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The Bluetones: CD box set and vinyl reissues

Limited signed editions & exclusives

6CD signed box with albums & bonus tracks • 3LP Expecting to Fly blue vinyl package • Return To The Last Chance Saloon red vinyl

Demon Music will are to put out a raft of Bluetones CD and vinyl releases, from the early part of the band’s career, with exclusives, signed items and coloured vinyl amongst them.

The Bluetones are from Heston in West London and arrived on the scene in 1995 with the top 40 single ‘Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?’. They followed this up with ‘Bluetonic’ and then ‘Slight Return’, which reached number two in the UK singles chart (it was technically a re-release). The success of ‘Slight Return’ helped the band’s debut album Expecting To Fly go straight to number one in February 1996.

The Bluetones perform ‘Slight Return’ on Later… with Jools Holland

Let’s talk about the 2021 reissues. First off, is a six-CD box set called Superior Quality Recordings. This spans the band’s first period of recordings – from 1994 to 2002 – and contains 93 tracks across the six discs.

It includes the first three albumsExpecting To Fly (1996), Return To The Last Chance Saloon (1998) and Science And Nature (2000) – a collection of pre-fame demos, The Early Garage Years, 45 non-album A and B-sides and rarities, and three previously unreleased demos (mastered for this compilation by Nigel Clark of Dodgy!).

The six CDs are presented in card wallets and the box is a two-part construction with an ‘inner drawer’ slotting into the outer slipcase. Superior Quality Recordings includes a booklet (which includes images of memorabilia from the band members’ own collections), five badges and best of all, initially, this box comes as a limited edition (of 1500 copies) with a print SIGNED by all four band members (the print is the cover of Expecting to Fly).

Superior Quality Recordings 6CD box. Initially offered as a signed limited edition (click image to enlarge)

The band’s 1996 debut album Expecting to Fly is also being reissued as a 25th anniversary, lift-off lid, 3LP vinyl box set. This is pressed on 180g blue vinyl and features the album, bonus tracks and The Early Garage Years. The box also contains the 12″ x 12″ booklet from the original limited vinyl, as well as a note by 6Music DJ Steve Lamacq. Amazon have an exclusive edition of this vinyl box set that includes three extra four-track demos on a bonus 12-inch. A second CD box set will follow later this year.

A single, clear vinyl, album-only, gatefold edition of Expecting to Fly will also be available via indie stores.

The Bluetones / Expecting to Fly 3LP blue vinyl box with Amazon-exclusive bonus 12-inch
Expecting to Fly 25th anniversary 3LP blue vinyl box. Amazon exclusive includes bonus 12-inch (click image to enlarge)

Return To The Last Chance Saloon from 1998 is also being reissued on vinyl. The second album featured another Top 10 single, ‘Solomon Bites The Worm’, as well as ‘If…’ and ‘Sleazy Bed Track’.

The album is pressed on 180g red vinyl and the gatefold packaging recreates the limited edition version of the original vinyl which features a gatefold sleeve with two opening ‘wild west’ saloon doors affixed to the inside of the gatefold sleeve. SDE is liking this attention to detail!

Return To Last Chance Saloon is reissued on red vinyl with ‘Saloon Doors’ gatefold (click image to enlarge)

All the Bluetones vinyl reissues and CD box set are released on 16 July 2021, via Demon Records/Edsel. Superior Quality Recordings with the signed print for £42 is a bit of a bargain, so expect that to fly (apologies…).

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Superior Quality Recordings - 6CD limited edition box set with signed print

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Expecting To Fly - Limited edition 3LP blue vinyl with Amazon exclusive bonus demos 12-inch

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Expecting To Fly - 3LP blue vinyl 25th anniversary standard edition

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Return to Last Chance Saloon - red vinyl with deluxe saloon doors vinyl packaging

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Expecting to Fly - single black vinyl in gatefold sleeve

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Tracklisting

Superior Quality Recordings The Bluetones / 6CD box set

      1. Talking To Clarry
      2. Bluetonic
      3. Cut Some Rug
      4. Things Change
      5. The Fountainhead
      6. Carnt Be Trusted
      7. Slight Return
      8. Putting Out Fires
      9. Vampire
      10. A Parting Gesture
      11. Time & Again

Tracklisting

Expecting to Fly The Bluetones / 3LP box set + Amazon exclusive bonus 12″ demos vinyl

    • Side 1
      1. 1. Talking To Clarry
      2. 2. Bluetonic
      3. 3. Cut Some Rug
      4. 4. Things Change
      5. 5. The Fountainhead
    • Side 2
      1. 1. Carnt Be Trusted
      2. 2. Slight Return
      3. 3. Putting Out Fires
      4. 4. Vampire
      5. 5. A Parting Gesture
      6. 6. Time & Again

Tracklisting

Return to the Last Chance Saloon The Bluetones / Red vinyl edition with ‘saloon doors’ gatefold

    • Side 1
      1. Tone Blooze
      2. Unpainted Arizona
      3. Solomon Bites The Worm
      4. U.T.A.
      5. 4-Day Weekend
      6. Sleazy Bed Track
      7. If…
    • Side 2
      1. The Jub-Jub Bird
      2. Sky Will Fall
      3. Ames
      4. Down At The Reservoir
      5. Heard You Were Dead
      6. Broken Starr

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