ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN are re-releasing their first four albums on vinyl on 22 October. Each of them will be available on 180g black vinyl from all music retailers, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl exclusively from Dig! – CROCODILES (Yellow) HEAVEN UP HERE (Blue) PORCUPINE (White) and OCEAN RAIN (Transparent Blue). Pre-order link:
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN were formed in Liverpool in 1978 with Ian McCulloch on vocals and rhythm guitar, Will Sergeant on lead guitar and Les Pattinson on bass. They were soon joined by Pete De Freitas on drums and the rest, as they say, is history. 
The band’s first release was the 7” single Pictures on My Wall with the B-side Read It in Books on Zoo Records in 1979. Pictures on My Wall would appear on their classic debut album Crocodiles in 1980. Released amidst the growing wave of post-punk, Crocodiles cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best around with the NME describing it as “probably the best album this year by a British band”. The album ultimately broke into the Top 20, finishing in many critics greatest ever debut album lists. 
The Bunnymen followed the album with the release of the Shine So Hard EP in 1981, recorded live at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, before releasing their second studio album Heaven Up Here in the same year. It became the band’s first UK Top 10 album, winning the 1981 NME Best Album award in the process. Considered to be a slightly darker album, Heaven Up Here was produced by Hugh Jones and was well received by critics and fans alike, featuring tracks such as A Promise, Over the Wall and Show of Strength.
The band’s cult status was soon transformed into mainstream success in 1983 with the release of their third album Porcupine, produced by Ian Broudie. Porcupine provided their best chart performances, with The Cutter reaching #8 in the singles charts and Porcupine finishing #2 in the album charts before being certified Gold. 
1984 brought the fourth studio album Ocean Rain, regarded by many as the band’s classic opus. Recorded in Liverpool and Paris, the band used a 35-piece orchestra with award winning composer Adam Peters scoring the strings. The iconic, atmospheric cover artwork was taken in the stunning Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall by photographer Brian Griffin, who also shot their three previous album covers. Ocean Rain continued the band’s use of strings, creating a dark, ethereal aura. Three classic singles were released from the album – Silver, Seven Seas and the massive anthem The Killing Moon, which reached #9 in the UK singles chart and continues to transcend generations to this day.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN will tour the UK and Ireland in the Spring of 2022, celebrating 40 years of magical songs. Tickets available here:
Tue    01    SHEFFIELD        City Hall
Wed    02    LEEDS            O2 Academy 
Fri    04    BOURNEMOUTH        O2 Academy
Sat     05    CARDIFF            St David's Hall
Mon    07    LONDON        Roundhouse
Wed    09    DUBLIN            Olympia Theatre
Fri    11    NORWCH        UEA
Sat    12    GATESHEAD        Sage 
Mon    14    LIVERPOOL        Philharmonic Hall
Wed    16    MANCHESTER        Albert Hall 
Thu    17    NOTTINGHAM        Rock City
Sat    19    CAMBRIDGE        Corn Exchange
Sun    20    BRISTOL            O2 Academy 
Tue    22    LONDON        O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wed    23    NORTHAMPTON        Derngate
Fri    25    MANCHESTER        Albert Hall 
Sat    26    BIRMINGHAM        O2 Academy 
Mon    28    GLASGOW        Barrowland
Tue    01    GLASGOW        Barrowland
Wed    06    BEXHILL            De La Warr Pavilion

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