Richard Ashcroft has announced the release of a new solo album, Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1, this October.
The record will see the Verve frontman deliver acoustic takes of many of his classic songs from both his time in the band and as a solo artist, including Bittersweet Symphony (out now) and the UK Number 1 single The Drugs Don't Work.
Ashcroft will also collaborate with Liam Gallagher on a stripped-back take of C’mon People (We’re Making It Now). Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 will be released October 29 via RPA/BMG.
The singer-songwriter will also tour in support of the new material, including four sold-out nights at the London Palladium.
Pleased to announce that Richard will be releasing the new album ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ Oct 29th. Featuring 12 newly recorded acoustic versions of classic songs from his back catalogue spanning both his solo career and his time with The Verve. https://t.co/z9vdkdFrHy pic.twitter.com/kthcQnDqvw— Richard Ashcroft (@richardashcroft) September 8, 2021
As a member of Verve, Ashcroft has earned one UK Number 1 single (The Drugs Don't Work) and two UK Number 1 albums (Urban Hymns and Forth).
1997's Urban Hymns proved to be the band's breakthrough record, containing three Top 10 singles. The album is one of the Top 20 best-selling albums of all time in the UK.
Ashcroft went solo after Verve's original breakup in 1999. His first solo single, A Song For Lovers, peaked at Number 3 on the Official Singles Chart in 2000. His first solo record, Alone With Everybody, also reached Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, and he has a total of five UK Top 10 albums too.
Richard Ashcroft - Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 tracklist
- Bittersweet Symphony
- A Song For The Lovers
- C’mon People (We’re Making It Now) ft. Liam Gallagher
- Weeping Willow
- Lucky Man
- This Thing Called Life
- Space & Time
- Velvet Morning
- Break The Night With Colour
- One Day
- The Drugs Don’t Work