Out This Week / on 29 March 2019

Heaven 17 / Play to Win:The Virgin Years / 10CD deluxe & 5LP vinyl box

Heaven 17 / Play to Win box set CD, Vinyl

Synthpop legends Heaven 17‘s Virgin Records recordings are brought together in Play To Win: The Virgin Years, a large format 10CD deluxe set which features all five albums issued in the 1980s, along with over 100 bonus tracks, including demos, B-sides, non-album singles and remixes. It will also be released as a 5LP coloured vinyl box set.

Heaven 17 / SDE interview booklet Book

The signed’Play to Win’ box sets have long sold out, so why not picked up this limited edition, specially-produced SDE interview booklet that features a printed edition of Marytn Ware and Glenn Gregory’s recent filmed interview with SDE, where the pair entertainingly discuss Heaven 17‘s Virgin Years. Each one is SIGNED by both Martyn and Glenn and is a great companion to the box set.

Erasure / Wild 2CD deluxe

Erasure / Wild! 2CD deluxe CD

Erasure‘s 1989 album is remastered and reissued as a 2CD deluxe edition (in hardcover ‘casebound book’ packaging) and features a bonus disc of remixes.

Mike Nesmith / Songs 12CD box CD

Edsel issue Songs, a 12CD box set that brings together Michael Nesmith solo albums issued under two different labels.

Rain Tree Crow / Rain Tree Crow vinyl LP Vinyl

Japan reunion album in everything but name, Rain Tree Crow, is reissued on 180g vinyl. The first time on the format since the original release 28 years ago.

Love Unlimited Orchestra / 20th Century Records Albums CD, Vinyl

Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra‘s seven albums have been remastered and are to be reissued as The 20th Century Records Albums 1973-1979, a new seven-CD box set.

Keith Richards / Talk Is Cheap box set CD, Vinyl

BMG reissue Keith Richards‘ 1988 solo album Talk Is Cheap as a six-disc super 30th anniversary super deluxe edition

Marvin Gaye / You're The Man 2LP Vinyl

Universal Music issue You’re The Man, the album that was supposed to be the follow-up to Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On. Vinyl out this week, but the CD is not available until 26 April 2019.

Kiki Dee / The Rocket Years CD

Edsel are issue The Rocket Years, a new Kiki Dee five-CD deluxe set that covers her period on Elton John’s Rocket Records label.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Quandary Phase / 2LP coloured vinyl

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Quandary Phase 2LP vinyl Vinyl

Demon Records issue Quandary Phase a new 2LP coloured vinyl deluxe set that features the fourth series of Douglas Adams’ classic comedy science fiction radio show The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

Altered Images / Greatest Hits on pink vinyl Vinyl

Demon Records issue a new Greatest Hits of early eighties Scottish pop band Altered Images. This is pressed on PINK vinyl.

Donna Summer / Another Place and Time 3CD deluxe CD

Donna Summer‘s 1989 album Another Place and Time is reissued for its 30th anniversary as a 3CD deluxe edition.

Yazoo / Vinyl remasters Vinyl

The 2018 remasters of Yazoo‘s Upstairs at Eric’s and You and Me Both – first featured in the Four Pieces box – are issued on individual vinyl records.

Frank Zappa / Zappa in New York 5CD set CD, Vinyl

Universal Music issue a five-CD, 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Frank Zappa‘s 1978 live album Zappa in New York.

Simple Minds / Rejuvenation 2001-2014 CD box CD

Simple MindsRejuvenation 2001-2014 box set comes to CD as a large format 7CD+DVD package.

The Yardbirds / Live and Rare CD

Live and Rare is a 4CD+DVD Yardbirds release that includes 21 previously unreleased ‘off-air’ BBC recordings, live performances from across Europe and rare studio cuts.

Sparks / No.1 In Heaven (coloured vinyl)

40th anniversary of Sparks’ 1979 album. This is issued on coloured vinyl and the price is now back up to ‘normal’ levels, having been very cheap for a while!

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No.1 In Heaven:40th Anniversary Edition [VINYL]


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Bifford Michael Pechacek

My Heaven 17 box arrived with no discs?!?


They are on a roll aren’t they with this box set lol.

Jan V.

On their website Heaven 17 have posted this e-mail address:

Send an e-mail to this address with proof of purchase and your name and address and they will send 4 replacement discs.

Mar Wolfgang Mixa

I was going to order the Heaven 17 LP set only to see that shipping costs have gone through the roof and now one must pay import fees upfront to amazon.co.uk. I decided to wait until I myself show up in the UK next time. I wonder if this is related to the original Brexit date or simply a coincidence.

Alan Blevin

Also out this week on CD and vinyl is the Ben Folds Live At MySpace concert from 2006.This is a legitimate release not a bootleg and is from the same company that put out Sessions From West 54th last year.
No publicity prior to release not even from the Ben Folds mailing list!Great show by the way.


Just got the single CD for Stevie Nicks new hits album. The credits are very wrong as it listens nearly everything as being a single version. Here is the real deal:
1. Edge of Seventeen – appears to be a new edit at 4’34 as the US edit was 4’05 and the UK edit was 3’36. This “new” edit restores a refrain that was cut out of the single versions (probably at Stevie’s request)
2. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (actually is the LP Version)
3. Leather and Lace – this is the 3’32 edit that was on the original 7″ singles
4. Rooms on Fire (Listed as US Single Version but it’s actually the LP Version)
5. Stand Back – this is the actual single version
6. If Anyone Falls – listed as single version, but it’s the LP Version. I don’t recall there even being a “Single Version”).
7. Talk To Me (listed as single version but it’s the LP Version)
8. I Can’t Wait (this is the actual single remix, first time on an official Stevie compilation)
Everything else if the CD except “Maybe Love” which is the radio mix, is the standard album version. The two live songs are taken from the concert shown in the 1982 video “Stevie Nicks in Concert”.

This is a cheaply made release, no liner notes, just a couple of pics and credits. Tracks are in chronological order expect for the strange placement of “Rooms on Fire” and the unnecessary live tracks.

Daniel ( from Berlin )

even now i listen to the 30th anniversary edition of “another place and time”. from me a warning to all donna summer fans who think about to purchase it or not.
1. the 7” mix of “this time…” is obviously the same as the album version.
( anyone can hear a difference ? – i do not, but i’m still interested to learn )
2. the extended mixes of “whatever your heart…” and “if it makes…” are a disaster. everyone at home can do better “new club mixes”. they are a cheap combinations of instrumentals and vocal album versions. no ideas, no new parts, no drum intro or outro. like very simple fan made mixes. maybe even worse. really disappointing!
3. the unreleased “pete hammond remixes” of “love’s about…” are the evidence why they weren’t released in 1990. his 7” mix is irritating the last 1:30 min. like a neverending loop.
4. sadly only the masters of “sentimental” and “if it makes you…” are used for this release. these 2 versions are interesting for a die hard fan like me. why no more of this ?
5. the “new mega mixes” are horrible and again really simply made.
all in all: the 5 “unreleased” versions are not worth the money and it is a shame they let so much known treasures left out this time again:
– whatever your heart desires ( alternate version from japan 3” cd single )
– breakaway ( instrumental version )
– another place and time ( instrumental version )
– this time i know it’s for real” ( extended vocal mix )
– this time i know it’s for real” ( karaoke master )
– this time i know it’s for real” ( original 12” mix )
– this time i know it’s for real” ( new straight run )
– this time i know it’s for real” ( new 12′ master 2nd mix )
– this time i know it’s for real” ( pete waterman 12” master mix )
– this time i know it’s for real” ( pete waterman 7” master mix )
– love’s about to change…” ( 12” remix master mix )
– love’s about to change…” ( 7” master no fade )
– love’s about to change…” ( donna’s 12” )
– love’s about to change…” ( donna’s 7” )
– love’s about to change…” ( donna’s instrumental no fade )
– love’s about to change…” ( phil harding remix instrumental )
…and not forgetting the most interesting but still unreleased
– love’s about to change…” ( pwl 12” mix )
the 30th anniversary should make donna summer fans happy.
as for me: i’m really disappointed about these donna summer fan money milking strategy.


Where did you get the insight of all these missing mixes, Daniel?


Received the Heaven 17 CD box today from Amazon, signed print included. Haven’t played anything from it yet. However, there are mistakes in the booklet. Six pages inside the book are duplicated, pictures and writing. Has anybody else noticed this?

Gary Russell

You may have a one off or maybe there’s a wrong batch out there – my booklet is fine

Jan V.

The centre page of my booklet hangs loose from its spine. I hope that there will be an address for a replacement. (returning the signed version to Amazon.co.uk from The Netherlands is not an option) I did not check the tracks yet, but do do hope that Neil is wrong about the the errors for this collection. Why can’t Edsel just put some more quality control in it?

By the way: I love the booklet, Paul. Flawless production!


I know it’s been on your minds but i’ve received a replacement copy from Amazon, due to the mispressed booklet. All is fine with the new copy. Came with the signed print as well.


Got that Heaven 17 box today and noticed that Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry [dub version] is not on it. Disc 9 has only 10 tracks not 11.


Regarding Heaven 17 Counterforce is repeated twice in place of Counterforce 2 and Contenders [Edited Version].Let Me Go [Endless Version] is repeated and The John Potoker mix of Penthouse & Pavement which was on Endless is missing from this box set.

Gary Russell

Disc 9 *should* only have 10 tracks – the CbtWoI Dub is track 6 on mine


If you look at the track listing for CD 9 there were 11 tracks listed which was wrong. The dub mix and the extended dance mix are exactly the same and for some reason it was only ever called a dub mix on a US promo.

Jonathan Riley

My heaven 17 signed set is coming from amazon uk to usa by tuesday. Somehow they upgraded the shipping for free


You are entirely right Larry. Very expensive week. I canceled my signed Heaven 17 pre-order because you pay full price and the signed version is 2 signatures on the booklet. Whether that booklet is the artwork of the box set or Paul’s interview booklet doesn’t matter. Signed is signed. So I ordered Paul’s signed booklet and I’m waiting for a Deal Alert or a decrease in price for the regular box set. That’s the way collectors have to do it otherwise it gets to be too much.

I want the Simple Minds and Donna Summer box as well but waiting for a deal alert on those. Especially the Donna Summer one is ridiculously expensive. 3 cd’s for $47? That box should cost something in the $20’s, so half price, or at least that’s what I think it is worth. I already have the now out of print previous 3cd release with the instrumentals included so no rush on this one.

Still scratching my head at the Keith Richards release. It has no value whatsoever except 6 bonus tracks yet they want $150. I guess if you are as big as Keith Richards anything sells.


I placed the order on february 15 long before it was sold out. I thought Amazon supplied on a first received first out basis.

Sami R.

Also have to remind that my absolutely favorite band in the world, Iron Maiden continue their cd-remasters this week.
On friday they will re-release the following albums: “Powerslave”, “Somewhere In Time”, “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” and “No Prayer For The Dying”.


Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below was changed by the supplier, and we need to provide you with a new estimated delivery date based on the new release date:

  Heaven 17 “Play To Win – The Virgin Years (Exclusive Edition)”
    Estimated arrival date: April 29 2019 – June 17 2019


Mines has been Sent to Warehouse and is preparing for dispatch.


Hmmm, is this the amazon signed edition? Sounds like they have oversold them (or maybe some were found to be damaged on dispatch). Maybe you’re having to wait for someone to cancel their order or for a customer return before they can send yours…

Jonathan RILEY

there are 5 of them for sale on amazon.co.uk at the moment


Missing is Journey’s Escape/Frontiers 2CD/BR or 2CD/DVD combos. But they are pricey.
Amazon Canada says Keith “I Should Be On The Walking Dead” Richard’s 2CD release is delayed almost 2 weeks.


The Journey release is just a Japan concert in which they play those two albums in their entirety with that boring Steve Perry clone.

Shawn C.

Haha – so true Jon.

Larry Davis

This is a very expensive week if you were to buy every new boxset…and with RSD coming up, I had to pass on just about everything…the only one I am getting is Kiki Dee…everything else can wait…the Heaven 17 box was too pricey and bad timing…I will order that signed booklet so at least I will have that in the meantime…the only new release of note, new albumswise, is the debut album by your daughter’s fave, Billie Eilish…Target exclusive version too…


Just to mention Paul that the Jack Savoretti album “Singing To Strangers” I was banging on about last week only came in at number 1 !!! in the album charts last Friday…Congratulations to jack on his first number one album and very well deserved…take a listen to some of his music he’s very talented.
Out this coming Friday is American classic rock band JOURNEY “Live In Japan 2017 – Escape/Frontiers” their two classic albums performed live back to back…An essential purchase me thinks.


The Savoretti album is great. Contains the track Touchy Situation which is a co-write with the one and only Bob Dylan writing the lyrics. Great track.


Big week for Chris Sievey and Frank Sidebottom with the cinema release of ‘Being Frank – The Chris Sievey Story’ on March 29th


Also the ‘Being Frank’ Fantastic Original Soundtrack album is being released on limited edition picture disc (500 only) and CD (unlimited)


You should all do yourselves a favour and go to the cinema and also purchase the brilliant soundtrack album.

You know you should, you really should.

Thank You.


New Edwyn Collins ‘Badbea’ also out this week. LP available with Art Print. https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/edwyn-collins-badbea
Also Double LP of Fatboy Sim Best Of out this week. Signed copies at Norman’s site, but £10 cheaper at amazon.



Also available from Edwyn’s own site


The art print is signed.

My vinyl copy arrived last Friday in a snazzy AED brown paper bag.

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Alan B

No mention of the print being signed I’m afraid. Sold out? I looked on the website about 2 weeks ago and there was no mention of the print being signed then either.


There’s no mention of the print being signed but when I received my LP from AED the print was signed by Edwyn.

Still available on AED.


Worth a mention: German early 1980s avantgarde duo 39 Clocks had their almost complete retrospective 5 CD / 5 LP box released already last week by the wonderful Tapete Records, a label that produced great archive retrospectives before (Lloyd Cole, Lilac Time, Camouflage, etc.). 39 Clocks were the “German Velvet Underground” and the “German Suicide” both at the same time. Link to label website: https://www.tapeterecords.de/artists/39-clocks/

Robert Laversuch

Got it – thanks for info


Wow, nothing from Kate Bush this week?

Daniel ( from Berlin )

Wow, nothing from David Bowie this week? ;)


As a weird aside there was a singer at Waterloo station this evening, unusual. However, more unusual was she was singing ‘Wow’…

William K

There’s an S missing on ‘imple Minds’ Rejuvenation Box Set link.
Yes I know I’m a musical anorak!


UNKLE’s The Road pt 2 also out this week in a billion formats as per usual (signed versions at the official store) as Lavelle needs the cash.


I got an email from Anazon saying Keith Richatds had been put back.

Craig B

So did I , then I got another one a day or so later saying that it hadn’t !