The Wedding Present this month will release a long-shelved re-recording of the band’s debut album George Best by famed engineer Steve Albini, and are offering up a first taste of the project — dubbed GB30, in honor of the original LP’s 30th anniversary — in the form of a new version of “Shatner,” which you can now stream in full below.
David Gedge and Co. re-recorded George Best in early 2008 after wrapping up a 20th anniversary tour on which they played the 1987 album in full each night. They’d just finished recording El Rey, and Gedge asked Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) to record a “live” re-recording of the George Best songs.
Those recordings had sat shelved for nearly a decade when Gedge dusted them off and asked Andrew Scheps, who mixed the band’s 2012 album Valentina, to mix the Albini-recorded George Best.
The finished product is due out on Sept. 22, and can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition vinyl.
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