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Cherry Pop Goes Au Naturel

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Here’s a few fun upcoming reissues from our friends at Cherry Pop: an expanded reissue of an ’80s R&B novelty classic and two reissues from British vocalist Nick Heyward.

Released in 1986, Frantic Romantic was the sophomore LP for singer-dancer Jermaine Stewart. The Soul Train dancer had already had his first single, “The Word is Out” (co-written with Culture Club’s Mikey Craig), just miss Billboard‘s Top 40, but Frantic yielded the chaste dance anthem “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off,” which reached the Top 5, becoming his biggest hit. Though Stewart passed away in 1997, his music still lives on, thanks to releases like this, which features a heap of bonus tracks.

The label also preps reissues of two albums by Nick Heyward. The Haircut 100 vocalist flirted with success in the U.K. and U.S. after leaving the band, and two of his most successful albums – North of a Miracle (1983), with his highest-charting U.K. hit “Take That Situation,” and From Monday to Sunday (1993), featuring the Top 5 U.S. Modern Rock hit “Kite” – will each be expanded. Miracle will receive a bonus disc with a previously unreleased live show in addition to B-sides and remixes, while From Monday to Sunday will feature ten B-sides and demos, some previously unreleased.

Cherry Pop’s listings only have a page for Frantic Romantic, but Amazon U.K. has order pages for these sets, here and here. Hit the jump for track listings.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 15, 2010 at 14:15

News Round-Up: QotSA Reissue Track List, Dismemberment Plan and ZTT Compilation

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  • The previously-reported reissue of Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled 1998 debut LP – the band’s second catalogue project after the 10th anniversary reissue of major-label breakthrough Rated R – has a full track list, featuring three tracks cut from the album and unreleased until now. Rekords Rekords, the label owned by QotSA leader Josh Homme, will release the on November 26 as a vinyl and CD set (followed by a CD-only release December 7).
  • Indie-rock stalwarts The Dismemberment Plan are reuniting for a tour in 2011, which will be commemorated with a reissue of the band’s breakthrough LP, 1999’s Emergency & I on January 11. (How much of a breakthrough was it? The notoriously picky critics at Pitchfork gave it a 9.6 out of 10 and wrote a review that was 21 words long, saying little more than to get up and go buy the album.) The double-vinyl set will include four bonus tracks from other singles and EPs and liner notes written by Josh Modell of The Onion.
  • ZTT is promising a new compilation of incredibly rare mixes and tracks on the horizon. The label compared the set to the classic compilations Sampled (1985) and Zance (1994), only “bigger than both combined.” The twelfth entry in ZTT’s ongoing Element Series of reissues has no release date or title yet, but we’ll of course let you know when it does.

Hit the jump to see the track lists for the Queens of the Stone Age and Dismemberment Plan reissues.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 15, 2010 at 12:07

More Sabbath Details Emerge

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Those Black Sabbath reissues we mentioned yesterday now have official track lists and more information surrounding them.

Sanctuary/UMe (U.K.) will release deluxe editions of Seventh Star (1986) and The Eternal Idol (1987), each with a bonus disc. Seventh Star, intended to be a Tony Iommi solo album but reconfigured into a Black Sabbath LP at the label’s request, features ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes on vocals. The next Sabbath LP, The Eternal Idol, featured vocalist Tony Martin, a last-minute replacement for vocalist Ray Gillen.

It’s Gillen who’s the focus of these reissues, though; the Seventh Star bonus disc features the late Badlands vocalist in a live set from June 1986, while The Eternal Idol reissue has the first official release of the widely-bootlegged version of the album with Gillen’s vocals instead of Martin’s.

Both titles are due in the U.K. on October 25. The full track lists – slightly different to yesterday’s post – are after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 15, 2010 at 11:23