everdred (everdred) wrote in humanconditions,

Hello Verve people. My friend runs The Verve: A Requiem of the Past (one of the few fansites still being updated) and would like me to pass this message along to you.


Originally known as Verve, The Verve was formed in the small Northern English city of Wigan in 1989. Led by Richard Ashcroft, the original lineup included guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones, and drummer Peter Salisbury. The four originally signed to Hut records, debuting in March 1992 with the single "All in the Mind," the first in a series of indie chart-topping efforts followed by "She's a Superstar" and "Gravity Grave," distinguished chiefly by Ashcroft's elemental vocals and McCabe's echoing guitar leads.

Their debut LP, 1993's A Storm in Heaven, was a critical smash, but the good reviews failed to translate into strong record sales. In 1995, Verve’s follow-up, A Northern Soul met with disappointing sales and little media recognition. Three months after its release, Ashcroft exited. Regardless of the reviews, we all know how great the two records were. After the release of Urban Hymns, record sales sky rocketed and the two became smash sellers. Standout tunes on both records include “Star Sail,” “Already There,” “So It Goes,” and the majestic instrumental “Reprise.”

Richard reassembled later with fellow members of Verve in 1996. Ashcroft tried out various guitarists in an attempt to complete the band but fell short. Finally, in early 1997, McCabe returned, and now as a quintet with Simon Tong on keyboards and guitar, the band recorded Urban Hymns, their breakthrough LP. They finally broke through to the mass international audience with the instant classic "Bittersweet Symphony,” followed by three other chart topping hits “The Drugs Don’t Work,” “Lucky Man,” and “Sonnet.” Unfortunately, in 1998 McCabe pulled out causing a severe blow to the band who later called it quits in 1999.

Five years after the breakup, The Verve are releasing a new greatest hits collection titled THIS IS MUSIC: THE SINGLES 92-98. The collection covers all of their hits from 1992 to 1998 on one CD including two UNRELEASED songs from the Urban Hymns Sessions “This Could Be My Moment” and “Monte Carlo.” The CD is in stores now. A DVD will follow on December 14th.

In partnership with EMI Music, The Verve: A Requiem of the Past will be giving away 10 copies of THIS IS MUSIC: THE SINGLES 92-98 to fans. All you have to do is send us an email with your full name and address telling us WHY you are Verve’s #1 fan. We’ll choose the best responses and post the winners on A Requiem of the Past (www.thevervelive.com) on or about December 20, 2004. Please send all emails to thisistheverve@aol.com. Good luck and we’ll see you in the next one.

I have my copy, and it's pretty decent. I like Monte Carlo.
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