July is the perfect time for some new music by…well, July! The cult 60s Psychedelic group are back with a fantastic new record ‘The Wight Album’, as well as a 6CD complete recordings boxset, which includes their highly sought after 1968 self-titled album! Find out more…
July – the quintessential cult 60s British psychedelic group – are back with a brand new record. While their now legendary eponymous debut from 1968 owed much to the colourful ingenuity of Sgt. Pepper, so July’s new creation is a playful homage in its title and artwork to The White Album, albeit reflecting co-founder Tom Newman’s recording base on the Isle Of Wight.
• The West London group have been praised by successive generations of bands, who have been influenced by that seminal debut album. For example, The Horrors’ Rhys Webb has played onstage with July in recent years.
• July in 2020 consist of Tom and his old cohort Peter Cook – the band originally reunited in 2009 to play a string of acclaimed shows and also to make new albums. In 2013, they unveiled the aptly-titled Resurrection but The Wight Album is an altogether more ambitious musical venture.
• This strictly limited double vinyl edition is available for a short time only in a plush gatefold sleeve on white vinyl! There is no direct CD equivalent, although the new album is available as the final disc of the new July 6-CD box set.
Released by the Major Minor label in 1968, the self-titled July album has long been acknowledged by genre enthusiasts as one of the classic UK psychedelic one-shots, mixing the ambition and experimentation of “Sgt. Pepper” with a lo-fi charm and endearing garage band artlessness.
• It is also one of the most hotly-pursued artefacts of the British psychedelic era, with an original UK copy (only graded at VG++) recently selling on eBay for around £3700.
• Our definitive 6-CD overview of the band’s activities includes newly-remastered versions of the album in both mono and stereo formats (the latter only previously available on the original 1968 American release) as well as the various single issues, including a completely different recording of album nugget ‘The Way’.
• Disc Three contains “The Second Of July”, a collection of pre-album demos that appeared in the mid-Nineties to capitalise on the band’s growing reputation as original copies of their LP began to sell for increasingly large sums of money.
• The remainder of the boxed set consists of more recent July recordings following their triumphant return to live work a few years ago. Disc Four is the aborted album “Temporal Anomaly”, which was recorded circa 2010 but which gains a first-ever release, while Disc 5 is the appropriately-titled “Resurrection”, which received a limited release in 2013.
• Disc Six comprises the latest July magnum opus, “The Wight Album”, which has been pieced together over the last few years by Tom Newman and Peter Cook at Tom’s recording studio on the Isle of Wight. Now finally completed, “The Wight Album” – described by Tom as “the greatest July album” – brings the July story bang up to date.
• Housed in a clamshell box, and with a 40-page booklet containing a 7000 word essay on the band featuring new quotes and some priceless period photos, The Complete Recordings is an epic look at the studio activities of one of the biggest cults to emerge from the original British psychedelic scene.