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The Real Thing / The Anthology 1972-1997

7CD box set

The Real Thing / 1972-1997 box set

Cherry Red will release The Anthology 1972-1997 a new seven-CD box set of music from British soul group The Real Thing.

The band only ever issued four studio albums and this clamshell box contains expanded versions of all of them. They are: Real Thing (1976), 4 From 8 (1977), Step Into Our World (1978) and …Saints Or Sinners? (1980). It adds three bonus CDs which gather up A-sides, B-sides, seven-inch edits, extended versions, remixes and instrumentals. Many of these are new to CD.

The Anthology 1972-1997 features 109 tracks across seven CDs (click image to enlarge)

The 109 tracks within span multiple labels including EMI, Pye Records, RCA, Jive Records and a few independents. The box set includes a 24-page booklet with rare photos and words from Ed Piller.

The Anthology 1972-1997 will be released on 24 September 2021.

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Tracklisting

The Real Thing / 1972-1997 box set

The Anthology 1972-1997 The Real Thing / 7CD box set

    • CD 1 : Real Thing (Expanded Edition)
      1. Hallelujah Man
      2. You To Me Are Everything
      3. Topsy Turvy
      4. (He’s Just A) Moneymaker
      5. Young And Foolish
      6. Flash
      7. Can’t Get By Without You
      8. Why, Oh Why (Oh Why)
      9. Keep An Eye (On Your Best Friend)
      10. You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing
      Bonus tracks
      1. Watch Out Carolina
      2. I Want You Back
      3. Stone Cold Love Affair
      4. A Love That’s Real
      5. Keep An Eye (On Your Best Friend) (Edit)
      6. You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing (7″ Single)
      7. Love Is A Playground
      8. Keep An Eye (On Your Best Friend)
      9. You To Me Are Everything (Extended Version) (The Decade Remix ’76-’86)
      10. Can’t Get By Without You (Extended Version) (The Second Decade Remix)
    • CD 2: 4 From 8 (Expanded Version)
      1. Love’s Such A Wonderful Thing
      2. Lovin’ You Is Like A Dream
      3. Kathy
      4. Down To The Way You Feel
      5. Plastic Man
      6. Lightning Strikes Again
      7. I Wish You Well
      8. Liverpool 8 Medley (Liverpool 8/Children Of The Ghetto/Stanhope Street)
      Bonus tracks
      1. Dance With Me
      2. Children Of The Ghetto (Edit)
    • CD 3: Step Into Our World (Expanded Version)
      1. Whatcha Say, Whatcha Do
      2. Lady, I Love You All The Time
      3. Rainin’ Through My Sunshine
      4. Can You Feel The Force?
      5. Give Me The Chance
      6. (We Gotta Take It To The) Second Stage
      7. Won’t You Step Into My World?
      8. Whenever You Want My Love
      9. You Gotta Keep Holding On
      10. Love Me Right
      Bonus tracks
      1. Let’s Go Disco
      2. Raining Through My Sunshine
      3. Never Be Alone
      4. Can You Feel The Force? (12” Single)
      5. Can You Feel The Force (7” Single)
      6. Can You Feel The Force? (US 12″ John Luongo Remix)
      7. Can You Feel The Force? (US 12″ John Luongo Remix) (Instrumental)
    • CD 4: Saints Or Sinners (Expanded Version)
      1. Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)
      2. Saint Or Sinner
      3. The Story Of My Life
      4. Thank You For Loving Me
      5. You Can’t Force The Funk
      6. Give Me Your Love
      7. One Girl In My LifeBoogie Down (Instrumental)
      Bonus tracks
      1. Saint Or Sinner? (7″ Single)
      2. Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) (7” Single)
      3. Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) (Instrumental) (7” Single)
      4. She’s A Groovy Freak (12″ Single)
      5. It’s The Real Thing
      6. She’s A Groovy Freak (7″ Single)
      7. Foot Tappin’ (Extended Version)
      8. Foot Tappin’ (Instrumental Extended Version)
    • CD 5: The EMI, Calibre and Catawba Singles
      1. Check It Out
      2. Daddy Dear
      3. Girl, I Don’t Mind (Losin’)
      4. Humpty Dumpty
      5. Listen, Joe McGintoo
      6. Plastic Man
      7. Sun Gold
      8. Vicious Circle (Part 1)
      9. Vicious Circle (Part 2)
      10. Foot Tappin’ (7” Single)
      11. I Believe In You (7″ Single)
      12. Love Takes Tears (7″ Single)
      13. Goin’ For The Big One (7″ Single)
      14. I Believe In You (Extended Version)
      15. You’re My Number One (12″ Single)
      16. Goin’ For The Big One (12″ Single)
      17. Street Corner Boogie (7″ Single Mix)
      18. Street Corner Boogie  (12″ Single Mix)
    • CD 6: Remixes and RCA Singles
      1. You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix ’76-’86) (7″ Single Version)
      2. Can You Feel The Force? (’86 Mix 12” Single)
      3. Can You Feel The Force? (’86 Mix 7” Single)
      4. Can You Feel The Force (’89 Remix 12″ Single)
      5. Can You Feel The Force (’89 Remix 7″ Single)
      6. Can You Feel The Force (Mark Moore + Ian B Remix)
      7. Can You Feel The Force (Rhythm Masters Dub Mix)
      8. We Got Love
      9. We Got Love (Extended Version)
      10. Street Scene (12″ Version)
      11. We Got Love (Dub Mix)
      12. The Crime Of Love (12″ Extended Version)
      13. Baby, Don’t Go (Extended Version)
      14. The Crime Of Love (Un Poco Loco Latin Instrumental Mix)
      15. Baby, Don’t Go (Instrumental)
    • CD 7: Jive Singles
      1. Straight To The Heart (Remix)
      2. Mystique
      3. Hard Times
      4. Children Of The Ghetto
      5. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
      6. Straight To The Heart (Extended Version)
      7. Hard Times (Extended Version)
      8. Children Of The Ghetto (Extended Version)
      9. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) (Extended Version)
      10. Straight To The Heart (Dubappella Mix)
      11. Hard Times (The Real Mix)
      12. Straight To The Heart (Instrumental Version)
      13. Straight to the Heart (Extended Remix)

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