The Stunning have released a new vinyl repressing of their 1990 debut album Paradise in the Picturehouse to mark its 30th anniversary.

The album, which spawned such hits as Brewing up a Storm and Got to Get Away, is accompanied by a new songbook and is available to order here.

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This will be the first time the album has been available on vinyl since 1990 and the accompanying book features easy to follow guitar and piano arrangements, playing tips written by the band, never-before-seen photos and the inspiration behind each of the tracks.

Led by Steve and Joe Wall, Galway-based The Stunning enjoyed huge success in Ireland in the early nineties, with the album enjoying five weeks at Number One, and in the process shifting the focus from a Dublin-centric rock scene to the provinces. 

"We had always intended on marking the anniversary of this album," says frontman Steve Wall. "It seems to have endured the passing decades and holds a special place in the hearts of a lot of people who grew up in Ireland during the late 80's and early 90's.

"I still meet people today who say Paradise was the soundtrack to their formative years. Doing the book was also a way to introduce new fans to the music and to give them the backstory as well. Budding musicians will have no excuse now for murdering the songs!"

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Steve’s brother Joe added, "Though it seemed like a risky venture, I now realise it’s a fantastic piece of Stunning history for any fan to own. People on our mailing list got the chance to buy it first and the feedback has been amazing.

"Besides, the only physical product selling anymore are LPs, so this is a no-brainer. 2020 is the album’s 30th anniversary so the book has to come out now regardless of the pandemic. We enjoyed making it so much that we can’t wait for people to see it".

The re-release follows the recent vinyl reissue of Dublin band Revelino’s much-loved debut and the news that Whipping Boy are set to re-release their celebrated 1995 album Heartworm on vinyl.