Top 2000, Trijntje Oosterhuis & Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw, Herman Brood & His Wild Romance, Modern Talking, Toploader, Amber Run, Billy Talent, Été 85
People in the Netherlands know it's almost Christmas time when the NPO Radio 2 Top 2000 pops up in conversations again. The nation's most popular radio media event traditionally starts on Christmas Day. This year, in collaboration with Universal Music NL, we're releasing 6 double albums containing a selection of the best songs that charted in the Top 2000. Definitely also interesting for international music lovers. This week sees the release of the first 3, with music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Expect to hear work from the likes of Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Queen. All records are pressed on different colours, each in a limited edition of 2000 copies. Sticking to the Christmas theme, we're also releasing Trijntje Oosterhuis & Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw's collaborative effort Wonderful Christmastime. It is available as a limited edition on gold vinyl.
Fellow Dutch act Herman Brood & His Wild Romance also have a new vinyl release coming out. Ciao Monkey is available as a limited edition on gold vinyl. The romance doesn't end there: Ready For Romance by Modern Talking is now available on transparent red vinyl. The package includes an insert and contains gold-spot varnish on the Modern Talking logo on the front cover. And what's more romantic than dancing in the moonlight on Toploader's brand new orange swirled vinyl version of Onka's Big Moka? This wonderful LP is out today as well.
British indie rock outfit Amber Run have reissued their renowned debut album 5am; it is available now on gold & amber swirled vinyl. Meanwhile, Canadian punk rockers Billy Talent release their second eponymous album Billy Talent II as a limited edition on white vinyl, with a booklet, exclusive prints by Henry Fong and a sleeve with a high quality leather feel.
There's also good news for movie junkies: the soundtrack to Été 85 (Summer of 85) is now available as a limited edition on solid orange vinyl. Fun fact: the film was originally called “Eté 84”, but was renamed because otherwise The Cure singer Robert Smith wouldn't grant director François Ozon permission to use “In Between Days”, a The Cure song that was originally released in 1985.
Onka's Big Moka is the debut studio album by English band Toploader, reaching #4 in the UK Album Chart. The song “Dancing in the Moonlight”, a cover of the King Harvest song, became a worldwide hit. Most of the music is similar to “Dancing” - with a modern, '70s-retro flair, sure to get you in the mood to either sing along or jump up and dance around.
Top 2000 - The 80's focuses on all the music from he list which saw the light in this fantastic decade. The 1980s saw the emergence of dance music and new wave, but also glam metal, thrash metal, hip-hop, and R&B. This album includes classics by Queen, Simple Minds, The Clash, Run-D.M.C., Level 42, Rush, and Elton John.
Amber Run is a British indie rock band from Nottingham, who released three albums and four EPs. They recorded their debut album throughout January and February 2014 with Sam Winfield and Brit Award-winning record producer Mike Crossey, who previously produced albums for Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, Foals, Keane, Jake Bugg and Yungblud.
Top 2000 - The 60's contains the best hits from the century in which the music industry saw its biggest change. It were the years some of the biggest bands in the history of music rose to fame, like The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Who, and Fleetwood Mac. Rock, pop, funk, soul and psychedelia all stand side by side on this release, with artists like James Brown, Nina Simone, David Bowie, Etta James, Elvis Presley, and Dusty Springfield.
Ready for Romance is the third studio album by German duo Modern Talking. The album spent five consecutive weeks atop the German chart and also topped the charts in Austria and Switzerland, while reaching the top 10 in Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. The album spawned two successful singles, “Brother Louie” and “Atlantis Is Calling (S.O.S. for Love)”.
From the day he was born, Herman Brood knew that he was born to rock the world with his fascinating personality and musical abilities. With his band The Wild Romance he brought rock 'n' roll to a higher level and performed with all the energy he possessed. His last official studio album Ciao Monkey is now exclusively available as an expanded edition. It´s the first time this Herman Brood record is pressed on vinyl.
Top 2000 - The 70's is an excellent collection of the best songs from the list coming from this century. Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hard Rock, and Disco all carved out their place in the music world in the 1970s. Some of the most famous musicians included on this 2LP are Queen, Blondie, John Lennon, The Clash, Dolly Parton, Toto, and Paul McCartney.
Trijntje Oosterhuis works on this album, also her return to the Blue Note label, together with the Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw. Together they have provided a number of Christmas classics with completely new arrangements.
Été 85 is the gay summer-of-love story to end them all and boasts a killer soundtrack including The Cure and is scored by non-other than Air's JB Dunckel. The movie is already considered the French answer to the tremendous success movie “Call Me By Your Name”.