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.
RELEASE: Rocket to Russia: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: This punk icons’ third album is reissued this week in a 3CD/1LP set that includes two different mixes of the album, a host of unreleased studio recordings and a previously unissued live album recorded in 1977.
BUY: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk
RELEASE: The Singles: 1978-2016
BACKSTORY: Nearly four decades’ worth of singles — both A-sides and B-sides — by Mark E. Smith’s pioneering post-punk outfit will be collected on a new 7-disc, 117-track box set from Cherry Red Records this week.
RELEASE: Black Sea
BACKSTORY: The audiophile reissue of XTC’s fourth album is due out this week, and will include new 5.1 Surround, stereo and and high-resolution stereo mixes of the record by Steven Wilson, plus demos, instrumentals and videos.
BUY: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Burning Shed
RELEASE: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red Records this week releases a 5-disc box set chronicling the Big Country live experience in the ’90s. Includes covers of songs by Blue Oyster Cult, Neil Young and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
RELEASE: Blank Generation: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: Richard Hell’s 1977 debut will receive an expanded 40th anniversary reissue for Record Store Day this Friday, with the original record paired with a disc of previously unreleased studio takes and live tracks
BUY: Record Store Day retailers
RELEASE: Kick 30
BACKSTORY: The four-disc 30th anniversary reissue of INXS’s 1987 smash is out in the U.S. this week, a few weeks after it arrived in the U.K. Features the remastered original album, two bonus discs of B-sides, demos, rare mixes (some of which weren’t on the previous reissue) and a brand new Dolby Atmos surround mix. (See full tracklist)
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- This week’s new releases: Hüsker Dü box set, plus R.E.M., Tears For Fears, Neil Finn
- This week’s new releases: Billy Bragg’s new protest songs, plus INXS ‘Kick 30’ box set
- This week’s new releases: The Dead Milkmen, Alison Moyet, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
- This week’s new releases: The Smiths, The The, The Jam and Pet Shop Boys
Picked up the previous two Ramones 40th anniversary sets and felt underwhelmed. I think the price is too much. I would have liked a simple 2 disc set with the new mix and the previously unavailable tracks, not the 3 disc/1LP version. But I am a pinhead so I have already pre-ordered this one and will pick up any others that may come in the future.
Do want those INXS and Big Country releases as well.
Rocket to Russia is in top 10 best records ever.