Echo & The Bunnymen / Vinyl Album Reissues / 22 October

Echo & The Bunnymen / Vinyl Album Reissues / 22 October

 

FIRST FOUR ALBUMS AVAILABLE ON VINYL | 22 OCTOBER

 

CROCODILES | HEAVEN UP HERE | PORCUPINE | OCEAN RAIN

 

UK TOUR | SPRING 2022 | TICKETS AVAILABLE here

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN are re-releasing their first four albums on vinyl on 22 October. Each of them will be available on 180g black vinyl from all music retailers, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl exclusively from Dig! – CROCODILES (Yellow) HEAVEN UP HERE (Blue) PORCUPINE (White) and OCEAN RAIN (Transparent Blue). Pre-order link: https://lnk.to/EchoandtheBunnymen_Vinyl

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN were formed in Liverpool in 1978 with Ian McCulloch on vocals and rhythm guitar, Will Sergeant on lead guitar and Les Pattinson on bass. They were soon joined by Pete De Freitas on drums and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

The band’s first release was the 7” single Pictures on My Wall with the B-side Read It in Books on Zoo Records in 1979. Pictures on My Wall would appear on their classic debut album Crocodiles in 1980. Released amidst the growing wave of post-punk, Crocodiles cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best around with the NME describing it as “probably the best album this year by a British band”. The album ultimately broke into the Top 20, finishing in many critics greatest ever debut album lists.

 

The Bunnymen followed the album with the release of the Shine So Hard EP in 1981, recorded live at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, before releasing their second studio album Heaven Up Here in the same year. It became the band’s first UK Top 10 album, winning the 1981 NME Best Album award in the process. Considered to be a slightly darker album, Heaven Up Here was produced by Hugh Jones and was well received by critics and fans alike, featuring tracks such as A Promise, Over the Wall and Show of Strength.

 

The band’s cult status was soon transformed into mainstream success in 1983 with the release of their third album Porcupine, produced by Ian Broudie. Porcupine provided their best chart performances, with The Cutter reaching #8 in the singles charts and Porcupine finishing #2 in the album charts before being certified Gold.

 

1984 brought the fourth studio album Ocean Rain, regarded by many as the band’s classic opus. Recorded in Liverpool and Paris, the band used a 35-piece orchestra with award winning composer Adam Peters scoring the strings. The iconic, atmospheric cover artwork was taken in the stunning Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall by photographer Brian Griffin, who also shot their three previous album covers. Ocean Rain continued the band’s use of strings, creating a dark, ethereal aura. Three classic singles were released from the album – Silver, Seven Seas and the massive anthem The Killing Moon, which reached #9 in the UK singles chart and continues to transcend generations to this day.

 

 

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN will tour the UK and Ireland in the Spring of 2022, celebrating 40 years of magical songs. Tickets available here: https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/echo-and-the-bunnymen

 

FEBRUARY

 

Tue           01             SHEFFIELD                                 City Hall

Wed         02             LEEDS                                          O2 Academy

Fri             04             BOURNEMOUTH                    O2 Academy

Sat            05             CARDIFF                                     St David’s Hall

Mon        07             LONDON                                    Roundhouse

Wed         09             DUBLIN                                      Olympia Theatre

Fri             11             NORWCH                                  UEA

Sat            12             GATESHEAD                             Sage

Mon        14             LIVERPOOL                               Philharmonic Hall

Wed         16             MANCHESTER                         Albert Hall

Thu          17             NOTTINGHAM                        Rock City

Sat            19             CAMBRIDGE                            Corn Exchange

Sun           20             BRISTOL                                     O2 Academy

Tue           22             LONDON                                    O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Wed         23             NORTHAMPTON                    Derngate

Fri             25             MANCHESTER                         Albert Hall

Sat            26             BIRMINGHAM                         O2 Academy

Mon        28             GLASGOW                                Barrowland

 

MARCH

 

Tue           01             GLASGOW                                Barrowland

 

APRIL

 

Wed         06             BEXHILL                                      De La Warr Pavilion

 

THE KILLING MOON: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWz0JC7afNQ

SEVEN SEAS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbYxP11rbSM

 

 

 

 

CROCODILES (1980)

 

  • Going Up
  • Stars Are Stars
  • Pride
  • Monkeys
  • Crocodiles

 

  • Rescue
  • Villiers Terrace
  • Pictures on My Wall
  • All That Jazz
  • Happy Death Men

 

 

HEAVEN UP HERE (1981)

 

  • Show of Strength
  • With A Hip
  • Over the Wall
  • It Was A Pleasure
  • A Promise

 

  • Heaven Up Here
  • The Disease
  • All My Colours
  • No Dark Things
  • Turquoise Days
  • All I Want

 

 

PORCUPINE (1983)

 

  • The Cutter
  • Back of Love
  • My White Devil
  • Clay
  • Porcupine

 

  • Heads Will Roll
  • Ripeness
  • Higher Hell
  • Gods Will Be Gods
  • In Bluer Skies

 

 

OCEAN RAIN (1984)

 

  • Silver
  • Nocturnal Me
  • Crystal Days
  • The YoYo Man
  • Thorn of Crowns

 

  • The Killing Moon
  • Seven Seas
  • My Kingdom
  • Ocean Rain

 

 

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