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Jehnny Beth – To Love Is To Live
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To Love Is To Live opens with a brooding, swirling, synth–laden intro, replete with slightly compressed piano keys that sound so unmistakably Atticus Ross that you wonder for a moment if you’re listening to a Fincher/Reznor film soundtrack. Then, Jehnny Beth’s distinctive voice enters the mix. It’s possessed of a distinctly androgynous quality that reminds us of late period Bowie. And interestingly, some of the compositions here are somewhat reminiscent of Bowie’s final release ‘Blackstar’.

The electronic elements of the album have a spectral quality. The industrial moments recall some of the early 90s' most blistering releases. It’s a transcendent album. If you haven’t yet listened, do. We think it’s an early candidate for album of the decade.

Released: 2020
Genre: Electronic / Industrial / Post punk
Label: Caroline Records
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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The Temptations – Cloud Nine
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Cloud Nine is the ninth studio album by American musical group The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, and was released in 1969. The album is a watershed for several reasons: It is the first regular Temptations studio LP to feature Dennis Edwards as the replacement for David Ruffin, who was fired in June 1968. In addition, it marks the beginning of the Temptations' four-year delve into psychedelia recording, at the behest of producer Norman Whitfield, in a fusion genre referred to as "psychedelic soul."

The album went to #4 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and led to the group receiving their first Grammy Award, though some of the album is made up of more standard Temptations fare, most of which is relegated to the flip side of the LP. "Why Did She Have to Leave Me (Why Did She Have to Go)" features Dennis Edwards delivering a Ruffin-esque lead on a slow ballad, and the Eddie Kendricks-led "I Need Your Lovin'" also finds the group in familiar surroundings. Edwards, Kendricks, and Melvin Franklin share the lead on "Love is a Hurtin' Thing", while "I Gotta Find a Way (To Get You Back)" is a showcase for Edwards alone.

Released: 1969
Genre: Soul
Label: Gordy
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness' First Finale
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Widely considered one of the best albums from his "classic period", Fulfillingness' First Finale is Stevie Wonder's nineteenth album overall, and seventeenth studio album. Subsequent to the epic sweep and social consciousness of "Innervisions", Fulfillingness' First Finale projected a reflective, decidedly somber tone. While masterly, the musical arrangements used in several songs could be considered sparse in comparison to others among his 1970s masterworks, especially in the bleak "They Won't Go When I Go" and understated "Creepin'".

Though Fulfillingness' First Finale was largely a stripped down and more personal sounding record, Wonder had not completely foregone social commentary on the world around him. The Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "You Haven't Done Nothin'" launched a pointed criticism of the Nixon administration bolstered by a clavinet, drum machine, and a Jackson 5 cameo. The album won three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, was voted #413 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's "All Time Top 1000 Albums", and was included in the much-loved reference book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die."

Released: 1974
Genre: Soul
Label: Tamla
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Nas – Nas
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The untitled ninth studio album by American rapper Nas had a controversial beginning, when its originally proposed title was changed due to controversy surrounding the racial epithet - though the artist himself has stated that "...the people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it." The cover of the album shows the back of a shirtless Nas with flagellation scars forming the shape of the letter N, a reference to both the racial slur and how slaves were tortured.

The album itself is distinguished for its political content, diverse sources of production, and provocative subject matter, and features guest appearances from Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Busta Rhymes, and The Game, among others. Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and called it a "sprawling, furious, deeply ambivalent theme album about institutional racism, the failures of black leadership and the pathologies and promise of early-21st-century African-American life."

Released: 2008
Genre: Rap
Label: Def Jam
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine!
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Marvin Gaye famously helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player, and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". Tragically, the day before his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot dead by his father after an argument. Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honours including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine! was his eighth studio album; Originally released as "In the Groove", it was the first solo studio album Gaye released in two years, an interim in which the singer had emerged as a successful duet partner with female R&B singers such as Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell. The album and its title track are both considered to be an inflection point in Gaye's commercial breakthrough.

Released: 1968
Genre: Soul
Label: Tamla
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Crowded House – Intriguer
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Active from 1985 to 1996, Crowded House had consistent commercial and critical success in Australia and New Zealand, and international chart success in two phases, beginning with a self-titled debut album that reached #12 on the US Album Chart in 1987 and provided the Top Ten hits "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong".

In June 1996, Crowded House announced that it would disband, however in 2006 the group re-formed with new drummer Matt Sherrod and released two further albums, including Intriguer. The album was very well received by professional critics and the public, including British newspaper The Times who wrote that "it goes shoulder to shoulder with their best materials" and Billboard, who opined that "Finn's durable songcraft never fails to enthrall."

Released: 2010
Genre: Pop / Rock
Label: Fantasy
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Roy Orbison – Cry Softly Lonely One
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Roy Orbison: an eccentric yet beloved artist, known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O", and many of his songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project defiant masculinity. He was also known for his shyness and stage fright, countering these by wearing dark sunglasses.

This was his his twelfth album in what was a prolific career; and typical of his style, which was described (like the man himself) as "...timeless, diverting from contemporary rock and roll and bordering on the eccentric, and within a hair's breadth of being weird."

Released: 1967
Genre: Rock / Pop
Label: MGMl
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Cream – Live Cream (Vol 1)
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Formed from members of previously successful bands and featuring one of the world's best known guitarists in Eric Clapton, Cream are widely regarded as the world's first supergroup and were highly regarded for the instrumental proficiency of each of their members.

Live Cream (Vol 1) is a live compilation album comprising four live tracks recorded in 1968 and one studio track "Lawdy Mama" from 1967. The instrumental track for "Lawdy Mama" is the same as heard on "Strange Brew" with a different vocal and guitar solo by Eric Clapton. In a 1970 review, Rolling Stone magazine called Live Cream (Vol 1) "an excellent album" and "well-recorded, controlled, and tense; the timing of the band can capture the listener with an excitement that has nothing to do with nostalgia".

Released: 1970
Genre: Rock / Blues
Label: Atco
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
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Here Come the Warm Jets is the debut solo album by British musician Brian Eno, released on Island Records in January 1974. It was recorded and produced by Eno following his departure from the band Roxy Music, and blends glam and pop stylings with avant-garde approaches.

The album's title was believed to be a slang term for urination, though in an interview with Mojo magazine in 1996, Eno said that it came from a description he wrote for the treated guitar on the title track; he called it "warm jet guitar ... because the guitar sounded like a tuned jet." Critical reception for the album was mostly positive, with praise focused on its experimental tendencies. Critic Lester Bangs of Creem declared it "incredible," and noted that "the predominant feel is a strange mating of edgy dread with wild first-time-out exuberance."

Released: 1974
Genre: Glam Rock / Art Pop
Label: Island
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Bob Marley & The Wailers – Survival [Vinyl]
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Survival is an album with an outwardly militant theme, and some critics speculate that this was due in part to criticism Marley received for the laid-back, ganja-soaked atmosphere of his previous release, "Kaya", which seemed to sidetrack the urgency of his message.

Some notable examples are "Africa Unite", where Marley proclaims Pan-African solidarity, and "Zimbabwe", a hymn dedicated to later-independent Rhodesia, which was performed at Zimbabwe's Independence Celebration in 1980, just after the official declaration of Zimbabwe's independence. Survival was originally to be called "Black Survival" to underscore the urgency of African unity, but the name was shortened to prevent misinterpretations of the album's theme.

Released: 1979
Genre: Reggae
Label: Island
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Frank Sinatra – Sinatra '65
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Francis Albert Sinatra - better known as Frank, or "Ol' Blue Eyes" - was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Robert Christgau referred to Sinatra as "the greatest singer of the 20th century", and his popularity is matched only by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson. For acclaimed American author and Broadway theatre manager Tom Santopietro, Sinatra was the "greatest male pop singer in the history of America".

This album is a collection of some of Sinatra's best-known singles and sessions, highlighted by the hits "Luck Be a Lady", "Anytime At All", "Somewhere In Your Heart", "Stay With Me", and "Tell Her (You Love Her Each Day)."

Released: 1965
Genre: Jazz
Label: Reprise
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness' First Finale
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Widely considered one of the best albums from his "classic period", Fulfillingness' First Finale is Stevie Wonder's nineteenth album overall, and seventeenth studio album. Subsequent to the epic sweep and social consciousness of "Innervisions", Fulfillingness' First Finale projected a reflective, decidedly somber tone. While masterly, the musical arrangements used in several songs could be considered sparse in comparison to others among his 1970s masterworks, especially in the bleak "They Won't Go When I Go" and understated "Creepin'".

Though Fulfillingness' First Finale was largely a stripped down and more personal sounding record, Wonder had not completely foregone social commentary on the world around him. The Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "You Haven't Done Nothin'" launched a pointed criticism of the Nixon administration bolstered by a clavinet, drum machine, and a Jackson 5 cameo. The album won three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, was voted #413 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's "All Time Top 1000 Albums", and was included in the much-loved reference book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die."

Released: 1974
Genre: Soul
Label: Tamla
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Jimmy Cliff – The Best Of Jimmy Cliff
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Jimmy Cliff, legendary Jamaican ska and reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor is (along with Bunny Wailer) one of only two living musicians to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. He starred in the film "The Harder They Come", which helped popularise reggae across the world, and was one of five performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

This compilation of his best-known works includes the singles "Wild World" (a famous cover of the Cat Stevens song), and "The Harder They Come", first recorded for the soundtrack of the 1972 movie of the same name.

Released: 2017
Genre: Reggae
Label: Island
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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ABBA – The Album
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ABBA: The Album is the fifth studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA. The album was released in conjunction with ABBA: The Movie, with several of the songs featured in the film. The album includes three songs from ABBA's 1977 tour mini-musical "The Girl with the Golden Hair", performed during each of their European and Australian shows in 1977.

Andersson and Ulvaeus wanted to offer more than "a run through of their hits and assorted album tracks" for their concerts, and although the songs received a less-than-tumultuous reception during the first performances of the mini-musical, three of the tracks ("Thank You for the Music", "I'm a Marionette", and "I Wonder (Departure)" were included on the new album. Interestingly, due to the Cold War, Western music was actively discouraged throughout Eastern Europe at the time. Despite this, ABBA: The Album sold an unprecedented one million copies in Poland in 1977, exhausting the country's entire allocation of foreign currency. In Russia, only 200,000 copies were permitted to be pressed; however, demand within the USSR indicated they could have sold 40 million copies.

Released: 1977
Genre: Rock / Pop
Label: Polar
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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The Temptations – Cloud Nine
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Cloud Nine is the ninth studio album by American musical group The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, and was released in 1969. The album is a watershed for several reasons: It is the first regular Temptations studio LP to feature Dennis Edwards as the replacement for David Ruffin, who was fired in June 1968. In addition, it marks the beginning of the Temptations' four-year delve into psychedelia recording, at the behest of producer Norman Whitfield, in a fusion genre referred to as "psychedelic soul."

The album went to #4 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and led to the group receiving their first Grammy Award, though some of the album is made up of more standard Temptations fare, most of which is relegated to the flip side of the LP. "Why Did She Have to Leave Me (Why Did She Have to Go)" features Dennis Edwards delivering a Ruffin-esque lead on a slow ballad, and the Eddie Kendricks-led "I Need Your Lovin'" also finds the group in familiar surroundings. Edwards, Kendricks, and Melvin Franklin share the lead on "Love is a Hurtin' Thing", while "I Gotta Find a Way (To Get You Back)" is a showcase for Edwards alone.

Released: 1969
Genre: Soul
Label: Gordy
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Queen – A Day At The Races
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A Day at the Races is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Queen, was the band's first completely self-produced album and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. It serves as a companion to the band's previous album, "A Night at the Opera", both taking their names from Marx Brothers films, as well as sharing similar packaging and eclectic musical themes.

Featuring the hugely popular hit single "Somebody to Love", the album was described by The Washington Post as "...a judicious blend of heavy metal rockers and classically influenced, almost operatic, torch songs." In 2006, a national BBC poll saw A Day at the Races voted the 67th greatest album of all time. The same year, in a worldwide Guinness and NME poll to find the "Greatest 100 Albums of All Time", A Day at the Races was voted #87.

Released: 1976
Genre: Rock
Label: Virgin
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine!
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Marvin Gaye famously helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player, and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". Tragically, the day before his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot dead by his father after an argument. Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honours including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine! was his eighth studio album; Originally released as "In the Groove", it was the first solo studio album Gaye released in two years, an interim in which the singer had emerged as a successful duet partner with female R&B singers such as Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell. The album and its title track are both considered to be an inflection point in Gaye's commercial breakthrough.

Released: 1968
Genre: Soul
Label: Tamla
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Public Enemy – It Take A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
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Public Enemy made somewhat of a splash with their debut record ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show’, but it was barely an amuse-bouche for the imperious brilliance of It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. The record spans countless genres and styles, and credits more than eighty samples in the liner notes.

Chuck D and Flavor Flav combine to great effect, aided by the furious turntablism of Terminator X and completely ferocious production from The Bomb Squad. Its themes, for better or worse, are still as relevant now as they were over 30 years ago upon its release. If you want to examine the genesis of modern hip hop, this is a very good place to start.

Released: 1988
Genre: Hip Hop
Label: Def Jam
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Big Star – Radio City
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Radio City was Big Star’s sophomore release and followed '#1 Record' two years down the line, but suffered from the same frustrating commercial issues as its predecessor, mostly as a result of (the band’s label) Ardent Record’s struggles to stay afloat and an inability to distribute their artists successfully.

Fans familiar with the band’s first album will note that the sound of Radio City is a lot more rough and ready. This is generally attributed to the absence of Chris Bell, whose harmonies and production flourishes are notably absent from the record after he opted to pursue a solo career through the mid 70s, then sadly died at the age of 27 a few years on.

William Ruhlmann summed up the two albums succinctly, stating that it's "Alex Chilton's urgency (sometimes desperation) on songs that made his case as a genuine rock & roll eccentric. If ‘#1 Record' had a certain pop perfection that brought everything together, Radio City was the sound of everything falling apart, which proved at least as compelling."


Released: 1974
Genre: Pop
Label: Ardent
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
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Here Come the Warm Jets is the debut solo album by British musician Brian Eno, released on Island Records in January 1974. It was recorded and produced by Eno following his departure from the band Roxy Music, and blends glam and pop stylings with avant-garde approaches.

The album's title was believed to be a slang term for urination, though in an interview with Mojo magazine in 1996, Eno said that it came from a description he wrote for the treated guitar on the title track; he called it "warm jet guitar ... because the guitar sounded like a tuned jet." Critical reception for the album was mostly positive, with praise focused on its experimental tendencies. Critic Lester Bangs of Creem declared it "incredible," and noted that "the predominant feel is a strange mating of edgy dread with wild first-time-out exuberance."

Released: 1974
Genre: Glam Rock / Art Pop
Label: Island
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Cream – Live Cream (Vol 1)
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Formed from members of previously successful bands and featuring one of the world's best known guitarists in Eric Clapton, Cream are widely regarded as the world's first supergroup and were highly regarded for the instrumental proficiency of each of their members.

Live Cream (Vol 1) is a live compilation album comprising four live tracks recorded in 1968 and one studio track "Lawdy Mama" from 1967. The instrumental track for "Lawdy Mama" is the same as heard on "Strange Brew" with a different vocal and guitar solo by Eric Clapton. In a 1970 review, Rolling Stone magazine called Live Cream (Vol 1) "an excellent album" and "well-recorded, controlled, and tense; the timing of the band can capture the listener with an excitement that has nothing to do with nostalgia".

Released: 1970
Genre: Rock / Blues
Label: Atco
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
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The Killers are considered one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, and the most successful act to ever emerge from Nevada, selling more than 28 million albums. They have performed in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium and Glastonbury Festival in both 2007 and 2019.

Wonderful Wonderful is their fifth studio album, their fifth consecutive album to top the UK Albums Chart, and also their first album to top the Billboard 200, moving 118,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. Writing a four-star review for NME, Barry Nicolson said, "As a songwriter, Flowers has never been particularly guarded about himself – he's neurotic, driven, sentimental and sometimes corny – but he bares more on Wonderful Wonderful than ever before, and the result is the band's best album since 2006's "Sam's Town". It might get lonely at the top, but the Killers aren't going anywhere just yet."

Released: 2017
Genre: Rock / Alternative
Label: Island
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Eminem – Encore
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Encore is the fifth studio album by American rapper Eminem, and as reflected on the album cover - Eminem taking a bow - the album was widely considered at the time to be his final album of new material (though it clearly turned out not to be the case).

Encore provoked some controversy over anti-Bush lyrics and lyrics that parodied and targeted Michael Jackson, as well as the usual profanities, violent and sexual content and drug references. Regardless, the legendary critic Robert Christgau said Eminem still sounded "funny, catchy and clever, and irreverent past his allotted time", noting that even the bonus tracks "keep on pushing".

Released: 2004
Genre: Rap
Label: Aftermath
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Jehnny Beth – To Love Is To Live
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To Love Is To Live opens with a brooding, swirling, synth–laden intro, replete with slightly compressed piano keys that sound so unmistakably Atticus Ross that you wonder for a moment if you’re listening to a Fincher/Reznor film soundtrack. Then, Jehnny Beth’s distinctive voice enters the mix. It’s possessed of a distinctly androgynous quality that reminds us of late period Bowie. And interestingly, some of the compositions here are somewhat reminiscent of Bowie’s final release ‘Blackstar’.

The electronic elements of the album have a spectral quality. The industrial moments recall some of the early 90s' most blistering releases. It’s a transcendent album. If you haven’t yet listened, do. We think it’s an early candidate for album of the decade.

Released: 2020
Genre: Electronic / Industrial / Post punk
Label: Caroline Records
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Emeli Sandé – Our Version Of Events
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Sandé was first exposed to Nina Simone at the age of eight, hearing her perform the song "Why?" after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. When asked about Our Version of Events, her debut album, Sandé said she wanted people to see every side of her as an artist, so it was important to have songs where there could be a real connection with the lyrics, rather than just being throwaway pop music: "When I listen to commercial stuff at the moment, I'm just thinking 'haven't you heard Nina Simone, haven't you heard how a song should be written?"

Upon its release, critics spoke of the album as reflective of Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige and George Michael, and that "it's hard to imagine Sandé was destined to do anything else in life. Better yet, it sounds like she's only just got started."

Released: 2012
Genre: R&B / Soul / Pop
Label: Virgin
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Sam Hunt – Montevallo
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Montevallo is the debut studio album by American country music singer Sam Hunt. The album's name is a nod to the town of Montevallo, Alabama, the hometown of Hunt's wife, Hannah Lee Fowler, and many of the songs on the album are inspired by their relationship challenges.

Upon release, Montevallo received positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who drew heavy attention to Hunt's incorporation of hip hop, R&B, and pop music elements into the project. Elias Leight from Billboard provided a favourable review, saying that "eighty percent of this album could compete easily in the top 40...[and] comes from a guy with a hit on the country charts, but has little to identify it as country."

Released: 2014
Genre: Pop / Country
Label: MCA Nashville
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Phoenix – Ti Amo
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One of France's best known modern musical exports, Phoenix describe their sixth album variously as based on "...our European, Latin roots, a fantasised version of Italy", that the songs focus on "simple, pure emotions: love, desire, lust, and innocence", and that that the album recalls "summer and Italian discos".

Ti Amo has been described as featuring synth-pop and Italo disco throughout, and received generally positive reviews from critics, though it was a relatively modest commercial success, peaking at #17 in France and within the top 40 in Australia, Belgium, and Switzerland.

Released: 2017
Genre: Indie
Label: Loyauté
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Rattlin' Bones
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Starting out as a member of family country music group (with her brother and parents) Dead Ringer Band from 1992 to 1998, Kasey Chambers went on to have a spectacularly successful solo career thereafter. Five of her twelve studio albums have reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, in November 2018 she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and she has won an additional fourteen ARIA Music Awards, including nine for Best Country Album.

Rattlin' Bones is the first collaboration album between Chambers and the Australian singer Shane Nicholson, to whom she was once married. Country Universe named Rattlin' Bones as the second-best country album of the decade, and Frank Gutch Jnr of No Depression declaimed that "...[it] could be the soundtrack of the Old West, or themes from the old mountain lifestyle. They have it down, from the sparing use of mandolin and the at times Everly Brothers harmonies to the dirt-beneath-the-fingernails aura."

Released: 2008
Genre: Country / Folk
Label: Liberation
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Jon Stevens – Starlight [Vinyl]
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Best known for his work through the 80s with Noiseworks and Jesus Christ Superstar, in 2016 Jon Stevens teamed up with Dave Stewart from Eurythmics to write and record a new album called Starlight. Rolling Stone said at the time, "...if you're looking for a pub gig in an album, Jon Stevens has delivered. That said, it's the sort of gig you're likely to talk over some of the time – a solid backdrop of classic soul, blues, country and rock that amps up the atmosphere without monopolising your attentions."

Released: 2017
Genre: Rock
Label: Liberator
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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You Me At Six – Night People
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After ten straight years of touring that culminated in an arena tour to support their fourth album ‘Cavalier Youth’, You Me At Six took a break from their rigorous, nonstop album / tour / album / tour cycle.

The time off doesn’t seem to have blunted their life–affirming vigour though, with the stomp and swagger of ‘Night People’ opening proceedings, the towering chorus of ‘Make Your Move’ showing that they still know how to pen an anthem, whilst the barnstorming balladry of ‘Take on the World’ takes a page from Mumford and Sons’ stylistic playbook.

Released: 2017
Genre: Pop / Rock
Label: Infectious
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Big Star – Radio City
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Radio City was Big Star’s sophomore release and followed '#1 Record' two years down the line, but suffered from the same frustrating commercial issues as its predecessor, mostly as a result of (the band’s label) Ardent Record’s struggles to stay afloat and an inability to distribute their artists successfully.

Fans familiar with the band’s first album will note that the sound of Radio City is a lot more rough and ready. This is generally attributed to the absence of Chris Bell, whose harmonies and production flourishes are notably absent from the record after he opted to pursue a solo career through the mid 70s, then sadly died at the age of 27 a few years on.

William Ruhlmann summed up the two albums succinctly, stating that it's "Alex Chilton's urgency (sometimes desperation) on songs that made his case as a genuine rock & roll eccentric. If ‘#1 Record' had a certain pop perfection that brought everything together, Radio City was the sound of everything falling apart, which proved at least as compelling."


Released: 1974
Genre: Pop
Label: Ardent
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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(Sandy) Alex G House of Sugar Vinyl
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Listening to an Alex G record for the first time can be a little disorientating. The often murky production, the vignette-style track sequencing and wispy structures can make it hard to know whether the music’s coming or going. But that’s what Alex G’s most devout supporters love about his style, and it’s probably part of the reason Frank Ocean taps him on the shoulder when he’s ready to make an album.

Gorgeous production and Elliott Smith-esque vocals are the order of the day here, and House of Sugar will undoubtedly keep you coming back listen after listen until it’s acoustic hooks have buried themselves in your grey matter with unshakeable permanence.

Released: 2019
Genre: Indie
Label: Domino
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

 

 

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U2 – Songs Of Experience
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Songs of Experience is intended to be a companion piece to U2's previous record, "Songs of Innocence", from 2014. Whereas its predecessor explored the group members' adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically is a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart.

Compared to "Songs of Innocence"'s pervasive no-cost release through the iTunes Store, promotion for Songs of Experience was more traditional and understated. James McNair of Mojo called the album an "infinitely more satisfying beast than its patchy predecessor" and "U2's strongest album this century". He praised the record for its hooks and for its final songs, on which he felt Bono was at his most vulnerable.

Released: 2017
Genre: Rock
Label: Interscope
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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The Presets – Beams
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Beams is the debut studio album by Australian electronic dance music duo The Presets, who are now recognised as key players of the dance music explosion in Australia in the late 2000s.

Following the release of the album to little-to-no fanfare, The Presets kicked off 2006 with their first-ever national Australian festival run, playing in the Boiler Room for the Big Day Out. The first half 2006 saw The Presets begin to promote their music more heavily in the UK, Europe and the US. They opened for Australian band Wolfmother on several UK dates in February 2006 and then returned to Australia mid-year for the Infinity 2006 tour. The tour sold out everywhere and was met with ecstatic reviews. The tour was followed by a triumphant set at Splendour in the Grass, with PopMatters describing the audience's reaction: "It's been a long time since I've seen a crowd go as wild as this."

Released: 2005
Genre: Electronic
Label: Modular
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Imagine Dragons – Origins
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Pop-rock band Imagine Dragons' main claim to fame comes off the back of their earlier single "Radioactive", which currently holds the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100, at 87 weeks. Origins is their fourth studio album, and has been described by frontman Dan Reynolds as a "sister album" to "Evolve", completing a cycle of their music.

The Independent newspaper stated that "Origins is further proof of Reynolds' pop songwriting capabilities and also his ambition when it comes to pushing the messages that matter onto the charts. And there's no doubting his sincerity. It's a refreshing quality in a pop frontman."

Released: 2018
Genre: Pop / Rock
Label: Kidinacorner
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Emma Louise – Lilac Everything
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Emma Louise came to Australia’s attention in 2011 when her self-filmed acoustic guitar originals gathered an online following on YouTube; in the same year she was nominated for Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of the Year and released her debut EP, "Full Hearts And Empty Rooms", which spawned the internationally acclaimed single "Jungle". Her debut album "Vs Head Vs Heart" (2013) earned her an ARIA nomination for Best Female Artist, and her second album "Supercry" (2016) was applauded both at home and abroad for its maturity and honesty.

Ethereal, engrossing, and burning with inventive insight, Emma Louise’s latest album Lilac Everything is a transformative exploration of the artist’s life. Opener "Wish You Well’s" simple piano chords and respiring harmonies transport us into an introspective soundscape; "Never Making Plans Again" smoulders with the warmth of Nico, as horns surface amongst beautifully hazy strings; "Gentlemen"’s joyful, pattering, Paul Simon feel balances the synth-swaying "Just The Way I Am"; and closer "A Book Left Open In A Wild Field Of Flowers" features two diaphanous Emmas, slightly out of sync, which eventually ripple away with the otherworldly clacking of a Ghibli train.

Released: 2018
Genre: Electronic / Pop
Label: Liberation
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
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Here Come the Warm Jets is the debut solo album by British musician Brian Eno, released on Island Records in January 1974. It was recorded and produced by Eno following his departure from the band Roxy Music, and blends glam and pop stylings with avant-garde approaches.

The album's title was believed to be a slang term for urination, though in an interview with Mojo magazine in 1996, Eno said that it came from a description he wrote for the treated guitar on the title track; he called it "warm jet guitar ... because the guitar sounded like a tuned jet." Critical reception for the album was mostly positive, with praise focused on its experimental tendencies. Critic Lester Bangs of Creem declared it "incredible," and noted that "the predominant feel is a strange mating of edgy dread with wild first-time-out exuberance."

Released: 1974
Genre: Glam Rock / Art Pop
Label: Island
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Frank Sinatra – Sinatra '65
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Francis Albert Sinatra - better known as Frank, or "Ol' Blue Eyes" - was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Robert Christgau referred to Sinatra as "the greatest singer of the 20th century", and his popularity is matched only by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson. For acclaimed American author and Broadway theatre manager Tom Santopietro, Sinatra was the "greatest male pop singer in the history of America".

This album is a collection of some of Sinatra's best-known singles and sessions, highlighted by the hits "Luck Be a Lady", "Anytime At All", "Somewhere In Your Heart", "Stay With Me", and "Tell Her (You Love Her Each Day)."

Released: 1965
Genre: Jazz
Label: Reprise
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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The Temptations – Cloud Nine
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Cloud Nine is the ninth studio album by American musical group The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, and was released in 1969. The album is a watershed for several reasons: It is the first regular Temptations studio LP to feature Dennis Edwards as the replacement for David Ruffin, who was fired in June 1968. In addition, it marks the beginning of the Temptations' four-year delve into psychedelia recording, at the behest of producer Norman Whitfield, in a fusion genre referred to as "psychedelic soul."

The album went to #4 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and led to the group receiving their first Grammy Award, though some of the album is made up of more standard Temptations fare, most of which is relegated to the flip side of the LP. "Why Did She Have to Leave Me (Why Did She Have to Go)" features Dennis Edwards delivering a Ruffin-esque lead on a slow ballad, and the Eddie Kendricks-led "I Need Your Lovin'" also finds the group in familiar surroundings. Edwards, Kendricks, and Melvin Franklin share the lead on "Love is a Hurtin' Thing", while "I Gotta Find a Way (To Get You Back)" is a showcase for Edwards alone.

Released: 1969
Genre: Soul
Label: Gordy
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness' First Finale
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Widely considered one of the best albums from his "classic period", Fulfillingness' First Finale is Stevie Wonder's nineteenth album overall, and seventeenth studio album. Subsequent to the epic sweep and social consciousness of "Innervisions", Fulfillingness' First Finale projected a reflective, decidedly somber tone. While masterly, the musical arrangements used in several songs could be considered sparse in comparison to others among his 1970s masterworks, especially in the bleak "They Won't Go When I Go" and understated "Creepin'".

Though Fulfillingness' First Finale was largely a stripped down and more personal sounding record, Wonder had not completely foregone social commentary on the world around him. The Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "You Haven't Done Nothin'" launched a pointed criticism of the Nixon administration bolstered by a clavinet, drum machine, and a Jackson 5 cameo. The album won three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, was voted #413 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's "All Time Top 1000 Albums", and was included in the much-loved reference book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die."

Released: 1974
Genre: Soul
Label: Tamla
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Queen – A Day At The Races
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A Day at the Races is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Queen, was the band's first completely self-produced album and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. It serves as a companion to the band's previous album, "A Night at the Opera", both taking their names from Marx Brothers films, as well as sharing similar packaging and eclectic musical themes.

Featuring the hugely popular hit single "Somebody to Love", the album was described by The Washington Post as "...a judicious blend of heavy metal rockers and classically influenced, almost operatic, torch songs." In 2006, a national BBC poll saw A Day at the Races voted the 67th greatest album of all time. The same year, in a worldwide Guinness and NME poll to find the "Greatest 100 Albums of All Time", A Day at the Races was voted #87.

Released: 1976
Genre: Rock
Label: Virgin
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Nas – Nas
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The untitled ninth studio album by American rapper Nas had a controversial beginning, when its originally proposed title was changed due to controversy surrounding the racial epithet - though the artist himself has stated that "...the people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it." The cover of the album shows the back of a shirtless Nas with flagellation scars forming the shape of the letter N, a reference to both the racial slur and how slaves were tortured.

The album itself is distinguished for its political content, diverse sources of production, and provocative subject matter, and features guest appearances from Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Busta Rhymes, and The Game, among others. Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and called it a "sprawling, furious, deeply ambivalent theme album about institutional racism, the failures of black leadership and the pathologies and promise of early-21st-century African-American life."

Released: 2008
Genre: Rap
Label: Def Jam
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine!
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Marvin Gaye famously helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player, and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". Tragically, the day before his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot dead by his father after an argument. Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honours including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine! was his eighth studio album; Originally released as "In the Groove", it was the first solo studio album Gaye released in two years, an interim in which the singer had emerged as a successful duet partner with female R&B singers such as Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell. The album and its title track are both considered to be an inflection point in Gaye's commercial breakthrough.

Released: 1968
Genre: Soul
Label: Tamla
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Jimmy Smith & Kenny Burrell & Grady Tate – Organ Grinder Swing [Vinyl]
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Jimmy Smith, famous for popularising the Hammond B-3 organ during the 50s and 60s, marked a return on Organ Grinder Swing to the trio ensemble that he'd used on his Blue Note recordings earlier in his career.

While the electric organ had been used in jazz by Fats Waller, Count Basie, Wild Bill Davis and others, Smith's virtuoso improvisation technique on the Hammond helped to popularise the electric organ as a jazz and blues instrument. This album was the second highest charting album of Smith's career, reaching a position of #15 on the US Billboard 200 charts, and remaining on the charts for 31 weeks.

Released: 1965
Genre: Jazz
Label: Verve
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Jimmy Cliff – The Best Of Jimmy Cliff
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Jimmy Cliff, legendary Jamaican ska and reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor is (along with Bunny Wailer) one of only two living musicians to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. He starred in the film "The Harder They Come", which helped popularise reggae across the world, and was one of five performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

This compilation of his best-known works includes the singles "Wild World" (a famous cover of the Cat Stevens song), and "The Harder They Come", first recorded for the soundtrack of the 1972 movie of the same name.

Released: 2017
Genre: Reggae
Label: Island
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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INXS – Welcome To Wherever You Are
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One of Australia's best known rock bands, INXS would also achieve international success in the mid-to-late 1980s with the hit albums "Listen Like Thieves", "Kick", and "X". However in the early 90s, with grunge and alternative music breaking into the mainstream, INXS tried to establish a new direction for itself, incorporating sitars, a 60-piece orchestra, and a much more "raw" sound in what was their eighth studio release. In its four star review of the album, Q called it "... a far more engaging and heartfelt collection than anything the group has put out in recent memory ... it rocks," and listed it as one of the 50 Best Albums of 1992.

Ultimately, however, with lack of promotion by their label and the band not touring for the album, the record failed to match the success of INXS's two previous albums. Though it still reached number-one in the UK and debuted on the Australian Albums Chart at #2, Welcome To Wherever You Are ultimately didn't reach the heights of popularity as their earlier works.

Released: 1992
Genre: Rock
Label: Mercury
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Blondie - Blondie
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Blondie were pioneers in the American punk and new wave scenes of the mid-1970s in New York. Although highly successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of "Parallel Lines" in 1978.

Through the production of Richard Gottehrer, who had worked with the Angels and other artists of the 1950s and 1960s, much of the music from this eponymous debut album is suffused with the girl group sound of that era. Debbie Harry told an interviewer in 1978 that the band never intended to be retro and when some journalists described them that way, it was "quite a shock". Likewise she rejected any attempt to brand the music as pop, insisting that Blondie played new wave music.

Rolling Stone's review at the time observed the eclectic nature of the group's music, comparing it to Phil Spector and the Who, and commented that the album's two strengths were Richard Gottehrer's production and the persona of Debbie Harry.

Released: 1976
Genre: New wave / Pop / Rock
Label: Private Stock
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Barry White – Love's Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles [Vinyl]
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A two-time Grammy Award–winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, his greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with The Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits: "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe", both of which feature on this terrific compilation.

In an obituary referring to White by his nickname, "The Walrus of Love", the BBC recalled "the rich timbres of one of the most distinctive soul voices of his generation, about which it was once said: 'If chocolate fudge cake could sing, it would sound like Barry White."

Released: 2018
Genre: Funk / Soul
Label: 20th Century
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Guns & Roses – Use Your Illusion II
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The Use Your Illusion records represented the sound of Guns’n’Roses growing up and taking themselves more seriously. It was also the sound of a band who were ready to stretch their legs and take their time building arrangements, with four of the fourteen songs on the record clocking in at over six minutes.

This is one for the fans, with the album’s epics allowing the band to flex their musical muscles. But there are some admittedly challenging moments like the bizarre closer ‘My World’, on which Axl Rose rap-talks about his tortured psyche over squelchy industrial synths and the repeated gasping of…. well, you’ll see.

Released: 1991
Genre: Rock
Label: Geffen
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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U2 – Songs Of Experience
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Songs of Experience is intended to be a companion piece to U2's previous record, "Songs of Innocence", from 2014. Whereas its predecessor explored the group members' adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically is a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart.

Compared to "Songs of Innocence"'s pervasive no-cost release through the iTunes Store, promotion for Songs of Experience was more traditional and understated. James McNair of Mojo called the album an "infinitely more satisfying beast than its patchy predecessor" and "U2's strongest album this century". He praised the record for its hooks and for its final songs, on which he felt Bono was at his most vulnerable.

Released: 2017
Genre: Rock
Label: Interscope
Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Roy Orbison – Cry Softly Lonely One
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Roy Orbison: an eccentric yet beloved artist, known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O", and many of his songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project defiant masculinity. He was also known for his shyness and stage fright, countering these by wearing dark sunglasses.

This was his his twelfth album in what was a prolific career; and typical of his style, which was described (like the man himself) as "...timeless, diverting from contemporary rock and roll and bordering on the eccentric, and within a hair's breadth of being weird."

Released: 1967
Genre: Rock / Pop
Label: MGMl
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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James Reyne – James Reyne [Vinyl]
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Probably best known as the singer-songwriter with the band Australian Crawl, James Reyne has also enjoyed a successful solo career. His self-titled studio album was released in September 1987 and was the singer's first solo venture since the break-up of the band in 1986.

Tomas Mureika of All Music said in reviewing the album, that "Reyne uses his voice as an instrument, leaping wildly across complex melody lines littered with irresistable hooks", and adding that Reyne's eponymous release is "one of the most striking albums of the late-eighties".

Released: 1987
Genre: Rock
Label: Capitol
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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James Morrison – Undiscovered
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Undiscovered is the debut album by English singer-songwriter James Morrison, and has been certified Gold in New Zealand and Platinum in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Morrison was first discovered at an open mic night at an Irish bar called Ryan's Bar & Scream, and went on to achieve worldwide success with his first single "You Give Me Something", which reached #2 in the Netherlands and the #5 spot in the UK. The album itself received generally positive reviews with The Sun claiming "There isn't a bad track on it". An equally positive review by The Times stated that "Undiscovered may prove to be the least apposite album title for years".

Released: 2006
Genre: Pop
Label: Polydor
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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Freddie Mercury – Mr Bad Guy [Vinyl]
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Mr. Bad Guy is the only solo studio album by British musician Freddie Mercury, better known as the lead singer of Queen. Released in 1985, during a period in which Queen were on hiatus from recording, it contains eleven songs, all written by Mercury himself.

In contrast to Queen's typically rock-oriented work, Mercury and co-producer Reinhold Mack drew on disco, dance music and pop influences for Mr. Bad Guy, all of which had surfaced on Queen's previous studio album "Hot Space", which was also produced by Mack. Mercury stated, "I had a lot of ideas bursting to get out and there were a lot of musical territories I wanted to explore which I really couldn't do within Queen." Freddie also famously commented in the liner notes: "This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry - also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe - screw everybody else!"

Released: 1985
Genre: Glam Rock / Pop
Label: Mercury
Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

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