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March’s vinyl reissues

Fopp's Picks

With vinyl reissues from Alice Coltrane, Britney Spears, Elton John and more, March is shaping up to be a great month for record collectors. Here’s our picks for March.

Elton John – Honky Chateau


release date: 24th March 2023


Honky Château is the fifth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1972. It was a critical and commercial success, becoming his first album to top the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Recorded in the 16th-century French château, Château d’Hérouville it features some of John’s most well-known songs, including “Rocket Man,” “Honky Cat,” and “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.” Honky Château was a commercial success and remains one of Elton John’s best-selling albums, it has sold over 2 million copies in the United States and over 7 million copies worldwide. This 2LP vinyl edition includes nine session demos and a booklet featuring an essay and images.

The Cinematic Orchestra – Every Day


release date: 24th March 2023


At a time when ‘chill out’ substituted maturity for blandness and mainstream dance music seemed to be searching for its dummy again, J. Swinscoe’s Cinematic Orchestra returned to blow all our expectations. Back in 1999, the group’s debut record ‘Motion’ set tongues wagging with its unique take on modern dance music production techniques and the sheer visual energy of its sound. Its follow-up ‘Every Day’ is deeper than the ocean and packs a tremendous emotional punch, by turns mournful and celebratory with a rigour that is so often lacking in contemporary cut and paste. This 3LP 20th anniversary edition is housed in a gatefold sleeve on translucent red coloured vinyl, containing four bonus tracks.

Ten Years After – A Space in Time


release date: 17th March 2023


‘A Space in Time’ is Ten Years After’s sixth, and best selling album, it was originally released in August 1971. Featuring their most well-known track ‘I’d Love to Change the World’, which regularly features in movies and TV shows.  This 50th Anniversary edition of the album features a brand new mix by the original producer/engineer, Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones/Emerson Lake & Palmer/Marillion), using the original multi-track tapes. The second disc in this set features the original 1971 mix of the album. Both have been mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. This new edition of the album features new sleeve notes by Chris Kimsey, and band members, Ric Lee, Chick Churchill and Leo Lyons.

Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda


release date: 31st March 2023


The fourth solo album by Alice Coltrane. Its title and title track reflects Coltrane’s inspiration by Swami Satchidananda, whom Coltrane had become close to while being his disciple. ‘Shiva-Loka’, or ‘realm of Shiva’ references the realm of the third member of the Hindu trinity, the ‘dissolver of creation’. ‘Stopover Bombay’ refers to a five-week stay in India and Sri Lanka on which Coltrane was due to go in December 1970. ‘Something About John Coltrane’ is based on themes by her late husband, John Coltrane.

Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again


release date: 31st March 2023


Second studio album by the American singer. The album is primarily a pop, dance-pop, and teen pop record, much in the vein of her debut studio album ‘…Baby One More Time’ (1999). It features the hit singles ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’, ‘Lucky’, ‘Stronger’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know’.

Roberta Flack – First Time


release date: 3rd March 2023


The breakthrough debut by the iconic mistress of pop, jazz, soul, R&B, blues is unparalleled in the years since in its genre blending, emotional power, and raw impact. Recorded over 10 hours in 1969 during the turmoil of the late ’60s in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, and before the general realisation of the cultural shift that would become embodied in Woodstock, ‘First Take’ is the work of a woman who was known as a child prodigy and would later earn the title of genius.

Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul


release date: 3rd March 2023


Aretha’s Franklin’s position as soul music’s premier female vocalist was consolidated by this album. Her strident reading of Don Covay’s ‘Chain of Fools’ set the tone for a collection on which the singer unveiled several stellar original compositions and reinterpreted a batch of classic songs. Franklin’s gospel roots were clearly displayed on the anthem-like ‘People Get Ready’ while her interpretation of ‘Natural Woman’ showed both vulnerable and assertive qualities. ‘Lady Soul’ captures a performer at the peak of her power, restating her ability to take material and make it uniquely her own.

Snap! – World Power


release date: 3rd March 2023


‘World Power’ is the debut album by eurodance duo Snap! which has sold millions of copies worldwide. The album was originally released on 14 May 1990 and features some of their biggest hits, including the iconic ‘The Power’, ‘Ooops Up’, ‘Cult of Snap!’ and ‘Mary Had a Little Boy’.

Herbie Hancock – Empyrean Isles


release date: 17th March 2023


Pianist Herbie Hancock showcased the full breadth of his artistry on his masterful fourth Blue Note album ‘Empyrean Isles’, recorded in 1964. The album presented four diverse original compositions including the hit song ‘Cantaloupe Island’ performed by a deeply attuned quartet featuring Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums.

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Rattlesnakes


release date: 31st March 2023


“Rattlesnakes” is the debut album by British singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole, released in 1984. The album was recorded with Cole’s backing band, The Commotions, and features a blend of jangly, guitar-driven pop and literate, wryly humorous lyrics. The album’s title track, “Rattlesnakes,” was released as the lead single and became a hit in the UK, reaching the top 40 of the singles chart. The album helped establish Cole as a promising new talent in the world of pop music, and it remains a favorite of fans and critics alike. This reissue faithfully replicates the original 1984 Polydor Records UK release with printed inner sleeve and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.

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