In 1996, The Afghan Whigs, had toured the world. 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.
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’.
Fans can look forward to new music from The Afghan Whigs in 2017. The band is currently in the studio finishing their eighth studio album, and the group’s first since Do To The Beast. The forthcoming album will be released by Sub Pop Records.
BLACK LOVE: 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Original Album Remastered
Crime Scene Part One
Step Into The Light
Going To Town
Night By Candlelight
Demos and Jams*
Go To Town – Acoustic Version/Mix
Leaving Town – Mix 1.0
Faded – Demo
Crime Scene Part II – Mix 1.1 with Scratch Vocals
Mick Taylor Jam
Wynton Kelly Jam
I Often Think Of You
Staring Across The Water