Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
ARTIST: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
RELEASES: Let Love In, Murder Ballads, The Boatman’s Call, No More Shall We Part
BACKSTORY: Spanning 1994 to 2001, this latest batch of reissues include the remastered albums on one disc and bonus DVDs featuring new 5.1 Surround Sound mix — plus four-to-five bonus tracks apiece (see full tracklists here).
BUY IT: Let Love In, Murder Ballads, The Boatman’s Call, No More Shall We Part via Amazon.com
ARTIST: The Charlatans
RELEASE: Us and Us Only: Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: The Madchester survivors follow up last year’s double-disc re-release of debut album Some Friendly this week in their native U.K. with an expanded reissue of their 1999 album, supplementing that record’s original 11 tracks with 19 bonus B-sides, remixes, radio sessions and assorted live tracks (see full tracklist here).
BUY IT: Us and Us Only: Deluxe Edition via Amazon.co.uk
ARTIST: Wendy James
RELEASE: I Came Here To Blow Minds
BACKSTORY: After spending a good part of the 2000s with the band Racine, and releasing two albums with the group, the former Transvision Vamp leader — who once convinced Elvis Costello to write a whole album for her — returns this week with the physical release of her latest solo effort, which was originally released digitally last fall.
BUY IT: I Came Here To Blow Minds via Amazon.com
More from Colin Hay and The Icicle Works after the jump…
ARTIST: Colin Hay
RELEASE: Gathering Mercury
BACKSTORY: The former Men at Work frontman returns this week with his 11th solo album and first in two years, a 10-track collection written during the period when the musician lost his father. The album also comes in a limited-edition expanded version with four “stripped” mixes of tracks on the record.
BUY IT: Gathering Mercury via Amazon.com
ARTIST: The Icicle Works
RELEASE: The Small Price of a Bicycle
BACKSTORY: The newly reunited U.K. New Wave/postpunk outfit this week reissues, in the U.K., an expanded, 3CD edition of its sophomore album, originally released in 1985. The new set features 31 bonus tracks, including B-sides, alternate takes, early recordings and previously unreleased material.
BUY IT: The Small Price of a Bicycle via Amazon.co.uk