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Eventide (Deluxe Edition 2CD)


Fronted by talented songwriter Billy Franks and his lifelong friend from Fulham Court, Lee Hirons,the Faith Brothers were one of the most hotly-tipped bands of 1985. Their impassioned brand of blue-eyed soul attracted comparisons with The Style Council and the Spencer Davis Group while their socialist views linked them in the media with the likes of Billy Bragg and the Redskins. Eventide was the Faith Brothers’ debut album, issued on Siren Records in 1985. It reached the Top 75 and included the singles ‘Eventide’ and ‘Whistling In The Dark’ but omitted by their popular radio hits from earlier that year, ‘Country Of The Blind’ and ‘A Stranger On Home Ground’. Amazingly, Eventide has never before been issued on CD! This deluxe 2-CD set expands the original 11-track album with a bonus disc of 15 further tracks,adding those missing singles as well as their pre-Siren indie debut ‘A Tradesman’s Entrance’ and a demo version of ‘Newtown’ which graced a flexidisc free with Jamming! magazine. The Faith brothers were championed by Jamming!’s editor Tony Fletcher, who eventually became their manager. Now a successful author (Keith Moon, The Smiths, REM), Tony has written a heartfelt foreword for this long-overdue reissue. Compiled with the help of Billy and Lee (and remastered with TLC by Lee), this 2-CD expanded edition boasts re-mastered music as well as a splendid, annotated booklet boasting rare photos and extracts from Billy’s hilarious yet touching autobiography A Far Cry From Sunset.

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