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Release Round-Up: Week of November 19

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Led Zeppelin,Celebration Day (Swan Song/Atlantic)

The one-off reunion nobody expected and everyone loved – a 2007 gig at the O2 in London – is now available in a variety of formats for your listening enjoyment. (Odds are this isn’t the last LZ catalogue bit you’ll see in the next year.) (2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (2CD/1DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (2CD/Blu-Ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (2CD/1DVD/Blu-Ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (Blu-Ray Audio: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Frank Zappa, 8 album reissues (Zappa/UMe)

A good chunk of the fifth and final wave of Zappa album remasters (the other three in the wave have been moved back to December 18), including the first-ever CD release of the Mothermania compilation and four volumes of You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore. The link above has more info and pre-order links!

The Jam, The Gift: Deluxe Edition (Polydor/UMC U.K.)

A lavish deluxe version of The Jam’s final album, augmented with B-sides, unreleased demos, live tracks and video footage, all in a fancy “gift” bag. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

10cc, Tenology (UMC U.K.)

One of the more underrated bands of the ’70s, 10cc finally gets their due with a multi-disc CD/DVD box set. Hits, album cuts and B-sides abound. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

ABBA,ABBA: Deluxe Edition (Polydor/UMC U.K.)

Mamma Mia! The Swedish legends’ 1976 album is reissued as a CD/DVD set with rare archival video. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Naked Eyes, Burning Bridges: Expanded Edition (Cherry Pop)

The album that gave us hits like “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “Promises, Promises” is expanded by Cherry Pop with B-sides and bonus remixes. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Kelly Clarkson, The Hits: Chapter One (RCA/19)

The first true greatest hits collection from an American Idol winner. That crushing feeling is the sands of time upon you. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Elvis Costello, In Motion Pictures (UMe)

If E.C. had a song in a movie, it’s probably here. Probably. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

The Beach Boys, Live in Concert: 50th Anniversary (SMC)

Good news: a live Beach Boys show from this year’s tour! Bad news: hugely edited. Like, more than half. (DVD: Amazon U.S. Blu-Ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

AC/DC, Live at River Plate (Columbia)

The band’s 2009 set in Argentina, released on DVD a few years back, is now available on two CDs or three red LPs. (2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) (3LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Art Pepper, Neon Art Volume 3 (Omnivore)

The third and final volume of Omnivore’s Art Pepper colored vinyl series; this one features part of a 1981 live show on yellow wax.

3 Doors Down, The Greatest Hits (Universal Republic)

A greatest hits compilation we only just found out about, like, two days ago. Full story coming up later. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

t.A.T.u., 200 Km/H in the Wrong Lane: 10th Anniversary Edition (Cherrytree/Interscope/Universal Russia)

Wait, what? Yup. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Running Through My Head: Universal Preps 2012’s Most Unusual Reissue

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Folks, we’ve seen a lot of strange things since starting The Second Disc almost three years ago. Plenty of surprising reissues and disappointing reissues and unexpected compilations and the like. But even in an age where catalogue product seems not to be surviving but thriving, I think I’ve seen it all: Universal is planning a deluxe 10th anniversary edition of 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, the 2002 debut album by t.A.T.u.

Yes, that t.A.T.u.

Okay, perhaps you don’t remember the bizarre Russian pair of Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova, two teenagers from Moscow whose Trevor Horn-produced electro-pop nugget “All the Things She Said” topped singles charts in the U.K. and six other countries a decade ago. (In the U.S., it settled for No. 20.) Coupled with an internationally-controversial video that had the pair clad in schoolgirl outfits and kissing each other – on the lips, no less, recalling an age where mainstream depictions of homosexuality were perhaps even more highly taboo than they might be now – t.A.T.u. were one of the most jaw-dropping bands of this author’s MTV-injected middle and early high school years, at a time when such things could shock. (Imagine the further shock when word got out that Katina and Volkova’s canoodling was merely an act!)

Despite another international Top 5 with “Not Gonna Get Us” and a super-weird cover of The Smiths’ “How Soon is Now?,” American audiences were quick to forget t.A.T.u. (outside of the I Love the ’90s series on VH-1, probably), and the duo separated last year, having most recently released an English-language album, Waste Management, in  2009.

But! All hope is not lost for those anxious to hear new and reissued works from the band, with a 10th anniversary “Gold Edition” of 200 km/h planned for release this winter. The disc will include three remixes, including a vintage (Editor’s note: did I just call this vintage? What is wrong with me?) remix of “30 Minutes,” included on international pressings of the album and a new mix of “All the Things She Said” by Fernando Garibay (best known as co-producer on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way last year). There’s also a “new” track, “A Simple Motion,” in fact an unreleased tune making its English-language debut for the first time. (In 2002, the group’s Russian version of this track, “Prostye Dvizheniya,” was a non-LP single.)

Now that I’ve typed over 380 words about t.A.T.u., know that the disc streets on November 12 on Interscope/Cherrytree (the latter of which is presided over by songwriter/producer Martin Kierzenbaum, who co-wrote “All the Things She Said”) and can be ordered from Amazon U.S. (a U.K. link astoundingly has yet to materialize); know also that we’ll still think you’re cool even if (especially if?) you snag a copy for yourself. The track list is beyond the jump.

200 km/h in the Wrong Lane: 10th Anniversary Gold Edition (Interscope/Cherrytree, 2012)

  1. A Simple Motion
  2. Not Gonna Get Us
  3. All the Things She Said
  4. Show Me Love
  5. 30 Minutes
  6. How Soon is Now?
  7. Clowns (Can You See Me Now?)
  8. Malchik Gay
  9. Stars
  10. Ya Soshla S Uma
  11. Nas Ne Dogonyat
  12. Show Me Love (Extended Version)
  13. 30 Minutes (Remix)
  14. All the Things She Said (Fernando Garibay Remix)
  15. Show Me Love (Fabricated Remix)

Tracks 1 and 14-15 are previously unreleased.
Tracks 2-12 released as Interscope CD 440 064 107-2, 2002
Track 13 was a bonus track on Universal CD 067 456-2 (U.K.), 2003

Written by Mike Duquette

October 24, 2012 at 15:01

Posted in News, Reissues, t.A.T.u.