Price: £34.99
Format: boxset
Artist: Anathema
CatNo: KSCOPE531
2017's The Optimist is Anathema's first album since 2014's spellbinding Distant Satellites and contains the band's darkest, most challenging and unexpected material.
 
Recorded in Winter 2016 at Attica Studio in Donegal and Castle of Doom Studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals) at the helm. Doogan's influence is instantly tangible as for the first time in years Anathema recorded as a live band for an album, capturing an energy normally only present on stage. A technique that should be welcomed by fans aware of the band's supreme live power - previously captured on the celebrated concert film, Universal.
 
This deluxe 4 disc, 40 page hardback book edition includes a CD of bonus tracks, 5.1 surround sound (24/96 DTS) and hi-res stereo (24/96 LPCM) mixes on both DVD and DTS lossless blu-ray, and artwork by Travis Smith. 
 
Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios in London, the 5.1 mix is by Bruce Soord.
CD 1:
 
1. 32.63N 117.14W [1:18]
2. Leaving It Behind [4:27]
3. Endless Ways [5:49]
4. The Optimist [5:37]
5. San Francisco [4:59]
6. Springfield [5:49]
7. Ghosts [4:17]
8. Can't Let Go [5:00]
9. Close Your Eyes [3:39]
10. Wildfires [5:40]
11. Back To The Start [11:41]
 
CD 2:
 
1. Leaving It Behind (demo) [4:44]
2. The Optimist (demo) [3:52]
3. Springfield (live) [4:52]
4. Ghosts (live) [4:04]
5. Can't Let Go (live) [4:37]
6. Wildfires (demo) [6:03]
 
DVD-V - 5.1 surround sound (24/96 DTS) and hi-res stereo (24/96 LPCM):
 
1. 32.63N 117.14W [1:18]
2. Leaving It Behind [4:27]
3. Endless Ways [5:49]
4. The Optimist [5:37]
5. San Francisco [4:59]
6. Springfield [5:49]
7. Ghosts [4:17]
8. Can't Let Go [5:00]
9. Close Your Eyes [3:39]
10. Wildfires [5:40]
11. Back To The Start [11:41]
 
Blu-Ray - 5.1 surround sound (24/96 DTS) and hi-res stereo (24/96 LPCM):
 
1. 32.63N 117.14W [1:18]
2. Leaving It Behind [4:27]
3. Endless Ways [5:49]
4. The Optimist [5:37]
5. San Francisco [4:59]
6. Springfield [5:49]
7. Ghosts [4:17]
8. Can't Let Go [5:00]
9. Close Your Eyes [3:39]
10. Wildfires [5:40]
11. Back To The Start [11:41]