English post-punk legends The The have announced the release of a multiformat live album and accompanying concert film directed by Tim Pope: The Comeback Special: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. For the project, Matt Johnson’s Cinéola label teamed up with German rock and pop label, earMUSIC, for a series of exciting, exclusive releases.

The news is a happy twist to the tumultuous year Matt Johnson has had. The singer barely survived a life-threatening throat infection last June during the throes of Covid, and underwent a successful emergency surgery. We hope he has made a full recovery and lockdown has allowed his magnificent voice to heal.

This live set, filmed in London on 5 June 2018, documents the band’s comeback tour after a sixteen-year hiatus.

With this offer, The The promises an audio/video set, featuring exclusive products, through the band’s official online store. The goodies include a 136-page art book with exclusive photos, audio content, and the documentary film.

Watch Pope’s beautifully filmed clip of Sweet Bird of Truth from the documentary. Matt Johnson is in fine form in this brilliant performance, promising a real treat for The The fans who would love to experience the band in a live capacity.

Here is the track listing:

1. Global Eyes
2. Sweet Bird Of Truth
3. Flesh & Bones
4. Heartland
5. The Beat(en) Generation
6. Armageddon Days (Are Here Again)
7. A Long Hard Lazy Apprenticeship
8. We Can’t Stop What’s Coming
9. Phantom Walls
10. Love Is Stronger Than Death
11. Dogs Of Lust
12. Helpline Operator
13. This Is The Night
14. This Is The Day
15. Soul Catcher
16. Bugle Boy
17. “Beyond Love”
18. “Slow Emotion Replay”
19. “(Like a) Sun Rising Thru My Garden”
20. “Infected”
21. “I’ve Been Waiting For Tomorrow (All of My Life)”
22. “True Happiness (This Way Lies)”
23. “Uncertain Smile”
24. “Lonely Planet”

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