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Halfway To Heaven: The Best Of The Blow Monkeys & Dr Robert - Preview

Halfway To Heaven

Preview by Jack Foley

THE Blow Monkeys are set to release I>Halfway To Heaven: The Best Of The Blow Monkeys & Dr Robert on 17 June via Sony Music.

The stunning retrospective collection features three CDs – The Best of The Blow Monkeys (the first career-spanning collection, which includes a brand new track – Chained – from their forthcoming album), The Best of Dr Robert and a fully re-mastered recording of their renowned 1984 Hammersmith Palais concert in its entirety.

The Blow Monkeys enduring career began in July 1981 when Robert Howard (Dr Robert) formed the band with Neville Henry and Mick Anker. After gigging extensively throughout London the band soon secured a record deal, along with an additional member – Tony Kiley, and released their debut album Limping For A Generation in 1983.

The band broke through with their second album Animal Magic, which featured the worldwide hit Digging Your Scene. They had massive success throughout the eighties with a series of albums and singles such as It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way, Wait, a top five duet with soul diva Kym Mazelle and You Don’t Own Me, which featured on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

After the group disbanded in 1990, Dr Robert went on to carve a successful solo career; he has released several critically acclaimed solo albums.

The Blow Monkeys thrilled fans by reforming in 2008 and released a brand new album. Their renaissance continues this year with the release of their latest album, Feels Like A New Morning.

Halfway To Heaven is an absolute must for all fans of The Blow Monkeys and Dr Robert. The full tracklisting is below:

Win Halfway To Heaven: The Best Of The Blow Monkeys & Dr Robert

To celebrate the release of Halfway To Heaven: The Best Of The Blow Monkeys & Dr Robert on Monday, June 17, 2013, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which Blow Monkeys song features on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack?

Simply send the answer to Halfway To Heaven competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

CD1 – The Best of The Blow Monkeys

  1. Digging Your Scene
  2. It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
  3. Wait (featuring Kym Mazelle)
  4. Choice? (featuring Sylvia Tella)
  5. Celebrate (The Day After You) (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
  6. Wicked Ways
  7. Out With Her
  8. La Passionara
  9. Forbidden Fruit
  10. He’s Shedding Skin
  11. Springtime For The World
  12. Wildflower
  13. Slaves No More
  14. Be Not Afraid (featuring Cheb Khaled)
  15. Chained
  16. Save Me
  17. Staring At The Sea
  18. Heaven Is A Place I’m Moving To

CD2 – The Best of Dr Robert

  1. Birds Gotta Fly
  2. The Coming Of Grace
  3. Staring Down The Bird
  4. Realms Of Gold (Demo)
  5. Halfway To Heaven
  6. Circular Quay (featuring Paul Weller)
  7. Have No Roots (featuring Paul Weller)
  8. Blueskies (Marius De Vries Mix)
  9. Sycamore Tree
  10. A Single Summer
  11. Ode To Bacchus
  12. This Is Nowhere
  13. Don’t Let It Slip
  14. Further Adventures Of The Fen Tiger
  15. Flatlands
  16. Hercules Broom
  17. Lucifer’s Friend
  18. I Can’t Remember The Last Time I Cried
  19. The Sky Is Falling
  20. Digging Your Scene (Acoustic)

CD3 – Live from the Hammersmith Palais (1984)

  1. Resurrection Love
  2. Man From Russia
  3. Atomic Lullaby
  4. He’s Shedding Skin
  5. Waiting For Mr Moonlight
  6. Trashtown Incident
  7. It’s Not Unusual
  8. Limping For A Generation
  9. Professor Supercool
  10. Go Public
  11. Man From Russia (Reprise)