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Released: 16 November 2018
Highest UK Chart Position:
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Cat. No. STUDIO13CD001 /
Ltd Green Vinyl
Ltd Vinyl Box Set "Deluxe"
Ltd Vinyl Box Set "Super Deluxe"
Download (HD & standard) / Stream
03. Gun To
Drifters & Trawlers
Truce Of Twilight
Last Man To Leave
Box sets include downloadable bonus
"St. George And The Blackbird" and "The Imperial" plus their instrumental
versions. "Super Deluxe" box set comes with all four tracks,
while "Deluxe" contains vocal versions only.
Ltd CD Book is a 56-page A4 hardback book containing CD,
sheet music, lyrics and artwork.
Box sets include the same book as
described above, plus five postcards and a screen print. "Super Deluxe" box set
also comes with ribbons and a limited
hand-printed wood cut print by Paul Simonon.
Currently, the box sets
are exclusive to
official GBQ webstore. "Deluxe" edition is priced at £80
and limited to 1,000 copies. "Super Deluxe" is
priced at £150 and limited to 300 copies. (Originally, "Deluxe" cost £120 and "Super Deluxe" £250. The price was
reduced around a week before the album's release.)
an immediate download of
Land (available from Oct 23)
To The Head (Nov 5)
Credits inside the album
- Described as "a reluctant goodbye
letter to the EU", Merrie Land was inspired by
the unexpected result of the UK's EU referendum. The album examines
how the Britishness has changed in recent years and how the country
will unite again.
- Many of the songs refer to the
history of the Great Britain: "You need to know what your country is
before you want it back. And part of that is understanding who we
are. We're Vikings. We're Anglo-Saxons. We're French, Belgian,
Nigerian, Caribbean, Ghanian, Somalian, Pakistani," Damon told
The Guardian. "Don't limit yourself, guys. We need to be
very outward-looking. That's why we have all those piers [in
Blackpool where the recording started]. That's a kind of metaphor
for trying to reach out into the world."
- Damon wrote the lyrics for
"Nineteen Seventeen" while travelling on a Eurostar train
between France and England. He was seated backwards ("I
see myself moving backwards in time today"). The song title refers
to the World War I.
- "Lady Boston" is a song about a
woman Damon noticed in a Victorian painting at Penrhyn Castle in
Wales. The track features the local Côr y Penrhyn (The Penrhyn Male
- During the album's making,
Veikko's Blur Page gathered
comments from the people who were
involved in the project.
- The album's cover artwork features
the British actor Michael Redgrave.
The original image was shot during the making of the film
Dead of Night (1945).
- Merrie Land was the first
release from the newly founded record label, Studio 13.
- Total running time: 37:28