Happy New Year, folks! Figured a post about some new additions was a suitable first post of the year. Just so happens that one of them is one of my favourite additions of 2017, while the other is my favourite addition of 2018 so far (arrived just last week). So, here goes.
*edit: I forgot Duran Duran’s Rio*
Nicklas Sørensen – Solo
It was my good buddy, and El Paraiso Records enthusiast, JH who recommended this one. Had I heard it when it was released, I’m fairly certain it would have made my best of 2016 list.
I snapped this up cheap on Discogs on, eh, Christmas Eve (a wee gift to myself, y’know?) and it’s easily one of my very favourite additions to the record collection.
Timing is perfect, too. I get to know this one a whole lot better ahead of the release of Solo 2 (which I need to buy now, right?)
Ash – Live On Mars
Not really recorded on Mars, which is disappointing. In actual fact, it was recorded over 5 nights at the London Astoria 1997. As you can imagine, all the hits from 1977 are included.
Although I don’t listen to much beyond Nu-Clear Sounds, this one was too good to ignore given it was recorded in 97. All the hits are there and the band are on great form. Better still, it was £6. It’s a double LP, translucent red vinyl, and limited numbers, too.
Goon Moon – Licker’s Last Leg
I’ve been after this one a while and I had a wee Amazon voucher to spend, so I decided to ignore all the albums that I had added to my list last year (and the year before) and purchase this one. It arrived a few days ago, but it’s technically a December purchase, hence why it’s here (though I dare say it’ll appear in 2018’s Favourite New Additions round up).
The LP (double) is a really beautiful thing, so I’m glad I ‘upgraded’ from the CD. It’s ‘Moon coloured’ and, though not really representative of the moon, both slices are really quite beautiful. No download code or suchlike, which is okay given I have the CD.
Also, did I mention that this album features a cover of the Bee Gees’ Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You? No? Well… y’know, it does.
Duran Duran – Rio
I’ve always been fond of this one and saw it cheap on, you guessed it, Discogs.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I like a few tracks a helluva lot… none more so than The Chauffeur.
And I’m really liking the tracks I knew less well.
I’m also just about done compiling my 2017 favourites lists, so you may well see two posts from me this January! Zoiks!