Vinyl Box Sets Everywhere This Spring: What You Should Check Out

Posted May 12, 2018 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

Vinyl buffs, feast your eyes on these new sets this spring

Janelle Monae, Charlie Puth both dropped new albums this month.

Christina Aguilera has a new and very strange single out.

Childish Gambino is totally trending with “This is America.”

We will have a full rundown of these events in the next few days.

But we’ve got some big news for vinyl buffs.

eurythmics-vinylLegendary pop-rock duo The Eurythmics are releasing remastered vinyl of all their eight studio albums through a set of reissues. Both Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox united for a sweet interview (watch above) discussing their career, the big hits and the final years. They’ve revealed some good news for audophiles, that the sound will be much better than previous pressings. “In the archives, we have the original half-inch masters, which have a fantastic sound,” Stewart says. “That’s what we’re going from, not the digital remasters where the sound has been compressed.”

The series will drop on RCA/Legacy between April and October this year, beginning with 1982’s In the Garden, 1983’s Sweet Dreams and 1983’s Touch first, then moving to 1985’s Be Yourself Tonight, 1986’s Revenge and 1987’s Savage in July. 1989’s We Too Are One drops in October. 1999’s Peace, the group’s final regrouping, is also getting the vinyl treatment, for the very first time.

thekillers-boxsetThe Killers’ fans are living with Mr. Brightside over the news on their super vinyl box set, titled The Killers Career Vinyl Box. All of their studio releases — seven albums to date — will be dropped on glorious 180-gram vinyl. And because of the size of some albums, some will get double-LP treatment, expanding the vinyl count to ten pieces. So from 2004’s Hot Fuss to 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful, the box set will cover it all, including 2007’s rarities disc Sawdust and their live set Live from the Royal Albert Hall. But as we all know, the Killers are still touring and recording, so don’t think this is the end of their career. They’ve got a few more arena rock anthems to make and bake.

Two versions of the box set are available: the limited-edition clear vinyl version (which costs more, $250) and 180-gram black vinyl ($179).

westbound-discoIn the UK, the Detroit label Westbound is getting the “Tom Moulton Mix” treatment with the double-LP set, Westbound Disco. Five of the tracks are by the legendary mixer, while the others are crafted by Issy Sanchez and Hippie Torales. Most will see this collection as a total rare experience since Westbound mostly strayed away from mainstream disco. But you’ll hear 12″ inch stuff from the Detroit Emeralds (“Feel The Need”), the Clark Sisters (“You Brought The Sunshine”) and CJ & Co’s “Devil’s Gun,” which a presser for the set mentions was the first record to be played at the iconic Studio 54. It’s selling hard now — hitting #1 in Disco’s New Releases over at Amazon. It’s only being rolled out in the UK,  so step here if you’re an Amazon queen.

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J Matthew Cobb

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