The Unmistakeable Sound of Independence since 1978 | Call to order: +44 (0)20 8996 3120

Formed in 1980, Watford band Sad Lovers & Giants carved a unique furrow through the 1980s independent music scene, creating music which was haunting, atmospheric, melodic and evocative and which somehow straddled post-punk, synth pop, psychedelia and indie.

Compiled, designed and curated by the band, WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH is the first comprehensive anthology of the band’s recordings.

After singles on their own Last Movement label, they signed to Midnight Music, issuing two albums – Epic Garden Music (1982) and Feeding The Flame (1983) – before splitting. This period also witnessed a John Peel session and a live concert for Dutch Radio Hilversum (subsequently issued as Total Sound in 1986). All of these recordings appear here.

Sad Lovers & Giants returned with a revitalised line-up in 1987 – still fronted by ever- present vocalist Garce (Simon) Allard. New albums followed – The Mirror Test (1987), Headland (1990) and Treehouse Poetry (1991) – as the band found new audiences in the Netherlands, Spain and France.

When Midnight Music dissolved, so too did the band. But Sad Lovers & Giants reunited in the noughties, playing to loyal fans and recording a new album, Melting In The Fullness Of Time. Since then, Sad Lovers & Giants have stayed active, culminating in a short tour of North America in spring 2016, during which they were invited to showcase at the prestigious SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH spans the band’s entire career, with every recording of note, sleeve-notes by Garce and design by ex-member Simon Blanchard.

DISC ONE:

SINGLES

1. IMAGINATION

2. WHEN I SEE YOU

3. A LANDSLIDE

4. COLOURLESS DREAM

5. THINGS WE NEVER DID

6. LOST IN A MOMENT

7. THE TIGHTROPE TOUCH

8. MAN OF STRAW (7” Version)

9. SEVEN KINDS OF SIN

10. WHITE RUSSIANS

11. THE BEST FILM HE EVER MADE

12. HIMALAYA

13. HAPPINESS IS FRAGILE

14. ALICE ISN’T PLAYING

15. BEAUTY IS TRUTH

16. BIBLICAL CROWS

17. LIKE THIEVES



DISC TWO:

THE FIRST LINE-UP

1. ECHOPLAY

2. CLOCKTOWER LODGE

3. CLINT

4. LOPE

5. CLOUD 9

6. ART (BY ME)

7. ALICE ISN’T PLAYING

8. FAR FROM THE SEA

9. COWBOYS

10. BIG TRACKS LITTLE TRACKS

11. AN ANOTHER DAY

12. SLEEP (IS FOR EVERYONE)

13. VENDETTA

14. CLOSE TO THE SEA

15. STRANGE ORCHARD

16. BURNING BEACHES

17. YOUR SKIN & MINE

18. IN FLUX



DISC THREE:

THE SECOND LINE-UP – PART I

1. TAKE SEVEN

2. SEVEN KINDS OF SIN

3. THE GREEN YEARS

4. CUCKOOLAND

5. A MAP OF MY WORLD

6. RETURN TO CLOCKTOWER LODGE

7. WIRE LAWN

8. THE OUTSIDER

9. LIFE UNDER GLASS

10. SUMMER & SMOKE

11. HOUSE OF CLOUDS

12. GODLESS SOUL

13. LIKE THIEVES

14. ONE MAN’S HELL

15. RESTLESS

16. ALASKA



DISC FOUR:

THE SECOND LINE-UP – PART II

1. IT’S SNOWING

2. MY HEART’S ON FIRE

3. TOY PLANES (IN A SOUTHERN SKY)

4. LIZARD KING

5. PARACHUTE OF LOVE

6. CHRISTMAS ON EASTER ISLAND

7. CRIMINALLY SANE

8. JUNGLE OF LIES

9. THE SKY IS A GLOVE

10. A DAUGHTER

11. GERMAN CARS

12. SUBMARINE GIRL

13. I’M NOT IN LOVE

14. LEARN

15. MELTING IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME

16. RED SKY

17. BLACK CROW



DISC

FIVE:POT POURRI

1. 50:50

2. THE CHANGE

3. TAKE ME INSIDE

4. INTERLUDE

5. ECHOPLAY

6. A LANDSLIDE

7. SEX WITHOUT GRAVITY (John Peel Session)

8. THERE WAS NO TIME (John Peel Session)

9. CLINT (John Peel Session)

10. ALICE ISN’T PLAYING (John Peel Session)

11. 3 LINES

12. A REFLECTED DREAM

13. STILL RESTLESS

14. ECHOPLAY

15. THINGS WE NEVER DID

16. SLEEP (IS FOR EVERYONE)

17. A LANDSLIDE

18. COWBOYS

19. MAN OF STRAW

20. IMAGINATION

21. THINGS WE NEVER DID (2016 Remix)
Barcode

5013929102989

Related Products