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The xx

Label Young Turks Genre UK & EU Cat no. yt031lpx

Rough Trade Exclusive 500 White Vinyl

Label Young Turks Genre UK & EU Cat no. yt031cdx

Still the biggest selling title in RT Shops' history and still sounding fresh today and to celebrate we have the first ever coloured vinyl version. The XX are four precocious youngsters f...

E2 E4 - 2016 - 35th Anniversary Edition

Manuel Gottsching

Label MG Art Genre Krautrock Cat no. mgart904

In anticipation of the 35th anniversary next year one of electronic music ́s most influential recordings, the legendary E2-E4, from 12.12.1981 gets an official rerelease by Manuel Gottsch...

Label MG Art Genre Krautrock Cat no. mgart424

In anticipation of the 35th anniversary next year one of electronic music ́s most influential recordings, the legendary E2-E4, from 12.12.1981 gets an official rerelease by Manuel Gottsch...

The Blue Notebooks

Max Richter

Label Decca Genre Modern Composition Cat no. 4794185

'The Blue Notebooks' from 2004 was Max Richter's second solo album, a distinctive and adventurous work that is beautifully recorded and cinematic in scope. Opening with a text from Franz ...

Label Decca Genre Modern Composition Cat no. 4794443

'The Blue Notebooks' from 2004 was Max Richter's second solo album, a distinctive and adventurous work that is beautifully recorded and cinematic in scope. Opening with a text from Franz ...

Best Dressed Chicken In Town

Dr Alimantado

Genre Reggae & Dub Cat no. kmlp1

The classic 1975 Alimantado album available once again. This is one of the most essential reggae albums ever released - it mixes together songs, toasting and dub. The good doctor heavily ...

Cut

The Slits

Label Island Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. imcd275

When they formed the band in London, the members of the Slits couldn't even tune their own instruments, but two years later, in 1979, they recorded this seriously strange and upbeat album...

Carl and Passions - so tough / holland

Beach Boys

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 5256942

Married together as a 2-CD package for the first time, these two long-haired, counter-cultural Beach Boys albums (from 1972 and 1973 respectively) make strange bedfellows. Holland, our es...

The Sinking Of The Titanic/jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Gavin Bryars

Genre Modern Composition Cat no. cdve938

Hauntingly beautiful, this cd features two amazingly delicate pieces of work by the former jazz bassist turned composer (and founder member of the Portsmouth Symphonia) Gavin Byars. The f...

Up The Bracket

The Libertines

Label Rough Trade Genre UK & EU Cat no. rtradelp065

Rpugh Trade Essential

Label Rough Trade Genre UK & EU Cat no. rtradecd065

Can the debut album from London dandies The Libertines live up to the hype? with the Clash's Mick Jones at the production helm, gravelly tracks such as horror show and the boy looked at j...

Horses

Patti Smith

Label Legacy Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 88875111731 LASGO

Back in stock - 180 Gram vinyl edition. Simply one of the greatest debut LP's of all time, it's certainly set a standard few have come close to. Stunningly performed songs and poetry, a k...

Forever Changes

Love

Label Rhino Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 8122735372

One of the first pop albums to become a cult classic, Love's 1967 masterpiece, Forever Changes', is the pinnacle of the LA freak scene. Singer / songwriter Arthur Lee's lyrics are increas...

Label Rhino Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 8122797115

One of the first pop albums to become a cult classic, Love's 1967 masterpiece, Forever Changes', is the pinnacle of the LA freak scene. Singer / songwriter Arthur Lee's lyrics are increas...

Marquee Moon (Expanded Version)

Television

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 0081227392024

marquee moon was and still is a revolutionary album. it is a guitar album built on the interplay between tom verlaine and richard lloyd. it is impossible that 'post punk' would have happe...

A Trip To Marineville

Swell Maps

Label Mute Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. cdmaps1

Rpugh Trade Essential

Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys

Genre America & Canada Cat no. cdp7917432

Words cannot describe how much this album changed the face of hip hop and in fact almost all sampled based music. the Beasties, along with the Dust Brothers threw anything and everything ...

Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo

Devo

Genre America & Canada Cat no. cdvm9016

No new wave collection is complete without at least one Devo album and this comprehensive singles collection is a great place to start, a stunning run of killer and totally original 7"s f...

Inflammable Material

Stiff Little Fingers

Genre Punk & Hardcore Cat no. 5358862

The first, best and only Stiff Little Fingers album that you need. Released originally in 1979 as the first album ever on Rough Trade,it is harsh, brutal, primitive punk rock with sadly s...

Entertainment

Gang Of Four

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 0724383214624

CD reissue with three bonus b sides. A classic. propelled by a political mission and some wicked bass playing, the gang of four released 'Entertainment' in 1979. Though king sings, "two s...

Frequencies

Lfo

Label Warp Genre Electronic Cat no. warpcd003

Deluxe, double-vinyl reissue with download, (or standard cd) this format includes 'groovy distortion' and 'track 14', both never previously released on vinyl. A timeless classic, and one ...

Village Green Preservation Society

Kinks

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. smrcd184

Ray Davies' sentimental, nostalgic streak emerged on Something Else, but it developed into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of ...

I Against I

Bad Brains

Label sst Genre Punk & Hardcore Cat no. sst065

After the first of their countless breakups, the Bad Brains reconvened in 1986 to record this, their undeniable masterwork. Fusing dub reggae and funk rhythms into the mix, and slowing th...

Label sst Genre Punk & Hardcore Cat no. sst065cd

After the first of their countless breakups, the Bad Brains reconvened in 1986 to record this, their undeniable masterwork. Fusing dub reggae and funk rhythms into the mix, and slowing th...

Heaven Or Las Vegas

Cocteau Twins

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. gad0012cd

Deciding to scale back the overly pretty sound on Blue Bell Knoll while experimenting with more accessibility the Twins ended up creating their best album since Treasure. From the start, ...

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. cad3420

Deciding to scale back the overly pretty sound on Blue Bell Knoll while experimenting with more accessibility the Twins ended up creating their best album since Treasure. From the start, ...

Maggot Brain

Funkadelic

Label Westbound Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. CDSEWM202

A 180 Gram release. Jimi Hendrix's untimely death in September of 1970 left a gaping hole in the funk-rock genre. With 1971's 'Maggot Brain', Funkadelic showed that they were rightful hei...

Label Westbound Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. hiqlp020

Coloured vinyl

Surfer Rosa / Come On Pilgrim

Pixies

Genre America & Canada Cat no. cad803

This album epitomises everyhing that is the Pixies. Every aspect of this album is close to perfection. Produced by Steve Albini, it captures the raw essence of Pixies in full flight. Blac...

Genre America & Canada Cat no. gad803cd

This album epitomises everyhing that is the Pixies. Every aspect of this album is close to perfection. Produced by Steve Albini, it captures the raw essence of Pixies in full flight. Blac...

Fear Of Music

Talking Heads

Genre America & Canada Cat no. 7599274282

Although often overlooked in favour of it's successor Remain in Light, this album represents a peak for Talking Heads that they could never quite match on subsequent releases. Listen to L...

Junkyard

Birthday Party

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. gad207cd

The Party's second and final full studio album, also the final release with the five-person lineup, was perhaps its scuzzy masterpiece, its art/psych/blues/punk fusion taken to at times o...

Here Come The Warm Jets

Brian Eno

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. enocdx1

By the time Brian Eno left Roxy Music and came to record this masterpiece of a debut in 1973, he already held in his grasp the raw tools to revolutionize popular music. Here Come The Warm...

Dirk Wears White Sox

Adam and The Ants

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 88697003072

Originally released in 1979, this new version comes with a 12 page booklet and extra tracks.All tracks have been digitally remastered and now includes unreleased mixes of album tracks plu...

Closer

Joy Division

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 618391

'Closer', the group's second and final album arrived the year after their debut in July 1980 on Factory Records, following Ian Curtis' death two months earlier. Its dark and melancholy to...

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 0639842821926

'Closer', the group's second and final album arrived the year after their debut in July 1980 on Factory Records, following Ian Curtis' death two months earlier. Its dark and melancholy to...

Spiderland

Slint

Label Touch and Go Genre America & Canada Cat no. tglp64

A classic album from 1991 that still defines post rock, and has never been bettered. Although this Kentucky combo had a short lifespan, its influence has been extraordinary, presaging the...

Label Touch and Go Genre America & Canada Cat no. tg64cd

Rpugh Trade Essential

An Electric Storm

White Noise

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 9843197

Rpugh Trade Essential

Endtroducing

Dj Shadow

Label Mo' Wax Genre America & Canada Cat no. 5335160

Rpugh Trade Essential

Marquee Moon

Television

Label Rhino Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 0081227951221

LP+

Germ Free Adolescents

X-ray Spex

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. cmqcd1103

This deluxe cd reissue includes the classic Oh! Bondage Up Yours!' single and b side I Am A Cliche plus 7 Peel Session tracks and early demos. Carving out a niche in the heady early days ...

2x45

Cabaret Voltaire

Label Mute Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. cabs9cd

Collecting two separate sessions, one with Chris Watson and one without (the former also with guest drummer Alan Fish of Hula), '2x45' from 1982 originally on Rough Trade shows the Cabs n...

Songs In The Key Of Life

Stevie Wonder

Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. 1573572

Seminal Stevie Wonder from 1976, the double album Songs In The Key of Life overflowed with invention and extraordinary songs, arguably the most diverse of wonder's classic period, there's...

Music For 18 Musicians

Steve Reich

Genre Modern Composition Cat no. 7559794482

Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is often hailed as one his best pieces of music. This album does justice to this title. Extending over one hour in duration, themes are built up in re...

Zuma

Neil Young

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 7599272261

essential neil young from 1975 bridging the divide between crazy horse and crosby, stills and nash mixing hard edged rock with sweet harmonies and making for one of neil's most accessible...

Funhouse

The Stooges

Label Rhino Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 0081227941192

Limited Orange and Black Vinyl.

Label Rhino Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 8122732381

The debut album from 1969 was immense, but nothing could quite prepare you for the brutal masterpiece that is Funhouse. It is something that is neither pretty nor wholesome, and it succee...

Midnight Marauders

A Tribe Called Quest

Label Columbia Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 12414149015

back in stock. another gem repressed but now reduced to one slice of vinyl but still sounding as good as the day it was born....features award tour, oh my god,clap your hands and more.

If I Could Only Remember My Name

David Crosby

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 7567814152

Back in stock for Crosby's 1971 masterpiece. In the company of Joni, most of the Dead, most of Jefferson Airplane as well as Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, Crosby fashioned a...

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 8122798666

Back in stock for Crosby's 1971 masterpiece. In the company of Joni, most of the Dead, most of Jefferson Airplane as well as Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, Crosby fashioned a...

Neu!

Neu!

Genre Krautrock Cat no. lpgronI

Neu! was recorded over four days in Hamburg in 1972 with can producer Conrad Plank, and its static, aggressive harmonies and almost (but not quite) robotic sound still has a resonance tha...

Genre Krautrock Cat no. cdgronI

Neu! was recorded over four days in Hamburg in 1972 with can producer Conrad Plank, and its static, aggressive harmonies and almost (but not quite) robotic sound still has a resonance tha...

It's A Shame About Ray

The Lemonheads

Label Atlantic Genre America & Canada Cat no. MOVLP996

If 'Lovey' captured Evan Dando as he found his signature blend of punk-pop, jangle pop, and folk-rock, 'It's a Shame About Ray' is where he perfected that style. Breezing by in under half...

The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Joni Mitchell

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 7559603322

Joni Mitchell's 1975 oft-misunderstood classic mixed complex, multi-layered poetic lyricism with increasingly jazz flavoured backing with keyboards from the likes of Joe Sample and Victor...

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 8122798615

Joni Mitchell's 1975 oft-misunderstood classic mixed complex, multi-layered poetic lyricism with increasingly jazz flavoured backing with keyboards from the likes of Joe Sample and Victor...

Dummy

Portishead

Genre UK & EU Cat no. 8285532

The classic debut Portishead album from 1994. The collaboration of studio whiz Geoff Barrow and singer Beth Gibbons, Dummy was made at the same time as a short film noir called To Kill a ...

Donuts

J Dilla Aka Jay Dee

Label Stones Throw Genre Hip Hop Cat no. sth2126

Donuts was made on a hospital bed and in a home studio, on a stripped-down setup with a stack of vinyl. Released on its maker's 32nd birthday, three days before he passed away, the album ...

Silent Shout

The Knife

Genre UK & EU Cat no. brilcd103

Silent Shout finds the duo honing in on a specific mood, and at last, perfecting a signature sound. It's got a forbidding cold-bloodedness by melding contemporary electronic sounds with a...

My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Brian Eno and Byrne, David

Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. bedbx1

This is a remastered release of the seminal collaborative album by Brian Eno and David Byrne. Originally released in 1981, this critically lauded album was the first mainstream release to...

Burial

Burial

Label Hyperdub Genre Bass & Dubstep Cat no. hdblp001

Rough Trade Essential - 180 Gram Double re-pressing with download

Label Hyperdub Genre Bass & Dubstep Cat no. hdbcd001

This first album on Kode9's deeply-respected Hyperdub label comes from the mysterious Burial, who carves out a sound which sends the dormant slinky syncopations of UK garage, via radio in...