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 : Ramones
RELEASE: Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, Road to Ruin
BACKSTORY: Rhino Records this week releases newly remastered editions of the punk legends’ first four albums on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, and, via the label’s website, each also will be availablein a special limited-edition set that includes a bonus 7-inch singles on blue vinyl (see full tracklists here).
BUY: Rhino.com (Vinyl), Amazon.com (Vinyl)
ARTIST : Peter Murphy
RELEASE: Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red this week reissues, in the U.K., an expanded 25th anniversary reissue of the former Bauhaus leader’s solo debut — remastered by Beggars Archive — featuring a bonus disc with 14 B-sides, remixes and alternate versions, including three different mixes of Pere Ubu cover “Final Solution” (see full tracklist here).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)
ARTIST : They Might Be Giants
RELEASE: Join Us
BACKSTORY: After spending the last four years making children’s albums, the two Johns return this week with their first “adult” studio album since 2007’s The Else. The new 18-track album features such appropriately titled tracks as “Spoiler Alert,” “Judy is Your Viet Nam,” “Dog Walker” and “You Probably Get That A Lot.”
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, Digital)
ARTIST : Lou Reed
RELEASE: “Lollapalooza Live”
BACKSTORY: The legendary rocker’s 2009 set at the Chicago-based Lollapalooza festival gets a DVD release this week. The performance features eight classics such as “Sweet Jane,” “Dirty Boulevard” and “Walk On the Wild Side,” plus “a 15-minute mid-set section of instrumental noise performed by Lou’s Metal Machine Trio.”
BUY: Amazon.com (DVD)