Erasure continue their 30th anniversary celebrations with vinyl reissues of their first three albums, Wonderland, The Circus and The Innocents.
The band’s 1986 debut Wonderland was produced by Flood and contained three wonderful singles in Who Needs Love Like That, Heavenly Action and Oh L’Amour. Incredibly, none was a UK top 40 hit single, although Dollar’s cover version would take Oh L’Amour into the top ten the following year.
The breakthrough was Sometimes – the lead single from album 1987’s The Circus – which peaked at number two in the UK charts just six months after Oh L’Amour flopped. Of the four singles from The Circus only It Doesn’t Have To Be failed to breach the top 10 in Britain (it peaked at no. 12) so it was a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.
Finally! Erasure have a hit with Sometimes and appear on Top of the Pops
After two albums working with Flood, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell chose to bring in Stephen Hague for production duties on 1988’s The Innocents. The album was to be their first number one – supported by more hit singles such as Ship of Fools and A Little Respect – and kicked off a six-year sequence of four consecutive UK number one long-players
These new ‘limited edition’ LPs will be pressed on 180g vinyl, utilising original artwork and packaging and “cut using the original vinyl masters”. They are available initially via the direct-to-fan PledgeMusic platform, which is also offering various bundles.
Some fans were disgruntled when PledgeMusic titled one bundle as “3 LP Vinyl Reissue & LIMITED SIGNED Wonderland LP Art Print”. Many pre-ordered assuming they would all be signed but it turned out to be for the first 50 pre-orders only (this was only mentioned in the body text). To make matters worse confirmation emails apparently stated “LIMITED SIGNED” even if you were outside the first fifty to order (presumably because that was how the item was titled on the system).
A representative of Pledge came on to the discussion page and confirmed that “the first 50 signed art prints were on a first come first served basis”, later adding “we removed the signed wording now so we did not mislead.”
Pre-order via Amazon:
- • UK Pre-order: Wonderland vinyl LP
- • GERMANY Pre-order: Wonderland vinyl LP
- • FRANCE Pre-order: Wonderland vinyl LP
- • UK Pre-order: The Circus vinyl LP
- • GERMANY Pre-order: The Circus LP
- • FRANCE Pre-order: The Circus LP