Guerrilla (20th Anniversary Edition - Remastered) Super Furry Animals

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  • 1Check It Out (2019 - Remaster)01:26
  • 2Do or Die (2019 - Remaster)01:59
  • 3The Turning Tide (2019 - Remaster)02:49
  • 4Northern Lites (2019 - Remaster)03:30
  • 5Night Vision (2019 - Remaster)04:41
  • 6Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home) (2019 - Remaster)05:25
  • 7A Specific Ocean (2019 - Remaster)00:51
  • 8Some Things Come from Nothing (2019 - Remaster)05:54
  • 9The Door to This House Remains Open (2019 - Remaster)04:17
  • 10The Teacher (2019 - Remaster)02:31
  • 11Fire in My Heart (2019 - Remaster)02:46
  • 12The Sound of Life Today (2019 - Remaster)00:22
  • 13Chewing Chewing Gum (2019 - Remaster)04:49
  • 14Keep the Cosmic Trigger Happy (2019 - Remaster)03:43
  • 15DX Heaven (2019 - Remaster)06:52
  • 16The Citizen's Band (2019 - Remaster)04:42
  • 17Rabid Dog (2019 - Remaster)03:45
  • 18The Matter of Time (2019 - Remaster)05:42
  • 19Mrs Spector (2019 - Remaster)03:03
  • 20Missunderstanding (Sic) (2019 - Remaster)03:21
  • 21Colorblind (2019 - Remaster)03:34
  • 22This, That and the Other (2019 - Remaster)05:52
  • 23The Turning Tide (Big Noise Demo, January 1998)02:47
  • 24Hand in Hand (Big Noise Demo, January 1998)02:28
  • 25Colorblind (Big Noise Demo, January 1998)01:02
  • 26Vermillionaire (Big Noise Demo, January 1998)00:19
  • 27The Teacher (Big Noise Demo, January 1998)02:10
  • 28Keep the Cosmic Trigger Happy (Big Noise Demo, January 1998)03:01
  • 29The Turning Tide (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)02:53
  • 30Northern Lites (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)03:36
  • 31Fire in My Heart (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)02:39
  • 32Colorblind (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)03:29
  • 33Rabid Dog (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)02:32
  • 34The Citizen's Band (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)04:25
  • 35This, That and the Other (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)03:03
  • 36Do or Die (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)02:12
  • 37The Matter of Time (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)05:11
  • 38Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home) (Ewloe Demo, March 1998)10:17
  • 39Check It Out (Rough Mix)05:40
  • 40Y Teimlad (Rough Mix)05:25
  • 41John Spex (Unfinished, Rough Mix)03:33
  • 42Cowboy (Unfinished, Rough Mix)04:41
  • 43Cowboy String Arrangement (Demo)03:08
  • 44Cian & Bunf (Final Mix)03:39
  • 45Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home) (Unedited Final Mix)08:37
  • 46Some Things Come from Nothing (Michael's Mix)10:51
  • 47DX Heaven (Michael's Mix)06:57
  • Total Runtime03:06:29

Info for Guerrilla (20th Anniversary Edition - Remastered)

A HiRes version featuring no fewer than 20 unreleased rarities, Super Furry Animals celebrate the 20th anniversary of their third album, Guerrilla, by reliving every moment in a deluxe, remastered reissue. Out on Friday 1 November 2019 on BMG, the album tells the irresistible story of the now legendary band reaching for throwaway pop perfection in a big budget studio, only to find fertile ground for new levels of experimentation.

Meticulous foraging through miles of tape, digital recordings and tracks stored on now obsolete formats by Furries archivist, Kliph Scurlock has resulted in a painstakingly reassembled album with the band’s mastering guru, Donal Whelan applying the finishing touches. What has emerged is not only a refreshed version faithful to the band’s vision, taken from the original tapes to high 96k resolution, but one lavishly packaged in the original artwork devised by long-time friend of the Furries and visionary image maker, Pete Fowler. The original, die-cut, ‘pop up’ gatefold artwork houses the heavyweight, double vinyl edition, pressed from the highest tape resolution rather than the original, low CD quality of the 1999 version.

Sleeve notes by both Creation Records founder, Alan McGee and band biographer, Ric Rawlins offer insights into the conditions that cultivated Guerrilla and how it further cemented the band’s singular status in rock, indie and pop music.

Originally released on Mon 14 June 1999, Guerrilla was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios in Box, Wiltshire during summer 1998, uprooting the band not only from their native Wales to record for the first time, but also from the oversight of Gorwel Owen, the producer of Fuzzy Logic and Radiator. With a bigger budget from Creation and choosing to self-produce the album with studio wingman/engineer, Michael Brennan, in rural splendour, the band determinedly set about making an upbeat, pop record that would deliver a punch inside 45 minutes. What actually emerged was a kaleidoscopic and indefinable gathering of vibrant songs that, while brimming with intended positivity, embraced accidental studio discoveries, missteps in the recording process and a new sense of democracy as the band shared production duties.

The sense of mutual, expanded responsibility and creativity extended to instrument swapping, such as Guto Pryce, otherwise on bass, sampling Hawaiian guitar and synth-maestro, Cian Ciarán stepping up to the steel drums.

Guerrilla, widely acclaimed by critics upon release, including growing attention amongst US-based publications, and still a firm favourite of many Furries fans, was correctly titled as the band retained outsider status as a band of adventurous visionaries that, intentionally or not, had succeeded in side-stepping the mainstream once more.

A band statement ahead of the release says: “Super Furry Animals have fond memories of ‘Guerrilla’ and our time experimenting in the English countryside, passing Peter Gabriel on the corridor on the way to the kitchen and finding our way around a mixing desk. Our optimism, one of a hopeful pre-millennium era, was captured on this record and it’s a sensation we’re only too happy to share in once again during more turbulent times for our planet.”

“It’s a record that provides the precise definition of nu psychedelia, offering an acid-fried, quadrophonic vision of rock’n’roll for the summer ahead” – NME

Super Furry Animals

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Super Furry Animals
were one of the first post-alternative bands, fusing together a number of disparate musical genres -- including power pop, punk rock, techno, and progressive rock -- creating a shimmering, melodic, irreverent, and willfully artsy rock & roll. As one of the leading bands of the mid-'90s Welsh movement, they were already tagged as outsiders by their tendency to sing entire songs in their native tongue, but their very approach was unique, full of both whimsy and left-wing political activism. What set them apart from their fellow Welsh bands were their infectious melodic sensibilities and their wildly irreverent attitude, which peers like Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, 60 Ft. Dolls, and Catatonia lacked.

Moog Droog Formed in Cardiff, Wales, in 1993, Super Furry Animals were comprised of Gruff Rhys (lead vocals, guitar), Huw "Bunf" Bunford (guitar, vocals), Guto Pryce (bass), Cian Ciárán (keyboards, electronics), and Dafydd Ieuan (drums). All five members had played in bands throughout their teens prior to forming the group, most notably Rhys, who had previously played in a jangle pop band named Emily that was briefly signed to Creation, as well as a Welsh noise rock band called Ffa Coffi Pawb. Following the dissolution of Ffa Coffi Pawb, Rhys played in a trio with Pryce and Ieuan, which eventually evolved into Super Furry Animals. Initially, the group was a techno outfit, yet they quickly evolved into a neo-psychedelic and progressive pop outfit. After two years or writing and touring, the band signed with the Cardiff-based independent label Ankst and released their debut EP, Lianfairpwllgywgyllgoger Chwymdrobwlltysiliogoygoyocynygofod (In Space), which was sung entirely in Welsh. It was followed within a few months by another EP, Moog Droog, which was also sung in Welsh. Both EPs were produced by Gorwel Owen.

Fuzzy Logic By the end of 1995, Super Furry Animals had gained a strong, cross-generational fan base in Wales while gathering a strong cult following in Britain, which led to a six-album record contract with Creation Records. Prior to signing with Creation, the band had decided to sing the majority of their songs in English, in order to reach a wider audience. Super Furry Animals and Owen produced the group's debut album, which was preceded by two singles in the spring of 1996 -- "Hometown Unicorn" and "God! Show Me Magic" -- which became moderate hits. Fuzzy Logic, the band's debut album, was released in the U.K. in June 1996 to uniformly excellent reviews and a place in the Top 40. Within a few months, SFA had become one of the hippest bands in British independent music, with several of the group's lyrical touchstones -- most notably the notorious Welsh dope smuggler Howard Marks, who appeared on the cover of Fuzzy Logic -- having become pop culture references. Super Furry Animals also became infamous during the summer of 1996 for attending all of the pop music festivals in a gigantic tank.

"Something 4 the Weekend" and "If You Don't Want Me to Destroy You" became hit singles in the summer and fall of 1996. The latter single was scheduled to have a B-side called "The Man Don't Give a Fuck," which was built on a sample of Steely Dan's "Showbiz Kids," but Donald Fagen refused to give the group permission to use the recording. By November, he relented and "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" was released as a limited-edition single in early December; it reached number 22 on the U.K. charts, and became the group's default set closer. Fuzzy Logic also placed in the Top Ten of many critics' year-end polls.

RadiatorSuper Furry Animals entered the studios in January 1997 to record their second album, Radiator, which was released in August 1997. Guerrilla followed two years later, and in mid-2000 the band resurfaced with Mwng. Cameos by John Cale and Paul McCartney were featured on the ambitious 2001 album Rings Around the World, while 2003's Phantom Power was a looser affair. The compilation Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1 and the new album Love Kraft were both released in 2005. The group signed with the Rough Trade label in 2006 and released the addictive pop album Hey Venus! in 2007. Two years later, the group released Dark Days/Light Years and then went on hiatus. Over the next five years, indvidual members pursued solo projects, finally returning to action in 2015 to play concerts promoting the reissue of Mwng. A biography called Rise of the Super Furry Animals saw publication by the end of the year. In 2016, they played several festival dates in the U.S., along with releasing "BING BONG," an anthem for Euro 2016.

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