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 : R.E.M.
RELEASE: Document: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: The college-rock legends’ reissue series continues this week with an expanded, 2CD 25th anniversary reissue of the band’s fifth studio album, featuring a digitally remastered edition of the album, plus “a previously unreleased 1987 concert from R.E.M.’s Work Tour,” all packaged in a “lift-top box” with four postcards” (see full tracklist).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, digital)
ARTIST : Sex Pistols
RELEASE: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
BACKSTORY: The punk giants this week reissue, in the U.K., their groundbreaking 1977 debut in single-disc, 2CD and 3CD/1DVD sets, the latter featuring bonus material that includes demos, B-sides, live cuts and a remastered edition of the record using newly re-discovered original master tapes (see full tracklist).
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (Deluxe Edition, Super Deluxe Edition)
ARTIST : INXS
RELEASE: Kick: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: The Aussie rockers this week release, in the U.K., a 25th anniversary reissue of their smash hit 1987 album in 2CD and 3CD/1DVD editions, the latter stuff with bonus material including remixes, demos, “unheard tracks,” a documentary and home video footage (see full tracklist).
BUY: Amazon.co,uk (Deluxe Edition, Super Deluxe Edition)
ARTIST : Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
RELEASE: Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Global a Go-Go, Streetcore
BACKSTORY: Hellcat Records this week reissues all three of the late Clash leader’s three late-career albums with the Mescaleros, originally released in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Rock Art and Streetcore each are supplemented with multiple B-sides, while Global a Go-Go features a lone live bonus track (see full tracklists).
BUY: Amazon.com (Rock Art, Global a Go-Go, Streetcore)
ARTIST : Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore
BACKSTORY: Yoko Ono teams up with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore for this six-track album that was recorded some time in 2011 in Manhattan. Ono provides vocals with backing vox and guitars by Gordon and Moore. It’s billed as “a wild collision of song-form, poetics, free-rock and classic glossolalic ecstasy.”
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)
ARTIST : John Foxx & The Maths
BACKSTORY: The former Ultravox singer and synth pioneer this week returns with this third album with his band The Maths, a 15-track record originally envisioned as an EP and featuring collaborations with The Soft Moon, Gazelle Twin, Xeno & Oaklander and Matthew Dear. The set features new songs plus a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar.”
BUY: johnfoxxandthemaths.com (CD)
ARTIST : Mark Eitzel
RELEASE: Don’t Be a Stranger
BACKSTORY: After suffering a heart attack last year and seeing the “implosion” of the American Music Club reunion after two albums, that band’s former frontman returns this week, in the U.K., with a brand-new solo album that’s being pitched as his “finest solo album in over a decade.” It’s out in the U.S. on Oct. 2 (see full tracklist).
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD)
ARTIST : Various Artists
RELEASE: Frankenweenie Unleashed
BACKSTORY: This week sees the release of the companion album to Tim Burton’s stop-motion film “Frankenweenie,” and, for the second time, the director has secured a rare solo track from The Cure’s Robert Smith. The song is called “Witchcraft,” and is apparently a cover of the song popularized by Frank Sinatra (see full tracklist).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, vinyl, digital)