Graham Reid | | 1 min read
In the absence of new "product" or to take advantage of the season of giving, there are a number of repackaged albums and/or bonus collections around right now.
For your information they include the following . . .
Amy Winehouse's two albums Frank and Back to Black have already appeared as deluxe editions with a bonus disc of extra tracks with each. Now both repackagings have been pulled together in an impressive looking paperback-sized 4CD set with an essay, lyrics, some excellent photos of her in better days and wrapped in a cover shot by Bryan Adams. All the Amy you need -- and right now probably all the Amy there is . . .
Anika Moa's In Swings the Tide (Special Edition) now comes with two bonus tracks, and an extra disc of eight live tracks recorded at the Pumphouse, Takapuna in October when she covered Fleetwood Mac's Silver Springs, the Bressa Creeting Cake song You and I as well as songs from her other albums . . .
Welsh sensation Duffy has her impressive debut Rockferry re-appear as a double disc of the original album and a bonus disc of seven extra tracks which includes five new songs, Oh Boy which was the B-side to the title track single, and Enough Love from the How to Lose Friends soundtrack . . .
It is perhaps unfair to put Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman reissue in this context because it is part of the on-going Deluxe Edition series from Universal which Elsewhere has featured previously (among them albums by Beck, Elvis Costello, Lloyd Cole, John Martyn and Steve Earle). But the classic 38-year old album now comes with a booklet of lyrics and reminiscences, and a bonus disc of demo versions, and live tracks recorded around the time or more recently . . .
The Try to Remember Everything album by Bic Runga might not strictly sit in this company either as it is collection of 14 "rare and unreleased" songs which include a live version of the standard Autumn Leaves with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, her crack at Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart, some outtakes, live treatments of her hits Drive and Sway as well as a new track Everyone Must Love . . .
Jazzy-pop chanteuse Katie Melua gets a Collection of a CD with 14 tracks from previous albums and three new songs plus a DVD disc of her in concert in Rotterdam this year and some behind the scenes footage . . .