Japanese CD of the Day / Manic Street Preachers: Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes (click to enlarge)

Stars and Stripes (ESCA 5630) was a 1992 Japan-only release of Manic Street Preachers songs from the Generation Terrorists era.

If you look closer at the image about, you’ll notice that this release actually has the subtitle “Generation Terrorists US Mix”. The reason for this is that four of the eight tracks – Slash ‘n’ Burn, Nat West–Barclays–Midlands–Lloyds, Little Baby Nothing and You Love Us are different mixes from the UK/European versions (remixed by Michael Brauer) and feature the live drumming of American session drummer Zachary Alford.

None of these tracks appeared on last year’s 20th Anniversary of Generation Terrorists.

The packaging is stylish, and this set came with a sticker sheet, OBI strip, picture CD and booklet with lyrics in Japanese and English.

A must for any Manics fans’ collection, a quick look on amazon shows that these aren’t too hard to get hold of, if you’re willing to pay the price!

Great booklet with stylish photos
The all-important ‘OBI’ strip

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I assume these are the same tracks that appear on the US mix of GT? I was surprised to find out the mixes were completely different as I picked up the US mix while living in Canada and then imported the UK version to get the extra tracks. The Holy Bible US mix is also completely different, with a much “beefier” rhythm section on both releases which I actually prefer. Couldn’t find any information about these different mixes when searching on the net and don’t think any of their other albums received a similar treatment.


out of all the bands on the go, the Manics must surely be the most prolific in “Japanese only” releases and tracks. as very few of the tracks that get issued to Japan only are rubbish it’s incredibly frustrating.