- 29 Aug 23
The band's highest-charting album, the remastered deluxe edition of the record will release on vinyl and CD in October.
The Cranberries have announced a reissue of their influential third album, 1996's To the Faithful Departed. The deluxe edition, featuring multiple bonus tracks and demos, is due to release on vinyl and CD on October 13.
Remastered by John Dent at Metropolis, the reissue will be available physically and digitally: in its original configuration as a 1-LP, an expanded 2-LP set, and a 3-CD set. The 2LP and 3CD editions will include three previously unreleased demos from the band's recording sessions with Tim Palmer, who also worked with Tears For Fears, in Paris.
The digital and 3CD configurations will include unreleased outtakes and early mixes as well, plus twelve rare live tracks recorded on the band's 1996 Free To Decide World Tour. The band has also rerecorded their sophomore album No Need To Argue in 2020, complete with bonus tracks and demos.
We’re delighted to announce the release of the 25th anniversary reissue of our third studio album To The Faithful Departed. We know you all have been waiting for this and we thank all of you sincerely for your patience. We hope you enjoy it. More details : https://t.co/lBT9CNatbH pic.twitter.com/JnSQg4qXYk
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) August 29, 2023
The band's highest-charting album on the U.S. Billboard Top 200, the record sold over six million copies worldwide and reached Number One on the Irish charts. Following No Need To Argue, it included four singles, including the rock hit 'Salvation'.
After working on some of the record with producer Palmer, they decided to try something different, wanting a bigger, grittier sound. So, they switched gears and turned to producer Bruce Fairburn, known for his collaborations with heavy rock bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC and Van Halen. The resulting album was a massive hit that helped cement the Cranberries' sound for years to come.
The Cranberries' vocalist Dolores O'Riordan sadly passed in 2018, and drummer Fergal Lawler shared his feelings on the reissue. “I hadn't heard these tracks for a long time but have spent many days over the past year or so listening intently to these songs. As difficult as it was to hear Dolores' voice, they brought back many fond memories. I was shocked at how powerful they sounded and the strong emotions that I felt as I listened."
Hot Press released a book Why Can’t We? that documents the rise of the Cranberries and their enduring impact on the music world and beyond. You can learn more about the book here.