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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.
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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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The Cure
The Head On The Door


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Serge Gainsbourg
Lola Rastaquouere EP

The Wrasse label are restoring some of old Gallic smoothie Serge Gainsbourg’s singles back into print on limited edition 7 inches, and Lola Rastaquoure is one of them. Here we have the original tracks, plus the frankly quite unexpected addition of dub versions. It would never have occurred to me to combine Serge and dub, but why should labels do what you expect?

Scott Walker
Til The Band Comes In

'Til The Band Comes In' was Scott Walker's sixth record, originally released in 1970 and consisting of two distinct sides: on the first, Walker gives us a bunch of new solo material, while on the flip there are covers on covers. While Walker started as a renowned pop crooner with a baritone and a lot of melodrama, 'Til The Band Comes In' has hints of the artist who would eventually stop all that easy listening and go hard with the avant-garde.

Portishead
Dummy

Island is reissuing Portishead's seminal trip-hop album, 'Dummy'. Originally released in 1994, their first record is a collection of dark and sonorous electronic tunes inspired by rock music , jazz and hip-hop alike. 'Dummy' helped synthesize a new sound that became essential to the Bristol scene, coinciding with bands such as Massive Attack to put West Country trip-hop on the map. It also garnered a few hits, including "Numb". 
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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

Super-classic 90’s hip-hop missive from Mos Def. Black On Both Sides, reissued here by the Back to Black label (neat), was Mos Def’s debut album, and it still stands up today. Swinging live instrumentation and a smooth-but-political flow add up to a highly satisfying whole. Double LP pressed to 180g vinyl.
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The Cure
Standing On A Beach - The Singles

Standing On A Beach - The Singles is The Cure’s first singles compilation. Originally released in 1986, the album contains the band’s singles that were released between 1978 and 1985. The title is taken from a line in the song Killing An Arab which was heavily influenced by Albert Camus’ novel The Outsider aka The Stranger. Standing On A Beach - The Singles is available on vinyl LP with download code.

Tangerine Dream
Phaedra

'Phaedra' is a touchstone in ambient and electronic music alike, often considered to be the Berlin band's greatest record. Soaked in layers of moog synthesizer, organs and piano, the record remains a prime example of what the word soundscape truly means, although Tangerine Dream also had a knack for developing their sound into something more pulsating, such as on the title track, on which analog synth moves the song along into hurried, darkened territory.. 

Faust
Faust

Krautrockers who tended to observe music from a unique angle, Faust first released their wonky self-titled debut in 1970, and it offered up a wide variety of ridiculous sounds between its three sprawling tracks: opener "Why Don't You Eat Carrots" alone feels like a series of vignettes more than a song, mismatching a collection of dissonant sounds, eclectic sampling, virtuosic piano and bizarre jazz percussion. No structures, no masters: 'Faust' is a classic slab of musique concrete, tape splice mayhem and sonic avant-garde genius.
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Third World
Journey To Addis

This reissue collects together both traditional roots reggae and global crossover tracks, such as O'Jays cover of "Now That We Found Love". Mastered from the original Island tapes it's being released now on 180 gram vinyl for the first time, retaining the very same album artwork it had in 1978. 
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Rico
Wareika Dub

Some laid back rhythms from Rico. Wareika Dub is getting the long awaited repress that the reggae veterans have been waiting for. An all star band, with archetypal keys, guitars and drums and packed with all your percussive needs. pressed on 180 gram and it looks and sounds just like the original - what more could you ask for? Out on vinyl LP from Back To Black.
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Steel Pulse
Handsworth Revolution

Some spiritual cleansing from Midlands legends Steel Pulse. Handsworth Revolution is widely lauded as the pinnacle of UK reggae which is reason enough for a repress. Full of big tracks, big grooves and a bigger message this is definitely one to scoop up on wax. Is it the best thing to come out of Birmingham since Black Sabbath? Quite possibly. Out on vinyl LP from Back To Black.
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The Paragons
The Paragons

Featuring John Holt , Garth Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett , the Paragons became one of Jamaica's most popular acts during Rock Steady era of the late sixties' during which time they recorded such notable hits as 'Wear You To The Ball', 'Happy Go Lucky Girl' ' 'On The Beach' , 'Only A Smile' and their most celebrated song, 'The Tide Is High'. By the early seventies, the group had disbanded, but Blondie's hit version of the latter led to their reunion in 1981, resulting in the trio recording updated versions of all their classic sixties sides for US-based DJ-come-producer, Lister Hewan-Lowe. Unavailable in any format since 1981, the sought-after LP is now at long-last obtainable to fans of the group and the classic Lovers style.
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Various
Reggae Bloodlines

After being signed by Island Records in 1978 from Ian and Roger Lewis of the Inner Circle band, the 'Reggae Bloodlines' LP was swiftly scheduled for release, yet for reasons lost in the mists of time, it never saw issue. Comprising a selection of hits and previously unreleased tracks from the sibling's Top Ranking label, the album features some of the biggest names of the seventies, notably Augustus Pablo, Jacob Miller , the Inner Circle, Ras Michael, Trinity and of course, Althea & Donna, who perform their original cut of their chart-topper, 'Uptown Top Ranking'. Now, after a wait of some 36 years, the masters for this lost classic have finally been discovered hidden deep in Island's vaults, with their rescue resulting in its long overdue release outside Jamaica, so providing Reggae fans around the globe the opportunity to finally own a vinyl copy of one of the most elusive and sought-after LPs of the Roots era. Tracks: 01 Uptown Top Ranking (Original Version)02 Jerusalem03 80,000 Careless Ethiopians04 Natty Sings Hit Songs05 None A Jah Jah Children (No Cry) 3:170 1 Rockers Jamboree02 Forward Ever (Album Version)03 It Was Love04 Real Ranking 05 Shake Down
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Mighty Diamonds
Ice On Fire

A different beast to their 'Right Time', a mid-70s masterpiece, 'Ice on Fire' has been misunderstood and sidelined for years but has steadily developed a following all of its own. Possibly not the best place to start but this trio of Reggae pioneers offered up something a little different here. 
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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!
  • Vinyl LP (5351626)
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Black Uhuru
Red

Largely considered to be one of the most outstanding reggae milestones of the early 80s (before it went a bit limp, ropey and wet) this amazing, vibrant and celebratory classic was produced by the legendary Sly & Robbie and is widely touted as BU's finest hour. I'm gleefully listening to 'Red' now so can confirm it really is a powerfully skanking, densely layered and plain important record. Great songs, rousing vocal interplay, deep meditative grooves. I know they went a bit pants but several folk have informed me that they were once a force to be reckoned with. 'Red' is clear evidence they were all 100% correct. It's got the lot. If you claim to love reggae but don't own this then sort it out yo. I just have.
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Yabby U
Jah Jah Way

Another wonderful rarity from the vaults, this circa 1980 roots album doesn't actually appear to have ever made it to digital. Thank Jah! Good condition copies are now scarce, and so this Back To Black re-issue is bound to be of great interest to reggae connoisseurs worldwide.  Beautifully remastered on best quality, heavyweight vinyl and housed in the original sleeve. Tracks: Jah Jah Way  Stop Your Quarrelling  Free Africa  Jah Vengeance / Jah Bible  Lady Lady  Feel Lonely Ballistic Dread Locks / Hitster Chalice Specialist  Dread Locks Man
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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. 
  • Vinyl LP (5351473)
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The End
Introspection

Melting into a better state of things with The End. Introspection is the initial 1969 outing from these Englishmen. This record flopped when it first came out, but time heals all wounds and its now quite highly revered - enough to get a repress in 2014. It's English psych-rock packed with plenty of catchy melodies, and trippy business. Think Grateful Dead, The Beatles later years & The Doors. Out on vinyl LP from Back To Black.
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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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Max Romeo & The Upsetters
War Ina Babylon


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Lee Scratch Perry
Super Ape


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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!
  • Vinyl Double LP (5338516)
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