English alternative rock band Pulp are gearing up to re-release their first three albums—1983’s It, 1987’s Freaks and 1992’s Separations—in February 2012 via August on the Fire.
Each reissue will include a complete remaster of the album in addition to bonus tracks, new artwork and new liner notes written by rock music critic Everett True. This re-release series aims to more closely examine Pulp’s career as a band before their rise to stardom during the mid-’90s Britpop movement.
Debut album It, which is largely acoustic-based and was originally limited to a release of just 2,000 vinyl copies, will include four bonus songs: alternate versions of two original album tracks (“My Lighthouse,” “Blue Girls”) and two unreleased demos from 1981 (“Please Don’t Worry,” “Sink or Swim”).
Second album Freaks, which exhibited a dark, bleak sound and brought the band little commercial success, is paired with a bonus disc comprising entirely non-album material. Specifically, the bonus disc will include two non-album singles that preceded the release of Freaks (1985’s “Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)” and 1986’s “Dogs Are Everywhere”) as well as two B-sides from the album’s sessions, “Manon” and “Tunnel.”
Separations saw Pulp experimenting with acid-house-influenced electronic music styles, as was typical of many U.K. bands in the early ‘90s (i.e. Primal Scream). The reissue of this album includes an extended version of album track “Countdown” as well as unreleased tracks “Is This House,” “Death Goes to the Disco” and “Death Comes to Town.”