Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Collected Recordings 1983-1989 6xLP
Release Date: September 25th, 2020
6xLP box set with book.
Tapete Records present the six-LP box Collected Recordings 1983-1989 from Lloyd Cole & The Commotions. This deluxe box features their three studio albums remastered plus B-sides and 18 previously unreleased archive tracks, including six never-before-heard. With printed inner sleeves and 20-page LP booklet with an extensive essay by Pete Paphides.
"In 2014 Universal Music Group approached me with the idea of producing a Complete Lloyd Cole and the Commotions box set. It was eventually released in 2015, in CD format only. I asked, I strongly suggested that a vinyl version be released but UMG were not interested. Enter Tapete Records... 6 LPs and a book, in a box. All three studio albums are included, all three are re-mastered, Abbey Road studios creating the masters for UMG, and Skyline Tonfabrik fine tuning for vinyl. Many thanks to Kai Blankenberg for his patience... Bob Ludwig's original work was near perfect and still sounds great almost 30 years later. The original ½" mixdowns of Easy Pieces could not be used as the tape had disintegrated and baking, etc. could not save it. We worked from the 1/4" back up (made the same day as the 1/2" for this very reason) and to my ears the album is significantly improved. The big news, to my ears, is Rattlesnakes. We were able to use the original ½" tapes and upon hearing a 'flat transfer' I was shocked at how far we had strayed from the original recordings over the years... The first bonus LP is all our collected B-sides, no live recordings or re-mixes. LP 5 is demo recordings, many of which had never been heard, outside of our circle, until 2015. The final LP is rarities, from the unreleased 1983 single 'Down At The Mission,' the 1985 Paul Hardiman recordings, the live cover versions from our 1986 New York show, the 1986 Paris recordings with Chris Thomas, and one re-mix – our own extended version of My Bag, which we all pretty much agreed was the only decent dance mix we ever made... The book contains an extensive essay by Pete Paphides, who spent way more time and wrote many more words than was originally the plan. He spoke to all the protagonists. It's a lovely story, if a little sad, at times."