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SOURCE: 4AD

With both Frank Black and Teenager of the Year having been out of print on vinyl since their release in the early-90s, 4AD announce that both will be back in the racks this April.

Coming out as part of Record Store Day 2019 on the 13th of April, both are faithful represses of the original releases, differing only by coming on exclusive coloured vinyl – orange and white respectively.  Both releases are only available via participating independent record stores, being sold on a first come, first served basis. To find your nearest store, click here.

FRANK BLACK – FRANK BLACK

Frank Black
Frank Black – Frank Black

Recorded during the hiatus and eventual-breakup first-time round of the Pixies in late-1992, front-man Black Francis invert his stage persona for his solo work.  Co-produced with Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart / Pere Ubu), Frank let his inner rock historian loose on his debut album by thrillingly channelling greats like Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, the Beach Boys and David Bowie in a way that felt like a seamless next step on from Trompe Le Monde (the last Pixies album before they re- convened two decades later).  Frank Black was originally released in March 1993.

A1. Los Angeles (4.08)
A2. I Heard Ramona Sing (3.40)
A3. Hang On To Your Ego (3.24)
A4. Fu Manchu (3.02)
A5. Places Named After Numbers (2.52)

B1. Brackish Boy (1.35)
B2. Two Spaces (2.25)
B3. Tossed (Instrumental Version) (4.09)
B4. Parry the Wind High, Low (4.32)
B5. Adda Lee (2.00)
B6. Every Time I Go Around Here (3.31)
B7. Don’t Ya Rile ‘Em (2.52)

FRANK BLACK – TEENAGE OF THE YEAR

Frank Black - Teenage Of The Year
Frank Black – Teenage Of The Year

Released in 1994, Frank was in rich songwriting vein when making Teenager of the Year, releasing it one year after his self-titled debut solo album.  A double album of 22 songs in just over hours, and again co-produced with Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart / Pere Ubu), Teenager of the Year is widely regarded as a high point of his solo career.  Among the plaudits thrown its way was Pitchfork ranking it in their Top 100 Albums of the 90s, saying “beneath its veneer lie moments brilliant enough to rival any of the Pixies’ 1990s work, and Black’s greatest lyrical achievements.”

A1. Whatever Happened To Pong?
A2. Thalassocracy
A3. (I Want To Live On An) Abstract Plain
A4. Calistan
A5. The Vanishing Spies
A6. Speedy Marie 

B1. Headache
B2. Sir Rockaby
B3. Freedom Rock
B4. Two Reelers
B5. Fiddle Riddle 

C1. Olé Mulholland
C2. Fazer Eyes
C3. I Could Stay Here Forever
C4. The Hostess With The Mostest
C5. Superabound 

D1. Big Red
D2. Space Is Gonna Do Me Good
D3. White Noise Maker
D4. Pure Denizen Of The Citizens Band
D5. Bad, Wicked World
D6. Pie In The Sky

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