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DEAL / Queen: Live at the Rainbow super deluxe edition box set

Deal: Queen Live at the Rainbow

The Queen Live at the Rainbow super deluxe edition box set has been incredibly expensive to buy in the UK. The price has only dipped below the £100 price point once, in early July when Amazon went down to £69 for a few days. With the set now released the price has just dropped again by around a third.
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The Kinks / The Anthology 1964-1971 / five CD box set

Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of The KinksYou Really Got Me hitting the top spot in the UK and with that comes the news that a new five-CD box set will be released in November that will feature a total of 139 tracks, 25 of which are previously unreleased, amongst them alternate takes, session excerpts and backing tracks.
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Queen / Live at the Rainbow review

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A Royal Gathering: Queen: Live at the Rainbow in its various formats

Canadian journalist Terry Ott reviews the USA blu-ray+CD combo of the recent Queen Live at the Rainbow release exclusively for SuperDeluxeEdition.


“I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.” Freddie Mercury

But first, a little back story: By the beginning of 1974, the rock aficionados in The Great White North had begun to hear of this band, this Queen. Yet in most corners, only the most adroit and prescient thought they were more than just another rather obscure Brit glam group among the established English giants like Zeppelin and Bowie who already stood so tall.

In fact, the happy and glorious Queen love would not really arrive in Canada until the first radio station spun Bohemian Rhapsody well into ’75 and then we were collectively longing for the colonial days, such was Queen’s immediate rock glory.

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The Rolling Stones / From the Vault: Live at the LA Forum 1975

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With the Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 Rolling Stones set still seven weeks away from release, Eagle Vision have already announced the second in their new ‘From The Vault’ series: L.A. Forum Live In 1975.
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Donna Summer reissues improved

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After some passionate fan feedback (some via this blog), Driven By The Music – the team behind the Donna Summer reissues – have made some changes to a couple of the releases.
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The Art of McCartney / Stars cover Macca songs on new deluxe package

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The Art of McCartney is a new celebration of the music of the ex-Beatle performed by an ‘A-list’ selection of artists, musicians and singers. These include Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde and many more. 
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Cream / 1966-1972 vinyl box

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Universal will release a Cream vinyl box set in November that brings together all of the British rock supergroup’s studio and live LPs
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Captain Beefheart / Sun Zoom Spark :1970 to 1972 box set

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Sun Zoom Spark 1970 to 1972, a new four-CD Captain Beefheart box set will be released next month.

The collection brings together Lick My Decals Off, Baby from 1970 and The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot from 1972. Everything has been newly remastered for the first time.
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Top 10: Best of the Best of Bowie

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Quite a few of you greeted the announcement yesterday of Nothing has Changed, a new David Bowie three-CD hits collection, with the cry of ‘not another one!’.  And it’s true enough that The Dame has certainly had his fair share of ‘greatest hits’ sets out over the years. Below, we take a look back at 10 of them, although we’ve left plenty out – believe it or not!

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Changesonebowie (RCA, 1976) > Full track listing

The first ‘proper’ hits collection from the RCA period, assuming you don’t count Best Deluxe, a 2LP Japan-only set from 1973. Golden Years had just been a transatlantic top ten hit and not long before that Fame had hit the top spot in the US, so with Bowie at arguably his commercial peak in America in the 1970s, this was a good time to release Changesonebowie. 

Bowie Fact: No place for Life On Mars.

Bonus Bowie Fact: First appearance of John, I’m Only Dancing on an album (early pressing has the rare ‘sax version’).


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The Best Of Bowie (K-Tel, 1980) > Full track listing

A budget compilation from K-Tel, which explains why there was no sign of what was then very recent UK mega-hits Ashes To Ashes, or Fashion. Instead, this stops at 1979′s Boys Keep Swinging from Lodger. The ‘sax version’ of John, I’m Only Dancing is back again.

Bowie Fact: Someone took the scissors to Life On Mars, creating a unique edit to help squeeze 16 tracks onto the LP.

Bonus Bowie Fact: Cover is nicked from the Fashion single.
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Celebrating Jon Lord

jon_lord A great shot (above) of the bounty within the Celebrating Jon Lord box set. As previously reported, the organ player and co-founder of Deep Purple was remembered earlier this year at the Royal Albert Hall with a stellar cast of musicians and friends. continue reading »

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John Carder Bush / “Cathy” reprint

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John Carder Bush is a writer, poet and photographer and also happens to be Kate Bushs brother. He has taken many great photos of Kate for her sleeve art over the years (the covers of the Hounds Of Love single, Running Up That Hill and Experiment IV come to mind) and back in 1986 he published a book called Cathy which is a collection of photographs by him of his sister Kate as a young girl, with accompanying text.
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Siouxsie & The Banshees reissues

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Siouxsie & the Banshees’ last four studio albums will be reissued next month, all with bonus tracks.
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David Bowie / New single + new 3CD set, “Nothing Has Changed”

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Parlophone Label Group will issue Nothing Has Changed, a three-CD David Bowie compilation that really is truly career-spanning, since it starts back in 1964 with Liza Jane and brings the story right up to date with James Murphy’s ‘Hello Steve Reich Mix’ of Love Is Lost from last year. Even better, Nothing Has Changed will feature a brand new song especially recorded for the collection by Tony Visconti.
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John Martyn / Best of the Island Years: full track listing

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Last week we revealed that Universal Music would be releasing a four-CD ‘highlights’ set of last year’s mammoth John Martyn Island Years box set and today we can reveal the track listing.
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Martika / Expanded Edition

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US singer/songwriter Martika‘s 1988 self-titled debut album will be reissued next month.
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Out This Week / 8 September 2014

The Beatles / The Beatles in Mono (vinyl box set)

This stunning set needs no introduction. Finally out this week after much anticipation this Beatles 14LP vinyl box collects all albums mixed into mono. Read more


Queen / Live at the Rainbow (various formats)

Seemingly every format and size of  wallet accommodated with Queen: Live at the Rainbow available as super deluxe, vinyl box, 2LP, 2CD, blu-ray and DVD. Read more
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The Very Best Of Spandau Ballet: The Story / new hits package

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Parlophone Label Group will release a new Spandau Ballet compilation in October.

The Very Best Of Spandau Ballet: The Story will be available as a one-CD edition or a two-disc deluxe set and takes a familiar trip down memory lane, including tracks from all of their studio albums (including 2009′s Once More) and most of the singles.
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Henry Mancini / Classic Soundtrack Collection: 9CD box set

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18 of composer Henry Mancini‘s most celebrated film soundtracks will be included in a new box set to be released in November.

The Classic Soundtrack Collection is a nine CD set (i.e. two titles per disc) and showcases all of Mancini’s soundtrack albums for the RCA, Epic and Columbia labels, including several of his most iconic scores including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, and The Party.
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The Bad And Lowdown World Of The Kane Gang / 3CD deluxe

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The Kane Gang were label mates of Prefab Sprout, signed to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s successful Kitchenware stable in the early 1980s. Their 1985 debut album The Bad And Lowdown World Of The Kane Gang spawned four top 75 hit singles and reached No. 21 in the UK album charts.
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Donna Summer / “Another Place and Time”: 3CD deluxe edition

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Another Place And Time, Donna Summer‘s celebrated 1989 collaboration with the Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) production team is the most generous of the forthcoming reissues with three CDs included within the casebound book packaging. The track listing for this expansive set has just been announced and as expected there is a plethora of remixes.
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