Edsel Records will release a Bronski Beat rarities set in the autumn.
Dance and Desire: Rarities and Videos will be a 2CD+DVD collection which looks like it may be similar to the recent Cherry Red Remixes & Rarities collections (Paul Young, Thompson Twins etc.) although with the distinct advantage of containing a DVD in addition to the audio discs.
This set will actually cover music from Bronski Beat, The Communards and Jimmy Somerville solo artist. The track listing is still being worked on, but if we’re going to speculate (and why not, as Barry Norman used to say) it’s likely that this will be part ‘mopping up’ exercise – including tracks missed from the 2012 reissues (such as the UK 12-inch of Smalltown Boy) – and part dance remix collection. Perhaps Somerville has even dug into his archive and is providing some unreleased demos.
The DVD is likely to be include promo videos and BBC TV appearances across Somerville’s career, and we’d expect this to be presented in Edsel’s preferred casebound book packaging.
One thing we do know is that this has been pushed back until September, so ignore Amazon’s August release date– presumably this will be corrected soon.
We will bring you more on Dance and Desire: Rarities and Videos when we have it, in the meantime when not let us know what you’d love to see in this collection?