Record Rack: A weekly round-up of the pertinent new albums, reissues and/or box sets due out Tuesday.
ARTIST: Duran Duran
RELEASES: Rio: Collector’s Edition, Live At Hammersmith ’82
BACKSTORY: Delayed until next month in the U.S., this week sees the U.K. release of a pair of archival Duran Duran titles: an expanded 2CD reissue of 1982’s smash Rio, plus a live CD/DVD set. The former features the original U.K. mix of the album, plus five U.S. album and EP mixes on the first disc, and a second disc with 13 demos, singles, b-sides remixes and alternate versions. And the latter features a 10-song concert recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1982 on both CD and DVD, while the DVD includes bonus music videos and “Top of the Pops” performances.
BUY IT: Rio: Collector’s Edition via Amazon.co.uk, Live At Hammersmith ’82 via Amazon.co.uk
ARTIST: Gary Numan
RELEASE: The Pleasure Principle: Expanded Edition
BACKSTORY: The synth pioneer’s solo debut gets the 30th anniversary reissue treatment from Beggars Archive. The 2CD set features a second disc of demos, outtakes and newly remastered cuts. Fans who buy the set directly from Numan’s site or Beggars will receive a bonus disc, The Live EPs, which collects tour recordings made in 1979.
BUY IT: The Pleasure Principle: Expanded Edition via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
RELEASE: White Lunar
BACKSTORY: Cave and his longtime Bad Seeds sideman issue this 2CD collection of soundtrack work they did for theater productions and films such as “The Proposition,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and the upcoming “The Road.”
BUY IT: White Lunar via Amazon.com
More new releases after the jump…
RELEASE: Live and Intermittent
BACKSTORY: This new 17-track disc collects live cuts from concerts the post-punk act played in New York, Los Angeles and Sydney in 1979 and 1980, restored and remastered from the original mono and stereo master mixes.
BUY IT: Live and Intermittent via Amazon.co.uk
ARTIST: Fun Boy Three
RELEASE: The Fun Boy Three
BACKSTORY: The 1982 self-titled debut from Fun Boy Three — which spun off from ska revivalists The Specials — is reissued in expanded form, including, as bonus material, six b-sides and remixes, including the Gershwin standard “Summertime.”
BUY IT: The Fun Boy Three via Amazon.co.uk
RELEASES: Superfuzz Bigmuff, Mudhoney, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
BACKSTORY: These colored-vinyl reissues from Sub Pop Records are remastered from the original tapes; 1988’s Superfuzz Bigmuff will be on grey/off-black vinyl, 1989’s Mudhoney will be on magenta/”purple-y” vinyl and 1991’s Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge will be on “salmon-y”/orange vinyl. Each also comes with a download code.
BUY IT: Superfuzz Bigmuff via Amazon.com, Mudhoney via Amazon.com, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Various Artists
RELEASE: New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets
BACKSTORY: This week sees the release of the vinyl edition of this summer’s 18-track Love and Rockets tribute, featuring contributions from Black Francis, The Flaming Lips and The Dandy Warhols.
BUY IT: New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets via Amazon.com
RELEASE: Tell God I’m Here: Expanded Edition
BACKSTORY: The debut album from this near-forgotten British indie-pop act is reissued with a second disc featuring early singles and b-sides, previously unreleased tracks and cuts from the band’s second album, 1989’s The Beautiful.
BUY IT: Tell God I’m Here: Expanded Edition via Amazon.co.uk
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS:
- Trent Reznor rearranges Nine Inch Nails’ final concerts, performs with Gary Numan
- Bauhaus, Pixies, The Fall up for ‘Omnibus’ reissues from new Beggars Archive imprint
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ first 4 albums to be reissued, remixed in 5.1
- Fun Boy Three’s debut album to be reissued with six bonus B-sides, 12-inch remixes
- Sub Pop reissuing ‘Superfuzz Bigmuff,’ early Mudhoney LPs on colored vinyl
- Daniel Ash closes door on Love and Rockets: ‘It’s boring for me to do those songs’
- Love and Rockets tribute album to feature Black Francis, The Flaming Lips
- Hurrah! debut ‘Tell God I’m Here’ reissued in expanded edition with early singles