New Releases — June 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

New releases: The The, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, X, Steve Wynn, Cabaret Voltaire

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Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.


The TheThe The

RELEASE: Soul Mining
BACKSTORY: Matt Johnson this week releases a 30th anniversary, deluxe 2LP reissue of The The’s 1983 debut with the remastered album on one 180-gram vinyl platter and six remixes and B-sides on the other (Enter to win a copy).


Eno & HydeEno & Hyde

RELEASE: High Life
BACKSTORY:  Just two months after release their debut album Someday World, electronic music legend Brian Eno and Underworld’ Karl Hyde release a second album of all-new music recorded alongside the first album.



RELEASE: More Fun in the New World
BACKSTORY:  Real Gone Music this week releases an expanded and remastered reissue of X’s fourth album, originally released in 1983. The reissue includes four alternate demos and remixes as bonus tracks.


Steve WynnSteve Wynn

RELEASE: Sketches in Spain
BACKSTORY:  Omnivore Records this week issues 19 tracks released by the Dream Syndicate leader on two albums in the early 2000s. These tracks have never been released in the U.S. before.


The Blow MonkeysThe Blow Monkeys

RELEASE: She Was Only The Grocer’s Daughter
BACKSTORY:  Cherry Red this week reissues the third album from the Blow Monkeys, originally released in 1987, with a number of bonus tracks, including unreleased demos, B-sides and more.


Cabaret VoltaireCabaret Voltaire

RELEASE: #7885: Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985
BACKSTORY: This new best-of, out last week in the U.K. and to be released Tuesday in the U.S., is billed as compiling both periods of the band in a single release for the first time. All tracks are newly remastered.




  1. Typo: Eno & Hyne (should be Hyde of course)

  2. “The Blow Monkeys”… worst band name ever?

  3. Amazing. Matt simply refuses to release Perfect in its original format on any reissue. It was always the 8th track on the U.S. Release but every remastered version leaves it off. Hilarious even more that he includes the extended mixes of the song though. But this is the only album of his that had any impact in this country so maybe he or the record company are doing it to force sales of the greatest hits comp which, of course contains the single version.

    • From what I recall, the record company put Perfect onto the US version despite Matt’s objections. So as much as that’s what we’re used to – he’s putting it out as the “pure” version he always wanted. At least we’re getting the single version. But yeah, I always thought it was a nice song to end this album and would have liked inclusion of the US LP version as well.

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