Category Archives: Vinyl LP

YES’ Tales From Topographic Oceans On 180g 2LP Vinyl Arrives In July

Tales From Topographic Oceans - YES CoverRecently, Steven Wilson mentioned that his expansive remix work on the divisive Tales Of Topographic Oceans would be forthcoming later in 2016. While we all anxiously await that no doubt brilliant reintroduction of the 1973 YES gem, there is a new vinyl set coming from the historic halls of Atlantic Records.

On July 29, Rhino and Atlantic will reissue Tales From Topographic Oceans in a new desirable 180g-weight pressing featuring two vinyl discs. This vinyl set replicates the original production in every way.

Tales From Topographic Oceans has had its share of fans and detractors. I believe the album has weathered criticisms well. In fact, I think the album has aged quite well musically. But if you’re a fan and want what should easily be a beautiful reproduction of the original classic, then this Atlantic repress of the title should be a no-brainer to acquire. It follows on the heels of Fragile (re-released in May of 2016), and Drama (re-released in April of 2016) as Rhino and Atlantic cover the gradual reintroduction of YES vinyl for aficionados.

Wonder which title is next? I’m guessing…Going For The One!

ROGER DEAN

[UPDATE] 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Of Ramones Debut

Ramones RamonesWell over a month earlier, I mentioned the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the great 1976 debut from Ramones. Since the release of that album, the era of punk was ushered in completely. After that magnificent eponymous debut album, Ramones achieved a legendary status revered to this day. MusicTAP mentioned that the album would be released on July 1 as a 3CD/1LP Collector’s Edition. That date has since shifted to July 29. To be sure, the set is pricey. But it contains an extraordinary amount of historical tracks to make the purchase a worthy one if you’re a Ramones fan through and through.

The 3CD/1LP set will offer a 2016 remaster of the classic fourteen-track masterpiece. The first CD will offer not only the 2016 Sereo remaster, but will also tack on the entire album in a new MONO mix. In addition to that, the two extra CDs will provide eighteen demos, outtakes, and single edit mixes, while the third CD will contain the two legendary Roxy sets from Hollywood on August 12, 1976. The second set is a previously unreleased live set. both live sets have been newly remastered. Each set features the exact same set list.

More surprising is the 180g-weight LP. It will actually contain the new MONO version of Ramones as opposed to an expected Stereo issue. That separates the set from being more than just a standard Super Deluxe Edition release.

The 3 CDs and LP are contained inside a 12″ x 12″ hardcover book. The book will present photographs that have been previously unseen. They are presented by the album’s original photographer, Roberta Bayley. The book is rounded out by notes, an essay, and other cool Ramones things. The album has been remastered by the album’s original producer, Craig Leon.

Most importantly, the box is a limited release with only 19,760 numbered sets being manufactured. (Clever, the number amount.)

CD1
STEREO and MONO – 2016 Remaster and Remix:
Stereo Remaster

01. Blitzkrieg Bop
02. Beat On The Brat
03. Judy Is A Punk
04. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
05. Chain Saw
06. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
07. I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement
08. Loudmouth
09. Havana Affair
10. Listen To My Heart
11. 53rd & 3rd
12. Let’s Dance
13. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
MONO Mix
15. Blitzkrieg Bop
16. Beat On The Brat
17. Judy Is A Punk
18. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
19. Chain Saw
20. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
21. I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement
22. Loudmouth
23. Havana Affair
24. Listen To My Heart
25. 53rd & 3rd
26. Let’s Dance
27. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
28. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

CD2
Single Edits, Outtakes, Demos:
01. Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Stereo) [Single Version]
02. Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Mono) [Single Version]
03. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Original Stereo) [Single Version]
04. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Original Mono) [Single Version]
05. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Original Uncensored Vocals)
06. I Don’t Care (Demo Version) [2016 Remastered]
07. 53rd & 3rd (Demo Version)
08. Loudmouth (Demo Version)
09. Chain Saw (Demo)
10. You Should Have Never Opened That Door (Demo) [2016 Remastered]
11. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Demo)
12. I Can’t Be (Demo) [2016 Remastered]
13. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Demo)
14. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You (Demo)
15. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Demo) [2016 Remastered]
16. I Don’t Wanna Be Learned / I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed (Demo) [2016 Remastered]
17. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl (Demo)
18. What’s Your Game (Demo) [2016 Remastered]

CD3
Live At The Roxy, Hollywood – August 8, 1976 – 2 Sets – 2016 Remasters:
01. Loudmouth
02. Beat On The Brat
03. Blitzkrieg Bop
04. I Remember You
05. Glad To See You Go
06. Chain Saw
07. 53rd & 3rd
08. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
09. Havana Affair
10. Listen To My Heart
11. California Sun
12. Judy Is A Punk
13. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
15. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
16. Let’s Dance
Set 2 – Previously Unreleased
17. Loudmouth
18. Beat On The Brat
19. Blitzkrieg Bop
20. I Remember You
21. Glad To See You Go
22. Chain Saw
23. 53rd & 3rd
24. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
25. Havana Affair
26. Listen To My Heart
27. California Sun
28. Judy Is A Punk
29. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
30. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
31. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
32. Let’s Dance

LP1
2016 Mono Mix:
01. Blitzkrieg Bop
02. Beat On The Brat
03. Judy Is A Punk
04. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
05. Chain Saw
06. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
07. I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement
08. Loudmouth
09. Havana Affair
10. Listen To My Heart
11. 53rd & 3rd
12. Let’s Dance
13. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

 

Simple Minds’ New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) Box Soon

Simple Minds New Gold DreamsSimple Minds is a band that has never strayed far from the consciousness of their fans. They still release fantastic albums. I’ve never failed to be impressed by their songwriting capabilities, their musical arrangements, song selections, etc. I was an early fan following them up into their moments of fame, and then afterwards where, album after album, they just keep getting better and better. But enough about that. There’s a reissue coming. And it’s one of the great classics.

On July 29 (UK), August 5 (US), New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84) will be reissued with every stop pulled out for it. New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) will come to us in several ways that include a 2CD Deluxe Edition, a vinyl LP set, a BD-Audio version, and a heavily crammed Deluxe Edition.

New Gold Dreams will feature -obviously- new remastering. The Super Deluxe Edition will offer CDs of Extended Versions, Edits and B-Sides, Alternate Mixes, and Radio Sessions. With the original album that counts for five CDs filled with Simple Minds and New Gold Dreams riches. Another disc is a DVD that will present 5.1 Surround mixes of the original album (pulled from the 2005 DVD-Audio). The DVD will also provide two promo videos (“Promised You A Miracle”, “Glittering Prize”), and two previously unreleased Tops of the Pops performances (“Promised You A Miracle”, “Glittering Prize”). All of this is housed in a nice Box along with a 36-page booklet.

New Gold Dreams Remaster SDR Box

The 2CD Deluxe Edition will provide the original album and a second CD with the contents of the Extended Versions (see track-lists below). The vinyl LP will be a 180g-weight black vinyl pressing and include the download code for the digital files of the album. The BD-Audio set will contain everything found on the DVD set included in the Super Deluxe Edition along with the original album.

New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) 2016 Remaster – Simple Minds

CD1:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel
03. Promised You a Miracle
04. Big Sleep
05. Somebody Up There Likes You
06. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
07. Glittering Prize
08. Hunter and the Hunted
09. King Is White and in the Crowd

CD2:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Extended] (From Promised You a Miracle 12″ Single)
02. Seeing Out the Angel [Instrumental Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle 12″ Single)
03. Promised You a Miracle [Us Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle American 12″ Single)
04. Promised You a Miracle [Us Dub] (From Promised You a Miracle American 12″ Single) First Time on CD
05. Promised You a Miracle [Us Special Extended Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle American Promo 12″ Single) First Time on CD
06. Glittering Prize [Club Mix] (From Glittering Prize 12″ Single)
07. Glittering Prize [Extended Theme] (From Glittering Prize 12″ Single)
08. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Extended] (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
09. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [German 12″ Remix]
10. King Is White and in the Crowd [Instrumental]
11. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [German 12″ Remix with Drums]
12. In Every Heaven (From X5 Compilation)

CD3:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Edit] (From Promised You a Miracle 7″ Single)
02. Theme for Great Cities (From Promised You a Miracle 7″ Single)
03. Glittering Prize [Edit] (From Glittering Prize 7″ Single)
04. Glittering Prize [Theme] (From Glittering Prize 7″ Single)
05. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Edit]
06. Soundtrack for Every Heaven (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
07. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [7″ Mix]

CD4:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Kid Jensen Session]
02. In Trance As Mission [Kid Jensen Session]
03. King Is White and in the Crowd [Kid Jensen Session] (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
04. Promised You a Miracle [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
05. Love Song [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
06. Sons and Fascination [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
07. King Is White and in the Crowd [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
08. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Kid Jensen Session]
09. Glittering Prize [Kid Jensen Session]
10. Hunter and the Hunted [Kid Jensen Session]

CD5:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
03. Promised You a Miracle [Remix for Album: Long] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
04. Big Sleep [Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
05. In Every Heaven [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
06. Somebody Up There Likes You [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
07. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
08. Hunter and the Hunted [Alternative Take] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
09. King Is White and in the Crowd [Monitor Mix] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
10. In Every Heaven [Early Version] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD

DVD:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [2005 DVD-Audio  5:1 Mixes]
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
03. Promised You a Miracle [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
04. Big Sleep [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
05. Somebody Up There Likes You [2005 DVD_Audio 5:1 Mixes]
06. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
07. Glittering Prize [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
08. Hunter and the Hunted [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
09. King Is White and in the Crowd [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
10. In Every Heaven [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
11. Promised You a Miracle [Video]
12. Glittering Prize [Video]
13. Promised You a Miracle [Top of the Pops] First Time Commercially Released
14. Glittering Prize [Top of the Pops] First Time Commercially Released

 

Dead Can Dance Titles Reissued On Vinyl Beginning In July

The unique and unusual duo of Dead Can Dance has created a strong and enduring body of work that started with their self-titled debut back in 1984, and terminated with their beautiful comeback set, Anastasis (2012). Before Anastasis was their last 4AD album, Spiritchaser, the album that we had all feared was their last. It was released as early as 1996, a full 17 years before their next (Anastasis). Dead Can Dance is comprised of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard.

Much of Dead Can Dance albums were released in the post-LP world, when CDs were gaining in popularity.Whatever releases that were issued in vinyl have long gone out of print. Now that vinyl is becoming – once again – a medium of choice for many, we’re starting to see many old classics being remastered and reissued on heavy 180g vinyl (standard weight; some are as heavy as 200g). With that in mind, it’s great news to find that 4AD will revisit the extraordinary Dead Can Dance catalog of eight titles with a mind to reissue them in unique fashion.

On July 8, 4AD will reissue three of the eight titles. Those include:

Into The Labyrinth (1993)

DCD - Into The Labyrinth 2LP

This will be a 2LP set with an altered track listing, as well as new cover artwork.

LP1:
Side A:
01 – Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
02 – The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
03 – The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Side B:
01 – The Carnival Is Over
02 – Ariadne
03 – Saldek
04 – Towards The Within

LP2:
Side A:
01 – Tell Me about The Forest
02 – The Spider’s Stratagem
03 – Emmeleia
04 – How Fortunate The Man With None

Side B:
01 – Bird
02 – Spirit

Spleen And Ideal (1985)

DCD Spleen And Ideal LP

This 1LP title will be a repress of the original release.

Side A:
01 – De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow)
02 – Ascension
03 – Circumradiant Dawn
04 – The Cardinal Sin
05 – Mesmerism

Side B:
01 – Enigma Of The Absolute
02 – Advent
03 – Avatar
04 – Indoctrination (A Design For Living)

Dead Can Dance (1984)

DCD - Dead Can Dance

This 1LP title is a repress of the original release.

Side A:
01 – The Fatal Impact
02 – The Trial
03 – Frontier
04 – Fortune
05 – Ocean

Side B:
01 – East Of Eden
02 – Threshold
03 – A Passage In Time
04 – Wild In The Woods
05 – Musica Eternal

You can pre-order titles at this link. The rest will show up over the course of the year,

 

Bad Company’s Live 1977 Featuring Houston ’77 Show On 2LP Vinyl In July

Bad Company Live LPIf you’re a Bad Company fan AND a vinyl enthusiast, then you can be happy at the upcoming 2LP set extraction of Live 1977 from the 2CD set released on April 29.

This set will feature ONLY the Houston, TX show at The Summit on May 23rd in 1977.

Live 1977 will be pressed on 180-weight black vinyl and is scheduled for release on July 24.

Live 1977 – Bad Company 

LP1:
Side A
01 Burnin’ Sky
02 Too Bad
03 Ready For Love
04 Heartbeat

Side B
01 Morning Sun
02 Man Needs Woman
03 Leaving You
04 Shooting Star

LP2:
Side A
01 Simple Man
02 Movin’ On
03 Like Water

Side B
01 Drum Solo
02 Live For The Music
03 Good Lovin’ Gone Bad
04 Feel Like Makin’ Love

 

R.E.M. Transitions To Concord Records With Re-Release of WB Years Catalog In July

REM GreenA few short R.E.M. notes today. With the recent sign-off of R.E.M.’s Warner Brothers years catalog to Universal-distributed Concord Records, the new label will be putting the affected titles into the marketplace with the Concord imprint. The titles start with Green and end with Up, with the years from 1988 through 2011.

The titles were released through Concord digitally back in April. On July 1, all of the titles (Green, Monster, Up, Reveal, New Adventures In Hi-Fi, Accelerate, Automatic for The People, Around the Sun, Collapse Into Now), will be re-released on CD.

On July 1, Green will be released as the 2013 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition, the single CD edition, and also as a vinyl LP set.

As hinted earlier, the titles will be getting Deluxe Editions with new remastering, bonus material, and other good things. There is no timeline for any of these as of yet.

Mott (Mott The Hoople) To Get Limited Edition Remastered Vinyl Reissue

Mott Mott The HoopleMany of us have those classic albums in our lives. Some of them are so important to us in many, many ways. They can be an incredible bookmark, an effective soundtrack to a point in our time-span. They can be perfect through and through, every song a masterpiece. They can be the best album in a favorite band’s body of work. Whatever they are, they’re perfect for us. Therefore, they never lose value. They never lose traction. They always seem to hang out in our minds somewhere. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

For me, one of those albums is Mott by Mott The Hoople. Released in 1973, Mott represented – in many ways – the end of Mott The Hoople. It was the last to feature Mick Ralphs before his departure to the brighter lights and bigger stages of Bad Company. Of course, The Hoople, which followed up Mott, was the swan song of the band. And it was good. But Mott was just classic, start to finish.

It’s with great delight that I can tell you that Mott is being reissued in vinyl form and featuring brand new remastering. And it’s not just a run of the mill re-release designed to capture a bit of the surging market of vinyl repurchases. It’s being lovingly reproduced for the serious fan of Mott by Drastic Plastic, a reissue label from Omaha, Nebraska. The label already have  200g (black) and 150g (opaque red color) vinyl reissues (with new remastering) of All The Young Dudes, currently available at their web store.

This vinyl LP edition of Mott will be limited in production. There will only be 1000 copies pressed. It will be a split run that will provide 500 LPs, pressed on 200g(!) weight black vinyl with another 500 copies being pressed on 150g-weight white vinyl.

The jackets for the black vinyl will be foil-numbered in silver, while the jackets for the white colored vinyl will be foil-numbered in gold. Both issues will feature the original artwork, just as it was originally released.

Currently, the hope is for a nearby release date for Mott. But there is a surge in vinyl pressing popularity that sometimes obscures even the most hopeful of dates. Bear in mind that a date is close and will soon be here. And remember, there will only be 1000 copies pressed.

 

 

New Paul Simon Album, Stranger To Stranger, Planned For June

Paul Simon - Stranger To StrangerSince 1965, when Paul Simon released his first solo album, we have been the beneficial recipients of his strong lyrics and musical prowess. That album showcased his “I Am A Rock”, which was later re-recorded to help heighten the impact of the duo of Simon & Garfunkel in their collection of generating hits. Although, the folk duo of Simon & Garfunkel lasted only until their final recorded studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970), Paul Simon ventured on as a solo artist, eventually releasing many classic sets with a wide range of hits.

Paul Simon’s lyrics have always been insightful, mournful, nostalgic, humorous, and deeply filled with disillusionment and uncertainty. They were poetically charged and timeless. Even today, many of those songs still hold a music-listening public in thrall. As proof of that, listen to the stunning and moving cover of “The Sound Of Silence” recently released by Disturbed (here).

From the release of his popular 1972 self-titled solo album, with three hits that included “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” and “Mother and Child Reunion” to the huge charting successes of Graceland (1986), and The Rhythm Of The Saints (1990), on through to his last album from 2011,  So Beautiful, So What, Paul Simon has challenged musical boundaries and lyrics with his own legacy of brilliance.

On June 3, Concord Records will release the next Paul Simon album, Stranger To Stranger. This new album will feature a continuation of his love for rhythmic styles, first enjoyed in Graceland. The new album will feature a strong three-song collaboration with popular Italian electronic dance artist, Clap! Clap!  The standard intended release of Strange To Stranger will be a CD with eleven New Paul Simon songs. There will be an expanded Deluxe Edition with five bonus tracks as well as the expected DD of the album. In addition, there will be a 180g-weight vinyl LP version of the eleven track set.

The album is preceded by a song from it called “Wristband” (enjoyed below).

Paul Simon will undertake a supportive tour for the album beginning April 29 in New Orleans, and finishing on July 1 at Forest Hills in New York (two nights).

 

TAPSheet: Vinyl LP Release Notes – 03/29/2016

There are a flurry of upcoming vinyl editions of not only new works but also old classics. With this edition of TAPSheet, I’ll run through a few of the upcoming vinyl editions that are being planned for the upcoming months. While not a complete list, it should help to surprise you on a few that you might have been unaware of that are being prepped for vinyl re-release.

Nonesuch Records plan the 2LP release of The Bright Mississippi, the 2009 release by Allen Toussaint. The vinyl is planned to be reissued on 140g-weight black vinyl. It’s scheduled for June 10. (Note: Rhino Records will be releasing a 2CD set featuring the works of Allen Toussaint called The Complete Warner Recordings. It’s on the calendar for May 13.)

Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi

As previously noted, the 6LP (180g-weight color vinyl) Box of The Elektra Years 1978-1987 featuring the classic albums of The Cars , is planned for June 7.

CARS The Elektra Years 1978-1987

The 2005 Regina Spektor set, Soviet Kitsch, is slated for vinyl reissue on May 6. It will contain thirteen tracks.

Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch

Warner Brothers Music will reissue three Linkin Park titles on vinyl LP scheduling them for May 6. The titles include Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (2008) on a 2LP set; Reanimation (2002), a remix that will fill 2LPs; and a single LP version of Living Things (2013).

The brand new Beth Orton album, Kidsticks, will be released not only on the expected CD and DD formats, but also vinyl LP scheduled for May 27.

Beth Orton Kidsticks

Warner Brothers will release vinyl LPs for Prince. The first is For You (1978), which is planned for April 26, with the second being Prince (1979), planned for May 24.

Prince For You

Eric Clapton‘s upcoming new album, I Still Do will be released on 2LP in 180g-weight vinyl, cut at 45RPM speed. The LP will offer DD rights via a download card with exclusive passcode. I Still Do is planned for May 20.

Eric Clapton I Still Do

JEMP Records will reissue Hoist, the 1994 classic Phish album, on 180g-weight black vinyl 2LP. It is being scheduled for May 20.

Phish Hoist

Elektra Records will re-release the 2013 remastered vinyl edition 2LP of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) by The Cure that was exclusive to Record Store Day 2013. This version will differ in that it will be pressed on 180g-weight black vinyl and available without the long line hassles. It’s scheduled for May 13.

Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

Warner Brothers will revisit the 1988 Enya classic, Watermark, along with Shepherd Moons from 1991, and her 1995 set, The Memory Of Trees, with vinyl LP reissues of the best-selling titles.

Enya Watermark

Atlantic Records will release the new album by Adia Victoria on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The album is called Beyond The Bloodhounds.  The LP edition will include DD rights. It’s planned for May 13. Yes, she’s pretty good.

Adia Victoria Beyond The Bloodhounds

Real Gone Music will offer a remastered translucent green vinyl Limited Edition of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Return Of The Living Dead from 1985. This film was a hilarious send-up of zombies that continued on for multiple sequels. “Send More Cops”. But a word of warning to delayers: There will only be 750 available copies. It’s on the market on May 6.

Return Of The Living Dead OMPS

Also from Real Gone Music, a Limited Edition 180g-weight black vinyl press of Cactus, the 1970 debut from Cactus. It’s destined for May 6. There will only be 700 copies made.

Cactus Cactus

Justin Time Records will offer a repress of the 1993 classic debut from Diana Krall of Stepping Out. It’s planned as a 180g-weight 2LP Essentials Collection and will come with a DD download card. It’s planned for May 6.

Diana_Krall_Steppin_Gatefold

And finally: For May 3, Elektra will reissue two 10,000 Maniacs titles on vinyl LPs. Those will be Our Time In Eden (1992), and In My Tribe (1987).

10000 Maniacs Our Time In Eden

U.K. To Get 16Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Box

UK Ultimate Collectors EditionThis is somewhat “old news” by now, but in case you haven’t seen this yet, here is cool U.K. news:

If you were a U.K. (band) fan, then you’ll be pleased to read that the short-lived supergroup will get a HUGE multi-disc Box featuring not only the band’s studio releases in remastered form, but also a wealth of live recordings and other assortted goodies and enhancements.

U.K. was formed by John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson, and Allan Holdsworth. Together, that line-up crafted the stunning self-titled debut, U.K. (1978). That album performed well on charts, on critics’ lists, and with fans. After differences, Holdsworth and Bruford left leaving Wetton and Jobson to recruit Terry Bozzio on drums to form the trio that created the brilliant second album, Danger Money (1979). After the album, further differences caused the dissolution of the band, and that was the last of U.K. as far as studio albums would go. There would be a reunion for nostalgia and monetary reasons later, but U.K. as we knew them was finished.

On April 15, the 16Disc Box called UK – Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be released with 12CDs and 4BDs to create a definitive look at the band that time forgot (but you didn’t).

Ultimate Collector’s Edition will provide the original two studio albums as well as the official live set released by EG Records, Night After Night (1979). That live set will be expanded to add in 50 extra minutes. (How I wish that we’d begin to see more and more popular Live sets from other bands get the expanded treatment to include full concerts instead of just the cherry-picked ones. Live Dates (Wishbone Ash) is one I want!) In addition, those classic albums will be featured on several BD-audio discs in high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz sound. But that’s not everything.

Other CDs and BDs will provide audio for Jobson/Wetton 2011 Reunion show in Tokyo, as well three original era concerts (Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia), and their last concert from Netherlands in 1979. Some of the CDs offer interviews and unreleased materials to make this set a truly important one for fans of the band.

Finally, a big 64-page booklet will contain scores of photos, liner notes, essays, and other minutiae related to the existence of U.K.

The entire Box was oversaw by Eddie Jobson.