ERASURE (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) will release the 30th anniversary deluxe edition of Wild!, the band’s fourth studio album, and have shared a previously unreleased audio version of ‘Piano Song’ recorded live in 1989 at the London Arena.
During the Wild! Tour, Erasure performed 5 sold out nights at the London Arena in Docklands and the track itself is released for the first time outside of the DVD included in From Moscow To Mars, 2016’s 13-disc anthology.
Wild! includes four hit singles: ‘Drama!’, ’You Surround Me’, ’Blue Savannah’ and ‘Star’ and gave Erasure their second Number 1 album in 1989, following the previous year’s breakthrough album, The Innocents. Wild! is now remastered and available here as a deluxe hard back double CD featuring rare images, original photography by French artists Pierre et Gilles and brand new sleeve notes.
The exclusive bonus disc features five unreleased tracks including a brand new remix by Richard Norris (The Grid / Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve), a recently discovered unreleased mix of ‘How Many Times?’, rare 12” remixes by Mark Saunders, Gareth Jones and Mute founder Daniel Miller (with Phil Legg) and cover versions (including the fan favourite ‘Supernature’). Wild! saw the band launch elaborate and unforgettable live performances, and the deluxe edition marks this by including exclusive live tracks from the London Arena performance in December 1989.
Erasure, who accepted the Icon Award at Attitude’s 2017 award ceremony, have released a staggering number of albums, including 5 UK Number 1s, and 35 UK Top 40 singles. Their recent studio album, 2017’s World Be Gone went to Number 6 in the UK Official Albums Chart, giving the enduring BRIT and Ivor Novello winning pop duo their highest album chart position since 1994’s I Say I Say I Say.
WILD! TRACKLISTING – *unreleased
CD1 – Wild!
Piano Song – Instrumental
How Many Times?
You Surround Me
Brother and Sister
Crown Of Thorns
Exclusive Bonus Disc
CD2 – B-Sides, Remixes & Rarities
Sweet, Sweet Baby – The Moo Moo Mix
Drama! – Richard Norris Mix*
Blue Savannah – Mark Saunders 12” Mix
Piano Song – Live at the London Arena*
Runaround On The Underground – Remix
How Many Times? – Alternative Mix*
Supernature – Daniel Miller & Phil Legg Remix
Star – Soul Mix
No GDM. – Unfinished Mix
Drama! – Act 2
Brother and Sister – Live at the London Arena*
Dreamlike State – 7” Acappella Mix*
You Surround Me – Gareth Jones Mix
91 Steps – 6 Pianos Mix
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