Two decades ago, the veteran rock band The Go-Gos released what would go on to be one of its most popular albums in the form of God Bless the Go-Gos. The record was the band’s first record in 17 years upon its initial release. It was additionally, the band’s first together since the release of 1984’s Talk Show. Now Friday, the band and its fans will celebrate the 20th anniversary of God Bless The Go-Gos’ original release with a new re-issue through Eagle Records. The re-issue is anchored by two new bonus tracks, which will be discussed shortly. The wide range of platforms on which Eagle Rock will make the record available adds its own level of appeal to the re-issue’s presentation. It will be discussed a little later. The re-issue’s production rounds out its most important elements. It will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the album’s re-issue a work that the Go-Gos’ most devoted audiences will enjoy.
The Go-Go’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2001 album God Bless the Go-Gos is a presentation that the band’s established and most devoted audiences will appreciate. That is proven in part through the two bonus songs featured with the re-issue. The songs, ‘I Think I Need Sleep’ and ‘King of Confusion’ will take listeners back to The Go-Gos’ heyday with their distinct melodies and stylistic approaches. The vocals, the sound of the drums, bass, and guitar sound work together to make the songs sound like they are songs that perhaps were in fact recorded during the 1980s and just re-mastered for this presentation. At the same time, there is the slightest touch of modern influence evidenced in each song, too. It makes them a good fit alongside the rest of the album’s entries, which also boast that balance of old and new stylistic approaches and sounds. Add in the accessibility of the songs’ lyrical content – that of relationships from the woman’s vantage point – will add to the songs’ appeal. Keeping all of this in mind, the re-issue’s bonus songs are but a portion of what audiences will appreciate. The wide range of platforms on which the re-issue will release adds to its appeal.
The forthcoming re-issue of God Bless the Go-Gos is meant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album’s initial release. As part of the celebration, its re-issue will come for the first time on vinyl. It will release on 140-gram, blue-colored vinyl. The new vinyl pressing will appeal to all of the band’s fans who are also among the many vinyl aficionados out there. Of course, neither the band nor Eagle Records have ignored The Go-Gos’ fans who prefer their music on CD or digital. They have made sure to release the album on those platforms, too. In other words, the two sides made sure that they were reaching all of the band’s fans. That is in itself a very good thing when one takes into account the perhaps availability or lack thereof, of the original pressings of the album’s original release. Keeping that in mind, there is no doubt as to the importance of the presentation of the album on each platform. Even keeping in mind, the positive nature of the wide availability of the record, it is just one more aspect of what makes the album appealing to the noted audiences. The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.
The production of God Bless The Go-Gos in its forthcoming re-issue is important to address because of its impact on the sound. The production deserves its own applause considering how clean each song sounds here. It shows that the utmost attention was paid to the records sound in transferring the masters from that original release to this presentation. That applies not only to the record’s main body, but to its bonus tracks, too. Whether the two bonus tracks were songs that didn’t make the final cut for the album’s original release, or are more recent (or older), the fact of the matter is that each track sounds very impressive. Every instrument is well-balanced with its counterparts. The vocals are just as well-balanced with the instruments. The effects used in each song are at just the right level, too. When the positive aesthetic impact of the album’s production is considered along with the engagement and entertainment guaranteed by the album’s bonus tracks and with the positive of the album’s wide availability, all three elements make the album in whole a presentation that The Go-Gos’ most devoted audience base will find fully appealing.
Eagle Records and The Go-Gos’ forthcoming re-issue of God Bless The Go-Gos is a work that succeeds all the way around. Its success comes in part through its bonus tracks. It is unknown if the two extra songs were cutting room floor pieces from the sessions for the album’s original release or are even older or more recent. Regardless, they sound like they came right out of the band’s heyday. At the same time, they incorporate a touch of modern rock influence. The balance of those influences makes the songs surely appealing for the noted audiences. The album’s availability across a wide range of platforms adds its own appeal. That is because it shows all involved set out to reach as much of the band’s fan base as possible. It is deserving of its own applause. The album’s production rounds out its most important elements. That is because it shows the highest efforts were made to ensure the record sounded as good if not better than the original presentation some twenty years after its initial release. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this re-issue. All things considered, they make the forthcoming re-issue of God Bless The Go-Gos a presentation that will appeal to any of The Go-Gos’ fans. God Bless The Go-Gos is scheduled for release Friday through Eagle Records.
In more news, The Go-Gos are scheduled to launch a series of live dates starting June 18 in San Francisco, CA, conditions pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to run just under a month long, ending on July 11 in Asbury Park, NJ. The tour’s tentative schedule is noted below.
Summer 2021 North American tour dates:
Jun 18 The Masonic San Francisco, CA +
Jun 23 Humphreys San Diego, CA +
Jun 24 Humphreys San Diego, CA +
Jun 27 Pechanga Resort Casino Temecula, CA +
Jun 29 Orpheum Theater Los Angeles, CA +
Jun 30 Orpheum Theater Los Angeles, CA +
Jul 7 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY
Jul 8 Parx Casino Bensalem, PA
Jul 10 Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket, CT
Jul 11 Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ +
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