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Lloyd Cole

In New York Collected Recordings

Following on from the acclaimed Lloyd Cole and the Commotions career box-set comes Lloyd Cole in New York. This deluxe limited edition box set charts the next phase in Lloyd’s career after he split from the Commotions and relocated in New York to begin his solo career. This box charts the beginnings of Lloyd’s solo career with his seminal first four solo albums that sees him experimenting with different genres as he collaborated with artists such as guitarist Robert Quine (Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Lou Reed, Brian Eno), drummer Fred Maher (Lou Reed) and a nascent Matthew Sweet. Smile If You Want To was meant to be Cole’s 5th album yet was never completed. The songs came out on subsequent albums yet this is the first time they have been released as they were originally intended and fully mastered by Abbey Road. The demos cover the period 89-94 and offer an insight into the progression and development of Lloyd’s sound over this time, from early tentative recordings as a solo artist finding his way in his new home to demos he recorded for Love Story where he embraced a more pastoral English sound. The CD includes a version of Nick Cave’s The Ship Song never heard before. This box-set can be seen as the next chapter in Lloyd’s career, following on from the Commotions box-set and is an essential item for any fan of Lloyd Cole.

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