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Altered Images - Pinky Blue LP + BLUE vinyl 7inch

Altered Images - Pinky Blue LP + BLUE vinyl 7inch

Released 24th February 2017

The second of our Altered Images re-issues. Hot on the heels of the 'Happy Birthday' album this saw produccer Martin Rushent take the helm for the whole project after the success of the 'Happy Birthday' single.

Remastered and pressed on 180g vinyl this collectors edition includes a bonus BLUE vinyl 7inch single of the single edit of 'I Could Be Happy' and 'Insects' from the 'I Could Be Happy' 12inch single.


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Altered Images

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Happy Birthday + RED vinyl 7inch

Released 2nd December 2016

Remastered and pressed on 180g vinyl 'Happy Birthday' the bands debut album features a RED vinyl 7inch of the Steve Severin produced single 'Dead Pop Stars' and its accompanying b-side 'Sentimental', both of which were dropped from the album.

The band recorded most of the album with Banshee Steve Severin, but Martin Rushent was brought in to produce the title track 'Happy Birthday', the next single, which spent 3 weeks at No2 in UK Charts and earned the band NME 'Best New Group' and Smash Hits 'Best Newcomer' awards that year.


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Shirley Collins - An Introduction To... LP

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Released 20th October 2017

The first of our vinyl editions that delve into the Topic Records archive to bring you a selection of works from the catalogue of some of the most influential and respected musicians in the English folk scene. With its rich heritage this Introduction Series from the Topic Records catalogue serves only to emphasize Topic's place at the forefront of traditional folk music.

Each album is pressed on 180g vinyl and features a newly designed heavyweight sleeve and subsequent release will mirror this format to build into a unique collection. Each edition will also feature a unique track not to be found on the CD version.

During the 1960s and '70s Shirley Collins was regarded by many as the first lady of folk music, the subsequent decades have only served to enhance that reputation. Between 1955 and 1978 she recorded for the Folkways, Argo, Harvest and Topic labels. After the release of 'For As Many As Will' in 1978 she withdrew from performing and the music world after developing dysphonia. Shirley recently returned to recording after a very long hiatus and is still widely acknowledged as one of the finest singers and ambassadors to have emerged during the Folksong Revival of the 1960s.

Shirley, and her older sister Dolly, grew up in the Hastings area of East Sussex. Their Mother's family kept alive a great love of traditional song. Songs learnt from their Grandfather and Aunt Grace continued to be important in the sister's repertoire throughout their career. Their uncle, F C Ball - the author of 'A Breath Of Fresh Air' - encouraged the sisters to listen to a wide variety of music, especially the work of Monteverdi and Purcell. Shirley recorded a few solo albums and e.p's as well as recording with Davy Graham, David Munrow's Early Music Ensemble, the No Roses band and the Albion Dance Band. Shirley and Dolly also recorded an album in 1969 with The Young Tradition called 'The Holly Bears the Crown' which sadly was shelved at the time due to the Young Tradition splitting up. Two tracks from this recording session feature on this compilation 'March The Morning Sun' and 'The Cherry Tree Carol'. The classic Shirley Collins Topic album 'The Sweet Primeroses' also features on this compilation with tracks 'Polly Vaughan' and 'A Blacksmith Courted Me'.

"I think to call Shirley's voice angelic is to do it a disservice. There's no denying the high, pure beauty of her voice, but there's too much earth, too much dirt in it to call it angelic. It's also a voice completely its own; there's no other voice to match it. The folk revival on both sides of the Atlantic produced a lot of imitations, but Shirley's voice is a touchstone." Colin Meloy of The Decemberists

Few singers of the English folk revival have attempted as much on record as Collins - an extraordinary combination of fragility and power. "I like music to be fairly straightforward, simply embellished - the performance without histrionics allowing you to think about the song rather than telling you what to think."
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Various - The Real Sound Of Folk Music 2LP

Various - The Real Sound Of Folk Music 2LP

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Each volume contains 1 exclusive track not on the CD edition


Released 20th October 2017

This double vinyl package contains 20 tracks drawn from the catalogue of Britain's premier folk record label and features a series of outstanding performances by outstanding performers. The story of Topic is synonymous with the growth of folk as a musical and social movement in Britain over the last three quarter century and these recordings demonstrate the bridge between modern music and a traditional art form.

Before the advent of radio and long-playing records, let alone downloads and streaming, the not-so-ordinary working man or woman relied upon the oral tradition for his or her home entertainment. Songs and tunes were passed down over generations and honed by function and social interaction to produce a body of work of exceptional strength and beauty.

From the 1940s onwards, and with increasing pace, young and not-so-young people in the British Isles turned to this material as a means of musical expression and connection with their roots, as well as for the pleasure of crafting an art form that made direct contact with the listener - without manipulation by commercial pressures and obeisance to respectable society's view of what should be seen as "good music".

On these vinyl records you will find some of the most remarkable singers, songs and tunes - either drawn directly from the tradition or inspired by it. The music is totally contemporary yet with its feet firmly rooted in Britain's own unique culture. Not all the music is strictly British, as the Folk Revival embraced other folk cultures, so Ramblin' Jack Elliott's version of Woody Guthrie's Talking Dustbowl Blues is here - demonstrating how folk music can deal with social issues of the day as well as harking back to earlier times. This attitude is also reflected in John Tams' Unity, Steve Ashley's Ships of Shame, Dick Gaughan's Both Sides the Tweed and even Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town.

There are reworkings of great traditional story songs - Anne Briggs' Blackwater Side, Nic Jones' Canadee-i-o and majestic performances by Martin Simpson - Never Any Good, Shirley Collins, Davy Graham, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy and The Watersons and The Full English's Man In The Moon. June Tabor and Oysterband take a quite different approach and make the Joy Division song Love Will Tear Us Apart something completely their own.

Andrew Cronshaw, The Cheviot Ranters, Cilla Fisher ,Silly Sisters and Oak - the list goes on - a fulfilling and haunting introduction to the great legacy of the folk tradition and Topic Records

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