In 1996, The Afghan Whigs were fresh off their release of Gentlemen. Their follow up album would not be Gentlemen II. Black Love turns 20 this year, and Mute are celebrating with a special edition, out on 25 November 2016.
In December, The Afghan Whigs will play two of benefit shows to assist long-time Afghan Whigs, Gutter Twins and Twilight Singers guitarist Dave Rosser, who was recently diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer.
For full details of the benefit shows, please visit www.theafghanwhigs.com A donation fund has been set up for fans who cannot attend but wish to contribute to the medical care: https://www.gofundme.com/daverosser
Released in the spring of 1996, Black Love was the Afghan Whigs’ fifth studio album overall. The music was inspired by lead singer Greg Dulli’s idea to make a film noir movie. Although the film was never made, it did help inform the album’s dark tone and fuel songs like the singles ‘Honky’s Ladder’ and ‘Going To Town’. The album opener, ‘Crime Scene Part One’ was inspired by the screenplay for The Million Dollar Hotel, while ‘Blame, Etc.’ reflected on the troubled life of Temptations singer David Ruffin.
Black Love (20th Anniversary Edition) includes nine previously unreleased recordings. Among the standouts are acoustic versions of ‘Going To Town’ called: ‘Go To Town’ and ‘Crime Scene Part Two’. Also included is a demo for fan favourite ‘Faded’, which closed the original album, as well as a solo piano cover of the New Order classic ‘Regret’. The unreleased material also highlights the band’s creative process with ‘Mick Taylor Jam’ and ‘Wynton Kelly Jam’.
The Afghan Whigs are currently in the studio finishing their eighth studio album, and the group’s first since 2014’s album Do To The Beast. The forthcoming album will be released by Sub Pop Records.
The Afghan Whigs
20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Original Album Remastered
1. Crime Scene Part One
2. My Enemy
3. Double Day
4. Blame, Etc.
5. Step Into The Light
6. Going To Town
7. Honky’s Ladder
8. Night By Candlelight
10. Summer’s Kiss
Demos and Jams*
1. Go To Town – Acoustic Version/Mix
2. Leaving Town – Mix 1.0
3. Faded – Demo
5. Crime Scene Part II – Mix 1.1 with Scratch Vocals
6. Mick Taylor Jam
7. Wynton Kelly Jam
8. I Often Think Of You
9. Staring Across The Water
The Afghan Whigs will perform Black Love in its entirety at the following benefit shows:
10 December – New Orleans – The Civic
14 December – Los Angeles – Teragram Ballroom – SOLD OUT