The MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ” Gold Against The Soul ” Deluxe Edition Reissue

Posted: June 15, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The Manic Street Preachers will reissue their second album Gold Against The Soul in June this year.

The 1993 album features the singles ‘From Despair To Where’, ‘La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)’ and ‘Roses in the Hospital’. This was the band’s second album and while the Manics have reissued The Holy Bible and Everything Must Go TWICE in the last 20 years, they’ve totally ignored Gold Against The Soul until now. Having now released thirteen albums in the space of a career that has lasted thirty four years and showing no creative exhaustion, it’s hard to imagine that Welsh firebrands Manic Street Preachers were in a relevant precarious position in 1993.

The band had exploded onto the scene in an eruption of hyperbole claiming their debut album ‘Generation Terrorists’ would sell 16 million copies, making them more iconic than The Sex Pistols and Guns N’ Roses and then split up. When this didn’t turn out exactly how they expected, they hurriedly rushed into the studio and returned with a hard rock inspired follow up record ‘Gold Against The Soul’ which they were never entirely happy with despite being a firm fan favourite ever since its release.

This changes and the two-CD deluxe edition features a remastered version of the album on CD 1 with non-album/B-sides appended to this disc (plus a live recording of The Clash song ‘What’s My Name’). The second CD features 11  previously unreleased demos, some remixes and a live track. Following the rediscovery of archive material, the Manics have braved a revisiting of the second LP they love to hate, though cherished by their fan community. It’s prompted the release of a new remastered deluxe edition complete with all B-sides, remixes, live performances and never before heard demos. The new deluxe edition of ‘Gold Against The Soul’ is packaged in a gorgeous 120 page A4 book containing previously unused promo shots and tour photographs from their trusted collaborator Mitch Ikeda

Another Manics reissue means another presentation, as this will come as a 120-page A4 book with unseen images by Mitch Ikeda, many personally annotated by Nicky Wire and original typed and handwritten lyrics from the bands own archive.

The remastered vinyl is the original album but comes with a download code to the extra tracks on CD 1 (ie the B-sides) but not, it seems, the music on CD 2.

Nicky Wire spoke of the reissue, acknowledging that it hasn’t always been a band favourite: “We moved our studio a few years ago and I unearthed a lot of demos and pictures from the ‘Gold Against The Soul’ era and thought it would be a shame not to let them see the light of day.  We haven’t always been the most complementary about this album in the past, but with hindsight it was a strange and curious record with many  fan’s favourites on it.  James always gets a huge response when he teases the riff to ‘Sleepflower’ live.”

All this sounds good, but the sting in the tail is that the two-CD set is incredibly expensive, at nearly £50. This is all the more disappointing because the Manics are normally pretty good at offering decent value packages when it comes to reissues. I mean, you can pick up the 20-year collectors’ edition of This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours  and that comes with a similar book (square rather than A4) and offers an extra CD (it’s a 3CD set).

Gold Against The Soul will be reissued on 12th June via Sony Music.

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