Sunday, March 17, 2013

Record Store Day 2013: Orange Juice LP Reissues

All four of Orange Juice's Polydor era albums are being reissued on LP for Record Store Day 2013. The seminal Scottish post-punk/pop band's albums -- You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (1982), Rip It Up (1982), Texas Fever (1984), and The Orange Juice (1984) -- set the tone for much of the British pop wave of the 80s. Led by Edwyn Collins, Orange Juice are a hugely under-acknowledged influence on everyone from The Smiths to Belle and Sebastian. More importantly, their albums, and the band's refreshingly open-minded approach to music making, hold up very well in their own right. "Rip It Up" was a good enough that when Simon Reynolds set out to write a history of post-punk he named his book after it.

The material on these albums was out-of-print altogether for many years until Domino released the ...Coals To Newcastle 6 CD/1 DVD box set in 2010. No doubt it will be good to finally have these classic albums back in circulation in their original configuration and format.

In other Orange Juice news, former front-man Edwyn Collins plans to release a follow up to his terrific 2010 comeback album Losing Sleep. The album, entitled Understated, will be released on April 16, just in advance of Record Store Day.

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