James The Gathering Sound [Box Set] (3-CD + DVD + LP + USB)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: December 18, 2012
  • Label: Mercury UK

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - pp.93-94
4 stars out of 5 -- "THE STUDIO RARITIES disc includes tracks never officially released....The songs are shaky, shambolic, experimental...always, absolutely fascinating."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Willow
  • 2.Say It with Flowers
  • 3.Just Hipper
  • 4.Mosquito
  • 5.Left Out of Her Will
  • 6.Doubts [BBC Session]
  • 7.Count Your Blessings
  • 8.Weather Change
  • 9.Pressure's On [Demo]
  • 10.Jam 1
  • 11.Jam 2
  • 12.It's a Fine Line
  • 13.Hedex
  • 14.Long to See
  • 15.Scratch Card
  • 16.I Thought You Were [Demo]
  • 17.All My Letters
  • 18.Dust Motes [Absolute Radio Session]

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Folklore [Live, 1982]
  • 2.Announcement [Live , 1982]
  • 3.Burned - One Man Clapping [Live, 1988]
  • 4.Hymn from a Village [Live, 1990]
  • 5.Hang On [Live, 1990]
  • 6.Maria's Party [Live, 1992]
  • 7.America [Live, 1992]
  • 8.Sit Down [Live, 1992]
  • 9.Sound [Live, 1992]
  • 10.Honest Joe [Live, 1993]
  • 11.Come Home [Live, 1997]
  • 12.Johnny Yen [Live, 1998]
  • 13.What For [Live, 1999]
  • 14.Stutter [Live, 2000]
  • 15.Fine [Live, 2001]
  • 16.Bubbles [Live, 2008]

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Got the Shakes
  • 2.Dust Motes
  • 3.Tell Her I Said So
  • 4.Kaleidoscope
  • 5.Rabbit Hole
  • 6.Make for This City
  • 7.Lookaway
  • 8.Fear
  • 9.It's Hot
  • 10.Crazy
  • 11.Ten Below
  • 12.Porcupine
  • 13.Shine
  • 14.Dr. Hellier
  • 15.Hero

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Sit Down [Demo]
  • 2.How Was It for You [Demo]
  • 3.Gregory's Town [Demo]
  • 4.Ring Those Bells [Demo]

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Come Home [Live]
  • 2.What's the World [Live]
  • 3.Whoops [Live]
  • 4.Lose Control [Live]
  • 5.Sunday Morning [Live]
  • 6.Ring the Bells [Live]
  • 7.Bring a Gun [Live]
  • 8.Government Walls [Live]
  • 9.Walking the Ghost [Live]
  • 10.Next Lover [Live]
  • 11.God Only Knows [Live]
  • 12.What For [Live]
  • 13.Sit Down [Live]
  • 14.How Was It For You [Live]
  • 15.Stutter [Live]

Product Description:

Personnel: Tim Booth (vocals); Saul Davies (guitar, violin, percussion); Larry Gott (guitar); Andy Diagram (trumpet, percussion); Mark Hunter (keyboards); Jim Glennie (bass guitar); David Baynton-Power (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Authors: David Baynton-Power; Simon Moran; Peter Rudge; Dave Brown ; Jim Glennie; Daniel Baker ; Larry Gott; Peter Louie; Peter Kay ; Myra Hanley; Gordon Strachan; Mark Hunter; Michael Stipe ; Andy Diagram; Saul Davies; Tim Booth ; Bernard Butler; Neil Taylor ; Richard Reed Parry; Brian Eno.
Recording information: Absolute Radio Studios (03/1997/06/2000); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (03/1997/06/2000); Bath Moles (03/1997/06/2000); Brixton Academy (03/1997/06/2000); Glasgow Lighthouse (03/1997/06/2000); Glastonbury (03/1997/06/2000); Manchester Apollo (03/1997/06/2000); Shepherds Bush Empire (03/1997/06/2000); Sound Republic (03/1997/06/2000); Town & Country Club, London (03/1997/06/2000); Absolute Radio Studios (04/11/1998); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (04/11/1998); Bath Moles (04/11/1998); Brixton Academy (04/11/1998); Glasgow Lighthouse (04/11/1998); Glastonbury (04/11/1998); Manchester Apollo (04/11/1998); Shepherds Bush Empire (04/11/1998); Sound Republic (04/11/1998); Town & Country Club, London (04/11/1998); Absolute Radio Studios (06/2001); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (06/2001); Bath Moles (06/2001); Brixton Academy (06/2001); Glasgow Lighthouse (06/2001); Glastonbury (06/2001); Manchester Apollo (06/2001); Shepherds Bush Empire (06/2001); Sound Republic (06/2001); Town & Country Club, London (06/2001); Absolute Radio Studios (07/1992); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (07/1992); Bath Moles (07/1992); Brixton Academy (07/1992); Glasgow Lighthouse (07/1992); Glastonbury (07/1992); Manchester Apollo (07/1992); Shepherds Bush Empire (07/1992); Sound Republic (07/1992); Town & Country Club, London (07/1992); Absolute Radio Studios (09/03/2010); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (09/03/2010); Bath Moles (09/03/2010); Brixton Academy (09/03/2010); Glasgow Lighthouse (09/03/2010); Glastonbury (09/03/2010); Manchester Apollo (09/03/2010); Shepherds Bush Empire (09/03/2010); Sound Republic (09/03/2010); Town & Country Club, London (09/03/2010); Absolute Radio Studios (12/09/1993); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (12/09/1993); Bath Moles (12/09/1993); Brixton Academy (12/09/1993); Glasgow Lighthouse (12/09/1993); Glastonbury (12/09/1993); Manchester Apollo (12/09/1993); Shepherds Bush Empire (12/09/1993); Sound Republic (12/09/1993); Town & Country Club, London (12/09/1993); Absolute Radio Studios (12/1992); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (12/1992); Bath Moles (12/1992); Brixton Academy (12/1992); Glasgow Lighthouse (12/1992); Glastonbury (12/1992); Manchester Apollo (12/1992); Shepherds Bush Empire (12/1992); Sound Republic (12/1992); Town & Country Club, London (12/1992); Absolute Radio Studios (1982/2008); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (1982/2008); Bath Moles (1982/2008); Brixton Academy (1982/2008); Glasgow Lighthouse (1982/2008); Glastonbury (1982/2008); Manchester Apollo (1982/2008); Shepherds Bush Empire (1982/2008); Sound Republic (1982/2008); Town & Country Club, London (1982/2008); Absolute Radio Studios (1988); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (1988); Bath Moles (1988); Brixton Academy (1988); Glasgow Lighthouse (1988); Glastonbury (1988); Manchester Apollo (1988); Shepherds Bush Empire (1988); Sound Republic (1988); Town & Country Club, London (1988); Absolute Radio Studios (1990); Alton Towers, Staffordshire (1990); Bath Moles (1990); Brixton Academy (1990); Glasgow Lighthouse (1990); Glastonbury (1990); Manchester Apollo (1990); Shepherds Bush Empire (1990); Sound Republic (1990).
Illustrator: The Neighourhood.
Photographers: Steve Double; Chris Clunn; Steve Gullick ; Kevin Westenberg; Derek Ridgers; Paul Slattery; Simon Fowler ; Thomas Cockram; Andy Earle.
Released just in time for Christmas, Brit-pop veterans James' first foray into the box-set market, The Gathering Sound, is perhaps the most comprehensive overview of their enduring, 30-year career as any self-respecting fan could wish for. Alongside a USB stick containing all ten of their full-length studio LPs, (plus a physical CD combining 2010's mini-albums The Night Before and The Morning After), there's a DVD of their 1990 Come Home Live tour, a vinyl disc featuring four previously unreleased demos, and a whole array of merchandise ranging from a scrapbook to a replica backstage pass. But it's the two discs of lost tracks, obscurities, and live performances that will spark the most intrigue. The 18-track set of studio rarities features everything from early-'80s home-recorded demos ("Willow," "Say It with Flowers"), songs discarded from both the Pleased to Meet You ("Scratchcard") and Whiplash ("Hedex," "I Thought You Were") sessions, and B-sides from 12" singles Ya Ho ("Mosquito," "Left Out of Her Will") and Just Like Fred Astaire ("Long to See"), in addition to recordings from BBC Radio Manchester ("Doubts") and Absolute Radio ("Dust Motes"), an extended version of Stutter album track Just Hip ("Just Hipper"), and songs previously only available on iTunes ("All My Letters") and flexi-disc ("Weather Change"). The 16-track live CD is just as arbitrary, with performances culled from some of their very first gigs ("Folklore"), right up to 2008 ("Bubbles"), including highlights from sets at Glastonbury 1990 ("Hang On," "Hymn from a Village"), Alton Towers 1992 ("Maria's Party"), and Brixton Academy ("Honest Joe") alongside one of the few numbers that will be recognizable to wider audiences, "Sit Down" (taken from London's Town & Country Club 1992). Of course, most hardcore James fans will already own most of this material, meaning The Gathering Sound's hefty price tag might not represent as much value for money as you'd think. But for any new converts, this is a veritable treasure trove which contains pretty much everything you need to know about one of Britain's most underrated indie pop bands. ~ Jon O'Brien
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