|Producer||Tony Visconti, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Haver|
|Recorded||Looking Glass Studios, New York; Stir Studios, Cardiff; Grouse Lodge Studios, Ireland|
|Released||1st November 2004|
|Artwork||John Ross - Blood|
Send Away The Tigers
|2||The Love Of Richard Nixon||3:38|
|4||A Song For Departure||4:20|
|5||I Live To Fall Asleep||3:57|
|6||To Repel Ghosts||3:58|
|10||Solitude Sometimes Is||3:21|
Japanese Exclusive Tracks
|The Love Of Richard Nixon
Recording with Tony Visconti
On November 20th 2003 Tony Visconti posted the following blog on his 3 weeks recording with the band.
We met as a group in London on September 4th. James Bradfield and I had met two months earlier in New York to discuss the possibility of working together. Present at the September meeting were all the members of the group, James, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore, plus A&R man, Rob Stringer and the group's manager Martin Hall. I had lived with the six song demo CD for a few weeks and they were expecting my feedback. I pretty much liked all the songs and had two big favorites. We found ourselves very much in agreement and two songs were chosen as obvious singles at this meeting. We discussed recording philosophies and started to make plans for recording. Nicky said something about the nature of the songs being 'elegiac pop.' Immediately after the meeting I consulted a dictionary. About six weeks later recording commenced in New York.
In three weeks we've recorded five songs, although we only intended to record four. The sessions were very productive and enthusiastic. I think fans of the band will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
It was a pleasant surprise for me to learn how accomplished the band was as musicians. James is a first class guitarist, Nicky has the chops of a Motown session bass player (and that's a big compliment from me) and Sean is as solid and inventive as drummers come, plus he has many hidden talents that I learned of -- he plays trumpet, sings back ups (on this batch he sings on almost every song) and he is a computer expert. Oh, and James' magnificent tenor voice is the loudest voice I have ever recorded.
Hopefully we will resume recording in February 2004.
Manic Street Preachers
James Dean Bradfield – lead vocals, guitar
Sean Moore – drums, drum programming
Nicky Wire – bass
Patrick Jones - additional lyrics on Fragments
Nick Nasmyth - keyboards
Jeremy Shaw - keyboards
Greg Haver - percussion
- "Conquer Yourself Rather Than The World" - Descartes