Preview – The Beloved

The Beloved‘s brilliant reissue series continues, this time with their debut studio album Happiness, which was originally released in early 1990. The double CD version is an essential purchase, backed with The Wolf Studio Recordings, a new compilation of contemporary recordings from Wolf Studio. It’s also released on double LP, which has the original ten tracks spread across two discs, making it one of those albums where some of the sides contain less than ten minutes of music, and also necessitating a change in track order, so maybe this one is for completists only.

Either way, the music is great, and let’s celebrate that with the brilliant The Sun Rising:

Preview – Sparks

Well, Sparks are back again already, with their ninety-fourth album, and what might be one of their highest-charting in the UK, A Steady Drip Drip Drip. Here’s Lawnmower. I wouldn’t want to remind them that they’re both in their seventies already, but don’t they look great?

Preview – The Human League

The Human League are back again, albeit with another reissue. Having just missed a world cup, Octopus was their comeback album from 1995 (they managed to time it better in 1986 and 1990), and took them straight back into the top ten. This reissue is oddly conceived, with different tracks on the vinyl and CD bonus discs, but it does see the first ever official release of a mix of Tell Me When by their then-label mates The Beloved and also a whole load of demos. This was the non-album single that time forgot, the lovely Stay with Me Tonight: