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Mark Lanegan's estate to celebrate Bubblegum 20th anniversary with a reissue and boxset featuring 12 unheard tracks

09 July 2024, 16:16 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Beggars Arkive in conjunction with the Estate of Mark Lanegan, have announced their plans to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Mark Lanegan’s acclaimed album Bubblegum.

The limited-edition Bubblegum XX 4xLP box contains a 64-page hardcover book with essays by Troy Van Leeuwen, Josh Homme, Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, David Catching, Greg Dulli, Duff McKagan and Brett Netson, along with studio notes and previously unseen photographs by Steve Gullick. It includes Bubblegum XX, which has been cut as a double LP and remastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road. It also includes a remastered edition of Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras & Oddities) to which three bonus tracks have been added.

The fourth LP contains demos and unreleased tracks, comprised of outtakes from the Bubblegum sessions and tracks recorded, produced and mixed by Troy Van Leeuwen in various hotel rooms with Mark singing and Troy playing all the instruments. The set was executive produced by Mark’s former manager Brian Klein, who worked with him during the Bubblegum era.

About the sessions, Troy Van Leeuwen said… “So these hotel demo sessions were basically forgotten...When I heard the news of Mark’s passing, these memories started rushing back to me. I searched through my archive of drives and somehow magically was able to open up these sessions. I thought to myself, “That NEVER happens.” These ideas couldn’t be more fresh out of the tap. The original rough mixes are a real time capsule that stands up to the 20 years that have passed. It’s a true gift from Mark to those of us who love him and his unvarnished expression of beauty. With every listen, I am humbled and honored to share his gift with you.”

Bubblegum XX will be released on 23 August, and is available to pre-order now.

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