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Kraftwerk: 3-D - The Catalogue

Chart Watch and New Releases: 26 May 2017

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 in 1994. The Iron Maiden box set The Complete Albums Collection 1990-2015 débuts at 64 and Foreigner’s new Best Of album 40 enters at 79. On the Physical Singles chart David Bowies No Plan returns to number 1 for a fifth run at the top (that’s now seven weeks in total) and The Wedding Present’s Home Internationals EP leaps to number 5 thanks to a proper release to augment its Record Store Day vinyl pressing.

Obviously the week’s top release is the 50th anniversary deluxe edition the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – not an ’80s album, obviously, but it was a top five hit back in 1987 when it was first released on CD for its 20th anniversary, so you could celebrate the 30th anniversary of that, if you see what we mean. Or you could settle for other releases like 3-D: The Catalogue, a multi-disc set of Kraftwerk performing their albums Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003) at various concerts over the past few years. Also captured live are The Rolling Stones on their new DVD and Blu-ray Olé Olé Olé! and The Durutti Column with a deluxe CD/DVD set of their 1985 live album Domo Arigato. The Status Quo deluxe editions continue with 2CD sets of Blue For You (1976) and Just Supposin’ (1980) and a triple CD of Never Too Late (1981). Finally there are budget box sets of 5 Classic Albums by Suzanne VegaSuzanne Vega (1985), Solitude Standing (1987), Days of Open Hand (1990), 99.9F° (1992) and Nine Objects of Desire (1996) – and Joan Armatrading, including Joan Armatrading (1976), Show Some Emotion (1977), Me Myself I (1980), Walk Under Ladders (1981) and The Key (1983).

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

“I can’t go on singing the same theme” – Top of the Pops, 25 December 1985

Dead Or Alive

As a bit of a diversion from the relentless chronological trudge through the early ’80s editions of TOTP, and because it’s nearly Christmas, here’s a quick distraction with the Christmas Day edition from 1985, courtesy of a seemingly apropos-of-nothing repeat … read more

Off The Chart: 10 September 1981

Off The Chart: 10 September 1981

It’s 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album and the top five in full. Just how many terrible medley singles are there in … read more

1984 Christmas Top 40

Band Aid

1984 was the high water mark for ’80s pop. Duran Duran, Wham!, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Frankie Goes To Hollywood dominated the chart. If only all these amazing acts could come together to record one enormous hit single together, … read more