Announcement of the singer-songwriter’s new ‘The Best Of’ album coincides with launch of dynamically selected playlist and previously unheard track
The first Songwriting cover star, David Gray has announced details for an updated Greatest Hits collection, entitled The Best Of. Issued a quarter of a century after Gray’s recording career originally began, this successor to 2007’s platinum-selling Greatest Hits now takes in subsequent highlights from Top 5 album Draw The Line, 2011’s Founding and 2014’s Mutineers, alongside classics from his three No 1 albums, including the six million-selling, Grammy-nominated White Ladder.
The album’s traditional CD, deluxe CD and double gatefold vinyl formats will be mirrored online with a dynamic Spotify Greatest Hits playlist – an adaptive track-listing that changes weekly to reflect the most streamed tracks in Gray’s catalogue.
The announcement has been trailed with a new track Smoke Without Fire [listen below] which, along with Enter Lightly, is one of two previously unheard tracks to be included on the new compilation. “Both tracks were recorded with Lamb’s Andy Barlow earlier this year, and pick up where we left off with the soundscapes of Mutineers”, explains Gray.
Speaking about the process of selecting three new re-recordings, which appear on the vinyl format and disc two of the deluxe CD version, he continues: “It felt like the right thing to do to accompany the main collection with a further collection of songs of my own choosing. A group of recordings that has been selected by me for no other reason than that they occupy a special place in my heart and have meant a lot to me down the years. These recordings stand like markers in the road, and I still refer back to them every now and then, whenever I’m in need of taking my creative bearings.”
David Gray’s The Best Of is due for release on 14 October 2016 through Kobalt Label Services/IHT Records. To find out more and to view the dynamic Spotify Greatest Hits playlist at smarturl.it/DavidGrayWebsite