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April’s Vinyl Reissues

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With vinyl reissues from Billy Joel, Portishead, and Orbital, April is shaping up to be a great month for record collectors. Here’s our picks for April.

Orbital – Orbital


release date: 19th April 2024


Orbital’s eponymous debut album, released on September 30, 1991, earned the moniker “The Green Album” to distinguish it from their subsequent release, known as “The Brown Album.” This seminal work features iconic tracks such as ‘Belfast’ and a live rendition of ‘Chime,’ the landmark dance track that propelled their career in 1990. Though last available on vinyl in 2015, it has long been sold out, cementing its status as a cherished collector’s item among fans and aficionados of electronic music.

Portishead – Roseland NYC Live – 25th Anniversary Edition


release date: 26th April 2024


25th Anniversary Edition of the pioneering Bristol trio’s album, ‘Roseland NYC Live’; recorded and filmed at New York’s Roseland Ballroom with a 28-piece orchestra in 1997, and released in 1998. Newly remastered, the tracklist has been expanded to include ‘Undenied’ and ‘Numb’ from the concert film, as well as the full length performance of ‘Western Eyes’, which played in part over the credits of the film. ‘Sour Times’ and ‘Roads’ are also now the original Roseland versions (previously substituted on the album release with recordings from other performances). All 5 of these tracks will be on CD and vinyl for the first time.

Billy Joel – 52nd Street


release date: 5th April 2024


Billy Joel’s acclaimed album 52nd Street stands as a testament to his musical prowess and versatility. Originally released in 1978, the album showcases Joel’s talent as a singer-songwriter and pianist. It features timeless hits such as ‘My Life’ and ‘Big Shot’ which have become emblematic of Joel’s iconic sound. Named after New York City’s famed jazz hub, it exudes a vibrant energy and urban sophistication, reflecting the eclectic spirit of the city that never sleeps. Boasting over 7 million copies sold in the United States alone, its commercial success further solidifies its status as a monumental achievement in the realm of popular music.

Dj Shadow – Endtroducing….. – 2024 Half Speed Master Cut


release date: 5th April 2024


As the first-ever album composed entirely of sampled material, ‘Endtroducing…..’ is a landmark in the history of electronic music. Its influence reverberates through the years, inspiring countless artists and solidifying DJ Shadow’s place as a visionary in the realm of sample-based production. Each track tells a unique story, from the hypnotic groove of ‘Building Steam with a Grain of Salt’ to the cinematic atmosphere of ‘Midnight in a Perfect World’. Shadow’s meticulous craftsmanship shines through, showcasing his unparalleled skill in constructing beats that resonate with both intensity and emotion.

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell – 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition 2LP


release date: 26th April 2024


The 40th Anniversary expanded edition of Billy Idol’s iconic Rebel Yell album. Includes the smash hits ‘Eyes Without a Face’, Flesh for Fantasy’ and ‘Rebel Yell’. Deluxe reissue features 13 bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased ‘Best Way Out of Here’ and cover of ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ from the original sessions, plus original demos and the Poolside remix of ‘Eyes Without a Face’. Boasting enduring popularity, the album has sold over 2 million copies in the United States alone, solidifying its status as a beloved classic in the realms of rock and new wave.

Bruno Mars – Doo-wops & Hooligans


release date: 5th April 2024


Bruno Mars’s debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans stands as a shining example of his exceptional talent and versatility as a musician. Released in 2010, the album showcases Mars’s remarkable vocal abilities and song writing prowess. Tracks like ‘Just the Way You Are’ and ‘Grenade’ have become instant classics, earning Mars widespread acclaim and commercial success. Mars’s charismatic performance and undeniable charm shine through each track, creating an irresistible listening experience. Its widespread appeal is evident in its staggering sales figures, with over 6 million copies sold worldwide, establishing Mars as a formidable force in the music industry and solidifying the album as a modern masterpiece.

Def Leppard – Pyromania – Half-speed Master


release date: 26th April 2024


As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA Diamond Certification: ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S.. The band were ranked No. 31 in VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’ and ranked No. 70 in ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’. Released in 1983, ‘Pyromania’ was the album that launched the band into Rock Legend status; it was the first to feature Guitarist Phil Collen who had replaced Pete Willis. Containing the worldwide hits ‘Photograph’ and ‘Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)’, which became huge singles all over the world. It also reached no 2 in the US charts and has been certified Platinum over the world.

Labi Siffre – For the Children – Half-speed Master Edition


release date: 26th April 2024


Released in 1973, Labi Siffre’s fourth album, which he fondly refers to as “the album of which I am proudest” features two epic songs: ‘Children Of Children’ and ‘Let’s Pretend’ both of which he claims were written out of provocation. This half-speed master edition offers a deluxe presentation in its original gatefold sleeve, pressed on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl, complete with an obi strip and housed in a poly-lined inner sleeve for optimal preservation. The 4-page insert includes all lyrics and original tape box photos, offering fans and collectors insight into the creative process.

Billy Joel – Turnstiles


release date: 5th April 2024


Billy Joel’s acclaimed album Turnstiles stands as a testament to his musical genius and artistic range. Originally released in 1976, the album showcases Joel’s prowess as a singer-songwriter and pianist. Featuring iconic tracks like ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood’ and ‘New York State of Mind,’ the album captures Joel’s profound connection to his hometown and the pulse of urban life. Named after the bustling turnstiles of New York City’s transit system, it radiates with a dynamic energy and poignant storytelling. With its rich melodies and insightful lyrics, the album has garnered critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase. Selling over 2 million copies worldwide, its commercial success cements its legacy as a seminal work in the realm of popular music, further solidifying Billy Joel’s status as one of the greatest artists of his generation.

Red garland Trio – Groovy


release date: 26th April 2024


Groovy stands as the third album released by acclaimed jazz drummer Red Garland, originally released on Prestige Records in 1957; this energetic jazz album showcases the impeccable talents of Garland alongside Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums, forming a trio that exudes musical brilliance. This new edition, part of the ‘Original Jazz Classics Series,’ is meticulously crafted, pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, with all-analog mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original tapes, and presented in a tip-on jacket, offering enthusiasts a revitalized experience of timeless jazz mastery.

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