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Paul Weller / Classic Album Selection: 5CD box set

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Universal Music will issue a five-disc Paul Weller Classic Album Selection box set in September.

It will contain Weller’s first five solo records; Paul Weller (1992), Wild Wood (1993), Stanley Road (1995), Heavy Soul (1997) and Heliocentric (2000).
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Big Country / The Seer, Peace In Our Time and No Place Like Home: 2CDs

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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.
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More Belinda Carlisle deluxe editions coming soon from Edsel

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Having tackled deluxe editions of the four Virgin/MCA albums earlier this year (and the Anthology and Collection sets), Edsel Records have turned their attentions to Belinda Carlisle‘s other three studio albums which will all be reissued in September as deluxe editions.
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Status Quo / Live! 4CD box set

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Universal Music will release Status Quo Live!  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 Quoa 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 Hall in Tokyo during the same 1976 tour, less than a month after the Glasgow gigs that formed the basis of the Live! album.
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Average White Band / “All The Pieces” unboxing video


 

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.


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Deal Alert / The Beatles Japan Box

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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.
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Frankie: “Inside The Pleasuredome” box set numbers confirmed

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Union Square have confirmed today exactly how limited the forthcoming Frankie Goes To Hollywood Inside The Pleasuredome box set will be.
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The Who Hits 50 / new compilation

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As part of The Who‘s 50th anniversary celebrations (which include a 2014 British Tour) a new compilation will be issued later this year.
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Eric Clapton & Friends / The Breeze – An Appreciation of J.J. Cale box set

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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.
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Out This Week / 22 July 2014

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Gentle Giant / The Power and the Glory (CD+Blu-ray)

Prog rock band Gentle Giant‘s 1974 album has been reissued in remastered/remixed form with Steven Wilson stereo and 5.1 mixes on blu-ray accompanied by Ray Shulman created visuals.


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Echobelly / On (Deluxe Edition)

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.

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ZTT Japan release “Sampled” & “The Value of Entertainment” combo set

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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 timeand the DVD debut of The Value of Entertainment, the video presentation of 1985 ZTT London ‘showcase’ where the 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).
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Deal Alert / Elvis Presley: Thats The Way It Is super deluxe box

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Sony/Legacy’s 10-disc, 156-track boxed celebration of Elvis Presley‘s 1970 album and documentary That’s The Way It Is has dropped in price dramatically on Amazon UK.
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Elvis / Young Man With The Big Beat: reissue and repackage

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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.
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Separate vinyl R.E.M. “Unplugged” releases on the way

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As if to underline the marketing opportunity of Record Store Day, Rhino will release the RSD-only R.E.M. Unplugged 4LP vinyl edition as two separate double-LP sets in September.
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Deal Alert / Queen Live at the Rainbow super deluxe edition

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At last! After almost a month at over £100 on UK Amazon, the Queen Live at the Rainbow super deluxe is finally dropped to a sensible price.

Nearly £45 has been lopped off the four-disc set (2CD+DVD+Blu-ray) which comes with a 60-page book and lots of memorabilia items.
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John Foxx / The Virgin Years 1980-85

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The Virgin Years 1980 – 1985 is a new John Foxx five-CD box set that features the albums Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section and In Mysterious Ways.

Each CD features bonus tracks including B-sides and out-takes with more gathered on a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission (see full track listing below).
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Meet The Beatles! Japan Box: A cute and costly curio for collectors

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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.
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Smashing Pumpkins / “Adore” 6CD+DVD super deluxe edition box

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The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1998 album Adore will be reissued in September as a 6CD+DVD super deluxe edition box set.
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Deal Alert / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974 four disc set

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First significant price drop for the 3CD+DVD Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young set that was released just over a week ago.
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George Michael / Symphonica vinyl

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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).
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