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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.)

The Cult Support “Peace” with New Reissue of “Electric”

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Electric PeaceHere’s a recent treat for fans of British rockers The Cult: the band recently reissued their breakthrough album, 1987’s Electric, pairing it with a little-heard early version of the album.

The Cult burst onto the scene in England with debut LP Love and the Top 20 hit “She Sells Sanctuary” two years prior. When it came time for the follow-up, the band reconvened with Love producer Steve Brown at Oxfordshire’s Manor Studios for a new LP, Peace, in 1986. But the band was dissatisfied with what they’d recorded after two months, and decided to proceed with a markedly different producer: Rick Rubin, co-founder of rap label Def Jam and unabashed rock and metal fan (he’d joined Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for a cover of “Walk This Way,” kickstarting/restarting their careers, and signed thrash metal legends Slayer to his label the year before with the iconic Reign in Blood).

Rubin re-recorded the Peace tracks with a much harder edge than even the post-rock production of Love would afford, but the results were well-received by fans old and new. Singles “Love Removal Machine” and “Lil’ Devil” were Top 20 U.K. hits, as well as the band’s first placement on a U.S. chart (Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock chart). But the band never really forgot about the Peace sessions, releasing some of the tracks as B-sides to singles from Electric and, in 2000, releasing the full album in its intended sequence in the long-deleted box set Rare Cult.

Now, Beggars Archive brings both records together for the first time in one set, on both CD and double-vinyl. Amazon indicates they’re available as of last Tuesday, July 16, though the band’s official site indicates a release date of July 29 and 30 on each side of the Atlantic. But they are indeed yours to order, as always after the jump with the full track breakdown!

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 25, 2013 at 09:13

Posted in News, Reissues, The Cult, Vinyl