DELUXE EDITION DREAMLAND – Chris Rea: Whatever Happened To Benny Santini?

From the beginning of his career in the late 70s through to his peak in popularity at the turn of the 90s, Chris Rea was a very prolific artist. In a thirteen year stretch, he released eleven albums. In the twenty first century, the very idea that a band or artist could average almost one album per year for so long is almost an alien concept.

Given Chris’s popularity – especially in Germany – it’s strange how these albums have been overlooked with regards to expanded reissue. However, each one – barring 1978’s ‘Whatever Happened To Benny Santini?’, which spent years in an out of print limbo – is still only available in the same CD pressing made in the late 80s.

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Two expanded CD releases from The Cars to be released in July

Some eighteen years after The Cars’ self titled debut album was afforded the 2CD deluxe reissue treatment, fans of Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr can now breath a sigh of relief.  After almost two decades of hoping other Cars titles would be reissued with various bonuses, two more titles hit the shelves in July 2017.

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Buffalo Tom: 25th anniversary edition of Let Me Come Over released in May

Peers to Dinosaur Jr. and Lemonheads, Boston’s favourite alt-rock sons, Buffalo Tom released their third album ‘Let Me Come Over’ in 1992.  It was arguably their first essential recording.   It’s hard to believe that it’s been gracing peoples’ turntables for a quarter of a century.

To mark this milestone anniversary, Beggars Banquet Records will release a 2CD and 2LP edition of the album on 19th May 2017.   The full official press release appears below.

The album can be purchased from the Beggars Banquet online store, here.

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DELUXE EDITION DREAMLAND: Elton John – The Fox

the-foxIn the first quarter of 2011 Universal Music released a five disc super-deluxe edition of Elton John’s multi-million selling, career defining ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. While huge chunks of the album are undeniably great, did we really need another deluxe edition of this when an excellent three disc edition was released (complete with SACD compatible material) ten years previously? There are other parts of Elton’s huge body of works worthy of expanding.

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Three disc reissue of Judas Priest’s ‘Turbo’ due for release in February

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Arguably one of the most unloved Halford-fronted Judas Priest albums, ‘Turbo’ was also the band’s most commercial sounding.  Originally conceived as a double album, Columbia Records didn’t have the confidence that Priest had enough pulling power to shift units of an expensive two-record set and so the proposed eighteen tracks was scaled down to a more digestible nine track affair.

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