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Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward tell the story ofBananaramma inReally Saying Something, a new memoir due out in October. A limited number ofsigned copiesare available.
The book tells the story of how the two best friends arrived at the YWCA in London in the early 1980s, with their sights set on careers in journalism and the media. But with a vibrant social scene and a chance meeting with formerSex Pistol Paul Cook, things changed. Working fromMalcolm McLaren’s old office, they started rehearsing and singing backing vocals for Paul’s new band, before teaming up with Sara’s college friendSiobhan, and forming their own group.
The rest, as they say, is (pop) history as the girls become one of the most successful female bands of all time.
The publishers say that Really Saying Something is the story of “two friends who continue to pursue their dreams their way – and have a great time doing it.”
The book is being published by Penguin imprint Cornerstone and will be out on 29 October 2020. Signed copies available viaWaterstones in the UK.
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British electronic groupThe Beloved‘s first ‘proper’ albumHappinessis reissued as a two-CD deluxe edition in July.
Largely recorded with producer Martyn Phillips,Happinesswas issued in February 1990 making this reissue a 30th anniversary edition. The album contains three top 40 hit singles including ‘Hello’ and ‘Your Love Takes Me Higher’.
This new two-CD deluxe (the label are calling it a ‘special edition’) has beenremastered from the original analogue studio masters(by John Davis at Metropolis Studios) and includes a bonus CD dubbed ‘The Wolf Studio Recordings’. This is a 15-track bonus disc ofHappinessdemos, B-sides, remixes as well asfour previously unreleased songsrecorded in Brixton between 1988 and 1990.
The CD booklet includes new sleeve notes written by the band themselves.Happinessis reissued on 31 July 2020, via New State Entertainment.
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30th anniversary 11CD+DVD box set
Following the announcement of thecoloured vinyl box set, Demon Music will release anAce of Base30th anniversary CD box set. The set is calledAll That She Wants: The Classic Collectionand features 11 CDs with all four albums and an unfeasibly large amount of bonus material, as well as a DVD with promo videos.
The albums in question areHappy Nation(1993),The Bridge(1995),Flowers(1998) andDa Capo(2002). In this set, the first two are expanded to two-CDs, whileFlowersis a three-CD set, andDa Capois a single disc with nine bonus tracks appended. The extra material includes classic and previously unreleased remixes from such big name remixes such as David Morales, Todd Terry, Junior Vasquez and Frankie Knuckles.
But as if that is not enough, there is a further three bonus CDs including two discs of Hidden Gemsand a CD calledEdge of Heavenwhich features previously unavailable versions of the shelved 1996 single, plus a selection of new and revisited mixes including ‘Always Have, Always Will’, remixed for the very first time by Matt pop. This disc also features a live recording of Jonas, Jenny, Linn and Ulf’s first-ever performance together in their hometown of Gothenburg in August 1990.
All That She Wants: The Classic Collection features 11 CDs, one DVD and a 52-page booklet
The DVD (NTSC, region-free) contains all the group’s original promo videos plus an additional 10 bonus videos of alternates.
All That She Wantsfeatures dozens of new-to-CD tracks and nearly 20 audio tracks completely previously unreleased. In total there’s 195 audio tracks as well as the videos.
The presentation is similar to the M People box. Small lift-off lid box containing albums card wallets (Happy Nation, The Bridge, FlowersandHidden Gemsare gatefolds). This also comes with a 52-page booklet with sleeve notes, photos, lyrics and an illustrated discography.
All That She Wants: The Classic Collectionwill be released on 26 June 2020, via Edsel. We are stocking these in the SDE shop, which ships internationally (and is fully operational).
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6CD box set features albums and a plethora of remixes
Believe it or not, Levi 501 wearing model-turned-popstarNick Kamenreleased four albums between 1987 and 1992. All of them are now collected in a new box set,The Complete Collection, along with two discs of ‘remixes & rarities’.
Essex-born Nick Kamen is best known for the 1986 UK top ten single ‘Each Time You Break My Heart’, which was co-written byMadonna. The song effectively adopts Madonna’s sound circa 1986, thanks to Madonna and Stephen Bray producing. Nick Kamen only bothered the top end of the British singles chart one more time, with its follow-up ‘Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’ (which reached number 16).
The four albums have been remastered and are as follows: Nick Kamen (1987),Us (1988), Move Until We Fly (1990) andWhatever, Whenever (1992). Each has appropriate seven-inch, dub and 12-inch remixes appended and on top of that there’s two discs at the end packed with moreremixes from the likes of Jellybean, Arthur Baker and Shep Pettibone.
The label are claiming 20 previously unreleased mixes in this package, which also includestwo previously unreleased songsin ‘So Sad’ (the Everly Brothers number) and ‘Right On Track’, a cover of the song by American band The Breakfast Club (Madonna and Stephen Bray both drummed for them at different points in time).
The set comes with a booklet with notes, including contributions from producers Stephen Bray and Toby Andersen.
The Complete Collection will be released on 24 July 2020 via Cherry Pop.