The Verve

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The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. Guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date.

Beginning with a psychedelic sound, by the mid-1990s the band had released several EPs and four albums. It also endured name and line-up changes, break-ups, health problems, drug abuse and various lawsuits. The band's commercial breakthrough was the 1997 album Urban Hymns, one of the best-selling albums in UK Chart history. The album features the hit singles "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "The Drugs Don't Work" and "Lucky Man". In 1998, the band won two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in March, and in February 1999, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

Soon after their commercial peak, the Verve broke up in April 1999, citing internal conflicts. According to Billboard magazine, "the group's rise was the culmination of a long, arduous journey that began at the dawn of the decade and went on to encompass a major breakup, multiple lawsuits, and an extensive diet of narcotics". During an eight-year split, Ashcroft dismissed talk of a reunion, saying: "You're more likely to get all four Beatles on stage." The band's original line-up reunited in June 2007, embarking on a tour later that year and releasing the album Forth in August 2008, which spawned the hit single "Love Is Noise". Amid revived tensions, the band broke up for the second time in 2009.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 First Wigan Demos The Verve 1
1993 A Storm in Heaven Verve 5
1995 A Northern Soul The Verve 4 4
1997 Urban Hymns The Verve 4.35 5
2008 Forth The Verve 8

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 No Come Down (B Sides & Outtakes) The Verve 2
2004 This Is Music: The Singles 92-98 The Verve 4
Northern Soul Demos The Verve 1
The Radio Sessions '93-'97 The Verve 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994-02-25: Schlachthof, Frankfurt, Germany The Verve 1
1998-01-10: The Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland The Verve 1
1998-5-24: Live Wigan; Haigh Hall, Wigan, UK The Verve 1
2008-04-23: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA, USA The Verve 1
After Dark The Verve 1
Homecoming The Verve 1
The Acoustic Sessions The Verve 1
Voyager 1 The Verve 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 All in the Mind Verve 1
1992 She's a Superstar Verve 1
1992 Gravity Grave Verve 1
1993 Blue Verve 2
1993 Slide Away Verve 2
1995 This Is Music The Verve 1
1995 On Your Own The Verve 2
1995 History The Verve 2
1997 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 7
1997 Sonnet The Verve 1
1997 The Drugs Don't Work The Verve 4
1997 Lucky Man The Verve 2
2008 Love Is Noise The Verve 5
2008 Rather Be The Verve 4


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Verve Verve 1

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