Billy Talent, Buddy Guy, Desmond Dekker & The Specials, Wipers, Shocking Blue and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
While last week's releases had somewhat of a blues- and soundtrack theme going on, this week we're focusing on rock-driven albums. Whether you're into blues, punk or a touch of ska, it's all here.
Back in 2016, Toronto-based punk rockers Billy Talent released their fifth album Afraid of Heights. Today we're releasing it on limited edition (3000 copies only) “bloody mary” coloured vinyl. It is housed in a UV matte finished gatefold sleeve, which also contains a 4-page booklet and an exclusive art print by Igor Hofbauer. We've also got some punk in the shape of Wipers. We're releasing their acclaimed fourth studio album Land of the Lost as a limited edition of 1000 numbered copies on yellow coloured vinyl!
Dutch rock band Shocking Blue released their fourth album, ironically called 3rd Album, in 1971. Featuring the hit “Shocking You” as well as six bonus tracks, this album is now released as a limited edition of 1500 numbered copies on turquoise vinyl.
In 1993, Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter Desmond Dekker released King of Kings with English ska band The Specials. Now, almost three decades later, we're releasing it as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on “Trojan Records” orange coloured vinyl.
We're releasing Buddy Guy's eighth studio album Feels Like Rain on vinyl today. Produced by John Porter and featuring collaborations with John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers and Travis Tritt, this album is a must have for fans of the blues genre.
And finally, one soundtrack to add to your collection. It's The Man from U.N.C.L.E, the 2015 Guy Ritchie film featuring incredible jazz & swing music. The 2 LP package contains a 4-page booklet and is now available on solid yellow vinyl. Don't hesitate, as this is a limited edition of only 1000 numbered copies.
Land of the Lost is the band's fourth studio album. It was very well received, with Maximum Rocknroll praising the title track for being “heavier and riffier” than the band had ever sounded before. Spin Alternative Record Guide called the album “the most definitive Wipers record for sound and songwriting”.
Shocking Blue was a Dutch rockband from The Hague that was at their peak in the sixties and seventies and gained major cross-Atlantic success. 3rd Album is, strangely enough, not their third full-length album but their fourth. It was originally released in 1971. This reissue comes with six bonus tracks consisting of singles and b-sides.
In the 1993, Desmond Dekker released the collaborative album King of Kings with English ska band The Specials through the famous reggae label Trojan Records. Released under the name Desmond Dekker and The Specials, King of Kings consists of songs by Dekker's musical heroes including Byron Lee, Theophilus Beckford, Jimmy Cliff, and his friend and fellow Kong label artist, Derrick Morgan.
American blues guitarist Buddy Guy released his eighth studio album Feels Like Rain in 1993. It was produced by John Porter, whom had previously worked with The Smiths, Bryan Ferry and Killing Joke. The album features Guy's take on songs written by the likes of John Hiatt, John Fogerty, James Brown, Ray Charles and Guy's frequent collaborator Junior Wells. He also collaborated with some renowned musicians: John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers and Travis Tritt can all be heard on this album.
Director Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Ivor Novello-winning and multi-BAFTA nominated composer Daniel Pemberton (known for “The Awakening” and the Sundance Jury winning “Enemies Of The People”) created an exciting soundtrack with relaxing lounge instrumentals full of Jazz and Swing elements. Moreover, the soundtrack contains seven original classics like “Compared To What” by Roberta Flack and “Take Care Of Business” by Nina Simone.
Toronto-based punk rockers Billy Talent released their fifth studio album Afraid of Heights in 2016. Preceded by the strong singles “Afraid of Heights”, “Louder than the DJ” and “Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats”, the album became both a critical and a commercial success. It hit number 1 on the album charts in several countries including their native Canada.