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Nas - Illmatic (Transparent Red Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

£29.99

Illmatic

Nas

If an MC's history were really more important than his skills, then anyone from the projects would be able to rhyme like Nas, and Nas would be no different from any bum riding down Broadway.

Illmatic is a milestone in hip-hop, an undisputed classic that is held on a pedestal to this day. Though there are many albums with greater highs, you’d be hard pressed to find one with fewer flaws. It captures a cultural scene so poignantly to achieve a timeless status that only a few albums hold alongside it.

Tracklist

A1 - The Genesis

A2 - N.Y. State Of Mind

A3 - Life's A Bitch

A4 - The World Is Yours

A5 - Halftime

B1 - Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)

B2 - One Love

B3 - One Time 4 Your Mind

B4 - Represent

B5 - It Ain't Hard To Tell

The Clash - The Clash (Transparent Pink Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

£26.99

The Clash

The Clash

Reissue of the debut Clash album released in April 1977. One of the most important records ever released, not just in punk rock terms either. This was the Clash at their most potent punk rock best, before they went too reggae, r'n'b, rock 'n' roll and even bloated by the end. Check out Janie Jones, White Riot etc. Completely and absolutely essential.

'The Clash' is the eponymous debut studio album of one of Britain's most iconic bands, The Clash. Originally released on 8 April 1977, this album is regularly cited as one of the greatest Rock and Roll albums of all time, and features tracks like 'White Riot', 'Janie Jones' and 'Police & Thieves'. Issued for National Album Day 2022 on 180g pink vinyl.

Tracklist

A1 Janie Jones 
A2 Remote Control 
A3 I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. 
A4 White Riot 
A5 Hate & War 
A6 What's My Name 
A7 Deny 
A8 London's Burning 
B1 Career Opportunities 
B2 Cheat 
B3 Protex Blue 
B4 Police & Thieves 
B5 48 Hours 
B6 Garage Land 

Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Gold Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

£34.99

Enter the 36 Chambers

Wu Tang Clan

Classic debut album by the legendary hip hop collective, originally released in 1993. The gritty, distinctive sound of 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' created a blueprint for hardcore hip-hop during the 1990s, and helped return New York City hip-hop to national prominence. The album features the singles 'Protect Ya Neck', 'Method Man', 'C.R.E.A.M.' and 'Can It Be All So Simple'. Released: February 22, 1994

Along with Dr. Dre's The Chronic, the Wu-Tang Clan's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was one of the most influential rap albums of the '90s. Its spare yet atmospheric production - courtesy of RZA - mapped out the sonic blueprint that countless other hardcore rappers would follow for years to come. It laid the groundwork for the rebirth of New York hip-hop in the hardcore age, paving the way for everybody from Biggie and Jay-Z to Nas and Mobb Deep. Moreover, it introduced a colorful cast of hugely talented MCs, some of whom ranked among the best and most unique individual rappers of the decade. Some were outsized, theatrical personalities, others were cerebral storytellers and lyrical technicians, but each had his own distinctive style, which made for an album of tremendous variety and consistency.

Tracklist

  Shaolin Sword29:19
A1 Bring Da Ruckus4:10
A2 Shame On A Nigga2:57
A3 Clan In Da Front4:33
A4 Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber6:05
A5 Can It Be All So Simple4:46
A6 Protect Ya Neck (Intermission)6:48
  Wu-Tang Sword28:53
B1 Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'4:48
B2 Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit3:36
B3 C.R.E.A.M.4:12
B4 Method Man5:50
B5 Tearz4:17
B6 Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber - Part II5:08
B6 Conclusion 

Jennifer Lopez - On the 6 (Transparent Peach Vinyl, National Album Day 2022

£34.99

On The 6

Jennifer Lopez

On the 6 excels best when it embraces its composite pop ethos as heard on the electronica and Latin pop fusion of “Waiting for Tonight” or the quirky coalescence of bossa nova accents and light hip-hop rhythms on “Open Off My Love.”

 

On the 6 is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. It was released on June 1, 1999, by the Work Group. Lopez worked with several producers on the album, including Rodney Jerkins, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea and her boyfriend at the time, rapper and record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs.

 

A Spanish edition of the album was released on November 24, 1999. This version of the album shuffles the track list, omits "Feelin' So Good" as well as the English version of "Waiting For Tonight", while including an all-new Spanish track ("Es Amor"), in addition to Spanish versions of "Open Off My Love" ("El Deseo De Tu Amor"), "Promise Me You'll Try" ("Amar es Para Siempre") and "Waiting For Tonight" ("Una Noche Mas") - the latter of which also appeared on the album's original release as a bonus track. The remainder of the tracks on this edition appear as they did on the album's original release. 

 

Critics greeted Lopez's musical debut with a generally positive response. On the 6 was praised for its conservative, though dynamic, musical style and combination of Latin with pop and R&B. Critics commented on Lopez's vocal ability and many generally gave good remarks for her versatility and somewhat "seductive" and "sultry" singing, however, some critics found the vocals quite underwhelming. The album was successful on the charts, reaching the top ten or top twenty in the United States and several other countries around the world. On the 6 went on to sell three million copies in the US, being certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and an additional three million copies worldwide.

Tracklist

A1 If You Had My Love
A2 Should've Never
A3 Too Late
A4 Feelin' So Good (Remix)
B1 Let's Get Loud
B2 Could This Be Love
B3 No Me Ames (Tropical Remix)
B4 Waiting For Tonight
C1 Open Off My Love
C2 Promise Me You'll Try
C3 It's Not That Serious
C4 Talk About Us
D1 No Me Ames (Ballad Version)
D2 Una Noche Más
D3 Baila
D4 Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)

Finley Quaye - Maverick a Strike (Transparent Yellow Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

£29.99

Maverick A Strike

Finley Quaye

Finley Quaye with a 25th Anniversary reissue of his double-platinum debut album Maverick A Strike. The 1997 album mixed funk, punk, soul, reggae and pop, earning Finley Quaye the Best British Male Solo Artist at the BRITs in 1998.

'Maverick a Strike' is the debut studio album by Scottish musician Finley Quaye. Originally released on 6 August 1997, the album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart and spawned five singles: 'Sunday Shining', 'Even After All', 'It's Great When We're Together', 'Your Love Gets Sweeter', and 'Ultra Stimulation' The album has been certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

Tracklist

A1 Ultra Stimulation3:52
A2 It's Great When We're Together3:39
A3 Sunday Shining3:42
A4 Even After All3:54
A5 Ride On And Turn The People On3:47
A6 The Way Of The Explosive4:44
A7 Your Love Gets Sweeter3:12
B1 Supreme I Preme4:59
B2 Sweet And Loving Man3:21
B3 Red Rolled And Seen4:07
B4 Falling3:16
B5 I Need A Lover4:04
B6 Maverick A Strike4:59

Jamiroquai - Emergency On Planet Earth - (Limited Edition Clear Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

£34.99

Emergency on Planet Earth

Jamiroquai

Jamiroquai's debut album Emergency On Planet Earth became an instant classic upon it's release back in 1993. Entering the charts at number 1, it laid the foundations for an acid-jazz sound that the band would continue to build upon for the next decade and a half. Fronted by vocalist Jason Kay, also known as JK, the album was an infectious, funk mezze of trumpets, saxophones, didgeridoos and flutes, spawning the hit singles Too Young To Die and Blow Your Mind which both entered the UK top10 in 1993.

The debut studio album by English funk and acid jazz band Jamiroquai was released on 14 June 1993 under Sony Soho Square. Prior its release, the band debuted in 1992 with "When You Gonna Learn" under Acid Jazz Records, and front-man Jay Kay was given a major-label deal with Sony Music. The album was produced as Kay formed the band and is characterised by its acid jazz foundations, layers of instrumentation and socially charged lyrics.

Tracklist

A1 When You Gonna Learn (J K Mix)6:22
A2 Too Young To Die10:08
B1 Hooked Up4:37
B2 If I Like It, I Do It6:58
B3 Music Of The Mind6:22
C1 Emergency On Planet Earth4:03
C2 Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop4:06
C3 Blow Your Mind8:36
D1 Revolution 199310:16
D2 Didgin' Out 

 

 

 


 

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (Black / Purple Splatter Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

£27.99

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath's debut album is the birth of heavy metal as we now know it.

'Black Sabbath' is the eponymous debut studio album by Black Sabbath. Released in 1970, Black Sabbath's debut album is the birth of heavy metal as we now know it. Compatriots like Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple were already setting new standards for volume and heaviness in the realms of psychedelia, blues-rock, and prog rock. 

 

Yet of these metal pioneers, Sabbath are the only one whose sound today remains instantly recognizable as heavy metal, even after decades of evolution in the genre. Circumstance certainly played some role in the birth of this musical revolution - the sonic ugliness reflecting the bleak industrial nightmare of Birmingham; guitarist Tony Iommi's loss of two fingertips, which required him to play slower and to slacken the strings by tuning his guitar down, thus creating Sabbath's signature style.

 

These qualities set the band apart, but they weren't wholly why this debut album transcends its clear roots in blues-rock and psychedelia to become something more.LP - 180 Gram Vinyl with CD Version.

Tracklist

A1 Black Sabbath 
A2 The Wizard 
A3 Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep / Bassically / N.I.B. 
B1 Wicked World 
B2 A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning 

Supergrass - I Should Coco (National Album Day 2022)

£23.99

I Should Coco

Supergrass

Supergrass released their debut album, I Should Coco in 1995. This energetic and eclectic record features an array of rock sub-genres from Brit pop to punk to ska to a dash of trippy psychedelia.

Guitarist and vocalist Gaz Coombes played in the group The Jennifers with drummer Danny Goffey when both were in their mid teens. This group began to gain local notoriety around Oxford, England and they recorded a 1992 live demo to sell at shows. The Jennifers disbanded in 1993 as some members went on to university and Coombes formed Theodore Supergrass with Goffey bassist Mick Quinn. In mid-1994 the group’s name was shortened to simply Supergrass and they signed with Backbeat Records and issued their debut single, “Caught by the Fuzz”, which achieved the rare feat of being both NME and Melody Maker’s “Single Of The Week” status during the same week.

I Should Coco was recorded throughout much of 1994 with producer Sam Williams. Many of these sessions were specifically to record advance singles (three were released before the album), while the rest was captured during frenzied studio performances as the group wanted to catch the energy and excitement of the songs on tape.

Tracklist

A1 - Anything To Say You're Mine 

A2 - My Dearest Darling 

A3 - Trust In Me 

A4 - Sunday Kind Of Love 

A5 - Tough Mary 

A6 - Don't Cry Baby 

A7 - You Know What I Mean 

B1 - I Just Want To Make Love To You 

B2 - At Last 

B3 - All I Could Do Was Cry 

B4 - Stormy Weather 

B5 - Girl Of My Dreams (rendered as Boy Of My Dreams) 

B6 - I'll Dry My Tears 

B7 - Seven Day Fool

The Damned - Damned Damned (Yellow Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

£29.99

Damned Damned Damned

The Damned

In the hierarchy of UK punk rock debuts, Damned Damned Damned ranks behind only Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols and The Clash in terms of its impact on the music world.

 

The album kicks off with “Neat Neat Neat”, the band’s second single and one of punk’s classic tracks. The three-word song title whizzes by like the Roadrunner’s “meep-meep!” as it zips away from the Coyote. Blink, and the prize is gone. Fortunately, with a CD, you can just play the song again. It’s just as good the second time, or the 1,000th. 

 

The album also features the even more addictive, tom-tom-driven “New Rose”. Released in November 1976, it is said to be UK punk’s first single. What a way for the genre to begin! While both of those tracks are high-speed poppy punk, the Damned were branching out even on their debut. “Fan Club” is mid-tempo and driven by surf motifs. The slow, dark, and druggy “Feel the Pain” presages the group’s later excursions into art-pop, new wave, and goth. 

 

The album’s final track, the bluesy garage-rockin’ “I Feel Alright”, is a cover of the Stooge’s song, acknowledging the genre’s forefathers. Mostly, though, Damned Damned Damned is full-throttle punk rock, with three tracks clocking in under two minutes. Even the 60-second “Stab Your Back” is more than a throwaway, though. It’s exciting, threatening, and, in a really dumb way, pretty catchy. Another of the short cuts, “Fish”, actually features a guitar solo, one of the elements of arena rock bloatedness that punk rock sought to undermine. Right away, the Damned were clearly mavericks, unwilling to play by even the rules of a scene that supposedly had no rules. The band’s weird personality shines through on this album, helping to elevate Damned Damned Damned from very goodness to total excellence.

Tracklist

A1 - Neat Neat Neat 

A2 - Fan Club

A3 - I Fall 

A4 - Born to Kill 

A5 - Stab Your Back

A6 -  Feel The Pain

B1 - New Rose 

B2 - Fish 

B3 - See Her Tonight 

B4 - 1 Of The 2

B5 - So Messed Up

B6 - I Feel Alright 

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey (Sheer Smoke Vinyl, National Album Day 2022)

29.99

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is an R&B album with pop underpinnings in the vein of efforts from her foremother Whitney Houston. Expertly smithed and played by Carey’s collaborative network and a supporting cast of the best session musicians, all eleven tracks on Mariah Carey are vibrant, crisp, and varied in tempo.

The self-titled debut studio album by the American singer/songwriter and record producer, originally released in June 1990. Its music incorporates a range of contemporary genres with a mix of slow ballads and up-tempo tracks. Originally, Carey wrote four songs with Ben Margulies, which solely constituted her demo tape. Features the singles 'Vision of Love', 'Love Takes Time', 'Someday' and 'I Don't Wanna Cry'.

Tracklist

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The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II (25th Anniversary Edition)

£69.99

Bizarre Ride II (25th Anniversary Edition)

The Pharcyde

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Critically acclaimed as an absolute classic of the alternative hip-hop genre, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde has shipped over a million units worldwide and garnered the group justifiable comparisons to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest.

 

The very definition of a crossover record, outlets ranging from Pitchfork to The Source have hailed it as one of the greatest albums ever made. NME calls it “… a cartoon-strip of blunt-smoking antics, sexual innuendo and unashamed political incorrectness, crammed with infectious beats.”

Listening to “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” 25 years after its release, its sense of timeliness is unmistakable. Every song on the album inverts a hoary hip-hop cliché. With classics like ‘Oh Shit,’ ‘Otha Fish’, ‘Ya’ Mama,’ and the now-ubiquitous US No 1 hit ‘Passin’ Me By,’ this boxset remains essential and enduringly unique – a rite of passage for any serious Hip-Hop head.

Tracklist

A1 - 4 Better Or 4 Worse (Interlude)

A2 - Oh Shit

A3 - It's Jigaboo Time (Skit)

A4 - 4 Better Or 4 Worse

B1 - I'm That Type Of Nigga

B2 -  If I Were President (Skit)

B3 - Soul Flower (Remix)

B4 - On The DL

 

C1 - Pack the Pipe (Interlude)

C2 - Officer

C3 - Ya Mama

C4 - Passin' Me By

 

D1 - Otha Fish

D2 - Quinton's On The Way (Skit)

D3 - Pack the Pipe

D4 -Return of the B - Boy

 

D1 - Ya Mama (Murphy Mix)

D2 - Ya Mama (Cosby Mix)

D3 - I'm That Type Of Nigga

D4 - Soul Flower (Remix)

 

E1 - Passin' Me By (Video Remix)

E2 - Passin' Me By (Video Instrumental)

E3 - Passin' Me By (Acapella)

 

F1 - Pork

F2 - Pork (Cosby Edit)

F3 - Pork (Instrumental)

 

G1 - Otha Fish (Video Edit)

G2 - Otha Fish (L.A. JAY Remix)

G3 - Otha Fish (Video Edit Instrumental)

 

H1 - The Angel Remix

H2 - Passin' Me By (Fly As Pie Mix)

 

I1 - Ya Mama (Murphy Mix)

I2 - Ya Mama (Cosby Mix)

 

J1 - I'm That Type Of Nigga

J2 - Soul Flower (Remix)

 

G1  
G2 Otha Fish (L.A. JAY Remix)
G3 Otha Fish (Video Edit Instrumental)
H1 The Angel Remix
H2  
I1 Ya Mama (Murphy Mix)
I2 Ya Mama (Cosby Mix)
J1 I'm That Type Of Nigga
J2 Soul Flower (Remix)

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