Although both Blueboy’s Sarah albums were put online some time ago, and tracks from their singles were included on our label compilations, that still left quite a few holes. Alison, for instance, the dreamy, shimmering, rainwashed B-side of their debut 7″ (“… there’s rain on the window, rain from the black sky, and England looks pretty to me…”). Or twisting, tumbling, cello-driven, two-and-a-half-minute guitar-pop classic Meet Johnny Rave (“… there must be more to life than just getting by… so much more…”) – technically the A-side of SARAH 74 but, when we came to compile Gaol Ferry Bridge, we chose instead to include the haunting, hushed melancholy of Air France (“… smile me into bed and take my innocence… smash my little head and drag me far away, away, away…”). Or Hit, B-side to River, with its electronic rhythms and echoing piano (“… fame startled you… hit the booze, hit your dad…”). And, of course, the majestic River itself was never included on one of the band’s own albums – Sarah singles never were – so it was easy to miss this “swooning near-epic made infinitely more tearful by oceans of creamy orchestra” (NME) with its “gloriously overblown orchestral synths that echo the Pet Shop Boys at their most grandiose” (Melody Maker). And the same goes for the “delicately fluttering acoustic confection made from rice paper and sheer fresh air” (NME) that is Try Happiness (“… holy summertime, sleepless nights spent hugging desperation, lead-lined windows like my heart wide open…”). Or the taut, confrontational, electric anger of Popkiss (“… they’ve given me a colour, a symbol for freedom – so tell me now that you like me…”). Or, of course, Toulouse, the last song ever released on Sarah, with that simply stated final line: “I don’t want to change the world any more…” So, we’ve collected them all together under the title Blueboy: Clearer & other singles, 1991-1995, and they’re now available for streaming and download via the usual suspects.