Youth explosion for dads and granddads – The Jam 1977

THE JAM ‘1977’
40th Anniversary Box Set

Includes remastered albums, unreleased demos and live tracks, photos and memorabilia from 1977. Scheduled for release on 20th October.

The Jam 1977
The Jam 1977

The passions of youth cast a long shadow, which helps explain both my excitement about this comprehensive collection of everything the Jam did in 1977, and why there is still a big market out there for anything to do with the Woking wonders.  Of course its not just  nostalgia for the music, which apart from the extras, most will have anyway , Its also the jolting back into life of the old habit of being a collector and completist.  The search for seven inch picture sleeves, limited editions and imports  –  icons and status goods for the smart, semi articulate and hard. For many it all started with the Jam   So yeah, this presses lots of old buttons and many of the Jam dad and granddad brigade will certainly have this on their Christmas lists.

For the initiated its sure to elicit a wistful smile.  The two albums that the Jam released in 1977 and remastered here are great to listen to again.  In the City, the debut, now has that big fat analogue and warm valve warmth that you get with the better remasters – while still retaining the spikiness and abrasiveness that was its original hallmark.  Apart from anything else this shows the songs in a new light.  The teenage Paul Weller who penned the half or dozen or so classics here was already displaying an unerring ability to connect with working class youth in a way that would later land him, much to his intense unease, with the reputation as spokesman for a generation.  But why not? Away from the Numbers is pure working class existential crisis for all the kids who felt like factory fodder, with Weller opining against the purist punk mod surf cool:  ‘I was the type who’d knocked at old men, who together at tables sit and drink beer. Til I realised I was really the same. So this means breaking away from the chain.’ For many like me who’d hardly read a book, this was a wake-up call to self reflection and new ways of thinking.

Paul Weller in punk fanzine, Sniffin' Glue in 1977

Other lyrical themes here (and across the rest of the box set) include the lure of London (In the City, Sounds from the Street), police violence (Time for Truth) and love/friendship (I Got By in Time).  But what recurs most is the sheer brilliance of being young and having something to say.  On In the City, for example, Weller sings that he wants to tell you about the young ideas of the golden faces all under 25.  On All Around the World the guitar break begins with a the boisterous shout ‘youth explosion’. As Paolo Hewitt says in his book The Changing Man, Paul Weller was constantly worrying about age.  He’s quoted as saying ‘all the bands I love made their great records when they were eighteen, nineteen and then they turned shit’.  If he didn’t make his mark by eighteen, he felt he would have to seriously consider packing it in and returning to playing pubs and working mens clubs in Surrey.  In The City single made the top 40 just before he turned 19.  The irony he is that whilst the Jam material is superb, the very best of Paul Weller, in terms of classic timeless songs, comes years later, when he learns to relax a bit.

And indeed, if this obsession with youth helps explain what’s going on here with this young man in a hurry, it also points to its limitations.  However brilliant this might sound there is a limit to how much time you can spend with an opinionated mid 70s teenager.

The Modern World is billed in the press release as the surprise of the package, the slightly unloved Jam album that time has been rather kind to.  There is some truth in this.  The remastering partly addresses some of the earlier justified criticisms that this album sounded like a rush job (putting out two full albums of mostly original material in the same year for Christ’s sake!).  Of course, the rush job accusations were also based on a feeling that some of the songs sounded like outtakes (Don’t Tell Them You’re Sane) b-sides (London Traffic), or frustratingly unfinished ideas (Life From a Window).  But whilst remastering can only go so far, what does stand out to the good, is the sense of musical progression.  The Jam were clearly on a musical journey, Songs such as the Combine and Tonight at Noon, the latter featuring an acoustic guitar and an Adrian Henri poem as lyrics, are a clear move away from the mainstream of punk/new wave towards 1978’s classic All Mod Cons.

Of the extras the In the City demos in particular nicely show off the musical chemistry that clearly existed between Weller, Foxton and Buckler in their early days.  Weller was always the star, but without this added ingredient they’d have been stuck in Woking.  These recordings also show the clear influence of Wilko Johnson on Weller’s guitar style. Writing year’s later one of Weller’s best mates Steve Brookes talked about seeing Dr Feelgood at Guilford Civic Hall in 1975.  Whilst much has been made of the importance to the Jam of seeing the Sex Pistols at the Lyceum, it is in fact this Feelgood’s gig that was far more important in the development of the Jam. Weller, apparently, falling for Wilko instantly.  ‘For anyone who hadn’t seen Wilko’s stage persona’ Brookes wrote, ‘it was like a mod killer zombie on crack. I rated the Feelgoods but Wilko had a really big effect on Paul – the clothes, the hair, the way he moved’. And here is the living proof.

The film clips are worth a special mention too.  The performance of All Around The World from Marc Bolan’s show on children’s TV will always be special for me.  It’s the first time I saw and heard the Jam.  Nothing was ever the same again.

The Jam 1977 tracklisting
Full tracklisting here:

Disc 1 – ‘In The City’ (original album remastered)
1. Art School
2. I’ve Changed My Address
3. Slow Down
4. I Got By In Time
5. Away From The Numbers
6. Batman Theme
7. In The City
8. Sounds From The Street
9. Non-Stop Dancing
10. Time For Truth
11. Takin’ My Love
12. Bricks & Mortar
+ single & B-side extras
13. All Around The World
14. Carnaby Street

Disc 2 – ‘The Polydor Demos: February 1977’
1. Art School (demo) #
2. In The City (demo)
3. I Got By In Time (demo) #
4. I’ve Changed My Address (demo) #
5. Time For Truth (demo)
6. Sounds From The Street (demo)
7. Non Stop Dancing (demo) #
8. Bricks And Mortar (demo) #
9. Takin’ My Love (demo)
10. So Sad About Us (demo)
11. Slowdown (demo) #
# = previously unreleased

Disc 3 – ‘This Is The Modern World’ (original album remastered)
1. The Modern World
2. London Traffic
3. Standards
4. Life From A Window
5. The Combine
6. Don’t Tell Them You’re Sane
7. In The Street Today
8. London Girl
9. I Need You (For Someone)
10. Here Comes The Weekend
11. Tonight At Noon
12. In The Midnight Hour

Disc 4 – ‘Live 1977’
John Peel sessions:
1. In The City
2. Art School
3. I’ve Changed My Address
4. The Modern World

Recorded 26.4.1977 – Transmitted 2.5.1977

5. All Around The World
6. London Girl
7. Bricks & Mortar
8. Carnaby Street

Recorded 19.7.1977 – Transmitted 25.7.1977

Live at the ‘Nashville’ – September 10th 1977 (previously unreleased):
9. Carnaby Street
10. The Modern World
11. Time For Truth
12. So Sad About Us
13. London Girl
14. In the Street Today
15. All Around The World
16. London Traffic
17. Sweet Soul Music
18. Bricks & Mortar
19. In The City
20. Art School
21. In The Midnight Hour
22. Sounds From The Street
23. Slowdown

Disc 5 – DVD
1. In The City (Polydor promo – May 1977)
2. Art School (Polydor promo – May 1977)
3. In The City (Top Of The Pops – Date: 19/05/1977)
4. All Around The World (Top Of The Pops – Date: 18/08/1977)
5. All Around The World (‘Marc’ – Granada TV)
6. The Modern World (Top Of The Pops Top Of The Pops – Date: 03/11/1977)
7. Bricks and Mortar (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
8. Carnaby Street (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
9. In The City (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
10. Slowdown (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
11. All Around The World (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)

Fire & Skill: The Jam Live – 6 CD deluxe box set

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’
‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’

The Jam was formed in Woking, Surrey, in 1972 by Paul Weller and various friends at Sheerwater Secondary School. In the early days The Jam played local pubs covering early rock and roll songs until Paul Weller discovered My Generation by The Who and became interested in Mod music and lifestyle. Rick Buckler played those early gigs but Bruce Foxton joined the band much later.

On 29 April 1977, Polydor released The Jam‘s debut single,”In the City“, hit the UK Singles Top 40. They went on to become one of the most successful pop bands of their generation racking up no less than 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-WXzz9cZLc

It’s 40 years since Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler began performing live as The Jam. The band had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration.

With Somerset House’s current exhibition and Universal Music’s recent CD ‘About The Young Idea’ which both trace the band’s story in hits and images – Universal/Polydor now announce a live box set that follows the journey through incendiary concert recordings.

Named after the legend painted on Paul Weller’s amp, ‘Fire & Skill’ is a superb six disc box set – featuring six previously unreleased concerts, one from each year of their major-label career….

1. Starting with an early gig at London’s famous 100 Club from 1977, the show featured took place 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976, and was recorded for broadcast on American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.

2. A Music Machine show from 1978, featuring most of the 2nd album – ‘This Is The Modern World’. This was The Jam’s sixth live show of the year and one of four low-key shows in the capital to fanfare their new ‘News Of The World’ single under the banner ‘The London Blitz’.

3. Reading University – Feb 1979. Playing material from their breakthrough album ‘All Mod Cons’, this was The Jam’s first live appearance of 1979, and found the band in a radically different place to their showcase at the Music Machine 12 months before. In that time, their third album, ‘All Mod Cons’, had been released to critical acclaim, and their status as one of the New Wave’s most musically substantial and exciting bands had been secured. And Weller was still only 20 years old…

4. Newcastle City Hall – October 1980, previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’. In the time between the show at Reading University (on Disc 3) and this appearance at Newcastle City Hall 20 months later, there had been more extraordinary developments in the group’s world. ‘Setting Sons’, their fourth album, had given them a Top 3 hit with ‘The Eton Rifles’, which was followed in February 1980 with the stirring Number 1 single, ‘Going Underground’. After three years on Polydor, The Jam had finally become the biggest group in the UK.

5. London’s legendary Hammersmith Palais – December 1981. Part of The Jam’s four consecutive nights, previewing material from the forthcoming final album ‘The Gift’. The shows took in the innovative form of a ‘60s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.

6. One of the band’s final ever gigs at Wembley Arena – December 1982. Late in 1982 The Jam announced they were splitting up – there would, though, be a final chance for fans to experience The Jam’s astonishing live shows, with a 14-date ‘farewell’ tour announced. The centrepiece was a five-night stand at Wembley Arena, the 10,000-capacity shed next to the London football stadium (the recording here is from the second date), the biggest live venue in the capital.

* Packaged in mini, lift-off lid box with 72-page, colour hard-back book.

* Individual gatefold wallets for the discs, designed as facsimiles of the original tape boxes.

* Includes new essay, period photos, rare memorabilia and set of five postcard prints.

* Remastered at Abbey Road.

* Featuring stunning live versions of all the band’s classic hits and favourites of which only 11 tracks previously released.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-5QN0QaGJE

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ 6 CD deluxe box set
‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ 6 CD deluxe box set

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ Tracklisting

Disc One
Live at the 100 Club – 11th September 1977

1. I’ve Changed My Address
2. Carnaby Street
3. The Modern World
4. Time For Truth
5. So Sad About Us
6. London Girl
7. In The Street Today
8. Standards
9. All Around The World
10. London Traffic
11. Heat Wave
12. Sweet Soul Music (b-side of ‘Modern Word’ single)
13. Bricks And Mortar (b-side of ‘Modern Word’ single)
14. In The City
15. Art School
16. Back In My Arms Again (b-side of ‘Modern Word’ single)
17. Slow Down
18. In The Midnight Hour
19. Sounds From The Street
20. Takin’ My Love
21. In The City (encore)

Disc Two
Live at the Music Machine – 2nd March 1978

1. The Modern World
2. London Traffic
3. I Need You
4. The Combine
5. Aunties And Uncles
6. Standards
7. Here Comes The Weekend
8. Sounds From The Street
9. News Of The World
10. London Girl
11. In The Street Today
12. Bricks And Mortar
13. In The Midnight Hour
14. Carnaby Street
15. All Around The World
16. Slow Down
17. News Of The World (Sound-check – bonus track)

Disc Three
Live at Reading University – 16th February 1979

1. The Modern World
2. Sounds From The Street
3. Away From The Numbers
4. All Mod Cons To Be Someone
5. It’s Too Bad
6. Mr Clean
7. Billy Hunt
8. In The Street Today
9. Standards (Originally released on ‘Dig The New Breed’ album 1982)
10. Tonight At Noon
11. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
12. News Of The World
13. Here Comes The Weekend
14. Bricks And Mortar / Batman
15. The Place I Love
16. David Watts
17. Heat Wave
18. ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street

Disc Four
Live at Newcastle City Hall – 28th October 1980

1. Intro
2. Dreamtime
3. Thick As Thieves
4. Boy about Town
5. Monday
6. Going Underground
7. Pretty Green
8. Man In The Corner Shop
9. Set The House Ablaze
10. Private Hell
11. Liza Radley
12. Dreams Of Children
13. The Modern World
14. Little Boy Soldiers
15. But I’m Different Now
16. Start!
17. Scrape Away
18. Strange Town
19. When You’re Young
20. The Eton Rifles
21. Billy Hunt
22. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
23. To Be Someone
24. ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street
25. David Watts

Disc Five
Live at Hammersmith Palais – 14th December 1981

1. The Gift / Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
2. Man In The Corner Shop (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
3. Ghosts
4. Absolute Beginners
5. Town Called Malice (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
6. Set The House Ablaze (Originally released on ‘Dig The New Breed’ album 1982)
7. That’s Entertainment / Tales From The River Bank
8. Precious
9. Happy Together
10. In The Crowd / David Watts
11. Boy About Town
12. Pretty Green
13. Funeral Pyre (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
14. Circus
15. Going Underground
16. Big Bird (Originally released on ‘Dig The New Breed’ album 1982)
17. Little Boy Soldiers

Disc Six
Live at Wembley Arena – 2nd December 1982

1. Start!
2. It’s Too Bad
3. Beat Surrender
4. Away From The Numbers
5. Ghosts
6. In The Crowd
7. Boy About Town
8. Get Yourself Together
9. All Mod Cons
10. To Be Someone
11. Smithers-Jones
12. The Great Depression
13. Move On Up
14. When You’re Young
15. David Watts
16. Private Hell
17. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
18. Mr Clean
19. Trans-Global Express
20. Going Underground
21. The Butterfly Collector (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
22. Dreams Of Children
23. The Gift

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ is scheduled for released on 30th October 2015 on Polydor / Universal.

Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums & BBC Sessions Collection 4CD Box Set

 Alien Sex Fiend - Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection 4CD Box Set is released by Cherry Red Records
Alien Sex Fiend - Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection

In the early 1980s the New Romantics scene had dissipated. The underground hipsters had moved on.  The fasion had hit the High Streets and the likes of Spandau Ballet and Visage were appearing on Top Of The Pops. What took its place in the underground clubs was a gothic punk scene. The likes of Sex Gang Children, The Specimen and Alien Sex Fiend were making a scene; and the place to be seen was the famous Batcave Club in London, where Nik Wade (AKA Nik Fiend) happened to worked.

Alien Sex Fiend were formed by Nik Wade (Nik Fiend), Christine Wade (Mrs. Fiend), David James (Yaxi Highrizer) and Johnny Freshwater (Johnny Ha-Ha) in 1982 at The Batcave.

The band soon became known in the emerging gothic rock scene for its dark, electronic industrial-leaning sound, heavy samples and loops. They stood out from other bands in that goth punk scene and were ahead of their time in their use of synthesizers, loops and their fusing of industrial sounds with electro beats. They quickly built a loyal fan base from their exciting live performances.

In 1983 they released a cassette (The Lewd, the Mad, the Ugly and Old Nick) produced by Youth (Killing Joke). In the same year, they released the track “R.I.P.” on the Batcave Club compilation, The Batcave: Young Limbs and Numb Hymns. That year they signed to the Cherry Red subsidiary label Anagram, and released their first single, “Ignore the Machine” and the critically acclaimed debut album, Who’s Been Sleeping in My Brain.

The following year, they recorded two John Peel Sessions for the BBC. They managed to outstay the gothic scene and watched their contemporaries fall away before them. But by 1987 they were reduced to a duo as Mr & Mrs Fiend continued to record under the name, even though by now, their most popular days were behind them.

Alien Sex Fiend – New Christian Music
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKVTJnOj_c

No less than 12 studio albums later, the latest being Death Trip (2010), Nik Wade (Nik Fiend) & Christine Wade (Mrs. Fiend) continue to record and perform live as Alien Sex Fiend.

In February 2015 Cherry Red Records released a 4 CD box set entitled Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection containing the first 4 albums – Who’s Been Sleeping In my Brain, Acid Bath, Maximum Security and It. The box set also includes single mixes, b-sides, rarities and six previously unreleased John Peel session recordings.

Alien Sex Fiend – I Am A Product
Recorded at the Brixton Fridge in September 1984
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtFSeS0hsc

Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection Box Set tracklisting:
DISC ONE
WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BRAIN?

1. WISH I WOZ A DOG
2. WILD WOMEN
3. I’M NOT MAD
4. NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC
5. WIGWAM WIPE OUT
6. I’M HER FRANKENSTEIN
7. I AM A PRODUCT
8. IGNORE THE MACHINE
9. LIPS CAN’T GO
10. BLACK RABBIT

BONUS TRACKS
11. UNDER THE THUNDER (IGNORE THE DUB)
12. 30 SECOND COMA
13. RIP (BLUE CRUMB TRUCK)
14. NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC (SINGLE VERSION)

DISC TWO
ACID BATH

1. IN GOD WE TRUST (IN CARS YOU
2. RUST?)
3. DEAD AND RE-BURIED
4. SHE’S A KILLER
5. HEE-HAW (HERE COME THE BONE
6. PEOPLE)
7. SMOKE MY BONES
8. BREAKDOWN AND CRY (LAY DOWN &
DIE)
9. E.S.T. (TRIP TO THE MOON)
10. ATTACK!!!!!! #2

BONUS TRACKS
10. DEAD AND BURIED
11. ATTACK!!!!!
12. BONESHAKER BABY
13. I AM A PRODUCT (LIVE)

DISC THREE
MAXIMUM SECURITY

1. I’M DOING TIME IN A MAXIMUM SECURITY TWILIGHT HOME
2. MINE’S FULL OF MAGGOTS
3. DO YOU SLEEP
4. IN AND OUT OF MY MIND
5. SPIES
6. FLY IN THE OINTMENT
7. SECONDS TO NOWHERE
8. THE BEAVER DESTROYS FORESTS
9. DO YOU SLEEP (VERSION)
10. DEPRAVITY LANE (THINK I’LL TAKE A TRIP…)

BONUS TRACKS
11. IGNORE THE MACHINE (ELECTRODE MIX)
12. ATTACK!!!!! (LIVE AT THE BBC)
13. DEAD AND BURIED (LIVE AT THE BBC)
14. HEE-HAW (LIVE AT THE BBC)
15. IGNORE THE MACHINE (LIVE AT THE BBC)

DISC FOUR
“IT” THE ALBUM

1. SMELLS LIKE…
2. MANIC DEPRESSION
3. BELIEVE IT OR NOT
4. APRIL SHOWERS / WOP-BOP
5. GET INTO IT
6. LESSON ONE
7. DO IT RIGHT
8. TO BE CONTINUED…

BONUS TRACKS
9. BUGGIN’ ME
10. I WALK THE LINE
11. HERE SHE COMES
12. CAN’T STOP SMOKING
13. IN GOD WE TRUST (LIVE AT THE BBC)
14. E.S.T. (LIVE AT THE BBC)

Alien Sex Fiend – I Walk The Line
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nA7KZF94wk

Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection 4CD Box Set is released by Cherry Red Records.

Rod Stewart – Digitally Remastered 5x Solo Albums Vinyl Box Set

Rod Stewart 5x Vinyl LP Abum Box Set
Rod Stewart 5x Album Box Set

Rod Stewart began life as ‘Rod the Mod’ in the mid-1960s before joining The Jeff Beck Group where along with Ronnie Wood helped form the heavy rock genre and heavily influence a fledgling Led Zeppelin.   In 1968 he left to embark on a solo career. But while he waited contractually to release debut album, he subsequently joined his old mate Ronnie Wood, who in the meantime had, along with three members of The Small Faces (Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones) formed The Faces.

What followed was unprecedented simultaneous success for both Rod Stewart as a solo artist and the lead singer of The Faces between 1969 – 1975. In 1969 Rod released the debut album  An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (while it was known as The Rod Stewart Album in the US). Eight tracks including cover versions of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Street Fighting Man’, Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” and Mike d’Abo’s “Handbags and Gladrags“. The album truly announced Rod Stewart and his gravel-croaking bluesy voice to the world as a solo artist with its mix of folk, country blues and rock.  Session musicians included Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan & Keith Emerson (The Nice & Emerson, Lake & Palmer).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgsFnZZWtjY

While building up a live fan-base with The Faces, Stewart released a second solo album in 1970 – Gasoline Alley. It includes Bobby Womack & Shirley Womack’s composition, ‘It’s All Over Now’.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q64aVDA-s3U

But it was Rod Stewart’s third album that brought the commercial success he had craved as Every Picture Tells A Story became his first no.1 UK album while ‘Maggie May’ became a no.1 UK hit single; and suddenly Rod Stewart was a household name!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEoc13bwCw0

Every Picture Tells A Story was originally released in 1971 and is with no doubt a classic album.  For me it meets the essential criteria of ‘all thrillers and no fillers’.  Along with the single ‘Maggie May’ and the single’s beautiful b-side  ‘Reason To Believe’ is a stirring rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ and the classic ‘Mandolin Wind’.

By now The Faces had received commercial success themselves with the single ‘Stay With Me’ and there was, apparently, tension within the band over Rod’s solo career, even though they continued to play on Rod’s albums. But it in 1972 Stewart released Never A Dull Moment including versions of ‘Angel’, ‘Twisting The Night Away’ & the hit single ‘You Wear It Well’.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQqNUwNNkTo

In late 1974, Rod Stewart released his fifth solo album, Smiler giving him another UK no.1 album and the top 10 single ‘Farewell’; and in the same year, The Faces decided to spilt. Ronnie Wood joined The Rolling Stones & Rod Stewart was free to concentrate solely on his solo career.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj5ZZ_Ey510

These first five albums contain, for me, all Rod Stewart’s finest work.  Forget Atlantic Crossing, ‘D’ya Think I’m Sexy’ & the Great American Songbook series; and forget his face resembles an old school leather satchel. Rod Stewart and The Faces were the original lads; and this digitally remastered 5 album box set is, as far as Rod Stewart’s solo work goes, all you need.

Packaged in a sealed hardback slipcase, Universal release remastered versions of Rod Stewart’s first 5 solo albums on 180gram heavyweight vinyl.

Digitally remastered and simply titled ‘Rod Stewart‘ the albums included are An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells A Story, Never A  Dull Moment, and Smiler.

ROD STEWART – 5x Vinyl Album Box Set Tracklisting:

Rod Stewart – An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down
1. Street Fighting Man
2. Man Of Constant Sorrow
3. Blind Prayer
4. Handbags & Gladrags
5. An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down
6. I Wouldn’t Ever Change A Thing
7. Cindy’s Lament
8. Dirty Old Town

Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley
1. Gasoline Alley
2. It’s All Over Now
3. Only A Hobo
4. My Way Of Giving
5. Country Comfort
6. Cut Across Shorty
7. Lady Day
8. Jo’s Lament
9. You’re My Girl (I Don’t Want To Discuss It)

Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story

1. Every Picture Tells A Story
2. Seems Like A Long Time
3. That’s All Right
4. Amazing Grace
5. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
6. Henry
7. Maggie May
8. Mandolin Wind
9. (I Know) I’m Losing You
10. Reason To Believe

Rod Stewart – Never A Dull Moment

1. True Blue
2. Lost Paraguayos
3. Mama You Been On My Mind
4. Italian Girls
5. Angel
6. Interludings
7. You Wear It Well
8. I’d Rather Go Blind
9. Twistin’ The Night Away

Rod Stewart – Smiler
1. Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller
2. Lochinvar
3. Farewell
4. Sailor
5. Bring It On Home To Me / You Send Me
6. Let Me Be Your Car
7. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man
8. Dixie Toot
9. Hard Road
10. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
11. Girl From The North Country
12. Mine For Me

Underworld reveal ‘Birdstar’ from ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ 20th anniversary

Birdstar‘ is a demo from Underworld‘s ‘Dubnobasswiheadman‘ period. Many the track’s elements were subsequently used in other songs, right up until ‘Second Toughest In The Infants‘, and also utilised in a number of classic Underworld remixes, including Bjork’s ‘Human Behaviour’ and ‘Black Sky’ by Shakespears Sister.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvpjFvm2Vlw

Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman 20th anniversary

Underworld will be performing the album live at the Royal Festival Hall 11th October 2014 following the release of the remastered album which will be released on 6th October 2014 in various formats & editions – CD / 2xCD deluxe / 2xLP / HD Blu-Ray / 5xCD super-deluxe.

“The most important album since The Stone Roses and the best since Screamadelica… a breathtaking hybrid that marks the moment that club culture finally comes of age and beckons to everyone” Melody Maker

“By writing ‘songs’—albeit playful, deranged ones—Underworld have come up with a solution for the facelessness that blights dance music.” NME

In January 1994, Rick Smith, Darren Emerson & Karl Hyde released their debut album – Dubnobasswithmyheadman – on independent label Junior Boy’s Own. They crafted songs from transcendent dance music. They were clearly a band – complete with frontman/guitarist – yet they made records where the constituent parts and players were often indefinable. Musically, they took elements from the European techno underground & Balearic clubs and fused them with spliced up beat poetry and strung out ambient sounds.

Underworld’s debut arrived as a fully formed statement of intent. Its’ nine tracks showcased the limitless possibilities of electronic music. Although born out of club culture, Dubnobasswithmyheadman defied the accepted genres of the time – equally suited to the dancefloor and the after party, it was as immersive an experience quaking through bassbins or headphones. Two decades on from its original release, it’s unarguable that Dubnobasswithmyheadman is one of the most influential British electronic records of all time; a signpost for everything from dance music’s easy relationship with main stages at festivals to the radio/globe-conquering EDM phenomenon.

To celebrate Dubnobasswithmyheadman’s 20th anniversary, the record has been meticulously remastered at Abbey Road for a deluxe reissue by the band’s Rick Smith. Revisiting the original MIDI files, Rick uncovered a wealth of previously unreleased material and rare alternate mixes that sit alongside the record’s original companion singles and remixes and offer a fascinating insight into the creation of the record. The resultant release is the definitive version of one of those rare records that truly deserves to be described as a classic.

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To coincide with the re-release of Dubnobasswithmyheadman, Underworld will play the album in full at a unique show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 11th October 2014. This show will offer fans a unique chance to see Underworld in one of the capital’s most iconic venues playing this classic album in its entirety for the first time. Tickets cost £35/£30 and are available from July 2nd.

Dubnobasswithmyheadman is the first release through Universal Music’s exclusive worldwide deal for the band’s iconic collected works. Work is under way on plans for forthcoming future deluxe, remastered editions of each of the band’s classic albums.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoA6SSEuhWk

For more information visit www.underworldlive.com

Original album tracklisting:

1.DARK & LONG

2.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU

3.SURFBOY

4.SPOONMAN

5.TONGUE

6.DIRTY EPIC

7.COWGIRL

8.RIVER OF BASS

9.M.E

Extra disc tracklistings:

Deluxe CD2:

1. ECLIPSE

2. REZ

3. DIRTY

4.DARK & LONG (DARK TRAIN)

5.SPIKEE

6. CONCORD (3 Comp75 id9 A1771 Aug 93A)

7. CAN YOU FEEL ME? (from A4796)

8.BIRDSTAR (A1558 Nov 92B.1)

Super Deluxe:

CD2 Singles 1991 – 1994

1.THE HUMP (WILD BEAST)

2.ECLIPSE (released as Lemon Interrupt)

3. REZ

4. DIRTY (released as Lemon Interrupt)

5.DIRTYGUITAR

6.DARK & LONG (HALL’S EDIT)

7.DARK & LONG (DARK TRAIN)

8.SPIKEE

CD3 Remixes 1992 – 1994

1.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (JAM SCRAPER)

2.COWGIRL (IRISH PUB IN KYOTO MIX)

3.DARK & LONG (MOST ‘OSPITABLE MIX)

4.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (TELEGRAPH 16.11.92)

5. DARK & LONG (BURTS MIX)

6.DOGMAN GO WOOF

7. DARK & LONG (THING IN A BOOK MIX)

CD4 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS 1991 – 1993

1.CONCORD (3 Comp75 id9 A1771 Aug 93A)

2.DARK & LONG(1struffid3A15512)

3.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (A1765 Sky Version id4. Harmone6 COMP43)

4.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (After sky id6 1551 2)

5.CAN YOU FEEL ME? (from A4796)

6. BIRDSTAR (A1558 Nov 92B.1)

7.DIRTY EPIC (Dirty Ambi Piano A1764 Oct 91)

8.SPOONMAN (version1 A1559 Nov92)

9.ORGAN (Eclipse version from A4796)

10.COWGIRL(AltCowgirlC69MixfromA1564)

CD5 LIVE JAM KYME RD (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE REHEARSAL RECORDED IN THE BAND’S HOME STUDIO IN 1993)

1.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU

2.IMPROV 1

3.BIGMOUTH

4.IMPROV 2

5.BIG MEAT SHOW

6.IMPROV 3

7.SPOONMAN