Seeing The Unseeable: New Flaming Lips box covers the early years

Rhino are to issue a newly remastered six-CD collection of the early work of American rock band The Flaming Lips in May.

Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 includes the band’s four albums recorded for Restless Records between 1984 and 1990 studio albums and two discs full  of rarities.

The albums in question are Hear It Is (1986), Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips (1987), Telepathic Surgery (1989) and In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) (1990).

Disc five in this set includes rare recordings originally released as B-sides, flexi discs, and on various compilations. Highlights include the Sub Pop single Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding and a cover of After The Gold Rush. The final disc is The Mushroom Tapes, which are the demos for the band’s final Restless album, In A Priest Driven Ambulance. These were only previously issued on the Rykodisc compilation CD, The Day They Shot A Hole In the Jesus Egg.

All of the music on Seeing The Unseeable has been remastered from original sources by David Fridmann with help from Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins.

This set will be issued on 25 May and is a wallet-pleasing £25 or around $26.

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The Flaming Lips

The Complete Studio Recordings of The Flaming Lips 6CD box


Disc One: Hear It Is

With You
Trains, Brains and Rain
Jesus Shootin’ Heroin
Just Like Before
She Is Death
Charlie Manson Blues
Man From Pakistan
Godzilla Flick
Staring At Sound/With You (Reprise)

Disc Two: Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips

Everything’s Explodin’
One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning
Maximum Dream For Evil Knievel
Can’t Exist
Ode to C.C. (Part I)
The Ceiling Is Bendin’
Prescription: Love
Thanks To You
Can’t Stop The Spring
Ode To C.C. (Part II)
Love Yer Brain

Disc Three: Telepathic Surgery

Drug Machine In Heaven
Right Now
Michael, Time To Wake Up
Chrome Plated Suicide
Hari-Krishna Stomp Wagon (Fuck Led Zeppelin)
Miracle On 42nd Street
Fryin’ Up
Hell’s Angel’s Cracker Factory
U.F.O. Story
Redneck School Of Technology
Shaved Gorilla
The Spontaneous Combustion Of John
The Last Drop Of Morning Dew
Begs and Achin’

Disc Four: In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares)

Shine On Sweet Jesus – Jesus Song No. 5
Unconsciously Screamin’
Rainin’ Babies
Take Meta Mars
Five Stop Mother Superior Rain
Stand In Line
God Walks Among Us Now – Jesus Song No. 6
There You Are – Jesus Song No. 7
Mountain Side
What A Wonderful World

Disc Five: Restless Rarities

Death Valley ’69
Thank You
Can’t Stop The Spring – Remix
After The Gold Rush
Death Trippin’ At Sunrise
Drug Machine In Heaven – Sub Pop 7 version
Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding
Lucifer Rising
Ma, I Didn’t Notice
Let Me Be It
She’s Gone Mad Again
Golden Hearse
Stand In Line
I Want To Kill My Brother; The Cymbal Head
Five Stop Mother Superior Rain

Disc Six: The Mushroom Tapes

Take Meta Mars
Mountain Side
There You Are
Five Stop Mother Superior Rain
Rainin’ Babies
Unconsciously Screamin’
Stand In Line
God’s A Wheeler Dealer
One Shot
Cold Day

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