First Ever Vinyl LP Reissue Cut at London's Metropolis Studios!
The first-ever vinyl reissue of UK Top Five album 12 Memories from Travis continues the reissue streak from the Scottish rockers. Cut at London's Metropolis Studios, the pressing features all original packaging replication including photography by Anton Corbijn. None other than Sir Elton John raved that 12 Memories would "take you on a real journey... like The Beatles' Revolver".
And, just like The Beatles in 1966, Travis were at a critical juncture when it came time to record their fourth album and the follow up to the multi-Platinum international breakthrough The Invisible Band. Coldplay had launched a career patterned on Travis' The Man Who-era song writing, while frontman Fran Healy was secretly battling depression. With the Iraq War newly raging in the background, the group began to look outwards in their song writing, penning socially conscious singles like "Re-Offender," which dealt with domestic abuse, and "The Beautiful Occupation," which was inspired by the US invasion of Iraq. If "Love Will Come Through" was more like the Travis of old, it was filtered through a darkness that defined much of 12 Memories, with the album as a whole taking on tinges of electronica, and the band rocking with a harder edge than before.
Healy comments, "12 Memories was an album from a dark passage in our timeline. Neil was recovering from his near death swimming pool accident, the UK and US were about to go to war in Iraq, and I was feeling burnt out by the volume of work which the past two records had generated. This was a reaction to all this. It alienated many fair weather fans, and made many hardcore fans happy. It was also a big part of Neil's physio. What resulted was an overall darker affair."
12 Memories is the third vinyl reissue from Travis so far in 2021. It follows 2007's The Boy With No Name and the first-ever vinyl release for debut album, Good Feeling.
• Vinyl LP pressing from Craft Recordings
• First ever vinyl reissue
• Cut at London's Metropolis Studios
• Features all original packaging replication including photography by Anton Corbijn
- The Beautiful Occupation
- Peace The Fuck Out
- How Many Hearts
- Somewhere Else
- Love Will Come Through
- Mid-Life Krysis
- Happy To Hang Around
- Walking Down The Hill
- Some Sad Song (Hidden Track)