Welcome to the Beautiful South

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Welcome to the Beautiful South
Original cover art by Jan Saudek
Studio album by The Beautiful South
Released October 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Sophisti-pop, alternative rock
Length 50:17
Label Go!, Elektra
Producer Mike Hedges, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South chronology
Welcome to the Beautiful South
Alternative Cover
Alternative Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Welcome to the Beautiful South is the debut album by English sophisti-pop band The Beautiful South, released in October 1989 by Go! Discs and the next year in America by Elektra Records. Three singles were released from the album: "Song for Whoever" (#2 in the UK), "You Keep It All In" (#8) and "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (#31).

The original album cover depicted two pictures by Jan Saudek, one of a woman with a gun in her mouth, and another with a man smoking. Woolworths refused to stock the album, in the words of the band, to "prevent the hoards [sic] of impressionable young fans from blowing their heads off in a gun-gobbling frenzy, or taking up smoking";[2] an alternative cover featuring a picture of a stuffed toy rabbit and a teddy bear was therefore made.

NME included it in the "Top 100 Albums You've Never Heard" list in 2012.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray, except where noted.

  1. "Song for Whoever" – 6:10
  2. "Have You Ever Been Away?" – 5:12
  3. "From Under the Covers" – 4:05
  4. "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" – 4:41
  5. "Girlfriend" (Antonio Reid/Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds) – 2:54
  6. "Straight in at 37" – 4:29 (Cassette and Compact Disc bonus track)[4]
  7. "You Keep It All In" – 2:54
  8. "Woman in the Wall" – 5:16
  9. "Oh Blackpool" – 3:01
  10. "Love Is..." – 7:04
  11. "I Love You (But You're Boring)" – 4:31

Japanese version[edit]

There is also a Japanese reissue released in 2004. It features all eleven original songs, plus five additional bonus tracks:[4]

  1. "You and Your Big Ideas"
  2. "You Just Can't Smile It Away" (Bill Withers)
  3. "It's Instrumental"
  4. "But 'Til Then"
  5. "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (Orchestral Mix)

Non-LP/CD B-Sides[edit]

As what was to become their usual modus operandi, The Beautiful South included unreleased material on the B-sides of the singles taken from their albums.[4]

from the "Song For Whoever" 12" single and CDEP

  • "Song For Whoever"
  • "Straight In At 37"
  • "You And Your Big Ideas"

from the "You Keep It All In" 12" single and CDEP

  • "You Keep It All In"
  • "You Just Can't Smile It Away" (Bill Withers)
  • "I Love You (But You're Boring)"
  • "It's Instrumental"

from the "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" 12" single and CDEP

  • "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (single mix)
  • "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (LP Mix )
  • "But 'Til Then"
  • "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (Orchestral Mix )


additional personnel[edit]

  • Briana Corrigan - vocals
  • Pete Wingfield - keyboards & piano
  • Mel Wesson - keyboards and drum programs
  • Martin Ditcham - percussion
  • Peter Thoms - trombone
  • Gary Barnacle - sax and flute
  • John Thirkle - trumpet and fluglehorn


  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Review: Welcome to the Beautiful South". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Welcome To The Beautiful South". www.beautifulsouth.co.uk. 2000-05-21. Archived from the original on 2000-05-21. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  3. ^ February 2012 issue of NME
  4. ^ a b c King, David. "The Beautiful South Discography". xmission.com. Retrieved 2014-11-15.