The Charlatans – A Head Full Of Ideas & Trust Is For Believers [2CD Deluxe Edition] (2021)

Posted by Green on October 26, 2021as

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“A Head Full of Ideas” is a career spanning best of that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands.

The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound – driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal – is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.

Barry says: This is pretty much the essential document of one of Manchester’s most legendary musical outfits. It’s a heady collection that spans over thirty years of music, and presented in myriad formats, and best of all SIGNED too. I don’t reckon these will hang around for ever, and you definitely need to have this in your collection so GET ON IT.


1) The Only One I Know
2) Weirdo
3) Can’t Get out of Bed
4) Jesus Hairdo
5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
6) North Country Boy
7) Tellin’ Stories
8) One to Another
9) How High
10) Forever (Edit)
11) Impossible (Edit)
12) Love is the Key
13) A Man Needs to be Told
14) Up at The Lake
15) Blackened Blue Eyes
16) Oh Vanity
17) My Foolish Pride
18) Come Home Baby
19) Let the Good Times be Never Ending (Edit)
20) Plastic Machinery
21) Totally Eclipsing

1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 – BBC Radio 1)
2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 – BBC Radio 1)
3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 – BBC Radio 1)
4) Can’t Get Out of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 – BBC Radio1)
5) I Never Want an Easy Life (If Me and Him Were Ever to Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 – BBC Radio1)
6) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 – BBC Radio 1)
7) Tootache (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997). Exclusive to 2CD Deluxe
8) Here Comes a Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
9) Just Lookin’ (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997) Exclusive to 2CD Deluxe
10) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
11) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
12) Trouble Understanding (The Church Studios, London) Exclusive to 2CD Deluxe
13) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 – BBC Radio 1)

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