Fans of late 80s / early 90s Manchester indie
pop will no doubt be thrilled skinny at the thought
of the new epic box set from James, The
Gathering Sound, which is released on
While never quite in the same league as the likes
of The Happy Mondays or The Stone Roses (James'
embracing of Madchester seemed more opportunistic
than anything else), the band certainly came up
with a handful of decent indie pop hits at their
peak. Now you enjoy pretty much everything they've
ever done in a luxurious collectors box.
The album sized box contains three CDs –
one with live rarities, one with studio rarities
and one combining the albums The Morning
After and The Night Before
– and a 12 inch vinyl disc feature demos
from Gold Mother, as well as
a DVD of Come Home, their Manchester
show from 1992.
There is also a 4GB USB stick that holds all their
albums and non-album tracks, a couple of booklets,
plus art cards, button badges and replica back
stage passes. In all, the collection contains
32 unreleased recordings.
To coincide with the release, James will be on
tour in the Uk during April with Echo and the