Alien Stadium - Livin' In Elizabethan Times
Mini album collaboration by Steve Mason (The Beta Band) and Martin Duffy (Primal Scream/ Felt) promises a huge amount of experimentation crammed into 30 minutes of aural pleasure.
Alien Stadium – This One's For The Humans
U2 – Songs Of Experience
After the misfiring PR disaster that was Songs Of Innocence U2 slunk back to the recording studio with a veritable bevvy of producers (Steve Lillywhite and EIGHT others), and return with less of a fanfare for what is a more grownup companion album. There are somewhat unnecessary guest spots (Haim and Kendrick Lamar), get-down-with-the-kids forays into AutoTune and the obligatory stadium-oriented ballads but early reviews suggest that this is their best album in many years.
U2 - Get Out Of Your Own Way
New Order – NOMC15
A glorious double live album capturing the legendary Manchester band's two nights at Brixton Academy in November 2015 to promote the Music Complete release. There's no Peter Hook playing those riffs on this of course (though happily the former bassist has apparently settled with the others over their disputes), as this featured a newer lineup, but all the great songs are here, stirring up emotions sad and euphoric, accompanied by some fine sleeve artwork by Warren Jackson.
New Order - Ceremony (NOMC15 2017)
Rush - A Farewell To Kings
The album that really introduced Rush to an international audience gets a very welcome 40th anniversary reissue. This being Rush there are no out-takes but you do get a remaster of the album featuring the Coleridge-inspired epic Xanadu and the blistering prog dynamics of Cygnus X-1 along with a new mix of a Hammersmith Odeon concert from 1978 and four newly-recorded cover versions by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes.
Rush - Xanadu
Wilco - A.M / Being There
Deluxe reissues of their first two albums. A.M. created a 21st century version of folk and roots music it later perfected on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and The Whole Love - this version includes eight out-takes.The multi disc Being There builds on the original album with added rockers and ballads in the form of a shedload of unreleased songs and live performances.
Wilco - Sunken Treasure
The Rolling Stones – On Air
Terrific compilation of early blues and covers drawn from the many BBC sessions the band undertook in the sixties. This forms a nice counterpoint to last year's Lonesome & Blue album and these recordings sound brisk, raw and every bit as vital.
The Rolling Stones - Roll Over Beethoven (Saturday Club, 26th October 1963)
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with additions by The Landlord.
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