiring and affecting album.
La Petite Mort is available on double 180g vinyl LP, with download code and CD.