New Releases — November 17, 2014 at 12:17 am

New releases: Depeche Mode, The Cure, David Bowie, Nick Cave, The Jam, Fugazi, Bryan Ferry

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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.”




  1. Cool but we need a new update. Tours-The Church, Swervedriver and RIDE!!

  2. My copy of Depeche Mode: Live In BErlin arrives tomorrow! Excited!

  3. I never thought i’d say this but the Mode DVD is a bit of a letdown. The concert itself is great, but the bonus material is absolutely awful. Their shoddiest DVD to date. Even the 5.1 Surround version of Delta Machine is disappointing, it adds nothing to that album at all, just sounds the same :( Maybe i was expecting too much, but for 50 quid online, c’mon!

  4. Good to know Delta-Mode. I was about to plop down $30USD but I think I’ll save my money now. I thought the regular CD sounded great anyway and I’ve seen plenty of live shows. Thanks for your feedback!

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