EP's 1988–1991

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EP's 1988–1991
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Compilation album by My Bloody Valentine
Released 4 May 2012 (2012-05-04)
Recorded 1988 (1988)–1991 (1991)
Length 101:23
Label Sony
Producer My Bloody Valentine
Compiler Kevin Shields
My Bloody Valentine chronology
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EP's 1988–1991 is a compilation album by Irish alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine, released on 4 May 2012 on Sony.[1] It features three of the band's extended plays for Creation RecordsYou Made Me Realise (1988), Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991)—plus one single ("Feed Me with Your Kiss"), and seven additional rare and unreleased songs. Compiled and remastered by the band's vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields, EP's 1988–1991 was released as a two-disc CD set alongside remastered versions of My Bloody Valentine's two original studio albums, Isn't Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991).[2]

Upon its release, EP's 1988–1991 received positive reviews from music critics and placed in several international charts, including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, South Korea and Japan.


Rumours of a My Bloody Valentine box set circulated amongst the general public in April 2008. Following a listing on HMV Japan's web site, media sources reported that a five-disc limited edition box set containing remastered versions of Isn't Anything (1988), Loveless (1991), a compilation of the band's EPs, a compilation of unreleased songs and a DVD were due to be released on 25 June 2008.[3] A listing was also made available on Amazon UK,[4] under the title Complete Box with an expected release date of 7 July 2008. In an article published in The Guardian in May 2008, Sean O'Hagan, a close friend of My Bloody Valentine's vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields, commented on the rumours, saying: "a representative from Sony (who now possess the band's back catalogue) emailed to ask if I would write the sleevenotes for a very imminent My Bloody Valentine box set featuring Shields's remastered versions of Isn't Anything and Loveless, as well as all the songs that appeared on their now hard-to-find EPs and several unreleased tracks. An interview was scheduled for the following week as soon as Shields had approved the CD artwork. I am still waiting. In the meantime, the release of the box set has been postponed indefinitely."[5] Promotional copies of partially remastered editions of Isn't Anything and Loveless were leaked in June 2008[6] although neither compilations mentioned by O'Hagan or other media sources were released.


EP's 1988–1991 was announced for release on 23 March 2012 through an official press release by Sony Music Ireland.[1] The album was released in Ireland on 4 May 2012, and three days later in the United Kingdom, on CD and made available as a digital download from various online retailers. A CD-only version of the album was released in Japan on 12 June.[7] Kevin Shields mentioned in an interview with Pitchfork Media that LP versions of the album are due "probably in a few months."[8]

EP's 1988–1991 charted in four countries upon its release. The album debuted, and peaked, at number 21 on the Irish Albums Chart,[9] falling to number 68 in its second week.[10] The album also debuted at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart,[11] number 192 on the Belgian Albums Chart in Flanders,[12] number 189 on the Belgian Albums Chart in Wallonia,[13] number 69 on the Gaon Albums Chart in South Korea,[14] and number 17 on the Oricon Albums Chart in Japan.[15]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[16]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[17]
The Irish Times 4/5 stars[18]
musicOMH Positive[19]
Pitchfork Media 9.5/10[20]
RTÉ Ten Positive[21]
State 10/10[22]

EP's 1988–1991 has received positive reviews. AllMusic rated the album four out of five stars.[16] Drowned in Sound reviewer Dom Gourlay awarded the album a 9 out of 10 rating and said "although marginally falling short of perfection as a complete package, [the album] is a fascinating collection detailing the unassailable rise of arguably the most influential guitar band this past quarter of a century."[17] Writing for The Irish Times, Tony Clayton-Lea said the release, along with Isn't Anything and Loveless, "highlight once again how traditional musical structures can be subverted and inverted to the point where it’s simultaneously familiar and comforting, yet odd and uneasy," awarding it four out of five stars.[18] Mic Wright of musicOMH noted that "for anyone who has been mesmerised by the power, beauty and oddness of MBV, it's yet another opportunity to get obsessed," describing the album as "the sound of sweet sedation, like being serenaded by angels as you come out from under a general anaesthetic."[19] Pitchfork Media editor Mark Richardson awarded the album a rare 9.5/10 rating and referred to the album—along with Isn't Anything and Loveless—as the "best new reissue". Richardson selected the "crunchy pop tunes at the tail end of the disc" as the highlights of the album, noting that the songs "complement to the superior material on the EPs."[20] RTÉ's entertainment network, RTÉ Ten, referred to EP's 1988–1991 as "the real treasures in these re-releases" and called it "a cause for celebration."[21] State magazine awarded the album a full ten out of ten rating and praised the collection of EPs individually, calling You Made Me Realise "a massive step-up" from their previous material and the preceding Loveless EPs as "similarly revelatory".[22]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kevin Shields unless otherwise noted..

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Made Me Realise" (from You Made Me Realise, 1988)   3:47
2. "Slow" (from You Made Me Realise, 1988)   3:12
3. "Thorn" (from You Made Me Realise, 1988)   3:37
4. "Cigarette in Your Bed" (from You Made Me Realise, 1988)   3:30
5. "Drive It All Over Me" (from You Made Me Realise, 1988) Shields, Bilinda Butcher, Colm Ó Cíosóig 3:06
6. "Feed Me with Your Kiss" (from "Feed Me with Your Kiss", 1988)   3:57
7. "I Believe" (from "Feed Me with Your Kiss", 1988)   3:02
8. "Emptiness Inside" (from "Feed Me with Your Kiss", 1988)   2:50
9. "I Need No Trust" (from "Feed Me with Your Kiss", 1988)   3:37
10. "Soon" (from Glider, 1990)   6:59
11. "Glider" (from Glider, 1990)   3:11
12. "Don't Ask Why" (from Glider, 1990)   4:03
13. "Off Your Face" (from Glider, 1990) Shields, Butcher 4:16
Total length: 49:12
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "To Here Knows When" (from Tremolo, 1991; sourced from a 2006 DAT) Shields, Butcher 5:49
2. "Swallow" (from Tremolo, 1991)   4:53
3. "Honey Power" (from Tremolo, 1991) Butcher 4:33
4. "Moon Song" (from Tremolo, 1991)   3:28
5. "Instrumental No 2" (from Isn't Anything bonus 7" "Instrumental", 1988)   4:44
6. "Instrumental No 1" (from Isn't Anything bonus 7" "Instrumental", 1988)   3:22
7. "Glider" (full version from Glider E.P. Remixes, 1990)   10:15
8. "Sugar" (from a split 7" flexi-disc with Pacific, 1989)   4:16
9. "Angel" (previously unreleased)   4:42
10. "Good for You" (previously unreleased)   2:31
11. "How Do You Do It" (previously unreleased)   3:32
Total length: 52:11


My Bloody Valentine
Technical personnel
  • My Bloody Valentine – production, mixing
  • Kevin Shields – remastering
  • Dave Anderson – engineer (disc one: 6–9, disc two: 5–6)
  • Steve Nunn – engineer (disc one: 6–9, disc two: 5–6)
  • Alex Russell – engineer (disc one: 6–9, disc two: 5–6)
  • Alan Moulder – engineer (disc one: 10–12, disc two: 1–4)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[12] 192
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[13] 189
Irish Albums Chart[9] 21
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[15] 17
South Korean Gaon Albums Chart[14] 69
UK Albums Chart[11] 33

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog
Ireland[1] 4 May 2012 2×CD, digital download Sony Music Entertainment 88691941692
United Kingdom[2] 7 May 2012
Japan[7] 12 June 2012 2×CD SICP20382


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