History: The Singles 85–91

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History - The Singles 85-91
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Compilation album by New Model Army
Released 1992
Genre Rock, post-punk, folk rock
Length 53:49
Label EMI
Producer Mark Freegard, Glyn Johns, Justin Sullivan, Robert Heaton, Tom Dowd
New Model Army chronology
Raw Melody Men
(1991)Raw Melody Men1991
History - The Singles 85-91
The Love of Hopeless Causes
(1993)The Love of Hopeless Causes1993
Alternative Cover
2001 reissue cover
2001 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
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AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link

History - The Singles 85-91 is a compilation album by British rock group, New Model Army, released by EMI in 1992.

The band later described the release as "a 'cashing in on the catalogue' exercise by EMI", and referred to the playlist as "an unremarkable collection of singles made 'desirable' by the inclusion of "Far Better Thing" and "Higher Wall"", "tacked on the end to make you buy all the songs you already had all over again".[1] The liner notes to the album Lost Songs (2001) indicate that "Far Better Thing" and probably "Higher Wall" were released without the band's consent.

Great Expectations - The Singles Collection was released in 2003 with the band's permission, and covers all stages of the band's career. Most tracks on the History - The Singles are single versions, and in some cases differ from the album versions.

In 2001 EMI repackaged and reissued the album as History - The Best of New Model Army.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "No Rest" (Justin Sullivan, Stuart Morrow, Robert Heaton) – 3:52
  2. "Better Than Them" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 3:11
  3. "Brave New World" (Sullivan, Heaton, Jason Harris, Joolz Denby) – 3:26
  4. "51st State" (Ashley Cartwright, New Model Army) – 2:36
  5. "Poison Street" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 3:04
  6. "White Coats" (Sullivan, Heaton, Harris) – 4:18
  7. "Stupid Questions" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 3:30
  8. "Vagabonds" (Sullivan) – 4:21
  9. "Green and Grey" (Heaton, Sullivan) – 4:56
  10. "Get Me Out" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 3:19
  11. "Purity" (Sullivan) – 3:55
  12. "Space" (live) (Sullivan, Heaton, Nelson) – 3:42
  13. "Far Better Thing" (Sullivan) – 5:17
  14. "Higher Wall" (Sullivan, Harris) – 4:22

The album versions of "No Rest" and "Better Than Them" appear on No Rest for the Wicked (1985). "Brave New World" was released on the Brave New World EP (1985). "51st State" and "Poison Street" appear on the album The Ghost of Cain (1986). "White Coats" appears on the White Coats EP (1987). "Stupid Questions", "Vagabonds" and "Green and Grey" appear on Thunder and Consolation (1989). "Get Me Out", "Purity" and "Space" appear on Impurity (1990).



  • Mark Freegard – producer ("No Rest", "Better Than Them")
  • Glyn Johns – producer ("51st State", "Poison Street")
  • Justin Sullivan – producer ("White Coats")
  • Robert Heaton – producer ("White Coats")
  • Tom Dowd – producer ("Stupid Questions", "Green and Grey", "Higher Wall")
  • Andy Wallace – mixed by ("Poison Street")
  • Nick Davis – mixed by ("White Coats")
  • John Cornfield – mixed by ("Space" (live))
  • John Kelly – mixed by ("Stupid Questions", "Vagabonds", "Green and Grey")


  • Justin Sullivanvocals, guitar
  • Stuart Morrow – bass ("No Rest", "Better Than Them")
  • Jason Harris – bass ("Brave New World", "51st State", "Poison Street", "White Coats", "Stupid Questions", "Vagabonds", "Green and Grey", "Higher Wall")
  • Nelson – bass ("Get Me Out", "Purity", "Space" (live), "Far Better Thing")
  • Robert Heatondrums