New releases: John Martyn tribute featuring Robert Smith, The Clash on 10-inch vinyl

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 : Various Artists
RELEASE: Johnny Boy Would Love This… A Tribute to John Martyn
BACKSTORY: The long-in-the-works tribute to acclaimed British songwriter and guitarist John Martyn arrives this week, perhaps most notable for its inclusion of a rare solo track from The Cure’s Robert Smith (hear his cover of “Small Hours” here). Other artists involved include Beck, Swell Season, David Gray and Beth Orton.
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, digital)

 

ARTIST : The Clash
RELEASE: Black Market Clash
BACKSTORY: Drastic Plastic Records this week reissues the punk-rockers’ EP as it originally was released — on 10-inch vinyl — in a limited-edition pressing of 5,000 copies. It’s the first time since its original release in 1980 that the nine-song set (featuring “Pressure Drop,” “Armagideon Time:)  has been released on 10-inch vinyl.
BUY: Amazon.com (vinyl)

 

ARTIST : Various Artists
RELEASES: 12″/80s Alternative
BACKSTORY: Just as the title suggests, this 3CD compilation — out in the U.K. this week — collects 34 remixes by the likes of New Order (“Blue Monday”), The Jesus and Mary Chain (“April Skies”), The Cure (“Hot Hot Hot!!!”), Siouxsie and the Banshees (“Cities in Dust”).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)

 

 

 

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