Out This Week / on 17 February 2023

Reissues and releases

Robert Palmer / The Island Records Years 1974-1985 CD

Robert Palmer’s nine albums for Island Records have been newly remastered and collected in The Island Records Years 1974-1985. Palmer never quite shook off his ladies man image (imprinted on many people’s minds thanks to the Addicted to Love video) but if you haven’t explored his 70s output (and indeed his early 80s diversion into new wave) you’ll find there’s much to enjoy.

NOW Dance - The '80s

Various Artists / NOW Dance: The 80s CD, Vinyl

Now That’s What I Call Music have revived the NOW Dance brand for a new compilation of classic 12-inch mixes from the 1980s called, simply, NOW Dance: The 80s. It’s available as a 4CD set and on 3LP coloured vinyl.

A Flock of Seagulls CD, Vinyl

A Flock of Seagulls‘ eponymous debut album is reissued as a triple-CD deluxe edition, and on coloured vinyl. The 3CD edition includes B-sides, remixes and BBC Sessions.

Various Artists / British Mod Sounds of The 1960s Vol 2: The Freakbeat & Psych Years CD, Vinyl

Acid Jazz Records and Modcast founder Eddie Piller curates a second volume of his British Mod Sounds of The 1960s compilation. Volume 2 is dubbed The Freakbeat & Psych Years although it could be called ‘What Mods did next’ as it traces the scene from early 1965 to the end of the 1960s.

Orbital / Optical Delusion

Anyone who has been lucky enough to secure a copy of the SDE-exclusive Blu-ray of Orbital’s Optical Delusion (now sold out) should consider themselves very lucky, since as you will soon discover, this is an amazing album. The next best thing is probably to pick up the ‘bonus tracks’ CD edition on Amazon (all three bonus tracks are on the blu-ray in Dolby Atmos and Stereo!) or the 2LP white vinyl.

‘Are You Alive?’ from Optical Delusion

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Ron Sexsmith / The Vivian Line

The always-good Ron Sexsmith issues his 17th studio album. Ron: “The Vivian Line is a rural route right near where we live in Stratford (Ontario). Whenever we have to get out of the city we jump on The Vivian Line and it dumps us out onto the highway. I wondered about the name when we first moved there and thought it was intriguing… it sort of represents escaping from our old life in Toronto to this new phase we’re in. And it’s also like a portal to my old life when I have to get back there. I recorded it with Brad Jones in Nashville and it’s a very lush sounding almost baroque pop record. The songs were mostly inspired by this stage in life that I find myself in and trying to figure it all out”.

‘What I Had In Mind’ from The Vivian Line

Various Artists / Musik Music Musique 3.0

Third volume of the better-than-average Musik Music Musique synthpop compilation.

Mötley Crüe / The Studio Albums 1981-1989 (5LP vinyl box)

Five Mötley Crüe albums on coloured/splatter vinyl. They are: Too Fast for Love, Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood. There’s a CD version too!

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