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Some records are instant classics. Some take time. But all of them are here, on this list. Whether they were fawned over the moment they hit the shelves or slowly built up acclaim, shifted millions of copies or represent the pinnacle of a more modest scene’s collective ambition, every record here can revel in its classic status.

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Pixies
Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa

Well there's no doubt that these are two of The Most Important Indie Rock Records Of All Time. Both are absolutely exceptional, in particular 'Surfer Rosa' which pretty much turned everything I knew on its head in my teenage years. 30 years after the event we get this luxury box set of both records plus a live show from the era. No new demos or whatever, but tasty and very collectable nonetheless.

Portishead
Portishead

Essential Bristolian soundtracky trip-hoppers second LP from back in 1997.  This is the one that eschewed their debut's occasional pop moves and delved deep into sample-delica and disturbing textures. It's an intimate and occasionally frightening listen full of regret and pathos between the grooves.  
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Portishead
Third

Portishead have kept a low profile in the nine years since Third was released. Will they ever release another album? If not, the savage trip-hop trailblazers certainly ended with something special. Reinterpreting all sorts from krautrock to folk song, the album’s menacing unease still haunts today. No wonder an entire town was named after them!

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". 

Primal Scream
Screamadelica

We’ve got reissue copies of Primal Scream’s seminal Screamadelica album to suit all tastes! As well as the 2CD and the heavyweight double vinyl editions (remastered by the band and Kevin Shields), we also have the 4CD version, which throws in remixes, the Dixie Narco EP and a live show! In a hardback book-style cover. Generous.

Prince
Sign 'O' The Times

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Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

Seriously exciting stuff here for Prince fans: as well as a remastered version of the deeply classic album Purple Rain, the CD versions of this reissue also include a whole disc of contemporary tracks from the great one’s immense and closely guarded archives, which haven’t even been bootlegged before! Revel in the rarities. On Warner Bros.

Public Enemy
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

No hiphop collection should be without the 1989 breakthrough LP from PE. Chuck D’s lyrics and delivery matched with The Bomb Squad’s confrontational production represented a new high-water mark as to what rap could be capable of. The track listing is jaw-dropping - Bring the Noise, Don’t Believe the Hype, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, Rebel Without a Pause.... She Watch Channel Zero?! samples Def Jam labelmates Slayer, though it’s ironic to hear Flavor Flav being judgmental about viewing habits, having since been responsible for one of the worst sitcoms in TV history. Still, no questionable late career choices can overshadow this explosive statement of righteous black rage and defiance, that’s utterly uncompromising and iconic from the title down. Almost an hour’s worth crammed onto this LP but it sounds phenomenal.
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Public Enemy
Fear Of A Black Planet

Chuck D. and Co.’s third album will hit 25 in 2015, so this vinyl reissue couldn’t come any sooner. In fact, Fear of a Black Planet hasn’t been repressed since 2000! Really, there’s very little that can be said about Public Enemy that hasn’t been said already -- deadly serious political raps coupled with still incomparable wall-of-sound production courtesy of the Bomb Squad. What more could you want from a hip-hop album?
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Pulp
Different Class

Following the recent renewal of interest in Britpop comes the reissue of Pulp's widely revered 1995 LP 'Different Class'. Pressed onto 180g vinyl, this special issue comes with an insert featuring Cocker's bitingly deft lyrics. Alluding to society and the British class system, 'Different Class' was definitely of its time, but still resonates today.       

R.E.M.
Out Of Time - 25th Anniversary Edition

Ah 'Out of Time'. The one with the hits on it. But also one of REM's bleaker albums. Like the preceding 'Green' it is a mix and match between upbeat pop '(err 'Shiny Happy People') and slower dirge-like composition that paved the way for their mid-career near masterpiece 'Automatic For the People'. Despite the odd stinker (what was 'Radio Song' all about?) 'Out Of Time' is a lovely shimmering album full of poetic grace. This re-issue comes complete with bonus 'demo' version of the album and B sides/outtakes etc.   

R.E.M.
Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Edition)

Outta the way people, certified classic coming through! Automatic For The People, unleashed twenty-five years ago, firmly established R.E.M. as a massive globe-straddling band, with hits including ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Nightswimming’. Now here is an anniversary reissue to celebrate, ranging from a straight-up vinyl edition to a sprawling 3CD and Blu Ray collection with demos, a live show, and more besides.

R.E.M.
Life's Rich Pageant

New R.E.M. reissues are afoot, getting some of that early I.R.S. Records material back into circulation. Life’s Rich Pageant was the band’s fourth album, first released in 1986, when Stipe and co. were still young, hungry and indie. Includes their cover of The Clique’s song ‘Superman’. Reissued by Universal.

R.E.M.
Murmur

Murmur is the classic debut album. Sounding somewhat like the Byrds playing underwater with a singer who couldn't be bothered opening his mouth, the young Athens four piece proved that guitar music in the early '80s hadn't completely died a death. It's mysterious, catchy and completely unique. No record collection should be without it.  
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Radiohead
Hail To The Thief

Radiohead’s ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ album, Hail to the Thief saw the obstinate Oxonians leaving behind a fair bit of the bleakness of the Kid A and Amnesiac period in favour of a lighter, rockier style. With fourteen songs altogether pushing an hour, it’s a wobbly fellow, but it easily features a few of Thom & Co.’s career highlights.
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Radiohead
OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

If you happen to be a fan of this album then here’s something you might want to get your mitts on. The whole album remastered plus the B sides from the singles of the time plus the holy grail for Radiohead fans,  three unreleased and long sought after tracks dug out of the vaults. All formats have all the bonus stuff on so if you miss out on the opaque blue vinyl you are still ok (computer).  

Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine

‘Rage Against the Machine’ is the eponymously titled debut studio album by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine. The album was originally released on November 3, 1992. It’s contains the tracks ‘Killing In The Name Of’, ‘Bombtrack’, ‘Bullet In The Head’ and ‘Take The Power Back’. It’s THAT Rage Against The Machine album.

Ramones
Ramones

1, 2, 3, 4! As one of the most influential documents in rock’n’roll history, Da Brudders’ 1976 debut hardly warrants an introduction. Still, it’s always a shock to hear how raw and minimal the Craig Leon-produced album is. And all done and dusted in 29 minutes, baby. This LP reissue is cut from analogue masters, decently priced too.

Robert Wyatt
Rock Bottom

The second solo album from former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt and originally released in 1974, Rock Bottom has always been a painfully disconcerting listen. Written in hospital while recovering from an accident that has confined him to a wheelchair ever since, its abstract and often disturbed sketches are nevertheless shot through with hope. 

Scott Walker
Scott 4

From way back in 1969, Scott 4 is a classic of intense and majestic songcraft; the first set of entirely Walker penned songs combining sophisticated, easy-listening pop with lyrical complexity touching on the darkest of subject matter. Seen as a something of a commercial flop at the time of its release compared to his four previous albums, Scott Walker connoiseurs now consider this to be amongst his best work.
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Serge Gainsbourg
Histoire De Melody Nelson

It's safe to say that Serge Gainsbourg wouldn't have fared well post #metoo and Operation Yew Tree. This 1971 LP was a concept album about a middle aged man running his Rolls Royce into a teenage girl who he later seduced. It was probably less romantic when Stuart Hall did this kind of thing because Gainsbourg had a gallic flair for words and music that took him between folk, easy listening a proto-hip-hop on an album often considered his masterpiece. 
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Silver Apples
Silver Apples

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Sly & The Family Stone
There's A Riot Goin' On

A stone-cold classic brought back to vinyl LP by Music on Vinyl. What more can be said about Sly & The Family Stone’s groovy, incendiary and unique There’s a Riot Goin’ On? This is deep and inventive funk full of the tightest playing imaginable and soulful, politicised vocals. This album redefined 1970s soul and created a formula that has been copied for decades.

Small Faces
Ogdens' Nutgone Flake

Here's a re-issue of the Small Faces classic psych epic Ogden's Nut Gone Flake - a kind of mixture of proto heavy rock and cockney knees up psych pop all narrated by that man who talks gibberish (Stanley Unwin not Steven Morrissey). A completely unique album now re-issued on 180g vinyl using a remaster from 2012. 

Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation

Is there a finer stamp of approval than your album appearing in a pre-millennium episode of the Simpsons? Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, is one of the American indie underground’s epics, and was their last before signing to a major label (take from that what you will). LP box set comes with live versions, covers, and a booklet with previously unpublished photos.

Sparks
Kimono My House

Demented electro-pop duo Sparks celebrate 40 years of sharp wit and falsetto crooning. The deluxe reissue of Kimono My House adds new material and essays to the endlessly weird and catchy chamber pop arrangements, strange productions and glamorous theatrics within. What more do you want; there’s a song called "Thank God It’s Not Christmas".

Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

Classic Motown; Classic Stevie Wonder; Classic album! Songs in the Key of Life was the boy Wonder’s eighteenth studio album for Berry Gordon’s monster empire. At the time (1976) his most wide-reaching and ambitious set, SITKOL includes Sir Duke, I Wish, Pastime Paradise, Isn’t She Lovely… A true milestone in music from a titan of Psychedelic Soul. Reissued and repackaged by Universal as a 2LP + 7” single set.

Sufjan Stevens
Illinoise

Sufjan Stevens had already made his superb Michigan album which blew this listener's socks clean off back in 2003. Illinois was the moment we all really thought he'd go through with his 50 state project. It takes Michigan's clever and complex rural folk and supersizes it with all kinds of compositions mostly with ridiculous titles. Like an enormous pudding buffet that lasts forever,  beautiful heartfelt folk rubs up against orchestrated pop, polka, ambient, neo-classical and everything in between. A brilliant record.   

Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens left behind the folk game a long time ago, declaring his plan to write fifty records for fifty states a mere joke -- a sentiment that failed to wash away the beauty of the ornately composed Michigan and the pantomimic Illinoise. In the years since, he's been writing song cycles dedicated to the solar system, conducting orchestras in tributes to American highways, making fun of people on his blog and releasing records that betray deep existential crises -- All Delighted People and the synth-mad Age of Adz. He returns now with Carrie & Lowell, a record which promises a retracing of footsteps, back to the days when Stevens was about acoustic guitars, banjos and soft sadness. It's dedicated to his mum and step-dad. Argh. Crying.

Suicide
Suicide

The 1977 debut by Alan Vega and Martin Rev is a conceptual and sonic assault. Vega’s pithy lyrics and echoed rockabilly vocals over Rev’s seething, primitive beatbox and fuzzed-up synths are a simple and devastatingly effective combination. Ghost Rider and Rocket USA is a killer double whammy to open the album. Frankie Teardrop makes your neck hair stand up, and Springsteen fave Cheree calms you down again.

Super Furry Animals
Fuzzy Logic

Super Furry Animals released their lively wild-ride album Fuzzy Logic in 1996, throwing some Welsh weirdness into the Britpop mix. This twentieth anniversary reissue includes the remastered album plus a round-up of all the contemporary B-sides. Also (for the CD edition) a second disc, containing a sackful of previously unreleased material.

Syd Barrett
The Madcap Laughs

‘The Madcap Laughs’ is the debut solo album by the English singer-songwriter recorded after Barrett had left Pink Floyd. That appears to be the pree release we were given. It is, intermittently, one of the finest albums of its era. Not slick by any stretch of the imagination but full of left field ideas.  
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Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

The final album from a band who evolved from synth-pop into intricate, unbelievably delicate avant-jazz compostion. This reissue comes 26 years after the original release but the music hasn't aged a bit. 'Ascension Day' churns and whirrs whilst 'New Grass' tugs the heart strings just as strongly as before. Absolutely essential.

Tame Impala
Innerspeaker

Tame Impala have proved themselves champions of psychedelic rock over the past few years, ascending to the top of the pecking order with 'Lonerism', their tightly-knit collection of fluorescent pop tunes. Their debut 'Innerspeaker' is a worthy record in its own right, deftly navigating their heavy stoner influence with serene and inviting pop hooks. 

Television
Marquee Moon

Television were integral to the New York punk scene of the 1970s that centred around the CBGBs club situated in Manhattan’s dingy Lower East Side. Whilst the music was more complex, with longer songs than the punk movement was known for, it is said that front man Tom Verlaine was the person who started wearing safety pins on his clothes, but simply to hold them together, rather than as a fashion statement. Their debut album from 1977, Marquee Moon, is absolutely essential.

The Avalanches
Since I Left You

A masterpiece of sampling, Since I Left You challenged norms of authorship and genre in its determination to appreciate the creative potential of appropriation art. The Avalanches showed about as well as can be that a sample cut away from its origin can be made to do wonderful things in a new context. In other words: this is a charming, humorous and exquisitely-curated and composed piece of work.

The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

Recorded music doesn’t get more iconic than this. Influential as it is, there’s nothing quite like Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, with its magical harmonies and arrangements. It’s hard to get jaded about or tired of. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid this album, no matter what you’re into, you owe it to yourself to dive in. You have the choice of remastered stereo or mono versions on vinyl (if in doubt, mono is the one to go for), or a double CD edition which features both mixes, plus instrumentals and live tracks.

The Beatles
Rubber Soul

Rubber Soul by The Beatles, released in 1965,  was the follow-up to Help! And, therefore, the second album of theirs to consist entirely of original material. By this time, the band had given up touring and were able to focus all of their energies on recording in the studio. The results are bloody marvelous.
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The Beatles
Revolver

Revolver by The Beatles is regarded by many as their best album. It’s the second album they made after giving up playing live and the use of studio trickery really began to enhance their concise pop. Originally released in 1966, it’s fair to say that this changed the shape of everything that came after it and is still doing so. Remastered 180g audiophile vinyl on Parlophone.
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Anniversary Edition

A big old grand reissue of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, put together especially for the fifty year anniversary of the seminal Beatles record. Various editions of this psychedelic classic are available, with treats like early takes, stereo mixes and unreleased making-of documentary scattered around the editions. Choose between CD, 2CD, 2LP and six-disc super box-set versions!

The Beatles
The Beatles (White Album)

The Beatles. Now there's a thing.  The White Album (initially known as just the Beatles) was the blueprint of what became known as 'the classic over indulgent double album that would have made a great single LP'. It was released 50 years ago today and still much of it sounds like Guided By Voices 'August By Cake'. This super duper re-issue isn't just a rehash of the original thing with posh packaging  - it contains the Esher demos  - a 27 track 'unplugged' demo that has only been heard by the most in the know the Beatles fans.   
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The Beatles
Abbey Road – 50th Anniversary Edition

Absolutely everything about The Beatles’ final album Abbey Road screams ‘iconic’ - the much-parodied artwork, the second half’s famous song suite, the top class contributions from all of the Fab Four (yes, even Ringo’s ‘Octopus’s Garden’...). In 2019, it gets the 50th anniversary re-mastering treatment. With the new stereo mix handled by Giles Martin at the famous itself, this re-issue comes in: standard CD; double CD; single, double or triple vinyl; or a lavish 4xCD box-set with hardcover book and Blu-Ray. Various versions include outtakes and demos. 

The Clash
London Calling

London Calling was the third album by The Clash and was originally released in 1979. It is widely regarded as the band’s greatest moment and one of the best albums to ever be committed to tape. It comprises a range of styles from punk to reggae and ska to rockabilly and dealt with many issues of the day such as unemployment and racial conflict. Essential.

The Cure
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

The Cure’s seventh album, from 1987, was a sprawling, raucous 18-track double that gave them scope to hit all the bases. There’s doomy bombast (The Kiss), Eastern exotica (If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, The Snakepit), whimsical pop (Why Can't I Be You?), a Baudelaire rewrite (How Beautiful You Are…), straight funk (Hot Hot Hot!!!), some hints at what Disintegration would bring, and of course the mighty Just Like Heaven. 2LP reissue, as is only proper.

The Cure
Disintegration

Disintegration was The Cure's 8th studio album and one of their bleakest. After a few years of commercial success, the band returned to their gloomy gothy roots on an album that - despite it's lack of actual tunes - has since become somewhat of a classic. Despite it's unrelentingly somber mood it still contains future the Cure staples as Lullaby, Plainsong and Lovesong. One way or another it is a true artistic statement from Robert Smith and his long running collective.  

The Damned
Damned Damned Damned (2017 – Remaster)

If you’ve come to Norman Records with intention to purchase it’s likely you’re already familiar with this particular where-it-all-started punk classic. Damned Damned Damned is given the full 180-gram reissue treatment here, with interviews and think-pieces galore in the sleevenotes. Still sounds thrilling after all this time too.

The Doors
The Doors

There’s so much to be said of The Doors but the only words truly worth listening to are those that the band recorded to wax and there cannot be any better starting point than their eponymous debut album. An electrifying LP with heavy hitters such as Break on Through (To The Other Side) and Soul Kitchen, the LP finishes with eleven brooding minutes of bubbling insanity, and surely the band’s most recognisable track - The End.

The Faces
First Step

After Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie the remaining Small Faces continued as The Faces. Here we have a reissue of their first album from 1970 through Warner. If you wanna hear where the hell Ron Wood and Rod Stewart came from (maybe where they appeared), this is a damn fine rock album you need.  

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced

Classic rock doesn’t come much more classic than an album that features Purple Haze, Hey Joe and The Wind Cries Mary. The Jimi Hendrix Experience (the band that featured none other that Jimi Hendrix on guitar and vocals) announced themselves to the world with their debut Are You Experienced in 1967 and blew the socks off everyone that heard it. It still has that effect, as you will find out when you buy it….
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland

Hendrix on 180 gram! Yes, you heard correctly. This double LP vinyl package has been lovingly put together by the Voodoo Chile's down at Legacy. You don't want to get stuck in Cross Town Traffic and miss this one. You don't need even need to go All Along The Watch Tower, but you do need to snap it up quickly. It's Jimi, it's Electric Ladyland - what more can I say baby?
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The Kinks
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

Now regarded as their finest moment, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now seen as the highlight of the band's long career and certainly the high water moment of the pastoral English phase of their development. Now you can get the album in an enormous box set with 2 LPs, 5 CDs, 3 7"s a book and all kinds of memorabilia. For those with smaller pockets the 2 x CD looks quite tasty with 49 tracks altogether or you can get the standard original LP as it was meant to be heard.  

The La's
The La's

Oh those poor the La's. Just imagine the internet meltdown if they ever decided to release another note of music. As it is we have to make do with their debut and only album being re-issued over and over and over again. It is of course a brilliant record despite what Lee Mavers thinks and here it is once again on 180g vinyl with download code.  
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The Libertines
The Libertines

Whether you could cope with their tabloid-friendly jack the lad personas or not, there's no arguing that this bunch of London wasters created a raggle taggle sound that refreshed British guitar music. At a time when most popular 'indie bands' were as benign and manufactured as any Simon Cowell protege, the Libertines lived their music and embodied a rock and roll lifestyle that is generally frowned upon by tut tutters. The fact that security were brought in to stop the two creative leaders fighting during the recording of this second record should be enough to convince you that they meant it, maaaan.    

The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers was the debut album from Jonathan Richman's band of the same name and was an immediate critical and commercial success. It's opening track Roadrunner was an instant classic and is now deservedly iconic but there are nine more post Velvet Underground pre-punk tracks to dig into. The album influenced scores of musicians including the Sex Pistols and Talking Heads and paved the way for the subsequent punk and new-wave movements.  

The Pretty Things
S. F. Sorrow

The Pretty Things were innovators in the ‘60s and ‘70s and in 1968 they unleashed their classic and essential rock opera and psychedelic masterpiece, S.F. Sorrow. This was well in advance of The Who having such fanciful ideas with Tommy. Think of it as standing shoulder-to-shoulder with The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper or Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.

The Replacements
Let It Be

Let It Be was the third album by Minneapolis post-punk-punk band The Replacements and was originally released in 1984. The band were led by Paul Westerberg. Let It Be is one of the band’s best albums and is arguably the best album called Let It Be that’s ever been released. Lyrically it deals with many coming of age issues, musically it is more melodic than their previous work. Vinyl reissue on Rhino.

The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main Street

The Rolling Stones took themselves off to the French Riviera to record their classic double LP Exile On Main Street. This could well be the album from which all the stories of excess associated with rock stars stem from. But let’s not let that overshadow the music. Since it’s release in 1972, Exile On Main Street has been a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll classic.

The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition)

Beggars Banquet was the first in a run of four classic albums made by The Rolling Stones between 1968 and 1972 where they took their blues roots and fused them with hard rock, country and gospel to create a, well, Stonesy sound that has been copied, but never bettered, by so many bands since. Under the guidance of producer Jimmy Miller they transformed basic blues structures into phenomenal musical moments such as Sympathy For The Devil. This 50th anniversary reissue LP features and extra 12” disc with a mono mix of Sympathy For The Devil and an etched B-side along with a Mick Jagger interview on a flexi-disc. Also available on standard CD.

The Sex Pistols
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols

You can debate the aesthetics and ethics of the Pistols all you want, but there’s no arguing that their only real album is, well, the bollocks. Where would we be without the results of people being inspired by it, being annoyed by it, or reacting against it? This is all the Pistols you need, really (the odd stray b-side notwithstanding).
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The Smiths
The Queen is Dead

'The Queen Is Dead' is thought by many to be the Smiths greatest achievement. Not for me, nothing with 'Vicar In A Tutu' on it should ever be considered a classic. However it does contain many of their greatest moments, the title track, 'There is a Light....' and 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others' to name but three. The Smiths at their confident best just before things started to go slightly wrong.   
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The Smiths
Hatful of Hollow

'Hatful of Hollow' was a wonderful compilation of the Smiths earliest moments with many tracks taken from John Peel sessions. This gives them a rawer feel to their album contemporaries but unlike many session compilations this works pretty brilliantly as an album. It also contains early singles and B sides showcasing some of their very best songs such as "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", "William, It Was Really Nothing", "Girl Afraid" and "How Soon Is Now? Utterly, utterly essential. 

The Smiths
The Smiths

The Smiths must have sounded like nothing else in 1983. The band were a live tour de force but also poetic and lyrical. The Smiths was their murky debut and contains several future classics. Match the Byrds like guitar playing and a particular kind of Manchester melancholy with a vocalist who sounds like a demented seal and there you have it. Total brilliance. 

The Smiths
Strangeways Here We Come

This 1987 album was the final chapter for one of the most prodigiously brilliant and era-defining bands of the 80s. It tends to steer away from the jangly guitar style that Johnny Marr was best known for, with more varied production than before. Hence, the glam stomp of I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish, the proggy jam Death of a Disco Dancer, and the extended-intro, string-laden Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me. Morrissey was melodically impressive as well as genuinely witty and capable of human empathy in these good old days, and I Won’t Share You ends the album and the band’s career with a sad and touching sentiment. Rourke and Joyce rarely get the plaudits they deserve, but as ever The Smiths sound like a proper four-piece. May they never ruin their legacy by reforming, and we can remember and still enjoy them like this.

The Specials
The Specials

That very first album from The Specials has been reissued for your ska-pleasure! It is, to be fair, a classic, containing ‘A Message To You, Rudy’, ‘Too Much Too Young’, and ‘Concrete Jungle’, along with many more. Remastered from the original tapes and pressed to 180g vinyl by Chrysalis / Two-Tone, this is certainly worthwhile for any Specials fans.

The Specials
The Specials (40th Anniversary Edition)

A message to you, Norman Records™ customer - the Specials’ iconicer-than-iconic debut LP is being reissued to mark its 40th birthday. This 1979 LP really couldn’t be more seminal, and chances are you probably know this thing so well that there’s no need for us to describe it to you. ‘Too Much Too Young', ‘A Message To You Rudy’ and the rest have all been remastered from the original tapes for this anniversary pressing.
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The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses

The Stones Roses eponymous debut is widely regarded as essential by many fans. it was originally released in 1989 and was central to the Madchester movement of the late 80s and early 90s. The vinyl reissue is an exact replica of the original, released for its 25th anniversary. It is also available on CD in a slimline digipak.

The Stooges
Funhouse

Rarely, if ever, has the spirit and sound of rock’n’roll been distilled to such perfection. Iggy, the Asheton brothers and bassist Dave Alexander present a model of semi-improvised heavy psychedelic rock here. Loose and T.V. Eye are irresistible, but things get further out when Steve Mackay’s sax appears on the title track. After that, there’s nowhere to go but the insane chaotic blow-out of L.A. Blues. Unimpeachable!

The Strokes
Is This It

The Strokes’ dynamic 2001 debut Is This It, with hard-to-resist faves like Last Nite and Someday which helped the growly Julian Casablancas and co. wedge themselves firmly into the indie rock canon. The New Yorkers’ kickstarter for the 2000s indie scene, available on regular LP from Rough Trade or a limited audiophile version on Music On Vinyl.

The Style Council
Our Favourite Shop

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The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground

To celebrate the enduring longevity and indelible influence of The Velvet Underground Polydore/UME are releasing 'The Velvet Underground-45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition', which features 64 tracks in a six-CD package. Originally released in 1969, The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third album famously departed from the band’s first two LP’s. John Cale was replaced with Doug Yule, and the record was a stylistic shift, demonstrating a warmer, more optimistic side to VU.

The Velvet Underground
Loaded

Loaded was the fourth and penultimate album by The Velvet Underground and the last one to feature any of the original members, most notably, Lou Reed. It is, of course, an absolute classic and should be owned by anyone who has ever expressed even a passing interest in music. It features such greats as Sweet Jane and Rock & Roll.

The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground & Nico

What is left to say about this classic? The record that pretty much kicked off everything that became indie, alternative, dream-pop, punk, new-wave or what have you. And from a band who were semi-manufactured by svengali Andy Warhol who added sultry chanteuse Nico to the line up and made all kinds of suggestions. Despite that it's the originality of Lou Reed's songs that endure as well as their experimental and diverse method of music making.  
  • Vinyl LP (3717108)
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The Verve
Urban Hymns

20 years since this much loved album which spawned a handful of classic hits such as 'Bittersweet Symphony', 'The Drugs Don't Work' and 'Lucky Man' was issued and...you guessed it...it's time for the lavish remastered version in a series of formats including a super 6LP or 5CD box set with acres of live tracks and B sides. 

They Might Be Giants
Flood

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This Mortal Coil
It'll End In Tears

Oh lord this is the album. Back in the 80's no-one had any time for the likes of Big Star or Tim Buckley. 4AD head honcho was different though. He had exquisite taste and was also ambitious enough to put together a floating member super group to re-interpret some of his favourite songs. It Will End In Tears will always be most known for the now classic Cocteau Twins assisted reading of Buckley's 'Song To The Siren', but their version of Roy Harper's 'Another Day' runs it close as do two (count em) Big Star songs. 

Van Morrison
Moondance

It seems strange now to think that, when it first came out, Van Morrison’s 1968 LP Astral Weeks was a commercial failure. Licking his wounds, Van Morrison retreated to upstate New York (it’s always upstate New York, isn’t it) and wrote Moondance. The 1970 album would turn out to be his breakthrough, selling bucketloads and charming critics. And, of course, paving the way for all those sleeper sales of Astral Weeks. Now Moondance is reissued on wax by Rhino.
  • Vinyl LP (0603497852079)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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Various
Nuggets: The Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (40th Anniversary Edition)

Lenny Kaye’s comp of 60s psych and garage singles originally appeared in 1972, and if anything has grown in importance as an overview of a well-defined golden era, when a sense of possibility abounded, and before everything got slick and serious. The 13th Floor Elevators, The Electric Prunes and The Seeds may be familiar names to many, and Count Five’s Psychotic Reaction has become a standard. The Nazz began Todd Rundgren’s career, and The Amboy Dukes foisted Ted Nugent on the world. But the one-offs and also-rans like The Knickerbockers and Mouse are as much fun. Styles range from proto-punk to baroque pop to Beatles pastiche, but it’s all bursting with joyous youthful vigour. Double LP reissue, with 27 tracks.

Weezer
Weezer (Blue Album)

Weezer burst onto the scene with their debut self-titled album, known as The Blue Album, in 1994. Their brighter take on grunge - adding pop melodies to loud guitars was a perfect mix for the mid-90s. And if that’s your kinda thing then this album is packed with tune after tune. Includes the singles Buddy Holly and the rather Pavementy Undone (The Sweater Song).

Wilco
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was the Wilco album that Warners refused to release so the band put it up for free on their website and it was eventually picked up by Warners subsidiary Nonesuch. The mad world of corporate record labels notwithstanding it has long been seen as perhaps their greatest achievement to date taking their Americana-like sound and running with it to new and adventurous sonic areas no doubt assisted by producer Jim O'Rourke.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (0075597966916)
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Wu-Tang Clan
Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)

Do you want me to introduce this record to you? Really? Because if you don’t yet know what happens when you Enter The Wu Tang, you should probably just buy this on sight. For existing Wu-Tang Clan fans, this is the classic debut reissued, pretty crucial for your collection.

Yoko Ono
Plastic Ono Band

Fronted with bizarre, eery screeching, Yoko Ono's (widow of John Lennon) avant-garde offering Plastic Ono is finally reissued on vinyl. Originally released way back in 1971, the album has a classic yet timeless sound that has influenced a host of musicians throughout the decades.