THE CURE's forthcoming album will be called 'The Cure' and will be preceded by a single 'The End Of The World'. The eponymous album will be released on June 29th on producer Ross Robinson's 'I Am' label. The album also features guitar on several tracks from fomer band member PORL THOMPSON.
OMD, A-HA, BLANCMANGE, HOWARD JONES, TEARS FOR FEARS, HUMAN LEAGUE, THE DREAM ACADEMY, ALPHAVILLE and YAZOO are among artists featured on a forthcoming album of rare remixes from the Canadian Hi-Bias label. The twelve-track album, the second in the 'Retroactive' series features ten remixes that have never been previously released on CD and will be released on May 10th.
KYLIE MINOGUE will release another single from her 'Body Language' album in June. 'Chocolate' will be the third single from the album, and Kylie will record new vocals for the single version of the song.
ANNIE LENNOX will release a 'Best of' album in October this year. The album is expected to feature three brand new songs as well as a DVD disc of videos, performances and behind the scenes footage. Former EURYTHMICS singer Lennox will also be the subject of a BBC TV documentary set to air at the same time as the album release.
ULTRAVOX will release a new compilation on April 26th. The 2-CD release will also feature solo material from frontman MIDGE URE and is called 'Ultravox & Midge Ure - Finest'. The 30-track album features a mix of hits, b-sides, album tracks, remixes and rarities including Midge Ure's live versions of VISAGE's 'Fade To Grey' (which he co-wrote) and DAVID BOWIE's 'The Man Who Sold The World'.
THE THOMPSON TWINS' classic album 'Quick Step & Side Kick' is to be reissued shortly on CD with four extra tracks including the original 12" mixes of 'Lies', 'Love On Your Side' and 'We Are Detective'.
JOHN LYDON, the former SEX PISTOLS singer, is currently working on new material for PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED.
The newly reformed KAJAGOOGOO will be playing a couple of US dates in the summer, see their website for details. The band have also negotiated with EMI to have their back-catalogue albums 'White Feathers', 'Islands' and 'Crazy Peoples Right to Speak' remastered and reissued on CD later this year.
JANET JACKSON will release a double A-side single 'All Nite (Don't Stop)' / 'I Want You' on June 7th. Both tracks are taken from her recent platinum-selling 'Damita Jo'.
THE BLOW MONKEYS frontman DR ROBERT has completed work on his new ten-track album 'Lay Of The Land' which is due for a late-Spring release. Dr Robert is working on putting together a UK tour of arts centres and small theatres for October.
Irish Blood English Heart, the first single from the new album, You Are The Quarry, will be released on May 4 in the US and May 10 worldwide. In the US it will be available on CD and 7", and worldwide it will be on CD, Maxi CD, and 7".
The tracklisting??is (US-version):
1. Irish Blood English Heart 2. It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small 3. Munich Air Disaster 1958 4. The Never-Played Symphonies
Irish blood, English heart This I'm made of There is no one on earth I'm afraid of And no regime Can buy or sell me I've been dreaming of a time when To be English Is not to be baneful To be standing by the flag not feeling Shameful, racist or partial Irish Blood, English heart This I'm made of There is no one on earth I'm afraid of And I will die With both my hands untied I've been dreaming of a time when The English are sick to death of labour and Tories and spit upon the name of Oliver Cromwell and denounce this royal line that still Salute him / and will salute him forever
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The "blonde one" from Euro-pop behemoths Abba hasn't released any English language recordings in over eight years. Her welcome return with "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind" is taken from her forthcoming??"My Colouring Book" album heralding a true renaissance for the "voice of Abba". Originally recorded in 1969 by Cilla Black, Faltskog's version is a marvellous amalgamation of epic balladry and sixties production, sounding like a great lost Carpenters' track.
CD1: 1. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind 3:13 2. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind - Blue Mix 2:55
CD2: 1. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind 3:13 2. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind - Almighty Mix 7:09 3. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind - Almighty Dub 7:10
Four years ago Agnetha Faltskog??started to research the music of the sixties. She delved into books, checked charts and began collecting large quantities of rare records. The eventual results of this meticulous undertaking became the central focus on "My Colouring Book".
The album was recorded in Stockholm's legendary Atlantis Studios (where Abba first recorded thirty years ago) and features thirteen tracks of mesmerising pop brilliance. "When You Walk In The Room" (written by Jackie de Shannon) and "Sometimes When I'm Dreaming" (written by Mike Batt) are obvious highlights, but they are joined by a host of other classic gems.