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Before they started The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Nick McCabe and Peter Salisbury used to gather in an old car, high above the hillsides around Wigan, gazing down over the town and wondering how they could avoid the anonymity that destiny seemed to be presenting them with. Their solution was to form a band, but even the wild-eyed dreamers couldn’t possibly have guessed just ... Read more in Amazon's The Verve Store

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mri Associated
  • ASIN: B001C47ZOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sit And Wonder
2. Love Is Noise
3. Rather Be
4. Judas
5. Numbness
6. I See Houses
7. Noise Epic
8. Valium Skies
9. Columbo
10. Appalachian Springs

Editorial Reviews

Something happens when the Verve are together that none of them experience when they are apart. Individually, the Verve are all highly-accomplished players. Singer Richard Ashcroft has been called the greatest singer in the world by no less a peer than Coldplay s Chris Martin. Liverpool-born Simon Jones s dub-informed bass takes the Verve s music far beyond rock and into space and dub; Peter Salisbury plays drums more like a jazz great than a conventional rock drummer and when the tag guitarist of his generation is thrown about it often lands at the feet of the hugely adventurous, psychedelic, exploratory Nick McCabe. However, when they are together a chemistry takes hold that transcends the four people onstage to blast the Verve somewhere else entirely and this chemistry and spontaneity has survived an absence of almost a decade. Already, since their typically unpredictable 2007 reunion, live shows have been running the gauntlet of everything from material so new that Ashcroft has been singing the words from scraps of paper to long-lost, hazy B-sides like Let The Damage Begin and A Man Called Sun, amid all manner of musical fireworks. When they take the stage, literally anything can happen.
After an absence of almost a decade, these songs are again being played, as they should be by the Verve themselves. The individual members have not been slouches. Richard Ashcroft has enjoyed a successful and prolific solo career. Simon Jones formed a band, the Shining, who were not altogether dissimilar to the Verve, and has played with Damon Albarn s Gorillaz. Nick McCabe has been remixing and playing with everyone from the Beta Band to John Martyn while Peter Salisbury has been playing with Ashcroft, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and has further diverted his musical obsessions into running a Stockport drum shop. However, all seem to have realized what their enormous fanbase has been telling them all along. That today, as much if not more than ever, music really needs the Verve.
However, a band like the Verve would never settle for easy nostalgia. Even before they d set out on their initial comeback gigs last year, which sold out within an astonishing 20 minutes, they made public (via the NME website) the results of their very first jam session as a reformed band. The Thaw Sessions comprised 14 wondrous minutes of music, which signified their ability to spark off one another remained undimmed. Soon afterwards, the band debuted new song Sit And Wonder a tune trimmed from a 25-minute jam, just as they would in the early days, a taste of things to come. Those comeback dates proved so successful and were so enthusiastically received that the band immediately embarked on a full-scale tour of arenas in December of 2007, playing bigger gigs in many cases than the first time around. In 2008, they look set to up the ante even further, by appearing at many of the major festivals and, in a turnaround that would have seemed unthinkable even a year ago, releasing their enormously-anticipated fourth album. The results will certainly be worth the wait. - Dave Simpson.

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kyle F. Sherwin on August 26, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
A Masterpiece Revival for a group that clearly creates something special when they get together. Regardless of the relationship between Richard and Nick, they make otherworldly good music in collaboration. Singles are surely "Love Is Noise" and "Sit and Wonder"--with strong guitar lines, exploding rhythms and Ashcroft's vocal instrument at the top of its game with rises and falls and memorable lyrical work. Other highlights include "Rather Be", "Judas" and "Valium Skies". I was lucky enough to see them live in NYC in the early summer and now I am just thankful the album finally came together--it was well worth the wait. I could go on and on with a deep analysis of Richard's introspection, soul-searching, life-wondering--as well as the evolved musicianship of the band, but I will leave that to your own discovery. They have again created something timeless but contemporary that rivals even, dare I say, "A Northern Soul" or "Urban Hymns". In sum, thank you to the band, Forth is gold in its own right but yet a fine continuation from an already unmatched legacy.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By techmannn on August 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Most "reunion" CD's are disappointing and many are downright terrible. Verve breaks the trend by offering 10 tracks that range from good to great. Most tracks are closer to "good," but there's no denying that this CD stands fine along side with Verve's 3 CD's from the 90's. If anything the tracks we get this time are more akin to their first "shoegazer" CD "Storm in Heaven," than the 2 later "rock" albums. Most of the tracks are quiet and long length and often have a nice (to me at least) bassy drone sound. Melodies are less constantly present but they are there. The studio production quality is uniformly excellent.

If you're not a fan of Verve, this is not the first CD to buy. Get Urban Hymns first if you're curious about the band. Also if you can find their recent Glastonbury 2008 concert on video, it is worth it. They peform the "hits" plus "Love is Noise" and they play in truly excellent form.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. murphy on September 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was very excited to receive the box set and it's very nice......However the DVD (the reason I bought the box set) is advertised as featuring a documentary and a Live at Coachella Set, but the Live set is missing from the DVD and only the documentary exists....this may be an issue with the entire pressing...
Nice collectors item but a shame the DVD is not complete
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Lindsay on September 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having purchase almost any and all previous releases of the Verve (including singles), I was extremely excited to hear of a new release. But I was disappointed that they failed to trail-blaze and deliver as they had in the past.

Rather be, Judas, I see houses, Valium skies, and Appalachian Springs

The rest of the songs.

* Poor mixing job. The guitar work if phenomenal, but TOO FAR BACK in the mix.
* Too much of a Richard Ashcroft solo carrier influence. I like him. But this is a VERVE album.
* The remaining songs tried too hard to seem ground breaking or ecliptic.
* Should have stuck to their existing pioneering sound and do what they do best

Overall it is a good album and definitely has its gems worth purchasing. But I'm used to celebrating 90+% of a Verve album. This one could have delivered better. Perhaps a different producer would have prevented the BAD from ever coming out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Cusick on September 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
While not as well-known to us Yanks as other Brits, The Verve has been churning out dreamy soundscapes since'89. Fronted by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft and driven by guitarist Nick McCabe, the quartet has cultivated a reputation for embracing experimentation, both musically and pharmaceutically. The latter led to a collection of break-ups and personnel shifts, solo projects and strained reunions. This, the third act in the drama-Verve, ushers in the first new material from the original lineup since `97's critical and commercial success, Urban Hymns.

While the often-times adversarial relationship between Ashcroft and McCabe, along with the requisite drug abuse and break-ups, could be easily passed off as rock & roll cliché, The Verve, however, should not. Ashcroft, assertively sporting a self-assigned personality cult, has absorbed a fair amount of lashing from fans and critics alike for being a right prat, while drawing equal amounts of credit and admiration from the very same crowd. McCabe, if given a free pass for his penchant to ingest any volume of mind-altering chemicals, could easily be regarded as the most talented and innovative guitarist to emerge since The Edge. This mix has produced sublime results over the years.

Forth, their newest offering in more than a decade, sees The Verve not reinventing their formula, but revisiting it. Ashcroft's solo stint may have enjoyed the loyalty of Verve fans and critics past, but clearly lacked the impact of McCabe's remarkable gifts. Forth shines a light on each artist's compliment to the other; one's munchies to the other's spliff, if you will. They may get on like cats in a sack at times, but the results can be magnificent.
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I've been on cloud nine since I heard The Verve were getting back together last November!!! Then after hearing the free download of the 14 minute jam "The Thaw Sessions", I knew that The Verve, hadn't missed a beat!!! And now the first single, "Love is Noise" is hitting the... Read More
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