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Book of Love / The Sire Years 1985-1993 / newly remastered CD anthology

The Sire Years 1985-1993, a new CD anthology of music from US eighties synth-pop band Book of Love, will issued later this month.

Formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (and later based out of New York City) Book of Love gained exposure in the early days (1985) by supporting Depeche Mode in 1985/6 and some of their music seeped into public consciousness via tracks being used on film and TV, notably when the fabulous Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) was featured in John Hughes classic 1987 film Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Despite a few club/dance hits, Book of Love never really crossed over and enjoyed mainstream success and they remain a cult band of the era.

Last year, Rhino issued MMXVI-The 30th Anniversary Collection a 19-track compilation that ‘celebrated’ the band’s 30th anniversary, but disappointingly, was just a digital release (although all the tracks were marked as 2016 remasters).

For 2018, Note For Note Music have licensed the material for this new The Sire Years CD release which has been produced in conjunction with the band (keyboardist Ted Ottaviano has co-compiled it). The track listing is similar to – but not the same as – Rhino’s 2016 compilation and the 20 “newly remastered tracks” are from all four of the band’s albums: Book of Love (1986), Lullaby (1988), Candy Carol (1991) and Lovebubble (1993). It has to be said that this new Sire Years anthology is light on any kind of rarities – for example it contains nothing from the bonus disc of Noble Rot’s 2009 two-CD deluxe of the debut, which featured demos, live tracks and instrumentals.

To support this new release, Book of Love is also embarking on a 2018 The Sire Years Tour in which the band will visit cities across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

The Sire Years 1985-1993 is released on 19 January 2018. Note: This appears to be a US/Canadian-only release at present and right now Amazon in the UK have an erroneous listing that goes nowhere!

The Sire Years 1985 – 1993 

1. Book Of Love (4:34)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the 1986 album “Book Of Love” – Sire / I-Square 9 25355-2
Produced by Ivan Ivan
2. Boy (2:57)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the 1986 album “Book Of Love” – Sire / I-Square 9 25355-2
Produced by Ivan Ivan
3. I Touch Roses (3:25)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the 1986 album “Book Of Love” – Sire / I-Square 9 25355-2
Produced by Ivan Ivan
4. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (3:59)
(J.Lee / S.Ottaviano / T.Ottaviano)
From the 1986 album “Book Of Love” – Sire / I-Square 9 25355-2
Produced by Ivan Ivan
5. You Make Me Feel So Good (3:58)
(S.Ottaviano / T.Ottaviano)
From the 1986 album “Book Of Love” – Sire / I-Square 9 25355-2
Produced by Ivan Ivan
6. Yellow Sky (4:42)
(S.Ottaviano / T.Ottaviano)
From the 1986 album “Book Of Love” – Sire / I-Square 9 25355-2
Produced by Ivan Ivan
7. Tubular Bells (3:03)
(Mike Oldfield)
From the album 1988 album “Lullaby” – Sire / I-Square 9 25700-2
Produced by Flood and Ted Ottaviano
8. Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls (4:24)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the album 1988 album “Lullaby” – Sire / I-Square 9 25700-2
Produced by Flood and Ted Ottaviano
9. With A Little Love (3:50)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the album 1988 album “Lullaby” – Sire / I-Square 9 25700-2
Produced by Flood and Ted Ottaviano
10. Lullaby (7” version) (4:04)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
Remixed by Book Of Love and “Doc” Dougherty from the 1989 Sire / I-Square 7” single 7-27667-A
Produced by Flood and Ted Ottaviano
11. Witchcraft (3:40)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the album 1988 album “Lullaby” – Sire / I-Square 9 25700-2
Produced by Flood and Ted Ottaviano
12. Alice Everyday (3:41)
From the 1991 album “Candy Carol” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 26389-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano and Ben Grosse
13. Counting The Rosaries (3:41)
(L.Roselli / T.Ottaviano)
From the 1991 album “Candy Carol” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 26389-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano and Ben Grosse
14. Sunny Day (3:50)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the 1991 album “Candy Carol” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 26389-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano and Ben Grosse
15. Miss Melancholy (3:25)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the 1991 album “Candy Carol” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 26389-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano and Ben Grosse
16. Sunday A.M. (2:55)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the 1993 album “Lovebubble” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 45280-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano
17. Hunny Hunny (4:05)
(Theodore Ottaviano)
From the 1993 album “Lovebubble” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 45280-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano
18. Sound And Vision (3:45)
(David Bowie)
From the 1993 album “Lovebubble” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 45280-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano
19. Boy Pop (4:04)
(L.Roselli / T.Ottaviano)
From the 1993 album “Lovebubble” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 45280-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano
20. Chatterbox (Pt. 2) (3:33)
(J.Lee / T.Ottaviano)
From the 1993 album “Lovebubble” – Sire / I-Square / Warner Bros 9 45280-2
Produced by Ted Ottaviano

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