Sunday, 6 September 2015

Tonight And Forever

Sense Field were a band that I truly loved back in the day when their first LP came out. I played 'Killed For Less' and the other 12" (which was a compilation of their two self-released CDs) to absolute death back in 94/95. It was a few years before I could listen to them again. After 'Building' came out they took a bit of a break and then, 5 or 6 years later, they came back with an album called 'Tonight And Forever'. I'm not really sure what happened in the interim period, although I did talk to Jon Bunch about it once. I probably should have paid more attention.

Well, 'Tonight And Forever' originally came out in 2001 and was a CD only release on a major label. This was in a time when vinyl sales seemed to be slowing down and interest in the format appeared to be dying out, so major labels didn't bother with vinyl versions of their new releases, and even the indie labels were slowing down too. So basically there was no interest from anyone in putting this out on vinyl.

And here we are 14 years later and finally it has been put to vinyl by a small label called Spartan Records. There were 4 different vinyl colours made, but I decided that one would suffice.

This colour is referred to as 'hot pink / sea blue swirl'. Seems like a slightly off description to me. The pink isn't exactly hot, and the blue isn't the usual interpretation of 'sea'. But whatever.

I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this one. On the one hand, it's cool to have it on a proper format at last, but then at the same time I'm just not that into it. I guess it just kinda feels too late. Or perhaps unnecessary. And the blandness of the artwork probably contributes too. I don't know really, but in theory I should be way more stoked on this than I am. Can't win 'em all I guess.


Miles / All Ages said...

Hi Marcus, lots of info on why this album took so long to come out in this lengthy interview:

mcs said...

Thanks, Miles. That was an interesting read!

geoff said...

i fall into the too late category. it seemed it was too long overdue and i ended up passing on it. i remember seeing the preview pictures spartan did for the vinyl and it looked great. then i saw the actual vinyl and was let down by it.