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All five studio albums reissued

Karl Wallinger has approved vinyl reissues of World Party‘s five studio albums, including the acclaimed Goodbye Jumbo (1990) and the 1993 hit Bang!

The other long-players are Private Revolution from 1986, Egyptology (1997) and Dumbing Up, which was the last studio album issued way back in 2000.

All the albums will be issued on 180g black vinyl and Dumbing Up (which will be a 2LP set) sees its debut on the format. The schedule is roughly one release a month, starting with Private Revolution in February.

Self-produced and largely self-played by sixties-obsessed Wallinger, World Party has essentially been Karl’s solo project since he left The Waterboys in 1986. ‘They’ released an impressive run of singles in the late eighties and early nineties including ‘Ship Of Fools’, ‘Message in the Box’, ‘Way Down Now’ and ‘Beautiful Dream’ most of which failed to chart, although the sublime ‘Is It Like Today?’ did creep into the UK top 20 helping Bang! reach an impressive – and unlikely – number two position in the British album charts. ‘She’s The One’ from Egyptology was covered by Robbie Williams and reached number one in 1999.

It doesn’t look like there’s any CD reissues to go with the vinyl and anyone expecting some deluxe editions is probably out of luck. When SDE talked to Karl back in 2012 this is what he had to say on the subject: “I don’t like it when you go to buy a CD and it’s got five other tracks at the end that are basically rubbish versions of other tracks on the album. I hate that”. He also doesn’t like greatest hits, only grudgingly releasing 2007’s Best in Show in the USA and Australia when told he needed something to support the tour.

SDE presumes these will be remastered, even though Karl also told us “I’m not really in to remastering tracks we’ve heard before, I don’t really agree with that” (!). We’ll confirm when that information is forthcoming.

All the albums are great, but Goodbye Jumbo is probably World Party’s masterpiece, wonderful catchy pop songs, beautifully recorded, exhibiting a brilliant mesh of influences (Prince, Beatles etc.) and lyrically powerful with a hippy heart delivering messages around ecology and love.

The reissue campaign starts with Private Revolution on 5 March 2021 (was 26 February) and moves through the albums every three or four weeks. These are issued on Karl’s own Seaview label. Bang! has the ‘new’ cover art from 2000, which is a bit of a shame. I can’t find any pre-order links for Egyptology, yet.

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Private Revolution (1986)

  1. “Private Revolution” (4:01)
  2. “Making Love (To the World)” (2:30)
  3. “Ship of Fools” (4:27)
  4. “All Come True” (5:52)
  5. “Dance of the Hoppy Lads” (0:44)
  6. “It Can Be Beautiful (Sometimes)” (3:00)
  7. “The Ballad of the Little Man” (5:02)
  8. “Hawaiian Island World” (4:20)
  9. “All I Really Want to Do” (4:43)
  10. “World Party” (4:36)
  11. “It’s All Mine” (5:33)

Goodbye Jumbo (1990)

  1. “Is It Too Late?” – 4:24
  2. Way Down Now” – 3:49
  3. “When the Rainbow Comes” – 4:58
  4. “Put the Message in the Box” – 4:16
  5. “Ain’t Gonna Come Till I’m Ready” – 5:05
  6. “And I Fell Back Alone” – 3:57
  7. “Take It Up” – 4:37
  8. “God on My Side” – 4:14
  9. “Show Me to the Top” – 5:15 (contains untitled hidden track beginning at 4:42)
  10. “Love Street” – 4:21
  11. “Sweet Soul Dream” – 4:39
  12. “Thank You World” – 3:47

Bang! (1993)

  1. “Kingdom Come” – 5:27
  2. “Is It Like Today?” – 5:11
  3. “What Is Love All About?” – 4:06
  4. “And God Said…” – 0:26
  5. “Give It All Away”– 4:23
  6. “Sooner or Later” – 4:34
  7. “Hollywood” – 4:09
  8. “Radio Days” – 4:53
  9. “Rescue Me” – 6:06
  10. “Sunshine” – 4:31
  11. “All I Gave” – 3:47
  12. “Give It All Away (Reprise)”

Egyptology (1997)

  1. “It Is Time” (3:20)
  2. “Beautiful Dream” (4:45)
  3. “Call Me Up” (2:57)
  4. “Vanity Fair” (3:33)
  5. “She’s the One” (4:56)
  6. “Vocal Interlude” (0:24)
  7. “Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (5:58)
  8. “Hercules” (3:15)
  9. “Love Is Best” (3:03)
  10. “Rolling Off a Log” (5:54)
  11. “Strange Groove” (4:10)
  12. “The Whole of the Night” (3:15)
  13. “Piece of Mind” (4:58)
  14. “This World” (4:21)
  15. “Always” (4:23)

Dumbing Up (2000)

  1. “Here Comes the Future” (4:44)
  2. “What Does It Mean Now?” (4:59)
  3. “Another 1000 Years” (5:29)
  4. “High Love” (6:51)
  5. “Best Place I’ve Ever Been” (3:31)
  6. “You’re a Hurricane, I’m a Caravan” (4:00)
  7. “Who are You?” (5:08)
  8. “See the Light” (5:19)
  9. “Santa Barbara” (4:17)
  10. “All the Love that’s Wasted” (4:33)
  11. “Little Bit of Perfection” (5:26)
  12. “Always on My Mind” (8:34)

110 responses to World Party / vinyl reissues

  1. Richard Stephen Pievaitis says:

    Blimey I love World Party, got the picture sleeve of Ship of Fools from a tiny record shop in Whitby when it first came out in what, 1987 ? Then got the next three albums on cd. But managed to see them live in 1993 at the T & C in Leeds. I had been over to Eire earlier that day from 5:30 that morning by air and by 8:00 pm I was starting to wilt slightly. Not thru beer.
    Stood by a side door waiting and suddenly the little emergency exit door opens outwards and who comes bumbling in with hat and dark glasses at 7:55 pm but Karl W himself complete with guitar in case.
    So low key and simple but five minutes later on he came and bang !!!!! They were amazingly tight and musically excellent. But he obviously travelled separately from the rest of the band.
    Strange cultish yet poppy band almost a U.K. Crowded House, maybe ?!?!
    Still love those first three albums but would vinyl make them sound better or just different, not sure.

  2. SteveH says:

    Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below was changed by the supplier, and we need to provide you with a new estimated delivery date based on the new release date:

    World Party “Goodbye Jumbo [VINYL]”
    Estimated arrival date: October 29 2021

  3. Larry Davis says:

    If I remember correctly, some 10+ years ago, WP released a 5CD “boxset” in a diary/journal form with all the hits that shoulda been, rarities, B-sides, unreleased, etc…filled with photos, little tidbits & remembrances, and blank pages for the listener to add…very cool, original & interactive package…regret selling it but it was Karl approved & on Seaview…anyone else have this journal package?? I’d love to get it back…in my eyes, WP were both a cult act & one that simultaneously appealed to unadventurous radio stations & listeners…really odd…almost like Sheryl Crow…but I did have that “Ship of Fools” single…think it did slightly better chartwise in the US…#27…and I had “Goodbye Jumbo” on CD…one of those record club deals, Columbia House…and a US special edition of “Egyptology” on The Enclave label, loved “She’s The One”… surprised about Robbie Williams’ cover, almost identical and hey, nice royalty cheque for Karl, eh??

    • Greg says:

      I just saw one on eBay new sealed for…$300. I’m sure it’s worth it, but I haven’t won the lottery yet lol

    • CSIII says:

      Got mine signed a few years ago after a great show. Karl thumbed through and told me a couple of things about some of pictures. Since it is a calendar, I write down the concerts I attend. He seemed to appreciate that I was using it.

    • Randy Goldner says:

      I have it but it’s not for sale. It is as you described. A 5-CD set, called the Arkeology Diary and Music Collection, published as a ring-bound journal. Haven’t checked it out in awhile but I feel a World Party resurgence coming on! Can’t wait for these reissues; I have a first pressing of Goodbye Jumbo on vinyl but everything else is on CD, so I’m all over these reissues.

  4. John P says:

    My recollection is that Ship of Fools was released end of January 1987 and the Zeebrugge ferry disaster happened early March of the same year. If my memory serves me well and being a huge fan of the band, all radio stations pulled the song from their playlists in light of the disaster and deaths due to the obvious lyric. Saw them at Glastonbury 1994, on very early in the day, with a very small audience but for me were the highlight.

  5. Rett Russell says:

    World Party was such a great band….. all my friends and me in Mississippi (!) were totally captivated. Ship of Fools….a masterpiece, insanely enjoyable….one of many Karl released to the world….party indeed.
    Wish I’d had the opportunity see them onstage…so: please keep those back-in-the-day reminisces coming…I live vicariously through them!

  6. DJ Salinger says:

    So good to see a bit of love for Karl and the band here. I revisited my World Party albums last year for the first time in a while and was all the better for it.

    It also reminded me what a great live act they were.

    I agree with other comments about the b-sides; I managed to find most of the CD singles over the years and there are some gems. Not least that demo version of ‘Little Man Within’ on ‘Is It Like Today?’ – which IMO was far superior to the version on ‘Private Revolution’.

    I’ve felt they were becoming something of a forgotten band with the passage of time – but the many comments here say otherwise. Cockles warmed.

  7. Metal Mickey says:

    Not sure it would have the same effect nowadays, but my main remembrance of “Goodbye Jumbo,” is that it was one of those rare albums that _everyone_ seemed to like, and anyone who heard it for the first time went and bought their own copy the next day (“Automatic For The People” had the same effect a few years later…)

    Nice to see some WP activity, but yes, it’s a shame it’s just a vanilla reissue programme… and isn’t it weird that artists who you might assume to be on the same wavelength, like Karl and (say) Andy Partridge , have totally opposite views as to issuing demos & extra tracks…?

  8. blaahh says:

    Still one of the puzzlements of life that Ship Of Fools wasnt an almighty chart hit, huge airplay and Chart Show (!) rotation and ended up in the 40s. Though I guess that also applied to many of their singles from the first three albums. Still an incredible song that should have blown 1987 apart musically.

  9. Walli says:

    Hey Paul,
    did you get that die CDs of World Party were rereleased by Seaview in 2020? You could check jpc.de to see the details.
    Best wishes
    Walli

  10. Steven Campbell says:

    What happened to the link for Egyptology? I noticed it’s sold out on Amazon alas!

  11. Bill says:

    This comment includes some horrible name-dropping which I apologise for, but it’s relevant…

    I can vouch for Karl’s distaste for compilations.

    My friend Harry and I got to hang out with World Party when they were touring Australia with Steely Dan. Michael Gudinski, founder of Mushroom records and the head of the touring company and the label which released Best In Show in Australia, was also there. At one point, he leaned over to me and said, “You should talk Karl into doing one of our Liberation Blue albums.” Don’t ask me why he thought I might have any sway, but I was happy to pass on the message.

    I explained to Karl that it was a series on the Liberation label of well established artists doing live acoustic versions of their best known songs. Karl just stared at me and made a face that was a combination of bemusement and disgust.

    That’s another thing I really respect about Karl – he’s not interested in resting on his laurels. He’d rather look forward.

    Having said that, it would be really nice if he released some new material that wasn’t clearing out his bottom drawer.

    • John MC cann says:

      Apart from Carl,,,who else’s name did you drop that anyone would have ever heard off?

      • Paul Taylor says:

        Bit dismissive.
        Mushroom Records are a big deal. I’m sure there’s not many people in Australia heard of the likes of Gene, Menswear, Marion or other such niche bands yet people on this site have heaped a level praise on them that seems disproportionate to their success.

  12. Huge World Party fan, have all the albums and most on LP, plus practically every B-side and live track. However, the albums are mostly too long for single-record vinyl. I think Goodbye Jumbo, Bang, and especially Egyptology should be presented on 2LP sets (even if it’s done as 3 sides) to get the most out of vinyl. That being said, I don’t have Bang or Dumbing Up (obviously) on vinyl so I’m likely to order those two at least. The reissue CDs that came out on Seaview were quite nice… And I disagree with Karl–I’d be ecstatic to have at least some of the WP B-sides as bonus tracks.

  13. JC says:

    It took me a very long time to complete my World Party vinyl collection, and of course now that I’ve finally got all the ones that were released….they reissue them. That’s always the way it is though isn’t it? Still, I’ll be buying Dumbing Up and probably Goodbye Jumbo (just to compare).

  14. Davythefatboy says:

    Thank You for finally releasing these on vinyl. It was really tough finding anything from World Party on vinyl here in North Ontario Canada. I had the first two albums but was always keeping an eye out for Bang and EGYTPOLOGY on vinyl. I can’t wait to hear these again as I dont even have a CD player hooked up anymore. My XTC collection is now complete withe the recent purchase of Nonsuch and always thought that Andy P. and Karl W. would make great collaborators……Can only hope…..Thanks to whoever convinced KW to release these LP’s again. It’s minus 27 c this morn and it’s time for a cup of tea and something summery to warm me up.I think Skylarking may work..Thank You Kindly again.

  15. Mark Franklin says:

    Put The Message In The Box from Goodbye Jumbo peaked at number 39 in the UK and was later covered by Brian Kennedy who managed one place higher at 38. Also, that’s me introducing the Is It Like Today clip on TOTP :)

  16. Matt Thurston says:

    I wish they packaged all five albums in a box set. I think most people, like me, will be buying all five. Missed opportunity.

  17. Ron2 says:

    I’ve seen Karl 3 times in the states, including the 2015 show in St. Louis, my hometown. Before being sidelined by his aneurysm and his legal battle with Chrysalis over She’s The One, he had an active website with a bunch of demos and Beatles covers, all of which were interesting and fun. Some but not all of them wound up on Arkeology. While I’m a WP junkie, I don’t see an incentive to buy non-remastered LPs apart from Dumbing Up, which hasn’t been on vinyl before. The 2006 reissue of Dumbing Up swapped out two tracks 3 and 11 of the 2000 version for other songs that weren’t any more memorable, really.

  18. The Golden Age Of The Phonograph says:

    Ordered all 4 LPs even though I have `Private Revolution` & `Goodbye Jumbo` on vinyl.

    IMHO Karl Wallinger was as musically talented as Mike Scott and the World Party run of albums from`Private Revolution` thru to `Dumbing Up` is superb.

    I hope these reissues do well, Karl may be able to finance some more recording sessions.

  19. Mark says:

    Does anyone know if the extended version of Ship of Fools was ever released on Cd or a compilation (not on Arkology)?
    https://www.discogs.com/World-Party-Ship-Of-Fools/release/1187289

    • Steve F says:

      @Mark – nope. It’s not by any means the only one, either. I’ve asked Karl via FB if he fancies doing vinyl + extras as lossless downloads, Divine Comedy-style.

  20. John MC cann says:

    McCartney would have been better collaborating with wallinger,, instead of some other people he choose to write with, imo

  21. Alan Blevin says:

    Just want to add to the general love fest for Karl and the remarkable music he has created.Agree that Goodbye Jumbo is a total masterpiece but in my opinion Egyptology isn’t far behind.

  22. Carl says:

    Love World Party
    Arkeology is fun … a treasure trove. Have bought the Thank You World as it has been favourably mentioned.
    Vinyls will have to be ordered …. such good music

  23. Stan Stanton says:

    Great news. Goodbye Jumbo is one of the greatest albums ever made by anyone ever.

  24. Arjan van Laar says:

    “Ain’t Gonna Come Till I’m Ready” is one of the best songs ever.

  25. Kauwgompie says:

    Goodbye Jumbo is an absolute masterpiece and deserves to be released as an SDE. Ship Of Fools is one of the catchiest songs ever (not on Goodbye Jumbo), one of my all time favorite singles. Brilliant band!!

  26. Tomek says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9__js7txfg
    World Without Love (L&McC) by World Party …

  27. p britten says:

    Hi Paul,
    I don’t buy vinyl anymore (except when there’s no other way, like in the case of Costello’s Purse or Wussy’s Funeral Dress II) but I’m happy these five wonderful albums are reissued one way or another.
    My copy of Dumbing Up includes a bonus DVD offering many (all?) World Party videos. Was that the standard edition or something more exclusive or/and limited?
    Anyway, you’re absolutely right mentioning the Prince and Beatles influences, but I think K. Wallinger was also a big fan of Bringing It All Back Home/Highway 61 Revisited, because he did ’65 Dylan almost better than Zim himself.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yes, you’re right about Dylan…

    • John Drayton says:

      I only know the first two albums well. Love both of them. Vocal-wise, I hear a lot of Jagger. To my ears there’s not enough blues influence to make the Dylan comparison work.

    • Adam V. says:

      The DVD with Dumbing Up came standard with the US edition, no extra cost, hours of content! Very generous.

  28. Beechlander says:

    Very underrated band and deserved more success. I remember “Put the Message in the Box” when it came out, what a song, and was amazed it didn’t chart but this was the times of SAW, Blackbox and Technotronic. Time to reinvestigate Goodbye Jumbo I think….

  29. RobC says:

    The first two albums are nothing short of brilliant. Private Revolution is the one that resonates with me – time and place.

    World Party toured here in Australia as an opener for Steely Dan. Two legendary bands, one show…it was an amazing night.

  30. kook says:

    I remember Q magazine calling ‘Goodbye Jumbo’ their album of the year in 1990, which was how I first heard about it. At the time, it seemed a bold choice over the likes of ‘Violator’ and ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ but I do think it’s held up really well. So many great timeless songs, and the first half (side) is practically perfect.

    It’s strange how Wallinger never got the sort of kudos that would later be bestowed on the likes of Noel Gallagher and Neil Finn, but I guess that’s life.

    • CJ says:

      It’s funny you mention the Oasis boys. As I was listening to World Party today (like really listening for the first time), I found myself thinking, “Well, there’s the last bit of Oasis that actually sounded like something original sourced. Now they’re just 100% derivative.” (Not that I hate Oasis, but they seem more like an “in-the-style-of” tribute band than one with a unique sound of their own.)

  31. Mike Grivich says:

    We made our own B-Sides compilation years ago. Finding all of them was hard but we did it. We filled up THREE discs with them. I’ll be getting Goodbye Jumbo and Bang for sure. Still have my original Private Revolution. When I first heard Ship of Fools on the radio, I thought it was a Mick Jagger solo single! Was lucky enough to see them back in the day a few times. Jellyfish opened for them for one show!

    • The Golden Age Of The Phonograph says:

      Now that is what I call a line up, Jellyfish & World Party!

      All my CD singles are in a box somewhere, amongst them a shed full of World Party singles. I’m gonna make some discs of my own.

  32. Kevin Wollenweber says:

    Oops, I’m sorry I misspelled Karl’s name in my earlier post. I am blind and don’t do the online check often enough for such things.

  33. Kevin Wollenweber says:

    So sorry that the World Party reissues are yet another vinyl only project. I get the reason why Carl Wollinger opted against the “expanded” editions and that is a unique and refreshing decision, believe me, but come on, perhaps when the vinyl rollout is complete, he’ll decide in a “COMPLETE COLLECTION” set of the albums in a clamshell box or something stylishly akin to it, because those tunes are fantastic, and he can add a disk of the B sides, leaving out the “rubbish” as he calls it, just for us CD collectors. This is not some call to boycott. I just no longer have a turntable and am deciding on CD as my format of choice. I have to admit, though, that I agree with the individual who commented that any one of these albums would benefit from a 5.1 mix, but that is an after-thought. I just like these albums and would especially like to upgrade my copy of GOODBYE JUMBO on something other than an MP3 or MP4. I am, after all, a fan of “holding the music in my hands!”

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I approached his manager ages ago to see if they’d be willing for me to put together a ‘remixes and rarities’ set for Cherry Red, but they were not willing to license the material out.

  34. AdamW says:

    I have the CDs for the first two albums; I feel like it got a bit “ok-ish” after that. I would be super-interested in these if there were extras, because I have none of the singles from that era, but I don’t feel like I need to own these on vinyl, especially if nothing has been done to the original recordings. Hope he reconsiders in my lifetime.

    “All Come True” is the song I go back to most often. Just brilliant.

  35. Paul Wren says:

    Plenty of love here for Karl and rightly so as he is a quality artist. Hopefully he will see some income as these are on his own label. I already own them on vinyl so won’t be joining in this time – unless he sticks some additional material onto them!

  36. Darren Linklater says:

    Goodbye Jumbo is a pure joy. Beautifully recorded and packed full of great tunes. It is a great shame this wasn’t a huge hit. For anyone thinking of dipping into these start with Jumbo then go with Bang next. It was a huge shame when Karl had his illness which seems to have robbed us of what should have been a regular flow of new albums. At least he is well and we can revisit the wonderful catalogue again.
    I have original vinyl of the first 3 but Egyptology always eluded me and is expensive when it comes up anywhere.
    I will be renewing the collection in full. A fantastic collection could be made of all the associated B sides which were often as good as the albums. Hopefully this is a prelude to that long threatened new album.

    • Michael says:

      The art for Bang! was always supposed to be what it is now, the exploding head done by Karl’s US record company against his wishes.

      All vinyl 2020 remaster for vinyl editions.

      Cheers!

      • Paul Murphy says:

        Apart from making me dig this amazing album out and play it again, the ‘Bang’ artwork prompt also made me dig out Wreckless Eric’s ‘Big Smash’ for the first time in many a year. A very pleasant evening. [I might also dig out Dylan’s ‘Shot of Love’ today, it has got a theme going with me].

  37. John r Chamberlain says:

    What a terrific band;
    Those first two albums were never off my TT back in the day and Goodbye Jumbo was my fave album of 1990 along with LWPv1
    Be nice to finally have Dumbing Up on vinyl

  38. K P Young says:

    Love these albums, have them all on cd. Will definitely buy the vinyl.
    A great set of 5 cds from world party is Arkeology.Very difficult to get hold of now it has some absolute gems on dear prudence and Lucille to name a couple

  39. Graham says:

    There’s a good live album available (2cd) from the 2013 tour if anyone missed out on that.

  40. CJ says:

    I had always thought Robbie’s She’s the One was a cover, but I could never find the info on where it had come from. Thank you for finally, after all these years, giving me the reassurance that I’m not crazy (at least on this one issue).

    I remember having friends who were very into World Party during the University Years, but for some reason, I never really connected what I was hearing to the band when it was being played at parties (oddly, for some reason, I wasn’t always paying the most attention when I was at a dorm bash). Loving what I’m hearing.

  41. Jeff G. says:

    Great news. I preordered the Private Revolution LP without hesitation.

  42. Joe Atari says:

    A massive shame, considering Goodbye Jumbo is one of the first great albums of the 1990s and there were quite a number of extra tracks on all the singles from 1987 onwards. There is “Arkaeology” but it dives very deep, and isnt either comprehensive or chronological, its a personal collection of rarities. I would have bought 2CD versions of “Private Revolution” “Goodbye Jumbo” and “Bang” (even with the terrible revised artwork!). I guess though, its the prerogative of the artist and Karl is in the Sting camp on this one, no revising of history. One plus is that I remember Karl saying the Robbie Williams cover royalties put his children through university. For anyone not into World Party, do investigate. A great songwriter and a prophet of eco-disaster even on 1987’s “Ship Of Fools”

  43. Paul Mac says:

    I was (and still am) a big Waterboys fan at the time so I bought the first three albums (on cassette!) when they came out. I’m going to buck the trend a little and plump for Private Revolution as my favourite of the three, though. All are stone cold classics, so this is very good news.

  44. Rob says:

    There was a nice comp of unreleased (or B-sides) and remixes called “Thank You World” It is too bad that one was overlooked

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yeah that was good. Goodbye Jumbo-era. Forgot about that. Just checked and thankfully still have my copy…

  45. Daniel says:

    Interesting that Karl’s chosen to keep to the UK tracklisting for Dumbing Up and ignored the two song substitutes for the USA edition. Given it’s double vinyl there’s room for all!
    Think Goodbye Jumbo is the tops too Paul. Such a beautiful LP.

  46. Bob McCartney says:

    Such a great band and one of my favorites. Actually got to meet Karl in St. Louis on the last tour in 2015. Played a rollicking show to a less than full house. Was ecstatic when Arkeology was released as it had been so quiet for so long. Was like 5 brand new releases at once!
    I have heard more than once that a new record is on the horizon…Fingers Crossed!

  47. Chadwick Thomas says:

    The original artwork for Bang! was the subject of a lawsuit over its unauthorized use of Scrabble tiles. That’s why they can’t use the original art.

  48. Webvan says:

    A great run of albums and songs, practically no duds. They seemed to be Q’s favorite band when Bang was released then the support faded (less promotion by Chrysalis?)…Need to give these timeless songs new listens!

    • Different Time says:

      They were Q’s favourite band at the time of Goodbye Jumbo too and awarded it album of the year in 1990. I bought and still have the CD singles that were released from Goodbye Jumbo – some quality extras on Message In the Box and Way Down Now. Thank You World just had live and remixed verions.

  49. Rob says:

    All great albums that could certainly sound great on vinyl.

    I wish Karl would look at the XTC series. World Party could really work well with those sort of packages. Their music could sound amazing with a good 5.1 mix.

  50. Adam V. says:

    “Most of which failed to chart”? Don’t forget that Ship Of Fools was top 30 in the US, which led to my brother buying the cassette back then! I’ve remained a big fan ever since, and was fortunate to see them live on their US tour to support Dumbing Up, which at the time they promoted as a new album even though it was six years old. Not interested in the vinyl; sure am glad I’ve got the Arkeology set, as it’s a great collection and I guess fairly rare now.

  51. Chris Squires says:

    Right back at the launch of CD Singles I set about the ultimately impossible task of trying to collect every single one. The brilliant Ship of Fools was one of those really early ones along with singles like Big Time, Land of Confusion, Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, Rage Hard, Wanted (Dead or Alive) and the Holy Grail of early CD single collectors Brothers in Arms (both 85 and the ultimate 86 version).

    That was a wild frontier right there. No internet and a brand new format to explore and spend every penny of your University Grant on. How lucky we were to be paid to go to Uni.

    Eventually the format caught on and made it impossible to keep up.

    • Quante says:

      I remember a friend telling me that his friend had bought the first ‘picture disc’ cd, which apparently was Brothers In Arms. I assumed he meant the album, but perhaps it was the single?

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        George Michael’s Faith was another early-ish ‘picture CD’

        • Chris Squires says:

          Faith was the first picture disc CD Paul, and the funny thing was Faith was made such a fuss of because it had a “picture” printed on it rather than the usual black type but it really was such a basic image (only half the disc) that we wouldn’t think twice about now, however back in very late 1987 I trawled the whole of Birmigham to find one, eventually getting one in Walsall, it might have been very early 1988 even as they weren’t the first issue. The other odd alternative when CDs were first released was what happened to Mike Oldfield’s first CD release in 1983 in that they were a solid light blue coloured CD. It was fun for a while to collect different oddities and looking back the first tranche of CDs in the UK didn’t have bar codes, but they started to appear and become the norm quite quickly, my Hounds of Love was barcode-less.

          The Dire Straits Brothers in arms singles were a year earlier than Faith but were decorated with pink shapes rather than a picture disc, I have them somewhere in a cupboard. Amazing to think how bewitched collectors became with cd labels that we take for granted now.

          • James says:

            I remember the Eurythmics ‘I Need a Man’ CD single being promoted for having a picture-disc, and so special it was, they made it a limited edition in a tin can. Still remember the disappointment- the picture was tiny!

          • Gerbrand says:

            Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love and Michael Jackson’s Bad were part of that limited picture disc series in late 1987 too. Can’t remember the others but do remember seeing them together in the record shop window. It really was a novelty, while they now look a bit cheap because of the strange colours.

  52. SimonP says:

    There’s a nice phone video on youtube of Karl performing to a handful of people outside my ‘local’ record shop, Raves From the Grave in Frome.

    I once upon a time saw World Party play Wembley Stadium. They were first on the bill supporting U2. They were much better than the main event and I became a fan.

  53. Tony Kinsella says:

    Lots of activity.

  54. Tony Kinsella says:

    Stranger things happen.

  55. David Fisher says:

    Great news! I’ve got the first two LPs on vinyl from back in the day and the rest on CD so it will be nice to upgrade them all. It’s such a shame Karl became ill and couldn’t fly any more and seems to have left his career behind. He is such a creative force and hope this reissue campaign introduces more people to his work.

    I got near to the orbit of the band having a mutual publisher friend, the late great John Merritt offer me a publishing deal which was exactly the one Karl signed with his name removed and mine put in! My lawyer advised against it so it never went ahead alas. That’s my pal Martyn on bass in the SHIP OF FOOLS video (although he didn’t play on the track – he was on GOODBYE JUMBO.) I was very lucky to have Martyn play on my first album. I got on the guest list for a fabulous gig supporting GOODBYE JUMBO in London and met Karl backstage in Islington because I’d previously roadied for their then drummer Jeremy Stacey (now with King Crimson). I remember seeing Baldrick actor Tony Robinson in the green room which was a surprise.

    Sorry this is all about me and it shouldn’t be – it should be about Karl and his uplifting eclectic music. It’s just stirred up some distant memories of this ageing fan!

    If you don’t know World Party buy these LPs folks!

    • Chris Squires says:

      Don’t be sorry, it’s great when various souls pop up with a real life connection to an album or an artist. It’s a world of connections. So thank you.

  56. Peter Yarrow says:

    I bought Goodbye Jumbo at the time it was released, I must go back and listen again because from what I remember it was a great album.

    Back in the day I was in a band and we were supposed to support World Party at the Leadmill in Sheffield, but there was a mix up and it was offered to a band called Treebound Story instead … featuring Richard Hawley (his first band). They were a much bigger name in Sheffield than we were but it was disappointing none the less.

    I ended up in the audience instead … oh well, what could have been!

    • David Fisher says:

      Too bad – I was always trying to blag a support with them too around the time of GOODBYE JUMBO through our mutual publisher friend but it never came off. John did play one of my songs to Karl with a view of him remixing it at Seaview but he didn’t like it. Ho hum. Happy days.

  57. Richard Magill says:

    I wish that he would put the hidden track Kuwait City on the issue of Bang and revert to its original artwork. Other than that, this is great news.

    • Tony Kinsella says:

      Kuwait City hidden track wasn’t on British release of Bang. Did you buy your copy from abroard?Another thing that’s been puzzling me..why was the track hidden twenty minutes after the last track on the C.D. Unlikely to be discoveredone.

  58. Steve F says:

    Any chance of the numerous b-sides being made available? There were loads, especially from the first two albums, which have only been available on vinyl. Compilation CD or lossless downloads? The 5CD Arkeolgoy set skipped almost all of them in favour of ‘new’ unreleased material.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Nope.

    • David Fisher says:

      Oh that’s annoying you’ve just reminded me that for some reason I never bought Arkeology and now when I go in search of it it’s out of stock at amazon and there’s only one copy on eBay today for £220! Grrr!

      I agree those single b-sides were brilliant – I’ve got all the CD and vinyl singles but it would be nice to have them in one place. I especially liked Karl’s version of HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        Beautiful Dream was a three-CD set, I seem to remember. Still only got to number 31 in the charts, although I suppose that wasn’t bad for World Party!

        • Jan says:

          Yeah, Chrysalis did their hardest to get WP to chart. Lots of 3 in 1 deals or free stock hitting the shops in those days.

      • colm47 says:

        Hi David

        If you go to the World party website and click on merchandise, it’s listed there but currently out of stock. You can sign up for an in stock alert, good luck with that!

        I have the first 2 LPs from all those years ago and the Arkeology box set.
        They were a great band. Going to listen to them again now.

      • CJ says:

        David–Try checking Discogs.com. They have it for significantly less (at least at this writing). Hope you can grab a copy of it.

        • David Fisher says:

          Thanks CJ – I’ll try Discogs too. I find that site a bit unpredictable though. I’ve bought things because they have a particular variant LP label that turn up with the normal version. Coming from Japan to the UK it was too much of a fag to replace it. I’ve also got blanked by sellers when asking for postage quotes from the US. eBay is so much easier. I appreciate the suggestion anyway! :-)

  59. Jan says:

    All those great b sides, remixes and the long version of Ship Of Fools really need to be reissued. Fingers crossed, one day.

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