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 : David Bowie
RELEASE: The Next Day
BACKSTORY: The Thin White Duke this week returns with his first new album in a decade, a 14-track collection produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. A limited-edition digipack version includes three additional bonus tracks (see full tracklist).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl)
ARTIST : TV Mania
RELEASE: Bored With Prozac and The Internet?
BACKSTORY: A thought-to-be-lost mid-’90s album by Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and the band’s former guitarist, Warren Cuccurullo, finally will see the light of day this March when it’s released digitally. A pair of uber-deluxe vinyl editions also are coming (see full tracklist).
BUY: Amazon.com (Digital)
ARTIST : Jellyfish
BACKSTORY: The power-pop favorites this week release a limited-edition 2CD set featuring the original instrumental mixes of the band’s two studio albums, Bellybutton (1990) and Spilt Milk (1993). They’re mixes that were made at the time; not the finished albums with the vocals stripped out.
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)
ARTIST : The Pogues
RELEASE: 30:30 – The Essential Collection
BACKSTORY: The Pogues celebrate their 30th anniversary with the release this week, in the U.K., of a new 30-track, 2CD best of set featuring tracks such as “Fairytale of New York.” This is not to be confused with the single-disc best-of released in the U.S. earlier this year.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD)
ARTIST : Pixies
RELEASE: Hollywood Holidays
BACKSTORY: A December 1991 concert by the Pixies in Los Angeles that was broadcast on the radio by KCRW is giving a quasi-legitimate release in the U.K. this week. The CD features material off the band’s final two albums Bossanova and Trompe le Monde, in addition to earlier material.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD, digital)
ARTIST : Cabaret Voltaire
RELEASE: “Live From London”
BACKSTORY: The experimental art-rock group this week releases, in the U.K., a NTSC Region 0 DVD of the group’s 1992 performance at London’s Town and Country Club. The set includes “Night Rider,” “The Message,” “Low Cool,” “Plasticity” and “Invisible Generation.”
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (DVD)