Basia / The Sweetest Illusion 3CD set


Following on from reissues of Basia Trzetrzelewska’s Time and Tide and London Warsaw New York, Cherry Red will reissue Basia‘s third album The Sweetest Illusion as a three-CD deluxe set later this month.

The Sweetest Illusion was originally released in 1994 and was the last studio album issued on the Epic label. This new triple-disc deluxe set includes the original album, all the remixes of both singles (Drunk On Love and Third Time Lucky) as well as a complete instrumental version of the long-player (nearly all previously unreleased).

Sony issued the live album Basia On Broadway in 1995 but – greatest hits sets aside – Basia would not issue another studio album until 2009’s It’s That Girl Again. Basia first came to prominence with her singing role in Matt Bianco, whose 1984 debut Whose Side Are You On, was reissued earlier this year.

The Sweetest Illusion 3CD deluxe edition is released on 25 November 2016.

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The Sweetest Illusion (Deluxe Edition)



Disc: 1
1. Drunk on Love
2. Third Time Lucky
3. Yearning
4. She Deserves It/Rachel’s Wedding
5. An Olive Tree
6. The Sweetest Illusion
7. Perfect Mother
8. More Fire Than Flame
9. Simple Pleasures
10. My Cruel Ways
11. The Prayer of a Happy Housewife
12. Drunk on Love (Radio Edit)
13. Third Time Lucky (Radio Edit)
14. Yearning (Edit)

Disc: 2
1. Half a Minute (Remix)
2. Angels Blush
3. Waters of March
4. Clear Horizon
5. Go for You
6. Drunk on Love (Instrumental)
7. Third Time Lucky (Instrumental)
8. Yearning (Instrumental)*
9. She Deserves It (Instrumental)*
10. An Olive Tree (Instrumental)*
11. The Sweetest Illusion (Instrumental)*
12. Perfect Mother (Instrumental)*
13. More Fire Than Flame (Instrumental)*
14. Simple Pleasures (Instrumental)*
15. My Cruel Ways (Instrumental)*
16. The Prayer of a Happy Housewife (Instrumental)*
17. Angels Blush (Instrumental)*
18. Go for You (Instrumental)*

Disc: 3
1. Drunk on Love (Extended Dance Mix)
2. Third Time Lucky (New Version)
3. Drunk on Love (Downtown Radio Edit)
4. Drunk on Love (Roger’s Ultimate Anthem Mix)
5. Drunk on Love (Downtown Club Mix)
6. Drunk on Love (40 Oz of Love Dub)
7. Drunk on Love (Hands in the Air Dub)**
8. Third Time Lucky (Vokal Mix)**
9. Third Time Lucky (Bad Luck Mix)*
10. Third Time Lucky (Instrumental Mix)*

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Roelant van Zevenbergen

Sadly, on amazon.uk it’s already up to 16 GBP…


Woaw ! 3 Cds! I thought there was going to be only a 2 Cds, as the 2 previous reissues … big news !


Nice to see this album also released. All we need now is a DVD with all the music videos and maybe also some live material.


That would make a good package if they decided to do a re-release of Basia on Broadway–bundling it with a disc of videos.


if you’re jonesing for Basia’s videos on DVD (like I once was) – you might like to know that
mostif not all of her videos are available on a rare, special edition of her 2009 album “It’s that Girl Again”. This was made only available in Basia’s native Poland via the online store of the EMPiK chain of book/music stores:
More about it here:


Is the Half A Minute (Remix) the Steve Anderson DMC remix?

Paul H

Cherry Red….please move on to the other WEA Matt Bianco albums


Yes, agree! The other two Matt Bianco albums; second album “Matt Bianco” and the third album “Indigo” will be fine reissues!


This is a must have. I adore this album. ‘Yearning’ is as sumptuous as a taking a warm bath of melted chocolate in a bordello on Mars.


It’s nice to see that this reissue of The Sweetest Illusion also includes the new songs that appeared on Clear Horizon, Basia’s 1998 greatest hits CD from Epic (tracks 2-5 on Disc 2).