Shakin’ Stevens – officially the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s – will celebrate his impressive back catalogue this November.
BMG will release the lavish, 19-disc anthology boxset Fire In The Blood, augmenting his body of studio work with rare treasures and live treats. This weighty overview will be complemented by the Singled Out collection on 3CD, 2LP and digital versions.
To mark the announcement Shaky – real name Michael Barratt – has shared the previously unreleased gospel song, I Need You Now. “Every now and again you hear something in the feel of a song that makes you want to record it – and that’s what happened when I first heard this gospel song,” says Shaky. “I recorded it but then went on to another project, which happens at times. But good songs always come to the surface and it was great to discover it once again and to be able to include this previous unreleased song on Fire In The Blood.”
The 3CD edition of Singled Out is the first ever to include Shakin’ Stevens’ entire solo singles output, and the 2LP format is personally curated by Shaky himself. His liner notes provide revealing personal insights into the background of key songs. Also making its debut on the two formats is the brand new track Wild At Heart (Neros Single Version).
The 26 tracks on the 2LP version of Singled Out are all hand-picked by Shaky himself, and the packaging will include a card enabling fans to download all 54 tracks on the 3CD edition. The singles collection encapsulates all Shaky’s singles releases as a solo artist, offering many sought-after rarities such as ‘Never’ and his seemingly endless glory years at the chart summit. These include four signature UK bestsellers, This Ole House, Green Door, Oh Julie and of course the perennial Merry Christmas Everyone.
Singled Out and Fire In The Blood are released on 27th November via BMG. You can pre-order here.