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Mark Stewart's Debut Solo Album For Reissue
Christian Eede , October 2nd, 2018 15:18

Mark Stewart's 1983 debut solo album will receive a definitive reissue next year

Learning To Cope With Cowardice, the 1983 debut solo album by Mark Stewart, is to be reissued this January by Mute.

The album will be made available again alongside a release called The Lost Tapes, a 10-track collection of recently discovered, previously unreleased material. From that, you can hear 'Paranoia' above.

The package will be made available on double vinyl, double CD and as a limited edition double clear vinyl - a percentage of the profits from that will go to the Mercy Ships charity - with the release set for January 25.

"It was a real adventure discovering this forbidden history, a twisted tale of Muswell hillbillies, French pirates and a Dutch schizophrenic doctor doing psychic archaeology," Stewart says of the material that makes up The Lost Tapes. Adrian Sherwood, whose On-U Sound label released Learning To Cope With Cowardice says those tracks represent "the early childhood of the songs before Mark and me conducted frenzied, scorched earth, slash-and-burn, twenty hour mental, manic editing sessions at Crass' studios that led to birthing the finished album."

The tracks that made up his debut solo album followed a period spent in New York discovering the burgeoning hip hop scene in the city after he disbanded The Pop Group in 1980.

You can pre-order the reissue here.