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Various Artists Pillows and Prayers Boxset
Originally conceived as a label sampler by A&R man Mike Alway, Pillows And Prayers quickly became both an iconic compilation and a must-have artefact of early 1980s Thatcherite Britain.
 
Famously retailing at “No more than 99p”, the album provided an accessible gateway to both the Cherry Red label and the independent scene. Over 100,000 people took up the offer, found a pound and became a part of something that resonated perfectly with its own time and place.
 
To celebrate its 40th Anniversary, this extensive 3CD companion to that original release features the Japan-only 1984 Pillows & Prayers Volume II, selected singles and album tracks, live recordings, demos sourced from the artists’ own archives and the best of the Peel sessions recorded by Cherry Red artists at that time.
 
A fascinatingly eclectic brew, presented in a deluxe hardbacked book format and including 17 previously unheard recordings
 
Includes insights from the people who made it happen – Iain McNay and Mike Alway – the artists and The Times’ Will Hodgkinson.
CD1
PILLOWS & PRAYERS PLUS
1 FIVE OR SIX: PORTRAIT
2 THE MONOCHROME SET: EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS
3 THOMAS LEER: ALL ABOUT YOU
4 TRACEY THORN: PLAIN SAILING
5 BEN WATT: SOME THINGS DON'T MATTER
6 KEVIN COYNE: LOVE IN YOUR HEART
7 PIERO MILESI: MODI 2 (EXTRACT)
8 JOE CROW: COMPULSION
9 MARINE GIRLS: LAZY WAYS
10 FELT: MY FACE IS ON FIRE
11 EYELESS IN GAZA: NO NOISE
12 THE PASSAGE: XOYO
13 EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL: ON MY MIND
14 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: A BANG AND A WIMPY
15 THE MISUNDERSTOOD: I UNSEEN
16 THE NIGHTINGALES: DON'T BLINK
17 QUENTIN CRISP: STOP THE MUSIC FOR A MINUTE BONUS TRACKS
18 FIVE OR SIX: ANOTHER REASON
19 DEAD KENNEDYS: TOO DRUNK TO FUCK
20 MEDIUM MEDIUM: HUNGRY SO ANGRY
21 SOUL: TRIBES
22 ALAN BURNHAM: MUSIC TO SAVE THE WORLD BY 
23 THOMAS LEER: LETTER FROM AMERICA
24 SECOND LAYER: FIXATION
25 KEVIN HARRISON: ALL NIGHT LONG
26 A TENT: NO WAY OF KNOWING
 
CD2
PILLOWS & PRAYERS VOL. II PLUS
1 MARINE GIRLS: A PLACE IN THE SUN
2 JANE: IT'S A FINE DAY
3 KEVIN HEWICK: FEATHERING THE NEST
4 FANTASTIC SOMETHING: IF SHE DOESN'T SMILE (IT’LL RAIN)
5 EYELESS IN GAZA: NEW RISEN
6 THE MONOCHROME SET: THE JET SET JUNTA
7 MORGAN FISHER: UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME
8 FELT: PENELOPE TREE
9 MAURICE DEEBANK: THE WATERY SONG
10 GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK: I'M USED NOW
11 SWALLOW TONGUE: ANIMATION
 
BONUS TRACKS
12 THE NIGHTINGALES: PARAFFIN BRAIN
13 THE REFLECTIONS: 4 COUNTRIES
14 THE PASSAGE: SHARP TONGUE
15 RED BOX: CHENKO
16 CREATION REBEL: LOVE I CAN FEEL
17 BODHI BEAT POETS: WAKE UP UNEMPLOYED
18 MARTYN BATES: CUT LIKE SUNSET
19 JANE AND BARTON: I WANT TO BE WITH YOU
20 SWALLOW TONGUE: HITCH UP HONEY
21 PATRICK MACNEE AND HONOR BLACKMAN: KINKY BOOTS
22 THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN AND ORCHESTRA: THE LOLLY THEME
23 NO ARTIST: THE COMPASSION AND HUMANITY OF MARGARET THATCHER (EXTRACTS FROM...)
 
CD3
RARE, LIVE, UNRELEASED AND PEEL
1 THOMAS LEER: ON THE WIRE*
2 FIVE OR SIX: BLACK BALLOONS DROP
3 JANE: DON'T SAY IT*
4 THE MONOCHROME SET: I'LL SCRY INSTEAD (DEMO)*
5 THE MONOCHROME SET: TEN DON'TS FOR HONEYMOONERS (LIVE IN OSLO)*
6 THE MONOCHROME SET: CAST A LONG SHADOW (LIVE IN OSLO)*
PEEL SESSION 1981
7 THE PASSAGE: MAN OF WAR
8 THE PASSAGE: LOVE IS AS IS
9 THE PASSAGE: EMPTY WORDS
PEEL SESSION 1982
10 THE PASSAGE: HORSEPLAY
11 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: DEATH IN BROMLEY*
12 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: A BANG AND A WIMPY*
13 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: THE NIGHT I SLEPT WITH
14 SEETHING WELLS *
15 KEVIN COYNE: TELL THE TRUTH*
16 KEVIN COYNE: LIBERATION*
17 KEVIN COYNE: YOU WON’T LIKE IT*
18 KEVIN COYNE: I TALK TO MYSELF*
19 THE NIGHTINGALES: JOKING APART*
20 THE NIGHTINGALES: IT LIVES AGAIN!*
21 THE NIGHTINGALES: OK CORALE / THE CRUNCH* PEEL SESSION 1983
22 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: ENGLAND ARE BACK / HOLIDAY IN ALBANIA*
23 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: SAWDUST AND EMPIRE*
*PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED