THE MAGNETIC FIELDS ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF 69 LOVE SONGS

24/08/16

Image: Magnetic Fields boxset

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. 

Pre-order the 69 Love Songs box set here

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 

Tracklisting:

Volume 1

  1. Absolutely Cuckoo
  2. I Don't Believe In The Sun
  3. All My Little Words
  4. A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
  5. Reno Dakota
  6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
  7. Come Back From San Francisco
  8. The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
  9. Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
  10. The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
  11. I Think I Need A New Heart
  12. The Book Of Love
  13. Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
  14. How Fucking Romantic
  15. The One You Really Love
  16. Punk Love
  17. Parades Go By
  18. Boa Constrictor
  19. A Pretty Girl Is Like...
  20. My Sentimental Melody
  21. Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
  22. Sweet-Lovin' Man
  23. The Things We Did And Didn't Do

Volume 2

  1. Roses
  2. Love Is Like Jazz
  3. When My Boy Walks Down The Street
  4. Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old
  5. Very Funny
  6. Grand Canyon
  7. No One Will Ever Love You
  8. If You Don't Cry
  9. You're My Only Home
  10. (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy
  11. My Only Friend
  12. Promises Of Eternity
  13. World Love
  14. Washington
  15. Long-Forgotten Fairytale
  16. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  17. Papa Was A Rodeo
  18. Epitaph For My Heart
  19. Asleep And Dreaming
  20. The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing
  21. The Way You Say Good-Night
  22. Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan
  23. I Shatter

Volume 3

  1. Underwear
  2. It’s A Crime
  3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
  4. I’m Sorry I Love You
  5. Acoustic Guitar
  6. The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure
  7. Love In The Shadows
  8. Bitter Tears
  9. Wi’ Nae Wee Bairn Ye’ll Me Beget
  10. Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
  11. Experimental Music Love
  12. Meaningless
  13. Love Is Like a Bottle Of Gin
  14. Queen Of The Savages
  15. Blue You
  16. I Can’t Touch You Anymore
  17. Two Kinds of People
  18. How To Say Goodbye
  19. The Night You Can’t Remember
  20. For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
  21. Strange Eyes
  22. Xylophone Track
  23. Zebra