Lovingly put together by Mike Peters from original sources, Declaration 1984-1985 features an unreleased version of Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? [Take One], with completely different verse lyrics.
Declaration 1984-1985 has also has been restored to its original 1984 running order and (exclusive to the LP), features 4 previously unreleased US radio edit versions of Shout To The Devil, Blaze Of Glory, The Deceiver and Howling Wind to allow side two of the album to be mastered to recommended vinyl running times, in order to create a louder than ever cut that really enhances the listening experience of the original.
“The new cut actually improves on the 1984 version immensely,” says Mike Peters, “Back in 1984, I had always wondered why the original Declaration Vinyl pressing was so quiet and thin sounding, but in all that time, I had never realised that it was 27 minutes long….. over 5 minutes longer than the recommended vinyl audio limit of 20-22 minutes maximum. This means that in 1984, the sonic quality had to be sacrificed to fit the 27 minutes of music onto the side of a vinyl LP. By using the US radio edits (that had once been released to radio stations only), Pete Maher (the remastering engineer), was able to create a much louder and punchier sounding Side Two and (in my opinion), the US radio edits actually improve the listening experience as a whole, while still retaining and enhancing the power of important tracks such as Shout To The Devil, Blaze Of Glory, The Deceiver and Howling Wind.”
All titles have been re-mastered from the original master tapes by mastering engineer Pete Maher (u2, White Stripes….) under the supervision of Mike Peters
Declaration 1984-1985 features an iconic cover photo that has been sourced from one of the eras leading photographers – Virginia Turbett.
The LP version features complete lyrics, recording and production information, plus comprehensive sleeve notes with quotes from original band members.
The artwork also features many additional and unseen photographs exclusive to the format making this release the most comprehensive in Alarm History.
DECLARATION 1984-1985 : VINYL RUNNING ORDER [FOUR SIDES]
SIDE ONE :
WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE?
SIXTY EIGHT GUNS
WE ARE THE LIGHT
SIDE TWO :
SHOUT TO THE DEVIL [US RADIO VERSION]
BLAZE OF GLORY [US RADIO VERSION]
THE DECEIVER [US RADIO VERSION]
THE STAND [PROPHECY]
HOWLING WIND [US RADIO VERSION]
SIDE THREE :
WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE? [TAKE ONE]
UNBREAK THE PROMISE [ACOUSTIC VERSION]
WHAT KIND OF HELL
THE CHANT HAS JUST BEGUN [SINGLE VERSION]
BELLS OF RHYMNEY
BOUND FOR GLORY
ABSOLUTE REALITY [SINGLE VERSION]
ROOM AT THE TOP