Out This Week / 8 December 2014

Manic Street Preachers / The Holy Bible 20 (five disc box)

The Manic Street Preachers‘ masterpiece celebrates its 20th birthday with this 4CD+LP set with thankfully not too much overlap with the anniversary set from 2004. Includes the first ever non-picture disc vinyl pressing. Read more

Supertramp / Crime of the Century (various editions)

Reissue of Supertramp‘s 1973 album includes a two-CD deluxe, a Pure Audio blu-ray audio and the three-LP vinyl box set pictured above. Read more

R.E.M / 7in-83-88 vinyl box set

R.E.M./ 7in-83-88

Seven-inch R.E.M. vinyl box set that contains 11 singles all originally released between 1983 and 1988 when the band were signed to their first label, I.R.S. RecordsRead more

Holland-Dozier-Holland / 45s: Rare and Unreleased 7-inch Collection

Holland Dozier Holland  / 45s: Rare & Unreleased (box set)

Ten seven-inch singles from the Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant labels with music that has never been issued on vinyl before including tracks from Chairmen of the Board, Barrino Brothers and Honey Cone. Read more

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V (vinyl and CD boxes)

Six LP coloured vinyl box or three-CD set with USB stick. Both feature original score from Tangerine Dream plus plenty of other music from the likes of Woody Jackson, the Alchemist and Oh No, mixed by DJ ShadowRead more

 Public Enemy / Reissues

Public Enemy‘s acclaimed It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is reissued as a three-disc set while Fear Of A Black Planet is a two-CD collection with an abundance of remixes. Read more

Supertramp / Breakfast in America vinyl picture disc

More Supertramp. This time Universal are issuing the classic 1973 album Breakfast in America as a 12-inch vinyl picture disc. 

The Auteurs / Vinyl reissues

The Auteurs albums …Bootboys, Now I’m a Cowboy and After Murder Park were all reissued as two-CD deluxe sets earlier this year but no vinyl was forthcoming. That’s now corrected with LP versions of all three.

Various Artists / Millions Like Us: The Story of the Mod Revival 1977-1989 (4CD)

A generous 100 tracks across four CDs including music from bands like The UntouchablesThe LambrettasPurple HeartsThe Prisoners and Merton Parkas. Read more

The Stateside Motowns 7s Box

Seven seven-inch singles featuring 14 tracks from seven artists in this box set that features music released on the Stateside label. Includes Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Mardellas and The Four Tops.

Smashing Pumpkins/ Monuments to an Elegy (new album)

Ninth studio album from Billy Corgan and company is released today.. 

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Hello Paul, the Auteurs releases were always scarce recordings. After Murder Park was pretty raw with little studio flourishes so yeah the early one’s did sound good for their time. I would say the reissues remastering doesn’t change it much but it’s definitely the superior version. New Wave sounds a bit warmer in spots and Lenny Valentino off Cowboy is more the rocker it was meant to be. I highly recommend the reissues and of course having the b-sides as a companion disc is worth the price alone as Mr. Haines never wrote a bad song.

James Hartman

Little nitpick… Breakfast in America (picture disc) was 1979, not 1973. Thanks.

Paul English

Does anybody have any comment on the sound quality of The Auteurs’ reissues. The original CDs are decent.


So what is the Tangerine Dream release Paul? They are in the tags.

Phil Wilson

Just received this in relation to my (not yet arrived!) signed Manics box:

“To improve and enhance audio quality, the song “4st 7lbs” has been moved to track 1 on side 2 of the LP.

It was a last minute decision so those lucky people receiving the first run of ‘Holy Bible’ box sets will be getting a rare collectors edition where the tracklisting shows “4st 7lbs” as the last track on side 1 (as per the original 1994 vinyl cut).

We hope you enjoy your purchased item. ”

Are we lucky people, or is it another box with a lack of attention to detail where they can’t even get the tracklisting correct on the LP FFS!