Geffen Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
The Diamond Sea is the majestic noise-rock centrepiece of Sonic Youth’s 1995 Washing Machine Album, one of the rare occasions the band went full-blown noise-sprawl on one of their ‘proper’ major-label albums. It is a beautiful piece though, with a lovely melodic song breaking down and stretching out for nearly 20 minutes. Stand-alone 12” release on Geffen.
Spielberg's 1975 Jaws is arguably one of the soundtracks that made John Williams’ name, as well as permanently associating the shark with a certain two-note musical motif. This reissue is of the original MCA Records release, with all the crucial orchestral moments from the film. 180g vinyl, on UMC.
Bad Moon Rising was only the second record for these presidents of noise rock, and saw a reverence for classic rock and all its idealism hit a brick wall of distortion an disdain. Sonic Youth made feedback the new pop music, and this record helped them on their way to that very reasoned idea: this is a piece of accessible dissonance.
Is there a finer stamp of approval than your album appearing in a pre-millennium episode of the Simpsons? Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, is one of the American indie underground’s epics, and was their last before signing to a major label (take from that what you will). LP box set comes with live versions, covers, and a booklet with previously unpublished photos.
The Whitey Album by Ciccone Youth is an album that was recorded in 1988 by Sonic Youth with Mike Watt and Greg Ginn. The album features infamous cover versions of Madonna’s Into The Groove, known here as Into The Groovey and Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love. The band’s name is taken from Madonna’s surname.
The Whitey Album is available on vinyl LP and CD.
Goofin’ records repress Sonic Youth’s art-rock masterwork Sister, and they’ve even included a download with the vinyl LP. On their fifth album the band’s dissonant no-wave drones are as heavy as ever, but they’re tied to sharper songwriting and thoughtful band dynamics.
- Vinyl LP box set (GOO05LP)
- CD (2756510)
- £11.99 £6.00 (saving: £5.99)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy
Sonic Youth’s Evol is their third album from 1986 and as the title may hint towards, Evol is the album which sees Sonic Youth evolve into a rockier sound which always reminds me a bit of The Doors, as the sound swells from crashing guitar into murky drums effortlessly.
Available on vinyl or CD. CD comes with an additional track which also comes with the vinyl’s download code.
Your favourite uncle of noise rock, ok, maybe more like wisen parents, Sonic Youth’s 1983 album Confusion Is Sex is a dark backwards step into their more primitive state. Noisy, disjointed and clanky as hell. Guitars being destroyed for your listening pleasure. Repressed by Goofin’, good work guys. Yes. Just Yes.
1994’s Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star was kind of an unexpected beast from and for Sonic Youth. Showing the world they were more than capable of making songs that weren’t entirely reliant on discordant noise, but featuring an almost delicate side with a majority of the songs having clean guitar tones throughout. Reissue LP on Universal.
Once again available on CD, with bonus live tracks and studio outtake "Where The Red Fern Grows". The self-titled 1982 debut from Sonic Youth witnesses the legendary NYC noiseniks in embryonic form, more sparse than later manifestations and occasionally bearing a resemblance to the dubby, bass-heavy post-punk of Public Image Ltd as much as no-wave peers such as DNA and Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. Originally released via Glenn Branca’s Neutral label, the recordings feature Richard Edson on drums and form a crucial document of a band whose aesthetic was still in its early stages.
Beck’s 2002 album Sea Change marked something of a sea change (yeah we went there) for Beck’s own practice. There is much less in the way of sampling and cool-cat irony, and rather more in the way of sincere emotion. Plus, live-instrument tracks that engage with the smooth heartbreaky sounds of country rock. Double LP reissue on Geffen.
- Vinyl Double LP (5703490)
A return to in-print and on-vinyl status for a few Sonic Youth albums. 1990’s Goo was considered to be their most accessible album to date: it does after all contain the popular tunes ‘Dirty Boots’ and ‘Kool Thing’, virtually pop hits for Sonic Youth. LP reissue on Universal / Back To Black, with a variation on that great Topshop T-shirt design as sleeve art!
Beck's famed record of folk pop, hip-hop and gleeful harmonica turntablism gets a reissue through its original label Bong Load! This alternative gem crossed a lot of paths, each united under the boy's smirky vocal, blending the mainstreams of rock and electronic into one neat package. A now old-school classic from the guy who will be a head-in-a-jar come the year 3000.
Mutations is one of five album titles by Beck to being with the letter M. With Mutations, the follow up to the classic Odelay, Beck threw another curve ball to his fans, recording album of what could be described as cosmic folk rock. He even showed the influence Brazilian pop music has had on him with the track Tropicalia.