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The xx

Released 05/05/17 Label Young Turks Genre UK & EU Cat no. yt031cd

Still the biggest selling title in RT Shops' history and still sounding fresh today. The XX are four precocious youngsters from South West London who provide the hushed minimal strokes of...

Released 19/08/09 Label Young Turks Genre UK & EU Cat no. yt031lp

Still the biggest selling title in RT Shops' history and still sounding fresh today. The XX are four precocious youngsters from South West London who provide the hushed minimal strokes of...

Released 17/08/09 Label Young Turks Genre UK & EU Cat no. yt031cdx

Still the biggest selling title in RT Shops' history and still sounding fresh today. The XX are four precocious youngsters from South West London who provide the hushed minimal strokes of...

Up The Bracket

The Libertines

Released 30/06/06 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...

Released 02/07/08 Label Rough Trade Genre UK & EU Cat no. rtradelp065

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Horses

Patti Smith

Released 03/08/15 Label Legacy Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 88875111731

It isn't hard to make the case for Patti Smith as a punk rock progenitor based on her debut album, which anticipated the new wave by a year or so: the simple, crudely played rock & ro...

Illmatic

Nas

Released 13/02/14 Label Columbia Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 4759592

Backed by an absolute all-star cast of new york's top-shelf producers - premier, pete rock, large professor, q-tip and a youngster named l.e.s. - the album never lets up. serious to a fau...

Cut

The Slits

Released 12/05/09 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...

The Blue Notebooks

Max Richter

Released 25/02/15 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 ...

Released 02/03/15 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 ...

Weezer - Blue Album

Weezer

Released 28/10/16 Label UMC Genre America & Canada Cat no. umc4539

180 Gram Vinyl with Download. There's a demented pop fanaticism to Weezer you gotta love. Weezer's debut, produced by former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, combines Pixies roller-coaster guita...

Released 05/05/17 Label UMC Genre America & Canada Cat no. GED24629

180 Gram Vinyl with Download. There's a demented pop fanaticism to Weezer you gotta love. Weezer's debut, produced by former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, combines Pixies roller-coaster guita...

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

Gavin Bryars

Released 12/09/06 Label Virgin 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...

E2 E4 - 2016 - 35th Anniversary Edition

Manuel Gottsching

Released 23/09/16 Label MG Art Genre Krautrock Cat no. mgart424

One of the few records Gottsching released under his own name, 'E2-E4' has earned its place as one of the most important, influential electronic records ever released. What sets it apart ...

Released 23/09/16 Label MG Art Genre Krautrock Cat no. mgart904

One of the few records Gottsching released under his own name, 'E2-E4' has earned its place as one of the most important, influential electronic records ever released. What sets it apart ...

So Tough / Holland

The Beach Boys

Released 14/09/01 Label Capitol 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...

Forever Changes

Love

Released 12/10/10 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...

Released 09/10/15 Label Rhino Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 0081227951283

Limited to 3000 Copies on White vinyl

Released 01/09/13 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

Released 16/07/07 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...

Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys

Released 08/12/03 Label Capitol Genre Hip Hop Cat no. cdp7917432

The album is consistently named in magazine polls as one of the greatest albums of all time. No-one believed the Beastie Boys could top the hard rocking beast of 'Ill Communication', but ...

Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo

Devo

Released 02/07/07 Genre New Wave & Post Punk 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

Released 21/01/04 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

Released 21/01/04 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...

Village Green Preservation Society

Kinks

Released 28/11/03 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

Released 24/07/07 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...

Live At The Apollo (1962) Expanded Edition

James Brown

Released 12/02/07 Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. b171502

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Heaven Or Las Vegas

Cocteau Twins

Released 25/11/05 Label 4AD 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, ...

Maggot Brain

Funkadelic

Released 01/10/15 Label Westbound Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. CDSEWM202

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 heirs to Hendrix's throne...

Released 18/11/14 Label Westbound Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. hiqlp020

Limited 180 Gram Peach Vinyl with Gatefold Sleeve.

Released 26/01/17 Label Westbound Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. sew002

Standard Black vinyl.

Released 29/12/17 Label Westbound Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. cdhp030

Digipack

Released 29/12/17 Label Westbound Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. cdhp030

Digipack

Surfer Rosa / Come On Pilgrim

Pixies

Released 23/02/07 Label 4AD 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...

Released 01/01/14 Label 4AD 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...

Fear Of Music

Talking Heads

Released 15/04/04 Genre New Wave & Post Punk 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

Released 04/05/05 Label 4AD 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

Released 17/11/17 Label UMC Genre Modern Composition Cat no. enolp1

Standard Version. Cut at Abbey Road Studios at 33RPM and pressed to 180 Gram black heavyweight vinyl and Download.

Released 04/08/17 Label UMC Genre Modern Composition Cat no. eno2lp1

The original album is split over two 180-gram LPs which play at 45rpm housed within expanded Gatefold sleeve packaging also including Obi, Download Voucher and Abbey Road Half Speed Master certificate.

Released 03/08/09 Label UMC Genre Modern Composition 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

Released 21/08/06 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

Released 01/05/16 Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 6183913

'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...

Released 05/11/08 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...

Living Legend

Baby Huey

Released 24/05/10 Label Curtom Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. curtom8007

An absolute classic finally gets a decent reissue - originally released posthumously following his death in 1970. He was unlucky in dying not only young, but also within days of both Hend...

Spiderland

Slint

Released 24/02/05 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...

Released 27/10/04 Label Touch and Go Genre America & Canada Cat no. tg64cd

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An Electric Storm

White Noise

Released 09/07/07 Label Island Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 9843197

The cd is reissued and digitally remastered from the original master tapes plus enhanced packaging and sleevenotes. Cited as an influence by Aphex Twin and Chemical Brothers, White Noise'...

Endtroducing

Dj Shadow

Released 04/12/14 Label Mo' Wax Genre America & Canada Cat no. 5335160

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Marquee Moon

Television

Released 26/11/12 Label Rhino Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 8122797158

New York's 1970s punk was markedly different to that of Britain. Rather than reject the past, American groups deconstructed its forms and rebuilt them with recourse to the music's strengt...

Germ Free Adolescents

X-Ray Spex

Released 27/04/11 Label Real Gone Music 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.

Released 19/01/18 Label Real Gone Music Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. RLGM06651PMI

Limited Yellow with Blue Green Splatter Vinyl. 1200 Copies.

2x45

Cabaret Voltaire

Released 14/10/09 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 fellow Sheffield experimentalists Hula), 2X45 shows the Cabs now w...

Songs In The Key Of Life

Stevie Wonder

Released 10/05/05 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...

Released 08/09/17 Genre Soul & Funk Cat no. 5316422

Rough Trade Essential. Double LP Set with 7".

Music For 18 Musicians

Steve Reich

Released 20/06/05 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

Released 30/05/11 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...

Fun House

The Stooges

Released 29/08/05 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...

20 Jazz Funk Greats

Throbbing Gristle

Released 03/11/17 Label Mute Genre Industrial Cat no. tglp4

Limited Green Vinyl with 8 page 12" Booklet with Download featuring album and additional audio.

Released 03/11/17 Label Mute Genre Industrial Cat no. tgcd4

Double CD Version. CD two features 9 tracks recorded live at the Factory, Manchester and Northampton from 1979 plus the Discipline 12".

If I Could Only Remember My Name

David Crosby

Released 12/09/05 Label Atlantic Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 7567814152

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 beautiful set of ...

Released 24/09/13 Label Atlantic Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 8122798666

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 beautiful set of ...

Neu!

Neu!

Released 27/10/13 Label Gronland 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...

Released 13/10/09 Label Gronland 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

Released 03/04/17 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...

Released 23/07/07 Label Atlantic Genre America & Canada Cat no. 7567824602

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...

Straight Outta Compton

NWA

Released 19/05/15 Label Ruthless Records Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 5346995

'Straight Outta Compton' was the hugely successful and highly controversial second album from Eazy E, Ice Cube, and Dr Dre. Consisting of simple drum machine beats, funk samples, scratchi...

Released 28/01/08 Label Ruthless Records Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 5141572

'Straight Outta Compton' was the hugely successful and highly controversial second album from Eazy E, Ice Cube, and Dr Dre. Consisting of simple drum machine beats, funk samples, scratchi...

The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Joni Mitchell

Released 01/09/13 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...

Released 23/07/07 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...

Dummy

Portishead

Released 30/01/06 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

Released 06/02/06 Label Stones Throw Genre Hip Hop Cat no. sth2126

One of the best hip hop albums ever made. 'Donuts' is accessible without being typical or easily defined: it's hip hop without mcs; electronic music that at times sounds like a 70s soul m...

Silent Shout

The Knife

Released 20/03/06 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 David Bryne

Released 27/03/06 Label Virgin Genre Modern Composition 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...