Record Store Day Drops 2021
AC/DC releases an exclusive limited collector’s edition picture disc as part of RSD Drops 2021. The 12” vinyl includes “Through The Mists of Time” and “Witch’s Spell” from the global #1 album Power Up, housed in a PVC jacket with an OBI strip at the top.
"Through The Mists of Time" b/w "Witch's Spell"
The hard-hitting, melodic heavy metal band Alcatrazz celebrate RSD Drops 2021 with the release of a colored double vinyl edition of their latest studio offering, Born Innocent. The 13-track opus, having previously only been available on CD and digital formats and never on vinyl will be a must-have collectible for anyone who considers themselves a fan of rock (pun intended!)
Their first studio venture since 1986’s Dangerous Game. Alongside the unique vocal prowess and range of star frontman and founding member Graham Bonnet, Born Innocent also features fellow founding members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea. And from the classic album art, featuring the mighty rock itself, Born Innocent is a journey into the sort of heavy, melodic and supremely articulated hard rock that is a cornerstone of the likes of Rainbow and the Michael Schenker Group, territory Alcatrazz successfully strode in the ‘80s before going on hiatus.
Born Innocent was produced by Jimmy Waldo with Giles Lavery and mixed and mastered by Andy Haller and features many former stars from Graham's long career. Guest appearances include Chris Impellitteri, who wrote the music and played all guitars on the arpeggio-powered “Born Innocent”, with Bonnet’s vocals soaring to old-school heights, as did Bob Kulick for the majestic “I Am The King”. Virtuoso Japanese guitar maestro Nozomu Wakai similarly wrote and played guitars on the double-kick steel-plated Irish warrior ode “Finn McCool”, while the six-string legend that is Steve Vai wrote “Dirty Like The City”, with Bonnet once again powerfully hitting notes that are beyond the business of most humans.
As fans will immediately hear, Alcatrazz are back doing what only they can do with Born Innocent, delivering quality hard rock with genuine storyteller lyrics, virtuoso performances and an added layer of modern ‘heavy’ that underscores the melodic excellence. Don’t miss out on this piece of rock history.
Born Innocent/Polar Bear/ Finn McCool/We Still Remember/London 1666/Dirty Like the City/I Am the King/Something That I Am Missing/Paper Flags/The Wound Is Open/Body Beautiful/Warth Lane/For Tony
Don your tricorn hat and join the pirate’s crew with the re-release of Alestorm’s outstanding Sunset On The Golden Age album, sailing the seven seas once again exclusively as part of RSD Drops! This special edition comes with completely renewed artwork and contains an exclusive 12’’ art print. Unforgettably catchy songs featuring an abundance of parrots and eye patches prove a real treasure for buccaneers and rum-loving landlubbers alike!
Featuring “Drink”, “1741 (The Battle Of Cartagena)” and the legendary “Hangover” cover, the standout album, originally released in 2014, includes some of the most sing-a-long worthy hits in the history of piracy. Captain Christopher Bowes and his crazy crew sail through “Bacon Powered Pirate Core” with sleek keyboard riffs influenced by Folk Metal and classic Power Metal.
Shortly after the release of their already legendary live album, Live In Tilburg, the pirate metal drinking crew returns with this special gift to all the filthy marauders out there! Cast off and Ship AHOY! Black/Gold Splatter in a gold-foil gatefold jacket. Limited to 3000 pieces worldwide.
1. Walk the Plank 2. Drink 3. Magnetic North 4. 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena) 5. Mead from Hell 6. Surf Squid Warfare 7. Quest for Ships 8. Wooden Leg! 9. Hangover" (Taio Cruz cover) 10. Sunset on the Golden Age
All Them Witches are known for their loud and lengthy live shows. 2020 found the band releasing their critically acclaimed album, Nothing As The Ideal. An album release from this band would traditionally be followed by a lengthy 18-month tour across the globe. Due to an international pandemic, the band’s touring plans were brought to a halt, but this did not stop All Them Witches from assembling in a studio to broadcast a live set for their fans. The set was roundly received as an amazing performance and fans immediately inquired as to whether or not this show would be available on vinyl. New West Records is proud to present All Them Witches Live On The Internet. This 16-song set will be pressed on six variations of color vinyl across 3 LPs, housed in an individually numbered, foil stamped wide spine jacket with spot gloss. Color variations include Turquoise, Black, White, Pink, Metallic Silver, or Metallic Gold mixed with sea glass. Also includes an 11" x 11" insert.
Side A: 1. Blood And Sand / Milk And Endless Waters 2. Dirt Preachers
Side B: 1. Saturnine & Iron Jaw 2. 41 3. When God Comes Back
Side C: 1. Alabaster 2. Diamond
Side D: 1. 1x1 2. 3-5-7 3. The Marriage Of Coyote Woman
Side E: 1. Charles William 2. Rats In Ruin
Side F: 1. Open Passageways 2. Enemy Of My Enemy 3. Everest 4. Bulls
Live version of Cover, Demos, Live Versions, B-Sides on vinyl and available for the first time ever
1. Heaven on Fire (B-Side Born Against)
2. Hell and You (Grotto Sessions)
3. Another Man’s Grave (Live)
4. Delilah (Tom Jones)
5. Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood)
6. Stronger Than Dead (Live)
7. The Liar’s Club - (2012 Demo)
8. Waiting Around To Die (Townes Van Zandt)
9. Jonestown Lullaby (2010 Demo)
10. Dahmer Does Hollywood (2010 Demo)
180g 45th Anniversary limited edition vinyl release that fully restores the original lavish album artwork. Stunning new re-master from the original master tapes, cut at Abbey Road studios.
SIDE ONE: 1. Ocean Song 2. Meeting (Garden of Geda) Sound Out The Galleon 3. Dance of Ranyart Olias (To Build The Moorglade) 4. Qoquaq En Transic Naon Transic To 5. Flight of the Moorglade
SIDE TWO: 1. Solid Space 2. Moon Ra, Chords Song Of Search 3. To The Runner
Aaron Bruno, the songwriter behind AWOLNATION, presents ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS LIVE FROM 2020. Recorded live in studio, it features all instrumentation, no tracks. Arrangements that have creative flourishes and the fervent energy that AWOLNATION is known for in a live setting. Due to touring being grounded and not being able to perform the new songs live for fans, Aaron was motivated by the idea of giving fans a front-to-back live representation of the new album. Available Exclusively as part of RSD Drops in red and blue tie-dye vinyl.
1. “The Best - Live From 2020 2. “Slam (Angel Miners) - Live From 2020” 3. “Mayday!!! Fiesta Fever - Live From 2020” 4. “Lightning Riders - Live From 2020” 5. “California Halo Blue - Live From 2020” 6. “Radical - Live From 2020” 7. “Battered, Black & Blue (Hole In My Heart) - Live From 2020” 8. “Pacific Coast Highway In The Movies - Live From 2020” 9. “Half Italian - Live From 2020” [EXPLICIT] 10. “I’m A Wreck - Live From 2020: [EXPLICIT]
12" picture disc of Bastille's "VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III) for RSD Drops 2021.
SIDE A –
1. Fall Into Your Arms (Bastille Vs. The Gemma Sharples Quartet) [Crossfaded Version]
2. Bite Down (Bastille Vs. HAIM) [Crossfaded Version]
3. bad_news (Bastille Vs. MNEK) [Crossfaded Version]
4. The Driver [Crossfaded Version]
SIDE B –
1. Axe To Grind (Bastille Vs. Tyde Vs. Rationale) [Crossfaded Version]
2. Torn Apart [Extended Mix/Crossfaded Version]
3. Torn Apart, Pt. II (Bastille Vs. GRADES Vs. Lizzo) [Crossfaded Version]
4. Weapon (Bastille Vs. Angel Haze Vs. F*U*G*Z Vs. Braque) [Crossfaded Version]
Deluxe Limited Edition LP of Beck's 2019 album, Hyperspace, featuring a holographic etching and exclusive cover. Beck has partnered with NASA for visual space missions tied to tracks from the album PEOPLE magazine called “his best in a decade” Packaged in a holographic jacket; includes new 24-page booklet with AI images and NASA data for each track. The vinyl features two additional songs, `Dark Places (Soundscape)' and `I Am The Cosmos (42420)', plus new mixes of `Star', `Hyperspace', `See Through' and `Die Waiting'.
I Am The Cosmos (42420)
Matt Bellamy releases his first physical solo piece with Cryosleep. Cryosleep is a limited edition 12" picture disc with a sheet music booklet. The picture disc contains ten songs, three of them never-before-released versions of songs.
Side 1: 1. Unintended (Acoustic) 2. Bridge Over Troubled Water 3. Behold, The Glove 4. Take a Bow (Four Hands Piano) 5. Pray
Side 2: 1. Tomorrow's World 2. Guiding Light (on Jeff's Guitar) 3. Simulation Theory Theme (Instrumental) 4. Fever 5. Unintended (Piano Lullaby)
In early November 2020, the singer teamed up with the choir she was a member of as a teenager to unveil new versions of her tracks “Cosmogony”, “Sonnets” and others. “Cosmogony” originally appeared on Björk’s 2011 Biophilia album, and this alternate a cappella rendition was conceived more recently during Björk’s “Cornucopia Tour” with the Hamrahlid Choir in 2019. Composed by Björk and set to the words of an E. E. cummings poem, “Sonnets” was originally a choral piece taken from her 2004 vocal album Medúlla.
2. Cosmogony (Hamrahlíð Choir)
Black Sabbath’s album Mob Rules celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year with a limited edition picture disc exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. The newly remastered audio - from line up Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice - features the tracks “The Mob Rules,” “Turn Up The Night” & “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”. Strictly Limited to 5000 copies worldwide.
Black Sabbath’s classic 1980 album Heaven and Hell pressed on a Limited Edition Picture Disc for the first time, exclusively for RSD Drops. The artwork showcases the album’s original “Smoking Angels” cover art by Lynn Curlee on the front and an illustration of the band by artist Harry Carmean on the back. The newly remastered audio --from line up Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward --features tracks “Neon Knights,” “Die Young” & “Heaven And Hell”. Strictly Limited to 5000 copies worldwide.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are among the most premier artists of the gospel world. Bela Fleck is among the most premier artists of the bluegrass world. Together, they have earned 20 Grammy Awards and scores of other accolades. For RSD Drops 2021, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Bela Fleck have joined together for a special 7" 45RPM vinyl release.
On the A-side, they cover "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free", the Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas classic made famous by Nina Simone. The song continues to be an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement. On the B-side, the Blind Boys bring "See By Faith" to a physical format for the first time. A bonus track to their acclaimed LP, Almost Home, "See By Faith" is a previously unreleased Bob Dylan-penned track.
This release is limited to 2000 copies worldwide.
“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” / “See By Faith”
This recording features a full performance by great musicians at their peak, providing a "you are there" experience of the excitement of great music and an appreciative crowd. Mastered from the original tape reels by Kevin Gray, the limited-edition 180g 3LP set includes an extensive booklet with rare photos, plus interviews with Carlos Garnett and Cecil McBee. Award-winning arts journalist and critic Mark Stryker contributes the main essay alongside remembrances by American journalist, educator, author, activist and friend of Roy Brooks Herb Boyd, alto saxophone legend Charles McPherson (who grew up with Roy Brooks), Louis Hayes (who got Roy the gig with Horace Silver) and more. The project came about as a desire by Reel to Real Recordings to make a positive contribution to Black Lives Matter. Understanding is our celebration of the talent, courage and spirit of the Black musicians who created a timeless and universal art, with the recognition that the injustices of 50 years ago are still with us. Proceeds will go directly to The Detroit Sound Conservancy. The album is produced with the cooperation of Cecil McBee and Carlos Garnett and the estates of Roy Brooks, Harold Mabern and Woody Shaw.
About the artist: In his younger days in Detroit, Brooks started off drumming with Yusef Lateef. He played with Horace Silver from 1959-64, including on the album Song for My Father; in 1963 he released his first album as a leader. Following this he freelanced in New York City through the 1960s and early 1970s, playing with Lateef again (1967-70), Sonny Stitt, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Junior Cook, Blue Mitchell, Charles McPherson, Pharoah Sanders (1970), Wes Montgomery, Dollar Brand, Jackie McLean, James Moody (1970-72), Charles Mingus (1972-73), and Milt Jackson. His 1970 album The Free Slave featured Cecil McBee and Woody Shaw. Later in 1970 he joined Max Roach's ensemble M'Boom, and in 1972 put together the ensemble The Artistic Truth.
Track Listing: Side 1: Prelude To Understanding (22:13) Side 2: Understanding (20:17) Side 3: Billie’s Bounce (21:04) Side 4: Zoltan (24:04) Side 5: Taurus Woman (17:39) Side 6: Taurus Woman Continuation, The Theme (20:33)
In 2011, the influential Manchester punk band revisited their early 1977 – 1981, re-recording twenty-four of their best-loved, iconic songs for the 21st century. While popular with fans, A Different Compilation was never issued on vinyl – until now. Pressed on pink vinyl.
Side A: Boredom / Fast Cars / I Don't Mind / Autonomy / Get On Our Own / What Ever Happened To?
Side B: When Love Turns Around You / Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore / Why Can't I Touch It? / Alive Tonight / I Don't Know What To Do With My Life / You Say You Don't Love Me
Side C: Turn Of The Screw / Noise Annoys / Breakdown / Promises / Love You More / What Do I Get / Harmony In My Head
Side D: Oh Shit! / Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)? / Orgasm Addict / I Believe / Love Is Lies
Legendary album from the band which is long out of print, and limited on the second-hand market.
Released in 1968, Living The Blues was one of the first double albums to place well on album charts. It featured Canned Heat's signature song, "Going Up the Country", which would later be heard in the Woodstock film. This deluxe package released as part of RSD Drops will include an OBI strip on the gatefold album jacket with two pockets, featuring the original US printed inner sleeves, orginal record labels, and one yellow and one pink translucent LPs.
“Pony Blues” | “My Mistake” | “Sandy's Blues” | “Going Up The Country” | “Walking By Myself” | “Boogie Music” | “One Kind Favor” | “Parthenogenesis” | “Refried Boogie (Part I)” | “Refried Boogie (Part II)”
The Deluxe Edition for Village of the Damned presents the full score as heard in the film for the first time, a far more complete presentation then the 1995 Original Soundtrack which was not only truncated, but made of an entirely separate mix that wasn’t featured in the film. The set does however include the track, “Midwich Shuffle,” a fun number which was created specifically for the 1995 soundtrack despite never actually appearing in the film. Interest in John Carpenter's original film scores has never been higher, and his collaboration with Dave Davies of the Kinks is a one of a kind moment in cinematic music history. The album includes an all new original art direction with new notes and classic film stills and comes pressed on Orange Haze vinyl.
1. Angel Of Death / Midwich Sleeps / Daybreak 3:23
2. The Fair (Extended Version) 2:45
3. Gas Station / Asleep 3:00
4. Awaken / The Funeral 4:45
5. Welcome Home, Ben (Extended Version) 2:20
6. Big Meeting / The Decision 1:29
7. The Same Dream 1:17
1. Baptism (Extended Version) 6:56
2. Baby Mara 4:43
3. Children’s Theme / Dilemma 4:00
4. The Parents Arrive 3:53
5. Children’s Carol (Instrumental) 1:45
1. Loss / Carol Of The Damned 1:07
2. Carlton 7:44
3. Ben’s Death / Ultimatum 4:24
4. Burning Desire (Extended Version) 7:07
1. Last Kiss / The Bomb 1:47
2. The Brick Wall (Extended Version) 5:56
3. March Of The Children (End Credits) 8:09
4. Midwich Shuffle 2:05
John Carpenter recruited an unbelievable cast of musicians to record the soundtrack to this Sci-fi Horror film starring Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge. Steve Vai, most of Anthrax, (including Scott Ian), Elliot Eason of The Cars, Buckethead and Robin Finck of NIN and Guns and Roses are among the featured players. This soundtrack is apocolyptic and an important mark in John Carpenter's unparalleled career as a Director/Composer. Released in conjunction with the film's 20th anniversary on "Red Planet" vinyl.
1. Ghosts Of Mars (3:44)
2. Love Siege (4:37)
3. Fight Train (3:15)
4. Visions Of Earth (4:08)
5. Kick Ass (6:06)
1. Slashing Void (2:46)
2. Power Station (4:37)
3. Can't Let You Go (2:17)
4. Dismemberment Blues (2:52)
5. Fightin' Mad (2:40)
6. Pam Grier's Head (2:35)
7. Ghost Poppin' (3:21)
In 2005, DEVO's Gerald V. Casale released the notorious Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers album as a limited edition CD from Cordless Recordings. With contributions from all of his DEVO bandmates—Josh Freese, Bob Casale (d. 2014), Bob Mothersbaugh, and Mark Mothersbaugh-- it's considered to be the "lost" DEVO album, and a holy grail for collectors. Now, Real Gone Music presents Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers for the first time on vinyl in a special gatefold-and-inner-sleeve package featuring newly created cover artwork by acclaimed woodcut artist Tomo77 and lyrics. Our release also includes a very special bonus track, "I'm Gonna Pay U Back," featuring members of DEVO joining forces for the first time ever with Oingo Boingo’s lead guitarist Steve Bartek. It's been over ten years since DEVO's 2010 album Something for Everybody...this one will slake the thirst of the band's devotees. Red vinyl limited to 2000 copies worldwide.
SIDE A 1. The Time Is Now 2. Army Girls Gone Wild 3. Danger 4. Beehive 5. I Been Refused 6. The Owl
SIDE B 1. What's in a Name 2. If the Shoe Fits 3. All She Wrote 4. Find Out 5. He's Always There 6. I Need a Chick 7. I'm Gonna Pay U Back
If Music Could Talk is a 1980 interview album with The Clash - Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon – in brief conversation with their trusted management rep/fixer/consigliere Kosmo Vinyl. Originally only available as a promotional LP for US radio ahead of the release of The Clash’s 4th album Sandinista!, If Music Could Talk will be released for the first time as a limited edition double 180g vinyl package with new artwork as part of RSD Drops. The cover art is an homage to Nicaraguan rebel leader Augusto César Sandino – the original Sandinista – done by Kosmo Vinyl, who also supplies the liner notes on the back alongside a rare Pennie Smith band photo. If Music Could Talk features the band talking about and introducing tracks, along with those tracks themselves (using the latest band-approved remasters).
SIDE A – Paul: “Junco Partner”, “One More Time”, “One More Dub”
SIDE B – Mick: “Hitsville U.K.”, “The Magnificent Seven”
SIDE C – Joe: “Washington Bullets”, “The Call Up”, “Police On My Back”
SIDE D – Topper: “Ivan Meets G.I. Joe”, “Somebody Got Murdered”
COMPLETE 1978 LIVE CONCERT RECORDING - FIRST TIME ON VINYL
The two-time Edison-Award winning blues band from the Netherlands, Barrelhouse, will release their complete live recording with Albert Collins as part of RSD Drops 2021.
The year is 1978 and Barrelhouse invited Albert Collins to join them for a TV show. At the time he was not as well known in Europe as he would later become. It became his first appearance on national TV outside of the United States. He returned to the Netherlands later that year for a short tour and the recording of this live album. “Albert Collins and his manager Dick Shurman arrived on the airport, he brought a flightcase with his Fender Telecaster, a packet of spare strings and a suitcase. On stage he was a star, off stage he was one of the band, wanted to travel in the Barrelhouse 9 seater.”
This RSD Drops release on 180g Translucent Red/Solid White/Black vinyl contains an extra, never-pressed-to-vinyl, track “Things I Used To Do”, which completes the concert by Collins and Barrelhouse on December 28, 1978.
A1 Frosty (Live) A2 Honey Hush (Live) A3 I've Got a Mind to Travel (Live) A4 Don't Lose Your Cool (Live) A5 Things I Used to Do (Live)
B1 Blue River Rising (Live) B2 Cock It on the Wall (Live) B3 Conversation with Collins (Live) B4 Keep Your Business Straight (Live)
Out of print LP with limited availability in the second-hand marketplace (the CD has been reissued by Real Gone Music). This deluxe package released as part of RSD Drops will include an OBI side spine on a single cardboard album jacket, printed inner sleeves, original record labels and “double split” blue translucent vinyl.
At The Village Gate is a live album by jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, the “Godfather of Fusion”, recorded on January 21 and 22, 1971 at the Village Gate in New York City. It was released by Vanguard Records. Sadly, far too few people knew of this album at the time as its distribution was limited, but it’s a record that was recorded so well it could easily be considered a live studio release, and one that never fails to open eyes or expand horizons. It’s interesting to note that Larry’s wife Julie sings for the first time on this outing and that’s his son featured on the album jacket.
“The Opening” | “After Later” | “Entardecendo en Saudade” | “Can You Follow?” | “Beyond These Chilling Winds”
Limited edition double A-side on 12” Tangerine vinyl, featuring the first two singles from Jim Croce’s 1972 album, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim, which hit #1 in the US and Canada is RIAA Certified GOLD
Also included are the original B-sides “Photographs and Memories” and “New York’s Not
The release also includes replicated original front cover art from both singles, one on each side.
Déjà Vu Alternates from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is a recreation of their immensely popular second album, Déjà Vu, featuring alternate versions of songs which appeared on the original album. The iconic album which featured “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House” and “Helpless” will showcase these alternate versions on vinyl for the first time. It will also feature a cover that mirrors the original album with an alternate photo from the cover shoot. Pressed on 180g black vinyl, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. Strictly Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.
40th anniversary reissue of the Fania classic from Celia Cruz and Willie Colón featuring hits "Dos Jueyes" and "Yo Lo Puedes Decir." All analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI.
Side A: 1. Mi Caso, 2. Cucurucucu Paloma, 3. Yo Lo Puedes Decir, 4. Latinos en Estados Unidos, 5. Berimbau
Side B: 1. Don Jueyes, 2. Kirimbambara, 3. Come Down to Miami, 4. Apago la Luz, 5. Hay Que Recordar
The Cure’s third studio album Faith marks its 40th Anniversary this year and to celebrate the album – which features the single “Primary” – will be pressed on picture disc for the very first time. The new pressing has been overseen by Robert Smith and will be available exclusively as part of RSD Drops 2021.
The Cure’s tenth studio album Wild Mood Swings marks its 25th Anniversary this year and to celebrate, the album – which features the singles “The 13th”, “Mint Car”, “Strange Attraction” and “Gone!” – will be pressed on double picture disc for the very first time. The new pressing has been overseen by Robert Smith and will be available exclusively for RSD Drops 2021.
Double A-sided 7" picture disc featuring live performance audio from a special session they did together in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in the Fall of 2020.
A1 = So Incredible (Live From Leimert Park) and A2 = This Changes Everything (Live From Leimert Park).
Blasting through the iron-clad gates of Czarkham Asylum is the Chrome Crusader CZARFACE! Only the underworld knows Czarface's identity is equal parts Inspectah Deck of the mighty Wu-Tang Clan, Esoteric and 7L. On this once-in-a-lifetime mission he joins forces with the legendary MF Doom for this track. This 3” record is made to play on the RSD3 mini-turntable (as well as the RSD 2020 clear variant) and comes with a collectors poster and sleeve.
"Meddle With Metal"
Czarface delivers a fresh action adventure in the form of an all new Czarface comic, Czar Noir, packaged with an exclusive vinyl soundtrack. In the spirit of the highly sought-after Power Records series from the ‘70s, you can read along with the comic and hear the story come to life on vinyl. This all new action-packed full color Czarface escapade comes with musical accompaniment by DJ 7L and the Czar-Keys. There’s death, destruction, mayhem and high drama – Czar Noir. The set will be available exclusively as part of RSD Drops 2021.
Dark Side: 1. Czarface Theme 3099 2. Winged Fingers 3. Voyage Dans Le Temps 4. Rise Of Czar Noir
Light Side: 1. Avant-Czar 2. Czarbot 1 Theme 3. Gas Trick 4. Pedestrians Run 5. Fights Are Like That 6. DZZZT!
If Dave Davies did nothing more than create the slash-and-burn power chords of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" he'd earn a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As it is, the younger Davies brother has accomplished much more. His first studio album in over 20 years finds Ray's frequently overshadowed sibling reviving that rather charming '70s device, the concept album--the plot here revolving around extraterrestrial visitation and brain implantation. Davies brings the idea of benign aliens a little closer in a collection that recalls some of the best trends of the '60s and '70s. He uses a rock template that harkens back to post-Tommy Who ("The Lie"), Mott the Hoople ("Whose Fooling Who"), and Deep Purple ("It Ain't Over 'Till It's Done"), sounding rather anachronistic as a result. The songs are engaging and show Davies to be a writer of considerable skill and wit, but they're somewhat stuck in the way-back machine.
1. Who's Foolin' Who 2. It Ain't over, 'Till Its Done! 3. The Lie! 4. Let Me Be 5. Displaced Person 6. Rock You, Rock Me 7. Flowers in the Rain 8. Fortis Green 9. Why?!! 10. True Phenomenon 11. Bug 12. De-Bug 13. Life After Life (Transformation)