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Robbie Williams Reissues to Entertain You in March

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After a new double-disc compilation and a heavily-publicized reunion with U.K. boy band Take That (who will go on tour this year), EMI will have another batch of goodies for the Robbie Williams fan in your life: new CD/DVD reissues of the singer’s Chrysalis catalogue.

Williams – one of the most celebrated male singers in England, with more BRIT Award wins than anyone and some 60 million albums sold worldwide – recorded seven LPs for Chrysalis between 1997 and 2006. Each one topped the British charts and featured a myriad of hits, including No. 1 smashes “Millennium,” “Rock DJ” and “Eternity.” (Williams has since moved within EMI to Virgin, which released Reality Killed the Radio Star in 2009.)

While there will be no bonus tracks on the CDs, each will come with a DVD full of performances from various television programs across Europe, including Top of the Pops, Later…with Jools Holland and Wetten das?! Most of the performances have never been released on DVD before, and all will be included with digital reissues as well. (The lone exception is Swing When You’re Winning (2001), which will be paired with the Live at the Albert DVD from the same year. That CD/DVD set will not be replicated digitally.)

Interestingly, there appears to be no sign of remastering, either. EMI’s U.K. database fastidiously lists catalogue titles and often indicates when tracks are remastered, but no notes seem to exist on these new releases. There is, of course, also no sign of The Ego Has Landed (1999), Williams vastly underrated U.S. compilation culled from his first two records.

These sets will be available in the U.K. on March 21. Read all the track lists after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 21, 2011 at 09:43

Take That! Robbie Williams to Be Compiled Once More (UPDATED 9/16)

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Virgin has released the cover art for a new compilation by Robbie Williams, the consummate U.K. pop star. The two-disc set, In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990-2010, the final entry on Williams’ longtime contract with EMI, will compile 39 tracks from throughout his long career, including two brand new ones: “Shame” and “Heart and I,” both co-written by Gary Barlow, who was a member with Williams in the British boy band sensation Take That. (Williams will follow this release, it’s recently been announced, by re-joining Take That for a year to release a new album and tour. Put in American terms, this is like if Justin Timberlake re-joined N*SYNC.)

If you’re not familiar with Williams, it’s alright – he never made much of an impact in the States. In England, however, he’s nothing short of a legend, winning 16 BRIT Awards (more than any artist in history) and scoring 30 solo Top 40 hits and seven consecutive chart-topping LPs between 1997 and 2006. Among the British music luminaries he’s collaborated with are Kylie Minogue, Trevor Horn, Steven Duffy, Mark Ronson, The Pet Shop Boys and Stephen Hague. So yeah, across the pond he’s something of a big deal.

(UPDATE 9/16: As if two discs of Robbie weren’t enough, there’s going to be a couple of configurations with even more discs. One will have three CDs, the third comprised of B-sides and rarities. One will include two DVDs of all the accompanying videos alongside the two CDs. And another, six-disc set will pair all those discs with a live set from 2005 on DVD. Big deal, indeed!)

The set is due on October 11 in the U.K., and you can read the track list after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

September 16, 2010 at 10:24