25 years ago, synth-pop legends The Human League released their seventh studio album Octopus. To commemorate the initial release of the album, the band are to reissuing it in three new formats…


On March 6, there will be a limited edition double vinyl set or the original album with a second disc of remixes which includes a poster available exclusively through Rhino. The double CD version of this bundle will include a digisleeve package with a 12-page booklet and a single vinyl of the original album.

Originally released in 1995 by East West Records, Octopus was the first new album from The Human League in five years after the expiration of their long-term contract with Virgin Records. Octopus was the first album that presented the band solely as a trio consisting of the vocalists Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susuan Ann Sully. It was produced by Tears For Fears alumni Ian Stanley and former band member Jo Callis, and then-current keyboard player Neil Sutton also contributed to the writing of the album.

The album saw a return to the public eye for the band, who had been out of the top ten since their 1986 album Crash. Octopus was a huge commercial success. The first single, Tell Me When became the band’s first Top 10 hit in nine years, peaking at number six in the UK singles chart, with the second single One Man In My Heart also breaking into the top twenty. The album also saw similar chart success, also peaking at number six in the UK and becoming the band’s sixth consecutive Top 10 album.

Octopus will be available via Rhino March 6. Click here to pre-order your copy. 

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