It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since Primal Scream released ‘Loaded’ – a ground-breaking, era-defined fusion of rock and dance that also mixed gospel and blues into its hedonistic, hallucinatory mix.
Primal Scream are now set to release a limited 30th-anniversary edition of ‘Loaded’ exclusively for this year’s Record Store Day on April 18th. The release features the EP’s original tracklisting on 12inch, 180 gram black vinyl with extended artwork and a gatefold sleeve.
When ‘Loaded’ was first released, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie told Melody Maker, “I see ‘Loaded’ as a dub record and I think it’s closer to the sort of radical reconstructions that Jamaican producers like Joe Gibbs used to do with reggae songs in 1973 or 1974 than anything.”
The AA-side of the EP opens with ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’, a track that producer Andrew Weatherall reconstructed ‘Loaded’ from, and which featured on the band’s self-titled album from 1989. The EP is completed with a frenetic live recording of ‘Ramblin’ Rose’, which feels closer to MC5’s frenzied version rather than the original rock ‘n’ roll song recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis.
The tracklisting is:
A: ‘Loaded’ (Andrew Weatherall Mix)
AA1: ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’
AA2: ‘Ramblin’ Rose (Live in NYC)
Primal Scream will play a number of key summer festivals before touring as special guests to Hollywood Vampires in September. The dates are:
24th – Bearded Theory Festival (HEADLINERS)
12th – Isle of Wight Festival
26th – Standon Calling (HEADLINERS)
30th – Kendal Calling
31st – Low Festival
11th – Glasgow Summer NIghts (HEADLINERS)
12th – Glasgow Summer Nights (HEADLINERS)
SEPTEMBER – SPECIAL GUESTS TO HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES
2nd – Leeds, First Direct Arena
3rd – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
5th – London, The O2
6th – Birmingham, Utilita Arena