Expecting to Fly (album)

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Expecting to Fly
Bluetones Expecting To Fly.jpg
Studio album by The Bluetones
Released 12 February 1996 (UK)
Recorded 1995/1996
Genre Britpop, indie pop, jangle pop
Length 53:45
Label Superior Quality, A&M
Producer Hugh Jones
The Bluetones chronology
A Bluetones Companion
Expecting to Fly
Return to the Last Chance Saloon

Expecting to Fly is the debut studio album by The Bluetones. It was released on 12 February 1996, and knocked Oasis's (What's the Story) Morning Glory? off the number 1 spot in the UK album charts, although the Oasis album would return to number 1 the following week. The album is currently certified Platinum by the BPI. Its offspring singles were "Bluetonic", "Slight Return" and "Cut Some Rug".

A 2 CD Expanded Edition of the album was released on 9 March 2009.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
NME8/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Melody Maker placed it at No. 19 on the list of 1996's Albums Of The Year. NME placed it at No. 11 in NME's 1996 critic's poll. Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, stating that "...an accomplished and varied collection of guitar-based tunes with a solid charm rooted in the best traditions of English alternative pop—no more, but certainly no less...".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Morriss, Chesters, Devlin, Morriss unless otherwise stated.

  1. "Talking to Clarry" – 6:52
  2. "Bluetonic" – 4:08 (Morriss, Chesters, Devlin, Morriss, Mitchell)
  3. "Cut Some Rug" – 4:32
  4. "Things Change" – 5:38
  5. "The Fountainhead" – 4:35
  6. "Carnt Be Trusted" – 3:50
  7. "Slight Return" – 3:21
  8. "Putting Out Fires" – 6:22
  9. "Vampire" – 4:32
  10. "A Parting Gesture" – 4:40
  11. "Time & Again" – 5:09

Collector's Edition[edit]

Disc: 2[edit]

  1. "A Parting Guesture" (R1 The John Peel Show, 1994)
  2. "Cut Some Rug" (R1 The John Peel Show, 1994)
  3. "Bluetonic" (R1 The Mark Radcliffe Show, May 1995)
  4. "Are You Blue or Are You Blind?" (R1 The Mark Radcliffe Show, May 1995)
  5. "Fountainhead" (R1 The Mark Radcliffe Show, May 1995)
  6. "Time & Again" (R1 The Mark Radcliffe Show, May 1995)
  7. "Driftwood" (R1 The Evening Session, July 1995)
  8. "Can't Be Trusted" (R1 The Evening Session, July 1995)
  9. "Are You Blue or Are You Blind?" (Sound City 1995 Bristol)
  10. "Cut Some Rug" (Sound City 1995 Bristol)
  11. "Can't Be Trusted" (Sound City 1995 Bristol)
  12. "Bluetonic" (Sound City 1995 Bristol)
  13. "Time & Again" (Sound City 1995 Bristol)



  • Dan Crompton – harmonica on track "A Parting Gesture"
  • Mac McEldon – clavinet on "Things Change"
  • Caroline LaVelle – cello on "Putting Out Fires"


  • Hugh Jones – producer, mixing
  • Marc Newman, Superstock – front cover photography
  • Roger Sargent – band photography
  • Scott Morriss, Trevor Ray Hart – additional photography
  • Geoff Pesche – mastering
  • Helen Woodward – mixing engineer
  • Julian Able, Neil Burrow – management


External links[edit]