How We Live was formed in 1985 by vocalist and keyboard player Steve Hogarth (Marillion) and guitarist Colin Woore in 1985. Both musicians had previously been in the New Wave band The Europeans. Signing to the CBS imprint Portrait Records, “Dry Land” was the band’s sole album. Issued in 1987, the album was a fine collection of melodic and imaginative rock music that, despite featuring some excellent songs, somehow failed to make any commercial headway. By 1988 a disillusioned Steve Hogarth was considering abandoning music when he was invited to replace Fish as vocalist in the Progressive Rock band Marillion, where he reached a wider audience. The song “Dry Land” would later be recorded by Marillion on their album “Holidays in Eden” and was also a Top 40 hit when released as a single.
This solid 2-disc compilation celebrates two decades of this label's existence. There are many worthwhile tracks but few surprises.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Creature Music has compiled this stunning box set comprising 21 CDs, a 36-page booklet of the band's history with extensive notes for each album, a 32-page book of Manfred's own memories and anecdotes and a poster of the current band. The catalogue CDs have been remastered and repackaged in LP-style sleeves. The albums have the original UK running order and refreshed sleeves. Live In Ersingen is a brand-new live recording from 22 July this year, featuring the band's latest vocalist, Robert Hart. Leftovers is a compilation of the hit singles and rare or previously unavailable recordings.