DISC ONE: HIRED HISTORY PLUS
03) Blue Emotion (12" Version)
04) Comfortable Life
05) Sleepless Nightmare (12" Version)
06) Aqua Vitae
07) Feels Like Winter Again
08) This Illness
09) Photography (Unreleased Bill Nelson Version)
10) Comfortable Life (Unreleased Bill Nelson 12" Version)
11) House Of Thorns
12) Sleepless Nightmare
13) Three's Company
14) House Of Thorns (12" Version)
15) Solitary Lovers (12" Version)
16) No More Proud (Proud Mix)
17) No More Proud (Dub Mix)
18) Sally Free And Easy
DISC TWO: ARK OF EMBERS (LOST ALBUM)
01) The Moment
02) Breaking The Boundary
03) Blue Emotion
05) No More Proud
09) Aqua Vitae
10) In The Heat Of The Night
11) Solitary Lovers
Producer on four tracks, Disc One's 'Feels Like Winter Again', 'This Illness', 'Photography' and 'Comfortable Life'.
The tracks Nelson produced were originally recorded in 1983, but remained unreleased until 2019 with the release of this record.
Steve Wright & David Crickmore:
"...We have been able to include our earlier work with Bill Nelson as producer. Not only the debut independent single on Bill's Cocteau label 'Feels Like Winter Again' b/w 'This Illness', but also the original Bill Nelson produced version of 'Photography' (b/w 'Comfortable Life'), which was commissioned to be our next single when we first signed to Polydor – a plan soon abandoned by the company in favour of a remake with Hugh Jones at the controls. Riding on the Indie chart success of our debut, Bill's 'Photography' followed the brief to "make it sound like 'Feels Like Winter Again'." We even returned to the same modest local Leeds studio. It is a notable inclusion to this collection as it marks the first time Ian Nelson blew a saxophone on one of our recordings and you can hear that his lovely end solo idea survives right through from Bill's prototype to the bigger budget Hugh Jones replacement version."
"It wasn't our first attempt at the number ('Comfortable Life') – Bill Nelson had offered his production of it as the intended B-side of 'Photography', recorded at the same sessions at Ric Rac in Leeds. Unheard until its inclusion here is that unreleased master in its 12" mix form (Polydor never commissioned the 7" edit from it).
It comes with the heavy disclaimer that 'Blue Monday' was hot off the press and extremely influential at the time!"