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ALISON MOYET To Release Classic Albums deluxe editions

On 25 November BMG records present the deluxe, remastered editions of Alison Moyet’s first four seminal solo albums; Alf, Raindancing, Hoodoo and Essex.

The four casebound double CD book-sets feature the original albums in full, plus a wealth of rare and previously unreleased music. The extensive sleevenotes feature new interviews with Alison, curator notes, lyrics and rare photographs.

Stream Hoodoo (Single Version) (remix by Francois Kevorkian) here.

Alf

Disc One – original album

1.     Love Resurrection 

2.     Honey For The Bees          

3.     For You Only        

4.     Invisible    

5.     Steal Me Blind       

6.     All Cried Out         

7.     Money Mile           

8.     Twisting The Knife

9.     Where Hides Sleep

Disc Two – bonus tracks 

1.      Love Resurrection (U.S Long Version)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

2.      All Cried Out (The Remix) 

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

3.      Invisible (Extended Version)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

4.      For You Only (Extended New Version)     

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

5.      Love Resurrection (Love Injected Remix)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

6.      Baby I Do 

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

7.      Invisible (Transparent Mix)           

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

8.      Hitch Hike

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

9.      For You Only (New Version)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

10.    That Ole Devil Called Love           

11.    Don’t Burn Down The Bridge

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

12.    That Ole Devil Called Love (Jazz Version)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

13.    Don’t Burn Down The Bridge (Extended Version) 

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

14.    Twisting The Knife (Live) (‘That Ole Devil Called Love’ B-side)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

15.    That Ole Devil Called Love (Live)  (‘That Ole Devil Called Love’ B-side)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

Following an early involvement in Southend punk bands and the hit synth pop duo Yazoo, Alison’s debut solo album Alf was released 5th November 1984, titled in reference to her teenage nickname.

Despite an unnerving period where creative activity was blocked due to legal wrangles, once Alison started writing and recording with producers du jour Steve Jolley and Tony Swain, the magic happened very quickly. She wrote All Cried Out in ten minutes flat and the album was recorded in just three months.

Alf was a number one hit in the UK and eventually went quadruple platinum. It generated successive hit singles; the sublime pop of Love Resurrection, the peerless vocals on All Cried Out and Invisible – penned by Motown legend Lamont Dozier. The album resulted in a Brit award win for Best British Female (having previously won Best British newcomer in Yazoo).

Raindancing

Disc One – original album

1.     Weak In The Presence Of Beauty   

2.     Ordinary Girl         

3.     You Got Me Wrong

4.     Without You          

5.     Sleep Like Breathing         

6.     Is This Love?        

7.     Blow Wind Blow    

8.     Glorious Love       

9.     When I Say (No Giveaway) 

10.  Stay

Disc Two – bonus tracks          

1.      Is This Love? (L.A. Mix) (Produced by Dave Stewart)

2.      Blow Wind Blow (Long Version)   

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

3.      Weak In The Presence of Beauty (Extended Mix)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

4.      To Work On You  

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

5.      Take My Imagination To Bed

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

6.      Ordinary Girl (Remix)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

7.      Palm Of Your Hand (Cloak & Dagger)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

8.      Ordinary Girl (Dance Mix) 

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

9.      Love Letters         

10.    This House (Original Mix)

11.    Love Letters (Extended Version)

12.    The Coventry Carol (From Olympics benefit album ‘A Very Special Christmas’, 1987)

13.    Love Resurrection (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

14.    Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

15.    You And Me

Previously unreleased demo.

16.    Let’s Get Personal (with James Brown)

Despite Raindancing being recorded in LA, Moyet was influenced more by the sensibilities of new wave pop bands. The album was produced Jimmy Iovine, who made a name for himself on the Patti Smith Group, Simple Minds and U2.

After she had recorded it, Moyet realised it was not the album she intended to make. In spite of this, Raindancing was nonetheless a hit in the UK, reaching number two in the charts and staying in the Top 40 for an impressive 35 weeks.

Moyet and Dave Stewart (working under the pseudonym ‘Jean Guiot’) wrote and produced the tender pop ballad Is This Love? together. Raindancing yielded three other singles: another hit with Weak in the Presence of Beauty (originally by the British band Floy Joy) plus Ordinary Girl and Sleep Like Breathing.

The album also features a cameo from the incomparable Herb Albert, who played the trumpet solo on ‘Weak in the Presence of Beauty’.

Around this period Alison also performed at the now legendary Live Aid, and featured on James Brown’s album Gravity. She rounded this period off by winning her second Brit Award as Best British Female Artist.

Hoodoo

Disc One – original album

1.      Footsteps             

2.      It Won’t Be Long  

3.      This House           

4.      Rise         

5.      Wishing You Were Here   

6.      Hoodoo    

7.      (Meeting With My) Main Man        

8.      Back Where I Belong        

9.      My Right A.R.M.   

10.    Never Too Late     

11.    Find Me

Disc Two – bonus tracks        

1.      Take Of Me           

2.      Back Where I Belong (Polite Mix) 

3.      Back Where I Belong” (Soft Mix)   

4.      Come Back Home 

5.      Hoodoo (Extended Version) (remix by Francois Kevorkian)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

6.      Hoodoo (Starlight Dub)    

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

7.      Hoodoo (Single Version) (remix by Francois Kevorkian)

8.      Hoodoo (Instrumental)     

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.

9.      It Won’t Be Long (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)     

Previously unreleased.

10.    Wishing You Were Here  (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)

Previously unreleased.

11.    Never Too Late (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)       

Previously unreleased.

12.    Find Me  (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)     

Previously unreleased.

13.    (Meeting With My) Main Man (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991)

Previously unreleased.

14.    Dig A Hole

Previously unreleased demo.

For her third solo album Moyet wanted to get back to her roots, to a more organic way of singing. “It’s an anger album. There is energy and aggression to the songs. I’d had some shitty break-ups and was in that dark place where you go when you’ve been embattled. With Hoodoo I was ready to voice it unequivocally.”

Hoodoo was, Alison adds “an artistic choice that was rejected by the mainstream, but I knew what I was doing. I wasn’t being bloody minded, of course I wanted people to like this record, I just had to recognise myself.”

“It was one of the first dips in my sine-wave which taught me not to be afraid of rejection. As my first commercial fall, it later on became informative to me. It’s an integral part of a creative lesson. I can still relate to it as the album I approached, thinking ‘something has to change’”.

Moyet wrote the majority of lyrics herself, with some co-writes from Pete Glenister, Kirsty MacColl provided backing vocals on Wishing You Were Here, while on Back Where I Belong Andy Cox and David Steele from the Fine Young Cannibals took the production seat.

The lead single, It Won’t Be Long secured Moyet a U.S. Grammy nomination for Best Rock Vocal performance in 1991.

Essex

Disc One – original album & bonus tracks

1.     Falling     

2.     And I Know          

3.     Whispering Your Name    

4.     Getting Into Something    

5.     So Am I    

6.     Satellite    

7.     Ode To Boy          

8.     Dorothy    

9.     Another Living Day          

10.  Boys Own            

11.  Take Of Me           

12.  Ode To Boy II       

13.  Whispering Your Name (Single Mix)         

14.  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Single Mix)

15.  Blue (Original Version)     

16.  Solid Wood (Single Mix)  

17.  Our Colander Eyes (Single Mix)   

Rare – withdrawn single.

18.  My Best Day (featuring Lightning Seeds)    

19.  Make A Change (featuring Tricky)  

Disc Two – bonus tracks          

1.      Falling (Infinite Dub)        

2.      It Won’t Be Long (Acoustic)          

3.      Whispering Your Name (Extended Remix)

4.      Whispering Your Name (Remix) (remix by Vince Clarke of Yazoo / Erasure)

5.      Getting Into Something (Midnight Mix)

First ever CD and download release. Previously only available on vinyl.       

6.      Dorothy (Acoustic)           

7.      Ne Me Quitte Pas (Acoustic)         

8.      Never Too Late (Remix)

9.      Never Too Late (Extended Remix) 

10.    Life In A Hole       

11.    Rock And Roll (Live At The Mean Fiddler, London, 3rd April, 1992)          

12.    Sunderland Glynn

13.    Beautiful

Previously unreleased.

14.    How Long (Alternate Version)

Previously unreleased.

15.    Blue (The Essential Mix)

16.    Our Colander Eyes (Pete Glenister Demo)

Previously unreleased.

17.    Blue (Playing The Field Edit)        

Previously unreleased.

18.    There Are Worse Things I Could Do         

Essex was released a decade after Alf made her an international star, yet she still found herself being sent back to the studio to re-record the initial version. “The record company gave me a free reign with Hoodoo, but that ended with Essex. I was no longer their biggest-selling female act. I was fallible“, she reflects.

Moyet was told to re-record all the songs. “Therefore the Essex album that was eventually released was not the Essex we first recorded. That recording went missing. There’s absolutely no trace of it,” Alison reveals. Despite the all this, Essex is an unexpectedly exuberant album.

Ian Broudie, formerly a member of Big in Japan and producer of Echo & the Bunnymen and The Fall, was brought in. Falling, the opening track, is a perfect Moyet-Broudie mix, its exhilarated vocal backed by slightly psychedelic, trippy guitars. On Getting Into Something and Another Living Day, Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler and Steve Cradock provide backing vocals.

Despite Broudie’s pop sunshine, Essex only made it to number 24 in the UK and was to be both Alison’s last full-length studio album for eight years and the last Sony would release.

Her story was far from over with Essex – she has since released another four solo albums, the most recent of which was in 2013, when Moyet released the personal artistic triumph and critically-acclaimed album ‘the minutes, which reached no 5 in the UK album charts. Watch this space for more news from Alison in 2017, including vinyl reissues of Alf, Raindancing, Hoodoo and Essex.

 

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