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London 0 - Hull 4 Deluxe Edition Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (22 Jun. 2009)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0026RCAHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,476 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Happy Hour
  2. Get Up Off Our Knees
  3. Flag Day
  4. Anxious
  5. Reverends Revenge
  6. Sitting On A Fence
  7. Sheep
  8. Over There
  9. Think For A Minute
  10. We're Not Deep
  11. Lean On Me
  12. Freedom

Disc: 2

  1. Flag Day
  2. Stand At Ease
  3. You
  4. Coal Train To Hatfield Main
  5. I'll Be Your Shelter (Just Like A Shelter)
  6. People Get Ready
  7. Drop Down Dead
  8. The Mighty Ship
  9. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  10. Think For A Minute
  11. Who Needs The Limelight
  12. I Smell Winter
  13. Joy Joy Joy
  14. Rap Around The Clock
  15. Lean On Me
  16. Anxious
  17. We're Not Deep
  18. Freedom
  19. Think For A Minute
  20. Drop Down Dead
  21. Happy Hour
  22. Get Up Off Our Knees

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CD Description

Self proclaimed "4th best band in Hull", The Housemartins, originally released London 0 Hull 4 in October 1986, reaching number 3 in the charts. It features the perennial favourite "Happy Hour" alongside other singles "Flag Day", "Sheep" and "Think For A Minute". The classic album has now been expanded 2 discs with the second disc featuring various B-sides, outtakes and radio sessions, including eight previously unreleased tracks. The album is packaged in the sumptuous "deluxe Edition" packaging and the booklet features liner notes from Phill Jupitus, who got his break supporting the band during his Porky The Poet days.

BBC Review

Though dismissed by naysayers as a poor man's version of the Smiths, the Housemartins - along with the Style Council, Billy Bragg and the Redskins among others - were at the forefront of 80s agitpop. Blending socialist politics and Christianity with a dose of soul and gospel (the inner sleeve of the album exhorted fans to 'Take Jesus - Take Marx - Take Hope'), the 'fourth best band in Hull' wrapped barbed and frequently hard-hitting lyrics in insanely catchy melodies.

The 23 years since its original release have been surprisingly kind to the Housemartins. Whereas as many of their contemporaries have dated thanks to the production values of the day, their sound - with the caveat of a few bass solos replacing the then verboten guitar work outs - remains as fresh as it did in 1986 and it's almost depressing that their lyrics are as pertinent today as they were then.

The attack on political apathy in Sheep still seethes with a righteous anger as elsewhere, Sitting On A Fence is a well-aimed swipe at the values that '!see both sides of both sides'. It's still a thing of wonder that something as caustic as Happy Hour - an assault on corporate work culture and casual sexism - reached the UK Top 3.

Backed by soaring harmonies from bassist Norman Cook (then yet to become Fatboy Slim), guitarist Stan Cullimore and drummer Hugh Whitaker, the band's secret weapon was Paul Heaton's angelic voice. Bright and clear, his delivery ensured that the Housemartins never once fell into empty hectoring or radical postures while revealing a white soul voice to seriously rival Mick Hucknall's.

A second disc of B-sides, Peel Sessions and other rarities offers a lush a capella rendition of Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready as Rap Around The Clock sees Norman Cook's interest in dance music coming to the fore.

Passionate, committed and uncompromising, London 0 Hull 4 maintains its unswerving capacity to entertain while still asking 'which side are you on?' --Julian Marszalek

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