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Diognes_The_Fox The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of April 2019

It’s bullshit. This is all bullshit, and you all know it. Look at it. Look at this. Reissues of reissues and barrel scrapings by faded artists of years past. It’s as if the great music of the world burnt up in some big fire and there just wasn’t enough to go around anymore. We let this happen. This is our fault. We let a tiny handful of individuals take away our collective musical heritage, bribe our government representatives to ensure we’ll never get it back, and they burnt it. We did this when we bought the same old trash over and over and over. You should be angry. Be angry right now. Do better, damn it. Stop supporting this trash and self-release and support independent artists and labels.

Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks Test Pressing

#1 – Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks Test Pressing

Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks Test Pressing (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Europe)

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful Of Secrets

#2 – Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets

Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, 180g)

U2 - The Europa EP

#3 – U2 – The Europa EP

U2 – The Europa EP (12″, Ltd)

Various - Lost In Translation (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

#4 – Various – Lost In Translation (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various – Lost In Translation (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (LP, Ltd, RE, Violet)

Various - The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

#5 – Various – The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various – The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (LP, White+ LP, S/Sided, Etched +…)

Angelo Badalamenti And David Lynch - Twin Peaks: Season Two Music And More

#6 – Angelo Badalamenti And David Lynch – Twin Peaks: Season Two Music And More

Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch – Twin Peaks Season 2 Music & More (LP, Green + LP, Blue + Album…)

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody b/w I'm In Love With My Car

#7 – Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody b/w I’m In Love With My Car

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (7″, Single, Ltd, Purple)

Green Day - Woodstock 1994

#8 – Green Day – Woodstock 1994

Green Day – Woodstock 1994 (LP, Album, Ltd)

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody The Original Soundtrack

#9 – Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody The Original Soundtrack

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody The Original Soundtrack (2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Pic, S/Edition)

Gorillaz - The Fall

#10 – Gorillaz – The Fall

Gorillaz – The Fall (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, orest Green Translucent)

Morrissey - Lover-To-Be

#11 – Morrissey – Lover-To-Be

Morrissey – Lover-To-Be (7″, Single, Ltd, Clear Red)

Duran Duran - As The Lights Go Down (Live Oakland Coliseum '84)

#12 – Duran Duran – As The Lights Go Down (Live Oakland Coliseum ’84)

Duran Duran – As The Lights Go Down (Live) (LP, Pink + LP, Etched, Blue + Album, Ltd)

Peter Gabriel - Rated PG

#13 – Peter Gabriel – Rated PG

Peter Gabriel – Rated PG (LP, Ltd, Num, Pic)

Bingo Hand Job - Live At The Borderline 1991

#14 – Bingo Hand Job – Live At The Borderline 1991

Bingo Hand Job – Live At The Borderline 1991 (2xLP, Album, Ltd)

Frank Black - Teenager Of The Year

#15 – Frank Black – Teenager Of The Year

Frank Black – Teenager Of The Year (2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, White)

High On Fire - Bat Salad

#16 – High On Fire – Bat Salad

High On Fire – Bat Salad (12″, EP, Clear with Black & Green Splatter)

Brian May - New Horizons

#17 – Brian May – New Horizons

Brian May – New Horizons (12″, Ltd, Num)

Frank Black - Frank Black

#18 – Frank Black – Frank Black

Frank Black – Frank Black (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Orange)

Robert Plant - Fate Of Nations

#19 – Robert Plant – Fate Of Nations

Robert Plant – Fate Of Nations (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition)

The Grateful Dead - The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80

#20 – The Grateful Dead – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80

Grateful Dead* – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80 (2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num)

Prince - His Majesty's Pop Life / The Purple Mix Club

#21 – Prince – His Majesty’s Pop Life / The Purple Mix Club

Prince – His Majesty’s Pop Life / The Purple Mix Club (12″, Maxi, RE + 12″, RE + Ltd, RE, Gatefold)

John Lennon - Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)

#22 – John Lennon – Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)

John Lennon – Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes) (LP, Ltd)

Madonna - La Isla Bonita - Super Mix

#23 – Madonna – La Isla Bonita – Super Mix

Madonna – La Isla Bonita – Super Mix (12″, Maxi, Ltd, Green)

Idles - Meat EP / Meta EP

#24 – Idles – Meat EP / Meta EP

Idles – Meat EP / Meta EP (12″, EP, Comp, Ltd, White)

The Residents - B.S.

#26 – The Residents – B.S.

The Residents – B.S. (LP, Album, Ltd)

The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) - The Versace Experience - Prelude 2 Gold

#27 – The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) – The Versace Experience – Prelude 2 Gold

The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) – The Versace Experience – Prelude 2 Gold (Cass, Ltd, RE)

Frank Zappa - The Guitar World According To Frank Zappa

#28 – Frank Zappa – The Guitar World According To Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa – The Guitar World According To Frank Zappa (LP, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Clear)

Thin Lizzy - Black Rose - A Rock Legend

#29 – Thin Lizzy – Black Rose – A Rock Legend

Thin Lizzy – Black Rose – A Rock Legend (LP, Album, Ltd, RM, 180g)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Wait And Return EP

#30 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Wait And Return EP

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Wait And Return EP (12″, EP, Single, Ltd, Teal)

Weezer - Dusty Gems & Raw Nuggets

#31 – Weezer – Dusty Gems & Raw Nuggets

Weezer – Dusty Gems & Raw Nuggets (LP, Comp, Ltd, Blue)

Julien Baker - Red Door b/w Conversation Piece

#32 – Julien Baker – Red Door b/w Conversation Piece

Julien Baker – Red Door (7″, Single, Red)

Mastodon - Stairway To Nick John

#33 – Mastodon – Stairway To Nick John

Mastodon – Stairway To Nick John (10″, Ltd)

Robyn - Body Talk

#34 – Robyn – Body Talk

Robyn – Body Talk (LP, Album)

David Bowie & Marlene Dietrich - Music From The Original Soundtrack Just A Gigolo

#35 – David Bowie & Marlene Dietrich – Music From The Original Soundtrack Just A Gigolo

David Bowie & Marlene Dietrich – Music From The Original Soundtrack Just A Gigolo (7″, Single)

Greta Van Fleet - From The Fires

#36 – Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires (LP, Album, Ltd)

Garfield Fleming - Don't Send Me Away

#37 – Garfield Fleming – Don’t Send Me Away

Garfield Fleming – Don’t Send Me Away (12″, Ltd, RE)

Death Grips - Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)

#38 – Death Grips – Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)

Death Grips – Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) (12″, EP, Ltd, White)

Pete Rock - Return Of The SP1200

#39 – Pete Rock – Return Of The SP1200

Pete Rock – Return Of The SP1200 (LP, Album)

Pearl Jam - Live At Easy Street

#40 – Pearl Jam – Live At Easy Street

Pearl Jam – Live At Easy Street (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gatefold)

Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks Test Pressing

#41 – Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks Test Pressing

Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks Test Pressing (LP, Album, Ltd, RE)

The Grateful Dead - The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80

#42 – The Grateful Dead – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80

Grateful Dead* – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80 (2xHDCD, Album, Ltd)

Lou Reed - Ecstasy

#43 – Lou Reed – Ecstasy

Lou Reed – Ecstasy (2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180g)

The Rolling Stones - She's A Rainbow

#44 – The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow

The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow (10″, S/Sided, Single, Ltd, Yellow)

Motörhead - Rockaway Beach

#45 – Motörhead – Rockaway Beach

Motörhead – Rockaway Beach (7″, Single, Ltd, S/Edition, Purple)

The Police - Message In A Bottle

#46 – The Police – Message In A Bottle

The Police – Message In A Bottle (7″, Single, RE, RM, Green + 7″, Single, RM, Blue…)

Greta Van Fleet - From The Fires

#47 – Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires (LP, EP, Ltd, RE)

Ziad Rahbani - Abu Ali

#48 – Ziad Rahbani – Abu Ali

Ziad Rahbani – Abu Ali (12″, Ltd, RM, Yellow)

Elton John With Ray Cooper - Live From Moscow

#49 – Elton John With Ray Cooper – Live From Moscow

Elton John – Live From Moscow (2xLP, Album, Ltd, S/Edition)

Ramones - Live At The Palladium, New York, NY (12/31/79)

#50 – Ramones – Live At The Palladium, New York, NY (12/31/79)

Ramones – Live at The Palladium, New York, NY (12/31/79) (2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, Gatefold)

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CAS James Lavelle on Classical Music

UNKLE and Mo’Wax Official founder James Lavelle in conversation with Classic Album Sundays’ founder and BBBC Radio 6 Music host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, as part of Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Love Classical’.

James and Colleen will define the relationship between classical music, hip-hop and electronica, which as James says “has been the foundation of things that I’ve done in my career musically.”

Watch the full video from the event here.


Listen: Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry & André de Ridder on Tomita ‘Snowflakes are Dancing’
Listen: Max Richter & André de Ridder on ‘Recomposed: Vivaldi Four Seasons’ 

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Unknown Dip Your Ears, No. 240 (Thibaut Garcia in Bach: The Little Guitar Recital That Should Have)


Bach Inspirations
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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Stafford Presents Air ‘Moon Safari’

Air worked tirelessly on Moon Safari, recording basic tracks on a Fostex D-80 Digital Multitrack Recorder and completing additional elements in Paris’ Gang Studios and strings at Abbey Road Studios. By using an 8-track recorder, Dunckel and Godin set themselves a challenge of creating lush, expansive songs with only a finite number of tracks per recording.

Taking cues from Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre, Air wanted to create an album that portrayed a futuristic soundscape using old gear. Utilising a Korg MS-20, Casiotone and Minimoog, as well as a Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer, the aptly-named Moon Safari takes you on a journey through outer space, with sweeping synths propelling you through galaxies and constellations. Even the swirling violins featured on Talisman (played on a Solina String Ensemble, as well as live strings) help contribute to the often-cinematic atmosphere on the album.

Though songs such as Kelly Watch The Stars include prominent synth melodies, most of the synthesisers throughout the album are used in a textural way, fading in and out of a track’s mix to emit the feeling of floating through space.

Come and join us at one of our listening sessions to hear playback of this wonderful electronic masterpiece on our state of the art Audiophile hifi system.

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Discogs Staff Discogs’ Top 100 Most Expensive Records: United Kingdom

As record collectors, we’ve ponied up for our fair share of in-demand records that were pressed in tragically low numbers. We wanted to see if anything we’ve purchased ranked amongst the most expensive records sold in the Discogs Marketplace since it began way back in 2005.

Our criteria included albums that were actually sold and paid for. All prices have been converted to US dollars using the exchange rates at the time the sale was made. Some releases might appear more than once, since some sought-after records sell often — and for a lot.

If you want to dig in and figure out why some of these records were sold for such eye-popping prices, we included a link to each release for your perusal.

Do you notice any other interesting trends? Shout at us in the comments. And if this has piqued your interest when it comes to expensive records, we also publish a monthly list of the most expensive items purchased worldwide.

If you have any records that you might want to sell, you can use the Discogs Marketplace to connect with buyers from around the world. Learn how to use Discogs to price and sell your vinyl records online.

  1. The Norman Haines Band Den Of Iniquity album cover

    $1,890.02

    Sold: 2016-03-13 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Parlophone, EMI

  2. Bread Love And Dreams Amaryllis album cover

    $1,902.13

    Sold: 2015-06-26 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Decca, Decca

  3. David Bowie Rubber Band album cover

    $1,919.91

    Sold: 2017-06-30 / Format: 7″, Single, Promo / Label: Decca

  4. Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day album cover

    $1,920.57

    Sold: 2019-03-29 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Philips

  5. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin album cover

    $1,938.04

    Sold: 2017-05-10 / Format: LP, Album, Tur / Label: Atlantic

  6. Genesis From Genesis To Revelation album cover

    $1,952.96

    Sold: 2018-10-20 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Decca, Decca

  7. Pet Shop Boys Yes album cover

    $1,960.92

    Sold: 2013-07-14 / Format: 11×12″, Album + Box, Ltd, Num / Label: Parlophone, The Vinyl Factory

  8. Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon album cover

    $1,964.27

    Sold: 2018-04-25 / Format: LP, Album, Gat / Label: Harvest, Harvest

  9. The Open Mind The Open Mind album cover

    $1,966.65

    Sold: 2015-09-30 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Philips, Philips

  10. $1,975.49

    Sold: 2018-07-08 / Format: LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM / Label: Parlophone, Nimbus Records

  11. Pet Shop Boys Yes album cover

    $1,999.00

    Sold: 2012-12-26 / Format: 11×12″, Album + Box, Ltd, Num / Label: Parlophone, The Vinyl Factory

  12. Honeybus Recital album cover

    $1,999.99

    Sold: 2016-04-26 / Format: LP, Album, TP, wit / Label: Warner Bros. Records

  13. Mellow Candle Swaddling Songs album cover

    $2,000.00

    Sold: 2019-02-07 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram

  14. The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Shades Of Blue album cover

    $2,000.00

    Sold: 2018-10-08 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Columbia

  15. Bob Ohiri & His Uhuru Sounds Uhuru Aiye album cover

    $2,000.00

    Sold: 2019-04-23 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Ashiko

  16. Various Untieddiaries 1979-87 album cover

    $2,000.00

    Sold: 2017-12-01 / Format: 32xCass, Comp, Ltd, Sui / Label: United Dairies

  17. The Human Beast Volume One album cover

    $2,013.62

    Sold: 2017-12-28 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Decca, Decca

  18. Mellow Candle Swaddling Songs album cover

    $2,019.51

    Sold: 2018-05-02 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram

  19. The Stereotypes (3) Countdown album cover

    $2,031.93

    Sold: 2014-07-20 / Format: 7″, EP / Label: Hinterland Records (2)

  20. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin album cover

    $2,034.46

    Sold: 2017-04-02 / Format: LP, Album, Tur / Label: Atlantic

  21. Paul Gonsalves Quartet Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick album cover

    $2,041.81

    Sold: 2017-08-09 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Vocalion (3)

  22. David Bowie The Man Who Sold The World album cover

    $2,045.67

    Sold: 2018-11-20 / Format: LP, Album, M/Print / Label: Mercury

  23. Coil Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders) album cover

    $2,047.06

    Sold: 2014-02-19 / Format: Box, Album, Ltd + LP, Cle + 7″ / Label: Threshold House, Threshold House

  24. $2,060.33

    Sold: 2018-02-07 / Format: LP, Album / Label: CBS, CBS

  25. Joy Division An Ideal For Living album cover

    $2,109.37

    Sold: 2018-04-02 / Format: 7″, EP / Label: Enigma

  26. The Beatles Please Please Me album cover

    $2,128.57

    Sold: 2016-08-21 / Format: LP, Album, Mono, Gol / Label: Parlophone

  27. The Soul Vendors, The Invaders Happy Ogan / Soulful Music album cover

    $2,136.98

    Sold: 2016-03-10 / Format: 7″ / Label: Studio One

  28. The Beatles Abbey Road album cover

    $2,145.95

    Sold: 2015-11-16 / Format: LP, Album, Exp / Label: Parlophone

  29. Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day album cover

    $2,183.19

    Sold: 2018-01-22 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Philips

  30. Throbbing Gristle 24 Hours album cover

    $2,200.00

    Sold: 2014-10-09 / Format: 26xCass + Comp, Ltd, Num, Sui / Label: Industrial Records

  31. The Manish Boys I Pity The Fool album cover

    $2,223.98

    Sold: 2019-01-25 / Format: 7″, Single / Label: Parlophone

  32. Bobak, Jons, Malone Motherlight album cover

    $2,224.71

    Sold: 2017-07-10 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Morgan Blue Town, Morgan Blue Town

  33. Catapilla Changes album cover

    $2,245.75

    Sold: 2017-03-04 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Vertigo

  34. Joy Division An Ideal For Living album cover

    $2,250.00

    Sold: 2018-12-01 / Format: 7″, EP / Label: Enigma

  35. Leonid Kogan, Kiril Kondrashin, Édouard Lalo, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lalo Symphonie Espagnole album cover

    $2,269.95

    Sold: 2015-02-17 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Columbia

  36. Room (5) Pre-Flight album cover

    $2,284.07

    Sold: 2019-01-20 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram

  37. Anti-Social (3) Traffic Lights album cover

    $2,298.85

    Sold: 2015-10-14 / Format: 7″ / Label: Dynamite Records (10)

  38. Various Untieddiaries 1979-87 album cover

    $2,300.00

    Sold: 2017-10-30 / Format: 32xCass, Comp, Ltd, Sui / Label: United Dairies

  39. $2,307.64

    Sold: 2018-08-19 / Format: 7″, Single / Label: Parlophone

  40. The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Shades Of Blue album cover

    $2,343.55

    Sold: 2018-10-26 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Columbia

  41. The Cramps Songs The Lord Taught Us album cover

    $2,369.25

    Sold: 2019-03-07 / Format: LP, Album, TP, Dif / Label: Illegal Records (2)

  42. The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Shades Of Blue album cover

    $2,373.85

    Sold: 2018-03-11 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Columbia

  43. July (3) July album cover

    $2,433.11

    Sold: 2017-05-03 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Major Minor

  44. Fresh Maggots Fresh Maggots album cover

    $2,469.07

    Sold: 2018-02-11 / Format: LP, Album / Label: RCA Victor

  45. July (3) July album cover

    $2,488.41

    Sold: 2017-05-29 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Major Minor

  46. The Beatles Please Please Me album cover

    $2,492.41

    Sold: 2015-06-24 / Format: LP, Album, Mono, Gol / Label: Parlophone

  47. Black Sabbath Black Sabbath album cover

    $2,500.00

    Sold: 2018-02-27 / Format: LP, Album, Gat / Label: Vertigo, Vertigo

  48. The Beatles Please Please Me album cover

    $2,538.40

    Sold: 2018-08-23 / Format: LP, Album, Mono, Gol / Label: Parlophone

  49. The Beatles Please Please Me album cover

    $2,538.84

    Sold: 2017-05-05 / Format: LP, Album, Gol / Label: Parlophone

  50. Jasper (7) Liberation album cover

    $2,564.20

    Sold: 2018-09-29 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Spark

  51. Pink Floyd The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn album cover

    $2,569.54

    Sold: 2018-06-04 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Columbia

  52. Motiffe Motiffe album cover

    $2,582.76

    Sold: 2017-05-10 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deroy

  53. Megaton (3) Megaton album cover

    $2,617.15

    Sold: 2017-08-17 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram, Deram

  54. The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Shades Of Blue album cover

    $2,660.70

    Sold: 2012-12-17 / Format: LP, Album, Mono / Label: Columbia

  55. Dr. Z (3) Three Parts To My Soul (Spiritus, Manes Et Umbra) album cover

    $2,664.44

    Sold: 2013-08-15 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Vertigo

  56. The Smiths Reel Around The Fountain / Jeane album cover

    $2,701.71

    Sold: 2018-08-07 / Format: 7″, TP, W/Lbl / Label: Rough Trade

  57. David Bowie The Man Who Sold The World album cover

    $2,806.09

    Sold: 2018-07-12 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Mercury, Mercury

  58. The Beatles Please Please Me album cover

    $2,825.18

    Sold: 2016-07-26 / Format: LP, Album, Bla / Label: Parlophone

  59. Mick Stevens See The Morning album cover

    $2,855.08

    Sold: 2019-01-19 / Format: LP / Label: Deroy

  60. The Damned Damned Damned Damned album cover

    $2,920.57

    Sold: 2015-03-13 / Format: LP, Album, M/Print, TP, W/Lbl, Pro / Label: Stiff Records

  61. Brute Force (2) King Of Fuh album cover

    $2,926.02

    Sold: 2017-07-27 / Format: 7″, Single, Mono, Sol / Label: Apple Records

  62. Vittorio Gui Mozart Le Nozze Di Figaro album cover

    $2,926.52

    Sold: 2019-02-26 / Format: Box, Album / Label: His Master’s Voice

  63. Mellow Candle Swaddling Songs album cover

    $2,932.24

    Sold: 2014-08-17 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram

  64. The Beatles Please Please Me album cover

    $2,997.09

    Sold: 2016-02-16 / Format: LP, Album, Gol / Label: Parlophone

  65. Joy Division An Ideal For Living album cover

    $3,000.00

    Sold: 2016-09-29 / Format: 7″, EP / Label: Enigma

  66. Caleb Quaye Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad / A Woman Of Distinction album cover

    $3,007.85

    Sold: 2017-06-03 / Format: 7″, Pus / Label: Philips

  67. Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK album cover

    $3,120.99

    Sold: 2017-02-18 / Format: 7″, Single, TP, W/Lbl / Label: EMI

  68. The Smiths Hand In Glove album cover

    $3,166.86

    Sold: 2015-11-08 / Format: 7″, Single, Neg / Label: Rough Trade

  69. Coil Live Box album cover

    $3,226.42

    Sold: 2014-09-24 / Format: 6xCD + CDr + Box, Comp, Ltd, “Be / Label: Threshold House

  70. Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon album cover

    $3,242.31

    Sold: 2018-12-02 / Format: LP, Album, Gat / Label: Harvest, Harvest

  71. Mellow Candle Swaddling Songs album cover

    $3,250.00

    Sold: 2018-04-27 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram

  72. Mirkwood Mirkwood album cover

    $3,292.48

    Sold: 2018-07-31 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Flams Ltd

  73. Leaf Hound Growers Of Mushroom album cover

    $3,299.99

    Sold: 2016-11-21 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Decca, Decca

  74. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin album cover

    $3,304.68

    Sold: 2018-04-28 / Format: LP, Album, Tur / Label: Atlantic

  75. Joy Division An Ideal For Living album cover

    $3,390.68

    Sold: 2018-03-16 / Format: 7″, EP / Label: Enigma

  76. Mellow Candle Swaddling Songs album cover

    $3,422.09

    Sold: 2017-03-03 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram

  77. Joy Division An Ideal For Living album cover

    $3,515.62

    Sold: 2018-04-17 / Format: 7″, EP / Label: Enigma

  78. Apple (4) An Apple A Day album cover

    $3,671.69

    Sold: 2019-03-09 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Page One

  79. Room (5) Pre-Flight album cover

    $3,729.74

    Sold: 2018-09-22 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Deram

  80. Davie Jones & The King Bees Liza Jane album cover

    $3,859.58

    Sold: 2018-08-17 / Format: 7″, Single / Label: Vocalion Pop

  81. Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day album cover

    $4,039.01

    Sold: 2018-05-29 / Format: LP, Album / Label: Philips

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Music Freelance The best recordings of Tallis’s Lamentations

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Between 1560 and 1569, Thomas Tallis set the first two chapters from the Biblical Book of Lamentations; a set of laments to mourn the destruction/siege of Jerusalem. He wrote these in the midst of the religious chaos in Tudor England when many Roman Catholics were mourning their depletion of the Catholic religion to the rise of Protestantism.

The original Hebrew language text of Lamentations Chapter 1 is an acrostic, where each biblical verse commences  with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  In each of the two pieces which together  form the Lamentations, Tallis imitates this trick, preceding his music for the biblical verse (in Latin) with an ornate setting of the Hebrew letter – Aleph and Beth in Lamentation 1, Ghimel, Daleth and Heth  in Lamentation 2. The effect is remarkably peaceful, creating a kind of spiritual ante-room in which listeners can cleanse their consciousness from external distractions before the Latin text is sung.

 

The best recording

 

Pro Cantione Antiqua
Alto ALC1082

There are so many outstandingly proficient choirs performing early music nowadays that it is easy to forget what an enormous contribution the English group Pro Cantione Antiqua made in its heyday to the development of performance standards in Renaissance repertoire. This 1984 recording acts as a sharp reminder. With one voice to each vocal part, the five singers strike a virtually perfect balance between individual expressivity and the need to blend together as a coherent unit.

The ‘Aleph’ section in Lamentation 1 is a good example of their corporate sensitivity. Plangently launched by countertenor Charles Brett, it unfolds with sensual fluidity, each voice distinctive yet discreet as it enters, and with a smooth, subtle dynamic swell as the different strands of melody combine together. A marginal thinning of tone produces a touching vulnerability at ‘Plorans ploravit in nocte’ (‘She weepeth sore in the night’), and the ‘Jerusalem’ coda is appropriately penitential, while maintaining a firm, inclusive balance between the voice parts.

 

 

Lamentation 2 opens more anxiously, Tallis’s questioning harmonies etched out clearly by the singers’ pin-point pitching, and a sharpening of consonants at ‘Migravit Iuda propter afflictionem’ (‘Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction’).

This edginess persists throughout the second movement, which has a darker, more anguished feeling to it than in rival recordings. The coda is implacable in its plea for a return to godliness, with telling contributions from basses Michael George and Brian Etheridge. The recorded sound neatly abets Pro Cantione Antiqua’s searching view of the music.

 

 

 

Three other great recordings

 

Taverner Choir
Erato 562 2302

With one singer to a part, and a dry acoustic, this 1986 recording is the most intimate available version of the Lamentations. Although there are beautiful moments, the atmosphere is generally ascetic and inward-looking, a soul-searching rather than crowd-pleasing interpretation. As such it has unique insights to offer: the five singers differ markedly in timbre, and you can follow their contributions with absorbing clarity. It is part of a two-disc Tallis anthology that is itself hugely recommendable.

 

Clerks of the Choir of New College, Oxford
CRD CRD3499

In his 38 years as the director of New College Choir, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom made many excellent recordings and this, from 1995, is one of the finest. With two voices to a part, the choir produces an exceptionally mellifluous sound, assisted by the glowing acoustic of the Abbaye de Valloires in France. Higginbottom’s spacious tempos facilitate an interpretation rich in expressivity. If you find the one-singer-to-a-part approach of rival versions a touch austere, this is the ideal alternative.

 

 

Theatre of Voices
Harmonia Mundi HMU907154

It can easily seem as though the Lamentations are the sole preserve of small, all-male, English groups of singers. Here, again from 1995, is a recording which challenges that assumption. Made in California with a mixed-voice choir of 16 singers, it shows that women’s voices fit perfectly well in Tallis’s masterpiece, although he would not have expected to hear them. Conductor Paul Hillier directs an interpretation where tenderness and compassion are the watchwords. His all-Tallis programme includes a clutch of pieces for violin consort, providing added interest.

 

 

 

And one to avoid…

 

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Of the three Choir of King’s College, Cambridge recordings of the Lamentations available, the one conducted by David Willcocks in 1966 is the earliest and least satisfactory. The main drawback is the large amount of vibrato used by the singers, which both blurs Tallis’s part-writing and sounds eccentrically old-fashioned. The engineering doesn’t help much either: microphones are placed very close, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere.

 

 

 

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