Out This Week / on 15 October 2021

Reissues and releases + National Album Day

The Beatles / Let It Be 2021 reissue
The front of the 5LP vinyl ‘Let It Be’ box set
The Beatles / Let It Be 2021 reissue

The Beatles / Let It Be CD, Vinyl

The Beatles‘ 1970 album Let It Be is reissued as a 5LP or 4CD+blu-ray box set. Both packages include a new stereo remix; sessions/alternates/rehearsals; the 1969 Glyn Johns Mix; and a Let It Be EP. The latter adds a blu-ray with 5.1 and Dolby Atmos.

The Beatles / Get Back Book

As well as the music box set, The Beatles release a new book called The Beatles: Get Back. The 240-page hardcover book tells the story of Let It Be, in the band’s own words, by presenting transcribed conversations drawn from over 120 recorded hours of the band’s studio sessions, as edited by John Harris.

OMD / Architecture & Morality: The Singles CD, Vinyl

To mark the records’s 40th anniversary, OMD release the three singles from 1981’s Architecture & Morality together on one album, along with associated tracks: unreleased demos, studio sessions and live performances.

Paul Weller / Days of Speed vinyl reissue

Paul Weller / Days of Speed and Illumination Vinyl

Craft Recordings offer a vinyl reissue of Days of Speed, Paul Weller‘s live album from 2001. Illumination, his studio album from 2002, was also supposed to be out this week, but is delayed until 19 November.

Dido / No Angel - national album day coloured vinyl

Dido / No Angel Vinyl

Dido‘s debut album, 1999/2001’s No Angel is released as a special coloured vinyl LP for this year’s ‘National Album Day’ (which is this Saturday).

Debbie Gibson / Out of the Blue CD, DVD

Cherry Red reissue Debbie Gibson‘s 1987 debut album as a 3CD+DVD deluxe set. The album features the hits ‘Foolish Beat’, ‘Shake Your Love’ and ‘Only In My Dreams’.

Garbage / Garbage and Version 2.0 reissues CD, Vinyl

Garbage‘s first two albums were reissued (again) in August, although BMG have saved this pink coloured vinyl edition of their debut for this week’s National Album Day.

Primal Scream / Screamadelica Vinyl

After some delays, Primal Scream‘s Demolica is released this week. It features 16 demos of songs recorded for Screamadelica.

Donna Summer / I'm A Rainbow: Recovered & Recoloured CD, Vinyl

Donna Summer‘s ‘lost’ album, I’m A Rainbow, has been refashioned and remixed into something new. Announced what seems like a lifetime ago (actually in June) it’s finally out this week as a 2LP clear vinyl pressing and on CD.

Al Stewart / Time Passages (box set)

Esoteric continue with their impressive Al Stewart reissue programme. This 3CD+DVD limited edition box set of Al’s 1978 album Time Passages features the album newly remastered by Alan Parsons, single edits, an album session out-take, four demo tracks recorded in Los Angeles in August 1977 and for the first time the complete concert recorded at the studios of WKQK-FM in Chicago in October 1978. The DVD (NTSC/region 0) features a 96/24 5.1 surround mix and a hi-res stereo version of the album. Comes with a 68-page book, posters and postcards.

Sinead O’Connor / So Far…The Best Of

Sinead O’Connor‘s 1997 ‘best of’ is repressed on 2LP clear vinyl and limited to 4,000 units. This is another National Album Day release.

Kirsty MacColl / Tropical Brainstorm (blue vinyl LP)

First time on vinyl for what was sadly’s Kirsty MacColl‘s last album. Released in 2000 it features ‘In These Shoes’ and ‘England 2 Columbia 0’. This is described as a ‘very limited’ release for National Album Day. Kite is also available on Magnolia vinyl.

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Kirsty MacColl

Tropical Brainstorm [VINYL]


Patti Smith / Horses (white vinyl)

If you don’t own Patti Smith‘s brilliant Horses album, then this week could be a good time to change that as you can pick it up on vinyl with this National Album Day white vinyl pressing. Lots of great songs on this album including ‘Gloria’, ‘Redondo Beach’, ‘Free Money’ and the song-suite that includes the title track.

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Smith, Patti

Horses - white vinyl LP


Slade / Old New Borrowed and Blue (splatter vinyl)

Slade‘s 1974 album is reissued as a limited edition red and blue splatter vinyl LP. This number one album features the singles ‘My Friend Stan’ and ‘Everyday’.

The Charlatans / A Head Full of Ideas

New Charlatans ‘best of’ is available as a two-CD set with a bonus live album Trust is For Believers and on 2LP black (or 3LP coloured) vinyl. There is also a massive 6LP vinyl box (on transparent blue vinyl) which comes with a signed poster and a seven-inch single.

Norah Jones / I Dream of Christmas

In some ways I feel a bit disappointed that Norah Jones has jumped on the Christmas album bandwagon, but she’s a great artist so the “9-times Grammy winner’s first ever holiday album” might feature some really cool jazz-like renditions of classics like ‘Christmas Time is Here’, ‘Blue Christmas’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘White Christmas’ rather than phoned-in versions. We shall see.

Belinda Carlisle / Nobody Owns Me

A special album compiled for National Album Day, Nobody Owns Me is a new Belinda Carlisle compilation, curated by the singer herself. Pressed on white vinyl it includes songs taken from the albums Heaven On Earth, Live Your Live Be Free and Real. Also featured is a brand new 2021 recording, Belinda’s version of The Youngbloods’ 1966 song ‘Get Together’

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