Acclaimed 80s punk-blues reconstructionists THE SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS are to have their long-deleted albums compiled in a new box set.

Across five CDs, Vision In Blues includes indie debut mini-album Good And Gone, plus major label releases Gun-Shy, Bikini Red and Totally Religious. There’s also a full live set from a December ’89 show in Zurich, plus a plethora of bonus studio and live tracks. The set is completed by a 7″ single featuring the tracks ‘Vision In Blues’ and ‘Good And Gone’ and a lavish booklet with new band interviews.

Scheduled for release on 2 September through Easy Action, Vision In Blues is available to pre-order here. The first 200 orders will receive replica tour laminates, plus an exclusive live CD EP.

Easy Action are also issuing an expanded edition of Good And Gone on limited edition coloure 12″ vinyl. Pre-order here.

Rising from the rubble of Beefheart and Feelgood channelling pub-rockers MOTOR BOYS MOTOR in 1983, the Messiahs drew praise with Good And Gone, their debut on Big Beat, produced by Feelgood producer Vic Maile. Touring the world with the likes of THE CRAMPS, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and DAVID BOWIE – who proclaimed them his favourite band! – they released three major label albums and had a Top 30 single before imploding in 1990.

Watch an interview with frontman Bill Carter, featuring tracks recorded live in Maryland.

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For more on Dr Feelgood and pub rock, check out the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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