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The Beloved

The Beloved are an English electronic dance music group, best known for the singles “Sweet Harmony“, “The Sun Rising“, “Hello“, “Your Love Takes Me Higher“, and “Satellite“.

After slimming down to a duo consisting of Marsh and Waddington only, The Beloved began to embrace a dance sound more wholeheartedly and, in 1988, after another flop with another double A-side single, “Loving Feeling” / “Acid Love”, the single “The Sun Rising” became a club favourite, and crossed over to the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 26 in the UK in November 1989.[2] “The Sun Rising” featured a sample of “O Euchari” as sung by Emily Van Evera; a sample also used by trance group Orbital on their tune “Belfast“.[3] This was followed in 1990 by their second album, Happiness, the first and only album the band released as a duo, and the first consisting wholly of previously unreleased new songs, from which the hit single “Hello” was also released. “Hello” became The Beloved’s first international hit, and reached Number 19 in the UK. This song features rather peculiar lyrics, mostly consisting of names of real or fictitious people, groups and institutions, representing the band’s most important and varied influences (from religion with Saint Peter and Saint Paul, to music with Kym Mazelleliterature with Jeffrey Archer and cartoons with Flintstones). The LP included two more singles, “Your Love Takes Me Higher,” which made the UK Top 40 on its second release, and the final cut, “Time After Time“, which was only a minor hit in Great Britain, failing at Number 48.

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