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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.


Depeche ModeDepeche Mode

RELEASE: Live in Berlin
BACKSTORY: Depeche Mode release their customary end-of-tour live document in a variety of formats, including a 5-disc set that includes the show on DVD and across two CDs, a bonus DVD and a 5.1 mix of Delta Machine.


The Art of McCartneyVarious Artists

RELEASE: The Art of McCartney
BACKSTORY: A host of artists — including The Cure, Chrissie Hynde, Perry Farrell, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Hearth and more — cover songs written and performed by the Beatle great.


David BowieDavid Bowie

RELEASE: Nothing Has Changed
BACKSTORY: This new 3CD best-of set spans David Bowie’s entire career, from 1964 to 2014, and includes a brand-new song, “Sue (or In a Season of Crime)” plus other unreleased tracks and rarities.


Nick CaveNick Cave

RELEASE:  20,000 Days on Earth
BACKSTORY: Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard fuse “drama and documentary” in this feature-length film that looks at Nick Cave’s creative cycle and features those whose lives he has affected.


The JamThe Jam

RELEASE: Setting Sons: Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY:  The Jam’s fourth album, originally released in 1979, is reissued in a 2CD expanded edition in the U.K. this week. A super deluxe edition box set will follow in December, as will a U.S. release.



RELEASE:  First Demo
BACKSTORY: Dischord Records this week releases an 11-song collection of Fugazi demos recorded in 1988, including early takes on “Waiting Room,” “Furniture,” “Merchandise” and more.


Bryan FerryBryan Ferry

RELEASE:  Avonmore
BACKSTORY: The ex-Roxy Music leader returns this week with his 14th solo album, featuring eight brand-new songs plus covers of “Send in the Clowns” and Robert Palmer’s “Johnny & Mary.”


Einstürzende NeubautenEinstürzende Neubauten

RELEASE:  Lament
BACKSTORY: German industrial legends Einstürzende Neubauten return this week, in the U.K., with a new studio album, a concept record about the outbreak of World War I some 100 years ago.


The StranglersThe Stranglers

RELEASE:  Here & There: The Epic B-Sides Collection (1983-1991)
BACKSTORY: The U.K. punk legends this week release a new 2CD collection that pulls together 40 B-sides spanning the group’s time on Epic Records throughout the bulk of the ’80s and into 1991.


Matthew SweetMatthew Sweet

RELEASE:  Girlfriend
BACKSTORY: The third album from Matthew Sweet — 1991′s Girlfriend, featuring the twin guitar attack of Robert Quine and Television’s Richard Lloyd — will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl this week by Plain Recordings


Jimmy SommerviellJimmy Sommerville, Bronski Beat & The Communards

RELEASE:  Dance & Desire: Rarities & Videos
BACKSTORY:  This new 2CD/1DVD set collects rare remixes and B-sides and 24 music videos from Jimmy Sommerville and his bands Bronski Beat and The Communards. Includes the new 2014 recording of “Smalltown Boy.”




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