COMING SOON!

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This very special 30-disc CD singles collection celebrates the legacy and phenomenal chart success of the Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting and production team, who provided the pop soundtrack of the late 80s. 

Released to mark 30 years since their first UK number one with Dead Or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), this is the first-ever box set devoted to the hitmaking partnership of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman and tells their whole story by bringing together 30 classic releases from 30 different artists. Essential hits such as Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan’s Especially For You, Bananarama’s Venus and Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up feature alongside sought-after rarities and fan favourites by everyone from cyberpunk fantasy band Sigue Sigue Sputnik to Philly soul sensations the Three Degrees and Motown legend Edwin Starr.

Each remastered CD single in this set is presented in an individual card sleeve replicating classic original vinyl artwork and has been expanded to include 12” mixes, rare B-sides and bonus cuts, with fourteen CDs ‘packjammed’ as special double A-side editions each featuring two classic singles.

Across 30 discs, the complete box set boasts over 250 tracks, many of which are previously unreleased or on CD for the very first time, making this collection a must-have for all SAW fans, collectors and connoisseurs of 80s pop. Housed in an heirloom-quality outer box designed in homage to the gold and silver disc-packed walls of the PWL ‘Hit Factory’, the set also includes a 48-page booklet featuring lyrics, discography, a commentary from Pete Waterman and brand new sleeve notes, plus an exclusive sticker sheet and postcard set.

After teaming up in early 1984, SAW soon scored hits with Divine and Hazell Dean before hitting the top spot with Dead Or Alive at the beginning of 1985. That year also found them penning and producing the bona-fide UK soul classic Say I’m Your Number One for Princess. Momentum continued to build with Bananarama’s Venus topping the US charts in 1986 and SAW pioneering the UK house sound with Mel & Kim, who hit number one with Respectable in early 1987. And from then on, the hits came thick and fast with Samantha Fox, Sinitta, Rick Astley, Kylie, Jason, Sonia and the original queen of disco Donna Summer just a few of the artists to take their tracks to the top end of the charts around the world.

In just over seven years, Stock Aitken Waterman scored over a hundred UK hit singles, including thirteen number ones, before Matt Aitken’s departure from the team in 1991. Their base, Pete Waterman’s PWL production company, studio complex and latterly record label, self-styled as a the ‘British Motown’, was undoubtedly deserving of the ‘Hit Factory’ epithet, but as this collection ably demonstrates, the sheer diversity of SAW’s body of work disproves the myth of a conveyor-belt production line. Beyond the irresistibly instant Hi-NRG-influenced pop for which they are best known, their catalogue is characterised by diversity as much as quality, with their own rare groove smash Roadblock sitting alongside many such ‘lost gems’ as Brilliant’s underrated Love Is War, girlband Boy Krazy’s US hit That’s What Love Can Do and the blissful New York Afternoon featuring Georgie Fame.

A fitting tribute to the most successful and prolific writing and production team in UK chart history, Say I’m Your Number One: The Stock Aitken Waterman Singles Box Set brings together many such fan favourites with more than 20 of their most memorable Top 20 hits, including seven transatlantic chart-toppers.

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FULL DETAILS of our spectacular upcoming box set release can be found HERE!

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PETE WATERMAN’S ‘LIFE IN SONG’ – GUEST ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

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We are DELIGHTED to announce the first round of guest artists being featured in Pete’s ‘Life In Song’ special are as follows:

Denise Van Outen
Hazell Dean
Claire Richards
Cathi Ogden
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Only Men Aloud

In an evening hosted by Michael Grade, the guest artists will be singing both their original tracks and new interpretations of the Hit Factory classics such as ‘One For Sorrow’, ‘Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi’, ‘Who’s Leaving Who’, ‘Never Gonna GIVE YOU UP’, ‘ You’ll Never Stop Me’, ‘Love In The First Degree’, ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, ‘When I Fall In Love’ & ‘Better The Devil You Know’. More artists and track details are to be added to this promising line up soon.

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Pete Waterman to put £1 million model railway collection on sale in Mayfair

 

 

CATLEb3WwAA4CHAThe Pete Waterman Train Auction will see £1m worth of the finest scratch-built model trains from the pop mogul’s collection go to auction at Mallett of Mayfair in London on April 16. Specialist auctioneers Dreweatt’s will conduct the sale of what is said to be the ‘Fabergé Eggs’ of the model locomotives world, including, “the finest model ever built,” the Beyer Goods, valued between £100,000-120,000. The Pop extraordinaire reflected on his beloved hobby of train collection, “When you live in a council house and these things go past your door, it’s your first encounter with beauty. There were people sitting with white tablecloths and table lamps having dinner. It was magical. Think of the contrast: we didn’t even have glass in the windows at home.”

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In addition to creating some of the biggest careers in the music world, Pete has also carved out a distinguished role for himself in the world of train modelling and railway preservation over the past 50 years. As the world’s leading collector, he has committed limitless sums to his interest, championing the best modelling talents in the same way that Renaissance patrons funded the most talented artists of their time. The Pete Waterman Train auction will see these outstanding pieces sold in order to raise enough money to secure the future of his cherished Waterman Railway Heritage Trust, which holds his collection of full-size steam engines, housed at sites around the country.  “These full-size engines won’t be back in steam for ten years. I’m 68 now and this is probably the last chance I will have to restore the engines held by the trust, so I’m making sure there is enough money in ten years’ time to continue the job,” he explains.
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Pete has revealed some of the other famous names who share his passion for collecting including Jools Holland, Chris Evans, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart. “It’s great when you meet up though. Model trains are an interesting calling card and give you a break from the music to have something else to talk about.”The remaining 90% of Waterman’s collection is of almost incalculable value. It will never be sold, making this a unique opportunity to acquire objects of this calibre. Waterman sees them primarily as works of art. Dreweatts will conduct the sale on the premises at Mallett of Dover Street, Mayfair, bringing the ultimate prizes in the world of modelling to the magnificent setting of the former London palace of the Bishop of Ely.

You can view the auction catalog here or in video format here

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DONNA SUMMERS’ ‘Another Place & Time’ to participate with RECORD STORE DAY 2015

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AS PART OF UK RECORD STORE DAY 2015, in conjunction with Bruce Sudano, Crimson Records has produced an exclusive edition of ‘Another Place And Time – ‘The UK 12” Singles’, which is to be released on the Driven By The Music label.

The Deluxe Edition consists the FIVE original UK 12” Singles released from the album, in their track configuration, pressed on coloured white vinyl, packaged in LP sleeves with 3mm spines and all housed in a stunning rigid outer box.

TRACKLISTING:

Record 1
A: This Time I Know It’s For Real (Extended Version) 7.21
B1: Whatever Your Heart Desires 3.50
B2: This Time I Know It’s For Real (Instrumental) 3.39

Record 2
A: I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt (Extended Version) 6.58
B1: I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt (Instrumental) 4.45
B2: Dinner With Gershwin (Album Version) 4.37

Record 3
A: Love’s About To Change My Heart (Extended Version) 6.19
B1: Love’s About To Change My Heart (Instrumental) 5.13
B2: Jeremy (Album Version) 4.36

Record 4
A: When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford – Extended Version) 6.13
B1: When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford – Instrumental) 3.37
B2: Bad Reputation (Album Version) 4.08

Record 5
A: Breakaway (Remix – Full Version) 6.45
B1: Breakaway (Remix – Edit) 3.37
B2: Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Album Version) 4.19

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FAN REVIEW’S of KYLIE MINOGUE Reissues

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We asked our Facebook & Twitter fans to review the recent Kylie Minogue re-issues, either the Special Edition’s, Deluxe Edition’s or Collector’s Edition’s of any of her first 4 PWL albums – ‘Kylie’, ‘Enjoy Yourself’, ‘Rhythm Of Love’ and ‘Let’s Get To It’. Here are some lovely words to describe their #StepBackInTime.


‘I ordered all formats twice, one to use and one to keep in mint condition. My collector’s editions were the first ones I opened and I could not contain my excitement!
Everything about these re-issues is spot on. You can feel the quality of the materials, not just see it. The booklets are stunning, from the photographs to the fonts used and the posters and postcards are just beautiful. It’s like receiving your Kylie fan club pack all over again!
The audio quality is pristine! I’ve been able to hear sounds I never noticed before, it was like listening to the albums for the first time. In particular, I was totally blown away with the WDIHTD (Sax on the Beach Mix) as I had never heard that particular mix before now.
I was a little worried that the DVD promos wouldn’t be up to scratch but I was so wrong! PUP Ltd. have done an amazing job, it really is like seeing the video’s for the very first time. They are full of color, pristine sounds and pristine pictures but my highlight of the re-issues is seeing the BBC footage as the quality is flawless. Kylie has never looked and sounded so good!
You can tell a lot of love and hard work have gone into these re-issues and anyone thinking of buying these packages simply MUST!
I’m a music collector and have many box sets but these really are superior to anything I own.’
– Darren Summer

‘I think the sound is fantastic, the artwork is brilliant and looks stunning! What more could you ask for?’
– Terry Marsh 

“‘I wanna FUNK, wanna FUNK, wanna F-F-U-F-U-N-K…’
Hearing those works blasting out the speakers, in their full re-mastered glory, was like heaven to my ears! Never ‘in my imagination’, would I have believed that 27 years after the release of ‘KYLIE’ would I feel the excitement and anticipation I did as a 16 year old.
I’ve heard and read many people say these box sets are overpriced and I’m sorry, but that is nonsense- these boxes are hiding some beautiful Kylie treasures. My first thought was WOW! Seeing the covers of these iconic albums, I was taken back to those magical STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN days all over again.
They include a stunning picture disc displaying the album artwork, housed in a simple but stylish cover, a large glossy poster from each era, a stunning book filled with pictures and background to each album and a 3 x CD/DVD combination that also included a bundle of postcards that once again transports you back to your youth.
The sound quality of the CD’s are perfect and only bettered by the DVDs (at last I have a perfect quality version of ‘Especially For You’!)
The CD bonus discs contain some perfect Kylie treasures from all of our favourite SAW remix legends! Yes, a lot of these have been released in one format or another, but never before have they been included with the original albums and that does my Kylie OCD the world of good!
Thank you Kylie, Mike Stock, Matt Aitken & Pete Waterman for taking me back to where my love for music and SAW/PWL began, with the opening beats of ‘I Should Be So Lucky’!”
– Julian Clift 

Martin Harrison

‘I have been fortunate to get my hands on all 4 x collectors and Special edition Kylie reissues (Deluxe are next) and can honestly say that I absolutely love them.
The sound quality on both the CD’s and DVD’s are wonderful – they sound crisper & clearer. 
The DVD’s are stunning, the music videos and extra footage are a feast upon the eyes and a pleasure to watch in their re-mastered condition.
The artwork, presentation, booklets & postcards in the collector’s editions are breathtaking and I would recommend any Kylie/PWL fan to purchase these for their collection!’
– Martin Harrison

‘As I carefully unpacked my collector’s editions, I began to relive my adolescence once again – I can’t begin to explain how beautiful each of the boxes are! It’s like 4 different time capsules, with so much inside, a treasure trove of beautiful objects that bring back so many memories! They now have pride of place in my Kylie Kollection!’
– Daniel Langrish 

Matt Parry

Finally RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW, it’s my turn to get these beauties in my hands, I was SHOCKED to see how much detail was put in and I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING about the sound quality!
– Matt Parry 

‘”In my imagination… I dream about you all the time
And that’s exactly what these gorgeous and stunning collectors’ editions are – a dream come true!
They are like a time capsule and a time machine transporting me back to when I first heard each respective album and a soundtrack bringing back so many fantastic memories.
These editions have been so lovingly put together and are extensive and beautifully made. Lavish booklets with gorgeous photographs & liner notes, gorgeous picture discs and fantastic postcards – all housed in a beautiful box to treasure forever.
The sound quality is amazing – the re-mastering is perfect making each song sound fresh and alive.
The videos are stunning and have never looked so good! The bonus content of interviews and the BBC archive performances are a sheer delight (it’s a joy to see these BBC TV appearances on each set and who can forget the fantastic performance of ‘Especially For you’ from Wogan)
I highly recommend these collectors editions – they are timeless and as you listen to ‘the sound of a bright young Britain’ you will ‘Step Back In Time’
Thank you PWL for making a dream come true – we are very ‘lucky lucky lucky”
– Steven Lancaster 


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A LIFE IN SONG

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
JULY 29, 2015

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THE ORIGINAL HITMAN – MUSIC MOGUL PETE WATERMAN – WILL BE CELEBRATED AT LONDON’S ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL AS VERY SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS TAKE TO THE STAGE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE OF MUSIC’S MOST ICONIC FIGURES

As one of the most prolific music moguls of a generation, the original hit man behind more than 100 Top 40 UK Hits and 40 Million records, Pete Waterman, will now take center stage as his career is celebrated through the Life In Song Series at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 29th July 2015.

Very special guest artists will take to the stage to pay tribute to the music and the man himself; expect new interpretations and a few surprises along the way! The artists will be announced in due course.

Following such luminaries as Sir Tim Rice and Don Black, the latest in the series will also see veteran TV figure, Michael Grade, host and interview Pete live on stage throughout the show to provide a never before seen insight into his legendary and fascinating career.

Grade will look into his career and the huge influence on the music industry he has had and whose Hit Factory defined the sound of a generation. You’ll hear anecdotes about his career, careers he has been involved in such as Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, Jason Donovan, Bananarama, Steps and many more.

“Little did I think when I visited London as a child from Coventry that one day I would appear at the Festival Hall – not bad for a boy who left school unable to read or write!” – Pete Waterman


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Tickets priced at £35-£50


Press Contact
Dan Deacon – Deacon Communications Limited

dd@deaconcommunications.com

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