Record Rack: A weekly round-up of new albums, reissues and/or box sets due out Tuesday.
ARTIST: Echo & The Bunnymen
RELEASE: The Fountain
BACKSTORY: The long-running and beloved Bunnymen — original members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, plus assorted sidemen — this week release their 10th studio album, preceded by first single “Think I Need It Too.” One of the tracks reportedly features a songwriting collaboration with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
BUY IT: The Fountain (UK import) via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Bad Lieutenant
RELEASE: Never Cry Another Tear
BACKSTORY: The debut from Bernard Sumner’s just-launched New Order spinoff is released exclusively on CD this week through Amazon.com and won’t be available at other retailers until Nov. 10. The band also features late-era New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham and singer-guitarist Jake Evans, plus New Order drummer Stephen Morris.
BUY IT: Never Cry Another Tear via Amazon.com
RELEASE: Phantom Bride EP
BACKSTORY: This EP precedes the synthpop duo’s forthcoming “21st anniversary” reissue of its breakthrough 1988 album The Innocents, due out Oct. 26 in two different editions. The EP includes the remastered version of the Innocents track, plus seven new remixes of songs from the record.
BUY IT: Phantom Bride EP (UK import) via Amazon.com
See more new releases from Morrissey, The Raincoats and more after the jump…
RELEASE: HMV/Parlophone Singles ’88-’95, 7″ Singles ’88-’91
BACKSTORY: The first of these two collections — which Morrissey doesn’t want you to buy — compiles all of the singer’s A- and B-sides from 1988 to 1995 on three CDs, while the second is the first half of that collection on 7-inch vinyl (the second half will be released separately next month).
BUY IT: HMV/Parlophone Singles ’88-’95 (UK import) via Amazon.com, 7″ Singles ’88-’91 via Amazon.co.uk
ARTIST: The Raincoats
RELEASE: The Raincoats
BACKSTORY: Kill Rock Stars reissues the post-punk combo’s 1978 self-titled debut on vinyl with a single bonus track: “Fairytale in the Supermarket,” the band’s debut single. In a somewhat unusual move, the extra song will open the new edition of the album rather than be appended at the end as a bonus track.
BUY IT: The Raincoats via Amazon.com
ARTIST: David Bowie
RELEASE: Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition
BACKSTORY: The Thin White Duke’s second album is reissued in an expanded two-CD set, featuring a newly remastered version of the album itself and a second disc with 15 bonus tracks, eight of which are previously unreleased, including rare demos of “Space Oddity” and “An Occasional Dream.”
BUY IT: Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition via Amazon.co.uk
ARTIST: Talking Heads
RELEASE: “Stop Making Sense”
BACKSTORY: Long considered one of the best concert films of all time, Jonathan Demme’s “Stop Making Sense” makes its Blu-ray debut this week, remastered from the original 35mm source. The disc largely mirrors the DVD release, with audio commentary from Demme and the four band members. One new inclusion is video from the press conference marking the 1999 re-release, which gathered all four Talking Heads together for a rare joint appearance.
BUY IT: “Stop Making Sense” via Amazon.com
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Echo & The Bunnymen unveil short U.S. tour this fall in support of ‘The Fountain’
- Bernard Sumner’s Bad Lieutenant playing Chicago, New York; full U.S. tour in 2010
- Erasure reveals tracklist for ‘The Innocents’ expanded reissue, ‘Phantom Bride EP’
- Morrissey’s U.S. tour dates: West Coast concerts planned in November, December
- The Raincoats reissuing 1979 debut on vinyl, playing rare U.S. concerts this fall
- David Bowie’s ‘A Reality Tour’ coming to CD
- David Byrne to publish ‘Bicycle Diaries’ book