Tuesday, 3 May 2011

NEWS: Rufus Wainwright - ‘House of Rufus’ The sumptuous 19 disc box set, out July 18th

Exciting news this as Rufus Wainwright is simply fantastic.

The most complete collection of Rufus Wainwright recordings to date, ‘House Of Rufus’ is housed in a gorgeous, red velvet encased, 90-page hardback book containing rare and unseen photos as well as Rufus' early hand-drawn tour posters, handwritten lyrics, four art prints and other memorabilia.

‘House of Rufus’ will be released on the same day that Rufus starts his eagerly awaited five night residency of the same name at the Royal Opera House (July 18th-23rd). This will be the first event of its kind that the prestigious venue has ever hosted.

The set’s extensive and revealing sleeve notes feature interviews with Neil Tennant, Martha Wainwright, Linda Thompson and Lenny Waronker as well as an introduction by Rufus himself.

‘House Of Rufus’ contains:

Six studio albums: ‘Rufus Wainwright’, ‘Poses’, ‘Want One’, ‘Want Two’, ‘Release The Stars’ and ‘All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu’, all now with additional previously unreleased bonus material.

Two concerts on CD: ‘Milwaukee at Last!!!’ and the legendary ‘Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall’ (two CDs), now with previously unreleased songs from the show.

Four additional CDs

Rufus Rarities:
Featuring previously unreleased songs and rarities.

Rufus at the Movies:
This contains many of the songs Rufus has recorded for soundtracks including ‘Hallelujah’ from the film Shrek.

Friends & Family:
The third disc is drawn from Rufus' collaborations with friends and family members such as Leonard Cohen, Teddy Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, The Pet Shop Boys, and Burt Bacharach.

Original Demos:
The final disc is made up of the demos from the tape which secured Rufus his first record deal.

Six DVDs: ‘Live at Fillmore’, ‘Rufus Does Judy at the London Palladium’,
‘Milwaukee at Last!!!’, ‘Release The Stars’ album commentary and live
performance and two feature-length documentaries, ‘All I Want’ and ‘Prima Donna: The Making of An Opera’.

‘House Of Rufus’ is available for pre-order now HERE

The dates for his 5 day residency at The Royal Opera house are:

Mon 18th    Rufus Does Judy! orchestra conducted by Stephen Oremus
Tue 19th     An Evening with Rufus and Martha Wainwright + band
Thu 21st     An Evening with Rufus and Loudon Wainwright + band
Fri 22nd      Rufus Does Judy!
Sat 23rd      Concert Version of Prima Donna with Janis Kelly, plus Rufus Does Rufus with orchestra

There is also an exclusive competiton for fans to have one their own photos and artwork included in the final boxset. To enter, and for further details, fans can visit the following link:

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