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Out This Week / on 15 February 2018

David Bowie / Loving The Alien standalone remasters CD, Vinyl

Parlophone issue the 2018 remasters of the David Bowie albums included in the Loving The Alien box set as standalone releases next month.

Joseph K / Sorry For Laughing Vinyl

Scottish post-punk band Josef K‘s aborted debut Sorry For Laughing is being reissued as a special 500-only limited edition on clear vinyl with a bonus CD of demos.

Chaka Khan / Hello Happiness CD, Vinyl

Chaka Khan releases Hello Happiness, her first studio album in over a decade. Limited orange vinyl available.

Elvis Presley / Best of The '68 Comeback Special CD

Sony issue a single CD ‘Best Of’ Elvis Presley‘s ’68 Comeback Special. This includes a new version of ‘If I Can Dream’ and three additional studio recordings.

Various Artists / Gary Crowley's Lost 80s CD, Vinyl

Delayed from last week. New compilation where Gary Crowley takes a trip through the decade via some lesser-known songs (often by some still very ‘big’ artists).

Various Artists / Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 CD, Vinyl

Light In The Attic’s beautifully packaged Japan Archival Series continues with Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, an expansive overview of the country’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music. 2CD in 7″ hardcover book or 3LP vinyl in slipcase.


The New Seekers / The Albums 1970-73 (5CD box)

The New Seekers’ first eight albums packaged in this new five CD box. 127 tracks in total including 15 non-LP tracks gathered under the moniker ‘Loose Ends’.

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SRF

The New Seekers were one of Polydor’s biggest sellers in the early to mid 1970s and yet their albums from this period have never before been available, in full, on CD. This box set makes good this omission and represents all their UK output from October 1969 to March 1973 – 7 Studio albums, 1 double Live album and a compilation disc of all non-album releases that didn’t make it onto the LPs. All this hits from the period are, of course, here – Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma, Never Ending Song Of Love, Teach The World To Sing, Beg, Steal Or Borrow, Circles, Pinball Wizard together with a double album recording of their sell-out Royal Albert Hall concert from April 1972. Whilst this box set will primarily be of interest to the established, long standing fans hopefully casual listeners will be persuaded to part with their pennies and give it a try – they may be pleasantly surprised. Finally a nod must go to Nic Culverwell who has worked tirelessly over the years to secure this release.

Noel

Totally agree – couldn’t have put it better.

Lorna

So pleased to see that The New Seekers albums are now being released on CD. One of the best harmony groups of the 70’s, they have virtually been ignored by the media for far too long..yet still have a massive fan following… If you thought that this group weren’t to your taste give this long awaited box set a listen to..I’m sure you will be surprised at the vocal, and song writing talents, shown on these CD’s. Remember the shock/horror when they released Pinball Wizard/See Me Feel me …How dare they.. !.. yet it so impressed Pete Townsend that he sent them a message of congratulations !!

Father Phil Hughes

With Lyn Paul`s BIG birthday coming up, this release is like a BIG birthday present for all
New Seekers fans of the hit-making line up. Like so many others I have all the original vinyl, but to have them at last with bonus tracks never released before on cd this is like a dream come true! Is the Super Deluxe edition different in some way? Over to you Lorna.

Tim-Meh

Not an official release date as such, but The Wildhearts have started shipping the vinyl & CD deluxe versions of their ‘white album’. The vinyl is really foxy to say the least.

https://round-records.com/product/the-wildhearts-remastered-triple-vinyl-pre-order/

Kevin

I cannot wait for the new seekers release, it’s been a long time coming. The group released some great albums, a lot of people don’t realise how diverse and credible their music is. A perfect example is two of the group’s hits, the poppy – I’d like to teach the world to sing and the who’s rock classic pinball wizard. The new seekers were huge in the seventies not just in the UK but global so it puzzles me why they’ve been overlooked by radio/music industry. As if they didn’t exist. Recommend the box set even if you’ve only heard a few songs before it’s worth buying. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how good the music is.

Jamie

Just got my Josef K order in the mail on Friday and listening to it right now. I live in the future

Wayne Olsen

Hell, Pete. We’ll even take a Christmas album at this point…. (Actually, that would probably be really good…)

Aaron

Pin ups picture disc will be released for RSD 2019

Mij

In a similar vein to The New Seekers, there’s a compilation of the 70’s band Design due out on 5th April via Market Square Music: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Children-Mist-Design/dp/B07M7Q5221/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549903703&sr=8-1&keywords=design+children+of+the+mist+cd

Graeme

So very excited about the New Seekers box….ordered 2 months ago! Lyn, Eve, Marty Paul and Peter are legends.

Alan I

So looking forward to this boxed set of their first 8 albums. One of the 70’s supergroups that are totally overlooked in today’s market. Perfect harmonies not matched since.

noyoucmon

Hardly sensible to compare The New Seekers to Peter Gabriel. Prolificity is not universal and does not equate with importance or excellence.

Chris Squires

See: Bush, Kate.

Noel

Great to see The New Seekers mentioned. My favourite band growing up – they’ve been criminally underated for years. Some of the single releases were questionable, but their album tracks were almost always superior. I think a LOT of people would be surprised at just how good they really were – I’ve suprised, nay, shocked many mates over the years who couldn’t name the group when I played them random album tracks. “I Saw The Light” with Lyn Paul on lead vocal from 1972’s ‘Circles’ is a highlight and gives Todd Rundgren’s original a real run for its money. From the same album, Peter Doyle’s lead vocal on the brilliant “Reap What You Sow” would stun most New Seekers haters. Plus of course, the title track. As the group got more successful, they were steered down the wrong, more ‘poppier’ route, with each album getting less original. Still, as I said, they’ve always been wrongly sneered at…

Bernie

Great post, Noel. With the comments on here so far about The New Seekers and the great success of the Bobbie Gentry set, I do wonder if there’s a growing appreciative market for boxsets from “unfashionable” artists – the ones which seem to take the record companies by surprise but not the fan. I’m thinking people like Cassidy, Glen Campbell, Candi Staton, Mary Hopkin, Roy Wood, Dion: -artists with large back catalogues but who seldom seem to trouble the critics with their “greatest albums of all time” lists.
And an Al Green superdeluxe is long overdue too!

Eamonn

I wonder if Ariana Grande will usurp the ‘Seekers’ expedience. ‘Thank you, next’ indeed…

Steven Roberts

The New Seekers – eight studio albums in four years! That’s some going …compare that to the output of Peter Gabriel – diddly squat since 2002 (and no, I am NOT counting that godawful orchestral covers album…..).

Jason

Agreed, bout time Mr. Gabriel get off his duff and deliver a proper album!