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May’s vinyl reissues

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With vinyl reissues from tame impala , abba, steely dan and more, May is shaping up to be a great month for record collectors. Here’s our picks for May.

tame impala – Lonerism – 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 3LP


release date: 26th may 2023


2022 marked the 10th anniversary of Lonerism. To celebrate, Tame Impala present fans with a deluxe 3LP reissue of the album that features previously unreleased demos from the era. 
Recorded in both Western Australia and Paris between 2010 and 2012, Lonerism was Tame Impala’s breakout record. It received critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and NME and is regarded as one of the best albums of 2012. This expanded deluxe edition of the album features the singles ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ and ‘Elephant’ amongst the original album track list, plus:


  •  2 previously unreleased demos
  • A full side of album demos
  • Deluxe 24-page booklet

abba – Ring Ring (Half Speed Master)


release date: 19th may 2023


ABBA celebrate the 50th anniversary of their debut album ‘Ring Ring’ with a new collection of vinyl products. 2LP format includes 180g heavyweight black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring obi-strip and certificate of authenticity. High-quality audio half-speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road.

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories – 10th Anniversary Edition 3LP


release date: 12th may 2023


2023 marks the 10th anniversary of Daft Punk multi Grammy winning hit record Random Access Memories including Get Lucky, Instant Crush, Lose Yourself To Dance and featuring Pharell Willams, Nile Rodgers, Julien Casablancas, Paul Williams, Panda Bear and Todd Edwards.
To celebrate this milestone a special expanded edition will be released including 35 minutes of unreleased music (Demo and Studio Outtakes). The triple vinyl also includes a special Lose Yourself To Dance poster.

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells – 50th Anniversary Edition


release date: 26th may 2023


This 50th Anniversary celebration edition of ‘Tubular Bells’, overseen by Mike Oldfield, contains a brand new half-speed Abbey Road master of the original album, plus a second album that unites several beguiling versions of Oldfield’s masterwork for the first time. Receiving its first outing on vinyl is ‘Tubular X’, that Mike recorded in 1998 for an X-Files album; Mike’s remix collaboration with York, the original Mike Oldfield’s Single (‘Theme From Tubular Bells’) and, for the first time since a very limited run in 2012, Mike’s stunning ‘Tubular Bells/In Dulci Jubilo (Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games)’. Of particular interest brand new eight-minute track ‘Tubular Bells 4 Intro’, which may well be the last thing ever recorded by Oldfield.

the undertones – the undertones


release date: 19th may 2023


The Undertones fromed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975 and released this; their self-titled debut in 1979. John and Damian O’Neill partnered infectious guitar hooks to ’60s garage, ’70s glam rock, with Feargal Sharkey’s signature vocal quaver. Those qualities came together on their breakout hit ‘Teenage Kicks’, whose simplicity harked back to ’60s ideals of when the song was king.This classic debut record infuses so much unabashed joy in two-minute three-chord pop songs, and there’s little pretension in their unapologetically teenage world view, that even the darker hints of life in songs like the suicide-themed ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ are delivered with a sense of optimism at odds with so many of their contemporaries.

steely dan – countdown to ectasy


release date: 26th may 2023


Led by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released seven albums from 1972-1980. ‘Countdown to Ecstasy’ is the band’s sprawling 1973 second LP with such standouts as ‘Bodhisattva,’ ‘Show Biz Kids’ and ‘My Old School’.

the cult – the cult


release date: 12th may 2023


The Cult is fronted by Ian Astbury on vocals and Billy Duffy on guitar. Their music and albums at this point need no introduction as they have cemented themselves over the years since they began in 1983, as one of the greatest rock bands around. 1994 brought their seif-titled sixth album ‘The Cult’, sometimes also known as the ‘Black Sheep’ album due to the cover image. Recorded with Bob Rock, It is a very personal album with a lot of the narrative subject matter referring to Astbury’s younger years. Unlike their previous albums, this one revealed itself more slowly with each listen. This album is considered an overlooked and underrated gem and preceded their 1995 break-up. The band reformed in 1999 and continues to tour and release albums, including their most recent, 2022’s Under ‘The Midnight Sun’.

type o negative – dead again


release date: 5th may 2023


‘Dead Again’ is the seventh and final studio album by Type O Negative, released before the death of frontman Peter Steele in 2010, and subsequent dissolution of the band. It was originally released on March 13, 2007, through record label Steamhammer, a subsidiary of SPV.

leftfield – leftism


release date: 19th may 2023


Leftism is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo (now solo project) Leftfield, originally released in 1995 on Columbia Records. It contained a mixture of new tracks along with reworked versions of previous Leftfield singles. The album contains guest spots from musicians not associated with dance music at the time such as John Lydon from Public Image Ltd. (and formerly of Sex Pistols) and Toni Halliday from Curve. The album was described as progressive house, although some journalists found that label too limiting, suggesting the album incorporated many genres.

Charli XCX – true romance


release date: 26th may 2023


Charli XCX’s debut studio album, True Romance, reaches its milestone 10 year anniversary on 12th April 2023. To celebrate we have repressed True Romance on coloured silver vinyl. The album features the singles ‘You (Ha Ha Ha)’ and ‘Nuclear Seasons’.

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