New Releases — October 26, 2009 at 7:36 am

New releases: U2’s ‘Unforgettable Fire’ reissue, live R.E.M., Morrissey B-sides

Record Rack: A weekly round-up of new albums, reissues and/or box sets due out Tuesday.

U2, 'The Unforgettable Fire'ARTIST: U2
RELEASE: The Unforgettable Fire
BACKSTORY: This 25th anniversary reissue comes in four versions, and the expanded sets feature previously unheard songs “Disappearing Act” and “Yoshino Blossom,” which the band recorded in 1983 with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.
BUY IT: The Unforgettable Fire (single CD) via, The Unforgettable Fire: Deluxe Edition via, The Unforgettable Fire: Super Deluxe Edition via, The Unforgettable Fire (vinyl) via

R.E.M., 'Live at the Olympia'ARTIST: R.E.M.
RELEASE: Live at the Olympia
BACKSTORY: This 39-song, 2CD live album was culled from five nights of “working rehearsals” in 2007 and features an impressively deep tracklist, including some super-rare old tracks, ’90s-era album cuts and a few unreleased tunes.
BUY IT: Live at the Olympia (2CD) via, Live at the Olympia (2CD/1DVD) via, Live at the Olympia (2CD/1DVD/4LP) via Warner Bros.

Morrissey, 'Swords'ARTIST: Morrissey
BACKSTORY: Due out this week in the U.K. and Nov. 3 in the U.S., this 18-track disc compiles most of the ailing singer’s B-sides from 2004’s You Are the Quarry, 2006’s Ringleader of the Tormentors, 2008’s Greatest Hits and 2009’s Years of Refusal. Initial pressings also come with a bonus live CD recorded over this past summer in Poland.
BUY IT: Swords via

See more new releases from Erasure, the Gun Club and Madness after the jump…

Erasure, 'The Innocents'ARTIST: Erasure
RELEASE: The Innocents
BACKSTORY: The synthpop duo’s 1988 album gets a “21st anniversary” reissue in the U.K., in single-disc and deluxe editions, the latter of which includes a second CD of remixes, B-sides and live cuts, plus a DVD featuring  a 1988 concert that originally was released on VHS in 1989.
BUY IT: The Innocents via, The Innocents: Deluxe Edition via

The Gun Club, 'Miami'ARTIST: The Gun Club
RELEASES: Miami, Death Party
BACKSTORY: The Los Angeles psychobilly band’s 1982 sophomore album — produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein and featuring Debbie Harry on backing vocals — and a 1983 follow-up EP — also produced by Stein, and featuring a new band lineup — receive expanded reissues in the U.K., with both including a bonus disc with a vintage live show.
BUY IT: Miami via, Death Party via

Madness, 'One Step Beyond...'ARTIST: Madness
RELEASE: One Step Beyond…
BACKSTORY: The British ska outfit’s 1979 debut album is expanded to two discs for its 30th anniversary, with the first featuring the full 15-track album digitally remastered, plus four music videos, and the 18-track second disc featuring Peel Session recordings, demos, singles and B-sides, EP tracks and live songs.
BUY IT: One Step Beyond… via


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