Category Archives: Mixtapes

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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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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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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Top 5 Songs – Robert Quine

Robert Quine’s steady session work with a wide range of musicians created an individual vocabulary as crucial as any guitarist in rock. The Press counts down the American guitarist’s Top 5 Songs. Emerging in the New York punk scene in … 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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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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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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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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Bowie’s Pin Ups

Two Hours Of ‘Original’ Songs David Bowie Covered In His Early Career. In a very special episode of Beat Orgy, RRR’s Steve Cross takes us through the original versions of the songs that David Bowie covered through his golden period … Continue reading

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Bowie – Chameleon

David Bowie – Chameleon (1979) mp3 Released on LP and cassette on exclusive Starcall, a New Zealand label owned by RCA, CHAMELEON (1979) ★★★★★ is a funky and hard to find compilation featuring Bowie classics from Ziggy to Lodger. With its … 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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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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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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Robert Fripp – Network

After the demise of King Crimson in 1974, Robert Fripp spent several years laying low before entering a period of high activity from 1977-1980. This collection is a brief summary of that period in his career. Network (1985) is now … Continue reading

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George Harrison’s Best Songs

George Harrison. We have collected some wondrous treasures to create a small tribute to such a gifted artist. Encompassing a solo career spanning four decades filled with beautiful, wise and spiritual songs and albums including the landmark Phil Spector-produced triple … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney – Off the Ground (1993)

For the record buying masses it was a forgettable era for Paul McCartney, releasing perhaps his most unheralded solo album to date, Off The Ground – it could’ve been called Off the Charts. Despite some high-quality leftovers from a recent … Continue reading

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T. Rex – Solid Gold B-Sides

Marc Bolan wrote an astonishing amount of superb non-album singles and in many cases their b-sides were just as good. Here at Pierce’s Press we collect the particularly outstanding tracks from the T.Rex glory years – this is almost like … Continue reading

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Silver Jews – Drinking Coke in the Kitchen with a Dog

The brilliant songwriter David Berman is one of the most thoughtful and gifted American lyricists, poets and musicians in rock today, and after a decade of creative public exile since disbanding the Silver Jews, a highly influential and significant folk-country … Continue reading

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#11: Sting – …Nothing Like the Sun (1987)

Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at expansive double albums and trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning. These albums can potentially … Continue reading

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Bowie – Rare 2

Consisting of scarce outtakes and B-sides, RCA’s 1982 compilation Bowie Rare for the first time made available some tracks that would subsequently appear on many Bowie collections, reissues, and other sets right up until today. Most of the songs collected … Continue reading

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I Was A Teenage Werewolf: The Best of The Cramps

The Cramps were a wonderfully wild ‘n’ wacky punk alternative psychobilly rock ‘n’ roll band. The group was first formed by lead singer Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach in 1976 in New York City (Interior and Ivy initially crossed paths in Sacramento, … Continue reading

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Scott Walker – Always Coming Back to You

Scott Walker – Always Coming Back to You mp3 In the late 1970’s, Scott reinvented his career from the crooning 60s pop star to something much more interesting; a revered avant-garde music luminary shaping the romantic myth of his genius. The … Continue reading

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Lou Reed – Top 50 Solo Songs

Lou Reed’s influence as a solo artist and leader of the now canonised Velvet Underground touched countless rock fans and artists alike (as Brian Eno once said, “The Velvet Underground didn’t sell many records, but everyone who bought one went out and … Continue reading

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Unchained – The Best of Van Halen (1978 – 1984)

Van Halen – Unchained: The Best 1978-1984 mp3  This compilation spans the DLR era from 1978 to 1984 of these legendary Los Angeles rockers. It wasn’t all ridiculous outfits, silly videos and personal conflicts which would lead to David Lee Roth’s … Continue reading

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High Fidelity – Costello in the 80s

High Fidelity – Costello in the 80s High Fidelity I Hope You’re Happy Now Lover’s Walk Man Out of Time New Amsterdam Brilliant Mistake This Town A Good Year for the Roses Blue Chair Human Hands From a Whisper to … Continue reading

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Bowie – Modern Day Masterpeices

It’s a good time of the year to post Bowie – Modern Day Masterpieces. This two-part, 30 track collection covers Bowie materiel from 1984-2016: Part 1 (mp3) Blackstar – Blackstar (2016) Where Are We Now? – The Next Day (2013) … Continue reading

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Tom Petty

Its seems appropriate this week to post Perfect Petty, a compilation of tracks lifted from the first five faultless Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers records. The man was a rock and roll institution with a signature sound, who never made … Continue reading

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The Andy Summers Playlist

Andy Summers. The ex-Police wizard guitarist has challenged listeners to a solo-career best of compilation via the less than ideal file sharing platform Spotify to win a signed guitar. In celebration of Andy’s vinyl 2XLP release of Triboluminescence limited release, a special … Continue reading

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The Kinks – Top 50 Songs

You may have missed them along the way, they always seemed second fiddle to the likes of the Beatles and the Stones, or during the wave of like-sounding garage whimsy of 90s pop – Blur et al. The Kinks early … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt (1989)

Here at The Press we reconstruct an album, with benefit of time, steering it toward what the artist may have originally intended.  Flowers in the Dirt was a repudiation of the Macca we love/hate: no imperialist odes to salamanders, loads of … Continue reading

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The Todd Rundgren Odyssey (1970-1981)

The tracks on this two-disc compilation are taken from the multi-instrumentalist, seminal years: 1970-1981. Diverse and eclectic, this is a companion piece to Ballads, although still something of an introductory odyssey, recommended for anyone looking to begin exploring the delights … Continue reading

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#1: George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)

Here at The Press we take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning. I … Continue reading

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Teenage Fanclub: The Best 2000-2017

Teenage Fanclub’s history is now part of rock folk-law: Nirvana label-mates (Geffen), huge critical acclaim in the USA, missed out on mainstream success, made some of the best records of the era (1991’s Bandwagonesque, 1995’s Grand Prix, 1997’s Songs from Northern Britain). Since … Continue reading

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