Welcome to another edition of The Weekend Stream, The Second Disc's review of notable catalogue titles making digital debuts. Beyoncé repeats history, ZTT goes live and James gets more Whiplash, all streaming and on sale this week!
Perhaps you remember where you were on December 13, 2013, when Beyoncé Knowles surprise-dropped her self-titled fifth album with a host of accompanying short films to boot. (I actually do: fans' reaction tweets were among the last things I saw before some eyedrops dilated my eyes at the ophthalmologist.) While the release really did take critics and fans by surprise, one breadcrumb had been hidden in plain sight for a few months: "Grown Woman," a track heard briefly in a Pepsi commercial she shot that summer. The song was not included on the final track listing for the album, but a video with an accompanying remix appeared on the visual portion of the release. Now, a decade to the day since Beyoncé dropped, history repeats in miniature as the original mix of "Grown Woman" has been surprise released as well. Have fun basking in the glow of prime Queen Bey!
With just two more to go in ZTT's digital "Definition Series" to mark their 30th anniversary this year, the label is issuing a real good one: five live tracks from Art of Noise, Propaganda, Instinct, Andrew Poppy and Anne Pigalle recorded at a 1985 label showcase at London's West End Theatre. Released on video as The Value of Entertainment (itself later put out on DVD alongside an expanded edition of the contemporaneous label compilation Sampled some 30 years later), this is Zang Tuum Tumb at its earliest, rarest and finest.
The latest in James' streaming-only overview of their singles and bonus tracks covers the period of 1997's Whiplash, a part-electronic, part-folk album co-produced by Brian Eno and featuring the British Top 10 hit "She's a Star" - one of 22 songs and mixes on this collection.
Finally, for no clear reason at all - a 40th anniversary, maybe? - a new remaster of The Romantics' fourth and most successful studio album, featuring the No. 3 smash "Talking in Your Sleep."