Volume 1The Bats
This 3CD box set contains three re-Âissues of New Zealand indie-Âpop pioneers The Bats including from early original recordings to previously unheard studio outtakes.Â Featuring tracks from 1984 to 1988, this compilation shows a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world with their jangling guitars that express both an optimism and deeper melancholy.
Compiletely Bats, originally released in 1987, gathers together the four-pieces bandÃs first three EPs Â â€˜By Nightâ€™ (1984), â€˜And Here is Music for the Fireside'(1985) and â€˜Made Up in Blueâ€™ (1986), along with bonus material including Â demos from the period.
Daddyâ€™s Highway, their 1987 debut, stands as one of the mostÂ outstanding New Zealand albums from the 1980â€™s that glows throughout with shimmering harmonies, whispered vocals, reeling baselines and a sweet sense of despair that is as catchy as it is thoughtÂ provoking.
The Law Of Things, recorded in 1988 and released in 1990, was the The BatsÂ follow up album and yet again showcased the bandÃs knack for irrepressible indie pop songs. Re-issued this year again on 2xLP, this CD version also includes their 1988 EP â€˜Four Songsâ€™ as well as never heard before studio tracks from The Law Of Things sessions.
Presented in a 3CD box which includes all original artwork as well as accompanying, posters, flyers and ephemera from the time.