The first recordings by Northampton post-punk goth legends Bauhaus and their full back catalogue are due to be released in the coming months.
Leaving Records, in partnership with Stones Throw Records, will release The Bela Session on November 23 with Beggars Banquet /4AD also releasing their back catalogue on coloured vinyl.
The Bela Session captures the first time Bauhaus recorded together, just six weeks after forming as a band, on January 26, 1979.
This is the first release of that complete recording session featuring all five tracks, three of which are previously unreleased.
It is also the first official reissue of the single Bela Lugosi’s Dead on vinyl for more than 30 years.
Bauhaus were composed of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J.
Venerated and highly influential, the band emerged from the post-punk alternative music scene of the early 80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation.
Their music embodies a minimalistic, disconsolate style of post-punk rock unlike any other.
Three months after releasing Bela Lugosi’s Dead in August 1979, the group signed with influential indie label, 4AD who released their debut album In The Flat Field.
They then moved to the larger parent company, Beggars Banquet and between 1981 and 1983 released a further three studio albums, as well as peaking at #15 with their cover of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust in the UK singles chart.
After disbanding in 1983, members of the band went on to form Love And Rockets and Tones On Tail while Peter Murphy enjoyed a successful solo career.
To mark the band’s 40th anniversary, Beggars Banquet /4AD is reissuing In The Flat Field, Mask, The Sky’s One Out, Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape, Burning From The Inside and Crackle between October and December. All records are available for pre-order now.
Vinyl Me Please will also offer an exclusive edition of The Bela Session on red vinyl in their member store.
Peter Murphy and David J will headline the Roadmender on December 2 and 6 as part of a UK tour. Tickets for the former date are still available via http://www.theroadmender.com
To pre order the records visit www.stonesthrow.com/news/2018/09/bauhaus and archive.beggars.com/bauhaus-colored-vinyl-reissues/