This summer, for the first time since the 90s, Lush’s three iconic studio albums will be released individually on vinyl. The band is collaborating with renowned engineer Kevin Vanbergen to meticulously remaster their influential catalog, beginning with their three full-length studio releases.
The exquisite melodies of Lush, crafted by the brilliant minds of Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi, are considered some of the most essential contributions to dream pop and shoegaze music of the 90s. Despite disbanding in 1998, their timeless tunes continue to captivate a new generation of music enthusiasts through popular platforms like TikTok and Spotify. Yet, aside from a 2016 Record Store Day box set, their seminal works — Spooky (1992), Split (1994), and Lovelife (1996) — have been missing as stand-alone vinyl releases for decades.
Based on the original ½” tapes, the albums are transformed into sparkling 24-bit masters. Each LP will be available in classic black and ultra-clear vinyl, exclusive to independent stores and 4AD’s webstore.
Furthermore, Bandbox is releasing a limited bundle of uniquely colored editions, complete with a fanzine honoring the band’s legacy. CD releases are planned later this year.
Continuing their tradition with 4AD’s in-house designers v23, the album art remains essential to Lush’s appeal. The first two reissues retain original designs, while Lovelife features art from their 2016 boxset, keeping the unique 1996 tracing paper sleeve as a cherished original exclusive.
These remastered albums will be reissued on August 11, 2023. Check out the album details and pre-order links provided below.
Originally Released January 27, 1992
“Spooky,” the debut studio album of Lush, was released in 1992 after the success of a few EPs and the mini-album Scar. Produced by Robin Guthrie from Cocteau Twins, it’s considered a monumental work of British indie music from the early 90s. The album includes the popular singles “Nothing Natural,” “For Love,” and “Superblast!”.
A2. Nothing Natural
A3. Tiny Smiles
A6. For Love
Originally Released June 13, 1994
Lush’s second full studio album, “Split,” includes the popular singles “Desire Lines” and “Hypocrite.” The album was produced by Mike Hedges, known for his work on The Cure’s “Seventeen Seconds” and Siouxsie and the Banshees’“A Kiss in the Dreamhouse,” and mixed by Alan Moulder. “Split” showcases the band’s ability to maintain their dark feel while experimenting with a more direct sound.
A1. Light From A Dead Star.A2. Kiss Chase
A6. Desire Lines
A7. The Invisible ManB1. Undertow
B3. Lit Up
B5. When I Die
Originally Released March 5, 1996
The final studio album by Lush, titled Lovelife, was produced by Pete Bartlett, known for his work with Therapy? and Kitchens of Distinction. This album includes three of Lush’s most popular singles – “Single Girl,” “Ladykillers,” and “500 (Shake Baby Shake)”. Additionally, the a-side closer “Ciao!” features Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker.
A2. Heavenly Nobodies
A4. I’ve Been Here Before
A6. Single Girl
B2. Last Night
B4. The Childcatcher
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