The Divine Comedy - Victory for the Comic Muse [LP]
Catalogue No.: DCRL090RLP
Release Date: 9th October 2020
In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums.
The nine reissued albums have been remastered from the original tapes at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by mastering engineer Frank Arkwright (Blur, The Smiths). Overseeing the audio throughout the campaign is engineer / mixer / producer Guy Massey, whose work on the Beatles Stereo Remasters won him a Grammy Award.
‘Victory For The Comic Muse’ was first released in 2006. Recorded virtually live in the studio over a two-week period, the album showcased Neil’s restless creativity and his flair for observation and narrative. Pitchfork said “These songs set lofty goals, and realize them,” while The Guardian called it a
“triumphant comeback” and Spin announced that Hannon “deserves to be recognized as the unsung genius of symphonic pop.” Singles from the album include ‘To Die A Virgin’, ‘Diva Lady’ and live favourite ‘A Lady Of A Certain Age’.
The CD release consists of two discs: the original remastered album, with a second CD of B-sides, demos and alternate versions lovingly curated by Neil Hannon, much of which has never been heard before. The CD comes with a booklet of photos, credits and extensive liner notes written by Neil covering the context and inspiration behind the album and its songs.
The LP release consists of the original remastered album, cut at Abbey Road, packaged with a download code for the album and bonus tracks. The LP is heavyweight black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve accompanied with photos, credits and Neil’s liner notes.
‘Victory For The Comic Muse’
To Die A Virgin
A Lady Of A Certain Age
The Light Of Day
Party Fears Two
Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World
Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont
Snowball In Negative
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