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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

3 CDs & re-mastered vinyl

For those of you not signed up to Hidden Masters/Pledge Music updates, here's the details from them on The Distractions' 'Parabolically Yours' campaign, which as of this evening, has already reached 26% of the target with 90 days to go. Thank you for your support!

Hello everyone… 

I thought you’d like to know that our latest HiddenMasters project is now up for pre-ordering on PledgeMusic – it’s a full scale retrospective on The Distractions. 

The Distractions? Ahh yes… Remember them? Of course you do! Theirs was a star that shone briefly above the Manchester skyline back in the late '70s; sharing rehearsal spaces with Joy Division, The Fall and the Buzzcocks. Releasing genuine pop-classics like the much-heralded You’re Not Going Out Dressed Like That EP… Time Goes By So Slow (their second consecutive NME Single of the Week)… Something For The WeekendIt Doesn’t Bother Me… one album on Island (Nobody’s Perfect)… the inevitable acrimonious split… and then… 32 years later, a second album – the 2013 masterpiece, 'The End Of The Pier'. 

This is a HiddenMasters project that’s taken the better part of four years to pull together – none of the band’s pre-millenial work has (save a couple of songs) been digitised before so we’ve gone back to the original analog reels and not only found everything intact but also discovered a myriad of never-before-heard gems along the way… from demos to different mixes to live recordings that only exist on cassette (which have scrubbed up pretty well, by the way). 

All are included on this 500 copies only book-edition… this time around it’s a 100-page hardback that contains a mass of never-before-seen images wrapped around fresh interviews during which the band and those close to them tell their own, inimitable tale. The music – from 1977 to 2013 – is on 3 CDs with the (hard to find nowadays) first album re-mastered and pressed on 180 gsm vinyl. 


Lastly… next up for us will be the Chris Wood / Evening Blue retrospective. And… a bit further away will be the first-ever full-scale Heads Hands & Feet compendium. 

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and peaceful 2015.


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