The Verve – Urban Hymns – 20th Anniversary Editions

The Verve – Urban Hymns – 20th Anniversary Editions

CD / Deluxe 2CD / Super-deluxe 5CD + DVD box / Super-deluxe 3LP box

To be released on September 1st on UMe

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 favorites to a genuine rock colossus. A certified classic, Urban Hymns is one of the 20 biggest-selling albums ever in the U.K. (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 U.K. 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, UMe is releasing a remastered version of the album with a bounty of bonus material – all of the accompanying b-sides (The Verve’s b-sides were genuinely something special) plus three hours of powerful, previously unreleased live material, including the full triumphant May 1998hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan (on both CD and DVD).

The remastering and mixing work have 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 of 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 U.S. 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 a poster and five postcards. The Vinyl Edition comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes a 20-page booklet plus a download card which entitles purchaser to all audio from the super-deluxe CD box.

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

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

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)

Super Deluxe (Remastered Version) 5CD/1DVD 
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 
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

VINYL BOX SET 
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

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*

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 

Bitter Sweet Symphony Alt. Version (limited promo-only in 1997) 

The Drugs Don’t Work  Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97) (unavailable elsewhere on vinyl)

1CD – https://theverve.lnk.to/UrbanHymnsCD 
2CD – https://theverve.lnk.to/UrbanHymns2CD 
Super Deluxe – https://theverve.lnk.to/UrbanHymnsSD 
3LP – https://theverve.lnk.to/UrbanHymns3LP

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