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Release Round-Up: Week of October 22

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TFF The Hurting boxTears for Fears, The Hurting: Deluxe Edition (Mercury/UMe)

The landmark debut album from the U.K. hitmakers celebrates its 30th anniversary with a new double-disc deluxe edition stocked with rare single-only material and a deluxe box set version with a bonus disc of John Peel sessions and the In My Mind’s Eye live concert film on DVD.

2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
3CD/1DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Van Morrison - Moondance BoxVan Morrison, Moondance: Expanded Edition (Warner Bros./Rhino)

Though Van would rather you not buy this box, it features his classic 1970 album (newly remastered and in a new 5.1 surround sound mix on the Blu-Ray) plus three discs of session outtakes.

1CD remaster: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
4CD/1BD:  Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Fisherman's BoxThe Waterboys, Fisherman’s Box: The Complete Fisherman’s Blues Sessions 1986-1988 (Parlophone)

This six-disc set features every take from the making of this celebrated album from Mike Scott’s band. A deluxe version features the original album on vinyl and a further bonus disc of songs that influenced the album – all of which will be broken down in full in a post later today!

6CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
7CD/1LP: Amazon U.K.

Chrysalis FB bannerTen Years After, Recorded Live: Expanded Edition / Robin Trower, State to State: Live Across America 1974-1980 / UFO, “Hot ‘N’ Live”: The Chrysalis Live Anthology 1974-1983 (Chrysalis/Rhino)

These three hard-rockin’ releases from the Chrysalis vaults are ready to purchase this week – or you can win them from us!

Ten Years After: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Robin Trower: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
UFO: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

XTC - NonsuchXTC, Nonsuch: Expanded Edition (Panegyric)

The band’s 1992 album, featuring modern rock hit “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” features a new stereo and surround mix by Steven Wilson, plus a host of audiovisual extras.

CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
CD/BD: Amazon U.K.

Sparks BoxSparks, New Music for Amnesiacs: The Ultimate Collection (Universal U.K.)

One of the pioneering acts in quirk rock have a swag-filled five-disc career-spanning box set tangible object in the market. (Amazon U.K.)

Woody Guthrie American Radical PatriotWoody Guthrie, American Radical Patriot (Rounder)

A stunning 6CD/1DVD/1LP box set includes, for the first time, all of Guthrie’s historic recordings for Alan Lomax, plus scores of rarities – including a rare early Bob Dylan recording, too. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Freddie Tribute BDQueen, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: Deluxe Edition (Eagle Rock)

The life of the late Queen frontman was celebrated in one of the greatest benefit concerts of all time – and this expanded version features, for the first time on DVD or Blu-Ray, tribute performances from the first half of the concert.

3DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Monro RaritiesMatt Monro, The Rarities Collection (Parlophone)

Three discs of rarities from the legendary crooner; most were originally released on The Rare Monro and/or Matt Uncovered: The Rarer Monro, but many have been sonically upgraded, with more rarities included herein! (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Laura Nyro - SmileLaura Nyro, Smile: Expanded Edition (Iconoclassic)

Nyro’s 1976 release, issued after a four-year absence, is expanded with three rare demos. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Love to Love You DonnaDonna Summer, Love to Love You Donna (Verve)

Classic Donna Summer tracks, newly remixed by modern dance acts and producers, plus an unreleased collaboration between Summer and longtime producer Giorgio Moroder.

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

TLC 20TLC, 20 (Epic)

A new compilation from the acclaimed ’90s R&B girl group features a new track, “Meant to Be,” penned by R&B singer Ne-Yo. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

WE HAVE A WINNER! Chrysalis Live Classics from Ten Years After, Robin Trower and UFO!

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KEITH PETTIPAS, THESE THREE SETS ARE YOURS! E-mail or Facebook message us and they’ll be on their way!

Written by Mike Duquette

October 17, 2013 at 12:00

Rhino Turns Chrysalis Acts Up Live and Loud! Deluxe Sets Coming From Ten Years After, Robin Trower, UFO

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Ten Years After - Recorded LiveJust a couple of months back, on July 1, Warner Music Group announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group. The transaction was set in motion as a result of the break-up of EMI, and with its completion, WMG now holds not only the Parlophone label itself but the Chrysalis/Ensign, EMI and Virgin Classics labels. We’ve seen projects already announced from the new Parlophone, including a Matt Monro rarities release due in the U.K. this September. We can now reveal that numerous Chrysalis titles are also in the pipeline, including Steven Wilson’s remix and reissue of Jethro Tull’s 1970 Benefit, and three more exciting seventies rock reissues from Ten Years After, Robin Trower and UFO.

Ten Years After soared to stardom in America following its smoking performance at Woodstock in August 1969. Over the next five years, the British blues-rockers charted eight Top 40 albums in their native England and earned a sizeable following stateside, as well. Alvin Lee, Chick Churchill, Leo Lyons and Rick Lee released the double-LP Recorded Live in 1973. Captured in European locales including Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris with the Rolling Stones’ mobile truck, Recorded Live preserves Ten Years After at its peak. Originally issued on Chrysalis in the U.K. and on Columbia in the U.S., the classic set is being expanded by Rhino with a full seven previously unissued performances including stabs at Lightnin’ Hopkins “I Woke Up This Morning” and Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.” The remastered and expanded Recorded Live arrives on October 7 in the United Kingdom and one day later in the United States.

After the jump, you’ll find the scoop on more previously unissued live goodies coming from Robin Trower and UFO! Plus: complete track listings and pre-order links!

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Written by Joe Marchese

September 6, 2013 at 11:35

EMI Releases Second Budget Box by UFO

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UFO are getting their second budget box set from EMI in the U.K., covering the band’s work in the ’80s on Chrysalis Records.

follow-up to last year’s budget set from the label, The Chrysalis Years Volume 2 follows the hard-rocking band through several periods of transition. In 1978, virtuosic guitarist Michael Schenker, formerly of Scorpions, left the band, to be replaced by Paul “Tonka” Chapman, the band’s guitarist from 1974 to 1975. (This was far from the only lineup change through the decade; bassist Pete Way left in 1982, and was replaced by a myriad of other players over the years. The band would split in 1983, but reunited with (again) a slightly altered lineup, releasing an album and EP between 1986 and 1988. (Afterward, they disbanded yet again, until a new lineup in 1992 gave way to the classic lineup playing through the rest of the decade.)

Despite the changes in personnel, UFO had some career highs in this period. 1980’s No Place to Run saw the band work with legendary producer George Martin, while 1982’s Mechanix was the band’s most successful LP, peaking at No. 8 in England.

The Chrysalis Years Volume 2 collects, across five discs, the band’s five albums from the era (No Place to RunThe Wild, The Willing and The Innocent (1981), MechanixMaking Contact (1983) and Misdemeanor (1986)), plus single edits and B-sides, remixes from the U.S. pressing of Misdemeanor, a mostly-unreleased live concert recorded by the BBC at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on the No Place to Run tour and the live material released on 1983’s Headstone compilation. (Unfortunately, the live and studio bonus tracks included on recent reissues of No PlaceThe Wild… and Mechanix do not carry over.)

The set was released April 2 in the U.K. and can be bought after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

April 4, 2012 at 11:44

Posted in Box Sets, News, Reissues, UFO

Release Round-Up: Week of January 17

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Frank Sinatra, The Concert Sinatra (Concord)

A remixed, remastered and expanded edition of Frank’s 1963 studio album (the title referred to the size of Nelson Riddle’s excellent orchestra).

Modern English, Mesh and Lace / After the Snow / Ricochet Days (4AD)

Newly-pressed reissues of the first three Modern English LPs, with bonus tracks. They’ve been out before, so you might already have them. But if you don’t, they’re here again.

Heaven 17, Play to Win: The Very Best of Heaven 17 / Hot Chocolate, You Sexy Thing: The Best of Hot Chocolate / UFO, Too Hot to Handle: The Very Best of UFO (Music Club Deluxe)

Some new double-disc budget compilations from Demon’s U.K. imprint.

Martina McBride, Hits and More (Sony Nashville/RCA)

The contemporary country star closes out her RCA contract with this hits collection featuring a handful of rare and new tracks.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 17, 2012 at 08:10

In Case You Missed It: UFO Lands in Budget Box from EMI

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The latest of EMI’s ongoing budget box sets should be of particular interest for fans of early hard rock group UFO: a vault-vacuuming set of the band’s early material for Chrysalis Records.

UFO are now a respectable name among rock and metal fans, but the band’s early experimental material for Beacon Records only earned them modest success in other parts of Europe and Asia. When the band added 18-year-old former Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker to the group, however, a cleaner but no less heavy sound was built. And chart success came with it: the band’s critical and commercial acclaim was highest with 1977’s Lights Out. The band would stay with Chrysalis with alternating band members throughout the ’80s (Schenker left to form his own eponymous group), but the music continues to live on among classic rock fans.

EMI’s The Chrysalis Years compilation does a good job of showing off that influence, compiling the band’s first six albums for the label (from 1974’s Phenomenon to 1979’s live Strangers in the Night) as well as a great amount of bonus material, including single edits and unreleased live cuts (including BBC sessions and a whole unreleased show from 1974). While all the bonus tracks on the label’s 2007-2008 reissues aren’t included, it’s a hell of a primer for the new fan who wants a lot of material – and a considerable bargain, given its modest packaging.

The Chrysalis Years came out this past Monday in the U.K., and you can order it here. The full track list is after the jump. (Thanks to reader George for the tip!)

UFO, The Chrysalis Years (EMI 50999 028805 2 5 (U.K.), 2011)

Disc 1: Phenomenon and bonus material

  1. Give Her the Gun
  2. Sweet Little Thing
  3. Oh My
  4. Crystal Light
  5. Doctor Doctor
  6. Space Child
  7. Rock Bottom
  8. Too Young to Know
  9. Time on My Hands
  10. Built for Comfort
  11. Lipstick Traces
  12. Queen of the Deep
  13. Doctor Doctor (Single Edit)
  14. Rock Bottom (Bob Harris Session – 10/28/1974)
  15. Time on My Hands (Bob Harris Session – 10/28/1974)
  16. Give Her the Gun (Bob Harris Session – 10/28/1974)

Disc 2: Live at the Electric Ballroom, Atlanta – 11/5/1974 and Force It

  1. Oh My
  2. Doctor Doctor
  3. Built for Comfort
  4. Give Her the Gun
  5. Cold Turkey
  6. Space Child
  7. Rock Bottom
  8. Prince Kujuku
  9. Let It Roll
  10. Shoot Shoot
  11. High Flyer
  12. Love Lost Love
  13. Out in the Street

Disc 3: more Force It, More Heavy Petting and Obsession

  1. Mother Mary
  2. Too Much of Nothing
  3. Dance Your Life Away
  4. This Kid’s (Including ‘Between the Walls’)
  5. Natural Thing
  6. I’m a Loser
  7. Can You Roll Her
  8. Belladonna
  9. Reasons Love
  10. Highway Lady
  11. On with the Action
  12. A Fool in Love
  13. Martian Landscape
  14. Too Hot to Handle
  15. Just Another Suicide
  16. Try Me
  17. Lights Out

Disc 4: more Lights Out, Obsession and bonus material

  1. Gettin’ Ready
  2. Alone Again
  3. Electric Phase
  4. Love to Love
  5. Try Me (Single Remix)
  6. Too Hot to Handle (John Peel Session – 6/27/1977)
  7. Lights Out (John Peel Session – 6/27/1977)
  8. Try Me (John Peel Session – 6/27/1977)
  9. Only You Can Rock Me
  10. Pack It Up (and Go)
  11. Arbory Hill
  12. Ain’t No Baby
  13. Lookin’ Out for No. 1
  14. Hot ‘N’ Ready
  15. Cherry
  16. You Don’t Fool Me
  17. Lookin’ Out for No. 1 (Reprise)
  18. One More for the Rodeo
  19. Born to Lose
  20. Only You Can Rock Me (Single Version)

Disc 5: Strangers in the Night and bonus material

  1. Natural Thing (Live)
  2. Out in the Street (Live)
  3. Only You Can Rock Me (Live)
  4. Doctor Doctor (Live)
  5. Mother Mary (Live)
  6. This Kid’s (Live)
  7. Love to Love (Live)
  8. Lights Out (Live)
  9. Rock Bottom (Live)
  10. Too Hot to Handle (Live)
  11. I’m a Loser (Live)
  12. Let It Roll (Live)
  13. Shoot Shoot (Live)
  14. Doctor Doctor (Live) (Single Edit)
  15. On with the Action (Live)

Disc 1, Tracks 1-2 released as Chrysalis single CHS-2024 (U.K.), 1973
Disc 1, Tracks 3-12 released as Phenomenon – Chrysalis LP CHR-1059, 1974
Disc 1, Track 13 was A-side of Chrysalis single CHS-2040 (U.K.), 1974
Disc 1, Tracks 14-16, Disc 2, Tracks 1-8 and Disc 4, Tracks 6-8 previously unreleased
Disc 2, Tracks 9-13 and Disc 3, Tracks 1-4 released as Force It – Chrysalis LP CHR-1074, 1975
Disc 3, Tracks 5-13 released as No Heavy Petting – Chrysalis LP CHR-1103, 1976
Disc 3, Tracks 14-17 and Disc 4, Tracks 1-4 released as Lights Out – Chrysalis LP CHR-1127, 1977
Disc 4, Track 5 was A-side of Chrysalis single CHS-2178 (U.K.), 1977
Disc 4, Track 9-19 released as Obsession – Chrysalis LP CDL-1182 (U.K.)/CHR-1182 (U.S.), 1978
Disc 4, Track 20 was A-side of Chrysalis single CHS-2241 (U.K.), 1978
Disc 5, Tracks 1-13 released as Strangers in the Night – Chrysalis LP CJT-5 (U.K.)/CH2-1209 (U.S.), 1979
Disc 5, Tracks 14-15 released on Chrysalis single CHS-2287 (U.K.), 1979

Written by Mike Duquette

July 14, 2011 at 12:18