The 2nd album in The Head’s impressive canon, was originally released on Sweet Nothing Records (SNLP007/CD) in July 2000; now, 14 years later “Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere” has been repackaged with a full compliment of bonus material from that period (7” tracks, B- sides, Mans Ruin 10” / CD tracks, Radio 1 session tracks, and compilation tracks). All the tracks have been fully re-mastered by Simon Price and Shawn Joseph.
Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere is the bands favourite album. It represents the full force of the Heads’ psychedelic pummel, their trippiest most psyche collection, brutal yet beautiful.
The Hardcover / full colour boxset is limited and numbered to 1000 copies only: it features the remastered original double album in its gatefold sleeve, the double album of extra material from the time – also in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. A single live album “bootleg” (pressed on neon yellow vinyl) from the 2000 USA tour called “California Jams”, and a 70+ minute CD of material that is previously unreleased, culled from the dozens of rehearsal / demo archival CDrs that Simon Price has from this time.
Various items of ephemera are also included in the box. a full size 8 page booklet will be inserted in album one with sleeve notes, pictures, track information, in the live album will be a full size 8 page photo /tour diary attempting to detail some of the USA 2000 tour. a huge 4 foot by 2 foot folded poster with the classic blue/red girl tshirt image, a vinyl sticker of same image, and a Download code postcard with a link to Download the two LPs as MP3. The box itself with then be wrapped in a specially printed Heads tote bag.
The 2LP version:
Black vinyl, gatefold sleeve: the album (remastered) in the format it was originally released, with full DL postcard.
The 2CD version:
Double CD, wth 12 page booklet (same as the first LP booklet), CD has the album, CD 2 has all the bonus tracks from LP two in the boxset. Wrapped in a full colour O-Card.
Via Norman Records:
Here, finally, is the long-awaited reissue of The Heads’ second album ‘Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere’, arguably the shiniest jewel in the psych-fuzz monsters’ glittering canon. They’ve gone all-out with this one, with a fancy expensive 5LP+CD box for the die-hards as well as a regular 2LP edition and a 2CD version with the album and some of the bonus stuff from the box.
The album itself is a 16-track monster which contains not only some of their heaviest, fuzziest and most psychedelic music but also some of the most varied, punctuating the driving, rumbling riff-monsters like ‘Could Be’, ‘Legovaan Satellite’ and the ear-scouringly distorted ‘Dirty Water’ with dreamy lounge-psych (‘Kraut Byrds’), understated wobbly guitar and drum shuffle in ‘Wobble’, trippy backwards tape loops on ‘My My’ and even a surprisingly Britpoppy bit of jangle’n’slice indie in the nonchalant ‘Barcoded’.
While it’s not as immediate as its predecessor ‘Relaxing With…’, ‘Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere’ sees The Heads explore their uniquely fuzzy sonic territory with a seemingly careless curiosity, conjuring up this filthy, meandering, indulgent monster of an album. It still sounds totally amazing and it comes as no surprise to me that it’s the band’s favourite of their albums. Essential stuff for fans of heavy, fuzzy psych.