New Releases — September 26, 2011 at 6:57 am

New releases: The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nirvana, Erasure, The Bangles

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 : The Smiths
RELEASE: Complete
BACKSTORY: The CD version of Rhino Records’ new box set arrives this week in the U.K., featuring remastered editions of the band’s eight albums. The vinyl-only and deluxe vinyl/CD versions of the box follow on Oct. 3 in the U.K, with full U.S. versions coming later in October. (For more details and a chance to win the deluxe U.S. box set, go here.)
BUY: (CD box set)


ARTIST : The Jesus and Mary Chain
RELEASE:  Automatic, Honey’s Dead
BACKSTORY: The Scottish noise-pop legends this week continue their U.K. reissue campaign through the Demon Music Group with 2CD/1DVD editions of the band’s third and fourth albums, originally released in 1989 and 1992, respectively. See full tracklists here, and video previews of the two reissues here.
BUY: (Automatic, Honey’s Dead)


ARTIST : Nirvana
RELEASE: Nevermind
BACKSTORY: The Seattle trio’s 1991 album receives a 4CD/1DVD 20th anniversary reissue this week featuring Butch Vig’s original mix, the band’s initial Smart Studios demos and a full 1991 Halloween concert on both CD and DVD. A 2CD version also is out this week and vinyl follows next week. (See tracklist here.)
BUY: (Deluxe Edition, Super Deluxe Edition)


ARTIST : Nirvana
RELEASE: “Live at the Paramount”
BACKSTORY: The full Oct. 31, 1991, concert that is included in the super-deluxe version of the Nevermind reissue also is being released separately this week on DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD is a general release, but the Blu-ray will be sold exclusively through Best Buy until Dec. 27. The film features performances of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “About a Boy” and more. (See a trailer for ‘Live at the Paramount’ here.)
BUY: (DVD), Best Buy (Blu-ray)


ARTIST : Erasure
RELEASE: “When I Start To (Break It All Down)”
BACKSTORY: The venerable synthpop duo this week releases in the U.K. the first single off its upcoming album Tomorrow’s World. The five-track CD single includes four mixes of the song and a cover of the theme music to the U.K. television series “Tomorrow’s World,” which inspired the title of the album. (Stream the single here.)


ARTIST : The Bangles
RELEASE: Sweetheart of the Sun
BACKSTORY: The former Paisley Underground act — featuring original members Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson and Vicki Peterson — returns this week with its first new album in eight years, a 12-track effort featuring songs such as “I’ll Never Be Through With You,” and “Sweet and Tender Romance.”




One Comment

  1. So, do The Smiths’ remasters sound any different. Johnny Marr has remixed, but is there any reason to reinvest if you have all the original cd’s?

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