Monday, February 3, 2014

Aztec Camera's deluxe 'High Land, Hard Rain' due Tuesday

This is one of Roddy's best albums and I can't wait to hear the rarities. Glad to see it's getting a deluxe release. Read on for details...

Domino Records will be releasing of the 30th anniversary edition of Aztec Camera's classic debut album, High Land, Hard Rain in North America on Feb. 4. With the original album remastered from the analog tapes and the CD package full of all sorts of super rare nuggets (many not available before digitally). High Land, Hard Rain and the rarities are streaming now via Pitchfork Advance.

In December Roddy Frame performed three sold-out shows in the UK to commemorate the 30th anniversary by playing the album in its entirety (complimented by additional material from his repertoire) to universal acclaim.

Here’s a bit of his recent hometown show in Glasgow:

Contemporary with fellow Glaswegians Orange Juice, Aztec Camera made their debut on vinyl with the release of the "Just Like Gold" single on the seminal Postcard label when Frame was only 16 years old.

Another single followed on Postcard with "Mattress Of Wire" before the band made their move to the more firmly established Rough Trade label to record their debut album, High Land, Hard  Rain (released in North America on Sire Records).

The album opens with the exuberant pop of "Oblivious," which very nearly became Rough Trade's first UK Top 40 hit in the early days of 1983 (the song's re-issue on WEA later that year would drive it into the Top 20 eventually).

Follow-up single "Walk Out To Winter" is yet another tour-de-force of pop songwriting, as well as showcasing Frame's prodigious talents as a guitarist. Frame re-visited the Postcard b-side "We Could Send Letters" to end side one.

In his new liner notes for this edition, Rolling Stone's David Fricke calls High Land, Hard Rain "ten songs of anxious yearning, romantic urgency, big hurt and hard-won learning, distilled into compact dramas of buckskin-folk jangle and skewed-pop elegance." 

Track listing:


The Boy Wonders
Walk Out to Winter
The Bugle Sounds Again
We Could Send Letters
Pillar to Post
Lost Outside the Tunnel
Back on Board
Down the Dip

CD 2/LP Download

Pillar to Post (original single version)
Queen's Tattoos
Orchid Girl
Walk Out to Winter (Tony Mansfield 7" version)
Set the Killing Free
Back on Board (live on CFNY)
We Could Send Letters (live on CFNY)
Walk Out to Winter (Kid Jensen Session)
Down the Dip (Kid Jensen Session)
Back on Board (Kid Jensen Session)
Release (Kid Jensen Session)
Walk Out to Winter (John Brand unreleased single version)
Walk Out to Winter (Tony Mansfield 12" version)
Oblivious (Colin Fairley remix)
Oblivious (Langer / Winstanley remix)

The vinyl version is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl and includes a complimentary digital download card for both the original album and the rarities included in the compact disc package. The first 400 pre-orders will also receive a bonus 7" of rarities:

A1. The Boy Wonders (Capital Radio Session)
A2. Release (Capital Radio Session)
B1 We Could Send Letters (C81 Version)
B2 The Bugle Sounds Again (Bedroom Demo)

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