On 26th May 2016, The Flaming Lips performed their universally acclaimed 1999 album The Soft Bulletin in its entirety with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This particular event has been regarded by those in attendance as one of the most awe-inspiring, moving and magical moments of a lifetime. For the Lips and their fans, perhaps the apex of a magnificent interpretation that will remain as rewarding and emotionally-charged as it was that night in 2016. The Flaming Lips performed the 12-track album in its original sequence with new arrangements accompanied by a 69-piece orchestra and 56-strong chorus. The performance was conducted by the internationally celebrated conductor Andre De Ridder.
Now, the resulting live recording is being released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Soft Bulletin. The album was the band’s breakthrough moment and featured the hit singles “Race for the Prize” and “Waitin’ for a Superman.” The album will be released digitally and on CD on 29th November via Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Warner Bros in the rest of the world. A vinyl release will follow a few weeks later. Album pre-orders begin today and will include an instant download of “Race For The Prize” from the album. Click here to pre-order.
Response from the media for The Soft Bulletin was overwhelming in its praise:
“This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.” Pitchfork
“A joyous, celestial celebration of sound.” NME
“The eccentric Oklahoma outfit The Flaming Lips serenely release another winning neo-psychedelic recording. Densely textured but melodic… No one else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously.” Rolling Stone
“The Soft Bulletin echoes the oft-mimicked Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys, with its psychedelic wobbliness, songs-within-songs and airy temperament.” Q Magazine
“Not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade.”All Music