New Releases — October 18, 2010 at 7:20 am

New CDs: The Church, Soft Boys, Gary Numan, Dexys Midnight Runners, Nick Heyward

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.

The Church, 'Deep in the Shallows'ARTIST: The Church
RELEASES: Deep in the Shallows, Of Skins and Heart, The Blurred Crusade
BACKSTORY: The Aussie rockers this week begin rolling out 30th anniversary reissues with expanded editions of their first two albums, from 1981 and 1982, plus a 2CD singles comp.
BUY IT: Deep in the Shallows, Of Skins and Heart, The Blurred Crusade via Amazon.com

The Soft Boys, 'Underwater Moonlight'ARTIST: The Soft Boys
RELEASES: A Can of Bees, Underwater Moonlight
BACKSTORY: The first two albums by Robyn Hitchcock’s late-’70s/early-’80s neo-psychedelic band — originally released in 1979 and 1980 — are reissued this week in stripped-down CD and audiophile vinyl editions that come with new download-only bonus tracks. (See full tracklists here.)
BUY IT: A Can of Bees, Underwater Moonlight via Amazon.com

Dexys Midnight Runners, 'Searching for the Young Soul Rebels'ARTIST: Dexys Midnight Runners
RELEASES: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
BACKSTORY: The 1980 debut album from the band that’s still best, and in some circles probably only, known for “Come On Eileen” gets an expanded 30th anniversary reissue this week. The new 2CD edition features a remastered version of the original 11-track album, plus a bonus disc featuring 21 singles, B-sides, demos and BBC sessions.
BUY IT: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels via Amazon.com

Nick Heyward, 'North of a Miracle'ARTIST: Nick Heyward
RELEASE: North of a Miracle
BACKSTORY: The Haircut 100 frontman’s 1983 solo debut receives a 2CD reissue this week in the U.K., with the original 10-track album filled out with a host of B-sides, instrumental tracks and remixes (four of which are appearing on CD for the first time), plus a previously unreleased nine-track live set recorded in London in November 1983.
BUY IT: North of a Miracle via Amazon.com

See more releases from Gary Numan, Wedding Present, Squeeze and more after the jump…

Sharpe + Numan, 'Automatic'ARTIST: Sharpe + Numan
RELEASE: Automatic
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red this week reissues, in the U.K., the one and only album by synth pioneer Gary Numan and jazz keyboardist Bill Sharpe (it’s out in the U.S. next week). The expanded edition of the duo’s long-out-of-print 1989 album features five bonus tracks, including  remixes of “I’m on Automatic” and “No More Lies.”
BUY IT: Automatic via Amazon.co.uk

The Wedding Present, 'Live 1989'ARTIST: The Wedding Present
RELEASE: Live 1989
BACKSTORY: David Gedge and Co. this week release, in the U.K., the third in a series of reissues of old live tapes the band used to sell at gigs in the late ’80s. The new 2CD set chronicles concerts in Germany and England — the latter of which consists of the Wedding Present playing Ukrainian folks songs. (See full tracklist here.)
BUY IT: Live 1989 via Amazon.co.uk

'The Very Very Best of Crowded House'ARTIST: Crowded House
RELEASE: The Very Very Best Of
BACKSTORY: The week sees the release in the U.K of a new 19-track best-of (the U.S. edition is out next week) that covers 1986’s self-titled debut through 2007’s reunion album Time On Earth, but stops short of including anything off of this summer’s Intriguer. There’s also a limited-edition version with a DVD featuring 25 music videos. (See full tracklist here.)
BUY IT: The Very Very Best Of via Amazon.co.uk

Squeeze, 'Spot the Difference'ARTIST: Squeeze
RELEASE: Spot the Difference
BACKSTORY: The British pop-rockers’ disc of re-recorded hits, which arrived in the U.S. back in August, is released in the U.K. this week in a single-disc edition that’s the same as the American release and a 2CD set that features a limited-edition 10-track bonus disc recorded live at San Francisco’s Fillmore this past summer.
BUY IT: Spot the Difference via Amazon.co.uk

One Comment

  1. And here in Australia we get the deluxe 2CD/1DVD edition of the Very Very Best of Crowded House – fantastic!

    32 of Crowded House’s top hits and fan favourites have been gathered for this new collection. Celebrating the Australian band’s 25th anniversary, The Very Very32 of Crowded House’s top hits and fan favourites have been gathered for this new CD. Celebrating the Australian band’s 25th anniversary, The Very Very Best Of Crowded House features the hits “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, “Four Seasons In One Day”, “Better Be Home Soon” and many other standout singles and album tracks.

    Track Listing
    CD
    Now We’re Getting Somewhere
    World Where You Live
    Weather With You
    Something So Strong
    When You Come
    Fingers Of Love
    Four Seasons In One Day
    Distant Sun
    Don’t Stop Now
    Sister Madly
    Chocolate Cake
    Locked Out
    Never Be The Same
    Hole In The River
    Not The Girl You Think You Are
    Better Be Home Soon

    CD
    Mean To Me
    It’s Only Natural
    Fall At Your Feet
    Recurring Dream
    Private Universe
    Pineapple Head
    She Called Up
    I Feel Possessed
    Instinct
    Everything Is Good For You
    Into Temptation
    Nails In My Feet
    Don’t Dream It’s Over
    Pour Le Monde
    Whispers And Moans
    Throw Your Arms Around Me (Live) The Roxy, Los Angeles February 26, 1987

    DVD
    Mean To Me
    Now We’re Getting Somewhere
    Don’t Dream It’s Over
    World Where You Live
    Something So Strong
    Better Be Home Soon
    When You Come
    Into Temptation
    Sister Madly
    I Feel Possessed
    Chocolate Cake
    Fall At Your Feet
    It’s Only Natural
    Weather With You
    Four Seasons In One Day
    Distant Sun
    Nails In My Feet
    Locked Out
    Private Universe
    Everything Is Good For You
    Not The Girl You Think You Are
    Instinct
    Don’t Stop Now
    She Called Up
    Better Be Home Soon (Live) Neil Finn, ARIA Awards 2005

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