1. THE PALE FOUNTAINS – LONGSHOT FOR YOUR LOVE
The ever-reliable Marina Records of Hamburg have long been associated with Pale Fountains and Michael Head, and this first time on vinyl release is a joy for me personally as I have been a fan since schooldays! I was also very fortunate that Frank at Marina recently sent me a copy to review (link below). Longshot… features Pale Fountains rarities and live tracks from the bands early period between 1982-4 and is a joy to the ears of those who recognise Michael Head as the brilliant songwriter he most certainly is. As there are only 500 copies available worldwide, you would be advised to snap this one up quickly!
Read the full album review here
2. THE CURE – BLOODFLOWERS
I don’t expect this will come as a surprise to many who know me, because any Cure record is a cause for celebration! But Bloodflowers is one of my favourites and remains an oddly underrated release in the bands impressive cannon. Robert Smith always seems to write his best albums at the end of decades, but this one got away when it first came out in 2000. A beautiful listening experience from start to end, I would recommend you get your hands on this and the excellent Seventeen Seconds (also out on Aug 29) before they vanish into thin air. Both are available as picture discs…and both will become VERY collectable.
3. DAVID BOWIE – I’M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74)
From deep within the Bowie archives comes this fantastic 1974 live set featuring songs from the (then) unreleased Young Americans album. Always a favourite at Vinyl Revolution, any excuse to hear Bowie at the peak of his powers is alright by us! Look out too for the ChangesNowBowie compilation too. Yum!
4. AL GREEN – GREEN IS BLUES
From one soul rebel to another…Al Green records are geting harder to find on vinyl these days, so it’s great to have his first album (originally released fifty years ago!) back on wax. And it comes in a fancy tip on sleeve for those who like their artwork authentic. These will fly so don’t miss out!
5. MOTORHEAD – ACE OF SPADES
Lemmy is another of our heroes at Vinyl Revolution, and RSD wouldn’t be RSD without at least one Motorhead release! Ace of Spades is probably the definitve Kilmister moment and I defy you not to go nuts on the dancefloor should this come on after a couple of drinks! Released on a juicy 12″ and backed with the track Dirty Love, go on…you know it makes sense!
6. NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS – SEE EMILY PLAY/ VEGETABLE MAN
It’s true to say there were a few raised eyebrows when this project was first mooted, especially when Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet was enlisted as guitarist. BUT, live reviews have been consistently brilliant, and it’s GREAT to hear these Syd Barrett songs given another lease of life. Good on you Nick! Sterling work! Nice artwork too…
7. TERRY HALL – HOME
I recently made a list of albums that I would love to see re-issued on vinyl, and Specials singer Terry Hall made not one but two appearances! Home was an underrated gem from the early 1990’s and includes the brilliant Forever J single. Wistful and just about on the right side of easy listening, Terry’s musical chops shine through on this slowburning pop winner. Just right for Sundays…
8. SPOON – ALL THE WEIRD KIDS UP FRONT (Más Rolas Chidas)
Spoon have been making great records for over twenty years now, so it was no surprise when an excellent greatest hits set appeared a while back. This little beauty is compiled from fan favourites not included on that record and goes deeper into album cuts and rarities. It includes my all-time fave Spoon track Out Go The Lights, so I was quickly sold on it! Give it a go, it won’t disappoint! And catch the band live if you ever get the chance…
9. THE THE – I WANT 2 B U
Another welcome return, this time it’s 80’s brooding pop messiah Matt Johson with a great slab of music from his brothers upcoming film Muscle. Matt has been concentrating on soundtrack work for a while now, but there are rumours of a new The The record soon. Great artwork (supplied by Matt’s other brother, the late and lamented artist Andy Johnson) this is one of those RSD releases which will quickly treble it’s value…not that we care about that sort of thing, right…?
10. SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS STUDIO ONE 007: LICENSED TO SKA! JAMES BOND AND OTHER FILM SOUNDTRACKS AND TV THEMES
Wow! What’s not to love here?! A 7″ vinyl boxset from those tastemakers par excellence over at Soul Jazz…featuring Ska versions of Bond films?! Yes please! This is one of those examples of a great idea done very well. Good work Record Store Day. Watch this one fly…
Wherever you are on that day…I hope you stay safe and find what you are looking for! Rachel, Treacle and I will see you all at RSD 2021!