The Adventures - The Sea Of Love (Expanded Edition)
Formed in Belfast in 1984 out of the ashes of new wave band Tango Brigade, The Adventures enjoyed a decade-long career, recording four albums for Chrysalis, Elektra and Polydor. The band were fronted by the distinctive vocals of Terry Sharpe, while their songs were largely written by talented guitarist Pat Gribben.
The Sea Of Love, their second album, was their most successful. Issued on Elektra in May 1988, the album reached No. 30 on the UK charts. It was fuelled by the success of the memorable single ‘Broken Land’, a haunting ballad which peaked at No. 20 (it was the most played song on Radio 1 that year).
This expanded reissue is the first time that The Sea Of Love has been revisited on CD. The eight bonus tracks are culled from the various singles plucked from the album – ‘Broken Land’, ‘One Step From Heaven’ and ‘Drowning In The Sea Of Love’.
Pat Gribben has been interviewed for the sleeve-notes and Terry Sharpe has supplied rare images of the band to make this a worthy new edition of this popular album.
Swing Out Sister - Blue Mood, Breakout And Beyond The Early Years Part 1 (8CD Box Set)
Formed in 1985, Swing Out Sister the band consisted of Corinne Drewery (vocals), Andy Connell (keyboards) and Martin Jackson (drums). The band found almost immediate success with the single ‘Breakout’ and throughout the 80s they released numerous albums and toured regularly building a large and devoted fan base.
Volume One of Swing Out Sister’s ‘Early Years’ containing the albums from 1985 – 1992 in all their original glory. Compiled in conjunction with Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell. Featuring all the hits from the time including ‘Breakout’, ‘Fooled By A Smile’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Notgonnachange’ plus their ‘Live At The Jazz Café’ album, featuring live arrangements from the early 90s and, on discs 5-8: B-Sides, 7” mixes, remixes and rare versions.
Housed in a sturdy box to fit 8CDs and booklet containing a full track annotation and rare memorabilia with illustrations by Corinne Drewery and sleeve notes by SDE Blogger Paul Sinclair who has spoken to band members current and past.
Swing Out Sister are planning further shows and are currently recording a big band album.
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