• Label: Edsel
  • Format: CD Box Set
  • Date: 04/08/2017
  • Cat#: BLANCBOX01
  • Barcode: 5014797896185
  • Genre: Rock

The Blanc Tapes contains 3 CD media books In a rigid slipcase: Happy Families, Mange Tout and Believe You Me.

Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe burst onto the scene in 1982 with the huge hit “Living On The Ceiling”. “Happy Families”, their first album, also features the singles “Feel Me”, “God’s Kitchen” / “I’ve Seen The Word” and “Waves”.

CD 1-3: Happy Families
This deluxe media book edition contains 12” mixes and a non-album b-side, as well as nine previously unreleased demos and rehearsals from Neil Arthur’s own collection. CD 3 contains two previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions featuring two otherwise unrecorded songs (13.02.82 & 05.06.82) and a BBC live concert (13.11.82).

CD 4-6: Mange Tout
Blancmange’s second album (1984) features the hits “Blind Vision”, “That’s Love That It Is”, “Don’t Tell Me” and their version of Abba’s “The Day Before You Came”.

This deluxe media book edition contains 12” mixes and non-album b-sides, as well as five previously unreleased demos and rehearsals from Neil Arthur’s own collection (featuring two otherwise unrecorded songs). CD 3 contains a previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 session (17.03.83)  and a 60 minute BBC live concert recorded at Hammersmith Palais (24.05.84).

CD 7-9 Believe You Me
Released in 1985, Blancmange’s third album was produced by Stewart Levine and features the singles “Lose Your Love”, “What’s Your Problem” and “I Can See It”.

This deluxe media book edition contains 12” mixes and non-album b-sides, as well as eight previously unreleased demos and rehearsals from Neil Arthur’s own collection. CD 3 contains a previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 session (29.09.85) and a 60 minute BBC live concert recorded at Hammersmith Odeon (08.02.86).

Each media book features a note by Neil Arthur, plus photos and the rarely-printed lyrics.