GEORGE BEST AND TOMMY TO BE RE-RELEASED FOR ‘NATIONAL ALBUM DAY’

The Wedding Present's debut album George Best and accompanying compilation Tommy are to be re-issued on coloured vinyl and CD by Play It Again Sam Records on 11 October 2019.

Following the announcement of the date of this year’s 'National Album Day', The Wedding Present revealed that they will be celebrating the occasion with two new re-issues - the band’s celebrated debut George Best and the chronologically connected compilation Tommy.

It will be precisely thirty-two years to the day that George Best was originally released on the band's own label, Reception Records. This new version will be available as a limited edition green vinyl LP comprising the original twelve tracks and a CD which will consist of a further eleven non-album tracks from the same era.

Meanwhile, Tommy - originally released in 1988 and documenting the band’s output from 1985 to 1987 – is comprised of their first four singles, various b-sides and BBC session tracks and includes the celebrated version of Orange Juice’s ‘Felicity’. Tommy will be available on resplendent white vinyl and CD.

David Gedge has also been confirmed to appear as part of the nationwide 'Classic Album Sundays' series which will feature George Best. He will be appearing at Stowmarket’s John Peel Centre For The Creative Arts on Sunday 12 October where he will be playing a short acoustic set and taking part in a Q & A session about the album. For more details, please click here.

George Best will obviously always hold a special place in my heart because it’s the first album I recorded. All those years of playing my parents’ LPs and then creating my own record collection - all the time dreaming about being in a band myself - were essentially building to the moment when George Best was released. And, although I think The Wedding Present have made better albums since, there’s no denying that there’s spirit and passion and ambition running through these tracks. It wasn’t particularly planned but I think the efforts of the four people in the group combined to create a unique and original sound. It was always going to be a ‘Peel’ album because we were such passionate listeners to that programme... even though - being an ardent Liverpool F.C. supporter - Peel could hardly bring himself to announce the title on his show. “If you’re going to name your record after old footballers, why not Steve Heighway?!” he complained.” – David Gedge

Tracklistings

George Best

Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
Don’t Be So Hard
A Million Miles
All This And More
My Favourite Dress
Shatner
Something And Nothing
It’s What You Want That Matters
Give My Love To Kevin
Anyone Can Make A Mistake
You Can’t Moan, Can You?
All About Eve*
Getting Nowhere Fast*
Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm*
Nothing Comes Easy*
Don’t Laugh*
I’m Not Always So Stupid*
Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?*
Not From Where I’m Standing*
Give My Love To Kevin [Acoustic Version]*
Getting Better*
Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable?*

* additional tracks on CD version

Tommy

Go Out And Get ’Em, Boy!
(The Moment Before) Everything’s Spoiled Again
Once More
At The Edge Of The Sea
Living And Learning
This Boy Can Wait
You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
Felicity
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?
Never Said
Every Mother’s Son
My Favourite Dress

Scopitones will not be selling these reissues from this web site initially, in an attempt to encourage you to patronise your local record shop. You are able to pre-order directly from Play It Again Sam, however, by clicking here.

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