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.”





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  • 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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