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Travis set to unveil their singles collection (with DVD)


Story: Jack Foley

TRAVIS have plenty to celebrate. In 1996, Independiente signed a young band from Glasgow called Travis on the strength of some demos and a limited edition single release on the band’s own label.

Eight years on and Travis have amassed four top 10 albums (including two number one albums), 15 top 40 hits, three Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello, made headlining appearances at Glastonbury, Reading, T In The Park and V Festivals, won numerous plaudits, triumphed over adversity in the wake of Neil Primrose’s near fatal accident and sold over four million albums in the UK.

And celebrating is just what Travis intend to do with the release of Travis: Singles, a collection of all their singles to date, plus an accompanying DVD, both set for release on November 1.

Travis: Singles bookmarks the end of one era and the start of another for one of the UK’s most popular bands. I

t’s been a remarkable journey so far and one in which Travis have never lost touch with their audience.

From the release of debut single, All I Want To Do Is Rock, via top ten hits Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, Turn, Coming Around and Sing, through to Re-Offender, the band has consistently engaged with their public and not surprisingly, are widely regarded as Everyman’s band.

The album features a recently recorded brand new track, Walking In The Sun, a slice of breezy melodic pop and Travis at their best.

The track was produced and mixed by long-time collaborators, Mike Hedges and Nigel Godrich, and will be released as a single in advance of the album on October 18.

The full track listing for the album is as follows:

Sing
Driftwood
Writing To Reach You
Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Re-Offender
Walking In The Sun
Tied To The 90’s
Coming Around
Flowers In The Window
Love Will Come Through
More Than Us
Side
U16 Girls
Happy
All I Want To Do Is Rock
The Beautiful Occupation
Turn

The accompanying DVD is another must for Travis fans.

In addition to all the band’s videos to date, shown in chronological order, it also features previously unseen footage, 'the making of' several of their best videos and special one off performances from throughout the band’s career.

The home video footage features personal moments, including; the final recording stages of debut album, Good Feeling; Dougie impersonating Richard Ashcroft; some impressive fretwork from Andy and an amusing guided tour of Abbey Road studios from Messrs Healy and Payne.

Stand out live performances include Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, from their headline Glastonbury show in 2000; The Beautiful Occupation from the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards, and Fran and Dougie’s spellbinding rendition of Hit Me Baby One More Time, from VH1’s Storytellers.

Travis are currently back in the studio working on their fifth album, the follow up to 12 Memories, due for release next year.

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