Stormzy releases new album 'Heavy Is The Head'

The album marks a hugely exciting return for the multi award-winning phenomenon and is a record which has been executively produced entirely by the musician himself… On 13 December 2019, British musician Stormzy has today unveiled his hugely anticipated new album, Heavy Is The Head which is available now to purchase everywhere. The album showcases his world class lyricism and musicality alongside many of his celebrated … Continue reading Stormzy releases new album 'Heavy Is The Head'

Prince – 1999: Super Deluxe Edition

Across 10 LPs and a DVD, the vaults of this breakout album have been raided to produce a deluxe edition boxset of pitch-perfect proportions. John Earls wallows in Prince’s 1982 otherworldliness… Let’s make this clear immediately: what Warner have done with the first true deluxe edition of a Prince album is perfect. It’s the platonic ideal of a vinyl boxset. It takes 10 LPs and … Continue reading Prince – 1999: Super Deluxe Edition

New Prince track released ahead of 1999 remaster

The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, releases the new song ahead of the remaster and expanded reissue of Prince’s iconic album 1999, out 29 November… The new track, Don’t Let Him Fool Ya (also listed on occasion as Don’t Let ‘Em Fool Ya), was recorded in the summer of 1982 at Prince’s home studio on Kiowa Trail in Chanhassen, Minnesota, with recording engineer … Continue reading New Prince track released ahead of 1999 remaster

Deluxe Boxset To Celebrate The Staple Singers

The boxset offers all of the influential soul group’s studio albums on the iconic label, plus live recordings and rarities… Craft Recordings just announced the release of a vinyl box set celebrating one of music’s greatest gospel and soul groups, The Staple Singers. Set for a 6 December release date, Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection presents all of the group’s studio albums released … Continue reading Deluxe Boxset To Celebrate The Staple Singers

Motown Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Limited Edition Vinyl Series

Five classic Motown albums will be coming, newly remastered, in mono from their original analogue master tapes for 180-gram deluxe vinyl editions…   Motown’s 60th Anniversary celebration continues with today’s announcement of 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 … Continue reading Motown Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Limited Edition Vinyl Series

The Top 40 Essential Prince Vinyl

His tragic passing in 2016 left behind a rich,  enormously complex canon of material and releases to sift through. Rik Flynn presents a guide to Prince’s rarest and greatest moments… His sales may have waxed and waned a little over the years, but during his 57 years spent on this Earth, Prince never stopped striving to outdo himself and everyone around him. Compulsive and entirely … Continue reading The Top 40 Essential Prince Vinyl

Expanded Prince '1999' Reissue

The super deluxe edition of 1999 features 35 previously unreleased audio tracks, plus a complete, previously unreleased live concert performance on DVD.  The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, has just announced a remastered and expanded reissue of Prince’s Iconic Album 1999.  1999 is widely considered one of the most iconic and influential double albums in rock history, released at a major turning point … Continue reading Expanded Prince '1999' Reissue

Marvin Gaye – What's Going On Live

The legendary concert album What’s Going On captures Gaye’s first live performance after a four-year hiatus from the stage. The album was recorded at The Kennedy Center and has been newly mixed for its first stand alone release in 2LP black vinyl and 2LP colour colour vinyl. 1 May, 1972 was a whirlwind day of celebration in Marvin Gaye’s hometown of Washington, D.C. Designated ‘Marvin Gaye … Continue reading Marvin Gaye – What's Going On Live

The Essential: Motown 45s

From R&B stompers and smooth pop ballads to psychedelic soul symphonies and gritty urban funk, Motown has given the world some of the most joyful music of the last 60 years…   With its roster of towering talent, there’s little surprise that there have been some amazing albums released on the Motown label since its inception in 1959. Hitsville USA’s famed LP releases include Marvin … Continue reading The Essential: Motown 45s

The Essential: Samplers

Despite often costing far less than a regular LP, many samplers have become highly collectible. Surely a definitive list of 40 is impossible? Step forward Mark Sampson… The birth of the sampler album is generally attributed to Jac Holzman, the head of Elektra Records. With no budget for advertising, he looked for other ways of promoting his catalogue (then) of folk and world music. Always … Continue reading The Essential: Samplers