Hitchhiker's Guide released on vinyl

Friday 25th May 2018, 9:04am

Primary Phase on vinyl.

The original Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy radio series is to be released on vinyl for the first time.

The first five series of the classic sci-fi comedy are to be made available in the format, with the first series coming out in August.

The news has been announced on Towel Day (25th May), the annual celebration of the work of writer Douglas Adams.

The first volume - Primary Phase - is out on 24th August 2018 and features a sleeve note by author Neil Gaiman, who will also sign the 500 exclusive artwork prints. The collectable volumes also feature specially commissioned artwork and sleeve notes, with the shows pressed on 180g heavyweight coloured vinyl.

Neil says: "It makes me strangely happy that the original radio show is going to be available on vinyl."

Pre-orders are being taken now for the signed version on Amazon. Pre-orders are also being taken on the regular collector's edition on Amazon for those who can't get a signed copy.

The BBC has confirmed the subsequent volumes will be released over the course of the next year and each will have 500 limited edition signed artwork print editions by its own guest sleeve note author.

Each volume will also include a 'making of' essay by Jem Roberts, author of The Frood - The Authorised And Very Official History Of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Here is the trailer:

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy follows the adventures of Arthur Dent, quintessential Earthman, after the destruction of his planet by the alien Vogons to make way for an intergalactic bypass. The radio series later went on to inspire book, stage, TV and film adaptations and sequels.

The original radio incarnation, on which this vinyl release is based, was launched on Radio 4 in 1978, starring Peter Jones as The Book, with Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, and Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android, plus sound effects by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.


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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Primary Phase

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Primary Phase

The first phase of the original series. In it, Arthur and Ford escape the Earth moments before it is demolished. Their journey takes on a trip to a very old planet where they find the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

First released: Sunday 1st May 2005

  • Released: Friday 24th August 2018
  • Distributor: Demon Records
  • Discs: 3
  • Minutes: 180
  • Released: Friday 24th August 2018
  • Distributor: Demon Records
  • Discs: 3
  • Minutes: 180

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