New releases: Wire’s ‘Silver/Lead,’ plus Aimee Mann, Big Country, The Vibrators

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted.

 

Wire

RELEASE: Silver/Lead
BACKSTORY: The post-punk legends this week release their 15th album, part of this year’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The album’s out in the U.K. today, and digitally in the U.S., but the U.S. physical release isn’t until April 7.
BUY: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, iTunes

 

Aimee Mann

RELEASE: Mental Illness
BACKSTORY: The former Til Tuesday singer this week releases her first new solo album in five years, featuring tracks such as “Goose Snow Cone,” “You Never Loved Me,” “Lies of Summer, “Philly Sinks” and more.
BUY: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, iTunes

 

Big Country

RELEASE: Wonderland: The Essential Big Country
BACKSTORY: New 3CD best-of out in the U.K. this week collects 47 tracks from the Scottish rockers, including “In a Big Country,” “Chance,” “Fields of Fire (400 Miles),” “East of Eden” and more.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk

 

The Vibrators

RELEASE: The Epic Years: 1976-78
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red this week releases, in the U.K., a 4CD box set featuring all of the punk act’s recordings for Epic Records between 1976 and1978, including sessions for the BBC’s legendary John Peel.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk

 

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