BUDGIE will be reissuing their first two albums, "Budgie" (1971) and "Squawk" (1972),as part of a remaster series. The albums have been digitally remastered from the original master tapes and will include 12-page booklets containing quotes from recent interviews with Burke Shelley (bass/vocals),Tony Bourge (guitar) and Ray Phillips (drums). In addition to the original albums the following bonus tracks have been added:
"Budgie" LP (1971):
01. "Crash Course In Brain Surgery": Originally issued as a single in 1971 but not included on the album. This is a previously unreleased alternative mix to the version that appears on "In For The Kill".
02. "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman": The single edited version that appeared as the B-side to "Crash Course In Brain Surgery".
03. "Guts, Nude Disintgrating Parachutist Woman": Recorded in late summer 2003 by Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Simon Lees with a mobile studio during rehearsals for the 2003 Autumn Tour.
"Squawk" LP (1972):
01. "Whiskey River": Single edit
02. "Stranded": Alternate mix
03. "Whiskey River": Recorded in late summer 2003 by Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Simon Lees with a mobile studio during rehearsals for the 2003 Autumn Tour.
04. "Rolling Home Again": Recorded by Burke Shelley and Tony Bourge in 2004.
All pre-release orders received by midnight on November 14, 2004 via the group's official web site will receive copies autographed by Burke, Tony and Ray. Due to tour commitments, please allow up to 28 days for delivery.
As previously reported, plans exist for BUDGIE's entire back catalogue to be reissued in a remaster series. Each CD will have notes from interviews with the band about their recollections of the albums and will have bonus tracks of previously unreleased versions of songs and some single edits. In addition to the first five LPs, a CD called "The Last Stage" is set to be released that contains 16 tracks of material that is mainly taken from the 1983-84 period when the band were working on ideas for what would have been the third album for RCA. The album was never released and many of the tracks were never finished but they give an insight into the period and the band working on ideas in the studio. All CDs will be available direct from the BUDGIE web site prior to general release.