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The Charlatans

A Head Full Of Ideas - Limited Vinyl Box Set Edition

    All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

    THE CHARLATANS proudly announce their (Covid) delayed release of their 30th Anniversary tour and a 6 vinyl LP Box Set. Released on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music, ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ is a five album, and exclusive 7”, career-spanning box set that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour begins at Belfast, Limelight 22/11/21 and finishes in Aberdeen on 20/12/21.

    The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

    Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.

    This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five Transparent blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s and rarities and remixes. Within the box will also be an exclusive Original Demo’s 7” featuring ‘Indian Rope’/’The Only One I Know’, as well as a signed print of a tour poster from the early 90’s, a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.

    Their iconic and hugely adored live track One To Another (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.


    TRACK LISTING

    THEN1LPXX (6x Vinyl Set Box Set)
    A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF) (2LP)
    A1) The Only One I Know
    A2) Weirdo
    A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
    A4) Jesus Hairdo
    A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
    A6) North Country Boy
    B1) Tellin’ Stories
    B2) One To Another
    B3) How High
    B4) Impossible
    B5) Forever
    C1) Love Is The Key
    C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
    C3) Up At The Lake
    C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
    C5) Oh Vanity
    D1) My Foolish Pride
    D2) Come Home Baby
    D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
    D4) Plastic Machinery
    D5) Totally Eclipsing

    TRUST IS FOR BELIEVERS (LIVE)
    A1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
    A2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
    A3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
    A4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
    A5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
    B1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
    B2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
    B3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
    B4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
    B5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

    PLEASED TO MEET YOU (DEMOS) (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
    A1) C’mon C’Mon (Demo Version)
    A2) Sleepy Little Sunshine Boy (Desk Mix Version)
    A3) Dardanella (Demo Version)
    A4) So Oh (Demo Version)
    A5) Always On My Mind (Demo Version)
    B1) Everybody Ha Ha (Demo Version)
    B2) Commuter Computer (Demo Version)
    B3) Crystal Eyes (Demo Version)
    B4) Polar Bear (Demo Version)
    B5) I Need You To Know (Demo Version)

    ONE TO ANOTHER (REMIXES) (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
    A1) Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix)
    A2) Nine Acre Dust (Chemical Brothers Remix)
    A3) So Oh (Brian Jonestown Massacre Remix)
    A4) Tellin’ Stories (The Go! Team Remix) **unreleased**
    B1) Trouble Understanding (Norman Cook Remix)
    B2) My Beautiful Friend (Jagz Kooner Remix)
    B3) Hey Sunrise (The Orb Remix) **unreleased**
    B4) You’re So Pretty, We’re So Pretty (Lo Fidelity Allstars Remix)

    BONUS DEMOS 7” (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
    A1) Indian Rope (Demo)
    AA1) The Only One I Know (Demo)

    All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

    What can you say about this amazing band that hasn’t already been said? Also rans who out ran, under dogs who became winners, it’s been a long and winding road of heartache and seemingly unpassable obstacles that were always met with an unerring drive and positivity. This is a band who always believed in themselves and, just as importantly, the power of music.

    I think it’s about 13 studio albums which this wonderful compilation covers. They’ve been going since 1989, but the thing is, their last two records are probably in their top three. 2015’s Modern Nature is second only to their Britpop era high, Tellin’ Stories. And it’s follow up, ‘Different Days’, not far behind. They constantly reinvent themselves, always sound fresh, always produce timeless classics which defy pigeon holing. From “The Only One I Know” through “Can’t Get Out of Bed”, “Tellin’ Stories”, “North Country Boy'' and right up to “Come Home Baby” and “Plastic Machinery”, the high quality never seems to drop and, as I said earlier, is possibly even getting better.

    It’s well documented how this group has been beset by awful tragedy, so, I see the majesty of this incredible compilation as a testimony to the belief, dedication, and power of positive thinking that the original members clearly possess. In front man Tim Burgess the Charlatans have a modern-day folk hero. A man-child dreamer, believer, and cosmic schemer who spreads nothing but joy and love. He’s just a conductor for all good music, not just his own, and when his online listening parties took flight over Lockdown, he united a nation of music fans and even drew praise from Paul McCartney. The guy’s a hero and his band are too. This career defining best of is faultless: every home should have one.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: This is pretty much the essential document of one of Manchester's most legendary musical outfits. It's a heady collection that spans over thirty years of music...

    TRACK LISTING

    THEN1CD (CD)
    A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
    1) The Only One I Know
    2) Weirdo
    3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
    4) Jesus Hairdo
    5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
    6) North Country Boy
    7) Tellin’ Stories
    8) One To Another
    9) How High
    10) Forever (Edit)
    11) Impossible (Edit)
    12) Love Is The Key
    13) A Man Needs To Be Told
    14) Up At The Lake
    15) Blackened Blue Eyes
    16) Oh Vanity
    17) My Foolish Pride
    18) Come Home Baby
    19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
    20) Plastic Machinery
    21) Totally Eclipsing

    THEN1CDX (2CD Deluxe)
    CD1
    A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
    1) The Only One I Know
    2) Weirdo
    3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
    4) Jesus Hairdo
    5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
    6) North Country Boy
    7) Tellin’ Stories
    8) One To Another
    9) How High
    10) Forever (Edit)
    11) Impossible (Edit)
    12) Love Is The Key
    13) A Man Needs To Be Told
    14) Up At The Lake
    15) Blackened Blue Eyes
    16) Oh Vanity
    17) My Foolish Pride
    18) Come Home Baby
    19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
    20) Plastic Machinery
    21) Totally Eclipsing
    CD2
    TRUST IS FOR BELIEVERS (LIVE)
    1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
    2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
    3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
    4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
    5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
    6) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1) 7) Tootache (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997). ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
    8) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
    9) Just Lookin’ (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997) ***Exclsuive To 2CD Deluxe***
    10) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
    11) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
    12) Trouble Understanding (The Church Studios, London) ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
    13) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

    THEN1LP (2LP)
    A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
    A1) The Only One I Know
    A2) Weirdo
    A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
    A4) Jesus Hairdo
    A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
    A6) North Country Boy
    B1) Tellin’ Stories
    B2) One To Another
    B3) How High
    B4) Forever
    B5) Impossible
    C1) Love Is The Key
    C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
    C3) Up At The Lake
    C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
    C5) Oh Vanity
    D1) My Foolish Pride
    D2) Come Home Baby
    D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
    D4) Plastic Machinery
    D5) Totally Eclipsing

    THEN1LPX (3LP)
    A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
    A1) The Only One I Know
    A2) Weirdo
    A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
    A4) Jesus Hairdo
    A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
    A6) North Country Boy
    B1) Tellin’ Stories
    B2) One To Another
    B3) How High
    B4) Forever
    B5) Impossible
    C1) Love Is The Key
    C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
    C3) Up At The Lake
    C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
    C5) Oh Vanity
    D1) My Foolish Pride
    D2) Come Home Baby
    D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
    D4) Plastic Machinery
    D5) Totally Eclipsing
    E1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
    E2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
    E3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
    E4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
    E5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
    F1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
    F2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
    F3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
    F4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
    F5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

    The Charlatans

    The Charlatans - 2021 Reissue

      This, their fourth album, came out in 1995. It was their most ambitious and focused album to date, and returned them right back to the number one slot in the charts. The album also spawned three UK top 40 singles, “Crashin’ In” , “Just Lookin’” and “Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over” which peaked at no. 12

      When the Charlatans started out, there were countless bands “similar” to them, but they immediately catapulted to the forefront of the Madchester scene, standing alongside such icons as The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays.

      The band was/is successful because in addition to being able to ride the groove, they could also write amazing songs. These were the gifts that made them among the greatest British survivors of our time, rolling through tragedy and stylistic changes to amass a terrific body of work - one that was modern enough to play in clubs but classic enough to stand the test of time, and one that continues to grow to this day. They have notched up thirteen Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside twenty two hit singles, four of them Top 10.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Laura says: By the release of this album, they'd well and truly shaken off the Madchester / baggy tag. Previous album, Up To Our Hips had proved they were so much more than that, and this album was even more ambitious, perfectly combining killer melodies, dancefloor nous and great songwriting. One of my all time favourite albums!

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Nine Acre Court
      2. Feeling Holy
      3. Just Lookin'
      4. Crashin' In
      5. Bullet Comes
      6. Here Comes A Soul Saver
      7. Just When You're Thinkin' Things Over
      8. Tell Everyone
      9. Toothache
      10. No Fiction
      11. See It Through
      12. Thank You

      The Charlatans

      The Only One I Know - Music Box

        How lovely is this? A music box that plays The Only One I Know!

        The Charlatans

        Between 10th & 11th - Expanded Edition

          Beggars Arkive is excited to announce the reissue of Between 10th and 11th, the second album by The Charlatans.

          Available on double clear vinyl and double CD, the reissue contains the original album plus remastered tracks from the oft-bootlegged live show from Chicago in 1991, known as Isolation 21.2.91, a holy grail amongst fans.

          Between 10th and 11th was originally released in 1992 and feature the UK Top 20 hit (and biggest US single) “Weirdo”, as well as singles “Tremolo Song” and “I Don’t Want To See The Sights”

          “A certifiable classic” - PopMatters.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Though there were mixed opinions on the new direction The Charlatans had taken on the darker ‘Between 10th & 11th’, the naysayers proved to be absolutely in the wrong with Flood’s production and a dreamier, shoegazy edge still sounding just as fresh today as it did at the time. A superbly written and formative album which includes one of my all-time favourite Charlatans tunes, “Weirdo”.

          TRACK LISTING

          LP1/CD1
          I Don't Want To See The Sights
          Ignition
          Page One
          Tremelo Song
          The End Of Everything
          Subtitle
          Can't Even Be Bothered
          Weirdo
          Chewing Gum Weekend
          (No One) Not Even The Rain

          LP2/CD2
          Imperial 109
          The Only One I Know
          Not Very Well *
          Believe You Me *
          Then
          Happen To Die
          Flower *
          White Shirt
          Indian Rope
          Opportunity
          Sproston Green
          10th And 11th *
          (* Denotes CD Only)

          The Charlatans

          Wonderland - 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue

            Not since it first appeared on vinyl in 2001 has The Charlatans’ 7th studio album ‘Wonderland’ been readily available, now almost after an 18 year absence ‘Wonderland’ has been re-pressed on 2 x 180g vinyl featuring original artwork and indie classics ‘Love Is The Key’ and ‘A Man Needs To Be Told’. With SoV download code.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. You're So Pretty - We're So Pretty
            2. Judas
            3. Love Is The Key
            4. A Man Needs To Be Told
            5. I Just Can't Get Over Losing You
            6. The Bell And The Butterfly
            7. And If I Fall
            8. Wake Up
            9. Is It In You?
            10. Ballad Of The Band
            11. Right On
            12. Love To You

            The Charlatans

            Melting Pot

              ‘Melting Pot’ is a greatest hits album by The Charlatans, featuring tracks from their time at Beggars Banquet Records between 1990 and 1997.

              This compilation shows what a great band they were around that time (and still are!) There's not a bad track on here.

              TRACK LISTING

              The Only One I Know
              Then
              Opportunity Three
              Over Rising
              Sprotson Green (US Remix)
              Weirdo
              Theme From Wish Patrol (Chemical Brothers Remix)
              Can’t Get Out Of Bed
              I Never Want And Easy Life If Me An He Were Ever To Get There
              Jesus Hairdo
              Crashin’ In
              Just Lookin
              Here Comes A Soul Saver
              Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
              One To Another
              North Country Boy

              The Charlatans

              Tellin' Stories: Expanded Edition

              Released in 1997, when it went straight to the top of the album charts, this year marks the 15th anniversary of ‘Tellin’ Stories’.

              Building on the sound of their eponymous, previous release (‘The Charlatans’ - also a No.1), the band’s performance has the feel of a classic British rock band (the type which also contain ‘roll’ in the music), combined with the more focussed songwriting of Britpop.

              The package contains the original album, re-mastered and cut from the analogue studio tapes, in addition to a collection of the single B sides, plus an unreleased, early version of ‘Don’t Need A Gun’, originally entitled ‘Rainbow Chasing’. Of the eight B sides only half were re-issued on the anthology ‘Songs From The Other Side’.

              TRACK LISTING

              With No Shoes
              North Country Boy
              Tellin' Stories
              One To Another
              You're A Big Girl Now
              How Can You Leave Us
              Area 51
              How High
              Only Teethin'
              Get On It
              Rob's Theme
              Two Of Us
              Reputation
              Don't Need A Gun
              Down With The Mook
              Title Fight
              Keep It To Yourself
              Rainbow Chasing (Don't Need A Gun First Take)
              Clean Up Kid
              Thank You (Live)

              The Charlatans

              Some Friendly - 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition

              Can it really be twenty years ago that The Charlatans furtively and then confidently appeared in the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays’ slipstream to carve their own distinctive, tough, psychedelic soundtrack for those brief, heady years when Manchester was the centre of the world? From that auspicious start they experienced career highs and lows, broadened their musical base and endured to become one of the era’s most respected and successful bands.

              This 2 disc Expanded Edition includes "Some Friendly" restored to its original vinyl sequence plus a second disc of the non album singles and previously unreleased BBC sessions. It includes the UK top 10 single (and perennial classic) "The Only One I Know", the follow-up, "Then", and the "Over Rising" EP. All tracks have been re-mastered from the original analogue studio masters (except the BBC recordings). The set also includes a 20 page book with notes by the author John Robb.

              TRACK LISTING

              CD1 - Some Friendly
              1. You’re Not Very Well
              2. White Shirt
              3. Opportunity
              4. Then
              5. 109 Pt.2
              6. Polar Bear
              7. Believe You Me
              8. Flower
              9. Sonic
              10. Sproston Green

              CD2 - Singles & Sessions
              1. The Only One I Know
              2. Imperial 109
              3. Everything Changed
              4. Then (BBC Peel Session)
              5. Always In Mind (BBC Peel Session)
              6. You Can Talk To Me (BBC Peel Session)
              7. Polar Bear (BBC Peel Session)
              8. You’re Not Very Well (BBC Goodier Session)
              9. Indian Rope (BBC Goodier Session)
              10. The Only One I Know (BBC Goodier Session)
              11. White Shirt (BBC Goodier Session)
              12. Then (Alternate Take)
              13. Taurus Moaner
              14. Polar Bear (12” Mix)
              15. Over Rising
              16. Way Up There
              17. Happen To Die (Long Version)
              18. Opportunity Three


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