Viola Beach’s self-titled debut album is released on vinyl for the very first time this week.
The nine-track record first came in July 2016 after the Warrington quartet (Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin) and their manager, Craig Tarry, were tragically killed in a road accident in Sweden in February.
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A colorful vinyl version of “Viola Beach” is set to be released this Friday, February 11 to mark the fifth anniversary of the album’s initial release. You can pre-order it from here.
“This poignant vinyl edition release was welcomed by families as a fitting celebration of what the band members and their manager have done best together, creating and performing wonderful music,” reads an official description.
The rainbow picture disc pays homage to the colorful umbrella that Viola Beach was photographed with, which later became their symbol following their tragic accident six years ago.
The special LP will be released on Fuller Beans Records, the label set up by Kris, River, Tom, Jack and their manager Craig. You can see a preview image below.
“I want to thank SJM and other organizations for the continued support we have received as families,” Lisa Leonard said. “I’m very proud that the boys’ album has been released on vinyl. I’m sure Kristian would have been too.
“Kris and the boys’ lives will continue through their music.”
In a joint statement, Tomas Lowe’s family expressed their thanks to “everyone at SJM & Communion Records who made this re-release possible and everyone who has listened to their music over the past 5 years.”
They continued: “As a family we are extremely proud of Tom and the reissue of the albums is a lasting tribute to the boy’s passion, music and friendship.”
Jo and Loren Dakin said, “Thank you so much to everyone who made this vinyl-wrapped rainbow of dreams possible. The boys would be proud and humbled.
Colin, Diane and Sarah Tarry added, “The continued support from the music industry is overwhelming. Being a family of vinyl collectors, Craig would like the album released on vinyl. We are so proud of him, Kris, Jack, Tom and River and always will be.
Ben and Sharon Dunne said: “The ‘River Reeves’ family in Penzance and Warrington would like to thank everyone at SJM and Communion Records who made this special re-release possible.
“Our fondest memories are of River making music and performing. We want the world to know that through music, River, his bandmates and his manager will live on in all of our lives. Let’s put it back in the charts where it belongs!”
In August 2016, Viola Beach’s debut studio album went to number one on the UK Albums Chart after their fatal accident earlier that year.
Last February, a cover of the band’s track “Swings And Waterslides” was recorded by a collective of musicians from Warrington to mark five years since the deaths of the four band members and Tarry.