Sophie Ellis-Bextor has released her new orchestral greatest hits album The Song Diaries. Sophie’s Orchestral Greatest Hits is her seventh studio album and is the follow-up to her recent album Familia and previous record Wanderlust, both of which charted in the Top 10 and marked a change in musical direction for her.
With six Top 10 singles over her 21-year musical career, she returns back to her original disco roots on The Song Diaries, which features her biggest hits, but not as you’ve heard them before. Singles such as Murder On The Dancefloor and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), which was the most played record on UK radio between 2000 and 2010, have been re-worked with beautiful orchestral arrangements to create new versions of Sophie’s biggest hits and the album includes orchestral versions of 6 top 10 singles. It also features the recent Radio-2 A-listed single Love Is You, which is a cover of Carol Williams’ disco classic, featuring the original sample from Sophie’s hit with Spiller Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love).
The most recent single from the album was Theaudience’s track A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed, which was originally a single for Sophie in 1998 when she was the lead singer in Theaudience. It was one of the band’s most popular songs, becoming a Britpop classic. The track has been re-recorded with a full orchestra and band and produced by Sophie’s long-term musical collaborator and friend Ed Harcourt and it is the first time it’s available on streaming services.
Production on the record comes from acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, who also produced Familia and Wanderlust, with string arrangements from Amy Langley of Dirty Pretty Strings and additional production by David Arnold, renowned for his TV and film compositions, including five James Bond films.
Sophie performed tracks from The Song Diaries at her biggest London headline show to date at Royal Festival Hall at the end of last year alongside a 30-piece band and orchestra. She will be taking The Song Diaries on the road in both June and November with a full orchestra and band for a UK tour, including a headline show at the London Palladium, and tickets are on sale now.