Out This Week / on 9 October 2020

Tears For Fears CD, Vinyl, Blu-ray

The reissue of Tears For Fears‘ 1989 album The Seeds of Love is officially confirmed today after literally years of hints, rumours and whispers, along with a fairly large dose of frustration from fans who were left disappointed when the TFF reissue bandwagon ground to a halt in 2014, after The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair box sets in consecutive years.

Ultravox / Vienna 40th anniversary reissue

Ultravox / Vienna 40th anniversary CD, Vinyl

Ultravox‘s 1980 album, Vienna, is reissued for its 40th anniversary as an extensive 5CD+DVD box set that includes a plethora of unreleased material and Steven Wilson stereo and 5.1 mixes. Vinyl formats also available.

The Divine Comedy / Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time 24CD box set

The Divine Comedy / CD box set and vinyl reissues

The Divine Comedy remaster and reissue all their albums as 2CD deluxe editions and are offering a special 24-disc CD box set called Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time – Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy that will offer all the two disc sets and contain exclusive audio. Vinyl reissues also available.

John Lennon / Gimme Some Truth 2CD+Blu-ray

John Lennon / Gimme Some Truth CD, Vinyl, Blu-ray

Universal Music release a new John Lennon collection called Gimme Some Truth which features newly remixed audio, and, in deluxe form, 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos versions of 36 tracks.

Kraftwerk / Coloured vinyl reissues Vinyl

Parlophone issue eight Kraftwerk albums on limited edition coloured vinyl.

Sade / This Far Vinyl

Sony will next month release This Far, a Sade vinyl box set that collects the band’s studio six studio albums.

Dire Straits / The Studio Albums 1978 - 1991 CD, Vinyl

Seven full years after the vinyl edition was released, a CD version of Dire StraitsThe Studio Albums 1978 – 1991 is finally coming out. The vinyl is actually being repressed, since that was out-of-print.

Howard Jones / Cross That Line CD, Vinyl

Howard Jones‘ 1989 Cross That Line is reissued as a four-disc deluxe edition and on 140g silver vinyl.

a-ha / East of the Sun West of the Moon purple vinyl Vinyl

a-ha‘s fourth album, East of the Sun West of the Moon is issued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years. The limited edition 180g purple vinyl pressing is for National Album Day. Order your copy at the SDE shop.

Suede / Beautiful Ones: Best of Suede 1992-2018

A new Suede compilation called Beautiful Ones: The Best of Suede 1992-2018 is available in 4CD, 6LP vinyl and 2LP packages.

The Doors / Morrison Hotel 50th anniversary

The Doors / Morrison Hotel deluxe CD, Vinyl

The Doors fifth studio album, Morrison Hotel, is reissued as a 2CD+LP deluxe with over an hour of unreleased outtakes.

Black Sabbath / Paranoid super deluxe CD, Vinyl

Black Sabbath‘s influential second album Paranoid is reissued as vinyl and CD super deluxe box sets, in celebration of the 50th anniversary.

Prefab Sprout / Steve McQueen vinyl picture disc

Prefab Sprout / Steve McQueen Vinyl

Prefab Sprout‘s 1985 album Steve McQueen will be issued as a vinyl picture disc for this year’s National Album Day. Copies still available on the SDE shop.

The Replacements / Pleased to Meet Me deluxe edition CD, Vinyl

The Replacements‘ 1987 studio album Pleased to Meet Me is reissued as a deluxe edition.

Phil Collins / No Jacket Required Vinyl

Phil Collins‘ 1985 album No Jacket Required is reissued on orange vinyl for National Album Day.

XTC / Nonsuch Vinyl

XTC‘s 1992 album Nonsuch receives a 2LP vinyl reissue with new gatefold packaging.

Dead Or Alive / Invincible 9CD box set CD

Following a series of Dead Or Alive coloured vinyl reissues, Demon Music issue Invincible a nine-CD box set which feature five albums and 60 additional mixes.

Various Artists / National Album Day Vinyl

National Album Day‘ returns for the third time as record labels and retailers work together to provide what will this year be an eighties-themed celebration of ‘the album’.

Travis / new album '10 Songs'

Travis / 10 Songs CD, Vinyl

Travis release 10 Songs their ninth studio album.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik / Flaunt It 4CD set CD

Sigue Sigue Sputnik‘s 1986 debut Flaunt It is released as a four-CD deluxe set.

The Best of Rory Gallagher

New 30-track 2CD set from UMC includes a previously unreleased collaboration with Jerry Lee Lewis.


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John Prine – Crooked Piece of Time: The Atlantic & Asylum Albums (1971-1980), just dropped to £30.30 on amazon UK pre-order. Not out until 23rd, but almost £6 lower than it was £35.99 for 7 albums.


My Howard Jones, Tears for Fears, and Ultravox are already on their way! I believe I’ve only bought 3 other super deluxe sets so far this year (HoJo, Marillion, Prince), so this doubles my intake. I would have also been interested in the Divine Comedy set if I could afford it – I received an email from Amazon UK last week about it being available again (so, maybe that’s a promising sign for them honouring their discounted listing). Gotta be the biggest single day release lot I’ve bought in a very long time.


The divine comedy box is 99.99 gbp on amazon.co.uk but its temporary out of stock

Shipped to the USA it was under $120 with cheapest shipping

Jon Riley

well if the restock is in November, maybe that is when amazon.co.uk is going to get their shipment. If so I am fine waiting a month to save $40 or more on the order

Derek Langsford

I thought the Visage CDs were excellent. The initial issues seemed flat and dull. The Rubellan remasters have given the albums some much needed punch without destroying them or the dynamics. And the bonus tracks are a treat.

If we want to discuss poor remastering I’d start with the Soft Cell Keychains and Snowstorms Boxed Set and single CD sonic debacle. So many discs, ruined by bad remastering.

joel ivins

too much good stuff…suddenly it seems like there are sde’s that interest me are coming out of the woodwork…like tff, howard jones, prince, shakespears sister, and now jewel next month…love it…have kept it down to three so far (tff, jewel, and shakespears sister), and streamed the ones i didn’t get…my favourite time of year


I’m dreading what Amazon will do with my 8 coloured vinyl Kraftwerk LPs this week. I had to return New Order’s seminal 12″ Blue Monday TWICE to them over the weekend! The first one had a bent cover, the second had a spine split and something had scraped across half the cover leaving an imprint.

The third arrived today and was OK. None of them had been packed in proper record mailers, just loose in an oversized box with inadequate brown paper scrunched ‘padding’.

PS. That Divine Comedy box DOES look good. Tempted….

Paul Mac

Amazon are terrible at the moment where shipping vinyl is concerned. I got a box today that you could fit a small lawnmower in that was literally packed with paper and had one (double) vinyl lying on the bottom. The recycling bin was only emptied this morning and this nonsense has taken up a quarter of it already! If every other record shop in the world can use proper mailers, why can’t they?

Colin Naylor

Love the unboxing vid, how do I get the picture disc ?

Colin Naylor

Thanks. The unboxing vid was ace .

Wax Monster X

The week I’ve been waiting for all year, seeing as 2020 is a nightmare which hopefully will end soon.


What is it about Rubellan that people like? I’ve had 3 of their discs and sold em on. I don’t think the remastering is anything. I actually hated the sound on the Visage CDs.

Derek Langsford

I thought the Visage CDs were excellent. The initial issues seemed flat and dull. The Rubellan remasters have given the albums some much needed punch without destroying the albums or the dynamics.

Daniel ( from Berlin )

mariah carey show since july this year how can a star celebrate the 30th anniversary. with weekly ‘promotional campaign releases’ of original singles remixes/dub mixes/ unreleased remixes and more. also she released special spanish versions, her first ever live debut from 1990
and this week “the rarities”. b-sides, rare songs and unreleased material from 30 years.
others stars should take a look at this fantastic campaign. this is how i want a career-spanning retrospective. 10 out of 10.

Larry Davis

Wow, mammoth release week indeed, but somehow, my purchases took a breather…the only thing on that list that is coming is the Tears For Fears Seeds box…ordered the 4CD Suede from Rough Trade (it got pushed back a week?? Must be why my order didn’t come in yet)… catching up on all prior purchases (a lot, espesh the Prince SOTT & Richard and Linda Thompson boxes)…next week I have the new Kiki Dee Motown/Fontana set, and the 23rd has 3 big sets…Bob Mould, John Prine and er, Menswear, haha…and looking to finally get the big Supergrass box, hopefully in a trade for my other SOTT bonus box…do want that Divine Comedy set too…hope it’s not sold out…

Paul Murphy

Surely they could have found a better picture of the late, great Rory Gallagher than that?


In case anyone who’s interested doesn’t know it, Midge Ure is hosting a Vienna Tim Burgess Twitter Listening Party tonight at 8.


Ooh thanks for that.
Missed Pelican West and North of a Miracle both of which are albums I adore.

Dave H

If anyone is unaware of Tim Burgess of The Charlatans listening parties on Twitter, during lockdown he’s been getting artists to discuss their albums while listening along to them.
You just need to be able to listen to the album in question and read the comments in real time. He even got Peter Hook and Stephen Morris of New Order talking about their debut album.
Most of the parties are available to replay so check what’s available on the website. You don’t need a twitter account to view all the comments.



Divine comedy
Tears for fears.
Looks like my listening for this month is sorted all preprdered

Paul Kent

I cannot believe that I’d completely forgotten about the Divine Comedy box coming this week. It’s been so long since the email about the delay and even longer since I ordered it… before lockdown, in fact! Well, that should keep me busy once I’ve exhausted The Seeds Of Love! Thanks for jogging my WFH-addled memory, Paul :D

O(+> Peter B

I saw the Duran Duran teaser on their Instagram. 12” vinyl of New Order’s new single Be A Rebel is due to be released 13 November with remixes from Bernard and Stephen, standard version available now on streaming/download.

Wayne C

Could I ask if anyone knows if the Divine Comedy Albums will be re issued as Double LPs please?, and with those Abbey Road sash strips?.

Pete B

The LPs are single vinyl but in gatefold sleeves and with download cards that have a stack of bonus material included. I don’t think they have sash/OBI strips, even though they’ve been remastered at Abbey Road.


I believe the Divine Comedy vinyl albums are ‘simply’ reissues of the original LPs i.e. no extra content. The extra content comes with the CDs which are doubles.

Can’t say I have seen Abbey Road sash strips/Obis on any of the images I have seen so far (but then again it’s not something I particular care about so I ca’t say I would have paid much attention). Not long to wait now to find out for sure…

Wayne C

Thanks for clarifying, appreciated.


I thought the Divine C los came with a download card for the extra tracks. Worth checking their website


Bout 3 of self isolation enforced yesterday. Still got SOTT to listen to and had the TFF super deluxe on order. Won’t be spending much for the next fortnight so just ordered Vienna super deluxe, Now 7, Breakout (2CD) – Pointer Sisters and it threw up Private Dancer (2CD) as a recommendation (had no idea it had been released expended) so stuck that in the basket as well. Also ordered Dead mans shoes on Dvd as I can’t find on any streaming platform so I should be kept busy.


The fantastic reissue of the Berlin album Pleasure Victim from the Rubellan Remasters label is given a larger release on October 9 too. Highly recommended and it sounds amazing, and is double the size with seven extra tracks. Paul, please give some love to this one because the label has said their other Berlin release keeps selling out, so this one could be a game changer for them.


Dan R

Mark, thanks for the heads-up on this one. Didn’t know anything about this till I read your note – now pre-ordered!


I also think Paul should endorse the Rubellan label. It’s a shame they have so much trouble licensing stuff from major labels…

Alan B

I see Elvis Costello has finally announced the deluxe box set of Armed Forces. Very very expensive at around the £200 mark for what you get. There is an exclusive coloured vinyl edition from Recordstore which costs a whopping extra £50 extra with identical content. At those prices the least he could have done was to sign them. But he only signs for his US fans from his US store these days.

Auntie Sabrina

Spend £50 today instore at HMV, you get £10 off.

John Archbell

Don’t forget their prices are hiked up already before discount. The staff at my Ipswich store are generally young, wannabe hipsters who haven’t the foggiest idea of vinyl and about my own personal taste in music – the eighties.

HMV are nearly, always my last resort.


DURAN DURAN news coming soon…….
New album????

Gareth Pugh

MullerMuller, my guess would be an announcement about Hyde Park for Summer 2021? They just announced Pearl Jam’s 2 show dates, moved from this year (but, like DD’s show, all tickets were refunded, but they have a program of pre-sales for those who had tickets originally to get priority this time). I wonder if DD’s show is rescheduled and maybe that is what is coming?


What a great week indeed. Looking forward to The Divine Comedy vinyl reissues.


What a great week indeed.


Also out the new Blue Oyster Cult album, The Symbol Remains. Their first new album since 2001.

Mark Porter

Yes I’m looking forward the the new BÖC album too. Shame that there’s been a delay on the various coloured vinyl copies direct from the Frontiers webstore. I was doing my best to reduce my Amazon purchases but I maybe should have stuck with the black vinyl from them. It would have been cheaper (free shipping) and probably on time!


Also out: Kathryn Williams, ‘Anthology’ (20 cd box of 10 albums, each with a bonus disc); https://kathrynwilliams1.bandcamp.com/album/kathryn-williams-anthology

Philip John Birtwistle

That’s been out for a couple of years. Really great set.

Looking forward to the Ultravox arriving, not looking forward to watching it being put away until 25th December…..


Mammoth week for releases. Personally I am waiting on:
– The Divine Comedy releases (ordered on CD and Vinyl from their store)
– Ultravox Vienna 40th anniversary (ordered on CD and vinyl from their store)
– A-ha album (ordered from SDE I think)
– Tears for Fears (also ordered from SDE I think)
– XTC Nonsuch (god knows where I ordered that one from)

Nothing coming from Amazon – in keeping with my general policy of trying to order less from them (mainly on principle of trying to support others but also partly due to their terrible packaging habits)