Universal Breathes New Life Into Crue Classics
Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has inked an exclusive deal with Motley Crue to rerelease the group's catalog in the U.S., bolstered with bonus tracks.Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has inked an exclusive deal with Motley Crue to rerelease the group's catalog in the U.S., bolstered with bonus tracks. The label is also planning to issue two DVDs. The catalog reissues will precede Universal's release of a planned film of the group's autobiography, "The Dirt," as well as future Motley Crue albums.
The reissue project on Universal division Hip-O Records will begin April 1, with reissues of the band's 1998 "Greatest Hits" compilation, eight studio albums, a live album, a rarities compilation, and two DVD home-video compilations. Eight of the 11 albums will be augmented with bonus tracks that have previously only appeared on Japanese editions. For the band's first seven albums, the tracks will sit next to bonus tracks that appeared on the initial remastered reissues in 1999.
The albums slated for April 1 release are "Greatest Hits," "Too Fast for Love," "Shout at the Devil," "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Theater of Pain," "Dr. Feelgood," "Motley Crue," "Generation Swine," "Supersonic and Demonic Relics," "Live: Entertainment or Death," and "New Tattoo."
The reissued DVDs, hitting stores the same day, are "VH1 Behind the Music: Motley Crue," a DVD version of the group's highly rated 1999 episode; and "Lewd, Crued, and Tattooed," a concert video originally released in 2001.