The Verve has just announced via Facebook, that the band will be reissuing the its iconic first two albums: 1993’s A Storm in Heaven and 1995’s A Northern Soul via deluxe, expanded box set editions and 180 gram vinyl. Urban Hymns producer, Chris Potter, will remaster both of the albums.
Hitting the shelves on September 9th, both albums will be pressed as a three-cd box set, with A Storm In Heaven providing a bonus DVD of unreleased songs, B-sides, and BBC sessions. The new set will also have extensive interviews with the band and frontman Richard Ashcroft. Having split for the third time in 2009, Ashcroft recently released a solo album These People; while his ex-band-mates Simon Jones and guitar player Nick McCabe are in The Black Ships, and drummer Pete Salisbury now plays with The Charlatans.
The band’s press release for the rereleases goes as follows:
A Storm In Heaven, released in 1993, adds songs from The Verve’s early pre-album singles, as well as B-sides, acoustic versions and two unreleased BBC sessions. There are also two previously unreleased songs, “South Pacific” and “Shoeshine Girl”. The DVD for A Storm In Heaven features a 1992 gig from Camden Town Hall, footage of the band in New York, the videos for the album’s five single, the US video for “Blue” and a video for “South Pacific” comprised of footage of the band recording the album, taken by producer John Leckie.
The box adds a poster, four postcards, a 48-page book of interviews and previously unseen photos by bassist Simon Jones and sleeve photographer Michael Spencer Jones.
The box-set for 1995’s A Northern Soul adds B-sides and two previously unreleased BBC sessions. It also has seven previously-unreleased songs, including two that were later released on Urban Hymns (“The Rolling People” and “Come On”) and two that were finally recorded on 2008’s comeback album Forth (“Muhammad Ali” and “Mover”.) The other unreleased songs are “Echo Bass”, “King Riff” and “Brake Lights”. The box also features a poster, four postcards and a 36-page book of interviews.