The Divine Comedy - Venus, Cupid, Folly And Time: Thirty Years Of The Divine Comedy (2020) MP3

The Divine Comedy - Venus, Cupid, Folly And Time: Thirty Years Of The Divine Comedy (2020)

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In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums.
The limited edition twelve volume CD boxset Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time - Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy brings together all the remastered CD 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 2CD compilation of early material put together by Neil from his personal archive, including recordings stretching back to as early as 1984. It contains the "lost" 1990 album Fanfare For The Comic Muse and long out-of-print EPs Timewatch and Europop.

Included in the boxset is the book “Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time – The Lyrics” which collects together the lyrics from the 11 main albums alongside pages from Neil’s original lyric notebooks.

Each CD set consists of 2 discs: the remastered original album, with a second CD of B-sides, demos and alternate versions lovingly 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. Each CD comes with a booklet of photos and extensive liner notes written by Neil, covering the context and inspiration behind the album and its songs.

Each CD comes packed in a slipcase featuring an illustration inspired by each album drawn by Mathieu Persan.

The nine reissued albums have been remastered from the original tapes at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by mastering engineer Frank Arkwright (Blur, The Smiths.) Overseeing the audio throughout the campaign is engineer/mixer/producer Guy Massey, whose work on the Beatles Stereo Remasters won him a Grammy Award. The iconic covers and photos for five albums have been lovingly restored by original photographer Kevin Westenberg.

Disc 1 (01:05:38)
1. Pie Jesu (03:36)
2. Who (01:52)
3. The Missing Link (01:17)
4. Who's Afraid (02:51)
5. The Fools Who Can Only Talk (04:01)
6. Give It A Chance (01:53)
7. Power (Is Your Demand) (03:08)
8. Who Is This Man (03:02)
9. Loving You (Merciful Release) (01:34)
10. Sanity (05:37)
11. A Friend Of Mine (02:07)
12. Neil's First Amp (00:47)
13. Completely Barking (00:12)
14. Nobody Wins (03:03)
15. Passion Fruit (03:38)
16. Silent Man (03:19)
17. October (04:06)
18. Anonymous (03:19)
19. Ridgeway Street (02:57)
20. Suffer In Silence (04:07)
21. Roselyn (02:47)
22. Stream Of Unconsciousness (06:25)

Disc 2 (57:23)
1. Fanning Intro (00:10)
2. Ignorance Is Bliss (03:39)
3. Indian Rain (03:23)
4. Bleak Landscape (03:39)
5. Tailspin (02:44)
6. The Rise And Fall (04:20)
7. Logic Vs Emotion (04:31)
8. Secret Garden (04:09)
9. Timewatch (03:40)
10. Jerusalem (03:50)
11. The Rise And Fall (Timewatch Version) (07:20)
12. Europop (04:13)
13. New Wave (03:45)
14. Intifada (04:24)
15. Monitor (03:07)
16. Thanks For Listening (00:29)

Disc 3 (51:47)
1. Festive Road (01:55)
2. Death Of A Supernaturalist (03:17)
3. Bernice Bobs Her Hair (04:03)
4. I Was Born Yesterday (03:27)
5. Your Daddy's Car (03:56)
6. Europop (04:31)
7. Timewatching (03:50)
8. The Pop Singer's Fear Of The Pollen Count (04:21)
9. Queen Of The South (04:27)
10. Victoria Falls (04:10)
11. Three Sisters (04:42)
12. Europe By Train (04:27)
13. Lucy (04:41)

Disc 4 (01:06:05)
1. Untitled Melody (02:02)
2. Your Daddy's Car (Demo) (03:53)
3. Queen Of The South (Demo) (04:08)
4. Europop (Live) (04:10)
5. Little Darlin' (01:26)
6. Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Early Idea) (02:57)
7. Bontempi Beats 1 (02:29)
8. The Pop Singer's Fear Of The Pollen Count (Demo) (04:20)
9. Europe By Train (Live) (04:59)
10. I Can Think (But I Can't Feel) (02:59)
11. Lucy (Early Version) (04:02)
12. Festive Road (Demo) (02:11)
13. Three Sisters (Live) (04:12)
14. I Was Born Yesterday (Early Idea) (03:10)
15. Bontempi Beats 2 (02:56)
16. Christmas With The Hannons (02:29)
17. Victoria Falls (Demo) (04:11)
18. Timewatching (Demo) (03:31)
19. Bontempi Beats 3 (02:30)
20. Suzanne (Live) (03:30)

Disc 5 (45:27)
1. Bath (04:11)
2. Going Downhill Fast (02:33)
3. The Booklovers (05:52)
4. A Seafood Song (03:29)
5. Geronimo (01:53)
6. Don't Look Down (04:49)
7. When The Lights Go Out All Over Europe (03:30)
8. The Summerhouse (04:15)
9. Neptune's Daughter (04:49)
10. A Drinking Song (04:38)
11. Ten Seconds To Midnight (02:10)
12. Tonight We Fly (03:01)
13. Untitled (00:17)

Disc 6 (01:04:16)
1. Ten Seconds To Midnight (Alternate Version) (02:20)
2. Assume The Goldsmith (05:14)
3. When The Lights Go Out All Over Europe (Live) (03:36)
4. Tell Me What's Wrong (02:15)
5. Life's What You Make It (02:51)
6. Lost Prom Jam (01:42)
7. Neptune's Daughter (Demo) (04:55)
8. Going Downhill Fast (Instrumental) (02:32)
9. The Booklovers (Demo) (04:56)
10. The Bright Lights Of Ealing (01:47)
11. Bath (Alternate Version) (03:47)
12. The Summerhouse (Early Idea) (01:18)
13. The Summerhouse (Live) (04:34)
14. When The Lights Go Out All Over Europe (Early Idea) (02:44)
15. A Woman Of The World (Promenade-style Demo) (02:25)
16. Geronimo (Live With Yann Tiersen) (01:47)
17. Don't Look Down (Demo) (04:59)
18. A Drinking Song (Live) (04:34)
19. Only For Tonight (02:57)
20. Tonight We Fly (Demo) (03:03)

Disc 7 (51:47)
1. Something For The Weekend (04:20)
2. Becoming More Like Alfie (02:59)
3. Middle-Class Heroes (05:27)
4. In & Out In Paris & London (03:26)
5. Charge (05:28)
6. Songs Of Love (03:27)
7. The Frog Princess (05:13)
8. A Woman Of The World (04:11)
9. Through A Long & Sleepless Night (06:13)
10. Theme From Casanova (05:51)
11. The Dogs & The Horses (05:12)

Disc 8 (01:04:45)
1. Hannon's Game (01:23)
2. Birds Of Paradise Farm (03:51)
3. A Woman Of The World (Early Idea) (02:06)
4. Motorway To Damascus (04:19)
5. Crapper's Delight (01:46)
6. Songs Of Love (Demo) (03:23)
7. Love Is Lighter Than Air (03:51)
8. Comme Beacoup De Messieurs (avec Valérie Lemercier) (02:58)
9. Grinchworm (01:14)
10. Painting The Forth Bridge (04:03)
11. Solsbury Eel (01:57)
12. The Frog Princess (Demo) (05:20)
13. My Lovely Horse (From Father Ted) (01:22)
14. Father Ted Theme (00:39)
15. My Lovely Mayo Mammy (From Father Ted) (01:11)
16. The Miracle Is Mine (From Father Ted) (02:22)
17. Theme From Casanova (Demo) (01:28)
18. Electro Wurly Groove (01:33)
19. Something Before The Weekend (Early Idea) (01:56)
20. Something For The Weekend (Monitor Mix) (04:13)
21. Becoming More Like Alfie (Monitor Mix) (02:55)
22. Stereo Laboratory (01:01)
23. Through A Long And Sleepless Night (Early Idea) (04:12)
24. The Dogs And The Horses (Live) (05:42)

Disc 9 (01:11:59)
1. In Pursuit Of Happiness (03:31)
2. Everybody Knows (Except You) (03:48)
3. Someone (05:57)
4. If… (04:26)
5. If I Were You (I'd Be Through With Me) (04:41)
6. Timewatching (04:42)
7. I'm All You Need (04:59)
8. Bath (Live) (03:48)
9. A Short Film About Driving (02:54)
10. Everybody Knows (Except You) (Early Idea) (04:19)
11. Johnny Mathis' Feet (Live) (03:40)
12. I'm All You Need (Demo) (02:18)
13. A Short Film About Dreams (02:09)
14. Your Daddy's Car (Live) (04:11)
15. Teach Us To Love (03:54)
16. A Short Film About Waiting (02:57)
17. A Short Film About Chance (02:40)
18. If I Were You (I'd Be Through With Me) (Rehearsal Version) (04:30)
19. Make It Easy On Yourself (Live) (02:35)

Disc 10 (46:41)
1. Generation Sex (03:32)
2. Thrillseeker (03:33)
3. Commuter Love (04:42)
4. Sweden (03:25)
5. Eric The Gardener (08:25)
6. National Express (05:07)
7. Life On Earth (04:25)
8. The Certainty Of Chance (06:06)
9. Here Comes The Flood (04:08)
10. Sunrise (03:18)

Disc 11 (01:07:29)
1. I've Been To A Marvellous Party (03:41)
2. Generation Sex (Early Idea) (01:28)
3. Gin Soaked Boy (05:01)
4. With Whom To Dance (02:39)
5. Thrillseeker (Rehearsal Version) (03:31)
6. Maryland Electric Rainstorm (05:45)
7. Little Acts Of Kindness (03:54)
8. Life On Earth (Early Idea) (01:51)
9. The Dead Only Quickly (01:14)
10. The Winter Blues (03:42)
11. London Irish (04:41)
12. Here Comes The Flood (Demo) (04:11)
13. The Certainty Of Chance (Demo) (03:27)
14. Last Stand In Metroland (04:19)
15. Overstrand (04:06)
16. Then Four Buses Come Along At Once (02:55)
17. National Express (Rehearsal Version) (03:47)
18. Postcard To Rosie (03:26)
19. Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind (03:51)

Disc 12 (49:54)
1. Timestretched (02:48)
2. Bad Ambassador (03:45)
3. Perfect Lovesong (03:11)
4. Note To Self (06:00)
5. Lost Property (04:39)
6. Eye Of The Needle (05:33)
7. Love What You Do (03:52)
8. Dumb It Down (03:56)
9. Mastermind (05:22)
10. Regeneration (05:33)
11. The Beauty Regime (05:15)

Disc 13 (01:07:22)
1. Get Me To A Monastery (04:34)
2. Lost Property (Early Idea) (02:33)
3. You (04:09)
4. U.S.E. (03:09)
5. How's Your Wireless? (04:18)
6. Thinking The Unthinkable (Demo) (03:31)
7. Garden Cities (01:42)
8. Timestretched (Demo) (02:31)
9. Note To Self (Live) (06:37)
10. Edward The Confessor (05:22)
11. Soft Power (01:42)
12. Born With A Broken Heart (03:40)
13. Mastermind (Rehearsal Version) (04:34)
14. Boy With A Harmonica (01:08)
15. Soul Trader (03:01)
16. Perfect Lovesong (Early Idea) (03:34)
17. The Night Is Not Enough (03:32)
18. No Excuses (03:58)
19. Love What You Do (Live) (03:47)

Disc 14 (45:54)
1. Absent Friends (03:41)
2. Sticks & Stones (04:47)
3. Leaving Today (04:18)
4. Come Home Billy Bird (04:07)
5. My Imaginary Friend (02:43)
6. The Wreck Of The Beautiful (04:58)
7. Our Mutual Friend (05:58)
8. The Happy Goth (03:37)
9. Freedom Road (03:55)
10. Laika's Theme (03:07)
11. Charmed Life (04:43)

Disc 15 (01:00:54)
1. Absolute Power (03:52)
2. Our Mutual Friend (Early Idea) (01:36)
3. The Bird Evolution (04:08)
4. Girl Least Likely (03:59)
5. Mr Right (03:22)
6. Sticks & Stones (Demo) (04:35)
7. The Dark Horse (02:59)
8. Idaho (04:06)
9. All Things (Alternate Version) (04:37)
10. Rose For The Lady (04:19)
11. Smiler (03:11)
13. Anthem For Bored Youth (Demo) (03:04)
14. Our Mutual Friend (Alternate Version) (05:28)
15. Antidepressant (01:15)
16. Windy Pop (03:17)
17. Laika's Theme (The Promise) (02:19)
18. Charmed Live (Alternate Version) (04:47)

Disc 16 (48:15)
12. Absent Friends (Demo) (03:38)
1. To Die A Virgin (03:40)
2. Mother Dear (03:47)
3. Diva Lady (04:18)
4. A Lady Of A Certain Age (05:48)
5. The Light Of Day (04:24)
6. Threesome (01:11)
7. Party Fears Two (04:03)
8. Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World (03:59)
9. The Plough (05:15)
10. Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (03:35)
11. Snowball In Negative (04:37)

Disc 17 (01:05:08)
1. Births,. Deaths and Marriages (Monitor Mix) (04:11)
2. Diva Lady (Acoustic Version) (04:16)
3. Home (Demo) (03:24)
4. Pamplemousse (02:53)
5. Lili Marlene (03:20)
6. Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (Early Idea) (01:18)
7. Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (Instrumental) (03:38)
8. Trafalgar (02:40)
9. Love/Hate Relationship (03:46)
10. Miss Sharapova (02:56)
11. Don't Blame The Young (04:04)
12. Guantanamo (05:47)
13. Long Slow Suicide (03:57)
14. To Die A Virgin (Early Idea) (02:49)
15. A Little Bit Of Love (Goes A Long Long Way) (04:13)
16. Elaine (Alternate Version) (02:15)
17. A Lady Of A Certain Age (Instrumental) (05:47)
18. Premonition Of Love (03:54)

Disc 18 (45:01)
1. Down In The Street Below (05:09)
2. The Complete Banker (03:43)
3. Neapolitan Girl (02:49)
4. Bang Goes The Knighthood (02:48)
5. At The Indie Disco (03:18)
6. Have You Ever Been In Love (03:10)
7. Assume The Perpendicular (04:07)
8. The Lost Art Of Conversation (04:01)
9. Island Life (04:39)
10. When A Man Cries (03:55)
11. Can You Stand Upon One Leg (03:32)
12. I Like (03:50)

Disc 19 (01:06:35)
1. Assume The Perpendicular (Alternate Version) (04:08)
2. On The Barge (Demo) (04:09)
3. At The Indie Disco (Demo 1) (03:12)
4. Girl Overboard (04:17)
5. Bang Goes The Knighthood (Alternate Version) (01:58)
6. Beside The Railway Tracks (02:56)
7. Have You Ever Been In Love (Alternate Version) (03:33)
8. Oh Christina (03:36)
9. Ya Sumeeria (02:37)
10. Down In The Street Below (Demo) (04:53)
11. Island Life (Demo) (03:24)
12. The Bitter End (03:55)
13. When A Man Cries (Demo) (03:51)
14. The Loneliest Man In The World (04:17)
15. The Circular Firing Squad (02:48)
16. At The Indie Disco (Demo 2) (03:26)
17. What's Wrong With You (Alternate Lost Art Of Conversation) (03:41)
18. Wide Open Spaces (Demo) (02:23)
19. I Like (Alternate Version) (03:31)

Disc 20 (41:50)
1. Napoleon Complex (04:45)
2. Foreverland (04:02)
3. Catherine The Great (03:04)
4. Funny Peculiar (02:44)
5. The Pact (02:56)
6. To The Rescue (05:16)
7. How Can You Leave Me On My Own (03:32)
8. I Joined The Foreign Legion (To Forget) (03:41)
9. My Happy Place (04:11)
10. A Desperate Man (02:42)
11. Other People (01:36)
12. The One Who Loves You (03:21)

Disc 21 (01:05:43)
1. Napoleon Complex (Alternate Version) (04:44)
2. How Can You Leave Me On My Own (Alternate Version) (03:16)
3. Them Chattering Teeth (00:41)
4. The Pact (Demo) (02:48)
5. Desperate Man (Demo) (02:43)
6. Your Lucky Day (01:24)
7. I Joined The Foreign Legion (Early Idea) (01:19)
8. Breakfast (To Our Fathers In Distress Demo) (06:25)
9. Reconnecting (To The Rescue Early Idea) (05:03)
10. To The Rescue (Demo) (05:11)
11. One Ear Up, One Ear Down (Demo) (03:50)
12. Catherine The Great (Demo) (03:00)
13. Pictures (Alternate Foreverland) (03:56)
14. ARP Break (02:57)
15. My Happy Place (Demo) (03:50)
16. Just Can't Get Enough (02:59)
17. The One Who Loves You (Demo) (03:20)
18. C'est Si Bon (01:00)
19. I Joined The Foreign Legion (Alternate Version) (03:03)
20. Who Were We (Demo) (04:14)

Disc 22 (01:00:49)
1. Queuejumper (03:07)
2. Office Politics (04:02)
3. Norman And Norma (03:46)
4. Absolutely Obselete (04:13)
5. Infernal Machines (03:05)
6. You'll Never Work In This Town Again (04:11)
7. Psychological Evaluation (02:40)
8. The Synthesiser Service Centre Super Summer Sale (03:51)
9. The Life And Soul Of The Party (03:28)
10. A Feather In Your Cap (04:00)
11. I'm A Stranger Here (04:38)
12. Dark Days Are Here Again (03:15)
13. Phillip And Steve's Furniture Removal Company (04:51)
14. 'Opportunity' Knox (03:43)
15. After The Lord Mayor's Show (03:46)
16. When The Working Day Is Done (04:13)

Disc 23 (01:04:23)
1. The Divine Comedy Ltd. (02:26)
2. Where Have All The Milkmen Gone (02:08)
3. Take Your Drum (02:53)
4. After The Lord Mayor's Show (Alternate Version) (03:50)
5. Olivia, New Tron Song (01:55)
6. The Life And Soul Of The Party (Alternate Version 1) (03:35)
7. You'll Never Work In This Town Again / Office Politics (03:35)
8. The Erotic Dreams Of Andrea Palladio (03:11)
9. Absolutely Obsolete (Demo) (03:41)
10. Death And The Mellotron (01:44)
11. Dark Days Are Here Again (Early Version) (02:59)
12. The Berlin Airlift (02:10)
13. Queuejumper (Early Version) (03:30)
14. Pop Muzik (03:24)
15. Large Mellotron Collider (01:15)
16. The Life And Soul Of The Party (Alternate Version 2) (03:13)
17. Infernal Machines (Early Version) (03:32)
18. Turning Japanese (04:20)
19. Norman And Norma (Demo) (03:45)
20. Nordyland 83 (02:47)
21. Philip And Steve's Furniture Removal Company (Alternate version) (04:30)

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