New releases: Kitchens of Distinction, Peter Murphy, Marc Almond, Paul Weller and more

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted.


Kitchens of Distinction

RELEASE: Watch Our Planet Circle
BACKSTORY: The indiepop act this week releases, in the U.K., a 6-disc box set that collects remastered editions of its first four albums — 1989’s Love is Hell, 1991’s Strange Free World, 1992’s The Death of Cool and 1994’s Cowboys and Aliens — plus a disc of b-sides and another disc of previously unreleased BBC sessions. The set comes in a hard book with a foiled cover, and includes 36 pages of sleeve notes, photos and a full discography.


Peter Murphy

RELEASE: Bare-Boned and Sacred
BACKSTORY: The ex-Bauhaus frontman this week releases a 12-track live album recorded during last year’s stripped-down tour. Includes solo classics such as “All Night Long” and “A Strange Kind of Love” and a Bauhaus medley.
BUY:,, iTunes


Marc Almond and Soft Cell

RELEASE: Hits and Pieces: The Best of Marc Almond and Soft Cell
BACKSTORY: This 2-disc, 35-track set collects singles from across Marc Almond’s career, including material from Soft Cell and Marc and the Mambas. Includes “Tainted Love,” “Say Hello Wave Goodbye,” “Tears Run Rings.”
BUY:,, iTunes


Paul Weller

RELEASE: Jawbone: Music From the Film
BACKSTORY: The former Jam frontman this week releases his first film score, a collection of music for an upcoming British boxing film. The score is being released digitally in the U.S. but is availabale on CD and vinyl in the U.K.
BUY:,, iTunes



RELEASE: Ultramega OK
BACKSTORY: The recently reunited grunge legends have completed a long-planned remix of their 1988 debut album, and this week are reissuing the 13-track set with an additoinal six early versions of some album tracks.
BUY:,, iTunes


Greg Graffin

RELEASE: Millport
BACKSTORY: The Bad Religion frontman this week releases his third solo album, following up 1997’s American Lesion and 2006’s Cold as Clay with a collection of 10 new solo songs, including “Backroads of My Mind.”
BUY:,, iTunes



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