Gary Barlow / Open Road deluxe edition

As if to underline Gary Barlow‘s status as UK national treasure, Sony have not farmed out a deluxe reissue of his first solo album to the likes of Cherry Red or Demon Music, they are issuing it themselves.

Open Road was originally released in 1997, after Take That had split up, and for the most part it was business as usual for Gary, with the first two singles (Forever Love and Love Won’t Wait) both reaching number one in the UK singles chart (the last four Take That singles had also been chart-toppers).

The album itself was certified platinum, reaching number one and while the other two singles issued weren’t massive hits, UK number 11, So Help Me Girl, did penetrate the US top 50. It was nothing other than a successful campaign, although the tide of musical taste was turning and Barlow’s 1999 follow-up Twelve Months, Eleven Days was nothing short of a disaster.

As for this Open Road reissue, the audio has been remastered and on CD it’s a double-disc set and the bonus audio includes a number of demos, radio one sessions and a handful of non-album bonus tracks. A black vinyl edition is album only.

The Open Road 21st anniversary edition is released on 13 April 2018.

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Open Road 21st Anniversary Edition


Love Won’t Wait
So Help Me Girl
My Commitment
Hang On In There Baby
Are You Ready Now
Everything I Wanted
I Fall So Deep
Lay Down For Love
Forever Love
Never Knew
Open Road


So Help Me Girl – Radio 1 session
Hang On In There Baby – Radio 1 session
Are You Ready Now
Everything I Wanted – Demo
Lay Down For Love – Demo
Forever Love – Demo
Never Knew – Demo
Open Road – Demo or Radio 1
The Meaning Of A Love Song
Cuddly Toy

Open Road 21st Anniversary Edition – vinyl LP

Side 1
1. Love Won’t Wait (Radio Edit)
2. So Help Me Girl
3. My Commitment
4. Hang On in There Baby
5. Are You Ready Now
6. Everything I Ever Wanted

Side 2
1. I Fall So Deep
2. Lay Down for Love
3. Forever Love
4. Never Knew
5. Open Road
6. Always

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