Sugar’s ‘Copper Blue,’ ‘Beaster,’ ‘File Under: Easy Listening’ set for multi-disc reissues

The complete studio output of Bob Mould’s acclaimed post-Hüsker Dü trio Sugar — 1992′s landmark Copper Blue, the 1993 companion EP Beaster and 1994 sophomore album File Under: Easy Listening — will be reissued in the U.K. later this spring in expanded multi-disc CD/DVD editions with “extra tracks and lush packaging.”

Demon Music Group will reissue Copper Blue on May 28 in a 2CD/1DVD set, with Beaster following on June 4 as a 1CD/1DVD package and FU:EL landing on June 11, also in a 2CD/1DVD format. No tracklists have been announced, but the label promises the Sugar reissues will be “in the same types of format as our successful reissues of both Suede and Jesus and Mary Chain.”

The U.K. label announced in January that it had signed the worldwide rights, excluding the U.S. and Japan, to the Bob Mould and Sugar catalogs; in addition to the pending reissues, the label noted that it “will also control a live album from Sugar,” which presumably is a reference to the 18-track The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes live bonus disc that came packaged with the first 25,000 copies of the band’s 1995 B-sides compilation Besides.

Demon Music Group also will release a 7-inch of Sugar’s “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” backed with “Clownmaster,” for Record Store Day in the U.K. The release will be limited to just 750 copies.

Mould this year has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue by performing the album in full at Noise Pop and South By Southwest, with a handful of European shows still ahead.

UPDATE 3/24/12: As one of our readers points out, Amazon.co.uk now lists full tracklists for all three reissues, which include B-sides, BBC sessions, music videos and two full live albums, including the aforementioned The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes. See full trackllists below.

 

Tour dates: Bob Mould Plays Copper Blue

June 1: Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
June 3: AB, Brussels, Belgium
Aug. 6: Tavasita, Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 8: Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
Aug. 9: Way Out West 2012, Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug. 14: Arena Wien, Vienna, Austria

 

Tracklist: Sugar, Copper Blue: Deluxe Edition

DISC 1: ORIGINAL ALBUM + EXTRAS
1. “The Act We Act”
2. “A Good Idea”
3. “Changes”
4. “Helpless”
5. “Hoover Dam”
6. “The Slim”
7. “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”
8. “Fortune Teller”
9. “Slick”
10. “Man on the Moon”
B-SIDES
11. “Needle Hits E”
12. “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” (Solo Mix)
13. “Try Again”
14. “Clownmaster”
BBC RADIO SESSION
15. “If I Can t Change Your Mind”
16. “Hoover Dam”
17. “The Slim”
18. “Where Diamonds Are Halos”

DISC 2: LIVE AT THE CABARET METRO, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 22nd JULY 1992
1. “The Act We Act”
2. “A Good Idea”
3. “Changes”
4. “Running Out Of Time”
5. “Helpless”
6. “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”
7. “Where Diamonds Are Halos”
8. “Hoover Dam”
9. “Beer Commercial”
10. “Slick”
11. “Anyone”
12. “Clownmaster”
13. “Tilted”
14. “Armenia City In The Sky”
15. “JC Auto”
16. “The Slim”
17. “Dum Dum Boys”
18. “Man On The Moon”

DVD: MUSIC VIDEOS + TV APPEARANCES
1. “Helpless”
2. “Changes”
3. “If I Can t Change Your Mind”
4. “Helpless” (Live on The Late Show UK)
5. Interview MTV UK
6. Interview MTV US 120 Minutes

 

Tracklist: Sugar, Beaster: Deluxe Edition

DISC 1: ORIGINAL EP
1. “Come Around”
2. “Tilted”
3. “Judas Cradle”
4. “JC Auto”
5. “Feeling Better”
6. “Walking Away”

DVD: MUSIC VIDEO + LIVE
1. “Tilted”
2. “The Act We Act” (Live at Finsbury Park 13th June 1993)
3. “A Good Idea” (Live at Finsbury Park 13th June 1993)
4. “Changes” (Live at Finsbury Park 13th June 1993)
5. “Beer Commercial” (Live at Finsbury Park 13th June 1993)

 

Tracklist: Sugar, File Under: Easy Listening: Deluxe Edition

DISC 1: ORIGINAL ALBUM + B-SIDES
1. “Gift”
2. “Company Book”
3. “Your Favorite Thing”
4. “What You Want It To Be”
5. “Gee Angel”
6. “Panama City Motel”
7. “Can’t Help You Anymore”
8. “Granny Cool”
9. “Believe What You’re Saying”
10. “Explode And Make Up”
B-SIDES
11. “Mind Is An Island”
12. “Frustration”
13. “Going Home”
14. “In The Eyes Of My Friends”
15. “And You Tell Me ”
16. “Believe What You’re Saying” (Campfire Mix)

DISC 2: THE JOKE IS ALWAYS ON US, SOMETIMES: LIVE AT FIRST AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 2ND NOVEMBER 1994
1. “Gift”
2. “Company Book”
3. “Hoover Dam”
4. “After All The Roads Have Led To Nowhere”
5. “Where Diamonds Are Halos”
6. “Slick”
7. “Going Home”
8. “Running Out Of Time”
9. “Frustration”
10. “Changes”
11. “Can’t Help You Any More”
12. “Helpless”
13. “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”
14. “In The Eyes Of My Friends”
15. “Clownmaster”
16. “Gee Angel”
17. “Explode And Make Up”
18. “The Slim”

DVD: MUSIC VIDEOS + TV APPEARANCES
1. “Your Favourite Thing”
2. “Believe What You’re Saying”
3. “Gee Angel”
4. MTV Sugar Feature
5. Bob Mould & Lou Barlow, “Believe What You’re Saying” (Live on MTV 120 Minutes)

 

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7 Comments

  • Michael Toland

    Sounds like they’re going to spread the B-sides collected on Besides over the albums around which they were released. Hope the DVDs make these releases worth it, since the original Rykodisc issues sound just fine to my ears.

     
  • c-eling

    Yeah Mike I agree, a re-master is not needed and would probably do it harm, pretty excited about these releases

     
  • Ray Shackleford

    I disagree, I think that Copper Blue and Beaster sound like albums that are begging for a remaster. They have that WAY TOO MUCH high end sound that a lot of early CD releases have like Epic by Faith No More and Tool’s Opiate. Can’t wait for these.

     
  • track listings are now available and pre order at http://www.amazon.co.uk – they look great!

     
  • A nice subtle remaster job here – take out some of the top end as mentioned above, and add a little bottom end heft – and these packages will be the re-issues of the year. (Forget the MBV remasters)

    Tracklists look fantastic, and particularly looking forward to hearing Beaster in all its remastered glory!!!! :)

     
  • Shemp

    So are these just UK-only reissues? And is the DVD material going to be region free and NTSC or region-locked and/or PAL? Frustrated that these and MBV seem to be import-only.

     
 

 

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