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Short Takes: 40s Aplenty, Kinks Konfusion, QotSA Date Change and Big Star Reissue Due

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  • The magic numbers for reissues this year looks to be 40: we have no less than three different 40th anniversary sets with release dates in March. We’ve already mentioned the CD/DVD edition Bridge Over Troubled Water (1971) on that date. And the same day will see the release of the promised new deluxe editions of Derek and The Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (a remaster, a double-disc deluxe edition, a double vinyl edition, and a 4 CD/2 LP/1 DVD super deluxe box). And Amazon is listing Japanese imports for the same day of the first five Queen albums, meaning that March 22 (or 21) could be the release date for Island’s promised U.K. reissues of the first five Queen albums. (From the looks of the pre-order pages for Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races, it looks like these sets will be double-disc editions.)
  • One of the first things The Second Disc ever reported on was some upcoming reissues by The Kinks. Now, nearly a year later, there are U.K.-only deluxe editions of several Kinks albums coming in February. Kinks (1964), Kinda Kinks (1965) and The Kink Kontroversy (1965) will be presented in double-disc editions with non-LP singles and other bonus cuts. (Amazon’s U.K. pages all have track lists, but we’re still trying to nail down all the discographical info; a full post will follow once we have.)
  • Queens of the Stone Age’s previously-announced reissue of their self-titled debut album has shifted on the calendar, owing to a change in distribution from Ipecac Recordings to Domino Records. It will now be available March 1 in the U.S. and March 7 in the U.K.
  • There’s not much info yet, but Big Star’s official Facebook page and blog recently posted placeholder cover art for what looks to be a new reissue of Third/Sister Lovers (1978), the power-pop band’s penultimate record. It was previously reissued and expanded by Rykodisc in 1992. This new reissue is only listed as “coming soon;” it is not known who will handle distribution.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 17, 2011 at 13:45

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