Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, reissues and/or box sets.
ARTIST: Rain Parade
RELEASE: Crashing Dream
BACKSTORY: One of the leading lights of Los Angeles’ mid-’80s Paisley Underground scene — the band’s co-founder, David Roback, would gain greater fame in Mazzy Star — sees its third album, originally released in 1985, issued on CD for the first time ever this week in the U.K. Unfortunately, the 10-track disc features no bonuses.
BUY IT: Crashing Dream via Amazon.com
ARTIST: The Lucy Show
BACKSTORY: The classic 1985 debut album from the perennially underrated British postpunk act — often compared to the likes of The Cure, The Comsat Angels or The Jesus and Mary Chain — also is released on CD for the first time ever this week. But, like the Rain Parade disc, this reissue also features no bonus material.
BUY IT: …undone via Amazon.com
ARTIST: The Icicle Works
RELEASE: Permanent Damage
BACKSTORY: The long-out-of-print final album, originally released in 1990, from the U.K. New Wave act — best known for its hit “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream),” or “Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly),” depending what country you’re in — is reissued as a 2CD set, with a bonus disc filled with more than a dozen B-sides and extras.
BUY IT: Permanent Damage via Amazon.com
RELEASE: Best of Labour of Love
BACKSTORY: The long-running British reggae act offers up this U.K. best-of CD/DVD set that culls the best tracks from the band’s three Labour of Love covers albums (you know, “Red, Red Wine”), plus two bonus tracks — “Don’t Want To See You Cry” and “Bring It On Home To Me” — from next year’s Labour of Love IV.
BUY IT: Best of Labour of Love via Amazon.com