Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel‘s 1975 album The Best Years of Our Lives will be reissued as a deluxe 2LP coloured vinyl with bonus tracks on the second vinyl record.
The album was the first for the new line-up of the newly monikered band and features the classic single ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’ which reached number one on the UK charts in February 1975, preceding the release of the album by a few weeks.
Follow-up single âMr. Raffles’ (Man, It Was Mean)’ was also a top 20 hit and The Best Years of Our Lives became the band’s biggest selling album.
This new edition is officially released – Bowie style – for the 45th anniversary (although they are surely a year late?), but offers more than the David reissues because a bonus LP delivers rough mixes, B-sides, single versions, acoustic numbers and live cuts. This is a coloured vinyl pressing with LP 1 pressed on blue and LP 2 on orange vinyl (a reference to the âMad, Mad Moonlight’ lyric).
The Best Years of Our Lives will be released on 5 April 2021.
Introducing “The Best Years”
The Mad Mad, Moonlight
Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean)
It Wasn’t Me
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
Back To The Farm
The Best Years of Our Lives
Make Me Smile (Some Up And See Me) [Rough Mix]
Another Journey [B-side]
The Best Years of Our Lives [Acoustic Version]
Mr. Raffles [Single Version]
The Mad, Mad Moonlight (Live at Hammersmith Odeon14/4/75)
Sebastian (Live at Hammersmith Odeon 14/4/75)