Out This Week / on 16 June 2017

David Bowie / Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles) 2CD set

This two-CD edition of the Record Store Day vinyl release of David Bowie‘s Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles ’74) is a simply a ‘must have’ purchase for any Bowie fan. Especially since Parlophone have said the vinyl will stay exclusive to RSD. Read more

Can: The Singles

Can / The Singles

This new Can compilation from Mute is a 23-track collection which makes a point of using original single versions. The triple vinyl set is great value and comes packaged in a tri-fold sleeve with spot gloss lamination. Read more

King Crimson / The Elements Of… 2017 Tour Box

These King Crimson ‘Tour Boxes’ are brilliant. Somewhere in a parallel universe, Kate Bush is taking this kind of interest in her own back catalogue/archive. Read more

David Bowie / Be My Wife (7″ picture disc)

Be My Wife is one of David Bowie‘s more obscure singles. It was the second (and last) 45 from 1977’s Low and wasn’t a hit. Regardless, it’s 40 years old and thus gets the seven-inch picture disc treatment like all the others! Read more

Alison Moyet / Other (new album)

Alison Moyet follows up 2013’s The Minutes with another album produced by Guy Sigsworth. A new world tour starts in September, but she’ll be playing the Round Chapel in Hackney tonight, with a pre-show Q&A (sorry, it’s sold out).  Read more

Simple Minds / Acoustic In Concert

We’ve had the Acoustic studio album, the tour and now Simple Minds complete the circle with the live album. On the face of it, this seems inessential, although the CD+DVD combo (the latter with 5.1 surround sound) looks like a decent package. Read more

The Rolling Stones / Some Girls (Live In Texas)

Eagle Rock continue to squeeze juice out of this Rolling Stones gig from 1978. In 2011, they issued it on multiple CD/DVD/Blu-ray formats, then in 2012 there was a 2LP+DVD edition. Now it’s available as a bog-standard CD (they’re issuing a few other titles too).

Saint Etienne / Tiger Bay (2CD deluxe edition)

The double-disc deluxe edition of Saint Etienne‘s 1994 album is back in print. The bonus CD features all the B-sides and some demos. So Tough is also available again.

Billy MacKenzie / Beyond The Sun

It’s been out for a while in some territories, but this vinyl reissue of Billy Mackenzie‘s Beyond The Sun is worth a mention. This was the record he was working on when he took his own life in January 1997. It was eventually released later that year by Nude Records.

Big Star / The Best Of Big Star

After lots of album reissue activity, here’s a simple 16-track Big Star best of, available on CD or two-LP vinyl.

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Larry Davis

James, for some reason I had no problem with the “shoegaze” tag, just something about it rolling off the tongue, and it sounds kinda cool (to me), but I can see why you loathe it as well. These bands have a totally different feel to the Madchester/Baggy bands, more of a dreamy feel to them, with or without the feedback, so I would not term them with the same word. On the new JAMC, I find it pretty strong and the Sky Ferriera duet is as good as “Sometimes Always” with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval.

Kevin Barrett

Great news about the Billy McKenzie vinyl, fantastic and tragic talent imo


Larry, always loathed the ‘shoegaze’ tag to describe those wonderful bands. The new Mary Chain is growing on me, but feel there’s a few tracks not worthy of inclusion – in the old days they would have been b-sides. But there’s at least 4 tracks that can stand alongside their classics.

Larry Davis

James, those bands were known as “shoegaze” or “dreampop” (the 4AD and Creation bands, with the Cocteau Twins as a direct antecedent), not simply alt-guitar bands…Lush and My Bloody Valentine were the best of the bunch for me…the Jesus & Mary Chain I never put into that semi-category, more like noisepop…new album is great tho, more pop than noise. Don’t have it yet but I hear the new Slowdive is very pop as well. Surprised Paul never got into this scene…it was coinciding with Madchester and Baggy and the beginning of Britpop with Suede simultaneously. I remember seeing Ride live in 1992 in NYC with the Pale Saints opening and that was just killer.


With the Rolling Bones, can you say money grab?


Yes, was going to mention Ride’s return.

It appears Paul wasn’t that much into the alt/guitar bands of the late 80s/90s – no mention of the recent Mary Chain, Slowdive and now Ride LPs. Each to their own, naturally.


So glad the Saint Etienne re-releases are starting to come out. I picked up these two for $32 shipped to the US. Not bad at all.

Larry Davis

Have all the st Etienne deluxe…the Bowie I want and ride…Chuck Berry was out last week…this is a huge release week…new cheap trick, beth ditto, the drums, Steve earle, fleet foxes (which I don’t want), Goldie, hey violet, Jason isbell, new lorde (melodrama), Jason loewenstein from sebadoh, yeah alison moyet, Portugal the man, royal trux, styx, Matthew Sweet, tindersticks, zoot woman (with guest kylie minogue), yeh big star best of, blue cheer, jet deluxe, and stones some girls live in Texas 78…like I said…a lot…oh new royal blood as well…love that duo…

O(+> Peter B

A couple of other notable albums out: “Weather Diaries” by Ride released on 16 June http://wichitarecordings.11spot.com/ride-weather-diaries-pre-order.html and “Chuck” by Chuck Berry https://www.dualtonestore.com/collections/chuck-berry – and next week you can mention the Purple Rain deluxe edition finally!


Shouldn’t the new Bowie box set be announced soon?

Larry Davis

Waiting on that too…and what it covers…just Berlin trilogy or further…and maybe they will throw in cracked actor 74 as a bonus…


On the subject of Big Star, their ‘Nothing Can Hurt Me’ DVD/CD combo is selling for £5.69 on Amazon UK at the moment (brand new from third party seller; fulfilled by Amazon):



Thanks for the heads-up RJS, just ordered that. Haven’t actually heard any Big Star before but their name keeps cropping up in reviews and books. This seems like a good place to start with them.


You’re in for a treat. The documentary DVD is interesting enough but the star of the show is the CD that contains their first two albums back-to-back. I can still remember my excitement when I spotted a simlar back-to-back CD of the albums in Saturn Records, Cologne in the mid nineties. Played it hundreds of times since!


Beyond The Sun…
an achingly beautiful album.
there’s nothing else to be said


Yes. ‘Winter Academy’ is almost too beautiful for words.

Daniel ( from Berlin )

it seems to me that every week anything was released since david bowie’s death.
if i’m not mistaken. the record company knows what to do
to make fans happy – and poorer.
i would be happy then other companies would do the same / or half the same
with other passed artists.
( but for me: the massive david bowie output is a little like an overdose in the last 17 months )


You can never have enough Bowie…….;-)

Chris Squires

I guess the key is

a) Is it new, is it interesting, is it beautiful? Any 1 of the 3 will be a “think about”…2 or 3 will be bought.
b) is it already available, is it lazy, is it unimaginative?

You can give me as many of “a” as you can find.

Daniel ( from Berlin )

ok i see you are really a bowie fan
hopefully you have enough money for all these things ;)


Haha, great reply….thanks!

No food, no car, hard work…..
All the money goes into music!


The only David Bowie album I’ve listened to since he passed away is Blackstar. One of his very best.