Pavement announce 30-track compilation album ‘The Secret History Vol 1’

The first of five new rarities releases comes in August

Pavement have announced a new compilation album, the first in a new series of retrospective releases.

Having promised that “great news is coming soon” back in April, it’s now been confirmed that ‘The Secret History Vol 1’ will be released on August 14 via Domino. The first of five upcoming compilations, the LP will consist of 30 tracks from the era of their debut album ‘Slanted And Enchanted’. The tracklist includes B-sides, unreleased session track, John Peel session recordings and live renditions dating back to 1992.

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The deluxe double vinyl edition of the release will contain essays by members Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs, plus gatefold artwork designed by Rob Carmichael (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors).

‘The Secret History Vol 1’ tracklist reads:

‘Sue Me Jack’
‘So Stark’ (You’re A Skyscraper)
‘Summer Babe’ (7” Version)
‘Mercy Snack: The Laundromat’
‘Baptiss Blacktick’
‘My First Mine’
‘Nothing Ever Happens’
‘Here’ (Alternate Mix)
‘Circa 1762’ (Peel Session 1)
‘Kentucky Cocktail’ (Peel Session 1)
‘Secret Knowledge Of Backroads’ (Peel Session 1)
‘Here’ (Peel Session 1)
‘Rain Ammunition’ (Peel Session 2)
‘Drunks With Guns’ (Peel Session 2)
‘Ed Ames’ (Peel Session 2)
‘The List Of Dorms’ (Peel Session 2)
‘Conduit For Sale’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Fame Throwa’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Home’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Perfume V’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Summer Babe’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Frontwards’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Angel Carver Blues Mellow Jazz Docent’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Two States’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘No Life Singed Her’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘So Stark’ (You’re A Skyscraper) [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Box Elder’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘Baby Yeah’ [Live Brixton 1992]
‘In The Mouth Of A Desert’ [Live Brixton 1992]

Pavement originally split in 1999 but reformed in 2009 for a reunion tour the following year. They disbanded again at the end of their tour commitments.

Back in February, it was revealed that Malkmus rejected his former Pavement bandmates’ offer to reunite. In an interview on the Kreative Kontrol podcast, bandmate Bob Nastanovich revealed that Malkmus was not interested in their pitch for a reunion. “It did not float. It was a failed attempt,” Nastanovich said.

Stephen Malkmus’ latest album with his band the Jicks, called ‘Wig Out at Jagbags’, was released last year.