The return of the Breeders


I get numerous requests to run news stories, and I rarely do.

However, the news that The Breeders are to re-issue Last Splash on vinyl and CD with numerous goodies, like the Safari and Head To Toe EPs is worth celebrating and making a fuss about.

So here’s what you need to know:

LSXX, the 20th anniversary reissue of the Breeders’ Platinum album, Last Splash, will be released on April 22nd on 4AD.

LSXX will be available as a limited-edition, seven-disc vinyl box set, and a three-CD package. Many of the recordings included in the set have never been released before, and for other tracks, it will be the first time they receive a worldwide release. Cover and individual sleeve artwork has been created by renowned British graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, who described it as “an irreverent conceptual and visual re-imagining,” of his original Last Splash artwork.

The vinyl box set includes:

a 12-inch vinyl pressing of Last Splash
four 10-inch EPs – ‘Safari’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Divine Hammer’ and ‘Head To Toe’
a 12-inch vinyl live concert album, Stockholm Syndrome, recorded in Sweden in 1994, during the band’s last European tour. Seven tracks from this recording originally appeared on a fan-club-only CD; nine additional unreleased tracks from the concert are included here.
a 12-inch vinyl record comprised of a BBC radio session recorded July 24, 1993 and available here for the first time, and the original Last Splash demo recordings, made in November 1992.
a 24-page booklet featuring previously unpublished photographs taken during the recording of Last Splash, personal photos taken during two years of touring, and reminiscences written by band members and others, including Kim Gordon and J Mascis.

The CD release is comprised of the same material in a three-disc set.

LSXX will be available at retail stores as well as online. The release coincides with the Breeders’ “LSXX World Tour,” which marks the first time Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson have performed together since 1994. With more dates to be announced, the confirmed European itinerary is as follows:

24 – BARCELONA, Primavera
27 – TOULOUSE, Le Bikini
28 – BORDEAUX, Le Rocher De Palmer
30 – PORTO, Primavera

01 – PARIS, Trianon
02 – BRUSSELS, Ancienne Belgique
03 – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
14 – DUBLIN, Vicar Street [TICKETS]
19 – LONDON, Forum [TICKETS]
21 – CAMBER SANDS, All Tomorrow’s Parties curated by Deerhunter

** LSXX full tracklisting:
Disc 1 – Last Splash – 12-inch vinyl
New Year
Invisible Man
No Aloha
Do You Love Me Now?
I Just Wanna Get Along
Mad Lucas
Divine Hammer
Drivin’ On 9
Roi (Reprise)

Disc 2 – The Stockholm Syndrome (Live In Stockholm) – 12-inch vinyl
Shocker In Gloomtown
New Year
I Just Wanna Get Along
Head To Toe
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Invisible Man
Drivin’ On 9
Don’t Call Home
(seven of these tracks were previously released as a limited-edition, fan club only release via the Breeders’ Digest; the other nine are previously unreleased)

Disc 3 – Demos, rare tracks and session versions – 12-inch vinyl
No Aloha (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
Flipside (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
Divine Hammer (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
Hag (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
New Year (November 1992 demo, previously released as a bonus 7-inch with original vinyl pressing of Last Splash)
Grunggae (November 1992 demo, previously released as a bonus 7-inch with original vinyl pressing of Last Splash)
Invisible Man (previously released on 4AD label compilation, 13 Year Itch)
No Aloha (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
I Just Wanna Get Along (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
Mad Lucas (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
S.O.S. (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
Saints (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
900 (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
Iris (previously released on the No Alternative compilation album)

‘Safari’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Do You Love Me Now?
Don’t Call Home
So Sad About Us

‘Cannonball’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Lord Of The Thighs

‘Divine Hammer’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Divine Hammer (single version)
I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)
Do You Love Me Now?

‘Head To Toe’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Head To Toe
Shocker In Gloomtown
Freed Pig

Which gives me the perfect reason to post the following!

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