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09 October 2021

Roxette To Release 30th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Joyride’

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Roxette are to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their third album, Joyride, with an anniversary edition, out 26 November 2021. The set will be released as a 4LP vinyl and a 3CD box set, including the original release as well as previously unreleased or hard-to-get material, that paints a fuller picture of a unique time in pop history. A richly illustrated 32-page booklet tells the story.

Twelve of the songs featured in the set are previously unreleased, among them the first recording of Hotblooded, which originally was meant to be the album’s opening track until Joyride knocked it down a notch, giving the album and the following Join the Joyride World Tour its name.

The Joyride box set also offers a chance to hear two previously unreleased demos of songs originally released by guitarist Per Gessie’s former group Gyllene Tider, who in 1984 released the album Heartland Café.

Gessie recalles: “In the autumn of 1989 I was going through all kinds of possible material for the new Roxette album. Run Run Run and Another Place, Another Time from the Heartland Café album felt like quite strong contenders, so we did new and more “Roxified” demo versions of them. Run Run Run was a favourite of mine – I thought it had the potential to go a long way.”

Other unearthed demos from 1990 are Small Talk, Church Of Your Heart, Physical Fascination, Things Will Never Be The Same, I Remember You and the future single B-side The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye – one of the strongest songs that didn’t make the original album. It would however become much-loved by Roxette fans – the “Roxers” – and recorded by many artists, among them American singer Laura Branigan.

In addition to he LP box with four vinyl albums, the original album will also released, this time with a gatefold cover and pressed in marbled or black vinyl.

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