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In honor of their 30th anniversary this year, 4AD and Beggar’s Archive will release a four-disc box set compiling the work of British electronic music pioneers Colourbox.

Formed by brothers Steven and Martyn Young (the latter of whom compiled this set), Colourbox stood apart, sonically, from fellow labelmates This Mortal Coil and Dead Can Dance, relying on a wide palette featuring reggae rhythms and sample-heavy riffs.

Not much has been heard from the group since their 1987 split, which happened at a most inconvenient time: their most successful commercial venture, a collaboration with dream-pop duo A.R. Kane under the moniker M|A|R|R|S (the supergroup’s sole single, “Pump Up the Volume,” topped the British charts and went to No. 13 in America).

The four-disc box includes everything the group commercially released – a 1983 EP and a 1985 LP (both self-titled), a bonus EP included with initial copies of the aforementioned album, and two discs of single sides – and is appended by an unreleased rough mix of album track “Arena” and a cadre of live tracks recorded for the BBC.

The whole set is available May 22 and can be ordered from 4AD and Amazon. Hit the jump to find the full track list.

Colourbox, Colourbox (4AD/Beggar’s Archive, 2012)

Disc 1: Colourbox LP and bonus material

  1. Sleepwalker
  2. Just Give ‘Em Whiskey
  3. Say You
  4. The Moon is Blue
  5. Inside Informer
  6. Punch
  7. Suspicion
  8. Manic
  9. You Keep Me Hanging On
  10. Arena
  11. Edit the Dragon
  12. Hipnition
  13. We Walk Around the Streets
  14. Arena II
  15. Manic II
  16. Fast Dump
  17. Sex Gun

Disc 2: The 7″ singles and B-sides

  1. Baby I Love You So
  2. The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme
  3. Hot Doggie
  4. The Moon Is Blue (7″ Version)
  5. Breakdown (Version 1)
  6. Tarantula (Version 1)
  7. Philip Glass
  8. Looks Like We’re Shy One Horse
  9. Say You (7″ Version)
  10. Fast Dump (7″ Version)
  11. Keep On Pushing
  12. You Keep Me Hanging On (7″ Version)
  13. Breakdown (Version 2)
  14. Tarantula (Version 2)
  15. Shadows in the Room
  16. Punch (7″ Version)

Disc 3: The 12″ singles

  1. Looks Like We’re Shy One Horse/Shoot Out
  2. Baby I Love You So (12″ Version)
  3. The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme (12″ Version)
  4. Breakdown (Version 1) (12″ Version)
  5. Tarantula (Version 1) (12″ Version)
  6. Say You (12″ Version)
  7. Fast Dump (12″ Version)
  8. The Moon Is Blue (12″ Version)
  9. You Keep Me Hanging On (12″ Version)
  10. Breakdown (Version 2) (12″ Version)
  11. Tarantula (Version 2) (12″ Version)
  12. Punch (12″ Version)

Disc 4: Colourbox EP and unreleased material

  1. Shotgun
  2. Keep On Pushing
  3. Nation
  4. Justice
  5. Arena (Extended Version)
  6. Punch (BBC Session)
  7. Kill It (BBC Session)
  8. Bleach (BBC Session)
  9. Water Up the Tap (BBC Session)
  10. The Look of Love (BBC Session)
  11. You Keep Me Hanging On (BBC Session)
  12. The Wanderer (BBC Session)
  13. Low Rider (BBC Session)

Disc 1, Tracks 1-10 released as 4AD LP CAD 508, 1985
Disc 1, Tracks 11-17 released as 4AD EP MAD 509 (originally included with the first 10,000 copies of the above album), 1985
Disc 2, Tracks 1 and 8 released as 4AD single AD 604, 1986
Disc 2, Tracks 2 and 7 released as 4AD single AD 605, 1986
Disc 2, Track 3 from Lonely is an Eyesore (4AD LP CAD 703, 1986)
Disc 2, Tracks 4 and 12 released as 4AD single AD 507, 1985
Disc 2, Tracks 5-6 released as 4AD single AD 215, 1982
Disc 2, Tracks 9-10 released as 4AD single AD 403, 1984
Disc 2, Tracks 11 and 16 released as 4AD single AD 406, 1984
Disc 2, Tracks 13-14 released as 4AD single AD 304, 1983
Disc 2, Track 15 and Disc 3, Track 12 released on 4AD 12″ single BAD 406, 1984
Disc 3, Tracks 1-2 released as 4AD 12″ single BAD 604, 1986
Disc 3, Track 3 released on 4AD 12″ single BAD 605, 1986
Disc 3, Tracks 4-5 released as 4AD 12″ single BAD 215, 1982
Disc 3, Tracks 6-7 released as 4AD 12″ single BAD 403, 1984
Disc 3, Tracks 8-9 released as 4AD 12″ single BAD 507, 1985
Disc 3, Tracks 10-11 released as 4AD 12″ single BAD 304, 1983
Disc 4, Tracks 1-4 released as 4AD EP MAD 315, 1983
Disc 4, Tracks 5-13 previously unreleased

Written by Mike Duquette

March 5, 2012 at 10:39

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