Universal Music Australasia has entered into a new sales and distribution partnership with Iva Davies for the Icehouse catalogue of recordings. In celebration of the new partnership, Icehouse and Universal are delighted to announce that the first release will be a 30th Anniversary Edition of the band's debut album.
Not only will this landmark album be available through retail on 13th June 2011, reinvented in a new 3 disc set, but it also marks the first time any of the Icehouse catalogue has been available for digital download. Fans will be able to get music from the set via iTunes and other digital stores as well as buy it at their local music retailer.
George Ash, President of Universal Music Group Australasia says of the new partnership "Iva is one of Australia's greatest songwriters whose music has touched us all and defined a music generation. To this day, Iva's music has continued to be amongst the most played music by an Australian artist. Not only am I personally excited to be working with Iva, but it is an honour for our company to represent Icehouse and make this recording available again to a new generation of fans"
The debut album was released in 1980 when the band was known as Flowers. 2011 is the 30th Anniversary of the name change from Flowers to Icehouse, an event driven by the band's expansion into overseas territories where the Flowers moniker was already in use.
Icehouse is a truly remarkable recording in Australian music history, this is where it all started for the band with tracks such as 'Icehouse', 'Can't Help Myself' & 'We Can Get Together' that now occupy a prized and unique place in Australia's musical repertoire. After 30-odd years this debut album remains at the pinnacle of critical acclaim among long established critics and a new generation of musicians alike, having forged a special place in Australia's most treasured and revered body of work.
The success of Icehouse was mirrored in New Zealand where the album reached #2 on the official album chart. It spent 82 weeks on the chart in total, reaching platinum sales status.
The influence of the Icehouse recordings and Iva Davies' songs have been felt beyond Australia's boundaries and the band is known for consistently recording some of the most exciting and challenging music of any era.
Across eight studio albums Icehouse achieved phenomenal success, with a multitude of platinum and gold-accredited recordings garnering an enviable base of loyal fans both within Australia and internationally. Icehouse's recordings have become radio staples and the passage of time has given the songs a strong legacy; imbued with an unmistakable Australian spirit.
With album sales of over 28 times Platinum in Australasia alone, eight top 10 albums, over twenty Top 40 singles and worldwide sales exceeding 8 million albums, Icehouse is one of the most successful bands Australia has ever produced. The band was inducted into the 2006 ARIA Hall of Fame and has won multiple ARIA awards.
"As can be imagined the Icehouse catalogue is very important to me and all those who took part in its creation. George Ash and Universal showed that they understand the excitement around new models of getting music to fans plus demonstrated a rare combination of being a big company which is also able to take a personal approach. I know the Universal team is a group of people I can work closely with and look forward to doing so." Iva Davies
FLOWERS ICEHOUSE 30th Anniversary Edition 3 Disc Set
The 30th Anniversary Edition is a lovingly compiled, vastly expanded edition featuring a wealth of previously unavailable material.
Boasting the singles 'We Can Get Together', 'Can't Help Myself', 'Walls', 'Icehouse' (and later 'Love In Motion') - the Icehouse album released back in 1980 went on to become one of the most successful debut albums of the era, spending over 45 weeks on the Australian chart and achieving accreditation of over 4x platinum within months of its release.
In addition to the original studio album (remastered, with 3 bonus tracks), this 30th Anniversary Edition will feature a 19-track, 75 minute disc of live recordings recorded for radio broadcast in different territories between February 1980 and November 1981. As well as the renditions of all tracks from the Icehouse album, the Live disc includes incendiary versions of Iggy Pop's 'Funtime', The Easybeats' 'Sorry', John Lennon's 'Cold Turkey; and Ultravox's 'Man Who Dies Every Day'.
Also included in this stunningly presented 3 Disc set is a DVD of exceedingly rare live footage.
The DVD includes 5 live tracks from Flowers appearance at Sweetwaters Music Festival (NZ) in 1981, an interview with Iva Davies prior to that performance and a collection of vintage Countdown TV appearances from the era. The set also includes previously unseen photographs, images and memorabilia - in addition to brand new liner notes from Iva Davies.
In 1980 Australia's Countdown host and pop music guru, Molly Meldrum, offered to be the target for anyone to throw custard pies if the Flowers single 'We Can Get Together' did not make number one in the singles chart....
The new disc set features the first TV appearance of Molly's hat, which later became as famous as the music commentator himself, as he announces the name change from Flowers to Icehouse
The original album cover was designed by the band's drummer, John Lloyd
For over 15 years Icehouse held the record as the biggest selling debut album by any Australian act in Australia, only eclipsed in 1997 by savage Garden's debut
Prior to recording their debut album Flowers spent gruelling years on the road, honing their craft and building their audience
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