How do you spend £29,105.58 on just 10 records?

So, how do you spend almost £30k on just 10 records? Simple, buy the 10 most expensive records sold on Discogs in August. And, if you did, as well as having one of the smallest and most expensive record collections in the world, you’d also have one of the most varied. Discogs’ ten highest hitters this month is a mixed back to say the least. … Continue reading How do you spend £29,105.58 on just 10 records?

Meet Paisley Park Collector Harvey Smith

What was the first record you bought? “Perhaps not the coolest choice, but it was Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder, which was a big hit in 1984 when I was 13. One has to start somewhere, and it wasn’t too long before I graduated to U2, Springsteen… and then 80s hair metal took hold.” Which artists and genres are you most interested in? “My … Continue reading Meet Paisley Park Collector Harvey Smith

Motown Reissue

Five classic Motown albums to be reissued to vinyl

Five classic Motown albums have been newly remastered in mono from their original analogue master tapes for 180g deluxe vinyl editions…    Motown’s 60th anniversary celebrations are set to continue with a special, limited edition Motown In Mono vinyl series, featuring The Four Tops’ Reach Out (1967), The Marvelettes’ Sophisticated Soul (1968), The Miracles’ You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (1963), Diana Ross & The Supremes’ Reflections (1968), and The Temptations’ The Temptations Sing … Continue reading Five classic Motown albums to be reissued to vinyl

Whitney Houston reissue

Whitney Houston's debut album reissued for 35th anniversary

Originally released on Arista Records, Whitney Houston features her hit singles How Will I Know, Greatest Love of All and Saving All My Love For You… The eponymous debut album from Whitney Houston is celebrating its 35th anniversary in style with a gorgeous 180-gram peaches-and-cream reissue. Packaged with the original 1985 album is the first US release of the Whitney Dancin’ Special EP. Previously only available in … Continue reading Whitney Houston's debut album reissued for 35th anniversary

Kelis

Kelis’ Kaleidoscope reissued for 20th anniversary

Kelis originally recorded Kaleidoscope when she was seventeen and she hasn’t looked back since… To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kelis’ debut album, Kaleidoscope is being reissued on limited edition translucent orange heavyweight vinyl. The album, which features editions from Pusha-T, Markita and Justin Vince, is rich with Afro-futurism and is hailed as being just as relevant today as it was upon its initial release. … Continue reading Kelis’ Kaleidoscope reissued for 20th anniversary

Sam Goode

Sam Cooke boxset announced: 'The Complete Keen Years: 1957 – 1960'

  ABKCO Music & Records celebrates the year-long celebration leading up to the 90th anniversary of Sam Cooke’s birth with the January 24 release of The Complete Keen Years: 1957 – 1960 Box Set. Announced today, the boxset consists of eight vinyl editions, including several Tracey Limited titles restored with original artwork.  Following the expiration of his RCA Victor contract in 1963, Sam Cooke established Tracey Limited, … Continue reading Sam Cooke boxset announced: 'The Complete Keen Years: 1957 – 1960'

Colombian Caribbean Coast

Colombia’s African Soul

Russ Slater goes in search of tales of soundsystems and African vinyl shipments on Colombia’s Caribbean coast… I scrape up a final mouthful of fish, rice and plantain at a shack-cum-restaurant manned by a delightfully jolly silver-haired lady, and sit back just in time to hear the soundsystem fire up. A group of young guys from the town had been assembling it for a while, … Continue reading Colombia’s African Soul

P.P. Arnold on the Records and Labels that Made Her

She was the Soul Queen of the mod scene, a fixture of Swinging London, a revered solo artist and backing singer extraordinaire. Garth Cartwright speaks to P.P. Arnold about her tragedy-tinged yet glittering career in music, and her new album… P.P. Arnold groans when we call her “a 60s legend”. P.P. – “Call me Pat” – then states: “I certainly don’t have the fortune that … Continue reading P.P. Arnold on the Records and Labels that Made Her

Swamp Dogg

Swamp Dogg announces new album 'Sorry You Couldn't Make It'

One of the greatest cult figures of 20th century American music is back with an all-new album…  Swamp Dogg has announced his new album Sorry You Couldn’t Make It, produced by Ryan Olson (Poliça) out 6 March 2020, via Joyful Noise Recordings and Pioneer Works Press. The first single Sleeping Without You Is A Dragg features piano by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and backing vocals by Jenny Lewis and Channy Leaneagh (Poliça). The follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed, … Continue reading Swamp Dogg announces new album 'Sorry You Couldn't Make It'