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Name Lifeblood
Tracks 12
Length 45:26
Producer Tony Visconti, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Haver
Recorded Looking Glass Studios, New York; Stir Studios, Cardiff; Grouse Lodge Studios, Ireland
Released 1st November 2004
Formats CD, LP
Label Epic Records
Chart Position 13
Artwork John Ross - Blood


Track Length
1 1985 4:08
2 The Love Of Richard Nixon 3:38
3 Empty Souls 4:05
4 A Song For Departure 4:20
5 I Live To Fall Asleep 3:57
6 To Repel Ghosts 3:58
7 Emily 3:34
8 Glasnost 3:14
9 Always/Never 3:42
10 Solitude Sometimes Is 3:21
11 Fragments 4:02
12 Cardiff Afterlife 3:27

Japanese Exclusive Tracks

Track Length
The Soulmates 3:44
Antarctic 3:04


Single - The Love Of Richard Nixon.jpg The Love Of Richard Nixon
  • Released: 18th October 2004
  • Producers: Greg Haver, Tom Elmhirst
  • Video Director: Type2error
  • Chart position: #2 (UK)
Single - Empty Souls.jpg Empty Souls
  • Released: 10th January 2005
  • Producers: Greg Haver & Mark 'Spike' Stent
  • Video Director: Alex Smith
  • Chart positions: #2 (UK)

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.

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Manic Street Preachers
James Dean Bradfield – lead vocals, guitar
Sean Moore – drums, drum programming
Nicky Wire – bass

Additional personnel
Patrick Jones - additional lyrics on Fragments
Nick Nasmyth - keyboards
Jeremy Shaw - keyboards
Greg Haver - percussion

Sleeve Notes

  • "Conquer Yourself Rather Than The World" - Descartes


Generation Terrorists | Gold Against The Soul | The Holy Bible | Everything Must Go | This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours | Know Your Enemy | Lifeblood | Send Away The Tigers | Journal For Plague Lovers | Postcards From A Young Man | Rewind The Film | Futurology | Resistance Is Futile


Forever Delayed | Lipstick Traces | National Treasures


Suicide Alley | UK Channel Boredom | New Art Riot | Motown Junk | You Love Us (Heavenly) | Feminine Is Beautiful | Stay Beautiful | Love's Sweet Exile/Repeat | You Love Us | Slash 'N' Burn | Motorcycle Emptiness | Suicide Is Painless | Little Baby Nothing | From Despair To Where | La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) | Roses In The Hospital | Life Becoming A Landslide | Faster/P.C.P.| Revol | She Is Suffering | A Design For Life | Everything Must Go | Kevin Carter | Australia | If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next | The Everlasting | You Stole The Sun From My Heart | Tsunami | The Masses Against The Classes | So Why So Sad | Found That Soul | Ocean Spray | Let Robeson Sing | There By The Grace Of God | The Love Of Richard Nixon | Empty Souls | God Save The Manics | Underdogs | Your Love Alone Is Not Enough | Autumnsong | Indian Summer | Ghost Of Christmas | Umbrella | (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love | Some Kind Of Nothingness | Postcards From A Young Man | This Is The Day | Show Me The Wonder | Anthem For A Lost Cause | Walk Me To The Bridge | Europa Geht Durch Mich | Futurology | Together Stronger (C'mon Wales)

James Dean Bradfield Solo

The Great Western

The Chamber

That's No Way To Tell A Lie | An English Gentleman

Nicky Wire Solo

I Killed The Zeitgeist

The Shining Path | Break My Heart Slowly