The Magnetic Fields | REWIG18 | Released: 21/10/16
The Magnetic Fields is songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt. His three-hour magnum opus 69 Love Songs is to be reissued on vinyl on October 7th through Domino Records. Comprised of 6 x 10” vinyl, the box set will include a full size 24-page colour booklet with liner notes by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) including an in-depth interview and a track-by-track with Merritt. The box set will be limited to 1000 copies.
69 Love Songs was released in 1999 and 17 years later, it is still a singular achievement - a bold undertaking by one of pop music’s most innovative and acclaimed songwriters. Originally conceived by Merritt to be a live musical revue of 100 songs, Merritt realised that 100 songs, even at 2 minutes each, would be far too long a show and decided upon the next meaningful number, 69. 69 songs about life, loss, hope and beauty. 69 songs about the pursuit of that ever elusive and patently undefinable holy grail, love.
Stephin Merritt wrote all 69 songs but enlisted the help of numerous friends to record the album including long-time collaborator Claudia Gonson, guitarist John Woo, cellist Sam Davol and Daniel Handler. 24 of the songs feature guest vocals from LD Beghtol, Dudley Klute, Shirley Simms and Gonson.
A career-defining work (as Merritt intended it to be), 69 Love Songs routinely ranks in Best Albums of All Times lists and has earned cult status. It is a celebration to the beauty, magic, humor, frustration, longing and tenderness of the human condition.
Praise for 69 Love Songs:
“One of the most remarkable records ever made” The Sunday Times
“A major achievement” The Guardian
“The greatest songwriter of his generation” Time Out
“An undoubted genius” NME
“A masterwork. You’ll probably think these songs are about you” Spin
‘‘Ludicrously talented and unfeasibly prolific” The Independent
“5/5 ‘An imposing landmark” Uncut
REWIGLP18 | Out nowAdd to cart: £70.00
Ltd Edition to 1000 copies.
Beautifully presented 6 x 10” box set of The Magnetic Fields Classic LP. Contains A Full Size 24 Page Colour Booklet With Liner Notes By Daniel Handler ( aka Lemony Snicket) Including A Song By Song In Depth And Candid Interview Plus Rare Photos. Comes With Download Card