ABBA Arrival (2006 issue Deluxe Edition 2-disc [CD/DVD] set comprising a 16-track CD album features the classic hits Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You & Money Money Money alongside 5 Bonus Recordings including Fernando and 3 Spanish Versions; plus Bonus DVD containing a collection of some of the rarest interviews and most sought-after vintage television performances [previously unreleased on DVD] including the legendary 1976 special ABBA-dabba-dooo!! a cartoon version of Happy Hawaii footage from the Dancing Queen recording session and much more.
BBA - The Album (2007 issue Deluxe Edition 2-disc [CD/DVD] set comprising a 15-track CD album featuring a selection of Bonus Recordings such as 2 rare in-concert recordings of Take A Chance On Me & I Wonder [Departure] the so-called Doris Day version of Thank You For The Music plus Bonus DVD including television performances vintage interviews news reports 2 TV commercials photo gallery & more complete with a 28-page picture book containing a 5300-wordessay by ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm photos & rare memorabilia).
Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It streamlined and simplified the progressive intricacies of a band fresh off of revolutionizing the entire heavy metal genre; it brought an aggressive, underground metal subgenre crashing into the mainstream (in Priest's case, the NWOBHM; in Metallica's, thrash); and it greatly expanded the possibilities for heavy metal's commercial viability as a whole. Of course, British Steel was nowhere near the sales juggernaut that Metallica was, but in catapulting Judas Priest to the status of stadium headliners…
MADNESS KEEP MOVING (2010 issue UK 2-CD album set - Originally released in 1984, Union Square Musics 30th Anniversary Madness reissue campaign continues with Keep Moving, the bands fifth and possibly most mature album. Its release, in 1984, was tinged with sadness, as it would be the bands last offering with the original line-up until 1999's Wonderful comeback. That said, the album and the songs on it did not suffer and some consider Keep Moving to be Madness's most sophisticated album, dealing with issues of homelessness, politics and spousal abuse in typically sensitive fashion.
MADNESS THE RISE & FALL (2010 issue UK 2-CD album set - Originally released in 1982, Following the magnificent ska-pop of their debut, One Step Beyond, and the developmental pop majesty of Absolutely and 7, The Rise & Fall shows a band at the very height of their songwriting powers; their maturity and depth of subject matter second to none among their peers.
The third album is often where a band makes a great leap forward, and so it is with Madness’ Seven. Although they’re still clearly the same nutty band that tore it up with One Step Beyond, Seven finds the group expanding its horizons considerably, ratcheting up the melodious pop quotient in their songwriting, as well as the distinctly English character sketches. Much of the album comes across as a blend of the Kinks and Ian Dury backed by a propulsive ska beat, and the production is a appropriately just as imaginative, colored by the odd sitar, finding new carnivalesque flourishes for the horns, and expanding the rhythmic palette considerably.