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2019's Best Reissues (so far)

We'll be unveiling our official 2019 Reissues of the Year list on Monday 30th December. Until then, here are some of the re-presses, new versions and anniversary editions we've been mulling over since the turn of the year. Sign up for our emails and we'll ping you when our final Top 50 is announced. And remember that from now until Monday 23rd December we're offering double NormanPoints on all orders.

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Don Cherry
Brown Rice

Imagine having a name as cool as Don Cherry! Anyway, Eagle Eye’s dad and Neneh's stepdad wasn’t just cool by name, he played a mean jazz trumpet too. Brown Rice is a 1975 album that fuses jazz, rock, indian, African and Arabic sounds. What’s more it features Charlie Haden on wah-wah bass! Reissue LP on Blue Note.

Roger Doyle
Thalia

Best known for his piano-led compositions for theater, County Dublin-born Roger Doyle blends electronic and acoustic sounds to create intense and thrilling soundscapes. In double LP 'Thalia', Doyle forges an inspired and unpredictable journey - immersing the listener in his very own labyrinth-esque universe.
  • Vinyl Double LP (VCR013)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Repulsion
Horrified (30th Anniversary Picture Disc)

Marvellous (and slightly terrifying looking) picture disc re-issue of one of the early and influential grindcore records. Recorded in 1986, it wasn't released until three years later and subsequently became a yardstick for the sort of thrash and grind that would later appear on the Earache label. The fact that it opens with a track called Stench of Burning Death should tell you all you need to know about where this is coming from.   

Stereolab
Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Expanded Edition)

'Emperor Tomato Ketchup' is often held up as the crowning achievement of post-rock/psychedelic outfit Stereloab, fronted by the bizarre, left-field songwriting of Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane. On 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', the band's affection for pop music and for newer strands of experimental rock intersect, making for a record both accessible and ambitious than the three noise pop records that preceded it. 

HTRK
Nostalgia

Seriously I never knew that it was pronounced Hate Rock. Not a clue. Anyway this is a re-press of a 2004 era (they have been going a long time haven't they?) live collection from quiet Melbourne band HTRK. It has them recorded simply but effectively using an old tape deck for that analogue sound. Sort of like their own the Trinity Sessions I guess. It caught the ear of Birthday Party feller Rowland S. Howard who subsequently produced their next album.  
  • Vinyl LP (FIRELP104X)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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Ø (Mika Vainio)
Olento

Olento was the third album on Finnish techno institution Sahko from electronics whizz, fellow countryman and one half of Pan Sonic Mika Vainio under his Apple Mac-unfriendly Ø moniker. Unlike his work with his parent band these are more experimental and abstract journeys into ambience but marked as always by the playful minimalism that Vainio was noted for. 

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.

Buzzcocks
Singles Going Steady

Singles Going Steady was originally compiled to introduce The Buzzcocks to the US. As time has passed its assumed a life as their 'best of' or 'greatest hits'. However you want to refer to it, it is a truly marvellous collection of songs by and incredible band. Reissue LP, with 8 page booklet, and CD, with 36 page booklet, on Domino.

Akiko Yano
Japanese Girl

Reissue of Akiko Yano's debut album Japanese Girl from WEWANTSOUNDS. First released in 1976, Japanese Girl mixes together elements of Japanese folk music with 70s rock and funk to create something hypnotic. Yano's vocals dance around the instrumentation with a sense of joy and yearning, providing an emotional anchor for the album.

Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea

Few artists out there with a story as fascinating as Michael O’Shea, a street musician who due to finances had to construct his own instrument. O’Shea had travelled around the world and owned instruments such as the sitar or zelochord but had to sell them to fund his lifestyle. The resulting instrument - build from things such as an old door and chopsticks - created a profoundly DIY - in the true sense - take on minimalism and traditional forms of Asian and North African music. Originally issued in 1982 on Wire/Dome fellows Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' Dome Records.

Normil Hawaiians
What's Going On?

High-grade reissue of the 1983 album of Normil Hawaiians, who were not Hawaiian but were based within the vivid Brixton squat scene of the time. Operating in the grim depths of Thatcherism and following the suicide of a close associate of the band, Normil Hawaiians recorded this remarkable suite of unusual and highly-collaborative group music, which sadly sank without a trace as a consequence of label failings. But this reissue gives What’s Going On? the love it deserves, with lots of liner notes and seven bonus tracks, as well as a fine remastering job.

Barry Gray
UFO (Original Television Soundtrack)

Presented on double-lilac vinyl, this is the original soundtrack to short-lived television series ‘UFO’, the first-ever live-action series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - yes, the people behind ‘Thunderbirds’, ‘Captain Scarlet’ et al - and which aired between 1970 and 1973. Composed by inimitable Barry Gray with his trademark dramatics! 
  • Vinyl Double LP (SILLP1597)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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Holden
The Idiots Are Winning

The Idiots Are Winning (now there’s a sentiment that holds up well today) was the debut album by one time overlord of computer music, Holden, or James Holden, as we’ve come to know and love him. It was originally released in 2006 and contains the classic tracks Idiot, Lump, Corduroy and 10101. James Holden went on to make The Animal Spirits, No.2 in the Norman Records albums of the year in 2017. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (14BCLP2)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Crass
Stations Of The Crass

Stations Of The Crass was the second album by anarchist punk band Crass. It was originally released in 1979. It features three sides of studio recordings and one side which was recorded live in an Islington pub (I wonder if Jeremy Corbyn was there?). The album’s title is not only a pun on Stations Of The Cross, but also the name of their campaign to daub the London underground in graffiti. On Crass Records.

Cabaret Voltaire
1974 - 76

Cabaret Voltaire dropped their debut LP in 1979, but they were going for a full six-years prior to the release of Mix-Up. The 1974-76 compilation collects some of the group’s home demos from their formative years. Rough around the edges, but you can hear Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson honing their pioneering sound in real-time here.
  • Vinyl Double LP (CABS15)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Merzbow
Pulse Demon

Relapse presents a re-mastered version of Pulse Demon, one of Japanese noise artist Masami Akita’s most noteworthy records under his Merzbow alias. Originally released in 1996, the album was composed entirely with a fuzz box and the generation of musique concrete, without any studio trickery or manipulation. It now comes with a bonus track, ‘Extract 1’. 

A Certain Ratio
acr:box

Legends of the otherwise non-existent Manchester punk/dance/funk/industrial scene (yes, they’re out there on their own), A Certain Ratio have been reissuing a lot of stuff recently. acr:box gathers together everything that hasn’t been reissued. Singles, B-sides, alternate versions, their cover of Talking Head’s classic Houses in Motion and so on. Plenty to get stuck into for the hardcore fan or even a very inviting introduction to these Factory Records stalwarts. Deluxe 7LP or 4CD box set on Mute.

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.

Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno
Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition)

First released in 1983 as the soundtrack to documentary film ‘For All Mankind’ about the Apollo moon landing, and now highly recognisable in its own right after use in countless films, TV shows, ads and the Olympics opening ceremony, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois’ album Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks gets a deluxe re-mastered release. Also includes an entirely new album of 11 instrumental compositions re-imagining the soundtrack to the original documentary. 

Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus and company conjured magic on 20th January 1963. The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady is a composed piece spread over six parts, with occasional blasts of full-ensemble free improvisation. Still sounds mind-blowing all these years later - a true original at the intersection of jazz and folk.

Odd Nosdam
Flippies Best Tape

With a whopping 66 tracks delivered in a taut 80 minutes, Flippies Best Tape saw legendary hip-hop producer Odd Nosdam in his element, piecing together a bewildering range of source material for samples - everything from garage rock to dub and jazz - for one of the most singular sonic experiences in recent memory. Now, it gets a loving double-LP re-issue. 

Ernest Hood
Neighborhoods

Created using fields recordings, strange stringed instruments, and treated samples, Earnest Hood's 'Neighbourhoods' is imbibed with a profound sense of nostalgia. You can just hear the faint hum of a radio and the chirp of crickets, the album sounds like a summer's day. Although much of the sounds are familiar, Hoods synthesises a series of alien soundscapes that sounds like great sonic glaciers glancing off one another. Not only that but it was made in 1975! It still sounds wholly fresh and modern. FFO Mort Garson, Ellen Arkbro, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. 

Various
Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

Now this looks good. Like a mighty dub fellowship, seven of the most prominent female Japanese electronic and experimental musicians have been called on to each produce an original song for a new compilation called Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun. Tracks vary from dub to deep house and more.

Scott Walker
Tilt

Contrary to what it may seem, ‘Tilt’ was not a complete shift in trajectory for the former pop star Scott Walker. Prior to its release in 1995, Walker had spent years finding ever more oblique methods to communicate his ideas, however, is undoubtedly true that ‘Tilt’ was his most daringly realised attempt yet. Desolate, ardently experimental, but also beautiful, a pathway which would lead to later opuses such ‘The Drift’, ‘Bish Bosch’, and ‘Soused’ - his collaborative LP with drone metal legends Sunn o))) .  
  • Vinyl Double LP (7798546)
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  • Last copy

“Blue” Gene Tyranny
Out Of The Blue

The first-ever vinyl reissue for “Blue” Gene Tyranny’s 1978 debut album, and newly re-mastered too. Out of the Blue managed to merge funk with futurism, turning familiar musical elements into something shocking and new. The four-track collection culminates in the side-long, 25-minute ‘A Letter From Home’. 

Melvins
Houdini

American noise (then) trio Melvins were named after a grocery store supervisor who was despised by the band member who worked under him. Houdini was their fifth studio album, and the first on major label Atlantic (who dropped them 2 albums later). Championed by grunge Gods Nirvana, 'Houdini' was essentially the band's break-through album. Reissued for your pleasure on lovely gatefold vinyl.

UT
Conviction

Reissue of UT's debut album Conviction. By 1986 the band had left behind no-wave New York for post-punk London. On the album the trio of Nina Canal, Jacqui Ham and Sally Young, explore the shared space between no-wave, post-punk and even the more improvisational space of free jazz to create songs that are simultaneous taut and expansive. 

The Antlers
Hospice

O.M.G. it's the 10th anniversary of The Antlers 'Hospice' so literally put everything that you are doing down and re-buy the album that Pitchfork gave a whopping 8.5 out of 10 to in 2008. Re-live its swooning and emotional mid-paced indie, glacial atmospheric synth work, heartfelt trumpets and random noise bursts. It's just like Arcade Fire were a shoegaze band.   

Various
Buntús Rince (Explorations In Irish Jazz, Fusion & Folk 1969-81)

Probably the number one nation for jazz outside of the United States is Japan. But how often does Ireland get a look in? Buntús Rince, a compilation of Irish jazz on AllChival, seeks to fill in that particular blank. Because of the context that the jazz scene emerged in Ireland, and its various difficulties, the music produced is distinctly Irish feeling.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ACBRLPX1)
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The Dukes of Stratosphear
25 O' Clock

'25 O' Clock' rock, around the clock... The debut album from the mysterious and elusive Dukes of Stratosphear (not actually that mysterious and elusive, just XTC having some fun) is a good argument for the value in knowing your musical history. The 80s were not the 60s but that doesn't mean you couldn't make great 60s music in the 80s. 
  • Vinyl LP (APELP023)
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  • Last copy

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.

Explosions In The Sky
How Strange, Innocence (Anniversary Edition)

Recorded in the space of two days at the end of 1999, Texan post-rock heroes Explosions In The Sky made small but significant ripples in the underground scene with a limited CD run of their humble debut How Strange, Innocence. Twenty years later, it eventually gets a thorough double-vinyl treatment, with beautiful etchings and inserts. 

Bikini Kill
Pussy Whipped

One of those "everyone who heard this thing started a band albums", in 1993 Bikini Kill released their debut album Pussy Whipped. Righteous and vicious, the album represents the start of what has come to be known as Riot Grrrl. Pussy Whipped features some of the most unrepentant punk music ever recorded.

Ol' Dirty Bastard
Return To The 36 Chambers : The Dirty Version

Ol' Dirty has got even dirtier with this remastered version of his 1996 debut 36 Chambers. His first foray outside the bosom of Wu-Tang Clan, it was a stunning tour de force of entertainingly gritty hip-hop showcasing his unusual sea-sick and off kilter flow on tracks that ranged from terrifying to darkly humorous. It has long been seen as one of the high points of Wu-Tang's storied history and one of the most innovative rap records to date.   

Kurt Vile
Childish Prodigy (10th Anniversary Edition)

Matador re-releases Kurt Vile’s 2009 album Childish Prodigy on light-blue coloured vinyl to mark its 10th anniversary. It was the third solo record from Vile in a little under two years, released around a year after he had quit The War On Drugs (that band’s lead singer, Adam Granduciel, was still a key member of Vile’s backing band The Violators) and the point at which his career really began to pick up momentum. Includes a purple 7” single of ‘He’s Alright’, originally hidden away as a bonus track on the CD. 
  • Vinyl LP (OLE8877)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

David Sylvian
Secrets Of The Beehive

An absolutely wonderful album. Secrets of the Beehive sees David Sylvian at his autumnal best on a beautiful song cycle with contributions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jansen and Danny Thompson. Perhaps his most emotional album and a certainly a must for fans of Talk Talk and the Blue Nile. Now re-issued on 180g vinyl.   

Rodan
Hat Factory '93

Rusty, the solitary album by Kentucky math-rock/punks Rodan, was released in April 1994, sealing the band as an important influence in how alternative rock has evolved since. A quarter of a century later, this collection demos Hat Factory ‘93 - laid down in a studio of the same name in Baltimore - emerges. Four of Rusty’s six tracks are present, plus a song named ‘Exoskeleton’. 

Pinback
Summer In Abaddon (15th Anniversary Edition)

Now I feel old. It's been 15 years since Pinback released 'Summer In Abaddon'-  an album which came after the two albums I really liked by them which are now presumably even older. 'Summer In Abaddon' hardened their lovely guitar pop a little, bringing in more obviously emo-influences to the duos rhetoric. For the uninitiated, these former members of 3 Mile Pilot and Heavy Vegetable are somewhat in the literate style of Death Cab for Cutie. 
  • Vinyl LP (TG237LPC2)
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  • Limited edition

Terry Riley
In C

No matter how many times we hear it, we always come back to Terry Riley’s In C, the perfect meeting point between mind-pulsing minimalism, loose welcoming accessibility, and higher-plane spiritual ascension. It’s just a fabulous piece, with something new to give every time it is performed or heard. So stick it on your turntable yeah?

Laurie Spiegel
Unseen Worlds

Big gorgeous electronic wonder from Laurie Spiegel. Unseen Worlds was composed with the use of software specially created by Spiegel for her own purposes (Music Mouse, still loved and used today), and has only had limited releases in 1991 and 1994 before now. Unseen Worlds (the label) now give Unseen Worlds (the album) the full attention it deserves, on CD and vinyl.

Marvin Gaye
You’re The Man

Ooooh, a ‘lost’ album by soul superman Marvin Gaye is now being made available! You’re The Man was meant to follow on from What’s Going On in 1972, so you can imagine how high the quality is here. This is the first time these tracks have been presented in their proper album context, and there is also a nice extended version of Gaye’s Christmas song. Double LP reissue on Island, celebrating what would have been his 80th birthday.
  • Vinyl Double LP (7716339)
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  • Last copy

Morton Subotnick
Silver Apples of the Moon (50th-Anniversary Edition)

Many records get labelled as pioneering, but there are few that deserve it quite as much as Morton Subotnick's 1967 debut. Notable as both the first piece of electronic music commissioned by a record company and as the first piece of both classical and electronic music written for an album format, 'Silver Apples of the Moon' is a true milestone in the history of the electronic genre.
  • Tape (WSM02TAPE)
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MONO
Hymn To The Immortal Wind (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Mono’s album Hymn to the Immortal Wind (their first with a full chamber orchetra) is such a big epic boy of a post-rock album, I can’t quite believe that the big chords have even faded away yet from their original playing. And yet here we are, with a one-decade anniversary reissue. These reissues have been remastered by Bob Weston, and are presented in truly luxurious fashion by Temporary Residence.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRR348LP)
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  • Vinyl Double LP (TRR348LPC1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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Nyah Fearties
A Tasty Heidfu'

Nyah Fearties released this scraggy old thing in 1986, and it has been a secret jewel of the Glasgow underground music scene ever since. The Nyah Fearties sound is kind of Celtic-folk via post-punk and (genuinely) industrial percussion. All very Scottish. Now a proper full vinyl reissue, thanks to the Good Energy label!
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition

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. 

Gene Clark
No Other

Originally released in 1974 to critical praise but little commercial impact, The Byrds’ founder Gene Clark poured his heart and soul - and quite a lot of his own money - into No Other, a massively ambitious and strikingly beautiful record spanning psychedelia, country, folk and soul. For its 45th anniversary, 4AD are re-issuing the re-mastered album on CD and LP, and also in a lavish box-set containing a myriad of alternate mixes and bonus tracks, a documentary film and extensive liner notes and essays. 

Arthur Russell
Iowa Dream

An archival release of largely unheard music from the legendary composer, producer, singer and instrumentalist Arthur Russell, Iowa Dream presents material from throughout the icon’s career. Most notably, there’s several folk-based songs he wrote in California in the early Seventies, plus Columbia and Mercury demo sessions that never became realised record deals. 

Galerie Stratique
Horizzzons

Galerie Stratique is the brainchild of Quebec based electronic music composer Charles-Émile Beullac and Horizzons is his 2003 masterpiece that we've kindly pressed onto vinyl for you. This, we feel, is one of the most underrated gems of early 2000s electronica  - a dream like series which compress the ideas of long form ambient into shorter, 'pop length' tracks. Its hazy, woozy sound is comparable to Boards of Canada, Plaid and Arovane.      

Doves
Lost Souls

Doves were of course once Sub Sub who had an enormous hit with *that* song 'Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)' but in a twist in the usual guitar band picks up synths career pattern put down their 303s and picked up guitars to become a decent big league emotional rock act as Doves. This is their debut now re-pressed onto grey coloured 180g vinyl.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (7748262)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Chen Yi
The: 1978 - 1983

Reissue of the unfinished album by the Chen Yi artistic commune. Thanks to their brutal approach to music, they've been compared to the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Severed Heads. This is likely what got John Peel interested which lead to an inexplicable CBS contract. Turned out it was actually just explicable and CBS pulled out. Featured here are both finished and unfinished songs.

Blueboy
If Wishes Were Horses

Indie pop label Sarah released Blueboy's first record back in 1992, so obviously this is a twee pop affair, though rather than be full of tender full-band choruses and jangly guitars, it's a lot slower and predominantly acoustic. This modest, little known record is back.
  • Vinyl LP (ACOLOUR013)
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The Raincoats
The Raincoats (40th Anniversary Edition)

Luckily for record labels everywhere, a lot of good music was released in 1979 so we have plenty of 40th Anniversary re-issues to look forward to this year. The latest is the debut LP from the Raincoats, their spindly surprisingly tuneful art-rock influenced generations of future legends such as Kurt Cobain and Kim Gordon and is now available on marble vinyl, re-mastered from the original tapes with limited edition prints from founding members Gina Birch and Ana Da Silva.  
  • Vinyl LP (WE1LPC)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Sigur Rós
Ágætis byrjun (20th Anniversary Edition)

Sigur Rós mark the 20th anniversary of their 1999 breakthrough Ágætis Byrjun with an expanded re-issue on vinyl and CD. Rarities, demos and a full 95-minute live concert provide the final word on the spectral majesty of an album that provided the foundations for the Icelandic post-rockers’ acclaimed career. 

Super Furry Animals
Guerrilla

Super Furry Animals third album Guerilla is 20 years old. To celebrate its birthday we have an expanded reissue of the original album which includes a huge 25 bonus tracks. This was the album with the singles Northern Lites and Fire In My Heart, the latter being the one of the band’s more tender moments.

Ulver
Kveldssanger

Reissues are under way of Ulver’s ‘Black Metal’ period. Kveldssanger bucks the trend by being recorded with entirely acoustic instruments, lending a dark, doomed folk feel. The record has been remastered for this release, and comes as a heavyweight package (thick gatefold sleeve and 180g vinyl) with a booklet, on Century Media.

John Coltrane
Blue World

First time release for five previously unissued recordings from famous jazz guy John Coltrane. The pieces were recorded for a Canadian animated film called The Cat In The Bag. Instead of using original recordings, Coltrane went into the studio and recorded new versions of older works for the project. Thing is, no-one thought to mention this and the film came out with original Coltrane work that had never been released. Until now that is.  

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker
Black Axis

Originally released in 1989, Black Axis was the second album by Caspar Brötzmann Massaker. The power trio were dominated by Brötzmann’s gigantic guitar sound and could go from thumping rock to cacophonous racket in the space of one song. Sounds like fun to me. LP and CD on Southern Lord.

The Magnetic Fields
The Charm of The Highway Strip

Always loved that title....and the music ain't all that bad too. The Charm of the Highway Strip was the third the Magnetic Fields album originally released in 1994. It was the first record on which Stephin Merritt took over all lead vocal duties and his distinctive baritone informs a bunch of songs that are clever and romantic odes to country music and life on that dusty old road. 

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Trout Mask Replica

Well, what can be said about this masterpiece of a record that hasn't been uttered a hundred times before? A timely reissue then of Captain Beefheart's absurdist, Dadaist epic romp through art-blues, 'Trout Mask Replica'. None other than Jack White himself has seen fit to re-re-vinyl-ise this at his Third Man record plant. Complete with original cover art tracked down from its 1969 source. On 180-gram black double LP.

Stereolab
Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Expanded Edition)

Back in the early 1990s, when grunge and Britpop dominated rock music, Stereolab were doing something very different indeed. Combining motorik drone-rock a la Neu and avant-garde radicalism with elements of slick space-age exotica and retro Euro-pop, this their sprawling 1993 opus reissued and expanded here, sounds just as fresh today.

Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra
Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live At I.U.C.C.

Even by their usual high standards Soul Jazz Records have outdone themselves here. Horace Tapscott was an influential West Coast jazzer who simply does not get the credit that his outstanding catalogue warrants. Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live At I.U.C.C., a recording Tapscott made with his Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra back in 1979, has been out of print for decades. It’s an absolutely superb example of large-ensemble spiritual jazz and is more than worthy of a reissue. Not to be missed.

Mort Garson
Mother Earth's Plantasia

Mort Garson was a pioneer of electronic music in the 1960s and an early user of Robert Moog's synthesizer. 'Plantasia' released in 1976 added warmth to the previously darker and colder melodies of earlier electronic releases. By turn playful, surreal or sinister, this is a diverse collection of sounds from a true innovator.

Zero 7
When It Falls

When It Falls is the second album by production duo Zero 7. It was originally released in 2004, so here we have a 15th anniversary edition, I guess. Its available on a 2CD version that includes a disc of remixes by artists such as Stereolab and Danger Mouse. It’s also available on heavyweight vinyl unlike the flimsy original pressing. Features vocals from Sia, Mozez, Sophie Barker and Tina Dico.

Grouper
A I A : Alien Observer

AIA: Alien Observer was the second part of a two part album series by Liz Harris (aka Grouper) and is the marginally more accessible of the two discs. Here Harris uses her voice to create vocal drones and loops that mesh with her simple, organic instrumentation. As always it's superbly crafted groggy and sleepy ambience with moments of true beauty by one of the most important ambient artists of her day.   

Prefab Sprout
I Trawl The Megahertz

I Trawl The Megahertz was originally released as a solo album by Prefab Sprout's  Paddy McAloon in 2003 but was pretty much ignored by everyone apart from us Sprout obsessives. Shame because it is a incredible work...the album is largely instrumental and spoken word, featuring some his most experimental work, such as the 22 minute title track and one track that, according to McAloon, sounds like a depressed Van McCoy. Now that it won't do the brand too much harm, it is now being issued as a Prefab Sprout album. 2LP (featuring an etched side) and CD on Sony.

Piano Magic
Low Birth Weight

'Low Birth Weight' was the second album by Piano Magic the loose collective that centre upon the orbit of Glen Johnson. Originally released in 1999, Johnson freely admits that the album was hugely influenced by Disco Inferno, that brilliant ahead of their time act who burned out too quickly. Here, Johnson blended the sampledelia of Disco Inferno with the dream pop of the likes of Kitchens of Distinction and as always with Piano Magic is joined by an array of guests and collaborators including Pete Astor (the Loft/the Weather Prophets). 
  • Vinyl LP (RGIRL6RE)
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Satoshi Ashikawa
Still Way (Wave Notation 2)

In many ways a reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa’s 1982 LP Still Way (Wave Notation 2) is what WRWTFWW Records have been building to ever since they set up shop in the early 2010’s. Ashikawa’s spare, dreamlike environmental music has had a profound impact on the label’s output - it can be heard in everything from WRWTFWW’s reissues of Midori Takada and Mkwaju Ensemble to their recent set from Gareth Quinn Redmond. Taking cues from Brian Eno and Erik Satie, Ashikawa’s ultra-minimalist ambiences "intended to be listened to in a casual manner, as a musical landscape or a sound object”. Put on Still Way and let it melt into the background.

Various
Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

Light In The Attic’s fascination with Japan continues with Pacific Breeze, a compilation that celebrates one of the country’s most fertile musical epochs. Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 presents some of the best and artists from the period - Haruomi Hosono, Taeko Ohnuki and Minako Yoshida all feature. Andy Cabic (aka Vetiver), Zach Cowie and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab) have done a fine job of curating Pacific Breeze.

The Telescopes
Taste (30 Anniversary Edition)

30th anniversary re-issue album on translucent purple vinyl of Taste, the quietly innovative 1989 debut album from British space rock act The Telescopes. Deserving to be mentioned in the same breath as Spacemen 3, JAMC and My Bloody Valentine, this edition comes with a booklet of exclusive contemporary photographs and new liner notes. 
  • Vinyl LP (FC121V12)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Various
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Music from the Motion Picture)

Fear, Loathing and Full-Frontal Snogging in Las Vegas is a book by Louise Re… Wait, what? This book isn’t in that series? It’s actually called Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and was written by Hunter S. Thompson? Well blow me - now you’re telling me they made a FILM of it as well?! And that film has an absolutely stonking soundtrack that includes music by Tom Jones, Jefferson Airplane and the Dead Kennedy’s?! My whole life has been a lie. Pass me another peyote plant, I think I need to go and lie down...
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVATM201)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Alice Clark
Alice Clark

Soul, jazz, funk and raw emotion all play their part in making the one and only self-titled album by Alice Clark one of the most sought after pieces of wax known to man. It was originally recorded in 1972 over a two day session. Very little is known about Clark apart from what happened on that two day stint. No need to crate-dig in a blind panic anymore as Wewantsounds are reissuing this highly regarded album.
  • Vinyl LP (WWSLP25)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers
Music of Many Colours

The King of Afrobeat beats the Godfather of Neo-Soul. Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers met in Nigeria in 1979 when Kuti asked Ayers to support him on tour. They clicked musically and personally so decided to record together. Music of Many Colours is the the resulting album, reissued by Knitting Factory Records.

The Kinks
Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)

While it was met with confusion on its original release in late 1969, The Kinks’ seventh studio album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) aged incredibly well and is now regarded as a masterwork. To mark its 50th anniversary, BMG is releasing a lavish box set containing four CDs, four 7” singles, softback book featuring essays and interviews, printed memorabilia and enamel badge. Essentially, the final word on one of the Sixties’ most distinctive records. 

Coil
Stolen & Contaminated Songs

Coil made so much good stuff when making their 1991 album Love’s Secret Domain, there were enough outtakes of sufficient quality to make another album. That album was 1992’s Stolen & Contaminated Songs. The album shows Coil’s ability to balance experimentation with tradition and give abstract ideas widescreen scope. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (CSR276LP)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Vinyl Double LP (CSR276LP)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

The Fall
Bend Sinister / The 'Domesday' Pay-Off Triad-Plus!

We're still literally scratching the surface with the Fall re-issues, Beggars have been first off the mark and here re-issue 1986's semi forgotten Bend Sinister alongside a bunch of extra tracks culled from various singles. The CD has even more bonus stuff from peel sessions and even some unreleased takes. LP comes with replica program for the Riverside production of ‘Hey Luciani!’   

Various
Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List - Volume 1 (France)

You’ll probably know what the Nurse With Wound list is if you’ve taken even a passing interest in experimental music over the past few decades, but once more for good luck: Compiled by the three original members of the group (Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, and Heman Pathak) back in the 70's, the list runs to hundreds of artists and has since become an encyclopedia for fans of the musical avant-garde. Now, more than four decades since the first version of the list emerged, Nurse With Wound mainstay Stapleton has got together a compilation based around it. Strain Crack & Break features a baker’s dozen of pieces composed by some of the list’s French entries. Igor Wakhévitch, Jacques Thollot and the late Pierre Henry are among Strain Crack & Break’s tracklist. Out through Finders Keepers.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FKR101LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Arab Strap
The Week Never Starts Round Here

Hold up -- it's Arab Strap's first ever record. Without any of the reservations and noble ideas the band would go on to incorporate, The Week Never Starts Round Here sees the band offer fourteen tracks of more innocuous alt rock that still betrays their sensibilities for post-rock and instrumental experimentation.

Rupa
Disco Jazz

What a treat: a long overdue reissue of Rupa’s album Disco Jazz, a remarkable and very rare item originally from 1982. This album is a little Disco and a little Jazz, but all refracted through a mixture traditional Indian and synthesised instrumentation. Hard to explain but easy to love, this is a very welcome remastered reissue from Numero Group.
  • Vinyl 12" (NUM805LP)
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  • Last copy

Various
Outro Tempo II: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1984-1996

Another lovely compilation from Music From Memory featuring twenty tracks. On Outro Tempo II compiler John Gómez has the unenviable task of creating a legible picture of what Brazil's electronic underground was up to between 1984-1996. The result is magnificent, offering a view as nuanced and diverse as the country deserves. Featuring deep cuts from; May East, Dequinha E Zaba, Oharaska, Fausto Fawcett, R. H. Jackson, Edson Natale, Akira S, Low Key Hackers, Chance, Jorge Degas & Marcelo Salazar, Priscilla Ermel, Voluntários Da Pátria, Angel’s Breath, Fausto Fawcett and many more...
  • Vinyl Double LP (MFM 041)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Pedal Steal + Four Corners

Straight from a simpler time, when crooks the public adored were still musicians and not politicians: Texas “outlaw” Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band’s 1985 Pedal Steal, remastered. For this weighty release, the folks at Paradise of Bachelors have added the first four of the man’s Four Corners radio plays on two bonus CD's as well. We'll let you fill in the obligatory yihaw yourself.
  • Vinyl LP box set (POB045DLXC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
Out Of Season

For those of you hungry for more Portishead content I have some good news. In 2002 Beth Gibbons connected with Talk Talk's Paul Webb (here using the name Rustin Man) to produce 'Out Of Season'. It's a record that's much more indebted to folk and jazz than the trip hop Gibbons is known for, and alongside her recording of Górecki's 'Symphony No. 3', proves she's one of the most versatile vocalists alive.

Cornelius
Point

Point was the fourth album by excellent Japanese musician Cornelius and was the follow up to his breakthrough album Fantasma. It has become something of an influential record over the years with its technicolour palette of sounds infusing records by the likes of Beck, Phoenix and the Strokes. Now is the time for the luxury re-issue which includes three previously unheard remixes. 

Pan Sonic & Charlemagne Palestine
Mort Aux Vaches

The first time it’s ever been released on vinyl, Mort Aux Vaches picked up a tiny but dedicated fanbase when first issued on CD in 2000 by Pan Sonic and Charlemagne Palestine. 19 years later, it’s given a new artwork and released on double clear-vinyl. Part of an ongoing ‘Godbear’ series of re-issues of Charlemagne’s work. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (Matme005LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Rain Tree Crow
Rain Tree Crow

Japan didn’t reform but all the members reunited in 1989 and spent a year or two improvising and recording music. The result was a self-titled album by a new band called Rain Tree Crow originally released in 1991. David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri were joined by Be Bop Deluxe guitarist Bill Nelson and session guitarist Phil Palmer. On Universal.

Boris
Akuma No Uta

Never fear - although they may share a name with our troublesome and idiotic prime minister, Boris are excellent, combining ultra-heavy riffing with thunderous percussion ever since they came into being in 1992. Third Man Records re-issues their 2003 album, Akuma No Uta, to collide with a brand new American tour. 
  • Vinyl LP (TMR632V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Ragas Abhogi & Vardhani (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 9 March 1986)

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar is the nineteenth generation of a family who have played the dhrupad style of devotional music. For those unfamiliar with dhrupad, it is considered to show raga in its purest form. This recording was made at a house show, offering a more intimate example of dhrupad. One of two albums Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ is releasing to celebrate the life and music of Dagar.

Susan Christie
Paint A Lady

For those of you who like your psychedelic folk tinged with the sandy dirt of country music, then this lost classic is for you. Susan Christie, who once had a minor hit with a song called I Love Onions,  recorded Paint A Lady sometime around 1970, but her label at the time decided in wasn’t commercial enough. Fortunately, Andy Votel got his hands on one of three test pressings and released it on his Finders Keepers label.
  • Vinyl LP (FKR007LPX)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990

Light In The Attic’s obsession with reissuing Japanese records shows no sign of abating. For their next trick they’ve given us a collection of ambient compositions made in the country during the ‘80s. Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 includes delicate pieces from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hideki Matsutake and many other distinguished artists. Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran has compiled this one.

Fad Gadget
The Best Of Fad Gadget

Francis John Tovey, better known as Fad Gadget recorded for Mute. He appeared along with a number of trailblazing electronic acts such as Human League, Cabaret Voltaire and The Normal. His particular blend of industrial and new wave was played on synths and whatever he had lying about such as drills and electric razors and had a pop edge. The Best Of Fad Gadget includes tracks from 1980’s Fireside Favourites, 1981’s Incontinent, 1982’s Under The Flag and 1984’s Gag. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (MUTEL7)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Thousand Knives Of

A timely re-issue of the first solo album from the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto. 'Thousand Knives Of' was originally released back in 1978, when Sakamoto was still in the equally groundbreaking Yellow Magic Orchestra, and established a blueprint for both artists going forward. Notably, this is the first time that the record is being released on vinyl outside of Japan. 

Louis Moholo Octet
Spirits Rejoice!

Here we have another of those highly sought-after records that people pay large amounts for in the second had market. Spirits Rejoice! By Louis Moholo Octet is a free jazz masterpiece, originally released in 1978. Now it is reissued at a more palatable price. Moholo is a South African drummer who has played in South African jazz bands, The Blue Notes and The Brotherhood of Breath as well as Afro-rock combo, Assagai.

Throbbing Gristle
Part Two The Endless Not / TG Now

Two Throbbing Gristle reissues in one package. Bundled together here are the band’s 2004 album, TG Now, their first since 1986, and their 2007 album Part Two: The Endless Not. The latter took the form of their classic 1978 album D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle, with four of the tracks being recorded separately by each member of the band.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (TGLP19)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Neil Young
Dead Man: A Film By Jim Jarmusch (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

Dead Man is Jim Jarmusch’s self-proclaimed ‘psychedelic western’. Neil Young improvised most of the soundtrack as he watched and played along it in his studio. This way he was able to give a raw response to the drama and emotion. It mixes his acoustic and electric meanderings and is interspersed with Johnny Depp reading the poetry of William Blake.  

UNKLE
Psyence Fiction


  • Vinyl Double LP (6759386)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Shellac
The End of Radio

It's not too easy being a Shellac fan is it? Their studio records are few and far between and their tours seem to happen just when they feel like it. So here's something to get starved Shellac fans juicing at the mouth, it's a collection of the band's two Peel sessions including their 2004 live set in front of a small (lucky) audience. Full of alternative versions of tracks you now know and love, the band were known for testing out future material on these sessions. Essential. 

Moloko
Do You Like My Tight Sweater?

One of the most quietly inventive British-based bands of the late Nineties, Moloko spanned electronica, jazz, soul and house on their 1995 debut album 'Do You Like My Tight Sweater?' - named for singer Roisin Murphy’s (now of a solo career) chat-up line to future bandmate Mark Brydon at a party when they first met.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2457C)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis

Following the sad passing of Mark Hollis earlier this year we all collectively turned back towards the impressive career arc of his band Talk Talk. Lesser referenced was his self-titled solo album released in 1998. It didn't help that the record was out of print at the time but this re-issue is a chance to wallow again in the intimate grooves of a record that was initially intended to be released under the Talk Talk moniker. It is a gorgeous thing full of woodwind, jazz- inflected drumming, pastoral guitar and Hollis's fascinated mumbling verse. So quiet that you can hear the squeak of the musicians chairs. Essential. 

Sharron Kraus
Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers

For Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers, (the first album title with a semicolon in it that I have seen for a while), Sharron Kraus delved deep into some 11th Century Welsh folk tales, lending a great depth to the delicately constructed pieces here. Excellent contemporary folk song, 500 copies on Clay Pipe Music.

Lee Moses
How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities 1965-1972

Lee Moses is an enigmatic Southern Soul kind of guy, noted for his rare but fantastic 1971 album Time and Place. But what if you wanted to go deeper than that album? Well then you’d need How Much Longer Must I Wait?, which compiles (mostly earlier) non-album material that is either vanishingly rare or actually never before released. Very soulful stuff, beautifully restored and presented.

The Pop Group
Y

Y by The Pop Group was their debut album, originally released in 1979. The post-punk band from Bristol were seen as pioneers of the genre. They mixed jazz, reggae and dub influences with punk to create something quite original. The band claim they were trying to mix Funkadelic with Captain Beefheart to see what happened.