Union Street (album)

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Union Street
Studio album by Erasure
Released 3 April 2006
Recorded 2003
Genre Acoustic, country
Length 43:27
Label Mute Records
Producer Erasure
Erasure chronology
Nightbird
(2005)
Union Street
(2006)
Light at the End of the World
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Union Street (CDSTUMM235) is the title of the twelfth album by Erasure. Announced on their website in November 2005, Union Street was released on 3 April 2006 in the UK and on 18 April 2006 in the U.S. by Mute Records.

This album contained past Erasure songs, "re-interpreted in an acoustic or country & western style"[citation needed]. The album was preceded in the UK and the U.S. by the four-track Boy EP on 20 March and 4 April, respectively.[2] Boy EP was not eligible for the UK singles chart and was released to U.S. markets as a download-only. A bonus remix of "Boy" was available to U.S. buyers of Union Street on iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell.

CD album/digital download[edit]

  • (CDSTUMM235)/(iSTUMM235)
  1. "Boy" (originally from Cowboy)
  2. "Piano Song" (originally from Wild!)
  3. "Stay with Me" (originally from Erasure)
  4. "Spiralling" (originally from The Circus)
  5. "Home" (originally from Chorus)
  6. "Tenderest Moments" (originally a B-side from "Run to the Sun" single)
  7. "Alien" (originally from Loveboat)
  8. "Blues Away" (originally from I Say I Say I Say)
  9. "How Many Times" (originally from Wild!)
  10. "Love Affair" (originally from Cowboy)
  11. "Rock Me Gently" (originally from Erasure)

US digital bonus track[edit]

A remix of "Boy" by Pete Anderson was made exclusively available on iTunes to U.S. buyers of the Union Street album download. According to the official release notes, it featured Pete Anderson (ex-Dwight Yoakam producer) on guitar, mandolin and bass, Bob Bernstein (who worked on the Academy Award-winning score for "Brokeback Mountain") on pedal steel guitar and Tommy Funderburk (Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake and Boston amongst others) on background vocals.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[4] 102
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart[5] 42

Related live releases[edit]

Acoustic Live[edit]

As with The Erasure Show tour in 2005, Erasure partnered with music distribution company Live Here Now to record and manufacture Acoustic Live, a digital download and limited edition double CD album of a concert recorded 19 April 2006 at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on the Union Street acoustic tour. The album was released 10 May 2006.[6]

Erasure Acoustic: On The Road To Nashville[edit]

Capturing Erasure's 6 May 2006 Union Street tour performance at the Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee, Erasure Acoustic: On The Road To Nashville was a DVD concert film released 29 January 2007 in the UK and 20 February in the US. It was released as an audio-only digital download on 12 February 2007.[7]

The DVD featured The Road to Union Street (A short film), a behind-the-scenes documentary, plus fan-shot concert footage edited to two of the songs. The DVD came packaged with a CD featuring audio-only copies of most of the live tracks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ 'Boy EP' release information on Erasureinfo.com http://www.erasureinfo.com/releases/singles/boy.html
  3. ^ Official Erasure website news, 24 Apr: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/news_2006_04.html
  4. ^ "Chart Log UK: E-40 - E-Z Rollers". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  5. ^ Erasure. "Erasure - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  6. ^ Acoustic Live release information on Erasureinfo.com http://www.erasureinfo.com/releases/albums/acousticlive.html
  7. ^ Erasure Acoustic: On The Road To Nashville release details on Erasureinfo.com http://www.erasureinfo.com/releases/videos/dvd_nashville.html