Hot on the heels of the original album hitting #2 on the UK album chart last year, enduring pop legends Steps return with What The Future Holds Pt. 2. Spanning 15 tracks, the album includes 10 brand-new unheard songs plus special acoustic versions of previous singles from the album. The new album also includes the revamped single mix of Heartbreak In This City, featuring Primetime Emmy Award winner Michelle Visage, which hit #1 on the UK iTunes chart earlier this month and sees the band perform with Michelle on The Graham Norton Show tonight.
The original What The Future Holds Pt. 1 album went Silver within the first month of its release and was the most downloaded album in the UK over the Christmas period. The five-piece will also be heading on their sure-to-be epic What The Future Holds Tour in November, headlining 18 arena shows across the UK including two dates at London’s The O2 and will be joined by the brilliant Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a special guest.
Launching during the halcyon days of pop in 1997 with their line-dancing classic 5,6,7,8, Brit award winners Steps set about re-turfing the music landscape via 14 UK top 10 singles and three multi-platinum albums in three years including #1’s Tragedy and Stomp. Fast forward twenty years, the band returned with the mighty Tears On The Dancefloor, which hit #1 on the physical and iTunes album charts and went Gold within a matter of weeks, becoming the biggest-selling independent album of 2017 behind Stormzy.
Originally released in August 1990, this is the first ever expanded re-issue of Marc Almond's opulent sixth studio album. "Enchanted" is saturated in Marc Almond's signature poetic romanticism and contains some of his finest lyric writing in songs as various as the epic 'Madame De La Luna', 'Death's Diary' and 'Orpheus In Red Velvet'. The album's lush lead single, 'A Lover Spurned', is a classic Almond power ballad of unrequited love with an equally thrilling production by Stephen Hague, employing a melodramatically thunderous 48-piece orchestra.
We are delighted to re-instate "Enchanted" to Marc Almond's lustrous back catalogue. It really is serious pop at its best, taking the listener chronologically on a journey from the alluring enticements of 'Madame De La Luna' with gold in her veins, to the underworld torments of 'Orpheus In Red Velvet', with all the rich enjoyment of the celebratory myriad of virtues and vices that are sung about in between.
ThePet Shop Boys‘ concert film, Discovery: Live in Rio 1994, will be released as a 2CD+DVD set in April.
The concert film marked thePet Shop Boysfirst visit to Brazil at the end of 1994, and was issued on VHS and laserdisc in 1995.
The set list includes classic hits including ‘West End Girls’, ‘Suburbia’, ‘Being Boring’, ‘Go West’, ‘Rent’ and ‘Always On My Mind’, as well some interesting covers, including a rendition ofBlur’s ‘Girls and Boys’ (which thePet Shop Boysremixed at the time of release).
The show was filmed by Brazilian directorRoberto Berlinerwith a local TV crew in December 1994 in front of an enthusiastic Rio audience. It was shot on SD video, so to “keep the integrity of the original” the decision was made to restore and present the concert in its native SD format on DVD, rather than upscaling to HD for Blu-ray.
A new booklet features candid on-tour photographs, an interview byChris Heathconducted during tour rehearsals and an exclusive on-tour diary byNeil Tennant. This release marks the debut of this set on CD as well as DVD. There is no vinyl edition.
Discovery: Live in Rio 1994will be issued on 30 April 2021.
1979 album remastered and expanded for new deluxe box set
BMG reissuedJapan‘s third album, Quiet Life, across a number of formats, including a deluxe box set.
The 1979 album (issued a few weeks late, in January 1980, in the UK) was the final album on Hansa Records and became a forerunner for the alternative/new wave sound of the new decade.
The single ‘Quiet Life’ reached number 19 in the UK, but almost two years after the album (having originally been a B-side for non-album single ‘I Second That Emotion’). TheQuiet Lifealbum was a creative, rather than commercial success and Japan singles only started to chart onceGentlemen Take PolaroidsandTin Drum(both issued on Virgin in 1981 and 1982 respectively) raised the band’s profile.
The Quiet Life box features three CDs and a 180g half-speed mastered vinyl LP
Quiet Life is being reissued as3CD+LP box setthat features a new 2020 remaster of the album on CD and vinyl (the vinyl is half-speed mastered at Abbey Road) along witha disc of alternate mixes, remixes, singles and rarities. This same disc also includes the four-track EPLive in Japan(taken from the March 1980 Budokan show) which had a limited vinyl release in Europe in July of that same year. The third CD in the box set is that same Budokan gig, in full.
In addition to the box set, there are standalone 2020 remasters of the album available on black vinyl, red vinyl (both half-speed) and CD.