News is reaching us that Morrissey & EMI are set to re-release first the ‘Viva Hate’ album and then a rather special Record Store Day release…

”˜Viva Hate’
Remastered by Stephen Street
Release date: 26th March 2012


Record Store Day Single:
”˜Suedehead (Mael Mix)’ Remixed by Sparks
Release date: 21st April 2012

EMI are pleased to announce, with Morrissey’s full co-operation, the release through the classic Liberty label a remastered version of his debut album ‘Viva Hate’, and limited edition Record Store Day Sparks’ remix of his debut single ”˜Suedehead (Mael Mix)’.

Upon its release in 1988, Viva Hate announced to the world Morrissey’s debut as a solo artist with an outstanding collection of songs which included the singles ”˜Suedehead’ and ”˜Everyday Is Like Sunday’. The album charted at no.1, having a chart stay of 20 weeks between March and August 1988, vindicating Morrissey in the face of those whom doubted his ability to transcend The Smiths.

The album has now been remastered by original producer Stephen Street and the artwork ”“ whose photo was changed for an EMI centenary edition in 1997 – has had the original photo restored. In addition, it features ”˜Treat Me Like A Human Being’, which replaces ”˜Ordinary Boys’, and a written introduction from Morrissey’s long-time confidant Chrissie Hynde.

Directing the artwork for the album and single, Morrissey has chosen a selection of very rare ”“ in some instances, previously unseen ”“ stunning photos from Jake Walters and Kevin Cummins to adorn the sleeves and booklet. The album will be available on CD and vinyl. The LP version will be a 180g heavyweight, gatefold vinyl, housed in a wide-spine sleeve with a pull-out poster. The CD will be housed in a gatefold, card sleeve.

Following the album’s release, on April 23rd Morrissey will release a limited edition 10-inch picture disc (Kevin Cummins’ photo) of ”˜Suedehead (Mael Mix)’, a remix of the song by Sparks, who have taken the track and given it their distinctive, inimitable touch: the perfect alliance between two artists whom have great admiration for each other.

The single will be b/w two previously unreleased BBC live tracks: ”˜We’ll Let You Know’ and ”˜Now My Heart Is Full’, recorded at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in February 1995.

This release is bound to be one of the most in demand releases on Record Store Day…

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.



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