Early Psychedelic Furs Discs Expanded
Influential British post-punk act the Psychedelic Furs will see its first three studio albums repackaged in expanded editions on March 5 via Columbia/Legacy. Featuring restored packaging and artwork fInfluential British post-punk act the Psychedelic Furs will see its first three studio albums repackaged in expanded editions on March 5 via Columbia/Legacy. Featuring restored packaging and artwork from the original U.K. versions, "The Psychedelic Furs," "Talk Talk Talk" and "Forever Now" will each contain a number of bonus tracks and, at minimum, one previously unreleased song.
In the case of the Furs' self-titled, Steve Lillywhite-produced debut album, Legacy has reclaimed "Blacks, Chaos, Radio," a song deemed too strong for American radio at the time of the set's 1980 release. The Martin Hannett-produced tracks "Susan's Strange" and "Soap Commercial," appended to the original U.S. version, will be counted among the bonus material, while rarities such the group's take on "Mack the Knife," from Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, and an unreleased demo version of "Flowers" round out the first reissue.
The group's 1981 sophomore album, "Talk Talk Talk," also produced by Lillywhite, has been re-sequenced to match its original U.K. counterpart. Featuring the band's signature anthem, "Pretty in Pink," the 2002 version affixes the single version of "Mr. Jones," plus previously unreleased items such as a demo version of "All of This and Nothing" and rare take of "So Run Down."
1982's Todd Rundgren-produced "Forever Now," the Furs' third long-player and breakthrough album, is stuffed with supplemental material. Here, an early version of "Alice's House" -- a track that later resurfaced on the outfit's 1984's "Mirror Moves" -- and "Mary Go Round," a previously unreleased alternate version of "Yes I Do," get coupled with a slew of B-sides. The flips of "Love My Way," "Danger," and "Run And Run" respectively, are "Aeroplane," "I Don't Want To Be Your Shadow," and "President Gas (Live on The King Biscuit Flower Hour)." The set also adds a live 1988 recording of "No Easy Street."
"I never really saw myself as a singer," says frontman Richard Butler in the liner notes for "Talk Talk Talk." "It's not about being able to hit notes, it's more about having a sound that sounds like you." All three expanded editions feature liner notes by U.K.-based music scribe Tony Fletcher, author of biographies on R.E.M., Keith Moon, and Echo & The Bunnymen.