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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Black Velvet digital EP

From the news section over at Occultation Recordings we bring you...

"[Catalogue no. TBC] - The Distractions: Black Velvet digital EP

Another digital EP, this time from one of Manchester's greatest pop groups. You'll know their classic Factory single Time Goes By So Slow and we hope to be releasing a compilation featuring that and their other earlier recordings later in the year. In the meantime we're putting out 3 tracks recorded by a reformed version of the band featuring both singer Mike Finney (one of THE great pop voices) and guitarist/songwriter Steve Perrin from 1995. Many fans who've heard it feel that lead track Black Velvet is among the finest work they ever recorded and the EP will also feature a new version of Still It Doesn't Ring, which appeared on their 1980 album Nobody's Perfect, plus If You Were Mine, featuring a truly astonishing vocal performance by Mr Finney. Release: summer 2010.

Although the formats are strictly as stated above, there is a possibility that we may have a limited quantity of promo CDs of one or more of these releases and, as we know that some of you like these, we'll try to make some available, keep an eye on the website for details."

Occultation have recently released two superb comeback singles from The Wild Swans, as well the debut from The Granite Shore. Before the release of The Distractions' first EP since 1981's And Then There's... we have She's a Vampire from Jonathan Beckett and The Granite Shore's second single, Flood of Fortune b/w Highway Code on 7" to look forward to, not to mention the eagerly awaited Wild Swans album.

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