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ABBA / Live at Wembley Arena

ABBA / Live at Wembley Arena

A new ABBA live album will be released this September as part of the group’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. ABBA Live at Wembley Arena presents the complete concert at the famous London venue from 10 November 1979.
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Limahl / Don’t Suppose deluxe

Limahl / Don't Suppose deluxe edition

Former Kajagoogoo frontman Limahl‘s 1984 debut solo album, Don’t Suppose, will be reissued by Cherry Red / SFE in August as a two-CD deluxe edition.

The album features the hit singles Never Ending Story and Only For Love and this new edition sees a host of remixes on the bonus disc, including five period remixes of Never Ending Story (six, if you count the French language version L’histoire Sans Fin), a Dance and Dub mix of Only For Love, and other assorted B-sides and demos.
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ABBA Gold steel box edition

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Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more variations on ABBA‘s Gold compilation, this October Universal will issue the 1992 hits compilation in special gold steel box packaging with a magnetic lenticular cover.
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The Kinks / Lola Versus Powerman 2CD deluxe edition on the way

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Sony / BMG will release a two-CD deluxe reissue of The Kinks‘ 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One in August.
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Save a fortune on the Queen Live at the Rainbow super deluxe

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Want to buy the Queen Live at the Rainbow four-disc super deluxe box set? Me too. But do you want to pay £113 for the pleasure? Not particularly.

The good news for those who live in what we like to call ‘rip-off Britain’ is that you can order this set from Amazon Canada for almost one quarter of the price that Amazon UK have it listed at.
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Paul McCartney / Early Days video


 

Paul McCartney continues a lifelong habit of picking the wrong songs to promote from his albums. The latest is Early Days – for which he has made a video – from last year’s New. There’s nothing wrong with the song, or the sentiment (although it is a bit earnest), but this acoustic number isn’t half as much fun as On My Way To Work from the same album, which has a similar weren’t-the-old-days-really-cool vibe but has a much witty lyric.

What’s really sad is that the highlight of the record is the amazing Alligator (produced by Mark Ronson) but this has been overlooked (in terms of videos etc.) for the middling Appreciate and the stomping Queenie Eye.

Anyway, check out Alligator and On My Way To Work below, and tell me if you agree!
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First Pictures / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974 blu-ray+DVD

Out today is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young CSNY 1974 live set.

What you see pictured above is the two-disc blu-ray (audio) + DVD edition. Packaging is well executed and very similar to the Stephen Stills Carry On set. The type is embossed on front and spine and the 188-page booklet is immense. Review of the music to follow.


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Out This Week / 7 July 2014

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young / CSNY 1974 

40 unreleased live tracks from 1974 on a very high res blu-ray (192/24) or three CDs. Both sets come with a bonus DVD featuring eight filmed performances. Read more


Manic Street Preachers / new album Futurology

Manic Street Preachers / Futurology (new album)

New Manics album out today and available in the now familiar two-CD deluxe edition with bonus audio including demos of all the tracks on the album. Read more
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FIRST PICTURES / Bob Marley: “Legend” anniversary CD+Blu-ray

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Released this week was the 30th Anniversary deluxe edition of the Bob Marley Legend compilation.

This two-disc edition offers CD and blu-ray audio versions of the album, with the latter featuring a new 5.1 surround mix, alternate versions of Easy Skanking and Punky Reggae Party and the studio version of No Woman No Cry (the CD maintains the original versions of all of those tracks).
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Deal Alert / Bob Dylan: Complete Album Collection 47CD box

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Lowest price ever on Amazon UK for the highly-rated Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection, Vol. One box set, with it now dipping under £100.

The 47CD (!) set features ‘the entire official discography’, so all 35 studio albums are present and correct, including 1973′s Dylan, as well as six live albums, and a special two-CD compilation, Side Tracks, that brings together previously released non-album singles, tracks from compilations, and songs from films.
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Simply Red / Home 3CD+DVD

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All the recent Edsel Simply Red reissues photographed by SDE

Edsel Records have earned a deserved reputation for putting out some excellent deluxe reissues over the years. Virtually flawless offerings expanding the studio albums of Bananarama and Belinda Carlisle are two sets that come to mind.

Most recently they’ve turned their attention to Simply Red. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about the classic albums from the late eighties and the early nineties (Stars was the only really good deluxe that Warners put out) but rather the ‘noughties’ albums that Mick released on his own SimplyRed.com label after walking away from his major label deal.
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Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters glow-in-the-dark vinyl

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Remember the Ghostbusters glow-in-the-dark twelve-inch issued for Record Store Day back in April? Well that desirable item is already commanding high prices, but fear not, since Sony have set up a 30th Anniversary Ghostbusters online store and filled it with some exclusive items, including a repress of Ghostbusters RSD release, but this time not numbered and without the RSD sticker. It still exhibits the same glow-in-the-dark qualities.
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Oasis / “(Whats The Story) Morning Glory?” box set and reissue details

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Oasis will reissue their 1995 album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? in September, the second of their ‘Chasing The Sun’ reissues.

As with their debut, this has been remastered and re-packaged and this release includes b-sides, early demos and soundcheck recordings from the Oasis archives. The box set more or less follows the design and content of the Definitely Maybe set. It contains the standard three-CD deluxe edition (see track listing below) plus the following:
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Thompson Twins / Remixes & Rarities: track listing revealed

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Following the success of last year’s Paul Young collection, Cherry Red Records will release a Thompson Twins Remixes & Rarities compilation later this year.

The two-CD set brings together extended remixes of all the classic singles including Sisters Of Mercy, In The Name Of Love, and Love On Your Side, alongside some choice rarities such as the single/AOR version of The Gap, early B-side In The Beginning and Fools In Paradise (King For A Day instrumental).
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Out This Week / 30 June 2014

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Pink Floyd / The Division Bell (7-disc box)

Pink Floyd’s 1994 studio album is something of a vinyl feast, but at least it also includes a 5.1 blu-ray and CD of the album. Read more


The The / Soul Mining: 30th anniversary deluxe vinyl box set

The The / Soul Mining (deluxe vinyl box)

Nice to see a The The reissue. This Soul Mining vinyl box comes with a new remaster of the album (overseen by Matt Johnson) and an extra twelve-inch gatefold vinyl of alternative versions and remixes. Read more
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Deal Alert / The Allman Brothers Band: Fillmore East Recordings 6CD

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The Allman Brothers Band 1971 Fillmore East Recordings 6CD box set has dropped in price significantly on Amazon UK.
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Deep Purple / Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69

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Parlophone Label Group will release a new Deep Purple set next month, called Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69.
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The Chairmen of the Board / The Invictus Recordings 9CD box

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In the very late sixties The Chairmen Of The Board were the flagship act of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s then newly established Invictus label.

Best known for their 1970 top three US hit Give Me Just A Little More Time (covered in the early nineties by Kylie Minogue) the band released four studio albums for Invictus in the first half of the 1970s.
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Deal alert / Beatles Japan box

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Out now in Japan, but not released in Europe or America until 14 July, the Meet The Beatles Japanese five album mini-LP vinyl replica box set has just dropped in price on Amazon UK by around 15%.
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First Pictures / Peter Gabriel / Back to Front: Live in London deluxe

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Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front deluxe set is out this week.

Pictured here is the 2 x blu-ray + 2CD deluxe edition which presents the four discs in a 60-page hardcover book designed by longtime Gabriel collaborator Marc Bessant.
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