SDE Reissue Preview for 2017


Farewell to 2016 – you won’t be missed. Now we can now look forward to another 12 months of reissues and box sets and this SDE preview will give you a taste of what’s to come…

If I’m honest, there’s a little bit of ‘deja vu’ about some of 2017, since a fair few releases in 2016 – either scheduled or hoped for – in didn’t materialise. These include Lloyd Cole‘s solo box (Lloyd Cole in New York), Paul McCartney‘s now controversial Flowers in the Dirt box set and reissues from the Pet Shop Boys.

Let’s look ahead to the next year and see what lies ahead, including releases we know about and some more speculative suggestions…

Cream / Fresh Cream super deluxe edition reissue


January is always a bit of a weird month, but there’s normally at least one or two fairly big hitters. In 2017, this is probably Cream‘s Fresh Cream SDE and the Bob Dylan vinyl reissue of The Bootleg Series vol 1-3. Those Paul Weller vinyl reissues (his solo debut and Wild Wood) that were supposed to come out in November, finally see the light of day this month. Nothing has changed… except the price which has gone from sub-£20 to more than £30. If you pre-ordered on Amazon, don’t cancel it because the original price should be honoured. Finally, January is a ‘perfect’ month to reissue Fairground Attraction‘s debut…

Reissues, box sets and albums of interest in January include:


This month sees the sizeable Vangelis Delectus box hit ‘the shops’. If you took advantage of the SDE deal alert, then well done, as it’s looking like it will be honoured! After years in development Hidden Masters’ Chris Wood box is out and plenty of vinyl on the way; Paul Weller (Stanley Road and Heavy Soul), Budgie, Status Quo and Bon Jovi just some of the artists with reissues. 

Reissues, box sets and albums of interest in February include:

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


It will be very sad to see Listen Without Prejudice reissued without George Michael around to witness it, but assuming it doesn’t get pushed back (again) then that is what will happen in March. It would be great if some kind of Wham! rarities set (think Paul Young‘s The CBS Years box) was issued in the next year or two. It will be interesting to see whether George’s estate/management will allow Sony to release something like that. Lloyd Cole‘s groovily designed Lloyd Cole in New York box will be out (another set that was due last year) this month as well as Paul McCartney‘s Flowers in the Dirt deluxe, with a hefty price tag and a ‘missing’ CD.

Reissues, box sets and albums of interest in March include:

APRIL & Beyond

Let’s talk about trends for the year. Expect to see even more vinyl reissues as the revival goes from strength to strength. Universal ended last year with a series of vinyl deluxe editions which (Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse) which contained bonus tracks. My prediction is that we’ll see a lot more of those releases in 2017.

The Beatles

The Beatles / Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band / Super Deluxe EditionIt’s the 50th anniversary of The BeatlesSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this year. Will Universal/Apple dare ignore this momentous event? You’d think not, but on the other hand Revolver was ignored last year… There’s almost certainly going to be a Beatles project later in the year (there always is) but it’s just a question of what it will be. The Let It Be film on blu-ray is high on fans’ wish-lists but I rather doubt that we’ll see that. There has been no super deluxe for an individual album, so perhaps they will kick off that process with Billy Shears and his friends…Alternatively, The Beatles Anthology on blu-ray is another possibility.

Tears For Fears

As some of you will know I was involved in both The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair Tears For Fears reissues. After consecutive box sets in 2013 and 2014, it looked like we’d see The Seeds Of Love in 2015 but that never happened and the TFF cupboard was bare in 2016, also. I do get asked about this reissue a lot and all I can say is that hopefully those seeds will germinate in 2017. The work is largely done and Steven Wilson created his 5.1 mix ages ago (he announced this on his site, so that’s not really a secret). A potential spanner in the works is that Roland and Curt have been promising a new album for the last three years and if they deliver it in 2017 they won’t want the reissue out at the same time. Watch this space.


"Purple Rain" deluxe due as Prince and Warners sign new agreementWhat we know is that a Purple Rain deluxe with a “a second album of previously unreleased material” has been promised for ‘early’ 2017. Since we’ve had no announcement and we’re nearly halfway through January, I think March or April is a good bet for this release. If we ‘just’ get album and one single bonus CD I’m not sure how happy Prince fans will be, but let’s just wait and see!


Paul McCartney

Pure_McCartney_Pack_ShotFor the first time in six years Macca didn’t issue a Archive Collection reissue in a calendar year last year. This was probably because Pure McCartney came out in the summer and he changed record labels, when he signed to Capitol late in the year. Although Paul has reissued two albums at the same time on a number of occasions, he has never delivered two reissues separately within a year. So with Flowers in the Dirt due in March, there is only a very slight chance we may see whatever the next reissue will be in the autumn (I think he might go for Flaming Pie). It’s more likely that we won’t and some other McCartney project will take precedence.

Pet Shop Boys

psb-2016It was February 2015 that Neil Tennant told fans (via a “Pet Text’ on the PSB website) that he was “Surrounded by old tapes, DATs, CDs etc for a forthcoming reissues project.”. Nearly two years on and nothing has been released or even announced. It was disappointing that the 30th anniversary of an album as important as the Pet Shop Boys‘ Please was ignored last year, but I think we can conclude that Chris and Neil prefer to look forward and they had the small matter of a new album (SUPER) and a tour. The good news is Neil has made reference to reissues in his New Year message on the website. He says they “expect to be announcing full details of a new batch of reissued and remastered albums with accompanying Further Listening albums” in 2017. It looks like Please is off the agenda (if it was ever on it) since SDE expects these PSB reissues to start with 1999’s Nightlife and be concerned with the four or five albums that follow.


It’s almost a dead cert that following last year’s Out Of Time reissue, we will see similar treatment for R.E.M.‘s 1992 album Automatic For The People. Expect formats and presentation to be very similar to what was issued back in November, with a 5.1 mix to be included in the super deluxe version.


David Bowie

lowThe minimum we can expect from this year is a third major David Bowie box set that will include all three album from the so-called Berlin Trilogy – Low, Heroes and Lodger – as well as the 1978 live album Stage and probably Scary Monsters. I do hope Scary Monsters is part of this box, since while being an ‘eighties’ album it really closes the book on the ‘classic’ 1970s RCA era and I’d hate to see it included with Let’s Dance, Tonight etc. Expect a Heroes 40th anniversary picture disc in September.


Deep Purple‘s delayed Made in Europe box set should have seen the light of day in 2016, but didn’t, so let’s be optimistic and hope for a release this year.

I’ve given up on waiting for the deluxe edition of Roxy Music‘s first album. Steven Wilson has confirmed that the 5.1 mix is done and Bryan Ferry keeps saying it will be out, but it never materialises. Who knows?!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out this preview. The list isn’t meant to be totally exhaustive, so if you know of something not featured why not leave a comment and let us and fellow SDE readers know!

364 responses to SDE Reissue Preview for 2017

  1. Sergio martelli says:

    The January list has the Paul Weller debut LP… I see it listed on Discogs, available only from the Russian Federation, Estonia and the UK…. Sounds like a counterfeit product, just like Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” (“Made In Germany”). Stick with the CD until it is officially released by either Paul or the label

  2. DM says:

    A new Bowie box would then have Low, Heroes, Lodger, Stage and Scary Monsters, maybe a Replay 3 (7 albums) in s set which averages 12-13 discs?

    I think including Let’s Dance, Tonight, Day In and even Tin Machine would bring it up to at least 12 albums.

    Let’s hope!

  3. Philip Cohen says:

    The Bee Gees new licensing deal with Capitol Records will start with a verbatim reissue of “The Ultimate Bee Gees” 2-CD+DVD set and a new 21-track, 1-CD compilation “Timeless:All Time Greatest Hits”, in other words, no new content to get fans to buy any further CD’s.

  4. Philip Cohen says:

    There will indeed be a 50th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of “The Beatles-Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on the 19th of May, and it will consist of four CD’s, a DVD & a Blu-ray disc, plus a hardback book, a reproduction of the circus poster that inspired “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite”, and a reproduction of a promotional poster that featured the same photo found of the inner part of the original gatefold sleeve.. From what I can see in the promotional photo, Two of the CD’s are titled “sessions”. 3 of the 4 CD slipcases have outtakes from the Sgt.Pepper’s album cover photo sessions. It appears that the set will be housed in a 10″ x 10″ box with a reproduction of an EMI tape box with a disposable cardboard wraparound with the Sgt.Pepper’s album cover.
    There won’t be any vinyl included in this set, nor is there any visible evidence of any download coupon or download-only contents.
    By the way, there had (at one point) been a plan to reissue the “Strawberry Fields Forever” b/w “Penny Lane” 7″ single for Record Store Day”, but this was aborted due to problems at the pressing plant.

  5. Philip Cohen says:

    Many of the iconic rock albums from 1967 have already received the deluxe(2-CD) or Super Deluxe(3-CD or more) treatment, but certainly there are still more albums from 1967 that haven’t received the Deluxe or Super Deluxe treatment yet. I have no doubt that some of those albums will indeed get the Super Deluxe treatment this year.

  6. Joshua says:

    CHINA CRISIS DELUXE EDITIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We have been begging for them for years.
    Many fans have spoken.
    Music Execs listen up. Anyone know what is the hold up?

  7. David Olstein says:

    Also, the Who Sell Out SDE should come in an LP-sized box and include a reproduction of the poster that came with early copies of the original vinyl release.

    • pd says:

      I’d like to think that somewhere in The Who vaults there’s a complete version of ‘Relax’ from that Fillmore East show just waiting for release, and I sincerely hope I live long enough to hear it on a Sell Out SDE .
      I’d also add a disc of 1968 studio tracks – probably in the form of the proposed ‘Who’s For Tennis’ LP.

  8. David Olstein says:

    A The Who Sell Out SDE box is a real no -brainer:

    Disc One: Original Stereo Mix
    Disc Two: Original Mono Mix
    Disc Three: Bonus Tracks – Stereo (including remixes from 1996 reissue)
    Disc Four: Bonus Tracks – Mono (including BBC recordings and original single mixes)
    Disc Five: Pete Townshend demos
    Disc Six: Live at the Fillmore East ’68
    Bonus Blu-Ray disc with hi-res stereo and 5.1 remixes of Sell Out

  9. JrL3 says:

    How about Sgt Pepper’s in 5.1 on Blu-ray? You can only hope someone is working on it.

  10. pd says:

    I look forward to XTC’s next surround deluxe, whatever it may be.
    Siouxsie and The Banshees EverAfter may or may not disappoint. If it’s the latter, why not just a straight-up rerelease of Downside Up?

    All finished and ready for release but subject to stupid delays:
    Small Faces – The Autumn Stone deluxe
    Roxy Music – SW’s version of the first album

    I hope to see:
    The Who – Sell Out 5oth anniversary super deluxe
    Pink Floyd – Piper 50th anniversary super deluxe
    Pink Floyd – Animals 40th anniversary super deluxe
    The Jam – Sound Affects super deluxe
    Paul Weller – Wild Wood super deluxe [demos, a live gig – it’s easy enough]
    Love And Rockets – Express 5.1 [following on the heels of the 7th Dream 5.1, one of 2016’s nice surprises]

    I fantasise about:
    A career-spanning box of Ray Davies demos
    A complete Ronnie Lane box [albums, singles, sessions, live]
    A Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians A&M Years box

    And, dammit, it’s about time there was a proper Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band box set, chock full of rarities and such. In an era where every 60s band who walked past a recording studio gets a six-disc retrospective box set, the Bonzos have been very sadly neglected indeed. ‘Gorilla’ is 50 years old this year, so there’s every excuse.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      The issue with Charly Records’ 2-CD reissue of “Small Faces-The Autumn Stone” is Universal Music’s unwillingness to license four Decca songs(“Whacha Gonna Do about It”, “My Mind’s Eye”, “Hey Girl” & “Sha La La La Lee”). The 2-CD edition of “The Autumn Stone” is not going to happen. I’ve already explained the situation in more detail.
      All of the songs/version/mixes on “The Autumn Stone” are available on CD elsewhere. You can assemble “The Autumn Stone” yourself.

      • pd says:

        I know you’re not personally responsible and I don’t want to appear to be trying to shoot the messenger Philip, but it’s particularly galling that the four otherwise easily-available, least important tracks on ‘The Autumn Stone’ are the sole reason for it’s non-release. As I said upthread in response to your earlier reply, I don’t see why they can’t just leave the Decca tracks off and replace them with… well, anything. Or indeed, ‘Anything’.

  11. Charlie Waffles says:

    I wish the Songs From the Big Chair was available for purchase. It seems it was only available for one year then vanished.

  12. Erik says:

    It is strange that C.C.R’s final album Mardi Gras was never reissued properly. Not a very good album, mind but still missing in their catalogue. John Fogerty’s solo album Blue Ridge Rangers is classic too, and can use a reissue, with the non-lp single Back in the Hills as a bonus (contrary to the LP these were original Fogerty songs).
    And I would like to see a release of Charlie Rich recordings without the strings and female backing singers, like the Naked Willie (Nelson) album. Pure Charlie, Pure Gold!

  13. Rob Greco says:


    Will there be a 40th anniversary NEW remastered CD Bat out of Hell?

  14. Peter wolf says:

    And looking forward to the 35th anniversary box set Alan Parson’s Eye In The Sky and yet another Jethro Tull box set let me bring you Songs FromThe Wood and although it’s a long way off yet sometime in 2018 Toto’s 11 disc set with plenty of extras as Paul has suggested as well as the ones mentioned there will be some unexpected surprises to suit many musical tastes once again a huge thanks Paul keep up the great work throughout the year

  15. Julian H says:

    Nice to see Sgt. Pepper’s and Seeds of Love right next to each other, by the way :D

  16. bertielego says:

    Erasure’s Andy Bell’s 1st solo album is available as 3xCD Deluxe Edition on Pledge Music!

  17. Neil says:

    Coming in March A Flock Of Seagulls “Remixes & Rarities” 2CD and The Adventures The Sea Of Love: Expanded Edition.

  18. Ivo Peeters says:

    Maybe also of interest: the soon to be released boxset by Earth And Fire, Memories. All of their nine albums + an extra cd containing non-album tracks, special versions, etc.

  19. Matt Thurston says:

    Want the following re-issued on vinyl:

    Aztec Camera – only High Land Hard Rain has been re-issued on vinyl as far as I know.
    The Go-Betweens – Volume II box set
    Everything but the Girl – all albums
    The Sundays – all 3 albums
    Lloyd Cole – the same “new york solo” box set, but on vinyl
    Lilac Time/Stephen Duffy – anything and everything on vinyl
    The The – Soul Mining, Infected, Mind Bomb, and Dusk.
    Propaganda – A Secret Wish
    Afghan Whigs – Congregation and 1965
    Twilight Singers – everything

    • Neil says:

      Soul Mining had a 2LP 30TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition released in 2014 why are you wanting it reissued again ?

  20. Sam says:

    New reissues of ’60s-’70 Bert Jansch from Earth Recordings is forthcoming, not sure how soon but it seems the wait will be short. Press release below:
    News from Earth Recordings:

    The forthcoming 4XLP box sets documenting the work of Bert Jansch (Official)​ in the 90s and 00s (‘Living In The Shadows’ and ‘On The Edge Of A Dream’) will be closely followed by two further official deluxe collections, chronicling Jansch’s complete recordings in the 1960s, and early 1970s Transatlantic era.

    Spread across two volumes, these definitive collections will comprise remastered studio recordings from ‘Bert Jansch’ (1965), ‘It Don’t Bother Me’ (1965), ‘Jack Orion’ (1966), the ‘Needle Of Death’ EP (1966), Life Depends On Love EP (1967), ‘Nicola’ (1967), ‘Birthday Blues’ (1969), ‘Rosemary Lane’ (1971) and more. Both volumes will also include extra material, and for the very first time a chance to own Jansch’s complete recordings from this era in two highly-collectable sets.

    Both volumes will be released Worldwide. Pre-ordering available from both Earth direct in the UK and Light In The Attic Records​ in the US shortly.

  21. Robert says:

    Thanks for the information & links, Bjarne. It looks like those expanded CD’s are out of print. Maybe this is going to change when “Through The Barricades” comes out.

  22. Neil says:

    Maybe they should go back and do a proper remaster of Journeys To Glory as the 2010 special edition was horrendous.

  23. Bjarne says:

    They absolutely did, Robert! A couple of years ago they remastered and expanded their first four albums, including “True” and “Parade”. Here’s a link to the bands own web store: http://www.spandauballetstore.com/spandauballet/CD/

  24. Bjarne says:

    According to Classic Pop Magazine Spandau Ballet will finally release a remastered and expanded 3CD-edition of their 1986 smash “Through the barricades” this spring

    • Robert says:

      This comes to me as a surprise, I didn’t thought that Spandau Ballet would reissue on of their albums. Have Spandau Ballet ever released a remastered and expanded version of “True” and “Parade” ?

  25. Alexander says:

    My order of Vangelis box set was also cancelled. The same reason. Amazon France stinks.

  26. Jaime says:

    It seems amazon france is finally not honouring their Vangelis boxset offer. I received an email saying:

    “Indeed, we have been forced to remove this limited edition item from your selection due to a stock shortage at our supplier. We are currently not able to tell you if this item will go on sale soon.”

    And they offer a 5 euros voucher in compensation. As for me, they know where they can stick it.

  27. Aaron says:

    amazon.com has the first three Jon & Vangelis albums listed as available for pre-order with a release date of Feb 10. Any word on whether these are lifted straight from the new box set? I only wanted these 3 so I’m happy !

  28. gwynogue says:

    This year we’ll see the release of the Shakespear’s Sister 3-disc-sets that have been discussed, nay promised, for several years now. They will be released by Gold Legion and remastered by Elvis, using the original master-tapes delivered to him by flying unicorns that shit rainbows and piss glitter…

  29. Neil says:

    Tango In The Night has been removed from Amazon which looks a bit ominous.

    • Geoff G says:

      I pre-ordered from Amazon USA. The weird thing is, I got an email saying there is now a release date. It is shipping Tuesday, February 28th. So I was thinking great, now they might have the track listings. And I clicked on the email link and it went to a “page not found”. Weird?? But it still says shipping Feb 28 in my Amazon account. I don’t get it.

  30. Jeff D says:

    I am wondering if Tango In The Night has been moved back? It just sort of disappeared from amazon usa site.

  31. Nancy says:

    Paul, could you make this article sticky for a while, please? Thanks.

  32. Julian H says:

    Re: Gary Moore – the album is only called “Still Got the Blues”, and what a strange idea… the CD had more tracks than the LP and the CD remaster includes another five bonus tracks. So essentially, you get half of the released sessions on vinly. Surely the remaining eight tracks could have been pressed on a second LP?!

  33. Julian H says:

    That sun icon has been in the previews for the last three years now… I’m patient but the patient must do the work! Le sigh…

  34. bertielego says:

    Just found this great news on Recordstore.co.uk:

    “Out in cinemas from the January 27th, T2 Trainspotting is the sequel to the 1996 cult classic Trainspotting.

    The eagerly anticipated soundtrack features new tracks from Young Fathers, High Contrast and Underworld as well as reworkings of two songs from the original soundtrack: Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ remixed by The Prodigy and ‘Slow Slippy’, a new take by Underworld on their iconic ‘Born Slippy’.

    Wolf Alice and Fat White Family also appear on the soundtrack alongside classics from Blondie, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Queen, RUN-DMC The Clash and more.

    Choose Life, Choose Music.
    1.Lust For Life – Iggy Pop (The Prodigy Remix)
    2.Shotgun Mouthwash – High Contrast
    3.Silk – Wolf Alice
    4.Get Up – Young Fathers
    5.Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    6.Eventually But (Spud’s letter to Gail) – Underworld, Ewen Bremner
    7.Only God Knows – Young Fathers
    8.Dad’s Best Friend – The Rubberbandits
    9.Dreaming – Blondie
    10.Radio Ga Ga – Queen
    11.It’s Like That – RUN
    12.(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais – The Clash
    13.Rain Or Shine – Young Fathers
    14.Whitest Boy On The Beach – Fat White Family
    15.Slow Slippy – Underworld”

  35. Mick says:

    My hopes for 2017 releases:
    Add me to the list of people who’d like to see Macca go back to “Red Rose Speedway” for the next Archive.

    George Harrison vinyl box? Coloured vinyl + individual releases PLEASE! And when-o-when will we ever see a proper Hari CD box set?!

    The Beatles – “Let It Be” film on BluRay for the 4th quarter PLEASE.

    I’d love to see a re-do of the botched Jethro Tull “Thick As A Brick” book set, as well as a book style “Benefit”…though I’ll assume it’s “Songs From The Wood” next.

    How about another Yes Panegyric Deluxe Edition? “Drama” would be nice.

    Stones From The Vault? I’d like a worldwide proper release of “The Brussels Affair”. Also hozabout DE’s of “Goat’s Head Soup” and “It’s Only Rock & Roll”?! Few probably care as much as I, but “Their Satanic Majesties Request” turns 50 this year. The “Satanic Sessions” bootlegs showed us there’s a wealth of material for some sort of DE. Am I the only one who’d like to own this?! Oh, and where are those ABKCO mono LP & CD (preferably SACD hybrid) individual releases?

    Pink Floyd? I always lamented no Deluxe/Immersion version of “Animals”, as well as no hi-res release of “The Wall”. These oversights need to be corrected.

    Would love to see good Elton John project this year. I agree that the 2CD Deluxe Editions need to continue with “Madman Across The Water”, “Honky Chateau” & “Don’t Shoot Me…”. I’d just like to have the latter as a SACD hybrid. And we also need to get some of those classic-era albums other than GYBR out on vinyl again.

    Of course, when all is said and done…I’d just be content if Warner/Rhino would FINALLY put Cher’s four 70’s WB albums on CD!

    • Julian H says:

      Thick as a Brick will have its 45th anniversary this year so like Aqualung would be perfect for a re-reissue 2017. Maybe add a 2nd CD with the flat transfer of the original mix, and definitely add index points to the subsections like has already been done for A Passion Play and TAAB2 (and the TAAB download formats).

      Drama apparently won’t get remixed because Trevor Horn and/or Geoff Downes are against the idea. So that’s that, but Steven could still do something with Yes, Time and a Word, Going for the One and Tormato (plus all the extra stuff from the late 70s)…

  36. gwynogue says:

    I’d love to see Janet Jackson’s “Control” get an SDE – a missed opportunity last year (2016 was the 30th anniversary, as well as Janet’s 50th birthday) to spit-and-polish the original, bring together the varying “Remixed” versions, include any rare b-sides and non-album singles (including the first-pressing-in-Japan bonus track), instrumentals and stray remixes (including the 1995/6 “When I Think Of You” rework) plus a DVD/Blu-ray of videos etc.

    Come to think of it, I’d love to see her first 2 albums “Janet Jackson” and “Dream Street” get a good gussy-up too. I don’t know if there’s enough material for muti-disc issues of each, perhaps combine them in a 3 disc-set with b-sides, remixes, etc and maybe even a DVD.

    And on a purely trashy-pop level, Paula Abdul re-issues! (Some of the more serious SDE readers just fainted at that, lol. Sorry…..not.)

    • HS says:

      It is weird how Janet’s catalog has been neglected. I recently (finally) got Dream Street on CD from Japan, as well as all her other albums from that Japanese re-issues series (I wanted the Japanese bonus tracks and just got the whole series, even though I had all her albums). If not expand the albums, why not at the very least re-master the older ones?

      As for Paula, I would buy remastered/expanded versions. Spellbound is still a great pop album.

      • gwynogue says:

        If Paula ever happens (I suggested it to Cherry Pop/Red/Ripe/whatever a few years ago but got no response), I hope whoever does it makes the effort and sources original masters. Vinyl rips are one thing, but if they use the CD singles it would be horrendous, because the remixes on those were badly butchered edits of the full length vinyls. I don’t know if that happened with CD singles from the second album (“Spellbound”) as well, or just the first (“Forever Your Girl”)

        Plus IIRC, some tracks on FYG had slightly different mixes on different formats – my cassette version and CD version sound different in places. I don’t know if that’s a format issue, or country-of-release issue, or a release-vs-re-release issue.

  37. Geoff G says:

    I already pre-ordered Tango in the Night, as well as Flowers in the Dirt (will drop this though, if the price does not come down). So two for sure, and will buy Seeds of Love if it comes out (please do), and hopefully another Simple Minds SDE comes out, which I would also buy.

    As for milking the cash cow, I expect a lot of Bowie. Visconti said in 2016 that he has already been contacted by Bowie’s record company to get some of the unreleased stuff out. And Tony said to expect it to come out sooner rather than later. One thing Tony let slip was that the record company was specifically looking for five recorded songs from the Blackstar sessions that were not on the album.

    Plus there are a ton of references to unreleased Bowie. David, himself, said that there was enough unreleased material from the Low and Heroes sessions to release a box set by itself. Earl Slick said he worked on about 15 songs for Next Day and only about 5 were on the album. Adrian Belew said he played on about 25 songs for Lodger. “Toy” never got an official release. Supposedly for 1.Outside, Bowie did about 45 minutes of music for each of the main characters (there were 6 or 8 or so, can’t remember?), which were used to flesh out the characters. It goes on, and on, and on… Lennon’s “Mother” and Sinatra’s “My Way,” etcetera. What’s true or not, who knows? But we know that there is a lot of unreleased music from Bowie that will get released in 2017, and 2018 (heck, just think how much has been leaked through the years). If the Low and Heroes outtakes are true, hopefully we get a big chunk of unreleased music in the next box set.

    • Robert says:

      Hello Geoff,

      I have a few questions about your reply, maybe you can help me. Where did you get this information about the “Low” and “Heroes” sessions ? And those 25 songs for “Lodger” ? And I also want to know, where did you get the information about those songs for “1. Outside” ?

      Is there a website, where I can find more info about this ?

      • Geoff G says:

        Hi Robert,

        You know, I have no idea exactly? I’ve read about 12 Bowie biographies, and was very active in the Bowie community back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s (started following him in 83), a member and poster on Bowie’s web site, Bowiewonderworld, etc… But most of that stuff comes from interviews that I read, though. I know the Belew statement is from an interview I read in a magazine or on the web. It was probably King Crimson related (as I listen to them a lot too). The Visconti remarks were in a NME article.


        The Bowie remarks about Heroes and Low I think were mentioned when the Rhino releases came out, and there were new unreleased songs on Low? I can’t find this one on the web (or Belew’s statement). Maybe if I put in more time I could find information.

        I did hunt the 1.Outside rumor down, though. Bowie states there is 24 hours of unused material that he was planing for the 2 and 3 albums of the series (that was dropped). Amazing!


        I think Reeves mentioned the characters, though. It was done as a kind of practice or training for the album??? I can’t remember??? Anyway, so we know there is at least 24 hours of unreleased Bowie out there. lol. Anyway, Bowie was a perfectionist. I bet there is a ton of material that he was unwilling to ever put out. But (sadly), now we might get to see a lot of it.

        • Robert says:

          Hi Geoff,

          Thanks for answering my questions. And also for links. If you do find the information about “Heroes” and “Low”, I hope you will post this here.

          I consider “1. Outside” as one of Bowie’s best albums. It would be great if they would release the unreleased material for the second and third albums of this serie.

  38. Jon says:

    Thank you Heraldo, very interesting info.

  39. Dougie Adam says:

    Did the Blue Nile ever release a remastered / expanded version of “High”?

    Would be nice if Deacon Blue marked their 30th anniversary but would be surprised if debut album was re-issued again. We’ve yet to see any of their radio sessions or demos from their time with CBS/Sony see release or the Sleeper album recorded after Fellow Hoodlums and prior to Whatever You Say, Say Nothing.

  40. Michael Sippie says:

    For me I am hoping for a new studio album from Michael McDonald. Rumored to have a completed album. Wondering why the Doobie Brothers or any of Michael McDonald solo albums have not gotten the deluxe treatment. I know there has to be a tone of Unissued material and demos and alt.mixes in the WB/Reprise Vaults. There is a tone of recordings made for movie soundtracks which have never been issued. 1985′ Crackers movie song: We Got More Then We Need”. There is a tone of unisseued material from the Take It To Heart sessions from Michael McDonald.. The Doobie Brothers have had Mofi and Audio Fidelty reissues, mofi never put out Minute by Minute, Livin On The Fault Line, One Step Closer and Farewell Tour (Live) album, I am sure there has to be a ton of Doobie Brothers unissued material as well. If anyone has any info on a forth coming M. McD. Solo album or and reissues on M. McD or the Doobie Brothers feel free to clue me in. Thanks..Mike

  41. William M says:

    Bit obscure and purely for self indulgent purposes but I would love to see cherry red finally release the debut album by Northern Irelands silent running ‘shades of liberty’ they were looking into the licensing of it but that was a few years ago now and all has gone quiet, it’s only ever been released on vinyl and cassette, but came with a wealth of b sides and remixes and if they can release halo Jones deluxe editions…. There is a demand for it given the fan pages on social media and also it would replace that God awful bootleg version that is out there purporting to be an official release.

  42. Heraldo says:

    A bit late to the party on this one so I hope someone still sees this :)

    It’s so nice to see some CABARET VOLTAIRE discussion (@Nancy and @Bertielego). I have to say that I think “Code” was the last really decent album they did. “Groovy, Laidback & Nasty” has the one track in my view that would be worthy of inclusion on any proceeding album (Runaway) but generally was just nasty (and not in a good way).
    If I were Mute I’d do the next box set incorporating those two EMI albums and the pretty appalling Crepescule album “Body and Soul” plus the Plastex offerings – “Plasticity” and “International Language” which saw them heading in the right direction again and Mal’s swan song “The Conversation”. There’s an abundance of mixes and extras to include (“Colours” mini album and “Percussive Force” for example) but also the “Plasticity” longform video which was hard to get hold of would be great on DVD. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Mal and RHK had decided to excuse some of the above from their history.

    I’d also love to see Mute go in the other direction with the CABS and give the Red Mecca treatment across the whole of the pre-Virgin catalogue and have a box set of all that stuff. It would be interesting to see what modern remastering techniques would bring to that material.

    Other slightly more left field releases that may-will see the light in 2017.

    Firstly, and sticking with Mute, the long gestating CLOCK DVA reissues would be welcome.

    Over at Cherry Red there is another pop at the RED LORRY YELLOW LORRY catalogue by due in Feb, this one includes the two Beggars Banquet albums. And Cherry Red are also releasing another BILL NELSON box set around that time too.

    After the very good “Westworld” reissue on Cherry Red late last year a new THEATRE OF HATE album is due in 2017.

    I’d expect some interesting stuff to come from LAIBACH with the documentary of their North Lorean concert being picked up by Dogwoof distribution (a very credible doc specialist) they should have a lot of exposure. They have already been threatening to release Laibach Revisited for a few years (the reinterpretation of their early material by the new incarnation).

    TEST DEPT are working on new material which should see the light of day this year and are still looking to extricate their catalogue from the clutches of Stevo / Some Bizarre to do a career spanning set of remastered reissues including a box set which judging by the way they did their book a couple of years ago will be rather good.

    A resolution of another dispute (with Sony) might see THE THE’s “Infected” reissue (with DVD) see the light of day. But it seems likely that Matt Johnson’s vehicle will re-emerge this year with new material given the signals coming out of Cineola.

    NINE INCH NAILS have new stuff out at moment and more to come it would seem. Plus an extensive reissue/remastering campaign across their vinyl catalogue including a 4LP reimagining of “The Fragile” with unreleased material and different versions unique to the release.

    YELLO have finally started playing live so expect London dates this year and perhaps a live album by Xmas?

    As posted during the summer there have been meetings between Universal and JULIAN COPE regarding a box set. It seems that Universal were surprised by the sales of the Caroline-licensed “Fried” and “WSYM” reissues and now see the value in the material of Cope’s that they own (perhaps even the maligned “My Nation Underground” album might get to see a proper refurbishment and reappraisal?).

    Continuing along more commercial lines there must be a proper DAVID BYRNE album due this year with the polymath having collaborated on his last three releases.

    The Guardian carried a story of a likely re-emergence of the KLF/JAMMS. With the fruits of 2016’s voting madness finally starting to see the light of day, 2017 will certainly be a year to pose the question “What The F**k Is Going On?” to!!!!

    Gary (Renegade Soundwave) Asquith’s Le Coq Musique label has hinted at putting out some previously unreleased material by THE WOLFGANG PRESS. And there will be a new album by GENIUSER (the latest vehicle for TWP’s Mick Allen).

    And finally a wish.
    Can someone somewhere please reissue the REDSKINS catalogue!?! I’m lucky enough to own the releases but they are two good to be lost. And “Neither Washington Nor Moscow” is even more relevant now than when it was first released. If you’ve never heard that album seek it out asap. You’ll not regret it!!!!!

    I hope the above is of interest to some.
    H x

  43. Brautigan says:

    What? No Pink Floyd fleecing planned for 2017?!

  44. DaveM says:

    Hoping for another Grace Jones Island reissue this year. Played Living My Life last night and hope its that one. Sublime perfect pop.

  45. Michael Rooker says:

    An Undertones/Fergal Sharkey complation, and a CD release of the Film Soundtracks of “That’ll be the Day” and “Stardust” would be very nice.

  46. Gary Shaw says:

    With regards to mentions of deluxe editions of Springsteen’s Born In The USA and Tunnel Of Love albums. People seem to have skipped Nebraska. Especially as there’s a complete version of the album recorded with the E Street Band in the vaults. That I’d love to hear. I’d be interested in solo demos of BITUSA, but the released album is one of my least favourite releases by Bruce.

    • Robert says:

      I didn’t know that there was a complete version of “Nebraska” with the E Street Band. Thanks for that information.

      P.S. : Is there a website with information about unreleased tracks from Bruce Springsteen ?

    • Shaun says:

      Agreed that I would find a deluxe Nebraska far more interesting than BITUSA. But, from a commercial standpoint, I don’t know if the label, or most consumers, would agree.

      Then again, I think the audience for such a release would be interested in it. Such as Springsteen’s devoted followers are.

  47. Dennis Cattell says:

    Nothing for Marc Bolan this year, Paul? 40 years in late September, as we all know… And while I have everyone’s ear, does anyone agree with me that a Fly Records box set would be a good idea? They had enough good artists even without Marc Bolan to be able to compile a cool collection, I think.

  48. Johnny says:

    PJ Harvey’s debut album turns 25 in March 2017….. Hoping for that magical day when I click on SDE and get news of some good exploitation of the PJ back catalogue!

  49. Ian Harris says:

    I’m still waiting for a deluxe or a remaster of the first Visage album. There’s no anniversy to tie it too but it’s well overdue some tender loving care rather than being shunted away on a budget label using the same master for three decades.

  50. Mark says:

    Expect to see deluxe editions of a-ha’s ‘Minor Earth Major Sky’ and ‘Lifelines’ at some point this year too.

  51. Casper Janssen says:

    Let’s hope Donna Summer’s Casablanca/Universal catalogue will be re-issued as expanded and remastered editions…

  52. Casper Janssen says:

    A Boney M. vinyl boxset can be expected as well

  53. Tim says:

    If I could wish for one thing it would be a comprehensive Misty In Roots reissue programme, preferably on vinyl (and with the original sleeve restored to the classic Live at the Counter Eurovision ’79).

  54. Stephen E Cohen says:

    I always see much talk of rereleases of Paul Weller’s solo material, but I never hear about anything regarding The Style Council. I have seen a fairly comprehensive greatest hits boxed set, along with about 10 other greatest hits editions released (I have a few of them). However, the closest thing I have seen to a deluxe edition of an original album is the 2-cd of “Our Favourite Shop”, which was generous with the b-sides, but definitely lacking in 12″ versions. Did I miss out on something with “Café Bleu” or “Confessions Of A Pop Group” or any other album? Or is it that Paul Weller simply just wanted to move on and concentrate on the revisiting the solo stuff?

  55. Paul says:

    I’d love to see something – anything – from Talk Talk, possibly a 3LP ‘Laughing Stock’ box set or a ‘Spirit Of Eden’ double LP (including all the demo tracks from the CD singles which eventually made their way onto the ‘Missing Pieces’ album).

    Or am I being overly optimistic..?

  56. Phil G. says:

    I can well imagine a Sgt Pepper SDE this year, what with it being the 50th anniversary and all.

    As part of the set, a 5.1 mix would be terrific – and what with the surround versions of Love and the 1+ videos, not out of the question.

  57. bertielego says:

    I would like to see Depeche Mode start spending time on archive projects rather than keeping on recording mediocre albums. Proper (Super) Deluxe Editions of their 80’s and 90’s output – filled with mixes, live tracks and previously unheard demos – would certainly thrill me more than the upcoming album…

    • Adam says:

      One thing I would love from DM is a CD issue of the download-only “rare remix” package they put out around the time of Remixes 81-04. (Or at least a lossless digital reissue – I’m easy.)

      Having said that, I think the problem with any DM single-album deluxe package is that the remixes have been done to death over the years, but lots of people would consider the packages incomplete without them. I’d love to hear more demos (I’m a sucker for those), and I wouldn’t complain about a contemporary live show or two. They’ve all got the 5.1 treatment already.

  58. Dan says:

    I’m guessing a Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus deluxe edition will not be forthcoming this year, UA/EMI have the original debut LP “Dead On Arrival” live recording from the Nashville, West Kensington 1976 so they could add that in to the mix….so disappointing to see it bypassed every year.

  59. Andrew says:

    If 2017 follows the pattern of previous years, it’s possible that this year’s RSD Bowie single will be Be My Wife.

  60. Chris Squires says:

    Whilst I can understand why people might want something to do with “The Hounds of Love”, it has been done already and “The Dreaming” would be a far better and more important choice for a deluxe makeover.

    I have finally got all 8 of the Abba Deluxe digipak releases and this is what I would want for Kate’s output. I think each of her albums would stand 3 re-issues.

    a) A single disc of the original album (with or without a couple of bonus tracks – like the hounds of love with 6 bonus tracks that has already been done twice) – £6 to £8
    b) A 2 or 3 disc deluxe edition with a second disc of remixes and demos and a third disc (DVD) of TV performances, Interviews (Wogan / Aspel / Swap Shop / OGWT) , Live versions (Hammersmith / Secret Policeman etc) Promo videos £15 to £20
    c) A full Super Deluxe Edition with Book (so many pictures still unseen), Vinyl album or with 7″ singles , 3 or 4 CDs and DVD, something along the lines of “Rumours”, “Ram” or “Kings of the Wild Frontier” £50 to £80

    I know not everyone likes to mix Vinyl and CD in the Super Deluxe (I like it) so if they keep the Vinyl out of the Super Deluxe then the Vinyl release should be more than a straight album re-issue. It’s a Vinyl catalogue that would stand up to what Abba or Gabriel have done. 2 x LP at 45RPM, Half Speed, Second / Third disc of demos etc.

    So much scope for wonderful items sadly being ignored.

    • Robert says:

      The last reissue of “The Hounds Of Love” was in 1997 (if I am not mistaken). That is 20 years ago !!! I think it’s time for a new version. But I can understand your point of view. Is her debut-album “The Kick Inside” ever been released as a SDE or even been remastered ?

      Hopefully one day the will do this !!!

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        The one reissue (Hounds of Love, as you mentioned) was also a bit rubbish.

        • Chris Squires says:

          Not only that, (it was a bit…plain) it has also surfaced (along with The Sensual World) as remastered Vinyl. None of the other albums (except the exceptional ATR Mastercuts – Lionheart) have been touched in any form or any format. I guess at a stretch you could say that Aerial was changed slightly and (if you were being generous) Director’s Cut was a re-working or re-imagining. But nothing that matters has been touched, certainly not in any meaningful way. When you look at the wealth of material around the first three albums in particular, they are ripe for the McCartney / Led Zep treatment. I could make a 3 / 4CD and 1DVD version of each of them tomorrow along with a pretty nice book with what any half interested Kate Bush Fan could find fairly easily. I love her dearly, but just wish she would look at things from our point of view….. and then she would make an absolute bloomin’ mint into the bargain. Even at top level with a SDE of say £60 she would shift thousands of her first three albums alone. A run of 10,000 would be 1.8m plus Vinyl and the standard re-issues.

          If I were to think of albums that I have that I would like similar treatment for KB it would be Hunting High and Low or Songs From the Big Chair.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I do like the Audio Fidelity vinyl of Hounds Of Love and there’s a good chance that that is the last time we’ll see the album as it should be (with the album version of The Big Sky). One fundamental issue which seems very unlikely to change any time soon, is that Kate Bush clearly has no interest in reissues. Even that 97 Hounds of Love was only down to EMI celebrating their Centenary, not really anything to do with Kate. Unless she suddenly discovers that her accountant has run off with all her cash, I simply cannot see any lavish super deluxe editions happening AT ALL.

          • Chris Squires says:

            It worked for Leonard Cohen!
            (to Paul’s comment about accountants)

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Haha indeed! We want our artists skint! lol

  61. Robert says:

    I am looking forward to the Reissues of Fleetwood Mac (“Tango In The Night”), George Michael (“Listen Without Prejudice”) and Prince (“Purple Rain”). And Tears For Fears (
    “The Seeds Of Love”) would be great, if they would release this SDE this year.

    But I have also Wish list for the expanded/remastered treatment:

    David Bowie – SDE’s “Heroes” and “Low”
    Kate Bush – “Hounds Of Love”
    China Crisis – “Working With Fire And Steel” and “Flaunt The Imperfection”
    Bryan Ferry – “Boys & Girls”
    Roxy Music – “Avalon”
    Bruce Springsteen – “Born In The U.S.A.” and “Tunnel Of Love”
    Sting – “The Dream Of The Blue Turtles”
    The Rolling Stones – “Black And Blue” and “Tattoo You”
    U2 – “The Josua Tree”

    I do expect something from The Beatles. It would be nice if there would begin this year with a Archive Series of their albums. I also expect something from Pink Floyd and Queen. I would not be surprised if there is going to be an “On Air – Part 2”.

    If my information is correct there will be a new album from The Rolling Stones this year.

    • Neil says:

      The Joshua Tree has already been done with the box set and the China Crisis reissues are supposed to be happening soon.

      • Nancy says:

        The China Crises reissue process will begin with “Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms”, the only album of theirs announced clearly so far.

  62. bertielego says:

    Edsel, after releasing a series of DE reissues of Bananarama’ albums, released a great CD Singles box set. Similarly, they released a great CD Singles box set spanning Belinda Carlisle’s career after after having reissued her albums as DE.

    I am now dreaming of the same to happen with other artists Edsel already reissued albums in DE form, namely:
    – Jimmy Somerville / Bronski Beat / Communards
    – Lisa Stansfield
    – Everything But The Girl

    • Nancy says:

      Bertielego, Jimmy Somerville’s first two studio albums (1989’s “Read My Lips” and 1995’s “Dare To Love”) got their deluxe treatments already just as Bronski Beat’s 1984 debut “Age Of Consent” and the Communards’ both, 1986’s “Communards” and 1987’s “Red”. All were reissued by Edsel a few years ago.
      Also, all the Lisa Stansfield studio albums up to 2004’s “The Moment” were reissued in deluxe or expanded editions a few years back too. Edsel and Salvo labels did the job.
      All the ten Everything But The Girl studio albums got their deluxe overhaul by Edsel over the last several years as well.
      So, don’t dream, it’s over! :-)

  63. Colin H says:

    It’s Fairport Convention’s 50th anniversary as a band this year. They’re still a going concern, on a 50th anniv tour as we speak, and are serial offenders in the box set game – a career history set on Free Reed, a box set from their annual reunions at Cropredy also on Free Reed, a BBC sessions box through Universal, and various 3CD live collections from the past 25 years or so. Still, I’d be surprised if there weren’t something boxed this year. It’s strange that there hasn’t yet been one of those multi-disc Universal sets around their Island discography (a la John Martyn, Sandy Denny, Spooky Tooth…). If Universal can justify a 10-disc Spooky Tooth set, one would image a Fairport set would certainly pass the commercially viable threshold.

  64. Nancy says:

    Apart from the aforementioned Depeche Mode (“Spirit”, out in Spring) and Marilyn Manson (“Say10”, out February 14), 2017 will or should see the new album releases by: Animotion (“Raise Your Expectations”, out January 20), The Godfathers (“A Big Bad Beautiful Noise”, out February 10), Clan Of Xymox (out in April), Adam Ant (“Bravest Of The Brave”), Alphaville (“Strange Attractor”), Tom Bailey (ex-The Thompson Twins), Bananarama, Blondie, Culture Club, Erasure, Fleetwood Mac, Howard Jones, Level 42 (“Sirens II”), Gary Numan, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Robin Scott (a.k.a. M), Simple Minds, Slow Children, Tears For Fears, U2 (“Songs Of Experience”) and Kim Wilde as well.

  65. bertielego says:

    Following the pattern of Mike Oldfield reissues, I expect in the second half of this year deluxe editions of both “Islands” and “Earth Moving”.

  66. bertielego says:

    We can expect Andy Bell (Erasure)’s “Electric Blue” album from 2005 to be reissued as deluxe edition in 2017, according to EIS (Erasure Information Service).

  67. Dan says:

    Sorry if I missed in the many posts, but the Grateful Dead will be release deluxe cd editions (and picture disc vinyl) of their studios throughout the year beginning Jan 21.

  68. Stephen says:

    @James: would dearly love to see Archives 2, but is this really looking likely? Starting to think this project will never be finished. What’s the official word on this?

    • James says:

      Stephen, regarding Neil Young and Archives Vol. 2 – there is no official word, but according to interweb reports, Neil has cancelled his upcoming tour of Australia to spend more time in the studio and to work on ‘archive projects’.

      We can only hope.

      The content has been pretty much ready to go for a few years, but the delay, I’m presuming, has been caused by the stillborn Pono debacle.

  69. Richard Higgins says:

    And a Go – Betweens Volume 2 boxset would be very welcome….

  70. Kevin says:

    I am hoping for a “Tunnel of Love” reissue or at least a remastering job by Bruce.

  71. bertielego says:

    There are some artists for which I would love Music On Vinyl to continue reissue their back catalogue.

    Nene Cherry: after “Homebrew” on green Vinyl and “Man” on blue vinyl both released in 2016, I would enjoy this year “Raw Like Sushi” on coloured vinyl too.

    808 State: after “Ninety” and “Ex:El” released in 2016 on double coloured LP with extra tracks, I expect a similar treatment for “Gorgeous” and “Don Solaris” this year.

    Mike Oldfield: after releasing for the first on vinyl both “The Millenium Bell” and “Guitar” in 2016, I would like to see in 2017 for the first time on vinyl “Tr3s Lunas” and “Tubular Bells 2003”.

  72. bertielego says:

    2016 should have seen a 25th anniversary release from Seal’s first and classic album. Let’s hope this would come this year. A SDE with all the period remixes, the videos and the 5.1 surround version would be more than welcome, a vinyl set too.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I’m amazed this hasn’t happened.

      • Neil says:

        It was supposed to have been happening 5 years ago according to Classic Pop Magazine. Ian Peel was supposed to be working on it then he left ztt and it must have been shelved.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Yes it was mentioned in the very first issue of CP I seem to remember…

          • Adam says:

            I was hoping for this one as well, even though I likely have most of the material already. Like Grace Jones’s “Slave To The Rhythm,” another ZTT album that was released in multiple “versions,” and it would be nice to have a box to collect them all, along with the accompanying remixes and such. (And there’s already a 5.1 mix of Seal, so that wouldn’t be a lot of extra work.)

            Maybe they’ll do a 25th for the second Seal album in a couple of years.

            (And since I’m thinking of it, who wouldn’t love a 5.1 treatment of “Slave To The Rhythm?” Lots of potential there.)

          • William M says:

            Surely it’s a no brained, I used to buy all his singles because he always spoiled you with remixes, alternative mixes and he always did a mean Jimi Hendrix cover version. I know he’s released 5:1 mixes but not sure if the debut was ever one, I’m sure seal V was though

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Yes, the debut was but it’s very rare, I think

    • Robert Morgenstern says:

      Hallo, there was a 2005 US release with DVD audio 5.1 and a few Bonus remixes on it.

  73. bertielego says:

    In 2013, Mute released Cabaret Voltaire’s “#8385 Collected Works (1983-1985)”, combining the Virgin era’s “The Crackdown”, “Microphonies”, “Dring Gasoline / Gasoline In Your Eye” and “The Sword…” with extra tracks and videos.

    I would expect for 2017 “#8790 Collected Works (1987-1990)”, combining the Parlophone era’s “Code” and “Groovy, Laidback & Nasty” with extra tracks (especially remixes) and videos.

    • Nancy says:

      That Cabaret Voltaire’s “#8790 Collected Works (1987-1990)” box-set is among my Top 5 releases I would like to happen one day the most, bertielego!
      Parlophone is now owned by Warner Bros. so, Richard H. Kirk who is pulling the Cabs’ stuff out of the archives should transfer all the rights from them to Mute to make it happen just as he did with the Virgin era material. I doubt Warners are willing to re-release the Cabs’ “Code” (1987) and “Groovy, Laidback & Nasty” (1990) albums with extra tracks (especially remixes) and promo videos alone themselves.
      And 2017 is just an ideal year for the box-set to be released, IMHO!

      • bertielego says:

        Indeed Nancy, 2017 is the ideal year for releasing such #8790 box set, as it marks the 30th anniversary of Code… as 2013 was the ideal year to release the #8387 box set! :-)

        • Nancy says:

          If only, bertielego! Being a huge Cabaret Voltaire myself, that would be one of my biggest dreams coming true at last! :-)

  74. Nancy says:

    Classic albums turning 30 years in 2017:

    Smiths – The World Won’t Listen, Gary Moore – Wild Frontier, Simply Red – Men And Women, U2 – The Joshua Tree, Level 42 – Running In The Family, Erasure – The Circus, Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times, Whitesnake – Whitesnake 1987, Alison Moyet – Raindancing, Cult – Electric, Blow Monkeys – She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter, Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night, Living In A Box – Living In A Box, Mel & Kim – F.L.M., Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing, Swing Out Sister – It’s Better To Travel, Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me6, Deacon Blue – Raintown, Whitney Houston – Whitney, Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby, Def Leppard – Hysteria, Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands, Michael Jackson – Bad, Bananarama – Wow!, Pet Shop Boys – Pet Shop Boys, Actually, Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, Black – Wonderful Life, Chris Rea – Dancing With Strangers, R.E.M. – Document, T’Pau – Bridge Of Spies, Wet Wet Wet – Popped In Souled Out, Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses, Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come, Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love, Communards – Red, ABC – Alphabet City, Sting – Nothing Like The Sun, Christians – The Christians, Original Soundtrack – Dirty Dancing,
    George Michael – Faith, INXS – Kick, Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody, Sisters Of Mercy – Floodland, Belinda Carlisle – Heaven On Earth, Icehouse – Man Of Colours, Cabaret Voltaire – Code.

    • Julian H says:

      I’d love deluxe editions of all Gary Moore albums (the remasters aren’t great and there’s amazing live stuff from the VHS tapes) but unfortunately there are legal problems… :(

  75. Nancy says:

    Whitney Houston’s “Whitney” and Agnetha Fältskog’s (ABBA) “I Stand Alone”, both albums have announced they will be reissued this year to coincide with their 30th anniversaries.

    • Danny says:

      Wasn’t Whitney actually announced five years ago, around her death to celebrate 25th anniversary and then it never happened? The Bodyguard was also announced back then, for that one a 25th anniversary this year would be more relevant, no?

      • Nancy says:

        Danny, wouldn’t have known about that at all, really. I saw the “Whitney” reissue announcement elsewhere back in October last year. So, I’m dragging my words from there. “The Bodyguard” getting its 25th anniversary deluxe overhaul would be just perfect to happen this year too, wouldn’t it? It is the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time after all, isn’t it? But all is down to SonyBMG and their decision.

  76. Martin says:

    Would love FM Tango in the Night SDE. Plus as a long time Rocky Music lover would love them to start delivering some SDE.

    On the subject of Weller – he or his record company are taking the total piss. I pre ordered the first two from Amazon at £17.99. But £30+ for a standard vinyl issue and for Heavy Soul which is hardly a stellar example of his talent!

  77. James says:

    Dare I say it…

    Neil Young – Archives 2.

    On blu-ray.

  78. Paul says:

    Any news on an Adam & The Ants SDE of Prince Charming ? I’ve heard rumours and it would make sense seen as Dirk wears white sox and Kings of the wild frontier have already had the treatment

  79. baward says:

    My thoughts –

    My thoughts/wishes for 2017

    Sgt Pepper’s – it seems like a multi-channel mix is a no-brainer, especially after what they did on 1+
    Bowie box 3 – including S.M. and a 7″ pic disc of Space Oddity 1979/Baal
    XTC – the next multi-channel reissue, either Black Sea, English Settlement or Mummer.

    To me, it all seems a bit arbitrary why there HAS to be 12/13 discs in each Bowie box; maybe the next one will be 8 discs or something! I wonder how far along David Bowie’s instructions got before his demise? One would assume that he had 100% creative control.

  80. peter m says:

    Would love to see a neneh cherry best of this year
    Also dollar 1978 to 1988 wouldn’t be unwelcome.

  81. Dave says:

    The Beautiful South ALREADY!!!!!! Seriously.

  82. Nancy says:

    Classic albums turning 60 years in 2017:

    Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock The Joint
    Nat ‘King’ Cole – Love Is The Thing
    Frank Sinatra – Close To You
    Tommy Steele – Tommy Steele Story (OST)
    Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair

  83. Nancy says:

    Classic albums turning 50 years in 2017:

    Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons
    Tom Jones – Green Green Grass Of Home
    Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
    Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Turtles – Happy Together
    Bee Gees – Bee Gees First
    Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
    Scott Walker – Scott
    Donovan – Universal Solider
    Cream – Disraeli Gears
    Four Tops – Reach Out
    Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
    Val Doonican – Val Doonican Rocks But Gently
    Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
    Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Magesties Request
    Doors – The Doors

    • Shaun says:

      Also Zappa’s Absolutely Free, The Monkees – Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed, The Who Sell Out, Magical Mystery Tour, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow, Cream – Disraeli Gears, Love – Forever Changes, and plenty more.

  84. Rob says:

    Amazon USA is showing a February 24th release date for multiple versions of Tango in the Night. There’s a track listing for a 2 CD version which has the following on the second disc:

    Disc: 2
    1. Down Endless Street (Remastered)
    2. Special Kind of Love (Demo)
    3. Seven Wonders (Early Version)
    4. Tango in the Night (Demo)
    5. Mystified (Alternate Version)
    6. Book of Miracles (Instrumental)
    7. Where We Belong (Demo)
    8. Ricky (Remastered)
    9. Juliet (Run-Through)
    10. Isn’t It Midnight (Alternate Mix)
    11. Ooh My Love (Demo)
    12. Mystified (Instrumental Demo)
    13. You And I, Part II (Full Version)

    There is also a listing for a 3CD/1DVD/1LP version. No track listing yet for that edition.

    • Neil says:

      I just knew that the remixes wouldn’t be included in this No doubt the third CD will be a live concert or more demos keeping in line with the previous reissues.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        I think remixes will be on the third disc. We’ll find out soon.

        • Jeff D says:

          Its also just been announced that Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie will be releasing a duets album sometime in the Spring tentatively called Buckingham McVie

  85. bertielego says:

    I expect a King Crimson SDE box set (with CDs, DVD-As and Blurays) towards the second half of the year, as it has been the pattern for a while now:
    2012: Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (The Complete Recordings)
    2013: The Road To Red
    2014: Starless
    2015: Thrak Box
    2016: On (And Off) The Road

    For 2017, we could expect either:
    – a box set combining “The ConstruKction Of Light” + material from the “ProjeKcts”
    – a box set combining “The Power To Believe”, “Level Five”, and rich era demo+live material.
    – a box set combining “In The Wake Of Poseidon”, “Lizards”, “Islands”, “Earthbound” and ’70-’72 live+demo material.

    …and, as with the aforementioned box sets, an excellent Japan “Assemble” version, including numerous mini-LP sleeves.

  86. Nancy says:

    Classic albums turning 40 years in 2017:

    David Bowie – Low
    Pink Floyd – Animals
    Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
    Damned – Damned Damned Damned
    Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
    Television – Marquee Moon
    Iggy Pop – The Idiot
    Clash – Clash
    Stranglers – Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus)
    Jam – In The City
    Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus
    Yes – Going For The One
    Steely Dan – Aja
    Stranglers – No More Heroes
    Ian Dury – New Boots And Panties!!
    David Bowie – Heroes
    AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
    Bread – The Sound Of Bread
    Queen – News Of The World
    Sex Pistols – Never Mind The B*******s, Here’s The Sex Pistols
    Jam – This Is The Modern World
    ABBA – The Album

    • Mike C says:

      Nancy, any chance could you go back 60 years and tell us what you think will be re released this year??? :)

      • Nancy says:

        Hey Mike C, it’s already been done and is a little bit lower down the comments. Fingers crossed that some of those albums listed get their jubilee anniversary deluxe treatments they deserve this year! I’m assured that someone from the industry is reading this article and may get an idea of what to reissue next.
        I’ve done the 1987 list as well. But for some odd reason it just can’t get patched on here at all, unfortunatelly. I’ll keep trying until it’s seen around here.

    • Shaun says:

      Billy Joel’s The Stranger too, but that had a 30th anniversary reissue a decade ago. It was nice, but the edited concert disc really upset me.

      What we got was great, but putting out incomplete live shows (Just like U2’s doing with the Joshua Tree set) is infuriating. At the very least, offer a download code for missing songs that can be edited back in for a complete show.

      Also, while it’s off topic, I’m disappointed there haven’t been other Joel deluxe editions apart from Piano Man, which also angered me due to the tinkering with the famous WMMR concert (replacing a flubbed drum parts, etc.).

      Maybe these things hurt sales and Sony’s not willing to do deluxe versions of 52nd Street, Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain or An Innocent Man? I would’ve loved a deluxe Nylon Curtain with outtakes, and the Live From Long Island video FINALLY released on DVD. Likewise, An Innocent Man could’ve included the London 1984 BBC telecast.

      Or an expanded Songs In The Attic that includes the unreleased tracks, which have circulated in bootleg form but could stand to be professionally mastered.

      Then there’s the long version of “Sometimes a Fantasy,” which has STILL never been released on CD!

      • gwynogue says:

        ‘Songs In The Attic’ definitely needs a good re-issue. I bought the 1998 remaster some years ago and was a little annoyed by the split-second ‘gaps’ between the CD tracks. At least they were over the crowd noise and not the actual music, but they still affect the ‘flow’ of a live recording. I’ll have to look for the ‘missing’ tracks.

        I haven’t got ‘Cold Spring Harbor’ yet – I’m worried about the sound quality. I read that he was absolutely furious about the dreadful mastering of the original and not too keen about the 1983 ‘re-mix/edits’. I don’t know if he/Sony have access to the original masters. From what I understand, it’s only the 1983 version that’s available on CD, so I’d love to see the masters get a good ‘no-expense-spared’ spit and polish.

  87. Gisabun says:

    We want the Let It Be film! Or the Anthonlogies on BR!

    • Philip Cohen says:

      The Beatles “Anthology” videos would have to be entirely rebuilt for a Blu-Ray release, and even then, much of it would be upconverting standard definition PAL & NTSC videotape materials. Only the Shea Stadium film and the group’s promo videos would benefit from the high definition treatment. All of those promo videos have, by now appeared on the “1+” CD + 2-Blu-Ray set.
      There are increasingly few possible Beatles projects to which Yoko, Paul, Olivia & Ringo would agree.
      As for a possible Deluxe “Sgt. Peppers” set, all of the outtakes that had vocals were released on “Anthology 2”. The remainder are backing track attempts.

  88. chrrr says:

    I hope the year brings some of the long announced 5.1 mixes, as well as some surprises (like last years’ Chicago Quadio box). Another XTC seems a safe bet by now. And I really really hope Beggars/4AD like the sales of their very nicely done Blu-Rays (Pixies, Love & Rockets) and issue some more.

  89. Dave McGonigle says:

    It may be rather obscure to the folks here, but The Clean’s 2001 album ‘Getaway’ will be – or has been, now – reissued on vinyl and CD. The main draw is the 18/19 bonus tracks, including a great live set.

  90. Nancy says:

    Classic albums turning 20 years in 2017:

    Bush – Razorblade Suitcase
    Daft Punk – Homework
    Reef – Glow
    Texas – White On Blonde
    Blur – Blur
    Mansun – Attack Of The Grey Lantern
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call
    Republica – Republica
    Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
    Cast – Mother Nature Calls
    Depeche Mode – Ultra
    Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories
    Supergrass – In It For The Money
    Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
    Seahorses – Do It Yourself
    Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever
    Hanson – Middle Of Nowhere
    Radiohead – OK Computer
    Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
    Paul Weller – Heavy Soul
    Prodigy – The Fat Of The Land
    Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
    Oasis – Be Here Now
    Super Furry Animals – Radiator
    Ocean Colour Scene – Marchin’ Already
    Bjork – Homogenic
    Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind
    Portishead – Portishead
    Rolling Stones – Bridges To Babylon
    Verve – Urban Hymns
    Corrs – Talk On Corners
    All Saints – All Saints
    Natalie Imbruglia – Left Of The Middle
    Robbie Williams – Life Thru A Lens
    Apollo 440 – Electro Glide In Blue

  91. Colin H says:

    I can throw a couple more in, Paul:

    32CD (!) 1969-90 Wishbone Ash set from Snapper/Madfish near the end of the year
    7CD Pentangle set from Cherry Red, presumably late Spring
    3CD version of British jazz legend Mike Westbrook’s 1969 double LP ‘Marching Song’ from RPM, circa March/April

  92. Nancy says:

    Classic albums turning 10 years in 2017:

    Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
    Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion
    Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City
    Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control
    Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly Angry Mob
    Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
    Grinderman – Grinderman
    Enter Shikari – Take To The Skies
    Mark Ronson – Version
    Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
    White Stripes – Icky Thump
    Editors – An End Has A Start
    Interpol – Our Love To Admire
    Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life
    Kate Nash – Made Of Bricks
    Hard-Fi – Once Upon A Time In The West
    Foo Fighters – Echoes Silence Patience And Grace
    Roisin Murphy – Overpowered

    • Neil says:

      I would hardly describe any of these as classic albums.

      • Nancy says:

        Neil, so would I when compared to the 20th century classics. But as they are 10 years old I couldn’t help myself but ‘describe them as classic’. 21st century classics whether we like them or not. A majority of them ended in the various end-of-year best of listings after all too. So there!

  93. Dylan Jones says:

    If I were to push greed to its limit…
    The Bathers
    Blow Monkeys
    Sylvian & Japan
    Heaven 17
    Kate Bush
    Midnight Oil
    Peter Gabriel
    The The

    Ah well…

  94. Reed says:

    Hoping for a Simple Minds “Street Fighting Years” SDE but would not be surprised if it were held back a year or more to bring it in line with its 30th anniversary.

    The internets constructed what a Tango in the Night SDE would look like. It will be interesting to see how the real thing compares.

    It will also be the 30th anniversary of Oingo Boingo’s album “Boi-ngo,” their biggest seller in the States. I know its a niche band, but it would be nice to get a deluxe edition with remixes and live material. They toured extensively in support of the album, and its successor “Boingo Alive” is essentially the rehearsal sessions for the ’87 tour. Lots of material to work with.

    • William M says:

      I think we’ll hopefully get a sons and fascination/sister feeling call sde first before street fighting years, but either way I will buy both

  95. Ross says:

    Underworld’s Beaucoup Fish is a cert, some places started listing it as a 4CD set last year for November, although that never came about. It’ll be along first half of this year I reckon.

    Martin Newell’s pre-Cleaners From Venus group The Stray Trolleys have a remastered reissue of their album out on the 20th Jan.

    Heard rumours of The Future Sound of London’s four Virgin albums getting the deluxe treatment, although I get the feeling that won’t be until next year.

    I’d love Universal to reissue their deluxe versions of The Orb’s output, given the silly prices UFOrb, Orblivion and Cydonia go for second hand.

    Really hoping we get the long, long, long overdue Divine Comedy reissues this year. Neil Hannon bought the rights to the Setanta catalogue about ten years ago; they’ve been out of print for even longer. Given how well Foreverland sold it seems like the perfect time to get those back on sale, hopefully in deluxe editions.

    The cynic in me expects Scary Monsters to turn up on the ’80s box, simply to make it more appealing.

    • Ross says:

      Oh, and one I’d absolutely LOVE: Idlewild – The Remote Part. The 100 Broken Windows SDE was great, but The Remote Part era is probably my favourite collection of b-sides ever. Be nice to free up the shelf space and have them all on one disc accompanying the album. It looks like their new album won’t be out until next year now so it’d be a great stopgap.

  96. Eddie Scott says:

    Another classic LP that will turn 50 this year is “Are You Experienced?” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Would love to see a “super deluxe” treatment of that album (as well as the other great albums in the Hendrix catalog). They could include the stereo & mono mixes for the album, the UK & USA versions of the album, the non-LP single releases and a 5.1 remix by Steven Wilson.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      If Experience Hendrix doesn’t officially release all of the unreleased(but already bootlegged) 1967 Hendrix material by year’s end, it will fall into UK/Europe “public domain”, and all of Experience Hendrix’s legal actions against unauthorised “Mike Jeffrey Estate” Hendrix CD’s will have all been for naught.

  97. Michael Fortin says:

    I read Kim Thayil discussing a reissue of Soundgarden’s “Ultramega OK”. It might even be remixed.

    Also, still waiting for the individual reissues of the albums from last years David Bowie set. I want “Young Americans” and “Diamond Dogs”

    New albums supposedly coming from Marilyn Manson and Depeche Mode.

  98. Dennis says:

    Probably will never happen, but I would love to see 70’s glam artist David Werner’s 3 albums (Whizz Kid, Imagination Quota, David Werner) get reissued. Never were available on CD.

  99. Iain McCarthy says:

    Does anyone know if The Cure re-issues have now stopped? It has been nearly seven years since the remastered ‘Disintegration’ and we have been promised a re-issue of ‘Wish’ for years now!

  100. Daniel Wylie says:


    I just recently clicked that the Rykodisc bonus track Abdulmajid, was likely named after his wife, whose full name is Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid.

    I think, eventually, everything you want from the Bowie archives will be available as the cash cow gets milked regularly.

    Personally, I’d have settled for a box with all the “proper” studio albums on vinyl / CD. Then all the other stuff in separate boxes.

    • christian attfield says:

      I’m with you on that one, my preference in the cd days was always for a second disc. The idea of an album like Ziggy Stardust coming to a close with Rock N Roll Suicide and then five seconds later hearing John I’m Only Dancing is awful. And there are people who will be discovering albums for the first time that would not have the original running order ingrained in them who might just listen through.

      The stated aim of the Five Years boxed set was very honourable and initially followed that philosophy. The albums were (close but not exactly) as originally released and all contemporary – released – tracks were collected on ReCall. So it was a genuine attempt to collate the material that was released at the time and not bundle in rejected tracks, demos etc (no matter how good) that would clutter things up. The inclusion of the utterly pointless Ziggy remix album spoiled it somewhat but it was a good start.

      The hope of course, at least from Bowie collectors, was that parallel to that a genuine archive trawl would be compiled that would see great tracks like Sweet Head etc compiled in one place as was done with the Beatles Anthology. That’s probably not the best example as they were revisionist too of course.

      But of course as with seemingly every Bowie reissue program, things got off track and we end up with the (IMO) pointless Gouster album and Maslin STS remix, and the needless inclusion of the non-canon David Live remix. My guess is that hampered by the need to group the ‘Berlin’ trilogy in one box, there needed to be a padded out box and hence the filler.

      In my ideal world the first box would have been David Bowie (1967) to Pin Ups (1973) losing the ZS remix. Seven studio albums plus two live albums.
      Then Diamond Dogs to Scary Monsters. Seven studio albums plus three live albums.
      Let’s Dance to Black Tie (+ TM and Buddha). Seven albums plus two live albums.
      Outside to Blackstar. Seven albums and three live albums.

      The problem of course with the last two would be the sheer volume of mixes, there would be far too many ReCall discs. But that indicates the lack of thought that has gone into dealing with Bowie’s archive, there has never been a plan or philosophy which is a shame as it breaks so easily into quarters. Lose Ronson, lose Visconti, lose the desire to be a pop star, those to me are the three break points.

      So i’m with you, just box up the studio and live albums. Then have a separate series collating all the mixes and outtakes etc. But someone needs to do it properly. Just this week excerpts of previously unknown takes of Quicksand and Queen Bitch were played unannounced on the BBC.

      It’s very frustrating, but that’s what being a lifelong Bowie collector is all about I guess.

  101. John Norris says:

    We’ve had Led Zeppelin and Beatles at the BBC sets in recent history so why not a Rolling Stones one as well? Maybe this is something to do with the rights issue for these, maybe someone here can ‘shine a light’ on why this hasn’t been issued already?

    I have the Stones in Mono box which is by Atco so I am aware of some conflicts in ownership of their back catalogue. I have an old cassette of The Stones at the Beeb which would have been broadcast back in the 80s and some of the classic early covers were very good. Wilko Johnson even said he preferred some of the Stones covers to the likes of Route 66 to the originals.

  102. Mike says:

    Lift to Experience The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads will be reissued next month with an EP and a Peel Session.

    Arthur Russel Instrumentals is also being reissued by Audika. http://audikarecords.com/

  103. Roel Glas says:

    Really looking forward to The Golden Earring Complete Studio Albums set. A tragically underrated band. Much, much more to them than “Radar Love”. For those interested, I emailed Red Bullet a few days ago for further details. They advise:
    “The most albums are original masters no remasters
    Only the latest records are newer than 2002
    And the 3 double cd’s with bonus tracks masters
    From the original tapes no remasters!!
    And the booklet is in English ( special fore you)”

    I assume what that means is no new remastering. The catalogue was remastered in 2002 so I think they have used these for albums released up to 2002??

    My other wish list item is the long overdue continuance of the Elton John 2CD Deluxe Editions, namely, Madman Across The Water, Honky Chateau & Don’t Shoot Me……
    Oh, and maybe vinyl re-issues of his early albums as well – Love those Paul Buckmaster string arrangements.

  104. Mike C says:

    Would definitely love to see a deluxe or reissues of the late, great Adrian Borlands solo work. I know there were compilation albums of his Amsterdam output, but of his actual solo stuff, its never seen the light of day in a deluxe/reissue format. I was a huge fan of The Sound and loved his stuff, would do his memory great if such a project was taken on…..

  105. Gerd says:

    Still waiting for Blow Monkeys “Neighborhood” and “Springtime” Deluxe. imo their best Albums!

  106. DaveM says:

    Looking forward to Tango In the Night as the Mirage SDE was my favourite SDE of 2016 and also The Doors 50th Aniversary SDE. Wish I could say the same for the tainted FITD SDE.

    Would like virtually any Elton John SDE or box set and maybe there is a glimmer of hope with the 50th Aniversary of the John/Taupin writing partnership in 2017. As others have mentioned a Captain Fantastic SDE is imaginable.

    Another Who box set, AQO or Who’s Next would also be welcome as would the next Van reissue. Reckon Saint Dominics Preview may be next, fingers crossed.

  107. adam shaw says:

    I havnt read all comments on here , but Rhino are to release GFTO by Yes on picture disc as its 40 years since release .
    Now Im feeling old !

  108. Leo says:

    Whatever happened to the Roxy Music box sets?

    • paolo says:

      Fans are waiting for some Roxy Music deluxe editions since 2012, when the debut turned 40. It’ll be either this year (45th anniversary) or 2022 (50th), I guess.

  109. Ben Williams says:

    I think we’ll see a new solo Springsteen album toward the end of the year. I remember his manager saying that was nearly done. Probably wanted to avoid releasing at the same time as the Born To Run book so delayed it.

  110. Gareth says:

    Given how these things are increasingly anniversary-driven there are opportunities for a 30th anniversary of ‘Kick’ by INXS and also the 20th anniversary of Michael Hutchence’s death. There are a ton of INXS b-sides, live recordings and unreleased tracks which would make for a great series of SDE’s. Probably a lot harder to sustain interest with MH not here to tour, promote it etc. I’ve heard rumours that his solo album is due for re-release with extra tracks too.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Kick extremely unlikely. They messed up the 25th anniversary edition. I tried to get Universal to do a Max Q deluxe edition but it wasn’t approved – legal issues presumably to do with the Hutchence estate etc.

      • Gareth says:

        ‘Max Q’ is a great album. The remixes of ‘Sometimes’ were superb. Got the tape, CD and vinyl of that album. Was there a draft track list of the proposed deluxe edition?
        You’re right about the 25th anniversary edition of ‘Kick’. The live shows and b-sides from that era were superb and should have found a home (the same for ‘X’).

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          It was basically a two-CD set with every remix/variation you could think of and a few unreleased ones I found in the archive. Slightly overkill on Sometimes (there would have been 11 mixes!) but there you go. Not going to happen.

          • Mylene says:

            You could have done a 3 disc version. The Album, Remixes and a Drawing Board album with the Whirlywirld, No, Young Charlatans and Orchestra of Skin and Bone songs the Max Q songs were derived from. That would have meant TWELVE versions of Sometimes.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Indeed. The first step with these things is to get a tactic approval – based on audio you know exists – and then if approved, after that go hunting for demos etc. More or less what happened with Sam Brown.

          • Kauwgompie says:

            They left off the extended version of “Devil Inside” which pisses me off to this day. Why???????

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            God knows. There was loads of things wrong with that SDE.

          • Adam says:

            I loved that Max Q record. Was there a remaster proposed? I thought it was a pretty good sounding CD at the time; haven’t listened to it in quite some time, though. I bought a couple of the remixes, but none of them were really essential, IMHO.

            Is it available digitally anywhere? I don’t think it is. Shame.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I guess it would have been remastered, although as you say not sure much would need doing, it was a great sounding CD.

  111. MiG says:

    Steve…Peter…it’s 45 years since “Pawn Hearts” and if that’s not a reason for a 5.1 remix then what is?

  112. princebowie says:


    It will be a bad decision if they leave scary monsters for the 80s boxset as much as I look forward to the 80s set it don’t belong there. there is always that chance it could be a standalone boxset and it was said these boxes won’t necessarily continue to be released in chronological order either.
    the baal ep could be a disc on its own rather than be included in recall but please no Peter and the Wolf that would be a cop out.
    I’ve a feeling we may see something visual, hopefully a comprehensive set of promo videos and TV performances on bluray probably in separate volumes like these audio boxsets.
    I also expect to see not likely this year possibly at the end of these boxsets an Anthology set of rare and unreleased material again in separate volumes too. this could take many years.

  113. Robert says:

    It seems Steve Wilson is doing all the remixing these days for everyones catalog. When does he sleep ?

  114. FRED says:

    I hope TFF and PSB reissue for 2017 … and TTDA why not ;-)

  115. Robbert says:

    The Supremes A’ Go-Go – Expanded Edition will be out in early 2017

    • HS says:

      Supposedly that will actually come out on CD, unlike the last few Supremes/Diana Ross releases. But then again, Diana’s “Baby It’s Me” was supposed to be a 2 CD release but ended up as a digital only with much fewer tracks.

      Diana’s Motown albums from 1989-1999 are also said to be in the works, expanded on CD. Should be out late this year or sometime next year.

  116. michael khalsa says:

    Looking forward to ‘Listen 25′ Have not even heard or seen Únplugged’. I am sure there will be another George Michael compilation out by the end of the year. Hopefully it will include ‘Blue (Armed With Love)’ that would be great. Would be happy with a 2cd version of ‘Purple Rain’ I Onto 2017. Thank you.

  117. Carlton says:

    Paul, do you have any inside information about changes with Listen Without Prejudice? I pre-ordered the super deluxe on Amazon US, but in the last week, there are new listings for it labeled “blu spec” at about twice the price for the listing I ordered, and while the original listing is still there, it only comes up on my order page–not in a regular search. Are they trying to milk the price now that George has passed? Or is this actually a different configuration of the package?

  118. OberonOZ says:

    Wow… so much that would be good.
    Prince – Purple Rain box: Hopefully this has more to it than just one bonus disc! Maybe this year would also bless us with a Christmas release of a 30th anniversary Sign O The Times??
    Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night : this one is a no-brainer for me as the last two deluxes have been awesome.
    ABBA – The Album 40th anniversary edition?
    Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm & Living My Life to follow up the excellent earlier albums
    Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA. I think theres still more than enough material to make a great BITUSA box. I suppose its too much to expect a Tunnel of Love box too, huh? :)
    Whitney Houston – Whitney Id love a deluxe of this. Even just a 2CD edition like the Whitney Houston set. Lots of good stuff could be added to this – remixes, demo’s, single versions
    Elton John – Live in Australia with the MSO – Please GOD let them do something good with this!! This should be remixed/remastered and the whole concert should be released in original set list order. There should also be DVD/Blu-ray versions of the full show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release.
    Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing the Hard Line According to…. Would be great to get a deluxe of this.
    I suppose a 40th Anniversary Even In The Quietest Moments is out of the question? Similarly ELO’s Out Of The Blue? And will there be a 4oth fuss made of Saturday Night Fever?
    Perhaps theres room in the schedule for an anniversary edition of Love Over Gold?
    And I guess if I were going to finish this list with a very popular choice [for me!] there would be a 25th Anniversary SDE of Erotica by Madonna!! :)
    Oh… almost forgot, 20th Anniversary SDE of POP by U2!
    I simultaneously really want all of these to be released, as much if not more than my wallet dreads it! hehe

    • Daran says:

      It would be great if U2 could actually go back and finish POP! It was after all left hurriedly in a state of incompleteness due to the tour they had already booked in advance.

      • David McCallum says:

        I’d love a U2 Pop box done in the Achtung anniversary way. I hope their last Songs of Experience didn’t impact the chances of a Pop box. It’s an underrated work — only as disjointed as Zootopia but ends up in used bins more often for some reason. I didn’t know it was rushed to presses. Comedian Scott Aukerman resequenced it as part of his U2 podcast:
        1. Pop Muzik (Crossfade after 5 Minutes into Mofo)
        2. Mofo
        3. Do You Feel Loved
        4. Discotheque (Hexadecimal Mix) from The Best of 1990-2000
        5. Last Night on Earth (Single Version)
        6. North and South of the River
        7. Staring at the Sun (New Mix) from The Best of 1990-2000
        8. Gone (Mike Hedges Mix) from The Best of 1990-2000
        9. Please (Single Version)
        10. If you Wear That Velvet Dress
        11. If God Will Send His Angels (Single Mix)
        12. Wake Up Dead Man

        Re: David Sylvian’s Secrets of the Beehive. I have the impression that’s he’s really meticulous and doesn’t have or keep much extra around. Just an impression.

  119. christian says:

    Bowie box will almost certainly include Scary Monsters to get it up to the required number of discs with both having 12 cds previously. Even then it will struggle.
    The 4 remaining RCA studio albums, both versions of Stage – another 4 discs, possibly 2 ReCall discs but perhaps one (2lp) and the Baal ep (which by rights would just be on ReCall). They might choose to throw in Peter and the Wolf if they are scraping the barrel.
    The Gouster lp did break the “only previously released at the time” dogma but there’s no equivalent for this period. There is no lost Man Who Fell To earth soundtrack.
    The Ryko bonus tracks are not welcome on this box (and not previously included anyway) as they are dubious at best (I Pray Ole) and often crap (Helden remix etc).
    I personally hope they don’t further dilute the content.
    And hopefully better quality control this time too, both boxes have had errors in them so far.

    • Mikael says:

      “The Ryko bonus tracks are not welcome on this box (and not previously included anyway) as they are dubious at best (I Pray Ole) and often crap (Helden remix etc).”
      Well, I beg to disagree, just consider Some Are, nothing dubious here, is there? All Saints is pretty good, as is Abdulmajid. Also the proto-Tin Machine version of Look Back In Anger is interesting, although I agree with you re the pointless remixes of Helden and Sound and Vision.

    • Dean says:

      Completely disagree about the Ryko extras, I think they were excellent. Further, the Ryko discs are easy/cheap to get, so for fans who are completists, their inclusion would be welcome.

      What do you mean by “both versions of Stage”? I think it’s doubtful the surround mix will be included, and the only change to this over the years was an expanded track listing, and the reordering of the tracks to match the original set list. It really doesn’t make any sense to go back to the original release – it adds nothing.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        The Rykos remain the best reissues in terms of giving you something extra. In 45 years they are the only label to offer bonus tracks on a reissue of Hunky Dory, and all four are good. Despite subsequent reissues (Diamond Dogs, Ziggy, Aladdin Sane) nothing else of any real significance over what we got with the Rykos has ever been delivered. Name me one essential bonus track post Ryko? There aren’t any. It’s all ‘rare’ single edits etc. EMI couldn’t even repeat repeat Ryko’s “After Today” (from the S+V box) on their 2007 Young Americans reissue.

    • paolo says:

      I hope the individual CD releases won’t be delayed for the third box, like they did with WCIBN, would love to complete my Bowie classics collection by Christmas this year.

  120. Dave thornhill says:

    Bolan’s Zip Gun/Futuristic Dragon set due sometime in the first quarter

  121. Jon says:

    At a recent 80’s Live concert Jack Hues was asked about reissues and he replied “oh yes we’re talking to people now”. I should know I’m the one that asked :)

  122. Charles K. says:

    Wow, thank you for this Paul, I’ve started to look forward to to it over the last several years.

  123. stephen gilmour says:


    Not looking for confirmation just an opinion.

    Given Van is now on Columbia are we likely to see a complete box a la the Dylan, Cash, Miles Davis boxes – that would be a treat!!!

  124. Paul Nolan says:

    I wonder if U2 will release The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary seen as the called their New Tour after it.. If they do I hope its later in the year and will include a dvd/bluray/cd of a performance from said Tour

    I Personally would love to see a Eurythmics – Savage Super Deluxe 30th Anniversary released
    But I doubt that will happen

    • Daran says:

      Can you see that happening after they emptied the cupboards for the 25th anniversary SDE? There were no remixes afaik, and only demo’s left unreleased so far. The 25th SDE had a original Joshua Tree tour concert DVD included too. I can not see another SDE coming.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        I think they might do it, because being such a BIG album they may feel they didn’t milk the cash cow enough on that very good – but modestly priced – Joshua Tree box. They made up for it of course with the UBER Achtung baby!

      • William M says:

        They did omit ‘Wild Irish Rose’ and ‘Womanfish’ from the original Joshua Tree reissue and ‘I trip through your wires’ used to have different lyrics, so there is an alternative version of that and possibly others out there.

  125. Jon says:

    China Art of Noise reissues…..PLEASE!!!!! :-) There must be sufficient demand for those and we know Gary, Anne and JJ have been working on something. They have been active online and teasing out master tape photos, etc.

    The China cassette tapes that were found, does anyone know if those tapes were authorized/cleared by the labels involved? Is ian peel officially out of the project? I only saw a few things come out on Art of the 12″ set and the Influence set.

    As far as others, I will buy any PSB reissues. But yes, prefer them to do the earlier albums with all of the remix/promo 12″ that have not been released (Shep Pettibone, Baker, etc.)

    With all the pop/dance reissues coming out, seems like the Beloved would also be a good one to champion. Those albums are in dire need of remastering and were quite popular at the time. Not huge here in the US but they have their fair share of followers like me. Not forgotten at all, great band and music.

  126. Glenn says:

    Enjoy these annual previews.

    Bummed to see nothing of a PSB Please SDE. There are quite a number of vinyl-only mixes from that album that would be great to have on CD (as listed out when these rumors popped up on this site). Additional Further Listening discs are of much less interest.

    Looking forward to the TFF Seeds box. Hope to see that announced soon.

    Still bummed about the recent UB40 reissues (Present Arms and Labour of Love) that were forever delayed and then came out in such limited quantities I wasn’t able to get either and had already unloaded the related CDs and vinyl. Hopefully they will get re-pressed and put out there with better distribution. Further reissues would be great.

    Would love to see the OMD reissues continue as noted above. Hopefully without any custom edits and with all commercially released content as a priority.

    Further Big Audio Dynamite reissues as noted above (hopefully without custom edits as per the first album 2CD).

    Others with non-album tracks included:
    The Cure’s Wish album
    Madness self-titled album (post-split album that was meant for reissue with the others but got hung up with Virgin)
    Sting, INXS, ABC, Eurythmics, Fishbone, Oingo Boingo, Talking Heads
    U2 – Rattle and Hum
    The Selecter’s two albums by EMI
    Housemartins People Who Grinned…
    R.E.M. b-sides/mixes box set (since excluded on reissues)
    Peter Gabriel – Us
    Erasure Wild and Chorus

  127. Michael says:

    Why would Release not be part of the PSB reissue/further listening series? Just curious.

    Wish list for the expanded/remastered treatment:
    George Michael: Older
    Pet Shop Boys: Nightlife
    Madonna: Ray Of Light
    Kate Bush: A full singles compilation/video collection
    Grace Jones: Slave To The Rhythm
    Eurythmics: 1984
    Underworld: Beaucoup Fish
    Roxy Music: Flesh + Blood and/or Avalon

  128. Jeff D says:

    As far as Queen goes, there are rumours that we may get a dvd of either the Earls Court 77 or Houston 77 show. There has also been talj of a Live Killers boxset. But not holding my breath. We will probably end up with an umteenth hundred comp.

  129. Willard says:

    Really looking forward to that Kitchens of Distinction. Hadn’t heard about it!

  130. Terence Delaney says:

    I really hope they give Listen Without Prejudice a better track list with a Cover To Cover concert, as well as all the Five Live tracks, mixes etc. Also they really need to put out a WHAM! Singles box set with all versions, not just 7″+12″ mixes.

    Also any word on a new Deluxe set for Bros albums or even better Singles Box.

  131. Gord says:

    Prince has got to be more than 2 discs surely? Can’t wait for the Prince SDE’s to start. Pet Shop Boys will be good to have and I’d prefer a TFF new album (reissues can wait).

    Others I continue to hold out hope on:

    Amazulu – Amazulu
    Grace Jones – Living My Life / Inside Story
    Feargal Sharkey – Feargal Sharkey / Wish
    Terence Trent D’Arby – The Hardline According To TTD / Neither Fish Nor Flesh
    Princess – All For Love
    Toni Childs – Union / House of Hope
    Robbie Nevil – Robbie Nevil / A Place Like This
    Jennifer Rush – Heart Over Mind / Passion
    Audrey Hall – Eight Little Notes / Just You Just Me
    Jody Watley – Jody Watley / Larger Than Life
    Jesus Loves You – The Martyr Mantras / Boy George – Sold
    Kim Wilde – Love Moves / Love Is
    Adeva – Adeva!
    River City People – Say Something Good / This Is The World
    Gail Ann Dorsey – The Corporate World
    Jerry Burns – Jerry Burns
    Shakespear’s Sister – Sacred Heart / Hormonally Yours

    and of course, more Dead Or Alive (individual deluxe albums; rarities; remixes etc).

    I see Madonna has been revisiting her archives in recent weeks so maybe, just maybe some Madonna SDE’s (long overdue!).

    • HS says:

      Madonna re-issues would be the ultimate dream come true! She starts getting her masters back from WB soon… It looks like she has been revisiting the Blond Ambition/Truth Or Dare archives so maybe we will finally get the Blond Ambition tour on DVD/BR?

      I agree with a lot on your list – especially Kim Wilde. Since all the previous albums have been expanded, these two (and Now & Forever) really should follow.

    • paolo says:

      Would love to have Dead or Alive individual albums available, not even deluxe versions but simply the original albums on CD and vinyl.

    • AudioDile says:

      I too, would be ecstatic with a 2 CD reissue of Robbie Nevil’s debut with all of the remixes that have never been on CD.

  132. auteur55 says:

    Really surprised no one’s mentioned the very lovely Kitchens of Distinction box set coming out in March. Highly loved band amongst the early 90’s shoegaze crowd, 4 classic albums in a row. This one is a 6 disc set very much in the same vein as Lush’s recent box set. I haven’t seen a word about it anywhere and I would think many on this site would have been interested.

    Also Animals that Swim’s Workshy is being reissued in February remastered with bonus tracks. Under loved Gem just waiting to be discovered.

  133. Eugene says:

    Saint Etienne have hinted about additional vinyl reissues of their catalog this year.

    I’m also betting on some form of reissue from The Smiths. The upcoming 7″ of The Boy With the Thorn in His Side demo mix must be a precursor for a reissue of The Queen Is Dead.

    • paolo says:

      It’d be weird to reissue ‘The Queen is Dead’ this year it turns 31, why didn’t they just put it out for its 30th anniversary instead?

      This year will be the 30th anniversary of their split, do you think Morrissey and Marr are going to celebrate it in some form?

  134. AnthonyC says:

    It’s really odd the majority of these re-issues seem to be aimed at pensioners.

    I wish more modern music would get the deluxe treatment.

    Even releases from twenty years ago will seem fresh compared to this crop!

    • AudioDile says:

      I’d assume that most reissues are of that period because many younger people don’t tend to give a crap about physical releases, if they even decide to pay for their music at all.

  135. Martin says:

    It would be nice to get an extended “Perhaps” by The Associates. Even without Alan Rankine the album was quite good and there are many different different versions, demos etc. floating around – sadly most apparently need a good mastering. But i would like to have them nicely done in one place – e.g. there are different versions of “The Best Of You” with Annie Lennox, Gina X or Martha Ladley (Muffins) as Co-Singers.

  136. Javier says:

    I really wish the Pet Shop Boys reissues come soon. Not very interested in Nightlife and Release, but Fundamental is my second favourite PSB álbum (after Behaviour) and Yes is in my top 5 too.

  137. RJSWinchester says:

    Nothing of any interest apart from Lloyd Cole (I had no interest in his solo stuff at the time which seemed aimed at a more mature audiences) and the as yet unannounced Purple Rain. I’d like the Bowie box sets but they’re just not worth the money.

  138. Steve says:

    Paul add to that the golden earring complete studio box yayyyy metallicas puppets deluxe and neil young archives 2 ps last one is a joke

  139. Dean says:

    These articles are funny to me, it’s so obvious Paul grew up in the 80’s/90’s, with all the pop acts of the time he promotes. Sadly that was a generation, or two, after my pop days (glam was the thing when I was a nipper). For someone like myself, this is very thin gruel indeed. Far too much same old same old Vinyl – which really aren’t Deluxe Editions at all – and as I say, pop acts from the 80’s and 90’s I didn’t like at the time, and won’t like now. What’s the criteria for including all the Vinyl releases?

    Hopefully the first few months have some interesting stuff in them beyond what’s listed here, because based on this list my wallet will remain closed.

    • barry says:

      well,not just 80’s and 90’s -with acts like elvis presley -beatles -move -dylan-cream doors- alex harvey -deep purple – plenty in there for the older fan like me.
      -paul, keep up the good work with keeping us all up to date with whats about.

      • Dean says:

        Well, Beatles, Presley, and Dylan are mainstream acts. Doors and Purple are mainstream classic rock acts. I’m pretty sure even Paul wouldn’t deny his bias. I’m not complaining, just observing. I also use MusicTap (google it) to get release info, that has a much wider scope for those interested.

        Again, I’m not complaining, just noting that there’s a bias toward coverage of 80’s/90’s pop bands. I’m sure there are old folk for whom this blog hits the sweet spot. :-)

        • paolo says:

          I can assure there’s a lot he doesn’t cover too, especially regarding the 90s. So it’s always a matter of personal points of view.

    • Daran says:

      Perhaps lack of material for pre-80’s stops as many SDE’s, and hence just compilations over again. E.g – no remixes, one take live sessions meaning not many demos and multiple alternate versions available and not as many radio and tv sessions. Factor in the absence of video material and it must be a lot harder to get a SDE of pre-80’s for some artists / albums.

  140. David Robinson says:

    Bowie Box 3 i hope they leave out Scary Monsters. Sacrilege i know but im hoping it stands alone as a Super Deluxe box set. Main disc , 5.1 surround sound by Tony Visconti with 1 disc of b-sides, outtakes and Baal; 1 disc of demoes , a Dvd of the videos and a making of, with a vinyl 7” of BAAL and a vinyl of the album, with extras inside of cut up lyrics to write your own song lyrics. Its the bridge from the experimental Berlin Trilogy out of the 70’s into the cash cow of Lets Dance. Genius.

    Then think were still due deluxe remasters of Robert Palmer – particuarly Clues, Secrets and Pride !

  141. Mikael says:

    While I wish the Bowie Berlin Box will be something out of this world, judging by the last two, I am just a bit afraid it won’t be. A remaster is not really needed, and it seems new material is not the point of these boxes, so to get the Rykos again, in a box, is good for people who don’t have the Rykos.
    I do wish Scary Monsters is kept out of it, but Baal included, as well as the real Cat People, the soundtrack version.
    Scary Monsters was not his last experimental album, it was his first commercial, spawning what, three hit singles, videos etc. It showed they way towards Let’s Dance, it did not conclude his experimental days, that was done by Lodger (‘project cancelled’).
    I recall an interview I can’t find online, made around-79, where he said, after Lodger, he would do some commercial albums in the future, and then maybe some more experimental ones, and the first example of his new commercial phase was Scary Monsters a little while later.
    Everybody loves it because it sounded strange enough to be hip, but still had hit singles, so it’s always grouped with the Berlin trilogy, and every album since has always been ‘the best since Scary Monsters’, but IMHO, it’s overrated, and while good, not a new, NEW thing, like Low, but rather a commentary on the current musical trends. No longer leading the way, but being on it. There was old wave, there was new wave, and there was David Bowie, but now they have merged.
    But I know I’m in a minority here ;)

    • EW99 says:

      Totally agree. Scary Monsters was the beginning of a long downturn in my opinion. Not picking up again until Next Day. But then I’m not a great fan of the glam era either so what do I know?

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        For me, Scary Monsters is a better album than Lodger (I like them both) so I don’t buy the ‘start of a downturn’ theory. Yes, it had some ‘hits’ on it, but that doesn’t correlate to ‘he was going commercial’.

  142. Paul Kent says:

    Waiting for news of which XTC album will get the SW “virtual SDE” treatment next! All 4 reissues, so far, have been staggeringly good with an intelligently curated mix of familiar (b-sides, Fuzzy Warbles, promo films) and fresh (instrumental mixes, Colin’s work tapes, those O&L radio ident recordings which were laugh-out-loud hilarious). Personally, I’m hoping for Black Sea to be the next in line. XTC aside, I’m looking forward to the next Tull book-set, TFF (SoL and the new album) and, of course, the Purple Rain deluxe. Intrigued to see the rumour of new EMI-era Marillion sets posted here – I can’t see what can be added to what was on the previous 2-disc reissues, but I’m always hoping to see 5.1 mixes on the schedules. And, what about the possibility of Pink Floyd: The Middle Years being on the cards…?

  143. Dean says:

    How about a 5.1 of Pink Floyd – The Wall?

    • Wesley says:

      I think Pink Floyd’s the Wall 5.1 mix isn’t on the horizon, as a deluxe edition has already been put out. However, I suspect something is up with Meddle and Obscured by Clouds, and hopefully Animals. I say this as the massive Early Years PF box set was to include a new 5.1 of Obscured by Clouds, which was replaced by other content. Also a quad version of Echoes can be found on that disc, and for those able to rip Blu-rays, a full 5.1 mix of Meddle was buried on a hidden layer not available on the menu. I have no idea the source of this new mix, and feel it is incomplete as it doesn’t meet the sound quality standards of the other multi-channel releases from the band. Thus, I speculate deluxe boxes of these albums are on the horizon.

      • Julian H says:

        Pretty sure the Meddle 5.1 (as well as the OBC stereo and unreleased 5.1) was done by Andy Jackson. James Guthrie talked about doing a 5.1 of The Wall years ago but no news so far…

  144. Dave Rose says:

    More xtc 5.1 deluxes would be most welcome, lilac time rarities box set, big audio dynamite deluxe’s, small faces autumn stone deluxe, friends again & love asnd money reissues, China crisis deluxe’s, Ride deluxe of carnival of light & tarantula, OMD’s crush & pacific age deluxe’s
    What are the chances ?

  145. Dean says:

    Really enjoyed TFF Songs From The Big Chair Blu-ray audio disc, so Sowing The Seeds should be good.

  146. richie says:

    Don`t forget the 51st anniversary Beach Boys Pet Sounds 9 CD + 3 Bluray box set of released songs but not as you`ve ever heard them before.

  147. Robert says:

    Never mentioned, but much deserved (at least in my universe), is a proper remastering of 10,000 Maniacs “In My Tribe”. 2017 being the 30th anniversary of its release.

  148. Catweazle says:

    Really curious what we’ll see for the 40th anniversary of Marc Bolan’s death (or his 70th birthday) later this year – apart from the annonuced Slider double vinyl. As for Queen – seems they got it all wrong (apart from the Rainbow box set) these past few years: Sheer Heart Attack 40th anniversary – nothing, A Night at the Opera 40th – nothing, A Day at the Races 40th – nothing, Hyde Park concert 40th – nothing, long promised archive box sets – nothing. Looks like Messrs. Taylor & May don’t give a s**t. Will I keep waiting another ten years? I don’t think so, I’ve already moved on to artists who treat their fans with some respect.

  149. Peter Cross says:

    Would be amazing to get a 30th Anniversary edition of Savage by Eurythics, but I think the chances of that are pretty much 0%. Especially after what you (Paul) found out from Dave Stewart last year.

    Fans have been waiting for years for a release that includes all the remixes, live tracks and unreleased material from the period as well as the Savage video album getting a DVD/Blu Ray release.

  150. paolo says:

    This year ‘Urban Hymns’ and ‘OK Computer’ turn 20, I believe both will receive the superdeluxe treatment. And as far as I know any Radiohead album has yet to be remastered.

  151. kauwgompie says:

    -Much looking forward to the Purple Rain reissue. I’m fearing for the worst -just 1 bonus disc- and that would be atrocious. Just re-issueing the extended versions would require a separate disc alone, let alsone un-released songs, live material (don’t like live stuff except from Prince and a few select others) and a DVD with the concert and movie!! So that is a 5 disc minimum.

    -Also looking forward to REM’s Automatic For The People. I think their best album.

    -Hopefully So80’s 11 will be released this year!!!! Perhaps any So80s artist editions? I thought they were close to releasing an ABC one last year.

    -All The PSB Further Listening cd’s are out of print. Will they be back in print when they reissue the later albums? Not sure there is much to add to the Further Listening version of Please but Actually can easily add another disc of remixes, megamixes, etc.

    -I would very much like an SDE of Born In The USA with all officially released extended versions and dub versions. Bruce may not be so proud of these versions but many love them and it would add something original to the SDE version as I doubt Bruce has many unreleased songs left in the vault. It would just be a bonus disc of live material (more?) and demo’s and that would be very disappointing.

  152. newmusicmark says:

    1) Looking for the Art Of Noise China reissues…where are they?? :)
    2) A greatest hits of Paisley Park compilation would be nice way to start off reissue series or at least a digital release of all the records which have been out of print and non-digital since they came out.
    3) You forgot this Weird Al Box :) Just announced/released today http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/weirdalyankovic/exclusives
    4) I’m still keeping up my hopes up for Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm and or Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock reissue/deluxe editions.
    5) Unreleased Wendy & Lisa album produced by Trevor Horn?? :D

    • Joe colone says:

      Been waiting forever for a fantastic Slave To The Rhythm deluxe version.
      Duck Rock is one of my absolute favourite albums ever!! I’d love to see a multi disc set of it come out. It was basically the blue print for everything that came after it in the 80’s. Great work, Trevor Horn!

  153. Henrik Kirkegaard says:

    Hi Paul
    Great things to come in 2017
    Anyone who knows about the volume 2 bruce springsteen box will come

    And sure simple minds will put out a deluxe version for street fighting years
    Maybe we will some leonard cohen remasters also
    Exciting year I hope
    2016 was the worst year for music lovers
    Rip to all those we lost

    • Alessandro says:

      Right, I expected a Springsteen Studio box vol. 2 but it still hasn’t happened.
      It’s time for a new, career-spanning Duran Duran anthology (Warner owns their 1981-1995 output and “Paper Gods”, the band owns the rest of the catalogue). I’m in for the much-awaited Tango in the Night remastered deluxe edition and EverAfter by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

      Marc Almond tweeted about a forthcoming Soft Cell box set and a more casual fan-friendly Greatest Hits album with a brand new song. Maybe we should expect a 20th anniversary edition for the Verve’s “Urban Hymns”?

      Will we ever see deluxe editions for the Cure’s “Wish” and “Wild Mood Swings”?

    • Alessandro says:

      Leonard Cohen’s albums were already remastered for a box set, but only the first three albums have been reissued separately (with bonus content) about ten years ago. So they could just use those remasters for New Skin, Ladies’ Man, Recent Songs, I’m Your Man, The Future and Ten New Songs for new reissues?

  154. mike says:

    Tango def, has to be 3cd though to get those ground breaking remixes on. As a Duran fan, prefer Liberty SDE to TWA, far more interesting songs and demos were brilliant.

    • Jose says:

      Love Liberty as well. But have a sentimental connection to TWA. Plus I remember listening to some solid remixes on those cassette singles. And the live performances from that era (acoustic renditions) were brilliant! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and super deluxe new year!

  155. Sam says:

    Weird Al Complete Works on CD and DVD is forthcoming.

  156. tom says:

    Any chance of some World Party stuff coming out?

  157. El Barto says:

    This is the reason I love this site so much. Trying to be up to date with everything on my own was so tiresome. Thanks, Paul!

  158. Tony Sandell says:

    Captain Fantastic box set would be brilliant as would the ARMs concerts.
    I would buy two of the Captain Fantastic box sets with one just sitting there unopened for me to admire the fantastic artwork!

  159. Jeff D says:

    Hopefully we get the long promised Ever After: Complete Singles collection from Siouxsie and the Banshees this year Along with the complete video collection. According to Steve Severin, it had been scheduled for last fall but got pushed back. Supposedly there is also a deluxe version of Juju in the works, but I’ll believe that when I am actually listening to it.

  160. daveid76 says:

    Someone ‘in the know’ claims some of the PSB reissues will be 3 disc affairs from the sheer volume of extra material.

    • Joe colone says:

      We did a meet and greet with the PSB in Atlanta a couple months ago! Really nice guys, btw. They told us that some of the reissues would, in fact, be 3 disc sets. They didn’t mention release dates.
      I asked them specifically about the song “The Loving Kind”–a song they wrote during the YES sessions. Girls Aloud did a great version of it. I asked them if they actually had recorded their own version, or at least a demo. They said it will be on the YES reissue :-D

  161. Avitom says:

    And no one mentioned of the best album of 1966 besides Revolver, The Who – A Quick One. It’s 50 years now and it’s about time to have a decent box set. Stereo, mono, outtakes, etc.

    • Michael says:

      Avitom, I agree. ” A Quick One”, and if you please, “The Who Sell Out”, certainly deserve SDE treatment in remastered stereo, mono and outtakes. Let’s not even talk about “Who’s Next”, which could be a phenomenal deluxe release. It amazes me that record companies and the recording artists do not consider re-vamped releases of albums that would be hugely popular with fans. What an imperfect world we live in.

      • Philip Cohen says:

        Half of the “Who’s Next” multitracks are missing, hence no surround mix or boxed set.

        • Michael says:

          Thank you, Mr. Cohen, for bringing this to my attention. I can only imagine how challenging it is for you and your staff when dealing with licensing rights and obtaining approval from recording artists, their agents or trustees to put out a single box set, not to mention trying to locate the best multi-track tapes, etc. I do want to express my appreciation for your participation in this SDE website forum to answer questions and learn more about what consumers of tangible music products think and feel.

  162. Michael says:

    Paul, like you, I have been anxiously waiting for the deluxe edition of Roxy Music‘s first album as remixed by Steven Wilson 5.1. IMO, the entire Roxy Music catalog is worthy of deluxe packaging in 5.1. On another note, Prince’s album, “Purple Rain” as a deluxe edition is also enticing. I would love to see a deluxe vinyl version pressed on purple colored vinyl made available — and hey, why don’t they also include the poster that came with the original WB vinyl release. Wishful thinking :-) Thank you Paul, for all your research, updates and deal alerts!

  163. Alan says:

    The first 4 Paul Weller solo album LP reissues are on sale to pre order from Record Store. At £29.99 each for a single disc per release. That’s nearly double the price for a new LP release. Someone is extracting the urine.

  164. AudioDile says:

    Hi Paul.

    The long-rumored and oft-hinted at reissues of the Art of Noise’s China era albums would seem to be in the works based on photos and links here: http://fgthq.de/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1461685546

    However there’s been no more info for about six months now. Can you poke around and see if we can indeed expect these this year? AoN fans have been waiting for these releases more than patiently ever since they were tweeted about by Ian Peel almost 3 years ago!

    Also REALLY hoping for the Tango In The Night reissue that someone commented on, especially if it contains remixes.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      Interestingly, Warner Music owns The Art of Noise’s “China Records” recordings (though they were first released through Chrysalis). Warner doesn’t seem interested in doing anything with the recordings, other than license an occasion song for compilations. The Art of Noise’s website basically says that the decision whether those albums are offered again resides solely with Warner Music.

  165. ken.e says:

    I hope McCartney goes back to Wildlife and Red Rose Speedway or London Town and Back to the Egg for the next Archive releases. I would love to see Flaming Pie too but I would hate to see those albums skipped over.
    I admit I listen to FP 50X more than WL but my completist side wants those holes filled on my archive shelf.

    TFF box would be fantastic this year as well
    Duran Duran Wedding Album SDE
    Captain Fantastic SDE

    The David Bowie box 100% agree should contain SM but usually there is also a remix album, extended live, originally unreleased live/studio put in the sets. I wonder what they could include in this one other then the revised Stage. I really enjoyed Gouster in the last set.

    How many times can they release David Bowie Heathen on vinyl? Is there anything different about this release?

    I hope not too much this year, I am watching my spend. Last year was crazy for me, too much that I couldn’t say no to and a few I should/could have.

  166. Roelant says:

    There will probably be a 35th anniversary edition of The Alan Parsons Project’s ‘Eye in the sky’ album this year (the one including the title track, ‘Sirius’ and ‘Old and wise’), following the 35th anniversary editions of ‘I Robot’ (2013) and ‘The turn of a friendly card’ (2015) and the 40th anniversary edition of ‘Tales of mystery and imagination Edgar Allan Poe’ (2016).

    • Julian H says:

      Would be interesting to know what that will include. I thought “Eye in the Sky” had some of the best bonus material off the 2007/2008 reissue series and I would have been in on “Tales…” if it had been CD/Blu-Ray only!

  167. Mike Cox says:

    Also wondering what the XTC group will issue in 2017? In my opinion, the best bang for the buck (or pound) on the reissue market. “Seeds” is probably my favorite TFF album so I’m looking forward to that as well. Being a 35 year Prince I’ve always learned to keep my expectations low so we’ll see what happens with the Purple Rain project. Perhaps the Black Album will be updated on the vinyl reissue list? Lastly, maybe now that George has sadly passed the Wham catalog may be given a bit of respect. Best to all for 2017!

  168. eric slangen says:

    I’m still hoping for the Roxy Music box.
    Will 2017 a little cheaper for us musicfans as 2016? I do hope so.

  169. Daryl says:

    I read through this hoping to see somethibg Stonesy. I know we’ve just had the new album, but all seems to have fallen a bit quiet on the ‘From The Vault’ front (especially after so many rumours regarding some No Security/Licks tour releases). Also, a Deluxe Edition of Voodoo Lounge wouldn’t go amiss…

  170. Geert De Wilde says:

    You looked as if you were going to mention the George Harrison vinyl box? Very quiet around that (with the exception of a picture posted by Dhani Harrison of himself)

  171. RD says:

    Jethro Tull – Songs From The Wood. I believe a Steven Wilson remix is due in the first half of 2017. It should be along the lines of the other Tull/SW sets i.e. cds/dvd a in book format.

  172. Tom says:

    I believe the Paul Weller -Self Titled and Wildwood vinyl reissues have been pushed back till March (at least according to one online retailer’s site) .Also,HMV Japan lists 2/10 as the release date for the individual album release of the albums from the “Who Can I Be Now” boxset:Diamond Dogs,Young Americans,and Station To Station.Haven’t seen it listed anywhere else-has anyone seen this on a DIFFERENT website?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      No Weller is definitely 20th Jan. Universal confirmed that with me recently…but not back on amazon UK (with a price) just yet.

      • Martin says:

        I has an email update from Amazon saying eta expected 20/01?

      • Mark Wood says:

        This Weller reissue annoys me because I failed to pick up a copy in November when they first reissued it. Then it was £17.99, the new 2017 version which will be exactly the same will cost £30! How can they justify such a price hike within 2 months. What I would like to have seen from UMC is an audiophile vinyl issue along the lines of MFSL quality then the high price could be justified, in fact I would be prepared to pay more.

  173. Stewart Kerr Brown says:

    Any chance of a list of soundtrack reissues/releases for the year?

  174. I was looking forward the Small Faces Autumn Stone deluxe edition considering it was advertised on the back of a Record Store Day release back in April. I wonder if it will come out in 2017, six years after the first deluxe editions of their albums came out

    • Philip Cohen says:

      There has been much speculation concerning the endlessly postponed “Small Faces-The Autumn Stone” 2-CD set, especially on the IMWAN forum( which I’m not permitted to participate in), so I’m going to explain the reasons why the set is unlikely to ever be released.
      When I compiled the 4-CD boxed set “Small Faces-The Immedate Years”(compiled in 1994; released in 1995), I assumed that “Immediate Records” had a perpetual license (dating to the 1969-70 release of the 2-L.P. set “The Autumn Stone”) to use the Decca recordings of “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”, “My Mind’s Eye”, “Hey Girl” and “Sha La La La Lee”, so I included those songs.(by contrast, Immediate doesn’t need Decca’s permission to use “I Can’t Make It” and “Just Passing”, because they were actually “Immediate” productions, even though they were first issued on a Decca single. After the group moved from Decca to Immediate”, Decca claimed that they were owed one more single, hence they were given non-exclusive us of “I Can’t Make It” and Just Passing”).
      After Charly Records issued “Small Faces-The Immediate Years” in 1995, Universal Music confronted Charly Records over the use of “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”, “My Mind’s Eye”, “Hey Girl” & “Sha La La La Lee”, but Universal backed down after Immediate Records co-founder Tony Calder signed a statement saying that Immediate Records DID have a perpetual license to use the four songs.
      But, this time , Charly Records is trying to avoid potential problems by seeking Universal Music’s permission to use the four Decca songs. Apparently, permission is not forthcoming. At one time, I considered that one possible solution would be to use BBC versions instead of Decca versions. Unfortunately only 3 of the 4 disputed songs exist in BBC versions.
      But, the fact remains that with Charly’s “Here Comes The Nice” 4-CD box and various expanded 2-CD Small Faces album reissues from Universal Music and Charly Records (Plus a CD burner) you can assemble “The Autumn Stone” yourself.
      Charly Records had planned a “50th Anniversary”(2015) “Immediate Records” CD series (I.E. of the label’s other artists, other than “Small Faces”), but it came to nought. Charly Records’ compiler of choice Rob Caiger is very inefficient, focusing as much on elaborate packaging as the music, and he has not delivered a completed project to Charly for more than 2 years. Perhaps, Charly Records has totally lost interest in the “Immediate Records” catalog, though they own all non-UK rights to it. The “Immediate” archival projects that Rob Caiger was trying to complete involved mixing down materials from multitracks; an expense that is abnormal (and perhaps unacceptable) to Charly.
      I was Charly’s compiler of “Immediate Records” recordings in the 1990’s, but, back then Charly didn’t posess any multitracks. I was dubbing from existing CD’s, vinyl, and the small quantity of (Small Faces) copy tapes that Charly held.
      I hope that someday, Charly founder Jean-Luc Young will realise how many years have passed since I last complied “Immediate” recordings. When Jean-Luc and his (long time) secretary met me, I was 36 years old. I am now 60 years old, and it increasingly obvious that Rob Caiger is too inefficiant to bring further “Immediate Records” projects to coimpletion. Time isn’t standing still.

      • Paul Kent says:

        Rob Caiger? *spits* He still owes me 25 quid for a Move Anthology box set that I never received. Countless emails, texts and threats of legal action came to nothing. I gave up in the end.

      • pd says:

        Rob Caiger aside, I did think Decca or possibly the BBC [if they planned to include the 1968 session] might be the obstacle to The Autumn Stone release. I understood however [perhaps incorrectly] that the reissue was done and dusted, as test copies were pressed and had allegedly been heard. If that is correct, then it’s truly galling that the only thing holding up this release is the four least important tracks on it [that can be obtained on any of the billion or so SF compilations on the market, not to mention the recent Decca box].

        Couldn’t they just remove them? I’d rather hear four more alternate takes of ‘Collibosher’ in their place if it meant this thing was finally released and the series was finally complete.

      • MICK TAYLOR says:

        ROB CAIGER: “I’ve just been informed time isn’t standing still! Absolutely it isn’t but some seem people appear stuck in the past…:-)
        Unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island – or not a fan of music – it would have been apparent that Charly Records and its many labels have been busy over these last two years working on a variety of projects, tracking down tapes and previously unreleased material, while conducting a lot of research, compiling, recovering and restoring…
        And – surprise, surprise – we have been releasing albums, singles, concert footage, documentaries, plus various critically acclaimed box sets, the most recent covering Johnny Cash’s career on Sun Records. In fact, the reviews in the UK press this week have been outstanding which has made us very proud…
        The new issue of Shindig! has published an interview with me which I hope gives an idea of what we’ve been attempting to achieve with our releases and the work we have been pioneering with Alchemy Studios and Soundmastering Studios, to name but two.
        We always welcome and encourage debate, constructive criticism and opinion, all of which we take on board. Informed comment and shared knowledgable is also welcome. We try not to be distracted from the work by rumour, speculation and ill-informed comment masquerading and written as fact. But sometimes you have to be distracted…
        Firstly, Philip Cohen is not connected to Charly Records or any of its projects. Nor does he have any contact and he is not privy to any information.
        For Charly (which includes Immediate Records), I’m not a compiler, I’m the label manager and producer. For Immediate, I manage the label globally on behalf of Charly for all territories ex-UK and for BMG for the UK, while liaising with the artists. This ensures simultaneous release across all formats and in all territories.
        The next release will be on June 2nd for the newly remastered and restored ‘Tonite Lets All Make Love In London’ soundtrack, including a limited edition of 1,000 LPs on pink vinyl. It sounds and looks lovely… And there’s a lot more to follow, including ‘The Autumn Stone’, as we work through the anniversary of the “Summer Of Love”….
        To correct the points in Philip Cohen’s posting dated Jan 13, 2017:
        There never have been issues with the Decca material on ‘The Autumn Stone’. You just had to know what the facts were… I briefed Universal when we began the initial Small Faces Remaster series as a joint venture between Charly / Snapper and Universal as to why the situation had originally arose…
        For the last few years, Universal have not been involved in the Small Faces Immediate catalogue, so Philip’s comments regarding so-called permissions are pure speculation. (I liaise with Universal on behalf of Kenney for the Small Faces Decca catalogue and project managed the recent Decca box set and RSD BBC Session LP).
        BMG took over the UK rights for Immediate and I liaise closely with the team there, and as I stated earlier, I project manage each release for the label. There’s been a lot of discussion on a business-to-business level to ensure Immediate runs smoothly globally, which meant we focused on 2017 and the anniversary of the Summer Of Love as our start point, not 2015…
        Note to Phil – you may have been compiling for Charly but I don’t think you were looking too hard in the archive… Charly always had multitracks for the Small Faces – and for many of the Immediate artists. In fact, some of the sessions are incredible, containing a wealth of previously unreleased material.
        Another note to Phil – yes, we are working with multitracks and paying for studio time, so all ok there….:-)
        For surviving master tapes and session reels, you just have to know who to talk to, where to look and when to keep on looking – and not take no for an answer. For the Small Faces, the story of the search for the tapes is detailed in the book that comes with the ‘Here Come The Nice’ box set. Which Philip might want to read… But for all of you that have got the remasters, you’ll notice a vastly improved sound, correct versions and a wealth of previously unreleased material – in contrast to what had come before….
        Finally, thank you to everyone who helped make our releases for Record Store Day 2017 such a success – our 50th anniversary Small Faces picture disc edition of ‘Itchycoo Park’ disappeared quickly from stores, as did the BBC Sessions 2-LP covering the band’s Decca period.
        Rob Caiger..

  175. Simon F says:

    It’s also the 50th anniversary of Velvet Underground & Nico but I think that’s been flogged to death with various reissues, box sets etc over the years so I don’t why I am even bothering to mention it. How about a complete Frank Zappa albums box set collection?

  176. Dean T says:

    Hoping for a quite year for my tastes but will pick up the Dylan set at some point and of course the third Bowie box . Mind you a nice Garbage v2 box is very high on my list as is a Who’s Next,
    Will have to wait and see.
    Keep up the good work Paul and have a great new year.

    • Probablyrustin says:

      The reissue of Garbage’s debut was so disappointing overall that I really hope they took reactions to heart when considering a V2.0 reissue (as in, filling up the second disc with outtakes in addition to b-sides rather than leaving it half empty). I did love that pink vinyl though, so it wasn’t all bad!

  177. Don says:

    I’ve been waiting for that TFF box for ages! I don’t see why they can’t release it around the same time as the new album. a-ha put out a new album (“Cast in Steel”) and the “Hunting High and Low” SDE within a week of each other.

    Looking forward to the PSB Further Listening releases as well. Nightlife and Release already had 2-disc editions with their initial run, so these new releases need to offer some good unreleased material from the vaults. Also, Neil and Chris and Record Company, please keep the format the same with jewel cases, oversize booklets, and outer slipcases. Don’t go the cheap digipak route! :)

  178. Paul Murphy says:

    Bobbing along, we should get the not-exactly-correctly-named ‘Gospel Years’ Bootleg Series from Mr Dylan’s camp later in the year [‘Slow Train Coming’ is more of a Protest album from the eyes of a religious person], although the Rolling Thunder Box [and film] is also finished. Either one will be welcome, as would something new, and by new, not Sinatra-new [I’d hate to think the closing song on Bob’s writing career would be the less-than-excellent ‘Roll On John’].
    I think I’ve spent the last three years occasionally wishing on this wonderful site that someone incharge of the vaults of the following would release:
    A Bliss anthology
    A Vinegar Joe Box Set
    A ‘Captain Fantastic’ Box Set
    The ARMS Concerts
    ….stay tuned for my asking the same in the first week of 2018…

    • Stephen says:

      Thanks, Paul, for the comprehensive round-up.

      @PaulMurphy: Can’t wait for the next Bootleg Series. I am also hopeful for further archive trawling in the style of the 1966 concerts box. They have opened the floodgates with this and I can’t see them being closed now.

  179. Superharry says:

    The Purple Rain DeLuxe is done: Prince did the remastering of the original album himself (as the initial plan was to re-release it for the 30th anniversary in 2014) and handed it over to Warner. Release will be somewhere between April and summer.

  180. Charles Hodgson says:

    Buzzcocks “Mk.1” (“Spiral Scratch” / “Times Up”) Box Set out on Domino on 10 March 2017 (Ltd 1,000 copies). Looks beautiful, but no previously unreleased tracks. I’ve pre-ordered a copy anyway as a birthday present to me!

    Re: Bowie Box #3 – aside from “Scary Monsters”, I’d also like to see it include the underrated “Baal” EP. Didn’t he record that in Berlin too? Also, maybe the superior Moroder version of “Cat People” on “Re-Call”?

    Hoping for more Alex Chilton (post “Third/Sister Lovers” – pre- “Feudalist Tarts”-era anthologised comprehensively and meticulously?).

    More Lou Reed / VU would also be good. Reed / Cale archives need to be perused.

    And more Dylan / Van Morrison. And the Roxy Music Super Deluxe’s.

    And the original Subway Sect “Lost” 1978 Punk Album. (Love that I can put “Lost” in quotes now.) The master tapes were recently found in Joe Strummer’s archive, and I understand they are now in Vic Godard’s possession (though he has threatened to burn them Malcolm MacLaren’s-son-style, which I really hope is just a joke!). From what I have heard from poor quality cassette tapes, and the SS “1978 Now” re-recordings, this could well be the greatest first-generation UK punk album bar-none. And I include “Never Mind The Bollocks”, “Pink Flag”, “Time’s Up”, and the 1st Damned and Clash LP’s in that estimation. (All of which I love btw.)

  181. David Eaves says:

    Did you never get a reply from Macca re the missing Flowers disc?

  182. Le Baron says:

    Thanks Paul.
    Looking forward, after Return to Ommadawn next week, to hear news about the next two Mike Oldfield’s Deluxe reissues (Islands and Earth Moving), hopefully later in 2017.
    As Oldfield announced himself being currently working on Tubular Bells 4 virtual reality project (but not before 2018), this should leave space for more reissues before Christmas.
    Also heard about EMI/Warner willing to reissue 8 x Marillion EMI-Era albums as deluxe (CD/LP) sets in 2017.
    Cheers ! :)

  183. negative1 says:

    to bad about the pet shop boys please SDE, was hoping something would come out. not really interested in the latter albums. same with tears for fears, looking towards the new album, not really interested in seeds of love.

    looks like last year was the best in releases. this year seems like it will be pretty quiet, and
    not have as many good releases.


  184. fredpostman says:

    Later in the year there must be a 7 inch picture disc for Bowie’s ‘Be My Wife’ which i can never understand flopped [though the charts at that time did have a top 50 and next 10 breakers chart[which the single was listed in].

  185. Paul Rymer says:

    David Sylvian & Japan reissues on hybrid SACD on Universal, so far only on sale in Hong Kong but other countries maybe releasing them soon.

    Any definite news of David Sylvian’s new album and back catalogue work with Universal?

  186. Simon says:

    Appetite For Destruction is 30 this year. Never been remastered as yet.

  187. Paolo says:

    Hi Paul, thanks for this preview, very interesting as always. Some time ago I’ve sent you an e-mail regarding the possibility to launch a kind of “poll” about albums that people may want to be re-mastered and expanded, but I haven’t received a reply. What do you think of it?

  188. Aaron says:

    fingers crossed for more Anthony Phillips & Tony Banks reissues.

    I heard that here might also be some sort of Phil Collins Collaborations/Produced By.. set out also – he mentioned they were working on it in an interview last year.

  189. James says:

    I definitely agree with the above post about Lilac Time and Secrets of the Beehive! Just to let others know that Pledgemusic are running a campaign right now for a 6-CD box set reissue of the first four albums by Kitchens of Distinction.

    • DJ Salinger says:

      That is good news… KOD are yet another great band that sadly lurks forever in the margins. And ‘Mad As Snow’: was there ever a track more worthy of a ‘sonic cathedral of sound’ award? Love it. It’s only flaw is that at 8.5 minutes, it’s still not long enough.

      Meanwhile, more hopes and idle speculation:

      China Crisis – the first four LPs are beyond long overdue but may finally see the light of day if Gary Daley’s recent comments on tour are anything to go by. At the very least we could see a double-disc ‘Difficult Shapes’ in 2017.

      Animals That Swim – looks like ‘Workshy’ is finally being reissued in 2017 but I dream of a bigger prize; ‘I Was The King..’ really is a ’90s lost classic that deserves the Lazarus treatment. A sort of missing link between Pulp and Blur, and lyrics that touch the funny, fantastic and forlorn. Often in the same line.

      Tom Waits back catalogue remasters on CD – yeah, right. How likely is this from another artist Who Never Looks Back? File it with the Kate Bush remasters fantasy.

      PJ Harvey – double-disc editions at the very least would be welcome… lots of b-sides and live tracks to mop up, and what about all that live material, vids etc for DVD/Bluray discs?

      American Music Club – a bevvy of long neglected classics from the early/mid ’90s that could benefit from more expansive treatment/packaging than the originals. For a while there few could touch Eitzel as a songwriter but rarely has a career been so effectively and consistently self-sabotaged live on stage, bless ‘im.

      Julian Cope’s ‘My Nation Underground’ – he may consider it the runt of the litter in his ’80s output, but his dalliance with cross-eyed soul has some fine pop moments. Come on Julian, have a heart.

      The The – any of the mythical ”lost” albums from the Johnson vaults e.g. ‘Pornography of Despair’. Matt did mention the idea of a box set at one point… and still nothing. Not going to happen is it? Same time next year, then.

      OMD – ‘Crush’. Because it remains a mortal pop weakness for me and if they can do it for ‘Junk Culture’ they can certainly do the honours with this one. Hopefully without any cock-ups this time.

      XTC – ‘Black Sea’, ‘English Settlement’, ‘Mummer’, ‘Big Express’, ‘AV I’ & ‘II’… aw, you know. Any of them. All of ’em. It’s an ongoing tragedy that they’re no longer making music together but what a legacy they left us. Oh, and what about that second helping of rag n’ bone buffet too, Andy?

      Edwyn Collins – solo years box set. Whatever happened to that?

      New Order – deluxe remasters. Only this time, done properly. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  190. Aaron says:

    some more Status Quo expanded sets out in January (20th I think)

    The Party Ain’t Over Yet
    Under The Influence
    Don’t Stop

  191. Chris Squires says:

    So obscure but it will be the 30th Anniversary of “The Lilac Time” on Swordfish records. It would be nice if something could be done with that. It would also be good if Virgin could do something with Tin Drum / Gentlemen Take Polaroids along the lines of the Adolescent Sex / Obscure Alternatives (Vinyl versions) and as it is also the 30th Anniversary of Secrets of the Beehive….

    • Trash says:

      @Chris Squires – The Lilac Time and Japan/Sylvian, you are obviously a man of taste sir!

      Unfortunately I very much doubt if any of those artists will get some reissue or Superdeluxe love anytime soon. Would love to be proved wrong though…

    • Paul W says:

      Chris – there surely can’t be any Duffy rarities that you don’t already have! Something commemorating the Swordfish album would be nice though, but I think I read that the 2006 reissues sold in ridiculously low numbers. I seem to recall that the initial sales of each of the three titles they did was just over 100 copies, but I could be mistaken. This probably explains why we’ve never had a Dr Calculus reissue. In fact, I think the only Because We Love You CD is the Japanese version. I really can’t see anything changing on those titles though.

      I’ve just mentioned on the Chris Difford thread the similarities between his solo albums and Duffy’s work, so if you’ve never heard any of Difford’s solo albums do check them out.

      • Chris Squires says:

        Hi Paul W… And there is the problem in a nutshell, just because a few guys here would love something to happen…we are a skewed market and in all likelihood it would only be a couple of hundred copies (Worldwide?). I would love a Swordfish version re-issue on Vinyl with the b-sides and some live stuff, but as you say it just (probably) wouldn’t shift in the kind of numbers to make it viable even if the lawyers could agree to it.

        (Filed away under “shameful past”) Funnily enough 15 years ago I made a series of Lilac Time / Stephen “TinTin” Duffy / Duffy era 2 CD rarities sets and 2 disc DVD and they shifted / sold / gave away hundreds of copies and even gracenote recognizes them. But as Paul S. shows when a fan does something and gives the punters what they want it is better than when a label or an artist does it (not all artists obviously) even given the fact that I didn’t have to worry about cross label permission and the legal issues. I even gave a copy to a very well known journalist (married to another well known music journalist) who wanted a copy for Stephen’s own Birthday Party as the labels couldn’t do anything as he had so many labels to deal with.

        Just about any long term fan of any group will have something in their possession that a company could never put out. A 5 hour Lilac Time DVD, a 5 hour Kate Bush TV anthology, a 5 hour Japan / Sylvian DVD set. Ah the good old days….

        • Mike M says:

          Hi Chris, I have heard about the fabulous Lilac Time / Duffy rarities and DVD set and have searched for them online on many occasions but to little avail…. Now I find the author!! Any chance of a pointer to how I might obtain them? Thanks

          • Larry Davis says:

            Hey I too am kinda interested in that Duffy stuff too…getting more into it lately with his Duran Duran connection, dr calculus and lilac time…collabs with Stephen page and barenaked ladies, etc…

          • Chris Squires says:

            Sorry for the delay in response, kinda forgot about the thread.

            Unfortunately I don’t have ANY of the Duffy / Lilac discs I made. Trading standards authority had a clampdown and I lost everything on my drives, which got confiscated, losing in the process a massive Oldfield / Japan / Sylvian / John Martyn / Julia Fordham rarities archive at the same time.

            Fair enough I suppose, I deserved a good kicking / telling off. I wasn’t doing it for profit and only got away with a slapped wrist because I could prove I had given ALL of the profits (and more) to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital *before* they came a knockin’, fortunately I had saved the “Thank You” letter. Still, I know it wasn’t right…..

            The Lilac DVD / VHS set is listed on discogs and it was absolutely immense, as I say, 5 hours of just about everything ever broadcast or recorded by fans. There was a full concert in a music shop in Bromyard which is the most beautiful thing ever. Sadly all gone, a REAL loss..

  192. HDN says:

    Thanks a lot for the outlook.
    Unfortunately no news about further Van Morrison re-releases so far.

  193. Simon Taylor says:

    The 4 items I want/wanted are Cream – Fresh Cream SDE, Dylan Bootleg 1-3 on vinyl, Singles OST triple vinyl and Chris Wood box set. I preordered all but 3 box set releases over 2 weeks is way too costly, I’ve cancelled the Cream box (too much repetition in the tracks, I’ve owned all the Clapton Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions up to now but pickings too slim on that set for me, buying the BBC sessions again doesn’t impress either,) but Chris Wood is must-have as its limited edition, Dylan vinyl too. Quite pleased that Singles vinyl has been delayed. My wallet is thankful for that.

  194. David says:

    Thanks Paul for all these updates,I’ll be looking out for pet shop boys especially.

  195. Norrie MacLean says:

    Some nice things to look forward to there and I am curious at to what “extra” lp’s could be in the next Bowie Box. I will like many be a bit disappointed if Monsters is not in it.
    I wonder if the next set of Springsteen re-masters will be issued this coming year. Or perhaps a BIUSA Box set.
    Final musing – any sign of anything being done with Blood On The Tracks?

    • richie says:

      The next Bootleg Series is going to be from the religious period. Blood On The Tracks should follow that. I am wrong at times.

      • Ben Williams says:

        Gospel Years definitely the next Bootleg Series release and Blood On The Tracks set has been created, but its TBC on a release date ;)

  196. Bryce says:

    I’ve heard tell of an expanded reissue of Elliott Smith’s “Either/Or” for March.

  197. Paolo Meccano says:

    Regarding Bowie, this year is the 50th anniversary of his debut album, so I’d be surprised if that wasn’t re-issued. The 40th ‘Deluxe Edition’ was about as comprehensive as anyone could wish for, but didn’t feature any outtakes, so there’s certainly scope for an expanded release *fingers crossed*

    • paolo says:

      To be honest there’s no need of an “improved” version, the 2010 deluxe is more than enough. But I wouldn’t be surprised if a 50th anniversary edition would turn up, seeing how they are heavily milking Bowie’s back catalogue.

  198. Ilia says:

    Looking forward to Automatic For The People – One of all time favorites

  199. Nubben says:

    Whatever happened to those a Living In a Box reissues?

    Anyone with a scoop?

  200. spot says:

    Metallica are also continuing their Super Deluxe Reissues, next one will be Master Of Puppets. No release date yet, but most probably 1st half of 2017, followed by one or two more in the fall.

    And Universal will reissue Nirvana’s Incesticide as 2LP in january.

  201. Ben Williams says:

    I think McCartney will have a new album out in October.

  202. HS says:

    Thanks for this Paul. I will buy any re-issues from Pet Shop Boys and Prince, as well as LWP by George Michael. I agree that a Wham rarities set would be most welcomed.

    Speaking of Prince though: what is up with the vinyl re-issues? Lovesexy, Batman and others were supposed to be out late last year. I tried to order two of them when they were listed as coming out on December 31st but Amazon just says they are out of stock…

    • Jamie says:

      I had the same problem with Sign O The Times. It kept getting pushed back and finally Amazon never really had a U.S. release date that I could find. But other dealers had it as a preorder and it was finally released. Batman is frustrating me because it is going through the same process now. Nowhere to be found on Amazon, but other sites have it listed as a pending preorder. So keep checking, it will likely be available the first half of this year.

      • HS says:

        Thanks Jamie – it is weird, now I cant find any mention of forthcoming Prince vinyl on Amazon US (there were previously some 2017 dates on there) – and in Germany and UK it says that Lovesexy and Batman were released late last year (but never came in stock, as far as I know). According to Amazon UK Diamonds and Pearls and Graffiti Bridge were also released before Christmas but I don’t think they ever actually came out…

  203. James says:

    As always I very much look forward to the next Bowie box (and I agree that “Scary Monsters” should be in it but I suspect they will put it in the 80’s box) and I hope the next Tears For Fears comes out as well. However to me, the most interesting of the bunch is Prince. It will be interesting to see how his catalogue will be handled and the first release, whatever it ends up being, is going to be pivotal for his future releases. Do they start with Purple Rain because it is (arguably) his most famous or to they start from the beginning and start working their way through with a standardized schedule? How the most famous music ‘vault’ is handled will have repercussions for all future reissues by all artists. Lastly, I hope that Billy Corgan settles his legal issues and The Smashing Pumpkins reissues continue with “Machina”. The products he has produced so far have been exemplary.

    • paolo says:

      I’ve given up on that ‘Machina’ reissue. It might happen something like NIN’s ‘The Fragile’, Trent Reznor said for years that a deluxe reissue was ready and eventually he only delivered it on a limited edition vinyl format, no CD. For people who doesn’t do vinyl there’s only the digital option to get your hands on the remastered album and all extras. That kind of sucks, especially if you collected all the previous albums deluxe versions like me, for both Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails.

  204. Jose says:

    Any word on more Duran Duran re-issue/box sets? I was hoping for “The Wedding Album” to get the super deluxe treatment. Amazing album!

  205. Foxee says:

    I’m sure we can finally anticipate the deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango in the Night’ this year too. I read somewhere that liner notes had already been drafted for an upcoming deluxe reissue………… Anyway, it’s next in line after the ‘Mirage’ reissue this year, so it must be a pretty safe bet.

    And if we’re really lucky the Stevie Nicks deluxe editions will continue with ‘Rock a Little’.

  206. Tim-Meh says:

    The Singles sountrack reissue has been pushed by until May by the way.

  207. Kevin says:

    I agree with you about the Scary Monsters inclusion. Being that it was originally affiliated with RCA instead of EMI gives me hope. Plus, it sounds like the end of the seventies as opposed to the beginning of the eighties, it fits with the Berlin trilogy. Also, I think starting the fourth box with Let’s Dance will appeal to the next demographic of fans, generationally.

    Fingers crossed, but braced for disappointment.

  208. Peter Nicholas says:

    Thanks for the update Paul, some good things to look forward to in the next few months.

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