Raves for Love Songs

Salvos’ 2 CD collection Love Songs: An Anthology of Arthur Lee’s Love 1966-1969, released on 27th October, has been receiving rave reviews:

“Includes (Forever Changes) in full while filleting its predecessors to best portray the band’s progress.” ***** (FIVE STARS) Andy Gill, The Independent

“Gorgeous two-CD set…a consummate collection of one of the greatest, most fascinating bands of all time.” ***** (FIVE STARS) Kris Needs, Shindig!

“Includes (Forever Changes) in full while filleting its predecessors to best portray the band’s progress.” ***** (FIVE STARS) Andy Gill, The Independent

“Too many outstanding songs to list…it’s time to listen in, if you haven’t already.” ***** (FIVE STARS) Ian Harrison, Q

"Fab, 2-CD chronological overview...a great primer." **** Mojo

The 2 CD compilation includes the best of their albums Love, Da Capo and Four Sail (the last featuring Lee as the only original member), and their masterpiece Forever Changes (featured in the 1st November NME in their ‘Anatomy of an Album’ profile) in its entirety, as well as a 16 page booklet.
Order yours from amazon.co.uk now, it’s out on 27th October


Frankie Goes To Hollywood Box Set ready to ship

Order yours now!

We would like to announce to all Frankie Goes To Hollywood and ZTT fans that there will only be 2000 of the "Inside The Pleasuredome " Ultra-Deluxe Box Set manufactured.

As of today over half of these have already been pre-ordered through PledgeMusic, with shipping due to start next week (the week commencing October 27th)

To view all the elements of the boxset, you can watch the unboxing video here.

At this time "Inside The Pleasuredome" is only available through PledgeMusic, so to avoid disappointment click here and pre-order your copy or you could miss out.


Holly Johnson releases his album ’Europa’

Holly Johnson released his new album ’Europa’ on Monday 29th September, his first in 15 years! It’s available on CD, Deluxe CD, Double Vinyl and Special coloured Double Vinyl Deluxe edition here: http://store.hollyjohnson.com/ . A UK tour is announced for October. For more information visit Holly Johnson’s website or facebook page.

View Holly Johnson on Later with Jools Holland on October 17th here.

Check here for all of Union Square’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood releases and for the ultimate Frankie box, don’t miss your chance to pre-order Inside The Pleasuredome - the 30th anniversary ultra-deluxe box set collection from Pledge Music.

Chas Smash to release a new album in 2015

Cathal Smyth a.k.a. Chas Smash, all-singing, all-dancing, songwriting trumpet player for Madness, is working on a new solo album called Comfortable Man, due to be released in 2015. For updates please visit his website.

For all of Union Square’s Madness releases click here.

Upcoming Slade shows

Slade have announced shows in Russia. Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Skegness (England), Austria, and Belgium. They will also be playing shows in England in 2015. For more information see their facebook page.

For all of Union Square’s Slade releases click here.

Claudia Brücken to release her new album

Singer and former frontperson of the synthpop bands Propaganda and Act, Claudia Brücken, is releasing a new album Where Else… on October 6th.

You can see the video for the first single from the album, ’Nevermind’, here, and you can download it from iTunes and Amazon. For more information about how to pre-order the album please visit her website.

For Union Square’s Claudia Brücken releases click here and for Propaganda click here.

Gilbert O’Sullivan working on new album

Gilbert O’Sullivan was in a recording studio last week in Madrid working on his new album. The yet unnamed album will have a Latin feel and he is using Spanish musicians to achieve the desired sound.

For more information please visit his website: http://www.gilbertosullivan.net/

Check here for all of Union Square’s Gilbert O’Sullivan releases.

Sandie Shaw to release new single

Sandie Shaw is featured on Neil Davidge’s new single  ’Riot Pictures’ which is getting released on October 6th! Neil Davidge is a record producer, songwriter and film score composer, who has extensively worked with Massive Attack, including working on their Q Award winning album ’Mezzanine’. He released his own album called ’Slo Light’ in March 2014, which you can purchase here

Sandie Shaw’s website   
Sandie Shaw’s releases
Neil Davidge’s Facebook

Madness – One Step Beyond… 35th anniversary edition

Difficult as it may be to accept, ’One Step Beyond’ is 35!

On its initial release, ‘One Step Beyond…’ coined the unmistakable “heavy, heavy monster sound” and catapulted the band from poky rehearsal rooms and sweaty gigs to the hearts of the nation. In truth it delivered so much more: sophisticated pop, vaudevillian vamps, English eccentrics and desert moonstomps.

The forthcoming anniversary edition of the album, released on October 13th, has been digitally remastered from the original 1⁄4 inch tapes and comes complete with recently unearthed rehearsal recordings from 1979 and more. Check here for the complete track listing and to pre-order from Amazon and the official Madstore.

Also check out the official One Step Beyond site to hear previews of all the tracks, help yourself to a free download and you can even re-name the album.


Holly Johnson Announces ’EUROPA’ Album & Tour

HOLLY JOHNSON will release a new studio album, ’Europa’, on September 29th via his own Pleasuredome label. The album is preceded by a new single ’Follow Your Heart’ which is now available as a one-track download and was released as a digital and vinyl EP on July 27th. The new single “In And Out Of Love” was also aired on Radio 2 and is available for download straight away if you pre-order the album on iTunes. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Johnson has also announced a short UK tour for October, his first live shows since playing with FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD in 1987. More shows are expected to be announced soon.

Sunday 19th Birmingham Library
Friday 24th Liverpool Auditorium
Saturday 25th Manchester Academy 2
Tuesday 28th London KOKO

Read the story behind the ’Europa’ album artwork revealed: click here

For updates about the release visit Holly Johnson’s facebook page here

Rock ’n’ Roll Telephone - Listening party on Soundcloud

Starting Monday 2nd June, you can stream Nazareth’s acclaimed new album Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone on Soundcloud before you buy it.

Classic Rock proclaimed the album as “very much in the classic Nazareth tradition - heavy, no frills rock ’n’ roll with that rasping voice its unmistakeable signature”, and Mojo declares that “McCafferty signs off just as he began back in ’68: defiant and swinging,” as this is to be his last recording with the band, a triumphant end to the career of “one of the all-time great rock singers”.

The album is released on 3rd June in North America, 6th June in Germany, and 9th June in the UK and the rest of the world.

See Facebook for more details

Madness Home And Away!

Madness have a busy summer ahead, with festival dates on le continent before returning to Blighty for their annual House Of Fun Weekender at Butlins in Minehead at the end of November. In addition to that little lot the band have announced a UK tour  - the M.A.D.H.E.A.D. - in December, making it a very merry Christmas indeed this year.

For full details on all live Madness shenanigans, click here.

For tunes to go with said shenanigans, click here.

Check out the ZTT Youtube channel - Zang Tuum Television

Zang Tuum Television is the official YouTube channel from ZTT Records.

A record label that’s made a major contribution to the world of music video, we’ll be uploading classics and rarities to this channel as the weeks and months progress.

Check out all the great content here!

‘Take It Or Leave It’ nominated for Music Week Award!

Salvo’s reissue of Madness’s ‘Take It Or Leave It’ has been nominated for a Music Week Award, it has been revealed today. The Awards, which cover all areas of the UK music industry are to be held in London on April 24.

Included in the Catalogue Marketing Campaign category, ‘Take It Or Leave It’ combined Madness’s 1981 biopic on DVD, with its accompanying soundtrack on CD for the first time ever. USM’s marketing campaign included holding a launch party for the release at the same venue that hosted the original premiere of the film, the Odeon on Camden Parkway. Members of the band attended the launch and participated in a riotous Q&A session after the film was shown.

The film itself (a must for Madness fans) is a wonderful snapshot of London in the late 1970s and charts the band’s rise to fame from their first gig as The Invaders to the departures hall at Heathrow for their very first trip to America as the UK’s favourite band, Madness. The CD soundtrack serves as an early best-of compilation with tracks from their first three albums.

For more info about the release, click here.

Record Store Day 2014

Salvo is supporting Record Store Day 2014 with two new vinyl releases, from Stiff Records and ZTT.

Tenpole Tudor were an English punk band fronted by Edward Tudor-Pole, who first came to prominence via his role in the Sex Pistols’ film The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle.

Tenpole Tudor’s ’The Swords of a Thousand Men’ b/w ‘Love and Food’ is a 7" picture disc, featuring a classic Stiff Records logo on Side A and the band photograph from the original 1981 7" cover on Side B. ‘The Swords of a Thousand Men’ was the band’s biggest hit, reaching #6 in the UK chart in 1981.

ZTT’s release is a 12” picture disc, Art Of Noise Live at the End of a Century.  Element 34 is a photodisc introduction to Art of Noise at the End of a Century, the CD/DVD anthology of five years of Art of Noise experimentation and recordings from 1997 to 2002 that will be released in 2014. ’Out of This World’, ’Born on a Sunday’ and ’Moments in Love’ were recorded live from the soundboard at the first Coachella Festival 9th October 1999.

The 7” and 12” picture discs will be available exclusively from RSD participating shops on 19th April, 2014. Worth queuing up on a Saturday morning for!

ZTT 30th Anniversary Celebration and Amazon online competition

Extensive press coverage of our first ZTT 30th anniversary releases include a Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover story in Classic Pop magazine and a major ZTT Records feature in Record Collector.

Our year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of one of the UK’s most influential, innovative and successful record labels begins with three releases on 10th February:  Frankie Said (Deluxe Edition), The Organisation of Pop (London Edition) and The Art of the 12”, Volume Three.

Expansively highlighting the breadth and depth of ZTT’s collective vision, these stylishly packaged releases features cuts and hit singles from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Propaganda, Art of Noise, Seal, 808 State, Shane MacGowan, Kirsty MacColl, Shades of Rhythm, Adamski, Lisa Stansfield, Tom Jones, David Jordan and much much more plus remixes, rare and classic 7” and 12” versions, promo videos, TV performances and classic ZTT experiments and overtures plus new words from Paul Morley.

Frankie Said (Deluxe Edition) brings together - for the first time ever - Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s greatest singles, remixes, videos and TV appearances. Noise-shots from the ‘Welcome To the Pleasuredome’ and ‘Liverpool’ albums, and rare and unreleased footage from Top Of The Pops, ORS 84 and the Zang Tuum Tum archives. The 24-page booklet also features a new essay from Paul Morley.

The Organisation of Pop (London Edition) is a two-disc, 38-track anthology of the first 30 years of Zang Tuum Tumb. Disc One features 19 hit singles from 1983 to the present day while Disc Two, The Disorganisation of Pop, takes a tour of ZTT’s archive of experiments, overtures, remixes and special projects. Paul Morley writes about ZTT’s reorganisation of pop in the accompanying 24-page booklet.

The Art of the 12”, Volume Three features rare and classic 12” remixes by the godfathers of electronic and pop, threaded together by their off-shoot projects – and another 80s obsession – TV, film and ad themes, from and inspired by The Tube, The Word, Network 7, A Clockwork Orange, Moonlighting, Escape From New York and the golden era of MTV.

Enter the Amazon competition to win a piece of studio equipment and one unused roll of studio tape from SARM West Studios, both signed by Trevor Horn.

ZTT’s Record Store Day 2014 exclusive vinyl

ZTT’s Record Store Day 2014 exclusive vinyl release is a 12” picture disc, Art Of Noise Live at the End of a Century.  Element 34 is a photodisc introduction to Art of Noise at the End of a Century, the CD/DVD anthology of five years of Art of Noise experimentation and recordings from 1997 to 2002 that will be released in 2014. ’Out of This World’, ’Born on a Sunday’ and ’Moments in Love’ were recorded live from the soundboard at the first Coachella Festival 9th October 1999.

The 12” single will be available exclusively from RSD participating shops on 19th April, 2014. Worth queuing up on a Saturday morning for!

The Undertones announce London 2014 live date.

The Undertones have announced a new London gig for 23rd May at Koko.

Full details and a link to the box office to grab your tickets are to be found here...

Three New Releases from Salvo Sound & Vision on 10 February

On 10th February, Salvo unleash their next three Sound and Vision CD/DVD deluxe digipacks, featuring live performances by a blues rock master, the crown prince of shock rock, and one of the originators of UK punk.

’Great Balls of Fire’ at #1 on this date in 1958

On this day in 1958, ’The Ferriday Fireball’ Jerry Lee Lewis was at #1 on the UK singles chart with his incendiary ’Great Balls Of Fire’. Lewis was the only major white rock ’n’ roll star to play piano rather than guitar.

’Great Balls of Fire’ and 105 other classic JLL recordings are available on our 4 CD box set A WHOLE LOTTA JERRY LEE LEWIS.

“Riveting...an expertly curated compendium of modern American song.” UNCUT


Trevor Horn wins MPG Outstanding Contribution award 2014

Congratulations to Trevor Horn, sometime Buggle, ZTT founder and producer extraordinaire, on winning this prestigious award.

By Tom Pakinkis

The Music Producers Guild has named renowned producer, musician and songwriter Trevor Horn as the recipient of its Outstanding Contribution award for 2014.
Horn will be presented with the PPL sponsored award at the MPG’s 2014 Awards ceremony on February 13 at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel.

"I’m thrilled that the MPG is recognising Trevor with this award,” said chairman of the Music Producers Guild Steve Levine. “I have known Trevor for over 30 years and have always admired his innovative production skills. He has always pioneered the use of new technology and is always happy to exchange and share his knowledge with other producers and with manufactures to help move that technical curve further forward. He is a very worth recipient of this extremely prestigious award."

Fran Nevrkla OBE, chairman of PPL said: "I am absolutely delighted about this very special Award for Trevor Horn whom I have known for so many years. PPL is particularly proud to be the sponsor of this Award, which is bestowed on special individuals by their own community of record producers and others involved in studio production. Trevor is one of the most uniquely talented creative individuals, having achieved international fame both as a recording artist and a producer. His enormous success over so many decades is almost without parallel and it speaks for itself.

"We at PPL offer our profound thanks together with congratulations and compliments to Trevor Horn on his truly extraordinary contribution to British music which is recognised throughout the world."

One of the UK’s most influential producers of the last 30 years, Trevor Horn has been responsible for numerous hits for artists such as ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones and Robbie Williams. The award he will receive from the MPG acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry.

Sandie Shaw Receives Honorary Doctorate

Iconic 60s singer Sandie Shaw has received an Honorary Doctorate from the South East College Of Higher And Further Education for her contribution to music and entertainment. She received the award at a ceremony in Southend on October 22nd.

Sandie is thrilled with the award commenting, `I am so homoured to receive an Honorary Doctorate from my home county of Essex. I love our aspirational spirit and energy and our mix of posh and ordinary, urban and rural.

You can see all Sandie’s albums and releases on our Salvo label here

Gilbert O’Sullivan lands National Lottery advert

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s classic 1972 single Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day is the basis of the new National Lottery advert

The original hit version of the song is available as a digital single and on the expanded version of Back To Front and The Very Best Of Gilbert O’Sullivan. Click here for all our Gilbert releases.

And if you fancy recording your own version of the advert there’s a £20,000 prize up for grabs in this competition

Official biography of Slade’s Don Powell to be published - personal appearances this weekend

’Look Wot I Dun’, the new biography of Slade drummer Don Powell, written with his friend, journalist Lise Lyng Falkenberg, will be published on October 14.

"This book is not a flimsy biography pieced together in three months by a ghost writer " says Lise. "It is a thorough account of Don’s life, not just as a Slade drummer, but as a person who has had to overcome huge obstacles in his life in order to get to where he is today. The book is based on more than 50 hours of interviews with Don as well as 20 years of diaries and interviews with and contributions from 28 of Don’s friends, colleagues and family members".


 Don has announced two early book signings, together with a charity "Tea with Don Powell" event

•Book signing - Waterstones, Wolverhampton - Friday 4 October at midday to 1pm
•"Tea with Don Powell" event - Connaught Hotel, Wolverhampton - Friday 4 October 3pm onwards
•Book signing - Waterstones, Walsall - Saturday 5 October at midday to 1pm


The first book signing will be take place on Friday 4 October 2013 at Waterstones, 13-15 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3NP at midday til 1pm (shop telephone number 0843 290 8701). This signing will be an early opportunity to purchase Don’s book. Don will be accompanied by Lise.


There will also be a totally separate event. It’s a question and answer session later that day in the Connaught Hotel, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4SW. This event, at which will Don will be discussing his life with Clive Eakin of BBC Coventry & Warwick will be called "Tea with Don Powell" - and will be run in support of the National Autistic Society (which Don supports). Please note: The Connaught Hotel is currently changing it’s name - by the time the event takes place it will be called the Quality Hotel, Wolverhampton.
Tickets are £10 (which includes Tea,Sandwiches & Cake and can be purchased here

•Attendees can complete question cards before the event - and hand them in for Don to answer during the Q&A. So get thinking of those questions that you’ve always wanted to ask him!
•Afternoon tea and cakes will be served during the event (as part of the entrance fee) - but for those drinkers attending, the bar will also be open.
•Don is keen to revisit The Connaught Hotel, as he played there numerous times with the ’N Betweens in the 1960’s... Slade historian Chris Selby calculates that Don played at the Connaught Hotel 41 times in all (with The ’N Betweens, Ambrose Slade and Slade). His last performance there was before Slade released Get Down and Get With It...
Prior to this event, Don launches ’Look Wot I Dun’ at Waterstones Bookshop, Woverhampton between midday and 1pm.

Lastly, on Saturday 5th October 2013, Don will be at Waterstones Bookshop Walsall, again between between midday and 1pm, to sign the book.

Full details on all the above can be found at Don’s Official website.

Don has so many interesting stories to tell, it’s bound to be a great read and is a must for the Slade fan in your life!

All of  the albums that he recorded with Slade and a number of fine compilations are available on Salvo. Click here for details.

Madness return to Camden for Take It Or Leave It launch

Madness came out last night to celebrate the Salvo reissue of their classic biopic, ‘Take It Or Leave It’. Originally released in 1981, the film’s premiere was held at Parkway cinema in Camden and last night saw the band return to the same venue for a special screening, along with director and Stiff Records boss Dave Robinson.

The band’s own beer, Gladness, was served and the film was riotously enjoyed, with the band and Dave staying afterwards for a brilliant Q&A session.

 The film comes out on DVD on October 7th with its accompanying soundtrack on CD for the first time. Click here for more details.

USM Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of The Rocky Horror Show

Midnights Friday and Saturday…Sell-out crowds…audiences go wild…madness takes its toll.

From the screen to the stage The Rocky Horror Show has been an international phenomenon. Never has an audience embraced a film, a show, a production with such passion. From the unenlightened (known as virgins) who have not had the pleasure to dabble into the world of Rocky there is no better introduction.
Here we present The Rocky Horror Show Album Box Set – Four must have albums from the original cast members to International cast recordings in one bumper package.

There seems to be no end to the power of The Rocky Horror Show and all that remains ahead… more enlightened virgins … more anniversaries … more memorabilia … and absolute pleasure to last a lifetime.

The Rocky Horror Show Album box set is released on the 2nd September and co-insides with the Official Rocky Horror Show Tour outlined below. Pre-order your copy from Amazon Click here

The Rocky Horror Show UK Tour Dates

   Millennium Forum, Derry - 2 September 2013 – 7 September 213
   Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theatre - 9 September 2013 – 14 September 2013
   Bradford Alhambra - 16 September 2013 – 21 September 2013
   Nottingham Theatre Royal - 23 September 2013 – 28 September 2013
   Hull New Theatre - 30 September 2013 – 5 October 2013
   Curve Theatre, Leicester - 7 October 2013 – 12 October 2013
   Bournemouth Pavilion - 14 October 2013 – 19 October 2013
   Dunfermline Alhambra - 21 October 2013 – 26 October 2013
   Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - 28 Oct, 2013 – 2 Nov, 2013

Don’t Watch That… Watch This!

Salvo is delighted to announce the release of Madness’s brilliant cult biopic, ‘Take It Or Leave It’.

Originally released in 1981, the film tells the story of the band’s spectacular rise to fame: from the tiny pubs of North London to their first trip to America as the UK’s number one singles band.

This special edition boasts a digitally restored version of the film on DVD, with the accompanying soundtrack on CD. Providing a unique perspective on the band’s early work, the soundtrack has never before been released as a compilation in its own right.

Look out for a competition to win a copy of this unique release. See here for details.

Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty retires

The veteran vocalist collapsed on stage in Switzerland at the weekend of Aug 24th / 25th and has admitted that a lung disease has brought an end to his 45-year live career. In an interview with Classic Rock McCafferty said: “I’ve got Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and it’s been getting worse over the years. You don’t know when it’s going to come on, but suddenly you can’t breathe.

“I was going on stage at Summerfest in Switzerland thinking, ‘This is great – our first festival in a few months and it’s a lovely day.’ We couldn’t have asked for better.”
Three songs in he suffered an attack of COPD, leaving him out of breath and unable to continue. He decided at that moment to retire with immediate effect. “When I came off stage I said to the boys: ‘I can’t keep doing this to the band.’ I can’t embarrass the boys and the fans. If you can’t do the job you shouldn’t be there – Nazareth’s too big for that.”

McCafferty’s decision came after he’d taken a break following a recent collapse onstage in Canada, which was caused by a burst stomach ulcer. “I thought I’d be fine,” he says, “But you lose so much blood when that happens.”

He admits he and his bandmates are “a wee bit emotional” and haven’t come to terms with the news, but he says: “The music we’ve made over the years is more important than any member of the band. We always felt like that, and I can’t see that’s changed just because I’ve left. “I really hope they get someone else. I’m sure they can.”

Naz recently completed recording work on their 24th album, not yet titled but scheduled for release on USM’s Salvo label “To go into a studio and sing isn’t like doing a gig,” says McCafferty. “I could always make another record, but getting up to do an hour and three-quarters, and get people to pay money to come and see me – I can’t do that.”

He’s going to take time out to consider his future, but says a solo album might be a possibility. As to the chances of a farewell show, he jokes: “It could be like, ‘I’ll sing for ten minutes, everyone go for a pint, than I’ll sing for another ten minutes.’ I don’t know how well that would work!” McCafferty adds: “Let everyone know I appreciate they’ve been there for all these years.”

Naz formed in Fife, Scotland in 1968, with McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew the only members to feature in all lineups until now. Other members included Manny Charlton, John Locke, Zal Cleminson and TeamRock Radio Blues Magazine Show host Billy Rankin. The last lineup to feature McCafferty had been stable since 2002, with guitarist Jimmy Murrison and Agnew’s son Lee on drums.

(with thanks to Classic Rock)

Procol Harum mini-tour of Scandinavia

Procol Harum mini-tour of Scandinavia

The rock legends, led by Gary Brooker, play three dates in Sweden and one in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, in early October.

For booking details: click here

Saturday 5 October
Malmo, Sweden
Baltiska Hallen
Eric Perssons väg
217 62 Malmö

Sunday 6 October
Göteborg, Sweden
Örgrytevägen 5
402 22 Göteborg

Monday 7 October
Stockholm, Sweden
Djurgårdslätten 43-45
115 21 Stockholm

Tuesday 8 October
Helsinki, Finland
House of Culture, Helsinki

Madness play Alexandra Palace

Madness are playing the Alexandra Palace on the 28th September.

Get your tickets and gig info here

The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 to be featured on Sounds Of The Seventies, September 1st

The redoubtable Johnnie Walker, presenter of Sounds Of The Seventies on BBC Radio 2, who has been focusing on classic live albums lately, is to heavily feature the Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 album by The Who on his Sunday September 1st show, beginning at 3pm.
When a live album is featured in this way, the content is spread out across the full two hours of the show. Johnnie will tend to pick two tracks an hour to play from the album and will give each an introduction to add context with the help of archive and interview clips. It effectively creates a sort of “mini-documentary” about the album live on air.
Esteemed journalist and author Patrick Humphries, who wrote the notes for Salvo’s best-selling Sound & Vision release, will be contributing his expertise, which should help make for an enlightening experience, and the show will of course be made available on the BBC iPlayer for a week after broadcast.
Click here for the Sounds Of The Seventies homepage.
Click here for the lowdown on our dual format release of The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970.

Comprehensive feature on Procol Harum’s masterpiece, Grand Hotel, running in September’s Record Collector magazine

The September 12 issue of Record Collector magazine will contain a detailed feature on the making of Procol Harum’s wonderful Grand Hotel album, written by Procol biographer Henry Scott-Irvine. A record widely regarded as something of a creative peak for the band and on which they introduced their most stable early line-up, Grand Hotel is a must for all those interested in so-called ’classic rock’ (and of course includes the ’controversial’ single A Souvenir Of London that was banned by the BBC). The definitive CD version is available (in expanded form) on Salvo, details here.

Claudia Brücken releases new single

Europe’s leading electronic pop diva will release ’One Summer Dream’ as a single from her recent album ’The Lost Are Found’ on August 5th. The track is a cover of the 1975 Electric Light Orchestra number and the single will include remixes by Horse Meat Disco’s Severino Panzetta and DJ duo Blank & Jones.

Claudia’s acclaimed career retrospective collection, ComBined, is available on Salvo. For more details click here.

Sandie Shaw Song in Peroni Advert

Sandie’s promotion for the best of and reissued albums continues with the classic  (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me featured in the latest Peroni beer advert.
Check here for a full Sandie biog and details of all the USM releases.

Check here to go to Sandie’s website and see details of all the great press she has received.

Undertones European tour dates

The Undertones have released their European tour dates.


15th - Pais Vasco, Andoain, Spain - Info

Pais Vasco - Free Entry - First Come, First Served - There are no tickets


13th The Village, Dublin, Ireland - Info - Tickets on sale from Monday 13th May


10th - Fête du Bruit, Landerneau, France - Tickets

24th - Solfest, Tarnside Farm, Cumbria, England - Tickets

25th - Galtres Festival, Easingwold, North Yorkshire, England - Tickets

31st - Rock The Docks Festival, Chamerstrasse 41, Zug, Switzerland

Rock The Docks - Free Entry - First Come, First Served - There are no tickets


1st - ISC Club, Bern, Switzerland - Tickets

15th - Eksenonfair Festival , Istanbul, Turkey - Info - Tickets

Click here to check out all of our Undertones albums

Click here to visit the official Undertones website

Procol Harum & Gary Brooker June tour dates

Procol Harum and Gary Brooker are playing live this month. Check out the tour dates here.

Madness launch Gladness beer!

Madness have teamed up with the award-winning Growler Brewery to produce their very own beer, called "Gladness". The brew will be available through Nicholson’s Pubs across its 80 UK sites from Monday 10th June.

Having spent much time lamenting the fact that more popular lager choices are predominantly from continental Europe and the States, Madness wanted a British take on their beer.  The final results were brewed with solely lager hops for a distinct, flavoursome taste but brewed as an ale, to be served through the hand pumps for a smooth finish. 

Packed with the Noble Tetnang leaf hop to create a gentle floral aroma, with a touch of spice to the taste and finished with Saaz hops to add a light bitterness at the end, this light golden beer combines flavour and refreshment perfectly.

Click here to find out where you can enjoy a big glass of Gladness!

Procol Harum’s Mick Grabham interviewed on Resonance FM

Author and Procol Harum scholar Henry Scott Irvine conducted a wide-ranging and interesting interview with former Procol and Cochise guitarist Mick Grabham on Wednesday 24 April on Resonance FM.

Some of his finest work can be heard on Salvo’s Procol reissues. See the full range here.

Kirsty MacColl and Frankie Goes To Hollywood Releases For Record Store Day

We are supporting Record Store day on April 20th with two exclusive 7in vinyl singles as follows:

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - `Maximum Joy’
Released on a special eye-shaped picture disc `Maximum Joy is taken from the band’s acclaimed second album Liverpool and is backed by a previously unreleased instrumental edit of `Is Anybody Out There (Voiceless)’

Kirsty MacColl - A New England
Kirsty’s most cherished song re-released in a reproduction of its very rare picture disc bag showing a man hoisting a Union Jack above a bombed out building. It’s backed by `I’m Going Out With An Eighty Year Old Millionaire’ -a typically humourous and Caribbean-flavoured track previously only available on a 12in single.

For more information about Record Store Day please check here

Also check back here a week before Record Store Day for a full list of the shops stocking each release

Finally for information on our other Kirsty MacColl and Frankie Goes To Hollywood releases please follow the links

Madness everywhere!

Madness continue to have a bumper year with their latest album in the charts (plus a special edition, out today) and the announcement of loads of gigs over the summer. Their annual House Of Fun Weekender at the end of November will be  preceded by a special show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 28th September. For tour dates, click here.

The band have also been busy on TV and radio. Last Friday they appeared on Alan Carr’s Grand National Spectacular on Channel 4 and you can listen online to Suggs & Mike’s session with Terry Wogan last week HERE and watch Suggs, Mike & Chas in session for Absolute HERE.

 For all of USM’s Madness releases, click here.

Undertones - Good Vibrations Film and Record Store Day Releases

The story of how the Undertones were first signed to Terri Hooley’s legendary Good Vibrations label is told in the highly acclaimed Good Vibrations film out now.

You can see the BBC’s One Show feature on Terri Hooley and the movie, including an interview with Undertones drummer Billy Doherty, here.

The band also have two new songs available - Much Too Late b/w When It Hurts I Count To Ten on a limited edition 7in vinyl single on the Flamin’ June label. The single will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 20th - check here for more details.

The band are also undertaking a number of European dates this spring / summer including UK dates in London, Reading, Manchester and Wolverhampton - check here for full tour details.

Look out for loads more activity and promotion around the band as we celebrate 35 years since Teenage Kicks was first released. Full details of all USM title available here

Claudia Brücken confirms ’The Lost Are Found’ UK tour dates for March

Following her sell-out show at London’s Bush Hall earlier this year, CLAUDIA BRÜCKEN, the first lady of synth-pop, returns to the live stage in March with 5 UK dates, as follows:

Tues 12 March - Glasgow ABC2
Wed 13 March - Birmingham Academy 3
Fri 15 March - Manchester Academy 3
Sat 16 March - London Borderline
Sun 17 March - Brighton Concorde

As well as showcasing songs from her recent album ’The Lost Are Found’, which was produced by her frequent collaborator Stephen Hague, Claudia - who first came to prominence as the lead singer with the Düsseldorf group Propaganda in the early 80s - will be performing songs from across her varied canon, many of which can be found on the Salvo retrospective Combined.

Fans of Propaganda should also be sure to investigate Salvo’s highly acclaimed deluxe reissue of their first album A Secret Wish, its companion remix album, Wishful Thinking, as well as the brand new compilation, Noise And Girls Come Out To Play / A Compact Introduction To Propaganda, which also contains a generous number of previously unreleased mixes/tracks recorded between 1983 and 1986.

Nazareth schedule mini-tour of England!

Scottish rock greats, Nazareth, are making a rare trip to England next month with five dates across the country as follows:

17th March
Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby

19th March     
The Railway Venue, Ipswich

21st March     
Robin 2, Bilston

22nd March     
Islington Assembly Hall, London

23rd March     
Concorde 2, Brighton

They’re guaranteed to put on a great show and tickets can be obtained here.

Having provided the official song - God Of The Mountain - for the Austrian ski team for the 2013 season, Nazareth appeared at the World Ski Championships in Schladming over the weekend. You can see some of their performance here.

Click here for details of Salvo’s highly acclaimed Nazareth releases.

The Liberty Of Norton Folgate play on BBC Radio 4

This Saturday (9th Feb) tune into BBC Radio 4 at 2.30pm to hear The Liberty Of Norton Folgate Play starring Suggs, Chas and Mike playing themselves!

BBC Radio 4 link here

Roy Harper wins Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 took place at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 30 January 2013 as part of the Celtic Connections festival. Among the list of winners on the night, Roy Harper picked up a lifetime achievement award. Presented by Michael Eavis, Roy said upon receiving his award “I don’t belong anywhere…I don’t know whether I’m grateful or not but the BBC have finally found somewhere to put me. It’s nice to be back and be accepted and honoured by your peers…it is truly a life moment, so whether its the BBC or anyone here within I’d like to say thankyou.”

Click here to see all our Roy Harper releases

The Undertones announce new London gig

The Undertones will be playing a special London gig at Koko, Camden on May 24th. Dates have also been announced for Manchester, Reading and Paris.

See all the details on the official site here

The Undertones - latest news

Check out all the latest news from The Undertones, including Michael Bradley’s guide to Derry, details of a recent fundraiser gig with The Fall for the John Peel Centre For Creative Arts which is now available to view on Youtube and updates on 2013 gigs.

Frankie’s Two Tribes is the focus of BBC Radio 2’s landmark new series - The People’s Songs - this Wednesday 9th January

BBC Radio 2 has launched a brand new 50-part series for 2013 and wants listeners to get involved by contributing stories that will feature in the programme. Presented by Stuart Maconie, The People’s Songs will tell the story of modern Britain via 50 records that have provided the soundtrack to British culture.

Looking at the music that reflects the evolution of the world we live in, the series will weave a seamless journey through themes ranging from post-war optimism and the fissures and divisions in society during the punk years to mass immigration and the perils of fame, narcotics and the obsession with celebrity.

The second programme, which will air tomorrow at 10pm, sets the controls for 1984 and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s colossal chart-topper, Two Tribes, which captured the prevailing mood of rampant paranoia and political insanity with global nuclear destruction seemingly closer than it had been since the Cuban missile crisis over 20 years before. And like the nuclear threat itself, Frankie Goes To Hollywood seemed to be everywhere one looked in 1984. Their music, their controversial videos and their "Frankie Say" t-shirts were ubiquitous.

Two Tribes (and some of its best remixes) is available on CD and as a digital download on various Salvo releases, including the best-selling Frankie Said, Welcome To the Pleasuredome and Sex Mix.

Slade night on BBC 4

It’s Slade Night on BBC 4 tonight, starting at 9pm. The biggest Black Country band of them all will feature in well over three hours of rocking documentaries and vintage movie gold. The night kicks off with the 1999 documentary It’s Slade, followed by a brand new, specially commissioned documentary called Slade @ the BBC, featuring archive material not seen on UK television since the original transmissions. Then, at 10.50, there will be a screening of  what is universally regarded as one the finest rock movies ever made, Slade In Flame.

9pm - It’s Slade - documentary about the band

9.50pm - Slade At The BBC - compilation of appearances on the BBC introduced by Noddy Holder

10.50pm - Flame - The major motion pic from 1974

Click here to see all our Slade releases

The Power of Love issued as an extended digital EP

Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power Of Love is available now as an extended EP (in the UK and Eire) featuring several versions of their 1984 Christmas chart-topper and, exclusively through iTunes, the original video for the 7" mix.

The full tracklisting is as follows:

The Power of Love Original 7” Mix
The Power of Love Original 7” Instrumental
The Power of Love Original 12” Mix
The World is My Oyster Original 7” B-Side
The Power of Love Alternative Mix
The Power of Love Best Listened To By Lovers
The Power of Love Instrumental, singlette version
The Power Of Love                                              Original video (iTunes only)

20 year old Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of  The Power of Love, selected by the John Lewis to soundtrack their blockbuster festive advertising campaign, hit the top spot in the UK singles chart last week.
It accompanies a 90-second advert that follows a snowman’s quest to find the perfect gift for his wife. Here it is:

The Power of Love, for many people Frankie’s finest composition, can be found on Salvo’s new compact compilation, Frankie Said, in two versions, the original single and a stunning, previously unreleased orchestral instrumental subtitled "...best listened to be lovers".

It’s available from all good retailers in digital and physical formats, while Gabrielle’s reading of the song can be downloaded from iTunes.

News regarding Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Sex Mix release (SALVOMDCD28)

Stereo masters have been located and have been used to prepare a new, all stereo version of disc one.

If anyone would like to replace their current version of disc one with one of these freshly minted, all stereo versions then all we ask is that you please send us your current disc, or email us a  copy of your receipt if you prefer, and provide a return address. We will then forward a copy of the all stereo disc to you by first class post.

Please send the discs to the following address:



Union Square Music Ltd.

Unit 1.1, Shepherds Studios

Rockley Road


W14 0DA


Please send emails to: info@unionsquaremusic.co.uk

For your reference there will be one or other of two codes on the discs featuring the tracks with one channel repeated on both sides and they are: *053731 and *055114

The code on the new discs is: *056837

These codes can be found on the underside of the disc in the ring around the centre.

In addition, those who bought digital downloads of the album can now download an updated version at the store from which it was originally purchased.