Wednesday December 21, 2011
We’re delighted to be issuing the Cocteau Twins’ compilation Stars And Topsoil as a double vinyl LP on 6th February. Based around the artwork for the original CD release, there are notes by the author Alan Warner (read this man! Try The Sopranos) and this first edition is pressed on heavy, white vinyl. Disc mastering is by John Dent
One thing that was never corrected from the original sleeve is the players’ credits. Robin is listed as ‘guitars’ and Simon as ‘bass’ but in reality both contributed piano, bass and guitars (and more) across the history of the recordings. So now you know.
In the USA the release is on regular, black vinyl but there will be copies of the European white vinyl edition available from the 4AD STORE
UK based stores include
As regular readers know, we’re not fans of the quality of mp3 but the reality it’s uneconomical to make (and keep) many items available in physical format, so it’s a practical compromise. The first release has a story attached…
PARCHMAN SINGLES and PARCHMAN DYSTOPIA – Download only
Ivor Perry was in the band Easterhouse) who released albums on Rough Trade in the 80’s (and was considered as a replacement for Johnny Marr in The Smiths). Influenced by the Manchester club scene, he moved into a dark electronica, releasing two singles on CityBeat (from whence sprang XL Recordings) and, after the demise of CityBeat, a further two releases on the Vector imprint. Only a couple of these were on CD, so now all the recordings have been collected on a singles compilation. Earlier this year Ivor got in touch requesting digital copies of his recordings (he only had vinyl) and he also mentioned an unreleased album. If memory serves, there was a staff change at the label so the album was shelved. While sorting through the DAT’s there was seemingly a track called Dystopia but it transpired this was the potential title for the album, which was all there, mixed and sequenced. Consequently, nearly 20 years later, we are finally releasing the music.
BAUHAUS THIS IS FOR WHEN – Download only
Now that the MASK Omnibus box set has sold out, we’re making the live album available as a download. This was recorded in London in 1981, when Bauhaus were arguably at the pinnacle of their power, it is the entire show remixed by Mark Wallis with Pete Edwards in 2008 and featuring some of their most intense recorded performances. A treat.