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Pet Shop Boys remasters

Chart Watch and New Releases: 4 August 2017

When did the Pet Shop Boys last have three albums in the chart at once? Probably not since 1987, when Actually joined Please and remix album Disco in the listings. This week they’ve done it again with new entries for the remastered, expanded editions of 1999’s Nightlife (#29), 2002’s Release (#30) and 2005’s Fundamental (#33). All three reached the top ten on their original release – as every one of their regular studio albums has done since their 1986 début – but when their first six albums were treated to a similar remastering and expansion process in 2001, only Actually registered on the chart, achieving a single week at number 99. It will be very interesting to see what happens when those editions are reissued again in a few weeks time as part of the ongoing PSB reissue campaign. Elsewhere on the album chart, the nucleus of The Beautiful South, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, just miss out on a number one as Crooked Calypso drops from #2 to #9, while The Fall score their twenty-fourth hit album as New Facts Emerge enters at #35.

This week’s big catalogue release is the 30th anniversary edition of Def Leppard’s UK breakthrough album Hysteria, available as a remastered single CD, double heavyweight vinyl, deluxe 3CD edition and super deluxe box set including five CDs, two DVDs and four books. Also revisiting their past are Blancmange who release 3CD deluxe editions of Happy Families, Mange Tout and Believe You Me, or you can buy the whole lot slipcased together as a 9CD set The Blanc Tapes. UB40′s Present Arms is expanded to a deluxe edition, teaming it with remix album Present Arms In Dub plus BBC radio session tracks and a live show from 1981, while Eric B & Rakim’s Paid In Full is reissued on “money green” vinyl. The Status Quo catalogue mining continues with The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984-1989 containing eight 7″ singles including the first official release of the cancelled 1985 single Naughty Girl. Amidst all the reissues there is some new music, as Nick Heyward returns with Woodland Echoes, his first solo album in nearly two decades.

Chart Watch and New Releases: 30 June 2017

"ABBA Gold" 2017 gold vinyl edition

As always at this time of year, Glastonbury propels a number of “heritage acts” back into the album chart, not least the Bee Gees whose contradictorily titled Timeless – The All-Time Greatest Hits enters at #9 following Barry Gibb’s performance … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 23 June 2017

The Smiths "The Queen Is Dead" 2017 single release

An unexpected return to the Official Singles Chart for The Smiths this week as a limited 7″ and 12″ release of the title track from their 1986 album The Queen is Dead reaches #85 – inevitably, it’s also #1 on … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 June 2017

Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?

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 … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 June 2017

The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary

It’s still not an ’80s record but we’re claiming it anyway: the seminal Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its twentieth anniversary in 1987 by returning to number 1 in the album chart, … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 26 May 2017

Kraftwerk: 3-D - The Catalogue

Erasure enter the album chart at number 6 with World Be Gone, their thirteenth top twenty album and their highest placing since I Say I Say I Say brought their run of five consecutive number one albums to a close … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 19 May 2017

Iron Maiden "Fear of the Dark" 2017 vinyl

A mere two months after reaching the top fifty with his Jawbone soundtrack, Paul Weller scores his seventeenth solo top ten album with A Kind Revolution which débuts at #5 today. Blondie’s Pollinator drops from 4 to 19 and Nick … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 5 May 2017

Blondie - Pollinator

The Physical Singles chart continues to confound and delight, this week highlighting the discrepancy between those Record Store Day releases that sold well on the day itself, leaving few copies available for sale after the event (such as The Smiths’ … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 28 April 2017

No Plan EP

We may have been a bit cynical about Record Store Day last week but its effectiveness becomes obvious today as David Bowie’s No Plan EP, first released digitally back in January, finally makes the official singles chart at 92. It … read more