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Attack Of The Grey Lantern 4-Disc Deluxe Edition CD Book

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Release Date: 08/06/2018

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Mansun - one of the most iconic bands of the late ’90s - have announced details of a huge remastered reissue of their 1997 debut album, Attack of the Grey Lantern. It will be released via Kscope on June 8 th 2018.

The album will be released on multiple formats including limited coloured vinyl, standard black vinyl, single CD and super-deluxe four-disc book set (including unreleased material on CD and a new 5.1 mix on DVD). It will also be available to stream on all digital platforms.

For most rock‘n’roll bands, the debut album is a chance to properly record their nascent songs – those scrappy, speedball numbers often written in the white heat of formation. For Mansun, back in 1996, things were a little different. Formed in Chester before coming of age at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, the band’s early ambitions marked them out as a very different prospect to their supposed peers. Their songs were mini-symphonies filtered through their perfectly British eccentricity, worked out in painstaking detail in the studio before ever being played on the stage. The lyrics told elaborate stories, followed paths and planted signposts.

When it emerged, Mansun’s debut - Attack of the Grey Lantern – was the complete picture. A record that opens with a Bond theme like orchestral overture before opening out as an interconnected voyeuristic, curtain-twitching concept album about a smalltown superhero, AOTGL was an almost incomprehensibly melodic work that embraced intelligence and nuance over the brute force and beery bonhomie of their contemporaries. When it was released at the height of Britpop, AOTGL reached No 1 (in February 1997) and achieved platinum sales thanks to a hugely dedicated fanbase.

Now twenty-one years on, the album has been fully overhauled for a gloriously deluxe reissue package remastered from the original multi-tracks by Jon Astley and with the band and Paul’s longtime studio collaborator PDub creating the 5.1 remix. The CDs of extra material include previously unheard demo recordings, studio outtakes and long unheard BBC sessions recorded prior to the album’s release. This reissue campaign also sees the record remastered for vinyl for the first time since its original release.

Attack of the Grey Lantern featured the hit singles Wide Open Space, Egg Shaped Fred, Taxloss and She Makes My Nose Bleed. Mansun were Paul Draper (vocals, guitar, production), Dominic Chad (guitar, piano, synths), Stove (bass), Andie Rathbone (drums).

This 21st anniversary edition of Attack of the Grey Lantern will be released as a special limited edition set with 3 CDs and a DVD in a 72-page hardback book featuring the iconic 'roses' cover art. All of the audio has been fully remastered from the original master tapes by Jon Astley and the 5.1 mixed by long-time Mansun collaborator P-Dub. The first CD contains the original album, the second is packed with previously unreleased demos, rarities and outtakes from the Mansun archive, and the third features BBC Radio 1 session tracks from '95 and '96 that have not been available since they were on air. The DVD boasts the album's first ever 5.1 surround sound mix (DTS 96/24 5.1 and Dolby Digital AC3 5.1), a hi-resolution stereo audio (24bit/48kHz Linear PCM) and 8 original promotional videos. The 72-page hardback book includes newly unearthed photos, extracts from Paul Draper's formative notebook documenting the early beginnings of AOTGL, previously unreleased original artwork, a foreword penned by Draper, in depth sleeve notes by accomplished journalist Paul Stokes, and plenty of newly unearthed treasures.


1. The Chad Who Loved Me [05:02]
2. Mansun's Only Love Song [05:55]
3. Taxloss [07:04]
4. You, Who Do You Hate? [03:06]
5. Wide Open Space [04:33]
6. Stripper Vicar [04:11]
7. Disgusting [05:12]
8. She Makes My Nose Bleed [03:55]
9. Naked Twister [04:39]
10. Egg Shaped Fred [04:11]
11. Dark Mavis [08:36]
12. An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter [04:01]


1. Disgusting (demo) [00:00]
2. Rebel Without A Quilt (original version) [00:00]
3. Naked Twister (demo) [00:00]
4. Dark Mavis (demo) [00:00]
5. The Dutchess (backing jam) [00:00]
6. Ski Jump Nose (original version) [00:00]
7. She Makes My Nose Bleed (strings only) [00:00]
8. The Chad Who Loved Me (backing track take 1) [00:00]
9. Stripper Vicar (take 1) [00:00]
10. Stripper Link (full length version) [00:00]
11. Dark Mavis (rejected version) [00:00]
12. She Makes My Nose Bleed (version 1) [00:00]
13. An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter (take 1) [00:00]
14. The Greatest Pain (backing track take 1) [00:00]
15. You, Who Do You Hate? (early version) [00:00]
16. She Makes My Nose Bleed (demo) [00:00]
17. Egg Shaped Fred (mix 1) [00:00]


1. Skin Up Pin Up (Radio One Session 14/9/95) [04:05]
2. Grey Lantern (Radio One Session 14/9/95) [03:02]
3. Flourella (Radio One Session 15/5/96) [04:07]
4. Naked Twister (Radio One Session 15/5/96) [03:46]
5. Drastic Sturgeon (Radio One Session 15/5/96) [03:27]
6. Egg Shaped Fred (Soho Live Radio One Evening Session
12/11/96) [04:15]
7. Take It Easy Chicken (Soho Live Radio One Evening Session
12/11/96) [05:55]
8. Stripper Vicar (Mark Radcliffe Session 16/12/96) [03:48]
9. She Makes My Nose Bleed (Mark Radcliffe Session
16/12/96) [03:48]
10. Wide Open Space (Mark Radcliffe Session 16/12/96) [04:18]
11. The Chad Who Loved Me (Mark Radcliffe Session
16/12/96) [00:00]
12. Ski Jump Nose (Mark Radcliffe Session 16/12/96) [00:00]


1. The Chad Who Loved Me (5.1 mix) [05:02]
2. Mansun's Only Love Song (5.1 mix) [05:55]
3. Taxloss (5.1 mix) [07:04]
4. You, Who Do You Hate (5.1 mix) [03:06]
5. Wide Open Space (5.1 mix) [04:33]
6. Stripper Vicar (5.1 mix) [04:11]
7. Disgusting (5.1 mix) [05:12]
8. She Makes My Nose Bleed (5.1 mix) [03:55]
9. Naked Twister (5.1 mix) [04:39]
10. Egg Shaped Fred (5.1 mix) [04:11]
11. Dark Mavis (5.1 mix) [08:36]
12. An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter (5.1 mix) [04:01]
13. Flourella (promo video) [00:00]
14. Egg Shaped Fred (promo video) [00:00]
15. Take It Easy Chicken (promo video) [00:00]
16. Stripper Vicar (promo video) [00:00]
17. Wide Open Space (promo video) [00:00]
18. Wide Open Space (US promo video ) [00:00]
19. She Makes My Nose Bleed (promo video) [00:00]
20. Taxloss (promo video) [00:00]