Virgin Records 40th Anniversary Releases
October / November 2013
As part of their 40th birthday celebrations Virgin Records issuede several Public Image Ltd releases including limited edition vinyl...
Rise / Warrior 12"
November 4th saw the release of a double A 12" featuring 'Rise' (1986 12" version) and 'Warrior' (1989 12" extended mix). This is the 3rd and final PiL vinyl release as part of Virgin Records 40th anniversary celebrations. The sleeve features the original artwork on each side. The original labels have also been reproduced.
This is Not a Love Song / USLS1 7" picture disc
A limited edition 7" picture disc of 'This is Not a Love Song' (1983 12" version) backed with 'USLS1' (the rarer Eric ET Thorngren mix from the Warrior 7" single) was released on October 28th. The picture disc features the black PiL logo (as per 'This is Not a Love Song') on the front and the "eye" from the back of the Warrior 7" on the rear.
Album picture disc LP
A picture disc re-issue of 'Album' album was released on October 21st 2013. The 180g vinyl LP was issued as part of the Back to Black vinyl series and includes a download code. The original tracklisting and artwork style have been kept.
PiL Gold compilation CD
Monday December 2nd 2013, sees Universal / Virgin Records issue a new budget PiL compilation as part of their 'Gold' series. The 28 track double CD, clocking in at over 70 minutes each, features tracks from all the re-mastered Virgin studio albums; along with some 12" mixes. See tracklisting below. PiL management were heavily involved with the tracklisting - and despite the limitations of the Gold series were involved in the artwork; which includes rare Maureen Baker pictures of the band circa 1982 along with a PiL biography. The compilation will be available in selected stockists in Europe and UK.
1. Four Enclosed Walls
2. Public Image
5. Tie Me to the Length of That
6. Flowers Of Romance
7. Hard Times
8. Warrior (12" extended mix)
13. Religion I
14. Religion II
15. The Order Of Death
18 Death Disco (12”)
19. Acid Drops
20. Under The House
24. The Body
26. Don’t Ask Me
27. This Is Not A Love Song (12”)
Virgin Records Compilation CD's
Also as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations Virgin Records have released a set of compilation CD's detailing the history of the label. Each compilation features 3 CD's and are in shops now... Public Image Ltd, John Lydon solo, and Sex Pistols feature heavily throughout.
Never Trust a Hippy
(Virgin Records Reggae, Punk and New Wave Collection: 1976-1979)
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
Sex Pistols – EMI
Sex Pistols – Bodies
Public Image Limited – Public Image
New Gold Dreams
(Virgin Records Post Punk and New Romantic Compilation: 1979-1983)
Public Image Limited – Death Disco (12” Version)
Public Image Limited – Careering
Public Image Limited – Flowers Of Romance
Methods Of Dance
(Electronica & Pop Excursions: 1973-1987)
Public Image Limited – This Is Not A Love Song
Time Zone – World Destruction
Public Image Limited – Rise
(Virgin Records on the Dancefloor: 1988-2013)
Public Image Limited – Warrior (Dave Dorrell Mix)
John Lydon – Psychopath (Leftfield Mix)
Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols and Neil Barnes Mix)
John Lydon – The Rabbit Song
See Virgin.Com for more info the compilations...
Virgin also held an exhibition at Studio B1 in London's Southampton Row from October 24th-29th. The exhibition featured rare PiL memorabilia, pictures and records from the PiL Official archives. Even Mr Branson could not resist getting picture taken in front of it...
PiL memorabilia display case from PiL Official archives (photo: Paul Burgess)
Richard Branson and daughter (photo: Paul Burgess)
PiL Posters and tour t-shirts from the PiL Official archives (photo: Paul Burgess)
Wall display of John in Jamaica
To tie in the 40 Years of Disruptions exhibition Virgin also published a high-quality picture book that featured articles on Sex Pistols and PiL. The book is in shops now.