Copper Blue / Beaster Deluxe Edition

Sugar

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MRG451 | Release Date July 24, 2012

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Copper Blue / Beaster on vinyl is temporarily out of stock. Please expect shipping delays of 3-4 weeks.

Copper Blue / Beaster 3-CD set is a remastered deluxe edition of Sugar’s quintessential debut album and companion EP, plus B-sides, a complete 1992 live show and 40-page booklet. The 2-LP version contains Copper Blue and Beaster on vinyl, with a coupon included for full download of the records, B-sides, complete liner notes and an entire 1992 live show.

Through both his solo work and as a frontman for the legendary Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould pioneered a signature wall of guitar sound and unmistakable vocal style that has imprinted a defining influence on more than one generation. In the three decades encompassing his career thus far, however, Bob Mould saw his greatest success during his stint as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for iconic early ‘90s trio Sugar.

Sugar’s 1992 debut album Copper Blue sold over 250,000 units upon its original release and received overwhelming praise. Rolling Stone christened it “thunderous”; Vogue dubbed it “smashing”. NME would ultimately name it their 1992 Album of the Year. Currently, Mould has been commemorating Copper Blue’s 20th anniversary by playing the record in its entirety with his current band of Jason Narducy (bass) and Jon Wurster (drums). 

Recorded and mixed during the same intense sessions that produced Copper Blue, theBeaster EP was originally released in April 1993. Notably darker in tone than the widescreen power-pop of Copper BlueBeaster nevertheless boasts some of Mould’s most powerful songwriting.

Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge wrote of the reissues:
When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into high expectation mode. Copper Blue turned out to be a distillation of Bob's pop mode and roaring guitar mode into one tightly wound explosion of sound. There was space enough for the songs to breathe, but a driving urgency & energy in the rhythm section of Barbe & Travis that gives the whole album a barely-harnessed feel. Sonically, on songs like "The Act We Act" (Copper Blue), "JC Auto" (Beaster) & "Gee Angel" (F.U.E.L.) Sugar took Hüsker Dü's aesthetic widescreen, the center held steady by Bob's focused songwriting. It's kind of incredible what Sugar did within such a small discography; there's no wasted space and the flow of great songs is a surprising, exciting listen 20 years later.

Merge Records is also releasing Sugar's File Under: Easy Listening on CD and LP. Order a bundle of Copper BlueBeaster and File Under: Easy Listening.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play The Act We Act 05:10 $0.99 Buy
Play A Good Idea 03:48 $0.99 Buy
Play Changes 05:02 $0.99 Buy
Play Helpless 03:06 $0.99 Buy
Play Hoover Dam 05:29 $0.99 Buy
Play The Slim 05:15 $0.99 Buy
Play If I Can't Change Your Mind 03:19 $0.99 Buy
Play Fortune Teller 04:28 $0.99 Buy
Play Slick 05:00 $0.99 Buy
Play Man on the Moon 04:43 $0.99 Buy
Play Needle Hits E 03:21 $0.99 Buy
Play If I Can't Change Your Mind (Solo Mix) 03:20 $0.99 Buy
Play Try Again 04:41 $0.99 Buy
Play Clownmaster 03:20 $0.99 Buy
Play Come Around 04:52 $0.99 Buy
Play Tilted 04:09 $0.99 Buy
Play Judas Cradle 06:16 $0.99 Buy
Play JC Auto 06:14 $0.99 Buy
Play Feeling Better 06:23 $0.99 Buy
Play Walking Away 03:02 $0.99 Buy
Play The Act We Act (Live) 04:55 $0.99 Buy
Play A Good Idea (Live) 03:23 $0.99 Buy
Play Changes (Live) 04:08 $0.99 Buy
Play Running Out of Time (Live) 02:27 $0.99 Buy
Play Helpless (Live) 02:47 $0.99 Buy
Play If I Can't Change Your Mind (Live) 03:06 $0.99 Buy
Play Where Diamonds Are Halos (Live) 04:11 $0.99 Buy
Play Hoover Dam (Live) 03:13 $0.99 Buy
Play Beer Commercial (Live) 05:22 $0.99 Buy
Play Slick (Live) 04:24 $0.99 Buy
Play Anyone (Live) 02:41 $0.99 Buy
Play Clownmaster (Live) 02:50 $0.99 Buy
Play Tilted (Live) 03:59 $0.99 Buy
Play Armenia City in the Sky (Live) 03:10 $0.99 Buy
Play JC Auto (Live) 05:56 $0.99 Buy
Play The Slim (Live) 04:55 $0.99 Buy
Play Dum Dum Boys (Live) 05:33 $0.99 Buy
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