Sometimes 2015 and Always Compilation Details Revealed

19 September 2015

Always - The Very Best Of Erasure SleeveThe forthcoming compilation album, Always – The Very Best Of Erasure is set for release on 30th October 2015 and is available as a single CD and triple CD, as well as to download. Full tracklisting can be seen below:

CD 1

  1. Who Needs Love (Like That)
  2. Oh L'amour
  3. Sometimes
  4. Victim Of Love
  5. The Circus
  6. Ship Of Fools
  7. Chains Of Love
  8. A Little Respect
  9. Stop!
  10. Drama!
  11. Blue Savannah
  12. Chorus
  13. Love To Hate You
  14. Take A Chance On Me
  15. Always
  16. Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)
  17. Breathe
  18. Be With You
  19. Elevation
  20. Sometimes – 2015 Mix

CD 2

  1. Who Needs Love (Like That) – Mexican Mix
  2. Oh L'amour – PWL Funky Sisters Say 'Ooh La La'
  3. The Circus – Eternal Eraser Mix
  4. A Little Respect – Big Train Remix
  5. Stop! – Vince Clarke Sync 82 Remix
  6. Blue Savannah – Der Deutsche Mix II
  7. Chorus – Vegan Mix
  8. Love To Hate You – LFO Modulated Filter Mix
  9. Always – Microbots Inside Your Brain Mix
  10. Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day) – Tin Tin Out Remix
  11. Breathe – GRN Remix
  12. Elevation – BT Remix

CD 3

  1. Victim Of Love – Vixen Vitesse Remix
  2. Chains Of Love – Vince Clarke Remix
  3. Drama! – Krucial Remix
  4. You Surround Me – Mark Saunders Remix
  5. Star – Interstellar Mix
  6. Am I Right? – The Grid Remix
  7. Run To The Sun – Beatmasters' Galactic Remix
  8. In My Arms – BBE Remix
  9. Freedom – Mark Picchiotti Strumapella Remix
  10. Be With You – Starshapes Remix
  11. Sometimes – Erasure & Flood Mix

This will be preceded by the Sometimes 2015 single, which will be available on CD and to download from 23rd October. Details below:

  1. Sometimes – 2015 Mix
  2. Sometimes – Love To Infinity Club Mix
  3. Sometimes – Original 12" Mix
  4. Sometimes – Danny Rampling Mix
  5. Sometimes – John ""00" Fleming's Full Vocal Club Mix
  6. Sometimes – Love To Infinity Ecstasy Dub
  7. Sexuality – Private Remix
  8. Senseless – Remix

So, what do people make of the tracklistings? Happy with these releases, or were you hoping for more? Leave your comments below.

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Comments

  1. For the many who have questions or criticisms about another Erasure Best of hits and remixes package, Andy Bell in a recent interview reveals the way this collection developed. For me who wants a B-sides collection. It seems BMG, Mute’s new owner only thinks B-side collections are for groups who are broken up. See excerpts from the interview bellow:

    Question: Always – The Very Best of Erasure’ is released at the end of October. Who decided what tracks went on the CD, was it yourselves or the Record Label?

    Andy: Mute got bought again by BMG, the Erasure catalogue is a bit spread out because we have been with so many different labels in the US and different parts of the world, so we don’t necessarily get the publicity or the big promotion that other bands might get, but at the same time it’s given us a certain amount of longevity. Now that BMG is on board again they wanted to re-release the catalogue because its 30 years.
    Question: Did you have a list of favorite remixes to include on the deluxe package?

    Andy: No, they asked us in the beginning, they asked if we had any recommendations. My partner, because he is in nightclubs he knows loads of people who do remixes. I put a name forward which was one guy from ‘Thunderpuss’ but BMG wasn’t into it , so we just left it to them to choose who they wanted.

    Question: What sort of material can the fans expect in the box set?

    Andy: I don’t know it depends on which part of the catalogue they own, obviously they are going to put hit singles on the first one but it’s a bit tricky for us choosing which of the more recent ones to include, there has been quite a few but people might not necessarily know them. The second CD has remixes that I particularly liked from the past and there were ones that Vince reworked for the ‘Violet Flame’ tour that were based on mixes that I really liked, so they are including some of those and a few new ones.
    I think before it was going to be a B-Sides thing, but they seem to think that a B-Sides project is for when the band has broken up. They keep trying to repackage things and give a certain amount of fresh material included that fans haven’t had before or were only available on a vinyl issue or a ’12 inch. People seem to like when they repackage things and put it in a nice box now.

    Posted by Andrew Edwards
    19 September 2015 8:49 pm (GMT)
  2. This interview also might explain why certain remixes don’t show up like Sometimes [Extended Shiver Mix], A Little Respect [12” Vocal], Stop [Justin Strauss Unreleased Mix], Blue Savannah [Out Of The Blue Mix], or Love To Hate You [Joe T. Vanelli Company Remix). These remixes were on promo or 12″ vinyl and commissioned by U.S. labels at the time like Elektra Records, WB records etc. From a recent Erasure newsletter, WB still owns the Erasure catalog in the U.S. and perhaps these commissioned remixes are not made available to the Mute Label UK previously an independent label, then owned by EMI and now owned by BMG. However this might explain all the musical gaps in terms of remixes and why some of these promo or vinyl mixes didn’t end up on the 4 EBX box sets in 1999 and 2001. Most music fans don’t always know the intricacies of music catalog ownership

    Posted by Andrew Edwards
    19 September 2015 8:49 pm (GMT)
  3. Well it seems like each time Mute is bought by a music conglomerate, they put out an Erasure Best of or Greatest Hits. That explains why their music keeps getting recycled. Let’s hope the reissue program for the 30 year anniversary is more comprehensive. Like the box set anthology promised for 2016. Maybe all the CD’s never remastered will get done this time

    Posted by Andrew Edwards
    19 September 2015 8:55 pm (GMT)
  4. I think this release seems somewhat rushed and could have been so much more ! Let’s celebrate the fact that it’s been an incredible 30 years and I will buy the triple cd and support the band as I always do . There are so many Erasure songs on every album not just the chart singles ! so I wouldn’t even know where to start if I were to choose a Best Of Compilation .
    It seems a good enough stop gap release before a new material album comes our way . Long live Erasure for another 30 years …….lol !

    Posted by Ed Brandrick
    19 September 2015 9:04 pm (GMT)
  5. Ed based on Andy’s interview there was rational thought put into what remixes were chosen and recognizing that the later part of their career has had hits but unsure if some people who liked their earlier hits would know the later ones. But yes celebrate their career and all he great music they have created

    Posted by Andrew Edwards
    20 September 2015 2:43 pm (GMT)
  6. Andrew , I suppose I can see why , but as a fan I love the later stuff just as much as the earlier ! Hope the album does well !

    Posted by Ed Brandrick
    25 September 2015 3:13 pm (GMT)
  7. Actually thinking about it , it’s a shame the album doesn’t mention 30 Years Of Erasure !

    Posted by Ed Brandrick
    25 September 2015 4:18 pm (GMT)
  8. Hello Ed

    Yes I think you are right about no mention in the title. However because there are more releases to come next year like a anthology box set maybe they are saving that reference to 30 years for something down the road

    Posted by Andrew Edwards
    27 September 2015 8:23 pm (GMT)
  9. Listened to Andy’s interview with Phil Marriott and Andy reported that although fans keep requesting a B-side collection, Daniel Miller head of Mute believes that a B-sides collection is only for bands after they have disbanded. Looks like a B-sides collection won’t happen until Erasure is no more. How short-sighted & ridiculous. I guess Daniel Miller believes that the Pet Shop Boys’ B-sides collections are from a band that has disbanded. At least Miller could authorize a B-sides collection for the first part of Erasure’s career and then wait for part 2 after Erasure has ended.

    Posted by Andrew Edwards
    17 October 2015 11:52 pm (GMT)
  10. I’m hoping that they will go on tour soon! I hope, if so, Chorus is in the concert! Chorus is my favorite song of all time, and I will never let it die off! I went to my first Erasure concert last year when I was 13! 10/14/14! And yes, I’m a young fan, and I talk about Erasure a lot at school! In theater we did a project where you lip-sync a song and chose Chorus! I even do song trades at school, and I always chose Chorus as the song I give!

    Posted by Royal
    8 November 2015 2:34 am (GMT)
  11. What would be perfect for future reissues is to use the 3 disc format used for Always the Very Best of Erasure. With each of the additional 2 discs include all remixes, b-sides and any unreleased material. Then make them all part of a box set.

    Posted by Andrew Edwards
    8 November 2015 9:00 pm (GMT)

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