November 26 street date. Peter Murphy was best known for his time in Goth band Bauhaus and his notable appearance in a series of adverts for Maxell tapes! This was his second album released in 1988 was produced by former Fall member Simon Rogers- it was released to critical acclaim at the time - This updated version contains rare demos recorded at the time and comes in a 2-CD set.
June 22 street date. Known as the “Godfather of Goth”, Peter Murphy was the vocalist of pioneering post-punk-glam-goth band Bauhaus. With the demise of Bauhaus in 1983, Murphy teamed up with Japan’s former bass player Mick Karn to form Dali’s Car before starting his solo career in 1985. Beggars Arkive is very excited to announce a 5-disc box set celebrating his first five solo albums; Should The World Fail To Fall Apart / Love Hysteria / Deep / Holy Smoke and Cascade. The box, capturing the first ten years, is simply titled Peter Murphy - 5 Albums and it will be released on June 22nd. Each album is peppered with bonus tracks comprising of period rarities including original demos, single B-sides, early and alternate mixes and many previously unreleased recordings Including “Critic’s Choice”, “Groovy Place”, “Sail On White” and a full band take on “Cool Cool Breeze”. This set also features many production roughs of Peter’s final album for Beggars Banquet, the sublime Cascade, including a stunning seven minute plus early take of the title track, appearing here under its working title of “Satin Nights”. This lush five CD set is packaged in a hard-cover book and is a fitting tribute to the first decade of Peter Murphy as a solo artist.
May 7 street date. Peter's third solo album saw him break wide open with his biggest hit "Cuts You Up", which is often included in lists of the greatest alternative singles. Propelling him into mainstream stardom, "Deep" also had two additional fantastic charting singles - "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (And That Which Cannot Be Repeat)", and "A Strange Kind of Love". Again produced by Simon Rogers, the critically acclaimed album is still a fan favourite.
May 7 street date. The fourth Peter Murphy album "Holy Smoke" contained the single "The Sweetest Drop", which made it onto the modern rock charts. It was an elegant follow up to "Deep" with crisp production by Mike Thorne. As written in the original press release for the album, "you can’t pin down "Holy Smoke", it curls and eddies in white and blue swirls, drawing a series of patterns on the brain, but just when an image begins to come into focus, the music mutates into something hypnotically new".
June 25 street date. His last solo album for Beggars, "Cascade" came after a time of change for Peter Murphy. He had dissolved his longtime backing band and moved to Turkey with his family. After a year of soul-searching and re-discovery, the songs flowed. He said "it confirmed my belief that writing - like painting or any art form - comes from a very silent place that's not dependent on outside stimulus. It was like rediscovering the initial innocence and purity that's there when you join your first band". The album was written with Paul Statham and produced by Pascal Gabriel. It also contains guitar work by noted artist Michael Brook. Includes four bonus tracks.
April 9 street date. Produced by Ivo Watts-Russell, who was chosen by Peter due to his This Mortal Coil production, this album was released in 1986. Melody Maker declared "the man with everything to prove has just proved everything".
April 9 street date. 1988's "Love Hysteria" was produced by Simon Rogers, who at the time was also playing with The Fall. It contains eight songs written by Peter with Paul Statham, plus a cover of Iggy Pop's "Funtime". Record Collector said that the album's songs ""All Night Long", "Indigo Eyes", "Dragnet Drag" and "Blind Sublime" managed to combine direct rock power with Murphy's vocal gymnastics and imaginative way with lyrics".