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The Like

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed a blinding 7" release from a hot new band entitled The Like. You'll certainly 'like' it....apologies....Released today..

Stealers Wheel

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the debut self-titled album from Stealers Wheel, the band responsible for singing a song used to soundtrack an ear-cutting moment in <I>Reservoir Dogs</I>. Reissued by Lemon records.

Various - The Sixties Album

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the 3CD Sixties Album...yet another sixties compilation that adds nothing new to the market and even lowers the bar a notch. Released 27th September.

Automatic Man

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the brilliant self-titled sci-fi rock album from 1976's Automatic Man, lovingly reissued by Lemon for our revisionist pleasure.

Nick Drake - A Treasury

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed a new 'best of' compilation of late folk singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Entitled 'A Treasury', the new release also features the recent single Magic, and all songs have been digitally remastered. As an introduction to Drake's enduring genius, this is as good a start as any. Released September 27th.

Lisa Mychols - Sweet Sinsations

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed a New Sounds release from Rev-Ola - Lisa Mychols powerpoptastic Sweet Sinsations, which surges through adrenaline-tinged big-riffed hooks and lands a favourable impression.

Sanctuary Release 3CD Sixties Compilation

<center><img src="" width=330></center><p align="justify">On September 27th, <I>Sanctuary Records</I> are releasing <I>The Sixties Album</I>, a deluxe 3-CD set. With a track listing that reads like a who's who of 1960s pop, there is something for all fans. The music of the 1960s continues to resonate today such was its power to grab hold of the nation's ears and get them moving to the beat, whether it was the rock 'n' roll' sounds of <B>Del Shannon</B> and <b>The Shangri-Las</B> or the modish, <I>London</I> beats of the <B>Small Faces</B> and the <B>Kinks</B>. Reggae also took off that decade with infectious ska rhythms from the likes of the <B>Harry J Allstars</B> and <B>Desmond Dekker</B>.<U>Tracklisting</U> <B>One</B> 1. Build Me Up Buttercup-The Foundations 2. I'm A Believer-The Monkees 3. Lazy Sunday-Small Faces 4. Downtown-Petula Clark 5. Mr Tambourine Man-The Byrds 6. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me-Sandie Shaw 7. Sweets For My Sweet-The Searchers 8. Silence Is Golden-The Tremeloes 9. This Wheel's On Fire-Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger Trinity 10. For Your Love-The Yardbirds 11. Out Of Time-Chris Farlowe 12. (I Get The) Sweetest Feeling-Jackie Wilson 13. The First Cut Is The Deepest-P.P.Arnold 14. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)-Betty Everett 15. If I Were A Carpenter-Bobby Darin 16. Don't Bring Me Down-The Animals 17. Natural Born Bugie-Humble Pie 18. Death Of A Clown-Dave Davies 19. Elenore-The Turtles 20. Let's Go To San Francisco-Flowerpot Men 21. Gimme Little Sign-Brenton Wood 22. When A Man Loves A Woman-Percy Sledge 23. Tossing & Turning-The Ivy League 24. Catch The Wind-Donovan 25. Thunderbirds (TV Theme)-Barry Gray<B>Two</B> 1. Sunny Afternoon-The Kinks 2. If Paradise Is (Half As Nice)-Amen Corner 3. Fire!-Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da-Marmalade 5. Itchycoo Park-Small Faces 6. Man Of The World-Fleetwood Mac 7. Pictures Of Matchstick Men-Status Quo 8. Michelle-The Overlanders 9. Melting Pot-Blue Mink 10. Leader Of The Pack-The Shangri-Las 11. Baby Now That I've Found You-The Foundations 12. Ain't Nothing But A Houseparty-The Showstoppers 13. Dance To The Music-Sly & The Family Stone 14. Cast Your Fate To The Wind-Sounds Orchestral 15. Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear-Alan Price 16. Here Comes My Baby-The Tremeloes 17. He's In Town-The Rockin' Berries 18. Needles & Pins-The Searchers 19. Israelites-Desmond Dekker & Aces 20. Wonderful World Beautiful People-Jimmy Cliff 21. Harlem Shuffle-Bob & Earl 22. Red Red Wine-Jimmy James & Vagabonds 23. Liquidator-Harry J. Allstars 24. Return Of Django-The Upsetters 25. Wet Dream-Max Romeo<B>Three</B> 1. Let's Twist Again-Chubby Checker 2. Hey Baby-Bruce Channel 3. Runaway-Del Shannon 4. Poetry In Motion-Johnny Tillotson 5. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa-Gene Pitney 6. Let's Dance-Chris Montez 7. Telstar-The Tornados 8. He's So Fine-The Chiffons 9. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow-The Shirelles 10. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For-Emile Ford & The Checkmates 11. My Old Man's A Dustman-Lonnie Donegan 12. Johnny Remember Me-John Leyton 13. Good Timin'-Jimmy Jones 14. A Picture Of You-Joe Brown & The Bruvvers 15. Chapel Of Love-The Dixie Cups 16. Where Are You Now-Jackie Trent 17. Venus In Blue Jeans-Mark Wynter 18. Don't Sleep In The Subway-Petula Clark 19. Running Bear-Johnny Preston 20. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans-Freddy Cannon 21. Make Me An Island-Joe Dolan 22. Warpaint-The Brook Brothers 23. Be Mine-Lance Fortune 24. Roses Are Red-Ronnie Carroll 25. Midnight In Moscow-Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen<B>Click the links below for some audio streams</B> <I>(.wma format)</I> Amen Corner - <a href="">(If Paradise) Is Half As Nice</a> The Foundations - <a href="">Baby Now That I've Found You</A> Manfed Mann - <a href="">Do Wah Diddy</A> The Monkees - <a href="">I'm A Believer</A> Petula Clark - <a href="">Downtown</A> The Searchers - <a href="">Sweets For My Sweet</A> The Small Faces - <a href="">Itchycoo Park</A>

Now Compilation Series Releases Retrospective 3-Disc Set

After 58 chart-topping volumes the <I>Now That's What I Call Music' series celebrates twenty-one years with <I>Now Years</I>, a three-disc retrospective set. Split into three sections, the tracklisting proves to be promising, look for a review here @ <B>CD Times</B> soon!</I> Released 27th September.<left><img src=""></left><B>1983 - 1987</B> 1. Radio Gaga-Queen 2. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)-Eurythmics 3. Sledgehammer-Peter Gabriel 4. Money For Nothing-Dire Straits 5. Freedom-Wham! 6. Girls Just Want To Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper 7. Is There Something I Should Know-Duran Duran 8. Wings Of A Dove-Madness 9. Sweet Little Mystery-Wet Wet Wet 10. White Wedding-Billy Idol 11. Don't You (Forget About Me)-Simple Minds 12. Is This Love-Whitesnake 13. Total Eclipse Of The Heart-Bonnie Tyler 14. Caravan Of Love-The Housemartins 15. I Got You Babe-UB40 Feat Chrissie Hynde 16. All Night Long (All Night)-Lionel Richie 17. Somebody's Watching Me-Rockwell 18. West End Girls-Pet Shop Boys 19. Moonlight Shadow-Mike Oldfield<B>1988 - 1998</B> 1. Sacrifice-Elton John 2. The Joker-The Steve Miller Band 3. Song For Whoever-The Beautiful South 4. Weather With You-Crowded House 5. Wind Of Change-The Scorpions 6. You Got It-Roy Orbison 7. The Best-Tina Turner 8. I Can't Dance-Genesis 9. Say What You Want-Texas 10. Wonderwall-Oasis 11. Bitter Sweet Symphony-The Verve 12. Common People-Pulp 13. Justified And Ancient-KLF 14. My Favourite Game-The Cardigans 15. Alright-Supergrass 16. Dance The Night Away-The Mavericks 17. Free-Ultra Nate 18. Don't Turn Around-Aswad 19. Keep On Movin'-Soul II Soul Feat Caron Wheeler 20. 2 Become 1-Spice Girls <B>1998 - 2004</B> 1. Where Is The Love?-Black Eyed Peas 2. Dilemma-Nelly Feat Kelly Rowland 3. Out Of Reach-Gabrielle 4. Hero-Enrique Iglesias 5. In My Place-Coldplay 6. All Rise-Blue 7. Superstar-Jamelia 8. Milkshake-Kelis 9. Baby Cakes-3 Of A Kind 10. Lola's Theme-Shapeshifters 11. Spinning Around-Kylie Minogue 12. Reach-S Club 7 13. Murder On The Dancefloor-Sophie Ellis-Bextor 14. Sex Bomb-Tom Jones Feat Mousse T 15. You Get What You Give-New Radicals 16. Year 3000-Busted 17. How You Remind Me-Nickelback 18. When You Say Nothing At All-Ronan Keating 19. How Do I Live-LeAnn Rimes 20. Changes-Kelly Osbourne Feat Ozzy Osbourne 21. Mad World-Michael Andrews Feat Gary Jules

Scandinavian Rockers Soundtrack Of Our Lives Back With New Single

<center><img src=""></center><p align="justify"><I>Scandinavian</I> rockers <B>The Soundtrack Of Our Lives</B> return with a new single entitled <U>Bigtime</U> (seeartwork above). It's the first release off new album <I>Origin 1</I> released thru <I>Warner</I> on October 4th. It's the band's fourth album, and the single PR promises "A turbo-powered, whopping opener of a single, ‘Bigtime’ is a massive statement of intent from the band who, like their Viking forebearers conquered not just the hearts and minds of the UK but also managed to successfully invade the US, on their last outing."Should be exciting, we'll have a review of the <U>Bigtime</U> single here @ <B>CD Times</B> soon. Meanwhile, check out the video links to <U>Bigtime</U>...<a href="mms://">Bigtime Video.wmv Low Quality</A> <a href="mms://">Bigtime Video.wmv Medium Quality</A> <a href="mms://">Bigtime Video.wmv High Quality</A>

Pablo Cruise

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the 1975 debut album from Pablo Cruise, entitled...'Pablo Cruise', a blissful blend of rock, foul, Californian pop and strong piano balladry. Reissued by Lemon.

Bjork - Medulla

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed <B>Bjork's</B> new album Medulla, the latest chapter in the Icelandic vocalist's uncompromising stance towards the industry. Released tomorrow.

The Kinks - You Really Got Me

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the 40th anniversary reissue of the Kinks' legendary single You Really Got Me, respectfully re-released by Sanctuary for September 6th.

Aldo Nova (Featuring Jon Bon Jovi) - Blood On The Bricks

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed Blood On The Bricks, an early nineties rocking album from Aldo Nova, featuring strong contributions from Jon Bon Jovi amongst others. Re-issued by Lemon.

Kinks' Classic You Really Got Me Re-Released To Mark 40th Anniversary

<B>You Really Got Me</B> <I>40th Anniversary Release</I> September 6, 2004<center><img src="" width=300></center><p align="justify">To celebrate the 40th anniversary of <B>The Kinks'</B> classic single <U>You Really Got Me</U> going to #1, <I>Sanctuary Records</I> are reissuing the original seven-inch single on the <I>Pye</I> label, with its original B-side, <U>It's All Right</U> on September 6, 2004. In addition, an accompanying CD single will also be released featuring a bonus track, <U>Misty Water</U>, currently front man Ray Davies' favourite Kinks tune, which was exhumed from the vaults for the recent deluxe 3-CD edition of their <I>Village Green Preservation Society</I> album.40 years ago one of the most important records of all time was released racing up the charts to Number 1. <U>You Really Got Me</U> is a crucial record in pop history for so many reasons; Mod anthem, the first Heavy Metal record, major influence on the likes of <B>Jimi Hendrix</B> and the first hit for a band that would go on to lay the foundations of Brit Pop and influence almost every guitar band since.

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (Remastered)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the remastered and expanded version of Fleetwood Mac's most controversial and debated album, Tusk, and finds that it gets better and better with age, and certainly worth fuelling the arguments over.

The Carnival

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed another boss-nova/guitar-pop crossover reissue from Rev-Ola. The Carnival's self-titled sole album fell by the wayside due to Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66's popularity, but is worth checking out for sure. Released in two weeks.

The Feminine Complex - Livin' Love

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed one of the strongest reissues we have yet to see so far from Rev-Ola. All-girl Nashville quintet The Feminine Complex came and went unnoticed in 1968, but you give a listen to their sole album Livin' Love and tell me if you don't think they deserved more of a chance! Featuring completely original songs, and eleven bonus cuts! Order it now!

Roy Orbison - Platinum Collection

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed a rather large and rather reasonably priced three-disc set of fine Roy Orbison songs for all to enjoy! Released August 2nd.

The Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa - Thirteen Years In Noises

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed a brilliant compilation of recordings from little-known Czech Republic band The Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa, who certainly give Sigur Ros a run for their money! Released by Rev-Ola.

Razorlight - Up All Night

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed what is shaping up to be one of the finest albums of the year so far. Razorlight's Up All Night lays true claim to the indie rock and roll throne, and is a testament to powerful songwriting and musicianship.