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Yardbirds aka Roger the Engineer / super deluxe with signed print

The Yardbirds‘ 1966 self-titled album (also know as Roger the Engineer) will be reissued as a six-disc super deluxe edition featuring newly remastered mono and stereo versions of the album and various audio rarities, with signed editions available in the UK.

The album was recorded by the classic line up of Jeff Beck, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell-smith, and saw the band explore new sonic territories, pushing their blues-rock sound into the realms of the avant-garde, psychedelia and Indian music.

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Lloyd Cole / Antidepressant review

‘The Young Idealists’, track one on Lloyd Cole’s 2006 album Antidepressant, is indicative of everything that is good about this record.

It’s a gem, an intimate, acoustically-strummed number with a wry lyric where the narrator reflects on how age mellows us and convictions are forgotten or diluted over time. There’s a typical deft economy with Cole’s choice of words and surely everyone of a certain age can relate to some of these lines, like the opening couplet: “I know I said I favoured peaceful resolution / But that was when we were the young idealists”. The twist in this tale is that although the young idealists of the song buy into the “neocon economic dream”, the “markets fall” and they look back and think the idea of a “wholesale revolution” wasn’t so silly after all and what’s so wrong with fighting for a “future we can breathe in”?

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Texas / Pre-order a signed CD of ‘Hi’

Texas will release a new album, Hi, in May and you can pre-order a signed copy of the deluxe CD from Amazon in the UK.

The new album sounds more interesting than you might expect, since the band recently dug deep into the vaults at Universal Music to examine the sessions around their debut Southside (1989) and White On Blonde (1997). This audio archeology turned up some forgotten sessions and tracks, in particular, a 15-strong batch of songs from the White On Blonde sessions which both Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri had forgotten existed.

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Out This Week / on 9 April 2021

Fleetwood Mac / Live box set CD, Vinyl

The Bangles / Doll Revolution (2LP purple vinyl)

The Bangles‘ album from 2003 is reissued by Real Gone Music for a UK-exclusive 2LP set pressed in translucent purple vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve.

Jean-Michel Jarre / Amazonia (new album)

Jean-Michel Jarre has created 52 minutes of new music to accompany the photos of the Amazonian Forest taken by Sebastiao Salgado about. An exhibition has commissioned for the Philharmonic Paris, which was due to start this week.

Cheap Trick / In Another World (new album)

Cheap Trick‘s 20th studio album. Features the singles ‘The Summer Looks Good on You’, ‘Gimme Some Truth’ and ‘Light Up the Fire’.

Marc Almond / Enchanted deluxe edition

Marc Almond‘s 1990 album Enchanted will be reissued as a three-disc deluxe edition in June.

The album features the singles ‘Waifs and Strays’, ‘The Desperate Hours’ and ‘A Lover Spurned’, with the latter providing Enchanted‘s only UK top 30 hit single. That song was produced by Stephen Hague although Bob Kraushaar and Gary Maughan also worked on the album.

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My Bloody Valentine reissues

Domino will reissue My Bloody Valentine‘s three studio albums as new vinyl pressings (and on CD) along with EP’s 1988-1991 as a two-CD set

1988 debut Isn’t Anything, 1991’s Loveless and 2013’s m b v all come in gatefold sleeves and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl. m b v additionally includes a set of five card artwork prints (264mm x 264mm).

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PJ Harvey / The Peel Sessions

PJ Harvey‘s sessions with the late Radio 1 DJ John Peel will be reissued on vinyl next month.

The 12-track collection spans 1991-2004 and was originally issued on vinyl and CD back in 2006. As with the recent studio album reissues, this is only coming out again on vinyl and like those other packages, this single vinyl LP was cut by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering. The presentation will be consistent with the original.

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Ram On: Tribute album features original Ram musicians and a host of talent

Paul and Linda McCartney‘s Ram album from 1971 has been covered in its entirety by a collective of musicians lead by Denny Seiwell, the original drummer on the record (and Wings member from 1971-1973) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo.

The album is called Ram On: The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram and features all 12 tracks from the album, in order, plus a few bonus numbers at the end.

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Paul and Linda McCartney’s ‘Ram’ reissued on half-speed mastered vinyl

Paul and Linda McCartney‘s 1971 album Ram is to be reissued in May for its 50th anniversary as a limited edition half-speed mastered vinyl edition.
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David Bowie team ‘sorry’ as Brilliant Live Adventures campaign falls short

Frustrated David Bowie fans, who feel let down by the rather shambolic Brilliant Live Adventures campaign, were sent an apology today by the Bowie web team, acknowledging that many had suffered what they called a “poor shopping experience”.

Fans have been damning on social media about the way the sales of the six live albums, and the associated (empty) box sets, have been handled and many people have been left with half-collections due to later volumes (five and six, specifically) selling out in less than half an hour!

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Matt Berry / The Blue Elephant

Matt Berry returns in May with The Blue Elephant, his ninth studio album.

A prompt follow up to last year’s Phantom Birds (one of SDE’s best of 2020), much of The Blue Elephant was actually recorded before its predecessor, and finds Matt in full-on psychedelic mode and showing off his impressive skills as a musician (he plays every instrument barring the drums) and well as his acumen as an arranger/producer.

The 15 tracks are actually woven into two long, gapless extended sequences of music (24 mins and 21 mins, respectively) which of course works perfectly for side A and side B of the vinyl. The label describe this as “a dizzying trip through an idiosyncratically British love of Psych, Freakbeat, Acid Rock and late ‘60s pop” and having heard a preview of the album, that’s probably spot on! It’s a real trip (man) and you can have a taster, below.

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Level 42 / The Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984 unboxed

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SDE takes a look at the new Level 42 Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984 box set which contains five albums and bonus material across 10 CDs. Watch the video…
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