It’s somewhat unfortunate that John Lydon’s Public Image Limited gets overshadowed and defined by two record—the 1979 album Metal Box, and the 1977 album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. Though both of those albums are indeed masterpieces, it’s a shame that they loom so large over Lydon’s legacy, because his other records are much more compelling and much more interesting, and display Lydon as a masterful songwriter and musical visionary. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with their 1986 album, Album, and to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, a four-disc super deluxe edition is to be released, featuring demos, remixes, outtakes, and a live performance. Album was his stab at utilizing an array of musical talent, and is easily one of Lydon’s greatest accomplishments. One such song is “Rise,” featuring Tony Williams on drums and Steve Vai on guitar; it is a catchy number built on a repetitive melody, and Bob Clearmountain’s remix only sweetened it further.
Album (Super Deluxe Edition) will be released by UMC on 4 November 2016