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Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife, Julie, and family around him, his manager said.
Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.
The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years on 3 November.
He recently announced the record, titled Alvin, was finished and would represent “a new and exciting departure” of which he was “immensely proud”.
Stardust grew up in Mansfield and started playing guitar as a schoolboy. He met one of his biggest influences, Buddy Holly, at a gig in Doncaster and played backstage with the singer and his band the Crickets.
He signed his first record deal in 1961 as the frontman of Shane Fenton and the Fentones, though the band struggled to get in the charts.
In 1973 he signed with Magnet Records and took on the name that would make him famous.
“It started off as Elvin Starr, because they wanted a kind of rocky, country name,” he recalled in 2010.
“But [a woman] who was doing promotion for us said it wasn’t ‘glam-rocky’ enough, so it became Stardust and then Alvin.”
The singer previously recorded under the name Shane Fenton
My Coo Ca Choo, the debut song under his new guise, peaked at number two in the UK singles chart.
Known for his rockabilly quiff, sideburns and black gloves, he projected a glowering persona he said he adopted because he was nervous and “didn’t want to be found out”.
His success led to him being part of a Green Cross Code road safety campaign in 1976, which saw him instructing children to look both ways before they crossed the road.
That success continued into the 1980s with Pretend, I Feel Like Buddy Holly and I Won’t Run Away all making the top 10.
Once described as “the Godfather of British Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, he made sporadic acting appearances in Hollyoaks, The Grimleys and Doctors.
He also appeared on stage in such musicals as Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, in which he played the fearsome Child Catcher.
Stardust was married three times. His first wife was Iris Caldwell, with whom he had two sons, Shaun and Adam.
His second wife was the actress Liza Goddard, with whom he had a daughter named Sophie.
“RIP Alvin Stardust,” Goddard tweeted on Thursday. “Thank you for our beautiful daughter and granddaughter.”
Stardust went on to marry Julie Paton, an actress and choreographer, with whom he had a daughter, Millie.
Shaun is now a headmaster of a school in Reigate, while his brother is a producer and DJ who records under the name Adam F.
DJ Tony Blackburn remembered the singer as “a great showman” who would be “sorely missed”. “Performing was his life,” added the veteran broadcaster.
“He had this bad boy image, but he was not like that at all,” Blackburn continued. “On stage he was brilliant, but off stage he was just an ordinary guy.”
Stardust, a committed Christian, was also remembered as “a great bloke” by his former Hollyoaks co-star Jeremy Edwards.
“RIP Alvin Stardust, the original landlord of the Dog in the Pond,” the actor wrote on Twitter, referring to the Channel 4 series’ fictional public house.
“I may not have known him long, but even in that short time he proved to be one of the most genuine and likeable men I’ve ever met,” said the singer’s manager Andy Davies.
“His passing is a huge and sad loss.”

‘Big Lebowski’ soundtrack coming to Black Friday

As part of Black Friday 2014, the soundtrack to The Big Lebowski will be repressed onto 180-gram white vinyl. The pressing will be limited to 2,300.

Black Friday will be held on November 28th.

1. The Man In Me – Bob Dylan
2. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles – Captain Beefheart
3. My Mood Swings – Elvis Costello
4. Ataypura – Yma Sumac
5. Traffic Boom – Piero Piccioni
6. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good – Nina Simone
7. Stamping Ground – Moondog With Orchestra
8. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) – Kenny Rogers And The First Edition
9. Walking Song – Meredith Monk
10. Die Tote Standt – Gluck Das Mir Verblieb
11. Lujon – Henry Mancini
12. Hotel California – Gipsy Kings
13. Technopop – Carter Burwell
14. Dead Flowers – Townes Van Zandt

‘Dracula’ soundtrack comes back to vinyl

Courtesy of Dust Bug Records, you can now pick up the Hammer Presents Dracula, the vinyl reissue of that film’s soundtrack. The reissue is on 180-gram “mist enshrouded blood infused virgin vinyl” and the 500 copies will be packaged in a gatefold jacket.

Side one features the horrifying story of vampirism with spine- chilling sounds, and music composed by James Bernard and narration by Christopher Lee.  Side 2 features The Four Faces Of Evil music suite: Fear In The Night: She: The Vampire Lovers; and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde.  Music arranged and conducted By Philip Martell.

They’ve also gone back to the original tapes for the reissue. The records will ship out in early November.

Source: Modern Vinyl

‘Halo 2′ soundtrack up for pre-order

The Halo 2 soundtrack, which is coming to vinyl, is now up for pre-order at Amazon. The vinyl has been described as limited edition, but not many additional details have been revealed.

343 Industries Senior Audio Director, Paul Lipson, accompanied by Lennie Moore, Tom Salta, Brian Trifton and Brian Lee White, in partnership with the Skywalker Sound, have beautifully adapted and re-recorded the Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori Halo 2 soundtrack for its 10 year anniversary.

The pressing will be released on November 24th.

Source: Modern Vinyl

‘District 9′ soundtrack pressing announced

The soundtrack to the excellent District 9 is coming to vinyl for the first time via SpaceLab9. The soundtrack will be available through their webstore on October 28th, with two different versions of fans. The most limited will be a pressing of 100 colored copies, packaged in a hand-screened jacket and it will include an insert. The regular double LP edition is no slacker though, with a gatefold jacket, insert and liner notes from the director Neill Blomkamp and composer Clinton Shorter. You also get a reproduction of the “original theatrical lobby card.”

Released for the first time on vinyl, the deluxe expanded album includes the eleven tracks from the original 30-minute album, plus, for the first time in any format, an additional eight bonus tracks comprising 25 minutes of previously unreleased original score.

Again, pre-orders will start on October 28th, but no exact time is listed. Records will then ship out around November 25th. Check out the screen-printed version below.

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The Beatles releasing ‘Long Tall Sally’ for Black Friday

Long Tall Sally, was originally released in 1964, and the title track was originally intended for the A Hard Day’s Night film.

“Long Tall Sally” is noteworthy as it was one of the songs that Paul sang to John on the first day that they met and because it was recorded in one take with no edits or overdubs. It was recorded on the same day as the band recorded “I Call Your Name” and was originally intended for the film “A Hard Day’s Night.” In the end, it was decided that the two tracks would be used for a new EP so the band rounded the EP out with the recording of  “Slow Down” and “Matchbox.” Originally sung by Little Richard, Paul sings lead on the title track, John sings lead on “I Call Your Name” and “Slow Down,” while Ringo sings lead on “Matchbox.” Like recent reissues of Beatles original albums, this four track EP is also being released in Mono. The “Long Tall Sally” 7” vinyl EP is being specially rereleased for Record Store Day’s Black Friday in a very limited quantity.

You can see the tracklisting below:

“Long Tall Sally”
“I Call Your Name”
“Slow Down”
“Matchbox”

Source: Modern Vinyl

‘Iron Man’ soundtrack being pressed on red vinyl

Through Zavvi, the Iron Man soundtrack is being pressed on transparent 180-gram red vinyl, a pressing that’s limited to only 500 copies. Stark’s chest piece serves as the center labels. This was the album’s first vinyl release.

A release date of December 12th has been set.

Side A

  • Driving With The Top Down
  • Iron Man (2008 Version) – John O’Brien and Rick Boston
  • Merchant Of Death
  • Trinkets To Kill A Prince
  • Mark I
  • Fireman
  • Vacation’s Over
  • Golden Egg
  • Damn Kid – DJ Boborobo
  • Mark II

Side B

  • Extra Dry, Extra Olives
  • Iron Man
  • Gulmira
  • Are Those Bullet Holes?
  • Section 16
  • Iron Monger
  • Arc Reaktor
  • Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies
  • Iron Man 60s Theme – Jack Urbont

Source: Modern Vinyl

Ever been curious about the crazy money that people pay for records? 

From time to time a record trades hands at way above what even the most dedicated collectors are willing to pay. Forking out a four digit figure for a record is both bizarre and intriguing, so we were keen to find out exactly what sort of sums are involved and what the records are that warrant these transactions.

Click here for the full article at The Vinyl Factory

American Sharks first pressing of their debut album sold out a few weeks ago. Yesterday, the band announced on their Facebook page that they are releasing a special edition “color-your-own” vinyl re-press limited to 500 copies. They stripped the original gatefold jacket of all color, leaving just the black and white outline, and packaged the record with custom markers so you can “color-your-own.”

The vinyl itself is white with black splatter to match the jacket. The custom markers are named after the bands favorite weed flavors (strawberry cough, blue dream, grape ape, green crack, pineapple kush, sweet island skunk, & hashish). To make things even more fun they are holding a coloring contest and giving away $666 to the winner. To enter the contest you have to buy the special edition re-press, use the markers they provided to color it in, and submit photos on instagram by tagging @americansharks and hash tagging #americansharks.

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Source: Collecting Vinyl Records

Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilize and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic, experimental, and modern classical music.

Can, the 11th studio album by Can was originally released in 1979. Lost during its initial release amongst the punk explosion, Can features the classic tracks “Sodom” and “Can Be”. Holger Czukay’s involvement took a back seat on this album. Can is also the last album before Can reunited with Malcolm Mooney on the reunion album, Rite Time in 1986.

The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance – from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead – as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.

LP Has Been Out Of Print For Over 20 Years

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