Altered Images - Pinky Blue LP
Includes bonus BLUE VINYL 7inch
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Released 24th February 2017
Remastered and pressed on 180g vinyl this collectors edition includes a bonus BLUE vinyl 7inch single of the single edit of 'I Could Be Happy' and 'Insects' from the 'I Could Be Happy' 12inch single. The album features the singles 'I Could Be Happy', 'See Those Eyes' and 'Pinky Blue'.
Originally released in May 1982, 'Pinky Blue' came hot on the heels of the 'Happy Birthday' album. Barely six months had passed since its release in September 1981 but 'Pinky Blue' saw Martin Rushent at the helm as producer for the whole project after his success on the 'Happy Birthday' single.
After a very successful headline tour the band ended 1981 with numerous awards; N.M.E's 'Best New Group' and Smash Hits 'Most Promising Act'.
The bands musical style had moved on from their post punk roots to more straight forward pop. But this never phased their stalwart supporter John Peel who continued to champion the band. The inclusion of Neil Diamonds 'Song Sung Blue' raised a few eyebrows, but i think people missed its intended tongue-in-cheek.
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Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band - Big Machine 2LP
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Released 3rd February 2017
Pressed on two 180g vinyl discs with a heavyweight gatefold sleeve and full colour inner bags.
Pioneering English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza Carthy, first assembled the Wayward Band in 2013 in order to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk music; 'the last truly underground music scene'.To do this Eliza put together a team of hugely talented people from across the UK, and set out on the road to promote her 'Best Of' compilation, 'Wayward Daughter,' which coincided with a biography of the same name.
Since then, the band has become a festival favourite, and Eliza has been awarded the MBE for services to folk music. Eliza and the Wayward Band loved playing together so much it seemed natural and inevitable, as well as characteristically ambitious, that this 12-piece would set about recording an album.
Early in 2016 they did just that. 'Big Machine' is the result and the renowned Real World and Rockfield Studios are where it all happened. 'Big Machine', with production handled by Jim Sutherland. The material represents a healthy slice of everything good that is happening in traditional music now, across a sparkling spectrum of sound. A very Big picture, a Big Machine firing on all cylinders. 'Big Machine' is one of Eliza Carthy's most adventurous and accomplished works to date -- and given that Eliza is the most passionate and groundbreaking English traditional singer of her generation, 'Big Machine' is an album you really won't want to miss.
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