COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS - "PANORAMA" on vinyl on Sugarbush records, ltd edition here - free postage!

 

COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS - "PANORAMA" (SUGARBUSH SB800)
This wonderful album finally saw it's long overdue vinyl release back in 2014 - thought to be completely sold out (an it HAS been deleted) I have found a batch more in our Sugarbush warehouse. So here is another chance to grab a copy of this wonderful Scottish Jangle pop classic.

 When initially released on CD it was so well received that ALAN MCGEE signed the band to his POPTONES label. A classic Scottish record that is full of melody, great harmonies and 12-string Rickenbackers. Every song on this album is a winner. 

This from the ACTIVE LISTENER WEBSITE: When it was originally released back in 2000, the Cosmic Rough Riders second album "Panorama" had the cream of the U.K music press (Uncut, Q, Mojo etc.) falling over themselves to announce its brilliance.

A Scottish band with a convoluted personnel history (let's just say that singer / songwriter Daniel Wylie basically is the Cosmic Rough Riders), on their second album they added a whole bunch of sunny California and West Coast to their melodic Teenage Fanclub jangle, with Wylie writing the best songs of his career (although his subsequent solo career has been pretty flash too).

There's an immediate appeal to these songs that makes it easy to see why they were tagged the "next big thing", but harder to work out why they didn't stick in the public consciousness of the time. Certainly the open adoption of the vintage sixties influences on display here was unusual for the time, and may have been enough to confuse the casual punter into buying the latest Travis album instead, but tracks like "Revolution (In The Summertime)" and "You've Got Me" tick all of the right catchy and melodic boxes to be players on radio, and there's plenty of depth beyond the surface level hooks;  "Afterglow" dabbles in alt. country harmonies more effectively than anything you'll hear this side of the Jayhawks, but it's "The Gun Isn't Loaded" which packs the biggest punch with its spot on Eastern psychedelia easily recapturing and redefining "Within You Without You" for a contemporary audience.

LTD edition AUDIOPHILE pressing - FREE POSTAGE anywhere!

Cosmic Rough Riders

Coming soon on vinyl: PUGWASH "JOLLITY" on Sugarbush Records - 350 copies on black wax (with bonus 7") / 250 copies PICTURE DISC!

PUGWASH - "JOLLITY" (SUGARBUSH SB075 & 075P
), Thomas Walsh has been kind and wise enough (!) to let Sugarbush release the vinyl of Pugwash' classic 3rd album. If you dug ALMANAC or ALMOND TEA which we released some years ago, you'll flip over this! To say this is a masterpiece is not over the top, for once. This record is superb and, in my opinion, right at the top of what we have released over 75 releases. It is hard to fault this record and I won't, because I'd be doing everyone a disservice. Rarely have I heard a more perfect album. 

"All told, Jollity is a rich compendium of aural excellence that continues the musical legacy being built by Walsh as Pugwash. These eleven compositions are gorgeously arranged and meticulously executed, weaving layers of musical nuance into delicately infectious ballads of love and reflection." (Read the whole review here: POPMATTERS review)

*Very limited copies available for pre-sale* Pressed on virgin 140gm vinyl, sealed with disc and sleeve seperatedly to avoid cover damage! Shipping 4th of November 2020, read on how to pre-order and make sure you get a copy - we expect this to sell out very quickly. 

Free album (our sampler "A Spoonful Of Sugarbush) will be sent to you if you buy BOTH versions below! (If you already have this you may also choose our Breretons, Hangabouts or Trent Miller LP - just let us know)

This amazing albums comes in two versions:

Version 1: Black vinyl LP album with bonus 7" single ("It's Nice To Be Nice" 2005 vers. b/ w 2019 vers.) (350 copies) buy this here, please choose the correct option for postage depending on where you live (option 1 is UK and Europe, option 2 is USA/Japan/ Australia and anywhere else!) Price stated is the total cost for LP  including postage!

Pugwash - Jollity black +45 7"
 

Version 2: Picture Disc vinyl Lp album with bonus custom die-cut cover single (250 copies) buy this here, please choose the correct option for postage depending on where you live (option 1 is UK and Europe, option 2 is USA/Japan/ Australia and anywhere else!) Price stated is the total cost for LP  including postage!

Pugwash - Jollity Picture Disc SB075P

New release on Sugarbush! 8x8 - "New Data new Day" 100 copies only on vinyl!

8x8 - "New Data New Day" (Sugarbush SB074), a brand new album by Sugarbush legends 8x8! Limited to only 100 copies on vinyl NEW DATA NEW DATA is another records which will thrill fans of cleverly constructed Beach Boysian Art-Pop. "

The prolific Lane Steinberg and Alexander Khodchenko continue to craft a dense weave of melodic richness on a bed of psychedelic textures. Never predictable, Lane launches into the standout tracks immediately with the rich piano, organ and woven harmonies of the title track and the catchy psychedelic fuzz of “Papa’s Garage.”

However, after those songs, the album slows considerably. “Racing To The Sun” is a fine exercise in restraint, as the melody is sparse but compelling. Other tracks don’t stick out as well, but Lane manages to describe milieus perfectly. On “Bye, Bye Landslide,” we visit a shifty carnival or on “Bernard’s Dilemma” its barbeque time in hell. Musically Alex is able to let loose on “Hidden In Plain Sight” and “Absolutely Hypnotized” with its swirling psychedelic guitar riffs. Overall a very good album that makes you want more. Highly Recommended." (from Powepopaholic.com review)  

£27.99 with free postage anywhere!

New release on Sugarbush! JEFF KELLY (of Green Pajamas) - "When The World Was Younger" only 100 copies for sale!


JEFF KELLY (of Green Pajamas) - "When The World Was Younger" (Sugarbush SB072)
, limited to around 100 copies on vinyl, this is a sure fire rarity right off the bat. The latest solo outing from Seattle's Green Pajamas mainman is another classic album. Kelly has said that he hopes that this album “is a little bit of something to help momentarily distract the senses, heal the heavy heart and uplift the spirit.”.  In trying to find his own way through these troubling times he has done just that for himself and anyone wishing to find a musically soothing escape from our daily reality. 

This record is a bit of a continuation from last year’s Beneath the Skies, Under the River. Again, like that record, both Spain and Portugal are the main inspiration here, but this 12-song set it a bit of a hodge podge (not in a bad way, though). There’s four new songs as well as a few remakes of older songs and four singles, too. First cut “Of Missingness” has some of that wonderful flamenco -style guitar while the dusty “Black Eyes” has a bit of a Southwestern Giant Sand/Calexico feel to it. There a new version of an old song called “Autumn in Lisbon” which has swaying beat to it while things get smoky on the mysterious “Only Endless Tomorrows” and the record  ends with a lovely, acoustic version of “Christina Dancing”, Kelly’s tribute to flamenco dancer Christina Hoyos. As Kelly himself said, “The album is very nostalgic and about “missingness” and of longing for another place and time when the world was younger. We could all do with a little of that right now. £27.99 with free postage anyway. 100 copies only.

CHRIS RICHARDS & THE SUBTRACTIONS - "A SMATTERING OF MYSTERY AND SOUND" (SB013) vinyl on Sugarbush!!

CHRIS RICHARDS & THE SUBTRACTIONS -  "A SMATTERING OF MYSTERY AND SOUND" (SUGARBUSH SB013) limited to ONLY 200 copies on black vinyl and 100 copies on LEMON YELLOW vinyl!! A fantastic new album by DETROIT Power-pop legends who have been making great records for over 10 years! 

 Veterans of the mid-west power pop scene, Chris Richards and The Subtractions, are back with this full-length record “Peaks and Valleys”, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Get Yer La La’s Out”. This record was the precursor to the amazingThe Legal Matters band album, also with Chris Richards, along with longtime rhythm section consisting of Andy Reed, Todd Holmes and Larry Grodsky. Reed brings along his guitar and some of the famous Matters’ harmonies to this wonderful album  This fantastic LP is a vinyl only (no CD) release specially made for Sugarbush Records and features songs from their previous albums that never came out on vinyl. As a special bonus, the band recorded 2 new tracks just for this album! If you like jangle, superb songs, more hooks than a fishing store, harmonies and killer Power-pop then this album is for you. Featuring Nick Piunti on guest guitar this album has "classic" written all over it. LAST FEW COPIES! FREE POSTAGE. (see a cool video by the band just below)

Yellow or black wax!

pre-order THE GREEN RAY - "SELF TITLED" first ever vinyl reissue of 1996 album, 120 copies only!

SOLD OUT!!
 
THE GREEN RAY "SELF TITLED" (SUGARBUSH SB073), long overdue vinyl pressing of their first full length album issued in 1996. The Green Ray formed out the ashes of two of the UK's best loved underground bands: HELP YOURSELF & MAN. However, Green Ray have now been a working band in their own right for well over 25 years. Much loved and highly collectable the previous two albums Sugarbush has released are much coveted by collectors, the first one - HALF SENTENCES - is now extremely rare and sought after.

This album, with art work by the mighty Savage Pencil and liner notes by the inimitable Phil McMullen, editor of the Terrascope, brings together two tracks from the band's now out-of-print vinyl only 12" "Sighs, Whales and Trees" (Shagrat ENT 006 12") with two extended tracks. Alongside the band's 'Float', a beautiful instrumental in the vein of Fleetwood Mac's 'Albatross' and Quicksilver's 'Gold and Silver', and 'Night Train To...' (both from the EP), there is the magnificent work out 'Black Eye Pea' where the band embarks on an extensive modal jam and best of all there is the epic 'Morning Song'.

Originally written back in the days of Help Yourself, the Green Ray re-worked it into one of their most special numbers which they still perform today. Produced by Man-alumnus and leader of Donovan's Brain, Ron Sanchez, 'Morning Song' sees the band at its absolute peak. 

But if we have to single out the hero of the hour, honours have to be bestowed on the late Richard Treece who co-wrote the song with Malcolm Morley back in 1970, and here handles the lead vocal and plays some of the most spine-tingly licks of his career - you can indeed witness Richard's guitar howl again like a mescaline buffalo, as Phil suggests in his liner!(With thanks to Nigel Cross)

pre-order THE GREEN RAY - LIVE AT SOL PARTY" brand new Sugarbush vinyl album, 120 copies only!

THE GREEN RAY "LIVE AT SOL PARTY" (SUGARBUSH SB071), ultra limited vinyl pressing of this album, recorded live at Sol Party in Sussex some years ago. The Green Ray formed out the ashes of two of the UK's best loved underground bands: HELP YOURSELF & MAN. However, Green Ray have now been a working band in their own right for well over 25 years. Much loved and highly collectable the previous two albums Sugarbush has released are much coveted by collectors, the first one - HALF SENTENCES - is now extremely rare and sought after.

Only £27.99 including free postage anywhere. (120 copies only pressed!) Ships August 20th

THE JACOBITES - "OLD SCARLETT" deleted vinyl album, new - free postage!

THE JACOBITES - "OLD SCARLETT" (YOU ARE THE COSMOS), Tagged as the Glimmer Twins of post-punk, former Swell Maps leader Nikki Sudden and the Keith Richards to his Mick Jagger -- one Dave Kusworth -- delivered this awesome collection of psychedelic gems in 2000 after a long hiatus. Nikki Sudden can still seamlessly fold Bob Dylan, T. Rex, the Rolling Stones, and Big Star into the same tatty overcoat and present them as a respectable entity in Jacobites, albeit with a collection of songs that any of the above-mentioned artists would be envious of. Standout tracks include the lurching boogie of "Over & Over," the gorgeous "When Angels Die," the simply spine-chilling "What Am I Living For?," and "Puppeteer's Son." The album closes with the eloquent "Wasted," which makes this, all in all, one of Nikki Sudden's best-recorded outings in the 12 years between 1988's landmark Fortune of Fame. £21.99 with free postage!

STEVE KILBEY & MARTIN KENNEDY present UNSEEN MUSIC UNHEARD WORKS 2LP, free postage

STEVE KILBEY & MARTIN KENNEDY "present UNSEEN MUSIC UNHEARD WORKS" (BLACK GOLD RECORDS) 2LP set by CHURCH mainman STEVE KILBEY. These dozen tracks are appropriately atmospheric and ethereal. Kilbey handles all the vocals, his singular voice revealing more range and emotional depth with each passing year. Along with the expected mysticism and non-sequiturs, Kilbey's lyrics are focused on remembrance and loss while the music is suitably spacious and surprisingly organic-sounding given Kennedy's background. The clean, crisp arrangements and production may strike some as a little too adult alternative. However, they're a nice counterpoint to the heavily textured, often dense sound of the Church's recent output. The melodies are often subtle, but they're rewarding. The bass harmonics on "Thought of Leaving" even give a wink back to the Church's "You Took". All in all, it makes for an extremely worthwhile effort. Kilbey and Kennedy must agree, as a second album is already in the works.   Deluxe 2LP set. Free postage £24.99

Ken Sharpe - "My Favourite Songbook" classic Powerpop album, buy it here on vinyl!

KEN SHARP - "MY FAVOURITE SONGBOOK" (YOU ARE THE COSMOS), classic Powerpop album, now down to the last few copies! "Sharp’s only gotten sharper as a songsmith, and his soul has gotten deeper. And five albums later, Music Connection is still impressed with the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, as are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and legends Ace Frehley and John Oates. And they’re not just paying lip service to his latest, Beauty in the Backseat (Jetfighter Records), well maybe a little, as both, along with Utopia’s Kasim Sulton, make guest appearances on the record, with Oates providing some Brotherly Love via background vocals on a song called “Philly Kind of Night.” Sharp tells us about the collab: “Growing up in the Philly suburbs in the '70s with my ear permanently glued to the radio, it’s no wonder that soul music is such a huge part of my DNA. Combining sweet soul music with a keen pop songwriting sensibility, killer arrangements and musicianship and wondrous vocals."

KEN SHARP / FREE POSTAGE

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