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Release Round-Up: Week of April 10

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Howard Jones, One to One Cross That Line In the Running: Remastered Edition (Dtox)

HoJo’s last set of remasters is a five disc set featuring his last three Warner-era albums from 1986 to 1992, plus two generous discs of B-sides and remixes. Parts of this era are really underrated, and if this box is as loving as the last one was, it may well earn your everlasting love.

Various Artists, Philadelphia International Classics: The Tom Moulton Mixes (Harmless)

This gorgeous four-disc set, coming from the U.K., features some of PIR’s greatest hits and deepest cuts, all mixed (or newly remixed) by disco master Tom Moulton. There’s a whole hard-to-find vintage remix album in here, along with some other great 12″ single masters.

World Party, Arkaeology (Seaview/Fontana)

Five discs of unreleased goodies from Karl Wallinger’s famed band, plus diary packaging for you to create with. (Sorry, U.K. fans, we’re actually getting this one first; the international release date is later.)

Kraftwerk, The Catalogue (MoMA Edition) (Kling Klang/Astralwerks)

The electronic icons first put their last eight remastered albums into a box in 2009. Now, to coincide with a weeklong residency at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, they’re reissuing that box through the MoMA exclusively, with new artwork.

Gilbert O’Sullivan, I’m a Writer Not a Fighter: Deluxe Edition (Salvo)

Released in the U.K. last week, Gilbert’s third album comes expanded with four additional tracks from single sides and includes the hit “Get Down.”

Bette Midler, Live at Last (Friday Music)

The Divine Miss M’s first live album (and a double, at that!) gets the red-carpet remaster treatment from Friday Music.

Madness, Forever Young: The Ska Collection (Salvo)

A compilation for everyone who might already know “Our House,” with a small helping of unreleased material for hardcore fans.

Written by Mike Duquette

April 10, 2012 at 08:15

Trans-New York Express: Kraftwerk Box Makes Appearance at MoMA Exhibit

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If you’re one of the lucky few attending Kraftwerk’s sold-out week of concerts at New York’s Museum of Modern Art beginning this Tuesday, keep an eye out for a reissue of the band’s much-coveted The Catalogue box set to be sold at the gigs.

The influential German electronic band’s exhibit, Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, will feature, over eight nights, the group performing one album in full each night (from 1974’s Autobahn to 2003’s Tour de France Soundtracks), augmented with additional performances and multimedia including 3-D projections.

Of course, ardent and patient fans have known that this is not too dissimilar to the remastering and reissuing of the band’s catalogue in 2009’s The Catalogue box set. Initially scheduled for release in 2004 under the title 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, the box of remasters was not released until five years later. (Individual remasters of all albums were released in the U.S., barring Computer World (1981), Electric Café (1986) and The Mix (1991), tied up by licensing restrictions.)

While the MoMA-exclusive box – which is also on sale through the museum’s online store – features the same musical material as the original release of The Catalogue, it will feature new, limited-edition artwork. Only 2,000 numbered copies will be produced.

Kraftwerk, Der Katalog / The Catalogue (Kling Klang/EMI (DE) / Kling Klang/Astralwerks (U.S.) KLANGBOX002, 2009)

Disc 1: Autobahn (originally released as Philips 6305 231-D, 1974)
Disc 2: Radio-Aktivität (originally released as Kling Klang 1C 062-82 087, 1975)
Disc 3: Trans Europa Express (originally released as Kling Klang 1C 064-82 306, 1977)
Disc 4: Die Mensch-Maschine (originally released as Kling Klang 1C 058-32 843, 1978)
Disc 5: Computerwelt (originally released as Kling Klang 1C 064-46 311, 1981)
Disc 6: Techno Pop (originally released as Electric Café – Kling Klang 1C 064-24 0654 1, 1986)
Disc 7: The Mix (originally released as Kling Klang 1C 164-7 96650 1, 1991)
Disc 8: Tour de France (originally released as Tour de France Soundtracks  – Kling Klang 591 708 1, 2003)

Written by Mike Duquette

April 9, 2012 at 09:37