Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Echo & The Bunnymen’s second coming, London Records revisit the band’s triumphant album Evergreen, set for release on the 18th November and available to pre-order now. Evergreen receives a vinyl pressing for the very first time, with an initial run of limited edition solid white vinyl available to pre-order here. The anniversary release also features an expanded double CD version with an extensive array of studio B-sides, radio sessions, and unreleased live versions across 33 tracks.
In January 1997 Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson and Ian McCulloch decided to come back together in a recording studio for the first time in ten years. The reborn Bunnymen entered Doghouse studios in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, the self-produced sessions further embellished with strings, horns and vocal arrangements at Abbey Road. The resultant album achieved the almost impossible; commercial, conceptual and critical acclaim on a par with their past achievements.
Evergreen marked a critical and commercial renaissance for the band; an album that rightfully returned them to the Top 10, sporting three UK hits including the seminal ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’. The song crashed the UK Top Ten at number 8 in June 1997, the highest new entry in the band’s career and equalling their best ever chart position for ‘The Cutter’. The Bunnymen had proved themselves not only deserving of a second wind but effortlessly welcomed by the musical landscape of the late-90s. Arriving in the season of Oasis’s Be Here Now and The Verve’s Urban Hymns, Evergreen was both of and beyond its time.
NME called it “impossibly good. The first comeback in history not to be dogged by a nauseous sense of distress, the first one to actually sound important”, the Melody Maker declared “the new songs are as good as the old songs, and probably better than almost anything you’ll hear this year”.
“Someone asked me the other day why I reunited the Bunnymen,” McCulloch commented that summer. “Well, I haven’t. I’ve re-ignited the Bunnymen. Having said that, they never stopped glowing somewhere in my heart.”
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