David Bowie / 1. Outside (coloured 2LP vinyl)
Friday Music in the US are reissuing a couple of David Bowie albums this week including the brilliant Outside, from 1995.
This is the full album across two vinyl records. In fact, slightly ridiculously there are TWO different versions: a blue/green swirl vinyl pressing and a black/white swirl vinyl. They aren’t particularly cheap, due to being imports.
Billy Joel / The Stranger Japanese hybrid SACD+CD
Two-disc Japanese 40th anniversary reissue features a 5.1 surround mix of Billy Joel‘s fifth studio album. The album was of course produced by Phil Ramone and the 5.1 mix was created by Frank Filipetti. The stereo layer uses the 2011 mastering (by Ted Jensen) and includes five bonus tracks. The second disc is a blu-spec CD2 and includes the Carnegie Hall concert included on the 30th anniversary edition. As with the recent 52nd Street SACD, the packaging is exemplary, since it comes in a seven-inch card sleeve with inner bag, booklet, concert ticket, flyer, two posters, 24-page booklet and 60-page booklet and more. Also available on CDJapan.
David Bowie / Hours (coloured vinyl)
David Bowie‘s 1999 album Hours… also gets the same treatment as Outside from Friday Music (two different versions). It’s one of my least favourite Bowie albums and not a patch on Outside. The artwork has grown on me over the years though!
John Coltrane / 1963: New Directions (5LP vinyl box)
New vinyl box set that features John Coltrane‘s work in 1963. That year’s recorded output shows movement in many directions: a look back at the past, continued examination of a familiar repertoire, exploration of more traditional formats and a look forward at compositions and approaches that would further extend the reach of jazz. Also available as a 3CD set.
Various Artists / Rushmore soundtrack (vinyl LP)
First time on vinyl in the UK for this soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s brilliant 1998 film Rushmore. If you see the film, you’ll want the soundtrack, simple as that. The film music mixes, The Kinks, Cat Stevens, The Who, John Lennon et al with Mark Motherburgh originals. Rushmore is one of the best films of the 1990s (and there were many good ones) so if you haven’t seen it, you should do!