Out This Week / on 2 June 2017

U2 / The Joshua Tree (reissue)

U2 have another go at reissuing The Joshua Tree. This 30th anniversary set includes the album played live at Madison Square Garden, a discs of remixes and B-sides/rarities. Both CD and vinyl sets come with big hardcover book and Anton Corbijn prints. Read more

Bob Marley & The Wailers / Exodus 40: The Movement Continues

This 40th anniversary reissue of Bob Marley‘s Exodus comes as two-CD, three-CD and super deluxe editions. Ziggy Marley has revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals and instrumentation and created brand-new session takes. The triple disc set adds Exodus Live, recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre on the week of release. The super deluxe box set isn’t out until the end of June. Read more

Iggy Pop / Vinyl reissues

The coloured vinyl pressings of Iggy Pop‘s The Idiot, Lust For Life and TV Eye Live sold out in a blink of a (TV) eye, but don’t let that put you off. These have been remastered from the original tapes for the first time and the vinyl has been cut straight from the analog tapes, too. Read more

Roger Waters / Is This The Life We Really Want? (new album)

So long was the gap between albums (25 years to be exact) Sony reissued 1992’s Amused to Death before Roger Waters had even followed it up. But the new album, Is This The Life Really Want, sounds like his best work in… well, at least 25 years! Read more

Humble Pie / The A&M Vinyl Box Set (9LP)

This Humble Pie vinyl box features newly remastered versions of all of the band’s A&M albums and has been put together in conjunction with Jerry Shirley and Peter Frampton.  Read more

Ry Cooder / Paris Texas (coloured vinyl)

It’s not exactly cheap (at least in the UK) but this translucent blue vinyl edition of Ry Cooder’s evocative score is limited to just 900 copies. Read more

Sheryl Crow / Be Myself (vinyl)

If you’d given up on Sheryl Crow, I’d recommend her wonderful new album, which has been on heavy rotation on the SDE CD player. The vinyl version finally gets released on Friday. Read more

Evan Dando / Baby I’m Bored (reissue)

Fire Records reissue Evan Dando‘s 2003 solo album. The double CD edition comes in smart book packaging, while the 2LP edition is pressed on yellow vinyl. Both offer 12 bonus tracks. Read more

Status Quo / The Vinyl Singles Collection 1980-1984 

The second Status Quo seven-inch singles box delivers twelve singles from 1980-1984 (ie all of them). The lift-off lid box contains a booklet and this comes with a download code.. Read more

Hank Marvin / Without A Word (new album)

Hank Marvin‘s 16th solo album contains 14 new recordings – largely his interpretation of some of his all-time favourite tunes. Signed copies of the CD still available. Read more

Erasure / Love You To The Sky (CD single)

Erasure‘s first single from their World Be Gone album is Love You To The Sky. It is being issued as a physical 8-track CD single, this week (although it appears only to be available in the UK).

Various Artists / The 80s US Playlist  (3CD)

Entertainment USA! New compilation presents “60 Classic American Songs from the 80s” across three CDs. Decent track listing and competitively priced.

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This is a question about a return. Hope somebody can help me.
I ordered the big 6-disc Sgt. Pepper’s box from Amazon.fr.
It arrived in town on 5 June, but the local US Post Office required a signature. Got it on 6 June, but the box set was damaged, and this could be seen on the outer packaging too.
Don’t know where the damaged occurred, but I’ve never had a problem with overseas orders of box sets before.

Amazon.fr has sent me various labels to put on the box, and inside, but also I am a tad confused as to which goes where (I know French, but also translated it and I’m still not sure)

I’m also not sure what is cheapest/safest/quckest to use to send it. USPS? DHL? Or something else. Amazon.fr will refund me €7, but I think my postage will cost more.

Anybody out there in the US experienced in what to do? I’d be really appreciative for the help!

Larry Davis

A key release out tomorrow and strangely left out?? The new Saint Etienne…”Home Counties”!! They are as English as they come and fit SDE to a T, why leave them out Paul?? Unless you weren’t aware of their new album or not a fan?? Looks like another goodie to me. Also, the much delayed debut album by new English darkpop siren Dua Lipa on Warners, the new Halsey on Astralwerks, and a new Dan Auerbach solo from the Black Keys…interesting release day…

Larry Davis

Coulda fooled me…it looks like they tried to get only US artists on this set and goofed on 2…there are no Brits on here and tons of them had US hits in the 80s, why leave them out?? Strange set and despite the cheap price, I am avoiding…

Chris Squires

Good point, if it were a US playlist it would contain a lot of brit music from the second wave. If it were just US artists then someone has a dodgy map. Flock of Seagulls / Billy Idol for instance… (in fact just watch The Wedding Singer and the point is made)….

Paul Mac

Rick Springfield might be Aussie but he was big in the US for a few years in the Eighties. As you rightly point out, it’s “US Playlist” in the title, not “US Artists”

Larry Davis

Weird tracklist…that “80s US Playlist” and a couple of them are not even American artists!! Hanoi Rocks???? Ummm, Michael Monroe and the boys are from FINLAND and that cover of CCR wasn’t even a US hit!! And Rick Springfield is an Aussie. That collection just shows how lame US mainstream top 40 radio was in the 80s…no thanks.


Errr. I think they meant songs played on US radio in the 80s. Nothing to do with where the artists came from.
Unsure if Suicide Is Painless was a hit ever but that should be on a 70s compilation.

Erik Vang Olsen

Manics made more covers, among others Wham!’s Last Christmas!

Phil G.

After much reflection, I’ve just cancelled my pre-order for the Joshua Tree 30th box set. It doesn’t justify upgrading from the 20th anniversary box, not with the same 2007 master (!) and a £70+ price tag.

If only they’d put in a 5.1 mix…


In all U2’s reissues there has never been a 5.1 mix as far as I know. Not even in the Uber-Achtung Baby box set. They clearly seem not to be interested in that sorta thing.

Phil G.

I can understand it with their early albums but the Eno/Lanois productions cry out for a surround sound mix. Fingers criossed for the 35th anniversary super deluxe box…


The 2 cd set is fine by me as like you already have the last box set


In Germany ‘World be gone’ is released as a 2cd edition + the second disc is simply the ‘Love you to the sky’ single.


Fun fact: Erasure (shockingly) made it into the UK top 10 albums chart with their new album at no. 6. It’s their first top 10 (studio) album since Cowboy in 1997! Three cheers for longevity.


Fun fact re. Suicide is Painless:

“”Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)” is a song written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Mike Altman (lyrics), which was the theme song for both the movie and TV series M*A*S*H. Mike Altman is the son of the original film’s director, Robert Altman, and was 14 years old when he wrote the song’s lyrics. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1980s, Robert Altman said that while he only made $70,000 for having directed the movie, his son earned more than $1 million for having co-written the song.”


Manics did a cover?


Yes, in the 90’s I think.


Excellent piece of trivia!


The song was released 1970. Funny it was on the “US playlists” in the 80s.

Chris Squires

Here, in the UK anyway, it reached number 1 in May 1980.
It’s one of my favourite films. The song was pretty much ignored here upon release, until a full 10 years later it started to be heavily played at the weekend by Noel Edmonds on Radio 1 in early 1980. Edmonds had a habit of picking obscure tracks and playing them repeatedly until they were hits as noted by the success of Captain Beaky and his Band by Keith Michell of the same year.


Erasure CD appears to have disappeared from Amazon UK.

adam shaw

Nice to see Voices Carry on a compilation


Here is the track listing for “The 80’s US Playlist”. With 20 tracks on each cd, these are short versions.

1 Don’t Stop Believin’by Journey
2 Never Too Much by Luther Vandross
3 Poison by Alice Cooper
4 State of Shock by The Jacksons
5 Rosanna by Toto
6 It’s Like That by RUN-DMC
7 Hangin’ Tough by New Kids On The Block
8 Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters
9 Broken Wings by Mr. Mister
10 Criticize by Alexander O’Neal
11 Tell It to My Heart by Taylor Dayne
12 The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby And The Range
13 Let’s Hear It for the Boy by Deniece Williams
14 Just Be Good to Me by S.O.S. Band
15 Love Come Down by Evelyn “Champagne” King
16 I’ll House You by Jungle Brothers
17 Love Struck Baby by Stevie Ray Vaughan
18 Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird by Will to Power
19 Going Back to My Roots by Odyssey
20 Don’t Wanna Lose You by Gloria Estefan
21 Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
22 Footloose by Kenny Loggins
23 Give It Up by KC And The Sunshine Band
24 Can’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon
25 Let’s Groove by Earth Wind & Fire
26 Maneater by Hall and Oates
27 It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls
28 Dr. Beat by Miami Sound Machine
29 Dinner with Gershwin by Donna Summer
30 Saturday Love (with Alexander O’neal) by Cherrelle
31 Leave a Light On by Belinda Carlisle
32 Burnin’ for You by Blue Oyster Cult
33 Up Around the Bend by Hanoi Rocks
34 I Drove All Night by Cyndi Lauper
35 When I See You Smile by Bad English
36 Longer by Dan Fogelberg
37 Show Me the Way by Regina Belle
38 Voices Carry by ‘Til Tuesday
39 Come into My Life by Joyce Sims
40 Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through by Jim Steinman
41 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
42 Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield
43 Manic Monday by The Bangles
44 My Love Is Waiting by Marvin Gaye
45 Loco in Acapulco by The Four Tops
46 Caravan of Love by Isley Jasper Isley
47 How Am I Supposed to Live Without You by Michael Bolton
48 Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
49 Toy Soldiers by Martika
50 Shake You Down by Gregory Abbott
51 Wishing Well by Terence Trent D’Arby
52 Move Closer by Phyllis Nelson
53 Suicide Is Painless (From “M*a*s*h”) by The Mash
54 The Promise You Made by Cock Robin
55 Losing My Mind by Liza Minnelli
56 The Flame by Cheap Trick
57 Satellite by The Hooters
58 Metal Health by Quiet Riot
59 Easy Livin’ by Fastway
60 How ‘Bout Us by Champaign

Paul English

If these are all 7″ edits, then brilliant. Album versions don’t belong on compilations.


That’s a really interesting track listing. Of course, there are some of the “usual suspects,” but quite a few of these are not the tracks you expect to see on one of these collections. I may have to pick this up.

Auntie Sabrina

£5.99 for 60 tracks, cheap as chips…


Some decent tunes on The 80s US Playlist (3CD) Set