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After this January’s reissue of their 1987 indie-facing compilation of early singles ‘Where It Is’, The Beloved are back with a 30th Anniversary Reissue of this 1st album Happiness.

Happiness was recorded from late 1988 to summer 1989, influenced by the band’s immersion in the nascent UK Acid House scene. Originally a four-piece guitar/synth band, The Beloved MK1 parted ways late 1987 and founder members Jon Marsh and Steve Waddington were newly liberated by their electronic, machine-driven rhythm section. The perfect synchronicity of the Balearic stylings of the underground clubs and exposure to early Chicago House corresponded with a burst in songwriting and sonic adventure. The result: Happiness!

Recorded mostly with producer Martyn Phillips (who subsequently worked with Erasure, Jesus Jones, & Londonbeat) the band created a hybrid of British electronic pop music, US club beats, euphoric mood and consistently optimistic and uplifting lyrics.

‘Happiness’ was certified Gold (100k sales) in the UK and made numerous Best of 1990 Top 10s across the UK music press, while they graced the covers of NME, Melody Maker, Record Mirror and were featured in The Face, i-D and broadsheet newspapers. They were nominated for multiple awards including Best British Video for ‘Hello’ at the 1991 Brit Awards. Four singles were released: ‘The Sun Rising’, which gave The Beloved their first Top 40 hit in October 1989; ‘Hello’, released January 1990, which peaked at No.19 and led to the band’s first appearance on Top Of The Pops; ‘Your Love Takes Me Higher’, which became their third Top 40 hit in 1990; and final single ‘Time After Time’.,

Available as a 180g heavyweight double vinyl package for the first time & double CD/digital, ‘Happiness’ has been remastered from the original analogue studio masters (by John Davis at Metropolis Studios) and has a significantly louder and clearer audio than the original release.

The CD includes: 6 demo versions of tracks from Happiness - ‘I Love You More’, ‘Wake Up Soon’, ‘Your Love Takes Me Higher’, ‘Time After Time’ 4 demos of unheard and unreleased songs: ‘Jackie’, ‘Sally’, ‘Jennifer Smiles’, ‘My Heart’s Desire’ 3 B-sides from singles, and 1 alternate mix: ‘Paradise’, ‘Pablo’, ‘Acid Love’, ‘Acid Dream’ Plus an unreleased remix of ‘The Sun Rising’ specially recorded for a broadcast on Mark Goodier’s Evening Session on Radio 1.

CD 1: Hello / Your Love Takes Me Higher / Time After Time / Don’t You Worry / Scarlet Beautiful / The Sun Rising / I Love You More / Wake Up Soon / Up Up & Away / Found

CD 2: I Love You More [demo] / Jackie (Won’t You Please Come Home?) / Sally / My Heart’s Desire / Your Love Takes Me Higher [demo] / Your Love Takes Me Higher [piano/303 Demo] / Wake Up Soon [demo] / Acid Love (7” Mix) / Acid Love (Acid Dream) / Paradise (My Darling, My Angel) / Time After Time [demo] / Time After Time [extended Demo Dub] / Jennifer Smiles / Pablo (7 Inch Mix) / The Sun Rising (Evening Session Remix)

LP 1: Hello / Your Love Takes Me Higher / Time After Time / Don’t You Worry / Scarlet Beautiful / I Love You More

LP 2: The Sun Rising / Wake Up Soon / Found / Wake Up Soon / Found / Up Up & Away
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