Venus, Cupid, Folly And Time - Thirty Years Of The Divine Comedy
Reissues and live residencies in London & Paris
We are excited to announce ‘Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time - Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy’, the much-anticipated reissue of The Divine Comedy's back catalogue on CD, LP, digital download and CD Boxset. These formats will be released on Friday 21st August and followed in September by a series of very special concerts at the Barbican, London and Cité de la Musique, Paris.
In 1990 musical history was made when a twenty year old Neil Hannon signed his first record deal and began releasing one glorious album after another under the name The Divine Comedy. Let the fireworks begin as, in celebration of that anniversary, Divine Comedy Records remaster and reissue nine of the band’s classic albums on CD, LP and digitally:
‘Liberation’ (1993), ‘Promenade’ (1994), ‘Casanova’ (1996), ‘A Short Album About Love’ (1997), ‘Fin de Siècle’ (1998), ‘Regeneration’ (2001), ‘Absent Friends’ (2004), ‘Victory For The Comic Muse’ (2006) and ‘Bang Goes The Knighthood’ (2010).
The albums have been remastered from the original tapes at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (Blur, The Smiths) with the audio overseen throughout the project by engineer/mixer/producer Guy Massey, whose work on The Beatles Stereo Remasters won him a Grammy Award.
Each CD release consists of 2 CDs: the original remastered album, with a second CD of B-sides, demos and alternate versions curated by Neil Hannon, much of which has never been heard before. The CD release of ‘A Short Album About Love’ comes with a DVD of ‘A Short Film About A Short Album About Love’ – a previously unreleased 50-minute film of the Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert at which ‘Short Album..’ was recorded. The CDs come with a booklet of photos, credits and extensive liner notes written by Neil covering the context and inspiration behind the album and its songs.
Each LP release consists of the original remastered album, cut at Abbey Road, packaged with a download code for the album and bonus tracks. The LPs are heavyweight black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve accompanied with photos, credits and Neil's liner notes.
The 12 volume CD boxset ‘Venus, Cupid, Folly And Time - Thirty Years Of The Divine Comedy’ brings together all the remastered albums and bonus material, as well as new editions of 2016's ‘Foreverland’ and 2019's ‘Office Politics’ updated with bonus material and liner notes. It also features ‘Juveneilia’ - a boxset exclusive 2 CD compilation of early material put together by Neil from his personal archive, including recordings stretching back to 1984. It contains the ‘lost’ 1990 album ‘Fanfare For The Comic Muse’ and long out-of-print EPs ‘Timewatch’ and ‘Europop’.
The CD, vinyl and boxset editions are available to pre-order now at our webstore alongside an array of awesome bundles! We also have a brand new range of merchandise featuring T-shirts, mugs and tote bags sporting the stylish ‘Venus, Cupid, Folly And Time’ motif.
Pre-order the albums or boxset from our store by Thursday 12th March to be sent a link to access the fan pre-sale for tickets to the London and Paris dates.
Join the thirtieth anniversary celebrations in a series of live concerts at the Barbican, London and Cité de la Musique, Paris! Performing as an eleven piece ensemble, the band will play two albums in full each night starting at the Barbican in September.
SEPTEMBER 2020 -
2nd (London) / 25th (Paris)
Liberation / Promenade
3rd (London) / 26th (Paris)
Casanova / A Short Album About Love
4th (London) / 27th (Paris)
Fin de Siècle / Regeneration
5th (London) / 28th (Paris)
Absent Friends / Victory For The Comic Muse
6th (London) / 29th (Paris)
Bang Goes The Knighthood / Foreverland
Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 13th March for London and Monday 27th April for Paris. If you have pre-ordered from our webstore, you can access the fan ticket pre-sales on Thursday 12th March. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates.
We hope to see you at one or more of these very special shows! x