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JK: "One of two from there would be on our all-time great list, but then we're biased. If there ever was a time we needed a lot of love or a good A&R guy, then it would have been then. We'd made a lot of money for the business; we needed a bit of love in return. Charlie and I did it wrong. We moved to this place in the countryside, retreated there and licked our wounds. We should have put ourselves in the middle of everything. We weren't making sense to the world anymore and the world wasn't making sense to us."

Record Collector Interview
Record Collector #364
July 2009

  • After taking a year off during 1992, Jim and Charlie amassed a collection of around fifteen new songs for recording early in 1993. Most of these new songs were written by Jim and Charlie whilst they were living in Ireland in 1992.

    The plan was to get them recorded and released in time for a tour early in 1994.

  • (It isn't known if any of these new tracks included an instrumental written especially for the film Turn Of The Screw which remains one of the band's lost pieces. It's believed Women And Ghosts was this instrumental, but that hasn't been confirmed.)

  • Work started at Bonnie Wee Studios in January 1993, with the work being interrupted by blizzards which swept through Scotland.

  • The schedule was odd: the recording was split into 4-6 week blocks with writing and pre-production periods inbetween. (This is in direct contrast to the jam, demo, record, mix and release working schedule the band usually adopted). By mid-1993, the plan was to get the album finished by the end of 1993, with the first single planned for the spring, and a world tour to follow.

  • In 1993, the band moved to LA to record a track for the Super Mario Brothers film with Keith Forsey. They liked the result so much, they decided not to include it in the film, but instead include it on the album.

  • By early 1994, the album was only 70% completed, with an autumn release date being put forward.

  • Recording started at LA (presumably for the Super Mario Brothers track), then continued at Loch Earn, and then moved back to LA.

  • It took two years to record in Ireland, America and Bonnie Wee Studios in Scotland.

  • Final sessions were broken up by a trip to India to shoot photos for the album sleeve. It was there, in the fantastic Pink City, Jaipur, that the album title was finally confirmed.

  • The album was remastered in 2002 as part of an extensive Virgin campaign. It was released as a limited edition vinyl replica CD and standard edition CD. This version remains on catalogue.

good news... : quick reference
LP    Good News From The Next World Virgin V 2760
A1. She's A River(5:31)
A2. Night Music(5:23)
A3. Hypnotised(5:53)
A4. Great Leap Forward(5:35)
A5. 7 Deadly Sins(5:11)
B1. And The Band Played On(5:32)
B2. My Life(5:15)
B3. Criminal World(5:03)
B4. This Time(4:57)

MC    Good News From The Next World Virgin TCV 2760
1-1. She's A River(5:31)
1-2. Night Music(5:23)
1-3. Hypnotised(5:53)
1-4. Great Leap Forward(5:35)
1-5. 7 Deadly Sins(5:11)
2-1. And The Band Played On(5:32)
2-2. My Life(5:15)
2-3. Criminal World(5:03)
2-4. This Time(4:57)

CD    Good News From The Next World Virgin CDV 2760
1. She's A River(5:31)
2. Night Music(5:23)
3. Hypnotised(5:53)
4. Great Leap Forward(5:35)
5. 7 Deadly Sins(5:11)
6. And The Band Played On(5:32)
7. My Life(5:15)
8. Criminal World(5:03)
9. This Time(4:57)

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