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I’d Love To Turn You On: Classical And Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Sixties Counter-Culture (El Records)

I’d Love To Turn You On: Classical And Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Counterculture offers a fascinating peek behind the curtain of the artists and musicians that inspired the British underground in the late 1960s.

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Scott Walker Meets Jacques Brel (Ace Records)

American expat Scott Walker found influence in the work of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. This handy collection might not offer anything new to the Scott Walker fan, but with its inclusion of Brel’s original French versions, it makes a fascinating little introduction for both artists.

Just A Gigolo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Cherry Red)

While in the middle of his Berlin era, David Bowie accepted a lead role in a truly terrible film that was quickly forgotten about. In spite of the film’s flaws, it did offer an entertaining and enjoyable soundtrack, even if it feels something like a missed opportunity considering the movie’s two illustrious stars. This reissue marks its first appearance on CD and first major reissue in 40 years.

The Langley Schools Music Project: Innocence & Despair (Bar/None)

In the mid-1970s, Canadian Elementary school teacher Hans Fenge gathered up the students in his school District and recorded them singing contemporary pop songs. Rediscovered and reissued in 2001, this album has since become a cult classic, and has recently been given a well-deserved vinyl reissue.

The Electrical Storm: Grunge, My Part In Its Downfall (Rejected Unknown)

Everett True sits down and tells some choice tales from his wild and adventure-filled life. Enjoy ’em now, because nobody’s making memorable life stories like this anymore.

Song Of The Day: Ryuichi Sakamoto, “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”

Taken from the forthcoming Milan Records release, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

Peter Schilling: Error In The System (Hot Shot Records)

German musician Peter Schilling will forever be known for his Bowie-referencing hit “Major Tom (Coming Home),” and this expanded reissue of his debut album shows that he was willing to do what it took to break into the English-speaking market.

3AM Eternal: The Flaming Lips With Neon Indian, “Is David Bowie Dying?” (2011)

He was…we just didn’t know it at the time.

And Dreams Would Be Under Our Control: The Story of Gang War

Gang War was created in 1982, but never saw release until this year. We sit down with Gang War’s creator, Frederick Michael St. Jude, who tells us all about the making of this amazing find.

Rebel Rebel (Zero Books)

The first volume of Chris O’Leary’s exhaustive, obsessively detailed examination of the recordings of David Bowie provides an amazing, in-depth look into one of Rock’s most interesting figures.