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McCARTHY - I Am A Wallet 2LP + In Purgatory 7"

McCARTHY - I Am A Wallet 2LP + In Purgatory 7"

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McCarthy - I Am A Wallet 2LP+7"

Pressed on Red vinyl and presented in gloss laminated gatefold sleeve.

Double album set contains the original LP plus 13 bonus tracks taken from their first four singles and the re-recorded version of In Purgatory which originally appeared on the PINK compilation E.P “It sells or it smells” plus bonus 7" A reproduction colour vinyl copy of McCarthy’s first 7” “InPurgatory” All three tracks have been remastered from the original master tape and presented in a wraparound sleeve, just like the incredibly rare “Wall Of Salmon” original.

Also Includes
20 page 12”x12” full colour booklet containing all the lyrics and packed full with photo’s, many previously unpublished. Press clippings and other memorobilia. Introduction by Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers and track by track commentry by Malcolm Eden. 

8 x 10 Black & White press photo

Reproduction European Tour poster
"The Well Of Loneliness"  Promo poster

By the time McCarthy appeared on the NME’s C86 cassette they had already been playing together for a couple of years and released two excellent singles.Their debut “In Purgatory” and the indie masterpiece “Red Sleeping Beauty” (both included on this release). The following year McCarthy released the brilliant “Frans Hals” before unleashing their debut album “I Am A Wallet”
Now recognised as an indiepop masterpiece it has gone on to achieve cult status, receiving praise from the likes of Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers) as one of the most important albums of the 80s. Known by todays indie accolites as the band that spawned Tim Gane and Leititia Sadier (who of course went on to form Stereolab).

It’s a seamless album reminiscent of the Byrds. Wonderful, if slightly twee, jangly guitars with complex and rarely rhyming lyrics, Malcolm Eden’s strident left wing political views are manifest on I Am A Wallet. Cloaked in pretty guitar and propulsive drums, Eden sets about attacking the pillars of the day, MPs, Prince Charles, Fleet Street, religion, the response to AIDS and on almost every song capitalism. The horrors and inequalities of the capitalist system are laid bare for all the see. The system which enables some to get rich at the expense of others is reviled and attacked.


An MP Speaks
The International Narcotics Traffic
The Way Of The World
Charles Windsor
The Vision Of Peregrine Worsthorne
The Well Of Loneliness
The Wicked Palace Revolution
God Made The Virus
The Funeral
A Child Soon In Chains
In The Dark Times
The Procession Of Popular

In Purgatory(Re-recorded version)
Comrade Era(Re-Recorded Version)
Something Wrong Somewhere(Original)
Red Sleeping Beauty
From The Damned
For The Fat Lady
Frans Hals
Kill Kill Kill Kill
You’re Alive
Bad Dreams
Someone Worse Off

Tracks On 7” (Remastered from Original
In Purgatory
Comrade Era
Something Wrong Somewhere


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