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NEWS: New releases from The Beatles, McCartney and Harrison

There is (as usual) much happening on the Beatles-related front with upcoming releases of Paul McCartney’s RAM, George Harrison outtakes and Yellow Submarine.

Paul McCartney | RAM – released May 22nd, 2012

Standard Edition: 1 CD digipak Single disc, digitally remastered 12- track standard edition

Special Edition: 2 CD digipak Remastered album and 8-track bonus audio CD including rarities, b-sides and the hit single, ‘Another Day’.

Deluxe Edition Box Set: 4 CD/1 DVD box set & download Remastered album, bonus audio CD, remastered Mono album, Thrillington CD, bonus film DVD, 112 page book, 5 prints in vintage style photographic wallet, 8 full size facsimiles of Paul’s original handwritten lyric sheets and mini photographic book of outtakes from the original album cover photo shoot.

Hi-Res: 24bit 96kHz files of the remastered and bonus audio CD, accessed via a download code inserted on a card within the deluxe edition package

Vinyl: 2LP 180gm, gatefold vinyl with download Remastered album, bonus audio disc plus digital download of all 20 tracks

Limited Edition Mono Vinyl: 1LP, Remastered mono album

Digital: RAM will be available for download across a variation of digital configurations including Mastered for iTunes and High Resolution

George Harrison | Early Takes Volume 1 – released April 30th, 2012

The ten tracks on the CD were first released as part of the Living In The Material World Super Deluxe Box set that accompanied Martin Scorcese’s film.

1. My Sweet Lord (demo) (3.33)
2. Run Of The Mill (demo) (1.56)
3. I’d Have You Any Time (early take) (3.06)
4. Mama You’ve Been On My Mind (demo) (3.04)
5. Let It Be Me (demo) (2.56)
6. Woman Don’t You Cry For Me (early take) (2.44)
7. Awaiting On You All (early take) (2.40)
8. Behind That Locked Door (demo) (3.29)
9. All Things Must Pass (demo) (4.38)
10. The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) (2.23)

The Beatles | Yellow Submarine – released May 28th, 2012

The Beatles‘ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release on May 28 (May 29 in the US). The film’s ‘songtrack’ album will be reissued on CD on the same date. The film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by hand, frame by frame.

  • Feature film [TRT: 89:00]
  • Fully restored in 4K and presented in the original aspect ratio of 1:66-1
  • Audio options: English 5.1 DTS, German 5.1 DTS, Italian 5.1 DTS
  • English Dolby Stereo
  • Original Mono
  • Audio Commentary – Heinz Edelmann (Art Director) and John Coates (Producer)

Extra features:

  • Mod Odyssey documentary [TRT: 7:30]
  • Original theatrical trailer [TRT: 3:30]
  •  Storyboard sequences:
  • – Sea of Monsters (split screen footage) [TRT: 4:20]
  • – Battle of the Monsters [118 images]
  • – Pepperland [64 images]
  • Interviews:
  • – Paul Angelis (voice of Ringo and Chief Blue Meanie) [TRT: 1:39]
  • – John Clive (voice of John) [TRT: 2:03]
  • – David Livesey (key animator) [TRT: 1:11]
  • – Millicent McMillan (Heinz Edelmann’s assistant) [TRT: 1:12]
  • – Jack Stokes (animation director) [TRT: 3:42]
  • – Erich Segal (co-writer) [TRT: 1:38]
  •  Original pencil drawings [29 images]
  • Behind-the-scenes photos [30 images]

Yellow Submarine Songtrack [CD]

  • 1. Yellow Submarine
  • 2. Hey Bulldog
  • 3. Eleanor Rigby
  • 4. Love You To
  • 5. All Together Now
  • 6. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • 7. Think For Yourself
  • 8. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • 9. With A Little Help From My Friends
  • 10. Baby, You’re A Rich Man
  • 11. Only A Northern Song
  • 12. All You Need Is Love
  • 13. When I’m Sixty-Four
  • 14. Nowhere Man
  • 15. It’s All Too Much


NEWS: U2 release 20th anniversary editions of Achtung Baby…

Recorded over 6 months in 1991 in Berlin and Dublin, Achtung Baby was U2’s seventh studio album. It was produced by Daniel Lanois , Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite and mixed and engineered by Flood. Led by “The Fly”, Achtung Baby spawned four more huge hit singles, “Mysterious Ways”, “One”, “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”. Heralded by Rolling Stone’s Robert Hilburn as “U2’s daring descent into darkness”, the album was awarded the Grammy for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most acclaimed rock records of the nineties and of U2’s career. As Bono said at the time, it was “the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree”.

  • The Vinyl Box Set is a limited release containing 4 LPs, two of which are pressed on translucent blue vinyl containing remixes and B-sides. The box includes a 16 page booklet.

  • The limited, numbered Uber Deluxe Edition is a magnetic puzzle tiled box and contains: six CDs including the original Achtung Baby album, the follow-up album, Zooropa, B-sides and re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the Achtung Baby sessions; four DVDs including “From The Sky Down”, Zoo TV, all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material; five clear 7″ vinyl singles in their original sleeves; 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve, an 84-page hardback book, a copy of Propaganda magazine, four badges, a sticker sheet, and a pair of Bono’s trademark “The Fly” sunglasses.

  • The Super Deluxe Edition contains six CDs, including the original Achtung Baby album, the follow-up album, Zooropa, B-sides and re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the Achtung Baby sessions and four DVDs, including “From The Sky Down”, Zoo TV, all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material, in addition to a 92-page hardback book and 16 art prints in a wallet.

NEWS: The Rolling Stones release deluxe version of Some Girls…

November 21, 2011 will see the release of the re-mastered, expanded, Super-Deluxe, Deluxe and Digital editions of The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls. Full details coming soon but it will include a previously unseen Helmut Newton photo session from 1978, an essay by esteemed author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis putting the album in its cultural context, and a 7” single of Beast Of Burden/When The Whip Comes Down in its banned sleeve.

Read more hyperbole over at the RS blog.






NEWS: Rhino releases The Smiths deluxe boxset…

Fans of The Smiths will be salivating over this, though no doubt they will already own most of it. Here they can get it all in one limited edition (4000 worldwide) boxset for only $500 US. There will also be CD and LP only versions available.


  • Individually numbered collectible edition (4000)
  • All 8 albums on CD and Vinyl with replica packaging
  • Remastered by Johnny Marr and Frank Arkwright
  • Bonus 25 vinyl 7″ singles, DVD with music videos, 8″ x 12″ original cover-art prints, 36″ x 24″ collectible poster and 8 page booklet with expanded liner notes
  • Free cover art wallpaper download with every pre-order. *You will receive wallpaper via email within 5 business days.
  • Released on October 25th 2011

WATCH: The trailer for the reissue of JAMC’s Psychocandy…

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s seminal 1985 debut is a classic of that decade (or any other) with its amalgamation of The Velvet Underground, narcotic drones and hazy pop sensibilities,. Rightfully so it now gets the makeover with a ton of extras. Here’s the lowdown with the trailer at the bottom…

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN — PSYCHOCANDY — Expanded Edition. 2 CD + DVD in digipak

• Since Psychocandy was first released in November 1985, the Jesus And Mary Chain’s debut album has received a massive amount of critical acclaim and is now widely regarded as a classic. Regularly featured in articles on classic albums, it has recently appeared on the NME’s list of the Top 50 Greatest Debut Albums Ever and Q Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest British Albums, and continues to exert a considerable influence on contemporary bands.
• This deluxe expanded edition features all the non-album b-sides, as well as previously unreleased demos, rare outtakes including controversial early track “Jesus Fuck” which the pressing plant refused to manufacture at the time due to the blasphemous lyrics — it is heard here for the first time, the complete BBC Radio Sessions the band recorded for John Peel in this period (including their legendary 1985 acoustic session) and the seminal debut single “Upside Down”, the release that put the nascent Creation Records on the map and immortalised in the recent documentary film of the same name.
• The DVD features the promo videos for the singles released from the album alongside seminal and previously unreleased TV appearances, including their jaw-dropping live TV debut on the Old Grey Whistle Test, a performance of two songs on The Tube, a studio performance and interview from Belgian TV, and never before seen footage of the infamous riot at North London Polytechnic — this includes excerpts of the band’s performance on the night, highly entertaining interviews with all four original members, and scenes of the crowd destroying the venue!
• The 32 page booklet contains exclusive new interviews that tell the band’s story in their own words, including an extensive contribution from Psychocandy-era drummer Bobby Gillespie, who went onto fame as frontman of Primal Scream, and the first ever interview with elusive first drummer Murray Dalglish, along with rare memorabilia and previously unpublished photos.



1. Just Like Honey
2. The Living End
3. Taste The Floor
4. The Hardest Walk
5. Cut Dead
6. In A Hole
7. Taste Of Cindy
8. Never Understand
9. Inside Me
10. Sowing Seeds
11. My Little Underground
12. You Trip Me Up
13. Something’s Wrong
14. It’s So Hard

15. Suck
16. Ambition
17. Just Out Of Reach
18. Boyfriend’s Dead
19. Head
20. Cracked

1. Upside Down
2. Vegetable Man

3. In A Hole
4. You Trip Me Up
5. Never Understand
6. Taste The Floor
7. The Living End
8. Inside Me
9. Just Like Honey
10. Some Candy Talking
11. Psychocandy
12. You Trip Me Up
13. Cut Dead

14. Up Too High
15. Upside Down
16. Never Understand
17. Taste The Floor
18. In A Hole
19. Something’s Wrong
20. Just Like Honey
21. The Living End
22. My Little Underground

23. Never Understand (Alternate version)
24. Jesus Fuck

1. Never Understand
2. You Trip Me Up
3. Just Like Honey

4. In A Hole – Old Grey Whistle Test
5. Riot at North London Polytechnic – Interview and Live Clips
6. Interview – VRT, Belgium
7. Never Understand — VRT, Belgium
8. Just Like Honey – The Tube
9. Inside Me – The Tube

Release date: 19th September 2011

NEWS: Details of Nirvana’s 20th Anniversary Nevermind release.


Deluxe and Super Deluxe reissues of Nirvana’s Nevermind will be released on September 26th to mark the 20th anniversary of the record.

The 2CD Deluxe edition will contain a remastered cut of the original album plus B-sides as well as a CD featuring the Smart Studio Sessions, The Boombox Rehearsals and BBC Sessions.

The 4CD + DVD Super Deluxe edition will contain these two CDs, plus a CD of the previously unreleased The Devonshire Mixes and the previously unreleased Live At The Paramount Theatre from their 1991 Halloween gig in Seattle, footage of which will also be included on the DVD. The show is the only known Nirvana gig that was shot to film. The Deluxe edition will also be available on vinyl.

Only 10,000 copies of the Super Deluxe Version of the album will be released in North America, with another 30,000 for the rest of the world, including the UK.

The tracklistings are as below:

‘Nevermind’ – Deluxe Edition

CD One

Original Album
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘In Bloom’
‘Come As You Are’
‘Territorial Pissings’
‘Drain You’
‘Lounge Act’
‘Stay Away’
‘On A Plain’
‘Something In The Way’

The B-Sides
‘Even In His Youth’
‘D-7’ live At The BBC
‘Been A Son’ live
‘School’ live
‘Drain You’ live
‘Sliver’ live
‘Polly’ live

CD Two

The Smart Studio Sessions
‘In Bloom’ previously unreleased
‘Immodium’ (Breed) previously unreleased
‘Lithium’ previously unreleased
‘Polly Previously’ unreleased mix
‘Pay To Play’
‘Here She Comes Now’
‘Dive’ previously unreleased
‘Sappy’ previously unreleased

The Boombox Rehearsals
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘Verse Chorus Verse’ previously unreleased
‘Territorial Pissings’ previously unreleased
‘Lounge Act’ previously unreleased
‘Come As You Are’
‘Old Age’ previously unreleased
‘Something In The Way’ previously unreleased
‘On A Plain’ previously unreleased

BBC Sessions
‘Drain You’ previously unreleased
‘Something In The Way’ previously unreleased

Super Deluxe Edition
CDs One And Two as above

CD Three

The Devonshire Mixes
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘In Bloom’
‘Come As You Are’
‘Territorial Pissings’
‘Drain You’
‘Lounge Act’
‘Stay Away’
‘On A Plain’
‘Something In The Way’

CD Four

Live At The Paramount Theatre
‘Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam’
‘Drain You’
‘Floyd The Barber’
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘About A Girl’
‘Love Buzz’
‘Been A Son’
‘Negative Creep’
‘On A Plain’
‘Rape Me’
‘Territorial Pissings’
‘Endless, Nameless’


Live At The Paramount Theatre
‘Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam’
‘Drain You’
‘Floyd The Barber’
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘About A Girl’
‘Love Buzz’
‘Been A Son’
‘Negative Creep’
‘On A Plain’
‘Rape Me’
‘Territorial Pissings’
‘Endless, Nameless’

Music Videos
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘Come As You Are Music’
‘In Bloom’