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Nine Below Zero - 35th Anniversary Year - 2 Classic albums remastered for 2014 | FESTIVALPHOTO

Nine Below Zero - 35th Anniversary Year - 2 Classic albums remastered for 2014

Following on from last year’s remastered re-release of Nine Below Zero’s live debut ‘Live At The Marquee’ comes a double instalment from the London blues rockers.

Remastered editions of the first two studio albums ‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘Third Degree’ are released on February 24th each with a separate disc of bonus material and come with full support and artist endorsement.

With links to Squeeze and the Rolling Stones, Nine Below Zero have recently been name-checked as influences by popular rock ‘n’ roll upstarts The Strypes and there is also a nationwide month long 22-date tour in support of The Stranglers which kicks off on Feb 27th.

Don’t Point Your Finger, released in 1981, was NBZ’s second album. Recorded in 12 days at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes and produced by the legendary Glyn Johns. Dennis says, “We were walking in the footsteps of some of the all-time greats. Led Zeppelin’s first album was recorded there, along with

“Who’s Next” and “Beggars Banquet” by The Stones. It was the most inspiring experience”. The double CD will also include a live performance recorded for the BBC in 1981 at The Granary Club in Bristol.

The Third Degree, released in 1982, included the single 11+11 which was performed on the first episode of cult TV show, The Young Ones. This was to be the bands final album with A&M and spent six weeks in the album chart. David Bailey, renowned photographer of The Beatles, The Stones and the Kray Twins (to name a few), took the photograph for the album front cover artwork.

NBZ originally recorded the album, again with Glyn Johns, at his studio in Sussex. However, with it’s raw sound, it was rejected by A&M. The band went on to re-record it with Simon Boswell. Now available for the first time, Johns’ original recording will be available on the re-release along with the more familiar version of the album. Johns is famous for his work with The Who, The Faces and The Rolling Stones

Dennis says “I think it will be interesting for fans to see how a series of songs can sound so different and how the production process affects the finished article”.

The two classic albums, ’Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘The Third Degree’ will be released through Universal on February 24th.

Writer: Anthony May
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