SDE Reissue Preview for 2020

SDE reissue preview for 2020

For the sixth consecutive year, SDE takes the hand of the spirit of Reissues-Yet-To-Come for a peak into the future. We’ll examine what the next 12 months might offer for the discerning consumer we like to call ‘the SDE reader’. Album reissues, box sets, deluxe editions… you name it. 

What follows covers both confirmed releases for the early part of 2020 and then some good old fashioned speculation and conjecture – a look at what is likely to happen or what could happen later on. Enjoy!

JANUARY 2020 (view on the SDE release calendar)

If you look at the list below it’s not a bad start to the year. The really big box is the delayed Depeche Mode 18CD effort and Supergrass, which has had mixed feedback thus far mainly because not only does it mix CDs and vinyl (13 CDs + 6 vinyl LPs) but the vinyl records are picture discs, rendering them slightly useless if you want to play them for audio fidelity purposes. A new Pet Shop Boys album is always something to look forward to and it’s great to see Neneh Cherry‘s Raw Like Sushi being reissued, although it’s arguably overpriced (particularly the 3CD set).

Reissues, box sets and albums of interest in January include:

FEBRUARY 2020 (view on the SDE release calendar)

We already know that Simple Minds Street Fighting Years box is happening, because the band have told us. The release date hasn’t been confirmed by it should be issued in February. George Michael‘s Symphonica vinyl reissue is not officially confirmed but seems legit and is the kind of thing the his estate would approve and is also a relatively easy thing for the label to reproduce. Expect some more Bruce Springsteen vinyl reissues in this month, and indeed you can already pre-order a 2LP version of The Rising on Amazon in the USA.

Reissues, box sets and albums of interest in February include:

MARCH 2020 (view on the SDE release calendar)

Good to see another Alan Parsons Project reissue which like previous sets includes a 5.1 surround mix on a blu-ray in the box.

Reissues, box sets and albums of interest in March include:


Roachford will release a new album Twice in a Lifetime (signed CDs available via Amazon UK) and The The will release their Tim Pope-directed ‘comeback’ concert which was filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 (I was there and you can read the SDE review).

The Manic Street Preachers look like they will finally reissue their second album Gold Against The Soul, judging by this instagram post from last December and Duran Duran will release a new album this year, five years after Paper Gods. They’ve been working with Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, so it could be interesting, although I admit my natural state with an impending DD album is fear rather than excitement. What this all but guarantees is that they’ll be no Duran reissues in 2020. There can’t get around to doing it when they have no new record out (the last four years) then how are they going to find the time when they are promoting a new long-player? I’m not normally one to say this, but you do wonder why they bother. Maybe they need to adopt the a-ha mentality of combining interesting touring formats (playing whole albums) and celebrating the past.

Let’s discuss the elephant in the room: Tears For Fears. We were hoping that the Seeds of Love reissue would come out last year, but sadly that wasn’t to be. We don’t know what the situation with the ‘new album’ is either, but I can tell you that there will definitely be ‘reissue activity’ in 2020. Patience should be rewarded, finally.

With 2019 being a non-Archive Collection release year for Paul McCartney, the series will continue this year. While most fans want either London Town and/or Back to the Egg reissued (which would neatly conclude the reissues of Paul’s 1970s/Wings era) it’s looking highly likely that Flaming Pie is next, with July touted as the release date. There’s an outside chance more could follow later in the year but it’s not probable. Paul has reissued two albums in a year on four separate occasions (McCartney I & II, Venus & Mars & At The Speed of Sound, Tug of War & Pipes of Peace and Wild Life & Red Rose Speedway) but on each occasion these were issued together. There has never been two separate reissue campaigns in one 12-month period. Having said that, we could well get some more coloured vinyl reissues of other albums.

The BeatlesLet It Be film is being reissued in 2020. Peter Jackson has been working on a new version for Apple (which in all likelihood won’t be called Let It Be) but the original will also be restored as part of this process. It seems all but an inevitability that Universal will want to re-release the album for its 50th anniversary, but unlike the last three reissues (Sgt. Pepper, The White Album & Abbey Road) Let It Be has already been reissued, when Let It Be Naked was released in 2003 (complete with Fly On The Wall bonus disc). Paul, Ringo, Olivia and Yoko may not be inclined to dig back into the archives again for this rather unhappy period, although perhaps they can be persuaded. Certainly a surround sound mix is highly likely, given that one will be created anyway, for the film.

Roger Waters said unequivocally in a radio interview in 2018 that Pink Floyd‘s Animals had been mixed for 5.1 for a reissue and even went into specifics of how Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell had new photos of Battersea Power Station for the cover. I think there’s a decent chance that this will see the light of day sometime in the next 12 months. In the meantime Analogue Productions are issuing an SACD version of The Dark Side of the Moon. This is this features the same surround mix as the one in the 2011 Immersion box set and will be packaged like the Wish You Were Here SACD (available via Acoustic Sounds).

Last year we enjoyed the excellent David Bowie Conversation Piece box set, with Parlophone taking a break from the ‘era’ multi-album box sets. I’d love them to continue with the Conversation Piece approach (perhaps cover The Man Who Sold The World/Hunky Dory years), but I think it’s more likely that we’ll be back to the big box sets. Clearly we are now ‘in’ the 1990s which saw Bowie return to a more creative (rather than commercial) mindset with excellent albums like The Buddha of Suburbia, Black Tie White Noise and Outside (to name but three). The question will be whether Tin Machine will be treated separately or not.

2019 was a great year for Prince fans with the wonderful 1999 reissue (which was SDE’s best box of the year). The reissue programme continues and another major album and sizeable box set should appear later this year.

Steven Wilson will issue his sixth studio album in 2020 with tour dates already in place in the autumn and Peter Gabriels Rated PG album (issued as a vinyl picture disc for RSD 2019) is coming to CD this year, although what we really want is the Flotsam and Jetsam B-side/rarities collection issued physically.

The Doors Morrison Hotel is 50 years old in February so there’s a decent chance Rhino will follow up preview reissues (like last year’s Soft Parade) with an anniversary edition of this album and I’d like to see Jethro Tull‘s Benefit (also 50 in 2020) reissued again in the ‘book’ format that has worked so well in recent years. Also if Sting has a quiet solo year and all parties can agreed, it would be nice to finally see a Police box set issued with unreleased material, and will Universal Music managed to actually issue the Blondie Complete Studio Recordings.

Howard Jones‘ reissue programme will definitely continue with Cherry Red planning on releasing a remastered and expanded version of his fourth album Cross That Line in June. It’s a great record, co-produced by the Tears For Fears’ ‘backroom boys’ Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum and Ian Stanley.

Kate Bush hasn’t issued a new studio album for eight years (the second longest gap in her career) so it would be great to see something new emerge in 2020, although only a fool would try and predict it. A new ‘best of’ is long overdue (just the 34 years since the last) but one imagines that Kate probably feels like she’s revisited the past more than enough in recent times with those welcome – but flawed – box sets of 2018. Hounds of Love is 35 this year and what would we give for a Marillion/Jethro Tull style five-disc reissue with a Steven Wilson 5.1 mix!!?

There were rumours of a Madonna Like A Prayer reissue late last year (with listings on some European websites to support it). We all know that Madonna has shunned reissues thus far and is busy touring her new album, so I’m not totally convinced, but it’s a fantastic album and I’d certainly love to see this expanded properly.

EurythmicsBe Yourself Tonight is 35 years old in 2020 and if Sony, Dave and Annie could all get on the same page and sign off on it, this album wouldn’t be a bad place to start some expanded reissues, since it includes more UK top 20 hits than any of their other albums and of course it includes their only British number one (‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing with my Heart)’) as well as the US top five hit ‘Would I Lie To You?’

There will inevitably be plenty of releases that will come as if from nowhere, to surprise, delight (and maybe disappoint) us along the way. That’s part of the fun. If you are aware of some great impending reissue then leave a comment about it. Please enjoy expanding your physical music collection in 2020!

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Well we’re nearly ten months into the year and no sign of new material from Kate Bush. Eight years will soon become nine since 50 Words For Snow, but you know what, the gap doesn’t feel anything like as long as the wait for Hounds Of Love after The Dreaming. Life flies by ten times quicker now than when I was a teenager. It’d still be a brilliant surprise to hear the news that a new album is about to be released. It’s good to dream.


I dare to dream now but how about a super deluxe edition box with all the frills for fans of the goddess Ofra Haza, who unfortunately died too early?
I know that with all the copyrights and blah blah it is not easy but somehow the Israeli record companies sleep but the interest of the fans is “still” there.
I think it’s super sad that not even here in Germany anything moves in this regard. Teldec and Eastwest no longer exist and Hed-Arzi in Israel has vanished after all these years. “Shaday” her hit album was like a bomb in Europe and “Kirya” the third album was even nominated with a Grammy.
It would be bad if this woman with a grandiose voice is no longer honored with a project and is forgotten.


As a fan and collector, I am very enthusiastic about your expanded and remastered editions by Kylie Minogue and Kim Wilde. It would make many happy if one of your next projects were “Impossible Princess” and “Kylie Minogue ’94”. As far as I know, the first album mentioned above has never been released on LP. The “KM” from 94 as a double LP was a gift for us fans but what about both albums as deluxe boxes? With all the frills like posters, DVD, remixes … A big dream!!!

David S

My wish list:
(some important, some not so, just some personal thoughts on Deluxe/Expanded reissues I’d like to see)

Mark Shreeve -‘Legion’
Double -‘Blue’
Karel Fialka ‘Human Animal’
Van Halen – Hagar Years box set
Mammoth – ‘Mammoth’
Ten Tigers – ‘Just Good Friends’
Cheap and Nasty – ‘Beautiful Disaster’
Kaoma – ‘World Beat’


My wish list :
Blondie “Complete Discography”
The Kinks “Lola Versus Powerman & The Moneygoround/Percy”
The Pretty Things “Parachute”
David Bowie “The Man Who Sold The World”
Syd Barrett “The Madcap Laugh”
The Beatles “Let It Be”
John Lennon “Plastic Ono Band”
Wings “London Town/Back To The Egg” (but it seems we will have “Flaming Pie”)
MC5 “Back in the USA”
George Harrison “All Things Must Pass”


My guess for the next Prince SDE is “Around the World in a Day.” 35th anniversary.


Also we’ll be getting “Now That’s What I Call Music! 5”, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 6” and “Now That’s What I Call Music! 7” double CD reissues for the first time ever during this year as well!
They’ll be reissued along with regular “Now 105”, “Now 106” and “Now 107” releases.
The Now team will be doing those early “Now” 2CD reissues from the ’80s up to #10.


Not an SDE as such but I notice that Amazon in Germany have listed a vinyl reissue of the 1985 ‘Sun City’ album (various artists), slated for March.


Strong rumours of a retrospective U2 career box set in the pipeline U2X their current contract with Live nation finishes in March and they have apparently signed a new 10 year contract to cover tours, new releases and this box set which ties into their newly launched U2 channel on sirius.


Albums turning 10 in 2020:

Vampire Weekend – Contra
You Me At Six – Hold Me Down
Delphic – Acolyte
Lostprophets – The Betrayed
Kesha – Animal
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
Sade – Soldier Of Love
Massive Attack – Heligoland
Owl City – Ocean Eyes
Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
Marina & The Diamonds – The Family Jewels
Courteeners – Falcon
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Goldfrapp – Head First
Plan B – The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
Scouting For Girls – Everybody Wants To Be On TV
MGMT – Congratulations
AC/DC – Iron Man 2 – OST
Paul Weller – Wake Up The Nation
Usher – Raymond V Raymond
Bullet For My Valentine – Fever
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
Keane – Night Train
National – High Violet
Foals – Total Life Forever
Faithless – The Dance
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Pendulum – Immersion
Katie Melua – The House
Jack Johnson – To The Sea
Drake – Thank Me Later
Eminem – Recovery
Example – Won’t Go Quietly
Kele – The Boxer
Scissor Sisters – Night Work
Kylie Minogue – Aphrodite
Eliza Doolittle – Eliza Doolittle
Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws
Professor Green – Alive Till I’m Dead
Tom Jones – Praise And Blame
Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
Klaxons – Surfing The Void
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Disturbed – Asylum
Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
Hurts – Happiness
Script – Science And Faith
Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns
Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man
OMD – History Of Modern
Mark Ronson & The Business International – Record Collection
KT Tunstall – Tiger Suit
Eric Clapton – Clapton
Tinie Tempah – Disc-overy
Belle And Sebastian – Write About Love
Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Taylor Swift – Speak Now
Bryan Ferry – Olympia
Cheryl Cole – Messy Little Raindrops
Neil Diamond – Dreams
James Blunt – Some Kind Of Trouble
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Take That – Progress
Rihanna – Loud
Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
Mylène Farmer – Bleu noir
Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now
Kim Wilde – Come Out And Play


Crikey. that really does seem like just yesterday.


There is no way on earth that any lost prophets material will ever be reissued


Look forward to ‘Flaming Pie’ as it’s one of Paul’s best. But yes would sooner have ‘Back to the Egg’ and ‘London Town’ or even ‘Press to Play’ and ‘Give My Regards to Broadstreet’
The online rumour mill seems to indicate that further activity with Prefab Sprout CD reissues seems to have ground to a halt and all is quiet on the new Sprouts opus too. If the signs are true that these are all cancelled then it’s a big shame.


Blank & Jones from So80s announced they are working on a deconstruction mix (as they did with Frankie Goes To Hollywood) of one of their favorite 80’s songs. The artist is involved as well but they won’t release the name yet. For now it seems to be just a song and not an entire album but who knows. If anyone has any details, pls share. Blank & Jones are top quality so this will be something to look forward to.


Happy Super Deluxe New 2020 to you Paul and everyone of us following your splendid site!
Hope it brings us reissues we’ve all been waiting for so long for.
I expect more CD and CD/DVD than vinyl reissues with promo videos. But we’ll see about that.
Can you make this topic sticky for a while, please, Paul? Cheers!


Bought all Prince titles (albums and reissues) released after his death. Really loved Piano & A Microphone, Originals and 1999 Deluxe 10lp so I’m very curious what 2020 will bring.
Can’t wait!

For the last 10-15 years I bought many titles from the (late) 80s and 90s (originals and reissues) so my wishlist isn’t that big anymore:

Lewis Taylor – Lewis Taylor
George Michael – Older/Patience/Symphonica
The Cure – Wish
R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Garth Brooks – In Pieces/Garth Brooks
Van Morrison – Back On Top


George Michael’s Symphonica has already been reissued. I bought mine on Amazon, they are already sold out though ;(
My advise is to check online weekly


Like so many others I have so many things on my wish list. Among them are as follows:

Lighthouse Family- Postcards From Heaven on vinyl for the first time (also Eagle Eye Cherry- Desireless and Corrs-Talk On Corners)

The complete Dirty Harry soundtrack on vinyl

Dance Craze reissued on vinyl with replica poster

40th anniversary boxes of Scary Monsters, Uprising and More Specials (with period live recordings as most official live stuff is from 1st album period)

Singles Box sets from Adam and The Ants and Madness (both of which seem no brainers to me) and McCartney doing the same as the Who and reissuing his singles in several volumes.
I would also echo calls for London Town/Back To The Egg and hope that a McCartney vol 1 vinyl box emerges that has been banded about previously.
Similarly, a Beatles EP box set would be most welcome to accompany the LP and 7” box sets.


I don’t think the next Bowie box will go as far as Outside, I’m thinking ‘89-‘94 (Tin Machine, Tin Machine II, Black Tie White Noise & Buddha of Suburbia) with Sound + Vision Tokyo thrown in.

We’ll probably get unreleased 1970 recordings to satisfy copyright and 50th anniversary singles boxes, but they might wait with the Conversation Piece style CD box set and bundle it with early 1971 material in 2021. As there probably won’t be two large box sets in one year.

Simon Franklin

There will definitely be some Jam, TSC or Weller action this summer apart from his new album. There’s going to be a massive exhibition in mods spiritual home of Brighton (in a marquee by the marina, apparently) in the summer months. Permission has been given by Brighton Council sometime ago.

I’d love to see Paul Weller Classic Albums Vol.2, a deluxe Cafe Bleu?

I’d also like to see a who sell out box, the scritti releases, a proper Dexy’s box set with rarities and dvd?

I’d also like the beatles let it be anniversary and the new film to be handled separate, would be great if we did get a remastered cleaned up ‘let it be’ film and soundtrack? unlikely I know.

Easter Bunny

As sure as eggs is eggs, R.E.M. will reissue New Adventures around November 2020. Work is underway as you would expect given that Monster and NAIHF are closely related.


Too early. NAIHF was released in 1996. We’ll have to wait until next year.

Neil Parnell

Be nice to get some Talk Talk stuff…..new versions of the albums in deluxe versions…a remastered and official vinyl/cd live in London or Montreux would be nice, Missing Pieces compilation on vinyl too

hamish Walker

Rumour has it that the Queen album The Miracle will get a News of the World style boxset issue as well.

Shawn C.

Would think “The Works” would be up before “The Miracle,” certainly a far more commercially successful album – though I love both.


Classic albums turning 20 in 2020:

Jean Michel Jarre – Metamorphoses
Primal Scream – Xtrmntr
Cure – Bloodflowers
AC/DC – Stiff Upper Lip
Air – Virgin Suicides OST
Oasis – Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Smashing Pumpkins – Machina / The Machines Of God
Asian Dub Foundation – Community Music
Chicane – Behind The Sun
Embrace – Drawn From Memory
Doves – Lost Souls
Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows
Moloko – Things To Make And Do
Paul Weller – Heliocentric
Cypress Hill – Skull And Bones
Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life
Eagle-Eye Cherry – Living In The Present Future
Bluetones – Science And Nature
Pearl Jam – Binaural
Super Furry Animals – Mwng
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
Toploader – Onka’s Big Moka
Armand Van Helden – Killing Puritans
Bon Jovi – Crush
Iron Maiden – Brave New World
A-Ha – Minor Earth Major Sky
Belle And Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
Jane McDonald – Inspiration
Paul Van Dyk – Out There And Back
B B King & Eric Clapton – Riding With The King
Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
David Holmes – Bow Down To The Exit Sign
Sonique – Hear My Cry
Deftones – White Pony
Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody
Coldplay – Parachutes
Morcheeba – Fragments Of Freedom
Corrs – In Blue
Craig David – Born To Do It
Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic – Two Sides II A Book
Robbie Williams – Sing When You’re Winning
Underworld – Everything Everything
Madonna – Music
Gomez – Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline
Kylie Minogue – Light Years
Mark Knopfler – Sailing To Philadelphia
Anastacia – Not That Kind
Chris Rea – King Of The Beach
Green Day – Warning
Radiohead – Kid A
Beautiful South – Painting It Red
Placebo – Black Market Music
All Saints – Saints And Sinners
Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavoured Water
Lionel Richie – Renaissance
PJ Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
Fatboy Slim – Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars
Offspring – Conspiracy Of One
Sade – Lovers Rock
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
Outkast – Stankonia
Shaggy – Hot Shot


no mention of Metallica “the black album” , remastered deluxe edition Box set….???


Classic albums turning 60 in 2020:

Freddy Cannon – The Explosive Freddy Cannon
Tommy Steele – Tommy The Toreador (OST)
Bobby Darin – This Is Darin
Duane Eddy – The Twang’s The Thang
Mr Acker Bilk – Seven Ages of Acker
Tony Hancock – This Is Hancock
101 Strings – Grand Canyon Suite
Original Soundtrack – Can Can
Peggy Lee – Latin A La Lee
Frank Sinatra – Come Back To Sorrento
Tom Lehrer – An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer
Everly Brothers – It’s Everly Time
Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back!
Mario Lanza – The Great Caruso
101 Strings – Down Drury Lane To Memory Lane
Miki & Griff – This Is Miki And Griff
Bob Newhart – Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Me And My Shadows
Everly Brothers – Fabulous Style Of The Everly Brothers
Frank Sinatra – Swing Easy
Original Soundtrack – Ben-Hur
Adam Faith – Adam
George Mitchell Minstrels – The Black And White Minstrel Show
Ray Conniff – Hi-Fi Companion Album
Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren – Peter And Sophia
Elvis Presley – G.I. Blues (OST)
Russ Conway – Party Time
Frank Sinatra – Nice ‘N’ Easy


Oh yes, an SDE of the Black & White Minstrels would be most welcome :)


Classic albums turning 50 in 2020:

Original Soundtrack – Paint Your Wagon
Canned Heat – Canned Heat Cookbook
Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Johnny Cash – Hello I’m Johnny Cash
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy And The Poor Boys
Chicago – Chicago
Nana Mouskouri – The Exquisite Nana Mouskouri
John Mayall – Empty Rooms
Van Morrison – Moondance
Tom Jones – Tom
Paul McCartney – McCartney
Ten Years After – Cricklewood Green
Jethro Tull – Benefit
Beatles – Let It Be
Elton John – Elton John
Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Deja Vu
King Crimson – In The Wake Of Poseidon
Groundhogs – Thank Christ For The Bomb
Joni Mitchell – Ladies Of The Canyon
Deep Purple – Deep Purple In Rock
Nice – Five Bridges
Jimi Hendrix – Band Of Gypsies
Bob Dylan – Self Portrait
Free – Fire And Water
Moody Blues – A Question Of Balance
Shirley Bassey – Something
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
Melanie – Candles In The Rain
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs And Englishmen
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
Neil Young – After The Goldrush
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 3
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Bob Dylan – New Morning
Santana – Abraxas
Curved Air – Air Conditioning
Emerson Lake & Palmer – Emerson, Lake And Palmer
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
Ten Years After – Watt
Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band
T Rex – T. Rex


Hot Rats just had its super deluxe come out last month.

Jarmo Keranen

Hot Rats and Willy And The Poor Boys were released 1969, so they were 50 years old last year!


@Jarmo Keranen: Just checked and yes, both albums (“Hot Rats” and “Willy And The Poor Boys”) you’ve mentioned were released in 1969 indeed. It’s just that both entered UK Albums Chart at the beginning of 1970 so I listed them as the albums from 1970. Just correct me if I’m (a little) wrong, please. Thanks!

Jarmo Keranen

I always count the year when album is released not the year when it enter the charts!


@Jarmo Keranen: Fair enough as it is totally correct!

Larry Davis

I would love to see the Chris Rea campaign continue with either the Early Years (1974-1984, first 6 albums) or Later Years (1992-2000, final albums for Magnet, up to 2000’s “King Of The Beach”)…5 tracks were missing from “New Light Through Old Windows”, and some live bonus tracks from “Auberge” were actually B-sides from singles from the follow-up, 1992’s “God’s Great Banana Skin”, so for me, it looks like a sign of what’s to come, as well as lots more extra material & B-sides out there to be properly organized…besides that, been writing down the ideas here & going over my collection to think of more…loving this topic…makes it fun discussing music really…but yes, please, bring on the “Seeds Of Love” box this year…please Universal??


Classic albums turning 40 in 2020:

Pretenders – Pretenders
Rush – Permanent Waves
Kenny Rogers – Kenny
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Get Happy!
Selecter – Too Much Pressure
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Psychedelic Furs – Psychedelic Furs
Billy Joel – Glass Houses
Genesis – Duke
Saxon – Wheels Of Steel
Judas Priest – British Steel
Bad Manners – Ska ‘N’ B
Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
Sky – Sky 2
Undertones – Hypnotised
Cure – 17 Seconds
Eric Clapton – Just One Night
Magazine – Correct Use Of Soap
Joan Armatrading – Me Myself I
Beat – Just Can’t Stop It
Human League – Travelogue
Paul McCartney – McCartney II
Roxy Music – Flesh And Blood
Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
Whitesnake – Ready And Willing
Diana Ross – Diana
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Uprising
Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
Queen – The Game
Deep Purple – Deepest Purple
Olivia Newton John / Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu (OST)
Ultravox – Vienna
Cabaret Volatire – The Voice Of America
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
Echo & The Bunnymen – Crocodiles
George Benson – Give Me The Night
Joy Division – Closer
AC/DC – Back In Black
Hazel O’Connor – Breaking Glass (OST)
Gillan – Glory Road
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Kaleidoscope
Robert Palmer – Clues
UB40 – Signing Off
B52s – Wild Planet
Gary Numan – Telekon
Kate Bush – Never For Ever
David Bowie – Scary Monsters And Super Creeps
Specials – More Specials
Barbra Streisand – Guilty
Police – Zenyatta Mondatta
Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro
Thin Lizzy – Chinatown
Bruce Springsteen – The River
Dire Straits – Making Movies
Killing Joke – Killing Joke
Status Quo – Just Supposin’
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Organisation
Talking Heads – Remain In Light
Mike Oldfield – QE 2
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Not The Nine O’Clock News Cast – Not The Nine O’Clock News
Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July
Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier
Abba – Super Trouper
John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy
Neil Diamond – The Jazz Singer (OST)
Blondie – Autoamerican
Damned – The Black Album
Jam – Sound Affects
Clash – Sandinista
Queen – Flash Gordon (OST)
Visage – Visage

Kevin Wollenweber

Well, I’d love to see any kind of respect given Stevie Wonder! HOTTER THAN JULY is a great album, but there are so many of his albums that demand the super deluxe upgrade…or at least one completist box set with all that early stuff on it!


You forgot U2’s classic debut “Boy” and Prince: “Dirty Mind”


@J.J.: Yes, I did forget those two albums you’ve mentioned but it was totally unintentionally.
I forgot to mention Simple Minds’ “Empire And Dance” which is 40 this year as well.

James Watts

It’s 30 years since the first Slowdive ep. I would kill for a complete Creation Records SDE boxset. They have several albums worth of unreleased Soundtracks, out-takes and demos. After their well received comeback album and all the love for them, I’m sure it’d sell a few thousand units. Fingers crossed. Xx


In 2020 I would like to see (hear) expanded and remastered editions of:

The Cure “Wish” – with b-sides (they did some of their best in this era), lost wishes plus more.
All About Eve – “Touched by Jesus” – their forgotten and underrated third album which included guest appearance by Dave Gilmour on some tracks. They did some great b-sides too, “All the rings round Saturn” etc.
The House of Love – Their debut on Creation have been reissued two or maybe three times already but I would love to see all albums they did on Fontana label. The b-sidecollection “A Spy in the House of Love” is brilliant but out of print since a long time back. They did more songs that period which was spread on a lot of various formats, double cd-singles, different 7″ etc etc. Why not a big Box set – The House of Love “The Fontana Years” 1989-1993.
Whats’s more? Maybe some remastered classics from SPK, Chris & Cosey…


I’m not holding my breath on the next ‘Five Years’ Bowie box any time soon.
The last one is practically being given away by Amazon here in Australia.
Yesterday the 11cd box reached a new low of AU$19.99 (about US$14) and the vinyl box got as low as AU$34.99 in early December.
Maybe they pressed too many, who knows.

Rob C

I’ve checked this price for the CD box set…the price I see is $172.50…


The classic Scritti Politti albums on vinyl and special edition form please. Been promised since 2018. 1999’s ‘Anomie & Bonhomie’ has never been released on vinyl. It’s an album recklessly ahead of its time, but remains a stunning and gorgeous listen. Def deserves more exposure.

Gary Smith

Depeche Mode Violator and Songs of faith and devotion 12″ singles box sets should be announced in the not too distant future surely?


I would like to see a 35th anniversary release if Crush, OMD’s best selling album worldwide. On the Souvenir superdeluxe box we already got some unreleased material. A live concert and the making of movie from that era.

Bonus tracks to he included:

Concrete Hands
Maria Gallante
If You Leave

Extended versions included:

So In Love
Concrete Hands
La Femme Accident
If You Leave

And why not the US remixes

So In Love
La Femme Accident

And finally the unreleased tracks

Dynamo Children

With brand new liner notes, lyrics and refreshed artwork. I’m in for sure.


This one is high on my list. Would want all b-sides and mixes and no ‘new edits’ of mixes as was done for ‘Junk Culture’. Previously released content should be a priority over new demos etc.

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Query: does anyone know as to what reason(s) Pink Floyd’s The Wall has not been remixed/released in 5.1 surround? Got the immersion box set and it only contains hi fidelity stero mixes. And yet, as i understand from SDE, there will be a 5.1 version of Animals soon.
Is there anybody out there?

Keith Lambert

Hi Chaz, I’m sure that the hard core PF fans will wade in on this question but I believe that it’s all down to the condition and piecing together of the original multi-tracks. I’d really love to see this one come out too!


It will be included in The Middle Years box set.


There is a standalone box set for ‘The Wall’ that didn’t include the 5.1, so the only other option when you consider that the last two releases from Pink Floyd have been huge era-spanning box sets, is for the 5.1 mix of both ‘Animals’, ‘The Wall’ and anything else to be collected from that era in a huge ‘Middle Years’ (or ‘Meddle’ Years) box set.

The immersion sets were released a long time ago now and these huge box sets are what is being focused on. It also makes financial sense: the most popular period of Pink Floyd all collected together, so if you just want Animals 5.1, or The Wall 5.1, you will have to get the box, at least until they open them up like the Early Years sets.

Alan B

There is a new Morrissey album being released in March along with repackaging of some of his later albums.

He also released a blue 7 inch single “It’s Over” just before Xmas. Appears to be like those recent Kate Bush 12 inch singles – only available via HMV in the UK. Didn’t know anything about it until yesterday. I’m on his mailing list and there was nothing from them about it. Not even available on HMV online. Was in HMV a few times recently and would have got one if I’d known about it. Seems to be sold out. It’s available to pre order from JPC so have pre ordered one from them.

andrew R

Looking forward to the 50 th anniversary re release of Led Zep 3 to follow the fantastic job
the boys did of promoting 1 and 2 and the fiftieth anniversary of them forming… oh wait a minute . (must be lovely to be a beatles nut i mean fan)

David Hartley

I imagine Roger Waters will release a Blu-ray/CD set of his “Us+Them” gig in the Netherlands that was screened around the world in cinemas last year.


“ TFF re-issue activity” probably will mean a stand-alone release of the 5.1 version of Seeds (on blu-ray?) and a proper DVD release of the original LD of the California concert. Because the Seeds album lacked any 12” mixes like the former albums, there’s probably too little music to build a box. Maybe the band doesn’t want all demo and early versions out on the street whilst having little to do with the final album anyway. Time will tell.


Although not necessarily part of the box sets, TFF live has been pretty under-represented on record so far. I burned my own CD version of “In My Mind’s Eye” (ripped from the DVD) and thankfully got a Laserdisc rip of “Going to California” from a friend – both are epic live albums! Add to that the stunning live bootlegs of the Curt-less 1996 tour…

The only official live album “Secret World” from 2005 doesn’t even begin to do this band justice, believe me.

Kevin Wollenweber

Why not a completist box set around Tears for Fears’ entire output? This way, all the albums will be nicely represented, along with rare live material!

Metal Mickey

Those Julian Cope & Teardrop Explodes big box-sets that have been talked about for a few years now (9 x CDs for TX, 13 for JC solo IIRC) must be high on the list… he’s promoting a new-new album at the moment though, so if these happen at all I can’t see it happening until the latter half of the year…

Keith Lambert

I’m really surprised to see no mention of Led Zeppelin in such a long list of interesting genre spanning comments! At least I didn’t see any.

So I’ll mention them. Zeppelin fans didn’t receive what they had patiently waited and hoped for in 2019. It would be great to see that long-promised archival live release hit the streets. Jimmy Page did once consider a ‘How The East Was Won’ set but I believe that it was discounted due to it’s similarities to the 1972 ‘West’ set released in 2003. I think that Southampton ’73 was also considered at one point but Plant wasn’t in best of shapes at that gig. Jimmy gave an interview to Planet Rock magazine in 2018 and said that there was a multi-track recording that would be released. He said that it would be very different to all the other LZ live releases. He also stated that there were plans to continue releasing live Led Zeppelin material over a 10 year period. I wonder what’s blocking the pipe?

I know that we’re a year late but I’d also like to see the release of a Queen ‘Live Killers’ box set this year (prioritised over The Miracle box set that has been rumoured recently!). Queen were at their hottest in ’79, as illustrated by their incredible Hammersmith ’79 show which has long deserved an official release.

Simon Franklin

Not sure if its been mentioned but Kevin Rowlands ‘My beauty’ will definitely be reissued – they’ve filmed a promo for one of the songs.

Also what happened to the scritti reissues, they were due to come out on vinyl? Would be nice for a set that includes all the mixes like the paul young etc sets?


Clannad, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, have been in the studio with Trevor Horn to record a cover of Fairport Convention‘s ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’. The track is one of two new songs which will feature on their new In A Lifetime 2 CD/ 2 LP Deluxe Anthology, and there will also be a Deluxe Set (4CD + 2LP + LP + 7” Single + 1CD + Book + Postcards + Poster). The band will embark on their Farewell Tour starting in February 2020.

Steven Roberts

I suppose if I have ONE wish regarding music re-releases in 2020, it’s that the BBC open the vaults and allow more of the gigs they have recorded over the years to see the light of day.

They are sitting on (tens of?) thousands of hours or In Concert recordings going back *decades* and it is a travesty that theses are rarely (if ever) heard.

There were a few concerts released on IIRC the Windsong label in the 90s, and I recall a select few being uploaded to iTunes a while back – but 99.99% of the recordings remain ‘in the can’.

I think you should start a campaign, Paul, to get some more classic BBC recordings released!


Knowing the BBC, they probably erased most of them.

…speaking as a bitter classic Dr. Who fan.

Kevin shipton

Would love to see some demos being released by Paul Weller. He must have a huge selection just waiting. But not really sure if that’s his thing. Maybe draw some from The Jam: Style council : solo days. On vinyl of course. Time will tell if he does.


Rush’s Permanent Waves 40th is scheduled for the start of the year.

Deluxe Edition contains:

Inflatable woman from cover
Dewey Defeats Truman front page reprint
A Ladder (with Jacob stencilled on it)
Bonus global warming tsunami
Walk sign
Steven Wilson Surround sound mix in a format that hasn’t even been invented yet.

The Oh So Super Deluxe Limited version contains genuine random chunks of Le Studio!

Gotta catch ’em all

Or else it’ll be a large box full of meaningless crap like the last anniversary jobs . . .


Pink Floyd will be jealous! :-D

The Geordie Expat

As long as it contains “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” I’ll be happy.
I’m not holding my breath though.

Rob C

Holding out hope for the long promised but never delivered Comsat Angels deluxe CD remasters of Land & 7 Day Weekend to finish the Edsel series of a few years ago.

Green said the Scritti Politti expanded remasters of Cupid & Psyche 85 and Provisions are coming in 2019 but this never happened.

Rubellan Remasters has announced the forthcoming release of Ric Ocasek’s solo debut Beatitude – expanded and remastered.

Artists who haven’t finished their expanded remaster series include:

China Crisis – What Price Paradise
Psychedelic Furs – Mirror Moves
The Blue Nile – High
KTP – Certain Things Are Likely
Echo & The Bunnymen – Reverberation
The Human League – Crash and Romantic?

Would also love to see a new expanded deluxe set for Level 42’s World Machine along the same lines as the Running In The Family box.


The same procedure as every year – Tears For Fears STSOL please
QUEEN – Promo Mixes, Extended Versions and more from the vault!
U2 – Rattle And Hum BIG BOX
PRINCE – everything….
UB40 – expanded & remastered
……surprise me


Madonna re-issues would be most welcome and I would love to see the Blondie box released.

Looking forward to more Prince this year. I would also love to see the Diana Ross 1989-1999 albums reissued (there have been rumors about that). She also has a new album out this year. I hope there will be more deluxe editions of the Supremes albums along with Diana´s 1978 album. These have been talked about and are supposedly ready but have been delayed. Hopefully they won’t end up as some digital only releases.

Janet Jackson deluxe CDs would be great, as well as Kim Wilde´s 90s album, Grace Jones Living My Life and Bananarama´s Ultra Violet. Further Roxette releases would be nice, following the recent deluxe version of Look Sharp.

I would also jump on proper remasters of Sandra´s albums. I already have all the CD singles etc but deluxe editions would be great. Still I would be happy with just the original albums remastered. Same goes for Amanda Lear´s early catalog, with some of her albums completely unavailable on CD.

Kyllie Minogue´s Impossible Princess, Body Language and X on vinyl would also be nice, as well as Ultimate Kylie. None of these have ever had a vinyl release.

As mentioned, a definitive Kate Bush best of is also long overdue.

Henrik V

One obvious one would of course be a deluxe & expanded 20th anniversary for Radiohead’s Kid A. The band spoke of working on it back around the time they released the Ok Not Ok box set. I would be very surprised if it didn’t come out this year.

I have high hopes for the Prince release, while I’m reserved about whatever the Bowie estate releases next. And I hope a new The The release will inspire confidence to release even more material..


I think it was either Thom Yorke or Nigel Godrich said last year that there is literally ten times more recorded stuff than all of the OKC boxset and the leaked MiniDiscs (and that stuff was compiled also, before getting whittled down for the OKC boxset Cassette) put together, so the Kid A/Amnesiac (same sessions) boxset should be pretty special.

Kevin Wollenweber

Again, I must hold out hope for an expanded box set around the Who’s A QUICK ONE…, similar to the MY GENERATION package, with mono and stereo versions and differences in the way the album was compiled in the U.K. and America, along with B-sides and rareties, even though the MAXIMUM A’s and B’s has already happened…or the same could be said of SELL OUT, with its many configurations from mono to stereo to stunning remix to “complete” “Rael”.

In the “I can dream” department, I’d love to see a box set of all the Genesis albums, including live albums, clam-shelled with original mixes, e.p. and rare B-sides, etc., just so I can finally have quality on those recordings…and wouldn’t it be nice to have *ALL* the Rolling Stones’ ABCO albums given to us with mono and stereo mixes for everything, including the stuff that was never introduced in stereo? The Beatles got that treatment, so why not the Stones? I would love a reissue of XTC’s BIG EXPRESS, perhaps even in rounded container? If not that, at least as good as the previous deluxe sets…or, if ENGLISH SETTLEMENT is a bust because of missing sources for some of the tracks, just a very good remastered box of all the albums, clam-shelled in mini-LP sleeves, similar to the Japanese editions years ago but with original mixes and sound quality as good as can be expected from what still exists of good sources…I would say the same about a Traffic box set of all the original albums including LAST EXIT which, as far as I know, never saw reissue.

And I’ll echo an earlier desire for a complete collection set around Humble Pie or the Bonzo Doodah Dog Band. The same goes for 10CC.

And, although I see something new expected from guitarist Pat Metheny in February, I’d love to see his earlier work collected and even expanded if enough good material exists from sessions in a large box similar to the fantastic Billy Cobham set a while back. In fact there really should also be an ECM Records collection in the future, collecting some of the finest sides found on that label in those early years, like Gary Burton’s TIMES SQUARE or Eberhard Weber’s THE FOLLOWING MORNING, both of which have never found official CD releases.

And, oh, would I enjoy an extensive Roches reissue campaign. Their body of work has too long been too hard to find these days. And I hope that the B52’s reissues continue, beginning with the very first two albums on up through WHAMMY. Perhaps there are great live shows from those early times?

I liked the first clam-shelled set of Judy Collins albums; I hope that continues with the next seven or eight albums and on and on.

Here’s to all good things in 2020 and beyond!


A “Complete Bonzos” set is underway – Snapper is the label. There were a few mentions on the topic is some of the tributes to the truly great Neil Innes whom we lost at the end of last year.


They gave us the Rolling Stones’ ABKCO albums already in 2016 (at least in Mono):