LP version. The Olde World collects previously unreleased tracks and remixes from the sessions of the classic 1997 album The Magical World of The Strands, co-produced by Oasis producer Mark Coyle. It's part of a busy 2015 for Michael Head (The Pale Fountains, Shack), whose second single as Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band was released in March 2015 on Head's Violette Records. I Know You Well, a 1990 single by Head's band Shack, leads off Jon Savage's 2015 Perfect Motion double LP compilation, described as a musical return-trip to these fondly remembered years spanning 1988-93. Plus, The Olde World arrives in advance of Megaphone's reissue of The Magical World of The Strands. In 1993, Head teamed up with his brother John, his longtime drummer Iain Templeton, and two new recruits, Michelle Brown on bass and Les Roberts on flute, and began two years of recording sessions. The sessions came to a halt when Head was offered a major label deal, not for his current work, but for him to record as Shack again. Weaving rough mixes and sketches - by engineer Steve Powell, made in Liverpool - with completed mixes by producer Mark Coyle, Stephane Bismuth, the French promoter who initiated the Strands sessions, finally released The Magical World of The Strands on Megaphone in 1997. This work-in-progress garnered great critical acclaim and is rated by many as the rarest jewel of the 90s (Q). Still, a whole hour's worth of recordings had not made it onto the album and, over time, the label - also known for it's discovery of the late Karen Dalton in 1999 - along with original producer Mark Coyle, delved deeper into the tapes, found further gems, altogether different yet true to the original and entirely worthy of a second album. In 2014 Megaphone and Mark Coyle agreed to pursue and realize this album, using previously unreleased songs from the sessions as well as songs from the original album that they felt deserved a new lease on life.
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