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Shellac – The End Of Radio //Touch And Go Records// (Released 14th June)

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£31.99 – 2xLP & Bonus CD

Post-hardcore and noise rock titans Shellac (Steven Frank Albini – electric guitar / Todd Stanford Trainer – drum set / Robert Spurr Weston IV – electric bass guitar) release Record Number 6, The End Of Radio, comprised of two previously unreleased John Peel Radio Sessions from 1994 and 2004.

The 1994 session was recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 3 on the 14th of July and originally aired on John Peel’s BBC Radio One show on the 22nd of July 1994. The four songs were recorded to 24-track and then mixed to stereo on the same day. While a studio version of “Crow” was released in October of 1994 on the band’s debut album At Action Park, studio versions of “Canada”, “Disgrace”, and “Spoke” would not appear on any Shellac albums until much later (1998’s Terraform and 2007’s Excellent Italian Greyhound) – making the 1994 Peel Session recordings the only official recordings of these songs for several years thereafter.

The 2004 Peel session is a “Live From Maida Vale” session recorded live to stereo in front of a small audience at BBC Maida Vale Studio 4 on the 1st of December 2004, and originally aired the following day. As with the 1994 session, this recording includes songs that were previously unreleased and would not appear as album versions until years later. (Album versions of “The End of Radio”, “Steady As She Goes”, and “Paco” were released in 2007 on Excellent Italian Greyhound).

As always with Shellac, audio quality is paramount. The LP was mastered by Chicago Mastering Service, and the vinyl manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality. Surprisingly for renowned analogue aficionado Albini, this double LP also comes with a bonus CD.

Tracklisting: 1994 Peel Session:

  1. Spoke
  2. Canada
  3. Crow
  4. Disgrace

Tracklisting: 2004 Peel Session:

  1. Ghosts
  2. The End Of Radio
  3. Canada
  4. Paco
  5. Steady As She Goes
  6. Billiard Player Song
  7. Dog And Pony Show
  8. Il Porno Star

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2xLP & Bonus CD