It’s that time again! #NewMusicFriday is here and we’ve got some essential new collections from Hello, Harpers Bizarre, and Riot City Records, out today and ready to order. PLUS a brand new album from thrash metallers Agent Steel. Stream it here – cherryred.co/NoOtherGodz
Hello: The Singles Collection, 2CD
• This 40 track double CD features every A and B side issued by Glam Rock legends Hello.
• The hit singles ‘Tell Him’ (UK No.6, Germany No.32), ‘Games Up’ (Germany No.28), ‘New York Groove’ (UK No.6, Germany No.7), ‘Star Studded Sham’ (Germany No.16), ‘Love Stealer’ (Germany No.17), ‘Let It Rock’ (Germany No.24) and ‘Good Old USA’ (Germany No.37) are all included.
• The detailed booklet contains sleeve notes by 70’s expert Phil Hendricks with input by original front man Bob Bradbury.
• As a bonus rare 45s by drummer Jeff Allen (both solo and as Local Boy Makes Good) are added.
• The booklet contains illustrations of collector’s item picture sleeves from around the globe.
Riot City: Complete Singles Collection, 4CD
• Following on from the success of the recent “No Future Complete Singles Collection”, Captain Oi! proudly presents the “Riot City Complete Singles Collection”, a 4 CD capacity wallet round up of every single, single (!) issued by the seminal early 80’s Punk label.
• 118 tracks are spread across the four discs – of the 33 singles issued by the label 27 made the then important Independent Chart.
• Vice Squad drummer and co-label founder Shane Baldwin has provided in-depth liner notes on the story of the label that did so much to establish the “UK/82” Punk sound.
• Each release has its original sleeve illustrated and now comes with line up and chart position information added. Many of these releases are now highly prized items on the Punk collector’s scene.
• The rare “Riotous Assembly” compilation that Riot City issued in 1982 and which contained 15 tracks unique to the release at the time is added as a bonus.
Harpers Bizarre: Come To The Sunshine – The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings, 4CD Box Set
• This four CD Box Set presentation comprising all four of the original Harpers Bizarre albums; “Feelin’ Groovy”, “Anything Goes”, “The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre”, and “Harpers Bizarre 4”, augmented by single A & B sides in chronological order of release.
• The charmingly understated, slightly baroque, endlessly listenable Harpers Bizarre were one of the most important harmony vocal groups of the 1960s. Their cultured interpretation of Paul Simon’s ‘59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ is among the recordings that define the most golden of eras in popular music. Between 1967 and 1969, under the auspices of producer Lenny Waronker, they created four delightful, intelligent, unique sounding albums of what broadly has become known as Sunshine Pop, with contributions from such dashing young American writers and arrangers as Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks and Leon Russell.
• Harpers Bizarre were special. With Lenny Waronker they made meticulously crafted records that were a testament to the advances made in sound production and conceptualisation of pop in the sixties. Ted Templeman thought Lenny was a genius. Evidently working with him was a singular apprenticeship that paved the way for his own career as a sound producer, which has found him working with, amongst others, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Van Halen and The Doobie Brothers.