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Universal release reissues and collections by Frank Zappa, Stereo MC's, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and Level 42. | FESTIVALPHOTO

Universal release reissues and collections by Frank Zappa, Stereo MC's, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and Level 42.


STARING AT THE SUN (1988) 3771606 (CD) / 3771607 (LPP


Level 42 were one of the most successful UK bands of the 1980s. Critically acclaimed, and quickly becoming international stars with their unique brand of pop-jazz-funk, their popularity has endured the intervening decades and, once again they are touring to sold out audiences across the UK and Europe. Three of their 10 studio albums for Polydor have, until now, not been given the full remastering and reissue treatment. This has been addressed with these three new issues, including all the b-sides and mixes, many of which are appearing on CD for the very first time.

Each include liner notes and a brand new interview with Mark King.

Level 42 will be on tour throughout the UK and Europe during October and November.



USM to re-issue the critically acclaimed ‘Apostrophe (‘)’ on 1LP

The ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST presents more freshly remastered music with the 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe (’) on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl. Cut directly from the original quarter-inch stereo analog master tapes, the special edition of the iconic 1974 album will be released on 20th October 2014.

Featuring definitive Zappa cuts “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Cosmik Debris” among its original nine tracks, Apostrophe (’) was Zappa’s highest-charting album, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The Gold-certified album has been remastered for vinyl by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and manufactured for the world at Pallas Group in Germany.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Apostrophe (’) continues the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST’s ongoing commitment to the restoration of Frank Zappa’s albums on audiophile quality vinyl. Joe Travers, Vaultmaster, Zappa Archives, is working on the new LP releases with Bellman.

Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The official biography:
Frank Zappa, American composer, fl. 1940-1993.


Expanded with Bonus and Unreleased Tracks
Remastered from the Original Multi-Track Tapes
Extensive New Sleevenotes

Siouxsie & The Banshees reissue their last 4 studio albums, all as remastered packages with bonus tracks. ‘Through The Looking Glass’, ‘Peepshow’, ‘Superstition’ and ‘The Rapture’ will be released on October 13th on Polydor / Universal Music Catalogue. These releases cover a period which saw a period of bold experimentation and musical exploration coinciding with the Banshees getting the notice they truly deserved in the USA, whilst retaining the feverish devotion of their fans at home.




Rob Birch and Stereo MC's availble for selected promo

A 10 disc CD and DVD celebration of the influential, innovative hip-hop and dance act Stereo MC's will be released globally on October 27th 2014 via UMC.

The Stereo MC’s were the first British group to take hip-hop to stadiums. They have remained resolutely true to themselves and have produced some of the most stunning, inventive music to emanate from the UK in the past three decades.

Relocating to London in the mid 80s, Nottingham-born childhood friends Nick Hallam and Rob Birch soon started making music together that owed little to the glam and punk rock musical tastes of their youth. Heavily influenced by hip-hop and what would become known as urban music, the duo painstakingly taught themselves how to loop beats (initially on an old music centre complete with a cassette deck). Soon learning to sample, the pair (with long-term fellow traveller Owen If on drums, and later, Cath Coffey on vocals) got a deal with the fabled Island Records. Within a handful of years, they had a No. 2 UK album with Connected and were playing as U2’s guests on the Zooropa tour, high on the bill at Glastonbury and winning two Brit Awards in one evening. They have gone on to produce four further high quality albums and are in much demand as a live attraction.

This handsome 9 CDs + 1 DVD set brings together more or less everything recorded by the group to date, plus three brand new tracks. Here fans can enjoy their first tentative steps on 1989’s 33 45 78, their breakthrough album Supernatural, the 1992 Brit Award winning Connected, its long-awaited follow up, Deep Down & Dirty from 2001, together with the albums Paradise, Double Bubble and Emperors’ Nightingale from the past decade. The live-in-concert Connected video is included in the package to sample the unstoppable force that the Stereo MCs are live, alongside all of their promotional videos. To add to this, there are 2 disc’s worth of rare and unheard tracks and remixes, and importantly three brand new tracks, ‘Good Feeling,’ ‘Dance Tonight’ and ‘Autumn Leaves’ recorded in the group’s Brixton studio earlier this year.

The lavish package contains a brand new 32 page book featuring unseen images, memorabilia and an interview with Nick Hallam and Rob Birch telling their story in their own words. After all that the band have achieved it’s time to stay tuned, because in the words of the band “We’ve got our best music to come.”

Also available as a digital set

Skribent: Anthony May
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