[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s promised, for this year’s Record Store Day Siouxsie & The Banshees fans are being treated to something very special—a limited edition vinyl pressing of the their sophomore album Join Hands—with its originally intended sleeve and tracklisting.

Back in 1979, and with the album ready to roll in its John Maybury-designed sleeve, the band’s label Polydor suddenly got cold feet about the supposedly “religious nature” of the artwork and substituted it for the version we know today – now repressed onto remastered 180GM gatefold vinyl with the track ‘Infantry’ restored to its rightful place as the album closer.

The album will only be available to buy from high street record stores from Saturday April 18th 2015.
Siouxsie: “I’ve always loved the artwork John Maybury presented for Join Hands and it’s wonderful to see again after all this time… Along with the inclusion of ‘Infantry’, here it is finally to have and behold in all its full glory.” 

Steven Severin: “Not only does the album now look how it was intended but now boasts the original track listing. I can’t really remember why ‘Infantry’ was left off originally. Maybe we felt we hadn’t the time to develop it a bit further, maybe because it wouldn’t have fitted into the live set. Either way, it’s here now for posterity.”

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