“Long live public broadcasting!” exclaim long-running Welsch band Super Furry Animals. The Britpop outfit has announced a new deluxe vinyl box set collecting all their radio sessions for the BBC over the years, titled Super Furry Animals at the BBC. The release will be available on Nov. 23, as a heavyweight 180g vinyl four-disc box set, an even-more-limited vinyl five-disc set, CD and download. The box set covers eight sessions recorded for BBC Radio One and includes one unreleased song. The CD and digital versions will also include three tracks from their 1999 Cardiff Indoor Arena gig. The vinyl box set comes with a foil-blocked 12-inch print and liner notes, including an essay by Uncut magazine journalist Tom Pinnock that includes interviews with the band. Super Furry Animals at the BBC includes sessions with BBC DJs Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley, Marc Riley, and the late John Peel, including one session at his Peel Acres home in July 2001.
"The five, excitable kids of the Super Furry Animals saw many wonders of the modern world through our innocent eyes, but finding ourselves playing songs in John Peel's home, or in the carpeted muffle of Maida Vale, elevated the experience to new levels,” says the band in a press release for the new box set. “Our thanks go to those rescuing the recordings from our dusty lofts, Kliph Scurlock and Donal Whelan, and the surgical attention to detail by the great artistic minds of Mark James and Pete Fowler."
Pre-orders for Super Furry Animals at the BBC go up Oct. 12 via Pledge Music. Check out the album art and packaging below. Gruff Rhys released a new solo album, Babelsberg, back in June via Rough Trade. It was recorded with the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
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