The final chapter in the R.E.M. saga is written this week as the band issues their first career-spanning retrospective, a collection which includes the final three R.E.M. songs of their remarkable career. They've issued compilations before but never one including songs from the I.R.S., indie years and music from their Warner Bros. years. Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011 does just that. I've heard all three new songs (and you can see the video for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" here on Blinded By Sound) and own everything else on the record but I'm going to let 11 field this compilation as he is my ace sidekick and the resident R.E.M. expert. Look for that soon.
We also get the remastered, deluxe edition of the Rolling Stones' classic Some Girls. Yes, kids, the Stones made good music after Exile On Main Street. There's a disc of unreleased songs from these sessions (in other words not Emotional Rescue), some of which have been retouched or finished recently, just as with Exile.
Another re-issue I'm excited about is the self-titled Mayfield record from Tears For Fears' Curt Smith. Smith and co-founder Roland Orzabal had a parting of ways in the '90s with Roland continuing to make (very good) records under the TFF name. Smith continued to work as well, and Mayfield is one of the albums he recorded. I tried in vain to track this album down back in the uncivilied, pre-internet days and never did find a copy. Oh, sure, the stupid record store chains in the malls said they could special order it for me but their eyes glazed over when they said it, letting me know just how interested they were in tracking this down for me. The album later went out of print but Smith is bringing it back on his own imprint and my joy shall be complete. I'm having one of these. You can order digital editions through Amazon and iTunes and phsyical copies (including a deluxe edition) via Amazon and through Smith's web site.
The blues world lost a special, up-and-coming talent when Sean Costello passed away in 2008, the day before what would have been his 29th birthday. Landslide Records is issuing a compilation called At His Best - Live featuring 16-previously unreleased live performances recorded between 2000-and 2007 at dates he played in the US and Europe. A portion of the royalties from the record will benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. Sean continues to be celebrated and missed by many in the blues community and this release is one more opportunity to remember him as the special talent he was.
The Glee hype seems to have waned but they're getting in on the act with a Christmas collection. My Christmas music collection is limited, on purpose. I've never gotten into the show so this isn't likely to invade my iPod, but I imagine it will be popular with the show's faithful.
From there, our new release list gets decidedly worse, and by worse I mean Nickelback worse. It's time to get an Occupy Interscope protest going and put a stop to these atrocities once and for all. U2 printed the United Nations 'Declaration of Human Rights' in the deluxe edition of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Isn't Nickelback explicity covered somewhere in that document? If not, that's a loophole I want immediately closed.
That's what we've got this week. What are you looking forward to?