Earlier this year SDE Editor Paul Sinclair spoke to Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, producer Chris Hughes and A&R man Dave Bates about Tears For Fears’ second album ‘Songs From The Big Chair’. These interviews resulted in a fascinating and often candid commentary on the writing and recording the album. You can read the full ‘in their own words’ feature in the the booklet that forms part of the forthcoming super deluxe edition box set.
Exclusively for SuperDeluxeEdition.com readers, here is an extract from that text, with Roland, Curt et al discussing a song that didn’t end up on the album – the 1983 single The Way You Are which was recorded and released between The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair.
Seven-inch cover to “The Way You Are”
[TFF Producer] Chris Hughes: “Dave Bates said, ‘Roland’s got this new song, it’s really interesting, it’s got a kind of interesting rhythm to it, it could be a single’ and I remember thinking that it feels like the first thing he has written since The Hurting, and people are investing too much belief in it. I saw them perform it live at The Lyceum and I thought it was okay – quite exciting – and we set about in the studio to try and make it make sense. I think it was ill-conceived.” continue reading »
The now familiar generous box sets from King Crimson, with this 27-disc Starless set examining in forensic detail the band’s celebrated mid-1970′s live line-up in performance. Starless is a new King Crimson box set that offers an in-depth overview of the band’s celebrated mid-1970′s live line-up at its most exploratory.
Rory Gallagher / Irish Tour ’74.. (8-disc box set)
All three shows from Rory Gallagher‘s 1974 Irish Tour on CD for the first time along with two DVDs with further content including the Tony Palmer directed documentary Irish Tour ’74.
Suede / Dog Man Star (20th Anniversary box set)
Dog Man Star remains Suede‘s best album by quite some distance, so Edsel celebrate with this multi-format 20th anniversary box set. continue reading »
Neil Young will release a new album Storytone next month.
The Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded the album live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. But if you prefer your Neil Young acoustic and gritty, then a deluxe edition offers a bonus disc including a solo version of Storytone. Listen to both versions of Who’s Gonna Stand Up? from the album below and you’ll see that the deluxe is surely essential. continue reading »
Cherry Red will release Millions Like Us: The Story of the Mod Revival in December.
The four-CD set compiles a generous 100 tracks from the 1977 -1989 era (see full track listing below) and includes music from bands like The Untouchables, The Lambrettas, Purple Hearts, The Prisoners and Merton Parkas. continue reading »
Out this week is a new Spandau Ballet collection called The Very Best Of Spandau Ballet: The Story. This compilation (available as a single CD and two-disc deluxe set) coincides with the home video release of a new documentary Soul Boys Of The Western World as well as the recent news that the band are to tour the UK in 2015. There was also a one hour ‘TV Special’ (called ‘True Gold’!) on UK television a few days back where the band performed “their greatest hits” live. If this new compilation doesn’t meet expectations then it won’t be for lack of exposure. continue reading »
British band Jesus Jones who enjoyed transatlantic success in the early nineties with their distincitive mix of dance and indie-rock are to have their four studio albums of the era reissued by Edsel Records as comprehensive 2CD+DVD editions. continue reading »
Rhino will release a new Joni Mitchell collection in November. Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet Waiting To Be Danced features 53 songs “inspired by a four-act ballet conceived by Joni” and contains songs spanning 40 years of her recordings. continue reading »
This seven-CD collection contains all the singer’s studio albums (no bonus tracks) which come packaged in card wallets within a glossy outer clamshell box. You also get a a 28-page booklet which has album credits and a decent selection of photos. See below for more photos of this set. continue reading »
As mentioned back in the summer, Universal Music will show their mettle and put out another version of the seemingly bullet-proof ABBAGold compilation – this time in fancy ‘steelbook’ casing, often used for limited edition blu-ray releases. continue reading »
Universal Music Japan have been strong supporters of the Super Audio CD format for many years now. While in Europe blu-ray audio is starting to dominate the hi-res end of the market – and has arguably become the audiophile format of choice for rock/pop fans – out in the Far East there is still an enthusiasm for the DSD (Direct-Stream Digital)mastered SACDs. continue reading »