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Lou Reed | I’m So Free – The 1971 RCA Demos

Fifty years on from his self-titled solo debut album, and nine years since his untimely death, Lou Reed is still nabbing headlines with a collection of rare demos released over the holidays and just as quickly withdrawn in an apparent … Continue reading

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David Bowie, 1981

On the face of it, 1981 was the quietest year of Bowie’s career so far. Having spent the last ten years redefining the rock landscape, there was no new album nor was there another world tour in support of the … Continue reading

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The Human League | Reproduction

The image on the cover of The Human League’s debut album Reproduction, anticipates their definitive line-up. Before the mainstream success of ‘Don’t You Want Me’, one of the most enduringly popular songs of the 80s, and before the twin sultry … Continue reading

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Mick Jones | I Turned Out a Punk

The guitarist and founding member of one of the most important and influential bands of the rock era recently turned 67. To celebrate, The Press compiles Mick Jones’ best songs with The Clash. The late Joe Strummer may have been … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue Outtakes & Demos

Defining the sounds of the 70’s by appropriating contemporary rock, funk and disco stylings on Emotional Rescue, these album outtakes and demos capture a band keeping things fresh within a changing musical landscape. The logical continuation of their tough and … Continue reading

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Duderama – No I In Dream

Duderama’s latest creative endeavour has just been released in Bandcamp: No I In Dream. Purchase: Bandcamp / Amazon Stream: Spotify / Soundcloud  / YouTube Follow: Facebook  /  Twitter The singles The Gist, Annihilate Together and Unmasked videos below. Treat yourself! Written, performed and produced by Duderama Recorded … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa – Läther 

Originally conceived as a contractually obliged four-record set in 1977, the ill-fated Läther was eventually released posthumously as a triple album on Rykodisc and remains among the artist’s finest work. Zappa’s career was peppered with conflicts and legal problems with … Continue reading

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Eno: Masterworks 1974 – 1977

There’s a little more to oblique strategist Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno’s career than just that ambient guy or big time producer of bands such as U2 and Talking Heads, or for inventing the … Continue reading

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Iggy Pop / David Bowie Collaborations in 16 Tracks

Iggy Pop and David Bowie were strong musical partners throughout the 1970s and 1980s and this 16-track compilation provides an insight into the depth and breadth of their collaborations and friendship. “Some bands do Stones. Some bands do Chuck Berry. … Continue reading

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Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2

On what would’ve been the great man’s 75th birthday, The Press brings you Part 2 of our Bowie Deep Cuts series, collecting some interesting mixes, demos and live versions, and album tracks.  David Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2 mp3 TRACKS … Continue reading

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Christmas with Dino

Dean Martin – Christmas With Dino mp3 Christmas with Dino is a good collection containing some of Dean Martin’s most popular versions of Christmas standards originally recorded for Capitol in the ’50s and Reprise in the ’60s sung in his … Continue reading

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The Lemon Twigs – Bowery Ballroom, NYC

With a new album on the way, we appease our excitement with twelve of the greatest moments on record from New York’s incredible The Lemon Twigs. Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs recently played two shows in … Continue reading

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Queen – Deep Cuts Pt.1

This 12-track selection of Queen deep cuts showcases Freddie Mercury’s incomparable voice and Brian May’s insane talents as a lead guitarist to full effect during its first decade which saw the band forge a career that was as varied and … Continue reading

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Top 5 Songs – The Style Council

After breaking up The Jam in 1982, Paul Weller formed the Style Council, a radical and fearless departure that fused contemporary soul, effortless cool, and exuberant pop with political activism. The Press counts down the short-lived outfit’s five most essential … Continue reading

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Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.1

We all know about comfort food but what about comfort music? Look no further. This Bowie collection of different mixes, demos versions, and album Deep Cuts acts fast to provide immediate soothing relief to get you through whatever life throws … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa: The Central Instrumentalizer Vol II

Frank Zappa. Uncatergorizable, astute, genius, paradigm-shifting virtuosity at its uncompromisingly brilliant (and ballsy) best, this hand-picked Vol II selection highlights Zappa’s astonishing yet accessible instrumental work from his mindbogglingly expansive career. Frank Zappa: The Central Instrumentalizer Vol II mp3  1. I … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa: The Central Instrumentalizer Vol I

The uncatergorizable Frank Zappa. Astute, paradigm-shifting virtuosity at its uncompromisingly brilliant and ballsy best. The Central Instrumentalizer Vol 1 is a hand-picked selection of major highlights of Zappa’s astonishing yet accessible instrumental work drawing on material from albums throughout his … Continue reading

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McCartney – Paperback Classics: Vol V

Two of the all-time most inexplicably unreleased Paul McCartney paperback classics ever, and two songs that just happen to be among the artist’s most timeless recordings either for sheer quality, highly interesting unrealised hit-potential, or buried in time. They are … Continue reading

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#14: Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal (1974) / Live (1975)

Here at The Press we look at expansive double albums and trim it back to a single, filler-free listening experience. In the case of Lou Reed’s scary ’73 glam-phetamine performance, brashly released as two single live LPs in the mid-70s, … Continue reading

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Stevie Wonder: 20 Deep Cuts

To celebrate the great Stevie Wonder’s birthday, we bring you 20 Deep Cuts from Stevie’s classic mid-70s era where the music he created will forever stand as some of the greatest ever made. Stevie Wonder is only 71. He signed to … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd | Madison Square Garden, 1977

In July 1977 Pink Floyd put in four sensational performances at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York. The band were nearing the end of the long and gruelling Animals tour and inter-band relations were on the slide. … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Rotterdam 1976

Our Bowie bootleg bonanza continues with this remastered soundboard recording of Bowie live on stage at the Sports Palais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland on 13 May 1976, during the Station to Station White Light tour. This is one hell of a … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Car Smash: The Best of The Birthday Party

Nick Cave looked out at the crowd and spoke. “You can turn off the disco. The rock stars have arrived.” Cave rolled across the stage, stood up, bent over double, and screamed into the mike. “Welcome to the car smash!!” … Continue reading

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Travels With Pat Metheny

This is an introduction to the delights of the hugely influential guitarist, composer and bandleader Pat Metheny. Although this 11-track instrumental collection only skims the surface of his lengthy and remarkable career, touching on the late-70s through to the mid-80s, … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Fully Finished Studio Outtakes

A wealth of previously uncirculated Rolling Stones outtakes has recently surfaced, perhaps being prepped for some rumoured upcoming box set package (or Tattoo You II), either way its a pristine-sounding, super cool, unexpected discovery, capturing the Stones creatively alive and … Continue reading

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Neu! – E-Musik

A visionary band in the process of maturation or an old band that has become new to us? Neu was a German krautrock band formed in Düsseldorf in 1971 by ex-Kraftwerk members Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother. While little known … Continue reading

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Duderama – New Views (2021)

Duderama’s latest creative endeavour has just been released: New Views, check it out here. This 11-track collaboration is an elixir for these dark and strange times and a lesson in the joyousness of lo-fi rock made with a passion. released January … Continue reading

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David Bowie: The Thin White Duke in New York, 1976

This is secretly the greatest live album Bowie never released*, this legendary bootleg captures Bowie in transition, moving from his plastic soul phase to the European electronic music he would create with his immanent relocation to Berlin. David Bowie – … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Another Stage in Gothenburg, 1978

Welcome to Part 2 of a 3 Part Bowie Bootleg extravaganza, a good time of the year to enjoy some magnificent Bowie shows from his golden years. This one is live in Gothenburg, Sweden on 4 June 1978. The sound … Continue reading

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David Bowie: “Heroes” in Berlin, 1987

Berlin has become inextricably linked with the Bowie legacy. He’d lived there in the late 1970s creating some of the greatest music of all time, sharing an apartment in the Schöneberg neighbourhood with Iggy Pop, escaping from the drugs and … Continue reading

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Nick Lowe – Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family

A roundly enjoyable seasonal selection from Nick Lowe, Christmas-themed for your convenience, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family (2013) is a twinkling blend of forgotten gems, torch songs and three Lowe originals. From the opening rockabilly-charged Children … Continue reading

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#13: The Clash – Sandinista! (1980)

Here at The Press we take a look at expansive double albums (in this case triple) and trim it back to a single, filler-free listening experience, negating the need to reach for the skip button or needle repositioning. In some … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and The Band – The Best of the Basement Tapes

Haven’t trawled through the entire six CD box set of Bob Dylan and The Band Complete Basement Tapes Bootleg Series Volume 11 as yet? Here at The Press we’ve done the hard yards for you and compiled the best 17 … Continue reading

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MainMan Podcast

MainMan are compiling a fascinating series exploring the history of the record label, which was a rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries that helped to develop the careers of many artistes including Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, … Continue reading

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The Lemon Twigs – Foolin’ Around/Tailor Made

In 2018 the Lemon Twigs released this effortlessly brilliant standalone double A-side 7″ single:  ‘Foolin’ Around/Tailor Made‘. They are two “Toddtastic” rock moments. Here the D’Addario brothers have nailed it, adding their own signature twist and freshness. Upon release, the … Continue reading

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Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 Reconstruction & Mix Translation By Bill Laswell

In 1998 genius American musician and producer Bill Laswell revisited the electric-funk era of one of the most important and influential musicians of all time: Miles Davis. The music Miles recorded between 1969-1974 paved the way for all kinds of electronic, … Continue reading

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Bowie Now

For an RCA Records US-only promo released in 1978, the intriguing Bowie Now is a surprisingly fine album-track selection of Berlin-era Bowie material and originally something of a rare artefact. The purpose of this record was to draw attention of … Continue reading

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What Colour Is Sound? Vol. 2

A welcome 15-song sequel to the What Colour Is Sound? series is out now on Bandcamp. This exotic various artists compilation veers wildly from expansive psych-folk, low-key acoustics, to dramatic soundscapes and everything in between, on this pay-what-you-like release with … Continue reading

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Down in the Cockpit – XTC in the 80s

A group that produced melodically challenging and high-vitality post-punk rock, XTC deserved more than they ever received, gaining enormous popularity in the UK while, despite the popularity of mid-80s breakthrough single ‘Dear God’, remained essentially a cult favourite in the … Continue reading

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#12: XTC – Oranges & Lemons (1989)

Here at The Press we take a look at expansive double albums and trim it back to a single filler-free record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning. These albums can potentially benefit from a little … Continue reading

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McCartney – Paperback Classics: Vol III

Two of the all-time most inexplicably unreleased Paul McCartney paperback classics ever, and two songs that just happen to be among the artist’s most timeless recordings either for sheer quality, highly interesting unrealised hit-potential or buried in time. They are … Continue reading

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Bryan Ferry – In Your Mind

Bryan Ferry had achieved iconic status by 1973 after only the second Roxy Music classic For Your Pleasure and quickly launched a concurrent solo career with an adventurous departure from rock conventions, the enjoyable covers album These Foolish Things which … Continue reading

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The Andy Summers Playlist

This trip through the repertoire of Andy Summer shows just how much more he is than the brilliant guitarist from The Police. This solo selection displays class of the highest order by way of rock, jazz, fusion, pop, art-rock, well…you … Continue reading

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What Colour Is Sound?

The first volume of the latest What Colour Is Sound? various artists compilation series is out today on Bandcamp. Some wonderful acts taking part as usual and musical moods venture from alt-country to psych. It’s pay-what-you-like affair with all proceeds … Continue reading

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David Gilmour’s Best Songs

As the primary architect of Pink Floyd’s sweeping signature sound, Dave Gilmour’s ever-distinctive vocal and guitar style is melodic, often mesmeric. We all know the story: When most bands would call it a day, Gilmour replaced original Pink Floyd visionary … Continue reading

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Rupert Hine – Immunity

Anyone with access to a radio or a TV would be familiar with the work, rather than the name, of the late British musician and mega-producer Rupert Hine. An early adopter of electronic music production techniques he worked on a … Continue reading

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Peter Gabriel – I Have the Touch

It was 40 years ago today that ex-Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel released the innovative masterpiece Melt. Brilliant prog-art-pop drenched in a chilly jaggedness. Depressed, romantic, twitchy, paranoid, and regularly unsettling. His third successive solo album since leaving Genesis after the … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Welcome to New York

The Madison Square Garden performance on July 26, 1972 is one of the finest moments in the Stones live recorded history. Perhaps it’s the fact that it was Jagger’s 29th birthday that made all the difference. The energy and delivery … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Bremen, Germany

Having released two of rock music’s most important albums in 1977 (Low and “Heroes”), Bowie commenced his supporting tour in early 1978. He had effortlessly conquered the USA and Canada, so by mid-May our hero had commenced the European leg … Continue reading

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McCartney – The Piano Tape

Paul McCartney – The Piano Tape mp3 Originally traded as a cassette, this 61 minute tape features Paul running through a batch of new songs at the piano, in a single sitting, and recorded while in Los Angeles on 14 … Continue reading

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