ThePet Shop Boys‘ concert film, Discovery: Live in Rio 1994, will be released as a 2CD+DVD set in April.
The concert film marked thePet Shop Boysfirst visit to Brazil at the end of 1994, and was issued on VHS and laserdisc in 1995.
The set list includes classic hits including ‘West End Girls’, ‘Suburbia’, ‘Being Boring’, ‘Go West’, ‘Rent’ and ‘Always On My Mind’, as well some interesting covers, including a rendition ofBlur’s ‘Girls and Boys’ (which thePet Shop Boysremixed at the time of release).
The show was filmed by Brazilian directorRoberto Berlinerwith a local TV crew in December 1994 in front of an enthusiastic Rio audience. It was shot on SD video, so to “keep the integrity of the original” the decision was made to restore and present the concert in its native SD format on DVD, rather than upscaling to HD for Blu-ray.
A new booklet features candid on-tour photographs, an interview byChris Heathconducted during tour rehearsals and an exclusive on-tour diary byNeil Tennant. This release marks the debut of this set on CD as well as DVD. There is no vinyl edition.
Discovery: Live in Rio 1994will be issued on 30 April 2021.
1979 album remastered and expanded for new deluxe box set
BMG reissuedJapan‘s third album, Quiet Life, across a number of formats, including a deluxe box set.
The 1979 album (issued a few weeks late, in January 1980, in the UK) was the final album on Hansa Records and became a forerunner for the alternative/new wave sound of the new decade.
The single ‘Quiet Life’ reached number 19 in the UK, but almost two years after the album (having originally been a B-side for non-album single ‘I Second That Emotion’). TheQuiet Lifealbum was a creative, rather than commercial success and Japan singles only started to chart onceGentlemen Take PolaroidsandTin Drum(both issued on Virgin in 1981 and 1982 respectively) raised the band’s profile.
The Quiet Life box features three CDs and a 180g half-speed mastered vinyl LP
Quiet Life is being reissued as3CD+LP box setthat features a new 2020 remaster of the album on CD and vinyl (the vinyl is half-speed mastered at Abbey Road) along witha disc of alternate mixes, remixes, singles and rarities. This same disc also includes the four-track EPLive in Japan(taken from the March 1980 Budokan show) which had a limited vinyl release in Europe in July of that same year. The third CD in the box set is that same Budokan gig, in full.
In addition to the box set, there are standalone 2020 remasters of the album available on black vinyl, red vinyl (both half-speed) and CD.
Alphavillewill reissue their second and third albums Afternoons In Utopia and The Breathtaking Blue in May, both with remastered audio and bonus material.
Afternoons in Utopia was issued in 1986, two years after the success of their debut album Forever Young. It features the singles ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Universal Daddy’ and ‘Jerusalem’.
These reissues have been personally supervised by Alphaville founding members Marian Gold and Bernhard Lloyd and for the two-CD deluxe edition of Afternoons in Utopia, the 13-track album is remastered on CD 1, while CD 2 offers 14 remastered B-sides, 12-inch and seven-inch remixes, demos and a rare live version of the single ‘Dance With Me’. It comes with a 20-page booklet.
While thegatefold vinyl editionoffers just the remastered album, it’s worth pointing out that this does come with a 24-page large format booklet. This features archive photos and a new interview with Bernhard Lloyd and producer Peter Walsh.
The band’s third studio album,The Breathtaking Bluewas co-produced by Klaus Schulze (briefly a member of Tangerine Dream in the late 1960s) and released in 1989. It features the singles ‘Romeos’, ‘Summer Rain’ and ‘Mysteries of Love’.
Rather likeEurythmics’ 1987 albumSavage, Alphaville produced a video album,Songlines, which saw them commission short films from nine directors for each of the album tracks. The video for the song ‘Middle of the Riddle’ actually won an Oscar (!) for Best Animated Short Film in 1990 (it was renamed as ‘Balance’).UnlikeEurythmics, Alphaville have included this longform video as part of the album reissue. Even better, it was shot on 35mm film, so it now looks fantastic. The audio for the film is remastered as well, with the correct edits (where used) in place.Songlineshas only ever been available commercially in Germany, on VHS or laserdisc.
This means that the deluxe CD edition forThe Breathtaking Blueis a2CD+DVD set, with disc two featuring remixes, B-sides and demos and the third disc features theSonglinesfilm. As a bonus the DVD also includes the CD-Graphics which came with the original CD (The Breathtaking Bluewas one of the first albums to include this on CD).
Vinyl fans don’t miss out on the visuals, since theremastered vinyl versionofThe Breathtaking Bluecomes with the DVD as well. LikeAfternoons in Utopia, the vinyl is a gatefold and comes with a large format 24-page booklet. Both vinyl reissues are 180g pressings.
TheAfternoons in UtopiaandThe Breathtaking Bluereissues will be released on 7 May 2021, via Rhino.
Cherry Red will issueThe Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984, a ten-CDLevel 42box set that brings together the first five albums alongside an extraordinary amount of bonus material.
This new package features the albumsLevel 42(1981),The Early Tapes(1982),The Pursuit of Accidents(1982),Standing in the Light(1983) andTrue Colours(1984). But that’s only half the story becausefive further CDsoffer a wealth of seven-inch remixes (some new to CD), B-sides, 12-inch mixes and bonus tracks including early performances at the Regal Theatre in Hitchin (in Hertfordshire, England).
The set has been compiled in conjunction with Level 42 and band experts Paul Wallace, Paul Waller and Simon Carson. Tony Dixon at Masterpeice Masters has handled the remastering process.
Daryl Easlea has spoken to band members current and past and provides sleeve notes for this set and the good news is there will be a ‘part two’ which will continue the Polydor story and cover when the band become commercially very successful.
The Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984 will be released on 26 March 2021.
Electronic duo YELLO are celebrating their 40th anniversary with, YELL40 Years, a new retrospective issued across three physical formats.
This release will be available as a 4CDdeluxe set, across two vinyl records and as a 2CD edition.The first two CDs offer a traditional ‘best of’ split into ‘first’ and ‘second’ 20 year periods. On the deluxe, the third disc offers ‘Mellow YELLO’ focusing on their more melodic, cinematic side and includes some hidden gems and collaborations like ‘The Rhythm Divine (feat. Shirley Bassey)’. The fourth disc in the deluxe is some of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank’s favourite YELLO remixes along with some previously unreleased re-workings such as Mark Reeder’s ‘Wet & Hard Mix’ of ‘Vicious Games’.
YELLO40 Years deluxe 4CD set in 60-page hardcover book
Surprisingly, not only does the brilliant 13 minute version of The Race not feature anywhere in this retrospective, there is no studio version at all, just a ‘live in Berlin’ variant from 2016. Bizarre.
The four-CD deluxe version is a 60-page hardcover book (apparently ‘strictly limited’) and contains exclusive and brand-new liner notes for every YELLO album released, including rare and never-before-seen photos. The deluxe features 71 tracks, the 2CD set offers 41 tracks and the 2LP vinyl includes a reduced 21 songs.