Out This Week / on 28 October 2016

Marc Almond / Trials of Eyeliner (10CD box)

A mammoth 10-disc Marc Almond box set curated by the man himself. The 189-track anthology spans his entire career and comes with a 64-page hardcover book. Read more

King Crimson / On (and off) The Road (1979-1982)

Many acts could learn from the care and attention King Crimson pay to the art of the deluxe music box set. This 19-disc collection presents a complete overview of the 1980s incarnation of the band and includes 5.1 mixes of studio albums, plenty of live concert records and studio sessions.  Read more

Public Image Limited / Album and Metal Box (reissues)

Forget about the prohibitively expensive vinyl super deluxe editions and enjoy the cheaper and still well packaged CD editions of PiL‘s Metal Box and Album albums. Read more

Dead Or Alive / Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI 19-disc box set

Dead Or Alive / Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI (19-disc box)

It’s famine to feast for Dead Or Alive fans with surely more musical content on this 19-disc box set that many would have dared to dream of. Compiled by Pete Burns and Steve Coy this includes all the albums, videos, live material, bonus discs with remixes and two DVDs with video content. Vinyl version due in DecemberRead more


T’Pau / Bridge of Spies 2CD edition

With the 2CD+DVD edition of T’Pau‘s Bridge Of Spies having gone out-of-print in the blink of an eye last year, Universal are reissuing a much cheaper 2CD edition which dispenses with the DVD. Read more

DJ Shadow / Endtroducing (20th anniversary editions)

Three-CD and six-LP anniversary deluxe editions of DJ Shadow‘s groundbreaking and influential 1996 album Read more

Roy Orbison / The Ultimate Collection

Hard to pick fault with this one-disc 26-track Roy Orbison hits set, which takes in material from Sun, Monument and the MGM years, as well as Orbison’s late solo career and the Traveling WilburysRead more

Madness / Can't Touch Us Now / new album

Madness / Can’t Touch Us Now (new album)

The Nutty Boys‘ return with their first new album since 2012. Limited edition two-CD set also available. Read more

Stranger Things Vol 1 / 2LP coloured vinyl

Stranger Things soundtrack Vol 1 (2LP vinyl)

The brilliant Netflix TV Series has spawned a myriad of special vinyl editions, most of which are out this week. Read more

Nick Cave / Skeleton Tree (vinyl)

The vinyl edition of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds acclaimed Skeleton Tree album is released this week. It includes and MP3 download.

Frank Sinatra / World On A String (5-disc deluxe)

A 4CD+DVD Frank Sinatra set from UMe that presents a ‘treasure trove’ of live recordings from 1953 to 1982, totalling more than four hours of previously unissued audio and video footage.

The Jam / About The Young Idea (vinyl edition)

Vinyl version of The Jam‘s latest greatest hits set which was issued to support the About The Young Idea exhibition.

Saxon / The Vinyl Hoard 8LP vinyl box

Saxon / The Vinyl Hoard (vinyl box)

Eight gold vinyl records of classic live recordings in this Saxon collection. The exclusive edition signed by frontman Biff Byford is still available. Read more

Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective 14LP vinyl box

Duane Allman / Skydog Retrospective (14LP vinyl)

Very limited 14LP vinyl box set edition of 2013 Skydog set which chronicled Duane Allman‘s career from early garage bands and R&B sessions to The Allman Brothers Band and Derek & The Dominoes. Read more

David Gray / The Best Of (deluxe edition)

New David Graybest of’ is available as a two-CD deluxe with a sprinkling of rarities on the second disc.

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People reporting errors on Amazon already with the box set tracks being in mono and duplicate tracks being used doesn’t surprise me. gwynogue i have used Base many times before and had no problems. There has has doubt been a very high demand for this box set and they probably ran out and need to manufacture more.


Re: Dead Or Alive “Sophisticated Boom Box”.

I switched my order from Amazon UK to Base.com – I’ve just received an e-mail from Base saying the release date is now November 25.

Are any Amazon customers getting the new date?


On the contrary, Amazon UK just informed me this morning that mine was in the post.


Hmmmm…I suppose it’s a ‘first-come-first-served’ situation. I placed my Amazon order back when SBBMMXVI was announced, but I switched at the very last minute (only two days ago) so I guess I’m at the end of a very long queue. That, plus a sudden spike in demand means Base could be waiting for more stock to arrive.

Which is fair enough – then again, the e-mail doesn’t say anything about high demand/low stock. It just says change of date:
*We have been informed that the release date…..has been changed to 25 November 2016.*

I’ve never used Base before so I have no idea what sort of reputation they have.

Richard Dowling

In response to Korova, seen some images of The Jam vinyl on eBay and that have a different sticker to the exhibition vinyl so assume it is black vinyl. The coloured vinyl version has a sticker in the mod colours with red on the outer band. The exhibition only got 200 copies in advance to sell while on, the remainder via Nice Time Prods from release date this Fri. Was mentioned on FB Paul Weller news, that there was 2000 of these, meaning there is a massive 1800 to be sold via Nicky Weller? Anyone else got further info? There was such a scramble for the Tesco Sound Affects pink vinyl, one would think this triple coloured vinyl set would be equally sought after.


Looks like they repressed Skeleton Key due to the number of complaints and returns on the first pressing being dusty / scratched which were not able to be cleaned off. This version comes in a different sleeve liner to protect it. Apparently ink from the inner sleeve contaminated the vinyl.


T’Pau Bridge of Spies 2CD edition is only £6.99 on hmv.com.


Anyone know what’s going with Amazon US for King Crimson? Pre-ordered quite some time ago but now the product is listed as “not available” with no timetable.


Without words regarding Pete Burns.
Paul, hoping you will share images of the signed Boom box set with readers.


R.I.P. Pete Burns. Sad timing


Has David Gray actually had any hits since the last greatest hits compilation?


No he hasn’t but his last album was very good. I do find this release pointless apart from the 2 two new tracks and i have to say that LeAnn Rimes totally ruins Snow In Vegas.


If you ordered The Jam’s LP from the exhibition site it was a triple coloured vinyl, red, white and blue issue. Wonder if the Amazon issue is the same or plain old black? A great exhibition by the way in Liverpool, now finished sadly and never to be repeated as most of the exhibits were auctioned off.

Peter Nicholas

Paul, am I right in thinking you recently interviewed Pete Burns for this site? If so, will we be seeing the interview soon?


Same here I bought the new Cave LP day of release.


As Le Baron says but here in Barcelona I’ve get my CD copy of Skeleton Tree when it appeared on September 9 and there was a LP one for be sold that didn’t get cuz wasn’t sure if download code was on like this one says it does…

Le Baron

This is weird, I have bought Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree on vinyl at least 2 weeks ago at my local record store (France).
Great album, by the way! :)


Also out is Empire of the Sun’s Two Vines featuring contributions from Lindsey Buckingham (80’s Fmac influenence can be heard on their excellent last album Ice on the Dune) , Wendy Melvoin (Princes Revolution) & members of David Bowie’s Blackstar band.