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Echo & The Bunnymen’s ‘Evergreen’ issued on vinyl for the first time

And as a 2CD deluxe edition

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SDE Shop exclusive offers Peel Session CD free with all Evergreen pre-orders

London Records are to reissue Echo & The Bunnymen’s triumphant 1997 ‘comeback’ album Evergreen, which was notable for featuring the UK top 10 hit ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.

The album has been remastered and will be issued on vinyl for the very first time. It will also be available as an expanded 2CD deluxe edition with 21 bonus tracks. Exclusive to the SDE shop is a 4-track CD EP called Peel Session 1997. This features four tracks recorded at Maida Vale and broadcast on 16 September 1997, three of which are previously unreleased (‘Rescue’ was on CD 2 of the of 1997 2CD special edition).

‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ was the band’s first top 10 hit in the UK since 1984’s ‘The Killing Moon’

Evergreen marked a critical and commercial renaissance for the band after more than half a decade’s hiatus. In January 1997 Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson and Ian McCulloch came back together in a recording studio for the first time in ten years. The band entered Doghouse studios in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, as fate would have it at the same time as Oasis, leading to ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ featuring a 24-year-old Liam Gallagher on backing “yeah, yeah, yeah!”s and tambourine shakes. 

The album entered the UK chart at number eight, in July 1997 and while the two further singles may not have repeated the success of the first, they were certainly popular enough and well played on the radio at the time (they were ‘I Want To Be There (When You Come)’ (#30) and ‘Don’t Let It Get You Down’ (#50)).

‘Just A Touch Away’ is highlighted by Ian McCulloch as one of the best songs on the album

This was the era in the UK of releasing two CD singles (CD 1 & CD 2) and so there were plenty of bonus tracks to go around. In fact remarkably, ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ had six new studio recordings across the seven-inch vinyl and both CD singles. All six of those tracks are appended to the album on the first disc in the forthcoming 2CD deluxe edition. The second disc consists of live tracks and some radio sessions (mostly acoustic).

Speaking about the album today, Ian McCulloch is modest enough. He says it contains “at least three great songs, which is three more than most bands have in their entire catalogue”. He’s referring to ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, ‘Forgiven’ and ‘Just A Touch Away’.

Evergreen will be reissued on 18 November 2022, via London Records. The SDE-exclusive Peel Session 1997 CD is limited and numbered and is supplied FREE with any order of the 2CD, vinyl or the bundle.

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Tracklisting

Evergreen Echo & The Bunnymen /

    • CD 1
      1. Don’t Let It Get You Down
      2. In My Time
      3. I Want To Be There (When You Come)
      4. Evergreen
      5. I’ll Fly Tonight
      6. Nothing Lasts Forever
      7. Baseball Bill
      8. Altamont
      9. Just A Touch Away
      10. Empire State Halo
      11. Too Young To Kneel
      12. Forgiven
      13. Watchtower
      14. Polly
      15. Hurracaine
      16. Colour Me In
      17. Antelope
      18. Jonny
    • CD 2
      1. I Want To Be There (When You Come)  (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      2. Rescue (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      3. Lips Like Sugar (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      4. Bedbugs And Ballyhoo (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      5. Nothing Lasts Forever (Radio One Jo Whiley Session, 1997)
      6. The Killing Moon (Radio One Jo Whiley Session, 1997)
      7. Baseball Bill (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      8. Just A Touch Away (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      9. I’ll Fly Tonight (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      10. Altamont (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      11. Lips Like Sugar (Whyt Radio Acoustic Version, 1997)
      12. I Want To Be There (When You Come) (Whyt Radio Acoustic Version, 1997)
      13. The Killing Moon (Whyt Radio Acoustic Version, 1997)
      14. Forgiven (GLR Robert Elms Acoustic Session, 1997)
      15. Nothing Lasts Forever (Radio One Live Lounge Session, 1999)
      +Previously unreleased

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