Finally. After the small matter of delays due to the production of the Freedom documentary (on UK TV’s Channel 4 tonight) and then the rather larger issue of untimely death of George Michael, the reissue of Listen Without Prejudice is here, a year late. This now becomes last GM archival release that he was alive to influence.
The Smiths / The Queen Is Dead / Live! (box sets)
Much anticipation for this Smiths reissue. The Queen is Dead is first of their albums to be expanded and is available as a 3CD+DVD box or a 5LP vinyl package.
The Jam / 1977 (box set)
This 4CD+DVD box set celebrates the busy debut year of The Jam. Features two expanded albums, demos, live recordings and a DVD of videos and TV appearances.
Pet Shop Boys / Further Catalogue reissues
The Pet Shop Boys last two albums for Parlophone– Yes and Elysium – are remastered and reissued on two-CD ‘further listening’ deluxe sets and as album-only vinyl LPs.
Donald Fagen / Cheap Xmas (5CD box)
Reissue of the 2012 box set. This five-CD collection comes highly recommended since it contains all four of Donald Fagen‘s solo albums including 1982 classic The Nightfly and 2012’s excellent Sunken Condos. Even better, you get a disc of non-album rarities.
This limited edition vinyl box set features all the albums of recently disbanded English indie-band The Maccabees, plus a bonus vinyl LP of acoustic versions, B-sides and rarities and a DVD with a documentary.
John Carpenter / Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998
The good news is that this single CD release collects 13 classic themes from John Carpenter’s career including Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York and The Fog. The bad is that these are not the originals – each theme has been newly recorded, albeit with the same collaborators that Carpenter worked with on his hit Lost Themes studio albums: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.
Music from Tim Buckley‘s September 1969 five-day residency at LA’s The Troubadour. None of the recordings on Greetings From West Hollywood, or the two-CD companion release Venice Mating Call, duplicate anything on 1994’s Live At The Troubadour. These new archive live albums have been produced by Pat Thomas and Bill Inglot.
Songs, interpretations, performances, poetry, soundscapes, electronic scores and political commentaries from Matt Johnson’s The The. This three-CD set features contributions from Thomas Leer, Johnny Marr, Gillian Glover and many others. This is the deluxe edition where each of the three CDs are contained within their own 68 page hardcover book. A cheaper edition in simple card sleeves and one booklet is available too (see below).