Author: Bruce Jenkins  Date Posted:7 April 2024 


Since the last RSD Bulletin so many new titles have been added that we thought it was worth bringing you another news report on some of the additions that caught our eye.

Dream pop darlings the COCTEAU TWINS were active primarily during the 1980s and 90s. One way to dig their unique and enchanting music is via the fabulous 3 LP set, "Singles / B-Sides". Staying indie, but much less dreamy, we have THE HIVES "Black and White Album" coming out on vinyl for the first time since 1994. Fans will be buzzing, 'cos there’s a live HIVES album too.

Veteran IGGY POP reunited with the Stooges and toured in 2005. "Live at Lokerse Feesten 2005" is released on vinyl for the first time this RSD. Staying live, but a different genre, we bump into PUBLIC ENEMY. The New York rappers toured to mark their fifteenth anniversary and the resulting album, "Revolverlution Tour 2003", has never before appeared on vinyl. This deluxe triple LP set is a treat. Another seminal rapper was QUEEN LATIFAH. Her second album, "Nature Of A Sistah", gets a welcome vinyl re-issue.

A boxed set of peak period LINDA RONSTADT is enticing. Featuring four consecutive albums on the Asylum label, it offers the full gamut of the singer’s moods. THE ROCHES debut is out too, on ruby red vinyl, no less. In fact RSD is a feast for those who love special edition records. The picture disc has been a staple for years now, and this RSD FLEETWOOD MAC’S evergreen "Rumours" gets the treatment. Another "fancy" style is the lenticular cover. Two of CAT STEVENS albums, "Izitso" and "Numbers" receive a 3-D makeover.

Now to two very different singer/songwriters named James. First we have JIM CROCE recorded live in concert during his final tour in 1973. Another James is still going strong. Jamaican star JIMMY CLIFF is very much alive, though this fine "in concert" album—featuring the wonderful Ernest Ranglin on guitar—was originally released in 1976.


Whatever genre or style of music you love, RSD will have something to offer. This year the event throws some solid treats towards the heavy brigade, with albums from MÖTLEY CRÜE, THIN LIZZY, MOTÖRHEAD, AT THE GATES, and DEF LEPPARD. Do you go nuts for KISS? Solo offerings from ERIC CARR (a deluxe box set of "Unfinished Business") and ACE FREHLEY (picture disc) might catch your eye.

Meanwhile, over in the Electronic department, we have music from FEDER, JOSH WINK, and ALISON GOLDFRAPP. Another tasty title comes from FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON with a 30th anniversary release of their 1994 album "ISDN".

TEARS FOR FEARS debut "The Hurting" was released in 1983. "The Alternate Hurting" provides a peek behind the finished album that will intrigue fans.

Rare albums being re-issued is an exciting part of the RSD programme. One that I’m looking forward to is the debut by funksters PARLIAMENT. "Osmium" is coming with five bonus tracks appearing on vinyl for the first time. Neat!

A late addition that will get the pulses of prog fans racing is an expanded re-issue of the brilliant MATCHING MOLE debut from 1971. Featuring SOFT MACHINE’s Robert Wyatt it is a Canterbury scene classic. Staying broadly progressive, if you loved (or missed) Roger Waters 2023 homage to the epochal "Dark Side Of The Moon", there is a picture disc of his "Dark Side Of The Moon Redux" coming out for RSD.

Closer to home, a zappy Aussie compilation gathers a terrific collection of tracks from mid-80s to mid-90s. Spanning THE KILLJOYS to DIED PRETTY, "Time Capsule: Australian Sounds 1985-1994, Volume One" looks as yummy as Vegemite toast.

Of course, this window shopping could go on for ages. What about things other than LPs, for example? There’s "The Mind Games e.p." from JOHN LENNON, a DAVID BYRNE (Talking Heads) single, a beautiful picture disc 7" from UK electronic magician JANE WEAVER… and so it goes.

If you haven’t browsed the list, make a cuppa and have a scroll (HERE). You won’t be bored.


RSD is Saturday 20 April 2024

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