Out Now: Morrissey - Your Arsenal - The Definitive Master

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Out Now: Morrissey - Your Arsenal  - The Definitive Master

CD/DVD, Vinyl, And Digital Download Available February 25

Parlophone Records has released the Definitive Master of Morrissey’s seminal third album, YOUR ARSENAL. Originally released in 1992, on the HMV label, YOUR ARSENAL was the album that sent Morrissey’s career stratospheric in the US (record-setting Hollywood Bowl ticket sales, Grammy® nomination), and saw him consolidate his position as an outstanding solo artist. The album includes four chart singles, one of which, “Glamorous Glue,”’ was released 20 years later.

YOUR ARSENAL is very much a traditional two-sided album, with five songs per side. Recorded after six months on the road with his new touring band, side one has a live urgency: the swagger of a gang with killer, muscular riffs and chops, enthralled to the grit of rock ’n’ roll and, with legendary and hugely influential Spiders From Mars guitarist and arranger Mick Ronson at the helm in the producer’s chair, glam rock. Ronson helped craft an album that was, all at once, sonically tough and tender.

With often misinterpreted vignettes exploring the ‘70s of Morrissey’s youth, an age of football hooliganism (“We’ll Let You Know”), glue sniffers (“Glamorous Glue”), and the far right (“The National Front Disco”), YOUR ARSENAL shows an artist at the peak of his powers, unafraid to explore the darker aspects of the human condition, with his sharp intellect and lyrical wit. The album also gives a nod to two musical icons of the era, Marc Bolan (“Certain People I Know”) and David Bowie (“I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday”).

Contrasting with the tougher songs of side one, the second side features classic, clever pop moments (“We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful” and “You’re The One For Me, Fatty”) and more gentle, reflective and heartfelt touches (“Seasick, Yet Still Docked” - with Ronson on guitar; “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday” – later covered by Bowie; and “Tomorrow”) on an album that caresses as much as it confronts the listener.

YOUR ARSENAL - The Definitive Master is a new remaster of the album. It replaces the original version of “Tomorrow” with the superior US Mix. It is available on CD+DVD, heavyweight, gatefold vinyl (with a rare Kevin Cummins photo of Morrissey and his band taken in Koln, 1991) and digital download. The CD will include a bonus DVD, featuring a previously unreleased live concert recorded at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on October 31, 1991, with the future ‘Your Arsenal’ band.

Your Arsenal Definitive Master
CD/DVD Track Listing

CD
1. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
2. Glamorous Glue
3. We'll Let You Know
4. The National Front Disco
5. Certain People I Know
6. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
7. You're The One For Me, Fatty
8. Seasick, Yet Still Docked
9. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
10.Tomorrow (US Mix)

DVD
Morrissey at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, USA – October 31st, 1991.
1. November Spawned a Monster
2. Alsatian Cousin
3. Our Frank
4. The Loop
5. King Leer
6. Sister I'm A Poet
7. Piccadilly Palare
8. Driving Your Girlfriend Home
9. Interesting Drug
10.We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
11.Everyday Is Like Sunday
12.My Love Life
13.Pashernate Love
14.The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
15.Asian Rut
Encore 1:
16.Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
17.Suedehead
Encore 2:
18. Disappointed

Your Arsenal Definitive Master
Heavyweight, Gatefold Vinyl Track List
Side 1:
1. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
2. Glamorous Glue
3. We'll Let You Know
4. The National Front Disco
5. Certain People I Know

Side 2:
1. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
2. You're The One For Me, Fatty
3. Seasick, Yet Still Docked
4. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
5. Tomorrow (US Mix)

Can't wait? Check out the official video for "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful":