Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.

Pixies, 'Acoustic & Electric Live'ARTIST: Pixies
RELEASE: “Acoustic & Electric Live”
BACKSTORY: This new Blu-ray release combines the previously released concert DVDs “Acoustic: Live in Newport” and “Live at the Paradise in Boston,” filmed in 2004 and 2005, on a single disc, bringing together 63 songs over three separate concerts spanning more than 20 years. Bonus material includes “original home movie footage” of a dozen songs filmed at a Pixies concert at TT The Bear’s in Boston in October 1986. (See full tracklist here.)
BUY IT: “Acoustic & Electric Live” via Amazon.com

a-ha, '25'ARTIST: a-ha
RELEASE: 25: The Very Best Of
BACKSTORY: The European-only anthology from the soon-to-retire Norwegian pop trio arrives on import this week, featuring the band’s farewell single “Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah),”  plus tracks off each of the its albums, with some songs appearing as remixes, single versions or edits (see full tracklist here).
BUY IT: 25: The Very Best Of via Amazon.com

JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys, 'Fidelity!'ARTIST: JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys
RELEASE: Fidelity!
BACKSTORY: The Pretenders leader this week issues her first album with Welsh singer-songwriter JP Jones. The 11-track effort is billed as an “epic love story,” featuring “everything you need to know about (their) heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting and fruitful relationship.”
BUY IT: JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys
RELEASE: Fidelity! via Amazon.com

 

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