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Open Season - 15th Anniversary Edition

    The expanded reissue includes additional live sessions, B-sides and rarities from the period and extensive new sleeve notes.

    The majority of the original album was recorded by Mads Bjerke (Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Girls Aloud) and mixed by Bill Price (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sparks). Two tracks were recorded and mixed by Graham Sutton (The Delays, Bark Psychosis) and Phill Brown (Sly Stone, Led Zeppelin, Talk Talk).

    TRACK LISTING

    LP1/CD1
    It Ended On An Oily Stage
    Be Gone
    How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
    Like A Honeycomb
    Please Stand Up
    North Hanging Rock
    To Get To Sleep
    Victorian Ice
    Oh Larsen B
    The Land Beyond
    True Adventures

    LP2/CD2
    It Ended On An Oily Stage (recorded For The Mark Radcliffe Show On BBC Radio 2 – First Broadcast On 31st March 2005)

    How Will I Ever Find My Way Home? (recorded For The Mark Radcliffe Show On BBC Radio 2 – First Broadcast On 31st March 2005)

    Don’t You Want To Be A Bird? (recorded For The Gideon Coe On BBC Radio 6 – First Broadcast On 28th March 2005)

    When I Go Out (recorded For The Gideon Coe On BBC Radio 6 – First Broadcast On 28th March 2005)

    Crystal Horse (originally Appeared On ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’ CD Single 2)

    Over In The Corner (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 1)

    How Will I Find My Way Home? (Organ Version) (originally Appeared As A Hidden Track On Open Season CD)

    How Animals Work (Mike Hedges Version – Previously Unreleased)

    Runaway (originally Appeared As ‘Gale Warnings In Viking North’ On ‘Please Stand Up’ 7”)

    Green Grass Of Tunnel (originally Appeared On ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’ CD Single 1)

    Grey Goose (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 2)

    Chicken Pig (True Adventures Instrumental Demo) (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 2)

    I Am A Cider Drinker (originally Appeared On The Split 7” Single By British Sea Power And The Wurzels)

    British Sea Power

    The Decline Of British Sea Power

      A deluxe, expanded and lovingly rendered reissue of 'The Decline Of British Sea Power', the band's debut album, originally released in June 2003 to huge critical acclaim.

      'The Decline Of British Sea Power' will be re-issued on multiple formats including a deluxe collectable 2CD + DVD casebound book and featuring a re-mastered version of the original studio album along with B-sides from the band.

      'The BSP Handbook (Vol 1)' - A hardback book with 2CDs and DVD

      This image-laden high-quality hardback book comes with dustjacket and integral wallets containing two CDs and one DVD – a marvellously multi-media combination that tells the story of the Decline album in compelling audio-visual style.

      The CDs feature the acclaimed original 'Decline' album and B-sides from the Decline era. The DVD features live BSP footage from the UK and Japan, alongside Decline-period videos and bonus features. Please note: the Handbook narrative and images are completely different to those in the book in the Compleat box-set. Text by Roy Wilkinson, author of the acclaimed BSP-themed memoir Do It For Your Mum. Stuart Maconie on Do It For Your Mum: "As different from the usual rock biography as British Sea Power are from the usual rock band. Funny, literate, touching, ambitious and engaging. A quirky, brilliant story –quirkily, brilliantly told.”

      British Sea Power

      Machineries Of Joy

        British Sea Power’s new, fifth album ‘Machineries Of Joy’ will be released on Rough Trade Records. The album release will be accompanied by a full UK tour.

        ‘Machineries Of Joy’ was written in the Berwyn mountains in north Wales and recorded in Brighton with Dan Smith and mixer Ken Thomas (David Bowie, Sigur Ros).

        “We’d like to think the album is warm and restorative,” says singer Yan. “Various things are touched on in the words - Franciscan monks, ketamine, French female bodybuilders turned erotic movie stars. The world often seems a mad, hysterical place at the moment. You can’t really be oblivious to that, but we’d like the record to be an antidote - a nice game of cards in pleasant company.”

        British Sea Power

        Valhalla Dancehall

          "Valhalla Dancehall" is the band’s fourth album proper, following the Mercury-nominated "Do You Like Rock Music?" in 2008 and the "Man Of Aran" soundtrack in 2009. With its title, "Valhalla Dancehall" invokes a wild-eyed internationalism, alluding to both the Norse mythos and Jamaican discos – to the Viking heaven and Caribbean good times. BSP are maybe unlikely to be taking up residence in downtown Kingston, but the album title and the music it comes with are antidotes to limited horizons and parochial mindsets. BSP have recently played live inside the Arctic Circle and atop the Great Wall Of China. With its ambition and sense of wonder, the new album mirrors such globe-girdling scope.

          'We almost called the album Return Of The Gender Benders', says BSP frontman Yan. 'It was a fun title, but it also had a more serious side. The music we were recording made us want to link ourselves with people who aren’t afraid to stand out. Another working title was The Interstellar Sussex Downs – a mix of the near and the far. It’s our most ambitious record yet and there’s a bit of a party theme – the word 'party' features a few times. Lee Perry and Odin are both there, in Valhalla where the bar stays open for eternity. Four albums in and we're finally learning to enjoy ourselves..'

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Andy says: The British Arcade Fire: weird, wonderful and deceptively epic!

          British Sea Power

          Do You Like Rock Music?

            Given that this album was produced by Howard Bilerman (drummer on Arcade Fire's "Funeral Album"), Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis), it's epic grandeur is really no surprise. With its layers of soaring guitar, thundering drums and chanting vocals comparisons to Arcade Fire are inevitable, particularly on tracks like "Waving Flags" and album opener "All In It". There is much more to this album though: although the big surging sound is pretty much full on, there's some lovely intricate instrumentation, lots of clever pace changes to keep you on your toes, and unlike pretty much every indie band around lately, they actually have a story to tell too. With "Do You Like Rock Music?", they've finally fulfilled the promise shown on their previous albums. Already an album of the year contender!

            British Sea Power

            Open Season

              Their first album did really well, as a word-of-mouth thing, and back then BSP stood alone in the old-school indie quirky art-pop stakes. They were a refreshing leftward turn. Now everyone's at it, but the good news is that this second album is a huge step on from their debut. It has a controlled, powerful splendour which recalls the dark, melodic wonder of Joy Division and features less of the jerky wackiness of old. This is a beautiful record and whilst the words 'epic' and 'soaring' aren't usually associated with leftfield pop, BSP manage to be both those things. But they do it cleverly, with grace and good taste. This will be a contender for Album Of The Year.


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