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Richard Hell and the Voidoids Ready ‘Destiny Street Complete’ Reissue

Punk legend revisits 1982 LP with remixed version that captures how Hell intended Destiny Street to sound, “I’ve been working on this release for 40 years”

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01:  Photo of Richard HELL; B&W Posed  (Photo by Peter Noble/Redferns)

Photo of Richard HELL; B&W Posed January 01, 1982

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Richard Hell and the Voidoids will revisit their 1982 album Destiny Street as a “remastered, remixed, repaired” reissue that captures how the band’s second and final album was originally intended to sound.

Destiny Street Remixed, due out January 21st, 2021 via Omnivore Recordings, makes use of the newly discovered three of the four original 24-track masters from the 1981 sessions for the album that, in its original form, “was a morass of trebly multi-guitar blare,” Hell writes in the reissue’s new liner notes.

Never happy with the 1982 album, Hell first tinkered with it for 2009’s Destiny Street Repaired, which combined the original rhythm tracks with Hell’s new vocals and guitar overdubs courtesy of Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, and Ivan Julian.

After rediscovering the 24-track masters featuring the Voidoids’ contributions, Hell enlisted Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner for a full remix of the original Destiny Street. In addition to the standalone Destiny Street Remixed, the remastered 1982 LP, the “repaired” version, and the new remixed version will also be released together as the two-CD Destiny Street Complete, which adds a fourth disc of a dozen demos recorded between 1978 and 1980.

“I’ve been working on this release for 40 years. Long road,” Hell said of the release in a statement. “Three different versions of the same 10 songs, from the same basic tracks by the same four musicians. I couldn’t help myself, and I’m glad, God damn it. But really, each of the four parts (including the collection of demos) has its points of interest and then the whole is greater than the parts, for my money. It was a good trip, with lots of roadside attractions, but I’m happy to have reached the destination.”

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