The Beloved ‎– Happiness

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Atlantic ‎– 82047-1, Atlantic ‎– 7 82047-1
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A1 Hello 4:18
A2 Your Love Takes Me Higher 3:37
A3 Time After Time
Violin – Gavyn Wright, Wilfred Gibson*
4:18
A4 Don't You Worry
Piano – Terry DisleyViolin – Gavyn Wright, Wilfred Gibson*
3:50
A5 Scarlet Beautiful 4:40
B1 The Sun Rising 5:07
B2 I Love You More
Producer [Additional], Remix – Daniel AbrahamProgrammed [Additional] By – Fred McFarlane, Peter Schwartz
3:54
B3 Wake Up Soon 5:02
B4 Up, Up And Away
Piano [Solo] – Terry Disley
6:01
B5 Found 4:24

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Recorded between July 1988 -> August 1989.

Tracks A2 & B2: produced for Spitfire Productions
Track B2: additional production & remix for White Falcon Productions.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7567-82047-1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, runout groove, side A): ST-A-897679-C 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, runout groove, side B): ST-A-897680-C 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, runout groove, both sides): ATLANTIC STUDIOS DK SRC(Logo)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
LPNI-6943 The Beloved Happiness(LP, Album) WEA LPNI-6943 Mexico 1990 Sell This Version
82047-2 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album, Lon) Atlantic 82047-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
CD 46253 The Beloved Happiness(CD, Album) WEA, EastWest CD 46253 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
WX 299C The Beloved Happiness(Cass, Album) WEA WX 299C UK 1990 Sell This Version

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Spazgadget

Spazgadget

May 19, 2013

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.