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Even Better Than The Real Thing? Kate Bush tribute act Cloudbusting in London

SDE reviews a special performance which featured Del Palmer

Artists can be finicky. On tour, they’ll normally play the hits, but they also focus on the, perhaps mediocre, new album and they rarely play that ‘deep cut’ you’ve been waiting for. For all the plaudits garnered by Kate Bush‘s return to the stage in 2014 with Before The Dawn, it was a very narrow reading of her output. Of her nine original studio albums (i.e. excluding 2011’s Director’s Cut) she played nothing at all from five of them and only one track from her most recent 50 Words For Snow. To put it another way, she ignored almost two thirds of her entire body of work.

Step forward tribute Kate tribute act Cloudbusting, fronted by the remarkable vocal talents of Mandy Watson. They make all your Kate Bush setlist dreams a reality. Album track from 1982’s The Dreaming? No problem. B-side to ‘Running Up That Hill’? Done. Title track from The Sensual World? Why not? And on Sunday evening at The Half Moon in Putney, they had a very large ace up their sleeve; Del Palmer, Kate’s longtime engineer, bass player, and boyfriend was in the band!
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Features

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Saturday Deluxe / 15 December 2018

Fans disappointed by lack of availability of Wings box

The super deluxe editions of Paul McCartney‘s news Wings reissues (Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway) are/were available in a mega-box called Wings 1971-1973. This includes an extra book (Wings Over Europe) and a bonus 78 minute CD of previously unreleased live performances from this tour. This set was only available ‘D2C’ (direct to consumer) via McCartney’s label partners (Universal’s uDiscoverMusic store, for example) and not from major online outlets like Amazon, or HMV.
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Interview

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Howard Jones talks about the reissues of Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action

Howard Jones speaks to SDE about the early days

Cherry Red have just reissued Howard Jones‘ first two albums, Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action as massively expanded super deluxe edition box sets. Howard has been very involved in the process and recently, just before an intimate gig in central London, he sat down with SDE editor Paul Sinclair to discuss the excitement of the early days and the two albums in question…
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News

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The Cardigans / Remastered vinyl

All six of Swedish pop band The Cardigans‘ studio albums have been remastered and will be reissued early next year on 180g black vinyl.
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Deals

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This Week’s Box Set and Reissue Deals

UK: Kate Bush / Remastered in Vinyl I  4LP vinyl box – £66

Down from £96! Contains The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever and The Dreaming.


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News

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David Sylvian / deluxe vinyl reissues

Four albums from 1984 – 1987 issued on ‘deluxe’ vinyl

Four early David Sylvian albums will be issued on 180g vinyl in February.
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News

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Juliana Hatfield / Weird

Limited orange vinyl edition • Out in January

Juliana Hatfield will issue Weird, her second album in less than a year, in January 2019.
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News

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Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge / Radio Series vinyl box set

Complete 1992 radio series as a 3LP coloured vinyl box set

A-ha! (No, not that one). It’s the time of year when we sing about putting ‘A Partridge in a pear tree’ so why not put A Partridge on your pre-order list with this new Knowing Me Knowing You 3LP vinyl record set, which features broadcaster Alan Partridge hosting his very first radio chat show.
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News

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Prince’s Musicology, 3121 and Planet Earth to be reissued on purple vinyl

First time on vinyl • Limited PURPLE vinyl 

The Prince Estate and Sony’s Legacy Recordings have announced reissues of a trio of Prince albums: Musicology, 3121 and Planet Earth. All three will be reissued on CD and released for the first time on vinyl in February next year, with limited PURPLE vinyl pressings available.
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News

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Out This Week / on 14 December 2018

Depeche Mode / Construction Time Again & Some Great Reward 12″ boxes


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News

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Kate Bush’s London pop-up shop closes its doors and moves online

After five days in business at the back of London’s redeveloped Kings Cross area, Kate Bush‘s pop-up shop (officially called ‘Kate Bush Remastered Pop-Up’) closed its doors yesterday.
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News

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Gary Crowley’s Lost ’80s

After last year’s excellent Punk and New Wave box set, broadcaster and DJ Gary Crowley has turned his attention to the 1980s, by curating a new four-CD and 3LP package called Gary Crowley’s Lost 80s.
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News

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Snow Patrol / When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up / vinyl remaster

First time on vinyl • Very limited SIGNED copies • Bonus seven-inch

Snow Patrol are reissuing their second album When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up on vinyl for the first time.
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News

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Phil Collins / Serious Hits… Live

‘Serious Hits…Live’ and ‘A Hot Night in Paris’ reissued & remastered

Phil Collins‘ ‘Take a Look at Me Now’ reissue campaign continues with the reissue of 1990 live album Serious Hits…Live.
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News

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Mansun / Attack of the Grey Lantern: exclusive SDE deluxe bundle

SDE exclusive Mansun CD single with rare audio

Mansun‘s 1997 album Attack of the Grey Lantern was reissued in the summer for as a four-disc deluxe book edition which included demos, rarities, outtakes, BBC sessions and a 5.1 surround mix (on DVD). This deluxe set (along with the double coloured vinyl edition) is now available to buy on the SDE shop and each order comes with a FREE, very limited and completely exclusive Mansun CD single!
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Deals

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This Week’s Box Set and Reissue Deals

USA: Rush / Hemispheres super deluxe – $88 (approx £69)

Massive super deluxe features 2CD, blu-ray (with 5.1 mix), 3LP and more. This is £145 in the UK, so less than half price!


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News

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Kankyō Ongaku / Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music

And now for something completely different…

Light In The Attic have created a Japan Archival Series and this continues early next year with Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, an expansive overview of the country’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music – what can collectively be described as ‘kankyō ongaku’, or environmental music. This is the first ever fully licensed collection of this music outside of Japan and it features internationally acclaimed artists such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Joe Hisaishi, as well as other pioneers like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Yoshio Ojima and Satoshi Ashikawa. This set is available as a 3LP vinyl box set or a deluxe 2CD book package.
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News

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Out This Week / on 7 December 2018

Paul McCartney / Wings Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway reissues


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Video

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SDEtv / Howard Jones: Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action unboxed

SDE takes a look at the new Howard Jones box sets Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action – released last Friday – with this new unboxing video. Does the packaging and presentation justify the relatively high price tag for these super deluxe editions of Howard’s first two albums? Watch the SDEtv video and find out…
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News

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Tertiary Phase / 3LP coloured vinyl

First time on vinyl • Luxury presentation • 500 signed sets

Demon Records will issue Tertiary Phase a new 3LP coloured vinyl deluxe set that features the third series of Douglas Adams’ classic comedy science fiction radio show The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
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