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Buy Online The Charlatans - Between 10th & 11th (Expanded Edition)

The second album by the British alternative rock band The Charlatans “Between 10th and 11th” was originally released on 23rd March 1992. and features the UK Top 20 hit (and biggest US single) “Weirdo”, as well as singles “Tremolo Song” and “I Don’t Want To See The Sights”.

When Tim Burgess isn’t busy hosting his Twitter listening parties (if you haven’t already, make sure you check them out HERE) or playing as a solo artist, he’s once again riding high with indie icons The Charlatans and to celebrate thirty years since the release of their seminal second album ‘Between 10th and 11th’, the Manchester lads are bringing out a new Expanded Edition.

Between 10th and 11th was originally released in the Spring of 1992 and include such game changing singles as ‘Tremelo Song’ which would become their biggest selling song to the US to date. Criticism within and without settled on Flood’s production style as well, his crisp, technically sharp abilities seem to go against the band’s natural flow. In hindsight, though,it is much stronger than its reputation, with many fans proclaiming it their favorite. It’s partly due to Burgess more up-front vocals.

Similarly, Rob Collins keyboards stand out more, either shading or leading the songs perfectly. “Weirdo,” the album’s lead single and strongest point, has a brilliant lead organ break from Collins and series of great funk stabs that became his strongest performance ever. Equally fine is the electric piano start to “Tremolo Song,” leading to a deep Blunt bass and sassy flow of a song. Mark Collins also fill out their parts equally well, with Flood’s production strengthening and creating excellent arrangements for everyone as a whole. His numerous touches are really something, from the sudden shift to buried/flanged production on “Ignition” to “Subtitle”‘s atmospheric mixing and burbling bass. Other highlights include the string-laden charge of “Can’t Even Be Bothered” and the concluding “No One (Not Even the Rain)”.
‘Between 10th and 11th’ (Expanded Edition) will include a remaster of the original album, plus plenty of bonus material in the form of the entire live disc devoted to their heralded 1991 Chicago gig know as Isolation 21.2.91. – with even more on the bonus CD!

The Band:
Tim Burgess – lead vocals
Mark Collins – guitars
Rob Collins – Mellotron, Hammond organ, piano, backing vocals
Martin Blunt –Bass guitar
Jon Brookes – drums

You can grab a copy of The Charlatans ‘Between 10th and 11th’ (Expanded Edition) right now

Fathers of psychedelic rock reuniting in Virginia City

If ever there was a San Francisco Sound, The Charlatans likely are the author’s of it. Cutting their teeth at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City in the mid-1960s, the band can rightfully claim to be the first San Francisco group. Only the pop-rock group the Beau Brummels might challenge that title.

But the Charlatans were on the cutting edge of the dramatic rise in bands spawned in San Francisco and the Bay Area around mid-decade. If nothing else the band – Dan Hicks, Mike Ferguson, Mike Wilhelm Richard Olsen, and George Hunter – had a major impact on the nascent hippie culture, with their unconventional attire, a throwback to the Wild West, The Charlatans were known for clothing themselves in late 19th-century attire, as if they were Victorian dandies or Wild West gunslingers. This unconventional choice of clothing was influential on the emerging hippie counter-culture, with many young San Franciscans dressing in similarly late Victorian and early Edwardian era clothing.

Two members of the group, Hunter and Ferguson designed what many consider to be the first Psychedelic Rock poster promoting the bands residency at the Red Dog Saloon.  This poster—known as “The Seed”. Difficulties in getting a debut single “Codine,” In fact, the tune—penned by folk artist Buffy Sainte-Marie spoke of the dangers of drugs, rather than promoting their use, but Kama Sutra was adamant and refused to release the song.

Instead, two other songs from the Kama Sutra sessions, “The Shadow Knows” and “32-20”, were released by Kapp Records in 1966 as the band’s first single, with some copies being housed in a rare promotional-only picture sleeve. Kapp Records failed to adequately promote the release and, as a result, the single was commercially unsuccessful. When the song failed because of poor promotion it caused turmoil in the band. Personnel changes also sabotaged the band at a critical moment of their career. The remaining songs recorded during the Kama Sutra sessions for the Charlatans‘ debut album remained unreleased until they were officially issued for the first time by Big Beat Records in 1996, on The Amazing Charlatans album.

By the end of the year, the Charlatans had broken up, and any hope of stardom comparable to the big four San Francisco bands: the Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Grateful Dead, were dashed.

Original drummer Dan Hicks went on to form Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, a more commercially successful ensemble that amalgamated elements of country, folk and jazz in a predominantly acoustic setting. Wilhelm went on to front the band Loose Gravel from 1969 until 1976, before becoming a member of the Flamin’ Groovies during the late 1970s and early 1980s

There were reunions over the years, and the band remained beloved by the Bay Area, but they never attained the degree of success that always seemed to elude them.

Tim Burgess unveils fresh cut “The Mall”

Tim Burgess is back with a further new single “The Mall”, a second taster of his forthcoming album I Love The New Sky.

“The Mall” arrives after last month’s lead single and album opener “Empathy For The Devil”Burgess says of his new single, “The mall is like a state of mind – everything and nothing is there. It induces a kind of torpor. Even the process of going between floors is assisted by moving staircases. Shop windows are hypnotic but you don’t have to take part in anything. Malls are a great leveller – class and status disappear. They are like a waking dream, an altered state. A kind of limbo. Plus they are handy if you need new shoes or a doughnut.”

I Love The New Sky marks a different chapter for Burgess, who wrote all 12 tracks on the album himself. He says, “In the past, I’ve written collaboratively. (2012’s) Oh No I Love You was written with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner in Nashville, and then Same Language, Different Worlds was a collaboration with Peter Gordon who had worked extensively with Arthur Russell.”

Burgess adds that he wrote the tracks “in Norfolk, in the middle of the countryside, with the nearest shop eight miles away. There are no distractions, and I guess that way things happen. I wrote everything on acoustic guitar, and the chords were really considered. The guitar lines would lead the melody, and the melody would inform the lyrics – just dreaming away with music.”

Tim Burgess’ I Love The New Sky album lands via Bella Union Records on 22nd May,

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As frontman of The Charlatans (or The Charlatans UK in the states) for decades, Tim Burgess has become an alternative rock statesman. Arising in the early ’90s during the thriving Madchester and Britpop crazes, The Charlatans have dipped their toes in a lot of styles over the years, but Burgess has remained an interesting figure and compelling songwriter all these years later. Burgess is also an author of several books and an adept solo musician, and his fourth solo album, I Love The New Sky, which was announced with playful lead single “Empathy for the Devil,” is due out May 22nd on Bella Union Records.

Tim Burgess has brought us a lot of joy this past month or two. He’s spoiling us because his brilliant debut for Bella Union Records, “I Love The New Sky” featuring label fave Peter Broderick no less, is imminent.
There’s a very limited edition of the SPLATTER vinyl with signed postcards

While in The Charlatans, Tim’s indefatigable energy has been a consistent fuel for the band across thirteen high-charting albums, his solo adventure has been no less extraordinary, scaling new heights in 2020 with his fifth solo release to date: it features wonderfully connective songs of everyday minutiae and universal experience, of love and anger, of loss and belonging, all united by elaborate yet natural arrangements and an effortless but deceptively expert way with melody.

I Love The New Sky’ differs from its predecessors in that all twelve tracks were self-penned. “In the past, I’ve written collaboratively,” says a characteristically, but rightfully excited Burgess. “(2012’s) ‘Oh No I Love You’ was written with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner in Nashville, and then ‘Same Language, Different Worlds’ was a collaboration with Peter Gordon who had worked extensively with Arthur Russell.”

The twelve tunes of ‘I Love The New Sky’ were authored, he says, “in Norfolk, in the middle of the countryside, with the nearest shop eight miles away. There are no distractions, and I guess that way things happen. I wrote everything on acoustic guitar, and the chords were really considered. The guitar lines would lead the melody, and the melody would inform the lyrics – just dreaming away with music.”

So far, so Laurel Canyon, though ‘I Love The New Sky’ would end up sounding anything but hippie/folkie, thanks to a connection Tim made while living in a warehouse space in gritty Seven Sisters in North London, before heading to Norfolk.

“The Quietus had their office there,” he recalls. “I used to know pretty much all the stuff they were writing about, but then their album of the year for 2013 was ‘Glynnaestra’ by Grumbling Fur, and I really fell in love with it. I started talking to the band about working together. To cut a long story short I recorded a song with Grumbling Fur,

Lyrically, this might almost be a defining collection from Burgess after thirty years honing his craft. There’s plenty of typical lightness of touch of ‘Only Took A Year’s joking reference to the album’s twelve-month gestation period,

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Never ones to rest on their laurels, The Charlatans are back with a brand new EP, “Totally Eclipsing”, and you can watch the rather excellent video to the title track now.

To be released on 8th June, “Totally Eclipsing” will be available on limited edition 12” green vinyl and the lead track will be backed by ‘Standing Alone’, ‘Indefinitely In Your Debt’ and ‘Hopelessly Hoping’. It’ll also be available to download and will also be included as a 2CD special edition with the band’s latest album, Different Days, which saw contributions from an array of special guests including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and Sharon Horgan.

Those of you who don’t care about bands getting paid for their efforts will doubtless be able to stream it for free with some platform with questionable attitudes towards royalties.

But the track! ‘Totally Eclipsing’ is one of those classic summer anthems that The Charlatans do so well, and one that wouldn’t sound out of place on their Tellin’ Stories or 1995 eponymous albums. So that’s a thumbs up from these parts.

The video’s a lot of fun, too. Created by animator Chris Walker, the video captures the band in the studio and the removal of several frames per second makes the whole thing feel like stop motion animation.

The title track for the Charlatan’s new EP released 8/6/18

The Charlatans have shared the video for new track ‘Plastic Machinery’.

The band will release new album ‘Different Days’, following studio sessions with a host of guests.

Finding room for both Anton Newcombe and Johnny Marr, it’s a varied, creative return, with new cut ‘Plastic Machinery’ leading the way.

The video is online now, and it’s worth a watch – shot in Barcelona, it was directed by Ewen Spencer, who also crafted the ‘Different Days’ artwork.

Plastic Machinery is the first single from the upcoming album Different Days’ will be released on May 26th.

Courteeners, The Charlatans, Blossoms, Cabbage
Ahead of the release of their fifth album, Courteeners have announced details of their biggest headline show to date.

Manchester’s Courteeners both look and sound as though they’ve come straight out of another time and place, and yet, somehow, are bang up to date. Think Babyshambles meets The Smiths and you’ll be somewhere close to their gritty, electrifying sound. Following on from their Heaton Park show (all 25,000 tickets sold out in an hour) and their record breaking seven night run at Manchester O2 Apollo, the band will play a 50,000 capacity hometown gig at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford (home of Lancashire County Cricket Club) on Saturday May 27th 2017.

Courteeners fifth album, ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’, is released on Ignition Records on 28th October. Produced by the band’s regular collaborator Joe Cross, Mapping the Rendezvous is the band’s boldest and best album to date – a hugely confident and supremely hook-heavy collection of songs by one of the UK’s biggest rock’n’roll bands. The album features the tracks the 17th, No One Will Replace Us and Kitchen.

The Charlatans are one of the most successful bands around, having had 3 Number one albums and numerous top 30 singles. They have had to overcome many setbacks over their 20+ years career and yet still remain a major force in today’s music industry. They have never courted media hype but yet consistently sell out venues all across Europe unlike many of their peers who have fallen by the wayside. The band that never sold out and never considered nostalgia as a career path – they truly are one of the last great bands. Expect something truly special live.

Blossoms are a mosaic five piece formed in Stockport, comprising of Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock. Psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic, a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors – Blossoms are Stockport’s newest (and arguably finest) musical export.

Manchester’s Blossoms offer a lighter take on psychedelia, one that’s steeped in classic British pop songwriting” – NME

‘Cabbage are a neo-post punk band from Manchester, whose drum beats a different beat and whose musical axis free-wheels along its own off-centred path. A truly original band, Cabbage is steeped in satire and diverse musicianship. With Lee Broadbent on vocals, Eoghan Clifford and Joe Martin on guitar, Stephen Evans on bass and Asa Morley on drums, Cabbage appear to be making it all up as they go along, through all their evolving creativity and bursting spontaneity.’

Tim Burgess


Signed special edition of Tim Book Two: follow-up to Telling Stories, the hugely successful memoir of Tim Burgess, singer of The Charlatans.
Limited to 500 copies in 2012, Tim published his hugely successful and critically acclaimed memoir, Telling Stories. Tim really enjoyed his new role as an author, and so here it is: Tim Book Two – a tale of Tim’s lifelong passion for records, the shops that sell them, and the people who make them. Designed by acclaimed artist Pete Fowler, signed by Tim Burgess and Pete Fowler with a foreward by Ian Rankin

“Tim Burgess is a crusader and vinyl’s epic voyager.
He knows why pop’s art, a culture and a cure. Learn and listen. He knows good things” – Johnny Marr


”We hadn’t made an album in five years, though we all wanted to, but with Jon‘s illness it was difficult to start. He wanted to, but everyone else thought it wasn’t a good idea for him as he was in no shape. He really wanted to be involved, so we did some jams and stuff like that to keep him as busy as we could but there was never gonna be an album made in that situation. It was just too dark. After all, Jon had brain cancer. After he died, there was a real kind of lightness. In some ways everyone felt that he was in a better place. He was suffering, not having any real medication during chemotherapy and radiation for three years, then the cancer was in remission before coming back twice as much. After his funeral in August we did a concert in October and felt we’d been through it all and went back to the studio to see what could happen. There, we all sat down on sofas, pretty much put a microphone in the middle and started singing and it just came out. It was beautiful and positive and even though it was in the middle of winter it sounded like summer. Like it was recorded in the Caribbean with rays of sunshine, and it was amazing.

‘Come Home Baby’ was an instrumental that Tony brought in, it sounded like a traditional Charlatans song to me and I didn’t take notice at it too much until I was in the car driving from Manchester to Northwitch to go and see my family. I sat there listening to it and suddenly just thought ‘there’s something really good about this’, something that just transcends the traditional us, something a bit more spiritual and I just got the lyrics trying to write about my little boy. As with most of my lyrics they could mean more than one thing, quite dreamy I suppose, and I think a lot of people thought it was about Jon. It’s kind of bizarre. There’s only one song on the album that makes me think about Jon and that’s ‘Trouble Understanding’, but that’s just a song about nature, really. But it’s good with double meanings, isn’t it? Half the time I don’t know what the songs are about, I’m the kind of writer that lets things unfold and if I let it be like that naturally it seems to give more. If you try to rush it or crump its style it’s like nurturing something, really.”

The Charlatans and the Red Dog Saloon pioneered all of the elements used in the dance/concerts of the ballrooms of San Francisco during the late 1960s including the first psychedelic rock poster, the first light shows, the first long jams. The Charlatans, with their Victorian/Edwardian clothing bought in thrift stores and costume shops also pioneered the style of dress worn by the hipsters and hippies of the late ’60s.

The Charlatans will play Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada on Saturday, June 20th, 2015! There will be a “Meet & Greet” after party with the Charlatans at the Red Dog Saloon after the show starting at 10:00 pm. The Charlatans will also play at the Red Dog Saloon on North C Street, on Sunday, June 21st. This event on the 50th Anniversary of both the opening of the Red Dog and the Charlatans public debut will feature dramatic recreations of some of the famous stories of Red Dog lore including some of the legendary gun play by bartender Don Works. Bill Ham will provide lights for this show as well. He built the original automated light show box which was installed in the Red Dog in 1965.

This will be a rare and historic event! It will be the first time in 18 years that the Charlatans have played a full set and it will also be the last performances by the Charlatans…EVER! If you are a fan of the Charlatans or have heard about the Charlatans but never heard them live…here is your last chance to hear the very first “Psychedelic Rock Band” from San Francisco during the mid ’60s.


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