28 Dec Pale Saints drops 30th anniversary reissue of The Comforts of Madness
It’s going to be 30 years since Pale Saints released their debut album, The Comforts of Madness. In celebration, 4AD have remastered the album and are reissuing it on January 17th 2020. The highlights include a bonus disc of previously unreleased session tracks and the band’s only John Peel Session.
Listen to a preview from one of the tracks below.
Pale Saints: 30th Anniversary of ‘The Comforts of Madness’
Hailing from Leeds, the original Pale Saints line-up were Ian Masters (bass/vocals), Chris Cooper (drums), and Graeme Naysmith (guitar). Having released a clutch of singles since forming in 1987, they put out their debut album in January 1990. The album included the tracks ‘Sight of You’, ‘You Tear The World In Two’ and a cover of Opal’s ‘Fell From the Sun’ (the band that once featured 4AD alumna Kendra Smith and later became Mazzy Star). They made an exciting and frenetic entrance with The Comforts of Madness – an album that swam against the tide and even found its way on to the Top 40 of the UK Album Charts.
For the album’s 30th anniversary, Ian Masters has revisited the band’s sessions where they demoed the album at their Woodhouse Studio before heading to the Blackwing Studios in London to record them with John Fryer and Gil Norton. These album demos plus the band’s only John Peel Session (recorded 23rd of July 1989 at Maida Vale studios in London) help to create a bonus disc of material for both the double CD and LP editions. The single LP is a faithful repress of the original and the artwork for the deluxe editions has been reworked by Timothy O’Donnell.
Head here to pre-order the album now and also check out the track list and artwork below.
1. Way The World Is
2. You Tear The World In Two
3. Sea of Sound
4. True Coming Dream
5. Little Hammer
2. A Deep Sleep For Steven
3. Language of Flowers
4. Fell From The Sun
5. Sight Of You
6. Time Thief
1. Sight Of You (Original Woodhouse Studio Version) *
2. Way The World Is (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
3. Language of Flowers (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
4. You Tear The World In Two (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
5. Fell From The Sun (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
6. A Deep Sleep For Steven (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
7. Time Thief (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
1. Sea of Sound (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
2. Insubstantial (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
3. Little Hammer (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
4. True Coming Dream (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
5. She Rides The Waves (John Peel Show Version) *
6. You Tear The World In Two (John Peel Show Version) *
7. Way The World Is (John Peel Show Version) *
8. Time Thief (John Peel Show Version) *