Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up!
“Weird Al” Yankovic, Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic (Legacy)
The world’s premier parodist celebrates his discography with a box set unlike any other: all 14 of his original albums, newly remastered; Medium Rarities, a bonus album of rare and unreleased material; and a 100+ page book of rare photos and memorabilia–all packaged in a replica of Al’s signature accordion!
The Australian band’s international breakthrough album enjoys its fourth expanded reissue, which is the most definitive yet: the 3CD/Blu-ray set features the remastered original album, B-sides and remixes plus a Dolby Atmos remix of the album by Giles Martin and Sam Okell and all the music videos from the Kick singles.
The legendary punk quartet’s third studio album gets the same deluxe treatment as its predecessors with a 3CD/1LP box that features a bounty of unreleased tracks including an alternate mix and assembly of the album (also available on vinyl), B-sides, outtakes and an unreleased live show.
Eagles, Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Elektra/Rhino)
Welcome to an expansion of the Eagles’ (arguably) best-known studio album, featuring the hypnotic title track, “Life in the Fast Lane” and more. Extras include an unreleased live show and the original album in high resolution stereo and 5.1 surround.
The fourth installment in XTC and Steven Wilson’s remix/reissue series features a new stereo version of the group’s fourth album (featuring “Generals and Majors,” “Towers of London” and “Sgt. Rock (is Going to Help Me)”), expanded with bonus tracks on CD and including even more on the accompanying Blu-ray, which includes a 5.1 surround mix of the LP as well.
Elvis Presley, Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Deluxe Edition (RCA/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
The latest collaboration between The King of Rock and Roll and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, just released last month, now gets a deluxe CD that adds string-laden versions of the four gospel tracks from Elvis’ Peace in the Valley EP, themselves appended to Elvis’ Christmas Album 60 years ago.
Seven discs of A-sides and B-sides from Mark E. Smith’s iconoclastic U.K. underground group. A 3CD distillation of just the A-sides is available at Amazon U.K.
Bananarama, The Greatest Hits Collection (2017 Collectors Edition) (London) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
In honor of the girl-pop group’s recent reunion and tour, their original 1988 singles collection has now been reissued with five bonus tracks and a bonus disc of 11 vintage remixes.
The eight studio albums Collins remastered and expanded in 2016 are now available in one box set without the bonus discs but with the recreated album covers Phil posed for.
All 10 of the funky midnight mover’s classic albums recorded for Atlantic between 1965 and 1972, in one convenient box!
Yes, Topographic Drama: Live Across America (Rhino)
A double CD (or triple vinyl) set chronicling the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted prog band’s domestic tour from earlier this year.
The iconic Welsh belter’s career is celebrated through a specially-selected assortment of lesser-known songs and rare alternate versions.
Jeff Lynne’s popular 1977 double album, featuring “Mr. Blue Sky” and “Turn to Stone,” is now reissued on vinyl with highlights from the original album art printed on the discs.
Scorpions, Born to Touch Your Feelings: Best of Rock Ballads (Legacy)
The long-running German band’s softer side is celebrated on a 17-track compilation that features two new songs and two new versions of classic favorites.