The Beloved‘s ultra-rare 1986 EP This Means War has been made available on streaming services for the first time.
Although now perhaps best remembered for their 90s dance-tinged singles such as Sweet Harmony and Hello, the digital release of this EP takes us back to the band’s period between their breakthrough John Peel sessions and 1987’s debut album Where It Is, which is being reissued on double CD on January 31st.
“Delving back to this era has been a pleasure,” John Marsh reflects. “Our formative years lost in the giddy excitement of later success, now reclaimed as an almost separate identity.”
“The album is 33 years old. Demos dating back 37 years – I was 18 in 1983, two-thirds of my life ago! My friendship with Steve & Tim rekindled through this, all good memories. Let’s see what the world makes of it in 2020.”
CD1 of the Where It Is re-release contains the original tracklist plus three contemporary non-album singles – Saints Preserve Us, Having Fun and the Stephen Street remix of Forever Dancing. CD2 takes the rarities further, dominated by ten previously unheard demos dating from 1983-1987.