20 years ago today, The Cranberries released their fifth studio album, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee.
On this occasion, Hot Press magazine are revisiting their original 2001 review; read here.
UPDATE – OCTOBER 23
Windmill Lane Recording Studios in association with Universal Music Ireland just announced the release of their new album which features songs from classic albums recorded in their iconic studios.
The compilation album simply titled “Windmill Lane Recording Studios” includes “Zombie” among 10 classic songs and will be released on 29 October 2021 on limited edition clear vinyl.
Exclusively sold through their online shop here (pre-order available now).
Price: 33.00 euro + shipping (ROI only)
Mysterious Way – U2
Imitation Of Life – R.E.M.
Zombie – The Cranberries
All This Useless Beauty – Elvis Costello
Old Town – Phil Lynott
World Of Our Own – Westlife
Breathless – The Corrs
When A Woman – Gabrielle
She’s A River – Simple Minds
Julia Says – Wet Wet Wet
Today was the official release date for “Salvation inspired by The Cranberries” and the full album was available at midnight earlier today on all streaming platforms. A few songs were even officially posted on YouTube yesterday.
No reason given yet…
UPDATE – OCTOBER 2
Now removed from Spotify as well.
Earlier today during their facebook event to commemorate what would have been Dolores’ 50th birthday, The Cranberries announced quite out of the blue, the release of “To The Faithful Departed 25th Anniversary” for the end of the year, before Christmas.
For now they gave very few information about the content except that it will include 3 demos done in Paris with Tim Palmer (audio engineer / record producer) when they were in the middle of a tour.
If you missed The Cranberries special event on Facebook earlier today, you can watch it again here, it’s available to everyone whether you are on or off facebook. The band was interviewed by Stuart Clark (from Hot Press magazine) at the Strand hotel in Limerick.
They discussed about:
- A brand new playlist called “Remembering Dolores” (available here)
- The Cranberries documentary
- To The Faithful Departed 25th Anniversary to be released this year before Christmas
- Eminem, Miley Cyrus and their covers of Zombie
- Charlie Watts; The Cranberries and AC/DC opening for the Stones in 2003
- The Hot Press book
- Touring memories
- Noel working on soundtracks (like Woodstock 99), then the band performing Woodstock in 1994
- Dolores being so much fun
- Stephen Street, almost the fifth member
- The Grammy’s
- A brand new official music video for “Never Grow Old” (watch it here)
Noel Hogan was interviewed on “The Six O’Clock Show” today on the Irish TV, Virgin Media One, talking about the new Hot Press book.
If you missed the show, replay is available here.
The interview with Noel starts at 3:25
Noel Hogan and Stuart Clark from Hot Press magazine just announced this morning on Limerick’s Live95 radio that a book about The Cranberries History would be released in October this year.
Noel explained that this would be a collection of interviews and stories (as told through the pages of Hot Press) from when they began up to the end, which he believes is a better way for fans to see how the band evolved over 30 years.
There will be 2 editions/formats of “WHY CAN’T WE?”
The standard “Special Gold Edition” limited to 5,000 copies or so (€39.50).
And the large format “Deluxe Platinum Limited Edition” limited to 1,000 copies (€159).
The deluxe edition will be signed by Noel, Mike, Fergal and Dolores’ mother Eileen O’Riordan.
Every pre-purchaser of the deluxe edition will also have their name included in the book as an Executive Producer.
A second image was posted by user malamusicajerez
However, this image could be a generic one and not the exact transparent vinyls (?)
update: indeed, not the exact vinyls at all!!!
“When You’re Gone” by Pillow Queens is the first single from the forthcoming tribute album “Salvation” inspired by The Cranberries for Pieta. The song was released today and is available on all streaming platforms now.
Pillow Queens will be performing the song on “The Late Late Show” tonight from 9:35pm on RTÉ One (Irish TV).
Pillow Queens on Twitter,
The “Salvation” album is set for release 1st October 2021, full track listing as follows:
- Sinead O’Connor – No Need To Argue
- Irish Women in Harmony – Dreams
- Pillow Queens – When You’re Gone
- Moncrieff – Free To Decide
- Wyvern Lingo – Salvation
- Aimée – Linger
- Walking On Cars – Promises
- Kodaline with the RTE Orchestra featuring Noel Hogan – Zombie (Live)
- The Cranberries – Chocolate Brown (Recorded Live for 2FM)
- Kitt Philippa – Twenty One
- Roe – I Can’t Be With You
- True Tides – Ode To My Family
- Kellie Lewis – Ridiculous Thoughts
You may note that “Dreams” by Irish Women In Harmony and “Zombie” by Kodaline+Noel+Orchestra were already known and released a few time ago and could be considered in fact as the real 1st singles of the album!
Two more things to notice, the album includes an unreleased Cranberries recording “Chocolate Brown” live for 2FM, and singer Lyra (who performed “Zombie” on “The Late Late Show” as tribute to Dolores last January) is not featured on the album.
CD and limited edition yellow vinyl are available to pre-order today (more or less €9.99 and €19.99). See your local shops for more details.
A rare and unique “Stars” test pressing signed by the remaining band members plus Dolores’ mother (!?) will be auctioned tomorrow for the White Label Auction in aid of The BRiT Trust.
Auction page here (lot #115)
UPDATE – MAY 5
Sold for £400 (+28% inc. VAT)
A new 3CD boxset to be released by Spectrum (the record label who already released Dreams The Collection) and titled “The Essential Cranberries” or “Essential Cranberries” or maybe just “Essentials” has been spotted on Amazon.co.uk, wowhd.co.uk and merchbar.com recently.
According to Amazon, it is to be released on 30 April 2021 and according to other websites it is to be released on 7 May 2021. There is no tracklist information for now and artwork might be very uncertain as already seen before (for example on 606Musix).
Even though the 30th of April is the exact release date of the album “To The Faithful Departed”, this boxset has probably nothing to do with a 25th Anniversary Edition!
Special thanks to Dan for the links.
UPDATE – MAY 10
Nothing was released on May 7th.
Could be the usual mistake due to the American style of writing dates, which could mean to be released on July 5th!
To be continued…
The “Zombie” Music Video has hit another 100 Million views exactly a year after getting 1 billion views on YouTube. 100 Million views a year looks like its cruising speed!
iTunes made the song available for 69 cents. As a result, it got back on Billboard charts, not just arriving at its peak position on the hot alternative songs charts (#13) on 9 April 2021,
Thanks to Seamus and Benjamin Alexander for the info and screenshots!
It seems that the STARS 2LP (transparent vinyl) will be available in many other countries than the UK as part of the Record Store Day 2021 second drop, due on July 17th.
Release was announced yesterday on:
– French “Disquaire Day” website here
– German “Record Store Day” website here
– “Record Store Day Ireland” website here
– “Record Store Day Italia” website here
– “Record Store Day NL” website here (apparently available in Belgium too)
– “Record Store Day w Polsce” website here
– Spanish “Record Store Day” website here
Let’s note German website features a negative version of the cover artwork when all other websites are showing the regular artwork; maybe just a mistake:
No sign of the release yet on the Australian, Canadian, Japanese and US Record Store Day websites.
We’ll keep you updated if this appears in the upcoming hours.
As announced today on the Record Story Day UK website, The Cranberries will be releasing a limited edition vinyl of their best of Stars to raise money for War Child:
The Cranberries – Stars: the best of 92-02 – UK stores only
Following on from the reissues of ‘Everybody Else is Doing it… ‘ and ‘No Need to Argue’ – and 30 years after their debut release – UMC are proud to issue for the first time on vinyl a special transparent edition of the band’s greatest-hits collection ‘Stars: The Best of 1992–2002’. The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with global smashes such as ‘Zombie’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Linger’ – collected here alongside tracks from their five albums for Island – plus two tracks unavailable on other albums ‘New New York’ and ‘Stars’.
This vinyl shall only be available on the shelves of participating independent record shops on 17th July 2021 as part of the second Record Store Day UK Drop event.
Speaking on their involvement in the campaign, Fergal Lawler of The Cranberries said, “We are very honoured that Universal have chosen Stars as a special Vinyl release for Record Store Day. The proceeds from sales are going to the War Child foundation, a charity that do incredible work to help vulnerable children in war-torn countries.”
Indeed the Record Store Day website recalls that, “War Child UK is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict. They work to support children through their recovery – keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, as well as equipping them with skills for the future. They also campaign for changes to policies and practices to support children in conflict, working with children and young people themselves to demand their rights.“
Another happy day for our fellow collectors as our researches led us to discover a 54:22 min audio recording of the concert The Cranberries performed on 9 August 1995 at Nissan Pavillon in Manassas, VA. The recording was uploaded in January 2018 as a tribute to Dolores on Mixcloud’s Jerry Hoyt Radio,
We were aware this show had been recorded and broadcast on a local radio back in the days but had never managed to lay our hands on this recording before.
Jerry Hoyt explains that the show was, “recorded by WHFS and played back on Thanksgiving Day, 1995″. He adds that he, “rescued [the recording] from an old reel to reel tape headed for the dumpster in 2009″. A small miracle that allows us to hope that the full show will one day surface.
That’s not all, though! Jerry Hoyt brings us some more treats as he also uploaded the WHFS radio interview of the band recorded on 28 April 1999 before the band’s performance at 9:30 Club on that same night in Washington.
The interview, as we know, also features live performances of “Shattered” and “Animal Instinct”. A lovely treasure not many of us had heard before.
How not to love Dolores offering the person who stole the band’s guitar at the National Sylvan Theater 4 years earlier to bring it back and come share a big bowl of ice cream with the band backstage after the show.
As announced earlier, Cork singer Lyra performed quite a stunning version of “Zombie” on “The Late Late Show” tonight as tribute to Dolores O’Riordan.
Ryan Tubridy, the host of the show, said the new album “Salvation” is expected to be released later this year with all profits going to Pieta Charity, confirmed the contribution of Sinead O’Connor, and unexpectedly announced that it would feature an unreleased recording from The Cranberries!!
The video is now available on YouTube
Special thanks to Kevin for the information, and for helping the CW team big time today!
New interview with Noel published yesterday on theoaklandpress.com
(due to legal restrictions, link might not work in every country, use VPN or click image below for pdf file)
Congrats to winner Sam Dermody… as well as all the other artists who sent their amazing artworks.
Album to be released in 2021.
Salvation – Artwork by Sam Dermody
Almost the exact same title as the forbes.com interview from a few days ago, but new article/interview with Fergal and Noel posted yesterday on americansongwriter.com
The NNTA 25th Anniversary Edition is out now. In fact the release is simply titled “Deluxe Edition” for the 2LP and 2CD versions and “2020 Remaster” for the 1CD version.
The Cranberries posted a message on their website and socials earlier today.