Hazel O’Connor’s second album followed her career defining movie role in, and soundtrack album for, the feature film ‘Breaking Glass’ and included songs written mostly before that project. “Sons And Lovers” – produced by Nigel Gray (who by then, had been the producer of material for both The Fall and The Police) – is referred to by Hazel as being: “really my first album of songs, but it had to wait to be recorded after I’d completed Breaking Glass”.
This expanded edition of Hazel’s landmark post-punk album contains three versions of the lead UK top ten single ‘D- Days’; the album version, the better known Tony Visconti remixed version and the lesser known alternate ‘New’ version dating from 1981. ‘D-Days’, also known as ‘Decadent Days’ had been inspired by Hazel visiting a fledgling New Romantic nightclub in London’s ‘West End’ and viewing the poseurs and “people looking very bizarre” of that new musical movement. In many ways, ‘Sons & Lovers’ is very much a bridge between ‘punk’ and the ‘new wave’.
Amongst the five bonus track rarities included in this deluxe package are two live tracks from a celebrated 1980 live concert at the Dominion Theatre in London; a reworking of the album track ‘Ain’t It Funny’ and a spirited cover version of David Bowie’s ‘Suffragette City’ which features Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran who, at that time, were Hazel O’Connor’s support act. These tracks were originally featured as the B-sides of the 12” single of ‘Time (Ain’t On Our Side)’, the second track to be taken as a single from the album. Another bonus track rarity is the very first version of ‘Time Is Free’ that had been the B-side of Hazel O’Connor’s pre-‘Breaking Glass’ debut 1979 single.
‘Sons And Lovers’ is packaged in a deluxe digi-pack with a richly illustrated lyric booklet containing an introduction from Hazel O’Connor herself.
3. WHO WILL CARE?
6. DO WHAT YOU DO
7. SONS AND LOVERS
8. GLASS HOUSES
9. AIN’T IT FUNNY
12.TIME (AIN’T ON OUR SIDE)
13.AIN’T IT FUNNY (LIVE)
14.SUFFRAGETTE CITY (LIVE)
15.D-DAYS (7″ VISCONTI VERSION)
16.TIME IS FREE (ORIGINAL ‘79 VERSION)
17.D-DAYS (ALTERNATE ’81 ‘NEW’ VERSION)