12 Apr 2008
James 'Hey Ma' Deluxe Edition on iTunes 
From the news desk at wearejames.com:

"Buy Hey Ma from iTunes before 20th April, and you'll receive a unique password for a chance to purchase tickets for the December tour in the pre-sale at ticketmaster.co.uk BEFORE they go on sale to the general public, giving you the best shot at securing tickets to your concert(s) of choice. The iTunes deluxe version of the album also includes a bonus song and track-by-track commentary."

Download 'Hey Ma' on iTunes UK.

Meanwhile, relive the old Factory days with this vintage live review from 1985.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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