Sugar’s 1992 debut album COPPER BLUE sold over 250,000 units upon its original release and received overwhelming praise. Rolling Stone christened it “thunderous”; Vogue dubbed it “smashing”. NME would ultimately name it their 1992 Album of the Year. Currently, Mould has been commemorating COPPER BLUE’s 20th anniversary by playing the record in its entirety with his current band of Jason Narducy (bass) and Jon Wurster (drums).

Recorded and mixed during the same intense sessions that produced COPPER BLUE, the BEASTER EP was originally released in April 1993. Notably darker in tone than the widescreen power-pop of COPPER BLUE, Beaster nevertheless boasts some of Mould’s most powerful songwriting.

FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING a/k/a FU:EL — the third and final album by this short-lived but brilliant trio — was originally released in September 1994, featuring songs such as “Your Favorite Thing” that endure as mainstays of Mould’s solo performances to this day.

Mac McCaughan of Superchunk and Merge wrote of the reissues: When word went around that Bob Mould had new band, not only a “band” band (as opposed to a hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Husker Du in particular (like myself) went into high expectation mode. Copper Blue turned out to be a distillation of Bob’s pop mode and roaring guitar mode into one tightly wound explosion of sound. There was space enough for the songs to breathe, but a driving urgency & energy in the rhythm section of Barbe and Travis that gives the whole album a barely-harnessed feel. Sonically, on songs like “The Act We Act” (Copper Blue), “JC Auto” (Beaster) & “Gee Angel” (FU:EL) Sugar took Husker Du’s aesthetic widescreen, the center held steady by Bob’s focused songwriting. It’s kind of incredible what Sugar did within such a small discography; there’s no wasted space and the flow of great songs is a surprising, exciting listen 20 years later.

Watch a trailer for the Sugar re-issues, containing footage from COPPER BLUE performed live in its entirety for the first time ever at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill during the 20th anniversary of the Noise Pop Music Festival,HERE.

See below for tracklisting.

Copper Blue / Beaster (3CD set)
Copper Blue & Beaster will be released as a double LP with b-sides & a live show as bonus downloads. CD1 & CD3 of this release will be sold together digitally. CD2 will be sold separately, digitally only.

Pre-order from Merge HERE

CD1 (tracks 1-10 are original Ryko Copper Blue remastered, 11-14 are Ryko b-sides)
1 The Act We Act
2 A Good Idea
3 Changes
4 Helpless
5 Hoover Dam
6 The Slim
7 If I Can’t Change Your Mind
8 Fortune Teller
9 Slick
10 Man on the Moon
11 Needle Hits E
12 If I Can’t Change Your Mind (Solo Mix)
13 Try Again
14 Clownmaster

CD2 Beaster EP (original Ryko version remastered)
1 Come Around
2 Tilted
3 Judas Cradle
4 JC Auto
5 Feeling Better
6 Walking Away

CD3 Live at Cabaret Metro Chicago, Illinois, July 22, 1992 1 The Act We Act
2 A Good Idea
3 Changes
4 Running Out of Time
5 Helpless
6 If I Can’t Change Your Mind
7 Where Diamonds Are Halos
8 Hoover Dam
9 Beer Commercial
10 Slick
11 Anyone
12 Clownmaster
13 Tilted
14 Armenia City In the Sky
15 JC Auto
16 The Slim
17 Dum Dum Boys
18 Man on the Moon

File Under: Easy Listening (aka FU:EL)
FU:EL will be sold as a single LP with b-sides & a live show as bonus downloads.

Pre-order from Merge HERE

CD1 (tracks 1-10 are original Ryko FU:EL remastered, 11-16 are Ryko b-sides)
1 Gift
2 Company Book
3 Your Favorite Thing
4 What You Want It To Be
5 Gee Angel
6 Panama City Motel
7 Can’t Help You Anymore
8 Granny Cool
9 Believe What You’re Saying
10 Explode And Make Up
11 Mind Is an Island
12 Frustration
13 Going Home
14 In the Eyes of My Friends
15 And You Tell Me
16 Believe What You’re Saying (Campfire Mix)

CD2 – The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes – Live at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2, 1994 1 Gift
2 Company Book
3 Hoover Dam
4 After All the Road Have Led to Nowhere
5 Where Diamonds Are Halos
6 Slick
7 Going Home
8 Running Out of Time
9 Frustration
10 Changes
11 Can’t Help You Anymore
12 Helpless
13 If I Can’t Change Your Mind
14 In the Eyes of My Friends
15 Clownmaster
16 Gee Angel
17 Explode And Make Up
18 The Slim