Fairground Attraction‘s only ‘proper’ studio album, 1988’s The First Of A Million Kisses, will be reissued in January by Cherry Red as a two-CD deluxe edition.
The 12-track long-player (14 on the original CD edition) was almost entirely written by guitarist Mark E. Nevin and featured the vocal talents of Eddi Reader. It’s well remembered in the UK and Europe thanks to the phenomenal success of first single Perfect, which went to number one in the UK and was a top ten hit virtually everywhere else (although not in the USA).
Three further singles were issued before the band split. Record label RCA put out a follow-up called Ay Fond Kiss, although this was really just a collection of unreleased recordings and B-sides to previously released singles.
This new deluxe edition of The First Of A Million Kisses includes virtually everything from Ay Fond Kiss (Walking After Midnight is a different version and Cajun Band is missing) and also features nine previously unreleased recordings. On disc two you’ll also find eight non-album tracks originally issued on the Japan-only Live In Japan.
This new set has been compiled with Mark Nevin and the sleevenotes include interviews with him and Eddi Reader. This will be released on 20 January 2017.
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The First of A Million Kisses (Expanded Edition)
1. A SMILE IN A WHISPER
3. MOON ON THE RAIN
4. FIND MY LOVE
5. FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION
6. THE WIND KNOWS MY NAME
8. COMEDY WALTZ
9. THE MOON IS MINE
10. STATION STREET
13. FALLING BACKWARDS
15. TRYING TIMES
16. WINTER ROSE
17. AY FOND KISS
18. YOU SEND ME
19. WATCHING THE PARTY
20. JOCK O’ HAZELDEAN
21. THE GAME OF LOVE
1. MYSTERY TRAIN
2. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?
3. THE WALTZ CONTINUES (LIVE IN JAPAN)
4. DON’T BE A STRANGER (LIVE IN JAPAN)
5. DANGEROUS (LIVE IN JAPAN)
6. I KNOW WHY THE WILLOW WEEPS (LIVE IN JAPAN)
7. HOME TO HEARTACHE (LIVE IN JAPAN)
8. FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF LOVE (LIVE IN JAPAN)
9. BROKEN BY A BREEZE (LIVE IN JAPAN)
10. GOODBYE TO SONGTOWN (LIVE IN JAPAN)
11. I MAY NEVER BE QUEEN*
12. PRAYER FOR ST VALENTINE*
13. SWING TRUMPET (DEMO)*
14. RED RIBBON (DEMO)*
15. FIND MY LOVE (DEMO)*
16. MYTHOLOGY (DEMO)*
17. STATION STREET (DEMO)*
18. THE MOON IS MINE (DEMO)*
19. WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT (VERSION)*
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED