Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
RELEASE: The Old Testament: The U.A. Studio Recordings (1977-1982)
BACKSTORY: EMI Music this week reissues the punk legends’ 1992 box set, which collects the band’s first six albums plus bonus singles and B-sides on four CDs, and now includes a brand-new fifth disc of rarities including live tracks, radio edits and remixes.
BUY: Amazon.com (Box set)
BACKSTORY: The electronic music pioneer this week releases, in the U.K., a new 2CD/1DVD compilation, featuring a career overview on the first disc, a second disc with BBC radio sessions, plus a DVD featuring five promo videos and a “Top of the Pops” appearance from 1981.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD/DVD)
RELEASE: 13 Killers
BACKSTORY: Secret Records this week releases, in the U.K., a new compilation featuring 13 early recordings from Mark E. Smith and Co. spanning the years 1977 to 1980, including “Strychnine,” “Stepping Out,” “Leave the Capitol,” “Spector v. Rector,” “Container Driver” and more.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD, vinyl, digital)
The Monochrome Set
RELEASE: Eligible Bachelors
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red Records this week reissues, in the U.K., the long out-of-print third studio album from the British post-punk act, originally released in 1982. The album features the songs “The Jet Set Junta,” “Cloud 10,” “On the 13th Day,” The Mating Game” and more.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD, digital)
Rip Rig + Panic
RELEASE: God, I Am Cold, Attitude
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red this week releases, in the U.K., expanded reissues of the three studio albums — originally released in 1981, 1982 and 1983 — from the genre-mixing, Nenah Cherry-fronted postpunk act, each of which comes supplanted with additional cuts taken from non-album singles.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (God, I Am Cold, Attitude)
RELEASE: The Singles Collection: 1979-2012
BACKSTORY: The post-punk legends this week release, in the U.S., a new 3CD set collecting 33 singles across two discs plus a third disc of rarities. Tracks include “Requiem,” “Empire Song,” “Change,” “Love Like Blood,” “Adorations” and much more. It was released in the U.K. last month.
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, digital)