£74.99 – Deluxe Boxset 2xLP w/ 58 Page Photobook & Bonus CDs
£19.99 – Standard 2xLP
1999 marked a momentous year for Scottish rock band Travis. Singer/songwriter Fran Healy, guitarist Andy Dunlop, drummer Neil Primrose, and bassist Dougie Payne had been together since the beginning of the decade, and were gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, The Man Who, following the release of their 1997 debut, Good Feeling. Though the album found moderate success in the UK and set the band up for extensive touring – opening for the likes of Oasis – Travis were still reasonably unknown internationally. All of that was about to change.
With The Man Who having only been in the record shops for a month, Travis played the Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. It had been glorious weather, but, as they played their soon-to-be-released single “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” the heavens opened. The soggy crowd went wild, and the performance went down as one of the all-time great shows in the festival’s 50-year history. By the time “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” was released as a single five weeks later, Travis and The Man Who were on the precipice of international stardom, and would go on to headline Glastonbury a year later.
Craft Recordings is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Travis’ breakthrough year with two exciting releases: Live at Glastonbury ’99, plus an expanded edition of The Man Who. To commemorate the anniversary of The Man Who, Travis hand-selected 19 B-sides, which will be available as extra content in a deluxe boxset which includes the expanded album on two CDs and two LPs, while the 12×12″ lift-top box will also include a 58-page commemorative photobook.
The Man Who sounds as fresh today as it did then. One of the most successful British albums of the last 20 years, it spawned the timeless singles, “Writing to Reach You”, “Driftwood”, “Turn” and possibly the band’s most iconic song, “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?”. Produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, U2, Pavement), The Man Who spent an astonishing 11 weeks at Number One in the UK, going on to sell 3.5 million copies worldwide. Critical recognition quickly followed including Ivor Novello Awards for Best Songwriter and Best Contemporary Song for “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” and BRIT Awards for Best British Band and Best British Album. Travis would spend the next 18 months on a 237-date world tour.
Looking back, frontman Fran Healy remains modest: “We just enjoyed it – for as long as it lasted. We didn’t force it. We rode the rollercoaster for as long as we could, but we didn’t hang on for dear life”. Travis had, he reasons, a healthy quotient of achievement, a manageable dose of fame, and just the right amount of ambition. “At the end of The Man Who, I was just totally energized” recalls Healy. “We didn’t take the chance to stop and smell the roses – we didn’t want to – we just kept going, right through The Invisible Band (2001)”.
To date, the four members of Travis are still very active as a band. The last two years have seen the group release their eighth album – the refreshingly punchy Everything At Once (2016); undertake another hefty world tour, and make a documentary film – the candidly titled, Almost Fashionable. Healy, now based in Los Angeles, sums it up: “We’re like a couple who celebrate their 60th anniversary and they’re still in love. It’s all about the relationship. This is the marriage of four men – and it’s hard enough to keep two people interested, never mind four”.
Vinyl One: The Man Who
A1. Writing To Reach You
A2. The Fear
A3. As You Are
A5. The Last Laugh Of The Laughter
B2. Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
B4. She’s So Strange
B5. Slide Show / Blue Flashing Light
Vinyl Two: B-Sides Selected By The Band
A1. Village Man
A2. Only Molly Knows
A3. Rock ‘N’ (Salad) Roll
A4. The Connection
A5. We Are Monkeys
B1. The Weight
B2. Baby One More Time (In Session)
B3. Be My Baby
Deluxe Boxset Only Bonus CD: B-Sides Selected By The Band
- Green Behind The Ears
- Only Molly Knows
- Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
- High As A Kite
- Be My Baby
- Where Is The Love
- Village Man
- Driftwood (Live at the Link Café, Glasgow, 1999)
- The Urge For Going
- Slide Show (Live at the Link Café, Glasgow, 1999)
- Days Of Our Lives
- We Are Monkeys
- Baby One More Time (In Session)
- Coming Around
- Just The Faces Change
- The Connection
- Rock ‘N’ (Salad) Roll
- The Weight