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Editors Going “Unedited” with New Box Set

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If you keep kicking yourself for not picking up anything by British rock group Editors, now’s your chance to get it all in one buy – and then some.

The Birmingham band has recently begun work on their fourth studio album, and has put together a massive compilation of nearly all of their work to date for release in February. Unedited collates the band’s first three albums – 2005’s The Back Room and U.K. chart-toppers An End Has a Start (2007) and In This Light and On This Evening (2009) – along with four discs of B-sides under the title You Are Fading. All of this music will be present on seven CDs and seven vinyl LPs in a 12″ box with a 100-page art book.

Pre-orders are starting now for an estimated February 28 ship date (at which point the You Are Fading compilation will be available as a digital download), and bandleader Tom Smith will provide a personalized surprise for fans in the first 200 orders.

View the full track list after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

December 2, 2010 at 18:30

Posted in Box Sets, Editors, News, Reissues

The Search is Over: Two Survivor LPs Coming Back to CD

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British indie label Rock Candy Records is putting two Survivor albums back in print: 1983’s Caught in the Game and 1984’s Vital Signs.

These two LPs followed Survivor’s 1982 smash “Eye of the Tiger,” famously featured on the soundtrack to Rocky III; interestingly, only one of them had any degree of success. Caught in the Game was mostly a stiff, only managing No. 82 on the Billboard charts (the same position as pre-success LP Premonition in 1981) and the title track, the only single, did not perform well. By contrast, Vital Signs was a hit: “I Can’t Hold Back” peaked at No. 13, while subsequent singles “High on You” and “The Search is Over” fared even better, respectively charting at No. 8 and No. 4 in the U.S.

Both discs are remastered from the original tapes and feature expanded liner notes. Vital Signs is extended by one track: “The Moment of Truth,” as heard on the soundtrack to The Karate Kid (1984). Both can be ordered on Amazon U.K.; they will be available to order in the U.S. on December 7. View the track lists after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

December 2, 2010 at 14:01

Posted in News, Reissues, Survivor

What Catalogue Titles Got Grammy Nominations?

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While you may or may not be fussing over this year’s mainstream Grammy nominees (count this writer in the latter category), The Second Disc wanted to congratulate nominees for catalogue-related pursuits. One catalogue title has been nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, two got nods for Best Album Notes and Best Historical Recording is pretty self-explanatory. (Also, interestingly, the title track from posthumous Michael Jackson compilation This is It was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, alongside fresher-faced nominees Michael BublĂ©, John Mayer, Bruno Mars and Adam Lambert.)

See the catalogue-oriented nominees after the jump, and congratulations to all those who were nominated! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

December 2, 2010 at 11:05