Queen / News of the World super deluxe edition
Expensive, but desirable new Queen box set that features a remastered edition of their 1977 album, two discs of outtakes including ‘raw sessions’, a DVD with a new documentary and a ‘pure analogue’ cut vinyl.
The Sweet / Sensational Sweet: Chapter One – The Wild Bunch (box set)
Impressive looking Sweet box set. Nine CDs offers a “complete collection of their music” from 1971 – 1978, including 30 previously unreleased tracks.
Morrissey / Low in High School (new album)
The Doors / Strange Days 50th anniversary edition
Two-CD deluxe edition of The Doors‘ second (‘sophomore’) album. Remastered versions of both the stereo and mono mixes are delivered, with the mono also issued on vinyl.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO / Wembley or Bust (various formats)
Excellent concert film of Jeff Lynne’s ELO playing studio-accurate performances of their greatest hits Wembley Stadium in June 2017. 2CD+Blu-ray is the pick of the formats.
Phil Collins / Take A Look At Me Now (8CD box set)
Great value box set that contains all eight of the recent Phil Collins remasters. Surprisingly, there’s actually two versions of this set. Pay a few pounds more for the version which comes includes the discs packaged in gatefold sleeves.
Pink Floyd / Two vinyl reissues
Pink Floyd will reissue their 1981 compilation A Collection Of Great Dance Songs on vinyl and the 1988 live album Delicate Sound Of Thunder (across two LPs).
The Moody Blues / Days of Future Passed (2CD+DVD)
This 50th anniversary edition of The Moody Blues 1967 album includes the original stereo mix on CD for the first time, as well as outtakes and a 5.1 surround sound mix on DVD.
Paul McCartney / coloured vinyl reissues
The attempts to market these eight coloured vinyl Paul McCartney reissues have been nothing short of farcical, and fans are expected to pay a premium price, too. Nevertheless, they are inevitably going to be desirable to many collectors. A series of vinyl replica Japanese ‘mini-LP CDs’ are also being issued.
Iron Maiden / The Book of Souls: The Live Chapter
The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter is an Iron Maiden live album that features 15 songs captured during The Book Of Souls World Tour of 2016-207.
Black Sabbath / The End (various formats)
The End is a celebration of Black Sabbath’s final hometown concert at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on 4th February, 2017. It is being issued in six physical formats, including a five-disc deluxe box set.
Various Artist / Saturday Night Fever super deluxe edition
Madness / Full House: The Very Best of Madness
New Madness greatest hits that spans all their albums including last year’s Can’t Touch Us Now. This is delivered as a two-CD set or a lavish 4LP vinyl package complete with ‘pop-up’ gatefold sleeve.
INXS / The Very Best Of (2LP vinyl)
The 2011 INXS compilation is released on vinyl for the first time. This is a 2LP set pressed on 180g vinyl
The Carpenters / vinyl reissues
The Carpenters box set has gone back to December, but individual album reissues are available at the end of this week, including Ticket To Ride.
Micky Dolenz/ Out Of Nowhere
7A Records’ Out Of Nowhere is a new Micky Dolenz album recorded with a 30-piece orchestra. It features many of the Monkees greatest hits including Last Train To Clarksville, (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone, Daydream Believer and Pleasant Valley Sunday).
King Crimson / Earthbound deluxe edition
If the Sailors’ Tales box is not of interest or within your budget then this CD+DVD set of King Crimson‘s 1972 live album Earthbound may be appealing. It features an expanded 12-track version of the original 5-track album and (on the DVD) a hi-res stereo version and a quadraphonic mix of the 1972 Summit Studios performance.
Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings / My King and Queen (4LP box)
First vinyl release for Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Wyman has curated this set and has chosen 43 tracks that showcase the lead vocals of both session singer Beverley Skeete and Georgie Fame. Signed sets still available.
Various Artists / The 80s Pop Annual
Vinyl-only eighties compilation (across two LPs) offers a decent enough selection of pop from Wham!, Cyndi Lauper, Haircut One Hundred etc. Coming to a supermarket near you. A 70s version is also available.
Barenaked Ladies / Fake Nudes (new album)
The Canadian rock band release their 12th full-length studio album.