Contains a bounty of bonus content, plus sleeve notes by Eoin Devereux
Today, The Cranberries’ monumental third album, “To The Faithful Departed,” is reissued as a deluxe edition on vinyl and CD via Island/UMe. Originally released on April 30, 1996, the album yielded four singles including the U.S. No. 1 modern rock single “Salvation.”
In this deluxe reissue, the original album has been remastered by John Davis at Metropolis. Available in its original configuration as one LP, an expanded two-LP set, and a three-CD set (whose track listing the digital version mirrors), “To The Faithful Departed” deluxe editions contain an abundance of bonus tracks and material. The two-LP and three-CD configurations include three previously unreleased album demos recorded with Tim Palmer in Paris. The sleeve notes by Eoin Devereux includes contributions from the remaining band members as well as archived material, which includes interviews with Dolores.
Selling over 6 million copies worldwide and reaching No. 1 in six countries, it became the band’s highest-charting album on the U.S. Billboard Top 200. Entertainment Weekly lavished an A- review, calling it their “best album,” saying “If the Cranberries once sounded as if they were sleepwalkers in a world gone weird, ‘To the Faithful Departed’ sounds as if they’ve finally awakened”; and Wall of Sound adds, “ ‘To the Faithful Departed’ is the group's best album yet, due largely to its musical diversity and undeniable energy.”
“I hadn't heard these tracks for a long time, but have spent many days over the past year or so listening intently to these songs,” drummer Fergal Lawler said. With the tragic passing of powerhouse vocalist Dolores O’Riordan in 2018, his remembrance of the recording is bittersweet. “As difficult as it was to hear Dolores' voice, they brought back many fond memories. I was shocked at how powerful they sounded and the strong emotions that I felt as I listened."
The digital and three-CD set includes unreleased outtakes and early mixes of the studio album and 12 rare live tracks recorded on the band’s 1996 “Free to Decide” Tour.