Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 June 2017

Beautifully timed for the week of the General Election, Is This The Life We Really Want? enters the album chart at number 3 for Roger Waters, his highest ever solo placing and his first top ten album since Amused To Death quarter of a century ago (the 2015 reissue of said album notwithstanding). Meanwhile the 30th anniversary reissue of The Joshua Tree returns U2 to the top ten at number 10, giving the album a 192nd week on the chart and its first week in the top ten since September 1987. Elsewhere the new Kiss compilation Kissworld enters at number 18, while recent live shows propel the Stone Roses’ début back to number 79 (and The Very Best Of The Stone Roses to 75).

Today’s new releases include Retropia, a new album from Imagination featuring Leee John, while Fleetwood Mac stalwarts Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie reunite for a new album, cleverly titled Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie. Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow are captured Live In Birmingham 2016, Wendy & Lisa’s Eroica gets a deluxe 2CD edition and the recent reissue of Bobby ‘O’s Freedom in an Unfree World is followed with a collection of releases from his “O” Records label, Passion: “O” Records Classics Volume One. Sting’s 2016 vinyl box set The Studio Collection is updated as The Complete Studio Collection with the addition of four recent albums Songs From The Labyrinth (2006), If On A Winter’s Night… (2009), Symphonicities (2010) and 57th & 9th (2016) – if you already have the box set, the new additions are available in their own box The Studio Collection Volume II.

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