Gorillaz

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Demon Days
New - LP - 724387383814
Sealed 2022 2LP Remastered Reissue, Housed In A Gatefold Jacket With Custom Printed Inner Sleeves. "Demon Days Is Unified And Purposeful In A Way Albarn's Music Hasn't Been Since The Great Escape, Possessing A Cinematic Scope And A Narrative Flow, As The Curtain Unveils To The Ominous, Morose "Last Living Souls" And Then Twists And Winds Through Valleys, Detours, And Wrong Paths -- Some Light, Some Teeming With Dread -- Before Ending Up At The Haltingly Hopeful Title Track. Along The Way, Cameos Float In And Out Of The Slipstream And Albarn Relies On Several Familiar Tricks: The Specials Are A Touchstone, Brooding Minor Key Melodies Haunt The Album, There Are Some Singalong Refrains, While A Celebrity Recites A Lyric (This Time, It's Dennis Hopper). Instead Of Sounding Like Musical Crutches, This Sounds Like An Artist Who Knows His Strengths And Uses Them As An Anchor So He Can Go Off And Explore New Worlds. Chief Among The Strengths That Albarn Relies Upon Is His Ability To Find Collaborators Who Can Articulate His Ideas Clearly And Vividly. Danger Mouse, Whose Grey Album Mash-up Of The Beatles And Jay-z Was An Underground Sensation In 2004, Gives This Music An Elasticity And Creeping Darkness Than Infects Even Such Purportedly Lighthearted Moments As "Feel Good Inc." It's A Sense Of Menace That's Reminiscent Of Prime Happy Mondays, So It Shouldn't Be A Surprise That One Of The Highlights Of Demon Days Is Shaun Ryder's Cameo On The Tight, Deceptively Catchy "Dare." Over A Tightly Wound Four Minutes, "Dare" Exploits Ryder's Iconic Mancunian Thug Persona Within Territory That Belongs To The Gorillaz -- Its Percolating Beat Not Too Far Removed From "19/2000" -- And That's What Makes It A Perfect Distillation Of Demon Days: By Letting Other Musicians Take Center Stage And By Sharing Credit With Danger Mouse, Damon Albarn Has Created An Allegedly Anonymous Platform Whose Genius Ultimately And Quite Clearly Belongs To Him Alone. All The Themes And Ideas On This Album Have Antecedents In His Previous Work, But Surrounded By New Collaborators, He's Able To Present Them In A Fresh, Exciting Way. And He Has Created A Monster Album Here -- Not Just In Its Size, But In Its Frankenstein Construction. It Not Only Eclipses The First Gorillaz Album, Which In Itself Was A Terrific Record, But Stands Alongside The Best Blur Albums, Providing A Tonal Touchstone For This Decade The Way Parklife Did For The '90s. While It Won't Launch A Phenomenon The Way That 1994 Classic Did -- Albarn Is Too Much A Veteran Artist For That And The Music Is Too Dark And Weird -- Demon Days Is Still One Hell Of A Comeback For Damon Albarn, Who Seemed Perilously Close To Forever Disappearing Into His Own Ego. Damon Albarn Went To Great Pains To Explain That The First Gorillaz Album Was A Collaboration Between Him, Cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, And Producer Dan The Automator, But Any Sort Of Pretense To Having The Virtual Pop Group Seem Like A Genuine Collaborative Band Was Thrown Out The Window For The Group's Long-awaited 2005 Sequel, Demon Days. Hewlett Still Provides New Animation For Gorillaz -- Although The Proposed Feature-length Film Has Long Disappeared -- But Dan The Automator Is Gone, Leaving Albarn As The Unquestioned Leader Of The Group. This Isn't Quite Similar To Blur, A Genuine Band That Faltered After Graham Coxon Decided He Had Enough, Leaving Damon Behind To Construct The Muddled Think Tank Largely On His Own. No, Gorillaz Were Always Designed As A Collective, Featuring Many Contributors And Producers, All Shepherded By Albarn, The Songwriter, Mastermind, And Ringleader. Hiding Behind Hewlett's Excellent Cartoons Gave Albarn The Freedom To Indulge Himself, But It Also Gave Him Focus Since It Tied Him To A Specific Concept. Throughout His Career, Albarn Always Was At His Best When Writing In Character -- To The Extent That Anytime He Wrote Confessionals In Blur, They Sounded Stagy -- And Gorillaz Not Only Gave Him An Ideal Platform, It Liberated Him, Giving Him The Opportunity To Try Things He Couldn't Within The Increasingly Dour Confines Of Blur. It Wasn't Just That The Cartoon Concept Made For Light Music -- On The First Gorillaz Album, Damon Sounded As If He Were Having Fun For The First Time Since Parklife. But 2005 Is A Much Different Year Than 2001, And If Gorillaz Exuded The Heady, Optimistic, Future-forward Vibes Of The Turn Of The Millennium, Demon Days Is As Theatrically Foreboding As Its Title, One Of The Few Pop Records Made Since 9/11 That Captures The Eerie Unease Of Living In The 21st Century. Not Really A Cartoony Feel, In Other Words, But Gorillaz Indulged In Doom And Gloom From Their Very First Single, "Clint Eastwood," So This Is Not Unfamiliar Territory, Nor Is It All That Dissimilar From The Turgid Moodiness Of Blur's 2003 Think Tank. But Where Albarn Seemed Simultaneously Constrained And Adrift On That Last Blur Album -- Attempting To Create Indie Rock, Yet Unsure How Since Messiness Contradicts His Tightly Wound Artistic Impulses -- He's Assured And Masterful On Demon Days, Regaining His Flair For Grand Gestures That Served Him So Well At The Height Of Britpop, Yet Tempering His Tendency To Overreach By Keeping The Music Lean And Evocative Through His Enlistment Of Electronica Maverick Danger Mouse As Producer." AMG Review By Stephen Thomas Erlewine. more
Gorillaz
New Import - 724353113810
Sealed 2015 Gatefold Reissue With Printed Innners. The Band's Debut Album From 2001 Includes The Singles "Clint Eastwood", "19-2000", "Rock The House" And "Tomorrow Comes Today". The Album Reached #3 In The UK And #14 In The US. more
Humanz
New - LP - 190295851194
Sealed 2017 Gatefold Original. Produced By Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone Of D /\ P And Remi Kabaka And Recorded In London, Paris, New York, Chicago And Jamaica, Humanz Comes Seven Years On From The Release Of Albums The Fall And Plastic Beach. Murdoc Niccals (Bass), Noodle (Guitar), Russel Hobbs (Drums) And 2d (Vocals) Are - As Always - Joined By A Stellar Line Up Of Featured Artists Which Includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle And Kali Uchis Among Others. more
Plastic Beach
New - LP - 509962616614
Sealed, Out Of Print 2010 UK 2LP Gatefold Original. “Gorillaz Began As A Lark But Turned Serious Once It Became Damon Albarn’s Primary Creative Outlet Following The Slow Dissolve Of Blur. Delivered Five Years After The Delicate Whimsical Melancholy Of 2005’s Demon Days, Plastic Beach Is An Explicit Sequel To Its Predecessor, Its Story Line Roughly Picking Up In The Dystopian Future Where The Last Album Left Off, Its Music Offering A Grand, Big-Budget Expansion Of Demon Days, Spinning Off Its Cameo-Crammed Blueprint. Traces Of Albarn’s Monkey Opera Can Be Heard, Particularly In The Hypnotic Mideastern Pulse Of “White Flag,” But Damon’s Painstaking Pancultural Pop Junk-Mining No Longer Surprises -- When Hip-Hop Juts Up Against Brit-Pop, It’s Expected -- Yet It Still Has The Capacity To Delight No Matter Which Direction The Gorillaz May Swing. Lou Reed’s Crotchety Croak On “Some Kind Of Nature” Has The Same Kind Of Gravitational Pull As Mos Def Leading The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Through The Intensely Circling “Sweepstakes,” While The Group Reaches New Heights Of Sparkling Pop On “Superfast Jellyfish,” Aided By The Return Of De La Soul -- The Rappers Who Propelled “Feel Good Inc.” -- And An Appearance From Gruff Rhys, The Super Furry Animals Frontman Who Is An Ideal Fit For Gorillaz. A Common Thread Among All These Tracks Is That They Find Albarn Ceding The Spotlight To His Fellow Musicians, Preferring To Be The Puppetmaster Behind The Curtain, And Plastic Beach Works Best When He’s The Composer And Producer, Finding Hidden Strengths Within His Guests -- Having Mick Jones And Paul Simonon For The Elastic Title Track, Coaxing Some Powerful Performances Out Of Bobby Womack.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG. more
Plastic Beach
New - LP - 603497911608
Sealed 2010 2LP Gatefold. “Gorillaz" Began As A Lark But Turned Serious Once It Became Damon Albarn’s Primary Creative Outlet Following The Slow Dissolve Of Blur. Delivered Five Years After The Delicate Whimsical Melancholy Of 2005’s Demon Days, Plastic Beach Is An Explicit Sequel To Its Predecessor, Its Story Line Roughly Picking Up In The Dystopian Future Where The Last Album Left Off, Its Music Offering A Grand, Big-Budget Expansion Of Demon Days, Spinning Off Its Cameo-Crammed Blueprint. Traces Of Albarn’s Monkey Opera Can Be Heard, Particularly In The Hypnotic Mideastern Pulse Of “White Flag,” But Damon’s Painstaking Pancultural Pop Junk-Mining No Longer Surprises -- When Hip-Hop Juts Up Against Brit-Pop, It’s Expected -- Yet It Still Has The Capacity To Delight No Matter Which Direction The Gorillaz May Swing. Lou Reed’s Crotchety Croak On “Some Kind Of Nature” Has The Same Kind Of Gravitational Pull As Mos Def Leading The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Through The Intensely Circling “Sweepstakes,” While The Group Reaches New Heights Of Sparkling Pop On “Superfast Jellyfish,” Aided By The Return Of De La Soul -- The Rappers Who Propelled “Feel Good Inc.” -- And An Appearance From Gruff Rhys, The Super Furry Animals Frontman Who Is An Ideal Fit For Gorillaz. A Common Thread Among All These Tracks Is That They Find Albarn Ceding The Spotlight To His Fellow Musicians, Preferring To Be The Puppetmaster Behind The Curtain, And Plastic Beach Works Best When He’s The Composer And Producer, Finding Hidden Strengths Within His Guests -- Having Mick Jones And Paul Simonon For The Elastic Title Track, Coaxing Some Powerful Performances Out Of Bobby Womack.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG. more
Plastic Beach
New - LP - 603497911608
Sealed, Latest Press Of The 2019 2LP Gatefold Reissue. “Gorillaz" Began As A Lark But Turned Serious Once It Became Damon Albarn’s Primary Creative Outlet Following The Slow Dissolve Of Blur. Delivered Five Years After The Delicate Whimsical Melancholy Of 2005’s Demon Days, Plastic Beach Is An Explicit Sequel To Its Predecessor, Its Story Line Roughly Picking Up In The Dystopian Future Where The Last Album Left Off, Its Music Offering A Grand, Big-Budget Expansion Of Demon Days, Spinning Off Its Cameo-Crammed Blueprint. Traces Of Albarn’s Monkey Opera Can Be Heard, Particularly In The Hypnotic Mideastern Pulse Of “White Flag,” But Damon’s Painstaking Pancultural Pop Junk-Mining No Longer Surprises -- When Hip-Hop Juts Up Against Brit-Pop, It’s Expected -- Yet It Still Has The Capacity To Delight No Matter Which Direction The Gorillaz May Swing. Lou Reed’s Crotchety Croak On “Some Kind Of Nature” Has The Same Kind Of Gravitational Pull As Mos Def Leading The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Through The Intensely Circling “Sweepstakes,” While The Group Reaches New Heights Of Sparkling Pop On “Superfast Jellyfish,” Aided By The Return Of De La Soul -- The Rappers Who Propelled “Feel Good Inc.” -- And An Appearance From Gruff Rhys, The Super Furry Animals Frontman Who Is An Ideal Fit For Gorillaz. A Common Thread Among All These Tracks Is That They Find Albarn Ceding The Spotlight To His Fellow Musicians, Preferring To Be The Puppetmaster Behind The Curtain, And Plastic Beach Works Best When He’s The Composer And Producer, Finding Hidden Strengths Within His Guests -- Having Mick Jones And Paul Simonon For The Elastic Title Track, Coaxing Some Powerful Performances Out Of Bobby Womack.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG. more
The Fall
New - LP - 5 86039-1
Sealed 2019 Reissue. Standard Black Vinyl Version. The Entire Album Was Recorded And Mixed On Group Founder Damon Albarn's Apple Ipad, During The American Leg Of The Escape To Plastic Beach World Tour In October 2010. The "Phoner To Arizona" Music Video, A Compilation Of Footage And Images Taken From The Tour And The Phase Was Posted On Youtube On December 22. more
The Now Now
Box Set - 0190295643416
Sealed 2018 Colored Vinyl Box Set. Includes A Lenticular Image On Box Lid; 52 Page Booklet; Replicating 2d's Original Studio Notebook Including Album Lyrics; 4 Art Prints Size 12" X 12"; 6 Pin Badges Size 1" Mounted On Card; And Download Card. more
The Now Now
New - LP - 0190295643423
Sealed 2018 Release With Custom Hype Sticker On Shrink Wrap. Includes Custom Inner Sleeve And Download Coupon. A Truly Global Phenomenon, Gorillaz have Topped Charts Around The World And Toured The Globe From San Diego To Syria, Picking Up Hundreds Of Millions Of Streams And Record Sales Along The Way. Gorillaz Have Achieved Success In Entirely Ground-Breaking Ways, Winning Numerous Awards Including The Coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor And Are Recognized By The Guinness Book Of World Records As The Planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act. more

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