The Subs’ tenth studio album was recorded between the 26th and 31st March 1993, and released later that same year on Fall Out Records. Originally intended to be titled ‘Night of the Vampire’, this was in fact also the working title of one of the LPs songs, eventually being titled ‘Reaper’.
As with the ‘Flood of Lies’ and ‘Japan Today’ LPs, which had included the return of a former U.K. Subs drummer; this time round saw the welcome return of the original classic period drummer Pete Davies, who was joined by Alan Campbell on guitar and Brian Barnes on bass to complete one the best ever Subs line-ups.
The LP comprised 15 tracks, all original material aside from the cover version of Die Toten Hosen’s ‘Here Comes Alex’ and a re-working of the ‘Endangered Species’ classic ‘Down on the Farm’, which had been performed live by global rock megastars Guns ‘N’ Roses at a ‘Farm Aid’ gig in 1990 and would be recorded for their covers album, ‘The Spaghetti Incident’, which was released in the same year as ‘Normal Service Resumed’, the Subs’ re-working of ‘Down on the Farm’ could here be said to be an attempt on maximising sales for their new LP!
The CD issue, which was released at the same time as the LP actually had two tracks not on the vinyl version, namely ‘Space Patrol’ and ‘Baillifs’. The CD also had a different running order and came with a free live CD: 'Live In Croatia' - limited to 5000 copies. Recorded 9th February 1993 in Zagreb with the same line-up as the album, this live set is notable in having the only ‘recorded’ version by the Subs of their cover of the Snuff song ‘Not Listening’ from that punk band’s debut E.P.
Originally issued on green marble effect vinyl and black vinyl, this new 'Let Them Eat Vinyl' deluxe gatefold LP has brilliantly revamped the album to a double vinyl issue to include on vinyl for the very first time, the ‘live in Croatia’ set. It also restores the two extra tracks from the original CD to vinyl, making this slab of plastic double delight an absolute essential purchase to any Subs vinyl junkie.
Add to that the fact that the two vinyls have different colours; transparent blue and purple, and that this is limited to 500 copies, this really should be the most sought after Subs Record Store Day release to get!