Bruce Springsteen Chapter & Verse sleeve

Chart Watch and New Releases: 23 September 2016

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds hold on at number 2 in the album chart with Skeleton Tree, this week outselling Led Zeppelin as well as the Beatles. Bob Marley & The WailersLegend is climbing again to number 9 (the remix of Is This Love holds steady at 24 in the singles chart) but the big news comes from Shakin’ Stevens whose Echoes Of Our Times enters at number 22, making it his biggest hit album of new material since The Bop Won’t Stop reached number 21 back in 1983. Look out for a review on the site next week.

A new Bruce Springsteen compilation Chapter And Verse is out today, featuring five previously unreleased tracks amongst eighteen songs compiled by Springsteen himself as a companion piece to his forthcoming autobiography. Marillion return with their eighteenth studio album F E A R (don’t ask what it stands for, the potty mouthed devils), while Billy Bragg and Joe Henry release an album of folk songs Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad. Chris de Burgh releases his 26th studio album A Better World, while at the other end of the spectrum Vangelis releases Rosetta, inspired by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to land a probe on a comet. Finally, in predictable compilations news, The Power of the 80s is a three CD set compiling lots of AOR hits with an unexpected smattering of R&B towards the end of disc 3.