Back catalogue to be expanded

The Jesus & Mary Chain are set to re-issue their back catalogue in a series of expanded editions.

More than 25 years on from their debut single, The Jesus & Mary Chain are more relevant than ever. In fact, the Reid brothers could arguably walk around the streets of Brooklyn right now claiming to have invented the bulk of the groups they come across.

Personal differences seem to be preventing a full re-union, although the band did manage to co-operate on a 2-CD 'Best Of' release last year.

Now The Jesus & Mary Chain are set to re-issue their entire back catalogue in an expended format. Taking place in the Autumn, the project sees each album given a 2-CD edition alongside a full DVD.

The project begins on September 19th, with 'Psychocandy' and 'Darklands' pushed into the limelight. The Jesus & Mary Chain shocked the indie scene with debut album 'Psychocandy' which seemed to drown in waves of feedback induced violence.

Then-manager Alan McGee hyped a few shy kids from East Kilbride into noise terrorists, with Bobby Gillespie standing up for drum duties. Escaping from McGee, The Jesus & Mary Chain asserted themselves with 'Darklands'.

Essentially setting the template for future releases, the album pulled back the feedback to reveal a band whose songwriting dwelt unsettlingly on noir. Containing their full back catalogue, the project continues with release such as 'Automatic' and 'Honey's Dead' - both of which were big albums Stateside.

'Stoned And Dethroned' saw the band endure personal difficulties, while 'Munki' brought down the curtains on the group's career with The Jesus & Mary Chain making a late return to Creation.

Containing B-sides, demos, radio sessions and more the expanded editions of each studio album comes with a DVD which features interviews, TV appearances and more. As a special bonus, The Jesus & Mary Chain have dug up footage of the infamous North London Polytechnic.

Accompanied by extensive liner notes, these look to be the definitive edition of the Jesus & Mary Chain's back catalogue. The program runs as follows:

19th SEPTEMBER 2011
PSYCHOCANDY [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8006]
DARKLANDS [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8007]

26th SEPTEMBER 2011
AUTOMATIC [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8008]
HONEY’S DEAD [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8009]

3rd OCTOBER 2011
STONED AND DETHRONED [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8010]
MUNKI [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8011]

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