Out This Week / on 29 Jan 2015

Phil Collins / Take A Look At Me Now (box set)

After a delayed start, Phil Collinsreissue campaign is finally underway. Two-CD sets of Face Value and Both sides available separately or in this box (which has space for the forthcoming reissues). Album-only vinyl releases also available. Read more

Mike Oldfield / Discovery 2CD+DVD deluxe edition

Mike Oldfield / Discovery deluxe edition

A great week for Mike Oldfield fans as 1984’s Discovery gets a 2CD+DVD deluxe reissue with bonus tracks and 5.1 surround. The Killing Fields soundtrack is also expanded and there is a new collection called The 1984 Suite.  Read more

Still In A Dream: The Story of Shoegaze (5CD box)

New five-CD box from Cherry Red. This 87-song collection features classics, cult favourites, and rare tracks (some on CD for the first time) charting the evolution of the so-called shoegaze sound. Read more

Deep Purple / The Vinyl Collection

Deep Purple / The Vinyl Collection (7LP box set)

Seven-record box set contains Deep Purple‘s seven studios albums released from 1972’s Machine Head onwards. All remastered and pressed on 180g vinyl. Read more

Cilla Black / Original Album Series  (5CD)

Compilations abound, but here’s an opportunity to buy Cilla Black’s first five UK albums as issued on Parlophone between 1965 and 1970 collected in this new Original Album Series five-CD set.

Jethro Tull / Original Album Series (5CD)

Five-CD Jethro Tull set that starts in 1984 with Under Wraps and continues to the last Chrysalis album, 1995’s Roots to BranchesRead more

Status Quo / Quid Pro Quo (2LP white vinyl)

Status Quo’s 29th studio album (originally issued in 2011) is reissued as a 2LP limited which features the original album pressed to 180-gram heavyweight white vinyl PLUS the accompanying Official Live Bootleg recording, also cut to white vinyl.

Julia Fordham 2CD deluxe edition

Julia Fordham/ 2CD Deluxe Edition

Julia Fordham‘s 1988 debut is remastered and expanded across two CDs. The 14 bonus tracks includes single versions, B-sides, an extended mix and live recordings. Read more

Runrig / The Story (limited collector’s box)

The Scottish Celtic bands 14th and last studio album is available in this lavish autographed box which contains all manner of collectibles, including Scottish flag, prints, booklet, and bonus CD.

Madonna / Rebel Heart CD+DVD (Japan Tour Edition)

The Japan tour edition of Madonna‘s Rebel Heart is the 19-track version plus Japan-only bonus track (Living For Love (Dirty Pop Remix)) and comes with a bonus DVD with four music videos (Living For Love, Ghosttown, and two versions of Bitch I’m Madonna). DVD is region 2.

Francis Monkman / The Long Good Friday soundtrack (CD)

Silva Screen reissue the out-of-print Long Good Friday soundtrack. Francis Monkman’s score also features snippets of dialogue from the cult classic.

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It seems very likely that at least 3 songs from the 2nd disc of Face Value are mp3 sourced: the demos of Please Don’t Ask, This Must Be Love and Against all Odds are all confirmed as 95%-99% mpeg sourced by Audiochecker.
Please Don’t Ask in particular reveals awful sonic artifacts usually caused by some old mp3 encoders. The bootleg version which circulates among fans since a long time is much better sound quality wise, and this officially released version is clearly a bad mp3 of the bootleg version.
Buyers beware!

Jon Hank

Just received the Phil Collins boxset with Face Value and Both Sides. It’s actually nice packaging IMO with brief liner notes from Phil. I wish he would have done a track by track analysis, but that’s just a small complaint. The remastering is brilliant. The demos on Face Value obviously were recorded off of cassettes so the sound is so-so. I love the demo of Roof is Leaking (with Eric Clapton) and Please Don’t Ask. Although we all know the bonus CD tracklistings could have been much better (maybe he’s saving the other sides for those other “curated” projects promised), the live tracks are good actually. can’t wait for the remaining released.


Dream Theater has the 2CD, vinyl and box set of The Astonishing.


Not really a deluxe edition, but surely the big news this week is the release of Wild Man Fischer’s “An Evening With…” on CD at last!!! (And Gail only recently passed away, too.)

Joe Mac Pherson

Cilla Black!! Regretfully, Capitol Records, her 1960’s US label, really didn’t put much effort into promoting her, or helping her gain greater success in the US market. They even declined issuing the song Paul McCartney wrote for her, Step Inside Love. !! She had so many wonderful recordings, mostly unknown/unreleased in the States. And yet- Elvis Presley kept her song, You’re My World, as a constant record in his personal jukebox at Graceland.
I’ll buy this album series. I hope her 1970’s album/single output finally sees total release, for the EMI years and beyond.
Thank You Paul, for posting the news! Much appreciated!