From the original ¼” tapes, 180g vinyl reissues of all their albums, are scheduled to be released from 17 August 2018. The first batch includes the LPs Juju (1981), Tinderbox (1986), Through the Looking Glass (1987), and Join Hands (1979).
Each album has been remastered from the original ¼” tapes and cut at half-speed at Abbey Road Studio by Miles Showell.
Juju (1981) is the seminal album that they recorded with John McGeoch, one of the most gifted guitarists of all time. His playing on Juju has been praised in interview by the likes of Johnny Marr, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Ed'O Brien, plus John Frusciante and Billy Corgan.
Tinderbox (1986) is another classic guitar album including arpeggios of John Carruthers. It is particularly powerful and atmospheric.
Through the Looking Glass (1987) is an album of cover songs. Their version of Kraftwerk's "Hall of Mirrors" has been qualified as "extraordinary" in interview by its composer, Ralf Hutter.
Join Hands (1979) is the second album and last album of SATB Mk1 with John McKay. Morrissey selected the track "Mother" for the intro tape of the 1997 tour. The opening track "Poppy Day" is a powerful evocation of the Great War graveyards.
The second batch of studio album LP vinyl represses are out in September in the US: AmazonCom lists "A Kiss in the Dreamhouse" (1982), "Peepshow" (1988), "Superstition" (1991) and "The Scream" (1978).
A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (1982) is the last album they did with guitarist John McGeoch, it received critical acclaim. The band incorporated strings for the first time on most of the tracks. Bands like The Beta Band and LCD Soundsystem respectively sampled and covered "Painted Bird" and the single "Slowdive".
Peepshow (1988) is the first album they recorded as a quintet and was their most varied record to date, featuring non-traditional rock instruments like cello and accordion: it got a 5 out of 5 star review in Q magazine and in Spin. It was namechecked by the likes of Arcade Fire's Win Butler, the Decemberists, Block Party and !!! (Chick Chick Chick).
Superstition (1991) is their pop rock album, featuring then 20 year old tabla player Talvin Singh (who would soon be hired by Bjork to be her percussionist on her 1993's Debut). Superstition was hailed by TV on the radio's Dave Siteck.
The Scream (1978), is their seminal post-punk debut album, which was praised by Joy Division's Peter Hook as << one of our big influences [...] The Banshees first LP was one of my favourite ever records, the way the guitarist and the drummer played was a really unusual way of playing>>. The album is also a classic revered by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Massive Attack and Morrissey.
Peepshow & Looking Glass are rubbish. Haven't most of these already been remastered (& generally ruined with dynamic compression) already & released on a proper format (CD). 180g vinyl sounds no different from regular weight vinyl. This is just a gimmick to hook gullible people into spending more money. Sonically the weight has sod all to do with anything. It's the mastering & pressing quality that makes the difference.