We’ve had quite a year from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. First there was ‘Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy‘ - a book of conversations with longtime collaborator Alan Licht, now the hardest working man in music has announced that he will re-release six classic recordings dated between 1996 and 2004.
To give you an idea of just how hard working this man is, between his first Palace Brothers record, 1993’s ‘There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You’ and last year’s Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album ‘Wolfroy Goes To Town‘, Bonny has released no less than seventeen studio albums, twenty-five EPs and five live albums.
It is in the spirit of celebration of an artistic life so remarkable that Domino Records is this year to re-issue these six seminal records on 30th July. The albums will be ‘Arise Therefore’ (1996) and ‘Joya’ (1997), ’I See A Darkness’ (1999), ‘Ease Down The Road’ (2001), ‘Master And Everyone’ (2003) and ‘Greatest Palace Music’ (2004).
Is that enough? Not for Billy! Most people would happily sit back and enjoy such a handsome array of releases but he’s releasing a new EP, titled ‘Now Here’s My Plan’, which is a collection of old songs newly recorded with Steve Albini. The EP is out on Domino on 24th June.
Enough? It bloody well should be!