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WE’VE TAKEN A BREAK BUT WE’LL BE BACK V SOON…… BIGGER, BETTER, STRONGER AND JUST MORE BRILLIANT!

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HI GUYS, 

WE’RE RE-BUILDING, RE-CONSTRUCTING, RE-BRANDING ( KIND OF  BUT NOT REALLY) RE-THINKING AND RE-DOIN OURSELVES TO MAKE THE MOODIE BLOG BIGGER, BETTER, STRONGER,  FASTER, ( OK I STOLE THAT LINE FROM THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN, BUT YOU GOTTA ADMIT IT SOUNDS GOOD….LOL )  MORE FABULOUS, MORE FUNNY, MORE INFORMATIVE, and just generally MORE BRILLIANT  than we ever were. 

No seriously, we’ll be back at the beginning of March with a new us!!! New content, more of the old content too ( but better of course) and just generally we’ll have had a mini overhaul to make the blog more exciting.

Sorry it’s taking a while but as the cliche goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day…… so back off…. HAHAHAHA

Meanwhile, to keep you entertained here’s a little Moods Comedy Monday clip to keep you going. ( yes I know it’s Tues but nothing works with the word Tues), and what better than a funny hairdressing video, starring my friend John Roberts…… he of Bob’s Burgers Fame

This little sketch is called “Cut N’ Color” ( yes I know the British way to spell color is colour) and is taken from John’s Mom series of videos he created that went viral and got him noticed.

Cut and Color is part of the Indian Summer series he created, and they are below this one.

BACK SOON………. 

Part 1 and 2 of the Indian Summer below……

FROM MY EDITORIAL ARCHIVE: KATE MOSS ( BIRTHDAY GIRL) FOR US VOGUE BY WOLFGANAG TILLMANS

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20 YEARS AGO ( OMG – IS IT THAT LONG??)  I WORKED ON A SHOOT THAT WAS   PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN VOGUE,  SHOT BY THE WONDERFUL ART PHOTOGRAPHER WOLFGANG TILLMANS AND THE FOREVER BEAUTIFUL KATE MOSS.

TODAY IS KATE MOSS’S BIRTHDAY SO TO CELEBRATE THIS ICONIC BRITISH MODEL’S BIRTHING DAY, I’M SHARING WITH YOU THIS SHOOT AND A LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE DAY.

So we’re talking 1997 and it was the era when art photography really started to cross over into fashion.

Wolfgang Tillmans is a German art photographer born in Remschied in 1968.

He was the first non English photographer to be awarded the Tate annual Turner Prize in 2000, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts living in Berlin and London, Between 2009 and 2014 he served as an Artist Trustee of the Tate Board. He is also a member of the museum’s Collection Committee and the Tate Britain Council.

He has published numerous books of his work and his other awards include:

  • 2009:Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Photographie (The Culture Prize of the German Society for Photography).
  • 2014: Charles Wollaston Award, the main prize of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • 2015: Hasselblad Award, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2015: Royal Photographic Society Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship.

This shoot with Kate took place in Wolfgangs flat in London, and I remember it being a fun day. It was a new experience to work with somebody like Wolfgang, who had a different approach to fashion.

He shot on traditional film ( no digital back then)  and so he could see the images, he had the film developed at his local Snappy Snaps on a 2 hour development then would collect them so we all could see how they were. This was a very unconventional way of working but I liked it and it kind of made sense to do that.

Some of the images have now appeared in one ( maybe more- I’m not sure) of Wolfgangs books too.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE !!

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CREDITS: AMERICAN VOGUE FEB 1997 ISSUE. “CHINA SYNDROME”

PHOTOGRAPHER: Wolfgang Tillmans

FASHION EDITOR: Kate Phelan

MODEL: Kate Moss

MAKE-UP: Lisa Butler

HAIR: Me

MOODS COMEDY MONDAY – MOMMIES IN HOLLYWOOD

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ITS NEW YEAR AND I CAN’T THINK OF A  BETTER WAY TO KICK OFF THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE YEAR THAN WITH MY FRIEND JOHN ROBERTS. ( VOICE OF LINDA IN BOB’S BURGERS)

JOHN IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH COMEDIENNE MARGARET CHO, AND HERE THEY STAR TOGETHER IN A FAKE TRAILER FOR THE FILM ” MOMMIES IN HOLLYWOOD”

John’s career really took off a few years ago after going viral on Youtube with his “Mom” videos – A character he created that is loosely based on his own mother – albeit a lot more extreme.

The most famous and popular video one being ” Christmas Tree” which I’ve shown before.

Anyhow, check this out……. its a hoot ( as they say in the states!!)

 

below is the fabulous Christmas Tree video that got John on the road to success………

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR ——- 2017 IMPORTANT MOODIE BLOG NEWS

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 !!!!!!!!! EVERYBODY !!!!!!!

It’s 2017 and a lot of people are happy that 2016 is over!

I’ll be honest and say 2016 was not the best year of my life, what with family deaths and illnesses etc, but one thing I have realised is that life goes on and even though we lose loved ones, we have to try and enjoy every moment whilst we are still alive ourselves. Mourning, grief and upset are all natural processes we have to go through as human beings when we lose somebody close, but its important to try and remember that the deceased loved ones would want us to carry on and enjoy life to the fullest and keep all the happy memories of themselves in our heads,  as opposed to just the sad ones.

So with that said, I plan to make 2017 a better year than the one before. Obviously we cannot predict everything that will happen throughout the year and life will throw unexpected curve balls for sure, but I plan to embrace every curve ball in any way that I can.

So what do we/us ( the Moodie Blog lot)   have in store for you in 2017 – well first and foremost, my blog and website will be having a bit of an overhaul. What does this mean I hear you cry?  Basically the website will be getting a slight re-design to allow for more content and then the blog posts will be getting some changes too. This will mainly include new and interesting subject content etc. Of course, some of the old favourites will still appear, i.e.: Moods Comedy Monday, Just another Moodie Monday, Old and New editorial posts etc but I will be adding new content which will be revealed sometime in February.

PLEASE BEAR WITH US WHILST WE MAKE THOSE CHANGES!

DURING THOSE CHANGES THERE WILL BE LESS WEEKLY BLOG CONTENT APPEARING WHISLT WE WORK ON THE NEW ONES ( SORRY, WE’RE JUST A SMALL OPERATION AND ALL MAN POWER IS GOING ONTO THE NEW CONTENT BUILDING).

MEANWHILE I WILL KEEP SHARING THE ODD POST JUST TO KEEP YOUR APPETITES SATISFIED, SO PLEASE KEEP COMING BACK AND VISITING, AND BE READY FOR THE NEW US IN EARLY FEBRUARY.

 

MEET THE MOODIE’S – CHRISTMAS DAY SINGALONG !!

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IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY – HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

WE LOVE A SINGALONG IN THE MOODIE HOUSEHOLD AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER I WANTED TO INTRODUCE YOU ALL TO FAMILY MEMBERS I NORMALLY KEEP WELL HIDDEN AWAY FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD……LOLZ

MEET THE MOODIES……. THE REST OF ‘EM 

UNCLE REDNECK, AUNTIE BARBS, COUSIN SEAMUS,  UNCLE BING, AUNTIE CILLA, COUSIN REGINALD, UNCLE NOBBY, NEPHEW NEAL.

MOODS COMEDY MONDAY – CATHERINE TATE, NAN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2015 ‘NANGER MANAGEMENT’

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MOODS COMEDY MONDAY – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

As a fan of actress and comedienne Catherine Tate, I just had to share with you the Catherine Tate Christmas Special from 2015 – starring one of Catherine’s most popular characters, Nan Taylor.

Joannie Taylor who is often referred to as “Nan” is an obnoxious cantankerous woman in her seventies who swears regularly and criticises other people. She is often visited by her well-mannered grandson, Jamie played by Mathew Horne, whom she refers to when visitors come as “‘e ain’t got a job”, even though Jamie is in fact at university. His visits start off well enough, with Nan showing how grateful she is that he has come to see her. However, the situation usually takes a turn for the worst after she starts to make unfavourable comments about her neighbours, family, or home help visitors. Nan is mostly very pleasant to visitors, but after they leave, she criticises and rants about them.

Enjoy this Christmas half hour special if you haven’t seen it already, and if you have then like me, watch it again and laugh at all the bits you missed the first, second and even third time.

In the spirit of Nan Taylor:

Happy Fuckin’ Christmas Everyone LOLOLOLOL 

MY CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

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IT’S THE FIRST SATURDAY OF DECEMBER AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY STARTED SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS BUT FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T HERE’S SOME OF MY SUGGESTIONS.

To start with there’s some of my favourite products: This Works.

We all want to sleep well over the Christmas period, getting some well earned rest. If you’re struggling, or know somebody that is struggling to relax, try this perfect sleep gift from This Works.

Sleep Spell:

Combat restless nights and broken sleep with this fast- acting natural remedy. Pull this cracker to discover a miniature, travel-sized version of our bestselling deep sleep pillow spray, which contains our signature calming blend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile essential oils.   With 99% of users claiming that they slept better than normal after using it, deep sleep pillow spray is the aromatherapeutic solution to better sleep and a calmer Christmas.

1 x 10ml deep sleep pillow spray – £10

– See more at: http://www.thisworks.com/gifts/christmas-gifts-137/sleep-spell.html#sthash.b2NtPqHG.dpuf

My next gift is YSL for Men – One that I wear a lot and get loads of compliments on it when I’m wearing it, hence why I’m suggesting it…… BTW, it comes in other versions too, but this is my favourite.

La Nuit de L’Homme Fragrance

  • Playing on contrast and overdose, La Nuit de L’Homme Le Parfum opens with a fresh burst of bergamot and anise, immediately followed by the spicy, virile warmth of black pepper. Night invades the atmosphere, and the trap is already closed. Notes of lavender and labdanum release all their power to the trail, an excessively carnai melody made even headier by the sensuality of patchouli and vanilla. Attraction is at its height. Vetiver adds the final note to a fragrance of noble ingredients that is absolutely unique.
  • See more at Yves Saint Laurent website: http://www.yslbeauty.co.uk/fragrance/for-him/la-nuit-de-l-homme/la-nuit-de-l-homme-le-parfum/522YSL.html
  • 60 -£55 and
  • 100ml – £70

Next is a gift from my favourite store: Fortnum and Mason. Perfect for any man, woman, boss, manager,  loved one, special work colleague, close friend,  basically everybody! Even a gift just for yourself ( oops, did I really say that?)

Personalised Rosé Champagne & Chocolates Box in Pink or Blue.

Effortlessly elegant, this is a blush-pink variation on our ever-popular Champagne & Chocolates Box. Fortnum’s impeccable Rosé Champagne is selected for us by rosé experts Billecart-Salmon, and the pretty pink truffles are made especially for us.

The real surprise inside this indulgent Rose Champagne & Chocolates gift box will be the bottle of Fortnum’s Rose Champagne personalised with your own special message printed on the label. Presented in lovely pink box, this will be a very welcome gift indeed.

For £76: Available to buy from Fortnum & Mason, see here : https://www.fortnumandmason.com/products/personalised-rose-champagne-and-chocolates

Last but by no means least, here’s a Windle and Moodie gift idea, which make not only great stocking fillers but also great presents all year round.

Windle and Moodie products made a great gift and there’s something for every hair type, but here’s one of my suggestions based on hair that is considered quite difficult to manage, and i should know because i have it myself – Yes, you guessed it:  Curly Hair

WINDLE AND MOODIE 

 This curly hair gift is ideal to turn unruly hair into tamed perfect curls.

Windle And Moodie Curl Enhancer ( £15) designed to define and create perfectly separated curls with sheen.

and

Windle And Moodie Invisisble Day And Night Cream (£21) to calm, moisturise and control unruly curls.

Both products contain a UV filter for sun protection.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

1st DECEMBER … CHRISTMAS IS COMING

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DECEMBER 1ST IS HERE AGAIN.

CAN YOU BELIEVE WE’VE GONE A FULL YEAR SINCE THE LAST ONE?? IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY A COUPLE OF MONTHS.

 WE’VE HAD THE OLYMPICS, BREXIT, TRUMP AND DARE I SAY IT HONEY G AND THAT’S JUST FOR STARTERS.

I THINK IT’S SAFE OK TO SAY THAT THIS YEAR, THE WORLDS OFFICIALLY GONE SLIGHTLY MAD!! 

JUST TO BRING US ALL BACK TO SOME KIND OF NORMALITY, I HAVE LOTS COMING UP FOR DECEMBER ON THE BLOG SO REMEMBER TO KEEP POPPING BACK. THERE’LL BE GIFT IDEAS,  SOME SPECIAL CHRISTMAS VIDS AND GENERAL FESTIVE FUN FROM MOODIE HQ…….

SEE YOU SOON. X

JUST ANOTHER MOODIE MONDAY – A LITTLE MORE LOVE BY OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN

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LET’S GET A LIITLE SEXY THIS MONDAY MORNING WITH A TRACK I REMEMBER HEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME BACK IN 1979 ON ITS RELEASE. 

IT’S BY THE AUSTRALIAN SENSATION OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN, CO STAR OF GREASE WITH JOHN  TRAVOLTA.

“A Little More Love” is taken from Olivia’s 1978 album “Totally Hot”. The song was a world-wide hit that peaked at No4 in UK and No3 in US, during the winter of 1979. Billboard magazine ranked it as the 17th most popular song of 1979. It was the first single Olivia released solo following the huge chart-topping hit “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from the film Grease with John Travolta.

So have a sexy dance and sing around your bedroom this morning with this little ditty……… Go Olivia!!!!!!

I’ve attached the lyrics too……..

“A Little More Love” – Music and Lyrics – John Farrar
Night is draggin’ her feet
I wait alone in the heat
I know, know that you’ll have your way
Till you have to go home
No’s a word I can’t say

Cause it gets me nowhere to tell you no
And it gets me nowhere to make you go
Will a little more love make you start depending
Will a little more love bring a happy ending
Will a little more love make it right?
Will a little more love make it right?

Where, where did my innocence go?
How, how was a young girl to know?
I’m trapped, trapped in the spell of your eyes
In the warmth of your arms
In the web of your lies

But it gets me nowhere to tell you no
And it gets me nowhere to make you go
Will a little more love make you start depending
Will a little more love bring a happy ending
Will a little more love make it right?
Will a little more love make it right?

 

ALISON MOYET – RE-ISSUED AND RE-MASTERD SONY ALBUMS

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Alison’s first Solo Album “Alf” Released 1984

ANYBODY THAT KNOWS ME SHOULD KNOW THAT I’M A HUGE ALISON MOYET/YAZOO FAN.

Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet ( 18 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice who came to prominence as one half of the duo Yazoo in the early 80’s but has since mainly worked as a solo artist.

Alison Moyet’s UK album sales alone have reached a certified 23 million, with over a million singles sold. All seven of her studio albums and three compilation albums have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Charts,  with two of the albums reaching number one. She has had nine Top 30 singles and five Top 10 hits in the UK singles charts.  Her most recent album The Minutes was released in the UK on 6 May 2013 with many claiming it as her best solo album to date, as she returned to her electronica roots for the first time since Yazoo days. The album reached No 5 in the UK charts, making it her highest charting album since Raindancing in 1987.

Alison is a 3 times Brit Award winner, Mercury Music Award nominee and Grammy nominee plus she was presented with the Investec Icon Award at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef awards ceremony in 2013 and with the Gold Badge Award by BASCA in 2014. BASCA,  the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, is one of the largest professional associations for music writers and exists to support, protect and campaign for the interests of British songwriters, lyricists and composers in the United Kingdom, as well as the EU, and The Gold Badge award is given to recognise exceptional people from right across the music industry who have worked in support of British songwriters and composers.  They are an opportunity for BASCA and its members to thank an outstanding group of men and women each year who have made a unique contribution to British music.

In 2001 Moyet made her stage debut in the London West End production of the musical Chicago playing Mama Morton to huge acclaim and what was meant to be a short run ended up being a 6 month stint following her popularity.

On 10 November 2014, she released a live album, Minutes and Seconds-Live taken from The Minutes Tour.

On 30 July 2015, it was announced that Alison would be releasing deluxe editions of her albums Hometime ( 2002)Voice (2004) , and The Turn (2007) . According to her official web site: “Each album will feature plenty of bonus material – including some rare and previously unreleased material.”

On 21 September 2015, Moyet she then performed at the Burberry Prorsum Fashion Show during London Fashion Week.  Her set was released as an digital EP, Live for Burberryon 23 September.

On 27 September 2016, it was announced that Alison’s first four studio albums AlfRaindancingHoodooo and Essex would be reissued as Deluxe editions after having been remastered by BMG ( part of Sony Music) on 25 November 2016. Each double-disc set comes in a casebound book with the original album remastered from the original tapes along with 12-inch remixes, b-sides and previously unreleased songs, and today I finally received my copies through the post.

Listening to these classic albums brings bet many memories and I want to tell you about them because these albums not only define Alison’s earlier career but a whole era too.

Beg, steal or preferable buy copies for a fantastic trip down 80’s and 90’s memory lane with one of Britain’s most celebrated and talented singers.  I’m dancing and singing as i type!!!!

See all 4 albums track listing below plus a link to Alison’s first solo video outing ever for one of my favourite tracks – Love Resurrection.

UK VERSION

US VERSION

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Alf 2CD deluxe edition originally released in 1984

Disc One – original album

  1. Love Resurrection
  2. Honey For The Bees
  3. For You Only
  4. Invisible
  5. Steal Me Blind
  6. All Cried Out
  7. Money Mile
  8. Twisting The Knife
  9. Where Hides Sleep

Disc Two – bonus tracks

  1. Love Resurrection (U.S Long Version)
  2. All Cried Out (The Remix)
  3. Invisible (Extended Version)
  4. For You Only (Extended New Version)
  5. Love Resurrection (Love Injected Remix)
  6. Baby I Do
  7. Invisible (Transparent Mix)
  8. Hitch Hike
  9. For You Only (New Version)
  10. That Ole Devil Called Love
  11. Don’t Burn Down The Bridge
  12. That Ole Devil Called Love (Jazz Version)
  13. Don’t Burn Down The Bridge (Extended Version)
  14. Twisting The Knife (Live)
  15. That Ole Devil Called Love (Live)

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Raindancing 2CD deluxe edition originally released in 1987

Disc One – original album

  1. Weak In The Presence Of Beauty
  2. Ordinary Girl
  3. You Got Me Wrong
  4. Without You
  5. Sleep Like Breathing
  6. Is This Love?
  7. Blow Wind Blow
  8. Glorious Love
  9. When I Say (No Giveaway)
  10. Stay

Disc Two – bonus tracks

  1. Is This Love? (L.A. Mix) (Produced by Dave Stewart)
  2. Blow Wind Blow (Long Version) 
  3. Weak In The Presence of Beauty (Extended Mix) F
  4. To Work On You 
  5. Take My Imagination To Bed 
  6. Ordinary Girl (Remix) 
  7. Palm Of Your Hand (Cloak & Dagger) 
  8. Ordinary Girl (Dance Mix) 
  9. Love Letters
  10. This House (Original Mix)
  11. Love Letters (Extended Version)
  12. The Coventry Carol (From Olympics benefit album ‘A Very Special Christmas’, 1987)
  13. Love Resurrection (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987) 
  14. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987) 
  15. You And Me Previously unreleased demo.
  16. Let’s Get Personal (with James Brown)

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Hoodoo 2CD deluxe edition originally released in 1991

Disc One – original album

  1. Footsteps
  2. It Won’t Be Long
  3. This House
  4. Rise
  5. Wishing You Were Here
  6. Hoodoo
  7. (Meeting With My) Main Man
  8. Back Where I Belong
  9. My Right A.R.M.
  10. Never Too Late
  11. Find Me

Disc Two – bonus tracks

  1. Take Of Me
  2. Back Where I Belong (Polite Mix)
  3. Back Where I Belong” (Soft Mix)
  4. Come Back Home
  5. Hoodoo (Extended Version) (remix by Francois Kevorkian)
  6. Hoodoo (Starlight Dub) 
  7. Hoodoo (Single Version) (remix by Francois Kevorkian)
  8. Hoodoo (Instrumental) 
  9. It Won’t Be Long (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991) Previously unreleased.
  10. Wishing You Were Here (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991) Previously unreleased.
  11. Never Too Late (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991) Previously unreleased.
  12. Find Me (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991) Previously unreleased.
  13. (Meeting With My) Main Man (Live At The Town & Country Club, London, 17th July, 1991) Previously unreleased.
  14. Dig A Hole Previously unreleased demo.

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Essex 2CD deluxe edition originally released in 1994

Disc One – original album & bonus tracks

  1. Falling
  2. And I Know
  3. Whispering Your Name
  4. Getting Into Something
  5. So Am I
  6. Satellite
  7. Ode To Boy
  8. Dorothy
  9. Another Living Day
  10. Boys Own
  11. Take Of Me
  12. Ode To Boy II
  13. Whispering Your Name (Single Mix)
  14. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Single Mix)
  15. Blue (Original Version)
  16. Solid Wood (Single Mix)
  17. Our Colander Eyes (Single Mix) Rare – withdrawn single.
  18. My Best Day (featuring Lightning Seeds)
  19. Make A Change (featuring Tricky)

Disc Two – bonus tracks

  1. Falling (Infinite Dub)
  2. It Won’t Be Long (Acoustic)
  3. Whispering Your Name (Extended Remix)
  4. Whispering Your Name (Remix) (remix by Vince Clarke)
  5. Getting Into Something (Midnight Mix) 
  6. Dorothy (Acoustic)
  7. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Acoustic)
  8. Never Too Late (Remix)
  9. Never Too Late (Extended Remix)
  10. Life In A Hole
  11. Rock And Roll (Live At The Mean Fiddler, London, 3rd April, 1992)
  12. Sunderland Glynn
  13. Beautiful Previously unreleased.
  14. How Long (Alternate Version) Previously unreleased.
  15. Blue (The Essential Mix)
  16. Our Colander Eyes (Pete Glenister Demo) Previously unreleased.
  17. Blue (Playing The Field Edit) Previously unreleased.
  18. There Are Worse Things I Could Do