Long awaited second album from Emeli Sandé; including new single Hurts. Sandé released her debut album, Our Version of Events, in 2012 and was overwhelmed by the success. The album was certified multi platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at number one and exceeded The Beatles’ previous record by spending 63 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and selling over 4.6 million copies worldwide. How do you follow that? Hurts is an everything but the kitchen sink production with strings and a gospel choir. This is set to be one of the albums of the year.
If you were one of the people unable to get tickets for Kate’s sold out shows in 2014, do not despair. Kate is releasing a live album set of her Before the Dawn shows.
The album is split into three “acts”, following the structure of her concerts: first, a seven-song run of her greatest hits, followed by a selection from her 1985 album Hounds of Love, concluding with a selection from her 2005 album Aerial. The third section also includes a new song, Tawny Moon, performed by the singer’s son Bertie McIntosh.
82 year old Leonard Cohen releases his 14th studio album. Eagle-eared fans may already have caught a snippet of his new material during a scene in the BBC drama Peaky Blinders. Insiders have specifically highlighted one of the new songs, Treaty, describing it as Cohen “making peace, not only with his Maker, but with everyone and all things”.
This album features Rumer, recently described as ‘the heir to Dusty Springfield and Karen Carpenter’ tackle some of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s most memorable compositions. This Girl’s In Love even includes an appearance by Bacharach himself on piano.
Morricone 60 is the first album of Ennio Morricone’s greatest hits to be conducted, recorded and curated by the composer himself. It sees the great man performing film music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to his recent Academy Award-winning score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. The album marks Ennio Morricone’s 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor and features brand new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he’s collaborated on major international movie scores. The album is also released to mark his 88th birthday on 10th November.
Radio 1’s seasonal compilation continues to attract the best acts in the world. The bands and artists perform their own track, and a cover version. The tracks are live and stripped down, showing the true quality of the musicianship and craft of the song. Big names on this album include Coldplay, Biffy Clyro and Laura Mvula.
On Simple Minds Acoustic the band play stripped back versions of their hits including Promised You a Miracle and Don’t You (Forget About Me).
For many years Dylan’s Manchester show was incorrectly labelled as his Royal Albert Hall show. Now 50 years later the real Royal Albert Hall concert, originally recorded for a live album by CBS Records, is finally released as a standalone two CD set.