Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
ARTIST: The Cure
RELEASE: Disintegration: Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: The long-awaited reissue of Robert Smith and Co.’s 1989 masterwork is released today in 3CD and 2LP editions in Europe and on Tuesday via iTunes in the U.S., although American fans have to wait until June 8 for CDs and vinyl. The 3CD set features a disc of demos and an expanded version of the Entreat live album (see tracklist here).
BUY IT: Disintegration via Amazon.co.uk or iTunes
ARTIST: Modern English
BACKSTORY: The British New Wave act, still fronted by Robbie Grey, this week releases its seventh studio album and its first batch of brand-new songs in 14 years. The 11-track record is produced by Hugh Jones, who oversaw the band’s 1982 album After the Snow and its smash single “I Melt With You.” More details can be found here.
BUY IT: Soundtrack via Amazon.com or iTunes
ARTIST: Marc Almond
RELEASE: Open All Night: Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: The first installment in the former Soft Cell singer’s expanded reissue series is this 1999 solo album, which featured duets with Siouxsie Sioux and ex-Sneaker Pimp Kelli Ali. The set features a remastered edition of the original album and an 18-track bonus disc of demos, soundtrack rarities and alternate takes.
BUY IT: Open All Night: Deluxe Edition via Amazon.com
ARTIST: The Wonder Stuff
RELEASE: Hup: 21st Anniversary Edition
BACKSTORY: The U.K. alt-rock act has re-recorded its 12-track sophomore album Hup, originally released in 1989, plus six more period tracks, including the 1990 hit single “Circlesquare.” The set features new versions of hit singles “Don’t Let Me Down, Gently” and “Radio Ass Kiss.”
BUY IT: Hup: 21st Anniversary Edition via Amazon.co.uk or iTunes