Paul McCartney / Pure McCartney
With only the one greatest hits compilation in the last 29 years, Paul McCartney‘s Pure McCartney is certainly overdue. Leaving off Flowers In The Dirt tracks still rankles, but two-CD will satisfy most, while 4CD deluxe package lacks rarities.
Phil Collins / …But Seriously and The Essential Going Back
Van Morrison / …It’s Too Late To Stop Now Vols II, III, IV & DVD
Sony issue a four disc expanded version of Van Morrison’s 1974 live album which includes three full performances (remixed from the original multi-tracks) plus on the DVD, professionally filmed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre. The actual album is reissued too.
The Beach Boys / Pet Sounds (50th anniversary)
Air / Twentyears
The Cars / The Elektra Years 1978-1987 (6LP coloured vinyl box)
The Killers / Hot Fuss (vinyl reissue)
High prices on the used market means this vinyl reissue of The Killers Hot Fuss is welcome. The noughties classic includes the singles Somebody Told Me, Mr Brightside and All These Things That I’ve Done.
Ultravox! / The Island Years (4CD box)
Garbage / Strange Little Birds
U2 / iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE
Blank & Jones / so80s 10 (3CD)
Eighties remix compilations are more common than ever, but the cheap, slightly faceless corporate sets knocked out by major labels, struggle to compete with these normally excellent, personally curated sets from Blank & Jones. In short, they go the extra mile. so80s vol 10 appears 18 months after the last volume.
The Stone Roses / Very Best Of (vinyl)
The Stone Roses are ‘back’ with the slightly underwhelming One For All but if you want to check out the classics on vinyl, this Very Best Of is being reissued this week.
- • UK Order: The Very Best Of The Stone Roses
- • USA Order: The Very Best Of The Stones Roses
- • GERMANY Order: The Very Best Of The Stone Roses
Various Artists / C87 (3CD)
Cherry Red follow up their C86 1980s indie compilation, which was based on an actual release, with this three-CD set which ‘imagines’ their was a follow-up. 70 indie-pop tracks originally released between the summers of 1986 and 1987.
ELO / The Studio Albums 1973 – 1977 (2CD)
Five CD box set that contains “newly re-mastered” (pinch of salt required) versions of the ELO albums On The Third Day, Eldorado, Face The Music, A New World Record & Out Of The Blue.
- • UK Order: ELO The Studio Albums 1973-1977
- • USA Order: ELO The Studio Albums 1973-1977
- • GERMANY Order: ELO: The Studio Albums 1973-1977
John Coltrane/ Mono (6LP or 6CD box)
Mono recordings of John Coltrane albums recorded for Atlantic in the late ’50s and early 1960s are reissued for the first time in over 50 years on John Coltrane Mono. The vinyl set comes with a replica seven-inch of My Favourite Things.