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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.

Chart Watch and New Releases: 18 November 2016

The Human League: A Very British Synthesizer Group

It’s déjà vu all over again in this week’s album chart as Cliff Richard‘s new oldies set Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll enters the chart at number 4, one place above Elvis Presley’s latest repackaging. That’ll please him. David Bowie‘s … read more

“Too much fighting on the dance floor” – Top of the Pops, 2 July 1981

Bad Manners

Finally! After months and months of recycling the same tired joke, the powers that be at TOTP have finally taken my advice and commissioned a proper theme tune and title sequence. Don’t tell anyone though, because it’s still under wraps … read more

“Bless my cotton socks, I’m in the news” – Top of the Pops, 19 February 1981

The Teardrop Explodes

Doesn’t time fly? We’re certainly powering through the run on BBC Four now they’ve started showing two editions every week, and as they’re still skipping the ones hosted by Dave Lee Travis it’s possible to get through a short month … read more

“The sounds are too loud and there’s too much smoke” – Top of the Pops, 5 February 1981

Dire Straits

February already, so let’s pause and take stock of how 1981 is going so far. The charts are currently dominated by John Lennon (who remains dead) and Adam Ant (who is still very much alive), but the New Romantics are … read more