Get ready to dive back into the sonic masterpiece as Spiritualized, the legendary purveyor of otherworldly music, announces the 20th-anniversary reissue of their iconic album, “Amazing Grace.” Scheduled to drop on January 19 via the esteemed Fat Possum label, this reimagined gem promises to be a sonic journey like no other.
A Resonating Revival
In celebration of this landmark album, “Amazing Grace” has been meticulously remastered for vinyl, ensuring that every note, every crescendo, and every whispered lyric resonates with the same intensity it did two decades ago. This 180-gram vinyl release will be available in two stunning variations: a classic black LP and a limited edition dove gray pressing, making it a must-have for collectors and audiophiles alike.
But that’s not all! Spiritualized is pulling out all the stops for this anniversary celebration. In addition to the reissue, they’re treating fans to captivating visuals. Dive into the nostalgia with music videos for album tracks “Cheapster” and “She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit).” And that’s not all—there’s a brand-new visual experience for “Rated X,” adding a fresh perspective to this timeless classic.
The Spacemen Reissue Program Continues
This 20th-anniversary reissue is not an isolated event; it’s part of the Spacemen Reissue Program, a musical journey that has previously brought us vinyl versions of classics like “Lazer Guided Melodies” (1992), “Pure Phase” (1995), “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space” (1997), and “Let It Come Down” (2001). Spiritualized’s commitment to preserving their iconic catalog on vinyl is indeed commendable.
The Speed of Creation
What sets “Amazing Grace” apart from its predecessors is the speed at which it came to life. J Spaceman himself shared insights on the creative process in an interview with Andy Capper:
“None of the band heard the song until the morning of the recordings.”
After the Rockfield sessions, the band returned to London to add the finishing touches, including Kenny Wheeler and Evan Parker’s contributions and the delicate strings of a little quartet. But what’s striking is the immediacy of it all. As J Spaceman explains, “It was like ‘we’re gonna put this down, and that’s it.'”
A Departure from the Norm
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of “Amazing Grace” is the departure it represented from the preceding albums. As J Spaceman reflects, “The idea of the songs was we weren’t gonna keep chasing them forever. Which is almost the opposite of what we’d been doing for the two previous albums.”
This reissue promises to be a treasure trove of insights into the making of this iconic album, shedding light on the artistic evolution of Spiritualized. So mark your calendars for January 19, because “Amazing Grace” is about to grace our turntables once again, taking us on a musical journey that transcends time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Anniversary Vinyl Reissue
Q: When will the 20th-anniversary reissue of “Amazing Grace” by Spiritualized be available?
A: The reissue is scheduled to be released on January 19, allowing fans to rediscover this iconic album.
Q: What formats will the reissued “Amazing Grace” be available in?
A: The album will be available on 180-gram vinyl, offered in both a standard black LP and a limited edition dove gray pressing, catering to collectors and audiophiles.
Q: Are there any visual accompaniments to this reissue?
A: Absolutely! Spiritualized is treating fans to music videos for album tracks “Cheapster” and “She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit),” along with a brand-new visual experience for “Rated X.”
Q: How does “Amazing Grace” fit into Spiritualized’s broader catalog?
A: This reissue is part of the Spacemen Reissue Program, a series that has brought several classic Spiritualized albums back to vinyl, including “Lazer Guided Melodies,” “Pure Phase,” “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space,” and “Let It Come Down.”
Q: What makes “Amazing Grace” unique in comparison to the previous albums?
A: “Amazing Grace” marked a departure from the norm, with a comparatively fast creation process. J Spaceman himself noted that it was almost the opposite of the approach taken for the two albums that preceded it, offering fans an intriguing insight into the band’s artistic evolution.