Saturday, December 22, 2012

IQ Set to Release 2013 Remix of Lush Attic

IQ are set to release the 2013 remix of Tales from the Lush Attic on 21st January 2013 in both a double disc CD/DVD format and on vinyl.

Mike Holmes says: “When we did the 25th anniversary edition of The Wake we took the finished stereo mix and re-mastered it. It made a big difference to the overall sound, but we weren’t able to give it a complete remix because the multi track tapes had been lost in the mists of time. However with Tales we could go right back to the beginning, using the original 24 track tapes to build the mix from scratch.

It was great to finally give this album the mix it deserved. I’ve spent years avoiding the studio release of Tales, just because I knew it could be so much better. It is now.”

The 30th anniversary special edition of Tales of the Lush Attic is a double disc with hard back 32 page book with lots of extras, including the complete remix of the album and a DVD featuring live video footage of material from Tales along with a host of MP3 files, original mixes, audio commentary and previously unreleased writing/rehearsal/demo material.

Tales from the Lush Attic 2013 remix’ will also be available in limited edition vinyl format: 180 gram, gatefold sleeve – 500 black and 500 clear vinyl.

Here is the track listing:

   The Last Human Gateway
   Through The Corridors (Oh! Shit Me)
   Awake And Nervous
   My Baby Treats Me Right ‘Cos I’m A Hard Lovin’ Man All Night Long
   The Enemy Smacks
Bonus tracks
   Wintertell (2012 recording)
   The Last Human Gateway (end section, alternative vocals)
   Just Changing Hands (unfinished demo)
   Dans Le Parc du Château Noir (unfinished demo)

   The Last Human Gateway
   Through The Corridors (Oh! Shit Me)
   About Lake Five / Awake And Nervous
   The Enemy Smacks (Live at De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland: October 23, 2011)
Photo Gallery (contemporary photos and artwork)
DIY Mix of ‘Through The Corridors' : multi-track audio files and mixing software

MP3 files:
   ‘Tales From The Lush Attic’ (original mix: August 1983)
   Seven Stories into Eight (original cassette album)

   Tales from the Lush Attic - audio commentary by Peter and Mike
Further listening:
   The Enemy Smacks (first attempts: November 1982)
   The Last Human Gateway (writing session: February 1983)
   Just Changing Hands (instrumental demo: February 1983)
   Just Changing Hands (rehearsal: February 11, 1983)
   Wintertell (demo: July 1983)
   The Last Human Gateway (first complete version - rehearsal: July 27, 1983)
   Untitled version 1 (rehearsal: August 1983)
   Untitled version 2 (rehearsal: August 1983)
   Hollow Afternoon (demo, original lyrics: 1983)
   Just Changing Hands (Cava demo: 1984)
   The Last Human Gateway (middle section) (1991 recording)

Meanwhile IQ have been writing new material and preparing for upcoming shows. They have had a busy year!

Mike: “2012 was a busy year for us - we've had to rehearse two completely different sets (no mean feat for Tim and Neil) and personally I've spent quite a bit of time on the Tales from the Lush Attic 2013 remix. However, in between all that we did manage to snatch a couple of hours here and there to try out some new material, and I have to say its sounding promising - a bit like IQ in fact. At the moment we've accrued about 30 minutes of stuff, although its far too early to say if we'll actually use any of it or not...
Those of you who have been with us a while will know that time is very, very relative in IQ world, but next year we’ll definitely be concentrating heavily on writing for the first three months, and we'll take a break from writing to play a few live gigs at the end of April. Its always good to test out some of the new material on an unsuspecting public.
I would love to say that we'll have a new album out by the end of next year, but I probably shouldn't put that in writing...”.

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