Out This Week / on 29 September 2017
David Bowie / A New Career In A New Town 1977 – 1982 (vinyl & CD box set)
“There’s Old Wave. There’s New Wave. And There’s David Bowie.” If David Bowie hadn’t recorded anything in the 1970s after Station To Station he’d still have had an incredible run of albums that few could match. But in 1977 he casually released Low and Heroes and then in 1979 completed his so-called Berlin Trilogy with Lodger. Live album Stage was issued in between, in 1978 (the only year in the decade that Bowie didn’t issue a studio album). David signed off his golden years, with Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – arguably just as good as the other three. This ushered in a few years of big hits including Ashes To Ashes, Fashion and Under Pressure (with Queen). All of the above (and more) have been newly remastered and are included in this new box set which is available on 11CD and 13LP vinyl. As before, nothing unreleased, but this is a box set to rule them all.
David Gilmour / Live in Pompeii (various editions)
Stunning concert film of David Gilmour‘s performance at Pompeii, from spring last year. Outstanding visuals and audio and an impressive box set which features two CDs and two blu-ray discs. 5.1 surround sound, 65 minutes of bonus performance and two hours of documentaries.
Belinda Carlisle / Heaven on Earth (4LP+CD)
This new 30th anniversary Belinda Carlisle box set comes packaged in a lift-off lid box. Content includes the original album, seven-inch versions of the singles, live tracks and remixes. Signed editions have sold out.
The Rolling Stones / From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live
The Rolling Stones‘ have only once played Sticky Fingers live in its entirety and that was at the Fonda Theatre in 2015. This is now reissued as part of the band’s continuing ‘From The Vault’ series, across five different physical formats.
Gentle Giant / Three Piece Suite (CD+Blu-ray audio)
This is a great little Gentle Giant package that focuses on 1970-1972 and the first three albums (Gentle Giant, Acquiring The Taste and Three Friends). Content includes Steven Wilson 5.1 mixes of some (not all) album tracks, hi-res flat transfers of all three albums and more.
Luke Haines / Luke Haines is Alive and Well and Living In Buenos Aires
If you liked The Auteurs in the ’90s, but have struggled to keep up with frontman Luke Haines solo career, with his prolificacy and predilection for quirky side-projects, this new four-CD compilation attempts to bring order to 16 years of unchecked output and features largely excellent music.
Benny Andersson / Piano
Deutsche Grammophon issue this a 21-track journey through Benny Andersson‘s celebrated career as songs from ABBA, his musicals and other solo-compositions are re-interpreted, performed unaccompanied by just Benny himself, on piano.
Slade / Slade Alive!
Vinyl reissue of Slade‘s 1972 live album. Like the forthcoming Frankie Goes To Hollywood reissue, this 45th anniversary edition is part of BMG’s ‘Art of the Album’ series which features a new booklet which explores various elements of the album and its legacy.
Michael Jackson / Scream (CD)
The CD version of Michael Jackson‘s ghoulish new compilation is out this week, but it’s the glow-in-the-dark vinyl edition that’s the real draw. That’s not out until late October.
Depeche Mode / The Best Of (3LP vinyl)
Depeche Mode‘s ‘Best Of’ from 2006 is reissued on triple vinyl. 2005’s Playing The Angel was the most current album at the time of release and this also featured non-album track Martyr.
Various / Music From The Motion Picture ‘Popeye’ (2CD deluxe)
This release was delayed by a few weeks. A two-CD deluxe edition of the music to Robert Altman’s ill-fated Popeye. This is interesting, since it includes the previously unreleased score (by Thomas Pierson) and similarly previously unreleased demos by Harry Nilsson, including two songs written for the film but never used.
Chris Rea / Road Songs For Lovers (new album)
Chris Rea albums with ‘road’ in the title tend to do well, so many that’s the strategy here as BMG issue Road Songs For Lovers, Rea’s first studio album since 2011’s Santo Spirito Blues.
- • UK Order: Road Songs For Lovers (CD)
- • USA Order: Road Songs For Lovers (CD)
- • GERMANY Order: Road Songs For Lovers (CD)
Neil Finn / Out Of Silence (new album)
Delayed from last week: Neil Finn‘s new album Out Of Silence was recorded live online a few weeks back. It’s been available digitally for a while, but here’s the first opportunity to own a physical version with the CD release. No special edition, but the vinyl will follow in October.