The Raven 2016 Double Heavyweight Red & Black Vinyl LP (Numbered, Limited Edition)
Double Heavyweight LP £28.00
Release Date: 16/12/2016
- A VERY SPECIAL DOUBLE ALBUM ON 180g HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL ONE BLACK LP; ONE RED
- BONUS TRACKS
- EMBOSSED SLEEVE
- UNIQUE 10”x10” ART PRINT
- NUMBERED & LIMITED TO JUST 1500 COPIES
The Raven, originally released in September 1979, was The Stranglers’ fourth studio album in just under 2½ years.
The Raven flew into the UK charts at #4. It should have entered at #1 but for an extraordinary - some say deliberate - mistake by the chart compilers of the time. Inexplicably, they assigned thousands of sales of The Raven to the then still-yet-to-be-released LP by The Police, Regatta De Blanc ensuring their first of four consecutive number 1 albums at The Stranglers’ expense! Despite this setback, like its predecessors The Raven was soon certified Gold in many countries around the globe and remains, to this day, if not many fans’ favourite Stranglers’ album then certainly right up there amongst them.
Fast-forward to December 2016 and this very special re-mastered, numbered, 180g heavyweight, 2LP vinyl edition, limited to just 1500, is the latest, much anticipated re-issue in the LP series.
LP1 is The Raven in its original sequence.
The bonus LP, on red vinyl, entitled The Raven - Treasures Captured, gathers assorted bonus tracks from the period. Fools Rush Out, the B-side of Duchess, is not only one of their “play on words” titles but also a thinly-veiled dig at their old management team. It is one of the earliest tracks from this period, initially recorded in December 1978. N’Emmenes Pas Harry is a French language version of the second single, released in France only in January, 1980. G.m.b.H. is the original 1979-recorded mid-length and quite different take of the track better known as Bear Cage. The more familiar single version, which never featured on an LP, was recorded in London in January, 1980 and released in March. Included here is the Long Version which appeared on the band’s first 12” release. A double A-side, it is c/w the Long Version of Shah Shah A Go Go, which is effectively the album version with an extra 30 seconds at the end. Vietnamerica, another “play on words” title, is interesting in that its very first release was in North America only in 1980 on an IRS compilation called IV. It wasn’t released anywhere else until it appeared as a November 1981 B-side to the first single from 6th album, La Folie. Rounding off in some style are two tracks from a BBC Radio 1 Session recorded for the David Jensen Show in London on 24th January, 1982: Nuclear Device/Genetix. The band are absolutely flying on these takes, which were recorded on the eve of the hastily-arranged tour off the back of the massive success of Golden Brown. The four-song session was then first-broadcast on 11th February, 1982. Genetix, particularly, is an extraordinary track with Jet’s drumming hitting exquisite new levels, JJ’s bass utterly mesmeric and a genuinely unsettling brilliant vocal from Dave. These two tracks are released here on LP for the very first time.
The whole package comes in a wide-spine sleeve and both LPs run at 33⅓ RPM. The album cover features the raven image in spot UV and embossed. The bonus LP features artwork in the style of the original album, reimagined by the band’s current designer, Phil Johnson.
Over 75 minutes of running time total. 40 minutes of the original album plus 37 minutes of bonus content.
An art print of the image of the raven based on the original limited 3D edition, measuring roughly 10”x10”, is also included.
ORIGINAL LP: The Raven
2. THE RAVEN
3. DEAD LOSS ANGELES
5. BAROQUE BORDELLO
6. NUCLEAR DEVICE
1. SHAH SHAH A GO GO
2. DON'T BRING HARRY
BONUS RED VINYL LP: The Raven - Treasures Captured
1. FOOLS RUSH OUT
2. N'EMMENES PAS HARRY
3. G. m. b. H.
5. YELLOWCAKE UF6
1. SHAH SHAH A GO GO (Long Version)
2. BEAR CAGE (Long Version)
3. NUCLEAR DEVICE/GENETIX (BBC Radio 1 Session)