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Fopp’s Picks

July 2024

With vinyl reissues from The Police, Beastie Boys, and Talking Heads, July is shaping up to be a great month for record collectors. Here are our picks for July. 

The Police – Synchronicity – 4LP


release date: 26th July 2024


The fifth and final studio album by the The Police, ‘Synchronicity’ was released in June 1983, and was the band’s most successful release. The album made The Police global superstars, generating no less than five classic hit singles, including ‘Every Breath You Take’ (featuring a seductive, rolling beat masking its malice) ‘King of Pain’, ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’, and ‘Synchronicity II’. The album’s title and much of the material for the songs were inspired by Arthur Koestler’s ‘The Roots of Coincidence’. At the 1984 Grammy Awards the album was nominated for a total of five awards including Album of the Year.


  • 64-page book
  • Lavish color illustrations
  • Featuring unseen material
  • Includes new liner notes
  • Contains interviews
  • Showcases archive memorabilia

Beastie Boys – Ill Communication – 3lp


release date: 26th July 2024


Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Beastie Boys’ multi-platinum ‘Ill Communication’ album, this limited-edition deluxe reissue is a rare version of the album that was originally released as a limited run in 2009. Long out-of-print and sought after by fans and collectors.


  • Features lenticular cover art
  • Includes a bonus LP with 12 bonus tracks
    • Remixes
    • B-sides
    • Rarities
  • Housed in a rigid slipcase
  • Pressed on 180g vinyl

Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense – clear 2lp


release date: 26th July 2024


The album was an artistic and commercial triumph when it arrived in September 1984. The film had people dancing in theatre aisles while the soundtrack sold over two million copies. Just last year, the Library of Congress added ‘Stop Making Sense’ to the National Film Registry in recognition of its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.


  • Booklet
  • 2LP clear vinyl

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory – Translucent Yellow Vinyl


release date: 26th July 2024


Debut studio album by the American rock band, originally released in 2000. Recorded at NRG Recordings in North Hollywood, California, and produced by Don Gilmore, the album’s lyrical themes deal with problems lead vocalist Chester Bennington experienced during his adolescence, including drug abuse and the constant fighting and divorce of his parents. ‘Hybrid Theory’ takes its title from the previous name of the band as well as the concept of music theory and combining different styles. Four singles were released from the album: ‘One Step Closer’, ‘Crawling’, ‘Papercut’, and ‘In the End’, all of them being responsible for launching Linkin Park into mainstream popularity.

Type o Negative – Dead Again – Limited Edition Clear Green White Black Splatter 2lp


release date: 12th July 2024


Dead Again is the seventh and final studio album by Type O Negative, released before the death of frontman Peter Steele in 2010 and the subsequent dissolution of the band. It was originally released on March 13, 2007, through record label Steamhammer, a subsidiary of SPV. Upon its release, Dead Again received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, praising its return to the band’s earlier, heavier sound. The album’s success was reflected in its chart performance, debuting at number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the highest-charting album of the band’s career in the United States.

red hot chilli peppers – Californication – Red & Blue 2LP


release date: 26th July 2024


Seventh studio album by the American rock band. marked the return of John Frusciante, who had previously appeared on ‘Mother’s Milk’ and ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, to replace Dave Navarro as the band’s guitarist. Frusciante’s return was credited with changing the band’s sound altogether, producing a notable shift in style from the music recorded with Navarro. ‘Californication’ is the Chili Peppers’ most commercially successful studio release internationally, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide.

Olafur Arnalds – island songs – Green Vinyl


release date: 26th July 2024


Island Songs is a unique and ambitious project by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. The album is a musical journey across Iceland, featuring seven songs recorded in seven different locations over seven weeks. Each piece incorporates contributions from local musicians, capturing the essence of each community. Upon its release, Island Songs received widespread acclaim for its innovative approach and the haunting beauty of its compositions. The album’s success was evident in its chart performance, peaking at number 1 on the UK Classical Albums Chart.

Olivia Rodrigo – GUTS (spilled) – Splatter 2lp


release date: 19th July 2024


3-time Grammy award winning recording artist Olivia Rodrigo reissues ‘GUTS’ on extremely limited-edition deluxe vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket, featuring brand new artwork and 5 extra tracks. ‘GUTS’ was recorded with producer Daniel Nigro, who also collaborated with Olivia on SOUR’, her chart-topping, 4x platinum debut album. ‘For me, this album is about growing pains and about trying to figure out who I am at this point in my life and exactly what I want to say in my songs’.

Duran Duran – Duran Duran


release date: 19th July 2024


Duran Duran’s debut album was originally released in 1981 and includes the hits ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Girls On Film.’ It’s considered a significant album in the new-wave and synth-pop movements of the early 80s. The album performed well on the charts, reaching number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and earning a platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In the United States, the album charted on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 10 and eventually achieving platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Mariah Carey – #1’s


release date: 26th July 2024


A collection of Mariah Carey’s first 13 chart-topping singles, originally released in 1998, this greatest hits album includes the classics ‘Always Be My Baby,’ ‘Fantasy,’ and ‘One Sweet Day,’ along with 4 bonus tracks included on the original vinyl pressing. The album, titled ‘Number 1’s,’ was a commercial success, debuting at number 4 on the Billboard 200 and eventually being certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales of over 5 million copies in the United States. Internationally, it also performed well, achieving multi-platinum status in several countries and solidifying Mariah Carey’s status as a global pop icon.

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