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Gold Against The Soul

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Manic Street Preachers have revealed details of the reissue of their 1993 album ‘Gold Against The Soul’. Nostalgic Pushead' interestingly also contains the sound of Sean Moore dropping a snooker ball into a frying pan, such was the freedom to explore whatever musical indulgence they desired. Have to (partially) disagree with hagrstom's review about the remastering: it is indeed a tad hot, but what we should expect from an alternative rock record? Another Manics reissue means another presentation, as this will come as a 120-page A4 book with unseen images by Mitch Ikeda, many personally annotated by Nicky Wire and original typed and handwritten lyrics from the bands own archive.

At least they learned from the mistake - the Know Your Enemy reissue was vastly superior to this in terms of value, content and sound. Yourself' and 'Symphony Of Tourette' have the same grungey feel as 'Sleepflower', the first being a self-loathing diatribe and the latter being a foul-mouthed, violent outburst surrounded by heavy, disjointed guitars and frenetic drums. He highlighted the "confused-nihilist persona internalised and fucked up to the point of collapse, while the riffs just keep on playing. Bonus content included previously unreleased demos, B-sides from the era, remixes, and a live recording, while the CD was released alongside a book of unseen photographs from the era with handwritten annotations and lyrics from the band.There’s an amazing batch of demos that are quite revealing – some of them are really confused versions of what ended up on the album. The B-side ‘Comfort Comes’ is definitely the bridge to ‘The Holy Bible’, but interestingly the demo of the title track of ‘Gold Against The Soul’ is very ‘The Holy Bible’,” said Wire. The ‘Gold Against The Soul’ reissue will be available as a 120-page A4 book featuring unseen images from the bands’ long time photographic collaborator Mitch Ikeda, many personally annotated by Nicky Wire and original typed and handwritten lyrics from the band’s own archive. An enjoyable listen and an improvement over the CD that I've been playing for the best part of 30 years.

Indeed, the Manics did spend a fortune on recording this album, to a ridiculous extent, and this is certainly clear from the production values. also contains one of JDB's most memorable vocals, as he executes a powerful and raw performance, full of force and anger. James’ room was haunted in the manor and thought that there was something coming in and turning his lights and TV on every night.

Since the deluxe reissue is only a two-CD set (expanded album on CD 1 and demos and remixes on CD 2) they really should have made it consistent with the new album deluxe sets and the Send Away The Tigers reissue. When it comes to their new records, the Manics seem to understand the importance of consistency of presentation. When I found that demo and played it to James, he was shocked as well at how it fitted in with our later post-punk ideas.

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