The Verve ‎– A Northern Soul

Virgin ‎– 4786539, Universal UMC ‎– 4786539
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 gram


A1 A New Decade
A2 This Is Music
A3 On Your Own
A4 So It Goes
B1 A Northern Soul
B2 Brainstorm Interlude
B3 Drive You Home
C1 History
C2 No Knock On My Door
C3 Life's An Ocean
D1 Stormy Clouds
D2 (Reprise)

Companies, etc.



Originally released 1995 as HUTLP27.
Includes printed innersleeves.

Sourced from digital files prepared from the original half-inch tapes. Remastered by Chris Potter & Tony Cousins at Metropolis and Sabian at Fullsound. The vinyl lacquers were cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy and the records were pressed by Optimal Media.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02547 865397
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runouts): BG29235-01 A1 4786539
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runouts): BG29235-01 B1 MATT@ALCHEMY 4786539
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Runouts): BG29235-02 C1 4786539
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Runouts): BG29235-02 D1 MATT@ALCHEMY 4786539
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
  • Label Code: LC03098

Other Versions (5 of 20) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HUTLP 27, 7243 8 40437 1 1 The Verve A Northern Soul(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Hut Recordings, Virgin HUTLP 27, 7243 8 40437 1 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 40437 2 8, CDHUT 27 The Verve A Northern Soul(CD, Album) Virgin, Hut Recordings 7243 8 40437 2 8, CDHUT 27 UK 1995 Sell This Version
4786534 The Verve A Northern Soul(Box + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RE, RM + CD, C) Virgin Music Ltd. 4786534 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
7243 8 40437 2 8, CDHUT 27, 8 40437 2 The Verve A Northern Soul(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Hut Recordings, Virgin 7243 8 40437 2 8, CDHUT 27, 8 40437 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7243 8 40437 2 8, CDHUT 27 The Verve A Northern Soul(CD, Album) Virgin, Hut Recordings 7243 8 40437 2 8, CDHUT 27 UK 1995 Sell This Version


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March 10, 2017

This pressing is good but it's the same loud remastering found on the new remastered CD. While the LPs were likely cut from a 24-bit master (possibly 96kHz) the experience for human ears, given the mastering was the same, will be virtually identical.

I've had an original pressing for a long time and I think it sounds better than the new CD and LP but I also think the original CD sounds virtually identical to the original LP and was likely cut from the same master also. I wouldn't recommend shelling out for the original LP, I'd recommend sticking to the original CD. If you must have this on vinyl because the format matters more to you than the sonics, at least Optimal did a bang up job on the pressing (as they usually do) and you don't have to shell out over US$200 to get a mint copy.


September 29, 2016
Too bad you can't get the b-sides on this reissue. "Grey Skies" is a fantastic Verve song and I consider it to be their best.


September 23, 2016
While I don't have an original pressing for comparison, this is done beautifully. The A Storm In Heaven reissue was quite noisy (at least my copy was), but I heard no noise at all on this record. Very pleased. Recommended purchase if you don't fancy shelling out for an original.


September 23, 2016
I really liked this reissue. Decent sonics and my expectations were slightly exceeded. Recommended.


September 22, 2016
This is a highly recommended reissue. I have an original LP that isn't in the best shape. While the original's sonics may seem to be a tad better, this reissue will now be my "go to" copy. It's a very flat and quiet pressing. A very enjoyable listening experience.


September 17, 2016
Hi there, here is a review. I am an owner of both SIH AND Northern soul original lps.
I bought both these reissues as back ups.

With regard to the cover, the back of it features the same mirrory effect, however, the colours of the vending machine are a bit pal compared to the original. Now, the faces on the cover of the repress are a bit lifeless and pal,while the dark background on the original is a more solid black.

Both records are crystal clear, without clouds, no background noises and flat. The new records seem heavier than the originals (not that it implies anything to the sonic performance).

With regard to the sonic experience on my system (garrard 401 denon 103r), the repress shows the same performance compared to the original similarly to my other storm in heaven vinyl copies (see my review over there). "The reissue is a really good performer compared to the original. I could say that it stood up to an 75% of the performance of the original. However, it lacked on the crispness of the sound,the representation, a bit on the soundstage and less on the depth of the soundstage. The original was more involving and conveying in a better way the feelings of the tracks."
In addition, i would say that i noticed some sibilance on the words starting from 's' which was a bit of a let down ("on your own" track. The bass in the original was a bit more apparent and authoritative.

Verdict - I would suggest this repress, it is an honest effort and will transfer the vinyl sonic experience, albeit at a somewhat lower level compared to an original copy. However, the gap versus the original seems higher in this one compared to storm in heaven.
Enjoy your music and happy collecting!


September 13, 2016
Anybody got a review of the pressing/sound quality on this?