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Release Round-Up: Week of October 29

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Bananarama EdselBananarama, Deep Sea Skiving Bananarama True Confessions Wow! Pop Life Please Yourself: Deluxe Editions (Edsel)

The pop trio’s London discography gets the royal treatment with these 2CD/1DVD expanded editions featuring loads of rare and unreleased bonus tracks.

Deep Sea Skiving: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
BananaramaAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
True ConfessionsAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Wow!Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Pop LifeAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Please YourselfAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Humble Pie - PerformanceHumble Pie, Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings (Omnivore)

The landmark 1971 album is expanded into box set form, featuring all four sets at the legendary Fillmore East recorded for the original release. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

JethroTullBenefitcoverart_500Jethro Tull, Benefit: A Collector’s Edition (Chrysalis/Rhino)

Tull’s third album gets newly remixed in stereo and surround by Steven Wilson and newly expanded with rare single and remix material. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

BelfegoreAndy Williams, The Complete Christmas Recordings / Bobby Darin, The 25th Day of December with Bobby Darin / Patti Page, Christmas with Patti Page (Deluxe Edition) / The New Christy Minstrels, The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings / Various Artists, Funky Christmas / Tompall and the Glaser Brothers, Lovin’ Her Was Easier/After All These Years / Belfegore, Belfegore (Deluxe Edition) (Real Gone Music)

Spread some holiday cheer with the latest batch of Real Gone titles, which also includes the incredibly rare sophomore album by German goth/New Wave outfit Belfegore – now expanded with bonus tracks.

Andy Williams: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Bobby Darin: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Patti Page: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The New Christy Minstrels: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Funky ChristmasAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Tompall Glaser: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Belfegore: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Essential James TaylorBoz Scaggs / James Taylor / Wu-Tang Clan, The Essential (Legacy)

The latest in the double-disc hits series includes career-spanning treasuries from Scaggs and Taylor (including the Warner and Columbia years in equal measure) and a new collection from hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan.

Boz: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
JT: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Wu-Tang: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

12%22 Disco CollectionVarious Artists, 12″ Disco: The Collection (Rhino U.K.)

Compiled by the fine folks at Big Break Records, this triple disc set features disco hits and rarities in equal measure, including a few tracks bowing onto CD for the first time. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Sayer boxLeo Sayer, Just a Box: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971-2006 (Edsel)

All of the U.K. hitmaker’s (“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” “When I Need You”) studio albums, plus two discs of rarities in this exhaustive set curated by Sayer himself on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his first U.K. hit, “The Show Must Go On.” (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Oh Yes We Can LoveVarious Artists, Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock (Universal U.K.)

A quintuple-disc set exhaustively looks at a half-century of the glam rock genre, digging far beyond the usual hits and influential tracks. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Ramones Sire YearsRamones, The Sire Years 1976-1981 (Rhino)

The first six Ramones LPs, albeit without any of the bonus tracks included on previous reissues. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

EAGLES_Vinyl_BoxEagles, The Studio Albums 1972-1979 (LP) (Rhino)

A vinyl box featuring the band’s complete Elektra studio albums. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Really Saying Something: Bananarama Reissues Coming from Edsel

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Bananarama Edsel“Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning, I sit around…”

Summer may be over, but Edsel’s given Bananarama fans quite the reason to sing and dance: on October 22, they will reissue all six of the London girl group’s London Records albums as 2CD/1DVD sets.

Known for their spunky, tomboyish image, powerful unison vocals and a style with one foot in both the past and the future – hits included covers of “Really Saying Something” by The Velvelettes, Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” and Shocking Blue’s “Venus” (not to mention originals like “Cruel Summer,” produced by Jolley & Swain, and “I Heard a Rumour,” a huge hit for the Stock Aitken Waterman production team) – Bananarama enjoyed great success on both sides of the Atlantic. While their chart presence lessened after the departure of original member Siobhan Fahey (later of Shakespears Sister), who was briefly replaced by Jacquie O’Sullivan, both Sara Dallin and Karen Woodward continue to record under the Bananarama moniker, most recently issuing a new compilation and an EP last winter.

In traditional Edsel format, these triple-disc sets will be packaged in casebound book packaging. All six albums – Deep Sea Skiving (1983), Bananarama (1984), True Confessions (1986), Wow! (1987), Pop Life (1991) and Please Yourself (1993) – are heavy on bonus material; while not complete (blame the remix-heavy early ’90s), they handily outshine the offerings on Rhino’s 2007 single-disc remasters, including promo videos and BBC appearances on each DVD and unreleased audio material, including alternate mixes and outtakes, on every package.

All six will be released on October 22, and can be pre-ordered after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 3, 2013 at 10:06

Posted in Bananarama, News, Reissues

Release Round-Up: Week of July 10

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Bananarama, 30 Years of Bananarama (Rhino U.K.)

The U.K. division of Rhino compiles the best of the “Venus” hitmakers in this CD/DVD package out today in the U.K. and next week stateside!  Read more here.

The Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It/Wha’ppen?/Special Beat Service (Demon/Edsel)

The complete studio output of The Beat (or The English Beat, if you prefer) gets the deluxe reissue treatment in the U.K. from Edsel as 2-CD/1-DVD sets chock-filled with extra material!  Don’t miss our review of all three sets!

The Beat, The Complete Beat/Keep the Beat: The Very Best of the English Beat (Shout! Factory)

For the U.S. market, Shout! Factory boxes the English Beat’s three studio albums, plus two discs of rarities!   In addition, the label is offering a single-disc distillation of the group’s greatest!  Read more here.

The Fat Boys, Fat Boys: Deluxe Edition (Tin Pan Apple Records)

The eponymous debut of Brooklyn’s Fat Boys gets boxed…pizza-boxed, that is.  Read more here.

Woody Guthrie, Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)

The legendary folk troubadour gets the box set treatment from Folkways with this career-spanning 3-CD anthology!  The box also includes a lavish hardcover tribute; read all about it here!

Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Plays Berkeley/Live at Berkeley/West Coast Seattle Boy: Voodoo Child (Legacy Recordings)

Legacy and Experience Hendrix are celebrating the icon’s 70th birthday year with an extended DVD and Blu-ray release of Jimi Plays Berkeley plus the Blu-ray debut of the documentary Voodoo Child and a return to the catalogue for the CD edition of Live at Berkeley: The Second Show!  Read more here, and watch this space for Joe’s review of Jimi Plays Berkeley coming soon!

Carly Simon, Spoiled Girl: Expanded Edition (Hot Shot Records)

The songstress’ 1985 Epic Records album has been reissued and re-evaluated by the team at Hot Shot Records, and this expanded edition reveals a lost classic!  Read the review here.

Written by Joe Marchese

July 10, 2012 at 08:05

Cool, Cool Summer: New Bananarama Compilation Due in July

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Ironically, with news of the Stock Aitken Waterman/PWL box set also comes news of one of the SAW team’s most prolific collaborators: U.K. girl group Bananarama, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new CD/DVD compilation.

The band initially consisted of childhood friends Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin and schoolmate Siobhan Fahey. The trio’s mutual interest in tomboyish fashion and the burgeoning post-punk scene – leading to early gigs opening for The Jam and Iggy Pop and early interest from provocative ex-Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren – set them apart from other cute-girl pop acts of the day, and their unique musical style, which relied less on harmonics and more on catchy choruses sung in unison, became their musical calling card.

The band’s early work with producers Joffrey & Swain were instantly successful in the U.K., with hit covers like The Velvelettes’ Motown obscurity “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin'” and Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” reaching the uppermost levels of the pop charts. But their original tunes found many listeners, too, particularly “Robert De Niro’s Waiting” and “Cruel Summer” from the band’s sophomore self-titled album in 1984. “Cruel Summer,” which featured prominently in the film The Karate Kid, was a U.S. Top 10 hit.

Teaming with Stock Aitken Waterman in the mid-’80s, Bananarama had their biggest hits in tracks like their chart-topping cover of Shocking Blue’s “Venus” and “I Heard a Rumour.” But Fahey would depart the band in 1988, later joining Shakespeare’s Sister, and Jacquie O’Sullivan would become the band’s third member until 1992, at which point Woodward and Dallin would continue as a duo. The pair still record and tour to this day, with modern remixes of their original hits still placing well on U.K. dance charts. (A healthy amount of catalogue activity from Rhino U.K. has also kept the band in record stores, with expanded reissues, remix compilations and other products having been released in the past few years.)

Now, to commemorate the band’s three decade mark, Rhino will release a new compilation, 30 Years of Bananarama, compiling the band’s biggest hits from 1983 to 2009’s Fascination, and paired with a DVD featuring 35 of the band’s music videos, many of which are coming together on DVD for the first time.

The whole package is out July 9 in the U.K.; you can hit the jump and see what’s offered, and you’ll also find a pre-order link!

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Written by Mike Duquette

June 12, 2012 at 14:21