2LP, 180G VINYL + DOWNLOAD
1 x 12in
In January 1985 The Beloved emerged via a John Peel session (Produced by a very young Mark Radcliffe). They had a second session broadcast in October and didn’t release their first single, A Hundred Words, until early 1986. On the independent Flim Flam label they released a further 3 singles/eps , later compiled as an album, Where It Is. By autumn 1987 they had slimmed down from 4-piece to the original founding duo of Jon Marsh & Steve Waddington. Jon went to NY to pursue some label interest, meet some heroes – Mantronik, Latin Rascals. & came back with a record box full of early house cuts. Within weeks he was tipped off by a friend about a semi-secret party in a gymnasium in Bermondsey. He went searching and found Shoom. Having already shared the record box with Steve he took him to the club within a few weeks, knowing full well he would be equally enthused/entranced! Having just been signed to WEA , notionally as a poster-fodder pop group, the band experienced a seismic shift in direction. Their first attempt , Acid Love, was on promo 12″ within months. Their second house track was Your Love Takes Me Higher, first released in early 1989 with great club support but zero radio play. The third was Sun Rising, late summer that year which became their first hit single. The album, Happiness, a distillation of the fun & optimism & energy of the 88/89 (acid) house scene was released in 1990 to great acclaim and YLTMH even got a second release and just scraped into the top 40 at #39! A remix album, Blissed Out, was released In autumn 1990, with a new recording It’s Alright Now as a single. Awoke is the most complete track from their last collaborative sessions. Jon continued recording as The Beloved with his wife Helena as co-writer/co-producer. Their first release in early 1993 was the single Sweet Harmony which was a major hit record worldwide. Both single and the accompanying album Conscience were their biggest selling releases. A further album X, with the single Satellite arrived in 1996. A re-released Sun Rising and a best-of, Single File in 1997. Then silence. Remixes as The Beloved, several releases under different names (on Junior Boys Own, & NRK), and a full time dj career until 2005/6. Still silence. ‘I can’t split up with myself so i think of it as hibernation’ says Jon. Until now. Music that is both old & new.