The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts

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The Black Parade/
Living with Ghosts
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade - Living With Ghosts Album Cover.jpg
Studio album (reissue) by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2016
RecordedApril–August 2006 at El Dorado Recording Studios in Burbank, California
Genre
Length89:54
LabelReprise
Producer
My Chemical Romance chronology
May Death Never Stop You
(2014)
The Black Parade/
Living with Ghosts

(2016)
Singles from The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts
  1. "The Five of Us Are Dying"
    Released: July 29, 2016
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Sound8/10[2]

The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts is a reissue of American rock band My Chemical Romance's third studio album The Black Parade (2006). The reissue combines the original album, along with several unreleased demos and live tracks during the recording of The Black Parade, titled Living with Ghosts.

Background[edit]

The band's previous release was in March 2014 titled May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits 2001–2013, a greatest hits album containing material spanning their entire career, as well as some previously unreleased material.[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

On July 20, 2016, the band posted on their official Twitter and Facebook pages a video with the piano intro from "Welcome to the Black Parade", ending with a cryptic date, "9/23/16".[4][5] The video was also published on the band's YouTube channel with the video titled "MCRX".[6] This led to numerous rumors and reports on the band's possible reunion. Some also noted that the band deleted their break-up announcement from Twitter.[7][8] The speculation arose from fans, as well as many notable rock musicians,[9] until it was revealed to be a 10th anniversary reissue of The Black Parade with unreleased demos,[10][11][12] to be released on September 23:[13]

We've been really touched and blown away by the response to the teaser trailer. We are not touring and there is no reunion planned – only a release for the anniversary of The Black Parade. Thank you so much for continuing to keep MCR in your mind and in your hearts.[14]

Two months before its release, an early version of "Welcome to the Black Parade", titled "The Five of Us Are Dying", was made available for streaming and the album was available for pre-order.[15] On My Chemical Romance's official website, the band dedicated the reissue to their late A&R executive Craig Aaronson who died on October 29, 2014, stating:[16][17]

We, the members of MCR, dedicate this release to the memory of Craig Aaronson, our friend, our relentless champion, our A&R man. He was appreciated, he was loved, he will be forever missed.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Bryar, Frank Iero, Ray Toro, Gerard Way and Mikey Way.

Disc 1 (The Black Parade)
No.TitleLength
1."The End."1:52
2."Dead!"3:15
3."This Is How I Disappear"3:59
4."The Sharpest Lives"3:20
5."Welcome to the Black Parade"5:11
6."I Don't Love You"3:58
7."House of Wolves"3:04
8."Cancer"2:22
9."Mama" (featuring Liza Minnelli)4:39
10."Sleep"4:43
11."Teenagers"2:41
12."Disenchanted"4:55
13."Famous Last Words"4:59
14."Blood" (hidden track; starts at 1:31) (omitted on the Japanese edition)2:53
Disc 1 (The Black Parade) Japanese version
No.TitleLength
14."Heaven Help Us"2:56
Disc 2 (Living with Ghosts)
No.TitleLength
1."The Five of Us Are Dying" (rough mix)3:49
2."Kill All Your Friends" (live demo)4:22
3."Party at the End of the World" (live demo)2:47
4."Mama" (live demo)3:59
5."My Way Home Is Through You" (live demo)2:45
6."Not That Kind of Girl" (live demo)2:02
7."House of Wolves (version 1)" (live demo)4:00
8."House of Wolves (version 2)" (live demo)2:52
9."Emily" (rough mix)3:11
10."Disenchanted" (live demo)4:01
11."All the Angels" (live demo)3:13

[16][18][19]

Personnel[edit]

My Chemical Romance

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 15
Scottish Albums (OCC)[21] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 11
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[23] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts – My Chemical Romance". AllMusic. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Gav Lloyd (September 22, 2006). "Review: The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts". Rock Sound.
  3. ^ "Kerrang! My Chemical Romance announce details on greatest hits, May Death Never Stop You". Kerrang.com. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Are My Chemical Romance Getting Back Together?". Kerrang!. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "My Chemical Romance post new logo and cryptic date". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  6. ^ MCRX. July 20, 2016 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Fans react to rumours of My Chemical Romance reforming". NME. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "My Chemical Romance have released a new song after telling fans they're not reforming". metro.co.uk. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Musicians react to potential My Chemical Romance reunion". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  10. ^ Bacle, Ariana (July 20, 2016). "My Chemical Romance reissuing famed album The Black Parade after cryptic tweet". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  11. ^ Brennan, Collin (July 20, 2016). "My Chemical Romance hint at reunion for 10th anniversary of The Black Parade". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (July 21, 2016). "Is the My Chemical Romance comeback a 10th anniversary 'The Black Parade' reissue?". NME. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade reissue gets release date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  14. ^ "My Chemical Romance Deny Reunion, Confirm Tenth-Anniversary Reissue of 'The Black Parade'". Spin. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  15. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (July 29, 2016). "Stream My Chemical Romance's previously unreleased track 'The Five Of Us Are Dying'". NME. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  16. ^ a b c "My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts". Archived from the original on August 20, 2016.
  17. ^ "Craig Aaronson (A&R for My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, the Used, more) has passed away". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  18. ^ "My Chemical Romance release 'The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts' anniversary release details". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  19. ^ "My Chemical Romance to Release 'The Black Parade' Deluxe Reissue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  20. ^ "Australiancharts.com – My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade / Living with Ghosts". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  23. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 1, 2016.