Following on from the overwhelming reaction to Doves first live shows in a decade, the band have announced the release of numbered limited edition, two-disc, coloured vinyl packages of their first three albums, out on Friday 31st May via USM / Virgin EMI.
The first two of those albums, Lost Souls and it’s follow up The Last Broadcast were both Mercury Award nominated, and join the bands third album Some Cities in getting a well deserved reissue.
Lost Souls, repressed on double grey vinyl, was first released in April 2000 with traceable links to the band’s former identity as dance hit makers Sub Sub, their self-enforced, creative isolation in shady, post-industrial Ancoats, Manchester and the decisive 1996 studio fire that set the coordinates for the trio’s reinvention as Doves. Freed of the past by unfortunate circumstance, it was chance to make the album they’d always hoped to make. Only three of the album’s twelve tracks come in under four minutes, with the long form opulence of singles, The Cedar Room and Sea Song captivating listeners with their cinematic drama, swelling with climbing instrumentation with every passing second and captivating the listener to the very last note.
The chance of climbing higher still, after delivering a seemingly unsurpassable debut, The Last Broadcast, reissued on double orange vinyl, was released almost exactly two years after Lost Souls, in April 2002. Recorded over a year in myriad studio settings, including famously setting up beneath a motorway flyover for M62 Song, the album rushed straight to number onein the UK Albums Chart, preceded the week before by the chiming, anthemic brilliance of pummelling Top 3 lead single, There Goes The Fear.
It took a gap of almost three years for third album, Some Cities to emerge in February 2005. Reissued on double white vinyl, the album was co-produced by the band and Ben Hillier in typically nomadic fashion, completing sessions in Manchester, Liverpool, London and a former Benedictine Monastery in the Scottish Highlands.
Here’s a little glimpse back at their brilliance.
Doves’ confirmed UK & Ireland Tour Dates for Summer 2019 are as follows:
- Sun 26 May Bearded Theory Festival, Derbyshire
- Fri 7 June Heaton Park, Manchester (with Noel Gallagher)
- Sat 8 June Galvanizers Yard, Glasgow
- Sun 16 June Malahide Castle, Dublin (with Noel Gallagher)
- Tue 16 July Summer Series at Somerset House, London
- Sun 21 July Tramlines, Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
- Fri 26 July Brighton Racecourse
- Sat 27 July Kendal Calling, Lowther, Cumbria
- Sun 28 July Inner City Live, Perry Park, Birmingham
- Fri 23 August Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
DOVES Vinyl Reissues
Released: Friday 31 May 2019 on USM / Virgin EMI
Lost Souls – 2 x LP Grey Vinyl, Limited Edition, 180gram
The Last Broadcast – 2 x LP Orange Vinyl, Limited Edition, 180gram
Some Cities – 2 x LP White Vinyl, Limited Edition, 180gram
Each version with accompanying free download