ELBOW – ” The Newborn EP ” and ” The Any Day Now ” EP’s (Record Store day 2021)

Posted: May 8, 2021 in MUSIC
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The band’s ‘Newborn’ and ‘Any Day Now’ Eps are also being released for Record Store Day in June,

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their 2001 debut album, “Asleep In The BackElbow have announced the release to streaming services of a collection of rare tracks on May 7th. In addition to this and as previously announced, as part of Record Store Day 2021, exclusive coloured vinyl 10” editions of ‘The Newborn EP’ and ‘The Any Day Now EP’ will be released as part of the twentieth anniversary celebrations.

Alongside the original studio album and a number of B-sides, the collection includes tracks taken from their debut ‘Noisebox’ EP, featuring the original recording of “Powder Blue”, and their two releases for Manchester independent Uglyman Records, the ‘Newborn’ EP and the ‘Any Day Now’ EP.

Fans will also be able to hear six tracks from the band’s headline show at London Astoria on October 24th during the album tour, three tracks recorded for Steve Lamacq’s Evening Session on Radio One, transmitted in April 2001, and remixes of album tracks including fellow Mancunian Andy Votel’s take on “Powder Blue”.

On its release, “Asleep In The Back” announced elbow as one of the brightest hopes for UK music as shown by their nomination in the 2001 BRIT Awards for Best New British Band. The album was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Prize, narrowly missing out to PJ Harvey and secured the first of the band’s 9/10 album reviews from NME who said of it, “Radiohead finally have a competitor worthy of healthy comparison”. The same title would describe lead track, “Newborn”, as “A single of such magnificent flight and depth it darkens the skies above most other British guitar groups”, and make the ‘Any Day Now’ EP their single of the week.

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Elbow would go on to make history as the only UK group to ever secure four consecutive 9/10 album reviews from the magazine.

On the release of the ‘Newborn’ EP, singer Guy Garvey was quoted as saying: “Honesty is a word that surfaces over and over when we are writing which is why I think the romance in our music is always balanced with realism. We are each other’s biggest influences. Basically, this is where we have been for all our adult lives.”

Twenty years later, “Asleep In The Back”, and the recordings made around its release, re-emphasise that bond at the core of the group and remind us of the beginnings of that incredible journey. An audio guide to the starting point of one of the most unique and compelling stories in modern British music history.

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Asleep In The Back” won fans across the board, with The Guardian praising Garvey as ‘a master of the arresting image’, in the first of many tributes to his lyrical prowess, and The Daily Telegraph heralding ‘a wondrous and ambitious album’. Following its release, Elbow would go on to become a constant presence in the UK album charts, a mainstay ‘must watch’ at UK festivals and, ultimately, achieve multi-platinum status, UK Number One albums, BRIT Awards, Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello wins and universal acclaim.

Vocals: Guy Garvey ,Guitar: Mark Potter , Bass Guitar: Pete Turner , Keyboards: Craig Potter , Drums: Richard Jupp

“Asleep In The Black” is out now

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