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The Rah Band: The Rah Band Story Vol. 1, 5CD Box Set


The Rah Band: The Rah Band Story Vol. 1, 5CD Box Set

Postby ZippY » Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:02 am

The Rah Band: Messages From The Stars – The Rah Band Story Vol. 1, 5CD Box Set


Released October 21, 2022.


**LIMITED EDITION SIGNED POSTCARD AVAILABLE WITH ALL PRE-ORDERS WHILE STOCKS LAST!**

• 71-track deluxe 5CD box set containing expanded versions of the albums ‘The Crunch & Beyond’, ‘Rah Band’ and ‘Going Up’.

• Also includes 2CDs of additional 12” mixes, 7” mixes and remixes.

• Plus 31 tracks previously unreleased on CD plus an additional two tracks previously unreleased on any format.

• With a fully illustrated 20-page booklet containing brand new sleeve notes by Record Collector and MOJO’s Lois Wilson including quotes from the interview that she did with Richard Hewson in April 2022.


This is only the 1st boxset of 2. :D For me (if all goes well soundwise) the boxset of the year ... was waiting years for this to happen! :) 8)


71-track deluxe 5CD box set containing expanded versions of the albums ‘The Crunch & Beyond’, ‘Rah Band’ and ‘Going Up’.

• Also includes 2CDs of additional 12” mixes, 7” mixes and remixes.

• Plus 31 tracks previously unreleased on CD plus an additional two tracks previously unreleased on any format.

• With a fully illustrated 20-page booklet containing brand new sleeve notes by Record Collector and MOJO’s Lois Wilson including quotes from the interview that she did with Richard Hewson in April 2022.

The first of two comprehensive 5CD box sets covering the recordings of the Rah Band. ‘Messages From The Stars – The Rah Band Story Volume 1’ covers the period 1977-1984 and contains expanded versions of the albums ‘The Crunch & Beyond’, ‘Rah Band’ and ‘Going Up’ plus 2CDs of additional 12” mixes, 7” mixes and remixes.

The Rah Band was formed by Richard Anthony Hewson (RAH) in 1977, and launched with ‘The Crunch’, a strange compelling instrumental which was a mixture of glam stomp, space age jazz and futuristic pop that was recorded DIY style in his bedroom.

The single reached No.6 in the UK singles chart and launched a career that has spanned 25 studio and compilation albums and over 40 singles, enjoying chart and sales success in both the UK and a number of overseas territories.

Richard Hewson is still recording today and this collection of his recordings covering the period 1977-1984 maps his illustrious beginnings and reveal a singular talent able to filter jazz and jazz funk through pop to both creative and commercial effect.

Track Listing:
DISC ONE

The Crunch & Beyond
1. The Crunch
2. Electric Fling
3. Concrete
4. Is Anybody There?
5. Beyond
6. Spacerace
7. Turkey Roll
8. Vampire Vamp
9. Woogie Boogie
10. The Crunch (Reprise)
Bonus Tracks
11. Jiggery Pokery
12. Porridge
13. The Crunch (Part 2)*
14. Tokyo Flyer (7” Version)*
15. Tokyo Flyer (Instrumental Version)*
16. Falcon (Original 12” Mix)
17. Falcon 2*
* Previously unreleased on CD

DISC TWO

Rah Band
1. Falcon*
2. Downside Up
3. Dream On
4. Slide
5. Blue Horizon Drifter
6. Dancing On The Moon
7. Ride
Bonus Tracks
8. Slide (12” Mix)
9. Drat That Cat (7” Mix)*
10. Drat That Cat (12” Mix)*
11. Downside Up (7” Mix)*
12. Riding On A Fantasy (Instrumental Mix)*
13. Ride (7” Edit)*
* Previously unreleased on CD

DISC THREE

Going Up
1. Messages From The Stars
2. Roll Me Down To Rio
3. Perfumed Garden (with Scented Strings)
4. Hunger For Your Jungle Love ’83
5. Sam The Samba Man
6. Winter Love
7. Tears And Rain
8. Two Bodies
9. Party Games
10. Riding On A Fantasy
Bonus Tracks
11. Perfumed Garden
(Original 12” Mix)*
12. Riding On A Fantasy (7” Single Vocal Mix)*
13. Rock Me Down To Rio (1981 Single Mix) *
14. Messages From The Stars (Short Wave Mix)*
15. Perfumed Garden (7” Single Mix)
* Previously unreleased on CD

DISC FOUR

Remixes & Rarities (Part One)
1. Messages From The Stars (Long Wave 12” Mix)
2. Tears & Rain (12” Mix)*
3. Riding On A Fantasy (12” Vocal Mix)*
4. Rock Me Down To Rio (1981 12” Mix)*
5. Sam The Samba Man (1983
12” Mix)*
6. Tears & Rain (7” Single Mix)*
7. Hunger For Your Jungle Love (7” Single Mix)*
8. Party Games (12” Mix )*
9. Sam The Samba Man (Hip Hop Music)*
10. Messages From The Stars (Astro Mix)
11. Funk Me Down To Rio ’82 (12” Mix)
12. Sam The Samba Man (Scratch Me If You Can)*

* Previously unreleased on CD

DISC FIVE

Remixes & Rarities (Part Two)
1. Funky Tokyo! (7” Mix)**
2. Funk Me Down To Rio ’82 (7” Mix)*
3. Funky Tokyo! (12” Mix)**
4. Rising Star (12” Mix) *
5. Winter Love ’84 (12” Mix)
6. Rising Star (Cosmix)*
7. Winter Love ’84 (7” Mix)
8. Dream Street (7” Mix)*
9. Rising Star (Remix Edit)*
10. Dream Street (Original 12” Mix)*
11. Sam The Samba Man ’84 (Summer Samba 12” Mix)
12. Sam The Samba Man ’84 (Summer Samba 7” Mix)*
13. Dream Street (Street Mix)*
14. Perfume Garden (Remix)
* Previously unreleased on CD
** Previously unreleased
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Re: The Rah Band: The Rah Band Story Vol. 1, 5CD Box Set

Postby omar » Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:20 pm

Which label? Cherry Red? At first glance this sounds too good to be true. I've waited years to see a comprehensive collection of their work. A lot of their early stuff that's currently on cd/digital is vinyl sourced and awful sounding. Fingers crossed.
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Re: The Rah Band: The Rah Band Story Vol. 1, 5CD Box Set

Postby ZippY » Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:50 pm

omar wrote:Which label? Cherry Red? At first glance this sounds too good to be true. I've waited years to see a comprehensive collection of their work. A lot of their early stuff that's currently on cd/digital is vinyl sourced and awful sounding. Fingers crossed.


Indeed it's Cherry Red (Cherry Pop):

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/the ... d-box-set/

Looks like Richard Hewson's own project if you ask me... he was asked about the boxset but I can't find any information on this at the moment.
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Re: The Rah Band: The Rah Band Story Vol. 1, 5CD Box Set

Postby geoffolehane » Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:42 pm

Oh my. Great news. I need to look for this release.
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Re: The Rah Band: The Rah Band Story Vol. 1, 5CD Box Set

Postby ZippY » Tue Aug 16, 2022 12:29 pm

Dean Verdin (Boxset Curator):

on the Rah Band Facebook page:

"I promise you’ll be delighted with this amazing box set - an incredible amount of work went into this with the amazing
Cherry Red, Aaron Judd, Will McCormack and our own Richard Hewson".

"As curator for this box set I can confirm that it has all been beautifully and professionally restored and sounds amazing!
Volume 2 does indeed include the PROPER! Something About The Music album (intended for release in 1987 following the
release of the singles "Run 4 The Sun/Life After Love" and "Across The Bay/Jammin' On The Byte", but due to a change
in management at RCA the album did not get released then. However, a few editions released on promo surfaced).

"We are working on this now for release in early 2023".

:)


*** UPDATE 19-08-2022 ***


Reply email from: info@therahband.com :


Hi Lucas,

Many thanks for your email.

We can confirm that a lot of time has been spent on the masters and they have been cleaned-up and the tracks on the Box set are crystal clear.

Regards

RAH


*** UPDATE 30-08-2022 ***

Here's a RAH Band podcast that's about how this box set was compiled and the trials and tribulations of the process involved:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeQHX3ke-S8

Looks like this is really a serious project with hunted down masters etc. :wink:
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