Out This Week / on 15 April 2016

Metallica / Kill ‘Em All & Ride The Lightning box sets

These new reissues of Metallica‘s first two albums are like XTC reissues in Led Zeppelin clothing. Although price-wise these are more expensive than the latter, they offer far better value.  Read more

Phil Collins / No Jacket Required (2CD deluxe)

Phil Collins continues with his reissue series. This week No Jacket Required and Testify are re-released as deluxe editions. Such is the perversity of the track listings of the former that one can only hope some kind of remix compilation is in the planning. Read more

Robert Palmer / 5 Classic Albums (5CD box set)

Robert Palmer was a singer of supreme talent and a brilliant interpreter of other people’s material. He could also pen a good tune himself and this great value five-album selection from his Island Years should convince any neutrals that he was the real deal. Read more

Foghat / Complete Bearsville Albums Collection (13CD box)

English rock band Foghat see all their 13 long-players released between 1972 and 1983 newly remastered and collected in a clamshell box set. Read more

PJ Harvey / The Hope Six Demolition Project

The acclaimed singer-songwriter returns this week with her ninth studio album. Flood and John Parish return as co-producers having worked on Let England Shake.

Hawkwind / The Machine Stops

New album by the legendary ‘space rock’ group HawkwindThe Machine Stops is based on E.M. Forster’s Sci-fi classic and is released by Cherry Red.

Paul Young / Good Thing 

Paul Young‘s first studio album for ten years. After the swing album of 2006, Good Thing is a collection of Memphis Soul tunes.

Reef / Glow (vinyl reissue)

Music on Vinyl reissue the second studio album by English Britpop band. Glow was issued in early 1997 and featured some superb singles including Place Your Hands and Come Back Brighter. This comes in a gatefold sleeve.

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Thanks for the info Neil on the Simple Minds, just placed order. Can always cancel later. Perhaps Paul can share some if his wisdom? It was also cheaper for me to order via Amazon UK vs. US.


Neil, not sure but I think that might be a typo for the new half-speed master vinyl pressing of New Gold Dream. See here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/the-rolling-stones-cream-the-police-albums-abbey-road-vinyl-half-speed-a6870646.html


It’s not a typo as it’s listed on both the UK and US Amazons as an Audio CD.


Not relevant to this weeks releases but i see Simple Minds are releasing a Super Deluxe box set of New Gold Dream on the 29th July priced at £37.12 according to Amazon.

Julian H

I suppose if there is a dedicated Phil Collins 12″ collection they could use the existing 12″ers as a basis and expand it with all the missing mixes.


PJ Harvey vinyl of newie has been delayed til July. Probably due to RSD presses overload

Alan Wilson


I’m not sure that’s entirely true about the PJ Harvey new Deluxe vinyl release, a lot of places were showing off their stock just yesterday on this one, it’s only Amazon that seemed to have changed the release date on this one.

Simon F

Hawkwind and Foghat in the same week! One for the heads methinks.


I would be very dubious about that Robert Palmer box set as it’s on a cheap label Spectrum Audio and i very much doubt these albums will have been remastered. I was looking to order both the Phil Collins from HMV but they are nowhere to be seen which is the case with a lot of new releases which have came out lately.


I agree Neil. HMV are very slow in getting deluxes recently. New releases like All Saints, etc come in quick.

It took until this weekend for them to get the a-ha ultimate collection in my local HMV.

On average 3 weeks is the norm for my local HMV to get any special/deluxes in the store


Indeed. I’d be interested to hear any comments from anybody who has heard the Robert Palmer boxset.

According to the earlier report here on SDE, the original CD masterings by Island were of limited quality, but were still far better than either of the subsequent remasterings. If Spectrum have used the original masters then perhaps we should be grateful.

Julian H

Neil Spectrum is a subsidiary of Universal.


I’m willing to bet that remastering treatment probably would have made the Robert Palmer box sound worse, not better. I’ve found that remasters from that era typically lean toward dynamic compression, not greater separation and vividness. But I’m hopeful. His stuff was brilliant.