The Prisoners * Garage Rock **

The PRISONERS Rare and Unissued...

Track Listings

1. COMING HOME (Live In Berlin)
3. HE'S IN LOVE (Radio Medway)
4. TROPHIES (Live Demo)
5. FAR AWAY (Radio Medway)
7. COME TO THE MUSHROOM (Live In Switzerland)
8. BE ON YOUR WAY (Demo)
10. DECEIVING EYE (Live In Switzerland)
13. MOURN MY HEALTH (Mellotron Version)
15. 96 TEARS
18. JOE 90 THEME
19. LOVE ME LIES (Radio Medway)
See all 22 tracks on this disc


Photo : Fabrice Langelier - Le Gibus club 03-12-1983


Album Description

* In 1988 a year after they had fallen apart, loved by a hard-core legion of fans who had supported them up and down the country and across Europe, the Prisoners released "Rare And Unissued" on Billy Childish's Hangman label. Despite its rather lo-fi nature, it became a prized possession for many of those fans and has never been available on CD before.

* In the intervening 20 years the Prisoners legend has grown. Graham Day and Allan Crockford formed a variety of groups from Planet to the Solar Flares (Allan is currently in the Billboard Garage charts with his group the Stabilisers), organist James Taylor has his Quartet and virtually invented Acid Jazz. The Prisoners are now seen as the great pioneers of modern day garage, lauded in the NME as one of the most influential bands of the 80s. Recently their "Last Fourfathers" album was described by Uncut as "one of the most important in British rock". Everyone from Oasis' Noel Gallagher to Radio One's Steve Lamacq claim to love them, as do Ian Brown and The Horrors along the way.

* Our version of "Rare And Unissued" leaves off a handful of tracks that were included on Big Beat's reissues of the original albums, but otherwise sees the Hangman album present and correct with great live tracks, live cuts and early B-sides showing a truly breathtaking outfit in action. We have added to that collection two wonderful studio out-take tracks; an instrumental called `Unbeliever (Fast)' from the "Wizer" sessions and a take of `Love Me Lies' recorded live in a studio some time before the its appearance at those sessions. Also added are two cuts recorded at a live demo session in 1984 which appeared on various small run compilations - `Joe 90' and an amazing version of `Hush'.

* The whole package is completed with notes that include in-depth comments from the Prisoners, and illustrations of all the various releases from which these tracks have been culled.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but we're going to have play live tonight !!, 6 May 2008
S. J. Lightfoot (England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rare and Unissued (Audio CD)
A small and devoted section of music fans have always known that The Prisoners were special. Graham day, their lead singer and songwriter, has never struggled for respect and the bands influence on a whole host of later bands, though not always discernible in their music, is well documented. The Prisoners music is raw, shorn of all commercial trappings and cannot be pigeon-holed. Tight and edgy, Day has said that no song is worth writing if it cannot be written in three minutes. This vision of intent, this focused stoicism would fuel the bands music, and the music would be good, it could be very good and at times it could be brilliant. Witness `Mourn My Health' on this CD alone, or the complete version of the instrumental `Go, Go' - has there ever been an instrumental like it? The original vinyl copies of Rare and Unissued (Hangman Records) are still much sought after, but with this re-issue, nearly all of The Prisoners back catalogue - with the exception of Live at the MC and The Prisoner vs The Milkshakes - together with a host of other rarities and live-tracks, are now available and so for old fans this new album is a real bonus. For new, prospecting fans, this is as a good a place as any to introduce yourself to the music of The Prisoners. And what a rich vein of music it opens up! From all of The Prisoners albums, to Sins of the Fourfathers (The Prime Movers) to Planet, to everything by The Solar Flares - and don't miss `Can Satisfy You' (Own up Records) - to Graham Day's latest album, the quality of the music that Graham Day, Allan Crockford and Wolf Howard have been involved in at different times, runs on unabated. On this album there are ample sleeve notes from James Taylor, The Prisoners chronicler, Dean Rudland, and the ever affable and perceptive Crockford (check out The Stabilisers too). Overall then this is a great addition to The Prisoners music and is a must buy for any discerning fan of music that is real and raw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As S. J. Lightfoot comments!, 22 July 2010
Stu (Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rare and Unissued (Audio CD)
This has been on my wish list for ages and only just got around to buying, heaven knows why not..I have not heard this particular album since the vinyl release. Listen to the live version of 'Deceiving Eye'. I always did think that the 'countdown album' was good and I know the band was not too keen on it to say the least, but maybe they had a point with the over production thing...Do not be put off by thinking its an album full of dodgy demo's etc. Just buy it and this will be one of your most played albums...I've only had the cd for a couple of hours and the the track 'I'm looking for you' is just about in my top played on i tunes!

...The PRISONERS Rare and Unissued