Out This Week / on 20 Nov 2015

The Who / Live In Hyde Park

The Who‘s 50th anniversary celebrations will soon be at an end, but there is still time for them to put out June’s gig in London’s Hyde Park in the usual array of formats. Read more

Queen / A Night at the Odeon

Queen‘s much bootlegged Hammersmith Odeon concert from 1975 is released as A Night at the Odeon and is available in a myriad of formats including the bells and whistles super deluxe edition box set. Read more

Roger Waters / The Wall

Roger Waters releases his live interpretation of Pink Floyd‘s The Wall on 2LP, 2CD and various video formats. The super deluxe edition is priced out of reach for most. Read more

The Rolling Stones  / From The Vault: Roundhay Park ’82

The final ‘From the Vault’ set for 2015, this is The Rolling Stones‘ July 1982 gig from Leeds’ Roundhay Park. Footage has been restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain. Available on many formats. Read more

The Beach Boys Party! Uncovered and Unplugged 2CD reissue

The Beach Boys / Beach Boys’ Party! Uncovered and Unplugged (2CD)

Let’s get this party started! The Beach Boys and producer Mark Linett have stripped away the overdubbed party sounds from The Beach Boys’ original 1965 album and a massive 69 songs/outtakes/dialogue tracks from all of the band’s Party! recording sessions are also included. Read more

Frank Sinatra / A Voice On Air 1935-1955 box set

Frank Sinatra / A Voice On Air 1935-1955  (4CD)

Fascinating project that has seen Sony’s Legacy Recordings restore and remaster over 100 Frank Sinatra tracks culled from rare radio broadcasts and rehearsals. Most of this 4CD set is unreleased. Read more

The Velvet Underground / The Complete Matrix Tapes / 4CD set

The Velvet Underground / The Complete Matrix Tapes

On the back of last week‘s Loaded super deluxe edition comes this four-CD box set featuring The Velvet Underground‘s late 1969 performances at San Francisco’s The Matrix venue. Read more

Mark Lanegan / One Way Street: The Sub Pop Albums / 5LP box

Mark Lanegan / One Way Street

The first five solo albums by former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan will be available in this classy five-LP vinyl box set. Read more

Weather Report / The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 /4CD box

Weather Report / The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 

Weather Report fans have been waiting for this. Four CDs of live audio recorded between 1978 and 1981. Read more

Frank Zappa / 200 Motels: The Suites (2CD)

Es-Pekka Salonen conducted an orchestral celebration of Frank Zappa‘s 200 Motels back in 2013. This is the last record Gail Zappa creatively worked on and is finally issued as a two-CD set. Read more

Underworld / Second Toughest in the Infants super deluxe

Underworld‘s 1996 album is reissued this week and this four-CD super deluxe includes an entire disc devoted to the iconic Born Slippy (Nuxx) the track memorably used in Danny Boyle’s film TrainspottingRead more

Rush / R40 Live (3CD+blu-ray)

Rush recorded and filmed R40 Live over two sold-out shows in the band’s hometown of Toronto at the Air Canada Centre in June this year.

The Ritchie Blackmore Story (2CD+2DVD+Book)

The Ritchie Blackmore Story tells the story of the guitarist and songwriter’s remarkable career through extensive and specially recorded new interviews with Ritchie himself plus contributions from many of his colleagues and admirers . 

Chris Rea / La Passione 'Aritist's Edition' 4-disc deluxe set

Chris Rea / La Passione (CD+Blu-ray)

Delayed from a few week’s back, Chris Rea revisits 1996 with this four-disc ‘artist’s edition’ of his La Passione soundtrack album. This set is a 2CD+2DVD package with new and remastered music and short films. Read more

The Comsat Angels / Deluxe deluxe reissues

Cult Eighties post-punks The Comsat Angels are releasing deluxe expanded editions of their first three albums, and the long out-of-print Chasing ShadowsRead more

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Rush / R40 Live not released till the 4th December.

Derek Langsford

I used to avoid “digipaks,” for the reasons stated, until it was unavoidable. I use clear CD sleeves to put digipaks in but some of the boxed sets are awkward sizes to put in any sort of protective bag. I have heard art archiving bags are good (same material as CD sleeves) but can’t find a local supplier of a variety of sizes, and on-line retailers sell in packs of 100 :-(

Chris L

Roger Waters ‘The Wall’ blu just turned up. Let me be the first to moan about the packaging. The bluray sticker on the front. Peeled it off as carefully as possible. Still took some of the matt finish off of the box. Grrrr! And then, opened it up to find that the ‘pocket’ holding the booklet etc makes it, well, not impossible, but bloody frustrating, trying to remove one of the discs! Whoever signs off on these packaging designs (Waters himself?) deserves a good kicking!!


It’s a shame that we have to pay for these ‘deluxe’ editions and then have to pay extra for proper alternative disc storage solutions as the way discs are stored in these modern cardboard packages is utterly stupid and clearly designed by cretins who favour form over function.

Getting discs in and out of these laughable cardboard pckages scuffs the discs, if they didn’t arrive pre-scuffed, and then the packaging also quickly degenerates over time. So frustrating that we have to handle everything so bloody carefully or prat around with over-tight pockets just to get to the disc.

They clearly have no idea that the disc is the most important part of the package and if it can’t be on a spindle then needs to be in a protective sleeve at the very least.

All this is the very reason everything now goes straight onto my hard drive and the physical crap then gets sold. And if anybody wants to pipe up and tell me that is against the law, don’t bother.


Careful John the CD Police are on high alert.

Stuart Russell

I note that you mention that the Rolling Stones set is the “final ‘from the vault set’ for 2015”.

Do you know if this series will continue into next year and/or beyond?

An excellent set of archive releases so far which, whilst may be seen by some as flogging a dead horse, is great for a collector of physical product like myself.