‘The Queen of Lovers Rock’ Carroll Thompson today announces the 40th anniversary reissue of her seminal album Hopelessly In Love. The newly remastered 1981 classic is out today across DSPs and will be released on special colour vinyl and CD for National Album Day on 15th October via Trojan Records, whom she has recently signed to. Alongside this, Carroll has revealed plans for a 11 date Hopelessly In Love Anniversary Tour this autumn, playing shows in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and more – full tour listing below.
Having taken the British music scene by storm in 1980 with her classic single ‘Simply In Love’, which stayed in the top 10 of the country’s reggae chart for over four months, her breathtaking follow up ‘Hopelessly In Love’ and album of the same name ensured Carroll Thompson’s enduring legacy. The album would go on to sell over 1 million copies, earning her the affectionate title ‘The Queen of Lovers Rock’, having been a driving force in the surge in popularity of this uniquely British genre that’s influence continues to be felt today. With its gentle and enticing sonics designed to take you from the dance hall to the bedroom, Hopelessly In Love soundtracked the romance of a generation and has been lovingly dubbed “the album that triggered the baby boom”, as well as recently being voted The Greatest Lovers Rock Album of All Time by readers of MOJO Magazine.
Remastered and re-presented in its original sleeve, the vinyl version has been pressed on high quality 180g colour vinyl, while the CD and digital collections include 6 bonus tracks, all of which have been unavailable on any format since the early Eighties. With both physical versions further augmented by newly written sleeve notes and rare imagery from Carroll herself, Hopelessly In Love finally receives the deluxe treatment its status and profound influence has long since deserved.
Hopelessly In Love 40th Anniversary Tour dates – October & November 2021
19/10 Nottingham – Glee
20/10 Manchester – Tribeca
21/10 Leeds – Wardrobe
24/10 Leicester – 2 Funky
26/10 Cardiff – Glee
27/10 Bham – Jamhouse
28/10 Liverpool – District
29/10 London – Jazz Cafe
31/10 Bristol – Beacon
04/11 Horsham – Rec Rooms
07/11 London – Albany
12 DATE UK TOUR THIS AUTUMN TICKETS ON SALE HERE
OUT ON VINYL & CD ON 15TH OCTOBER FOR NATIONAL ALBUM DAY AND REMASTERED DIGITAL VERSION OUT NOW – LISTEN HERE