Out This Week / on 27 September 2019

The Beatles / Abbey Road 50th anniversary edition

The Beatles / Abbey Road 50th anniversary CD, Vinyl, Box Set, Blu-ray

Oh that magic feeling… when a Beatles album is reissued as a box set. Abbey Road gets the super deluxe treatment it deserves. Enjoy a new stereo mix, a Dolby Atmos mix & DTS-HD master audio 5.1 mix, and two discs of sessions. The 3LP vinyl set includes all the sessions featured in the CD box.

a-ha to release deluxe editions of Minor Earth Major Sky and Lifelines

a-ha / Minor Earth Major Sky and Lifelines deluxe editions CD, Vinyl

a-ha reissue Minor Earth Major Sky and Lifelines, their ‘comeback’ albums that were issued at the beginning of the new millennium. MEMS is up there with their very best work and few bands can match their generosity when it comes to bonus material such as demos and early versions.

Prefab Sprout's reissue campaign confirmed by vinyl reissue listings

Prefab Sprout / Vinyl reissues Vinyl

Sony deliver remastered Prefab Sprout on vinyl. Albums out on Friday are: Swoon (1984)From Langley Park To Memphis (1988), Jordan: The Comeback (1990) and 1991 best of, A Life Of Surprises. CD buyers can rightly feel disappointed since these aren’t available on their format of choice.

Gong / Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-1975 CD, DVD

Curated by Steve Hillage and released with the full involvement of original members, legendary psychedelic surrealists Gong are the subject of a new box set with the release of Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75.

Ramones / It's Alive 40th anniversary deluxe CD, Vinyl

The Ramones reissue programme continues with an expanded edition of live album It’s Alive.

Tanita Tikaram / To Drink The Rainbow: An Anthology 1988-2019 CD, Vinyl

Pete Paphides’ new record label Needle Mythology delivers its third release, a Tanita Tikaram anthology called To Drink The Rainbow: An Anthology 1988-2019.

Moloko / I Am Not A Doctor white vinyl Vinyl

Moloko‘s 1998 album I Am Not A Doctor is reissued as a limited 2LP coloured vinyl pressing. Features the original version of ‘Sing It Back’.

Midge Ure / Soundtrack: 1978-2019 CD, Vinyl, DVD

Chrysalis Records issue Soundtrack: 1978-2019 a new Midge Ure anthology that includes solo singles, select Ultravox recordings and previously unreleased material. The 2CD+DVD set offers fantastic value and the special clear vinyl edition is all but out-of-print already with only 750 units available. Originally due out last week, this got bumped a week.

Nina Simone / The Complete RCA Albums Collection / 9CD box set

Nina Simone / The Complete RCA Albums Collection CD

The Nina Simone Complete RCA Albums Collection box set features nine CDs with 35 bonus tracks.

The Replacements / Dead Man's Pop CD, Vinyl

Minneapolis band The Replacements release a deluxe set based around their 1989 album Don’t Tell A Soul.

Paul Young / Live at Rockpalast 1985 (CD+DVD set)

This Paul Young concert was recorded on 30 March 1985. ‘The Fabulous Wealthy Tarts’ were out and Jimmy Chambers, George Chandler and Tony Jackson were in on backing vocals, Paul’s second album had only just been released, although the setlist is fairly evenly split between No Parlez and The Secret of Association. This set includes CD and DVD.

King Crimson / Audio Diary 2014-2018 (5CD set)

Five CDs of King Crimson live material; one for each year from 2014-2018. The 2014 material is mixed from the multis by Robert Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk, while the other years are directly from the band’s stereo board mixes.

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will you report on the new Gentle Giant Box Set unburied treasures (see Burning shed)? Would be great!


Paul may I ask, are you going to post about the Freddie Mercury reissues.
I still hoping that the 3CD box price is a mistake because 85£ for that is just absurd. I mean, even more than the Bowie box of 7″s. It’s a book with 3 discs of not that hard to find or prev unrel tracks so… doesn’t add up.
Also, the track listing of those single remasters… is quite poor, also there hoping it’s first batch of info subject to change.


I am surprised nobody has mentioned the prices of those a-ha reissues which are clearly taking the mick. £18.99 is bad enough but some sites are asking £27.99 each for these which is crazy.

John Simmons

It’s been out since last month but i only found out about it last week, The Crack by The Ruts has been re-issued in a 3 CD expanded edition.

It features the original LP plus singles as well as rough mixes and a concert from January 1980.


I was looking at that a few weeks back but it doesn’t seem to be as good as the previous Virgin Ruts 4CD box set which I already had (and is still available).

3CD (new)
The Crack – Expanded Edition https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TMRR9Z6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_y8HIDbCDQT5DY

4CD (existing set)
The Virgin Years https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014GLTRIO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_v9HIDbRWCS0KN

There is another release which seems to have passed beneath the radar which may appeal. Kathryn Williams career spanning 20CD set came out a cpl of weeks ago and still available for an absolute bargain £50
Kathryn Williams Anthology https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07R96777J/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Y.HIDbENVMGVX


Good call Heraldo. I’ve been looking at Kathryn Williams for a while, and have now purchased.



The Complete De Wolfe Sessions – a 3CD compilation of The Pretty Things alter egos The Electric Banana is released this week:

“Initially coming together during a Fontana-era lull in The Pretty Things’ prodigious career, the band’s now-legendary body of work for music library de Wolfe as ” The Electric Banana saw their alter-egos become parallel universe superstars, their work utilised by film and TV producers in everything from soft-porn skin-flicks, a Norman Wisdom vehicle and horror classic Dawn Of The Dead to small-screen ratings winners like Dr. Who, The Sweeney and Minder”


Joe Mac Pherson


Thank You, THANK YOU!
For letting this long time fan of The Pretty Things know, their entire catalogue of music as The Electric Banana is getting a truly proper deluxe CD release!
I own those recordings, on what I presume are bootleg CD issues. Almost no information is provided, so those tracks were essentially mysteries for me to listen to and appreciate. It was somewhat frustrating, since I knew almost about their creation.
Because of you, I’ve already visited the Amazon UK site, and you know I’m buying this UK import.
I’m grateful for your thoughtful mention of these tracks, and The Pretty Things.

Jon Ashelford

Fantastic news today of the new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds double, called Ghosteen.


Also out this week is the 2 CD Greg Allman release Laid Back. I already snapped it up and heard all the way through twice. What an amazing record this is. This is perhaps one of the most overlooked releases as it is not ABB jamming rather it is music that would not fit in neatly with anything ABB were doing. Please review it, Paul. If you have not heard it before you will be pleasantly surprised.

Philip Birtwistle

Already got the King Crimson last week and it’s truly fab!!!

Mr P

Sparks: so many combinations too!
(i’ve gone for yellow vinyl & CD set & the 3 CD set compilation)

John Barleycorn

If Paul will allow there’s a release of the latest Strange Brew podcast featuring Brian Bath, former Kate Bush guitarist who talks about his work with Kate from 1977 to 1985 and The KT Bush Band then and now. Search for it on your podcast provider. Apple link below…


Chris Squires

As time moves on I feel a bit more sad for the Fabulous Wealthy Tarts. They did a stellar job with No Parlez and are woven into the fabric of that landmark album. Then when Playhouse came out, yes please, more Tarts….But when Secret came out it revealed that Paul was moving in a different direction and the Tarts were fairly unceremoniously jettisoned. No doubt Paul, being the decent chap he plainly is, cushioned the blow but I didn’t find the new sound better, just different and I guess that was the name of the game. He who stands still goes backwards and all that. But, to Kim and Maz, you were brilliant and never let the impact you had be diminished. You were lovely then and I am sure you are just as lovely now. Jools Holland knew a thing or two about music and he saw the quality as well as Paul. I struggle to think of another album, by anyone, where the backing singers made such an impact. I can only think of Dare, by the Human League, but that is a slightly different group dynamic. All hail to the Tarts!

Martin Kilroy

Didn’t know that! Do we know if Pino Palladino is playing with Paul at this gig?

Chris Squires

As with Martin Kilroy, I did not know that, but then thinking about it, Maz would have already known Pino even before her time with Paul as they were both in “Jool’s Holland and his Millionaire’s” around the same time that Paul was busting a gut up and down the country with the Q-Tips.
Research says Pino and Maz got married in 1992, 11 years after they would have met.
Learn something every day here……

Steven Roberts

NO Fabulous Wealthy Tarts?


Chris Squires

I saw Paul twice on this tour and he was spectacular. Jimmy, George and Tony didn’t put a foot wrong. Funnily enough I never saw Paul with the Tarts, I saw him with the Q-tips (by accident) and with the lads as backing, but missed “The Royal Family” tour completely. Must have been busy at 16 / 17…. although annoyingly we were in St. Austell and he was playing the day or so after we left sometime in late 1983 (half term maybe?)

Don’t let the lack of the FWTs put you off….. The world is a better place with more Paul Young in it.


For the dutch Beatle fans: there will be a Beatles pop-up store in Utrecht in the Hoog Catharijne mall near Utrecht central station. It will have over 300 Beatle related items.

It will open september 27th and will be open for 2 weeks.

hendry doran

Pity it doesn’t coincide with the Jaarbeurs Record Fair.


Hi Paul, will you be covering Sparks’ upcoming reissue of Gratuituous Sax And Senseless Violins at all? They also have a new comp out.

Glad to see Ms Simone finally coming out, didnt it come out a few weeks ago? It was suddenly out of stock everywhere


Really nice items by Sparks, indeed!!!