codeine When I See the Sun (boxed 6 LP + 3 CD set, £69.95)label: The Numero Group
From 1990-1994, New York City's Codeine were making somnambulant waves on a musical landscape reeling from Sub Pop's better known exports. 1991's 'Frigid Stars' LP, 1992's 'Barely Real', and 1994's 'The White Birch' received much critical praise upon release, but Codeine dissolved before any of that hype would carry Low, Bedhead and the Red House Painters to international acclaim. All three albums are subject to Numero's notoriously elaborate packaging and detailed liner notes, including essays by Seam's Sooyoung Park, Love Child's Alan Licht, and the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd. The albums have been faithfully restored from the original masters, and are accompanied by a plethora of singles, demos, live recordings, and Peel sessions. Each album is packaged as a double album with a CD of the same material. Additionally, an ultra deluxe box set of all three albums is available in a limited edition of 1000 copies.
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