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Slowdive
Souvlaki

A much needed reissue of Slowdive’s second album, Souvlaki from 1993. Hailed as their best album, it doesn’t take long to see why; the classics are on here and they’re ready to make your eyes glaze over, your shoulders slump and your whole body just sink under the bed covers as their blissed, reverbing hot air balloon of sound gently takes you away. Played early in the morning, in the dark, after some booze for best effects.     CD comes as a 2 disk pack with extra tunes and two remixes.
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Slowdive
Pygmalion

Pygmalion was the third album by UK based shoegaze dreamers Slowdive and their final album until their 2017 self titled comeback. It was a superb album which altered their aesthetic somewhat towards more ambient compositions and was nearer to the post rock of Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis than it was to their earlier guitar-shredding sound. Hugely influentia,l the record struggled somewhat on release mostly down to the British music press's seeming distrust of the band but has since gained a much deserved legacy all of its own.    

Hawkwind Light Orchestra
Carnivorous

Hawkwind are releasing another album, 'Carnivorous', under the moniker Hawkwind Light Orchestra. The change of name is due to there being fewer band members involved than usual - it's something Hawkwind first did in 2012 with 'Stellar Variations'. 'Carnivorous' started out as a solo project for Dave Brock before Richard Chadwick and Magnus Martin got involved. The title is an anagram of 'Coronavirus' (how clever of them) and was recorded during lockdown. Sounds like, y'know, Hawkwind - it's proggy and that.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BREDD822)
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The House Of Love
The House Of Love

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, it's time once again to delve back into the House of Love's self titled debut which remains a high water mark of their career. In 2012 we got a 3CD set but now Cherry Red have managed to swell it out to a 5CD set with even more non album, session and live tracks. But it's the original album you need which has also been spread over a double LP for maximum impact. 

Slowdive
Just For A Day

Having recently reunited to critical acclaim with an excellent album in 2017, it’s past time that Slowdive’s original output in the Nineties got re-issued. Music On Vinyl duly releases their 1991 debut album Just For A Day, the result of on-the-hoof studio experimentation and copious amounts of weed. 
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The Fall
Hex Enduction Hour

Arguably the single greatest album in The Fall’s 41 year history, 1982’s Hex Enduction Hour documents Mark E. Smith at the peak of his powers, fronting the most powerful lineup of the band. Steve Hanley’s bass is generally to the fore, flanked by guitarists Craig Scanlon and Marc Riley, and crucially featuring the twin drums of Paul Hanley and Karl Burns. At this point MES had a knack for combining kitchen-sink realism with the uncanny and supernatural, refracted through a Burroughs-esque prism. Recorded in a draughty cinema in Hitchin and a cave in Reykjavík, the album is bombastic, abstract, abrasive, hilarious, belligerent and utterly exhilarating.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BREDT780)
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Jim Bob
Pop Up Jim Bob

Formerly the lead singer of early Nineties indie-punk pin-ups Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, Jim Bob ends a seven-year hiatus from music with a new solo record. Characteristically full of the social commentary that took him to the top of the Glastonbury bill all those years ago, Pop Up Jim Bob is like he’s never been away. 

The Fall
Dragnet

The second album from The Fall gets the reissue treatment here. Dragnet, recorded in 1979, established the routine to which Mark E. Smith would indefinitely adhere; new music and new members. In contrast to Live At The Witch Trials, Dragnet features decidedly muddy production, setting a precedent for future albums. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Castle Music and Sanctuary.
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Various
Further Perspectives & Distortion – An Encyclopedia of British Experimental and Avant-Garde Music 1976-1984

Further Perspectives & Distortion – An Encyclopedia of British Experimental and Avant-Garde Music 1976-1984 does what it says on the tin. The music on display ranges from ambient, noise and tape experimentation to musique concrete and modern classical pieces, with all sorts of stops in between. Artist include Nurse With Wound, This Heat, Throbbing Gristle, The Pop Group and many more.

Mercury Rev
The Secret Migration (Deluxe Edition)

The Secret Migration was the fifth full length album by magical Disney-inspired and long running band Mercury Rev. When it came out it was just a single album but now as if by magic it has extended into a 5CD box set with B Sides, rarities, a live show and a CD of their soundtrack album Hello Blackbird. A bumper edition of an often neglected work.  
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Mercury Rev
Hello Blackbird

Recorded around the same time as The Secret Migration, Mercury Rev’s soundtrack for Robinson Savary’s drama Bye Bye Blackbird, titled Hello Blackbird, was released in 2006. Building in classical and ambient styles into their lavish dream-rock aesthetic, it now gets a re-release on blue marbled vinyl via Cherry Red. 
  • Vinyl LP (BRED819)
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Various
Make More Noise! Women In Independent Music UK 1977-1987

Cherry Red Records announce another exceptional compilation, this time exploring the contributions of female artists in the decade following the emergence of punk in Britain. Make More Noise! Women In Independent Music UK 1977-1987 features 90 tracks over four CDs including music by the likes of The Slits, Nico and Cosey Fanni Tutti, plus a hardback book which includes over 14,500 words of sleevenotes and an essay by Lucy O’Brien. 
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Various
Musik Music Musique – 1980: The Dawn Of Synth Pop

Musik Music Musique – 1980: The Dawn Of Synth Pop is a compilation celebrating the arrival of synth pop. Over three CDs you get songs by household names who were just starting out such as Ultravox, The Human League and OMD alongside one hit wonders such as M and The Buggles and singular artists such as Japan, John Foxx, Eyeless in Gaza and Fad Gadget. 

Kingmaker
Everything Changed 1991-1995

Kingmaker came from Hull. They formed in 1990 and released three albums before splitting in 1995. They frequently adorned the pages of the NME during their time, carving out a English indie niche in a pre-Britpop world. Everything Changed is a career-spanning 5CD box set featuring all of their albums: Eat Yourself Whole, Sleepwalking and In The Best Possible Taste, alongside a load of bonus tracks in the shape of live cuts, remixes and b-sides.

The Fall
Reformation Post TLC

Coming after the marvellous Fall Heads Roll, Reformation Post TLC was the 2007 album where once again the Fall descended into chaos and emerged with a work that was, if not brilliant, then as interesting as the rest of their catalogue sprawl. It was the album made by the band that Mark E Smith picked up following another on tour meltdown and includes Tim Presley (White Fence) amongst others. Re-issued on splatter wax and 4CD set  - the latter including demos, rough mixes and live tracks all of which are presumably utterly essential. 

The Residents
Metal, Meat & Bone The Songs Of Dyin' Dog

Legendary sound collective The Residents turn their unique artistry to the blues, specifically that of obscure bluesman Alvin Snow, a.k.a. Dyin’ Dog. On Metal, Meat & Bone: The Songs Of Dyin' Dog, the group cover all ten of Snow’s known recordings - a continuation of sorts of what the band were playing on their last tour. 

Pere Ubu
By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki (Live In Jarocin)

By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki (Live In Jarocin) by Pere Ubu captures the band on a troubled tour of Poland in 2017. Despite the struggles with schedules and failing equipment, the band played a storming set of material plucked from, what many would say was, their classic period, 1975-1982. It covers the time when they released songs such as Final Solution and classic albums such as The Modern Dance and Dub Housing. 

Kevin Rowland
My Beauty

Heavily (and quite harshly) derided upon its release in 1999, reportedly selling fewer than 100 copies, former Dexys Midnight Runners frontman Kevin Rowland essentially torpedoed his solo career with My Beauty, an album of intriguing covers with certain lyrics re-written by Rowland to reflect his battles with substance abuse. It now gets a limited edition re-issue on pink vinyl. 
  • Vinyl LP (BRED817)
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The Primitives
Bloom! The Full Story 1985-1992

These Cherry Red CD box sets are perfect for those fans who want more material than you can shake a stick at from their favourite band. This time it's the turn of indie darlings the Primitives. This lavish 5CD set follows their career from their early Lazy Records singles through their classic album Lovey (with its ubiquitous hit Crash) through later albums Pure and Galore plus BBC sessions, a live show and outtakes. You will never need to search out another the Primitives song in your lifetime  - they are all here.    

The Fall
Sub-Lingual Tablet

The Fall have been in existence for 39 years and massively influential to a lot of bands that really matter (e.g. Pavement). Mark E. Smith is the only constant in an eternally revolving cast of musicians. Despite the ever-changing personnel, The Fall will always sound like The Fall due to Smith’s idiosyncratic vocal stylings and enigmatic lyrics. Sub-Lingual Tablet is their 31st album.

Various
Losing Touch With My Mind – Psychedelia In Britain 1986-1990

Cherry Red’s excellent series of box-sets curating various sub-genres and micro-scenes turns to British psychedelia in the late 1980s. While it includes big hitters from the era like The Stone Roses, Spacemen 3 and Primal Scream, the real joy of this 3-CD set is the exhumation of hidden gems from long-lost bands.

Luke Haines & Peter Buck
Beat Poetry For Survivalists

You have to hand it to Luke Haines. He keeps to the wayward path which he can then write about in his next tomb of prose.... "and you won't believe what I did next". Well what he did next was collaborate with R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck. Now, in the mid '90s a collaboration between the Auteurs and R.E.M. would have been exciting but unthinkable. The couple met when Buck bought one of Haines painting of Lou Reed and so began a musical journey which we hope yields fascinating results.  

Various
C90

You’re probably familiar with the ‘C’ series of compilation albums that were inspired by the era-defining NME C86 cassette. C90 is the latest is that lineage, compiled by the guys at Cherry Red who have a whole heap of indie box sets under their wings. C90 contains tracks by bands that went on to become household names such as The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers, Ocean Colour Scene, Boo Radleys, Spiritualized and many more.

Buzzcocks
Sell You Everything (1991-2014) Albums, Singles Rarities, Unreleased

Known so legendarily for their sleek, melodic punk missiles from their original iteration in the late Seventies, it’s about time that the latter-day material of the Buzzcocks came under the microscope. This new 8xCD box set Sell You Everything, featuring 29 previously unreleased tracks, does exactly that, compiling the entirety of their output from 1991 to 2014. 

Shoes
Elektrafied- The Elektra Years 1979-1982

Shoes were one of the great undervalued power pop bands of the late '70s and early '80s. We've bleated long enough in these pages about their early lo-fi records so it's time to find out what became of Shoes after they signed to a major label. Well they carried on making robust but tuneful power-pop - a little shiner perhaps with bigger production values but still as enchanting. This box set is the Shoes fan's wet dream taking in their three albums for Elektra plus countless demos, alternate takes and outtakes.  
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The Monochrome Set
Little Noises 1990-1995

The Monochrome Set have always been prolific - spewing out albums at a rate of knots that put other bands to shame. They are best known for their early '80s records but after a split in 1986 the band reformed in 1990 and released five new albums over the next five years. This lesser known era of the band is perfectly captured on this 5CD set which presents each album plus a grab bag of bonus tracks. 
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The Fall
1982

A new six-CD box set documenting a pivotal year for Mark E Smith and The Fall, 1982 gathers up the two studio albums they released that year - Hex Enduction Hour, universally acknowledged as one of their very finest, and Room To Live, regarded as a difficult curate’s egg - plus contemporary Peel sessions, their singles for the Kamera label, and live album In A Hole in addition to a show in Melbourne. Also contains replica poster and 4,000 word essay from biographer Daryl Easlea. The two studio albums will be released on limited edition coloured vinyl versions separately. 

Hawkwind
All Aboard The Skylark

Bloody hell, fifty years of Hawkwind. That’s impressive no matter what you think of their music. The space-rock voyagers may be pretty long in the tooth at this point, but despite their age they show no signs of slowing down - 'All Aboard The Skylark', their thirty-second studio LP (!), is as widescreen and bombastic as anything else in their output. The CD edition of All Aboard The Skylark also comes with a bonus album of acoustic jams. That’s a lot of Hawkwind! Good thing they can still do what they do like no-one else can.

Mercury Rev
All Is Dream

Before Deserter's Songs, it seemed that Mercury Rev had pretty much had it following the departure of original singer David Baker. That album was a raging success and so hopes were high for its 2001 follow up All is Dream which didn't disappoint with a series of dreamy tracks on the subject of ...lurve. Now (if you want) you can see how this once single LP record has been transformed into a 4CD box set extravaganza with demos, live tracks, radio sessions and a hardback book.  

Dinosaur Jr.
Hand It Over (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Hand It Over was the final album by Dinosaur Jr before they reformed in 2005 with their original line-up. It was released in 1997 and got lost as an American rock album in the fog of Britpop. It was released on the same day as a rather marvellous EP, Take A Run At The Sun, which featured in the Alison Anders film, Grace Of My Heart. The three songs from the EP are included on this reissue. Also includes the single, I’m Insane.

Dinosaur Jr.
Without A Sound (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Without A Sound was the 6th album by kings of slacker rock, Dinosaur Jr. It was originally released in 1994. It saw the band, or specifically J Mascis, writing shorter, more accessible songs. J Mascis, to some, will be remembered as the man who drove around New York in a golf buggy in the video of the album’s first single, Feel The Pain. It also includes the catchy single, I Don’t Think So. 

Dinosaur Jr.
Where You Been (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Where You Been was the fifth album by Dinosaur Jr. It is regarded as one of their best and by many as one of the best albums of the 1990s. It was originally released in February 1993. Upon its release, Melody Maker raised the question, “Do we have the album of the year already?” It contains one of the band’s greatest songs in Start Choppin’. The Country-grunge crossover, Get Me was also released as a single. Essential stuff.

Dinosaur Jr.
Green Mind (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

This is the one with The Wagon on it, what more do you need to know? Okay, okay, Green Mind was the 4th album by Dinosaur Jr. Released in 1991, it was the band’s first for a major label, and first after J Mascis acrimonious firing of bassist and tape experimenter, Lou Barlow. Forget the in-fighting, just put The Wagon on as loud as you can and enjoy one of the greatest earworming melodies for weeks afterwards.

The Fall
New Facts Emerge

"Produced in conjunction with Mark E Smith" says the press release. Let's hope he was involved somewhere even if only for microphone gurgling. This is the Fall's millionth LP but the first since 2015's 'Sub Lingual Tablet'-  a lifetime in the Fall world. Now settled in a dependable trudge-a-long line up let's hope this has some of the panache recent records have lacked. On weird formats.   

Various
Optimism / Reject - Punk and Post-Punk Meets D-I-Y Aesthetic 1977-1981

Kings and queens of the box set Cherry Red Records return with another comprehensive collection of punk missives. Optimism / Reject - Punk and Post-Punk Meets D-I-Y Aesthetic 1977-1981 - the sequel to Cherry Red’s 2017 set To The Outside Of Everything - features some of the finest examples of snot-nosed home-taping you're likely to find. The Sisters Of Mercy, The Fall and Scritti Politti are among the tracklist.

Various
Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European and North American Electronica 1978-1984

Cherry Red are back at it again. Addictive Noise Function is a compilation of Western electronic music recorded between 1978 and 1984. This 32 track snapshot shows off everything from house and techno, ambient and musique concrète. Features tracks by Holger Czukay, D.A.F. and The Residents. File under: 101 things to make and with a synth.

Felt
The Pictorial Jackson Review

The Pictorial Jackson Review is not only brilliantly titled but is one of the best of the latter day Felt records. It's full of wonderfully brief tunes which more often than not sound comically in thrall to Bob Dylan. Try listening to How Spook Got Her Man without thinking of the grizzled troubadour. 

Sarah Cracknell
Take The Silver

Take The Silver is the second single from Sarah Cracknell’s Red Kite album. Take The Silver draws its influence from ‘60s pop, similar to her band Saint Etienne, but without the dance influence. The limited edition 7” is backed with the exclusive cut Sleepytown. Packaged in a die-cut sleeve with a unique postcard.
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Membranes
What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away

The reformation of journalist John Robb’s beloved post-punk band Membranes continues afoot in 2019 with another new album. What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away was inspired by conversations with environmentalist and presenter Chris Packham, and covers 16 tracks over four sides of vinyl. 

Various
C87

Cherry Red dive back into the 80’s for this imagined follow-up to that legendary NME C86 compilation: the comp that launched a thousand indie bands. Everything on C87’s three discs was recorded in 1986 or 1987, so the tracklisting is ‘realistic’, not to mention stuffed to the brim with wonder: The Vaselines, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Faced Hermans… 3CD box-set on Cherry Red.

Various
Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84

Calling all fans of things synthy, this is a new compilation taking in the golden age of British synth-pop from 1978-84. There are old favourites like 'Circus Death' by The Human League, obscure (but brilliant) cuts like 'Croatia' by Basking Sharks, and stone-cold ker-lassics like 'Warm Leatherette' by The Normal and 'Touch' by Lori and the Chameleons. 

The Fall
Live At The Witch Trials

Originally released through the legendary punk label Step-Forward in 1979, Live At The Witch Trials by The Fall finally gets the reissue treatment for a new generation of fans. As a debut album it’s rugged and repetitive forging the template that Mark E. Smith would become famous for. Out on 2CD and 180 gram vinyl from Castle Music and Sanctuary.

The Fall
The Fall - Singles 1978-2016

Singles 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number of different labels. With 112 tracks over 7 CDs, this is a hefty retrospective, and to endorse its credibility among fans of the band, all tracks have been remastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce.

The Fall
Imperial Wax Solvent

My brother once got a napkin signed by Mark E. Smith. I say signed, he got Mark's mum to ask him to put his mark on it and he ended up signing it 'From Wolfman'. Maybe it's something to do with the second track on this called 'Wolf Kidult Man'. Anyway, 'Imperial Wax Solvent' is the 26th album from the prolific Manchester post-punks, and it's one of their most celebrated of the 2000s decade for its different take on The Fall sound. It's rawer, more lo-fi, a bit more experimental. The record was also subject to humoured controversy when a pressing error led to audio landing on the initial shipment of X-factor contestant Faryl Smith's debut. Lovely.
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Adorable
Footnotes - Best Of (92-94)

We'll all remember when we woke up on February 7th 2019 (or 2008 when it was originally released) to the news that there was a best of Adorable out. It's got all the classics including 'Sunshine Smile' plus loads of B sides, hard to find rarities and even an unreleased edit of a track off their debut album. That not enough for you? Well there's liner notes from all four band members plus photos and things from their personal archives. We are truly blessed.   

Various
Big Gold Dreams: A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989

They make good box sets down at Cherry Red Records, and their latest is another feather in the cap. Big Gold Dreams focuses on the Scottish post-punk explosion of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This means that there are tonnes of your favourite bands on here - The Jesus And Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, you know how it goes. Big Gold Dreams also features informative essays and band histories in its accompanying 70-page booklet.

Various
Third Noise Principle: Formative North American Electronica 1975-1984

Very exciting and jam-packed set on Cherry Red: Third Noise Principle, a four CD box-set that covers nine crucial years in the development of electronic music in North America. The huge tracklist doesn’t just stick to one area (e.g. academic electronics or the nightclub), but includes all kinds of different areas, from Smegma and Suicide to The Residents and Laurie Spiegel. Top value release.

The Fall
58 Golden Greats

There aren’t many bands who could release a career-spanning retrospective and call it 58 Golden Greats without stretching the truth as to the number of songs or the golden greatness of the music. The prolific nature of The Fall means that they can, however. This trans-label overview was compiled by Daryl Easlea, who knows a thing or two about the Manchester post-punk and beyond legends. The material is picked from albums running right up to their final album, New Facts Emerge. 3CD box set on Cherry Red.

Felt
Poem Of The River

For anyone that thinks all the best Felt stuff came in the first part of their career you need to hear Poem of the River. This is a glorious low key album full of glistening guitars and Lawrence's whispered vocals. Six lovely songs including career highlights Stained Glass Windows in the Sky and Dark Red Birds. Utterly essential.  

Felt
Train Above The City

Possibly one of the strangest albums ever made in that Felt leader Lawrence is nowhere to be seen and instead of their usual arty indie-pop you get an album of jazzy instrumentals composed by keyboardist Martin Duffy and drummer Gary Ainge. Musically it bears no resemblance to anything else they've ever done but still fits in with Felt's ethic of being....just a bit different from other indie bands of the era. 

Various
C89

C89 is a celebration of indie bands from the late ‘80s, generously spread over 3 CDs. Bands who made records on small labels without much money, and not much hope of hitting the big time. Following on from the NME’s classic C86 compilation and further unofficial sequels C87 and C88, C89 gave early exposure to bands such as Carter USM, The Family Cat, The Milltown Brothers and The Telescopes whilst further enhancing the reputations of bands that had appeared previously in the series such as The Stone Roses, The Bridewell Taxis, The Pooh Sticks, The Pop Guns and bands who recorded for the now legendary Sarah Records.

Shoes
Black Vinyl Shoes

Will you look at this thing. Shoes were THE best late 70's power pop act if you ask me. They were lo-fi before lo-fi was a thing, they had dreamy melodies to die for and they were so damn handsome. Black Vinyl Shoes is hands down their best record but now it's even better as it contains 2CDs of extra stuff from their earlier even more homespun records. It's all the pop majesty you will ever need. 

Felt
The Seventeenth Century

Would it be daft to say that Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death is my favourite Felt album? It probably isn't but it is such a unique and unusual thing that it rises to the top when I think of their best work despite it's meagre contents and throwaway nature. Now retitled The Seventeenth Century, this all instrumental album is now available again as part of Cherry Red's re-issue programme of this fabulous band. 

The Residents
I Am A Resident!

Still mysterious 30+ years later, big-eyed weirdos the Residents are still ahead of the curve in doing unusual things. Here, they have asked fans to re-work, re-mash, re-mix tracks and then the Residents re-interpret these new versions creating a great big onion with loads of layers of new sound. 

Various
Contract In Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal

Cherry Red Records with another box set here. Thrash metal from the UK has a tough time of it. Seen as a second-class scene when compared to those of the U.S.A. or Brazil, even the larger acts - Venom, Onslaught etc. - have received comparatively little global renown. These five CDs look to change all that. Accompanied by an informative booklet and released concurrently with a book of the same name, Contract In Blood contains studio recordings, demos and live takes by both big-hitters and small-fry from the world of British thrash. Some of the cuts date back to the early 80s, and ten have never been previously released.

The Fall
Levitate

Unsurprisingly, Mark E. Smith fell out with Kier Stewart and Simon Spencer, the production duo initially chosen to produce Levitate. Lack of payment meant that The Fall’s 19th album disappeared with the the pair. An album was finished but only three tracks survived from rehearsal sessions including Spencer, which Mark E. Smith renamed Spencer Must Die! Levitate was the last album to feature bassist Steve Hanley and drummer Karl Burns, both had been with the group long enough to help shape the sound of The Fall. 3LP or 2CD on Cherry Red, remastered by Andy Pearce with sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea.

Various
Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984

Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975 - 1985 takes ‘electronica’ as a nice and broad term: this compilation ranges from Throbbing Gristle to Spoon Fazer to Blancmange, with the intention of showing off the whole range of the period, from the familiar to the forgotten. 4 disc box-set on Cherry Red.

Go-Kart Mozart
Mozart's Mini-Mart

Although he's not made a great record since the '80s,  Felt's Lawrence is one of those music industry figures that it's easy to get obsessed about. A complete eccentric in a world of stodge, over the last ten years he's followed his muse into cheesy electro-pop with Go Kart Mozart (Bruce Springsteen lyric  - true). 'Mozart's Mini Mart' is another collection of oddball songs that could only come from his warped mind. Catchy too. 

Luke Haines
I Sometimes Dream Of Glue

Luke Haines, formerly of The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder returns with I Sometimes Dream Of Glue, a concept album which centres on the residents of Glue Town. Glue Town is a tiny place just off the Westway, in the roadside grass, in fact. The residents are permanently aroused glue sniffers whose only available entertainment is an old Michael Bentine show. Apparently. Limited edition LP and CD on Cherry Red.

Various
Revolutionary Spirit - The Sound Of Liverpool 1976-1988

An extensive 5-disc overview of Scouserock, if you will, from the punk and post-punk era through to the more polished pleasures of the late 80s. It kicks off with the art rock theatrics of Deaf School, and the more heard about than heard (retrospective) supergroup Big In Japan. The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, FGTH, OMD, Dead Or Alive, China Crisis and The La’s are among the more obvious inclusions, but the real fun is in digging through the dozens of obscurities.

The Monochrome Set
Eligible Bachelors (Deluxe Edition)

The third Monochrome Set LP, 'Eligible Bachelors', is overlooked in terms of their more renowned previous work, but it is just as good as their first two albums. It includes many witty indie pop classics such as "Jet Set Junta” and "The Ruling Class". Released on coloured vinyl by Optic Nerve, included here is a poster and two bonus tracks. 

The Fall
Live: Uurop VIII-XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son

It's one of those live records by the Fall, that iconic British post-punk band that John Peel has announced roughly five hundred times. This one takes the best of the best in their recent performances, selecting cuts from the last three years of shows for Mark E. Smith and co. We know they have a lot of live releases, but considering their monolithic output, it's only fair -- how else are we gonna get live versions of all ten thousand Fall songs? 

Momus
Create I - Procreate: Remastered & Expanded Edition

Create I - Procreate: Remastered and Expanded by Momus collects together the Scottish singer/songwriter’s first three albums for Creation Records: The Poison Boyfriend (1987), Tender Pervert (1988) and Don’t Stop The Night (1989), with bonus tracks and liner notes by Momus himself and collaborator Anthony J Reynolds. The Poison Boyfriend was highly regarded by NME at the time of its release and has since been heralded as one of the best 100 albums of the 1980s. 3CD set on Cherry Red.

The Orchids
Who Needs Tomorrow… A 30 Year Retrospective

Oh those lovely Orchids. This is a fantastic round up of the best bits of the Sarah Records mainstays career alongside a whole CD of demos and outtakes. The band have a unique and lovelorn take on Scottish indie pop which in a perfect world would have them cited alongside Orange Juice and Teenage Fanclub as Great Scottish Bands. Get on board.  

Pere Ubu
20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo

Since 1976 Pere Ubu have been creating their own unique brand of art-rock and they show utterly no sign of stopping. The magnificently titled '20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo' once again sees them hunker down in a dark windowless room a create blasts of future music...this time with lots of synths.   

The Fall
A-Sides 1978-2016

A-Sides 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number of different labels. With 51 tracks over 3 CDs, this retrospective will give you a good overview of The Fall’s career, and to endorse its credibility among fans of the band, all tracks have been remastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce.

Luke Haines
Luke Haines Is Alive And Well And Living In Buenos Aires: Heavy Frenz The Solo Anthology 2001-2017

He just can't help himself can he? Britain's greatest self mythologist returns with a collection of his solo works following his stints in excellent bands the Servants and the Auteurs. This spans two decades of his eccentric pop music and as well as cherry picking highlights from his catalogue, contains a raft of unissued tunes. 

Eyeless In Gaza
Picture The Day - A Career Retrospective 1981-2016

This compilation provides a comprehensive overview of the influential Eyeless In Gaza’s whole career, with the major singles supported by album tracks and B-sides. 35 tracks for 35 years. Plus! An entirely unreleased track as a special treat. Picture The Day - A Career Retrospective 1981-2016 is a double CD compilation on Cherry Red.

Luke Haines
Smash The System

Former Auteurs and Black Box Recorder man Luke Haines, who hates everyone and everything, returns with a new solo album. Smash The System is a classic sounding rock songwriter record that alludes to such figures as Bruce Lee, Ulrike Meinhof, Marc Bolan and The Incredible String Band. Out on Cherry Red.

Various
C88 - Deluxe 3CD Box Set

C88 continues a fruitful series of compilations in the wake of the seminal NME C86 tape, summing up the bustling underground indie scene of the late 80’s. C88 contains three discs and seventy-one tracks worth of fine material from artists as varied as The Stone Roses, Choo Choo Train, and Apple Boutique, along with a thick and informative booklet. On Cherry Red.

Slowdive
The Shining Breeze: The Slowdive Anthology

Taking the plunge with Slowdive. The Shining Breeze: The Slowdive Anthology is a big old cross section of the bands oeuvre. Starting off in the '89 and being contemporaries of My Bloody Valentine, the 'dive poured out their own brand of shoegazing indie-rock. Think big walls of guitars and melancholic vocals which slowly easy all yer aches. Out on CD from Cherry Red. 

The Membranes
Everyone's Going Triple Bad Acid, Yeah!: The Complete Recordings 1980-1993

After a 20 odd year hiatus, Blackpool based post-punkers The Membranes reunited in 2012 and have another brand new album coming out this year. Here we have a huge collection (i.e. everything from their discography in one box of CDs) that covers the initial outings of the group. Everything they recorded from 1980-1993, almost 100 songs from EPs, and singles that have never been on CD before. FFO Big Black, Sonic Youth.

Hawkwind
Into The Woods

The legendary silver machine rides on still: a new album from Hawkwind has arrived! Many decades in, these veterans still have that third-eye magic, and Into The Woods shows it off with thirteen tracks of old-school space-rock, with traditional titles like ‘Magic Mushroom’, ‘Wood Nymph’ and ‘Vegan Lunch’. CD / double LP on Cherry Red.

Eyeless In Gaza
Original Albums Boxset

Eyeless In Gaza were a post-punk outfit from Warwickshire who were active in the 80s and helped keep it moody, moving with a similar trajectory to Talk Talk from a poppy sound to sombre New Wave shores. Fronted by Martyn Bates and his untrained, boozy vocal, the band went on to make music based around dark synths, field recordings and noise. 'Original Albums Boxset' captures the band as they went through their many different stylistic incarnations, featuring four records released in the early eighties, a bunch of rarities and a lot of educational sleeve notes about the band's time together. 

Bridget St. John
Fly High - A Collection Of Album Highlights, Singles and B Sides, Demos, Live Recordings, Sessions and Interviews

A truly comprehensive collection of british folk definer, Bridget St. John, tracks covering Dandelion’s releases between 1968 and 1972, including unreleased and unheard early demos. As well as bonus material from her 2009 session recordings, TV appearances, B-sides, as well as interviews. Basically, read the very much all-encompassing title.

Dodgy
What Are We Fighting For

Here come Dodgy in 2016 with a brand new album featuring the original 'classic' line up. The press notes suggest they've been listening to such Norman-friendly bands such as Atlas Sound, White Fence and Can and the band certainly seem to feel that this is their best work. So really who are we to argue?

Momus
Pubic Intellectual - An Anthology 1986-2016

How to describe Momus to the average human? Kind of bizarre eye patched prolific electronic pop person. Somewhere between Jacques Brel and the Pet Shop Boys if such a thing could be imagined. Anyway this is the first ever career spanning compilation celebrating 30 years of his wild and wonderful career. 

The Brilliant Corners
Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop: 1983-1993

Indie-poppers The Brilliant Corners had a mean way with a single during their time. This compilation gathers up all 10 of them, along with their B-sides and a bunch of previously unreleased demos and live versions. Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop: 1983-1993 is a double-disc collection on Cherry Red.

Hawkwind
The Machine Stops

Hawkwind have been labeled with every type of forward-thinking rock music, from prog and space-rock, to krautrock and psych. On The Machine Stops, the band expand even further, incorporating more electronic elements for a grand concept album retelling a sci-fi classic. It’s nice and heavy too.

The Fall
Wise Ol' Man

The Fall follow up their most recent album Sub Lingual Tablet with this EP. Wise Ol’ Man (is that supposed to be Mark E. Smith?) mixes all-new tracks with a smattering of remixes, instrumentals and edits, as well as a reversioning of old festive favourite ‘No Xmas For John Quays’. 7 tracks in all. Out on the Cherry Red label.

The Telescopes
Splashdown: The Complete Recordings 1990-1992

Early business from The Telescopes. Splashdown compiles all four of their Creation EP’s, a never-before-released theoretical fifth EP, their whole second album, some cover versions from compilations, and a previously unreleased Peel Session! Good lord! This comprehensive package can be yours for a very reasonable price, on Cherry Red.

Luke Haines
British Nuclear Bunkers

Luke Haines has a gruelling concept for for his latest LP. British Nuclear Bunkers is about just that: a post-nuclear-apocalypse world of underground bunkers. Conveyed, naturally enough, through the medium of analogue synths squeezed into a rock-like format. 10 tracks and a bonus 7” for purchasers of the vinyl. On Cherry Red.

Membranes
Dark Matter / Dark Energy

Here we have the first full-length release from Membranes since their reformation six years ago; and therefore also their first since 1989. A lot has changed in that time, but Membranes  have remained much the same, Dark Matter / Dark Energy carrying a lot of the same post-punk weight and forward drive as their earlier work. On Cherry Red.

The Bevis Frond
The Auntie Winnie Album

The Auntie Winnie Album was the sixth album to be released by psychedelic rock act The Bevis Frond. Originally released in 1989, it is ripe for rediscovery. The Bevis Frond is essentially Nick Saloman who writes, produces and performs everything with bits of help here and there. He is one of the most underrated artists working today and his influence has reached artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Juliana Hatfield and Dinosaur Jr.

The Bevis Frond
Bevis Through The Looking Glass

Bevis Through The Looking Glass was the third album by Londoner, Nick Saloman's band The Bevis Frond and was originally released in 1987. It features guitar solos that would make J Mascis jealous and catchy melodies to make The Beatles rethink their status, all wrapped in a big psychedelic blanket.

Second Layer
World Of Rubber

Available on CD on Cherry Red. Second Layer featured Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey of The Sound fame. a definite for fans of The Sound World of Rubber has the same post-punk drive but with many of the human elements being replaced with synths and drum machines creating a sound akin to Throbbing Gristle or Psychic TV.

Blancmange
Semi Detached

Blancmange’s fifth album release ‘Semi-Detached’ is the first record from the British, eighties synth-poppers without the involvement of long term collaborative partner Stephen Luscombe. With it’s roots firmly planted in the sterling company of synth pioneers and hitmakers such as Soft Cell and Depeche Mode, ‘Semi-Detached’ marks a progression into new territory with this stripped down, edgy record that is musically both ecstatic and devastated as well as being very personal lyrically without losing any of the characteristically dark humour of their earlier records.

Swervedriver
I Wasn't Born To Lose You

Formed in Oxford in 1989, shoegazers Swervedriver consisted of founder members Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge who combined energetic, guitar driven melodies with heartfelt songwriting reminiscent of some of their contemporaries from the time such as Dinosaur Jr or Sonic Youth. ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ is their fifth studio album as well as their first new album in seventeen years.

The Bevis Frond
Inner Marshland

Inner Marshland is the second album from The Bevis frond, aka Nick Saloman. Originally released in 1987, the album has been long out-of-print and features six bonus tracks from the original sessions. Nick Saloman has the ability to write beautiful, honest pop songs and wrap them in swirling psychedelia. Artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr and Mary Lou Lord are among the frond’s many fans and have covered Nick’s songs. Inner Marshland is available on double vinyl LP and CD.

Bridget St. John
Dandelion Albums and BBC Recordings Collection

Crucial for any major UK folk fans, this box set on Cherry Red brings together three albums and a chockload of other material from Bridget St. John. The extra stuff includes a full live BBC Session and performances with Kevin Ayers. Packaged in mini LP sleeves and with a booklet of memorabilia, £18.29 is frankly a massive bargain for this 4 CD set.

The House Of Love
Live At The Lexington 13.11.13

Remember when indie rock was made by people in the '80s? Probably not, right, because who was even alive then? Aside from everyone I work with? The House Of Love helped bridge that awkward period between the '80s and the '90s, when the genre saw a lot of stylistic changeover, but 'Live At The Lexington' sees them playing as recent as last year, celebrating the golden era of their career in style.

The Bevis Frond
Miasma

Is the rumour true that Bevis Frond could afford to keep his music career going by a payout he earned after he fell down a hole in the street? Not sure but glad he's around anyway. Once part of the English psych scene that revolved around the excellent magazine Bucketful of Brains, Frond is ripe for rediscovery by the types of kids in thrall to the likes of Ty Segall, Kurt Vile and the new slacker rock brigade. This is the first of a series re-issue of his albums and is in fact his debut, first unleashed in 1987. A cursory listen to 'The Newgate Wind' reveals that it is a very fuzzy thing indeed. Haphazard psych music somewhere between J. Mascis, The MC5 and Neil Young which degenerates into a coughing fit at its conclusion.    

Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables was the debut album by San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys, originally released in 1980. As well as being their first, it their most critically acclaimed and best selling. It also happens to be an essential album to any self-respecting fan of punk rock. Among these classic tracks you’ll find California Uber Alles, Holiday In Cambodia and their version of Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. 

Lydia Lunch / Rowland S. Howard
Shotgun Wedding

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Jazzateers
Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy

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Phoneys & The Freaks
Phoneys & The Freaks EP


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Vinny Peculiar
The Root Mull Effect

If you've never heard Vinny Peculiar before, 'The Root Mull Effect' is a great place to get started. The songs span ten years of recordings, and include some of his finest works. He's played in many bands, including with ex members of The Fall, Oasis and The Smiths and has performed poetry, as well as music, on many stages. Available on CD.
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