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THE FRUIT OF UME'S VAULT MINING REVEALED

Universal Music’s catalog department, UMe, has hit our inbox with a string of announcements that range from a Neil Diamond box set to a purple Marvin Gaye slab of vinyl to multiple Def Leppard collections.

Here’s what they’ve got on tap.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gaye’s eighth album, In The Groove, which would be renamed for its hit single “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” Motown/UMe is reissuing the album with its I Heard It Through The Grapevine artwork on the outside and the original In The Groove artwork reproduced on a heavyweight inner sleeve. The new LP reissue is available on black vinyl and limited edition purple “grape” color vinyl.

On 11/2, Polydor/Republic/UMe will release the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Moody Blues’ classic third album, In Search of the Lost Chord.

The deluxe format is a three-CD/two-DVD box set featuring the album’s remastered original stereo mix and new stereo mix, plus rare and unreleased tracks, including a never-before-heard mono version of “Legend of a Mind,” which is available as an instant grat and on streaming services. There are BBC Radio One John Peel sessions, as well as mono mixes of the related Deram single A and B sides. The album is also being released on vinyl and as a single CD with bonus tracks.

 A 76-page book is also included, with extensive sleeve notes by compiler Mark Powell, plus a host of rare photos and memorabilia images.

A half-century of Neil Diamond’s music is featured on the six-CD 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition coming out 11/30 on Capitol/UMe.

Among the 115 tracks are demos, rarities and 15 previously unreleased tracks. The unreleased songs include “Sunflower,” which Glen Campbell originally recorded, “Before I Had a Dime” and “C’est La Vie” a song that Neil co-wrote with  Gilbert Bécaud plus the original demos of “I Am…I Said” and “America.”

Fresh off their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, a new greatest hits collection from Def Leppard, The Story So Far—The Best Of, will arrive 11/30 in multiple configurations. There’s a  two-CD set with 35 tracks, a single CD with 17 songs., a double LP and digital.

All versions feature three new songs, including a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” “Rock On (Remix)” and the original holiday song “We All Need Christmas.” 

The band is also releasing a box of eight 7-inch vinyl singles Hysteria: The Singles and, on 12/7 a special color vinyl edition of Pyromania.

Downtown Records/UMe will release a Cold War Kids anthology This Will All Blow Over In Time on 11/30. The anthology will be released as a double CD and digitally; a double LP on translucent yellow vinyl will follow in February. Disc 1 is titled “Singles Worked At Radio”; disc 2 isSongs From All Over The Place.”

The pre-order kicked off today with an instant grat download of the unreleased track “Vacation in Chicago,” a live version of fan favorite “We Used to Vacation,” appropriately recorded in Chicago.

Also on 11/30, Rise Against’s body of work will be collected in the career-spanning vinyl box set Rise Against on Interscope/UMe. The collection will feature 180-gram black vinyl pressings of all eight of Rise Against’s studio albums and a book featuring an oral history and plenty of photos.

Bruce Resnikoff and his team have returned to crate digging and a list of obscure releases from 1969.

 

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