Though not officially announced, it appears a major archival project is in the works from R.E.M.: a nine-disc CD/DVD boxed set of BBC recordings that currently is listed for pre-order via Amazon in the U.K., along with a 2LP “best of” set culled from that larger collection. We’ll pass on more details as they emerge.
Category: Box Sets
The Cocteau Twins’ latter-period work — spanning the years 1993 to 1996 — will be compiled this fall on a new four-disc, 53-track box set that will include the dreampop icons’ final two albums plus two discs’ worth of B-sides, EP tracks, live radio sessions and rarities. Check out the full tracklist right here.
Cherry Red Records this fall will update The Fall’s 2004 compilation 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong by expanding it to 58 tracks across three discs, bringing it up to date with the inclusion of music up to and including the title track from the late Mark E. Smith’s final album. Full tracklist right here.
]Yazoo – the classic synthpop duo of Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke that was christened Yaz in the U.S. – last month announced plans for a 4-disc box set collecting it two albums, plus remixes and BBC radio sessions that was to be released only on heavyweight vinyl and digital formats. Now it’ll be released on CD, too.
EBM giants Nitzer Ebb, last active with the release of 2010’s Industrial Complex and subsequent touring, today announced a giant career-spanning vinyl box set and plans to tour in 2019 with original drummer David Gooday back on board for the first time since 1987. Full tracklists are available right here.
Yazoo – the hugely influential synthpop duo of Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke that was christened Yaz in the U.S. – will release a 4LP vinyl box set this fall called Four Pieces that collects the group’s two albums plus a set of remixes and their two BBC radio sessions. See the full tracklist right here.
Rhino Records continues its series of expanded deluxe-edition reissues of the Ramones’ catalog with the arrival this fall of a 3CD/1LP edition of the punk pioneers’ fourth album, Road to Ruin, that will include two different mixes of the record, unreleased rough mixes and a full live concert. Full tracklist here.
Cherry Red Records will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The House of Love’s self-titled debut album on Creation Records — the second of three eponymous releases from the U.K. indie band — with a newly expanded 5CD set featuring a new remastering of the original record. Check out the full 84-song tracklist.
Depeche Mode this summer will inaugurate a new series of box sets collecting audiophile-quality vinyl 12-inches of the singles released off of each of the group’s records, beginning with multi-disc sets for 1981 debut Speak & Spell and its 1982 follow-up, A Broken Frame. See the full tracklists right here.
Beggars Arkive this month resurrects its 5 Albums box set series with a new Peter Murphy title that collects his first five solo albums — 1986’s Should the World Fail to Fall Apart, 1988’s Love Hysteria, 1989’s Deep, 1992’s Holy Smoke and 1995’s Cascade — along with bonus tracks. See the full tracklist here.
Public Image Ltd. this week revealed the tracklist of its upcoming new box set, a massive 7-disc collection called The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart) that collects singles, B-sides, rarities, 12-inch mixes, unreleased material, and live sets both on CD and DVD. See the full tracklists right here.
Cherry Red Records this summer continues its series of imagined sequels to the NME’s famed C86 cassette compilation with the release of the three-disc, 72-track C89 box set, featuring U.K. indie artists such as The Stone Roses, The La’s, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, New Fast Automatic Daffodils and more.
Post-punk legends Killing Joke today announced plans to celebrate their 40th anniversary this year with a pair of limited-edition career-spanning box sets and a world tour that will open in the U.S. this September before hitting South America, Europe and the U.K. See the full tour dates right here.
The Mission next week will release a new 5CD box set that collects live discs recorded during the band’s 2008 run of show in London that saw full-album performances of classic early records The First Chapter, God’s Own Medicine, Children and Carved in Sand. Full details and tracklist here.