Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs LP
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Released 25th August 2017
Vinyl180's first release from the Topic Records archives sees Penguin Eggs pressed on 180g vinyl with a newly designed inner bag. Initial 500 copies pressed on WHITE vinyl.
Rarely do records have such an impact as much as Penguin Eggs did on its initial release. Accolades are far too often handed out undeserved, terms such as; a classic, the greatest, the best ever
numerous but never truly warranted, but in the case of Penguin Eggs its more than justified.
Heralded as one of the finest folk musicians and singers England has ever produced. Nics lyrical style of singing and his percussive and fingerstyle rhythmic guitar and fiddle playing have been widely imitated throughout the years but never equalled. Nic has also appeared as a guest musician on albums by the leading lights of English Folk, June Tabor, Shirley Collins, Richard Thompson and Barbara Dickson.
Penguin Eggs is a wonderful album, originally released in 1980, and named Folk Album Of The Year by both Melody Maker and Folk Roots and voted in 2001 by BBC Folk Show Mark Harding listeners as the 2nd 'Best Folk Album Of All Time'.
Kate Rusby says this is her favourite album of all time and his influence abounds on many subsequent albums, most notably on Bob Dylans 1992 album 'Good As I Been To You', where Dylans version of Penguin Eggs opening track "Canadee-I-O
is th subject of much controversy as to the similarity with Nic arrangements of the song.
Sadly Nics recording and performing career was tragically cut short when, returning home after a gig a Glossop Folk Festival in February 1982 he was involved in a serious traffic accident that left Nic in intensive care and hospitalised for some eight months. His injuries were to such an extent that Nic only now performs for his own pleasure. A truly tragic loss to the whole Folk World.
The rarity of Nics recordings only adds to their status as truly remarkable. A cornerstone in the history of English Folk.
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The Lotus Eaters - No Sense Of Sin
Vinyl LP released 30th June 2017
Pressed on 180g vinyl in newly designed gatefold sleeve with the original handscripted inner bag the initial pressings include a BONUS WHITE VINYL 7inch with the bands singles 'It Hurts' and 'You Don't Need Someone New' both of which did not feature on the original pressings of 'No Sense Of Sin'.
The whole project has been under the careful tutelage of Jem Kelly, who's attic was raided to find the original 1/4 inch master tapes for the remastering. Louis Vincent has also kindly supplied brand new sleeve notes for this edition.
Originally released on the bands own Arista subsidiary label Sylvan Records in 1984, the album was preceded by the single 'First Picture Of You'. The most played track on BBC Radio 1 in that long hot summer of 1983, the band who had never played a live gig, had previously done a session for the late Radio DJ John Peel, songs being hastily written in the spirit of the moment for that now legendary session.
After signing to Arista on their own subsiduary label Sylvan, the resulting album captured the bands sound perfectly, encompassing Jems desire to expand on his previous work with The Wild Swans extending the melodic driven dynamic and Peters lyrics are an honest attempt to capture the intricacies of human relations. People forget these were two young musicians in the early twenties writing and this innocence gives the album its freshness that some saw as a weakness. The polished production being too much for some the band were misunderstood in some quarters and struggled in the UK to build on the success of First Picture. Touring extensively in the UK and in Europe the band have achieved cult status in France and Italy achieving three Top10 hits.
The band split up in 1985 but have reformed for selective shows over the years, July 2009 live at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool and August 2016 with Martyn Ware BEF at Rewind North Festival being the most recent.
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Altered Images - Bite 2LP
Includes bonus disc of extended mixes
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Released 21st July 2017
Remastered and pressed on two 180g vinyls for this 2LP special edition. The bonus disc contains 6 tracks including the Extended versions of the singles 'Don't Talk To Me About Love' and 'Bring Me Closer' plus an alternative studio recording of 'Another Lost Look'.
'Surprise Me', 'I Don't Want To Know' and 'Thinking About You' make up the final 3 songs on the second disc.
After the success of the bands previous two albums 'Happy Birthday' and 'Pinky Blue', Bite saw a change in musical direction. Gone was the earlier post punk sound and now the songs were becoming far more polished with a pure pop pedigree. To that end Mike Chapman and Tony Visconti were brought in to produce the album. Mike Chapman had produced Blondie's 'Parallel Lines' album and Tony Visconti had been working with David Bowie, so the duo's involvement was seem by many as a move to bring the band to the forefront of the post punk 80's pop scene
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