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The Verve / Urban Hymns super deluxe

 

Remastered • Unheard live audio • B-sides & Remixes • DVD • Vinyl box

Universal will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Verve’s “Urban Hymns” album in September with a reissue campaign that includes a 5CD+DVD super deluxe edition and a massive 6LP vinyl box set….

All formats feature a remastered version of the album (the work of Chris Potter and Metropolis’ Tony Cousins) and the super deluxe edition box set adds four further CDs offering B-sides, remixes, session tracks, BBC Sessions and two discs of unreleased live performance from the era, including the May 1998 hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan.

That same show also features on a content-packed DVD, included within the super deluxe, which includes the 1999 documentary The Video 96-98 (unreleased on DVD until now) and promo videos.

As with the Verve box sets from last year this super deluxe includes a 56-page hard cover book, a poster and five postcards. What is different about the reissue of this album is that there is a vinyl box set edition that is very extensive indeed and covers most (not all) of the audio in the CD box across six vinyl records (three gatefold packages). The remastered Urban Hymns is pressed on two LPs, and all the B-sides and remixes are included on two further vinyl records. All 15 tracks from the previously unreleased Live at Haigh Hall fill the final two vinyl records, completing this six-LP vinyl box.

The audio you don’t get in the vinyl box is the BBC Evening Session (CD3 of the box) and the 12 tracks of ‘Further live material’ on CD 5. However, the vinyl box does come with a 20-page booklet and a download card which entitles you to all audio from the super deluxe edition CD box set.

There is a 2Cd edition as well. The second disc is the Haigh Hall live performance, rather than the B-sides and remixes, although the eagle-eyed amongst you might notice that Universal haven’t just repeated CD 4 from the box set. Neon Wilderness is missing (along with the encores) and they’ve added three tracks from the aforementioned ‘further live material’ tracks. Putting this live audio on disc two is probably a good decision, since many fans will have CD singles from back in the day.

thanks to Super Deluxe Edition.

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Universal Music celebrate the 40th Anniversary of punk this summer with Live ’76, a new Sex Pistols box of historic live performances, available on 4LP vinyl or 4CD.

The four concerts of that long, hot summer are released in full and correctly sequenced for the very first time: They are:

4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester – Recently voted one of the most important concerts of all time, alongside Woodstock and Live Aid. Although thousands claim to have been at the gig, only a handful of people were actually there…
29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington – More widely known for its cinema screenings this famous gig called ‘Midnight Special’ was organised by Malcolm Mclaren and saw support from The Clash and the Buzzcocks.
17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford – In typical McLaren style, this live show took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison.
25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent – Originally made its way around fans as a bootleg.

LP1
4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Did You No Wrong
No Lip
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
New York
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Submission
Satellite
No Feelings
No Fun
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems

LP2
29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington

Anarchy in the UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Did You No Wrong
No Fun

LP3
17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford

Anarchy in the UK (incomplete)
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings (incomplete)
Substitute
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Anarchy in the UK (encore)
Did You Know Wrong

LP4
25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent

Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
Substitute
No Feelings
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems

This Sex Pistols boxset is quite a package for archivists. It contains four records, showcasing the band at the start of their career, as recorded on tour by their soundman, Dave Goodman. The concerts in question and in full, are the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall, 4th June 1976 (not their famous first Manchester concert that inspired everyone to do amazing things, but a month later, when they were supported by bands their existence had kick-started, The Buzzcocks and Slaughter & the Dogs), Islington Screen on the Green, 29th August, HM Prison Chelmsford, 17th September, and Burton-on-Trent’s 76 Club, 24th September. It comes with a fanzine-style photocopied A4 16 page black’n’white pamphlet containing contemporary reviews, ads and other cuttings, and a sturdier 12” x 12” 12 page colour booklet featuring more contemporary magazine material, photographs, imagery and track-listings. The vinyl, meanwhile, arrives as four separate albums with individually designed inner sleeves. Such heritage fetishism is not very punk rock, of course, as many will observe, but for those that wish to dig down into the minutiae of this most game-changing of bands, it’s a fascinating document. Some of the recordings are much murkier than others but, notably, the Screen on the Green and Burton-on-Trent concerts have a fierceness that belies their fudgy edges. reissues are all picture discs, but with surprisingly good sound quality.

Sex Pistols Live '76 4 CD / LP box set