Frank Black and The Catholics – New vinyl releases
Live At The Melkweg 3LP
Recorded on tour in support of 2001’s ‘Dog In The Sand’ album, ‘Live At Melkweg’ captures Frank Black And The Catholics at the peak of their powers, tearing through an expansive setlist which touches on all corners of Frank Black’s vast catalogue.
An essential release for Frank Black fans, ‘Live At Melkweg’ marks the first time a complete Catholics’ show has been officially released. This newly expanded edition features the 38 song show in its entirety – including 18 previously unreleased tracks.
Highlights include a haunting take on Pixies ‘Gouge Away’, Frank Black classic ‘Headache’, and selections from the Catholics’ repertoire including ‘I Will Run After You’ and ‘21 Reasons’ which would later be recorded for their acclaimed ‘Black Letter Days’ album.
Newly remastered by Thaddeus Moore at Liquid Mastering, pressed on three 140g vinyl and housed in a deluxe triple gatefold sleeve.
Snake Oil LP
Between 1998 and 2003, Frank Black and co. released six albums under the ‘Frank Black And The Catholics’ moniker. All recorded live and direct to two-track tape, the music created with the Catholics is some of the most energised, raw, and essential of Frank Black’s career. ‘Snake Oil’ is a collection of cover versions recorded in the studio during this prolific period.
Highlights include thunderous takes of Bob Dylan’s ‘Changing Of The Guards’, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m Going Down’, and Angst’s ‘Some Things (I Can’t Get Used To)’.
Previously only available as a digital download, this is the first physical release of this collection, newly remastered by Phil Kinrade at AIR Mastering and pressed on 140g vinyl, with new artwork featuring photographs by Steve Gullick.
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine