The Beloved ‎– Happiness

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WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album) WEA, WEA, WEA, WEA WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
90260 The Beloved Felicidad(Cass, Album) WEA 90260 Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
80260 The Beloved Felicidad(LP, Album) WEA 80260 Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
CD 46253 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) WEA, EastWest CD 46253 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
2292-46253-2, 2292-46253-2 YS The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) EastWest, EastWest 2292-46253-2, 2292-46253-2 YS Europe 1990 Sell This Version
7 82047-2, 82047-2 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7 82047-2, 82047-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
WMC5-62 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) WEA, Wea Music WMC5-62 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
2292-46253-2 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) EastWest 2292-46253-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
7 82047-2, 82047-2 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7 82047-2, 82047-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
2292-46253-2 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) WEA 2292-46253-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
82047-2 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album, Lon) Atlantic 82047-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
WMC5-62 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album, Promo) WEA, Wea Music WMC5-62 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
WX 299C, 229 246 253-4 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album) WEA, WEA WX 299C, 229 246 253-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
246253-4, WX 299C The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album) EastWest, WEA Records Ltd. 246253-4, WX 299C Indonesia 1990 Sell This Version
246253-4 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album) WEA 246253-4 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
WX 299C, 246 253-4, 46253-4 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album) EastWest, WEA, WEA WX 299C, 246 253-4, 46253-4 Malaysia 1990 Sell This Version
CPNI-6943 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album) WEA CPNI-6943 Mexico 1990 Sell This Version
24 62534 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album, Dol) WEA 24 62534 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
82047-4 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album, Promo) Atlantic 82047-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
82047-4, 7 82047-4 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album, SR,) Atlantic, Atlantic 82047-4, 7 82047-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
none The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album, Unofficial) PMT (2) none Indonesia 1990 Sell This Version
4281 The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album, Unofficial) WEA 4281 Thailand 1990 Sell This Version
LPNI-6943 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album) WEA LPNI-6943 Mexico 1990 Sell This Version
670.9166, 229246253-1, 01001 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album) EastWest, EastWest, EastWest 670.9166, 229246253-1, 01001 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
82047-1, 7 82047-1 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 82047-1, 7 82047-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
246 253-1 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album) WEA 246 253-1 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
WX299, 2292-46253-1, WX 299, 229 246 253-1 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album) EastWest, EastWest, WEA, WEA WX299, 2292-46253-1, WX 299, 229 246 253-1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
246 253-1 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) WEA 246 253-1 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
2292-46253-2, 2292-46253-2 YS The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album, RP) EastWest, EastWest 2292-46253-2, 2292-46253-2 YS Europe 1999 Sell This Version
none The Beloved Happiness(10xFile, AAC, Album, RE, 256) New State Music none UK 2018

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jensby01

jensby01

December 7, 2017
referencing Happiness, LP, Album, WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1
Here is a link to the 5 track EU 'Happiness' sampler..... The Beloved - Happiness
allobroge

allobroge

September 14, 2017
referencing Happiness, CD, Album, 2292-46253-2

Une version remasterisée de ce petit bijou d'album serait la bienvenue !
lcb10

lcb10

April 4, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Happiness, LP, Album, WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1
Though I understand the pop appreciation of this album, really it's nearly all about deep house and seriously so. The significance of this album to the dancefloor in the UK and Balearic Islands can't be overemphasized. Still, Happiness is not the remixes and there were so many of those from these album tracks, I know it can seem like dance influenced pop music. Sorry to say it, you just had be to be there - in the clubs, in the fields, in the warehouses to know how central these chart friendly, Balearic tracks were in the underground dance worlds. I guess volume and context also had a lot to do with it! A perfect understanding of the times in dance music.

While "Found" has that perfect hippy vibe which was also so important to the 2nd summer(s) of love. And maybe it could have been the kind of thing Danny Rampling or whoever would just slip in, like the odd Minnie Ripperton (before The Orb), Jimi Hendrix, you name it, maybe The Eagles or Captain Beefheart.
Hello was kind of a joke to do with certain feelings one would get at times because of certain contexts. I hated it after a while, but it was also meant to be hated and laughed at from the start, as well as appreciated. There are one or two instrumental mixes of Hello somewhere which are still worthy to me, but it's the one track you have to put up with on Happiness. Still some love it.

Time After Time I thought was beautiful, but it's a shame of time, place and people rather than the song itself that it now sounds dated. But Jon and Steve did describe it as their partial attempt at throwaway pop as The Pet Shop Boys. Still, the arrangement has great elements for a mix as does Hello.

I guess every decade has their top 5 or so albums. This classic has to be one in the 90s, the material so good and distinguished, and with such an effect that I'd suggest its successor, its remixes album "Blissed Out" one of the top 20 albums of the 1990s, released a year later.

Some feat.

As with others, The Beloved did not hold my interest after this period, except for some, odd tracks and remixes. Sweet Harmony was a real let down to me, after thinking they were getting better with the follow up single after Happiness , "It's Alright Now".

5 stars for Happiness of course, after all these years.

My God, it is getting to 30 years later!!!
And did anything ever happen again after those ensuing years in which house as we knew it kind of died - 90 to 93-ish?
I don't think so.
It must make this album so much more important still.
allobroge

allobroge

September 17, 2015
referencing Happiness, CD, Album, 2292-46253-2

It's just the sun rising, it shining and i love you more.
Spazgadget

Spazgadget

May 19, 2013
referencing Happiness, LP, Album, 82047-1, 7 82047-1

Floating on the gossamer wings of late 80's ecstacy comedowns, The Beloved found a lovely niche in the pop market (along with Frazier Chorus, Candyflip, and the like) for dreamy pop served with just the faintest whiff of rave drugs. Ah, BlissPop.

Lest my mocking convince you otherwise, The Beloved's first album is actually pretty damn perfect. Something of a marriage between The KLF's house groove and The Lightning Seeds' pop romance (and maybe a touch of Future Sound of London's ambient global beat thrown in), "Happiness" throbs and pulses and lilts it's way into the 90's with some of the loveliest, dreamiest pop songs of the era.

If "Your Love Takes Me Higher" is the bliss-rave of 3am, "The Sun Rising", a glorious paean to the beauty of the post-ecstacy dawn, is probably it's counterpart. Elsewhere the album is an incredibly warm concoction of love, or being in love, or feeling generally lovely, and it's hard while listening to this album not to find yourself jumping on Marsh's dreamy wavelength.

In this listener's opinion, it was nigh-impossible for The Beloved to match the distilled pop perfection of this album, and subsequent albums lost a bit of the innocence and romance shown here, but perhaps that's for the best. Ecstacy isn't meant to last forever. Maybe it's better just remember the moment as it was: Perfect.
Pestpruf

Pestpruf

July 15, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Happiness, LP, Album, WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1
Though brimming with the prerequisite electronic piano chords, and the various Roland gadgets (the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers, the TB-303 Bass Line) that lent house its unmistakable sound, The Beloved hadn't completely abandoned their indie rock roots on "Happiness". Its closing track, "Found", wouldn't have been entirely out of place on albums by contemporaries like Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, or even Flowered Up, successfully combining rock with dance culture, while "Don't You Worry" and the particularly buoyant "I Love You More" could quite easily fit in the New Order or Pet Shop Boys catalogues… (More: http://writatlarge.blogspot.com/2010/05/hear-again-happiness.html )
manchester

manchester

September 5, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Happiness, LP, Album, WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1

One of my all time favourite dance music albums. This was a groundbreaking record in that it pre-dated Screamadelica (which many claim to be the first dance/rock record to merge both genres successfully). A truly balearic album that contains indie crossover tracks such as 'Hello' & 'Scarlet Beautiful'; gorgeous all time classic chill out in the form of The Sun Rising which is pure deep house bliss; euphoric dance music with 'Only Your Love Takes Me Higher'; & uptempo electronic grooves in the form of 'Up, Up And Away'. Their later material never matched these heights again.
Escapist

Escapist

March 14, 2004
referencing Happiness, CD, Album, 7 82047-2, 82047-2

Classic synth-pop smoothed over with terrific melodies and John Marsh's soothing vocals. "The Sun Rising" is an eternal club anthem with one of the most intoxicating bass-lines ever to fill the dancefloor. "Hello" and "Scarlett Beautiful" are pop classics as well as the rest of the album. Classic stuff!