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uk albums reissues (lp/mc)

Virgin reissued the band’s albums over the years, starting with their own pressings of the Arista Quintet (Life In A Day, Real To Real Cacophony, Empires And Dance and Celebration).

Most reissues were released around a forthcoming new album release; if stock was running low, and with potential renewed interest, then Virgin often pressed up new copies of an existing album to ensure the shelves were full in the shops.

The label had three ranges to choose from: their full-price ‘new’ album range (with V and TCV catalogue numbers), their mid-price range (with VM and VMC catalogue numbers) and their budget ranges (with OVED and OVEDC catalogue numbers).

The cover artwork was fully reproduced but extras (such as inserts and inner sleeves) gradually disappeared as albums were reissued in the cheaper ranges. Labels were never reproduced and Virgin used their generic designs (red-and-green in the early 1980s, and black-and-white in the late 1980s).

Releases gradually dropped off by the end of the 1990s.

These reissues were eventually superseded by the 2002 remasters. From then on, until the Super Deluxe releases, all reissues were based on the remasters and not the original albums.

Special mention goes to Disky who took the time and effort to produce some of the best packaged reissues, with their CDs appearing in the 1990s.

Life In A Day (Mid-price reissue)
Release Date: October 1982
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin VM 6)
MC (Virgin VMC 6)
Real To Real Cacophony (Full price reissue)
Release Date: October 1982
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin V 2246)
MC (Virgin TCV 2246)
Empires And Dance (Full price reissue)
Release Date: October 1982
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin V 2247)
MC (Virgin TCV 2247)
Celebration (Full price reissue)
Release Date: October 1982
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin V 2248)
MC (Virgin TCV 2248)
Life In A Day (Budget reissue)
Release Date: August 1984
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin OVED 95)
MC (Virgin OVEDC 95)
Real To Real Cacophony (Budget reissue)
Release Date: October 1985
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin OVED 124)
MC (Virgin OVEDC 124)
Empires And Dance (Budget reissue)
Release Date: June 1988
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin OVED 211)
MC (Virgin OVEDC 211)
Celebration (Budget reissue)
Release Date: April 1989
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
LP (Virgin OVED 275)
MC (Virgin OVEDC 275)
Sons And Fascination (Budget reissue)
Release Date: April 1990
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: Steve Hillage
LP (Virgin OVED 292)
MC (Virgin OVEDC 292)
Sparkle In The Rain (Budget reissue)
Release Date: March 1991
Highest Chart Position: 1
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
LP (Virgin OVED 346)
MC (Virgin OVEDC 346)
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) (Budget reissue)
Release Date: March 1992
Highest Chart Position: 3
Producer: Pete Walsh
LP (Virgin OVED 393)
MC (Virgin OVEDC 393)


uk albums reissues (cd)

Real To Real Cacophony (Reissue)
Release Date: May 1988
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
CD (Virgin 0777 860312 2 CDV 2246)
Empires And Dance (Reissue)
Release Date: May 1988
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
CD (Virgin 0777 863832 2 CDV 2247)
Celebration (Reissue)
Release Date: August 1989
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
CD (Virgin 0777 863822 3 CDV 2248)
Once Upon A Time (Reissue)
Release Date: August 1993
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain
CD (Virgin 07777 863762 2 CDV 2364)
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) (Reissue)
Release Date: May 1994
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: Pete Walsh
CD (Virgin 07777 864422 4 CDV 2230)
Real To Real Cacophony (Reissue)
Release Date: September 1996
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
CD (Virgin 7243 8424532 0 CDVIP 157)
Real Life (Reissue)
Release Date: April 1997
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: Stephen Lipson
CD (Virgin 7243 8429712 1 CDVIP 175)
Street Fighting Years (Reissue)
Release Date: July 1997
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson
CD (Virgin 07777 864432 3 MINDSCD 1)


overseas albums reissues (cd)

Real To Real Cacophony (Reissue)
Release Date: 1996
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: John Leckie
CD (Disky VI 874782)
Real Life (Reissue)
Release Date: 1997
Highest Chart Position: -
Producer: Stephen Lipson
CD (Disky VI 882362)