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Great Big Sea to Celebrate 20th Anniversary With XX
October 02 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

For Immediate release

Warner Music Canada is pleased to announce the October 30th release of XX, a very special music package from Great Big Sea for its fans in celebration of the bandâs 20th anniversary. XX will be made available as both a Greatest Hits 2 CD set and a full Box Set which includes bonus audio and a DVD of the bandâs early career edited together by founder Sean McCann.

Toronto fans will get a chance to celebrate the release with the band when Great Big Sea performs at the Danforth Music Hall on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 5 at 10:00am ET.

20 years is a long time in anyoneâs life.

Few bands last more than an album or two â a few tours, a song played on the radio, and then theyâre quickly forgotten. Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Bob Hallett have somehow managed to keep the dysfunctional-family-bar-room-brawl-student-art-project-musical-pirate-crew known as Great Big Sea going for two decades. And more often than not, they have done it with more than a bit of flair.

For the hundreds of thousands of fans who sang, danced and celebrated with the band, Great Big Sea has been a constant factor in their own lives. While musical fashions have come and gone, Great Big Sea has maintained an unswerving commitment to their original ideals â a belief that a marriage of their own creativity and the joyous folk music of their home in Newfoundland would be an unbeatable combination.

Time, and their own stubbornness and persistence has proven them right. Compiled by the band members themselves, XX is a special two-disc set which captures the many highs in a recording career that has produced ten full-length CDs and two DVDs. In order to express the bandâs two sides, one disc covers the biggest hits from their more pop-oriented repertoire, while the other contains some of their most loved traditional and folk songs. To balance out the discs, the band recorded six new songs â almost a new album in itself â which run the gamut of their varied stylistic approach. âHeart of Heartsâ is classic Great Big Sea, the sound of three men singing and playing acoustic instruments together in their own kitchens. âLive This Lifeâ is a majestic epic, hearkening back to the sonic experimentation of albums like âFortuneâs Favourâ. âLe Bon Vinâ is a hearty Newfoundland version of an old French folk song, one the band has sung live for years, and finally committing it to tape for this collection. âJosephine the Bakerâ recreates the earliest years of the band, in the rough and ready sailor pubs of St. Johnâs. âBorn To Believeâ is a powerful radio anthem, while âLet My Love Open The Doorâ is the bandâs take on the Pete Townsend solo hit, re-imagined through the lens of some questionable characters from Newfoundland.

The XX box set that accompanies this release is packed with bonus material that both the casual and truly committed fan will enjoy. Beyond the two-disc greatest hits collection, it includes another disc that contains some of the bandâs lesser known excursions and experiments. Over a 20-year career the band has sometimes gone astray, and these embryonic ideas and mis-steps will be fascinating to all those who have followed the bandâs varied journey. Another audio disc features one of the bandâs first interviews, recorded in the fall of 1993 for CBC St. Johnâs, which includes rare and unheard songs from the bandâs earliest days. The box contains a special book covering the many ups and downs of their career, along with lyrics, stickers, and a calendar covering a year in the bandâs life. True fans are eagerly awaiting the setâs DVD, which contains a movie edited together by Sean. Containing a wealth of early interviews, backstage foolishness and general craziness, it captures the madness of the bandâs first few years, but without the bruises, bad food and hangovers of the real thing.

XX Tracklisting:

Pop CD

Born to Believe
What Are You At
Run Runaway
Goin Up
When Iâm Up
Ordinary Day
How Did We Get From Saying âI Love Youâ
Consequence Free
Feel It Turn
Boston and St. Johnâs
Sea of No Cares
Clearest Indication
When I Am King
Something Beautiful
Love Me Tonight
Walk On The Moon
Live This Life
Nothing But A Song
Long Life (Where Did You Go)
Let My Love Open The Door
Folk CD

Heart of Hearts
Great Big Sea / Gone By The Board
Donkey Riding
Gideon Brown
Dancing with Mrs. White
General Taylor
Come And I Will Sing You
Ferryland Sealer
Lukey (with the Chieftains)
Captain Wedderburn
Captain Kidd
Le Bon Vin
England (Live)
Old Black Rum
Paddy Murphy
River Driver
Mary Mac
Excursion Around The Bay
Josephine The Baker
Good People