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Out This Week / on 20 July 2018

Public Image Limited / The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart) CD, Vinyl, DVD

Cute title for this new 40th anniversary Public Image Ltd (PiL) career-spanning box set. It features hits, rarities, radio sessions, live concerts, promos, TV footage and more, and is available as a 5CD+2DVD or 6LP vinyl set.

Jan Akkerman / The Complete Jan Akkerman CD, Box Set

Delayed from last week. The Complete Jan Akkerman is a new 26 CD box set which brings together all the studio albums (and more) of Dutch guitar legend Jan Akkerman, who found international success with the band Focus.

UK Subs / The Albums Volume Two CD

Delayed second and final volume of English Punk Band U.K. SUBS albums. The band are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a pair of box sets and this second 15CD volume (albums N to Z) is this week. It’s a 1000 limited edition and each is signed and numbered!

Matt Bianco / Indigo 3CD deluxe CD

Matt Bianco‘s third album, Indigo, is reissued as a greatly expanded three-CD deluxe edition. The original was only ten tracks, but this deluxe set numbers 47 different tracks/remixes!

Various Artists / Now That's What I Call Music CD, Vinyl

The original Now That What I Call Music compilation from 1983 is reissued on CD and vinyl, although not for the first time. The reason is to celebrate the series reaching NOW 100.


Bananarama / single CD expanded reissues

Yes, I know it wasn’t that long ago (actually five years) since those remarkably comprehensive 2CD+DVD Bananarama reissues. Since then London Records has been sold by Warners (who previously licensed to Demon) to Because Music, who are getting to work on the catalogue. The first job when a label acquires a catalogue to get to out basic (or ‘vanilla’) editions of the albums. So this week all the albums are out again as cheap and cheerful expanded editions with seven or eight bonus tracks per album. Same remastering.

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Bananarama

Deep Sea Skiving

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REM / Document (vinyl reissue)

R.E.M.‘s 1987 album and their last for I.R.S. It features their first mainstream hit single, The One I Love. This vinyl reissue is hideously expensive.

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Document [VINYL]

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Various Artists / Now 100 (2CD)

Shockingly bad 100th edition of the long-running series. While the producers’ hands are tied when it comes to the quality of output on CD 1, the second disc which is a self-styled “celebration of the greatest NOW hits ever featured over the last 99 editions” is downright appalling. Time to put this series out of its misery?

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Various Artists

NOW That's What I Call Music! 100

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Mmatt

Love the first Now compilation I have on tape – yes, did get the last reissue on CD – should I get the new reissue of Now 1 on CD? Great feature on the series located at: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/23/generation-making-now-thats-what-i-call-music

CakeSaint

Paul — The release dates for the U.K. Subs boxes have been delayed. Volume 1 (A-M) comes out this week, and Volume 2 (N-Z) comes out on 24 August. Thanks for the tip on them, as I have both on pre-order.

Annabel Lecter

Having just viewed the track listing of the Now 100 second disc, I’m inclined to agree that the series is a shadow of its former glory.

In all honesty, my ‘phone has come up with better selections on shuffle. Whoever curated the project appears to have used the ‘stick a pin randomly in the ‘phone book’ approach. With 35 years of hits to choose from, it’s such a wasted opportunity.

Sorry to be a negative Nancy, but if the label was trying to woo a mixture of youth and middle-aged music buyers, then they’ve dropped the ball.

Not for me.

Kevin S

If you want an insight into the selection process check out this

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44845842

Annabel Lecter

Thanks for sharing the article, Kevin.

Speaking of the Now series, I responded to a request from Bob Stanley – via the Saint Etienne MySpace page – back in 2009, I think. He was looking to fill the gaps in his Now CD collection and put out a request to the Saint Etienne fanbase to help out.

His offer was to provide an exclusive four-track CD of Saint Etienne rarities, in exchange for the donation of any Now CD that he’d specified in his wants list.

I provided him with two Now CDs from 1991 and 1993, after I’d ripped them to iTunes. In return, I received a signed copy of one of the rarest Saint Etienne items.

Now 4 features four tracks, unavailable elsewhere and was a hand-made CD-R with my name and ‘love Bob’ scribbled in Sharpie on the CD-R label-side.

https://www.discogs.com/Saint-Etienne-Now-4/release/1810201

daveid76

Now 1 : Now That’s What I Called Music
Now 100: Now That’s What I Call Sonic Torture

Dan

I like 7 songs on disc 1 Of Now 100, last summer I liked nearly every song on disc 1 of Now 97, the charts are appalling.
Also I did some research and it seems they no longer can fill up 2 discs of hits, all the songs on disc 1 are in the charts, single releases seem to have slowed down drastically and stick around for months.
Disc 2 is disappointing, I thought we were getting a compilation of 1 song per Now album. Wasted opportunity.

Greg

REM Document limited edition gold vinyl was supposed to be up to 2500 copies. Now you can buy it everywhere.

Andrew M

Yep can anyone confirm that’s the gold,vinyl urgently please? My partner was going to get it for me for Father’s Day but it sold out. If that’s the same disc I’ll order it now. Not paying that for black vinyl though.

CraigH

I wouldn’t be sure this is definitely the gold version, that came out 1st June and was ltd to 2500 copies, I’m not sure what this one is..

Andrew M

I wish there was a definitive way to find out. No use asking amazon. They listed the Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence ltd edition cloud splat vinyl openly which I bought a few weeks ago and it was the black version. I paid £30 for that,

They offered me to return it (I object to paying £30 for standard black vinyl) but our nearest post office is 15 miles away so not worth it.

Not taking a risk on this one useless I know what I’m getting.

Soren

Now 100 is very boring

Kauwgompie

Looks like all the Bananarama Edsel Reissues are now out of print except for “Pop Life” and “Please Yourself”. Curious if we will see new SDE versions of these albums. Not much was left off the reissues, if anything, especially considering the Edsel Singles boxset which included every possible remix and b-side. Probably not much demand for new Bananarama SDE’s.

Rosie

I’m so glad I’ve got all the Edsel deluxe editions of bananarama including their singles box set. The expanded editions are not worth buying, unless you don’t own any of their albums.

Simonf

Same here. Got the lot, and much treasured they are. A really excellent job by Edsel.
Can’t see these appearing in SDE again for a very looooooooooooooong time….

Jan

I no way would I want to promote my own album out on Friday.
HMV are doing an exclusive PINK vinyl version, and there;’s only 75 of them.
Other stores and colours available. :)

https://store.hmv.com/music/vinyl/sounds-(hmv-exclusive)?_ga=2.97257887.1885205058.1531772147-1759129038.1531772147

Charlie

Yet here you are.. At least own up and say you want to do some blatant self promotion

Jan

I was being a little sarcastic.

Simonf

And they worked with Steve Albini! It does not get any better than that!

hamicle

It’s a very good album!