I know there’s a bit of love for Lawrence round these parts, and SuperDeluxeEdition are all about the Pet Shops Boys right now so I thought I’d flag up that the mighty Felt are getting the reissue treatment again. Only seems yesterday all the albums were reissued on CD but in fact it’ll be (gulp) 15 years by the time these come out – and you try finding a Felt CD anywhere, if you do you’ll pay top dollar for those, never mind the Vinyl. There will be a new album from Lawrence as well in his Go Kart Mozart guise.
Cherry Red are starting with the first 5, and rest assured Lawrence is fully involved in the mastering and presentation..and he’s been tinkering again, as he will. This time he’s decided to restore the original title to what would have been “The Seventeenth Century” and says the decision to rename it “Let the Snakes Crinkle their Heads to Death” was his biggest regret. The one that’s had the most tinkering is the Robin Guthrie produced ‘Ignite the Seven Canons’. Apparently Lawrence wasn’t too happy with the ‘ethereal swirl’ and six of the 10 tracks have been remixed and “made symmetrical” although the majestic ‘Primitive Painters’ is untouched. Much as love Robin and ‘ver Twins, I know what he means and I’m interested to hear what he’s done with it.
There are vinyl editions of course. More interestingly there are also deluxe, boxed CD editions with a bonus 7″ single with badges and bits and bobs and signed by Lawrence – they’re 25 quid a pop though – ouch. A cheaper no-frills box set of all the CDs perhaps would have been nice, maybe that is coming later.