To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of its original release today we announce news of the vinyl reissue of Thirst For Romance, the acclaimed debut album from Cherry Ghost, out 19th August. This is the first time this album has been pressed on vinyl since its release fifteen years ago when a very small number of double vinyl sets were manufactured.
Cherry Ghost’s Simon Aldred say’s about the record:
“When I was writing the songs that became Thirst For Romance, I was very introspective, and finding Manchester claustrophobic. The light, the slate grey skies… it felt like there was a lid on it. And on me. The scope of the music I was writing made it easier for me to breathe. It allowed me to stretch my imagination and reach for something more.”
To mark the announcement the band have shared a previously unseen Making Of Video featuring behind-the-scenes footage.
When Thirst For Romance (Simon Aldred’s debut album as Cherry Ghost) arrived in July 2007, it sounded out of step with so much of its musical surroundings – a world of X Factor winners and Favourite Worst Nightmares; Umbrellas and In Rainbows.
Simon’s album came from a different place to everything else – it was a soul record, in so much as it was from the soul, and about the human soul. And it was a proudly Northern record – a fact celebrated in the sound of Simon’s voice and the people and places that populated his songs. While the music might have evoked glorious vistas and wide open spaces, the view here was very much the post-industrial North. Fifteen years after its release, Thirst For Romance musically sounds out of time, while Simon’s lyrics resonate more deeply now more than ever.
Thirst For Romance was co-produced by Simon Aldred and Dan Austin. The album’s glorious breakout track People Help The People – a prescient call for hope and empathy – gained a second life when covered by the artist Birdy. Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin plays drums on Mathematics and People Help The People, while Edgar Jones plays bass throughout the record.
Jeff Barrett on Cherry Ghost:
“I saw Simon playing live and I loved it. I really loved it. It pushed all my Southern Soul buttons but it was coming via Bolton. He was singing blue collar love songs really in a similar way to how someone like Dan Penn sang them about the south. He was just singing about the north of England and painting these great pictures of Northern working class life and delivering them with this brilliant voice. After the show I hogged him, I didn’t want to let him out of my sight.”
Cherry Ghost will headline the Caught By The River stage at Camp Good Life in Hawarden on Saturday 17th September. Full line-up and tickets here.