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• 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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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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