Special Weekend Post: Fourth-Quarter Straw Poll!

Here at Second Disc HQ, it's safe to say that catalogue music is still very much alive. After a week in which very little news was up for reporting, this week was a smorgasbord of box sets and vault titles. Add to that some really well-placed links to some of our posts, and we broke our all-time traffic record on Tuesday, followed by our second and third-highest traffic days on Wednesday and Thursday. It's clear to Joe and myself that The Second Disc must be doing something right in terms of

Reissue Theory: The Time, “All-Time Greatest”

Welcome to another installment of Reissue Theory, where we focus on notable albums and the reissues they could someday see. On the 30th anniversary of the first album by one of Prince's most notable associated acts, we picture a release that's never happened: a career-spanning compilation for The Time. Thirty years ago, a major musical milestone occurred: Prince started transforming from a freaky, funk-rock gem of the Minneapolis music scene into an all-consuming musical entity. The conduit

Reach Out For Them: New 2-CD Comps Coming In September For Dionne, Chicago

Following collections devoted to Foreigner, Christopher Cross, Otis Redding and Yes, the U.K.’s Music Club Deluxe label (a member of the Demon Music Group family) continues its exploration of the Warner Music Group catalogue with new compilations focusing on the long, diverse careers of Dionne Warwick and Chicago.  Either of these esteemed acts would be solid candidates for our Greater Hits feature, in which we compare an artist’s “greatest hits” output.  Both certainly have been the subjects of

ZTT News: Art of Noise Get Close (to the Reissue)

Another reissue in ZTT/Salvo's ongoing Element Series has been announced: the first full-length by The Art of Noise. Earlier this year, ZTT expanded the group's debut EP, Into Battle with The Art of Noise, adding a host of vault content meant for their first album but ultimately scrapped. This album - featuring contributions by all five of the original Art of Noise collective (Trevor Horn, Paul Morley, Anne Dudley, Gary Langan and J.J. Jeczalik) - reprises "Beat Box" and "Moments in Love" from

Where The Hits Are: Sedaka and Greenfield Profiled in “Songwriters” Series

Doo doo doo down doo be do down down/Come a come a down doo be do down down… One year before “Da Doo Ron Ron,” eleven before “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” and eighteen before “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield taught the world that “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do” with their immortal wordless refrain.  Sedaka went on to become the king of the “Tra-la-las” and “shoo-be-doos” with his early rock-and-roll records, and the Juilliard-trained musician was one of the

A Small Morsel of Live Dead Coming from Rhino

Was the insanely large Europe '72 box set from The Grateful Dead (which should be making its way to fans pretty soon) too much for you? Rhino's breaking off a little piece for you in the form of Europe '72 Volume 2, a double-disc set compiled from those 22 legendary shows. This sequel to the original triple-LP has 20 remastered performances from those wild shows on two discs, mixed from the original 16-track recordings by Dead archival mixer Jeffrey Norman and mastered by David Glasser to HDCD

A Box Set for a Brand New Day: Sting Compiled on 3 CD/1 DVD Set

Twenty-six years ago, Sting firmly established himself as a solo artist away from The Police with the jazzy The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Yesterday, Universal announced the first-ever career-spanning box set for the iconic singer, entitled 25 Years. Okay, so music geeks aren't good at math. But what Universal did do a pretty decent job at was chronicling Sting's greatest moments over a wildly varied career - one that plumbed personal depths for great artistic effect in the late '80s and early

Another EMI Budget Box for Barclay James Harvest

One last new release that slipped through our fingers yesterday: a budget box from EMI U.K., collating five discs of material by Barclay James Harvest. Taking Some Time On: The Parlophone-Harvest Years 1968-1972 collects all of the band's first few albums - Barclay James Harvest (1970), Once Again (1971), Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories (1972) and Baby James Harvest (1972) - along with all the non-LP singles and B-sides at the time, BBC sessions and other outtakes. This includes

Smells Like More Details on 20th Anniversary “Nevermind” (UPDATED WITH TRACK LIST)

UPDATE: The track listing is now at the bottom of the post, courtesy of the NME! Original post: Back on June 22, we reported on Geffen Records/Universal Music Enterprises' plans for a 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's 1991 Nevermind, originally released on September 24 of that year. New details have been released on the set which will arrive in stores on September 27, just three days after the exact anniversary.  Universal has stopped short of providing a complete track listing, but one

The Smiths Are Out of the Bag: Massive U.K. Box Planned

As we at The Second Disc HQ love to point out, Morrissey once set his scathing lyrical pen on record companies' propensity for reissues on The Smiths' "Paint a Vulgar Picture." Currently, he must be shitting bricks: Rhino U.K. is planning The Smiths - Complete, a box set compiling the influential band's entire discography, all newly remastered. Clever fans spotted the presence of the set on the label's site late last night (we have super-reader Dean H. to thank for hipping us to it), and our