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    The Verve to release deluxe 20th anniversary version of ‘Urban Hymns’

    Every now and again, the world of music throws up a record that is out of the ordinary, something in its timing, quality and spirit that just feels right. The Verve’s 1997 album Urban Hymns, released on September 29th 1997, was one such record. It captured the mood and spirit of the times with songs of an emotional and musical depth that touched a raw nerve throughout the world and ensured this band would graduate from highly respected indie favourites to a genuine rock colossus. A certified classic, Urban Hymns is one of the 20 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK (now 11 times platinum) and has sold over ten million copies worldwide. The album spawned three highly successful singles. The first was the epoch-making worldwide smash Bitter Sweet Symphony, which trailered the album and became the sound of the summer. It was followed in the UK by The Drugs Don’t Work (No. 1) and Lucky Man (No. 7).

    20 years on the strength of the writing, the quality of the ensemble playing and sensitive production ensure the album sounds as riveting as ever and to mark this anniversary, Virgin/UMC are releasing a remastered version of the album with a bounty of bonus material – all of the accompanying b-sides (and The Verve’s b-sides were genuinely something special) plus three hours of powerful, previously unreleased live material, including the full triumphant May 1998 hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan (on both CD and DVD).

    The remastering and mixing work has been undertaken by Urban Hymns’ original co-producer Chris Potter and Metropolis’ Tony Cousins – as it was for the two super deluxe Verve reissues issued last year, A Storm In Heaven and A Northern Soul. The DVD includes the documentary ‘The Video 96-98’, only ever previously available on VHS.

    The deluxe packages also feature new interviews with all the band and all physical releases draw on a vast array of previously unseen photography by Chris Floyd, who first travelled with The Verve on their US tour of 1994 and was granted unprecedented access during the making of Urban Hymns and beyond – up to and including the Haigh Hall show. His work brilliantly captured the band in the studio, on stage, backstage, during down time, on their video sets and tour bus.

    The Super-deluxe CD includes a lavish 56-page hard cover book plus poster and 5 postcards. The Vinyl edition comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes a 20-page booklet plus download card which entitles purchaser to all audio from the super-deluxe CD box.

    The track-listing of each of the 4 formats is:

    1) Standard CD remastered album:
    1. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    2. Sonnet
    3. The Rolling People
    4. The Drugs Don’t Work
    5. Catching the Butterfly
    6. Neon Wilderness
    7. Space and Time
    8. Weeping Willow
    9. Lucky Man
    10. One Day
    11. This Time
    12. Velvet Morning
    13. Come On

    2) 2CD deluxe
    CD1
    Remastered album
    1. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    2. Sonnet
    3. The Rolling People
    4. The Drugs Don’t Work
    5. Catching the Butterfly
    6. Neon Wilderness
    7. Space and Time
    8. Weeping Willow
    9. Lucky Man
    10. One Day
    11. This Time
    12. Velvet Morning
    13. Come On

    CD2 – Live 1997/98 – ALL UNRELEASED
    Tracks 1-11 from Haigh Hall concert – May 24, 1998
    1. This Is Music
    2. Space and Time
    3. Catching the Butterfly
    4. Sonnet
    5. The Rolling People
    6. Weeping Willow
    7. The Drugs Don’t Work
    8. Lucky Man
    9. Life’s an Ocean
    10. Velvet Morning
    11. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    12. A New Decade – Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
    13. History – Brixton Academy (16/1/98
    14. Slide Away – Manchester Academy (11/8/97)

    3) Super Deluxe (Remastered) Version – 5CD/1DVD
    CD1
    Remastered album
    1. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    2. Sonnet
    16. The Rolling People
    17. The Drugs Don’t Work
    18. Catching the Butterfly
    19. Neon Wilderness
    20. Space and Time
    21. Weeping Willow
    22. Lucky Man
    23. One Day
    24. This Time
    25. Velvet Morning
    26. Come On

    CD2
    B-sides
    1. Lord I Guess I’ll Never Know
    2. Country Song
    3. Bitter Sweet Symphony (James Lavelle Remix)
    4. So Sister
    5. Echo Bass
    6. Three Steps
    7. The Drugs Don’t Work – original demo
    8. The Crab
    9. Stamped
    10. Never Wanna See You Cry
    11. (Bitter Sweet Symphony) MSG
    12. The Longest Day
    13. Lucky Man (Happiness More or Less)

    CD3
    B-sides (cont.) + 2 session tracks issued in 2004*
    1. Bitter Sweet Symphony (extended version)
    2. This Could Be My Moment*
    3. Monte Carlo*
    BBC Evening session 27/8/97 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    4. Life’s An Ocean
    5. A Man Called Sun
    6. The Drugs Don’t Work
    7. On Your Own
    8. So Sister

    CD4
    Live at Haigh Hall 24/5/98 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    1. This Is Music
    2. Space and Time
    3. Catching the Butterfly
    4. Sonnet
    5. The Rolling People
    6. Neon Wilderness
    7. Weeping Willow
    8. The Drugs Don’t Work
    9. Lucky Man
    10. Life’s an Ocean
    11. Velvet Morning
    12. Bitter Sweet Symphony

    CD5 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    Haigh Hall Encore:
    1. One Day
    2. History
    3. Come On
    Further live material (Washington / Brixton / Manchester – 1997/8)
    4. A New Decade – Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
    5. The Rolling People – Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
    6. On Your Own – Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
    7. History – Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
    8. The Drugs Don’t Work – Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
    9. Slide Away – Manchester Academy (11/8/97)
    10. A Man Called Sun – Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
    11. A Northern Soul – Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
    12. Space and Time – Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
    13. This Is Music – Manchester Academy (11/8/97)
    14. Weeping Willow – Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
    15. Stormy Clouds (and Reprise) – Manchester Academy (11/8/97) 7.24

    DVD
    The Video 1996-1998 –originally issued as HUTVID1
    Later with Jools Holland – 01/11/97 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    1. Lucky Man
    2. Life’s An Ocean
    3. The Drugs Don’t Work
    4. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    Live at Haigh Hall – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    1. This Is Music
    2. Space and Time
    3. Catching the Butterfly
    4. Sonnet
    5. The Rolling People
    6. Neon Wilderness
    7. Weeping Willow
    8. The Drugs Don’t Work
    9. Lucky Man
    10. Life’s an Ocean
    11. Velvet Morning
    12. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    13. One Day
    14. History
    15. Come On
    The promo videos:
    Bitter Sweet Symphony
    The Drugs Don’t Work
    Lucky Man
    Lucky Man (US version)
    Sonnet

    4) VINYL BOX SET
    DOUBLE LP1
    Remastered album
    Side 1
    1. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    2. Sonnet
    3. The Rolling People
    Side 2
    4. The Drugs Don’t Work
    5. Catching the Butterfly
    6. Neon Wilderness
    Side 3
    7. Space and Time
    8. Weeping Willow
    9. Lucky Man
    10. One Day
    Side 4
    11. This Time
    12. Velvet Morning
    13. Come On

    DOUBLE LP2
    B-sides, session tracks issued in 2004* Side 1
    1. Lord I Guess I’ll Never Know
    2. Country Song
    3. Bitter Sweet Symphony (James Lavelle Remix)
    4. So Sister
    Side 2
    5. Echo Bass
    6. Three Steps
    7. The Crab
    8. Stamped
    Side 3
    9. The Drugs Don’t Work – original demo
    10. Never Wanna See You Cry
    11. (Bitter Sweet Symphony) MSG
    12. The Longest Day
    Side 4
    13. Lucky Man (Happiness More or Less)
    14. Bitter Sweet Symphony (extended version)
    15. This Could Be My Moment*
    16. Monte Carlo*

    DOUBLE LP3
    Live at Haigh Hall – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    Side 1
    1. This Is Music
    2. Space and Time
    3. Catching the Butterfly
    4. Sonnet
    Side 2
    5. The Rolling People
    6. Neon Wilderness
    7. Weeping Willow
    8. The Drugs Don’t Work
    9. Lucky Man
    Side 3
    10. Life’s an Ocean
    11. Velvet Morning
    12. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    Side 4
    13. One Day
    14. History
    15. Come On

    D2C 12” SINGLE
    00602557562439 5756243
    A – Bitter Sweet Symphony Alt. Version (limited promo-only in 1997)
    B – The Drugs Don’t Work – Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97) (unavailable elsewhere on vinyl)