Published Oct 01, 2014Following the tragic passing of Grant McLennan in 2006, the Go-Betweens have been sadly absent for a number of years now. However, come January 20, Domino will shine a whole new light on the cult Australian (ed's note: not New Zealand) rock heroes by releasing the box set anthology G Stands for Go-Betweens: Volume 1, 1978-1984.
As the title implies, this documents the early phase of the band's career, from 1978 to 1984. The box includes four LPs: their first three studio albums — Send Me a Lullaby, Before Hollywood and Spring Hill Fair — all of which have been remastered from the original analog tapes, as well as a compilation of early singles called The First Five Singles.
Along with the vinyl, the box set houses four CDs filled with rarities, demos, radio sessions and a complete live concert radio broadcast from 1982. In addition, the set comes with a 112-page book, a silkscreen poster and a reproduction of the band's very first press release, all housed in a clamshell box.
Interestingly, the first 600 orders will get a book from McLennan's personal library (many — but not all — of the books were signed and dated by the man himself), plus a signed bookmark from his co-frontman Robert Forster, who also wrote "extensive historical liner notes" for the box.
Domino will be offering pre-orders of the set between now and October 31. There may be a few box sets sent out to select stores at a later date, but those who want one should act now. The enormous tracklist can be seen here, where the set can also be pre-ordered. Check out a special website for the collection here.
Fans can expect the years 1985 to 1989 to be documented with a Volume 2 box set.