New Model Army self release ‘Vengeance – The Whole Story 1980-84’

New Model Army today confirmed they are to self-release a 37-track double album compendium of their early material; the album is to released on the 10th December 2012, having been put back due to the problems incurred with the studio fire last Christmas, having our instruments stolen (Strummercamp) and dealing with the aftermath of both.

All the original recordings have been digitally re-mastered, and the package also includes new and extensive sleeve notes in book pack format, unseen artwork and nine previously unreleased demo songs from the era.

Some time ago New Model Army bought the rights to all their pre-EMI material – the centre-piece being the legendary mini-album ‘Vengeance’ that knocked The Smiths from the top of the Independent Charts in the spring of 1984 and kick-started to the band’s long and eventful career.

Delayed by the fire that destroyed their studio last Christmas, the band have now put this together in a comprehensive package which includes

• Re-mastered versions of the album and all the Singles and EP’s from the early years
• Re-mastered versions of the band’s three BBC 1983/4 sessions including their blistering, now-legendary John Peel session
• The band’s favourite of the 1994 remixes – Zion Train’s dub “Vengeance – Right To Silence” mix
• Nine ‘new’ songs demoed on 4-tracks during 1980/1 and never before released.

This 37-song package comes in a CD book-pack with new sleeve-notes and previously unseen Joolz artwork from the Vengeance era.

There will also be a Deluxe Vinyl version, which will feature a re-mastered heavy vinyl copy of the original album PLUS both CDs.

Meanwhile the band are hard at work on a new album, their 12th studio album, and first with new bassist Ceri Monger. They remain typically tight-lipped about this except frontman Justin Sullivan has cryptically announce that “The last three New Model Army albums have been very much kicking-rock-band-in-a-room albums with material designed to be recorded and then reproduced live. This time we’re doing something rather different. It should be due for release in Spring 2013.”

Both the CD and vinyl versions are available for pre-order from NMA Shop

The band are due to begin a short tour of Europe, they play Nottingham Rock City 22nd December 2012 – Tickets are on sale now

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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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