SDE Reissue Preview for 2018

It’s tradition here at SDE to take a peak into the future and examine what the next 12 months might hold for music fans who enjoy reissues and box sets.

On the face of it, re-releasing an old album or some kind of box set might seem straight forward – record company owns music, record company releases music – but in reality these releases are a tricky business, with many, many parties often involved in the process, including the artist, lawyers, disgruntled ex-band members, record label, managers (sometimes more than one), accountants, PR firms and management companies that have their own strategy about what their artist should be doing. Another shadowy figure plays a part too, especially in recent times; I refer, of course, to the Grim Reaper…

On a whim, a box set can be redefined, reshaped (not literally, although that might have happened to Screamadelica), diluted, or even cancelled because someone is not happy, for some reason or another. Box sets project often tweak the nose of schedules and drop ice cubes down the vest of fan expectations. Let’s not forget that it’s taken five years for the Roxy Music box to move from its ‘chrysalis’ stage and take flight and  – whisper it –  I was working on Tears For FearsThe Seeds Of Love super deluxe in late 2014!

So while it’s fair game to constructively criticise these releases once they emerge, the fact that they exist at all is normally something worth celebrating (normally). What follows – SPOILER ALERT – is a look at reissues-yet-to-come. Both confirmed releases for the early part of 2018 and then a look at what is likely to happen or what might happen later on. Enjoy!


Five years ago Warners kicked off their Fleetwood Mac reissue campaign with Rumours and since then we’ve enjoyed super deluxe editions of Tusk, Mirage and Tango in the Night (plus associated RSD specials). The label are now going back to 1975 and will reissue the Fleetwood Mac album, completing all the studio albums that feature all members of the current line-up.

Propaganda‘s A Secret Wish will be reissued this month (look out for SDE interviews with both Stephen Lipson and Claudia Brücken) and that delayed Ten Years After box should finally be released.

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

Roxy Music's 1972 debut to be reissued four-disc 45th anniversary super deluxe edition


The long awaited and now mildly controversial Roxy Music box is reissued in Feb. The price is still the biggest talking point along with the use of the 1999 remaster (not rated amongst aficionados) but there are a lot of positives: early demos, BBC sessions, and Steven Wilson’s 5.1 mix and what looks like an amazing book.

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

MARCH 2018

Pet Shop Boys continue with their ‘Catalogue’ reissue campaign, this month with Please, Actually and Introspective. Presumably they will also re-reissue Behaviour, Very and Bilingual later in the year. These ‘Further Listening’ reissues have been good, but because the PSBs passed up the opportunity to issue a 30th anniversary Please box set, I really feel the future looks bleak in terms of back catalogue and box sets. One ‘Catalogue’ is finished, that will be it for ages.

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


The rumours are that Apple and Universal will reissue a 50th anniversary edition of ‘The Beatles‘ aka The White Album this year. The 50th anniversary is in November so if this happens, it won’t be a summer release like last year’s Sgt. Pepper. Expect ‘Esher demos’, outtakes and more, although a 5.1 mix of the entire double album doesn’t seem very likely…

Talking of the Fab Four, late last year when asked of his plans for for this year, Paul McCartney told fans: “I’ll probably be putting out a new album.” Good news, although whether that means there won’t be a archive collection reissue is unknown. In 2013, Paul’s last studio album New was issued in October and Wings Over America was reissued in May of that same year. SDE would like to see a similar timeline this year, although Paul won’t want either a new album or a reissue to clash with any Beatles product. I would personally love Wild Life, London Town or Back To The Egg, but I’m expecting 1997’s Flaming Pie to be the next reissue, although that’s gut instinct more than anything else. It’s only 20 years old and therefore lacks some of the ‘mystery’ of those much earlier album. I do wish Macca would put the 1970s ‘to bed’ in terms of his archive reissues. The other album outstanding from that decade is Red Rose Speedway.

David Bowie‘s official twitter feed hinted at a Let’s Dance related Bowie product on Christmas Day but yesterday we saw that this relates to a digital only release of the original demo to Let’s Dance. A full blown reissue of the 1983 album would never have tied in with Parlophone’s strategy and we aren’t expecting anything this year. Here at SDE we are expecting a fourth box set (in the series that started with 2015’s Five Years) to feature a remastered Let’s Dance and relevant bonus tracks to be included within that on Re:Call 4. The box will probably include Let’s Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down, the Labyrinth soundtrack and other associated work (Absolute Beginners, When The Wind Blows etc) with an outside chance of the first Tin Machine album. That would by ‘tidy’ if nothing else. There are loads of remixes in the 1980s and not all of them good. Someone will be sweating over decisions about the merits of ‘Vocal Dance’ mixes and ‘Extended Dub’ mixes. Any hint of never-been-on-CD omissions and you can bet fans will be up in arms. A box celebrating the 1980s shouldn’t be coy about remixes.

Eurythmics recently failed in their bid to be accepted as 2018 inductees in the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’, but at least there seems to be a thawing of relations with Sony, which has resulted in band-approved reissues of all their studio albums (except Nineteen-Eighty Four) on 180g vinyl. Not really what fans want, but a step in the right direction, I suppose. I’d be amazed if the band and label managed to agree on and deliver a box set this year, but if they were going to do it, then 2018 would be a good one because 35 years ago both the Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) and Touch albums were issued.

Any good reissue sleuth looks at anniversaries as a place to start when looking at what might be re-released in the next 12 months. 2018 is of course the 25th anniversary year for anything issued in 1993. Albums SDE loves that were put out in that year include INXSFull Moon, Dirty Hearts, Suede‘s debut, Terence Trent D’Arby‘s Symphony or Damn, The The‘s Dusk and Duran Duran’s The Wedding Album (technically called Duran Duran).

Actually, let’s talk about Duran Duran. This year is the 40th anniversary of the formation of the band, which is interesting… In terms of reissues, an expanded Wedding Album would be surely very well received; this was apparently on the cards a few years ago, but nothing came of it. Despite a decent 2009 deluxe, I actually think a big super deluxe of Rio or Seven and the Ragged Tiger (35th anniversary for the latter) is more likely, but everything depends on the health of the band’s relationship with Warners who own most of their back catalogue (and indeed put out 2015’s Paper Gods). Duran Duran seem far more focussed on touring and new albums these days than looking back and all has been quiet on the reissue front since 2010, when Big Thing (30th anniversary this year) was re-released. To put that into perspective, Paul McCartney has delivered 10 studio albums (and one live album) in the same period. Nine DD albums have been released since Big Thing and none of them been reissued and expanded (I’m not counting special editions near to the time of release, such as The Wedding Album 2CD). Even the career rejuvenating Astronaut (which feels relatively recent) is already almost 14 years old! The band can’t blame label politics for the non-appearance of some of their output. They own 1997’s Medazzaland outright, for example, and continue to do nothing with it. That wouldn’t even be a ‘reissue’ in the UK since it was never released here in the first place!

Although The Red Shoes is 25 this year, Kate Bush‘s The Kick Inside is 40 years old, which is a much bigger deal. One wonders whether Kate will finally relent and allow one of her studio albums to be remastered, expanded and repackaged for an anniversary super deluxe edition (go on Kate, you know you want to!). The album contains her only UK number one, Wuthering Heights (issued 40 years ago last Saturday) and despite later experimentation, The Kick Inside remains a remarkable record. The Man With The Child In His Eyes was recorded three years before the album was released (in 1975) when Kate was only 16. Amazing. A reissue feels very unlikely, but then if you’d suggested in January 2014 that Kate might perform live during that year, you’d have been laughed at.

Tears For Fears confirm UK stage return in support of new album

The situation with Tears For Fears isn’t dissimilar to Paul McCartney. There’s the much anticipated reissue of The Seeds of Love waiting in the wings and the small matter of a new album in the can, which is also backstage, ready to make an entrance. Between them, band, management and label need to work out strategies and priorities before we see anything more. The good news is that with a 2018 tour already committed to, they are surely going to have to release something. Or maybe not. My prediction, if you want it, is that the album that is supposed to be delivered around May will end up being pushed back to later this year and the Seeds of Love reissue [for which I wrote the sleeve notes in 2015!] will go back until 2019 – the 30th anniversary year. I hope I’m wrong, but we shall see.

Time and Again: The Ultimate a-haa-ha fans can’t really complain about a lack of activity in recent times. In 2015 we had surprise comeback album Cast In Steel and three truly fabulous reissues of Stay On These Roads, East of the Sun West of the Moon and Memorial Beach. 2016 saw the release of the two-disc Ultimate a-ha: Time and Again compilation and last year we had both the MTV Unplugged and the Waaktaar & Zoe album. Next up should be reissues of Minor Earth Major Sky (2000) and Lifelines (2002) which will hopefully hit ‘the shops’ in the next 12 months.

Bye, George. SDE reflects on the career and achievements of George Michael

George Michael‘s Listen Without Prejudice reissue was a big success last year, reaching number one in the UK album charts and the Freedom film was, in the end, a fantastic promotional tool. Of course it’s very sad that George is no longer with us but fans will want to know what the future brings in terms of his back catalogue. In a recent interview feature, UK industry publication Music Week stated that Sony and David Austin (George’s friend/manager) want the LWP project to “kickstart a 10-15 year plan that will secure Michael’s legacy in the same way Warner has with David Bowie.” That’s an interesting idea, but unlike Bowie, George Michael wasn’t massively prolific. In David Bowie’s first 50 years he released 22 studio albums. In the same time period George put out seven, including the two Wham! albums and his solo output. Warners squeezed a 13LP vinyl box from three of David’s albums (Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station to Station) but, with the best will in the world, can you imagine a 13LP vinyl box that contains Fantastic, Make It Big and The Final? Whatever product does emerge, I don’t see much happening this year, to be honest, and David Austin seems to be the man in control. He told Music Week: “There is a strategy there. It’s a long-term game. It’s not like we’re going to go out and make new records, I hate that kind of stuff.”

Lloyd Cole has said that he is looking to deliver a vinyl box set at some point in 2018. It’s not yet known whether this will be a Commotions package or his solo work. Previously he’d mentioned that Universal didn’t want to do it, so this might get licensed to a third party. The Small Faces‘ posthumous The Autumn Stone double album looks likely to be reissued in the next 12 months and granted it’s not a reissue, but we can expect a new Bruce Springsteen album which is, in The Boss’ words “influenced by Southern California pop music of the ’70s.”. It would be nice if he’d issue a Born in the USA box set! Those Cardigans vinyl reissues mentioned late last year didn’t appear in 2017 so hopefully they’ll make an appearance in 2018, and as a follow-up to the Sam Brown box, expect an SDE-curated four-CD set featuring a 1980’s pop act around May/June time!

ABBA didn’t release a studio album in 1978, but a 40th anniversary half-speed master (with associated seven-inch box set and seven-inch picture discs) of 1979’s Voulez Vous is almost certainly in the schedule for next year. It’s hard to see what could be released this year – surely Universal wouldn’t have the balls to put out another variation of ABBA Gold!

Shirley Manson wears the album cover to Garbage’s Version 2.0

Garbage have already announced live shows in London in September under the banner Version 2.0: 20 Years Paranoid which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1998 album. That does rather suggest that they will reissue the album, as they did in 2015 for their debut. I love this ‘sophomore’ long-player, but please Garbage… no more ‘digital only’ super deluxe editions.

Let’s speculate a bit more… Eric Clapton‘s Backless is 40 years old in 2018 and hasn’t been reissued before, and some are expecting a Blood on the Tracks-related Bob Dylan box set in the last quarter of this year. The Rolling Stones have already put out a box set of 1978’s Some Girls, but could the 35 year old Undercover (produced with Chris Kimsey) be a contender, for re-release. Perhaps a long shot since Mick doesn’t necessarily speak fondly of the album. The Who are never shy about reissuing their back catalogue and 1978’s Who Are You does sit on the anniversary ley line, although Who’s Next from ’71 would have more commercial appeal as a super deluxe edition. Cherry Red bought Howard Jones‘ catalogue from Warners last year. After last year’s inaugural Best 1983-2017 we are bound to see some further activity in the near future, since they didn’t spend that cash for nothing. Elton John‘s 1970s output is box set light, and even when Universal did issue Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as a super deluxe edition in 2014, it was a bit of a mixed bag (“Miguel, featuring Wale” covering Bennie and the Jets, anyone?).

There’s probably some sets I’ve forgotten and as always, there will inevitably be plenty of releases that will come as if from nowhere, to surprise, delight and maybe disappoint us along the way. That’s part of the fun. Enjoy expanding your physical music collection in 2018 and I will look forward to your company.

Paul Sinclair. Editor, SuperDeluxeEdition.com.

Know about any box sets happening this year? Leave a comment with the details

452 responses to SDE Reissue Preview for 2018

  1. Carl Ewens says:

    Kate Bush ‘The Kick Inside’ plus disc of live tracks by KT Bush Band & ‘The Phoenix Demos’.
    Bob Dylan ‘Blood On The Tracks’ plus early version and all mixes/versions.
    David Bowie: ‘Let’s Dance’ to ‘Tin Machine 2’ (just Bowie’s soundtracks songs from Labyrinth and Absolute Beginners not the whole albums) etc
    That’ll do nicely…

  2. Robert DuPont says:

    I avoid reissues of common , popular albums. Fleetwood Mac, it’s nice , but an original pressing in clean shape will sound better, since it’s all analog mastering. And it won’t cost much.
    I won’t be awaiting the Beatles White Album really either. They used eight track by then, the original George Martin mixes are fine. I don’t need Giles Martin to muck it up. The Esher demos are fun, but if they aren’t complete, what’s the point? All Analog mastering , no shortcuts.

    If I buy reissues, it will be because original vinyl is scarce, or never issued on vinyl. I got the Crowded House back catalog, Woodface, Together Alone, Afterglow, Time on Earth, either no vinyl or bad original vinyl. They sound good , even if sourced from digital, well-pressed. The first two are common, bought Intriguer the first time…

    I tended to like artists nineties and beyond that were, shall we say, mainstream but less popular to the general public. Sam Phillips, Maria McKee, Patty Griffin, that sort of thing. Bettie Serveerts Palomine is a real gem. Richard Thompson.

    Add my vote for Kate Bush Aerial and Red Shoes. I have most of the others, need Lionheart with clean artwork and I am seeking Sensual World UK vinyl.

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  4. Matt Thurston says:

    Would also love to see all six Aztec Camera albums released as a vinyl box set.

  5. Matt Thurston says:

    Would love a Lloyd Cole vinyl box set of his solo records. And the Commotions stuff too.

    Also, YES! to a The The Dusk vinyl re-issue or box set.

  6. Lk4605 says:

    In march…Procol Harum box set “Still there be more..”

  7. Andy B says:

    Can we get a list going on 2017 anniversary albums that never happened? Today, I was listening to 10000 Maniacs’ “In My Tribe,” one of my favorite albums of all time, and realized that it turned 30 last year. One of my formative evenings was seeing them open for R.E.M. at the Philadelphia Spectrum (RIP). After the concert, I couldn’t find it on CD anywhere, so I had to buy it on vinyl. Played it to death and, in the process, fell in love with Natalie Merchant. (My high school girlfriend was SO jealous.) Thanks to info provided by SDE, I purchased Natalie’s “Collection” and realized that I have missed so much of her output over the years. Fell in love again (my wife is SO jealous). Anyone know Natalie’s phone #?

    • Chris Squires says:

      I’ll start you off with The Lilac Time self titled on Swordfish Records and Secrets of the Beehive by David Sylvian. Two of the most beautiful LPs ever pressed. There is nothing worse than comfortable Pop stars and artists who don’t need the cash and are well rounded individuals who have a mature view of the World. I prefer mine to be grasping and desperate willing to release their barrel scrapings. We need to start introducing these people to Leonard Cohen’s accountant. That’ll shift the buggers out of Cornwall and into the printers.

      • Andy B says:

        Love The Lilac Time. I think the first record came out in 1988 in the U.S. The 2 disc Stephen Duffy compilation, Memory & Desire, is an excellent overview of his output. Wish I could find the film.

  8. Nancy says:

    Albums turning 10 years in 2018:

    Radiohead – In Rainbows
    Adele – 19
    Jack Johnson – Sleep Through The Static
    Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
    Mary J. Blige – Growing Pains
    Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
    Duffy – Rockferry
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig Lazarus Dig
    OneRepublic – Dreaming Out Loud
    MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
    Muse – HAARP
    Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
    Foals – Antidotes
    Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely
    Courteeners – St Jude
    James – Hey Ma
    Kooks – Konk
    Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
    Madonna – Hard Candy
    Portishead – Third
    Pendulum – In Silico
    Ting Tings – We Started Nothing
    Paul Weller – 22 Dreams
    Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
    Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
    Primal Scream – Beautiful Future
    Verve – Forth
    Metallica – Death Magnetic
    Glasvegas – Glasvegas
    Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
    Katy Perry – One Of The Boys
    TV On The Radio – Dear Science
    James Morrison – Songs For You Truths For Me
    Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
    Keane – Perfect Symmetry
    AC/DC – Black Ice
    Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads
    John Legend – Evolver
    Bloc Party – Intimacy
    P!nk – Funhouse
    Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns
    Girls Aloud – Out Of Control
    Killers – Day And Age
    Kanye West – 808s And Heartbreak
    Take That – The Circus
    Presets – Apocalypso
    Mylene Farmer – Point de suture

    • probablyrustin says:

      I’ll be honest, I’m very skeptical of anniversary reissues a mere ten years after release. Barring certain situations (say a limited availability when first available), it’s just too soon. Most of the albums you list are way too recent in the collective consciousness to warrant revisiting.

      • Nancy says:

        Probablyrustin, that’s all correct what you’re saying. But as I did lists of albums turning 10 years in my previous annual SDE previews (2015, 2016 and 2017), I thought not to miss it off this year as well. So I did it.
        Some albums got their 10th anniversary reissues – Manic Street Preachers’ “Send Away The Tigers” from 2007 which was reissued last year, for instance.

        • Andy B says:

          Thank you, Nancy.

          10 years used to seem so, so long ago. Now, I have albums from 10 years ago that I still haven’t got around to playing! (Radiohead being one.) Time moves faster the older one gets.

          • Nancy says:

            You’re welcome, Andy B.

            Although the number of albums getting 10th anniversary treatments is the smallest among all the anniversary reissues, 10 years indeed is a huge time span too. It’s just the older we get time moves faster and we don’t feel passing of time as slow as we used to when we were young(er). And you were absolutely right about that.
            I have albums about 10 years old in my collection I still haven’t got around to playing as well. I guess they still haven’t hit me to enjoy them the way they should be enjoyed. Still too recent? Maybe. I don’t know. I’ll see what the future brings on that question.

  9. Simon says:

    Vangelis – The Atlantic / EastWest / WEA Recordings 1990 -1998. All labels are under the Warner Music Group.

    To be Remastered and Supervised by Vangelis and presented with the same taste and quality. As he did for The Delectus Box Set of 2017.

    The Albums

    The City (1990)
    1492 : Conquest of Paradise – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1992)
    Blade Runner (1994). Although already remastered and included in The Blade Runner Trilogy (2007) as Disc One of Three.
    Voices (1995)
    Oceanic (1996)
    El Greco (1998)

    Also to Remastered and Supervised by Vangelis two albums now on the CAM / Sugar Label; Le Fete Sauvage (1972) and Ignacio ( Entends-Tu Les Chiens Aboyer ? / Can You Hear The Dogs Barking?) (1975).

    Although I have all these albums and the quality of the sound is still good. It would be nice to have these albums reissued and remastered to get the sound quality up to todays standards.

    • Simon says:

      CORRECTION : To My Original Post above Blade Runner (1994) was Reissued NOT Remastered for The Blade Runner Trilogy (2007) as Disc One of Three.

  10. Shawn says:

    Can’t wait for the Seeds of Love reissue. I’m also really looking forward to the 80s David Bowie reissue, though I’m probably a minority there. I love Let’s Dance and even Never Let Me Down had the fantastic “Time Will Crawl.” I’m also purchasing the Pet Shop Boys reissues even though I bought them the first time around – I wish the Boys had done new liner notes, preferably with a booklet containing the old liner notes and the new comments. They don’t seem to be in agreement with these older reissues, so I assume that didn’t happen. I’ll also be onboard for the a-ha reissues.

    Paul, Toto have hinted at big plans for their 40th anniversary, with reissues of their back catalogue. It’s my understanding that it kicks off with the greatest hits collection 40 Trips Around the Sun this month. Any news on the reissues?

  11. Simon Baxendale says:

    Great article Paul. What’s your views on something coming out from Led Zeppelin? 50 years since the first album and I get the impression something might be in the works….

  12. Mat says:

    Any news on a SDE of Cream’s Disraeli Gears followup of last year Fresh Cream 4-discs?

  13. DaveM says:

    Here is my wish list:
    The Beatles – White album – hope it is true that this will appear, but will be a bit miffed if the mono version is included as I (like many others) have the mono box. Would rather see a Giles Martin remix on the first two discs and then Esher demos across the rest. I have heard about two discs worth on a bootleg (one of the only decent sounding BLs I ever bought) and they were stunning. A DVD documentary would also be welcome.
    Elton John – 17/11/70 Expanded on CD just like the vinyl RSD release. Any other previously non-expanded Elton albums are more than welcome.
    Talk Talk – there must be stuff in the vaults along with live recordings and their classic albums, Colour of Spring, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock truly deserve SDEs.
    Wings – the usual list, BTTE, London Town, RRS and Wildlife. The latter would be a good follow up the the potential White Album reissue given its indy nature.
    In reality, I bet only the White Album comes out……

  14. elliott buckingham says:

    hows about a boxset of all francois kervakion 12″ remixes

  15. Andy says:

    Dear Santa, I’d like SDEs of:

    Rah Band – Mystery
    Sam Brown – 43 Minutes
    Time – (the musical) on CD.
    D.A.Wallach – ‘Time Machine’ released on (any!) physical format.
    Kate Bush to relent and release a live DVD/BluRay from 2014.


  16. Jon says:

    Would love:

    Peter Gabriel – SDE versions of his third, fourth album as well as a proper reissue of So…all three with all the b-sides, remixes and unreleased content.

    Cyndi Lauper – proper SDE’s of her first four albums (“She’s So Unusual” has been reissued twice now both missing important content). There are loads of edits, remixes and some unreleased stuff. A Night To Remember is crying out for a remaster.

    Culture Club – From Luxury to Heartache – OK so Boy doesn’t like the album very much but fans have been wanting a remastered, expanded version for decades now…

    Genesis – Live Box…this was proposed over a decade ago…Nick Davis was supposedly cataloging their live shows that were properly recorded for release…never came to fruition why not now? There will never be new Genesis material…this is something fans have wanted to ages.

    Laura Branigan – what would it take to get her back catalog properly remastered with all the b-sides and remixes and even some unreleased tracks?

    Steve Winwood – Will we ever get SDE version of Back in the High Life and Roll With It? Heck I’d even take a SDE version of Talking Back To The Night.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      As for Steve Winwood (and other artists who recorded for Island Records in the 1960’s & 1970’s), they signed recording contracts (and song publishing contracts with an Island Records subsidiary) that were fair by the standards of their era (given what a vinyl album sold for back then), but these contracts became unfair when Compact Discs became the main format for music sales.
      Several Island Records music groups invoked their right to prohibit the release of vault material, in an attempt to bring Universal Music(Island’s present-day owner) to the negotiating table. A compromise was reach with Steve Winwood, albeit one that didn’t give him everything that he wanted. For a time, Winwood loosened his restrictive grip, and he permitted a 2-CD deluxe edition of “Traffic-John Barleycorn Must Die”, and then a pointless deluxe edition of “Arc of a Diver”(whose only bonus material was a radio interview), but subsequently, Winwood never permitted any further deluxe editions.
      Apparently, the surviving members of “Free” & “Spooky Tooth” have similar grievances against Universal. All archival recordings by Traffic, Steve Winwood , Free and Spooky Tooth have been taken off the market, and all albums by these artists have reverted back to bare bones, no bonus tracks editions. Some have claimed that the thing Universal did that angered Free’s Paul Rodgers was Universal’s desire to release a 19-disc set by Free, that likely would have been the complete recording sessions. Rodgers said “No”.

    • Mark Phillips says:

      I’d really love to see White and Torch issued on CD or even download.

      Not the most prolific duo, 3 or 4 singles only, but despite both Parade and Let’s Forget having charting, they have never been rereleased in the digital domain.

      Or am I the only one that remembers them?

      • PeterC says:

        I’d also like to see a White and Torch compilation CD coming out at some point, but after all these years it’s very doubtful. They had five brilliant singles released in the early part of the eighties with Parade and Miracle probably being the best.

  17. Nancy says:

    Various artist “Now! That’s What I Call Music” (original UK & Ireland editions) compilations numbers 2 – 9 have to be reissued on double CD editions as well!
    First “Now!” compilation from 1983 is being reissued soon again.

    • Mark Phillips says:

      Now 1 is being released again again? It came out a while ago – first time on CD.

      The first proper now CD – 2cds with all of the tracks on the double album – was, I think, Now 11.

      As they are coming up to Now 100, wouldn’t a complete Now 1-100 set be something? Possibly even as a set of 10 DVDs It would certainly be a box set to treasure!

      I’d certainly like 2-10 to round off my collection. A decent 12×12 book with info on every artist and track would be good too.

      On a related point, were there any tracks used on the Now series that didn’t chart? When they were pumping them out every 12 weeks I’m sure they put some tracks on that they expected to be hits by the time the album came out. Did they miss at all?

  18. Dan says:

    Why has Madonna – Ray Of Light 20th Anniversary not been mentioned anywhere on this page?
    Patrick Leonard posting on Instagram all the demo tapes from the sessions suggests to me that something is happening in Ciccone camp.

    • Nancy says:

      Dan, I mentioned it in my “Classic albums turning 20 in 2018” listings. Someone else bar me has mentioned it as well.
      IMHO, that’s Madonna’s best album since 1989’s “Like A Prayer”.

    • AModSquad says:

      It would be the PERFECT RSD 2018 selection –

      Madonna – Ray of Light – on Limited Edition, NUMBERED, Silver Vinyl – Japanese Version – containing HAS TO BE – OR better yet, with additional unreleased tracks.

      • Nancy says:

        Yeah, spot on, AModSquad! If it sees the light of day, of course, Madge’s “Ray Of Light” would be the best possible 20th anniversary reissue indeed. Look no further than to possible content and packaging.
        Second best contender for the 20th anniversary reissue would be “This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours” by Manic Street Preachers, IMHO.
        R.E.M.’s “Up” won’t be reissued until 2023 when it will be 25 years old.

    • Alex says:

      I work in the industry and sadly that just won’t happen. Madonna demands too much money for reissues which differ from the original versions. They can get away with coloured vinyl, or tweaks like boxset packaging, but she wanted a massive amount of money for an Erotica 25 special edition when Warner approached her.

      • Nancy says:

        How just sad that is, Alex!
        Why on Earth is she asking such a massive amount of money for the reissues when she’s rich enough already and could profit even more from them if she would be involved in?
        Hordes of her fans are waiting for her reissues and they won’t happen just because of her.
        A massive spoiler that is!
        Got any news on some other artists’ reissues in the pipeline?

      • Dan says:

        Thanks for this post Alex, this is really interesting to know. The online fan base is very keen for these anniversary releases and have been blaming Warner and her management for this not happening.
        Hopefully one day things will change and we’ll get all the deluxe editions.

      • AModSquad says:

        Thanks for sharing Alex – I believe this Erotica 25 to be true because her online merch store emailed me about Erotica 25 yr anniversary shwag items like underwear and pics and silly items coming out to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Erotica. Does she just not get that she IS a legacy artist. No young person is going to become a new fan of hers, especially with the type of material she keeps putting out – atleast this decade anyway.

        I can only compare this situtation to one other artist – Cher – when cher returned to the spotlight in 1998ish for Believe – that track wasnt following current trends but literally made the vocoder THE trend for the next decade atleast. Madonna hasnt been making trends since Music/2000 but moreso following them and there’s plenty of younger, sexier female artists (society is clearly ageist) that will be given more attention.

        Fans like me dont want shitty bracelets and tshirts that have her image on them. Sorry im not a teen anymore. What I want, is incredible re-issues with her involvement. She needs to come down on price or WB needs to understand that there is demand and put out a really solid offering to command the high price they end up charging due to her greed.

        • Saar Freedman says:

          Cher, BTW, is just as reluctant to re-issue her WB albums from the late 70’s ( Stars, I’d Rather Believe in You, and the allman collaboration Allman /Woman two the hard way
          She actually owns the masters , for the first 2 at least, and has refused numerous fan pleas to reissue these as she absolutely hates them…

      • CJ says:

        I don’t know that the demand for a huge amount of money is necessarily a mark of greed on her part. I think it’s a way of ending a conversation she’s not interested in having:

        Warner: “We want to do an anniversary edition of ______”
        Madonna: “I’m not sure about that. I don’t like looking back on stuff.”
        Warner: “It would be a wonderful opportunity to market your legacy and….”
        Madonna: “The album is fine as is and I want to focus on forward momentum.”
        Warner: “It would totally be an archival project–you’d only have to sign off on the work when we were done.”
        Madonna: “I really prefer to have it stand as it was and not muddy it with other material.”
        Warner: “but we can….”



        Warner: “We’d like to do an anniversary edition of _______”
        Madonna: “OK. Give me a billion dollars.”
        Warner: “Never mind.”

        Saves a ton of time that way.

    • Jon says:

      Dan: Don’t get your hopes up Patrick said he was only transferring them to his computer like he has been doing with other recordings. I don’t see this happening. Madonna won’t allow it. She is hellbent on allowing anything to be re-released.

      • probablyrustin says:

        Madonna does not and won’t see herself as a “legacy artist” any time soon. She’s consistently been notoriously well known for refusing to “look back,” so to speak, and any archival/retrospective projects have been begrudgingly done as contract fillers. I would be pleasantly surprised if she allows anything at all to come out in terms of reissues before she stops releasing new music. And let’s be honest, we’d all much rather have SDEs of her classic albums than another “Rebel Heart”…

  19. Graham says:

    So many great albums mentioned, but one I would add with slightly less appeal to most, though of major appeal to some. Magnum – Wings of Heaven is 30 this year. Their most successful album sales wise and one of the very few on a major label. Their earlier Jet and FM label albums have had remastered releases with bonus tracks but the 3 Polydor studio albums have never been re released, though the originals are still available.
    The sound on the original Wings of Heaven release is actually pretty decent, but I’d be up for a remaster and there must be some demo tracks out there. There are certainly a bunch of B sides, live and otherwise that could be collated into a nice package without too much work/cost, though obviously I’d prefer them to trawl the archives and find some hidden gems.

  20. Iain McCarthy says:

    Any news at all on a reissue of REM’s ‘Monster’ album this year? I would love to see one of the 1995 concerts as an extra (none of these shows have ever been officially released – apart from the ‘Road Movie’ DVD).

    • Nancy says:

      Iain McCarthy, as R.E.M.’s “Monster” originally came out in 1994 and taking that the band is reissuing its catalogue albums when they hit 25 years since their original release, that album is going to be on the 2019 reissue schedule.

  21. LMTR14 says:

    this site needs more metal urgently!

  22. greg says:

    No Bee Gees reissues? :(

    • Philip Cohen says:

      Barring a change in Barry Gibb’s anti-outtakes mentality, there won’t be any Bee Gees archival projects. Capitol Records has now learned, that, in the future, if they buy a license to reissue a “Classic Rock” back catalog, they’ve got to get it in writing (in the contract) that previously unreleased material will be included. In the Bee Gees license, Capitol Records has been had. They’ve been conned.
      On the positive side, expect an expanded/remastered Steve Miller Band CD series to begin in 2018.

  23. Duncan Day says:

    Oh, and for those who know them there’s a Yachts box coming out in March I believe. First 2 albums plus odds and ends

  24. Duncan Day says:

    I’d be happy with anything by Kate Bush – reissues or new stuff or both :)
    TFF – New Album And Seeds Of Love Box
    Mansun – Six Deluxe
    Bowie – Let’s Dance Deluxe
    Queen – Jazz Super Deluxe or any pre NOTW albums
    New Peter Gabriel album
    Genesis – And Then There Were Three Deluxe
    Full set of Stranglers deluxe boxes
    A new David Sylvian and Mark Hollis album
    And for Ed Sheeran to retire

    Apparently there’s a Buzzcocks reissue program on the way

    • Kevin Galliford says:

      I think a new David Sylvian album might be as rare as Seeing Lord Lucan ride. a Dodo but we can live in hope! Shall we all donate a fiver to Ed Sheeran to encourage his unconditional musical retirement?

  25. Kevin Galliford says:

    I would love to see box sets of Bryan Ferry’ solo albums, especially the 80″s & 90″s albums. There must be plenty of demo’, mixes & unreleased stuff for those!. I think ant record label looking into doing a re release would do well to look at how Depeche Mode & Suede did theirs. Band interviews on the album, behind the scenes footage, unseen rare live stuff too. It’ a winner. Keep up the great work Paul, I love your website?

  26. poptones says:

    I think nobody mentioned My Bloody Valentine. It’s not deluxe or super deluxe, ony a remastered reissue.

    In one week, on january 18, MBV will reissue Isn’t Anything and Loveless on 180 gram vinyl mastered from analog tapes using Studer A80 VU PRE and Neumann VMS 80 cutting lathe for full analog signal path. LP comes in a heavy weight tip-on style gatefold sleeve with poly lined printed inner sleeve. The vinyl is purely an analog cut and therefore does not include a download.

    You can pre-order directly on the band’s store : https://www.mybloodyvalentine.org/shop/default.aspx

  27. Jon Trask says:

    Please please please please do not reissue, repackage, mess about with, remaster, remodel and every other re with the Kate Bush catalogue, leave all her work as it is. Theres something terribly not right about reissuing her work. The sound and packaging would not enhance what are absolute classics already.

    • Chris Squires says:

      The merit in what you say is that there is every possibility that the legacy will be messed up.

      If the SDE versions were done well then, fantastic, if they are botched then we can’t stick the genie back into the bottle. Each of the first 5 albums presented with something along the lines of The Ties that bind. The key would be that I don’t think Kate would ever allow an official release of what became known as the Phoenix demos. These demos would underpin the success of the first three albums. If there are no demos then we are only reliant on a remix or remaster and live. Well which album do you stick the 1979 Hammersmith recording onto?

      The demos should be mostly split between The Kick Inside and Lionheart, other than those few that are specific to Never For Ever. This leaves the Hammersmith Recording to go onto that Never For Ever disc for although it was mostly a showcase for TKI and LH there are NFE tracks and falls bang in the middle of all three albums 1978, 1978 and 1980. They must have more live recordings than just Hammersmith and it would be quite OK to have three different full concerts at different ends of the tour. The video element would be reliant on having the FULL Hammersmith concert released, not just the selection that is only on VHS and laserdisc. Then to add to the promo videos there would have to be a significant delving into the TV archives, The 1979 Nationwide special would need to go somewhere…

      All in all there is enough material to make at least the first 5 LPs into something like a 3CD + 1DVD + 78 page book, the only one with a paucity of extra material is The Dreaming but secrecy has always been Kate’s watchword so maybe there is something that us mere mortals just don’t know about. Although I love my little ABBA / Oldfield type CD + DVD deluxe editions this would not be enough to satisfy, 4 or 5 bonus tracks and 27 minutes of video. In that case I would agree that there is something to be said for leaving well alone.

      D’you know, the more I think about it and the more I want it the more I realize it just is not going to happen. Unless, like 2014 we get the biggest possible shock.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      Aside from the various non-L.P. B-sides & 12″ mixes(that were included on her “This Woman’s Work” 8-CD set), Kate Bush may not have much rare material from the era of her first five albums. “Crawdaddy” magazine asked her (shortly after she released “Hounds of Love”) if she had “Dumped”(recorded, but rejected) much music. She said that she prefers to think of it as “Resting”, and indicated that the only album sessions (up to that point) to have produced much unreleased music were the sessions for her second album “Lionheart”. Still, I think that it IS very unreasonable for Ms.Bush to prohibit a DVD release for her video programs.

      • Chris Squires says:

        Yes you are absolutely right, there will be little dumped material, material that had the full treatment but was rejected, particularly from The Dreaming onwards. The key to a successful SDE box though will be the early demos (1975 to 1978) and although around 30-odd have escaped over the years Andrew Powell talks about having about tapes of about 140 “songs” recorded. When you listen to what A-Ha released as demos with various Take on Me caterwaulings (very brave) I just can’t see Kate sanctioning it. It would need a major volte-face from Kate or someone would have to stitch her up and I can’t see that happening either. So every time I can see why it should or could happen I get slapped in the face with the reality that it won’t happen…..When you look at the tosh that the Eagles have just released under the misnomer of an SDE there is material enough to at least better that by some distance for all of the early albums. To be honest just to hear the track “Never For Ever” would be enough. It’s name appeared on the earliest promo posters and press releases and then at the 11th hour it disappeared. Both The Kick Inside and Lionheart exist in what Mac fans would call alternate versions and half of Never For Ever with things like “beatbox” versions. It would be a crying shame to never hear them all.

  28. bertielego says:

    Regarding the Bowie reissue program, my dream scenario for 2018, is not one, not two but three SDE sets. My reasoning is to approach separately the 80’s albums and singles, the 80’s mixes and the Tin Machine / Sound & Vision era, as follows:

    1.”Loving The Alien [1983-1988]”: a box set similar to the 2015, 2016 and 2017 sets, combining studio and live albums, including Re:Call 4, and available in two forms: LP box set and CD box set.
    2.”Let’s Dance [The Mixes 1983-1988]”: reissues of the classic 12inches in their original artwork, available in two forms: 12inch box set and CDsingles box set.
    3.”You Belong In Rock’n’Roll [1989-1992]”: a box set similar to the 2015, 2016 and 2017 sets, combining studio and live albums, including Re:Call 5, and available in two forms: LP box set and CD box set.

    Loving The Alien [1983-1988]
    Let’s Dance (remaster) LP / CD
    Serious Moonlight (remaster) 2xLP / (2x)CD
    Tonight (remaster) LP / CD
    Never Let Me Down (remaster) LP / CD
    Never Let Me Down (2018 MM Remix) LP / CD
    Glass Spider 3xLP / 2xCD
    Re:Call 4 3xLP / 2xCD

    Let’s Dance [The Mixes 1983-1988]
    Let’s Dance 12” / CDsingle
    China Girl 12” / CDsingle
    Modern Love 12” / CDsingle
    Blue Jean 12” / CDsingle
    Tonight 12” / CDsingle
    This Is Not America 12” / CDsingle
    Loving The Alien 12” / CDsingle
    Dancing In The Street 12” / CDsingle
    Absolute Beginners 12” / CDsingle
    Underground 12” / CDsingle
    Magic Dance 12” / CDsingle
    When The Wind Blows 12” / CDsingle
    Day-In Day-Out 12” / CDsingle
    Time Will Crawl 12” / CDsingle
    Never Let Me Down 12” / CDsingle

    You Belong In Rock’n’Roll [1989-1992]
    Tin Machine: Tin Machine (remaster) LP / CD
    David Bowie: Fame 90 EP (remaster) 12” / CD
    David Bowie: Sound + Vision Tour 2xLP / 2xCD
    Tin Machine: Tin Machine II (remaster) LP / CD
    Tin Machine: Live Oy Vey Baby (remaster) LP / CD
    Tin Machine: Live Oy Vey Baby (2018 version) 2xLP / 2xCD
    Tin Machine / David Bowie: Re:Call 5 LP / CD

    “Never Let Me Down (2018 MM Remix)” is a newly remixed version of the album, by the same artist who did the MM Remix version of ‘Time Will Crawl’.

    “Re:Call 4” includes single/short/edit/7inch versions of all period A-sides and B-sides, as well as all DB tracks from the Underground and Absolute Beginners OSTs. It stretches until 1998 by including the live version of Tonight with Tina Turner.

    The “Let’s Dance” 12inch/CD single include a new alternative long version by Nile Rodgers.

    The “China Girl”, “Modern Love” and “This Is Not America” 12inch/CD singles include a new ‘So80s Reconstruction’ long version made by Blank & Jones.

    “Re:Call 5” includes single/short/edit/7inch versions of all Tin Machine singles, as well as the sort versions from the Fame 90 single, and the 1991 versions from the Sound & Vision track.

    “Live Oy Vey Baby (2018 version)” includes a full setlist rather than the original 8-track selection.

    • Kauwgompie says:

      Agree!!! I don’t care how they release it, as the 4th box set or as a cd singles box set, but all Bowie’s 80’s remixes need to be reissued!!

  29. Chrismix says:

    My votes for both Born in the USA and all of General Public’s output as well, especially with the many 12″ versions present.
    For some Canadian content as well, would love to see all of The Payola$ and Images in Vogue’s catalogue be released on cd. Men Without Hats ‘Pop Goes the World’ with all the extended versions would be amazing too, if I could dream.

  30. ken says:

    Paul Weller’s Twitter account mentioned that this is the year we celebrate 4 albums.
    22 Dreams
    Modern Classics
    Confessions of a Pop Group
    All Mod Cons

    Not sure what that means for Physical product if anything

  31. ken says:

    It really gets you thinking about what is going to suck money out of you wallet this year. I’ve already pre-ordered Simple Minds and Echo and the Bunneymen’s new albums as well as Porcupine Tree’s vinyl reissue of Deadwing.
    I would like a few Vinyl reissues of Siouxsie & The Banshees to come out this year.
    Anything Beatles is a great way to pull money out of my wallet. Paul Mc feel free to give us LT and BTTE along with a new album. Then the deluxe White Album that if done well will be the highlight of 2018.
    Bowie box 4, I could not agree more fill it out with all the remixes officially released. It would drive me nuts if they ignored the importance of the remixes in that period for Bowie. There goes a few hundred$!
    Rush Hemispheres, Marillion Brave, Howard Jones expanded sets would be essential.
    I think that’s about 1000 dollars spent.
    …Oh yeah Tears for Fears new and/or STSOL, U2 Rattle and Hum deluxe, Simple Minds SFY deluxe. I heard Cheap Trick is recording too and perhaps they will release Archive set 2 on vinyl. I bet Steely Dan will look at a release this year and Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA is due.
    Will Bowie do anything for Record Store day?

    Okay I need to talk to the bank about my line of credit.

  32. Glenn says:

    My wish list for 2018:

    Age of Change Crush Collision
    Tori Amos cont.
    XTC cont.
    Art of Noise cont.
    Beautiful South singles box
    Big Audio Dynamite cont. (without editing the 12″ mixes)
    Kate Bush
    The Cure Wish
    Electronic debut redone without tracks related to other albums…
    Fine Young Cannibals Raw and The Cooked SDE with all mixes etc incl. 2 Men Drum Machine tracks
    General Public
    Housemartins People Who Grinned…
    Billy Idol
    Grace Jones cont.
    Howard Jones
    The Madness album to round out the prior reissue set…
    Peter Murphy cont.
    Sinead O’Connor Lion and the Cobra
    Oingo Boingo
    OMD cont.
    Psychedelic Furs
    REM cont
    The Selecter
    Soft Cell box
    TFF Seeds of Love box
    UB40 cont. (I know someone posted on SDE that they had worked on track listings for other releases…)
    U2 cont.
    Suzanne Vega

  33. Mike says:

    Dan Hartman – I can dream about you
    with all the Extended and Instrumental versions of the 3 hits.

    • Kauwgompie says:

      I second that!! Unreal that this album has been ignored all this time. The hits are incredibly catchy. It really deserves a reissue with ALL remixes/instrumentals/dubs (if available).

  34. bertielego says:

    My dream 2018:

    Mike Oldfield “Islands” 2xCD+DVD Deluxe Edition.
    Mike Oldfield “Earth Moving” 2xCD+DVD Deluxe Edition.
    Simple Minds “Street Fighting Years” SDE box set.
    Tears For Fears ‘Seeds Of Love” SDE box set.
    King Crimson “The ConstrucKtion Of ProjecKts” 28-disc box set.
    David Bowie “Loving The Alien [1983-1988]” CD and vinyl box sets, incl. ‘Re:Call 4’.
    David Bowie “Let’s Dance [The Mixes 1983-1988]” CD and vinyl box sets.
    Tin Machine “You Belong In Rock’n’Roll [1989-1992] CD and vinyl box set, incl. ‘Re:Call 5’.
    Grace Jones “Living My Life” Deluxe Edition 2xCD and 2xLP sets.
    Cabaret Voltaire “#8692 Collected Works (1986-1992)” SDE box set.
    Blank & Jones “So80s 12 – The Dub Mixes”.
    Daft Punk “Homework” SDE box set (3xCD+DVD).
    Erasure “EBX 5” 5xCDsingles box set.
    Erasure “EBX 6” 5xCDsingles box set.
    FGTH “The Singles” CD singles box set.
    Bronski Beat / Communards / Jimmy Somerville “The Singles” CD singles box set.
    Matt Bianco “Indigo” 2xCD Deluxe Edition.
    The Alan Parsons Project “Ammonia Avenue” SDE box set.
    Phil Collins “The Singles” CDsingles box set.
    U2 “Rattle & Hum” SDE (3xCD+DVD/Bluray).
    The Art Of Noise “In No Sense? Nonsense!” 2xCD set.
    Erasure “Wild!” 2xCD+DVD set
    Visage “Visage” 2xCD set.
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Sex Mix Volume 2” 2xCD set.

  35. Paul says:

    The recent Mojo magazine said an expanded edition of John Lennon: Imagine is coming this year, no other details.

  36. Andy says:

    Sorry. My first post didn’t register at first, so I thought I made a mistake. Now both are showing. Sorry. Don’t mean to be a pain.

  37. Andy says:

    I will try posting again: the “older” and “newer” comments improvement might be good for tablet and phone users, but it is incredibly frustrating for those who still use computers. The ability to scroll through ALL comments is awesome.

  38. Andy says:

    Sorry, but I don’t like this “older” and “newer” comments improvement. On an iPad or phone, it makes sense. But on a computer (I still use one), the ability to scroll through everything is easy and efficient.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I hear you. I’ve turned off the splitting comments into pages but left the ‘newest first’ element. I think that’s a good compromise for computer / mobile etc.

  39. Jon says:

    Don’t forget more deluxe versions of Kim Wilde’s first three albums are on their way…all containing unreleased and possibly live material

    • Nancy says:

      Cherry Red should re-release Kim Wilde’s ’90s albums – “Love Moves”, “Love Is.” and eventually “Now & Forever”, and not the first three ones that got their expanded treatments way back in 2009 already. That’s what her fans want the most. A first proper promo video collection DVD as well. That’s all long overdue.

      • Philip Cohen says:

        Keep in mind that Cherry Red OWNS the first 3 Kim Wilde albums (The RAK Records recordings which Cherry Red recently bought from Warner Music). Wilde’s later MCA recordings are owned by Universal Music and would have to be licensed.
        Cherry Red’s work with two Universal-licensed MCA Wilde albums(“Teases and Dares” & “Another Step”) was less than stellar, with a few bonus tracks dubbed from vinyl. Admittedly, in the years since then, Cherry Red’s mastering and vault research has improved.

        • Nancy says:

          I’ve read somewhere that Cherry Red have bought licensing rights from Universal Music for Kim Wilde’s ’90s albums as they couldn’t see them doing themselves too.
          Universal Music thought they wouldn’t pass on the market as well as “Close” which is the most successful album in her entire career ever so they let Cherry Red doing them instead.
          I still can’t believe that Kim Wilde doesn’t have a proper promo video collection DVD yet, whereas some minor artists from the ’80s and beyond like Go West et al have it.

  40. Brian says:

    2018 is also the 30th anniversary of U2’s Rattle and Hum. Back in 2013 they were supposedly doing some video shoots for the 25th anniversary but I guess that was delayed because of the Songs of Innocence, Joshua Tree anniversary Tour and now Songs of Experience projects. There was a ton of filming done especially for the Joshua Tree 3rd leg tour in North America tour. U2s set lists were quite varied back then by todays standards so bonus live DVDs and CDs could be very reach indeed. Annoyingly, they seem to have problems including cover versions in their live releases (cheap bastards) so expect incomplete concerts if they do.

  41. Bernard says:

    Don’t think anyone mentioned Metallica have 2 Super Deluxe box sets coming out this year And Justice for all and self titled Metallica.
    The 3 already released are very well done I think and all came out on separate vinyl and cd releases but much of the extras are only available in the box including vinyl cd and memorabilia, also decent books etc. Looking forward to these releases

  42. DaveM says:

    Newest comments at the top is a vast improvement. Glad to see Get in Touch is also now operating this way and will save time when keeping track of Philip Cohen’s great comments.

  43. Ron Martin says:

    I loved “Back to the Egg”. Several songs from the album got lots of airplay on the classic rock stations in the U.S. (when classic rock stations used to play new material).

  44. Barry says:

    Re: Teenage Fanclub. There will be a reissue campaign this year; it was confirmed via the band’s Twitter account. No details but other than there will be vinyl reissues (so possibly ‘vanilla’ releases).

  45. Schu says:

    Latest comments on the top sounds good to me. Thanks for all the work in compiling the 2018 rundown.

  46. Bubalitoys says:

    In case this has been missed….
    Sony Music are reissuing the original War of The Worlds 1978 double 12” vinyl album, on 26th January 2018….. and Close Encounters soundtrack has just issued on 40th Anniversary CD on LA LA Land….. plus………Universal buying up ZTT and STIFF publishing rights…… I’m sure they will want a return on their investment quickly….. so maybe something for Record Store Day there!

  47. Johan says:

    The Police Outlandos d’Amour, according to Andy Summers in Billboard Magazine:

    “This year actually marks the 40th anniversary of the group’s formation, but the big plans are afoot for next year’s 40th for the Police’s debut album. “I think it’s gonna be a huge repackaging and selling of everything next year,” Summers says. “It lives on. It’s around us all the time. There’s one half of you that just doesn’t care ’cause it was such a long time ago, and another part is that you do care about what they nowadays would call ‘the brand’ and making sure it serves you in the right way. We don’t ever get too far away from it.”


  48. Michael says:

    If I might, another dream SDE wish I have for 2018, although I have read or heard nothing about such a release, would be a box set compiling Robert Fripp’s solo and collaborative work with David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Andy Summers, David Byrne and the League of Gentlemen.

  49. David Tanser says:

    ABBA could release the coloured vinyl and picture disc 7″s of Summer Night City – there’s room for it to fit in The Album singles box ;)

  50. Paul Sinclair says:

    IMPORTANT: Just wanted to let everyone know that comments now run latest at the top and oldest at the bottom. BUSY discussions will group comments into ‘pages’ of 50 comments with the latest page at the top and you can click on links to peruse older comments.

    This is a quick fix for the time being in response to multiple requests to improve this. Let me know if it does indeed make life easier. Thanks, Paul

    • Klaus says:

      Hi Paul,

      i just noticed the change in the running order (sorry, have to do some other things from time to time).
      First impression (on a computer) is that it sadly doesn’t make my life easier, but haven’t tried out on my smartphone yet.

      Two thoughts on this from me:
      1. Would it be too much to ask for a button where i can choose which running order i prefer (from eldest to latest and the other way round) and
      2. if it stays this way it would be nice if you could use stronger lines between the different discussions to make it clearer, where one stops and the next one begins. Sorry, i’m older than 50 and not as hawk-eyed as i used to be. ;-)

      As i’m not into any kind of technics and programming whatsoever and obviously don’t have a clue how much work will be necessary to fix these two points i apologize in advance for making you work even harder than you already do.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        Can you explain why you think it doesn’t make life easier?

        Before, you had to scroll all the way down to the bottom, to find new comments. Now, since latest comments are at the top, you just scroll a little bit to find the most recent and then work ‘up’.

        Might take a bit of getting used to, but surely this is better than how it was, regardless of whether you are using PC/MAC or a mobile device.

        What do others think?

        • Klaus says:

          Have thought about it a bit.
          I think that my main problem is that i’m used to reading top to bottom. I find it difficult to start at the bottom then go up to the next comment and then sometimes find that it isn’t, but an answer to another comment placed even higher. That was my main reason for asking about stronger lines between several discussions.
          I normally visit the blog several times a day but not so regularly that there is always only a small amount of new comments to look at. And for bigger numbers of comments i find it a strain on my eyes to keep looking where the next paragraph that i have to read is.
          I read the blog mostly on a computer (where i had no problem with using the scroll bar to find new comments, i think it might be more difficult with a smartphone though) and only on the train in the morning and evening via smartphone, so still can’t say if i like it better there.

  51. Bob says:

    Frank Zappa – The Roxy Performances
    February 2

  52. Nancy says:

    The Monochrome Set’s “1979 – 1985: Complete Recordings” box-set will be released on Feb 9th.

    As for new albums confirmed – Ministry’s “AmeriKKKant” is coming out Mar 9th, Kim Wilde’s “Here Come The Aliens” is arriving on Mar 16th, whereas Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon” will be in the shops on May 18th.

  53. BritinDetroit says:

    1. The SDE Game is a function of price, there are those box sets on the margin, where price dictates a decision to buy – So when is the dump down coming this year for those items holding in my amazon basket ? Tull ? REM ? JL Hooker ? Magnetic Fields ?

    2. Just buy it in 2018 and don’t ask questions or fight price – Bob14/BOTT, White Album SDE, a surprise gift from Van Morrison.

    3. Why Dylan is the gold standard – he doesn’t bloat the box sets with the original albums, remastered, not remastered, Wilsonofied, mono, quad, 5.1 etc.

    4. I don’t think so – Roxy Music, See note 1, go around $50.

    My amazon account awaits. Meanwhile Bob13 continues to entertain. Amazing content and outstanding track notes.

  54. Mark says:

    Still holding out hope for:

    Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
    Malcolm McLaren – Duck Rock
    Malcolm McLaren – Swamp Thing

    • OberonOZ says:

      Would particularly love the Grace Jones, but would be very happy to have the McLaren’s too. Theres lots of room to expand them. Even if they were only nice 2CD sets it would be great.

  55. Nancy says:

    “Classic” albums turning 40 in 2018:

    Gerry Rafferty – City To City
    Blondie – Plastic Letters
    Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
    Buzzcocks – Another Magic In A Different Kitchen
    Bob Marley & The Wailers – Kaya
    Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model
    Genesis – …And Then There Were Three…
    Wings – London Town
    John Williams – Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Original Soundtrack)
    Television – Adventure
    AC/DC – Powerage
    Van Halen – Van Halen
    Stranglers – Black And White
    Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
    Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
    Rolling Stones – Some Girls
    Bob Dylan – Street Legal
    Jeff Wayne – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds
    Original Soundtrack – Grease
    Dire Straits – Dire Straits
    Boney M – Night Flight To Venus
    Who – Who Are You
    Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: No We Are Devo
    10CC – Bloody Tourists
    Blondie – Parallel Lines
    Buzzcocks – Love Bites
    AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
    Jam – All Mod Cons
    Billy Joel – 52nd Street
    Kate Bush – Lionheart
    Queen – Jazz
    Cars – Cars
    Siouxsie & The Banshees – The Scream
    Eric Clapton – Backless
    Rod Stewart – Blondes Have More Fun
    Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe
    Public Image Ltd – Public Image
    Police – Outlandos d’Amour

    • Eamonn says:

      Nancy, fair play. If Paul has a stats job going at SuperDeluxe Towers you’ve got glowing references here anyway.

      • Nancy says:

        Thank you for the comments, Eamonn! I do that every single year for industry representatives who are reading or following this site to give them some ideas of what to reissue next. We’ll see what albums will get their jubilee re-releases this year. Fingers crossed for all those we all want so bad!

  56. Yani P says:

    Japan – Adolecsent Sex and Obscure Alternatives also 40 are they not?

    Cant see it happening as David still seems keen to ignore his times with Japan but i’m sure someone could create a superb super deluxe set if allowed :)

    • Nancy says:

      Yani P, yes, they are as well.
      Ultravox!’s third and the last album recorded with John Foxx “Systems Of Romance” is 40 this year too.

  57. Kevin Brown says:

    It would be nice to see Paul Rodgers change his mind and release what was promised over 5 years ago, the 19 disc boxset of Free’s “From The Shadows “box. Lots of unreleased and alternative takes similar to the John Martyn and Sandy Denny 19 disc sets released a few years ago. It is 50 years this year since Free first formed and released their debut album Tons Of Sobs.

  58. Adam says:

    Every year it seems weirder that there has never been a Bob Seger box or special edition of any of his albums – ok, the two live albums were remastered half a dozen years ago with one extra track each but thats it. In fact some of the early Capitol albums are not even available.

    There are so many unreleased tracks out there and he has sold a truckload of albums so is deserving. A career overview 4CD type thing please!

  59. Jon says:

    Am I the only one that would love to have Elton John’s 1980-1986 albums remastered and properly expanded? So many great b-sides never on CD…it’s a shame really.

  60. Holy smokes, Paul, look at all the action on this post! Excellent work.
    BTW, The Jazz Butcher has a 4 CD box set called The Violent Years coming out in March (on Fire). It is a continuation from The Wasted Years, and all includes his first 4 Creation albums (Fishcotheque, Big Planey Scarey Planet, Cult of the Basement [my fave!] and Condition Blue). Excellent!

  61. Henrik K says:

    We have a new mark knopfler album coming
    What about bruce springsteen vol 2 box
    We can expect rem monster issue this year
    U2 at 30 rattle and hum will be exciting
    Super work paul
    Happy new year

  62. Nancy says:

    “Classic” albums turning 20 in 2018:

    Air – Moon Safari
    Propellerheads – Decksanddrumsandrockandroll
    Catatonia – International Velvet
    Ian Brown – Unfinished Monkey Business
    Madonna – Ray Of Light
    Eric Clapton – Pilgrim
    Pulp – This Is Hardcore
    Gomez – Bring It On
    Massive Attack – Mezzanine
    Garbage – Version 2.0
    Tricky – Angels With Dirty Faces
    Smashing Pumpkins – Adore
    Embrace – The Good Will Out
    Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
    Eagle-Eye Cherry – Desireless
    Korn – Follow The Leader
    Fun Lovin’ Criminals – 100% Colombian
    UNKLE – Psyence Fiction
    Belle And Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap
    Hole – Celebrity Skin
    Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
    Faithless – Sunday 8pm
    Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions
    Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
    Beautiful South – Quench
    Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing
    Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby
    R.E.M. – Up
    Robbie Williams – I’ve Been Expecting You
    Offspring – Americana


    Still waiting (in vain) for a nice reissue (and debut on cd) for the Dr. Calculus lp…

    • Chris Squires says:

      I said the very same thing to someone in the industry just the other day.
      The Ups and Downs, Because We Love You and Designer Beatnik the first two as decent Vinyl 2LP sets and the latter as anything you like, just want it….2LP with demos, key remixes (Not Mixe Plurale) and b-sides…..

      White Vinyl, Blue and Yellow Vinyl and Orange Vinyl if you don’t mind. Well this page is about dreams isn’t it?

  64. Richard Higgins says:

    Another vote for Win, Age of Chance’s “1000 Years” as a physical release, Hey! Elastica and Dr Calculus “Designer Beatnik”…..plus the unreleased Bourgie Bourgie lp with Paul Quinn/Edwyn Collins singles??

  65. Dan T. says:

    Excellent write-up, Paul, as usual.

    More Jethro Tull, please! “Heavy Horses” is on pre-order for me (I’m excited!), but each and every one of these releases has been tremendous in every respect – from packaging to Steve Wilson’s remixes. I would love to see the book version of “Benefit,” as well as the others that haven’t been done yet, at least up t0 and including “Broadsword.”

    Take note: if you want to know what re-releasing a box set is all about, go pick up one of these JT book releases, even if you’re not a fan of the music. For me, it has become the standard by which to compare all others. (And, being a JT fan for the last 35 years doesn’t hurt, either!)

  66. richard says:

    eurythmics all ready have a great Box set that I own so no need for that…Just get 1984 reissued on CD

    • Jon says:

      Richard: Those Eurythmics reissues left off some very good b-sides and remixes…as well as the wealth of unreleased songs Dave Stewart keeps talking about.

  67. Stupidactingsmart says:

    Earth vs. the Wildhearts is 25 years old this year. To those in the know, a classic.

  68. Derek Cornish says:

    Deluxe Editions I’d like to see:





    • richard says:

      AMC Beauty Stab has been reissued

    • Heraldo says:

      Good call @ Derek re Sylvian.
      Japan should be added to the list as well as – barring “Tin Drum” and some very hard to find Music On Vinyl issues years back there has been nothing available on vinyl for eons!

      I’d also like to see some more BAD deluxe editions. I’d hoped “This Is Big Audio Dynamite” would have been the first of a series but the momentum/ enthusiasm / sales obviously want there. Maybe a proper boxset with the plethora of rare and unreleased material (inc the never released album will surface one day).

      One artist I missed from my list earlier was the high likelihood of New THE THE material this year now Matt has overcome his writers block (as evidenced in the great documentary that premiered a few months back and from which the recent boxset was taken). The doc at least should surface properly but at the Q&A he said a new album was not out of the question now.
      And of course there is catalogue aplenty from him that could / should see the light of day at some point (SDE’s of the Sony (assuming his fall-out over not being paid for Soul Mining reissue gets sorted) and Nothing albums plus the unreleased / long deleted albums too!

  69. John Lloyd says:

    For my taste, I’m happy to see OMD a lot busier and secure in their lot for the year than either The Cure or Duran Duran, as all three acts turn 40. Their record label guy told me some of the pie-in-the-sky thinking for the anniversary, but what can definitely be said is that it is intended to cover a six month period from the anniversary of the first single this autumn to the anniversary of the first album (spring 2019), and it will feature a 40-A-side double CD retrospective, the 40th single off of which was actually written as a recent B-side but proved too good for the purpose. Disc 3 will be down to fan vote (so Firegun twelve times over, then). No news at all on live activity, unfortunately, beyond a repeat of something they’ve already done…

    • Derek Langsford says:

      That’s great news about OMD. I’ve been maintaining a personal collection of their singles and b-sides in lieu of an official 2 CD comprehensive singles collection and follow-up to Navigation.

  70. Tom M says:

    Also for this summer 2018: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Are You Experienced” & “Axis: Bold As Love” on SACD. Stereo and mono versions included.

  71. Chris Squires says:

    Late to the party….

    The best news is a new Lilac Time LP this year. Always a red letter day when that happens.

    The Kick Inside, if it doesn’t happen this year it will never happen. What I would give for a Joshua Tree style box, six slabs of vinyl or 6CDs, a DVD and a lovely coffee table book with some new Gered or JCB images. There is enough to do it “material” wise I just think there is enough to do it “Will” wise.

    Earth Moving by Mike Oldfield, I know there isn’t a lot of love for this album, but I’ve always been very fond of it. If not that then do an SDE for TBII, if there is something like the TBI in the vaults it will be stellar.

    Here’s to 2018 and a bigger, better SDE.

  72. Marko says:

    Anything from Depeche Mode???!!!

  73. Simon Stokes says:

    Lets not forget Wishbone Ash. Massive career spanning 32 disc set to be released in April.

    Apologies if this has already been mentioned in one of the above reader comments.

  74. Derek Cornish says:

    I would love to see The Cure’s “Standing On The Beach” re-issued as a deluxe edition with a bonus CD of all the 12-inch mixes. These have never been on CD before. All their previous DeluxeEdition re-issues did not include 12-inch remixes. They are long overdue

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      The cassette had the B-sides, didn’t it?

      • Derek Cornish says:

        Yes, and the B-Sides were all covered by that Box set many years ago. But things like LOVE CATS (extended mix), LETS GO TO BED( extended mix), etc. have never been available on CD before

        • Saar Freedman says:

          Not too mention the Boys Don’t Cry ( 7″ and 12″ re-vocal mix) which were vinyl only release to promote “Standing On The Beach” and they supposedly hate these and sadly therefore these have never been released on CD

  75. Michel Banen says:

    The GREASE soundtrack is 40 this year. I’d love a 2-LP on “Pink ladies” pink vinyl and the second disc to be a black / grey swirl vinyl…. Also a box set with this 2-LP alond with a 7″ singles set would be great…..

  76. Dajong says:

    A Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales 25th Anniversary Edition would be nice. I.m.h.o. his last great album. It’s also a shame that there was no deluxe edition (30th anniversary) of Nothing Like The Sun last year. Both albums had many great b-sides and a few remixes, a 5.1 mix, filmed concerts, etc. from these periods.
    An Extended / Deluxe Edition / 30th Anniversary of Steve Winwood’s Roll With It would be nice too.
    The Band’s Music From The Big Pink was released in 1968, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street in 1978 and his last album River Of Deams in 1993 (still hoping for the completely transmitted Frankfurt concert, excerpts on the My Life Boxset), ….

  77. Philip Cohen says:

    This spring Warner/Rhino will release expanded editions off The Cars’ “Shake It Up” & “Heartbeat City”. Drummer David Robinson thought that they would be released in February, but that seems unlikely.

  78. Mad Earwig says:

    Led Zeppelin

    They say Jimmy has all the original recordings of most of the live shows.
    They should do a release schedule similar to Dave Matthews Live Trax Series or Pearl Jam official bootleg series which are superb.
    I have many, many live bootlegs of Zeppelin and never tire of the longer songs, the guitar work and the chat that Plant does between songs ( a lot of chat)
    The soundboard recordings are excellent quality and I would certainly pay (again) to have more polished but as a box set, book, photos from the night etc.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      Jimmy Page’s collection of mono soundboard tapes was stolen from his home many years ago, though presumably, if Jimmy Page wanted to release them, he could clone them from bootlegs. These days, there’s no need to pay big money for unofficial Japanese CD’s. You can find a treasure trove of those recordings(especially the 1975 tour) as free downloads on the internet. Official releases of those recordings would sound exactly the same (no better, no worse) than the unofficial releases.

  79. Danadotcom says:

    I’d venture to say that Madonna has no interest in reaching back to revisit her past catalog. She still considers herself a relevant, contemporary hitmaker and starting a reissue campaign would contradict all of that for her. Not a dig at her at all, but Madonna is still about where she is going, not yet about where she’s been.

    • AModSquad says:

      She HAS released older material for the last 2 RSD’s and last year Rhino put out the limited gold vinyl Immaculate Collection. I mean, they are putting older era product out. I just dont understand who decides what comes out? Last years RSD of the Argentinian “Dance Mix” was super weak. Why couldn’t it be something like a SDE Like a Prayer?!

  80. Kauwgompie says:

    Climie Fisher released two excellent albums in the 80’s that should be properly reissued with all b-sides and remixes. A few years back Edsel did a lousy job by releasing “Everything…Plus” and “Coming In For The Kill…Plus”. Both were very shotty reissues with only additional B-sides and no remixes. Both were also quickly out of print. It would be great to finally have both albums with all the remixes and b-sides released (probably as a 2 x 2cd). Should be a shoe-in for Cherry Pop.

    • richard says:

      I think reissuing albums that were all ready reissued with B sides etc is not as important as reissuing albums that have never been on CD or are missing bonus tracks. I have the Climie Fisher CDs & they are great..what is missing?

      • Kauwgompie says:

        There is one extended version on it. All the others are missing:

        -This is Me (This is It Mix 8′.56″),
        -This Is Me (12″ mix 6’50”),
        -This Is Me (7″ Mix)
        -Love Changes (Love Mix 7’45”)
        -Love Changes (House Mix 7’47”)
        -Love Changes (7″ mix)
        -Rise To The Occasion (Extended Mix 6’09”)
        -Rise To The Occasion (Extended Hip Hop Mix 8″25″)
        -Rise To The Occasion (7″ Mix)
        -Keeping The Mystery Alive (Extended Mix 6’36”)
        -Keeping The Mystery Alive (7″ Mix)
        -I Won’t Bleed For You (Extended Bleed Mix 7’44”)
        -I Won’t Bleed For You (High Velocity Mix 6″46″)
        -I Won’t Bleed For You (7″ Mix)
        -Everything Megamix 8’14”
        -Love Like A River (7″ Mix)
        -Fact Of Love (Extended Mix 5’27”)
        -Fire On The Ocean (12″ Special Mix 7’14”)
        -Fire On The Ocean (7″ Mix)
        -Fire On The Ocean (Club Mix 5″,00″)
        -It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way (Nomad Soul Mix 4’18”)
        -It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way (Nomad Soul Instrumental)
        -It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way (12″ Version 6’40”)
        -It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way (7″ Mix)
        -Megamix (B side of “It’s Not supposed To Be That Way)

        Plenty missing I would argue.

  81. eric Slangen says:

    Warner Brothers are releasing two Alice Cooper (original group) titles in a deluxe format.
    One of them is SCHOOL’s OUT.
    It is rumored that both titles have an extra disc with a live concert.

  82. eric Slangen says:

    First, that was a great preview Paul, thanks.
    Second, it is very hard to read all the comments as people are giving responses but do not give any clue of what they are talking about.

  83. Robert says:

    Here is a list of Albums that celebrate their 30th, 40th or 50th Anniversary. Some of these albums have been mentioned before.

    30th Anniversary :
    A-ha – “Stay On These Roads”
    Pink Floyd – “Delicate Sound Of Thunder”
    Prince – “Lovesexy”
    R.E.M. – “Green”
    Talk Talk – “Spirit Of Eden”
    Tanita Tikaram – “Ancient Heart”
    Toto – “The Seventh One”
    The Traveling Wilburys – “The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1”
    Tracy Chapman – “Tracy Chapman”
    U2 – “Rattle And Hum”

    40th Anniversary :
    Kate Bush – “The Kick Inside”
    Genesis – “… And Then There Were Three”
    Peter Gabriel – “Peter Gabriel”
    The Police – “Outlandos d’Amour”
    Queen – “Jazz”
    Bruce Springsteen – “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”
    Wings – “London Town”

    50th Anniversary :
    Ennio Morricone – “Once Upon A Time In The West”
    The Beatles – “The White Album”
    The Rolling Stones – “Beggars Banquet”

    • richard says:

      U2 Rattle & Hum is my #1 priority and needs to be reissued! Aha has been done. Queen Jazz has been done, Springsteen Darkness has been done extremely well but he needs to do Born in the USA all ready…that is my #2 priority.

  84. Aldo says:

    Toto have confirmed a reissue campaign for 2018.

  85. Robert says:


    I want to thank you for this preview for this year. I hope that some of these reissues and box-sets will be released. I would like to see The Beatles – “The White Album”, because I really like last year’s box set of Sgt. Pepper.

    I also would love to see a reissue of Kate Bush – “The Kick Inside” and/or “The Hounds Of Love”. But I am afraid that this is not going to happen. But it would be great if it would happen !

    It would be a good time for the Eurythmics to reissue their albums as an SDE. So far they have never reissued their albums. They are one of the most successful British bands of the 80’s.

    As an Eric Clapton fan, it would be nice to see more of his albums reissued as an SDE. “Backless” is a great album and as you mentioned it celebrates it’s 40th anniversary.

    And I guess that there will be a fourth box set from David Bowie. There also will be something from The Rolling Stones … just like every year ! Someone mentioned here that they were working on a new album.

    I have on my wish list a few albums that I would love to see as a SDE :

    Genesis – “Wind And Wuthering”
    George Michael – “Older”
    Pink Floyd – “Animals”
    Prince – “Sign Of The Times”
    Bruce Springsteen – “Born In The U.S.A” and “Tunnel Of Love”
    Talk Talk – “It’s My Life”
    Tears For Fears – “The Seeds Of Love”
    Tom Petty – “Full Moon Fever” (30th anniversary in 2019)

  86. Neil McL says:

    Heraldo as far as I am aware the masters of Uh! Tears Baby by Win are missing. I’ve been wanting this for years and the CD is as rare as hens teeth. Even a rip in the circumstances would do for me. I would also love a release of the Fruits of Passion album. I heard from a source near to the band that it came down to them or T’Pau for Circa to throw their weight behind re marketing costs and we can see which band won! Hugely underrated band. Would also love 2CD versions of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie first 3 albums and Thr Big Dish first 3 albums done the same

    • Heraldo says:

      Hi Neil.
      Thanks for the info.
      Cherry Red did the 2nd album an they aren’t averse to rips so I had assumed it was a contractual issue.
      Yep – hens teeth indeed. Very rare to find one for less than £80-£90 and I just can’t justify it.
      I did at least find some decent MP3s of it a few years ago on a dodgy Russian site (fear Davy Henderson will never have seen any royalties from that purchase sadly).

      • Derek Langsford says:

        Back in the 90s it took me years to track down a CD copy of Uh! Tears Baby via an Usenet wants list and a kind music fan in Glasgow with whom I still have contact. Also wangled a CD rip of all the vinyl extended versions and b-sides from both albums. Super Popoid Grooves indeed!

        A friend of mine who pushes for a deluxe reissue and has communicated with various people who have a say in it says “I think part of the reason we’re not seeing it is that Davey Henderson is a bit embarrassed that he “went mainstream” for an album or two, even if everybody I know of considers it some of his best stuff. He hasn’t disowned it, but I think it’s a case where you don’t have the artist agitating for a re-release. I suspect if he got behind it, it’d appear sooner rather than later.”

  87. deceased says:

    Origin Of Muse boxset is meant to be coming this year too…

    Would also love to see…

    A 2CD reissue of dEUS’s ‘In A Bar Under The Sea’ in the same vein as their ‘Worst Case Scenario’ reissue a few years back…

    The Breeders tart-up the rest of their Back Catalogue in much the same vein as the ‘Last Splash’ reissue, especially ‘Pod’…

    The long mooted ‘Machina’ reissue from Smashing Pumpkins…

    The Madness album that is missing from their string of reissues a few years back…

    Super Furries ‘Guerilla’ album in the same style as ‘Fuzzy Logic’ & ‘Radiator’ before it…

  88. DO'L says:

    Still waiting for PF Animals 40th Anniversary……….

  89. Tim-Meh says:

    PS – love the subtle tribute to Bowie in the corner of the page Paul. Brilliant.

  90. Dennis says:

    Although nothing is confirmed yet, but I expect some kind of The Cure release(s) this year. Sadly plans and ideas for Cure releases are about as reliable as a monthlong weatherforecast. With the announcement of a 40-year celebration concert + Tim Pope announcing work on a documentary, fingers crossed that something appears in 2018.

  91. Elliot says:

    I second the suggestions of deluxe editions of these:

    The Cure – Wish
    The Sandkings – Welcome to England
    Simple Minds – Street Fighting Years (Empires and Dance, Sons/Sister if possible)
    U2 – Pop (a Zooropa one would be nice as well but as it was in the AB box, maybe not)

    A few I’d like to add (not anniversary type releases):
    The Bodines – Played (the original Cherry Red reissue is out of stock and expensive
    Brian Eno – Extracts from Music for White Cube, London 1997 (and any other out of print CDs)
    Smashing Pumpkins – Machina/The Machines of God/Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music – delayed since 2015 at least
    Underworld – A Hundred Days Off

  92. Phil Jones says:

    Is Steven Wilson or anyone else continuing with the YES reissues: would love “Going for the One” (although there are rumours the original masters are missing) and more importantly,
    whatever happened to Pink Floyd The Wall 5:1 !

  93. Neil McL says:

    Paul is there any chance that the SDE’s of The Hurting & Songs From The Big Chair will be reissued? Missed them the first time round

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Seems unlikely… Maybe they’ll consider doing this when Seeds eventually comes out. Don’t hold your breath, though.

  94. Eamonn says:

    Heraldo, what a great In The Know to have!

    To add to the list, Human League now have the rights to ‘Secrets’, it’s been added to Spotify and they said in a social media update before Christmas to expect news regarding a reissue or similar.
    Still waiting for a new deluxe version of Dexys Don’t Stand Me Down.
    Would be nice for This Is Hardcore by Pulp to be marked in its 20th year too.

  95. Jan says:

    Very excited about the Soft Cell box.

  96. Andrew B says:

    I would assume The Jam will follow 1977 box set with 1978 to sort out the ‘All Mod Cons’ LP

    • poptones says:

      Andrew B says: “I would assume The Jam will follow 1977 box set with 1978 to sort out the ‘All Mod Cons’ LP”

      I don’t think they will do that. All Mod Cons and Sound Affects have been the first Jam albums to get the luxury of Deluxe Edition versions 10 years ago. After those two albums, they released Super Deluxe Editions of The Gift, Setting Sons and then 1977 (for the first two LPs) last year.

      I wish they would release Sound Affects as Super Deluxe Edition but I doubt it as they already made a Deluxe Edition and probably don’t have enough material for a SDE. Same for All Mod Cons. Over the past two years, Polydor also released the Fire And Skill ‎live box set on CD (and the same shows on vinyl) instead of keeping them for future SDE releases. That’s why I don’t think they plan to release All Mod Cons or Sound Affects as SDE. They will probably focus on the Style Council and Paul Weller solo albums now.

  97. Kenneth says:

    Paul, why do you believe thst the Beatles White Album won’t be released in multi-channel? Hope you are wrong on this one…..;)

  98. Nass Khan says:

    On my wishlist

    Adam & the Antz Decca Demos
    The Stranglers Deluxe Editions of the 1st 3 albums , throw in radio sessions, live gigs or even a dvd with live stuff (Revolver/Rock Goes to College)
    Public Image 1St Issue & add the Xmas Day gig. In fact if Virgin want to release anything Keith Levene pil era related it could be interesting
    Walker Brothers Nite Flights Deluxe??

    • Nik Yeomans says:

      The Stranglers will re-release their first 6 studio albums plus Live X-Certs in Spring 2018, all with lots of extra tracks (no SDE’s though). X-Certs will be especially exciting…

  99. Simon says:

    Here’s my wishlist,
    New Order, singles box set(Factory years 81-89)
    Visage,Visage and The Anvil(with b-sides/remixes)
    The Cue,Mixed Up/Wish/Bloodflowers/BBC sessions
    The Sisters Of Mercy,BBC sessions(long overdue)
    ZZ Top,Afterburner and Recycler(with all the remixes)
    Sxpress,OST(with all the remixes including Mantra ep)
    Simple Minds,Empires And Dance and Sons/Sisters in 5.1

    • kook says:

      How about a 25th anniversary edition of ‘Republic’? Admittedly post-Factory, but the only ‘classic era’ NO album still crying out for a decent reissue, which could easily fill two discs with decent remixes (and maybe the Montreux and Reading sets on DVD…)

  100. Mike C says:

    Does anyone know, if any of the back catalogue of “Teenage Fanclub” has received deluxe/special edition releases? I know there was the customary “Japanese Imports” but theres a lot of albums there that are deserving of such treatment.

    • Tim-Meh says:

      No, none whatsoever.

    • Stupidactingsmart says:

      Teenage Fanclub would tempt me, but only if there were unreleased tracks as I bought all the singles at the time, and bought the original albums a couple of times going from cassette/vinyl to CD.

  101. Tim-Meh says:

    Oh… and can someone put together a complete collection by The Sandkings? Welcome to England + the indie singles and London Records B sides please.

  102. Tim-Meh says:

    About three years ago I posted that The Posies were reissuing their catalogue. This year, its happening. Dear 23, Frosting on the Beater, and Amazing Disgrace will be coming out throughout the summer. You can preorder vinyl and CD on Pledgemusic.

  103. Robbert van Deursen says:

    Already out:
    Angel Clare & Breakaway by Art Garfunkel on SACD Hybrid Multi-channel.

  104. Robbert van Deursen says:

    Supremes sing HDH expanded is coming in 2018, also a Thelma Houston Compilation.

  105. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    hi Paul, you wrote in december about a box set you were involved in 2017. is it still a secret?
    and if yes, when you could open the hidden door?

  106. juzzyb says:

    I hope that the Porcupine Tree Deadwing reissue CD has a 5.1 DVD or BR with it, and comes in a nice mediabook like the old rare release. It probably won’t though.
    Oh, and Street Fighting Years doesn’t really do it for me, but I would like Simple Minds to backtrack a bit and do a Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call Deluxe. That would be sweet.
    Also looking forward to starting my Roxy Music CD collection, those nice reasonably priced comprehensive reissues with demos and B sides included – oh no, hold on, what’s that you say..?

    • EW99 says:

      “Oh, and Street Fighting Years doesn’t really do it for me, but I would like Simple Minds to backtrack a bit and do a Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call Deluxe. That would be sweet.”

      My feelings exactly.

  107. Colin Harper says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t flag up the 30CD Wishbone Ash set due in April, Paul – details have been available for a few weeks and it even covers their ’80s ouevre! :-)

    In other news… at the very margins of the core SDE scene… RPM will be releasing, circa April, a 3CD clamshell box of unreleased Gordon Beck material spanning 1964-84, mostly weighted around the late 60s and early 70s, with a fantastic 12,000 word booklet by Tubby Hayes biographer Simon Spillet and unpublished period photos by Jak Kilby and others. Gordon was a British jazz piano giant who emerged in the late 60s, working in a series of fascinating combos, although his personality – as Simon’s notes attest – was perhaps the reason his career didn’t flourish more widely, like his piano contemporary John Taylor.

    Tied in with that project, 35 minutes of unreleased spring 1968 studio sessions by American lounge/jazz singer Joy Marshall backed by the short-lived Gordon Beck Quartet (including John McLaughlin) – material NOT on the 3CD set – will be released as a standalone heavyweight vinyl / CD, in collaboration with a vinyl specialist label TBC.

  108. James says:

    While so many of these re-issues would be great to see, I’m really hoping to hold in my mitts a copy – on blu-ray – of the restored, full version, of the BBC / WGBH 1995 documentary ‘Dancing in the Streets: The History of Rock n’ Roll’.

    Sort out the rights, get it done. It’s really one of the few essential documents we have on the subject we come to celebrate here every day.

  109. Mike C says:

    U2 – Was more hoping for a “Pop” reissue with live tracks and demos, (there was a demo/acoustic version of the album done, be interesting to hear, if it ever sees light of day , that is)

    The Longpigs – Any chance of deluxe versions of “The Sun is Often Out” and “Mobile Home” been released?. I know that the complilation album had live and demo takes, but there is still a lot of alternative takes and remixes out there.

    Tool – “Undertow”, their first full official release (as a full lenght album) came out in 1993. Be nice to see a deluxe version of this , preferably a live – blu ray performance included as well would be nice.

  110. Steve Smethurst says:

    When are The Sundays ever going to get round to re-issuing their back catalogue. They released 2 RSD Vinyl versions of Static And Silence and Blind in the US last year but nothing in the UK. Would love an official release of all 3 LPS and a 2 disc version of each album on CD. Are you out there guys??

  111. Neil says:

    I came across a website called 80sWave that are releasing remastered versions of Berlin And Wang Chung albums with bonus tracks in February https://80swave.com/

    • Dennis says:

      If the Berlin reissues appear with those tracklistings, it would be a bit of a shame.
      Wasted opportunities + fans have been waiting for so Long for some decent reissues.

    • Kauwgompie says:

      No bonus tracks on “Count Three & Pray”. That is a missed opportunity. The other Berlin and Wang Chung at least have many bonus remixes. Looks pretty decent to me. Will get those for sure.

    • Jon says:

      Neil: Will def. be purchasing Berlin’s Love Life and both Wang Chung CD’s…too bad they aren’t reissuing the “To Live & Die In LA” album….no bonus tracks on Berlin’s “Pleasure Victim” (which states on their website the 12″ mix of “Sex” has never been on CD which is a lie as that mix appeared on the original CD release and “Count Three” has no bonus tracks whatsoever.)

  112. Roel Glas says:

    @ Phil Jones.
    Exactly Phil, where is the Deep Purple – Made In Europe box set? Surely Universal has sorted out their catalogue by now!!!!!
    Others on my wish list (still)
    Continuance of Elton’s deluxe edition series (Madman, Honky Chateau, Don’t Shoot Me etc) & SACD’s of course
    A proper Elton box set to replace To Be Continued…
    A definitive career spanning box of Paul Rodgers – wow!! wouldn’t that be good,
    John Lennon – Imagine SDE incl. video
    Robin Trower box set
    An official Whitesnake @ Donnington ’83 CD/DVD release – great show
    A new Santana box set
    An official fully restored complete California Jam’74 & ’78 DVD/Bluray and throw in the audio as well
    Wishful thinking but can only try

  113. Andre Denis says:

    What about Talk Talk SDE or anything else from Mark Hollis ?

  114. Heraldo says:

    Stuff I’m aware of / expect to surface in 2018:

    * SOFT CELL – 9CD+1DVD set (I seen the work in progress track listing and heard some of the unreleased material and it should be magnificent)

    * JULIAN COPE – Island period box set to follow after the vinyl reissues (the first meetings for this were in Q3/Q4 2016 an I had expected it last year so this year seems a safe bet)

    * BRIAN ENO – more reissues planned. Sworn to secrecy though

    * SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – someone mentioned a singles set. I’d heard from a good source there was a much more interesting set in the offing and work had started on it back in 2016 so it should materialise this year.

    * NINE INCH NAILS – new material plus the next lot of vinyl re-masters (plus a tour!)

    * DAVID BYRNE – new album in March and spring/summer tour

    * A CERTAIN RATIO – back catalogue reissues and new material on Mute

    * TEST DEPARTMENT – signed to One Little Indian and will have new material this year as well as the long promised career-spanning box set now that Steve at Some Bizzare has been finally placated

    * LAIBACH – as well as the long awaited “Laibach Revisited” there will be two further box sets. One will cover the North Korea show and documentary recently aired on BBC Four and the other will be a career spanning set of re-masters and unreleased material

    * SEVERED HEADS – more vinyl re-masters / reissues and more new material

    * TRISOMIE 21 – Dark Entries are issuing the first 3 albums on re-mastered vinyl and the band are doing the same with CD

    * THE YOUNG GODS – new material should surface this year (plus possible some additional re masters plus extras?)

    * FRONT 242 – Daniel Bressanutti has new material just out under the Daniel B Prothese and Nothing But Noise monikers.

    * THE RESIDENTS – as mentioned elsewhere a comprehensive reissue programme with loads of additional material through Cherry Red

    * BILL NELSON – more excellent reissues of his catalogue via Esoteric / Cherry Red

    * PERE UBU – vinyl box set covering “the major years”

    * XTC – as mentioned elsewhere a continuation of the Ape reissues (vinyl and CD/BluRay). Is it too much to hope “English Settlement” masters have been found?

    Some of the stuff I’d like to see:

    * TACKHEAD – a proper anthology of all the material pre-major label (inc Fats Comet material and Barmy Army)

    * WIN – a CD reissue of the superlative “Uh Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)” (for this to have escaped re-release when the far inferior Freaky Trigger has been reissued is confounding

    * AGE OF CHANCE – physical reissue (CD) of “A Thousand Year’s of Trouble” and / or anthology (why this is still mp3 only I can’t understand)

    * FRONT 242 – “Official Version”, “Front By Front” and “Off”/”Up Evil” era re-masters with unreleased material

    * KRAFTWERK – opening-up of the Kling Klang vaults for all the unreleased material that “doesn’t exist”

    * WOLFGANG PRESS – re-masters and unreleased stuff (there have been rumours!)

    • EW99 says:

      Good “like to see”s. I would definitely also buy:-
      * TACKHEAD – a proper anthology of all the material pre-major label
      * WIN – a CD reissue of the superlative “Uh Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)”
      * KRAFTWERK – opening-up of the Kling Klang vaults for all the unreleased material that “doesn’t exist”

    • SimonH says:

      Miss read and thought the Win reissue was an ‘expect to see’ damn!
      Soft Cell sounds exciting though…

  115. Musicmacca says:

    Agree with you Paul that Macca’s team will go with Flaming Pie as the next Super deluxe.
    It’s a great album but is too recent. He needs to finish the 70’s off with at least Red Rose, Back to the Egg and London Town.
    Whilst non of these albums are perfect each one carries enough classic Macca songs to warrant remastering and demo versions etc.
    Arrow through me is one of my personal favourites from his back catalogue.

  116. MüllerMüller says:

    It´s gonna be a beautiful night…….

  117. Foxee says:

    Minor quibble but Abba the Album was released in 1978 in some territories, including the UK. Surely this year is the 40th anniversary of Abba The Movie – all of that unused concert footage must be sitting around somewhere…… Plus, picture disc of standalone 1978 single Summer Night City – perhaps with unreleased versions?

    Like to add in a mention/ request for the Stevie Nicks deluxe editions to continue this year – the real gems should come with all of the unreleased ‘Mirror Mirror’ album as par of a ‘Rock a Little’ package, plus there is an abundance of extras for The Other Side of the Mirror too, including an unreleased filmed concert.

  118. Happiness Stan says:

    ‘Beggars Banquet’ in its original ‘RSVP’ white cover would be nice. Like the recent ‘Satanic Majesties’ reissue box set, only hopefully with bonus tracks and outtakes (‘Did Everybody Pay Their Dues’ an acoustic ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ the alternate ‘No Expectations’ etc). Don’t think there’s much chance of ABKCO putting out any rare or bonus stuff though…

    • Happiness Stan says:

      And a full and restored film of the ‘Sympathy’ sessions (without all Godard’s pretentious crap ruining it!) would be good too….

  119. MFG says:

    What about Van Morrison? Ever since his back catalog licensing was transferred to Legacy Recordings in 2015, I’ve been waiting for a deluxe edition of Saint Dominic’s Preview. There must be some bonus studio or live material worth adding for a 2-CD set at a minimum.

  120. In addition to the Beatles White Album SDE and comprehensive Bowie 80s box, here’s my wish list for 2018:

    Tom Petty “Wildflowers” SDE with complete recordings (originally planned as a 2 record set)
    Prince “Sign O The Times” SDE
    Tears For Fears “Seeds Of Love” SDE
    Steely Dan “AJA” SDE
    Pink Floyd “Animals” Immersion Set w Live, Demos and 5.1 and Quad Mixes
    XTC/Dukes Of Stratosphear Anthology CD/Blu Ray mixed to 5.1 by Steven Wilson

  121. fb says:

    When will Madonna ever give her back catalog the care and attention that her legacy deserves??

  122. Fabio says:

    Heart Capitol Emi years? Whitney Houston’s Whitney deluxe and expanded? Dionne Warwick’s Arista years? Richard Marx, Corey Hart and Michael Boltin expanded discography? Any word on THOSE????

  123. Pkrp says:

    Almost definitely another Steven Wilson enhancement of a classic XTC album(s) due in 2018. We are left with White Music, Go 2, Mummer, The Big Express and the last pair, Apple Venus and Wasp Star. Based on conjecture and a fair wind, I suspect it will be English Settlement which hasn’t had a Surround Series seeing-to yet. It all hangs on where those pesky original masters have been hiding – Andy Partridge has unearthed a few gems thus far (if ES does get a remix from Steven, it’ll be the sixth in the series).

  124. Shane Harris says:

    The next Bowie box should include the following
    Let’s Dance (remastered)
    Serious Moonlight Tour (previously scheduled)
    Tonight (Remastered)
    Never let me down (Remastered)
    Glass Spider Tour (as per DVD Special Edition reissue)
    Tin Machine
    Tin Machine 2
    Tin Machine Oy Vey Baby

  125. OberonOZ says:

    This year is 40 years since Dire Straits released their first album. With their induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame this year as well, it would seem to be a good time to give their first album an SDE, or in fact to redo the catalogue.
    Prince also released his first album 40 years ago, and 30 years ago saw the release of Lovesexy. Not sure if the estate will feel either of these anniversaries are something they want to commemorate, but hopefully we will see new stuff this year.
    Finally, one of the most under-compiled catalogues in music as far as SDE’s and remasters go hits some big milestones. Madonna celebrates the 35th anniversary of her self-titled debut, and the 20th anniversary of one of her biggest sellers, Ray Of Light. There is lots of stuff that could be added in to make decent SDE’s of both of these albums, or perhaps start a long overdue re-examination of her back catalogue!
    Not for nothing, both Queen’s debut and Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell II are celebrating big anniversaries this year, 45 and 25 respectively.

  126. Auteur55 says:

    Black Box Recorder box set hopefully still in course for March after being delayed. I’ve actually pre-paid the thing with no clear release date.

    My dream this year is Deluxe edition of all The Divine Comedy album. Neil come on! Even Gene and Cast had deluxe editions done and your b-sides and rare tracks are all over the place and nearly impossible to collect. Deluxe reissues please!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Good point. Me too, re pre-ordering!

      • Peter Muscutt says:

        Was there ever anything else mentioned about the Black Box Recorder vinyl set that Luke Haines mentioned in his interview with you, Paul? I couldn’t see anything about it on the One Little Indian website where only the CD box set was available to pre-order…

  127. Darren says:

    U2 – Zooropa is 25 years old in 2018

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Although that was included with the Achtung Baby box sets.

      • Rob C says:

        Paul, the fact U2 only reissued Zooropa in the Achtung Baby bod Set was a sore point for many fansainly due to the hefty price tag of that box.

        Do you think U2 will finally reissue Zooropa on it’s own?

        Also, we need something from Kate Bush – her CDs sound very “low” compared to modern remasters and a comprehensive career spanning collection (singles, best of, etc) is long overdue.

        Level 42 have released multi-disc sets for most of their albums however the first three are still only single disc expanded editions – any chance these may come out? Also a super deluxe of international smash World Machine would be welcome.

        Would also love the long Promised but not delivered deluxe editions of Comsat Angels Land & 7 Day Weekend.

        Really hoping The The finally reissue the deluxe edition of Soul Mining on CD! Not all of us are vinyl collectors.

        Would love to see Modern English, Pale Saints & Love And Rockets box sets similar to recent Lush & Kitchens Of Distinction sets.

        More bands embracing the Blancmange style of career spanning box sets.

        I would love many acts to

        Finally, is it wishful thinking to hope Tears For Fears reissues The Hurting super deluxe?

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          I don’t think U2 will reissue Zooropa, to be honest. The super deluxe of Achtung Baby was about £85, IIRC. Quite a lot for 2011 I guess, but today’s standard for a massive 10-disc large format set, not ridiculous. I know the Uber deluxe was over £200…

  128. memoryboy says:

    I’m really excited about a possible Garbage reissue. I have to say I was not very thrilled with the sound quality on the recent remastered Howard Jones best of collection. I wish that the Eurythmics would reissue their albums on CD and not just vinyl. Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and Tears For Fears reissues or box sets sound exciting.

  129. HalloweenJack says:

    Great article! Thanks for all your hard work with keeping fellow music lovers around the globe informed on this, that, and such. Happy New Year, mate!

    It would be nice to have a 2LP deluxe anniversary set of Yello’s “Flag” with the additional LP featuring singles and remixes (MusicOnVinyl?).
    Or Yes’ “Tourmato” Wembley set officially released.

  130. Don says:

    Sadly the releases I’m most interested in are the ones in “limbo”:
    *TFF Seeds of Love – the wait for this has been truly painful, in a 1st-world-problem sort of way
    *a-ha Minor Earth and Lifelines – Pal mentioned these in interviews almost immediately after the last round of reissues, but there has been two years of silence since then
    *Duran Duran Wedding Album – another release that was reportedly in the works YEARS ago
    *Simple Minds Street Fighting Years – reportedly the next box set in the pipeline, but again, silence for more than a year and probably delayed in favor of the new album

  131. Jeremy says:

    Forget super deluxe editions, I’d just be happy with some new vinyl reissues of all Kate Bush’s albums, especially Aerial. Way overdue!

  132. Mat says:

    Should we expect 2018 releases in these deluxe re-issues series or have those series ended?
    Cream – Disraeli Gears 4-discs?
    Oasis 3CD?
    The Verve?
    Smashing Pumpkins?

    • Philip Cohen says:

      The only remaining Cream vault materials are concert recordings (more versions of the same songs). “Fresh Cream” is the only Cream studio album for which the multitracks exist. All of the multitracks for Cream songs partly or totally recorded at Atlantic Studios in NYC were lost in a vault fire over 40 years ago.

  133. Anthony Grice says:

    Paul, have you heard anything about a possible 40th anniversary release of Boney M’s 1978 classic Nightflight To Venus? A decent re release is long overdue.

  134. Jake says:

    Ugh! Don’t know how I forgot about these two considering I’ve got a bookmark to check on them from time to time.

    Bassist Nick Beggs said a few weeks ago: “Just had a preview of Chris Squire’s Fish out of Water 5.1 mix due for release in 2018 on Cherry Red. Mixed by Jakko Jakszyk. Get ready for this baby. Sounds amazing.” An automatic pre-order for me whenever that becomes available.

    And I keep hearing about a new version of Fly From Here from Yes. No details but plenty of speculation that Trevor Horn will record vocals for it to replace Benoit. Kind of a strange thing in my mind, but might make more sense once all the details are released. A deluxe set with the original version, a “new” version, any unreleased stuff or live from that era would cause me to open my wallet.

    • Tom M says:

      Fish Out of Water is scheduled for April 27. Includes a remaster AND a remixed version.
      Fish Out Of Water (Super Deluxe Set) – Chris Squire

      CD1 (New Stereo Mix of Fish Out of Water by Jakko Jakszyk):

      01 – Hold Out Your Hand
      02 – You By My Side
      03 – Silently Falling
      04 – Lucky Seven
      05 – Safe (Canon Song)

      CD2 (Remastered Original 1975 Stereo Mix by Paschal Byrne):

      01 – Hold Out Your Hand
      02 – You By My Side
      03 – Silently Falling
      04 – Lucky Seven
      05 – Safe (Canon Song)
      — Bonus Tracks —
      06 – Lucky Seven (Single Version)
      07 – Silently Falling (Single Version)
      08 – Run With The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)
      09 – Return Of The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)

      DVD1 :

      Fish Out of Water Album in:

      01 – 5.1 Surround Sound Mix (96kHz/24-bit) (Jakko Jakszyk)
      02 – New Stereo Mix (96kHz/24-bit) (Jakko Jakszyk)
      03 – Remastered Original 1975 Stereo Mix (96kHz/24-bit) (Paschal Byrne)

      DVD2 (NTSC – Region Free):

      01 – 1975 Promo Film
      02 – 2006 Squire Interview with Jon Kirkman
      03 – 2006 Audio Commentary with Chris Squire

      Vinyl LP (180g-weight Black in replica gatefold with poster):

      Side 1:
      01 – Hold Out Your Hand
      02 – You By My Side
      03 – Silently Falling

      Side 2:

      01 – Lucky Seven
      02 – Safe (Canon Song)

      Singles (7″ Vinyl, Picture Sleeves):

      Single 1:
      A-side – Lucky Seven (Single Version)
      B-side – Silently Falling (Single Version)
      Single 2:
      A-side – Run With The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)
      B-side – Return Of The Fox (Chris Squire and Alan White)

  135. Howard says:

    So far not much for me.

    Fleetwood Mac & Simple Minds

    I would hope that Fleetwood Mac do Behind The Mask and Simple Minds do comtinue with the Box sets reissues

    A-ha would make my year & Tears for Fears

    INXS , Prince, & Big Country, I think would be wishful thinking,please prove me wrong.

    I would dearly love Enya to do Watermark 1988 (hopefully next year) and The Corrs.

    I looked back at last years 2017 hopeful reissues, nearly everyone was asking for Kate Bush and Tango In The Night. Well at least a lot of boxes were ticked off with the latter

  136. Dean says:

    Not being an 80’s/90’s pop fan, there’s very little on offer in this list. Add in the fact that Vinyl is of no interest and you’d think they didn’t want my money.

    As to the commentary, lots to disagree with. The Roxy Music release is “mildly controversial”?!? You’ve got to be joking. People have been up in arms about the weakness of this one.

    Also, if Tin Machine don’t make the next box, it’d be ridiculous. And not just the debut. The second album has come classic Bowie, and the live album is getting rarer. Given how poor Let’s Dance and Tonight are – and that Never Let Me Down wasn’t exactly brilliant – the only thing that can save the box is the Tin Machine material. I’m also pretty sure I read there are ownership problems with Labyrinth, but I may be wrong. What we don’t need – IMO – are a bunch of remixes from this era. We really really don’t. Urgh.

    Finally – you say Kate Bush is unlikely, I’d wager, impossible. None of her CD’s need remastering, but box sets of each (at least up to Red Shoes) would be irresistible. Sadly, it ain’t gonna happen, is it.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Re Roxy, the general consensus is that it’s a great box, just overpriced. It’s not ‘Flowers in the Dirt’ – hence ‘mildly’ controversial.

      I like Tin Machine II but what’s that got to do with whether it will be in the next box set? Different label, different decade… there’s plenty of reasons that it might not be included. I’m not even sure if they’ll put the first album in… a separate Tin Machine box makes more sense.

      Nothing is impossible!

      • Kauwgompie says:

        If I remember correctly, Bowie was always keen on pointing out that Tin Machine was a group, not just him. I highly doubt this will be reissued in a Bowie solo box. Just doesn’t make sense.
        And if Bowie’s 80’s remixes are not included in the next box set, I will not be buying it. Those are an absolute must.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          He did say that, although he ‘let’ Tin Machine be included in the Japanese mini-LP Bowie reissue and take its place in the box set in that series.

      • Kevin from Edinburgh says:

        Put me down for a re-issued back-catalogue of Kate Bush. Her body of work is of a size that lends itself to a price-point that many could afford (I suspect). Other than the ridiculously good Tull boxes, my favourite formats are now the comprehensive ‘complete studio album’ collections, be they vinyl or cd (Roxy Music, Queen, Steve Hackett, Bowie, amongst many others). Include the live EP, and a disc of other bits and bobs not on the albums, and I’d pre-order in an instant. I know there was such a set decades ago, but it’s long out of print and requires updating anyway.

  137. Happiness Stan says:

    After the last of the Small Faces reissues comes out (‘The Autumn Stone’) Charly are going to work on the rest of the Immediate label. Billy Nicholls’ ‘Would You Believe’ is scheduled for the treatment. As are Humble Pie’s ‘As Safe As Yesterday Is’ and ‘Town & Country’.

  138. Serge S. says:

    Being a vinyl record buyer I’m personally hoping for the 2nd box set from Bruce Springsteen which should include de studio albums from Tunnel of Love to maybe Magic. Also reissues of all REM albums after Automatic for the people, as well at the second batch of NIN albums. And Flaming Pie from Maca and the expended version of Tom Petty’s Wilflower would be amazing.

  139. sandman slim says:

    Don’t think anyone mentioned: 40th anniversary of Van Halen’s debut album.

  140. Happiness Stan says:

    If Paramount own the rights to the ‘Rattle and Hum’ film and another label (Island/Universal?) owns the rights to the album then a deluxe edition featuring both could be awkward… A shame, because it’s one of U2’s most underrated and unfairly maligned works. If a 30th Annivesary set does come out, it could maybe contain the following:

    Original album

    B-Sides and Remixes (including 12 minute ‘Desire’ Hollywood Mix and ‘God Part II’ Hard Metal and Hard Weapon mixes)

    DVD of original film

    DVD of promo videos and film outtakes (of which there are many)

    Sun Studios Sessions CD or DVD

    ‘Save The Yuppies’ concert CD or DVD

    CD or DVD of a full gig from one of the concerts featured in original film

    Rattle And Hum Book (replica/reprint of 1988 original)

    Smile Jamaica Concert (featuring Keith Richards and Ziggy Marley)

    Cinema Poster (replica/reprint of 1988 original)

    • Happiness Stan says:

      The Channel 4 ‘All I Want Is You’ mini-documentary and the ‘Lovetown’ film of the Australian tour could also feature on a ‘Rattle and Hum’ SDE…

  141. Happiness Stan says:

    The Free Design’s ‘Kites Are Fun’ album is being reissued on gold vinyl . Hopefully all Free Design albums will be reissued in the immediate future….

  142. Geoff D says:

    Pete Wylie has said that there should be some Wah! reissues this year after some legal wrangling was sorted out at the end of 2017.

  143. Nancy says:

    Hi Paul!
    Four of my posts are awaiting moderation, can you make them visible, please?
    And can you make this topic sticky as well, please?
    Hope you don’t mind that.

  144. Gary Ashton says:

    Thanks for the review and speculation Paul !!
    Personally I am looking forward to the Roxy box set and keeping my fingers crossed for a 4th Bowie box set release this year….and like you I would love to see a Kate Bush 40th anniversary release for ‘The Kick Inside’ which as you say, is a remarkable album….

    Other classic albums which reach the age of 40 in 2018 are
    Van Halen
    Dire Straits
    Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Good
    The Cars

  145. James Foran says:

    Tori Amos’s From The Choirgirl Hotel is 20 this year and I remember reading somewhere that she said it will be getting the deluxe treatment that her three preceding albums had. Fingers crossed!

  146. Rick says:

    It would be great to get Shakespear’s Sister re-issues of “Sacred Heart” and “Hormonally Yours” since Siobhan Fahey has been enjoying the stellar Bananarama reunion tour. One can hope!

  147. Lemmin says:

    Well I’m one fan excited about the Eurythmics vinyl reissues.

  148. Andy says:

    Seven and the Ragged Tiger will be 35 years old, not 30. Don’t try to make us younger than we are!

  149. AModSquad says:

    Hi Paul,

    Im baffled by the lack of Madonna re-releases. Can you shed some light on this? That said, the few items that have been remastered (celebration greatest hits) or rereleases (Madonna full album discography with cardboard sleeves) are TERRIBLE so not even sure I want anything redone if it cant be done right.
    Do you know anyone at WB, Rhino, etc? Can i offer some exec some guidance on how to put a package together? For instance, we just missed a 25th anniversary for Erotica and this year would be the 20th anniversary for Ray of Light. I’d love to help someone at her label put a solid package together that fans would appreciate.

    At the minimum, an RSD offering for a 20th anniversary ROL release, limited, numbered, silver vinyl with Has To Be included – boom!

    • CJ says:

      I don’t know for certain, but my educated guess is that she has control of her masters and has no interest in spending time on the past, which has been a recurring issue in terms of any archival releases from her. Warner would be all better very reissues if they had the say in it—look what they did with Prince when they owned the catalog work. There has not been a single catalog release since she left them, even though there MUST be a decent return on investment potential.

      I think she’s terrified of doing anything that might make her start to seem like a “legacy” act. As a woman, especially, she’s constantly fighting criticism about continuing in the industry “at her age,” even as we wait eagerly for new music from male acts twenty and thirty years older than she is. She’s on her own in this—there is no other female recording artist who has been in the game as long as she has who still relies primarily on new recordings of new material for her career—no standards albums, no covers albums, no albums written primarily by other people, no “ let’s re-record some of my greatest hits” acoustic albums. In over 30 years, there’ve been only 4 compilations: Immaculate Collection (a contractual obligation), Something to Remember (part of the campaign for Evita), GHV2 (which she detested and had nothing to do with, and it shows), and Celebration (with her involvement, but also a contractual obligation).

      If I were taking bets on anything remotely resembling “looking back,” I’d expect a post-Warner’s collection at the end of the current contract and MAYBE (huge maybe) something like a re-recording/acoustic album if she decides to do something like the Tears of a Clown-style residency that she was talking about last year.

      I think the only way we’ll get SDE’s is either in another 10-15 years when she might feel more nostalgic, or if one of the independent labels like Cherry Red or Edsel come to her with a big fat wad of cash and a good proposal, but I don’t think any of those labels have the resources or money to make that happen.

      But damn do I wish we’d get something. A Like a Prayer SDE would be amazing. A box set of unreleased outtakes and demos would also be great.

      • AModSquad says:

        Thanks CJ! I agree with you on what you said and on what I know about M but the truth is we’re not getting any younger either, as fans, and everyday that passes im less interested in investing in another set.
        As an example, 10 years ago, I was signing change.org petitions demanding the release of the Blond Ambition tour in full that Alek Keshishian, apparently, shot for Truth or Dare. Today, I dont even own a dvd player and am in the middle of disposing of much of my physical collection. Had they released this dvd 10 years ago, they would have gotten 20 bucks from me. If they release it today, I may consider buying or renting from a streaming service for much less because im not as excited by this stuff like I once was and I dont buy physical product unless it is limited or special in some way (ie: RSD)
        Dont get me wrong, when WB/Rhino/whoever does something right, im the first to get it – such as the limited Immaculate Collection Gold Vinyl from 2017 or the 2 RSD limited editions, albeit weak, that weve gotten so far for Madonna (can we please leave the early era for the next RSD!)
        I hope she and her business team understand that as time passes, interests and desires pass and im not always going to be itching to own or hear her SDE’s. She needs to do some type of balancing.

    • Andy says:

      What’s wrong with the Madonna cardboard sleeve box? I paid $25 for 11 albums that I hadn’t previously purchased. That collection was aimed at consumers like me who own very little of Madonna’s catalogue. You sound like a true fan who probably already has most, if not all, of her discography, so the box wouldn’t be a worthwhile purchase for you. So why ‘TERRIBLE’? For me, it is perfect.

      • AModSquad says:

        Hey Andy – when it was released, it was selling for $80 dollars. I didnt see a product that reflected an $80 price tag. I assume WB realized this as well and dropped it to $30 within 6 months of release which is much more reasonable. That said, there’s nothing on there that you couldnt pick up at the $1 bin at any used record store. At minimum a remastered collection? Her concept album, “Im Breathless” which was inspired by Dick Tracy (not the soundtrack), which includes Vogue, was also missing from the set. For under $25 its an easy way to get the full Madonna collection on cd and call it a day. For a big Madonna fan like me who is thirsty for SDE’s and special editions, this was just another disappointment from the Madonna camp.

  150. mino says:

    There are for sure unreleased George Michael’ songs such as the phantomatic “Stephen” or the LWP 2 tracks or The Trojan Soul Project otr a lot of live cover songs… We want them, we need them…

  151. Eamonn says:

    Fingers crossed for a Suede super-deluxe. Their very early stuff (which they didn’t have rights to the first/last time they reissued it) and demos from the album sessions are the gaps to fill. Brett’s memoir is out close enough to the 25th anniversary so it’s the perfect time.

  152. Alexander says:

    What about 50 years of Led Zeppelin in 2018? Jimmy Page promised something unusual for sure but what we can expect ? There is live material available from 1971,1973, 1975. I guess it can be release of the year, no doubt.

  153. Neil Hunt says:

    I’m looking forward very much to the mammoth Wishbone Ash “Vintage Years” Box Set due in April. I’ve already got it on order with Burning Shed.

    Also, I’m looking forward to getting the Porcupine Tree CD remasters (In Absentia and Deadwing). I also see that some of the earlier PT albums are getting reissued in March (The Sky Moves Sideways and Up The Downstair). All with new improved sound and remastering by Steven Wilson.

  154. Paul Rantzau says:

    Sigh…another year then with no Blood on the Tracks boxset..

    • Ben Williams says:

      It’s coming though.. probably around the time this Rolling Thunder documentary comes out. It will happen I promise!

  155. DaveM says:

    @Tom Kristensen, I so hope the info about BTTE comes to fruition. I also hope London Town appears as well alongside it (I can live in hope).
    Also, aren’t there rumours of John Lennon’s Imagine getting the deluxe treatment?

  156. Meadowmeal says:

    I really enjoyed this year’s 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow release by the Beach Boys and I hope we’ll get a similar release for 1968 (Friends and 20/20, although I’m aware the latter was only released in 1969).
    Another series of which I’m looking forward to the next chapter is the Super Furry Animals’ reissue programme. They might wait until Guerilla’s 20th anniversary in 2019, but I hope they won’t leave such a gap.
    I’m also hoping for deluxe reissues of The Kinks’ 1970’s albums following Everybody’s in Show-Biz.
    And Elvis Costello’s post-Warner albums are in need of a reissue programme gathering all stray tracks. Painted from Memory turns 20 this year…
    Finally, Paul Young’s No Parlez will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. Wouldn’t that be a good occasion to finally get the LP version of that album on CD?

  157. Brian Klinger says:

    As The Smiths were a year late in putting out a deluxe edition of The Queen Is Dead, maybe a one-year-late deluxe of Strangeways, Here We Come?

  158. Larry Davis says:

    Hey Paul, while browsing for stuff online, I came across an upcoming boxset that caught my interest and I preordered it…by US band Spirit…a 5CD set…”The Complete Ode and Epic Albums”…price is cheap and the set looks similar to the Altered Images set…

  159. Happiness Stan says:

    A deluxe of Small Faces’ ‘The Autumn Stone’ is out soon.
    There’s also a triple vinyl ’50th Anniversary Edition’ of ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’ imminent.
    So is a ’50th Anniversary Edition ‘ of Love’s ‘Forever Changes’.
    And Humble Pie’s two Immediate albums are due for remastering/deluxe treatment soon.

    Hopefully there will be 30th Anniversary deluxe of U2’s ‘Rattle and Hum’.
    And a ’50th Anniversary ‘Beggars Banquet’. But I can’t see The Stones and ABKCO agreeing on that…

    And although it sadly looks like there will be no Stone Roses material again, it would be nice if the band or Sony revisited those 1988 Peter Hook ‘Elephant Stone’ sessions. This mellower version of ‘Elephant Stone’ is wonderful.


    • kook says:

      ABKCO managed to find a way to celebrate ‘Satanic Majesties’ turning 50 last year (I’m not sure how many other people did…) so it surely beggars* belief that they wouldn’t do something for one of the Stones’ most highly-regarded albums – with ‘Let It Bleed’ to follow next year, perhaps?
      The evolution of ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ alone is good for half a disc, and Martin Elliott’s book suggests there are plenty of other fascinating gems in the vault from this period.
      (It’s got to be a safer bet than a deluxe reissue of ‘Undercover’ anyway??)

      * insert groan

  160. Alan Blevin says:

    Re a couple of comments in your excellent preview.
    Given how protective she has been of her whole career I hold little hope for Kate Bush to go down the SDE path.However in his blog a few days ago where he mentioned the SDE’s of the Porcupine Tree albums In Absentia and Deadwing that are coming out later in the year(vinyl’s before that)Steven Wilson said his dream projects were to work with the Kate Bush and Prince catalogues.Can you imagine how great a series of her albums done in the Tull format would be?
    The Springsteen Born In The USA box is coming just not this year.There have been 5 years between each of the album boxes so that puts that one in 2020.Big question is whether the unreleased Nebraska sessions both solo and with E St Band will be part of it.The concert film will be a Giants Stadium show which was professionally shot by NFL Films.
    Bootleg Series Blood On The Tracks has been ready to go for a couple of years.The issue is that there desire to have a 6-8 disc edition of their Bootleg Series releases has them considering including Desire and Street Legal sessions in that box or leaving them for later.The other Dylan archival project that is close to completion is a Rolling Thunder Review tour box like the 1966 tour box.Inclusion of Hard Rain and maybe even Renaldo and Clara video is likely.2019 is likely release for this.

    • kook says:

      I’m looking forward to seeing ‘Born In The USA’ eventually get the big box treatment but Landau’s always been pretty adamant that the ‘Electric Nebraska’ sessions wouldn’t see the light of day, and there can’t be much else from that era that hasn’t already been released in some form.
      As for this year, maybe there will be a 20th anniversary deluxe edition of ‘Tracks’ containing four discs of previously released material, just to confuse everyone?

  161. Domingo says:

    B. Banquet, O. And Oracle, Axis: bold, The Beatles… 1968, a good year…

  162. Maris Ceplis says:

    Just an obsessive idea – when can we expect both Gemini (Abba) albums properly re-issued?

  163. Maris Ceplis says:

    Just an obsessive thought – when can we expect both Gemini (of Abba fame) albums to be properly re-issued?

    • Chris says:

      I was thinking the same thing while reading this article, as I don’t have either of the Gemini albums on CD.

  164. mike says:

    Yay, Scritti excellent! As per Duran website the band see the 40th anniversary as 2020 officially, the first gig with Simon was 1980, but will start the celebrations in 2019, so bar TWA anniversary, will be slim pickings.

  165. Michael says:

    An enticing list of SDE issues planned (or speculatively planned) for 2018. Like many, I’m sure, The Beatles ‘white album’ is top of the list. To hear at least “Revolution 9” in a 5.1 mix would be amazing, but of course the entire original studio album remastered in 5.1 would be absolute bliss! The Paul McCartney Archive Collection SDE sets I’m still hoping for are: “Back to the Egg,” “Red Rose Speedway” and “London Town.” Kate Bush’s “The Dreaming” and “Hounds of Love” as remastered deluxe sets would be most desirable, as well as anything (or even better; EVERYTHING from The Police in SDE packaging with bonus tracks :)

  166. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    i wish it would be a Visage year.
    Polydor gave nothing from the vaults for the latest Visage “Wild Life” compilation.
    i hope they use it then for a “Deluxe Edition” of the first “Visage” album from 1980.
    fantastic would be a “Deluxe Edition” of “From Luxery To Heartache” by Culture Club.
    with A-ha i think they will re-release a “Super Deluxe Edition” of “Stay On These Roads”
    next ( because they use only 2 strange edits of remixes from that album for the “Time And Again” compilation ).
    …and finally ABBA: a few years ago they planned a “Chiquitita” medley of different demo version for a re-release. so it is time to release it this year, along with the never released
    Miami Mix of “If It Wasn’t For The Nights”.
    PS: yesterday i saw a crazy cover of a forthcoming new Kim Wilde album “Here Comes The Aliens” ( release March 2018 )

  167. Grrrrrr says:

    I’d love to see a full vinyl of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense complete show in 2019, 35th anniversary of release. Would make neat Blu ray set too.

    • CJ says:

      There is a BluRay out there, but it’s difficult to find, and I’m not sure it’s official. I think it would be a great contender for a Criterion Collection edition with bonus performances, interviews, the complete soundtrack, and other bonus material. With Criterion’s relationship with Demme already established, it would be a great match, and they have already done some music releases in the past.

      A Criterion BluRay of True Stories would also be good, including a CD soundtrack with both the band’s versions and the versions from the film, which only ever got a vinyl release.

  168. Simon Franklin says:

    I’ve heard of scritti politi expanded reissues and also a certain ratio box set. As well autumn stone from the small faces, Ogden’s get a three disc vinyl reissue too, the links preservation is a def and wellers 60th may see some stuff including a new album. Steve Ellis from love affair and p p Arnold’s new material will see the light of day.
    Thanks for your site and helping me spend my money :)
    PS nearly forgot the Ronnie lane albums plus rarities box set and not forgettting the humble pie cd version of their box set with promised rarities too! These are also defs!

  169. Jon says:

    I wish they’d do something proper with Tina Turner’s Capitol/Parlophone albums…sure Private Dancer was reissued twice but there are still some unreleased recordings as well as a few songs from the early 80’s never on CD (like “Crazy in the Night” from the Summer Lovers soundtrack)…1986’s “Break Every Rule” has a litany of b-sides and remixes never on CD (including a handful of unreleased tracks some produced by Bryan Adams) and 1989’s “Foreign Affair” has tons of remixes.

    Would love for proper deluxe editions of the Eurythmics catalog…there is a wealth of unreleased songs especially from the first five albums (including 1984).

    • CJ says:

      I can’t get nderstand why NOTHING has been done for Break Every Rule. It’s never even gotten just a straight remaster. Private Dancer may have sold more, but Break Every Rule was the more interesting album of the two, and there are so many great b-sides that have NEVER gotten a CD release. Plus it would be an excellent chance to correct the oversight of not including “One of the Living” on the PD reissue.

  170. Scott Mills says:

    A minor correction – Seven and the Ragged Tiger is 35 years old this year, not 30.

    Thanks for the summary!

    – Scott

  171. Jaime Heras says:

    Thanks for the summary, Paul.

    It has also been announced the release in February of Frank Zappa’s “The Roxy Performances”, a 7 CD box set with the whole Roxy recordings. I’m really excited for this release since that’s my favourite Zappa band ever.

    A very happy and deluxe year for all!

  172. superenigmatix says:

    I’ll second Guy for any Gary/Kit Clark related reissues.

    I can’t believe The Eurythmics aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame already!

    A new Tracy Thorn solo album would be great, the others are awesome.

    How about a Prefab Sprout Box Set, get someone to raid Paddy’s Archive!

    • CJ says:

      I’m really disappointed that Annie and Dave didn’t get in his year, but I think it’s a reflection of the HOF’s bias toward bands with a high profile in the US. While Eurythmics were pretty successful in the states, it wasn’t anything like the level they attained elsewhere. There’s also a really miserable and unfair bias against electronic music, and while they went on the play plenty of “real” (I hate that term) music, the US memory is of them primarily as an electronic group.

      But they were one of the most deserving bands nominated this year, as far as I’m concerned.

    • Mickey says:

      Tracey Thorn has an album out this year, she has been tweeting about it :-)

  173. Adam says:

    I thought I’d love a special edition of Rush’s ‘Hemispheres’ from ’78, but I understand some tapes couldn’t be found so there’d be no chance of a 5.1 mix, so, maybe not. Maybe ‘Stained Class’ or ‘Killing Machine’ specials from Judas Priest, again both from ’78?

  174. Darren Briscoe says:

    At last!!! Bowie’s “Tonight” and “Never Let Me Down”!! Am i the only one looking forward to this set and really hoping all remixes are included! Keep up the good work Paul!

    • CJ says:

      This set is actually the one I’ve looked most forward to since the start of the series. Bowie’s 80s work has gotten the least attention in terms of reissues. The classic 70s stuff, of course, has been visited again and again, and the 90s and 00s stuff has even had many reissues, but those 80s albums, despite all their success, got what seemed like the bare minimum of acknowledgement from an archival front. I really hope we get all the remixes, but also all the b-sided and soundtrack pieces also.

  175. Le Baron says:

    It’s been a while since Mike Oldfield’s Discovery and the Killing Fields were rereleased.
    Time for Islands ans Earth Moving!

  176. Ronen says:

    I’ve never seen this artwork for The Kick Inside, nice one.

  177. Fenwick says:

    I would love to see The Band Music From Big Pink get a 40th anniversary release with all the multiple takes of songs, outtakes etc…..

    Robbie has done a great job reissuing the live material, but the first few studio albums definitely could stand the lavish reissue treatment too!

  178. Nancy says:

    “Classic” albums turning 60 in 2018:

    Original Soundtrack – South Pacific
    Original Cast – My Fair Lady
    Perry Como – We Got Letters
    Lonnie Donegan – Lonnie
    Ella Fitzgerald – Irving Berlin Song Book
    Elvis Presley – King Creole (Original Soundtrack)
    Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me
    Pat Boone – Stardust
    Mario Lanza – The Student Prince / The Great Caruso (Original Soundtrack)

    • Steve Smethurst says:

      Blimey how far back do we want do go with these….my dads turning 70 this year, can I get him re-issued!

  179. Colm Kearney says:

    So what’s the word on the street on his Royal Purpleness, Huggy?

  180. Albais says:

    Next week starts The Residents campaign reissues with first 2 albums remastered with two cd each with usual new notes, unseen stuff and rare tracks. As a example Meet The Residents includes 50 tracks between Mono and Stereo versión and new ones as well.

    And somwhere in middle of year will be a new Alan Parsons disc in which is supposed to be working those last months.

  181. Chris says:

    I know of at least one long-promised box set that almost certainly *won’t* be coming out in 2018, and I can think of no article I’d love to see more on SDE than an investigative piece on what the heck is going on with it.

    For many years now, there have been regular promises of an exhaustive box set in the works that would comprehensively cover the Band pre-_Music From Big Pink_ — collecting up all their recordings with Ronnie Hawkins, all the Levon and the Hawks recordings, and all the viable Woodstock/Basement-Tapes-ish recordings from 1967-1968 that *don’t* include Dylan playing/singing, most of which have not been released. I’ve been hearing “it’s coming” for so long that I just don’t believe it anymore. It would be so very nice if someone that folks involved might actually talk to would investigate what’s going on with this, and whether it’ll ever happen.

  182. Andrea says:

    Why do you think that:
    -there won’t be a 5.1 mix of the White Album?
    -the TFF album will be postponed once again?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      1. It’s a lot of work and mostly not really necessary. I mean, does ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’ need to be in 5.1?
      2. Gut feeling.

  183. Andrea says:

    Suede and The White Album would be two great reissues. Finger crossed :)

  184. CJL says:

    Massive 30 cd Wishbone Ash box set due in April. It may be £250, but it took me about a nano-second to pre-order.

  185. Nancy says:

    “Classic” albums turning 50 in 2018:

    Love – Forever Changes
    Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding
    Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
    Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
    Scott Walker – Scott 2
    Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
    Canned Heat – Boogie With Canned Heat
    Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Beat Of The Brass
    Pink Floyd – Saucerful Of Secrets
    John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Bare Wires
    Tom Jones – Delilah
    Moody Blues – In Search Of The Last Chord
    Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
    Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen
    Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now
    Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Original Soundtrack)
    Simon & Garfunkel – The Graduate (Original Soundtrack)
    Traffic – Traffic
    Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
    Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album)
    Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
    Tom Jones – Help Yourself

    • Philip Cohen says:

      On the subject of Traffic, the group is one of several 1960’s & 1970’s Island Records groups(the others being “Free” and “Spooky Tooth”) whose surviving members have a frosty relationship with Island’s present-day owner Universal Music. All archival tracks (that Universal ever issued) by those 3 groups have been taken off the market, and those group’s albums have reverted back to no bonus tracks.

  186. Mickey says:

    I’d love a super deluxe and remaster for George Michael – Older which I think will happen but not yet. I’d love it to be 2018 but who knows

  187. elliott buckingham says:

    still waiting on a hardline according ttd deluxe edition if only a dbl disc edition with the 12″ mixes on the 2nd disc

    • CJ says:

      I can’t believe this has never been done. It was one of the biggest albums of its time, and even if he hadn’t maintained the same profile or public appeal, THE HARDLINE is too amazing an album to not get a big SDE release.

  188. John says:

    It’s a stretch but ABBA: The Movie didn’t premiere in the UK til 1978, I’d welcome a soundrack CD package that included a full length studio (if it exists) or live version of Get On The Carousel.

  189. Jake says:

    I have no insider knowledge, so this is just a guess, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see something out of the King Crimson camp related to The construKction of Light and The Power to Believe. Maybe they’re in the simple CD/DVD format, or a box set covering both albums and related material much like Sailors’ Tales or the box covering the 80s.

    These sets seem to come out of nowhere when you least expect it and unless Fripp really hated that era, why not take this box set series all the way?

    And while an upcoming new album from Judas Priest may be the only thing they want to release this year, this is the 30th anniversary for Ram It Down. We got a Turbo set last year and other reissue albums before that, so I would imagine that reissue series would continue.

    Finally, I wouldn’t mind another batch of Scorpions reissues. Don’t know if that first batch was it, or if they want to do their whole catalog.

  190. elliott buckingham says:

    any news on the war of the worlds 40th anniversary releases dbl vinyl reissued this month and rumoured to be a few projects marking this milestone hoping for a Blu-ray audio 5.1 mix as my sacd player I have now only plays in stereo.

    • Tom M says:

      Have you double-checked the players menu for settings that might be off? Usually you have to tell it to default to the 5.1 tracks.

  191. Kevin Galliford says:

    From what I can gather, Duran Duran & their management are looking at celebrating their 40th anniversary. I would hope to see some gigs, maybe a residency at the Hammersmith Odeon or Royal Albert Hall (they’ve never headlined there ) a coffee table book, definitely a proper box set release of the Wedding album & at least an EP of new songs in a collectible format for the fans. A new album is too much to ask for. Curiously, Nick Rhodes has recently said that the anniversary will be 2019 but I don’t understand that as everyone knows the year of formation was 1978 ( their website even sells 1978 T-shirts ). On other matters, I can’t wait for the Simple Minds reissues of “Street fighting years” & U2’s “Pop”.

  192. Geoff says:

    The Small Faces’ The Autumn Stone is slated for March and the 3 disc set will feature the correct mixes where previously the wrong ones had been used. It’ll also feature a newly discovered instrumental entitled ‘Olympic Jam’. Two months later there’ll be a triple vinyl 50th anniversary edition of ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’ featuring the mono and stereo versions plus some alternate mixes.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      …..but Small Faces compiler Rob Caiger’s unwillingness to reveal a tracklisting for either of his proposed Small Faces projects, suggests that the tracklistings haven’t been finalised and these projects have not been taken to the mastering stage. You’ll be waiting a long time, if these projects materialise at all. The “Here Comes the Nice” 4-CD + Book set issued some years back used all or nearly all of the surviving Small Faces multitrack tapes. and the group never had much unreleased songs to begin with. Remember, the group only recorded 4 albums, and one of them was (at best) a contractual obligation.

  193. Tommy says:

    You didn’t mention Led Zeppelin and it’s Big 50th Anniversary this year. Jimmy Page stated there will be unissued material released this year. I hope for 1968 LZ1 sessions.

  194. Pete Muscutt says:

    I can’t wait for more Floyd super deluxes…I’m running low on marbles, and another scarf would do just fine for all this freezing weather!

    • Klaus says:

      @Pete Muscutt

      Sorry to hear you already lost most of your marbles but what did you do with all these scarves? ;-)

  195. Pete Murs says:

    Blood on the Tracks for me is my favourite LP of all time , Dylan’s masterpiece…… if a Dylan Bootleg series issue of this comes later this year I will be ecstatic

  196. Jefferson says:

    The two things I was actually hoping to see info on when I saw this headline are The Wedding Album (and Thank You as well, while we’re at it) and the Cardigans catalog (Gran Turismo specifically). Seems like really we don’t know anymore than we did already.

    And as I commented in a response above, what’s the holdup with a Cure- Wish reissue (and maybe SHOW and PARIS?)

    Others I’d love to see that go for hundreds on eBay:

    Everything But The Girl – Amplified Heart (never been pressed on vinyl I don’t believe) and, more importantly, Walking Wounded
    George Michael – Older & Patience (sort of addressed in the original post)
    Seal – 1st 3 albums really, but Human Being in particuar
    Heart – Desire Walks On (I finally scored a copy for a decent price but still….)
    Annie Lennox – Diva and Medusa
    Suzanne Vega – 99.9 F° (don’t ask me how but I got it for $1.99 at Amoeba a few years ago, but it’s still super hard to find, very pricey, and is due for a reissue)
    Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody
    Monaco – Music For Pleasure (New Order spinoff from the 90’s)
    Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live (I know, now I’m just getting greedy)

    And one I’m sure we’d all love to have, Kate Mothereffing Bush – Aerial

    Anyone know anything about these?

    • Tim says:

      I can’t see Aerial getting another release at all due to the inclusion of a now-disgraced figure… It’s a real shame because a vinyl reissue is right up there at the top of my ‘wish list’. The ‘offending’ parts could be replaced (possibly by Bertie as they were in the live shows) but it sounds like a lot of effort…

      • Jefferson says:

        Oh maybe. And I just realized, re-reading my posts. I didn’t actually specify, I meant VINYL reissues of all titles I mentioned. Maybe that was implied but wanted to make sure.

  197. Dani77 says:

    Procol Harum 8 discs anthology – march

  198. paolo says:

    Please not a “Suede” 25th anniversary edition! Since the band reformed in 2010 it’s been an endless reissue of the back catalogue, with two new records very poorly promoted in comparison with their older stuff rehashings.

    I would rather see a 20th anniversary edition of Placebo’s “Without You I’m Nothing”. They could just use the remaster from a couple years ago, which was exclusive to vinyl, and add a second disc of extras and a DVD. I’m not that confident though, Placebo don’t seem to be very fond of their past records.

    • Stupidactingsmart says:

      I was thinking something similar. Suede’s first two albums are gems, but what is there left to do with them?

  199. Howard says:

    Procol Harum are closing out their 50th year with a busy concert year and a new CD Novum. In March a nice 8 cd/DVD box
    Still There’ll Be More comes out via Esoterica.
    Details here at PH website


  200. Caroline says:

    Maybe slightly off SDE’s usual path but The Residents have finally unlocked their tape archive and kick off a “pREServed” series of 2CD upgrades at the end of next week with a pile of unherard stuff being added to their first two albums. Cherry Red already promising this will continue during 2018.

    The Fall’s “Bend Sinister” has been (semi)promised by Beggars Arkive for this year – this is the only 80’s Fall album that hasn’t been remastered and reissued in any form.

    A complete CD/DVD collection of Siouxsie And The Banshees singles was being mooted by Steve Severin for a 2017 release but never appeared – 2018, hopefully?

  201. RJS says:

    He passed away in February last year and 2018 is the fiftieth anniversary of legendary producer and arranger David Axelrod’s debut album ‘Song of Innocence’. I would love it if that album and it’s follow up ‘Songs of Experience’ along with 1970’s ‘Earth Rot’ were cleaned up and boxed up along with an instrumental version of ‘Earth Rot’. Anyone new to his music should give him a spin. With Earl Palmer on drums and Carol Kaye on bass, ‘Song of Innocence’ is the greatest album you’ve never heard!

  202. David Simon says:

    Any ideas on what will happen with the Prince catalogue? I really enjoyed the Purple Rain SDE and hope that they’ll continue with other albums in a similar format. I have the Lovesexy tour on video, but nothing to watch it on! It’d be great if there was a DVD transfer of that.

  203. Kauwgompie says:

    I completely agree that when you release an 80’s album, you must include the 80’s period remixes. Like Fleetwood did with Tango In The Night. Bruce Springsteen, please take note if you ever do decide to reissue “Born In The USA”. And David Bowie reissuers, please take note that we do want all the extended vocal, dub and instrumental remixes!!

    I’m hoping for another Prince reissue this year. They moved fast with Purple Rain and I’m hoping for a massive SDE of “Sign Of The Times”, Prince’s best album ever in my book.

    A Scritti Politti reissue would be amazing, especially “Cupid and Psycho” and “Provision” are outstanding albums, very worthy of SDE’s. Hopefully Mojo is right.

    I would personally love to see a reissue of Nik Kershaw’s “Radio Musicola” and of course any reissue of The Beloved would be much appreciated by many.

    No one is ever talking about Stevie Wonder reissues. I would love to see “Songs In The Key Of Life” reissued. Not sure what Stevie had in his vaults but I can imagine it is a lot. I can’t even imagine how many songs he wrote. There must be stuff there. If anything else fails, there should be demo’s and live stuff at least.

    I’m NOT looking forward to any more money grabbing Roxy Music, Eagles and Paul McCartney stuff. Their reissue-models seem to have failed. Not sure about sales figures but I hope they abandon the path they are on and have not inspired any other artists.

    Bring on the new 2018 box sets!!!

    • imsparky4u says:

      Amen to Radio Musicola and The Beloved!!

    • Stupidactingsmart says:

      Totally agree about Stevie Wonder. I would love expanded versions of any of his classic period. Cecil and Margouleff have said that they recorded hours and hours of stuff when they produced him. There are some unreleased songs floating about on YouTube but something official would be amazing.

  204. martin farnworth says:

    i wouldn’t be that disappointed if there was little in the way of reissues this year. it would mean upping my game in terms looking for new stuff out there!

    • Derek Langsford says:

      I agree. 2017 was a big year for expensive boxes (Beatles, Blancmange, Erasure, Fleetwood Mac, Human League, Kraftwerk, and Marillion were among my purchases). From what I’ve seen my wallet will be less stretched this year but it will give me time to find new artists to collect or maybe an upgrade to my system.

  205. Frenchyeric says:

    Steven Wilson posted recently that working with Kate Bush is scheduled in 2018 !
    The Dreaming as a super deluxe box set with a fantastic 5.1 blu-ray, tons of b-sides, unreleased tracks and a 80 or so page book would make my Year !!!

    • Steven Roberts says:

      Don’t hold your breath – I think that was meant as a joke…something along the lines of he’s still waiting for a call from Kate Bush and the Prince estate.

      I would be VERY surprised if any 5.1/remasters from Kate landed this year.

      Or any other!

  206. Kevin P. says:

    Hoping for a Deluxe Re-issue for Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love. Maybe some more archive stuff from Neil Young?

  207. Auntie Sabrina says:

    OMD were formed 40 years ago. Kate Bush also released Lionheart, but there’s sure to be the inevitable Grease OST 40th Anniverary release though…

  208. Nancy says:

    “Classic” albums turning 30 in 2018:

    Johnny Hates Jazz – Turn Back The Clock
    Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God
    All About Eve – All About Eve
    Everything But The Girl – Idlewild
    Mission – Children
    Robert Plant – Now And Zen
    Morrissey – Viva Hate
    Bros – Push
    Primitives – Lovely
    Aztec Camera – Love
    Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    Erasure – The Innocents
    A-Ha – Stay On These Roads
    Sade – Stronger Than Pride
    Prince – Lovesexy
    Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
    Fairground Attraction – The First Of A Million Kisses
    Hothouse Flowers – People
    Kylie Minogue – Kylie-The Album
    Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
    Womack & Womack – Conscience
    Metallica – …And Justice For All
    Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart
    Bon Jovi – New Jersey
    Enya – Watermark
    Transvision Vamp – Pop Art
    Bomb The Bass – Into The Dragon
    Pet Shop Boys – Introspective
    U2 – Rattle And Hum
    Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – Anything For You
    R.E.M. – Green
    Kim Wilde – Close
    Mylene Farmer – Ainsi Soit Je…

  209. Denis Woods says:

    Running In The Family by Level 42 is thirty years old this year. Love a deluxe edition with remastered Vinyl.

  210. Ben Williams says:

    I have it on very good authority that the next Dylan set is Blood On The Tracks related and has been fully compiled. Sony just waiting for the right time to put this out!

  211. Guy Incognito says:

    Danny Wilson/Gary Clark/King L/Transister/Swiss Family Orbison box set please and thank you.

  212. fan says:

    The Who By Numbers deserves a deluxe edition

    cd1 original album+demos/b-sides/whatever
    cd2+3 live swansea 76
    bluray Cleveland 75 with picture taken and 4k’d from the original negatives+proper 5.1 sound from the multitracks (not like the “Texas 75” scam)

    they can also do a PROPER deluxe 45th anniversary Quadrophenia (because well, demos are nice but we prefer live action)

    cd1+2 original album/b-sides/related tracks
    cd2+3 live 1974 (as many quadrophenia tracks as possible)
    bluray : Charlton 1974

    as for Who Are You :

    cd1 original album + b-sides (they can just put the 1996 cd again really,all 1996 remasters are wonderful imo)
    cd2 unreleased demos/studio sessions with KEITH MOON (r.i.p.)
    cd3+4 live around the world 79
    bluray Chicago 1979

  213. GW says:

    Great to see some love for ‘Full Moon, Dirty Hearts’! Playing it right now. Fresh as a daisy. My campaign for an SDE of Max Q will continue but will likely lead to disappointment.

    Am very hopeful we’ll finally have a new album from Its Immaterial too. Think the Manics are doing something for ‘This is my truth…’ too. Loads of good tracks from that era to flesh out an SDE.

  214. Peter Nicholas says:

    Isn’t there a Soft Cell box set planned for this year as well, along the lines of Marc Almond’s Trials of Eyeliner one. 9 CD’s or something like that.

  215. Purplemuziq says:

    The big question is: will we see any new (= from the vault) or reissued music by Prince? Lovesexy’s 30th anniversary is coming up, what a blast it would be to have an expanded edition of that album with a bonus-dvd of the liveshow in Dortmund… But since the heirs are still at war with eachother, I very much doubt if we’ll see any releases by our purple hero this year. What a sad conclusion that is…

  216. Pete says:

    Anyone know how if there are plans to put out individual vinyl releases of the remasters from Bowie’s ‘A New Career…’ box set this year?

  217. Gary Matfin says:

    Wow, to dream of Kate Bush putting out a 40th anniversary Wuthering Heights vinyl single (just like the Bowie singles) would be amazing! Just a remastered The Kick Inside would be good though, what an album!

    • Derek Langsford says:

      I have always thought her albums would be just exquisite in 5.1. Seems like Depeche Mode and Genesis are the only bands with 5.1 remasters of all the albums they had released at the time.

  218. Dylan says:

    Linked to a-ha, there’s a new Savoy album out in the next couple of weeks. Also hoping for TFF and Marillion and all the others I wished for this time last year…unsuccessfully!

  219. JVN says:

    Any Sandra reissues would be greatly appreciated.

  220. colinthebruce says:

    New Red Box album expected this year and rumours its back to Circle and Square type stuff as opposed to the last, mainly accousticy (!) one “Plenty” (though my favourite has always been Motive.)Looking forward to it anyway.

  221. Will says:

    It’s the anniversary of Mansun’s Six this year.
    There was a rumour Steven Wilson did a 5.1 of it so hopefully we’ll see that this year.

  222. Bob peel says:

    Nicky wire has hinted at a ‘possible’ manics this is my truth 20th edition stating they have more unrealesed material for that album than any other

  223. Corey says:

    I hope we’ll not be waiting too long for the Mel & Kim super deluxe release? :)

  224. Elliot says:

    A couple of others I’m looking forward to:

    Lacuna Coil – The Presence of the Past (13 CD box set including all the studio albums)
    Sultans of Ping F.C. – Casual Sex in the Cineplex (Expanded Edition) – January 19th
    Momus – Create I – Procreate (3CD Remastered & Expanded Edition) – January 26th

    Ones I’d like to see deluxe editions of owing to their respective anniversaries:

    Ash – Nu-Clear Sounds
    Curve – Come Clean
    Embrace – The Good Will Out
    Garbage – Version 2.0
    Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
    Mansun – Six
    Massive Attack – Mezzanine
    Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing
    Senser – Asylum
    The Shamen – UV
    Simple Minds – Neapolis
    Therapy? – Semi-Detached
    U2 – Rattle and Hum


      There is a full-on Mansun reissue programme curated by Paul Draper starting with AOTGL in the spring…

  225. Kevin M says:

    Do the current people have the rights to the Bowie Labyrinth stuff? It was recently reissued on vinyl but by Universal.

  226. John Kent says:

    Hopefully 60 years of Cliff Richard will be celebrated with more than another inevitable greatest hits

  227. jackson says:

    I would really enjoy a two-disc deluxe “Back To The Egg,” more than his other more fondly loved releases. He has a ton of demos from that time period. Plus a really good quality recording of the 1979 Glasgow concert before they left for Japan (where they played most of the songs from “Egg,” oddly enough!) is out there on bootleg. Throw on the promotional videos they did for Back to the Egg TV special (you can find them on YouTube) and that would be a good 2 or 3 CD, 1 DVD release!

    Paul seems to have a soft spot for his underappreciated-in-their-time releases, so maybe someday… I’d buy it, Paul!

  228. ZioMario says:

    Paul, I think there’s a mistake with the Live of the culture club. The double vinyl has already been released in limited edition 500 purple and 500 pink copies. The records came out for Cleopatra Records. The dvd + bluray + cd has also been released and the version is dvd + cd: https://medusaboy.blogspot.it/search/label/live%20at%20wembley

    I do not understand why now on Amazon there is the prorder for the vinyl version, with release in February …. we are sure it will be a version with colored vinyl and not black vinyl?

  229. Wheels says:

    These 2 turn 50
    Rolling Stones- Beggar’s Banquet
    Johnny Winter – Progressive Blues Experiment

    Gimme gimme gimme gimme

  230. bollokcs says:

    Led Zeppelin’s 50th birthday is also coming….according to Jimmy Page, we can expect some new release(s?)

  231. bob says:

    That is a great post Paul. I always look forward to this early year posting of what we might expect.
    I really hope that we get something special from the George Michael vaults, unreleased tracks. I am not really sure what to make of David Austin, he is obviously the man in charge of George’s legacy, and there is no disputing his loyalty to George, I just hope he doesn’t go down the route of letting people ‘update’ the songs. The new version of Freedom was pants…

  232. Karl Siniak says:

    For ABBA I’d be very happy with a 25th Anniversary Edition “Gold” Vinyl for “More ABBA Gold”.

  233. Derek says:

    I’m sure Universal would like to do SD versions of the Abba albums with unreleased tracks- unfortunately Benny and Bjorn won’t allow it. Agree a reissue of Duran Duran The Wedding Album would be good to see ( it’s 25 years old this year) as would full beans SDE’s for the other albums

  234. Omar says:

    My interest is in the Eurythmics. Yes the vinyl reissues may excite some but many fans would long for a boxset and a miraculous reissue of the 1984 Big Brother soundtrack. I still think there’s enough stuff in the vaults like 7″ edits, remixes to warrant another reissue.

    • Derek Langsford says:

      The Eurythmics need to build momentum for a second stab at the HoF in the future. It’s based on public votes so to get in would need increased exposure. Would love to see a true 2-disc comprehensive singles collection with real single versions (not like the Collins singles collection of albums versions) followed by reissues of the albums in deluxe editions with all b-sides, edits, extended versions, alternative mixes, recorded live versions, and a video disc (I’ll take DVD over nothing) of the promotional videos and live footage/concerts. The 1984 album is overdue for reissue with single edits, any alternative mixes and the music from the film which finally saw daylight last year on blu-ray though in mono only. One can dream “Sweet Dreams.”

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        They should forget about HOF (who cares?) and put energies/efforts into their own back catalogue. That’s a better way to preserve their legacy.

        • Stupidactingsmart says:

          I don’t understand anyone lobbying to get into it because who’s in and who isn’t is so arbitrary. Plus it’s (understandably) US-centric. Like you say… who cares?

    • CJ says:

      Just looking at the b-sides and remixes listed with the singles on Wikipedia (which is incomplete, and of course doesn’t list anything “in the vaults”), there’s is enough material to easily fill a packed 2CD set, and that’s if you leave out all the tracks that were used as bonus material on the previous reissues. There was, of course, some really odd experimental stuff that was left out that likely only the diehards (like me) are clamoring for, but there are also some great songs like “Rich Girl” (NOT a cover of the Hall & Oates song), and of course all those great extended mixes they really skimped on with the reissue series. They could also stand to reissue the 2-disc live compilation, though recordings of full-fledged concerts would be really nice.

  235. Ed says:

    According to Mojo February issue:
    * Rough Trade will re-release Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psycho 85, Provision and Anomie & Bonhomie on vinyl and expanded editions will follow…
    * Teardrop Explodes box set (nine-disc’er!!!)
    * Julian Cope Island Years box set
    * The Psychedelic Furs seven album, plus extras box set
    * Tracey Thorn fifth solo album

    • Larry Davis says:

      Well time to sell my 5CD Sony Legacy Psych Furs albums box…traded for it, twas expensive, but not complete yet has the soundtrack version to “Pretty in pink”… But Mirror Moves and Midnight To Midnight not remastered… Happy about this release coming…

    • Trash says:

      I would love to see Scritti reissues (although I still have my original vinyl in pristine condition – Cupid and Psyche by the way :-)
      However I don’t think Anomie & Bonhomie (a fantastic album) was never released on vinyl and it would be great to have all the various excellent remixes collected together.

      Cupid, Provision and Anomie were both on Virgin though not Rough Trade…

  236. Nuno Bento says:

    Oh man, another year of waiting on the TFF new album?! FFS, just release the damned thing!

    P.S.: If the Seeds box is “in the way”, why not release it in the Spring to gain momentum and leave the new album for the fall season?

  237. Neil Rogers says:

    Great 2018 preview Paul! Good opportunity to thank you for all your hard work in keeping us updated – Reading SDE is a daily ritual – a ritual that has cost me a lot of money! I am looking forward to the Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, and Roxy Music forthcoming releases. Would love to the Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks, Who’s Next, and Kate Busk -Kick Inside box sets this year. Happy New Year to you and all SDE readers.

  238. Alan Blevin says:

    Steven Wilson posted last week that there will be deluxe edition of the 2 Porcupine Tree albums coming out on vinyl next month(forgotten their names).
    Jethro Tull/IA have said there will be 50th anniversary releases besides the Heavy Horses box.A “big,expensive” set(to quote someone in the organisation) is rumoured to be part of this ,possibly a career spanning live box.Soundboard tapes from 71-74 are apparently being worked on as part of this.
    Further releases in the Neil Young Archives series are expected once the web site moves to a subscription basis.Physical release like Hitchhiker should be part of this.
    13 Springsteen live shows as part of their live archive series.A 93 Meadowlands show with the “other band” came out last week to kick the year off.
    In the more wish than think category Steve Winwood put up a 50th anniversary Traffic video at the end of last year.Could it be that he might finally give permission for Island to release the huge ,comprehensive Traffic box they have compiled.
    Jimmy Page has said he is working on some unreleased Zep stuff to put out this year although gave no details about what this means.

    • Electric_Bird says:

      Deadwing on 23rd February and In Absentia on 9th March will be the two PT albums, both remastered with less compression/limiting. They will be released on black and coloured vinyl. CD editions are likely to follow at a later date.

  239. Kevin says:

    The Posies have a campaign of their DGC catalog rolling out in 2018. They are working with PledgeMusic and Omnivore for this and putting out a whole host of one-of a-kind items and packages.


    • Larry Davis says:

      Interesting…I have the original CDs, all signed by Jon and Ken and the whole band…seen and hung with them numerous times…one show of note, at Tramps, NYC, in 1996, supporting “Amazing Disgrace”, Ken had pink hair and wore a dress, I go backstage/downstairs in the venue’s basement to say hello, I peek in a loungelike room, and there to my surprise is Ken making out on a couch with Winona Ryder…yes the actress Winona Ryder…I said embarrassingly…um sorry hey Ken, hey Winona, can I possibly get a picture with you?? And she said sure!! The pic I posted online ages ago…and with the band, she signed this rare promo DGC sampler CD…Randy something…white cover with s bridge on it with non-album tracks from tribute and soundtrack albums…very cool…still friendly with Jon & Ken, and Joe Bass and Brian Young…

  240. Lee says:

    Aren’t there some logistical issues that make a Who’s Next SDE unlikely? Missing masters or something? I have a vague recollection of hearing something along those lines once upon a time…

  241. Rare Glam says:

    Re Bowie – Has Tin machine II ever been reissued? I have the original CD issue of it (and Tin Machine I as a Japanese mini LP CD) but never seen it reissued and seems quite expensive nowadays. No idea why people are down on Tin Machine, I like both those labums a lot and would love to see them remastered and included in a Bowie box.

  242. Paul Price says:

    I would love to see a box set of all the Pat Benatar Chrysalis Records. As far as I know there are no deluxe reissues of any of her material. She was huge in the States during the late 70’s early 80’s so I would have thought there would be a market for it. I always hope that this will be the year, but again it looks like I’ll have to keep on waiting.

  243. David says:

    There’s a 50th Anniversary Edition of Village Green Preservation Society coming out this year, according to Mojo.

  244. Tony says:

    Regardless of any anniversary I would love Dire Straits to reissue Alchemy on vinyl and the Strawbs to reissue Grave New World on vinyl.
    I can but dream!

  245. Mark Porter says:

    I heard Clutching at Straws was due this year…

  246. Tom Kristensen says:

    Will “Back to the Egg” be the next McCartney Archive release? Somebody close to Steve Holly just told me that former Wings drummer is involved in the pre-production of the set.

  247. Louise says:

    Would like to see Back to the Egg reissued, much underrated album

  248. Tony Orwell says:

    I wonder if something special will be done for the 40th anniversary for Parallel Lines, release originally in september 1978 it would be nice for a really chunky box set edition, nothing for the first two albums however so maybe nothing is planned.

    • Philip Cohen says:

      Many years ago, EMI(who then owned Chrysalis) stated that the only remaining unreleased Blondie recordings from the Chrysalis years are a few unfinished Giorgio Moroder-produced tracks. all other Blondie Chrysalis vault tracks have been released.

      • Jon says:

        Philip that’s not true…Chris Stein has said there are many unreleased recordings in the vaults. He said this quite some time ago mentioning “Billy the Ambulance Driver” as one of his favorite unreleased songs…..there is also the two recordings made with TV Mania.

  249. George Roberts says:

    Hoping for the Manics to remaster and rerelease Gold Against The Soul! Love that album and they’ve shown it no love despite remastering the other albums from that era. And it will be its 25th Anniversary this year too. Come on!

    • Caroline says:

      Judging from comments made by Nicky Wire in the last week or so, a 20th anniversary edition of “This Is My Truth…” is much more likely.

      • George says:

        Interesting. I’ll take anything they’ve got but hope they don’t forget about GATS for too long

      • Stupidactingsmart says:

        I’ve got three copies of GATS (not for any sensible reasons) but an expanded version would tempt me. Definitely, if it had unreleased demos (which seems highly unlikely). Whereas I have one copy of This Is My Truth and you couldn’t pay me to take another.

  250. maxx says:

    The Police’s Outlandos D’Amour will be 40 years old during the 2018… any rumor about a deluxe edition reissue?

    • Ken A. says:

      Sometime last year, Andy Summers said there would be a “huge repackaging and reselling of everything next year”. Hopefully more than just vinyl rereleases…

    • Tim says:

      Dream on. Sting is totally contemptuous of your box set wishes and mine.

    • Ben in Colorado says:

      I would love to see a Police album get the deluxe treatment. It’s been a constant source of frustration that I’ve never heard any demos for any police songs, except for some early versions that was on strontium 90. I think I read somewhere that there really aren’t any demos floating around, and that there aren’t a lot of outtakes either. If anybody knows differently I’d love to know.

      • VanMar says:

        Never heard the Ghost in the Machine demos ?
        Contains even some unreleased tracks like ‘Never too late’ , Don’t give up your datime job’ ,’I don’t think we could ever be friends’ , Don’t you believe me baby’ and ‘Don’t you look at me’.
        You can find them on YouTube.

        • Ben in Colorado says:

          Thanks for pointing me in that direction. Sound quality is not so great and sounds like they use a drum machine. But I appreciate knowing about these.

          I would love to hear some outtakes where we actually hear the entire band riffing and jamming. And working out how songs should be put together. I’m not a sting fan, but I’m a huge police fan. That’s why I think the entire band’s outtakes would be a blast.

          And if these demos did make it to a box set, hopefully the quality would be a little bit improved. Thanks again

  251. Sam D. says:

    There will certainly be a reissue of the Ramones’ “Road to Ruin” for its 40th anniversary, keeping with the theme of the band’s reissues of their first three albums.

  252. Dean Taylor says:

    Garbage v2….white album….. who’s next .. all top of the list for me. Could be a good year but like last year I will be very selective and in truth I can’t think of much more that I want or need and maybe try to be patient and wait for Paul’s deal alerts.

  253. Lee Realgone says:

    From a fan’s point of view, I’d like to speculate that there almost certainly won’t be a deluxe edition of Clapton’s ‘Backless’ this year. All of the “safe” and bankable hits were on the previous year’s ‘Slowhand’. ‘Backless’ is often considered the poor relation, even though I personally love it (it’s been one of my go-to EC discs for the past couple of years.

    Any chance of a deluxe reissue is also very much hampered by Eric’s general state throughout ’78. He was at the peak of an alcohol habit that (supposedly) consumed two bottles of brandy a day and his performances suffered. Although there is live material in circulation from the ’78 tour (of varying quality) and a documentary film was also shot (then shelved indefinitely – having now seen it, it’s painfully obvious why), it’s unlikely we’ll see/hear any of it officially.

  254. Phil Jones says:

    Any further news on a Deep Purple Made in Europe box set ?

    • Philip Cohen says:

      “Made in Europe” and other 1968-76 Deep Purple product is in limbo due to the receivership of “Deep Purple Overseas Ltd.” and a legal action from Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover and The Estate of Jon Lord (seeking to stop the sale of the company into non-Purple hands)

  255. Richard says:

    It’s the Cure’s 4oth too and along with the big Hyde Park show and and the documentary surely there will be some product to celebrate it, though you never know with Robert Smith!
    Marillion’s Clutching At Straws deluxe too I assume?

  256. Michel D. says:

    Looking forward to some reissues listed here!
    Marillion will continue with the reissues of the their back catalogue at the beginning of the year with “Brave” originally issued in 1994 in a deluxe format as per the Misplaced Childhood box issued in 2017.

    • daveid76 says:

      Brave is a masterpiece. This year is also the 40th anniversary of Queen’s Jazz and the Police’s debut.

      • Darren says:

        Really looking forward to Marillion’s Brave. Whilst they’ve made plenty of good albums since then, it’s still their masterpiece.

        Regarding The Police – there was an interview last year with Andy Summers who claims there will be a re-issuing of the whole back catalogue. I won’t hold my breath though, every attempt to delve into the archives has been a disaster. I remember the Message In A Box set, which claimed “This Is It. Everything The Police released… The point is simply that it’s all here, every note.” I made myself a full CDR of all the stuff they didn’t include that was officially released, and that didn’t even have all the single edits they were released on the early singles.

    • Wazymodo says:

      Was lucky enough to be at the Steven Wilson fan playback and, at that stage, he hadn’t looked at the Brave master tapes. He seems to have been quite busy with his own stuff since…?

      • Michel D. says:

        From the Marillion manager’s FB page: “Brave Remaster/5.1 will go up for pre-order on January 18th with release in March.”

    • Bill Hammell says:

      Will this be another 5.1 Blu-Ray edition?

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