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May’s Vinyl Reissues

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With vinyl reissues from The Clash, Marvin Gaye, The Who and more, May is shaping up to be a great month for record collectors. Here’s our picks for May.


The Clash – Combat Rock: 40th Anniversary Edition – Green Vinyl


Release Date: 20th May 2022



The final album by The Clash’s original Strummer/Jones incarnation, originally released in 1982. It includes two massive hits: ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ has the biggest, stupidest, most perfect riff this side of ‘Louie Louie’, and ‘Rock the Casbah’ pulls the band’s politics, fine-honed sarcasm, and saw-toothed guitar sound into the service of a dance-floor beat. Strummer’s lyrics also deepened on this record – Allen Ginsberg turns up on ‘Ghetto Defendant’ and it’s clear on some of the other tracks (‘Car Jamming’, ‘Straight to Hell’) that he was an influence on Strummer’s songwriting.




Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary Edition – 2LP


Release Date: 20th May 2022



To this day, What’s Going On is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, earning the number one spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2020 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.” Now comes What’s Going On: Deluxe Edition / 50th Anniversary. This includes the original album, plus 12 bonus tracks featuring each of the LP’s original mono single versions and their B-sides, two of which are different takes – “God Is Love” and “Sad Tomorrows,” an earlier version of “Flying High (in the Friendly Sky)” – while the pre-album single version of “What’s Going On” has no “party” intro and a false fade. 






The Who – A Quick One (Half Speed Master)


Release Date:  6th May 2022



‘A Quick One’ was released in 1966, containing experimental music Suite (a nod to Rock Operas that were to follow). The album contains ‘Boris the Spider’, ‘Don’t Look Away’ and has been mastered by long time Who engineer Jon Astley from the original tapes. Packaged in original sleeve with obi and certificate of authenticity, this black vinyl version is engineered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios with a half-speed mastering technique which produces a superior vinyl cut.






Arthur Russell – Calling Out of Context – 2LP


Release Date: 13th May 2022



The now classic album that started the renaissance, on double vinyl with four page insert. 30 years have passed since Arthur Russell left us, in relative obscurity, from AIDS complications in 1992. Yet his work—as composer, songwriter and dance music innovator—is better known now than ever before. Since Audika Records and Arthur’s partner Tom Lee began excavating and curating Arthur’s vast archive beginning in 2003, critics worldwide have hailed Russell as a visionary. Countless younger artists cite him as an influence. There has been an internationally acclaimed documentary film (Matt Wolf’s Wild Combination) and biography (Tim Lawrence’s Hold onto Your Dreams), a critical study (Matt Marble’s Buddhist Bubblegum) along with various tribute albums, concerts and events. In 2016 Arthur Russell’s archive was acquired by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center as part of their American Music Collection. 




Sex Pistols – The Original Recordings


Release Date: 27th May 2022



For the first time in over 20 years, 20 of the Sex Pistol’s recordings from 1976 to 1978 are collected together to tell the story of one of the world’s most influential and extraordinary bands. The tracks here cover the entire initial period of the band’s recording career – from ‘Anarchy in The UK’, through ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ to the post John Lydon Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle soundtrack featuring early demos, cover versions and more. The compilation is completed by some essential B- sides – ‘I Wanna Be Me’ (the flipside of Anarchy.), ‘Satellite’ (the b-side of ‘Holidays In The Sun’) and ‘Did You No Wrong’ (from ‘God Save The Queen’).




The Who – My Generation (Half Speed Master)


Release Date: 6th May 2022



Released in 1965 ‘My Generation’ was the debut album by The Who. The album peaked at #5 in the UK and launched the band into worldwide acclaim. Containing ‘My Generation’, ‘The Kids are Alright’ and ‘The Ox’ mastered by long time Who engineer Jon Astley from the original tapes. Packaged in original sleeve with obi and certificate of authenticity, this black vinyl version is engineered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios with a half-speed mastering technique which produces a superior vinyl cut.





Nirvana – Nevermind: 30th Anniversary – 8LP Boxset


Release Date:  27th May 2022



Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal 1991 release, the Nevermind 8LP Super Deluxe contains 8 180-gram LPs showcasing the newly remastered album from the original analog tapes and 4 concerts on the Nevermind Tour from Amsterdam, Netherlands; Del Mar, California; Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo, Japan. Also included is a first-ever 7-inch for ‘Endless, Nameless’ with B-sides ‘Even In His Youth’ and ‘Aneurysm,’ and a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos.





Slipknot – Iowa Limited Edition – Coke Coloured Vinyl


Release Date:  13th May 2022



Slipknot’s platinum selling second album Iowa is being reissued on coke bottle clear coloured vinyl. Featuring seminal tracks ‘People = Shit’, ‘The Heretic Anthem’ and ‘Left Behind’ it was the band’s first number one album in the UK.







Peter Gabriel – Birdy (Half Speed Master)


Release Date:  20th May 2022



The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, on 1x heavyweight black LP, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. Recorded in 1984, and originally released in March 1985, Birdy marks the first occasion that Peter worked with French-Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois who went onto co-produce both Peter’s So and US albums. The soundtrack to the Alan Parker movie of the same name – the tale of a Vietnam vet who harbours Icarus-like ambitions to fly – it finds Peter flexing his creative muscles free of any commercial pressures and has a number of tracks build out of elements of existing tracks from Peter’s third and fourth solo albums.





The Police – Around the World: Restored & Expanded – Blue Vinyl


Release Date:  20th May 2022



‘Around The World: Restored and Expanded’ follows The Police on their first world tour in 1979 and 1980, as they visit 6 continents building their fanbase show-by-show, country-by-country, song-by-song. In between the performances, the film offers a jovial glimpse of the band as they travel around the world and their visits to local sights. ‘Around The World’ is presented with restored picture and remastered audio and includes complete performances of 4 songs featured in the documentary. Recorded during The Police’s first world tour, the CD and LP showcases Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland playing with a frenzy and passion that would make them the biggest band in the world. Spotlighting tracks from their first two albums, these performances were recorded in Japan, Hong Kong, and England.



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