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Expecting To Fly - 20th Anniversary Edition CD Album

CD £10.99

Release Date: 19/08/2016

Discs: 2

20 years ago, The Bluetones released their debut album, Expecting To Fly.  It knocked Oasis ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ off the top of the charts in the week the Mancunians scooped an armful of BRIT Awards and signalled the start of a hugely successful career for The Bluetones.


The Number 1, platinum album is now re-issued with a second disc of previously unreleased material including demos, live and session tracks.  The demos are from the Proper Demo Thing cassette that got the band signed to A&M Records and taken from a copy recently found in drummer Eds' archives.   


There is a complete concert of the band playing one of their earliest gigs.  Supporting Supergrass in March 1995 at the LA2 in London, the small sister venue of the legendary Astoria venue, this recording captures the vibrant energy and spirit of a band taking the first steps on a hugely successful career.  The 7 track set features the songs that would go on to become some of their most famous tracks.

Also included are each band member's favourite b-side from the era plus the stand-alone single Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?, the band’s first hit single, making this a fitting package to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album.


The 2CD comes in a tri-fold sleeve with new artwork and sleevenotes from guitarist Adam Devlin, plus contributions from the Eds, Scott and Mark.

The Original Album
1. Talking To Clarry
2. Bluetonic
3. Cut Some Rug
4. Things Change
5. The Fountainhead
6. Carnt Be Trusted
7. Slight Return
8. Putting Out Fires
9. Vampire
10. A Parting Gesture
11. Time And Again

Non Album Single
12. Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?

The Bluetones choose their favourite b-sides from the ETF era
1 Nifkins Bridge - B-Side 1 - Mark's Choice
2 String Along - B-Side 2 - Eds's Choice
3 Castle Rock - B-Side 4 - Adam's Choice
4 Nae Hair On't - B-Side 3 - Scott's Choice

The Bluetones Proper Demo Thing
The demo that earned them their record deal!
5 Cut Some Rug - Proper Demo Thing *
6 Bluetonic - Proper Demo Thing *
7 Carnt Be Trusted - Proper Demo Thing *
8 Slight Return - Proper Demo Thing *
9 Time And Again - Proper Demo Thing *

The Bluetones live at LA2, London, 10th March 1995
The full recording of a very early gig supporting Supergrass
10 Are You Blue Or Are You Blind? (Live At LA2) *
11 Cut Some Rug (Live At LA2) *
12 String Along (Live At LA2) *
13 Bluetonic (Live At LA2) *
14 Slight Return (Live At LA2) *
15 Carnt Be Trusted (Live At LA2) *
16 Time And Again (Live At LA2) *

BBC 6 Music Session - 20 July 2015
Mark and Adam drop in on Lauren Laverne with an acoustic guitar.
17 Bluetonic (Acoustic) *

* previously unreleased