Urban Hymns: 20th Anniversary (Super Deluxe Edition)

Model: 5756236

SKU: 337176 Product ID: 237957

Format ‐ 5CD + DVD

Genre ‐ Alternative

Release Date ‐ 01/09/17

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    Every now and again, the world of music throws up a record that is out of the ordinary, something in its timing, quality and spirit that just feels right.

    The Verve’s 1997 album Urban Hymns, released on September 29th 1997, was one such record. It captured the mood and spirit of the times with songs of an emotional and musical depth that touched a raw nerve throughout the world and ensured this band would graduate from highly respected indie favourites to a genuine rock colossus. A certified classic, Urban Hymns is one of the 20 biggest-selling albums ever in the UK (now 11 times platinum) and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.

    The album spawned three highly successful singles. The first was the epoch-making worldwide smash Bitter Sweet Symphony, which trailered the album and became the sound of the summer. It was followed in the UK by The Drugs Don’t Work (No. 1) and Lucky Man (No. 7).
    20 years on the strength of the writing, the quality of the ensemble playing and sensitive production ensure the album sounds as riveting as ever and to mark this anniversary, Virgin/USM are releasing a remastered version of the album with a bounty of bonus material - all of the accompanying b-sides (and The Verve’s b-sides were genuinely something special) plus three hours of powerful, previously unreleased live material, including the full triumphant May 1998 hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan (on both CD and DVD).
    The remastering and mixing work has been undertaken by Urban Hymns’ original co-producer Chris Potter and Metropolis’ Tony Cousins – as it was for the two super deluxe Verve reissues issued last year, A Storm In Heaven and A Northern Soul.

    The DVD includes the documentary ‘The Video 96-98’, only ever previously available on VHS.
    The deluxe packages also feature new interviews with all the band and all physical releases draw on a vast array of previously unseen photography by Chris Floyd, who first travelled with The Verve on their US tour of 1994 and was granted unprecedented access during the making of Urban Hymns and beyond - up to and including the Haigh Hall show. His work brilliantly captured the band in the studio, on stage, backstage, during down time, on their video sets and tour bus.

    The Super-deluxe CD includes a lavish 56-page hard cover book plus poster and 5 postcards.


    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - VERVE, THE

    Label - Universal

    Music Genre - Alternative

Track Listing


  1. Remastered album
  2. Bitter Sweet Symphony
  3. Sonnet
  4. The Rolling People
  5. The Drugs Don't Work
  6. Catching the Butterfly
  7. Neon Wilderness
  8. Space and Time
  9. Weeping Willow
  10. Lucky Man
  11. One Day
  12. This Time
  13. Velvet Morning
  14. Come On


  1. Lord I Guess I'll Never Know
  2. Country Song
  3. Bitter Sweet Symphony (James Lavelle Remix)
  4. So Sister
  5. Echo Bass
  6. Three Steps
  7. The Drugs Dont Work original demo
  8. The Crab
  9. Stamped
  10. Never Wanna See You Cry
  11. (Bitter Sweet Symphony) MSG
  12. The Longest Day
  13. Lucky Man (Happiness More or Less)


  1. This Could Be My Moment *
  2. Monte Carlo*
  3. BBC Evening session 27/8/97 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  4. Lifes An Ocean
  5. A Man Called Sun
  6. The Drugs Dont Work
  7. On Your Own
  8. So Sister


  1. This Is Music
  2. Space and Time
  3. Catching the Butterfly
  4. Sonnet
  5. The Rolling People
  6. Neon Wilderness
  7. Weeping Willow
  8. The Drugs Don't Work
  9. Lucky Man
  10. Life's an Ocean
  11. Velvet Morning
  12. Bitter Sweet Symphony


  1. One Day
  2. History
  3. Come On
  4. Further live material (Washington / Brixton / Manchester 1997/8)
  5. A New Decade - Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
  6. The Rolling People Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
  7. On Your Own - Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
  8. History - Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
  9. The Drugs Dont Work Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
  10. Slide Away Manchester Academy (11/8/97)
  11. A Man Called Sun - Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
  12. A Northern Soul - Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
  13. Space and Time - Brixton Academy (16/1/98)
  14. This Is Music Manchester Academy (11/8/97)
  15. Weeping Willow - Washington DC 9.30 Club (3/11/97)
  16. Stormy Clouds (and Reprise) Manchester Academy (11/8/97) 7.24

DVD THE VIDEO 1996-1998

  1. Lucky Man
  2. Lifes An Ocean
  3. The Drugs Dont Work
  4. Bitter Sweet Symphony
  5. Live at Haigh Hall - PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
  6. This Is Music
  7. Space and Time
  8. Catching the Butterfly
  9. Sonnet
  10. The Rolling People
  11. Neon Wilderness
  12. Weeping Willow
  13. The Drugs Don't Work
  14. Lucky Man
  15. Life's an Ocean
  16. Velvet Morning
  17. Bitter Sweet Symphony
  18. One Day
  19. 14. History
  20. 15. Come On
  21. The promo videos:
  22. Bitter Sweet Symphony
  23. The Drugs Dont Work
  24. Lucky Man
  25. Lucky Man (US version)
  26. Sonnet

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