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News Round-Up: “Rated R” Release Date, Ozzy Reissues and Rare Cure

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  • The aforementioned reissue of Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R (2000) has a release date set. Look for it July 20. (Thanks to MusicTAP for the tip)
  • Rolling Stone reports in their new issue that Ozzy Osbourne is planning deluxe reissues of Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981). While no bonus content has been confirmed, fans will rejoice that these reissues will be using the original LP mixes (in 2002, both albums were controversially reissued with uncredited drum and bass overdubs, replacing Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake’s original tracks with new ones from Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin, both having been members of Ozzy’s touring band).
  • As if it wasn’t good enough being a fan of The Cure right now, it gets even better. A Web site devoted to the band’s upcoming deluxe edition of Disintegration has been opened up, with a treasure trove of streamable goodies, including – wait for it – another disc’s worth of rarities that won’t be in the deluxe set. (If you’re handy with audio, you could conceivably make yourself a four-disc version of the new reissue – or a five-disc, when another Disintegration live set starts streaming next week.) Get a hold of it here. (You can also check out a bunch of rare/unreleased tracks Robert Smith posted at the time of the release of The Cure’s Greatest Hits disc from 2001; they’ve been archived at excellent Cure fan blog Chain of Flowers. All the love in the world to Slicing Up Eyeballs for the revelations.)

Written by Mike Duquette

May 17, 2010 at 10:57

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