The Cranberries are in studio this week to record the next (and possibly final?) Cranberries album. These last 24 hours, they published a few photos on their Instagram account:
“So we start the album”
“Back in the studio” – (Noel with a new tattoo)
“Day 2 of recording”
Let’s note the band was in studio last week as well (or maybe just Noel?), at the famous Abbey Road studios in London, to remaster the “Everybody Else…” album for the 25th Anniversary edition that should be released later this year.
This week, the three of them gathered at Kore Studios, in London too, to record a brand new Cranberries album. For those who are wondering how they’ll be dealing with vocals without Dolores, please keep in mind the last interview Noel Hogan gave to RollingStone: “I spoke to Dolores last Friday and she was great. We spoke about getting back to work – recording and new tracks we were working on. She sent some of those tracks to me by email on Sunday morning”, as well as the band’s recent statement: “we will also be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals.“
Everyone can easily imagine how painful going through these tracks must be for the lads. Like many fans who are supporting them through social media, we’re sending love and courage to Noel, Mike and Fergal.
April 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Possibly the earliest The Cranberry Saw Us photo ever! (UPDATED) | by Axl | The Cranberries
Do you recognize those teenagers, how old were they?
Do the math, this photo of the foursome The Cranberry Saw Us was published on 27 January 1990 in a local newspaper called “Limerick Tribune” along with a review of their very first demo cassette, “Anything”.
The singer at the time was Niall Quinn, he is on the very left and you probably know the names of the others. One of the earliest photos of the band ever… if not the earliest(?)
As you may have already seen on socials, earlier today The Cranberries posted a video and a photo on Instagram from the famous Abbey Road Studios in London where they are currently remastering “Everybody Else…” for the album’s 25th anniversary.
As a reminder the classic album counts 12 tracks:
1. I Still Do
5. Waltzing Back
6. Not Sorry
9. Still Can’t…
10. I Will Always
12. Put Me Down
and the “Complete Sessions” album released in 2002 added 6 more tracks:
15. What You Were
17. Pretty (Prêt-à-Porter Movie Remix)
18. How (Radical Mix)
Let’s note the band earlier mentioned they would be including some unreleased tracks and other bonus material from the era on this anniversary edition of the album. The fans already know of 5 unreleased songs from this period, thanks to bootleg recordings, as some of these were played a few times live in concert in the early years:
LIKE YOU USED TO
SAME OLD STORY
The question is… have all these songs been recorded in studio back then?
And what about some more unknown songs we would never have heard about, is there at least one or two somewhere?
Could the 25th Anniversary Album be an ultimate double CD/LP including all those 23 or more songs?
Time will tell… but today, the remastering has just started and it’s a bit of a nice news at this difficult time!
The director’s cut of one of Ireland’s most memorable and best-loved tourism ads has been shared to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Cranberries seminal debut album, Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We, which was released in 1993.
The series will never stop!!!
The album “No Need To Argue” will be reissued on colored vinyl again and again. Two more colors are coming: “White” and “Pink & Orange”. One color really makes sense and one really doesn’t…
Still made by the label Plain, both versions will be released on 4 May 2018 and do not seem to be limited. A possible oversight (?) as all previous NNTA colored vinyl reissues were limited.
Beautiful tribute to Dolores O’ Riordan in Limerick tonight. “Zombie” blasted out as first tune after fireworks and Dolores’s image projected on King John’s Castle in the heart of medieval Limerick City. For sure a great way to end Saint Patrick’s weekend. ☘
And here comes another colored vinyl reissue of the album “No Need To Argue”. This time GOLD. It’s a “Urban Outfitters” exclusive and available on their U.S. and Canadian stores only.
The vinyl will be released on March 30, 2018 and you can already preorder it for $29.90 + shipping.
No official details about the label for now however, according to an eBay seller, the item would be limited to 1,500 and made by Plain Recordings, the label who already released 7 other colored vinyls of this very album.
NNTA gold vinyl
Still about Urban Outfitters, the shop, which is more like a fashion & clothing store than a record store, is also selling another (and exclusive?) version of The Cranberries debut album on vinyl. Still their U.S. and Canadian stores only.
Weirdly enough, their title and description are announcing the regular 12-track album when their photo shows the “Complete Sessions” version, which would be a first on vinyl. So where’s the mistake… time will tell! Release date is April 3, 2018 and you can already preorder it for $29.98 + shipping.
[EDIT APRIL 4th: this is not the complete sessions, just the regular Analog Spark vinyl.]
EEIDISWCW – The Complete Sessions on vinyl (?)
And last, earlier than expected the vinyl reissues “Clear Blue” and “Clear Pink” by Plain Recordings are now in stock (possibly for a week now) and first customers are receiving their copies these days. Below the first images found on eBay for the Clear & Pink LP
You may remember the behind the scenes photo posted on Instagram on July 21, 2017 by Polish journalist Piotr Pasztaleniec. He also wrote “I finally met Dolores, soon in tv…” but we have had no news since!
It seems, though, that the interview was indeed broadcast on Polish TV, on TVP2. We have no details about the exact date of broadcast nor the name of the TV show, the only thing we know is the interview was given in June 2017.
Fortunately, we found out today that the interview was published 2 days following Dolores’ passing on the website pytanienasniadanie.tvp.pl, and in HD 1080!
Both Limerick Leader and Hot Press have recently spoken of the “I Heart Cranberries” tribute event due to take place at Dolans, Limerick on July 5th in aid of Adapt House and Limerick mental health service.
More than 20 artists are to be announced in the upcoming days, but Hot Press has already revealed some of them: “Gráinne Hunt, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, Jane Fraser, Niamh Farrell, Roisin El Cherif, Anne Rynne and Susie Q to name but a handful“
Singer and songwriter Emma Langfort, who’s organising the event, explained to Limerick Leader:
“When Dolores died, everyone was shocked and saddened and we all wanted to do something to pay tribute to her”
“I thought it would be fantastic to hold a massive event that pulled people together from all over the country and that also gave people a chance to come from elsewhere in the world to visit Dolores’ hometown. “
“I dropped Noel Hogan (Dolores’ Craberries bandmate) a message and asked if there was a cause that was close to her heart and he said a mental health organistion would have meant a lot to her.”
Ticket are now on sale on Dolans.ie [EDIT – 9 March – 2:00pm UTC] SOLD OUT!!!
The Cranberries just published on their website cranberries.com as well as their socials a new moving statement announcing that they were initially planning on releasing a special 25th anniversary of their first album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” this month through Universal Music.
The project has been understandably put on hold since Dolores’ passing, but the band has decided to finish what they had started with Dolores, and get this special edition out “later this year”.
This will feature remastered versions of the tracks we know, along with unreleased material and bonus material from this early 90s era of their debut album.
The band also uses the occasion to remind fans they’re planning on completing the recording of the new album which they had been working on during the past months, and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals.
The CW Team would like to send Noel, Mike and Ferg all their love and support as we presume this won’t be easy for them.
Yesterday, the Limerick Leader published an article to let the people know that Limerick City and County Council would like to hear on everyone’s idea for a new mural/painting to be placed at one of the city centre’s key spot.
The local authority is seeking ideas from members of the public ahead of commissioning a painting for the gable wall of Speaker’s Corner at the junction of the Hyde Road and the Lower Carey’s Road.
While the building itself has been bought by the Mid-West Simon Community and is being converted into apartments, the Council has been given permission for the mural.
In particular, designers at the Council are seeking ideas for the mural which will have a connection to its location and history.
The mural, to be visible from the People’s Park, will be designed and painted by Bold Details […]
Maria Donoghue, the executive architect with Limerick City and County Council said: “This is a great opportunity for the people of Limerick to get involved in creating new artwork for their city”.
The mural will be unveiled at the beginning of the summer if weather permits it.
While ideas are to be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter using the following hashtag #SpeakersMural, some people are already suggesting to go for a Cranberries/Dolores O’ Riordan tribute.
The Limerick Lady and Limerick Pride just announced they’re hosting a tribute event on July 5th at Dolans Pub, Limerick :
“I Heart the Cranberries”:
A loving tribute to the music of The Cranberries in Aid of Adapt House and Limerick Mental Health
A very special concert at Dolans Pub on the 5th of July is the latest in the well-known “I Heart” series which usually takes place at Whelan’s in Dublin and has paid homage to Bowie and Elliot Smith. “I Heart the Cranberries” could of course only take place in the home city of Cranberries’ frontwoman, the late Dolores O’Riordan.
On the night over twenty artists from all over the country will gather to pay tribute to Dolores O’Riordan and the music of the Cranberries – audience members can expect unique renditions of some of the world’s favourite Cranberries songs, with the night culminating in an explosive performance of some of the band’s chart topping anthems, brought to you by our brilliant house band fronted by leading female vocalists from Limerick and beyond.
This event will be a celebration of diversity, women, the LGBTQ community and Irish music at its very best.
March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on “No Need To Argue” purple vinyl reissue, first images | by Axl | The Cranberries
The limited “No Need To Argue” purple vinyl reissue has been released and shipped last week. Some customers just received their copy and first images appeared on the internet, for example on eBay or Instagram. Let’s note that all those colored vinyl reissues are making debat regarding the sound quality. Here is what Instagram user neemus says about this purple LP:
[…] And even though I should’ve known better, even though PLAIN’s reputation is real, I went and ordered it. *Sigh* This thing sounds awful. Terrible. So compressed and lifeless, mp3 sounds better. Zombie has that fantastic bass line and unfortunately you can’t even enjoy it. They went straight from CD without even bothering to tweak the mix, yet again. FAIL
This week edition of the Limerick Leader (county edition) features an exclusive and moving interview of Eileen O’ Riordan.
Eileen explains how the family is currently trying to come to terms with Dolores passing, and how they are getting prepared for the Month’s Mind Mass which will be offered this Saturday 24th in Ballybricken St Ailbe’s Church at 7:30pm.
The family uses the occasion to offer thanks for support in past month, and does not fail to include the “many thousands of sympathisers and fans who sent mass cards, flowers and letters of sympathy“.
Limerick Leader/County Edition – February 24, 2018
You can buy the Limerick Leader in stores or order the ePaper version of the newspaper on this link
The CW Team deepest thoughts continue to go out to Dolores family, children, relatives, as well as to her band mates.
February 22, 2018 | Comments Off on 2 more “NNTA” colored vinyl reissues | by Axl | The Cranberries
In the series “No Need To Argue” colored vinyl reissues, here come 2 more colors: CLEAR & PINK and CLEAR & BLUE. Both versions will be released on May 18, 2018 and are limited to 1,500 each. They are still made by the same label -Plain- which already released 5 other colored versions of the album.
As you know, we recently had the opportunity to digitalize recordings from Limerick fan Alan Martin’s early years collection. As he says “I collected everything I could get my hands on over the 1st couple of years”. We can fairly say that Alan must be the first Cranberries fan, thus owning a unique collection.
The first time he saw the “The Cranberry Saw Us” live was on October 25th 1990 at Cruises in Limerick. A shy singer, who he could barely hear, yet, from this “average performance”, “Dreams” caught his attention!
Alan then got to witness the band getting more confidence on stage as he saw them twice later that year, going from support act to headline. As the band grew better and better, he kept on following them in 1991 from “The Cranberrys”, to “The Cranberries” and it became obvious to him the band would get big, especially on that night of October 3rd 1991, at Limerick’s Parkway, where they gave, he believes, a perfect performance in front of a 400 people crowd. Incredibly enough, and for our greatest pleasure, Alan decided to record this performance on his walkman, and is sharing it with the fan community today.
Here’s the YouTube link to discover this absolute gem:
The recording is approximately 57 min long. The bootleg appears to be a complete recording (including the encore and the outro!) as Alan used an extended 120 min tape, with 60 minutes per side, which did not require him to cut the record at any time. It is, of course, an audience recording, which means that those who are not too familiar with this kind of recordings may find that it leaves something to be desired, yet the voice is very clear and the rarities this recording features make it exceptional.
Let’s note Alan was standing front row, in front of Mike, so the sound he recorded was probably more like that of the feedbacks from the band’s amp than that of the venue’s PA system. This won’t prevent you from enjoying the show and appreciate the unusual versions of the songs we all love so much.
The Parkway 1991 – Alan’s mastertape
Interestingly, Alan’s treasure is the second earliest audience recording of a Cranberries performance known to this day; the very first one being the The Town and Country Club bootleg recorded in London on August 31, 1991.
The recording is shared as “raw files” and was not edited to improve sound at any time.
Here’s the recording process: Mastertape => JVC CA-E33L equalizer at zero => Sony PCM-D50 => WAV file 48kHz 16bit => Youtube
The Cranberries at The Parkway
02. Nothing Left At All
06. Put Me Down
07. Pathetic Senses
11. I Still Do
13. Same Old Story
15. A Fast One
One may note that the band played Atosa (known as Iosa – their one and only track written in Irish) twice on this show as, during the encore, crowd asked for more shouting “arís, arís, arís” (again in Irish), Dolores thus re-entered stage saying “Since ye said Aris we are going to play the Irish one again”.
A damn lucky crowd for sure, but thanks to Alan, today, we too can feel like we were part of the audience 🙂