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Four-disc box set Alive And Well And Living In Buenos Aires: Heavy Frenz The Solo Anthology 2001-2017 is the first-ever compendium of the solo material of Luke Haines’ (The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder, Baader Meinhof, The Servants).
The box set cherry-picks musical highlights from each of his LPs, as well as a smattering of B-sides, radio sessions, rarities and – on the 4th disc– a raft of previously unissued material. With sleeve-notes by Haines himself, Alive And Well And Living In Buenos Aires: Heavy Frenz The Solo Anthology 2001-2017 is a very personal statement spanning the last two decades of the musical life of Luke Haines.
Alive And Well And Living In Buenos Aires: Heavy Frenz The Solo Anthology 2001-2017 will be released by Cherry Red Records on September 29th.
Having played with The Servants in the late 1980s, Haines carved a unique niche for himself in the 1990s with witty lyrics, wry humor, and some stellar tunes with The Auteurs and other acts (Black Box Recorder, Baader Meinhof).
By 1999, feeling aghast at the state of the Brit Rock scene in the UK, Haines decided to “start a righteous solo trip”, having been commissioned to write the soundtrack for the film Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry (2001). Sticking with Virgin Records, Haines then unveiled his first solo album proper, The Oliver Twist Manifesto, before fronting a new-look Auteurs for Das Capital.
In due course, Haines switched labels to indie Fantastic Plastic for Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop (2006), followed in 2009 by 21st Century Man. Since then, he’s curated a string of imaginative, amusing, and always worthwhile albums for Cherry Red Records.
The Big Takeover is extremely pleased to premiere two previously unreleased bonus tracks by Haines, the Beatles -esque symphonic piano pop number “1963” and the trenchant, lyrics-centered acoustic pop tune “Suburban Mourning”, as well as the angular synth-popper “Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop”.
Pre-order at Cherry Red Records
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