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Out This Week / on 24 March 2017

Paul McCartney / Flowers in the Dirt 4-disc deluxe edition

Paul McCartney / Flowers in the Dirt (reissue)

Paul McCartney‘s controversial Flowers in the Dirt reissue is finally released and despite the barrage of complaints about including 16 tracks as download-only within this expensive box set, there have been no concessions or changes to the offering. Read more


Pink Floyd / The Early Years Individual Volumes / 1965-7 CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION

Pink Floyd / Early Years (Individual Volumes) 

Pink Floyd break open their massive Early Years box set to deliver six individual volumes (each three or four discs) that offer historical audio and video in bite-sized chunks. Read more


T'Pau / The Virgin Anthology 4CD deluxe set

T’Pau / The Virgin Anthology (4-disc set)

This four-CD set complements the Bridge of Spies deluxe and brings together rare single edits and remixes from the T’Pau‘s heyday, along with demo versions and remastered and expanded versions of albums Rage and The PromiseRead more


Jethro Tull / The String Quartets

The String Quartets is an album of classic Jethro Tull songs arranged in a classical style. It is produced by – and features on flute – Mr Ian Anderson. Read more


A Flock Of Seagulls / Remixes and Rarities (2CD)

A two-CD collection of music from Liverpudlian new wave band A Flock Of Seagulls. Features rare mixes, twelve-inch versions, seven-inch edits and promo mixes. Read more


Elvis Presley / Platinum: A Life In Music (4CD)

Sony will repackage and reissue one of their very best Elvis Presley sets; the 1997 compilation Platinum: A Life In Music. Read more


Chris Difford: Chris to the Mill box set

Chris Difford / Chris To The Mill (5-disc box set)

The solo work of Squeeze singer-songwriter Chris Difford is collected in Chris To… The Mill, a 4CD+DVD box set that includes albums, rarities & unreleased demos. Read more


T. Rex  / The Slider (2LP vinyl)

Following January’s coloured vinyl package Demon Records issues the deluxe double vinyl version of T. Rex‘s The Slider – which features Rabbit Fighter: The Alternate Slider on the second record – as a black vinyl edition.


Ry Cooder / Paradise and Lunch (Mo-Fi vinyl)

Ry Cooder‘s superb 1974 album is remastered from the original tapes, pressed on vinyl at RTI, and limited to 3000 numbered copies. Boomer’s Story also given the same treatment.


AC/DC / Backtracks (repackage)

Three-disc AC/DC set reconfigured from the original full size box to a compact ‘bookset’ format. Features bringing rare studio songs and out-takes, hard-to-find live performances and a DVD showcasing the group’s music videos, live performances, and promotional clips from 1992-2009.

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23 responses to Out This Week / on 24 March 2017

  1. Marco says:

    Curious to see what the next volume of the McCartney reissues will be about: probably inside the box there will be the usual “what’s next” folio.

    • DaveM says:

      @Marco, apparently there is no Coming Soon card, just a card listing the already available sets and stating to check PMs website for future updates. They must be still working on the ‘comprehensive plan’…..
      I am clinging on by my fingertips resisting buying the FITD deluxe, but the £135 price tag is just not shifting.

  2. Chris Squires says:

    I have all of the others in the McCartney series, and they are generally beautiful. I guess it’s a game of chicken to see who blinks first. Do I buy at £130 or do I wait for a £50 – £60 price point..

    I think I will wait…and wait…and wait. Amazon will blink first, I am sure of it.

    • gwynogue says:

      I think a lot of people will be waiting…and I don’t blame them.

      I just hope the downloads aren’t time limited – if people wait too long, they might miss out on them. To not get them on CD is bad enough, but to not get them at all would be a bigger slap in the face.

      Perhaps that is the reason Macca is doing it – to panic people into buying early and at a hefty price.

  3. stevieb says:

    I’ll get the 2-CD version, as I have with all of the re-issues in this series that I have purchased, but I’d be amazed if the price of the deluxe didn’t fall substantially sooner or later (or become available cheaper on somewhere such as Amazon Italy), the price is quite absurd at present.

  4. Ciaran Beattie says:

    How many times are Demon going to reissue The Slider?

  5. Neil says:

    Who do T’Pau think they are charging £40 for that anthology when you consider that Chris Difford box set has more discs and is half the price.

    • Neil says:

      After hunting about i found a site cdon.com who are selling it for £24 delivered. Thanks to John on the original thread for the tip.

  6. James says:

    The Jesus and Mary Chain have a new album out this week as well, with signed bundles on their site.

  7. gwynogue says:

    I really hope cdon ships to Oz, Per Gessle (Roxette) solo box set is on sale at nearly 50% off!

    http://cdon.eu/music/gessle_per/the_per_gessle_archives_(10cd%2blp)-27423556

    10 CDs for only 37 EURO!

  8. RJSWinchester says:

    Just thinking ahead, he’s the full RSD17 release catalogue:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/21_03_17_rsd_releases.pdf

    • don cooper says:

      Drat!
      T.rex-Bolan-ruddy loads!/Cars/FMac//Baumann+Schnitzler.

      Dear Santa.Is it possible to have a prezzies advance?
      Don (Good Boy.Honest)

  9. Neil says:

    It’s a bit concerning that my order for that T’Pau Anthology hasn’t shipped yet from cdon and they have changed the release date to the 31st even though everywhere else has it in stock. Maybe that price was to good to be true.

    • Karen says:

      Neil.

      I got mine from Amazon which came this morning (24 March). The release date is still 24 March. I was very tempted to order from CDON but I checked the reviews about this company. Did a google search for reviews on them, and there was quite some neg comments about them.

  10. Andrew M says:

    Well, I got Flowers in the Dirt on standard CD and vinyl yesterday and I’m not impressed with the sound quality of either. That said, when my partner (she’s into photography) got home and looked at the vinyl and listened to the music she was very impressed – she loved the photography in particular on the vinyl.

    I showed her the deluxe edition, including the photo catalogue and her response was “why didn’t you get this?”. Sigh. Sometimes you just can’t win!

    I will keep an eye out for it and when it drops to, say, £80 or less I’ll get it.

    In the meantime, I just ordered my first ever McCartney deluxe edition as I haven’t got any of them. I ordered Pipe of Peace.

    Back to Flowers in the Dirt – I’m not very impressed with the sound quality. What do others think?

  11. DaveM says:

    @Andrew M, I think the SQ of the new FITD on CD is an improvement on the previous versions in terms of some of the instrumentation has been beefed up, ie bass and guitar and also there are subtle details that spring out which makes a lot of it less eighties IMHO, with the exception of Motor of Love and Ou Est Le Soleil. I don’t think the overall DR has changed dramatically. But as I always say, depends on your system.

  12. cmi says:

    original stereo mix of this album is 16/44 master as well as of ‘Tug Of War’, but this time MPL didn’t bother to remix the album. So what we have is upscaled remastered original stereo mix.
    All singles download-only stuff is also 16/44, but MPL even didn’t bother to remaster it.

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