Universal Music will issue a trio of Big Country deluxe editions next month.
The Seer, Peace In Our Time and No Place Like Home are all two-CD sets packed with bonus material that includes B-sides, demos, twelve-inch remixes, seven-inch edits and even some unreleased songs. Full track listings below. continue reading »
Universal Music will release Status QuoLive! a new four-CD box set box set in September.
The 35-track collection centres around the mid-1970s with the first two discs recreating the Live! album issued in 1977, while disc three offers Tokyo Quo, a Japan-only release, which only saw an official UK issue this year for a limited Record Store Day vinyl.The recordings for these gigs were made at Sunplaza Hallin Tokyoduring the same 1976 tour, less than a month after the Glasgow gigs that formed the basis of the Live! album. continue reading »
Fred Vigdor – the saxophonist of the Average White Band – is your guide, as he lifts the lid on the All The Pieces – The Complete Studio Recordings 1971 – 2003 the newly released 19CD anthology from Edsel Records. More details on this box can be found here.
We described the Meet The Beatles! Japan box set as a ‘costly curio for collectors’ in our review, but if you slash a third off the purchase price it’s then becomes a more attractive deal, and that’s just what Amazon UK have done. continue reading »
Next week sees the release of Eric Clapton‘s The Breeze – An Appreciation of J.J. Cale.
Clapton has gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians and recorded 16 Cale tracks as his tribute to the guitarist/songwriter. This new record features performances by Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, as well as Clapton himself.
The standard CD and 2LP vinyl editions are widely available but Surfdog Records in the US have created two special deluxe box sets, exclusive to their site. continue reading »
Two-CD deluxe edition of Echobelly’s second album sees a host of B-sides and unreleased tracks (compiled by the band) on the bonus disc. On was originally issued in 1995 and features the singles Dark Therapy, King Of The Kerb and Great Things. The band’s debut is also reissued.
Two items high on many a Zang Tumb Tuum fan’s wish-list are being issued together via the Japanese arm of the now 30-year old label, this month.
The CD+DVD combo package consists of the 1985 compilation Sampled – on CD for the first time – andthe DVD debut of The Value of Entertainment, the video presentation of 1985 ZTT London ‘showcase’ wherethe Art Of Noise infamously ’jilted’ Paul Morley, leaving him on-stage with some dancers but sans band (Gary Langan explained more about this to SDE here). continue reading »
Sony/Legacy will reissue their 2011 Elvis box set, Young Man with the Big Beat, in September.
This five-CD set – which celebrated 1956, that whirlwind year for the young Elvis – was originally a very lavish and expensive affair and included memorabilia items (ticket stubs, poster reproductions, promo photos etc) as well as a great large format booklet which took you through The King‘s schedule in 1956. continue reading »
Journalist Terry Ott reviews the “Meet The Beatles!” Japan Box for SuperDeluxeEdition:
I suppose some fans of The Beatles could look at this latest repacking of five Fabs’ albums released in Japan during 1964 and 1965 as an unnecessary, pricey addition to the ever growing Beatles’ canon, seeing as all the music contained on these discs has already appeared in previous, relatively recent CD packages of one sort or another.
Or, this new superbly produced set could be viewed as the gift that keeps on giving from a spectacular back catalog and another chance to celebrate the nostalgia and the ongoing world-wide, 50th anniversary appeal of the Beatles. continue reading »
George Michael‘s number one album Symphonica will be issued as a limited edition double LP vinyl in August.
The album was originally released back in March, with the standard CD offering 14 tracks and the deluxe edition and blu-ray audio versions adding three bonus songs (Roxanne, You Have Been Loved and Going To A Town). continue reading »