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: Doolittle 25
BACKSTORY: The Pixies this week reissue their second album as a 3CD set featuring the record’s B-sides, two of the band’s Peel sessions, and a full disc’s worth of demos — for a total of 21 previously unreleased tracks.
BUY: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk
RELEASE: Twelve-Inch Singles: Expanded Edition
BACKSTORY: The expanded reissue of Ministry’s classic Wax Trax!-era singles compilation — now featuring the previously unreleased “Same Old Madness” — arrives on vinyl this week as a clear-vinyl, 2LP set.
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
RELEASE: See the Fire: Albums, Singles and BBC Recordings 1982-1987
BACKSTORY: The Lorries’ two albums, dozen singles and three BBC sessions recorded between 1982 and 1987 are rounded up for this new 3CD, 53-track box from Cherry Red Records.
Yo La Tengo
RELEASE: Extra Painful
BACKSTORY: Yo La Tengo celebrates its 30th anniversary with an expanded reissue of its sixth album, 1993’s Painful, with extras that include live recordings, unreleased demos and more.
Love and Rockets
BACKSTORY: Drastic Plastic recently reissued Love and Rockets’ classic second album — featuring “It Could Be Sunshine,” “Kundalini Express” and more — in limited-edition, 200-gram black-vinyl and opaque red-vinyl pressings
BACKSTORY: This new two-disc anthology, out this week in the U.K. and next week in the U.S., chronicles decades’ worth of work by Boris Blank, one half of the pioneering electronic duo Yello (“Oh Yeah”).
BACKSTORY: Blondie’s first six studio albums, released between 1976 and 1982, are collected in this new box set, released this week in the U.K., featuring 180-gram vinyl pressings of each title in a slipcase box.
According to Amazon UK, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry are “Hard Rock & Metal”? Wow. Who knew? Maybe they can open up for AC/DC.