That’s right – 3 new CDs of pretty much everything we, and I ever did at the Beeb. It’s not bad, either.

Here’s the press release from BBC/Universal Records. I’m not quite sure why it has me announcing the releases. I did not write it.

(Note – We were involved in choosing the included material and it represents pretty much every single track we recorded ‘In Session’ at the BBC along with the best of the live concert recordings that were broadcast. There are sleeve notes written by Neil and I and the artwork features the photography of Peter Anderson.)

Lloyd Cole

Announces the release of Commotions and solo BBC sessions.

August 6th 2007 sees the release of a trio of albums from Lloyd Cole on Universal. The three albums, which feature an assortment of BBC sessions and live recordings, cover both his early work with The Commotions and his later solo career.

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1 essentially features versions of tracks from Rattlesnakes, the band’s debut long player and all their BBC session tracks from 1984. While Live At The BBC – Vol 2 features tracks from their follow up, Easy Pieces and session tracks from the 1985 – 86 period. Lloyd Cole – Live At The BBC features the best of his solo performances including a complete concert recording and session tracks .

Lloyd Cole And The Commotions formed in 1982 in Glasgow. By 1984 they had signed to Polydor Records and released their debut long-player, Rattlesnakes. The articulate songwriting and lush orchestration have seen it widely acclaimed as one of the most important releases of the 1980s; NME recently placed it in the top 100 albums of all time.

The band went on to release two further albums, Easy Pieces in 1985 and Mainstream in 1987 before disbanding in the late 80s.

Post Commotions, Lloyd Cole relocated to New York where he recorded and released a series of solo albums. 2004 saw the Commotions re-form to perform a number of UK dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Rattlesnakes.

The full tracklistings of the 3 albums are as follows:

Lloyd Cole & Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1

Glory / Patience / Perfect Skin
Sat Live 26/5/84

Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire / Andy’s Babies
Richard Skinner 5/7/84

Forest Fire / Four Flights Up / Down On Mission Street / Charlotte Street
BBC Session 1984

Sweetness / Perfect Skin / Down On Mission Street / 2CV /
Four Flights Up/ Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire
Hammersmith Palais 13/12/1984

Lloyd Cole & Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 2

Brand New Friend / James / Grace
BBC Session 1985

Speedboat / Perfect Blue / Charlotte Street / James / Brand New Friend
Janice Long 12/8/1985

Disc 2

Rich / Lost Weekend / Old Hats / Pretty Gone / Mr Malcontent / Brand New Friend /
Perfect Blue / Cut Me Down / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?/ Speedboat / Forest Fire / Grace / Rattlesnakes / Perfect Skin / Mystery Train
Glastonbury Festival 15/11/1986

Lloyd Cole– Live At The BBC

Disc 1

Perfect Skin / Rock n Roll / Sentimental Fool / Like Lovers Do / Cut Me Down /
So You’d Like To Save The World / Be There / Jennifer She Said / Happy For You
I Didn’t Know That You Cared / Speedboat / New Age
In Concert 1995

Disc 2

Perfect Blue / Pay For It / Forest Fire / A Long Way Down / Undressed / No Blue Skies
Four Flights Up / Charlotte Street / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?
In Concert 1995

A Gift / Don’t Look Back / Sweetheart / Perfect Skin
Nicky Campbell 7/3/90

For further information contact:
Steve Phillips
Coalition PR 0208 987 0123