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Cockney Rebel vinyl & CD reissues

Remastered • analogue cut vinyl • CD digipacks • no bonus material

Cockney Rebel‘s two albums, The Human Menagerie and The Psychomodo, are to be reissued on CD and vinyl, in May.

The band was formed in 1972 by vocalist Steve Harley and featured Stuart Elliot (drums, percussion), Paul Jeffreys (bass), Jean-Paul Crocker (electric, violin, guitar) and Milton Reame-James (keyboards).

Debut The Human Menagerie was issued in November 1973 and features the band’s first single Sebastian (the follow-up Judy Teen, was a non-album 45). The long-player was produced by Neil Harrison and engineered by Geoff Emerick who was renowned for his work with The Beatles. Andrew Powell also did the orchestrations and he’d later go on to produce Kate Bush‘s The Kick Inside (which Stuart Elliot also drummed on!).

With The Psychomodo, issued a year later, the Fab Four connection continued, with Alan Parsons co-producing. It delivered a top ten hit in the shape of Mr. Soft.

This would be the second and last album under the Cockney Rebel moniker. After this, the band would be known as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and would go on to even greater success with the number one hit Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me). Despite a similar name, the line-up was completely different after the second album, save for Stuart Elliot.

These new vinyl reissues should sound great, because both have been cut directly from the original 1973/4 quarter-inch master tapes. If you want to talk ‘kit’…  the tapes were played on a Studer A80 Tape Machine, cut on a Neumann VMS 80 with a SX 74 Cutter Head, cutting amps and SAL 748 [modified].

These reissues will also be available on CD, which are presented as six-panel digi-packs. The CDs and vinyl reissues are released on 4 May 2018.

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The Human Menagerie [VINYL]

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The Human Mengerie analogue-cut vinyl LP

Side 1

1. Hideaway
2. What Ruthy Said
3. Loretta’s Tale
4. Crazy Raver

Side 2
5. Mirror Freak
6. My Only Vice
7. Muriel The Actor
8. Chameleon
9. Death Trip

The Psychomodo analogue-cut vinyl LP

Side 1

1. Sweet Dreams
2. Psychomodo
3. Mr. Soft
4. Singluar Band
5. Ritz

Side 2

6. Cavaliers
7. Bed In The Corner
8. Sling It!
9. Tumbling Down

The Human Mengerie – CD edition
1. Hideaway
2. What Ruthy Said
3. Loretta's Tale
4. Crazy Raver
5. Mirror Freak
6. My Only Vice
7. Muriel The Actor
8. Chameleon
9. Death Trip

The Psychomondo – CD edition
1. Sweet Dreams
2. Psychomodo
3. Mr. Soft
4. Singluar Band
5. Ritz
6. Cavaliers
7. Bed In The Corner
8. Sling It!
9. Tumbling Down

 

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Daniel Wylie

The CDs are currently at £5.99 each pre-order on Amazon UK.

Adam Shaw

IMO Death Trip is one of the best glam/ pomp / rock
/ pop tracks of all time . I played it to death when I first got the album. Earlier cds had bonus tracks ie Judy Teen on Human Menagerie . Should have been on these as well .

eric Slangen

Sebastian is track 5 on the cd/vinyl. Typo

Cliff

Still got my originals from the early 70’s – played them only this weekend and still sound good!

don cooper

The vinyl’s are a nice thing but the CD’s have been reissued in far more comprehensive form in the recent past.Pass.

Catweazle

My thoughts exactly. Why no bonus tracks on the CDs?

don cooper

The Cavaliers Anthology to name one…

Michael McA

It’s Psychomodo – not Psychomondo!
Steve Harley is a brilliant songwriter and the follow up – Best Years Of Our Lives – is one of the greatest albums of the 70’s.

Paul Smart

Debut The Human Menagerie was issued in November 1973 and features the band’s first single Sebastian where??

Klaus

At least not in this tracklisting.

Alan

Paul you have them all showing as vinyl links no CD ones