Scots duo The Proclaimers are to release remastered versions of their first three albums - including previously unreleased bonus material on October 31.
The Proclaimers, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid, originally released their debut album ‘This Is The Story’ on Chrysalis in 1987. The album was produced by John Williams and, bar co-write ‘Misty Blue’ and a cover of George Jones’s ‘(I’m Gonna) Burn Your Playhouse Down’, the album’s songs were all written by the Reid brothers, showcasing their songwriting prowess, particularly in their timeless UK no.3 single ‘Letter From America’ (the ‘band’ version was produced by the late, great Gerry Rafferty and Hugh Murphy), which was a hit in December ’87.
As well as the original remastered album, ‘This Is The Story’ comes with an accompanying bonus disc featuring live versions of ‘(I’m Gonna) Burn Your Playhouse Down’ and ‘Throw The R Away’, as well as that single’s B-sides ‘A Train Went Past The Window’ and a cover of Hank Williams’ ‘Long Gone Lonesome Blues’. Additional covers – Eddie Cochran’s ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ and Merle Haggard’s ‘I Can’t Be Myself’ – reveal the roots and influence of the Reid Brothers’ songwriting. The disc is completed with a previously unreleased Charlie Gillett Show radio session.
Released in 1988, ‘Sunshine On Leith’, in part inspired by their hometown of the same name, is considered the Reid Brothers greatest album, particularly as it includes the no.11 hit single and much-loved song ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’, as well as a cover of Steve Earle’s ‘My Old Friend The Blues’. In addition to the remastered album, the album’s bonus disc features six b-sides, and three previously unreleased BBC radio sessions: a Nicky Campbell session from 1989, a BBC Radio 1 Christmas Extravaganza from December 1990 featuring a cover of ‘Blue Christmas’ and BBC Live at Glastonbury from 1989.
Not released until six years later, ‘Hit The Highway’ was the Reid Bothers’ third album and went Top 10. Recorded with a full horn section, it has a Stax feel in places. The bonus disc includes covers of ‘Invitation To The Blues’, Gentle On My Mind’ and ‘Waiting On A Train’, Otis Redding’s ‘These Arms of Mine’ (remix) and ‘Bye, Bye Love’ from the film of the same name. The disc is completed by previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions: Simon Mayo session from 1994.