Out This Week / 4 November 2013

Bob Dylan / The Complete Album Collection Volume One: 47 CD box

Bob Dylan / The Complete Album Collection, Vol One (47 disc box set)

The mammoth Dylan collection arrives today. 35 studio albums, six live albums and a special 2CD compilation of non-album tracks called Side Tracks. It’s available on a USB stick at higher resolution too.  Read more

David Bowie / "The Next Day": 2CD+DVD collectors edition

David Bowie / The Next Day Extra (2CD+DVD Box set)

The Next Day Extra from David Bowie comprises his acclaimed 2013 album, with a bonus CD featuring four new tracks, remixes and bonus songs from previous deluxe editions. A DVD offers all the videos. Read more

XTC / Nonsuch reissue with hi-res 5.1 mix and demos on CD+Blu-ray

XTC / Nonsuch (CD+Blu-ray deluxe)

On paper, this reissue of XTC‘s 1992 album Nonsuch seems to have it all – 5.1 surround mix, new stereo mix, hi-res audio, instrumental versions, home demos and videos. A slightly less well spec’d (but still excellent) CD+DVD is also available. Read more


Dream Theater / Live at Luna Park (3CD+2DVD+Blu-ray+book)

A Buenos Aires gig (at Luna Park) on their 2012 South American tour forms the basis of this Deluxe Edition release from Dream Theater.


Rory Gallagher / Kickback City [Vinyl edition] 

Following on from the CD issue last week, comes this vinyl version of Kickback City, the Rory Gallagher collection. This looks to be just as lavish with 2LPs, a 44-page booklet (featuring  The Lie Factory a novella by Ian Rankin) and a bonus CD featuring The Lie Factory narrated by actor Aidan Quinn.  Read more

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My local HMV doesn’t even have a Pink Floyd section at the moment!!! One of the biggest acts in history, and one of EMI’s big three along with the Beatles and Queen, and yet there was not even a placeholder for them under P, let alone a CD. Insane.

The big Dylan album box is another set currently withdrawn from sale by amazon (you can only purchase from 3rd parties). It says the item is “under review” due to a customer saying it is “not as described”. Any word of this elsewhere?


I popped into HMV Bristol earlier this week to pick up “Nonsuch”, “The Next Day Extra” and the new Pet Shop Boys single “Thursday”. Was I disappointed? Of course I was. When I could only find the Bowie reissue on the shelves I thought I’d ask about the other two releases. Firstly, I was told that “Nonsuch” was showing as being released this week but then I was told “Oh no, the release was cancelled in August so we won’t be getting it in”! Trying to hide my frustation I then asked after the Pet Shop Boys single only to be told “We don’t stock singles. Try Head.”

I know HMV are going through a tough time but not to stock new releases by established acts with a following eagerly awaiting these releases seems foolish. HMV complain people are turning to online retailers and to combat this they intend to increase the levels of stock but I’m not seeing this at all. Their loss I’m afraid is Amazon’s gain.

If only the independent shops in Bristol were nearer my office then I’d go there…

Anyone else experienceing “the same old HMV”?