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The Cure
The Head On The Door

The Head on the Door was the Cure's sixth album originally released in 1985. It was preceded by Inbetween Days a song that sounded so much like New Order that Peter Hook's mum rang him up when she heard it on the radio thinking it was their new single. The Head on the Door matched this kind of newfound pop appeal (see also Close to Me) with more bleak, miserable material to satisfy their black clad fanbase.  
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DJ Shadow
Endtroducing.....

DJ Shadow’s sample-built 1996 debut album Entroducing….. has all the drama you’d expect from a title with ellipses two-thirds longer than the standard. As tense as it slaps, this is truly one of the the best instrumental trip/hip-hop albums ever made. The deluxe edition comes with expanded liner notes, photos, alternate versions, and remixes from the likes of Kuedo and Teklife.
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Various
Pulp Fiction

The Pulp Fiction soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks ever released. Really. I mean, where else will you find Dusty Springfield, Al Green and biblical references soaked in the blood of the deserving? Apart from a bible belt high school dance, of course. Vinyl as part of a ‘Back in Black’ release from UMC celebrating the best albums ever.
  • Vinyl LP (1111031)
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Scott Walker
Scott

Out of the ashes of The Walker Brothers, came this, the debut album by one of the most singular and original talents to ever grace pop music. Featuring lush arrangemnts of songs by the likes of Jaques Brel and Tim Hardin, as well as three of Walker's own compositions, all touched by Scott's uniquely dark aura.
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Burning Spear
Marcus Garvey

'Marcus Garvey' is an utterly legendary mid 70s roots reggae album produced by Lawrence Lindo. Burning Spear's masterful classic is even more highly praised in many quarters than any long-players by Bob Marley and came complete with a "sister" dub album (not included here) called 'Garvey's Ghost' As a tribute to the great man, one of Jamaica's real heroes, this is quite something to behold. I think the big guy would have been very proud. 
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Serge Gainsbourg
Lola Rastaquouere EP

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Portishead
Dummy

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Ghostface Killah
The Pretty Toney Album

The charmingly titled ’The Pretty Toney Album’ is American hip hop/rap artist and former Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah’s fourth studio album. Originally released in 2004 in the wake of the shortcomings of many other Wu-Tang Clan members solo projects, Ghostface Killah has successfully created his own unique identity that has a strong, independent, distinctive sound that stems from the strength of his varied vocal styles and technical production skills.
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N.W.A.
Efil4zaggin

‘Efil4zaggin’ aka ‘Niggaz4life’ is the second and final studio album from gangsta rap collective NWA as the group disbanded later the same year after the departure of Dr Dre. With a line up featuring four of the collectives original members (after the departure of Ice Cube) the album was an instant rap classic reaching Billboard 200’s #1 spot in the second week of it’s original 1991 release.
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Mos Def
Black On Both Sides

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Tangerine Dream
Phaedra

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Faust
Faust

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Snow Patrol
A Hundred Million Suns

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Third World
Journey To Addis

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Rico
Wareika Dub

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Steel Pulse
Handsworth Revolution

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The Paragons
The Paragons

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Various
Reggae Bloodlines

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Mighty Diamonds
Ice On Fire

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Michael Prophet
Serious Reasoning

Another reggae great and another classic plate rescued from collector obscurity, this guy is well loved but relatively underrated. Along with Yabby who he collaborated with, this is another burner from around 1980 that has long needed such a dust-off! Michael George Haynes is his real name. A true Prophet!
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Black Uhuru
Red

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Yabby U
Jah Jah Way

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The End
Introspection

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Slayer
Reign In Blood

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Max Romeo & The Upsetters
War Ina Babylon

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Burning Spear
Man In The Hills

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Lee Scratch Perry
Super Ape

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The Heptones
Party Time

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Toots & The Maytals
Funky Kingston

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Feist
Let It Die

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Iggy Pop
Blah-Blah-Blah

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The Stone Roses
Second Coming

When this Norman Records™ description writer was just a wee nipper he read something in the NME that said the journalist in question had a cat that was more influential than The Second Coming. I’m not sure why, but this has always stuck with me. It’s also demonstrably not true - even though people rag on The Stone Roses’ sophomore LP for the sole reason of it not being released in 1989, The Second Coming is still a perfectly acceptable collection of Madchester bops … isn’t it? Whatever, it’s still shifted more units than that moggy ever will, so get lost Puss!

Weezer
Weezer (Blue Album)

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