‘Lloyd Cole in New York’ box set coming to vinyl next month

Cole’s second vinyl box set in the space of six months

Lloyd Cole in New York 7LP vinyl box set

Lloyd Cole‘s 2017 six-CD box set, Lloyd Cole in New York: Collected Recordings 1988-1996, will be issued on vinyl next month.

The set features Cole’s first four solo albums: Lloyd Cole (1990), Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe (1991), Bad Vibes (1993) and Love Story (1995) plus Smile If You Want To (the ‘unreleased’ fifth album) and Demos 89-94 which features 20 recordings from home and studio made public for this release.

The new box is a seven-LP package with each of the albums on a single vinyl LP and the demos across two records. This set sees the debut of Love Story on vinyl. At the time of the CD release, there were 21 previously unreleased tracks on this set. The vinyl box mirrors the CD track listing exactly.

Cole says that the audio has been “gently remastered” by Kai at Skyline Tonfabrik from Universal’s digital files – which are from the original analogue –  “where there were analogue versions…” (most likely, a reference to the demos, some of which probably came from DAT tapes).

The box will also features a 24-page large format booklet with the same notes by John O’Connell as in the CD box, with new interviews with Lloyd and featured musicians, producers and collaborators and a selection of photos from the period, plus a poster and postcards that feature Lloyd shot in New York by photographer Kevin Cummins.

The seven-LP vinyl box of Lloyd Cole in New York: Collected Recordings 1988-1996 is limited to 1000 units and can only be bought either from Lloyd Cole’s online shop (North America shipping only) or via Tapete Records’ online store (for the rest of the world). It may appear via other channels at a later date (depending on whether they sell out).

Lloyd Cole in New York: Collected Recordings 1988-1996 is released on 18 December 2020, via Tapete Records.

Useful links
Lloyd Cole’s online shop
Tapete Records online shop.

LP 1: Lloyd Cole

1. Don’t Look Back
2. What Do You Know About Love?
3. No Blue Skies
4. Loveless
5. Sweetheart
6. To The Church
7. Downtown
8. A Long Way Down
9. Ice Cream Girl
10. Undressed
11. I Hate To See You Baby Doing That Stuff
12. Waterline
13. Mercy Killing

LP 2: Don’t get weird on me, babe
1. Butterfly
2. There For Her
3. Margo’s Waltz
4. Half Of Everything
5. Man Enough
06 What He Doesn’t Know
07 Tell Your Sister
08 Weeping Wine
09 To The Lions
10 Pay For It
11 The One You Never Had
12 She’s a Girl and I’m a Man

LP 3: Bad Vibes
1. Morning Is Broken
2. So You’d Like To Save The World
3. Holier Than Thou
4. Love You So What
5. Wild Mushrooms
6. My Way To You
7. Too Much of a Good Thing
8. Fall Together
9. Mister Wrong
10. Seen The Future
11. Can’t Get Arrested

LP 4: Love Story

1 Trigger Happy
2. Sentimental Fool
3. I Didn’t Know You Cared
4. Love Ruins Everything
5. Baby
6. Be There
7. Unhappy Song
8. Like Lovers Do
9. Happy For You
10. Traffic
11. Let’s Get Lost
12. For Crying Out Loud

LP 5: Smile, if you want to

1. Old Enough To Know Better
2. Memphis
3. Love Like This Can’t Last
4. No More Love Songs
5. Man On The Verge*
6. Santa Cruz
7. Alright People
8. You’re A Big Girl Now
9. Another Lover
10. 39 Down
11. Went To Woodstock
12. I’m Gone

bonus tracks
13. Fool You Are (demo)
14. Weakness

*previously unreleased

LP 6 & 7: Demos 88-94
(all previously unreleased)

1. A Long Way Down
2. Sweetheart 
3. Ice Cream Girl
4. Wild Orphan
5. Loveless
6. What Do You Know About Love?  
7. Know You Too Well
8. The Witching Hour
9. The English Weather
10. I Confess
11. To The Lions
12. The Ship Song
13. Pay For It
14. Weeping Wine
15. The One You Never Had
16. Weird On Me
17. Casanova Smith
18. Cold Empty Room
19. Everyday
20. She Loves You

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Marshall Boswell

Does anyone know if the individual LPs will be sold separately at some point? I have the debut and “Don’t Get Weird On Me” on vinyl already and so would love the next two to round out this era. I’d be happy to have that “Smile if You Want To” album as well, as it is essentially ETC without the instrumentals, though in truth I’d rather have a vinyl version of ETC plain and simple. Sorry if this question has already been asked, and thanks in advance for any news on this front.


I ordered the set too, and am definitely looking forward to it. I do wish there had been a way to put together a B-sides collection as was done for the Commotions box set. Forgotten tracks like “Blame Mary Jane” and “4MB” are miles ahead of some of the album tracks (I’m looking at you, half of “Don’t Get Weird…”). I wish that the stellar Negatives album could get a vinyl edition sometime – I know he hinted at it about a year ago online – but I’m guessing with “Smile, if you want to” containing half the Negatives album on it, that won’t happen. Also, “That Boy” is conspicuously missing – truly in the top-5 best songs he’s ever written and it capped this era well; wish they could have crammed it on the tail end of one of these records. But everybody wants previously unheard music (including me!), so I guess there’s limits to how much hand-wringing you can do when there’s going to be such an abundance of “new” material. Regardless of what is and isn’t in the set, we win!


Got my box set today from Tapete.
Came within 4 days from Germany to Dublin.
Excellent service as usual from them.

Matt Thurston

Thrilled to hear this news!! Long time LC fan from California. I own all of these albums on CD, original issues, but have longed to own them on vinyl as well, in a box set. When the “In New York” box set was released I was bummed that it was only available on CD. I commented here that I wished the set was also released on vinyl. Thank you for granting my wish. As much as I love the Commotions catalogue, the first four LC solo albums, for me, are peak LC.


I am thrilled to have this stuff available on LP. I have these CDs already. Vinyl is just a different experience, one that I enjoy, not unilaterally better or worse than CDs, but IMO better than almost any streaming for a number of reasons.
I have been mixing and recording bands for many years, and the nitpicking over recording signal chains and formats is amusing. Good material, good performances and decent mastering are what I’m after. Thanks to Lloyd for making this available.

Shawn C.

Ordered. Thanks Paul.

I don’t know that it’s mentioned in the announcement, but Lloyd will sign and dedicate all orders from his online shop. I ordered the LC and the Commotions vinyl box and he personally dedicated it – which was a very nice bonus for what was, I believe, already a reasonably priced vinyl collection. The site indicates that, if you prefer, he will sign with the lyrics to one of his songs – I went with this option this time – “Downtown,” my personal favorite. Curious to see what it looks like.


“All gently remastered by Kai at Skyline Tonfabrik (who does all my mastering, these days) from the Universal CD files (…)” Vinyl cut from CD resolution digital files, why bother? Might as well play the cd?

Len Read

Ironically, just been listening to Lloyd Cole on YouTube in conversation with Dave Hepworth and Mark Ellen on the Word In Your Ear video podcast. He said he dislikes the carbon footprint left by vinyl . He tries to steer fans to buying their LPs from local stores rather than mail order from him ! Good chat , by the way.