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George Michael’s last interview to be broadcast in full on BBC Radio 2

George Michael‘s last interview, with Kirsty Young, will next month be broadcast in almost all its entirety, on BBC Radio 2.
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Black Sabbath / The End

Black Sabbath call time on their career by releasing their last show

The End is a celebration of Black Sabbath’s final hometown concert at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on 4th February, 2017. This farewell show is out in November in six physical formats, including a five-disc deluxe box set.
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Eric Stewart on 10cc, Paul McCartney and his new two-disc Anthology

Eric Stewart is a English musician and producer who is best known for his time with 10cc, a band he was a member of from 1972 to 1995. They enjoyed three UK number ones, including I’m Not In Love (co-written by Stewart), a song that endures to this day.

Stewart’s solo work is less well known, with much of it out of print or simply unavailable on CD at all. Cherry Red encouraged Stewart to curate a two-CD Anthology which was released in the summer. SDE caught up with him a few weeks ago to discuss the project and his new book Things I Do For Love
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The Pound is Sinking: New price for Paul McCartney vinyl reissues

Coloured vinyl reissues are back (for now)

Those elusive coloured vinyl limited editions of eight of Paul McCartney/Wings albums reappeared today in the UK after being unavailable for 12 days.
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Wilco / Being There and A.M. reissues

US alt-rock band Wilco will reissue their 1996 album Being There as a five-CD deluxe box set in December along with an expanded version of their ’95 debut album A.M.
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Ramones / Rocket to Russia 40th anniversary super deluxe edition box

Rhino will continue their Ramones archive releases with a 40th anniversary super deluxe edition of the band’s third album, Rocket to Russia.
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Review: George Michael / Freedom

Disappointing documentary skims the surface of a complex artist

The first inkling that there might be a George Michael documentary in the works came back in 2016, when George reached out to fans via his website to ask for rare photos and footage “from 1988 through 1994”.

In the end, I didn’t see much in the way of such fan content in George Michael: Freedom last night, a new documentary (shown in the UK last night) that took us through the now fairly familiar stages in George’s career – Wham!, tight shorts, Top Of The Pops, Making It Big, Going Solo, Mega-stardom with Faith – before finally slowing down the frenzied pace in the very late 1980s when George attempted to step back from the rather crazy level of fame he had attained at that point.
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Micky Dolenz / Out Of Nowhere

UK-based label 7A Records, who specialise in Monkees-releated releases, will next month issue Out Of Nowhere, a new Micky Dolenz album recorded with a 30-piece orchestra.
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The Hit Factory: The Ultimate Collection

New Stock Aitken Waterman set • 3CDs • bonus disc of remixes

The Hit Factory: Ultimate Collection is a new three-CD various artists collection of songs produced by Stock Aitken Waterman.

This is a 50-track collection with the usual suspects all present and correct including Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Mel & Kim, Jason Donovan and Dead Or Alive.
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Out This Week / on 20 October 2017

George Michael / Listen Without Prejudice reissue - super deluxe box set

George Michael / Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1 

Finally. After the small matter of delays due to the production of the Freedom documentary (on UK TV’s Channel 4 tonight) and then the rather larger issue of untimely death of George Michael, the reissue of Listen Without Prejudice is here, a year late. This now becomes last GM archival release that he was alive to influence. Read more
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This Week’s Box Set and Reissue Deals

Post last updated on 14/10/17 at 16.26
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Tears For Fears / Rule The World – The Greatest Hits / new compilation

Two new songs • Selections span all studio albums  • no deluxe edition

Virgin/EMI will issue Rule The World: The Greatest Hits, a new Tears For Fears compilation, in November.
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INXS / Kick 30 / anniversary deluxe set

Brand new Dolby Atmos surround mix • Renders Kick 25 redundant

When I reviewed the 25th anniversary of INXSKick album back in 2012 I opened by saying “major record labels cling to blockbuster albums like a toddler clings to a security blanket”. Well, the proof is in the pudding, because since that time no other INXS album has received the expanded deluxe treatment, but five years down the line Universal Music are reissuing Kick again, for its 30th anniversary!
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Eagles / Hotel California 40th anniversary super deluxe edition box

Box set with 5.1 surround blu-ray • unreleased live tracks • remastered

Late next month Warner Music will issue a 40th anniversary super deluxe edition of the Eagles‘ fifth studio album, Hotel California.
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Parlophone hold its hands up to Bowie box ‘Heroes’ issue and takes action

Replacement discs coming •  “We have listened to fans” – Parlophone

After the events of last week, when Parlophone/Warner Music defended the mastering and the ‘loss of energy’ issue with Heroes on the new David Bowie A New Career In A New Town box set, the label have now adjusted their position – in light of ongoing criticism from some fans – and in a statement have confirmed that new discs for Heroes will be made available.
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Pink Floyd to reissue 1981 compilation and double live album on vinyl

Pink Floyd will reissue their pithily titled 1981 compilation A Collection Of Great Dance Songs on vinyl next month alongside a vinyl reissue of the 1988 live album Delicate Sound Of Thunder.
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David Bowie reissue pioneer fronts new CD-only catalogue record label

Jeff Rougvie, who helmed Rykodisc’s exemplary David Bowie ‘Sound + Vision’ back catalogue programme back in the early nineties, has launched a new record label, Supermegabot Music Concern, with a remit to reissue ‘great records.’
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XTC / Black Sea CD+blu-ray reissue

XTC continue their bar-raising expanded reissues in November with a CD+Blu-ray edition of their 1980 album Black Sea.
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Hear unreleased Queen outtakes from the forthcoming News Of The World box

Queen‘s 40th anniversary News Of The World box set is issued next month and the band have just made available a couple of previously unreleased outtakes from the ‘Raw Sessions’ disc (CD 2 in the box), namely We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. Take a listen to both tracks (below):
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ELO / Wembley or Bust: Concert film

2CD+Blu-ray the pick of the many formats

Sony/RCA will release Wembley or Bust in November, a new concert film of Jeff Lynne’s ELO playing live at Wembley Stadium in June this year.
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