Out This Week / on 17 July 2020

Depeche Mode / Violator: The 12" Singles vinyl box set

Depeche Mode / Violator: The 12" Singles Vinyl

Depeche Mode release Violator: The 12″ Singles, the next box set in the series which showcases the remixes and B-sides across the four UK singles pulled from their 1990 album.

Joy Division / Closer Vinyl

Joy Division‘s second studio album Closer is reissued as a limited edition ‘crystal clear’ vinyl LP for its 40th anniversary.

David Bowie / Tin Machine II reissue

Tin Machine / Tin Machine II CD, Vinyl

Tin Machine II, David Bowie‘s second and final studio album with his late eighties band Coloured vinyl pressing now sold out but BLACK vinyl edition now available (as well as the CD).

Bob Dylan / New album Rough and Rowdy Ways

Bob Dylan / Rough and Rowdy Ways CD, Vinyl

Bob Dylan‘s new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways is released on vinyl on Friday.

Queen / Studio Collection vinyl box Vinyl

Queen‘s mammoth Studio Collection coloured vinyl box set is being made available once more.

The Lickerish Quartet / Threesome Vol. 1 EP

The Lickerish Quartet / Threesome, Vol. 1 CD, Vinyl

Jellyfish co-founder Roger Joseph Manning Jr. is returns with a new band The Lickerish Quartet which also features Tim Smith and Eric Dover, two other musicians who played a part in the Jellyfish story around the time of the second album.

JARV IS / Beyond The Pale CD, Vinyl

JARV IS, the new-ish band featuring Jarvis Cocker, release their debut album Beyond The Pale.

Essential / Level 42

Level 42 / Essential 3CD set CD

Triple-CD package from Universal budget imprint Spectrum which focuses on 1980’s output of Level 42.

David Bowie / Absolute Beginners

Various Artists / Absolute Beginners soundtrack CD, Vinyl

The soundtrack to Julien Temple’s 1986 film Absolute Beginners, which featured memorable contributions from a number of artists including David Bowie, Ray Davies, The Style Council and Sade, is reissued and appears on CD in its entirety for the first time.

Fiona Apple / Fetch The Bolt Cutters CD, Vinyl

Fiona Apple‘s acclaimed new album Fetch The Bolt Cutters has been available on streaming for a while, but is released physically this week.

The Hotrat / Turn Ons 10th anniversary 3CD+DVD signed by Gaz and Danny

The Hotrats / Turn Ons 10th anniversary edition CD, DVD

Supergrass side project The Hotrats (Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey) released a covers album, Turn Ons, in 2010. That album has now been expanded and is reissued as a 3CD+DVD box set.

Be Bop Deluxe / Axe Victim CD, DVD

Esoteric Recordings reissue English prog rockers Be Bop Deluxe‘s debut album Axe Victim as a four-disc deluxe box set. Features previously unreleased material and a 5.1 surround mix.

Pretenders / Hate for Sale CD, Vinyl

The Pretenders release a new album, Hate For Sale. It’s produced by Stephen Street.

Dirk Gentley’s Holistic Detective Agency 3LP coloured vinyl

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Harry Enfield as the singular detective in this full-cast BBC radio dramatisation of the novel by Douglas Adams. First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2007, this comedy sci-fi drama is presented on triple coloured vinyl with an exclusive sleeve note by Dirk Maggs.

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The Misnomers

I may be late but wanted to share – I just saw Dave Hemmingway from Beautiful South/Housemartins fame has a new album out with his new band Sunbirds and it’s only £10 (+£4 shipping to US) on their website (sunbirds.co.uk)! Now if only he’d release his impossible to find solo debut, “Hello Cruel World.”

martin farnworth

sucked in now to buying the DM boxes. i hold Paul Sinclair partially responsible for the unboxing videos :) Decided i wouldn’t bother at first. Now got the last four. Decided i’d stop with Violator as it’s the pinnacle for me . Although with SOAD next not sure i’ll have the discipline.

Peter Coulson

It is great to see Weller top the album charts in five separate decades. It is even more astonishing when you think that his two greatest albums, All Mod Cons and Setting Sons (both from the 70’s) never reached number one at all: otherwise he would have set a unique record of top albums across six decades. “You waste my time when my time comes…”

Larry Davis

3 titles I have on preorder you do not have listed…the Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks) “Gaslighter”, this David Sanborn anthology & new Ellie Goulding…yes I stuck with following her career…


Would it be possible to add Amazon.nl to your pricing widget? It would be very helpful. Thanks!

Nelson Lee

New album by Kansas out this Friday.

O(+> Peter B

Nice to see Paul Weller’s On Sunset album debuting at number 1 on the UK album charts, giving him number 1 albums in 5 consecutive decades. Australians like me trying to get the deluxe CD from JB Hifi have to wait at least until 17 July for it, not too long. Hopefully it doesn’t get pushed back, such as has happened a few times with getting the Prince One Nite Alone box set over here.
I heard The Buzz by The Pretenders in the last week and was really impressed

CJ Feeney

Dylan has, as of last week, had yop 20 albums in 7 decades.


Hi Mark,
the same question occured to me last year. I did a little google research back then and the result was that if you have a good pressing then the colour of the vinyl shouldn’t make any audible differences.
You might suffer bad sound if the raw material is of inferior quality (e.g. recycled vinyl etc.) but that has nothing to do with the colour of the vinyl in the first place.
The only pressings which are inferior in sound quality by design are picture vinyls – those are produced for optical pleasure but not for sound fetishists. Basically these are not ‘pressed’ like a regular vinyl disc but you can imagine these as transparent flexi discs glued onto printed cardboard.
Hope this helps :-)

CJ Feeney

HMV have listed a coloured vinyl edition of Absolute Beginers, but don’t say what colour.


Beginner’s question: is there any difference is sound quality between opaque and transparent vinyl pressings?


One’s a bit clearer than the other!!

CJ Feeney

Theoretically, at least, black vinyl should resist degradation from sunlight better than translucent vinyl.


Info from a manufacturing plant below


(Surface noise 1= quietest / 8 = noisiest)

1. GGR Black vinyl

4. Transparent Colors (Blue, Green, Clear, Gold [orange], Transparent Red, Coke Clear, Fluorescent Colors)

6. Non-Mixed Opaque Colors (Pink, Red, Yellow, Violet, Brown)

7. White

7. Opaque Mix (Mixing opaque and translucent color(s) in particular; and also tend to have visible “staining” after a few hundred records, which can be seen in certain light).

7-8. Random Color / Recycled Color Shades

8. Hand-made variants

8-10. Glow In The Dark / Glitter Records


Thanks Michael. Where’s the info from and how old is it?
I was under the impression that opaque (which includes black vinyl) are pretty much the same sound quality these days.
Perhaps something for Paul to do an article on?


Raw plastic is not coloured, it is almost clear, beads of the desired colour have to be added to the plastic (PVC) similar to mixing paint , black vinyl is actually made by adding carbon which also strengthens it.

paul William wren

Transparent or clear vinyl is the purest form of vinyl and therefore the best sounding vinyl. Any colour (including black) introduced into clear vinyl technically worsens the sound as it has slight magnetic qualities which interfere with the pick up on the end of your tonearm. High end systems are more likely to reveal these differences. Avoid modern picture discs like the clappers unless you just want to look at them and not play them – picture discs from the eighties and beyond tend to play much better than their modern counterparts due to different manufacturing processes back then.