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HIDDEN TREASURES

A new reissue label is here to give lost classics the care they deserve. John Earls meets Needle Mythology founder Pete Paphides, along with Ian Broudie and Stephen Duffy – the first two artists whose overlooked gems finally have chance to shine
Pete Paphides and his cockapoo pal

We all have favourite albums that somehow escaped platinum- selling status, whether by the

band whose record label never quite knew how to market them or the acclaimed singer whose change of direction puzzled their audience. While most of us grudgingly accept the great lost album is inevitable, music journalist Pete Paphides and label manager Will Harris are determined to rectify this with Needle Mythology, a new record company devoted to showcasing both previously ignored albums in otherwise respected careers and the acts that never made it at all. All its albums have either never been released on vinyl, or only in negligible numbers.

The labels first two releases, Ian Broudies Tales Told and Stephen Duffy’s I Love My Friends, exemplify how an album can easily disappear. Released in 2004, Tales Told is a gorgeous acoustic set that wasn’t what fans of Broudies apparently more optimistic collective The Lightning Seeds were familiar with. I Love My Friends, meanwhile, was botched to near-sitcom levels by its original record label at the height of Britpop, but has now been thoroughly overhauled by Duffy for its new incarnation.

“Any record collector has the fantasy of ‘I’d have done it this way instead’ with certain albums,” Paphides explains. “You’d re-order the tracklisting or, if you were Teenage Fanclub’s A&R in 1991, you wouldn’t have let Bandwagonesque have such a rubbish cover. Needle Mythology is putting that pipe dream into practice.”

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