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Singles (Deluxe Version) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Pretty much everything about the breakthrough of grunge music in the early ’90s can be boiled down to one movie: Cameron Crowe’s 1992 classic “Singles”. I mean, Pearl Jam was actually in the movie and Matt Dillion’s wardrobe consisted mainly of Jeff Amnet’s actual clothing. But nothing sums up the cultural significance better than the film’s soundtrack, which featured the likes of Chris Cornell, Alice In Chains , Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney , and yes, Pearl Jam. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the OST, and it looks as if Sony Music will be celebrating with an expanded reissue.

 A Double and a Triple LP box set of the Singles Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition) have appeared on Amazon’s UK site. Both editions feature the original 13 tracks plus 18 new ones including demos, instrumentals, and “Touch Me” I’m Dick” by Dillion’s fictional band in the film, Citizen Dick, which featured Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament. (It should be noted that the way the tracklist is listed out makes it seem as if the vinyl box set will actually feature the original OST on double-vinyl and include the 18 bonus tracks on CD.)

Singles Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition) CD Tracklist:
Disc 1:
01. Alice in Chains – Would?
02. Pearl Jam – Breath
03. Chris Cornell – Seasons
04. Paul Westerberg – Dyslexic Heart
05. The Lovemongers – Battle of Evermore
06. Mother Love Bone – Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns
07. Soundgarden – Birth Ritual
08. Pearl Jam – State of Love and Trust
09. Mudhoney – Overblown
10. Paul Westerberg – Waiting for Somebody
11. Jimi Hendrix – May This Be Love
12. Screaming Trees – Nearly Lost You
13. The Smashing Pumpkins – Drown

Disc 2:
01. Citizen Dick – Touch Me I’m Dick
02. Chris Cornell – Nowhere But You
03. Chris Cornell- Spoonman
04. Chris Cornell – Flutter Girl
05. Chris Cornell – Missing
06. Alice in Chains – Would?
07. Alice in Chains – It Ain’t Like That
08. Soundgarden – Birth Ritual
09. Paul Westerberg – Dyslexic Heart
10. Paul Westerberg – Waiting for Somebody
11. Mudhoney – Overblown
12. Truly – Heart and Lungs
13. Blood Circus – Six Foot Under
14. Mike McCready – Singles Blues 1
15. Paul Westerberg – Blue Heart
16. Paul Westerberg – Lost in Emily’s Woods
17. Chris Cornell – Ferry Boat #3
18. Chris Cornell – Score Piece #4


Get all the Marc Almond you could ever wish for amassed in one mammoth, career-spanning, ten-CD collection, set for release by Universal Music this October…

Trials Of Eyeliner is touted as the definitive overview of Marc Almond’s career, and the fact that Almond himself has personally curated the collection, allied to the 189-strong track listing, suggests that this is no exaggeration. Neal X, Almond’s longstanding writing partner/musical director (and former Sigue Sigue Sputnik guitarist), supervised mastering of the tracks recorded over five decades between 1979 and 2016.

This anthology is divided into three themed sections. ‘History’ fills the first four discs with 72 of Almond’s favourite album tracks and B-sides, from Soft Cell’s Youth to the song that gave this super deluxe set its name: Trials of Eyeliner.

The three-CD ‘Singles’ section lines up all of his official Soft Cell, Marc And The Mambas and solo singles in pretty-much-chronological order, delivering assorted delights such as Soft Cell’s UK number one smash hit Tainted Love, duets with Gene Pitney (Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart) and Sarah Cracknell (I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten) and much more.

The last three CDs consists of ‘Gems’ – fan-only releases, one-off collaborations, soundtrack contributions etc. – and includes 18 tracks previously unreleased from Marc’s own collection (see those marked with an asterisk in the track listing below) plus many more hard-to-find rarities and songs making their debut in the CD/digital format.

The ten CDs are housed in two six-page gatefold disc holders within a 240mm-square slipcase, and the music is complemented by a 64-page hardcover book featuring loads of photos and imagery from Almond’s own archive and an ‘interview/essay’ by Alexis Petridis. Artwork for the cover and elsewhere within the package is by renowned graphic artist Stefan Fähler.

The final song on the tenth CD in this set is entitled I Created Me, a highly appropriate choice for such a distinctive artist who’s enjoyed such a varied career.

“I can’t think of many artists who’ve been able to straddle the underground and the mainstream, to work in the underground and the commercial world, to do out-and-out pop and work with Coil or Throbbing Gristle,” says Almond. “There’s a whole big swathe of the British public that only know me for part of my music, and don’t know me for another part. And that’s absolutely fine. I always thought that music was a ride. You go on it, and sometimes it’s successful and sometimes it’s disastrous, sometimes it gets acclaim and sometimes it gets absolutely knocked down. You pick up different people for different parts of the journey. It just happens. But you’ve just got to go on that ride.”

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Trials Of Eyeliner is released on 28th October 2016.

Final Who Singles Box Announced
The fourth instalment in The Who’s singles box set series has been released on 6th May. Tracing the final part in The Who’s singles story to date, from the years 1975 to 2015, it contains 15 7”s pressed on heavyweight vinyl, replete with picture sleeves and replica artwork, collecting the group’s A- and B-side releases on the Polydor label.

If The Who’s creative output up to 1975 hadn’t already made the case (they had, after all, released two groundbreaking rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia, along with a slew of classic albums, among them The Who Sell Out, Live At Leeds and Who’s Next), the four-decade period covered in Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015 is a clear reminder of the group’s ability to evolve and adapt to any situation they found themselves in. As punk attempted to lay waste to the rock bands that emerged in the 60s, The Who more than held their own with the likes of ‘Who Are You’, issued in 1978. After the tragic death of drummer Keith Moon later that same year, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle recalibrated themselves for the 80s, releasing Face Dances and It’s Hard at the beginning of the decade, flexing their hit-making prowess with the likes of ‘You Better You Bet’.

The group remained sporadically active as a live band across the next two decades, but when John Entwistle passed away in 2002, Townshend and Daltrey found themselves having to yet again roll with the punches and reboot their beloved band. The Wire & Glass EP emerged in 2006, a taster of what would become Endless Wire, The Who’s first studio outing in 24 years. Taking as its inspiration the Townshend novella The Boy Who Heard Music, Wire & Glass formed the core of the mini-opera that was itself at the heart of Endless Wire. Though new music wasn’t coming as fast as it had in previous decades, the Wire & Glass EP was followed, in 2014, by ‘Be Lucky’, a new song recorded for the group’s anniversary collection The Who Hits 50!.

A fitting celebration of one of the longest-serving bands to have emerged from the 60s,Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015 brings the group’s story fully up to date. Though, as ever with The Who, you’d be unwise to count it as a full-stop on their remarkable career.

Scroll down to see the full tracklist, and purchase Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015 

Disc 1:
‘Listening To You’/‘Se Me, Feel Me’/‘Overture’

Disc 2:
‘Squeeze Box’/‘Success Story’

Disc 3:
‘Who Are You’/‘Had Enough’

Disc 4:
‘Long Live Rock’/‘I’m The Face’/‘My Wife (Live)’

Disc 5:
‘5.15’/‘I’m One’

Disc 6:
‘You Better You Bet’/‘The Quiet One’

Disc 7:
‘Don’t Let Go The Coat’/‘You’

Disc 8:
‘Athena’/‘A Man Is A Man’

Disc 9:
‘Eminence Front’/‘It’s Your Turn’

Disc 10:
‘Twist And Shout (Live)’/‘I Can’t Explain (Live)’

Disc 11:
‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’/‘Bony Maronie (Live)’

Disc 12:
‘Join Together (Live)’/‘I Can See For Miles (Live)’/‘Behind Blue Eyes (Live)’

Disc 13:
‘Real Good-Looking Boy’/‘Old Red Wine’

Disc 14:
Wire & Glass EP: ‘Sound Round’/‘Pick Up The Peace’/‘Endless Wire’/‘We Got A Hit’/‘They Made My Dream Come True’/‘Mirror Door’

Disc 15:
‘Be Lucky’/‘I Can’t Explain (Remixed)’


10 x 7” singles from the original rock power trio. Cream blazed an indelible trail through the latter half of the ‘60s with their challenging and exquisite mélange of blues, pop and psychedelia. These tracks offered a window to the wilder, widescreen adventures of their long players and here they are in glorious mono with specially designed picture sleeves; a fitting tribute to the skills of the three players, and especially to Jack Bruce, who left us in October 2014.

• Original mono versions, deleted since 60s. 10 x 7” singles, picked from Reaction, Atco and Polydor labels.

• Each 7” single comes complete with a brand new exclusively designed picture sleeve.

• Housed in a rigid ‘lid-and-tray’ box, full colour and matt lamination.

• Standard weight, classic dinked vinyl.

• Cream collectors dream!

Cream Wrap Up The Charts

Did you know that ‘Wrapping Paper’ was Cream’s very first single? If you didn’t, and you’ve never heard it we think you may be more than a little shocked. The band that became the model for just about every heavy rock band that followed in the immediate wake, sound anything but a rock band. Even allowing for the kind of off the wall reviews that appeared in 1960s pop papers this one is surprisingly accurate. This is the very first review of any Cream release, anywhere in the world.

cream review
Released by Reaction Records in the UK early October 1966 this piece of whimsical jazz influenced pop was written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown (Pete co-wrote ‘I Feel Free’, ‘White Room’ and ‘SWLABR’ with Jack and ‘Sunshine of Your Love’. With Eric Clapton). ‘Wrapping Paper’ does feature a guitar solo, but it’s far from a trademark blistering blues outing. According to Ginger Baker, “‘Wrapping Paper’ is the most appalling piece of shit I’ve ever heard in my life! I was totally against it, right from the start... Eric and I didn’t like it”

‘Wrapping Paper’ made the UK singles chart on 22 October 1966 and eventually staggered to No.34, but no higher. The b-side is ‘Cat’s Squirrel’, a song made popular by bluesman Doctor Ross, that was also the opening track on side 2 of Fresh Cream the band’s debut album that was released in early December 1966. Unsurprisingly given Ginger’s views it did not include ‘Wrapping Paper’: Fresh Cream did come out in Sweden with ‘Wrapping Paper’ included.

The very first advert for any Cream release…

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Single 1: Reaction 591007
Wrapping Paper 2.24
Cat’s Squirrel 2.59

Single 2: Reaction 591011
I Feel Free 2.48
NSU 2.43

Single 3: Atco 6522
Spoonful – Part I 2.25
Spoonful – Part II 2.28

Single 4: Reaction 591015
Strange Brew 2.45
Tales Of Brave Ulysses 2.50

Single 5: Polydor 56258
Anyone For Tennis 2.37
Pressed Rat And Warthog 3.12

Single 6: Polydor 56286
Sunshine Of Your Love 4.11

Single 7: Polydor 56300
White Room 4.58
Those Were The Days 2.52

Single 8: Atco 6646
Crossroads 4.16
Passing The Time 4.31

Single 9: Polydor 56315
Badge 2.43
What A Bringdown 3.56

Single 10: Atco 6708
Lawdy Mama 2.47
Sweet Wine 3.16

Future Islands newest album, Singles, saw the band reaching a much larger audience, thanks in part to its meme-creating network television debut on The Late Show With David Letterman. The album’s release comes several years after Future Islands relocated from North Carolina to Baltimore,

Watch ‘Road Dawgs,’ A Mini-Documentary About Future Islands

This was  Future Islands year. After touring hard for eight years and recording four albums, they finally broke through. The latest album, Singles, came out in March 2015. It is a well-loved and grand look at the dramatic and synthy side of this Baltimore band, though it may have been Sam Herring’s rubbery and thrusting dance on TV that got people listening.

Now they’re touring the world with massive crowds hearing these heartfelt tunes and trying to stay true to their humble selves. This short film  Road Dawgs ,directed by Jay Buim,  who also did the “Seasons (Waiting On You)” video, is a glimpse at a band who now knows things have changed but is trying to keep it real.

This year in the life of Future Islands. The album ‘Singles’ is out now,

Second Who Box Set To Cover 1966 Brunswick Era

The second of four limited edition 7” singles box sets by The Who,‘The Reaction Singles 1966,’ will be released by USM worldwide on August 14th. It’s the latest in the series of releases commemorating the band’s 50th anniversary this year. The new set follows the release of ‘Volume 1: The Brunswick Singles 1965-1966’ in April, with the Reaction singles to be followed by further anthologies of their Track and Polydor releases.

The Who - Vol 2 The Reaction Singles Box exploded packshot

Volume 2: The Reaction Singles 1966’ chronicles the five 7” single releases by The Who on the Reaction label during that important year in the band’s early history. Each of the discs has been faithfully recreated with authentic replicas of the original sleeves, pressed on heavyweight audiophile vinyl with die-cut centre holes.

The box includes such signature songs as ‘Substitute,’ ‘Happy Jack,’ and ‘I’m a Boy,’ as well as the ‘Ready Steady Who’ EP and other tracks. It will be housed in a full colour, rigid outer box, containing a 7” sized eight-page colour booklet with liner notes about each release by Who biographer Mark Blake.

The releases encompasses the period in which The Who broke their contract with producer Shel Talmy and Brunswick Records, and signed a temporary deal with the independent Reaction label, run by their agent Robert Stigwood. In March 1966, just before Brunswick released ‘A Legal Matter’ without the band’s permission, they released their own new single, ‘Substitute,’ with ‘Circles’ as the B-side.

The disagreement with Talmy led to the ‘Substitute’ single being withdrawn, and it was then reissued a week later with ‘Circles’ retitled ‘Instant Party.’ When ‘Substitute’ appeared for a third time, it had another different B-side, the instrumental ‘Waltz For A Pig.’ This was credited to The Who Orchestra, but actually featured another of Stigwood’s clients, the Graham Bond Organisation. ‘Substitute’ went on to a No. 5 peak in the UK, and returned to the top ten a decade later, reaching No. 7 on reissue in autumn 1976.

The title of ‘Ready Steady Who’ was inspired by the hit pop show ‘Ready Steady Go,’ on which the band made regular appearances. It included ‘Circles’ as the lead track, accompanied on the A-side by the new Pete Townshend composition ‘Disguises.’ The EP’s flipside featured the whimsical cover of the ‘Batman’ TV show theme, which The Who often played live, as well as versions of two of surf music fan Keith Moon’s favourite songs: Jan And Dean’s ‘Bucket T’ and the Beach Boys recent hit ‘Barbara Ann.’


Seems like this will be the cover song of the summer Slow club do a slower version and a sterling job on such a great song

After a stunning performance on the Letterman show FUTURE ISLANDS have a huge album and a summer of playing festivals,


superb Synth-Pop tunes FUTURE ISLANDS after 8 years and 3 albums to date, This Baltimore based band and enigmatic frontman Sam Herring and his band seem to be the band of the moment could this be single of the year….?