As previously reported, Book Of Love celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a new compilation and anniversary tour. MMXVI – The 30th Anniversary Collection was just released and includes newly remastered versions of Book Of Love's greatest hits along with previously unreleased demos and two brand new songs "All Girl Band" and "Something Good." The new tracks are the band's first new material in over 15 years -- their last new song "Try" was released in 2001 on their greatest hits collection I Touch Roses: The Best Of Book Of Love.
Check out one of the brand new songs titled "All Girl Band":
Ted Ottaviano from Book of Love explained to Rhino how the new compilation came about:
"We had people asking us to do certain things, so when John Hughes [at Rhino] saw us do a show in L.A. last year and asked, “What about freshening up some tracks and getting them out there, now that there’s a whole new streaming world of people listening to your music?” I was excited by the idea. Even though our stuff is still around, it hasn’t really been newly mastered in quite a long time...So I wanted to go ahead and just polish up the tracks that I feel like should still be out there just doing their thing, so we put together a compilation of tracks that we loved."
"They asked us if we would get back in the studio and create two new tracks. So that’s what we’ve been working on since the late winter and early spring: these two new songs. One’s called “All Girl Band,” the other’s called “Something Good,” and…it was fun! I actually just loved doing it."
As for the future of Book of Love, Ottaviano isn't revealing too much other than they're back together:
"I don’t want to really lay out what our next plan is, but we’re back in action."
Read the full interview with Ottaviano here.
Order your copy of MMXVI - The 30th Anniversary Collection from iTunes and Amazon and view the tracklisting below:
01. Boy (2016 Remastered)
02. Book Of Love (2016 Remastered)
03. I Touch Roses (2016 Remastered)
04. You Make Me Feel So Good (2016 Remastered)
05. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (2016 Remastered)
06. Tubular Bells (2016 Remastered)
07. Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls (2016 Remastered)
08. Lullaby (2016 Remastered)
09. Witchcraft (2016 Remastered)
10. Alice Everyday (2016 Remastered)
11. Sunny Day (Radio Remix) (2016 Remastered)
12. Counting The Rosaries (2016 Remastered)
13. Hunny Hunny (Radio Remix) (2016 Remastered)
14. Chatterbox, Pt. 2 (2016 Remastered)
15. Something Good
16. All Girl Band
17. Boy (Demo)
18. I Touch Roses (Demo)
19. We Three Kings (2016 Remastered)
As part of Book Of Love's reunion, all four original members are performing a series of live dates. Last week they played a sold out anniversary show in New York City, and several more dates take place later this month (more dates are expected to be announced soon). View the tour itinerary along with some fan filmed video captured at the NYC show below:
Book Of Love -- U.S. tour
Jul 08 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Jul 09 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Jul 10 -- Charleston, SC @ Performing Arts Center (w/Culture Club)
Jul 15 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
Jul 31 -- Houston, TX @ Reinvention Center (w/Culture Club)
Aug 27 -- Austin, TX @ Austin Pride Fest
Catch up with Book Of Love on their official website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Published July 2nd, 2016