Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
RELEASE: Very Best of Morrissey
BACKSTORY: The former Smiths leader this week, in the U.K., releases yet another best-of, featuring 18 songs from across his solo career, including a previously unreleased Siouxsie-less version of “Interlude” and a rare, extended take of “Moon River.” The collection also includes a bonus DVD with 11 videos (see full tracklist here).
BUY IT: Amazon.co.uk (CD, vinyl, digital)
ARTIST: The Waterboys
RELEASE: In a Special Place: Piano Demos for ‘This Is the Sea’
BACKSTORY: Bandleader Mike Scott this week releases in the U.K. — the U.S. edition follows in a month — an album’s worth of piano and vocal demos recorded for his the 1985 record This Is The Sea. The early takes include “Don’t Bang the Drum,” “The Whole of the Moon,” “Be My Enemy” and more (see full tracklist here).
BUY IT: Amazon.co.uk (CD, digital)
ARTIST: The Fall
RELEASE: The Marshall Suite
BACKSTORY: The 1999 album from Mark E. Smith and Co. this week receives, in the U.K., a 3CD reissue from Cherry Red. The first disc features the original 14-track album, while the second includes 13 single mixes, B-sides and Peel session recordings, and the third features an eight-song April 1999 live set broadcast on XFM radio.
BUY IT: Amazon.co.uk (CD)
See more new releases from INXS, Durutti Column and Psychedelic Furs after the jump…
RELEASE: Rocking the Royals: Live 1985
BACKSTORY: The Aussie rockers have released their 1985 “Rocking the Royals” performance — a concert staged for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana — as an 11-song digital album, with a bonus “commentary” track thrown in. Much of the band’s Listen Like Thieves-era performance already had been released (see full tracklist here).
BUY IT: iTunes (Digital)
ARTIST: The Durutti Column
RELEASE: Vini Reilly
BACKSTORY: The Manchester band’s 1989 album is reissued this week in a remastered, 2CD set. The first disc features the complete original album, while the second disc features a number of early demos and sketches
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD)
ARTIST: The Psychedelic Furs
RELEASE: Talk Talk Talk
BACKSTORY: The post-punk/New Wave favorites this week reissue their 30-year-old sophomore album on 180-gram audiophile vinyl through the Original Recordings Group. The 10-track album is home to cuts such as “Dumb Waiters,” “I Wanna Sleep With You” and the original, pre-John Hughes “Pretty in Pink.”
BUY IT: Amazon.co.uk (CD)