“RETURN TO THE LAST CHANCE SALOON”
Expanded Edition – 2CD and LP
Plus September UK tour
The Bluetones are one of the most important and successful bands from the Britpop era. Clocking up an impressive 22 years together with the same line-up, they finally called it a day in 2011.
Now reforming for a UK tour and hooking up with 3-Loop Music the Bluetones have set about re-issuing their catalogue. They aptly kick things off with the glorious Return To The Last Chance Saloon the band’s follow up to their debut Expecting To Fly in which the band explored a more rockier blues-tinged sound. In 1998, Melody Maker described the album as a “17 year old, good looking and popular” teenager. Now 17 years since its release, it is apparent that that teenager has retained its exciting, fresh and joyous (superior) qualities.
Return To The Last Chance Saloon is a hit packed, gold selling, top 10 album that was originally released in March 1998. Featuring the hit singles Solomon Bites The Worm, If…, and Sleazy Bed Track plus mail order only single 4 Day Weekend, this re-issue is augmented by the addition of standalone Top 10 single Marblehead Johnson.
The bonus material included across this 2CD set includes each band member’s favourite b-side (see below for more info), plus a stunning gig recorded at BBC’s Sound City in Newcastle in 1998. A set packed with all their hits, it’s the sound of a band at the top of their game playing to a jubilant and adoring audience.
The 2CD, 36 track package is completed by the addition of previously unreleased BBC session tracks from the era and all contained in a tri-fold sleeve with a new booklet containing
brand new sleevenotes from frontman Mark Morriss.
“Return To..” is as fresh as your first outdoor breath on a crisp spring day, as adrenalising as a five mile freefall into neat vodka and as heartbreaking as finding an ex’s hair on a long
forgotten shirt.” Melody Maker, 1998
“At times better than anything they’ve ever done” NME, 1998
TRACKLISTINGS: CD1 Original Album
1. Tone Blooze / 2. Unpainted Arizona / 3. Solomon Bites The Worm / 4. U.T.A./ 5.
4-Day Weekend / 6. Sleazy Bed Track / 7. If… / 8. The Jub-Jub Bird / 9. Sky Will
Fall / 10. Ames / 11. Down At The Reservoir / 12. Heard You Were Dead / 13.
Broken Starr / 14. Woman Done Gone Left Me Non Album Track / 15. Marblehead
CD2 Radio 1 Session 4 August 1996
1. The Simple Things * / 2. Electric Vampire * Radio 1 Evening Session 9 March
1998 / 3. 4 Day Weekend * / 4. UTA * Newcastle Sound City 27 October 1998 / 5.
Unpainted Arizona * / 6. Bluetonic * / 7. Solomon Bites The Worm * / 8. Are You
Blue Or Are You Blind * / 9. Pretty Ballerina * / 10. 4 Day Weekend * / 11. Sleazy
Bed Track * / 12. Cut Some Rug * / 13. UTA * / 14. Slight Return * / 15. If… * /
16. Carn’t Be Trusted * / 17. Broken Starr *
* previously unreleased
The Bluetones favourite B-Sides
1. I Was A Teenage Jesus (Mark’ choice) / 2. I Walked All Night (Eds’ choice) / 3.
Pretty Ballerina (Adam’s choice) / 4. Blue Shadows (Scott’ choice)
News of other Bluetones reissues to come……
The Bluetones on tour in September:
16th – Leeds O2 Academy / 17th – Glasgow ABC / 18th – Newcastle O2 Academy / 19th –
Manchester Ritz / 23rd – Portsmouth Pyramids / 24th – London Forum / 26th – Birmingham
O2 Academy / 27th – Bristol O2 Academy