The Wedding Present ‎– George Best 30th aniversary ltd edition lp + cd

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The Wedding Present ‎– George Best 30

It was early 2008 and The Wedding Present were in Chicago, recording their seventh album, El Rey. But they had also recently completed a successful ‘twentieth anniversary’ concert tour for their debut LP George Best and, having played that entire album dozens of times live, it was fresh in their minds and under their fingers. So, after they’d wrapped up recording El Rey, David suggested they lay down a 'live' version of George Best in the same studio. After all, the equipment was already set up and the band were on fire. Steve Albini, with whom they were recording, initially wasn't too keen on the idea but David assured him it would be quick and easy. Albini grudgingly caved. But David was right; it was quick... recorded live, more like an early Beatles LP or a Wedding Present Peel Session than a long drawn out modern recording with a bunch of overdubs and multi-tracked layering. One could almost imagine that this is the version of George Best that David would have liked to have recorded back in 1987. It is just so well done... as you’d expect, of course, with Albini at the controls. But you can also feel David’s 20 years older self guiding the new recording with experience and confidence. Everything is bigger… the drums on the original recording were played live, but were done on a ‘Simmons’ electronic drum kit. The combination of Albini’s recording and the ultra-talented Graeme Ramsay on ‘real’ drums brings these frantic songs to life. However, the real difference comes out in the way those super-fast, ever-jangly guitars sound… they’re warmer, they’re rockier, they’re more modern. More… Albini! To round everything off with another contemporary twist, multi award-winning mixer/producer Andrew Scheps [last heard on The Wedding Present’s ground-breaking Going, Going... album] enthusiastically agreed to mix the finished recordings, having heard the original LP for the first time in his living room in Los Angeles in 2012, when he was mixing The Wedding Present’s eighth studio album, Valentina. Tracklisting 01. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft 02. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of? 03. Don't Be So Hard 04. A Million Miles 05. All This And More 06. My Favourite Dress 07. Shatner 08. Something And Nothing 09. It's What You Want That Matters 10. Give My Love To Kevin11. Anyone Can Make A Mistake12. You Can't Moan, Can You? George Best 30th Anniversary Concerts : The Wedding Present will be playing a series of concert dates in 2017 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their classic debut album, George Best. With its bittersweet, breathtakingly honest love songs immersed in whirlwind guitars, George Best struck a chord with outsiders across the indie universe. Suddenly here was David Gedge; a geeky pied piper for our youthful missteps.  Thirty years on… we have laughed, loved and lived along with The Wedding Present... but are we any different to the way we were during those first meanderings into love? Gedge’s words are still golden… and we will always remember our favourite dress. The NME described George Best as “an unmitigated delight” upon its release and included it in its 2014 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Allmusic says “It would be nearly impossible to name the standout tracks, since every tune is so solid.” The album has achieved legendary status in the hearts and minds of alternative music fans everywhere.

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Vinyl LP Limited Edition
CD, Album
22 Sep 2017
Indie Rock


A1 Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
A2 What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
A3 Don't Be So Hard
A4 A Million Miles
A5 All This And More
A6 My Favourite Dress
B1 Shatner
B2 Something And Nothing
B3 It's What You Want That Matters
B4 Give My Love To Kevin
B5 Anyone Can Make A Mistake
B6 You Can't Moan, Can You?
CD1 Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
CD2 What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
CD3 Don't Be So Hard
CD4 A Million Miles
CD5 All This And More
CD6 My Favourite Dress
CD7 Shatner
CD8 Something And Nothing
CD9 It's What You Want That Matters
CD10 Give My Love To Kevin
CD11 Anyone Can Make A Mistake
CD12 You Can't Moan, Can You?