At the time of the release of ‘Sophisticated Boom Boom MMXVI’, Pete Burns and Steve Coy were planning to revisit an album that they had started to record in 1990. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and they didn’t get the opportunity to do so. ‘Fan The Flame (Part 2): The Resurrection’ is the culmination of the work that Pete Burns and Steve Coy recorded over the next four years but which was never fully completed.
According to Marina Zacco Coy, “Working over many months from the original multi-track tapes that have been in Steve Coy’s archive for 30 years, these recordings have now been lovingly and painstakingly pieced together. The album has been especially planned for release on the eve of the 5th Anniversary of Pete Burns leaving us.”
The album will be released on 2CD A5 Mediabook and 2LP Translucent Orange Colour Vinyl formats, as well as to Download/Stream. These formats include the 8-track album, along with the extended versions of two singles, as well as Instrumental versions of all ten vocal tracks. There will be a special 1LP Clear Vinyl edition with an alternate sleeve, which contains the 8-track album.
The links to buy will be available from the 18th August, with the first single, ‘Tonight...’ to be released on 20th August, with the second single out late September.
Eden (1984) - Deluxe Vinyl Reissue. Remastered at Abbey Road. Out September 17. Pre-order now.
Everything But The Girl's best-selling debut album, 'Eden' is the latest re-release from the duo to benefit from half-speed remastering at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell, and a fresh 180gm vinyl pressing.
Originally released in May 1984, the album spent almost six months on the official UK album chart peaking at number 14 and spawned the UK Top 40 hit, Each and Every One. The label wanted further singles but the duo preferred the album to grow by word of mouth. 'Eden' achieved gold album status in the UK and has gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies worldwide.
Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn met at the University of Hull in 1981. They formed Everything But The Girl initially as a side-project, as both had already established themselves on the UK independent music scene as teenagers - Tracey with her lo-fi minimal girl group, Marine Girls; Ben as a young guitarist and singer-songwriter, collaborating with alt-folk icon Robert Wyatt on his debut EP.
In the summer of 1983 the pair - having each released debut solo albums - decided to pool their new songs for 'Eden'. It was recorded with producer Robin Millar (chosen for his work with Weekend and The Pale Fountains) at his Power Plant Studios in Willesden, North West London.
"All the songs were written on guitar in Hull in early 1983. We were living in one room with a shared kitchen on Pearson Park," recalls Tracey. "Power Plant seemed very glamorous by comparison. Sade was recording downstairs. We were upstairs."
The sessions featured a band handpicked by Ben and Tracey: Working Week's Simon Booth on second guitar, This Heat’s Charles Hayward on drums, and South American musicians Chucho Merchan (double bass) and Bosco D’Oliveira (percussion) plus a clutch of top horn players from the English jazz scene. The line-up was part friends from London, part musicians Ben admired from trips to the Bull's Head jazz room with his dad when growing up, in particular Peter King (alto sax).
"We were intent on being non-rock," says Ben. "No clichés. No snare drums, no solid body electric guitars or electric bass. We wanted soft horns, Gretsch guitars, no fuss, a lightness of touch. We were into pop, latin, torch songs, sharp lyrics."
The album was released on the newly-formed imprint Blanco Y Negro (co-run by Mike Alway and Rough Trade's Geoff Travis) through Warner, and signalled Everything But The Girl’s move from an independent - Cherry Red - to a major label.
Eden's artwork - by Marine Girls band member Jane Fox - was delivered as a three-dimensional collage of hand-drawn art and torn paper. Warner (who were marketing and distributing the record) didn’t really know what to do with it. The original version didn’t even have the name of the band on it. In the end it was photographed and printed on ‘reverse-board stock’ - unusual for a major release at the time.
Eden (2021 Vinyl Reissue) is released on 17 September 2021 on Buzzin' Fly Records, under exclusive license to Chrysalis Recordings.
OMD will embark on their ‘Architecture and More’ UK Arena Tour this November, which will see the band perform songs from ‘Architecture & Morality’,plus many more from their legendary back catalogue. The tour will stop off at London’s Eventim Apollo, as well as two hometown shows at the Liverpool Empire and Olympia.
We are delighted to announce the brand new album from Soft Cell and some very exciting live dates to celebrate 40 years of Non Stop Erotic Cabaret.
The new album, Happiness Not Included, will be released via BMG in Spring 2022. The album will be available as a deluxe CD, digital download, yellow vinyl, picture disc and even cassette! There will be a number of 'bundle' options available too.
To increase the excitement even more – we can announce some live dates for later this year taking in Glasgow Manchester, Leeds and concluding at the iconic Hammersmith Apollo. The show will feature Non Stop Erotic Cabaret performed in full and many of the hits and fan favourites. Selected tracks from the forthcoming album will also be previewed.