The Beloved

Happiness - 2020 Reissue

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Happiness was recorded from late 1988 to summer 1989, influenced by the band's immersion in the nascent UK Acid House scene. Originally a four-piece guitar/synth band, The Beloved MK1 parted ways late 1987 and founder members Jon Marsh and Steve Waddington were newly liberated by their electronic, machine-driven rhythm section. The perfect synchronicity of the Balearic stylings of the underground clubs and exposure to early Chicago House corresponded with a burst in songwriting and sonic adventure. The result: Happiness!

Recorded mostly with producer Martyn Phillips (who subsequently worked with Erasure, Jesus Jones, & Londonbeat) the band created a hybrid of British electronic pop music, US club beats, euphoric mood and consistently optimistic and uplifting lyrics. 

'Happiness' has been remastered from the original analogue studio masters (by John Davis at Metropolis Studios) and has a significantly louder and clearer audio than the original release. The reissue includes new sleeve notes written by the band themselves.


LP / CD (songs 11-25 With * Are CD (special Edition) Only):
Your Love Takes Me Higher
Time After Time
Don’t You Worry
Scarlet Beautiful
The Sun Rising
I Love You More
Wake Up Soon
Up Up & Away
I Love You More [demo]*
Jackie (Won't You Please Come Home?)*
Sally* / My Heart’s Desire*
Your Love Takes Me Higher [demo]*
Your Love Takes Me Higher [piano/303 Demo]*
Wake Up Soon [demo]*
Acid Love (7" Mix)*
Acid Love (Acid Dream)*
Paradise (My Darling, My Angel)*
Time After Time [demo]*
Time After Time [extended Demo Dub]*
Jennifer Smiles*/ Pablo (7 Inch Mix)*
The Sun Rising (Evening Session Remix)*

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