The La's

The short life of enigmatic Liverpool indie-pop act The La’s will be celebrated this spring with Callin’ All, a four-disc, 91-track box set that compiles singles, b-sides, unreleased outtakes and live material — and no fewer than six versions of “There She Goes,” the band’s oft-covered signature tune.

Due out May 3 in the U.K., according to The Second Disc, the set — which shares its name with a 2001 compilation of “lost” La’s tracks from the ’80s — purports to include the group’s “remaining unreleased recordings” and “captures the band’s myriad attempts to capture the feeling that Lee Mavers attempted to harness in their sound.”

Disc 1 collects the band’s singles, including 1987 debut “Way Out,” an unreleased version of “Timeless Melody” from 1989 and the original 1988 version of the aforementioned “There She Goes,” before it was re-recorded for the band’s lone, self-titled, album.

Disc 2 features “the best of” the band’s outtakes, versions of the La’s limited songbook recorded with one famed producer after another, including John Porter (The Smiths), John Leckie (The Stone Roses), Mike Hedges (The Cure) and Steve Lillywhite (U2), among others. (Lillywhite eventually pieced together The La’s in 1990, although the alleged perfectionist Mavers famously bad-mouthed the final product.)

Finally, Discs 3 and 4 capture the La’s live in concert, featuring previously unreleased performances recorded in London and Manchester in 1989 and 1991, plus five tracks recorded for Dutch radio that haven’t been released before.

See full tracklist for the La’s ‘Callin’ All’ after the jump…

Tracklist: The La’s, Callin’ Out

Disc 1
1. “Way Out”
2. “Knock Me Down”
3. “Endless”
4. “Liberty Ship” (4-Track Demo)
5. “Freedom Song” (4-Track Demo)
6. “There She Goes” (Original Single Version)
7. “Who Knows?”
8. “Come In, Come Out”
9. “Man I’m Only Human”
10. “Way Out” (New Version)
11. “Timeless Melody” (Single Version)
12. “Clean Prophet” (Single Version)
13. “Ride Yer Camel”
14. “Over”
15. “Clean Prophet”
16. “All By Myself”
17. “I.O.U.” (Alternative Version)
18. “Timeless Melody” (Live at Chicago Metro)
19. “I Can’t Sleep” (Live at Chicago Metro)
20. “Callin’ All” (Live)
21. “Timeless Melody” (Sound Sampler Version)

Disc 2
1. “Son of a Gun” (John Porter Version Take 2 – 1987)
2. “Failure” (John Porter Version – 1987)
3. “Timeless Melody” (John Porter Rehearsal Version)
4. “Way Out” (1987 Rehearsal)
5. “Doledrum” (Dave Allen Version – 1987)
6. “Feelin’” (Alternate Version)
7. “There She Goes” (John Leckie “Busker” Version – 1988)
8. “Come In Come Out” (John Leckie Version – 1988)
9. “Callin’ All” (Bob Andrews Version – 1988)
10. “I Can’t Sleep” (Bob Andrews Version – 1988)
11. “Son of a Gun” (Rehearsal – 1988)
12. “Looking Glass” (Bob Andrews Rehearsal Version)
13. “Failure” (Jeremy Allom Version – 1989)
14. “Callin’ All” (Jeremy Allom Acoustic Version)
15. “Son of a Gun” (Jeremy Allom Version Take 2 – 1989)
16. “Freedom Song” (Mike Hedges Version – 1989)
17. “There She Goes” (Steve Lillywhite Acoustic Version)
18. “Knock Me Down” (Steve Lillywhite Version)
19. “Callin’ All” (Steve Lillywhite Version)
20. “Come In Come Out” (Steve Ripley Rehearsal Version)
21. “I Can’t Sleep” (Instrumental Outtake)

Disc 3
1. “Son of a Gun” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
2. “Freedom Song” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
3. “Clean Prophet” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
4. “Way Out” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
5. “There She Goes” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
6. “Doledrum” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
7. “Come In Come Out” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
8. “Timeless Melody” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
9. “I Can’t Sleep” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
10. “Knock Me Down” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
11. “I.O.U.” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
12. “Feelin’” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
13. “Callin’ All” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
14. “Liberty Ship” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
15. “Failure” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
16. “Looking Glass” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
17. “I Am the Key” (Live at the Town and Country Club, London, 1989)
18. “Son of a Gun” (Live Acoustic at Key 103, Manchester – January 1989)
19. “I Can’t Sleep” (Live Acoustic at Key 103, Manchester – January 1989)
20. “Timeless Melody” (Live at Key 103, Manchester – January 1989)
21. “I.O.U.” (Live at Key 103, Manchester – May 1989)
22. “Feelin'” (Live at Key 103, Manchester – May 1989)
23. “Failure” (Live at Key 103,  Manchester – May 1989)

Disc 4
1. “Son of a Gun” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
2. “Freedom Song” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
3. “Clean Prophet” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
4. “Come In Come Out” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
5. “Way Out” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
6. “Timeless Melody” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
7. “I.O.U.” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
8. “I Can’t Sleep” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
9. “There She Goes” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
10. “Doledrum” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
11. “Follow Me Down” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
12. “Knock Me Down” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
13. “Feelin’” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
14. “Alright” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
15. “Liberty Ship” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
16. “Callin’ All” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
17. “Failure” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
18. “Looking Glass” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
19. “Swashbuckler” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
20. “I Can’t Sleep” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
21. “Feelin’” (Live at the Marquee Club, London – 4/23/1991)
22. “There She Goes” (2 Meter Session, 3FM Dutch Radio)
23. “Timeless Melody” (2 Meter Session, 3FM Dutch Radio)
24. “Doledrum” (2 Meter Session, 3FM Dutch Radio)
25. “Feelin’” (2 Meter Session, 3FM Dutch Radio)
26. “Alright” (2 Meter Session, 3FM Dutch Radio)

Previously unreleased except Disc 1 Tracks 1-10 and 14-21 and Disc 2 Track 6

 

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