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Portishead to Release 20th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue of ‘Dummy’

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Apparently somebody loves them.

Trip-hop royalty Portishead have announced they’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark 1994 debut, ‘Dummy,’ by reissuing the LP on 180-gram wax. According to a statement released by the band, the first 1,000 copies will be pressed on blue vinyl with subsequent copies “reverting back to heavyweight black vinyl.”

Although the reissue won’t include any new material and all the songs remain “exactly as recorded on the original release,” each copy will come with a download card for the album. Pre-orders will begin on Wednesday Aug. 13.

News of the reissue is a little surprising, however, as Portishead founder-producer Geoff Barrow specifically told Rolling Stone back in 2011 that the outfit wouldn’t put out a 20th anniversary reissue. “Special editions have been a dirty word because they’ve just basically been a tool of the industry to try and squeeze more money out of the fan or the music buyer,” he said. “We would only do that if we were maybe forced into it by some label contractual thing.”

Check out the video for the ‘Dummy’ hit ‘Sour Times’ below:

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