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Norman Records: Gift Ideas

A selection of the more interesting and/or expensive sections of our catalogue. Whether you're skint and looking for a bargain or cashed-up and feeling generous you should be able to find a decent pressie amongst this little lot.
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Bedhead
1992-1998

For the slowcore completists among you, the Numero Group have compiled every dejected Bedhead mumble and guitar gesture into one CD boxset, under the not-so-inventive but apt title '1992-1998'. This is essential for fans of minimal, understated indie rock with guitars that swim in the mud the way Unwound and Slint did.

Bill Callahan
I Drive a Valence

Bill Callahan should write more books. The baritone poet has already released one, 'Letters To Emma Bowlcut' -- a collection of random thoughts, barely interconnected, collected into a novella. In true Callahan fashion, the book is a delight to read, even if the reader has no fucking clue what he's talking about: the sentences just sound nice. Now, he's releasing 'I Drive a Valence', a book compiling lyrics from seventy of his songs alongside over a hundred original self-inked images. He really is a man of many talents.

Blur
The Box Set

The ultimate collection for the Blur fan. Featuring all their albums (pre split and reformation of course), just the five and a half hours of unreleased material, three DVDs and even a 7" single of a rare Seymour track. Now cheaper, it will still set you back but look what you get for your brass.

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972

The weird anachronistic blues rock of Captain Beefheart is celebrated in 'Sun Zoom Spark', a monstrous boxset which collects four of his early 70s recordings: 'Like My Decals Off, Baby', 'The Spotlight Kid', 'Clear Spot' and a record of out-takes called all appear. 'Sun Zoom Spark' is a good find for newly initiated Beefheart fans who want to go further into his story, as well as for completlist fans out there. 

Daft Punk
Alive 2007

Some electro purity from the club barons Daft Punk. Alive 2007 is their double Grammy winning live experience. Paving the way for so much of the populous EDM of today, they show their live chops and prove their ability to work a crowd. Featuring favorites from Homework and Discovery on this 4LP coloured vinyl/book/slip-mat combo OR double LP vinyl set. Out from Rhino.

Dave Porter
Breaking Bad Original Score Vol. 2

More meth scores from up above high come from musician Dave Porter here: 'Breaking Bad Original Score Vol. 2' continues to survey the whispered interactions, unbearable tension and desert warfare that the show became known for in its later seasons. Porter's score is sparse, spectral and percussive, tinkering in the background and gaining more weight with every step Walter White takes.

Dinosaur Jr
Visitors

This is a nice box set contains Dinosaur Jr's first four singles plus a bonus one pairing Frampton's "Show Me The Way" with a cover of the Byrds' "Feel A Whole Lot Better". It includes a bunch of unused artwork from the period.  Originally out for Record Store Day, this is a 'warehouse find' apparently, not that labels would ever contemplate re-pressing swiftly sold out RSD items 

DJ Shadow
Super Deluxe Box Set

Oh boy. There's a lot to this one. Maybe it's best to just run it down chronologically: you get Endtroducing, of course, a masterwork of sampling and hip-hop plunderphonics. You get a bonus, plus The Private Press and each album after it, a disc of rarities -- because why not go deep with an artist who pulls deep from the archives -- and a live performance from Glasgow. This thing is huge; it will eat you. You'll find something you didn't know about DJ Shadow and you'll love it. 

Drew Millward
Drew Millward Poster

Drew Millward is a Leeds-based artist who has done work for the likes of Mogwai, Sonic Youth, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre - as well as for the awesome Brudenell Social Club (possibly the best music venue in the UK). We're huge fans of his imaginative, detailed, and often borderline-terrifying drawings here at Norman Records and we're somewhat in awe of the poster he's created for us.   Also available as an A6 size postcard with accompanying gift voucher.

Erased Tapes Collection
Embossed Micro Fibre Cleaning Cloth

Erased Tapes are a fine label, we all agree. We also all agree that vinyl sounds better and lasts longer when it's kept clean. Ergo, this record cleaning cloth embossed with the Erased Tapes logo can only be a good thing. Take better care of your vinyl collection! 16.9 x 16.9 cm record cleaning cloth. Cleans all vinyl records and removes dust and grease.

Fela Kuti
Vinyl Boxset 3 Curated by Brian Eno

I think we can all agree it would have been pretty cool if Brian Eno had done one of his iconic collaborative records with Fela Kuti. Unfortunately, that never happened, but 'Vinyl Boxset 3', curated by the ambient artist and pop producer himself, does allow them to collaborate in a small way: Eno selects seven Fela Kuti records to go into one huge boxset. Contained among the walls of this boxset are 'London Scene', 'Shakara', 'Afrodisiac', 'Gentlemen', 'Zombie', 'Upside Down' and 'I.T.T.'. It's like you're listening to Brian Eno listen to amazing Afrobeat. 

FM3
Buddha Machine 5

FM3 return with the fifth variation of their popular Buddha Machine gizmos. This one contains nine loops taken from their first full-length in ten years. Experiment with hiding these around your flat. There’s a Cello in the underwear draw! Who left a Steinway behind the sofa? This edition comes in black or white and is luxuriously finished in several layers of silicon coating. Feels good in the hand, apparently.

Henry Mancini
The Pink Panther - Music from the Film Score

A soundtrack reissue from the 1963 film starring Peter Sellers, The Pink Panther. Given a Hall of Fame award in 2001, this soundtrack from Henry Mancini is a stellar piece. The Pink Panther theme is still as embedded in our collective memories as the riff from Seven Nation Army and the fact that Nick Clegg lost any soul he may have had when he “came to power”. A pink vinyl pressing.  

Ian Curtis / Jon Savage
So This is Permanence

'So This is Permanence' is an incredibly personal insight into post-punk’s most enigmatic pioneer. This collection of intimate writings is filled with lyrics and previously unseen, unpublished replicas of pages from Ian Curtis’ notebooks. For the most ardent of fans, there's also a limited edition of just 200 copies, all of which are signed by all of the surviving members of Joy Division, plus Jon Savage, editor of the collection, and Deborah Curtis who contributes a foreword to the book. 

Iggy Pop
Gimme Some Skin

Nice special limited edition 7” box set from the king of modern punk rock, Mr Iggy of Pop! Includes 7 individual 45s featuring new and classic recordings both with and without The Stooges - all packaged with a full-color booklet, detailed liner notes, a custom 7” vinyl adaptor, and collectible patch!

John Drumbo French
Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic

This surely must be the definitive book on renowned rock-skronk master/monster Captain Beefheart. Written not by an academic or a journalist, but by Beefheart’s long-time sideman John ‘Drumbo’ French, this is a very personal and in-depth account of what we might fairly describe as an interesting life. Also, the book is almost 900 pages long!

John Lydon
Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored

Lead singer of the Sex Pistols and general volatile substance, John Lydon has a lot to say about his musical life and career. His new book -- rather aptly called 'Anger Is Energy: My Life Uncensored' -- takes stock of all the twists and turns in his time innovating punk rock and doing a lot of very frowned upon shit. Recommended if you like anarchy, I'm sure.

Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart

Joy Division's most revered tune and a hallmark of New Wave, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is now for some reason the banner child for this collection of the band's rarities, studio out-takes and B-sides. This vinyl release is a celebration of what the post-punkers were known best for as well as what no one's quite discovered yet.

Joy Division
+/- (Plus/Minus)

From the Manchester kings of post-punk who were sadly taken away from us much too soon comes +/- (Plus/Minus) by Joy Division. Featuring the obvious hits of Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart as well as alternative versions and other less well known songs. If you’ve never really listened to Joy Division, this is a great gateway. CD Boxset.

King Tubby
The Roots Of Dub

Classic album from the dub master - originally issued way back in 1975 on Total Sounds outta Jamaica. It's impossible to overstate the importance Tubby's vision of dub reggae would have on contemporary bass music; from jungle to grime, dubstep and beyond. These cuts are undisputable hard evidence. A smokers delight.

Lord Tarquin
Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman

Sonic Cathedral are venturing into publishing books for the first ever time with 'Memoirs of A Shoegazing Gentlemen', the work of Piss-Taker-In-Chief Lord Tarquin (also known as David Quantick). The content of this book of satire and maybe potentially some shoegaze originally found its home in a frequent column for NME. 
  • Book (SCR058)
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Mark Burgess
View From A Hill

View From A Hill, the story of Mark Burgess -- singer and founding member of legendary post punk band The Chameleons –- was previously only published in very limited print runs, but here it gets the attention it deserves with a revised, definitive edition. Complete with a full discography, family tree and an introduction by fanzine legend Karren Ablaze. 
  • Book (978-0-9574270-1-3)
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  • Last copy

Mogwai
Come On Die Young

This deluxe edition of ‘Come On Die Young’ has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material, including: Previously unreleased takes from early Chem19 sessions of ‘Waltz For Aidan’, ‘Christmas Steps’, ‘Rollerball’ and ‘7-25’, which featured on ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’. Seven remixed and remastered album tracks from CAVA sessions pre-dating the final Tarbox recording sessions. Two previously unreleased tracks - ‘Satchel Panzer’ and ‘Spoon Test’. Rarities ‘Nick Drake’, ‘Hugh Dallas’ and the three track ‘Travels In Constants’ EP. The original, previously unreleased version of ‘Helps Both Ways’. Available on double CD, 4LP box set and digital download. Box set details: Four 180gsm LPs featuring the original double LP, plus two LPs of bonus material and a download code for all audio. Two exclusive Chem19 demos: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’. Limited to 1500 units for the UK and Eire.

Neil Young
A Letter Home

On 'A Letter Home', Young retreats into his folk traditions after a couple of years incorporating drone, psychedelia and noise into his records and live sets. This record was recorded at Jack White's Third Man studio, in the kind of pay-per-use recording booth you would've found way back in the day. Young stepped in and recorded these covers of folk standards, only using his guitar and the occasional piano accompaniment from White. Among the covers are Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe", Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" and the good old "On the Road Again". 'A Letter Home' is interspersed with Young reading out a letter he's written to his late mother. Bless you, Neil.

Oasis
(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (Remastered)

Following on from 'Definitely Maybe', Big Brother are reissuing Oasis' second record and Britpop standard, 'What's The Story (Morning Glory)'. It will be available as CD, double LP or deluxe CD - the latter of which includes a 56 page hardback book, demos of "Hello" and "She's Electric", a replica 12", a replica cassette and a bunch of live tracks.  Just what the world needs, eh?

Pitchfork Review
Issue #2

The second edition of Pitchfork's print supplement features another lovely 7" of music from indie slacker Kurt Vile, as well as Watery Love. Aside from that, all the usual contributions come from the site's staff writers, including a profile on Kate Bush, a piece about Ellen Willis and a reflection on gangsta rap by Michael A. Gonzales.

Pixies
Minotaur Limited Edition

The ultimate Pixies 'art object'. Every single one of their 'golden era' albums on CD, 12" vinyl and DVD plus a 1991 live performance, 96 page art book and lots more stuff individually numbered and signed by every member of the Pixies. They even got Deal to do it. Also exclusive Vaughn Oliver artwork.  All for a cool (almost) £300 but you'll want to worship it forever.  

Pixies
Doolittle 25

In celebration of its 25th anniversary (yes, 25th!) 4AD is releasing a deluxe version of the Pixies’ pivotal second studio album Doolittle. This three-CD/double vinyl package includes all the album’s B sides, Peel Sessions and demos alongside the original album for the first time ever, with nearly half of the tracks being commercially released for the first time. Featuring memorable tracks like "Debaser", "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone To Heaven", this reissue is a reminder of just how important Doolittle was.

Robert Wyatt
Different Every Time

He's got a huge beard and he's releasing a new record: that is literally all you can ask from Robert Wyatt. 'Different Every Time' compile two elements of Wyatt's work. One side is for the wee perplexed, introducing the songwriter to a new, clueless generation, while the second collects together his best feature work in a career filled to the brim with successful collaborations -- from Bjork to John Cage to uh, Hot Chip? Go in, Robert.

Ryan Russell
Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham

Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham is a book of photographs by rock photographer Ryan Russell, who is known for snapping such bands as Death Cab For Cutie and Blink 182. The book is a photographic document of a trip Russell took from his home in Alabama to the north-west town of Bellingham in Washington. The book comes with a bonus 7” single featuring Manchester Orchestra and Minus The Bear.
  • Book (NSRB003)
  • £29.99 £15.00 (saving: £14.99)
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  • Last copy

Small Faces
Here Come The Nice

This is the real deal: The Small Faces' complete recorded output on Immediate Records. This box set ncludes 4 CDs of mod holyness, 4 7"s , posters, postcards, fine art prints among numerous other goodies. All newly remastered with a booklet with testimonials ranging from everyone from Paul Weller to Paul Stanley. 

Songs: Ohia
Magnolia Electric Co. (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Magnolia Electric Co was the final album Jason Molina released under the name Songs: Ohia. Whilst touring the album, he decided to change the name of the band to Magnolia Electric Co (who never released an album called Songs: Ohia). You can hear something had changed - this Steve Albini-produced record has a harder edge than previous releases. Sadly, Molina died in March 2013 of alcohol-related organ failure. Double vinyl album, 10 year anniversary edition. 

Sun Ra
The Eternal Myth Revealed

Deep breath everyone… A full fourteen CDs of Sun Ra, with a book, in a box. The Eternal Myth Revealed Volume One is full to the gills with material that is either deeply rare, or fully unreleased. These are the early days of Sun Ra, covering his early big band and solo piano periods, before he got really out there. And the best part? This is only Volume One.

The Heads
Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere (Remaster)

The 2nd album in The Head’s impressive canon, was originally released on Sweet Nothing Records (SNLP007/CD) in July 2000; now, 14 years later “Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere” has been repackaged with a full compliment of bonus material from that period (7” tracks, B- sides, Mans Ruin 10” / CD tracks, Radio 1 session tracks, and compilation tracks). All the tracks have been fully re-mastered by Simon Price and Shawn Joseph. Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere is the bands favourite album. It represents the full force of the Heads’ psychedelic pummel, their trippiest most psyche collection, brutal yet beautiful. THE BOXSET: The Hardcover / full colour boxset is limited and numbered to 1000 copies only: it features the remastered original double album in its gatefold sleeve, the double album of extra material from the time - also in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. A single live album "bootleg" (pressed on neon yellow vinyl) from the 2000 USA tour called "California Jams", and a 70+ minute CD of material that is previously unreleased, culled from the dozens of rehearsal / demo archival CDrs that Simon Price has from this time. Various items of ephemera are also included in the box. a full size 8 page booklet will be inserted in album one with sleeve notes, pictures, track information, in the live album will be a full size 8 page photo /tour diary attempting to detail some of the USA 2000 tour. a huge 4 foot by 2 foot folded poster with the classic blue/red girl tshirt image, a vinyl sticker of same image, and a Download code postcard with a link to Download the two LPs as MP3. The box itself with then be wrapped in a specially printed Heads tote bag. The 2LP version: Black vinyl, gatefold sleeve: the album (remastered) in the format it was originally released, with full DL postcard. The 2CD version: Double CD, wth 12 page booklet (same as the first LP booklet), CD has the album, CD 2 has all the bonus tracks from LP two in the boxset. Wrapped in a full colour O-Card.
  • Vinyl LP (ROOSTER20PV)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (ROOSTER20BX)
  • Limited edition

The House Of Love
The House Of Love Deluxe

Helping indie rock find its feet as a toddler back in the 1980s, The House Of Love created a rich debut that caught a lot of cult favour but has since gone missing from alt-rock consciousness. This deluxe package offers all of their singles for Creation and a lot of unreleased demos, demonstrating the long and prosperous activities of a band who were all too briefly in our hearts.

The Humble Bee & Players
Snowflake

Limited to a mere 280 copies on white vinyl + Bonus CD, from Other Ideas. Stemming from research on the formation of snowflakes Craig Tattersall curates 6 musicians to create individual pieces which are then brought back together. With a bonus CD of the original results, and LP of 6 remixes from Tattersall.

Tobias Petersson
Amon Duul II and the Birth of Krautrock 1968-1972

If you’re a fan of Krautrock you no doubt can wax lyrical about its heavy germanic electronic brilliance. Amon Düül II were at the forefront of the movement, and this book from Tobias Peterson contains everything you need to know about the band and the sound that could only have been birthed in a German still divided by Cold War tension and misery. Hardcover book, 160 pages.

US Maple
Long Hair In Three Stages

Long Hair In Three Stages was the debut album of '90s noisy guitar heroes US Maple. It was recorded with Jim O’Rourke in 1995, and reappears here in two vinyl formats on Skingraft. Alongside the regular vinyl version, is a crazy metal-sleeved collectors version, of which no two are alike. A treat for the eyes and hands, with a bonus treat for the ears, in the form of an extra track.

Various
Enjoy The Experience : Homemade Records 1958-1992

This lovingly and extensively compiled celebration of American private press music is presented here in different formats. The book and download package (no CD or vinyl included) is a coffee-table style exploration of the culture featuring essays, notes, photos and overviews. The LP and cd versions have slightly different tracklistings - check before you buy less you miss out on that pizza parlour organist recording that you have to hear.

Various
The Deeply Vale Box Set

6 CDs and a 272 page book documenting the legendary Deeply Vale Festivals that were held in the 1970s near Bury. If you didn’t go, this box set may not mean that much to you, but if, like members of Doves, 808 State and Chumbawamba, Deeply Vale formed a key part of your musical growth, this is the motherload. Packaged with incense sticks, for extra atmosphere.

Various
Touch And Go The Complete Fanzines Box Set

Completely insane re-productions of Touch and Go's legendary fanzines all lovingly re-produced and with bonus CD so you can hear some of the music that is raved about enthusiastically. A true piece of music history.

Various
Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume Four: Rhythmic Changes

The Anthology of American folk music trilogy is a compilation album, put together by artist and eccentric Harry Smith in 1952. Smith used records from his own collection of folk, blues, gospel and country music, and the album has been credited with helping to kick off the American folk revival in the '60s. Volume 4 came along later, unfinished by Smith at the time. A real treasure trove of early American music. Vinyl double LP. 

Various
7 and 7 is

Compilation by Fruits de Mer bands covering (sorry, 'reinterpreting') tracks from seminal bands from the 1960s (see tracklisting). This innovative and exciting recording is available as a box set of 7 x 7" singles (which explains the name) and includes songs by 13th Floor Elevators and The Byrds. Groovy!

Various
Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings: 1947–1959

This record documents Alan Lomax's experience in the prison farm of Parchman in Mississippi. Lomax took photos and a tape deck with him and attempted to present an image of working prisoners who passed their time in labour by singing. This collection has over forty tracks from this experience, as well as a huge collection of photo and essays that try to convey the sense of place. 

Various
Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South

This collection of 20s-30s gospel and old unearthed photography came together as the project of a married couple attempting to document the American South before WWII. 'Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music And Photographs From The American South' is an educational journey through the traditional music of the time and photos that give these songs their sense of place. 

William Onyeabor
Vinyl Boxset I

Nigerian funk sensation and synth party innovator William Onyeabor was recently discovered and celebrated with 'Who Is William Onyeabor', released on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. The shiny, flourescent '9 CD Boxset' brings together a whole five records he released off his own back from the late 70s on through to the mid 80s, and here Luaka Bop has decided to give the boxset a vinyl treatment, the second in a series of LP collections for the elusive Onyeabor. The vinyl release is split into two parts, 'I' obviously being the first.  

Yo La Tengo
Tree

Your three favourite indie-rockers on vinyl (dolls) for the first time!! Justify this!! Well, to some, Yo La Tengo they are the world’s best and most loveable band. And these lil’ guys are the work of top Japanese toy makers. There’s also the DVD to consider - a unique animation containing YLT music by cartoonist Jim Woodring. Comes with a comic, too!