JESUS and MARY CHAIN – ” Damage And Joy ” and ” Live at Barrowland ” Fuzz Club Reissues

Posted: February 20, 2022 in MUSIC

It’s such a huge honour to finally be able to tell you all that the mighty The Jesus And Mary Chain have signed to Fuzz Club! The Mary Chain have been an inspiration to pretty much every band we’ve ever worked with and our musical landscape would be very different had it not been for the Reid brothers so we could not be more excited to have welcomed them to the family. The band have been busy working on new music and we’ll be bringing you that alongside new live albums and reissues of their earlier works starting off with reissues of ‘Damage and Joy’ and ‘Live At Barrowland’ which are available to order here:

‘Damage And Joy’ comes as a double LP on 180g black, ultra-clear or splatter vinyl in a heavy gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves, remastered audio, alternative track order, booklet and 3 bonus tracks (‘Ono Yoko’, ‘The Two Of Us’ feat. Sky Ferreira, ‘Black and Blues’ feat. Isobel Campbell).

There are also CDs and a limited cassette run (/250) available. Capturing ‘Psychocandy’ album live in its entirety, the ‘Live At Barrowland’ reissue will arrive on 180g black or splatter vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with alternative artwork and a booklet containing photos from the ‘Psychocandy’ tour and an interview with Jim, William and Alan McGee. The vinyl download card, CD and cassette (/250) and download card included with the vinyl include the 7 bonus tracks from the prelude set on the night (including ‘April Skies’, ‘Head On’ and ‘Reverence’)

“Damage And Joy”

Originally released in 2017 on the band’s own label Artificial Plastic and now reissued by Fuzz Club Records, “Damage And Joy” is the seventh studio album from Scottish alt-rock legends The Jesus and Mary Chain. The long-awaited follow-up to 1998’s “Munki”, “Damage And Joy” was the band’s first studio album in nearly two decades and contained brand new material alongside reimagined versions of songs that had been released in various forms by the Reid brothers in between the Mary Chain’s 1999 break-up and 2007 reunion. Co-produced by Youth (Killing Joke) and featuring the lead singles ‘Amputation’ and ‘All Things Pass’, ‘Damage and Joy’ also featured guest appearances from Scottish singer-songwriter Isobel Campbell (‘The Two of Us’, ‘Song For A Secret’) and American alt-pop star Sky Ferreira (‘Black And Blues’).

Damage And Joy” is now being given a deluxe, expanded vinyl reissue. The double LP is reissued on both black and coloured 180 gram vinyl with remastered audio by Pete Maher (U2, The Rolling Stones, Jack White, Liam Gallagher), a heavy tip-on-printed gatefold sleeve, printed inner-sleeves and a 16-page booklet, plus bonus tracks and an alternative track-order. Included in this reissue and available on vinyl for the very first time is ‘Ono Yoko’ (originally only available on the Japanese CD version of the album), as well as alternative versions of ‘The Two Of Us’ featuring Sky Ferreira and ‘Black And Blues’ featuring Isobel Campbell.

“Live at Barrowland”

In November 2014 The Jesus and Mary Chain celebrated three decades of their incendiary cult-classic debut album, “Psychocandy“, with a run of tour dates in which the infamous Scottish group played the album in full for the very first time in the band’s history. As part of the “Psychocandy” tour, the Mary Chain descended on Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom – a legendary venue down the road from where the Reid brothers grew up in neighbouring East Kilbride – and tore through the songs that would propel them to worldwide acclaim upon “Psychocandy’s” release in 1985.

The Barrowland performance – an equal-parts deafening and blinding assault on the senses – was cut to vinyl by engineer Noel Summerville and originally released in 2015. Fast forward to 2022 and the “Live at Barrowland” album is now reissued by Fuzz Club Records. The 2022 reissue comes with new artwork.

The influence that “Psychocandy” and its pioneering sonic belligerence had on popular music cannot be overstated. Taking bittersweet pop melodies and tearing them up apart through the medium of buzzsaw guitars, ear-piercing feedback and an unapologetic hostility towards their listeners, the band’s breakthrough album experimented with noise in a way that had never been done before and would inspire for generations to come. “The Live At Barrowland” LP captures ‘Psychocandy’s complete 14 tracks in a live setting and in all their boundary-pushing and feedback-ridden glory. The CD version of the reissue and download card with the vinyl feature seven bonus tracks taken from the prelude set on the night, including such fan-favourites as ‘April Skies’, ‘Head On’ and ‘Reverence’.

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