Out This Week / on 8 December 2017

Donald Fagen / Cheap Xmas: Donald Fagen Complete  (vinyl box)

It hasn’t really been a great year for Donald Fagen. He’s had to endure the death of his musical partner Walter Becker and to make matters worse, now seems engaged in a legal row with Becker’s estate over the ownership of the Steely Dan name. Fans will mourn the loss of Becker of course, but in terms of Fagen’s solo career, this 7LP vinyl edition of Cheap Xmas – which contains all his solo albums plus a rarities disc – is very welcome and cheaper than a used vinyl copy of Kamakriad Read more

Johnny Mathis / Voice of Romance:The Columbia Original Album Collection 68-disc box set

Johnny Mathis / Voice of Romance: Columbia Album Collection (68CD)

For when that greatest hits just doesn’t cut it. A massive Johnny Mathis box set that comes with 68 CDs, features two unreleased albums and includes a hand-signed certificate. Read more

Beastie Boys / vinyl reissues

Universal Music issue three Beastie Boys albums on vinyl, including 2004’s To The 5 Boroughs and their final album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Read more

Various Artists/ To The Outside of Everything: A Story of UK Post Punk 1977-1981

Cherry Red are great at these themed collections. This five-CD set (not sure why the image only shows three discs!) tells a musical story of how the UK’s post-punk scene evolved from the spirit of 1977 and the arrival of key labels such as Fast, Rough Trade, Zoo, Factory and Cherry Red themselves. Artists on this set include Joy Division, PiL, Wire, Gang Of Four, The Slits, Killing Joke, Echo And The Bunnymen, Scritti Politti, The Pop Group, Human League, The Fall, Alternative T.V., Tubeway Army, The Teardrop Explodes, Throbbing Gristle, The Psychedelic Furs, and many, many more!

Leonard Cohen / Greatest Hits (vinyl reissue)

This Leonard Cohen compilation (originally issued in 1975) is one of the ‘great’ greatest hits. Simply put, everyone should have this album in their collection.

Carpenters / Vinyl Collection (new album)

This 12LP Carpenters box contains all twelve albums – eleven studio long-players and the best selling compilation The Singles 1969 – 1973. Availability in Europe seems a bit sketchy but all the records are available separately anyway, and given the price, cherry-picking might be the best strategy.  Read more

Roy Orbison / A Love So Beautiful

The original Elvis orchestral set was a vaguely interesting idea, I suppose, but these ‘Philharmonic’ makeovers are now little more than commercial opportunism dressed as creative exploration. With sales for physical music dwindling it’s hard to blame the record companies (the first Presley set sold more than one million copies in the UK) but it’s a depressing situation and I’m sure they are planning more, with different artists.

Carole King / Tapestry: Live at Hyde Park

Carole King‘s 2016 London concert was issued on CD/DVD/Blu-ray a few months ago, and this week is issued on 2LP vinyl. Comes with an 8-page booklet and the blurb assures us that this has been “exclusively remastered for vinyl”

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Tapestry Live at Hyde Park - 2LP vinyl


Harry Potter: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks I-V

This box set – the soundtracks to the first five Harry Potter films presented on ten vinyl LP picture discs – screams ‘expensive-Christmas-gift-that-will-never-get-played’. Although I guess I wouldn’t be unhappy if someone bought me this! Each soundtrack is contained in a gatefold vinyl sleeve that is die-cut on both sides. Also comes with a download code.

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Harry Potter Soundtrack

Harry Potter: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks I-V [VINYL]

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