The Human League - Octopus - (2xCD Deluxe Album) - pre-order [2020-03-06]
The Human League - Octopus - (2xCD Deluxe Album)
2020 marks the 25th anniversary of The Human League’s seventh studio album ‘Octopus’. Featuring 7 previously unreleased tracks, the 2CD format includes the original album plus a second disc of demos, singles and edits. Also featured are two bonus tracks that the band made with Yellow Magic Orchestra - “Behind The Mask” and “Kimi Ni Mune Kyun”.
Originally released in 1995 by EastWest Records, it was the first new album from The Human League in five years after the termination of their long-term contract with Virgin Records. ‘Octopus’ was the first album that presented the band as a trio consisting of the singers Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. It was produced by Tears For Fears Ian Stanley and former band members Jo Callis and keyboard player Neil Sutton also contributed to the writing of the album.
The album's sound is notable for the nearly exclusive use of analogue synthesizers, a marked change from the band's primarily digital sound in the mid-to-late 1980s. The album saw a return to the public eye for the band, who had been out of the top ten since their 1986 album ‘Crash’. ‘Octopus’ was a commercial success. The first single, ‘Tell Me When’ became the band's first top-ten hit in nine years, peaking at number six in the UK singles chart, with the second single ‘One Man in My Heart’ also breaking into the top 20. The album also saw similar chart success peaking at number six in the UK, becoming the band’s sixth top-ten album.
"The Human League - Octopus", is out Friday, 6th March 2020 on Rhino Records and available for pre-order now.
NB: All products ordered with a pre-order will be dispatched together close to the latest pre-order release date. If you want earlier dispatched for another product then please place separate order(s).
CD1 track listing:
- Tell Me When
- These Are The Days
- One Man In My Heart
- Filling Up With Heaven
- House Full Of Nothing
- John Cleese; Is He Funny?
- Never Again
- Cruel Young Lover
CD2 track listing - The Demos / Singles / Edits:
- Tell Me When (Demo) *
- These Are The Days (Demo) *
- One Man In My Heart (Demo) *
- Words (Demo) *
- Filling Up With Heaven (Demo) *
- Houseful Of Nothing (Demo)
- John Cleese; Is He Funny? (Demo) *
- Never Again (Demo) *
- Cruel Young Lover (Demo) *
- Tell Me When (7” Edit)
- The Bus To Crookes
- Stay With Me Tonight (Single Version)
- Behind The Mask (YMO vs THL)
- Kimi Ni Mune Kyun (YMO vs THL)
* Previously Unreleased
Format: 2xCD Deluxe Album
Label: Rhino Records
Release Date: Friday, 6th March 2019