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VA | Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos (2023)


Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos brings together 146 demos from the legendary Stax Records. Including 140 recordings that are previously unreleased, this collection combines both songwriter demos of some of music’s biggest songs with full blown arrangements of never released tracks. This 7-CD set, packaged in 7×7 boxset, also included a new essay by Stax’s original Director of Publicity Deanie Parker and GRAMMY-winning writer Robert Gordon alongside archival photos. It is compiled by multi-GRAMMY award winning producer Cheryl Pawelski. Craft Recordings

“Demo recordings are often tossed off without inhibition, just writer and tape recorder sharing an intimate space,” writes compilation producer Cheryl Pawelski. “I love all these songs as they tumbled out for the first time.

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VA | Gary Crowley’s Punk and New Wave 2 (2023)


Following on from the highly popular first volume of Gary Crowley’s Punk & New Wave, Demon Records are proud to introduce Vol.2. “Alongside my rhythm pal Jim Lahat, we’ve once again pillaged our respective music collections to bring you a highly personal and extremely eclectic selection of gems, mined from the rich seam that was the late ‘70s/early ‘80s.”
A period when a raft of bands and artists imbued a new energy into the country’s musical culture. This mega 77 track collection features some of the biggest names from this period such as The Clash, Ramones, The Jam, The Cure and The Slits. Alongside the bigger names Gary & Jim also shine a light on the lesser known bands, those who might have left just the one great single in their wake such as The Limit, Gary Valentine, The Wardens, Basement 5 and The Limps. Many of these incredibly rare tracks appearing here for the very first time on CD.

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VA – Too Much Sun Will Burn: British Psychedelic Sounds of 1967, Vol 2. (2023)


Four-hour, 79-track CD devoted to the British psychedelic sounds of 1967. Follow-up volume to Grapefruit’s much-admired anthology ‘Let’s Go Down And Blow Our Minds’. In 2016, Cherry Red’s psychedelic imprint Grapefruit Records released the 3CD set ‘Let’s Go Down And Blow Our Minds’, a hugely successful, widely-acclaimed anthology of lysergically- inclined music made in Britain during the epochal year of 1967. Featuring 79 mind-melting tracks from British psychedelia’s key year, ‘Too Much Sun Will Burn’ covers all bases, incorporating the era’s big hitters (The Move, The Who, Small Faces, ISB, Pretty Things, The Zombies), huge singles (Traffic, Procol Harum, The Hollies, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Troggs), cult 45s (Paper Blitz Tissue, Made In Sheffield, Caleb and many others) and such future legends as Bowie, Genesis, Alex Harvey and Elton John, with a track from his legendary aborted debut LP ‘Regimental Sgt. Zippo’. Cherry Red

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Ocean Colour Scene | Yesterday Today 1999-2003 (2023)


All beginnings start with a name. And so, in October 1989, Simon Fowler, Steve Cradock, Damon Minchella and Oscar Harrison sat down together, chose their three favourite words, arranged them in a satisfactory order and became Ocean Colour Scene. Thirty-five years on, and Ocean Colour Scene are still together: making music and regularly selling out huge concert halls across the country. They have the support of an extraordinarily dedicated and loyal fan base who cherish their music and hold close to their hearts a lifetime of memories supporting the group.
Continuing our celebration of one of Britain’s finest bands Demon Records are proud to present Yesterday Today 1999 to 2003. This is the next in the ongoing series where we focus on a period from the bands illustrious career and pull together their studio albums in one concise vinyl box. Demon Records

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Magnolia Electric Co. | Sojourner (Vinyl Box-Set 2023)

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Returning from a long time out-of-print and for the first time on vinyl, Secretly Canadian release Sojourner Box Set by Magnolia Electric Co., re-presented via a 4LP collection (April 7).
The Box Set is the accumulated work of thirteen musicians, five locations, four recording engineers and one songwriter, with the four LPs that comprise the set taken from four distinct recording sessions that Magnolia Electric Co. undertook following the release of their debut studio album, What Comes After the Blues.
From those recording sessions, the band’s second album Fading Trails was born. But the four sessions, in full, chart the celestial map of Magnolia Electric Co….

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Ken Hensley | Past & Present (Songs In Time): A Ken Hensley Anthology 1972-2021 (2023)

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A name synonymous with Uriah Heep, Ken Hensley was a founder member of the British prog legends and, during the 1970s, was the keyboard player, occasional guitarist and principle song writer. Right up to his passing in 2020, he was a prolific performer and writer.
He recorded some solo work during his tenure with the band, and once the post split bad feelings eased, had been known to join the band on stage on occasion, and his solo work continued, as well as recording with John Lawton, John Wetton, Wasp and Blackfoot.
This fine fine box, up to the usual high Cherry Red standards and covers a breadth of material well. But with the plethora out there, it’s both a good summary and a good starting point. Now Spinning Magazine

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Hawkwind | Days of the Underground: The Studio & Live Recordings 1977-1979 (2023)


A deluxe 10 disc (8 cd / 2 blu ray) limited edition boxed set featuring all of the recordings made and released by Hawkwind and Hawklords between 1977 and 1979 featuring Robert Calvert. With an additional four cds of live material including all the surviving recordings from the september 1977 ‘Sonic Assassins’ concert in december 1977 and Hawklords live at Uxbridge University, all mixed from the original multi-track masters.
Also including the previously unreleased promotional film of Hawklords at Uxbridge University in 1978 and a performance of ‘quark, strangeness and charm’ on the Marc Bolan tv show, plus a lavishly illustrated book, essay and a poster. Cherry Red Records

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New Musik | From A to B: The Sony Years (2023)


4CD box set bringing together all of New Musik’s three studio albums as well as a disc of B-sides, single edits and remixes. With a booklet containing an interview with Tony Mansfield by Record Collector’s Daryl Easlea. Formed in 1977 by Tony Mansfield, a former member of The Nick Straker Band with bassist Tony Hibbert and drummer Phil Towner, New Musik’s first single, ‘Straight Lines’, was released in 1979, and their debut album, ‘From A to B’, followed in April 1980. ‘From A to B’ entered the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart. Containing their most commercially successful single ‘Living by Numbers’ plus two other hit singles: ‘This World of Water’ and ‘Sanctuary’. The band’s second album, ‘Anywhere’ was released in 1981 and reached No. 68 in the UK following which, Towner and Hibbert departed, and Mansfield cut the next album, ‘Warp’, with the assistance of studio musicians. Mansfield went on to achieve success as a producer with After The Fire, a-ha, Aztec Camera, The B-52’s, The Damned, Captain Sensible, Naked Eyes, and Mari Wilson. Cherry Red Records

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Tame Impala | Lonerism: 10 Year Anniversary Box Set (2023)


2022 marked the 10th anniversary of Lonerism. To celebrate, Tame Impala present a deluxe 3lp reissue of the album featuring previously unreleased demos from the era. Recorded in both western australia and paris between 2010 and 2012, lonerism was tame impala’s breakout record. Lonerism’s artwork is by Leif Podhajsky and Kevin Parker, and the album was mixed by Dave Fridmann. Anniversary edition artwork designed by Erin Knutson and Immanuel Yang, with additional photography by Matt Sav and Kevin Parker. Tame Impala
Tame Impala’s landmark album Lonerism turned 10 last year, and the band played it front-to-back at Desert Daze to mark the anniversary. Now, Tame Impala have announced a new Lonerism anniversary box set featuring the original album with a 24-page booklet, previously unreleased demos, and more. It comes out May 26.
Tame Impala have a habit of expanding their albums into box sets. Pitchfork

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