Friday February 22, 2013
It’s been a long gestation but finally we can announce the first releases in a series of five album box sets.
With limited rack space available, few stores can stock artist’s catalogues in depth. Equally it’s increasingly difficult for labels to justify manufacturing the slower selling titles. Most acts have one or two titles in their catalogue that sell regularly but it’s invertible that other titles have a more limited demand.
To combat this, and keep albums available digitally in a higher sound quality format, Beggars Archive is introducing a series of 5 Album CD box sets. We’re aware this may be the last chance to present the albums as physical releases in the foreseeable future, so the sets are targeted at both fans and casual buyers who are interested in the artists but may not know their work in depth. Depending on the current status of the digital masters, some sets will feature re-mastered albums and additional bonus material, including un-released tracks if we have them. Additionally there will be entirely new compilations included where appropriate.
Contained in a ‘clamshell’ box, the individual albums are in vinyl replica wallets with colour labels and there will also be a six page booklet detailing all the credits from the original release, making them concise and economical packages to explore.
The series will be launched with artists from outside the four core Beggars Group labels and over the spring / summer will include sets from Gary Numan, The Charlatans, Bauhaus, The Fall, Love And Rockets, Natacha Atlas, Buffalo Tom, The Icicle Works, Gene Loves Jezebel and Fields Of The Nephilim.
Launching 13 May 2013 with…
Drawing on his later tenure at Beggars Banquet, this set covers the albums recorded between 1981 and 1983. In 1981, Numan announced his retirement from live performance, playing three farewell concerts at Wembley Arena just prior to the release of Dance. His retirement proved short-lived, but when he returned in 1982 with I, Assassin, some of his popularity had dissipated — perhaps because of the retirement announcement, perhaps because the charts were overflowing with synth pop, much of which was already expanding on Numan’s early innovations. I, Assassin was another Top Ten album, and “We Take Mystery (To Bed)” another hit, but in general Numan’s singles were starting to slip on the charts; the title track of 1983’s Warriors became his last British Top Ten hit.
1. Living Ornaments ’81 part 1
2. Living Ornaments ’81 part 2
4. I, Assassin
LOVE AND ROCKETS
A very comprehensive collection of the band’s recordings from their first incarnation 1985-1989. Under-appreciated in Europe (where the expectation was for these ex-members of Bauhaus to produce sombre, dark ‘Gothic’ music), Love And Rockets were capable of a far more colourful sonic palate, as these CD’s attest. Starting with their rocking-soul debut, a cover of ‘Ball Of Confusion’, they created a unique mélange of hard and soft psychedelia spiced with early rock ‘n’ roll, funk and general strangeness.
1. Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
4. Love And Rockets
The re-mastered CD with bonus tracks – previously unreleased in Europe
A new compilation of the ‘Swing’ EP (previously unreleased in Europe), rare single tracks, an unreleased studio recording, live recordings and The Bubblemen EP.
A straightforward re-package of Natacha’s first five solo albums. As a solo artist and as singer with Trans Global Underground, the Anglo-Egyptian singer has spent more than two decades fusing electronic beats with North African and Arabic music, finding links between seemingly disparate musical genres, exploring new and different sonic settings and working with a wealth of like-minded collaborators from across the world along the way. The resulting body of work is both a triumph of true multiculturalism and a testament to the richness and accessibility of Arabic culture. It is, indeed, an oeuvre unlike any other. Presiding over it all, of course, is Atlas’s extraordinary voice. Meltingly sensuous and gloriously passionate, delicate with melisma and microtones, it bridges Middle Eastern and Western styles with instinctive ease.
5. Something Dangerous
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