Let’s Get Away From It All


Released 20 June 1988 (LP), 9 November 1992 (CD)


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The first Friends album sees the band find and develop a definitive sound, and break through to a wider international audience after the more limited success of their first two singles. The bright, trumpet-led title track sets the tone for the album, which ranges from the purest pop of Falling and Every Summer to more reflective songs such as Many Places and Nothing Matters. The album includes re-recorded versions of It’s Getting Louder, Far Away and Burning Bridges from the first two Friends singles, and has a very live feel to it, being recorded and mixed in a single week. Let’s Get Away From It All was made available again on vinyl in 2001 by Vinyl Japan, but otherwise exists now on CD only. Still the best-selling album by the band, this is the sound of classic early Friends, with some of the band’s most enduring and popular songs.

Written by William Jones
All titles published by Summerhouse Music Ltd
Produced and engineered by William Jones
Engineered by Graeme Robinson and Dave Barker
Recorded at GDR, Darlington, March/April 1988
Design by Peter Chapel, Barrie Watson and Andrew Watt