Copper Blue (Deluxe Version)
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• Copper Blue is the classic 1992 debut album by Sugar. Frontman Bob Mould had sung and played guitar for seminal midwest punks Hüsker Dü, openly acknowledged by the likes of Nirvana and The Pixies as a huge influence. Following their break-up and two well-received solo albums, Sugar saw Bob return to a band set-up, signing to the iconic Creation label and scoring indie chart hits with “A Good Idea”, “Changes”, “Helpless” and “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”. Copper Blue’s ebullient collection of richly melodic and anthemic songs saw Bob triumphantly reclaim an alternative rock legacy he had helped create. The album went in at number 10 in the UK album charts and was NME’s Album Of The Year.
• Twenty years on, the album has been lovingly remastered from the original tapes, and is presented here in improved fidelity. Remastering engineer Jim Wilson comments: “Just in terms of the size and power and clarity of it all, the effect of this 2012 remastering is going to be immediately obvious to anybody.”
• This deluxe expanded edition includes all the non-album b-sides, a BBC radio session and a full length 1992 live concert. The concert, a favourite of Bob Mould’s, was recorded by Chicago college radio station WXRT and has been much bootlegged. This is the first legitimate release, with pristine sound quality, and features the only recorded versions of Sugar covering “Armenia City In The Sky” by The Who and “Dum Dum Boys” by Iggy Pop.
• The DVD features all the promo videos from Copper Blue alongside TV appearances from the BBC and MTV archives.
• The 32 page booklet contains rare photos, memorabilia, and exclusive new interviews that tell the story behind the album in the band’s own words.
|| ||The Act We Act|
|| ||A Good Idea|
|| ||Hoover Dam|
|| ||The Slim|
|| ||If I Can’t Change Your Mind|
|| ||Fortune Teller|
|| ||Man on the Moon|
|| ||Needle Hits E|
|| ||If I Can’t Change Your Mind [solo mix]|
|| ||Try Again|
|| ||If I Can’t Change Your Mind (BBC Radio Session)|
|| ||Hoover Dam (BBC Radio Session)|
|| ||The Slim (BBC Radio Session)|
|| ||Where Diamonds Are Halos (BBC Radio Session)|
|| ||The Act We Act Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||A Good Idea Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Changes Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Running Out Of Time Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Helpless Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||If I Can’t Change Your Mind Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Where Diamonds Are Halos Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Hoover Dam Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Beer Commercial Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Slick Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Anyone Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Clownmaster Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Tilted Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Armenia City In The Sky Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||JC Auto Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||The Slim Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Dum Dum Boys Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Man On The Moon Live At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, 22nd July 1992|
|| ||Helpless (Promo Videos)|
|| ||Changes (Promo Videos)|
|| ||If I Can’t Change Your Mind (Promo Videos)|
|| ||Helpless – Live on The Late Show UK (TV Appearances) |
|| ||Interview – MTV UK (TV Appearances) |
|| ||Interview – MTV US 120 Minutes (TV Appearances) |
Bob Mould at his belligerent best – 9/10.
After a period of solo introspection following the implosion of Husker Du, Bob Mould chose a good time to form a new power trio. Post-Nevermind, angsty men with loud guitars were the order of the day, and there were few louder or angstier than Mould. Copper Blue combined Husker Du’s passionate intensity with a new, steely pop resolve; released on label-of-the-moment Creation, it duly stole in the UK Top 10 in September 1992.
From the serpentine growl of “A Good Idea” to breakneck Byrds tribute “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”, this is a terrific album that took full advantage of the brief window when noisy, visceral rock songs about disillusionment and death – albeit ones with sparkling tunes – could become radio-slaying hits. Also re-released this month are Copper Blue’s splenetic companion piece Beaster, plus disappointing 1994 swansong File Under: Easy Listening and a compilation of Mould’s subsequent solo output for Creation.
Extras – Disc One is filled out by contemporaneous B-sides and session tracks, including bassist David Barbe’s finest moment “Where Diamonds Are Halos”. Disc Two contains a blistering 15-song live set, recorded at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro in July 1992. Disc Three is a DVD of promo videos and TV spots.
The Second Disc
While Bob Mould has gained rock immortality as one third of the criminally underrated alt-rock outfit Hüsker Dü, his work as frontman for alt-rockers Sugar in the 1990s deserves its own recognition. In May and June, the hard workers at Demon/Edsel will give Sugar its due in the form of expanded, remastered editions of their entire catalogue.
After the split of Hüsker Dü in 1988, Mould locked himself away in a Minnesota farmhouse, attempting to write new material and purge himself of the substance addictions he had developed over the years. He succeeded on both fronts, releasing two solo albums, the abnormally subdued Workbook (1989) and the familiar, loud Black Sheets of Rain (1990).
In 1992 he formed Sugar with former Mercyland bassist David Barbe and ex-Human Sexual Response drummer Malcolm Travis. Their familiar, Mould-esque style of post-punk and power-pop bought them commercial and critical acclaim in the U.K., with all three of their major releases cracking the Top 10 and debut album Copper Blue crowned NME‘s Album of the Year.
The band’s tenure was short-lived: Barbe sought to spend more time with his family and working on his own material, so the band parted in 1996. Mould continues to record and perform today, and will embark on a European tour commemorating Copper Blue this summer.
To commemorate this, Edsel will reissue Copper Blue, the 1993 EP Beaster and 1995′s File Under: Easy Listening as expansive CD/DVD sets. Both studio albums are augmented with extra material including B-sides, remixes and BBC sessions as well as bonus live concerts on a second CD. (The Copper Blue-era concert, recorded at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro, was partially utilized for CD single B-side material, while the 1995 First Avenue show in Minneapolis was released as The Joke is Always on Us, Sometimes, a bonus disc included with limited pressings of the band’s Besides rarities compilation. All sets will include bonus DVDs featuring music videos, live footage and television appearances on both sides of the Atlantic, including several bits from MTV’s popular alternative show 120 Minutes.
Edsel will also release the band’s most popular single, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” with the B-side “Clownmaster” on a special limited 7″ single for Record Store Day in England. Only 750 copies will be made.