24th September - BLACK SABBATH - Anniversay Splatter Edition
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. The album marked the band's fifth consecutive platinum selling album in the United States. It reached number four on the UK charts, number eleven in the US. In the UK, it was the first Black Sabbath album to attain Silver certification. The album would go on to be regarded in high esteem by the band members themselves.
1st October - THE SPECIALS - Protest Songs.
What makes a protest song? The Specials should know. First time around, back when the 70s were lurching into the 80s, they sang of racism, war, unemployment and the rough edges of urban life, and never in the same way twice. As the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, they made a political statement every time they stepped on stage. June 2021 saw the 40th anniversary of their last and greatest protest song, Ghost Town, a record that will retain its eerie power as long as there are concrete jungles, empty dancehalls and desperate spasms of violence.
It's fitting, then, that in 2021 the Specials are releasing Protest Songs 1924-2012, an unpredictable collection of unique takes which celebrates the long history and endless versatility of the form, from folk to post-punk, from righteous uplift to biting satire, and from Kingston to Alabama. It’s a potent reminder that there are no fixed rules to templates for a protest song. All that’s required is the combination of something that needs to be said with music that needs to be heard. “People have been using music as a vehicle for protest since time immemorial,” says bass-player Horace Panter. “Injustice is timeless.”
1st October - ROGER TAYLOR : Outsider.
Outsider is Taylor’s first album of new material since 2013’s Fun On Earth. Over the last decade, the drummer has also released the occasional solo track reflecting on his worldview and observations in songs like Journey’s End, Gangsters Are Running This World. His most recent was Isolation, which was written and recorded in response to the first lockdown last year. With much of Outsider recorded during lockdown, this new album finds Taylor in reflective mood. Across the record he conveys a palpable sense of seclusion, concerns over the passing of time, and tellingly, dedicates it “to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines”. On recording the Outsider album after Isolation Taylor says: “I’ve had a bit of a creative spurt and suddenly found myself with an album, which was lovely. It was a surprise! “I just found myself in the studio and they came out one after the other. It was a pleasure really.” A highly personal project, Outsider’s instrumentation is almost entirely performed by Taylor, with his largely restrained vocals matching the album’s contemplative ambience. But Taylor does cut loose along the way with a foray into some hard-riffing blues-rock as well as an adrenalin charged BIG surprise retread of a classic 1965 novelty song, which is exactly the fun on earth we need in these challenging times.
1st October - BLACK SABBATH : Technical Ecstasy - Super Deluxe Box Set
Technical Ecstasy by Black Sabbath, limited edition, remastered, new mix, 90 mins of unreleased outtakes, alt mixes, live tracks from Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill plus extensive book, tour program and poster. LP set on 180g vinyl.
In the summer of 1976, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward headed to Miami to record Technical Ecstasy at the famed Criteria Studios. The band was coming off a world tour for their previous album, Sabotage, that had found their live performances evolving to include keyboards and synthesizers. These newly incorporated instruments and sounds were then introduced into the recording process on Technical Ecstasy. The new songs encompassed a wide range of styles from the hard charging “Back Street Kids” and single ballad “It’s Alright,” to the funky “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)” and progressive rock “Gypsy.” The Deluxe Edition presents a newly remastered version of the eight-track album, along with an entirely new mix of the album created by Steven Wilson using the original analogue tapes.
With eight previously unreleased outtakes and alternative mixes. Among those are different mixes of “You Won’t Change Me” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor,” as well as both outtake and instrumental versions for “She’s Gone.” The collection concludes with 10 previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the 1976-77 World Tour. The songs touch on different eras of the band’s history with early tracks like “Black Sabbath”, “War Pigs” (from Paranoid), “Symptom Of The Universe”, “Snowblind” and “Children Of The Grave” alongside new songs “Gypsy” and “Dirty Women.”
The collection comes with an extensive hardback book featuring artwork, liner notes, rare memorabilia and photos from the era, plus a replica of the 1976-77 world tour concert book and a large colour poster of the iconic Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson/Aubrey Powell/Peter Christopherson) futuristic robots image which is perfect for framing.
15th October - COLDPLAY : Music Of The Spheres.
Coldplay release their ninth studio album on October 15th. Music Of The Spheres features 12 new tracks including recent no. 12 single Higher Power - the band’s highest charting single in seven years, which has currently spent 10 weeks in the UK top 30, amassing over 170m global streams to date, including 40m+ video views.
Vinyl LP – 12-track album, pressed onto 140 gram, recycled coloured vinyl - making every copy unique
-Due to the nature of the manufacturing process, vinyl colour will vary." as it's all on coloured, recycled vinyl
- Album comes packaged in a 5mm spined outer sleeve, with circular die-cut to front cover, revealing a 4-page Map Of The Spheres insert
- Vinyl is housed in a printed inner bag with centre holes and spot gloss varnish
- Includes 28-page booklet with additional artwork, lyrics and credits, plus download card
CD – 12-track album on CD, packaged in a rigid board outer sleeve, with circular die-cut to front cover, revealing a 4-page Map Of The Spheres insert
- CD is housed in a card wallet with spot gloss varnish
- 28-page booklet with additional artwork, lyrics and credits
29th October - Pink Floyd : Momentary Lapse Of Reason (Remixed And Updated).
Remixed and updated from the original 1987 master tapes for ‘The Later Years’ by Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins, the album will be available on Vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-ray
and digitally with Stereo and 5.1 mixes. I
The release of ‘The Later Years’ project in 2019 gave an opportunity for a fresh overview of the ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album, originally released in 1987. By returning to some of Richard Wright's original keyboard takes, and by re-recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored a better creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.
The album also showcases new and updated artwork with a previously unused image from the original photo shoot featuring the iconic beds on the beach.
Signs Of Life
Learning To Fly
The Dogs Of War
On The Turning Away
Yet Another Movie
Round And Around
A New Machine Part 1
A New Machine Part 2
29th October - Joe Bonamassa : Time Clocks
Two-time GRAMMY-nominated guitarist and blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa returns with a brand new studio album, 'Time Clocks', which will be released on October 29, 2021 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. 'Time Clocks' is his 15th solo studio album and fifth in a row of all original material and sees him at his most ambitious and diverse yet as he continues to redefine and push the barriers of blues-rock. On the ten songs of 'Time Clocks' Joe mixes in a new progressive rock flavor. The artwork of 'Time Clocks' is by legendary graphic designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Flying Colors).
'Time Clocks' will be released on limited edition gold vinyl, black vinyl and a limited edition Deluxe CD set. The Deluxe CD comes with 2 coasters, 3 guitar picks, and 10 art cards.
29th October - REM : New Adventures In Hi Fi (25th Anniversary Edition).
Detailed Format Information
Format: 2 LP – 25th Anniversary Edition
Remastered 180g vinyl in a replica of the original gatefold LP package.
Cut by Kevin Grey
Format: 2 CD/1 Blu Ray – Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition
3-disc set of the remastered album plus B-sides and rarities in a deluxe folio-style hardcover package with a 56-page book featuring new liner notes from all band members and Scott Litt, plus archival photographs.
E.M. Outdoor Projections – Saturday, Sept 7, 1996 – 5 cities (previously unreleased) (64:56)
Extended EPK – (previously unreleased) (29:13)
Remastered Music Videos
Format: 2 CD – 25th Anniversary Edition
Remastered album with B-sides and rarities in a lift-top box with a booklet featuring new liner notes from all band members and Scott Litt, plus archival photographs.
12th November - Eric Clapton : The Lady In The Balcony.
Eric Clapton “The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions” on November 12. Available via Mercury Studios on multiple formats, the 17 songs find Clapton and longtime bandmates Nathan East (Bass and
Vocals), Steve Gadd (Drums) and Chris Stainton (Keyboards) performing acoustic renditions of Clapton standards and an assortment of other numbers encompassing blues, country and rarified
Eric Clapton “The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions” will be available on
DVD, Blu-ray, CD, DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, 4K UHD+Blu-ray, 180-gram 2LP, limited edition 2LP pressed on 180-gram yellow vinyl, and a Deluxe Edition containing the DVD, Blu-ray & CD packaged in a 40 page 12” x 12” hardback photo book, digital video & digital audio.
12th November - Dave Gahan And The Soulsavers : Imposter
Imposter is a collection of songs by Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. Dave & Soulsavers didn’t write these songs, but they listened to them, studied them & gave them new life.
Recorded at the legendary Shangri-La Studio in Malibu, these versions of songs you know & some you may not, range from sparce to lush, somber to joyful. The choices and the sequencing were deliberate & meaningful. It shines a light on the enduring strength of poignant lyrics and well executed melodies.
Imposter is a reflection of Dave’s life, a story told by others, but in his own distinct voice.
12th November - ELVIS PRESLEY : Back In Nashville.
4CD / 2LP
What turned out to be Elvis Presley’s final Nashville session brought music that was originally overlooked. The original recordings found their way on the holiday themed Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971), the gospel He Touched Me (1972), Elvis Now (1972) and Elvis (1973). Yet, to hear this music, a half century after it was recorded – now wiped of overdubs – reveals some of the most compelling singing of Presley’s career. There may not be a better set of tracks in his catalogue that benefits more from un-dubbing the masters. No longer weighted down, Elvis shines.
19th November - Kiss - Destroyer - 45th Anniversary
In 1976, KISS dropped the bombshell on the world being DESTROYER, an album that originally received resistancefrom fans due to the band exploring a new sound and has long become the quintessential and all-time best selling KISS studio album. Exploding with concert staples and KISS Army favorites like “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It OutLoud,” and “God Of Thunder” – the album’s new sounds came from the softer side of songs like “Do You Love Me?,”and songs heavy with orchestral arrangements including “Great Expectations” and their surprise hit single “Beth.”
19th November - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss : Raise The Roof.
EXCLUSIVE YELLOW VINYL EDITION. Reunited after some fourteen years, following the historic success of their first collaboration Raising Sand (2007), which reached #2 on the UK album
chart, generated multi-platinum sales, and earned six Grammy Awards including Album and Record of the Year.
Like its predecessor, Raise The Roof was produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked with Plant and Krauss to expand their collaboration in thrilling new directions, accompanied by drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell, and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, along with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl among others.
The album features twelve new recordings of songs by legends and unsung heroes including Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and more. Other highlights include a Plant-Burnett original, “High and Lonesome,” and the Lucinda Williams classic “Can’t Let Go,”.
19th November - Oasis : Knebworth 1996
Released on 19th November 2021 on Big Brother Recordings, formats include:
2CD – Audio of the live album in a cardboard softpack
2CD/DVD - Special Edition 2CD of the live album and DVD of the feature length film
LP - Triple 12” Black Heavyweight vinyl in triple gatefold sleeve
DVD - Triple DVD in amaray case. Disc 1 - featuring the feature length cinema film, Disc 2 - Saturday night concert, Disc 3 - Sunday night concert
Blu-ray - Single Disc Blu-ray including the feature length cinema film plus Saturday and Sunday nights of concert
26th November - Deep Purple : Turning To Crime
After five decades of records made chiefly of original material, Deep Purple’s 22nd studio album consists solely of songs written and previously recorded by other artists: a criminal offense commonly described by the rock police and purists Grand Jury as “doing covers.”
Studio recordings of songs previously released by Love, Huey “Piano” Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles & Quincy Jones, Little Feat, The Yardbirds, Lonnie Donegan/ Johnny Horton, Bob Seger System, Cream, plus the “Caught In The Act” medley feat. songs by Freddie King, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin and The Spencer Davis Group came to life with the band, for the first time in their career, recording them while not being in the same room.
“Turning To Crime” is Deep Purple enjoying playing music without commercial plans nor losing their edge and drive. This is Deep Purple coming full circle.
This is 100% Deep Purple.
3rd December - The Doors : LA Woman (50th Anniversary)
The Doors found their mojo (and Mr. Mojo Risin’) in November 1970 as they recorded L.A. Woman over six days at the Workshop, the band’s rehearsal space on Santa Monica Boulevard. A success both critically and commercially, the album was certified double-platinum and contains some of the band’s most enduring music, including the Top 20 hit “Love Her Madly,” “Riders On The Storm,” and the title track.
To commemorate the album’s 50-year anniversary, Rhino keeps on risin’ with a 3-CD/1-LP set that will be available on December 3rd. L.A. WOMAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes the original album newly remastered by The Doors’ longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of unreleased studio outtakes, and the stereo mix of the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl.
For this new collection, the original album has been expanded with more than two hours of unreleased recordings taken from the sessions for L.A. Woman, allowing the listener to experience the progression of each song as it developed in the studio. An early demo for “Hyacinth House” recorded at Robby Krieger’s home studio in 1969 is also included.
The outtakes feature Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek working in the studio with two additional musicians. The first was rhythm guitarist Marc Benno, who worked with Leon Russell in The Asylum Choir. The other was bassist Jerry Scheff, who was a member of Elvis Presley’s TCB band.
11th February - ALT J : The Dream
The Dream is an album of intrigue, beauty and humanity - a coalescence of everything that has made alt-J a global band with true staying power.
True-crime inspired stories and tales of Hollywood and the Chateau Marmont rub shoulders with some of the band’s most personal moments to-date The album was created after a period of rest for the band following their seismic world tour in support of previous record.
It is a record that is the sound of a band growing as songwriters and storytellers.
The limited edition Deluxe CD book replicates the notebook lead singer and lyricist Joe used to write The Dream, featuring his original handwritten lyrics, notes and doodles.
We will have a special transparent Violet Vinyl.
18th March - SANTANA : Blessings And Miracles.
On Blessings and Miracles, music legend and guitar master Carlos Santana delivers one of the most ambitious, inspired and flat-out magical records of his storied career. There’s thrilling feats of bravura musicianship that pair the guitar master with fellow icons like Chick Corea and Steve Winwood, knockout rockers with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Living Colour’s Corey Glover, and genre-bending, hook-filled celebrations featuring Rob Thomas, Chris Stapleton, G-Eazy, American Authors and Ally Brooke, among others.