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Less Silence, More Lucidity: Queensrÿche’s “Empire” to Be Reissued

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EMI has announced a deluxe edition of Queensrÿche’s Empire for the album’s 20th anniversary. The LP, the band’s most successful in the U.S. thanks to Top 10 hit “Silent Lucidity,” will feature three B-sides (previously included on a remastered edition in 2003) and a bonus disc of unreleased material recorded live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1990.

Like many of EMI’s recent reissues, the set will be packed in a lidded box with some extra collectible cards and posters inside.

This set is to be released September 14. Read the full press release here and hit the jump for the full track list.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 15, 2010 at 16:14

Posted in News, Queensryche, Reissues

How Crowded is EMI’s House?

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A fun little tidbit from release date king Pause & Play, himself a diligent arts journalist who just recently got to interview the members of Crowded House (their new album, Intriguer, was released this week).

At the suggestion of some cheeky catalogue music blogger, P&P asked the members of the band if there were ever any plans to expand the band’s catalogue on CD. (The Crowded House discography is relatively free of B-sides, compared to some of their contemporaries, but demos and other outtakes would make for a great set, not unlike Afterglow, their 1999 rarities compilation.) Happily, bassist Nick Seymour had an answer:

“There’s been some talk of a box set, but nothing seems to have come of it. I know that Capitol Records were on to something, and I kept getting lots and lots of e-mails, and then I guess somebody (at Capitol) must’ve gotten the sack because I stopped hearing from these people,” he said, laughing. “Maybe it’s being handled by someone else now in the company. I guess with the nature of the ownership of that music and the state of the large corporations re-evaluating where they stand in the marketplace, it’s on hold. But I would say it’s definitely coming. If we’re prepared to go out there and promote what new stuff we’re doing now, there’s always room for something from one of the previous companies we’ve done music with.”

So there you have it. Perhaps one day in the future, a catalogue Crowded House set might be around to fall at your feet.

Written by Mike Duquette

July 15, 2010 at 15:55

Reissue Theory: Nik Kershaw

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It’s not hard to see why Nik Kershaw was considered a teen idol in the 1980s, but it is hard to understand why this was the case after listening to his music. The British guitarist released several great albums of atmospheric yet accessible guitar pop-rock, but it seemed a bit heavier than the usual teen idol fare of generations past or future.

Kershaw’s best-known output don’t deal with typical teen fare. His biggest singles, “Wouldn’t It Be Good,” “I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “The Riddle” wouldn’t ever be mistaken for Frankie Avalon or Take That. “The Riddle,” in particular, could pass for the score to a medieval short film. Whatever the label, though, Kershaw knew how to make ear-catching pop for the 1980s. And those first two records – Human Racing (1983) and The Riddle (1984) – are perfect indicators of this fact.

As underrated as they are in the U.S. – neither charted higher than No. 70 on the Billboard charts – there’s easily enough bonus material (and enough of a fan base, one imagines) to warrant a reissue of those first two records. Get the Reissue Theory perspective on things after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 15, 2010 at 12:36

Posted in Features, Nik Kershaw, Reissues

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“Batman,” “Krull” to Be Expanded by La-La Land

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La-La Land Records has announced its next batch of catalogue soundtrack reissues – and they’re two big names to fans of ’80s action/fantasy films. Danny Elfman’s iconic score to the 1989 film version of Batman and James Horner’s music from Krull (1983) are getting lavish expanded releases for the month of July.

Batman, part of La-La Land’s Expanded Archival Collection series, will feature, for the first time ever, the full score as originally performed in the film and sourced from the original film elements (Eric Tomlinson’s 35mm four-track mixes, 1/4″ stereo mixes and a stereo 35mm music-only track. The alternately mixed and recorded original soundtrack will be featured in remastered form on the second disc of the set, with never-before-heard bonus tracks. It will be limited to 5,000 copies and will likely be a sell-out.

Krull, one of James Horner’s early landmarks, will be presented as a two-disc set that greatly expands upon the original LP presentation (and limited CD expansion from two decades ago) while featuring bonus tracks from the original LP set. It will be limited to 3,000 copies.

These sets, along with a new score (John Debney’s highly-recommended soundtrack to Predators), will be available to order on July 27, but lucky fans attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (to be held July 22-25) will have a chance to buy them directly from La-La Land’s booth (and, perhaps, get Batman signed by Elfman, who will be attending this year’s Con).

View the full track lists and cover art after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 15, 2010 at 09:46