Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, one of the most successful and original pop duos of all time, are set to return with a brand new Erasure single, 'Solsbury Hill', on 6th January 2003.
'Solsbury Hill', a version of the Peter Gabriel classic, will be the first single to be lifted from their new album, "Other People's Songs", the follow up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Loveboat". The album, a covers collection, is set for release on 27th January and features the duo's unique take on some of their favourite songs.
Released on 2 CDs and DVD and available for one week only, the single was recorded with Gareth Jones also known for his work with Depeche Mode. CD1 features 'Solsbury Hill' mixed by Dave Bascombe and two exclusive new tracks 'Tell It To Me' and 'Searching', while CD2 features 'Solsbury Hill' mixes from Gareth Jones and Manhattan Clique together with an exclusive version of 'Ave Maria'. The DVD single features Kylie producer Mike Spencer's mix of 'Solsbury Hill', a cover of the Buggles hit, 'Video Killed The Radio Star' plus "Dr Jeckyll and Mistress Hyde", a short film directed by Vince Clarke starring Andy Bell as a crazed transvestite.
Erasure have delivered some of the finest pop music ever over a consistently brilliant career that stretches back over fifteen years. They have enjoyed worldwide success selling over 20 million records with a string of Top 10 hits and Number 1 albums such as "The Circus", "The Innocents", "Wild!", "Chorus" and "Pop! – The First 20 Hits", the greatest hits package that included their massive 1988 hit 'A little Respect', a hit again when covered last year by Wheatus. Indeed Erasure are not newcomers to the art of the cover version and they've recorded other people's songs in the past, most famously an EP of Abba songs, the chart conquering 'Abba-esque' in 1992. The new album celebrates the duo's fan-based love of pop and a sincere fascination with the mechanics of songwriting, ensuring that the circle of classic pop continues.
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