News: Villagers To Release Becoming A Jackal 10th Anniversary LP for Record Store Day 2020

Photo Credit: Rich Gilligan

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Becoming A Jackal, Conor O’Brien’s debut album, which on its release was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize and Choice Music Prize with the title track crowned “Best Song” at the Ivor Novello Awards.

To celebrate the landmark, Villagers are releasing a limited-edition LP of the album including five home-recorded demos from O’Brien, some of which have never been previously released. The exclusive Record Store Day release features colour vinyl (one red, one gold) and includes a 4-page booklet.

Additionally, Villagers will be joining Tim Burgess for his #TimsTwitterListening Party on Becoming A Jackal. Join the conversation HERE on 20th July at 9pm BST.

Tracklisting as follows…

  1. I Saw The Dead
  2. Becoming A Jackal
  3. Ship Of Promises
  4. The Meaning Of The Ritual
  5. Home
  6. That Day
  7. The Pact (I’ll Be Your Fever)
  8. Set The Tigers Free
  9. Twenty Seven­ Strangers
  10. Pieces
  11. To Be Counted Among Men
  12. The Meaning Of The Ritual (Home demo)
  13. Idle Years (Home demo)
  14. The Sun Is Hanging From A String (Home demo)
  15. Down Under The Sea (Home demo)
  16. Ship Of Promises (Home demo)

Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s RSD will be taking place a little differently with product being split across 3 new dates: 29th August, 26th September and 24th October. See HERE for more details.


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