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Out This Week / 30 March 2015

Specials / Deluxe Reissues (2CD)

The three Specials / Special AKA albums all reissued with bonus CDs packed with non-album singles, B-sides, Peel Sessions and live tracks. Read more


Van Halen  / Deluxe Box Set

New 4CD box that contains remasters of Van Halen‘s 1978 eponymous debut and 1984,along with a brand new live album Tokyo Dome Live In Concert. Read more
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Sunday Amazon Easter Deals

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CAMEL Rainbow’s End Anthology 4CD: Live at 6.00pm – CLICK HERE
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Saturday Deluxe / 28 March 2015

It’s the weekend! Our new feature continues, as SDE sips on an expresso, sinks its teeth into a pain au raison, and kicks back with some stories and updates from the past week, along with gossip and news from the weeks to come…

Photo: Enrico Schwabach

A-ha

The big news this week is that a-ha are getting back together! Hooray! Well actually, they’re not getting back together, they’re just becoming a-ha once more while they make a new album and go touring, then after that they are reverting to not being a-ha again. Or something like… Clear? No? Okay, basically, they are ONLY going to be a-ha while they are either making an a-ha album or playing a concert as a-ha. When they are not doing that, they are definitely not a-ha. What’s not to understand?
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Styx / The A+M Albums 1975-1984

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In May, Universal Music will issue a 9LP vinyl box set featuring the work of American rock band Styx. 
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Grace Jones: Disco Blu-ray audio

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Despite the expensive four-LP vinyl box and the cute three-CD collection, perhaps the most exciting format the forthcoming Grace Jones Disco set is being released on is the blu-ray audio, which is now available to pre-order.
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Friday's Amazon Easter Deals

Last day of SDE coverage of Amazon Germany’s Easter Deals. Today isn’t as good as yesterday, but still some decent sets including a 20-CD Johnny Cash box (9am), John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers 4CD set (11am), the excellent Monty Python‘s Total Rubbish 9CD extravaganza (11.30am) and a second chance to pick up the Nirvana Nevermind super deluxe or the ABBA The Albums 9CD box.
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Thursday's Amazon Easter Deals

More great DEALS today on Amazon Germany. Look out for sets from Daft Punk, Nirvana, Fairport Convention, The Alan Parsons Project, Judas Priest, Siouxsie and the Banshees, John Mellencamp, The Orb and The Beatles.
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Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia

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Pete Townshend’s symphonic reimagining of The Who’s Quadrophenia will be released by classical label Deutsche Grammophon this June.

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A-ha to release new album

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A-ha will release a new album later this year called Cast in Steel.
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UFO / Limited edition 4LP vinyl box

A new four-LP vinyl box set featuring the work of British hard rock band UFO is to be released next month.
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Further Amazon Easter deals

The Easter Deals Week on Amazon Germany continue today with, if anything, an even better selection than yesterday with sets from The Moody Blues, The Who, Massive Attack, Steely Dan, James Brown and Nirvana amongst those scheduled to be heavily discounted in the next 12 hours.
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Jellyfish: Japanese mini-LP SHM-CDs

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Omnivore’s Jellyfish deluxe reissues were great, but the packaging wasn’t really as good as it could have been, with the widescreen gatefold cover image used on the 1990 LP of Bellybutton missing completely! Thankfully, the Japanese versions embrace the detail and spirit of the originals.
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Universal Music to replace faulty Simple Minds box set DVDs

Simple Minds / Sparkle in the Rain five disc super deluxe edition box

Universal Music have put a process in place to allow fans who bought the Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain super deluxe edition box set to get a replacement DVD which, in error, contained the Steven Wilson hi-res ‘stereo’ mix in mono.
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Deal alert / Amazon Easter Deals

Amazon in Germany are celebrating Easter this week with lots of special ‘lightning deals’ and the good news is that there are plenty of music box sets on offer. Each deal will only last for a short period until the ‘allocation’ has reached 100%. Depending on the popularity of the item this can be minutes, although it’s not always a mad rush. Putting ourself on the ‘waiting list’ is also by no means a lost cause, so bear that in mind.

For the next few days on SDE there will be a ‘deal alert’ post that will UPDATE during the day as each new deal comes online. If you have signed up for the SDE Deal Alerts via Email service then you will get a timely email just before the deal goes live.
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Electronic debut on vinyl LP

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Parlophone Label Group will this May reissue on vinyl LP, the eponymous debut of Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner’s dance/pop ‘supergroup’ Electronic.
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America / Homecoming SACD

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Audio Fidelity are to release an SACD edition of America‘s second album Homecoming that will include a surround sound 5.1 mix.
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Out This Week / 23 March 2015

Picture: Toto XIV deluxe box set

Toto / Toto XIV (new album/box set)

First Toto studio album in over nine years. Toto XIV is available across a number of formats including the box set pictured. Read more


Hawkwind / This is Your Captain Speaking...Your Captain is Dead / The Albums and Singles 1970-74

Hawkwind  / This is Your Captain Speaking… (box set)

Generous 11-CD Hawkind box set covering the years 1970-1974. Comes with exclusive new compilation Of Time and Stars – The SinglesRead more
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Deal alert / ABBA: The Studio Albums 8LP vinyl box set

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ABBA‘s recent Studio Albums VINYL box contains all eight albums and you can now pick up this newly released set from Amazon Italy for the price of one Neil Young LP…
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Bobby Womack / The Preacher

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Charly Records will issue The Preacher a new Bobby Womack release that features five of his early albums on CD collected in one package.
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Don’t Look Back: New Lloyd Cole/Commotions collection

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While we wait for the six-CD Lloyd Cole and the Commotions box set that is expected around June time (more on this here), Universal Music have taken advantage of working with the singer-songwriter on that project, to secure his help in compiling a new budget collection – Don’t Look Back: An Introduction to Lloyd Cole and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.
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