· Halo James gained national recognition with their highly infectious # 6 hit single ‘Could Have Told You So’. It was followed by the release of their debut album “Witness” and three further singles. This special edition celebrates 25 years since the album’s original release and couples it with rare B-sides and alternative mixes.
· Halo James formed when musician Ray St. John auditioned singers for a new version of his band Pride. The original line-up of Pride had included singer Sade, and their co-written song ‘Smooth Operator’ became a worldwide hit in the mid-80s. After a lengthy search for a suitable singer it was Christian James that was given the role with Neil Palmer added as keyboardist. The band were signed on a one year development deal with Epic Records in 1988. The band released five singles including a re-released version of their debut single ‘Wanted’. The resulting album ‘Witness’ was released in April 1990 and reached number 18 and went on to sell over 100,000 copies in its first year.
· This 19 track Special Edition CD features the original album plus eight related bonus tracks.
· The bonus tracks features the extended version of the band’s best-selling single ‘Could Have Told You So’, the single and extended versions of their 4th single ‘Magic Hour’ and the b/sides ‘World’s Apart’, ‘If Tomorrow Ever Comes Around’, ‘Promises’, ‘All I Need Is A Chance’ and ‘Just Say That You Love Me’.
· All the tracks have been sourced from the tape archives of Sony using the original production masters.
· The album was produced by respected record producer Bob Sargeant – whose credits include Haircut 100, The Beat, The Buzzcocks, Motorhead, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Breathe.
· The sleeve notes include contributions from the main songwriter – Ray St. John and vocalist – Christian James talking about their memories of the band.
· The CD booklet features all the band’s original sleeves and a full UK discography.
· This is the most complete collection of the band’s work available on CD.
1. COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO
3. MAGIC HOUR
4. IS THIS THE WAY LOVE’S MEANT TO BE?
5. PURE VELVET
7. WELL OF SOULS
8. ONLY END IN TEARS
10. TENDER GUN
11. MOCKING BOY
12. WORLDS APART
13. IF TOMORROW EVER COMES AROUND
15. COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO (EXTENDED VERSION)
16. ALL I NEED IS A CHANCE
17. JUST SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME
18. MAGIC HOUR (SINGLE VERSION)
19. MAGIC HOUR (EXTENDED VERSION)
PLEASE NOTE THIS ALBUM IS RELEASED ON 8TH JUNE 2015 AND WILL NOT BE DESPATCHED BEFORE THAT DATE