Out This Week / 26 August 2013
Bob Dylan / Another Self Portrait (1969 – 1971) The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 Box
Much to recommend in this new Bob Dylan set, including the complete 1969 Isle of Wight performance with The Band, and a wealth of rarities and previously unreleased tracks from the 1970 studio recording sessions that resulted in the Self Portrait and New Morning albums.
Marc Bolan at the BBC / 6CD Box Set
Universal’s exhaustive 6CD set of Marc Bolan material recorded at the BBC, is exquisitely packaged, with the design perfectly matching The Kinks BBC set from last year. A one-CD ‘highlights’ release is also available.
Sly and the Family Stone / Higher! 4CD Box Set
Trust us, this Sly and the Family Stone box is almost worth it just for the superb 104-page softcover ten-inch book that comes with it. Amazing photos; track listings annotated by band members; photos of sleeves, labels, and master tapes; an illustrated timeline of notable performances and record releases and an essay by Jeff Kaliss. Let’s not forget the 77 tracks over four CDs including unreleased rarities and mono singles and more!
Chic / The 12″ Singles Collection (vinyl box set)
Chic as they were meant to be heard – on 12-inch vinyl. Five records in this box set featuring original 12″ versions or where they don’t exist the full length album tracks.
Robert Palmer / Island-era expanded reissues
At last, some expanded remasters of Robert Palmer‘s Island Records era. Not every album has bonus tracks, and we have to put up with the two-records-in-one combo sets, but these are newly remastered from the original tapes in the UK, and don’t use the disliked Culture Factory masterings from the US .
Belinda Carlisle / 2CD+DVD catalogue reissues
As well as the Robert Palmer reissues, Edsel Records are this week also putting out these great-looking Belinda Carlisle sets. The track listings seem very comprehensive, and they all come with a bonus DVD. Incredible value too.
Fairport Convention / Rising For The Moon (2CD Deluxe)
The last Fairport Convention album to feature Sandy Denny, is reissued with a bonus disc of live tracks.
Sly and the Family Stone / There’s a Riot Going On: Gold Edition
This reissue of Sly and the Family Stone‘s 1971 album is free of bonus tracks, but does come nicely packaged with a deluxe box emblazoned with a unique embroidered flag cover and includes a 48 page hard cover book.
Bob Dylan / Desire vinyl reissue
Bob Dylan‘s highly rated Desire from 1976, is reissued on 180g vinyl by Music On Vinyl. Features the single Hurricane.
Ben Liebrand / Grand 12-inches Vol. 10 (6CD set)
DJ Ben Liebrand has been compiling some excellent twelve-inch compilations for years now. Grand 12-inches Vol. 10 is his latest 6CD set. Track listings can be found here.