Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!
Pink Floyd, PULSE: Restored and Re-Edited (Pink Floyd Records/Sony)
PULSE, originally released in 1995, chronicled Pink Floyd's Division Bell Tour of Europe. The video release was taken from a performance at Earls Court in London on October 20, 1994. There, Pink Floyd (then comprised of founding members David Gilmour on vocals and guitar, Richard Wright on keyboards and Nick Mason on drums, alongside touring bassist Guy Pratt and a few other live musicians) performed a career-spanning selection of works alongside a full performance of 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon. In 2019, the program was restored and re-edited from the original footage by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis for The Later Years box set. This is the version now being released on standalone Blu-ray and DVD with a host of high-definition bonus material, including music video edits, projections from the original concerts, documentary footage, and more. As a special treat for collectors, the set features a new version of the infamous blinking LED eye that came with the original album package - this time powered by an easily replaceable pair of AAA batteries.
Various Artists, Eddie Piller Presents British Mod Sounds of the Sixties (Edsel)
U.K. DJ Eddie Piller has compiled four discs and 100 tracks of his favorite mod tracks including cuts from Tom Jones, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Rod Stewart, The Yardbirds, The Zombies, and more in this deluxe, book-style package. Edsel is offering a signed edition of the 4CD set at Amazon U.K. as well as a 2LP, 34-song "highlights" edition on 140-gram vinyl.
The New Jersey thrash metal band, influenced by punk rock and the new wave of British heavy metal, achieved mainstream success with their second studio album and Atlantic debut, Taking Over (1987). The band's next five studio albums were also on Atlantic --Under the Influence (1988), The Years of Decay (1989), Horrorscope (1991), I Hear Black (1993) and W.F.O. (1994) - solidified their success. This 6CD clamshell box set include all six Atlantic albums mastered from the original tapes. Also available on vinyl.
Music journalist Bill Kopp takes a deep dive into the beginning of the New Wave genre in a new book tracing the rise and fall of San Francisco-based label 415 Records, existing from 1978 through the late 1980s. The well-researched tome tells the 415 story by examining various releases from their early indie days through their acquisition and eventual shuttering by Columbia Records with numerous quotes and photos throughout. Available on Kindle through Amazon.