Lloyd Cole In New York

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Lloyd Cole In New York, released on CD in 2017, will now be available as an exclusive limited edition seven-LP box set via Tapete Records. It features all four solo albums Lloyd Cole released between 1988 and 1996: Lloyd Cole (1990), Don't Get Weird On Me Babe (1991), Bad Vibes (1993), and Love Story (1995), plus Smile If You Want To, the "unreleased" fifth album (including one previously unreleased track), and Demos '89-'94, 20 recordings from home and studio made public for this release. The box will also feature a 24-page LP booklet about this most erudite of artists by John O'Connell with new interviews with Lloyd and featured musicians, producers, and collaborators and a wonderful selection of photos from the period plus a poster and postcards that feature Lloyd shot in New York by feted photographer Kevin Cummins.

Lloyd Cole first stepped into the spotlight when Lloyd Cole & The Commotions released their effortlessly hip debut album Rattlesnakes in 1984. He went on to make two further albums of cerebral pop with the Commotions. In '88, Lloyd decamped to New York a solo artist and made a home in the city that had always loomed large in his imagination and he fully embraced its bars, bohemia and beautiful losers. Lloyd Cole In New York charts this fascinating phase in Lloyd's development, which saw him experimenting with his sound and collaborating with some top-notch US musicians including guitarist Robert Quine (Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Lou Reed, Brian Eno), drummer Fred Maher (Material, Scritti Politti, Lou Reed), and Matthew "Girlfriend" Sweet. On his first solo album, Lloyd Cole, Lloyd embraced an edgier writing style with a nod to Dylan, Lou Reed and, not abandoning his UK roots completely, Marc Bolan. Don't Get Weird On Me Babe was Lloyd's concept album -- one side orchestral (a la Jimmy Webb), the other rock. Lloyd described it as his "farewell to rock". Bad Vibes, 1993's about turn into bold psych-baroque experimentalism, polarized fans and critics alike. Love Story, a favorite of fans, restored his critical and commercial reputation. Smile If You Want To was supposed to be Cole's fifth solo album. It was completed, but record company politics meant it was never released. The two LPs Demos '89-'94 offer an insight into the development of Lloyd's sound over this time, from early tentative recordings as a solo artist finding his way in his adopted home town, to demos he recorded for Love Story where he embraced a more pastoral folk sound. They also include Lloyd's previously unheard version of "The Ship Song" by Nick Cave.