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Sonia / Everybody Knows – The Singles Box Set / 6CD package

CD singles box set offers 40 remastered tracks

Stock Aitken Waterman/PWL fans will be interested to know that Cherry Red are to issue a CD singles box set featuring Sonia, the Liverpudlian singer who reached number one in the UK charts in July 1989 with her first single, ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You’.

Everybody Knows: The Singles Box Set features six CDs, each devoted to one of the six singles from Sonia’s first album, including You’ve Got A Friend, the non-album charity 45, which was credited to Big Fun and Sonia (“featuring Gary Barnacle on saxophone”).

As you might expect, this offers remixes galore and in total delivers 40 remastered tracks. It comes with a 24-page booklet featuring lyrics, discography, a hand-written introduction and commentary from Sonia herself (and plenty of photos). The outer box is foil-blocked and spot varnished.

This set has been curated by PWL expert Tom Parker, the man responsible for the 2015 Bananarama In A Bunch CD singles box and more recently 2019’s Mel & Kim Singles box set.

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CD 1:  YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU

1. YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU
2. YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU (EXTENDED VERSION)
3. YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU (SONIA’S KISS MIX)
4. YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU (X.X.X. KISS MIX)
5. YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU (KISS MIX EDIT)
6. YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU (DEMO VERSION)
7. YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU (INSTRUMENTAL)

CD 2: CAN’T FORGET YOU

1. CAN’T FORGET YOU
2. CLIMB TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN (ORIGINAL MIX)
3. CAN’T FORGET YOU (EXTENDED VERSION)
4. CAN’T FORGET YOU (INSTRUMENTAL)
5. CLIMB TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN (ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL)

CD 3: LISTEN TO YOUR HEART

1. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART
2. BETTER THAN EVER
3. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART (EXTENDED VERSION)
4. BETTER THAN EVER (ORIGINAL MIX)
5. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART (INSTRUMENTAL)
6. BETTER THAN EVER (7” INSTRUMENTAL)
7. BETTER THAN EVER (ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL)

CD 4: COUNTING EVERY MINUTE

1. COUNTING EVERY MINUTE
2. EVERYBODY KNOWS
3. COUNTING EVERY MINUTE (THE DON MIGUEL MIX)
4. COUNTING EVERY MINUTE (TICK-TOCK REMIX)
5. COUNTING EVERY MINUTE (THE KING’S COUNTING HOUSE MIX)
6. COUNTING EVERY MINUTE (INSTRUMENTAL)
7. EVERYBODY KNOWS (INSTRUMENTAL)

CD 5:  YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
(BIG FUN & SONIA FEATURING GARY BARNACLE)

1. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
2. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND (COVER VERSION)
3. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION)
4. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND (7” INSTRUMENTAL)
5. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND (12” INSTRUMENTAL)

CD 6: END OF THE WORLD

1. END OF THE WORLD
2. CAN’T HELP THE WAY THAT I FEEL
3. END OF THE WORLD (EXTENDED VERSION)
4. END OF THE WORLD (ALTERNATIVE MIX)
5. MEGAMIX
6. MEGAMIX (HITMAN ROADSHOW VERSION)
7. END OF THE WORLD (7” INSTRUMENTAL)
8. END OF THE WORLD (ALTERNATIVE INSTRUMENTAL)
9. CAN’T HELP THE WAY THAT I FEEL (INSTRUMENTAL)

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Ev Okar

Never gonna never gonna never gonna never never never gonna give up on a Rick Astley singles box so I can hold it me my arms and we could be together forever, hopefully someone hears my cry for help but it would take a strong strong man to do it.
Oh u wanting to know about Sonia well you’ll never stop me from loving her but this set I am counting every minute to forget but can’t forget. I thought the iTunes releases were pretty good, this I already forgot.

Mino Gagliardi

Nothing new in this box set! And for sure there are remixes left outside it. It’s a pity because Sonia’s CD was amazing (for SAW’s lovers of course)!

Mark Heustice

I was one of those snobs but now I love PWL and all that. I’ve been buying 12 inch singles in charity shops and have been a sucker for a Rick Astley or a Dead or Alive 12 inch. Even obscure stuff I’ve never heard of, but if there’s a SAW reference on the sleeve I’ll have it! The mixes are great and the 12 inches are value for money with extra mixes on the b sides. Then I make a compilation tape and listen to it on my Walkman! Perfect.

Frank

There seems to be a lot of negativity coming from ‘music snobs’ regarding this release (and SAW in general). I, for one, will be purchasing this box set, to go with all the other SAW deluxe editions I already have, and will be purchasing in the future, if more released. As the Reynolds Girls sang “I’d rather jack”…..than be so snotty about other peoples music choices, as those on here. I am a proper ‘music lover’, because I like a very wide range of genres. Those slagging Sonia and SAW off are what I class as ‘music listeners’, because they assume what they listen to is better than what others listen to. Well, I say, each to their own and enjoy.

Gerd

I like to hear about such box sets even though this is not my kind of music. I’m happy that this is possible. I have the Bananaram Singles Box Set and it’s nice. Many years ago there was one from Madness, but just until 1982. Part 2 was never released. What a shame.
So when I see this box set there’s hope that some of my favourite artists will get the same treatment.

Chris Squires

Two. I’ve just re-read all 56 posts and two people are being negative about Sonia’s music / or maybe SAW’s and I’ll give you an extra half for someone who isn’t necessarily complaining that “it’s rubbish” but more-so that it put’s stuff they do want backwards in the queue.

Sorry to burst a bubble but this type of “anti-snobbery” post is as unjustified as the “snobbery” ones. I would hesitate to suggest that two / three posts equates to “There seems to be a lot of negativity coming from ‘music snobs’ “. Yes, those posts are pointless, particularly on the broad-church that is SDE (Motörhead to Leo Sayer and back again). But to state that SDE is riddled with music snobs misses the mark with equal myopia. If there had been 12, 20 or 30 negative posts I would have whole-heartedly agreed and I guarantee you the folk here would be the first to slap them down as the snobs they would be. “There’s always one” and yes there always is, but usually that’s all it is and they learn quite quickly that this isn’t that “sort of place”

Synthgrizz

The JPC link leads to the Paul McCartney book.

Carl

PWL only ever made one recording then chopped into 3 1/2 minute chunks and released

SimonP

Only PWL/SAW box set thing I’d be remotely interested in would be something by Princess and even that I’d probably only be half arsed about. The album reissue from a few years ago wasn’t that great…

mr ed

Not quite as bad as having the Reynolds Girls “I’d Rather Jack” played at high-volume on repeat whilst locked in a Guantanimo torture chamber, but only just.

Blakey

Sonia was alright. But SAW never topped their own ‘Happenin’ All Over Again’ by Lonnie Gordon.

Strangely Brown

Not really topped Dead or Alive either or the early SAW Bananarama – I Heard A Rumour is fantastic and I’m not a PWL/SAW at all, actually I dislike majority of/if not all of the stable but they had their moments.

Gareth Jones

I’m sure a lot of love and care goes into these things, but if I bought a S/A/W single back in the day, I hated the fact it had an instrumental version on the B-side or 12-inch. If an artist couldn’t provide a B-side, that was pure laziness, as far as I was concerned. Remixes have their appeal, I understand that, but instrumental versions of the 7-inch single? Unless I’m running a karaoke night, what’s to like??

Scott

Agreed. One third of this box set is made up purely of instrumentals. If you have the 2010 special edition of Everybody Knows, then this isn’t worth purchasing.

Darren Howard

I’m the same, could never see the appeal but some PWL/SAW fans are obsessed with them and moan their faces off if they’re missed off. Each to their own though, I can always press skip.

CJ

I’ve never been a fan of instrumentals either, but it seems collectors all have their own priorities, whether it’s demos, live tracks, remixes, b-sides, or instrumentals. I’d rather see everything included and skip what I’m not interested in than to have something I consider essential to be left off.

With S/A/W, I’m not entirely sure many of the artists had much of a say in what got released, including what would serve as a b-side. It always seemed as though S/A/W felt THEY were the real artists and the performers were just instruments they were using. I may be completely wrong in my perception, but I don’t think that S/A/W or PWL were overly “artist friendly.”

Frank

A lot of disco tracks back in the 1970s had instrumentals on the B-Sides, so don’t accuse SAW of doing it, when it was done 10-15 years before and by top artists.

Kauwgompie

Haha, I have to say, I love the instrumentals. It started with the 12” versions which had lots of instrumental sections which make me love the 12” version. Then you would get the instrumental version which to me was heaven because it gave you all the instrumental bits of the 12” version all over again but now for the entire song.

Stephen

Happy to see this release, not my thing, I have the Bananarama box set, but can’t wait to see who they do next.
All the tracks are available on Spotify for those who want to curate their own mix

Darren Howard

Hazell Dean next apparently…. possibly…..

Daniel

I just see Dawn French…

Dennis Alexis Hellström

Eeeeeehm. Liverpool.

I love Sonia. Will be getting this for sure. More PWL single boxes please!

Frank

The only thing with Dawn French, she is a leftie, where as I doubt Sonia is. Also, she only had one hit song and that was with Bananarama, another SAW release.

Adam

Just saw her on Top of The Pops BBC 4 reruns from 1990 and really like End of the World, nice to see it has remixes included when I could not locate any on previous singles or reissues.

Berlin

I would prefer a remix album CD/vinyl with the 12 best maxis and rarities. You could play that in a row and wouldn’t have to listen to the same songs and instrumentals all the time.

AndyB

Only a few SAW productions were big hits in the USA. Is there a “greatest hits” compilation for this trio? (Yes, yes. I did look it up on the internet, but the trail grew cold.) Perhaps one should be made for the American market.

Adolfo

it’s very unlikely that the us will ever see a domestic stock/aitken/waterman compilation released despite the fact that so many saw artists (dead or alive, bananarama, rick astley, donna summer, kylie) had at least one big us chart topper

luckily, in addition to the original saw compilations released back in the day (ie “the hit factory” compilation series), there are several greatest hits compilations that have been released in the last decade:

1 the hit factory: pete waterman’s greatest hits (includes post saw pwl hits)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-HIT-FACTORY-Pete-Watermans-Greatest-Hits-UK-DOUBLE-CD-ALBUM-560669-2-MINT/333846143327?hash=item4dbac7e15f:g:VlwAAOSwhr9cVjqN

2 stock aitken & waterman: gold

https://www.discogs.com/Stock-Aitken-Waterman-Stock-Aitken-Waterman-Gold/release/589309

3 pete waterman: the hit factory-soundtrack to a generation

https://www.discogs.com/Pete-Waterman-The-Hit-Factory-The-Soundtrack-To-A-Generation/release/3985825

4 the hit factory ultimate collection

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Hit-Factory-Ultimate-Collection/dp/B075ZQ44MX/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=stock+aitken+waterman+gold+cd&qid=1614661446&sr=8-5

and, of course, the holy grail of recent releases,

5 say i’m your number one-the singles box set

https://www.discogs.com/Stock-Aitken-Waterman-Say-Im-Your-Number-One-The-Singles-Box-Set/release/7862161

happy ebay’ing!

AndreasL

I couldn’t imagine anything worse! Wait, there was that Ace of Bass box set you were hyping up a while back . . . :-)

Jon

Thanks Paul. The Ace of Base boxset was a treasure trove last year… great value for us 80s (and 90s) pop fans who don’t get enough love from these reissues. I also thought the M People box was well worth it last year. Tom Parker does a great job and I’m sure this will be solid – but to be honest this Sonia set isn’t nearly as appealing for a completist as the Bananarama and SAW singles sets were. Disappointed that unreleased mixes didn’t make the list (or maybe there weren’t any left?)

For all you pop completists out there, hope 2021 brings us some more gems. I’m in for the hazell dean dean set, didn’t know about that.

AndreasL

Nice one Paul – although Bass does sound more credible does it not?

Thom

That was my favourite reissue/box set of last year. I think I’ll be giving this one a miss though, even as a PWL fan…

Marcus

Hi Guys
Here’s an idea for the box set put the album in with it and call it Everybody Knows: The Complete Collection.

Gord

If Tom Parker’s been involved it’ll be top-drawer quality wise, though how in the name of all things just and right are we getting singles box sets for Sonia, Hazell Dean, Mel & Kim et al, and still no sign whatsoever of a Dead Or Alive singles box? Tantamount to criminal negligence!

Kauwgompie

Although I would welcome any cd singles box, why would we need a DOA singles box after both DOA box sets included every possible remix and then some? I would prefer “Say I’m Your Number One” Volume 2.

Marko G.

We would need a DOA singles box for two reasons:
1. Not everybody could afford the 19-disc box (and the used copies now go for over a thousand pounds).
2. The Sophisticated Boom Box had so many errors that the label re-issued ten replacement discs.

I’d be happy with a Youthquake SDE only.

Kauwgompie

Marko, a DOA singles box that includes all the singles would likely be just as expensive, or at least close to that, as the DOA box. The 2nd DOA box was just reprinted and can be picked up for a very reasonable price. The Bananarama singles box was $100 and the DOA first box set was $120. I’m assuming a DOA singles box would be around $100 if it includes all the singles.
The mistakes of the first DOA box, however many, were all fixed by the label. They sent out the replacement discs. Just like with the 2nd DOA box. However awful these mistakes were, they were fixed.

Marko G.

Where can you get the reprinted DOA box for a very reasonable price? Thanks in advance!

Gord

Not everything was on ‘Boom Box’, as has already been said, plenty of people couldn’t afford the box sets and are waiting for Deluxe Editions of the individual albums, and Dead Or Alive singles were like works of art in themselves – stunningly put together with wonderful attention to detail. And bottom line, they’d sell.

I’d be interested to see a Say I’m Your Number One Volume 2, but likely wouldn’t invest as the cream of the crop was in the first box set.

I would however love a Princess singles box, and again there’s an abundance of material that would make it worthwhile, even if it was limited to the SAW singles – Say I’m Your Number One, After The Love Has Gone, I’ll Keep On Loving You, and In The Heat Of A Passionate Moment.

Add her other singles Red Hot, I Cannot Carry On, Jammin’ With Your Love, Lover Don’t Go and Dressed To Kill from that unreleased 1990 album and I think I’d spontaneously combust with joy.

Neill

This release is pretty disappointing. The album was reissued in 2010 and there is very little new material here to interest me. It’s a shame the follow up singles were not included as that would have made it worth buying.

Frank Sidebottom

as kids, we used to play “footy” in a school yard on County Road in Liverpool and she would often come and join in, she was a cracking girl and her family were boss !…

Anthony Grice

Great for the fans but a Kylie singles boxset is long overdue

CJ

I’d be first in line for a Kylie singles box too, but I want it to be comprehensive–not just the PWL years. The remixes from the S/A/W albums have been gathered in various forms (though I am not sure if they’ve ALL been gathered) over the years between the Australian Remix Collection (Volume 1-4) from the 90s (though I realize these are out of print now) and the reissues of those album, but there hasn’t been as much attention paid to the rest of her career. The Deconstruction/Parlophone years have some great mixes but some even better b-sides that have fallen off the radar (in some cases, I think some of the b-sides were even better then what made the proper albums). Granted, that would mean a box with over 70 singles in it (perhaps they could divide it into volumes), but I’d love something that pulls it ALL together.

Anthony Grice

Agreed. Crazy that all those Fever era b sides haven’t been included on reissues so far. Split into volumes would be a good start, starting with the SAW/PWL years. Yes they have been included on remixes albums but to have them all together arranged in a singles box set would be my dream.

Norbert

A Kylie singles boxset ?
Hmmm…..how many singles did she…?
To stay in the 80ies: Being a Zillionaire!

CJ

Like I said, it would be kind of unwieldy as a single box, but I’d still buy it. According to Wikipedia (not always the best source) to date there are “74 singles (eight as a featured artist) and 17 promotional recordings.” So it would be huge. But I’d buy it. I might not be able to eat for a month or two, but I could stand to lose the weight anyway.

mattNYC

+1 for a Kylie singles collection. It should include a reconstructed 12″ version of Turn It Into Love because it was never released (though the extended instrumental exists). go figure.

Kauwgompie

I’m a sucker for those PWL extended remixes. They need to be played loud, preferably in the car because no one else likes them. I have all those PWL singles boxes, they are so worth it!! This is a definite buy.
Mr Tom Parker, this is great but we want more than one box every so many years. Where is the “Say I”m Your Number One” cd singles box volume 2???

Steven Roberts

I don’t know when this item went live on the Cherry Pop website, but apparently it was available for pre-order with a signed postcard (now sold out).

Wonder if similar boxed-sets for Rick, Kylie and Jason are in the works?

Ursula Dickerson

Hazel Deans should come next!!!

Edward Andrews

She is…is saw an online interview and she said in 2021 Cherry Pop is putting a Hazel Dean box set

Tully Years

With the right management she could have been up there with the greats like Kate Bush! The girl can sing!!

Kauwgompie

Hahaha!!

John MC cann

Yes David Gilmore didn’t get the memo!

SANDY COWAN

JESUS WEPT! Each to their own but when i see posts like this i just know i’ll never live long enough to have Float Up CP on cd or a Deluxe Edition of Cabaret Voltaire’s Code.

Peter Smith

Take my money Sandy Cowan, total agreement on those two….

Paul Chapman

aaah Float Up CP fantastic album with an early Neneh Cherry!

Rob

Amazing. Preordered. The Mersey.

colinthebruce

er, yeah, er no, er Liverpool. yeah. ordered.

Michael Gershbein

Never heard of her but misread PWL as PIL. I’m guessing they’re very different things.

Jan

I’m a sucker for some PWL and extended house piano. Wasn’t really a big Sonia fan but the Instrumentals and remixes will be great and the single with Big Fun is a great song.