Frank Turner is one of those artists who just never stops working. If he’s not recording a new album, he’s touring. If he’s not touring, he’s recording radio sessions. If he’s not recording radio sessions, he’s touring. If he’s not touring, he’s recording extra material for b-sides or stand-alone EPs. It’s no wonder that his solo career has spawned compilation discs of album length every three years. This traditional taking stock resulted in a third compilation – predictably titled ‘The Third Three Years’ – in the autumn of 2014. While this particular instalment of FT’s extra-curricular recordings is, perhaps, a little more reliant on covers and live/session material than the previous two anthologies, the twenty one track disc brings plenty of enjoyable material for the Turner fan.
In November, Frank Turner will release a twenty one track rarities compilation focusing on recordings from 2011-2014.
‘The Third Three Years’ follows popular similarly themed comps ‘The First Three Years’ and ‘The Second Three Years’, now available via Xtra Mile Recordings.
The full details – including tracklist – are laid out in the press release below.
Following clips with Billy Bragg and Imelda May, the Levellers have released another new video collaboration. This time, their guest is folk-punk hero Frank Turner who puts his own stamp on the band’s 1993 number ‘Julie’.
In the 1970s greatest hits collections were a quick way for record companies to bundle together previously released material under the pretence that it was a celebration of a band’s career up to a particular point. These were not usually so much a celebration as a way to make a quick buck, but whatever the justification, such releases rarely troubled the more serious record buyer. In the late 80s, the game changed when record companies began to pad such collections out with two or three unreleased tracks, not only ensuring the collection of singles would sell to a more casual listener, but also hoping it would tempt the long term fan into that extra purchase. Such practice became common.
After the demise of hardcore band Million Dead, frontman Frank Turner embarked a relentless touring schedule. Playing most nights throughout 2006 helped build a strong and devoted following for his semi-acoustic folk-punk material. Appearing both deeply personal yet accessible, his debut album ‘Sleep Is For The Week’ – released in January 2007 – attracted very positive responses. His second release ‘Love, Ire & Song’ saw a huge leap in terms of quality and although not a huge seller upon its release, this album set Turner on the route to stardom.