BauhausStones Thrown/Leaving Records
The Bela Session
Released: 23rd November 2018
The Bela Session captures the first time Bauhaus recorded together, January 26th, 1979, just six weeks after forming as a band. This is the first release of that complete recording session, including three previously unreleased tracks. This also marks the first official reissue of the single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” on vinyl for over thirty years. The audio has been newly mastered from the original analogue tape by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios.
Originally released as a 12-inch single in August 1979 by Small Wonder Records, “Bela Lugosi's Dead” failed to make the pop charts but remained a staple of the U.K. independent singles chart for many years.
Three months after releasing “Bela,” the group signed with label 4AD who released their debut album In The Flat Field. They then moved to the larger parent company, Beggars Banquet and between 1981 and 1983 released a further three studio albums, as well as peaking at #15 with their cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” in the UK singles chart. After disbanding in 1983, members of the band went on to form Love And Rockets and Tones On Tail while Peter Murphy enjoyed a successful solo career.
The Bela Session will be issued on 180 gram Black vinyl; Printed inner sleeve with facsimile of the recording session's tape box; 20 x 20-inch poster of the original "Bela" 12-inch cover.
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (9:36)
“Some Faces” (2:29) previously unreleased
“Bite My Hip ”(2:57) previously unreleased; later reworked, re-recorded as “Lagartija Nick” in 1983
“Harry” (2:56) later released as a B-side in 1982
“Boys” (3:03) previously unreleased; later re-recorded and released as the B-side of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”