Museum, the sole album by late ‘80s/early ‘90s Atlanta rockers Mary My Hope, is being expanded for a deluxe, 2-CD edition to be released through UK label Cherry Red Records on May 26th.
The original 1989 album, which combined elements of hard rock, glam and alternative rock, will be appended with the subsequent mini-album, Monster is Bigger Than the Man (1990), plus a second CD of previously unreleased recordings, including six studio tracks for their shelved second album, a dozen live tracks from their 1989 UK tour, and two songs recorded in 1990 in France, shortly before the band broke up. Extensive liner notes will also be included, based on new interviews with guitarist Clint Steele and vocalist/guitarist James Hall.
Although short-lived (and, many have maintained, ahead of its time), the group’s members continued to be musically active. Steele joined Swans in the ‘90s, Hall continues to juggle solo projects, and bass guitarist Sven Pipien joined the Black Crowes and now plays in the Crowes offshoot Magpie Salute. They got back together in 2008 to play a 688/Metroplex reunion show at Atlanta’s Masquerade club, but haven’t played since.