Soul Mining (National Album Day)



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Release Date: 14th October 2022

Originally released in 1983, ‘Soul Mining’ is the debut major label album by post punk outfit, The
The, fronted by Matt Johnson. Including the singles “Uncertain Smile”, “Perfect”, and the iconic
“This Is The Day”, the album, which is Gold certified in the UK, has been long out of print on vinyl,
except as part of a limited run 30th anniversary 2 LP boxset reissue in 2014. Featuring a host of
talented musicians, including JG Thirwell (aka Foetus, Manorexia and Steroid Maximus), Zeke
Manyika (Orange Juice), electronic DIY pioneer Thomas Leer and Jools Holland, Matt Johnson set
out with a clear vision in mind – to produce an album that felt cinematic; a record of width, depth
and texture and one which avoided the mundane line-up of two guitars, bass and drums. Lauded
with critical acclaim (“Soul Mining is a brilliant and very idiosyncratic album” – The Guardian ;
“Like shaving lotion applied to cleanse a wound, Johnson’s songs are attractively scented and sting
like hell” – Melody Maker) the music and lyrics of ‘Soul Mining’ are as fresh and relevant today as
they were almost 40 years ago.


Side A

  1. I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)
  2. This Is the Day
  3. The Sinking Feeling
  4. Uncertain Smile

Side B

  1. The Twilight Hour
  2. Soul Mining
  3. Giant