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: Copper Blue
BACKSTORY: Rykodisc this week reissues the beloved 1992 debut by Bob Mould’s post-Hüsker Dü power trio on 180-gram audiophile vinyl with new liner notes penned by Mould, bandmate David Barbe and members of Interpol and Death Cab for Cutie. The album features “A Good Idea,” “Helpless,” “Changes” and “Hoover Dam.”
BUY IT: Amazon.com (Vinyl)
ARTIST: The Japanese Popstars
RELEASE: Controlling Your Allegiance
BACKSTORY: The Irish dance act this week releases its latest album, which is notable for ’80s college rock fans because it features “Take Forever,” a new single featuring Robert Smith of The Cure on lead vocals. The record also features Lisa Hannigan, Editors’ Tom Smith and Blues Explosion’s Jon Spencer. (Stream ‘Take Forever’ here.)
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital)
ARTISTS: Frankie Goes to Hollywood
RELEASE: Liverpool: Collector’s Edition
BACKSTORY: The second and final album from the British dance-pop act, originally released in 1986, is reissued this week in a 2CD “Collector’s Edition” that features a remastered version of the original album plus more than a dozen bonus tracks, including remixes, alternate takes and B-sides.
BUY IT: Amazon.co.uk (CD)