New Releases — August 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

New releases: John Martyn tribute featuring Robert Smith, The Clash on 10-inch vinyl

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 : Various Artists
RELEASE: Johnny Boy Would Love This… A Tribute to John Martyn
BACKSTORY: The long-in-the-works tribute to acclaimed British songwriter and guitarist John Martyn arrives this week, perhaps most notable for its inclusion of a rare solo track from The Cure’s Robert Smith (hear his cover of “Small Hours” here). Other artists involved include Beck, Swell Season, David Gray and Beth Orton.
BUY: (CD, digital)


ARTIST : The Clash
RELEASE: Black Market Clash
BACKSTORY: Drastic Plastic Records this week reissues the punk-rockers’ EP as it originally was released — on 10-inch vinyl — in a limited-edition pressing of 5,000 copies. It’s the first time since its original release in 1980 that the nine-song set (featuring “Pressure Drop,” “Armagideon Time:)  has been released on 10-inch vinyl.
BUY: (vinyl)


ARTIST : Various Artists
RELEASES: 12″/80s Alternative
BACKSTORY: Just as the title suggests, this 3CD compilation — out in the U.K. this week — collects 34 remixes by the likes of New Order (“Blue Monday”), The Jesus and Mary Chain (“April Skies”), The Cure (“Hot Hot Hot!!!”), Siouxsie and the Banshees (“Cities in Dust”).



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