Record Rack: A weekly round-up of new albums, reissues and/or box sets due out Tuesday.
RELEASES: In the Flat Field: Omnibus Edition, Mask: Omnibus Edition
BACKSTORY: The new Beggars Archive series issues multidisc Omnibus Editions of Bauhaus’ first two LPs. The In the Flat Field set features the 1980 debut, plus a second disc featuring singles, B-sides and more. Released in 1981, the sophomore effort Mask is expanded into a three-disc set, including the original album, a second disc of singles and B-sides, and a third CD featuring a live show recorded in 1981.
BUY IT: In the Flat Field: Omnibus Edition via Amazon.com, Mask: Omnibus Edition via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Lou Reed
RELEASES: Legendary Hearts, New Sensations
BACKSTORY: The Velvet Underground star’s 1983 and 1984 solo albums return to CD in the U.S. for the first time in more than a decade with these reissues from Iconoclassic Records. There are no bonus tracks, but the albums are digitally remastered from the original master tapes.
BUY IT: Legendary Hearts via Amazon.com, New Sensations via Amazon.com
RELEASE: Chomp More
BACKSTORY: Originally released in 1983 as Chomp, this now-retitled reissue features the album’s original 12 tracks, plus four bonus cuts, including the original 7-inch mix of “Crazy” — which R.E.M. covered for the B-side of “Driver 8″ — as well as the band’s own mixes of “Yo-Yo” and “Gyrate” and the 1982 single “Four Minutes.”
BUY IT: Chomp More via Amazon.com
See more new releases from Jello Biafra, Alison Moyet and Hurrah! after the jump…
ARTIST: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
RELEASE: The Audacity of Hype
BACKSTORY: The former Dead Kennedys frontman, political activist and spoken-word artist debuts his powerhouse new rock band — featuring Faith No More’s Billy Gould, among other players — with this nine-track album that touches on Iraq, class wars and hypocrisy, among other politically charged subjects.
BUY IT: The Audacity of Hype via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Alison Moyet
RELEASE: The Best Of — 25 Years Revisited
BACKSTORY: The former Yaz singer is commemorated on this new three-decade-spanning, 20-track best-of CD, that, in a deluxe edition, comes paired with a second disc that finds Moyet re-recording 11 favorite songs from her back catalog with her current touring band, including such fan faves as Yaz’s “Situation.”
BUY IT: The Best Of — 25 Years Revisited via Amazon.co.uk
RELEASE: The Beautiful
BACKSTORY: Following last month’s expanded reissue of debut Tell God I’m Here, the second album from the British indie-pop act gets the reissue treatment, too. It’s not a double-disc set, but there are a pair of bonus tracks: “Saturday’s Train” and “The Secret of Life,” which were B-sides to 1989’s “Big Sky” single.
BUY IT: The Beautiful via Amazon.co.uk
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Bauhaus, The Fall up for ‘Omnibus’ reissues from new Beggars Archive imprint
- Pylon’s 1983 sophomore album ‘Chomp’ to be reissued with four bonus tracks
- Hurrah! debut ‘Tell God I’m Here’ reissued in expanded edition with early singles