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Pop Group / ‘y’ definitive edition

Bristol band The Pop Group‘s 1979 debut album ‘y’ is being reissued as a multi-disc deluxe vinyl and CD packages.

The band released two albums before going their own separate ways in 1981 and the acclaimed debut has now been remastered from the original tapes and cut at half speed at Abbey Road Studios for the 40th anniversary.

The vinyl box is a four-record set on black vinyl (a very limited gold vinyl is sold out) and bonus material includes a 10-track album called Alien Blood – which features never heard material from the archive including embryonic versions songs like of Thief of Fire’ – and Y Live a live album which features performances from a variety of locations including New York, Manchester and Brussels. The other vinyl record features the single is She Is Beyond Good And Evil.

The box set also includes a 12-inch booklet and as can be seen in the video above, there are posters with most of the records.

The 3CD set contains the same content (the two tracks from the single appended to the album) and comes packaged as three jewel cased CDs in an outer box.

These new editions of Y are out now. The band will be touring at the end of 2019 and throughout 2020 in support of the reissue.

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Y definitive edition 4LP black vinyl box

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3LP + 7″ single box set

Y (Remastered + cut using half speed mastering at Abbey Road)

Side A

1 Thief Of Fire (Remastered)
2 Snowgirl (Remastered)
3 Blood Money (Remastered)
4 Savage Sea (Remastered)
5 We Are Time (Remastered)

Side B

1 Words Disobey Me (Remastered)
2 Don’t Call Me Pain (Remastered)
3 Boys From Brazil (Remastered)
4 Don’t Sell Your Dreams (Remastered)

She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered) 7″ single

A She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered)
B1 3:38 (Remastered)

Alien Blood

Side A

1 Kiss The Book
2 Blood Money (Slow Thief)
3 Don’t Call Me Pain (First Mix)
4 Words Disobey Me (Dennis the Menace Mix)
5 We Are Time (Ricochet)

Side B

1 Thief Of Fire (Bass Addict)
2 Savage Sea (Sparse)
3 Boys From Brazil (Ridge Reels)
4 Snowgirl (Take 3)
5 Don’t Sell Your Dreams (‘A’ Mix)

Y – Live

Side A

1 Thief Of Fire (Live)
2 Snowgirl (Live)
3 Blood Money (Live)
4 Savage Sea (Live)
5 We Are Time (Live)

1 Words Disobey Me (Live)
2 Don’t Call Me Pain (Live)
3 Boys From Brazil (Live)
4 Don’t Sell Your Dreams (Live)

3CD set

CD1

Y (Remastered)

1 Thief Of Fire (Remastered)
2 Snowgirl (Remastered)
3 Blood Money (Remastered)
4 Savage Sea (Remastered)
5 We Are Time (Remastered)
6 Words Disobey Me (Remastered)
7 Don’t Call Me Pain (Remastered)
8 Boys From Brazil (Remastered)
9 Don’t Sell Your Dreams (Remastered)
10 She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered)
11 3:38 (Remastered)

CD2

Alien Blood

1 Kiss The Book
2 Don’t Call Me Pain (First Mix)
3 Thief Of Fire (Bass Addict)
4 Words Disobey Me (Dennis the Menace Mix)
5 Don’t Sell Your Dreams (‘A’ Mix)
6 Boys From Brazil (Ridge Reels)
7 Savage Sea (Sparse)
8 Snowgirl (Take 3)
9 Blood Money (Slow Thief)
10 We Are Time (Ricochet)

CD3

Y – Live

1 Thief Of Fire (Live)
2 Snowgirl (Live)
3 Blood Money (Live)
4 Savage Sea (Live)
5 We Are Time (Live)
6 Words Disobey Me (Live)
7 Don’t Call Me Pain (Live)
8 Boys From Brazil (Live)
9 Don’t Sell Your Dreams (Live)

9 responses to Pop Group / ‘y’ definitive edition

  1. Gert says:

    Cdset ordered after listening to their music on the web.
    Will be checking more of the pop group and Mark Stewart.

  2. Wayne Olsen says:

    This is amazing. My neighbors will suffer.

  3. poptones says:

    It’s a great album from an influential band. Big fan of the Pop Group and Mark Stewart’s solo work. Mark Stewart’s been a big influence on Nick Cave ans the Birthday Party in the early 80s.

    I have the original Radar records release from 1979 and also their sophomore album “For how much longer do we tolerate mass murder?” on Rough Trade.

    Mark Stewart’s a great performer. Always nice to go to see him play live with his band (wether it’s The Pop Group, the Maffia or the U-Sound crew). Also a Big fan of Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonalds (awesome session musicians in the early 80s and rhythm section of SugarHill records, you can hear thème on GrandMaster Flash’s “the Message”), Tack-Head, Fat Comets, Little Axe, Bim Sherman and all those fabulous bands and musicians from the U-Sound catalogue.

    The Pop Group reformed in 2010 and they supported Faith No More in 2015 in Glasgow during their Sol Invictus tour. Two great bands and two great singers with Mark Stewart and Mike Patton.

    The limited signed Gold vinyl edition (£99) was limited to 500 copies.

  4. AdamW says:

    A mind-blowing recording in every dimension. An acquired taste, to be sure, but along with Metal Box and Pink Flag, to me the apex of post-punk. Do not miss.

  5. Robert Laversuch says:

    Excited! Confused though – on Amazon.co.uk there is an edition that is already out costing 18 quid. The other is not out till December and is retailing at 13 pounds.???

  6. Rare Glam says:

    Pity the CD editions are in jewel cases, I hope they are at least slimline ones like for CD singles. It would have been nicer to miniaturise the LP set packaging in card sleeves and put them in a slip case or clamshell box. I prefer the ‘For How Much Longer’ album to ‘Y’ as well. There’s no pleasing some people I suppose! I’ll keep it on my watch list in any case, it’s not like it’s expensive on CD.

  7. Simon says:

    I hope this means that the 4 Mark Stewart albums on Mute are going to be reissued/remastered as well,they are long overdue.

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