Manic Street Preachers

Lifeblood: 20th Anniversary


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20th Anniversary Edition of their seventh studio album ‘Lifeblood’. As with other Manics re-issues, the new releases feature many remastered tracks, b-sides, demos and outtakes, new liner notes by John Harris and unseen pictures by Mitch Ikeda. Two brand new remixes of the lead track ‘1985’ by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and sometime collaborator Welsh artist Gwenno appear on the cd and digital versions.

Described by Nicky Wire as “our most estranged album of all” the record came at a time when the band were reflecting on what they had become and what they could be.  The band looked to the music they had liked when they were young for inspiration, New Order circa ‘Low Life’, Prefab Sprout ‘Steve McQueen’, Thomas Dolby ‘The Flat Earth’, early Simple Minds, and the kind of cerebral electronic pop that dominated the early-to-mid 1980s. Wire said at the time "The main lyrical themes are death and solitude and ghosts. Being haunted by history and being haunted by your own past.”  James Dean Bradfield commented “I loved making Lifeblood, because it was interesting. I loved chasing these other versions of what we were trying to do.”

They started work in Cardiff before heading to New York to work with legendary producer Tony Visconti.  Next stop was Ireland with Greg Haver, the producer who had worked on their previous two albums. Finishing touches were brought by Tom Elmhirst (Bowie/ Goldfrapp/Adele), the mix engineer who gave the songs a lustrous sheen and sparkle, which combined their backwards glances with a hint of futurism.  Mojo Magazine described it at the time as “An album that nails its subtle-but-tenacious hooks with dignity and maturity”.

First single ‘The Love of Richard Nixon’ entered the UK charts at No. 2 but the band were unsure about it being the first music from the album.  Nicky Wire explained “It sounds like nothing we’ve ever done. It doesn’t sound like us at all.” The next single ‘Empty Souls’ also debuted at No. 2 and the group finished the year with an arena tour. 

Celebrating 20 years of Manic Street Preachers critically acclaimed Seventh studio album “Lifeblood”; the 2LP anniversary editions feature remastered audio of the original 12 album tracks, overseen by James Dean Bradfield, alongside a redesigned gatefold sleeve and 20 page booklet mirroring the original 2004 CD release.

The 3CD anniversary bookset edition features remastered audio of the original 12 album tracks, overseen by James Dean Bradfield on disc 1 while discs 2 & 3 comprise B-sides, Demos, Outtakes and two brand new remixes of ‘1985’ by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Gwenno. The 3CD bookset also includes brand new liner notes by John Harris and previously unseen photographs by Mitch Ikeda.

The 1CD anniversary edition features remastered audio of the original 12 album tracks, overseen by James Dean Bradfield, and two brand new remixes of ‘1985’ by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Gwenno alongside a redesigned digipak sleeve and including a 20 page booklet.

Tracklist

Limited 2LP/2LP

SIDE A
1. 1985 (Remastered 2023)
2. The Love of Richard Nixon (Remastered 2023)
3. Empty souls (Remastered 2023)

SIDE B
1. A Song for Departure (Remastered 2023)
2. I live to Fall Asleep (Remastered 2023)
3. To Repel Ghosts (Remastered 2023)

SIDE C
1. Emily (Remastered 2023)
2. Glasnost (Remastered 2023)
3. Always/Never (Remastered 2023)

SIDE D
1. Solitude Sometimes is (Remastered 2023)
2. Fragments (Remastered 2023)
3. Cardiff Afterlife (Remastered 2023)

CD

1. 1985 (Remastered 2023)
2. The Love of Richard Nixon (Remastered 2023)
3. Empty souls (Remastered 2023)
4. A Song for Departure (Remastered 2023)
5. I live to Fall Asleep (Remastered 2023)
6. To Repel Ghosts (Remastered 2023)
7. Emily (Remastered 2023)
8. Glasnost (Remastered 2023)
9. Always/Never (Remastered 2023)
10. Solitude Sometimes is (Remastered 2023)
11. Fragments (Remastered 2023)
12. Cardiff Afterlife (Remastered 2023)
13. 1985 (Steven Wilson’s Extended Eighties Mix)
14. 1985 (Gwenno Mix)

3CD

CD 1

  1. 1985  (Remastered 2023)
  2. The Love of Richard Nixon  (Remastered 2023)
  3. Empty souls  (Remastered 2023)
  4. A Song for Departure  (Remastered 2023)
  5. I live to Fall Asleep  (Remastered 2023)
  6. To Repel Ghosts  (Remastered 2023)
  7. Emily  (Remastered 2023)
  8. Glasnost  (Remastered 2023)
  9. Always/Never  (Remastered 2023)
  10. Solitude Sometimes is  (Remastered 2023)
  11. Fragments  (Remastered 2023)
  12. Cardiff Afterlife  (Remastered 2023)

CD 2

  1. Askew Road (B-Side)
  2. Everything Will Be (B-Side)
  3. Everyone Knows/Nobody Cares Voodoo Polaroids (B-Side)
  4. Quarantine (In My Place Of) (B-Side)
  5. All Alone Here (B-Side)
  6. Dying Breeds (B-Side)
  7. Litany (B-Side)
  8. Failure Bound (B-Side)
  9. No Jubilees (B-Side)
  10. Antarctic (B-Side)
  11. The Soulmates (B-Side)
  12. 1985 (Steven Wilson’s Extended Eighties Mix)
  13. 1985 (Gwenno Mix)

CD 3

  1. 1985 (Alternate version)
  2. 1985 (Demo)
  3. The Love Of Richard Nixon (Drum machine demo)
  4. The Love Of Richard Nixon (Live Rehearsal Demo)
  5. A Song For Departure (Demo)
  6. I Live To Fall Asleep (Casette)
  7. To Repel Ghosts (Demo)
  8. Emily (Demo)
  9. Solitude Sometimes Is (Demo)
  10. Fragments (Demo)
  11. Cardiff Afterlife (Casette)
  12. Cardiff Afterlife (Demo)
  13. Solitude Sometimes Is (Tony Visconti Mix)
  14. Emily (Tony Visconti Mix)
  15. Cardiff Afterlife (Tony Visconti Mix)
  16. Empty Souls (Live At BBC Maida Vale)
  17. The Love of Richard Nixon (Live At BBC Maida Vale)
  18. I Live to Fall Asleep (Live At BBC Maida Vale)
  19. A Song for Departure (Live At BBC Maida Vale)
  20. Fragments (Live At BBC Maida Vale)