It’s Saturday! SDE catches up on the latest box set and reissue news. This week, Neil Young‘s new vinyl box, good news for R.E.M. fans, update on PiL reissues and more…
Neil Young is following up his 2014 Official Release Series Discs 5-8 vinyl box in November with the appropriately titled Official Release Series Discs 8.5-12. This collection features the following albums: Long May You Run, American Stars & Bars, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust. As with the previous set two years ago, this appears to be tied to Black Friday in the USA (it has a 25 Nov release date) so availability in Europe and beyond is not confirmed. But you can pre-order from Amazon in the US. And before you ask, there is no CD version.
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Official Release Series Discs 8.5-12
If, like me, you’ve been lamenting the very high pre-order price of the forthcoming 4-disc R.E.M. Out of Time box (it was £63) then I have some good news. The 3CD+blu-ray super deluxe edition of the classic 1991 album is down to £43 on Amazon UK which is a bit more like it. It’s still not out for over a month (18 Nov) and we’ve yet to see any detailed shots that reveal what the packaging will look like.
PiL taking the metal mickey?
While R.E.M. is moving in the right direction price-wise, the same can’t be said about the vinyl super deluxe edition of Public Image Limited‘s Metal Box – that’s going for a cool £230 on Amazon UK which is surely some kind of a record for four vinyl LPs in a box. I know it’s metal, but it ain’t gold. Even the official site is charging a staggering £166, more than £40 for EACH record. If you’re not bothered about vinyl then Amazon UK are now offering the CD boxes cheaper than the official store, with the Metal Box 4CD set at £43 and the Album 4CD super deluxe going for £37.