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Release Round-Up: Week of May 6

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Steeltown DeluxeBig Country, Steeltown: Deluxe Edition (Mercury/UMC)

The second, criminally underrated album by the Scottish rockers behind “In a Big Country” is remastered and expanded with a bonus disc of single sides and outtakes. (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.UPDATE: This one’s been pushed back to September, folks!

Philadelphia International BoxPhiladelphia International: The Collection – 2o Original Albums / The Very Best of Teddy PendergrassLou RawlsThe Three DegreesThe IntrudersThe O’JaysBilly Paul and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Sony Music U.K.)

Sony Music recently announced their acquisition of all post-1975 Philadelphia International Records masters (previously they were only licensed by Sony), so we can expect some more celebrating of all things Gamble, Huff and so on – starting with a 20-disc box set of some the best albums on the label and some new U.K.-exclusive compilations for PIR’s biggest artists.

Philadelphia International: The Collection (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)
Amazon U.K.: The IntrudersHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The O’Jays, Billy PaulTeddy PendergrassLou RawlsThe Three Degrees

Gloria GaynorGene Chandler, Get Down / Gloria Gaynor, Gloria Gaynor (Big Break Records)

BBR’s remastered/expanded release slate this week includes some interesting finds: “Duke of Earl” Gene Chandler’s first disco-oriented album for Chi Sound Records in 1978 and Gloria Gaynor’s tenth album (and only one for Atlantic), released in 1982 and featuring a cover of The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love.”

Gene Chandler: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.
Gloria Gaynor: Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.

Message from the MagicBlue Magic, Message from the Magic (Funkytowngrooves)

The Philadelphia R&B group’s fifth and final album for ATCO Records is remastered and released on CD for the first time ever! (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Release Round-Up: Week of July 30

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Nilsson - RCA Albums BoxNilsson, The RCA Albums Collection (RCA/Legacy)

Easily one of the box set purchases of the year. Every one of the legendary singer/songwriter’s 14 solo albums for the RCA label, newly remastered and expanded with bonus tracks, mono mixes and other treasures, plus another three discs of rarities and outtakes. The packaging is beautiful and the music more than matches. You will not be disappointed. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Dionne - We Need to Go BackDionne Warwick, The Complete Warner Bros. Singles / We Need to Go Back — The Unissued Warner Bros. Masters / Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., The Two of Us (Expanded Edition) / Marilyn & Billy (Expanded Edition) / Parlet, Pleasure Principle / Invasion of the Booty Snatchers / Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, Zero Time (Real Gone Music)

Real Gone’s Portsmouth Sinfonia title may have been unfortunately cancelled, but there are some amazing titles coming from the label this week.

The Complete Warner Bros. SinglesAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
We Need to Go BackAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The Two of UsAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Marilyn & BillyAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Pleasure PrincipleAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Invasion of the Booty SnatchersAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Zero TimeAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Big Country At The BBCBig Country, At The BBC (Mercury/Universal)

A 3CD/1DVD box chronicling just about everything the Scottish rockers had recorded by the BBC in the 1980s. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Electric PeaceThe Cult, Electric Peace (Beggar’s Archive)

The post-punk band’s acclaimed 1987 album, produced by Rick Rubin, is paired up with the original version of the album helmed by producer Steve Brown for the first time in one package.

2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Gold

Sly and the Family Stone, There’s a Riot Goin’ On: Gold Edition (Get On Down)

Sly and the Family Stone’s incendiary 1971 album There’s a Riot Goin’ On – which spawned the hit single “Family Affair” – gets the gold CD treatment from Get On Down.  Along with some detailed liner notes, the label is promising actual embroidered fabric for the flag on the CD’s cover!  (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Everything’s Inwards: “Big Country At The BBC” Box Announced

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Big Country At The BBCThree decades after their signature hit “In a Big Country” became one of the best rock songs of the decade, Mercury will celebrate the legacy of the Scottish band with a new live box set this summer.

Big Country At The BBC is a 3CD/1DVD box collecting just about everything the BBC recorded pertaining to Big Country between 1982 and 1990. Included are two Radio 1 sessions with Kid Jensen and John Peel in 1982 and 1983 as well as live dates from 1983, 1984, 1988 and 1989, from Hammersmith Palais to the Soviet embassy in London. A DVD collects various performances for Top of the PopsThe Old Grey Whistle TestOxford Road Show and others, including a host of live material and a rare interview with the band conducted by Richard Jobson, who was bandmates with late Big Country frontman Stuart Adamson in the Scottish punk outfit The Skids (the pair wrote one of their signature songs, “The Saints Are Coming.”)

The set comes in an oversize box with a 32-page hardback book featuring liner notes by author Tim Barr and rare photos. An exclusive poster and postcard set also appears in the box for collectors to enjoy.

Big Country At The BBC is announced as the band – fronted by Mike Peters of The Alarm since 2010 – release The Journey, their first new LP in 14 years. It’s out either June 24 (per Amazon U.K.) or July 29 (per Universal Music’s site).

An annotated track list and pre-order link is after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

May 7, 2013 at 16:07

Posted in Big Country, Box Sets, News

Release Round-Up: Week of February 7

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Queen, The Works / A Kind of Magic / The Miracle / Innuendo / Made in Heaven: Deluxe Editions (Hollywood)

The last five deluxe reissues of the Queen catalogue, which began last year for the 40th anniversary, are now available domestically (they came out in the U.K. in November). So if you’ve missed these, now’s the chance to get them without importing ’em.

Big Country, The Crossing: Deluxe Edition (Mercury/UMC)

From the U.K., one of the most criminally underrated albums of the ’80s, expanded with B-sides and a bonus disc of rare and unreleased demos.

Pet Shop Boys, Format: B-Sides and Bonus Tracks 1996-2009 (Parlophone)

Two discs of PSB B-sides from 1996 to 2009, a sequel to 1995’s Alternative, which served the same purpose for the band’s early flipsides.

Tony Bennett, Isn’t It Romantic? (Concord)

Bennett’s Improv-era material compiled for lovers, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Todd Rundgren, A Cappella + Nearly Human + 2nd Wind (Edsel)

Two ’80s and a ’90s album on two discs from the U.K. label.

Goldfrapp, The Singles (Astralwerks)

The great dance-pop duo closes out their major-label contract with a compilation of singles and the by-now requisite pair of new tracks.

John Williams/The London Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony Classical)

A reissue of the original, single-disc soundtrack (with one bonus track from the double-disc Ultimate Edition reissue) to tie in with the 3-D re-release of the film this Friday.

Written by Mike Duquette

February 7, 2012 at 08:03

Dreams Stay With You: Big Country’s Debut to Be Expanded With Archival Demos

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It looks like we’ve got the first deluxe edition of 2012 locked down – at least across the pond. Scottish band Big Country today announced the details for a new expansion of their fantastic debut, The Crossing, to coincide with a 30th anniversary tour across the United Kingdom. (The band reunited first in 2007 and again in 2010, both times with new vocalist Mike Peters of The Alarm, replacing late lead singer/guitarist Stuart Adamson, who died in 2001.)

Released in 1983, The Crossing was a killer first album for the Scottish band, thanks to a clutch of fantastic, almost theatric folk-infused rockers from the collective pen of the group (Adamson, guitarist Bruce Watson, bassist Tony Butler and drummer Mark Brzezicki), Watson and Adamson’s rich landscape of guitar tones and the production of one Steve Lillywhite, who applied the same magic to The Crossing that he did on the first three albums by an ambitious, guitar-driven band from Ireland named U2.

The results were phenomenal: The Crossing peaked at No. 3 in the U.K. and was a solid Top 20 album in the U.S., where the album’s “In a Big Country” was a Top 20 single and still one of the high points of ’80s pop-rock. (Closer to home, “Fields of Fire” and “Chance” were Top 10 hits, as well.)

With a healthy following, both fans and sales-wise, it’s not hard to see why Universal is rolling out a double-disc edition of the album. (It’s actually the third CD reissue of the record, following a U.K. expansion in 1996 that added four B-sides and a U.S. re-release in 2002 which featured the alternate version of “Chance” released as a single and the entirety of the 1984 EP Wonderland.) This double-disc release features all seven of the non-LP B-sides from the singles released from The Crossing, as well as a bonus disc of demos, ten of which are being released for the first time. (Of particular interest to longtime fans is a trio of four-track demos from 1981 and four demos produced by Chris Thomas, noted producer for The Sex Pistols, The Pretenders and INXS, who helmed the band’s debut single, “Harvest Home.”)

The package will be out January 30, days before the band’s Crossing the Country tour kicks off in England. Hit the jump to pre-order your copy on Amazon and see the track list (as generously bestowed upon the world by Slicing Up Eyeballs).

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 9, 2011 at 11:36

Posted in Big Country, News, Reissues

Short Takes: Beatles May Finally “Let It Be” on DVD, Big Country Goes Back to “The Crossing”

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  • Could a release of Let It Be, The Beatles’ harrowing 1970 documentary/epitaph, finally be happening? Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg says so. In an interview with WNYC-FM, Lindsay-Hogg discussed the film, saying, “we have been been working on it pretty much every year for the last couple of years. And the plan is, at the moment, to have it come out, I think, in 2013.” A premiere release of the DVD, featuring outtakes and additional footage highlighting the making of the film, would follow a planned DVD release of the Magical Mystery Tour film in 2012. (Thanks to Scott Allen of 3 Minute Record for passing this one along!)
  • We’re not quite near 2012 and any reissue plans just yet, but there’s at least one big one on the horizon for ’80s rock fans. Scottish rockers Big Country, recently reunited with Mike Peters of The Alarm filling in for the late Stuart Adamson on vocals (original member Bruce Watson’s son Jamie is also a new member), have announced a U.K. tour in winter 2012 where they will play their killer debut The Crossing in its entirety – and, according to the band’s press release, that album – with the uplifting Top 40 hit “In a Big Country” – will be reissued by Universal Music in a variety of formats. (The album has been expanded twice before in 1996 and 2002, featuring various B-sides on the first release and the Wonderland EP on the second.) (Eternal gratitude to Slicing Up Eyeballs for making this dream stay with us.)

Written by Mike Duquette

October 20, 2011 at 09:45

In Case You Missed It: A Full Spectrum of U.K. Compilations in May

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The Spectrum family of labels in the U.K., which includes the catalogues of what Americans count toward Universal Music Group, have a few affordable compilations on the market in the coming month from a diverse crop of artists.

On May 23, the label will release compilations from Styx as well as both Fleetwood Mac and Rod Stewart. (The latter two artists, whose catalogues reside with Warner Music Group in the U.S., will focus on each act’s “early years.”) It’s also worth noting that Spectrum has released a few other similar compilations in recent months, including sets for Big Country, Stevie Wonder, Thin Lizzy and Shalamar (the last of which came with a bonus disc of 12″ remixes).

For completeness’ sake, we’ve provided track lists and order pages for all six of these sets, in case anyone wants to grab some copies. Read on after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

May 4, 2011 at 10:09

Big Country’s Moscow Show to Be Reissued

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Not exactly sure of the exact origins of this set, but exciting news either way: Slicing Up Eyeballs reports a reissue of Big Country’s famed 1988 Moscow show on CD and DVD.

The Scottish rockers were one of the first acts from the West to play the U.S.S.R., and this set – first released on the band’s Track Record label in 2009 and getting a wider release now – captures that show at the Palace of Sports in September of 1988, as the band promoted their newest LP, Peace in Our Time (1988). The band haven’t gotten much widespread catalogue attention in the CD era (though the Track Record label has put out plenty of compilations of demos, outtakes and remixes), but perhaps this wider release will be the start of something bigger for them.

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 4, 2011 at 14:57

Posted in Big Country, News, Reissues