Frank Black and The Catholics to release ‘The Complete Recordings’ boxset

Songs will play in alphabetical order

Frank Black and The Catholics are to release a new boxset that compiles the band’s entire back catalogue.

The tracks, which were originally released between 1998 and 2003, have all been remastered from the original live two-track and one-track recordings.

Unusually, the songs will be presented in alphabetical order rather than in their original album format. Explaining the decision in a statement, Black said: “It feels like an approximation of randomness and its a way to randomise something, especially if its titles. We get away from the preciousness of LPs we put out and its more about the body of work, the good times that we had.”

‘The Complete Recordings’ will also include a bonus disc, titled ‘True Blue’, which features a number of “technical demos” from the ‘Black Letter Days’ album sessions that engineer Ben Mumphrey discovered in his New Orleans recording archive.

“These songs were recorded with the intention of being demos, to be sent to the Catholics band to learn before they traveled to Los Angeles to record the album ‘Black Letter Days’,” explained Mumphrey.

Prior to the project’s formation, Frank Black (aka Black Francis) made his name as the frontman of the Pixies and earlier this month, the band re-released their second album ‘Doolittle’ to mark its 25th anniversary. The new three-disc edition features B-sides, unreleased rarities and John Peel live session tracks.

‘The Complete Recordings’ is due to be released on March 23.