Photo Credit: Kevin Cummins, Sept 1985.

NEWS: Happy Mondays The Early EP’s 12” box set

London Records has announced the November 8th release of Happy Mondays‘s The Early EPs, collecting the band’s first four EPs. The Early EPs will be reissued as a 4×12″ Boxset

New animated vide created by Pete Fowler (Super Furry Animals, Heavenly Records)

London Records are to release Happy MondaysThe Early EPs on October 25, available digitally and as a 4×12” colored vinyl box set (US release date: November 8). The release brings together the seminal Manchester band’s first four EPs – Forty Five EP (1985), Freaky Dancin/The Egg EP (1986), Tart Tart EP (1987), and 24 Hour Party People (1987). Leading UK artist Pete Fowler, internationally renowned for his work with Super Furry Animals and Heavenly Records, has created a new animated video for lost Mondays classic “The Egg”.

The Early EPs, which have never before been available digitally, have been re-mastered from the original two-inch tapes held in the Factory/London Records archive. The artwork has been redrawn and digitized by original designers Grand Central Design. The original Happy Mondays line-up will embark on a UK headline tour in late October, including London’s Roundhouse on October 31.

London Records will follow this release later this year with vinyl reissues of Happy Mondays first four albums — Squirrel and G-man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) (1987), Bummed (1988), Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990), and Yes Please! (1992) — later this year. None of these albums have been available on vinyl for over a decade.

Happy Mondays UK & Eire Headline Tour:

OCT 24 Aberdeen, Music Hall

OCT 25 Dunfermline, Alhambra Theatre

OCT 26 Glasgow, O2 Academy

OCT 31 London, Roundhouse

NOV 1 Southend On Sea, Cliffs Pavilion

NOV 2 Cambridge, Corn Exchange

NOV 7 Brighton, Brighton Dome

NOV 8 Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall

NOV 9 Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre

NOV 15 Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 Academy

NOV 16 Scunthorpe, Baths Hall

NOV 21 Manchester, Manchester Academy

NOV 22 Sheffield, O2 Academy

NOV 23 Bristol, O2 Academy

NOV 28 Oxford, O2 Academy

NOV 29 Cardiff, Great Uni Hall

NOV 30 Nottingham, Rock City

DEC 3 Cork, Cyprus Avenue

DEC 4 Belfast, Limelight

DEC 5 Dublin, Vicar Street

DEC 6 Liverpool, Liverpool University Guild Of Students

DEC 7 Leeds, O2 Academy

DEC 12 Norwich, Waterfront

DEC 13 Northampton, Roadmender

DEC 14 Birmingham, O2 Institute

DEC 18 Frome, Cheese & Grain

DEC 19 Bournemouth, O2 Academy

DEC 20 Guildford, G Live

Photo Credit: Kevin Cummins, Sept 1985.