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

Orange Juice, 'Coals to Newcastle'ARTIST: Orange Juice
RELEASE: Coals to Newcastle
BACKSTORY: The early-’80s indie-pop outfit this week releases a comprehensive 6CD/1DVD box set in the U.S., a collection that includes all four of the Scottish band’s albums, a host of singles and B-sides, BBC sessions, live performances and a DVD featuring the rare concert film “Dada With Juice.” (See complete tracklist here.)
BUY IT: Coals to Newcastle via Amazon.com

XTC, 'Skylarking' original 'banned' coverARTIST: XTC
RELEASE: Skylarking
BACKSTORY: The Andy Partridge-run Ape House Records this week releases a new limited-edition, double-vinyl edition of the band’s 1986 album “as it was intended to sound, but never has due to human error. ” The new LP also features the original “banned” artwork featuring male and female public hair. (See details here.)
BUY IT: Skylarking via Amazon.com

Nine Inch Nails, 'Pretty Hate Machine' reissueARTIST: Nine Inch Nails
RELEASE: Pretty Hate Machine
BACKSTORY: Trent Reznor this week reissues NIN’s 1989 debut, remastered “for a greatly improved sonic experience,” and featuring a “reinterpreted” version of the original artwork. The only bonus track is a cover of the Queen song “Get Down, Make Love,” which originally appeared as a B-side to “Sin.”  (See details here.)
BUY IT: Pretty Hate Machine via Amazon.com

Heaven 17, 'Penthouse and Pavement'ARTIST: Heaven 17
RELEASE: Penthouse an Pavement: Special Edition
BACKSTORY: The reunited synthpop group this week releases, in the U.K., an expanded 2CD/1DVD reissue of its classic 1981 album  with 20 previously unreleased “demos, instrumentals and experimentation” from that era, plus a DVD featuring “The Story of Penthouse and Pavement.” (See tracklist here.)
BUY IT: Penthouse an Pavement: Special Edition via Amazon.co.uk


See more releases from U2, Robyn Hitchcock, Alphaville and Killing Joke after the jump…

U2, 'Wide Awake in Europe'ARTIST: U2
RELEASE: Wide Awake in Europe
BACKSTORY: On Friday, the Irish megaband will release a limited-edition (5,000 copies), vinyl-only EP through independent music shops participating in Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” event. The three-song record will feature live tracks, including the first-ever release of the song “Mercy” (see full tracklist here).
BUY IT: List of participating record stores

Robyn Hitchcock, 'Moss Elixir/Mossy Liquor'ARTIST: Robyn Hitchcock
RELEASE: Moss Elixir/Mossy Liquor
BACKSTORY: The quirky singer-songwriter this week reissues his 1996 album Moss Elixir paired with the first-ever CD release of a vinyl-only companion called Mossy Liquor, which was released a few weeks prior and featured some all-new tracks plus demos and alternative versions of the music that comprised Moss Elixir.
BUY IT: Moss Elixir/Mossy Liquor via Amazon.com

Alphaville, 'Catching Rays on Giant'ARTIST: Alphaville
RELEASE: Catching Rays on Giant
BACKSTORY: Led by single “I Die For You Today,” the long-running German synthpop group — best known for its 1984 hits “Big in Japan” and “Forever Young” — has released its first new album in seven years, a disc available on import this week. The 12-track album also comes in a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD.
BUY IT: Catching Rays on Giant via Amazon.com

Killing Joke, 'Absolute Dissent'ARTIST: Killing Joke
RELEASE: Absolute Dissent
BACKSTORY: This week sees the belated U.S. release of the landmark postpunk act’s first new album in four years and the first since 1982’s Revelations to feature all four memebers of the band’s original lineup (singer Jaz Coleman, guitarist Kevin “Geordie” Walker, bassist Martin “Youth” Glover and drummer Paul Ferguson).
BUY IT: Absolute Dissent via Amazon.com

The Fall, 'This Nation's Saving Grace'ARTIST: The Fall
RELEASE: The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall, This Nation’s Saving Grace
BACKSTORY: Beggars Archive this week releases a pair of Fall albums on low-priced vinyl, part of a new campaign of budget LP reissues. The sets feature no bonus tracks, just the albums as they originally were released.
BUY IT: The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall, This Nation’s Saving Grace via Amazon.com

 

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