Saturday Deluxe / 17 March 2018

Happy Birthday to SDE

SuperDeluxeEdition was seven years old on Thursday!

I hesitate to call it a ‘journey’, since that’s a bit too ‘X-Factor’, but it’s been a helluva ride, so far. I tweeted the link to my 2012 interview with Stephen Street the other day where he discusses working with Morrissey on Viva Hate (the album was 30 years old) I remember doing that in a lunch break in a busy office where I was freelancing as a graphic designer. Happy days…

As always, the biggest thanks goes out you, the SDE reader. I should tell you that my loyalty isn’t with any record label, or PR company or advertiser, it’s with the SDE audience. In many ways, I still feel that this site is something of an ‘outsider’ when it comes to music press. Despite a readership significantly bigger than any of the big monthly music magazines in the UK, SDE isn’t at the top of the list (or even on the list) when invites to PR events are dolled out. There is blatant favouritism towards ‘print’ in this country (ironic when you see what’s happened to the NME) which I put down to an old school mentality with artists, managers who are driven by ego and not by a proper understanding of how their audience actually behave and where they go to read about and discuss music. I’ve never mentioned this before, but believe it or not, I was actively ‘banned’ from the R.E.M. press event last year – attended by Michael Stipe and Mike Mills – that Universal organised when Automatic For The People was reissued as a super deluxe edition box set. Weird.

But hey, it’s probably not a bad thing –  I will just get on and do what I do, slightly under the radar. No one from the management team or the record label gave me ‘permission’ to seek out Messrs Horn, Lipson, Hughes and Froom for the Paul McCartney Flowers in the Dirt interviews – I just did it. And no publication or website on the planet got content anywhere near as good.

I know I’m biased, but the SuperDeluxeEdition site, with its remarkably friendly discourse in the comments section, make this the best place for serious music fans – who like holding the music in their hands – to hang out and discuss albums, box sets, deluxe editions and the like. The knowledge and the passion is incredible. Long may it continue! I have loads of plans for improving the site/experience some of which will come to fruition this year.

xPropaganda competition

As some of you may be aware, I’m spending the next week in New York. Due to bad planning on my part, that means I’m missing the xPropaganda gig at London’s The Garage on Saturday 24 March. It’s going to be a wonderful night for fans, especially since A Secret Wish producer Stephen Lipson will be joining Claudia and Susanne on stage, for the gig.

Anyway, my loss is somebody else’s gain, since I’m going to give away my tickets in an SDE competition. Normally competitions are open to all, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to restrict this one to UK residents only, since there isn’t really time to ensure the tickets will get anywhere beyond the British Isles. This is also going to be a very quick competition – the deadline is midnight GMT/UTC tomorrow (Sunday 18th March). I will contact the winner straight away and you’ll need to give me your address promptly so the tickets can be posted on Monday morning. Again, apologies but UK residents only, for this one. Enter below.

Win a pair of tickets to xPropaganda

New York, New York

As referenced above I’m literally on my way to New York right now, so SDE will be coming to you from The Big Apple for the next seven days. They’ll be lots of content about various activities, such a trip to the David Bowie Is exhibition in Brooklyn but for an ‘on the go’ flavour of events I’d strongly recommend you follow the SuperDeluxeEdition Instagram account. I’ll be posting loads of photos and will do my best not to come across like an annoying teenager. I’ll also be dropping in to say hello to some friends at Universal Music, Eagle Rock and Analog Spark while in town and will be meeting up with a few SDE readers too, after some of you responded to my newsletter post last week. Can’t wait.

Def Leppard CD collection

The observant amongst you may have noticed that while vinyl and CD box sets of the newly announced Def Leppard Collection are available the only image shown a few days ago was the vinyl version. That has now been corrected and you can see an approximation of how the CD box will look above (click on it for a closer looks). Note the three-inch CD of the Def Leppard E.P. in the middle! The good news is that this set has dropped from the original £70 pre-order price to £56 which very welcome. Read more about this collection here.

Compare prices and pre-order

Def Leppard

The Collection Volume One - CD box set



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Paul Wren

Congratulations on this site and the information it brings to us followers. I made my first purchase following a tip off from you on Xmas day about four Xmas’s ago – it helped relieve the boredom of that afternoon and got me one of the Beatles live BBC vinyl compilations at a great price. Many more purchases have followed since then following alerts from you. Is there any way that you can work out how many purchases that you have been responsible for via Amazon et al? I guess not, but wouldn’t it be great if the retailers/bands knew how much you are doing for their sales?


There’s nothing quite like Manhattan when it really snows. Enjoy!


Happy Anniversary & keep up the good work, Paul ;)

Julian H

A belated happy birthday SDE! (Funnily enough, it was my birthday one day before :)) As you say yourself, long may it continue.

Typo-spotter that I am, you may want to fix “an old school mentally” (mentality?) ;-)

Julian H

One day later. Argh, I’m getting confused!


I’ve been following the content of your site for quite time and really find it enjoyable to read. I like your unbiased opinions, reviews, and other news tidbits. I hope this site continues for a very long time. I look at it almost daily to see the new releases and read the content and use the information to purchase new music and add to my collection. I too agree with you in having a music item that is tangible, support it greatly. It’s like a “work of art” having this music item, being vinyl or cd – not much in cassette (sorry), in my possession. Thank you very much for your contributions.

Wayne Olsen

Thank you for keeping geeks like me informed, happy and broke.
Thanks, Paul!



Probably too late for you to see this, (was away for a few days) but happy birthday and thanks so much for this site. It’s a gem among rubble, and I value it immensely. Not only is it the best way to get info on music I’m connected with, but it provides a great forum for other people on the same wavelength.

Long may it continue, and once again, thanks so much. Now I just have to look forward to my new Kim Wilde and Eels CDs arriving!!

All the best from Japan


Happy B day.
Don’t forget to stop by the Turntable lab while in NYC.
When will an interview with Kieth Richards be showing up on SDE?
Best Wishes

Dave H

Hi Paul,
Like all the other readers of SDE, just want to add my thanks for creating this website which has been daily viewing since the day I stumbled across it.
With the closure of the high street shops, it was difficult to keep tabs on new releases coming on to the market, some of which I missed out on. Since finding your website, I have a great source for knowing what great reissues are being planned. You also have some great contributors.
As for record company snubs, I can only say that I have spent so much money because of this website and it seems crazy that you’re being snubbed to attend events. Hopefully record companies will realise this is where their audience is for selling their old recordings for the umpteenth time.
While you’re record hunting in New York, I’m doing the same in Orlando!
Enjoy your trip and keep up the good work.


Happy birthday SDE and well done to you Paul on making this site so brilliant. This site is the first place I go to when wanting to find out about any new releases. Many happy returns!

Gis Bun

Happy B’Day. May it have hundreds more. :-)


You do a fabulous job,
much appreciated!

Jimi Fletcher

Happy birthday to SDE and thank you Paul – this website is fantastic, keep doing what you do mate, and here’s to many more years of SDE!

Many thanks,


[…] fast but furious xPropaganda competition (as announced on Saturday Deluxe) is now over and we have a lucky winner… Congratulations to Dave Farrell who has won a pair […]


Happy birthday SDE and congrats Paul! I love coming here and reading everything. It’s always intelligent and honest. Have fun in NYC!


Time flies… congratulations and keep on with your good work. And indeed this is a blog with a very friendly and almost troll-free atmosphere – I do love to read the comments here because many of the readers here share valuable information and you can even find some artists joining in the discussions like Blank and Jones etc. which is a rare treat.


Happy Birthday to SDE! Greetings from readers in Poland :)


Happy, happy birthday SDE!!
Thank you Paul for all the work so far.


Congrats and happy 7th birthday! Enjoy New York. I was just there for work – the wind was so cold everyone was wearing woolly hats. If you pass the New York Library, pop in – they have a little thing about sixties music and counter culture that’s worth a quick peruse. Also MoMA (which is only about 10 mins walk from the Library) had quite an interesting exhibition called ‘Art and Design in the Computer Age 1959-1989’ that has everything from early Macs to Max Headroom… have fun!

Florentino Stabile

Happy Birthday Paul to you and SDE. We share a birthday (March 17). What a coincidence… what serendipity… what would be the odds of me a music aficionado having a birthday the same time as THE website about box sets and super deluxe editions for people like us in mind. I cannot be happier for you Paul and everyone at SDE and I don’t know anyone more deserving of the success. Happy 7th…. and here is to 50 more birthdays….
Thank you for all your efforts and countless shout outs and alerts for drop down in prices for great items. Don’t know anyone who does more for the physical media than you. I know it is a passion for you as it is a passion for me to watch and consult your many alerts, articles and unboxing videos.
God bless you Paul,


Cool! Happy B-day, Paul and SDE! These have been the first seven years – may it last much longer! :D


Best wishes on the 7th birthday, Paul, from a reader since the beginning (or at least very early!). As a music collector but also penny-pincher, your site is invaluable. The readers sharing knowledge about the worthiness of reissues and you scouring the internet for the price alerts make this site a must every day. Cheers from the middle of America!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY SDE! Paul, this is the go to destination on the web for Big Box Music. Thanks for everything you do!

Keith Ainsworth

Congrats on the on going success of your site, Paul. I first found it when looking in to the Tears For Fears “The Hurting” box set. Your great content has kept me coming back. Keep up the great work!

Tony Orwell

Feels like longer ;-)

Thomas Staudt

Happy Birthday, SDE.
This is one of 4 websites I’m checking for news every single day of my life since I discovered it.


Only recently discovered your site but already one of my most regular visits. Thanks for the tone you keep on the blog and everyone’s comments too, I hate all the name calling and low quality of debate on so many other sites.
Here’s to a great future, even if I can’t afford to buy much it’s great to know what’s out there.
Ps. love those special interviews you’ve done too, more please!


Hello Paul,
Thank you for your constant work andd patience and energy in setting it up in such a beautiful and incredibly professional way, with excclusive news in advance compared to usual “outlets”!

No surprise in management not inviting you to the REM presentation, you and your readers can be very dangerous in damaging “the system” with their objective comments…

Cheers and many happy returns.

O(+> Peter B

I just want to add to the congratulations. Thanks for your constant hard work, great content and independent views.


Happy birthday with the SDE. You are doing a tremendous job with the SDE site. It’s so nice to only have one place to go, to get the latest and greatest music updates.


Best music site on t’internet.

Paul English

Happy birthday and congratulations Paul.
Thanks for all the bargain tips, reviews and information.


Your site is really appreciated Paul – here’s to the next 7!

Bassel hassouna

Happy Birthday SDE… may you stay forever young

Javier Usano

Congrats for SDE’s birthday, Paul!!

As you are now, I’ll be on my way to the Big Apple in 10 days, so I’ll pay attention to your advices in terms of record shops and anything you’ll consider to make our trip more comfortable.

Greetings from Spain!



Did you forget to put some extra 50ps in the meter before you left for NY, as the site is loading super slowly here? ;-P



Congratulations on 7 years! I read SDE every day, and the part of it for me isn’t keeping up with releases from the bands I’ve always loved—it’s the number of acts I had never heard of before reading about them here that are now amongst some of my favorites: Eg and Alice, Marc Almond/Soft Cell, Sam Brown, many of the S/A/W artists who never made it big in the States, Bros, and many, many more.

Thank you for all the great work you do.

The Progster

This site is Essential daily reading for me Paul so a BIG Congratulations on 7 years of this wonderful informative website…Enjoy your New York trip and we all look forward to hearing all about it this forthcoming week.


Happy Birthday!
Greetings from Paris !


Happy Birthday SDE. May you have many many more. Your excellent site has meant I have been able to purchase some stunning boxed sets that normally I would never have been able to buy.


Hi Paul
Many thanks for your fantastic website, it’s my first port of call every day.
My only criticism is why is it so slow?
I have fibre optic broadband and have no problems with any other site but for some reason your site takes forever to load.
On the plus side once it has loaded the content is amazing so again thanks for all your hard work, it’s much appreciated.


Hey Paul! There’s not one day that goes by, without me checking out your news. Thank you for all the hard work and for sharing all your knowledge and inside scoop with us. Your success is truly deserved. Long live Rock’n’Roll and hats off to SDE! Greetings from Hamburg.

Hans (utrecht)

keep up the good work and have fun NY


You make my day better with your news – Happy Birthday – „May u live 2 see the dawn“


Many Happy Returns, Paul!
Your site is the best music site on the whole of the Internet by far and easy indeed!
Been visiting it several times a day ever since I discovered it 7 years ago.
Keep up doing a marvellous job! And here’s to another 7 (and more) years!

Andy P

Many congratulations Paul, SDE continues to be a must read – and unlike some other music forums, it is great to see SDE is still mainly free of unpleasant troll type behaviour. Keep up the great work, it is much appreciated.

Andrew F.

Congratulations on the anniversary. SDE is my go to site for music info and although I subscribe to Classic Pop magazine, it’s your site that gets the most attention.

Well done and long-live SDE.

Jörgen Eriksson

Happy birthday SDE!

Thanks for a well administrated site, I visit it on a daily basis. Wonderful to have a place with other like-minded members and to share the love to physical music media.

SDE is a both blessing and a curse; my bank account screams NO but I yell CONTINUE! :)

Keep up the good work Paul!
Greetings from Sweden!

Noel Leahy

Happy Birthday Paul and SDE!!
I, like most of the others check in at least twice a day (more when I get the alerts…). I love the fact that SDE embraces all music genres – I don’t follow all the bands/artists featured, but if it’s about MUSIC, I’m interested.
I quickly shook your hand at the end of the Cloudbusting ‘The Kick Inside’ gig in Hammersmith (going again this Wednesday to see them in Wolverhampton) – and It was weird – I was nervous (!) and felt like I was meeting somebody famous/influential… Probably because you are!
Keep up the excellent work – SDE is essential :)