[News] Burning Shed to reprint “Hatwise Choice” and “Hattitude” by Hatfield And The North

Welcome (and somewhat overdue!) 2022 re-presses of the brilliant archive collections, “Hatwise Choice” and “Hattitude” by Hatfield and the North.

Comprising the band’s own selection of unreleased material culled from their tape archives, the CDs contain live concert tapes and radio recordings (the latter mastered from first generation sources).

The gig tapes show aspects of Hatfield‘s music never before heard on record – on stage, the tight control of the group’s studio work is replaced by a looser, improvisatory approach. Flashes of humour give way to frightening electronic landscapes, interspersed with extended arrangements of the band’s compositions and occasional moments of utter musical madness.

Presented in full-colour digipaks with booklets featuring an extensive history written by the four players (plus additional text by best-selling author Jonathan Coe on HC).

Pre-order for January 14, 2022 release. The titles are available as a bundle.

Pre-orders are open on the Burning Shed official website: https://burningshed.com/artists/HatfieldandtheNorth

Hatwise Choice is the band’s own selection of unreleased material culled from their tape archive. It consists of over 68 minutes of live concert tapes and radio recordings, the latter mastered from first generation sources. The gig tapes show aspects of Hatfield’s music never before heard on record – on stage, the tight control of the group’s studio work is replaced by a looser, improvisatory approach. Flashes of humour give way to frightening electronic landscapes, interspersed with extended arrangements of the band’s compositions and occasional moments of utter musical madness.

Features selections from live concert tapes and radio shows recorded 1973-1974.

Unreleased tracks include Hattitude, Strand on the Green, Dave Intro, Son Of Plate Smashing Dog, Blane Over Paris, Laundry Soup, Effing Mad Aincha and many more.

A rare 1973 studio demo, made prior to recording the first album, is also included as a bonus track.


Hattitude gives a rare insight into the band’s live performances at a time of rapid musical development, charting their evolution from early gigs (including one recorded in the swirly psychedelic acoustics of Amsterdam’s Paradiso club) through to the more sophisticated arrangements of 1975. En route there are moments of surreal humour and instrumental virtuosity, coupled with instances of sheer sonic savagery which reveal the extent of the madness in the group’s method. Virtually all the material is from first generation audio sources which have been digitally restored, ensuring good sound quality throughout.

Contains selections from live tapes, radio shows and one studio session recorded between 1973 and 1975. Unreleased tracks include Grosso Lavoro, Further Dances, Confiture de la Barbe, Elevenses, Farce Majeure, Extract (composed by Alan Gowen), Blane Over The Low Countries and the bonus track Al Clark Presents.

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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