The nine-minute original version of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" will be pressed with three unreleased tracks from the 1979 session that launched the goth movement.
It marks the first time the nine-minute original studio recording of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" will be available digitally, as well as the classic track's first appearance on vinyl in 30 years. The band recorded the tune, which is considered the first goth record, six weeks after their formation on January 26th, 1979. The Bela Session includes five tracks in total, three of which are previously unreleased. (One of those, "Bite My Hip," was later reworked and released as "Lagartija Nick.")
Shortly after recording "Bela Lugosi's Dead" the Northampton, England band would sign with 4AD, then that label's parent company Beggars Banquet, releasing three studio albums before disbanding in 1983. The Beggars/4AD records will also be reissued to mark the band's 40th anniversary. Leaving Records, known for releasing modern New Age recordings and experimental beats, will put out The Bela Session in partnership with Stones Throw.
Listen to "Bela Lugosi's Dead" via Bandcamp.
01. Bela Lugosi’s Dead
02. Some Faces
03. Bite My Hip
Leaving Records will release The Bela Session on November 23rd, 2018.