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The Beloved - Happiness flac album

The Beloved - Happiness flac album
  • Performer The Beloved
  • Title Happiness
  • Date of release 1990
  • Country UK & Europe
  • Style House, Synth-pop, Downtempo
  • Other formats ASF MPC ADX AHX AA MIDI MOD
  • Genre Electronic
  • Size MP3 1738 mb
  • Size FLAC 1667 mb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 488

Happiness (The Beloved album). Happiness is the debut studio album, and second album overall, by English electronic group The Beloved, released in February 1990 in Britain by East West Records and in the United States by Atlantic Records the following month

Happiness (The Beloved album). The album reached on the UK Albums Chart on its release, in March 1990, and subsequently reached on the . Billboard 200 Pop Albums Chart. Having slimmed down from a four piece to a duo comprising Jon Marsh and Steve Waddington in 1987, following the departure of original members Tim Havard and Guy Gausden, Marsh and Waddington soon fell under the influence of the burgeoning Acid House scene emerging in London at the time, from clubs such as Shoom.

Happiness, the Beloved's debut album, collects their four major hits - "Hello," "The Sun Rising," "Love Takes Me Higher," and "Time After Time" - and sprinkles in a few more club-oriented album tracks to fill out the LP. The post-rave synth-popsters are a bit too heavily tied to the heady days of ABC and Erasure, but Happiness suits its title with a set of undeniably pleasant dance-pop.

Due to the huge success of the 1990 album Happiness, a VHS video collection was created in 1991, containing all four singles from that album, and a final ghost video track, where Jon is simulating sex with a model, Holly Cat, backed by a long extended remix of a track from the Blissed Out album. While "Sweet Harmony" went on to become their biggest hit in the UK, reaching number 8 in 1993, the other two tracks taken from the Conscience album, did not achieve the former's success.

This album has an average beat per minute of 128 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 101/178 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page.

Happiness, the Beloved's debut album, collects their four major hits – "Hello," "The Sun Rising," "Love Takes Me Higher," and "Time After Time" – and sprinkles in a few more club-oriented album tracks to fill out the LP. The Beloved - Happiness (1990). Tracklist: 01. Hello (04:19) 02.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Hello 4:18
A2 Your Love Takes Me Higher 3:37
A3 Time After Time
Violin – Gavyn Wright, Wilfred Gibson*
A4 Don't You Worry
Piano – Terry DisleyViolin – Gavyn Wright, Wilfred Gibson*
A5 Scarlet Beautiful 4:40
B1 The Sun Rising 5:07
B2 I Love You More
Producer [Additional], Remix – Daniel AbrahamProgrammed [Additional] By – Fred McFarlane, Peter Schwartz
B3 Wake Up Soon 5:02
B4 Up, Up And Away
Piano [Solo] – Terry Disley
B5 Found 4:24

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Southlands Studios
  • Recorded At – Sam Therapy
  • Recorded At – Master Rock Studios
  • Recorded At – Sarm West Studios
  • Recorded At – First Protocol
  • Recorded At – Lillie Yard Studio
  • Recorded At – The Skylight Suite
  • Recorded At – D&D Studios
  • Recorded At – Parsifal Studios
  • Mixed At – Sam Therapy
  • Mixed At – Right Track Recording
  • Mastered At – Atlantic Studios
  • Manufactured By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
  • Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation


  • Backing Vocals – Andy Caine, Chyna, Dee Lewis, Derek Green, Janette Sewell, Leroy Osborne*, Linda Lewis, Margo Sagov
  • Design [Sleeve Design] – Bob Linney
  • Engineer – Abraham*
  • Guitar, Keyboards – Steven Waddington*
  • Mastered By – Dennis King
  • Percussion, Backing Vocals – Marc Fox
  • Producer – Martyn Phillips (tracks: A1, A3 to B1, B3 to B5), Paul Staveley O'Duffy (tracks: A2, B2)
  • Programmed By – Martyn Phillips
  • Vocals, Keyboards, Performer [Rhythms] – Jon Marsh
  • Written-By – Jon Marsh, Steven Waddington* (tracks: A2, B1)


Recorded between July 1988 -> August 1989.

Tracks A2 & B2: produced for Spitfire Productions
Track B2: additional production & remix for White Falcon Productions.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7567-82047-1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, runout groove, side A): ST-A-897679-C 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, runout groove, side B): ST-A-897680-C 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, runout groove, both sides): ATLANTIC STUDIOS DK SRC(Logo)

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1 The Beloved Happiness ‎(LP, Album) WEA, WEA, WEA, WEA WX 299, WX299, 229 246 253-1, 2292-46253-1 UK & Europe 1990
LPNI-6943 The Beloved Happiness ‎(LP, Album) WEA LPNI-6943 Mexico 1990
82047-2 The Beloved Happiness ‎(CD, Album, Lon) Atlantic 82047-2 US 1990
CD 46253 The Beloved Happiness ‎(CD, Album) WEA, EastWest CD 46253 Canada 1990
WX 299C, 229 246 253-4 The Beloved Happiness ‎(Cass, Album) WEA, WEA WX 299C, 229 246 253-4 Europe 1990

Talk about The Beloved - Happiness

Floating on the gossamer wings of late 80's ecstacy comedowns, The Beloved found a lovely niche in the pop market (along with Frazier Chorus, Candyflip, and the like) for dreamy pop served with just the faintest whiff of rave drugs. Ah, BlissPop.Lest my mocking convince you otherwise, The Beloved's first album is actually pretty damn perfect. Something of a marriage between The KLF's house groove and The Lightning Seeds' pop romance (and maybe a touch of Future Sound of London's ambient global beat thrown in), "Happiness" throbs and pulses and lilts it's way into the 90's with some of the loveliest, dreamiest pop songs of the era. If "Your Love Takes Me Higher" is the bliss-rave of 3am, "The Sun Rising", a glorious paean to the beauty of the post-ecstacy dawn, is probably it's counterpart. Elsewhere the album is an incredibly warm concoction of love, or being in love, or feeling generally lovely, and it's hard while listening to this album not to find yourself jumping on Marsh's dreamy wavelength. In this listener's opinion, it was nigh-impossible for The Beloved to match the distilled pop perfection of this album, and subsequent albums lost a bit of the innocence and romance shown here, but perhaps that's for the best. Ecstacy isn't meant to last forever. Maybe it's better just remember the moment as it was: Perfect.