20 Feb 2014
Trance - a free Minny Pops preview track  


Listen to a free preview of Trance taken from the disc two (live at the Melkweg) of Minny Pops' upcoming 2CD edition of Sparks in a Dark Room which is released by Factory Benelux on 17 March 2014.

'Sparks...' was the second studio album by , originally released by FBN in May 1982. The album on the first disc is augmented by bonus tracks include the non-album singles Time and Een Kus, plus demos and an EP by instrumental splinter project Smalts.

The second disc features an entire live performance recorded at Amsterdam Melkweg on 7 April 2012 on their 30th anniversary tour, with original members Wally Van Middendorp, Wim Dekker and Pieter Mulder and new guitarist Mark Ritsema.

More info and ordering details via factorybenelux.com.

Don't forget that Minny Pops will join Crispy Ambulance and Section 25 at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester for A Factory Night on Record Store Day.

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