This week marks the Cherry Red release of the second and final half of the Felt discography reissue campaign, one that focuses roughly on their era at Creation Records. Although the group had always released singles, the switching of labels found them starting to focus on the 12 inch EP format. For the purposes of the deluxe CD/7 inch single box set, Lawrence elected to stick to the singles as they were originally released in 7″ format. Thus, some songs have been omitted, and while omissions might seem to reflect a lack of quality, that is most certainly not the case here. While the label has informed me there are no current plans for a remastered singles compilation, this week I want to highlight those fantastic b-sides, because I truly believe they deserve to be heard.
For their second single of 1986, Felt focused on their second album from 1986, Forever Breathes The Lonely Word. Considering the album was a critical success, it’s easy to understand why they would release a single that highlighted the album’s best songs. “Sandman’s On The Rise Again” is a brief sliver of a song, but it’s not a lesser one. It finds Lawrence back in his New York Beat mode, wonderfully channeling Lou Reed and Bob Dylan this time around. It’s not particularly revelatory, but it is a fun little number.