New Releases — October 27, 2014 at 7:01 am

New releases: Siouxsie and the Banshees, XTC, Afghan Whigs, Wedding Present, Nick Cave

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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.


SiouxsieSiouxsie and the Banshees

RELEASE: Through the Looking GlassPeepshow, Superstition, Rapture
BACKSTORY: The Banshees’ final four albums finally get reissued this week, with each remastered album being supplemented with three bonus tracks, except for Through the Looking Glass, which includes four extra tracks.


XTC, 'Drums and Wires'XTC

RELEASE: Drums and Wires
BACKSTORY: The audiophile reissue of XTC’s classic 1979 album — with its new 5.1 Surround mix, plus alternate mixes of the album and nearly 40 demo and rehearsal tracks — finally arrives Oct. 27 on CD and Blu-ray.


Afghan WhigsThe Afghan Whigs

RELEASE: Gentlemen at 21
BACKSTORY: The Whigs’ classic fourth album receives an expanded reissue this week, with the remastered album supplemented by a bonus disc of 17 demos, B-sides and live performances, many of which are unreleased.


The Wedding PresentThe Wedding Present

RELEASE:  George Best, Bizarro, Seamonsters, WatusiSaturnaliaTommyThe Hit ParadeMini
BACKSTORY: Much of David Gedge and Co.’s catalog is reissued this week in expanded 3CD/1DVD sets brimming with extras .


Nick CaveNick Cave and the Bad Seeds

RELEASE: From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn is Dead, Your Funeral… My Trial
BACKSTORY:  The first three titles in the Nick Cave catalog vinyl reissue series arrive this week, with two more to follow in November and 2015.


The FallThe Fall

RELEASE: UUROP VIII-XII Places In Sun & Winter, Son
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red Records this week releases a new live album from The Fall, featuring 12 cuts compiled by Mark E. Smith from “a vast array of gigs” recorded between 2008 and 2012.





  1. The new batch of Siouxsie remasters are outstanding. The packaging is the same as the previous reissues (digipak) and they sound great, on my system at least. There isn’t any booklets with detailed liner notes but we are lucky these even got released in the first place so I’m not complainin’. Looks like Looking Glass doesn’t come out till Nov. 4 in the States in case you don’t see it this week with the rest.

  2. There’s a weird glitch on my copy of the Peepshow reissue. Track 8 has all of “Rawhead and Bloodybones” and then the first three seconds of “The Last Beat of My Heart”, followed by nine seconds of silence. Then Track 9 starts with the last six seconds of the fadeout from “Rawhead” before going into “Last Beat”. Nothing is *missing*, but it sounds like the disc is skipping backwards, even though the time coding shows that it is playing smoothly. Is anyone else having this problem (or not)? Is it a batch defect, or a flaw in the release as a whole?

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