The Charlatans announce greatest hits boxset and UK tour


A Head Full Of Ideas

The Charlatans have announced details of a very special, 31 year anniversary greatest hits boxset titled ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’. 

Original planned to be realead last year for the 30th anniversary but due to COVID the boxseg and tour comes a year later and will be released 15th October on The Records through Republic of Music.

‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ features five albums and an exclusive seven inch single and is a career-spanning collection that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour will visit eighteen cities and will kick off at The Limelight in Belfast on the 22nd of November and finish up in Aberdeen on the 20th of December 2021.

In a celebrated and genre bursting career, The Charlatans have notched up thirteen Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside twenty two hit singles, four of them Top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed many times over the years. The classic Charlatans sound – driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal – is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described the most recent album ‘Different Days’ as “One of their best ever”.

This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s, rarities and remixes from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Norman Cook and Sleaford Mods. The package will will also include an exclusive seven inch single featuring demo versions of ‘Indian Rope’/ ’The Only One I Know’, a signed print of a tour poster from the early 1990’s together with a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.

Their iconic and hugely adored live track ‘One To Another’ (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.

Here is the full track listing;



Side A


The Only One I Know


Can’t Get Out of Bed

Jesus Hairdo

Just When You’re Thinking Things Over

North Country Boy


Side B


Tellin’ Stories

One to Another

How High




Side C


Love Is the Key

A Man Needs to Be Told

Up at The Lake

Blackened Blue Eyes

Oh Vanity


Side D


My Foolish Pride

Come Home Baby

Let the Good Times Be Never Ending

Plastic Machinery

Totally Eclipsing



Side A


Polar Bear – Blackburn Kings Hall 1990

Indian Rope – Reading Festival 1992

Can’t Even Be Bothered– Reading Festival 1992

Can’t Get Out Of Bed– Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994

I Never Want an Easy Life (If Me & Him Were Ever To Get There) – Glasgow Tramway Sound City 1994

Then – Glastonbury Festival 1995


Side B


Here Comes Soul Saver– Hultsfred Festival , Sweden 1997

Just Lookin’– Hultsfred Fest Sweden 1997

My Beautiful Friend– Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007

The Blind Stagger – Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007

Sproston Green– Reading Festival 1999



Side A


C’mon C’mon (Demo)

Sleepy Little Sunshine Boy (Demo)

Dardanella (Demo)

So Oh (Demo)

Always On My Mind (Demo)


Side B


Everybody Ha Ha (Demo)

Commuter Computer (Demo)

Crystal Eyes (Demo)

Polar Bear (Demo)

I Need You to Know (Demo)



Side A


Plastic Machinery Sleaford Mods Remix

Nine Acre Dust Chemical Brothers Remix

Not Forgotten Brian Jonestown Massacre Remix

Tellin’ Stories The Go! Team Remix


Side B


Trouble Understanding Norman Cook Remix

My Beautiful Friend Jagz Kooner Remix

Hey Sunrise The Orb Remix

You’re So Pretty, We’re so Pretty Lo Fidelity Allstars Remix



Side A


Indian Rope (Demo)


Side AA


The Only One I Know (Demo)

To celebrate their anniversary and the box set the band have confirmed an extensive UK & Ireland tour.

Tickets go on sale 10am Friday 30th April and will be available from / Ticket prices are £39.50 in Manchester and London, £35 in Birmingham and Leeds and everywhere else £30-£32.50. Support to be announced.

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