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 : U2
RELEASE: Achtung Baby: 20th Anniversary Edition
BACKSTORY: The Irish band’s most acclaimed album is the subject of a massive 20th anniversary reissue this week, and arrives in six different CD, vinyl and digital configurations, including a $470 ‘Uber Deluxe’ edition with six CDs, four DVDs, two LPs and five 7-inches.
BUY: Amazon.com (Uber Deluxe, Super Deluxe, Deluxe, Standard, Vinyl Box, Digital)
ARTIST : Lou Reed & Metallica
BACKSTORY: The New York rock legend this week teams up with the heavy-metal juggernaut for a 10-track album — available in 2CD and 4LP formats — featuring thundering tracks such as “Brandenburg Gate,” “Pumping Blood,” “Mistress Dread” and “Cheat on Me” (hear a sample track, “The View,” here).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, vinyl)
ARTIST : INXS
RELEASE: The Very Best
BACKSTORY: Just a year after releasing Platinum: Greatest Hits, the Aussie rockers returns this week with another yet best-of, this time a 2CD/1DVD set being released in the U.K. the collections includes “The One Thing,” “Don’t Change,” Need You Tonight,” “Bitter Tears,” “Listen Like Thieves” and much more.
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)