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Richard Hawley - Now Then: The Very Best Of Richard Hawley

This is a pre-order item and is expected 20th October 2023.

The first ever Richard Hawley Best Of Collection, spanning his 20+ year career, includes tracks from Mercury Prize Nominated Coles Corner (2005) and Standing at the Sky’s Edge (2012). Also includes brand new, exclusive reworking Not The Only Road, featured in The Full Monty (TV Series).

Richard Hawley is widely recognized as both one of the UK’s greatest songwriters and one of its most respected. Alongside two Mercury Music Prize Nominations, a BRIT award nomination and 4 UK Top 10 Albums, the Sheffield native songwriter has collaborated with the likes of Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Lisa Marie Presley, Paul Weller and Elbow.

Following the success of Standing At The Sky’s Edge, which won Best New Musical and handed Hawley Best Original Score at the 2023 Olivier Awards, BMG announce the first ever Richard Hawley collection; Now Then: The Very Best of Richard Hawley.

Curated by Hawley and long-term collaborator Colin Elliot, Now Then spans his twenty plus year career, exhibiting all facets of his song writing mastery; marrying his most cinematic moments with his most tender, his best loved work and a host of hidden gems from his early work, to create a collection for both his hardcore fanbase and the perfect entry point for his newest fans.

Includes tracks from Richard Hawley (2001), Late Night Final (2001), Lowedges (2003), Coles Corner (2005), Lady’s Bridge (2007), Truelove’s Gutter (2009), Standing at the Sky’s Edge (2012), Hollow Meadows (2015) and Further (2019)
The single 'Netsanet' (feat. Mulatu Astatke) is a deep exploration of Mulatu's trademark Ethio-jazz, while Crushing Lactic, composed by Tom Rogerson (fresh from a recent collaboration with Brian Eno) has a frenzied flow, with big horns and driving rhythm section.

Elsewhere, Pete Wareham (stalwart of the London jazz revival) lends his free-flowing sax to What’s Gone Before, leading us into a powerful communion of jazz and brass as Mulatu Astatke’s Derashe takes the listener down a vibrating rhythmic path while accompanied by blasts of horns and Mulatu’s trademark vibraphone. Two spoken word compositions ('Why Yellow' and 'Climbing Up My Own Life Until I Die') featuring York-born writer and comedian Rob Auton lend an introspective voice to 'Collaborations: Volume One'.


Side A
Open Up Your Door
Midnight Train
Tonight the Streets Are Ours
Coles Corner
Ballad of a Thin Man
Baby, You're My Light

Side B
Not The Only Road*
My Little Treasures
Standing At the Sky's Edge
Heart of Oak
The Ocean

Side C
Seek It
Off My Mind
Coming Home
I Still Want You
Just Like The Rain
Run For Me

Side D
For Your Lover Give Some Time
Don't Stare at the Sun
There's a Storm a'Comin

*previously unreleased/exclusive


Artist:  Richard Hawley
Label:  BMG
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Indie & Alternative
Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number:  4050538933949
Released:  20th October 2023

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