November 20 street date. Scottish rockers ATTICA RAGE are to release their new album 88MPH worldwide with new label OFF YER ROCKA. The follow-up to their critically-acclaimed second album Road Dog, the new album was once again produced and mixed by roddymacaudio at Titan Studios West in Glasgow, Scotland and mastered in New York, US by Michael Tucci at Masterdisk (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Nirvana, Pearl Jam). 88MPH is a diverse collection of hard-hitting biker rock anthems, grinding blues-infused metal riffs and searing ballads featuring Jonny Parr on lead vocals and guitar; Richie Rage on drums; Stevie Bell on lead guitar and new member Colin Wilson on bass and vocals. The album also features guest appearances by Lanarkshire-based singer Emma Nailen and Attica fan Marko Duckworth, who landed the task of battering a beer keg with a baseball bat!
June 18 street date. Average White Band (or AWB to their legion of fans) shot to fame with their 1974, million-selling song "Pick Up The Pieces". Their unique blend of soul, funk and R&B has won them both public and critical acclaim in a career spanning over 4 decades. Recorded live at BB King’s famous blues club, this stunning Double LP showcases AWB at their very best and proves there is nothing "average" about this band.
Available now. "Demon Music are set to issue an Average White Band anthology that celebrates the Scottish soul/funk band’s entire career across a mammoth 19 CDs. All The Pieces includes all the studio albums with the discs packaged as vinyl replicas including a few gatefolds (including 1976's Person To Person which is a two-disc set). This collection also comes with two bonus CDs which gather rarities and remixes from across the decades. A 52-page booklet accompanies the audio within and features extensive liner notes with contributions from Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart.." - SuperDeluxeEdition.com
Available now. This double CD commences with AWB'ss live double album 'Person To Person', originally released on Atlantic in 1977. Recorded in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, the album features blistering versions of their classic songs 'Person To Person', 'Cut The Cake', an 18-minute version of 'Pick Up The Pieces' and a 10-minute version of Marvin Gaye’s 'I Heard It ThroughThe Grapevine'. There two bonus tracks not originally on the album: Joe Zawinul’s 'Walk Tall' and a previously unreleased version of Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations hit 'I’m Gonna Make You Love Me'. The second half of the package features 'Warmer Communications', recorded with producer Arif Mardin in Miami and originally released in 1978.
With 30 tracks spread across two discs, the set features all AWB's major hits, including seminal funk staples like Cut the Cake and Pick Up the Pieces. The set also ranges into the group's material from the '80s, an era that found the Average White Band exploring a slicker, more disco-inflected sound. While this work isn't quite on par with the fierce, sweaty workouts from the band's prime, it gives a complete picture of the Scottish ensemble's artistic trajectory (another valuable asset of the Definitive Groove series). Nevertheless, listeners seeking a round-up of AWB's still-fresh, compelling essentials will find them here.
Available now. Legendary 1970s funk and soul band from Scotland who conquered the US, UK & international charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Pick Up The Pieces", "Cut The Cake", and "School Boy Crush". This 180g white vinyl compilation features 12 of their finest moments!
Available now. 180g clear vinyl reissue of ‘Show Your Hand’, the debut album by Scotland's AWB, originally released in 1973 on MCA Records. AWB's repertoire has been a source of inspiration and influence for many R&B acts and they are one of the most sampled bands in history, remaining relevant today, continuing to reach new generations of younger audiences. Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, Ice Cube, Puff Daddy, TLC, Rick Ross, will.i.am and Mark Ronson amongst countless others, have all borrowed sections of their grooves.
February 2 street date. "Pick Of The Pieces: The Vinyl Collection" is packaged in a rigid slipcase and houses 5 selected classic AWB albums. Each title will be on white 180g heavyweight vinyl, with printed inner sleeves. Each box set is individually numbered and contains a print signed by Alan, Hamish, Molly, Onnie, Roger and Steve. Albums included in the collection are
"AWB", "Cut The Cake", "Shine", "Soul Searching", and "Feel No Fret".
June 25 street date. ‘Cover To Cover/Soul To Soul’, is a collection showcasing AWB's take on classic recordings, both Soul and otherwise, and demonstrates why they were totally embraced as an authentic R&B band in the USA. It also includes for the first time on vinyl their 2017 recording of The Isley Brothers ‘Harvest For The World’, which was produced by and features Chris Jasper.
October 5 street date. The fourth studio album of these heavy metal veterans of the Chilean scene, formed in 2002. Professional recording and production resulting in xceptionally clear and powerful sound meeting the highest modern standards, but at the same time staying old school enough for the traditional heavy metal style. It's been seven long years since the last album of these Chilean heavy metal warriors, but finally the follow-up to their third full-length is here and it's their most varied one to date. As uncompromising as before, but with new facets to their songwriting, standing with one foot firmly planted in US metal and one in European metal, especially the Teutonic metal of the '80s, they are once again fighting for a true metal victory, though the style is better described now as just plain heavy metal. They've exchanged the axe for the sword, no less deadly but oh so much more versatile. From speed metal bullets to mid-tempo fist-raisers, the album packs everything you can expect from Battlerage, but often with a new and unexpected twist to it. Reinventing themselves while remaining themselves, this is surely their strongest and most original album so far.
Aug. 23 street date. Making the AOR scene in the early 80s, STAN BUSH's cachè was high, with many an impartial observer naming him as one to watch. Indeed, his debut solo album garnered healthy critical acclaim, even if it did not have the sales to match the hype. In 1987 Stan signed to the Scotti Brothers label, but this time under the handle of Stan Bush & Barrage, a ruse designed, just like Bon Jovi, to toughen up his image and present a sharper, band identity to the record buying public. Produced by veteran Richie Wise, the music was superbly executed hook laden melodic rock sitting atop raunchy guitar work and big beefy drum 'n' bass. It is also an album notable for including "The Touch", a track that was included in the soundtrack to the hit movie 'Transformers', helping it to become a melodic staple recognised the world over. Hailed as one of the best AOR albums of the era, 'Stan Bush & Barrage' is a triumphant statement of intent and one that should have resulted in multiplatinum glory.
July 9 street date. Having already unearthed three collections of archival 1970s recordings by Catherine Christer Hennix, Blank Forms continues their annual illumination of the visionary Swedish composer's music by turning to more recent work with this first-time vinyl edition of Hennix's "Blues Alif Lam Mim in the Mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis", a 2014 piece first released as a CD in 2016. The double album captures the April 22, 2014 premiere of the composition by the Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage, Hennix's expanded just intonation ensemble, featuring a brass section of Amir ElSaffar, Paul Schwingenschlögl, Hilary Jeffery, Elena Kakaliagou, and Robin Hayward; live electronics by Stefan Tiedje and Marcus Pal; and voice by Amirtha Kidambi, Imam Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, and Hennix herself. Intended to reveal the origins of the blues in the Eastern musical traditions of raga and makam, "Blues Alif Lam Mim in the Mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis" has its roots in Hennix's 2013 realization of an "Illuminatory Sound Environment", a concept developed in 1978 by anti-artist Henry Flynt on the basis of Hennix's own "The Electric Harpsichord".