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Steve Lamacq – Lost Alternatives

Most alternative music lived underground. It made a lot of noise, but no-one in the mainstream could hear it…. The nineties would see it go so much further than many of us expected. It wasn’t just the popularity of alternative music which would change; the music was constantly reinventing itself too, sucking in influences from different genres and different eras.

And that brings us to this compilation…Create a compilation which tries to dig a little deeper; which attempts to give another side of the nineties, which wasn’t Cool Britannia, Laddism, and Blur Vs Oasis. What’s here represents, at least one version, of the evolution of guitar music through the nineties, as told, not by the big hits, but by the limited edition singles, The Evening Session cult favourites and the bands who maybe never made it, but in some cases never wanted to anyway. “ Curated by acclaimed BBC 6 Music radio DJ and former NME journalist, Steve Lamacq, This 4CD compilation. 71 tracks from the 1990’s chosen by the UK’s leading Indie tastemaker. This is a great compilation. If you were a gig-going regular seeing ‘new bands’ in the 1990’s you will find lots to love here.

It is a useful historical over-view which tries valiantly to present as much as possible of the music on offer over the decade in the indie/guitar sphere and create some sort of evolutionary narrative… but inevitably it fails to be all-inclusive and ends up being just one mans choices in vaguely chronological order.

Steve Lamacq, for a leading BBC6 purveyor of taste, is pretty much some-one you can trust though.  He’s the same age as me, was a teenage Lurkers fan and we, I imagine, went through our teenage years listening to exactly the same music, diverging as we reached our twenties in the mid eighties.

Like with any boxed set or comp, every now and then you get a run of three songs in a row which are perfect; they run together beautifully and make you go ‘Yes!’ as each one starts and you recognise it within a second or two despite not having heard it for yonks.

Despite 71 tracks though,  there are so many bands missing; And I don’t just mean The big guns like Oasis, Blur, Verve and Pulp -there was no necessity for them to be there, but something from the pre-Sony Manics should have opened proceedings if we’re honest. Lamacq will be forever indirectly associated with them due to the For Real blood-letting which was during an interview with him.

Huggy Bear I can only assume refused permission for Her Jazz to be included – leaving Voodoo Queens the sole representative of Riot Grrrl groups.

It is just guitar bands ( No Red Snapper, Fluke or Credit To The Nation) and apparently “nothing which has been included on a ‘Shine’ compilation”, The Bands which deserved to be on here, are Shed 7,  the Headcoats, Mantaray, Flinch, Tindersticks, Baby Bird, Prolapse,  Gretchen Hofner, Bandit Queen, Thrum, Breed, Compulsion, Five Thirty, David Devant & his Spirit Wife, A House, Into Paradise, Die Cheerleader, the Flaming Stars, Add N to X, Quickspace, Nubiles,,, to name a few and there is nothing from the Too Pure  / Clawfist / Wiija labels   -Stereolab   Gallon Drunk…. but that at least means there is plenty of scope for a second volume.

There has been some comment about the ‘Lost’ part of the title. Suede, Charlatans etc are hardly ‘lost’. Even the more obscure acts are only a google and YouTube search away.  Nothing is really ‘lost’ any more.

CD 1   Is a mix of Baggy Northern sounds and Thames Valley Shoegazing to start with.  Ride sound tame and lame, Northside sound naive and fun, the New FAD’s are their generations A Certain Ratio. Curve sound class and ahead of the game.  Kitchens of Distinction emerge as the band whose back catalogue needs to be tracked down.   The Fraggle-Pop-Punk of the Family Cat, Senseless Things and MC4 somehow hasn’t aged well. particularly when they are followed by Teenage Fanclubs finest moment  Everything Flows… which is certainly does with a final four of Silverfish / Daisy Chainsaw / Voodoo Queens and the noisy experimental wonkiness of Cornershop.

CD 2 Is, to my mind the best, – 14 really great tracks out of the 19 – the New Wave of New Wave and Brit-Pop Division 2. (and Premier division debuts by Suede, Auteurs & Elastica)  all of  which are classics – as are Tiny Monroe, Salad and Mansuns contributions.

CD 3 is more of a mixed bag, genre and quality-wise.  The appalling, irritating Bis, the dull bluster of Travis and Marion, but then that classic Rialto song (Monday Morning 5:19)  and superb examples of the work of Strangelove, Whipping Boy and Scarfo – seriously good bands who should have been more than contenders.   Kenickie and Catatonia both sound excellent, now as then – and both frontwomen have gone on to deserved success, Cerys as Greatest Living Welshwoman and broadcaster and Lauren Laverne -purveyor of some terrible unbearable dance-music on 6-Music -but a superb Desert Island Discs host.

CD 4 Starts with Arab Strap and Mogwai so with Delgados has a strong Scottish flavour and marks a progression and seriousness as well as quality.  The Beta Band make sense in such company, as do Clinic, but Ten Benson, Wubble U and Campag Velocet do nothing for me and only prove stoners don’t always make great music.  Cay, Cable and Seafood are interesting but not a patch on some of the bands omitted.

The good stuff outweighs the iffy and it is a great, eminently listenable boxed set.  An American equivalent culled from the Nineties US underground would be interesting to hear -but probably wouldn’t be as pop and would stick to even tighter generic parameters.

I feel sorry for Lammo, his hands tied by the BBC, in that he cannot ‘promote’ his ‘product’ on their airwaves, when, if he’s anything like me, he probably wants to shout ‘Listen To This! It’s fuckin’ ace!’ because if its on here, you can guarantee that he loves it, and he wants to share his love and have a wallow in the nostalgia of the nineties for a while.

Creation Theory coloured vinyl box

Demon Records will issue a Creation Theory in a new four-LP vinyl box set that charts the chaotic and haphazard career of sixties English rock band The Creation.

The four LPs include all of The Creation’s legendary recordings for Shel Talmy (producer of The Who, The Kinks, and The Creation) Alan McGee was such a big fan of The Creation that he named his record label after the band, and named his own band after one of their songs – Biff Bang Pow. The Creation was formed in 1966 from beat combo The Mark Four, and was quickly signed to a production deal with Shel Talmy, The Who’s producer. The first release was the urgent “Making Time”, which featured guitarist Eddie Phillips playing his guitar with a violin bow, two years before Jimmy Page started doing so. (the 2016 stereo mixes appear on LP for the first time), We Are Paintermen replicating the 1966 German LP, the only Creation album released anywhere in the 60s. How Does It Feel To Feel rounds up the remainder of the ’60s recordings, and the other two records are the 1987 album Psychedelic Rose and the 1996 Creation Records album Power Surge complete the set.

Whilst very popular in Germany, UK success largely eluded the band, and after a number of non-charting singles and line-up changes (including at one time Ron Wood), the band broke up in 1968 without ever having released an album in the UK. Bizarrely, Boney M had a huge hit in 1979 with the band’s composition “Painter Man”. Phillips and lead vocalist Kenny Pickett recorded an album in 1987 that remained unreleased until 2004,

Only 500 copies of this coloured vinyl set (exclusive to Amazon UK) will be made. We Are Paintermen is on blue vinyl, How Does It Feel To Feel on yellow vinyl, Psychedelic Rose on red vinyl and Power Surge is pressed on orange vinyl.

This set has been designed by legendary designer Phil Smee and indeed the album sleeves feature photos from his personal collection. This limited edition Creation Theory vinyl box is released on 1st June 2018.

The DVD includes vintage performances from two episodes of the German T.V. show “Beat Beat Beat”, and fortunately the performances are live. The remainder of the DVD includes a 34 minute 2017 interview with guitarist Eddie Phillips.

Creation Theory - Amazon Exclusive Edition [VINYL]

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Brett Anderson’s fourth solo album, “Black Rainbows”, was released in September 2011 and in October he undertook a six date tour: Leuven, Paris, Luxembourg, Manchester, London and Istanbul. And at Koko in Camden on 12th October, Brett and his band (Jim Dare on guitars and backing vocals, Didz Hammond on bass and backing vocals, and Kriss Sonne on drums) played a rousing set that concentrated on “Black Rainbows” and its predecessor “Slow Attack” from September 2009. The best performances of the evening, seven songs from “Black Rainbows” and five from “Slow Attack”, have been re-mastered by Didz Hammond especially for this exclusive Record Store Day release.

The album is pressed on dark green vinyl, and the inner sleeve features previously unpublished photos from the rehearsal sessions.

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Alan McGee was such a big fan of The Creation that he named his record label after the band, and named his own band after one of their songs – Biff Bang Pow. The Creation was formed in 1966 from beat combo The Mark Four, and was quickly signed to a production deal with Shel Talmy, The Who’s producer. The first release was the urgent “Making Time”, which featured guitarist Eddie Phillips playing his guitar with a violin bow, two years before Jimmy Page started doing so.

Whilst very popular in Germany, UK success largely eluded the band, and after a number of non-charting singles and line-up changes, the band broke up in 1968 without ever having released an album. In 1995, following a reunion concert at Harlesden’s Mean Fiddler, Alan McGee and Joe Foster managed to persuade the original line-up of Eddie Phillips, lead singer Kenny Pickett, bassist Bob Garner and drummer Jack Jones to get into a studio and record a new album, for release on Creation Records! The results were issued in 1996, with a very limited release on vinyl. Sadly the reunion was cut short by Kenny Pickett’s death from a heart attack in 1997.

This limited edition reissue is pressed on purple vinyl, and features the original inner sleeve.

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Marc Bolan and T Rex live for Record Store Day 2017

A live Marc Bolan and T.Rex album was never released during Marc’s lifetime. He claimed that he felt it unfair to expect fans to buy the same material more than once, and a multitude of contractual problems also kept his hands tied. This has often been due to the quality of the source tapes , a problem that has been largely unavoidable.

For this first release on vinyl the sound has been cleaned up as far as is possible without altering what was recorded. The 1977 ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ tour, which featured The Damned as the support, was Marc Bolan’s most successful since 1972, receiving widespread acclaim from previously hostile critics, and earning Bolan a whole new credibility amongst the burgeoning punk audience. It is from this final tour that these recordings are taken.

Despite extensive research over many years, a tape of the final three songs from The Rainbow has remained elusive. In order to present as complete a document of the final T.Rex tour as is possible, we have used recordings of the three missing Rainbow songs from the last date of the “Dandy In The Underworld” tour, Portsmouth Locarno on 20th March 1977.

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A live Marc Bolan and T.Rex album was never released during Marc’s lifetime. He claimed that he felt it unfair to expect fans to buy the same material more than once, and a multitude of contractual problems also kept his hands tied. This has often been due to the quality of the source tapes – a problem that has been largely unavoidable. For this first release on vinyl the sound has been cleaned up as far as is possible without altering what was recorded.

The 1977 ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ tour, which featured The Damned as the support, was Marc Bolan’s most successful since 1972, receiving widespread acclaim from previously hostile critics, and earning Bolan a whole new credibility amongst the burgeoning punk audience. It is from this final tour that these recordings are taken. On 18th March 1977, Marc Bolan and the latest incarnation of T.Rex brought their successful Spring tour to the Rainbow Theatre in north London. As the band crashed out the opening bars to “Jeepster”, few in the packed auditorium could have known that Bolan’s wheel had come full circle. As a boy in the 1950s he had visited this same building – used then as a cinema, the Finsbury Park Astoria – in the company of his older brother Harry Feld to see the movie “Jailhouse Rock”.

Despite extensive research over many years, a tape of the final three songs from The Rainbow has remained elusive. In order to present as complete a document of the final T.Rex tour as is possible, we have used recordings of the three missing Rainbow songs from the last date of the “Dandy In The Underworld” tour, Portsmouth Locarno on 20th March 1977. Whilst the Locarno tape suffers several faults, the songs included here feature the historic final UK performance of “Get It On”, with T.Rex joined on stage by The Damned.
Limited to just 2000! units.

TRACK LISTING

LP 1: Jeepster / Visions Of Domino / New York City / Soul Of My Suit / Groove A Little / Telegram Sam / Hang Ups
LP 2: Debora / I Love To Boogie / Teen Riot Structure / Dandy In The Underworld / Hot Love / Get It On [with The Damned]

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“Copper Blue” is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Sugar. It was voted 1992 Album of the Year by the NME. All of the songs were written by guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, who also co-produced with Lou Giordano .  The song “The Slim” is about losing someone to AIDS. Musically, the band continues the thick punk guitar of Mould’s previous band, Husker Du, while slowing the tempo and emphasizing melody even more.

A limited edition initial run of the CD was released by Rykodisc in a front-and-back metal copper sleeve with each of the 2,500 copies containing a one-of-a-kind polaroid photo taken by one of the three band members and stamped on the back with “Sugar Copper Blue Summer ’92.”

Sugar – Copper Blue (25th Anniversary Edition).

This exclusive release brings together the band’s seminal debut album alongside their raucous live performance at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago on 22nd July 1992.

To mark the 25th anniversary of Copper Blue the recordings are spread across 3 x heavyweight coloured LPs in Silver, Gold & Blue complimenting the original album artwork and is limited to just 1500 (territory restrictions apply). Contains the singles “A Good Idea”, “Changes” and “If You Can’t Change Your Mind”. 

Track Listing:

LP 1 – COPPER BLUE
1: The Act We Act 2: A Good Idea 3: Changes 4: Helpless 5: Hoover Dam 6: The Slim 7: If I Can’t Change Your Mind8: Fortune Teller 9: Slick 10: Man On The Moon

LP 2 & 3 – LIVE FROM THE CABARET METRO, CHICAGO, 22ND JULY 1992
1: The Act We Act 2: A Good Idea 3: Changes 4: Running Out of Time 5: Helpless 6: If I Can’t Change Your Mind 7: Where Diamonds Are Halos 8: Hoover Dam 9: Beer Commercial 10: Slick 11: Anyone 12: Clownmaster 13: Tilted 14: Armenia City in the Sky 15: JC Auto 16: The Slim 17: Dum Dum Boys 18: Man on the Moon

Several tracks were recorded for this album, but were not included. Mould decided to release them separately as an EP entitled Beaster.

The Band

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‘Rich Kid Blues’ by Marianne Faithfull.

Produced by Mike Leander, who had produced and arranged much of Faithfull’s Decca material,
“Rich Kid Blues” is an intriguing album of spare, largely acoustic readings of folk / rock songs, including
several Bob Dylan covers, as well as songs by Phil Ochs, George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Tim Hardin,
James Taylor
and Sandy Denny.

Marianne Faithfull had this to say about the 1971 recordings: “The record itself is very strange and ghostly.
It’s the voice of somebody incredibly high, probably on the edge of death. They always sound like that. Johnny
Thunders sounds like that. Anybody who heard that record would have said, ‘Well that’s that. We’ll never hear
from her again’.”

Issued on vinyl for the first time since 1985, our Record Store Day 2017 edition is pressed on silver coloured
vinyl and limited to just 1000 copies worldwide.

Track Listing:

Side A
1. Rich Kid Blues
2. Long Black Veil
3. Sad Lisa
4. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
5. Southern Butterfly
6. Chords Of Fame

Side B
1. Visions Of Johanna
2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
3. Beware Of Darkness
4. Corrine, Corrina
5. Mud Slide Slim
6. Crazy Lady Blues

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The mid to late sixties was the era of the Peace & Love Generation, and 1967, fifty years ago was The Summer Of Love. Essentially a hippy movement in the USA the influence on the music of the era was huge across the world.
The ten specially selected double AA side 7” singles in this box pull together twenty of the most iconic tracks of the Peace & Love generation. Fifty years later it is inevitably impossible to find mint copies of these great songs on vinyl.
Housed in hard slipcase, the ten 7” singles are ‘dinked’ as juke-box singles and the box includes a ‘spider’ centre for play. Limited to just 750 copies in the UK & Eire.

Track Listing:

1A The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man
1AA The Zombies – Time Of The Season

2A Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
2AA Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

3A Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
3AA The Move – Flowers In The Rain

4A Chicken Shack – I’d Rather Go Blind
4AA Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier

5A Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
5AA Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’

6A Janis Joplin – Summertime
6AA Melanie – Ruby Tuesday

7A Santana – Samba Pa Ti
7AA Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel

8A The Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine
8AA The Fifth Dimension – Aquarius /Let The Sunshine In

9A The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream
9AA The Youngbloods – Get Together

10A Joan Baez – I Shall Be Released
10AA Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome

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Barrowlands Live Deluxe Edition + Signed Setlist

In May 2014, three decades after the Jesus and Mary Chain first appeared on the scene in an explosion of noise, leather and attitude, it was announced that the Mary Chain, one of the most turbulent groups in pop history, would be performing their classic debut album Psychocandy live in its entirety for the first time to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. Psychocandy. Live. Barrowlands. Due to the increased demand, our manufacturers were not able to fulfil all the quantities on red vinyl. But there will be 340 copies available in red from selected stores in the UK only. The red copies will be stickered. Exclusive to the first 300 fans to preorder the boxset from the official Jesus & Mary Chain store , the boxset will come with a A4 setlist poster signed by the band. Strictly limited to first 300 orders worldwide.

By November 2014, the first Psychocandy shows were underway. They were both deafening and blinding, sound and light practically being used as weapons against the mesmerised crowd, and as the smoke unfurled and great tides of feedback rose and crashed everyone present surrendered to it all over again.

This Deluxe package is a true collector’s item chronicling the bands homecoming gig at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowlands Ballroom, celebrating the tour that has propelled the band across the globe and back into the hearts and minds of faithful worldwide.
Within the 40-page hardback book package you’ll find a strictly limited edition LP of the Pyschocandy performance cut to 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl by engineer Noel Summerville (MBV / Pistols) as well as the 7 track prelude set containing key singles and fan favourites including ‘April Skies’, ‘Head On’ and ‘the monstrous ‘Reverence’ cut to a bespoke 10” entirely exclusive to the package. Also included is a CD of the entire performance, a candid interview with Brothers Jim & William Reid as well as Alan McGee about the Anniversary Tour and the future, and pages of unseen photography from behind the scenes.

The Jesus and Mary Chains iconic Psychocandy celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. In its honor, the band embarked on a short run of UK shows at which they performed the album in full. The first of these dates took place last November at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow, and marked the band’s first live appearance since 2008. Now, the Jesus and Mary Chain continue their anniversary celebration with Live At Barrowlands, a 10” + LP + CD deluxe package featuring the concert in its entirety, along with a book, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and more. It arrives July 31 via Demon Records, with a CD-only version planned for later this year.

In addition to the live LP, Live at Barrowlands comes packaged with a 40-page hardback book, as well as a CD loaded with the JAMC’s set, plus extra content (interviews, behind-the-scenes photos). The 10”, meanwhile, features an assortment of tracks (“April Skies”, “Head On”, “Reverence” engineered by legendary engineer Noel Summerville (My Bloody Valentine, The White Stripes).

Find the setlist for the Barrowlands show below.

The Jesus and Mary Chains:

April Skies
Head On
Some Candy Talking
Psycho Candy
Up Too High
Reverence
Upside Down
Just Like Honey
The Living End
Taste The Floor
The Hardest Walk
Cut Dead
In A Hole
Taste Of Cindy
Never Understand
Inside Me
Sowing Seeds
My Little Underground
You Trip Me Up
Something’s Wrong
It’s So Hard

The Jesus and Mary Chain Announce Live At Barrowlands LP