Now That’s What I Call A Summer Lull
In the UK at least, we haven’t exactly enjoyed glorious summer weather so far, but there’s definitely a bit of a summer lull at the moment, in terms of activity around music box sets and a general feeling of anticipation as we wait for some big announcements of releases that will hit ‘the shops’ in the Autumn…
We know a fair amount, while at the same time not knowing too much at all. George Michael‘s Listen Without Prejudice is coming, Crowded House reissues are happening, REM‘s Out of Time will get its silver jubilee edition and the Pet Shop Boys are going to be reissuing ‘Further Listening’ versions of their later albums, even if a Please box is now looking less and less likely for 2016. There will be an Erasure box, we expect Demon to put out a Suede Coming Up anniversary set, and we know that Lloyd Cole is busy prepping a solo albums box, to go with the excellent Commotions set from last year. The ‘biggie’ is the second David Bowie box to follow, the first since his death at the beginning of this year.
Also, don’t expect the stalwarts of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who to be ignored, either. In the next six weeks, we will know much of the details, but until then get out your factor 30 and let’s hope for some sun. Next week, school’s out for summer!
Macca‘s Pure McCartney goes back up the physical albums chart this week and sits pretty at number 18. Paul admitted this week that they deliberately left off Flowers In The Dirt tracks from this ‘mixtape’ compilation because that 1989 album will be the next deluxe reissue. I’m sure internally MPL think this makes sense, although no one else does. You can read the Paul interview here.
The honeymoon period for Bat For Lashes‘ The Bride is over, as it drops from number nine to number 39 in the physical chart. If anyone has any good photos of that box set that came with an ‘air freshener’ send over and I’ll share. I decided to make do with the ‘indies only’ coloured vinyl edition (I’ll take some photos soon).