20th anniversary edition of the manic street preachers’ classic 1994 album ‘the holy bible’.
available on vinyl for the first time since 1994 (when it was only released as a limited edition picture disc), the record will be available with bbc recordings of the 1994 Astoria shows released commercially for the first time and a beautifully curated book with rare, previously unseen images, including exclusive photos by Mitch Ikeda, handwritten lyrics, sleeve notes from Keith Cameron and notes from the band. on its release in 1994, in many eyes, ‘the holy bible’ elevated manic street preachers from being a fascinating, yet flawed rock band with more mission statements than melodies, to an immense intellectual colossus with razor sharp, post-punk tunes that stood out from their contemporaries. in a year that saw Britpop dominate the radio and press, ‘the holy bible’ tackled subjects such as the holocaust, the brady bill, anorexia, political correctness and other non-chart friendly topics. from the jenny saville artwork on the sleeve to the opening single ‘faster’ with singer James Dean Bradfield appearing on top of the pops in a balaclava prompting thousands of complaints, this was clearly an album not to be dismissed as just the manics third album – it was their masterpiece. the 12” x 12” box contains the remastered album on 180gm heavyweight vinyl plus 4 cds and a 40 page book. the cd’s will contain the full album, the remastered us version, b-sides, mixes live versions and a previously unreleased version of ‘revol’. there is also a live cd of the band’s last performances with guitarist Richey Edwards from the Astoria on December 1994. it is rounded up with a few acoustic tracks from the album from a recent radio 4 master tapes session the band did in maida vale in September 2014.