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Release Round-Up: Week of November 2

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Another week, another batch of reissues!

Wings, Band on the Run: Special Edition (Concord)

After reissues of John Lennon’s solo catalogue and the Apple Records discography, another Beatles-oriented campaign kicks off with a new reissue of Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings’ classic LP. It’s the first of his classic discs to be re-released on Concord, and will be available in a wide variety of formats. (Best of all, it’s the first drop in the bucket – an insert inside the sets confirms upcoming reissues of more McCartney and Wings sets.) (Official Site)

Weezer, Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition / Death to False Metal (Geffen/UMe)

With Weezer no longer a part of the Geffen roster, UMe begins mining the pop-rock band’s considerable back catalogue (after a 10th anniversary reissue of the band’s 1994 debut). This week brings a similar deluxe edition of 1995’s Pinkerton, long thought to be the band’s crowning achievement, and a compilation of outtakes, Death to False Metal. (Official Site)

Various Artists, The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition (RCA/Legacy)

To time with the film’s debut on Blu-Ray, Sony reissues The Sound of Music yet again, with a rendition of “My Favorite Things” by Glee star Lea Michele as a bonus track. (Amazon)

Pet Shop Boys, Ultimate Pet Shop Boys (EMI)

A slim, single-disc distillation of the PSB discography, with a new track, “Together.” A deluxe edition adds a DVD full of goodies, including all the band’s live BBC performances and their acclaimed set at Glastonbury back in June. (Amazon U.K.) Read the rest of this entry »

Reissue! Repackage! Repackage! Volume #1: Another Trip to “San Francisco”

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Here’s another new feature for your consideration at The Second Disc: reissues of classic albums are the core of our coverage, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the other, odder batches of reissues. You know, the ones that come out after a record does alright on its own, to squeeze some more juice from the rinds. It’s easier to be more cynical about these sets, but everything deserves its own place.

Train, much like Ken Jeong’s character on the show Community, is a band that can never die. Thought “Meet Virginia” would consign them to one-hit wonder status in 1999? “Drops of Jupiter” was there to push them back into your consciousness in 2001. Then “Calling All Angels” in 2003. Then…more or less nothing, until “Hey, Soul Sister” grabbed your radio by the neck and refused to let go all through the past year.

Now, Columbia plans to release a new version of the album which spawned “Hey, Soul Sister” in time for the holiday rush. Save Me, San Francisco: Golden Gate Edition includes six extra tracks, including a remix of new single “Marry Me” and “Shake Up Christmas,” obviously intended for seasonal playlists.

Head-shaking aside, Train have been consistent in their production of semi-catchy pop-rock over the past decade or so; thus, you won’t be judged if you end up picking this set up for yourself or the people you love.

The track list for this new reissue is after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

October 27, 2010 at 09:50