THE CHARLATANS are proud to announce their (Covid) delayed 30th Anniversary Best of Tour and that they will release a special album box set on limited edition blue vinyl on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music on the 15th of October 2021.
‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ features five albums and an exclusive seven – inch single and is a career-spanning collection that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour will visit eighteen cities and will kick off at The Limelight in Belfast on the 22nd of November and finish up in Aberdeen on the 20th of December 2021.
In a remarkable and genre bursting career, THE CHARLATANS have notched up thirteen Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside twenty two hit singles, four of them Top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.
Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed many times over the years. The classic Charlatans sound – driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal – is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their most recent album ‘Different Days’ as “one of their best ever”.
This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s and rarities and remixes from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Norman Cook and Sleaford Mods. The package will will also include an exclusive seven inch single featuring demo versions of ‘Indian Rope’/ ’The Only One I Know’, a signed print of a tour poster from the early 1990’s together with a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. . There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.
Their iconic and hugely adored live track ‘One To Another’ (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.
To celebrate their anniversary and the box set the band have confirmed an extensive UK & Ireland Best of Tour.
22nd Belfast, Limelight
23rd Dublin, Olympia
25th Wrexham, William Aston Hall
26th Bristol, O2 Academy
27th Birmingham, O2 Academy
29th Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
30th Bournemouth, O2 Academy
02nd Oxford, O2 Academy
03rd Cambridge, Corn Exchange
04th Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
06th Lincoln, Engine Shed
08th Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory
09th Newcastle, O2 City Hall
10th London, O2 Brixton Academy
16th Nottingham, Rock City
17th Leeds, O2 Academy
18th Glasgow, O2 Academy
20th Aberdeen, Music Hall