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In Which We Keep Fishin’ for Weezer Catalogue Info

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With the track list for Geffen/UMe’s deluxe reissue of Weezer’s Pinkerton announced, the question still stands: where’s the rest of the track lists?

It’s been confirmed time and again that Universal has two more sets of Weezer rarities and ephemera due, possibly by the end of the year. Death to False Metal is the long-gestating outtakes compilation spanning the band’s Geffen years, while another set of frontman Rivers Cuomo’s demos, set to cover the time surrounding the making of Pinkerton, is on its way as well.

But what will they feature? Metal has a release date of November 2, the same day as the deluxe Pinkerton, so a track list can’t be far off. Not much has been heard about Alone III, though; according to Weezer archivist Karl Koch, the compilation came from an aborted super-deluxe version of Pinkerton, so it’s likely waiting in the wings, too. But is three Weezer sets too much for the holiday season – particularly with a new album already in stores?

Time will tell, but in the meantime, ridiculously thorough fan site Weezerpedia has posted potential track lists for each of the remaining sets that look mighty tantalizing (although they go best with a grain of salt, as they lack citations). They are yours, after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 29, 2010 at 14:15

Mini-Exclusive: A Small Treat for Lennon Fans at Target

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Thinking about next week’s John Lennon reissues and where to buy them? If you like Target, it may be the place to get a hold of at least some of the sets. We’ve confirmed that those who purchase the new deluxe edition of Double Fantasy (with the “Stripped Down” bonus disc) and the Power to the People compilation at the Bullseye will receive a $5 gift card with purchase.

Sure, it’s not extra tracks, but it might be a minor incentive if you have other purchases to make at the retailer – and it’s nice to see catalogue material getting a bit of love from a big box store. (Target’s actually done a semi-decent job in that field, offering bonus tracks on Jimi Hendrix’s Valleys of Neptune and selling the bonus disc to The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. reissue as a standalone set.)

At the very least? Think of it as something to go toward your iPad purchase.

Written by Mike Duquette

September 29, 2010 at 12:00

In Case You Missed It: Midge Ure Reissues Coming Up

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EMI continues its ongoing parade of reissued titles with two titles from Midge Ure, best known as the frontman for Ultravox, coming next week on October 4. The label will expand Ure’s first two albums, 1985’s The Gift and 1988’s Answers to Nothing, in two-disc sets boasting the usual B-sides, remixes, live cuts and some unreleased material to boot.

Both albums, released on either end of Ultravox’s final album in 1986, boasted a few great singles, including the U.K. chart-topper “If I Was” and “Dear God,” a Top 5 Modern Rock song in the States. The unearthed bonus cuts on The Gift include some additional material from a Wembley Arena gig just before Christmas 1985 – the same season Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” co-written by Ure with Bob Geldof, became a worldwide hit. (Parts of that show had shown up as B-sides elsewhere, and that previously released material makes its CD debut here.) Answers to Nothing adds several work-in-progress mixes as a sweetener.

With these sets, the bulk of Ure’s early solo catalogue has been remastered and expanded (Pure (1991) and Breathe (1996), recorded for Sony BMG, were given expanded reissues by Edsel last year in a two-disc set).

Original props for this story go to Slicing Up Eyeballs, who also detailed a neat art-print and meet and greet contest surrounding these sets. Hit the jump for track lists.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 29, 2010 at 10:30

Posted in Midge Ure, News, Reissues