Pioneering post-punk act Public Image Ltd, formed by singer John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) after the breakup of the Sex Pistols, has announced super deluxe four-disc box set reissues of the classic albums Metal Box and Album, featuring rare and previously unreleased material and a live disc.
Metal Box will be released in a square metal tin embossed with the PiL logo, reminiscent of the original 1979 release in round metal film canisters. The deluxe edition includes rare and unreleased mixes from the recording sessions, B-sides and BBC sessions, and a live recording from a now legendary unplanned show at Factory Records Russell Club in Manchester.
Album, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be released in a square card box with debossed artwork, keeping with the minimalist theme of the original. The album took only three weeks to record, and features performances by Steve Vai, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tony Williams, and legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker. The set includes rare and unreleased mixes from the album and singles, previously unheard original live demos, and two 12-inch mixes of John Lydon’s groundbreaking collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa as bonus tracks.
Both sets will be released October 28 in CD and LP formats. The vinyl editions includes a download card for the additional tracks on the CD version, due to running time differences. Each set includes a 72 page booklet and poster; the LP sets also feature art prints, while the CD versions have postcards. All versions are available for pre-order now through PledgeMusic.com. A UK and European tour is also in the works, with dates to be announced.