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Release Round-Up: Week of November 27

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Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine XX (Epic/Legacy)

Take the power back! The rock icons’ debut LP is greatly expanded with rare and unreleased audiovisual material. Available as a 2CD/2DVD/1LP box set (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.), a 2CD set with highlights DVD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.), a single-disc remaster with live B-sides (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) and vinyl reissue (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.).

Various Artists, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Elektra/Rhino)

The original, influential compilation comes back to CD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) and vinyl (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) with new liner notes.

T. Rex, The Slider: 40th Anniversary Edition (Edsel)

A most beloved classic of the glam genre is given the red-carpet CD/DVD/vinyl/book/swag treatment from Demon Music Group! (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

St. Etienne, Casino Classics: Deluxe Edition (Universal U.K.)

This 1996 remix double-album from the indie-dance geniuses is now expanded to four discs. (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) (A new two-disc remaster is also available as well – Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

The House of Love, The House of Love: Deluxe Edition / The Blow Monkeys, Limping for a Generation / Animal Magic: Deluxe Editions (Cherry Red)

Some ’80s alt-rock/sophisti-pop classics coming to the U.K. from the Cherry Red label this week. Many demos, B-sides and archival material appended to these sets; three discs for The House of Love (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) and two apiece for Limping for a Generation (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) and Animal Magic (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 27, 2012 at 07:39

Limping for a (New) Generation: Cherry Red Expands Blow Monkeys LPs

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Bruce Robert Howard, better known to fans as Dr. Robert, got the globe dancing in 1986 with one simple question: “Tell me, why is it I’m digging your scene?”

Dr. Robert and his band, The Blow Monkeys, bought a sophisticated alt-rock/pop sound to the U.S. and U.K. in the mid-’80s, disbanded as the ’90s dawned and reformed in 2007 to record new material and tour. Now they can add “reissued some classic albums” to their list of recent accomplishment, thanks to the folks at Cherry Red.

The band’s first two albums for RCA, Limping for a Generation (1984) and Animal Magic (1986) have been remastered and expanded by the label as two-disc sets featuring B-sides, remixes and unreleased material. Limping, described by Dr. Robert as “jazz-punk,” earned critical acclaim but only modest sales; the more streamlined, soulful Animal Magic, featuring a worldwide Top 20 hit in “Digging Your Scene,” was far more successful, sales-wise. Both expanded sets come with new notes and a total of 21 unreleased tracks, including demos and original mixes of “Digging Your Scene” and “Aeroplane City Lovesong” off Animal Magic.

The band will commemorate the sets in January with a one-off date at London’s Assembly Halls, in which they will perform both albums back-to-back. Amazon lists a U.K. release date of this Monday, November 26 for the deluxe Animal Magic and next Monday, December 3 for the expanded Limping for a Generation. Pre-order links and track lists are below the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 26, 2012 at 15:48