Echo & The Bunnymen to re-release first albums on vinyl
By Classic Pop | September 9, 2021
Echo & The Bunnymen are re-releasing their first four albums on vinyl on 22 October. Each of them will be available on 180g black vinyl from all music retailers, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl exclusively from Dig!: Crocodiles (yellow), Heaven Up Here (blue), Porcupine (white) and Ocean Rain (transparent blue). You can pre-order the albums here.
The Bunnymen were formed in Liverpool in 1978 with Ian McCulloch on vocals and rhythm guitar, Will Sergeant on lead guitar and Les Pattinson on bass. They were soon joined by Pete De Freitas on drums.
The band’s first release was the 7” single Pictures On My Wall with the B-side Read It In Books on Zoo Records in 1979. Pictures On My Wall would appear on their debut album Crocodiles in 1980.
The Bunnymen followed Crocodiles with the release of the Shine So Hard EP in 1981, recorded live at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, before releasing their second studio album Heaven Up Here in the same year. It became the band’s first UK Top 10 LP, winning the 1981 NME Best Album award in the process.
The band’s cult status was soon transformed into mainstream success in 1983 with the release of their third album Porcupine, produced by Ian Broudie. Porcupine provided their best chart performances, with The Cutter reaching No.8 in the singles charts and Porcupine finishing No.2 in the album charts before being certified gold.
1984 brought the fourth studio album Ocean Rain. Recorded in Liverpool and Paris, the band used a 35-piece orchestra with composer Adam Peters scoring the strings. Three singles were released from the album – Silver, Seven Seas and The Killing Moon.
Echo & The Bunnymen will tour the UK and Ireland in the spring of 2022. Tickets are available here.
Tue 01 SHEFFIELD City Hall
Wed 02 LEEDS O2 Academy
Fri 04 BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
Sat 05 CARDIFF St David’s Hall
Mon 07 LONDON Roundhouse
Wed 09 DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Fri 11 NORWCH UEA
Sat 12 GATESHEAD Sage
Mon 14 LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
Wed 16 MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Thu 17 NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sat 19 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Sun 20 BRISTOL O2 Academy
Tue 22 LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wed 23 NORTHAMPTON Derngate
Fri 25 MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Sat 26 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Mon 28 GLASGOW Barrowland
Tue 01 GLASGOW Barrowland
Wed 06 BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion