Peter Bruntnell classic gets vinyl release for Record Store Day

Peter Bruntnell is the dictionary definition of a UK americana icon, having been receiving much the same consistently high praise since his debut album ‘Cannibal’ was released in 1995, and this weekend sees the release of a limited edition vinyl of one of his best-known records.

‘Normal For Bridgwater’, originally released back in 1999, will be available exclusively for Record Store Day 2020 (29th August) pressed on heavyweight white vinyl and limited to 500 individually numbered copies.

Upon release in June 1999, NME described the album as “a diabolic pact between Uncle Tupelo and The Eagles”, whilst Mojo made it their Americana Album Of The Month, saying, “I defy anyone not to be moved by the superb songwriting” and The Independent stated that “if this collection doesn’t get him widespread recognition, then the world’s an ugly place. A true and beautiful gem.” Sadly the word is still an ugly place.

Peter Bruntnell’s complete back catalogue of albums is available digitally for the first time worldwide this year, via our dear friends at Loose, including ‘Normal For Bridgwater’.  But of course tomorrow is a day for physical – go and support your local record store, and read more about Record Store Day 2020 over at their site here.


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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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