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    Light In The Attic Reissuing PIL'S First Issue

    Press release!

    (2xCD | LP+MP3s | Digital)
    Available: June 18, 2013

    Marking our 100th release on Light In The Attic and following the Record Store Day reissue of PiL's debut single 'Public Image', we are set to reissue the pioneering group's debut album First Issue, available for the first time ever in the US.

    In 1976 Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols set the agenda for punk's year zero with 'Anarchy In The UK', a song that summed up the spirit, sound and attitude of the band in one shocking package. Two years later, the Sex Pistols were in tatters, but Rotten was as unsentimental as you'd hope. He reverted to his real name - John Lydon - and set about forming a band whose very identity kicked against press and media manipulation. Featuring bassist Jah Wobble, drummer Jim Walker and guitarist Keith Levene, his new group were Public Image Limited. The public image would be limited.

    PiL were a very distinct prospect from the Pistols, founded with a greater thought for rhythm, and with a sound that turned the page from snarling punk to a more experimental sound fusing rock, dance, folk, ballet, pop and dub. But that's not to say Lydon's new outfit lacked vitriol. 'Public Image' hits out against the notorious British tabloid press, who never gave Lydon an easy ride, and against his own Sex Pistols public image - "You only saw me for the clothes I wore".

    The debut single (and the album that followed) operated as a theme song and a manifesto: "…my entrance/My own creation/My grand finale/My goodbye," as the lyrics had it. It is, essentially, the sound of four people letting loose in a studio - and not caring what anyone else thought.

    The album was never officially released in the USA back in the day, its sound considered too un-commercial by major-labels for an American release.

    First Issue has been lovingly reproduced from the original UK 1978 release and this expanded reissue also comes with a clutch of post-punk era treasures. The CD edition is an expanded, two-disc set with an almost hour-long (unedited) October 1978 BBC audio interview with John Lydon, plus rare B-side "The Cowboy Song" from the period, and two stickers. The LP release includes an archive replica fold-out poster, archive replica tabloid adverts, a set of stickers, and Download Card for the album, the archival BBC interview, and 'The Cowboy Song'. All of which were approved and coordinated with John Lydon and his personal management.

    * First time available in North America
    * LP includes 180-gram LP housed in gatefold, tip-on jacket with an archive replica fold-out poster, two stickers, and archive replica newsprint adverts and lyrics insert. Plus, Download Card for full album, non-album single B-side: “The Cowboy Song” and an unedited October 1978 BBC audio interview with John Lydon
    * Double-CD release features the album, non-album single B-side: “The Cowboy Song” and an unedited October 1978 BBC audio interview with John Lydon, plus two stickers – all housed in a mini LP replica tip-on gatefold jacket
    * LP & CD Deluxe Versions, available at LightInTheAttic.net, include all of the above per format, plus archive replica PiL patch and set of 6 buttons

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    Cool package for the fans. I wish that I liked Public Image more...as it stands, i'm more of a greatest hits kinda guy.

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    I like the first 2 or 3 albums enough. I'll probably pick this up more for the 'extras' than anything else.

    LITA always does a beautiful job with their releases.
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    First Issue, Metal Box and Album are the only essental PiL albums, but for me even the weaker records have at least a couple of stand out tracks on them. I don't know if I will bite on this new reissue as I already have the recent Japanese remaster in a mini LP sleeve. I also have a vintage interview from that era on vinyl which may be the one they are including in this reissue. If it's the same interview its actually pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    LITA always does a beautiful job with their releases.
    I only have one, and it's excellent. I'll have to see what else they've put out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Casey View Post
    I only have one, and it's excellent. I'll have to see what else they've put out.
    You're so baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roderick View Post
    You're so baby.
    Haha! Exactly. Was in my car cd player for like four months.

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    I guess the reissue came out. You can see the packaging on the label's web PAGE. I played the clip from the interview disc and it's not the one I already have so I might pick this up.

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