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This March, Heaven 17 are to release Another Big Idea (1996-2015), nine-CD and 4LP vinyl box sets that follow the band’s work from when they regrouped and returned from a six-year hiatus in 1996 with the album Bigger Than America.
The nine-disc CD version of Another Big Idea features the albums Bigger Than America (1996) and Before After (released 2005 – the last album to feature Ian Craig Marsh). There’s also the 1998 remix album Retox/ Detox where various then-contemporaries took the band’s earlier hits down the rave-up, 2008’s Naked As Advertised: Versions 08 where they offered acoustic/ stripped back versions of their and The Human League’s catalogue, and 1999’s How Live Is– taken from their first live appearance. The box also hoovers up covers of songs by U2 (‘With or Without You’), Prince (‘Sign O’ The Times’) and Madonna (‘Holiday’) which the band had recorded for various tribute albums.
More intriguing is the previously unreleasedSpace Age Space Music. An instrumental album recorded in 1998, where they’d planned to get various singers to write their own lyrics to the tunes, but never got around to fully realising it.
9CD exclusive edition of Another Big Idea (1996-2008) with signed print (click image to enlarge)
In total, there are48 bonus tracks and remixes, and like last year’sPlay to Winset, Another Big Ideacomes packaged as a large format (12″ x 12″) book. This contains 28-pages of photos, new notes and interviews with the band.
There is also a4LP coloured vinyl versionofAnother Big Idea (1996-2008) which brings together the three studio albums –Bigger Than America(opaque blue vinyl),Before After(white vinyl)and Naked As Advertised(transparent green) – andHow Live Is(process blue vinyl).