New Releases — May 19, 2014 at 12:01 am

New releases: R.E.M., Devo, The Mission, Paul Heaton, Neville Staple, The Cramps


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: Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions
BACKSTORY: R.E.M. follows the 4LP Record Store Day release of its 1991 and 2001 “MTV Unplugged” sets with 2CD and digital editions this week. Features 11 songs that never aired on either broadcast. (Tracklist)



RELEASE: Complete Rarities: I.R.S. 1982-1987
BACKSTORY: R.E.M. also is subject this week to a new 50-song, digital-only compilation of early material previously assembled on 1987′s out-of-print Dead Letter Office and other reissues and best-ofs. (Tracklist)



RELEASE: Something Else For Everybody
BACKSTORY: Devo this week releases an 11-track collection of demos and “focus group rejects” written and recorded between 2006 and 2009 during the making of 2010 comeback album Something For Everybody.


The MissionThe Mission

RELEASE: Serpent’s Kiss: The Very Best Of
BACKSTORY:  The reunited Mission this week release a new best-of in Europe featuring classics “Wasteland,” “Tower of Strength” and “Butterfly on a Wheel,” plus “Swan Song” off last year’s The Brightest Light.


Paul HeatonPaul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

RELEASE: What Have We Become
BACKSTORY: The Housemartins frontman Paul Heaton re-teams with his former Beautiful South bandmate Jacqui Abbott to record an album of brand-new music, due out this week in the U.K.


Neville StapleNeville Staple

RELEASE: Ska Crazy
BACKSTORY: The former vocalist for The Specials returns with a new album of original and classic ska tracks, plus some dub mixes thrown in to boot. Tracks include “Rude Boy Returns,” “Roadblock” and “Johnny Too Bad.”


crampsThe Cramps

RELEASE: Flamejob
BACKSTORY: The Cramps’ sixth album is reissued by Drastic Plastic this week in its first vinyl pressing since 1994. Remastered, with updated rendering of original art on heavyweight vinyl jackets, according to the label.




  1. Seems REM has gone a little bonkers today. Also Warner years rarities, IRS years complete album set with Chronic Town, and first five Warner years albums. All available “mastered for iTunes” for whatever that is worth.

  2. so the rem website says the IRS rarities is only 25 tracks long, yet the track listing on the one above has 50 songs?!

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