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Jónsi & Alex Somers
Riceboy Sleeps (2019 Analogue Remaster)

Jonsi and Alex Somers don't just play together, they work together... or they did once on the Riceboy Sleeps album, originally released in 2009 but now available on posh triple vinyl with rounded corners and now including the All Animals EP. This is gorgeous ambience of the highest order which will appeal to people who like Sigur Ros but also to people (me) who don't like Sigur Ros but know good atmospheric downtempo electronics when they hear it. Delve in.     
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David Bowie
Station To Station

The records of the great  David Bowie live on, with several of reissues on Parlophone. 1976’s Station To Station is an entirely crucial piece of the Bowie canon, combining the funky soul he’d just be exploring with the German experimentalism he was about to dive headlong into. The ‘Thin White Duke’ returns on CD and 180g vinyl LP.
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The Snuts
Always

A white vinyl 7” of ‘Always’, a single from Scottish indie newcomers The Snuts. Recorded under the aegis of legendary producer Tony Hoffer, it’s a rousing and highly infectious track that allows the band to reveal their tender side. Got that sort of London Grammar/Florence & The Machine/Temper Trap thing going on. Features B-side ‘That’s All It Is’ and an alternative take on ‘Always’.
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A Day To Remember
You're Welcome

'You’re Welcome' is the seventh LP by Florida's pop-punk/metalcore exponents A Day To Remember. It’s the band’s first album for five years, but vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, whilst thanking fans for their patience, puts that down to the painstaking detail in every part of the process. For fans of New Found Glory, NOFX, Blink 182 and the like. 
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David Bowie
Boys Keep Swinging

The David Bowie re-issue fest continues with a 40th anniversary re-press of Boys Keep Swinging. The track was the first single to be taken from his then current Lodger album and here contains I Pray, Ole on the B Side a track unreleased since the Lodger re-issue. Picture Disc shows a nice pic of Dave singing.  
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Iron Maiden
Nights Of The Dead - Legacy Of The Beast, Live In Mexico City

Commemorating their enormous 'Legacy Of The Beast world tour' - one that began in May 2018 and was still ongoing when it had to be cancelled because of the pandemic - Iron Maiden announce a new live album recorded in Mexico City in November 2019. ‘Nights Of The Dead - Legacy Of The Beast, Live In Mexico City’ is presented over six (6) sides of vinyl. The tracklisting features some Iron Maiden songs that have never made it onto one of their live records before plus some rare appearances for tracks that date back to the start of their career.

Blackfield
For The Music

Blackfield, the long-standing on/off collaboration between Porcupine Tree founder Steven Wilson and Israeli vocalist Aviv Geffen, returns for its sixth studio album. ‘For The Music’ sees the duo fit their psychedelic art-rock style to a bold, accessible template, making for arguably their most ambitious record so far.
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David Bowie
Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World)

50 years ago, The Man Who Sold The World by David Bowie was released in the USA. To celebrate Parlophone are reissuing the album under its original title, Metrobolist. It was the first album by David Bowie to feature guitarist Mick Ronson. It has been remixed by its original producer Tony Visconti, although he left the track ‘After All’ alone as it couldn’t be improved upon. 
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Electronic
Electronic

What do two celebrated Manchester musicians do if they suddenly find themselves not doing what they always did? Well, Bernard Sumner took a little time out from New Order and Johnny Marr left The Smiths and joined forces to form Electronic. In 1991 they released their debut album, which also featured the Pet Shop Boys, most notably on the hit ‘Getting Away With it’. Reissued on 180g vinyl with a black cover.
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Kelly Jones
Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day

Kelly Jones is known for being the frontman of successful Welsh rock band Stereophonics. ‘Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day’ sees him reworking some of his band’s classics and lesser-known songs along with a pair of tracks from his 2007 solo album ‘Only The Names Have Been Changed’. To top off this twenty-one-track comp Jones has recorded a version of the Kris Kristofferson classic ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’.
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Talk Talk
Spirit Of Eden

Fashioned from innumerable improv sessions, 1988’s Spirit of Eden is where Talk Talk took an experimental turn and, in so doing, secured the legacy that lives on in bands such as Zelienople. Sprawled-out and unhurried song structures, a smattering of strange sound design, a wide instrumental palette, plenty of dynamics and space, Mark Hollis’ soulful and plaintive moans… come on, it’s a masterpiece.
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Gorillaz
Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez

Gorillaz’ hugely popular Song Machine project, announced earlier this year, gathers together the output to date on this compilation. Season One - Strange Timez is released on regular and deluxe CD and vinyl editions, and contains 11 tracks in total featuring contributions from guest stars ranging from Slaves and Slowthai to Beck, Peter Hook and Elton John. 

Kraftwerk
Tour de France

Tour De France was a 2003 album by Kraftwerk made to celebrate the centenary of the bicycle race of the same name. It contains a brand new version of their 1983 single of the same name as well as a host of other compositions. The track was initially made due to the bands increasing interest in cycling prompted by Ralf Hutter. The new version and accompanying album form part of the last 'new' material heard from the band to date.   
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Motörhead
On Parole (Expanded & Remastered)

'On Parole' was meant to be Motörhead’s debut LP when it was recorded in 1976, but the fact that it was left unreleased until 1979 meant that the record served as their fourth studio album. Here 'On Parole' gets an expanded reissue on double-vinyl, remastered from the original tapes and coming complete with six bonus tracks. Hard-rockin' and trash-talkin', 'On Parole' is the only Motörhead album to feature their very first line-up of Larry Wallis on guitar, Lucas Fox on drums and the indomitable Lemmy on vocals and bass. 

Kraftwerk
Radio-Activity

Radio-Activity was Kraftwerk's fifth studio album originally released in 1975. It was the first of their albums to be purely electronic and was notable for it's more minimalist approach to their song craft. It is more drifty and avant-garde than earlier records and although it doesn't have the iconic status of their previous Autobahn, it was an important shift forward in their constantly developing electronic sound.   

David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars needs no introduction, being one of the best-known albums of an enormous cultural icon. This release uses the 2012 remastered versions of the tracks.

Talk Talk
It's My Life

This is the one where things started to change. Producer and multi instrumentalist Tim Friese-Green was drafted in and immediately set about turning the previous 'new romantic image' into something more special. Still the hits kept coming with 'Such a Shame', 'Dum Dum Girl' and the stellar title track beautifully combining mainstream pop and sophisticated production.   
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David Bowie
Hunky Dory

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Hunky Dory is Bowie’s 1971 triumph, containing several of his most immortal songs, including ‘Changes’ and ‘Life on Mars?’. Remastered in 2015.

David Bowie
David Bowie aka Space Oddity

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Here is Bowie’s second album under his stage name, released in 1969. Along with early folk-Bowie, it also provides the first glimmers of the genius that was soon to arise. 2015 remastered versions.

Kraftwerk
Trans Europe Express

In a career full of peerless masterpieces, Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans Europe Express’ might be the most peerless of them all. This 1976 LP was the culmination of everything they’d done since ‘Autobahn’, a synthesiser music album at once in tune with so many others and also alone in its class. It is a love letter to Europe, to music and to the future. So, so many genres - techno, hip-hop, synth-pop - would sound very different without this ‘Trans Europe Express’.

Kraftwerk
3-D: The Catalogue

If you didn’t snatch a ticket to one of Kraftwerk’s 3-D live shows this summer, you can make it up to yourself with this piece of documentation! 3-D: The Catalogue is available in five different formats, ranging from DVD and LP versions of highlights from the tour setlist to vinyl, CD and Blu-Ray boxes with all eight of Kraftwerk’s (main) albums performed in full, plus various trimmings. Wow!

The Snuts
Mixtape EP

The Snuts have a name so simple and so ridiculous that they may well become very popular. They certainly share a lot in common sonically with the early days of another preposterously named band Arctic Monkeys such is their zest of simple, catchy and rather snotty pop. The weight of Parlophone is right behind these guys so expect big things.  

David Bowie
Storytellers

20 years ago David Bowie recorded a set for the VH1 series Storytellers. It has previously been released on CD, Digital and DVD, but never on vinyl. This vinyl edition is the most complete and faithful version of events that day (23/08/1999) and includes 4 songs that were not on the original CD release. It contains songs from Hunky Dory, Low, Aladin Sane and more. 

Mac Miller
Circles

Circles is the final album by Pittsburgh rapper, singer and songwriter Mac Miller who tragically died in 2018 whilst making the album. It was completed by producer Jon Brion who had been working on it with Miller. Brion also worked on previous album Swimming, to which Circles is regarded as a sister album.

Coldplay
Orphans / Arabesque

With the imminent arrival of Everyday Life, Coldplay’s first album in four years, we have a two track 7” single to whet your whistles. It features two new songs - their first new songs in two years - Orphans and Arabesque. The fans are already referring to these songs masterpieces, apparently.
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Coldplay
Everyday Life

Coldplay are reasonably well known these days. It would therefore be expected that their new album, Everyday Life, will shift a few units. It’s an album of two halves - Sunrise and Sunset which sees the band moving in all sorts of surprising directions. Everyday Life is their 9th album, and first for four years.

Kate Bush
The Kick Inside

(8) Bad dreams in the night Would they ever reissue The Kick Inside? Now we have a remastered, remastered, Remastered version,   Kate Bush! It’s she, it’s Katy, She’s come home! Yes we, Norman Records™, Let her in at our window.   Ooh it gets dark, it gets lonely, At the Norman warehouse... (8)

Stereophonics
Kind

Wayne Rooney will be pleased - Stereophonics are back! The band are just one away from a dozen studio LPs now, though despite laying down all that material over the years they really haven’t changed their sound much (obviously - it’s Stereophonics we’re dealing with here). Kind features songs called things like ‘Hungover For You’ and ‘Bust This Town’ so we’re going to assume it’s business as usual for everyone’s favourite Welsh stadium-rockers.

Stiff Little Fingers
Inflammable Material

Stiff Little Fingers’ debut LP Inflammable Material turns forty this year. If punk isn’t dead, it’s certainly well into its midlife crisis. Back in the day there were few better than these Northern Irish legends when it came to sound and fury. Recorded to a backdrop of the Troubles and sectarian violence, Jake Burns and his band burn with a righteous anger from Inflammable Material’s first track to its last.

White Reaper
You Deserve Love

A first major-label release for Louisville-based quintet White Reaper, who’ve been doggedly carving out a name for themselves in the alternative rock scene over the last five years, an ascendancy that has seen them support The Killers. You Deserve Love is the group’s third studio album overall, and arrives on CD and green coloured vinyl. 
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Kate Bush
The Sensual World

She’s not wrong, y’know - it really is a Sensual World that we live in. Kate Bush had a tough task following up Hounds Of Love (who wouldn’t?), but with her sixth studio LP she passed the test with ease. The Sensual World is a quixotic art-pop masterpiece from the artist who wrote the book on such things. Finishes with ‘This Woman’s Work’. Originally released as the ‘80s drew to a close, this new edition has been given a remastering job by Parlophone.

David Bowie
VH1 Storytellers

Back in 1999 the guys at VH1 got a pretty big name booking for their Storytellers series  - Dame David Bowie. He delved into all sorts of nooks and crannies of his back catalogue for the performance mixing hits like Rebel Rebel and China Girl with obscurities like Can't Help Thinking About Me. It was released on CD and DVD in 2009 but this is the first time you have been able to get it on vinyl.  

David Bowie
Space Oddity

Space Oddity is the classic Bowie hit and, as with a lot of classic hits and records (and lets face it not-so-classic records) they continuously get repressed and reissued and recoloured and rewritten and reproduced and remastered etc etc. However, this sweet collection of 7"'s with posters and prints and all sorts is a real treat for fans of...urm...David Bowie. 

Blur
Live At The BBC

25 years ago Blur apparently lived at the BBC. Sorry, no, Blur played a live session for BBC Radio 1. This was, of course, around the time of their very famous third album, Parklife, which included the hit I Am The Fly by Wire, Sorry again! I mean Girls & Boys. Girls and Boys is one of the four tracks on this Blur Live At The BBC EP along with Jubilee, Trouble In The Message Centre and Lot 105.
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David Bowie
DJ

A real treat for fans of the Duke here. 'DJ' was the second single from Bowie's album The Lodger. It's a track that inhabits the worlds of both Roxy Music and Talking Heads. It's getting released on a nice picture disc that includes an alternative mix and a version recorded for the Kenny Everett Show in 1979. I also recommend you watch the video for this track, it's pretty weird. As far as I can make out, it's just Dave smiling really widely in various places. 

Kraftwerk
The Man Machine

Yeah boy, this is the good stuff right here. You might know ‘The Man Machine’ as The One With ‘The Model’ on it, and it’s true that Kraftwerk’s seventh LP does contain some of their catchiest numbers (‘The Robots’ kicks off the record). However, this album also uses a sleeker pop sensibility to hide a plethora of futuristic ideas. A blueprint for so many genres to come, from synth-pop to techno to EBM.

David Bowie
The 'Mercury' Demos

Oh right, we get it. Mercury as in space, the place that David Bowie loved more than any other place. Not mercury as in the element. Anyway, The ‘Mercury’ Demos follows on from recent posthumous Bowie bonanzas Spying Through A Keyhole and the Clareville Grove Demos. All of the cuts on Mercury were captured, with the assistance of John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, on a reel-to-reel in Bowie’s flat in 1969. It sounds like … well, it sounds like David Bowie around the time of ‘Space Oddity’. Which is what it is. Comes with goodies aplenty.

Dinosaur Pile-Up
Celebrity Mansions

After a four-year gap, Leeds’ post-grunge heroes Dinosaur Pile-Up return with their fourth studio album Celebrity Mansions. As has been frontman Matt Bigland’s style for the best part of a decade by now, it promises big melodies delivered with ferocious force, evidenced by lead single 'Thrash Metal Cassette'.

The Head and The Heart
Living Mirage

American indie-folksters The Head and The Heart return with their fourth studio album. Recorded in legendary locations connected with the Great American Songbook, including the Joshua Tree National Park and studios in Nashville and L.A., Living Mirage is a series of “vignettes” of ennui and redemption, according to lead singer Jon Russell. 

David Bowie
Clareville Grove Demos

Doesn’t he look young? Parlophone’s covetous pursuit of early Bowie demos follows Spying Through a Keyhole with a new triple 7” set of unheard 1969 recordings. Recorded with John Hutchinson, the mono tunes are packaged in a mimicry of Bowie’s hand-scrawled demo submission sleeves.

David Bowie
Beauty and The Beast

Limited 7” picture disc boasting a newly remastered version of the Fripp-assisted “Heroes” opener, previously released as a single in the start of ‘78. That’s not news to anyone perhaps, but the b-side may be more of a draw for fans - a previously unavailable live version of Blackout, fittingly recorded in Berlin later that year. You’ll know immediately whether you need this or not!

David Bowie
Pin Ups (Picture Disc)

Pin Ups is David Bowie’s 1973 covers album, in which our hero sets aside his original songwriting (which was of course on fire at this point) in favour of a selection of his personal 60’s English favourites. The Who, The Kinks, Pink Floyd and The Yardbirds all get Bowied here, on an album that still divides many fans. Picture disc reissue edition.

Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl III

The third of the Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl reissue series features three of the great artist’s more recent albums: the triumphantly-returning 2005 double album Aerial, her 2011 reworkings-of-earlier-material collection Director’s Cut, and 50 Words For Snow from the same year. All presented on vinyl in a very fine box-set from Parlophone.

David Bowie
Spying Through A Keyhole

For their latest post-Bowie cash-grab we find Parlophone throwing together a collection of bespoke 7” singles of formative work by the late Starman. Spying Through A Keyhole features a bunch of demos, rarities and other ephemera, the most immediately arresting of which are a couple of early versions of ‘Space Oddity’. Please note that these are bedroom demos rather than studio tapes, and as such the recording quality is a little more down-at-heel.

Paul Weller
Other Aspects Live At The Royal Festival Hall

Featuring on the cover a very useful and revealing 'side view' of his hair, this is an immaculately presented recording of the Modfather's live set at the Royal Festival Hall back in October 2018. Paul Weller looks back over his career and includes renditions of the Jam and the Style Council tracks but typically avoids the big hits in lieu of rare and deep cuts. 3LP & DVD set or 2CD & DVD set is your choice.   

David Bowie
Never Let Me Down

What are we to make of the David Bowie album that the man himself disliked the most? The album he has described as being "awful", an album he wondered why he recorded? Whatever he thought of it, 1987's Never Let Me Down remains interesting because the man was so interesting, especially as it was conceived in tandem for the ridiculously over the top Glass Spider tour. 

David Bowie
Tonight

After David Bowie released Let's Dance he was as big as he'd ever been and decided to strike while the iron was hot. The resulting album is 1984's Tonight, which was largely successful at keeping the general public interested in him. For all its commercial ambitions Tonight remained a Bowie album, with the video for Blue Jean really being a 20 minute short film. 

David Bowie
Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87)

Way back in 1987, David Bowie released Never Let Me Down. The ensuing tour was called Glass Spider, a show more theatre than gig which inevitably ended up being accused of being pretentious. Of course nowadays, theatrics are the norm. So maybe it's time to reevaluate Glass Spider, or at the very least its Montreal stint.

David Bowie
Serious Moonlight (Live ’83)

1983's Let's Dance was one of David Bowie's most commercially successful albums and so needed a tour to match. Named Serious Moonlight, the tour sold much better than expect forcing Bowie into less intimate venues than planned. Perhaps this explains why it featured an uncharacteristic one costume change. 

David Bowie
Let’s Dance

Trust David Bowie to make one of the most commercially successful records of the 80s. After his Berlin trilogy where he explored the more art rock side of things he thought hey feck it I'm going to dye my hair bleach blonde work with Nile Rogers and become a proper pop star for a bit. This contains all those mega hits  - China Girl, Let's Dance, Modern Love and that's just the first three tracks. 

Kate Bush
Remastered Part II

Volume two of the Kate Bush Remastered CD box-set series features all of the later period Kate Bush material (from 2005’s Aerial to 2016’s live album Before The Dawn), plus a stack of rarities, including B-sides, covers and 12” mixes, all quite hard to get hold of. Hard to argue with this collection to be honest, especially with the shiny new remastering.

David Bowie
Glastonbury 2000

It's almost hard to fathom almost 20 years on that David Bowie's hair was so long and luxurious at his show at Glastonbury in 2000. But there you can see is pictorial evidence of it's length and lustre. It's only one reason why his performance was so legendary that night. Now for the first time you can hear (or see) the entire show which has never been broadcast in it's entirety. There's also bits and bats of extras too like David's diary from the night and a reprint of Caitlin Moran's original review of the show.    

Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl IV

Tantalisingly obscure delights await you within the fourth of the four Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl box-sets. Two volumes of B-sides, one volume of 12” mixes, and also In Others’ Words, a collection of cover versions (imagine having your song covered by Kate Bush!). Lots of rare wonders then, readily available on vinyl at last.

Kate Bush
The Dreaming

New editions of Catherine Bush’s fourth LP here courtesy of Parlophone. People weren’t sure what to make of The Dreaming when it came out - too uncommercial, they said. However, time has been kind to the record. The Dreaming is now regarded as an unsung gem of Bush’s catalogue and regularly appears in those 'Best Albums Of The 1980s' lists. Both Big Boi and Björk are fans, dontcha know.

Pet Shop Boys
Very

The fifth LP from the Pet Shop Boys gets the reissue treatment through Parlophone. Very is way more vivacious than 1990’s autumnal Behaviour. A dance-pop album full of brash beats and soaring choruses, these songs show off the duo at their garish best. It ends with their cover of ‘Go West’, which this particular blurb writer absolutely loves but understands if you don’t feel the same way. As part of the re-release package the album has been remastered and the CD release comes with an extra set of B-sides, rarities and remixes.

Kate Bush
Never For Ever

After a two year break, Kate Bush released her third album, Never For Ever in 1980. It hit the number one spot in the ol’ album charts and album spawned three hit singles - Babooshka, Army Dreamers and Breathing. She even got Roy Harper to sing backing vocals on the latter. Remastered LP and CD on Parlophone.

Kate Bush
The Red Shoes

Kate Bush’s 1993 album The Red Shoes, newly remastered and reissued on CD and double LP formats. Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and a 1948 film, this album, the last before Bush took a decade-plus long break, features a number of guest appearances, including Jeff Beck, Prince, and Lenny Henry. On Parlophone.

Paul Weller
True Meanings

Paul Weller wants the truth, dammit! No faking here. A sign hangs above the door to the former Jam bloke’s fourteenth solo full-length - ‘True Meanings Only’. Weller’s quest for the real has, according to the press release for this album, pushed him to make an LP ‘unlike any he has ever made before’. That’s not true though - these are wistful dad-rock lullabies of the sort that he’s been dabbling in for a fair few years now. Noel Gallagher, Lucy Rose and Rod Argent (The Zombies) all crop up among these fourteen tracks.

Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast

You might have heard of this one. Hard to believe there once was a time when Bruce Dickinson was the new boy, fresh from Samson and awaiting judgement from the Di’Anno fans, but it’s fair to say he passed the audition. There’s a good chance that Maiden are playing the title track, Hallowed Be Thy Name or Run to the Hills in some corner of the globe right now. It might be a stretch to talk about “deep cuts” on a 14 million seller, but Children of the Damned and The Prisoner aren’t too shabby either.

Pet Shop Boys
Behaviour

Yes, yes, we know the Pet Shop Boys have been a bit crap for a while now. But when they were good, they were really bloody good. Their fourth LP Behaviour, first released in 1990, is the one that would probably win if you took a straw-poll among hardcore PSB fans as to which was the duo’s best full-length. It’s a gorgeous, wistful sigh of a record. Any album that starts with ‘Being Boring’ is going to be up to something, right? Now remastered and reissued - the CD comes with a second disc of bonus beats.

David Bowie
Zeroes

As a taster for the upcoming Loving The Alien boxset, David Bowie fans can get their hands on this limited edition 7” picture disc featuring radio edits of two songs from his Never Let Me Down album. Zeros and Beat Of Your Drum have been newly remixed and revamped for 2018 by Mario McNulty. 7” on Parlophone.
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Pet Shop Boys
Bilingual

While the ‘90s may have seen a slight tail-off in affection for the Pet Shop Boys after they conquered all during the Thatcher years, the decade also had the duo quietly turn in some of their best LPs. Bilingual, their sixth record of original material, is one of these unsung classics. The album maintains a quintessential PSB flavour while also incorporating influences from Spanish and Latin American musics. As with the concurrent reissues of Behaviour and Very, the CD version comes with a bonus disc of rarities.

David Bowie
Loving The Alien (1983 - 1988)

The '80s was a notoriously hard period for David Bowie. His critical and commercial status waned as fans grew tired of his endless shape-shifting. It seems that not many people were, in fact, Loving The Alien. However, that’s not stopped Parlophone releasing these deluxe box-sets of his mid-80's output.  Loving The Alien (1983-1988) includes unreleased tracks, live takes, remixes, B-sides - in short, the lot. Maybe it's time to reappraise the age of the Glass Spider.

David Bowie
Live Santa Monica '72

Witness David Bowie performing some of his very best early material in this 1972 live recording. It’s a fairly phenomenal set, including lots of Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, as well as a cherished Velvet Underground cover. Formerly distributed as a bootleg but recorded to radio-broadcast-grade standards, Live Santa Monica ‘72 is now officially released as a double LP set.

Gorillaz
The Now Now

After the messy and uninspired Humanz, The World’s Most Famous Virtual Group™ needed a shake-up. So Gorillaz have locked up their bassist and hellraiser-in-chief Murdoc and drafted in a new member, Ace, in his place. The Now Now features eleven new tunes from Damon Albarn and his Merry Men. Early signs are promising - first single ‘Humility’ features George Benson and sees them rediscover a little of the sunny charm of Plastic Beach.

David Bowie
Welcome To The Blackout (Live London ’78)

If you missed out on that oh-so desirable triple vinyl package just recently, then don’t worry, you might find satisfaction with this double CD edition instead. Welcome To The Blackout captures a powerhouse performance by King David Bowie in 1978, a time where his touring catalogue was stuffed full of Berlin era hits. Fabulous vintage live Bowie. 2CD on Parlophone.

Morrissey
This Is Morrissey

The last of the famous international letdowns oversees the umpteenth cash-grabbing compilation release of his over-long and formerly-distinguished career. It’s a confused selection from a confused man, taking in as it does live tracks, alternative mixes and a couple of mid-period classics. Songs that used to mean so much to us - ‘Ouija Board, Ouija Board’, the majestic ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ - sit alongside concert takes that, once upon a time, would have been worth the hassle. But therein lies the problem - This, pissing on his own bonfire, Is Morrissey. The vinyl has sleeve notes written in French, because of course it does.

Jonny Greenwood
Bodysong

As well as being in enormous miseries Radiohead,  Jonny Greenwood (as well also as having the floppiest hair on the planet) has his own soundtrack biz. This is his debut soundtrack from 2003 and in it he fuses experimental music, jazz, electronic and classical music. It has now been re-issued in a gatefold style LP. 

David Bowie
ChangesTwoBowie

Calling all Bowie fans! The second half of the ChangesBowie compilation made available officially for the first time since the mid 80’s. Including Aladdin Sane, Starman, Ashes To Ashes, and  Wild Is The Wind it takes tracks from 1971 up to 1980. They have had a full remaster and are available on CD and vinyl formats.

Pet Shop Boys
Please

Pet Shop Boys made a big noise on the club scene with their debut single West End Girls, however, it was the re-recorded version that got them noticed by the record buying public. The number one hit, with lyrics inspired by hip-hop and TS Eliot, set them apart from other acts and cemented the duo as chart stars throughout the ‘80 and ‘90s. West End Girls is only one of a number of smash hits on their debut album, Please, from 1986. Here it is remastered on 180g vinyl or 2-CD, the latter containing a bonus disc of remixes and b-sides.

Pet Shop Boys
Actually

Actually was the second album by ‘80s synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, and like it’s predecessor, Please, it’s crammed with hits. It’s A Sin, Rent, Heart and What Have I Done To Deserve This? all feature. The latter featured vocals from Dusty Springfield and began a reawakening of her career. Reissued on 180g vinyl and a 2-CD version which contains a bonus disc with remixes and demos.

Pet Shop Boys
Introspective

1988’s Introspective saw Pet Shop Boys approach the album format a little differently - certainly for a pop album. Each of its six tracks were epic in length, and the ones chosen for singles had to be edited down somewhat. Their new sound was overseen by Trevor Horn, the first time he’d produced the duo. It didn’t seem to stymie their success at all, however, as it contains their cover of Always On My Mind, a monster hit and Christmas number one in 1987, no less. Remastered 180g vinyl and 2-CD, the latter containing a bonus disc of demos and alternative mixes.

David Bowie
Heroes

Anyone who hasn’t previously had the chance to pick up some of the key David Bowie albums doesn’t have to worry any more, as Parlophone are furnishing us with some fine new reissues of the great man’s Berlin period! Heroes is of course defined by its massive and infinite title track, but the rest of the tracklisting is also extremely worth digging into. CD and LP reissues.

David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is Bowie at the dawn of the 80’s, trying to produce a more commercial sound than the preceding Berlin records, although Robert Fripp and his magic guitar are still in the game. Features ‘Ashes To Ashes’, among other classic Bowie cuts. CD and LP reissues from Parlophone.

David Bowie
Lodger

Lodger is the third and final entry in David Bowie’s late 70’s ‘Berlin’ trilogy, featuring his continued Brian Eno and Tony Visconti collaboration. Lodger is generally reckoned to be an underrated art-pop gem in the Bowie catalogue, so if you’ve not lodged yet, this reissue from Parlophone would be a perfect opportunity.

David Bowie
Low

You’d be a fool to try and pick out a ‘most classic’ album from the hefty David Bowie discography, but it you did, Low would be a very good shout. The 1977 album, which began the Berlin-based Brian Eno and Tony Visconti collaboration trilogy, is notable for having a more experimental second side, but is fabulous all the way through. CD and LP reissue editions.

David Bowie
Pin Ups

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Pin Ups, released in 1973, finds Bowie covering a number of his 60’s favourites, including tracks by The Who and Pink Floyd. This LP release uses the 2015 remasters.

Stereophonics
Scream Above The Sounds

Bad news for people who like music in that Stereophonics have a new record out. Better news though for the millions of fans that follow sandpaper-voiced imp Kelly Jones and his merry crew. Expect more examples of catchy-despite-themselves singalong choruses, lyrics seemingly written by a 12 year old and Tesco produced hugely successful landfill indie. 

David Bowie
A New Career In A New Town (1977 – 1982)

Calling all very rich Bowie fans, you are in for a treat. This collection compiles all his albums between 1977 and 1982 which of course takes in his now classic 'Berlin Trilogy'. Not only that but 'Lodger' has been remixed by Tony Visconti and includes a bonus collection of single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks. Photos and stuff too. Imagine if all of these re-issues had happened and he hadn't died?  

Rat Boy
Scum

“Homer, are we in some sort of fiduciary trouble?” “Oh, Marge, my loyal wife. Of course not. And Lisa, my little princess. And who could forget dear Rat Boy?” “Rat Boy? I resent that.” “Rat Boy, I told you before. Stop gnawing on the copy of Slaves’ Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Are You Satisfied?.”

David Bowie
Legacy

Although you might reckon that the world is quite well stocked with David Bowie best-of compilations already, this one is new to 2016 and therefore includes two songs from Blackstar! The other unique feature is an unreleased mix of ‘Life on Mars?’: oooh. And of course, four vinyl sides packed full of familiar Bowie favourites. Legacy is out on Parlophone.

Coldplay
Kaleidoscope EP

Once post-Britpop and sad but now firmly fluorescent anthem merchants, Coldplay and their "allthiest" frontman Chris Martin bring out a new EP that shows just what the big time has done to them. A live version of a hit with The Chainsmokers plus new tracks "All I Can Think About Is You" and "A L I E N S", which was produced by Brian Eno, the dude who gave them their hitmaker status back with Viva La Vida. 

Pet Shop Boys
Fundamental

Good lord, a comprehensive series of Pet Shop Boys reissues! The pop heroes are giving every album a remastered reissue, pairing each record’s CD edition with an extra disc of Further Listening: demos, alternate remixes and other rarities from the period, many of which have never been released! Fundamental, the group’s 2006 ninth album, even comes with some ringtones (it was 2006 after all). On Parlophone.

Pet Shop Boys
Nightlife

Good lord, a comprehensive series of Pet Shop Boys reissues! The pop heroes are giving every album a remastered reissue, pairing each record’s CD edition with an extra disc of Further Listening: demos, alternate remixes and other rarities from the period, some of which have never been released! Nightlife, the group’s 1999 seventh album, actually comes with two whole bonus discs, totalling twenty-three juicy extra tracks. On Parlophone.

David Bowie
Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74)

This high-quality live recording of David Bowie circa 1974 was released for the very first time this Record Store Day: now it makes the transition from the triple LP to the double CD format. Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ‘74) is from a significant point in Bowie’s career, and features all the best tracks from his American years plus other favourites. 2CD with booklet on Parlophone.

Paul Weller
A Kind Revolution

A Kind Revolution is Paul Weller’s 13th studio album and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his first full length it has been released on a load of formats plus an incredible deluxe vinyl box set spread over 5 10” vinyls with individual artwork. Well er is still going strong and shows many youngsters how to do this. Deluxe versions include Instrumental and alternate versions of songs.

Gorillaz
Humanz

Damon Albarn and his Gorillaz return in full effect with their fifth album and follow up to 2010’s Plastic Beach. Boasting an incredible list of featured artists including Vince Staples, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, D.R.A.M. and many more.  The standard CD has four random different front cover options – one per band member. Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set – Strictly limited Box Set containing 14 pieces of 12” coloured vinyl (each one a different colour), packaged in individually art-worked sleeves. Each piece of vinyl features an album track b/w an exclusive alternate version on the ‘b-side’. Includes a 54-page, cloth-bound, foil-blocked, hardback book of Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett and a download card, all housed in a bespoke 12” vinyl case.  Deluxe Vinyl + Art Book – Double, heavyweight 12” black vinyl, housed in a cloth-bound, foil blocked 54-page hardback book of Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett.

Paul Weller
Jawbone (Music From The Film)

A surprising move from an old hand here, as Paul Weller produces a film soundtrack for the first time ever. Better still, the old mod rocker manages to overcome old habits for Jawbone’s OST: the key track is a twenty-one minute abstract collage of weird guitars and synths! Along with some more traditional songs, it’s an exciting move from Mr Weller, and a great fit for the film. Out on Parlophone.
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David Bowie
Live Nassau Coliseum '76

The great records of David Bowie live on, with a slew of reissues coming out on Parlophone. Live Nassau Coliseum ‘76 was previously only available as part of a deluxe edition reissue of Station To Station, which was released in that same year. So you get that album’s amazing material mixed with the finest tracks from preceding albums: wow! 2CD and 2LP formats.

David Bowie
Young Americans

David Bowie lives on, with a whole bunch of reissues coming out on Parlophone. 1975’s Young Americans is the prime example of Bowie in ‘plastic soul’ mode, successfully mixing funky American styles with his strange white Englishness. Features ‘Fame’, ‘Across The Universe’ and the title track. CD / LP editions.

David Bowie
Diamond Dogs

A year or so on from his untimely (or timely depending on your take on things) death here we have a bunch of re-issues from the earlier part of the great man's career. Diamond Dogs was his eighth studio album which was inspired by Orwell's 1984. Here Bowie produced a glammy vision of a post apocalyptic world. As always Bowie moved on swiftly and this was to be his last glam tinged record.

Blur
Leisure

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Two Door Cinema Club
Gameshow

Indie rock cannon fodder Two Door Cinema Club still exist, why not, and their new record Gameshow will appease fans of their clean, pop-oriented songwriting while introducing little ripples in the sound that characterised predecessor Beacon. Remixes and stuff if you go deluxe, otherwise just carry on down with that Reading/Leeds-ready alt rock sound.

David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture is the video documentation of the legendary final gig of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust period: the one where he surprised everyone, including The Spiders From Mars, by closing the whole thing down. Needless to say, it's a pretty special show, and the soundtrack audio is presented here on 2 LPs.

David Bowie
ChangesOneBowie

ChangesOneBowie was the first David Bowie retrospective to be released and contained his best material from 1969 - 1976. It is reissued on vinyl and CD to mark the 40th anniversary of its original release. The compilation highlights how, in just seven years, Bowie was able to reinvent his sound and style several times.

Buzzcocks
Another Music In A Different Kitchen

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Richard Hawley
Hollow Meadows

Sheffield’s favourite classic-style rock singer-songwriter Richard Hawley returns to your stereos with Hollow Meadows, album number eight in his oeuvre. Hawley broods and ponders on mature subject matter, backed by arrangements both richly orchestral and grittily direct (especially when Hawley’s guitar solos come into play).

The Sound Team
Born To Please


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Blur
The Magic Whip

The first album from Blur in twelve years, born from a chance cancellation of a gig back in 2013, much to the disappointment of fans at the time but to their unbridled bouncy joy today. With original members Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn, Alex James and Dave Rowntree, returned from cheese dreams and high musical art to produce the twelve tracks of The Magic Whip. Vinyl double LP and CD from Parlophone.

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