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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The La’s pivotal year, The Viper Label is pleased to release The La’s 1987. The band had already built up a fierce reputation during the two previous years taking Liverpool by storm but by the start of 1987 the band had a new line up and practice room- an old Stables next to Strawberry Fields, in which they could rehearse every day working on new songs and playing them later that same evening! It was an extremely creative time in which La’s classics:
There She Goes, Timeless Melody & Way Out were written and the standard La’s set, starting with Son of a Gun and ending with Looking Glass was formulated – eventually securing them a major recording contract and exposing them to the wider World.
Featured on this album are the legendary recordings from the Flying Picket (Trade Union Centre Venue- recorded on Pete Townsend old mixing desk) plus recordings made in Echo & the Bunnymen’s studio at the behest of the late Pete De Freitas who supervised over the session with ‘fifth’ Bunnyman the late Jake Brockman, also featured are outtakes from the Stables rehearsals and ‘live’ rarities.
This album is a must not just for La’s completists but for fans the world over and reveals a fresh and fertile period when the band were still white hot.
NOTE: In conjunction with it’s release, The Viper Label/ Redhouse Originals is also pleased to present an Photography exhibition of recently discovered La’s photos taken by photographer Jake Summerton during 1987.
CD TRACK LISTING:The Picket Session 11 – 27 May 19871) Come In Come Out2) Liberty Ship3) Doledrum4) Way Out5) Callin’ AllDe Freitas Session 25 – 26 April 19876) Way Out7) Doledrum8) IOU9) Failure10) Timeless Melody11) Callin’ All12) Clean Prophet13) Son of a Gun14) I Can’t Sleep15) Liberty Ship16) Freedom SongThe Stables March – May 198717) Looking Glass18) It’s Not ImpossibleLive at ‘ The World Downstairs’ Royal Court 2 Oct 198719) Feelin’20) Way Out21) I Can’t Sleep22) There She Goes23) Knock Me DownLive at the Cafe Berlin 12 Feb 198724) Jumpin’ Jack Flash25) The Way We CameVINYL TRACK LISTINGSIDE 1The Picket Session 11 – 27 May 19871) Come In Come Out2) Liberty Ship3) Doledrum4) Way Out5) Callin’ AllDe Freitas Session 25 – 26 April 19876) Son of a Gun7) IOU8) Timeless MelodySIDE 2Live at the Cafe Berlin 12 Feb 1987Jumpin’ Jack FashClean ProphetCome In Come OutLive at St James Parson Hall 3Oct 19874) Freedom SongLive at ‘ The World Downstairs’ Royal Court 2 Oct 19875) Feelin’6) Way Out7) I Can’t Sleep8) Knock Me Down9) There She Goes