Although more renowned as a 90s dance/electronica pop act, with hits like ‘Sweet Harmony’, ‘Hello’, and ‘The Sun Rising’, The Beloved began in the mid 80s as a 4-piece guitar-based band. Two John Peel Sessions in 1985 were followed by 4 independent singles on the now-defunct Flim Flam label. Their debut album «Where It Is» was a compilation of these initially released as a vinyl LP in October 1987.

Step forward to 2019. All the audio has been remastered from the original analogue tapes, by John Davis at Metropolis Studios, and is to be reissued with a second disc containing previously unreleased demo tracks.

At the time the material was recorded, the band comprised: Jon Marsh (Vocals/Keyboards), Steve Waddington (Guitars), Tim Havard (Bass) & Guy Gausden (Drums); sonically similar to peers on NME’s seminal C86 compilation. The first 3 singles were produced by New Order’s studio engineer Michael Johnson, ‘Forever Dancing’ by the band themselves.

The Beloved — Forever Dancing (Official Video)