Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible

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The Holy Bible is the third studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers, originally released in August 1984 by Epic Records.

With samples plucked from documentaries about sex workers, imagery focusing on German death camps and a visceral edge that never lets up, The Holy Bible is a record whose existence and subject matter has offered a convenient shorthand for explaining the disappearance of Manics member Richey James Edwards in February of 1995. Nobody in a tiny studio in the Welsh capital was deluded enough to view this ferocious record as a likely commercial smash.

It’s an album that’s taken on an extra layer of ugliness that suits the much-scrutinised circumstances surrounding its creation – but it’s worth stepping back a little and remembering that, at its core, this was the product of a band boldly standing out amongst its peers.

Only in that brief moment in the '90s, when the record industry was grappling with the impact of alternative rock going mainstream and just as Brit-pop was hitting its stride, could the Manics release such a dark, difficult album on a major label, get it played on such pop-oriented programs as Top of the Pops and MTV’s Most Wanted, and make appearances at the Glastonbury and Reading festivals.

And then, in a flash, it was over. Richey James went missing on February 1, 1995, and after that The Holy Bible was frozen in amber, forever seen as his last will and testament. After James' disappearance, plans for an American release of the LP were shelved

The Holy Bible is a bleak, introspective, insular album that's bracing in its darkness. It's not that The Holy Bible deliberately alienates listeners, but that it wears its pain too openly and presents it too vividly to be an easy listen. It can be a cathartic experience, but it's the kind of experience that doesn't lend itself to everyday listening, but it is a bracing rock album, quite unlike any LP before or since.

This 20th anniversary box set offers a means to flesh out the story of  The Holy Bible, including a sample of the nose-bleed peppered final Astoria performances, contemporary B-sides and the hefty American mix, which the band concedes actually trumps the original in parts. Its foregrounding of the music – the responsibility of drummer Sean Moore and, more particularly, singer James Dean Bradfield – serves to remind us all that the primary reason for focusing on the Manics’ third studio LP is its position as one of the greatest rock records of all time.

Check out the tracks: “Faster”; “Revol” and “She Is Suffering”.

This 20th anniversary box set with remastered audio is pressed in Europe and contains the following:

  • The Holy Bible (Original Album) – LP 180 gram heavyweight vinyl
  • The Holy Bible 20 – Compact Disc
  • The Holy Bible 20 – US Mix – Compact Disc
  • The Holy Bible 20 – B-Sides – Compact Disc
  • The Holy Bible 20 – Live & Radio 4 ‘Mastertapes’ – Compact Disc
  • 40 Page Booklet

(888750360021)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

The Holy Bible – Original Album - LP

 

A1

Yes

4:59

A2

Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonlyonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart

3:39

A3

Of Walking Abortion

4:00

A4

She Is Suffering

4:44

A5

Archives Of Pain

5:29

A6

Revol

3:04

B1

4st 7lb

5:05

B2

Mausoleum

4:12

B3

Faster

3:55

B4

This Is Yesterday

3:58

B5

Die In The Summertime

3:05

B6

The Intense Humming Of Evil

6:12

B7

P.C.P.

3:59

 

 

 

The Holy Bible 20 – Compact Disc

 

CD1-1

Yes

4:59

CD1-2

Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonlyonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart

3:39

CD1-3

Of Walking Abortion

4:00

CD1-4

She Is Suffering

4:44

CD1-5

Archives Of Pain

5:29

CD1-6

Revol

3:04

CD1-7

4st 7lb

5:05

CD1-8

Mausoleum

4:12

CD1-9

Faster

3:55

CD1-10

This Is Yesterday

3:58

CD1-11

Die In The Summertime

3:05

CD1-12

The Intense Humming Of Evil

6:12

CD1-13

P.C.P.

3:59

 

 

The Holy Bible 20 US Mix – Compact Disc

 

CD2-1

Yes

5:19

CD2-2

Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonlyonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart

3:43

CD2-3

Of Walking Abortion

4:07

CD2-4

She Is Suffering

4:57

CD2-5

Archives Of Pain

5:30

CD2-6

Revol

3:05

CD2-7

4st 7lb

5:10

CD2-8

Mausoleum

4:13

CD2-9

Faster

3:53

CD2-10

This Is Yesterday

3:58

CD2-11

Die In The Summertime

3:07

CD2-12

The Intense Humming Of Evil

6:14

CD2-13

P.C.P.

3:57

 

 

 

The Holy Bible 20 B-Sides – Compact Disc

 

CD3-1

Sculpture Of Man

1:54

CD3-2

New Art Riot (In E Minor)

3:01

CD3-3

Too Cold Here

3:36

CD3-4

You Love Us (Original Heavenly Version)

4:28

CD3-5

Love’s Sweet Exile (Bangkok Live)

3:06

CD3-6

Drug Drug Druggy (Live)

3:28

CD3-7

Roses In The Hospital (Live)

4:47

CD3-8

You Love Us (live)

3:05

CD3-9

Love Torn Us Under

3:43

CD3-10

The Drowners

3:18

CD3-11

Stay With Me (Feat. Bernard Butler)

3:38

CD3-12

La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) (Vocal Mix)

6:05

CD3-13

La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) (Dub Mix)

5:50

CD3-14

Faster (Dub Mix)

6:42

CD3-15

Faster (Vocal Mix)

5:47

CD3-16

Revol (Previously Unreleased)

3:14

 

 

 

The Holy Bible 20 Live – Compact Disc

 

CD4-1

P.C.P.

3:48

CD4-2

From Despair To Where

3:22

CD4-3

Yes

4:37

CD4-4

Faster

3:36

CD4-5

She Is Suffering

4:21

CD4-6

La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh)

3:56

CD4-7

Slash ‘N’ Burn

3:32

CD4-8

Motorcycle Emptiness

5:59

CD4-9

New Art Riot

2:59

CD4-10

Life Becoming A Landslide

3:54

CD4-11

Revol

2:36

CD4-12

4st 7lb

4:53

CD4-13

This Is Yesterday

2:59

 

 

 

Radio 4 ‘Mastertapes’, Maida Vale September 2014

CD4-14

4st 7lb

1:51

CD4-15

Faster

3:39

CD4-16

P.C.P.

4:09

CD4-17

This Is Yesterday

4:12

SKU 888750360021
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88875036002
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 29 August 1994
Barcode # 888750360021
Shipping Weight 0.9800kg
Shipping Width 0.025m
Shipping Height 0.325m
Shipping Length 0.325m
Shipping Cubic 0.002641000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 4CD+LP Box Set, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, 4CDs, Box Set, Remastered Audio, 40 Page Booklet
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP+CD

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