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Tasmin Archer / Sweet Little Truths – The EMI Years 1992-1996

3CD anthology • Remastered albums • Rarities and remixes

Cherry Pop will release Sweet Little Truths: The EMI Years 1992-1996 a new Tasmin Archer anthology that brings together both her albums for the the label and rounds up B-sides, remixes and live material.

Archer’s first single ‘Sleeping Satellite’ enjoyed a two-week spell at number one in the UK singles chart in October 1992 and in hindsight, this was probably a blessing and a curse. She had a few more minor hits from her first album Great Expectations, but ‘relations’ with EMI soured and sadly her brilliant second album Bloom (1996) never reached the wider audience it deserved.

Produced by Mitchell Froom and recorded and mixed by Tchad Blake, Bloom has a great pedigree and sounds fantastic. It benefits from two-thirds of The Attractions – Bruce and Pete Thomas – playing on every track, along with Froom himself and guitarists Steve Donnelly and John Hughes. This is excellent grown-up melodic rock/pop but it bombed. Quite how EMI let singles such as ‘One More Good Night With The Boys’ and ‘Sweet Little Truth’ languish at the lower reaches of the chart, is a mystery.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Archer parted ways with the major label and didn’t make another album for 10 years (2006’s On). Not much has been heard of her since.

This new triple-CD set is very welcome and features remastered and expanded versions of both albums, the complete ‘Shipbuilding’ EP, and various other rarities.

Sweet Little Truths: The EMI Years 1992-1996 is released on 18 September 2020, via Cherry Pop.

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CD1: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

SLEEPING SATELLITE
ARIENNE
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH
WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT
STEELTOWN
THE HIGHER YOU CLIMB
IN YOUR CARE
SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER
HERO
RIPPED INSIDE
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN
MAN AT THE WINDOW
(Acoustic Version)
SEA OF REST
STRINGS OF DESIRE
REAL OH SO REAL
SLEEPING SATELLITE
(Acoustic Version)
IN YOUR CARE (U.S. Radio Edit)
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH (Radio Edit)
ARIENNE (Radio Edit)
SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER
(Radio Edit)

CD 2 : BLOOM

SWEET LITTLE TRUTH
AFTER HELL
ONE MORE GOOD NIGHT WITH THE BOYS
RAIN FALLING
I LIKE IT SO
BREAKING MY BACK
I WOULD LOVE TO BE RIGHT
YOU MADE A FOOL OF ME
MEMORY
GIVE IN WITH GRACE
IN YOUR GARDEN
GUILTY
ITCHYCOO PARK
TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS
OBEAH WEDDING (Live)
SHIPBUILDING
DEEP DARK TRUTHFUL MIRROR
ALL GROWN UP
NEW AMSTERDAM

CD 3: ONE MORE…

SLEEPING SATELLITE
(Extended Version)
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH (Remix)
RIPPED INSIDE (12” Version)
THE HIGHER YOU CLIMB (Remix)
WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT (12” Version)
RIPPED INSIDE
(Ben Chapman Mix)
SLEEPING SATELLITE (Fitz Mix)
IN YOUR CARE (Live)
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH (Live)
STEELTOWN (Live)
MAN AT THE WINDOW (Live)
AFTER HELL (Live)
RAIN FALLING (Live)
SLEEPING SATELLITE
(Rock Version)

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David

I received my copy and it’s great to have (almost) everything in one place, but I wish they had taken more care into making the booklet/packaging… I think it’s really sad that there’s zero artwork from Bloom (which I too have always considered as far more superior than her first album) except for the tiny reproductions in the ‘discography’ page, but most of all I think it’s really annoying, and not very respectful to the artists, that the credits are so incomplete: we can’t know who’s playing on the albums.
I also wish that they had included the live version of When It Comes Down To It) and maybe those missing mixes instead of the radio edits that don’t bring much in my opinion (except for real completists, but this is not complete, so…)
Still very happy to have it though, and I’d love Tasmin Archer to come back with new music

jopla2

I went through my collection and Discogs – and not much is missing from this set.

Already mentioned is “When It Comes Down To It (Live)”, which appeared on the US “Shipbuilding” mini-album (1994), which is an obvious omission as all other live tracks released on Archer audio releases are included. It’s also the only track from the US “Shipbuilding” mini-album that isn’t included (4 Costello studio covers + 4 live tracks). There would have been space for the track (on disc 2) as the discs are approx 79:03 / 72:20 / 77:03 in length.

There are also four other live versions not included: “Halfway To Heaven”, “Hero”, “Real Oh So Real” and “Strings Of Desire”, on the 1998 “When It Comes Down To It” VHS compilation. The VHS also includes live “Lords Of The New Church” and “Steeltown” that appeared on singles. I don’t have the tape but I’m assuming all the live tracks come from the same session. All these live tracks appear in studio versions on the triple-CD set though.

“Ripped Inside (Ben Chapman Mix)” (3:31) and “Ripped Inside (12” Version)” (5:26) are versions of the same mix, different enough to be both included though.

There was a US promo CD with 4 alternate mixes of “Sleeping Satellite”: ‘CHR Edit’, ‘A/C Version’, ‘Full CHR Mix’ and ‘Alternative Rock Version’, of which the last one is included here.

UK & Japan promo CD’s include “Sleeping Satellite (7″ Version)” (4:41) but I wonder if it differs in any way from the album version (4:42).

Nothing is previously unreleased, based on the track/version titles. “When It Comes Down To It (12″ Version)” and “Ripped Inside (12″ Version)” were not released at the time of the 1st album but appeared on the 2009 “The Best Of Tasmin Archer”.

With so many bonus tracks the tracklist looks quite “messy” but it’s quite logical. Bonus tracks on “Great Expectations” are all from its singles, the A-side edits, the 3 non-album tracks (Sea Of Rest, Strings Of Desire, Real Oh So Real) and two acoustic versions. Bonus tracks on “Bloom” start with the 4 non-album tracks (Guilty, Itchycoo Park, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Obeah Wedding (Live)). “Itchycoo Park” appeared only on the Japan version of “Bloom”. The last 4 tracks make the “Shipbuilding” EP (1994). CD3 starts with the 7 (mostly) long remixes, followed by live tracks.

Mister Stick

Tasmin Archer slipped right by me when “Sleeping Satellite” was a hit, though I remember a pal of mine doing backflips over her at the time.

“Bloom” I never heard of, let alone heard. But thanks to the raves here – in article and comments – I gave it a spin on Tidal and yowza… You weren’t jivin’. Terrific record, beautiful sound, especially “Memory” which would have been a dynamite single.

Thanks for the tip.

Geof

Based on the comments here, I’m guessing a lot of people aren’t aware she released a third studio album called On in 2006 on the Quiverdisc label. A bit hard to find but it’s around. Also of possible interest are two compilations: EMI’s 2000 Premium Gold Collection which contains a number of rarities including some that fans have mentioned are missing on this new release, like “When It Comes Down To It” (live) and other acoustic/remix versions, and EMI’s 2009 The Best of Tasmin Archer, which also includes remixes, 12″ extended versions etc.. I haven’t cross-referenced both of those with what’s on this new set, but check out the details on Discogs.

Arikanas

There are 2 more SS versions from the US promo which are not included – only the rock version is here.
Not so different from the original – different l, rockish, drum track and some electric guitars are added.

Jerome G.

How will we be able to get this in the US? The amazon.co.uk link says that it won’t ship to America! Ugh. I MUST have this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tasmin Archer, she is one of my all-time favorites, and if the only song you know is “Sleeping Satellite” you are in for a treat. “Bloom” was one of the very best albums of the 90s in any genre.

James

There’s a link to Amazon USA in Paul’s post. Thanks Paul. I have to wait one more day until August 1, because I’ve gone so far past my July budget already!

Tim

Amazon US has it in stock.

Urs

Oh, nice! I basically only know “Sleeping Satellite” but love it enough to give this a try. (Your description of the second album also helps, Paul. Sounds really interesting!)

James Giraffe

I’m really looking forward to this. I ordered it from Cherry Red the other week. It comes with a free postcard, not signed, unfortunately (unsurprisingly).

I was looking her up on Discogs and discovered that a few remixes from the third album were available as free downloads from her official website, so I had a look. They’re still available!

Dave T

SLEEPING SATELLITE (Fitz Mix) is a little piece of gold, right there. ❤❤❤

Larry Davis

Always loved that first album, strong material throughout & “Sleeping Satellite” still gets tons of play where I work & in other stores…”Shipbuilding” is a nice EP with Costello covers…as for “Bloom”, wanted it over the years but no US release and expensive import…finally available on my Amazon streaming, so I got to hear it, brilliant album…almost was gonna buy cuz it’s cheap now…but now this Cherry Pop set, which I’d now rather have…but Amazon US not available & Amazon UK not shipping it to the US…either will have to wait for availability or order direct from Cherry Red or the SDE store if you sell it, Paul…btw, my Ace of Base box & TFF booklet finally arrived…worth the deadly wait…now what to do about TA, hmmm…

James

Hi Larry, I just checked, and it looks like Amazon US are carrying this one.

Larry Davis

It wasn’t avail when I first checked…but when you mentioned it was, I checked again…and it is…ordered!! Thanks much…

Darren

Sleeping Satellite is one of the most underrated songs ever, pure class.

Mark Franklin

I had the pleasure of working with TA extensively in the early 90s. My favourite was a film I presented at the Greenwich Clock Tower to promote Lords of the New Church for a tv show called The O Zone. I also bet her that SS would be number one, she disagreed I don’t think any blame lies with EMI about singles from Bloom languishing, ultimately the public didn’t buy them. Maybe they released the wrong tracks as singles. One More Good Night is an absolute gem.

Phil G

Thanks, Paul – your enthusiastic recommendation of Bloom has convinced me to place an order for this (via your link, of course!)

If Tasmin happens to be reading these comments – I’m sure an interview with Paul around the time of release would be appreciated by him and by us, his readers. Paul’s an excellent interviewer and has a great track record in discussing even the most sensitive of subjects.

James

I’d love an interview too. Also, any chance of a ‘behind-the-scenes’ article on running the SDE site itself? I’d love to learn about how it all works from day to day.

Seanl

Just purchased ” Bloom ” on the back of your comments Paul as I wasn’t even aware of the record, £3 on Ebay, hopefully a bargain buy :)

SeanL

Played the “Bloom” album through several times and I’ll be totally honest with you I actually prefer it to the “SS” album ! Musically it’s fantastic and Tasmin really flows within the tunes, her singing really moved on with this album
Thanks for the recommendation Paul :)

gary oliver

.. i was forty before i realised Tasmin and Tamsin were two different names

Neil Hunt

Great little box set that rounds up most of the b-sides, and mixes with just a few tracks missing (Some US remixes of Sleeping Satellite and a few live tracks). Hopefully being remastered, the first album should sound great compared to the original CD.
According to Tasmin’s social media there will be new music coming later this year. Also, apparently she was approached by Cherry Red Records to be involved with this release but she refused and wasn’t at all interested!

Todd R.

Most of the time an artists work is leased (er licensed) to another label, they are taking on the work, promotion and manufacture of the product. The artist doesn’t necessarily have a say in what they are doing. (Check out the liner notes when they actually “Thank” the artist – that’s why). I get the feeling that if the label making the set doesn’t want or feel they need the artist… well then they aren’t involved. Or, sometimes the artist might be offered a fee to help curate etc – but lately the fee has been close to nothing…. I say good for her.

Brian Roberts

Sam is an absolute star – lovely person (and what a voice she had).

Ralph

If working on old material makes a lot of bad memories resurface (which must be case with the second Album) then I can very well understand her reluctance/desinterest. As a writer myself I have one or two old Projects I would not want to be involved with again – I just don’t want to relive all the bad stuff that happened.

Craig Hedges

There are a few interviews with Tasmin on the web where she explains that she found the fame side difficult to deal with, suffering writers block on the second album, family events and relationship break down. Also around this time EMI hierarchy was constantly changing hence the lack of interest pushing the second album. So no it doesn’t look like she has happy memories of this time. A real shame as she had a great voice, pity EMI didn’t team her up with Guy Chamber instead of Robbie, imagine her singing Angels.

Colin Harper

I’ve come across one or two. The most frustrating, for fans, is the first Mahavishnu Orchestra (1971-73) – the absolute pinnacle of rock music, in my view. Sony has perhaps half a dozen multi-track concert recordings that have never been released and seem unlikely to, due to a perfect storm of factors: leader John McLaughlin is (famously) almost wholly interested in today/tomorrow, not yesterday, so he would never ‘lead’ any archive project; some ex members purportedly feel that the royalties Sony would offer are derisory; one ex member feels that his playing on one of the concerts (which circulates as the bootleg ‘Wild Strings’ – and is simply astonishing in every respect) is below par; another ex member, Jan Hammer, is wealthy and doesn’t need the money anyway, and he and John parted acrimoniously in 1973… The only ‘new’ archive music that has officially come out are two disc’s worth of music that will have been covered by existing Sony contracts: an aborted 1972 studio album and a disc of extras from the two concerts recorded for the 1973 live LP ‘Between Nothingness & Eternity’. There are, I suspect, many Mahavishnu fans that wish a figure like Robert Fripp (vis a vis legacy projects) had been in the band!

Matthew Ganoe

Frustratingly, the U.S. version of the ‘Shipbuilding’ EP included a very nice live version of “When It Comes Down To It” that is not included here. :-(

Kevin Wollenweber

Wow, this is an artist that I only knew by name; I never had the opportunity to hear her albums, but this sneak “peek” has me interested. I mighgt do this as an impulse buy once I can buy it through Amazon in the U.S..

Mike the Fish

What’s the 12″ version of Ripped Inside like?

Steph

A little “trip hop-ey” if my memory’s correct.

alan hansen

I am NOT the biggest fan here, but this nicely and neatly wraps-up all my full-length and cd-singes, EP’s, etc into a tidy little bundle. YES!

CJ

Looking very much forward to getting this when I can find a place that will ship to the states. I’ve been a fan ever since I first heard “Sleeping Satellite.” I own both of the proper albums included here, but remastering and all the rarities make it a no-brainer for me.

joel ivins

i first heard her in berlin when the first album came out…always enjoyed that album, but by the time i came back to the us, she had faded from my memory…will be anxious to hear the live tracks…thanks for the heads up

David C.

Sleeping Satellite grabbed me hard when it came out and I still listen to Great Expectations periodically. Looking forward to this set!