Like the majority in this respect, we all seem to pick and choose our boxsets with creative abandon, but even Athenian democracy would be proud, for the several writers unlucky to be here at WithGuitars today just about agree, that the new Lush anthology, Chorus, is one of the best end of year releases. Especially pleased for the remaining members of Lush, a gifted band.
“Chorus proves that the light from Lush’s star still shines brighter and stronger than anyone might have suspected.” – MOJO ****
“Shoegaze with proper attitude” – The Guardian ****
“Highly desirable” – Record Collector ****
“A body of work that’s well worth revisiting” – Q ****
Chorus, the extensive new Lush anthology, is released as a deluxe CD boxset available now
A band long overdue celebration, Chorus follows on from the news that Lush are to reform next year, and the reissue of Ciao! Best Of on limited red vinyl last month. Compiled by the band, Chorus is spread over five CDs and housed in a beautiful hardbound book, designed by long-time associate and former v23 collaborator Chris Bigg. 105 tracks in total, Chorus contains their three studio albums and both singles compilations plus a wealth of previously unreleased demos, radio sessions, remixes and rarities.
Over the course of a decade, Lush released three studio albums – Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996) – to growing critical and commercial success. Starting out with the mini-album Scar (1989) and releasing a string of singles and EPs throughout their career, these were used to create the compilations Gala (1990) and Topolino (1996); two albums that would ultimately bookend their story with the tragic death of drummer Chris Acland in late-1996 leaving them too grief-stricken to continue.
You can buy Chorus from the new 4AD Store here.
*Chorus will be in North American stores from 22nd January, but you will be able to exclusively buy online from the link above to receive orders from 11th December.
To keep up-to-date on the band, visit their new site- www.lushofficial.com.