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Voice of the Beehive / Let It Bee

1988 album remastered and expanded

Voice of the Beehive’s 1988 debut album Let It Bee will be reissued and expanded in November.

In the late 1980s, Californian sisters Tracey Bryn and Melissa Brooke Belland escaped the American music industry in search of the vibrant British indie scene. They formed a band and signed to London Records.

Success came almost immediately. Let It Bee was a hit album and featured quite a few singles, including ‘I Say Nothing’, ‘I Walk The Earth’ and the band’s best known 45, ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’.

For the reissue there’s a 2CD edition everything is remastered and it features a massive 29 bonus tracks, including previously unreleased tracks, live versions, ‘Bee-Sides’ and demos. One of the extra songs is the rather good ‘Cartoon City’, a band favourite recently uncovered from the London Records archives. The 2CD set comes with a 30-page booklet with notes by the band’s very own Tracey Belland.

A remastered gatefold vinyl edition pressed on transparent honey yellow will also be made available. No bonus tracks on this edition but it does feature Belland’s new sleeve notes.

This reissue is being promoted initially via the band’s own official store. The coloured vinyl is available with a print signed by all members of the band and there’s also ‘The Bees Knees’ a fanzine from 1987, which includes photos, talks with the band, lyrics, anecdotes from fans and more. There are also bundles with a special 3-track promo CD, with an exclusive piano version of ‘Oh Love’.

Browse the official shop or see highlights below

Honey Yellow vinyl LP comes with a signed print

Tracklisting

Let It Bee Voice of the Beehive /

    • CD1
      1. The Beat Of Love
      2. Sorrow Floats
      3. Don’t Call Me Baby
      4. Man In The Moon
      5. What You Have Is Enough
      6. Oh Love
      7. I Walk The Earth
      8. Trust Me
      9. I Say Nothing
      10. There’s A Barbarian In The Back Of My Car
      11. Just A City City
      12. 7 Shocks
      13. D’yer Maker
      14. I Walk The Earth
      15. Independence Day
      16. Any Day Of The Week
      17. I Walk The Earth (Original Version)
      18. This Weak
      19. Jesus…
      20. No Green Blues
      21. Jump This Way
      22. Goodbye Tonight
    • CD 2
      1. Cartoon City
      2. Tattoo Song
      3. Everything I Had
      4. In The Flesh
      5. No Green Blues (BBC Session)
      6. Jump This Way (BBC Session)
      7. Independence Day (BBC Session)
      8. Jesus (BBC Session)
      9. Five Feet High And Risin’ n (Appearing As Tracey And Melissa Beehive)
      10. Oh Love (Alternate Take)
      11. I Say Nothing (Demo Version)
      12. Beat Of Love (Demo Version)
      13. 7 Shocks (Live)
      14. There’s A Barbarian In The Back Of My Car (Live)
      15. I Say Nothing (Live)
      16. Just A City (Live)
      17. Trust Me (Live)
      18. When You Don’t Have Your Gun (Live at ULU)

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