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Cupid & Psyche 85 (2022 Remaster)
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Scritti Politti
Rough Trade
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Release Date
March 25, 2022

Originally released in 1985.

Includes sleeve notes written by Green Gartside & David Gamson

From a bedsit in London to New York recording studios… Alternative acclaim to mainstream adulation… Indie label hopefuls to major signings… Despite the series of radical shifts that underpinned its creation, Scritti Politti's second album Cupid & Psyche 85 achieved the virtually impossible. While everything was scaled up – the ambition, the sound, the audience – the singular artistic vision that drove the group not only remained intact and undiluted in these bigger surroundings, but became more inventive, more adventurous and, ultimately, more beloved. Introduced to pianist and programmer David Gamson while making of the band's debut album Songs To Remember, Green Gartside realised he had found a creative foil to help him achieve the ambitions he had for Scritti Politti

Partially recorded in New York, with several tracks produced by Arif Mardin (who had worked on Aretha Franklin's I Say A Little Prayer, a track Green beautifully commemorates on this record) and partially in the UK, with Green and Gamson directly overseeing the process, Cupid & Psyche 85 is infused shimmering synths and the heat of classic funk. Yet weaved together by Green's intoxicating melodies, it is also embroidered with ideas from philosophical writings, while taking cues from myths and fables.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 The Word Girl (2022 Remaster) 4:24 Buy

    The Word Girl (2022 Remaster)

  2. 2 Small Talk (2022 Remaster) 3:38 Buy

    Small Talk (2022 Remaster)

  3. 3 Absolute (2022 Remaster) 4:24 Buy

    Absolute (2022 Remaster)

  4. 4 A Little Knowledge (2022 Remaster) 5:01 Buy

    A Little Knowledge (2022 Remaster)

  5. 5 Don't Work That Hard (2022 Remaster) 3:59 Buy

    Don't Work That Hard (2022 Remaster)

  6. 6 Perfect Way (2022 Remaster) 4:33 Buy

    Perfect Way (2022 Remaster)

  7. 7 Lover To Fall (2022 Remaster) 4:12 Buy

    Lover To Fall (2022 Remaster)

  8. 8 Wood Beez (2022 Remaster) 4:48 Buy

    Wood Beez (2022 Remaster)

  9. 9 Hypnotize (2022 Remaster) 3:35 Buy

    Hypnotize (2022 Remaster)

  10. 10 Flesh and Blood (2022 Remaster) 5:35 Buy

    Flesh and Blood (2022 Remaster)

  11. 11 Absolute (Version - 2022 Remaster) 6:10 Buy

    Absolute (Version - 2022 Remaster)

  12. 12 Wood Beez (Version - 2022 Remaster) 5:56 Buy

    Wood Beez (Version - 2022 Remaster)

  13. 13 Hypnotize (Version - 2022 Remaster) 4:21 Buy

    Hypnotize (Version - 2022 Remaster)

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