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A career-spanning box set of Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, titled Collected Recordings 1983-1989, is coming out June 29. It includes the band's three studio albums which have been remastered from the original tapes whenever possible, as Cole told folks on Facebook:

Easy Pieces original 1/2" tapes didn't survive, I'm afraid. They have been baked etc, but to no avail. Thankfully back up copies were always made and we will be able to remaster the CD from this. Not ideal, but much better than tweaking existing digital files. I've heard the first try with this tape and it's already superior to the original CD and vinyl, but it can be better, so more work will be done. In putting this box together we are trying to reproduce Rattlesnakes and Mainstream exactly as they were when released as we don't think there is room for improvement (sonically), but everyone involved agrees (Clive included) that Easy Pieces could be improved in this respect.

The box set also includes two discs of b-sides, rarities, outtakes and live recordings, as well as a DVD of their videos, TV appearances and live footage. You can check out the tracklist below.

Lloyd Cole will be going on an acoustic tour of the East Coast this spring, kicking things off in NYC at The Bell House on May 30. It's an early show and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with video of a 1984 concert, below.

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Lloyd Cole And The Commotions - Collected Recordings 1983-1989 tracklist:

Disc one - Rattlesnakes
1 Perfect Skin
2 Speedboat
3 Rattlesnakes
4 Down on Mission Street
5 Forest Fire
6 Charlotte Street
7 2cv
8 Four Flights Up
9 Patience
10 Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?

Disc two - Easy Pieces
1 Rich
2 Why I Love Country Music
3 Pretty Gone
4 Grace
5 Cut Me Down
6 Brand New Friend
7 Lost Weekend
8 James
9 Minor Character
10 Perfect Blue

Disc three - Mainstream
1 My Bag
2 From the Hip
3 29
4 Mainstream
5 Jennifer she said
6 Mr. Malcontent
7 Sean Penn Blues
8 Big Snake
9 Hey Rusty
10 These Days

Disc four - B-Sides, Remixes & Outtakes
1. The Sea and The Sand (B-side to Perfect Skin)
2. You Will Never Be No Good (B-side to Perfect Skin)
3. Andy's Babies (B-side to Forest Fire)
4. Glory (B-side to Forest Fire)
5. Sweetness (B-side to Rattlesnakes)
6. Perfect Blue (Hardiman mix; B-side to Jennifer She Said)
7. Jesus Said (B-side to My Bag)
8. Brand New Friend (1985 Wessex Studio recording. Previously unreleased)
9. From Grace (Unfinished; 1985 Wessex Studio recording. Previously unreleased)
10. Her Last Fling (B-side to Brand New Friend)
11. Big World (B-side to Lost Weekend)
12. Nevers End (B-side to Lost Weekend)
13. Mystery Train (Recorded live at The World, New York, 1986) B-side to Jennifer She Said)
14. I Don't Believe You (Recorded live at The World, New York, 1986) B-side to Jennifer She Said)
15. Love Your Wife (B-side to From The Hip)
16. Lonely Mile (B-side to From The Hip)
17. Please (B-side to From The Hip)
18. My Bag (Dancing Mix; 12" single)

Disc five - Demo Recordings & Rarities
1. Down At The Mission [Unreleased single A-side]
2. Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? [Unreleased single B-side (appeared previously on Rattlesnakes Dlx edition 2004)]
3. Patience [Demo recording]
4. Eat My Words [Demo recording (Never before heard)]
5. Forest Fire [Demo recording]
6. Perfect Skin [Demo recording (appeared previously on Rattlesnakes Dlx edition 2004)]
7. Poons [Demo recording (Never before heard)]
8. Old Hats [Demo recording]
9. You Win [Demo recording (Never before heard)]
10. Old Wants Never Gets [Demo recording (Never before heard)]
11. Another Dry Day [Demo recording. (Never before heard)]
12. 29 [Demo recording]
13. Jennifer She Said [Demo recording]
14. Hey Rusty [Demo recording]
15. Everyone's Complaining [Unreleased recording. Studio Grande Armée (Paris). Produced by Chris Thomas]
16. Mr Malcontent [Unreleased recording. Studio Grande Armée (Paris). Produced by Chris Thomas]
17. Jennifer She Said (Polished Rough Mix) [Unreleased recording. Sarm Studios (London). Produced by Stewart Copeland and Julian Mendelsohn]
18. Hey Rusty [Unreleased recording. Sarm Studios (London). Produced by Stewart Copeland and Julian Mendelsohn]

DVD - Promotional videos & television performances
Promotional videos
1 Perfect Skin
2 Forest Fire
3 Rattlesnakes
4 Brand New Friend
5 Lost Weekend
6 Cut Me Down
7 My Bag
8 Jennifer She Said
9 From The Hip
10 Mainstream

Television performances
11 Perfect Skin (Top of the Pops, June 1984)
12 Rattlesnakes (The Old Grey Whistle Test, November 1984)
13 Speedboat (The Old Grey Whistle Test, November 1984)
14 Brand New Friend (Wogan, September 1985)
15 Brand New Friend (Top of the Pops, September 1985)
16 Lost Weekend (Top of the Pops, November 1985)
17 Mister Malcontent (Recorded live in concert at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, June 1986)
18 My Bag (Wogan, September 1987)

Lloyd Cole - 2015 Tour Dates
May 30 - NYC @ The Bell House
June 1 - Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
June 2 - Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
June 3 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
June 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
June 11 - Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
June 12 - Norfolk, VA @ North Shore Point House Concerts
June 16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe

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