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This Is My Truth Tel lMe Yours - Manic Street Preachers

With the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition released on December 7th, Though each and every one of their albums occupies a special place in their long and momentous history, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ holds an arguably more exalted position than most.

Released in the autumn of 1998, Manic Street Preachers’ fifth album marked the start of a new epoch as a three-piece, while building on the sonic journey they’d embarked upon with ‘Everything Must Go’. Taking its title from a quote by Aneurin Bevan, the Labour Minister Of Health who drove the creation of the National Health Service, It is the first Manic Street Preachers album to have its lyrics solely penned by bassist Nicky Wire.

And while the music written by singer-guitarist James Dean Bradfield and drummer Sean Moore was ostensibly more restrained than the spitted slogans of the band’s earlier releases, the album nonetheless housed some of Manic Street Preachers’ most direct and powerful political statements. Taking its title from a Republican propaganda poster displayed during the Spanish Civil War, lead single ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ – released a month ahead of the album – perfectly encapsulated what was to follow. Like a fist wrapped in cotton wool, here was a hard-hitting, unashamed political message that was uncompromising in its intent. Debuting at the top of the UK singles charts, it gave Manic Street Preachers their first No. 1 single.

This proved to be a foretaste of what was to come, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ rocketed to pole position in the UK album charts and held off the competition for three weeks as it sold some 250,000 copies per week. And the hits kept coming in the shape of ‘The Everlasting’, ‘Tsunami’ and the Top 5 smash, ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’.

Little wonder, then, that ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ was showered with well-deserved garlands. In addition to scoring high in their heartland territory of the NME Awards – the band scooped Best Band, Best Single and Video for ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ and Best Album, while Nicky Wire was crowned The Pop Personality You Would Most Like As Prime Minister and The Pop Personality’s Brain That Should Be Kept Alive For Posterity – the record was also declared Best Album at the 1999 Brit Awards, with Manic Street Preachers named Best Group.

Crucially, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ brought Manic Street Preachers to a wider, global audience that saw them repeat their domestic success in Scandinavia, Europe and the Antipodes.

Released on 7th December 2018, the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition will come as a 3-CD deluxe box set, as well as double vinyl and digital editions.

In addition to the original album, remastered, will be unheard demos and live rehearsal recordings, as well as remixes by Massive Attack, David Holmes and Mogwai and others.


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The legendary Manic Street Preachers have released a new track called ‘Dylan and Caitlin’ off their forthcoming album ‘Resistance is Futile’ due out 1th3 April 2018.

The track is a “conversation between Dylan and Caitlin Thomas at the apex of their alcohol soaked relationship” James Dean Bradfield explained. Nicky Wire added “The story itself rolls through their relationship – drinking, fighting and ended up broken by America. The conversational nature of the lyrics lent themselves to a duet so we asked Catherine AD (aka the Anchoress) to provide the female perspective. She’s a hugely talented kindred spirit.”

It has all the hallmarks of the Manics – an impassioned, literate and melodic anthem with the Anchoress’s softer vocals counterbalancing Bradfield’s distinctive gruffness.

Manic Street Preachers' announce new album 'Resistance Is Futile'

Manic Street Preachers have announced details of their new album ‘Resistance Is Futile’, along with a huge UK arena tour for 2018.

Just last month the band teased that they may never make another album, but now they’ve revealed that 2018 will see the release of their 13th album. Recorded at their new HQ of ‘Door To The River’ Studios near Newport, ‘Resistance Is Futile’ has been described as “widescreen melancholia”. The follow-up to the acclaimed companion albums of the acoustic-led ‘Rewind The Film‘ and the eclectic ‘Futurology‘, it will be released via Columbia/Sony on April 6th, 2018 .

“The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration,” said the band in a statement. “It’s obsessively melodic – in many ways referencing both the naive energy of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the orchestral sweep of ‘Everything Must Go’. After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work.”

Earlier this year, frontman James Dean Bradfield had said that while progress on new material had been slow due to them needing to find a new studio, he was keen to ‘rock again‘ with a heavier sound on their next album. This comes after collaborator Kieran Evans told us that the new songs he heard were sounding ‘classic and melodious‘.

“I suppose in my head, not that it fucking matters, but I would like to kick against the oblique, delineated, opaque groove that everybody is into. I’d like to rock again,” he said. Asked if they felt inspired by the current state of politics with Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise of the right, Bradfield replied: “Not at the moment, no. I feel pretty misanthropic against all political sides at the moment.

Heavyweight vinyl linked to the “Send Away The Tigers” 10th anniversary reissue. Includes Nina Persson vocal version & x3 demos. “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough” is a single by Welsh rock band the Manic Street Preachers , it was the lead single that was taken from that album .

The song is a duet featuring the vocals of lead singer James Dean Bradfield and Nina Persson of the band The Cardigans, as well as additional vocals from the bands bass guitarist Nicky Wire . It was originally released on 23rd April 2007. According to the band they always had a duet in mind, seeing that the lyrics have a question reply style to them , According to lead singer Bradfield the title was the last line of a suicide note left by the friend of someone close to the group.

According to Nicky Wire the song is in part concerned with the disappearance of Richey Edwards... while I was writing those words addressed to him, on Your Love Alone…something touched me at my desk when I wrote “I could have shown you how to cry”

Like with all “Send Away the Tigers”-related material, the cover image is taken from the photography book Monika Monster Future First Woman on Mars by Valerie Phillips .

The song’s lyrics reference past classic British rock songs:

The Manics very limited edition 12″ ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ vinyl for Record Store Day.

This exclusive numbered vinyl includes the original track featuring Nina Persson, the 60’s Jangle demo recorded at Faster Studios, James Dean Bradfield’s solo home acoustic demo and Nicky Wire’s home acoustic demo.

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Manic Street Preachers will reissue their 2007 album Send Away The Tigers in May as a 10th anniversary edition that offers a wealth of audio and video bonus material.

The ’10 Year Collectors’ Edition’ is a 2CD+DVD bookset that offers the original album (remastered by James Dean Bradfield), unheard demos, a bonus disc of b-sides and rare tracks and a DVD packed with content, including the band’s full Glastonbury set, promo videos and rare/unseen footage from rehearsals.

It’s worth noting that the band appear to have ‘done a Morrissey’ (aka ‘doing a George Lucas’) and fiddled with the album. According to track listings on the official site, Underdogs is now removed (although the demo is included) and replaced with Welcome To The Dead Zone, which was originally an extra track on CD2 of Your Love Alone Is Not Enough.

The bonus disc is fairly similar to the 2009 ‘4REAL’ reissue although two versions of Umbrella, acoustic renditions of Send Away The Tigers and Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (with Nina and James), plus the four tracks ‘live at the O2’ are not repeated on this new anniversary edition. Similarly, this new set has three or four selections not on the Japanese set (plus the demos and DVD of course).

This set comes packaged in a book which looks very similar to the book presentation of the album deluxe editions that started in 2009 with Journal For Plague Lovers. Nicky Wire has also contributed handwritten lyrics and imagery from his personal archive.

A gatefold 2LP vinyl edition not only includes all those unhead demos on the second LP, it actually includes an extra one not on the 2CD+DVD set – I’m Just a Patsy (cassette home acoustic demo). This includes a download codes.

Send Away The Tigers 10-year collector’s edition will be released on 12th May 2017. Note: There was a limited number of signed editions available from the Manics’ store but it must have been a very small quantity since they’ve all sold out within 3 hours of the official announcement!