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Manics reveal reissue plans

The Manic Street Preachers plan to reissue their 1998 album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours next and Nicky Wire has revealed some details about it…

At the beginning of this year Wire told the NME that they were thinking about a possible reissue: “It’s 20 years of ‘This Is My Truth’, so we might do something around that. Only because we have so much stuff that’s never been heard. In my archive, that’s the one that takes up the most space. I don’t know about gigs, but there’s just so much stuff that no one has ever heard. It’s our biggest selling album.”

And then a few weeks ago he effectively confirmed plans when he revealed some more details in response to the question “are you still itching to do the ‘This Is My Truth’ re-release?”. These plans include removing a track from the album (just as they removed ‘Underdogs’ from the 10th anniversary edition of Send Away The Tigers) and ‘promoting’ a B-side to album track status (something they also did with Send Away The Tigers when they added ‘Welcome To The Dead Zone’). This is what he had to say:

“Yes, James has remastered it, I found all the demos. They’re amazing – all on cassettes, recorded in someone’s front room. We’ve put ‘Prologue To History’ on the album now and kicked off ‘Nobody Loved You’. We’ve moved that onto disc two with a great demo that we’ve found. It’s packed full of really interesting and intimate stuff, as well as us in the studio and off the leash on certain songs like ‘Tsunami’ that are much more raw. There are some amazing remixes too – by people like Mogwai, Massive Attack and Cornelius. It was a great period where people would take your work and transform it into something really special.”

The album was 20 years old in September and features the band’s first UK number one single ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’. There were three further UK top 20 singles. It is not known when the reissue might appear but given that we’re almost in mid-October, it seems unlikely that anything will happen in 2018.

33 responses to Manics reveal reissue plans

  1. Mark Hollis says:

    ‘Prologue To History’ is an absolute stunner. Quite possibly my fave Manc track.

  2. Wesley says:

    Nobody Loved You is one of the best tracks on the album!

  3. Alan Jones says:

    Just been to view the Nicky Wire Exhibition of Polaroid’s at Tenby Museum, West Wales, mug home town. Excellent well worth a visit. You can see examples of why some of the albums art came to be.

  4. Kevin Galliford says:

    I got mine autographed in the Cardiff Virgin megastore too. It’s a good album but my favourite song from them at that time is the 10 minute David Holmes remix of “Tolerate” from one of the CD singles. Their CD singles always had the best packacking with the artwork & inner sleeves. I don’t recall any other band of the time going to such much trouble with their singles. Anyway, it’s going to have to be a stunning package for me to buy it & I hope they’ll do a documentary DVD with it.

  5. Stupidactingsmart says:

    I was annoyed when I read they intended to drop ‘Nobody Loved You’ because it’s one of the few tracks on the album that has a bit of spunk, and I love it, and they made a big deal of the importance of the lyrics being about Richey, at the time.

    Prologue… is a good song too, but sticking it in place of one of the original tunes is dumb. Only as dumb as us buying the same record over and over, but still dumb.

    Nothing the Manics do these days inspires me though. I remember reading James criticising how bad The Everlasting is, and Nicky incredulously pointing out JDB ‘acting singing’ when doing it, but they still play it live all the time and it still sounds like that Texas tune. I think it’s awful myself, ‘gennawinnly’ awful, but I wouldn’t agree with dropping it on a reissue either.

    And like a few other posters… I love Be Natural. Up to that point it sounded like nothing they’d ever done before.

  6. James says:

    Can’t work out if it’s rewriting history or a marketing ploy to sell a new version of the album with different track listing.

    The other thing I don’t get with these reissues when there’s double vinyl is why put the demos on the other vinyl instead of b-sides, it’s so frustrating – surely the majority of people would like to hear more songs, not nerd out on what a song sounded like before they finished it?! The cynic in me suggests they want big fans to buy multi formats.

  7. Marc says:

    Agreed with adding Prologue. Should have dropped SYMM intead of Be Natural in my opinion.

    The follow-up to This is My Truth is the one that needs a re-worked tracklist. Know Your Enemy had too much filler.

    While i’m super excited for this – i’m hoping to hear news of a Gold Against The Soul remaster and a Deluxe edition of Lifeblood at some point in the near future. 2023 (30 years) and 2024 (20 years) is too long to wait.

  8. StevieB says:

    At least it’s only one track that they’re leaving off. After all, wasn’t it the Manics who famously once said that everything must go?

  9. SimonP says:

    Mmm, demos on a 20 year old cassette. I bet they’ll sound great…

  10. robert peel says:

    Can’t wait for this

    Unreleased demos from Chateau de la Rouge
    Hopefully a few live tracks to fill a close up dvd would be great as some one suggested

    Also I’ve found the other reissues very well priced indeed although the GT packaging in the boxset was awful the record company should send out extra discs

  11. Rob Deighton says:

    My favourite MSP album. Glad to hear a reissue is on the way with the b-sides. Would love a tour where they play the album in full. Not sure about changing the tracklist of the original album. They did that with ‘Send Away The Tigers’ and while the “new” song is better than the one they changed it just didn’t flow very well.

    I hope they do a proper vinyl edition. The current sony ‘we love vinyl’/legacy one is “okay” but the sleeve repro is poor and there is an hours music on one disc.

  12. Caroline says:

    I’d have dropped “Be Natural” myself. Duff.

    For some reason, I get the feeling this’ll be more like the “Send Away The Tigers” reissue than the box sets done for “Generation Terrorists” or “The Holy Bible”. Whilst the album was a big seller at the time, it doesn’t have the same status as some of their other albums. If there’s a DVD, I would love it to have the BBC “Close Up” documentary from around the release of the album. We’ll see, I guess.

  13. Wayne Olsen says:

    My favorite MSP album!

  14. David Carter says:

    I listened to the original cd a few weeks back after quite some time and was impressed by how good it sounded. I would still like a vinyl copy as its probably my favourite manics album but it will be interesting to see if its remastered how and if it can improve on the original release

  15. Paul Anderson says:

    Prologue to History deserves a spot on the album. It really is that b-side.

    In fact, all the bsides to this campaign we’re pretty good, there wasn’t one that I skipped by. Black Holes for the Young and Montana/Autumn/78

    We’re never gonna get a Gold Against the Soul remaster are we?

    • Gorecki says:

      I’ve been thinking that about Gold Against The Soul ever since they missed the 20th and 25th anniversaries, and skipped on to the Everything Must Go set instead: it’s a pity as the album has cracking songs on it.

  16. Simon Taylor says:

    Nobody Loved You is one of my favourite Manics songs, that’s a strange decision for me but hey. Not sure I need a reissue, will wait and see. I have the 10th Anniversary cd’s of Holy Bible and Everything Must Go so if in a similar format box and decent price then might have to indulge.

    • Christian says:

      Nobody Loved You is also one of my favorite songs, so it’s a bit perplexing as to why they would want to remove and replace it, but there you go. It will be interesting to see what they put on the reissue. This was the first MSP album I bought, so I have quite the fondness for it.

  17. eric slangen says:

    Brilliant news. One of their best albums just keep away the cassettes.

  18. Gareth Jones says:

    Why do certain bands want to re-write history? Lawrence from Felt even changed the title of one an album when the Felt re-issue campaign began. If you weren’t happy with the title or running order when it was originally released, tough! The fans have lived with it all these years and it just feels weird to rejig it around for a re-issue.

    Having said that, I know not every band puts lots of thought, time and care into the running order. Jarvis Cocker famously left it to someone else to choose the running order for their albums because he couldn’t cope with it! And I’ve heard many people say the running order of The Smiths ‘Queen Is Dead’ could’ve been better. But even so, I don’t think you should mess with something for a re-issue. Just add B-sides as bonus tracks. Meh!

    • For me, this is exactly what re-issues are about. Rather than some sonic tweaking that in many cases is barely audible, isn’t it more interesting for an artist to say “I’ve had a rethink and this running order/track selection etc works better or is more reflective of what was originally intended?”.
      Maybe there was an overbearing record producer or company that dictated the initial release. It makes you question previous work in a new light. It is thought-provoking.
      Unless the remastering (rather than remixing) is from an analogue source rather than digital, it is questionable what it will achieve anyway.
      I’m listening to the new version of Bowie’s Never Let Me Down and it is fascinating to hear the previous album re-imagined.

      • Gorecki says:

        In theatre, literature, poetry, art, and classical music re-editing, adding material, cutting, etc. happens all the time (and always has done), not least because sometimes the artist only realises something isn’t working properly via other means (e.g. performance) or something could have been done better with the benefit of hindsight or later thought. More controversially it happens in film: the so-called (dreaded) ‘director’s cut’… without wanting to appear terribly rude it does seem to upset people far less the more adult, less fan-ish the artform might be…

        (I do, though, regret the removal of ‘Nobody Loved You’ – a superb track – and a strange choice for omission.)

  19. Cosmo Castanza says:

    Bought Motown Junk back in the day , and the flexi disc they did a track for. All those wonderful new wave style classic singles followed by the wonderful orchestrated songs and the brill double cd singles with loads of remixes leading up to the excellent This Is My Truth.

    Not liked anything put out by them in the last 2 decades ……mind the 21st century has not been the age of the electric guitar has it .

  20. Tim-Meh says:

    Great album, but the best news today about a Welsh band is that the Super Furry Animals have a really nice ‘At The BBC’ set coming out. Ltd and silly expensive vinyl set already sold out though.

  21. Dave Butterfield says:

    To be honest I am getting hacked off with expanded editions that rely heavily on remixes even if they are period..odd I should say that as a FGTH fan…guess that’s what they were about right from the off but I would much rather see demos or live or something that doesn’t distort the song beyond recognition. Fully accept I am contradicting myself btw

  22. Seems like nobody loved ‘Nobody Loved You’. I do love it though. Shame to see it go, but given that the original album’s a Poundland/charity shop staple and there are literally kabillions of copies of it out there, the song’s unlikely to fall into obscurity. I love This is My Truth… nothing the Manics did afterwards meant as much to me until the amazing Futurology. By that I mean albums as a whole – obviously there are loads of cracking individual songs on the albums made in-between!

  23. Andrew says:

    I am a massive fan of the Manic’s. I have seen them live nearly 20 times and had this pleasure of meeting the band. They say never meet your heroes but they really are lovely people. I am however not a fan of adjusting the track listing. You cannot re-write history with Prologue To History (sorry I had to)! I think Nobody Loved You is needed where it is to help pace the album but ultimately it isn’t my decision.

    However, I will be picking this set up- the demos alone will be worth the admission and the remix will be interesting. Hopefully some solid news inbound soon…

  24. Peter Muscutt says:

    The first Manics album I really got into, and worked back from there – have fond memories of this on my Minidisc player (God that ages things!!) whilst helping my dad out at work during the summer holidays…great album. Always had a soft spot for ‘Black Holes for the Young’ the B-side they did with Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Looking forward to a good 3/4-CD and possibly DVD package for this. Nicky Wire always seems enthusiastic for people to hear unreleased/demo stuff which is heartening.

  25. Rustin Zomorodi says:

    Good to hear, though it’s again annoying that they’re messing with the original order (without leaving the original anywhere in sight, other than in an alternative form like before).

    They did have another UK no. 1 with “The Masses Against The Classes” in 2000, but just those two.

  26. George says:

    JDB gave a bit more info with Absolute Radio back in late September too https://youtu.be/0n6OK-Ch5Rc?t=130 Gave a bit more insight into the demos included etc. Curious that it still hasn’t been officially announced.

  27. Alan B says:

    Paul, sorry the band had 2 UK number 1 singles. The second was the stand alone single The Masses Against the Classes.
    I got a CD and LP signed by the band on its release date at the old Virgin Megastore in Cardiff.

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