UMe will pay tribute to The Cranberries' third album, 1996's To the Faithful Departed, with a newly remastered deluxe edition hitting record stores October 13. The album will feature a smattering of previously released bonus material beside two discs of almost entirely unreleased studio outtakes and live material.
To the Faithful Departed was so named for the loss of two major forces in the band's lives. Denny Cordell, who'd signed the Irish folk-rockers to Island Records at the start of the decade, died after a battle with lymphoma in 1995; singer Dolores O'Riordan's grandfather Joe also died that same year. Both losses were bittersweet moments amid a time of great success for the band: their first two albums for Island, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (1991) and No Need to Argue (1993), produced a spate of beloved radio staples including "Dreams," "Linger" and "Zombie."
After working with producer Stephen Street on both albums, the band was keen to mix things up, but a session with producer Tim Palmer was halted after the band decided it was too close to their expected sound. "Tim was a lovely guy and the recordings sounded great, but we felt he was a little similar in style to Stephen Street, and we wanted to try something different," drummer Fergal Lawler said. "We had been touring a lot and wanted more of a live sound." Three of those demos - early versions of "When You're Gone," "Free to Decide" and "I JUst Shot John Lennon," are included on the set's bonus disc of studio material, alongside the unreleased songs "The Rebels" and "Hollywood" and eight alternate mixes.
The group surprised fans and themselves by teaming up with Bruce Fairbairn, who'd overseen a slew of arena rock records in the late '80s and early '90s by Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC/DC and Van Halen. Despite the strange-on-paper bedfellows, To the Faithful Departed earned solid reviews and became their highest-charting album in America, reaching No. 4 (two spots higher than No Need to Argue). "Salvation" became the band's fourth Top 10 single at home, topping Billboard's alternative rock chart; follow-up "Free to Decide" peaked in the Top 10 of that survey as well.
Though supporting tours in Asia and North America were both halted - one due to a knee injury for O'Riordan and the other due to band exhaustion - enough dates went on to be chronicled in the set's third disc, with many of the tracks previously unreleased. Writer Eoin Devereux has penned new notes for the project, drawing on new interviews with Lawler, guitarist Noel Hogan and bassist Mike Hogan as well as archival interviews with O'Riordan, who died in 2018. "As difficult as it was to hear Dolores' voice, they brought back many fond memories," Lawler said in a statement of the reissue. "I was shocked at how powerful they sounded and the strong emotions that I felt as I listened."
The album, newly remastered by John Dent, will be available in the 3CD set as well as single and double vinyl configurations; the former features the original European album track list while the 2LP set adds the two studio B-sides from the CD (including a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way") and the three unreleased demos with Tim Palmer. You can pre-order all those versions below.
To the Faithful Departed (Deluxe Edition) (Island/UMe, 2023)
CD 1: Original album and bonus tracks
- When You're Gone
- Free to Decide
- War Child
- Forever Yellow Skies
- The Rebels
- I Just Shot John Lennon
- Electric Blue
- I'm Still Remembering
- Will You Remember?
- The Picture I View
- Go Your Own Way
Tracks 1-15 released as Island 314 524 234-2, 1996. Tracks 8 and 15 removed from U.S. pressings
Track 16 released on "Free to Decide" U.K. CD single - Island 854 701-2, 1996
Track 17 released on Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours - Lava/Atlantic 83054, 1998
CD 2: Demos and Outtakes (previously unreleased)
- When You're Gone (Paris Demo)
- I Just Shot John Lennon (Paris Demo)
- Free to Decide (Paris Demo)
- The Rebels (Outtake)
- Hollywood (Outtake)
- Cordell (Early Mix)
- Bosnia (Early Mix)
- Salvation (Early Mix)
- When You're Gone (Early Mix)
- Electric Blue (Early Mix)
- Intermission (Early Mix)
- Joe (Early Mix)
- Free to Decide (Alternate Mix)
Disc 3: Free to Decide Tour 1996
- Intermission + Forever Yellow Skies (Live @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 8/29/1996)
- Sunday (Live @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 8/29/1996)
- Linger (Live @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 8/29/1996)
- The Rebels (Live @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 8/29/1996)
- Waltzing Back (Live @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 8/29/1996)
- I Can't Be with You (Live @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 8/29/1996)
- Free to Decide (Live @ Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, MI - 8/17-18/1996)
- Dreams (Live @ Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, MI - 8/17-18/1996)
- Hollywood (Live @ Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, MI - 8/17-18/1996)
- Zombie (Live @ Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, MI - 8/17-18/1996)
- Dreaming My Dreams (Live @ Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, MI - 8/17-18/1996)
- The Icicle Melts (Live @ Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, MI - 8/17-18/1996)
- Salvation (Live at Milton Keynes Bowl)
Track 1(b) and 5 released on "Hollywood" French CD single - Island 854 933-2, 1996
Tracks 7-8 and 10 released on Australian bonus disc with original album - Island 854 817-2, 1996
Track 13 released on "Free to Decide" U.K. CD single - Island 854 701-2, 1996