MORRISSEY’S HIGHLY REGARDED 1992 ALBUM YOUR ARSENAL IS TO BE REISSUED ON VINYL AND DOUBLE-DISC CD / DVD SET ON FEBRUARY 25TH, AS PART OF PARLOPHONE’S ONGOING BACK CATALOGUE CAMPAIGN.
The first disc will contain a remastered version of the 10-track album, though Mick Ronson’s original production of closing song TOMORROW is replaced by Steve Peck’s radio mix commissioned for release as a US-only single, which omitted the piano motif ending.
The second will feature a previously unreleased concert film on DVD. The Halloween 1991 performance at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, took place four months after Morrissey’s previously issued – and somewhat underwhelming – LIVE IN DALLAS show. The gig saw Morrissey’s band bedded in after extensive touring, and beginning to flex its muscles in advance of the recording of YOUR ARSENAL – though the set list draws heavily from the VIVA HATE and KILL UNCLE period, featuring only one song (WE HATE IT WHEN OUR FRIENDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL) which would appear on the forthcoming album. The 17 other tracks performed are NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER, ALSATION COUSIN, OUR FRANK, THE LOOP, KING LEER, SISTER I’M A POET, PICCADILLY PALARE, DRIVING YOUR GIRLFRIEND HOME, INTERESTING DRUG, EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY, MY LOVE LIFE, PASHERNATE LOVE, THE LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS, ASIAN RUT, ANGEL ANGEL DOWN WE GOT TOGETHER, SUEDEHEAD and DISAPPOINTED.
Morrissey apparently remains without a current record deal, though recently issued a live version of Lou Reed’s SATELLITE OF LOVE as a download single through Parlophone. Vinyl editions of SATELLITE OF LOVE will be released on January 27th. A 7″ picture disc will feature a version of Buzzcocks’ YOU SAY YOU DON’T LOVE ME recorded at Hyde Park in July 2008, with a 12″ featuring ALL YOU NEED IS ME and The Smiths’ VICAR IN A TUTU recorded at the same show. All editions feature YOUR ARSENAL’s opener YOU’RE GONNA NEED SOMEONE ON YOUR SIDE as an additional track. The new edition of Morrissey’s Top Five 1992 album suggests follow-up VAUXHALL AND I may soon also be reissued. The 20th anniversary of his career best arrives in March, and the inclusion of a live DVD on the new YOUR ARSENAL set suggests INTRODUCING MORRISSEY (the masterful long-out-of-print concert film shot in Sheffield and Blackpool during the February 1995 UK tour which followed VAUXHALL AND I) may feature.
Morrissey’s AUTOBIOGRAPHY continues to perfom well, remaining as a fixture in the UK’s Paperback Non-Fiction charts since publication by Penguin Classics on 17th October. Available from this week is a Special Hardback Edition (RRP £30), printed in colour and with a number of additional photographs selected by Morrissey, plus a completely different cover shot. The paperback’s Paul Spencer image is replaced with one taken by Morrissey’s close companion Jake Walters – who, curiously, is subject to some editing out in this new edition. The book also now features a complete discography of releases by The Smiths and Morrissey.
Read The Mouth Magazine’s review, here.
An unabridged audiobook edition, read by Liverpool-born actor David Morrissey, has been issued as a download by Penguin (stream an excerpt, below).