Rancid Releasing 20th Anniversary Edition of '...And Out Come the Wolves'
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:23:41
1995 was the height of grunge, a genre that reshaped alternative rock into a twisted, flannel-wrapped new category. As the music that defined the era, its roots in rock, metal, and punk began to look dated and out of step. Punk, especially, needed something to help continue its crusty beginnings in the '70s and '80s through the decade with a style that still spoke to listeners.When Rancid released its third album, ...And Out Come the Wolves that year, something clicked. Singles like "Roots Radical," "Time Bomb," and "Ruby Soho" received massive airplay on alternative and college radio, and the album went certified gold in 1996 (and later, platinum in 2004). Though punk purists would surely perish the thought, there was something fresh about the group's rock steady, ska-flected anthems (thanks to now-sadly-departed producer Jerry Finn) that were just polished enough yet still rough around the edges to compete with the distorted, guitar-heavy hits of the day. (Not that the group was without its street cred, mind you: it was founded by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman after Operation Ivy broke up.)
We hear today that Epitaph will release the limited edition deluxe 20th anniversary edition of Rancid's …And Out Come the Wolves on November 27. More, from the label here: "The record has been re-mastered by Bob Ludwig from the original recording's analog tapes and will be presented on 180 gram vinyl. The digital version will have 2 bonus tracks, including 'Blast 'Em' and 'That's Entertainment.'...Re-mastered for the first time since its release, in 1994, when digital mastering was in its infancy, this re-issue is a first opportunity to hear this incredible record in all its stunning hard-hitting fidelity - the way it was always meant to be heard."
Rancid has been performing the album in its entirely on its headlining tour this year, and will again at the first annual The Bash New Year's Eve party in Los Angeles at the Shrine Expo Hall with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, OFF!, and The Interrupters.
Listen to "Roots Radicals" by Rancid:
If you want to party like it's 1995, more information is available at RancidRancid.com
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
Buy Rancid music at iTunes.