Out This Week / on 26 April 2019

Popol Vuh / The Essential Album Collection, Vol. 1 CD, Vinyl

BMG issue some key works of German electronic avant-garde band Popol Vuh via The Essential Album Collection, Vol. 1, a 6LP vinyl box set (standalone remastered CD releases also available).

Prince / Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic reissue CD, Vinyl

Prince‘s 1999 album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is being reissued as a 2CD+DVD set and as two double purple vinyl packages.

Art of Noise / In No Sense? No Sense!

A 2LP vinyl coloured vinyl deluxe edition of the Art of Noise‘s 1987 album In No Sense? Nonsense! This edition features two sides of bonus tracks, in addition to the remastered album.

Generation X / Generation X deluxe edition CD, Vinyl

Chrysalis release a deluxe edition of Generation X, the self-titled 1978 debut album by one the British punk band that featured a young Billy Idol.

The Moody Blues / Live at the BBC 1967-1970 Vinyl

Universal issue a 3LP coloured vinyl edition of The Moody Blues Live at the BBC.

Alan Parsons / The Secret CD, Vinyl, Box Set, DVD

Alan Parsons returns with a new album, The Secret. CD+DVD combo features a 5.1 surround mix and a box set is also available.

Big Country / The Crossing Vinyl

Scottish rock band Big Country’s debut album The Crossing is reissued as an expanded 2LP vinyl set.

Van Der Graaf Generator / The Aerosol Grey Machine 50th anniversary reissue

Van Der Graaf Generator / The Aerosol Grey Machine CD, Vinyl, Box Set

English progressive rock band Van Der Graaf Generator celebrate half a century of their debut album, The Aerosol Grey Machine, with a 4-disc deluxe box set.

Kiefer Sutherland / Reckless & Me CD, Vinyl

Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland‘s new album Reckless & Me is available as a SIGNED CD.

The Cranberries / In The End limited edition vinyl LP picture disc

The Cranberries / In The End CD, Vinyl

The Cranberries‘ final album, In The End, is out this week. Amongst the formats is this special limited edition vinyl picture disc.

Marvin Gaye / You’re The Man (CD)

CD edition of the ‘lost’ Marvin Gaye album that was supposed to be the follow-up to the classic What’s Going On. Vinyl edition was issued back in March

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Leo Sayer / Selfie

Brand new studio album from Leo Sayer. Recorded at his home studio in Australia it features 15 new songs including three co-written with Albert Hammond (who wrote ‘When I Need You’ with Carole Bayer Sager).

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Selfie - PINK vinyl LP


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The estate has made a deal to release the post Warner years albums first… then the Warner reissues will come. I’ll wait for them I think


No need for mention of reissues and remasters (which sometimes feel like overloaded releases by the labels), sometimes it’s nice to get some new music and tunes to the collection instead.
So, here’s my pick of the albums released this week, brand new album from Australian psychedelic-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Their new album “Fishing For Fishies” is out on friday. I know I will be picking it up..and I recommend to check this band out, it’s definitely one of the most interesting but very productive band around.


I made two bonusdiscs for LoveSexy with every non-album song and version currently circulating. I’d love another few discs with stuff that no one has heard before.

The truth is, us Prince fans are hard to please because there is so much music and we want it all, but no way that is what we’re gonna get.


Graham Parker’s “Squeezing Out Sparks: Solo Acoustic 40th Anniversary” (CD version) due to come out April 26…


There’s also a doublé lp with a cd included of J.J. Cale unreleased songs from all his career which think is a good relase as well toe let be known here,,,

Steven Campbell

I’m hoping in terms of Prince that the Batman soundtrack he did which I thought was great will be reissued as I can then replace my original which has a jump onit due to being played with a worn stylus on one of the tracks. There’s also some ace mixes from that period that could be used as bonus tracks.


also out this week:

Nils Lofgren’s new album – Blues With Lou

features 6 tracks co-written by Lou Reed – 5 previously unreleased:
Attitude City, Give, Talk Thru The Tears,City Lights, Don’t Let Your Guard Down, and Cut Him Up


Pre-ordered the Prince set when it was announced on here, though what I’m really hoping for is that this is the pre-cursor to getting a physical wide-release of Chocolate Factory and Welcome 2 the Slaughterhouse. Giving a wide-release to the fanclub-only sets would be a good bridge into getting deeper into the vaults, since the fan club sets wouldn’t need remastering and whatnot, allowing time to do whatever cleanups might be needed to gett the vault material ready for the market.

Please let Dream Factory and Roadhouse Garden not be too far away.


While it is not a physical release, and does not exactly answers your dream, the two releases you mention have been available on streaming sites like deezer or Spotify for a couple of months now. I must say I was not impressed by the slaughterhouse and that chocolate factory has its moment, but they are few..

Alan B

Doves have just announced that their first 3 albums are being issued as coloured vinyl double LPs to be released on 31st May. They have just returned from their hiatus and are rumoured to be writing new songs. Last album was released 10 years ago. They have never been prolific. They have only released 4 albums since 2000 (5 if you include their solo projects). Almost as “prolific” as The Hives who have only released 2 albums in the last 15 years, 7 years and counting since their last one. If the Beatles were as quick as these two at issuing albums we’d still be waiting on the release of Sgt Pepper.


Six studio albums. Jez and Andy Williams’ Black Rivers released their eponymous debut in 2015.

Alan B

Yes I knew about Jimi’s solo album and the Williams Black Rivers release. What I meant was each of them have released 5 studio albums – 4 Doves plus their respective own project. When they got back together in December it was initially for live performances. They later confirmed they had started writing together. Which begs the question. What have they been doing song writing wise in the past 4/5 years since their solo projects were released?

Wayne C

Was wondering why these releases didn’t get their own heading surely worth it!!, I have all the originals and pre ordered these no brainer purchases before the weekend!. Essential !!

Martyn Alner

Thanks for the heads up on Doves, Lost Souls is one of my favourite albums. Ordered!

Now if someone can re-release the album of their previous incarnation, Sub Sub…

Simon Thornhill

For the life of me I can’t understand why . LoveSexy hasn’t been reissued , nor have we seen super delux reissues (boxsets) for purple rain / sign o the times.

For me LoveSexy was Prince’s last classic LP . Sure there where some excellent singles throughout the years following, thieves in the temple, sexy mf & black sweat. …etc etc. But for me he’d never release and amother truly classic LP again.

It just seems odd that the reissues have bypassed such a brilliant album (LoveSexy) in favour of several frankly mediocre later day (no pun intended) albums.

But whatever the estate / record company decide to reissue. I am grateful that I got to see his hit & run tour , when he played Manchester Academy (for two nights) He played for nearly four hours on thee Saturday night & it was incredible!!!


The Rave set is an easy reissue to do, because it really didn’t need any remastering, and the Rave In2 disc was so limited as a release that it fetches big money on the third party market. An archival release like LoveSexy (and I’m right there with you on wanting that ASAP) would mean going through the Vault, finding the material appropriate for it, selecting what is “release-worthy” then going through the entire process of mastering and whatnot to prep it for release. With someone like Prince, the company knows (though may not always care) that the fans are well-informed enough to know what “should” and “shouldn’t” be on the set, so there would be meetings with the original engineers to try to make sure that everything is what it should be.

This is assuming, of course, that the label would do it properly. They could just as easily do a half-hearted remaster, slap some remixes and b-sides on a disc, and say “Here you go,” then hit you up five years later with the “deluxe remaster,’ then five years later with the “super deluxe remaster,” then five years after that with the “Ultimate edition,” thereby regulating the flow of vault material as strictly as possible and aiming for maximum profit. Except at some point that anger the fans, and people stop buying the projects, then the label decides there’s “not a market for it anymore,” and we get nothing.

Wow, I may be getting cynical.


They released a SDE of Purple Rain a couple of years ago. Some will disagree, but I think the general consensus is that Lovesexy was Prince last great album. I think his last great song was Baltimore – a classic Prince song.


Yes, but Purple Rain was in progress before Prince died. And it still took quite awhile for it to come out even then. The time lapse from initial announcement to eventual release was several years. If we want decent archival releases with the material that belongs on them (and some people would argue that Purple Rain didn’t even get that right), then we’re probably at least a good year or two away from that happening. I agree the LoveSexy was likely one of his last great solid front-to-back albums (though I have a soft spot for both Graffiti Bridge and Batman), but the reality, unfortunately, for those who want that to be the next focus, is that the record company is likely going to look at original global sales, and we’ll be more likley to see Sign ‘o’ the Times, Parade, or Around the World in a Day before they go for LoveSexy.

Out of curiosity, I was wondering if, when it comes to a LoveSexy reissue, would people prefer the original album itself be released on CD as it first was (everything on it in a single track, so you can’t skip songs unless you fast-forward), or in the iteration that record company eventually re-released it in with no fanfare (individual track numbers for the songs)? Or would you want both versions in a comprehensive set, even though they are essentially the same aside from indexing?

And what is your dream list for bonus material?


Diamonds&Pearls, Crystal Ball disc4 (the truth), HitNRun2… are all great albums
Black Muse is simply brilliant!!!


Leo Sayer has turned into Rachel Dolezal