Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible 20 on Limited Edition 180g LP + 4CD Box Set
Sony Legacy is proud to announce that Manic Street Preachers (the influential post-punk industrial modern rock band formed in Blackwood Wales in 1986) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Holy Bible (their third studio album) with The Holy Bible Tour, the group's first North American concert dates in six years, and the release of The Holy Bible 20, a newly expanded edition of the widely acclaimed masterpiece.
Originally released on Epic Records in 1994, The Holy Bible has proved pivotal in the evolution of Manic Street Preachers and the alternative rock music landscape bridging the 20th and 21st centuries. A 1995 US tour, planned in support of The Holy Bible, was cancelled when Richey Edwards, MSP's principle lyricist and rhythm guitarist, disappeared, under mysterious and still unknown circumstances, on February 1, 1995. Edwards' last live show with the Manics was on December 21, 1994 and The Holy Bible contains his last recordings with the band.
Following Edwards' disappearance, the Manic Street Preachers continued to record, tour and develop in his absence, creating a discography of powerful and influential albums and singles and becoming one of the UK's biggest bands in the process. In 2014, MSP released the critically acclaimed UK #2 studio album Futurology and The Holy Bible 20, the definitive collector's edition of the group's 1994 watershed.
In late 2014, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of The Holy Bible, the Manic Street Preachers mounted a UK tour of concerts - which sold out in 9 minutes - featuring the album performed live, in sequence and entirety, for the first time ever. Overwhelming demand prompted a second run of The Holy Bible live shows for 2015 in Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Southampton and Cardiff Castle. A deluxe edition of The Holy Bible (20th Anniversary Edition) was released in the UK on December 9, 2014.
An ultra deluxe physical edition of the album, featuring a 12" vinyl LP and 4CDs, is slated for release in March 2015. The 12" x 12" box contains the remastered album on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl plus 4 CDs and a 40 page book. The CDs contain the full album, the remastered US version, b-sides, live versions and a previously unreleased version of "Revol." The Holy Bible (20th Anniversary Edition) also includes a live CD of the band's last performances with guitarist Richey Edwards from the Astoria on December 1994.
• Original album remastered by James Dean Bradfield and Tim Young on 180 gram vinyl
• CD1 The Holy Bible (Remastered)
• CD2 The Holy Bible (US Mix) (Remastered)
• CD3 B Sides
• CD4 Live (Featuring the band’s seminal ’94 Astoria show recorded by the BBC and a collection of incredible acoustic performances recorded at the band’s recent Radio 4 Mastertapes session, bringing the band’s history full circle from 1994 to 2014)
• 40 page 12” book (Including rare photos and imagery, handwritten lyrics and notes from Richey and much more)