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Union Square Follows Up Kirsty MacColl Reissues with New Compilation

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Kirsty DeluxeHaving greatly expanded her solo catalogue last year, Union Square Music is releasing a new compilation devoted to the late Kirsty MacColl.

Last year, USM released her debut full-length Desperate Character (1981) on CD for the first time, as well as new double-disc expansions of Kite (1989), Electric Landlady (1991) and Titanic Days (1993). This month will see a new single-disc career-spanning compilation that covers her entire discography.

In spite of the eight-year gap between her first two solo LPs, MacColl was a busy singer both before and after, from her 1979 debut single “They Don’t Know” (later a hit on both sides of the Atlantic for Tracey Ullman) and various other A-sides released by Stiff Records, before their sudden bankruptcy left her stuck in a lot of legal entanglements. A New England: The Very Best of Kirsty MacColl gives equal measure to these cuts, like “Terry,” “He’s on the Beach” and the Billy Bragg-penned title track. It also features her two famous collaborations with Irish rockers The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York” and “Miss Otis Regrets,” as well as three tracks from her final album, Tropical Brainstorm (2000), which was not expanded by USM.

A New England will be available as a 21-track CD and an Amazon U.K.-exclusive deluxe set with five art cards and a bonus DVD of 10 promo videos. Released on the same day, February 25 in the U.K., is A Concert for Kirsty MacColl, also issued by USM and featuring live tracks recorded by Bragg, Alison Moyet, Ellie Goulding and others in the fall of 2010.

Hit the jump for the track list and pre-order links for A New England.

A New England: The Very Best of Kirsty MacColl (Union Square USMTVCD005 (U.K.), 2013)

(Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

  1. In These Shoes?
  2. Walking Down Madison (Edit)
  3. A New England
  4. My Affair
  5. Days
  6. They Don’t Know
  7. Don’t Come the Cowboy with Me, Sonny Jim!
  8. England 2 Colombia 0
  9. Terry
  10. He’s on the Beach
  11. Miss Otis Regrets (with The Pogues)
  12. Caroline
  13. You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby
  14. Celestine
  15. Soho Square
  16. Free World
  17. Bad
  18. Innocence
  19. Angel (Floating Round This House)
  20. There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis
  21. Fairytale of New York (with The Pogues)

Tracks 1, 8 and 14 from Tropical Brainstorm (V2, 2000)
Tracks 2 and 4 from Electric Landlady (Virgin, 1991)
Track 3 from non-LP single (Stiff, 1984)
Tracks 5, 7, 16 and 18 from Kite (Virgin, 1989)
Track 6 from non-LP single (Stiff, 1979)
Track 9 from non-LP single (Stiff, 1983)
Track 10 from non-LP single (Stiff, 1985)
Track 11 from Red Hot + Blue (Chrysalis, 1990)
Track 12 from non-LP single (Virgin, 1995)
Track 13 from “Free World” 12″ single (Virgin, 1989)
Tracks 15, 17 and 19 from Titanic Days (ZTT, 1993)
Track 20 from Desperate Character (Polydor, 1981)
Track 21 from If I Should Fall from Grace with God (Island, 1987)

Disc 2: Promo videos (available with DVD deluxe edition – Union Square USMTVCD005D)

(Amazon U.K.)

  1. Terry
  2. A New England
  3. He’s on the Beach
  4. Free World
  5. Days
  6. Innocence
  7. Don’t Come the Cowboy with Me, Sonny Jim!
  8. Walking Down Madison
  9. My Affair
  10. All I Ever Wanted

Written by Mike Duquette

February 4, 2013 at 11:49

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