Out This Week / on 24 June 2016

Neil Young / Earth (live album)

New live album from Neil Young. This was recorded on his 2015 tour with ‘The Promise of the Real’. The 2CD version is out this week, but you’ll need to wait until August for the 3LP, which is remarkable cheap on Amazon Germany (for Neil Young vinyl!)  Read more

Pet Shop Boys / Twenty Something (CD single)

Second single from the Pet Shop Boys‘ SUPER album, which it’s fair to say has received mixed reviews from fans. Nice to see the PSBs carrying out the CD single tradition though and this features two new songs. Read more

The Bangles / Ladies and Gentlemen… the Bangles!

The digital-only release from 2014 gets new (much better) artwork and is issued physically this week by Omnivore Recordings. This 16-track CD compiles all of The Bangles early recordings before they were signed to Columbia in 1984 and includes their first independent single, Getting Out Of Hand, four unreleased demos and other similar rarities

The Monkees / Instant Replay (deluxe edition)

This ’50th anniversary’ (the band, not the album) edition of The Monkees‘ 1969 album Instant Replay is a one-CD expanded edition which contains the same bonus tracks as Rhino’s 1995 reissue. It has been remastered though and features new 2016 liner notes from Micky Dolenz and Bobby Hart.

Marvin Gaye / What’s Going On (10″ vinyl single)

The title track of Marvin Gaye‘s timeless album is issued on this special 10-inch single along with B-side God Is Love. Both are the original single versions. Additionally, this contains some modern reworkings which could amount to sacrilege. Read more

Bad Company / Live 1977 (2LP vinyl)

April’s two-CD Bad Company 1977 • 1979 live release is this week issued on double vinyl LP, although the four sides of vinyl contain only the 1977 live performance. Read more

The Traveling Wilburys Collection (3LP box set)

This Traveling Wilburys‘ Collection on vinyl contains some tracks such as extended remixes not on the CD box set. Don’t know about you, but I’ve always found that incredibly annoying. Anyway, this hasn’t been corrected by new catalogue owners Concord Bicycle Music Company, but they are reissuing it this week.

Anthony Phillips / 1984 (deluxe edition)

This new three-disc deluxe edition Anthony Phillips‘ 1981 album features a new stereo mix and a 5.1 surround sound mix (via NSTC/region free DVD), along with a CD of alternate mixes and out-takes.

Various Artists / Twelve Inch Eighties: Rhythm Is Gonna Get You (3CD)

A pair of new 1980s remix compilations are out this week as Demon’s imprint Crimson contain their Twelve Inch Eighties series. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You is a 3CD set which is low on surprises but perfectly fine, as long as you haven’t got a shelf full of similar remix sets, of which there have been many. The companion to this called Twelve Inch Eighties: Let’s Groove is also released this week and focuses more on R&B/Soul. Both are fantastically cheap in the UK.

Motörhead / Clean Your Clock  (blu-ray)

Blu-ray edition of one of Lemmy’s last Motörhead live concerts is issued this week . Read more

ELO / Discovery (vinyl)

With ELO‘s ‘best of’ riding high at number four in the UK charts (due to UK tour), I guess it’s not a bad time for Sony to reissue the band’s eighth album on vinyl. Discovery was their first UK number one and features Don’t Bring Me Down.

Erasure / Cowboy

The Erasure vinyl reissues contain. Cowboy was their eighth album and was originally issued in 1997. Loveboat from 2000 is also being reissued on the same format.

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